Marichat as mermaids because is still May (Chat looks mossy…. o well, you go catfishmoss boy!)
Marichat as mermaids because is still May (Chat looks mossy…. o well, you go catfishmoss boy!)
I have been living dangerously and saving a draft of each part of my comic as soon as I have even the roughest layout planned out because I like to see how all the pages flow together. The reason it’s dangerous is that I can GUARANTEE one day I will hit the wrong button and you’ll all get an accidental update that looks exactly like this:
I’m rly good at art, you guys.
Read on AO3 instead
“I just don’t know what’s wrong with him lately.”
“Well, your dad was never the most stable dude in the world.”
Chloé couldn’t help sneaking a quick glance at Adrien and Nino over her shoulder. The two of them were sitting side by side as per usual, chit chatting before class began just like everyone else in the classroom. No one else seemed to be paying them any attention, but Chloé sure was. She opened up her literature book and pretended to read it while listening.
“Yeah, but…” Adrien frowned down at his desk. “This is different. He’s ever weirder than normal.”
“Weird how?” Nino said.
“Just like – he’s asked me about five times now if I’ve been in his office. I hate his office. I never go in unless I have to. And then he was asking me all these questions about my mom’s painting…” Adrien sighed.
“That is weird. Why did he care about you being in his office?” Nino asked, to which Adrien shrugged.
“I dunno. Oh, and get this! He even asked me if I had been in his bedroom!” Adrien said, slapping his hand down on the desk.
Nino looked revolted at the very idea. “Why would you be in his bedroom?!”
“I have no idea. It was crazy. I think maybe he misplaced something because he’s been turning the house upside down whenever he thinks I’m not looking. Just… super weird.” Adrien shook his head.
“That’s more than super weird. That’s like… ultra levels of weird,” Nino proclaimed.
“What’s ultra weird?” Alya asked, finally paying attention to the conversation, and Chloé smiled to herself as Adrien started repeating his story to Alya and Marinette.
It was pretty satisfying to hear that Gabriel was going crazy, she had to admit.
Madame Bustier came in to begin class before Adrien could offer up any more details, but that was okay. Chloé waited patiently through the remainder of the afternoon. When class was over, she got up and pulled all her things together just like she normally would. She slung her backpack over one shoulder and followed her classmates out of the room, down the hall, and outside.
“Whoa, hey, isn’t that your cousin, Adrien?” Nino said, elbowing Adrien in the side, and Chloé looked up to see Félix standing near the gates of the school.
Adrien sighed. “Yeah, he’s in town with my aunt for a while. Not sure why.”
Chloé knew why.
“He can’t be here to see me though. I have a Chinese lesson this afternoon and then Fencing practice right after,” Adrien continued, sounding confused.
“He’s here to see me,” Chloé said breezily, thoroughly enjoying the surprised expressions that swung her way.
“You?” Marinette said, somewhere between shocked and challenging.
“People can want to visit me. I know you hate me, but not everyone does,” Chloé said bluntly, pushing her way past Marinette and Adrien. She strode over to Félix.
“I thought we could do a little experimenting today,” Félix said as she reached him. There was a familiar gleam in his eyes that sent a tingle of excitement down Chloé’s spine.
“Absolutely,” she said. “Come on. Let’s go somewhere that the peanut gallery isn’t watching.” She rolled her eyes in the direction of Adrien and her other classmates. Félix snorted and nodded, sweeping his hand out in invitation. Chloé walked past him and he fell into step beside her.
As they went, Chloé reached into her pocket and touched the brooch that lay inside, knowing that Félix had a very similar brooch in his own pocket.
Gabriel was searching for something alright. Adrien would probably never know just what, exactly, his father was missing – or what Nathalie was missing, for that matter. Neither would Ladybug or Chat Noir. It was her own act little act of rebellion: she had always vowed that Hawkmoth would rue the day he’d used his powers to manipulate Chloé Bourgeois.
And now she had proved it.
“Style Queen”’s ending would have been so much more satisfying if Marinette turned down Audrey’s offer not because she felt bad for Chloe and decided to encourage her to “reconcile” with her abusive mom by sacrificing her future, but because having seen and spent time with Audrey made Marinette realize she’s an awful person and toxic boss, and that despite being given the the chance to make her future fashion career, no internship would have been worth it.
Chapter 6 of my work, Short Tails Part 2, is out NOW!
Take this as an apology for missing an update. I need to work on re-scheduling my life since I just had a pretty big move, but hopefully this is enough to satisfy the missing upload ^^
Thanks for reading!
To answer your question about why Chloe stans are so popular, have you ever read William Graham Sumner's essay The Forgotten Man? To paraphrase, when person A sees person X suffering, he talks with person B about how to help X, and the solution is to make person C help. But that makes person C a victim, "the forgotten man". So Chloe is person X, the "initial victim". But Marinette, Zoe, etc. are person Cs, the "victims OF the victim", whose pain must be deliberately forgotten to help person X.
That would work if Chloe wasn't going out of her way to abuse Marinette, Zoe, Sabrina, Alya, and everyone else in the class.
Look, you can say the guy who punched me in the face is being emotionally abused by his parents all you like.
Doesn't stop my nose from bleeding. and saying I’m in the wrong for not letting him punch me in the face to deal with it is stupid.
I have no tolerance for victim blaming.
Been working on trying to come up with a bio/profile for Mateo/Halcyon here so I thought I would share some of the notes and ideas I had. All of it subject to change of course.
- From Spain
- Father is Spanish and mother is French/Spanish
- Father is a wealthy media mogul
- Mother acts as Mateo’s manager
- She is a bit mysterious
- Father knows Gabriel Agreste
- Mateo was pretty much handed everything in his life and didn’t have to work for much
- He gained a lot of fame by winning a televised singing competition (think similar to American Idol)
- There were rumors that the competition was rigged since it ran on his father’s networks
- Mateo himself is actually very talented though
- He just has a bad personality before he improves and his character develops
- His mother knows the Dupain-Chengs but only says that she knows them through family
- Mateo found his miraculous waiting for him one day on his birthday (which did nothing good for his ego)
- Someone left it for him, but he doesn’t know who and doesn’t try to find out
- During his introduction he is working with Hawkmoth but doesn’t seem very genuine about the partnership
- It’s later revealed he was only doing so because of blackmail relating to his parents and he basically doesn’t know what to do about it
- After that he works willingly with Ladybug, Cat Noir, and the others
- He meets Kitty Section through the music scene and Jagged Stone
- Develops a bit of an interest in Luka because of his vibes
- You can call it a crush
The Story being back with putting the D in Dilemma
I feel like we’ve all been here at some point
Official cover for it on Wattpad
most tv shows: have an airing schedule and weekly times that shows air and an often guaranteed return date
Miraculous ladybug: disappears for a year, then suddenly makes an appearance for a few episodes (which are out of order) vanishes for a month then drops a super spoily trailer and then releases the episode from the trailer many weeks later, then announces that an episode will be aired and then puts a previously seen episode up instead and then goes away for like a month.
Chloe from Miraculous Ladybug gets a lot of hate and rightfully so, but she’s not as bad as Lila. I would like to see her get a redemption arc!
Day 5: Control
Taking shelter from todays rain, they were hiding under the leaf, maybe they should have aimed for the bigger leafs.
I do enjoy my phone camera when nice photos appears under good circumstances =3
Bully into friend/lover arcs - how Chloe was robbed
I was just thinking about this. There are so many good ways to write a bully into friend/lover arc. I know a couple, but Chloe Bourgeois was robbed of this because we can’t have nice things can we, Mr. Astruc?
In The Owl House, Amity Blight went from being a school bully to being Luz’s girlfriend, and restoring her friendship with her childhood best friend, Willow. It was so well done, too.
Throughout the series, even after the arc, we see how pressured Amity is by her family. Her parents want her to be a certain way and hold up a “good” reputation. But, Amity wants to be her own person. She cares about Willow, she’s a lesbian and wants to be with Luz, she has her things she enjoys doing (ie working at the library and reading Azura). She doesn’t care about someone being “more powerful” or being a tool in helping her family’s business grow. They even made her changes in hair color represent that, and made her siblings understand her better.
Also notice how it wasn’t super rushed. Willow wasn’t entirely forgiving of Amity right away, it took time to feel okay having her around again and getting Amity to see her as a strong person. Amity also had her chance to ask Luz to prom, but got so scared, and over the course of a few episodes, their feelings for each other blossomed naturally.
There’s also Tyler in Turning Red. He’s this immature kid making fun of Mei, but it’s shown he has no friends. Tyler has all this insecurity in who he is as a person and can’t even have people come to his birthday party without having Mei there to turn into her panda form.
This one also wasn’t super rushed. Mei and her friends agreed to go to this party for the sake of making money, not for Tyler. But they connected dots as soon as they saw him at the 4Town concert, and ran to him. Then, he ends up sticking with the friend group, which was so sweet.
These characters were given reasons for why they became a bully. And you know who else was? Chloe. Their insecurities and upbringing helps the audience understand and connect with these characters, and why they do what they do. This leads me to my next point.
Chloe’s build up
Chloe has a great backstory. Her mom left her and her dad for New York, neglecting them both and having an affair. Meanwhile, her dad is very dismissive and doesn’t know how to be a good parent. He feels the most he can do is buy her whatever she wants. He cares about her, but isn’t good at being an actual dad, moreso just pleasing her impulsive desires.
Chloe also only had one childhood friend, thanks to the parents being friends: Adrien. She’s used to being around not only her rich family, but this one cute boy who also has a rich family. So, her view of other people who don’t live a life of luxury is very warped.
Chloe has this idea that you’re unworthy of being treated well if you’re not super wealthy. The one friend she made at school, Sabrina, is treated as a servant, being ordered to do things for her.
However, deep down, Chloe does care and we started seeing a lot of that at the end of season 1 and in the beginning of season 2. She has a solid enough friendship with Sabrina that she plays dress up with her, and they pretend to be Ladybug and Cat Noir. She cares so much about her friendship with Adrien that she hosted a party and invited all her classmates, just to show she cares. She felt bad about ruining Marinette’s present to Ms. Bustier, enough to apologize and hug it out with her.
Then, we really see how much she cares about her mom in the two part special, when she gets hold of the bee miraculous. She creates a risky scenario to save these people, simply to prove to her mom that she’s “exceptional.” She also wanted to prove herself to her idol, Ladybug. Her mom is shown to be so conceited and neglectful that she can’t even remember Chloe’s name and picked Marinette over her own daughter to come to New York with her. There’s such an emotional scene before her mom gets on the plane, where Chloe cries and says, “why don’t you love me, mom?” Heartbreaking.
There was such a good build up to a potential character arc. So many episodes shined a spotlight on her actions and backstory. The audience could get a good understanding and sympathize for her. But by the time season 3 rolled around, all of that was completely destroyed, as if none of that meant anything.
Thomas knew he wanted her to stay a bully. He selfishly based her off of a nasty ex girlfriend of his. He did the audience so dirty because anyone who wanted a good character arc for Chloe can’t feel that way anymore. She became even more of a brat and didn’t even want Adrien to be her friend anymore in season 4. It’s now too late for her to have any sort of character arc that would actually make sense.
What could’ve been done
If I had overthrown Thomas early on, there are things that could’ve been done to create her character arc.
She could’ve eased up on Marinette after wrecking her present. She knows Ms. Bustier sees the good in her and wants to prove she can change.
She could’ve made more of an effort to be nice to all the classmates, instead of her losing development as soon as the party in Despair Bear was over.
She could start treating Sabrina like a real friend. Hanging out with her more and showing she appreciates her company.
If she proved she can be a good person, she can eventually get the bee miraculous back in her possession, gain Ladybug’s trust.
After proving her worth, Chloe could become Marinette’s friend or at least friendly acquaintance, like Amity with Willow or Tyler with the girls. She could get close with Adrien again and have a more genuine friendship.
Or, if we want to get into lover territory, maybe Marinette feels okay enough to introduce her to Luka or Kagami, and Chloe starts feeling a certain way. Maybe it’s comphet behavior, obsessing over Adrien, because she’s shoving down feelings for girls. Maybe she hasn’t been exposed or understanding enough of other guys who don’t fit the rich boy standard. Either way, having a significant other and/or friends who see the good in her would be so good for Chloe.
She could stand up to her parents about how she needs more love and time with them. How she wants them to be here for her and accept her as a caring person.
Asian Ladybeetle, Harmonia axyridis
The Bubbler is actually one of the best supervillain designs in the show, and definitely the best Ninokuma design.
Imagine Chat Noir accidentally shortening "Order of Our Martyred Lady" to "Order of Our M'Lady" when Miraculous Team is playing in Warhammer 40k
He fucking would.
Sinister Six in a nutshell:
Henry: Your show is cancelled.
Six Queens, getting akumatized: I am sorry… WHAT?!
Mister Luck: *Watching the Queens beating the hell out of Henry* Should we help?
Catastrophe: I would, but… It’s so far away.