Today, Dearest Family aired, making 17 episodes that have aired so far.
So…. a lot of stuff coming up!
Right now, the next episode to air is Glaciator 2.0 this Sunday on Tfou! We also have, as most of you guys know, Ephemeral coming up on November 7th! There’s a ton of other dates though, so pleaseee look at this post to keep up with the schedule!
Other than that, idk what to say! I guess y’all could expect a new Gabriel Agreste date soon, seeing as the episode has just been finished, and ofc I’ll keep y’all updated if anything!
As always, I’ve update my pinned post and the season chronological order is under the cut! I hope y’all enjoyed the ep!
Episodes Aired: Truth, Lies, Gang of Secrets, Mr. Pigeon 72, Furious Fu, Sole Crusher, Queen Banana, Megaleech, Guiltrip, Crocoduel, Optigami, Sentibubbler, Hack San, Rocketear, Wishmaker, Simple Man, Dearest Family
Episodes Left: Psycomedian, Gabriel Agreste, Glaciator 2.0, Qilin, Kuro Neko, Penalteam, Risk, and Strike Back
(Chronological order under cut)
MIRACULOUS LADYBUG SEASON 4 CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
(Episodes with a checkmark have already aired, and episodes with a checkmark AND are in blue have aired in English)
S4E01- Truth ✔️
S4E02- Lies ✔️
S4E03- Gang of Secrets ✔️
S4E04- Mr. Pigeon 72 ✔️
S4E06- Furious Fu ✔️
S4E07- Sole Crusher ✔️
S4E08- Queen Banana ✔️
S4E09- Gabriel Agreste
S4E10- Mega Leech ✔️
S4E11- Guiltrip ✔️
S4E12- Crocoduel ✔️
S4E13- Optigami ✔️
S4E14- Sentibubbler ✔️
S4E15- Glaciator 2.0
S4E16- Hack-San ✔️
S4E17- Rocketear ✔️
S4E18- Wishmaker ✔️
S4E19- Simpleman ✔️
S4E21- Dearest Family ✔️
S4E22- Ephemeral (ep 100!)
S4E23- Kuro Neko
S4E25- Risk - The Last Battle of Shadowmoth pt.1
S4E26- Strike Back - The Last Battle of Shadowmoth pt.2
Why the sentiadrien theory scares us...and why it might actually be the best thing for him..
So when I'm not shit posting on tumblr or flailing about ml with the @gamma-squad, I'm a therapist working with kids Mari and Adrien's age. One of the reasons I was drawn to this show was how amazing it works as a metaphor for mental health and therapeutic healing.
Originally when I heard the sentiadrien theory, I was terrified because with it were all these painful complications I hadn't considered...
But when I really sat down and thought about it, I figured out how if done well sentiadrien has the potential to make Adrien's story more compelling than anything we might have thought... I also find it fascinating how the fandom is reacting to it and how it might be related to the way a fan handles grief, mental health, and the loss of hope.
I wanted to take the time to explore why the sentiadrien hurts some fans so much, to the point where they can't accept it. I also wanted to offer reassurance to those who do, because I truly think the sentiadrien theory is the best theory we have that will allow Adrien to heal and finally be free.
I'm not here to convert anyone into believing this theory, I only want to provide reassurance to those who feel pain because of it.
Disclaimer: I'm a therapist but I am not your therapist. If any of what I say offends you I'm sorry, this does not apply to every fan and is more a hypothesis than anything else. In addition, if you are in need of support please reach out to those around you and get the help you need. I strongly believe that everyone has the opportunity to get better and live their best lives.
But before we can talk about sentiadrien, we have to look at the character Adrien and his impact on his fans.
From the get go, to the fandom Adrien represents sunshine and hope. We literally see Adrien breaking free from his chains and striving for freedom. Whether or not you consider what he's been through as abuse, it's clear he has been craving a better world. Throughout the show, we watch him healing slowly. He makes friends, falls in love, develops new interests, makes jokes and values his time as Chat Noir. I've always thought this show is an excellent metaphor for mental health and the therapeutic journey, and like we can compare Marinette with anxiety and self-esteem issues (i could go into a whole separate analysis on that girl), we can say Adrien is a metaphor for the the struggles people with depression and trauma go through. He represents what happens when someone's mental health is getting better, when someone is starting their therapeutic journey towards healing.
Personally I think season 4 is tackling that last big shackle that traps Adrien. It's painful right now but the end will include Adrien finally being able to share those demons he doesn't know how to share just yet.
Now what does this mean for his fans?
Although not everyone is like this, people often turn to fandom as a way of coping with their own mental health. Seeing a character struggling with their figurative or literal demons and being able to make it out and get their happy ending is very therapeutic. And while most of us don't have a literal supervillain for a dad or dress in a leather catsuit, we can relate to Adrien's worries regarding freedom, being chained, trapped, and that desire to get out, especially those of us who have struggled with depression, emotional abuse, neglect, isolation, etc.
Fans can look to Adrien and identify with him and maybe even rely on him as their emotional support. They find they can relate to him and that he gives them hope it will get better. It happens a lot with a lot of shows but Adrien is sunshine boy who has hard times but can still smile and laugh even though there is still pain, it makes sense to have him as an emotional support character. He represents healing.
"If a character like him can get better, can be free and happy, then I can too."
He represents our hope.
This is where the sentiadrien discourse happens and why i think it provides valuable info for fandom psychology, particularly for fans who are anti-sentiadrien.
Let's consider the way sentimonsters were introduced in the show, created as a tool, an object to be used and discarded. They're different than an akuma which is purified, sentis are taken away and never seen again. We can compare it to those of us striving for freedom, and that fear of never getting it. For example senti-Ladybug, the only senti we have seen be freed from their chains...was destroyed regardless.
The implications of that episode were that even if we can win back control, are we really free? Did we really win? Can we really not be destroyed or can we lose again? This is something I see a lot with those healing from trauma, the fear that their freedom is fleeting.
There's also the whole senti"monster" bit. People don't like hearing they are considered a monster, there are some other implications there as well. But it implies outcast or segregation, discrimination. Plenty of real-world painful concepts in the word itself. To apply it to the character we identify the most with might make us believe that we too are monsters, and that hurts.
A lot of the discomfort also stems from the idea that this would be emotionally crushing for Adrien, and we who can relate to him can empathize almost too much with him.
To have thought you were getting better, improving everyday, having the ability to make your own choices and the chance to be free, then losing it because were you ever really free? All that healing, just to lose again? But the sentiadrien theory implies there is none, that at the end Adrien is going to be controlled and the freedom he worked hard to get is going to go away and he will be back in the dark place he was at the beginning of the show. That is a very real fear a lot of people have. So the theory kinda takes that hope and throws it in the trash
So now we've established that the implication behind sentiadrien can be traumatic and painful, how on earth could it be possible for Adrien to grow from it?
Well first, we need to talk about what it means to heal from trauma.
The way I handle trauma is by helping people reclaim their safety and empowering them, showing them that despite it all they made it through and are tougher than they think.
What that doesn't mean is telling them that their trauma wasn't real, that their feelings aren't valid, that they should forgive their abusers, that their pain and experiences didn't matter. THAT IS NOT WHAT THIS MEANS.
That's also not what the sentiadrien theory means. It doesn't mean that Adrien's experiences were somehow not real. It doesn't mean his abuse wasn't real. It doesn't mean that his feelings are invalid. It doesn't. The way he came into the world might have been different, but at the end of the day, his experiences were REAL.
Even if Adrien is a senti-being, he is STILL Adrien, he will always be sunshine cat boy. He's real.
So now we get to the point of this: Why the sentiadrien theory has some amazing storytelling potential.
I always thought this show was an excellent way to describe mental health and the therapeutic journey in general. (I've used it to describe the CBT triangle with some clients with great success! Let me know if people want to hear about it because seriously it's some amazing comparisons) And sentiadrien is a perfect, real and raw metaphor for healing from trauma.
People think that sentiadrien will erase Adrien's trauma and make him less than a real person, essentially confirming a fan's inner fears that their pain is not real or invalid.
In reality, it would actually do the opposite and empower Adrien.
When working with trauma using TF-CBT, a major component is the use of a trauma narrative where people with PTSD tell the story of their trauma, from their point of view, free of criticism and invalidation. A chance for them to take their story and tell it, their way.
For years, Adrien never had a chance to tell his story, his way. Even if he wasn't a senti-being, he has always been controlled by his dad and probably his mom too. Becoming Chat Noir was Adrien's way of breaking free, but he hasn't dealt with or addressed any of his trauma. It's been pushed to the side, to be dealt with never.
But if he's a senti, he will have to address what happened to him and face the fundamental question he has in season 4: Does he belong, is he needed?
@coccinelle-et-chaton once said it very well: "abuse victims that relate to Adrien already have difficulties legitimizing their own emotions and are constantly double-guessing themselves. The fact that the character you relate to bc of your trauma turns out to be "magic" even though that does not negate his emotions, can elicit a powerful reaction bc deep down you just want to be acknowledged."
And to those who share those sentiments, I want to ask them this: Is your trauma real? And if Adrien is a senti, does that make him any less real?
And the answer is yes, they are.
If the writers can do it (and I actually sincerely think they can), being a senti could mean Adrien learning to take control of himself while dealing with his "trauma", and even eventually reclaiming his life and freedom through getting control of his amok.
Thus showing that despite the trauma and pain and depression and anxiety, he can still live a normal life. He is still real.
That's essentially what treating PTSD is, we cant make the trauma go away but we can take back control, while allowing those who struggle with it to realize their experiences and feelings are real and valid. To show that despite it all, we can live and keep going. And that actually avoiding the trauma or not thinking about it makes the whole situation worse. If Adrien is a senti, he will face that and he will come out stronger for it.
Despite everything, sentiAdrien is inarguably, indelibly real. (Something even Thomas Astruc has discussed in his twitter responses.)
Adrien is real, just like a viewer's trauma and mental health is real.
And that despite it all, even during the hardest and bleakest time, you are real and you can keep living. Your struggles and past are part of you, but they don't define you.
Like how sentiAdrien isn't just a senti, he's a kid, a friend, a hero, and so, so much more. Just like how he is so much more than being a senti, you are so much more than your trauma.
Your trauma doesn't control you, only you can.
Like Adrien if he gets control of his amok.
Picture this, we discover Adrien was a senti,
Created by his parents to be "the perfect son" and it hurts....hurts worse than anything else ever has and ever could.
Every worst fear, that is is replaceable, unimportant, invalid, unneeded, unwanted, come to the forefront of his mind.
But wait...he isn't just a senti...he's a human. He is, he was created to be yes, but he's still a person.
But not just any person, he's a hero. He's Chat Noir, wearer of the black cat miraculous...
And, just like how Mari can use Creation to create anything, Adrien can use destruction to break anything....
Including the magic that binds him to his amok, to his creater, that keeps him from his freedom.
Picture this: Adrien's power-up is what helps him take back control and lets him take control of himself, and his life.
He takes back his own freedom. And proves, most importantly to himself, that he DOES belong. He doesn't need some creator or someone else to tell him that. He can tell himself that, and that's the ONLY voice who matters.
The sentiadrien theory has scary implications and it is painful to think about, but it also has the potential for tremendous growth and healing. In fact, i think sentiadrien would cover multiple mental health avenues and ml has always done a wonderful job with mental health analysis and therapeutic healing.
And our boy is in deep denial mode with his emotions, finding out he's a senti would be super helpful in helping him open the door and start processing them.
It also shows that we don't always get a successful upward curve of progress. Sometimes we have dips and low lows and sometimes we hit rock bottom again. But we get back up, and we keep going and we keep living. We have control of our own destinies and our own lives, and Adrien will too. (Remember: ML is a kids show, we aren't going to have a tragic ending)
But despite it all:
Being a senti-being doesn't make Adrien any less of a character. It doesn't make him less of a person, it doesn't make him someone whose experiences matter any less than Mari or Nino or Gabe or anyone. He is real, just like them. His feelings, his thoughts, his experiences, his pain, his hope, and his dreams matter.
Just like yours do.
Note: please feel free to ask any questions, I love this topic and could talk about ml and mental health for ages. Just remember I'm not your therapist and for true support and care I always recommend going to a pro.
If Marinette were to discover Adrien’s identity first…I don’t think we’ll be getting the Chat Blanc timeline.
Marinette had been completely ignorant of the truth for the majority of their relationship—practically until the bad ending.
Now, why would Adrien choose to keep that secret? Surely, they would have discussed their past feelings. Adrien would have learned about her former crush on him and the irony of the situation.
Nevertheless, he chose not to.
I suspect he knows how much she prioritizes her duties and wielding the ladybug miraculous above personal desires (arguably a lawful good). Despite wanting to reveal her identity to Chat, she has repeatedly repressed those temptations for the greater good.
If she were to learn Adrien’s true identity first, there would be panic.
Her love for him his arguably her greatest weakness—it would compromise their situation. She would probably connect the dots and realize their reveal inevitably led to the apocalypse—her worst nightmare (literally, as seen in “Sentibubbler”). She may reflexively push Adrien away, as she has been doing with Chat throughout season four.
Revealing her identity to Alya was a calculated move—the safest alternative. Consciously or not, Alya is slowly replacing Chat as her source of support/confidant.
If Adrien were to learn any of this, it may turn into a catalyst for their rift.
No but seriously—this might very well be the ladynoir fallout episode. If Adrien discovers the fact that Alya/Rena has functionally replaced him as Ladybug’s source of support, it will crush him.
Alya and Nino sharing their identities was a blow in itself. Imagine, after so many months (years?) spent fighting together, being each other’s point of contact, working as a team—constantly hammered with the risks that an identity reveal poses—it turns out your partner had been lying for a long time and disregarding the rules completely.
Adrien’s fear of abandonment is a reoccurring theme throughout the show. Deprived of contact for the majority of his life, absent father, ‘dead’ mother—these things have strained his duties as Chat Noir. There have been several breaking points in which he nearly gave up entirely.
Now, his fears are confirmed.
Ladybug assured that the guardianship wouldn’t come between them. That he needn’t worry about the intricacies of the miraculous. That she would reach out when necessary.
But she had secretly turned to someone else. Despite the insistence of danger, she shared her identity with someone else. A person more knowledgeable, because they were given access to the information that had been withheld from him. They have access to all of the kwamis and can give input. They are helping Ladybug decode the grimoire. They are researching and making plans with Ladybug to stop Hawkmoth.
She didn’t need him. She didn’t trust him. He wasn’t worthy enough to share her burden.
His intuition had been right all along.
Now she has the audacity to come to him—arguing that a contingency plan is needed for his secret identity—that he alone can’t manage. Insisting they still can’t share, that he must rely on a stranger instead.
Factually, this isn’t the case—Marinette doesn’t believe any of it. She’s stressed, anxious, and struggling with apocalyptic night terrors.
We have literally seen it. Chat Blanc is a constant presence in her mind. We, the audience, have all the context and insight into Marinette’s decision-making.
Adrien doesn’t. From his perspective, this was a betrayal.
The description of “Ephemeral” has me shaking, besties I am not ready—
I was doing some geographic research of Paris for my fic and came across their official site for tourists.
They have a whole page dedicated to the show and???? It’s so adorably detailed?? They talk about various locations that were showcased, but also reference specific episodes. Not just season one either—
A significant moment in the series takes place in Place du Châtelet, at the Fontaine des Victoires (also known as Fontaine du Châtelet and Fontaine des Palmiers). Ladybug kisses Cat Noir in front of this fountain, commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 to provide free drinking water to all Parisians. It is pillar shaped and adorned with sculpted palm leaves, with four sphinxes at its base. The gilded bronze Victory statue on top holding up a laurel crown in either hand was sculpted by Louis-Simon Boizot.
The original statue is now housed in the Musée Carnavalet – maybe because of the damage Guitar Villain inflicted on the fountain when he played his ‘Shocking Riff’ against Cat Noir?
Fontaine des Victoires – place du Châtelet, Paris 1st
The Tour Montparnasse inspired an episode as action-packed as any Hollywood thriller. Adrien’s bodyguard, who has been akumatized into Gorizilla, chases Cat Noir and Ladybug to the top of the 210-metre-high tower offering a spectacular 360° view over Paris. The skyscraper was built on the site of the former Montparnasse station and inaugurated in 1973. Its weight rests on 56 reinforced concrete pillars, buried 70 metres underground.
Tour Montparnasse – rue de l’Arrivée, Paris 15th
Ladybug foils off attacks by three akumas inside the Louvre – Jalil Kubdel, who has transformed into The Pharaoh; The Mime, and Volpina, who creates amazing illusions. The world’s biggest museum was originally a castle built to protect Paris from Norman attacks. Today, it extends over an area of 243,000 m² and displays some 35,000 works. It has 403 rooms, 14.5 km of corridors and 10,000 steps. Stroll around soaking up more than 800 years of history, and do admire the glass and metal pyramid designed by I.M. Pei, where another of Ladybug’s adventures takes place.
Musée du Louvre -Pyramide du Louvre, Paris 1st
The park near the Dupain-Cheng’s bakery was inspired by the Place des Vosges. In the series, the park has a statue of Ladybug and Chat Noir sculpted by the fictional artist Théo Barbot. The real Place des Vosges – the oldest square in Paris – is in the Marais district. It was built in 1605 on the site of a royal palace, the Palais des Tournelles, and indeed initially named Place Royale. It is surrounded by 36 pavilions, all identical except the king’s own pavilion at the southern end and the queen’s at the northern end, both intentionally higher.
Place des Vosges, Paris 4th
When she isn’t busy catching evil akumas sent out by Hawk Moth, Marinette likes meeting up with her friends Alya, Adrien and Nino at ‘Troca’, where she also finds inspiration to design her new outfits. Facing the Eiffel Tower across the river, Trocadéro boasts gardens, ponds and some fine buildings. Start on Place du Trocadéro across from the Palais de Chaillot. From here, you will enjoy one of the loveliest vistas of Paris, and a breathtaking view of the Eiffel Tower.
Le Trocadéro – place du Trocadéro, Paris 16th
Ok, but?? Referencing Nino and Alya too?? Whoever writes/updates the page clearly loves the show. You can read more here.
Chat Noir let out an overly dramatic sigh as Marinette circled around him. She held the end of her tape measure up to his shoulder and gently unfurled it—running her hand down the measure until reaching his waist.
“So—” Chat raised a brow, curiously following her movements and markings, “What are these measurements for, exactly?”
Marinette gave a soft hum before tossing the tape measure over her shoulder and gliding across the room.
“Just a project I’m working on,” she replied nonchalantly, not even bothering with a second glance.
“Oh, it’s top-secret now?” he playfully commented, trailing her strides with his gaze. The question lingered in silence for a few moments. Evidently, the focus was not on him.
“Sure,” she replied, before sitting at her desk.
Chat rolled his eyes. Much to his dismay, Marinette had grown immune to his various attention-seeking methods. He still got a kick whenever he managed to get a rise out of her—but, unfortunately, it took more of an effort. On top of that, she had the tendency to tune the world out the moment a wave of inspiration struck.
Chat Noir sauntered across the room to Marinette’s work station.
Nevertheless, He enjoyed watching her mind at work. It was fascinating really—seeing her bring beautiful sketches to life. Every piece was incredibly unique in its own right, but maintained a distinct Marinette style.
Oddly enough, he learned more about her through his superhero persona than his civilian self. The nightly visits to her room began shortly after the akumatization of Glaciator. They were sporadic at first, occurring once every other week, but became more frequent as the pair grew closer. There was no particular reason for it, he simply enjoyed her company.
Being with her was preferable to the silence of his vast empty bedroom.
He quietly peered over the young designer’s shoulder. She was huddled over a notepad, silently sketching what appeared to be a men’s spring outfit using his measurements.
“Mhm, a little gift for me?” he asked cheekily, examining the sketch. “You’re too kind.”
Marinette paused, then turned to meet his gaze with an unimpressed expression.
“No Chaton, not for you,” her brow furrowed slightly, “I said it’s just a project I’m working on,” she repeated, turning her attention back to the sketch.
“Shouldn’t I be compensated for all the hours of hard labor?” he grinned, despite himself.
Her pencil paused, “Hard labor? Please, you couldn’t hold still for two minutes,” she replied flatly before resuming again.
“Debatable.” he mused, pursing his lips. Unfortunately, she didn’t seem to agree.
“Either way,” Chat casually leaned against the desk beside her, “You must admit, I’m an integral part of the creative process,” he insisted, poking her shoulder repeatedly, “You know you would be lost without me—”
“I find that hard to believe.”
“—and that has to count for something.” he went on, ignoring the statement.
“Touché.” she dismissed, not breaking once to make eye contact.
Chat gasped, “Princess, you can’t be serious. This—”
Marinette finally spun around in her chair to give him an exasperated look.