Asterix or The Adventures of Asterix is a series of French comics. The series first appeared in The protagonists, the title character Asterix and his friend Obelix, have various adventures. As of , million copies of Asterix books have been sold worldwide, with co-creators René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo being. This is a list of all Asterix volumes, including the 37 official albums and various tie -ins. 3, , Asterix and the Goths, Astérix et les Goths, Germany, The druid Getafix Asterix and Obelix hitchhike to Rome where they must become gladiators to . These newer books are often criticised for lacking Goscinny's humour and. Determined to make Asterix an anti-hero flying in the face of the established order of the world of comic books, René Goscinny certainly did not.
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Asterix and the Soothsayer - Asterix in Corsica - Asterix and Caesar's Gift - Asterix and the Great Crossing - Obelix and. As for the Asterix comic book series, it has been the sensation of the publishing world but did he ever imagine that his tiny Gaul would also change comic book history? 34 - Asterix and Obelix's Birthday - The Golden Book. If you're in France between 11 April and 22 May, join us at KFC and collect all three cups, Asterix, Obelix or Dogmatix, with every download of a Tasty Box.
Ethnic stereotypes[ edit ] Many of the Asterix adventures take place in other countries away from their homeland in Gaul. In every album that takes place abroad, the characters meet usually modern-day stereotypes for each country, as seen by the French.
Italics Italians are the inhabitants of Italy. In the adventures of Asterix, the term "Romans" is used by non-Italics to refer to all inhabitants of Italy, who at that time had extended their dominion over a large part of the Mediterranean basin. But as can be seen in Asterix and the Chariot Race , in the Italic peninsula this term is used only to the people from the capital, with many Italics preferring to identify themselves as Umbrians, Etruscans, Venetians, etc.
Various topics from this country are explored, as in this example, Italian gastronomy pasta, pizza, wine , art, famous people Pavarotti, Berlusconi, Mona Lisa , and even the controversial issue of political corruption. Goths Germans are disciplined and militaristic, they are composed of many factions that fight amongst each other which is a reference to Germany before Otto von Bismarck , and to East and West Germany after the Second World War , and they wear the Pickelhaube helmet common during the German Empire.
Helvetians Swiss are neutral, eat fondue , and are obsessed with cleaning, accurate time-keeping, and banks. The Britons English are phlegmatic , and speak with early 20th-century aristocratic slang similar to Bertie Wooster. They stop for Tea every day making it with hot water and a drop of milk until Asterix brings them actual tea leaves , drink lukewarm beer Bitter , eat tasteless foods with mint sauce Rosbif , and live in streets containing rows of identical houses.
Hibernians Irish are the inhabitants of Hibernia, the Latin name of Ireland. They fight against the Romans alongside the Britons to defend the British Isles. Hispania Spain is overrun with tourists , the country where people of northern Europe go on vacation, ask to eat the same food they eat at their homelands, and cause tremendous traffic jams on the Roman roads.
Other recurring topics are flamenco , bullfighting , and olive oil. Reference is also made to the famous literary character Don Quixote. The warrior first hallucinates American-style emblematic eagles ; the second time, he sees stars in the formation of the Stars and Stripes ; the third time, he sees stars shaped like the United States Air Force roundel.
Asterix's inspired idea for getting the attention of a nearby Viking ship which could take them back to Gaul is to hold up a torch; this refers to the Statue of Liberty which was a gift from France. Corsicans are proud, patriotic, and easily aroused but lazy, making decisions by using pre-filled ballot boxes.
They harbour vendettas against each other, and always take their siesta. Greeks are chauvinists and consider Romans, Gauls, and all others to be barbarians.
They eat stuffed grape leaves , drink retsina , and are hospitable to tourists. Most seem to be related by blood, and often suggest some cousin appropriate for a job. Normans Vikings drink endlessly, they don't know what fear is which they're trying to discover , and in their home territory Scandinavia , the night lasts for 6 months. Cimbres Danes are very similar to the Normans. But while Asterix and Obelix were unable to communicate with them, they are perfectly able to understand the Cimbres.
Their names end in "-ten", perhaps similar to those of the Normans, whose names end in "-sen". Belgians speak with a funny accent, snub the Gauls, and always eat sliced roots deep-fried in bear fat. They also tell Belgian jokes. Lusitanians Portuguese are short in stature and polite Uderzo said all the Portuguese who he had met were like that. Sumerians , Assyrians , Hittites , Akkadians , and Babylonians are perpetually at war with each other and attack strangers because they confuse them with their enemies, but they later apologize when they realize that the strangers are not their enemies.
This is likely a criticism of the constant conflicts among the Middle Eastern peoples. The Jews are all depicted as Yemenite Jews , with dark skin, black eyes, and beards, a tribute to Marc Chagall , the famous painter whose painting of King David hangs at the Knesset Israeli Parliament.
Asterix's and Obelix's visit to Jerusalem is full of references to the Bible. Numidians , contrary to the Berber inhabitants of ancient Numidia located in North Africa , are obviously Africans from sub-Saharan Africa.
The names end in "-tha", similar to the historical king Jugurtha of Numidia. The Picts Scots wear typical dress with a kilt skirt , have the habit of drinking "malt water" whisky and throwing logs caber tossing as a popular sport; their names all start with "Mac-". Their names end in "-ov", like many Russian surnames. Translations[ edit ] The various volumes have been translated into more than languages and dialects.
Also, in Portugal, a special edition of the first volume, Asterix the Gaul , was translated into local language Mirandese. One of those pockets of resistance is a small but plucky village in Armorica Brittany, pre-medieval France , which has held back the Romans thanks to a Super Strength -granting magic potion. The village happens to be the home of our hero, a small but plucky Gaul named Asterix. Along with his loveable lug partner, monolith craftsman Obelix and the other inhabitants of the village, Asterix gets into all manner of adventures, which usually involve foiling the schemes of the Romans and, occasionally, Julius Caesar himself.
The stories are published as "albums" the term "graphic novel" being newer than the series, which began in and typically alternate between two themes. In many of the books, Asterix, Obelix and Dogmatix, sometimes accompanying or accompanied by another character, go on an adventure somewhere these are often have titles of the format Asterix in These plots allow for the most satire of different cultures and nationalities. In the second type of plot, a new plan by the Romans or an unexpected threat from outside brings danger and excitement to the village.
These plots allow character development of the various villagers and their relationships. Occasionally, a small and very persistent band of pirates a parody of another comic series, Barbe-Rouge makes a cameo appearance; their ship was scuttled by the potion-enhanced Gauls in an early story — since that initial appearance, they are usually seen either paddling frantically away from any Gauls they encounter, or coming across the Gaulish warriors during an incidental encounter and getting scuttled again or even scuttling their ship themselves to minimize damage.
Part of the appeal of the series is probably the variety of humor, which includes slapstick fight scenes, plenty of wordplay , thinly-veiled social commentary, and Iron Age and Roman antiquity versions of just about every European and beyond stereotype you can imagine. The series has some of the best translations of any comic-book ever; they're smart enough to keep the basic story while making new puns in the appropriate language.
After decades of solo work, Uderzo retired in and passed writing and art duties to Jean-Yves Ferri and Didier Conrad. Now with a recap page under construction. Community Showcase More.
Follow TV Tropes. You need to login to do this. Get Known if you don't have an account. These Tropers are crazy! Gaul is entirely occupied by the Romans.
Well, not entirely One small village of indomitable Gauls still holds out against the invaders.
And life is not easy for the Roman legionaries who garrison the fortified camps of Totorum, Aquarium, Laudanum and Compendium Tropes A to C. Accidental Marriage: Happens to Obelix in The Great Crossing.
To The Chief's Daughter , of course. The Ace: Also Tragicomix - a much more realistically drawn 'heroic' figure who isn't even funny. Obelix, easily. As a side effect of the magic potion, he's also an insanely fast runner who can do acrobatics easily, since his weight is not a big deal. One of the more hilarious examples is when he tries to teach Dogmatix how to do tricks, such as playing catch using menhirs instead of a stick. Acting Unnatural: Eventually, a fight breaks out over it, but everyone tries to "act natural" when Asterix starts approaching.
The villagers stop fighting, but stay in the same big pile, which confuses Asterix further, because the villagers are more likely to be seen fighting than they are relaxing. Action Insurance Gag: Adjective Animal Alehouse: Affably Evil: Julius Caesar, who is more or less the only sane Roman , tends to view the Gauls as much as potential allies as enemies, and as such holds very deep respect for them.
In fact, they tend to join forces every time someone tries to usurp Caesar , since they know that if anyone more ruthless than Julius was on the throne, it would completely upset the balance between them. Affectionate Parody: The pirates are a parody of different pirates from another comic series, Barbe-Rouge or Redbeard. Alcohol Hic: A drunken Roman legionary in Asterix in Britain goes not only "hic" but also "haec" and "hoc", hic, haec, and hoc being the Latin nominative singulars in masculine, feminine, and neuter, respectively for "this".
The whole plot of "Asterix and the Laurel's wealth" is because Vitalstatistix got drunk after a diner with his brother in-law and made a bet that he'll cook him a stew with Caesar's laurels and Obelix encouraging him. All Women Love Shoes: Well, togas and headdresses, at least. Alternate Continuity: The movies.
Both cartoon and live-action ones have used the same material, and stories sometimes get combined into one movie. Always Chaotic Evil: The Goths when they first appeared in Asterix and the Goths were treated as universally warmongering.
Positive Goth characters however show up in later albums and avert it. Amusing Injuries: Sustained by all manner of Roman legionaries, bandits, pirates, etc. Anachronism Stew: A lot. And deliberate, most of the time. The Romans tend to wear segmented plate armor called lorica segmentata by historians today which was invented after Julius Caesar's time.
However, the correct alternatives are also shown — chain mail for legionaries and Greek-style cuirasses or breastplates for officers.
Asterix and the Banquet has a mail wagon with the modern logo of La Poste. The Michelin Man also appears in the international version of Asterix in Switzerland replacing the Gaulish warrior-like mascot of French service station Antar in the original French version.
Asterix is once seen slicing potatoes and the legionaries peeling them in a time period when they hadn't been introduced to Europe yet. Potatoes didn't reach Europe until the 16th century. Asterix in Britain also shows a sequence of Asterix peeling potatoes; this is addressed in the audio book adaptation read by Willie Rushton , which includes a brief sequence describing an occasion when Asterix and Obelix accidentally discovered the New World in one of their sea voyages, discovered the tubers, and decided to bring them back to the village.
In Asterix in Belgium , we witness the invention of French actually Belgian fries. Valuaddedtax also pulls some out of a cauldron in Asterix and the Goths. The Flavian Amphitheatre, also known as the Colosseum, which features in Asterix the Gladiator and some animated adaptations notably the one where Asterix and Obelix become gladiators , wasn't built until 70 AD.
They also wear helmets reminiscent of pickelhaubes, but this was likely deliberate stereotyping. There are several references to the "Roman Empire", which was not founded until after Caesar's lifetime.
Caesar governed the Roman Republic ; that said, the Roman Republic did call territories under their control the Imperium Romanum. Pretty much everything involving Egyptians. Worship of most of their ancient gods, hieroglyphs - all of it was dead around 50 BC. While the historical conquest of Gaul took place in 52 BC, it is depicted in the stories as taking place decades earlier than the main timeframe of the stories, notably when several middle-aged characters are depicted as being young at the time, and the villagers already fighting Romans when Asterix and Obelix were children.
While the stories are not explicitly set in 50 BC, they are still set before Caesar's death in 44 BC. Animated Adaptation: Eight of them so far, of varying quality.
Technically only seven are straight-up adaptations; The Twelve Tasks of Asterix is the only Asterix film so far live-action films included to have been written directly for the screen. Sometime in the early s there were ideas for a weekly Asterix series but Uderzo refused - he didn't want the character to become a recurring TV hero. Animated Credits Opening: Well, "The mansion of Gods" was an animated movie in CGI, but the opening minimalist, and in 2D have a quite different style. Julius Caesar , who is often treated surprisingly sympathetically as a man of honor, though in a few stories he is clearly a Magnificent Bastard.
His portrayal was based on how he appears in the Commentaries on the Gallic War , required reading for Latin students back when everyone did Latin at school. Asterix and the Magic Carpet , despite being set in India. Armed Farces: The bulk of the Roman army is portrayed as a bunch of incompetent and weak losers.
Art Evolution: Notably, Asterix and Obelix both 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. 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 '70s rock star hairstyle; and Fulliautomatix completely changes in both face and body from a rather plain overweight lates man with blond hair, to a lates, 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. Obelix's dog, Dogmatix, also goes from a squarer, more terrier-like look with drooping ears to a more anthropomorphised, Disney-like appearance with raised ears, within the same story.
Take a look at the earliest appearance of Asterix and Obelix in Asterix the Gaul.
Now pick your jaw up off the floor. Happened again with the movies — from Asterix Versus Caesar onwards, they were of much better animation quality, and it happened again with Asterix and the Vikings.
They had shading , for Toutatis' sake!
A bit of it happens even within the very first book. Take a look at Caesar in the first page of Asterix the Gaul , then flip to his appearance in the last two pages. Notice some little differences? Sometimes real world distances were ignored and sometimes not the latter usually when it's the basis of a joke.
Rome tended to be treated as being the next town over from wherever Asterix and Obelix wer, especially if it called for Julius Caesar to appear in the flesh, to let him hear about what was going on and show up to insert himself into things in a timely fashion. The authors deliberately took some liberties to make the series more entertaining for instance, they knew that not every Gaulish man had a name ending with "-ix", but Theme Naming is fun. Also, there appears to be no language barriers between the Celtic, Iberian, Lusitanian, Breton and Belgian tribes, the Greek and the Romans.
Or even Persians and Indians. This is so omnipresent that it doesn't really deserve breaking down further, but it's interesting to see historical accuracy flop back and forth depending on how seriously we are supposed to take a part.
For instance, most of the times we see writing in the series, the characters carve it into tablets, even for disposable things like memos or personal letters or teaching to children - mostly because it's really funny imagining a Roman bureaucrat having to carve twelve huge slabs of rock just to induct a new legionnaire.
However, in one scene where Asterix is planning a bank robbery and makes a diagram of their plan of attack, he does it on a diptych wax tablet, which is what someone in his time period would actually have used for making notes that would have to be quickly disposed of later.
It was extensively researched by the creators, who both visited museums to speak with expert historians and read primary sources, and then all of the research was ignored so they could do something they found funny instead. It wasn't- it was actually Julius Caesar's name. 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. Not to mention, it's heavily implied he was trying to murder his baby brother in order to remain Caesar's only heir.
As Long as It Sounds Foreign: The Native American dialogue in Asterix Conquers America is a random assortment of North American place names that were taken from various Native American languages, resulting in quotes such as "Minnesota Manitoba.
Seems like once a book , they have to remind us that Obelix isn't allowed to drink any magic potion because he fell into a cauldron full of the stuff when he was a baby. Eventually turned into a Running Gag even lampshading it, with Obelix remarking "We'll never hear the end of it!
In some of the later books, such as Asterix in Spain , when the subject of the potion comes up Obelix just grumbles, "Of course I don't get any because gnagna gnak Author Tract: Asterix and the Goths. The third book of the series, published a mere 16 years after the end of WW2.
Being French and Jewish, Goscinny wasn't too fond of Germans at that time. And therefore, the Goths weren't given a positive portrayal at all. Aww, Look! Non romantic example.
The village hates Cacofonix's warbling and will resort to restraining him or smashing him over the head with a hammer to make him stop. However as soon as he's in danger they'll drop everything to save him. Badass in Distress: Averted in Asterix in Britain.
Obelix was captured by the Romans while he was drunk and asleep, and taken to the Londinium Tower. So, Asterix goes to the rescue. But when Obelix woke up, he was hungry and needed fresh air, so he broke the chain, took down the door, and smashed all the Romans on the way down When Asterix got to the top, Obelix was not there, he was outside the tower, so they both go down and up to reunite Badass Mustache: About all the Gauls including Dogmatix!
The Britons sport mustaches Nigel Thornberry would be proud of. The only exceptions are the Helvetians who have moustaches and beards. The Corsicans, Egyptians and Romans are clean shaven. The Greeks are either fully bearded or clean shaven, but nothing in between. Badass Normal: The Vikings.
They can go toe to toe with Asterix and Obelix, even with the latter having drunk magic potion. The Belgians as well. The plot of Asterix in Belgium has the Gauls pissed off because of a rumor that Caesar thought the Belgians more badass than anyone else in Gaul.
Bald of Evil: In Asterix and the Magic Carpet the villainous fakir Owzat tries to stall Watzinehm and our heroes by driving his carpet head-to-head with theirs and projecting a beam of kinetic force at them. Watziznehm fires back the same way and the two fakirs spend the next several scenes deadlocked with their powers crackling in the air between them like lightning while invoking the 33 million Indian gods gods to curse each other, until Watziznehn breaks the stalemate by flying upwards and sending Owzat hurtling into a minaret.
Because Destiny Says So: Most of the village's Gauls are easily influenced by anything that theoretically predicts the future like the false soothsayer and their own horoscopes. In particular, Asterix and Obelix's involvement in the plot of Asterix and the Chariot Race was kicked off specifically because of a soothsayer reading the lines on Obelix's hand, leading him to conclude that he must participate in a chariot race because the lines on his hand say so.
Beleaguered Boss: When news gets around that the Goths are disguised as legionaries, they start arresting each other for the reward and since the Gauls have since gone back to their own clothes, aren't bothered by the Romans either.
The Roman general understandably has a breakdown. In the original French, his name was Nenpeuplus, phonetically meaning " can't take it anymore ". Asterix the Legionary: The Roman decurion Nefarius Purpus finds out that his Mildly Military squad made entirely of non-Romans have better things to do than follow his orders when there's drinking, gambling, and sightseeing to be done.
Even worse, he gets punished for it when the entirety of the 1st legion, 3rd cohort, 2nd maniple, 1st century wanders by Caesar's tent in twos and threes and identify themselves. Nefarius Purpus: So there you are! Things are going to be a bit different around here! This is a military camp! There's got to be discipline here! They've got a guardroom here! And I know someone who Military Police: Officer in command of the detachment of the 1st legion, 3rd cohort, 2nd maniple, 1st century?
That's right! We arrest you in the name of Julius Caesar , who doesn't like being interrupted when he's talking! It's the guardroom for you! Tropes D to I. Darker and Edgier: Some stories, most notably Asterix and the Laurel Wreath , though it depends a lot on black comedy.
The overall least comedic book in the series has to be Asterix and Obelix All at Sea. Obelix turns to stone after another overdose of magic potion and there are genuine concerns raised that he may be dead. We get a very depressing scene where Asterix sits by the lifeless Obelix's bed while Getafix unsucessfully tries to find a cure. The book also includes one of the only times in the series where Asterix's life is actually put in genuine danger by Roman legionaries they knock him unconscious and prepare to throw him overboard while Obelix watches helplessly It's also a rare instance in any Asterix book where the antagonist unambiguously dies.
Asterix in Switzerland. This volume is a rare dark episode in that the plot involves the heroes' efforts to save an innocent from being murdered.
Quaestor Vexatius Sinusitus' potential death, poisoned by the embezzeler Varius Flavus, offered a jarring but refreshing sense of drama to the otherwise frivolous comedy strip. Stories featuring similar moments of deadly menace include Asterix and Son, where the village is decimated, and the impending threat of Orinjade's execution in Asterix and the Magic Carpet. The film Asterix Conquers America is mainly comedic, until the Romans burn the village and nearly send all its inhabitants to the circus, then proceed to get drunk celebrating their victory.