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Roberto Rastapopoulos

Genius of evil, enemy of good, great shark swimming in the troubled international waters, he found in Tintin "the impediment to dancing in circles" that never ceases to irritate him. First working in the film industry, he has been involved in influence peddling and drug trafficking. Grand Master of an occult organization whose ramifications have invaded the entire planet. Rastapopoulos, a Greek-sounding name. Roberto, Italian sounding first name.
Roberto Rastapopoulos
Roberto Rastapopoulos © Hergé / Tintinimaginatio - 2024

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Appearances and occupation

Rastapopoulos is already present in Tintin in America. Indeed, conforming to the protocol, he stands on Tintin's left side during the gala soirée celebrating the outcome of our hero's American adventures.
First appearance of Rastapopoulos, near Mary Pickford - Tintin in America © Hergé / Tintinimaginatio - 2024
In Cigars of the Pharaoh, Tintin will cross paths with him, on the cruise liner taking them both to Port Said. The billionaire, director of the famous movie company, Cosmos Pictures, is going to Arabia, via Egypt, to supervise the shooting of one of his new super productions.
Tintin crosses the path of Rastapopoulos in Cigars of the Pharaoh
Tintin crosses the path of Rastapopoulos in Cigars of the Pharaoh © Hergé / Tintinimaginatio - 2024

But this is only a cover

In reality, Rastapopoulos is the head, the Great Master, of a powerful organisation trafficking opium. His felony will be eventually revealed in The Blue Lotus.
Rastapoulos in The blue Lotus
The blue Lotus © Hergé / Tintinimaginatio - 2024

Appearance and activity

Genius of evil gifted without doubt, an evil genius, with an uncommon way of handling people, he reappears in The Red Sea Sharks under the stage name of Marquis di Gorgonzola, the owner of, among others, Arabair which is involved in slave trafficking. Finally, in Flight 714 for Sydney, the man has lost a bit of his haughtiness and his role becomes quite pathetic. The terrible villain who enjoyed the jete set lifestyles has turned into a pitiful adventurer. He is quite ridiculous.
Rastapopolus is pathetic in Flight 714
Flight 714 © Hergé / Tintinimaginatio - 2024


At different stages, the scoundrel can be seen dressed in such diverse clothing as a cowboy outfit, a theatre costume, a tuxedo, a rather flashy suit and an elegant outfit.
Rastapopoulos at different stages
Rastapopoulos at different stages © Hergé / Tintinimaginatio - 2024
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26/12/2023 07:41 AM
In the fan-finished version of Alph-Art, Thomson and Thompson find his body after he falls to his death.
09/09/2023 20:25 PM
rastupoplos comes back somehow in the lake of sharks. I think he was imprisoned and shot at Klow
24/08/2023 21:59 PM
Taken by flying saucer
13/05/2023 07:46 AM
I have the same tattoo and I love it.
07/12/2022 21:36 PM
Big nose!
14/10/2022 06:42 AM
Imagine Rastapopoulos going on a date with Queen Beryl!
28/01/2022 15:45 PM
no escaparas canalla, dice tintin
16/01/2022 23:51 PM
No I’m the baddest!
14/09/2021 19:37 PM
Infamous papoulous
25/08/2021 23:53 PM
grrrrrrrrrr says snowy
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