By Olivia Pocat
A captivating show set on the streets of Paris, this cartoon’s complexity and lure makes The Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir excellent. Originally written in French, this show is compelling and fun to watch with a great and catchy intro song. The main characters are Marinette Dupain-Cheng, Ladybug, and Adrien Agreste, Cat Noir. These two middle school students seem normal at first sight, but they have “Miraculouses” which allow them to turn into their alter-egos. These characters fight various villains when they are possessed by Hawk Moth’s evil akumas.
Marinette is a cute, clumsy 15-year old who has the biggest crush on Adrien. Her best friend Alya often pushes Marinette to declare her love to him, but her clumsiness causes this to backfire. Whenever Hawk Moth releases an evil Akuma, Marinette must use her Miraculous to turn into Ladybug, with the help of her Kwami Tikki and Cat Noir. Ladybug uses a yo-yo with nearly endless string as her crime-fighting tool. Her yo-yo gives her a “Lucky Charm”: an object which, when used with other objects, will help defeat her enemy. The yo-yo also captures and purifies the evil Akumas into pure, white butterflies and removes any harm the villain has caused to the city or people. Tikki, Marinette’s Kwami, allows her to transform into Ladybug. She is a small floating humanoid that has the features of a ladybug and inhabits Marinette’s earrings during transformations.
Adrien is the handsome, charming boy who only sees Marinette as a loyal friend. Adrien models for his fashion mogul father named Gabriel—a rich and famous stuck up guy who has a poor relationship with his son. Adrien’s best friend is Nino. Adrien can turn into the super hero Cat Noir with his Miraculous and with the help of Plagg, his Kwami. Cat Noir loves Ladybug and often tries to capture her attention by showing off, but she only values his friendship. Using a multi-functional staff and his power move “Cataclysm”, Cat Noir assists Ladybug in saving the streets of Paris from Hawk Moth’s wrath. Plagg, Cat Noir’s Kwami, is a humanoid black cat with piercing yellow eyes and a strange addiction to stinky camembert. During transformation he inhabits Adrien’s ring.
Hawk Moth, the antagonist of this cartoon, is actually Gabriel Agreste, Adrien’s dad. He possesses both the Peacock and Butterfly miraculouses and releases corrupted Akuma butterflies using the power of former Kwami Nooroo and creates supervillains. He prays on angrycitizens, hoping to turn them into villains so he can lure out Ladybug and Cat Noir, hoping to take their Miraculouses.
There are other supporting characters who are often shown in the series. Alya Cesaire, is Marinette’s best friend. She always helps Marinette with her problems and is a huge fan of Ladybug (not knowing Marinette’s true identity). Alya becomes the villain “Lady Wifi” after being suspended from school but also temporarily receives the Fox Miraculous and becomes both Rena Rouge, and Rena Rage (when Akumatized).
Nino Lahiffe is Adrien’s best friend and another important character in this cartoon. He has a job as a DJ and starts dating Alya. He turns into “The Bubbler” an evil villain when he is Akumatized by Hawk Moth. He also receives the turtle Miraculous from Ladybug and becomes Carapace and Shell Shock (when Akumatized) and returns in some episodes as this hero.
Chloe Bourgeois is the mayor’s daughter and popular girl of the school who is not afraid to show her feelings for Adrien. Her personality is spoiled, snobby, rude and a typical “mean girl.” She often bullies the other students and always tries to get her way. She becomes the supervillain Antibug when Akumatized. When she finds the bee Miraculous, she becomes Queen Bee, and Queen Wasp (when Akumatized). In season three, she joins Hawk Moth and becomes a permanent supervillain.
The episodes of the show often end with Ladybug and Cat Noir saving the day, and everything going back to normal after the destruction caused by Hawk Moth and his Akumatized villains. This is a feel-good show created for children but enjoyed by people of all ages. Its five seasons can be watched on Netflix and on Disney Channel. This show was originally written and produced in French but is available in many languages because of its popularity. This show has great reviews, with 94% of viewers enjoying it according to Google, 7.8/10 stars on IMDb, a 4/5 on Common Sense Media, and an 8.3/10 on Rating Graph.