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  • Cleopatra calling Caesar out on his sabotage of the palace construction. Complete with one of the biggest of all Big Entrances taken straight out of Cleopatra.
    • During her entrance Cleopatra claims she was in such a hurry she left her palace without even changing her clothes-and she is indeed wearing the same (relatively) modest clothes and jewels she had when she got the warning. If this is her in a hurry, what would have she done if she had enough time to prepare?
  • Dogmatix, drinking a life-saving drip of magic potion in the Asterix in Britain movie. Bulldog-asskicking ensues.
  • Obelix (while de-aged and without his Super Strength in Asterix and Obelix All at Sea) sees Asterix get knocked out and about to be thrown to the sharks. This results in him growing back to adult size and strength. Ass-kicking ensues.
  • In Asterix and the Roman Agent and The Mansions of the Gods, when the villagers get over their quarrels and proceed to kick ass. There's something deeply satisfying in watching the bunch getting their differences fixed by busting fools. In the former, after completely annihilating all four Roman camps at once (and the Pirates, who were just passing by), they give Tortuous, the man who caused conflicts between the villagers, his just deserts: they act like he was their double agent, with gifts, cheers and all. Cue the Roman General sending him back to Rome with the accusation of high treason.
  • Whenever Cacofonix gets invited to the big feast at the end of the book, instead of being hogtied as always. Because it always happens if the bard did something utterly badass, intentionally or not. Just to name a few examples:
    • In Asterix and the Normans, it is Cacofonix' singing that finally teaches the Normans what it is to be afraid, and also inspires the first display of bravery by Vitalstatistix' nephew Justforkix (who actually enjoys Cacofonix' singing). Not only does Cacofonix attend the banquet, he gives a musical performance while his usual tormentor, Fulliautomatix, is the one tied to the tree with parsley stuffed in his ears.
    • In The Mansions of the Gods, Asterix and Obelix cause one of the couples in the eponymous block of flats to leave, then give the flat to Cacofonix. His singing causes the entire block to empty; when the legionaries from Aquarium are moved in and Cacofonix is forcibly evicted, the Gauls use this "slight" as an excuse to demolish the entire building. Cacofonix is invited to the banquet as a show of gratitude for his role in the scheme.
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    • It also should be noted that when he DOES get to sit at the table, apart from the Early Installment Weirdness case in Asterix the Gaul, he doesn't even try to sing and is generally well-behaved.
  • Obelix's birthday in Obelix and Co. They got him a whole camp full of brand new Romans, for Jupiter's sake. While they stood in the background singing "Happy Birthday", too!
  • Asterix and the Laurel Wreath:
    • A Roman slave has our heroes thrown into prison for attempted murder of Caesar, then winds up "ab-so-lute-ly blotto" in a pub. Asterix waking him up, paired with his reaction, is the stuff of legends.
    • The guys were sent to Rome to steal Caesar's laurel wreath, so that Vitalstatistix can use it for cooking. They succeed.
  • In Asterix and the Actress Obelix punches Asterix in a temper and Getafix gives Asterix some magic potion, thus causing Asterix to go completely insane.
  • Asterix and the Cauldron ends with the pirates, of all people, enjoying an unexpected windfall when the eponymous cauldron filled with Whosemoralsarelastix's hoard of sestertii falls into their ship.
  • Vitalstatistix gets one in Asterix and the Big Fight. Challenged to a duel by a traitorous Gaul chief with both of their villages at stake, Vitalstatistix finds himself in the fight WITHOUT the magic potion, as Getafix has suffered memory loss. As such, he spends the beginning and middle of the fight fleeing from his opponent. When Vitalstatistix learns that Getafix has recovered and there's magic potion to go around, the chief of the indomitable Gauls instantly wins the fight by One-Hit KO. Without pausing to drink said potion. One could argue that he was also so easily able to send his opponent flying is because the latter was exhausted from constantly chasing after him. But that in itself is a sheer testimony to Vitalstatistix's badassery. Thanks to some earlier training with running, he was able to constantly outrun his opponent without being so much as being visibly winded or tired when Asterix brings him the good news. His much fitter-looking, constantly training, and more imposing opponent, on the other hand, is slowly worn down, and can barely speak or stand. Vitalstatistix won by sheer endurance, stamina, and using his at-the-time lone advantage against his opponent. Though still doesn't change the fact that he did punch the bigger man out of the ring hard is a testament to his strength. Authority Equals Asskicking indeed!
  • In Asterix and the Magic Carpet, Cacofonix brought a drought to end, saving a princess in the process, by singing. The princess was of India and it was due time for the Monsoon, only it wasn't coming. Short story, unless the rain would come of its own volition, the princess would be sacrificed, leaving the way open for a certain evil figure to ascend the throne. But the Indians had heard of a man whose voice could cause rain. In other words, by being a lousy musician, Cacofonix is already a legendary musician. And when he sings this time, everyone enjoys it with glee.
    • Asterix pulls of what is probably his all-time greatest Big Damn Heroes moment when he arrives at literally the last second to save the beautiful Princess Orinjade from having her head cut off by a giant axe-wielding executioner.
    Crowd: Five! Four! Three! Two! One!
  • Also a funny moment, but in Asterix in Corsica, the corrupt, and oppressive Roman leader was ready to abandon his soldiers to the Corsican rebels. When the soldiers find out, they decide to bring him to the front lines. Literally, they put him directly in front.
  • Many linguists today date the Proto-Germanic sound shift known as Grimm's law (p, t, k > f, þ, x; b, d, g > p, t, k; bh, dh, gh > b, d, g) no earlier than 100 BC. If this is correct, it is a CMOA that Getafix never says the wrong word by accident in Asterix and the Goths. He'd have had to learn the language all over again, after all.
  • Asterix and the Chariot Race:
    • Mount Vesuvius erupts, sending a huge boulder crashing onto the road. Obélix, who's had it up to here with the deplorable state of Roman roads, grabs the boulder and throws it right back, plugging the volcano so effectively the narration states it won't be heard about until Pompeii gets buried.
    • When the man using the alias of Coronavirus quits the race for honor reasons, Caesar pulls off a very risky gambit: take up Coronavirus' costume and secretly enter the race himself(!). While this almost worked, you have to give props to Caesar for having even thought of this solution at all.
  • Once in a while, the Roman army reminds everyone there's a reason if, even in-universe, the Undefeatable Little Village is seen with such awe:


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