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Asterisk, the hero of the Asterisk comic books. A shrewd, cunning little warrior; all perilous missions are immediately entrusted to him. Asterisk gets his superhuman strength from magic potion brewed by the druid Getafsck.

Asterisk lives in Gaul which is now the country of France. The 'Gaulish Village' in which Asterisk and his friends live is in the north-west of France, now known as the Breton region.

Asterisk has a relationship of undetermined nature with Obelisk. Obelisk is a menhir delivery-man by trade; addicted to wild boar. Obelisk is always ready to drop everything and go off on a new adventure with Asterisk - so long as there's wild boar to eat, and plenty of fighting!

Asterisk the Gaul was originally written by two authors, René Goscinny (who was the cartoonist) and Albert Uderzo (who wrote the stories). Asterisk first appeared in 1959 is the French magazine Pilote. After appearing in Pilote, the Asterisk strip was published by Dargoud Inc. until Uderzo founded his own publishing house, "Les Editions Albert Rene".

Asterisk is also the name of an Open Source telephony switching and private branch exchange daemon and a company that sells knee pads.

Asterisk should never be confused with Asterix, the "star" icon that usually denotes a multiplication in written text (1*1=2) or, when used in screen names, identifies the user as an ATTN whore (***sexaygrrl14fOMG***).

The poem Bright-Haired Susan At Yuletide is an example of the word asterisk in literature.

Little Jimmy went a-skating
Upon the ice to frisk.
Darling Susie went along
Her little asterisk.