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Robostus

Season 2, episode 11 (Production order); Episode 37 (Overall)

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[Markov]'s not just some toy; he's my friend. He's as emotionally intelligent and sensitive as any human being!

Max Kanté, "Robostus"

"Robostus" is a Season 2 episode of the series, Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir.[7] As based on the series' production order specifically, "Robostus" is the 11th written and produced episode of Season 2. It is also the 37th written and produced episode of the series, overall.[1]

Synopsis

Netflix

Hawk Moth akumatizes Max's best friend and pet robot, Markov, into Robostus, a raging techno-threat with the power to bring inanimate objects to life.[8]

KidsClick

A small, sensitive robot named Markov gets akumatized into Robostus, a villain who can bring inanimate objects to life. Will our heroes manage to reason with this very humane robot?[9]

Plot

Marinette, Alya, and Nino walk into the Collège together, and Marinette rushes into the locker room upon realizing she forgot her bag in there. After retrieving her bag, Marinette and Tikki overhear Max, seemingly talking to his best friend, who is inside of his school bag. Both of them find this strange, but don't bring it up. Marinette, pretending she heard nothing, greets Max and walks to Ms. Mendeleiev's classroom with him.

In the classroom, Ms. Mendeleiev and Mr. Damocles are having computer troubles. Mr. Damocles attempts to solve the problem but ends up inviting a virus into the school's system instead. Max offers to fix the problem, however, Ms. Mendeleiev orders him to sit down. The voice in Max's bag then speaks up and states that there are seventy-five seconds left before the virus does irreversible damage to the school's hard drive. Seeing no other options, Damocles and Mendeleiev allow Max to help. Max searches his bag for something, which is then handed to him by a mechanical arm. Max states that the item is an anti-virus flash drive he developed with the help of his best friend; a small robot named Markov. Max and Markov insert the flash drive into the computer and successfully purge the virus.

The entire class (apart from Chloé and Sabrina), impressed with Markov, gathers around Ms. Mendeleiev's desk. Kim remarks that Max had given Markov an arm since last he saw him, although Max insists that Markov had done that himself. Chloé is unimpressed by Markov and remarks that he's no more "evolved" than a talking calculator. Marinette counters by telling Markov not to listen to Chloé, as she herself is the lowest of the low when it comes to human evolution. Markov, acknowledging Marinette by name, reveals that knows everyone in the class through photos Max had shared with him, and that he is delighted to meet all of them, including Chloé. Ms. Mendeleiev then tells Max to put his "toy" away, and for the rest of the class to sit down as well. Mendeleiev and Markov argue regarding whether or not the latter, as a robot, can have true emotions or feelings. However, even with Max stating that he didn't program Markov's emotions, Ms. Mendeleiev refuses to believe that he is capable of true feelings. Infuriated by Ms. Mendeleiev's insensitivity, Markov calls her out for her rudeness, causing the entire class to laugh. Fed up with Markov, Mr. Damocles confiscates him. Before leaving, he tells Max that he will get his robot back at the end of the day. Max pleads him not to do it. Damocles asks if he wants to be in detention, which Max looks down and doesn't want to, dejectedly. Mr. Damocles comes to his office and places him inside a drawer in his office, causing the robot great distress at being separated from Max.

Sensing Markov's sadness from his lair, Hawk Moth states that his emotions are not as artificial as they may seem, and sends an akuma after him.

As the class is taking their seats again, Max approaches Marinette and expresses his concern over Markov being alone. Coming up with a plan, Marinette asks Ms. Mendeleiev if, as the class president, she can see Mr. Damocles. Ms. Mendeleiev refuses, and Marinette insists that Markov was right about her, causing her to angrily send Marinette to Mr. Damocles' office. Marinette walks out of the classroom, pleased, while Ms. Mendeleiev looks on, baffled. Inside the office, the akuma enters the desk and slips into Markov's CPU. Hawk Moth offers to give Markov the power to take revenge on humans in exchange for the Ladybug and Cat Miraculouses. To his surprise, Markov, being curious, asks for the definition of "Miraculouses" and what they can do. Hawk Moth explains that "Miraculouses" are jewels owned by superheroes and that Ladybug and Cat Noir's can grant wishes once combined. Markov is excited by the possibility of getting wishes, but Hawk Moth insists that the Miraculouses are his to use. Markov then accepts Hawk Moth's offer and transforms into Robostus. Robostus unleashes a giant wave of green energy that brings all the mechanical objects in Paris to life, who all revolt against humans and escapes the desk.

Marinette rushes up to Mr. Damocles, who is talking to Fred outside his office. She attempts to get him to let Markov go, only for Robostus to break through the door and trip Mr. Damocles. Robostus then uses his power to summon vehicles and technology from inside and outside the school to form a giant robot, which he uses to capture Max and Ms. Mendeleiev. At the same time, Marinette and Adrien sneak off and transform into their respective superhero identities. Robostus hangs Ms. Mendeleiev up on the railing of the school's roof, where she promptly falls off, and before she can hit the ground, Ladybug saves her with her yo-yo. Ladybug and Cat Noir attempt to talk Robostus down, asking if he thinks Max is happy with his friend becoming a supervillain, although Robostus turns to Max and insists he is trying to protect their friendship from those who want to drive them apart. Cat Noir then attempts to attack the robot, but Markov catches him and then Ladybug, flinging them both out of the school before jumping away.

Ladybug and Cat Noir follow in pursuit of Robostus, but stop when they see Marlena and Butler Jean being attacked by several sentient objects. The two heroes destroy the objects attacking Marlena and Jean, before saving Xavier Ramier from numerous vending machines as well. Cat Noir and Ladybug then watch the news through Cat Noir's staff, where Nadja Chamack are reporting on how technology has overtaken Paris. Viewing the new Mayor (a desk lamp) giving a declaration in Morse code, Cat Noir translates the message as "Humans will soon be treated the same way as objects" before the news broadcast is terminated as the equipment overruns the set. Looking over Paris, Ladybug states that they won't be able to fight all of the objects, and need to go after the source to defeat them.

Spotting numerous holes in the street made by Robostus' jumping, Ladybug and Cat Noir follow the holes to the Parc des Princes. However, Robostus surrounds them with vehicles, and prevents their escape with police helicopters, reforming and trapping them both with his robot. Ladybug tells Cat Noir to use his Cataclysm on the robot, however, he can't, as he can barely breathe. Robostus boasts about having Ladybug and Cat Noir at his mercy, and Hawk Moth orders him to take their Miraculouses. Max tries to talk Robostus out of taking the Miraculouses, as being human also means being fair, but Robostus argues that he will use the Miraculouses' power to wish himself human. Ladybug and Cat Noir are confused by this, not knowing about the Miraculouses' wish-granting power or why Robostus is going to take them instead of Hawk Moth. Just then, Ladybug panics as numerous toy vehicles approach her and Cat Noir's Miraculouses, prepared to grab them. Hawk Moth threatens to take Robostus' powers away from him if he attempts to take the Miraculouses for himself, however, Robostus instead turns Hawk Moth's lair's security system against him.

As Hawk Moth pulls out a sword from his cane and fights off his security system, Ladybug and Cat Noir reluctantly prepare to have their Miraculouses taken. Before this can happen, Max throws his bag at the toys and frees Ladybug and Cat Noir from their imprisonment. Robostus questions why Max prevented him from becoming a human, and he tells him that he doesn't want him to change and that he must stop his actions if they are to remain friends. Feeling betrayed, Robostus claims that he no longer wants to be human, as they are all heartless, and that he will get rid of them all. Avoiding an attack from Robostus, Ladybug uses Lucky Charm and receives a harp, although, before she can grab it, it is grabbed out of the sky by Robostus, who states that she won't win without it.

Ladybug sees Cat Noir's hand and Max's flash drive, saving the latter from being run over by a car. She tells Cat Noir to use his Cataclysm on the robot, which he does, destroying it and saving Max from falling while Ladybug grabs the harp. Robostus is unfazed by this, flying up into the air, although Ladybug and Cat Noir bring him down by breaking the harp with Cat Noir's staff over him, tying up his propeller with the harp strings. Ladybug grabs Robostus and purges his CPU of the akuma using the flash drive, revoking his control of Paris' technology.

Back in his lair, completely exhausted from fighting his security system, Hawk Moth notes that he made a mistake in akumatizing Markov, but will not make any more.

As the akuma flies out of Markov, Ladybug captures and purifies it, tossing the harp strings in the air and returning everything to normal. After everything that had happened, Max debates whether he should turn Markov back on or not, although Ladybug tells him that everyone can feel negative emotions from time to time and that Markov deserves a second chance. Taking her words to heart, Max reactivates Markov, who asks what happened to him. Max tells Markov that he was akumatized, and Markov asks for the definition of the word. As everyone laughs in response to his question, Markov asks them what is so funny. Ladybug and Cat Noir leave soon afterwards.

Later, Marinette goes to see Master Fu at his massage shop. She asks Fu what would happen if somebody used both the Ladybug and Cat Miraculouses at the same time. Fu explains that, if used together with a special invocation, the user would gain ultimate power, or, in simple terms, the ability to make a single wish come true. Marinette is excited by this idea, suggesting that they use the power to end wars, eradicate poverty, and stop Hawk Moth, but Fu states that they mustn't, because the universe must keep balance and that for every action, there is a reaction, suggesting that if Robustus wished to be human, somebody would lose their humanity in response. Marinette apologizes for not realizing what could happen and promises to never let anyone, especially Hawk Moth, take her or Cat Noir's Miraculous before the end card appears.

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Trivia

  • This is the first and currently only episode where an akumatized villain has betrayed Hawk Moth and uses their given powers against him.
  • This is the first episode where a non-human is akumatized.
  • This episode was originally planned to be aired on November 1, 2017 in France, but it was moved to November 3.[10][11]
  • This episode reveals that any intelligent being with emotion can be akumatized, even one with artificial intelligence.
  • This is the first time an akumatized victim has asked Hawk Moth what the Miraculous are and why he wants them.
  • Marinette's role as class president, which she became in "Darkblade", is brought up.
  • This is the first time Hawk Moth has been attacked directly.
    • This episode reveals that Hawk Moth's lair has a concealed weapon system.
    • It also shows Hawk Moth using his cane, which is revealed to be a swordstick, for the first time.
  • Marinette learns from Master Fu what would happen if one would use both the Ladybug and Cat Miraculouses.
    • Fu explains that they would get the ultimate power, one that shapes reality, further commenting that it would allow them to make a wish, but warning that the universe must maintain balance and that every action would carry a reaction.
  • When the computer breaks down, source codes of Linux Kernel are shown with green text, the groups.c file is clearly visible.
  • When Mr. Damocles puts away Markov on his desk drawer, a few items, some that appeared in previous episodes, can be seen:
    • Rose's perfume bottle from "Princess Fragrance", a copy of the Rock Giant album, Nino's bubble bottle, a cellphone similar to Chloé's cellphone, another cellphone, a pair of headphones, a video game controller, a plastic dart gun that Mylène uses as a prop in "Horrificator", and a Groucho mask similar to the one that Butler Jean wears during the flashback in "Antibug".
  • This is the first time that someone besides Hawk Moth wants the Cat and Ladybug Miraculouses for their own personal gain.
  • This is the first time that Ladybug does not actively break the akumatized object (being Markov's CPU chip), instead corrupting it and forcing the akuma out.
  • Ladybug’s Lucky Charm is also apprehended for the first time in this episode when Robostus seizes her item in mid-air and temporarily prevents her from using it.
  • Robostus' mecha form, which is a combination of various construction vehicles, can be seen as a nod to the Decepticon Devastator.
    • Also its ability to assemble and disassemble is similar to the method used by the Transformers.
  • In the English dub when Cat Noir shows Ladybug a live broadcast of Nadja, it becomes a web page and shows a fullscreen of her broadcast, but in the French version it shows half-screen of her broadcast.
  • Mr. Damocles tells Markov that he has also wrote a program for his computer, though he immediately cuts the conversation off. This foreshadows what Mr. Damocles is hiding in "The Dark Owl".
  • This is the first time where a Lucky Charm object gets broken being followed by the sailboat in "Weredad" but excluding the broken plate in "Troublemaker" because it was already broken from the start instead by other means.
  • This is the fifth time where the heroes appeal to reason with an akumatized villain following "Volpina", "The Mime", "Rogercop" and "Stormy Weather".

Errors

  • At the beginning of the episode, several of Marinette's classmates are seen walking up the stairs to the second floor of the school, but moments later, Marinette and Max join those same classmates and the rest in Ms. Mendeleiev's science classroom on the first floor.
  • In the opening scene, before Marinette goes to class, Marinette is not wearing her purse; however, when she retrieves her bag from the lockers, her purse suddenly appears.
  • When Marinette goes to retrieve her bag, her briefcase is missing its straps.
  • In the locker room, the "curtain" that normally could be used to partition the boys' and girls' sides of the locker room is missing.
  • The front bangs of Sabrina's hair are discoloured rusty yellow throughout the entirety of the episode.
  • Some of the students' bags disappear in Ms. Mendeleiev's classroom for several shots.
  • Max's briefcase is brown for a single shot. However, it turns back to green in the next shot.
  • When Max pushes up his glasses in a close-up shot, his eyes are miscolored red. They turn brown again afterwards.
  • There are a few instances where Alix's hair is gray.
    • Her cap is missing for a few shots as well.
  • In one scene, Marinette's left ponytail and hair tie are detached from her hair for seven frames.
  • In the opening scene in the science lab, there are several instances in which students are seen sitting, but their seats are far from them, making them look like they are floating.
    • Also, some of the students' seats disappear but then reappear several times.
    • For example, when the class gets out of their seats to meet Markov, their seats all disappear concurrently.
    • There is also an instance where Chloé, Sabrina, Alix, and Mylène disappear from their seats.
      • Sabrina is missing for the second time when the students notice Markov's voice and look towards Max.
        • During the close-up shot of Marinette when she speaks to Markov, Sabrina disappears for the third time.
  • Rose and Juleka were initially sitting a few inches away from each other like all the other students. However, when Max heads towards his seat, they both change their position and slide to their left on the screen and remain in that position for a few seconds, whereas in the next few shots, they are seen sitting right next to each other. They return to their original position a few seconds later.
  • Markov's eves are grey in several shots.
  • Some strands of Nathaniel's hair are semitransparent and above his regularly-placed hair in a shot with him and Kim.
  • When everyone goes up the stairs, Marinette's hand clips through Alya.
  • When Mr. Damocles takes Robostus, its vent disappears.
  • After Ladybug and Cat Noir landed, the holes in Cat Noir's belt are poorly drawn.
  • Just before Nino's bag hits helicopters and bulldozers, Ladybug's ribbon goes out of her cheek.
  • There is a scene when helicopters and bulldozers almost take the Ladybug and Cat Miraculouses, but in the next scene when Nino's bag flies, the vehicles aren't near enough to Ladybug.
  • In the scene where he flies and looks for Max, Robostus' right eye has a yellow outline.
  • When Plagg is sucked into the Cat Miraculous, the background shows Adrien's bedroom instead of the bathroom stall.
  • Marlena Césaire's dark brown hair is a somewhat lighter shade of brown for a few seconds.
    • Additionally, her hair changes size for a single frame in the same scene.
  • After Ladybug dismantles a refrigerator using her yo-yo, its string disappears.
    • Also, in the same shot, before the yo-yo appears in Ladybug's left hand, it disappears for a few frames.
  • In the scene where Ladybug and Cat Noir bump into two separate helicopters, Cat Noir drops his staff. Despite this, when they are both trapped inside the bucket of Robostus' custom-built Excavator, the staff is again right behind his back.
  • One of Ladybug's ribbons phases through her left cheek for a few seconds for the second time.
  • In one scene, the strings of the harp disappear, and reappear a few seconds later.
  • In the last scene where Master Fu and Marinette are having a discussion, there are quite a few errors.
    • For example, when Tikki and Wayzz are having tea, both their teacups are present and the kwamis are sitting in the middle of the disk of the phonograph. But a few seconds later in the shot that shows Marinette speaking to Master Fu, both their teacups disappear.
      • Also, in the next close-up shot that features the kwamis, both their positions change and they are sitting substantially closer to the edge of the phonograph than they were positioned, originally.
    • While his moustache stays the same, Master Fu's hair and goatee color aren't consistent and keep changing color from gray to light brown.
    • During the close-up shots of Master Fu, his eyes are looking towards another side and aren't facing Marinette.
      • Also, Master Fu's Hawaiian shirt changes shades from dark red to light red every second during his close-range scenes.
  • In the end card, the Cat Miraculous is depicted on Adrien's left hand, not his right where it should be.
  • When Hawk Moth was akumatizing Markov, his cane is black rather than purple.

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References


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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
Season 2
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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401 Truth402 Lies403 Gang of Secrets404 Mr. Pigeon 72406 Furious Fu407 Sole Crusher408 Queen Banana410 Mega Leech411 Guiltrip412 Crocoduel413 Optigami414 Sentibubbler416 Hack-San417 Rocketear418 Wishmaker419 Simpleman
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405 Psychomedian409 Gabriel Agreste415 Glaciator 2420 Qilin421 Dearest Family422 Ephemeral423 Kuro Neko424 Penalteam425 Risk (The Last Attack of Shadow Moth - Part 1)426 Strike Back (The Last Attack of Shadow Moth - Part 2)
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