Recap / Asterix and the Big Fight

At the time of the Roman occupation of Gaul, there were two kinds of Gauls;

Gallo-Romans, who accepted the Pax Romana and tried to adapt to the ways of their invaders...

And the indomitable kind, Gauls who liked food, drink, and a good punch-up. Gauls like the kind in Asterix's village.

Nebulus Nimbus, centurion of the fortified camp of Totorum, wonders how to deal with said village, and his right-hand Felonius Caucus suggests they take advantage of a Gaulish tradition, the Big Fight; Two chiefs duel, and the winner takes control of both villages. But who would fight Vitalstatistix on behalf of the Romans? The candidate is none other than Cassius Ceramix, a Gaul who's not only gone Roman, but is forcing it on his villagers. While eager to please the Romans, Ceramix is not eager to fight Vitalstatistix, whose druid Getafix brews the potion of super-strength. So the Romans plot to remove the druid from the equation...

While out collecting herbs, Getafix is ambushed by Legionaries. Asterix and Obelix come to the rescue, but in his haste Obelix accidentally flattens Getafix with his menhir. The Legionaries report that Getafix has been neutralized, and Ceramix lays down his challenge.

Getafix recovers, but has lost his mind and memory. A giggling shell of his former self, he can no longer brew the magic potion. Asterix and Obelix seek another druid named Psychoanalytix to cure Getafix, but in demonstrating how the incident happened, Obelix flattens a second druid with his menhir. Now there are two druids brewing useless potions for each other. With nothing to it, Vitalstatistix trains for his duel under Asterix.

On the day of the match, the village goes out to watch, save the druids and a guilt-feeling Obelix. As the match begins, Vitalstatistix has Asterix go back to the village to collect Obelix, in case things go wrong and they need his strength. But back in the village, one of the silly potions cures Getafix. His mind restored, Getafix quickly brews plenty of magic potion, inadvertently preventing Psychoanalytix from taking the cure.

When he hears that Getafix is cured and that they have potion to spare, Vitalstatistix lays out Ceramix in one punch and wins the fight. But the Romans aren't going to let the Gauls get away that easily, and attack, thinking that the magic potion is gone. Per tradition, the Gauls thump the Legionaries, and during the fight Ceramix is flattened by Obelix's menhir. Vitalstatistix gives control of Ceramix's village back, with instructions not to kowtow to the Romans anymore.

And so, the story ends happily. The Gauls of Ceramix's village return to their Gaulish ways, and Ceramix has become surprisingly courteous, and probably the originator of the famous reputation for politeness that the French once enjoyed. And Psychoanalytix returns to his practice, having mostly recovered...and his fame makes up for any side effects.


  • Amazing Technicolor Population: When Getafix the druid becomes amnesiac, his attempts at recreating the magic potion formula end up as potions turning people into various colours (not always plain). He is thrilled by this.
  • Animated Adaptation: Technically there was one released in 1989, though in truth it's actually more an adaptation of Asterix and the Soothsayer, with Getafix's amnesia, the potion-tasting sequence and Nebulus Nimbus (who replaces that story's centurions) being the only surviving elements of this story.
  • Badass Normal: Vitalstatistix is proven to be this, as he is able to send Cassius Ceramix flying with one punch, similar to what the Gauls do when under the influence of the magic potion, yet he had had none at the time.
  • Boxing Episode: The boxing match between Vitalstatistix and Cassius Ceramix is prominently featured.
  • Identity Amnesia: Getafix and Psychoanalytix.
  • "Just So" Story: Ceramix's post-menhir extreme politeness is said to the origin of the French reputation for courtesy.
  • Les Collaborateurs: Gallo-romans are treated as such by the proudly mustached, hut-living Gauls. By the end of the story, the Gallo-romans have gone back to entirely Gallic lifestyles.
  • Mobile Shrubbery: Used by the Legionaries.
  • Napoleon Delusion: One of Psychoanalytix's patients. This being 50 BC., nobody knows who he thinks he is.
  • No Indoor Voice: Nebulus Nimbus. He's always TALKING AT THE TOP OF HIS LUNGS. He thinks quietly, though.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Obelix, being too trigger-happy with the menhirs, causes the amnesia.
  • Obviously Evil: Felonius Caucus.
  • Running Gag: Every time any of the characters get knocked out by a menhir, when they come round they are both amnesiac and extremely polite. The exception is when Getafix is hit a second time; presumably he didn't get knocked out. In the case of Ceramix, the politeness becomes part of his personality.
  • Woolseyism: Cassius Ceramix. Ceramic is made of clay. Remind you of anyone?
    • He is also the only character in the series to have one name ending in "-us" and another in "-ix", perfectly fitting for a colaborator.
  • Tap on the Head: How Obelix keeps describing his the accident. And by 'tap' he means 'being flattened by a menhir.'
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Nimbus considers doing this trope when he learns that Ceramix plans on challenging the other chiefs and become the head chief of Gaul. And then considers the same for Felonius.