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Captain Haddock
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Captain Haddock

Captain Haddock is the most popular character in the Tintin family. Haddock has always been a bit naïve and is a man of moods, good and bad, and this is part of his charm.
Captain Haddock
Captain Haddock © Hergé / Moulinsart 2022

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Haddock is his surname, and his first name, Archibald, is only revealed in the penultimate adventure, Tintin and the Picaros. The haddock is a sea-fish which is popular on both sides of the North Atlantic, and should not be confused with the names, Drydock, Paddock, Padlock or Harrock, some of the names which Haddock is called by Bianca.
Haddock say hello to Bianca Castafiore
The Red Sea Sharks © Herge / Moulinsart 2022

His age

He first appears on page 4 of the specially created weekly supplement, Le Soir Jeunesse, on January 9, 1941. We are always keen to learn the age of a character but Haddock's character is of course fictitious and his creator remains silent about his age.
Pages 4 and 5 of the specially created weekly supplement, Le Soir Jeunesse, on January 9, 1941.
Captain Haddock first appears on page 4 of Le Soir Jeunesse, on January 9, 1941.


Captain Haddock was a seafaring captain and is the archetypal sailor, depicted with a hot temper and capable of infuriating actions. He sailed for over twenty years.
Captain Haddock in The Crab with the Golden Claws
Captain Haddock in The Crab with the Golden Claws © Hergé / Moulinsart 2022
In the later adventures Haddock who has clearly retired, lives in Marlinspike Hall, his ancestral home. Haddock is an officer and a gentleman.
Captain Haddock in The Seven Crystal Balls
Captain Haddock in The Seven Crystal Balls © Hergé / Moulinsart 2022


Haddock is by nature emotional and irascible, the very opposite of Tintin who is sober and sensible, but he has a heart of gold. Just like Tintin, he is always willing to help people in trouble. A composite mix of roughness and tenderness, he is shown as quick-tempered.

The family

Haddock alludes to his mother, during his first meeting with Tintin. As for his family, we know that he is the descendant of the knight François de Hadoque, a navy captain who served under Louis XIV.
The knight François de Hadoque
Captain Haddock introducing the knight François de Hadoque, in The Secret of the Unicorn © Hergé / Moulinsart 2022
The king of France entrusted François de Hadoque with the command of the frigate "The Unicorn" which the latter lost under circumstances which were revealed in The Secret of the Unicorn.

Distinguishing features

His appearance is that of the archetypal sailor. Most of the time, he wears a sailor's outfit comprising of black trousers, sailor's hat, blue pullover with an anchor on it, and we often see him with a pipe in his mouth. Captain Haddock has a wonderful repertoire of expletives. These words are not insults, but when used with a certain vehemence, sound like awful insults.
Captain Haddock expletives
Captain Haddock has a wonderful repertoire of expletives © Hergé / Moulinsart 2022


At the beginning he is not heroic at all, but in the later adventures Haddock becomes genuinely heroic and would not hesitate to sacrifice his own life to save his best friend Tintin, as in Tintin in Tibet. Haddock is courageous but he is also very clumsy, not unlike the Thom(p)sons.

His friends

We know that he sailed for over twenty years with his friend Captain Chester, who has red hair and a bushy moustache. They have a unique ritual when greeting each other.
Captain Haddock, Tintin and Captain Chester
Captain Haddock, Tintin and Captain Chester in The Shooting Star © Hergé / Moulinsart 2022

Love story

Two reporters working for the magazine Paris-Flash take pictures of Bianca Castafiore and Captain Haddock and write an article for the magazine claiming that Bianca Castafiore and Captain Haddock are engaged, much to the latter's anger. However, our Captain is more interested in trying to stop drinking than falling in love with the Diva. Blistering Barnacles!
Paris Flash, The Castafiore Emerald
Paris Flash, The Castafiore Emerald © Hergé / Moulinsart 2022
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16/01/2022 23:15 PM
I think they should make a book simply of Captain Haddock’s insults.
13/01/2022 03:59 AM
Bliilons of Blue bilious barbecued banging Barnacles
Ten Thousend Thundering Typhoons!
22/11/2021 08:15 AM
Thundering typhoons When I Think Someone Would Say Forbidding To Smoke a Single Pipe You Raaa !
15/11/2021 09:45 AM
Billions of bilious blue blistering barnacles in a thundering typhoon!
Certified diplodocuses!
Licorice-livered lubberly scum in thousands of thundering typhoons!
27/09/2021 06:21 AM
Billions and Billious of Blue Blistering Barnacles in a Thundering Typhoon!
25/08/2021 23:52 PM
Thundering tythoons
28/06/2021 15:59 PM
Ha ha ah! he was the funniest character
02/02/2021 17:58 PM
French is Better especially with Dupont and Dupond
16/01/2021 20:06 PM
Tintin would not be the same without The Captain Haddock, The Thompsons and the special professor Calculus.
What should Tintin do without his great fand lovely riends?
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