“Miraculous: Tales Of Ladybug And Cat Noir” Season 4 Finale – A Miracle It’s Still On Air(Spoilers)


Quetzalcoatl Dalupan, Staff Writer

“Miraculous: Tales Of Ladybug And Cat Noir,” or more popularly known as simply Miraculous Ladybug, is a French CGI cartoon that made its debut in 2015. The story focuses on its two main characters, Marinette Dupain-Cheng and Adrien Agreste, who moonlight as superheroes Ladybug and Cat Noir respectively. This is done by using magical jewelry that is powered by their Kwamis, magical talking animals that aim to help them take down the evil Hawkmoth who is terrorizing Paris France.

Although the main demographic is a younger audience, teenagers and adults have made up most of the viewership almost since the show came out. The show is infamous for bad writing, character design, public relations, animation, music, voice acting, pacing and many other vital elements that would normally doom a program to run a one or two season run. Nonetheless, Miraculous Ladybug has run a total of four seasons with a fifth, sixth and seventh, as well as multiple movies, including a musical, in the works.


Along all the previously stated issues, the show has a problem with continuing, finishing, and even starting many storylines fans have been looking forward to the end or continuation of.

In the show, a “love square” is present, wherein Cat Noir, who is also Adrien Agreste, is romantically interested in Ladybug but not Marinette. Marinette, who is also Ladybug, has a crush on Adrien Agreste but not Cat Noir. Due to inconsistent rules present in the show, Cat Noir and Ladybug are not allowed to show each other their true identities. Meanwhile Marinette and Adrien have a very complex relationship, in which Marinette takes the role of his crazy stalker while Adrien struggles to overcome his controlling dad to be with his friends. If this sounds confusing, good, it’s not much more fun to watch.

This all culminates in what is called the “identity reveal” among fans, the scene in which Ladybug and Cat Noir finally reveal their true identities to each other. This scene has been faked multiple times in the show, in episodes titled “Cat Blanc” and “Ephemeral” wherein the highly anticipated scene was shown, but ultimately retconned in the same episode. Due to the show running for four seasons and over seven years, this has left many fans unsatisfied with the pacing and writing of the show. Considering it is the main draw of the entire show, many fans state that it is “cheap” to keep dangling it in front of their faces like keys.

But what does it matter? It is a show meant for children after all. This is a widely debated topic among fans as the show isn’t actually intended for older audiences, but nonetheless still has an age range similar to many Disney shows, with some even comparing it to that of “Spongebob” or even “Avatar: The Last Airbender” due to its overarching story.

Whichever camp you’re in, the show somehow finds a way to disappoint everyone. Over the course of the show’s runtime, the seasons have created their own reputations among the viewers. Season one is the most unfocused but more forgivable since it was based upon worldbuilding and character introductions as any first season should be. Season two is often looked upon more kindly by the general audience due to the increase of story and character writing, with a more satisfying ending that contained a big fight scene that included other heroes introduced during the season. Season three is seen as a progressive, story filled season with such a horrifically bad ending it completely made many lose faith in the series. As of the current date of publication, season four’s finale is not out yet, however many plan to be disappointed due to the shows past with empty promises and rushed writing.

Because of this, it can be enjoyed by older fans as well, but also can be rather jarring due to the inconsistent themes and writing of the story that sometimes takes itself more seriously, while also having overly childish moments that can send mixed messages on who the demographic actually is. Is the identity reveal coming? Or will it be replaced with another scene no one asked for? Who knows with these writer.