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* HauteCuisineIsWeird: When Fatuous invites Asterix and Obelix for a quick lunch, Obelix is particularly disappointed to discover it consists in very small toasts of pâtés made with nightingale tongues, roach gums, or sturgeon eggs. Fatuous on his side is quite vexed that Obelix finds his delicacies "salty". Later on Obelix asks for some "real food" instead, like wild boars.


* BoringReturnJourney: Actually lampshaded by the narration, which states the journey back from Rome to Gaul is rather uneventfull, aside from another quick battle with the pirates.

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* BoringReturnJourney: Actually lampshaded by the narration, which states the journey back from Rome to Gaul is rather uneventfull, uneventful, aside from another quick battle with the pirates.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: When Brutus is first introduced, Caesar upbraids him for sleeping as he enters his box instead of applauding his leader like everyone else (saying that fateful line, "Et tu, Brute!"). As Brutus tries desperately to make up for his faux pas, Caesar thinks to himself that he will be having trouble from his subordinate someday, and as the comic book artist reminds us, that thought will prove prophetic, as any examination of Shakespeare's '''''Julius Caesar''''' will show you. (This gag will be repeated every time Brutus appears or is referred to.)

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: When Brutus is first introduced, Caesar upbraids him for sleeping as he enters his box instead of applauding his leader like everyone else (saying that fateful line, "Et tu, Brute!"). As Brutus tries desperately to make up for his faux pas, Caesar thinks to himself that he will be having trouble from his subordinate someday, and as the comic book artist reminds us, that thought will prove prophetic, as any examination of Shakespeare's '''''Julius Caesar''''' ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar'' will show you. (This gag will be repeated every time Brutus appears or is referred to.)



* IOweYouMyLife: After they fight off the pirates and thus save his life (and [[SkewedPriorities more important, his merchandise]]), Ekonomikrisis admitst that he originally intended to take Asterix and Obelix prisoner to [[MadeASlave sell them as slaves]], but now he will bring them to Rome as promised.
* KarmaHoudini: Odious Asparagus, who started the whole mess by arranging for Cacofonix to be kidnapped and then handing him over to Caesar as a "gift", disappears from the story and apparently never gets any comeuppance for what he's done.
* MuggingTheMonster: With this being their debute story, the pirates don't know Asterix and Obelix yet and thus don't hesitate to attack Ekonomikrisis' ship, with the two Gauls on board. They quickly and painfully learn their mistake, thus kicking off the RunningGag of the Gauls beating them up and sinking their ship anytime they meet.

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* IOweYouMyLife: After they fight off the pirates and thus save his life (and [[SkewedPriorities more important, his merchandise]]), Ekonomikrisis admitst admits that he originally intended to take Asterix and Obelix prisoner to [[MadeASlave sell them as slaves]], but now he will bring them to Rome as promised.
* KarmaHoudini: Odious Odius Asparagus, who started the whole mess by arranging for Cacofonix to be kidnapped and then handing him over to Caesar as a "gift", disappears from the story and apparently never gets any comeuppance for what he's done.
* MuggingTheMonster: With this being their debute debut story, the pirates don't know Asterix and Obelix yet and thus don't hesitate to attack Ekonomikrisis' ship, with the two Gauls on board. They quickly and painfully learn their mistake, thus kicking off the RunningGag of the Gauls beating them up and sinking their ship anytime they meet.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse?: Odious Asparagus, after handing Cacofonix to Caesar as his gift, is never heard from again.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse?: Odious Odius Asparagus, after handing Cacofonix to Caesar as his gift, is never heard from again.



-->'''Gladiators''': Ave Caesar! We who are about to die salute you!
-->'''Asterix and Obelix''': Hiya, Julie! How ya doing?[[note]] In the British edition of the book, they use the much more British "Hello, Julius old chap!"[[/note]]

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-->'''Gladiators''': Ave Caesar! We who are about to die salute you!
-->'''Asterix
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'''Asterix
and Obelix''': Hiya, Julie! How ya doing?[[note]] In the British edition of the book, they use the much more British "Hello, Julius old chap!"[[/note]]


The fourth ''Asterix'' book sees the re-appearance of UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar, as Asterix and Obelix meet him on his home turf: Rome. (It has the first of four appearances [in the series] of Brutus as well.)

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The fourth ''Asterix'' book sees the re-appearance of UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar, as Asterix and Obelix meet him on his home turf: Rome. (It has the first of four appearances [in the series] of Brutus in the series as well.)


* AnimatedAdaptation: Combined with ''Asterix the Legionary'' to create ''Asterix vs Caesar''. Instead of Cacofonix, Tragicomix and Panacea, the romantic subplot leads from ''Asterix the Legionary'', are captured, so Asterix and Obelix pursue them by first joining the Roman Legion, then heading to Rome to become gladiators.
* BeenThereShapedHistory: In the arena scene in the AnimatedAdaptation, Obelix gets distracted and accidentally runs into a support pillar and causes a sizable portion of the Colosseum to collapse. [[ArtisticLicenseHistory Quite an impressive feat when you remember that the Colosseum wouldn't even be built for another century.]]

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* AnimatedAdaptation: Combined with ''Asterix the Legionary'' to create ''Asterix vs Caesar''. ''WesternAnimation/AsterixVersusCaesar''. Instead of Cacofonix, Tragicomix and Panacea, the romantic subplot leads from ''Asterix the Legionary'', are captured, so Asterix and Obelix pursue them by first joining the Roman Legion, then heading to Rome to become gladiators.
* BeenThereShapedHistory: In the arena scene in the AnimatedAdaptation, Obelix gets distracted and accidentally runs into a support pillar and causes a sizable portion of the Colosseum to collapse. [[ArtisticLicenseHistory Quite an impressive feat when you remember that the Colosseum wouldn't even be built for another century.]]
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** When being transported to Rome as a prisoner of Odius Asparagus on board the latter's galley, Cacofonix offers to lift the galley slaves' spirits with a song. The slaves consider his singing to be even worse than getting whipped, and promise to put extra effort into the rowing if Cacofonix shuts up.
** Averted with the rowers working for Ekonomikrisis; they are not slaves, but "business associates who didn't read the contract very well".

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* PublicBathhouseScene: Asterix and Obelix visit the public baths in Rome.

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* ReadTheFinePrint: The rowers working for Ekonomikrisis are not slaves, but fellow Phoenicians who failed to properly read their contracts before signing.

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* BoringReturnJourney: Actually lampshaded by the narration, which states the journey back from Rome to Gaul is rather uneventfull, aside from another quick battle with the pirates.

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* ChariotRace: Asterix and Obelix participate in one during the games in the Colosseum. Asterix wins when Obelix stops their only remaining competitor.


* MuggingTheMonster: With this being their debute story, the pirates don't know Asterix and Obelix yet and thus don't hesitate to attack Ekonomikrisis' ship, with the two Gauls on board. They quickly realize their mistake, thus kicking off the RunningGag of the Gausl beating them up and sinking their ship anytime they meet.

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* MuggingTheMonster: With this being their debute story, the pirates don't know Asterix and Obelix yet and thus don't hesitate to attack Ekonomikrisis' ship, with the two Gauls on board. They quickly realize and painfully learn their mistake, thus kicking off the RunningGag of the Gausl Gauls beating them up and sinking their ship anytime they meet.

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* IOweYouMyLife: After they fight off the pirates and thus save his life (and [[SkewedPriorities more important, his merchandise]]), Ekonomikrisis admitst that he originally intended to take Asterix and Obelix prisoner to [[MadeASlave sell them as slaves]], but now he will bring them to Rome as promised.


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* MuggingTheMonster: With this being their debute story, the pirates don't know Asterix and Obelix yet and thus don't hesitate to attack Ekonomikrisis' ship, with the two Gauls on board. They quickly realize their mistake, thus kicking off the RunningGag of the Gausl beating them up and sinking their ship anytime they meet.


The fourth ''Asterix'' book sees the re-appearance of UsefulNotes/GaiusJuliusCaesar, as Asterix and Obelix meet him on his home turf: Rome. (It has the first of four appearances [in the series] of Brutus as well.)

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The fourth ''Asterix'' book sees the re-appearance of UsefulNotes/GaiusJuliusCaesar, UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar, as Asterix and Obelix meet him on his home turf: Rome. (It has the first of four appearances [in the series] of Brutus as well.)


* SkewedPriorities: Ekonomikrisis fears that the pirates will take him and his men prisoner, kill them or, even worse, steal their merchandise!

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* SkewedPriorities: Ekonomikrisis fears that the pirates will take him and his men prisoner, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking prisoners and slaves, kill them or, even worse, steal their merchandise!merchandise!]]

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* TheHeavy: His rather accurate name notwithstanding, Caius Fatuous takes initiative on his own for most of the comic-book and tries to forcefully enlist Asterix and Obelix to his slavedriving gladiator ring in an effort to impress Caesar, who as usual sits back and lets his lieutenants choose the best way to please him. Not unlike Asparagus who however abandons the plot early on.


* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: At one point Obelix suggests that they masquerade as lions. Asterix retorts by saying that Obelix is too fat to be a lion, and he doesn't object in any way.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: At one point Obelix suggests that they masquerade as lions. Asterix retorts by saying that Obelix is too fat to be a lion, and he doesn't object in any way. In later stories, he was so touchy about his weight that, to name one example, he knocks a Roman legionary flying just for using the expression "fat lot of good you are" (which, if you're not familiar with it, has a meaning along the lines of "you're useless") around him.


-->'''Gladiators''': Ave Caesar! Those who are about to die salute you!

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-->'''Gladiators''': Ave Caesar! Those We who are about to die salute you!

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