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|“||"Okay, okay! I'll give you my Miraculous, Cat Noir."
"I'm not Cat Noir anymore… I'm Cat Blanc."
"You will always be Cat Noir to me."
"Cat Blanc" is a Season 3 episode of the series, Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir. As based on the series' production order specifically, "Cat Blanc" is the 22nd written and produced episode of Season 3. It is also the 74th written and produced episode of the series, overall.
When Marinette makes a serious mistake she has to face the consequence of fighting the last person she'd ever imagine get akumatized.
In his repository, Gabriel tells Emilie that he misses her but will get Ladybug's and Cat Noir’s Miraculouses in order to repair their past mistakes. Meanwhile at Trocadéro, the girls wait for Marinette to come back from giving a gift to Adrien for his fifth name's day. Alya is confident that she’ll do it, but Alix is sure she won’t. Alix bets her skates that Marinette won't, and Rose bets her favorite unicorn plush that Marinette will. The girls then spot Marinette coming back and see that she didn’t deliver her gift, much to their disappointment. Marinette expresses doubt as to whether or not Adrien will like the gift, though Alya tells her that the only way to know is by giving it to him. Rose firmly tells Marinette that until she delivers her gift, there will be no more picnics, sleepovers or movies, therefore giving Marinette the motivation she needs to follow through. She heads to the Agreste mansion, and on her way, Tikki asks Marinette if she’s really going to give her gift to Adrien. Marinette says that she won’t take no for an answer. However, once she arrives at the mansion, she learns from Nathalie on the intercom that Adrien isn’t home. Marinette asks her when he’ll be home, but Nathalie doesn’t know and hangs up. Marinette is perplexed since Adrien’s fencing tournament should’ve already ended. Tikki suggests Marinette give her gift to him at school, but remembering what Rose had said, Marinette decides to sneak the gift into Adrien’s room as Ladybug. Tikki is against Marinette using her powers for personal reasons, but Marinette promises to be quick and transforms into Ladybug, who then enters Adrien’s room through an open window. Once inside, she immediately begins admiring all his possessions.
Once arriving home, Nathalie tells Adrien that he is late, to which Adrien says that the fencing tournament took longer than expected, and they dropped Kagami off at home. Nathalie lets Adrien in, and on the way to his room, he asks her to tell his father that he won, to which Nathalie says she’ll do once he finishes working. Meanwhile, Ladybug continues to admire Adrien’s things until she remembers the gift. She places it on his bed and prepares to leave when she realizes that she didn’t sign it. So she grabs a pencil and puts her signature on the card before taking off. Unbeknownst to her, as she is leaving, Adrien comes into his room and sees her. He spots Marinette’s gift, a beret, on his bed and wonders why Ladybug would leave a gift from Marinette in his room. Plagg suggests that maybe Marinette asked her to, but Adrien quickly realizes that Marinette and Ladybug are the same person and the boy Ladybug had once said she loved was him. Plagg tries to deny it, but it’s too late. Plagg reminds Adrien that he and Ladybug shouldn’t know each other’s identities, but Adrien insists that she doesn’t need to know his identity just because he knows hers and promises that everything will be okay. Putting the beret on his head, he runs out of his room, while Plagg compares the situation to smelly cheese, saying that putting it in a box won’t stop it from smelling.
While heading back to Trocadéro, Ladybug is met by Bunnyx, who informs her that something had happened to cause a disaster in the future. She asks Ladybug if she did anything abnormal, but Ladybug cannot think of anything, so she takes her inside her Burrow. Ladybug looks around and sees many points in the past and future, so Bunnyx puts a bowl over her head to prevent her from seeing anything. She lectures Ladybug that avoiding interference with time is standard procedure, but the situation is desperate as their very future is at risk; as she says this, Bunnyx's right arm begins to glitch and fade. She takes them through a portal to a future Paris, rendered a devastated wasteland; the Eiffel Tower has been toppled over, the buildings and streets are submerged underwater and the moon, visible in the oddly bleached grey sky, appears to have been cracked in two. Ladybug asks what happened but Bunnyx only tells her to capture the akuma and restore order. She heads back inside her Burrow in order to be able to jump back into time in case anything goes wrong. Once she’s gone, Ladybug spots an akumatized Cat Noir (completely white and with blue eyes) singing to himself on top of the building’s edge. Cat Noir, now Cat Blanc, is delighted to see Ladybug, exclaiming that he thought he’d lost her forever and prepares to snatch her earrings, only for Ladybug to kick him away and ask what’s the matter with him. Cat Blanc apologizes for being rude and asks for her Miraculous, stating that he’s made some mistakes and tearfully pleads for Ladybug to save him. Sympathized, Ladybug looks around him to see where his akuma could be, only for Cat Blanc to say that it’s in his broken heart before attacking her. As the two battle, Cat Blanc reveals that he knows she’s Marinette, which shocks Ladybug since she never told him that. Bunnyx watches this unfold from her Burrow and sees the point in time when Marinette as Ladybug left her gift for Adrien in his room. She then sees Marinette go back to the girls and delightfully explains that she gave her gift to Adrien, causing Alix to give Rose her unicorn plushie back. Bunnyx is perplexed since she doesn’t remember that happening and sees that her own unicorn plushie is fading away. She looks further and sees that after Marinette had told the girls that she put her gift in Adrien’s room, Adrien had come by, confessed his love to Marinette, and the two kissed, much to the other girls’ delight. She then looks back to where Ladybug is fighting Cat Blanc, who demands that she give him her Miraculous so that he can fix everything. He fires a Mega Cataclysm at her, which destroys an entire building, much to Bunnyx’s horror.
Adrien and Marinette become an official couple, which is even reported on the news by Nadja Chamack. Meanwhile, Cat Blanc tells Ladybug that everything had been perfect until Hawk Moth found out about their love, claiming that’s what caused the terrible destruction. Bunnyx wonders how and sees a point in time when Gabriel tells Marinette that her dating Adrien is making the Agreste brand look bad and she must end the relationship, threatening to remove Adrien from school if she doesn’t. Tom and Sabine are angry that Gabriel is breaking their daughter’s heart and demand that Nathalie leave their bakery at once. Later, Marinette visits the Agreste mansion and breaks up with Adrien, much to Adrien's heartbreak. Adrien wants to go after her, but his bodyguard prevents him from doing so. Nathalie watches this unfold from the window of Gabriel’s atelier and informs Hawk Moth that everything is going according to plan.
Hawk Moth creates an akuma and sends it after Marinette, confident that her pure and utter despair will bring about his "masterpiece".
Meanwhile, Adrien tearfully begs his bodyguard to let him go after Marinette, to which he reluctantly agrees. While heading towards her, he notices the akuma and, in a great panic and out of fear, he transforms into Cat Noir and destroys it with his Cataclysm, much to Marinette’s shock. It is then that Cat Noir reveals that he’s been aware that she was Ladybug, and the two tearfully embrace. Nathalie, who also witnessed Adrien’s transformation, informs Hawk Moth that his son is Cat Noir. Though he is shocked at first, he quickly declares that the Miraculouses will soon be his.
Bunnyx sees that she is slowly fading from existence and pleads with Ladybug to hurry up. Meanwhile, Cat Blanc tells Ladybug that as soon as he finds her, she’ll give him her Miraculous. Ladybug sneaks up behind him, tackles him, and takes his staff. However, she finds no akuma inside it. Cat Blanc fires multiple Cataclysms at her, which she dodges, and then says that she can end everything more quickly by handing her Miraculous to him. Ladybug refuses and calls on her Lucky Charm, receiving an eraser. Cat Blanc says that he’d like to erase the past but there’s only one way. He reminds her that combining their Miraculouses can grant one wish and proclaims that his wish would be to fix everything so that they can be in love again. He prepares to take her earrings, but Ladybug tackles him and snatches his belt but discovers that the akuma isn’t in there. Upset that Ladybug isn’t listening, he disappointedly fires a small Cataclysm at the ground beneath her, causing her to fall into the water. Ladybug goes down below and sees destroyed versions of herself and Hawk Moth. Shocked, Ladybug goes deeper and swims towards her future self, she touches her, only the destroyed Ladybug crumbles to dust and disappears.
Bunnyx continues to investigate and learns that Ladybug and Cat Noir had located Hawk Moth. Fighting him in his repository, Cat Noir prepares to use Cataclysm, but Hawk Moth says that he doesn’t want to do that while calling him by his real name, revealing that he knows his secret identity. He then shows Emilie’s body and reveals that everything he is doing is to bring her back. Cat Noir realises that Hawk Moth is his father and is horrified, repeatedly asking why. Hawk Moth reclaims his cane and kicks him to the Eiffel Tower and says that they can save his mother with his and Ladybug’s Miraculous. Ladybug shows up and reminds Cat Noir that every wish has a price to pay, though Hawk Moth claims that Ladybug would let him save his mother if she truly loved him. Torn between his mother and the girl he loves, drives Cat Noir off of the edge, and shouts at them pleading for them to stop. Seeing the chance as his son's heart became shattered, Hawk Moth sends an akuma towards him. It infects his bell. Cat Noir tries to resist, but it proves futile as he apologizes to Ladybug and succumbs to his akumatization. Ladybug watches in horror as Hawk Moth transforms him into Cat Blanc with the power of infinite destruction. However, Cat Blanc is conflicted between using his powers on either Ladybug or Hawk Moth and his Cataclysm overloads due to his negative emotions, detonating in a massive explosion that thunderously wipes out Paris, everyone in it, including killing his father and girlfriend as well as accidentally destroying the moon with the backblast. Witnessing the death of future Ladybug and Hawk Moth and the destruction of Paris, Bunnyx pleads with Ladybug to end the nightmare.
Ladybug emerges from the water and furiously asks Cat Blanc what he did, though Cat Blanc claims that he didn’t mean to. Angry and betrayed that Ladybug won’t give him her Miraculous and believing that she no longer loves him, he decides to just destroy everything, much to Ladybug and Bunnyx’s horror as he charges up a Cataclysm that if unleashed will destroy the very fabric of the universe, with Bunnyx yelling to Ladybug that he is going to bring an end of the world. Ladybug frantically tells Cat Blanc that she’ll give him her Miraculous, so Cat Blanc deactivates the mega Cataclysm he’d made. He tells her that he’s Cat Blanc, not Cat Noir, but Ladybug declares that he will always be Cat Noir to her and then leans in to kiss him. Of course, it's just a distraction, and she grabs his bell and breaks it, releasing the akuma. Ladybug purifies it, and Cat Blanc turns back into Cat Noir. However, he is still aware of her secret identity, so Ladybug figures that she must use her Lucky Charm to fix the event that caused the bad future. Going inside Bunnyx’s Burrow, Ladybug figures that when she left her gift as Ladybug for Adrien, Adrien figured out that she was Ladybug and told someone, who eventually told someone else, until it was all over the news. She goes back to the time when she was writing her name on the card and erases it before fixing everything with Miraculous Ladybug. Adrien then walks into his room and is surprised to see Ladybug, who tells him that she was delivering a gift from his Brazilian fans for his fifth name's day since there’s a postal strike there. Adrien is happy about the gift, though Plagg wonders why they didn’t deliver cheese instead.
Ladybug asks Bunnyx if she remembers everything, to which Bunnyx says that what’s seen is seen. She reveals that she knows the identities of Ladybug, Cat Noir and a few others. Ladybug asks about Hawk Moth’s identity, though Bunnyx says that she can’t tell her since there’s a time for everything, explaining that she was chosen because she knows how to keep secrets. She bids her farewell and goes inside her Burrow.
Marinette tells the girls that Adrien wasn’t home and she dropped her gift off at home, planning on telling them that she did deliver it only to realize that she just couldn’t do it. The girls all give her a hug. Later, Ladybug meets with Cat Noir on a rooftop. Cat Noir asks her what her sudden call was for, to which Ladybug says that she already took care of it before leaning on his shoulder. Though he doesn’t understand what she’s talking about, he’s perfectly fine with it.
- Marinette Dupain-Cheng/Ladybug
- Adrien Agreste/Cat Noir/Cat Blanc (Cat Blanc in alternative future only)
- Gabriel Agreste/Hawk Moth
- Emilie Agreste
- Alya Césaire
- Rose Lavillant
- Juleka Couffaine
- Alix Kubdel (present)
- Mylène Haprèle
- Kagami Tsurugi (mentioned)
- Nathalie Sancoeur
- Alim Kubdel (flashback)
- Chloé Bourgeois (alternative future)
- Sabrina Raincomprix (alternative future)
- Nino Lahiffe (alternative future)
- Luka Couffaine (alternative future)
- Ivan Bruel (alternative future)
- Nadja Chamack (alternative future)
- Tom Dupain (alternative future)
- Sabine Cheng (alternative future)
- Adrien's bodyguard (alternative future)
- This marks the second appearance of Bunnyx, following "Timetagger".
- It is revealed why Alix was chosen as Bunnyx by Ladybug. By traveling, Bunnyx can see everything whether past, present or future. So it is very important that she knows how to keep secrets so as not to create a temporal catastrophe, an ability that Ladybug detected in Alix.
- This episode has many notable facts that are erased from reality after Ladybug goes back in time to stop her past self from writing her name on the letter that led Adrien to discover her secret identity.
- This is the first time Marinette is shown with her hair down.
- This is technically the first time that Cat Noir gets akumatized, but since Ladybug corrects her mistake, it also never happens in the corrected timeline.
- This is the third time Marinette figured out Cat Noir's identity following "Oblivio" and "Desperada". This is the second time Adrien figured out Ladybug's identity following "Oblivio". In said episode they both forget about their discovery after the Miraculous Ladybug, and in "Desperada", Marinette finding out was erased due to the Second Chance.
- This marks the second time Marinette learning Adrien's/Cat Noir's identity has been reverted due to time related Miraculous superpowers.
- This is the first time Gabriel has deliberately akumatized his son.
- This is the first time Cat Noir uses Cataclysm on an akuma, which confirms that they can be killed/destroyed.
- This is the third time Marinette is targeted by an akuma, following "Zombizou" and "Chameleon".
- Like those episodes, the akuma was kept away from Marinette.
- Unlike them, this time the akuma wasn't driven away but was caught before it could reach her.
- Like those episodes, the akuma was kept away from Marinette.
- This is the second time a person physically touches an akuma, following Lila Rossi in "Chameleon".
- Cat Noir is the fourth superhero to be akumatized, following Queen Bee into Queen Wasp, Rena Rouge into Rena Rage and Carapace into Shell Shock.
- This is the first time someone besides Gabriel is in the Agreste mansion's repository and the first time Adrien sees Emilie in person after her disappearance.
- This is the second time Marinette and Adrien share a kiss and briefly become a couple following "Oblivio".
- The way they kissed was the same way they did in "Oblivio".
- Hawk Moth is shown to be able to call for his cane from afar which could be another ability of being an adult Miraculous holder.
- It's revealed Bunnyx knows Ladybug's and Cat Noir's secret identities, even before the events of "Cat Blanc".
- The line, "It's bigger on the inside," which Ladybug says upon entering Bunnyx's Burrow, is a line often said by characters in the Doctor Who franchise when entering The Doctor's TARDIS for the first time.
- The interior of Bunnyx's Burrow is also decorated to look like the roundels on the walls of the Tardis interior throughout the classic series of Doctor Who, which ran from 1963-1989.
- It is also the same thing Cat Noir said in "Feast" when he and Ladybug were inside the sentimonster.
- The moon's appearance after Cat Blanc's attack on it resembles the Death Star from Star Wars, specifically "Episode 4: A New Hope" because the Death Star in "Episode 6: Return of the Jedi" was not a full sphere as it wasn't completely built yet.
- This is the fourth time two Ladybugs are seen at the same time.
- Like "Timebreaker", they come from two different points in time.
- It's revealed that Adrien has a fifth name which is Athanase.
- This is the first time that when Ladybug was de-evilizing the Akuma, she didn't say her original catchphrase; she said "Time to de-evilize Cat Noir".
- This episode showed scenes from "The Evillustrator", "Frightningale", "Glaciator" and "Timebreaker".
- This episode provides an answer as to why Marinette and Adrien, in either civilian or hero form, cannot pursue a romantic relationship with each other or let alone know/reveal their identities as long as Hawk Moth (or at least Gabriel as Hawk Moth) is active, since he will exploit it to try and gain possession of their Miraculous.
- When Hawk Moth mentioned the heroes' love being their downfall in "Oblivio", he was partially right, but it was also his desperate, obsessive love that played a part in this, too, leading to them all making terrible mistakes.
- Marinette unknowingly led Adrien to discovering her identity.
- Despite it leading to the two of them becoming a couple, Gabriel tried to use their love against them which led to his attempt to akumatize Marinette.
- Adrien's mistake was that, despite saving Marinette, he transformed out in the open allowing his identity to be discovered.
- Gabriel tried to use what he knew to his advantage by akumatizing his son and forcing Adrien to choose. Gabriel was oblivious to the pain he caused Adrien. This resulted in his power being a massive explosion where, not only Gabriel perished, but everyone on the planet.
- Not to mention, Gabriel broke his promise to Emilie about keeping their son out of harm's way.
- As well as Nooroo advising Gabriel about continuing about the dangers of moving on with his dark path.
- While being blinded by the prospect of victory, Gabriel also made another terrible mistake by amplifying his son's powers: he didn't just put Ladybug at the risk of being destroyed but also, by extension, the Ladybug Miraculous. If they had been, then the ultimate wishing power wouldn't have been achieved rendering his entire quest and all his actions would be pointless.
- Hawk Moth's says to his son if Ladybug truly loved him, she let him save his mother like before he's partially right she would but not like this if they had known about her condition sooner Ladybug and Cat Noir could've consulted Master Fu to see if he knew anything about this. Meaning it's likely Hawk Moth just assumed that was the only way also it's unknown if Emilie's condition can be reversed without them but if it can all of his actions would be pointless.
- Marinette unknowingly led Adrien to discovering her identity.
- Gabriel calling Marinette his masterpiece is what he also called Audrey in "Style Queen".
- In this episode, it's revealed that Marinette has tried 562 times to tell Adrien how she feels. In the alternate future, she succeeded whilst in the fixed future, she had to erase her name to save the future.
- Ladybug saying "The best kept secrets are the ones you never tell" is what Cat Noir says in "Miraculer".
- According to a tweet by Thomas Astruc, Cat Blanc remained alone in his akumatized state for months before Bunnyx transported Ladybug to his timeline.
- This is one of the few times Ladybug had to save the world on her own.
- When Cat Noir says "the wave of a moth's wing can set off a cataclysm", he is referencing the common saying "the wave of a butterfly's wing can cause a hurricane."
- The way Cat Blanc uses Mega Cataclysm, is a variation of a power he was supposed to have in an older concept called the Black Storm but he focuses and releases his power from his hands instead of his ring.
- The way he used it is similar to Son Goku's famous Kamehameha from Dragon Ball same as the titular villain in "Animaestro".
- This is the fourth time Hawk Moth loses control of his akumatized villain following Robostus, Gigantitan and Miraculous Shanghai.
- Marinette's eyelashes disappear briefly during her conversation with Tikki.
- When the akuma enters Cat Noir's bell, the butterfly-shaped light mask's activation sound can be heard when the scene jumps to Cat Noir's face, but the mask doesn't appear on his face nor Hawk Moth's (most likely because they're face to face with each other). However, the butterfly-shaped light mask appears in the storyboard of the scene.
- Despite Ladybug destroying Cat Blanc's tail/belt for mistakenly thinking the akuma was there, the part of the belt that is usually tied up in his waist is still on him until he gets de-akumatized.
- When Ladybug was viewing a burrow portal linked to the Otis Césaire's bracelet can be seen on the right arm of the Tyrannosaurus Rex shown. ,
- One of the time periods seen in the Burrow appears to be a future version of Paris with many skyscrapers. In reality, such a future would be highly improbable because Paris has a law that limits building heights to 180 meters (around 590 feet), excluding the Eiffel Tower and Montparnasse Tower.
- When Cat Noir is seen trying to fight off the akuma, the ring appears silver.
- When Marinette jumps into Adrien's arms in front of the school, Chloé's handbag disappears in the next scene when commenting on them.
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