NOTE: This fic includes songs and lyrics from various musicals, so scattered throughout are links to youtube videos for those songs. Enjoy!
Chat Noir loves musicals.
It really shouldn’t surprise me. Cats exists, of course he loves musicals. After he found out I’m into musicals, it’s all he talks about when we’re on patrol. But I can’t even remember how we got on the subject. I think I was humming a few bars of ‘76 Trombones’ from The Music Man one day and he recognized it instantly. He started talking about various musicals he’d seen, either live or recorded, musicals he wanted to see (Hamilton and The Lion King topped the list), and his favorite songs from each. Which leads me to my second discovery.
That last gifset you reblogged... Just highlighted how misogynist miraculous can be to me... That is really poor treatment of female characters... I'm actually dumbfounded by it
yeah this hiatus is that it’s made me rewatch a lot of episodes and realize how weak and inconsistent the writing of this show is. i think people look at “copycat” and try to explain away chat noir’s behavior within the scope of his character. which isn’t a bad thing, but there’s a simpler explanation for why the episode went down the way it did: it was poorly written.
adrien is our main character, he’s one of the main heroes of the show, and the show has not identified a single flaw in his character. i mean this literally. watch the show again. anything that you could potentially consider a “flaw” in his character, the show presents in a way that’s meant to make us pity him or find him endearing. we are at no point, as viewers, forced to criticize adrien’s behavior.
“copycat” is about the only episode where we get anywhere close to that. but like i mentioned in this post i wrote about the episode, the show writers did not leave space for chat noir to apologize for his mistake. chat noir, out of jealousy, lied about his relationship with ladybug behind her back (which is objectively not cool) in order to make some other guy who liked her jealous. why would he do that? because he probably felt threatened that someone else liked her. he probably felt entitled to her feelings. he probably didn’t want this random dude ruining his chances with her. whatever the reason, it was wrong no matter how you cut it. it was so wrong he inadvertently caused an akuma. now in a perfect world, adrien should’ve done the right thing and apologized to ladybug and theo for his lie.
instead, chat noir criticizes ladybug for disappointing theo and ladybug is the only character who dished out an apology to theo at the end of the episode. meanwhile, the show sets up the narrative in a way that asks us to feel sorry for chat noir because ladybug didn’t return his feelings.
what makes this worse is that when marinette eventually acts out on her jealousy in “volpina” and chews out lila for lying to try and win over adrien, the show very clearly presents marinette as being in the wrong and she is forced to apologize at the end of the episode. when marinette’s jealousy causes an akuma, she has to apologize. when chat noir’s jealousy causes an akuma, he gets let off the hook.
adrien is too perfect. the show had the opportunity to introduce an interesting character flaw for him, but by not making him apologize for his error and forcing us to sympathize with him after he made his error, we don’t get the sense that this was a character flaw at all. we get the sense that what chat noir did was understandable and perfectly okay.
you’ve got a huge issue with your supposedly feminist children’s show when your female heroine is forced to apologize for her countless mistakes in literally every episode and your male hero is allowed to coast along like the poor, beautiful, perfect, can-do-no-wrong sunshine child that they pretend he is.
More than anything, Adrien Agreste wanted Ladybug not to show up at his house that night. But he knew she would. He knew she’d be there. And he wasn’t ready for it.
He sat on his bed, idly playing with his phone, wondering. She’d said she knew him, after. She’d said his name like a prayer, like the way he thought hers to himself when there’s was nobody to see but Plagg. Did he know her? What was she to him, outside of the mask?
“Are you gonna stop playing with that thing?” Plagg groaned. “Come on, you know she’s coming soon, you’ve wanted this forever! Have a little fun! Take off your shirt or something!”
Adrien just sighed. “I’m not… I’m not ready, Plagg. Not after today.”
He jumped at the knock on the window. He and Plagg both turned to see Ladybug hanging from her yo-yo from the roof. She smiled and waved.
Adrien sighed and waved Plagg away. “Can you… give us some privacy, please?”
Plagg stared at him.
Adrien stared back, then sighed again. “There’s some Camembert in the mini-fridge,” he said.
Plagg shrieked with delight and dove THROUGH the door of the fridge, leaving Adrien to climb up to the window and let Ladybug into his room.
“Hey,” he said, sheepishly. “How are you?”
“I’m good,” she said, slipping past him into the room. “I’m worried about you, honestly.”
“What for?” He climbed down from his desk and sat down on his bed. “I honestly don’t remember any of what happened today, you know? The Akuma hit me and then,” he held up his open palm to the side of his face, “bzzt.”
Ladybug twisted the string of her yo-yo between her hands. “I know you’re lying, Adrien,” she said. “I think I know you better than anyone else at this point.”
Adrien’s face dropped. “I’m sorry, My Lady,” he croaked. “I didn’t want you to find out this way.”
She stepped toward him and ran a hand through his hair, and he let himself fall into it, a whine escaping his lips. “Oh, Kitty,” she said, her voice soft and kind, “you don’t have to apologize to me. I’m just… is everything all right? Are you all right?”
“Adrien, you threw your father off a BUILDING.” She sat down next to him, and he was suddenly very aware of her closeness, of the scent of yeast and cinnamon wafting off her, of the thinness of the material that covered her skin. “I think you have something you need to talk about.”
It hadn’t been the first time Ladybug had needed to fight without her partner. He’d been tagged by Akuma before, turned against her or incapacitated because he’d sacrificed himself to keep her safe. Today, though, it hadn’t been Chat Noir who’d jumped in front of the blast from the rage Akuma, but Adrien Agreste. He’d protected her like he’d always done, and then he’d turned on everyone.
Adrien, it turned out, had so much repressed rage that it had actually scared the Akuma. Most of the fight had come down to Ladybug trying to keep Adrien corralled, with barely any chances to get close enough to the Akuma to steal the enchanted item. Once Adrien shoved his father from the roof of the Bourgeois Hotel, she’d given up and used her Lucky Charm - a jump rope - to tie him to a stairwell, going away to take on the Akuma alone.
And that’s when he’d told her. That’s when he’d told her everything.
Ladybug reached for Adrien’s hand, but he pulled it away. He’d let her down. He was supposed to be her knight; instead, he’d become the worst enemy she’d ever had to fight, because she’d had to look him in the eyes. Look him in the eyes while he’d screamed insults at her, spilled every one of his darkest secrets and frustrations, and keep on going, keep on fighting.
Adrien laughed, but it was a cracked, empty kind of laugh. “I didn’t mean any of it, you know,” he said. “I don’t blame you for anything. For any of it.”
“Adrien…” Ladybug said, resting a hand on his shoulder. “We both know that’s not true.” Her voice cracked as she spoke.
Adrien squeezed his eyes shut. “I love you so much,” he whispered. “I’m so sorry I did this to you.”
“I…” Ladybug halted. “I think I love you too.”
Adrien opened his eyes and stared at her, incredulous. After everything he’d done to her, everything he’d said?
She squeezed his shoulder. “We can’t… we can’t do anything with it. Not yet.” She looked him in the eyes, her own shimmering with tears and maybe, just maybe, hope. “You know why, don’t you?”
“Yeah.” He looked down at his feet. “Your identity.”
“Not just that.” She ran her hand through his hair again, up the back of his head. “I don’t think we’re ready for it. I think… I think we have some things we need to talk about first.”
When he looked at her, she was smiling. At him. She wasn’t leaving, wasn’t leaving him, didn’t hate him, didn’t blame him, and she was staying.
He cleared his throat. “I think…” he started, then swallowed. “There’s no one I’d rather talk to about those things than you.”
I know I said I learned my lesson last time… but I’m also a strong believer in second chances. Which is why I’ve decided to replace all the Camembert in the house… with skim-milk mozzarella cheese sticks.
Suffer, you sentient bobble-headed incarnation of abject humiliation.
-post reveal, pre confession.
-Thomas Dupain is very, very tall.
-Marinette may or may not have inherited his height later in life
-one summer growth spurt, has her taller than Chat Noir
-during an interview, a reporter hints that chat and ladybug might be together.
-ladybug quickly spews out a comment about liking guys taller than her.
-Because Adrien has the idea that girls like guys taller than them, he tells himself he’ll confess once he surpasses Marinette’s height
-Marinette feels awkward, a little gangly as she’s a few inches taller than Adrien
-desperate to find any excuse to delay a confession, she tells herself she’ll confess when they both graduate
-a year goes by. Adrien catches up in height.
-he calls out his lady to meet after graduation
-he’s looking into her eyes, just about to confess when he notices that he’s still not quite there
-he gives an awkward laugh
-“Sorry Ladybug, you just had something in your hair.”
-“Oh…” she seems really upset
-and he thinks that’s all to the conversation
-but ladybug gathers her courage into a little ball and hurls it with all her might
-“I love you, Adrien Agreste.”