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[[caption-width-right:350:Alix, right, and Enak, left.]]

''Alix'' is a French-Belgian comic series created by Jacques Martin in 1948. It may be considered the serious, historically accurate counterpart to the more famous ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'', which it actually predates. It is a classic example of the ''ligne claire'' school popularized by Hergé.

The title character is a young Gaul from the 1st century BCE who, after being captured and enslaved, is adopted by a rich Roman and becomes a Roman citizen himself. He goes through various adventures that take him all over TheRomanRepublic and beyond--at one point, all the way to [[ImperialChina Han Dynasty China]]--and becomes a friend of Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar. His [[SideKick sidekick]] is a teenage Egyptian boy, Enak, and his [[ArchEnemy nemesis]] is a scheming Greek named Arbaces.

In 2012, a sequel series came out titled ''Alix Senator''. As the name implies, it takes place several years later, with Julius Caesar long dead, Alix now a Roman Senator, and Enak having disappeared long ago.


* AnachronismStew: One story has a bunch of philosophers somehow discover that atoms can be used to cause untold destruction. This is said over an image of a mushroom cloud. Then there's the villain's lair with glass windows and the steam-driven propeller ship...
** ... all of which is regarded as incredible progress ("What is this strange thing in your windows?"), and anyway all traces of these advances (including the inventors) is [[StatusQuoIsGod destroyed and forever lost by the end of the book]].
%%* AncientEgypt
%%* AncientGreece
%%* AncientRome
%%* AndroclesLion: See NobleWolf.
* AppeaseTheVolcanoGod: In "Les Proies du Volcan", Alix and Enak come across a primitive island people who practice human sacrifices to a volcano god.
%%* ArchEnemy: Arbaces.
* {{Atlantis}}: Or the descendants of the Atlanteans, rather.
* BittersweetEnding: Many an adventure ends on a bittersweet note.
* ClearMyName: A blond-haired murderer passes himself off as Alix in one story, and of course everyone thinks he did it.
* ChasteHero: Alix sometimes finds himself with women throwing themselves at him (and sometimes seems interested), but he always finds reasons not to pursue. (However, [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks later albums]] get more ambiguous; "La chute d'Icare" never makes it clear whether or not Alix did get it on with Julia, [[GirlOfTheWeek Shallow Love Interest Of The Album]]. By "Roma, Roma", it's only the intervention of Octavian (the future Augustus Caesar) that keeps Alix from getting it on with Octavian's sister Lydia.
** Though by ''Alix Senator'' he has a son, Titus.
* CreatorCameo: Not the creator himself, but in "L'Enfant grec" a supporting character named Numa Sadulus was inspired by a friend of the creator named Numa Sadoul.
* DistressBall: Often picked up by Enak, whom Alix then has to rescue.
* DreamSequence: Alix has a few, sometimes with prophetic elements.
* EvilTwin: Kinda. Arbaces has an identical brother, who is slightly less of an asshole to Alix, but they're still enemies.
* GiveMeASword: Spoken verbatim by Alix as he is surrounded by Spartan soldiers in "Le Dernier Spartiate".
-->''"If you are worth more than the Romans, let me go. If you are worth as much as the Romans, give me a sword. But if you are worth less than the Romans, then KILL ME!"''
%%* GladiatorGames
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Played straight with Alix, who is brave and wholesome to a fault. Well, if you leave out his relationship with Enak, but the latter is a case of DeliberateValuesDissonance.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar, Pompey, Cleopatra and others.
* HumanSacrifice: In "Le Tombeau étrusque", a cult of Baal-worshipers practices human sacrifice.
%%* ImperialChina: Visited (and escaped from) in one episode.
* JamesBondage: Alix is bound to a cross and left for hyenas to feed on in "Le Prince du Nil". He and Enak also find themselves bound to crosses in "O Alexandrie".
* MadeASlave: How Alix ended up in Rome to begin with. Enak is also abducted by Greek slavers in "Le Dernier Spartiate".
* MagicalRealism: Despite the overall realism of the series, paranormal elements occasionally crop up.
* NobleWolf: In "Les Légions perdues", Alix saves a wolf's life. This wolf then repays the kindness by coming to his assistance on several occasions.
* NotQuiteDead: Arbaces [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat seems to die]] [[NoOneShouldSurviveThat at least one]] [[WhyWontYouDie in almost every album he appears in]]. Even when we're ''shown'' [[NeverFoundTheBody the body]] floating up in water.
* PlayingWithFire: A girl Alix meets in Babylon has a number of psychic powers, including pyrokinesis.
%%* SceneryPorn
%%* ShirtlessScene
* SoWhatDoWeDoNow: A group of Trojans obsessed with destroying the preserved, original TrojanHorse. When they succeed, well... A character even comments that there's nothing sadder than warriors with no war to fight.
* SweetPollyOliver: [[spoiler:Archelous in "L'Enfant grec" is a girl, but she passes herself off as a boy.]]
* TheNotLoveInterest: Enak, [[HoYay except, you know...]]
* TrickArrow: An explosive arrow is seen at one point.
* UnwillingSuspension: Happens to Enak on one occasion, with sharp spears planted under him for added effect.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: In the backstory to "La Tiare d'Oribal", it is revealed that [[spoiler:a Persian ruler had his best alchemists come up with a poison that would cause anyone wearing his tiara to go mad, except those using a special antidote. After they designed both the poison and the antidote, the ruler had them all killed so the secret wouldn't transpire.]]

''Alix Senator'' contains examples of:

* ArtisticLicenceHistory: The creators [[http://www.alixsenator.com/encyclopedie.vrai-faux.html list what they made up for the story]] to help the reader. The historical Aggripa did die around the story's time period, just probably not disemboweled by trained eagles.
* TheAtoner: Alix blames himself for Enak's death, and understandably breaks down when he hears Khephren and Titus are in danger.
* AttackAnimal: Aggripa and several Roman politicians are murdered by trained eagles, and their trainer uses swarms of falcons in Egypt.
* BadassArmy: A Roman escort demonstrates how they conquered the world (via superior tactics) against a Spartan horde.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The sequel is a lot darker, with a contemporary art style that doesn't hesitate to show bloody deaths, not to mention Enak having died sometime before and Alix having lost his youthful idealism.
** He no longer hesitates to have a prisoner tortured for information, and gives an enemy a MercyKill after threatening him with a slow death.
* DisappearedDad: Enak is dead (though we don't know why or how), and his son Khephren is raised by Alix alongside his own son Titus.
** The sequel clarifies that Enak died during the battle of Actium. Except he didn't: he ran away to put his wife (one of Cleopatra's handmaidens) and son out of danger, but died without leaving a body, leaving Alix to put up a gravestone and preserving the memory of his friend by omitting his cowardice. [[spoiler:He is, [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt of course,]] still alive, albeit old and not having seen his son in more than ten years.]]
%%* EyepatchOfPower: Heb.
* GenerationXerox: Titus and Khephren seem to have the same type of adventures as their fathers.
* MonumentalDamage: The "mother of pyramids", where [[spoiler:Cesarion]] plots to reconquer Egypt, does not survive the album.
* NoTrueScotsman: Heraklion, a Spartan friend of Alix, is pissed that 300 Spartans set an ambush in a canyon outnumbering Alix and his escort 5 to 1.
--> I know you're not Spartans! You are unworthy of Leonidas! The Persians were 200,000 at Thermopyles! 200,000 not 60!
* PutOnABus: [[spoiler:Enak]] returns to Egypt after his secret is found out.
* RealityEnsues: Turns out [[spoiler:reuniting with the father you thought was dead for ten years doesn't immediately turn you into a happy family again.]]
%%* RetiredBadass: Alix.