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  • This might be exclusive to the Swedish dubbed version, but in Asterix And The Big Fight, I was kind of annoyed with how the soothsayers' voice was. It sounded too deep and dark and emphasizing and extravagant and... showy. And at about this point, I realized — of course. He's a con man. He isn't supposed to sound like an actual person, he's supposed to sound like the idea of a fortuneteller, the stereotype — and truly, he does have a slightly different voice the few times he mutters to himself, and entirely different when he goes insane toward the end. Also, Infirmofpurpus' voice sounded so... off, always speaking in a slightly awkward fashion, but what really bothered me was that his voice seemed to be cracking, or at least hoarse. Then I understood that... well, he was terrified out of his mind, so when he screamt he had to be screaming as loudly as he could. And living next to the crazy Gauls, he'd have to do this quite a lot. Of course his throat would go sore and his voice would go hoarse after a while. - Farmelle
    • This is also present in the original French version. The soothsayer is hammy as hell (and deep) when he's pretending, but as soon as he gets nervous (like each time he's talking to the centurion), his voice gets higher and he even stutters at times. The British English dub also retains this aspect, although rather than stuttering he giggles nervously.
  • What does Impedimenta see in her husband? A lot, actually. He’s the leader of a tribe that has never known defeat and is a regular annoyance to the Roman Empire. It’s what comes with it – the tribe being a bunch of kooks – that irks her, reasonably enough.
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  • Vitalstatix could, conceivably, lead his tribe in reconquering the Gauls from Rome, yet he never does. Asterix and the Chieftain's Shield actually hints at why: Vitalstatix fought at Alesia, where Caesar, in his masterpiece of tactic and strategy, broke Vercingetorix' rebellion... And he hasn't got over that debacle yet.
  • Asterix and the Chariot Race depicts the Italic peoples as still culturally independent, if politically subdued (except the "Irreducible Umbrians", who still fight), even if by this time they're all Roman citizens (having actually fought against Rome to become citizens. One of Caesar's own relatives, a Lucius Julius Caesar, proposed one of the laws that ended the rebellion by granting them citizenship) and are being culturally absorbed. They're likely experiencing a (brief) cultural revival as a result of the news brought back by those who have been "besieging" Asterix' village, with some Umbrians (the people who held their culture the longest) actually rising back in arms.
    • The Samnites, Rome's historical rivals, are not mentioned at all. An oversight? No: as punishment for not surrendering during the Social War once Rome started granting citizenship to those who did, the Romans wiped them out and disperded the survivors. Kinda hard experiencing a cultural revival in those conditions...

Fridge Horror

  • In Asterix and Obelix All at Sea it's shown that drinking the magic potion while under the effects of it will turn you to stone, as it happened to Obelix when he finally succeeded in drinking it, and it's not clear if Obelix returning to flesh but as a child was the effect of Getafix' attempts at curing him (because, being of stone, it's at least doubtful Obelix could actually drink the healing potions) or just what naturally happens. If it's what naturally happens... Roman admiral Crustacius became a statue after drinking a barrel of potion while under the effects of it already, and Caesar placed that statue in the circus, hoping that one day the lions will eat stone or Crustacius will return to normal.
    • At the start of the book, Caesar swore he'd feed Crustacius to the lions if he failed to recover his ship. He's just trying to keep his word, and making his own private joke about it.
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    • Obelix was permitted to drink a little potion in "Asterix & Cleopatra", when our friends were locked inside a pyramid, and he didn't seem to suffer from any bad side effects then. As a matter of fact, it's hard to tell if drinking the potion at that point had any effect on Obelix at all.
      • Dosis facit venenum, my friend...
      • These events had different dosages- In "Cleopatra", the dosage was small, just few drops. In "All at Sea"? He drank an entire Cauldron.
  • In Asterix at the Olympic Games, Vitalstatix, just to have Asterix and Obelix take part to the Olympic Games and mess with the Romans, declared they were Romans. Just to mess with Caesar he accidentally surrendered to him, and had Caesar found out the village would have at least lost its reputation.
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