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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: The final volume gives a far more positive perspective to the Mad Scientist Xombul who was the Big Bad of the earliest stories. He is literally the only person in Galaxity who understands what Valerian and Laureline have gone through on their adventures, and their final encounter is a friendly one.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Rather downplayed but those who are aware of much material and aesthetics that Star Wars ripped off from Valerian (at least when it started), due to tend to take a harsher look at early Star Wars and George Lucas, especially the latter, given that learning about this is usually the gateway to learning about other media (most notably The Dam Busters) that Lucas all but ripped off to create his masterpiece.
  • Fridge Logic: in On the Frontiers, rogue Earthling Jal rapes Kistna, a member of an alien race endowed with almost god-like powers... which she doesn't use to defend herself.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • It's obviously more prominent in Europe, but fans of Valerian, unsurprisingly, get along very well with Whovians.
    • Though it's an oddball among the Franco Belgian Comics, the fandom gets along very well with those from the more popular comics such as Lucky Luke, Tintin, and Asterix.
  • Growing the Beard: The City of Shifting Waters. So much so that it's always referred to as the first real chapter of the story in the collected editions.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: When the stakes are at their highest, the heroes' Crystal Spires and Togas time travel capable home planet vanishes from the universe before it's revealed to have not been destroyed but merely shunted into a pocket dimension. When it's restored, the heroes decide to leave as they feel out of place. Now keep in mind that the comics are Friendly Fandoms with Doctor Who and remember how the Last Great Time War ended.
  • Seasonal Rot: Your Mileage May Vary when this happens, but at some point after The Rage of Hypsis the series starts getting worse and worse. Valérian & Laureline has always had its share of political commentary and satire, but by the 1990s they have pretty much taken over the series. Instead of portraying cool and otherworldly aliens liked it used to do (remember, this is a series that actually produced its own bestiary), Mézières and Christin start making them into thinly veiled humans. For example, in the last few books we get to see alien gangsters who dress up like Mafiosos and speak Italian, an octopus creature who inexplicably wears a British gentleman's suit, and even a space alien version of Corto Maltese! What's worse, Christin seems to have lost his capability of writing coherently: the plots of the last few albums mostly just have various things happening in succession with little overall rhyme or reason. On top of that, Mézières' art gets more and more cartoonish towards the end of the series. He's still able to draw breathtaking cosmic visions if he wants to (the Wolochs, for example), but many of the supporting alien characters have turned into caricatures of their former selves.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Welcome to Alflolol is grossly unsubtle in its analogies of how Native Americans were treated by European colonizers, and how their descendants are still treated, but that does not diminish the power or the necessity of the message.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Laureline in Welcome to Alflolol. While the Alflololians are getting a raw deal and no one would condemn her sympathy to them, she acts very much like a Spoiled Brat, regarding Valerian as a villain for daring to try and make peace between humans and Alflololians, all the while running himself ragged trying to protect her from the very serious consequences of her poorly thought out actions.
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