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Natacha is a Franco-Belgian comic created in 1970 by François Walthéry. The title character is a Sexy Stewardess for a fictional airline (BARDAF) whose adventures tend to revolve, fittingly, around commercial aviation. Her Side Kick is a bumbling and gaffe-prone male flight attendant named Walter.

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  • Action Girl: Natacha knows how to defend herself and doesn't hesitate to attack if her life is at stake.
  • Berserk Button: Walter may be a comic relief goofball, but if anyone ever harm Natacha, he'll go into his Unstoppable Rage and deliver a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to the one foolish enough to harm her.
  • Break Out the Museum Piece: The 25th-century human rebels against robot rule use vintage weapons from the 20th century, pilfered from museums.
  • The Cameo: Natacha has made cameos in Boule et Bill, Doctor Poche, Jeannette Pointu and Rubine.
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  • Catchphrase: Commandant Turbo, who pilots most of the planes Natacha works on, is always saying "J'ai déjà vu ça" ("I've seen that before"). You know a situation is unprecedented when he admits he has not seen that before.
  • Chew Toy: Walter.
  • Creator Cameo: Walthéry appears as himself—along with many other cartoonists of the Dupuis publishing company—in "Les Petits Miquets".
  • Damsel in Distress: Natacha occasionally need rescuing from Walter.
  • Deceptively Human Robot: With their clothes on, the robots in "Instantanés pour CalTech" and "Les Machines incertaines" are wholly undistinguishable from human beings. However, perhaps as a hardwired throwback to their distant origins as mere machines, all of them have an On/Off switch in the middle of the back.
  • Desert Island: Natacha and Walter are stranded on one for several months following a plane crash in "L'Ile d'outre-monde".
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  • Fanservice: During the series' run, you'll see Natacha in her undergarments or in a bikini more than once.
  • The Generalissimo: In "Les Nomades du Ciel", a general-like dictator of an unknown country has been toppled in a popular revolution. All because he made some democratic reforms that proved unpopular. Surprisingly, the general is actually reasonable and kind, if a little eccentric.
  • Identical Grandson: Walter's grandfather looked exactly like him when he was the same age, and likewise Natacha's grandmother.
  • Just Friends: Natacha's relationship with Walter remains stubbornly platonic, even though they behave in all other respects like an old couple.
  • The Klutz: Walter is prone to many accident because of his low dexterity score.
  • Loony Fan: The two bratty little girls in "Les Petits Miquets". They had their rich father abduct their favorite comic book authors and force them to produce an album for each of them. Naturally, they also have a say in the content and demanded a rework more than once.
  • Lost World: Natacha and Walter discover a lost valley in Papua New Guinea populated by dinosaurs of various eras and prehistoric mammals.
  • Marilyn Maneuver: The album cover of the 20th anniversary issue features Natacha both in a Marilyn Maneuver as well as a Shout-Out to Blake and Mortimer's The Yellow M.
  • Meanwhile, in the Future…: In Les machines incertaines, Walter is sent 500 years to the future while Natacha stays in the 20th century. The plot alternates between them, with captions showing "meanwhile, in the 20th century".
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: When tracking down Natacha and Walter, one of Mahmoud Zarrad's soldier fell into a torrent. The mahradjah ordered his men to leave him behind and continue the pursuit. The soldier survived and later help our duo escape.
  • Mood Whiplash: Natacha and Walter are both trapped abroad an airplane that hops around the globe non-stop. When Natacha sees Walter dressed in Hawaiian traditional clothes, she start laughing uncontrollably. Walter calls her out as their situation is dire. Natacha then start crying out of desperation.
  • Naked People Trapped Outside: This happened to Natacha when she was tired and accidentally got out of her hotel room while naked. With no way back inside, she banged on Walter's door for help.
  • Not Quite Dead: In the end of "L'Ile d'outre-monde", the evil ape that was pursuing Natacha and Walter get blown away in an explosion and is eaten by sharks. At the very last page, we hear his roar, hinting that he may yet be alive.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity:
    • In "Un Brin de panique", a terrorist infiltrates the staff onboard the Concorde by pretending to be a klutzy flight attendant.
    • Walter himself. He may be just a goofy flight attendant, but he once served in the army and knows how to use firearms.
  • Persona Non Grata: In "Les Nomades du Ciel", a fallen dictator has been exiled from his country. As a result, he is forced to roam the world on his private airplane as no country wants him in their territory. Everywhere he goes, the general is only allowed to land for refueling and restock his food supply before been forced out of the country at gunpoint.
  • Robot Religion: In the 25th century, robots worship Babbage, Asimov and other prophets of artificial intelligence.
  • San Dimas Time: When Walter returns from an involuntary trip to the 25th century, his absence has lasted the same amount of time he's spent in the future.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In "Le Treizième apôtre", a goon working for an artifact smuggler decide to leave hastily after Natacha and Walter prove too much for them.
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  • Sexy Stewardess: Natacha.
  • Skewed Priorities: While a young child is under attack from ferocious dinosaurs, Walter is too busy filming the whole scene with his camcorder. Natacha calls him out as he should have been picking his rifle and start shooting at the predators.
  • Spoiled Brat: In "Les Petits Miquets", a doting billionaire father indulges his spoiled and bratty daughters by hijacking a planeload of comic book authors, and forcing them at gunpoint to draw a full-length album each for his little darlings. In "Instantanés pour CalTech", Natacha and Walter have to put up with the spoiled sons of an obnoxious passenger. In both instances, the brats get a good spanking.
  • Stock Dinosaurs: All the most popular and common dinosaurs show up in "Natacha et les dinosaures": Tyrannosaurus rex, Apatosaurus, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Pterodactyls, etc. There's even a Dimetrodon (who isn't even a dinosaur) and some prehistoric mammals. They all live in an unreachable valley in Papua New Guinea.
  • Superdickery: One album started with Natacha acting like a plane hijacker. She had no choice, as someone has forced her to perform a heist.
  • Time Travel: "Instantanés pour CalTech" involves UFO's who turn out to be time-travelling spaceships from the 25th century.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: The robots initially created as servants for humans eventually took over every productive aspect of life, leaving a dwindling human population to live in brainwashed idle bliss.
  • Underwater Base: In "Le Treizième apôtre", relic smugglers have set up a hidden base in the wreck of a WW2-era submarine.
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: The exiled General is based of Mehran Karimi Nasseri who lived at Charles De Gaulle airport for 18 years.
  • Weirdness Magnet: The pair attract terrorists, pyromaniacs, smugglers, UFO and other weirdos normal flight attendants wouldn't run into in their regular shift and even during their time off.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Walter is dead afraid of spiders. He isn't phased at all by scorpions however.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: At the end of "L'Ile d'outre-monde", Natacha and Walter are finally rescued by a passing ship. Then the ship, an oil tanker, is set ablaze by a pyromaniac fellow rescuee, and everyone ends up stranded again on the island.