Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir (Gacha portrayal)

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Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir is a 2015 animated show produced by Zagtoon, Method Animation and Toei Animation. The show is widely successful and is considered as one of the best modern superhero animated shows of the 2010s. Because of this, it spawned a huge fanbase, and also got invaded By the infamous Gacha community. In 2020 and 2021, when the pandemic started, a lot of GachaTubers started to make MLB Gacha Life videos and became sensational. In general, the show is a smash hit, but the Gacha community's portrayal of the show garnered a negative reputation for various reasons and has gone down as one of the worst portrayals of all time and is one of the few causes for the downfall of the Gacha community.

Why It Miraculously Sucks[edit | edit source]

  1. The biggest problem is that most of the Gacha videos of Miraculous are way too dark and extremely mean-spirited, which goes against the show's lighthearted nature.
  2. Another huge problem is that the Gacha videos of the show are mostly unfaithful to the original show to the point you even ask if GachaTubers who make these videos even bothered to watch the show. Unlike the original show, which focus on slice-of-life moments while still focusing on the story, the Gacha portrayal throws that out of the window in favor of mean-spiritedness and ships and nothing more. This is because the show was actually used as an excuse to not make OCs or make something original and instead create trends out of this show (which doesn't work due to its nature), as well due to season 4 being released during the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a result, it became an unfortunate sensation.
  3. The characterization is horrendous and severely lacking compared to the original show.
    • Many secondary characters such as Rose, Juleka, Jagged Stone, Ivan, Kim, Alix, Mr. Damocles, Nathaniel, Manon, and Max were either severely reduced in roles or are completely absent because most videos focus on Marinette, Adrien, Alya, Nino, Luka, Lila, Chloé, and her family.
    • Nino was also reduced in roles as he doesn't appear as much as other characters like Marinette, Alya, and Adrien. It also doesn't help the fact that he still suffered the same flanderization from other characters.
    • Alix having her screentime severely reduced in these videos is also insulting, since she's very important in the show.
    • In addition, they retooled some characters to add more villains. A great example is Ms. Mendeleiev, who became a homophobe in these videos.
    • Most of the remaining characters were severely flanderized beyond recognition to the point of being horrible characters and becoming on par with Modern Family Guy.
      • Alya suffers from the absolute worst flanderization in the portrayal and one of the worst flanderizations in the Gacha community as she went from a supportive, ambitious girl who aspires to be a journalist to a malicious bully to blindly trust Lila's lies, even the ones that frame Marinette, despite being Marinette's best friend.
      • Adrien also suffers from the absolute worst flanderization in the portrayal as he also became a bully and an idiot who blindly trusts Lila's lies, despite him actually knowing she lies.
      • Not even Lila is safe from flanderization, which despite being already a bad character, her traits of being the master of lies, framing, and manipulation were took to the extreme as she now frames Marinette by faking her injuries, but even when people do not see her framing Marinette. It’s so obvious and fake that it makes the characters who believe her stupid. Not to mention, aside from framing Marinette, she also physically abuses or outright attempts to murder her, which is beyond insane and even extremely out-of-character for her to do so.
      • Marinette also suffered from heavy flanderization as rather than being the clumsy and accident-prone yet sweet, outgoing, and joyful girl, she became more emo, depressed, serious, and also more of a punching bag.
      • Audrey Bourgeois, despite being already a bad character, also suffered from flanderization as she became more neglectful towards Chloé and even preferred Zoé over her.
  4. Stale and repetitive plots, mostly revolving around Lila framing Marinette and other characters blindly believing Lila's lies.
  5. Most of the community is often racist as they mostly whitewash Lila, and occasionally Alya.
  6. The mean-spirited vibes from the episodes Chameleon and Ladybug return here and are cranked up to eleven.
  7. The videos of Marinette being constantly harassed are the ones that take the greatest number of views and they're mostly unbearable to watch due to the aforementioned flanderized characters. In addition, the endings are mostly predictable and barebones, and it doesn't try to make something new. These videos either end with Marinette being akumatized, committing suicide, or winning and not forgiving her "friends".
  8. As usual, the community makes Gacha Heat out of the show. But unlike other shows, this is far too creepy, as most of the characters are underaged.
  9. Much like Seasons 4-present of The Loud House, Season 6-8 of SpongeBob SquarePants, Ren & Stimpy “Adult Party Cartoon”, the Larry Doyle era of Looney Tunes, Popee the Performer, Seasons 5-6 of Ed, Edd n Eddy, Herman and Katnip, and the Gene Deitch era of Tom and Jerry, these videos rely more on gratuitous over-the-top violence than slapstick.
  10. Prior to season 5, most fans shipped a lot of various characters, with the most notable example being Marinette x Adrien. However, the problem is that this ship was extremely forced, and while it’s true that Marinette has a crush on Adrien, Adrien didn’t show any signs of loving Marinette and while in season 5, he said he thinks she is more than just a friend. The shipping videos were done way before season 5 even premiered.
  11. Overall, due to the poor portrayal of the show and becoming an unfortunate sensation, this destroyed Miraculous' reputation as a whole, which isn't a surprise because the community just loves to ruin good shows, and a lot of people considered it overrated, which makes sense since the show, despite being good, has some severe flaws (like sluggish character development and characters still being flat even after 5 seasons) and is formulaic, so it doesn't deserve all that popularity.

Redeeming Qualities[edit | edit source]

  1. While most characters have been severely flanderized, there are still some likable characters, and some bad characters became good.
    • A great example is Chloé Bourgeois, who still kept the character development from season 3 (unlike the original show, which threw that out of the window in the season 3 finale), became much nicer and even friendly with Marinette.
    • Zoé Lee still kept her personality, and while she’s still the Mary Sue from the original show, she’s still tolerable.
    • While Ms. Bustier became somewhat more serious than she is in the original show and is severely underutilized, her decline isn’t very severe, and she’s still likable.
  2. Some videos, while still bad in terms of plot and characterization, are well-animated.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • For a while, the show declined in popularity, not only in the Gacha community, but also elsewhere, due to people realizing how overrated it is. It started to gain a bit of popularity again with the release of Ladybug & Cat Noir: The Movie.
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