The characters found in the comic book series Asterix. Characters with a Dub Name Change have their original French name in the parentheses next to their English version name.
The Gaulish Village
- Apathetic Citizens: Theyre not too concerned with liberating Gaul from the Romans, preferring a simple life of hunting boar and brawling with Romans. The forest they live in provides them with enough to get by. More directly, any direct means to force change on them will be resisted.
- Berserk Button: The Battle of Alesia is one for all of them (except for Asterix, who is usually the one on the receiving end of their anger when he brings the name up). As Vitalstatistix puts it:Vitalstatistix: WHAT DO YOU MEAN, ALESIA? I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHERE ALESIA IS! NOBODY KNOWS WHERE ALESIA IS!
- Crippling Overspecialisation: The village has the wisest druid, the strongest warrior and the smartest warrior to rely on, and without all three (most importantly the druid) they would have been beaten by the Romans long ago. Getafix is often targeted by the Romans, and "The Roman Agent" showcases just how serious a flaw this is.
- The Dreaded: The Gaulish village has gained quite a reputation as the most feared district by the Roman army. In Asterix in Corsica the antagonist, a Roman praetor, is threatened to be posted to the Gaulish village if he fails. And in Asterix in Beligum they are surprised to find they have been surpassed by the Belgians as the most fearsome Gaulish people.
- Gossipy Hens: The womenfolk of the village enjoy gossip easily, and it causes a detriment in "The Roman Agent" and to a lesser level in "Asterix and Son".
- Happily Married: Despite often stormy relations, the husbands and wives in the village (Vitalstatistix-Impedimenta, Unhygienix-Bacteria, the Geriatrixes and Fulliautomatixes) are truly fond of each other.
- Not So Above It All: Asterix, Getafix and to an extent Vitalstatistix are the sanest heads in their village, but even they at times have their share of comic mishaps.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: They have nothing against Romans, but they will not be dominated or ruled by anyone.
Voiced in French by: Roger Carel (1967-2014), Christian Clavier (2018)
Voiced in English by: Lee Payant (Asterix the Gaul and Asterix and Cleopatra); Sean Barrett (The Twelve Tasks of Asterix); Jack Beaber (Asterix Versus Caesar); Bill Oddie (Asterix and the Big Fight UK dub); Henry Winkler (Asterix and the Big Fight US dub); Craig Charles (Asterix in America); Paul Giamatti (Asterix and the Vikings); Ken Kramer (Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods)
Played by: Christian Clavier (1999-2002), Clovis Cornillac (2008), Edouard Baer (2012), Guillaume Canet (2022)
The main character of the series, Asterix got into various adventures with his much larger friend Obelix.
- The Ace: Astérix is, despite his small size, the best warrior of the village. And he also happens to be one of the smartest characters in the whole series representing all the positive ideals of a Frenchman.
- Art Evolution: He started out crude and lumpy-looking but got more rounded, cuter features.
- Badass Mustache: Asterix is a Badass warrior and sports a fantastic moustache fitting for a tribal society, yellow and droopy.
- Bash Brothers: With Obelix. Being born on the same day they are thick as thieves and the village's champions.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: The latter, with Obelix as the big guy. Well he is little compared to most other characters as well.
- Brains and Brawn: Is smarter than his best friend and companion, the strong Obelix.
- Celibate Hero: He generally shows old school chivalry towards women and rarely pays much attention to them, having no interest in settling down and becoming a family man. Although when Panacea kisses him at the end of Asterix the Legionary, he falls for her just as hard as Obelix did. He also appreciates Cleopatra's nose ("Very pretty!"). It's implied that he has a thing for Bravura.
- Classical Antihero: A very downplayed one. He has all the belief in justice of an outright hero, he just stops short of being an Ideal Hero because of his plain, unimpressive looks and slight lack of physical prowess (which is still pretty good for someone of his physique) which he balances out by being a playful and sneaky fellow who has no trouble outwitting his mostly dim-witted opponents.
- Cool Helmet: Almost never seen without wearing his winged helmet. This is actually used as a plot point in The Great Crossing; when Obelix finds Asterix's helmet on the ground he instantly and correctly deduces that something must have happened because Asterix never takes his helmet off except to eat or sleep, and he wouldn't have been doing either of those things.
- Deadpan Snarker: Usually good-natured, but he seldom passes up an opportunity to deliver some snarky remarks. And there are lots of such opportunities...
- Expressive Accessory: His helmet's wings are in different positions depending on his mood.
- Guile Hero: Where even magic-potion powered brute strength fails, Asterix uses his brains to defeat the obstacles in his way. In the Twelve Tasks story, he tricks a martial artist into telling him how to defeat him, gets a hypnotist to hypnotize himself and drives an entire asylum of bureaucrats insane by playing their own game against them.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Blond-haired and the most heroic and noble of the main cast.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Obelix. Best friends, comrades in arms and typically roommates.
- Indy Ploy: His plans are often on-the-spot improvisations. They don't always work.
- Invincible Hero:
- Asterix himself along with the rest of the village is one. Every single battle between Romans (or, really, anyone) and Asterix and the rest of the Gauls, results in the Gauls curb-stomp their opponents, thanks to their magic potion that grants Super Speed, Super Reflexes, Super Strength, and arguably Nigh-Invulnerability. Plus, even in case of a shortage, they have Obelix, who doesn't need to drink any potion since he fell in it during his childhood, and the effect never wore off. As a result, the Romans never, ever, in any comic, manage to gain even the smallest durable advantage over the Gauls. Asterix also has the advantage of being one of the smartest and sanest Gaul, so unlike the others he is hard to outwit.
- Most plot tension actually comes from Asterix being excessively prudent and avoiding confrontation with Roman troops, even though he and Obelix are more than able to defeat hundreds of Elite Mooks on their own, and have already done so a few times. When trying to steal Caesar's laurel wreath, Asterix states that the magic potion doesn't protect from being harmed by Roman weapons. Whether it's true or not is unclear, but they never seem to be hurt anyway. note
- Getafix in the first volume did mention that the potion doesn't stop injury and Asterix had been knocked out once from a catapult shot in Asterix and Obelix All at Sea, but by the nature of the comic book even non-Amusing Injuries aren't lethal.
- Manipulative Bastard: Part of his Guile Hero status. Notable examples:
- In Mansion of the Gods, he terrorized a Roman tenant living in the titular apartment complex by having Obelix act Ax-Crazy. When the tenant left in fear, he arranged for Cacofonix to take over the lease, resulting in all the other tenants leaving. And when the Roman army moved into the apartment and evicted Cacofonix, he used this as a Pretext for War to kick the Romans out of Gaulish land.
- In Twelve Tasks of Asterix, he turned the 'Place that Drives You Mad' Obstructive Bureaucrat tendencies against themselves, confusing them, thus allowing him to meet with the director of the place and obtain the requisite form.
- Mercury's Wings: His helmet has decorative wings, as do those of some other Gauls as expectedly they use primitive accessories in their clothing.
- Not So Stoic: He views himself justifiably as the Only Sane Man as he remains much more level-headed and much less irascible than most of his fellow villagers, which makes the times that he loses his cool (often because of growing impatient with Obelix's immaturity), to the point of shouting, a sight to behold.
- Only Sane Man: Shares the role with Getafix. Never falls for superstitions, fads, and political passions.
- Ornamental Weapon: His sword. He tends to use his fists thanks to the potion as his main weapon and rarely draws his sword. Occasionally subverted, especially when he's without magic potion does it become a backup weapon. For example in Asterix and the Cauldron, he had to fight the evil chieftain who got him banished, and then in Asterix and Caesar's Gift, he used it to duel a Roman drunkard and later on cut a rope. He has also used it to slice food on occasion.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He is very short but is a powerhouse hero. Mainly after taking the magic potion, but Asterix can still hold his own reasonably well without it.
- Punny Name: From French "astérisque", English "asterisk", a small typographical symbol (*) used for footnotes. It originally comes from Greek "asteriskos" meaning small star, and he is the small star of the series.
- Shorter Means Smarter: Is much smaller than Obelix. He is not only the smarter of the two but smarter than most of the characters in the comics who tower over him, being mature (thinking and seeing ahead), even a bit wise and sly, and knowing how to trick others by using the right words.
- The Snark Knight: Especially in the first live-action movie. Asterix gets annoyed by the stupidity around him a lot and won't hesitate to snark at how bad the situation got.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Astérix and Obélix have an argument or falling-out pretty much Once per Episode. It never takes long for them to make up, though.
Voiced in French by: Jacques Morel (1967-1976), Pierre Tornade (1985-1994), Jacques Frantz (2006), Guillaume Briat (since 2014)
Voiced in English by: Hal Brav (Asterix the Gaul and Asterix and Cleopatra); Michael Kilgarriff (The Twelve Tasks of Asterix); Bill Kearns (Asterix Versus Caesar); Bernard Bresslaw (Asterix and the Big Fight UK dub); Rosey Grier (Asterix and the Big Fight US dub); Howard Lew Lewis (Asterix in America); Brad Garrett (Asterix and the Vikings); C. Ernst Hath (Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods)
Played by: Gérard Depardieu (1999-2012), Gilles Lellouche (2022)
Asterix's best friend and constant companion. As a baby, he fell into a cauldron of magic potion and it had a permanent effect on him. Because of that, he's absolutely huge, and always wants to drink more potion (though Getafix won't let him). He sells menhirs.
- He is very fat, but he has super-strength, is invincible in combat, and can defeat a Roman legion single-handed. It's canon that he fell in a cauldron of magic potion when he was little and is thus permanently under the effect of the potion. And don't call him fat. He's just well-covered.
- Both Obelix and Asterix mention a few times that Obelix is considered an excellent dancer — in fact, one of the best in the village. He only does this a few times, but he is consistently very talented, if indelicate with his partners. By contrast, Asterix (who is not fat) openly admits that he's a terrible dancer.
- According to Asterix and Obelix's Birthday, Obelix is brilliant at Twister.
- Art Evolution: Obelix started off quite crude and lumpy-looking but got more rounded, cuter features. Obelix also traded pointed helmet horns for small nubby ones, lost his body hair, and stopped carrying an axe.
- Badass Mustache: An invincible warrior, sporting a prominent red mustache.
- Bash Brothers: With Asterix. Although one of them is enough to take on any opposition they work together because they don't like being separate from one another.
- Berserk Button:
- Whatever you do, NEVER call him fat. Or mention the word "fat" while he's in earshot, for that matter.
- And do not even THINK of doing anything bad to Dogmatix. By extension, don't hurt trees near him. He's not upset about it, but Dogmatix is, and when Dogmatix gets upset...
- Beware the Nice Ones: He is nice, friendly, and pets the dog. But won't hesitate to beat anyone when enraged.
- Big Eater: "Did he eat anything before that?" "Two boars." "Right, he didn't eat anything."
- Big Fun: He is a big guy who really is out to have fun, in and out of the battlefield.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: The former, with Asterix as the little guy.
- Blood Brothers: Being born on the same day, Getafix said it was a sign that both are bonded together.
- Blood Knight: He actively seeks fights with Romans because he enjoys it. To the point where a dream he had where Caesar withdrew all the Roman legionaries surrounding their village qualified as a nightmare for him.
- Boisterous Bruiser: A bruiser who has huge appetites for everything — especially food, drink, and punching Romans.
- Braids of Barbarism: The Gauls are technically a barbarian tribe. Obelix is a barbarian warrior who styles his hair in pigtails.
- Brains and Brawn: Is stronger than his best friends and companion, the smart Asterix.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: OK, so Obelix loves fighting, but he's a big softie away from the battlefield. Especially where his dog is concerned or when Panacea walks around.
- Cannot Talk to Women: Obelix is so smitten by Panacea's beauty that he can only sprout strings of sounds that don't make any sense.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: He usually drinks goat milk. When he does drink alcohol, Obelix gets drunk out of his mind. Especially in Asterix in Switzerland, where he downed a whole barrel.
- Catchphrase: "These Romans are crazy! (Ils sont fous ces romains!)", frequently adjusted to complain about whichever nationality is being parodied in this particular issue. (Oddly, this phrase is spoken by Asterix on the inside cover of the French hardbound editions).
- Characterization Marches On: Partially due to the artwork. He starts out as an angular, burly warrior with hairy arms and big, pointed horns on his helmet with a more stupid, surly and straightforward attitude, but within the first few books gets a rounder, softer, more childlike look with beatific expressions and little nubby horns to suit his increasingly innocent, slightly Cloudcuckoolander, childlike personality.
- Cloudcuckoolander: His thinking processes don't usually result in logical conclusions.Obelix: [to a semi-conscious Indian warrior]] Where's Asterix?? [no answer] Asterix would know how to make him talk, so first I must find Asterix!
- Crush Blush: Obelix will blush red when he's close to beautiful young women.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: He's not unaware of his limits, but he often does not seem to realize that not everyone is as strong or invulnerable as he is.
- Dramatic Irony: When he and Asterix were in Rome, Obelix wanted to go up against the Praetorian Guard. Asterix didn't let him. Obelix's Super Strength lets him defeat all the legionaries that patrol Gaul, a conquered country. The Praetorian Guards, however, are Elite Mooks that Asterix reckons could destroy Obelix. Just because Obelix has never been effectively challenged by anyone, does not mean he has no limits. Obelix's strength is his weakness because it makes him unaware of danger.
- The Dreaded: For the Romans. Every Gaulish villager is dangerous to them, but Obelix tends to beat more people than anyone else. And he has gained a reputation for it.
- Dumb Muscle: He is probably the strongest warrior in the series and has permanent superhuman strength. But as an effect of this, he is slow-witted and easily confused.
- Extreme Omnivore: He can eat everything with ease, including, in one memorable occasion in The Twelve Tasks of Asterix, an Eldritch Abomination. The only exceptions are the meals of the Roman Army, as those are too disgusting even for him and dog meat since he has a dog.
- Fat Idiot: The fattest and dimmest of the Gauls.
- Genius Ditz: He's usually dim, but when speaking Latin, his hovercraft is never full of eels.
- Has a Type: After Panacea, he has shown interest for two other blondes — Mrs. Geriatrix in The Soothsayer and Influenza in Caesar's Gift.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Asterix. Best friends, comrades in arms and typically roommates.
- Hidden Depths: On occasions where he actually has to use his wits, he's pretty above average in wit. "Asterix and the Normans" had him track down Cacofonix when he had left the village to go to Lutetia, and "Obelix and Co" shows him as quick on business tactics.
- Hopeless Suitor: Has a crush for Panacea, but she's engaged (and later married).
- I Am Big Boned: He never admits to being fat and telling him so is one of his Berserk Buttons. His chest has just "slipped a bit". One Roman centurion places an APB on Obelix by asking to be on the lookout for a "low chested man."
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: He's in love with Panacea, and is understandably heartbroken when he learns that she's engaged to Tragicomix. However, he still decides to help Panacea by going off to Africa and bring Tragicomix back to her.
- Kindhearted Simpleton: He is dumb but has a big, friendly heart. Has a tendency to pet the dog.
- Lightning Bruiser: Don't be fooled by his, ahem, "big bones". As a result of his potion overdose, he is not only gigantically strong but also lightning-fast and quick on his feet.
- Manchild: He is a full adult, but has a very innocent attitude to life despite his superhuman strength. He sulks when there's no wild boar (in Asterix in Spain he copies little Pepe and holds his breath until they get some); he can't think in the long term (eats the whole boatload of food on the first day at sea).
- Once Done, Never Forgotten: Invoked. He constantly needs to be reminded of that one time he fell into a cauldron of magic potion.Obelix: [annoyed] Yes, as we all know, I fell into a cauldron of magic potion as a baby and it had a permanent effect on me.
- One-Man Army: He can single-handedly take out multiple opponents and frankly enjoys doing it. So much that an entire fortified camp of Romans for him to fight is his birthday present.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Obélix tries a number of these in attempts to get a taste of the magic potion in Astérix and Cleopatra, failing miserably every single time. He fails to figure out how Getafix keeps recognizing him, despite the fact that he weighs about five times more than any of the Egyptian laborers who the potion is supposed to be going to, or that his disguise is a striped headdress instead of his helmet.
- Punny Name: From French "obélisque", English "obelisk", meaning a type of standing stone similar to the menhirs he makes, and also a typographical symbol () which may be used for footnotes together with asterisks (which are much smaller).
- Red Is Heroic: He is a heroic character with prominent red hair.
- Running Gag: Besides his various catchphrases, there's him trying to convince Getafix to give him some magic potion like the others. Turns out a little bit is okay and will super-charge his strength for a little while, but a regular-sized dose will have some very nasty consequences.
- Stout Strength: He is a very fat man with super-strength.
- Super Speed: The potion also gives him the ability to run at outrageous speeds.
- Super Strength: Unlike the other villagers, Obelix's strength is permanent. Three extra drops give him the strength to break a thick stone wall.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Roasted wild boars.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Due to being permanently superpowered, he hasn't even had the benefit of unpowered combat training the others had (with some being veterans of the battles such as Gergovia and Alesia).
- This is demonstrated abundantly in the (non-canon) animated film The Twelve Tasks of Asterix, where one of the trials pits him against a Germanic Judo master. Obelix's attempts to smash through him with brute force are effortlessly redirected, and he quickly proves entirely unable to hurt the little man, receiving his first and only legitimate defeat. Fortunately, Asterix is there to effectively talk the man into submission... or, rather, distract him with talk and an interest in the man's fighting style that gets the poor German to give Asterix instructions and allow himself to be used as a training dummy, realising he's helped Asterix subdue him only after having his arms and legs tied into knots.
- There was also an instance of a gladiator trainer who could actually dodge Obelix's telegraphed Megaton Punch blows, at which point Asterix stepped in, punching the dude into the air with a Lightning Bruiser blow, chiding Obelix with a "That's how you do it!"
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Astérix and Obélix have an argument or falling-out pretty much Once per Episode. It never takes long for them to make up, though.
- Anthropomorphic Shift: A very subtle version, as he's always portrayed as a Nearly Normal Animal — but as the comic develops he shifts from an Almost Normal Animal (almost entirely a normal dog, with a dog's level of understanding and reasoning) to a Mostly Normal Animal (a lot more aware, using more human-like gestures) and up to a Largely Normal Animal (human-level intelligence, capable of a wide variety of humanlike gestures and expressions, and in the spin-off stories focusing on him he's shown as being able to communicate freely with all other animals). The short comic Chanticleerix even strongly implies that he can talk to Obelix as well.
- Art Evolution: Dogmatix goes from a squarer, more terrier-like look with drooping ears to a more anthropomorphised, Disney-like appearance with raised ears.
- Ascended Extra: He was introduced as a literal Running Gag character in Asterix and the Banquet, as a tiny little dog that keeps following Asterix and Obelix aroud without them noticing until the end-of-book banquet when Obelix finally notices and feeds him. Readers liked him so much that he returned in the next album as Obelix's dog, and would go on to play important parts in later stories, even starring in short books and comics of his own. His French name actually comes from a contest Goscinny and Uderzo organized for readers of Pilote magazine.
- Berserk Button: He doesn't like it when someone knocks down a tree.
- Butt Biter: His favorite move to attack Romans or other threats.
- Canine Companion: The near-constant companion to Obelix. He's a cute little white dog, and very intelligent. Obelix might insist from time to time to give him some important tasks.
- Killer Rabbit: On occasions, he will drink Magic Potion of his own, allowing him to become practically as dangerous as the Gauls.
- Punny Name: From "dogmatic", adhering to beliefs without fail, which also contains "dog". It's fortuitously close to the French original which puns on idée fixe, "fixed idea".
- Running Gag: Frequently when Asterix and Obelix are about to travel, Asterix will try to convince Obelix to leave him behind, only for Obelix to find a way to take him anyway.
- Any time a tree comes down...
- Team Pet: Whenever the Gauls go on a mission, Dogmatix tends to serve as the literal team pet.
Voiced by: John Primm (Asterix the Gaul and Asterix and Cleopatra); Geoffrey Russell (The Twelve Tasks of Asterix); Peter Hawkins (Asterix and the Big Fight UK dub); Danny Mann (Asterix and the Big Fight US dub); Geoffrey Bayldon (Asterix in America); Jeff Bennett (Asterix and the Vikings); John Innes (Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods)
Played by: Claude Piéplu (1999), Claude Rich (2002), Jean-Pierre Cassel (2008)
The elder and druid of the village. He is responsible for the creation of the magical potion that made the village invincible.
- Chekhov's Gunman: As he is the only one who knows the recipe for the magic potion that makes the Gauls undefeatable, the Romans generally focus on capturing/incapacitating him out of all the others, and one story ("Black Gold") has him be tricked by a traitorous fellow druid.
- Cool Old Guy: Significantly older than the the duo of heroes, maker of the magic potion, speaker of Gothic, one of the calmest and most sensible inhabitants of the village. No wonder the Romans are after him.
- Distressed Dude: He's the most-frequently captured of the Gauls, due to his knowledge and crucial role in providing the magical potion to the village.
- Druid: The authors go with the usual "white-robed bearded forest sage" interpretation, and is considered the wisest of them all thanks to his having invented the magic potion.
- Druidic Sickle: He's never seen without his golden sickle by his side. This is especially important for the gathering of mistletoe, the only non-secret ingredient of the magic potion: mistletoe harvested without a golden sickle loses all of its magical powers. Getafix's sickle breaks in Asterix and the Golden Sickle, forcing Asterix and Obelix to go on a quest to find a new one in time for the upcoming gathering of druids, since Getafix couldn't bear the shame of being the only sickle-less druid present.
- Grumpy Old Man: At times, especially in the first live action movie, or when the village is collectively holding the Idiot Ball of the week.
- Holding Back the Phlebotinum: A lot of the stories centered around the village wouldn't work if he wasn't either on a trip or incapacitated to explain the villagers that they are being morons.
- It May Help You on Your Quest: He always gives a canteen of magical potion to Asterix.
- Kidnapped Scientist: Well, if Clarke's third rule is to be believed, Getafix is this as he's frequently abducted for his magical (scientific) knowledge.
- Made of Iron: He was able to survive a menhir being thrown at him, twice, without any magic potion. Though the first time the blow had serious consequences.
- Nerves of Steel: Not in the sense that he is good at fighting, but in the first book of the series, he gets captured and tortured by Romans for hours to get him to reveal the secret of Magic Potion. He remains completely impervious to it. In one story, he did drink his own potion and fought Romans alongside Asterix.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Almost invoked in "Asterix and Caesar's Gift", he refuses to give magic potion to Gauls when they are infighting with each other, which causes a nearly successful Roman attack.
- Not So Stoic: While he's the wisest of the Gauls, he's still able to get easily vexed at their shenanigans.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Aside from actual Druidic magic, he also has knowledge of more mundane medical treatments, architecture (he corrected all of Numerobis' plans in Asterix and Cleopatra), and showed high savvy for manipulating rival factions into conflict with each other (Asterix and the Goths).
- Omniglot: He speaks Latin, Proto-Germanic, Egyptian... Has led to a Bilingual Backfire on at least one occasion, when someone didn't know he spoke their language.
- Only Sane Man: Shares the role with Asterix. He is too knowledgeable to fall for deceptions and superstitions.
- The Professor: The wise elder of the Gaullish village who comes up with ingenious scientific and magical solutions to problems.
- Punny Name:
- Getafix ("get a fix"), Magigimix ("magic gimmicks"). Or the German/Scandinavian variant, Miraculix ("miracle").
- His original name "Panoramix" comes from "panoramique" (=panoramic), which may refers to his ability to see the big picture.
- The Smart Guy: Smarter and more educated than the other characters.
- Wizard Beard: Well, Druid Beard at least. He has a long beard and magical powers of his own.
Voiced by: Ed Marcus (Asterix the Gaul and Asterix and Cleopatra); Bertie Cortez (Asterix Versus Caesar); Douglas Blackwell (Asterix and the Big Fight UK dub); Greg Burson (Asterix and the Big Fight US dub); Daran Norris (Asterix and the Vikings); Don Brown (Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods)
Played by: Michel Galabru (1999), Éric Thomas (2008), Michel Duchaussoy (2012)
The chief of the village.
- Adipose Rex: He's the chief of the village and is noticeably heavyset. Doesn't stop him from kicking butt when the situation calls for it, though.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Played with. If there is an all-out threat that Asterix and Obelix can't manage alone, he takes the potion to fight like everybody else. (if he doesn't end dropped to the floor by his shield-bearers). He's also shown to be either the second strongest person of the village after Obelix (whose Super Strength is active all the time), enough to deliver a Megaton Punch one a Top-Heavy Guy bigger than him without magic potion. In The Twelve Tasks of Asterix, it turns out that he is also a superb fencer and swordsman (even though his sheild-bearers do the footwork; but that again implies good teamwork), besting a gladiator in a bout without ever resorting to the potion-induced super strength.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: With his ruling skills and access to magic potion, he could pose a credible threat to the Roman Empire, but all that really matters to him is keeping his land safe. Impedimenta calls him out on his lack of ambition frequently.
- Butt-Monkey: Let's see, he has an overbearing wife, his carriers keep dropping him, and his village constantly fights amongst themselves with the slightest provocation.
- Chekhov's Gun: The shield he is moved around on? It belonged to Vercingetorix, the Gaulish chieftain. This makes a major impact in "The Chieftain's Shield"
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite him being as eccentric as most of his fellow Gauls, he once one-punched a rival chief, and defeated some Roman gladiators.
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Piggywiggy", by his wife ("Cochonnet" in the original, meaning Piglet).
- Henpecked Husband: He is frequently berated and ordered around by his wife, Impedimenta, and is a frequent object of her Hair-Trigger Temper.
- Honor Before Reason: He often ends up exploited by Gaulish village chiefs who are less noble than him, like Cassius Ceramix and Whosemoralsarelastix.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: It often gets lost in the silliness, but he actually is one, and it's also the major source of his personal pride. Like Geriatrix, he is very proud to have personally participated in the Battle of Gergovia, and he is also very proud to be independent from Rome (hence his being very touchy on the subject of Alesia, since the Gauls lost that one).
- It becomes most apparent in Asterix and the Belgians, where he, unlike virtually every other villager, is deeply offended that the Romans don't fear them as much as they used to, let alone less than somebody else and even sets out to correct this on his own when nobody else shows interest.
- Punny Name: Vitalstatisix, vital statistics, Macroeconomix, macro economics, Tunnabrix, Ton of Bricks.
- "Vital statistics" refers to the kind of data the government gathers, like birth and death rates, marriage and divorce rates, etc. Fittingly, he's the ruler of the village. More informally, "vital statistics" can also refer to a person's measurements, thus it's also a pun on his girth and weight.
- "Abraracourcix" comes from the expression "tomber à bras raccourcis" which means "to hit (someone) violently", a fitting name for a badass warrior.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: In his good days. He is proud, easy to anger, and can be fooled or misled easily. But he is neither corrupt, nor tyrannical. He is a honorable man who fights along with his men and tries to take care of their interests.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: He fought at Alesia, and while he got away with his life and Vercingetorix' shield the experience heavily scarred him, apparently leading him to fatten up due to stress-eating.
- Too Important to Walk: He's held up on a shield by two Gaulish shield-bearers. Unfortunately for his image, he ends up falling off for one reason or another (the main one being that the carriers (even the permanent ones he eventually hires) are two different heights).
- Depending on the Writer: The Chief has a different-looking pair of shield-bearers until "Asterix and Caesar's Gift," when he starts using the same pair: a short stocky Gaul and a tall thin Gaul.
- No Name Given: They aren't given any names.
- Take This Job and Shove It: The chief doesn't really give them much respect and they regularly quit. But they just as regularly come back.
- Those Two Guys: They are rarely seen apart.
Voiced by: Geoffrey Russell (The Twelve Tasks of Asterix); Tim Brooke-Taylor (Asterix and the Big Fight UK dub); Greg Burson (Asterix and the Big Fight US dub); Rik Mayall (Asterix in America); Jess Harnell (Asterix and the Vikings); Alan D. Marriott (Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods)
Played by: Pierre Palmade (1999), Franck Dubosc (2008)
The village bard and school teacher, who is infamous for his bad singing voice.
- Always Camp: He's a singer, therefore has camp mannerisms and an imagined image of himself as a great, tortured artist.
- Art Evolution: Cacofonix was altered from an older man to look like he was in his late twenties or so, became much skinnier and more angular, and his hair went from a smooth bob to Barbarian Longhair with a sticky-up fringe and finally to an entertainingly anachronistic 1970s rock star hairstyle.
- Born in the Wrong Century: An Alternate Character Interpretation — In Asterix and the Normans it's implied he'd be The Rock Star nowadays, but no one (except Justforkix) understands his art because it's 50BC. Later books dispense with this idea.
- Brown Note: He's such a Giftedly Bad musician, his music becomes this. How bad is it? It's been known to send hardened soldiers and Horny Vikings into mental trauma, scares away wild beasts including a freaking dragon, and causing rain presumably by angering the gods. And when he's trying to prove that his singing doesn't cause rain, it rains inside the house.
- Butt-Monkey: He's frequently tied up at the end of the book when the villagers are celebrating. Not allowed to sing and bother the other Gauls. note He is also prevented from singing and gets beaten up, or otherwise incapacitated by other Gauls, most frequently by Fulliautomatix.
- Couch Gag: Is the subject of the series' endings, where he is frequently tied up at the village banquet so that he can't sing.
- Drama Queen: Never makes a fuss about his physical mistreatment by the other characters unless he wasn't going to sing, but other than that there is no misfortune he can't overreact to.
- Dreadful Musician: He provides the trope image. On occasion he's been shown to be an acceptable musician — for example, in Asterix and the Normans — but a terrible, terrible singer. He's so bad that he can cause storms to generate indoors. The other characters think nothing of resorting to violence to shut him up. None of this penetrates his illusion that he is a poetic genius...
- Fired Teacher: In Asterix and the Secret Weapon he was fired from his role as the village school teacher.
- Flanderization: Dreadful Musician Cacofonix starts out as at least an average bard — Asterix blows off listening to his music once due to being busy (which annoyed him) and the people sitting near to his performance at the final banquet are cringing with their hands over their ears, but the villagers also perform a plot-important traditional dance to his music with every indication that they are enjoying it. As the series progresses other characters, especially Fulliautomatix the blacksmith, start beating him up to prevent him from singing, which develops into a running gag, and he's shown to live in a hut at the top of a tree, where no-one can hear him. By the time Uderzo took over writing, he was so bad that he causes rain whenever he plays, which develops to the point where he ends up being so bad that merely playing a few notes creates an apocalyptic rainstorm that lasts for days.
- Giftedly Bad: Despite his complete lack of music and singing talent, there are several characters over the course of the series who absolutely love his singing, and it has saved the day several times (such as by teaching the Normans the meaning of fear in Asterix and the Normans, or ending the Ganges valley drought in Asterix and the Magic Carpet). That said he seems to be a good teacher.
- High Hopes, Zero Talent: In Astérix and the Normans, Cacofonix, who is a good instrumentalist but a unspeakably awful singer, is told off-the-cuff that his music is really good and he might do better in the city. Cacofonix becomes obsessed with this idea, and convinced that he will be a huge pop star there. He steals a horse and tries to ride there, singing for food. When he becomes needed as a Human Weapon against Horny Vikings, Obelix manages to locate him again, solely by following the trail of destruction caused by the pain and outrage of people exposed to his music. In particular, in one inn his voice caused a brawl so terrible the building was torn to pieces.
- Hollywood Costuming: Cacofonix's slowly evolving design caused him to end up with something of a 1970s retro-50s hairstyle around the time that this was happening in Real Life, but this is definitely intentional and based on his personality.
- Instrument of Murder: Has been seen beating Romans over the head with a carnyx (a Gaul warhorn made of metal).
- Intergenerational Friendship: "Friendship" is a bit strong, but the two people who like his singing are Pericles (a pre-teen who says it reminds him of the goats in his country) and Justforkix (a teenager for who it sounds like the kind of loud hideous music hip young people listen to in Lutetia).
- Logical Weakness: His singing can be blocked out by stuffing one's ears (with parsley being the vegetable of choice).
- Nice Guy: He's said to be a very pleasant person as long as you don't let him sing. This is explicitly stated multiple times to be the reason why the Gaulish villagers keep him around at all, despite Cacofonix being a pretentious, delusional nuisance otherwise. Once you get past how Giftedly Bad he is and his complete inability to recognise it, he's shown to be among the most caring, thoughtful and reasonable of the villagers.
- Non-Action Guy: Unlike the other men of the village, he rarely takes part in fighting the Romans, only fighting when it is personal or there is no other option. Though he does do so a few times, such as beating the crap out of the Normans with a horn. He's outright identified in one book as the villager the Romans fear the least (and thus the best candidate to be kidnapped as a "present" for Caesar), although they tend to fear him as well not long after...for a different reason than his fellows, of course.
- Punny Name: Cacofonix, cacophony; Malacoustix, Mal + acoustics... less so in the original French (Assurances tous risques = Comprehensive insurance). Then again, while that would be seldom necessary, his treehouse is the best lookout spot for, say, a Roman attack.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Despite being a terrible singer, he thinks he is a talented one. The almost universally negative reactions of everyone who hears him do nothing to dispel his illusion.
- Suckiness Is Painful: Cacofonix's singing voice is so bad, it is the only thing that can teach the meaning of fear to the Normans. In fact short exposure to it mentally scars them. It also summons thunderstorms and drives wildlife away.
Played by: Jean-Roger Milo (1999), Eduardo Gomez (2008)
The blacksmith of the village.
- Art Evolution: Fulliautomatix completely changes in both face and body from a rather plain overweight late-40s man with blond hair, to a late-30s, muscular, proud-looking character with hairy arms and red hair (although it's inconsistent). He also stopped wearing a shirt and replaced it with a leather apron.
- The Blacksmith: This is his job.
- The Bully: The most boorish and bloodthirsty of the Gauls, at least Obelix never sets off fights.
- Characterization Marches On: Fulliautomatix in Asterix the Gaul and Asterix and the Banquet looks and acts nothing like the character does in later books.
- Drop the Hammer: Given that he's a blacksmith. But he seems to be all too willing to use it on Cacofonix and against the Roman soldiers in battle.
- Establishing Character Moment: His very first appearance (before it evolved and he got a hammer) as him forging metal with his fists.
- Everyone Has Standards: In one book, Geriatrix hits him on the foot, resulting in him hitting Cacofonix. When Cacofonix understandably complains about it, Fulliautomatix admits he just couldn't hit a fragile old geezer. This results in another fight with Geriatrix demanding someone hit him.
- Family Theme Naming: His father is Semiautomatix.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: He's a big, burly guy. His wife, on the other hand, is a tiny, pointy-nosed shrew of a woman.
- Jerkass: He's always starting fights with Unhygienix, hammering Cacofonix into the ground and mocking the advanced age of Geriatrix; he's basically the village bully.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Unhygienix's fishes are never fresh. And Cacofonix's music is that bad.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: See Vitriolic Best Buds below. He even asked Cacophonix if he wants to sing before leaving the village to cheer him up.
- Punny Name: "Fully automatic". His original French name is a play on "c'est automatique", "it's automatic".
- Those Two Guys: With Unhygienix. They are almost always paired in scenes in which they appear.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Unhygienix. He mocks the stale fish of the fishmonger and regularly starts brawls with him. But he always hangs out with him and they frequently fight side by side. He has also let on on a couple of occasions that he doesn't really hate Cacofonix either.
Played by: Jean-Jacques Devaux (1999), Tony Gaultier (2008)
The fisherman of the village, who also sells his fish (imported from Lutetia by ox cart, a two-week trip) in the market.
- Berserk Button: Don't say his fish isn't fresh.
- Does Not Like Shoes: He's always barefoot due to being a sailor.
- Disability Immunity: One story has Getafix subject the entire village to a pestilential potion to expose a "Scooby-Doo" Hoax. Unhygienix is the only one unaffected due to spending so much time surrounded by rotting fish.
- Historical In-Joke: Is okay with being paid in menhirs, because he owns some land he wants to build up.
- Honor Before Reason: He is proud of his fish stock, and will attack anyone who criticizes it.
- "The Great Crossing Story" plays with this: He insists on ordering fish all the way from Lutetia, because that's where all the best fish comes from. With that said, he has been seen fishing for his stock in other stories, so that rule isn't really ironclad.
- Meaningful Name: In the British edition, he's Unhygienix. In the American, he's Epidemix. His wife's name, appropriately enough, is Bacteria.
- In the original French, his name isn't related to his job, it's Ordralfabetix from "ordre alphabétique" (alphabetical order). His wife, however, is named Ielosubmarine.
- Shamu Fu: His preferred method of fighting involves using his own wares as pestilential bludgeons.
- Those Two Guys: With Fulliautomatix. They are almost always paired in scenes in which they appear.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Again, with Fulliautomatix, who mocks the fishmonger's stale fish and regularly starts brawls with him. But he always hangs out with him and they frequently fight side by side.
Played by: Sim (1999 and 2008)
The oldest villager.
- Adaptational Wimp: His live-action counterpart in the first movie is much more played as a Butt-Monkey.
- Berserk Button: In contrast to his proud recollection of Gergovia (see Glory Days, below), if anyone mentions the Battle of Alesia (Caesar's final defeat of Vercingetorix and the Gauls) Geriatrix will fly into a rage, shouting that he doesn't know anything about Alesia and nobody even knows where Alesia is (the latter is also a joke, referring to the fact that the site of Alesia was, until recently, much disputed among historians and archaeologists).
- Crazy Jealous Guy: He drops the whipped husband routine when his wife so much as comments on someone's else physique.
- Dirty Old Man: Though it's not as obvious as more well-known examples, he still goes around Eating the Eye Candy when the opportunity presents itself.
- Glory Days: He fought at the Battle of Gergovia and is quite eager to remind everyone of it.
- Henpecked Husband: Geriatrix constantly follows his wife's orders and demands and does all of the household chores, as well as pamper her, in spite of his advanced age. Since Asterix is a cartoon for adults, it's also implied that his wife is freed from the usual "wifely obligations." So it's something of a trade-off. Still, Geriatrix is perfectly able to fight Romans, party, drink and chase skirts as soon he gets out of his wife's eyesight.
- Hypocritical Humor: Dislikes being called old, but is more than willing to bring up his elderly status when it benefits him.
- MayDecember Romance: His wife is still a very young woman while he looks like he could be her grandfather.
- Meal Ticket: Averted. His incredibly sexy and much younger wife really does love him.
- The Napoleon: Very short (as short as Asterix) and has a bad temper.
- Oh, Crap!: When he hears the Romans might have the magic potion and they don't.Geriatrix: It's Alesia, it's Alesia all over again!
- Politically Incorrect Hero: He doesn't like foreigners. Taken to Fantastic Racism levels in "Asterix and Caesar's Gift."
- Punny Name: From "geriatric", an elderly person. His French name is taken from Âge canonique, meaning "very old age".
- Power-Up Food: Whenever he drinks the Magic Potion, he makes quick work of the Romans standing in his way, just like the other villagers.
- Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Zigzagged. While he is a Grumpy Old Man, he demands that he be targeted in fights.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Despite being an ugly old man, he has a very beautiful wife.
Played by: Marianne Sägebrecht (1999), Dorothée Jemma (2008)
Vitalstatistix's wife, who proudly protects her status as the village's "first lady".
- Deadpan Snarker: Tend to snark at her husband whenever he declare himself the village's chief.
- Fatal Flaw: In a nutshell, pride. Impedimenta loves being thought of as someone important, and her desire to be seen as important is usually behind her moments of causing drama.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: She takes slights very badly.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: She seldom shows a softer side, but it does exist.
- Meaningful Name: In the English version, her name refers to both her dominance over her husband and her tendency to stir up trouble with her pride, politicking or gossip.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: Her brother is a very successful businessman in Lutetia, and she hopes her husband will end up going into business with him. Even though they both despise each other as a country bumpkin / Nouveau Riche respectively.
- The Rival: She is constantly fighting a game of one-upsmanship with Mrs. Geriatrix.
- Rolling Pin of Doom: Her Weapons Of Choice every time she gets into a Cat Fight or the rare times she fights the Romans for real along with the rest of the villagers.
- What Does She See in Him?: Invoked, in that she sometimes asks herself why she married Vitalstatistix. The uncharitable implication is that she wed him for the status of being the Chieftain's Wife, only for reality to sink in when it turned out Vitalstatistix was only chief of a small, backwater village and not some place big and important. Still, to be fair to Impedimenta, she doesn't complain about it that often, and there are signs that she does love Vitalstatistix — she just wishes he was a bit more politically ambitious. At worst she still wants to be with Vitalstatistix but have him work for his brother as a successful businessman instead of being a chieftain.
Played by: Arielle Dombasle (1999), Adriana Karembeu (2008)
Geriatrix's young, sexy and nameless wife.
- Alpha Bitch: She occasionally gives off the vibe that she wants to be one — though since Impedimentia is the "First Lady" of the village, Mrs. Geriatrix just can't quite reach this status. Not that she won't make the occasional attempt.
- Cat Fight: Often gets into these with Impedimenta. A variation as well since both women have quite a violent streak.
- Fiery Redhead: She's got red hair, and she can get violent when she's riled up.
- Gold Digger: Subverted: Despite marrying a man three times (at best) her age and treating him as a House Husband, there is no implication that she did so for money or status.
- Hidden Depths: At first she may seem like there's not much too her other than her looks — but she's actually quite crafty and intelligent.
- Impossible Hourglass Figure: The most obvious example in the comic.
- MayDecember Romance: She is still a very young woman. Her husband looks like he could be her grandfather.
- No Name Given: She's one of few characters who is never named, in any language (although sometimes given the name "Taillefine" ("narrow waist" in French). She has been referred to as "Geriatrix's Wife" (by Geriatrix no less) and "Mrs Geriatrix," but never gets a name of her own.
- Redheadin Green: Her default appearance.
- Statuesque Stunner: Sexy character and also the tallest woman in the village.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: She is extremely attractive. Her husband is an unattractive old man.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Impedimentia. There's nothing stopping them from fighting like wildcats at one moment, and then have a pleasant chat over a cup of goat's milk the next.
Played by: Laetitia Casta (1999)
A beautiful villager. First introduced in Asterix the Legionary.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Obelix has a crush on her... but she's engaged (and later married).
- Ascended Extra: She makes occasional appearances.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Her stunning blonde bombshell appearance was based on actress Brigitte Bardot.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Blond-haired, and the series' apex of female youth and innocence.
- Happily Married: She heads off with her lover Tragicomix to Condaturm (Rennes) to get married at the end of "Asterix the Legionary". However she appears back in the village in later stories with no mention of Tragicomix.
- Head-Turning Beauty: Downplayed on her account, but the sight of her is enough to send Obelix in a bedazzled stupor.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Light Feminine to Latraviata's Dark Feminine in Asterix And The Actress.
- Rapunzel Hair: Of all the female characters, she has the longest hair.
- She's All Grown Up: In her début.
- Stealth Pun: Obelix' crush on her makes him so out of it that the others think he's sick. A Panacea is a mythical cure for all illness. Crosses over into Meaningful Name, since Obelix gets better after she kisses him.
Voiced in French by: Jean Parédès (1968), Jean Martinelli (1976), Serge Sauvion (1985-1986), Robert Party (1994), Philippe Morier-Genoud (2014-2018)
Played by: Gottfried John (1999), Alain Chabat (2002), Alain Delon (2008), Fabrice Luchini (2012), Vincent Cassel (2022)
- Anti-Villain: Usually a Type I. He is a decent ruler in the comic and a Noble Demon, but he still takes pride in conquering regions.
- Badass Cape: "Render unto Caesar that which belongs to Caesar."
- Badass Driver: In Asterix and the Chariot Race, after Coronavirus throws the titular race, he dresses up as him to defend Rome's honor. And he would actually have won the last stage, even though his opponents had a lead on him, if he hadn't hit a pothole...
- Bad Boss: He repays those who serve him well, but his zero tolerance for failure means that the penalty for unsuccessful attempts is becoming lion toast. The only exception is that he won't punish the Legionaries in Gaul for constantly losing in battle against Asterix and his village as even by his high standards it would be ludicrous to demand success there. Though, if you suck up to him and come up with some scheme to take down the Gauls and fail in that, however...
- Big Bad: The Roman Empire wouldn't have been on the village's threshold if it wasn't for him and his imperialistic plans.
- Catchphrase: "Veni, Vidi, Vici...", of course, though very often Subverted.
- Card-Carrying Villain: In Asterix Conquers America Luculus is, as a very close sycophant of his, experienced enough to know that praising his underhanded character would be a spot-on form of flattery.
- Characterization Marches On: In the earliest albums, Caesar was little more than a villainous plot device that drove the Romans forward in their conquest of Europe; the original depiction doesn't even have the same design as the more well-known version. Once he began to appear as an actual character rather than a generic Evil Emperor, he quickly became the dignified statesman he is for most of the series.
- The Chessmaster: With more pawns than usual, and without getting into the chessboard himself of course.
- Combat Pragmatist: He generally employs tricks and manipulation to defeat the Gauls, since brute force is ineffective against them.
- The Comically Serious: His attempts to act with the dignity and gravitas befitting his historical drama life border on Wrong Genre Savvy when dealing with the comedic setting in general and Gauls in particular.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: At times he gets "creative" with the punishments he inflicts to subordinates who fail. The best one so far is gifting the Gaulish village to a soldier who had spent his entire service drunk and spent his last night as a legionary in jail for insulting him while drunk and disorderly...
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially toward Brutus and those who fail him.
- The Emperor: There's a reason his last name is the origin of several European languages' term for "emperor." He himself is only this trope in practice, however. Like his real life counterpart, he doesn't use the title and is referred to by his subjects as simply Caesar.
- Enemy Mine: In the first live-action movie, after Detritus betrays and overthrows him, he has to work with the good guys to get his power back.
- Even Evil Has Standards: And he takes pride in it.
- Evil Laugh: In adaptations, notably in The Twelve Tasks of Asterix, to contrast his usually cold exterior he bursts into hysterically evil laughter and grins fiendishly.
- Face Death with Dignity: "Gauls, let Caesar show you that a Roman knows how to die with dignity!" — he's then informed by Asterix that the later has no intention to kill him.
- Failure Is the Only Option: No matter what plans he concocts, or how much he has the rest of the world to his feet, there is no way he will ever dominate that village.
- Friendly Enemy: Very much so; he holds no personal enmity against the Gauls, despite having the ambition to conquer their last stronghold, and his main concern is the wellbeing of Rome. Two episodes do show him being antagonistic towards them, notably Asterix and the Chieftain's Shield, and Asterix in Belgium — and in the latter he had been provoked.
- Graceful Loser: He tends to take defeat at the hands of the Gauls fairly well, all things considered. Sure, he gets mad at his minions failing him and the fact he's Surrounded by Idiots, but he tends to be courteous with the Gauls, even in defeat. He even once declares he's ready to Face Death with Dignity only to be told by the Gauls they have no plans to kill him.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: It doesn't take a lot for him to lose his temper and start screaming, though he's usually quick to calm down again.
- Henpecked Husband: Played for laughs in his relationship with Cleopatra, who he's not actually married to in the books but who he has a definitely flirtatious relationship with, and who chews him out with terrifying ferocity whenever he's annoyed her.
- Historical Domain Character: Of the real Julius Caesar.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Cannot for the life of him see Brutus attacking him. Looking back at history, we already know what that cost him.
- I Gave My Word: If he gives his word, he'll keep it, no matter what. And if he promised to feed you to the lions, not even becoming a statue will save you.
- King Incognito: When Coronavirus throws the titular race in Asterix and the Chariot Race, he decides to secretly dress up as him and finish the rest of the race himself for the glory of Rome. This goes well until he hits a pothole.
- Lean and Mean: One of the tallest and thinnest characters in the series, having never lost the athletic build of his youth. His design makes an especially stark contrast to many other Romans who tend to have either a Heroic Build (mostly gladiators and elite soldiers or centurions), or a Fat Bastard one (often the wealthy and powerful). This is even Lampshaded in "Obelix and Co" where he briefly rants at the members of the Roman Senate, many of whom he campaigned alongside in his warrior days and who were all as fit and ambitious as him, but now have regressed into comically obese manchildren because of their success.
- MayDecember Romance: With Cleopatra. They even have a child together. His name is Caesarion a.k.a. Ptolemy XV, and the reason Brutus takes on the Gauls' Village is Cleopatra sent the child to Asterix to keep him safe from Brutus.
- Noble Demon: Even though he is willing to use deception, tricks and manipulation, he will always keep his word when he makes a promise, and be grateful to his enemies when they help him. When he finds in Asterix and Son the Gauls protected his son with Cleopatra from a murderous, power-hungry Brutus intent on securing power in Rome, Caesar's more than amiable to repair the damage Brutus wreaked.
- Non-Action Big Bad: Even when he personally leads his armies into battle, the man will not get his own hands dirty. In fact, the closest he ever gets to directly confronting Asterix and Obelix is during Asterix and the Chariot Race, when he attempts to finish the race alone by disguising himself as Coronavirus. Somewhat justified since the comics take place around 50 B.C when Caesar was in his early 50s and getting too old to fight in person.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: One of the only Romans (and villains) who poses a credible threat thanks to his intellect.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: A rare villainous example. Caesar generally does what's best for Rome from his perspective. He has no patience for incompetence. He's fully willing to back down, or even collaborate with the heroes if he believes it in his or Rome's interests, even willing to reward them when they actually help him.
- Retired Badass: The comics take place when he's in his early 50s and his fighting days are behind him, but it's hinted that he used to be quite the badass when he was younger. For instance, after taking part in the final stage of the chariot race, he comments that it reminded him of his youth.
- Running Gag: His use of "Et tu, Brute" (or "You too, my son") in situations not pertaining to Et Tu, Brute?. Brutus' reaction is usually along the lines of "One of these days I'm going to up and..."
- Spared by the Adaptation:
- Averted. It's subtle, but the reader is constantly reminded that Brutus will kill Caesar no matter what, even if he finds out about Brutus' treachery early on. Since the series takes place before 44 BC, he just cannot die here.
- Played straight in the non-canon animated movie The Twelve Tasks of Asterix, where Caesar retires to the countryside with Cleopatra to live out his days in peace. As Asterix points out, it's just a cartoon.
- Surrounded by Idiots: From time to time, depending on the plan or people around him. The animated version of Asterix in Britain has a good example when his fleet accidentally attacks itself.Caesar: [facepalming] Make a note: I came, I saw, and I don't believe my eyes.
- You Have Failed Me: He has no patience for failure and incompetence, and failing him is a good way to fed to some lions in the circus. He once put the body of one of his prefect who had repeatedly failed and humiliated him in the circus, despite the man having turned to stone, saying he did so just on the one off chance the petrification wasn't permanent, the man would turn back to flesh surrounded by hungry lions.
- Third-Person Person: Talks about himself in the third person, after the historical Caesar's habit of doing so in his Commentarii. After explaining his plans to his lackeys:Lackey: He's great!
Lackey: Er... you.
Caesar: Oh, him.
- Worthy Opponent: Tends to regard the Gauls as this when they best him, often willing to reward their victories. He also considers the Belgians to be this, referring to them as "the bravest of all Gauls," an allusion to his statement of the same in his Commentaries on the Gallic War.
- Ascended Extra: Brutus suddenly becomes the Big Bad of Asterix and Son after spending the entire series as a joke character. He goes further than any villain previous and burns the village down. Fortunately Caesar rebuilds it out of honor and gratitude.
- The Brute: Well with a name like that... Later we see his tactical skill, it amounts to "Burn it to the ground".
- Characterization Marches On: His appearance and general attitude has been largely inconsistent in the various cameos he made over the course of the series. It's not until Asterix and Son that he gets actually solid characterizations.
- Composite Character: Historically, Caesar's adoptive son was Octavian, better known as Augustus, who was also his great-nephew.
- Foreshadowing: Just about every one of his appearances reminds us that he will kill Caesar (though not in the series), but it's nonetheless inevitable.Caesar: [having gotten up to lead the others to the dining hall] You too, my son!
Brutus: [thinking] He's starting to annoy me with those classical allusions of his! One of these days I'm going to up and...
- Historical Domain Character: Of the real Brutus.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Though opinions on him have historically fluctuated, the real Brutus is generally seen as someone who conspired against Caesar wanting to prevent him from completely doing away with republican rule. In Asterix and Son he's simply a power-hungry would-be murderer looking to remove potential rivals who threaten his prospects of succeeding Caesar as ruler of Rome.
- Knife Nut: Is almost always playing with a knife (again, Foreshadowing), usually hurting himself with it.
- Knight of Cerebus: He was the main villain only for one book, but when it happened, he was one of the few villains to be played dead serious. He actually manages to burn the Gauls' village in the climax.
- Obviously Evil: In virtually all his appearances, he's playing with knives around Caesar or making veiled threats, all of which Caesar ignores.
- Phrase Catcher: "Et Tu Brute."
- The Starscream: Asterix and Son reveals Brutus was after the "son" Asterix had because that was really Caesaerion, the son of Caesar and Cleopatra, and Brutus had tried to find AND kill the child to secure his ascension to the Roman throne. This story shows him out for once as a true Big Bad, and Caesar is aghast at this treachery.
- Too Dumb to Live: When asked by Caesar for a suggestion on how to handle the Irreducible Gaul village, he promptly suggested brute force. Against people with Super Strength. Caesar promptly calls him out for how stupid his idea is.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: He never really was portrayed as particularly nice, but in Asterix and Son, he ascends to full-fledged villain who Would Hurt a Child.note
- Top-Heavy Guy: Like most of the centurions, has huge hairy arms and chest with normal-sized legs.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: Upon being informed of Bonus treacherous plans, Caesar has him and his garrisson reassigned to Outer Mongolia as punishment.
- The Starscream: Rather than doing his duty to Rome, he plans to steal the magic potion to overthrow Caesar and become emperor himself.
- Starter Villain: For the entire franchise, and is also the first Roman villain the Gauls have to deal with in person.
- Villainous Breakdown: As the story progresses and Getafix keeps leading him on with no intention of ever actually making the potion for him, Bonus gets increasingly enraged and volatile.
- Fat Bastard: Like most high-ranking Romans who aren't Julius Caesar, Overanxious is notably overweight.
- I Gave My Word: Very begrudgingly attends the feast at the end, which earns him an uppercut from Asterix for all the trouble he caused them throughout the story, but that said...
- I Lied: Has no intention of letting Asterix and Obelix even try to win the bet, and alerts all the Roman occupying forces to stop them.
- Non-Action Big Bad: Stays behind in his camp in Compendium the whole story and lets his subordinates do most of the work.
- Take a Third Option: Well, he tries to anyway, rather than keep pointlessly fighting against the villagers or limping back to Rome in disgrace, he decides to simply wall up the village and keep the Gauls contained.
- Divided We Fall: Torturus' mission was to cause this among the Gauls, and he very nearly succeeded.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Asterix uses the same priceless vase Torturus used to begin spreading discord among the Gauls to convince the Roman forces that Torturus is a traitor to Rome.
- Manipulative Bastard: Taken to near-superhuman levels; he originally came to the Roman government's attention when the people of the condimindium he lived in managed to escape his manipulation after god knows how long, and got him sentenced to being fed to the lions at the Colosseum. He got the lions to eat each other instead!! Even the normally unflappable Caesar is vulnerable to his scheming, as he barely spent 10 minutes in the same room as the guy, and almost succumbed to it.
- Antagonistic Governor: Not only to the Gauls, but to other Romans, since he's trying to cover up the fact that he's been embezzling taxes meant for the Empire, to the point that he's willing to resort to treason.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Curius Odus, the equally corrupt governor of Helvetia (Switzerland).
- The Corruptor: He will make any inspector who comes by decadent, and fast, or he'll get rid of him.
- Corrupt Politician: Not only does he steal tax money, when a Roman Quaestor (treasury agent) comes to check his account, Flavus has him poisoned.
- Cordon Bleugh Chef: His feasts feature some truly bizarre food combinations, such as boar fat fried in honey, to the point that Sinusitus's request for a simple vegetable broth for supper is met with surprise and disgust by Varius's chef.
- Expy: Loosely based on Trimalchio from Fellini Satyricon by Frederico Fellini, and the excessive, hedonistic orgies and feasts shown in the film.
- Fatal Flaw: Greed and Gluttony. He provides three coins as Roman taxes, hoarding the rest for himself (when he doesn't spend extravagantly on food and orgies)
- Fat Bastard: Even compared to other hedonistic Romans, Flavus is a fat pig.
- G-Rated Drug: His "orgies" only focuses on the feast part, not the sex or the drugs, for obvious reasons, since this is a comic for children.
- The Hedonist: His ambition is to make his life "one long orgy".
- Meaningful Name: His name is a reference to his obsession with food.
- Jabba Table Manners / Fat Slob: Eats like a slob, eats with his hands, drips most of it all over himself, it's a disgusting sight.
- Poison Ring: The jewelry on his hands have hidden compartments full of poison that he uses to assassinate his political enemies. Apparently he has a bad habit of forgetting to refill them afterwards.
- Suspicious Spending: Despite his governate allegedly can only provide a pittance in taxes, Flavus openly throws huge, elaborate orgies and feasts constantly in his lavish palace. When Sinusitus points this out after his arrival, Flavus just handwaves it with the excuse that "you can do a lot with good taste".
- Tampering with Food and Drink: Poisons the food of a Roman treasury agent to hide his corruption.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Came damn near one, whatever poison Varius used on him is both slow-acting and very painful.
- Intimidating Revenue Service: Averted, he's a perfectly reasonable and honorable man, Governor Varius is just intimidated by him because he actually is embezzling the funds meant for Rome and is guilty as hell.
- Megaton Punch: Gives a solid one to Flavus once he's healed, sending him flying into the air not to be seen again.
- Noodle Incident: He mentions that on his journey to Renne, his ship was briefly attacked by the Pirates, but that they somehow managed to sink their own boat before they could board.
- Play-Along Prisoner: Agrees to be a "hostage" at the Gauls village while Asterix and Obelix are out on their mission, realizing it's his only chance of safety.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He refuses to be swayed to Flavus's Blatant Lies. He also makes an invitation to Getafix to treat him; though a Gaul, he's the closest competent medical expert around. When Getafix says Sinusitus should be a prisoner while Asterix and Obelix are in Switzerland, he agrees, both on honor and on knowing that staying under Flavus's roof isn't an option.
- Villain Respect: Villain only as he's a member of the Roman government that the Gauls are fighting against. He gets invited to the Gauls' feast at the end, one of the first (and VERY few) Roman characters to receive that honor.
- Bad Boss: A literal slave driver, not to mention he doesn't care at all that the slaves work is utterly pointless since the Gauls magically replace all the trees that are torn down.
- Damned by Faint Praise: He's introduced to Caesar as an architect of some reknown, and his biggest accomplishment is that many of the apartment buildings he's designed in Rome haven't collapsed yet. This is a Historical In-Joke, as even during the glory days of the Empire, Rome was full of cheaply made apartment blocks that could collapse at any moment.
- HeelFace Turn: If The Golden Book is canon, as he's shown to have been invited to Asterix and Obelix's birthday party, and is planning to build a theme park in their honor as a gift.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After the Mansion is destroyed at the end, and all the Romans have gotten a thourough asskicking, he decides to officially call it quits, deciding to go build pyramids in Egypt, since at least there the tenants are quiet.
- Sleek High Rise Apartment: Designed the Mansion this way, since the purpose is to make Romans WANT to move to a random corner of the Empire.
- The Alcoholic: A disgraceful lout of a legionaire who has spent pretty much his entire service to Rome in a drunken stupor.
- Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Stupidly rants about Ceasar while drunk, something that would normally get a Roman citizen a one-way trip to the Colosseum, if Ceasar hadn't come up with a better punishment.
- Dirty Coward: Offers up his best friend to the Gauls to save himself.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: The above-mentioned friend knocks him on the head.
- Too Dumb to Live: Let's see, talks shit about Ceasar, tries to sell the deed to the village he was given (which you're not allowed to do in the first place) for more wine, and later tries to take it back.
- Conspicuous Consumption: Preposterous encourages Obelix to engage in this, using his money to buy flashy clothes to show off his new wealth.
- Did Not Think This Through: For an alleged expert on economics, Preposterus isn't very good at long-term planning. While his funding of Obelix's menhir business does cause some early progress in his goal, it eventually drives Caesar into heavy debt since as the financial backer of the plan, he isn't getting any profit from it.
- To be fair, he tries to fix this by reselling the menhirs himself, marketing them as a class symbol for the wealthy, but this just causes other parts of the empire to produce their own menhirs, escalating into an economic crisis that almost sets off a civil war.
- Expy: He looks like Jacques Chirac, a French politican who was a strong advocate of economic policies.
- Organization with Unlimited Funding: Averted. Preposterus is given unlimited credit by Caesar to put his economics operation running, but he's funneling money into a product that's not getting enough profit out to match the input - partly his fault because by his own admission he was raising the price of menhirs to keep things going, and partly the intervention of other parties who tried making their own menhirs - and he causes an economic collapse.
- Ridiculous Future Inflation: The whole scheme ends up causing a massive devaluation of the Roman sesterti currency, wiping out the wealth the village had earned throughout the album. Nobody's sad to have it go, the Romans have to repair their economy and the Gauls don't really care.
- Anti-Villain: Despite technically being the antagonists of the story, neither Maximus or Veriambitius are particularly antagonistic, and arguably come off as more sympathetic than the main characters this time.
- Break the Haughty: Maximus starts out as a somewhat arrogant Jerk Jock, only to be thoroughly humbled by Obelix effortlessly trouncing him without even trying or noticing him at one point. Thankfully, the Gauls are charitable enough to let them have their award, which pleases Caesar.
- Despair Event Horizon: They lose any hope of winning anything at the Olympics thanks to the Gauls' presence and efforts.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The Romans and the Gauls (who are forbidden to take magic potion in the tournament) are completely outmatched by the Greek athletes, and lose every single event to them, to the point that the Olympic committee creates a new event just for Roman participants to maintain friendly relations and keep tourists coming to Greece.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Even though Asterix ends up being the only non-Greek character to win a single event, he gives his Palm of Victory to Maximus, because he seemed to need it much more. Julius Caesar is greatly pleased with Maximus's apparent victory, and as a reward, promotes Maximus to centurion and Veriambitius to Tribune.
- Villain Has a Point: Veriambitious gets the Greek authority to forbid the Gauls to take magic potion because it's an incredibly unfair advantage. Even though he only did it in a petty attempt to stop and dishearten the Gauls, he's got a point: the Olympics are an athletic competition and not combat, the potion is performance enhancement and isn't allowed. With that said, a bunch of Romans do try to win through cheating by ingesting the potion, and they get exposed, as planned by Asterix and Getafix, and disqualified.
- All for Nothing: Despite succeeding in their mission to destroy the rock oil, it turns out to have been completely pointless as Getafix found a substitute ingredient while Asterix and Obelix were gone.
- Expy: Dubbelosix is based on James Bond (specifically Sean Connery), and Surreptitius is loosely based on his taskmaster M.
- Familiar: Dubbelosix gets a female fly to act as messenger. The insect looks adorable, is hopelessly in love with Dubbelosix and follows him wherever he goes.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: As punishment for failure, Caesar sentences them to Circus Maximus, where they're drenched in honey and has a swarm of bees sent after them. This was allegedly a real execution method once used in Ancient Rome.
- No Honor Among Thieves: Surreptitius and Dubbelosix plan to betray Caesar and use the magic potion for themselves, while Dubbelosix plans to keep the potion for himself.
- Where Does He Get Those Wonderful Toys: Befitting a parody of 007 himself, Dubbelosix has access to a variety of useful gadgets.
- Badass Driver: One of the greatest chariot racers around, which was already a really dangerous sport to start with.
- Cool Helmet: Always wears a full-faced golden helmet.
- Expy: Very similar to Frankenstein from Death Race 2000, and it's modern remake Death Race.
- King Incognito: Coronavirus makes a sudden comeback in the race finale, and almost wins - it's actually Julius Caesar in disguise, having taken over the reigns after the real Coronavirus left.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: The real Coronavirus abandons the race two-thirds in after finding out his co-driver has been cheating to get them ahead
- Secret Identity: Coronavirus's real name is Testus Terone.
- Unfortunate Name: In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, his name really makes the readers cringe. It originally referred to the entire virus group, before the pandemic popularized one particular strain.
- Agony of the Feet: In a final moment of rebellion, he literally threw down his arms at Caesars feet, giving the Roman emperor a minor injury.
- Big Good: The Gauls, especially those like Vitalstatistix who fought directly for him, see him as this.
- Last of His Kind: The last of the great Gaulish chieftains, unless you count Vitalstatistix.
- Shocking Defeat Legacy: His defeat at Alesia remains an enormously sore point for all of Gaul.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Maybe..? The real Vercingetorix was executed in Rome in 46 BC as part of Caesars victory parade, but the comic never actually makes any mention of him being dead. It's possible he remains a prisoner here.
A trendy teenager and Vitalstatistix's nephew by way of his brother, Doublehelix.
- Blinding Bangs: His long forelocks tend to cover his eyes.
- A Day in the Limelight: The Alea jacta est! series of Gamebooks can be said to be this for him. While he only really appeared in one album, he was chosen to be the star and the player character of those books — probably because, being young and inexperienced he made for a better and less invincible reader stand-in than Asterix or Obelix.
- He also gets a major role in the animated Vikings film, where he ends up a love interest and husband to a female Viking.
- Lovable Coward: To the point where the Normans want him to teach them (fear, not lovability).
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: After spending the entire book cowering in fear from the Normans and generally behaving like a spoiled brat, he Took a Level in Badass and angrily turned on the Normans for wasting everyone's time with their idiotic idea that they'd be able to fly. He's also the only character ever to give Cacofonix praise and encouragement.
- Totally Radical: Is a caricature of contemporary teens, even to the point of playing Cacofonix's harp like a guitar (and appreciating his music, as a teenager would have appreciated rock and roll the way the older generation wouldn't).
- Heroic Sacrifice: He attempts this by decides to try to negotiate with the Romans atacking the vllage, without magical potion. This brings about an end to the political strife.
- Not So Different: Hes as much a Henpecked Husband as Vitalstatistix. And as badass as the chief, when given the opportunity. The fact that Vitalstatistix eventually thinks of him as a good successor to the chief says a lot in his favor.
- Took a Level in Badass: He doesnt hurt Tremens Delirious, far from it. He just returns Caesars gift to him... by hitting him on the head with it.
- Not So Different: She is as stubborn and proud as Impedimenta, which is why the two develop a rivalry. It's also what makes them great friends later on.
- Straw Feminist: Has shades of this, but is ready to put her issues aside to face the Romans.
Vercingetorix's daughter. Before surrendering to Caesar at Alesia, her father sent her away with two of his lieutenants, Monolithix and Sidekix, in order to protect her. Because of Bindwatchflix's betrayal however, the Romans learned about her existence. They are now trying to find and capture her, both to use her as a hostage and to get their hands on her father's torc, which he gave to her and that could be used as a rallying symbol by the Gaulish resistance.
- Babies Ever After: The ending shows her having started a family with Peacenix, though with adopted children.
- Damsel in Distress: Bindwatchflix manages to capture her during the climax, and Asterix and Obelix have to rescue her.
- Fiery Redhead: She's temperamental, longs for her independence, and has red hair.
- Has Two Daddies: She considers Monolithix and Sidekix her adoptive fathers, as she refers to them as her "two Averni dads".
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Has no interest in becoming a symbol for the Gaulish resistance, and leaves that job to Asterix, departing for Thule with a young man named Peacenix.
The chief of a neighbouring village, who has thrown his lot in with the Romans, and who Vitalstatistix has to fight in Asterix and the Big Fight.
- The Brute: He's big, rude, aggressive, only half-educated about Roman ways, and obnoxious. Until he gets hit by a menhir.
- Contempt Crossfire: The Gauls despise him for sucking up to the Romans, the Romans secretly plan to get rid of him once he's no longer useful in case he gets ideas above his station.
- Cultured Badass: Tries to be this by aping Roman customs. After being hit by a menhir, in common with all the other characters in the book that this happens to, he becomes incredibly polite.
- Dumb Muscle: Was recruited by the Romans to fight Vitalstatistix in a clan battle because he is strong and stupidly into Roman culture, asking aqueducts to be made even though the river is right next to his village because it's Roman.
- Mean Boss: Responds to anyone questioning his methods (like building an aqueduct when the river already goes through the village fields) by punching them.
- Punny Name: Doubles as a Shout-Out to Muhammad Ali's birth name, Cassius Clay, although that and ability in the ring are the only two things he has in common with Ali (and unlike Ali, is defeated by letting himself get tired out in the ring). Subverted in the original, where his name (a+b=x) is a mathematical formula he's too stupid to understand.
- The Quisling: He's cut his hair short, shaved off his moustache, wears Roman clothes and has a part-Roman name (in the English version), but more than that he's forcing his people to speak Latin and behave like Romans. He has no problem at all with fighting Vitalstatistix in order to take over the village, and the fact that the village will finally be absorbed into the Roman Empire is, for him, a side bonus.
- Top-Heavy Guy: Has an enormous chest and arms, but small legs. Fittingly, Vitalstatistix defeats him by running circles around him until he's too tired to fight.
- Fatal Flaw: Greed.
- Hypocrite: He charges Romans twice the normal business price in comparison to normal trade with Gauls... but he does business only with Romans.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He ends up losing his money, which drives him to tears.
- The Reveal: Turns out he was the one who stole the money from Asterix, to pay the Romans off for their taxes. This also means he landed Asterix with the trouble of trying to get back the money to save his village's honor.
- Gone Horribly Right: Most of his prophecies come true, but as Asterix points out they were easy to predict, eg the end of a storm brings sunshine. Getafix turns this on him by engineering a foul gas that he predicted, leaving him to wonder what/how it happened.
- Villain with Good Publicity: He plays this for all it's worth.
- Badass Normal: Probably one of the most competent opponents the Gauls ever faced, especially since he has no magic potion to enhance his strength. He's a good archer and a Scarily Competent Tracker.
- The Heavy: In Asterix and the Chieftain's Daughter. Julius Caesar is, as always, the Big Bad of the story, who wants to capture Vercingetorix's daughter, in order to get the former chieftain's torc that could be used as a rallying symbol by the Gauls and to use his daughter as a hostage. However, Bindwatchflix is his main enforcer and, given the Romans' general incompetence, he's the main threat to Adrenalin's safety.
- The Quisling: He chose to betray Vercingetorix and works for the Romans.
- Scarily Competent Tracker: He's an exceptionally good tracker.
- Uncertain Doom: The last time he's seen, he's swimming away while swearing that he will come back to find the torc that fell in the sea. The last comic strip box featuring him shows a shark fin heading towards him...
- Absentee Actor: Due to the two people per chariot rule, Redbeard and Baba are the only pirates that appear in Asterix and the Chariot Race.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: Well, Better to Sink than Be Sunk... on occasion, they will scuttle their own ship when Asterix and Obelix turn up; it saves them a few knocks and amounts to the same thing in the end. It gets pretty hilarious if they sink it when Asterix and Obelix don't intend to attack them anyways.
- Chew Toy: They almost always getting their ship destroyed, no matter if they deserved it or not.
- Deadpan Snarker: Expect Baba and Pegleg to toss some snark at their captain, the latter in the form of a Pretentious Latin Motto, whenever they get sunk. Occasionally they will swap roles with Baba or Pegleg being the one being snarked at by the other two, and sometimes Redbeard or Baba will say a Pretentious Latin Motto.
- Expy: All of the pirates are expies of the characters from the Barbe-Rouge (Redbeard) comics created by Jean-Michel Charlier and Victor Hubinon (and which, like Asterix itself, first appeared in the French comics periodical Pilote).
- The Ditz: In at least one occasion (see Asterix and the Roman Agent) they manage to easily get talked into beating each other up and sinking up the ship on their own. Even the captain lampshades on how little prodding they need to make a fool out of themselves.
- Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: The Funetik Aksent of Baba, the African lookout, has blanks instead of the letter "R". Later books dispense with this.
- Failure Is the Only Option: They're never shown to successfully pillage anyone, always getting beat up, having their ship sunk, or both.
- Frankenstein's Monster: An extra among the crew looks like Frankensteins' Monster.
- Goldfish Poop Gang: An accidental example since they never attempt to follow the Gauls and always happen to meet them by the cruelest of ironies. Its more like the goldfish following the poop.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Most meetings with them have the following pattern: They threaten to attack, they see who is it that they threaten and they try to scram/helpfully knock themselves out (or not so helpfully from Obelix's perspective). This isn't necessarily their fault but more their eternal bad luck's, as almost no-one in-universe could physically stand up to the Gauls, but the willingness with which they do their own fatalities to avoid suffering ones at their hands makes them truly pitiable. And then there are the times where they become self-disposing villains even without such opposition waiting for them.
- No Name Given: Until Asterix and Obelix all at Sea (the captain is still unnamed). Mission Cleopatre and other media indicate that three principal pirates have the same names as their Barbe Rouge inspirations: Barbe Rouge/Redbeard, Triplepatte/Pegleg and Baba.
- Oh, Crap!: "The Gau-Gau-Gauls!"
- Origin Story: One album shows that the pirates were originally Roman slaves that were put to work on a Roman villa resort near Asterix village. After they talk the Gauls into letting them finish the project so the overseer will set them free, they are paid a wage they have earned, and are on their way, with the future pirate captain mentioning that they might invest in a ship.
- Pirate Booty: Subverted; they always manage to cross paths with our heroes before they can steal enough to pay off their latest ship loan.
- Pretentious Latin Motto: Pegleg likes to utter Latin mottos. It gets on Redbeard's nerves.
- Reformed, but Rejected: In Asterix and the Cauldron, they give up piracy and open a restaurant instead. Unfortunately, Asterix and Obelix assume that they're the ones who stole the cauldron of coins and beat them up as per usual. To make up for that, however, see below.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Or rather, the pirates who can't get to do anything before their ship is sunk.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: At the end of Asterix and the Cauldron, money literally falls out of the sky onto their ship. Given the Reformed, but Rejected example above, they deserve this happy ending for a change.
- Villainous Underdog: The first few times, the Gauls had legitimate reasons to fight them, but in later albums would beat them all up and sink their ship as soon as they saw them. It gets to the point that they never get the time to be villains as much as victims.
- Yank the Dog's Chain:
- "They're all in Roman uniform; we can take 'em." Guess who's on board!
- In Asterix and the Magic Carpet, Baba emerges from below deck, revealing he scuttled the ship as per usual... completely unaware that the Gauls merely looted them, but left the pirates and the ship unscathed.
- You Don't Look Like You: Traditionally, Baba is portrayed as a rotund man with a white shirt, blue pants, exaggerated lips, and a tuft of curly hair. In Magic Carpet only, however, his lower body is not seen, but he's shirtless, muscular and fit, less exaggerated lips and with a shaven head. Incidentally, his appearance in Mission Cleopatre is a mix of both. He's still rotund with blue pants (and a straw skirt, but is also shirtless and his clearly curly hair is rather trimmed.
- "Weird Al" Effect: Asterix's popularity far outshone that of Barbe-Rouge, and as a result more readers are more familiar with the parody than the original.
Voiced in French by: Micheline Dax (1968-1976)
Played by: Monica Bellucci (2002), Marion Cotillard (2022)
The queen of Egypt.
- Bad Boss: The whole reason that the Gauls make the trip to Egypt is to save Edifis from the consequences of failing her.
- Behind the Black: It's a recurring joke that Cleopatra makes her entrance completely unnoticed by the characters currently on-panel despite her usually traveling on a giant golden throne carried by several dozen slaves, with armed guards and sometimes animals by her side. And despite the sheer size, opulence and crowd around her, no-one is ever aware she's here until she makes her presence known. Asterix and Son sees her arriving on a two-story tall golden Sphinx on ten wheels, pulled by dozens of slaves, and yet she's only noticed once she tells Caesar the baby Brutus is pursuing is his — this is despite the fact that Obelix and Brutus were BOTH facing the direction from which she arrived the previous panel!
- Character Development: From being bratty, spoiled and rather childish to a much calmer and wiser woman.
- Face Death with Dignity: When she thinks Asterix wants to assassinate her, she holds a long speech about "showing the barbarians how a queen dies". Asterix eventually gets impatient and manages to throw a word in.
- Gag Nose: Almost every character in Astérix is drawn with a huge nose. However, the nose that is frequently remarked upon is Cleopatra's, whose is rather noticeable (being at an extremely acute angle) on her otherwise gorgeous appearance but far smaller than that of any of the characters constantly remarking on how "very pretty" it is.
- Hide Your Children: To protect her son with Caesar in Asterix and Son, she sends him to the Gauls' Village. It leads for a Dramatic Reveal when Caesar finds out the truth of Brutus' treachery.
- Historical Domain Character: She is this series' version of the historical Cleopatra VII.
- Hypocrite: She chews out Caesar for sabotaging the construction of his palace claiming that he shouldn't cheat... while claiming that she CAN use the Gauls to have the palace built in three months as planned. Never mind that the whole thing was to prove that her country was not decadent as Caesar said, yet it's thanks to the Gaulish intervention correcting the blueprints and their magic potion that the palace was built that fast and without falling apart, since Alexandria's best architect was inept. That being said, while allowing the Gauls' aid is not exactly fair in proving Egyptian building skill, her actual point wasn't exactly hypocritical, since she was calling out Caesar actively trying to prevent her side from winning the bet. Given Caesar's display of pride and arrogance throughout the book, one gets the idea that he would've launched this sabotage attack anyway even if the Egyptians did somehow manage to do the job quickly on their own (quality would still not have been great, but Caesar was more concerned about their meeting the deadline).
- Immigrant Patriotism: Despite being of Greek-Macedonian origin and having a very Greek name, she identifies herself as Egyptian and is incensed when Caesar calls her people decadent, ensuing the famous bet.
- MayDecember Romance: With Caesar who's noticably way older than her. And has a son with Caesar, Ptolemy XV Caesarion, who she hides in the Gauls' Village in "Asterix and Son" when Brutus tries to kill the child.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: They took as many cues from Elizabeth Taylor's Cleopatra as possible.
- Tsundere: Swings wildly between cool and collected and shouting her lungs out and throwing things.
- You Have Failed Me: Threatens Edifis to kill him if he doesn't build her a palace in 3 months.
Voiced in French by: Pierre Tornade
Played by: Jamel Debbouze (2002-2008)
The best architect in Alexandria... which isn't saying much. Edifis's ramshackle buildings are the joke of everyone not living in them. In spite of this, he's given the job of constructing the palace for Caesar in three months, or be fed to the sacred crocodiles. Luckily for him, he happens to be friends with Getafix, and manages to convince him to help with magic potion.
- Accidental Misnaming: In the live-action movie, he can never seem to get the Gauls' names right.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: In the comic he's short, chubby, and seemingly middle aged. In the live-action movie he's portrayed as a young handsome man◊.
- Adaptational Badass: In the comic, he ends up as a Distressed Dude who has to be saved by Asterix and Obelix. In the live-action movie, he turns into a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass after Getafix gave him magic potion and eventually manages to defeat a similarly magic potion-powered Artifis in a duel.
- Bizarrchitecture: His buildings, and his house in particular.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: He refused Artifis's Heads I Win, Tails You Lose offer not out of pragmatism but on grounds that Artifis works his slaves to death. He's not the least bit intimidated of being fed to the crocodiles; if anything, he fears his constant stress would make him unpalatable to the sacred crocodiles.
- Distressed Dude: He gets kidnapped by Artifis in the comics.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He's in charge of the palace construction, but does his best to make things run smoothly. His best decision was getting his Gaulish friends involved.
Played by: Gérard Darmon (2002)
Edifis's rival in architecture. Artifis would like nothing more than see Edifis fed to the crocodiles, and works to sabotage the construction.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the comic, he actually ends up reconciling with Edifis and making a HeelFace Turn. In the live-action movie, Edifis makes him the same offer, only for him to pull a Redemption Rejection. In the animated film, Edifis recieves no such offer.
- Ascended Extra: He was a Disk-One Final Boss in the comic, where he is defeated at the end of the first half and replaced by the Romans. In the live-action movie, he gets a bigger role, actually joins forces with the Romans and even has a climatic duel with Edifis.
- Beard of Evil: Especially in the movie.
- Defeat Means Friendship: In the comic, he reconciles with Edifis after being defeated.
- Easily Forgiven: Despite making attempts on Asterix, Obelix, Getafix, Edifis and Cleopatra's food taster's lives, Edifis reconciles with him.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Decides to sabotage Edifis's construction site because he is jealous the guy was chosen by Cleopatra over him to build the palace. More obvious in the live-action movie, where he didn't know Edifis before that and is motivated solely by jealousy, whereas in the comic they are long-time rivals.
- Evil Is Hammy: His actor is much more over-the-top in the live-action movie.
- HeelFace Turn: He actually ends up reconciling with Edifis in the comic. Averted in the live-action movie, as he pulls a Redemption Rejection.
- Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: Offers a deal to Edifis as a proposal to work together to build Caesar's palace: if the palace is built by the deadline, they share the glory and wealth. If not, Edifis goes to the crocodiles alone. Edifis refused, but on grounds that Artifis works his slaves to death.
- Obviously Evil: Yes, he looks like Jafar.
- Redemption Rejection: In the live-action movie, during the climactic duel, Edifis comments that fighting each other is stupid and offers Artifis to join forces to finish the palace together. Artifis refuses.
- Sore Loser: In the live-action movie, after being trounced by Edifis in a magic potion-fueled battle, he demands a best 2 out of 3.
- The Rival: For Edifis.
- Smug Snake
- Villain Song: The "Arsenic Cake Song" from the animated adaption.
Kuningaz note of the Germanic peoples (called Goths in the album).
- Adipose Rex: Becomes Stout Strength when he gets the potion.
- Bad Boss: And how! Pretty much every time he's contradicted he orders a public execution.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: You wanted to see Getafix' magic? By Tīwaz, you got to!
- The Chew Toy: Gets one victory, one impasse, and three defeats in the campaigns shown.
- Expy: Of the historical Otto von Bismarck, the Prussian chancellor and mastermind of Germany's unification.
- Shoot the Messenger: Why Rhetoric lies about Getafix's response and then tries to bolt, Metric orders him torn apart by wild horses.
Metric's interpreter, and later one of at least ten rival kuningōz.
- Blatant Lies: In the hopes of saving his own neck.
- Oh, Crap!: "He speaks Gothic [sic]." "He speaks Gothic."
- Omniglot: He is an interpreter.
- The Starscream: With a little help from Getafix's trademark brew.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Starts off rather pitiable, but becomes chief of the Goths, which goes to his head.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Plans to pressure-boil our heroes when this happens.
Kuningaz of the Normans, he kidnaps Justforkix to learn the meaning of fear.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: In the comic, his idea of thanking the Gauls after they help him and his men learn fear is to slaughter them all so they will dine in Valhalla. He does no such thing in the animated movie.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: You wanted to learn the meaning of fear? A Dreadful Musician will show you.
- Horrifying the Horror: He's a bit confused at the reaction he provokes in Justforkix (who thinks he's going to be killed by the Normans), because he himself doesn't know the meaning of fear and yet inflicts it on others.
- Horny Vikings: He leads this setting's version of the Normans.
- Literal-Minded: Takes the claim "Fear gives you wings" a tad literally.
- Related in the Adaptation: In Asterix and the Vikings, because Justforkix ends up marrying his daughter, this makes him Justforkix's father-in-law and the brother-in-law of both Doublehelix and Vitalstatistix.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: He and his men are Viking, so this is a given.
- What Is This Thing You Call Fear?: He's never felt fear in his life, nor have any of his followers, so they kidnap Justforkix so he makes them learn what fear is.
- And Then What?: He blames the kingdom's drought on its rulers, as a means to remove them from office, then he will take the throne. He has no way to fix the drought either, but he doesn't care as long as he gets the throne.
- Grand Vizier
- Punny Name: "Who done it ?"
- Shout-Out: His cousin is Iznogoud, who was created by original Asterix writer René Goscinny. note
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- Driven by Envy: He wants to beat Getafix, even if it means turning on his own people.
- Elemental Motifs: Fire.
- Kaiju: Gets turned into one, though inadvertently.
- Obviously Evil: His name spells out that he means no good.
- Redand Blackand Evil All Over: His giant form.
- The Rival: To Getafix.
- Sanity Slippage: Goes through one over the course of the film.
- Photographic Memory: She remembers how to make the magic potion, after having seen it done once. Getafix considers this a quality for her to be his successor when she is older, though with this series thats not happening anytime soon.
- Punny Name: She is named after pectin, a fruity powder used in foodstuffs.