History Characters / Tintin

16th Jun '16 2:18:15 PM Chabal2
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--> '''Mook:''' He refused?\\
'''Mitsuhirato:''' How'd you guess?



* DissonantSerenity: In ''The Shooting Star'', Tintin finds the captain at the helm during a fierce storm, cheerfully asking if Tintin's enjoying the breeze.



* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Whiskey. Until Calculus slips his pills that give him an allergy to it.



* AlliterativeName: Cuthbert Calculus. Tryphon Tournesol in the original version.

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* AlliterativeName: Cuthbert Calculus. Calculus, Tryphon Tournesol in the original version.



%%* GadgeteerGenius

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%%* GadgeteerGenius* GadgeteerGenius: Introduced as having invented several bizarre inventions, including a wall bed and a clothes-brushing device.



* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: Seems to specialize in physics but has done remarkable things even outside that field, such as design a miniature submarine (engineering), breed a special strand of white rose (botany) and create a pill capable of making those who take it find the taste of alcohol repulsive (pharmacology).

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* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: Seems to specialize in physics (having invented a way to use nuclear propulsion on a rocket) but has done remarkable things even outside that field, such as design a miniature submarine (engineering), breed a special strand of white rose (botany) and create a pill capable of making those who take it find the taste of alcohol repulsive (pharmacology). (pharmacology).



* InspectorLestrade: To such an extent that this trope would probably have been named after them if this Wiki had been started by Francophones.
* TheKlutz: They can't walk out a hatch on a ship without tripping of bashing their heads.

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* InspectorLestrade: To such an extent that this trope would probably have been named after them if this Wiki had been started by Francophones.
Francophones. By happy coincidence, their names are one letter away from a French word for "dumbass", and it's the go-to name in parodies.
* TheKlutz: They can't walk out a hatch on a ship without tripping of or bashing their heads.



* {{Spoonerism}}: Their iconic verbal tic is a tendency to mix up words.

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* {{Spoonerism}}: Their iconic verbal tic is a tendency to mix up each other's words.



* GratuitousItalian: In English translations.

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* GratuitousItalian: In English translations.translations as well as in the French version.



* PityTheKidnapper: ''Picaros'' sees her locked up in a San Theodoros jail. She proceeds to make the jailers' life hell by demanding her pasta be cooked ''al dente''. And then there's the singing...



* BadlyBatteredBabysitter: Abdullah's stay at Marlinspike in ''The Red Sea Sharks'' is "a little trying" on him.

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* BadlyBatteredBabysitter: Abdullah's stay at Marlinspike in ''The Red Sea Sharks'' is "a little trying" on him. That is, he appears to have lost several pounds, most of it in the face.



* AcceptableProfessionalTargets: An insurance salesman.



** One of his least sympathetic moments: learning that la Castafiore had her jewels insured, he calls Haddock to complain that the captain didn't try to convince her to switch to his company.



* BlackAndGrayMorality: The main difference between him and Tapioca is that Tapioca got help from the CommieNazi Bordurians in the form of Colonel Sponz.



* {{Expy}} - Of Ché Guevara - though only in his last appearance; mostly he is a generic South American ''caudillo''.

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* {{Expy}} - {{Expy}}: Of Ché Guevara - though only in his last appearance; mostly he is a generic South American ''caudillo''.



* HouseHusband- He can lead a guerilla war campaign and wash the dishes...in a pink apron.

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* HouseHusband- HouseHusband: He can lead a guerilla war campaign and wash the dishes...in a pink apron.



* NotSoDifferent- From Tapioca

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* NotSoDifferent- NotSoDifferent: From Tapioca



* PunchClockHero - He isn't a particularly good guy, he just happens to be on Tintin's side.

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* PunchClockHero - PunchClockHero: He isn't a particularly good guy, he just happens to be on Tintin's side.



%%* EyepatchOfPower

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%%* EyepatchOfPower* EyepatchOfPower: Despite being a ''fighter pilot''.



* PunchClockVillain: Was a mercenary hired by Bab El Ehr, and holds no animosity towards Tintin for shooting him down.



* YouNoTakeCandle: Talks like this in ''Red Sea Sharks''. When we see him later he spaks more fluently.



* TheStoryteller: He's able to conjure from nowhere a detailed, incredibly dramatic backstory for Tintin's disguise in ''[[Recap/TintinLandOfBlackGold Land of Black Gold]]'', which keeps Müller's men engrossed while Tintin infiltrates the study.

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* TheStoryteller: He's able to conjure from nowhere a detailed, incredibly dramatic backstory for Tintin's disguise in ''[[Recap/TintinLandOfBlackGold Land of Black Gold]]'', Gold]]'' from out of nowhere (there was a count and a snail breeder involved), which keeps Müller's men engrossed while Tintin infiltrates the study.



* DevilInPlainSight: His disguise as the Marquis di Gorgonzola consists of Mephistopheles from {{Theatre/Faust}}, the original BigRedDevil.



* GagNose: Lampshaded in ''Flight 714''.

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* GagNose: Lampshaded in ''Flight 714''.714'' when the bad guys run into a proboscis monkey.



* NeverMyFault: During his VillainousBreakdown in ''Flight 274'', a stalactite falls on his head and he starts raving that he doesn't deserve any of this, he'd never hurt a fly. Note that this happens ''after'' his EvilerThanThou drug trip.
* SarcasticConfession: When Tintin barely escapes an ambush after leaving Rastapopoulos, he tells Tintin that if he didn't know better, he'd swear there was some hidden organization trying to destroy him.



* TheQuisling: Based on a Scottish doctor who worked for the Nazis.



* SurroundedByIdiots: His orders to have Tintin pursued by armored cars and aircraft ends in the planes shooting the cars due to AmbiguousSyntax.



* ArgentinaIsNaziland: Originally seen running the StateSec in a Central European fascist government, he's later seen in a similar situation in a South American dictatorship.



* ThisIsMyNameOnForeign: Becomes Colonel Esponja (Colonel Sponge) in San Theodoros.
* WickedCultured: Shows appreciation for the Castafiore's singing talent and invites her to sing for a party he's hosting. The next morning, he's humming the Jewels Aria.



* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: He tries to run out on Rastapopulos, but this doesn't work out as well as he'd hoped

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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: He tries to run out on Rastapopulos, but this doesn't work out as well as he'd hopedhoped.


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* LargeHam: Hergé apparently based her on a female member of the KKK he once saw.
21st May '16 9:59:06 PM C2
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* CanadianAccents: The English dub of the cartoon, however, gave him one of these.

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* CanadianAccents: The English dub of the cartoon, however, gave him one of these.these, as it was produced by Canadian firm Creator/{{Nelvana}}.
15th May '16 10:25:29 PM TotemicHero
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: It's never revealed what happened to him, Allan and the other henchmen after they were taken by aliens. Considering Krollspell was dropped close to Cairo with amnesia it is likely Rastapopulous could have made a return if not for AuthorExistenceFailiure.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: It's never revealed what happened to him, Allan and the other henchmen after they were taken by aliens. Considering Krollspell was dropped close to Cairo with amnesia it is likely Rastapopulous could have made a return if not for AuthorExistenceFailiure.AuthorExistenceFailure.
11th May '16 1:51:32 PM Theokal3
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** Attempts to bribe him also seem to be a ''very'' efficient way to make him angry, as several villains have found out over the course of his adventures. Most memorably, Mitsuhirato once approached him while he was about to be executed and offered him a way out if he would join the japanese secret services. Tintin seemed half-amused half-interested at first, but the moment money is added to the deal, he brutally beats him up and throws him out of the cell.

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** Attempts to bribe him also seem to be a ''very'' efficient way to make him angry, as several villains have found out over the course of his adventures. Most memorably, Mitsuhirato once approached him while he was about to be executed and offered him a way out if he would join the japanese secret services. Tintin seemed half-amused half-interested at first, but the moment money is added to the deal, he brutally beats him up beat the crap out of the japanese spy and throws threw him out of the cell.
11th May '16 4:31:09 AM Theokal3
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** Attempt to bribe him also seem to be a ''very'' efficient way to make him angry, as several villains have found out over the course of his adventures. Most memorably, Mitsuhirato once approached him while he was about to be executed and offered him a way out if he would join the japanese secret services. Tintin seemed half-amused half-interested at first, but the moment money is added to the deal, he brutally beats him up and throws him out of the cell.

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** Attempt Attempts to bribe him also seem to be a ''very'' efficient way to make him angry, as several villains have found out over the course of his adventures. Most memorably, Mitsuhirato once approached him while he was about to be executed and offered him a way out if he would join the japanese secret services. Tintin seemed half-amused half-interested at first, but the moment money is added to the deal, he brutally beats him up and throws him out of the cell.
11th May '16 4:30:50 AM Theokal3
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* BerserkButton: Wanna find out what happens when you threaten or harm any friends of his? It's your funeral.

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* BerserkButton: BerserkButton:
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Wanna find out what happens when you threaten or harm any friends of his? It's your funeral.funeral.
** Attempt to bribe him also seem to be a ''very'' efficient way to make him angry, as several villains have found out over the course of his adventures. Most memorably, Mitsuhirato once approached him while he was about to be executed and offered him a way out if he would join the japanese secret services. Tintin seemed half-amused half-interested at first, but the moment money is added to the deal, he brutally beats him up and throws him out of the cell.
24th Mar '16 3:54:15 PM cwickham
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* ThrowingOffTheDisability: In ''Destination Moon'', he makes himself a hearing aid so that he will be able to hear the radio transmissions perfectly. The device is never seen again in any of the subsequent books, though given his absent-mindedness, it could be argued that he simply forgot about it at some point.
** Actually that's part of a RunningGag with the character. Someone asks Calculus why he doesn't keep using the hearing aid from now on. Calculus points out that it's unnecessary. "They're meant for deaf people, and I'm just a little hard of hearing in one ear."

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* ThrowingOffTheDisability: In ''Destination Moon'', he makes himself a hearing aid so that he will be able to hear the radio transmissions perfectly. The device is never seen again in any of the subsequent books, though given his absent-mindedness, it could be argued that transmissions; he simply forgot about it at some point.
** Actually that's part of a RunningGag with the character. Someone asks Calculus why he doesn't keep using the hearing aid from now on. Calculus points out that it's unnecessary. "They're meant for deaf people, and I'm just
insists he's "just a little hard of hearing in one ear."ear", but needs to be able to hear absolutely perfectly for the mission.
9th Mar '16 2:47:16 PM DrDougsh
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* HatesBeingTouch: He refuses to shake hands with others because he considers it unhygienic.

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* HatesBeingTouch: HatesBeingTouched: He refuses to shake hands with others because he considers it unhygienic.
9th Mar '16 2:46:54 PM DrDougsh
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%%* BunnyEarsLawyer

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%%* BunnyEarsLawyer* BunnyEarsLawyer: He's a rich and successful businessman, despite his many quirks and unpleasant personality.



* EvilIsPetty: For a certain measure of "evil". Carreidas has a camera installed in his private jet that allows him to cheat at a ''Battleship'' game; he invites Haddock onto the plane for the express purpose of screwing him over this way. Many of the evil deeds Carreidas boasts about when drugged with the truth serum consist of cruel pranks and petty theft, for instance he starts off with his first theft: a pear.
* HatesBeingTouch: He refuses to shake hands with others because he considers it unhygienic.
* ItsAllAboutMe: In the interview after the return to civilization Carreidas is asked why he has needle-marks on his arms[[note]] Carreidas was made to forget, but they're from being injected with Krollspell's truth-serum.[[/note]] but not the others, his response is: "I'm entitled to special treatment, aren't I?"



* MeaningfulName: "Carré d'as" means all four aces, fitting for a millionaire.

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* MeaningfulName: "Carré d'as" means all four aces, fitting for a millionaire.
6th Mar '16 1:56:41 AM OlfinBedwere
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* EnemyMine: He tries this when he first meets Tintin, offering him a huge salary to help take down Al Capone. Tintin reacts by pulling a gun on Smiles and making it clear that he's there to take down ''all'' the gangsters, not just Capone.
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