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* BerserkButton: Don't try to harm Dogmatix. Obelix will break your nose.


* ExactWords: Arterioslerosis reports the taking of the village by reporting that ''all'' of Gaul has been pacified.



* HistoricalInjoke: Once more involving Brutus. A short parenthesis about Soothsayers and how they are nothing but charlatans depicts one telling Julius Caesar that he will have nothing to fear as long as Brutus is near him.

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* HistoricalInjoke: HistoricalInJoke: Once more involving Brutus. A short parenthesis about Soothsayers and how they are nothing but charlatans depicts one telling Julius Caesar that he will have nothing to fear as long as Brutus is near him.


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* PutOnABus: From a Doylist perspective it's clear that the reason why Getafix was away for half the book was because Prolix wouldn't have been able to set up shop if he'd been around when the Soothsayer first arrived.


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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The scene where Getafix adds the final ingredient to the foul-smelling potion as the villagers stand in front is meant to look like he is taking a photograph of them.

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* OnlySaneMan: Asterix is the only one in the village who doesn't buy that Prolix is a soothsayer, while everyone else blindly believes Prolix. Getafix doesn't believe in soothsayers either, but he's absent for the first half of the story.


* AnimatedAdaptation: Though it was titled ''Asterix and the Big Fight'' (from [[Recap/AsterixAndTheBigFight which]] it takes Getafix's indisposition), the film borrows heavily from this album.

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* ArtImitatesArt: The scene of Prolix "reading" the fish is drawn to resemble the 1632 painting ''The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp'' by Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn, with the fish taking the place of the cadaver in the original painting.



* DramaticIrony: On the page discussing soothsayers and their unreliability, an augurer is telling Julius Caesar that as long as Brutus is near him, he has nothing to fear (Brutus is even playing with a knife). Of course, [[Theatre/JuliusCaesar we all know how accurate that was...]]
** Alternatively, the prophecy may be [[ExactWords exactly correct.]] As long Brutus is on Caesar's side, he won't fall, but [[EtTuBrute the moment he changes side...]] Then fall, Caesar.

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* DramaticIrony: On the page discussing soothsayers and their unreliability, an augurer is telling Julius Caesar that as long as Brutus is near him, he has nothing to fear (Brutus is even playing with a knife). Of course, [[Theatre/JuliusCaesar we all know how accurate that was...]]
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]] Alternatively, the prophecy may be [[ExactWords exactly correct.]] As long Brutus is on Caesar's side, he won't fall, but [[EtTuBrute the moment he changes side...]] Then fall, Caesar.



* {{Homage}}: The scene of Prolix "reading" the fish is drawn to resemble the 1632 painting ''The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp'' by Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn, with the fish taking the place of the cadaver in the original painting.
* IncrediblyLamePun: Despite claiming to despise easy puns, Getafix calls the cauldron of stinking potion "the pollution to all our problems".



* NoNameGiven: Despite being a prominent character in the story starting with Prolix's arrest, Artierosclerosus' rather dim-witted Optio is never addressed by name.

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* NoNameGiven: Despite being a prominent character in the story starting with Prolix's arrest, Artierosclerosus' Artierosclerosus's rather dim-witted Optio is never addressed by name.



* PhonyPsychic: Prolix. The narration states that most so-called 'prophets' were just fast-talkers taking advantage of people's gullibility. Which is then immediately parodied, as one of them is shown forecasting a "reasonable" view of the future (a picture of Uderzo's villa), while another is shown "saying complete rubbish" (a photograph of the then-under construction La Défense skyscraper district in Paris).

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* PhonyPsychic: Prolix. The narration states that most so-called 'prophets' "prophets" were just fast-talkers taking advantage of people's gullibility. Which is then immediately parodied, as one of them is shown forecasting a "reasonable" view of the future (a picture of Uderzo's villa), while another is shown "saying complete rubbish" (a photograph of the then-under construction La Défense skyscraper district in Paris).Paris).
* {{Pun}}: Despite claiming to despise easy puns, Getafix calls the cauldron of stinking potion "the pollution to all our problems".

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** The pirate ship gets sunk again. And just like in ''Recap/AsterixInSwitzerland'', the unlucky pirates prove that are perfectly capable of doing so without Asterix and Obelix around (the parenthesis shows a Soothsayer predicting them that it's safe to set sail, but they end up in a severe storm that sinks their ship).

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* HistoricalInjoke: Once more involving Brutus. A short parenthesis about Soothsayers and how they are nothing but charlatans depicts one telling Julius Caesar that he will have nothing to fear as long as Brutus is near him.

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**Alternatively, the prophecy may be [[ExactWords exactly correct.]] As long Brutus is on Caesar's side, he won't fall, but [[EtTuBrute the moment he changes side...]] Then fall, Caesar.


* CallBack: When Prolix accidentally correctly predicts that a pair of dice will add up to VII, he explains that if he really were a soothsayer but wanted to prove himself a fake, he would have known the dice would add up to VII and would have predicted a roll of VIII instead. The none-too-bright Optio of Compendium is thoroughly confused by Prolix' defence, and in near the end of the book, he collars Prolix and orders him to make another prediction about a dice roll. This time, Prolix guesses VIII, but the dice add up to VII, which only confuses the Optio further.

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* CallBack: When Prolix accidentally correctly predicts that a pair of dice will add up to VII, he explains that if he really were a soothsayer but wanted to prove himself a fake, he would have known the dice would add up to VII and would have predicted a roll of VIII instead. The none-too-bright Optio of Compendium is thoroughly confused by Prolix' Prolix's defence, and in near the end of the book, he collars Prolix and orders him to make another prediction about a dice roll. This time, Prolix guesses VIII, but the dice add up to VII, which only confuses the Optio further.



* EmbarrassingNickname: In the early days of their courtship/marriage, Impedimenta used to call Vitalstatistix "Piggywiggy". When Prolix tells her that Vitalstatistix will move to Lutetia to go into business with her wealthy brother Homeopathix (seen in [[Recap/AsterixAndTheLaurelWreath the previous volume]]), she revives the nickname, much to Asterix and Obelix' amusement.

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* EmbarrassingNickname: In the early days of their courtship/marriage, Impedimenta used to call Vitalstatistix "Piggywiggy". When Prolix tells her that Vitalstatistix will move to Lutetia to go into business with her wealthy brother Homeopathix (seen in [[Recap/AsterixAndTheLaurelWreath the previous volume]]), she revives the nickname, much to Asterix and Obelix' Obelix's amusement.



* KarmaHoudini: In the end, Prolix gets away, without a scratch. However he does seem to have been a bit humbled by the experience and it's ambiguous on whether he will go back to his scammer ways. In the later album ''The Asterix and Obelix Birthday Book'', we find Prolix up to his old tricks making preposterous predictions during Asterix' and Obelix' birthday party, to which he has inexplicably been invited (along with Squareonthehypotenus from ''The Mansions of the Gods'', Redbeard and his crew, and Julius Caesar himself!); and while the Gauls are mostly tolerant, they are clearly skeptical.

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* KarmaHoudini: In the end, Prolix gets away, without a scratch. However he does seem to have been a bit humbled by the experience and it's ambiguous on whether he will go back to his scammer ways. In the later album ''The Asterix and Obelix Birthday Book'', we find Prolix up to his old tricks making preposterous predictions during Asterix' Asterix's and Obelix' Obelix's birthday party, to which he has inexplicably been invited (along with Squareonthehypotenus from ''The Mansions of the Gods'', Redbeard and his crew, and Julius Caesar himself!); and while the Gauls are mostly tolerant, they are clearly skeptical.



* NoNameGiven: Despite being a prominent character in the story starting with Prolix' arrest, Artierosclerosus' rather dim-witted Optio is never addressed by name.
* NoSell: Unhygienix is the only one unaffected by Getafix' foul-smelling mixture of gasses, because, considering his profession, he is used to such bad odors.

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* NoNameGiven: Despite being a prominent character in the story starting with Prolix' Prolix's arrest, Artierosclerosus' rather dim-witted Optio is never addressed by name.
* NoSell: Unhygienix is the only one unaffected by Getafix' Getafix's foul-smelling mixture of gasses, because, considering his profession, he is used to such bad odors.



** Every time one of Prolix' predictions appears to come true following his arrest by the Romans, the Optio asks, "Do we lock him up, then?"

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** Every time one of Prolix' Prolix's predictions appears to come true following his arrest by the Romans, the Optio asks, "Do we lock him up, then?"


* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Or intelligence, rather. The Optio says he dosn't get it, Arteriosclerosus responds that it's to be expected, "since I'm a centurion and you're an optio". The optio wanders away scrathing his head, a legionary asks if he needs help, and gets told "no, you wouldn't understand, since I'm an optio and you're just an legionary". When Arteriosclerosus get demoted the Optio ignores his attempt at convincing him Prolix is a soothsayer because he is under him now.

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* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Or intelligence, rather. intelligence. The Optio says he dosn't doesn't get it, Arteriosclerosus responds that it's to be expected, "since I'm a centurion and you're an optio". The optio wanders away scrathing scratching his head, a legionary asks if he needs help, and gets told "no, you wouldn't understand, since I'm an optio and you're just an legionary". When Arteriosclerosus get demoted gets demoted, the Optio ignores his attempt at convincing him Prolix is a soothsayer because he is under him now.


* NoSell: Unhygienix is the only one unaffected by Gatafix' foul-smelling mixture of gasses, because, considering his profession, he is used to such bad odors.

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* NoSell: Unhygienix is the only one unaffected by Gatafix' Getafix' foul-smelling mixture of gasses, because, considering his profession, he is used to such bad odors.



* SpringtimeForHitler: Prolix tries to prove that he is a fake by making a prediction on the outcome of a dice roll. He predicts a combined roll of VII, and believes that as he always loses at gambling, he should be safe in making an inaccurate prediction. However, the dice land on V and II, which add up to VII, so Arteriosclerosus orders his arrest. Of course, it was not a good choice, because seven is the most common result of rolling two six-sided dice (and not knowing that may explain why he always loses at gambling). Even worse in the animated adaptation where he predict the coin toss would be nor heads or tail, the coin get stuck in an amphora on the edge side.

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* SpringtimeForHitler: Prolix tries to prove that he is a fake by making a prediction on the outcome of a dice roll. He predicts a combined roll of VII, and believes that as he always loses at gambling, he should be safe in making an inaccurate prediction. However, the dice land on V and II, which add up to VII, so Arteriosclerosus orders his arrest. Of course, it was not a good choice, because seven is the most common result of rolling two six-sided dice (and not knowing that may explain why he always loses at gambling). Even worse in the animated adaptation where he predict predicts the coin toss would be nor neither heads or tail, nor tails, and the coin get gets stuck in an amphora on the edge side.


* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Or intelligence, rather. The Optio says he dosn't get it, Arteriosclerosus responds that it's to be expected, "since I'm a centurion and you're an optio". The optio wanders away scrathing his head, a legionary asks if he needs help, and gets told "no, you wouldn't understand, since I'm an optio and you're just an legionary".

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* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Or intelligence, rather. The Optio says he dosn't get it, Arteriosclerosus responds that it's to be expected, "since I'm a centurion and you're an optio". The optio wanders away scrathing his head, a legionary asks if he needs help, and gets told "no, you wouldn't understand, since I'm an optio and you're just an legionary". When Arteriosclerosus get demoted the Optio ignores his attempt at convincing him Prolix is a soothsayer because he is under him now.



* PetTheDog: After spending all the comic trying to lock Prolix, the Optio simply tells him to get lost.



* SpringtimeForHitler: Prolix tries to prove that he is a fake by making a prediction on the outcome of a dice roll. He predicts a combined roll of VII, and believes that as he always loses at gambling, he should be safe in making an inaccurate prediction. However, the dice land on V and II, which add up to VII, so Arteriosclerosus orders his arrest. Of course, it was not a good choice, because seven is the most common result of rolling two six-sided dice (and not knowing that may explain why he always loses at gambling).

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* SpringtimeForHitler: Prolix tries to prove that he is a fake by making a prediction on the outcome of a dice roll. He predicts a combined roll of VII, and believes that as he always loses at gambling, he should be safe in making an inaccurate prediction. However, the dice land on V and II, which add up to VII, so Arteriosclerosus orders his arrest. Of course, it was not a good choice, because seven is the most common result of rolling two six-sided dice (and not knowing that may explain why he always loses at gambling). Even worse in the animated adaptation where he predict the coin toss would be nor heads or tail, the coin get stuck in an amphora on the edge side.

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