|Alias(es):|| Powder Snow|
A giant rat of Sumatra
|Behind the scenes|
|Portrayed By:|| Roger Carel|
|First Appearance:||Tintin in the Land of the Soviets|
|Last Appearance:||Tintin and the Picaros|
Snowy (French: Milou) is Tintin's Wire Fox Terrier and a protagonist of the series. The bond between the two is significantly strong, as they have saved each other's lives numerous times throughout the series. Snowy seldom "speaks", but is instead seen thinking. When we are in Snowy's mind, it generally consists of a debate between a "good" and "bad" version of Snowy's conscience. This usually ends up in catastrophe for Snowy, as usually the "wrong" choice is made.
Snowy is clearly able to communicate with Tintin in the series. Like Captain Haddock, Snowy is quite fond of Loch Lomond brand whiskey. Snowy seldomly leaves Tintin's side intentionally, only doing so when the two have be forcefully separated. Unfailingly, the pair are always reunited at the end of the day.
Originally Snowy was the sole source of dry and cynical commentary of Hergé's work, to try and balance out Tintin's more positive and optimistic outlook. Snowy's original French name, Milou was named after Hergé's first girlfriend Malou (a contraction of the name Marie-Louise), although Snowy is referred to as a male throughout the series.
Snowy's character has evolved over the course of The Adventures of Tintin series, particularly after the introduction of Captain Haddock's character in The Crab with the Golden Claws. Before Haddock's first appearance Snowy was the chief source of cynicism and alternate viewpoints. Snowy's part then slowly changed into a more light-hearted role of comic relief, examples being how he chases the cat at Marlinspike Hall (until they become friendly at the end of The Calculus Affair) and drinks the Captain's whiskey.
- Main article: List of trauma events to Snowy's tail
Snowy's tail is subjected to various injuries all throughout The Adventures of Tintin series. These range from being pulled, bitten, shot and burnt. These traumatic events were used mainly as comic relief and became less numerous as the series continued, due to the introduction of other accident-prone characters such as Thompson and Thomson, Captain Haddock and Professor Calculus.
- Exclusive to the 1939 Portuguese edition of Tintin in the Congo, renamed as Tintin em Angola, Snowy was coloured yellow, referred to as female and renamed Rom-Rom.