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Season 2, episode 23 (Production order); Episode 49 (Overall)

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Tikki, spots on! Oh, no! I forgot! It's… I've gotta find Tikki!

Marinette Dupain-Cheng, "Sandboy"

"Sandboy" is a Season 2 episode of the series, Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir.[6] As based on the series' production order specifically, "Sandboy" is the 23rd written and produced episode of Season 2. It is also the 49th written and produced episode of the series, overall.[1]


The supervillain Sandboy uses his powers to turn the nightmares of Parisians into reality, forcing a Tikki-less Marinette to intervene.[7]


Tikki and Marinette discuss the circumstances of saving Nooroo.

While watching Cat Noir memes, Marinette notices that Tikki seems upset about something. Tikki explains that it's Nooroo's 3500th birthday and he's spending it all alone. Marinette promises to free him from Hawk Moth one day, but Tikki claims that there may be a faster solution. She explains how whenever a kwami has a birthday, or cycle, the other kwamis are able to communicate to them by gathering inside the Miracle Box. Marinette finds this to be a great idea since they can find out where Hawk Moth is and asks when the kwamis must gather. Tikki explains that it's tonight, which shocks Marinette, as Tikki had not told her this sooner. Tikki explains that it's because Master Fu doesn't want the kwamis to leave their holders' side in case someone is akumatized. Marinette suggests that it's okay as long as the other kwamis are there, but Tikki explains that the communication might not work if she doesn't go, as the more kwamis are present, the better chance of success. She then explains a plan that Plagg came up with where she and he would go inside the Miracle Box with the other kwamis while Wayzz would stand guard and alert the two if anyone is akumatized. Marinette finds this to be a good idea and allows Tikki to go. Tikki grabs a yellow marker from Marinette's room and takes off.

Nooroo asks to go out on his birthday.

At the Agreste mansion, Nathalie wishes Gabriel a good night. After she's left, Nooroo attempts to leave Gabriel's side but is stopped by his master, who reminds him that he is not allowed more than a few feet away from him or to communicate with anyone else. Nooroo reminds his master that it's his birthday, but Gabriel stands his ground. He proclaims that since Nooroo doesn't seem to understand his rules, he cannot communicate at all. Nooroo attempts to speak, but his mouth is magically sealed. Gabriel soon lifts this rule, claiming that it was "just a joke". Suddenly the Butterfly Miraculous glows, alerting Gabriel that someone in Paris has negative emotions. He goes into his lair, transforms into Hawk Moth, and sends an akuma out. Meanwhile, in Adrien's room, Plagg tells Adrien that he's going to sleep but sneaks out, leaving a sock puppet of himself behind.

The kwamis come out to greet Tikki and Plagg.

Plagg meets up with Tikki and asks her what lie she told her holder to sneak out, but Tikki explains that she just told Marinette the truth. Plagg wonders if he should try that and gobbles up a slice of Camembert. Tikki tells Plagg that he should've saved some for the others, but Plagg claims that Tikki's kindness made him hungry. The two kwamis go to Master Fu's massage shop and meet up with Wayzz, who warns them not to wake up a sleeping Master Fu. After Wayzz tells them to wish Nooroo a happy 3500th birthday for him, Tikki and Plagg go inside the Miracle Box. There they meet the other kwamis, who ask the two what they brought for them. Plagg explains that he had brought some cheese but then gave it to "a poor, starving kitten" while Tikki shows them the yellow marker. All the kwamis then start to dance as a way to celebrate Nooroo's birthday. Sass comments on how wise it was of Tikki's and Plagg's owners to allow them to come to the Miracle Box. Plagg nervously agrees while Tikki attempts to say Marinette's name as she replies. However, she cannot do so due to a spell that prevents kwamis from saying their holders' names in front of others.

The kwamis celebrate Nooroo’s birthday.

Marinette is sleeping in her room but is soon awoken by a zombie-like Adrien who keeps ranting about how much he loves Chloé. Marinette runs up to her balcony and sees the akumatized villain Sandboy, who chants,"The Sandboy just checked in! Now nightmares can begin!". Marinette tries to transform into Ladybug but realizes she cannot because Tikki is not with her. Marinette sneaks out to Master Fu's place while her father is attacked by a dough that has come to life. Meanwhile, the doors and windows of Adrien's bedroom are turned into cages. Adrien attempts to wake up Plagg but is horrified to find a sock puppet of him instead.

The kwamis all gather in a circle and sing in an attempt to contact Nooroo but have no luck. Plagg suggests that they bring in Wayzz, to which Sass agrees to. Plagg goes out of the Miracle Box and asks Wayzz. At first, he refuses since he has to stand guard, but when Plagg points out that it's their only chance of finding Nooroo and Hawk Moth, Wayzz goes along with Plagg. With Wayzz joining them, the kwamis begin to make contact.

Master Fu and Marinette are shocked to see the ghosts of the Order of the Guardians.

Marinette arrives at Master Fu's workshop and sneaks past a sleeping Master Fu. She tries to open the Miracle Box in an attempt to contact Tikki but doesn't know the code. Seeing no other options, she wakes Master Fu up, who becomes haunted by the ghosts of the Order of the Guardians who blame him for their downfall and the loss of two Miraculouses. The nightmare Adrien also breaks in through the door. Master Fu urges Marinette to transform, but she cannot because Tikki is inside the Miracle Box and there is no way to contact the kwamis when they're in there. Meanwhile, Adrien becomes trapped by more and more cage bars. Unable to transform without Plagg, Adrien screams for his father.

Hawk Moth notes that Sandboy is turning Paris into a huge nightmare and yet is confused by the absence of Ladybug and Cat Noir. Suddenly, he receives kwamis' communication. The kwamis are shocked to find that they have contacted Hawk Moth instead of Nooroo. Realizing what they are up to, Hawk Moth declares that he is going to find the kwamis and make them his slaves before attempting to locate them. However, the kwamis cut off the signal before Hawk Moth can pinpoint their exact location. Wayzz realizes that they cannot contact Nooroo because he's powering Hawk Moth, meaning that someone has been akumatized. Tikki, Plagg, and Wayzz quickly rush out of the Miracle Box and to their owners. They find Marinette, Master Fu, and the nightmare Adrien. Aware that the latter is not the real one, Plagg takes off to the Agreste mansion while Tikki and Wayzz go to their owners. Wayzz apologizes to Master Fu about not telling him what they were doing and Tikki helps Marinette transform into Ladybug.

Hawk Moth receives the kwamis' signal and vows to track them down.

Hawk Moth tells Sandboy that he felt the kwamis' presence somewhere in the right bank of the Seine and orders him to find and capture them. Soon afterward, Sandboy spots Plagg and attempts to capture him but loses the kwami at the subway station. Plagg meets up with Adrien, who is relieved that he's not a sock and transforms into Cat Noir before using his Cataclysm to free himself from the bars.

Cat Noir sees all the mayhem caused by Sandboy and is soon joined by Ladybug. Cat Noir tells her that tonight was a total nightmare until she showed up, but Ladybug reminds him to stay focused. The duo then spots Sandboy and Ladybug deduces that the akuma is inside his pillow-shaped cloud. They fight Sandboy but have trouble dodging his attacks. So Ladybug calls on her Lucky Charm, but before she receives something, she is hit by Sandboy and loses her powers. Hawk Moth commends Sandboy for a job well done and tells him to take her Miraculous, stating that her nightmare is his dream come true. Before Sandboy can take her Miraculous, Ladybug is saved by Cat Noir, who is then hit by Sandboy, too. Yet despite that, Ladybug notes that he still has his powers. Cat Noir claims that losing them is not his greatest nightmare and soon spots another Ladybug who keeps ranting about how much she hates him. The nightmare Ladybug calls on her Lucky Charm and receives a sword, to which she starts attacking Cat Noir with. Despite this, the duo manages to dodge both Sandboy and the nightmare Ladybug.

Nightmare Ladybug attacks Cat Noir.

The real Ladybug comes up with a plan. She and Cat Noir trick the nightmare Ladybug into hitting her sword against a building rail edge and then use a piece of the sword that chips off to cut open Sandboy's pillow, freeing the akuma. Ladybug uses Miraculous Ladybug to fix all the damage and then purifies the akuma. Once everything is returned to normal, Ladybug walks over to the boy who was akumatized and asks what happened. He explains how he had watched a scary movie on TV, had a nightmare, and then woke up to find a black butterfly in his room and a man speaking right to his face. Ladybug realizes that Hawk Moth fed off of the negative emotions of a nightmare. Cat Noir also expresses his belief that kids shouldn't be allowed to watch whatever they want on TV. Before he takes off, Ladybug asks him if he really thinks that she is as awful as his nightmare. Cat Noir assures her that that's not the case and takes off.

Sometime later, Master Fu appears furious about the incident. Wayzz, Marinette, and Tikki all attempt to take the blame while Plagg agrees that the incident was their faults. Tikki expresses remorse that she let Marinette down, but Marinette assures her that she's not disappointed, earning her a hug from her kwami. Master Fu tells them that next time, they should talk to him instead of sneaking behind his back. After noticing how well Marinette and Tikki get along, Plagg scoffs and goes back to Adrien and hugs him, thanking him for letting him do whatever he wants most of the time. Adrien, understanding what it's like to have restricted freedom, tells Plagg that he doesn't need to sneak away from him. Plagg hugs Adrien again, calling him the best Cat Noir he has ever had. Then he reminds himself not to get too cheesy about the situation.

Gabriel vows to find the kwamis.

Meanwhile, in his lair, Gabriel tells Nooroo that he hopes he liked his friends' birthday gift, as now he knows that the kwamis are close and numerous. He declares that if he finds them, he'll take their Miraculouses and have unlimited powers in his possession, not caring if he has to fight an army of superheroes to get them. He laughs maliciously before the end card appears.


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  • Internationally, this episode first premiered in Canada on Family Channel.
  • Some of the English cast read through a part of this episode at a panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2018.[8]
    • The script for this episode was later changed when the episode officially premiered in Canada.
  • The French title of this episode is "Le Marchand de Sable".
    • "Le Marchand de Sable" is French for "The Sandman".[9]
  • This episode focuses on the kwamis,[8] and reveals some new information:
    • This episode features Nooroo's birthday in which he turns 3500 cycles.[8]
    • Kwamis are revealed to be able to communicate once in every "cycle" with their kind, if they gather in the Miracle Box at a specific time.
      • This "cycle" refers to a kwami's birthday.[8]
        • According to Tikki, a kwami's cycle occurs once every "several hundred of human years".
      • If a kwami is currently powering up its holder's Miraculous, the other kwamis will end up contacting the Miraculous holder instead of said kwami.
    • Kwamis are bound to their Miraculous holder's every command. It could be that this is a benefit of being a Miraculous wielder and if so it means they have a choice of bounding them:
      • Which is also understandable to why Marinette and Adrien never used that power because it's likely they didn't know they could or unlike Gabriel, they have a loving, trusting and understanding bond with their kwamis so they never needed to bound them. More or less it's likely this ability could be used in only emergencies or crisis if something happens to the kwami and/or owner.
      • It's likely for it to work the holder must be in possession of a jewel but must also know the kwami's name and seems they can undo their commands with just a simple word or snap of their fingers.
    • When a kwami tries to say its holder's name in front of another individual (whether another kwami or holder), they will be blocked by a magical spell that prevents them from speaking the name and instead makes bubbles appear from their mouths. If the spell was created all the way back to the 1st Miraculous holders it's likely the guardians placed that spell on them over 5000 years ago or it could be possibly that a kwami discovered the identity of another holder a long time ago and ended it with disastrous results causing the guardians to put the spell on them.
      • However since Plagg and Tikki already knew the identities of each other's owners since "The Dark Owl" and yet when Plagg attempted to say his owner's (civilian name) the spell activated despite Tikki and Wayzz already knowing it could imply that the spell activates regardless of any condition.
      • It's revealed in "Reflekdoll" and "Oblivio", that even though the kwamis can't say the civilian names of their owners when in close proximity of other people but are able do so when they're alone and any version of their owner's hero name just fine.
      • Such as Plagg calling Marinette "the Ladybug" in "Style Queen" and Kaalki calling Adrien "Mr. Noir" in "Sole Crusher".
        • Similar to the telepathic connection distance the Butterfly Miraculous holder has with their champions being limited, the distance kwamis can speak the civilian name of their owners without being affected by the spell is limited.
    • Since Plagg was seen reading a magazine written in French it's likely that kwamis know to read other languages, as confirmed by Tikki in "Gamer 2.0" as she was reading Marinette's history textbook effortlessly confirming further the bilingual capabilities of the kwamis in "Miraculous Shanghai".
      • It's unknown if someone taught the kwamis to read other languages or if they automatically gained the ability not only to speak them but translate other languages as well.
    • Kwamis collect items from the outside world for the Miracle Box.
    • The Snake Kwami is revealed to be named Sass; he is also revealed to be the de-facto leader of the kwamis.
  • The episode reveals some of the characters' nightmares.
    • Marinette's nightmare is Adrien being in love with Chloé.
    • Tom's nightmare is his dough coming to life to eat him.
    • Adrien's nightmare is being trapped and alone.
    • Roger's nightmare is being pursued by the law.
    • Ladybug's nightmare is her losing her superpowers, and rendering her as a useless superhero who can't save the day.
    • Cat Noir's nightmare is Ladybug not reciprocating his feelings for her and her outright announcing her deep hatred for him.
    • Master Fu's nightmare is being reminded of the pressure for losing both the Butterfly Miraculous and the Peacock Miraculous and also causing the Order of the Guardians' destruction.
    • Plagg says that his worst nightmare is eating dairy-free cheese.
  • It is revealed that Plagg calls Tikki "Sugar Cube" while Tikki calls Plagg "Stinky Sock".
    • Which is ironic when Plagg dove into Adrien's dirty socks in "Syren".
  • It is revealed that Master Fu's home is located at the right bank of the Seine River.
  • This is the first time an akumatized object's regular form was never shown.
    • This is also the third time where we do not see Hawk Moth directly akumatizing someone, following "Princess Fragrance" and "Antibug". Unlike the first two times, however, there is only one villain in the episode.
  • There is a reference to "The Shining" when nightmare Adrien breaks a hole in the door to Master Fu's room and sticks his head through.
  • The dance that Kaalki, Daizzi, Fluff, Ziggy, and Orikko are doing together appears to be the "Macarena".
  • This is the second time we see a Miraculous superpower become nullified or cancelled out following "Reflekta".
    • This is the first time Lucky Charm fails, and the second time it was interrupted in general, following "Robostus".
  • This is the first time the Miraculous Ladybug is used without Ladybug's Lucky Charm.
    • The sword summoned by the nightmare Ladybug's Lucky Charm is vastly different in appearance to the one summoned by Antibug's Anti-Charm in "Antibug".
  • This episode also revealed some insight about the Miraculous superpowers, kwamis and the wielders:
    • When a Miraculous holder is young their powers are connected to a timer and if the summoning process of said powers is interrupted, then both will be cancelled out and the holder will be stuck. Meaning they'll experience an improper version of prolonged transformation. Which is an ability later confirmed and partially explained by Hawk Moth in "Mayura".
      • It's also likely that the same condition is also true for an adult Miraculous holder but that is yet to be seen unless said wielder releases their transformation willingly or by force.
    • Ladybug is able to use a Lucky Charm item she didn't summon to activate her other power, meaning it's possible any Ladybug Miraculous user can use any Lucky Charm to summon the Miraculous Ladybug (superpower), even if they didn't summon the object.
      • Implying that the Lucky Charm is capable of sensing when it's in hands of or when a Ladybug Miraculous holder needs it which could explain why the objects always appeared in Ladybug's hand when they were impossible to retrieve. Meaning that just like the yo-yo the Ladybug Miraculous user also shares a mental link with the Lucky Charm objects but that is yet to be proven.
    • When Ladybug was powerless and if her earrings were taken; then it's likely the effects would've transferred to Tikki possibly making her and the earrings useless to Hawk Moth or experience her greatest fear. Ironically Marinette's greatest fear as her superhero alter ego also saved her kwamis' power from being abused by him.
  • This is the second episode to feature two Ladybugs, the first being "Timebreaker".
    • However, in "Timebreaker," both Ladybugs are good and help Cat Noir, but in this Nightmare Ladybug is bad and wants to get rid of Cat Noir.
  • This is the second time Tikki and Plagg interact with each other onscreen, following "The Dark Owl".
  • This episode has the largest number of kwamis seen and interacting onscreen, breaking the record set by "Syren".
    • Duusu is the only kwami who does not appear in the episode. However, he is indirectly mentioned by Sass.
  • It is revealed that, after receiving the kwamis' signal, Hawk Moth wants to enslave all of the kwamis and not just Plagg and Tikki.
    • All of the kwamis are now aware of the fact that Nooroo's powers are being used for evil.
    • Which is what happens in "Strikeback".
  • It's revealed that whenever the Butterfly Miraculous senses a negative emotion, it blinks, alerting the holder.
  • Marinette's sleep-talking was a past reference to her exaggerated plans from "Stormy Weather."
    • The way they rolled to evade Nightmare Ladybug's attack with Cat Noir landing on top of Ladybug is also a reference to "Stormy Weather", but without the surprised reaction.
  • This is the third episode Alya Césaire doesn't make an appearance following "Riposte" and "Reverser".
  • The alternative version of Ladybug's transformation sequence where Marinette wears her pajamas rather than her everyday attire is used again, following its debut in "Sapotis" and "Gorizilla".
    • This is also the third episode where Marinette is wearing her pajamas for the whole episode.
  • This is the fourth time Ladybug was affected by an akumatized villain following "Pixelator", "Frightningale" and "Reverser".
    • This is the third time both Ladybug and Cat Noir were affected by an akumatized villain following "Frightningale" and "Reverser".
  • This is one of the few times the Miraculous Ladybug (superpower) is used before the akuma is purified.
  • The kwamis' dance party is a homage to the 1981's French pop band, Indochine.[10]
  • This is the second time Plagg and Adrien end up separated following "Style Queen".
  • This is the second time Tikki and Marinette end up separated following "Princess Fragrance".
  • The is the first time someone besides Hawk Moth uses their power the second they transform, being Cat Noir with Cataclysm.
  • All Zodiac kwamis seen in the episode, with the exception of Sass, Xuppu, and Ziggy, had their voice actors changed after this episode, leading to drastic changes in some of their voices.
  • This is the fourth time where Ladybug's Lucky Charm resembles an akumatized villain's object both before it got akumatized following "Pixelator", "Reflekta" and "Miraculer".


  • When Plagg is reading his "Gentleman's Camembert" magazine, he places it on the bed with the Adrien ad on the back facing up, but in the next shot the front cover is shown facing up.
  • In the kwamis' first scene, Stompp's tail is missing. It is shown later to be a long tail that hangs down behind the legs.
  • When Wayzz looked at Master Fu before he entered the Miracle Box, he wasn't wearing the Turtle Miraculous as he was previously.
  • Just before he chases after Plagg, Sandboy's entire body disappears for a single frame.
  • When the de-akumatized Sandboy hugs Ladybug, his eyes momentarily become black.
  • At the end of the episode, Gabriel is clutching the Butterfly Miraculous in its activated form even though Nooroo is not powering it.
  • When the Akuma is flying out of Hawk Moth's lair, the Eiffel Tower is shown in the background.
  • In some shots, Nighmare Adrien's pupils in his eyes are larger.


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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
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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 72405 Psycomedian406 Furious Fu407 Sole Crusher408 Queen Banana409 Gabriel Agreste410 Mega Leech411 Guiltrip412 Crocoduel413 Optigami414 Sentibubbler415 Glaciator 2416 Hack-San417 Rocketear418 Wishmaker419 Simpleman420 Qilin421 Dearest Family422 Ephemeral423 Kuro Neko424 Penalteam425 Risk (Shadow Moth's Final Attack - Part 1)426 Strikeback (Shadow Moth's Final Attack - Part 2)
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