Hinkelstein-Produzent und -lieferant.
Sohn von Obelodalix und Popeline.
Entfernter Vetter von Talentix. Herrchen
von Idefix. Bester Freund von Asterix.
Obelix is a
hero in his own right. He faces life with enthusiasm and loves simple
pleasures. First, roast boar: if he eats more than four for dinner,
he can’t sleep at all. One of his favorite leisure activities is
to go looking for them in the forest. Next come Romans: “These Romans
sure are crazy!” Obelix will never change his mind about that. However,
he is always delighted to meet them, although they don’t seem quite
as happy. For his birthday, his friends made him an enormous surprise:
they got him a full army of Roman legionaries, just for him. He
had a smashing time. He also collects their helmets as souvenirs.
Obelix is a menhir carver and deliveryman: in Obelix and Co., he
sets up a huge quarry and gets rich. He loves giving his friends
menhirs, but they don’t know what to do with them. In Asterix and
Obelix All at Sea, he was changed into a menhir, himself: he drank
a full cauldron of magic potion. But Getafix the druid had already
warned him of this: “How many times do I have to tell you, you haven’t
needed any ever since you fell into a cauldron full of potion when
you were a baby? You know perfectly well that it had a permanent
effect on you!” (Asterix and the Goths, page 37). Getafix had also
warned him that if he did drink any, the side effects would be terrible.
After he was petrified, he got his human skin back, but his body
was shrunk to that it was when he was a child. What an adventure!
Obelix loves his little dog, Dogmatix, the only ecologist in the
entire canine race. In Asterix and the Big Fight, Obelix makes Getafix
go crazy by carelessly hitting him on the head with a menhir. Distraught
with remorse, he stays alone in his quarry with Dogmatix, wondering
how he can make up for his mistake. He then decides to do the same
thing again, hoping that Getafix will get his wits back. Finally,
Obelix loves to drink beer and goat’s milk. We only see him drunk
once, actually, in Asterix and the Laurel Wreath. Having accompanied
Vitalstatistix and Impedimenta to Lutetia, he discovers the pleasures
of wine… going just a bit too far. “Thash ferpectly right!” (page
Behind his facade
of an invulnerable tough guy, Obelix is actually a very sensitive
person. In Asterix and the Great Divide, Melodrama and her fiancé,
Histrionix are kept apart because of the feud between their two fathers.
“Boohoohoohoo . . . Sniff! I get all upset by love stories with unhappy
endings!” says Obelix, as tears roll down his cheeks. Asterix then
offers to help Histrionix “solve his problems”. “Ooh yes! Let’s! Goody
[…]” (page 17), exclaims Obelix clapping his hands together in pleasure.
Whenever anyone needs help solving their problems, Obelix is always
ready. Just like his friend Asterix, he is a very helpful person;
the perfect friend. But you should never take his kindness for granted:
he might go into a sulk. As soon as anyone questions his ideas, Obelix
gets offended. He’s very sensitive, and a poor loser if he loses a
bet. This is the case in Asterix and the Golden Sickle: “It’s always
me who loses bets! It’s not fair! […] Oh, of course, Mister Asterix
is the clever one, Mister Asterix knows everything!” (page 30). Obelix
is also very proud: “A handsome warrior with red braids, yes! But
I’m not just a pretty face!” he exclaims pointing at his head (Asterix
and the Soothsayer, page 33). In fact, it’s somewhat surprising that
Obelix is still a bachelor. While Panacea is already spoken for (Asterix
the Legionary) and the daughter of Orthopaedix, the innkeeper, really
isn’t interested (Asterix and Caesar's Gift), Obelix still has women
to choose from. Women actually seem attracted to him: in Asterix in
Spain, an attractive Gypsy wraps a scarf around his waist, saying
“Olé, gorgeous! Come on, stick your chest out!” (Page 35). A bit later,
a beautiful Indian squaw has a crush on him. But, this time, Obelix
can’t stand it. “Hey, this fat Iberian girl is following me around!”
(Asterix and the Great Crossing, page 31). Nevertheless, he is difficult.
This is also the opinion of Vanilla, his mother, who desperately wants
to see her “Obelixiwixikins get married. In spite of all these advances,
Obelix has a complex about his weight. “Tell me straight, Asterix,
once and for all: do you think I’m fat?” (Asterix at the Olympic Games,
page 9). His chest has just slipped a bit, that’s all. But Obelix
knows how to be funny as well. In Asterix the Gladiator, he looks
for someone to replace him delivering menhirs while he is off on a
trip to Rome. After selecting Geriatrix, the oldest inhabitant of
the village, he reassures him, saying, “I’m relying on you. You needn’t
deliver more than one at a time to start with” (page 13). Finally,
Obelix is very attached to his homeland and those who have defended
it. In Asterix and Obelix All at Sea, Asterix suggests that long-lasting
peace throughout Gaul may actually be possible. Obelix is aghast:
“You are insulting the memory of Vercingetorix!” (page 9). Could Obelix
be a patriot?
the nationality of your choice: Romans, Greeks, Normans, Bretons,
etc.] sure are crazy”! “I’m not fat!” (Asterix at the Olympic Games,
comes from the word “obelisk”; this was the stone column used by
the Egyptians in their sun worship, wird.