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As one of the most translated and popular European comic strips across the world, Asterix has had its fair share of shout-outs, parodies, spoofs, homages and references over the years.

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    Comic Books 
  • Tintin: In Tintin and the Picaros one of the background characters during the carnival is wearing an Asterix costume.
  • In Action Comics #579 (1986) Superman and Jimmy Olsen appear back in time to a small village of indomitable Gauls.
  • Gilles de Geus: The story Willem de Zwijger starts off with a parody of the opening of every Asterix album. We see a large magnifying glass appear and the narrator saying: "In the 16th century all of the Netherlands are occupied by the Spanish. All of the Netherlands? YES, All of the Netherlands!!" Then the magnifying glass burns a hole through the map. In the next shot we see Willem van Oranje in a burning city shouting: "I saw it! I swear! A giant magnifying glass appeared and set the entire town on fire!", before he wakes up and it turns out it was All Just a Dream.
  • Oktoknopie: In of the gags Jopie and Oktoknopie are traveling by sea when they suddenly see a group of pirates. Jopie is scared, but Oktoknopie dresses himself and Jopie up as Asterix and Obelix, causing the pirates to sail off in fear.
  • De Kiekeboes:
    • In De Schat van Mata Hari the family visits Carnac where several menhirs are standing on a field. Konstantinopel remarks: "Is this where Obelix gets his menhirs?"
    • In Geeeeef Acht Kiekeboe is in the army against his will. He tries to desert by camouflaging himself as a tree, snickering: "I read it once in "Asterix" note . When a kissing couple starts carving their names in his branch he runs away in pain saying: "That's something they didn't mention in "Asterix"!
    • In De Snor van Kiekeboe several comic book characters with a moustache protest against Kiekeboe's election as Moustache of the Year by the Antwerp Moustache Club, among them Asterix and Obelix.
    • In Afgelast Wegens Ziekte Asterix and Obelix are among the comic book characters from other franchises who attend Kiekeboe's funeral. In the same album Kiekeboe and Konstantinopel go shopping at Plagiarismland where they can buy old comic book backgrounds for cheap prices. Among the backgrounds we see are menhirs and a huge cauldron.
  • Urbanus: In Nabuko Donosor Loopt Voor De Voeten César takes his dog Nabuko Donosor to the forest to tie him to a tree and get rid of him. When he arrives at the spot several famous comic book and cartoon dogs have also been left behind there, one of them Dogmatix.
  • Gaston Lagaffe: In one of the gags a drawing of Asterix taking off his helmet can be seen hanging on the wall.
  • Van Nul tot Nu: In this Dutch comic book series about the history of the Netherlands Asterix and Obelix' silhouettes are seen when the narrator talks about the Celtic period.
  • The Smurfs: One of the 1990s comic strip gags of the Smurfs ends with them having a banquet in the same style as Asterix and the villagers. Trumpet Smurf is seen tied up to a tree in the same way as Cacofonix always is.
  • Futurama: In one of the comic strip adaptations of Futurama, issue #25, the characters crashland their ship on a planet that resembles the Middle Ages. The banquet they have in the end is a direct homage to the Every Episode Ending in Asterix, complete with a robot resembling Asterix and Zoidberg tied up to a tree like Cacofonix.
  • The Boys: A Japanese scientist is working on a reverse-engineered version of the V Super Serum, only to find that a baby has fallen in the batch and eaten it all (The Female). The man's name? Dr. Uderzo.
  • Oggy and the Cockroaches: A segment in the first comic book features Oggy as various historical characters and one fictional character: Oggy Sterix! Oddly, there's also an Oggy Caesar...
  • In Doctor Fate vol 4 #11, Khalid faces the ghost of Julius Caesar and his legions. The art has a more cartoony style, making the Romans look like the ones in Asterix. In addition, when Dr Fate sinks through the floor, we see the buried skeletons of Asterix, Getafix, Cacofonix and Vitalstatistix (with shield bearers), all in the poses from the "Meet the Gauls" page at the front of the albums.
  • In The Cartoon History of the Universe, the Gauls who sack Rome in 390 BC are Asterix, Obelix and Vitalstatistix.
  • Asterix and Obelix appear as 19th century Parisians in Grandville: Noel, demanding equal rights for humans in Funny Animal-dominated France.
  • In Bruchbach Serenade, Rick and Mike find a pile of outdated schoolbooks. One of them is a history book starring Asterix and Obelix — or rather, "Siggi & Babarras" from Rolf Kauka's version.
  • Alcibiade Didascauxnote  has an issue about Ancient Rome, which features Julius Caesar as a perfect look-alike of the character from Asterix.note  The same book contains a cameo of Fulliautomatix, as well as a cameo of Asterix and Obelix themselves (Obelix is seen carrying a menhir on which is written "tribute to Uderzo").
  • An Italian Mickey Mouse Comic Universe story was a giant homage to Asterix, featuring Mickey and Pete as two Gauls who happen to resemble them... Something that is actually a plot point, as this story is actually set in the same universe without ever showing or naming the canon characters and the two get mistaken for Asterix and Obelix multiple times while they're going to a certain Undefeatable Little Village to try and obtain a certain super strength potion to resist the Romans...
  • In an issue of Top 10 where characters visit an alternate universe where the Roman Empire never fell, Asterix and Obelix are among the crowd in an arena.
  • One Twelfth Doctor storyline in Doctor Who (Titan), climaxes with a battle in which the Doctor's comic creator allies summon pop culture characters to help them, including recognisable versions of Asterix and Obelix.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In the 1980 screen adaptation of The Miser, when Harpagon (Louis de Funès) is discussing feeding the horses with Maître Jacques (Michel Galabru), they are not figured by real horses but by a life-sized drawing from Albert Uderzo himself, as if coming straight out of Asterix.
  • 2018 French movie Return of the Hero (with Jean Dujardin) features an inn called "Le Rieur Sanglier", as in Asterix in Britain.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Mr. Bean: Mr. Bean and his teddy bear read an Asterix comic in the episode "Goodnight Mr. Bean".
  • Sketch Comedy series Vaya semanita from the regional television of the Basque Country had an Affectionate Parody called Antxonix & Boronix, starring a village of indomitable "Vascon-Gauls" in constant fighting against the Roman legion led by Cayus Malayus.note 

  • The King Blues' single "My Boulder" (2008) has the line: "If I'm Obelix, you are my boulder."
  • The Flemish socially conscious rock band Vuile Mong en Zijn Vieze Gasten spoofed Asterix on the album cover of Bommerskonten, with Belgian politicians in the role of the characters.

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    Web Videos 
  • The first episode of the edutainment Youtube show Confessions d'Histoire concerns the Gallic Wars. Vercingetorix points out the Artistic License – History the people of the Gauls are usually subjected to in modern media, including their helmets. He mentions that they didn't have wings, obviously pointing to Asterix.

    Western Animation 
  • Miraculous Ladybug: The titular villain from the episode "Bakerix" is basically what would happen if Asterix was evil and made of bread.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "Husbands and Knives", Lisa is delighted to see a shelf with Tintin and Asterix comics in the store.
    • In another episode she is seen reading an Asterix comic book.
  • South Park: Obelix is seen among the good fictional characters in the "Imaginationland" episode, blowing the horn as the battle begins.
  • Space Goofs: In an episode, the alien protagonists transforms into classic Franco-Belgian Comics heroes to counter the Manga-based intruders of the week. Gorgious ends up dressed as Obelix.

    Real Life 
  • Albert Uderzo and René Goscinny once heard that Charles de Gaulle had named all the members of his cabinet after Asterix characters during a meeting. They had heard this first-hand from one of the politicians. Later however, the minister in question denied the story in the strongest possible terms.
  • The first French satellite, launched in 1965, was named: "Astérix-1".
  • The French expression for someone being a natural at something is to say that they fell into it when young, a reference to young Obelix's accident with the potion.


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