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Marinette Dupain-Cheng
Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir character
The female protagonist of the series Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir
Marinette in her civilian form
First appearance "Stormy Weather" (2015)
Created by Thomas Astruc
Voiced by
Inspired by Spider-Man
Information
Species
  • Human
    (as Marinette)
  • Ladybug-based superhuman
    (as Ladybug)
Occupation
Family
  • Tom Dupain (father)
  • Sabine Cheng (mother)
Relatives
  • Rolland Dupain
    (paternal grandfather)
  • Gina Dupain
    (paternal grandmother)
  • Wang Cheng
    (maternal great-uncle)
Nationality French-Chinese
Weapon
Home Paris
Abilities
  • Creation

Marinette Dupain-Cheng is a fictional superhero and the female protagonist of the animated television series Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir created by Thomas Astruc. She is depicted as a French-Chinese teenage student who aspires to become a fashion designer and whose parents own a bakery. After she passes the test of Master Fu, the keeper of the magical objects named the Miraculouses, by helping him, Marinette is chosen as a soon-to-be superhero alongside Cat Noir. As a result, she is given a pair of earrings known as the Ladybug Miraculous, which when worn grants Marinette the ability to transform into Ladybug, her superhero alias. Ladybug and Cat Noir's goal is to protect Paris from the villain Hawk Moth and defeat him altogether. Unknown to Marinette, Cat Noir's civilian identity is Adrien Agreste, a classmate whom she has feelings for. As the holder of a Miraculous, Marinette is assisted by a small red creature resembling a ladybug called Tikki, who is a magical being known as a kwami. As Ladybug, Marinette's signature ability is creation. Marinette appears in most Miraculous media, including the main series, the mobile running game, and the comic books.

Marinette's character was inspired by a young woman wearing a ladybug-themed T-shirt who once worked with Astruc. After creating a drawing that portrayed her as a ladybug-themed superhero, Astruc felt this would be a good character, especially as he was not aware of the existence of another ladybug-related superhero. The woman's haircut served as inspiration for Marinette's hairstyle as well. Marinette is voiced by Cristina Vee in the English dub, while Anouck Hautbois voices her in the French version of the series.

Marinette's character has received a generally positive critical response, with writers characterizing her as a role model for viewers and as a great protagonist; both her civilian self and her superhero identity have been praised. Meet-and-greet sessions containing Ladybug have taken place. Several pieces of merchandise based on her, such as accessories, clothing items, and action figures, have been created.

Appearances

In the main series

Marinette is the female protagonist of the Miraculous series. She is a 14 year old girl portrayed as a French-Chinese teenage student from Paris, who wishes to become a fashion designer. Marinette is the daughter of Tom Dupain and Sabine Cheng, granddaughter of Rolland and Gina Dupain, and grandniece of Wang Cheng. Her parents own a bakery. One day, when rushing toward school, Marinette notices an elderly man in danger and immediately saves him. While Marinette is not aware of this at the time, the man is Master Fu, the keeper of the magical objects called the Miraculouses, who has prepared a test in order to find someone deserving of becoming a superhero. Since Marinette has saved him, Master Fu decides to offer her the Ladybug Miraculous, which is a pair of earrings. After Marinette sees the box that contains the earrings and opens it, a creature resembling a ladybug who presents herself as Tikki appears; she is a magical being known as a kwami, who grants Marinette the power to transform into a superhero when wearing the earrings.

When she sees Tikki for the first time, Marinette is afraid of her. She is also not thrilled by the idea of becoming a superhero, and the first time she transforms is by mistake. Nevertheless, she learns how to act as a superhero shortly after that and introduces her superhero alias, Ladybug. Marinette's superhero outfit derives from Tikki's appearance, resembling a ladybug. Marinette is in love with Adrien, a boy from her class whom she gets nervous around. Unknown to Marinette, Adrien is actually her superhero partner, Cat Noir, who fancies Ladybug. Since Marinette is not aware of Cat Noir's civilian identity, she constantly rejects his advances toward her. Ladybug and Cat Noir's objective is to protect Paris from Hawk Moth, a man who has the ability to turn people into supervillains; he wishes to acquire Ladybug's and Cat Noir's Miraculouses, and, unknown to them, is actually Adrien's father. As Ladybug, Marinette becomes more sure of herself. The transformation into Ladybug offers her new abilities. Her signature power is creation, named "Lucky Charm". Ladybug's superhero weapon is a yo-yo.

Marinette has a loving relationship with her parents, and a close bond with Tikki. She also has a mainly positive relationship with her classmates, particularly with her best friend, Alya Césaire; Alya often offers support to Marinette and is there for her when she needs help, and she is a big fan of Ladybug. Marinette also has a close relationship with Luka Couffaine, the older brother of one of her classmates, and a friendly relationship with Nino Lahiffe, who once had a crush on her. At the same time, Marinette does not get along with Chloé Bourgeois, nor with Lila Rossi, both of whom have tried to put Marinette in difficult situations on many occasions.

In other Miraculous media

Besides the main series, Marinette appears in most Miraculous media. She is present in the Christmas special episode, which consists of a musical format. Marinette appears in the special episode set in New York City, and she is also present in the special episode that takes place in Shanghai. She has been featured in the chibi episodes, in the Tales from Paris episodes, and in the Miraculous Secrets episodes. Marinette has appeared in several sequences where she has addressed to the viewers in a direct way, and in a live session sustained on the YouTube account of Disney Channel. She has been part of a video clip promoting proper hygiene among children. Marinette is a playable character in the Miraculous mobile running game. She appears in comic books inspired by the series; she is present in other types of books based on the show as well. Marinette is pictured in the official Miraculous magazine. She will appear in a Miraculous musical film titled Ladybug & Cat Noir Awakening, and in a 2D OVA. Marinette is also depicted in live stage shows, including during a tour.

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