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From the comics:

  • Some of Thompson and Thomson's slapstick moments qualify; in the first episode, they step through the cabin door of a ship and one of them bashes his head on the top of the door frame -- the first mate tells them to mind their head, and the other responds with "Mind my head, of course.", ducks ... and trips over.
    • At one point, a photo of them falling down the steps in an attempt to apprehend the criminal is used in a newspaper article about the event, complete with Comically Serious caption.
    • The Thompsons' crowning moment has to be their Outdated Outfit appearance in The Blue Lotus.

 "Don't look now, but I think we're being followed."

  • The bit from Red Rackham's Treasure where Thompson and Thomson try to help with navigating. After reading the coordinates they give him, Captain Haddock tells them to remove their hats and pray. They do, and enquire why. The reason? "According to these coordinates, gentlemen, we are currently standing inside Westminster Abbey!"
  • Whenever Captain Haddock loses his temper.
    • The time he doesn't lose his temper, and is faced with a reporter from the newspaper that had leaked their treasure hunting intentions. Instead of chewing the man out, he asks that he interview his secretary: Professor Calculus.
    • When Calculus is discovered aboard the ship, leading to the Who's on First? exchange culminating in "Separate pieces? My whiskey is in separate pieces?"
  • The Truth Serum-induced Eviler Than Thou bit in Flight 714. It was also even funnier in the animated adaptation where after Haddock tapes their mouth shut, he says "I'M the baddest." Tintin then says that this will make an interesting story.
  • Pick a moment involving Professor Calculus. Any moment.

 Haddock: But we are in Jakarta!

Calculus: Really? I could have sworn we were in Jakarta...

  • The bit in Destination Moon after Captain Haddock refers to Calculus as a "goat":

 Calculus: (while crashing a jeep through a guard outpost) MAKE WAY FOR THE GOAT!!

  • In a conversation with Calculus in Tintin and the Picaros, Tintin and Haddock repeatedly end sentences with words that sound like "sister", leading Calculus to get increasingly annoyed: "And for heaven's sake would you stop talking about my sister!" He then thinks for a moment and remembers that he doesn't have a sister, before storming off in a huff anyway.
  • Snowy tried to steal a dinosaur bone from a museum in King Ottokar's Sceptre.
    • In the same comic, Tintin and Snowy had to hitch a ride with Bianca Castafiore to the Syldavian capital, and she decided to "treat" them to her music.
  • The Sticking Plaster Running Gag in The Calculus affair.
  • The Castafiore Emerald has so many in the form of Running Gags and Brick jokes.
    • The step never being fixed until the end...wherin it is destroyed again.
      • The mason shown as being lazy.
    • "Helloooo! I can hear you!"("Allo! J'écou-ou-oute!")
    • "No, sorry this is not Cutts the Butcher".("Non, Monsieur/Madame, ce n'est pas la Boucherie Sanzot!")
  • From The Calculus Affair: Tintin and Haddock are chasing after a kidnapped Professor Calculus. A friendly Italian driver offers his help by driving insanely quickly and dangerously after them. Then a policeman pulls them over:

 Policeman: Are you insane? I'm writing you up for this! What's your name?

Italian: Arturo Benedetto Giovanni Giuseppe Pietro Archangelo Alfredo Cartoffoli da Milano

Policeman: (sweating bullets) Er, just don't do it again, will you?

The Italian zooms off.

Italian: Now we catch up on the time we missed!

  • In one comic, Haddock's in the bath when the phone rings. He has the detachable shower head in his hand, and mistakenly puts it up to his ear instead.
  • Tintin, Haddock and Snowy getting drunk off wine fumes in The Crab with the Golden Claws:

 Haddock: (chasing a villain) Blackamoor! Anthracite! Coconut! Fuzzy-wuzzy! Cannibal!

Tintin: Go on! Seek! Seek! Bite him!

  • A bit of Black Comedy at the end of Picaros, when Tintin gets the favor he asked of Alcazar for his help: That nobody, not Tapioca's troops, not his ministers, not even Tapioca, be shot. Made particularly hilarious by Tapioca begging that they spare him the horrible fate of being spared. He and Alcazar share a moment when they comment on these idealistic young people , what is the world coming to...

From the cartoons

  • In Nelvana's Animated Adaptation of The Land of Black Gold, after Abdullah tricks Dr. Müller into crashing his car into the sand, he points a (toy) gun at Dr. Müller, as the car smolders in the background, and cream.
  • From "The Crab With The Golden Claws":

 Thomson and Thompson: (together) We think you're smuggling drugs!


Ben Salaad's henchman, Allan, emerges from a hidden bookcase entrance leading to their opium cellar, and proceeds to crush Ben Salaad behind the bookcase in the process


  • The scene in The Castafiore Emerald where Professor Calculus' color TV undergoes glitches during a demonstration translated pretty well to animation. They also added a gag in which either Thomson or Thompson discloses that they brought the gypsies' monkey in for interrogation, but he hasn't answered any of their questions.
  • This little bit from "The Cigars of the Pharaoh".

 Tintin: I don't like cupcakes!


From the film:

  • A cat landing right on Tintin's face.
  • Captain Haddock lighting a fire in a boat he and Tintin are stranded in. Made better by the fact that he doesn't seem to see anything wrong with this.

 Tintin: What are you doing?

Haddock: I lit a wee fire.

The fire in question is a large, blazing pile of wood taking up a third of the boat.

Tintin: On a BOAT?!

    • Then he comes to his senses and tries to put it pouring whisky on it.
  • Thompson falling down a flight of stairs after tripping over a cat, which is even done in one of the animated series too!

 Thomson: Thompson? Where are you?

Thompson: Well, I'm already downstairs! Do try and keep up.

  • As an informant is shot right in front of Tintin's building:

 Tintin: Mrs. Finch! Call the police, someone has been shot at our door!

Mrs. Finch: Again?

  • Thomson and Thompson come to the house of a pickpocket. He thinks they've come to apprehend him, when really they've come to return his wallet. They spend most of their time there babbling amongst themselves while the pickpocket confesses to his crime, and the contrast between their conversations just... makes this scene.
    • Especially when they are seeing the wonderful collection of stolen wallets the robber has, and they believe they are all his, finding like six or seven of theirs... and still believing they are the pickpocket's, while the man is still confessing and they aren't paying attention.

 Pickpocket: I'm a kleptomaniac.

Thomson: What's that?

Thompson: Someone who's terrified of open spaces.

Thomson: Oh. That would explain why he keeps all his wallets in the living room.

  • One subtle moment in Bagghar. A local hotel owner finds that his building has been pushed down to the harbour by a tank. His reaction is to happily add another star to the sign.
  • Haddock accidentally firing a bazooka backwards into Bagghar's dam. He's quite rattled, while Tintin didn't even notice.

 Tintin: Did you hit anything?

Haddock: Oh dear.

  • Allan preparing to use Ernie as a Human Shield after he lights the dynamite fuse, Ernie's confused "Ey?" really makes it.
    • Once the door is blown open the smugglers are pelted by champagne corks, after the initial onslaught is over a single cork hits Ernie in the forehead and he drops to the ground like a sack of potatoes.
  • A subtle one: While talking about his ancestor Haddock breathes into Tintin's face, the alcohol fumes in his breath cause Tintin to stagger around drunkenly for a few seconds afterwards.
  • Haddock hallucinating and hitting his head repeatedly against a chair during Bianca's performance.
  • Tintin's mind visibly breaking for a few seconds after learning the Captain's name.
  • There's just something about the way Tintin screams his ridiculous Catch Phrase in dead seriousness after his apartment gets ransacked. Doubles as a Moment of Awesome if you're a fan of the comics.


  • After Tintin buys the Unicorn in the market, Barnaby approaches and offers to pay him double. This annoys the man Tintin bought it from, not least because Tintin had already haggled him down to half price. It only gets worse when Sakharine appears. "Ten years I've been flogging bric-a-brac and I miss 'name your price' by one bleeding minute!"
  • When Haddock prepares a lifeboat to escape from the Karaboudjan, he's confronted by a crewman with a gun, who had been sleeping inside it. Haddock is told to put his hands up, and he does - letting go of the rope in the process, dunking the gunman in the water.
    • Actually, the gunman doesn't fall into the water - his foot is tied to one of the ropes still hanging instead.
  • Haddock in a pink dress.
  • Allan's first line:

 Allan: Mister Tin... (pauses to read paper) ...tin?

  • Tintin going through the trouble of going into a room full of sleeping crew members (which is already funny enough as it is) to get a key which Haddock uses to open the door to a room stocked with whiskey. Tintin's utterly deadpan expression in the background is priceless.