History YMMV / Asterix

3rd Aug '17 8:15:24 AM starofjusticev21
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* GrowingTheBeard: The first three books are decent enough, but Goscinny and Uderzo were still clearly trying to find their feet. The fourth, ''Asterix the Gladiator'' saw a major improvement in both artwork and writing, along with Julius Caesar becoming a much more fleshed-out and interesting villain. A slight slip-back then happened with ''Asterix and the Banquet'', a solid enough story but one that ultimately didn't do much to advance the story or characters, and had little appeal to non-French readers. And then came ''Asterix and Cleopatra'', which saw the artwork and writing both taken to the next level (along with properly introducing Dogmatix), and is still widely considered the best book in the whole series.

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* GrowingTheBeard: The first three books are decent enough, but Goscinny and Uderzo [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness were still clearly trying to find their feet.feet]]. The fourth, ''Asterix the Gladiator'' saw a major improvement in both artwork and writing, along with Julius Caesar becoming a much more fleshed-out and interesting villain. A slight slip-back then happened with ''Asterix and the Banquet'', a solid enough story but one that ultimately didn't do much to advance the story or characters, and had little appeal to non-French readers.readers due to it being a cross-country tour of France with the heroes collecting local delicacies. And then came ''Asterix and Cleopatra'', which saw the artwork and writing both taken to the next level (along with properly introducing Dogmatix), and is still widely considered the best book in the whole series.
3rd Aug '17 8:12:03 AM starofjusticev21
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* BizarroEpisode: ''Asterix and the Falling Sky'' has two kinds of aliens (an {{Expy}} of MickeyMouse and his Franchise/{{Superman}} Expy bodyguards vs {{Manga}}-like insectoids and robots) fight over the right to get the magic potion. And yep, it ends with the good toon-like aliens erasing the villagers' memories of this episode.

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* BizarroEpisode: ''Asterix and the Falling Sky'' has two kinds of aliens (an {{Expy}} of MickeyMouse and his Franchise/{{Superman}} Expy bodyguards vs {{Manga}}-like insectoids and robots) fight over the right to get the magic potion. And yep, it ends with the good toon-like aliens [[LaserGuidedAmnesia erasing the villagers' memories of this episode.episode]].
20th Jun '17 8:07:09 PM grapesandmilk
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** The later Uderzo albums are especially bad at this. In ''Asterix and the Magic Carpet'', half the book focuses on the {{Wacky Wayside Tribe}}s on the magic carpet voyage, which have no relevance to the main plotline other than to stall time.

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** The Some of the later Uderzo albums are especially bad at this. In have this, such as the {{Wacky Wayside Tribe}}s in ''Asterix and the Magic Carpet'', half as well as the book focuses on aforementioned scene in ''Asterix and the {{Wacky Wayside Tribe}}s on the magic carpet voyage, which have no relevance to the main plotline other than to stall time.Actress''.
13th Jun '17 8:47:30 PM nombretomado
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* AuthorTract: ''Asterix and the Goths''. The third book of the series, published a mere 16 years after the end of WW2. Being French and Jewish, Goscinny wasn't too fond of Germans at that time. And therefor, the Goths weren't given a positive portrayal at all.

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* AuthorTract: ''Asterix and the Goths''. The third book of the series, published a mere 16 years after the end of WW2.UsefulNotes/WW2. Being French and Jewish, Goscinny wasn't too fond of Germans at that time. And therefor, the Goths weren't given a positive portrayal at all.
22nd May '17 5:50:46 AM Redmess
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* EarWorm: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shi9C368X0s Pouding à l'arsenic]]", the ImageSong "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwmJt5O4h4YA Astérix Est Là]]" (and for English audiences, "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOsupbl2yX0 The Look Out is Out]]") and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCDbETVmJZk the]] {{Leitmotif}} of ''The Twelve Tasks of Asterix''. From the video game, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6R3hy3dYiw this level music.]] The jaunty opening theme of Asterix the Gaul 1967.

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* EarWorm: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shi9C368X0s Pouding à l'arsenic]]", the ImageSong "[[http://www."[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwmJt5O4h4YA com/watch?v=2Nat0rOEMCA Astérix Est Là]]" (and for English audiences, "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOsupbl2yX0 The Look Out is Out]]") and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCDbETVmJZk the]] {{Leitmotif}} of ''The Twelve Tasks of Asterix''. From the video game, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6R3hy3dYiw this level music.]] The jaunty opening theme of Asterix the Gaul 1967.
10th May '17 5:10:49 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Some albums and adaptations are like this, despite the story being set in the 1st Century BC:
** ''Asterix in Corsica'' references a scandal almost no one remembers now, even in France.
** ''Obelix and co.'' features a character based on Jacques Chirac back when he was a Prime Minister, in 1976; the resemblance is not so striking today.
** The film based on ''Asterix and Cleopatra'' is a major offender today, despite being the best-received of all live-action movies. One example that stands out is a joke about early 2000's cellphones.
17th Feb '17 9:14:30 PM mlsmithca
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* AcceptableTargets: Asterix encounters people of many different nationalities, their idiosyncracies all good-naturedly spoofed. Except in ''Asterix and the Goths'', in which the Goths are depicted as even more villainous than the Romans, not a single one of them possessing any redeeming qualities. Throwing their entire nation into centuries of civil war so they can't invade others is seen as a heroic act. [[note]]Throwing the Goths into war with each other can also be seen as a "funny" explanation as for why Germany wasn't a united country until 1871: they had been too busy fighting each other and creating several tiny princinpalities.[[/note]] This is somewhat understandable though, when you remember that the Goths are early Germans and the comic was written not too long after World War II (and Goscinny was Jewish too). Later appearances by the Goths (for example in ''Asterix the Legionary'') rectified this.

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* AcceptableTargets: Asterix encounters people of many different nationalities, their idiosyncracies all good-naturedly spoofed. Except in ''Asterix and the Goths'', in which the Goths are depicted as even more villainous than the Romans, not a single one of them possessing any redeeming qualities. Throwing their entire nation into centuries of civil war so they can't invade others is seen as a heroic act. [[note]]Throwing the Goths into war with each other can also be seen as a "funny" explanation as for why Germany wasn't a united country until 1871: they had been too busy fighting each other and creating several tiny princinpalities.principalities.[[/note]] This is somewhat understandable though, when you remember that the Goths are early Germans and the comic was written not too long after World War II (and Goscinny was Jewish too). Later appearances by the Goths (for example in ''Asterix the Legionary'') rectified this.



** This is played brutally straight with the Japanese translations of the books, as only two of them were translated into Japanese and they stopped translating the rest afterwards, possibly due of how difficult is to translate French humor to Japanese.

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** This is played brutally straight with the Japanese translations of the books, as only two of them were translated into Japanese and they stopped translating the rest afterwards, possibly due of to how difficult is to translate French humor to Japanese.



** Cacofonix's song in the ''Asterix and the Big Fight'' movie. {{Justified|Trope}}, though, as Getafix was ''[[DisneyAcidSequence absolutely off his gourd]]'' when it happened. Or else, Cacofonix was holding out on the village all this time; [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome he CAN sing decently]]!

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** Cacofonix's song in the ''Asterix and the Big Fight'' movie. {{Justified|Trope}}, though, as Getafix was ''[[DisneyAcidSequence absolutely off his gourd]]'' when it happened. Or else, Cacofonix was holding out on the village all this time; [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic he CAN sing decently]]!



** In ''Asterix and the Magic Carpet'', the characters have arrows shot at them while flying over the city of Tyre, and nobody ever explains why.[[note]]Tyre, in French, is pronounced the same as "tire", meaning "shoot", i.e., shoot arrows.[[/note]]
*** It's more of a BrickJoke for people who have read an earlier Asterix book, the one where they are looking for petroleum in the Middle East. In that one, they are running into several separate ethnic groups (Assyrians, Medes etc.) who invariably greet them with a hail of arrows before apologizing and explaining that they took them for members of another group.

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** In ''Asterix and the Magic Carpet'', the characters have arrows shot at them while flying over the city of Tyre, and nobody ever explains why.[[note]]Tyre, in French, is pronounced the same as "tire", meaning "shoot", i.e., shoot arrows.[[/note]]
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[[/note]] It's more something of a BrickJoke for people who have read an earlier from ''Asterix and the Black Gold'', in which Asterix book, the one where they are looking for petroleum in the Middle East. In that one, they are running and Obelix run into several separate ethnic groups various tribes (Assyrians, Medes etc.) who invariably greet them with a hail of arrows before apologizing and explaining that they took them for members of another group.tribe.



* BizarroEpisode: ''Astérix and the Falling Sky'' has two kinds of aliens (an {{Expy}} of MickeyMouse and his Franchise/{{Superman}} Expy bodyguards vs {{Manga}}-like insectoids and robots) fight over the right to get the magic potion. And yep, it ends with the good toon-like aliens erasing the villagers' memories of this episode.
* CantUnHearIt: French viewers are that accustomed to the comedian that dub Astérix in original versions of AnimatedAdaptation, Roger Carel, that by the time the first-live action movie premiered, a little girl interviewed on her way out the theater remarked : "Asterix does not have his usual voice."

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* BizarroEpisode: ''Astérix ''Asterix and the Falling Sky'' has two kinds of aliens (an {{Expy}} of MickeyMouse and his Franchise/{{Superman}} Expy bodyguards vs {{Manga}}-like insectoids and robots) fight over the right to get the magic potion. And yep, it ends with the good toon-like aliens erasing the villagers' memories of this episode.
* CantUnHearIt: French viewers are that so accustomed to the comedian that dub Astérix dubbed Asterix in original versions of AnimatedAdaptation, Roger Carel, that by the time the first-live action movie premiered, a little girl interviewed on her way out the theater remarked : remarked, "Asterix does not have his usual voice."



** In "Asterix and the Goths", the Romans are worried because the Goths have invaded Galia. Both Goths and Gauls pass the frontier and roam in the forest, and the Romans are completely incapable of doing anything about it.
** In "Asterix at the Olympic Games", the Romans simply want to send a champion to the games and get the glory. When the Gauls find out about the games, they send their own champion, under the pretense that they are allowed to go as Romans because Gaul is part of the Roman World (despite the village obviously resisting the occupation).
** In "Asterix and the Normans", they saw a fight in the beach between Gauls and Normans, and just tried to return to the fort and avoid any problem. The new "by the rules" legionary had them return there and try to stop the fight... with the expected results.
** In fact, the roles are reversed in "Asterix and the Laurel Wreath", where Asterix and Obelix go to Rome and carry out a complex plan to steal Caesar's laurel wreath. The Romans did not do anything, and the Gauls wanted to steal from them. And not for an honorable reason: just for Vitalstatistix to give a TakeThat to his brother-in-law. The death sentence on Asterix and Obelix does not count either: Asterix himself pled to be sent immediately to the Circus for punishment of their crime ([[ItMakesSenseInContext dishonoring a slaver and a slave owner]]... thinking that Caesar would be there, with his laurel wreath.
** Numerusclausus in ''Asterix and the Picts''. The poor guy was just a civilian Roman trying to make a census of the village and the Gauls kept beating him up. They were no sign that the census would have been used for military purposes.

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** In "Asterix ''Asterix and the Goths", Goths'', the Romans are worried because the Goths have invaded Galia. Both Goths and Gauls pass the frontier and roam in the forest, and the Romans are completely incapable of doing anything about it.
** In "Asterix ''Asterix at the Olympic Games", Games'', the Romans simply want to send a champion to the games and get the glory. When the Gauls find out about the games, they send their own champion, under the pretense that they are allowed to go as Romans because Gaul is part of the Roman World (despite the village obviously resisting the occupation).
** In "Asterix ''Asterix and the Normans", Normans'', they saw a fight in the beach between Gauls and Normans, and just tried to return to the fort and avoid any problem. The new "by the rules" legionary had them return there and try to stop the fight... with the expected results.
** In fact, the roles are reversed in "Asterix ''Asterix and the Laurel Wreath", Wreath'', where Asterix and Obelix go to Rome and carry out a complex plan to steal Caesar's laurel wreath. The Romans did not do anything, and the Gauls wanted to steal from them. And not for an honorable reason: just for Vitalstatistix to give a TakeThat to his brother-in-law. The death sentence on Asterix and Obelix does not count either: Asterix himself pled to be sent immediately to the Circus for punishment of their crime ([[ItMakesSenseInContext dishonoring a slaver and a slave owner]]... thinking that Caesar would be there, with his laurel wreath.
** Numerusclausus in ''Asterix and the Picts''. The poor guy was just a civilian Roman trying to make a census of the village and the Gauls kept beating him up. They were no sign signs that the census would have been used for military purposes.



* FunnyAneurysmMoment: ''Asterix and the Black Oil'' has the Romans burning all the petroleum in Palestine so the Gauls can't bring it back home. The book was written in 1981, ten years before an actual military-induced oil fire in the Middle East (the Iraqi troops setting fire on Kuwait's reserves as they left following the GulfWar). There's also a scene where oil is thrown off a boat and hits a bird. While it's a reference to a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amoco_Cadiz_oil_spill spill on the French coast]] in 1978, the seagull covered in oil ends up evoking the ''Exxon Valdez'' in 1989 (and the ''Deepwater Horizon'' 19 years later).

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* FunnyAneurysmMoment: ''Asterix and the Black Oil'' Gold'' has the Romans burning all the petroleum in Palestine so the Gauls can't bring it back home. The book was written in 1981, ten years before an actual military-induced oil fire in the Middle East (the Iraqi troops setting fire on Kuwait's reserves as they left following the GulfWar). There's also a scene where oil is thrown off a boat and hits a bird. While it's a reference to a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amoco_Cadiz_oil_spill spill on the French coast]] in 1978, the seagull covered in oil ends up evoking the ''Exxon Valdez'' in 1989 (and the ''Deepwater Horizon'' 19 years later).



** Permit A 38 from ''The Twelve Tasks of Astérix'', at least in Germany and France.

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** Permit A 38 from ''The Twelve Tasks of Astérix'', Asterix'', at least in Germany and France.



* NightmareFuel: [[NightmareFuel/{{Asterix}} Now has its own page]].
* NoProblemWithLicensedGames: The Creator/{{Konami}} [[VideoGame/{{Asterix}} arcade game]]. The ''Astérix & Obelix XXL'' series was also pretty well received, especially the second game's [[ReferenceOverdosed numerous]] [[ShoutOut/AsterixAndObelixXXL2 Shout-Outs]]. On the other hand, some fans of the original comic book found [[PlayTheGameSkipTheStory the story and humor really weak]] for an ''Astérix'' game and too focused on [[WereStillRelevantDammit pandering to the gamers crowd]].

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* NightmareFuel: [[NightmareFuel/{{Asterix}} Now has its own page]].
* NoProblemWithLicensedGames: The Creator/{{Konami}} [[VideoGame/{{Asterix}} arcade game]]. The ''Astérix ''Asterix & Obelix XXL'' series was also pretty well received, especially the second game's [[ReferenceOverdosed numerous]] [[ShoutOut/AsterixAndObelixXXL2 Shout-Outs]]. On the other hand, some fans of the original comic book found [[PlayTheGameSkipTheStory the story and humor really weak]] for an ''Astérix'' ''Asterix'' game and too focused on [[WereStillRelevantDammit pandering to the gamers crowd]].



* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: ''Asterix and the Great Rescue'', as demonstrated by the WebVideo/JoueurDuGrenier.

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* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: TheProblemWithLicensedGames:
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''Asterix and the Great Rescue'', as demonstrated by the WebVideo/JoueurDuGrenier.



* TearJerker: At one point in ''Asterix in Belgium'' it starts to rain and does not stop for the rest of the album. It is treated as a joke about the Belgian weather, but in RealLife the beginning of the rain marks the point where Goscinny died.

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* TearJerker: At one point in ''Asterix in Belgium'' it starts to rain and does not stop remains grey and overcast for the rest of the album. It is treated as a joke about the Belgian weather, but in RealLife the beginning of the rain marks the point where Goscinny died.



* WinBackTheCrowd: While arguably not among the best albums, ''Asterix and the Picts'' by the new writing team has been praised as a fortunate return to form after [[SeasonalRot Uderzo's late work]], especially the [[JumpsTheShark ''Falling Sky'']]. ''Asterix and the Missing Scroll'' has been received even better as it returns to political satire.

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* WinBackTheCrowd: While arguably not among the best albums, ''Asterix and the Picts'' by the new writing team has been praised as a fortunate return to form after [[SeasonalRot Uderzo's late work]], especially the [[JumpsTheShark ''Falling Sky'']].''[[JumpsTheShark Falling Sky]]''. ''Asterix and the Missing Scroll'' has been received even better as it returns to political satire.



** Even moreso in the case of the Catalan version: since Catalan sounds like a mix between Spanish and French, it's probably the most faithful translation, since lots of puns can be translated more or less directly.

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** Even moreso more so in the case of the Catalan version: since Catalan sounds like a mix between Spanish and French, it's probably the most faithful translation, since lots of puns can be translated more or less directly.
8th Jan '17 1:44:19 PM MagBas
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* JumpingTheShark: Arguably after the death of Goscinny, definitely after ''Asterix and the Falling Sky''. Afterwards Uderzo went into retirement to let Ferri and Conrad create the books. According to fans and critics alike it got better.
19th Dec '16 7:23:07 AM Gosicrystal
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* MagnificentBastard
** Caesar
** Astérix and Getafix often lapse into this territory, too.
** [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Ekonomikrisis]], [[TheMole Dubbelosix]], and Convolvulus all fit the bill as well.
* MemeticMutation

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* MagnificentBastard
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JumpingTheShark: Arguably after the death of Goscinny, definitely after ''Asterix and the Falling Sky''. Afterwards Uderzo went into retirement to let Ferri and Conrad create the books. According to fans and critics alike it got better.
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[[CorruptCorporateExecutive Ekonomikrisis]], [[TheMole Dubbelosix]], and Convolvulus all fit the bill as well.
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* MemeticMutationMemeticMutation:
16th Dec '16 3:01:40 PM Starkiller
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* EarWorm: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shi9C368X0s Pouding à l'arsenic]]", the ImageSong "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwmJt5O4h4YA Astérix Est Là]]" (and for English audiences, "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOsupbl2yX0 The Look Out is Out]]") and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCDbETVmJZk the]] {{Leitmotif}} of ''The Twelve Tasks of Asterix''. From the video game, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6R3hy3dYiw this level music.]]

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* EarWorm: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shi9C368X0s Pouding à l'arsenic]]", the ImageSong "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwmJt5O4h4YA Astérix Est Là]]" (and for English audiences, "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOsupbl2yX0 The Look Out is Out]]") and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCDbETVmJZk the]] {{Leitmotif}} of ''The Twelve Tasks of Asterix''. From the video game, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6R3hy3dYiw this level music.]]]] The jaunty opening theme of Asterix the Gaul 1967.
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