Thomson and Thompson
Captain Haddock
Jolyon Wagg
Bianca Castafiore
The Professor Calculus
General Alcazar
Professor Tarragon
Rascar Capac
Doctor Müller


Tintin is neither a surname nor a first name, it is much more than that Tintin is a totally unique world, a myth or a saga. Tintin is created from Hergé's subconscious desire to be perfect, to be a hero. The hero who everyone between 7 and 77 years old wants to be, or become while reading the Adventures of Tintin.
Tintin - The Adventures of Tintin
Tintin © Hergé / Tintinimaginatio - 2024

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Hergé said

“Tintin is me wanting to be heroic and perfect…” “Tintin is me… my eyes, my feelings, my lungs, my guts!... I believe I am the only person able to animate him, the only person able to give him a soul.” (Hergé)


Tintin was created in 1929. He was like Totor’s (the first cartoon created by Hergé) young brother, a kind of Totor who had become a journalist but kept his boy scout’s spirit. He is aged between 16 and 18. He is definitely young and his face is not wrinkled even though he is officially 90 years old in 2019. “Since the Soviets, the character of Tintin has not evolved. From a graphic standpoint Tintin is still a sketch” (Numa Sadoul, Tintin et moi, Casterman, p.40)


Tintin is created by his father Georges Remi, Hergé, the world renowned Belgian cartoonist. This spiritual heir is more than an adopted child! Hergé has stressed the fact that he raised Tintin, protected him, fed him just like a father would (Numa Sadoul, Tintin et moi, Casterman, p. 66) Over the years and in the course of the Adventures, Tintin surrounds himself with friends who became part his family so to speak.
Snowy, Tintin and Tchang
Snowy, Tintin and Tchang
Haddock and Tintin
Haddock and Tintin
Thomson and Thompson
Thomson and Thompson
Professor Calculus
Professor Calculus
Bianca Castafiore
Bianca Castafiore
Snowy and Nestor
Snowy and Nestor
Among his friends, Snowy comes first. Admittedly he is a dog, but he is above all, the faithful friend of Tintin with a generous spirit. Secondly, Tchang appears in the family circle and becomes a lifelong friend of Tintin and almost a brother. Thirdly, Captain Haddock whose debut was to come a good ten years later is ready to sacrifice his own life for Tintin. Not forgetting all the others, Castafiore, Calculus, Thomson and Thompson who form Tintin’s family circle.


Without doubt, a top reporter. He went to Russia to cover a story for his newspaper and wrote his first reportage there.
Tintin reporter - The Adventures of Tintin
Tintin in the Land of the Soviets page 35 © Hergé / Tintinimaginatio - 2024
This is the only time the reader will see the young reporter preparing an article for his newspaper. We assume that Tintin kept the reader of his newspaper informed of his action-packed adventures. Tintin keeps travelling around the world and acts more like a detective always seeking the truth and fighting against injustice. Hergé was himself a reporter and his son has inherited a great deal of his father’s passion.

The comics

Tintin appears on each of the 24 covers. That makes sense! He was always accompanied by Snowy except on the final album cover, Tintin and Alph-Art. This is understandable, because this cover was not designed by Hergé. Although Captain Haddock plays an important role in The Adventures of Tintin, the latter is always in the limelight.

Distinguishing features

His distinguishing feature is of course his little quiff! In the beginning, there was no such distinguishing feature. Most notably the first strips (the first 8 pages) show Tintin with smooth and combed hair.
Tintin - The Adventures of Tintin
Tintin in the Land of the Soviets page 4 © Hergé / Tintinimaginatio - 2024
Tintin - The Adventures of Tintin
Tintin in the Land of the Soviets page 8 © Hergé / Tintinimaginatio - 2024
The famous hairstyle only appears when Tintin jumps into a car and races away. The sudden acceleration gives Tintin the distinctive quiff with which he is synonymous. The little tuft of hair will remain, and never droops.


Tintin is free, and a very moral person with great integrity. He was considered by the Tibetan monks as a guileless person.
Tintin - The Adventures of Tintin
Tintin in Tibet page 50 © Hergé / Tintinimaginatio - 2024
These words reveal the true nature of the Tintin's personality. He is the hero that everyone wishes to become, or at least the friend that everyone would like to have. Tintin supports his friends all the way and pushes himself to the limit and fights to the last.
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05/11/2023 11:16 AM
I really want to be Tintin. I wish he was real. We really need more people like Tintin in this world.
24/10/2023 15:27 PM
I want him
23/09/2023 13:53 PM
I’m Chang, I’m real Chinese, 你好!
16/09/2023 19:07 PM
Can anyone tell me which comic does Tintin play football in?
10/09/2023 17:01 PM
Tintin you are my favourite person
09/09/2023 20:33 PM
i want an story where Tintin meets his younger brother Totor the patrol leader of the maybugs (Totor is a boy scout)
09/09/2023 20:05 PM
if anyone thinks Tintin is 14 then I'll remind you that he has driven motorbikes, cars, planes, and a train, got drunk several times, blew up a rhino, killed several Congolese animals, has an incredible punch,completely knocked a polar bear in CONCUSSION and became a colonel in the san theodorian army so if you think that Tintin is 14/5 then think again...
14/08/2023 00:53 AM
I'm big fan of tintin
I love tintin so much
and he deserves no gf
23/06/2023 18:57 PM
OMG!!!!! My favourite hero!!!.... I never seen before!😢
15/06/2023 15:48 PM
I'm like this
24/04/2023 13:26 PM
Can I have the money 💴
24/03/2023 21:02 PM
I love Tintin
22/02/2023 02:32 AM
I’m so sorry but he looks like an onion
16/02/2023 12:43 PM
I apologize, but Tintin’s age is incorrect.
In 1970, Hergé had claimed Tintin to be nineteen years old: “...good, let's agree on fifteen plus four, which would make him nineteen.”
Tintin must be at least eighteen, as that is the minimum age for driving and drinking spirits in Belgium. Considering all that Tintin has done in the comics, it’s safe to assume he’s somewhere between 18-25 years old.
14/10/2022 07:01 AM
Selfless through and through.
23/07/2022 17:28 PM
Tintin represents humanity, his humble attitude and sober nature is what i aspire to achieve :)
31/05/2022 19:51 PM
"tintin deserves a gf ngl" yeah me

just kidding (no im not)
01/05/2022 16:21 PM
I liked to be called Tintinmaiden, because I loved watching The Adventures of Tintin in the early 2000's and now I am 31 years old!
23/02/2022 20:37 PM
I have been watching Tintin since I was a little boy. I still watch it at 49 years. These adventures are my comfort and resting zones. Rest in Peace Herge and thanks for giving us all the brilliant Tintin episodes.
19/01/2022 20:29 PM
I love tintin , my favourite childhood cartoon .
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