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Thomas Ryugo writes:

If I recall correctly, in "The Red Sea Sharks", Tintin & Haddock had just shot down a fighter plane and rescued the pilot. Captain Haddock: "You've done a good job eh! You trigger-happy thug! What's your name anyway?"
Pilot: "Skut"
Haddock:"What do you mean 'scoot' you blithering bombardier?! I'll teach you to scoot; I'll deflate you! Ectoplasm!"

In "Flight 714", they meet Skut again, this time he's a corporate jet pilot for Carreidas. Now, Haddock affectionately calls Skut "You Baltic Bandit!"

What about the curses of Rastapopolous who could rival Haddock, especially in Flight 714?

Rastapopolous (to Dr. Krospell) "It's all your fault, charlatan! You'll pay for this!"

Rastapopolous (to Allen) "What misbegotten madman had that brilliant idea?!!
Chucking grenades around!"
"So it was you, clodhopper. Dim-witted oaf! What about our prisoners? Where are they?">br> Allen: "Th-th-th-there! In the c-c-c-cave!
Rastapopolous: "Th-th-th-there! In the c-c-c-cave! Well, what's stopping you from getting them out of the c-c-c-cave!!???"

There's also Colonel Sponz in "The Calculus Affair" and his "By the whiskers of Kurvi Tasch!"
Sponz (to two subordinates who interrupted him in Castafiore's dressing room) "I suppose you think you're going to find them in here you dunderheaded nitwits! Go on! About turn before I explode!!!"
Sponz: (to Major Kardouk after finding out his release papers were stolen) "What! Their car's just gone!!?? By all hairs on the whiskers of Kurvi Tasch, if you don't get them back I'll have you shot!"

By the way, there was a funny one from "Prisoners of the Sun". Haddock - to condor - "Gobbledygook! Wait till I get my hands on you, you bald-headed budgerigar!"

From Destination Moon:

"You thundering nitwitted sea gherkins!"
"You Ku Klux Klan! Just when I was putting it out myself"

The Thompson Twins' consistent word mix-ups could be a page by themselves too.
"To be precise, dumb's the word! That's our motto"

From the Black Island:
"I'm beginning to agree with Tintin - they do look like crooks!"
"To be precise, they cook like rooks!"
"The vandals! Our best hats, almost brand new. A pair of perfect bowlers."
"I remember when we bought them, seven years ago. A bowl of perfect purlers".

From Seven Crystal Balls - "Professor Bathtub found asleep in the reeds!"

From the Castafiore Emerald
"Our wet dishes".
"Inside one wagon, we found a messed up flunkey.. er.. dressed-up monkey".

By the way, I once read an piece about the Tintin author, Herge (pronounced R G which is the reverse of his actual initials). When Herge started drawing Tintin, he was somewhat idealistic though perhaps less than enlightened. His first book, Tintin in Congo, isn't published in the United States because of its unintentionally racist portrayal of Africans. Tintin in America isn't much better.

Starting with The Black Island, the Tintin books have more of a right and wrong point of view and Tintin & Haddock are clearly on the side of right. There's an obvious British bias, but that's to be expected. The Seven Crystal Balls/Prisoners of the Sun show them coming to understand the Incas and agreeing not to reveal the whereabouts of the Temple of the Sun. The Calculus Affair is related to the Cold War and Colonel Sponz is clearly a tool of an oppressive dictator operating in a police state. In The Red Sea Sharks, the idea of slavery still existing was brought into the mix.

Late in life, Herge got incredibly cynical and the final two books show just how cynical.

In Flight 714, Lazlo Carreidas reveals himself - under the influence of truth serum - to be not just an insecure jerk who cheats at the game battleships and buys great art only because somebody else is after them, but a man in his heart knows he's not a good man - he stole his mother's ring and let her blame the maid and he behaves no better to this day. Yet, Carreidas is a respected businessman while Rastapopolous, the scoundrel, reveals his own checkered past and Carreidas thinks he's worse than Rastapopolous. Also, what bothers Carreidas the most at the end isn't the apparent loss of his aide, Spaulding, and the plane crew, but the loss of his hat!

In Tintin and the Picaros, there is a frame showing two of General Tapioca's men walking through a slum. At the end, Tapioca and Alcazar reveal that they share the same values - Tapioca is just as upset that Alcazar isn't going to shoot him as Alcazar was when Tintin forced him to promise not to shoot anybody. And the final frame shows Alcazar's men walking through the same slum - in other words, Alcazar was no better.

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