|“||I used to think that maybe [Ladybug] was a scientist who got stung by a radioactive ladybug while strolling at the Cité des Sciences. But the more I think about it, the more I believe it's actually the earrings that help Ladybug to transform, so the whole bug-bite theory kind of went out the window.||„|
|~ Alya, "Ladyblog"|
The Ladybug Miraculous is a magical jewel wielded by the superhero Ladybug and an item featured in the animated series Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir.
The Ladybug Miraculous is connected the kwami Tikki and has been worn by many for years. Whenever Tikki goes inside, it transforms the holder into a ladybug-themed superhero. The wielder can purify an akuma and revert it into a normal butterfly. The Ladybug Miraculous also has incredible powers of speed, endurance, and strength. Its special weapon is an unbreakable yo-yo, which can be utilized as both a weapon and a communicator. Its special superpower is called the Lucky Charm, giving the user the ability to summon a useful object in order to obtain their goal, like defeating a villain.
The jewel is currently owned by Marinette Dupain-Cheng, a student in Miss Bustier's class at Collège Françoise Dupont in Paris, France. But throughout the history of humanity, important women have carried this jewel too, including an ancient chinese Ladybug, Mudekudeku, an ancient egyptian Ladybug, Hippolyta and Jeanne d'Arc.
In general, the earrings are circles with a smooth surface and a silver lining. In charged mode, they become red with five black spots in a quincunx pattern. If a minor is using the miraculous, the earrings start running out of power, they make a beeping sound, and the dots start disappearing one at a time as an indication of how much time (one dot is equivalent to one minute) Marinette (or another Ladybug Miraculous holder) has left.
In its Activated mode, the black dots disappear, making the earrings completely red.
In its camouflage mode, the earrings change in shape and color depending on whose possession it's in:
- In the possession of Marinette Dupain-Cheng, they're completly black.
- When worn by Adrien Agreste, the earrings are silver and flatter than Marinette's.
Powers and Abilities
The Ladybug Miraculous grants its wielder incredible powers of speed, endurance, and strength. Its special weapon is an unbreakable yo-yo, which can be utilized as both a weapon, a communicator, and an object that can be used to breathe underwater. Its special superpower is called the Lucky Charm, giving the user the ability to create a useful arbitrary object in order to obtain their goal, like defeating a villain. As long as the superpower isn't used, the wielder can remain transformed indefinitely. However, as soon as the superpower is used, the wielder loses power and the transformation wears off in about approximately five minutes.The earrings also have the ability to give the wielder the costume they truly desire.
The Ladybug Miraculous can also purify anything “corrupt or malignant”.
Using the yo-yo, the holder traps the infection, an infected creature, or an infected object, so the yo-yo cures it. When the yo-yo opens, the infection is gone, and if there was an infected animal or object, it is healed or clean. The person can use the Miraculous' purification power on various things, like akumas created with the Butterfly Miraculous or an unknown black substance, as seen in fourth issue of Miraculous Adventures.
The other power is the Miraculous Ladybug. If there is damage caused by a villain, Cat Noir's Cataclysm, or any other Miraculous superpower, no matter the amount of damage, the holder throws the Lucky Charm object in the air and says Miraculous Ladybug, the Lucky Charm turns into a swarm of magic ladybugs with restoration power that repair all damage from the recent crisis in an instant. The restoration power is also capable of healing those who are hurt by villains or their own powers, even going as far as to bring people back from non-existence.
If the Ladybug Miraculous and Cat Miraculous are used together while also using a special invocation, the holder will achieve ultimate power. The person wielding them can make a wish that can alter reality. However, because the universe must maintain balance, every action has a reaction; for instance, a wish to become human would result in someone losing their humanity.
The Ladybug and Cat are also more powerful than the rest of the Miraculouses.
- If taken off voluntarily, Tikki will be forced into dormant mode inside the earrings, however if accidentally lost, Tikki will reappear but still be active.
- The Ladybug Miraculous and the Goat Miraculous are so far the only known Miraculouses that have two pieces.