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.
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     Asterix 

Asterix Astronomiges

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

  • The Ace: Astérix is, despite his small size, the best warrior of the village. And he also happens to be one of the smartest characters in the whole series.
  • Art Evolution: He started out crude and lumpy-looking but got more rounded, cuter features.
  • Badass Mustache: Asterix is a Badass warrior and sports a fantastic moustache, yellow and droopy.
  • Bash Brothers: With Obelix.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: The latter, with Obelix as the big guy.
  • Brains and Brawn: 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.
  • Cool Helmet: Almost never seen without wearing his winged helmet. This is actually used as a plot point in The Great Crossing; when Obelix finds Asterix's helmet on the ground he instantly and correctly deduces that something must have happened because Asterix never takes his helmet off except to eat or sleep, and he wouldn't have been doing either of those things.
  • 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. Best friends, comrades in arms and typically roommates.
  • Indy Ploy: His plans are often on-the-spot improvisations. They don't always work.
  • Invincible Hero: Asterix himself is one. Every single battle between Romans (or, really, anyone) and Asterix and the rest of the Gauls, results in the Gauls curb-stomp their opponents, thanks to their magic potion that grants Super Speed, Super Reflexes, Super Strength, and arguably Nigh-Invulnerability. Plus, even in case of a shortage, they have Obelix, who doesn't need to drink any potion since he fell in it during his childhood, and the effect never wore off. As a result, the Romans never, ever, in any comic, manage to gain the smallest durable advantage over the Gauls.
    • Most plot tension actually comes from Asterix being excessively prudent and avoiding confrontation with Roman troops, even though he and Obelix are more than able to defeat hundreds of Elite Mooks on their own, and have already done so a few times. When trying to steal Caesar's laurel wreath, Asterix states that the magic potion doesn't protect from being harmed by Roman weapons. Whether it's true or not is unclear, but they never seem to be hurt anyway. note 
    • Getafix in the first volume did mention that the potion doesn't stop injury and Asterix had been knocked out once from a catapult shot in "Asterix and Obelix All at Sea" but by the nature of the comic book even non Amusing Injuries aren't lethal.
  • Mercury's Wings: His helmet has decorative wings, as do those of some other Gauls.
  • Only Sane Man: Shares the role with Getafix. Never falls for superstitions, fads, and political passions.
  • Ornamental Weapon: His sword. He tends to use his fists as his main weapon and rarely draws his sword. Occasionaly subverted. For example in Asterix and Caesar's Gift, he used it to duel a Roman drunkard and later on cut a rope. He has also used it to slice food on occasion.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He is very short but is a powerhouse hero. Mainly after taking the magic potion, but Asterix can still hold his own without it.
  • Punny Name: From French "astérisque", English "asterisk", a small typographical symbol (*) used for footnotes. It originally comes from Greek "asteriskos" meaning small star, and he is the small star of the series.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Is much smaller than Obelix. He is the smarter of the two.
  • The Snark Knight: Especially in the first live action movie.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Astérix and Obélix have an argument or falling-out pretty much Once per Episode. It never takes long for them to make up, though.

     Obelix 

Obelix Obelodaliges

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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.

  • Acrofatic: He is very fat, but he has super-strength, is invincible in combat, and can defeat a Roman legion single-handed. It's canon that he fell in a cauldron of magic potion when he was little and is thus permanently under the effect of the potion. And don't call him fat. He's just well-covered.
    • Both Obelix and Asterix mention a few times that Obelix is considered an excellent dancer - in fact, one of the best in the village. He only does this a few times, but he is consistently very talented, if indelicate with his partners. By contrast, Asterix (who is not fat) openly admits that he's a terrible dancer.
    • According to Asterix and Obelix's Birthday, Obelix is brilliant at Twister.
  • Art Evolution: Obelix started off quite crude and lumpy-looking but got more rounded, cuter features. Obelix also traded pointed helmet horns for small nubby ones, lost his body hair, and stopped carrying an axe.
  • Badass Mustache: An invincible warrior, sporting a prominent red mustache.
  • Bash Brothers: With Asterix.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Whatever you do, NEVER call him fat.
    • And do not even THINK of doing anything bad to Dogmatix.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He is nice, friendly, and pets the dog. But won't hesitate to beat anyone when enraged.
  • Big Eater: "Did he eat anything before that?" "Two boars." "Right, he didn't eat anything."
  • Big Fun: He is a big guy who really is out to have fun, in and out of the battlefield.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: The former, with Asterix as the little guy.
  • Blood Knight: He actively seeks fights with Romans because he enjoys it. To the point where a dream he had where Caesar withdrew all the Roman legionaries surrounding their village qualified as a nightmare for him.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: A bruiser with has huge appetites for everything - especially food, drink, and punching Romans.
  • Braids of Barbarism: The Gauls are technically a barbarian tribe. Obelix is a barbarian warrior who styles his hair in pigtails.
  • Brains and Brawn: The Brawn to Asterix's Brains.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: OK, so Obelix loves fighting, but he's a big softie away from the battlefield. Especially where his dog is concerned or when Panacea walks around.
  • Cannot Talk to Women: Obelix is so smitten by Panacea's beauty that he can only sprout strings of sounds that don't make any sense.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: He usually drinks goat milk. When he does drink alcohol, Obelix gets drunk out of his mind. Especially in Asterix in Switzerland.
  • Catch-Phrase: "These Romans are crazy! (Ils sont fous ces romains!)", frequently adjusted to complain about whichever nationality is being parodied in this particular issue. (Oddly, this phrase is spoken by Asterix on the inside cover of the French hardbound editions).
  • Characterization Marches On: Partially due to the artwork. He starts out as an angular, burly warrior with hairy arms and big, pointed horns on his helmet with a more stupid, surly and straightforward attitude, but within the first few books gets a rounder, softer, more childlike look with beatific expressions and little nubby horns to suit his increasingly innocent, slightly Cloud Cuckoo Lander, childlike personality.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: His thinking processes don't usually result in logical conclusions.
    (To a semi-conscious Indian warrior) "Where's Asterix??" (No answer) "Asterix would know how to make him talk, so first I must find Asterix!"
  • 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.
  • Dramatic Irony: When he and Asterix were in Rome, Obelix wanted to go up against the Praetorian Guard. Asterix didn't let him. Obelix's Super Strength lets him defeat all the legionaries that patrol Gaul, a conquered country. The Praetorian Guards, however, are Elite Mooks that Asterix reckons could destroy Obelix. Just because Obelix has never been effectively challenged by anyone, does not mean he has no limits. Obelix's strength is his weakness because it makes him unaware of danger.
  • The Dreaded: For the Romans. Every Gaulish villager is dangerous to them, but Obelix tends to beat more people than anyone else. And he has gained a reputation for it.
  • Dumb Muscle: He is probably the strongest warrior in the series and has permanent superhuman strength. But he is dumb and easily confused.
  • Fat Idiot: The fattest and dimmest of the Gauls.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Asterix. Best friends, comrades in arms and typically roommates.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Has a crush for Panacea, but she's engaged (and later married).
  • I Am Big Boned: He never admits to being fat and telling him so is one of his Berserk Buttons. His chest has just "slipped a bit".
    • One Roman centurion places an APB on Obelix by asking to be on the lookout for a "low chested man."
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: He is dumb but has a big, friendly heart. Has a tendency to pet the dog.
  • 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.
  • Man Child: He is a full adult, but has a very innocent attitude to life despite his superhuman strength. He sulks when there's no wild boar (in Asterix in Spain he copies little Pepe and holds his breath until they get some); he can't think in the long term (eats the whole boatload of food on the first day at sea); and he only ever drinks goat milk.
  • Never Live It Down: Invoked. He constantly needs to be reminded of that one time he fell into a cauldron of magic potion.
    (annoyed) "Yes, as we all know, I fell into a cauldron of magic potion as a baby and it had a permanent effect on me."
  • One-Man Army: He can single-handedly take out multiple opponents and frankly enjoys doing it. So much that a legion of Romans for him to fight is his birthday present.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Obélix tries a number of these in attempts to get a taste of the magic potion in Astérix and Cleopatra, failing miserably every single time. He fails to figure out how Getafix keeps recognizing him, despite the fact that he weighs about five times more than any of the Egyptian laborers who the potion is supposed to be going to, or that his disguise is a striped headdress instead of his helmet.
  • Punny Name: From French "obélisque", English "obelisk", meaning a type of standing stone similar to the menhirs he makes, and also a typographical symbol (†) which may be used for footnotes together with asterisks (which are much smaller).
  • Red Is Heroic: He is a heroic character with prominent red hair.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: He personifies Gluttony with his huge appetite. He seldom suffers ill consequences for it.
  • Stout Strength: He is a very fat man with super-strength.
  • Super Strength: Unlike the other villagers, Obelix's strength is permanent.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Roasted wild boars.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Due to being permanently superpowered, he hasn't even had the benefit of unpowered combat training the others had. This is demonstrated abundantly in the (non-canon) comic The Twelve Tasks of Asterix, where one of the trials pits him and Obelix against a Germanic Judo-master. Obelix's attempts to smash through him with brute force are effortlessly redirected, and he quickly proves entirely unable to hurt the little man, receiving his first and only legitimate defeat. Fortunately, Asterix is there to effectively talk the man into submission... or, rather, distract him with talk and an interest in the man's fighting style that gets the poor German to give Asterix instructions and allow himself to be used as a training dummy, realising he's helped Asterix subdue him only after having his arms and legs tied into knots.
    • There was also an instance of a gladiator trainer who could actually *dodge* Obelix's telephoned Megaton Punch blows, at which point Asterix stepped in, punching the dude into the air with a Lightning Bruiser blow, chiding Obelix with a "That's how you do it!"
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Astérix and Obélix have an argument or falling-out pretty much Once per Episode. It never takes long for them to make up, though.

     Dogmatix (Idefix) 

Dogmatix (Idefix)

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Obelix's pet dog.

  • Anthropomorphic Shift: A very subtle version, as he's always portrayed as a Nearly Normal Animal — but as the comic develops he shifts from an Almost Normal Animal (almost entirely a normal dog, with a dog's level of understanding and reasoning) to a Mostly Normal Animal (a lot more aware, using more human-like gestures) and up to a Largely Normal Animal (human-level intelligence, capable of a wide variety of humanlike gestures and expressions, and in the spin-off stories focusing on him he's shown as being able to communicate freely with all other animals). The short comic Chanticleerix even strongly implies that he can talk to Obelix as well.
  • Art Evolution: Dogmatix goes from a squarer, more terrier-like look with drooping ears to a more anthropomorphised, Disney-like appearance with raised ears.
  • 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.
  • Canine Companion: The near-constant companion to Obelix. He's a cute little white dog, and very intelligent. Obelix might insist from time to time to give him some important tasks.
  • Killer Rabbit: On occasions, he will drink Magic Potion of his own, allowing him to become practically as dangerous as the Gauls.
  • Punny Name: From "dogmatic", adhering to beliefs without fail, which also contains "dog". It's fortuitously close to the French original which puns on idée fixe, "fixed idea".
  • Running Gag: Frequently when Asterix and Obelix are about to travel, Asterix will try to convince Obelix to leave him behind, only for Obelix to find a way to take him anyway.
    • Any time a tree comes down...
    HOOOOOOOWWWWWWWL!
  • Team Pet: Whenever the Gauls go on a mission, Dogmatix tends to serve as the literal team pet.

     Getafix (Panoramix) 

Getafix (Panoramix)

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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.
  • Cool Old Guy: Significantly older than the the duo of heroes, maker of the magic potion, speaker of Gothic, one of the calmest and most sensible inhabitants of the village, and Badass Grandpa with Magnificent Bastard tendencies. No wonder the Romans are after him.
  • Distressed Dude: He's the most-frequently captured of the Gauls, due to his knowledge and crucial role in providing the magical potion to the village.
  • Druid: A magical version.
  • Grumpy Old Man: At times, especially in the first live action movie.
  • Holding Back the Phlebotinum: A lot of the stories centered around the village wouldn't work if he wasn't either on a trip or incapacitate to explain the villagers that they are being morons
  • It May Help You on Your Quest: He always gives a canteen of magical potion to Asterix.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Aside from actual Druidic magic, he also has knowledge of more mundane medical treatments, architecture (Asterix and Cleopatra), and showed high savvy for manipulating rival factions into conflict with each other (Asterix and the Goths).
  • Omniglot: He speaks 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. He is too knowledgeable to fall for deceptions and superstitions.
  • The Professor: The wise elder of the Gaullish village who comes up with ingenious scientific and magical solutions to problems.
  • Punny Name: Getafix ("get a fix"), Magigimix ("magic gimmicks"). Or the German variant, Miraculix ("miracle").
    • His original name "Panoramix" comes from "panoramique" (=panoramic), which may refers to his ability to see the big picture.
  • The Smart Guy: Smarter and more educated than the other characters.
  • Wizard Beard: Well, Druid Beard at least. He has a long beard and magical powers of his own.

     Vitalstatistix (Abraracourcix) 

Vitalstatistix (Abraracourcix)

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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.
    • In The Twelve Tasks of Asterix, it turns out that he is also a superb fencer and swordsman (even though his carriers do the footwork; but that again implies good teamwork), besting a gladiator in a bout without ever resorting to the potion-induced super strength.
  • 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.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite him being as... strange as most of his fellow Gauls, he once one-punched chief of Goths, and defeated some of gladiators.
  • 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.
    • "Vital statistics" can refer to a person's measurements, thus it's a pun on his girth and weight.
    • "Abraracourcix" comes from the expression "tomber à bras raccourcis" which means "to hit (someone) violently", a fitting name for a badass warrior
  • Only Sane Man: Views himself as one, but usually isn't. He tries to be reasonable but loses his temper easily, leads Asterix and Obelix into foolhardy quests (or assigns them anyway without bothering to go himself), and has a weakness for soothsayers. On the other hand, when calm, Vitalstatistix can be reasoned with, and, when a mass delusion strikes the village, he's often among the last to crack.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: It often gets lost in the silliness, but he actually is one, and it's also the major source of his personal pride. Like Geriatric, he is very proud to have personally participated in the Battle of Gergovia, and he is also very proud to be independent from Rome. It becomes most apparent in Asterix and the Belgians, where he, unlike virtually every other villager, is deeply offended that the Romans don't fear them as much as they used to, let alone less than somebody else and even sets out to correct this on his own when nobody else shows interest.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: In his good days. He is proud, easy to anger, and can be fooled or misled easily. But he is neither corrupt, nor tyrannical. He is a honorable man who fights along with his men and tries to take care of their interests.
  • Too Important to Walk: He's held up on a shield 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 at times).

     Cacofonix (Assurancetourix) 

Cacofonix (Assurancetourix)

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

  • Always Camp: He's a singer, therefore has camp mannerisms and an imagined image of himself as a great, tortured artist.
  • Art Evolution: Cacofonix was altered from an older man to look like he was in his late twenties or so, became much skinnier and more angular, and his hair went from a smooth bob to Barbarian Longhair with a sticky-up fringe and finally to an entertainingly anachronistic 1970s rock star hairstyle.
  • Born in the Wrong Century: An Alternate Character Interpretation - In Asterix and the Normans it's implied he'd be The Rock Star nowadays, but no one (except Justforkix) understands his art because it's 50BC. 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. Not allowed to sing and bother the other Gauls. note  He is also prevented from singing and gets beaten up, or otherwise incapacitated by other Gauls, most frequently by Fulliautomatix.
  • 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.
  • Flanderization: Dreadful Musician Cacofonix starts out as at least an average bard - Asterix blows off listening to his music once due to being busy (which annoyed him) and the people sitting near to his performance at the final banquet are cringing with their hands over their ears, but the villagers also perform a plot-important traditional dance to his music with every indication that they are enjoying it. As the series progresses other characters, especially Fulliautomatix the blacksmith, start beating him up to prevent him from singing, which develops into a running gag, and he's shown to live in a hut at the top of a tree, where no-one can hear him. By the time Uderzo took over writing, he was so bad that he causes rain whenever he plays, which develops to the point where he ends up being so bad that merely playing a few notes creates an apocalyptic rainstorm that lasts for days.
  • Giftedly Bad: Despite his complete lack of music and singing 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). That said he seems to be a good teacher.
  • High Hopes, Zero Talent: In Astérix and the Normans, Cacofonix, who is a good instrumentalist but a unspeakably awful singer, is told off-the-cuff that his music is really good and he might do better in the city. Cacofonix becomes obsessed with this idea, and convinced that he will be a huge pop star there. He steals a horse and tries to ride there, singing for food. When he becomes needed as a Human Weapon against Horny Vikings, Obelix manages to locate him again, solely by following the trail of destruction caused by the pain and outrage of people exposed to his music. In particular, in one inn his voice caused a brawl so terrible the building was torn to pieces.
  • Hollywood Costuming: Cacofonix's slowly evolving design caused him to end up with something of a 1970s retro-50s hairstyle around the time that this was happening in Real Life, but this is definitely intentional and based on his personality.
  • Meaningful Name / Punny Name: Cacofonix, cacophony; Malacoustix, Mal + acoustics... less so in the original French (Assurances tous risques = Comprehensive insurance). Then again, while that would be seldom necessary, his treehouse is the best lookout spot for, say, a Roman attack.
  • Nice Guy: He's said to be a very pleasant person as long as you don't let him sing. This is explicitly stated multiple times to be the reason why the Gaulish villagers keep him around at all, despite Cacofonix being a pretentious, delusional nuisance otherwise. Once you get past how Giftedly Bad he is and his complete inability to recognise it, he's shown to be among the most caring, thoughtful and reasonable of the villagers.
  • 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. He's outright identified in one book as the villager the Romans fear the least (and thus the best candidate to be kidnapped as a "present" for Caesar).
  • 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.
  • Suckiness Is Painful: Cacofonix's singing voice is so bad, it is the only thing that can teach the meaning of fear to the Normans. In fact short exposure to it mentally scars them. It also summons thunderstorms and drives the wildlife away.

     Fulliautomatix Semiautomatiges (Cetautomatix) 

Fulliautomatix Semiautomatiges (Cetautomatix)

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The blacksmith of the village.

  • Art Evolution: Fulliautomatix completely changes in both face and body from a rather plain overweight late-40s man with blond hair, to a late-30s, muscular, proud-looking character with hairy arms and red hair (although it's inconsistent). He also stopped wearing a shirt and replaced it with a leather apron.
  • The Blacksmith: This is his job.
  • Characterization Marches On: Fulliautomatix in Asterix the Gaul and Asterix and the Banquet looks and acts nothing like the character does in later books.
  • Drop the Hammer: Given that he's a blacksmith. But he seems to be all too willing to use it on Cacofonix and against the Roman soldiers in battle.
  • Jerkass: He's always starting fights with Unhygenix, hammering Cacofonix into the ground and mocking the advanced age of Geriatrix; he's basically the village bully.
  • Family Theme Naming: His father is Semiautomatix.
  • Those Two Guys: With Unhygienix. They are almost always paired in scenes in which they appear.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Unhygienix. He mocks the stale fish of the fishmonger and regularly starts brawls with him. But he always hangs out with him and they frequently fight side by side. He has also let on on a couple of occasions that he doesn't really hate Cacofonix either.

     Unhygienix (Ordralfabetix) 

Unhygienix (Ordralfabetix)

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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 going fishing in the sea right next to the village, but he insists on ordering it from Lutetia on the grounds that all the best fish gets to Lutetia. Trouble is, Lutetia (Paris) is over one hundred miles from the sea, and in the time of the books (50BC) the journey took two weeks. By the time the fish arrives in Unhygienix's shop, it's been caught in the sea, carted to Lutetia, and carted all the way back to Armorica again. Refrigeration technology was not available in 50BC. It's a wonder that Unhygienix's fish hasn't dissolved into mush.
  • Meaningful Name: In the British edition, he's Unhygienix. In the American, he's Epidemix.
    • His wife's name, appropriately enough, is Bacteria.
  • Shamu Fu: His preferred method of fighting.
  • Those Two Guys: With Fulliautomatix. They are almost always paired in scenes in which they appear.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Again, with Fulliautomatix. He mocks the stale fish of the fishmonger and regularly starts brawls with him. But he always hangs out with him and they frequently fight side by side.

     Geriatrix (Agecanonix) 

Geriatrix (Agecanonix)

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The oldest villager.

  • Adaptational Wimp: His live-action counterpart in the first movie is much more played as a Butt-Monkey.
  • Badass Grandpa: Beats a Roman legionary three times his size with the Roman's own club.
  • Berserk Button: In contrast to his proud recollection of Gergovia (see Glory Days, below), if anyone mentions of the Battle of Alesia (Caesar's final defeat of Vercingetorix and the Gauls) Geriatrix will fly into a rage, shouting that he doesn't know anything about Alesia and nobody even knows where Alesia is. (The latter is also a joke, referring to the fact that the site of Alesia was, until recently, much disputed among historians and archaeologists.)
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Only time he drops the whipped husband is when his wife so much as comment on someone's else physique.
  • Dirty Old Man: Though it's not as obvious as more well-known examples.
  • Glory Days: He fought at the Battle of Gergovia and is quite eager to remind everyone of it.
  • Henpecked Husband: Geriatrix is completely whipped, with him constantly doing all of her household chores, spoiling her, and following her every command, in spite of his advanced age. Since Asterix is a cartoon for adults, it's also implied that his wife is freed from the usual "wifely obligations." So it's something of a trade-off. Still, Geriatrix is perfectly able to fight Romans, party, drink and chase skirts as soon he gets out of his wife's eyesight.
  • May–December Romance: His wife is still a very young woman while he looks like he could be her grandfather.
  • Meal Ticket: Averted. His incredibly sexy and much younger wife really does love him.
  • The Napoleon: Very short (as short as Asterix) and has a bad temper.
  • Punny Name: From "geriatric", an elderly person. His French name is taken from Âge canonique, meaning "very old age".
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Zigzagged. While he is a Grumpy Old Man, he demands that he be targeted in fights.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Despite being an ugly old man, he has a very beautiful wife.

     Impedimenta (Bonemine) 

Impedimenta (Bonemine)

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

  • Apron Matron: She's never seen without an apron, and is explicitly an older lady.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Her husband tends to fuel this.
  • Fatal Flaw: In a nutshell, pride. Impedimenta loves being thought of as someone important, and her desire to be seen as important is usually behind her moments of causing drama.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Just ask Vitalstatistix.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: She seldom shows a softer side, but it does exist.
  • Meaningful Name: In the English version, her name refers to both her dominance over her husband and her tendency to stir up trouble with her pride, politicking or gossip.
  • The Rival: She is constantly fighting a game of one-upsmanship with Mrs. Geriatrix.
  • Rolling Pin of Doom and Frying Pan of Doom: Her Weapons Of Choice every time she gets into a Cat Fight or the rare times she fights the Romans for real along with the rest of the villagers.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Invoked, in that she sometimes asks herself why she married Vitalstatistix. The uncharitable implication is that she wed him for the status of being the Chieftain's Wife, only for reality to sink in when it turned out Vitalstatistix was only chief of a small, backwater village and not some place big and important. Still, to be fair to Impedimenta, she doesn't complain about it that often, and there are signs that she does love Vitalstatistix — she just wishes he was a bit more politically ambitious.

     Mrs. Geriatrix (Mme Agecanonix) 

Mrs. Geriatrix (Mme Agecanonix)

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Geriatrix's young, sexy and nameless wife.

  • Cat Fight: Often gets into these with Impedimenta. A variation as well since both women have quite a violent streak.
  • May–December Romance: She is still a very young woman. Her husband looks like he could be her grandfather.
  • 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.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Sexy character and also the tallest woman in the village.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: She is extremely attractive. Her husband is an unattractive old man.

     Panacea (Falbala) 

Panacea (Falbala)

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A beautiful villager. First introduced in Asterix the Legionary.

     Justforkix Oceaniges (Goudurix Doupleheliges) 

Justforkix Oceaniges (Goudurix Doupleheliges)

A trendy teenager and Vitalstatistix's nephew by way of his brother, Doublehelix.

  • Blinding Bangs: His long forelocks tend to cover his eyes.
  • Lovable Coward: To the point where the Normans want him to teach them fear.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: After spending the entire book cowering in fear from the Normans and generally behaving like a spoiled brat, he Took a Level in Badass and angrily turned on the Normans for wasting everyone's time with their idiotic idea that they'd be able to fly. He's also the only character ever to give Cacofonix praise and encouragement.
  • Totally Radical: Is a caricature of contemporary teens, even to the point of playing Cacofonix's harp like a guitar.

     Cassius Ceramix (Aplusbégalix) 

Cassius Ceramix (Aplusbégalix)

The chief of a neighbouring village, who has thrown his lot in with the Romans, and who Vitalstatistix has to fight in Asterix and the Big Fight.

  • The Brute: He's big, rude, aggressive, only half-educated about Roman ways, and obnoxious. Until he gets hit by a menhir.
  • Cultured Badass: After being hit by a menhir, in common with all the other characters in the book that this happens to (except Vitalstatistix), he becomes incredibly polite.
  • Punny Name: Doubles as a Shout-Out to Muhammad Ali's birth name, Cassius Clay, although that and ability in the ring are the only two things he has in common with Ali.
  • The Quisling: He's cut his hair short, shaved off his moustache, wears Roman clothes and has a part-Roman name, but more than that he's forcing his people to speak Latin and behave like Romans. He has no problem at all with fighting Vitalstatistix in order to take over the village, and the fact that the village will finally be absorbed into the Roman empire is, for him, a side bonus.

Romans

     Julius Caesar 

Julius Caesar

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

  • Anti-Villain: Usually Type I. He is a decent emperor in the comic but he still takes pride in conquering regions.
  • Badass Cape: "Would you mind returning to Caesar that which belongs to Caesar?"
  • Bad Boss: He repays those who serve him well, but his zero tolerance for failure means that penalty for unsuccessful attempts is becoming lion toast.
  • Big Bad: The Roman Empire wouldn't have been on the village's threshold if it wasn't for him.
  • The Chessmaster: With more pawns than usual, and without getting into the chessboard himself of course.
  • 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 doesn't 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.
  • 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.
  • Evil Laugh: In adaptations, notably in "The twelve tasks of Asterix".
  • Face Death with Dignity: "Gauls, let Caesar show you that a Roman knows how to die with dignity!" - he's then informed by Asterix that the later has no intention to kill him.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: No matter what plans he concocts, or how much he has the rest of the world to his feet, there is no way he will ever dominate that village.
  • Friendly Enemy: Very much so; he holds no personal enmity 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.
  • Graceful Loser: He tends to take defeat at the hands of the goal fairly well, all things considered. Sure, he gets mad at his minions failing him and the fact he's Surrounded by Idiots, but he tends to be courteous with the Gauls, even in defeat. He even once declares he's ready to Face Death with Dignity only to be told by the Gauls they have no plans to kill him.
  • Henpecked Husband: Played for laughs in his relationship with Cleopatra, who he's not actually married to in the books but who he has a definitely flirtatious relationship with, and who chews him out with terrifying ferocity whenever he's annoyed her.
  • Historical-Domain Character: Of the real Julius Caesar.
  • 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.
  • I Gave My Word: If he gives his word, he'll keep it, no matter what. And if he promised to feed you to the lions, not even becoming a statue will save you.
  • 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.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: One of the only Romans (and villains) who poses a credible threat thanks to his intellect.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Averted. It's subtle, but the reader is constantly reminded that Brutus will kill Caesar no matter what, even if he finds out about Brutus' treachery early on. Since the series takes place before 44 BC, he just cannot die here.
  • Third-Person Person: Talks about himself in the third person, after the historical Caesar's habit of doing so in his Commentarii. After explaining his plans to his lackeys:
    Lackey: He's great!
    Caesar: Who?
    Lackey: Er...you.
    Caesar: Oh, him.
  • Worthy Opponent: Tends to regard the Gauls as this when they best him, often willing to reward their victories.

     Brutus 

Brutus

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Caesar's adoptive son.

  • Ascended Extra: Brutus suddenly becomes the Big Bad of Astérix and Son after spending the entire series as a joke character. He goes further than any villain previous and burns the village down. Fortunately Caesar rebuilds it out of honor and gratitude.
  • 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), but it's nonetheless inevitable.
    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...
  • Historical-Domain Character: Of the real Brutus.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: Though opinions on him have historically fluctuated, the real Brutus is generally seen as someone who conspired against Caesar wanting to prevent him from completely doing away with republican rule. In "Asterix and Son" he's simply a power-hungry would-be murderer looking to remove potential rivals who threaten his prospects of succeeding Caesar as ruler of Rome.
  • Knife Nut: Is almost always playing with a knife (again, Foreshadowing), usually hurting himself with it.
  • Knight of Cerebus: He was the main villain only for one book, but when it happened, he was one of the few villains to be played dead serious. He actually manages to burn the Gauls' village in the climax.
  • 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.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: He never really was portrayed as particularly nice, but in Asterix and Son, he ascends to full-fledged villain who Would Hurt a Child.note 
  • Top-Heavy Guy: Like most of the centurions, has huge hairy arms and chest with normal-sized legs.

Other characters

     The Pirates 

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. Especially when it was destroyed by exploding Corsican cheese.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Expect Baba and Tripod to toss some snark at their captain, the latter in the form of a Pretentious Latin Motto, whenever they get sunk.
  • 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". Later books dispense with this.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: They're never shown to successfully pillage anyone, always getting beat up, having their ship sunk, or both.
  • Frankenstein's Monster: A frequent extra among the crew looks like one.
  • Goldfish Poop Gang: An accidental example since they never attempt to follow the Gauls and always happen to meet them by the cruelest of ironies.
  • 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).
    • Mission Cleopatre and other media indicate that three principal pirates have the same names as their Barbe Rouge inspirations: Barbe Rouge/Redbeard, Triplepatte/Tripod, and Baba.
  • 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: Tripod likes to utter Latin mottos. It gets on Redbeard's nerves.
  • 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. To make up for that, however, see below.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Or rather, the pirates who can't get to do anything before their ship is sunk.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: At the end of Asterix and the Cauldron, money literally falls out of the sky onto their ship. Given the Reformed, but Rejected example above, they deserve this happy ending for a change.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: "They're all in Roman uniform; we can take 'em." Guess who's on board!
    • In [1], Baba emerges from below deck, revealing he scuttled the ship as per usual...completely unaware that the Gauls merely looted them, but left the pirates and the ship unscathed.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Traditionally, Baba is portrayed as a rotund man with a white shirt, blue pants, exaggerated lips, and a tuft of curly hair. In Magic Carpet only, however, his lower body is not seen, but he's shirtless, muscular and fit, less exaggerated lips and with a shaven head.

     Cleopatra 

Cleopatra

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The queen of Egypt.

  • Bad Boss: The whole reason that the Gauls make the trip to Egypt is to save Edifis from the consequences of failing her.
  • Behind the Black: It's a recurring joke that Cleopatra makes her entrance completely unnoticed by the characters currently on-pannel despite her usually traveling on a giant golden throne carried by several dozen slaves, with armed guards and sometimes animals by her side. And despite the sheer size, opulence and crowd around her, no one is ever aware she's here until she makes her presence known. Asterix and Son sees her arriving on a 2 story tall golden Sphinx on 10 wheels, pulled by dozens of slaves, and yet she's only noticed once she tells Caesar the baby Brutus is pursuing is his - this is despite the fact that Obelix and Brutus were BOTH facing the direction from which she arrived the previous panel!
  • Character Development: From being bratty, spoiled and rather childlish to a much calmer and wiser woman.
  • Face Death with Dignity: When she thinks Asterix wants to assassinate her, she holds a long speech about "showing the barbarians how a queen dies". Asterix eventually gets impatient and manages to throw a word in.
  • Gag Nose: Almost every character in Astérix is drawn with a huge nose. However, the nose that is frequently remarked upon is Cleopatra's, whose is rather noticeable on her otherwise gorgeous appearance but far smaller than that of any of the characters constantly remarking on how "very pretty" it is.
  • Hide Your Children: To protect her son with Caesar in "Asterix and Son," she sends him to the Gauls' Village. It leads for a Dramatic Reveal when Caesar finds out the truth of Brutus' treachery.
  • Historical-Domain Character: She is this series' version of the historical Cleopatra VII.
  • Hypocrite: She chews out Caesar for sabotaging the construction of his palace claiming that he shouldn't cheat... while claiming that she CAN use the Gauls to have the palace built in three months as planned. Never mind that the whole thing was to prove that her country was not decadent as Caesar said, yet it's thanks to the Gaulish intervention correcting the blueprints and their magic potion that the palace was built that fast and without falling apart, since Alexandria's best architect was inept.
    • That being said, while allowing the Gauls' aid is not exactly fair in proving Egyptian building skill, her actual point wasn't exactly hypocritical, since she was calling out Caesar actively trying to prevent her side from winning the bet. Given Caesar's display of pride and arrogance throughout the book, one gets the idea that he would've launched this sabotage attack anyway even if the Egyptians did somehow manage to do the job quickly on their own (quality would still not have been great, but Caesar was more concerned about their meeting the deadline).
  • May–December Romance: With Caesar. And has a son with Caesar, Ptolemy XV Caesarion, who she hides in the Gauls' Village in "Asterix and Son" when Brutus tries to kill the child.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: They took as many cues from Elizabeth Taylor's Cleopatra as possible.
  • Tsundere: Swings wildly between cool and collected and shouting her lungs out and throwing things.
  • You Have Failed Me: Threatens Edifis with this.

     Edifis (Numerobis) 

Edifis (Numerobis)

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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. Luckily for him, he happens to be friend with Getafix, and manages to convince him to help with magic potion.

  • Adaptational Badass: In the comic, he ends up as a Distressed Dude who has to be saved by Asterix and Obelix. In the live-action movie, he turns into a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass after Getafix gave him magic potion and eventually manages to defeat a similarly magic potion-powered Artifis in a duel.
  • Bizarrchitecture: His buildings, his house in particular.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: He refused Artifis' Heads I Win, Tails You Lose offer not out of pragmatism but on grounds that Artifis works his slaves to death. He's not the least bit intimidated of being fed to the crocodiles, if anything, he fears his constant stress would make him unpalatable to the sacred crocodiles.
  • Distressed Dude: He gets kidnapped by Artifis in the comics.
  • 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) 

Artifis (Amonbofis)

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

     Metric (Teleferic) 

Metric (Teleferic)

Kuningaz note  of the Germanic peoples (called Goths in the album).

     Rhetoric (Cloridric) 

Rhetoric (Cloridric)

Metric's interpreter, and later one of at least ten rival kuningōz.

     Olaf Timandahaf (Olaf Grossebaf) 

Olaf Timandahaf (Olaf Grossebaf)

Kuningaz of the Normans, he kidnaps Justforkix to learn the meaning of fear.


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