History Characters / Tintin

8th Apr '17 4:46:11 AM rufusluciusivan
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* BerserkButton: Stealing or destroying his booze. On a more serious note, in ''The Red Sea Sharks'', he goes ''ballistic'' when he meets a modern-day slave driver.
30th Mar '17 12:57:28 AM MorningStar1337
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* CaptainOblivious: Due to being hard of hearing, he is blissfully unaware of most events going on around him and continually interprets them wrong.
25th Feb '17 1:14:53 PM IdumeanPatriot
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* WhiteGangBangers: Unlike most of the traditional organized crime in America (Irish Mob, Italian Mob, Jewish Mob, etc.), and unlike his rival Capone's crew, his outfit seems to be made up mainly or entirely of Old Stock Americans like himself.



%%* AffablyEvil: He honestly seems to have no real animosity toward Tintin and is infaillibly polite to him. When Tintin is about to be executed, he even offers him a way out if he agrees to a few conditions.

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%%* * AffablyEvil: He honestly seems to have no real animosity toward Tintin and is infaillibly unfailingly polite to him. When Tintin is about to be executed, he even offers him a way out if he agrees to a few conditions.conditions.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: His name, like those of many Asian comics characters of this period, is just a collection of meaningless syllables in Japanese. Possibly, it was inspired by the real Japanese given name Mitsuhiru.



* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: As an intelligence agent and underworld overlord, he is sufficiently proficient in the use of both guns and melee weapons to carry out his own assassinations in a pitch, and rather more dangerous than most of his {{Mook}} minions. However, in a fair fight he loses to [[StrongerThanTheyLook Tintin]].



* TheChessmaster: Runs a major Japanese spy ring as well as an international drug syndicate. Is consulted on foreign policy, manipulates Chinese tongs, British officials and even Tintin himself, and knows how to [[RulesLawyer exploit the system]] for his own benefit.
* CityOfSpies: Shanghai in the 1930s. Mitsuhirato is portrayed as the top Japanese on-site man, with direct access to the government and the local Japanese commanders.
* ConsummateLiar: Tintin is not the only one he fools.
* DoubleAgent: By knowing arrangement with his Japanese superiors. He works both for them and the Pharaonic drug ring, using the drug money to fund his intelligence operations and, occasionally, intelligence assets to further the drug trade.



* EqualOpportunityEvil: While a passionate Japanese nationalist, he does not seem to be particularly racist against either the Chinese or the Westerners, and indeed people of both races work in his organization.
* EveryManHasHisPrice: As a wealthy and generous businessman, Mitsuhirato has lots of connections in Shanghai, and, among other things, uses his financial ties with corrupt chief of police Dawson (in the Internatonal Settlement) to have Tintin apprehended and turned over to the Japanese. The same strategy backfires on him, however, when he tries it on [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules Tintin himself]].
* FalseFlagOperation: The Mukden Incident, as here portrayed. Also pulls an earlier, smaller-scale one in Tintin, to alienate him from the Sons of the Dragon.



%%* TheHeavy: While Rastapopoulos eventually is revealed to have been the BigBad all along, Mitsuhirato is the one who actively opposes Tintin for most of the book, and appears as the main villain until TheReveal.

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%%* * TheHeavy: While Rastapopoulos [[spoiler: Rastapopoulos]] eventually is revealed to have been the BigBad all along, Mitsuhirato is the one who actively opposes Tintin for most of the book, and appears as the main villain until TheReveal.TheReveal.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: The Japanese in general don't come off very well in ''The Blue Lotus'', and more specifically, the Mukden Incident (instigated by Mitsuhirato himself in this version, with the direct backing of the Japanese premier) is fictionalized and portrayed in a harsher way than the record would seem to justify.
* HonorBeforeReason: Seemingly averted for most of the story, as he engages in various sorts of rather dishonorable villainy. However, [[spoiler: when his schemes fail and he faces trial, thereby bringing shame and disgrace on his fatherland, he [[CruelAndUnusualDeath commits harakiri in prison]], thereby expunging his guilt in the honorable Samurai fashion]].
* KnifeNut: Tries to kill Tintin with a dagger, as a last resort after his agents botch the job. [[spoiler: He fails, and ends up badly bruised for his trouble]].
* JapanesePoliteness: Downplayed. He has this, but less than the stereotype, as well as some hints of a sort of American-ish straight-to-business style in some cases.



* PatrioticFervor: A japanese super-patriot who serves his country loyally right to the bitter end. [[spoiler: Which he [[{{Seppuku}} inflicts on himself]], to atone for his failure.]]
* PerpetualSmiler: Always (or nearly so) depicted with a huge, toothy grin. Sometimes it looks sincere, sometimes unctuous, and sometimes [[SlasherSmile furious]].



* RealityEnsues: Plays a savvy subversion of the trope that PoliceAreUseless and villains best dealt with in person. When Tintin beats him up,[[note]]After he tries, and fails, to assassinate him, that is.[[/note]] he [[WoundedGazelleGambit reports him to the authorities]]--And since Tintin never cared to file a complaint with ''his'' version of the story, this results in charges for assault and attempted murder, as well as a manhunt that seriously limits Tintin's movements afterward.



* YellowPeril

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* YellowPerilSharpDressedMan: Always impeccably dressed, except when his clothes are destroyed in battle. Usually seen in morning coat, vest and bow tie.
* TheSocialExpert: Well-connected and with significant influence among the British and American power-mongers in Shanghai, in spite of the handicap of being Asian. Also a ConsummateLiar who fools even Tintin initially.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The plot involves a heavily fictionalized retelling of the Mukden Incident, which is here personally instigated and supervised by Mitsuhirato in collusion with the Japanese government. Its aftermath, with the Lytton investigation and Japan's withdrawal from the League of Nations, is also fictionalized, with various important details changed, and/or simplified to better fit the comic-book format.
* VillainousValor: While mostly a NonActionBigBad, he will fight when he has to, as well as do what it takes to preserve Japan's honor when he fails.
* YellowPeril: To the extent that he is a ruthless, and sometimes sneaky, Asian villain (and drawn as a buck-toothed caricature of a Japanese stereotype). However, he also subverts the trope in some ways. As a cosmopolitan businessman, Mitsuhirato dresses in the Western style, moves in the same circles as the corrupt British and American officials and businessmen who are the minor villains of the story, and shows that he has a lot in common with them; by contrast, the Chinese characters who dress as inscrutable Orientals and speak in proverbs are supporting good characters.
10th Feb '17 8:31:28 PM ShiroAkuma
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* CluelessBoss: Was this during his introduction, where he was drunken wreck with no idea that his ship was being used to smuggle opium.

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* CluelessBoss: Was this during his introduction, where he was drunken wreck with who had no idea that his ship was being used to smuggle opium.
7th Feb '17 12:04:13 PM faunas
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* MeaningfulName: Named in honor of Adolfo Simões Müller, a Portuguese writer and publisher who was responsible for publishing Tintin in Portugal (which was the first country outside France where it was published) and who once helped Hergé's brother when he was in a prisoner's camp during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII by paying Hergé in sardine cans that would later be delivered to his brother.
17th Jan '17 9:59:30 AM DrDougsh
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* RememberTheNewGuy: He's not an example in the comics, but the animated series changes the dialogue in his first meeting with Tintin and Haddock for no apparent reason so that Tintin already somehow knows his name.

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* RememberTheNewGuy: He's not an example in the comics, but the English dub of the animated series changes the dialogue in his first meeting with Tintin and Haddock for no apparent reason so that Tintin already somehow knows his name.name.
14th Dec '16 1:12:21 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* TheAlcoholic: The good captain is quite found of whiskey and rum, and early on, he is shown to get ''outright nauseated'' whenever he drinks non-alcoholic drinks, especially water. Despite often being played for laughs, the comic does makes it quite clear that his addiction is a problem for him and the people around him, especially as he frequently engages in AlcoholInducedIdiocy, and a good part of his CharacterDevelopment is him getting some measure of control over his drinking habits.
13th Dec '16 1:24:41 AM IdumeanPatriot
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* BadassLongcoat
* BadBoss

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* BadassLongcoat
AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: His name is an elaborate pun on the word "sponge" (''éponge'' in French). Taken at face value, it sounds more Polish-Jewish than anything else.
* BadBossBadassLongcoat: As part of the uniform in his original appearance. Averted in ''Tintin and the Picaros'', due to the warmer South American climate.
* BadBoss: Not as much so as many other villains; he is actually a fairly "realistic" secret police officer in this way. However, while he will not usually employ YouHaveFailedMe, he ''can'' be quite unpleasant to subordinates who fail him.



* {{Determinator}}



* HighClassGlass

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* HighClassGlassHighClassGlass: Presumably to invoke a German vibe.
13th Dec '16 1:16:06 AM IdumeanPatriot
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%%* BadassLongcoat
%%* BadBoss

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%%* * BadassLongcoat
%%* * BadBoss



%%* {{Determinator}}
%%* DragonInChief
%%* HighClassGlass
%%* PuttingOnTheReich

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%%* * {{Determinator}}
%%* DragonInChief
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* DragonInChief: As Bordurian "technical advisor" to General Tapioca. It's heavily implied that he and the Bordurians are the ones really in charge, with Tapioca as little more than their front man.
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HighClassGlass
%%* PuttingOnTheReich* PuttingOnTheReich: Much like with real-life East Germany, Bordurian military and police uniforms look Nazi-ish with some Soviet-derived features.
13th Dec '16 1:08:18 AM IdumeanPatriot
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* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: No version of his name sounds particularly Estonian, and neither does his accent in the cartoon.
* EyepatchOfPower: Despite being a ''fighter pilot''.

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* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: No version of his name sounds particularly Estonian, and neither does his accent in the cartoon.
cartoon. He is said to be "from Estonia," rather than specifically an ethnic Estonian, and so could be German, Russian or any of a few other ethnicities. Both his names in the original French exist in real life: the first is the Russian version of Peter, and the second seems to be a rare Polish-Jewish family name.
* EyepatchOfPower: Despite being a ''fighter pilot''. Justified, since he is flying for a [[PrivateMilitaryContractors low-budget mercenary outfit]], who are probably very short on trained personnel.
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