Ganesha and Karthikeya are one of the few sets of brothers in Indian mythology who fight but also get along pretty well unlike most others who are usually either violent with each other (Ravana and his brothers, Vali and Sugreeva etc) or are extremely nice to each other (Pandavas, Rama and his brothers etc).
I was reading an Asterix comic and out of the blue a thought struck me of how Obelix was a lot like Ganesha in his mirth and jollyness and Karthikeya was like Asterix in his shrewd, no-nonsense attitude. Ganesha’s rat of course suitably replaces Dogmatix.
There’s a description of what Asterix and Obelix thought of themselves from ‘Asterix and the Great Crossing’:
“We are brave, we have only one fear: that the sky may fall on our heads. We like a bit of joke. We like our food and drink. Sometimes we lose our tempers. We are a rowdy lot and we like a punch-up. But we love our friends. In short, we are Gauls!”
Now Ganesha and Karthikeya are no strangers to fighting amongst themselves (the whole mango incident, anyone?), but like any family, they eventually patched things up and became pals again.