ladydi1980 said: I take the angle of Chat protecting his lady and being her knight in shining armor. He’s expendable and perhaps somewhere he knows that, even though I don’t think it’s been mentioned(?) in the series yet. That has definitely been mentioned in fics (mine especially), because we all know Chat can’t do anything final without LB. Since it’s a series about a heroine, there’s still that angle of girls wanting to be protected by the one they like/love?
While I appreciate your commentary, I have to disagree one-hundred percent. This is a very unhealthy view and it actually makes me somewhat uncomfortable. No, Chat can’t purify akumas, but that doesn’t make him expendable (whether he views himself that way or not). Just because he has different abilities doesn’t mean he’s worth less. Yes, I think there’s a good chance he could feel this way about himself, but that would be due to his own lack of self-worth, not because it’s true. And yes, I understand that he jumps in front of LB because he knows she’s the part of the equation that has to fix everything, but that doesn’t make him expendable. And I certainly hope that would in no way make him expendable in the eyes of the show makers. A character is made up far more than their abilities–or lack of them–and just because Chat is different than LB doesn’t mean he should be less included or be less important.
As far as the angle of girls wanting to be protected by who they like/love? I just can’t agree. This is a limited stereotype that exists within the damsel in distress trope. Ladybug/Marinette is in no way a damsel in distress. In fact, in Evillustrator–when Chat drops in to talk to her (Mari) the first time–she actually mocks and makes fun of the trope. I think Ladybug appreciates Chat’s attempts to protect her, but she does not expect/desire it. She is more than capable of protecting herself and is self-aware enough to know that. She and Chat are equals, partners, as she’s said, and she does not hold any sentiments of stereotypical “knight in shining armor swoops in to save the princess” attitude. I think maybe Chat likes the idea when it comes to civilians (like Marinette) because he can be all smooth about it, but he would never undermine Ladybug by acting in a “knight” fashion and being over-protective. Every time he’s protected her, it’s been due to necessity, not some notion that he’s this masculine knight and she’s some sort of victim without him. He respects Ladybug WAY too much to do that to her.
I understand that a lot of people like the trope of hyper-masculine dude and girl wanting to be protected (side-eyes fanon Marichat), but, if anything, Miraculous Ladybug actively tears down these tropes. People are at liberty to like whatever they want, but this interpretation is not, in my opinion, applicable to the current canon.
Ladybug/Marinette does not live in some old-fashioned reality where she wants Adrien–her crush–to protect her. She is more than capable of defending herself and, the three times she faced conflict with Adrien, she protected him, not the other way around. If anyone is a “knight in shining armor,” it’s Ladybug. And she does not view Chat as a knight that should be ready to give himself up for her. That’s just… abhorrent. She views them as equals, even if Chat disagrees.
I’m not trying to be mean, but this view is so unhealthy in so many ways, I had to comment. And since you posted it publicly, I’m assuming you’re up to have me comment on it. So, again, I’m not trying to be mean. That’s just my interpretation.