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Season 4, episode 19 (Production order); Episode 97 (Overall)

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The problem is the world around you! I'm going to show you how much better life can be when everything is simpler!

Simpleman, "Simpleman"

"Simpleman" is a Season 4 episode of the series, Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir. As based on the series' production order specifically, "Simpleman" is the 19th written and produced episode of Season 4. It is also the 97th written and produced episode of the series, overall.


Adrien asks Marinette a favor, who can't say no and ends up leaving her grandfather taking care of the 4 children she was taking care of to help Adrien. What she doesn't realize is that it ends up making her grandfather the Shadow Moth's next target.


Major characters

Minor characters


  • The first minute of the episode was revealed on September 18, 2021, by Gloob on their YouTube channel as a surprise to celebrate their achievement of reaching 4 million subscribers.
  • It's revealed that Manon is friends with the Césaire twins, Ella and Etta, as well as Nino's younger brother, Chris.
  • It's shown that Ella and Etta possess Rena Rouge-styled backpacks.
    • It is also shown that there are different variants to the backpacks, with Ladybug and Cat Noir-themed ones also making an appearance.
      • Manon's backpack is Ladybug-themed and Chris' is Cat Noir-themed.
    • Coincidentally, Rena Rouge is Alya, their older sister.
      • Not only that, Rena Rouge's first appearance was in "Sapotis", the episode where Ella and Etta are akumatized together into the titular villains.
  • This is the second 19th produced episode to feature an appearance of Ella, Etta, and Chris, the first being "Timetagger".
  • This is the second time Rolland got akumatized after "Bakerix". However, unlike the first time, he is turned into a new supervillain identity.
    • Coincidentally, both Rolland's akumatizations are connected to the fact he is attached to the old ways and not able to adapt to the modern world. As Bakerix, he wants to get rid of anything modern and technological. As Simpleman, he wants to simplify anything too complicated.
  • This is the first time a character introduced in Season 3 is reakumatized.
  • Simpleman is the third akumatized villain to have heterochromia, following Frightningale and Reverser.
  • It's revealed that Marinette and Adrien's favorite movie is called "The Umbrellas of Douville".
  • This is the second episode in Season 4 to feature an anime, the first is "Rocketear".
  • It's revealed that Marinette and Rolland are ticklish.
  • It's revealed that Marinette has a pull-down chart with a complicated plan (at least 48 steps) to propose to Adrien.
  • This is one of the few times where people besides the Miraculous holders notice the kwamis, with Manon, Chris, Ella and Etta finding some of the kwamis, thinking of them to be squishies called "kwashies" created by Marinette.
    • This is fourth episode where the kwamis pretend to be toys.
    • This is the second time Marinette pretends the kwamis are squishies.
  • This is one of the many times Marinette's thought process is shown.
    • This is also one of the few times when a thought process is shown more than once.
  • It's revealed that Rolland has a VHS tape of the 1998 World Cup.
  • This is the first time an akumatized villain rejects the name Hawk Moth/Shadow Moth gives them, forcing the latter to come up with one that pleases his victim.
    • Shadow Moth first comes up with "Unravelder" and "Doctor Obsolete".
  • Simpleman's back breaks when he tries to strike a pose, similar to Wang Fu in "Ladybug and Cat Noir" and "Feast".
  • This is one of the many times neither Ladybug nor Cat Noir transform on-screen.
  • This is the second episode of Season 4 where the villain causes a car crash, after "Hack-San".
  • This is the first time Ladybug and Cat Noir decide to go after Shadow Moth directly.
  • In the English dub, the pizza delivery man only hands out veggie pizzas. In the Brazilian Portuguese dub, he hands out mozzarella pizzas.
  • This is one of the few times where someone other than Ladybug comes up with a plan to stop the villain. In this case, Manon, Ella, Etta, and Chris.
  • This is the fifth time where Hawk Moth is affected by his akumatized villains.
  • In one scene when Marinette calls Gina to babysit the kids she says she's in China and met a girl who reminds her of Marinette. It may be possible that Gina met Fei Wu from "Miraculous Shanghai".
  • The way Ladybug used her Lucky Charm is similar to how she used the basketball in "Miraculous Shanghai".
  • This is the first episode where Hawk Moth/Shadow Moth doesn't monologue after the villain's defeat.
  • Because of the simplicity of Simpleman's powers, this is the first time where a villain's akumatization doesn't give them any other subsequent powers, like with the other akumatized villains, as he lacks any enhanced physical abilities and is still affected by his back pains.
    • When people were affected by Simpleman's powers, they are converted to have the minds of children. It's most likely that Manon and her friends, possibly along with all the kids in Paris, couldn't have been affected because they already have child-like minds and on top of that it's unknown if the titular villain's powers would've caused a reverse effect.
  • Chris, who has a major role in the episode, makes his first appearance in "Christmaster", which was aired internationally as the third episode of Season 3. Interestingly, Rolland made his first appearance in "Bakerix", which is the third episode of Season 3 by the production order.
  • This is Rolland's first appearance since his cameo in "Party Crasher".
  • This is one of the several times where both heroes are affected by the villain's powers.
  • This is one of the many times Cat Noir has attempted to use his powers on someone else.
    • Due to him having a child-like mind, Cat Noir had forgotten about the dangers of using his powers on other living beings. However, unlike with the other akumatized villains, as Simpleman lacked any enhanced physical abilities and was still affected by his back pains, if he were struck by the Cataclysm, and something vital was hit, he could've died.
  • Unlike the mind alteration powers of other villains this is first time where the heroes remembered what they did while under the effects.
  • This is the second time where an akumatized villain puts Marinette in danger without knowing it following "Lady Wifi" as both had a connection to Marinette.
  • Like other villains, Simpleman started to act like Hawk Moth as both wanted things to go the way they want but in trying to do so they were unaware of the consequences they caused everyone else.
  • Thomas Astruc has stated on Twitter that this is a meta episode. Rolland's frustration with not being able to understand and adapt to the modern world references some viewers hating the episode because it did not live up to their expectations, and the kids' ingenuity and willingness to learn and teach Rolland references how younger kids are more open to differences and thus understand better compared to older children who, in Thomas' words, are "obsessed with shipping".[4]


  • The speedometer of the helicopter is not moving even before the pilot turns it off.
  • The helicopter falls far too slowly. Additionally, if it fell at a realistic speed, it would be highly unlikely for any passengers to survive.
  • When Ladybug and Cat Noir save the helicopter passengers, none of the characters have shadows.
  • When the kids are explaining their plan, Cat Noir says "Cataclysm" and his power does not activate.
  • At the end of the episode, when Marinette turns her head to look at where she's supposed to be going, her neck turns almost 180 degrees around.


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