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** Caesar himself has only a few more years before his fated assassination at the hands of Brutus and his conspirators, and while HE might have been seen the Gauls as a WorthyOpponent, no matter how often he tried to crush them, but his adoptive son, heir and eventual successor Octavian might not have had any such sentiment. This is the same man who murdered Caesars biological son, the same infant Asterix and Obelix saved in ''Asterix and Son'', so it's entirerly belivable that Octavian would have been far more ruthless than Caesar and had simply murdered Getafix or found some other dishonorable way of crushing the Gauls spirit once and for all.

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** Caesar himself has only a few more years before his fated assassination at the hands of Brutus and his conspirators, and while HE might have been seen the Gauls as a WorthyOpponent, no matter how often he tried to crush them, but his adoptive son, heir and eventual successor Octavian might not have had any such sentiment. This is the same man who murdered Caesars biological son, the same infant Asterix and Obelix saved in ''Asterix and Son'', so it's entirerly belivable that Octavian would have been far more ruthless than Caesar and had simply murdered Getafix or found some other dishonorable way of crushing the Gauls spirit once and for all.all.
** The very likely fact that eventually this comic's adorable Caesarion will be killed before ever managing to become a man and his mother will commit suicide also counts.


** Getafix is nowhere to be seen. Considering his advanced age, he could have died before finding someone to reveal the recipe for the Magic Potion... And with no supply and Obelix growing old and weakening, Vitalstatix would have had to negotiate a surrender before the Romans found out and killed them all.


** While [[UndefeatableLittleVillage the village still resists]], the rest of the Gauls is under Roman control... And, as shown as early as Recap/AsterixAndTheBigFight, they're already culturally integrating the population, with many other stories showing they have already integrated the Gauls economically. The realization that his village's continuing resistance on the long run is amounting to nothing, Vitalstatix, already a ShellShockedVeteran from Alesia, could have hit the DespairEventHorizon and concluded the Romans will ''eventually'' win in some way, so he surrendered just to get on with it and spare his villagers the worst of it.

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** While [[UndefeatableLittleVillage the village still resists]], the rest of the Gauls is under Roman control... And, as shown as early as Recap/AsterixAndTheBigFight, they're already culturally integrating the population, with many other stories showing they have already integrated the Gauls economically. The realization that his village's continuing resistance on the long run is amounting to nothing, Vitalstatix, already a ShellShockedVeteran from Alesia, could have hit the DespairEventHorizon and concluded the Romans will ''eventually'' win in some way, so he surrendered just to get on with it and spare his villagers the worst of it.it.
** Caesar himself has only a few more years before his fated assassination at the hands of Brutus and his conspirators, and while HE might have been seen the Gauls as a WorthyOpponent, no matter how often he tried to crush them, but his adoptive son, heir and eventual successor Octavian might not have had any such sentiment. This is the same man who murdered Caesars biological son, the same infant Asterix and Obelix saved in ''Asterix and Son'', so it's entirerly belivable that Octavian would have been far more ruthless than Caesar and had simply murdered Getafix or found some other dishonorable way of crushing the Gauls spirit once and for all.


* In ''Asterix at the Olympic Games'', Vitalstatix, just to have Asterix and Obelix take part to the Olympic Games and mess with the Romans, declared they were Romans. Just to mess with Caesar he ''accidentally surrendered to him'', and had Caesar found out the village would have at least lost its reputation.

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* In ''Asterix at the Olympic Games'', Vitalstatix, just to have Asterix and Obelix take part to the Olympic Games and mess with the Romans, declared they were Romans. Just to mess with Caesar he ''accidentally surrendered to him'', and had Caesar found out the village would have at least lost its reputation.reputation.
* In the TimeSkip sequence of Recap/AsterixAndObelixsBirthdayTheGoldenBook, set in 1 BC, the village's palisade is torn down, Petibonum is mentioned as the local commerce center, and Asterix, Obelix and many of the others are shown to be still alive. The implication is that at some point, somehow, ''the Gauls surrendered''. And there's actually ways it could have happened:
** As pointed out above, Vitalstatix had surrendered ''by accident'' to have Asterix and Obelix take part in the Olympic Games. Chance is, Caesar or someone else found out and called him out on this, forcing him to surrender for real to at least preserve his honor.
** Getafix is nowhere to be seen. Considering his advanced age, he could have died before finding someone to reveal the recipe for the Magic Potion... And with no supply and Obelix growing old and weakening, Vitalstatix would have had to negotiate a surrender before the Romans found out and killed them all.
** While [[UndefeatableLittleVillage the village still resists]], the rest of the Gauls is under Roman control... And, as shown as early as Recap/AsterixAndTheBigFight, they're already culturally integrating the population, with many other stories showing they have already integrated the Gauls economically. The realization that his village's continuing resistance on the long run is amounting to nothing, Vitalstatix, already a ShellShockedVeteran from Alesia, could have hit the DespairEventHorizon and concluded the Romans will ''eventually'' win in some way, so he surrendered just to get on with it and spare his villagers the worst of it.


* What does Impedimenta see in her husband? A lot, actually. Hes the leader of a tribe that has never known defeat and is a regular annoyance to the Roman Empire. Its what comes with it the tribe being a bunch of kooks that irks her, reasonably enough.

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* What does Impedimenta see Gaul in her husband? A lot, actually. Hes 50 BC was not really a united nation, just a land governed by several various tribes. They were all looking out for themselves; Vercingetorix was the leader of a tribe that has never known defeat only major figure who could unite the Gaulish tribes against the Romans, and is a regular annoyance to once he was crushed by the Roman Empire. Its what comes with it Romans the tribe being a bunch of kooks that irks her, reasonably enough.tribes all fell in line, independent and defiant in their own way but no longer rebellious. This is an explanation as to how the Gauls and Romans managed to live together in the story.



* ''Recap/AsterixAndTheChariotRace'' depicts the Italic peoples as still culturally independent, if politically subdued (except the "Irreducible Umbrians", who still fight), even if by this time they're all Roman citizens (having actually ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_War_(91%E2%80%9388_BC) fought against Rome to become citizens]]''. One of Caesar's own relatives, a Lucius Julius Caesar, proposed one of the laws that ended the rebellion by granting them citizenship) and are being culturally absorbed. They're likely experiencing a (brief) cultural revival as a result of the news brought back by those who have been "besieging" Asterix' village, with some Umbrians (the people who held their culture the longest) actually rising back in arms.
** The Samnites, Rome's historical rivals, are not mentioned at all. An oversight? No: as punishment for not surrendering during the Social War once Rome started granting citizenship to those who did, the Romans wiped them out and disperded the survivors. Kinda hard experiencing a cultural revival in those conditions...

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** History states that Vercingetorix surrendered to save as many of his men as possible. He must have taken that to heart and is staying alive to honor his chieftain's sacrifice.
** Alternately he learnt from Alesia that peace is a lot less troublesome and more mutually benefit to everyone. He still enjoys fighting Romans and being cheeky to Romans, but is more respectful of them and is smart enough to avoid [[BullyingaDragon irking Caesar into bringing down his Empire on his small village.]]
* ''Recap/AsterixAndTheChariotRace'' depicts the Italic peoples (Gaulish tribes in Italy, and non-Gauls) as still culturally independent, if politically subdued (except the "Irreducible Umbrians", who still fight), even if by this time they're all Roman citizens (having actually ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_War_(91%E2%80%9388_BC) org/wiki/Social_War_(Italian) fought against Rome to become citizens]]''. One of Caesar's own relatives, a Lucius Julius Caesar, proposed one of the laws that ended the rebellion by granting them citizenship) and are being culturally absorbed. They're likely experiencing a (brief) cultural revival as a result of the news brought back by those who have been "besieging" Asterix' village, with some Umbrians (the people who held their culture the longest) actually rising back in arms.
** The Samnites, Rome's historical rivals, are not mentioned at all. An oversight? No: as punishment for not surrendering during the Social War once Rome started granting citizenship to those who did, the Romans wiped them out and disperded dispersed the survivors. Kinda hard experiencing a cultural revival in those conditions...conditions...
* What does Impedimenta see in her husband? A lot, actually. Hes the leader of a tribe that has never known defeat and is a regular annoyance to the Roman Empire. Its what comes with it the tribe being a bunch of kooks that irks her, reasonably enough.



* In ''Recap/AsterixAndTheCauldron'', Asterix and Obelix join a theatre company in the hope of making money. The theatre company's show is presented as being self-consciously avant-garde and confrontational, in a parody of the late 60s avant-garde performance art scene, with no story or characters, just the actors insulting the well-heeled Roman audience and making faces at them while the audience laps it all up. Then, Laurensolivius points at Obelix, who is expected to say the first thing that comes into his head--which is "These Romans are crazy." This turns out to be a BerserkButton for the previously blandly smiling Roman prefect in the audience, who loses his temper and demands that the entire troupe be arrested and thrown to the lions for insulting the honour of Rome. Why was the prefect fine with the show up until that point? ''Because he doesn't mind Rome being insulted as long as it's by Roman citizens.'' As soon as Obelix, a Gaul, does so, it's an act of insubordination from a conquered people. It's a sharp comment on the thin skins of conquerors, and the fact that mockery only hits its target depending on who's delivering it.
* For years, I used to wonder why the proverbially-fearless Roman legionaries were so utterly terrified of the Gauls. Heck, we've never even seen anyone die in the fighting, for Toutatis' sake... And then I realised: ''that's exactly the problem''. The Gauls ''don't'' give the Romans an honourable death in battle; what they do is, from the Romans' point of view, worse -- they '''humiliate''' them. They send them limping back to their camps, having to live with the knowledge -- and with everyone else knowing -- that they, supposedly the world's greatest fighting force, have been humbled by a band of barbarians armed only with their fists. '''Again.''' And again, and again, and again...
** What happens to Centurion Ignoramus and his men at the begnning of ''Obelix and Co'' lends credence to this; Being some of Caesar's best soldiers, they look upon the previous demoralized garrison of Totorum with contempt. After their arrival, Ignoramus rallies his legionaries with a confident speech about how ''they'' will be the ones to finally overrun the Gaulish village. One single-handed, resounding defeat by Obelix (with a bit of help from Dogmatix) later, and they give up completely and start spending their days lounging about the camp, trying to keep as low a profile as possible while waiting for their relief to show up... just like their predecessors. Caesar is nearly apoplectic with rage when he learns that his crack troops were broken and demoralized to the point of uselessness in a single day by a single Gaul.


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* In ''Recap/AsterixAndTheCauldron'', Asterix and Obelix join a theatre company in the hope of making money. The theatre company's show is presented as being self-consciously avant-garde and confrontational, in a parody of the late 60s avant-garde performance art scene, with no story or characters, just the actors insulting the well-heeled Roman audience and making faces at them while the audience laps it all up. Then, Laurensolivius points at Obelix, who is expected to say the first thing that comes into his head--which is "These Romans are crazy." This turns out to be a BerserkButton for the previously blandly smiling Roman prefect in the audience, who loses his temper and demands that the entire troupe be arrested and thrown to the lions for insulting the honour of Rome. Why But why was the prefect fine with the show up until that point? then? ''Because he doesn't mind Rome being insulted as long as it's by Roman citizens.'' As soon as Obelix, a Gaul, does so, it's an act of insubordination from a conquered people. It's a sharp comment on the thin skins of conquerors, and the fact that mockery only hits its target depending on who's delivering it.
* For years, I used to wonder why the proverbially-fearless Roman legionaries were so utterly terrified of the Gauls. Heck, we've the comic's never even seen shown anyone die in the fighting, for Toutatis' sake... And then I realised: ''that's exactly the problem''. The Gauls ''don't'' give the Romans an honourable death in battle; what they do is, from the Romans' point of view, worse -- they '''humiliate''' them. They send them limping back to their camps, having to live with the knowledge -- and with everyone else knowing -- that they, supposedly the world's greatest fighting force, have been humbled by a band of barbarians armed only with their fists. '''Again.''' And again, and again, and again...
** What happens to Centurion Ignoramus and his men at the begnning of on their first fight in ''Obelix and Co'' lends credence to this; this: Being some of Caesar's best soldiers, they look upon the previous demoralized garrison of Totorum with contempt. After their arrival, contempt and Ignoramus rallies his legionaries with a confident speech about how ''they'' will be the ones to finally overrun the Gaulish village. One single-handed, resounding defeat by Obelix (with a bit of help from Dogmatix) later, and they give up completely and start spending spend their days lounging about the camp, trying to keep keeping as low a profile as possible while waiting for their relief to show up... just like their predecessors. Caesar is nearly was almost apoplectic with rage when he learns learnt that his crack troops were broken and demoralized to the point of uselessness in a single day by a single Gaul.



* This might be exclusive to the Swedish dubbed version, but in ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} And The Big Fight'', I was kind of annoyed with how the soothsayers' voice was. It sounded too [[EvilSoundsDeep deep]] and dark and emphasizing and [[LargeHam extravagant]] and... showy. And at about this point, I realized -- of course. He's a ''con man''. He isn't supposed to ''sound'' like an actual person, he's supposed to sound like the idea of a fortuneteller, the stereotype -- and truly, he does have a slightly different voice the few times he mutters to himself, and ''entirely'' different when he [[spoiler:goes insane toward the end]]. Also, Infirmofpurpus' voice sounded so... off, always speaking in a slightly awkward fashion, but what really bothered me was that his voice seemed to be cracking, or at least hoarse. Then I understood that... well, he was ''terrified out of his mind'', so when he screamt he had to be screaming as loudly as he could. And living next to the crazy Gauls, he'd have to do this quite a lot. Of ''course'' his throat would go sore and his voice would go hoarse after a while. - {{Farmelle}}
** This is also present in the original French version. The soothsayer is hammy as hell (and deep) when he's pretending, but as soon as he gets nervous (like each time he's talking to the centurion), his voice gets higher and he even stutters at times. The British English dub also retains this aspect, although rather than stuttering he giggles nervously.


** What happens to Centurion Ignoramus and his men at the begnning of ''Obelix and Co'' lends credence to this; Being some of Caesar's best soldiers, they look upon the previous demoralized garrison of Totorum with contempt. After their arrival, Ignoramus rallies his legionaries with a confident speech about how ''they'' will be the ones to finally overrun the Gaulish village. One single-handed, resounding defeat by Obelix (with a bit of help from Dogmatix) later, and they give up completely and start spending their days lounging about the camp, trying to keep as low a profile as possible while waiting for their relief to show up... just like their predecessors. Caesar is nearly apoplectic with rage when he learns that his crack troops were demoralized to the point of uselessness in a single day by a single Gaul.


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** What happens to Centurion Ignoramus and his men at the begnning of ''Obelix and Co'' lends credence to this; Being some of Caesar's best soldiers, they look upon the previous demoralized garrison of Totorum with contempt. After their arrival, Ignoramus rallies his legionaries with a confident speech about how ''they'' will be the ones to finally overrun the Gaulish village. One single-handed, resounding defeat by Obelix (with a bit of help from Dogmatix) later, and they give up completely and start spending their days lounging about the camp, trying to keep as low a profile as possible while waiting for their relief to show up... just like their predecessors. Caesar is nearly apoplectic with rage when he learns that his crack troops were broken and demoralized to the point of uselessness in a single day by a single Gaul.





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\n** What happens to Centurion Ignoramus and his men at the begnning of ''Obelix and Co'' lends credence to this; Being some of Caesar's best soldiers, they look upon the previous demoralized garrison of Totorum with contempt. After their arrival, Ignoramus rallies his legionaries with a confident speech about how ''they'' will be the ones to finally overrun the Gaulish village. One single-handed, resounding defeat by Obelix (with a bit of help from Dogmatix) later, and they give up completely and start spending their days lounging about the camp, trying to keep as low a profile as possible while waiting for their relief to show up... just like their predecessors. Caesar is nearly apoplectic with rage when he learns that his crack troops were demoralized to the point of uselessness in a single day by a single Gaul.



* In ''Recap/AsterixAndTheCauldron'', Asterix and Obelix join a theatre company in the hope of making money. The theatre company's show is presented as being self-consciously avant-garde and confrontational, in a parody of the late 60s avant-garde performance art scene, with no story or characters, just the actors insulting the well-heeled Roman audience and making faces at them while the audience laps it all up. Then, Laurensolivius points at Obelix, who is expected to say the first thing that comes into his head--which is "These Romans are crazy." This turns out to be a BerserkButton for the previously blandly smiling Roman prefect in the audience, who loses his temper and demands that the entire troupe be arrested and thrown to the lions for insulting the honour of Rome. Why was the prefect fine with the show up until that point? ''Because he doesn't Rome being insulted as long as it's by Roman citizens.'' As soon as Obelix, a Gaul, does so, it's an act of insubordination from a conquered people. It's a sharp comment on the thin skins of conquerors, and the fact that mockery only hits its target depending on who's delivering it.

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* In ''Recap/AsterixAndTheCauldron'', Asterix and Obelix join a theatre company in the hope of making money. The theatre company's show is presented as being self-consciously avant-garde and confrontational, in a parody of the late 60s avant-garde performance art scene, with no story or characters, just the actors insulting the well-heeled Roman audience and making faces at them while the audience laps it all up. Then, Laurensolivius points at Obelix, who is expected to say the first thing that comes into his head--which is "These Romans are crazy." This turns out to be a BerserkButton for the previously blandly smiling Roman prefect in the audience, who loses his temper and demands that the entire troupe be arrested and thrown to the lions for insulting the honour of Rome. Why was the prefect fine with the show up until that point? ''Because he doesn't mind Rome being insulted as long as it's by Roman citizens.'' As soon as Obelix, a Gaul, does so, it's an act of insubordination from a conquered people. It's a sharp comment on the thin skins of conquerors, and the fact that mockery only hits its target depending on who's delivering it.




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\n* For years, I used to wonder why the proverbially-fearless Roman legionaries were so utterly terrified of the Gauls. Heck, we've never even seen anyone die in the fighting, for Toutatis' sake... And then I realised: ''that's exactly the problem''. The Gauls ''don't'' give the Romans an honourable death in battle; what they do is, from the Romans' point of view, worse -- they '''humiliate''' them. They send them limping back to their camps, having to live with the knowledge -- and with everyone else knowing -- that they, supposedly the world's greatest fighting force, have been humbled by a band of barbarians armed only with their fists. '''Again.''' And again, and again, and again...





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\n* In ''Recap/AsterixAndTheCauldron'', Asterix and Obelix join a theatre company in the hope of making money. The theatre company's show is presented as being self-consciously avant-garde and confrontational, in a parody of the late 60s avant-garde performance art scene, with no story or characters, just the actors insulting the well-heeled Roman audience and making faces at them while the audience laps it all up. Then, Laurensolivius points at Obelix, who is expected to say the first thing that comes into his head--which is "These Romans are crazy." This turns out to be a BerserkButton for the previously blandly smiling Roman prefect in the audience, who loses his temper and demands that the entire troupe be arrested and thrown to the lions for insulting the honour of Rome. Why was the prefect fine with the show up until that point? ''Because he doesn't Rome being insulted as long as it's by Roman citizens.'' As soon as Obelix, a Gaul, does so, it's an act of insubordination from a conquered people. It's a sharp comment on the thin skins of conquerors, and the fact that mockery only hits its target depending on who's delivering it.





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\n* On Obelix' white and azure striped pants:
** They denote Obelix is actually wealthy, and has been for a long time: azure cloth had to be imported all the way from India, and if he could afford that...
** In ''Recap/ObelixAndCo'' Preposterous suggests Obelix to change outfit to reflect his newly (more) enriched status, even if he, as a Roman economist and status symbol expert, should know his clothes already hint at great wealth... Except he's ''Roman'', and to him that color is cursed.
** Obelix' azure stripes likely play a part on why the Romans are especially terrified of him: while they know he's human and his strength comes from a magic potion, the fact he's ''that'' strong and wears azure would make the Romans instinctively think of him as a HumanoidAbomination.



*** These events had different dosages- In "Cleopatra", the dosage was small, just few drops. In "All at Sea"? He drank an entire '''Cauldron'''.

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*** These events had different dosages- In "Cleopatra", the dosage was small, just few drops. In "All at Sea"? He drank an entire '''Cauldron'''.'''Cauldron'''.
* In ''Asterix at the Olympic Games'', Vitalstatix, just to have Asterix and Obelix take part to the Olympic Games and mess with the Romans, declared they were Romans. Just to mess with Caesar he ''accidentally surrendered to him'', and had Caesar found out the village would have at least lost its reputation.




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\n* ''Recap/AsterixAndTheChariotRace'' depicts the Italic peoples as still culturally independent, if politically subdued (except the "Irreducible Umbrians", who still fight), even if by this time they're all Roman citizens (having actually ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_War_(91%E2%80%9388_BC) fought against Rome to become citizens]]''. One of Caesar's own relatives, a Lucius Julius Caesar, proposed one of the laws that ended the rebellion by granting them citizenship) and are being culturally absorbed. They're likely experiencing a (brief) cultural revival as a result of the news brought back by those who have been "besieging" Asterix' village, with some Umbrians (the people who held their culture the longest) actually rising back in arms.
** The Samnites, Rome's historical rivals, are not mentioned at all. An oversight? No: as punishment for not surrendering during the Social War once Rome started granting citizenship to those who did, the Romans wiped them out and disperded the survivors. Kinda hard experiencing a cultural revival in those conditions...





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\n* Vitalstatix could, conceivably, lead his tribe in reconquering the Gauls from Rome, yet he never does. ''Recap/AsterixAndTheChieftainsShield'' actually hints at why: Vitalstatix fought at Alesia, [[ShockingDefeatLegacy where Caesar, in his masterpiece of tactic and strategy, broke Vercingetorix' rebellion]]... And [[ShellShockedVeteran he hasn't got over that debacle yet]].

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