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  • Strawman Has a Point: Despite her debatable secret goal, Bravura raises interesting questions: why can't women have the occupation of their choice? Why can't they fight, wear what they want, be a village's chief? The last line (Fulliautomatix's daughter comments that she can't wait to grow up and rule the village) prove that these questions definitively made their ways in some minds, after all.
  • Unfortunate Implications: The Asterix series rarely had much in the way of well-written female characters, but Secret Weapon sees its sexism at its absolute worst; Bravura is a blatant Straw Feminist who rants against male oppression but has no hesitation in trying to use her sexual wiles on Asterix to try and convince him to replace Vitalstatistix so she can rule the village at Asterix's side, then after forcefully kissing him she gets him banished when he (not entirely unreasonably) hits her. When Getafix leaves with Asterix, causing even the women to worry about the Romans taking over, Bravura immediately declares she's going to negotiate a peace with the Romans to end the conflict. The women take over the village when the men leave in protest of Asterix's banishment but they immediately do nothing except hold fashion shows (Bravura even closes the school, despite teaching the children being her job). And Caesar's female legion plan falls apart because apparently all women are shallow ditzes who will drop everything when tempted with clothes shopping.
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  • Values Dissonance: Uderzo obviously made the album to answer years of questioning, from fans, on why female characters did not get important roles in the story. He apparently did not think that highlighting said female protagonists was a good idea, and this being The '90s, no problem with that. 15 years later, Uderzo answered the question "What do you prefer between mangas and European comics?" in Asterix and the Falling Sky with "I hate mangas". This time, the author faced such negative reactions, he stopped writing for Asterix. It's worth noting that in Asterix at the Olympic Games, in 1968, the idea of a woman conducting a chariot was ridiculed, while in 2017, in Asterix and the Chariot Race, (written by the new author, Jean- Yves Ferri) two female drivers are among contestants.

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