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YMMV: Thorgal
  • Arc Fatigue : One of the major criticism against the relay of the series is that the plot became more episodic and introduced spin-offs with more characters and sideplots (Kriss' redemption quest, a war against a Christian emperor, Louve's adventures, Aaricia's new boyfriend,...) while the main story is already unfinished. For instance Kahaniel's resurrection announced in the 2007 book only happens in 2013.
  • Anvilicious/Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The second book focusing on Kriss gets two: rape is bad, and so are pedophilia and incest.
  • Ass Pull: In the second book focusing on Louve, we learned that Aaricia has a magical collar inherited from her mother. It had never been mentioned in the whole main serie.
  • Broken Base: Louve's new personality in her own spin-off series is ndepending on the fanbase, disastrous or gave her a better status.
    • Kriss' resurrection in her spin-off got mixed reviews.
    • An huge one: Aaricia's behaviour in the third Louve book. She attempts to commit suicide twice when she's driven to believe that Thorgal is dead and then sleep with her Jerk Ass suitor. For some it was an Out of character moment for a strong woman like her.
    • A possibly even bigger one in the 34th album. Thorgal is seduced by the veiled woman he freed from slavery and is strongly implied to have slept with her. Considering how many women Thorgal has rejected over the course of the series (godesses, noblewomen and Kriss of Valnor alike), it seems extremely out of character for him to fall so quickly for a woman he barely knows unless Salouma is more than she appears.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Thorgal's dream in The Island of Frozen Seas.
  • Canon Sue: Thorgal. He may not be a bad character and it can be justified by the mythologic aspect of the series but let see: He's handsome, great warrior, brave and wise. Nearly every women, goddess or mortals, are attracted to him but he remains faithful to his wife (the only time he wasn't it was because he was brainwashed). He has yet no apparent flaws (he's choleric and impulsive in the first albums but this aspects are quickly dropped).
    • His stubborness and lack of pragmatism could be a flaw. This is made clear at the beginning of Kingdom under the Sand. Thorgal's insistence to live as a completely free man (meaning in no place ruled by any ruler) meant he and his family spent a long time aimlessly wandering the world in search of the perfect place to live despite knowing the Vikings pardonned him and would allow his family to return. Aaricia points out that the ideal place to live doesn't exist, but it takes a little while for Thorgal to accept this. Heck, he and his family could have led a very comfortable life on the paradise-like island where Arachnea took place...Thorgal's insistence to neither rule nor be ruled was the only reason they left there.
  • Complete Monster
    • The Fall of Brek Zarith: Shardar is especially nasty, deciding that rather than just surrender his rule to the rightful heir to the throne, it's better to poison his own court and destroy all his treasures, leaving the kingdom bankrupt, hoping that, to restore it, the new ruler will be forced to become as big a tyrant as him, while he escapes and plans to start new conquest, using the psychic powers of the baby he kidnapped.
    • The Guardian of the Keys: Volsung of Nichor, a Dirty Coward introduced and killed in the third album of the series, is brought back to life by evil lesser deity, Nidhogg, who turns him into a perfect doppleganger of Thorgal. The deal is simple - he will seduce another deity who happened to have a soft spot for Thorgal, the titular Guardian, steal her magic belt, and bring it to Nidhogg, who will return him to his real form and grant him new life. Volsung steals the belt, returns to Midgard, kills Thorgal, takes his place, and, using magic powers of the belt, takes over the control of his village, murdering the current chief, rapes his wife, and threatens to smash the head of Thorgal's baby daughter, all to destroy Thorgal's good name and avenge his own death...that he had brought upon himself - Thorgal's only crime was being there when Volsung got himself killed, he hadn't move a finger to help it and couldn't have stop it in any way.
  • Crack Pairing: Vigrid and the Key Guardian in the second album of Louve Who would ever thought?
  • Fanon Discontinuity: The Kingdom under the Sands is by far the least popular album. Besides this, some fans think the series should have ended with the Qa story, the Shaigan story or when Van Hamme gave up the franchise.
  • Foe Yay: Kriss shares lots of it with Aaricia (especially the bathroom scene in Kriss of Valnor).
    • It has also summed up her relationship with Thorgal very well ever since the two met.
  • Growing the Beard: The Black Galley or The Archers to some.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Kriss. Imagine being in love with a married man whom you hate.
  • Older Than They Think: Gandalf-the-mad's name is NOT taken from the Lord of the Rings character. Both characters take name from a dwarf in the Poetic Edda.
  • Only The Creator Does It Right: see Arc Fatigue.
  • Padding: In "The Fall of Brek Zarith", a full page is just about Thorgal meeting a monster armed with a sword, fighting it and killing it. You know, just... for action.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Aaricia in the first few albums was nothing but a shallow damsel in distress and the mess in Three Ancients of the Realm of Aran resulted from a very stupid decision. The Fall of Brek Zarith gave her a strong characterization and finally she Took a Level in Badass in the Qa Story.
  • Tear Jerker: Kriss' backstory. It even makes FREYA cry.
  • The Scrappy: Lundgen.
  • The Untwist: Taljar Sologhonn being Jolan.

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