ZIM feared many things, Dib realized. As unafraid as the
irken pretended to be, with all his bravado and arrogance, it still obvious how
uneasy he got around large bodies of water. How he stiffened at the mention of
zombies or germs. Dib could even mostly understand his fears. Except when it
came to bees.
“They’re not going to hurt you, you know?” He murmured,
watching the disguised irken as he suddenly went tense. A low buzz signaled the
insects’ arrival. It swirled around their bodies while ZIM’s hands curled into
Right, so. The Miraculous Character Development Theory. This
is a follow-up post for that clarifying some things, because the original post
was a bit messy and kind of gave a bit of a crash course in a pretty big
paradigm of looking at the show, so I’m going to attempt to clarify and justify
bits of it as I go here.
The reason I think that miraculouses are granted based on people
who lack a particular trait or need
to learn a lesson is not just because it’s a pattern with Marinette, Adrien and
Hawkmoth. It’s because of the nature of miraculouses themselves and the ideals
they seem to be based in.
At the centre of the miraculous box we see the ladybug and
the cat miraculous sitting in the middle of the infamous yin-yang symbol. We
probably all know the basics behind this – it is about the dichotomy of forces
in the universe, and how one force will try to dominate over the other but
ultimately they are all part of the same universe, and one cannot exist without
the other. It’s because of this I think miraculouses represent dichotomies – at the very least, we know that Ladybug
represents Good Fortune and Creation, and Chat Noir represents and Bad Fortune
and Destruction. I’m not suggesting every miraculous has a counterpart – if
that were the case, the show would have made it more obvious by now, and the issue
is that the box seems to have seven miraculouses in it – an irritatingly odd
number. That being said, I can’t help but notice that the fox and the peacock
seem to represent values that seem to be at opposite extremes – and to a lesser
extent, the bee, which I haven’t talked about before, can represent
productivity and vitality, which could be opposed to the more patient,
wisdom-driven slow-but-steady protection-based approach of the turtle, but that’s
a bit contentious.
The point is, if every miraculous is attuned to an animal
and its classical associations in literary symbolism, then it will naturally
also represent a dichotomy – those that have those traits and those that don’t.
However, the fact that there are miraculouses for both traditionally ‘good’
traits such as Good Fortune, Creation, Wisdom and Truth, and traditionally ‘bad’
traits such as Bad Fortune, Destruction, Illusions and Lies implies to me that the miraculouses aren’t necessarily just
about eradicating negative traits – they are about helping their hero find
balance in their lives. This is why the blog is called Miraculous in Balance –
because that’s the principle belief this theory boils down to.
One of the original ‘messy’ bits of the original post was
concerning Master Fu. He is a miraculous
holder at the end of his development. This doesn’t necessarily mean he’s all-encompassingly
become everything that the turtle miraculous stands for. As noted by @blessdunrest, Master Fu is something of a trickster – he doesn’t give
Marinette and Adrien the miraculouses directly, he palms them off to them in a sleight
of hand. He’s an old man with a trickster
streak – he’s the closest thing the show has to a figure of balance, which is
what the aim of miraculous holders needs to be. Marinette, and to a lesser
extent, Adrien are showing signs of strong progress towards this end as well.
Hawkmoth/Papillon and Lila are the ones who aren’t – Lila, through a convoluted akumatisation, ends up wielding the powers
of the miraculous that represents her wholeheartedly, which is a MASSIVE
unbalance that results in arguably one of the toughest opponents Ladybug
and Chat Noir had to face in Series 1. Meanwhile, Hawkmoth/Papillon, who seems
to want Mama Agreste back (be that because she’s dead or because she’s gone or
if he’s Gabriel or whatever) actually
balances out the ideals of Nooroo’s miraculous, the butterfly, of change and
life cycles, rather well – it’s just that he rejects this creed, like Marinette
tried to in the origins episode – but instead of trying to get rid of the
miraculous, he just forces Nooroo to do his bidding, leading to the
supervillain we all know and love/hate.
Indeed, Marinette herself isn’t perfect in a similar respect – many episodes
are based around Marinette ignoring Tikki’s advice, and then everything
subsequently going south.
are people who are unbalanced in some way (which, to be frank, is pretty
much everyone both in this show and irl,) and
who subsequently find that balance in their lives through the creed of the
miraculous they are given. If someone were to receive the wrong miraculous,
it would either be ineffectual for them and their development, or it would, in
the case of Lila, only serve to unbalance them further, which inevitably
results in Bad Things. That’s not to say
that Marinette being Chat Noir and Adrien being Ladybug would have resulted in
them being villains – far from it, they’re both way too Cinnamon-Roll for that.
But it wouldn’t have helped them, and it wouldn’t have helped the Kwami either –
can you imagine Marinette with Plagg? It would be a disaster zone. A hilarious
disaster zone, but a disaster zone nonetheless, and it certainly wouldn’t have helped Marinette find balance in her life or help her development - she’d become even more clumsy, klutzy and underconfident because she’d have to account for Plagg’s shenanigans as well as her own. Likewise, Adrien with Tikki
wouldn’t be as productive a relationship as Marinette’s, because the
relationship would just kind of be… amicable. Adrien knows his
responsibilities, and Tikki would remind him of those responsibilities, and
subsequently he stays locked up in his mansion only emerging to be Ladybug,
which would sort-of allow him to do the same things he does as Chat Noir, but
it would just be another truckload of obligations he has to fulfil. Additionally, as shown in the origins
episode, Ladybug must be protected at all costs, because she is the only hero
with the power to fix everything–
Adrien lives a sheltered, enclosed life where everyone is protecting him
already. If Adrien ended up being Ladybug, I imagine upon realising that he’s the be-all-and-end-all hero, he’d
get just as frustrated as he is at home, because that’s how home treats him,
even if it is in a way that makes him feel unloved.
That’s why Marinette and Adrien are the best choice for their respective miraculouses - not because they fit them, but because they don’t. Instead, they are the ones that can get the most out of their respective creeds, and subsequently find the balance that all miraculouses aim for.
help their hero not just overcome their weaknesses and provide a way to
help/hinder people, but find balance in their lives – and this is what my
miraculous assignment theories will be based on.