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* ArtShift: For a few pages instead of comic panels we see a tourist brochure to quickly bring readers up to speed about Syldavia, its culture, its history and the fact that the king needs his sceptre to reign. In the process Hergé mimicks medieval European and Persian miniature painting for some of the illustrations.

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* ArtShift: For a few pages instead of comic panels we see a tourist brochure to quickly bring readers up to speed about Syldavia, its culture, its history and the fact that the king needs his sceptre to reign. In the process Hergé mimicks mimics medieval European and Persian miniature painting for some of the illustrations.



* EurekaMoment: Tintin has one concerning the disappeared scepter by seeing a toy canon in a shop window.

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* EurekaMoment: Tintin has one concerning the disappeared scepter by seeing a toy canon cannon in a shop window.



* TheGoodKing: King Muskar XII is clearly devoted to his people, and is even willing to abdicate rather than try and keep power through bloodshed. Fortunately Tintin manages to defeat the conspiracy and save his throne.

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* TheGoodKing: King Muskar XII is clearly devoted to his people, and is even willing to abdicate rather than try and keep power through bloodshed. Fortunately Fortunately, Tintin manages to defeat the conspiracy and save his throne.



* {{Ruritania}}: Syldavia and Borduria. Syldavia in particular is often ranked as one of Hergé's greatest achievements - an extremely detailed and well researched fictional nation with its own history, flag and language.

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* {{Ruritania}}: Syldavia and Borduria. Syldavia Syldavia, in particular particular, is often ranked as one of Hergé's greatest achievements - an extremely detailed and well researched fictional nation with its own history, flag and language.


* TrashLanding: Tintin survives his fall from the airplane by landing in a stack of hey.

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* TrashLanding: Tintin survives his fall from the airplane by landing in a stack of hey.hay.


* CreatorProvincialism: Arguably in that the royal palace of Syldavia is modelled after the one in Brussels. However, this is probably deliberate, as many critics see Muskar XII as a thinly-veiled expy of King Leopold III and Syldavia's situation as an expression of fears of what Nazi Germany might do to its little neighbor Belgium.


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* LocalReference: The royal palace of Syldavia is modelled after the one in Brussels. Many critics see Muskar XII as a thinly-veiled expy of King Leopold III and Syldavia's situation as an expression of fears of what Nazi Germany might do to its little neighbor Belgium.


* MistakenForAnImposter: Tintin tests the beard of the professor.

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* MistakenForAnImposter: Tintin tests the beard of the professor.professor, believing it to be part of a disguise used to impersonate the real Professor Alembick. It turns out to be a real beard, but this is subverted when it turns out he is actually Alembick's twin brother.


* HeKnowsTooMuch: There are a number of attempts to kill Tintin once he starts meddling.



* YouKnowTooMuch: There are a number of attempts to kill Tintin once he starts meddling.


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!!Tropes!!Tropes:



* ANaziByAnyOtherName: The Bordurians - though they also have elements of other 1930s fascists. For instance, their front organization in Syldavia is called the Iron Guard, which in real life was the name of a Romanian fascist movement.



* BrokenWindowWarning: With a note reading, "For the last time: mind your own business!" From the implication that this is not the first time, Tintin starts to realize who he's up against.



* EjectionSeat: Tintin is sent out of the aircraft in his seat via a TrapDoor.
* EurekaMoment: Tintin has one concerning the disappeared scepter by seeing a toy canon in a shop window.



* MistakenForAnImposter: Tintin tests the beard of the professor.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: The Bordurians - though they also have elements of other 1930s fascists. For instance, their front organization in Syldavia is called the Iron Guard, which in real life was the name of a Romanian fascist movement.



* RamByBraking: Tintin is on a motorcycle and chasing a carful of baddies. The baddies slam on the brakes, Tintin gets knocked off his bike, baddies zoom off.



* RunForTheBorder: The sceptre's thieves try to make it over the Bordurian border. Tintin recovers the sceptre JustInTime before it passes out of Syldavia... Before [[ThirdActStupidity succumbing to his hunger and crossing the border while carrying the sceptre anyway]].



* TrashLanding: Tintin survives his fall from the airplane by landing in a stack of hey.
* TrickedIntoEscaping: Tintin was supposed to be shot while escaping. The plan fails.





* DoubleAgent: A disturbing number of Syldavians are in Bordurian pay. This is a reaction to then-widespread fears (the term "fifth column" had just been coined during the Spanish Civil War).



* [[spoiler: EvilTwin]]

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* [[spoiler: EvilTwin]] EvilTwin: Alembick's twin brother takes his place to steal the sceptre.



* TheGoodKing: King Muskar XII is clearly devoted to his people, and is even willing to abdicate rather than try and keep power through bloodshed. [[spoiler: Fortunately Tintin manages to defeat the conspiracy and save his throne.]]

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* TheGoodKing: King Muskar XII is clearly devoted to his people, and is even willing to abdicate rather than try and keep power through bloodshed. [[spoiler: Fortunately Tintin manages to defeat the conspiracy and save his throne.]]



* MeaningfulName: Averted with Professor Alembick, unlike most scientist Punny Names in Tintin--an alembic(k) is a piece of alchemical/chemistry apparatus, while Alembick is a Sigillographer.
** Actually played straighter than you'd think: in French, "alambiqué" means convoluted, which describes perfectly the scepter plot that involves [[spoiler: Alambick's twin brother impersonator]]
* OutOfCharacterMoment: When Tintin meets Professor Alembick at the start, he's constantly smoking. He doesn't smoke at all for the rest of the book, which Tintin notes. [[spoiler:This is a clue that he's been replaced by an impostor]]. It's the other way around in the animated version where he suddenly starts smoking.
* ParanoiaFuel: [[InvokedTrope It seems like]] Tintin can trust no one in Syldavia and at one point even begins to wonder if even Professor Alembick has been replaced by an impostor. [[spoiler: He has.]]

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* MeaningfulName: Averted ZigZagged with Professor Alembick, Alembick: unlike most scientist Punny Names in Tintin--an Tintin, his name doesn't describe his profession--an alembic(k) is a piece of alchemical/chemistry apparatus, while Alembick is a Sigillographer.
** Actually played straighter than you'd think:
Sigillographer. However, in French, "alambiqué" means convoluted, which describes perfectly the scepter plot that involves [[spoiler: Alambick's twin brother impersonator]]
impersonator.
* OutOfCharacterMoment: When Tintin meets Professor Alembick at the start, he's constantly smoking. He doesn't smoke at all for the rest of the book, which Tintin notes. [[spoiler:This This is a clue that he's been replaced by an impostor]].impostor. It's the other way around in the animated version where he suddenly starts smoking.
* ParanoiaFuel: [[InvokedTrope It seems like]] Tintin can trust no one in Syldavia and at one point even begins to wonder if even Professor Alembick has been replaced by an impostor. [[spoiler: He has.]]



* TheQuisling / TheMole / DoubleAgent: A disturbing number of Syldavians are in Bordurian pay. This is a reaction to then-widespread fears (the term "fifth column" had just been coined during the Spanish Civil War).


* EvilChancellor: Colonel Boris.

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* EvilChancellor: Colonel Boris.Boris, who is part of the conspiracy. The unnamed prime minister however, subverts this trope.


* AbsentMindedProfessor: Professor Alembick.

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* AbsentMindedProfessor: Professor Alembick.Alembick, due to constantly dropping his cigarettes.

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* RevealingCoverUp: Tintin wasn't suspicious of anything until the Syldavian conspirators got suspicious of him. Had they just let him be, their plan would have succeeded.

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** Actually played straighter than you'd think: in French, "alambiqué" means convoluted, which describes perfectly the scepter plot that involves [[spoiler: Alambick's twin brother impersonator]]


''King Ottokar's Sceptre'' was written in 1938 and 1939, in the light of the threat of fascism; the Bordurian plot has parallels with the Anschluss (annexation of Austria by UsefulNotes/NaziGermany) and Syldavia's location is reminiscent of Albania (invaded by Mussolini in 1939 a few months before the outbreak of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII). Both Syldavia and Borduria would play important roles in later adventures. The story also introduced the recurring characters of Bianca Castafiore and the villainous Colonel Boris Jorgen.

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''King Ottokar's Sceptre'' was written in 1938 and 1939, in the light of the threat of fascism; the Bordurian plot has parallels with the Anschluss (annexation of Austria by UsefulNotes/NaziGermany) and Syldavia's location is reminiscent of Albania (invaded by Mussolini UsefulNotes/FascistItaly in 1939 a few months before the outbreak of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII). Both Syldavia and Borduria would play important roles in later adventures. The story also introduced the recurring characters of Bianca Castafiore and the villainous Colonel Boris Jorgen.


''King Ottokar's Sceptre'' was written in 1938 and 1939 and was written in the light of the threat of fascism; the Bordurian plot has parallels with Anschluss of Austria and Syldavia's location is reminiscent of Albania (invaded by Mussolini in 1939). Both Syldavia and Borduria would play important roles in later adventures and the story also introduced the recurring characters of Bianca Castafiore and the villainous Colonel Boris Jorgen.

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''King Ottokar's Sceptre'' was written in 1938 and 1939 and was written 1939, in the light of the threat of fascism; the Bordurian plot has parallels with the Anschluss (annexation of Austria by UsefulNotes/NaziGermany) and Syldavia's location is reminiscent of Albania (invaded by Mussolini in 1939). 1939 a few months before the outbreak of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII). Both Syldavia and Borduria would play important roles in later adventures and the adventures. The story also introduced the recurring characters of Bianca Castafiore and the villainous Colonel Boris Jorgen.


* RightForTheWrongReasons: Thomson and Thompson correctly deduce that Alembick's camera contained stun gas which incapacitated the guards, but mistakenly think the sceptre got thrown out the window by hand. Tintin figures out that the camera also contains a projectile launcher [[EurekaMoment when he sees some cannons outside]].

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* RightForTheWrongReasons: Thomson and Thompson correctly deduce that Alembick's camera contained stun gas which incapacitated the guards, but mistakenly think the sceptre got thrown out the window by hand. Tintin figures out that the camera also contains a projectile launcher [[EurekaMoment when he sees some toy cannons outside]].in a toyshop (comic)[=/=]sees some cannons outside (cartoon)]].


* {{Ruritania}}: Syldavia and Borduria. Syldavia in particular is often ranked as one of Hergé's greatest achievements - an extremely detailed and well researched fictional nation with it's own history, flag and language.

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* {{Ruritania}}: Syldavia and Borduria. Syldavia in particular is often ranked as one of Hergé's greatest achievements - an extremely detailed and well researched fictional nation with it's its own history, flag and language.

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