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''Cigars of the Pharaoh'' begins with Tintin and Snowy on a pleasure cruise in the Mediterranean Sea, where they agree to assist fellow passenger Professor Sophocles Sarcophagus in finding the lost tomb of the Pharaoh Kih-Oskh. Before they reach land, Tintin is framed for drug smuggling and needs to evade the detectives Thomson and Thompson. When Tintin and Sarcophacus locate the tomb, Sarcophagus disappears and Tintin discovers that the tomb itself is being used by an international drug smuggling operation to store boxes containing mysterious cigars bearing the mark of Kih-Oskh. After travelling around Arabia and then India, Tintin finds Sarcophagus, but discovers that he has been driven insane by a mysterious poison being used by the smugglers.

''Cigars of the Pharaoh'' marks the first appearance of regular characters Thomson and Thompson, who are noticeably less incompetent here than they would later become, as well as recurring characters Roberto Rastapopoulos and Senor Oliveira de Figueira.

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!!Tropes
* AdaptationalVillainy: In the comic, the Fakir steals Tintin's letter from the doctor to the asylum staff and replaces it with orders to lock Tintin up. In the animated version, he doesn't need to because the doctor himself is a member of the gang.
* AndroclesLion: Tintin cures an elephant of malaria with quinine and then receives his help.
* BedlamHouse: Tintin is falsely incarcerated in one of these at one point.
* BedouinRescueService: Subverted. Tintin at one point sees two Bedouins in the distance while travelling in the desert and intends to ask them for help, but as he approaches them he recognizes them as Thomson and Thompson.
* CaughtInASnare: Tintin steps into a snare intended to catch tigers. He might have been able to free himself if he weren't in a straitjacket at the time.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: The Thom(p)sons are much more effective here than in the rest of the series; successfully disguising themselves as Bedouins and veiled women and fooling even Tintin, arranging for Tintin's death to be faked and arriving in the nick of time when Tintin has been knocked out by the Fakir.
* ClimbingClimax: At the end, Tintin chases the Fakir and his boss up a mountain.
* CoffinContraband: Coffins are used for smuggling what, in most cases, is presumably opium. Three coffins are used to transport Tintin, Snowy and Dr. Sarcophagus instead, but the smugglers don't realize until after the coffins have already been thrown overboard at the sign of approaching coastguards.
* CloudCuckooLander: Everyone hit by the poison arrows.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Tintin just stumbles onto the base of the villains' operation in India by accident after flying a propeller plane from Arabia in a random direction.
* CreatorCameo: One of the mummies is named ''E.P. Jacobini'', this is a reference to Edgar P. Jacobs (''ComicStrip/BlakeAndMortimer''), who helped Creator/{{Herge}} with the backgrounds in this album.
* DeadGuyOnDisplay: When exploring Kih-Oskh's tomb, Tintin comes across a hall full of dead, mummified explorers on display, as well as three empty sarcophagi with his, Snowy's and Sarcophagus's names on them.
* DisneyVillainDeath: The unknown ringleader of the smuggling operation suffers this fate.
* TheDragon: The Fakir acts as the primary villain for most of the story, though he's working under someone else who we only briefly see in the final pages, and whose identity won't be revealed until the following story.
* EarlyBirdCameo: In the redrawn edition, Hergé gave the later recurring villain Allan Thompson a small role. However, his role is constructed so that he and Tintin never meet each other to avoid continuity issues.
** In the Nelvana animated series timeline, since the characters have encountered one another at this point (The Crab With the Golden Claws was adapted first), Allan is added to the unmasked smugglers at the end as well, and Tintin recognizes him.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: The smuggler's hideout.
* {{Fainting}}: Mrs. Snowball faints at one point.
* FreakOut: Anyone infected with the Rajaijah juice; including Professor Sarcophagus and Zloty the writer.
* GeorgeLucasAlteredVersion: Just like the other 1930s Tintin albums the story was redrawn after the war. The plot remains the same, but several scenes have been altered or trimmed down. Allan Thompson, who would originally only make his debut in [[Recap/TintinTheCrabWithTheGoldenClaws The Crab With The Golden Claws]] was added to the story, so that he would be Rastapopolous' henchman from the start. A mummy with E.P. Jacobini's name- a CreatorCameo of Edgar P. Jacobs- was added as well. In the original Patrash Pasha shows Tintin a copy of ''Tintin in America'', while in the color version this was changed with ''Destination Moon''. Professor Sarcophagus' appearance was remodelled by giving him a black beard. When Tintin finds the secret hideout of the Kih-Oskh organisation an entire scene from the original was cut where he encounters a trap with deadly cobras attacking him and later nearly falls into a pit with crocodiles.
* HalfWayPlotSwitch: The first half of the story takes place in Egypt, then Tintin steals a plane and flies away until he crash lands in the Indian jungle.
* HollywoodMirage: Tintin and Snowy think they see an oasis far off, only to find a skeleton and a sign saying [[LampshadeHanging "Mirage Ahead"]].[[note]]An untranslatable French pun on the word ''virage'' which means a road turn.[[/note]]
* HisNameIs: Before Zloty can reveal the name of the smuggling ring's leader he is hit by a poison dart containing the Rajaijah juice.
* HypnoticEyes: The evil Fakir has this ability.
* InsaneEqualsViolent: Averted in this album. Poison darts drive people insane, but the resultant madmen are childlike, silly and harmless.
* InspectorJavert: Thomson and Thompson, at least in this story before they got CharacterExaggeration into InspectorZenigata. Despite being his enemy at this point, they rescue Tintin from execution with an elaborate scheme because "we were ordered to arrest Tintin, gun-runner and drug smuggler, and ''an order is an order''. That's why!"
* InTheHood: The secret society looks suspisciously like the Ku Klux Klan: all dressed in large hoods.
* JerkAss: Rastapopoulos behaves this way when he meets Tintin aboard the ship. He becomes nicer later on, but in ''The Blue Lotus'' it will be revealed he is the major villain.
* TheKlan: The secret society of Kih-Oskh look suspisciously like the Ku Klux Klan: all dressed in large hoods.
* LeftHanging: Tintin enters a pharao tomb in ''The Cigars Of The Pharao'' where all explorers who entered before are mummified. Despite having only entered a couple of minutes ago Tintin and Snowy spot two coffins with their names on it. How the heck did the villains find the time to put these in place and find/build a small one for Snowy?
** When Tintin unmasks the villain Kouncil at the end, the guy whom he MuggedForDisguise is never shown.
* LostAtSea: Tintin, Snowy and Sarcophagus find themselves adrift in sarcophagi in the middle of the ocean.
* MalevolentMaskedMen: The secret society of Kih-Oskh all dressed in outfits that seems to be inspired by the Ku Klux Klan.
* MeaningfulName: Professor Sarcophagus.
* {{Mummy}}: All the people inside the pharaos tomb are mummified.
* NightmareSequence: Tintin dreams nightmarish images while he is being drugged with chloroform in the tomb.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Tintin meets a French smuggler, who was inspired by the real-life drug and arms smuggler Henry de Monfreid.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Tintin tells Sheik Patrash Pasha that his name "won't mean a thing to you... but at home they call me Tintin." It could simply mean that Tintin didn't expect anybody to have heard of him all the way out in Egypt. Some fans, however, take this to mean that Tintin is just a nickname.
* PaperThinDisguise: Averted. Unlike in later albums, the Thompson twins put on disguises that fool even Tintin.
* PunnyName:
** The Pharoah Kih-Oskh is a pun on 'kiosk', i.e. where you might buy cigars and other tobacco products.
** The Maharajah of Gaipajama's name is a pun on 'gay pyjama(s)' ([[HavingAGayOldTime 'gay' in the old sense of 'colourful, showy']]), referencing the way Indian princes dressed.
* RecursiveCanon: The Sheik Patrash Pasha recognizes Tintin because he ''has read the books'' and even shows him a copy of one of the albums. Even more oddly, in the redrawn version, the album he shows Tintin is ''Destination Moon'', which takes place AFTER ''Cigars of the Pharaoh'', so LiteraryAgentHypothesis can't be at work here (in the original version, it is ''Tintin in America'').
** At the start of the book while on the cruise Snowy says that he'd settle for Marlinspike. Marlinspike Hall is the estate of Captain Haddock, who they haven't met yet!
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The Maharajah of Gaipajama.
* SecretCircleOfSecrets: The secret society of Kih-Oskh are all MalevolentMaskedMen.
* ShoutOut:
** In the ComicStrip/{{Urbanus}} story ''De Pretparkprutsers'' (''The Theme Park Saboteurs'') Urbanus is sent to an insane asylum where one of the patients is Professor Sarcophagus.
* SigilSpam: The symbol of Kih-Oskh is used on cigars and the costumes of the members of the secret organisation .
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Tintin carves a trumpet and uses it to communicate with elephants at one point.
* TrampolineTummy: When confined to the asylum Tintin jumps on a fat man's tummy to get over a wall.
* TravelingSalesman: Oliveira de Figueira
* YouJustRuinedTheShot: Tintin attacks two men whipping a defenseless woman, only to find out it's part of a film.
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