"My prices will astonish you."
— Figuera[src]

Senhor Oliveira de Figueira (French: Oliveira da Figueira) is a friendly salesman from Lisbon, Portugal, who can sell even the most trivial of items, from umbrellas to roller skates, to Arab patrons.


De Figueira and Tintin first meet in Cigars of the Pharaoh. Tintin and Snowy have been cast adrift in the Red Sea when they are picked up by a dhow. De Figueira is a passenger, and quickly talks Tintin into buying a variety of superfluous objects, Tintin being under the misguided impression that he has not been conned into buying anything useless.

He later appears in Land of Black Gold, where he plays a more obviously valuable role in helping Tintin infiltrate Dr. Müller's headquarters, taking Tintin there disguised as his nephew Alvaro while making deliveries and keeping the guards distracted with an elaborate story while Tintin searches.

He returns in The Red Sea Sharks, where he once again serves a valuable role in hiding Tintin and Captain Haddock from the police, despite knowing of the price on their heads. He brings them up to speed on the political situation in Khemed following Bab El Ehr's takeover before providing them with disguises and someone to escort them to meet the former Emir.
Senhor Oliveira

Oliveira de Figueira as seen in the book series


Oliveira de Figueira is the form used by Hergé in the last appearances of this character. This happened when Hergé realised that de is the correct spelling in Portuguese. He uses Oliveira da Figueira in Cigars of the Pharaoh but later, in The Red Sea Sharks, he is correctly named de Figueira. Obviously, Oliveira da Figueira makes much more sense in portuguese, and not de Figueira.


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