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Obelix is Asterix’s closest friend and works as a menhir sculptor and delivery man. He is a tall, obese man with two notable attributes: his phenomenal strength and his voracious appetite for food. His strength results from having fallen into Getafix’s magic potion cauldron as a boy. As a consequence, Getafix will not let him take additional potion for fear of side effects (for example, turning into stone, as shown in Asterix and Obelix all at Sea), something that Obelix finds immensely unfair. The only exception was in Asterix and Cleopatra when they were trapped in a pyramid. Obelix’s size is often the brunt of many jokes. In Asterix and the Big Fight a druid mistakes Obelix for a patient with an eating disorder. At the end of the book, Obelix decides to go on a diet but quickly goes back to eating huge quantities of boar.
- French: Obélix: meaning either obelisk, a massive monument, or the typographical symbol (†) (also called an obelus in English) which is sometimes used to indicate a second footnote if the first footnote is indicated by an asterisk. His name is also almost never changed in official translations (not counting orthographical variations such as Obeliks in e.g. Esperanto, Polish and Slovene). However there is a notable exception in Turkish, in which he is Hopdediks, “Hop dedik!” being a phrase uttered when someone overdoes something.(In recent comic albums Oburiks – obur means “gluttonous”.)
- In Icelandic his name is Steinríkur, roughly meaning “rich in stone”, due to Obelix’s fascination with stones.
- In Sinhalese – “Jim Pappa” which means Mighty and/or Strong