From the comics
- The four-part story arc that comprises Destination Moon and Explorers on the Moon, because of its complex plot and all the action and danger, especially when it's revealed just what Professor Calculus can do.
- Oh, that and the little old man manages to shout down Captain Haddock of all people after being told he was "acting the goat", forcibly drag him into a restricted area after he frightens the security guards out of his way and hangs the security chief on a coat hanger, bundles him into a jeep, takes him up to a high point, despite not knowing how to drive, and says to him, firmly "LOOK AT WHAT 'THE GOAT' CREATED!", all because he's had enough of the man's constant ranting. It even continues into the rocket, where he furiously berates Haddock for standing too close to the hole leading to the lower deck. Becomes a Crowning Moment of Funny when Calculus falls down a hole leading to a lower deck, causing him to lose his memory. This becomes a problem later.
- In "The Blue Lotus", three giant brute cops get sent into Tintin's jail cell to "teach him a lesson". One panel later we see the three cops in hospital beds, severely injured.
- Captain Haddock chasing off the parasites in Red Rackham's Treasure by announcing he feels his ancestor's spirit being channelled through him.
- The Crab With The Golden Claws: Captain Haddock charging the Bedouin, screaming vengeance for his shattered whiskey bottle as the Bedouin flee. (Yes, it was because the cavalry was coming in behind, but he was willing to run up to men with guns, insulting them all the while.)
- All of Tintin in Tibet, really. Tintin's determination to find Tchang and Haddock's incredible loyalty.
- Haddock's reaction to finding out about the slave smuggling in The Red Sea Sharks. His list of insults towards the bad guys never seems to end.
- In a non-action example, Bianca Castafiore slamming the doors of Marlinspike Hall in Jolyion Wagg's face in The Castafiore Emerald is an extremely satisfying and long-overdue moment.
- Castafiore gets another one in The Calculus Affair where her ability to improvise saves Tintin and Haddock from capture and provides them with the means to defeat the Big Bad and escape Borduria.
- On driving a stolen tank to the Bordurian border, Tintin finds the road blocked by heavy trucks and the border protected by anti-tank obstacles. So he drives the tank straight through the guardhouse.
- The story about how King Ottokar of Syldavia gave his sceptre its mythical status by beating off a violent would-be usurper with it; it helps that his Bond One-Liner from the incident ("If you gather thistles, expect prickles") became the Syldavian national motto.
From the animated series
- The opening theme. Especially the Match Cut in 0:35 where Tintin "punches" a pirate ship.
- In "The Crab With The Golden Claws", Tintin manages to get the plane trying to kill him, Snowy, and Captain Haddock to land. He sneaks up behind the pilot, and this happens:
Pilot: Where did you come from?!
Tintin: Brussels, originally.
(Tintin proceeds to tie the pilot up and throw him in the back of the plane)