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!!The Main Cast

[[folder: Tintin]]
!Tintin
-> Played by Richard Pearce (BBC Radio Series 1 and 2), Jean-Pierre Talbot (''Tintin and the Golden Fleece", "Tintin and the Blue Oranges"), Colin O'Meara (90's animated series), Jamie Bell (Spielberg/Jackson film)

The protagonist of the series, a young and adventurous reporter who seems to have a knack for getting himself involved in all sorts of amazing, fantastical adventures.

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[[caption-width-right:300:Great snakes!]]
* TheAce: Hergé admitted Tintin was an idealized version of himself (even though Haddock was his favorite character).
* AmateurSleuth: Tintin ends up doing Thomson and Thompson's jobs for them more often than not.
* ATeamFiring: Tintin is a crack shot when aiming at things without a pulse. Otherwise...
* BadassAdorable: He's been noted as baby-faced more than once.
* BadassBookworm: A highly intelligent young journalist and a force to be reckoned with. Solves crimes and punches out bad guys on a regular basis.
* BadassLongcoat: His trenchcoat.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Tintin is as easy going and sweet as they come but he can knock down men twice his size with a single well placed punch.
* BornLucky: Ooooh boy. He tends to get himself out of trouble through very unlikely circumstances.
* BritishAccents: Has one in the English version of the movie and in the radio series.
* CanadianAccents: The English dub of the cartoon, however, gave him one of these.
%%* TheCape
%%* CelibateHero
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In his first two books, he was originally something of a rude, inconsiderate troublemaker who didn't mind getting into fights.
* CloudcuckoolandersMinder: It's frightening to imagine what sort of (drunken) trouble Captain Haddock would get into if Tintin wasn't there to keep an eye on him.
%%* CuteBruiser
* DistressedDude: He ends up in trouble, knocked unconscious and tied up constantly.
* {{Determinator}}: In ''Recap/TintinTintinInTibet'', as well as in the Spielberg/Jackson film. He inspires Haddock not to give up, which in turn inspires Haddock to encourage Tintin to do the same the one time he does almost give up.
%%* TheEveryman
* {{Forgiveness}}: He's quick to give people a second chance, and felt obligated to SaveTheVillain several times over the course of the series.
* FriendlessBackground: Prior to meeting Haddock and Calculus his only regular associate was Snowy.
** Although by that point he had already struck up the extremely signficant friendship with Chang and the Thom(p)sons considered themselves Tintin's friends, as did a number of persons whom Tintin had met on his travels abroad and would meet again, notably Oliveira da Figueira, Ridgewell, and Bianca Castafiore.
* GuileHero: Throughout the course of the series, he would lie to the bad guys, disguise himself, trick the bad guys, fool the bad guys etc... A typical scene in an adventure could have him pointing behind a villain and yelling "Look out!" after they make him crash his car, and then he would steal ''their'' car while they were distracted.
** He would also use whisky and reverse psychology to get the Captain to cooperate.
* HeroesLoveDogs: Snowy is Tintin's longest companion and trying to hurt Snowy is one of very few ways to get Tintin genuinely mad.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Captain Haddock.
* IconicOutfit: The plus-fours.
%%* IdealHero
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Immune to any kind of vice whatsoever (except getting drunk, once, in ''Tintin and the Broken Ear''...and for his initial racism, although that was more CharacterizationMarchesOn than anything else).
* IndyPloy: Tintin's resourcefulness and quick thinking has gotten him out of more tight spots than he can count.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: All of his friends are either significantly older than him or significantly younger.
%%* InstantExpert
* IntrepidReporter: Subverted as his adventures only have a very tenuous connection to his job if at all. It's implied that he writes about his adventures afterwards and that's what we're reading in the comics.
* JumpedAtTheCall: All the time, except in ''Tintin and the Picaros''.
* MasterOfDisguise: Tintin has pulled off quick disguises quite often to sneak into enemy ranks or avoid capture.
%%* NiceGuy
* OnlySaneMan: Between the hot-headed Captain, hearing impaired Professor and the bumbling Detectives, Tintin has his hands full.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: He's slighter and younger than many of the people he encounters... but he's capable of taking on two gorilla-henchmen at the same time!
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: For someone who is supposedly a reporter, he doesn't get to do a lot of story writing. Most of the places he visits are because of his job, though.
** Chalk it up to LiteraryAgentHypothesis. The stories about his adventures ''are'' his reports, or at least are based on them; when they originally appeared in newspapers, Herge occasionally wrote fake articles that had Tintin interviewing some of the other characters on the finer details of what was going on -- an opportunity for Herge to [[ShownTheirWork show his research]].
* RedHeadedHero: Varies, but usually a venetian blond.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Resisted bribery attempts at least twice.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The Sensitive Guy to Haddock's Manly Man.
* TechnicalPacifist: While he is willing to fight, he goes to great lengths to avoid conflict.
* VagueAge: He's old enough to enter a pub and drink a beer (The Black Island) and old enough to live alone with his dog in his own apartment. However, he is still referred to as a "young boy", and a "puppy." [[WordOfGod Hergé]] stated that when he first thought about Tintin, the character was 14 or 15 years old, but in an interview he stated: "but now, let's say that he is 17."
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Snowy]]
!Snowy
-> Milou
-> Played by Andrew Sachs (BBC Radio Series 1 and 2), Susan Roman (90's animated series)

Tintin's faithful pet dog, a loyal and trusted companion who is always by Tintin's side.

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* AnimalTalk: Only in the original comics and in the radio adaptations.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Comics only, when he talks to the reader.
* BigDamnHeroes: Frequently saves Tintin's ass by biting someone else's. Naturally, in the knick of time.
** And then there was the time in ''Cigars Of The Pharaoh'' when Snowy bit ''Tintin himself'' in the ass to break him out of the Fakir's hypnotic spell.
%%* CanineCompanion
* DeadpanSnarker / SnarkyNonHumanSidekick: Again, comics only.
* {{Determinator}}: If Tintin gets into trouble, nothing can stop him from helping his master. The best example is the way Snowy tracks Tintin to Marlinspike after the Bird brothers kidnap him in ''Secret of the Unicorn''. In the Spielberg/Jackson film, he jumps onto a truck in the middle of a busy intersection, leaps through a herd of cows, and sneaks onto a ship to find him.
* EvilDetectingDog: Snowy often has people figured out as evil on instinct before Tintin has proof.
* GoodAngelBadAngel: Whenever he encounters a particularly tasty-looking bone.
%%* HeroicDog
* HyperCompetentSidekick: Occasionally. Snowy can figure out some matters way before Tintin has.
* NearlyNormalAnimal: In the comics we can hear all he has to say but in other adaptations, he's a dog with above average intelligence.
* NonHumanSidekick: For the first ten or so adventures Snowy was Tintin's only companion.
%%* TeamPet
%%* TimmyInAWell
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Captain Haddock]]
!Captain [[spoiler: Archibald]] Haddock
-> Played by Andy Serkis (Spielberg/Jackson film), Leo [=McKern=] (BBC Radio Series 1), Lionel Jeffries (BBC Radio Series 2), David Fox (90's animated series)

A blustering and fierce-tempered seaman, Captain Haddock was originally the captain of a trading vessel called the Kariboujan, where his malevolent First Mate Allan kept him pliant in a whiskey-induced alcoholic stupor, allowing him to secretly use the ship as part of an opium-smuggling ring. With Tintin's help, the good captain escaped and eventually aided in foiling the smuggling ring, but his ship was lost forever. Settling down on land, he returned to aid Tintin in pursuit of a treasure secreted by his ancestor, Sir Francis Haddock, after which he became wealthy in his own right and a constant companion in Tintin's adventures.

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[[caption-width-right:300:Billions of blue, blistering barnacles!]]
* AccidentalMisnaming: Bianca Castafiore is never able to get his name right.
* AgentScully: Always dismisses the supernatural despite having seen the impossible with his own eyes several times.
** In ''Tintin in Tibet'', he refuses to acknowledge the existence of the [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti Yeti]].
** Happens again in ''Flight 714'' when he states his disbelief in both aliens and hypnosis.
** And he refuses to believe in fortune telling in "The Castafiore Emerald". Even though he saw a pretty convincing case of it in "The Seven Crystal Balls."
* AlcoholInducedIdiocy: Haddock, we're looking ''right'' at you. Literally. You're the picture on the trope page. Dry, he's a [[{{Badass}} force to be reckoned with]]. Let him swallow a ''drop'' of liquor, though, and he's capable of starting a fire in a ''wooden lifeboat.'' And ''breaking the oars for fuel.'' And when he realizes what he's done, he'll try to put out the fire... With '''[[MolotovCocktail whiskey]]'''. '''''[[DistantReactionShot ker]]-[[StuffBlowingUp WHOOMP]]'''''
* AmusingInjuries: Frequently subjected to these.
* {{Badass}}: When he's sober, at least.
* BadassBeard: He sports a small but very impressive beard.
* BadassFamily: His ancestor Francis Haddock was also quite a badass.
* TheBerserker: He once charged, swinging his rifle at a flank of desert bandits when they shot his booze.
* BoisterousBruiser: He's the most boisterous, outgoing and aggressive member of the "Tintin Trio"; Tintin prefers to talk or outwit adversaries, Professor Calculus is usually too oblivious to realize he's in danger, but Haddock is the first to take a swing at someone.
* BreakoutCharacter: Not the main character, but almost certainly the most popular one.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: As troublesome as he may be, no one can deny that he's an excellent sailor.
* CatchPhrase: Billions of blue blistering barnacles!
** Thousands of thundering typhoons!
** All '''202''' of Haddock's catch phrases are [[http://www.tintinologist.org/guides/lists/curses.html here]].
** At the end of the Spielberg/Jackson film, he gets so excited [[spoiler: over finding what Sir Francis Haddock salvaged of the treasure]] that he actually mixes up his own catchphrase!
%%* CelibateHero
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: When first introduced he was a weak and pathetic alcoholic, but after he dried out he became the salty-mouthed, assertive, somewhat bullheaded sea dog everyone knows him as.
* TheChewToy: Lampshades this himself in ''Destination Moon'': when Calculus accidentally catapults a bit of plaster from his ear-trumpet into Mr. Baxter's face, Haddock exclaims delightedly: "Blistering barnacles! I thought that sort of thing only happened to me!"
%%* CoolOldGuy
%%* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass
* DeadpanSnarker:
--> '''Mr. Baxter:''' I am delighted that a sailor should be one of the first men to set foot on the moon!
--> '''Captain Haddock:''' It would have been all the same to me if a piccolo-player had gone.
%%* TheDrunkenSailor
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Tintin and Calculus seldom address him by his name.
* FatherNeptune: A subversion. As soon as Haddock settles down in Marlinspike Hall, he finds he much prefers solid ground under his feet over a seafaring life -- although he remains a very capable navigator when his services are called for.
%%* FloweryInsults
* GoodIsNotNice: In contrast to Tintin, who sometimes has to convince Haddock to be more forgiving with people who cross him.
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Of the "CoolOldGuy pipe smoker" kind.
%%* GrumpyBear
%%* HairTriggerTemper
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Tintin.
* HighClassGlass: He tries wearing a monocle after inheriting Marlinspike Hall. Turns out it makes lousy adventuring gear.
%%* HotBlooded
%%* HurricaneOfEuphemisms
* IdenticalGrandson: To his forefather Francis Haddock, down to copying his catchphrases.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He may be a grumpy, hot-tempered old drunkard, but he cares deeply for his friends.
** It's stated by Tintin in ''Tintin in Tibet'', after Haddock angrily tells Tintin he'll follow him in his wild goose chase all over the Himalaya so they can hypothetically find an old friend who would have had to survive a plane crash, the freezing cold and starvation before to be found:
--> '''Tharkey''': That's a great friend you have here.
--> '''Tintin''': The best.
%%* TheLancer / TheBigGuy
* LargeHam: Ah yes, there's a reason why the people who made the [=BBC=] radio adaptations decided to cast Leo [=McKern=].
** And a reason why Creator/StevenSpielberg and Creator/PeterJackson cast Andy Serkis, a man who's proven that he can ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings quite convincingly]]'' [[Film/KingKong ham things up]].
* LethallyStupid: When he gets drunk. Especially in his first appearance, where lights a fire in a boat, and causes a plane to crash in the desert.
* NiceHat: His captain's cap.
* OlderSidekick: Haddock is at least a decade older than Tintin
* PapaWolf: When it matters he'll do anything to protect his friends, especially Tintin.
* PunchClockHero: The man just wants a quiet life. [[WithFriendsLikeThese Is that too much to ask]]?
* RagsToRiches: Started off as a complete mess, but eventually becomes the wealthy owner of his ancestoral home Marlinspike Hall.
%%* SeadogBeard
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The Manly Man to Tintin's Sensitive Guy.
* ThisLoserIsYou: Inevitable, being the {{Foil}} to [[TheAce Tintin]].
* UnusualEuphemism: The author originally wanted Captain Haddock to, well, swear like a sailor, but he had to keep the comic family friendly. He compromised by using this strategy, which ended up becoming Captain Haddock's signature character trait.
* ViolentGlaswegian: Is given a Scottish accent in the movie.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Captain Chester and Professor Calculus.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Professor Calculus]]
!Professor Cuthbert Calculus
-> Professeur Tryphon Tournesol
-> Played by Stephen Moore (BBC Radio Series), Wayne Robson (90's animated series)

Although Tintin had encountered eccentric professors and scientists before, when he crossed paths with Professor Cuthbert Calculus, he found his most persistent ally. Mild-mannered and intelligent, but absent-minded, stubbornly in denial about his troubles hearing and generally oblivious, Professor Calculus was an important part of the hunt for Sir Francis Haddock's treasure; in return for his having purchased Captain Haddock's ancestral home of Marlinspike Hall as a gift to the Captain for allowing the trial of his anti-shark submarine, Haddock allows Professor Calculus to live and work on the estate.

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[[caption-width-right:227:Acting the goat, am I?!]]
* AbsentMindedProfessor: Mostly due to his poor hearing but see the conclusion of "The Calculus Affair" for a non-hearing example.
* AlliterativeName: Cuthbert Calculus. Tryphon Tournesol in the original version.
* BerserkButton: For all his alleged gentleness, he has a lot of buttons and a HairTriggerTemper, albeit a fairly mild one. You don't want to mention his family members in inappropriate situations (including ones he doesn't have). You'll want to avoid knocking off his hat, as well. And for the love of God, never tell him he's "acting the goat". Of course, there's always the chance he'll mishear you, for better or worse.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Most of the time he's a very good-natured and polite person, but push one of his {{Berserk Button}}s and you'll quickly regret it.
* BreakoutCharacter: He was the last in a fairly long line of kooky scientists and eccentric professors when he was introduced, but after he joined the cast, he became a permanent member of the team, whereas his counterparts were all one-shot appearances.
* BunglingInventor: Much more competent than many other examples and his inventions have helped immensly but when they fail, it's spectacular.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: He may be eccentric and severely hearing impaired, but nobody doubts his genius.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: When his BerserkButton is pressed, NO ONE can stand in his way. He becomes hyper competent, is able to scare off Haddock and even appears to have gained super strength and lifts a man twice his size.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Due to his curiously selective hearing impairment rather than his intelligence.
* DistressedDude: Calculus getting kidnapped is the main story drive of the Seven Crystal Balls/Prisoners of the Sun storyline and The Calculus Affair.
* ADayInTheLimelight: ''The Calculus Affair'', as well as the Moon albums which turn him into a competent character.
* TheFool: He is often in the middle of dire straits without having any idea what's going on
%%* GadgeteerGenius
* HiddenDepths: As mentioned above, ''Destination Moon'' and ''The Calculus Affair'' proved that the good professor is very down-to-earth indeed whenever the world is threatened. He has even less concern for his personal safety in these situations.
** He also shows an unexpected romantic streak vis-à-vis the Milanese Nightingale in ''The Castafiore Emerald'', thus becoming the only major character in the series to display such tendencies.
* [[IKnowKarate I Know Savate]]: In ''Flight 714''. But he's admittedly gotten rather rusty since his lycee days.
* KidnappedScientist: In the Calculus Affair. Also technically in ''Prisoners of the Sun'', though his kidnapping there isn't because of him being a scientist.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Herge based the character on scientist, inventor, and enthusiastic balloonist Dr. Auguste Piccard.
* 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).
* 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.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Thompson & Thomson]]
!Thompson[[note]]With a P, as in UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}.[[/note]] & Thomson[[note]]Without a P, as in UsefulNotes/{{Venezuela}}.[[/note]]
-> Dupond and Dupont
-> Played by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Spielberg/Jackson film), Charles Kay (BBC Radio Series), Dan Hennessey and John Stocker (90's animated series)

A pair of oddly identical bungling detectives, Thompsom and Thomson frequently cross paths with Tintin and often inadvertently complicate things as a result.

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[[caption-width-right:300:To be precise...]]
* AccidentalHero: In ''The Blue Lotus'', they catch Rastapopulous by bumping into him when he's trying to escape.
* CatchPhrase: "To be precise...".
%%* TheChewToy
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}s: After a misunderstanding involving an x-ray machine, they become convinced that there is a skeleton wandering around the Centre. They even ''try to arrest'' a skeleton in a doctor's office.
* {{Clueless Detective}}s: Tintin does most of the sleuthing and the two are mostly there to officially take the villains in.
* {{Determinator}}s: While their competence is questionable at best later on, they won't let that slow them down. At one point (''Prisoners of the Sun'') they were canvassing the ''Earth'' trying to track down Tintin and Co.
** WrongGenreSavvy: Considering where Tintin's adventures take him, it wasn't that unreasonable to search the places that they did.
* TheDividual (twindividual): They are practically one person in two clumsy bodies.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Hergé retroactively added Thomson and Thompson to a single panel when he redrew ''Tintin in the Congo''.
* EvilCounterpart: In the BBC radio adaptation of ''The Calculus Affair'', the Bordurian guards asigned to escort Tintin and Haddock are essentially evil versions of the Thompsons, right down to mannerisms, ineptitude, and the voice actor.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Say what you will about their intelligence, but they definitely don't lack courage. When they're facing the firing squad in ''Tintin and the Picaros'', they refuse to be blindfolded and are willing to stare death in the face.
* {{Flanderization}}: Their first appearances showed them to be clumsy, comedic, but also quite capable, even [[spoiler:busting Tintin out of prison]] at one point. Later depictions made them generally incompetent.
* HeelFaceTurn: In earlier volumes they are often trying to catch Tintin due to a misunderstanding or Tintin being framed.
* IdenticalTwinIDTag: Their mustaches look slightly different: Thomson's curls in while Thompson's flares out.
* InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals: They are not related in any way.
* InspectorJavert: Initially.
* 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.
* LawfulStupid: Later on.
* {{Man Child}}ren: In later stories they become much more silly and bungling.
* PoliceAreUseless: But they ''are'' the police, and they have the good sense to listen to Tintin, even deferring to him on occasion.
* PrivateDefective: They're detectives in the police or their own agency, it's not clear which, but they're really not very competent.
* SingleMindedTwins: Almost to a tee, except that [[InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals they aren't actually twins]].
* SmartBall: Invoked on a few rare occasions when it's necessary to advance the plot. They help Tintin out a few times in ''The Cigars of the Pharaoh'', and manage to catch the pickpocket in ''The Secret Of the Unicorn''...eventually, at least.
%%* {{Spoonerism}}
* TalkingToHimself: Both men are played by the same actor (Charles Kay) in the [=BBC=] radio adaptations.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Which is why they're played in the CGI Motion-Capture film by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, who are ThoseTwoGuys themselves!
* UltimateJobSecurity: They stay on the force and are consistently given major cases no matter how incompetent they really are.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: They were based on Hergé's father and uncle, who were identical twins and also endeavored to dress identically -- right down to the bowler hats.
[[/folder]]

!!Recurring Characters

[[folder: Bianca Castafiore]]
!Bianca Castafiore

A robust and well-known opera singer who is a friend of Tintin's. She has something of an affection for Captain Haddock, who personally finds her singing awful but is too polite to offend her, whereas Professor Calculus is infatuated with her.

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* AbhorrentAdmirer: To Captain Haddock. Or was it Hoddack? Haddad?
%%* AlwaysCamp
* TheChick: The only recurring and prominent female member of the series.
* CrossDressingVoices: Most dubs of the animated series have her voiced by a man.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: To an extent. She doesn't seem to fear authority figures, which may be why she was so successful at getting information out of Col. Sponsz (''The Calculus Affair'') and taking just ''6 panels'' to shut down her own trial in San Theodoros (''Tintin And The Picaros'').
* [[DreadfulMusician Dreadful Singer]]: Tintin, Haddock and Snowy certainly think so, though the fact that she's a world famous ''Opera'' diva may indicate that this is subject to opinion in-universe.
* FatGirl: A positive example. Despite her hilariously over-the-top antics, she is mostly a well-meaning ally to the main characters.
* GlassShatteringSound: While her voice was never explicitly shown to shatter glass in the comics, TheMovie takes this trope UpToEleven when she [[UnwittingPawn unwittingly]] shatters a ''reinforced plexiglass cage'', allowing the villains to steal the McGuffin within. The villains were ''counting on this to happen''.
* GratuitousEnglish: She dabbles a bit in this in the original French-written version.
%%* GratuitousItalian
* [[KavorkaMan Kavorka Woman]]: She may be an extremely RareFemaleExample of the trope. Despite neither being much of a looker nor very compelling company, she has quite a few male characters clearly enchanted, including Calculus and Colonel Sponsz. Granted, Calculus's reaction to General Alcazar's wife Peggy suggests he just may have a very unique taste in women.
* LargeHam: A RareFemaleExample
* {{Malaproper}}: Gets ''a lot'' of peoples' names wrong, with the apparent exception of Tintin and important members of government. Especially noticeable with Captain Haddock in ''The Castafiore Emerald'', although he did stumble a bit when he first introduced himself in ''The Calculus Affair''.
%%* MenAreGenericWomenAreSpecial
* MeaningfulName: Her name literally means "White and Chaste Flower".
* NeverASelfMadeWoman: Notably averted. She's single, unrelated to the main characters and has done well for herself despite being [[TheSmurfettePrinciple the sole female character of note]] in a series that takes place in a time where it was difficult for unmarried women to make their own living, let alone become world-famous singers.
%%* ThePrimaDonna
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: One of the only female recurring characters, and certainly the only notable one.
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: Given her usual personality, you'd expect more Gratuitous Italian from her.
* TheThingThatWouldNotLeave: ''The Castafiore Emerald'' is all about her inviting herself to live in Marlinspike Hall for several weeks.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Nestor]]
!Nestor

A butler employed at Marlinspike Hall, first by the villainous Bird Brothers, and then by Captain Haddock after he purchases the estate.

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* BadlyBatteredBabysitter: Abdullah's stay at Marlinspike in ''The Red Sea Sharks'' is "a little trying" on him.
* BattleButler: He tries to be this in ''Secret of the Unicorn''.
%%* ButtMonkey
* HeelFaceTurn: Played with. In his first appearance, he is working for the villainous Bird brothers, but as it turns out, he had no idea about their criminal activities.
%%* TheJeeves
* NobleBigot: He's plainly prejudiced towards Arabs and Roma, but he's still a pretty decent guy.
* SatelliteCharacter: To Haddock and the Bird brothers before him.
%%* StraightMan
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Jolyon Wagg]]
!Jolyon Wagg
->Séraphin Lampion
* DropInCharacter: To Haddock's eternal suffering.
* HawaiianShirtedTourist: In ''Tintin and the Picaros''. See, it's ''not'' only America that exports annoying boorish tourists in ugly shirts, Belgium apparently does too.
* TheMillstone: In ''The Calculus Affair''.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Much to Haddock's relief, he panics and leaves whenever anything dangerous or just plain weird happens.
%%* TheThingThatWouldNotLeave
* VitriolicBestBuds: Wagg can't seem to comprehend that neither Haddock nor anyone else at Marlinspike Hall can stand him.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: General Alcazar]]
!General Alcazar
%%* EyesAlwaysShut
* {{Expy}} - Of Ché Guevara - though only in his last appearance; mostly he is a generic South American ''caudillo''.
* FullCircleRevolution: It's heavily implied that he's really no better than General Tapioca.
%%* TheGeneralissimo
* GoldDigger - Though technically non canonical, in an original draft of ''Tintin and The Picaros'' he explains that he married his wife because she is very wealthy and connections to an arms dealership.
* HairTriggerTemper: Both played straight and subverted in ''The Broken Ear''. When Alcazar drafts Tintin into his revolutionary army and makes him a colonel, his aide-de-camp Colonel Diaz suggests that Tintin should be a corporal instead, since Alcazar's army already has 3,487 colonels and only 49 corporals. Alcazar is so furious at this suggestion that he immediately demotes Colonel Diaz to the rank of corporal and appoints Tintin as his new aide-de-camp.
** Tintin himself experiences the subversion when Alcazar makes Tintin play a game of chess with him. When Tintin wins the game, an outraged Alcazar gets up, pulls out his gun and shoots at Tintin, very narrowly missing him. Tintin is terrified, and Alcazar starts laughing, explaining that the gun was loaded with blanks and he was just playing a joke.
%%* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor
%%* HenpeckedHusband
%%* HotGuyUglyWife
* HouseHusband- He can lead a guerilla war campaign and wash the dishes...in a pink apron.
* KnifeThrowingAct: While deposed from power Alcazar perfored such an act in Tintin's country to get by.
* NotSoDifferent- From Tapioca
%%* ProgressivelyPrettier
%%* PermaStubble
* PunchClockHero - He isn't a particularly good guy, he just happens to be on Tintin's side.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The Picaros are Alcazar's thirty or so hardcore supporters who remain loyal to him after he's overthrown by Tapioca.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified: or taken seriously.
* TokenEvilTeammate: It's implied that he isn't much better than General Tapioca. In ''Tintin and the Picaros'', Tintin and his friends are really only helping the General partly because of Tintin's past friendship with him, and-more importantly-so they can rescue the Thompsons and Madame Castafiore from being executed.
** In ''The Red Sea Sharks'', he was involved in some fishy smuggling business.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Emir Ben Kalish Ezab and Abdullah]]
!Mohammed Ben Kalish Ezab and Abdullah
%%* ArabOilSheikh
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He usually comes off meek and is generally not very scary. However in the ''Land Of the Black Gold'', Muller actually attempted suicide because he believed the only alternative would be to be handed over to the Emir for his crimes, suggesting the Emir is far more authoritative when the situation warrants.
%%* DotingParent
* EnfantTerrible: Abdullah
* TheNicknamer: Abdullah, again.
* PracticalJoke: Abdullah just loves them.
%%* [[ThePresidentsDaughter The Emir's son]]
* RoyalBrat: Again, Abdullah.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Igor Wagner]]
!Igor Wagner
* DistressedDude: Along with Castafiore and Irma, he's put in prison in ''Tintin and the Picaros''.
* FamousNamedForeigner: His name is a two-for-one reference to Igor Stravinsky and Richard Wagner.
* TheGamblingAddict: His most prominent characteristic outside of his pianist job given in ''The Castafiore Emerald'', he likes to sneak away during piano sessions to bet on horse races.
* NoRespectGuy: Castafiore certainly doesn't have much consideration for him when she's in a foul mood.
* TheQuietOne: Outside of ''The Castafiore Emerald'', he borders on TheVoiceless.
* RedHerring: His suspicious behaviour related to his gambling habits, as well as the soles of his shoes matching the footprints outside Castafiore's window, make him a suspect for the diamond thefts in ''The Castafiore Emerald''.
* SatelliteCharacter: Slightly less so than Irma, but outside of ''The Castafiore Emerald'', he has no character beyond being Castafiore's pianist.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Irma]]
!Irma
* BattleButler: Despite [[LizLemonJob being treated like dirt]] by Bianca Castafiore, she possesses an unshakeable loyalty to her...and will beat the stuffing out of anyone who dares suggest otherwise.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: The Thompsons learn this the hard way.
* CharacterDevelopment: Starts out as a FlatCharacter, but becomes ''slightly'' more defined in her second appearance in ''The Castafiore Emerald''
%%* LargeHam
%%* PerpetualFrowner
* SatelliteCharacter: Almost always seen with her employer, Castafiore, and defined completely by her relationship with her.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Chang Chong-chen]]
!Chang Chong-chen
* DistressedDude: In ''Tintin in Tibet''.
* HappilyAdopted: Mr. Wang adopts him at the end of ''The Blue Lotus''.
%%* ParentalAbandonment
* SmallRoleBigImpact: He only actually appears in two stories (''The Blue Lotus'' and ''Tintin in Tibet'') and is mentioned in a few others, but in the latter, it is obvious that he is one of the people Tintin cares for the most.
* TagalongKid: After Tintin saved him from drowning Chang accompanied him on his journey.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: Based on Hergé's friend Zhang Chongren.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Mrs. Finch]]
!Mrs. Finch
%%* BitCharacter
* FlatCharacter: Basically, she's Tintin's landlady and that's all we ever know about her.
* [[MrExposition Ms. Exposition]]: In ''The Crab with the Golden Claws''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Piotr Skut]]
!Piotr Skut
-> Piotr Szut
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: No version of his name sounds particularly Estonian, and neither does his accent in the cartoon.
%%* EyepatchOfPower
* HeelFaceTurn: Befriends Tintin and Haddock so quickly it's easy to forget he was technically a PunchClockVillain for the first two pages he appeared on.
%%* NiceGuy
* PunnyName: In the original French, his name sounds like "zut", making Haddock think he's being difficult when he's actually introducing himself. In the English translation, Haddock misunderstands the name as a rude command to "scoot".
* 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.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Oliveira da Figueira]]
!Senhor Oliveira da Figueira
* ButWaitTheresMore
* HonestJohnsDealership: Played with. He's perfectly honest and a genuine friend to Tintin, but you really don't want to stay too long with him because he'll sell you enough useless items to fill a small truck. He's just ''that'' good at his job.
* IntrepidMerchant
* 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.
[[/folder]]

!!Recurring villains
[[folder: Roberto Rastapopoulos]]
!Roberto Rastapopoulos
[[quoteright:137:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Rastapopoulous_1486.jpg]]
* AmusingInjuries: Only Captain Haddock usually suffered the amount of physical punishment Rastapopulous takes in ''Flight 714'', up to and including being ''hit by a stray grenade.''
* BadBoss: In ''Flight 714'', under the influence of TruthSerum, he reveals that he [[spoiler:was going to have all his henchmen (save for Allan) killed after he would complete his evil plan.]]
%%* BaldOfEvil
* BigBad: The most prominent of such in the series.
* BreakoutVillain: He is not in a whole lot of albums and only briefly in most of them, but he made enough of an impression to be universally considered Tintin's BigBad.
* ButtMonkey: Again, In ''Flight 714'', symbolizing his VillainDecay.
* ChekhovsGunman: A man looking very similar to Rastapopoulos appears in ''Tintin in America'', a book before his actual introduction, sitting next to Tintin at a banquet. It is unclear whether Hergé actually meant this character to ''be'' Rastapopoulos, but it's worth noting that he's sitting next to the actress Mary Pikefort, which makes sense given his job as a movie producer, and that in the English translation of ''Cigars of the Pharaoh'', Tintin states that he has met Rastapopoulos before[[labelnote:*]]The [[WatsonianVersusDoylist Doylist]] explanation for this is that ''Cigars of the Pharaoh'' was only published in English after some other stories featuring Rastapopoulos, but it makes for a good Watsonian explanation[[/labelnote]].
%%* TheChessmaster
%%* ClassicVillain
* EvilAllAlong: He is introduced in ''Cigars of the Pharaoh'' as a short-tempered but benign movie producer, then revealed in ''The Blue Lotus'' to have been the BigBad all along. Surprising, eh?
%%* FauxAffablyEvil
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Evil cigars of decadence.
%%* HairTriggerTemper
%%* HighClassGlass
* KarmaHoudini: In ''The Red Sea Sharks''. Subverted in ''Flight 714'' when it's revealed that Tintin's ruining his slave ring eventually bankrupted him.
* TheManBehindTheMan: To [[DiscOneFinalBoss fake bosses]] Mitsuhirato in ''The Blue Lotus'' and Mull Pasha/[[spoiler: Müller]] in ''Red Sea Sharks''.
%%* ManOfWealthAndTaste
%%* SmugSnake
* VillainDecay: He started out as a drug and arms smuggler and eventually moved on to slave trading. However, by the time he appears in ''Flight 714'' he's reduced to trying to steal Lazlo Carriedas's fortune after he was bankrupted by Tintin foiling his schemes. His ineffectiveness is [[InUniverse shown]] by his inability to even squash a spider, and by his attire-a gaudy pink shirt and jeans, with matching cowboy boots and hat. Herge himself {{Lampshaded}} the decay, realizing that after he drew Rastapopulous in that silly outfit, he couldn't take poor Roberto seriously as a villain ever again.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: At first. After he was exposed he started operating under false names to get by.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Allan]]
!Allan
->Allan Thompson
* BondVillainStupidity: All Tintin villains like to spend quality time with the ol' VillainBall, but it is Allan who really loves this trope. In all albums he's in, he has Tintin at his mercy at some point, and decides to just leave him alone for him to escape.
* TheDragon: First to Omar Ben Salaad, then to Rastapopoulos. Is this to Sakharine in the movie.
* DragonInChief: He is by far a more prominent villain than his boss in ''The Crab with the Golden Claws'', and Tintin's final struggle is against him. He is less proactive when he becomes Rastapopoulos's lackey.
* FalseFriend: To Haddock. Also, rather tragically, his OnlyFriend before meeting Tintin.
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Often seen with a fag end in his mouth.
* GratuitousEnglish: Obviously not evident in the English translation, but he does this sometimes in the original French.
* TheHeavy: In ''The Crab with the Golden Claws'', Allan is TheDragon as well as TheHeavy. The BigBad makes only a brief appearance, doesn't do much, and is defeated before Allan is.
* HumiliationConga: His last appearance is basically this.
* OneSteveLimit: In the original French, his name is Allan Thompson. To avoid obvious confusion, the English translation left out his last name entirely.
* {{Retcon}}: He was RetConned into being the villain that threw Tintin overboard in a newer edition of ''Cigars of the Pharaoh'', even though canonically this album takes place before ''The Crab with the Golden Claws'', Allan's introduction.
* SmugSnake
* SparedByTheAdaptation: The film, specifically. In the original album ''The Crab with the Golden Claws'', Tintin's struggle to capture Allan forms the climax of the story, and he succeeds (even though Allan must escape or be released by the time of ''The Red Sea Sharks''). But in Spielberg's film, Allan is dispatched when Captain Haddock knocks him down from a height onto a moving truck, carting him out of the fray. It's reasonable to suppose he must have been brought to justice later, once Tintin and Haddock were able to give a full description to the local police -- but this may otherwise have been a deliberate scriptwriting tactic, keeping Allan at large to make his return more plausible if a sequel introduces Rastapopoulous.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Dr. J. W. Müller]]
!Dr. J. W. Müller
* BaldOfEvil / BeardOfEvil: A clean sweep of Evil hair!
%%* HerrDoktor
%%* GratuitousGerman
* IHaveManyNames: Professor Smith in ''Land of Black Gold'' and Mull Pasha in ''The Red Sea Sharks''.
%%* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate
* PsychoForHire: In his last appearance.
* ThoseWackyNazis: Never explicitly stated, but implied, as Müller was largely based on a RealLife Nazi double agent named Dr. Georg Bell.
%%* WesternTerrorists
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Colonel Boris]]
!Colonel Boris [[spoiler:/Jorgen]]
* AscendedExtra: Was a relatively minor character in ''King Ottokar's Sceptre'', but is the BigBad's proxy in [[spoiler:the moon books]].
%%* BoundAndGagged
%%* DeathByIrony
%%* ItsPersonal
* KickTheDog: He kicks Snowy down a ladder at one point.
%%* TheMole
* PuttingOnTheReich: He's working with the Iron Guard.
* {{Revenge}}: His motive in his reappearance.
%%* TurnCoat
%%* YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo / ILied
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Colonel Sponsz]]
!Colonel Sponsz
%%* BadassLongcoat
%%* BadBoss
* BeardOfEvil: He sports a neat goatee in his second appearance.
* TheChessmaster: In his second appearance, when he lures Tintin to San Theodoros in order to have him killed and prepares a perfect coverup.
%%* {{Determinator}}
%%* DragonInChief
%%* HighClassGlass
%%* PuttingOnTheReich
* SugarAndIcePersonality: His subordinates get his ice side, Castafiore and (presumably) his personal friends see his sugar side.
* SurroundedByIdiots: The Colonel himself is a competent enough official, but his Bordurian subordinates are incompetent buffoons. In ''The Calculus Affair'', Tintin and Haddock give some of Sponsz's agents the slip in heavy traffic, and get rid of others by ''getting them drunk and locking them in their hotel rooms.''
[[/folder]]

[[folder: General Tapioca]]
!General Tapioca
%%* EdibleThemeNaming
* EvilCounterpart: To Alcazar, although [[TheThermidor there is little setting the two apart]].
* FascistButInefficient: His security is so lax that Alcazar and the Picaros are able to seize power by sneaking into his office and forcing him at gunpoint to read a declaration that he's stepping down and handing power over to Alcazar, all without firing a shot.
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: He considers his humiliating banishment to be this; he'd much rather been executed.]]
%%* FullCircleRevolution
%%* TheGeneralissimo
* NotSoDifferent: The last page of ''Tintin and the Picaros'' implies that there is little difference between him and General Alcazar
* TheRival: Again, to Alcazar.
* TheUnseen: Until ''Picaros''.
* UnwittingPawn: To Sponsz.
* VillainousBreakdown: He bursts into tears when he realizes that Alcazar is going to spare his life at Tintin's insistence. Apparently it's a San Theodoros tradition for the new dictator to put his predecessor in front of a firing squad, if he can catch him.
[[/folder]]

!!One-shot characters

[[folder: Mitsuhirato]]
!Mitsuhirato
%%* AffablyEvil
%%* AsianSpeekeeEngrish
* TheDragon: [[spoiler:To Rastapopoulos]].
%%* FourEyesZeroSoul
%%* TheHeavy
%%* ManOfWealthAndTaste
%%* PsychoForHire
* {{Seppuku}}: [[spoiler:How he meets his end]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Arturo Cartoffoli]]
![[OverlyLongName Arturo Benedetto Giovanni Giuseppe Pietro Archangelo Alfredo Cartoffoli da Milano]]
* {{Determinator}}: A very enthusiastic fellow; can't deny that.
%%* DrivesLikeCrazy
%%* HeroicBystander
* HitchhikerHeroes: Although he ultimately subverts this by leaving the group shortly after he shows up, he initially comes across as a DebutQueue variation.
%%* JumpedAtTheCall
%%* MoodSwinger
* NationalStereotypes: In his own words, "Italian car. Italian driver".
* OverlyLongName: Actually used to escape a speeding ticket as the police officer gets flustered trying to write it down, and he drives off as he's asked to repeat it.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Frank Wolff]]
!Frank Wolff
* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler:In his sturgle to stop Spontz shooting Tintin he accidentally shoots him.]]
%%* TheAtoner
%%* BeingEvilSucks
%%* BoundAndGagged
%%* DealWithTheDevil
%%* TheDogBitesBack
* FaceHeelTurn: His back-story.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: His briefly panicking at the end of ''Destination Moon'' ultimately amounts to this.
%%* TheGamblingAddict
* GuileHero: A ''very'' minor case, but [[spoiler:he improvised a lie to get past the Thompsons and used his technological expertise to make his HeroicSacrifice without being interrupted or further endangering the other crew members]].
%%* HeelFaceTurn
* HeroicSacrifice: Exits the rocket, so the others will have enough oxygen to get back to Earth.
* MeaningfulName: [[spoiler:"Wolf in sheep's clothing", anyone?]]
%%* TheMole
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: His words right before the rocket launch, where he regrets getting into this dangerous ordeal, which makes sense as the other characters were also having second thoughts about going into space. [[spoiler:Afterwards, it turns out the danger he was referring to was actually his espionage.]]
* MrExposition: Does this once in each of the moon books, the second instance being ''very'' different from the first.
%%* NiceGuy
%%* PersonalMook
* {{Pride}}: Not explicitly stated, but if [[spoiler:he'd just told his employers about his gambling debts and about the man who approached him, he could have avoided all his problems; apparently he was too ashamed to do this]].
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Technically, Herge left a loophole where he ''might'' have survived, but this trope otherwise fits. However, this loophole only exists in Wolff's farewell note in the collected album version: in the original magazine-published version (later changed under pressure from Catholic organizations) Wolff's last note makes it absolutely clear he has no hope of survival.
* ReformedButRejected: He does, eventually, win back the trust of everybody, but it comes at a hefty price.
* RoundedCharacter - He's...complicated, and that's as much as we dare say without spoiler tags.
* WalkingSpoiler: Just look at all that white.
%%* YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Mr. Baxter]]
!Mr. Baxter
* CharacterTic: Gnaws on his tie when nervous.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Doesn't realize that Haddock does not want to go on the Moon voyage.
* DeadpanSnarker: To Haddock in one scene from ''Destination Moon''.
* GreekChorus: Acts as one in ''Explorers on the Moon''.
%%* NiceGuy
%%* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Lazlo Carreidas]]
!Laszlo Carreidas
%%* BunnyEarsLawyer
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Has a vast amount of money hidden away to avoid taxes, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard which plays right into Rastapopoulos's scheme.]]
* EvilerThanThou: When he and Rastapopoulos are injected with truth serum, they have a debate about which of them is the worse human being.
* {{Jerkass}}: Oh, so very much.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Visually based on French aircraft industrialist Marcel Dassault, whose looks were such that according to one anecdote a French photo journalist accidentally wanted to include a photograph of him in a feature on homeless people living in the streets of Paris.
* PerpetualFrowner: Known in-universe as "the man who never laughs", though Calculus's antics ''do'' manage to get several laughing fits out of him (for the first time in many years, apparently).
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Dr. Krollspell]]
!Dr. Krollspell
%%* BeardOfEvil
%%* BoundAndGagged
* EnemyMine: After Rastapopoulos reveals (under the truth serum) that he was planning to murder Krollspell [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness once he no longer needed the doctor's expertise]], Tintin rightly assesses that Krollspell isn't too enthusiastic about the whole villain gig anymore. He goes on to help the heroes at a couple of points by keeping watch over the wayward Carreidas.
* EpicFail: His truth serum proves to be completely and utterly worthless. Frankly, Rastapopulous would have been better off injecting Carreidas with Rajaijah Juice.
%%* EvilGenius
%%* EvilLaugh
* KarmaHoudini: Unlike the other villains in ''Flight 714'', he is let off scot free by the aliens, albeit with his memory of all recent events wiped.
%%* NiceHat
%%* NoodlePeople
%%* OpaqueLenses
* SatelliteCharacter: To Rastapopulos, [[spoiler:and to Carreidas once he's appointed caregiver to the latter.]]
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: He tries to run out on Rastapopulos, but this doesn't work out as well as he'd hoped]]
* ThoseWackyNazis: As with Müller, implied rather than stated outright.
%%* TruthSerums
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Peggy Alcazar]]
!Peggy Alcazar
%%* FieryRedhead
%%* FramesOfReference
* ImpossiblyTackyClothes: Her dressing gown.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: According to her husband.
%%* PerpetualFrowner
%%* SatelliteCharacter
* SayMyName: '''ALCAZAR!!!!''' Most notably done in the Nelvana cartoon.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Martine Vandezande]]
!Martine Vandezande
%%* FramesOfReference
* HeroesWantRedheads: See ShipTease. Since she and Tintin both have red hair, this could go either way.
%%* {{Meganekko}}
* MistakenForMurderer: By Tintin, of all people.
%%* NaiveEverygirl
* ShipTease: With Tintin in Yves Rodier's unofficial version of ''Alph-Art'', a version that ''almost'' became accepted as canon.
* UnwittingPawn: To [[spoiler: Endaddine Akass and the art forgers]]
[[/folder]]