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Santa Claws

Season 2, episode 26
(Special) (Production order); Episode 52 (Overall)

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Fine. Don't worry, I'm a tough old Santa. But, what are you doing out at this time of night? Are you lost? You're not exactly dressed for the cold weather. Maybe you'd like some hot chocolate, I've got some left.

Santa Claus, "Santa Claws"

"Santa Claws"[9] is a special Christmas themed Season 2 episode of the series, Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir.[10] As based on the series' production order specifically, "Santa Claws" is the 26th written and produced episode of Season 2, thus making it the season's finale. It is also the 52nd written and produced episode of the series, overall. [2]

Synopsis

Parisian teen Marinette transforms herself into superhero Ladybug to find her lonely crush Adrien when he runs away from home at Christmas.[11]

Plot

The episode begins on a snowy night with Marinette, Alya, and Manon walking into the bakery. Alya drops a coin in a collection box held by cardboard cutouts of Ladybug and Cat Noir. When she does, Marinette takes off her coat and begins singing.

Marinette and her parents singing "Merry Christmas" to everyone.

She grabs a Christmas log cake from her mother, almost dropping it when giving it to Alya. Alya taps her on the forehead and wishes her a Merry Christmas. Tom and Sabine wave as she leaves. Alix and her father come in next, followed by Rose and Juleka, Nadja (who takes Manon), Nino, and Sabrina, each of them leaving with a Christmas log. When Chloé and her father enter the bakery, Marinette freezes in the middle of her song. Sabine reminds her that it's Christmas, and Marinette begrudgingly gives Chloé the Christmas log. She has to shout "Merry Christmas, Chloé!" at her before Chloé takes it. André also reminds Chloé to wish Marinette a Merry Christmas, which she shouts back to Marinette before leaning in and reminding her that she hates her guts.

After Chloé and André leave, Adrien's bodyguard enters and drops a coin in the collection box. Marinette runs upstairs when she realizes who he is, asking him to wait a minute. She tears her room apart, searching for Adrien's gift. Tikki finds it on her desk and gives it to Marinette before she can make even more of a mess. She runs back downstairs and outside, following the bodyguard. Fumbling over her words, she asks him to take the present to Adrien and to wish him a Merry Christmas for her. He takes it and drives off. Marinette looks off into the sky, thinking of Adrien.

Adrien upset with his father.

At the Agreste mansion, Adrien and Nathalie are decorating the Christmas tree in the foyer when the bodyguard walks in. Adrien wants his father, Gabriel, to decorate the tree with them, but he doesn't come, upsetting Adrien. The bodyguard hands Adrien Marinette's present as he sadly walks up to his room.

Gabriel is in his atelier, staring at Emilie Agreste's portrait. Nathalie enters the room and asks him to spend time with his son, reminding him that not only is it his first Christmas without Emilie, but it's also Adrien's too. Gabriel agrees to spend Christmas with Adrien and tells Nathalie that he needs a little more time. She leaves him looking at the portrait. He closes his eyes with a sigh, feeling remorseful for treating his son.

Cat Noir singing his thoughts about Christmas.

Adrien is in his room and is angry at his father. He decides that he hates Christmas. Dropping the present, and in frustrated rage, he transforms into Cat Noir and leaves the room through a window. Using his baton to soften his landings, Cat Noir jumps over Paris' snowy rooftops, singing about being a pitiful cat in the night. He watches the Dupain-Chengs eat dinner through one of their windows before moving on to the Bourgeois family. He ends up outside the Hôtel de Ville and runs at the Christmas tree outside the building. He summons his Cataclysm, prepared to destroy the largest symbol of Christmas in the city out of anger and hatred, but before he does, an image of his mother flashes before his eyes and he stops. He realizes that he can't kill something he loved. Instead, he runs to a nearby Gabriel advertisement (displaying himself) and destroys it. He walks away and detransforms in the snow.

Adrien wishes Plagg a Merry Christmas.

Plagg flops on his back in the snow, singing about how tired and hungry he is. Adrien frets because he doesn't have any cheese on him. Instead, Adrien opens Marinette's present, which he had with him, hoping it can help. Inside is a Christmas hat. Adrien puts Plagg on the hat and opens the card Marinette left him. He smiles, appreciating her gift. He puts the card in his back pocket. Bells ring in the distance, signaling Christmas Day. Adrien wishes Plagg a "Merry Christmas", not realizing the card fell out. Plagg wishes him a "Merry Christmas" back.

At the Agreste mansion, Gabriel holds a present in his hands and walks up to Adrien's room. He calls out for Adrien first but begins panicking when he sees Adrien's window is open and Adrien is missing. Nathalie and the bodyguard rush in. Gabriel shouts furiously at them to find Adrien immediately.

The bodyguard begins the search and leaves in his car. Nathalie makes phone calls to the police and Adrien's classmates. Nino, while eating a potato, says that Adrien isn't at his house. Alya answers the call while at her house and is surprised to hear that Adrien isn't home. Kim has no clue where Adrien is and thinks he may have been kidnapped. Max doesn't know where Adrien is, either. Roger and Sabrina search for Adrien in Roger's patrol car. Sabine and Tom set aside their presents and go out to look for Adrien, while Marinette says she doesn't feel good and goes upstairs to transform into Ladybug. She leaves from her balcony.

Santa gives Adrien a blanket.

Adrien, meanwhile, is wandering around Paris, alone and cold. He comes across a Santa Claus and two naughty children who are being rude to Santa. The kids knock the Santa over with snowballs. Adrien helps him up and scolds the kids for being mean. Their father tells them to apologize. Adrien hands Santa back his hat, receiving a blanket and hot chocolate in return. Adrien asks Santa if he has any Camembert, which Santa gives him from his sandwich. Adrien discreetly feeds it to Plagg, who is hiding in the fuzz at the end of Adrien's hat. Santa and Adrien drink the hot chocolate in Santa's sleigh, Adrien telling Santa about his family problems. Santa convinces Adrien to return home to his father and even gives him a free ride back. Before they leave, Adrien gives Santa the hat he received from Marinette as Santa's hat was soggy from the snow.

Ladybug singing about her feelings for Adrien.

Ladybug arrives in the Hôtel de Ville square and sees the damage from Cat Noir's Cataclysm and her letter to Adrien. She assumes that Cat Noir must be trying to protect Adrien from an akumatized supervillain. She sings about Adrien being the boy that she secretly loves. She follows Adrien's footprints, wondering who could've been akumatized on Christmas Eve.

Santa is driving the sleigh and waving to the people who pass by. No one sees Adrien because he leaned away from them unknowingly and the pink blanket disguised him slightly. Adrien and Santa talk about where Santa will spend his Christmas as they go back to Adrien's house. Since he will be alone and since there needs to be more Christmas cheer in the Agreste mansion, Adrien decides to invite Santa over for dinner. Outside the gates of the Agreste mansion, Adrien rings the doorbell, his father answering. Gabriel notices the Santa and angrily tells him to leave, assuming he had something to do with Adrien's disappearance and now wants money. Adrien tries to calm down his father, trying to convince him that he's wrong, but Ladybug arrives on the scene and calls Santa an akumatized villain. She doesn't listen to Adrien when he tells her that Santa isn't a supervillain and chases after him, who runs away in his sleigh. Before leaving, Ladybug tells Adrien to go home, because he is safe now. Adrien moves to transform again, but Nathalie and the bodyguard call out to him and bring him inside, dismaying and infuriating Adrien.

Santa being akumatized.

Ladybug catches Santa, pulling him out of the sleigh and into the snow. Santa then yells at Ladybug about her hurting him. Hawk Moth, in his lair, senses Santa's anger and sends out an akuma.

Back in the mansion, Adrien is leaving to his room, before he expresses his hatred and disdain towards his father to Nathalie and the bodyguard. Nathalie assures Adrien that his father came to see him early, but he panicked after Adrien's disappearance. The bodyguard sends Adrien back to his room, with Nathalie asking Adrien to stay at home this time.

Meanwhile, Santa angrily explains that he is not a supervillain. Ladybug apologizes and tries to help him up, but Santa just wants her to leave, as he's had enough of kids tonight. Ladybug leaves, feeling sad, while Santa trudges back to his sleigh, muttering about people no longer respecting the spirit of Christmas. The akuma then lands in his hat. Hawk Moth claims to have been good all year and that as a present, Santa should get him the Ladybug and Cat Miraculouses, to which Santa agrees, turning him into Santa Claws.

Santa Claws approaches Ladybug, singing a song about how he is Santa Claws and how he will give everyone a horrible Christmas. He throws a present at Ladybug and it explodes, releasing several bats. Ladybug chases after him.

Santa Claws in Adrien's room.

Adrien is in his room, upset and playing video games, his bodyguard behind him. Santa Claws phases through Adrien's window, sings his song, and drops a present in Adrien's room. Adrien's bodyguard protects Adrien, the present exploding on him. Tarantulas crawl out of the present and onto the bodyguard, causing the bodyguard to flee while he tries to get the spiders off his legs. Santa Claws promises not to hurt Adrien, since he feels like he owes him since he gave him a gift and because Adrien has been nice to him. He leaves, promising to avenge both Adrien and himself. When his bodyguard runs away, Adrien transforms into Cat Noir.

Santa Claws bursts through the windows of the Le Grand Paris Hotel, sings his song and dances, and throws a present on Chloé, covering her in cockroaches, much to her disgust and dismay. The akumatized reindeer also eat some of her presents.

Ladybug and Cat Noir confronting Santa Claws.

Ladybug finds Santa Claws again after he leaves Le Grand Paris and chases him across Paris. When Cat Noir joins up with her, she questions him about Adrien and what happened earlier in the night. Cat Noir avoids the question and they both jump and land on Santa Claws' sleigh. Santa Claws throws a present at Cat Noir, knocking him off the sleigh. Ladybug jumps off after him, throwing her yo-yo around one of the sleigh's skis and grabbing Cat Noir with her hand. They dangle and run over Paris' rooftops before Ladybug flings Cat Noir back on the sleigh.

Cat Noir fights Santa Claws, baton to sword. Ladybug flings herself onto one of the reindeer, trying to stop it. This causes Santa Claws to fall over the back of the sleigh. Cat Noir grabs him by his wrist, but Santa Claws uses that to his advantage by climbing back on the sleigh and flinging Cat Noir off it again. Ladybug jumps off the sleigh after Cat Noir again, throwing the yo-yo around a lamppost. They swing wildly through the city and land in Alya's living room, Cat Noir on top of Ladybug. Alya asks for a scoop for the Ladyblog, but Ladybug says it's not what it looks like.

Ladybug getting her Lucky Charm object at the Césaire household.

Cat Noir moves to leave, but Ladybug grabs his tail and stops him. She then uses her Lucky Charm and summons a large box. Ladybug looks around the Césaire house for packing tape, scissors, and office supplies, pulling open drawers and cabinets to find them. Alya helps Ladybug find trash bags and packing tape. Marlena gives Ladybug scissors, sticky notes, and a pencil. Ella holds up crayons while Etta holds up a notepad. Ladybug writes on the sticky note and tells Cat Noir to go to the Dupain-Cheng bakery to get some items. She cuts down the Césaire's curtain and wraps the things they gave her up in it, leaving slightly after Cat Noir.

Cat Noir singing to fool Santa Claws.

Cat Noir signals Santa Claws from the Eiffel Tower. A black present dangles off of it from Cat Noir's baton. Santa Claws conjures up a large mace, preparing to destroy it, but the present turns, revealing his face. Cat Noir sings about surrendering to Santa Claws and that the present is their gift to him. Hawk Moth yells at Santa Claws to get away from the present since it's obviously a trap, but Santa Claws is so surprised to even be receiving a present that he ignores Hawk Moth. As Cat Noir finishes his song, Ladybug is nowhere to be seen: the Ladybug in the background is the cutout from the Dupain-Cheng bakery, but Santa Claws doesn't notice it.

Cat Noir handing the hat to Ladybug.

When Santa Claws grabs the box, the wind blows against him and knocks over the Ladybug cutout. Ladybug jumps out of the box, shouting, "Merry Christmas!" and wraps her yo-yo around Santa Claws and the sleigh. Cat Noir runs up and over his baton, Cataclysm in hand, and grabs Santa Claws' hat, turning it black. He throws it to Ladybug, who blows on it to make it dissolve and release the akuma. Ladybug catches the akuma and throws the box in the air, using Miraculous Ladybug. The ladybugs return Paris to normal and put Santa Claus back on the ground safely. They do not, however, fix Adrien's hat. When the hat was dissolved, the pieces came together to form the akuma.

In his lair, Hawk Moth decides to let Ladybug and Cat Noir have a Merry Christmas, but he swears that next Christmas, he'll have the best presents.

Cat Noir returns to his home and meets his father in his atelier. Gabriel tells Adrien that he cannot accept him disappearing, too, as he couldn't bear to lose him. The doorbell then rings. Nathalie picks up the phone on her desk and presses a button, telling Adrien he has a visitor.

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Gabriel and Adrien stand in the foyer while Nathalie opens the doors. Adrien, in fact, does not have one visitor; he has several. Marlena, Rose, Mr. Kubdel, Juleka, Alix, Nino, Otis Césaire, Alya, Santa Claus, Marinette, André, Tom, Sabine, Sabrina, Roger, Chloé, Max, Kim, and the Césaire twins are all outside the Agreste mansion doors to see Adrien. Gabriel invites them in when Adrien asks if it is okay. The episode ends with everyone at the dinner table, wishing each other a merry Christmas. Adrien turns to the portrait of his family behind him, saying, "Merry Christmas, Mom."

Characters

Major characters

Minor characters

Songs

Trivia

  • This episode is famously advertised as a Christmas special episode due to its Christmas theme and songs.[12]
  • The episode was originally advertised as a 40 minute special, called "Ladybug in Christmas" when concept art of it was first published by Jeremy Zag. Later concept art listed the name as "A Special Christmas".[13][14][15]
  • The episode was shown in theaters during its Korean premiere in February 2017.[16]
  • The special was originally announced to be 40 minutes long.[14] However, it was finally released as a standard episode with 21 running minutes.
    • Ezra Weisz explained in a Periscope that the shortened length was due to deadlines.[17]
  • It was stated that the powers of the Turtle Miraculous would be revealed in this episode.[18] However, the Turtle Miraculous was not featured in the episode's final release.
  • According to Wilfried Pain, this episode happens somewhere in Season 1 and before Season 2.[19]
    • As of May 11, 2018, "Santa Claws" was announced as a Season 2 episode, therefore, it is considered to be a part of that season, despite the story of this episode taking place during Season 1's timeline.[20]
  • Even though his sister and father are in the episode, Jalil Kubdel does not appear.
    • Nathaniel, Ivan, and Mylène don't appear in any way in this episode, despite the rest of the class appearing.
  • When Chloé and Marinette are shouting "Merry Christmas" at each other, their hair moves backwards from the strength of their voices and the screen even shakes.
  • The episode reveals that Emilie Agreste disappeared some time in the last year.
    • The episode was originally going to also reveal why Hawk Moth has a picture of her.[21] However, this issue was not addressed.
    • Because Adrien received the Cat Miraculous at the beginning of the series in September,[22] it can be confirmed that the heroes and Hawk Moth and been around for at least 3 months.
      • But as the series progressed Emilie missing for that long was false because Nathalie said, "This is Adrien's first Christmas without her." Meaning that she was around as of Christmas 2013, but somewhere between January 2014 to Origins, Emilie used the Peacock Miraculous one final time resulting in her endless sleep. Which is about 8 months meaning she would've been "missing" for about half to a year.
  • For the first time, Adrien is visibly unhappy while he transforms into Cat Noir.
    • Marinette is also visibly unhappy when she transforms into Ladybug, similar to her transformation in "The Bubbler".
    • This is also the first time Adrien irrationally uses his powers as Cat Noir out of anger and as seen in several episodes in doing so it leads to trouble.
  • Cat Noir's transformation music in this episode is changed slightly with a rock-n-roll edge to it.
  • When Cataclysm is summoned the first time, the animation sequence is not shown, akin to in "Copycat".
  • Hawk Moth's lair is lit in blue instead of purple, due to it being after midnight.
    • Possibly because of this lighting, the initial appearance of the akuma is also darker, without the white streaks. However, in later shots, the white streaks are present again.
  • In the French version, when Ladybug leaves the Césaire house, she says, "Ho ho ho," which is absent in the English version.
  • The French equivalent to the nickname Alya gives Ladybug (Lady-Claus) is "Coccinoël".
    • This is a combination of the French words for ladybug ("coccinelle") and Christmas ("Noël").
  • On the Eiffel Tower is a Christmas light display of Santa Claus.
  • This episode reveals that Cat Noir's baton can bend and curve when extended.
  • It snows in the end credit sequence.
  • This is the second time that Cat Noir sings, and this is the first time that Marinette/Ladybug sings.

Errors

  • During the song "Marinette & the Bakery," the words on the right inside window are flipped to where they can be read inside the bakery instead of being backward (to be read from the outside).
    • When Adrien's bodyguard leaves with his Christmas log, the window is missing the words and the bakery's logo.
  • Based on the characters' mouth movements, the last word in "Marinette & the Bakery" was animated to be "you" instead of "all."
  • When Cat Noir detransforms in the snow-covered plaza, he says his usual "Claws out" instead of the proper deactivation "Claws in".
  • When Plagg is on the snow, one of his whiskers clips through the snow and doesn't leave an imprint.
  • When Santa Claus gives Adrien a piece of Camembert, his sandwich appears to have sliced Camembert, but the piece he gives Adrien is a triangular cut piece.
  • One of the cockroaches on Chloé disappears into her clothes.
  • Ladybug's eye color changes from dark blue to turquoise.

Error with the position of Ladybug's Hand and Feet

  • Immediately after Santa Claws leaves Chloé's House, when Ladybug lands on the roof her hand and feet are not properly touching the roof, as they are positioned to appear to be touching something, but are not actually touching anything. Her right foot is repositioned when she stands up, but her left foot remains unchanged.
  • Before Adrien transforms into Cat Noir before Cat in the Night Marinette's gift can be seen on his side, but when he transforms the gift disappears and in Cat in the Night it reappears again in his belt/tail then after Cat in the Night the gift disappears until Adrien opens the gift.
  • In Cat in the Night Cat Noir's foot marks don't appear in the snow.

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References


ve Episodes
Season 1
101 Stormy Weather | 102 The Evillustrator | 103 Lady Wifi | 104 Princess Fragrance | 105 Dark Cupid | 106 Mr. Pigeon | 107 Pixelator | 108 Copycat | 109 The Bubbler | 110 Simon Says | 111 Rogercop | 112 Gamer | 113 Animan | 114 Darkblade | 115 Pharaoh | 116 Timebreaker | 117 Horrificator | 118 The Puppeteer | 119 The Mime | 120 Guitar Villain | 121 Reflekta | 122 Ladybug & Cat Noir (Origins - Part 1) | 123 Stoneheart (Origins - Part 2) | 124 Antibug | 125 Kung Food | 126 Volpina
Season 2
201 The Collector | 202 Prime Queen | 203 Glaciator | 204 Despair Bear | 205 Troublemaker | 206 Gigantitan | 207 Riposte | 208 Befana | 209 Frightningale | 210 Gorizilla | 211 Robostus | 212 Sapotis | 213 The Dark Owl | 214 Syren | 215 Zombizou | 216 Captain Hardrock | 217 Frozer | 218 Style Queen (Queen's Battle - Part 1) | 219 Queen Wasp (Queen's Battle - Part 2) | 220 Reverser | 221 Anansi | 222 Malediktator | 223 Sandboy | 224 Catalyst (Heroes' Day - Part 1) | 225 Mayura (Heroes' Day - Part 2 | 226 Santa Claws
Season 3
301 Chameleon | 302 Animaestro | 303 Bakerix | 304 Backwarder | 305 Reflekdoll | 306 Weredad | 307 Silencer | 308 Oni-Chan | 309 Miraculer | 310 Oblivio | 311 Desperada | 312 Christmaser | 313 Startrain | 314 Kwamibuster | 315 Feast | 316 Gamer 2.0 | 317 Stormy Weather 2 | 318 Ikari Gozen | 319 Timetagger | 320 Party Crasher | 321 The Puppeteer 2 | 322 Cat Blanc | 323 Félix | 324 Ladybug | 325 Heart Hunter (The Battle of the Miraculous - Part 1) | 326 Miracle Queen (The Battle of the Miraculous - Part 2)
Season 4
401 Truth | 402 Lies | 403 Gang of Secrets | 404 Mr. Pigeon 72 | 406 Furious Fu | 407 Sole Crusher | 408 Queen Banana | 410 Mega Leech | 411 Guiltrip | 413 Optigami | 414 Sentibubbler | 417 Rocketear |
Future episodes
405 Psychomedian | 409 Gabriel Agreste | 412 Crocoduel | 418 Wishmaker
Season 5
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Season 6
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Season 7
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Specials
Episodes
The Origins Story | Santa Claws | Queen's Battle | Heroes' Day | Christmaster | Battle of the Miraculous
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The Last Attack of Shadow Moth

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Standalone

Miraculous Football Special

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Ladybug in Halloween

Miraculous Secrets
Marinette in Paris | Marinette and Fashion | Ladybug as seen by Adrien | Ladyblog | Adrien's Double Life |
Marinette and Alya | Marinette's Double Life | Cat Noir as seen by Marinette | My Birthday Party | Marinette and Adrien | Master Fu | Tikki | Plagg | Friends | Nino | Max | Mylène | Rose | Alix | Sabrina | Ivan | Gabriel | Nathaniel & Marc | Marinette as seen by Chloé | Lila | Hawk Moth and the Akumatized Villains | Family | Kagami as seen by Marinette | Kagami as seen by Adrien | Luka as seen by Marinette | New Powers | New Heroes | Mayura and the Sentimonsters | Chloé as seen by Marinette | Nathalie as seen by Gabriel | Feelings
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