''The Castafiore Emerald'' (1963) is the 21st adventure of Franchise/{{Tintin}}, mostly taking place within the walls of Marlinspike Hall. The protagonists never leave their home in what is considered the most "sedate" tale in the series.

The tale begins with Captain Haddock encountering a camp of {{Roma}} setting up in a dump just downwind from Marlinspike Hall. Captain Haddock then generously lets them camp out closer to his house. This minor event is followed by the news that Bianca Castafiore, Italian opera diva and AbhorrentAdmirer to Haddock, has decided to spend her vacation in the Hall. The Captain decides its time to leave the hall for a vacation of his own. In his haste to leave, Haddock steps on a damaged staircase and sprains his ankle, ensuring that he is not going anywhere.

Castafiore's stay in the Hall turns out to be eventful. One of her prized emeralds goes missing and suspicions fall on the gypsies, while the press misinterprets a random comment of Calculus for an announcement that Bianca is marrying Haddock, resulting in coverage of the events by tabloids and television, along with congratulations from friends around the globe.

* AccidentalMisnaming: As usual, Castafiore calls Haddock by a different name every time, which confuses the tabloids trying to romantically link them.
* {{Angrish}}: When Captain Haddock receives a phone call from Thompson and Thomson congratulating him over his TabloidMelodrama-reported engagement to Castafiore, he lets out a series of inarticulate angry syllables before slamming the receiver down.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Tintin looks directly at the readers on the album cover and advices them to be quiet.
* BunglingInventor: Professor Calculus creates a filter that can turn monochrome television signals into colour television, despite Haddock trying to tell him that ItsBeenDone. It doesn't work very well.
* [[ChekhovsGun/ComicBooks Chekhov's Gun]]: Tintin and Captain Haddock spotted a magpie in the front yard of Marlinspike very early on in the book. Later in the story, Bianca Castafiore's titular emerald was stolen. [[spoiler: It turns out the thief was the magpie.]]
* ContinuityNod: When talking about her treatment by the media, Bianca Castafiore mentions in passing that the press has linked her romantically to the [[Recap/TintinTheRedSeaSharks Marquis de Gorgonzola]] and to Bordurian secret police chief [[Recap/TintinTheCalculusAffair Colonel Sponsz]] in the past.
* CrookedContractor: Criminally Lazy variation. Mr. Bolt takes several weeks to get around to fixing Captain Haddock's broken step, which causes one serious accident and several minor ones. Bolt isn't motivated by financial needs, but by sheer apathy. He can't be too busy because he finds time to join his friends in the drunken marching band.
* DreamSequence: Captain Haddock dreams he is listening to an opera singing parrot, while he is seated completely nude in an audience consisting of nothing but fully-dressed parrots.
* TheEnd: The last panel of the story has Bianca's pet parrot, Iago, saying, "Blistering barnacles, that's the end!"
* FairPlayWhodunnit: The book subverts this trope, as pretty much all the clues pointing towards the identity of the thief turn out to be false, put there just to mislead the reader.
* FamousNamedForeigner: The pianist Igor Wagner seems to be named after Music/IgorStravinsky and Creator/RichardWagner.
* HypocriticalHumor:
** "I can't stand animals who talk!" -- Snowy.
** Bianca Castafiore comes to Marlinspike Hall to escape the press, but throughout the story is eager to accept various interview opportunities.
* IllNeverTellYouWhatImTellingYou: Thompson and Thomson are incapable of keeping their thoughts to themselves.
-->'''Thomson''' or '''Thompson:''' No, our lips are sealed. We can't tell you whom we suspect, but it isn't anyone in the house. Mum's the word, you know.\\
'''Thompson''' or '''Thomson:''' Yes, dumb's the word, that's our motto. So we're not allowed to tell you about the gypsies, though we suspected them from the start...
* ImpairmentShot: A very blurry panel depicts the characters' reaction after viewing a very buggy color-television broadcast.
* MindYourStep: A broken stair in Marlinspike Hall puts Captain Haddock in a wheelchair after he forgets about it. Several other characters trip on the same spot throughout the album. At the end of the story, when Haddock is out of the wheelchair and the stair is freshly repaired, he forgets about it again, steps on the still setting marble, and sends himself flying, undoing the repair in the process.
* NoAntagonist: Though everyone assumes there is until the end.
* PinballProtagonist: He has his flash of inspiration at the end, but, before that, Tintin spends his time reacting to events and chasing one false lead after another.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Much of the calamity that happens to Haddock happened to Creator/{{Herge}} too. One of his stairs was broken and the repair man always promised he would come by, but it just never happened. Hergé was so irritated by this that he wrote the situation in the story, even gave the repair man the same name: ''Boullu''. A feature about himself in a glossy magazine also bore about the same kind of loose connection to reality as the one in ''Paris-Flash'' about Biance Castafiore and the Captain. And the incident with the drunk fanfare band also happened to him in real life.
* UsefulNotes/{{Roma|ni}}: A camp of Gypsies settles up in a dump, just downwind from Marlinspike Hall. Captain Haddock then generously lets them camp out closer to his house, to the objection of his butler Nestor. Things soon go missing from the manor, which leads to everyone looking at the gypsies suspiciously. [[spoiler: Turns out a magpie did it.]]
* ShaggyDogStory: [[spoiler:The jewel thief was a bird. Every single prior clue and lead-in was a RedHerring.]]
* ShoutOut: Bianca Castafiore mentions in passing that the gossip press has linked her romantically to the [[ComicBook/JoZetteAndJocko Maharajah of Gopal]] in the past.
* SliceOfLife: Herge described the writing of this story as "trying to see if he can maintain tension in a plot where nothing actually happens."
* TabloidMelodrama: Paris-Flash's cover promises the wedding of Castafiore to Captain Haddock (who can't stand her voice), and she tells him not to take it too seriously, as she's been linked to hundreds of other men in the past. She later gets upset about the Tempo di Roma's unauthorized expose on "La diva ed il pappagallo" (The diva and the parrot).
* TalkingAnimal: The parrot. Snowy even says [[HypocriticalHumour he can't stand animals who talk]].
* ThievingMagpie: Tintin has a EurekaMoment when he hears that Castafiore, still missing her emerald, will be performing in ''La Gazza Ladra'' (Thieving Magpie). [[spoiler:In said opera by Rossini, the charges of theft against a servant girl are resolved when they discover a magpie was the actual culprit. Sure enough, Tintin finds the emerald in a magpie's nest.]]