History ComicStrip / PrinceValiant

6th Dec '17 9:42:59 PM TheMorlock
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* AfterTheEnd: Continental Europe is reduced to a post-apocalyptic wasteland after the fall of the Western Roman Empire.



* HeroicFantasy: Par for the course as an Arthurian romance.



* LowFantasy: Of the historical setting with fantasy elements variety.



* WhileRomeBurns: Val and Aleta's budding relationship has this in spades. First when they have a romantic reunion as the army Val has raised to rescue her tears into the innocent townspeople, then even more literally later when they are far too preoccupied with matrimonial plans to care that the Roman empire is collapsing all around them. They even go so far as to hitch a ride with [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Genseric]] (the barbarian king who lead the sack of Rome) and their wedding is eventually witnessed by the Roman empress who orchestrated the whole thing.

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* VestigialEmpire: The [[ForegoneConclusion inevitable]] eventual fate of the Western Roman Empire.
* WhileRomeBurns: Val and Aleta's budding relationship has this in spades. First when they have a romantic reunion as the army Val has raised to rescue her tears into the innocent townspeople, then even more literally later when they are far too preoccupied with matrimonial plans to care that the Roman empire is collapsing all around them. They even go so far as to hitch a ride with [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Genseric]] (the barbarian king who lead the sack of Rome) and their wedding is eventually witnessed by the Roman empress who orchestrated the whole thing. The narration does not shy away from acknowledging all the bloodshed that occurs as a consequence of Val and Aleta's love.
6th Dec '17 9:33:55 PM TheMorlock
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* CourtlyLove: Val's relationship with Princess Aleta of the the Misty Isles is conducted according to the strictest [[{{Bowdlerise}} Victorian]] understanding of this trope.

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* CourtlyLove: Val's relationship with Princess Aleta of the the Misty Isles is conducted according Parodied in Arf's devotion to the strictest [[{{Bowdlerise}} Victorian]] understanding of this trope.Aleta.
6th Dec '17 9:27:47 PM TheMorlock
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* InterchangeableAsianCultures: The Huns have a pretty bad case of this. Their leader is called a Khan (a Mongol title) and he has what appears to be a Chinese dragon design in his tent.

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* ImprobableAge: Val has certainly accomplished a lot of spectacular deeds and been on many adventures by the time of his 18th birthday.
* InterchangeableAsianCultures: The Huns have a pretty bad case of this. Their leader is called a Khan (a Mongol title) later title used by other steppe peoples like the Mongols) and he has what appears to be a Chinese dragon design in on his tent.throne.



* YellowPeril: The Huns are portrayed as AlwaysChaoticEvil orientalist caricatures who the heroes end up hunting like animals.

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* YellowPeril: The Huns are portrayed as AlwaysChaoticEvil orientalist caricatures ravagers of European civilization who the heroes end up hunting like animals.animals.
6th Dec '17 9:18:17 PM TheMorlock
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* LastStand: The warrior troubadours of Andelkrag pull off a pretty spectacular one against the Huns.
5th Dec '17 7:56:08 AM AbnormalPentatomidae
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* BadassMustache: Given the setting, many characters sport mustaches but Launcelot's in particular stands out.
5th Dec '17 7:54:13 AM AbnormalPentatomidae
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* BeardOfBarbarism: Boltar, Horsa, Genseric and other "barbarian" characters sport some pretty impressive whiskers.
* BarbarianTribe: Val regularly runs into these, especially after the fall of Rome.


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* BarbarianHero: Boltar.
* BarbarianTribe: Val regularly runs into these, especially after the fall of Rome.
* BeardOfBarbarism: Boltar, Horsa, Genseric and other "barbarian" characters sport some pretty impressive whiskers.
5th Dec '17 7:50:34 AM AbnormalPentatomidae
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* BadassBeard: Arthur has a pretty magnificent one. See BeardOfBarbarism for more examples.
* BeardOfBarbarism: Boltar, Horsa, Genseric and other "barbarian" characters sport some pretty impressive whiskers.
2nd Dec '17 11:47:18 PM TheMorlock
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* BloodKnight: Val definitely loves a fight.


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* GuileHero: Aleta in spades, but also Val to a lesser degree: in spite of his chivalrous values and love of fighting, he is just as likely to trick his enemies into killing each other as he is to face them in combat.


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* RealMenLoveJesus: Val, like all the knights of Camelot, is a devout Christian.
2nd Dec '17 11:35:22 PM TheMorlock
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* BarbarianTribe: Val regularly runs into these, especially after the fall of Rome.



* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Figures such as Attila, Genseric, Justinian and Belisarius are incorporated into the [[KingArthur Arthurian]] milieu.
* HornyVikings: Val is a Norseman himself so vikings regularly make appearances, dressed like they stepped right out of a Victorian painting. Other Germanic peoples like Saxons and Vandals often appear in similar attire.

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Figures such as Attila, Genseric, St Patrick, Justinian and Belisarius are incorporated into the [[KingArthur Arthurian]] milieu.
* HordesFromTheEast: The Huns, of course.
* HornyVikings: Val is a Norseman himself so vikings regularly make appearances, dressed like they stepped right out of a Victorian painting. Other Germanic peoples like Saxons Saxons, Goths and Vandals often appear in similar attire.



* RapePillageAndBurn: Heavily implied in Val's assault on the city of Saramand.

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* PrehistoricMonster: Show up from time to time, most famously in the form of plesiosaur-like dragons.
* RapePillageAndBurn: Heavily implied in Val's assault on the city of Saramand. One of the most chilling examples of DeliberateValuesDissonance in the strip.
2nd Dec '17 11:18:13 PM TheMorlock
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Early strips were more fantasy oriented with magic and PrehistoricMonsters frequently being encountered. These elements were downplayed in later strips but still crop up occasionally.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Early strips were more fantasy oriented with magic and PrehistoricMonsters monsters frequently being encountered. These elements were downplayed in later strips but still crop up occasionally.
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