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Despair Bear

Season 2, episode 04 (Production order); Episode 30 (Overall)

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"I'm proud of you, Chloé. I think you've proven that you're capable of making an effort to be nicer to everyone."

"Aww, Adrikins! So we'll always be best friends, forever? Pinky swear?"
"Pinky swear!"

Adrien Agreste and Chloé Bourgeois, "Despair Bear"

"Despair Bear" is a Season 2 episode of the series, Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir.[7] As based on the series' production order specifically, "Despair Bear" is the 4th written and produced episode of Season 2. It is also the 30th written and produced episode of the series, overall.[1]



Trying to learn how to be nice, Chloé throws a party but loses her temper and fires her butler, who becomes akumatized into the vengeful Despair Bear.[8]


Humiliated by Chloé, her own butler gets akumatized by Hawk Moth. Now Despair Bear, he can manipulate anyone he touches and is determined to get revenge on Chloé. Ladybug and Cat Noir must not lose control![9]


Chloé secretly calls the fire department.

Marinette's father, Tom Dupain, is teaching the class how to bake macarons. Alya tells Marinette that she loves it when her dad gives the class lessons. Marinette says her dad does, too. Chloé, however, begins complaining about having to get herself dirty. In order to avoid baking, Chloé secretly calls the fire department. Tom asks Marinette to place the bowl he’d been baking within the school fridge. When she leaves to do so, Tikki flies out and asks for a taste, but Marinette tells her not yet and to control her sweet tooth. Suddenly, the fire alarm goes off and the whole class has to evacuate the school.

Mr. Damocles punishes the entire school, except Chloé.

Soon afterward, Mr. Damocles is furious with his students because someone called the fire department for no apparent reason and was wasting the department's valuable time. He demands that the guilty party should apologize. Marinette is convinced that it was Chloé since she saw her make a phone call before the alarm went off, but Alya tells her that seeing Chloé make a phone call isn’t solid enough proof. Chloé attempts to blame Marinette for the incident, but fortunately, Adrien and Alya defend her. Mr. Damocles states that since no one is willing to confess, the whole school is going to be punished. However, when Chloé threatens to call her father, Mr. Damocles agrees not to punish her.

Adrien threatens to end his friendship with Chloé.

The whole school is forced to mop up floors while Chloé sits on a bench using her phone. Adrien witnesses Chloé being rude to Rose and making her cry. He angrily walks up to her and asks if she was the one who called the fire department, which Chloé admits to. She says that since everyone seems to enjoy getting dirty baking, it’s no different from having to mop floors. Adrien sighs and asks Chloé how long they’ve been friends. Chloé says since they were tots. Adrien tells Chloé that unless she starts being nice to people, he’s not going to be her friend anymore. Later on at the Le Grand Paris hotel, Chloé is sadly sitting in her room when Butler Jean comes in and offers her some chocolate, which she promptly gobbles up. She then starts crying and tells Jean what Adrien said. In order to cheer her up, Jean gives Chloé her favorite stuffed bear from when she was a child, Mr. Cuddly. Chloé grabs him and starts hugging him affectionately. Jean offers to help Chloé and when asked why says it’s because that’s what it means to be nice. He also tells her that the bear, Mr. Cuddly, can help her to be kind towards others. Chloé agrees and is sure that she’ll win back Adrien’s friendship.

Butler Jean shows Chloé Mr. Cuddly, her favorite childhood toy.

At Marinette's house, Rose, Juleka, and Mylène are all trying out hats designed by Marinette while Alya records them. Just then, Alya receives an invite from Chloé to a party, as well as Rose, Juleka, and Mylène. Rose calls Chloé nice for doing that, but Marinette finds it hard to believe that Chloé could ever be nice. Mylène suggests that maybe someone hacked her phone, but when Marinette says that she didn’t receive an invite, Alya concludes that it must be Chloé. However, quickly afterward, Marinette does receive an invite, much to her disgust. At first, she refuses to go, but after finding out from Alya that Adrien will be there, she agrees to come along.

Chloé observes her party guests.

Hawk Moth learns of Chloé’s party and is so confident that someone will obtain negative emotions there that he sends out an akuma ahead of time. At the party, Chloé watches over the guests on top of the hotel steps. Jean suggests that she greet them with a hug and kiss. Chloé is against letting anyone touch her cheeks, but Jean tells her that’s what Mr. Cuddly would do. When Chloé sees Adrien walk in with Marinette, Alya, and Nino, she rushes downstairs and hugs and kisses him. Rose, Kim, and Max do the same thing to Chloé. Chloé becomes hesitant to kiss Marinette’s cheeks, with Marinette equally being against the idea. But after spotting Mr. Cuddly from the distance, Chloe reluctantly gives in. At the same time, Marinette is watched by Adrien who looks happy, she gives in as well. Once they’ve kissed each others cheeks, both girls immediately spit in disgust in front of the crowd. Alya laughs and declares that she should’ve recorded them. Marinette tells her not to rub it in.

Chloé reluctantly greets Marinette with a kiss.

The party soon goes into full effect with Nino being the DJ and several kids either playing in the ball pit or video games on the big screen. Jean suggests that Chloé check to make sure the guests are having a good time. Chloé asks why she should do that, and Jean tells her it’s what Mr. Cuddly would do while waving the bear in front of her. Embarrassed, Chloé pushes Jean’s arms down and agrees to do so. She walks over to Nathaniel and with forced kindness asks him if he’s having fun. Mylène dances her way towards Chloé and asks for some ice in her drink. Chloé says she doesn’t know where the ice cubes are and then begins to insult Mylène’s sweater, much to Mylène’s surprise. Hawk Moth is pleased with Chloé and prepares to infect Mylène with the akuma, but before he can, Jean reminds Chloé of Mr. Cuddly. She quickly takes back her insult and offers to get Mylène the ice cubes, which makes her negative emotions go away, much to Hawk Moth’s frustration. After giving Mylène multiple cubes of ice and spilling them on the floor, much to her surprise, Nino then plays slow dance and the others started to dance. Kim asks Chloé for a dance. At first, she refuses, disappointing Kim, which almost gets him akumatized, but Chloé is reminded once again of Mr. Cuddly and therefore accepts his offer, infuriating Hawk Moth even more.

Marinette and Adrien slow dance.

As Kim and Chloé are dancing, Alya asks Marinette to dance with Adrien, but she refuses, however, Alya purposefully pushes Marinette forward into Adrien, and Adrien asks Marinette to dance and he takes her hand without her answering. As they are moving on the dance floor, Alya twirls towards them, rearranges their hands so they’re closer together, and then twirls away to dance with Nino. Marinette is quietly joyful that her dream is slowly coming true and continues to dance with Adrien.

While dancing with Kim, Chloé is outraged when she sees Marinette and Adrien dancing. She starts heading towards her but finds her path blocked by Jean and Mr. Cuddly. Kim asks Chloé if that is her bear and everyone begins laughing at her in amusement. Chloé loses her cool and drags Jean into the kitchen, where she angrily fires him. As a result, he is akumatized into Despair Bear.

Chloé angrily fires her butler.

Despair Bear rushes to Sabrina and attaches itself to her leg. Sabrina, under the influence of the bear, begins chasing Chloé with a hairbrush. Chloé hides behind Kim, and Despair Bear attaches itself to Kim, making him ask Chloé if she would want to dance. Seeing Despair Bear clinging to Kim's leg, Marinette and Adrien make quick excuses to each other so they can leave and transform.

Despair Bear moves from Kim, to Max, to Alya, to Ivan, and finally to Cat Noir. Battle ensues between Ladybug and Cat Noir. A controlled Cat Noir attempts to use Cataclysm on Ladybug, but is stopped by Chloé when she pulls his tail.

Chloé helps Ladybug.

Ladybug uses Lucky Charm and receives a fork. Chloé follows the two superheroes as they run upstairs. Ladybug manages to sever a string on Despair Bear, as he is still made of cloth, and attaches the string to an umbrella. While she distracts Cat Noir, Chloé unravels the rest of Despair Bear by spinning the umbrella. Once Cat Noir is back to normal, Ladybug breaks the string and releases the akuma. Chloé gloats in how she helped the two heroes and grants Jean his job back.

Chloé and Adrien pinky promise to always be friends.

At the end of the episode, Chloé invites Marinette’s dad to the party so he can finish the cooking lesson he began at the beginning. Adrien and Chloé pinky-promise that they will always be best friends. Chloé appears to go back to being rotten, insulting everyone’s macarons. Adrien asks Marinette for one of hers. She drops the pan, but luckily, he does manage to catch one. He tells her that her baking is as good as her dancing.


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  • Internationally, this episode first premiered in Spain on Disney Channel.
  • This episode, in French, is called "Doudou Villain".
    • "Doudou" means "security blanket" or "toy."
  • The episode's first global release was on October 21, 2017, in Spain.
  • During Chloé's flashbacks about Mr. Cuddly, her mother is seen for the first time, facing away from view and implied to be leaving Chloé.
  • Hawk Moth sends an akuma without someone with negative emotions in mind.
  • In this episode, Hawk Moth tries to akumatize Mylène and Kim, but he fails thanks to the intervention of Butler Jean reminding Chloé to be nicer.
    • This shows that people who were previously akumatized can be turned into villains again with a different akuma, while whether they would be turned into the same villain or a different one is unknown.
      • As revealed later in the show, more often than not people will be transformed into their previous akumatized form.
  • This episode shows that Hawk Moth is aware of Chloé's terrible personality, going as far as to say that he "counts on it" to akumatize people.
  • As what happens in "Dark Cupid", "Princess Fragrance", and "The Puppeteer", Cat Noir is mind-controlled by the villain.
    • Cat Noir comes close to using Cataclysm on Ladybug again, the previous times being during "Dark Cupid" and "Princess Fragrance".
  • Plagg does not appear in any sort of way in this episode.
  • When the akuma flies off to Paris, the image is a close-up, so the Eiffel Tower is no longer seen. The change is likely an aftermath of the reveal of Hawk Moth's lair's location in "The Collector".
  • The slow dance music Nino plays is a slower, more extended version of the same song from the slow dance soundtrack from the episode "The Bubbler". The same melody later appears in "Miraculous New York". There is a distinct auditory resemblance to the guitar solo in "I Won't Hold You Back" by Toto[10].
  • When Adrien and Marinette are dancing together, some of the dance moves are a reference to the 1991 version of the film Beauty and the Beast.
  • A picture of the script from this episode was posted on Twitter by Thomas Astruc on February 17, 2016.[11]
  • Even though kissing between girls is controversial, this is the exception between Chloe and Marinette when they're here to greet each other than expressing love to each other. Assuming this is done in French tradition than what you usually get in other countries, depending on its culture and rules on traditional values.
  • This is one of the times that Chloé is the cause that someone is akumatized.
  • Chloé calls Jean Jean-Marc shortly before walking up to Nathaniel. This might be a reference to the introduction of Marc, Nathaniel's love interest, later in the season.
  • Marinette is aware that Tikki has a sweet tooth, but she didn't know the full extent of it until "Dearest Family".
  • This is the third time, where Cat Noir used his powers on someone else of his own free will, as of "Dark Cupid" and "Princess Fragrance".


  • In one scene just before the camera zooms into Marinette after Chloé tries to frame her for calling the fire department, Adrien's hair is missing for seven frames.
  • Also in a Scene of the Camera zooming into Marinette during the Emergency, Adrien’s hair turns into Nino’s hair.
  • When the camera zooms out of DJ Nino, there are no vinyls visible.
  • In the scene where Butler Jean is about to give chocolate to Chloé, he appears bald in the reflection on the cover of the dish.
  • Alix's cap is not on her head in the pastry lesson, but in the fire drill, it reappears.
  • During the dance, there’s a girl with a pink dress and long black hair, who appears in separate spots while dancing with different boys.
  • In the Latin American dub, Chloé calls Jean as Jean Claude van Damme, a Belgian actor known for his actions movies.
  • In the English dub, macaron is pronounced as macaroon which is another food.
  • If it is Chloé Bourgeois who made the false alarm for the machination on the others, the operator would have to have identified the number which corresponds to the co-ordinates.


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Season 1
101 Stormy Weather102 The Evillustrator103 Lady Wifi104 Princess Fragrance105 Dark Cupid106 Mr. Pigeon107 Pixelator108 Copycat109 The Bubbler110 Simon Says111 Rogercop112 Gamer113 Animan114 Darkblade115 Pharaoh116 Timebreaker117 Horrificator118 The Puppeteer119 The Mime120 Guitar Villain121 Reflekta122 Ladybug & Cat Noir (Origins - Part 1)123 Stoneheart (Origins - Part 2)124 Antibug125 Kung Food126 Volpina
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201 The Collector202 Prime Queen203 Glaciator204 Despair Bear205 Troublemaker206 Gigantitan207 Riposte208 Befana209 Frightningale210 Gorizilla211 Robostus212 Sapotis213 The Dark Owl214 Syren215 Zombizou216 Captain Hardrock217 Frozer218 Style Queen (Queen's Battle - Part 1)219 Queen Wasp (Queen's Battle - Part 2)220 Reverser221 Anansi222 Malediktator223 Sandboy224 Catalyst (Heroes' Day - Part 1)225 Mayura (Heroes' Day - Part 2)226 Santa Claws
Season 3
301 Chameleon302 Animaestro303 Bakerix304 Backwarder305 Reflekdoll306 Weredad307 Silencer308 Oni-Chan309 Miraculer310 Oblivio311 Desperada312 Christmaster313 Startrain314 Kwamibuster315 Feast316 Gamer 2.0317 Stormy Weather 2318 Ikari Gozen319 Timetagger320 Party Crasher321 The Puppeteer 2322 Cat Blanc323 Félix324 Ladybug325 Heart Hunter (The Battle of the Miraculous - Part 1)326 Miracle Queen (The Battle of the Miraculous - Part 2)
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