(original French: Dupont et Dupond
) are fictional characters in The Adventures of Tintin
, the series of classic Belgian comic books
written and illustrated by Hergé
. Thomson and Thompson are detectives
of Scotland Yard
, and are as incompetent as they are necessary comic relief. While the two are apparently not related as they have different surnames, they are twice referred to as twins or brothers in the original language version of the series. In any case, the two detectives
look like twins
and can only be told apart by the shape of their moustaches (Thomson's moustache flares out a tiny bit on each side at the bottom).
They are afflicted with spoonerism
, are extremely clumsy, are thoroughly incompetent, and usually bent on arresting the wrong character. In spite of this, they somehow get entrusted with delicate missions, such as ensuring security for the Syldavian
space project or investigating arms dealing.
The detective with the flared moustache is Thomson (without a "p"), who often describes himself as "Thomson, without a 'p,' as in Venezuela!"
and who often remarks, "To be precise...". The detective with the flat moustache has described himself as "Thom'
pson with a 'P,' as in..." and then used words with either a silent "P," or in which the "P" is combined with another letter, losing the "P" sound, such as Philadelphia, psychology and so on.
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