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Characters: Astérix

The characters found in the comic book series Asterix. Characters with a Dub Name Change have their original French name in the parentheses next to their English version name.

Asterix

The main character of the series, Asterix got into various adventures with his much larger friend Obelix.

  • Bash Brothers: With Obelix.
  • The Brains: To Obelix's Brawn.
  • Celibate Hero: Although when Panacea kisses him at the end of Asterix the Legionary, he falls for her just as hard as Obelix did. He also appreciates Cleopatra's nose ("Very pretty!"). It's implied that he has a thing for Bravura.
  • Guile Hero: Where even magic-potion powered brute strength fails, Asterix uses his brains to defeat the obstacles in his way. In the Twelve Tasks story, he tricks a martial artist into telling him how to defeat him, gets a hypnotist to hypnotize himself and drives an entire asylum of bureaucrats insane by playing their own game against them.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Blond-haired and the most heroic of the main cast.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Obelix.

Obelix

Asterix's best friend and constant companion. As a baby, he fell into a cauldron of magic potion and drank quite a bit. Because of that, he's absolutely huge, and always wants to drink more potion (though Getafix won't let him). He sells menhirs.

  • Bash Brothers: With Asterix.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Whatever you do, NEVER call him fat.
    • And do not even THINK of doing anything bad to Dogmatix.
  • Blood Knight: To the point where a dream he had where Caesar withdrew all the Roman legionaries surrounding their village qualified as a nightmare for him.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: He's not unaware of his limits, but he often does not seem to realize that not everyone is as strong or invulnerable as he is.
  • The Dreaded: For the Romans.
  • Dramatic Irony: When he and Asterix were in Rome, Obelix wanted to fight with the Pretorian Guard. Asterix didn't let him. Obelix Super Strength let him defeat all the legionaries that patrol Gaul, a conquered country. The pretorian Guards are Elite Mooks that could destroy Obelix just because Obelix has never been challenged by anyone. Obelix strength is his weakness.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Don't be fooled by his, ahem, "big bones". As a result of his potion overdose, he is not only gigantically strong but also lightning fast and quick on his feet.
  • Never Live It Down: Invoked. He constantly needs to be reminded of that one time he fell into a cauldron of magic potion.
  • One-Man Army: So much that a legion of Romans for him to fight is his birthday present.

Dogmatix (Idefix)

Obelix's dog.

  • Ascended Extra: He was introduced as a literal Running Gag character in Asterix and the Banquet, as a tiny little dog that keeps following Asterix and Obelix aroud without them noticing. Readers liked him so much that he returned in the next album as Obelix's dog, and would go on to play important parts in later stories, even starring in short books and comics of his own.
  • Berserk Button: He doesn't like it when someone knocks down a tree.

Getafix (Panoramix)

The elder and druid of the village. He is responsible for the creation of the magical potion that made the village invincible.

  • Badass Grandpa: Not in the sense that he is good at fighting, but in the first book of the series, he gets captured and tortured by Romans for hours to get him to reveal the secret of Magic Potion. He remains completely impervious to it. In one story, he did drink his own potion and fought Romans alongside Asterix.
  • Omniglot: Latin, Proto-Germanic, Egyptian... Has led to a Bilingual Backfire on at least one occasion, when someone didn't know he spoke their language.
  • Only Sane Man: Shares the role with Asterix.

Vitalstatistix (Abraracourcix)

The chief of the village.

  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Played with. If there is an all-out threat that Asterix and Obelix can't manage alone, he takes the potion to fight like everybody else... but he always ends dropped to the floor by his carriers. On the other hand, he's shown to be either the second strongest person of the village after Obelix (whose Super Strength is active all the time), enough to deliver a Megaton Punch without magic potion.
  • Butt Monkey: Let's see, he has an overbearing wife, his carriers keep dropping him, and his village constantly fights amongst themselves with the slightest provocation.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: "Piggywiggy", by his wife.
  • Henpecked Husband: He is frequently berated and ordered around by his wife, Impedimenta, and is a frequent object of her Hair-Trigger Temper.
  • Meaningful Name / Punny Name: Vitalstatisix, vital statistics, Macroeconomix, macro economics, Tunnabrix, Ton of Bricks.
  • Only Sane Man: Views himself as one, but usually isn't.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: In his good days.
  • Too Important to Walk: He's held up via Shield Surf by two Gauls. Unfortunately for his image, he ends up falling off for one reason or another (the main one being that the carriers are two different sizes).

Cacofonix (Assurancetourix)

The village bard and school teacher who is infamous for his infamously bad singing voice.

  • Always Camp: He's a singer, therefore has camp mannerisms and an imagined image of himself as a great, tortured artist.
  • Born in the Wrong Century: An Alternate Character Interpretation - some early books imply he'd be The Rock Star nowadays, but no-one understands his art because it's 50BC. Most later books dispense with this idea.
  • Butt Monkey / Chew Toy: Is frequently tied up at the end of the book when the villagers are celebrating.note 
  • Drama Queen: Never makes a fuss about his physical mistreatment by the other characters unless he wasn't going to sing, but other than that there is no misfortune he can't overreact to.
  • Dreadful Musician: On occasion he's been shown to be an acceptable musician - for example, in Asterix and the Normans - but a terrible, terrible singer. He's so bad that he can cause storms to generate indoors. The other characters think nothing of resorting to violence to shut him up. None of this penetrates his illusion that he is a poetic genius...
  • Fired Teacher: In Asterix and the Secret Weapon he was fired from his role as the village school teacher.
  • Giftedly Bad: Despite his complete lack of talent, there are several characters over the course of the series who absolutely love his singing, and it has saved the day several times (such as by teaching the Normans the meaning of fear in Asterix and the Normans, or ending the Ganges valley drought in Asterix and the Magic Carpet).
  • Meaningful Name / Punny Name: Cacofonix, cacophony; Malacoustix, Mal + acoustics... less so in the original French (Assurances tous risques = Comprehensive insurance).
  • Nice Guy: He's said to be a very pleasant person as long as you don't let him sing.
  • Non-Action Guy: Unlike the other men of the village, he rarely takes part in fighting the Romans, only fighting when it is personal or there is no other option. Though he does do so once, beating the crap out of the Normans with a horn.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Despite being a terrible singer, he thinks he is a talented one. The almost universally negative reactions of everyone who hears him do nothing to dispel his illusion.

Fulliautomatix (Cetautomatix)

The blacksmith of the village.

Unhygienix (Ordralfabetix)

The fisherman of the village, also sells his fish (imported from Lutetia by ox cart, a two-weeks trip) in the market.

  • Berserk Button: Don't say his fish isn't fresh.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: He's always barefoot.
  • Honor Before Reason: This is the reason why his fish isn't fresh; he could easily get fresh fish by just going fishing to the sea right next to the village, but he constantly insists on ordering it from Lutèce, arguing it's of better quality back here. By the time the fish arrives, it usually is already not fresh anymore.
  • Meaningful Name: In the British edition, he's Unhygienix. In the American, he's Epidemix.
  • Shamu Fu: His preferred method of fighting.
  • Those Two Guys: With Fulliautomatix.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Again, with Fulliautomatix.

Geriatrix (Agecanonix)

The oldest villager.

  • Badass Grandpa: Beats a Roman legionary three times his size with the Roman's own club.

Impedimenta (Bonemine)

Vitalstatistix's wife who proudly protects her status as the village's "first lady."

Mrs. Geriatrix (Mme Agecanonix)

Geriatrix's young, sexy and nameless wife.

  • Cat Fight: Often gets into thesee with Impedimenta. A variation as well since both women have quite a violent streak.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The most obvious example in the comic.
  • No Name Given: She's one of few characters who is never named, in any language. She has been referred to as "Geriatrix's Wife" and "Mrs Geriatrix," but never gets a name of her own.

Panacea (Falbala)

A beautiful villager. First introduced in Asterix the Legionary.

Justforkix (Goudurix)

A trendy teenager and Vitalstatistix's nephew.

  • Lovable Coward: To the point where the Normans want him to teach them fear.

Julius Caesar

The leader of Rome based on the Real Life person. A recurring villain of the series.

  • Badass Cape: "Would you mind returning to Caesar that which belongs to Caesar?"
  • Card-Carrying Villain: In Asterix Conquers America.
  • Character Development: In the earliest albums, Caesar was little more than a villainous plot device that drove the Romans forward in their conquest of Europe; the original depiction doesnt even have the same design as the more well known version. Once he began to appear as an actual character rather than a generic Evil Emperor, he quickly became the dignified statesman he is for most of the series.
  • Cleopatra Nose: While the actual Cleopatra has none!
  • Deadpan Snarker: Especially toward Brutus and those who fail him.
  • Enemy Mine: In the first live-action movie, after Detritus betrays and overthrows him, he has to work with the good guys to get his power back.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: And he takes pride in it.
  • Friendly Enemy: Very much so; he holds no personal inemity against the Gauls, despite having the ambition to conquer their last stronghold, and his main concern is the well being of Rome. Two episodes do show him being antagonistic towards them, notably Asterix and The Chieftain's Shield, and Asterix in Belgium.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Cannot for the life of him see Brutus attacking him. Looking back at history, we already know what that cost him.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He has his moments.
  • May-December Romance: With Cleopatra. They even have a child together. His name is Caesarion aka Ptolemy XV, and the reason Brutus takes on the Gauls' Village is Cleopatra sent the child to Asterix to keep him safe from Brutus.
  • Noble Demon: even though he is willing to use deception, tricks and manipulation, he will always keep his word when he makes a promise, and be grateful to his enemies when they help him. When he finds in "Asterix and Son" the Gauls protected his son with Cleopatra from a murderous, power-hungry Brutus intent on securing power in Rome, Caesar's more than amiable to repair the damage Brutus wreaked.
  • Third-Person Person: After explaining his plans to his lackeys: "Wow, he's amazing!" "Who?" "Well, you!" "Ah, him!"

Brutus

Caesar's adoptive son.

  • The Brute: Well with a name like that... Later we see his tactical skill, it amounts to "Burn it to the ground".
  • Characterization Marches On: His appearance and general attitude has been largely unconsistant in the various cameos he made over the course of the series. It's not until Asterix and Son that he gets actually solid characterizations.
  • Foreshadowing: Just about every one of his appearances reminds us that he will kill Caesar (though not in the series).
    Caesar: (having gotten up to lead the others to the dining hall) You too, my son!
    Brutus: (thinking) He's starting to annoy me with those classical allusions of his! One of these days I'm going to up and...
  • Knife Nut: Is almost always playing with a knife (again, Foreshadowing), usually hurting himself with it.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Et Tu Brute."
  • The Starscream: Asterix and Son reveals Brutus was after the "son" Asterix had because that was really Caesaerion, the son of Caesar and Cleopatra, and Brutus had tried to find AND kill the child to secure his ascention to the Roman throne. This story shows him out for once as a true Big Bad, and Caesar is aghast at this treachery.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: Like most of the centurions, has huge hairy arms and chest with normal-sized legs.

The Pirates

  • Better To Sink Than Be Sunk: On occasion, they will scuttle their own ship when Asterix and Obelix turn up; it saves them a few knocks and amounts to the same thing in the end. It gets pretty hilarious if they sink it when Asterix and Obelix didn't intend to attack them anyways.
  • Boomerang Bigot: The captain seems to be a Gaul himself - he has a red beard and hair, wears a horned helmet, and swears by Gaulish gods.
  • Chew Toy: Almost always getting their ship destroyed, and it's hilarious.
  • Expy/Affectionate Parody: All of the pirates are expies of the characters from the Barbe Rouge (Redbeard) comics created by Jean-Michel Charlier and Victor Hubinon (and which, like Asterix itself, first appeared in the French comics periodical Pilote).
  • Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: The Funetik Aksent of Baba, the African Lookout, has blanks instead of the letter "R".
  • Failure Is the Only Option: They're never shown to successfully pillage anyone, always getting beat up, having their ship sunk, or both.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villains: It gets to the point that they're not even really villains as much as victims anymore.
  • No Name Given: Until Asterix and Obelix all at Sea (the captain is still unnamed).
  • Oh Crap: "The Gau-Gau-Gauls!"
  • Origin Story: One album shows that the pirates were originally Roman slaves that were put to work on a Roman villa resort near Asterix village. After they talk the Gauls into letting them finish the project so the overseer will set them free, they are paid a wage they have earned, and are on their way, with the future pirate captain mentioning that they might invest in a ship.
  • Pirate Booty: Subverted; they always manage to cross paths with our heroes before they can steal enough to pay off their latest ship loan.
  • Pretentious Latin Motto: The oldest pirate likes to utter Latin mottos.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: In Asterix and the Cauldron, they give up piracy and open a restaurant instead. Unfortunately, Asterix and Obelix assume that they're the ones who stole the cauldron of coins and beat them up as per usual.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Other than get their ship sunk.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: At the end of Asterix and the Cauldron, money literally falls out of the sky onto their ship.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: "They're all in Roman uniform; we can take 'em." Guess who's on board!

Cleopatra

The queen of Egypt.

Metric

Kuningaznote  of the Germanic peoples (called Goths in the album).

  • Bad Boss: And how! Prettym uch ever time he's contradicted he orders a public execution.
  • The Chew Toy: Gets one victory, one impasse, and three defeats in the campaigns shown.

Rhetoric

Metric's interpreter, and later one of at least ten rival kuningōz.
  • Blatant Lies: In the hopes of saving his own neck.
  • Oh Crap: "He speaks Gothic [sic]." "He speaks Gothic."

Edifis (Numerobis)

The best architect in Alexandria...which isn't saying much. Edifis' ramshackled buildings are the joke of everyone not living in them. In spite of this, he's given the job of constructing the palace for Caesar in three months, or be fed to the sacred crocodiles.
  • Bizarrchitecture: His buildings, his house in particular.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He's in charge of the palace construction, but does his to make things run smoothly. His best decision was getting his Gaulish friends involved.

Artifis (Amonbofis)

Edifis rival in architecture. Artifis would like nothing more than see Edifis fed to the crocodiles, and works to sabotage the construction.


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