* 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 war so they can't invade others is seen as a heroic act. This is somewhat understandable considering that the Goths are early Germans and the comic was written not too long after World War II. Later appearances by the Goths (for example in ''Asterix the Legionary'') rectified this.
* AmericansHateTingle
** ''Asterix in Corsica'' was ridiculously successful upon its release in France, and for a while it was the best-selling title in the entire history of the series (a title that has since been taken by ''Asterix at the Olympic Games'' worldwide, although ''Asterix in Corsica'' is still the most successful in the French language). In other countries, it wasn't exactly ''hated'' per se, but it was definitely one of the less well-received comics, since most non-French readers don't know enough about Corsica to fully understand the jokes.
** Also the reason why ''Asterix and the Banquet'' took some time to be translated into English despite being one of the earliest stories in the series (and featuring the origin of Dogmatix), as the publishers felt that non-Francophones would not be able to get all the French regional jokes.
** 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.
* 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.
* AwesomeArt: Even when the plots are lacking, Uderzo's drawings make for good reads. The ArtShift in ''The Class Act'' even shows his versatility.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment
** 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]]!
** A straight example in the animated ''Asterix and Cleopatra''. "When you're eating well, you're well..." The Dutch version of this film even cut this entire sequence. And you know what? You don't miss it all, nor do you ever have the feeling a part of the story is missing.
** ''Mission Cléopâtre'' has one where the RelaxOVision provides an educational film on crawdads instead of the fight.
** ''Asterix and the Falling Sky'' may qualify as a BizarroEpisode due to [[spoiler: everyone's memories being erased.]]
** The singing bath scene in the animated version of ''Cleopatra'' serves no real purpose (except maybe animated {{Fanservice}}).
** Quite a few scenes in the animated film ''The Twelve Tasks of Asterix'' are far more absurd and surreal than the comic strip (a man throwing a spear around the world, a man running faster than the wind, skull tennis, the subway scene while Asterix and Obelix are in the Cave of the Beast, the circus scene...)
** 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.
** ''Asterix and The Actress'' has a very odd segment in which Asterix starts jumping twenty feet in the air, yelling in excitement, swimming out to sea, and being rescued by a dolphin. [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext The context doesn't help much.]]
* 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."
* CriticalDissonance: The live action movie adaptations' critical reception ranged from well received to trashed. All of the movies were box-office successes but the second movie (''Mission Cleopatra'') is the only one well received (and none of the others reached its massive success in France), due to its particular kind of humor. The third (''The Olympic Games'') is considered the worst.
* CrossesTheLineTwice: In ''Asterix and the Vikings'', almost every scene with the vikings. One particular moment is when the chief's wife, Vikea, asks him to steal certain things during their raid by giving him a list of things she wants, as if he's going to a store.
-->'''Vikea''': And I need a pair or matching skulls.
-->'''Chief''': ... I'll see if I can find twins.
* DesignatedVillain: On paper, the Romans are the villains, TheEmpire that tries to defeat LaResistance. However, in many stories the Romans are not really trying to do that, they are just at their own business, with the Gauls simply getting in the middle of it.
** In fact, the majority of legionaries are nothing more than {{punchclock villain}}s, [[JoinTheArmyTheySaid poor conscripts suffering from the Empire's expansion.]]
** 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.
* 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.]]
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Dogmatix was introduced as a visual gag in ''Asterix and the Banquet'', and it was intended that he would not appear again after that book. He proved far more popular than Goscinny and Uderzo anticipated, however, and rapidly ascended to being one of the most important characters in the series.
* EsotericHappyEnding: The ending of ''Asterix and Son'' turns into this when you realize that, assuming the history of the Asterix universe is the same as ours, [[spoiler:Brutus will get his revenge by eventually assassinating Julius Caesar, Cleopatra will commit suicide, and baby Caesarion will eventually be the final Pharaoh of Egypt, ultimately ending with Egypt being annexed by Rome and Caesarion (or Ptolemy XV as he will then be known) being executed on the orders of his other adoptive brother, Augustus Caesar]].
* FanonDiscontinuity: Most fans would rather believe ''Asterix and the Falling Sky'' never happened. Justified in that [[spoiler: the characters all had their memories wiped of the incident]]. Others prefer to entirely ignore the books written by Uderzo and only read the ones written by Goscinny.
* 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).
* 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.
* HilariousInHindsight: In ''Asterix and the Great Crossing" Asterix and Obelix arrive in a wild land that is later implied to be Liberty Island. Many years later, [[https://welikia.org/ The Mannahatta Project]] showed what New York really looked like at the time.
* MagnificentBastard
** Caesar
** Astérix and Getafix often lapse into this territory, too.
** [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Ekonomikrisis]], [[TheMole Dubbelosix]], and Convolvulus all fit the bill as well.
* MemeticMutation
** "These Romans are crazy!", and pretty much every possible variation. This quote reached this status in A LOT of languages.
** "You fell in it when you were a baby" is used to explain someone being passionate about something, especially if they took up the interest at an early age.
** The opening narration is often seen when dealing with LaResistance (One little village/country/planet/starship still holds out, etc.).
** Permit A 38 from ''The Twelve Tasks of Astérix'', at least in Germany and France.
** From the second movie, the "I don't believe in good or bad situations..." speech.
* MoralEventHorizon: Brutus crosses it when he [[spoiler:attempts to murder a baby Caesarion so he can ensure his place as Caesar's true heir.]]
* {{Narm}}: "You sent a message to Rome, centurion, saying that all Gaul was occupied. All? All!" It sounded better in the original French, though.
* NightmareFuel: [[NightmareFuel/{{Asterix}} Now has its own page]].
* OnlyTheCreatorDoesItRight: For most fans of Goscinny.
* {{Padding}}:
** The animated ''Asterix and Cleopatra'' adds several scenes not found in the book which have no real purpose and [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment are sometimes strange, having no relevance later]]. It stretches the film just to feature-length, at about 70 minutes. In the Dutch version the musical number where Obelix sings about food was cut and it seriously reduces the amount of padding.
** 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.
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: ''Asterix and the Great Rescue'', as demonstrated by the WebVideo/JoueurDuGrenier.
* {{Sequelitis}}:
** The Uderzo solo albums are often considered inferior. ''Asterix and the Great Divide'' and ''Asterix and Son'' are generally seen as decent, but after that the quality of the books went gradually downhill, and hit rock-bottom with ''Asterix and the Falling Sky''.
** Among the films, ''Asterix and the Big Fight'' is usually considered the weakest of the animated entries (albeit with close competition from ''Asterix the Gaul''), and ''Asterix at the Olympic Games'' the worst of the live-action films.
* SurprisinglyImprovedSequel: The second live-action film ''Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra'', thought still has mixed reception among critics and fans of the comic, is usually seen as better, funnier and closer to the comic than ''Asterix and Obelix Take on Caesar''. [[{{Sequelitis}} Averted with the later sequels however]].
* 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.
* 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.
* ViewerGenderConfusion: Flaturtha from ''The Mansions of the Gods'' can give of the impression of being female due to the fact that all other characters whose names end in -a are female.
* WeirdAlEffect: The pirates are a parody of another French-Belgian comic book series, ''ComicBook/BarbeRouge'', with the same characters reused. This series has become quite obscure nowadays, even in France and Belgium, and owes recognition mainly due to ''Asterix''.
* 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.
* {{Woolseyism}}: Essentially, the editors ''know'' they have to get top-notch translators for ''Asterix'': it's a famous series, known for its puns and other such gags that ''need'' good translators. Plus, Uderzo and Goscinny lent full creative freedom to the translators to make all the changes that were necessary, as long as the comedic intent was maintained.
** The much-loved English adaptation of the original French dialogue added new jokes whenever they wouldn't translate well -- e.g. the character's names. Due to the extreme levels of wordplay in the French originals, Woolseyism is essentially the only option. The English translators have said that because they could not translate the puns, they compromised by making sure that every page has the same number of jokes as the French original. The English adaptation even changed some drawings if a reference was too difficult for English readers to understand.
** It wasn't just the English translation. Nearly all of the translations were extremely well done. See the Italian example above.
** In the Spanish versions of the stories, not only are the names mostly unchanged (since Spanish is a Romance language just like French), but the translation is absolutely hilarious and does use many Spanish expressions in place of the French ones. It says something that there are quite a lot of quotes from the books that reached full MemeticMutation in Spain.
** 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.
** And let it be known that the Brazilian Portuguese version is also excellent!
** And so is the Swedish one, and... [[OverlyLongGag let's just save some time and say this goes for pretty much all versions, okay?]]
** The Italian dub of the movies has the Romans speaking in Rome's dialect.
** However, there was also the terribly {{Macekre}}'d German "translation" ''Siggi und Babarras'', where the translator substituted the light-hearted humor with [[TranslationWithAnAgenda heavy-handed political]] {{Author Tract}}s. Goscinny and Uderzo quickly withdrew his publication rights. Later, a new (and real) German translation was started, with the same high quality of other translations.
** The original Dutch translation wasn't very good either. The translators missed a lot of puns and allusions and translated many lines straight. Even the names of the cast were kept identical, instead of inventing new names. Since the late 2000s the entire series has been retranslated in a much better way.
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