Over the last few decades, the medium, that are cartoons, animated TV shows, and anime, changed so much and evolved as time passed. Each decade represents how the media presented their characters and told their stories to the masses. Of course, animated media slowly but surely moved away from the “only-for-children” TV rating and started developing content that any age group could watch. Miraculous Ladybug is one of those animated shows that offers way more than the eye suggests, and Marinette and Adrien’s dynamic glues viewers to their screens.
This article will present you with our picks of the ten best shows, like Miraculous Ladybug, every fan needs to watch – most of them will have a similar theme to the popular French animated show and excellent dynamics between the characters, similar to Marinette and Adrien. We will include anime on this list as well, and if you are interested, stay with us until the end.
1. Avatar: The Last Airbender
What it’s about: We start this article with the regular occurrence on this list, Avatar: The Last Airbender. This animated TV show swept everyone on their feet when it hit our TV screens in 2005. The show follows the adventures of Aang and his friends, who need to stop a maniacal Fire Lord Ozai, the main threat to the Four Nations. Aang needs to fulfill his destiny, learn all nature’s bending and use his powers to save the world from the notorious Fire Nation.
Why you should watch it: The dynamic between the Gaang members is one of the most exciting parts of the show, and their characters are one of the most profoundly written animated characters of all time. The concept of The Last Airbender is what will glue you to the screen, but the characters and story will make you want more. Definitely check out this show after Miraculous Ladybug.
2. Teen Titans
What it’s about: DC Animatied Universe has produced so many amazing cartoons since the 1990s. Batman: Animated Series, Justice League, and others come to mind, but Teen Titans animated TV show is close to the notable bunch. Teen Titans first aired in 2003, and it follows a group of teenage heroes who try to protect the world from evil. The founding members Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Raven, Beast Boy, and Terra quickly became fan favorites.
Why you should watch it: The relationship between the members drove the show and even overshadowed the action scenes, which was a pleasant surprise for one DC-centric project. Teen Titans set the precedence for how superhero cartoons for younger generations should be developed, and Miraculous Ladybug fans will absolutely love it. Also, Robin and Starfire are really adorable.
3. Sailor Moon Crystal
What it’s about: The first Japanese animation on the list belongs to Sailor Moon Crystal. This great show originates from the Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon manga, released in the 1990s. While the manga was airing, the Sailor Moon anime became prominent worldwide and a cultural phenomenon.
Why you should watch it: Sailor Moon Crystal is a reboot of the original anime and is closely related to the manga series. As someone who watched both adaptations, I know each has advantages over the other. Still, in the context of this article, Miraculous Ladybug fans will appreciate the shorter and more faithful adaptation of the original manga series Sailor Moon Crystal offers. However, if you want to experience the charm and anime of the 1990s, definitely check out the original series.
What it’s about: If you think Miraculous Ladybug is the only animated TV show the French have developed in the last few years, then you are wrong. W.I.T.C.H. is a French-American animated TV series based on the Italian comic book of the same name. It follows five girls with magical powers over five main natural elements – Will, Irma, Taranee, Cornelia, and Hay Lin, who use them to fulfill their destiny as Guardians of the Veil.
Why you should watch it: The show was a hit at the beginning of the 2000s and inspired many great European cartoons with supernatural and fantasy thematics, maybe even Miraculous Ladybug in some way.
5. Ben 10
What it’s about: Another 2000s TV show, Ben 10, was at one point one of the most popular Western cartoons. The show follows the story of Ben Tennyson, his cousin Gwen and their grandfather Max, who set on a summer camping trip across the U.S. During the trip, Ben discovers a fallen meteorite with a mysterious watch-like device Omnitrix. The device attaches to Ben’s wrist and allows Ben to transform into ten different unique aliens, each having their own powers, abilities, and looks.
Why you should watch it: This show kickstarted a whole franchise of movies and newer TV shows, which is perfect content for Miraculous Ladybug fans.
6. The Legend of Korra
What it’s about: The Legend of Korra follows the story of Korra, who needs to continue the legacy of previous Avatars, including Aang, and adapt to the new infrastructure of Four Nations that has vastly changed since Aang’s reign as Avatar. Korra has a group of friends that help her protect the world from evil, and on her journey, she goes through obstacles that none of the previous Avatars had before. A truly great sequel to the notable Avatar: The Last Airbender series.
Why you should watch it: The sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, is another show on this list that fans ML and Marinette, and Adrien fans will love. Maybe more mature in some themes; Legend of Korra has a good story, character development, and relationships that will lure in most Miraculous Ladybug fans.
7. Kim Possible
What it’s about: If you are looking for an entertaining and witty animated series, Kim Possible is the one you should check out. This award-winning Disney show first aired in 2002 and became one of the best shows on TV. The TV series follows a teenage crime fighter trying to balance her work, high school, and family life.
Why you should watch it: Kim Possible is one of the staples of female cartoon characters in the 2000s, and the show still holds its own today. ML fans should definitely check out this cool show.
8. Steven Universe
What it’s about: One of the newer shows on this list is Steven Universe. At first, it looks vastly different from Miraculous Ladybug. However, the show follows Steven Universe, a young boy member of Crystal Gems, the magical guardian team trying to protect the Earth.
Why you should watch it: Steven Universe has become culturally significant in the last few years, especially with its characters, voice acting, and immersive story that will attract anyone and glue them to their screens.
9. My Hero Academia
What it’s about: We are back with anime on this list, and Boku no Hero Academia is a show that Miraculous Ladybug fans will like. The anime follows a young boy Izuku Midoriya who wishes to become a hero but has one problem – he doesn’t have a Quirk. Despite his lack of talent, Izuku tries to become like his idol, All Might, who meets the boy and is impressed with his determination. The idol eventually gives his Quirk to Izuku, who then proceeds to be accepted to a special U.A. High School where he learns how to become a true hero.
Why you should watch it: Of course, we could put a lot of anime on this list. Still, Boku no Hero Academia is similar to Miraculous Ladybug in how it presents the protagonists’ journey and their relationship with other characters, which correlates to Marinette and Adrien in Miraculous Ladybug.
10. TrollHunters: Tales of Arcadia
What it’s about: Finally, we end this list with the show, TrollHunters: Tales of Arcadia, which surprised a lot of critics and became one of the best-animated projects of the 2010s. Famous director Guillermo del Toro developed the series that follows the story of James Lake Jr., a teenager who finds a mysterious amulet and a secret dimension populated by trolls. With the help of his friends, James is tasked with protecting the world from mysterious evil forces.
Why you should watch it: The show was positively received by critics and fans when it came out in 2016, and it has multiple seasons and movies attached to its name. Looking for a fantasy setting, a great story, characters, and dynamics that remind you of Marinette and Adrien? Check out this great show.