Recap / Asterix the Legionary

Obelix has been acting very strange lately. Whenever the lovely Panacea walks by, he loses track of what he's doing, walking into trees, not eating more than two boars, and delivering menhirs he doesn't have. It turns out that he's in love with Panacea! However, she has a fiance, Tragicomix...who's just been forcibly conscripted into the Roman Legion! Heartbroken, Obelix nonetheless volunteers himself and Asterix to retrieve Tragicomix.

Ariving at Condatum, they learn that Tragicomix has already been deployed to Africa where Caesar is fighting his rival Scipio. With no choice, the two Gauls enlist. The pair take to the military a bit differently than most recruits, and drive their Commanding Officers to tears in frustration. Regardless, they complete their training and make it to Africa.

At Caesar's camp, they learn that Tragicomix has been captured by Scipio. The Gauls take off to launch a jailbreak, and inadvertently provoke a battle between Caesar and Scipio's forces. Because both sides have the same uniform, the battlefield becomes quite confusing, and Scipio retreats, sick of the whole affair. Though incidental, Caesar recognizes that the Gauls' actions have brought victory to his forces, and rewards them with an honorable discharge.

The three Gauls return to their village, and the lovers are reunited. Before leaving to get married in Condatum, Panacea gives Asterix and Obelix a kiss of thanks. And while Obelix returns to normal, his good attitude and appitite restored, Asterix spends the ending banquet sitting in a tree, dazed.


  • All Love Is Unrequited
  • Animated Adaptation: This and Asterix The Gladiator were fused to create Asterix vs Caesar. Though the animated adaptation did make a few script changes. The Egyptian and the Greek were removed and replaced by a Spaniard instead.
  • Body-Count Competition: Between Astérix and Obelix, counted by Roman legionnaire helmets.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: Subverted, as Obelix merely punches through the Roman army that shows up once Tragicomix is broken out.
  • Boot Camp Episode: Asterix and Obelix join the army.
  • Camp Cook
  • Cosmetically Different Sides: Averted, leading to lots of confusion when both sides get the order to form the testudo, and the order-relaying horn blowers ending up in the same place.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: The Officers training the recruits try to be this, but Asterix and Obelix reduce them to tears.
  • Enemy Civil War: Between Caesar and Scipio.
  • Every Episode Ending: Cacofonix has been tied up as usual, but there's someone else sitting this one out... It's Asterix himself, in a lovesick daze.
  • Expy: The maniple in which Asterix and Obelix serve to the French Foreign Legion. The training sequences are loosely based on those of the Foreign Legion (in particular the march with heavy packs where a squad has to finish the distance leaving no one behind), it contains people unhappy in love, and they are sent to Northwest Africa.
  • Foreign Queasine: The Roman soldier's meal is wheat, cheese and bacon cooked to gether to save time. Naturally, the Briton is the only one to enjoy the stuff. Asterix and Obelix threaten the cook into serving boars and cakes instead.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Obelix, of course. While he puts on a stoic face for Panacea, once he and Asterix are out of view...
    Asterix: Obelix, I'm proud of you! You were really brave! When you heard Panacea was engaged you didn't even...
  • Lethal Chef: Averted. He's a talented chef who cooks badly on purpose.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Panacea has a profound effect on Obelix, such as...
  • Mildly Military: By virtue of resisting everything their commanding officers throw at them, the Gaul's company becomes this without having left Gaul.
  • National Stereotypes: The Goth (German) is dead serious and speaks in Gothic lettertype, the Greek speaks in Greek typography, the Egyptian speaks in hieroglyphs, the Belgian is jolly and petulant, the Briton is calm, polite and enjoys eating food that others find horrible.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Asterix gets the runaround from these in Condatum before losing his temper.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When Obelix isn't hungry for more than two boars, Asterix becomes very worried.
  • Painting the Medium: In all possible ways, including Pictorial Speech Bubble for the Egyptian, Symbol Swearing, speech bubbles becoming flowery and stylized Greek and Blackletter for the Greek and Gothic speakers.
  • Ragtag Band of Misfits: The company Asterix and Obelix are part of consist of Neveratalos the Greek, Selectivemploymentax the Briton, Gastronomix the Belgian, Hemispheric the Goth, and Ptenisnet the Egyptian who thinks he's joined a holiday camp. Subverted in that they don't accomplish much beside driving their COs to tears.
    • This requires the company to have a Roman interpreter with them, and even he delights in winding up the Centurion.
  • Recursive Translation: In-universe example that loses nothing. Obelix's too-small breastplate just struck Nefarius Purpus in the face...
    Purpus: @#$%!
    Hemispheric: *in Proto-Germanic* What did the centurion say?
    Interpreter: *in Proto-Germanic* He said "^&*+".
    Purpus: *in Latin* What did you say to him?
    Interpreter: "@#$%".
  • Running Gag: Whenever a character breaks down in tears, somebody will ask if he's in love?
    • Also, a mix-up near the start of the album results in Obelix thereafter referring to hitting people as "being polite".
    • A one-page gag involves all Asterix's company blundering into Caesar's tent thinking it's the local pub or the vacation camp headquarters or other non-military affairs.
  • Shout-Out: When the Belgian legionary removes his helmet for a moment, he shows a familiar, red crest.
    • When the pirates' ship is sunk, they rescue themselves onto a raft in a panel that parodies Géricault's painting "The Raft of the Méduse".
  • Sustained Misunderstanding: Ptenisnet the Egyptian wanders into the recruitment station thinking it's a vacation planning office. The recruiting Officer goes along with this so he joins. Along the entire story he thinks it's a large outing, ending with saying that it reminded him of his own time in the military.
  • Unfortunate Names: Nefarius Purpus' name in the Latin translation (and therefore likely his true name) is Milesgloriosus.
  • Vacation Episode: Asterix and Obelix travel to North Africa, then to Rome.