- "Prepare to die, Sir Francis!"
- —Red Rackam
Red Rackham (French: Rackham le Rouge) (BR-PT: Rackham o terrível) was an infamous pirate Captain who stole The Unicorn. Rackham was the leader of the pirates who attacked The Unicorn, the ship captained by Sir Francis Haddock, an ancestor of Captain Haddock's. Rackham had engaged Haddock in battle, resulting in the almost total destruction of Rackham's ship. As his ship was sinking, Rackham and his men boarded The Unicorn and managed to gain control of the vessel. Haddock was captured and tied to the ship's mast and the crew was thrown overboard. Rackham intended to have Haddock tortured by his men the following day, but before he could, Sir Francis freed himself and plotted to sink the ship with the pirates still aboard. During this Rackham discovered he had escaped leading to the two engaging in single combat using cutlasses. Rackham was mortally wounded in the duel as Francis stabbed him in the stomach. When Francis escaped the Unicorn, Rackham cursed Sir Francis's bloodline and promised that they would meet again in another reincarnation before the ship exploded, sending him to hell. His last words eventually came true as he reincarnated into his descendant, Ivan Sakharine. His name is a reference to the real-life pirate Jack 'Calico' Rackham.
Red Rackham was in the animated series The Adventures of Tintin. The character of Rackham is relatively faithful to Hergé's creation with the only real difference being Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine becoming a distant descendant of his only in Speilberg's fim in The Adventures of Tintin. The difference is that he is not Sakharine's ancestor, but in the film, he is. He is killed instantly in a duel, unlike the film.