|Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir character|
Marinette in her civilian form
|First appearance||"Stormy Weather" (2015)|
|Created by||Thomas Astruc|
Marinette Dupain-Cheng is a fictional superhero and the main 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 that 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 future 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. Unknown to Marinette, ladybug girl and merinette has 2 different egos, 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.