The “Forbidden Love” between Marinette and Adrien
I know this has definitely been talked about a lot, but I feel we need a little refresher of all the reasons behind the narrative that Marinette and Adrien can’t be together and why they’re not true.
Their love didn’t destroy the world
Chat Blanc was wrong when he said “it was our love that did this to the world, M’lady!” No. It was not their love that destroyed the world.
There’s this narrative the show likes to push that these two can’t be together because it’s too dangerous and it’s what destroyed the world. Marinette has continuously thought that she can’t be with Cat Noir for that reason, but she wasn’t given the full story.
The line she should’ve paid attention to was this: “Things were purr-fect until Hawk Moth found out about everything. Once the cat is out of the bag, it’s only a matter of time ‘til everyone knows.”
That was Chat Blanc explaining it was perfect until Hawk Moth found out, but to be fair, this is also a bit vague.
Marinette may not know the full story, because she’s not an omniscient main character and the present version of her didn’t see the timeline where they were together, but we as the audience do. There’s probably people somewhere in the fandom who stand by Marinette in thinking she can’t love Cat Noir, but it’s not true.
You know who caused the world to end? Oh that’s right, Gabriel Agreste. If Gabriel actually cared about Adrien, the love between Marinette and Adrien would’ve lasted.
In Chat Blanc, Gabriel went out of his way to end the relationship between Marinette and Adrien. He purposely did that so he could akumatize Marinette. Then, obviously, Adrien transformed into Cat Noir to save her, but of course he got caught. Yes, he should’ve been careful with that, but also, his father shouldn’t have reacted the way he did when he found this out.
If Gabriel was a good father, he would’ve had that realization that he’s been hurting his own son, having him fight all these villains. He could’ve renounced Nooroo. But nope. He’s the worst father ever and just HAD to manipulate and akumatize his own son.
Fast forward to Ephemeral, Gabriel also mistakenly finds out Adrien is Cat Noir (for the dumbest reason, too!) and repeats that same behavior of manipulating and akumatizing his own son. Adrien wasn’t even jeopardizing his relationship. All he did was call Marinette “M’lady” yet he STILL had to deal with this.
If Gabriel was in jail or in a coma from using too many miraculouses at once, Adrien and Marinette would have a happy relationship! He’s always the root of the problem when Adrien and Marinette tried dating. It’s never been them.
Having romantic feelings isn’t the root of the problems in their relationship as heroic partners
Additionally, in Kuro Neko, Plagg plants the idea in Marinette’s mind that Cat Noir quit just because “she doesn’t love him back,” which is not why he gave up. But, it makes Marinette think that part of them having a healthy partnership might rely on them having a shared romantic interest in each other. As if it’s not possible to have a healthy partnership if she doesn’t like him back romantically. She never learns the real reason is that he was hurt because she didn’t see him as her most important partner, despite being there since day one.
Then, Ladybug develops some feelings for Cat Walker, and she can’t think of a plan to destroy the sentimonster because she’s so distracted by Cat Walker. This further pushes the idea that she can’t love her partner either because then she’ll struggle to focus on the task at hand.
They don’t know why they’ve kissed but they’re always reminded of the times they’ve kissed
All this aside, there’s also the kisses that happened in Dark Cupid and Oblivio. The forgotten kisses.
It wasn’t until Prime Queen that Cat Noir finds out Ladybug kissed him in Dark Cupid. Let alone, he doesn’t even know why that kiss had to happen because he completely forgot about it. Although, admittedly, Ladybug wanted to kiss him, at least a little bit, because it wasn’t necessarily something she had to do. But, again, Cat Noir will never know that.
Then, in Oblivio, they both forget what happens and only see this picture of them kissing. Both of them are pulling their hair out trying to figure out how in the world that kiss happened between them. There’s no way they’ll ever be able to figure out what caused it. No one was watching them prior to.
Glaciator 2 really shows how much it’s gotten to them when Ladybug gets irritated that they were voted Couple of the Year. She has Alya delete all the photos of them off the Ladyblog. Meanwhile, Cat Noir gets so hurt that he feels the need to delete his own photos of Ladybug and destroy the many posters of them scattered around Paris.
It’s sad because these two deserve to be happy together and not feel the need to question their feelings and wonder why having a relationship would be such a bad thing. They’re constantly given these ideas that they can’t be together because it’s too dangerous and causes too many issues (including destroying the world).
Cat Noir is so in love with Ladybug, but she feels the need to push him away. And it’s not necessarily because she doesn’t feel the same way, but because she believes it’s impossible to ever be with him, and potentially risky to even just trust him. It’s so sad. Marinette shouldn’t have to feel like she can’t even trust her own partner.
Chat Noir: From now on, we’ll be using code names. You can address me as EAGLE ONE.
Chat Noir: Ryuuko, code name: BEEN THERE DONE THAT.
Chat Noir: Ladybug is CURRENTLY DOING THAT 💖💖💖
Ladybug *looks into the camera like she's in an episode of The Office but high fives Chat anyway*: 🤔😘😘
Chat Noir: Viperion, you’re IT HAPPENED ONCE IN A DREAM.
Chat Noir: Carapace is IF I HAD TO PICK A DUDE (my dude, hehe get it? 😉).
Chat Noir: And Queen Bee is... EAGLE TWO.
Queen Bee: Oh thank God.
Chat Noir: This is EAGLE ONE. BEEN THERE DONE THAT is leaving the stage; I'D BE LYING IF I HADN'T THOUGHT ABOUT IT is in position 🦊