He does seem to just go nuts in that episode. I know the main idea is to deflect all suspicion of Gabriel Agreste being Hawk Moth, but it does seem like The Collector wastes his one shot at a really cool superpower. It's almost like he's just fooling around, and killing time waiting to be defeated. He's not even really making a serious effort. He can't do it again, either without making people suspicious about himself.
Illusion-casting is a good superpower if you already have a good imagination. If you don't, then you won't be able to imagine good illusions to create. And if they're not good, then they won't be convincing to other people. But the more imaginative you are, the more powerful that super power makes you.
I would like to have cosmic awareness.
@Sarahbeth -- Sounds like you've thought about it, so what kind of super powers would you want?
When you think about it, everything has to start with imagining. If you can't imagine it, then it will never happen.
Say it ain't so... not Tom Dupin? I would have sworn he was just about akuma-proof.
Who do you want to be?
I know Shadow's Girl was questioning 'why me? what did I do to deserve this?' and she posted about "Why can't I just live in a normal home with normal parents?", so I think she would have understood how frustrated Luka felt in that song when he said "They only hit until you cry. After that you don't ask why. You just don't argue anymore."
It doesn't really matter if Shadow's Girl's mother didn't actually hit her -- instead she used words to beat her up. Words can hurt, too. Look at how many people in the show Chloe hurts using nothing but mean words. It's one thing if it's another kid bullying you -- at least you have some chance to get away from her, or to get help from an adult. It's an entirely different thing if it's your own parents and you have to obey them and live there with them -- there's nowhere you can go to escape. So I'm glad Shadow's Girl was able to get away from there.
And you know what else... thinking about Luka in the song made me think about Shadow's Girl, and how she had to leave us because Child Protective Services moved her out of her home with her mother, who was emotionally abusive to her, and always making her feel bad about herself. I hope she finds a new home with foster parents who will really care about her, and she becomes a happy person who feels good about herself.
There's also the comic book (which features original stories, not episode adaptations) MIRACULOUS ADVENTURES, which is also drawn in a manga style.
Yeah, it was. Especially the part where Luka tells the woman singing the song, "If you hear something late at night... some kind of trouble, some kind of fight... just don't ask me what it was, just don't ask me what it was, just don't ask me what it was." Luka thinks there must be something wrong with him if his parents beat him. "I think it's 'cause I'm clumsy. I try not to act too proud. Maybe it's because I'm crazy. I try not to talk too loud."
It seems like if Luka in the show was a character something like that, that Marinette's heart would go out to him, that she'd feel sympathy for him and try to help him, and if she did, it's easy to understand how Luka would develop feelings for Marinette, and maybe fall in love with her. And in a situation like that, maybe Marinette feels something for him, too -- almost like she can't help herself. She might even identify with him a little, since she feels clumsy herself sometimes, and not completely confident -- she feels imperfect and insecure. Becoming Ladybug helped Marinette overcome a lot of those feelings, and I can see where she'd want to help Luka feel better about himself, too. It seems like the idea fits for an emo type of character, too.
@PurrrfectRed - Were the "Tales From Paris" anime webisodes the ones you were looking for?
When I heard the name of the new character, Luka...
It made me think of an old, old song - "My Name Is Luka". It's a sad song about a boy who is beaten by his parents. That made me wonder if the creators at Zagtoon named the character that because he's in some kind of similar situation. Maybe he's a character that Marienette discovers is sad and in trouble, and she feels sorry for him and tries to help him. Here's the song:
JK! I knew no one would get that joke. I wonder if he's goth or emo?
Does he live on the 2nd floor? Does he live upstairs from her? Yes, I think I've seen him before.
I really don't know anything about Luka or what he's like.
It's my belief that the entire setup of MIRACULOUS was designed to teach a moral lesson. Everyone experiences negative emotions, but when you give into those dark feelings of despair, you let your emotions control YOU, instead of being the master of your own emotions. Marinette was unsure of herself when she first got her Miraculous, and thought it must be a mistake -- that she was never cut out to be a hero, that she was too imperfect, too fallible. Yet when push came to shove, Marinette was able to rise above, and not let her fears rule her. She took control of her fears, mastered them, and became a true hero. She's not entirely fearless yet. She's still working on it. The major hurdle she has to overcome now is her fear of being hurt in love. That's what's been holding her back from telling Adrien how she really feels about him.
Gabriel Agreste shows us the opposite, what happens when we give into those feelings of fear and dark despair. I believe he became Hawk Moth because he gave into that despair when his wife disappeared, and let the negative emotions control his actions. In trying to use the Butterfly Miraculous, HE's no longer in control, it's the dark negative emotions that control HIM. Since he can't control himSELF, he has an obsession with controlling everything and everyone ELSE around him. That is why he lives a secluded existence locked away in his mansion as Gabriel, and avoids interacting with people most of the time. He's not good at keeping his emotions under control, so he appears to be cold and distant as Gabriel, except when he gets angry. As Hawk Moth, he never leaves his lair, but influences others by telepathically reinforcing their darkest thoughts -- he tells them they're right to feel this way, and urges them to let those feelings guide their actions. But as either Gabriel or as Hawk Moth, he seems to easily be angered by anything that doesn't go his way. Almost every episode we're treated to another one of Hawk Moth's little rants after he's failed once again to gain the Miraculous' that he so badly desires.
The akumatized supervillians that Hawk Moth creates are like little versions of himself -- all people who have GIVEN IN, let the dark feelings inside them defeat them, and in those moments of despair, Hawk Moth enters their minds because he's on the same mental 'wavelength'. He fuels the fires of those negative emotions in control of them at that moment, promises them power to "get even" with the world. There is a difference between merely getting mad and letting that take control of you. If you let your anger be in the driver's seat, then it's controlling you, instead of the opposite way around. That's the kind of thing that makes ripe victims for Hawk Moth's little akumas. Marinette knows that she would never hurt ANYone, no matter how mad she gets at Chloe.
And yes, the yo-yo was originally developed in ancient times as a weapon. That is a fact that you can look up.
How fast do you think that yo-yo is spinning? All that centrifugal force would be lethal if she just let it fly at Chloe's head.
No matter how much Marinette dislikes Chloe, she knows she would never do anything to hurt her, no matter WHAT Chloe did to her, or how bad she made Mari feel, or how mad she got. She's SAVED her worst enemy from death on several occasions. If someone can do that, they'll never be akumatized.
Y'see, that's why Master Fu chose Marinette. He could tell. You can't give the power of Ladybug to someone who might use it for their own purposes, to hurt someone or get revenge. It's all part of the Kwamis' plan.
Yeah, she can get mad. She's still human. She's IN CONTROL of herself, though. She knows there are invisible lines that she'll never cross, no matter how bad she feels.
Unless you're not suitable for the Miraculous you're using. You weren't meant ever have it. It's meant for someone different, a different type of person altogether. Then you can't handle the power of that Miraculous, and in trying to bend it to your will, it bends YOU -- and that's where Hawk Moths come from.