You’re perfect and I could never hurt you…!

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EVILLUSTRATOR

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French Villainous Name:
Le Dessinateur
Real Name:
Nathaniel Kurtzberg
Root Cause of Transformation:
Chloé Bourgeois
Item of Transformation:
Tablet Pen
Primary Goal:
Revenge Against Chloé/Have a date with Marinette

Of the akumatized victims of Papillon, the Evillustrator is perhaps one of the select few who are, from beginning to end of being possessed by Papillon’s power, not truly a villain. Of course, his wanting to take revenge on Chloé might come off as villainous to those who have had the great fortune of not having met the arrogant little brat.

Yet despite all of his justifiable rage against her, Nathaniel never allowed his vengeance to go beyond mere pettiness. Considering that she made it a point to embarrass him in front of a classroom of his peers, friends, and budding crush by revealing, and mocking, his illustrations that featured him and Marinette on a few, rather romantic, moments.

What makes Nathaniel a particular akumatized victim of note is that his transformation into Evillustrator was entirely of his own creation, so to speak. Rather, the form that he took and the powers that he had gained were those of his own self-created heroic self. His… hero-sona for lack of a better term and whether because of this form being that of a hero or Nathaniel’s own goodness of heart shining through the akuma’s darkness, he is one of the few to outright standup against Papillon.

He is also one of the few to show the consequences as Papillon makes no qualm of displaying that though the Evillustrator can act as he wishes, it is Papillon himself who holds the strings and can pull on them whenever, and however, he wants.

Also, lest I forget again, the Evillustrator is another example of the Miraculous wielders uncanny ability to identify akumatized victims with the littlest and oftentimes obscurest of details. For the Evillustrator, it was the signature that he placed upon an invitation he gave to Marinette to entice her to accompany him on a birthday date. A signature that, I kid you not, consisted of an exclamation mark in a square.

A signature that Marinette saw once.

There’s lucky, there’s magic, and then there’s Marinette.

Back to the evils of the Evillustrator, the first acts of villainy that he set out to do was to… well, frankly, make Chloé as miserable as he could. From bad hair days to erasing all of her worldly possessions, his reign of terror was curbed only upon being distracted by Marinette and her promise to enjoy an evening of romance with him for his birthday.

His powers are what put him at the top of the middle tier in overall capability but his mindset sticks him down to the bottom tier of actual evil. With pen in hand and tablet on wrist, anything and everything that the Evillustrator draws upon the tablet is made into reality and can even act on its own based on his intent.

Case in point, he created an oversized hairdryer that flew through the air in a relentless pursuit after Chloé. Likewise, the Evillustrator can use his tablet to erase objects within his line of sight, objects that can only be restored by Ladybug’s Miraculous.

The exact limits of the Evillustrator’s illustrations and erasing are never really demonstrated but from what little we do see, it would appear that he is at least limited to creating, and erasing, objects only and the more complex the object is, the more time he needs to illustrate it. The most glaring weakness of his however, and one that earns him the top of the middle tier, is that he cannot utilize his tablet without enough light. If the area he is in is too dark, his powers are useless though anything he has created will still remain.

As I’ve stated above, Nathaniel is not a bad person and even when he was turned into one by Papillon, he showed a remarkable level of self-restraint in concerns to his vengeance on Chloé Bourgeois, which, believe me, is a miracle unto itself. Because if any one of you believes even for a moment that Nathaniel was one of the few to be consumed by the darkness because of a certain blonde-haired witch… You best prepare yourselves to be disappointed again and again.

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The award-winning news story you’ve all been waiting for…!

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LADY WIFI

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Real Name:
Alya Césaire
Root Cause of Transformation:
Chloé Bourgeois
Item of Transformation:
Smartphone
Primary Goal:
To Reveal Ladybug’s Identity to the World

I’ll admit, there had been something of a small suspicion lingering in the back of my mind when it came to akumatized victims of Papillon and it wasn’t until Lady Wifi’s appearance that they were confirmed in full. That suspicion is course the existence, or lack thereof, of a… for lack of a better term, “disguise field.” In the simplest of terms…

It is what prevents most people from recognizing magical heroes despite the fact that said hero wear little to no means of hiding their identities. Case in point, Sailor Moon for example is not only one of the few natural blondes in Japan but one with a very distinctive hairstyle that few, if anyone, actually wears and despite this no one can connect that Usagi “Serena” Tsukino is in fact Sailor Moon.

This is made a bit more obviously later but it plays a crucial plot point in the overall episode as it is the root cause of transformation for Alya, BFF of Marinette, aspiring news journalist, and blogger of the increasingly popular Ladyblog. By pure chance, she happens to notice that Chloé has a yo-yo that looks a lot like Ladybug’s and purposefully breaks into her locker to find it and a matching costume thus leading her to conclude that Chloe and Ladybug are one and the same.

Of course, she’s caught in the act and while the initial punishment was to be detention at the end of the day, both Chloe and her toady, ahem, “best friend” Sabrina use Chloé’s father, mayor of Paris, to push the principal into suspending her for a week.

Severe misuse of educational power aside, Alya… was not entirely innocent here and is made worse upon being transformed into Lady Wifi whom, immediately following a very public but somewhat well deserved dressing down of the school principal, proceeds to Chloé’s home and “unmasks” her as Ladybug seeing as the brat in question was dressed up, and playing make believe, as Ladybug herself.

What makes it particularly telling of the existence of a disguise field is that immediately following this unmasking, Ladybug and Chat Noir arrive on the scene, which causes Lady Wifi to ask, “Who are you?!”

That right there is the biggest piece of evidence yet as despite Chloé and Ladybug being in the same place together, Ladybug’s hair being shorter and far darker than Chloé’s, and even with Chloé right next to her for comparison Lady Wifi didn’t initially believe it.

What makes it all the more obvious of the existence of a disguise field is how much it doesn’t exist for akumatized victims. In point of fact, I’d go so far as to say that it is a polar opposite of the one that protects Ladybug and Chat Noir, making small and less than obvious details stand out like neon signs to the duo both in and out of costume. After all, how else would you explain Ladybug, or Marinette at the time, figuring out Lady Wifi’s identity by the ladybug decoration on her smartphone.

Lady Wifi’s powers make her both extremely powerful and exceedingly weak, putting her in the lower middle class of akumatized victims. With her smartphone in hand, Lady Wifi can whip out various phone icons to differing effects.

The pause icon causes time to freeze upon, or whomever, it is placed upon. The padlock icon can lock doors shut and act as manacles to whatever limb they’re placed on. The fast forward icon can be used as a hover-board though Lady Wifi can utilize cellphones and wifi antennas to teleport, which leads to her glaring weakness.

Without a strong enough wifi signal in her immediate area, Lady Wifi only has access to her typical physical augmentation that most akumatized victims gain and thus can be easily put down by the titular duo. With this obvious, and extremely exploitable, weakness alongside her mindset enhancing her already April O’Neil sense of journalism-versus-safety ratio to the maximum, Lady Wifi is not nor will she ever be, a deadly foe to face.

Especially not when Alya is to become…

Ah, my apologies.

No spoilers.

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Nobody has ever fully deciphered the hieroglyphics…!

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PHAROAH

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Real Name:
Jalil Kubdel
Root Cause of Transformation:
Mr. Kubdel (His Father)
Item of Transformation:
Scarab Amulet
Primary Goal:
To Prove His Theory/To Resurrect His Wife

Now I’ll be fair here and warn the lot of you here and now that this particular villain has earned more than a few bits of soapboxing from me and, for the most part, they are all justifiable. That having been said, let’s get the root cause of Jalil Kubdel’s transformation out of the way.

He’s an idiot.

No. I am not being mean, nor am I trying to simplify his character. He is well and truly an idiot though how much of one depends on whether you subscribe to the original French version or the English one. Either way, as an employee at the Louvre Museum, Jalil’s main passion/specialization is anything and everything to do with Ancient Egypt and is particularly good at translating hieroglyphics.

So good in fact that his common sense goes flying out the window when he translates a scroll that, supposedly, is a means of resurrecting the dead and tries to prove to his father, his boss no less, by trying to grab an ancient scepter and trying to do the spell right then and there.

I… I just… Where do I even start? Alright, let’s go with the plainly obvious almost-crime here. He nearly touched an Ancient Egyptian artifact and, had he succeeded in grabbing it, would have treated it like it was some sort of magical wand. Admittedly, and rather stupidly, said scepter was merely sitting on a display podium with absolutely no other means of stopping anyone from grabbing it but the point still stands! As his father proclaims, at best the two of them would lose their jobs at the museum and at worst… Well, can you say international incident?

To the fantastical side of things… I’ll admit, and I’m sure a great many of you already know or can surmise, I am an avid fan of modern fantasy, ancient myth, and all manners of lore across the ages particularly those focusing on dragons.

Were I in a position to prove their existence to be actual fact instead of myth I would do my absolute best to do so but not without finding out all possible risks because something so utterly earth shattering can very well make such a phrase a reality. In Jalil’s case, I cannot count the number of times I have seen the resurrection of the dead proving to be too high a cost to fulfill.

Admittedly, there may be some hidden motive on the lad’s part, but his reasoning is never stated even when he is ultimately akumatized by Papillon. In point of fact, depending on whether you subscribe to the English or French variation of the show, Jalil’s degree of stupidity is either increased by a significant margin… or Papillon’s degree of power is raised even further.

In the English version, Pharoah, as Papillon so names the transformed Jalil, believes himself to be Tutankhamen and he wants to utilize the papyrus’ spell of resurrection to bring his dead wife, Nefertiti, to life as she had died shortly before he did.

Alright, let me just put this soapbox into place and… Point of order, Tutankhamen’s wife was not Nefertiti, it was Ankhesenamun. Nefertiti was the first wife of his father, Akhenaten. Secondly, Tutankhamen died at the age of eighteen whereas his wife, and half-sister might I add, died at the tender age of twenty-six.

In the French version however, Pharoah actually believes himself to be Akhenaten and is trying to resurrect Nefertiti whom died before him. This is actually true though the exact dates are unfortunately lost to time. This then leads to a rather disturbing possibility that Papillon can, inadvertently, call forth spirits of the departed to empower his victims as Pharoah, either version, recognizes Ladybug as the one whom stopped his first attempt at the spell several millennia ago.

A spell that requires a living sacrifice and exactly one hundred mummies no less, though the mummies themselves seem to act more as channels/servants for the spell, it’s still undeniably creepy.

As Pharaoh, Jalil is able to call upon the gods of Ancient Egypt and (steps back onto soapbox) here is where Jalil proves wholly that he is an incredibly stupid historian of Ancient Egyptian myths.

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By calling upon Thoth, his mask transforms into the face of a baboon and he can create bubbles of altered time, specifically slowed down. Problem is that Thoth, whilst known for having baboon traits on occasion, is more commonly associated with an ibis but, more specifically, is known as the God of Knowledge, Measurements, and Magic. The only, and I do mean only, connection he has to the manipulation of time in any way is the bet he had won with the moon god Khonsu that resulted in an additional five days being added to the calendar.

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Calling upon Sekhmet turns his mask into the visage of a lioness and Pharoah’s already formidable strength increases. This… is somewhat plausible as Sekhmet is a goddess of war and fire, both incredibly powerful forces, but the real nugget comes from her name, which means “the (one who is) powerful.”

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Calling upon Anubis turns his mask into a jackal’s whose gaze shoots forth golden beams of light that instantly turn anyone they hit into a mummy. Anubis is the god of funerary rituals and is one of the chief judges of the dead so it’s not that much of a stretch but for pity’s sake why is it always mummies with anything and everything to do with ancient Egypt? There are more worrying things than a type of undead who, for the most part, can be dealt with by way of fire you know.

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Lastly, by calling for Horus’ wings, Pharoah’s mask becomes that of a falcon and he gains the power of flight. Problem is while Horus is a god of the sky and of kingship, he has never, not once, been depicted with wings save for when he has been depicted fully as a falcon. Still, I’ll give him credit for calling on the god whose dominion includes the entirety of the sky…

Overall, Pharoah is an incredibly dangerous akumatized victim of Papillon and easily resides amongst the top tier. Never mind the possibility that he is either delusional to the point of insanity or is in fact inhabited by the spirit of a long departed ancient king, it is the wide and incredibly diverse abilities that Pharaoh possesses that makes him a deadly force to be reckoned with. After all, we see him only call upon four of the countless gods of Ancient Egypt and believe you me, there are several more whose invocation could very well have done in Ladybug and Chat Noir with ease.

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How much we have in common…

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COPYCAT

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French Villainous Name:
L ‘imposter
Real Name:
Théo Barbot
Root Cause of Transformation:
Chat Noir
Item of Transformation:
Picture of Ladybug
Primary Goal:
To Have Ladybug’s Affections

Through Théo Barbot, we at last get a slight glean to the powers behind the Miraculous users Chat Noir and Ladybug in that he is quite clearly in love with our titular heroine. A titular heroine who is likely half his age though, to be fair to the man of many talents, as his later background roles would attest, he is likely seeing the same illusion that others do of Ladybug and Chat Noir. However, that is an example for a later, more prudent, akumatized victim.

During the events of an unveiling of a statue dedicated to Paris’ heroes, Chat Noir is the only one in attendance and takes quick notice of the sculptor’s obvious affections towards his feminine partner. Feeling foolishly jealous, Chat Noir makes it a point to hint that he and Ladybug are in a romantic relationship, something that Ladybug herself would no doubt have stated otherwise were she there. Unfortunately, she wasn’t and Chat Noir’s words hit straight through Théo’s heart, leading him a ripe and easy target for Papillon’s akuma, turning him into an exact replica of Chat Noir, a… sigh… a literal Copycat.

Copycat is equal parts undeniably weak and incredibly powerful insomuch that, as his name and appearance might imply, he is a picture-perfect duplicate of Chat Noir with all of his powers on the side. This of course leads me to once again question Papillon’s motives considering he literally recreated the flipping Black Cat Miraculous of Destruction.

I mean it was one thing to recreate Chat Noir’s staff and his Miraculous enhanced prowess, which is in turn catlike abilities conformed into a human form (agility, balance, strength, etc.) but Copycat goes a step further in proving that he, like Chat Noir, can access the power of destruction through the aptly named attack, Cataclysm.

However, much like Chat Noir, the use of Cataclysm is not without its own cost. For the real Chat Noir, he would eventually revert back to ordinary Adrien and the same would likely occur to Théo. I say likely because it is never proven outright and it is also highly likely that the use of Cataclysm, and by extension the Power of Destruction, would have ultimately destroyed the akuma possessing Théo.

Yet, despite his clear potential for absolute villainy, Théo’s root cause of transformation is his affection for Ladybug and his ire with Chat Noir. He makes it a point to try and tarnish Chat Noir’s name by stealing the Mona Lisa, which seems to me to be the only painting worth stealing in France given the sheer number of times people keep trying to make off with it. … Back on point though, Théo tries to tarnish Chat Noir’s name in an elaborate scheme to trick Ladybug into thinking he’s the real Chat Noir whilst also capturing Chat and making off with his Miraculous.

Given how easily Ladybug sees through the ploy, and the fact that said ploy was rather tame comparatively, it is because of this that I put Copycat down amongst the bottom tier though he’d be up at the top had he hated Chat Noir a lot more. Being labeled a thief can tarnish one’s name but one that can be easily wiped away but the blackened stain of murder or other horrific crimes… No matter whether one’s innocence is proven without a shadow of a doubt, that is a stigma that will never vanish with time.

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Looks like your out of time…!

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TIMEBREAKER

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French Villainous Name:
Chronogirl
Real Name:
Alix Kubdel
Root Cause of Transformation:
Chloé Bourgeois
Item of Transformation:
Rollerblades
Primary Goal:
To Save Her Family’s Ancestral Watch

Make no mistake, though Alix Kubdel is the shortest person in her class, she has proven to be the deadliest of all akumatized victims, but I’m getting ahead of myself here. Alix’s initial cause of her transformation lies in the accidental destruction of a watch that she received from her father for her birthday.

A watch that, he claims, has been passed down their family for generations but ultimately leaves us with many, many questions. First and foremost, why did he give the watch to Alix in the first place as she is not only his second child but his daughter to boot? True, his relationship with his son is later shown to be a bit… strained, but it just seems rather odd that he would skip over his eldest child in favor of the younger.

Second, and most importantly, what the heck is up with this watch?!

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Do you see that? That, right there, is a holographic image of a woman holding up a clock! In the words of Abridged Cell, where, why, how, I have so many questions! Alix’s dad is so blasé about it too, claiming that their ancestor was “ahead of his time,” which makes me want to rip my hair out in frustration because seriously, what the actual heck?! That’s straight up Doctor Who level of absurdity with time!

… Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system… Alix, not wanting to see her watch damaged in her latest competition/race with her (not her boy)friend Kim, passes the watch to Alya to hold onto but the watch ends up playing a game of musical hands before it ultimately winds up in the hands of the worst of the worst, one Chloé Bourgeois who accidentally activates the watch and… rightfully… freaks out dropping it and watching, with the rest of the class, as Alix inadvertently destroys it by rollerblading over it.

Sensing her rage, Papillon sends an akuma to possess Alix’s rollerblades, transforming her into the super villain Timebreaker whose power is to travel back in time but only when she has the necessary amount of energy.

A moment while I step onto the soapbox again… Papillon. Buddy. Listen. I get that your kwami told you that the Miraculous of Ladybug and Chat Noir represent creation and destruction and that, together, they can make you a veritable god to which I respond with the eloquent question… Aren’t you one already!? For pity’s sake, you created a literal time runner. Admittedly, a majority of Papillon’s victims transform based firstly upon their object of transformation, their root cause of emotional turmoil, and lastly whatever means to enact their desire based on said emotional turmoil but seriously…

Stepping down from the soapbox, I had mentioned that Timebreaker needs fuel in order to traverse back in time. That fuel is, quite literally, the life force of other people whom she absorbs by “tagging” them and wiping them completely out of existence and she does so with a gusto to her entire class, even taking advantage of the kindness of the sweetest, most innocent, girl in her class without any regrets.

It is only when she manages to tag Chat Noir, and thus reigns as the only akumatized victim to successfully kill one of our two titular heroes, that she gains enough power to traverse back in time but only by several minutes.

As I stated earlier, Timebreaker is the deadliest of the akumatized victims of Papillon because she, and she alone, has no qualms with killing people and especially those whom are close to her. Within moments of being transformed, she immediately targeted her classmates to fuel her temporal rollerblades in order to go back in time and stop the destruction of her family’s watch, which, I’m pretty sure, would have led to some sort of temporal paradox but that’s neither here nor there.

Make no mistake, while Timebreaker’s rage had been aimed at her friends and classmates, I do not doubt that she would have utilized anyone to power her rollerblades and given the fact that the average human life force was but a small spark compared to that of Miraculous wielders like Chat Noir… I’ve no doubt that the majority of Paris would have found itself with the fading forms of countless people.

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That’s a real weather girl…

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STORMY WEATHER

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French Villainous Name:
Climatika
Real Name:
Aurore Beauréal
Root Cause of Transformation:
Mireille Caquet
Item of Transformation:
Parasol
Primary Goal:
To Become a Weather Girl

At long last we get to a villain that is actually someone of note and is, hands down, amongst the top tier of akumatized victims of Papillon. Stormy Weather, or Climatika as she’s known in France, was originally an ordinary girl by name of Aurore Beauréal who was part of a competition to become the new weather girl of the television network KIDZ+.

A competition that, by admittance of the host of said competition consisted of over five thousand girls. Unfortunately, despite having a name, outfit, and frankly the stage presence necessary for the role, she lost by a significant margin to her competitor Mireille Caquet.

By the score, 82 to 18, by the jerk of an announcer that it was half-a-million votes.

I mean seriously, who says that to anyone especially someone that, by all rights, really should have won in the first place? From the blatantly obvious naming convention to go on, because seriously Aurore Beauréal? If that’s not a winning name for a weather girl… There’s also the fact that, between the two of them, Aurore took the competition more seriously.

Aside from the accessory and fashion style that fit to the role of being a weather girl, Aurore actually played to her audience as in she openly faced the camera, head held high and with a charming smile on her face whereas her competitor, Mireille, could hardly hold a glance.

That, and honestly, I felt that the competition was somewhat rigged in Mireille’s favor. Consdering that almost immediately following the announcement of her winning, billboards, banners, posters, and even freaking balloons all plastered with Mireille’s face appeared throughout Paris. No way would something like that had been mass produced and implemented without prior knowledge and considering that the votes were supposed to be done “live…”

Upon being transformed into Stormy Weather, the first thing that she did was to trap her competitor in an elevator behind a wall of impossibly thick ice before moving on to rampage across the city. Well, rampage insomuch that she damaged anything and everything that bore Mireille’s face and did not hesitate in unleashing gale force winds or creating massive domes of ice upon those whom clearly favored Mireille over herself.

Following this, it was Papillon himself who had Stormy Weather utilize her powers to pull an Elsa and trap the entirety of France in an eternal winter unless she, and by extension Papillon, receive the Miraculous of Ladybug and Chat Noir. This is no idle threat either as Stormy Weather shows off how utterly easy it is for her to manipulate the weather with little to no visible effort on her part through the use of her parasol.

She can create gale force winds strong enough to send people flying across several blocks while she herself remains untouched, fire bolts of lightning, create storms to encompass an entire country (or so she claimed as we only see the entirety of Paris feel the chill of her blizzard), and create ice that not only is nearly impossible to cut or melt but continues to grow in thickness and further decrease the ambient temperature.

While there is no doubt that Stormy Weather is amidst the top tier of akumatized victims of Papillon as far as overall powers and skills, I also believe her to be on the same tier as the Bubbler as far as overall mindset. Even with her enhanced jealousy and anger towards her loss in the weather girl competition, Aurore did not go out of her way to well and truly hurt anyone, even when she faced the very source of her ire head on and without anyone, our titular heroes included, there to stop her.

True, she did cause an extensive amount of property damage and caused incidental harm to those she trapped in her ice or hurled away with her wind, she did not try to kill them outright and as other, far deadlier, villains like Mr. Freeze have demonstrated, it’s far too easy for a villain, super or otherwise, to kill with complete negligence. Were she of a more deadlier mindset, and fully utilized the full scope of her potential, AKA more lightning less wind and ice, she could have easily overcome Ladybug and Chat Noir.

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Fantastic, dazzling performance…

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MR. PIGEON

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Real Name:
Xavier Ramier
Root Cause of Transformation:
Officer Roger Raincomprix
Item of Transformation:
Bird Whistle
Primary Goal:
To Feed His Pigeons in Peace

Now I know what you all are thinking. Mr. Pigeon? For serious? To that I can only answer with a somewhat resigned yes. Whilst the Bubbler may look and act somewhat childishly, he at least has the excuse of being an actual kid whereas Mr. Pigeon, or Xavier Ramier, has no such excuse going for his admittedly childish rampage of villainy.

For all the villains that are to follow, Xavier Ramier is the only one to not in any fashion be connected to Ladybug or Chat Noir insomuch that he is, quite literally, a wholly innocent bystander that Papillon no doubt picked at random as Chloé Bourgeois was quite tame in her usual behavior that day. Trust me, as these reviews progress, you’ll see how utterly miraculous such a thing actually is in this brat’s case but I digress.

Xavier Ramier’s cause of transformation into a supervillain was due entirely to the rather strict, and frankly over-the-top, actions of police officer Roger Raincomprix whom, upon seeing Ramier feeding the local pigeons at the park, again apparently, confiscates his bird food, kicks him out the park and warns him that he is also been banned from all other parks in Paris and that the rest of the police force is aware of who he is and will be on the look out for him.

Now, I do not doubt that there are rules and laws regarding feeding local wildlife in parks and other areas of recreation but seriously? Banned from every single park in the entirety of Paris? For feeding pigeons and with the reasoning that said pigeons will leave their waste everywhere? I just… They’re pigeons, that’s what they, and most people who see hold even a token of affection for them, do. Though, to be fair, Xavier Ramier’s affections might be a whole well’s worth given his familiarity with certain pigeons and they with him.

Upon being transformed in Mr. Pigeon, he gains a rather interesting power-set. Like the Bubbler, he becomes slightly above the average norm for human prowess but, also, becomes incredibly lightweight due mostly to the fact that he flies by way of whole flocks of pigeons carrying him around. With his whistle, Mr. Pigeon can control and enhance any and all pigeons in the entirety of Paris to a rather disturbing degree. The pigeons gain near human intelligence and can communicate with Mr. Pigeon and are given an absurd amount of resilience such as when a whole flock of them nearly pierce through a metal door. As it was, they left most of their bodies indented in the steel.

I kid you not, he can also command them to… ahem… bombard at will.

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Mr. Pigeon’s overall endgame was ridding the city of Paris of any and all officers of the law so that he may feed his pigeons without any concern. That… is quite possibly the most monumental waste of a villainous plan I’ve ever heard but then the man does love his pigeons so… Nope. It is still a stupid reason to become a pawn of Papillon and a much stupider plan of “vengeance” against those who “wronged” him.

Overall, Mr. Pigeon ranks at the bottom tier of akumatized victims of Papillon and far lower on the grand scheme of villainy. Aside from petty motives and childish revenge scheme, Mr. Pigeon is no melee fighter and his control over his pigeons, while absolute for the most part, fails whenever there happens to be food nearby in which case they will outright abandon and ignore him just to get that last speck of birdseed.

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No chores, no homework, no more nagging, just fun, fun, fun, fun!

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THE BUBBLER

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Real Name:
Nino Lahiffe
Root Cause of Transformation:
Gabriel Agreste
Item of Transformation:
Bubble Wand
Primary Goal:
Throw his best friend the best birthday party

The Bubbler… no matter how many times I say or write that name, it does not fail to make me question the validity of Papillon being a serious threat of any kind and for a multiple reasons. First and foremost, is the root cause of Nino Lahiffe’s transformation, that being the overall jerkiness that is Adrien Agreste’s father, Gabriel Agreste, who even at the best of circumstances can try the patience of the most kindhearted of individuals and whose controlling nature over his son is second to none in most modern works of fiction.

Upon approaching the man, in his own home no less, Nino tried for a fruitless bid at allowing Adrien to celebrate his birthday with a party. Gabriel’s answer was to not only rebuke Nino from ever entering his and Adrien’s home again but to declare him a bad influence over his son and forbade said son from ever interacting with Nino again.

Nino was soon transformed into the Bubbler via an akuma to a bubble wand, an object that he has not utilized since either for fear of the possibility of being akumatized again or simply for the awful memories the object would bring up. Though commanded by Papillon to find and attain the Miraculous of Ladybug and Chat Noir, the Bubbler’s chief goal was to throw the biggest party he could for his friend Adrien whilst simultaneously ridding Paris of every adult.

By trapping them in bubbles and sending them into space.

That is by no means an exaggeration either, that is quite literally what the Bubbler does for his opening act and the only reason that I can fathom for the adults not being killed outright just from oxygen deprivation is because even as a villain, Nino didn’t want the adults dead, just out of the way in the furthest sense possible.

Back to his endgame though, yeah, that’s well and truly all that the Bubbler, or rather Nino, wanted to accomplish and set out to do so at gunpoint, or rather bubble wand point as the case may be. Really, as far as overall endgames go amongst Papillon’s akumas, the Bubbler’s was equal parts stupidly tame and extremely lackluster as his “dearly invited” guests consisted of his and Adrien’s entire class and not the majority of kids in Paris. This in itself is incredibly disheartening in regards to the Bubbler’s villainous potential seeing what he is capable of.

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As the Bubbler, Nino could create bubbles that were night impossible to pop save for Chat Noir’s Cataclysm, which in itself is highly focused entropy AKA absolute destruction in a focused point. The purple ones that he used to capture and send every adult into space were able to swarm and specifically seek out his targets without any conscious control on his part. Red bubbles that can explode upon impact with varying degrees depending on size, and green bubbles that can swarm and combine together into a single massive bubble to trap tougher than the average human adversaries.

On his own, the Bubbler is slightly above the human norm in physical capabilities but all of his powers and abilities lie with his bubble wand. While he can leap amazing distances, he cannot fly or utilize a major his powers without his wand and can easily be taken down almost as soon as it leaves his hands.

On the overall hierarchy of akumas in Miraculous, I’d rate the Bubbler amongst the bottom tier though not outright at the bottom. In point of fact, I’d rank him at the door of mid-tier if his mindset were more villainous. Really, his powers and capabilities make him a very dangerous adversary to face but thanks in no small part to his own exaggerated immaturity and the need to buck against any kind of adult authority, including that of Papillon to a very minute degree, the Bubbler can and had been brought down rather easily all considering.

Do not forget that, had he so desired, he’d have quite literally spaced each and every adult in the entirety of Paris long before Chat Noir or Ladybug could arrive to stop him and, even if they had, there was nothing to prevent the Bubbler from popping his own bubbles and dropping his hostages.

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A Miraculous New Year

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For a long while there has been a recently created animated series that, for lack of a better word, has been nothing short of its namesake of being utterly miraculous. Miraculous: The Tales of Ladybug & Chat Noir or as it’s known in America as Miraculous Ladybug, which in itself I feel is rather degrading to the co-hero of the series, is an animated series whose villains are one of the most unique I’ve ever come across and not because each and every one of them is distinct in power, motivation, and overall endgame.

It is because each and every one of them is a victim. An almost literal slave to the will of the true antagonist of the series Papillon, or Hawk Moth as he’s known in America, who is a fellow Miraculous user much like Ladybug and Chat Noir. However, whereas Ladybug’s powers revolve around astonishingly good luck and creation and Chat Noir’s horrendously bad luck and destruction, Papillon’s allows for the creation of akumas, butterfly-like creatures that seek out people with intense negative emotions and bestow upon them powers to rival those of our titular heroes.

Thus my latest series of reviews until such time as the latest updates to Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios theme parks are revealed in greater detail, I shall be reviewing the super villains of Miraculous. These reviews will focus firstly on the root cause of their transformation, their abilities, and their overall endgame aside from Papillon’s usual demands of attaining the Miraculouses of Ladybug and Chat Noir. With that said, let us begin with an… interesting… villain of the series.

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The second half of Epcot, which generally opens roughly two or so hours after the first half opens though this has been subject to change in a variety of ways, the World Showcase is arguably the most popular section of the park itself. For those who want to tour the world in a single afternoon, I’m afraid you will not find such here because frankly speaking, it is almost impossible to see the entirety of the World Showcase without going at absurd speeds. While not everyone major country is located here, those that are do not fail to delight guests in some fashion or another.

MEXICO
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The only self-contained pavilion in the World Showcase, Mexico’s entrance plays host to a gallery of artwork called “Animales Fantásticos,” which in itself features a lot of sculptured pieces of animal carvings that, frankly, are rather astonishing to behold. Beyond the gallery lies the interior of Mexico which features its sole ride, The Grand Fiesta Tour starring the Three Caballeros. The ride, like a majority of other attractions scattered across the World Showcase, is primarily an advertisement ride of sorts for its respected country but is still a nice relaxing boat ride away from the oppressive Florida sun and offers quite a few unique sights of Mexico.

The shops located in Mexico are little stands that offer a variety of gifts from clothing, to musical instruments, to animal wood carvings. Its primary restaurant, San Angel Inn Restaurante, overlooks the lagoon of the ride with a stunning backdrop of another ancient temple and is actually the sibling restaurant to another of the same name that has been in operation in Mexico since 1692. As of this post, the only character to meet in Mexico is Donald Duck in his Three Caballeros attire.

NORWAY
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Designed to look like a quaint Norwegian village complete with a highly detailed Stave church, Norway’s architecture is based on four distinct styles found in its native land: Setesdal, Bergen, Oslo, and Ålesund. The primary restaurant Akershus features a hot and cold buffet alongside character dining with various Disney Princesses and, like in Mexico, is a sibling to another of its same name in Norway. The shops in Norway are decorated with large wooden trolls, and I do mean actual trolls not like those seen in Frozen, and sell a lot of clothing, candy, and statuettes of ancient Norse gods and trolls.

Its ride, formerly known as Maelstrom, has been revamped into Frozen Ever After where guests go through a quick tour of Arendelle from the humble castle to the troll knoll to Elsa’s illustrious ice palace. This ride has one of the most advanced animatronics I have ever seen and, had I not known otherwise, I’d have thought that Elsa and Anna were being portrayed by actual people. Speaking of the queen and princess, they, and on ocassion Olaf and some vikings, can be found here. More specifically for the royal duo at the Royal Sommerhaus.

CHINA
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China… ah, now here’s a pavilion that never fails to draw my breath away. From the replica of the Temple of Heaven, which hosts the entrance to its sole attraction of Reflections of China, a circular 360° film exploring China’s history and amazing scenery, it holds a museum containing several Chinese artifacts including recreations of the Terracotta Army. The shops in China sell a variety of items including parasols, puppets, housewares, tea sets, wall prints, silk robes, porcelain goods, just to name a few. I personally enjoy perusing through the items that feature the Chinese Zodiac.

The China pavilion hosts two places to dine, the Nine Dragons restaurant that features full-service gourmet food and the counter-service Lotus Blossom Cafe that serves the more commonly recognized American-Chinese cuisine. Not going to lie, the egg rolls at the Lotus Blossom Cafe are to die for. Mushu, Mulan in her various guises, and Shang from the film Mulan can be found here.

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Germany, my ancestral home, at least on my mother’s side of the family, is a pavilion that caters to the old and the young alike though with two entirely different ways. For adults, Germany hosts the Biergarten, a buffet restaurant that celebrates Oktoberfest all year round and features Schnitzel, strudel, and actual German beer, or so my grandfather would always attest. It hosts live entertainment and the drinks are served in one liter steins.

The shops at Germany sell a variety of German goods, including dolls, cuckoo clocks, those little animal figurines that are always so ridiculously detailed/expensive, and stein glasses of all sorts. There’s even a store dedicated to selling Christmas merchandise.

As of this post, there is no ride to be found in Germany though it was priginally intend to host a boat ride along the Rhine river that was to focus on German folklore similar to Norway’s, now former, Maelstrom, the planned attraction failed when  funding was not met and the space has since been made into a storage facility for floats, workshop, and cast member rehearsal space. Snow White and her seven dwarf friends can all be found here.

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Featuring Venetian, Florentine, and Roman architecture, Italy hosts a recreation of St. Mark’s Campanile bell tower and a replica of the Doge’s Palace alongside other hallmarks of Italian artwork and architecture. Musicians, clowns, and acting troupes often appear at the central piazza throughout the day and its shops are most notable in their wares of candy, wine, imported ceramics, and blown glass.

Much like Germany, Ital was intended to host its share of attractions. One was to be a gondola dark ride and the other an exploration of Roman ruins. It wasn’t until 2010 with the addition of the Via Napoli restaurant that Italy’s empty space was at last filled. Speaking of the food, when they say its authentic Neapolitan cuisine, they mean it. The water used to make the dough for the pizzas are imported all the way from Pennsylvania and the ovens are all wood burning ones to pay tribute to the three still active volcanoes in Italty. In point of fact, each of these three ovens are sculpted to possess the face of the god that their corresponding volcano is named for. Geppetto, Pinocchio, and Jiminy Cricket have been known to make appearances here.

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So named for its sole attraction, the American Adventure is a lone building, much like Mexico, designed in the Colonial style of architecture. The lobby is a massive square room that has an oval shaped area in the middle for the Voices of Liberty, an eight member a cappella , to perform. The lobby area also hosts various historical pieces of American history such as the different versions of the American flag, paintings of life, and quotations from many famous American figures.

The attraction itself is an animatronic showing of American history across the years and is hosted, primarily, by Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain. The attraction’s biggest winning moment though is in its song “Golden Dream” that features a series of clips from American history and many historical moments or figures that are recognized almost instantly by all who watch it. The Liberty Inn restaurant features the classical American fast foods of burgers, hotdogs, and other such assortments while the Heritage Manor Gifts features a lot of trinkets that pertain to American history in some manner. There are no set characters for America and those that appear are random at best though it has been noted that Mickey, Donald, and Goofy, dressed in their patriotic finest, do make an appearance on the Fourth of July.

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Hands down my favorite of the country pavilions, and one that my wallet tends to dread the most, the Japan pavilion features an actual torii, pagoda (as seen above), and a replica of a Japanese castle that frequently hosts a variety of displays of Japanese culture, most recently anime.

While it does not host an actual attraction, there has been many that have been considered. One such attraction was an indoor roller coaster akin to the Matterhorn Bobsleds of Disneyland, which since has become the Expedition Everest attraction in the Animal Kingdom theme park. Another was to feature, and I kid you not, freaking Godzilla. Why, oh why, that did not come to fruition, I will forever lament…

Still there are two chief sources of entertainment to be found in Japan. The first, Matsuriza, is a live performance of Taiko drummers and traditional storytellers at the pagoda. The second, Miyuki, is so named for the candy artist Miyuki whose craft involves shaping very soft, but also very hot dough, into intricate shapes and designs. To date, there are only fifteen people who are considered masters of this craft and Miyuki is the only woman amongst them.

The Mitsukoshi department store rightfully earns its name and is one of two existing stores in all of America. Its wares include clothing, bonsai trees, jewelry, books, manga and anime items, and all manner of toys simplistic and complex. For any fan of Japan, this is your store but be warned, all that you’ll find in your wallet afterwards is a gaping hole. As of this post, no Disney characters can be found in Japan though rumors abound of a certain hero team possibly making an appearance in the future…

MOROCCO
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Designed to look like an atypical Moroccan city, the Morocco pavilion is the only pavilion in the World Showcase to have the country’s government aid in its design. No joke, King Hassan II himself sent Moroccan artisans to design and create the many mosaics found in this pavilion and because of the Islamic beliefs on the content of art, these mosaics contain no representations of people in them.

The Fes House is designed to represent the typical Moroccan home and many live plants, including citrus trees, date palms, and olive trees, can be found here. The restaurants here also serve the traditional Moroccan fare including roast lamb, and the shops specialize in rugs, leather goods, and traditional clothing. Aladdin and Jasmine can both be found here.

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Designed to look like a Parisian neighborhood not far from the illustrious Eiffel Tower, France hosts the sole attraction “Impressions de France” which is a film that shows that beauty that is France though I make a fair warning, while the sights are a thing to see the musical score of this film can be a bit too relaxing to keep one awake throughout the show.

The shops in France are most notable in selling perfumes and other goods that can only be found in the country itself and the cuisine… oh man, if you thought the buffet in Germany was a belt buster, you have not seen the delicious delights that is French cuisine, most notably in its deserts. As of this post, Belle and the Beast from Beauty and the Beast, Princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and surprisingly Marie from The Aristocats have been known to make appearances here.

UNITED KINGDOM
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Designed to look like the atypical British village, the United Kingdom plays hosts to the band British Revolution who perform many famous rock covers from such bands as the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and the Rolling Stones, just to name a few. Its primary restaurant, the Rose & Crown Pub is everything its name might imply and has had the recent addition of bangers and mash, as well as fish and chips added to its menu.

The shops at the United Kingdom feature a lot of varying merchandise such as teas, toys, books, and clothing, most notably those pertaining to the Beatles, Paddington Bear, Doctor Who, and more besides. There is one store in particular that features a lot of fine art statues of dragons that took all of my will power not to buy out. Well that and the fact that the Japan pavilion had long since emptied me of coin and bills. There’s even a store dedicated to the research and history behind one’s last name that, admittedly, doesn’t do much for those whose ancestry did not make a home on such soil.

Characters from Alice in Wonderland, most notably Alice and the White Rabbit, as well as Mary Poppins and Winnie the Pooh make frequent appearances here throughout the day.

CANADA
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Like France and China, Canada features a film, aptly named O Canada!, that showcases the Canadian landscape. Admittedly, there was a bit of a scuffle to Canada’s history as, originally, Disney had wanted the Canadian government’s backing for this pavilion but they refused on grounds of how Canada was likely to be portrayed, with the stereotypical lumberjacks and all. Still, it has a fine place to dine in Le Cellier Steakhouse and its shops feature a lot of NHL merchandise alongside Christmas, plush toys, fine wines, and yes, delicious Canadian maple syrup. For reasons that I’ve yet to discover, only the animal characters from Pocahontas and Brother Bear can be found here on occasion.