Let’s talk about Gabriel...
Real talk the new episodes of Miraculous have got me messed up cause like (spoilers for season 2 ep 1 and 2 so look away now if you haven’t watched it!)
We now know he’s officially Hawkmoth, surprising probably nobody. But to me this raises more questions than it does answers. Those question mainly revolving around his relationship towards Adrien.
I think it’s this scene that’s got me effed up the most-
Gabriel is destroying his own office to make it seem like there was a struggle but…but… he didn’t have to throw the photo Adrien made for him!??!?! He willingly chose to throw it away! WHAT THE HECK I- *breathes*
Yet he lingered on the drawing for a moment, with a small smile on his face. And this is the same man who hugs Adrien when he’s worried about him, who seems super over protective of him out of love (yes love, I’m sure that Gabriel loves his son in some twisted way but that doesn’t excuse his actions here) as well as a horrible sense of ownership. He’s cold but not completely unfeeling. He’s manipulative but still appears to have some humanity left in him. In short he’s complex, I kind of don’t know what to make of him right now.
I personally enjoy this development. I’m totally here for Gabriel not being a cookie cutter black-and-white villain. He’s a piece of crap abusive father, with very misguided intentions, and I think that makes him a better character (not better as in good, but better as in interesting to watch).
Most people have pointed out the comparisons between Adrien’s scenario and Rapunzel’s from Disney’s Tangled. However I think there’s a difference. I genuinely think that (unlike Mother Gothel) that Gabriel does love Adrien in some way. It doesn’t stop Gabriel using Adrien as a puppet or treating him like garbage, and I actually like that. I like that “love” doesn’t excuse his behaviour, that people can do terrible things in the name of it. It’s actually pretty deep.
It’ll also make the fallout of this that much more horrible and heartbreaking when the reveal happens and honestly I cannot WAIT for that.
Disclaimer: This isn’t a “in defense of Gabriel” post by the way. This is me trying to figure out what his game is. I’d love to hear other people’s thoughts on the matter too!
And now that I’ve got the jumbled up thoughts out of the way- time for some yelling. Cause it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t yell. *BREAAAATHHHES*….
WHAT THE ACTUAL FRICK-FRACK SNICK SNACK IS YOUR GAME YOU CANDY-CANE-INSULT-TO-FASHION ABUSIVE, MANIPULATIVE BUTTMUNCH?!!?!?! WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING?!!?!? WHO ARE YOU?!!?! WHY U DO THIS?!?!?! I DON’T UNDERSTAND YOU AND THAT MAKES ME INTERESTED IN YOUR CHARACTER ARC. THANKS FOR THAT! I HATE IT! BOI U BETTER STRAIGHTEN YOUR SHIZ OUT ADRIEN DESERVES BETTER! GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER OR I STG IM KIDNAPPING AND ADOPTING YOUR SON MYSELF!!!!!!!!!!