|“||One day you'll regret you crossed my path! Just remember: My name is Rastapopoulos!||„|
|~ Rastapopoulos to Tintin at their first encounter|
Rastapopoulos is a recurring villain in the "Tintin" comic book series. He is the archenemy of the title protagonist of the series.
He debuted in "Cigars of the Pharaoh" after he was seen as a cameo in "Tintin in America", where he wasn't depicted as a villan yet. According to the dénoument of its follow-up "The Blue Lotus", it is revealed that Rastapopoulos is the head of the sinister opium cartel which Tintin has been pitting his wits against in the course of two books.
He later reappeared in "The Red Sea Sharks", where he was the leader of a slave dealing organisation, an in "Flight 714", where he kidnapped the millionaire Laszlo Carreidas on an island. After Tintin rescued Carreidas Rastapopoulos' memory was deltetd by the aliens involved in the events (like the memories of everyone else on the island) and was left in his helicopter along with his servants.
In the Movie
In an animated film (that is adapted into a similarly-titled book), "Tintin and the Lake of Sharks", he is a villain directing operations from a secret underwater base. He is responsible for numerous worldwide robberies of valuable items and plans to steal a duplicating machine invented by Professor Calculus. On the other hand, in an attempt to escape by submarine, Haddock and Tintin both capture him and he is arrested by the Syldavian Police.
- As "Tintin and Alph-Art" where a man named Endaddine Akass appears, who appearently would have turned out to be Rastapopoulos in disguise, was never finished, Rastapolpoulos' final fate is unknown. In Herge´s original draft´s Rastapopulos was killed after accidently fallen from a cliff after he tried to hang Tintin and Haddock. But this is not the "official ending" of the Tintin series.