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Mais ouiTranslation , they're just two typical Parisian teenagers!

Miraculous! Simply the best!
Up to the test when things go wrong!
Miraculous! The luckiest!
The power of love always so strong!
Miraculous!
The show's Theme Song
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Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir (Miraculous or Miraculous Ladybug for short) is a 3D-animated Magical Girl / Superhero joint effort by France's Zagtoon and Method Animation Studios with Toei Animation of Japan and SAMG Animation of South Korea. It premiered in France and Belgium in October 2015, and in EBS in Korea on September 1, 2015.

The story is about Marinette Dupain-Cheng, a junior high school girl living in Paris. Using a pair of earrings and the magic of her Fairy Companion Tikki, she has the power to become the superheroine Ladybug. Joining in her adventures is a black-clothed Cat Boy named Cat Noir, whose secret identity happens to be Adrien, Marinette's crush. Like Ladybug, he gains his power from his companion Plagg. Ladybug and Cat Noir are pursued by the villainous Hawk Moth, who seeks to gather the Miraculous...es to possibly...take over the world. To this end he corrupts normal people with akuma, turning them into supervillains to do his bidding.

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The animated series has gained attention for its well-animated fight scenes, comedic characters, and frenetic action that's a good deal more physical than many Magical Girl shows. It has a whopping budget of US$11.2 million.note 

Check out Zagtoon's page for the show here.

Check out the original 2D three-and-a-half minute trailer here.

There are two series of webisodes. One is titled Miraculous Secrets, and the other, animated in 2D, is Tales from Paris. They are available on the official YouTube channel or (for those who know French) on TF1's website.

In the United States, the series first premiered on Nickelodeon on December 6, 2015, followed by reruns on KidsClick starting July 3rd, 2017, and new episodes are now seen on Netflix beginning with the second season in 2018. In the United Kingdom and Latin America, the series premiered on Disney Channel; the U.K premiere was on January 30 and the L.A premiere was in May, 2016.

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The second season debuted October 26th 2017 in France on TFOU, and debuted on March 30, 2018 for Netflix in U.S.

An official mobile game by the same name was released on April 25, 2018. The game is a runner-style action game, and links with episodes requiring the main characters to travel around Paris.

Not to be confused with Lovely Ladybug, which is a completely unrelated comic created by /co/ users.


Miraculous Ladybug provides examples of:

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    Tropes A to B 
  • Accent Adaptation: In the French dub, Jagged Stone has a thick American accent. In the English dub, the French characters speak with American accents and Jagged Stone has a British accent instead.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Audrey Bourgeois never remembers anyone's name, even her own husband and daughter's. It just underlines how little she actually cares for anyone other than herself.
  • The Adjectival Superhero: Miraculous Ladybug.
  • Adorkable: Most of the main cast gets a moment of this from time to time.
    • Special mentions go to Marinette whenever she's around Adrien or talking about Adrien or thinking about Adrien.
    • Relatedly, Adrien has a similar, if slightly more subdued, reaction to Ladybug.
  • Adult Fear:
    • In general, anyone having a bad day or even righteous fury on someone else's behalf can get corrupted by Hawk Moth via an akuma. Also, Paris nearly gets destroyed Once per Episode.
    • In "Stormy Weather", Marinette's young charge Manon gets trapped in a carousel with her friend Alya by the Monster of the Week. Alya tries to distract Manon from the ice spikes that are growing towards the ride and will impale them if Ladybug doesn't save the day.
    • The Bubbler spirits off all the adults and forces a bunch of teens to party on Adrien's behalf. Marinette gets to witness the former firsthand when it grabs her parents.
    • Timebreaker effectively kills multiple people by stealing their time, including Cat Noir. Ladybug's reaction is absolutely heartbreaking. Luckily, time travel and Ladybug's World-Healing Wave fix that.
    • And then there's "Animan", in which Cat Noir honestly believes Ladybug has been eaten by the akumatised person of the week, currently in the form of a T. rex.
    • Another Manon one: in "The Puppeteer" Hawk Moth corrupts her, a child who was having a disagreement with her mother. Nadja has a terrified expression when she realizes what happened to her daughter and wants to stay to help.
    • Adrien as Cat Noir freaks when the akuma from "Simon Says" targets his father for sabotaging his win at a game show. For most of the episode he's in Let's Get Dangerous! mode and shouts at his father for not being concerned about his safety.
    • In the Christmas episode, Adrien can't bear to endure a Christmas without his mother, turns into Cat Noir and runs away from home in the middle of winter, with a fairly heavy snowfall. His father discovers that his room's empty, and everyone goes into a panic trying to find him.
    • In the first episode of Season 2, Hawk Moth exploits Gabriel's disappointment in his son by akumatizing himself. Adrien takes it very hard.
    • "Gorizilla" has the bodyguard akumatized after he completely loses track of his charge, the one he is being paid to protect.
    • "Gigantitan" has a mother concerned when her infant child gets hit by an akuma.
    • "Sapotis" has Alya freaking out when her baby twin sisters are both akumatized and run off.
    • "Zombizou" has Miss Bustier fall victim to the akuma out of her fear that one of her students was going to be akumatized.
    • "Troublemaker" has Penny trying to compete with so many demands on her at once, many of which conflict, that the pressure gets her akumatized.
    • "Sandboy" has the power to make peoples' fear reality. Adrien's is the fear of forever being trapped. Master Fu's fear is the disappointment of the previous Miraculous guardians, especially for having lost 2 Miraculouses.
    • "Frozer" has the ice skater teacher Philippe get akumatized because he lacks any student and the rink is in danger of closing, and thus him being out of a job.
    • "Malediktator" has Mayor Bourgeois get akumatized when his wife is about to their daughter Chloé off to New York, possibly forever.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Chloé. Quite often it's her own actions that result in the Monster of the Week appearing, and she needs Ladybug and Cat Noir to save her. No matter how many times this happens she never seems to learn her lesson. One notable episode sees her literally begging for help and swearing to be nice forever, only to have her immediately rescind her vow to be nice once Ladybug saves her.
    Chloé: [thrown through the air.] Ah, I promise I'll be nice, be polite, just someone please save— ah! [Ladybug dives in and saves her at the last second] ...I didn't promise.
    • Starting in Season 2, Chloé is becoming better. Not by much, and even at the end, she still has the same snobby attitude, but she's a bit better.
  • Age-Appropriate Angst: People targeted by Hawk Moth usually get akumatized over problems that are fitting for their age: adult characters face issues like losing their jobs unfairly, while little kids get upset at being denied toys or candy.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Jagged Stone's pet alligator acts exactly like a dog — wagging its tail when happy, lolling its tongue, rolling on its back for a belly rub, etc.
  • All-CGI Cartoon: The entire cartoon is rendered in 3D CGI, to be precise. Only a few of the shorts, and a few fantasy sequences aren't in CGI.
  • All Love Is Unrequited:
    • Adrien, being oblivious to his own crush on her, noticeably refers to Marinette as simply being his friend; and in an ironic twist, Ladybug doesn't reciprocate Cat Noir's advances.
    • Chloé constantly hits on Adrien, who gently rebuffs her advances since they're Just Friends and a few times she's pushed his buttons by being a Jerkass.
    • Nino and Nathanael have developed crushes on Marinette in different episodes, but she doesn't reciprocate. Nino's quickly evaporates, especially when he starts dating Alya after going on a date with Marinette that an akuma interrupts.
    • Adrien also attracted Lila, who he finds hard to rebuff because she's so pushy and lies about being friends with Ladybug.
    • Subverted with Ivan and Mylène, who got together during the Origins episodes and have, chronologically, been dating througout the whole show.
    • Kim gets rejected by Chloé in "Dark Cupid". In a later episode, he accidentally rejects Ondine's attraction before she could confess. By the end of this episode, Ondine and Kim do start dating.
    • Kagami also seems to have some attraction for Adrien, as she suggests he "changes target" after his latest rejection. She also says that she will be there when he's ready.
  • Almost Kiss:
    • Ladybug and Cat Noir go through a series of these moments in "Dark Cupid", as Cat Noir has been corrupted by the villain's Hate Plague and Ladybug is invoking True Love's Kiss to cure him. She finally manages to pin him down near the end.
    • Adrien and Marinette also have this moment when acting for a student film in "Horrificator".
  • Alpha Bitch: Chloé is an exaggerated Type 1, but it's played-with in that even though she is powerful, she is also very unpopular. She is also responsible (directly or indirectly) for most of the akumatized villains.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Some of the supporting characters (such as Alya and Nino) are this in the show proper, with their ethnicities never being brought up. According to the creator, Alya's family is from Martinique while Nino's is from Morocco.
  • Amateur Film-Making Plot: "Horrificator" is set up by the students needing to put together a horror film, and scaredy-cat Mylene is turned into the titular Monster of the Week.
  • Anachronic Order: How the Season 1 storyline come off, because of each broadcaster airing in a different order. There is a timeline to the show that can be gleaned from minor details (e.g. dates on news broadcasts), but for the most part, the episodes are pretty self-contained except for relationship and Character Development between episodes. This is most apparent with Jagged Stone's appearances, as his last episode in Season 1 was presented as if it were his introduction despite him being akumatised one episode prior. The Christmas special is set somewhere in the middle of season 1, i.e. two months before the Valentine's Day episode. Nathalie mentions that it's Adrien's first Christmas without his mother, and the Origins episodes take place in September at the beginning of the school year. On Netflix, the episodes are placed in a rough chronological order with the Origins episodes now placed in the middle of Season 1. Season 2 seems to return to a more linear story order.
  • Animesque: Despite being a 3D-animated series, the visual humor and character designs emphasize large eyes and a cutesey aesthetic, indulging in many anime tropes, particularly Shoujo tropes.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: This applies to all the Miraculous wielders to one degree or another. The powers granted by a Miraculous mostly have little to do with the actual abilities of the animal in question, and are more related to the symbolic meanings assigned to those animals.
    • Ladybugs are seen as symbols of good luck and thus Ladybug's primary ability is good luck in the form of her Lucky Charm. It's later specified that Ladybug's actual power is the Power of Creation.
    • Black cats are symbolic of bad luck so Chat Noir's main power is bad luck in the form of his Cataclysm. Later episodes specify that Chat actual power is the power of destruction.
    • Butterflies are symbolic of transformation and metamorphosis and thus Hawk Moth's main ability is Super Empowering which also links with the fact that Nooroo is the kwami of generosity.
    • Foxes, in almost every culture in the world, are seen as triksters. Fittingly Rena Rouge's superpower is illusions.
    • Peacocks are seen as symbolic of vibrancy and Mayura can create allies for Hawk Moth's akumas. In essence, she can enhance his powers, increasing the vibrancy.
    • Turtles are symbolic of protection. The Turtle's powers create a giant bubble force field that protects everyone inside.
    • Bees are symbolic of hard work and productivity. The Bee's power is to sting them, forcing them to be paralysed.
  • Antagonist Title: Every episode aside from "Ladybug and Cat Noir: Origins, Part 1" and "Mayura: Heroes' Day, Part 2" are named after the week's Akuma.
  • Archnemesis Dad: In "The Collector", Gabriel is revealed to be Hawk Moth, making him this to Adrien/Cat Noir.
  • Artistic License – Law: Odd given that the show is made in France, but in Rogercop it's overlooked that the Mayor of Paris has absolutely no authority over the police (including, quite obviously, no power to fire them)...and as a Paris cop himself, Roger should be well aware of this. While most cities in France do have Municipal Police who answer to the city's mayor, Paris does not. The Paris Police Prefecture, due to the city's importance as the nation's capital, are part of the National Police and answer to the Minister of the Interior.
  • Artistic License – Physics: In "Robostus", Markov, Max's robot, gains the ability to take control of all machines in the city. This not only means controlling their actions, but giving them the power to move independently, float, or even fly despite lacking any means to do so.
    • In the Dark Owl episode, the villain apparently has a device that freezes Paris to a temperature of -700 degrees. That's far below absolute zero, on any temperature scale! It's a bluff.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": The student film Marinette and her classmates try to make in "Horrificator" is rife with wooden acting and awkward movements.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Cat Noir. Beyond his cat-themed abilities, his power set revolves around bad luck, destruction and decay. Definitely not the typical powers for a hero. His Cataclysm attack literally rots away the first thing he touches after triggering it. In "Dark Cupid", a brainwashed Cat Noir tries to touch a person, saying he always wondered what would happen if it is used on a living being.
  • Batman Gambit: When one of Kung Food's minions, the Brainwashed and Crazy mayor, is about to steal Cat Noir's ring, Ladybug shows off several yo-yo moves and says the mayor can't do that. He takes up the challenge with a string of sausages, and brings a chandelier down on himself.
  • Battle Couple: Played with. Marinette/Ladybug and Adrien/Cat Noir technically reciprocate each other's feelings in a Two-Person Love Triangle involving their own alter egos, but they're not an item. They do, however, trust each other unconditionally and take down akuma as a team (not to mention the prodigious amounts of Ship Tease from their fights). In-universe, they're widely assumed to be a couple already.
    • In Season 2, Nino and Alya become this when they transform into Carapace and Rena Rouge, respectively.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Adrien only wanted a birthday party like a normal boy, something his father wouldn't give him. Fortunately the Bubbler, being Nino, was willing to oblige Adrien, at the cost of taking his classmates hostage, forcing them to party, and banishing anyone that pulled a droopy face. Adrien regrets his Moment of Weakness in trying to enjoy the party before stopping the Bubbler as Cat Noir, though fortunately everything wrapped up in a positive note.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Plagg was single-handedly responsible for the disappearance of Atlantis, the extinction of the dinosaurs and why the Leaning Tower of Pisa is leaning.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: The Miraculous have been around for thousands of years, and in the Origins we get a glimpse of some of their wielders, including St. George and Joan of Arc. Even the Egyptian exhibit had mention of them.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Nathalie, for Adrien's father. She's tasked with keeping an eye on Adrien and remembering to buy him a birthday gift. She was also Adrien's tutor before he went to school.
    • Penny to Jagged Stone. In "Troublemaker", the stress is what gets her akumatized.
  • Big Fancy House: The Agreste mansion is huge, and it only houses Gabriel, Adrien, and their employees. Adrien feels suitably lonely and constrained in it. In fact, its emptiness and stark black, white, and gray design are deliberately contrasted with Marinette's smaller, brightly-colored home and loving family.
  • Big Good: The role the holder of the Butterfly Miraculous is supposed to play, giving powers to make heroes and using their mind link as their Mission Control. It's only Hawk Moth (Gabriel) twisting the powers, as Nooroo pointed out, that necessitated the Master using Miraculous against Miraculous.
  • Big "NO!": "Timebreaker" has quite a few, namely Timebreaker's response to the watch being broken the second time and Ladybug's response to Alya and Cat Noir being frozen in time.
  • Bilingual Bonus: If you're watching the non-French dub, most of the text in the show is untranslated and offers little details non-French readers would miss.
  • Bilingual Dialogue: "Kung Food" features Marinette's Chinese great-uncle, whose Mandarin is better than his French. Because Marinette can't speak it, Alya enlists Adrien to act as a translator. Ship Tease ensues.
  • Birthday Episode:
    • "The Bubbler" is about Adrien's birthday and his lack of a party.
    • Several other episodes mention people's birthdays, mostly as a throw-away line, at least in the English dub. For instance, the Evillustrator asks Marinette out on a date for his birthday.
    • "Befana" is on Marinette's birthday, where her grandmother returns after a long time and doesn't realize how much she's grown.
    • "Zombizou" takes place of Miss Bustier's birthday. She gets akumatized when she fears one of her students is about to be the target (and Marinette almost was).
    • "Sandboy" takes place on Nooroo's birthday, who has turned 3500 cycles (which is explicitly different from years).
  • A Birthday, Not a Break:
    • Ironically, because it's his birthday, Adrien's friend Nino gets turned into the Bubbler over righteous fury about Adrien not being allowed to have a party. Adrien takes it in stride.
    • Nathanael, Alix, and Ms. Bustier all got akumatised on their birthdays.
    • Marinette's grandmother Gina gets akumatised on Marinette's birthday.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy:
    • People corrupted by Hawk Moth's akuma take on the villain identity Hawk Moth gives them, declaring their former selves to be gone.
    • The Pharaoh can convert people into loyal mummies.
    • Dark Blade has the power to brainwash anyone with his sword and convert them into armored mooks.
    • Kung Food turns the people that ate his soup into mindless slaves, who pose a threat to Ladybug and Cat Noir.
    • Princess Fragrance can turn anyone into her servants if she sprays them with her perfume. They also speak in singsong.
    • Dark Cupid turns people's love into unquestionable hatred.
    • The Puppeteer can take control of anyone whose puppet she has. She briefly turns Alya, Nathaniel and Officer Roger back into their respective akumatised forms, possesses Chat Noir and almost takes over Ladybug.
    • Simon Says has the power to make anyone do as he says, taking control of dozens of civilians.
    • Stoneheart doesn't come with this power, but due to his akuma not being purified when freed the first time, it multiplies and akumatises several civilians into matching, but frozen, copies. When Ivan is re-akumatised, all those clones come to life and follow his orders.
    • Chat Noir has, due to the aforementioned akumas, been brainwashed at least three times: by Dark Cupid, Princess Fragrance and the Puppeteer.
    • Befana could turn people she considered good into angelic servants.
    • Zombizou has a zombie-like power that whoever gets touched by her lipstick kiss becomes singularly obsessed with kissing anyone not already infected, which also spreads the power.
  • Brand X: The main network, TV1, have a logo that look very much like the real-life main French network TF1 (which also runs the series in France).
  • Broken Aesop: The episode "Rogercop" is suppose to be conveying the message "don't be quick to point fingers", but the way it does it is highly flawed. First of all, when Chloé accuses Marinette of stealing her bracelet, Marinette starts listing motives that her classmates might have had for stealing it. Marinette's father tells her she shouldn't be making accusations like Chloé is doing, except that she wasn't; Marinette was simply trying to defend herself by saying she's no more guilty than anyone else. Note that she even gets called out when she isn't naming anyone else specifically. Then when the titular Monster of the Day tries to arrest the mayor for abuse of power, Ladybug gives a Meaningful Echo by saying Rogercop shouldn't be making accusations, except he wasn't doing that, either; the mayor was clearly abusing his powers (and some that he doesn't even have) by having Roger fired for not arresting Marinette without sufficient evidence, something that took place in full view of a classroom filled with students, their parents, and the teacher. Really the only ones who made any actual accusations were Chloé and her father, who both get Karma Houdini at the end of the episode.
  • Bruce Wayne Held Hostage:
    • When trying to capture Evillustrator, Marinette agrees to go on a date with him, since she believes she can get close enough to take his pen while Cat Noir follows in secret. As Ladybug, she makes an excuse about having secret business to attend to, leaving it to him.
    • A similar event happens in "Dark Blade", where Marinette is trapped inside city hall along with the mayor and her classmates, forcing Cat Noir to fight Dark Blade and his knights alone until she's able to get them to safety and transform into Ladybug.
    • In "Pixelator", Adrien is trapped in the villain's Prison Dimension early on, leaving Ladybug to fight alone until she cons him into releasing everyone.
    • In "Simon Says", the villain targets Gabriel while Adrien has to be Cat Noir while also convincing everyone that he's still in the house. He settles for the Bathroom Breakout to trick them.
    • Subverted in "Volpina". The villain creates an illusion of Adrien being held hostage, and Cat Noir has to figure out how to prove it's a fake to Ladybug without revealing his identity. He succeeds with Shoot the Hostage.
    • Played with in "The Collector" as Hawk Moth akumatizes his alter-ego, Gabriel Agreste.
    • In "Riposte", the villain goes looking for Adrien since he had bested her in fencing. Ladybug rescues him, but has to keep finding places for him to be safe.
    • "Gorizilla" has the bodyguard hold Adrien for most of the episode. This leads to a point where Adrien is falling off the roof and Hawk Moth expects Cat Noir to appear. In the end, he orders Gorizilla to save Adrien.
    • In "Frightingale", Adrien gets cast as Cat Noir and Marinette as Ladybug in a music video. They both pretend to lose their masks so people don't figure out their secret identities. At the end of the episode, when all of Paris is taking part in the video, Adrien is wearing a Ladybug mask while Marinette wears a Cat Noir mask.
    • In "Style Queen", Adrien is the first victim of the titular villain's dust that turn people into gold statues.
  • Building Swing: Ladybug gets around Paris in this fashion, along with Roof Hopping. So does Queen Bee, when she gets her powers.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: The Miraculouses requires a line to activate (and can also be deactivated early with a similar line). In the French, they are all "Transformez-moi" ("detransformez-moi" to change back). In the English dub, though, they each have a unique line:
    • Ladybug: "Tikki, spots on!"
      • "Spots off."
    • Cat Noir: "Plagg, claws out!"
      • "Claws in."
    • Hawk Moth: "Nooroo, dark wings rise!"
      • "Dark wings fall."
    • Rena Rouge: "Trixx, let’s pounce!"
      • (Detransformation phrase currently unknown)
    • Carapace: "Wayzz, shell on!"
      • "Shell off."
    • Queen Bee: "Pollen, buzz on!"
      • "Buzz off."

    Tropes C to D 
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': Any time Ladybug or Cat Noir get Green-Eyed Monster and act on their jealousy, karma comes to bite them in the form of a new akuma.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Cat Noir, in contrast to his civilian identity. Marinette explicitly tells Alya that Cat Noir is too much of a goofball to be Adrien when Alya notes some physical similarities, and she doesn't like Cat's Large Ham tendencies. Even Chloé, when Cat Noir was on bodyguard duty, didn't notice the benefits of having a hero around in a skintight catsuit; she merely bugged him to do her physics homework.
  • Character Title: Besides the show's actual title, in the French and English versions each episode (save the first Origins Episode) is named after the villain fought in that episode.
  • Chekhov's Lecture:
    • In "Dark Cupid," Miss Bustier talks about how True Love's Kiss often works as a curse-breaker in several fairy tales. Guess how Ladybug later cures Cat Noir of Dark Cupid's Hate Plague?
    • In "Princess Fragrance," Miss Mendeliev lectures the class on the flammability of Rose's perfume. Good thing Princess Fragrance unleashes her attack near a boat full of fireworks.
  • Christmas Episode: "Santa Claws" is set at Christmastime, and features a Bad Santa as the Villain of the Week.
  • Clark Kenting:
    • Played straight with Marinette/Ladybug, as her only differences are lighter hair/eyes. Adrien's transformation puts more effort into it, changing his hairstyle and eye color (his sclera turn green!). It's also played straight with the more obvious villains of the week (eg. Lady Wifi), whom the heroes still have trouble recognizing.
    • Averted with Queen Bee. In her first episode, she transforms in front of a bunch of people, and later tells all of Paris her true identity.
  • Clingy Costume: When Lady Wifi attempts to unmask Ladybug, she finds that her mask is fused to her face.
    Lady Wifi: Why won't it come off?!
    Ladybug: Uh... Because it's magic?
  • Color-Coded Secret Identity: Downplayed. Marinette's colour scheme is mainly pink and blue, but her rolled up sleeves show polka dots and she wears red hair ties. Alya's hair and shirt are orange, the same as Rena Rouge's colour scheme. Chloé has blonde hair and wears a yellow jacket with black and white stripes on her shirt, referencing Queen Bee. Adrien wears a white shirt but has a black T-shirt with 4 stripes to go with his black cat costume.
  • Color Motif: The seven main Miraculous; shown by the colors of their kwami and the season 2 opening — Tikki/Ladybug is red, Plagg/Cat Noir is black, Trixx/Rena Rouge is orange, Pollen/Queen Bee is yellow, Wayzz/Carapace is green, Duusu/Mayura is blue, and Nooroo/Hawk Moth is violet.
  • Combat Parkour: Pursuing akumas across Parisian rooftops has Ladybug and Chat Noir adapting their usual parkour into fighting.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: Marinette gets hit with this hard when using her Lucky Charm to get the Alpha Bitch Chloé away from Adrien instead of using it to stop the Bubbler in "Bring Back the Adults". She loses energy on her transformation and has to power down to civilian form to recharge. Tikki calls her out for this, and for taking the time to pen her signature on a birthday gift to Adrien.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Jagged Stone tells Ladybug about his stalker, who goes to all of his concerts, digs through his trash, and followed Jagged Stone's mother to her weekly poker game. She comments how creepy that is and he objects, thinking she means the poker game.
  • Crash-Into Hello: How Ladybug and Chat Noir first meet; she was still trying out her powers when she crashed into him and accidentally got the two of them tangled in her yo-yo string.
  • Creative Closing Credits: The end credits for "Santa Claws" have snowflakes falling in the foreground, with a seasonal arrangement of the theme tune.
  • Credits Running Sequence: The end of the opening credits for the first season has the two heroes running, with the kwamis flying around.
  • Curse Cut Short: In "Horrificator", the show deliberately leaves out a couple of choice words from the "Smelly Wolf" song.
    Ladybug: Smelly wolf, smelly wolf, trapped in a stinky hut
    Everyone: Smelly wolf, smelly wolf, I'm going to kick your[cuts to Rose clapping her garbage can lid-cymbals together]
  • Cut-and-Paste Translation: Although the English dub is very well-received in quality, there are script changes. Most are minor, such as changing the school years from the French system, changing Chat Noir's nickname for Marinette from "princess" to "little lady" in "Evillustrator", and giving transformations Miraculous-specific invocations as opposed to just "[Kwami name], transform me". However, when Adrien and Ladybug see a picture of Adrien's mother, they tell each other in unison that she shares a trait with the other. In French, they say "She has your smile", but in English this becomes "She's got your eyes". which is logically valid for Adrien, but not so much for blue-eyed, biracial Ladybug, though he could be referring to the metaphorical way (the kindness and such in the eyes) rather than the literal shape and colour.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: When Adrian is transformed into a gold statue and trapped inside an impervious shield by Style Queen and thus, depriving Ladybug of her partner, Plagg offers to take his place, only for Master Fu to remind Plagg of the disasters that happened each time Plagg used Cataclycsm personally. Apparently a Kwami using their special power directly makes it many times more potent, hence the need for a human bearer, to soften the effect. But he comes to Ladybug's aid anyway and while the resulting Cataclysm blast does break the shield, it also cuts the Eiffel Tower in half, causing it to fall towards the city below. Fortunately, Plagg had planned for Ladybug's Lucky Charm power to undo the damage he knew would result.
  • Dark Is Evil: Hawk Moth spends his time standing in a dark room, is decked out in a dark purple suit, and imbues his white butterflies with black and purple energy to corrupt them.
  • Dark Is Not Evil:
  • Dark Reprise: A darker rendition of the main theme plays when Hawk Moth's Transformation Sequence is revealed in "Gorizilla".
  • A Day in the Limelight: The akumatizations serve as this for the minor characters; before they get akumatized the audience generally learns something about their family lives, personalities, or motivations. "Antibug" is this for Chloé in particular in which she first gets tormented by the episode's first akumatised person (who does not become Antibug), and in the second act becomes the title villain herself.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Invoked in "The Bubbler." When the Bubbler traps Ladybug and Cat Noir in a bubble and goes on a Motive Rant about parents never being there for their kids, Ladybug, who has Good Parents, says that parents are only trying to protect their kids and love them. Cat Noir, whose father practices Parental Neglect, agrees with the Bubbler that not all parents are Good Parents, but that doesn't mean that you have to punish them all by default.
  • Deus ex Machina: Invoked with Ladybug's Lucky Charm, which produces an item that will solve whatever crisis she's dealing with. Also played with, as she has no idea what item will pop up and has to figure out how to put it to use. There are also times where she has to waste it on less important tasks.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • Most akuma victims pull this. Get told off by a police officer for feeding pigeons? Kidnap all of them and trap them in a cage. Get humiliated in class by the school bully? Send spinning razor blades at her. Celebrity ruins your chances on a game show? Brainwash him into jumping off the roof of a building.
    • Chloé sabotages Master Cheng's soup in a competition because his niece insulted her (and she really doesn't like soup). When Cheng is turned into an akuma, he goes after Chloé in revenge and tries to cook her, returning the favor.
  • Domestic Abuse: Audrey Bourgeois' treatment of her family borders on this. The reason Chloé tries to emulate her in her own life is that she hopes that it will finally get her mother to treat her with some kind of love or affection.
  • Domestic Appliance Disaster: Ladybug once used a microwave as a weapon, when she voluntarily put a metallic box in it in order for the waves to destroy a virtual padlock. It works, but not before the oven explodes.
  • Domino Mask: Marinette and Adrien's costumes both include one. In "Lady Wifi", Ladybug's is shown to be bonded to her face, making unmasking her more difficult than it might appear.
    • Every Miraculous user has one, except for Hawk Moth, whose mask covers everything but his mouth.
  • Double Standard:
    • Whenever a guy has a crush on Marinette or Ladybug, they tend to be a Nice Guy who at worse is misguided due to akuma corruption, namely Evillustrator and Copycat. In contrast, whenever a girl crushes on Adrien, like Chloé or Lila, they tend to fall into the Alpha Bitch category. Justified in that Adrien as a fashion designer's son and model would attract Gold Diggers while Marinette attracts those who adore her sweet personality.
    • Many of the female characters' unhealthy and creepy obsessions/infatuations with male characters are Played for Laughs. Chloé and Lila invade Adrien's personal space quite often, along with Chloé's general behaviour. Rose is completely devoted to Prince Ali, and fantasises becoming his princess, clinging to him after her akumatisation. Marinette is possibly the biggest example, as she has an entire schedule of Adrien's activities and otherwise stalks him.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • Cat Noir likes Ladybug, but he doesn't really notice Marinette. Ladybug likes Adrien, but doesn't seem to return Cat Noir's feelings. The show milks this for all its worth.
    • Alya is Cat Noir and Ladybug's biggest fan, chronicles their adventures for her blog, theorizes about their civilian identities... and has no idea that they're her friends Marinette and Adrien.
    • Chloé idolizes Ladybug, and is none the wiser that she's actually Marinette, the girl she's been tormenting for years.
    • In season two, the audience learns that Hawk Moth is Gabriel Agreste, Adrien's father and one of Marinette's fashion idols, while the heroes remain unaware.
  • Driven by Envy: Aurore is incredibly jealous of Mireille for beating her in a competition, hence her turning into Stormy Weather.
  • Dub Name Change:
    • Likely to avoid Fluffy the Terrible, Hawk Moth's name was changed from "le Papillon", which literally translates to "the butterfly".
    • Chat Noir's name is often changed in dubs, see Gratuitous Foreign Language below.
    • The Mandarin Chinese dub does translations and transliterations with character names. With Ladybug and Cat Noir, they mix both which causes some Repetitive Naming, as Ladybug's dub name translates back to "Ladybug Lady" in English, and Cat Noir's translates to "Chat Noir Noir" in French. Hawk Moth's dub name (加百利, jiābǎilì) doesn't reference a butterfly or any other dub name, but is instead a loose transliteration of "Gabriel" (加百列, jiābǎiliè).

    Tropes E to H 
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In the earlier English dub episodes, Hawk Moth says more than once that he wants to use the power of the Miraculouses to Take Over the World. It's implied in later episodes after his identity is revealed that his actual goal is to use them to bring back his missing wife, making the Generic Doomsday Villain talk seem out of place.
  • Eastern Zodiac: In addition to the seven main Miraculous, there is a kwami for every animal of the Eastern Zodiac. They are first explicitly seen in "Sandboy".
  • Eating Lunch Alone: Adrien seems to do this every day at home. He seems quite used to it, if not happy.
  • Economy Cast: Several one-shot villains like Aurore and Theo tend to show up as background characters in order to fill up crowd scenes (Aurore is a student at Marinette's school, and Theo does random jobs around Paris). Also, we have only one non-faceless cop in the entirety of Paris (Roger), a generic photographer that takes both Adrien's modelling shots as well as class photos (Vincent) and one or two TV reporters (Alec and Nadja).
  • Edible Bludgeon: The weapons seen in "Kung Food", which has Marinette's Supreme Chef uncle as a villain, are all made out of food. There's a mace made out of seafood, a whip made out of sausages, a crossbow made out of cheese (which fires it, too), a bow and arrow set made of desserts, and a BFS made out of pizza.
  • Eiffel Tower Effect:
    • Marinette's home and school are located in the fictional 21st Arrondissment of Paris, which is somehow both directly across the river from Notre Dame (in the 5th) and in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower (in the 7th). A 21st arrondissement would border the 11th, 12th and 20th, but would still be nowhere near either landmark.
    • Also in some scenes at the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower can be seen as being behind the museum towards the south-east when it's actually more or less due west.
  • Election Day Episode: "Darkblade" opens with the results of the Paris mayoral elections; Chloé's father has once again won in a landslide with 97% of the votes. Meanwhile, Marinette's class is about to have their own elections for class president, with everybody being too scared to run against Chloé, except Marinette.
  • Empathic Shapeshifter: All of the villains, save presumably for Hawk Moth, are made to fit the feelings and desires of the people who get akumatized and the situations that caused those feelings. A jilted suitor becomes a bitter anti-Cupid, a timid actress becomes a horror movie monster, etc. Some of them are extremely context-specific as a result, like the Bubbler who is a party animal with a bubble theme because Nino wanted to throw Adrien a party at the time, and happened to be using a bubble wand when Hawk Moth noticed him.
  • Enemy Mime: One of Hawk Moth's victims is a mime, who gains the power to create invisible items by miming them, such as conjuring up an invisible sword for attacking or invisible vehicles to escape. However, he can only have one item mimed at a time.
  • Every Device Is a Swiss-Army Knife: Ladybug's magic yo-yo and Cat Noir's baton. Aside from being their main weapons, they also work as shields, grappling hooks, poles, phones (with internet connection!), maps, spyglasses, and basically whatever the episode requires of them.
  • Evil Makeover: Whenever someone becomes akumatized, they get transformed into a supervillain outfit, including possible changes in skin tone. This is especially noticable when other Miraculous wearers get akumatized, changing from bright colours to decidedly darker ones. Hawk Moth also gets one, despite already being a villain, when Catalyste supercharges his ability so he can akumatize more than one person at a time.
  • Evil Only Has to Win Once: No matter how many akumas the heroes defeat, Hawk Moth can just keep sending out more.
  • Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: In a sense, Akumitized victims will always have a stained patch around their eyes; it seems this is how they communicate with Papillon / Hawk Moth.
  • Fake First Kiss: Ladybug gives Cat Noir their first kiss to break him out of Dark Cupid's mind control, but she still doesn't figure out that he's the guy she loves and their relationship doesn't change, as he also doesn't remember the kiss.
  • Falling Chandelier of Doom: In "Kung Food", Marinette tricks the brainwashed Mayor Bourgeois in catching his whip on a chandelier, which he then brings down on himself in an effort to dislodge it. Curiously, this results in him being wrapped up in his own whip, as opposed to being knocked out.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: In "Catalyst", we have the misfortune of witnessing Ladybug hit Cat Noir with his own Cataclysm, causing him to be petrified and reduced to ash in the wind. Sure, it's all an illusion caused by Volpina, but damn.
  • Foil:
    • Tikki and Plagg. While Tikki is more responsible and serves as The Conscience for Marinette, Plagg is content to let Adrien neglect his duties as Cat Noir and enjoy being normal.
    • Adrien's father and Marinette's parents. Gabriel practices Parental Neglect on a regular basis and denies his son pleasures like a birthday party, while Tom and Sabine are loving authority figures who gently nudge Marinette to do her chores.
    • Adrien and Marinette come from radically different backgrounds — Marinette is from a loving middle-class family while Adrien is from a wealthy broken one. Marinette has a bold personality (except around Adrien) while Adrien often has trouble verbalizing his feelings. Their reactions to getting their Miraculous show this. Neurotic, insecure Marinette refuses the call, while sheltered, lonely Adrien jumps at it.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • In "Stormy Weather", Manon complains to Alya that "you always win" about their hand-clapping game. The same complaint contributes to her becoming The Puppeteer later.
    • In the second season opening, paying close attention to the shots containing the classmates has one photo with Alya next to a fox emoticon, hinting at her using the Fox Miraculous to become Reina Rouge.
    • In "Syren", Marinette tells Tikki that the blue macaron she made is supposed to have ice powers. This is exactly what she uses in "Frozer".
  • Funny Background Event:
    • Nathanael can occasionally be seen faceplanting into his desk in some shots of the classroom.
    • In "Despair Bear", one girl at the party can be seen to have - quite sensibly, given the context! - scrambled halfway up a column to avoid the akuma of the week.
  • Fusion Dance: What the heroes' Transformation Sequences amount to. Their respective kwamis fuse with the Miraculous during it and are nowhere to be seen until the transformations revert. This give them not only their powers, but also a notable change in personality, which becomes a mix of the civilian self and the kwami.
  • Gay Paree: Paris is as picturesque as you'd expect and the Eiffel Tower is frequently in the background (even if it's geographically impossible).
  • Genki Girl: Marinette is extremely excitable and clumsy, but always has a good attitude, as is typical for a Magical Girl alter ego.
  • Genre Savvy: In "Horrificator", all of the students are trapped in school, and Chloé decides to call for help. Meanwhile, Nino opts to continue filming his movie, his choice words being, "Dude, you know cell phones never work in horror movies." And he's right, when the rest of the students fail to get reception on their phones.
  • Gibberish of Love:
    • Marinette in early episodes is like this around Adrien. She slowly gets better as their friendship grows.
    • Nino gets this during "Animan" when he suddenly develops a crush on Marinette.
  • Gilded Cage: Adrien's life. On the surface he's a rich kid with a steady modeling job, good looks, nice friends and decent grades. Beneath the Mask, however, he has to deal with Parental Neglect from both his father and his father's assistant, and not being able to enjoy the normal things that most other boys his age have. He originally didn't even have friends, being homeschooled and wanting to attend school.
  • Good Parents: Marinette's parents are this — they're kind, loving, and supportive; in contrast to Adrien's distant and aloof "parent". The other most prominent parent, the Mayor, is implied to be a doormat when it comes to his daughter, resulting in her spoiled attitude.
  • Gratuitous English:
    • "Ladybug" is the heroine's name in the most dubs, due to The Adjectival Superhero title. One exception is the Chinese dub, which uses the characters for "ladybug" and then a transliteration of the English "lady".
    • "Miraculous" is also the term used in French, and most of the non-English dubs, for the Transformation Trinkets.
    • Ladybug's Invocation of her main power is the English "Lucky Charm" in most dubs, with an exception in the Mandarin Chinese dub.
    • "Hawk Moth" is used in the Korean, German, Latin American Spanish, European Spanish, and Portuguese dubs.
    • In the French dub, several of the villains have English names as well: Chronogirl (Timebreaker), Lady Wifi, Rogercop, Animan, Guitar Villain, Kung Food, Gamer, and Antibug.
  • Gratuitous French:
    • Chat Noir's name usually changes depending on the dub, but the Italian dub keeps the French name, while the English and Catalan dubs do a partial translation (Cat Noir and Gat Noir respectively). The Spanish dubs and Portuguese dub borrow from the English dub and use "Cat Noir", whereas the Russian dub ditches the "black cat" name entirely and goes with "Supercat". In the Chinese dub the first two characters of his dub name mean "black cat", and the last two are a transliteration of the French "noir".
    • The Italian dub also retains the French "Papillon" for Hawk Moth.
    • Rena Rouge and Zombizou are the only characters in English dub with untranslated names (former meaning "red fox" and latter being portmanteau of "zombie" and "kiss").
  • Gratuitous Japanese:
    • "Akuma" is Japanese for "devil".
    • "Kwami" stands for "quantic kami"; "kami" is the Japanese term for spirits.
    • The Korean version uses "Henshin!" as the heroes' transformation phrase.
  • Green-Eyed Monster:
    • It's what makes Copycat vulnerable to Hawk Moth. However, it's prompted by Cat Noir's jealousy, after he lies that he and Ladybug are together when he gets annoyed by Theo talking too much about his crush on Ladybug.
      Adrien: How did I not see that jealousy coming a mile away?
      Plagg: Yours or his?
      Adrien: Ha ha. So funny.
    • It also motivates Marinette into exposing Lila, and setting off Volpina.
  • Hair-Contrast Duo:
    • Played with. Marinette and Adrien have contrasting hair colors and behaviors, as civilians and as their alter egos. Dark-haired Marinette has a strong, outgoing personality, while blond Adrien is shyer and more reserved. Ladybug, meanwhile, tends to be cooler and more level-headed (although not without her own Not So Above It All moments) versus Cat Noir's hammier tendencies.
    • Best friends Rose and Juleka play this trope straight. Short, cheerful, idealistic, all-pink-wearing caring Rose has short blond hair, while tall, quiet, shy, goth-dressing Juleka has long dark hair and Peek-a-Bangs.
  • Handshake Substitute: Ladybug and Cat Noir almost always do a fist bump to celebrate having vanquished the Villain of the Week.
  • Hates My Secret Identity:
    • Played straight in "Evillustrator" and "Antibug" where Chloé gets to meet Ladybug personally and keeps hugging her. Ladybug's response every time is to push her away with a disgusted expression and some light slapping, because of her personal experiences as Marinette.
    • Subverted in "Lady Wifi" where Alya leads Cat Noir to believe Chloé may be Ladybug (he is watching Chloé cosplaying) and he's horrified at the possibility he may be crushing on her. Naturally, he is tremendously relieved when the actual Ladybug shows up to meet him.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: When not in use, the Miraculous change color and occasionally shape to conceal their true nature. Ladybug's earrings and Cat Noir's rings become featureless and change color, Hawk Moth's moth brooch loses the defining wings (and is hidden behind his tie in any case), and Carapace's bracelet trades the shell pattern for a light jade color.
  • High-Tech Hexagons: Close-ups on Ladybug and Cat Noir's superheroes costumes show they are composed of a fine mesh of hexagons.
  • Hoist by Their Own Petard: Ladybug gets two Brainwashed and Crazy chefs to turn their weapons against each other — dessert arrows and cheese crossbows respectively.
  • Homage: The Season 2 episode, "Dark Owl", is one towards the Adam West Batman show.
  • The Host: TV1's Alec, who seems to be the go-to host for all televised competitions seen in-series. He's appropriately bubbly and excitable during each one, although he's notably more down-to-earth when off camera. Unfortunately for him, all three of the competitions we've seen him host have had someone turn into an akuma.
  • Hour of Power: Whenever Ladybug or Cat Noir use their special abilities (Lucky Charm and Cataclysm, respectively), they (allegedly) only have five minutes before their transformation ends. The symbols on their Miraculous have five lights that will count down after the power is activated.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Cat Noir loves delivering these as Casual Danger Dialogue, much to Ladybug's exasperation.
  • Hypocritical Humor
    • In "Kung Food", the villain snickers about Ladybug's Lucky Charm being a piece of paper; Cat Noir points out that Kung Food has been attacking them with "cheese and sausages".
    • From "The Gamer":
      Chloé: How can someone spend so much time in front of a screen?
      Sabrina: Yeah, totally. It's crazy.
      [both girls return to their cell phones]

    Tropes I to M 
  • Ideal Illness Immunity: Averted. Having a Miraculous does not make you immune to being Akumatized. Every time it might have been Adrian or Marinette it's always been just their good luck that saved them.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: In the French and English dubs, the episodes are named after the villains, with the exception of the Origins episodes. This is not always the case in the Korean dub; the Korean title for "The Bubbler"/"Le Bulleur" is "Bring Back the Adults", for example.
  • Idiot Ball:
    • The entire plot of "Timebreaker" could have been avoided if Alya or Marinette remembered they have pockets. Instead they just hold Alix's antique watch in their hands while trying to juggle other tasks and it ends up being broken.
    • Chloé complaining about soup in "Kung Food" and being a racist Jerkass in front of her crush Adrien. Unsurprisingly, by the end of the episode, she is kicked out of the jury for tampering with Master Cheng's soup.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Averted with the akuma-possessed villains. Any attempt to appeal to who they were ends with a succinct That Man Is Dead reply. Cat Noir and Ladybug merely work together to free them of the akuma and return things to normal.
  • Imagine Spot: Marinette has a few when she thinks about Adrien, often used as a pretext for Art Shift. One of them takes the form of manga panels!
  • I'm a Humanitarian: The villain Kung Food tries to cook Chloé in retaliation for her sabotaging his soup.
  • In a Single Bound: Ladybug and Cat Noir can jump higher and further than most normal humans, though not to the extent of leaping over entire buildings.
  • Inconsistent Coloring: Due to different character models and shading setups, the characters' hair and skin colours frequently change from episode to episode. Marinette is the most obvious, with her blue hair going from a lighter pale blue to a black with blue highlights.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: How Chloé is caught stealing Marinette's diary, when she hadn't revealed what was inside her "magic box".
  • Incompetent Guard Animal: Fang, Jagged Stone's pet crocodile, behaves less like the swamp predator that he is and more like a pet dog, wagging his tail, panting with his tongue hanging out, having his belly scratched and so on. In "Pixelator", he consistently act like a lovable pet, so when the titular villain Pixelator breaks into Jagged's hotel room with the intent of kidnapping him, Jagged tries to have Fang attack him, only for the crocodile to roll over, wanting a belly-rub.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Fred Haprèle's boss Josiane looks like a younger Josiane Balasko, her French voice actress.
  • Instrument of Murder:
    • Guitar Villain wields a guitar that fires devastating sonic blasts.
    • The Fox Miraculous wielder gets a flute. The akumatized form uses it to cast illusions.
  • Insult Backfire: Cat Noir receives one in the episode "The Pharaoh", after hearing that the titular akumatized villain was stopped by a Ladybug before.
    Cat Noir: Well, you don't look a day over three thousand.
    Ladybug: Now you know why I am so much wiser than you.
  • Interrupted Declaration of Love: Cat Noir attempts to finally confess his love for Ladybug in the Valentine's Day episode, only for this to happen when they are attacked by Dark Cupid. Cue screams of frustration.
    Cat Noir: Ladybug, I lov- loathe you.
  • It's All My Fault:
    • When "The Bubbler" turns on the teens at Adrien's forced birthday party and begins imprisoning them in bubbles like he did all the adults, both Adrien and Marinette recognize they're to blame (Adrien for playing along due to his desperate desire to have a party with his friends, Marinette for spending more time trying to make sure Adrien knows she left him a present than actually stopping the Bubbler).
    • Marinette blames herself for provoking Chloé, who then sabotaged her uncle's soup, making him a victim for Hawk Moth.
    • Marinette similarly takes the blame for embarrassing Lila and turning her into Volpina.
  • It's Always Spring: The weather is perpetually warm and sunny, and school's always in session. The exception is "Stormy Weather", where the akuma victim pointedly makes the weather wintery as a method of revenge, the rain at the beginning of "Princess Fragrance" (a plot point as it makes Tikki ill), at the end of "Stoneheart" (because rain is never shown in the series, Marinette and Adrien's reconciliation stands out more and becomes much more heartwarming), and obviously in the Christmas episode.
  • Jerkass: Chloé Bourgeois. She is snobby, entitled, vain, and petty, and Season 2 gives her the "honor" of being the first person to reach an akumatization count in the double digits. It's so bad that in "Despair Bear", Hawk Moth actually sends the akuma off early, knowing that someone was going to get hurt during a party for everyone held by Chloé.
  • Keep It Foreign: Adrien takes Mandarin Chinese lessons, but in the Mandarin Chinese dub, he knows Cantonese, which is a Chinese dialect that is mutually unintelligible with Mandarin. Hence, in "Kung Food", when Adrien and Wang Cheng would alternate between the dub language and Mandarin Chinese, they instead translate between Mandarin and Cantonese.
  • Kent Brockman News: The news captions in Nadja Chammak's newscast are usually very silly and rarely informative. For example, when she's covering Mr. Pigeon's attacks, the caption reads "Rrooo Roloooo!"
  • Killer Yo Yo: Ladybug's weapon of choice.
  • Kissed Keepsake: After Adrien briefly touches Marinette's shoulder, she swoons that she's never going to wash her jacket again.
  • Late for School: The intro shows Marinette running late for school with a croissant in her mouth, before tripping because of a black cat. Also happens often in episodes.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Juleka ends up getting akumatized in part due to her belief in a curse preventing her from having her face photographed. The animators seem to be affected by this "curse" as well, since the Season 1 theme song has her face mostly obscured by Nino's arm.
  • Legacy Character: "The Pharaoh" episode reveals that Tikki and other kwamis are over 5000 years old and have been assisting multiple Miraculous holders in the past. One of the Ladybugs Tikki helped was Tutankhamen's arch-enemy.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: Gender flipped with Adrien. In civilian form, his hair is neatly combed back. But when he's Cat Noir, his hair is much fluffier and wilder, and it seems he becomes a lot more expressive and daring.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Rose Lavillant is generally the kind, bubbly girl while Juleka Couffaine is more of the gloomy, spooky sort. They're also best friends.
  • Light Is Not Good: Hawk Moth starts his plans by opening a window and letting sunlight into his lair, surrounded by a number of glowing butterflies who flutter around him. His powers, on the other hand, are firmly in the Dark Is Evil category, at least how he uses them.
    • Compounded by the fact that it is revealed that Hawk Moth powers come from Nooroo which is the Kwami of Generosity.
  • Likes Clark Kent, Hates Superman:
    • Marinette has a massive crush on Adrien, but finds his alter-ego Chat Noir to be obnoxious. On the other side of things, Adrien has a crush on Ladybug, but does not realize that she is secretly Marinette.
    • Chloe hates Marinette, but considers herself to be Ladybug's biggest fan.
    • Gabriel Agreste appears to genuinely love his son (despite being a horrible parent). Unbeknownst to him, his son is one of the two superheroes that his akuma minions battle on a daily basis.
  • Limited Wardrobe: For a show whose protagonists are an aspiring fashion designer and a model, the students pretty much stick to one outfit, even when interning at a hotel or exercising in P.E. class. In Adrien's case, we see him modeling his father's outfits and even in a fencing getup at one point, but for the most part he sticks to one outfit like the rest of the cast. (Although in the Christmas Episode, everyone is seen with winter outfits...except Adrien, who walks around in the snow in his normal outfit like it's the middle of spring, although he might have neglected to bring a coat with him when he ran away out of frustration.)
  • Lip Lock: The show was lip-synced to the English script (a standard practice for a lot of European animation nowadays), making it this trope in its own native language.
  • Love Makes You Evil: A few akumatizations have to do with Hawk Moth taking advantage of other people's crushes (such as Copycat and Dark Cupid). Played with in the case of the Evillustrator; his crush on Marinette actually makes him less evil. Also applies to Hawk Moth/Gabriel himself, as it's been implied he's after the miraculous' powers so he can bring his missing wife back.
    Hawk Moth: Ladybug, Cat Noir...If Zombizou is right, if love does always conquer; then someday, my most cherished wish will come true for sure!
  • Love Triangle: One developing between Adrien, Marinette and Juleka's brother, Luca.
  • Loves My Alter Ego:
    • Adrien/Cat Noir loves Ladybug, but not Marinette. Marinette/Ladybug loves Adrien but not Cat Noir.
    • Implied with Nathaniel at the end of "Evillustrator", who appears to get over Marinette only to be smitten with Ladybug.
    • In a nonromantic slant, Chloé bullies Marinette, but is a huge fan of Ladybug. Similarly to Marinette, Chloé is obsessed with Adrien, but doesn't seem to think much of Cat Noir in comparison to Ladybug.
  • Lucky Translation: The villain name for the lovesick sculptor who impersonates Cat Noir is "Imposteur" in the original French. In English the translation is "Copycat" which is both a perfectly natural translation choice and a delightful little pun too, which is especially appropriate for a villain posing as Cat Noir.
  • Made of Indestructium: Ladybug's yo-yo and Cat Noir's staff. They've used it to stop cars, buses, helicopters or even a plane (though the last one was in Marinette's Imagine Spot, thus unclear if it actually happened) without ever breaking. Ladybug explicitly states in "Animan" that the cord from her yo-yo cannot be broken. (Although it does break in "Simon Says", but that is after the yo-yo is depowered.)
  • Magic Countdown: Though the stated time for Ladybug and Cat Noir's Hour of Power is five minutes, this tends to either be compressed or stretched out as the plot demands.
  • Magitek: The Miraculous tools or weapons are all inherently magical in nature; appearing when the transformation is initiated and disappearing when it's done however all are confirmed by Word of God to function as communicators as well. Interestingly Ladybug's yo-yo is seen to access the Internet and can be used as a GPS. Whether these features were available to former Ladybug's before such things were invented is unknown.
    • In "Syren" and "Queen Wasp", the staff and yo-yo can be used as underwater breathing devices.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Ladybug, who has good luck-based powers. Ladybugs are a symbol of good luck in France.
    • Cat Noir, which is English and French for black cat, has bad luck-based powers.
    • The name Marinette is derived from Marina, referring to her blue eyes, and Dupain literally means "of the bread", fitting for a baker's daughter.
    • Agreste is the French name for the grayling butterfly, which matches up with the butterfly motif used in some of Gabriel's advertising, such as on Adrien's sneakers. Doubly fitting, since Gabriel is in fact Hawk Moth/Papillon himself.
    • Bourgeois is a French word referring to the upper/middle classes, which was used by Marx to describe those who owned the means of production. A fitting name for a rich girl like Chloé.
  • Meta Origin: Every super-powered character in show gets their powers from a Miraculous, if indirectly in the case of Hawk Moth's minions.
  • Mineral MacGuffin: The Miraculouses are made of magic jewels, as said in the opening of the first Origins episode.
  • Moment of Weakness:
    • In general this is how Hawk Moth finds his victims. They have a moment of sullenness or anger, and he sends a butterfly after them to feed on their negative emotions.
    • Both Marinette and Adrien suffer one in "The Bubbler". Adrien takes a few minutes to enjoy the party that the Bubbler has thrown for him, since he's never been to a party, and Marinette in Ladybug form gets him away from a Clingy Jealous Girl, while in civilian guise takes time to sign a birthday present she gave to Adrien. As both heroes realize, they gave The Bubbler an opening to start spiriting away dissenting partygoers.
  • Monster of the Aesop: Sometimes the Monster of the Week verges into teaching some sort of lesson. The Bubbler is about the importance of adults, Horrificator is about facing one's fears, The Gamer is about losing gracefully, etc.
  • Monster of the Week: The show's format. Each episode is about Hawk Moth sending out a different villain against Ladybug and Cat Noir. Sometimes broken, like with "Antibug" who counts two villains in one episode and "Princess Fragrance", which briefly mentions another akuma in the very first few minutes.
  • Monumental Damage:
    • Superhero series in Paris? Yeah, this was gonna happen. Famous landmarks suffer much abuse at the hands of supervillains, although Ladybug's World-Healing Wave always repairs them by the end of the episode.
    • Exploited when fighting the Enemy Mime. Marinette deliberately goads him into cutting down the Eiffel Tower, just so he'll be forced to protect himself and give her an opening to grab the akuma-possessed item on his person.
    • In "Origins Part 1", Stoneheart destroys the Tour Montparnasse.
    • In "Riposte", the Louvre's glass pyramid gets cut in half.
    • In the Toei PV, The Louvre gets blown up and the Arc de Triomphe is cut in half by a Pillar of Light.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: How Master Cheng cooks, which is Truth in Television. When Hawk Moth turns him into an akuma, he turns the hotel pool into a large soup basin and plans to boil Chloé, Ladybug and Cat Noir in it.
  • Musical Episode: "Santa Claws" is interspersed with the characters singing.
  • Musical Theme Naming: All of Alya's family members are named after famous jazz musicians: her mother Marlena (Marlena Shaw), her father Otis (Otis Redding), and her little sisters Ella (Ella Fitzgerald) and Etta (Etta James). Alya herself is named after Aaliyah.
  • Mutual Masquerade: Marinette and Adrien have no idea that the other is their crush/trusted superhero/partner.

    Tropes N to R 
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • In "Copycat", Cat Noir (jealous of the sculptor Theo's interest in Ladybug) taunts him by implying he and Ladybug are secretly an item, thus creating Copycat.
    • In "The Gamer", Marinette crushes Max in a video game match so she can pair up with Adrien, despite knowing the guy specifically trained for the tournament while she was simply entering on a whim, allowing him to be akumatized.
    • In "Antibug", Ladybug's dismissive treatment of Chloé (who actually offered genuinely useful advice) while fighting one akuma leads to her becoming akumatised. Even before this, Cat Noir calls her out on her bad attitude, refusing to give their signature fist bump.
    • In "Queen Wasp", one of the biggest examples so far. After having his most powerful villain so far beaten, Gabriel was ready to give up being Hawk Moth. Then Chloé, who had just gotten the Bee Miraculous, shows that she only wants to be a hero because she's so angry, giving him new hope that he might just create a villain powerful enough finally win. It didn't work, but it did keep the hope alive in Gabriel and kept him going on his plan to bring back his wife.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Word of God says the heroes' costumes grant them invulnerability. They certainly can resist attacks that would severely injure or even kill a normal human.
  • No Flow in CGI:
    • Marinette's pigtails are short and a single object with a few strands sticking out. Chloé's hair is tied back. As a civilian Alya's hair barely passes her shoulders. Lila's hair is long, but tied at the very end to keep it as a single object. Although Juleka's hair is long and untied, it acts as a single sheet. Since the hair is animated with a physics engine, very sudden movements can cause clipping (notable with Ladybug and Volpina's bangs), or give a wig-like air, and Marinette's pigtails and Lila's sidetails react badly to touching their shoulders or the ground.
    • In regards to clothing, none of the major characters wear skirts or dresses. The few characters who do are either background characters with minimal movement, characters who don't physically engage in a fight, or have their skirts designed so that they're bell-shaped and don't touch their legs (such as Reflekta or the Puppeteer). However, Marinette and Adrien's jackets still flow appropriately, notably in Marinette's transformation sequence.
  • Noodle Incident: When Plagg used his Cataclysm powers directly, he made Atlantis sink, tilted the Tower of Pisa and caused the extinction of the dinosaurs.
  • No Ontological Inertia: Any damage that happens to Paris gets quickly undone with Ladybug's World-Healing Wave. Justified, as it's an explicit power of hers based around the Power of Creation.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: Despite Cat's skintight outfit and his physical strength, everyone sees him as more of a Casanova Wannabe and Pungeon Master.
  • Not the Fall That Kills You: Ladybug and Cat Noir canonically have invulnerability, as may the akumatised victims, but normal civilians also survive falls and sudden stops without a problem. Notably, Chloé is thrown off the Eiffel Tower in "Stoneheart: Origins Pt. 2.", and Ladybug catching her in her arms before hitting the ground apparently keeps Chloé from injury.
  • Oblivious to Her Own Description: Marinette can't see herself in Adrien's love poem (which is actually written about her but not to her) without some convincing from Tikki.
  • Oblivious to Love: Both of our heroes have this UpToEleven.
    • Adrien to Marinette's crush, even when she stutters in front of him. He's oblivious to Lila as well, but appears aware of Chloé's non-platonic affections for him.
    • Ladybug to Chat Noir's crush, despite (or because of) his constant flirting. She also had no idea about Nathanael's and Nino's respective crushes on her despite the later's Marinette-ing right in front of her.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: Marinette, Adrien and Alya when The Puppeteer compels Alya to turn into Lady WiFi on the train.
  • Once per Episode: Numerous, and sometimes more than once. Opening shot of Eiffel Tower, bad guy's butterfly scene, Marinette's transformation, Cat Noir's transformation (occasionally skipped), Ladybug confused by the lucky item, magical reset, Hawk Moth vows revenge with a pun.
    • In season two, every time Master Fu asks Marinette to choose an ally she can trust to temporarily receive the power of a Miraculous, the exact same two scenes play with the box of Miraculous and Ladybug's speech about the Miraculous she is lending away. In Alya's case, having been Rena Rouge twice, giving her the speech for the second time onscreen is unnecessary since she already knows the conditions attached.
  • One Degree of Separation: Thanks to the Economy Cast. Nearly every character, akumatized or not, is related to someone Marinette or Adrien know. The zookeeper Kim annoys is Alya's father, the historian in the Louvre is their classmate Alix's brother, every teenaged akuma victim attends their school, et cetera.
  • One Myth to Explain Them All: The Origins Issue implies that Heracles and Joan of Arc were wielders of the Black Cat and Ladybug Miraculous, respectively. It has been revealed that other holders of the Ladybug Miraculous include Hippolyta and Mudekudeku, an OmuHimba girl.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted; there are two Vincents in this show. Oddly enough, they're both photographers.
  • Opposites Attract: Ladybug: A symbol for good luck. Black Cat: A symbol for bad luck. Do the math.
  • Origins Episode: Episode 25 and 26 reveal how Marinette and Adrien received their Miraculouses and became Ladybug and Cat Noir.
  • Out-of-Genre Experience:
    • "Horrificator" is something of a horror movie as the Dwindling Party of classmates attempts to hide from the monster in the school. Lampshaded by Nino.
    • "The Gamer" turns into a hybrid video game/giant mecha battle near the end, complete with Calling Your Attacks and shout-outs to Street Fighter.
  • Pair the Spares: Alya and Nino, the best friends of the two main characters, who are implied to be in a relationship after the events of "Animan".
  • Paper-Thin Disguise:
    • Marinette's disguise is basically a small mask over her eyes; the transformation doesn't even change her hairstyle! Even so, many people mistake other characters as Ladybug when dressed in the costume. This is most blatant when Lady WiFi reveals that Chloé dresses as Ladybug in private and thus believes that Chloé is the real thing. So far Jagged Stone seems to be the only person who notices that Chloé's hair is different when in costume. When Chloé showcases her Ladybug outfit, it even includes a replica wig that's, of course, identical to Marinette's hair.
    • By contrast, Adrien's Chat Noir disguise gives him a likewise small mask, but also significantly changes his hairstyle and transforms his eyes into green cat ones (sclera included), making it much harder for someone to guess his true identity.
    • To further compound how little effort they put onto maintaining their secret identities, neither one ever bothers to actually get somewhere private before transforming: usually they just duck behind something that only blocks line of sight in one direction (like ducking into a subway station) something that doesn't even fully block line of sight (like behind a park bench), or just ducking around a corner in a hallway that ought to have security cameras.
    • It becomes kind of hilarious when each of them have to, on multiple occasions, vocally imitate their alter-ego (in or out of transformation) and no one ever seems to notice either that their voice is different or that their alter-egos sound identical.
  • Parasol of Pain: "Stormy Weather" features the titular villain, "Stormy Weather" ("Climatika" in the French version), wielding a parasol with which she can control the weather.
  • Parasol of Prettiness: Aurore Beauréal carries one in "Stormy Weather". Becomes a Parasol of Pain when she gets akumatized.
  • Le Parkour: Some of the duo's Roof Hopping looks like this, which is not surprising considering Parkour originated in France.
  • Picture Day: The subject of "Reflekta". Juleka is uncomfortable about having her picture taken and Chloé ruins it, causing Juleka to become akumatized.
  • Plot Hole:
    • Ladybug always throws her Lucky Charm Object in the air, even when it's nowhere near her.
    • Cat Noir occasionally has to run before he times out, even if he doesn't uses Cataclysm during this transformation. ("The Pharaoh", "Darkblade") Although this is only if that's the only way to drain Cat Noir's power to that point and not just the most expedient one.
    • In the third issue of the Miraculous Adventures comics, while Adrien transforms back into his swim trunks without a problem, Marinette ends up completely naked despite wearing a shirt and shorts before turning into Ladybug.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Chloé, when she says Marinette's uncle should just make sushi "like everyone else". As Adrien points out, sushi is Japanese whereas Marinette's uncle is Chinese.
  • Power at a Price: Combining the Cat's Ring and the Ladybug's jewels give the power to reshape reality or grant any one wish. But that wish comes with a price tag. For whatever that wish gives something of equal value will be taken away.
  • Power Trio: Marinette/Ladybug, Alya/Rena Rouge, and Chloe/Queen Bee are the only girls who wield the Miraculous. They fit multiple molds, such as the Beauty, Brains and Brawn (Chloe is the beauty, Alya is the brains, and Marinette is the brawn), the Blonde, Brunette, Redhead (Chloe is the blonde, Marinette is the brunette, and Alya is the redhead), and the Nice Mean And In Between (Marinette's nice, Chloe's mean, and Alya's in-between).
  • Precision-Guided Boomerang: Cat Noir sometimes uses his staff in baton form as a thrown weapon, and it usually ricochets back into his hand. It can even split in half mid-air and boomerang back. Might be another magical property of it rather than just Improbable Aiming Skills, though.
  • Pungeon Master: Cat Noir is fond of making cat-related puns. Hawk Moth occasionally drops a few puns as well. Like father, like son.
  • Punny Name:
    • The musician Jagged Stone and his assistant Penny Rolling. Put their names together and you get The Rolling Stones!
    • Aurore Beauréal, one of the girls from "Stormy Weather", whose name is a reference to the Aurora Borealis/Northern Lights.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The team of Miraculous heroes consists of a Cute Clumsy Girl, a Spoiled Sweet model, a Genre Savvy redhead, a DJ extreme, and an Alpha Bitch.
  • Random Effect Spell: Ladybug's "Lucky Charm" spell creates an item tailor-made to resolve a crisis, but Ladybug has no idea what the item will be in advance, so she has to figure out how to apply it.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Even though Lila lied about being Ladybug's friend and that her grandmother was also a superhero in the episode "Volpina", she's still hurt that Ladybug would reveal this in front of her crush Adrien all the while chastising her for it — something that Adrien even calls her out on. (Made worse since Marinette mostly did it to keep Lila from dating him.) Later, when Ladybug tries to apologize over the incident, Lila refuses to accept it and runs off.
    • In "Simon Says", Marinette is grounded by her parents over her numerous absences from school due to her superhero alter ego.
  • Recurring Extra: Theo, the sculptor who was turned into Copycat, is seen doing different jobs in later episodes: mover, flyer-passer-outer, boom operator. He also appears in the boy's bathroom in "Animan", leading some to speculate he might be a senior in Marinette and Adrien's school. Although, considering their school is explicitly a French collège (the oldest students would be 15), it may just be the Economy Cast.
  • Red/Green Contrast: Ladybug and Cat Noir are partnered heroes that share this color scheme. Ladybug's outfit is predominantly red, tempered with black spots. In contrast, Cat Noir's design is predominantly black, tempered with various accents of green (mainly his green eyes and the paw-print symbol on his ring when active).
  • Red Is Heroic: Ladybug's costume is naturally red with black spots, to imitate the look of a ladybug. The ladybug Miraculous wielder is generally considered to be the leader of the Miraculous wielders.
  • Refusal of the Call: In the Origins Episode, Marinette doesn't think she's cut out to be a superhero and takes off her magic earrings. She gets better, of course.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Applies to a number of villains: So far there are Dark Cupid, Sapotis, Syren, Anansi (who's here a Dumb Muscle instead of The Trickster) and Mayura.
  • Revenge: The most common akuma motivation is wanting to get revenge on someone who's wronged them.
  • The Rich Have White Stuff: The Agreste family's mansion is almost entirely monochrome inside and out. The most splashes of colors are found in Adrien's bedroom, but even that is mostly from the paraphernalia.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Both Ladybug's and Cat Noir's Fairy Companions, which allow the two to transform, are drawn with big heads, wide eyes, and small bodies.
  • Roof Hopping: Ladybug's and Cat Noir's preferred method of getting around Paris, though Ladybug supplements the parkour with Building Swing and Cat Noir with pole vaulting thanks to his Telescoping Staff.
  • Rooftop Confrontation: Quite a few battles take place over the rooftops of Paris.
  • Rube Goldberg Device: Most of Ladybug's Luck Charm moves involve assembling objects in odd ways to bounce off each other to trap or defeat the villain.
  • Rule of Seven: Seven main miraculous, each bestowing a different power.
  • Running Gag:
    • Marinette giving Adrien gifts or letters but forgetting to sign them. She manages to sign his birthday gift, but the note is thrown out by Nathalie. She's already dropped the Valentine's Day letter into the mailbox by the time Alya asks if she's signed it, which she hasn't. Although, in the Christmas episode, she finally remembers to sign her gift and Adrien actually receives it knowing she is the sender.
    • Ladybug and Cat Noir doing a fist bump in celebration of their victory, while the recently de-evilised villain looks confused in the background. "Pound it!"
    • Plagg's constant request for Camembert cheese, which is his favorite food, and especially Adrien's hatred of it, is also often played for laughs.

    Tropes S to Z 
  • Sailor Earth: Just create a new akuma or miraculous wielder and your OC is good to go.
  • Samaritan Relationship Starter: Marinette starts off thinking Adrien is one of Chloé's cronies, but her crush on him begins after he apologized for their earlier misunderstanding and he gives her his umbrella to use after seeing that she didn't have one.
  • Save the Villain: Or at least Save the Alpha Bitch. Ladybug and Cat Noir do this whenever the akuma target Chloé, which is often.
  • Say Your Prayers: Chloe starts praying as Stoneheart hurls her off of the Eiffel Tower, promising to be nice to everyone. Ladybug catches her, and she says she didn't mean it, leaving Ladybug confused as to what she meant.
  • Second Super-Identity: Realizing that Ladybug and Cat Noir are close to discovering his civilian identity, Hawk Moth akumatizes himself into The Collector as a False Flag Operation to ward off suspicion.
  • Secret Keeper:
    • Each Miraculous wielder's kwami obviously knows who they are, being the ones who give them their powers. Master Fu, as The Chooser of The One, also knows who all of the Miraculous wielders are with the exception of Hawk Moth. Ladybug also knows who everyone is except Cat Noir and Hawk Moth due to being the one who loans out the Miraculous.
    • In "The Collector", it's revealed that Nathalie knows who Hawk Moth is.
    • In "Dark Owl", Plagg and Tikki discover the secret identities of Ladybug and Cat Noir at the same time. Neither of them reveal this information to their partner.
    • In "Catalyst", Rena Rouge and Carapace learn each other's identities (although Alya had suspected Nino was Carapace from the very beginning).
  • Secret Test of Character: To test if Marinette and Adrien will make suitable candidates for their eventual Miraculouses, Master Fu sees if they will assist someone in jeopardy. Marinette is tested by seeing if she will pull him out of the path of oncoming traffic. Adrien's test is far less dangerous; he simply has to help the Master stand up after falling down. However, by doing so Adrien sacrificed his chance to enter the school and forfeited something important to him, just to help an old man he doesn't know.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Alya and Marinette's parents ship Marinette and Adrien.
    • Tikki and Plagg also have their moments.
      Plagg: First day of school and we already have two lovebirds.
  • Shockwave Clap: Pharaoh can clap his hands and send out powerful shockwaves.
  • Shout-Out:
    • According to Word of God, Hawk Moth's creepy grey mask is based on the one worn by the movie version of Fantômas.
    • In "Mr. Pigeon", Cat Noir decides to dance while waiting for Mr. Pigeon to show up. Among the recognizable moves include the Moonwalk and Gangnam Style.
    • In the French version of same episode, a hilarious quote from La Cité de la peur ("Good news for batavia lettuce lovers!") is used as a transition in TV news.
    • In "Origins", Alya theorizes that Ladybug got her powers by being bitten by a radioactive ladybug and tosses out every adjective that was included in a Spider-Man comic title for good measure. For that matter, Ladybug's form-fitting red costume and her use of her yo-yo to swing around the city are strongly reminiscent of Spidey.
    • Chloé can't resist tossing out superhuman references, referencing Cyclops of the X-Men and making a sardonic comment alluding to Hulking Out.
    • The in-universe superheroine Majestia has a resemblance to Carol Danvers.
    • In "Kung Food", Kung Food's minions use caramel to seal off the hotel he's in, which comes out similar to the slime wall covering the museum in Ghostbusters II. Kung Food himself is a shout-out of Goku's Super Saiyan form. Also, he fights using a Pepperoni Pizza Buster Sword.
    • The battle against "The Gamer" is full of shout-outs to Street Fighter, with the heroes and Gamer trading signature attacks of the most famous characters (e.g. M. Bison's Psycho Crusher, Ryu's Hadouken, Ken's Shoryuuken, Dhalsim's Yoga Fire). Ladybug and Cat Noir's robot even goes into Ryu's fighting stance.
    • Marinette and Adrien go to the collège Françoise Dupont. Françoise Dupont is the secret identity of French teenage superheroine Fantômette, from a 1960s series of books later adapted into a live-action TV series and cartoons.
    • Rogercop seems to be a PG mix of RoboCop and Judge Dredd.
      • From the same episode, Cat Noir stands up and points just to say he and Ladybug should defend themselves in a court of law. Coupled with his dialogue about law, his pose is clearly a reference to Ace Attorney.
    • In "Bubbler", when Marinette is standing outside of Adrien's house, her surprise at the camera ball and the blunt way she's being spoken to strongly resembles C-3PO at the gate of Jabba's Palace.
    • In "Antibug", Chloé (a powerless human) is trying to help Ladybug (superhero), but Ladybug thinks she is just carelessly putting herself in danger and doesn't listen to her "biggest fan". Crushed by this, Chloé becomes Ladybug's Evil Counterpart with the goal of proving that she is better. Sounds familiar?
    • In "Riposte", Kagami Tsurugi's akuma form resembles a cross between the Silver Samurai and the Shredder. The reason she was akumatised (bitter at losing to Adrien despite being trained from youth to be an excellent fencer) is similar to how another Tsurugi acted towards the end of Great Mazinger (the protagonist Tetsuya Tsurugi resented the return of the previous series' hero, to the point it affected his fighting ability).
    • In "The Puppeteer", Marinette's address is revealed to be Gotlib Street, which is very probably a reference to French cartoonist Gotlib, whose works very frequently featured a snarky ladybug.
    • A meta example occurs in "The Gamer". When confronting an akumatized Max in his robot mecha at the soccer stadium, one of the ads on the stadium walls is for "ZAG", the studio behind the show.
    • Another thing worth noting is that in the episode Robustus, in order for a wish to be granted on the Ladybug and Cat Miraculouses' combined power, something of equal value must be lost to keep the universe in balance.
    • In "Frightingale", to shut down the filming of the clip, André tells Clara that she forgot to procure the Permit A-38.
  • Sick Episode: Tikki is ill during "Princess Fragrance".
  • Significant Double Casting: In most languages, Gabriel Agreste and Hawk Moth are voiced by the same guy. That's not a coincidence.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Marinette for Adrien and Cat Noir for Ladybug, which makes a rare case of the characters being in a love quadrangle with themselves. Even more remarkable on Adrien's side as he has hundred of fangirls but is indifferent to anybody other than Ladybug (thus, Marinette).
    • This gets briefly explored during "Frozer," when Adrien decides to try dating Kagami, which pushes Marinette to ask Luka out. Both return to their original targets by the end of the episode.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Prevalent.
    • Marinette starts off disliking Adrien in "Origins", but falls for him once he shows her how kind he is despite his loneliness.
    • Rose has a Celeb Crush on Prince Ali, mostly for the fact that he does volunteer work with children's charities and clearly has a heart of gold.
    • Even Ivan, who's burly and scary at first glance, wins Mylène's affections when she sees his gentler side.
  • Sixth Ranger: Rena Rouge, Carapace and Queen Bee.
    • Hawk Moth gains Mayura as an ally after "Heroes Day, Part 2"
  • Skewed Priorities:
    • When Marinette's uncle is turned into an akuma during a cooking competition, Plagg is only concerned that Adrien didn't sneak him any Camembert.
    • Likewise, a tied-up Chloé, about to be boiled in a swimming pool of soup, complains that the soup's steam is making her hair greasy. Lampshaded by the akuma Kung Food, who tells her that greasy hair is the least of her worries.
    • This is a common complaint of Chloé's, that despite whatever is happening to her, she only cares that she's personally inconvenienced somehow.
  • Sleazy Politician: Mayor Bourgeois. He regularly abuses his power, including in one episode firing a police officer because said officer refused to arrest a teenage girl on charges the mayor had just made up on the spot. The episode "Darkblade" makes it clear that he has won four consecutive elections by bribing key voters and paying reporters to smear his opponents' reputations. His daughter Chloé Bourgeois also counts, as a sleazy class representative, first blackmailing the other students to keep them from running against her, then when Marinette runs anyway, Chloé tries to bribe the students with Jagged Stone concert tickets, and then tries to steal Marinette's diary in order to smear her reputation.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: A gender-flipped version; because Adrien is a good-looking model, while a teenager, he seems to attract a lot of girls that fall into the Alpha Bitch or Jerkass territory. Chloé makes it a point to hit on him while Lila violates his personal space.
  • Sore Loser: The direct cause of three akuma (Stormy Weathernote , Darkbladenote , and The Gamernote ) and a contributing factor in others.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: As the episodes progress, Ladybug and Cat Noir find themselves facing more difficult akuma. Hawk Moth creates two consecutive ones in "Antibug" Sabrina and Chloé and in "The Puppeteer" the titular akuma who is a child comes very close to stealing the Miraculous. Finally, in "Volpina" Ladybug nearly surrenders her Miraculous twice when the akuma creates illusions of causing a building to collapse and threatening to drop Adrien off the Eiffel Tower.
    • Come season 2 the akumas have become increasingly difficult to the point that Ladybug and Chat Noir come much closer to losing than they did in season 1. Special mention goes to Dark Owl, Sapotis and Syren: Dark Owl took one of the Ladybug earrings by force and Sapotis and Syren required a new superhero and a power up, respectively. Furthermore, the akumas of season 2 are shown to be far more willing to kill: Riposte slashed open a sarcophagus thinking Adrien was inside and Prime Queen threatens to crush Chloe on the Metro and drown Alya in the Seine.
  • The South Paw:
    • Nathaniel is evidently left-handed (his drawing pad as the Evillustrator is on his right arm).
    • Rose writes her letter to Prince Ali with her left hand.
    • Marinette has scenes where she's left-handed, but these are due to continuity errors. She is right-handed, as evidenced in "Pixelator", where she loses use of her right arm and fumbles on throwing her yo-yo.
    • Chloé appears to be also left-handed, notably in "Antibug".
  • Spider-Man Send-Up: Marinette holds many similarities to Peter Parker, both in and out of costume. She struggles to balance her hero work with her personal life, only continuing it out of a sense of moral duty, with a blond crush (Adrien/Gwen), a blonde bully (Chloe/Flash), a high-class villain that is the head of the various villains in the series (Hawk Moth/Kingpin) and a villain who happens to be the father of someone close to her (Gabriel Agreste, father of Adrien/Norman Osborne, father of Peter's friend Harry). As Ladybug, she is an Animal-Themed Superbeing with blue and red being predominant in her color scheme, she has enhanced flexibility, transports herself via Building Swing, and possesses an enhanced sense of intuition when using the item her lucky-charm deposits.
    • Chat Noir bears more than a passing resemblance to Black Cat, given his powers of probability, his black catsuit, his flirtatious relationship with the Spider-Man Expy and the fact that his hero name is the literal French translation of "Black Cat"!
    • Marc Anciel's akumatized form Reverser bears a passing resemblance to the Green Goblin.
  • Spin to Deflect Stuff:
    • Cat Noir's weapon of choice is a retractable staff, so of course he does a lot of spinning with it to deflect attacks coming from the Villain of the Week.
    • Ladybug also does it by spinning her magic yo-yo; however in this case it doesn't so much deflect than create an impenetrable shield that disintegrates what's thrown at it. She uses it once to protect herself and Cat Noir from a blown-away bus; this doesn't stop it, but they end up safely inside through a perfectly round hole on its side.
    • Queen Bee can deflect projectiles much like Ladybug can with her spinning top.
  • Spoiler Opening:
    • Almost all of Season One's akuma victims appear in the opening theme song. The exceptions are Otis, Wang Cheng, and Lila.
    • Nooroo and Wayzz appear briefly in the opening theme long before they appear on the show. Both are major spoilers to boot.
    • The opening also spoils the fact that Hawk Moth's powers come from the Butterfly Miraculous.
    • Season 2's opener reveals the outline of all 7 Miraculous users as of the first episode, even if we've only seen 3 transformed up to that point.
  • Stalker Shrine:
    • The walls of Marinette's room is plastered with photos and ads of Adrien.
    • An unconventional kind is the Agreste home. It is so loaded with the image of Gabriel's beloved wife, Emilie, that the house she lived in could be considered a shrine to her.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Marinette's crush has led to her stealing Adrien's phone to erase an embarrassing voicemail she left him, she has pictures of him all over the walls in her room, and even knows his entire schedule somehow. This is played for laughs for the most part. Justified in that whenever Marinette tries to talk to Adrien (especially in early episodes), she gets so tongue-tied it's a wonder she can still form coherent words, much less intelligible speech. Marinette also seems to be at least partially aware of her stalkerish tendencies, especially when the idea of how it might look to Adrien comes up.
  • Stepford Smiler: Adrien about his home life, given his only parent is either always working or ignoring him. He's warm and friendly to most of his classmates, and energetic as Cat Noir, but when alone the demeanor drops and he's much sadder.
  • Stock Footage:
    • The animation of the evil butterflies exiting Hawk Moth's tower; Ladybug and Cat Noir's transformation sequences, as well as activating their special powers. When Ladybug captures and purifies the akuma, the footage is reused. For releasing the butterfly and initiating her World-Healing Wave, the same animation is used although in different locations. Both transformation sequences do have alternate versions where the character is more solemn and sad. There is also a version of Cat Noir's Cataclysm after his belt has been removed and one for Marinette transforming into Ladybug while wearing her nightclothes.
    • When Ladybug or Cat Noir power up using elemental based powers, there's first a scene of their kwami changing into the new element-based form, then a new transformation sequence that changes the costume into one revolving around said theme.
      • During "Syren", Tikki turns into "Aqua Tikki" and Ladybug's costume had a scale pattern and flippers on her feet. Cat Noir has similar flippers, but Plagg's transformation isn't seen.
      • During "Frozer", Tikki turns into "StalacTikki" and Plagg became "PlagGlacier". Both Ladybug and Cat Noir have ice skates on their feet, but Ladybug's costume is tinted white with snowflake patterns and an ice tiara.
  • Superpower Lottery: The powers people obtain after being possessed by the akuma range everywhere from Time Travel, Weather Manipulation, even channeling the Egyptian Gods... to controlling pigeons and magic bubbles.
  • Super Reflexes: Both Cat Noir and Ladybug get superhuman reflexes and agility from their transformations. During any fight, they keep moving all the time and are extremely hard to hit.
  • Taking the Bullet:
    • Happens (so far) twice with Cat Noir. Granted, he actually takes curses (from Timebreaker and Dark Cupid) meant for Ladybug, but still....
    • Played with in "Reflekta": Cat Noir takes a curse for Ladybug again, but because he is already affected by it himself, he suffers no additional ill effects, which he immediately points out.
    • In "Heroes' Day, Part 2", Rena Rouge jumps in the path of Dark Cupid's arrow going for Carapace, whose shield had been knocked away and was engaged with an enemy.
  • Teens Are Short: With a few rare exceptions (like Marinette's mother, who's quite petite, or Ivan, who's a massive teenager), the adults are at least one head taller than most of the teenage characters.
  • Theme Naming: A very subtle example: all of the Kwamis which have so far been named contain a double letter somewhere in their name (Tikki, Plagg, Nooroo, Wayzz, Trixx, Pollen).
  • Theme Tune Cameo:
    • Ladybug casually whistles the show's theme song after taking out four akumatized villains and a possessed Cat Noir single-handedly.
    • Jagged Stone's piece at the end of "Pixelator" is a piano rendition of the song that plays at the end of every episode, which is the instrumental of the theme tune.
    • Nightingale's music video is the theme song, this time with lyrics.
  • Time Travel Episode: "Timebreaker", where Alix-as-Timebreaker wants to go back in time to fix the watch her classmates broke by accident. She accomplishes this by outright killing people to steal their "minutes".
  • Totally Radical: Only really apparent with Alya and Nino/Bubbler (but not Lady Wifi). While Nino/Bubbler always speak this way, Alya only affects it when giving compliments. This verbal tic is how Alya knew Nino was Carapace before Ladybug was forced to reveal it.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Any civilian that falls under the thrall of an akuma becomes strong enough to take on Ladybug and Cat Noir.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Plagg is a huge fan of Camembert. Tikki seems to like all sweets, but is partial to macarons. These are the foods that contain the special compounds to grant the kwammis extra powers.
  • Transformation Sequence:
    • Both Marinette and Cat Noir get one, with surprisingly little fanservice for either of them. Thankfully, they only last fifteen seconds. However, this means that sometimes a character will transform twice in an episode.
    • It takes roughly a season and a half, but Hawk Moth gets his own transformation sequence in "Gorizilla".
  • Transformation Trinket: The seven Miraculouses, each with an accompanying fairy and specific power:
    • Ladybug's earrings and Tikki, which grant the power of creation.
    • Cat Noir's ring and Plagg, which grant the power of destruction.
    • Hawk Moth's moth brooch and Nooroo, which grants the power of transmission.
    • Master Fu and Carapace's bracelet and Wayzz, which grants the power of protection.
    • Rena Rouge's necklace and Trixx, which grant the power of illusion.
    • Queen Bee's haircomb and Pollen, which grants the power of subjection.
    • Mayura's peacock brooch, which summons a beast from the target to protect them.
  • True Love's Kiss:
  • Two Girls to a Team: Inverted. Of the Miraculous heroes, there are two males (Adrien as Cat Noir and Nino as Carapace) to three females (Marinette/Ladybug, Alya/Reina Rouge, Chloe/Queen Bee). During Season 2, aside from Ladybug and Cat Noir, all the superheores are temporarily recruited.
  • Two-Person Love Triangle: Or what the fandom has dubbed the "Miraculous Love Square." Marinette/Ladybug adores Adrien, but doesn't really care for Cat Noir that way. Adrien/Cat Noir is in love with Ladybug but only considers Marinette a talented classmate/friend. Neither has any idea of the other's identity.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Chloé after Ladybug saves her in "Kung Food", she complains that Ladybug took her time to mount a rescue. Ladybug promptly drops her with a sarcastic "whoops".
  • Unrequited Love Switcheroo: Happens EVERY episode, in a way. Marinette is in love with Adrien. Chat Noir is in love with Ladybug. Adrien seems unaware of Marinette's crush on him. Ladybug is kind of annoyed with Chat's constant flirting. Oh, Marinette IS Ladybug and Adrien IS Chat Noir.
  • Valentine's Day Episode: "Dark Cupid", featuring Valentine shenanigans between Marinette and Adrien, Kim attempting to confess to Chloé, and a holiday-themed villain!
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: Both Marinette and Adrien have to balance attending middle school and saving Paris. In "Simon Says" and "Princess Fragrance" it's shown that both of them frequently end up late or cutting class altogether.
  • Walk the Plank: In "Guitar Villain", the eponymous villain attempts to make an annoying pop star walk the plank... off the top of the Eiffel Tower!
  • Weapon of Choice:
  • Wham Shot: In "The Collector", the first episode of Season 2, Hawk Moth sends out his akuma like usual... and then tells it to stop before it leaves the window, because he's going to akumatize himself. Then he transforms back into his civilian identity: Gabriel Agreste.
  • What You Are in the Dark: After expressing interest (and being rebuffed) throughout the episode, Cat Noir has the opportunity to find out Ladybug's real identity without her knowing. He grapples with the idea for a few tense seconds but ultimately chooses not to look, even closing the door she'd unintentionally left ajar. Plagg is openly shocked at the decision.
  • The Worf Effect: In "Kung Food", it's shown how dangerous the title villain is when he and his minions nearly manage to defeat Cat Noir multiple times.
  • World-Healing Wave: Ladybug can use her summoned Lucky Charm item to cast a spell to undo most of the damage caused by fighting the Monster of the Week. This even retroactively repairs things that led to the creation of the Akuma, and at one point resolved a temporal paradox. It also fixes any damage caused by the heroes themselves while fighting the villain. She usually uses it after beating the akuma, though there are instances where she casts it first due to losing her yoyo and needing it back to finish the job.
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: In "Ladybug and Cat Noir (Origins – Part 1)", it's revealed that possessing the powers of Tikki (Creation) and Plagg (Destruction) at once would grant their user godlike power.
  • Your Mime Makes It Real: The Enemy Mime can mime whatever he wants into existence, from a sword to a car, including a bazooka. Only one item can be created at a time.

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