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[Cat Noir] can use his superpower to destroy anything he touches. Comes in handy for slowing enemies down.

Marinette, "Cat Noir as seen by Marinette"

Cataclysm is the special superpower granted by the Cat Miraculous to its owner.

Description

The Cat Miraculous owner calls the name of the superpower and their hand is infused with a dark, destructive energy. Whatever they touch will be serverly negativity affected:

  • Solid materials dissolve, corrode, break, and/or become easily breakable, depending on the material.
  • Technology malfunctions.
  • Liquids evaporate and/or will lose its form.
  • Living things will be petrified and crumble into ashes.
  • Sentimonsters wouldn't be destroyed, but they would be damaged and go berserk.

It also has the power to destroy seemingly indestructible objects, such as Miraculouses jewels in "Queen Wasp" and weapons like Hawk Moth's cane in "Mayura".

In "Style Queen", it is shown that Plagg can summon the same power, but it is much stronger than Cat Noir's. He has far less control, as he causes vast destruction in Paris when using it to defend Ladybug from Style Queen. His power is said to have caused the sinking of Atlantis, the leaning of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and, most notably, the extinction of the dinosaurs when using his Cataclysm without an owner in the past. However, as shown in "Catalyst", it turns out that Plagg can control his power when he wants, as it was only the street was damaged and nowhere else.

Its power can be used for self-defense, as Cat Noir tries to use it to resists Guitar Villain's attacks, though this fails to work. In "Anansi", he uses it to keep the titular character from stealing his Miraculous, since she would be unable to touch his hand without being affected by the Cataclysm's destructive energy.

While Cataclysm is a very helpful superpower, Cat Noir must use it wisely, as he can only use it once before reverting back into his civilian form five minutes after using it. In addition, once he summons the superpower, he can't turn it off and must use it to get rid of it.[1] Another weakness of the power is that if a Cat Miraculous user's hands are restrained they can't use it, as first seen in "Robostus".

Miraculous holders display some resistance to the effects of Cataclysm as seen in "Miraculer". If hit with it, they suffer internal injuries where they were hit, greatly weakening the victim and it is implied that one would eventually die if they aren't healed by the Miraculous Ladybug in time.

According to Bunnyx in "Timetagger", a Cataclysm not only can destroy a Miraculous, but also damage them like hers. Similar to Miraculous holders, sentimonsters have some resistance to the effects of Cataclysm seen in "Reflekdoll". Instead of being completely destroyed, the sentimonster will malfunction or go out of control but the effects could vary depending on which sentimonsters are created. In "Cat Blanc", the power of a Cataclysm seems to react to the emotions of the Cat Miraculous users like how when it pulsated as Cat Noir reacted in anger.

Uses

For a complete list of Cataclysm uses, see the List of Cataclysm uses.

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Trivia

Cat Noir Black Storm and Black Hole concept art

Concept art of Black Storm and Black Hole.

  • In the Korean version, the superpower is called "Ancient Destruction."
  • Concept art shows Cat Noir having other superpowers called Black Storm and Black Hole
  • The effect of Cataclysm when it's used on a living creature is unknown. However, if the illusion created by Volpina in "Catalyst" is any indication of what Cataclysm can do to a person, it means it can kill someone to the point where they're wiped off the face of the Earth.
    • In "Gamer 2.0", when Ladybug played as Copycat and the said villain as Puppeteer he controlled her to Cataclysm on herself. If it was for real the injury would've been fatal.
    • In "Cat Blanc" it causes the target to be turned to stone that would disintegrate by touch.
  • The ship "Liberty" in "Captain Hardrock" and the Eiffel Tower in "Style Queen" are the biggest things so far that Cataclysm was used on while in "Queen Wasp" the Bee Miraculous was the smallest.
  • Cataclysm is the only known superpower of a Miraculous holder that does not need the Miraculous tool to activate it followed by Akumatization, Second Chance
  • It's revealed that Cat Noir doesn't need to use his whole hand when using Cataclysm since he destroyed the Bee Miraculous with just one finger in "Queen Wasp" and the titular villain's mask in "Animaestro".
  • Interestingly enough, whether if a Cataclysm is used or not just summoning it will cause the detransformation of the user as seen in "Anansi".
  • Copycat is able to use this ability as well, with the same loss of power after doing so.
  • Cat Noir summons it in "Reflekta", as he is transformed by the titular villain before he has a chance to use it.
    • This happens again in "Malediktator", but he is cast by a spell by the titular villain before he has a chance to use it.
  • Guitar Villain is the only one who manages to defeat Cataclysm, with his Awesome Solo.
  • Lady Wifi, the Evillustrator, Reflekta, and Copycat manage to anticipate the use of Cataclysm, but Lady Wifi doesn't manage to stop Cat Noir from using it.
    • Ladybug counters the use of Cataclysm in "Copycat" (that by Copycat), "Princess Fragrance" and "Dark Cupid".
  • "Miraculer" has the most uses of Cataclysm, totaling six times: five from Miraculer and one from Cat Noir.
    • In the alternative future of "Cat Blanc" it was used 11 times, nine of those by Cat Blanc.
  • Cataclysm isn't used in "Darkblade", "The Mime", "Syren", "Stormy Weather 2", "Felix" and "Heart Hunter".
  • According to Plagg in "Miraculer", Cataclysm has never been used on a Cat Miraculous holder until that episode.
  • It seems when a user of the Cat Miraculous gets older they can limit the power of their Cataclysm seen in "Timetagger", when Bunnix gives Ladybug her damaged Rabbit Miraculous it was cracked compared to the Bee Miraculous that completely destroyed in "Queen Wasp".
    • This is also shown by Plagg when he didn't only destroy the Eiffel Tower, but also the surrounding area in "Style Queen" compared to just destroying a street in "Catalyst", showing that he is capable of limiting how much power he uses.
    • But according to Tikki in "Kwamibuster", Plagg has limited control over his Cataclysm.
    • In "Cat Blanc" it is revealed the power is connected to the user emotions.
  • In "Cat Blanc", in the alternate future, Adrien used his powers on an akuma for the first time and it's been said that only a Ladybug Miraculous user can purify one. However, after he used it Adrien seemed to be fine so it's possible that Cataclysm can negate the effects of Akumatization as long as it's used directly on the akuma. Or said above the akuma was turned to stone and was destroyed upon touching it.

Gallery

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References

  1. https://curiouscat.me/MiraculousMX/post/256961949
    Pepe2000Sa 17 Dec
    Dos preguntas:
    1. Cuando Chat Noir activa el cataclismo ya no lo puede desactivar , ¿es necesario que lo use en algo?
    2. Hawk moth, podría hacer copias exactas de ladybug y chat noir
    Podría copiar exactamente el poder de lucky charm (ya que en antibug no era lo mismo) Como copio el cataclismo en copy gato Pilón(no necesaria): si adrien o marinette crecieran , lo trajes se mantienen igual o cambiarían
    1. - Si, ya no se puede desactivar. Por eso en Pire Noel, Chat Noir lo utiliza sobre un anunció de perfumes Gabriel para deshacerse de el.
    2. - Si, ya lo ha hecho (y tu mismo lo mencionaste) en Copigato (que tenía las mismas limitaciones que el Chat Noir real) y lo intentó con Antibug (que aunque lo opuesto, funcionaba de la misma manera). Como extra, lo intento con el Miraculous del Zorro a través de Volpina.
    Pilón: Por un dibujo que Thomas Astruc una vez hizo de Ladybug como una adulta, es fácil asumir que los trajes si se adaptarían mediante el usuario crece.

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