|“||But this is only a truce, Gaul. We shall meet again!||„|
|~ Ceasar to Asterix, after giving him back his freedom|
Julius Caesar (French: Jules César) is the primary antagonist of the French comic book Astérix, based on the Roman dictator of History. He is the ruler of the Roman Empire who conquered most of Europe and the entire Gaul, save from a small village whose inhabitants, made invincible in battle by a magic potion, refuse their law.
Caesar's depiction and characterisation varied in the first episodes of the series. He was sometimes represented as a rather young man and sometimes depicted as a ruthless dictator bent on obliterating the Gaulish Village at all cost. However, the author finally depicted him as an elderly man and a harsh yet fair ruler. Although he rules his empire with an iron fist, takes high taxes from the occupied nations, and is not above having dissidents and people who displease him sentenced to be devoured by lions in the circus, his primary concern is the well-being of his people.
He declared more than once that he likes when the people is happy and orders his legions to respect the customs of the populations uder his rule.
Caesar hates the thorn in his side represented by the Gaulish Village but there is a mutual respect between him and the eponymous primary protagonist Astérix. Whenever the Gauls end up helping him, he grants them any favour they ask and lets them depart freely.
Tactics and plans
In most of the stories, Ceasar devises a plan to get rid of the village and finally take over the entire country. In others, the Romans affected in the four military camps that Caesar set around the village try to get rid of it to win Caesar's favours, but this is rare, since every Roman near the village is deathly afraid of its inhabitants and try their best not to attract their attention. Caesar knows that brute strength is useless against the Gauls, so he sends agents to take them down from the inside or force them to adapt to the Roman Rule. He usually does this because he is outraged by the humiliation of having "a handful of semi crazed barbarians" effortlessly crushing his best troops, but he is many times forced to take actions against them by his rivals of the Roman Senate.