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Asterix is a small, yet fearless and cunning warrior who lives around 50 BC in a fictional village in northwest Armorica (a region of ancient Gaul mostly identical to modern Brittany). This village is celebrated as the only part of Gaul not yet conquered by Julius Caesar and his Roman legions. The inhabitants of the village gain superhuman strength by drinking a magic potion prepared by the druid Getafix (French: Panoramix). The village is surrounded by the ocean on one side, and four unlucky Roman garrisons on the other, intended to keep a watchful eye and ensure that the Gauls do not get up to mischief.

Asterix is a bachelor, and one of the smartest (and sanest) members of the village (sometimes referred to as a 'village of madmen') and because of this, he is usually chosen for any dangerous, important or exotic mission. Unlike most of the other villagers, he does not start or join brawls for the fun of it, although he does enjoy a good fight when there's a cause. He rarely resorts to weapons, preferring to rely on his wits, and when necessary, his magic potion enhanced fists — he is only an average swordsman.

Asterix' parents are former villagers who now live in the city of Condatum (Rennes), and he has cousins in Britannia [Britain]. He shares his birthday with his clumsy, yet strong and good-hearted best friend, Obelix. His age is 'indeterminate'. One of his most visually engaging features is his helmet, the wings of which mirror his expressions.

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