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''The Adventures of Tintin'' is a planned trilogy by Creator/StevenSpielberg based on the ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' comic series, animated in MotionCapture [[AllCGICartoon CGI]] by Creator/PeterJackson's [[Creator/{{WETA}} Weta Digital]].

In the first film, 2011's ''The Secret of the Unicorn'' (or just ''The Adventures of Tintin'' in the US), Tintin (Jamie Bell) is taken onboard a ship, the ''Karaboudjan'' by Sakharine (Creator/DanielCraig), who believes he holds one of the scrolls leading to the lost treasure of the ''Unicorn'', hidden away in three identical replicas of the ship. With the help of the ''Karaboudjan'''s Captain Haddock (Creator/AndySerkis), Tintin escapes the ship and begins his quest to find the three scrolls before Sakharine. The movie combines the plots of Recap/TintinTheSecretOfTheUnicorn and Recap/TintinTheCrabWithTheGoldenClaws.

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!!Tropes:

* ABoyAndHisX: Tintin and his dog Snowy.
* AdaptationalBadass:
** In the videogame adaptation of the film, Thomson and Thompson have an attack where they [[SpinToDeflectStuff spin their canes fast enough to deflect fireballs at enemies]].
** Captain Haddock, especially in comparison to his original appearance in ''The Crab with the Golden Claws'', where he causes more trouble than he solves. In this movie [[spoiler: he climbs out the seaplane in midflight and refuels it with his Alcohol laden belch, takes part in the cazy motorcycle chase for the parchments, and fights the BigBad in a crane duel.]] In fact the climatic battle almost entirely belongs to Haddock, with Tintin's main contribution being [[spoiler: saving the parchments from being burnt at the last minute.]]
** Sakharine as well - in the comic, he is easily tricked and chloroformed by Barnaby, and is at worst a nuisance to Tintin, never actually threatening or harming him. In the movie, he is a much more vicious fighter, complete with SwordCane.
* AdaptationalHeroism:
** Barnaby. In the comic, he works for the villains and, while he turns on them, it's out of a petty grievance rather than remorse. In the film, he is an InterpolSpecialAgent who is shot by goons working for Sakharine. Interestingly, this is a reversal of the comic, in which Sakharine is attacked by Barnaby, who wants the scroll in his ''Unicorn'' model.
** [[spoiler: Omar Ben Salaad]], who's an innocent extra in this movie and a drug smuggling boss in the comic.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Ivan Sakharine is a much more malevolent character than he was in the comics, in which he is more annoying than malicious, and, ironically, is one of the only characters who Tintin accuses mistakenly of being a villain. Also unlike his movie counterpart, he doesn't seem to have any particular grudge against [[spoiler: Captain Haddock]]. Interestingly and very surprisingly, the LicensedGame based on the movie actually uses the Bird brothers from the comic as the villains instead of Sakharine.
* AdaptationPersonalityChange: This happens to Barnaby and Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine. Sakharine in the comics is annoying but harmless, and [[PetTheDog is implied to be nice enough to offer one of his ships to Captain Haddock's maritime gallery]]. In the movie, he is a vengeful and vindictive BigBad. Barnaby in the comics was a spy for the villains who turned informer, and they shot him to keep him from revealing their activities. The film adapts him into a well-meaning Interpol agent [[GoodAllAlong who tries to warn and help Tintin]], although Tintin doesn't realize this until after Barnaby is shot by Sakharine's henchmen.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Haddock's {{Unusual Euphemism}}s tend to grow into this when he's particularly excited or - more often - angry. This is something carried over from the comics.
-->"Billions of blistering blue barnacles!"\\
"Ten thousand thundering typhoons!"
* AdventurerArchaeologist: Tintin, mixed with an IntrepidReporter.
* TheAlcoholic: Captain Haddock. PlayedForLaughs ''and'' PlayedForDrama!
* AlcoholInducedIdiocy: The page image comes from the comic the movie is based on ... and yes, that scene does make it into the movie. Along with multiple instances of this.
* AnachronismStew: The date of the movie is somewhat difficult to determine; no matter what, the use of the term "third world" and references to INTERPOL are definitely out of place (see "ArtisticLicenseHistory") and the cars just complicate matters (see "TheThirties"), as do most of the guns.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: The film ends with [[spoiler:Tintin and Haddock discovering a clue to the location of the Unicorn, where the rest of Rackham's treasue would be hidden]].
* AnimatedCreditsOpening: Similar to Spielberg's previous film ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan'', with multiple references to the other Tintin books.
** A fan created [[http://www.worstpreviews.com/headline.php?id=23191 his own]] Animated Opening Credits for the film and posted it online just for fun, and when Spielberg saw it he was so impressed that he flew the guy to the U.K. Premiere and [[PromotedFanboy offered him a paid position on his next movie]].
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: At one point Bianca mentions this is her first time visiting the third world. The term "third world" originated during the ColdWar in the 1950s, while this film takes place in the 30s.
** Thompson and Thomson make a mention of both the FBI and INTERPOL. While the former existed as of 1935, most people would have referred to it by its old name, the Bureau of Investigations (BOI) out of habit; likewise, though the International Criminal Police Commission was created in 1923, it did not change its name to INTERPOL until 1956.
* AscendedExtra: Ivan Sakharine. In the comic, he is a rather minor, non-villainous character, a harmless ship model collector who mostly serves as a RedHerring. In the film, he is [[BigBad the main antagonist]] [[spoiler:and the descendant of Red Rackham]].
* AsideGlance: Snowy looks straight at the audience at least twice, and even winks! This might be a nod to the comics, where he could talk, but only the reader could "hear" him.
* {{Badass}}
** Tintin, the young reporter has the skills of a combat soldier. He's also BadassAdorable, being, in Haddock's words, a "baby-faced assassin."
** Sir Francis Haddock pretty much single-handly takes on the entire pirate crew by himself. And makes ErrolFlynn look like a sick kitten with polio, by comparison.
** [[BigBad Sakharine]] and [[spoiler: his ancestor]]. Every bit as elegant as [[spoiler: smashing you with a crane]].
** Pretty much everybody who does fight, and there are quite a few fights.
* BadassBeard: Haddock, as always.
* BadassCape: Red Rackham has one that's ''[[IncendiaryExponent on fire]]'' in his first fight with Sir Francis Haddock. He weaponizes it by brandishing the burning cape in Haddock's face to disorient him.
* [[BadassLongcoat Badass Trenchcoat]]: See the poster above. Allan also has one.
* BeardOfEvil: Sakharine, with his pointy goatee. The artists apparently referenced Rasputin when working on his movie design, which makes sense - his comic design was already pretty Rasputin-y. [[spoiler: The redesign helps him resemble Red Rackham a little more.]] His slicked-back, distinguished look vs. Haddock's unkempt look is very much a case of GoodHairEvilHair.
* BigBad: Sakharine.
* BigBadassBirdOfPrey: Sakharine's pet hawk.
* BilingualBonus: At one point, Sakharin is addressed by Castafiore as 'Monsieur Additif', the French word for 'additive'. Saccharine is... wait for it... an additive.
* BloodStainedLetter: A dying man highlights letters on a newspaper using his bloody fingerprints to spell out the name of the ''Karaboudjan''.
* BloodlessCarnage: The Pirate flashback is chockful of sword and gun killings, all without a single red stain, save for the sword wound Rackham receives - and even ''then'' it's not really bleeding much. Averted with Barnaby's death.
* BoisterousBruiser: Captain Haddock.
* BraveScot: Unlike previous adaptations of ''Tintin'', Andy Serkis chooses to give Captain Haddock a Scottish accent.
* CaptainObvious: During a conversation with Haddock when Tintin first met him.
-->'''Tintin''': "You're the captain?"
-->'''Haddock''': "Of course I'm the captain. Who else could I be?"
* TheCastShowoff: Kim Stengel, who plays Castafiore, is an actual soprano. That's really her singing!
* CharacterExaggeration: The movie tends to exaggerate the traits of some characters and the Tintin comics in general, which tend to be more low-key than the ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' series (which the movie was commonly compared to).
* ChaseScene: One of the more spectacular ones in recent memory.
* ChekhovsGun: A minor, yet hilarious one. Early on, Haddock's breath is established to smell strongly of whiskey. When Tintin and Haddock are flying towards Bagghar in a seaplane [[spoiler:with almost no fuel, Haddock drinks a whole bottle of medicinal alcohol and ''belches'' into the plane's fuel tank to give it an extra boost.]]
** Also, Snowy's knack for finding holes in brick walls [[spoiler: leads Tintin and Haddock to the bricked up portion of the cellar where they find Sir Francis' treasure.]]
* CirclingBirdies: Diegetic birdies, no less! They escaped from a cage.
* CompositeCharacter: The film version of Sakharine is a combination of several characters from the comic. He has the appearance and some of the scenes of Sakharine in the comic, but his ownership of Marlinspike and his AdaptationalVillainy are inherited from the absent Bird brothers and his employment of Allan is a trait from the comic's Omar Ben Salaad. The part about [[spoiler:him being Red Rackham's descendant]] seems to be from a humorous scene from ''Red Rackham's Treasure'' involving several people who claim to be [[spoiler: descended from Rackham]].
** Barnaby is a composite of Barnaby from ''Secret of the Unicorn'' and Dawes from ''The Crab With the Golden Claws''. He even combines their names.
* CoolBoat: The Unicorn. ''"Finest ship that ever sailed the seven seas!"''
* CreatorCameo: A particularly heartwarming one at that. The late Creator/{{Hergé}} appears at the beginning of the film as a caricaturist who Tintin pays to draw his likeness, while drawing him [[HaveWeMet Hergé comments that Tintin looks familiar]] and then reveals his finished work: a portrait of the [[{{Tintin}} comic book version of Tintin]].
** One of the pirates in Red Rackham's ship looks similar to Hergé as well.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Captain Haddock seems to often cause more trouble for Tintin than he solves, but it's obvious he can more than handle himself in any given situation.
** As an example, late in the film Haddock is attacked by 3 soldiers, and he flails around angrily a bit, leading us to expect slapstick takedowns or just [[EpicFail failure]]. Next we see him he throws 3 punches and knocks them all out.
* DeathByAdaptation: Barnaby Dawes, unlike the comic, doesn't recover from his bullet injuries.
* DefiantToTheEnd: In an attempt to get Tintin to give up, Sakharine ties Haddock and Snowy to some weights and [[SadisticChoice threatens to drop them into the ocean unless Tintin backs down.]] In addition to insisting that Tintin not do it, Haddock never stops insulting Sakharine to his face the whole time, even though he's at his mercy. When Sakharine finally drops him to make his point, he even makes sure he gets one last shot in before he hits the water.
--> "You two-timing troglodyte! You simpering son of a pug-faced profiteer!" (Sakharine drops him) "Fathead!"
* DemotedToExtra: With Ivan Sakharine's [[AscendedExtra ascendancy to the role of]] BigBad, Omar Ben Salaad -- a drug-running strongman from ''The Crab with the Golden Claws'' -- is reduced to a mere plot-advancer, as proprietor of the third ''Unicorn'' model.
* {{Determinator}}: Tintin, in spades. This causes a sort of chain - by leading him on this amazing adventure and never giving up Tintin inspires Haddock to stop drowning his sorrows and become a determinator as well, and so Haddock in turn re-inspires Tintin to take up the fight again when everything looks bleakest.
** Notably, Haddock becomes a determinator almost immediately after getting his memory of Francis Haddock's tale back - Francis is clearly a determinator of his own, willing to ''blow up his own ship'' to stop Rackham, and Haddock is [[GenerationXerox just like his ancestor.]]
* DiabolicalMastermind: Sakharine.
* DirectorTrademark: Spielberg's favorite shot to use, the reflection shot, shows up near the beginning when Tintin first gets in his apartment.
** Another one of Spielberg's trademarks are beams of light, notably when Tintin is searching Marlinspike Hall and the flashlight beams of the crew of the ''Karaboudjan''.
** Writer Trademark as well - Edgar Wright wanted to use a gag in ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld [[WhatCouldHaveBeen where Scott holds up a drawing of Ramona from the comics, but this only made it into the promotional materials for the film]]. He finally gets to use it here.
* TheDragon: Allan to Sakharine.
* DramaticThunder
* DyingCurse / WeWillMeetAgain: [[spoiler:Red Rackham curses Sir Francis Haddock as he sinks with the blown-up Unicorn declaring, "We will meet again, Haddock! In another time! In another *life*!"]]
* EpicTrackingShot: The abovementioned chase sequence. Sure it's done in CGI, but seriously, ''wow.''
* EurekaMoment: When Tintin thinks the bad guys have won, Captain Haddock gives him an inspirational speech about never giving up, and a chance phrase gives Tintin an idea about how to regain the upper hand.
* [[EvilFormerFriend Evil Former Crew]]: Haddock's crew betrayed him to Sakharine who offered them a large amount of money.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Barnaby is gunned down by Sakharine's goons, which is brutal enough for a PG rated film but he even uses his blood stains to spell out a message that becomes a major plot point. There's also Captain Francis stabbing, shooting and slicing up dozens of pirates, albeit bloodlessly.
** Red Rakham coldly executes the Francis' crew after promising to spare them, by dropping them into the water while tied up, where they are implied to be eaten by sharks.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Sakharine.
* FluffyTheTerrible: You wouldn't take a man named "Sakharine" seriously... until you saw him, at least.
** Lampshaded by Hadock calling him "The sour faced man with the sugary name."
* {{Foreshadowing}}: ''When you hit a wall, you push through it.''
** [[spoiler: Notice what color Sakharine wears throughout the entire movie. And his character design just screams Rasputin, with a very [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Alternate Universe Spock-esque]] beard.]]
* FriendsRentControl: Tintin owns a surprisingly upscale apartment for someone who works as a reporter.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Snowy, often; particularly in the desert, when he appears in the background with a giant bone from ''nowhere''.
** Right after Thomson and Thompson pull the pickpocket out from the CirclingBirdies moment, the old lady whom the pickpocket crashed into strikes a man with her cane whom she seems to think was groping her.
* GenerationXerox: [[spoiler: Haddock and Sakharine with their ancestors.]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: During the scene where Tintin tries to recover some keys from a sleeping man, Haddock explains about some of his former crewmen. One of them was a shepherd once, but he was kicked out because of his [[BestialityIsDepraved "animal husbandry".]]
** [[{{Squick}} He's holding a struggling rat in that scene.]]
** The official artbook has a concept painting of the inside of the ''Karaboudjan'' where a mermaid masthead from another ship has been tied to one of the support beams. There have been [[VisualPun lamps installed on her breasts]]...[[DontExplainTheJoke so, she has nice headlights]].
** It's also implied that Sakharine slept with Bianca Castafiore to [[spoiler: be her escort into Morocco.]] Bianca's quote sums it up quite nicely: "He's been very...''passionate'' in his support." The brief but distinctly uncomfortable look on Sakharine's face as she says it says even more...
* GlassShatteringSound: Castafiore's voice. At first, Tintin doesn't know what Haddock and Snowy are complaining about. Then she hits a really high note and shatters not only everyone but Sakharine's glasses but also [[spoiler: the bulletproof case holding the third model ship.]] Oh, and the chandeliers and crystalware too.
* GravityIsAHarshSeamstress: During the motorcycle scene, Captain Haddock collides with a clothesline and spends the rest of the chase wearing a pink dress.
* GrievousBottleyHarm: Done for a RuleOfThree.
* HadTheSillyThingInReverse: Captain Haddock takes aim at the villain with a bazooka ... and promptly takes out the dam behind them. Attentive viewers could see this coming, as the scope was shown to be on the outside when he was taking aim.
** [[FunnyBackgroundEvent Snowy can be seen trying to warn Haddock of this]].
* HamToHamCombat: Haddock and Sakharine. You can practially smell the bacon frying. [[spoiler: Same goes for their ancestors.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Nestor]].
* HereditaryCurse
* HeroicDog: Snowy.
* HostageForMacGuffin: Both Sakharine [[spoiler:and his ancestor]] seem fond of this trope.
* IdenticalGrandson: As in the comic, Haddock looks and acts exactly like his ancestor, Sir Francis Haddock. In addition, [[spoiler:Red Rackham]] is given an Identical Descendant in the form of [[spoiler:Sakharine]] and one of Sir Francis's crew members looks exactly like Nestor, which probably isn't a coincidence. Unlike the comic, the film makes an attempt to justify this by bringing up the possibility of the characters being the literal ''reincarnations'' of their ancestors.
* IKnowMortalKombat: Upon entering and making use of a plane:
--> '''Haddock''': You know what you're doing, eh?\\
'''Tintin''': Relax, I interviewed a pilot once!
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Tintin. He hits the lever on a searchlight while running and later brings down a plane with a single pistol shot.
-->'''Tintin:''' The bad news is -- we've got one bullet.
-->'''Haddock:''' And the good news is?
-->'''Tintin:''' ([[DramaticGunCock cocks pistol]]) [[BadassBoast We've got one bullet.]]
* InkSuitActor: It's not confirmed, but a couple of reviewers have commented that [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gJr-xhqiDHk/T3l0oR0AH1I/AAAAAAAAB4c/tnOdYIWkeXQ/s1600/tumblr_m1rcvgJkLe1r4h2oko1_500.jpg Sakharine looks uncannily]] [[http://www.cryptomundo.com/wp-content/uploads/5926824_f520-291x300.jpg like Steven Spielberg himself]]. At least one critic thinks he made himself the villain [[ScapegoatCreator because people will naturally blame him]] [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks for any changes to the comic.]]
** Actually, he looks more like Daniel Craig with glasses and a long beard.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Tintin, who is a young adult, and Captain Haddock, a man at least in his late thirties to forties.
* InterestingSituationDuel: Sir Francis Haddock and Red Rackham have a SwordFight while trying to light/extinguish a PowderTrail. At the climax of the movie, Captain Haddock and Sakharine duel with ''docking cranes!''
* ItMakesSenseInContext: In-universe. Haddock tells Tintin that one of the crewmen of the ''Karaboudjan'' has no eyelids. He semi-explains that a card game was involved before telling Tintin that he "had to be there".
* LargeHam: Andy Serkis as Haddock. [[EvilIsHammy Sakharine]] is also worth of mention.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Not that it was a point of any real suspense in the comics, but Haddock's first name (Archibald) was not known until the final completed story, ''Tintin and the Picaros''. In the film, Haddock introduces himself right away with his full name.
* LeParkour: Tintin tends to slide around a lot more than in the comics.
* Leitmotif: All of the major characters have distinctive themes associated with them - Tintin, Snowy, Cpt. Haddock, Sir Francis and the Unicorn, Red Rackham, even Thomson and Thompson. The most prominent by far is the Unicorn theme, which recurs many times - being soft and ominous whenever the mystery is hinted at and surging to the fore with a full orchestra when a major breakthrough happens.
* LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard: Tintin's escape from one room on the ''Karaboudjan''.
* MacGuffinMelee: The ChaseScene has the scrolls, all three of them, pass between Tintin, Haddock, Sakharine, Snowy and Sakharine's hawk several times before it's all over.
* MadeOfIron: Tintin, Haddock and even Snowy. They come out unscathed from fistfights, crashes and falls that would have severely injured or killed almost everyone else.
** Sir Francis Haddock's ''parchment slips''. Those little centuries-old bits of paper go through a ton of abuse during the chase scene, going as far as ''bearing the full weight of Snowy'' as he tries to wrestle them away from Sakharine's hawk in midair. It's a wonder those things were still in one piece, let alone ''readable''.
* MeaningfulEcho: "You hit a wall, you push through it."
* MillionToOneChance: When Tintin shoots down a plane with one bullet.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Red Rackham walking down to meet Sir Francis Haddock when the Unicorn was burning.
* MythologyGag: Lots of {{Continuity Nod}}s to the comics in the animated credits sequence, on newspaper clippings in Tintin's apartment and in Omar Ben Salaad's palace and elsewhere:
** Hergé has already drawn the Bird Brothers (original villains in ''Secret'') and Professor Alembick (one of Tintin's traveling partners in ''King Ottokar's Sceptre'') at his cartoon booth in the market.
** ''Tintin in the Congo'': A shield on the marketplace where Tintin buys the Unicorn and his outfit in Bagghar.
** ''Tintin in America'': The newspaper clipping about him rounding up a gang. Sakharine's SwordCane resembles that used by the unnamed [[BaldOfEvil bald villain]] in this album as well.
** ''Cigars of the Pharaoh'': A newspaper clipping in his apartment.
** ''The Blue Lotus'': A newspaper clipping in his apartment, as well as a vase similar to the one Tintin hid in at one point in the album.
** ''The Broken Ear'': A bigger version of the statue is in Omar Ben Salaad's palace. The statue also hits someone's head in the opening credits.
** ''King Ottokar's Sceptre'': A newspaper clipping in his apartment, and a sign outside a building with Syldavia's Coat of Arms.
*** The purple dress Castafiore wears to perform in, as well as the composition of the shot where Castafiore is singing for Ben Salaad and his guests, comes straight from the scene in ''King Ottokar's Sceptre'' where she performs for the Syldavian court.
** ''The Crab with the Golden Claws'': A statue of a crab with Golden Claws in a fountain in Omar Ben Salaad's palace and a crate of cans show up in the harbour, which Snowy uses to trip up some goons. The entire movie sequence between Tintin's kidnapping and his arrival in Bagghar (minus captain Haddock's dream about his ancestor) is directly taken from ''The Crab with the Golden Claws''. Ben Salaad himself was, of course the original villain (and therefore Allan's boss).
** ''The Seven Crystal Balls'': The opening credits are about Tintin chasing a guy with a crystal ball. The Siamese cat that appears to belong to one of Tintin's neighbors is also lifted from the one that takes up residence in Marlinspike Hall (and proceeds to fight with Snowy) in this comic.
** ''Destination Moon'' / ''Explorers on the Moon'': The rocket is shown in the credits sequence and the anti-gravity sequence with the alcohol occurs in the film itself, transferred to a free-falling airplane.
** ''The Land of Black Gold'': The red Jeep that Sakharine and his goons were riding in during that chase scene.
** ''The Castafiore Emerald'': A poster for Bianca Castafiore's concert has an emerald placed near her name.
*** The red dress Castafiore wears on the cover appears in her first scene in the movie.
** A train switchboard displayed in the opening credits lists several of the places Tintin visited in the comics.
** The newspaper on which Barnaby scrawls in blood is ''Le Petit Vingtième'', the same paper in which Tintin began as a strip cartoon.
** There is a sign marking the cattle that Snowy must jump through as belonging to Cutts the Butcher -- whose calls are mistakenly and incessantly directed to Marlinspike Hall in the comics.
** Sakharine's plan to use Castafiore's voice to shatter the bulletproof glass may be an oblique reference to the ultrasonic weapon from ''The Calculus Affair''.
** And his use of a trained bird may be an oblique reference to ''The Castafiore Emerald''. The gypsies were accused of using a trained monkey, and Tintin pointed out how improbable this was, but the thief ''did'' turn out to be a bird.
** During the final credits, one of the first songs used in the film is titled ''Loch Lomond'', another of the Captain's favourite whiskeys.
** In the opening credits sequence, there's a brief shot of Tintin and Snowy running in front of a spotlight, clearly a nod to the Nelvana animated adaptation.
** The villain running with the crystal ball in the opening sequence sort of resembles recurring villain Rastapopoulos.
** The scene with Castafiore features an audience with members whom resemble characters from the original books, including Shiek Bab El Ehr and Piotr Skut.
** There are several gallons of paint and other materials on the infamous step in Marlinspike Hall that never seemed to get fixed in ''The Castafiore Emerald''.
** The ancient statue/secret door in ''Flight 714'' also appears in the opening credits.
** In the scene where Hergé is drawing Tintin at the beginning of the movie, there are drawings of characters from the comic series. One of them is Didi, Mr. Wang's son from The Blue Lotus.
** Haddock being caught in the plane's propeller and ejected with his clothes shredded mirrors a scene in the comic ''Red Rackham's Treasure'' where this happens to him with one of Prof. Calculus' devices.
* NewspaperThinDisguise: Thompson and Thomson are seen holding a stakeout at a Belgian marketplace using this technique.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: When Tintin and Haddock are stranded out in the middle of the ocean with no food or water, Sakharine sends in a plane to kill Tintin and bring Haddock back. Tintin and Haddock promptly hijack the plane and use to get out of the mess alive.
** Additionally, when Tintin can't figure out what "Karaboudjan" refers to, a bunch of goons promptly kidnap him and take him to the ship with that name.
* NoodleIncident:
** Haddock remarks that one of his crewmen lost his eyelids during a rather memorable card game.
** Right before he's gunned down, Barnaby tells Tintin "I know he wanted those boats, but I swear to God, I never thought he'd kill anyone over it!" Uh, who was killed?
*** He might not have meant someone was ALREADY killed, but that he found out Sakharine was willing to have people killed, as would be made apparent in mere moments.
* OhNoNotAgain: Tintin's landlady, Mrs. Finch, has this reaction to finding out that a man has been gunned down on their doorstep.
* OldRetainer: The film's version of Nestor appears to be this to the Haddocks.
* TheOner: [[spoiler:The Bagghar chase sequence]].
* OnlyAModel: The model of the Unicorn.
* PaletteSwap: In the co-op missions for the video game based on the film, Tintin and Haddock are a team, as are Thomson and Thompson. Snowy, instead of being excluded, teams up with a black-furred version of himself [[NonIndicativeName who is still named Snowy.]]
* PowderTrail: Sir Francis Haddock sets it off, Red Rackham snuffs it out, repeat, repeat...
* PragmaticAdaptation: In the original comics, Red Rackham's treasure is just the contents of a small chest. Today, that does not look impressive at all and certainly not enough to set Capt. Haddock for life with a large estate to keep up as well. So in the film, the treasure in ''The Unicorn'' takes up nearly ''the entire hold'' of the ship and was probably doubling as its ballast while it was there.
** The choice was almost certainly made for the sake of visual impressiveness, rather than to match the inflation -- even a small handful of 18th century gold coins in mint condition would be worth millions of dollars. The contents of the hold would make Captain Haddock the richest man in the world, even matching the loss of rarity value for the said coins!
* {{Qurac}}: The Sultanate of Bagghar.
* RedOniBlueOni: Haddock and Sakharine.
** Almost ColorCodedCharacters but it's reversed. Haddock who always wears blue is wild and prone to anger while the cool and collected Sakharine is [[spoiler:descended from ''Red'' Rackham]].
* SayMyNameTrailer
* ScareTheDog: Snowy barks a Rottweiler twice his size into submission.
* SceneryPorn
* SeadogBeard: [[{{Catchphrase}} Thundering typhoons!]] Do you think we could have a proper Tintin movie if Captain Archibald Haddock didn't have one of these?
* SequelHook: [[spoiler:Tintin finding the coordinates for the rest of Rackham's treasure.]]
* SerkisFolk: Arguably the best-looking example yet. It even has Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock.
* ShoutOut:
-->"[[Film/JamesBond Haddock. Archibald Haddock.]]"
** Also, there is an action sequence with Tintin driving a motorcycle with Haddock in the sidecar, a probable reference to ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' (which was partially shot on sets designed for a live-action Tintin movie).
** Captain Haddock's reaction to seeing Snowy is a reference to SherlockHolmes: "the giant rat of Sumatra" was mentioned as one of the many cases Watson never actually wrote up.
*** This also doubles as a reference to [[Film/BrainDead one of Peter Jackson's earliest films]].
** [[Film/{{Jaws}} Tintin's hair parts the water like the fin of a certain great white monster...]]
*** Speaking of ''Jaws'', Bruce the shark appears hanging from the crew's quarters.
** During the scene where Haddock [[EpicFail tries to put out the fire by]] [[WhatAnIdiot pouring whisky on it]], Tintin mutters [[Creators/{{LaurelAndHardy}} "Well, this is a fine mess you've gotten us into!"]]
* SignatureMove: Red Rackham had a distinctive taunt-like swishing movement of his sword that he performed whenever he won a bout and/or was waiting for his opponent to get back on their feet. He does it several times in the flashbacks to his battles with Francis Haddock, and [[spoiler: in the final battle, Sakharine shows that he inherited it.]]
* SignificantBackgroundEvent: Often. This is especially evident during the Bagghar chase, where sharp eyed viewers might notice that several seeimgly elements are briefly visible in the background before suddenly becoming important - like the tank that crashes into the hotel.
* SinsOfOurFathers: [[spoiler: Sakharine has a score to settle with Haddock that began with their ancestors]].
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Like its source material, the film exemplifies this trope. It has only a handful of female characters, and only two of them (Tintin's landlady Mrs. Finch and opera singer Bianca Castafiore) have names, dialogue, or any importance to the plot.
* StickyFingers: Aristide Silk, the pickpocket, has an unusual obsession with wallets; he has a whole room full of the wallets he stole. Thompson and Thomson barely get the hint and he had to shout out that he is a thief.
* StandardHollywoodStrafingProcedure: Demonstrated as the seaplane from the ''Karaboudjan'' finds Tintin and the captain adrift in the lifeboat.
* SwordCane: Sakharine has one, which he threatens Tintin with on board the ''Karaboudjan''.
* SwordFight: Both Red Rackham and Sir Francis, and [[spoiler:their two descendants]].
* TapOnTheHead: Nestor to Tintin, among others.
* TakeNoPrisoners: Red Rackham sails under a blood red pennant, which - as Haddock notes in his storytelling - meant a fight with him is a fight to the death, no prisoners taken and no quarter given. Later, Rackham pretends to be willing to show mercy to the crew if Haddock gives up his hidden cargo, then [[YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo has them all killed anyway.]]
* TallTale: Haddock's story of the taking of the Unicorn.
* TelevisionGeography: The film is set in a country whose currency is the pound and had a historical King Charles II, but several shops have French signs and cars drive on the right side of the road. (This is carried over from the English translation of the comic, which was originally set in Belgium and used francs and Louis XIV.)
** Other dubs of the movie revert these to francs and Louis XIV too.
* TheThirties: The style of the cars, clothes, planes, etc. Also a newspaper clipping mentioning the events of ''King Ottokar's Sceptre'' gives the explicit date of 1938.
** Also, the bad guys' weapons are of evidently [[NazisWithGnarlyWeapons German]] origin.
** Interestingly enough, the official artbook tags the movie's date as [[TheForties 1949]], but the [[AnachronismStew models of some of the cars]] go as late as [[TheFifties 1953]]. The film's [[WordOfGod art director]] notes this was done because there were no new cars made during WorldWarTwo, let alone cool ones.
** The tanks in Bagghar are of a definitely post-WW2 design.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Thomson and Thompson.
* UnreliableNarrator: At one point Haddock inserts his own alcoholism into the story of the Unicorn until Tintin gets him to focus.
* VisualGag: Quite a few as the source material is also big on them.
** Early in the movie, the Thom(p)sons are peering out of holes they cut into a news paper: Each one has cut his holes in an ad on the paper that feature an item that not only lines up with where their noses moustaches would be, but matches the shape of said individual moustache (A broom for Thompson and a toilet plunger for Thomson).
** During Haddock's TallTale of the taking of the Unicorn, Red Rackham's much smaller ship gets caught in the Unicorn's rigging, swinging back and forth like a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pirate_ship_%28ride%29 Pirate Ship theme park ride]].
* WagTheDirector: Cary Elwes [[http://www.empireonline.com/news/feed.asp?NID=28666 basically begged]] Steven Spielberg for a part in this movie. He plays one of the two seaplane pilots.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: When Tintin is escaping the hold, he pushes on a crate that roars like a lion, but then falls silent. What was in there?
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Averted with Tintin; after he escapes, Sakharine orders his men to kill Tintin even though he might have valuable information. But he insists that Haddock not be killed. It's only later we find out why.
* XRaySparks: Seen briefly when Haddock is hit by lightning.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Sakharine alludes to this trope while interrogating Tintin ("Consider just how useful you ''are'' to me") but the latter escapes before he can actually make good on the threat.
* YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo: Sir Francis was forced to reveal the treasure's location in exchange for his crew's lives. Rackham had them killed anyway.
* ZillionDollarBill: Sir Francis' treasure.

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