Complex Head Icons. Signature Faces Series. Based on season one style. Circle icons. Free to use. Colored Background.
A new set and a new style that’s sure to stick around. I’m considering the possibility of remaking the icons I’ve previously made into this style but that’s not gonna happen any time soon. I have a list of icons I gotta make already established~
It’s been stewing in my mind for a while now, and I’ve been wondering why all the essays and articles and fanfic written about the episode never quite satisfied me.
This morning I realised how come that was. A lot of the things written were about Marinette
This one was one of those episodes where her defects really do come back to haunt her. What’s more, at the end she hasn’t even learned much: she still doesn’t listen to Chat and goes to hunt down Adrien despite his protests, just steamrolling his opinion on the matter.
But the thing that didn’t satisfy me most is that the fandom overlooked another guilty party in this episode who’s defects also were responsible for creating the akuma: Adrien.
Adrien really annoyed me in this episode. One thing is being innocent and sheltered. He cannot help that and he’s slowly overcoming it, I imagine, with experience and Nino’s help. But come ON you HAVE miraculous yourself!
Adrien knows very well that the first rule of owning a miraculous is telling no one; it’s practically the first thing out of Plagg’s mouth after ‘ca se mange?’, which in hindsight tells him it’s pretty important. This is something he should know intrinsically this late in the game - one assumes the timeline has ANY sense. And giving away your identity to someone you just met, especially not for a booty call, should have started ringing alarm bells in his head. Instead of looking stupefied, he should have started asking trick questions, looking suspicious, backing away. After all, they have no idea who Hawkmoth is, his gender and age. For all they know the giant face and voice on the Eiffel tower could have just been a giant illusion.
I wouldn’t have minded if he’d just been an innocent bystander, someone like Nathaniel or Theo who don’t know a first thing about the miraculous stones. But that’s not the case; he knows very well that Plagg hiding is half his existence and doesn’t get suspicious at all this girl is just telling a random stranger she has a miraculous? Because make no mistake, Lila just moved into their school, she’s a stranger.
And then later, he does it AGAIN. A girl who looks a lot like Lila shows up in the fox miraculous costume. The fox. Miraculous. Which Lila just claimed as her own. She shows up out of nowhere, starts bossing your usual team leader around - thus blowing a hole into your usual team dynamics which you suddenly seem to care nothing about - and you accept it without batting an eye. Moreover, you notice your team leader is annoyed, and instead of asking why, just sort of hint she’s being hostile to the new teammate who you’ve accepted beyond the very reasonable doubt you should have had.
Adrien was right there when Ladybug tears Lila a new one, and also deduced correctly that her lie about being a miraculous holder was just that. He put the entire team at risk by siding with the newcomer over his team leader seconds after meeting her, and he did this after he KNEW that Lila was upset and just lying about that very miraculous stone. I’m surprised that has not had lasting effects on Ladybug and Chat Noir’s team dynamics, because quite beyond Adrien knowing about Lila, which Ladybug has no way of knowing, one would think the boy constantly spouting love declarations would follow said love interest as a team leader over a newcomer they know exactly nothing about.
Of course, I’m not saying Adrien should be shamed or any sort of thing. But Marinette’s faults and defects in this episode have been picked apart and aired so often I’m just really surprising Adrien’s very sizable errors weren’t also pointed out. Mari’s errors were more of a reactive nature, where she was provoked and acted out of line. Adrien’s were more errors of omission, where he failed to do and see things he really aught to know better about at this point. But they are still mistakes he makes, and no one seems to want to speak of them.
No, man, no. I-I have-I have peanut allergies. What if somebody threw in some extra crunchy Skippy? Then, you know, it’s just a… *wheezing* all up in my vocal area, man. Do you want to give me mouth-to-mouth? No, none of us want that. Hell no.