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* BottleEpisode: ''The Castafiore Emerald'' takes place in and around Marlinspike Hall.


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* ExtremelyShortTimespan: All except the last three pages of ''Flight 714'' take place within 24 hours.


* ThePratfall: At least once per episode. In later volumes this will fall to clumsy characters like Haddock or the Thompson twins, but [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness in early volumes, Tintin himself has to take the pratfalls]].

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* ThePratfall: At least once per episode. In later volumes this will fall to clumsy characters like Haddock or the Thompson twins, Thom(p)son, but [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness in early volumes, Tintin himself has to take the pratfalls]].


* ThePratfall: At least once per episode will a clumsy characters fall on their behind.

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* ThePratfall: At least once per episode episode. In later volumes this will a fall to clumsy characters fall on their behind.like Haddock or the Thompson twins, but [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness in early volumes, Tintin himself has to take the pratfalls]].
** In ''The Castafiore Emerald'', everyone except Castafiore herself has a turn at tripping at over the broken step.

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* ThePratfall: At least once per episode will a clumsy characters fall on their behind.

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* TunelessSongOfMadness: One of the many possible symptoms of being poisoned with Rajijah Juice, to the point that Tintin is able to effectively fake poisoning by singing insanely in "The Blue Lotus."


* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy and ArtisticLicenseEngineering:
** Creator/{{Herge}} was well aware that the space suits in ''Destination Moon'' and ''Explorers On The Moon'' would require helmets much like the astronauts we see today, but then the readers wouldn't be able to tell who was Haddock and who was Tintin. So, for their convenience he made the helmets more fish bowl shaped.
** In ''Tintin and The Shooting Star'', you shouldn't be able to see the spider covering the telescope. Real telescopes don't work that way. The telescope would focus on the objects in a large, almost infinite distance (i. e. the stars), something covering the telescope would only result in a blur on its location.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology:

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* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy and ArtisticLicenseEngineering:
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ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: Creator/{{Herge}} was well aware that the space suits in ''Destination Moon'' and ''Explorers On The Moon'' would require helmets much like the astronauts we see today, but then the readers wouldn't be able to tell who was Haddock and who was Tintin. So, for their convenience he made the helmets more fish bowl shaped.
** In ''Tintin and The Shooting Star'', you shouldn't be able to see the spider covering the telescope. Real telescopes don't work that way. The telescope would focus on the objects in a large, almost infinite distance (i. e. the stars), something covering the telescope would only result in a blur on its location.
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* ArtisticLicenseEngineering: In ''Tintin and The Shooting Star'', you shouldn't be able to see the spider covering the telescope. Real telescopes don't work that way. The telescope would focus on the objects in a large, almost infinite distance (i. e. the stars), something covering the telescope would only result in a blur on its location.



* TheCaligula: In his first appearance, General Alcazar, the military dictator of San Theodoros, has a shade of this, though mostly he is more of a paranoid Stalin type than a sadist. However, he does indulge in such jokes as throwing a tantrum and shooting a military aide [[spoiler:([[FalseRoulette with blanks]], though [[{{Gaslighting}} he did not know that]])]] for [[DisproportionateRetribution beating him at chess]].

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* TheCaligula: TheCaligula:
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In his first appearance, General Alcazar, the military dictator of San Theodoros, has a shade of this, though mostly he is more of a paranoid Stalin type than a sadist. However, he does indulge in such jokes as throwing a tantrum and shooting a military aide [[spoiler:([[FalseRoulette with blanks]], though [[{{Gaslighting}} he did not know that]])]] for [[DisproportionateRetribution beating him at chess]].



* CerebusSyndrome: The first two {{Tintin}} adventures (''Tintin in the Land of the Soviets'' and ''Tintin in the Congo'') are outright comedies where the action is often completely surreal and played for laughs (for instance, Tintin [[ValuesDissonance killing a rhino]] by drilling into its hide and dropping in a stick of ''dynamite''). The third adventure (''Tintin in America'') was transitional with a lot of off-the-wall comedy still mixing with the plot before the series finally found its familiar mood of realistic action-adventure with ''Cigars of the Pharaoh''. There was still comedy but it was far more down-to-earth and character-driven.

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* CerebusSyndrome: The first two {{Tintin}} adventures (''Tintin in the Land of the Soviets'' and ''Tintin in the Congo'') are outright comedies where the action is often completely surreal and played for laughs (for instance, Tintin [[ValuesDissonance killing a rhino]] rhino by drilling into its hide and dropping in a stick of ''dynamite''). The third adventure (''Tintin in America'') was transitional with a lot of off-the-wall comedy still mixing with the plot before the series finally found its familiar mood of realistic action-adventure with ''Cigars of the Pharaoh''. There was still comedy but it was far more down-to-earth and character-driven.



* CloudCuckooLander: Professor Calculus in ''Red Rackham's Treasure''. In the other books, they toned it down considerably.

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* CloudCuckooLander: CloudCuckooLander:
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Professor Calculus in ''Red Rackham's Treasure''. In the other books, they toned it down considerably.



* ComicBookTime:
** Nobody ages, even though the technology, fashion and politics of the world around them progress from the 1930s to the 1970s.
** In fairness, Tintin does get a proper pair of pants for "Picaros" (at long last). Which some disgruntled fans saw as the series jumping the shark.

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* ComicBookTime:
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ComicBookTime: Nobody ages, even though the technology, fashion and politics of the world around them progress from the 1930s to the 1970s.
** In fairness,
1970s. The closest is Tintin does get getting a proper pair of pants for "Picaros" (at long last). Which some disgruntled fans saw as the series jumping the shark.last).



* ContinuityNod: Several in the books, a number of which were cut from the animated version.
** ContinuityLockout: However, a result of all the continuity nods causes some of the later books to confuse newcomers. ''Fortunately'', for the most part, this is averted (whenever Tintin recognises a character, an asterisk in the book versions will mention where he saw them, or where a certain event is alluded to and an asterisk mentions where it happened). The two-parters also begin with a summary.

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* ContinuityNod: Several in the books, a number of which were cut from the animated version.
** ContinuityLockout: However, a result of all the continuity nods causes some of the later books to confuse newcomers. ''Fortunately'', for the most part, this is averted (whenever
version. Whenever Tintin recognises recognizes a character, an asterisk in the book versions will mention where he saw them, or where a certain event is alluded to and an asterisk mentions where it happened). The two-parters also begin with a summary. happened.



* CoolShip: The Moon Rocket, the [[spoiler:UFO]] that briefly appears, The Unicorn, Rastapopolous' yacht (the ''Scheherezade'').

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* CoolShip: The Moon Rocket, the [[spoiler:UFO]] [[spoiler:UFO that briefly appears, appears]], The Unicorn, Rastapopolous' yacht (the ''Scheherezade'').



* CreatorCameo: Hergé gave himself a cameo in some of the albums. He and co-assistant [[ComicBook/BlakeAndMortimer Edgar P. Jacobs]] can be seen as reporters at the start of ''Tintin in the Congo'' and as military officers at the royal reception in ''King Ottokar's Sceptre''.

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* CreatorCameo: CreatorCameo:
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Hergé gave himself a cameo in some of the albums. He and co-assistant [[ComicBook/BlakeAndMortimer Edgar P. Jacobs]] can be seen as reporters at the start of ''Tintin in the Congo'' and as military officers at the royal reception in ''King Ottokar's Sceptre''.



*** Depending on [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield where the hell Syldavia is]], it might or might not border Greece, like many countries in the Balkans do.



*** Tournesol's first name Tryphon alliterates with his surname and has long gone out of fashion. This pattern tends to be emulated in most translations, thus it's Cuthbert Calculus in English, Balduin Bienlein in German, Teofilus Tuhatkauno in Finnish. In Dutch it is Trifonius Zonnebloem though.

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*** ** Tournesol's first name Tryphon alliterates with his surname and has long gone out of fashion. This pattern tends to be emulated in most translations, thus it's Cuthbert Calculus in English, Balduin Bienlein in German, Teofilus Tuhatkauno in Finnish. In Dutch it is Trifonius Zonnebloem though.



* [[ThreateningShark Everything Is Even Worse With Sharks]]:
** Both inverted and subverted in ''Red Rackham's Treasure'', Haddock almost gets his hand bitten off by a shark and then we discover the famous shark submarine designed by Calculus. Later Tintin ventures underwater in his seadiving suit and has to face a shark who swallows a valuable chest and then the [[GrievousBottleyHarm rum bottle]] that Tintin had been using as a ImprovisedWeapon.
** Likewise, the ''Lake of Sharks'' animated movie (although this wasn't written by Hergé) only features one actual shark, which is seen in an aquarium tank at the very beginning of the movie (the lake's "sharks" are the bandits).



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar and PublicSecretMessage: In 1934 Hergé drew a story named ''The Blue Lotus'' in which Tintin travels to China. Hergé's friend, a Chinese foreign exchange student named Zhang Chong Ren told him a lot about Chinese culture and society, including the then current situation in Asia, where Japan had military occupied China. He also wrote all the Chinese signs, billboards, ideograms and texts seen in the backgrounds. As a BilingualBonus only Chinese people could read these. This also might explain why the book wasn't censored from the start because many of these texts are anti-Japanese slogans, like for instance: ''Boycot Japanese products'', ''Abolish unfair treaties'' and ''Down with Imperialism''. Upon realising the anti-Japanese tone of the story, Japan's diplomats stationed in Belgium issued an official complaint and threatened to take their complaint to the Permanent Court of International Justice at The Hague. Zhang congratulated Hergé, stating that it would only further expose the actions of Japan in China to further international scrutiny and would make Hergé "world-famous".

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar and PublicSecretMessage: GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In 1934 Hergé drew a story named ''The Blue Lotus'' in which Tintin travels to China. Hergé's friend, a Chinese foreign exchange student named Zhang Chong Ren told him a lot about Chinese culture and society, including the then current situation in Asia, where Japan had military occupied China. He also wrote all the Chinese signs, billboards, ideograms and texts seen in the backgrounds. As a BilingualBonus only Chinese people could read these. This also might explain why the book wasn't censored from the start because many of these texts are anti-Japanese slogans, like for instance: ''Boycot Japanese products'', ''Abolish unfair treaties'' and ''Down with Imperialism''. Upon realising the anti-Japanese tone of the story, Japan's diplomats stationed in Belgium issued an official complaint and threatened to take their complaint to the Permanent Court of International Justice at The Hague. Zhang congratulated Hergé, stating that it would only further expose the actions of Japan in China to further international scrutiny and would make Hergé "world-famous".



* GoingNative: [[spoiler:Ridgewell the explorer in ''The Broken Ear'' and ''Tintin and the Picaros''.]]

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* GoingNative: [[spoiler:Ridgewell the explorer explorer]] in ''The Broken Ear'' and ''Tintin and the Picaros''.]]



* HenpeckedHusband: General Alcazar of all people.
** Which leads to an amusing moment in the Nelvana series when he leaves behind a note for his wife when he starts his revolution.

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* HenpeckedHusband: General Alcazar of all people.
** Which leads
people. Leads to an amusing moment in the Nelvana series when he leaves behind a note for his wife when he starts his revolution.



* {{Identical Twin ID Tag}}s: Thomson and Thompson.

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* {{Identical Twin ID Tag}}s: Tag}}:
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Thomson and Thompson.



* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: Most don't know that Hergé intended the Tintin series to be a series of adventures ''chronicled'' by Tintin. Most don't know what he does for a living, or assume he's a [[PiratesWhoDontDoAnything Reporter Who Never Reports Anything]], not knowing that the books ''are'' his reports!

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* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: [[invoked]] Most don't know that Hergé intended the Tintin series to be a series of adventures ''chronicled'' by Tintin. Most don't know what he does for a living, or assume he's a [[PiratesWhoDontDoAnything Reporter Who Never Reports Anything]], not knowing that the books ''are'' his reports!



* OddCouple: Tintin and Haddock. The former is a neat, organized teenaged/young adult, chaste hero and morally upright. The latter is a bad-tempered, middle aged sailor, an alcoholic (while not always drunk, he's incapable of drinking water or non-alcoholic drinks), prone to spouting (made up) profanities at the slightest provocation. TheyFightCrime!

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* OddCouple: OddCouple:
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Tintin and Haddock. The former is a neat, organized teenaged/young adult, chaste hero and morally upright. The latter is a bad-tempered, middle aged sailor, an alcoholic (while not always drunk, he's incapable of drinking water or non-alcoholic drinks), prone to spouting (made up) profanities at the slightest provocation. TheyFightCrime!



* ThreateningShark:
** Both inverted and subverted in ''Red Rackham's Treasure'', Haddock almost gets his hand bitten off by a shark and then we discover the famous shark submarine designed by Calculus. Later Tintin ventures underwater in his seadiving suit and has to face a shark who swallows a valuable chest and then the [[GrievousBottleyHarm rum bottle]] that Tintin had been using as a ImprovisedWeapon.
** Likewise, the ''Lake of Sharks'' animated movie (although this wasn't written by Hergé) only features one actual shark, which is seen in an aquarium tank at the very beginning of the movie (the lake's "sharks" are the bandits).



* UndyingLoyalty: Tintin to his friends in general, and Snowy and Haddock to Tintin in particular. This dynamic is best exemplified in ''Tintin in Tibet'', where Tintin is ready to go across the world face the Hymalayas just on the one small chance his friend Tchang is still alive. Haddock believes the enterprise futile and irrational, but follows him anyway.

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* UndyingLoyalty: UndyingLoyalty:
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Tintin to his friends in general, and Snowy and Haddock to Tintin in particular. This dynamic is best exemplified in ''Tintin in Tibet'', where Tintin is ready to go across the world face the Hymalayas just on the one small chance his friend Tchang is still alive. Haddock believes the enterprise futile and irrational, but follows him anyway.


* RuleOfFunny: The [[IdenticalStranger identical]] Thompson and Thomson will be played by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in [[TheMovie the new movie]], who look nothing alike. But it absolutely doesn't matter, considering the movie is being made with [[SerkisFolk Performance Capture]].

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* RuleOfFunny: The [[IdenticalStranger identical]] Thompson and Thomson will be are played by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in [[TheMovie the new movie]], who look nothing alike. But it absolutely doesn't matter, considering the movie is being made with [[SerkisFolk Performance Capture]].

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* BittersweetEnding: "Red Rackham's Treasure" has [[spoiler:the crew return home with none of the titular treasure, although they do have parts from the wreck of the Unicorn and a huge supply of incredibly-aged rum as well as Marlinspike Hall now under Captain Haddock's ownership after buying it with Professor Calculus's patent money as thanks for helping him test his submarine. However, a wander around the basement reveals that Francis actually hid the treasure there, upgrading this to EarnYourHappyEnding as Haddock opens a maritime gallery in celebration.]]


* LostInTranslation: Many of the names and "foreign" words are from Brussels dialect (Flemish) and so don't make sense in English, e.g. Bagarre (brawl), Kalish Ben Ezab (licorice water). Bab El Ehr (babbler) still works, as does Wadesdah ("What is there?").

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* LostInTranslation: Many of the names and "foreign" words are from Brussels dialect (Flemish) and so don't make sense in English, e.g. Bagarre (brawl), Kalish Ben Ezab (licorice water).water, Brussels slang for a bad coffee). Bab El Ehr (babbler) still works, as does Wadesdah ("What is there?").


** Captain Haddock
** Jolyon Wagg
** Kûrvi-Tasch

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** Captain Haddock
Haddock (a species of fish)
** Jolyon Wagg
Wagg => Séraphin Lampion (a ''lampion'' is a cheap lamp made of paper and a candle given at fairs)
** Kûrvi-TaschKûrvi-Tasch (curvy 'stache) => Plekszy-Gladz (plexiglas)

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** By default, Marshal Kûrvi-Tasch, the dictator of Borduria, is the GreaterScopeVillain of any story in which Tintin had to face Bordurian agents (with the possible exception of ''Sceptre'', in which he doesn't seem to already be in power.


* ActingOutADaydream: In "Tintin and the Secret of the Unicorn", when Captain Haddock tells the story about his ancestor's fight with Red Rackham and his pirate school. He gets so caught up in the mental image that he acts it out, even to the extend of Tintin and Snowy thinking he's play-acting when they first see him doing it.

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* ActingOutADaydream: In "Tintin and the Secret of the Unicorn", when Captain Haddock tells the story about his ancestor's fight with Red Rackham and his pirate school. He gets so caught up in the mental image that he acts it out, even to the extend extent of Tintin and Snowy thinking he's play-acting when they first see him doing it.


** Professor Calculus is also a force to be reckoned with when he is enraged, most notably in ''Flight 714'' where Carreidas makes the mistake of arousing his ire and it then takes two men to subdue him.
*** Professor Calculus has practised ''savate'' in his youth.

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** Professor Calculus is also a force to be reckoned with when he is enraged, most notably in ''Flight 714'' where Carreidas makes the mistake of arousing his ire and it then takes two men to subdue him.
*** Professor Calculus
him. He has practised ''savate'' in his youth.



*** Slavery in ''The Red Sea Sharks'' also seems to particularly anger him. And for Haddock, that's saying something.
** Racist people for Tintin.

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* BrattyFoodDemand: In "Land of the Black Gold", Emir's son gets kidnapped but is a brat, and at one point, he demands ice cream and when he doesn't get any, he derails the car.

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