That...makes so much sense
I have to thank @strixmoonwing for randomly reblogging the original post, which I didn’t just add to because this is a ML post, not a Superman one. Even though it’s the same basic concept.
Go read the original Superman post (link) for all the mind-blowing concepts and credits. The gist is that:
- they can’t find your secret identity if they don’t think you have one
- that no one is going to think Superman, the suave, brave, protector of the world, is a clumsy reporter named Clark Kent who lives in a crappy apartment
- they probably think being Superman is his day job.
So, what does that have to do with Ladybug? Simple.
The majority of viewers (myself included) get annoyed by how obvious Marinette and Adrien are with their superhero identities and how their closest friends don’t figure it out. Alya came close that one time in Lady Wifi…
…which is entirely plausible because Adrien IS Chat Noir. However, even the person that’s closest to him as Chat Noir (Marinette) and is also a masked superhero doesn’t connect those dots. In fact, she denies it because Adrien is “so much cooler than Chat Noir”.
Fast forward to Simon Says / Jackady. I recently posted a bunch of stuff (look under Gabriel Agreste for links) about how Gabriel probably knows his son is Chat Noir. It took Adrien talking back to his dad while he was in costume for it to click.
Even then, Gabriel still had to check both Chat’s ring:
And Adrien’s ring:
Before it fully registered. Granted, Gabriel isn’t what I’d call an attentive parent and probably doesn’t know Adrien as well as he should.
The point is that even though Adrien looks like Chat Noir and they’re never seen together, Adrien’s personality is so different as Chat that even his own partner refuses to believe they’re the same person and his dad only got it when the evidence was literally staring him in the face.