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Astérix is a character created by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo in 1959 for the French comic magazine Pilote. The series' growing success in Pilote got it published into albums soon after.

The year is 50 B.C. Gaul is entirely occupied by the Romans. Well, not entirely... One small village of indomitable Gauls still holds out against the invaders. Said village is the home of Astérix, who frequently goes on all kinds of adventures, often in order to foil the plans of the Romans. He is helped in his adventures by Getafix, the druid of the village who holds the secret of a Super-Strength-inducing potion, and most importantly his best friend Obelix, a heavyset (NEVER say "fat") menhir carver who fell in a cauldron of the aforementioned potion when he was a child, making the effects permanent on him.

Since its creation, Astérix has become a prominent figure in French culture, and has managed to acquire fame on an international level, a rare occurrence for a Franco-Belgian Comics character. The series has been translated in over a hundred languages, and the comic book series, currently 37 albums long, has been adapted into animated features, live-action movies, video games, theme parks, tabletop games and whatnot. It also notoriously features on mustard glasses.

Comic book series:

Special albums

  • Astérix et ses Amis (2007) - Special tribute album for Albert Uderzo on his 80th birthday.


  • Idéfix et les Irréductiblesnote  (2020) - Prequel starring Dogmatix in Lutecia before he joined Asterix & Obelix.


Traditional animation films:

CGI animation films:

Animated series:

  • Idéfix et les Irréductibles note (2021) (52-episode prequel TV series)
  • Upcoming Netflix series directed by Alain Chabat

Live-action adaptations

  • Two Romans in Gaul (1967) note 


  • How Obelix Fell into the Magic Potion When he was a Little Boy (1989) - Text with illustrations.

Theme parks

Video games

  • Asterix and the Magic Carpet (Action-adventure, 1987)
  • Asterix Operation Getafix (Action-adventure, 1989)
  • Asterix (Sega Master System) (Platform, 1991)
  • Asterix (Beat-Em-Up, 1992)
  • Asterix and the Great Rescue (Platform, 1993)
  • Asterix: Caesar's Challenge (Interactive board game, 1995)
  • Asterix: The Gallic War (Strategy, 1999)note 
  • Asterix & Obelix Take On Caesar (Minigames, 1999, based on the film)
  • Asterix & Obelix XXL (Action-adventure, 2004)note 
  • Asterix & Obelix XXL 2: Mission: Las Vegum (Action-adventure, 2006)
  • Asterix & Obelix XXL 2: Mission: Wifix (Platform, 2006)
  • Asterix & Obelix XXL 3: The Crystal Menhir (Action-adventure, 2019)
  • Asterix & Obelix: Slap them All! (2D Beat 'em Up, 2021)


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"Now THAT's a tortoise..."

Brutus has an unexpectedly different idea with how the Roman soldiers assume battle formations.

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