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* In comics, this move is most famous for Franchise/{{Batman}}. After the end of the ''Series/{{Batman}}'' TV series, it became apparent the campy tone had burnt out, and DC realized a change was needed quickly. With Denny O'Neil's writing and predominantly Neal Adams's gothic and realistic art, Batman was made a darkly fearsome night stalker much like he was in the original stories before he was softened for kids. Later, in the mid-80s, FrankMiller's ''Comicbook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' overclocked this to dangerous levels.
** The shift also carried over to Batman's RoguesGallery, most notably TheJoker, who had been written as a comical "Clown Prince of Crime", but now returned to his [[MonsterClown psychotic murderous]] roots and building up one of the largest body counts in the DC Universe (only being outdone by alien societies and villains with near-god level power).
** In the '90s the ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} mantle was passed from Barbara Gordon to [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2000}} Cassandra Cain]], a character who came complete with a much darker origin (she's a mute [[{{Tykebomb}} trained from birth to be an assassin]]) and a costume that wouldn't look out of place at a BDSM club. Fortunately, she was written well enough in her own series to not come off as ridiculous.
** [[{{Knightfall}} Bat-Azrael]] was a darker, edgier, more brutish version of Batman, created to show what makes the true Batman ''not'' a vigilante. However, DC was ready to keep Azrael as Batman, if it sold well enough.
** Jason Todd as Batman is similar to Azrael: a thuggish, heavily armored Batman who guns criminals down with his [[GunsAkimbo pair of pistols]]. Fans have taken to calling him "[[FanNickname Gunbats]]".
** From ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'', a number of people might laugh and say that Joker can't possibly achieve this trope at this point. They would be wrong, because his treatment of [[spoiler: Harley Quinn]] is even worse than it was before!
** Not even the mantle of Robin is safe from this "dark and edgy" obsession. Tim Drake whose era as Robin is probably most similar to Dick Grayson, gets replaced by the dark and edgy Damian Wayne. Ironically, Tim Drake was an aversion of this trope by replacing the dark and edgy Jason Todd as Robin and right at the cusp of the Dark Age of Comics no less.
* Indeed, {{The Dark Age|OfComicBooks}} was an instance of this for the entire American ComicBook medium.
** Creator/AlanMoore, who helped begin the trend with ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'', has shown some regrets over this. [[http://www.avclub.com/content/node/24222 "The apocalyptic bleakness of comics over the past 15 years sometimes seems odd to me, because it's like that was a bad mood that I was in 15 years ago."]]
* Speaking of Alan Moore, he actually did a Darker and Edgier reboot of UK superhero [[ComicBook/{{Miracleman}} Marvelman]] as well. What had originally started out as a British Captain Marvel rip-off, turned into a gritty, ''[[Film/TotalRecall1990 Total Recall]]''-ish, what-is-real head trip, that even turned his Freddy Freeman-esque sidekick Kid Marvelman into a violent psychopath.
* The ''{{Transformers Generation 2}}'' comic books, loosed from even the moderate ContractualImmortality restrictions they had been operating under before, promptly started massacring the cast. Issue #1 cover copy: "This is Not Your Father's Autobot." #2: "Fort Max Gets the Ax." #3: "Killing Frenzy." The characters would also kill without hesitation and use guns that weren't their signature weapons.
* Here's one way to kill the party: Turn [[FunPersonified cheerful, bouncy]] Robbie Baldwin from the [[PersonalityPowers playfully heroic]] Speedball into an apparent murderer with a [[{{Angst}} guilt complex]] worthy of Series/{{Angel}}. Now he calls himself Penance, and wears a suit with 612 built-in points of pain, one for each person killed that day. His new powers can only manifest when he is in pain.
** In ''{{Thunderbolts}}'', however, Penance has come to terms with the Stamford incident not being his fault. [[BatmanGambit He reveals to Nitro the real reason for the suit.]] [[spoiler:The suit wasn't for Robbie, although his survivor's guilt led him to wear it [[{{Angst}} as a form of cutting]], it was for Nitro. Robbie captured Nitro in Latveria to punish him for the Stamford incident, put him in the suit and proceeded to beat the CRAP out of him, after which he removes the last spike from his own chest to symbolize that he's freed himself of guilt.]]
** He later returned to the Speedball identity as an instructor at the AvengersAcademy, but retained his more serious demeanor. He left the school after finally coming to terms with the Stamford incident, and has since appeared in ''Comicbook/{{Nova}}'' with his previous cheerful personality restored. He still occasionally uses the Penance helmet though, as it's apparently the only way he can access his pain-based powers.
* Much of Marvel's [[UltimateMarvel Ultimate Universe]] runs in this vein. A stunning amount of the process of its "updating" traditional Marvel characters for the modern era has involved inflating the sex and violence content (e.g. [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk the Hulk]] isn't merely violent or even murderous, but is also [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalistic]]; Quicksilver isn't just [[BigBrotherInstinct very protective]] of his sister the ScarletWitch, but is in a [[BrotherSisterIncest sexual relationship]] with her; [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]] is a genius as expected -- due to a painful cancer-like affliction which has spread brain matter throughout his body and will soon kill him). "Updating" personalities means turning everyone into a complete and utter {{Jerkass}}. ComicBook/SpiderMan largely escaped, but ComicBook/TheAvengers and ComicBook/XMen were all turned into such vile bastards that... well... they wouldn't exactly look out of place on the new ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}''.
** The biggest example of this in the UltimateUniverse is CaptainAmerica, who in the 616-universe is the embodiment of American ideals and values, including but not limited to equality, openness to political discourse, and dedication to international harmony. Ultimate Cap is a sexist hardliner who calls the French cowards. His characterization is more of a {{Deconstruction}} of the original idea: a man who's been frozen in ice since the 1940s and yet ''has'' to be the quintessential American hero for today, despite ''being'' the hero of (and thus holding ideals from) yesterday.
** In ''[[ComicBook/CataclysmTheUltimatesLastStand Cataclysm]]'', it's even lampshaded; with Vision noting the bleaker tone of the Marvel Universe when compared to the 616. [[BigBad Galactus]] also notices it.
* Said Ultimate Universe spread to the 616-universe, as far as evil ComicBook/IronMan and Reed Richards and Comicbook/{{Cyclops}} expelling Xavier from the ComicBook/XMen (even though Cyclops utterly bombed as Top Guy at the school as far as Xavier saving the X-Men's asses during the Messiah Complex X-Over) and starting his own murder squad, a move even ''{{Wolverine}}'' found distasteful and only agreed to lead to try and keep Scott from turning Wolfsbane, {{X-23}}, and Warpath into soulless murderers). Plus the whole "Spider-Man selling his soul" crap.
** The whole "Professor X is no better than {{Magneto}}" creep from the Ultimate to the main universe that was exemplified by ''Deadly Genesis'', where it was [[RetCon revealed]] that Professor X led a team of X-Men to their deaths in rescuing his original team from Krakoa and just mind-wiped everyone into forgetting that it happened and trying again with another new team. And that Professor X later realized that the Danger Room was becoming sentient, but ignored it, leading to Danger being created years later.
** This all came to a head with the finale of ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen'', where Cyclops snapped and killed the Professor while possessed by the Phoenix Force. Now he's on the run with his own team of outlaw X-Men, and has already clashed with the Avengers and his former friends. Fittingly, he and Emma Frost have ditched their old costumes for black leather duds. The ultimate irony is that now Wolverine is the more passive of the two. He's disbanded the X-Force and now runs the Jean Grey School for High Learning, where he trains the next generation of mutants. He's also being depicted as a more traditional superhero in ''ComicBook/UncannyAvengers''.
* A 2004 ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' mini, ''Thundercats: The Return''. Lion-O gets trapped in the Book of Omens for five years, and when he gets out he finds the Thundercats beaten, Bengali killed and enslaved by Mumm-Ra. Like Wilykit and Wilykat. Let's just say that puberty has been good to them, and that Mumm-Ra has the same tailor for his slaves as Jabba the Hutt. There is also implied rape of Cheetara by the Mutants. And then there's Lion-O brutally breaking the neck of an ape mutant.
* Marvel as much as said at the time that the thinking behind [=USAgent=], Comicbook/WarMachine, and Thunderstrike was to have Darker And Edgier versions of ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, ComicBook/IronMan, and TheMightyThor, without losing the originals. There's even a famous ''[[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]]'' cover of the two versions facing off. Though created prior to the decade, they would see their heyday as {{Nineties Anti Hero}}es.
* ''Comicbook/SuperiorSpiderMan'' runs on this trope. The plot involves Otto Octavius becoming the new Spider-Man after [[GrandTheftMe stealing Peter Parker's body]], and taking up his predecessor's war on crime while ignoring his ThouShaltNotKill rule. He's more vicious, brutal, and [[InsufferableGenius condescending]] than Peter, and even sports a black and red outfit in contrast to Spidey's classic, colorful duds.
** Fun fact, [[RetCanon the costume was originally designed by Alex Ross for the first]] SamRaimi ''Film/SpiderMan'' movie. The suit was mostly black because Ross felt it'd make the outfit [[MovieSuperheroesWearBlack more serious and realistic]].
* TheDCU's PostCrisis universe was so grim, it supposedly drove the SilverAge-inspired Superboy-Prime crazy -- causing him to become a mass-murdering fanatic and perhaps the darkest and edgiest DC character of all time.
** One of the flashpoint events leading to this was WonderWoman's killing of BigBad Maxwell Lord.
** The Superboy-Prime saga, which climaxed in ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', was followed by an even darker and edger storyline called ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'', and also saw the relaunching of numerous series with a generally darker tone. A prime example is ''ComicBook/{{Checkmate}}''; issue #1 featured a team of superpowered spies infiltrating a Kobra base and leaving no survivors (with the BadAss heroine of the series, Sasha Bordeaux, shooting the Kobra BigBad dead, execution style). The series muted its violence considerably after the first half-dozen issues.
** While not generally darker and edgier as a whole, the ComicBook/{{New 52}} titles are divided into groups, such as "Batman", "Superman", "Justice League", etc. Two of the groups are known as "The Dark" (supernatural titles) and "The Edge" (titles about anti-heroes).
*** Blue Beetle was originally a fun book that didn't take itself too seriously - for example, the scarab was played as a HeroicComedicSociopath. In the {{New 52}}, it was initially just [[SociopathicHero a sociopath]], and Jaime couldn't rein it in as much as he used to at first.
*** A literal version shows in ''TeenTitans'', with the character Solstice. Prior to the New 52, she was a cheerful girl [[LightEmUp light powers]]. Afterwards, she had a permanently inhuman appearance and [[CastingAShadow shadow powers]]. In addition, [[spoiler:Kid Flash has become a murderous rebel leader from the future, Raven is secretly working for her demon father, Wonder Girl now gets her powers from an ArtifactOfDoom, and Superboy is the clone of Superman and Lois Lane's evil son from the future]].
*** [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Billy Batson]] has become a little brat from losing his parents. While he has still shown a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold hidden heart of gold]], it's still jarring for readers used to seeing him as more of TheCape than Superman.
* ''{{X-Force}}'' demonstrated the trope more than once:
** The original ''X-Force'' book was a Darker and Edgier version of ''NewMutants''.
** The 2008 ''X-Force'' series starred a team led by Wolverine, functioning as the X-Men "black ops" team. [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/7d/X-Force-1-cover.jpg Where everyone wears black leather and has red eyes, and there is much growling and slashing had by all]]. Or in other words, it was a Darker and Edgier version of an already Darker and Edgier book! The book sometimes reached StealthParody levels, or occasionally overt self-parody, as with a reprint of the first three issues with a variant cover showing [[http://forums.comicbookresources.com/showthread.php?t=218997 puppies and rainbows coming out of wounds like blood.]]
*** There is also a hint of deconstruction. Deadpool grows increasingly disgusted and angered over the dark actions the team takes over the course of the series. You know things are getting bad when ''Deadpool'' is having to be the OnlySaneMan/moral compass.
* ''Dare'', a 1991 take on Frank Hampson's iconic British 1950s space explorer Dan Dare. The 1991 version was written for Toxic magazine by Creator/GrantMorrison, and illustrated by Rian Hughes. Dare awakes in the 1990s to find that Britain has become a capitalist society, and that a thinly-disguised parody of Margaret Thatcher has sold Britain to the evil Mekon. During the course of the story all of the main characters are killed - Digby even has his arm blown off - and the final edition ends with Dare blowing up London with a nuclear bomb.
* ''{{The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen}}'' is a DarkerAndEdgier take on all Victorian literature, though [[Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde said literature was]] [[Literature/{{Dracula}} hardly light and fluffy]] to [[Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds begin]] with.
* Parodied extensively in the Belgian comic ComicStrip/DeKiekeboes, where in one issue, The Simstones, a character from the comic buys the publishing rights to the comic (very meta) and introduces a darker and edgier style.
* ''Marvel Year In Review 1993'' parodied this in their own titles, by taking characters that this had been done for, and then making new characters that turned it UpToEleven:
** Franchise/SpiderMan -- Venom -- Carnage -- Bile (Cannibalistic madman with the proportionate strength of a spider)
** ComicBook/CaptainAmerica -- U.S. Agent -- The Patriot Missile ("Blow all them foreigners to hell and let God sort 'em out!")
** {{Thor}} -- Thunderstrike -- Godhead (Convinced he is God. Holed up in his compound, waiting for Ragnarok)
** ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} -- Sabertooth -- Clawjaw (Unhousebroken, uncontrollable killing machine with poor bodily hygiene)
** ComicBook/IronMan -- War Machine -- Terror Device (High-tech armored Avenger with two attitudes and PlausibleDeniability)
** [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Green Hulk -- Gray Hulk -- New Green Hulk]] -- [[HilariousInHindsight Red Hulk]] (Intelligent rampaging monster with a big gun and razor-sharp claws)
* [[NewMutants New X-Men: Academy X]]. After ''ComicBook/HouseOfM'', the title was hit by Darker and Edgier ''hard'', but the change was especially marked in contrast with the first half of the series. Under Weir and DeFilippis, the book was fairly light-hearted fluff that focused on relationship drama. When Kyle and Yost took over, dozens of students were immediately blown up, and everyone else was left traumatized by their failed rescue attempts. Then a main character was shot in the head and killed. And ''another'' main character betrayed the team, was mutilated, and died. They were replaced by a former assassin TykeBomb. Succeeding plotlines saw the entire team sent to HELL, one of them tortured and spending a lot of time crying herself to sleep, and so forth and so forth. In fact, most of Kyle and Yost's work falls under this trope. See also: X-Force, mentioned above.
* DC's {{Vertigo|Comics}} imprint revolves around material intended for mature audiences. After the success of ''Comicbook/SwampThing'', ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'', ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'', ''ShadeTheChangingMan'', and ''Comicbook/AnimalMan'', all of which starred fairly obscure characters from established DC canon, there were a few misfires - up to and including a brooding, psychological take on ''Brother Power, the Geek''. For the uninitiated, Brother Power is a human-sized hippie rag doll given life and super strength by magic sunshine who once ran for a U.S. congressional seat and was last seen orbiting the Earth. Someone tried to make ''that'' serious.
** Similarly, Creator/GrantMorrison himself tried to revive ''Kid Eternity'' in a darker and edgier fashion. Kid Eternity was a demi-angel who could summon the spirits of dead famous people. All told, it actually worked out surprisingly well; the miniseries sparked a (short-lived, but still) ongoing by Ann Nocenti, if that's any indication.
* ''SonicTheComic'' is this to the games at the time it was being produced, and ''SonicTheComicOnline'' is this to the source comic.
* ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog seems to be becoming this, as Dr. Eggman very nearly killed off a Freedom Fighter (with a REAL machine gun turret). If it weren't for Sonic going back in time 10 seconds and saving them, almost all of the Freedom Fighters don't seem to be doing any better in the comic's latest issues.
** Way back when the comic was humor-oriented, the cover for issue #4 parodied this by promising an "all-new, darker, grittier" Sonic. Turned out he was just covered in dark grit from cleaning the chimney.
* Parodied in issue #10 of the old ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' comic book. In it, the Rangers are brought to the set of a movie featuring a dark-and-gritty version of a superhero squirrel puppet who originally appeared in a {{Sid And Marty Krofft|Productions}}-type children's show. The character's creator is shown working as the movie's creative consultant and is not at all happy with the way the movie portrays his creation.
* ''SupremePower'' is a darker and edgier reimagining of the original ''SquadronSupreme''.
* ArchieComics, surprisingly enough, has done this occasionally:
** ''ComicBook/LifeWithArchieTheMarriedLife'' presents stories from the "future" in which Archie has grown up and gotten married, and now has more realistic, adult-sized problems to deal with.
*** So dark that [[spoiler:Archie gets killed in the final issue]]
** ''ComicBook/AfterlifeWithArchie'' seems like a funny concept. Archie meets ZombieApocalypse. The series is anything but funny. You know something's up when there are Chtulu references in an Archis comic. It's drawn in a dark realistic style and the first issue has Hotdog being hit by a car and dying. Jughead gets Sabrina to bring him back but he's brought back as a zombie. He bites Jughead and...
** The original ''Life With Archie'' series (1958-1991) featured longer, more "adventure" oriented stories than the typical Archie titles, including elements like five-alarm fires, attempted kidnappings, and... [[http://the-isb.blogspot.com/2006/01/life-in-riverdale-surprisingly.html mysterious Satanic boxes that melt people's faces off]].
** One of those stories, "Secrets of the Deep", was a pretty standard scuba-diving-shipwrecks-and-sunken-treasure adventure... in which an evil treasure hunter shot at the gang with a spear gun and set an electric eel on them!
** The above story wasn't even the ''only'' Archie comic to feature [[ImMelting face-melting action]]. From 1972 to 1974, Archie published a ''Comicbook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' spinoff, ''Chilling Adventures in Sorcery as Told By Sabrina''. It had the odd combination of [[http://www.misterkitty.org/extras/stupidcovers/stupidcomics284.html straight-up horror stories]] with art in the familiar Archie house style. One story in particular stands out, featuring a boy who teases a stutterer at school. The kindly teacher happens to be a witch, and gives him an enchanted book that ''melts his face off'', and possibly kills him! The story probably violated several rules under UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode, but somehow gained the CCA seal of approval (perhaps because Archie ''ran'' the CCA?)
*** There's a new comic called ''Chilling Adventures of Sabrina'' and is even DarkerAndEdgier than before. It's in a similar realistic art style as ''Afterlife with Archie'' and has the same writer. Instead of being about various stories it's a Sabrina comic with a horror feel.
** In one ''Comicbook/JosieAndThePussycats'' story, Josie [[http://www.the-isb.com/?p=578 gets possessed by Satan!]][[note]]''Josie and the Pussycats'' #72 (1973)[[/note]]
* ''PaperinikNewAdventures'' is a rare case of this done '''well'''. Those stories are way darker than the ones on "Topolino" (the Italian magazine where it is usually published): Paperinik stops fighting the [[HarmlessVillain Beagle Boys]] to defend the Earth from aliens, time travelers and crazy AIs, creating a [[OldHeroNewPals new roost]] of supporting cast and using weapons which are much more powerful. However, he remains a very optimistic hero, and the comic gives us several funny and heartwarming moments to balance the mood.
* ''ComicBook/GodzillaKingdomOfMonsters'' is this to the entire Godzilla franchise. How dark is it? Godzilla reduces Japan to rubble in the first two issues. The rest of the series has the monsters tearing apart civilization and bringing out the worst of humanity.
** However this actually brings it closer to the tone of both the original film and the Heisei era. One of the complaints people had about the series was that, even with that knowledge in mind, it was little ''too much'' of a tone shift. Especially in reference to the scene of Rodan ''eating a child alive''. There's another dark scene where Godzilla lets loose his atomic ray '''on a bunch of people trying to escape Los Angeles which he was currently destroying at that time.'''
* ''ComicBook/SupermanEarthOne'' was explicitly advertised as being darker, sexier, and moodier, and many standard elements of Superman's story are given a darker spin -- for example, Jonathan and Martha are forced to keep Kal-El a secret after government agents secretly impound his spaceship in a secret base.
* [=IDW=]'s ''[[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic]]'' comic series is noticably darker than the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic animated show]] it was based on. Issue #3 starts with Queen Chrysalis (who by herself is portrayed much more sinisterly here) and her changelings invading a little town of [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter cute loving kitties]] and sucking all the love out of them. One month later the whole land is converted into the new changeling kingdom.
* [[Creator/RegisLoisel Régis Loisel]]'s [[FrancoBelgianComics re-imagination]] of ComicBook/PeterPan is most definitely this. Forget the cute Disney version of your childhood, [[AbusiveParents this]] [[AlcoholicParent one]] [[AttemptedRape is]] [[AnyoneCanDie most]] [[OurMonstersAreDifferent definitely]] [[FogOfDoom not]] [[SelfMadeOrphan for]] [[TheseHandsHaveKilled children]].
* SuskeEnWiske now also has it. Look [[http://www.amoras2047.com/ Here]].
* ImageComics' March 1993 one-shot ''Darker Image'' is this, featuring the first appearances of DarkAgeOfSupernames heroes Bloodwulf and Deathblow. It is also notable for containing one of the first appearances of TheMaxx.
* Parodied in an ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' one-shot with the conceit that they were [[RunningTheAsylum fulfilling reader's suggestions]], one of which (pictured) was to add SteamPunk elements, give them all guns, draw them in a less childish style, and have them talk in a more naturalistic way rather than just punning all the time. The characters are shown drawn in a hyperdetailed DarkAge style (Asterix's feathered helmet wings are replaced with bat wings) with GrossUpCloseUp-type details on the normally cuddly characters; Obelix is wearing a BadassBandolier {{Pistol Whip}}ping Romans with a {{BFG}} in a missile stockpile (Asterix is phoning Getafix to tell him these new gadgets don't work), and everyone is engaging in dreadfully-written ''PulpFiction''-esque BuffySpeak, rendered in the UK English translation as [[BritishAccents Geordie]] (and still making a wholly unnaturalistic HurricaneOfPuns).
** Before this were a few twists on dark storytelling in the series; ''Asterix in Switzerland'''s plot involves the heroes' efforts to save an innocent from murder. Quaestor Vexatius Sinusitus' potential death offered a jarring but refreshing sense of drama to the otherwise frivolous comedy strip. The same story also contains a more serious look at the Romans than usual - normally, ''Asterix'' villains tend to be {{Punch Clock Villain}}s, {{Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain}}s or just ordinary people who happen to get in the heroes' way (occasionally even {{Designated Villain}}s, PlayedForLaughs), but Varius Flavus's actions (corruption, insane decadance and poisoning his opponents) are much more like what evil Roman patricians in history actually did. Oh, yeah, and an [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids actual Roman orgy]] (if limited to eating like slobs, getting drunk and hideous makeup) is depicted.
** Stories featuring similar moments of deadly menace include ''Asterix and Son'', where the village is burned to the ground, and the impending threat of Orinjade's execution in ''Asterix and the Magic Carpet''. Also ''Obelix All At Sea'', in which both Asterix and Obelix almost die (and the villain does, breaking NobodyCanDie), and ''Asterix and the Picts'', which involves ScarpiaUltimatum and a much more complicated plot than usual. To a lesser extent, ''The Roman Agent'' and ''Caesar's Gift'' are both about just how ridiculously awful living in their QuirkyTown would be.
** In ''Uderzo croqué par ses amis'', a compilation album of short stories drawn by various artists about Uderzo, one story is a realistically-drawn, historically-accurate, painfully serious take on the concept of a pair of Gaulish warriors fighting Romans using magic potion. For instance, the magic potion appears to be a kind of religious MagicFeather, they put the skulls of dead Roman soldiers around their village to keep them out (like the historical Gauls did), and they murder Romans with swords. It turns the usually ridiculous little Gauls into something quite dramatic and mystical and BadAss.
*** ''Uderzo croqué par ses amis'' also has another story in a similarly realistic art style, but with the usual characterisations of the Gauls. The story contains a gag where Asterix and Obelix accidentally catch Vitalstatistix ''in flagrante delicto'' with a hot blond who is not his wife, which is depicted in [[FanDisservice intentionally]] {{Squick}}y detail (since Vitalstatistix is both a beloved childhood character and a fat, ugly middle-aged man). ''Asterix'' is not exactly sexless but a gag like that would never get into the main stories.