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"Luka Couffaine, here is the Miraculous of the Snake, which grants the power of Second Chance. You will use it for the greater good, if you're willing. Once we succeed, you must return the Miraculous to me. Can I trust you?"
"Desperada attacked my family and my friends. So if I can help you in any way, I will."

Ladybug and Luka Couffaine, "Desperada"

"Desperada" is the nineteenth episode of Season 3 of Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir.[1] Its US premiere was on February 1, 2019 on Netflix.[2]


Jagged Stone seeks to replace the guitarist he fired, who akumatizes into Desperada, a villain with a magic guitar that turns people into stickers.[4]


Luka is giving Marinette a guitar lesson and her friends comment on who easy it is for Marinette to talk to Luka.

Adrien and Kagami arrive at the Liberity to join their friends. They were supposed to be at fencing practice, but they "accidentally" ended up at the wrong address. Kagami mistakes Luka for Marinettes boyfriend.

Jagged Stone arrives, requesting that Anarka become his knew guitarist. Anarka immediately refused, saying that she would not be the second choice.

Jagged tried asking Marinette if she knew a good guitarist, and Marinette adamantly recommended Adrien, despite Adrien pointing out that he was a pianist, and Alya trying to tell Marinette that Luka would be a better option.

Before Adrien could play any notes, Jagged Stone's former guitarist, Vivica, who had been akumatized into Desperada, made an appearance to take revenge against Jagged for firing her. This confirmed the suspicions of Anarka, who earlier denied Jagged's claim that Vivica quit of her own decision.

Vivica wasted no time using her musical instrument weapons to transform and trap Jagged and the others as stickers on her guitar case.

Marinette transformed into Ladybug and began fighting with her. When Ladybug was having trouble, Luka played his guitar to distract the villain.

Ladybug, Luka, and Adrien escaped into the sewers. Ladybug used her Lucky Charm, creating a gong.

Ladybug left Adrien and Luka to hide while she when to see Master Fu.

Knowing that Desperada was relentless and that there would be no second chances, Marinette decided to borrow the Snake Miraculous.

Ladybug gave the Miraculous to Adrien, who transformed into Aspic. Upon activation of the snakes power, Aspic attempted to change the future 25,913 times over the course of months, but failed every time. Knowing he wasn't the right person to weild the Snake Miraculous, he immediately detransformed and returned the braclet to Ladybug.

Adrien recommended that Ladybug give the Miraculous to Luka.

Luka used Second Chance a few times and was able to come up with a plan to beat Desperada.

Following her deakumatization, Jagged apologized to Vivica and rehired her.


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Minor Characters


  • This is the fourth episode which involves a music-related villain, the first three being "Guitar Villain", "Captain Hardrock", and "Frightningale".
  • Luka receives the Snake Miraculous for the first time in this episode and his alter-ego Viperion officially debuts.
    • Viperion is the fourth superhero whose identity is known by Cat Noir, following Queen Bee, Ryuko, and Bunnyx.
    • Viperion's transformation is the longest sequence out of all the other heroes, being around 25 seconds compared to the usual 16.
  • This episode is before the events of "Party Crasher".
  • This is the second time Adrien gets a different Miraculous other than the Cat Miraculous. The first episode being "Reflekdoll".
    • This time Adrien receives the Snake Miraculous.
  • Adrien becomes the first person to have wielded three different Miraculous, having now used the Cat, the Ladybug, and the Snake.
  • This is the first episode where Cat Noir's transformation is shown twice in full (partially in Simon Says).
    • Adding Adrien's transformation to Aspik, this is the first time that the same person is shown transforming into a Miraculous superhero three times in one episode.
    • Coincidentally, this is also one of very few episodes where Ladybug's transformation is never shown.
  • This is the fifth episode that does not show the person akumatized following "Sandboy", "Christmaster", "Oblivio", and "Timetagger".
  • The transformation phrase for the Snake Miraculous is shown to be "Sass, Scales Slither!" whereas the detransformation phrase for the Snake Miraculous is shown to be: "Sass, Scales Rest!"
  • It is revealed that Luka has played the guitar since he was a baby.
  • In one of Adrien's Second Chances, he tells Ladybug that he is actually Cat Noir and that he loves her.
  • This is the third time Marinette/Ladybug kisses Adrien on the cheek. The other two times were "Mayura" and "Oblivio".
    • But in "Oblivio”, they do not remember the kiss.
  • Kagami mistakenly calls Luka Marinette's boyfriend.
  • It is revealed that Anarka and Jagged Stone used to work together.
    • Jagged also calls Anarka "Anarky", which may be based on the word "anarchy" meaning a state of disorder due to absence of authority.
  • Desperada calls herself Vivica once.
  • When Plagg says that Adrien can't be two superheroes at the same time, it is very similar to what he said to him in "Gorizilla", when Adrien used Wayhem as a decoy.
  • Adrien giving Ladybug a rose as Aspik is similiar to what he did as Cat Noir in "Glaciator" and Marinette in "Weredad".
  • Desparada is similar to villains like season 1 "Pixelator" and season 3 "Party Crasher", in which civilians and heroes were imprisoned by the villain's prison collection. In this case, Desparada's musical instrument. In Pixelator, it's in the picture frames and Party Crasher's magical disco globe.


  • When Adrien calls back Sass and catches him in his hands, he doesn't have the Snake Miraculous on his wrist.
  • The end pose in Viperion's transformation features Luka with blue hair. Right after his transformation, his hair is dyed teal.
  • Before, there wasn’t a table inside the boat. All of sudden when Marinette and Alya were talking, a bright blue table appeared behind them.
  • When Ladybug gives the Snake Miraculous to Adrien and Luka, she said that the Miraculous grants the power of second chance. According to Thomas Astruc, that is a dialogue error.
  • Cat Noir said "Cataclysm" twice when destroying the sewer. One time he activated it, the second time he said it was when he touched the wall.[5][6]
  • In the Netflix CC for English, when Adrien gets Kagami’s bag, it lists Marinette incorrectly for the dialogue.


Desperada - Ending Card
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