* MagnificentBastard: Otto Skorzeny. It's amazing how much you'll find yourself rooting for a Nazi commander. [[spoiler:This is until his ridiculous FaceHeelTurn.]]
* ValuesResonance: When the Lizards speak to humans with horror about males who use ginger to get females to mate with them, they are shocked when the humans (men and women) laugh it off. Given the problems with date rape drugs in our society today, modern readers are more likely to sympathize with the Lizards. Eventually, as is evident in ''Homeward Bound'', the humans' sensibilities evolve to match those of the Lizards (as well as modern readers).