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[[foldercontrol]] !Protagonists [[folder:Agatha]] !!Agatha Clay[=/=]Heterodyne [[quoteright:145:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/agatha.bmp]] Our Protagonist, a Spark, raised by {{Parental Substitute}}s Adam and Lilith Clay. The story begins with her breaking through when the locket suppressing her abilities is stolen. ---- * ActionGirl: She starts becoming one after the Slaver Wasps broke free on Castle Wulfenbach, and got formal training to be one under Zeetha's tutelage. * AlternateCharacterInterpretation: [[invoked]] ** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090504 From this comic,]] is she a poor misunderstood woman who just wants this whole business over, or is she genuinely a classic MadScientist who can and ''will'' do anything that she needs to, and after she's done will sweep away the pieces of whoever and whatever gets in her way? ** "Is it '''''right''''' to leave a fellow sentient strung up like this?" "Well, that depends upon the nature of the [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20031015 experiment]]..." * ArousedByTheirVoice: Seems to find Sparky voices generally attractive. * '''{{Badass}}''' ** BadassBookworm: Started as a bookworm, became a badass. ** BadassLongcoat: Several of them, starting from her very first appearance and including an awesome labcoat. ** BadassPrincess: Zeetha's [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120420 princess lessons]] seems to be meant to turn Agatha into even more of a Spark LadyOfWar than before. ** HeartbrokenBadass: Various times, mostly after [[spoiler: Lars died]]. ** TookALevelInBadass: Before Zeetha's TrainingFromHell, Agatha played the role of DistressedDamsel ''much'' more frequently. Zeetha saw her need to be able to fend for herself, so she's giving Agatha the training of a Skifandr warrior princess. * BerserkButton: Bringing up [[spoiler:Lilith and Adam's [[NotQuiteDead deaths]]]] and half of what Von Pinn says to her. Hurting her suitors is also [[YouHaveNoIdeaWhoYoureDealingWith unwise]]. * BluffTheImpostor: Tries [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20031013 this on]] Othar in their first meeting. Has it tried on her by Carson. * CaffeineBulletTime: The Clays wouldn't let her have "stimulants". There was a reason for that. * CartwrightCurse: Agatha's suitors so far have all wound up dead, shot, or turning funny colors. * ChangelingFantasy: She's the long-lost daughter to two of the most powerful lines of Sparks (a Spark princess?). * ChildProdigy: Subverted. She starts breaking through as a child (even younger than Gil), but gets a PowerLimiter put on her, which prevents her from using her Spark. When it is later removed, she ends up as a TeenGenius instead. * ChewingTheScenery: As with all good Sparks, she does this a bit when [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090619 "Sparking out"]]. * ChronicHeroSyndrome: As shown on [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050608 several]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050801 occasions]] ({{lampshaded}} [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050622 by Othar, no less]]!) * CombatPragmatist: Snooty royal bitch talking down to you? Anger her to run straight into your foil. Super fencing clank too much? Throw an oil can at its off switch. Mad spark trying to steal your sentient castle, fashioned an armband device to make the Castle unable to kill him, and coming at you with a knife? Smash his armband device with a wrench and let the now-unrestrained castle drop a pillar on him. Agatha fights '''mean'''. * CrushBlush: Sure, Tarvek, surprise a girl with a comment that she's beautiful. * DatingCatwoman: Gil and Tarvek could both count here. * DesignerBabies: Considering that the Heterodynes "so rarely produce girls," it's implied that she was altered as a fetus to match her mother's specifications. * DismissingACompliment: In the ''Cinderella'' story, Gil admires her entrance and she calls him a flatterer -- rather flirtatiously. * GadgeteerGenius: Part and parcel of being a Spark. She's mostly focused on mechanical inventions. * GeekPhysique: Averted. Especially after Zeetha's training. * GenkiGirl: At least, when she is on [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070528 coffee]]. * GenreSavvy: ** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20031015 She has her moments]]. ** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110826 Her third word bubble here may be quite possibly the most brilliant question any fictional character has ever asked in the history of fiction]]. ** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20130710 "I am NOT your creator! You were NOT created to serve me-- And I do NOT expect you to obey my commands OR crush my enemies!"]]. * GreenEyes: They're one of the few [[SplashOfColor splashes of color]] in the first chapter, and they can really jump out at you in close-ups of her face, like [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050128 here]]. * HappilyAdopted: Agatha has always known that Adam and Lilith Clay were constructs, and ostensibly "friends" of her uncle, but still calls them her parents, and obviously cares for them. * HerHeartWillGoOn: [[spoiler: Lars]]. It's also worth noting that both Tarvek and Gil have gotten hurt while chasing after Agatha. She just can't seem to keep her suitors healthy. And she's got [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090209 serious issues]] about it, too -- most likely due to [[spoiler: Lars' death]]. * HeroicWillpower: With enough motivation, Agatha [[spoiler:[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100310 can out-will Lucrezia herself]]]]. * HomeSweetHome: She thinks she wants this. * HolyChild: Of the Geister religion, due to her mother's influence. * IdiotHair: Agatha's by no means an idiot (anymore at least), but the original meaning of the term applies. She has an [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20131023 eternal]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20131025 battle]] with the cowlick on the top of her head. * InTheBlood: [[MadScientist Sparkiness]], being a blonde, and [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101126 occasionally]] being TheVamp in habits are all details similar, or '''exactly''' like her [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101129 mother]]. Fortunately, she's not the evil sort. ''[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20031015 Usually]]''. ** And from her father's side, she inherited the ability to hyperfocus by heterodyning, and also his ChronicHeroSyndrome. * ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies: Agatha wants Gil and Tarvek safely ''out''. * KidWithTheLeash: To the Jägers and Castle Heterodyne. * KissKissSlap: Sums up her relationship with Gil and Tarvek. * LastOfHerKind: She appears to be the last member of the Heterodyne family. * LongLostRelative: To Theo [=DuMedd=] [[spoiler: and Zola]] as a cousin. * MadeASlave: Many of the world's major powers want to do this to her. [[spoiler:The Other is at least partially successful]]. * MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter, as well as being a MadScientist herself. Also, the progeny of a MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter, who was a MadScientist herself. Being the descendant of two powerful families of Sparks, it runs in the family. * MagneticHero: Thanks to the legend of her father and uncle, Krosp states that a lot of people will want to follow her (or kill her or exploit her, but that's beside the point). She's already collected quite an entourage of followers, including an heir to the Lightning Throne, the Baron's own son, a lost princess of a backwoods tribe, a talking cat, one of her cousins, a band of convicts who was repairing Castle Heterodyne... * MeaningfulName: ** Heterodyning means to alter a frequency by creating another frequency to interact with it. Part of the Heterodyne Spark is the ability to instinctively hum in a way that heterodynes with any background noise so that it gets cancelled out, removing distractions from their work. ** Agatha's locket, which was created by her uncle Barry, is a true Heterodyne locket - when she wears it, it heterodynes her ''brain''. When she was younger, it suppressed her brain waves so that she could never focus enough to truly use her Spark. Now that she has fully broken through, it can't fully suppress her Spark anymore, but the same properties [[spoiler: cancel out the brain waves of the implanted copy of Lucrezia in her head, preventing her from taking over Agatha's body]]. ** Agatha's first name is also poignant. It derives from greek, "Ἀγαθή" (pronounced "Agathon"), meaning "good, noble, brave", all traits consistent with her ChronicHeroSyndrome. * {{Meganekko}}: Those big round bottle-thick lenses... * MsFanservice: Less than Zeetha, but the Foglios do have a penchant for putting her in corsetry and lacy underthings. * {{Omniglot}}: According to the novels, she speaks Romanian (Apparently her native tongue), Latin, Greek, German, English, French, Arabic and Russian. * OrphansPlotTrinket: Her locket, a gift from her uncle Barry, with pictures of her real parents. It was a device to shut down her Spark abilities, keeping her safe and hidden. [[spoiler:It then later serves as a suppressant for an unwanted GrandTheftMe occupant in Agatha's head: The Other/Lucrezia]]. * ParentalAbandonment: Her original parents are gone [[spoiler:at least until Lucrezia shows up]], her Uncle Barry who was like a father to her disappeared when she was seven, and [[spoiler:her [[ParentalSubstitute parental substitutes]] get ripped to shreds. They [[BackFromTheDead get better]] and have come back into her life after the time skip]]. * ParodySue: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081124 Gets played with in the Cinderella parody]]. * PimpedOutDress: In the Cinderella parody, she gets a clockwork themed ballgown, that can even be taken off by pressing a button. * PowerFloats: When she [[spoiler: drank from the Dyne. Apparently this is a fairly standard reaction, although she managed to avoid exploding like Igneous Heterodyne, one of her ancestors.]] * SarcasticDevotee: Sarcastically swore fealty to Krosp. He took it seriously, being [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething a good king]] and helping her. * ScienceHero: ''Spark''. * ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder: Like ''all'' Sparks. The page image. * SupremeChef: She can make coffee so exquisite that it makes coffee buff (and her future Seneschal) Vanamonde Von Mekkhan weep and have a pure bliss moment. She says it's "simple chemistry", and later says the same thing when she gets drafted as the cook in the castle prison detail during her initial Castle Heterodyne infiltration. * SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Gil, assumed by a fair amount of people. * TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening: Subverted. Gil notes that her breakthrough was peaceful compared to other Sparks. * TeenGenius: She's eighteen, so she's at the outside edge of this trope, but she's still the youngest major Spark in the comic, as well as one of the most powerful. * {{Tsundere}}: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20031003 Oh,]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081112 yes]]. She [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090311 definitely]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090805 is]] one. At least, towards Gil. * TheFettered: Naturally, with a bad case of ChronicHeroSyndrome, she's this. * UnderestimatingBadassery: Many people do this to her. To quote Gil talking to Vole: -->'''Gil''': You're just like my father! You '''underestimated''' her and she '''bested''' you! She is a '''Heterodyne'''! Doesn't that '''mean''' anything to you?!? * WeaselMascot: Ever since Tarvek brought her a bundle of Wasp Eaters after [[spoiler: The Vespiary Squad airship crash]], one of them has latched onto Agatha and [[spoiler:went with her through the TimeSkip portal. She's become dependent on the wasp eater's proximity after she substituted it for Martellus to subvert his alchemical "touch of the king" leash he tried to put on her.]] * WrenchWench: She looks ''good'' tinkering with machines. ** Virtually all of the promotional artwork depicts her holding a wrench of some sort. * WrenchWhack: Since she's usually carrying one anyway, wrenches also make great impromptu blunt force weapons. [[/folder]] [[folder:Wooster]] !!Ardsley Wooster [[quoteright:243:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/wooster.bmp]] Originally from Britain, Wooster first met Gil in Paris and agreed to enter his service as a manservant. He claimed not to know Gil's true identity at the time, and was apparently very surprised when he found out. However, Wooster turned out to be more than a [[TheJeeves Jeeves]]; in reality, he was a secret agent for British intelligence, and therefore likely DID know who Gil was, which is very impressive seeing as Gil's childhood friends didn't. Turns out Gil knew ''Wooster's'' real identity, and was perfectly willing to go along with the pretense until events pushed him into making use of his knowledge. Classy and unflappable Wooster is currently working for Gil, and thus is a Protagonist, but his ultimate loyalty is to "Albia" (the British Crown), an as-of-yet unknown force. ---- * BadassNormal: He commandeers a rifle from one of the Baron's troops (after somehow ditching Agatha's party), fires from the top of one of the caravans and is ready to snipe the Baron (see ShootTheDog below), delivers an OffhandBackhand to Bangladesh Dupree, and later enters and exits the Jägergeneral's airship from the window. He also survived being [[MadScientist Gil's]] assistant for at least a year before the comic starts. * BattleButler: While undercover working for Gil. * DragonWithAnAgenda: A heroic example, as he is still loyal to the queen, whatever that means. * NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:Boris tries to invoke this when Wooster reveals the Baron's plan to level Mechanicsburg to the Jäger Generals, claiming that he's allowed The Other an opportunity to escape. Wooster doesn't buy it, but admits that the Queen will take an interest in the matter if things do go south.]] * OffhandBackhand: Delivered to Bangladesh [=DuPree=], of all people, and widely considered his CrowningMomentOfAwesome. -->'''[=DuPree=]:''' You're on my ''list'', pal!\\ '''Wooster:''' But you are most certainly not on mine. Good day. * ReassignedToAntarctica: After being outed as a spy, not to mention sending Europa into chaos, his superiors assign him to [[spoiler:stay with the Jägers guarding Mechanicsburg]] as punishment. * SarcasticDevotee: Though he grows out of it, he starts off as a man with little faith in Agatha. * ServileSnarker: As Gil's right-hand-man. GentlemanSnarker might be more accurate now we know his real background. * ShootTheDog: Is prepared to do whatever it takes to complete his mission, even killing Baron Wulfenbach. Although given his comment that "Gil won't like this", he may have been planning a wounding shot. * SpannerInTheWorks: When he [[spoiler:derails Boris' manipulation of the Jägergenerals]]. * SpyDrama: This didn't really feature in the comic itself until [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100827 this strip]]. There is, however, a [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20091027 custom ad]] for the Spy Battle browser game that portrays his past as being ''[[UpToEleven ridiculously]]'' martini-flavored. * TheStoic: He's rather nonchalant about Gil revealing that he knew all along that Wooster was a British spy. And he's again unflappable when throwing a monkey wrench into Boris's attempt to deceive the Jäger generals. However, even he is not immune to being minionized by [[BewareTheNiceOnes Gil]]'s force of will. * TallDarkAndSnarky: One of the tallest protagonists, dark haired, and he's British, so snark is a given. [[/folder]] [[folder:Da Boyz]] !!Ognian, Maxim, and Dimo [[quoteright:157:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/the_boyz.bmp]] [[caption-width-right:157:Oggie, Maxim, and Dimo]] FanNickname for the three "wild" Jägermonsters. They were sent out on a suicide mission to find an heir to the Heterodyne family so that the other Jägers could serve Wulfenbach without having abandoned their masters. To their surprise, they discovered Agatha in Zumzum, and followed her to protect her. ---- !! Da Boyz in general * AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Dimo is green, and Maxim is purple. Oggie is ([[DarkSkinnedBlond relatively]]) normally coloured by human standards, which makes him the odd one out by Jäger standards. * {{Badass}}: Only natural. ** BadassAdorable: Oggie, and to a lesser extent Maxim. ** BadassCrew: They fight very effectively together. * BerserkButton: Enough to even get them pissed at a Heterodyne. "Dot... vas... my.... ''HAT!''" * BloodKnight: They're Jägers. It comes with the territory. * ChewingTheScenery: ** When they need to stop Jenka from rampaging through town. "'''''SCHTOP!''''' Hyu horr'ble monstery ting of '''EVIL!'''" ** Later, when they (briefly) entered Mechanicsburg before a Heterodyne was officially in residence, which is not allowed. --->'''Oggie:''' [[{{Seppuku}} Hyu knife, brodder]]! \\ '''Maxim:''' Right here, brodder! \\ '''Dimo:''' ''[sighs]'' Ve didn't gets ''caught,'' hyu ''eediots.''\\ '''Oggie and Maxim:''' Whew! * CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Da Boyz have funny accents, are generally not too bright and more than a little goofy. Then something happens, and suddenly all the goofiness is gone and you're reminded that Da Boyz are in fact 200+ -years-old {{Super Soldier}}s... * CuteLittleFangs: Until they open their mouths and reveal that the "little" fangs are ''[[SlasherSmile huge]]''. * CuteMonsterGirl: Rare male example in Maxim and Oggie. Oggie, oddly, is more of a charmer than Maxim despite not being as pretty, even being able to sweet-talk human girls. * FunetikAksent: Iz de vay de Jägers tok. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120530 Even their applause is accented!]] * HadToBeSharp: Extended time away from the main corps of Jägerkin has necessitated them to think on their own. As a result, they've become smarter for it; even Oggie, and especially Dimo. This sharpening of mental acuity is what enabled Maxim to be the Jäger who finally claimed [[DefeatingTheUndefeatable Old Man Death]]'s hat. * HiddenDepths: They're smarter than the other Jägers. And it seemed to have only come up after they split from the main group. -->'''General Goomblast:''' ''Dimo!'' Hy am ''shocked'' at dis behavior!\\ '''Boris:''' Still, it ''was'' rather clever of him...\\ '''General Goomblast:''' Hy ''said'' Hy vas shocked. * IOweYouMyLife: This was their excuse for watching over Agatha before her identity was revealed, that they need to pay her back for cutting them down in Zumzum. -->'''Zeetha:''' You already did. On the bridge.\\ '''Dimo:''' Dat vas fer me. Maxim und Oggie still gots dere turns. * KavorkaMan: They claim to be "irresistible to vimmen," although how much so remains to be seen. Given how many times women seem receptive to Oggie's flirting, he apparently lives up to it. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100614 Maxim and Oggie]] both found interested girls during Maxim's interaction with Old Man Death. Then again, apparently in Mechanicsburg and its suburbs Jägers are heroes. * TheManTheyCouldntHang: They're introduced swinging in the breeze in Zumzum, where they've been hanging for three days. The only thing they're worried about is Jenka finding them. * MrFanservice: Maxim is rather attractive and the other two have their fans. * NiceHat: Like all Jägers. Maxim gives his up when [[spoiler:Lars dies]], acquiring a new one later on. * TheNoseKnows: All Jägers have an acute sense of smell. Before any Jäger was even aware of the fact that Agatha was their long lost master, many of them commented on how she smelled good. The Jäger Generals debated on whether she could be the one based on the scent on her belongings. And Da Boyz are introduced picking up a whiff of Agatha in Zumzum as they dangled on their ineffectual nooses. Later, they were able to identify the hallucinogenic haze that the Circus members unleashed on the Wulfenbach forces to make an escape. They could also "schmell ze fear" on [[spoiler:Lars moments before his HeroicSacrifice.]] * PowerTrio: Dimo=Superego, Maxim=Ego, Oggie=Id. * ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Comes with being Jäger. * ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: They don't look particularly old, but WordOfGod is that they're between 250-300 years old, and Oggie has at least one adult great-great-grandchild (Who looks and acts suspiciously like the person telling the main story, who is a stand in for the author). * ShipperOnDeck: Agatha/Gil is the Jägerkin {{OTP}}. * TheSmartGuy: All three are pretty intelligent, especially compared to the average Jägerkin. Dimo is clearly the smartest of the trio.. Vote for Girl Genius in topwebcomics.com and the incentive even calls him "The Smart One." * SuperSoldier: As with all Jägers. * ThoseTwoGuys: Three, but who's counting. Often get to fill this role. * UndyingLoyalty: Explicitly explained to be a ''choice'' on the Jägers' part. They are not compelled to serve the Heterodynes; rather, every Jäger has made a conscious choice and vow to serve the Heterodynes for life before they drank the [[SuperSerum Jägerbrau]]. !! Dimo [[quoteright:141:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/daboyzdimo_5106.png]] The leader by default, due to being the smartest of the trio. Often the OnlySaneMan as well. ---- * AnArmAndALeg: Dimo lost his left arm to the [[AmputationStopsSpread acid of mutated glowing slugs]]. * ArtificialLimbs: [[spoiler:Dimo gets what looks like a Spark-made replacement arm to replace the one he lost from the slug acid spit.]] * FourStarBadass: [[spoiler:That's '''General''' Dimo to you, after the TimeSkip. He had to, as all the other (known) Generals are caught in the time-freeze bubble, and most rank-and-file Jägers aren't known for smarts. Seeing that there's a vacancy due to hat-loss-caused-death of one General in the recent past, he may get to keep the post.]] * HandicappedBadass: [[spoiler:Dimo, after losing his arm in the Stormhalten Riot. Undone by an ArtificialLimb replacement that looks to have been made by some refugee spark in the caves after the TimeSkip]]. * ObfuscatingStupidity: Most notable in Dimo, but they're all smarter than most rank-and-file Jägers because of the [[TookALevelInBadass time they spent by themselves]]. * OnlySaneMan: he's the de facto leader of the trio. This quality later [[spoiler:helps earn him a promotion to [[FourStarBadass Generalcy]] after the time-skip.]] * PermaStubble: He starts out with a reasonably neat goatee though. * SlasherSmile: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050520 Dimo is particularly good at this]]. * WeaponOfChoice: Dimo is [[KnifeNut pretty handy with throwing knives]], and prefers his [[BareFistedMonk claws and fistcuffs]] when it comes to getting up close and personal. * YouAreInCommandNow: [[spoiler: Due to all the other (known) Jäger generals being trapped in the Baron's time-freeze bubble, Dimo took over leadership of the Jägers on account of being the OnlySaneMan amongst Da Boyz.]] !! Ognian, aka "Oggie" [[quoteright:173:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/daboyzoggie_4219.png]] One of the few Jägers known to have descendants, and a surprisingly competent sweet-talker. ---- * ButtMonkey: He is frequently clobbered by one or both of the other Boyz mid-sentence for saying things that/when he shouldn't. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080307 Sometimes Jenka joins in too.]] * DoesNotLikeShoes: While the other two have footwear, Oggie is barefoot. * {{Dumb Blond|e}}: Oggie is... not the sharpest tooth in the mouth. * IWantGrandkids: Oggie wants great-great-great grandkids. %%* {{Manchild}}: Oggie. * NoodleIncident: Oggie apparently did something that pissed off Klaus, which may be part of the reason he was sent on the mission in the first place. * WeaponOfChoice: Oggie packs a [[RuleOfThree triple]] [[BladeOnAStick pole]] [[AnAxeToGrind axe]] !! Maxim [[quoteright:199:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/daboyzmaxim_129.png]] The prettiest of the trio, and mostly human except for his purple skin. ---- * AttractiveBentGender: In the Cinderella story, Maxim... is beautiful. Oggie and Dimo avert the attractiveness. * {{Bishounen}}: Maxim was originally designed as an in-joke for [[AuthorAppeal Kaja]]. Lampshaded in the [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081121 Cinderella]] side-story, when he's supposed to play an ugly stepsister... [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081124 well]], see for [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081210 yourself]]. * DueToTheDead: In honor of [[spoiler:Lars's HeroicSacrifice, he gave his first hat to be buried with Lars. If only for a short time, Lars rode with the Jägers (like Carson Von Mekkhan and Old Man Death)]], and it's custom for such people to be honored in death like a Jäger. * LongHairedPrettyBoy: Goes along with his {{Bishounen}} factor. * LoopholeAbuse: After failing to get Old Man Death's hat by [[DefeatingTheUndefeatable fighting him for it]], Maxim then tells him he wants a sandwich. Old Man Death tells him "you name it, I make it". Maxim asks for a "Prince of Sturmhalten's Big Bet", which refers to a past Prince of Sturmhalten who lost a bet with the reigning Heterodyne at the time, and had to eat his hat. In order to live up to his boast, Old Man Death had to make Maxim a hat sandwich. On top of that, Old Man Death said he was going to give him the sandwich and then started to threaten him with what he'd do to him afterwards. Basically trying to pull his own LoopholeAbuse. However, Maxim then said he wanted the sandwich to go, so he pulled LoopholeAbuse twice. * NiceHat: Of particular note for Maxim: His new hat isn't particularly fancy, but it used to be [[DefeatingTheUndefeatable Old Man Death's]]. * WeaponOfChoice: Maxim packs a [[CoolSword cavalry saber]] and maybe a PowerFist ([[ShrugOfGod though not even the Foglios know what that metallic glove thing is]]). [[/folder]] [[folder:The Dingbots]] !!"Agatha's Little Clanks" [[quoteright:213:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/dingbots2_4196.png]] The Dingbots are a horde of small clanks (roughly the size of a large pocketwatch) created by Agatha that prove to be immensely useful in a variety of roles. The original Dingbots created by Agatha herself (such as the fan-named "Dingbot Prime", created in her sleep aboard Castle Wulfenbach) appear to have the Spark, as they are able to create more Dingbots (though with diminishing returns in quality). ---- * ActionBomb: During the battle that eventually laid Baron Wulfenbach low, several of them [[RedEyesTakeWarning went red-eyed]] and started charging at enemies and exploding. * AIIsACrapshoot: They're not evil, but Tarvek has hypothesized that the Primes ''have the [[ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder Spark]]''. And they did go a bit [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100802 off the rails]] during the Civil War between the Prime and Deuce factions before the Dingbot Queen intervened. * DoAnythingRobot: Individually, likely not. But as a horde? They ZergRush the problem; odds are, ''some'' dingbot [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040419 has the right tool for the job built into it]]. * FanNickname: They don't have an actual name in-comic, other than "Agatha's little clanks." On that note, fans are considering dubbing groups of dingbots "devotions." * RebusBubble: To Gil, and to the second Dingbot Prime ("Dingbot Deuce" as he's been called). * RidiculouslyCuteCritter: All of them have at least one big round innocently curious looking eye. * ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder: Which is part of what leads Gil and Tarvek to theorize they have the Spark. * TheSpeechless: They don't say a single actual word, their vocalizations consist of [[RebusBubble Rebus Bubbles]] and heterodyning. * ThereCanBeOnlyOne: Agatha lost the original Dingbot Prime and made a new one. The original turned up again and, well, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20091005 they don't seem to like each other all that much.]].. Soon after, Agatha made a third one, a "[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100806 Dingbot Queen]]" who subdued Prime and Deuce and united the two warring factions following each of the "primes". * WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Despite being the size of a large pocketwatch there is every chance the Agatha-originated Dingbots are self aware, and possibly are Sparks themselves. * ZergRush: Their biggest advantage in carrying out the tasks their mistress (or her associates) needs is their sheer numbers. [[/folder]] [[folder:Gil]] !!Gilgamesh Wulfenbach [[quoteright:186:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Gil.bmp]] Son of one of the major antagonists, Gilgamesh is one of the possible pairings for Agatha (probably the canon one, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110817 considering]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110819 these]]) and has much more obvious motivations. ---- * AntagonistInMourning: When Agatha fakes her death. * AwesomeMcCoolname: Gilgamesh, like the ancient badass Gilgamesh, two thirds god and one hundred percent [[RatedMForManly Man]]. * {{Badass}} ** BadassBoast: and it is ''[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060306 awesome]].'' ** BadassBookworm: He'd actually much prefer playing around in his lab, and doesn't even have a death ray when Agatha first meets him. ** BadassAbnormal: ''Possibly.'' [[spoiler:Gil did take a Jager Battlebrau without much in the way of side effects, which surprised Mama Gkika. And he doesn't seem to be too affected by the Doom Bell, either.]] * BadassLongcoat: several of them, of varying degree of fanciness. The one he wears while defending Mechanicsburg is particularly effective. * BerserkButton: You should take him seriously. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080229 He doesn't]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080303 like it]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080305 when you don't]]. Also, Agatha. * BettyAndVeronica: Agatha's Betty, to contrast with the far less trustworthy Tarvek. * BewareTheNiceOnes: He is a friendly, generous, honest man who believes strongly in giving second chances. He doesn't even have ''any'' weapons by the time Agatha first meets him. But piss him off, and he can fight off {{Super Soldier}}s with his bare hands. -->'''Gil:''' I am Gilgamesh Wulfenbach, little man -- and there is nothing I couldn't do, had I cause! And now... now I have one! * BigDamnHeroes: He's not the only one to do this by a long shot, but he certainly loves to. * BlatantLies: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090220 "I'm a pirate."]] * BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler:During the Battle of Mechanicsburg Klaus brainwashes him to be "loyal to the Empire," so that he will have enough free agency to inoculate himself against the slaver wasps and remain free from Lucrezia's control. The result is a Gil who is angry, dangerous, and insists on trying to capture Agatha for the good of all. Klaus also notes that in the worst case scenario, his advisers will be able to rule through him]]. And just to be on the safe side, [[spoiler: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20131227 he planted his own personality into Gilgamesh to keep him under control.]] ]] * BullyingADragon: Vole was talking ''down'' to this guy? * CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Realistic version: he can throw Merlot's battle clank, but his body [[HeroicRROD breaks a bit]] doing it. However, there is some passing dialogue that indicates that Gil might [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080428 be slightly more than human, judging by Mamma Gkika's comments]]. * ChildProdigy: He was eight when he built his first construct. This is even more notable if we remember that most Sparks break through as teenagers or young adults. * CrazyJealousGuy: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20140418 Wooster certainly seems to think so]]. * CreepyShadowedUndereyes: After the time skip. He remains awake for weeks and gets dark circles around his eyes as a result. * DeathGlare: Has [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060306 unleashed]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081103 a]] few. Notably, he is one of very few people that have managed to [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110815 scare a Jäger]]. * DeathRay: Notable for not having one until he finally built a really ''impressive'' [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20071126 one]]. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20111021 Or two]]. * {{Determinator}}: Gil has his moments, especially when Agatha is in danger. * {{Deuteragonist}}: To Agatha, the {{Protagonist}}. * DragonRider: After the time skip he rides one of the "last great sky wyrms", apparently after the polar lords challenged his rule. * DudeWheresMyRespect: He tries to be even-handed and fair, and people just dismiss him for it. And then he has to remind them that he is his father's son. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080229 Like with Vole over these three pages.]] * GenreSavvy: From the first volume he had a hunch that it was Agatha who was the new Spark. * HeroicRROD: When his body can no longer handle the feats of epic {{Badass}}ery he's performing. Has happened at least twice: after he beat up Vole and after throwing Merlot's clank. * HereditaryHairstyle: His rather wild hair is akin to his father's, except his still has color to it. * HiddenBackupPrince: Not quite a traditional example, but when Gil discovers that he can be addressed as "Your Majesty" he is quite surprised. [[spoiler: WordOfGod reveals that he's the Prince of Skifander.]] * TheInsomniac: After the time skip. He spends weeks without sleep, apparently obsessing over [[spoiler: getting Agatha and Mechanicsburg back.]] * LikeBrotherAndSister: With Bang, to the horror of Klaus. After the time skip, Gil [[spoiler:finds nothing odd about waking up with Bang in bed with him. Apparently she had been struggling to stay awake as much as him, but she doesn't have his training, so she can't just do a few mental exercises and be good]]. * LovedINotHonorMore: There's liking Agatha, but first there's containing the Other, as he explains to Zeetha. He also makes this argument while she's charging the Castle, but it's not clear whether it's actually him making it. * LoveMakesYouStupid: Agatha thinks he's been [[ObfuscatingStupidity pretending to be an idiot]] around her. He was not. He's even willing to [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] it when he's fighting Vole. -->'''Tarvek''': So, Wulfenbach - just checking - Is this going to be some kind of macho exercise where you insist on battling a potentially superior opponent alone in some kind of misguided attempt to "prove" your intrinsic worth?\\ '''Gil''': No, '''NO!''' I'm only ''that'' stupid in front of Agatha! * MadeOfIron: ** He took several bullets and kept standing unfazed while facing down the army of war clanks attempting to invade Mechanicsburg. [[spoiler:And then he kicks a former Jäger's ass for underestimating him while being dragged off for medical care]]. ** After being [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081020 kicked]] by Zeetha into a wall, the wall had a number of cracks-- with him not even bleeding yet. * MarryForLove: He isn’t happy when his father announces it’s time for him to get married and that he will arrange for a suitable match. He would prefer a girl he likes, who understands his Sparky ideas and can keep up with them. * MissingMom: The only time she's mentioned in the main comic is when Klaus grumbles that he hasn't seen his wife in years, and Gil claims Von Pinn is the closest thing to a mother he's ever known. Judging from a few hints in the comic and a few more outside the comic, all signs point to his mother [[spoiler:being Zantabraxus, Warrior Queen of Skifander]]. * MrFanservice: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080421 Observe.]] * NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Named for the protagonist of the oldest epic we still have records of. * NiceHat: ** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080514 Magnificently nice]]. - Also counts as a BrickJoke [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081110 in this scene]] - Just when he thought he was rid of it for good, the Hat Came Back! ** The Hat is so nice that [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120113 it serves as instant identification of Gilgamesh]]. Except for [[OnlySaneMan the one guy]]. He gets promoted. * NiceToTheWaiter: Zola mentions that he was the only person who was ever nice to her. * ObfuscatingStupidity: Apparently what Gil was doing in Paris as mentioned below under RichIdiotWithNoDayJob. Agatha believes him to be doing this in Castle Heterodyne, and Tarvek is amused to find out that he isn't. * OutOfFocus: He drops out of the story for most of the second arc. Lampshaded with a gag panel [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050912 here]]. * PornStash: Apparently teenage boys really are the same everywhere. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040206 Even steampunk mad scientist ones]]. By the way, a "seraglio" is another word for a harem. * PostKissCatatonia: A brief one, when Agatha kisses him after destroying the Hive Engine. * PunctuatedForEmphasis: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060306 Do. You]]. '''''[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060306 Understand]]'''''? * RedOniBlueOni: Red to Tarvek's Blue, oh-so-very much. Gil is passionate, dogged and relentless in everything he does, and prefers [[CrazyPrepared Crazy Preparation]] to [[TheChessmaster Chess]]. This means he's hopeless in situations that can't be prepared for... like romance. He has to get by on honesty... and can be a bit [[BrutalHonesty brutal]] about it. * RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: While studying in Paris, Gil cultivated the image of himself as a womanising layabout and opium fiend who was involved with pirates and constantly getting involved in the schemes of crazed minor Sparks, in order to keep anyone (especially Tarvek Sturmvoraus) from figuring out that he was the Baron's son (though the trouble with crazy Sparks was mostly for the sake of [[DamselInDistress an absent minded chorus girl he had befriended]]). * SanitySlippage: After the time skip. [[spoiler:His father's brainwashing, combined with losing nearly every single friend and family member he had all at once]], has not been kind to him. * ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder: One of the first things he does is go crazy while examining the machine Glassvitch and Merlot built. He's even been the page picture. * SecretTestOfCharacter: His father gives him a ''lot'' of these. His introduction is a two-part one: To see if he's intelligent enough to notice that his father's theory is fundamentally flawed, and to see if he has the ability to confront his father when he is wrong. * SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The Manly Man to Tarvek's Sensitive Guy, he's more action oriented and a little less socially apt. * SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Gets a bit of this regarding Agatha, though not as much as she does regarding him. * ShirtlessScene: Enough that the [[TheWikiRule wiki]] had a poll at one point about when editors thought he would next put a shirt on. One of the options was [[WalkingShirtlessScene "Gil owns a shirt?"]] * ShockAndAwe: Can call down electricity with a nifty rod. The most notable example of him ''doing'' this, interestingly, is also an example of the TropeNamer- rapid dominance through a spectacular display of power. * ThoseMagnificentFlyingMachines: He's one of the only ones in the setting creating heavier than air aircraft. Helicopter-like craft are in use by various parties, though. * TookALevelInBadass: While Agatha was “dead.” * TrainingFromHell: Everything does, apparently, have to be a test. * WackyMarriageProposal: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040705 "To annoy your father?"]] %%* WarriorPoet * WarriorPrince: Technically not a "prince", because the Wulfenbach name wasn't exactly high nobility before the Baron enforced his rule. But Gil is very much his father's son, and knows how to throw down just as well as his father. ** He may well be a more literal example after all. When [[spoiler:he refuses to be styled as "Herr Baron" after his father's disappearance]], Boris decides to use one of Gil's styles: Your Highness. *** [[spoiler: And the infamous "Chump picture" has all but confirmed that Gil is Prince of Skifander.]] * WellDoneSonGuy: Played with. Gil has absolutely no reason to doubt that his father loves or wants him, and genuinely wants to make him proud and show himself worthy to be his father's heir. Klaus, in the mean time, doesn't hesitate to show approval when warranted, but tests his son constantly, has very high demands and has made it abundantly clear he won't hesitate to [[MadScientist break Gil down for bits and build a new son]] if Gil, through design or general incompetence, becomes a threat to the political stability of the Wulfenbach Empire. * WeUsedToBeFriends: With Tarvek. They were best buddies back when they were kids. But after poking about in some archives (a place they shouldn't have been) to find out just who Gil's family was (it was a secret to everyone that he was the Baron's son), their friendship was gone when Gil ratted Tarvek out. There is still some residual friendship, as Gil often finds himself fighting alongside Tarvek against the myriad perils inside Castle Heterodyne and fighting better together. * WildHair: Just like [[HereditaryHairstyle Daddy's]]. * WorldOfCardboardSpeech: Has a few examples that may qualify, while beating up Vole or threatening Wooster are probably the best examples. [[/folder]] [[folder:Krosp]] !!Krosp I, Emperor of all Cats [[quoteright:171:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/krosp.bmp]] Created by a Spark to control cats to act as a spy network, Krosp I is a failed experiment with delusions of lordship who has given Agatha much valuable political advice. ---- * BadassLongcoat: He's given quite a nifty red and gold one while he's with Master Payne's Circus with Agatha. At first he complains about the coat, but for reasons unknown to any but Krosp himself, he's kept it. * CanonImmigrant: He originated in the TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering days of ''ComicStrip/WhatsNewWithPhilAndDixie''. * CatsAreSnarkers: Yes. Yes, they are. * ChekhovsGunman: First seen [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20031114 as an apparently normal cat getting into Agatha's food]]. * CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: When his animal side takes over. --> '''Krosp:''' ''[to Gil on their first meeting]'' I'm serious! Mess with me and your ''shoes'' are '''mine!''' %%* DeadpanSnarker * GenreSavvy: As [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070523 this]] page among others helps demonstrate, Krosp knows what happens around Sparks, and he also fully anticipates people's reactions to Agatha's claim of being the heir. He also loves their reactions. * GoneHorriblyRight: A humorous example; his creator wanted an intelligent cat capable of exercising control over his non-sentient brethren. He succeeded perfectly, but it turns out that [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040317 cats don't really make good spies.]].. %%* GreenEyes * HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Once he picks up a snappy jacket that one of the kids in Payne's troupe outgrew. * IntellectualAnimal: Though the intelligence wasn't the point of the project. %%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold * MeaningfulName: It's an anagram of "spork", a combined spoon/fork eating utensil, and while not as useful as a separate spoon and fork, still pretty handy to have around. * MyInstinctsAreShowing: For all his intellect and articulate speech, his pragmatism and insight on Realpolitik, he is still ultimately a cat. He gets sidetracked by table scraps and mice, threatens to shred shoes, and irrationally hates getting wet. * NoSell: He is the only one able to consistently ignore Agatha's Spark command voice. * TheNoseKnows: His olfactry senses have been useful. Most notably, during the Passholdt incident. * OnlySaneMan: Well, usually. He gets pretty useless when his cat instincts take over. * {{Realpolitik}}: He is a font of wisdom on this for Agatha. * RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: When Agatha sarcastically swears fealty to him, he takes her seriously and accepts her as his subject. He considers it his responsibility as her king to keep her safe. * TheSmartGuy: Of the tactical and political variety. * SnarkyNonHumanSidekick: And well aware of it. -->'''Krosp:''' Is this one of those situations that involves "ethics"? 'Cause I'm a cat, you know. I've never been very good at those. [[/folder]] [[folder:Moloch]] !!Moloch von Zinzer [[quoteright:136:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/mollock.bmp]] A mechanic who served in army of a Spark beaten by Klaus and ended up "on the beach" after his WalkingTank ran into Bang's team. First met right at the beginning when he and his brother steal Agatha's locket. He is later mistaken for the Spark that created Agatha's first clank. He turned up again in Castle Heterodyne and seems to have fallen into the role of Agatha's minion by default. ---- * ActionSurvivor: He starts out as a mere soldier who steals an OrphansPlotTrinket from the main character in the first chapter, so you'd expect him to last about five minutes. But after his brother's death by said trinket, getting mistaken for a Spark, and eventually ending up imprisoned in a sentient castle built by a family of murderous sociopaths, he's still kicking thanks in part to large amounts of luck, GenreSavvy, and talent for dealing with Sparks. The Castle has started calling him the Head Minion. * AssKickingEqualsAuthority: Among the minions in any case. While he hasn't kicked anyone's ass, his position as Agatha's Chief Minion was secured by delivering {{Dope Slap}}s to the other Castle Prisoners that were getting out of line. * BeleagueredAssistant: He spends a lot of time insisting that he is ''not'' the minion to one of the craziest and most dangerous sparks around. -->'''Theo''': '''Hit the first switch!!!'''\\ '''Moloch''': Yeah yeah, here it goes..\\ '''Snaug''': Psst... it's "yes, master".\\ '''Moloch''': ...Not even if it got me out of the castle '''''tonight'''''. * CharacterizationMarchesOn: ** He was quite nasty in his earliest appearances, so he was much more deserving of the abuse he got early on. Being in Castle Heterodyne around more AxCrazy folks seriously mellowed him out, to the point that he's currently considered a nice guy. Or perhaps his brother's influence (plus, y'know, his belief that Agatha had ''murdered'' him) was corrupting and he improved in its absence. ** The very first thing he does when he meets up with Agatha again in Castle Heterodyne [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080312 is to apologize for his behavior back then]], claiming he was really scared and under a ''lot'' of stress. Agatha forgives him. ** In his very first appearance, he's actually rather friendly and reasonable, and trying hard to keep his brother in line. (The novelization, which tells this scene from his POV, emphasizes this.) It was only after his brother died holding Agatha's locket that he started getting nasty. * ChewToy: He didn't start out that way, and it's not physical abuse. He was one of the soldiers who stole the OrphansPlotTrinket. The Karmic Chess Master moved him next to Agatha. He tried to play rough. Now his nerves are the butt of every joke the fates can manage. Examples: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080312 The tables are turned]], [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080324 his Genre Savvy fails]], [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080402 the rain of fear begins]], [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080625 the Castle has some fun]], [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080630 the Castle gets serious]], [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080901 Genre Savvy does no good at all]], [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090902 Genre Savvy says it all]], [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100115 Nightmare rising]], [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100118 Especially when it works as planned]], [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100813 Fool for love]], and many, many more. %%* {{Chiaroscuro}} * CluelessChickMagnet: To a lesser degree than one might expect [[UpToEleven in this crazy universe]], but despite his general scruffiness and not having been seen to ''try'' to get girls, he's clearly attracted both Violetta and [[TheIgor Snaug]], with bonus {{UST}}-source Sanaa Wilhelm. * CombatPragmatist: His solution for dealing with an enemy riding a clank is to simply [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20121119 hit the driver with a brick]] rather than engage in the kind of drawn-out fight that the [[BloodKnight Jägers]] would prefer. Fits with his [[OnlySaneMan overall pragmatic approach to life]]. * CrushBlush: When he learns that his crush was not as secret as he thought * CutTheJuice: his solution to being told that the machinery can't be shut off. Earned him a DopeSlap. * DeadpanSnarker: At times. Pointing to one particular example, Agatha needs to recharge the castle if she wants to stop Mechanicsburg from getting overrun, and to do ''that'' she needs to get to the top of a tower. But there's an army of hostile clanks between her and the tower. So she aims her {{BFG}} at them and fires. To see what happens and von Zinzer's response to it, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20121126 click here]]. * TheDragAlong: Often, though he becomes increasingly good at dealing with it (though not without a lot of bitter resignation). [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20121112 Sometimes it even happens literally]]. * DueToTheDead: Those who died in the Castle don't get used as raw material, he decrees. And even hardened criminals ''listen'' when he says so. * TheEngineer: He doesn't have The Spark, but he does have a great deal of skill in machinery and problem solving. He knows that, given enough time, he can solve most problems with a lot of hard work and a bit of [[MundaneSolution common sense]]. [[TruthInTelevision Truth In Webcomics]], since traditionally tank crewers (the closest real-world equivalent to his assignment) would become VERY adept at fixing their vehicles. Mostly because the alternative was firey, unpleasant death. * GenreSavvy: ** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080901 "I have been around way too many Sparks!"]] ** It's becoming so prominent that [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20121126 it's starting to become his defining personal characteristic]]. * HeelFaceTurn: See CharacterizationMarchesOn above. A generous soul might call him the first villain of the series. Even if not, he's more morally grounded now than he used to be. * {{Irony}}: Had Moloch never stolen Agatha's Locket, he never would have gone through the series of events that led him to become her Chief Minion. It's really his own fault. * JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Or at least of a less jerky jerk than it seemed. * TheLeader: To his ''intense'' dismay, he's the highest-ranked minion in Mechanicsburg, due to being Agatha's top minion. * MilitaryMoonshiner: Mentioned in the novelizations. * MinionShipping: With Violetta and Snaug, with a bit of Sanaa to the side. * MuggingTheMonster: Though not even the "monster" in question (Agatha) knew at the time just who and what she was. The mugging arguably kicked off the plot, as Agatha's spark was no longer restrained by Barry's spark-suppressing amulet. * NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Averted, in that he's a perfectly normal person with a demon's name. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120817 Turns out]] his mother got his name out of Literature/TheBible...despite not having actually ''read it'', at least not enough to understand the context. * OnlySaneMan: First the only sane man in the Castle, then the only one in the entire town of Mecanicsburg. %%* SarcasticDevotee * SeenItAll: When he shows up in Castle Heterodyne, his reaction to pretty much everything is “Did you guys ''really'' not see this coming?” * ShipperOnDeck: Agatha/Gil. * StepfordSmiler: When we first see him in the castle, he seems a bit ''[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080220 off]]''. Could be blamed on LoveMakesYouStupid, given his massive crush on Sanaa. * TemptingFate: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101203 "Aaah! Jinx!"]] * TookALevelInBadass: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120402 Astounding Sanaa in the process]]. * UnfazedEveryman: Another character aspect that overlaps with SeenItAll and GenreSavvy. [[/folder]] [[folder:Punch and Judy]] !!Punch and Judy, AKA Adam and Lilith Clay [[quoteright:351:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/punch_and_judy.bmp]] A pair of constructs the Heterodyne Boys' earliest creations, Punch and Judy are common characters in Heterodyne stories. As student work, they are both somewhat flawed; Punch lacks a voice and Judy has mis-matched eyes, although most people don't know that. Punch is often portrayed as a foolish klutz, but Da Boyz report that he is a very intelligent and cunning planner as well as a funny and kind-hearted individual who spent his spare time making toys for children. They were loyal and were given the job of looking after Agatha under the pseudonyms of Adam and Lilith Clay. ---- * ArtificialHuman: They're both "Type 3/Frankenstein" Constructs according to the fandom classification system for Constructs. %%* ActionGirl: Judy * BackFromTheDead: Thanks, Gil! * {{The Big Guy}}s: The duo acted as this to the Heterodyne Boys back in their heyday. Due to Punch's muteness, he (and by extension Judy) were portrated as dumb comic relief in Heterodyne plays, despite the fact that Punch was anything ''but'' DumbMuscle. Naturally, the duo aren't real fond of Heterodyne plays. * CoveredWithScars: Naturally, since they're Frankenstein-type Constructs. [[spoiler:Even moreso after Gil put the meat puzzles back together after Von Pinn had her way with the duo.]] * {{Genius Bruiser}}s: They have SuperStrength, and were able to evade the Baron for quite some time. Once Punch gets a voice and is well again, he is quite verbose. * {{Gentle Giant}}s: Superstrong constructs would have to be this in order to raise a little normal girl to adulthood while in hiding and not result in disaster. * GogglesDoSomethingUnusual: Judy has special glasses to make her eyes look the same size, to hide the fact that she's a not-quite-perfect construct. * ImprobableWeaponUser: Punch throws rivets at bullet-like force and the accuracy of a [[ImprobableAimingSkills pistol marksman]].... [[BulletCatch except against Von Pinn]]. * MeaningfulName: ** Punch is very capable of his namesake. ** According to medieval apocrypha the first man and woman -- Adam and Lilith -- were made from clay (later Lilith was killed and Eve was created). * {{Parental Substitute}}s: To Agatha, when Barry disappeared. She knows full well they're not her biological parents, [[HappilyAdopted but she doesn't care]]. * PutOnABus: Last seen in recovery [[spoiler:after Gil pieced them back together after Von Pinn shredded them. Mentioned by Gil to soothe Agatha's anger over Von Pinn shredding them and once by the Baron about Gil not knowing that he knows about them, but otherwise bussed away.]] ** TheBusCameBack: [[spoiler: Agatha finally reunited with Punch (now with a voice!) in the Jägers' forward cave after the TimeSkip, some seven or so years later in real-time. Judy is tending a refugee nursery elsewhere as well, and has finally reunited with Agatha as well.]] * TheSpeechless: Punch [[spoiler: until Gil's repair, as it's ''Punch'' who gives him a strained "Thank you." for his actions to save Agatha. Gil apparently did some upgrading while he was in there]]. ** SuddenlyVoiced: [[spoiler:[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20131016 After the TimeSkip.]] Now that his speech is unrestrained, Punch's prose is, well, ''quite wordy''. And [[MotorMouth unceasing]] according to General Dimo.]] * SuperStrength: Punch can hoist up a steam tractor single-handed (though not for long). Judy can rip bulkhead doors right off their frames and toss people quite high up into the air. Attributed to the fact that they're both Constructs. [[spoiler:And apparently it's hereditary, because their baby Maxina (see below in SurprisePregnancy) clobbered Agatha good when expressing her dislike for baby talk.]] * SurprisePregnancy: [[spoiler:Apparently when Gil sets out to repair something, he doesn't just halfass it. In addition to correcting Punch's mute-ness and Judy's mis-sized eyes, he apparently made them... ahem... "fully functional". Witness [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20131209 Maxina Agatha Gilina Heterodyne Clay]].]] [[/folder]] [[folder:Tarvek]] !!Tarvek Sturmvoraus [[quoteright:179:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/travek2.bmp]] First encountered when Agatha travels through the city of his father, Tarvek is the the Prince of Sturmhalten, and a descendant of the legendary Storm King. He's seemed to be on everyone's side, playing everyone against everyone else, though recently he seems to be genuinely on Team Agatha. He is a powerful Spark and a keen intellect. The other possible pairing for Agatha. ---- * AwesomenessByAnalysis: ** Only person to successfully reverse-engineer a Van Rijn. ** Simply [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120127 glancing]] at an abstract operations table tells him that an entire Wulfenbach military unit has been subverted and was about to flank and destroy much of the Wulfenbach army. * {{Badass}}: ** BadassBookworm: Like most Sparks, although special mention goes to his [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20051104 reverse-engineering Tinka, a Van Rijn]]. ** BadassLongcoat: Often wears one. ** CulturedBadass: Is well-dressed, and can be very polite when he means to be. * BastardUnderstudy: A problem for Tarvek in gaining others' trust, especially since he's so candid about how he worked with [[BigBad Lucrezia]]. * BettyAndVeronica: The Veronica to Gil's Betty, largely since it's still not clear whose side he's actually on. * BewareTheNiceOnes: [[spoiler:Zola]] learns this [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110117 the hard way]]. * ButtMonkey: ** In Paris, he was apparently on the short end of a number of the adventures Gil got involved in, which resulted in him getting strung up, kidnapped by pirates, and losing girlfriends. He also spitefully notes that Gil somehow managed to come out "smelling like a rose" every time he looked like the fool. ** After the TimeSkip, we find that half of his family is supporting his claim to the throne not because of him, but simply because [[DamnedByFaintPraise he'd make a better king than Martellus]]. --->'''Agatha:''' Am I the only one who actually ''likes'' Tarvek?\\ '''Krosp:''' ''I'' like him. [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame He thinks like a cat]]! * TheCharmer: Is quite a sweet-talker when he puts his mind to it. * ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: ** Apparently [[DysfunctionJunction congenital]]. He ''may'' be recovering, but readers are wary. The most obnoxious part of it? [[IDidWhatIHadToDo He genuinely means well when he does it]]. Agatha finds it insulting as all hell. ** At one point, Gil accuses Tarvek of plotting something. When Tarvek asks what makes him think this, Gil's response? That Tarvek is ''breathing''. * DeadpanSnarker: Probably the most sardonic member of the cast. * DesignerBabies: The Mongfish family [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090408 "made sure"]] that he would be throne-appropriate: male, Sparky, and free of problems like predisposition to alcoholism, non-Spark-related insanity, lycanthropy... * DysfunctionJunction: "The only way to keep ''my'' family in line would be to bury them in a row." * ExtremeMeleeRevenge: His [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110117 brutal beating]] of [[spoiler: Zola]] evokes this, especially considering the epic speech he delivers [[PunctuatedPounding in tandem]] with said beatdown. * TheFashionista / TheDandy: ** You ''expect'' royals to be very well dressed. So this was not evident except [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090102 one phrase]] out-of-continuity, but remember how he sat "[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20091125 doodling]] ''girls'' and clockwork"...? Later, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120518 approved]] the Jäger Generals' style. He also apparently will be [[NeverLiveItDown perpetually reminded]] of his propensity to "dress up" Agatha like a doll (and sometimes slips into it without realizing it in {{Imagine Spot}}s). ---> '''[[http://girlgeniuscomic.livejournal.com/160996.html Kaja Foglio]]''': Yes, Sturmvoraus is apparently a house of evil [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110912 fashion]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110914 designers]]... ** It takes on a new meaning in the books where it's revealed that the original Storm King distracted his vassals from fighting each other by making them one-up each other through fashion. * HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Though it looks like he finally decided to stay on the Face side. * HowDareYouDieOnMe: Invoked towards Gil. * IDidWhatIHadToDo: Narrowly averted during the fight with Zola. If an enemy angers him sufficiently, he will not accept a surrender. * ImpossibleThief: Thanks to Smoke Knight training, he can do this too occasionally. Such as when Tarvek is going once more into the breach to recover important research notes in a crashed Vespiary Squad research airship full of slaver wasps. -->'''Vespiary Soldier''': ...And there's '''''monsters'''''! And '''''crazy killers'''''! You've got '''''nothing'''''!\\ '''Tarvek''': Nonsense! I have your knife and your gun.\\ ''[soldier looks down, surprised]''\\ '''Vespiary Soldier''': ...Oh man, I am gonna ''hear'' about ''that''... * ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies: Non-romantic example towards Violetta. He pulled strings to get her [[ReassignedToAntarctica Reassigned To Mechanicsburg]] because of the truly horrendous survival rate of Smoke Knights assigned to him. She's not happy when she finds out, even though (as Tarvek points out) she never wanted to be a Smoke Knight in the first place. The reason is she spent the entire time assuming she'd been sent there because she was a screw-up. * MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: Well, son. * MeaningfulName: "Sturmvoraus" means "storm ahead" in German. * MinoredInAssKicking: He relies on others to fight for him whenever he can. Since arriving in the castle, though, he's had to reveal that yes, he's a match for Gilgamesh in a fight (which means any fair fight with him would rip Europa apart). * MissingMom: The only thing we know about his mother is the identity of one of her ancestors. We learn why she's missing in the second novelization, though. [[spoiler: Anevka killed her]]. * MrFanservice: Spends the first part of his stay in Castle Heterodyne clad in nothing but the bedsheet he was under when Violetta whisked him out of the Great Hospital of Mechanicsburg. * NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110117 There's really no other way to describe]] his last encounter with [[spoiler: Zola]] in the Castle. * ObfuscatingStupidity: Though he obviously doesn't act like a fool, it turns out that [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110425 those beatings Violetta kept giving him were just a charade to convince everyone else that he was useless in combat]]. * OmnidisciplinaryScientist: Played with. Although capable of a wide variety of mechanical and scientific feats, his understanding of aeronautics is apparently quite poor, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120302 at least according to Gil]]. * PetTheDog: Had Violetta ReassignedToAntarctica, which she hated him even more for... then she discovered just how many of his bodyguards had been killed since. * RedOniBlueOni: Blue to Gil's Red, oh-so-very much. He's calm, cool, collected in everything he does, and prefers to [[XanatosSpeedChess dominate his surroundings through constant manipulation]]. This makes him [[TheCasanova as charming as the very devil]]... unless the girl realizes that he's [[AffablyEvil simply being polite]] about [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder staying in control]]. It also means he's rather dependent on others once outside of a support network... At least until he gets a new one. * TheRival: To Gilgamesh Wulfenbach. In principle, he resents the Wulfenbachs in general and Gil specifically for the swaths of his [[DysfunctionJunction messed-up life]] that weren't directly caused by his ''own'' family. In practice, his relationship with Gil hovers somewhere in between FriendlyEnemy and VitriolicBestBuds. * RoyalBlood: Apparently, he's the rightful heir to the [[spoiler:Storm King]]. ** RoyallyScrewedUp: A natural state for anyone in his family. There's a reason he laments being kicked off of Castle Wulfenbach as a kid: he got to be away from all the cynicism and plotting of his family. ** RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Being aware of major parts of the plans of Lucrezia, and the Storm King/Knights of Jove, he tries to derail them as much as he can, even through aiding Wulfenbach and using Wulfenbach troops and equipment to defend Mechanicsburg. * ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder: ''Significantly'' less than other Sparks, though he still has [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101224 moments...]] * ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120222 if Bangladesh is to be believed]]. One ''wonders'' just what happened... * SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Sensitive Guy compared to Gil's Manly Man. He's calmer, more thoughtful, and less prone to fits of violence. * SharpDressedMan: Well, he is when we meet him, anyway. He [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080924 deteriorates]] ''[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090810 sharply]]'' [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090925 later]]. But found something better [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100428 as soon as possible]]. * ShipperOnDeck: For [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110131 Higgs/Zeetha]], of all things. * ShirtlessScene: Almost as much as Gil, and [[EvilIsSexy Morally Ambiguous Is Sexy]]. %%* SmugSnake %%* StoicSpectacles * StrongFamilyResemblance: According to Lucrezia he looks like a younger version of his father. * {{Tritagonist}}: With Gil as the Deuteragonist and Agatha as the Protagonist. * TokenEvilTeammate: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101129 Self-confessed]]. * {{Tykebomb}} / PhlebotinumRebel: He was intended since before birth to be a figurehead for the Storm King conspiracy, but he'd much rather pursue his ''own'' plans. * UnreliableExpositor: One of the reasons the Sturmhalten arc is so confusing is because he keeps lying to everyone. * UnstoppableRage: Unstoppable enough to [[CurbStompBattle curb stomp]] [[spoiler: Zola, when she is under the influence of a PsychoSerum]]. * WeUsedToBeFriends: With Gil. Continuing on from Gil's entry in this, Tarvek would be sent home, away from Castle Wulfenbach (where, despite technically being a hostage there, was ''the'' place to be for aspiring young aristocratic sparks), and back to his cynical conniving family back in Sturmhalten. Tarvek would then encounter Gil again as a philanderer during college in Paris, where their animosity would be cemented. However, there still seems to be some residual friendship between them despite being rivals, as Tarvek expresses worry over Gil's predicament after learning of the brainwashing that Klaus did to him. * WouldHitAGirl: At least ''[[HeroKiller that]]'' one. * XanatosSpeedChess: He tries to do this practically all the time, with varying degrees of success. * YoungConqueror: He wanted to be this, but things aren't working out for him. [[/folder]] [[folder:Violetta]] !!Violetta [[quoteright:150:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/violeta.bmp]] Violetta is a Smoke Knight, although she herself says she's not very good at her job. She's also a member of a cadet branch of Tarvek's family. Her job is to keep Tarvek alive, which is proving to be far more difficult than it should be considering he was confined to a hospital bed when she took that duty. ---- * BigScrewedUpFamily: A cousin of Tarvek's from an offshoot branch of the Sturmvoraus family, which has been guarding the main house for generations. Surprisingly sane, considering the lineage, but then being not of the central bloodline could be what saved her. * CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Violetta [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080926 apparently]] isn't a star as a Smoke Knight, but she [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100226 doesn't]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101029 seem]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110725 half]] as bad at her job as she tells everyone she is. More "[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080912 not really into]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110909 this sort of career]]". * FieryRedhead: And poor Tarvek is usually the victim of her fury. [[spoiler:Only apparently though, as it turns out it was a long-running gambit to [[ObfuscatingStupidity trick his family into thinking he's an oaf]].]] %%* GrapplingHookPistol * GuileHero: Though not too shabby in combat, she's severely outmatched by most of the [[WorldOfBadass incredibly badass cast]] in a straight-up fight. Instead, she specializes in misdirection and trickery. See ImpossibleThief. * ImpossibleThief: Specialist in misdirection and sleight of hand, to the point that she can switch out a hostage for a straw dummy, while said hostage is still being held by his captor, and she's in full view of said captor, ''across the room''. It just has to happen [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome off-panel]]. She can even [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101101 swipe a sword out of someone]] on a PhlebotinumOverdose right in mid-swing and replace it with a flaccid stalk of flora. * InformedFlaw: Claims she sucks at her job, despite being incredibly competent. It may be that even as badass as she is, the standards for Smoke Knights are supposed to be ''[[UpToEleven even higher]]'', but it's implied that she's suffering from self esteem issues due to being ReassignedToAntarctica. She believes she was sent to Mechanicsburg for being a screw up, though it was really Tarvek [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies trying to keep her]] from suffering the [[KillEmAll same fate]] as all of his other bodyguards. * LegacyOfService: Her branch of the family has served Tarvek's for generations. * LikeBrotherAndSister: For all they're cousins and she's initially assigned under him... her relationship with Tarvek has a strong dollop of this going on rather than anything else. She bullies and bickers at Tarvek mercilessly, but very obviously [[ToughLove cares]], regardless. It's reciprocated in a slightly quieter (but, no less underhanded) way on his side, and seems as intense. And, both practically gag in timed synchronisation if anybody even remotely suggests they get on in ''that other'' way. * MinionShipping: with Moloch von Zinzer. [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend He Is Not My Boyfriend]]: But if she doesn't want him, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20091021 others do]]! [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100616 Like she cares!]] * NinjaMaid: She used to serve Tarvek Sturmvoraus and wants to do the same for Agatha, only with less "ninja" part. * OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Her sleight of hand is so impressive that not even the ''reader'' can see it. * OnlyTheKnowledgableMayPass: She tried to pull this one on Moloch when they first met, arguing that he had to be trained or have secret knowledge to have survived. * ServileSnarker: She gets away with ''way'' more abuse of Tarvek than most Sparks would probably allow. Hell, he even ''rewards'' her by allowing her to switch allegiance to Agatha. * ShipperOnDeck: Agatha/Tarvek. * ThighHighBoots: Part of her getup. * TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: Her Smoke Knight training mostly requires her to be a tomboy, but Agatha earns her loyalty with the promise of a party and a pretty dress. If anything, she becomes even more badass once she has the promise of a pretty dress to fight for. [[/folder]] [[folder:Zeetha]] !!Zeetha, Daughter of Chump [[quoteright:145:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/zetha.bmp]] Warrior princess from the lost city of Skifander, she no longer knows how to get back and, until Agatha mentioned it, was uncertain as to whether her homeland even existed. She has trained Agatha to be a warrior and still fights for her interests. ---- * ActionGirl: And how. It even scares Higgs. * AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Gets the concept explained to her by Higgs. Interestingly, he doesn't do it by beating the crap out of her (although he probably could), but just by explaining why she's been losing. %%* BadassPrincess * BattleCouple: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100910 this moment]] with Higgs, of course. %%* BladeBelowTheShoulder * CrazyPrepared: Like most female performers, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081022 she wears leather underwear]] to guard against the [[TheNudifier Wacky Weave Destabilizer]]. * CuteLittleFangs: As seen [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080606 here]]. Conspicuously shown during [[Webcomic/SpaceTrawler Christopher Baldwin]]'s guest strip run (such as [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20140115 here]]). * DefeatByModesty: Tried and failed. -->'''Zeetha:''' What? You said you wanted to draw a crowd.\\ '''Gil:''' ''Not that kind of crowd!'' * DualWielding: With what appear to be either [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katara_%28sword%29 Katars]] and/or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pata_(weapon) Patas]], weapons used in our world's India with H-shaped grips and often with some kind of hand guard added to the grip. * ExpressiveShirt: Her headband matches her facial expressions. It's unclear if this is Sparky tech or just ArtisticLicense. * GoodBadGirl: Her sex life isn't exactly highlighted, but she ''has'' been referred to as "an expert" on the subject. * HerBoyfriendsJacket: Apparently some time during the TimeSkip. The [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20131202 first time we see Zeetha]] and [[spoiler:(confirmed to be) Higgs after the skip, Zeetha appears to be in possession of his hat... and his striped shirt.]] * IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080414 here]]. * ImprovisedWeapon: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080609 A chair is not a weapon]]. * ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:By Zola, with one of her own swords]]. * InMyLanguageThatSoundsLike: Daughter of ''Chump''. And yes, she does know what it means. * LukeIAmYourFather: ** While it has yet to be revealed in the comic, the Foglios have released a picture of [[http://community.livejournal.com/haus_of_klaus/25974.html "Chump, the great warrior"]]. [[spoiler:Resemble anyone we know?]] ** On a related note, [[spoiler:she and Gil now have the same (or similar) eye colour -- most notable during their conversation after he wakes up at Mamma Gkika's. They used to be green in earlier volumes]]. ** Foreshadowed [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081103 here]] and [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090318 here]]. ** Possibly even foreshadowed [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20061220 here]], with [[spoiler:Klaus's extreme aversion to slashing her throat and presumably demanding in Skiff that she stop fighting, despite having her dead to rights. ''Klaus knows what she is to him.'']] * MinionShipping: With Higgs. * MsFanservice: As well as being a strong character in her own right. * NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101101 Fortunately]]]]. * RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20041103 Against the pirates]]. [[{{Facepalm}} Unfortunately,]] the pirates were the only ones who might have had a clue where her homeland was. * ShipperOnDeck: Is highly supportive of Agatha/Gil. She was likely the one who claimed he would "wed her most vigorously" when making a spectacle of Gil entering the castle (being a self-professed GoodBadGirl), and apparently "[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything hand gestures]]" were involved in that show as well. * StrongFamilyResemblance: [[spoiler:Every now and then, her facial expression makes her look a lot like Gil. Fitting, seeing that WordOfGod confirms that the two are unknowing fraternal twins.]] * TrainingFromHell: Bestowed it upon Agatha. * TheWorfEffect: A mild case, but she has been injured or fought to a standstill in order to highlight the badassery of: ** The Monster Horse Beastie. ** Baron Wulfenbach. ** [[spoiler:Zola]]. * YouCantGoHomeAgain: Due to unfortunate circumstances, she has no idea where Skifander is. Agatha is the first person she met who even knew the place ''existed''. * YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Repeatedly [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] as being highly unusual. [[/folder]] !Antagonists [[folder:Anevka]] !!Anevka Sturmvoraus [[quoteright:190:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/girlgenius_anevka1_2148.jpg]] %% Alternate image, in case you want less fashion and more zapping: [[quoteright:190:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/girlgenius_anevka2_6572.jpg]] Tarvek's debatably-living sister. After an ill-conceived MadScience experiment of her father's left her at death's door, her brother constructed a new robotic body that she could operate from within her life-support tank. ---- * CryForTheDevil: Admit it, you [[TearJerker did this]] when [[spoiler:[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060906 Tarvek explained what she really was]]]]. -->'''Tarvek''': That was... '''''harder''''' than I'd thought. * ManInTheMachine: A variant. [[spoiler:Subverted]]. * ReplacementGoldfish: [[spoiler: Replacement for '''real''' Anveka.]] %%* RobotGirl %%* RoboticPsychopath * SelfMadeOrphan: She killed her father and it's stongly implied in the second novelisation that she did the same thing to her mother. %%* ShockAndAwe %%** PsychoElectro %%* TomatoInTheMirror %%* UnlimitedWardrobe [[/folder]] [[folder:Bang]] !!Bangladesh [=DuPree=] [[quoteright:190:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/bang.bmp]] A pirate queen in the pay of the Baron, though even he finds her taste for violence and random slaughter distasteful. Nevertheless he keeps her about as she is a very skilled warrior and hunter and sometimes, you need a butcher. ---- * AxCrazy: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20031203 Her defining character trait even before we knew her name.]] So much so that she has to insist when destruction she comes across is ''not'' her doing. * BloodKnight: And [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040503 assumes that everyone is]], though in this case isn't that far from truth. %%* ComedicSociopathy * CryCute: Yes. '''[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120118 Seriously]]'''. %%* DarkActionGirl * TheDragon: Even if you don't consider Klaus a villain, she still fits this pretty well. * EmotionalBruiser: Sort of. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120118 Turns out she really developed an attachment to ol' good Klaus]]. * EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120118 Wow!]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120224 Et tu, Dupree]]? It just took some time to find [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120307 the perfect match]]. * FauxAffablyEvil: She's made of fun. Always. Even while [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040901 skewering someone]]. * GenkiGirl: A big [[CheerfulChild lighthearted kid]], even if AxCrazy sort that [[KidsAreCruel would torture a rat just to hear it squeal]]. %%* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen * HeroicComedicSociopath: The first part is debatable, the last part really isn't. * HiddenDepths: Appears to [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120118 truly be distraught]] over failing to rescue the Baron from the destruction of the hospital. * ImprobableWeaponUser[=/=]ImprovisedWeapon: When using a RebusBubble to ask Gil what means she was allowed to use to kill anyone besides Gil or Sun that came in, cheese was one of her suggestions. * InLoveWithYourCarnage: She has it ''hard'' for [[spoiler: Captain [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120224 Vole]]]]. * KnifeNut: She [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120307 throws a dagger]], grabs a knife, and look how much more spill out on the next page when she's thrown. * LikeBrotherAndSister: With Gil, to the horror of Klaus. After the time skip, Gil [[spoiler:finds nothing odd about waking up with Bang in bed with him. Apparently she had been struggling to stay awake as much as him, but she doesn't have his training, so she can't just do a few mental exercises and be good]]. * NiceHat: Not only does she have a CommissarCap that most Banana Republic Dictators[tm] would be envious of, she hurries to see Gil's when she hears he has one. * NoodleImplements: We never find out what she planned, but one of her [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070718 methods of killing people involves cheese]]. Rest of them are a sword, a gun and an axe. * NotMeThisTime: She's a default suspect for any cases of [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050209 death]] and [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040126 destruction]] around her, [[PsychoForHire for an obvious reason]]. Bang doesn't even see it as a problem. * PerkyFemaleMinion: Perky, gleefully sociopathic, and prone to acts of butchery. * PirateGirl: Ex- pirate queen. * PsychoElectro: In the first arc, she gets her hand mangled and ends with a medical device meant to facilitate faster healing. By the time of her next appearance, she has modified it to electrocute people Joker-style. * PsychoForHire: Herr Baron understands that sometimes you need butchers. * RebusBubble: During the time that she has her jaw wired shut. She's quite fluent. * SkyPirate: That was her career before running afoul of the Baron. He decided to hire her on as one of his tools in his cabinet of necessary evils. * SlasherSmile: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040123 Good]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070101 Lord]]... * {{Strawman}}: [[invoked]] An odd in-universe example. Klaus notes to himself that Bang's over the top "let's just kill everything and burn down the town for good measure" arguments are easy to refute, and make him look far more reasonable by comparison. Not that Bang is intending to make him look good; she just honestly doesn't understand why he doesn't let her [[MurderIsTheBestSolution kill everyone]]. * SweaterGirl: ''God,'' the sweater is tight. * TooMuchInformation: Oh, Bang! [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050211 That's]] so [[{{Squick}} cute]]! * TortureTechnician: She shows her interest right during [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040121 her introduction]]. -->'''Bangladesh:''' Do I come into your lab and tell you how to torture rats?\\ '''Gil:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Frequently]].\\ '''Bangladesh:''' Exactly! So I know what I'm doing! * UndyingLoyalty: To Baron Klaus Wulfenbach. If the Baron tells her to do something, she does it. End of story. ** And also [[spoiler: to Gil, it seems, post TimeSkip. She [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20131218 acts as a buffer]] against Bohrlaika for Gil.]] [[/folder]] [[folder:Boris]] !!Boris Vasily Konstantin Andrei Myshkin-Dolokhov [[quoteright:180:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Boris_2190.png]] The head of The Baron's administrative staff, Boris is a microcosm of how the Baron operates, and why it may be preferable to the previous system. Originally a librarian with an eidetic memory serving a Spark (far from a calm profession in and of itself) his master decided to add an extra pair of arms, strength, speed, balance... and turn him into the ultimate juggler. When the Baron took down his former master he was given a far less demeaning job. He is now the Baron's right hand man and chief administrative secretary. This is a job that he has excelled in. His brilliant and utterly humourless mind and enhanced physical abilities make him exactly the sort of person that a man like the Baron would need at his side, showing the Baron's talent for getting the right monster for the right job. He and the Jägers have a love/hate relationship, as in: They love to pick on him, he hates their attitude. ---- * BadassBookworm: All the modifications intended to make him a juggler are ''extremely'' useful in combat. Boris is perfectly capable of beating up a Jäger. * BattleButler: To the Baron. * BlessedWithSuck / CursedWithAwesome: His modifications could be seen as either or both. Boris himself hasn't been seen to complain about it, though, at least not since the Baron freed him from his original Spark. %%* TheComicallySerious * DualWielding: Make that ''quadruple''. * EnigmaticMinion: Appears to be up to something lately. * FriendlessBackground: It's AllThereInTheManual that ''part'' of his hostility to the Jägers comes from envy of their [[BandOfBrothers camaraderie]], while he himself is a one-off construct with no one else quite like him. (The rest, of course, is straight-up [[RedOniBlueOni personality clash]].) * MultiArmedAndDangerous: Not by choice. His former master wanted him to be able to juggle. * MundaneUtility: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100823 Extra hands are very useful for preparing one's tea]]. * NumberTwo: He takes on certain duties in the event of the Baron's absence or incapacity. * OverlyLongName: Six of them. * PhotographicMemory: It helped when he was a Spark's assistant and even more when he helps to run the empire. * WhatTheHellHero: [[spoiler:When Wooster clues the generals in on his plans to destroy Mecanicsburg]]. "DO YOU '''KNOW''' WHAT YOU'VE ''DONE?!''" [[/folder]] [[folder:Klaus]] !!Baron Klaus Wulfenbach [[quoteright:201:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/barron.bmp]] [[caption-width-right:201:I swear, it's like running a kindergarten.]] One-time friend of Agatha's parents, Klaus disappeared shortly before Agatha's parents married and returned to find Europa in utter chaos. He imposed order on Europa, not by negotiating and being nice like the Heterodyne Boys but by imposing his Iron Will on an ever increasing area of the globe. ---- Tropes associated with Baron Klaus: * {{Adorkable}}: He has his moments. The best is when he's ranting to Gil about how women with the Spark are trouble and each one he's met has tried to kill him... And then Gil derails him with "Father... Maybe it's you." And Klaus looks hilariously dorky as he says "No... No, I don't ''think'' so..." %%* AmbiguouslyEvil * AntiVillain: He may have used military might to bring Europa under his iron-fisted rule, but when you consider the alternative... ** [[spoiler: After the time-skip, his reign is described as "[seeming] like some lost golden age"... after just two and a half years.]] * ArtificialHuman: The three sons of the Wulfenbach family were involved in a lab accident, so Klaus was stitched together out of them all and reanimated. It's not clear if this is supposed to be a secret; he doesn't seem to care. * AsskickingEqualsAuthority: There's a reason he has a "Don't make me come over there." rule with places he takes over. Provoking him is not recommended, not least because he's a big believer in overwhelming force. Like invading an entire city to control one rebellious subordinate. * AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Klaus Wulfenbach appears to be one of the most capable fighters in the series as well as being the ruler of the Empire. According to in-universe memes, he's even stronger than Gilgamesh, though he hasn't been seen in personal combat as often. * AwesomeMcCoolname: Wulfenbach. * AwesomenessByAnalysis: How his Spark manifests itself. The most obvious use is the ability to dismantle and improve the designs of other Sparks. But it also lets him "find the right monster for the right job." He can also figure out what secretive things his vassals are doing to try and undermine him or break the rules, such as figuring out Professor Beetle was fiddling with a Hive Engine just by the logistics involved, and how he "always finds out" when a noble dabbles in resurrection in violation of the bylaws of aristocracy against it (which Klaus [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem cares nothing about anyway]]). * BadBoss: ** Even though we never see direct evidence for this, there is this little exchange after [[CurbStompBattle Gilgamesh beats the shit]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome out of Captain Vole]]: --->'''Gilgamesh:''' My father once wrote a monograph on how to communicate in the workplace.\\ '''Dimo:''' ...iz dat so?\\ '''Gilgamesh:''' All seven [[ThePope popes]] ordered it '''burned'''. ** He's probably not a bad boss compared to the average Spark... but that's an incredibly low threshold. He is well known for kidnapping people into his employ, and then sending them into almost certain death if they fail him. But by the same token he also works to keep his best people alive. * BadassLongcoat: A staple of his wardrobe. * TheChainsOfCommanding: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050803 Ruling (large portions of) the world is not as fun as it sounds]]. --> '''Othar:''' What, ''tyrant?'' Does your empire give you no pleasure?! --> '''Klaus:''' No. It gives me no pleasure. * ClothingDamage: He has some after fighting Othar for a while. * CoolOldGuy: When he's not trying to put you down to preserve order. * CowardlySidekick: Klaus is depicted this way in many of the Heterodyne plays/stories. ** ActuallyPrettyFunny: It's implied in the comic and stated outright in the second novel that the reason Klaus lets this go on is because he likes the Heterodyne stories, and finds Story!Klaus hilarious. And it's not like it's a real threat to his prestige. * DarkMessiah: Look back up at the description. * DeadpanSnarker: Not normally, but he gets some [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050209 really good]] lines when he's completely SurroundedByIdiots. * DisappearedDad: Gil grew up not knowing who his father really is. * TheDreaded: Even ''Jägers'' are afraid when he takes the field personally. * EmperorScientist: Klaus actually laments having to become a dictator, since it leaves him with so little time for his research. * EvilCannotComprehendGood: Granted, given the world he lives in, "good" and "evil" are relative terms, but he simply can't help but search for an ulterior, sinister motive in everything everyone does. When his troops are allowed to withdraw from [[spoiler:Mechanicsburg]], he just assumes this is either some kind of strategic maneuver or else part of some elaborate sadistic game [[spoiler:the Heterodyne]] is playing. He rejects out-of-hand the possibility that this is an actual act of mercy. [[spoiler:The fact that Agatha is nowhere near as evil and sadistic as her ancestors is something that doesn't even occur to him at all]]. * TheExtremistWasRight: The former TropeNamer, because he's just that {{Badass}}. * GeniusBruiser: Klaus is ''very'' strong - he can, for example, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040730 punch out Jägers]]. This probably has to do with the fact that he is a construct. * GenreSavvy[=/=][[spoiler:DeadManWriting]]: the Baron has left standing orders that if he ever disappears for any length of time, Gil would be appointed as Baron immediately. This is presumably to [[spoiler:limit the damage the Other can do if they manage to grab him]]. * GoodScarsEvilScars: His body is ''covered'' in Morally Ambiguous Scars. %%* HeWhoFightsMonsters * HeroAntagonist: He has some very good reasons not to want Agatha running around free, and is a ReasonableAuthorityFigure otherwise. * HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Traps Mechanicsburg in a temporal stasis field with himself inside it, (attempting to) neutralize Agatha as a threat while preventing the Other from using him to destroy his own Empire.]] * HistoricalVillainUpgrade: ** He's been depicted pretty badly in most of the Heterodyne stories, ranging from a cowardly comic relief to a flat-out traitor to the Heterodynes. Fortunately for those who put on these plays, Klaus isn't a SlaveToPR and doesn't care what they say. Though [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110516 he's well aware]] of this. ** CharacterizationMarchesOn: His portrayal in the Heterodyne Stories has shifted markedly to the worse since he started conquering stuff. ** According to the books, another reason he puts up with his portrayal in those stories is because he secretly finds it hilarious. * JustTheFirstCitizen: He's running most of Europe. He's a ''baron''. For those unfamiliar with nobility rankings, that would be like having your own navy and calling yourself a lieutenant commander. * LargeAndInCharge: Broad shoulders... * LoopholeAbuse: [[spoiler: Being hit by a slaver wasp that can infect Sparks has left him forced to do this regarding all of Lucrezia's commands. But he's ''damned'' good at it]]. * MemeticBadass: [[invoked]] ** Don't make him come over here. [[CurbStompBattle Really, don't]]. ** Even in-universe. --->'''Klaus:''' Dupree, if you come in here, I will ''kill you''--''[[ShoutOut with the power]] [[Series/{{Firefly}} of my mind]]''.\\ '''[=DuPree=]''' I...I'm pretty sure he can't really ''do'' that. ** Upon seeing Gil cutting through an enemy army like a hot knife through butter, an onlooker had this to say: --->'''Councilor:''' Hmph. His father would have hit the wall and started another sweep by now. * MrFanservice: The Klaus Defense League was founded to counter all the 'The Baron is AN EVIL BRAIN-CORER!' talk; the Wulfenbach Estrogen Brigade overlaps considerably, but is not perfectly congruent, and seem to operate more in guerilla mode. So there are those who love him for his ''mind'', and those who love him for his ''body''... * NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Wulfenbach has ''wolf'' in it. * NecessarilyEvil: Yes, it really is necessary. * NotSoDifferent: [[spoiler:Like Lucrezia, he also appears to have downloaded a copy of himself into his child's brain.]] * PerpetualFrowner: Usually the case, though he took Bang's mouth being wired shut [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070716 pretty well]]. ** And he was proud to see [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20071203 Gilgamesh take command of the Empire when he was out of commission]]. * PetTheDog: ** What does he do after his minions kill someone for opposing him? ''Resurrect them!''. ** Prisoners of war can [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20071207 join his ranks temporarily,]] or go home with a month's pay! * PutOnABus: This was Lucrezia's intent, anyway. But he came back before the main series even started. WordOfGod states that the place he was sent was [[spoiler:Skifander]]. * ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He's the absolute dictator of most of Europe. Except he only has one rule, "Don't make me come over there." What will make him come over there? War and playing with SealedEvilInACan. * ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder: Notable for being the only Spark in the series to be (mostly) immune to its effects. * ShirtlessScene: That Naughty Flashback Scene, among others. * SuperStrength: Apparently Klaus [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070119 can effectively handle guns]] normally hoisted by his tall imposing Battle Clanks... Guns that even [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20030430 kick a trio of Jagers back with the recoil]]. * TakeAThirdOption: His entire schtick, basically. -->'''Tarvek:''' If someone can't handle an unpleasant truth? ''Lie'' to them. If somone won't listen to reason? ''Make'' them. If people don't choose to live peaceably--don't give them a ''choice''. If you don't like the rules--''change the game''. * TrademarkFavoriteFood: He really likes waffles. * TheExtremistWasRight: Yes, Klaus conquered his empire by naked force. On the other hand, his reign is second only to that of the Heterodyne Boys for general quality of life, especially for the common man, he builds up the infrastructure of his subject regions, and about the only things he actually bans are war and messing with Other technology. After the time-skip, his reign is described as "like some lost Golden Age out of antiquity." %%* TheUbermensch: * TheUnfettered: "I did it alone. Because I had to. [[TheExtremistWasRight And it worked]]." * WellIntentionedExtremist: See the above quote. %%* WildHair [[/folder]] [[folder:Tweedle]] !!Martellus von Blitzengaard [[quoteright:187:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/martellusvonblitzengaard_7916.png]] A cousin of Tarvek and the self-proclaimed Storm King. ---- * ArtificialLimbs: [[spoiler:Agatha helps him replace his left hand with a mechanical one after it's poisoned by a rebel Smoke Knight.]] * AsskickingEqualsAuthority: He was able to retain his hold on the Storm King title once Tarvek was written off pretty much by being a better killer than the assassins they sent after him. * AtLeastIAdmitIt: He states that Tarvek was only using Agatha for his own ends. When Agatha asks if he's any better, he says "Of course not. But '''I'll''' be '''honest''' with you about it, which I can see '''he''' never was." * AttackAttackAttack: Martellus will attack his foe with absolutely no consideration for defense or feasibility of victory. [[ImplacableMan Dre]][[TheDreaded en]]? Smush it, it's done with. Wulfenbach clank brigade? Charge! Gil Wulfenbach himself? Damn the dead sparkhounds, my crippled hands, and crippled mecha that came here to extract me! KILL HIMMMMMM!!!! * BigScrewedUpFamily: As with all the Valois clans, he is deeply involved in their backstabbing scheming. In his own words: "Every single time I think I have killed the person responsible for usurping my command, I find there's someone else '''higher up''', still '''fighting''' me. Now, don't get me wrong, I can kill family members all day and '''know''' I'm making the world a better place- But smoke knights take time and money to train- And I'd rather not waste too many of them. So, will killing '''you''' solve my problem, or-" ** And then immediately subverted by the arrival of his little sister, who he seems to show genuine affection for, and who seems to reciprocate. Though she's still willing to risk him as bait. * CatchAndReturn: Does this with two poisoned knives (caught by handles) at once. * CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Although he may seem like a goofish oaf at first glance, he has shown to be an exceptional combatant and strategist, in addition to being able to fight off and even kill a handful of Smoke Knights with no difficulty. * EvilCounterpart: Although he is initially presented as an EvilCounterpart to Tarvek, he mirrors Gil better. Like Gil, he's blunt, physically powerful, not good with people, and tends to treat others like children who need instructions from him in order to stay safe and useful. Unlike Gil, he's perfectly willing to use murder as a first solution, and [[spoiler:administers various types of mind control]] on people he can't kill for whatever reason. * InSeriesNickname: Tarvek calls him "Tweedle." * LovePotion: [[spoiler:He was originally planning to control Agatha with a formula developed by his great aunt Rappaccini, which would have made her his adoring slave. The only downside is that it would have made her unbearably stupid. And since he recognized how strong a spark she was, he realized she was too useful to do that to]]. * KnifeNut: He seems to specialize in throwing them. * KnightInShiningArmor: He tries to present himself as one of these upon meeting Agatha, with his army marching against the Baron's to protect Mechanicsburg. * MadeOfIron: Took a chair to the back of his head from Agatha, only for him to shrug it off and tell her to stop it. Later recovered very quickly from being shot in the side. * NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: As seems to be traditional within his extended family. His name means "Hammer from the Manor of Lightning" * ObfuscatingStupidity: As with the rest of the Sturmvoraus family, his seemingly goofy manner is all just an act to cover up a more sinister agenda, which becomes obvious when he whispers to Tarvek that Agatha [[spoiler:should have been killed, since she will make a hard to control [[PuppetKing Puppet Queen]]]]. Violetta expresses surprise that he uses Spark Hounds, mentioning that he used to make miniature singing bears. * PragmaticVillainy: His most secure fortress was set up by himself, without any minions. Agatha questions why he didn't just kill them, and Martellus points out that this is a world where death keeps very few secrets. * RoyalBlood: He is a descendant of the Storm King, and is next in line after Tarvek. Since Tarvek was written off as dead, he ascended to the throne. * SmugSnake: He takes measures to ensure Agatha needs him alive, but [[spoiler:he foolishly assumes that that alone will be enough to control her]]. * TheVonTropeFamily: so far the only major aristocratic character to carry the German "Von", a sign of nobility, in his name. [[/folder]] [[folder:Othar Tryggvassen, ''[+GENTLEMAN ADVENTURER!+]'']] !!Othar [[quoteright:167:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/othar.bmp]] A man possessed with a quest to eradicate all Sparks, including himself (eventually) for the damage they do to the world. Harder to kill than Film/JamesBond. ---- * AmbiguouslyGay: His sister thinks so, anyway. BiTheWay if she's right (since he married a Geisterdame in the Twitter). %%* AmusingInjuries * AntiVillain: Feels bad about killing Sparks, and a lot of them ''do'' need to die... * TheAtoner: Implied. Norway has a gigantic crater where its capital city of Oslo used to be. Othar's twitter makes reference to something called "the great wall of Norway" and labels it a mistake. ''Something'' must have inspired Othar to believe that killing all Sparks was the only sane solution. * {{Badass}}: He's a famous and well-loved hero, after all. * BewareTheNiceOnes: Othar is generally friendly and cheerful off-the-job, and fair on it. Don't make him kick your ass. He can. * BewareTheSillyOnes: As much as he is a walking joke, Othar can be very effective. * BoldInflation: Fans [[MemeticMutation never, ever]] say his name without adding '''[+ [[GentlemanAdventurer GENTLEMAN ADVENTURER!]]+]''' And [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070924 not just fans]]. * BoomerangBigot: Hates Sparks and wants to rid the world of them all, despite being a Spark himself. He fully [[NoPlaceForMeThere intends to kill himself when all the other Sparks are dead]]. %%* BraggartBoss * BunnyEarsLawyer: Even by the standards of Sparks. Which is saying quite a bit. * ButtMonkey: '''FOUL!!!''' * CharacterBlog: He has a [[http://twitter.com/Othar?page=1 Twitter]]. May or may not be canon, but is certainly extremely quotable. * ChivalrousPervert: Spends a good deal of time [[FoeYay hitting on Agatha]], to "save" her from the Wulfenbachs. * ChronicHeroSyndrome: One of the things that prevents him from being just an IneffectualSympatheticVillain; he is a genuinely good person, at least to ordinary people. Sometimes ends up saving the very people he wants to kill, but don't count on this. --> [[http://twitter.com/othar/status/401612282 Confound it!]] An entire train full of helpless Sparks AND dangerous monsters AND a handy chasm nearby. Someone is tempting me. So not fair!\\ [[http://twitter.com/othar/status/414634042 This is ridiculous]]. There were only two and a half innocent people on this train (Jäger =0.5 person). Surely I can skip the last one. Yeah.\\ [[http://twitter.com/othar/status/417353242 No. I can't]]. This is what being A Hero is about. I should never have taken that aptitude test back at the university. I wanted to be a chef. * ComicallyInvincibleHero: The others are fully aware that he's probably unkillable. [[spoiler:Gil even takes the opportunity to [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120305 exploit it]].]] * DestinationDefenestration: Happens to him repeatedly while on Castle Wulfenbach. It never sticks. -->'''Othar:''' '''FOUL!''' * FantasticFightingStyle: "Othar Tryggvassen's Twitter" establishes that Othar is a Genserhersker of the school of Norwegian Sweater Fighting. The only thing that prevents this from being IKnowKungFaux is that Othar is consistently shown to be one of the most lethal hand-to-hand combatants in the setting. * GeniusBruiser: He's both incredibly tough and a Spark, as pointed out [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20121121 here]]. * GenreSavvy / WrongGenreSavvy: It varies. * '''''{{GENTLEMAN ADVENTURER}}!''''': The TropeNamer. * GottaKillThemAll: His solution to the Sparks is to kill them all, individually. * HandWave: PlayedForLaughs when Vole seemingly shatters his spine with a diving kick. Othar springs right back up and decks Vole, to the astonishment of Tarvek. Othar then remarks that he is wearing "Special trousers. ''Very'' heroic." * HeroOfAnotherStory: Which you can follow on Twitter! * HeroWithBadPublicity / VillainWithGoodPublicity: He's managed to become ''both''. The common folk love him. Considering how his "crusade" puts him in conflict with Sparks that are genuinely dangerous to the populace and Othar is motivated to clean up the "Sparky menace" to protect the non-Sparks (and the common folk are unaware of his being a mass-Spark-murdering maniac), this is not unjustified. On the other hand? --> [[http://twitter.com/othar/status/550270322 What a double edged sword a reputation is]]. Save thousands, thwart evil, bring peace... kill one corrupt quester and it's all out the window.\\ [[http://twitter.com/othar/status/556062672 Now I'm just "The Guy Who Killed A Quester."]] It demonizes me, and ignores all of my finer points. Bit of a resume stain, to be honest. Sigh.\\ [[http://twitter.com/othar/status/559607812 Questers are usually pillars of honesty]]. Therefore it's understandable that people are skeptical when you badmouth one. My rep vs. theirs. * TheHunter: Of Sparks. * HunterOfHisOwnKind: He is one. * IdiotHero: He's pretty stupid for a Spark. --> [[http://twitter.com/Othar/status/5538674658 Like all prisoners in the castle, I'm outfitted with an exploding collar. Ha! The fools, my head is the least dangerous part of my body]]. %%* ImplacableMan * InSpiteOfANail: According to his Twitter account a Spark's experiment with time travel and alternate realities has revealed that every Othar has some kind of predisposition to deciding to wipe out Sparks. He briefly wonders if there's something about the Othars that causes them to simply have suicidal craziness before dismissing the idea. * ItRunsOnNonsensoleum: Othar apparently has "special trousers" that allows him to NoSell having an irate Jäger landing on him and breaking his back. No, we have no idea what that means either. * JerkassHasAPoint: ** Squibs, a much put upon minion in the radio drama 'Minor Heroes', sums it up best: --->'''Squibs:''' Let me see if I understand this. He thinks all the problems in Europe are caused by mad scientists that build all the monsters. The mad scientists who vie with each other to see who can turn the population into clowns or bats or inanimate objects the quickest. The raving lunatics who set off volcanoes and unleash flash floods upon innocent cities. Othar wants to destroy these people, and ''you think he's insane.'' ** And Klaus secretly acknowledges that Othar has a point. He had apparently been in the habit of subtly directing Othar in the direction of dangerous Sparks who hadn't technically violated the Baron's Peace up until Othar started killing Sparks that Klaus considered useful. * LargeHam: Most Sparks chew scenery when in TheMadnessPlace -- Othar does it ''all the time''. -->'''Othar:''' So -- all the vipers are in residence!\\ '''Gilgamesh:''' I can't ''believe'' you still ''talk'' like that. %%* LargeHamTitle * LongLostSibling: [[spoiler: Sanaa Wilhelm, aka Sanaa Tryggvassen]]. %%* LordErrorProne * MadeOfIron: ''[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090617 and how]].'' * MentalTimeTravel: Possibly from the twitter into regular continuity. * NorseByNorsewest: He's from Norway. * OffscreenTeleportation: ** Dropping him out of sight, by whatever means, never seems to stick. He managed to get back up onto Castle Wulfenbach by unknown means at least twice, escaped being tossed out an airship, and appeared unscathed after having being dropped down a bottomless shaft by Castle Heterodyne. ** He also manages to find his way into Gil's super secret lab, a place nobody else in-story (including Klaus) seemed to be aware of, simply because he is a hero and finding secret villain lairs is what heroes are good at. ** This is something he's apparently so well known for in-world that when he ends up being defenestrated while handcuffed to someone else, Gil used the opportunity For Science, demanding [[spoiler:Tarvek]] figure out the trick on the assumption that Othar would magic himself to safety per usual. On the plus side, he did manage to get himself out of the handcuffs... [[spoiler:While busy fighting Vole]]... Without the person he was handcuffed to finding out how. * OvershadowedByAwesome: He's plenty effective, provided he isn't going up against uber badasses like Gil, Klaus or Agatha. %%* RomanceGenreHeroes: The Terrorist. * ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder: The effects of the Spark on him are a lot more apparent in the Twitter than in the comic. %%* ShirtlessScene * SunglassesAtNight: Or whatever that visor thingy is. There's a fan theory that it's there to protect bystanders from the power of his amazingly pretty blue eyes. %%* TestosteronePoisoning * TragicHero: A heroic goal, ruined by his lack of self awareness and obsession. * UnexplainedRecovery: ''Constantly''. The only explanation we've ever gotten is “Special trousers. ''Very'' heroic''. * UnreliableNarrator / ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: His Twitter is considered canonical, but it's from his point of view and he's insane. * WellIntentionedExtremist: Killing all Sparks might not be the best of ideas, but it's not exactly the worst one either. --> [[http://twitter.com/othar/status/825310181 "That letter is a fraud! Othar Tryggvassen may do things that lesser men find objectionable or slightly illegal, but I never apologize!"]] * WhatBeautifulEyes: So beautiful that they make his normally imposing self look [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080125 pretty girly]]. * WrongGenreSavvy: He seems to firmly believe himself to be the dashing hero of a science fiction romance. He's sort of right, but only about the latter part. [[/folder]] [[folder:The Other]] [[quoteright:146:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/the_other.bmp]] The mysterious force of mysteriousness that almost conquered Europa before vanishing mysteriously. May be Agatha's mother. ---- !!Tropes associated with The Other: * AmbiguousSituation: It is left ''extremely'' ambiguous as to what, precisely, the Other is, what its relation is to Lucrezia Mongfish, and what its goals are. * BigBad: The most dangerous entity in the entire series. Even Klaus didn't beat it—it stopped fighting before he came back. * CompellingVoice: Most of the Other's creations (such as the Geisterdamen and revenants) are built to be unable to disobey a command if it's made in Lucrezia's voice. %%* EvilIsNotAToy: Inverted. The SealedEvilInACan finds out that its unsealer is not a toy. * GrandTheftMe: Does this at least to Agatha. Might have done this to Lucrezia. Or she did it to it. ''Really'' unclear. * MeaningfulName: After a while, all the usual suspects for who could be destroying Europe were dead by its hand, meaning that all the devastation was caused by some ''other'' party. * MoodWhiplash: When the Other first makes an appearance she's all smiles and motherly comfort for her faithful Geisterdamen, who are weeping with joy at her return -- her mood changes swiftly once the Other realises things have gone to hell in her absence. * ReligionOfEvil: Is the goddess of one. %%* ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder %%* SealedEvilInACan * TheVirus: Uses slaver wasps for mind control. ---- Lucrezia Mongfish is from a long line of cheerily sociopathic Sparks, known specifically for their skill in biology, and is Agatha's mother. She was a long-time antagonist of the Heterodyne Boys before giving up her father's work and marrying Bill. She was apparently kidnapped when the Other attacked Castle Heterodyne and killed her infant son (signalling the start of the attacks), but returned twenty years later when her mind was downloaded into Agatha's brain. She seems to be the Other (an interpretation Klaus agrees with), but the situation remains unclear. ---- !!Lucrezia Mongfish specific: * CivilianVillain: One interpretation of her apparent repentance in That Naughty Flashback Scene. * ChronicVillainy: Another... * DatingCatwoman: Why someone as incorruptibly good as Bill Heterodyne would be compelled to marry someone as insidious as Lucrezia Mongfish can only be attributed to this trope. * DemonicPossession: Yet another. Getting the feeling there are a lot of theories? The one that seems to be rising to the top is that the Mongfish family is part of an AncientConspiracy under the command of "The Other", some bodiless entity that is periodically downloaded into suitable daughters with the "Summoning Engines". * GrievousHarmWithABody: And that's her [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100224 nephew]]. * HeelFaceTurn: Before the series started, she tried to turn good when she agreed to marry Bill Heterodyne, and even drugged Klaus and sent him away so he wouldn't be a distraction. This is one of the most confusing parts of her character, since if she really never had any interest in redemption, she would have just killed Klaus. * HorrifyingTheHorror: The mere ''mention'' of the name Barry Heterodyne is enough to frighten Lucrezia. * LoveRedeems: She tried to invoke this by marrying Bill Heterodyne. It apparently didn't work so well, since she (maybe) became the Other and started one of the most destructive wars in recent history. * MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: Who is herself a MadScientist. Who has a beautiful daughter. Who is a MadScientist. Oy. * MasterActress: Klaus says she is, but this comes off as an InformedAbility since she likes to gloat and is so different from the person she's impersonating. Although maybe if she knew ''anything at all'' about the girl she is pretending to be, she'd do better. And, as already noted, it's not at all certain that the Lucrezia that Klaus knew is the same one now attempting the impersonation. * NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Replace her last name with Borgia, and you very much have a real-world counterpart. And speaking of last names: with some verbal twisting you get from Mongfish via Mong-Eel to Mengele. Yikes. * NoblewomansLaugh: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100219 One]] of her somewhat-[[LargeHam hammy]] moments. * OffingTheOffspring: Her first child with Bill, Klaus Barry, was killed in the attack on Castle Heterodyne, and it's ''strongly'' implied that this was deliberate on her part. Even Agatha, having already seen how evil she can be, had some trouble with that idea. * PsychoExGirlfriend: To Klaus. * TermsOfEndangerment: She does this to a lot of people, but does it to Klaus especially often. * {{Tsundere}}: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100219 Kind of]]. * TheVamp: She flirts more than fights, as Zola says. %%* VillainessesWantHeroes [[/folder]] [[folder:Vole]] !!Captain Vole [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Captain_Vole_9934.jpg]] The only Jägermonster ever to be kicked out from the Jägers. He bears a strong grudge against the House of Heterodyne over this, and is eager to kill Agatha as soon as he discovers that she's a real Heterodyne. ---- * BerserkButton: Vole is no Jäger anymore, but do not mess with his NiceHat. * BlackEyesOfEvil: With white pupils. Maybe. It's hard to tell if they're pupils or reflections; there are panels that make good arguments for each. * BloodKnight: [[UpToEleven So much so that even the Jägers kicked him out for it]]. See UndyingLoyalty below. ** AxCrazy: "Ve vill burn Europa to the ground and und gnaw her bonez!" * CombatPragmatist: A particularly DangerouslyGenreSavvy version. He takes advantage of people [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110729 talking when they should fight]] and baits people to [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110803 take advantage of their psychological weaknesses]]. * GrievousHarmWithABody: ** In the first two panels he appears in, he rips a man's arm off to prevent his hand from releasing a dead man's switch. It pretty much sets the tone for the character. ** He does this with [[spoiler:Gil against Tarvek]] when subverting TalkingIsAFreeAction. * HiddenDepths: Much like Da Boyz above, he's much smarter than he looks and displays dangerous cunning. He's also capable of [[spoiler:stealing his gun back from the ImpossibleThief in the party]]. * LargeHam: When he wants to, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120224 Vole really can ham it up]]. * NoTrueScotsman: Vole believes he's the only Jägermonster who remembers what the "monster" part stood for. * TheOathBreaker: One of the only references we've had to the Jägertroth is the fact that Vole renounced it. %%* TheSocialDarwinist * TheStarscream: [[spoiler:'''Deliberately promoted to the role''' by Gil, who ''wants'' a superstrong lackey who'll constantly try to kill him, because that will emphasize to everyone else how dangerously crazy Gil is]]. * SuperSoldier: Has the full [[SuperSerum Jägerdraught]] package. ** AmazingTechnicolorPopulation ([[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette Pale, bluish-white skin]] and BlackEyesOfEvil), CuteLittleFangs, FunetikAksent, MadeOfIron, TheNoseKnows, OlderThanHeLooks ([[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20111007 close to 200 years]]), ProudWarriorRaceGuy, SuperStrength * UndyingLoyalty: Averted. Vole was kicked out of the Jägers [[spoiler:for trying to kill Bill and Barry for not being the bloodthirsty monsters the rest of the family was]]. He serves Baron Wulfenbach willingly [[spoiler:as TheMole for Professor Tiktoffen, and he's not even all that broken up when he finds out he's dead too]]. %%* TheUnfettered * TheWorfEffect: Outside of ripping some poor nobody's arm off, he tends to get beat up a lot. Even Othar gets to take a shot at him. [[/folder]] [[folder:Zola]] !!Zola La Sirene Dorée AKA Zola "Heterodyne" AKA Zola Anya Talinka Venia Zeblinkya Malfeazium [[quoteright:192:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/zola.bmp]] Once everyone had heard there was a Heterodyne girl running around, she stepped in (along with a conspiracy) to provide one. Agatha was... not happy about that. ---- * AssShove[=/=]TrouserSpace: [[spoiler:Lucrezia]] notes (after knocking her out, restraining her, and presumably [[{{Squick}} searching her]]) that some of her equipment was "in rather ''uncomfortable places'', I'd imagine". * BeautyIsNeverTarnished: ''Averted''. After taking the Moveit 11, her physical appearance goes ''steeply'' downhill. * BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: Seems to be the cause of her [[MadLove attraction]] to Gil. * BitchInSheepsClothing: Even though the first impression of her is a harmless, gullible [[spoiler: figurehead for the Storm King conspiracy]], she starts fighting, no holds barred, when Agatha and her team throw a spanner in the works. * BoobsOfSteel: She's ''stacked''. She's also a better fighter than either the Other or Violetta. [[spoiler: After downing a PsychoSerum, she ''punches Zeetha in the face'' and then ''stabs her in the gut with her own sword'']]. * TheChessmaster: Over the course of events, proven to be the genuine article. %%* DarkActionGirl * DeadlyUpgrade. Via a PsychoSerum. * DistressedDamsel: Almost professionally. * DumbBlonde: Subverted due to ObfuscatingStupidity. Gil and Tarvek eventually conclude that Zola, as the fake Heterodyne that was groomed by the Knights of Jove for years, is probably a lot more dangerous than she lets on, and a later confrontation proves them entirely right. %%* EvilCounterpart %%* FakeUltimateHero * {{Foreshadowing}}: She sure bears a [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090408 strong familial resemblance to Lucrezia in that portrait]], doesn't she? %%* FrenchJerk * GigglingVillain: Her evil banter gets odder over the Castle arc. And she [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110107 gets giddier]] as things continue. %%* GrapplingHookPistol * HeroKiller: Zola has become this. To date she has critically wounded [[spoiler:Zeetha, Higgs, and Agatha]]. * LethalChef: "Well, ''I'' always thought she just couldn't make coffee. [[ObfuscatingStupidity Now, I'm not so sure]]." * TheLoad: Apparently fulfilled this role in all of Gil's adventures with her in Paris, and when nabbed by Agatha she slipped into it again. * LongLostRelative: "Hello [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100625 auntie]]." * MadeOfIron: When she [[spoiler: takes the PsychoSerum, she becomes so strong that it takes an overdose of the PsychoSerum to (eventually) dispose of her.]] * MadLove: Towards Gil, very much. Also later towards Tarvek, but [[PsychoSerum her sanity's slipping at the time]], so there's a chance she still thought he was Gil. * MasterActress: Oh yes. Also involves the second part of the trope, where the audience thinks she might actually have {{Split Personalit|y}}ies. Of course, in this case, that's not so far-fetched. * NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Her real last name is [[spoiler:Malfeazium. And her mother was Demonica]]. * ObfuscatingStupidity: ** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090406 This is how it's done]]. ** Judging from Gil and Tarvek's reactions, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20091014 she's apparently an absolute MASTER]]. ** [[spoiler:[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100623 She's apparently a Smoke Knight, and no one ever suspected]]]]. ** She even manages to trick [[spoiler:''[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100712 Lucrezia]]]]''. * OnlyFriend: She invoked it. * OverlyLongName: Her full name is [[spoiler:Zola Anya Talinka Venia Zeblinkya [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Malfeazium]]]]. * ThePowerOfHate: She attributes her MadeOfIron tendencies to this. * PrincessesPreferPink: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] as part of her role as a fake Heterodyne. Even her ''death ray'' [[UpToEleven is pink]]. Even the ''death beam'' is pink. * RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Has a bit of a habit provoking them in the Castle arc. [[spoiler:Lucrezia]] would like to "thank" her for that, [[spoiler:Higgs]] tried to mess her up, and [[spoiler:Tarvek]] intended - perhaps still intends - to strangle her with his bare hands. * ShoutOut: One of the times Gil had to rescue her it was from a [[Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera crazy man in an opera house]]. Apparently it was also one of the few times it ''wasn't'' her fault she was in trouble. * SigilSpam: Covered head to toe in Heterodyne trilobite symbols, overselling her Heterodyne "heritage". * SlasherSmile: ** When [[spoiler:the Castle dies]], she has a frighteningly Sparky look of triumphant glee on her face. Also [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100714 here]]. ** Post-Movit Zola has these pretty often. %%* TheStarscream %%* SweaterGirl %%* UnsportsmanlikeGloating * UnstoppableRage[=/=]ThePowerOfHate: Claims this is what's sustaining her after suffering some truly grievous injuries. -->'''Tarvek:''' How are you even still moving?\\ '''Zola:''' HATE! Hate and [[PsychoSerum drugs]]! Lovely, lovely drugs! I'm a beautiful, chemical, killing machine! * UpToEleven: The scene where she downs the PsychoSerum is literally called "Zola goes up to eleven." The psycho serum itself is even called "MoveIt # 11". [[OneOfUs Ah, Foglios, we love you]]. * VillainDecay: [[spoiler:Subverted. She undecays completely over the span of two strips, and then some. Then goes from an incredibly dangerous intelligent opponent to an incredibly dangerous ''physical'' one when she downs the Moveit 11. Then, she decays AGAIN to an extent when she goes completely utterly psycho, and undecays yet AGAIN when she gets back to the hospital]].. * XanatosSpeedChess: She is "''very good'' at improvising when things go wrong." * {{Yandere}}: If [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110103 this page]] is of any indication. [[/folder]] !Assorted [[folder:Castle Heterodyne]] !!Castle Heterodyne [[quoteright:184:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/castle.bmp]] The last thing Judy (AKA Lilith) told Agatha was to get to the Castle. Castle Heterodyne is a masterpiece of MalevolentArchitecture and Artificial Sentience. It was also badly damaged, suffering from multiple personalities and brutally sadistic even when running normally. Then Agatha killed it and reloaded its core personality from a copy stored in a clank. It's sane now... for a Spark-given definition of sane. ---- * AIIsACrapshoot: The castle is badly damaged, but since it was originally imbued with intelligence by a Heterodyne even the fixed parts aren't exactly sane. * BadBoss: Castle Heterodyne's more addled subsystem fragments are stupid, murderous, and confused when it comes to repairs. Even the more sane fragments have a penchant for killing the inhabitants unless closely supervised by Agatha. * BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: The castle has a very ''slaughter focused'' view of the world. * BigFancyCastle: it's in disrepair, but some parts, like the library, still look good. Also, with the visible part of the castle not exactly small already, consider that it sits on top of a large rock overlooking Mechanicsburg. And that inside that rock it reaches down ''below'' the level of the spring of the river Dyne. * BoringInvincibleHero: Not the castle itself, but it seems to assume that any "real" hero can automatically survive any and all deathtraps [[UnexplainedRecovery without explanation]]. * ExactWords: See JackassGenie. * TheGenieInTheMachine: Less from lack of understanding and more using ExactWords to get to kill people. * GeniusLoci: At first, a massively fragmented one. But as Agatha restores more and more of it, it gradually becomes less deranged and more capable of helping, ultimately culminating in [[spoiler:Castle reminding the attacking Wulfenbach forces [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20130211 just why Mechanicsburg is un-sackable]].]] * HauntedCastle: So the rubes believe. It's actually more of an A.I. style SapientHouse with a massive mean streak. * HeroicComedicSociopath: Not very heroic, just aligned with the interests of our protagonist heroine. But very sociopathic! And, it likes to think, ''even more'' comedic! * JackassGenie: Castle Heterodyne prefers to interpret all orders it is given in whatever way allows it to have the most fun, for which read: "cause the most casualties and destruction". Imagine the maze in the ''Film/{{Cube}}'' movies with an AI that likes to think it has a sense of humor. * JerkWithAHeartOfGold: For all its sociopathic tendencies, schizophrenia and contrariness, the Castle is a loyal servant of House Heterodyne, and has stated a willingness to [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110603 lay down its life(?) for Agatha]]. * KickTheDog: Prisoners are reminded to '''never''' tally their total points out loud, as the castle can and will devote more effort to killing those close to getting out. * LargeHam: Gleefully. There's a reason it's theorized to be running a copy of a Spark's brain (specifically Faustus Heterodyne's). -->'''Agatha:''' Let's just say that somewhere in here is a dial marked "High Drama," and it needs to be turned ''way down''.\\ '''Castle:''' I ''do'' have a certain ''flair''... %%* LaughablyEvil * MalevolentArchitecture: More so than most, as it will actively ''try'' to kill you. ** DeathCourse: The usual fare. ** EverythingTryingToKillYou: Sparks have been working for fifteen years to sort out what is and is not dangerous in the castle. The idea of entering an area that hasn't been mapped yet is considered suicide. ** MaximumFunChamber: Fun for the Castle, that is. * NothingButSkulls: The Heterodynes had a relatively simple but effective design decor. * RoboticPsychopath: Considering his makers? Not that surprising. * SapientHouse: Since the building is effectively a giant A.I. * ShipperOnDeck / IWantGrandkids: There is a reason young Heterodynes try to not bring dates home. Ships [[OT3 Agatha x Gil x Tarvek]], as well as Agatha x Any male Spark capable of reproducing. ** It seems to ship Higgs/Zeetha as well. * SupervillainLair: Proud (and we do mean "proud") home of some of the greatest monsters in Europa's history! [[/folder]] [[folder:Castle Heterodyne Inhabitants]] !!Prisoners from the Castle[=/=]Roving Band of Heroic Repairmen [[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/castle_heterodyne_prisoners.jpg]] A thoroughly mixed bag of Sparks, contructs, criminals and psychopaths sentenced to repair Castle Heterodyne, thus killing two birds with one stone from the Baron's perspective. Provides a ready pool of minions (or mooks) for whomever is currently ascendent. ---- * ActionSurvivor: Sentencing is based on points. Try to rack up too many points too fast and you'll get killed for sure, play it too safe and you'll never get out, making for some very savvy survivors. * BreakTheHaughty / SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids: Mittlemind and Mezzasalma enjoy breaking idealistic young Sparks. * DeathIsCheap: Mittelmind is part machine and is able to be brought back to life in short order if something blows up in his face, assuming the body is mostly intact. [[spoiler:Diaz... isn't so lucky]]. * HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Depending upon whom has the upper hand (or the gun) at the moment. * TheIgor: Snaug seems to be the only minion of this type still alive. * ImAHumanitarian: "Snapper" Boikov and "[[http://twitter.com/Othar/status/6120430016 Jack A'Horned]]". * MadScientist: Goes without saying. There's even a mad ''Social'' scientist. * MeaningfulName: Possibly if Snaug is pronounced like 'snog'. Kissing. A small [[{{Yandere}} hint]]? Probably would classify as a PunnyName, too. * TheMole: Professor Tiktoffen, who is apparently the "inside man" for both the Baron and the Knights of Jove. [[spoiler: He's actually the inside man for ''himself''. And he knows how to control the Castle]]. * PetTheDog: Mittelmind has a very [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090706 twisted idea of what qualifies for this]]. * RagtagBunchOfMisfits: With a big side order of murderers, sadists, and psychopaths. * RecruitingTheCriminal: Those that survive are [[spoiler: given a chance to join in repairing Mechanicsburg's defenses after the castle is fixed]]. * SanitySlippage: Occurs to Snaug, apparently. Her boss, Mittelmind, wipes her memory yearly for her birthday. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101215 This]] may be a hint of losing it or just her {{yandere}} getting stronger. * ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder: Mezzasalma, Diaz and Mittelmind are all sparks. * ThoseTwoGuys: Mezzasalma and Mittelmind, the two older sparks still alive in the group, have such a schtick going on. * VillainousBreakdown: Merlot was [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20021202 a jerk early on]] and didn't get less so. Compare him then to [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090511 now]]. He has totally lost it by [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090527 here]]. * {{Yandere}}: ** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100908 Snaug]]. Just... [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101215 Snaug]]. ** She certainly seems to be enjoying herself [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101210 in the third frame]]. Maybe just a little '''too''' much. [[/folder]] [[folder:Sanaa]] !!Sanaa "Wilhelm" [[quoteright:185:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/GGSanaaTG.jpg]] One of the inhabitants of Castle Heterodyne. We first encounter her reporting on her repair efforts in Castle Heterodyne. She seems to be constantly competent at avoiding the death traps and kicking ass. She also befriends Agatha when she arrives at the castle, meaning that she may well be around for a while. ---- %%* ActionGirl * ActionSurvivor: Before she even got to the castle, apparently. * FanGirl: For [[spoiler:her brother]] (no, not like that) - at least, when she isn't furious with him. * LongLostRelative: To [[spoiler:Othar]]. * ShipperOnDeck: [[FoeYay Othar/Gil]]. * WhatAreYouInFor: Asks this to Agatha when they first meet. * YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Pink. Apparently dyed. [[/folder]] [[folder:Castle Wulfenbach Students]] !!Castle Wulfenbach Students [[quoteright:241:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/CWstudents.bmp]] [[caption-width-right:241:Sleipnir O'Hara, Theopholous [=DuMedd=] and [[OverlyLongName Zaemae Yahyae Ahmad ibn Sulimaen al-Sinhaejae]]]] A mixed bag of Sparks, nobles, and young people with connections to both, kept on Castle Wulfenbach to be schooled... and to [[HostageSituation discourage stupid behavior in their families]]. Many of them remain as of yet un-named but two, Sleipnir O'Hara and Theopholous [=DuMedd=], re-entered the story in Mecanicsburg. Three in particular have more characterization than the rest: Zulenna Luzhakna, Theopholous [=DuMedd=], and Sleipnir O'Hara. ---- !!Tropes associated with the Castle Wulfenbach Students in general: * ArrangedMarriage: Sleipnir had a political marriage waiting for her back home before she ran off with Theo. There are hints other students may be in a similar situation. * BlueBlood / ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder: Anyone without at least one of the two is at the bottom of the social heap. * GildedCage: They're happy, healthy, and well treated, but it's also true that they are hostages. At least one of them regretted having to ''leave'', though ''he'' may have had [[TownWithADarkSecret other]] [[BigScrewedUpFamily reasons]]. As Tarvek put it, Castle Wulfenbach is ''the'' place to be -- especially for an ascending Spark. * HostageSituation: In the manner of old-fashioned royalty, to keep their families in line. ---- '''Princess Zulenna Luzhakna''' (the one with poofy red hair and makeup) was a royal without the Spark, but with a strong sense of noble pride, as long as unshaking faith in the Baron. She starts out strongly antagonistic towards Agatha for a large number of reasons. However, she changes her tune when Agatha's heritage is revealed. The Heterodyne Boys personally designed her family's defenses, and thus she stays behind to buy Agatha and the others time to escape. She is killed by [=DuPree=], but Klaus orders her put in the cold room to be revived later. ---- * AlphaBitch: Zulenna is the main enforcer of the pecking order amongst the students. ** LovableAlphaBitch: Revealed with her HeroicSacrifice; she may look down on anyone of lower station, but she gave her life to repay a family debt. * HeroicSacrifice: When Agatha escaped, [[YouShallNotPass Zulenna stayed behind and stood up to Von Pinn]]. Then Bang subverted that to hell [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040901 a page later]]. Then Von Pinn [[DoubleSubversion double-subverted it]] and the ensuing squabble gave Agatha the time she needed to escape. [[ZigZaggingTrope And Klaus ordered her brought back to life]]. * TeamMom: Though Von Pinn is the official nanny, Zulenna does help mind the younger students; admonishing them to not believe everything in a story, and keeping them kempt at the dinner table. * WhatHappenedToTheMouse: She was killed by Bang after Von Pinn lost her nerve when Zulenna pulled a YouShallNotPass, but the Baron intended to revivify her [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem against the social by-laws about resurrecting aristocratic family members]]. And then... nothing (yet). ---- '''Theopholous "Theo" [=DuMedd=]''' (the one with glasses that looks to be Indian) is a friendly Sparky boy, mostly in charge of wrangling the younger students. His mother was one of the Mongfish sisters, making him Agatha's cousin--a fact he is quite pleased to discover, considering she's the first family member he's had who's not dead, missing, or a head in a jar. ---- * BigManOnCampus: As the Head Boy of the group. He's got both BlueBlood ''and'' the [[ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder Spark]], so he may technically be even higher in the pecking order than Zulenna. * GargleBlaster: A specialty of Theo's. Just one is enough to even [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081006 knock out Gil!]] ** Note that he somehow managed to make a 200 proof beverage that contains something ''other'' than alcohol, which is chemically impossible (A 200 proof drink is 100% ethyl alcohol by definition). * GenreSavvy: -->'''Theo''': Well, we're in a Heterodyne story now. These things happen. * GetARoom: After Theo starts to really Spark out near fan-of-[[ForScience science]] Sleipnir, their resulting... ''chemistry'' leaves the other present characters ''very'' eager to leave and ''give'' them the room. * LongLostRelative: Theo's and Agatha's mothers were sisters, making Theo elated to find out that he has a relative that wasn't dead, or missing, or head-in-a-jar. * MeaningfulName: [=DuMedd=] was originally [[RedShirt "doomed"]], until the Foglios got [[MauveShirt attached]]. * PutOnABus: After fleeing Castle Wulfenbach, he is mentioned in passing as the source of how Othar found out who Agatha really is, but that was it [[TheBusCameBack until the Mechanicsburg arc]]. [[spoiler:He's back on the really huge double-decker bus along with a lot of other characters caught in the fan-named Take-Five time-freeze bomb that was the cause of the TimeSkip.]] * RelationshipReveal: He and Sleipnir are revealed to be more than just traveling companions, when she started getting turned on by Theo sparking out in Lucrezia's secret lab. * ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder: He has the Spark. * TheStoryteller: Well-known enough that Klaus is able to realize he was the one behind the break-in at his lab when the kid they caught mentioned a story. ---- '''Sleipnir O'Hara''' (the straight-red-haired one) is a highly intelligent mechanic (not a Spark) who quickly befriends Agatha onboard the Castle. ---- * AdrenalineMakeover: Between the adventure in Castle Wulfenbach and her re-appearance in Mechanicsburg, she gets her hair cut short, trades in her frumpy jumpsuit for a [[{{Sideboob}} revealing]] halter-top, and very... "fitted" bodice and pants. * GetARoom: See this entry for Theo. * MeaningfulName: Sleipnir was introduced Agatha's roommate on Castle Wulfenbach - someone to "sleep near.” * PutOnABus: Similar to Theo, and TheBusCameBack in Mechanicsburg at the same time Theo did, and left again just like Theo with the Take-Five bomb. * RedheadInGreen: Sleipnir spends much of the comic during her stay on Castle Wulfenbach in a green jumpsuit. Once in Mechanicsburg, she trades it for a haltertop with a green bust that [[{{Sideboob}} doesn't quite cover all of her bust.]] * RelationshipReveal: See Theo's entry. * RunawayFiance: Sleipnir - when Agatha met her on Castle Wulfenbach, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20030609 she had an arranged marriage waiting for her back home]], but by the time she met up with Agatha again in Castle Heterodyne, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100906 she'd run off with Theo]]. * ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder: She doesn't have the Spark, but she still has some similar tendencies. In addition to starting to become his lover, she's also starting to become Theo's personal minion. * WrenchWench: She's introduced wearing a jumpsuit after a duty shift doing mechanical work, and is handy as a Spark's minion. [[/folder]] [[folder:The Jäger Generals]] !!Generals Zog, Khrizhan, Goomblast, and Mamma Gkika http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/generals1.bmp [[quoteright:153:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/generals2.bmp]] The leaders of the Jägermonsters. There were originally [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120514 eight of them]], however one was killed in battle (General Øsk is missing and presumed dead after charging down the throat of an Ice Wyrm in order to retrieve his hat), leaving only seven: "Dose three old ogres". They seem to act as military advisers for Klaus. There are three of them, General Zog (the big one, top left), General Khrizhan (the huge one who seems to be in overall command, bottom left) and General Goomblast (the ''freaking massive'' one with an impressive array of teeth, top right). "Mamma" Gkika is [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/info/cast/cast08.php another general]], and one of only two female Jägers seen so far (bottom right). She runs the bar/hospital where incapacitated Jägers wait for a Heterodyne to come along to heal them up. General Gargantua, who appeared after Agatha was proclaimed the new Heterodyne. General Zadipok, who is currently missing for unknown reasons. And a "tricky general" who is said to be [[SecretKeeper "keeper of many secret things."]] He apparently wishes to remain hidden until the Other is removed from Agatha's mind. ---- * AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Mamma Gkika takes it a step further by having a [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120502 "fun color change-y hepidermoose [epidermis]!"]] She [[HiddenInPlainSight kept on the down low]] by staying caucasian-human-colored, but now can "mek vit the pretty colors again". * AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Jäger. '''Generals'''. * BarBrawl: Mamma Gkika organizes one every evening to let the incapacitated Jägers in her care blow off steam. Except for Thursdays when they have a Poetry Slam... * BigRedDevil: General Gargantua has this look and wears SpikesOfVillainy. * BloodKnight: Cunning old Jägers they may be, they are still Jägers and enjoy a good fight as much as any of their subordinates. * CavalierCompetitor / SpiritedCompetitor: They don't hold grudges over any finished campaigns. And apparently keep kill-counts, arguing with each other over which foes did "count" and which weren't enough of a sport. Goomblast also liked the idea of CombatByChampion, though his opponents declined. * CombatPragmatist: The Generals make a game of who can [[BodyCountCompetition score the most kills]] in a battle. General Khrizhan points out the others' cheating, not because he thinks it's unfair, but because he doesn't want to get called out for doing ''everything'' the others are doing. * DarkActionGirl: Mamma seems to be half way between this and LadyOfWar. * FemmeFatalons: Seen on Mamma [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080423 here]]. And she keeps them perfectly lacquered even [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20111230 when]] in "[[NonuniformUniform uniform]]". * FourStarBadass: All of the Generals are brutally competent warriors. Four of them working together can [[CurbstompBattle utterly crush]] an entire airship of elite Wulfenbach air-assault troops. * FunetikAksent: Being Jägers, this is to be expected. * GenreSavvy: Despite their UndyingLoyalty, they seem to know better than to completely discount accusations against their mistress just because [[spoiler:the person making them was trying to get her killed]]. * GentleGiant: All of the generals seem perfectly capable of being personable and making very polite conversation over a pot of tea (Zog less so). They are, however, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20031103 still Jägers]]. * GeniusBruiser: Perhaps due to their age the generals seem far more on the button as far as politics are concerned than many people, never mind Jägers. Case in point: [[spoiler:when it's revealed that Klaus plans to destroy Castle Heterodyne because Agatha's possessed by the Other, and Boris tries to deceive them into going along with it]], they ask Boris to tell them what he knows rather than killing him out of hand. * HiddenInPlainSight: This is how Mamma Gkika's remains hidden. It's underneath a much gaudier tourist trap of the same name. * ICallHerVera: Mamma Gkika's "[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20111230 Dollink]]". * ImplausibleFencingPowers: General Goomblast is capable of disarming his enemies such that their (poisoned) swords impale them. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120523 While fighting six on one]]. * ImprobableWeaponUser: Gargantua can apparently throw his SpikesOfVillainy with deadly accuracy that should be impossible with their curved shape. * LightningBruiser: At least, General Goomblast. A [[spoiler:Wulfenbach]] assault team seeing a huge Jäger General with a light fencing sword missed the clue why they should be terrified. Oh, and he also seems to be ambidextrous. * MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: While standard for most Jägers, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110316 Goomblast]] takes it [[UpToEleven a bit further]]. * NiceHat: General Zog and General Gargantua (like most Jägers) both have one. Fandom is divided as to whether Goomblast's skullcap (seemingly riveted to his skull) counts. Khrizhan lacks one, a very rare thing in a Jäger. However, in [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080512 this strip]], we're told [[NoodleIncident sometime in the past]] he had to abandon a very impressive uniform in Mamma Gkika's, which got recycled for Gil. Gil's hat may also be built out of (or on) Khrizhan's. ** During Carson's retelling of the attack of the castle, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070813 it shows a Jager similar to Khrizan comforting him]] [[spoiler: over the death of his son]] so it's possible he left it as a funeral tribute similar to how Maxim left his hat for [[spoiler: Lars's]]. * ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Almost literally, their ages are in the neighborhood of 600-700 years. * ShipperOnDeck: Agatha/Gil, although Zog got beaten up by Khrizhan for suggesting they push it along. * SlasherSmile: Goomblast has a mouth a shark would be envious of. * SuperSoldier: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20091102 Implied]] to be among the ''first'' Jägers. * SuperSerum: ** Mentioned as the source of change and confirmed by WordOfGod. They are humans transformed by the "Jägerdraught". Perhaps due to advanced years causing additional mutation, side effects of repair or perhaps because they might have been in the original batch, most Generals are a LOT less human than the regular Jägers. ** On the other hand, apart from her [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair aqua hair]], sharp teeth and pointed ears, Mamma Gkika can almost pass for human (and in fact does, [[HiddenInPlainSight hiding in plain sight]] among her human showgirls who dress up as Jägers). * TeamMom: Even part of her name; "Mama Gkika" * TheNoseKnows: With [[Krosp not believing the Dead Olga ruse will work because Agatha smells different]] as {{Foreshadowing}} context, the [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050214 nonchalance over learning that Agatha is dead]] becomes this: they can smell the body isn't her, and quickly act casual over "Agatha's" loss. * UndyingLoyalty: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110316 Explicitly explained]] to be a ''choice'' on the Jägers' part. They are not compelled to serve the Heterodynes; rather, every Jäger has made a conscious choice and vow to serve the Heterodynes for life before they drank the Jägerbrau -- it's a gamble, but "[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120502 de vuns]] vot ''live'' gets ''all kinds'' ov goodies", evidently including toughness and immunity to aging. [[/folder]] [[folder:Jenka]] !!Jenka [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/jenka_8127.png]] The female Jäger (one of only two we have met so far, the other being Mamma Gkika) who seems to be Da Boyz immediate superior officer, but who spends quite a bit of time away from them (or maybe a liaison officer, which would fit well with her sporadic appearance). She was away when Da Boyz were caught by Othar and then left again to get orders about Agatha. She has turned up and left again once more since. Her mysteriousness, femaleness and general awesome has lead to a lot of speculation about her nature and origins. ---- * ActionGirl / DarkActionGirl: Hard to call exactly but it has to be one of these two. * AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Grey skin, not that impressive but it does give us ''yet another'' choice of Jäger skin tone. * ArrowCatch: On her first appearance, when a panicked guard shoots at her. She doesn't even flinch. -->'''Jenka:''' [[YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry I forgive. Once]]. %%* {{Badass}} * BadassAdorable: Does not look like the super scary badass she is. %%** BadassCape * BearsAreBadNews: Füst, her ursine mount. And he is awesome. * {{BFS}}: Her weapon of choice. * BreastPlate: Not initially, but contrast her [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050606 first appearance]] with her [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20071217 later one]]. %%* CoolMask %%* CuteMonsterGirl * DropInCharacter: Shows up every once in a while, with very little warning of her appearance. * FunetikAksent: Her accent is at times noticeably less pronounced than the other Jägers. For example, while she says "is" as "iz" like any other Jäger, she often says "you" normally instead of "hyu". Given that Da Boyz are/were a roaming band of Jägers on special assignment, and are now sticking close to Agatha (in both cases, not part of a larger Jäger group), it's entirely plausible that Jenka often has to travel through hostile territory to meet up with them. A less-pronounced accent may help in staying unnoticed if necessary. * HorseOfADifferentColor: She [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050606 rides]] a war-''bear'', [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070326 Füst]]. * NiceHat: No Jäger should be without one. * ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: No actual word on her age, but she seems to have seniority over Da Boyz, and by human standards they are ''old''. %%* SuperSoldier * WomenAreWiser: She comes across as being calmer and more careful than Da Boyz. [[/folder]] [[folder:The Circus]] !!Master Payne's Circus of Adventure [[quoteright:289:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/circus.bmp]] A traveling Heterodyne Show that takes Agatha in for a while after she saves them from a wandering monster-clank. Zeetha was originally one of them, but decided her place was with her student when the rest of the Circus was PutOnABus. ---- * BelligerentSexualTension: Abner and Pix start out this way, then get together soon after Agatha joins the circus. * BlueBlood: Marie is apparently distantly related to the Queen of England, and is often referred to as “the Countess.” * ChivalrousPervert[=/=]HandsomeLech: Lars apparently has a... ''colorful'' history. * CircusOfFear: Not usually; they're decent people. But after '''''[[UnstoppableRage SHOWTIME!]]''''', things get... interesting. * FlyingDutchman: Embi, of the Wandering Jew variety. Assuming he wasn't sending Agatha out for a crate of balloon juice about that. * FryingPanOfDoom: Marie again. * HappilyMarried: Master Payne and Marie, with a little bit of VitriolicBestBuds mixed in. * HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Lars]]. * HiddenInPlainSight: A lot about the circus. [[spoiler:Especially how they're mostly Sparks.]] * LadykillerInLove: Lars, who gets a fairly obvious crush on Agatha. [[spoiler:He confesses it as he lies dying.]] * LovableCoward: ** Lars starts out as this. ** Arguably, the whole circus is this. They play heroes on stage, but they don't do any actual heroics - traveling the Wastelands is dangerous enough without it. * TheMasquerade: [[spoiler:Many of them are minor Sparks, hiding from the Baron and from potential BurnTheWitch situations]]. * OlderThanTheyLook: Embi, who is apparently well over a hundred years old. * NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Master Payne. * NecessarilyEvil: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070115 Master Payne]] * PieInTheFace: Shockingly, this is plot-relevant! * ThePlotReaper: [[spoiler:Lars]], when Gil is about to come back into Agatha's life. * PutOnABus: To England, specifically. * RagtagBunchOfMisfits: A lovable kind. * ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Master Payne. * ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder: Many of them are minor Sparks. Very few of them are any good at it. * WackyWaysideTribe: The trope is well-used: the circus establishes the post-apocalyptic world the Other left behind and works Zeetha, Dimo, Augie and Maxim into the main cast. Plus jokes. [[/folder]] [[folder:Old Man Death]] !!Old Man Death [[quoteright:203:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/old_man_death_8120.png]] An old man who runs a gourmet sandwich shop with his granddaughter. Used to run with the Jägers and put them to shame. His hat is therefore very significant to Jägers, as the more important and {{Badass}} the hat's owner, the more awesome and {{Badass}} the hat. As such, he has to put up with the occasional attack on him for it, often enough at least for there to be a [[RuleOfThree three tries only rule]]. ---- * AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: {{Squick}}s his granddaughter with the tale of how he met her grandmother. * {{Badass}} ** BadassGrandpa: Still able to defend himself against a Jäger. ** BadassNormal: He is a human who can put Jägers to shame. ** MemeticBadass: Among the Jägers, at least. [in-universe] ** RetiredBadass: He just wants to run his sandwhich shop these days. * ChefOfIron: Again, he makes gourmet sandwiches and out-fights Jägers. Often at the same time. * DefeatingTheUndefeatable: He plays this...to the '''JÄGERS''', with his NiceHat as the reward. -->'''Old Man Death:''' I'm just a '''human'''. Rode with the '''Jägers'''. Never. Lost. A. Fight. * ForegoneConclusion: It was obvious that Maxim was going to get Old Man Death's hat as soon as you saw it- while the purple hat with red trimming looked out of place on an old man in an orange shirt and an apron, it already matched Maxim's outfit perfectly. It actually looked pretty similar to his old hat, only more ornate. * FormerTeenRebel: As was mentioned, "rode with the Jägers", i.e. was an auxiliary to the most BadAss and evil army in Europe. Now runs a sandwich shop. * HashHouseLingo: He knows the ingredients of the most obscure sandwiches you can imagine. And there is apparently a story behind every one of those oddly named sandwiches. The "Red Heterodyne" (Fried bat wing with mushroom sauce on pumpernickel) apparently stemmed from the long-dead Red Heterodyne getting trapped in a cave network for several years after a raid gone bad, forcing him to live on bats and mushrooms (And developing a taste for them) until he could get out. The "Prince of Sturmhalten's Big Bet" (Hat sandwich) stemmed from Prince Viden of Sturmhalten saying that he'd eat his hat if Goot Heterodyne could get a cathedral built in Mechanicsburg. ** NoodleIncident: The story behind the names of all the other sandwiches he can make. * MoralDilemma: Maxim forces him to choose between his reputation as a sandwich-maker and his hat. He chooses his reputation. Subverted, he's apparently fine with it, he really didn't care about the hat, and he told his granddaughter "your grandmother always hated that hat". * NiceHat: Played with, he freely admits his hat is nothing special, but the fact that it is '''his''' makes it irresistible to the Jägers. * NotSoDifferent: When he gets angry enough, he starts talking in the same FunetikAksent as the Jägers. * PapaWolf: The fight with Maxim over his hat was going fine, and was fairly friendly, until Maxim tried to hit on the waitress, his granddaughter. [[/folder]] [[folder:The Heterodyne Boys]] !!William and Barry Heterodyne [[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/heterodyneboys_7866.png]] [[caption-width-right:300:Bill on the left, Barry on the right.]] The heroes of the previous generation, Bill and Barry Heterodyne were a pair of brothers, the first good apples in a ''looong'' line of villains. They were close friends with Klaus Wulfenbach, and built the constructs Punch and Judy. Bill eventually married their old rival Lucrezia Mongfish, and is Agatha's father. The Boys went on a crusade against the Other after it attacked Mecanicsburg, killed Bill's infant son, and kidnapped his wife. Eventually, they both disappeared, but Barry returned in disguise with a young Agatha in tow, and left her in the care of Punch and Judy. ---- * BigGood: They were, more than anything, a beacon of hope in a world that had been nothing but a playground for mad scientists for far too long. They always tried to negotiate before fighting, and helped install town councils and other long-lasting forms of government before moving on. * DisappearedDad: Bill. Barry never explained what happened to him. ** Barry himself disappeared almost elven years ago. * FatAndSkinny: Bill being the slim one, Barry being the more portly one. * {{Folk Hero}}es: They are revered across Europa as the greatest heroes of their generation. There are plenty of books and plays about their adventures, many greatly exaggerated. * IdealHero: They were such a complete 180 from their ancestors that it's almost suspicious. They were friendly, egalitarian, always saw the best in people, and always won. There's a reason they became folk heroes overnight. * {{Living Legend}}s: They were famous thanks to their adventures and all good things they did for Europa. * TranquilFury: When the Boys came back in the aftermath of the Castle attack. Bill was an emotional wreck, while Barry was "deadly calm." Seeing that the mere mention of Barry [[TheDreaded freaks out]] The Other... * WhiteSheep: After centuries of bloodthirsty Heterodynes dedicated to nothing but chaos, destruction, and mad science, Bill and Barry popped out. [[/folder]] [[folder:Higgs]] !!Airman 3/c Axel "The Unstoppable" Higgs [[quoteright:161:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/higgs.bmp]] Rescued the Baron from a crashed airship after a major confrontation. The Unstoppable honorific is well-earned; he's introduced by a flashback to a scene where he sustains two broken arms, a broken leg, an infected bite and a bullet in his other leg -- and still completes his mission. ---- * AlmightyJanitor: One of the most [[MadeOfIron unstoppable]] members of the cast... and he was introduced as the bosun of a medical airship. [[spoiler:After the time skip, he seems to hold a position more in line with his talents.]] * {{Badass}}: The ''cast page'' calls him "The Unstoppable Higgs". That probably qualifies him as a MemeticBadass too, actually. * BareFistedMonk / GoodOldFisticuffs: His preferred fighting style appears to be something along these lines. * BerserkButton: If that's how he is when it's someone he was STARTING to like, God help you if you ever hurt someone he's SURE about. See also RoaringRampageOfRevenge below. * CosmicPlaything: The only possible explanation for what the man went through to rescue Klaus. I mean come ON, a ''nesting goose?'' * DeathGlare: When Zola [[spoiler:stabs Zeetha]]. "[[spoiler:I vas starting to '''like''' her]]." * {{Determinator}}: ** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070330 "Let me tell you about Airman Higgs..."]] Airman Higgs got Baron Wulfenbach out of a burning airship and to safety. During which, he had to deal with a bunch of monsters, an irate [[PsychoForHire Captain DuPree]], and a goose, breaking three out of four limbs in the process and getting an infected bite. He managed to get to a town despite his injuries, where he got shot in his last undamaged limb. He informed the local garrison of Wulfenbach's predicament, then passed out. ** And for his next act, he attacks [[spoiler:Zola while she's juiced up on a full vial of Movit #11, moving faster than she can even though she has drug-enhanced speed. He gets ''run through'' and still hits her two more times before he even notices the pain. And once it's all over, and Gil is freaking out over how much blood he's soaked in, he just gets up as if he only received a moderate thumping]]. * DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent: [[spoiler:Although the fandom is reasonably certain that he is the 'tricky' Jaeger General and therefore firmly Agatha's ally, after the TimeSkip both sides believes that he is a DoubleAgent working for ''them'', and nothing has been seen to cement which side he owes ultimate allegiance to.]] * ExtremeMeleeRevenge: Once [[spoiler:Zola]] pissed him off, he wasn't pulling his punches. * HiddenDepths: ** [[spoiler:Otilia/the Castle]] recognizes him, which means that there is a lot more to him than we believed. We just don't know what yet. ** He called Tarvek "sir." [[TheChessmaster We know what Tarvek is like]]. There may be a connection we don't know about yet... ** It seems he's seen [[spoiler:older Heterodynes drink from the Dyne and specifically compares Agatha's reaction to "Old Igneous", and apparently has more than a passing acquaintance with [[GeniusLoci Castle Heterodyne]]]]. ** As of [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101018 this comic]], it appears that Higgs might just [[spoiler:be a Jäger. His response to Zola mocking Zeetha is "Yes... but I vas starting to ''like'' her." He has never displayed a hint of an accent before. Looking back at all of his appearances, his ears are noticeably pointy, much like the Jägers. Note he has that NiceHat all the time as well]]. This speculation got new legs after [[spoiler:the Jägergenerals have [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120516 mentioned]] a "tricky general" who is staying hidden until the Other is exorcised from Agatha]]. ** The Jägers know him. He was brought to Mamma Gkika's for treatment, and [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080613 here]] Dimo deflects Gil's question about that while giving Higgs a conspiratorial smile. ** Tarvek notes that he got permission to leave his post from [[spoiler:''Agatha'']]. ** Mamma Gkika [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120430 knows Higgs personally]], mentioning that he is always up to his "tricks." ** The Castle has admitted to knowing about Higgs' secrets to Zeetha, but refuses to tell her as he would have to kill her. ** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20130315 "As if I'd blow my cover just so you can have some kind of pointless joke..."]] ** When Zeetha says that she'll kick his butt, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110309 make note of his response. ]] [[spoiler: sure sounds like a few characters we know.]] %%* HotbloodedSideburns * ImplacableMan: Fans came to love him from his impossibly badass introduction, told by Doctor Sun. In the Castle, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101025 it is]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101027 made clear]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110103 that Sun's story]] was vastly ''understating'' his capabilities. * KubrickStare: Has no one told Zola that you should BewareTheNiceOnes? * MadeOfIron: ** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100217 Gets bashed into a wall by a powerful clank and dusts himself off like it was nothing]]. ** Also [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100913 here]], where he lands from a long fall with simple bent knees as opposed to Zeetha who has to roll and their quarry who has to use a zip line/grappling pistol. ** After being slashed across the chest, stabbed ''through'' the chest, and then brutally pummeled by a close-combat expert on drugs, he not only carries someone with ONLY one comparable injury to safety, he's seen literally [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110309 stitching himself back up]]. %%* TheMagnificent * MinionShipping: ** With Zeetha. It may or may not be one-sided - Zeetha seems thoroughly smitten by Higgs' smooth talking and [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090225 quick thinking]] (badassery notwithstanding), but Higgs alternates between [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100505 snarky apathy]] and [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080609 justified fear]] with regard to Zeetha. ** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100915 Then again..]]. ** [[spoiler: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101018 "I vas starting to ''like'' her..."]]]] ** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110309 "That's a date!"]] ** [[spoiler:[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20130318 Eventually it]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20130320 becomes official]]]]. * MoreThanMeetsTheEye: Him in general, but his "map" talk especially. He knows a ''lot'' more than we do. The Castle also apparently knows who he really is, and apparently it's normal for them to snipe at each other. * NiceHat: Apparently he's a crewman [[ShoutOut of the ship]] RozenMaiden. * NotSoStoic: ** When [[spoiler: Zeetha is stabbed]]. ** And [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20130318 here]] * OlderThanTheyLook: References old Heterodynes like he was there. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100419 "How time does fly"]] * OnlyAFleshWound: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101027 This one]]. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110126 Apparently,]] anyway. * OohMeAccentsSlipping: Or showing. When [[spoiler: Zeetha is stabbed]] he shows a trace of what might be a [[spoiler:Jäger accent]]. * PunnyName: Higgs is an Airman, 3rd class. A Seaman, 3rd class is a Bosun -- So he's Bosun Higgs. * RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Higgs is fast when he's angry. [[spoiler:So fast that he's a near invisible blur of motion to someone already on a potentially fatal dose of stimulants]]. Oh dear. * ScarsAreForever: Has such an [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?&date=20110309 epic map of scars on his chest]] that it can be mistaken for ''hair'' at first glance. * SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: With Zeetha. -->'''Higgs:''' Uh--she--she ain't ''my'' Miss Zeetha, sir.\\ '''Tarvek''': [[DeadpanSnarker Oh, heaven forbid]]. I'm sure you'd desert your post and hare off to save ''any'' [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair green-haired]] amazon. * SmokingIsCool: That is one badass pipe. * StealthPun: His name and title/rank. In an old navy, a third mate (or seaman, third class) is also known as a bosun, making Axel [[spoiler:the Higgs boson]]. %%* TheStoic %%* UnfazedEveryman * UnreliableNarrator: The story that initially earned him the fans' love and respect was related by him to the group of soldiers that found him. It hasn't quite... meshed with what we've seen of him. It turns out he's ''more'' badass, not less. Considering how MadeOfIron we've seen he is, what Higgs went through to get the injuries Dr. Sun mentioned has to have been far, ''far'' worse than he reported. * WouldHitAGirl: ** He has no problems with getting into a truly vicious fistfight with [[spoiler:Zola]], and he's not pulling his punches. Of course, neither is she...and she has a sword! ** And he [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110103 has no issues with breaking their knees, either]]. * ZenSurvivor: Despite everything he's gone through, his expression of perpetual apathy has slipped exactly five times since his first appearance: Getting bitten by [=DuPree=], explaining his tale while being ''heavily'' drunk, being threatened by Zeetha, finding out his new boss is Gil and [[spoiler: holding a critically wounded Zeetha in his arms while threatening Zola with what may be a Jäger accent]]. [[/folder]] [[folder:The von Mekkahns]] !!Carson and Vanamonde von Mekkahn [[quoteright:301:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/vonmekkahn.png]] The Von Mekkahn family is as synonymous with Mechanicsburg leadership as the Heterodyne family itself is, with many of them serving as seneschals to the Heterodynes. Carson von Mekkahn was the seneschal of Castle Heterodyne until he retired and passed the job on to his son, who died just days later when the Other attacked. When Baron Wulfenbach politely took over Mechanicsburg a few years later, Carson made it seem that the von Mekkahn family had gone extinct in the Other's attack, going into hiding under the alias of "Carson Heliotrope" and running Mechanicsburg in secret. Carson has since retired again and his grandson, Vanamonde, now runs the town from a coffee shop. After Agatha Sparks out in Vanamonde's coffee shop, Carson helps her enter Castle Heterodyne. ---- * BaldOfEvil: Carson, sort of. He probably wasn't both bald and evil simultaneously, but he's bald now and apparently served the evil Heterodynes ''before'' Agatha's heroic father and uncle -- he rode with the Jägers in his youth and could describe Agatha's grandfather's usual reaction to invading war clanks. * BluffTheImpostor: Carson [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070516 tries this]] on Agatha at first, asking if Punch ever mentioned him. He is quite surprised that she knows Punch couldn't talk, though this still isn't enough to convince him. * FascinatingEyebrow: Young Vanamonde has shown a strong skill in this. * FormerTeenRebel: Carson. Again, rode with the Jägers in his youth, under the old evil Heterodynes. Is now retired, lives with his daughter-in-law, and seems to have mostly spent his days soaking up rays on the balcony before being introduced in the comic. %%* LegacyOfService * MulticoloredHair: Vanamonde is blonde on top but has dark brown sides. * MustHaveCaffeine: Vanamonde is addicted to coffee. * ObfuscatingStupidity[=/=]RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: To outsiders, Vanamonde looks like a young loafer who does nothing but laze around and drink coffee. In reality, he wrote a definitive book on coffee (under a pen name), is (according to Carson) "more competent than he appears", and, oh yeah, secretly runs Mechanicsburg. * PeoplePuppets[=/=]UnusualUserInterface: Part of Carson's duty as seneschal. He has special holes drilled in his skull that let him use the Throne of Faustus Heterodyne to become Castle Heterodyne's puppet so that Agatha can talk to it in the crypt. Vanamonde's skull hasn't been prepared for such a thing yet, but the Castle is looking forward to it. * PsychicLink: Carson didn't even notice he had this until [[spoiler:he felt Castle Heterodyne die]]. * {{Retirony}}: Inverted by Carson, who retired just in time to miss dying in the Other's attack. His replacement, who was also his son, died instead. (Vanamonde is his grandson.) * SeenItAll: Carson. -->'''Carson:''' Don't try to boggle ''me'', Mister ''Talking Cat''. This is ''Mechanicsburg''. You are ''by no means'' the strangest thing in ''this'' town. * SkepticNoLonger: Agatha's performance in the coffee shop (and her "perfect" coffee) make Vanamonde a believer. By the time Agatha forces Castle Heterodyne to back down from punishing Herr Diamant for expressing his skepticism, Carson is convinced she's real too. * ShoutOut: Vanamonde, who sits around drinking coffee and secretly practices politics, may be an expy of Voltaire. * SpellMyNameWithAnS: There's some disagreement on whether it's spelled Mekkahn, Mekkan, or Mekkhan. * UndyingLoyalty: They come from a long line of seneschals to the Heterodyne family; so much so that they're almost as synonymous with Mechanicsburg leadership as the Heterodyne family itself. [[/folder]] [[folder:Von Pinn]] !!Von Pinn [[quoteright:188:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Von_Pinn.bmp]] When first encountered Von Pinn seemed to just be another of the many monsters given jobs by the Baron. It eventually emerged, however, that she was the nursemaid at Castle Heterodyne when Agatha was born and this has made things rather ''interesting.'' Pursued by many Jägers as the height of womanhood and absolutely terrifying, Von Pinn seems to hate Agatha, fear what she is to become (whatever that is) and want to protect her. ---- %%* ActionGirl %%* {{Badass}} * BigDamnHeroes: At least once. * CombatSadomasochist: ** [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Oh]], ''[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040903 yes]]''. ** Her attitude improved a lot the moment she was [[spoiler:transferred into a body without pain sensitivity]]. %%* DarkActionGirl %%** DarkIsNotEvil %%* EnigmaticMinion %%* FemmeFatalons %%* HellBentForLeather * HighClassGlass: Not your average monocle. * MagicalNanny: Well, SCIENCE! nanny, but yes. Of the "stern but fair"-variety. * MamaBear: ** '''DO NOT''' endanger the children under her protection. Even if you're one of them. ** [[ParentsInDistress And it turns out the kids return her loyalty]]. * MegaNeko: [[spoiler:Otilia's gone from a human(ish) body to that of an enormous mechanical cat. She likes being a cat clank better, even if it's not as good as her original, Van Rijn built body]]. * NotQuiteDead: Seriously, someone like Von Pinn is a threat as long as they can move a ''finger''. * ParentalSubstitute: Yes, kids on ''Castle Wulfenbach'' had a [[TheBaroness vicious]] [[MamaBear guardian]] construct ''in loco parentis'' and were rather [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100512 attached]] to her. * Really700YearsOld: Von Pinn was originally [[spoiler:the Van Rijn muse Otilia, built centuries ago for the Storm King]]. %%* SuperSoldier * WetwareBody: ** It now appears that she is [[spoiler:the [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Muse]] Otilia, transferred into a construct body as part of Lucrezia's experimentation]]. Why she did this, [[spoiler:where the body's original mind, if any, ended up]], and what this will mean is still up in the air. ** She has since had her [[spoiler: mind transferred out of her organic body, since it was dying, and transferred into a giant cat clank (with improvements) until her original Muse body is repaired]]. She [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101213 seems happy with it]]. * WhatTheHellHero: When Agatha [[spoiler:Throws her down a bottomless pit]]. "TRULY YOU ARE YOUR MOTHER'S CHILD!" [[/folder]] [[folder:Doctor Sun]] !!Doctor Sun Jen-djieh [[quoteright:180:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Doctor_Sun_Jen-djieh_3124.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:180:"You are a terrible patient!"]] One of Klaus's old friends. A Spark who runs the Great Hospital in Mechanicsburg. Prone to threatening to beat some sense into his friends and students who are being foolish -- and then backing it up if need be. ---- %%* AllAsiansKnowMartialArts * BadassGrandpa: Literally too, since his twin granddaughters Mingmei and Daiyu have shown up on Castle Wulfenbach and at the Great Hospital. * BareFistedMonk: Capable of taking down clanks with his bare hands. %%* CombatMedic %%* CoolOldGuy * DeadpanSnarker: He's well known for "[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110204 sSun-ny bedside manners]]". * DoctorsOrders: He has no doubt at all that his authority extends over Klaus when he's injured. %%* DrJerk * MadDoctor: A benevolent if grouchy one. * MasterApprenticeChain: He [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110204 strongly implied]] that ''he'' was the guy who ''taught {{Realpolitik}} to Klaus''. Who taught Gil ([[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080307 directly]]) and Tarvek ([[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110422 indirectly]]). So in a way, both the setting as we know it and main plotlines can be traced back to him. %%* OldMaster * ShoutOut: His name is an old transliteration of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Di_Renjie Di Renjie]], the inspiration for ''JudgeDee''. [[/folder]] [[folder:Veilchen]] !!Veilchen One of the Smoke Knights who worked for Tarvek's faction. He "parted ways" with the rescue party leaving them in an oubliette and told Violetta about the hunt on Tarvek's Smoke Knights when he was wounded himself. Seems to be a very popular dude. ---- * BaldOfEvil: He's more of a [[NothingPersonal cold-blooded professional]], but the archetype is here. * McNinja: As a Smoke Knight, he's basically a European ninja. [[/folder]] [[folder:Franz]] !!Franz Schorchmaw, Bone Gnawer of the Heterodynes, First and Most Dread of the Dragons [[quoteright:145:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/girlgeniusfranz2_6600.png]] [[caption-width-right:145:I said REJOICE!!!]] Franz is the Great Dragon of Mechanicsburg. You may have seen him on the town arms. ---- * {{Catchphrase}}: Rejoice! * DragonHoard: Franz serves as the [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20111226 guardian of the Heterodyne treasury]]. He uses (some of?) it in a giant bag [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120104 as a blunt weapon]] during the Battle of Mechanicsburg. * {{Foreshadowing}}: First seen in an [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080616 off-hand appearance during Da Boyz educating Gil that all the monsters in the city are loyal to the Heterodynes]], he later has a major role in the Battle of Mechanicsburg. * HeroicSecondWind: He [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20121004 doesn't hold up well]] against the pompous red dragon in the Wulfenbach army attacking the city at first. Then Agatha gets the idea to give him a jolt. Then it ''is'' '''[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20121008 on]]'''! We don't see the details of the fight, but the end result is clear: Franz is next seen [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20121130 wearing the pompous red dragon's helmet]]. * NotQuiteFlight: Franz [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20121130 apparently can't fly by himself]]. So Barry Heterodyne made him what is essentially a [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20121203 giant penny-farthing that drives a pair of helicopter blade things]]. * OurDragonsAreDifferent: The first time you see him, he just looks like a rather generic monster. Only once you see him more fully after the Doom Bell rings does he start to look more draconic. And once he throws down with the pompous red dragon, he's explicitly called a dragon. [[/folder]] [[folder:Seffie]] !!Princess Xerxsephina von Blitzengaard Xerxsephina "Seffie" von Blizengaard is the far more level-headed sister to Martellus von Blitzengaard, acting as the liason between Baron Gil Wulfenbach and the Knights of Jove after the TimeSkip and the resurgence of the Long War. ---- * ArrangedMarriage: She's trying to set one up between Gil and herself. She's well aware he's obsessed with Agatha, but is insistent that it would help stabilize everything if the two largest factions were joined by marriage. Gil is annoyed to note that she's right. * NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: She's a bit hands-on when it comes to Gil. Not too much, not even enough for him to mention it, but enough to earn her a few glares. * RedOniBlueOni: She is a more level-headed counterpart to her more heavy-handed and brutal brother. * SecretKeeper: Surprisingly, Gil trusts her enough to use her as a diplomatic messenger, even giving her papers meant to be placed "under the rock in catacombs." Furthermore, she appears to know [[spoiler:that Gil has his father riding around in his head]]. [[/folder]]
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[[foldercontrol]] !Protagonists [[folder:Agatha]] !!Agatha Clay[=/=]Heterodyne [[quoteright:145:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/agatha.bmp]] Our Protagonist, a Spark, raised by {{Parental Substitute}}s Adam and Lilith Clay. The story begins with her breaking through when the locket suppressing her abilities is stolen. ---- [[index]] * ActionGirl: She starts becoming one after the Slaver Wasps broke free on Castle Wulfenbach, and got formal training to be one under Zeetha's tutelage. [[Characters/GirlGeniusProtagonists Protagonists]] * AlternateCharacterInterpretation: [[invoked]] ** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090504 From this comic,]] is she a poor misunderstood woman who just wants this whole business over, or is she genuinely a classic MadScientist who can and ''will'' do anything that she needs to, and after she's done will sweep away the pieces of whoever and whatever gets in her way? ** "Is it '''''right''''' to leave a fellow sentient strung up like this?" "Well, that depends upon the nature of the [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20031015 experiment]]..." [[Characters/GirlGeniusAntagonists Antagonists]] * ArousedByTheirVoice: Seems to find Sparky voices generally attractive. * '''{{Badass}}''' ** BadassBookworm: Started as a bookworm, became a badass. ** BadassLongcoat: Several of them, starting from her very first appearance and including an awesome labcoat. ** BadassPrincess: Zeetha's [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120420 princess lessons]] seems to be meant to turn Agatha into even more of a Spark LadyOfWar than before. ** HeartbrokenBadass: Various times, mostly after [[spoiler: Lars died]]. ** TookALevelInBadass: Before Zeetha's TrainingFromHell, Agatha played the role of DistressedDamsel ''much'' more frequently. Zeetha saw her need to be able to fend for herself, so she's giving Agatha the training of a Skifandr warrior princess. * BerserkButton: Bringing up [[spoiler:Lilith and Adam's [[NotQuiteDead deaths]]]] and half of what Von Pinn says to her. Hurting her suitors is also [[YouHaveNoIdeaWhoYoureDealingWith unwise]]. * BluffTheImpostor: Tries [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20031013 this on]] Othar in their first meeting. Has it tried on her by Carson. * CaffeineBulletTime: The Clays wouldn't let her have "stimulants". There was a reason for that. * CartwrightCurse: Agatha's suitors so far have all wound up dead, shot, or turning funny colors. * ChangelingFantasy: She's the long-lost daughter to two of the most powerful lines of Sparks (a Spark princess?). * ChildProdigy: Subverted. She starts breaking through as a child (even younger than Gil), but gets a PowerLimiter put on her, which prevents her from using her Spark. When it is later removed, she ends up as a TeenGenius instead. * ChewingTheScenery: As with all good Sparks, she does this a bit when [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090619 "Sparking out"]]. * ChronicHeroSyndrome: As shown on [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050608 several]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050801 occasions]] ({{lampshaded}} [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050622 by Othar, no less]]!) * CombatPragmatist: Snooty royal bitch talking down to you? Anger her to run straight into your foil. Super fencing clank too much? Throw an oil can at its off switch. Mad spark trying to steal your sentient castle, fashioned an armband device to make the Castle unable to kill him, and coming at you with a knife? Smash his armband device with a wrench and let the now-unrestrained castle drop a pillar on him. Agatha fights '''mean'''. * CrushBlush: Sure, Tarvek, surprise a girl with a comment that she's beautiful. * DatingCatwoman: Gil and Tarvek could both count here. * DesignerBabies: Considering that the Heterodynes "so rarely produce girls," it's implied that she was altered as a fetus to match her mother's specifications. * DismissingACompliment: In the ''Cinderella'' story, Gil admires her entrance and she calls him a flatterer -- rather flirtatiously. * GadgeteerGenius: Part and parcel of being a Spark. She's mostly focused on mechanical inventions. * GeekPhysique: Averted. Especially after Zeetha's training. * GenkiGirl: At least, when she is on [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070528 coffee]]. * GenreSavvy: ** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20031015 She has her moments]]. ** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110826 Her third word bubble here may be quite possibly the most brilliant question any fictional character has ever asked in the history of fiction]]. ** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20130710 "I am NOT your creator! You were NOT created to serve me-- And I do NOT expect you to obey my commands OR crush my enemies!"]]. * GreenEyes: They're one of the few [[SplashOfColor splashes of color]] in the first chapter, and they can really jump out at you in close-ups of her face, like [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050128 here]]. * HappilyAdopted: Agatha has always known that Adam and Lilith Clay were constructs, and ostensibly "friends" of her uncle, but still calls them her parents, and obviously cares for them. * HerHeartWillGoOn: [[spoiler: Lars]]. It's also worth noting that both Tarvek and Gil have gotten hurt while chasing after Agatha. She just can't seem to keep her suitors healthy. And she's got [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090209 serious issues]] about it, too -- most likely due to [[spoiler: Lars' death]]. * HeroicWillpower: With enough motivation, Agatha [[spoiler:[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100310 can out-will Lucrezia herself]]]]. * HomeSweetHome: She thinks she wants this. * HolyChild: Of the Geister religion, due to her mother's influence. * IdiotHair: Agatha's by no means an idiot (anymore at least), but the original meaning of the term applies. She has an [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20131023 eternal]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20131025 battle]] with the cowlick on the top of her head. * InTheBlood: [[MadScientist Sparkiness]], being a blonde, and [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101126 occasionally]] being TheVamp in habits are all details similar, or '''exactly''' like her [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101129 mother]]. Fortunately, she's not the evil sort. ''[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20031015 Usually]]''. ** And from her father's side, she inherited the ability to hyperfocus by heterodyning, and also his ChronicHeroSyndrome. * ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies: Agatha wants Gil and Tarvek safely ''out''. * KidWithTheLeash: To the Jägers and Castle Heterodyne. * KissKissSlap: Sums up her relationship with Gil and Tarvek. * LastOfHerKind: She appears to be the last member of the Heterodyne family. * LongLostRelative: To Theo [=DuMedd=] [[spoiler: and Zola]] as a cousin. * MadeASlave: Many of the world's major powers want to do this to her. [[spoiler:The Other is at least partially successful]]. * MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter, as well as being a MadScientist herself. Also, the progeny of a MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter, who was a MadScientist herself. Being the descendant of two powerful families of Sparks, it runs in the family. * MagneticHero: Thanks to the legend of her father and uncle, Krosp states that a lot of people will want to follow her (or kill her or exploit her, but that's beside the point). She's already collected quite an entourage of followers, including an heir to the Lightning Throne, the Baron's own son, a lost princess of a backwoods tribe, a talking cat, one of her cousins, a band of convicts who was repairing Castle Heterodyne... * MeaningfulName: ** Heterodyning means to alter a frequency by creating another frequency to interact with it. Part of the Heterodyne Spark is the ability to instinctively hum in a way that heterodynes with any background noise so that it gets cancelled out, removing distractions from their work. ** Agatha's locket, which was created by her uncle Barry, is a true Heterodyne locket - when she wears it, it heterodynes her ''brain''. When she was younger, it suppressed her brain waves so that she could never focus enough to truly use her Spark. Now that she has fully broken through, it can't fully suppress her Spark anymore, but the same properties [[spoiler: cancel out the brain waves of the implanted copy of Lucrezia in her head, preventing her from taking over Agatha's body]]. ** Agatha's first name is also poignant. It derives from greek, "Ἀγαθή" (pronounced "Agathon"), meaning "good, noble, brave", all traits consistent with her ChronicHeroSyndrome. * {{Meganekko}}: Those big round bottle-thick lenses... * MsFanservice: Less than Zeetha, but the Foglios do have a penchant for putting her in corsetry and lacy underthings. * {{Omniglot}}: According to the novels, she speaks Romanian (Apparently her native tongue), Latin, Greek, German, English, French, Arabic and Russian. * OrphansPlotTrinket: Her locket, a gift from her uncle Barry, with pictures of her real parents. It was a device to shut down her Spark abilities, keeping her safe and hidden. [[spoiler:It then later serves as a suppressant for an unwanted GrandTheftMe occupant in Agatha's head: The Other/Lucrezia]]. * ParentalAbandonment: Her original parents are gone [[spoiler:at least until Lucrezia shows up]], her Uncle Barry who was like a father to her disappeared when she was seven, and [[spoiler:her [[ParentalSubstitute parental substitutes]] get ripped to shreds. They [[BackFromTheDead get better]] and have come back into her life after the time skip]]. * ParodySue: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081124 Gets played with in the Cinderella parody]]. * PimpedOutDress: In the Cinderella parody, she gets a clockwork themed ballgown, that can even be taken off by pressing a button. * PowerFloats: When she [[spoiler: drank from the Dyne. Apparently this is a fairly standard reaction, although she managed to avoid exploding like Igneous Heterodyne, one of her ancestors.]] * SarcasticDevotee: Sarcastically swore fealty to Krosp. He took it seriously, being [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething a good king]] and helping her. * ScienceHero: ''Spark''. * ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder: Like ''all'' Sparks. The page image. * SupremeChef: She can make coffee so exquisite that it makes coffee buff (and her future Seneschal) Vanamonde Von Mekkhan weep and have a pure bliss moment. She says it's "simple chemistry", and later says the same thing when she gets drafted as the cook in the castle prison detail during her initial Castle Heterodyne infiltration. * SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Gil, assumed by a fair amount of people. * TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening: Subverted. Gil notes that her breakthrough was peaceful compared to other Sparks. * TeenGenius: She's eighteen, so she's at the outside edge of this trope, but she's still the youngest major Spark in the comic, as well as one of the most powerful. * {{Tsundere}}: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20031003 Oh,]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081112 yes]]. She [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090311 definitely]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090805 is]] one. At least, towards Gil. * TheFettered: Naturally, with a bad case of ChronicHeroSyndrome, she's this. * UnderestimatingBadassery: Many people do this to her. To quote Gil talking to Vole: -->'''Gil''': You're just like my father! You '''underestimated''' her and she '''bested''' you! She is a '''Heterodyne'''! Doesn't that '''mean''' anything to you?!? * WeaselMascot: Ever since Tarvek brought her a bundle of Wasp Eaters after [[spoiler: The Vespiary Squad airship crash]], one of them has latched onto Agatha and [[spoiler:went with her through the TimeSkip portal. She's become dependent on the wasp eater's proximity after she substituted it for Martellus to subvert his alchemical "touch of the king" leash he tried to put on her.]] * WrenchWench: She looks ''good'' tinkering with machines. ** Virtually all of the promotional artwork depicts her holding a wrench of some sort. * WrenchWhack: Since she's usually carrying one anyway, wrenches also make great impromptu blunt force weapons. [[/folder]] [[folder:Wooster]] !!Ardsley Wooster [[quoteright:243:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/wooster.bmp]] Originally from Britain, Wooster first met Gil in Paris and agreed to enter his service as a manservant. He claimed not to know Gil's true identity at the time, and was apparently very surprised when he found out. However, Wooster turned out to be more than a [[TheJeeves Jeeves]]; in reality, he was a secret agent for British intelligence, and therefore likely DID know who Gil was, which is very impressive seeing as Gil's childhood friends didn't. Turns out Gil knew ''Wooster's'' real identity, and was perfectly willing to go along with the pretense until events pushed him into making use of his knowledge. Classy and unflappable Wooster is currently working for Gil, and thus is a Protagonist, but his ultimate loyalty is to "Albia" (the British Crown), an as-of-yet unknown force. ---- * BadassNormal: He commandeers a rifle from one of the Baron's troops (after somehow ditching Agatha's party), fires from the top of one of the caravans and is ready to snipe the Baron (see ShootTheDog below), delivers an OffhandBackhand to Bangladesh Dupree, and later enters and exits the Jägergeneral's airship from the window. He also survived being [[MadScientist Gil's]] assistant for at least a year before the comic starts. * BattleButler: While undercover working for Gil. * DragonWithAnAgenda: A heroic example, as he is still loyal to the queen, whatever that means. * NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:Boris tries to invoke this when Wooster reveals the Baron's plan to level Mechanicsburg to the Jäger Generals, claiming that he's allowed The Other an opportunity to escape. Wooster doesn't buy it, but admits that the Queen will take an interest in the matter if things do go south.]] * OffhandBackhand: Delivered to Bangladesh [=DuPree=], of all people, and widely considered his CrowningMomentOfAwesome. -->'''[=DuPree=]:''' You're on my ''list'', pal!\\ '''Wooster:''' But you are most certainly not on mine. Good day. * ReassignedToAntarctica: After being outed as a spy, not to mention sending Europa into chaos, his superiors assign him to [[spoiler:stay with the Jägers guarding Mechanicsburg]] as punishment. * SarcasticDevotee: Though he grows out of it, he starts off as a man with little faith in Agatha. * ServileSnarker: As Gil's right-hand-man. GentlemanSnarker might be more accurate now we know his real background. * ShootTheDog: Is prepared to do whatever it takes to complete his mission, even killing Baron Wulfenbach. Although given his comment that "Gil won't like this", he may have been planning a wounding shot. * SpannerInTheWorks: When he [[spoiler:derails Boris' manipulation of the Jägergenerals]]. * SpyDrama: This didn't really feature in the comic itself until [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100827 this strip]]. There is, however, a [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20091027 custom ad]] for the Spy Battle browser game that portrays his past as being ''[[UpToEleven ridiculously]]'' martini-flavored. * TheStoic: He's rather nonchalant about Gil revealing that he knew all along that Wooster was a British spy. And he's again unflappable when throwing a monkey wrench into Boris's attempt to deceive the Jäger generals. However, even he is not immune to being minionized by [[BewareTheNiceOnes Gil]]'s force of will. * TallDarkAndSnarky: One of the tallest protagonists, dark haired, and he's British, so snark is a given. [[/folder]] [[folder:Da Boyz]] !!Ognian, Maxim, and Dimo [[quoteright:157:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/the_boyz.bmp]] [[caption-width-right:157:Oggie, Maxim, and Dimo]] FanNickname for the three "wild" Jägermonsters. They were sent out on a suicide mission to find an heir to the Heterodyne family so that the other Jägers could serve Wulfenbach without having abandoned their masters. To their surprise, they discovered Agatha in Zumzum, and followed her to protect her. ---- !! Da Boyz in general * AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Dimo is green, and Maxim is purple. Oggie is ([[DarkSkinnedBlond relatively]]) normally coloured by human standards, which makes him the odd one out by Jäger standards. * {{Badass}}: Only natural. ** BadassAdorable: Oggie, and to a lesser extent Maxim. ** BadassCrew: They fight very effectively together. * BerserkButton: Enough to even get them pissed at a Heterodyne. "Dot... vas... my.... ''HAT!''" * BloodKnight: They're Jägers. It comes with the territory. * ChewingTheScenery: ** When they need to stop Jenka from rampaging through town. "'''''SCHTOP!''''' Hyu horr'ble monstery ting of '''EVIL!'''" ** Later, when they (briefly) entered Mechanicsburg before a Heterodyne was officially in residence, which is not allowed. --->'''Oggie:''' [[{{Seppuku}} Hyu knife, brodder]]! \\ '''Maxim:''' Right here, brodder! \\ '''Dimo:''' ''[sighs]'' Ve didn't gets ''caught,'' hyu ''eediots.''\\ '''Oggie and Maxim:''' Whew! * CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Da Boyz have funny accents, are generally not too bright and more than a little goofy. Then something happens, and suddenly all the goofiness is gone and you're reminded that Da Boyz are in fact 200+ -years-old {{Super Soldier}}s... * CuteLittleFangs: Until they open their mouths and reveal that the "little" fangs are ''[[SlasherSmile huge]]''. * CuteMonsterGirl: Rare male example in Maxim and Oggie. Oggie, oddly, is more of a charmer than Maxim despite not being as pretty, even being able to sweet-talk human girls. * FunetikAksent: Iz de vay de Jägers tok. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120530 Even their applause is accented!]] * HadToBeSharp: Extended time away from the main corps of Jägerkin has necessitated them to think on their own. As a result, they've become smarter for it; even Oggie, and especially Dimo. This sharpening of mental acuity is what enabled Maxim to be the Jäger who finally claimed [[DefeatingTheUndefeatable Old Man Death]]'s hat. * HiddenDepths: They're smarter than the other Jägers. And it seemed to have only come up after they split from the main group. -->'''General Goomblast:''' ''Dimo!'' Hy am ''shocked'' at dis behavior!\\ '''Boris:''' Still, it ''was'' rather clever of him...\\ '''General Goomblast:''' Hy ''said'' Hy vas shocked. * IOweYouMyLife: This was their excuse for watching over Agatha before her identity was revealed, that they need to pay her back for cutting them down in Zumzum. -->'''Zeetha:''' You already did. On the bridge.\\ '''Dimo:''' Dat vas fer me. Maxim und Oggie still gots dere turns. * KavorkaMan: They claim to be "irresistible to vimmen," although how much so remains to be seen. Given how many times women seem receptive to Oggie's flirting, he apparently lives up to it. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100614 Maxim and Oggie]] both found interested girls during Maxim's interaction with Old Man Death. Then again, apparently in Mechanicsburg and its suburbs Jägers are heroes. * TheManTheyCouldntHang: They're introduced swinging in the breeze in Zumzum, where they've been hanging for three days. The only thing they're worried about is Jenka finding them. * MrFanservice: Maxim is rather attractive and the other two have their fans. * NiceHat: Like all Jägers. Maxim gives his up when [[spoiler:Lars dies]], acquiring a new one later on. * TheNoseKnows: All Jägers have an acute sense of smell. Before any Jäger was even aware of the fact that Agatha was their long lost master, many of them commented on how she smelled good. The Jäger Generals debated on whether she could be the one based on the scent on her belongings. And Da Boyz are introduced picking up a whiff of Agatha in Zumzum as they dangled on their ineffectual nooses. Later, they were able to identify the hallucinogenic haze that the Circus members unleashed on the Wulfenbach forces to make an escape. They could also "schmell ze fear" on [[spoiler:Lars moments before his HeroicSacrifice.]] * PowerTrio: Dimo=Superego, Maxim=Ego, Oggie=Id. * ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Comes with being Jäger. * ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: They don't look particularly old, but WordOfGod is that they're between 250-300 years old, and Oggie has at least one adult great-great-grandchild (Who looks and acts suspiciously like the person telling the main story, who is a stand in for the author). * ShipperOnDeck: Agatha/Gil is the Jägerkin {{OTP}}. * TheSmartGuy: All three are pretty intelligent, especially compared to the average Jägerkin. Dimo is clearly the smartest of the trio.. Vote for Girl Genius in topwebcomics.com and the incentive even calls him "The Smart One." * SuperSoldier: As with all Jägers. * ThoseTwoGuys: Three, but who's counting. Often get to fill this role. * UndyingLoyalty: Explicitly explained to be a ''choice'' on the Jägers' part. They are not compelled to serve the Heterodynes; rather, every Jäger has made a conscious choice and vow to serve the Heterodynes for life before they drank the [[SuperSerum Jägerbrau]]. !! Dimo [[quoteright:141:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/daboyzdimo_5106.png]] The leader by default, due to being the smartest of the trio. Often the OnlySaneMan as well. ---- * AnArmAndALeg: Dimo lost his left arm to the [[AmputationStopsSpread acid of mutated glowing slugs]]. * ArtificialLimbs: [[spoiler:Dimo gets what looks like a Spark-made replacement arm to replace the one he lost from the slug acid spit.]] * FourStarBadass: [[spoiler:That's '''General''' Dimo to you, after the TimeSkip. He had to, as all the other (known) Generals are caught in the time-freeze bubble, and most rank-and-file Jägers aren't known for smarts. Seeing that there's a vacancy due to hat-loss-caused-death of one General in the recent past, he may get to keep the post.]] * HandicappedBadass: [[spoiler:Dimo, after losing his arm in the Stormhalten Riot. Undone by an ArtificialLimb replacement that looks to have been made by some refugee spark in the caves after the TimeSkip]]. * ObfuscatingStupidity: Most notable in Dimo, but they're all smarter than most rank-and-file Jägers because of the [[TookALevelInBadass time they spent by themselves]]. * OnlySaneMan: he's the de facto leader of the trio. This quality later [[spoiler:helps earn him a promotion to [[FourStarBadass Generalcy]] after the time-skip.]] * PermaStubble: He starts out with a reasonably neat goatee though. * SlasherSmile: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050520 Dimo is particularly good at this]]. * WeaponOfChoice: Dimo is [[KnifeNut pretty handy with throwing knives]], and prefers his [[BareFistedMonk claws and fistcuffs]] when it comes to getting up close and personal. * YouAreInCommandNow: [[spoiler: Due to all the other (known) Jäger generals being trapped in the Baron's time-freeze bubble, Dimo took over leadership of the Jägers on account of being the OnlySaneMan amongst Da Boyz.]] !! Ognian, aka "Oggie" [[quoteright:173:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/daboyzoggie_4219.png]] One of the few Jägers known to have descendants, and a surprisingly competent sweet-talker. ---- * ButtMonkey: He is frequently clobbered by one or both of the other Boyz mid-sentence for saying things that/when he shouldn't. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080307 Sometimes Jenka joins in too.]] * DoesNotLikeShoes: While the other two have footwear, Oggie is barefoot. * {{Dumb Blond|e}}: Oggie is... not the sharpest tooth in the mouth. * IWantGrandkids: Oggie wants great-great-great grandkids. %%* {{Manchild}}: Oggie. * NoodleIncident: Oggie apparently did something that pissed off Klaus, which may be part of the reason he was sent on the mission in the first place. * WeaponOfChoice: Oggie packs a [[RuleOfThree triple]] [[BladeOnAStick pole]] [[AnAxeToGrind axe]] !! Maxim [[quoteright:199:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/daboyzmaxim_129.png]] The prettiest of the trio, and mostly human except for his purple skin. ---- * AttractiveBentGender: In the Cinderella story, Maxim... is beautiful. Oggie and Dimo avert the attractiveness. * {{Bishounen}}: Maxim was originally designed as an in-joke for [[AuthorAppeal Kaja]]. Lampshaded in the [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081121 Cinderella]] side-story, when he's supposed to play an ugly stepsister... [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081124 well]], see for [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081210 yourself]]. * DueToTheDead: In honor of [[spoiler:Lars's HeroicSacrifice, he gave his first hat to be buried with Lars. If only for a short time, Lars rode with the Jägers (like Carson Von Mekkhan and Old Man Death)]], and it's custom for such people to be honored in death like a Jäger. * LongHairedPrettyBoy: Goes along with his {{Bishounen}} factor. * LoopholeAbuse: After failing to get Old Man Death's hat by [[DefeatingTheUndefeatable fighting him for it]], Maxim then tells him he wants a sandwich. Old Man Death tells him "you name it, I make it". Maxim asks for a "Prince of Sturmhalten's Big Bet", which refers to a past Prince of Sturmhalten who lost a bet with the reigning Heterodyne at the time, and had to eat his hat. In order to live up to his boast, Old Man Death had to make Maxim a hat sandwich. On top of that, Old Man Death said he was going to give him the sandwich and then started to threaten him with what he'd do to him afterwards. Basically trying to pull his own LoopholeAbuse. However, Maxim then said he wanted the sandwich to go, so he pulled LoopholeAbuse twice. * NiceHat: Of particular note for Maxim: His new hat isn't particularly fancy, but it used to be [[DefeatingTheUndefeatable Old Man Death's]]. * WeaponOfChoice: Maxim packs a [[CoolSword cavalry saber]] and maybe a PowerFist ([[ShrugOfGod though not even the Foglios know what that metallic glove thing is]]). [[/folder]] [[folder:The Dingbots]] !!"Agatha's Little Clanks" [[quoteright:213:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/dingbots2_4196.png]] The Dingbots are a horde of small clanks (roughly the size of a large pocketwatch) created by Agatha that prove to be immensely useful in a variety of roles. The original Dingbots created by Agatha herself (such as the fan-named "Dingbot Prime", created in her sleep aboard Castle Wulfenbach) appear to have the Spark, as they are able to create more Dingbots (though with diminishing returns in quality). ---- * ActionBomb: During the battle that eventually laid Baron Wulfenbach low, several of them [[RedEyesTakeWarning went red-eyed]] and started charging at enemies and exploding. * AIIsACrapshoot: They're not evil, but Tarvek has hypothesized that the Primes ''have the [[ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder Spark]]''. And they did go a bit [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100802 off the rails]] during the Civil War between the Prime and Deuce factions before the Dingbot Queen intervened. * DoAnythingRobot: Individually, likely not. But as a horde? They ZergRush the problem; odds are, ''some'' dingbot [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040419 has the right tool for the job built into it]]. * FanNickname: They don't have an actual name in-comic, other than "Agatha's little clanks." On that note, fans are considering dubbing groups of dingbots "devotions." * RebusBubble: To Gil, and to the second Dingbot Prime ("Dingbot Deuce" as he's been called). * RidiculouslyCuteCritter: All of them have at least one big round innocently curious looking eye. * ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder: Which is part of what leads Gil and Tarvek to theorize they have the Spark. * TheSpeechless: They don't say a single actual word, their vocalizations consist of [[RebusBubble Rebus Bubbles]] and heterodyning. * ThereCanBeOnlyOne: Agatha lost the original Dingbot Prime and made a new one. The original turned up again and, well, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20091005 they don't seem to like each other all that much.]].. Soon after, Agatha made a third one, a "[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100806 Dingbot Queen]]" who subdued Prime and Deuce and united the two warring factions following each of the "primes". * WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Despite being the size of a large pocketwatch there is every chance the Agatha-originated Dingbots are self aware, and possibly are Sparks themselves. * ZergRush: Their biggest advantage in carrying out the tasks their mistress (or her associates) needs is their sheer numbers. [[/folder]] [[folder:Gil]] !!Gilgamesh Wulfenbach [[quoteright:186:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Gil.bmp]] Son of one of the major antagonists, Gilgamesh is one of the possible pairings for Agatha (probably the canon one, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110817 considering]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110819 these]]) and has much more obvious motivations. ---- * AntagonistInMourning: When Agatha fakes her death. * AwesomeMcCoolname: Gilgamesh, like the ancient badass Gilgamesh, two thirds god and one hundred percent [[RatedMForManly Man]]. * {{Badass}} ** BadassBoast: and it is ''[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060306 awesome]].'' ** BadassBookworm: He'd actually much prefer playing around in his lab, and doesn't even have a death ray when Agatha first meets him. ** BadassAbnormal: ''Possibly.'' [[spoiler:Gil did take a Jager Battlebrau without much in the way of side effects, which surprised Mama Gkika. And he doesn't seem to be too affected by the Doom Bell, either.]] * BadassLongcoat: several of them, of varying degree of fanciness. The one he wears while defending Mechanicsburg is particularly effective. * BerserkButton: You should take him seriously. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080229 He doesn't]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080303 like it]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080305 when you don't]]. Also, Agatha. * BettyAndVeronica: Agatha's Betty, to contrast with the far less trustworthy Tarvek. * BewareTheNiceOnes: He is a friendly, generous, honest man who believes strongly in giving second chances. He doesn't even have ''any'' weapons by the time Agatha first meets him. But piss him off, and he can fight off {{Super Soldier}}s with his bare hands. -->'''Gil:''' I am Gilgamesh Wulfenbach, little man -- and there is nothing I couldn't do, had I cause! And now... now I have one! * BigDamnHeroes: He's not the only one to do this by a long shot, but he certainly loves to. * BlatantLies: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090220 "I'm a pirate."]] * BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler:During the Battle of Mechanicsburg Klaus brainwashes him to be "loyal to the Empire," so that he will have enough free agency to inoculate himself against the slaver wasps and remain free from Lucrezia's control. The result is a Gil who is angry, dangerous, and insists on trying to capture Agatha for the good of all. Klaus also notes that in the worst case scenario, his advisers will be able to rule through him]]. And just to be on the safe side, [[spoiler: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20131227 he planted his own personality into Gilgamesh to keep him under control.]] ]] * BullyingADragon: Vole was talking ''down'' to this guy? * CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Realistic version: he can throw Merlot's battle clank, but his body [[HeroicRROD breaks a bit]] doing it. However, there is some passing dialogue that indicates that Gil might [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080428 be slightly more than human, judging by Mamma Gkika's comments]]. * ChildProdigy: He was eight when he built his first construct. This is even more notable if we remember that most Sparks break through as teenagers or young adults. * CrazyJealousGuy: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20140418 Wooster certainly seems to think so]]. * CreepyShadowedUndereyes: After the time skip. He remains awake for weeks and gets dark circles around his eyes as a result. * DeathGlare: Has [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060306 unleashed]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081103 a]] few. Notably, he is one of very few people that have managed to [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110815 scare a Jäger]]. * DeathRay: Notable for not having one until he finally built a really ''impressive'' [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20071126 one]]. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20111021 Or two]]. * {{Determinator}}: Gil has his moments, especially when Agatha is in danger. * {{Deuteragonist}}: To Agatha, the {{Protagonist}}. * DragonRider: After the time skip he rides one of the "last great sky wyrms", apparently after the polar lords challenged his rule. * DudeWheresMyRespect: He tries to be even-handed and fair, and people just dismiss him for it. And then he has to remind them that he is his father's son. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080229 Like with Vole over these three pages.]] * GenreSavvy: From the first volume he had a hunch that it was Agatha who was the new Spark. * HeroicRROD: When his body can no longer handle the feats of epic {{Badass}}ery he's performing. Has happened at least twice: after he beat up Vole and after throwing Merlot's clank. * HereditaryHairstyle: His rather wild hair is akin to his father's, except his still has color to it. * HiddenBackupPrince: Not quite a traditional example, but when Gil discovers that he can be addressed as "Your Majesty" he is quite surprised. [[spoiler: WordOfGod reveals that he's the Prince of Skifander.]] * TheInsomniac: After the time skip. He spends weeks without sleep, apparently obsessing over [[spoiler: getting Agatha and Mechanicsburg back.]] * LikeBrotherAndSister: With Bang, to the horror of Klaus. After the time skip, Gil [[spoiler:finds nothing odd about waking up with Bang in bed with him. Apparently she had been struggling to stay awake as much as him, but she doesn't have his training, so she can't just do a few mental exercises and be good]]. * LovedINotHonorMore: There's liking Agatha, but first there's containing the Other, as he explains to Zeetha. He also makes this argument while she's charging the Castle, but it's not clear whether it's actually him making it. * LoveMakesYouStupid: Agatha thinks he's been [[ObfuscatingStupidity pretending to be an idiot]] around her. He was not. He's even willing to [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] it when he's fighting Vole. -->'''Tarvek''': So, Wulfenbach - just checking - Is this going to be some kind of macho exercise where you insist on battling a potentially superior opponent alone in some kind of misguided attempt to "prove" your intrinsic worth?\\ '''Gil''': No, '''NO!''' I'm only ''that'' stupid in front of Agatha! * MadeOfIron: ** He took several bullets and kept standing unfazed while facing down the army of war clanks attempting to invade Mechanicsburg. [[spoiler:And then he kicks a former Jäger's ass for underestimating him while being dragged off for medical care]]. ** After being [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081020 kicked]] by Zeetha into a wall, the wall had a number of cracks-- with him not even bleeding yet. * MarryForLove: He isn’t happy when his father announces it’s time for him to get married and that he will arrange for a suitable match. He would prefer a girl he likes, who understands his Sparky ideas and can keep up with them. * MissingMom: The only time she's mentioned in the main comic is when Klaus grumbles that he hasn't seen his wife in years, and Gil claims Von Pinn is the closest thing to a mother he's ever known. Judging from a few hints in the comic and a few more outside the comic, all signs point to his mother [[spoiler:being Zantabraxus, Warrior Queen of Skifander]]. * MrFanservice: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080421 Observe.]] * NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Named for the protagonist of the oldest epic we still have records of. * NiceHat: ** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080514 Magnificently nice]]. - Also counts as a BrickJoke [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081110 in this scene]] - Just when he thought he was rid of it for good, the Hat Came Back! ** The Hat is so nice that [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120113 it serves as instant identification of Gilgamesh]]. Except for [[OnlySaneMan the one guy]]. He gets promoted. * NiceToTheWaiter: Zola mentions that he was the only person who was ever nice to her. * ObfuscatingStupidity: Apparently what Gil was doing in Paris as mentioned below under RichIdiotWithNoDayJob. Agatha believes him to be doing this in Castle Heterodyne, and Tarvek is amused to find out that he isn't. * OutOfFocus: He drops out of the story for most of the second arc. Lampshaded with a gag panel [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050912 here]]. * PornStash: Apparently teenage boys really are the same everywhere. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040206 Even steampunk mad scientist ones]]. By the way, a "seraglio" is another word for a harem. * PostKissCatatonia: A brief one, when Agatha kisses him after destroying the Hive Engine. * PunctuatedForEmphasis: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060306 Do. You]]. '''''[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060306 Understand]]'''''? * RedOniBlueOni: Red to Tarvek's Blue, oh-so-very much. Gil is passionate, dogged and relentless in everything he does, and prefers [[CrazyPrepared Crazy Preparation]] to [[TheChessmaster Chess]]. This means he's hopeless in situations that can't be prepared for... like romance. He has to get by on honesty... and can be a bit [[BrutalHonesty brutal]] about it. * RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: While studying in Paris, Gil cultivated the image of himself as a womanising layabout and opium fiend who was involved with pirates and constantly getting involved in the schemes of crazed minor Sparks, in order to keep anyone (especially Tarvek Sturmvoraus) from figuring out that he was the Baron's son (though the trouble with crazy Sparks was mostly for the sake of [[DamselInDistress an absent minded chorus girl he had befriended]]). * SanitySlippage: After the time skip. [[spoiler:His father's brainwashing, combined with losing nearly every single friend and family member he had all at once]], has not been kind to him. * ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder: One of the first things he does is go crazy while examining the machine Glassvitch and Merlot built. He's even been the page picture. * SecretTestOfCharacter: His father gives him a ''lot'' of these. His introduction is a two-part one: To see if he's intelligent enough to notice that his father's theory is fundamentally flawed, and to see if he has the ability to confront his father when he is wrong. * SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The Manly Man to Tarvek's Sensitive Guy, he's more action oriented and a little less socially apt. * SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Gets a bit of this regarding Agatha, though not as much as she does regarding him. * ShirtlessScene: Enough that the [[TheWikiRule wiki]] had a poll at one point about when editors thought he would next put a shirt on. One of the options was [[WalkingShirtlessScene "Gil owns a shirt?"]] * ShockAndAwe: Can call down electricity with a nifty rod. The most notable example of him ''doing'' this, interestingly, is also an example of the TropeNamer- rapid dominance through a spectacular display of power. * ThoseMagnificentFlyingMachines: He's one of the only ones in the setting creating heavier than air aircraft. Helicopter-like craft are in use by various parties, though. * TookALevelInBadass: While Agatha was “dead.” * TrainingFromHell: Everything does, apparently, have to be a test. * WackyMarriageProposal: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040705 "To annoy your father?"]] %%* WarriorPoet * WarriorPrince: Technically not a "prince", because the Wulfenbach name wasn't exactly high nobility before the Baron enforced his rule. But Gil is very much his father's son, and knows how to throw down just as well as his father. ** He may well be a more literal example after all. When [[spoiler:he refuses to be styled as "Herr Baron" after his father's disappearance]], Boris decides to use one of Gil's styles: Your Highness. *** [[spoiler: And the infamous "Chump picture" has all but confirmed that Gil is Prince of Skifander.]] * WellDoneSonGuy: Played with. Gil has absolutely no reason to doubt that his father loves or wants him, and genuinely wants to make him proud and show himself worthy to be his father's heir. Klaus, in the mean time, doesn't hesitate to show approval when warranted, but tests his son constantly, has very high demands and has made it abundantly clear he won't hesitate to [[MadScientist break Gil down for bits and build a new son]] if Gil, through design or general incompetence, becomes a threat to the political stability of the Wulfenbach Empire. * WeUsedToBeFriends: With Tarvek. They were best buddies back when they were kids. But after poking about in some archives (a place they shouldn't have been) to find out just who Gil's family was (it was a secret to everyone that he was the Baron's son), their friendship was gone when Gil ratted Tarvek out. There is still some residual friendship, as Gil often finds himself fighting alongside Tarvek against the myriad perils inside Castle Heterodyne and fighting better together. * WildHair: Just like [[HereditaryHairstyle Daddy's]]. * WorldOfCardboardSpeech: Has a few examples that may qualify, while beating up Vole or threatening Wooster are probably the best examples. [[/folder]] [[folder:Krosp]] !!Krosp I, Emperor of all Cats [[quoteright:171:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/krosp.bmp]] Created by a Spark to control cats to act as a spy network, Krosp I is a failed experiment with delusions of lordship who has given Agatha much valuable political advice. ---- * BadassLongcoat: He's given quite a nifty red and gold one while he's with Master Payne's Circus with Agatha. At first he complains about the coat, but for reasons unknown to any but Krosp himself, he's kept it. * CanonImmigrant: He originated in the TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering days of ''ComicStrip/WhatsNewWithPhilAndDixie''. * CatsAreSnarkers: Yes. Yes, they are. * ChekhovsGunman: First seen [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20031114 as an apparently normal cat getting into Agatha's food]]. * CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: When his animal side takes over. --> '''Krosp:''' ''[to Gil on their first meeting]'' I'm serious! Mess with me and your ''shoes'' are '''mine!''' %%* DeadpanSnarker * GenreSavvy: As [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070523 this]] page among others helps demonstrate, Krosp knows what happens around Sparks, and he also fully anticipates people's reactions to Agatha's claim of being the heir. He also loves their reactions. * GoneHorriblyRight: A humorous example; his creator wanted an intelligent cat capable of exercising control over his non-sentient brethren. He succeeded perfectly, but it turns out that [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040317 cats don't really make good spies.]].. %%* GreenEyes * HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Once he picks up a snappy jacket that one of the kids in Payne's troupe outgrew. * IntellectualAnimal: Though the intelligence wasn't the point of the project. %%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold * MeaningfulName: It's an anagram of "spork", a combined spoon/fork eating utensil, and while not as useful as a separate spoon and fork, still pretty handy to have around. * MyInstinctsAreShowing: For all his intellect and articulate speech, his pragmatism and insight on Realpolitik, he is still ultimately a cat. He gets sidetracked by table scraps and mice, threatens to shred shoes, and irrationally hates getting wet. * NoSell: He is the only one able to consistently ignore Agatha's Spark command voice. * TheNoseKnows: His olfactry senses have been useful. Most notably, during the Passholdt incident. * OnlySaneMan: Well, usually. He gets pretty useless when his cat instincts take over. * {{Realpolitik}}: He is a font of wisdom on this for Agatha. * RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: When Agatha sarcastically swears fealty to him, he takes her seriously and accepts her as his subject. He considers it his responsibility as her king to keep her safe. * TheSmartGuy: Of the tactical and political variety. * SnarkyNonHumanSidekick: And well aware of it. -->'''Krosp:''' Is this one of those situations that involves "ethics"? 'Cause I'm a cat, you know. I've never been very good at those. [[/folder]] [[folder:Moloch]] !!Moloch von Zinzer [[quoteright:136:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/mollock.bmp]] A mechanic who served in army of a Spark beaten by Klaus and ended up "on the beach" after his WalkingTank ran into Bang's team. First met right at the beginning when he and his brother steal Agatha's locket. He is later mistaken for the Spark that created Agatha's first clank. He turned up again in Castle Heterodyne and seems to have fallen into the role of Agatha's minion by default. ---- * ActionSurvivor: He starts out as a mere soldier who steals an OrphansPlotTrinket from the main character in the first chapter, so you'd expect him to last about five minutes. But after his brother's death by said trinket, getting mistaken for a Spark, and eventually ending up imprisoned in a sentient castle built by a family of murderous sociopaths, he's still kicking thanks in part to large amounts of luck, GenreSavvy, and talent for dealing with Sparks. The Castle has started calling him the Head Minion. * AssKickingEqualsAuthority: Among the minions in any case. While he hasn't kicked anyone's ass, his position as Agatha's Chief Minion was secured by delivering {{Dope Slap}}s to the other Castle Prisoners that were getting out of line. * BeleagueredAssistant: He spends a lot of time insisting that he is ''not'' the minion to one of the craziest and most dangerous sparks around. -->'''Theo''': '''Hit the first switch!!!'''\\ '''Moloch''': Yeah yeah, here it goes..\\ '''Snaug''': Psst... it's "yes, master".\\ '''Moloch''': ...Not even if it got me out of the castle '''''tonight'''''. * CharacterizationMarchesOn: ** He was quite nasty in his earliest appearances, so he was much more deserving of the abuse he got early on. Being in Castle Heterodyne around more AxCrazy folks seriously mellowed him out, to the point that he's currently considered a nice guy. Or perhaps his brother's influence (plus, y'know, his belief that Agatha had ''murdered'' him) was corrupting and he improved in its absence. ** The very first thing he does when he meets up with Agatha again in Castle Heterodyne [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080312 is to apologize for his behavior back then]], claiming he was really scared and under a ''lot'' of stress. Agatha forgives him. ** In his very first appearance, he's actually rather friendly and reasonable, and trying hard to keep his brother in line. (The novelization, which tells this scene from his POV, emphasizes this.) It was only after his brother died holding Agatha's locket that he started getting nasty. * ChewToy: He didn't start out that way, and it's not physical abuse. He was one of the soldiers who stole the OrphansPlotTrinket. The Karmic Chess Master moved him next to Agatha. He tried to play rough. Now his nerves are the butt of every joke the fates can manage. Examples: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080312 The tables are turned]], [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080324 his Genre Savvy fails]], [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080402 the rain of fear begins]], [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080625 the Castle has some fun]], [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080630 the Castle gets serious]], [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080901 Genre Savvy does no good at all]], [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090902 Genre Savvy says it all]], [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100115 Nightmare rising]], [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100118 Especially when it works as planned]], [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100813 Fool for love]], and many, many more. %%* {{Chiaroscuro}} * CluelessChickMagnet: To a lesser degree than one might expect [[UpToEleven in this crazy universe]], but despite his general scruffiness and not having been seen to ''try'' to get girls, he's clearly attracted both Violetta and [[TheIgor Snaug]], with bonus {{UST}}-source Sanaa Wilhelm. * CombatPragmatist: His solution for dealing with an enemy riding a clank is to simply [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20121119 hit the driver with a brick]] rather than engage in the kind of drawn-out fight that the [[BloodKnight Jägers]] would prefer. Fits with his [[OnlySaneMan overall pragmatic approach to life]]. * CrushBlush: When he learns that his crush was not as secret as he thought * CutTheJuice: his solution to being told that the machinery can't be shut off. Earned him a DopeSlap. * DeadpanSnarker: At times. Pointing to one particular example, Agatha needs to recharge the castle if she wants to stop Mechanicsburg from getting overrun, and to do ''that'' she needs to get to the top of a tower. But there's an army of hostile clanks between her and the tower. So she aims her {{BFG}} at them and fires. To see what happens and von Zinzer's response to it, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20121126 click here]]. * TheDragAlong: Often, though he becomes increasingly good at dealing with it (though not without a lot of bitter resignation). [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20121112 Sometimes it even happens literally]]. * DueToTheDead: Those who died in the Castle don't get used as raw material, he decrees. And even hardened criminals ''listen'' when he says so. * TheEngineer: He doesn't have The Spark, but he does have a great deal of skill in machinery and problem solving. He knows that, given enough time, he can solve most problems with a lot of hard work and a bit of [[MundaneSolution common sense]]. [[TruthInTelevision Truth In Webcomics]], since traditionally tank crewers (the closest real-world equivalent to his assignment) would become VERY adept at fixing their vehicles. Mostly because the alternative was firey, unpleasant death. * GenreSavvy: ** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080901 "I have been around way too many Sparks!"]] ** It's becoming so prominent that [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20121126 it's starting to become his defining personal characteristic]]. * HeelFaceTurn: See CharacterizationMarchesOn above. A generous soul might call him the first villain of the series. Even if not, he's more morally grounded now than he used to be. * {{Irony}}: Had Moloch never stolen Agatha's Locket, he never would have gone through the series of events that led him to become her Chief Minion. It's really his own fault. * JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Or at least of a less jerky jerk than it seemed. * TheLeader: To his ''intense'' dismay, he's the highest-ranked minion in Mechanicsburg, due to being Agatha's top minion. * MilitaryMoonshiner: Mentioned in the novelizations. * MinionShipping: With Violetta and Snaug, with a bit of Sanaa to the side. * MuggingTheMonster: Though not even the "monster" in question (Agatha) knew at the time just who and what she was. The mugging arguably kicked off the plot, as Agatha's spark was no longer restrained by Barry's spark-suppressing amulet. * NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Averted, in that he's a perfectly normal person with a demon's name. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120817 Turns out]] his mother got his name out of Literature/TheBible...despite not having actually ''read it'', at least not enough to understand the context. * OnlySaneMan: First the only sane man in the Castle, then the only one in the entire town of Mecanicsburg. %%* SarcasticDevotee * SeenItAll: When he shows up in Castle Heterodyne, his reaction to pretty much everything is “Did you guys ''really'' not see this coming?” * ShipperOnDeck: Agatha/Gil. * StepfordSmiler: When we first see him in the castle, he seems a bit ''[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080220 off]]''. Could be blamed on LoveMakesYouStupid, given his massive crush on Sanaa. * TemptingFate: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101203 "Aaah! Jinx!"]] * TookALevelInBadass: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120402 Astounding Sanaa in the process]]. * UnfazedEveryman: Another character aspect that overlaps with SeenItAll and GenreSavvy. [[/folder]] [[folder:Punch and Judy]] !!Punch and Judy, AKA Adam and Lilith Clay [[quoteright:351:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/punch_and_judy.bmp]] A pair of constructs the Heterodyne Boys' earliest creations, Punch and Judy are common characters in Heterodyne stories. As student work, they are both somewhat flawed; Punch lacks a voice and Judy has mis-matched eyes, although most people don't know that. Punch is often portrayed as a foolish klutz, but Da Boyz report that he is a very intelligent and cunning planner as well as a funny and kind-hearted individual who spent his spare time making toys for children. They were loyal and were given the job of looking after Agatha under the pseudonyms of Adam and Lilith Clay. ---- * ArtificialHuman: They're both "Type 3/Frankenstein" Constructs according to the fandom classification system for Constructs. %%* ActionGirl: Judy * BackFromTheDead: Thanks, Gil! * {{The Big Guy}}s: The duo acted as this to the Heterodyne Boys back in their heyday. Due to Punch's muteness, he (and by extension Judy) were portrated as dumb comic relief in Heterodyne plays, despite the fact that Punch was anything ''but'' DumbMuscle. Naturally, the duo aren't real fond of Heterodyne plays. * CoveredWithScars: Naturally, since they're Frankenstein-type Constructs. [[spoiler:Even moreso after Gil put the meat puzzles back together after Von Pinn had her way with the duo.]] * {{Genius Bruiser}}s: They have SuperStrength, and were able to evade the Baron for quite some time. Once Punch gets a voice and is well again, he is quite verbose. * {{Gentle Giant}}s: Superstrong constructs would have to be this in order to raise a little normal girl to adulthood while in hiding and not result in disaster. * GogglesDoSomethingUnusual: Judy has special glasses to make her eyes look the same size, to hide the fact that she's a not-quite-perfect construct. * ImprobableWeaponUser: Punch throws rivets at bullet-like force and the accuracy of a [[ImprobableAimingSkills pistol marksman]].... [[BulletCatch except against Von Pinn]]. * MeaningfulName: ** Punch is very capable of his namesake. ** According to medieval apocrypha the first man and woman -- Adam and Lilith -- were made from clay (later Lilith was killed and Eve was created). * {{Parental Substitute}}s: To Agatha, when Barry disappeared. She knows full well they're not her biological parents, [[HappilyAdopted but she doesn't care]]. * PutOnABus: Last seen in recovery [[spoiler:after Gil pieced them back together after Von Pinn shredded them. Mentioned by Gil to soothe Agatha's anger over Von Pinn shredding them and once by the Baron about Gil not knowing that he knows about them, but otherwise bussed away.]] ** TheBusCameBack: [[spoiler: Agatha finally reunited with Punch (now with a voice!) in the Jägers' forward cave after the TimeSkip, some seven or so years later in real-time. Judy is tending a refugee nursery elsewhere as well, and has finally reunited with Agatha as well.]] * TheSpeechless: Punch [[spoiler: until Gil's repair, as it's ''Punch'' who gives him a strained "Thank you." for his actions to save Agatha. Gil apparently did some upgrading while he was in there]]. ** SuddenlyVoiced: [[spoiler:[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20131016 After the TimeSkip.]] Now that his speech is unrestrained, Punch's prose is, well, ''quite wordy''. And [[MotorMouth unceasing]] according to General Dimo.]] * SuperStrength: Punch can hoist up a steam tractor single-handed (though not for long). Judy can rip bulkhead doors right off their frames and toss people quite high up into the air. Attributed to the fact that they're both Constructs. [[spoiler:And apparently it's hereditary, because their baby Maxina (see below in SurprisePregnancy) clobbered Agatha good when expressing her dislike for baby talk.]] * SurprisePregnancy: [[spoiler:Apparently when Gil sets out to repair something, he doesn't just halfass it. In addition to correcting Punch's mute-ness and Judy's mis-sized eyes, he apparently made them... ahem... "fully functional". Witness [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20131209 Maxina Agatha Gilina Heterodyne Clay]].]] [[/folder]] [[folder:Tarvek]] !!Tarvek Sturmvoraus [[quoteright:179:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/travek2.bmp]] First encountered when Agatha travels through the city of his father, Tarvek is the the Prince of Sturmhalten, and a descendant of the legendary Storm King. He's seemed to be on everyone's side, playing everyone against everyone else, though recently he seems to be genuinely on Team Agatha. He is a powerful Spark and a keen intellect. The other possible pairing for Agatha. ---- * AwesomenessByAnalysis: ** Only person to successfully reverse-engineer a Van Rijn. ** Simply [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120127 glancing]] at an abstract operations table tells him that an entire Wulfenbach military unit has been subverted and was about to flank and destroy much of the Wulfenbach army. * {{Badass}}: ** BadassBookworm: Like most Sparks, although special mention goes to his [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20051104 reverse-engineering Tinka, a Van Rijn]]. ** BadassLongcoat: Often wears one. ** CulturedBadass: Is well-dressed, and can be very polite when he means to be. * BastardUnderstudy: A problem for Tarvek in gaining others' trust, especially since he's so candid about how he worked with [[BigBad Lucrezia]]. * BettyAndVeronica: The Veronica to Gil's Betty, largely since it's still not clear whose side he's actually on. * BewareTheNiceOnes: [[spoiler:Zola]] learns this [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110117 the hard way]]. * ButtMonkey: ** In Paris, he was apparently on the short end of a number of the adventures Gil got involved in, which resulted in him getting strung up, kidnapped by pirates, and losing girlfriends. He also spitefully notes that Gil somehow managed to come out "smelling like a rose" every time he looked like the fool. ** After the TimeSkip, we find that half of his family is supporting his claim to the throne not because of him, but simply because [[DamnedByFaintPraise he'd make a better king than Martellus]]. --->'''Agatha:''' Am I the only one who actually ''likes'' Tarvek?\\ '''Krosp:''' ''I'' like him. [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame He thinks like a cat]]! * TheCharmer: Is quite a sweet-talker when he puts his mind to it. * ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: ** Apparently [[DysfunctionJunction congenital]]. He ''may'' be recovering, but readers are wary. The most obnoxious part of it? [[IDidWhatIHadToDo He genuinely means well when he does it]]. Agatha finds it insulting as all hell. ** At one point, Gil accuses Tarvek of plotting something. When Tarvek asks what makes him think this, Gil's response? That Tarvek is ''breathing''. * DeadpanSnarker: Probably the most sardonic member of the cast. * DesignerBabies: The Mongfish family [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090408 "made sure"]] that he would be throne-appropriate: male, Sparky, and free of problems like predisposition to alcoholism, non-Spark-related insanity, lycanthropy... * DysfunctionJunction: "The only way to keep ''my'' family in line would be to bury them in a row." * ExtremeMeleeRevenge: His [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110117 brutal beating]] of [[spoiler: Zola]] evokes this, especially considering the epic speech he delivers [[PunctuatedPounding in tandem]] with said beatdown. * TheFashionista / TheDandy: ** You ''expect'' royals to be very well dressed. So this was not evident except [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090102 one phrase]] out-of-continuity, but remember how he sat "[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20091125 doodling]] ''girls'' and clockwork"...? Later, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120518 approved]] the Jäger Generals' style. He also apparently will be [[NeverLiveItDown perpetually reminded]] of his propensity to "dress up" Agatha like a doll (and sometimes slips into it without realizing it in {{Imagine Spot}}s). ---> '''[[http://girlgeniuscomic.livejournal.com/160996.html Kaja Foglio]]''': Yes, Sturmvoraus is apparently a house of evil [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110912 fashion]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110914 designers]]... ** It takes on a new meaning in the books where it's revealed that the original Storm King distracted his vassals from fighting each other by making them one-up each other through fashion. * HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Though it looks like he finally decided to stay on the Face side. * HowDareYouDieOnMe: Invoked towards Gil. * IDidWhatIHadToDo: Narrowly averted during the fight with Zola. If an enemy angers him sufficiently, he will not accept a surrender. * ImpossibleThief: Thanks to Smoke Knight training, he can do this too occasionally. Such as when Tarvek is going once more into the breach to recover important research notes in a crashed Vespiary Squad research airship full of slaver wasps. -->'''Vespiary Soldier''': ...And there's '''''monsters'''''! And '''''crazy killers'''''! You've got '''''nothing'''''!\\ '''Tarvek''': Nonsense! I have your knife and your gun.\\ ''[soldier looks down, surprised]''\\ '''Vespiary Soldier''': ...Oh man, I am gonna ''hear'' about ''that''... * ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies: Non-romantic example towards Violetta. He pulled strings to get her [[ReassignedToAntarctica Reassigned To Mechanicsburg]] because of the truly horrendous survival rate of Smoke Knights assigned to him. She's not happy when she finds out, even though (as Tarvek points out) she never wanted to be a Smoke Knight in the first place. The reason is she spent the entire time assuming she'd been sent there because she was a screw-up. * MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: Well, son. * MeaningfulName: "Sturmvoraus" means "storm ahead" in German. * MinoredInAssKicking: He relies on others to fight for him whenever he can. Since arriving in the castle, though, he's had to reveal that yes, he's a match for Gilgamesh in a fight (which means any fair fight with him would rip Europa apart). * MissingMom: The only thing we know about his mother is the identity of one of her ancestors. We learn why she's missing in the second novelization, though. [[spoiler: Anevka killed her]]. * MrFanservice: Spends the first part of his stay in Castle Heterodyne clad in nothing but the bedsheet he was under when Violetta whisked him out of the Great Hospital of Mechanicsburg. * NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110117 There's really no other way to describe]] his last encounter with [[spoiler: Zola]] in the Castle. * ObfuscatingStupidity: Though he obviously doesn't act like a fool, it turns out that [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110425 those beatings Violetta kept giving him were just a charade to convince everyone else that he was useless in combat]]. * OmnidisciplinaryScientist: Played with. Although capable of a wide variety of mechanical and scientific feats, his understanding of aeronautics is apparently quite poor, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120302 at least according to Gil]]. * PetTheDog: Had Violetta ReassignedToAntarctica, which she hated him even more for... then she discovered just how many of his bodyguards had been killed since. * RedOniBlueOni: Blue to Gil's Red, oh-so-very much. He's calm, cool, collected in everything he does, and prefers to [[XanatosSpeedChess dominate his surroundings through constant manipulation]]. This makes him [[TheCasanova as charming as the very devil]]... unless the girl realizes that he's [[AffablyEvil simply being polite]] about [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder staying in control]]. It also means he's rather dependent on others once outside of a support network... At least until he gets a new one. * TheRival: To Gilgamesh Wulfenbach. In principle, he resents the Wulfenbachs in general and Gil specifically for the swaths of his [[DysfunctionJunction messed-up life]] that weren't directly caused by his ''own'' family. In practice, his relationship with Gil hovers somewhere in between FriendlyEnemy and VitriolicBestBuds. * RoyalBlood: Apparently, he's the rightful heir to the [[spoiler:Storm King]]. ** RoyallyScrewedUp: A natural state for anyone in his family. There's a reason he laments being kicked off of Castle Wulfenbach as a kid: he got to be away from all the cynicism and plotting of his family. ** RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Being aware of major parts of the plans of Lucrezia, and the Storm King/Knights of Jove, he tries to derail them as much as he can, even through aiding Wulfenbach and using Wulfenbach troops and equipment to defend Mechanicsburg. * ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder: ''Significantly'' less than other Sparks, though he still has [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101224 moments...]] * ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120222 if Bangladesh is to be believed]]. One ''wonders'' just what happened... * SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Sensitive Guy compared to Gil's Manly Man. He's calmer, more thoughtful, and less prone to fits of violence. * SharpDressedMan: Well, he is when we meet him, anyway. He [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080924 deteriorates]] ''[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090810 sharply]]'' [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090925 later]]. But found something better [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100428 as soon as possible]]. * ShipperOnDeck: For [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110131 Higgs/Zeetha]], of all things. * ShirtlessScene: Almost as much as Gil, and [[EvilIsSexy Morally Ambiguous Is Sexy]]. %%* SmugSnake %%* StoicSpectacles * StrongFamilyResemblance: According to Lucrezia he looks like a younger version of his father. * {{Tritagonist}}: With Gil as the Deuteragonist and Agatha as the Protagonist. * TokenEvilTeammate: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101129 Self-confessed]]. * {{Tykebomb}} / PhlebotinumRebel: He was intended since before birth to be a figurehead for the Storm King conspiracy, but he'd much rather pursue his ''own'' plans. * UnreliableExpositor: One of the reasons the Sturmhalten arc is so confusing is because he keeps lying to everyone. * UnstoppableRage: Unstoppable enough to [[CurbStompBattle curb stomp]] [[spoiler: Zola, when she is under the influence of a PsychoSerum]]. * WeUsedToBeFriends: With Gil. Continuing on from Gil's entry in this, Tarvek would be sent home, away from Castle Wulfenbach (where, despite technically being a hostage there, was ''the'' place to be for aspiring young aristocratic sparks), and back to his cynical conniving family back in Sturmhalten. Tarvek would then encounter Gil again as a philanderer during college in Paris, where their animosity would be cemented. However, there still seems to be some residual friendship between them despite being rivals, as Tarvek expresses worry over Gil's predicament after learning of the brainwashing that Klaus did to him. * WouldHitAGirl: At least ''[[HeroKiller that]]'' one. * XanatosSpeedChess: He tries to do this practically all the time, with varying degrees of success. * YoungConqueror: He wanted to be this, but things aren't working out for him. [[/folder]] [[folder:Violetta]] !!Violetta [[quoteright:150:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/violeta.bmp]] Violetta is a Smoke Knight, although she herself says she's not very good at her job. She's also a member of a cadet branch of Tarvek's family. Her job is to keep Tarvek alive, which is proving to be far more difficult than it should be considering he was confined to a hospital bed when she took that duty. ---- * BigScrewedUpFamily: A cousin of Tarvek's from an offshoot branch of the Sturmvoraus family, which has been guarding the main house for generations. Surprisingly sane, considering the lineage, but then being not of the central bloodline could be what saved her. * CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Violetta [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080926 apparently]] isn't a star as a Smoke Knight, but she [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100226 doesn't]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101029 seem]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110725 half]] as bad at her job as she tells everyone she is. More "[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080912 not really into]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110909 this sort of career]]". * FieryRedhead: And poor Tarvek is usually the victim of her fury. [[spoiler:Only apparently though, as it turns out it was a long-running gambit to [[ObfuscatingStupidity trick his family into thinking he's an oaf]].]] %%* GrapplingHookPistol * GuileHero: Though not too shabby in combat, she's severely outmatched by most of the [[WorldOfBadass incredibly badass cast]] in a straight-up fight. Instead, she specializes in misdirection and trickery. See ImpossibleThief. * ImpossibleThief: Specialist in misdirection and sleight of hand, to the point that she can switch out a hostage for a straw dummy, while said hostage is still being held by his captor, and she's in full view of said captor, ''across the room''. It just has to happen [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome off-panel]]. She can even [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101101 swipe a sword out of someone]] on a PhlebotinumOverdose right in mid-swing and replace it with a flaccid stalk of flora. * InformedFlaw: Claims she sucks at her job, despite being incredibly competent. It may be that even as badass as she is, the standards for Smoke Knights are supposed to be ''[[UpToEleven even higher]]'', but it's implied that she's suffering from self esteem issues due to being ReassignedToAntarctica. She believes she was sent to Mechanicsburg for being a screw up, though it was really Tarvek [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies trying to keep her]] from suffering the [[KillEmAll same fate]] as all of his other bodyguards. * LegacyOfService: Her branch of the family has served Tarvek's for generations. * LikeBrotherAndSister: For all they're cousins and she's initially assigned under him... her relationship with Tarvek has a strong dollop of this going on rather than anything else. She bullies and bickers at Tarvek mercilessly, but very obviously [[ToughLove cares]], regardless. It's reciprocated in a slightly quieter (but, no less underhanded) way on his side, and seems as intense. And, both practically gag in timed synchronisation if anybody even remotely suggests they get on in ''that other'' way. * MinionShipping: with Moloch von Zinzer. [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend He Is Not My Boyfriend]]: But if she doesn't want him, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20091021 others do]]! [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100616 Like she cares!]] * NinjaMaid: She used to serve Tarvek Sturmvoraus and wants to do the same for Agatha, only with less "ninja" part. * OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Her sleight of hand is so impressive that not even the ''reader'' can see it. * OnlyTheKnowledgableMayPass: She tried to pull this one on Moloch when they first met, arguing that he had to be trained or have secret knowledge to have survived. * ServileSnarker: She gets away with ''way'' more abuse of Tarvek than most Sparks would probably allow. Hell, he even ''rewards'' her by allowing her to switch allegiance to Agatha. * ShipperOnDeck: Agatha/Tarvek. * ThighHighBoots: Part of her getup. * TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: Her Smoke Knight training mostly requires her to be a tomboy, but Agatha earns her loyalty with the promise of a party and a pretty dress. If anything, she becomes even more badass once she has the promise of a pretty dress to fight for. [[/folder]] [[folder:Zeetha]] !!Zeetha, Daughter of Chump [[quoteright:145:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/zetha.bmp]] Warrior princess from the lost city of Skifander, she no longer knows how to get back and, until Agatha mentioned it, was uncertain as to whether her homeland even existed. She has trained Agatha to be a warrior and still fights for her interests. ---- * ActionGirl: And how. It even scares Higgs. * AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Gets the concept explained to her by Higgs. Interestingly, he doesn't do it by beating the crap out of her (although he probably could), but just by explaining why she's been losing. %%* BadassPrincess * BattleCouple: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100910 this moment]] with Higgs, of course. %%* BladeBelowTheShoulder * CrazyPrepared: Like most female performers, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081022 she wears leather underwear]] to guard against the [[TheNudifier Wacky Weave Destabilizer]]. * CuteLittleFangs: As seen [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080606 here]]. Conspicuously shown during [[Webcomic/SpaceTrawler Christopher Baldwin]]'s guest strip run (such as [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20140115 here]]). * DefeatByModesty: Tried and failed. -->'''Zeetha:''' What? You said you wanted to draw a crowd.\\ '''Gil:''' ''Not that kind of crowd!'' * DualWielding: With what appear to be either [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katara_%28sword%29 Katars]] and/or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pata_(weapon) Patas]], weapons used in our world's India with H-shaped grips and often with some kind of hand guard added to the grip. * ExpressiveShirt: Her headband matches her facial expressions. It's unclear if this is Sparky tech or just ArtisticLicense. * GoodBadGirl: Her sex life isn't exactly highlighted, but she ''has'' been referred to as "an expert" on the subject. * HerBoyfriendsJacket: Apparently some time during the TimeSkip. The [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20131202 first time we see Zeetha]] and [[spoiler:(confirmed to be) Higgs after the skip, Zeetha appears to be in possession of his hat... and his striped shirt.]] * IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080414 here]]. * ImprovisedWeapon: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080609 A chair is not a weapon]]. * ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:By Zola, with one of her own swords]]. * InMyLanguageThatSoundsLike: Daughter of ''Chump''. And yes, she does know what it means. * LukeIAmYourFather: ** While it has yet to be revealed in the comic, the Foglios have released a picture of [[http://community.livejournal.com/haus_of_klaus/25974.html "Chump, the great warrior"]]. [[spoiler:Resemble anyone we know?]] ** On a related note, [[spoiler:she and Gil now have the same (or similar) eye colour -- most notable during their conversation after he wakes up at Mamma Gkika's. They used to be green in earlier volumes]]. ** Foreshadowed [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081103 here]] and [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090318 here]]. ** Possibly even foreshadowed [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20061220 here]], with [[spoiler:Klaus's extreme aversion to slashing her throat and presumably demanding in Skiff that she stop fighting, despite having her dead to rights. ''Klaus knows what she is to him.'']] * MinionShipping: With Higgs. * MsFanservice: As well as being a strong character in her own right. * NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101101 Fortunately]]]]. * RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20041103 Against the pirates]]. [[{{Facepalm}} Unfortunately,]] the pirates were the only ones who might have had a clue where her homeland was. * ShipperOnDeck: Is highly supportive of Agatha/Gil. She was likely the one who claimed he would "wed her most vigorously" when making a spectacle of Gil entering the castle (being a self-professed GoodBadGirl), and apparently "[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything hand gestures]]" were involved in that show as well. * StrongFamilyResemblance: [[spoiler:Every now and then, her facial expression makes her look a lot like Gil. Fitting, seeing that WordOfGod confirms that the two are unknowing fraternal twins.]] * TrainingFromHell: Bestowed it upon Agatha. * TheWorfEffect: A mild case, but she has been injured or fought to a standstill in order to highlight the badassery of: ** The Monster Horse Beastie. ** Baron Wulfenbach. ** [[spoiler:Zola]]. * YouCantGoHomeAgain: Due to unfortunate circumstances, she has no idea where Skifander is. Agatha is the first person she met who even knew the place ''existed''. * YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Repeatedly [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] as being highly unusual. [[/folder]] !Antagonists [[folder:Anevka]] !!Anevka Sturmvoraus [[quoteright:190:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/girlgenius_anevka1_2148.jpg]] %% Alternate image, in case you want less fashion and more zapping: [[quoteright:190:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/girlgenius_anevka2_6572.jpg]] Tarvek's debatably-living sister. After an ill-conceived MadScience experiment of her father's left her at death's door, her brother constructed a new robotic body that she could operate from within her life-support tank. ---- * CryForTheDevil: Admit it, you [[TearJerker did this]] when [[spoiler:[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060906 Tarvek explained what she really was]]]]. -->'''Tarvek''': That was... '''''harder''''' than I'd thought. * ManInTheMachine: A variant. [[spoiler:Subverted]]. * ReplacementGoldfish: [[spoiler: Replacement for '''real''' Anveka.]] %%* RobotGirl %%* RoboticPsychopath * SelfMadeOrphan: She killed her father and it's stongly implied in the second novelisation that she did the same thing to her mother. %%* ShockAndAwe %%** PsychoElectro %%* TomatoInTheMirror %%* UnlimitedWardrobe [[/folder]] [[folder:Bang]] !!Bangladesh [=DuPree=] [[quoteright:190:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/bang.bmp]] A pirate queen in the pay of the Baron, though even he finds her taste for violence and random slaughter distasteful. Nevertheless he keeps her about as she is a very skilled warrior and hunter and sometimes, you need a butcher. ---- * AxCrazy: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20031203 Her defining character trait even before we knew her name.]] So much so that she has to insist when destruction she comes across is ''not'' her doing. * BloodKnight: And [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040503 assumes that everyone is]], though in this case isn't that far from truth. %%* ComedicSociopathy * CryCute: Yes. '''[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120118 Seriously]]'''. %%* DarkActionGirl * TheDragon: Even if you don't consider Klaus a villain, she still fits this pretty well. * EmotionalBruiser: Sort of. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120118 Turns out she really developed an attachment to ol' good Klaus]]. * EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120118 Wow!]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120224 Et tu, Dupree]]? It just took some time to find [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120307 the perfect match]]. * FauxAffablyEvil: She's made of fun. Always. Even while [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040901 skewering someone]]. * GenkiGirl: A big [[CheerfulChild lighthearted kid]], even if AxCrazy sort that [[KidsAreCruel would torture a rat just to hear it squeal]]. %%* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen * HeroicComedicSociopath: The first part is debatable, the last part really isn't. * HiddenDepths: Appears to [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120118 truly be distraught]] over failing to rescue the Baron from the destruction of the hospital. * ImprobableWeaponUser[=/=]ImprovisedWeapon: When using a RebusBubble to ask Gil what means she was allowed to use to kill anyone besides Gil or Sun that came in, cheese was one of her suggestions. * InLoveWithYourCarnage: She has it ''hard'' for [[spoiler: Captain [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120224 Vole]]]]. * KnifeNut: She [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120307 throws a dagger]], grabs a knife, and look how much more spill out on the next page when she's thrown. * LikeBrotherAndSister: With Gil, to the horror of Klaus. After the time skip, Gil [[spoiler:finds nothing odd about waking up with Bang in bed with him. Apparently she had been struggling to stay awake as much as him, but she doesn't have his training, so she can't just do a few mental exercises and be good]]. * NiceHat: Not only does she have a CommissarCap that most Banana Republic Dictators[tm] would be envious of, she hurries to see Gil's when she hears he has one. * NoodleImplements: We never find out what she planned, but one of her [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070718 methods of killing people involves cheese]]. Rest of them are a sword, a gun and an axe. * NotMeThisTime: She's a default suspect for any cases of [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050209 death]] and [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040126 destruction]] around her, [[PsychoForHire for an obvious reason]]. Bang doesn't even see it as a problem. * PerkyFemaleMinion: Perky, gleefully sociopathic, and prone to acts of butchery. * PirateGirl: Ex- pirate queen. * PsychoElectro: In the first arc, she gets her hand mangled and ends with a medical device meant to facilitate faster healing. By the time of her next appearance, she has modified it to electrocute people Joker-style. * PsychoForHire: Herr Baron understands that sometimes you need butchers. * RebusBubble: During the time that she has her jaw wired shut. She's quite fluent. * SkyPirate: That was her career before running afoul of the Baron. He decided to hire her on as one of his tools in his cabinet of necessary evils. * SlasherSmile: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040123 Good]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070101 Lord]]... * {{Strawman}}: [[invoked]] An odd in-universe example. Klaus notes to himself that Bang's over the top "let's just kill everything and burn down the town for good measure" arguments are easy to refute, and make him look far more reasonable by comparison. Not that Bang is intending to make him look good; she just honestly doesn't understand why he doesn't let her [[MurderIsTheBestSolution kill everyone]]. * SweaterGirl: ''God,'' the sweater is tight. * TooMuchInformation: Oh, Bang! [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050211 That's]] so [[{{Squick}} cute]]! * TortureTechnician: She shows her interest right during [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040121 her introduction]]. -->'''Bangladesh:''' Do I come into your lab and tell you how to torture rats?\\ '''Gil:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Frequently]].\\ '''Bangladesh:''' Exactly! So I know what I'm doing! * UndyingLoyalty: To Baron Klaus Wulfenbach. If the Baron tells her to do something, she does it. End of story. ** And also [[spoiler: to Gil, it seems, post TimeSkip. She [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20131218 acts as a buffer]] against Bohrlaika for Gil.]] [[/folder]] [[folder:Boris]] !!Boris Vasily Konstantin Andrei Myshkin-Dolokhov [[quoteright:180:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Boris_2190.png]] The head of The Baron's administrative staff, Boris is a microcosm of how the Baron operates, and why it may be preferable to the previous system. Originally a librarian with an eidetic memory serving a Spark (far from a calm profession in and of itself) his master decided to add an extra pair of arms, strength, speed, balance... and turn him into the ultimate juggler. When the Baron took down his former master he was given a far less demeaning job. He is now the Baron's right hand man and chief administrative secretary. This is a job that he has excelled in. His brilliant and utterly humourless mind and enhanced physical abilities make him exactly the sort of person that a man like the Baron would need at his side, showing the Baron's talent for getting the right monster for the right job. He and the Jägers have a love/hate relationship, as in: They love to pick on him, he hates their attitude. ---- * BadassBookworm: All the modifications intended to make him a juggler are ''extremely'' useful in combat. Boris is perfectly capable of beating up a Jäger. * BattleButler: To the Baron. * BlessedWithSuck / CursedWithAwesome: His modifications could be seen as either or both. Boris himself hasn't been seen to complain about it, though, at least not since the Baron freed him from his original Spark. %%* TheComicallySerious * DualWielding: Make that ''quadruple''. * EnigmaticMinion: Appears to be up to something lately. * FriendlessBackground: It's AllThereInTheManual that ''part'' of his hostility to the Jägers comes from envy of their [[BandOfBrothers camaraderie]], while he himself is a one-off construct with no one else quite like him. (The rest, of course, is straight-up [[RedOniBlueOni personality clash]].) * MultiArmedAndDangerous: Not by choice. His former master wanted him to be able to juggle. * MundaneUtility: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100823 Extra hands are very useful for preparing one's tea]]. * NumberTwo: He takes on certain duties in the event of the Baron's absence or incapacity. * OverlyLongName: Six of them. * PhotographicMemory: It helped when he was a Spark's assistant and even more when he helps to run the empire. * WhatTheHellHero: [[spoiler:When Wooster clues the generals in on his plans to destroy Mecanicsburg]]. "DO YOU '''KNOW''' WHAT YOU'VE ''DONE?!''" [[/folder]] [[folder:Klaus]] !!Baron Klaus Wulfenbach [[quoteright:201:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/barron.bmp]] [[caption-width-right:201:I swear, it's like running a kindergarten.]] One-time friend of Agatha's parents, Klaus disappeared shortly before Agatha's parents married and returned to find Europa in utter chaos. He imposed order on Europa, not by negotiating and being nice like the Heterodyne Boys but by imposing his Iron Will on an ever increasing area of the globe. ---- Tropes associated with Baron Klaus: * {{Adorkable}}: He has his moments. The best is when he's ranting to Gil about how women with the Spark are trouble and each one he's met has tried to kill him... And then Gil derails him with "Father... Maybe it's you." And Klaus looks hilariously dorky as he says "No... No, I don't ''think'' so..." %%* AmbiguouslyEvil * AntiVillain: He may have used military might to bring Europa under his iron-fisted rule, but when you consider the alternative... ** [[spoiler: After the time-skip, his reign is described as "[seeming] like some lost golden age"... after just two and a half years.]] * ArtificialHuman: The three sons of the Wulfenbach family were involved in a lab accident, so Klaus was stitched together out of them all and reanimated. It's not clear if this is supposed to be a secret; he doesn't seem to care. * AsskickingEqualsAuthority: There's a reason he has a "Don't make me come over there." rule with places he takes over. Provoking him is not recommended, not least because he's a big believer in overwhelming force. Like invading an entire city to control one rebellious subordinate. * AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Klaus Wulfenbach appears to be one of the most capable fighters in the series as well as being the ruler of the Empire. According to in-universe memes, he's even stronger than Gilgamesh, though he hasn't been seen in personal combat as often. * AwesomeMcCoolname: Wulfenbach. * AwesomenessByAnalysis: How his Spark manifests itself. The most obvious use is the ability to dismantle and improve the designs of other Sparks. But it also lets him "find the right monster for the right job." He can also figure out what secretive things his vassals are doing to try and undermine him or break the rules, such as figuring out Professor Beetle was fiddling with a Hive Engine just by the logistics involved, and how he "always finds out" when a noble dabbles in resurrection in violation of the bylaws of aristocracy against it (which Klaus [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem cares nothing about anyway]]). * BadBoss: ** Even though we never see direct evidence for this, there is this little exchange after [[CurbStompBattle Gilgamesh beats the shit]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome out of Captain Vole]]: --->'''Gilgamesh:''' My father once wrote a monograph on how to communicate in the workplace.\\ '''Dimo:''' ...iz dat so?\\ '''Gilgamesh:''' All seven [[ThePope popes]] ordered it '''burned'''. ** He's probably not a bad boss compared to the average Spark... but that's an incredibly low threshold. He is well known for kidnapping people into his employ, and then sending them into almost certain death if they fail him. But by the same token he also works to keep his best people alive. * BadassLongcoat: A staple of his wardrobe. * TheChainsOfCommanding: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050803 Ruling (large portions of) the world is not as fun as it sounds]]. --> '''Othar:''' What, ''tyrant?'' Does your empire give you no pleasure?! --> '''Klaus:''' No. It gives me no pleasure. * ClothingDamage: He has some after fighting Othar for a while. * CoolOldGuy: When he's not trying to put you down to preserve order. * CowardlySidekick: Klaus is depicted this way in many of the Heterodyne plays/stories. ** ActuallyPrettyFunny: It's implied in the comic and stated outright in the second novel that the reason Klaus lets this go on is because he likes the Heterodyne stories, and finds Story!Klaus hilarious. And it's not like it's a real threat to his prestige. * DarkMessiah: Look back up at the description. * DeadpanSnarker: Not normally, but he gets some [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050209 really good]] lines when he's completely SurroundedByIdiots. * DisappearedDad: Gil grew up not knowing who his father really is. * TheDreaded: Even ''Jägers'' are afraid when he takes the field personally. * EmperorScientist: Klaus actually laments having to become a dictator, since it leaves him with so little time for his research. * EvilCannotComprehendGood: Granted, given the world he lives in, "good" and "evil" are relative terms, but he simply can't help but search for an ulterior, sinister motive in everything everyone does. When his troops are allowed to withdraw from [[spoiler:Mechanicsburg]], he just assumes this is either some kind of strategic maneuver or else part of some elaborate sadistic game [[spoiler:the Heterodyne]] is playing. He rejects out-of-hand the possibility that this is an actual act of mercy. [[spoiler:The fact that Agatha is nowhere near as evil and sadistic as her ancestors is something that doesn't even occur to him at all]]. * TheExtremistWasRight: The former TropeNamer, because he's just that {{Badass}}. * GeniusBruiser: Klaus is ''very'' strong - he can, for example, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040730 punch out Jägers]]. This probably has to do with the fact that he is a construct. * GenreSavvy[=/=][[spoiler:DeadManWriting]]: the Baron has left standing orders that if he ever disappears for any length of time, Gil would be appointed as Baron immediately. This is presumably to [[spoiler:limit the damage the Other can do if they manage to grab him]]. * GoodScarsEvilScars: His body is ''covered'' in Morally Ambiguous Scars. %%* HeWhoFightsMonsters * HeroAntagonist: He has some very good reasons not to want Agatha running around free, and is a ReasonableAuthorityFigure otherwise. * HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Traps Mechanicsburg in a temporal stasis field with himself inside it, (attempting to) neutralize Agatha as a threat while preventing the Other from using him to destroy his own Empire.]] * HistoricalVillainUpgrade: ** He's been depicted pretty badly in most of the Heterodyne stories, ranging from a cowardly comic relief to a flat-out traitor to the Heterodynes. Fortunately for those who put on these plays, Klaus isn't a SlaveToPR and doesn't care what they say. Though [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110516 he's well aware]] of this. ** CharacterizationMarchesOn: His portrayal in the Heterodyne Stories has shifted markedly to the worse since he started conquering stuff. ** According to the books, another reason he puts up with his portrayal in those stories is because he secretly finds it hilarious. * JustTheFirstCitizen: He's running most of Europe. He's a ''baron''. For those unfamiliar with nobility rankings, that would be like having your own navy and calling yourself a lieutenant commander. * LargeAndInCharge: Broad shoulders... * LoopholeAbuse: [[spoiler: Being hit by a slaver wasp that can infect Sparks has left him forced to do this regarding all of Lucrezia's commands. But he's ''damned'' good at it]]. * MemeticBadass: [[invoked]] ** Don't make him come over here. [[CurbStompBattle Really, don't]]. ** Even in-universe. --->'''Klaus:''' Dupree, if you come in here, I will ''kill you''--''[[ShoutOut with the power]] [[Series/{{Firefly}} of my mind]]''.\\ '''[=DuPree=]''' I...I'm pretty sure he can't really ''do'' that. ** Upon seeing Gil cutting through an enemy army like a hot knife through butter, an onlooker had this to say: --->'''Councilor:''' Hmph. His father would have hit the wall and started another sweep by now. * MrFanservice: The Klaus Defense League was founded to counter all the 'The Baron is AN EVIL BRAIN-CORER!' talk; the Wulfenbach Estrogen Brigade overlaps considerably, but is not perfectly congruent, and seem to operate more in guerilla mode. So there are those who love him for his ''mind'', and those who love him for his ''body''... * NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Wulfenbach has ''wolf'' in it. * NecessarilyEvil: Yes, it really is necessary. * NotSoDifferent: [[spoiler:Like Lucrezia, he also appears to have downloaded a copy of himself into his child's brain.]] * PerpetualFrowner: Usually the case, though he took Bang's mouth being wired shut [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070716 pretty well]]. ** And he was proud to see [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20071203 Gilgamesh take command of the Empire when he was out of commission]]. * PetTheDog: ** What does he do after his minions kill someone for opposing him? ''Resurrect them!''. ** Prisoners of war can [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20071207 join his ranks temporarily,]] or go home with a month's pay! * PutOnABus: This was Lucrezia's intent, anyway. But he came back before the main series even started. WordOfGod states that the place he was sent was [[spoiler:Skifander]]. * ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He's the absolute dictator of most of Europe. Except he only has one rule, "Don't make me come over there." What will make him come over there? War and playing with SealedEvilInACan. * ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder: Notable for being the only Spark in the series to be (mostly) immune to its effects. * ShirtlessScene: That Naughty Flashback Scene, among others. * SuperStrength: Apparently Klaus [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070119 can effectively handle guns]] normally hoisted by his tall imposing Battle Clanks... Guns that even [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20030430 kick a trio of Jagers back with the recoil]]. * TakeAThirdOption: His entire schtick, basically. -->'''Tarvek:''' If someone can't handle an unpleasant truth? ''Lie'' to them. If somone won't listen to reason? ''Make'' them. If people don't choose to live peaceably--don't give them a ''choice''. If you don't like the rules--''change the game''. * TrademarkFavoriteFood: He really likes waffles. * TheExtremistWasRight: Yes, Klaus conquered his empire by naked force. On the other hand, his reign is second only to that of the Heterodyne Boys for general quality of life, especially for the common man, he builds up the infrastructure of his subject regions, and about the only things he actually bans are war and messing with Other technology. After the time-skip, his reign is described as "like some lost Golden Age out of antiquity." %%* TheUbermensch: * TheUnfettered: "I did it alone. Because I had to. [[TheExtremistWasRight And it worked]]." * WellIntentionedExtremist: See the above quote. %%* WildHair [[/folder]] [[folder:Tweedle]] !!Martellus von Blitzengaard [[quoteright:187:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/martellusvonblitzengaard_7916.png]] A cousin of Tarvek and the self-proclaimed Storm King. ---- * ArtificialLimbs: [[spoiler:Agatha helps him replace his left hand with a mechanical one after it's poisoned by a rebel Smoke Knight.]] * AsskickingEqualsAuthority: He was able to retain his hold on the Storm King title once Tarvek was written off pretty much by being a better killer than the assassins they sent after him. * AtLeastIAdmitIt: He states that Tarvek was only using Agatha for his own ends. When Agatha asks if he's any better, he says "Of course not. But '''I'll''' be '''honest''' with you about it, which I can see '''he''' never was." * AttackAttackAttack: Martellus will attack his foe with absolutely no consideration for defense or feasibility of victory. [[ImplacableMan Dre]][[TheDreaded en]]? Smush it, it's done with. Wulfenbach clank brigade? Charge! Gil Wulfenbach himself? Damn the dead sparkhounds, my crippled hands, and crippled mecha that came here to extract me! KILL HIMMMMMM!!!! * BigScrewedUpFamily: As with all the Valois clans, he is deeply involved in their backstabbing scheming. In his own words: "Every single time I think I have killed the person responsible for usurping my command, I find there's someone else '''higher up''', still '''fighting''' me. Now, don't get me wrong, I can kill family members all day and '''know''' I'm making the world a better place- But smoke knights take time and money to train- And I'd rather not waste too many of them. So, will killing '''you''' solve my problem, or-" ** And then immediately subverted by the arrival of his little sister, who he seems to show genuine affection for, and who seems to reciprocate. Though she's still willing to risk him as bait. * CatchAndReturn: Does this with two poisoned knives (caught by handles) at once. * CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Although he may seem like a goofish oaf at first glance, he has shown to be an exceptional combatant and strategist, in addition to being able to fight off and even kill a handful of Smoke Knights with no difficulty. * EvilCounterpart: Although he is initially presented as an EvilCounterpart to Tarvek, he mirrors Gil better. Like Gil, he's blunt, physically powerful, not good with people, and tends to treat others like children who need instructions from him in order to stay safe and useful. Unlike Gil, he's perfectly willing to use murder as a first solution, and [[spoiler:administers various types of mind control]] on people he can't kill for whatever reason. * InSeriesNickname: Tarvek calls him "Tweedle." * LovePotion: [[spoiler:He was originally planning to control Agatha with a formula developed by his great aunt Rappaccini, which would have made her his adoring slave. The only downside is that it would have made her unbearably stupid. And since he recognized how strong a spark she was, he realized she was too useful to do that to]]. * KnifeNut: He seems to specialize in throwing them. * KnightInShiningArmor: He tries to present himself as one of these upon meeting Agatha, with his army marching against the Baron's to protect Mechanicsburg. * MadeOfIron: Took a chair to the back of his head from Agatha, only for him to shrug it off and tell her to stop it. Later recovered very quickly from being shot in the side. * NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: As seems to be traditional within his extended family. His name means "Hammer from the Manor of Lightning" * ObfuscatingStupidity: As with the rest of the Sturmvoraus family, his seemingly goofy manner is all just an act to cover up a more sinister agenda, which becomes obvious when he whispers to Tarvek that Agatha [[spoiler:should have been killed, since she will make a hard to control [[PuppetKing Puppet Queen]]]]. Violetta expresses surprise that he uses Spark Hounds, mentioning that he used to make miniature singing bears. * PragmaticVillainy: His most secure fortress was set up by himself, without any minions. Agatha questions why he didn't just kill them, and Martellus points out that this is a world where death keeps very few secrets. * RoyalBlood: He is a descendant of the Storm King, and is next in line after Tarvek. Since Tarvek was written off as dead, he ascended to the throne. * SmugSnake: He takes measures to ensure Agatha needs him alive, but [[spoiler:he foolishly assumes that that alone will be enough to control her]]. * TheVonTropeFamily: so far the only major aristocratic character to carry the German "Von", a sign of nobility, in his name. [[/folder]] [[folder:Othar Tryggvassen, ''[+GENTLEMAN ADVENTURER!+]'']] !!Othar [[quoteright:167:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/othar.bmp]] A man possessed with a quest to eradicate all Sparks, including himself (eventually) for the damage they do to the world. Harder to kill than Film/JamesBond. ---- * AmbiguouslyGay: His sister thinks so, anyway. BiTheWay if she's right (since he married a Geisterdame in the Twitter). %%* AmusingInjuries * AntiVillain: Feels bad about killing Sparks, and a lot of them ''do'' need to die... * TheAtoner: Implied. Norway has a gigantic crater where its capital city of Oslo used to be. Othar's twitter makes reference to something called "the great wall of Norway" and labels it a mistake. ''Something'' must have inspired Othar to believe that killing all Sparks was the only sane solution. * {{Badass}}: He's a famous and well-loved hero, after all. * BewareTheNiceOnes: Othar is generally friendly and cheerful off-the-job, and fair on it. Don't make him kick your ass. He can. * BewareTheSillyOnes: As much as he is a walking joke, Othar can be very effective. * BoldInflation: Fans [[MemeticMutation never, ever]] say his name without adding '''[+ [[GentlemanAdventurer GENTLEMAN ADVENTURER!]]+]''' And [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070924 not just fans]]. * BoomerangBigot: Hates Sparks and wants to rid the world of them all, despite being a Spark himself. He fully [[NoPlaceForMeThere intends to kill himself when all the other Sparks are dead]]. %%* BraggartBoss * BunnyEarsLawyer: Even by the standards of Sparks. Which is saying quite a bit. * ButtMonkey: '''FOUL!!!''' * CharacterBlog: He has a [[http://twitter.com/Othar?page=1 Twitter]]. May or may not be canon, but is certainly extremely quotable. * ChivalrousPervert: Spends a good deal of time [[FoeYay hitting on Agatha]], to "save" her from the Wulfenbachs. * ChronicHeroSyndrome: One of the things that prevents him from being just an IneffectualSympatheticVillain; he is a genuinely good person, at least to ordinary people. Sometimes ends up saving the very people he wants to kill, but don't count on this. --> [[http://twitter.com/othar/status/401612282 Confound it!]] An entire train full of helpless Sparks AND dangerous monsters AND a handy chasm nearby. Someone is tempting me. So not fair!\\ [[http://twitter.com/othar/status/414634042 This is ridiculous]]. There were only two and a half innocent people on this train (Jäger =0.5 person). Surely I can skip the last one. Yeah.\\ [[http://twitter.com/othar/status/417353242 No. I can't]]. This is what being A Hero is about. I should never have taken that aptitude test back at the university. I wanted to be a chef. * ComicallyInvincibleHero: The others are fully aware that he's probably unkillable. [[spoiler:Gil even takes the opportunity to [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120305 exploit it]].]] * DestinationDefenestration: Happens to him repeatedly while on Castle Wulfenbach. It never sticks. -->'''Othar:''' '''FOUL!''' * FantasticFightingStyle: "Othar Tryggvassen's Twitter" establishes that Othar is a Genserhersker of the school of Norwegian Sweater Fighting. The only thing that prevents this from being IKnowKungFaux is that Othar is consistently shown to be one of the most lethal hand-to-hand combatants in the setting. * GeniusBruiser: He's both incredibly tough and a Spark, as pointed out [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20121121 here]]. * GenreSavvy / WrongGenreSavvy: It varies. * '''''{{GENTLEMAN ADVENTURER}}!''''': The TropeNamer. * GottaKillThemAll: His solution to the Sparks is to kill them all, individually. * HandWave: PlayedForLaughs when Vole seemingly shatters his spine with a diving kick. Othar springs right back up and decks Vole, to the astonishment of Tarvek. Othar then remarks that he is wearing "Special trousers. ''Very'' heroic." * HeroOfAnotherStory: Which you can follow on Twitter! * HeroWithBadPublicity / VillainWithGoodPublicity: He's managed to become ''both''. The common folk love him. Considering how his "crusade" puts him in conflict with Sparks that are genuinely dangerous to the populace and Othar is motivated to clean up the "Sparky menace" to protect the non-Sparks (and the common folk are unaware of his being a mass-Spark-murdering maniac), this is not unjustified. On the other hand? --> [[http://twitter.com/othar/status/550270322 What a double edged sword a reputation is]]. Save thousands, thwart evil, bring peace... kill one corrupt quester and it's all out the window.\\ [[http://twitter.com/othar/status/556062672 Now I'm just "The Guy Who Killed A Quester."]] It demonizes me, and ignores all of my finer points. Bit of a resume stain, to be honest. Sigh.\\ [[http://twitter.com/othar/status/559607812 Questers are usually pillars of honesty]]. Therefore it's understandable that people are skeptical when you badmouth one. My rep vs. theirs. * TheHunter: Of Sparks. * HunterOfHisOwnKind: He is one. * IdiotHero: He's pretty stupid for a Spark. --> [[http://twitter.com/Othar/status/5538674658 Like all prisoners in the castle, I'm outfitted with an exploding collar. Ha! The fools, my head is the least dangerous part of my body]]. %%* ImplacableMan * InSpiteOfANail: According to his Twitter account a Spark's experiment with time travel and alternate realities has revealed that every Othar has some kind of predisposition to deciding to wipe out Sparks. He briefly wonders if there's something about the Othars that causes them to simply have suicidal craziness before dismissing the idea. * ItRunsOnNonsensoleum: Othar apparently has "special trousers" that allows him to NoSell having an irate Jäger landing on him and breaking his back. No, we have no idea what that means either. * JerkassHasAPoint: ** Squibs, a much put upon minion in the radio drama 'Minor Heroes', sums it up best: --->'''Squibs:''' Let me see if I understand this. He thinks all the problems in Europe are caused by mad scientists that build all the monsters. The mad scientists who vie with each other to see who can turn the population into clowns or bats or inanimate objects the quickest. The raving lunatics who set off volcanoes and unleash flash floods upon innocent cities. Othar wants to destroy these people, and ''you think he's insane.'' ** And Klaus secretly acknowledges that Othar has a point. He had apparently been in the habit of subtly directing Othar in the direction of dangerous Sparks who hadn't technically violated the Baron's Peace up until Othar started killing Sparks that Klaus considered useful. * LargeHam: Most Sparks chew scenery when in TheMadnessPlace -- Othar does it ''all the time''. -->'''Othar:''' So -- all the vipers are in residence!\\ '''Gilgamesh:''' I can't ''believe'' you still ''talk'' like that. %%* LargeHamTitle * LongLostSibling: [[spoiler: Sanaa Wilhelm, aka Sanaa Tryggvassen]]. %%* LordErrorProne * MadeOfIron: ''[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090617 and how]].'' * MentalTimeTravel: Possibly from the twitter into regular continuity. * NorseByNorsewest: He's from Norway. * OffscreenTeleportation: ** Dropping him out of sight, by whatever means, never seems to stick. He managed to get back up onto Castle Wulfenbach by unknown means at least twice, escaped being tossed out an airship, and appeared unscathed after having being dropped down a bottomless shaft by Castle Heterodyne. ** He also manages to find his way into Gil's super secret lab, a place nobody else in-story (including Klaus) seemed to be aware of, simply because he is a hero and finding secret villain lairs is what heroes are good at. ** This is something he's apparently so well known for in-world that when he ends up being defenestrated while handcuffed to someone else, Gil used the opportunity For Science, demanding [[spoiler:Tarvek]] figure out the trick on the assumption that Othar would magic himself to safety per usual. On the plus side, he did manage to get himself out of the handcuffs... [[spoiler:While busy fighting Vole]]... Without the person he was handcuffed to finding out how. * OvershadowedByAwesome: He's plenty effective, provided he isn't going up against uber badasses like Gil, Klaus or Agatha. %%* RomanceGenreHeroes: The Terrorist. * ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder: The effects of the Spark on him are a lot more apparent in the Twitter than in the comic. %%* ShirtlessScene * SunglassesAtNight: Or whatever that visor thingy is. There's a fan theory that it's there to protect bystanders from the power of his amazingly pretty blue eyes. %%* TestosteronePoisoning * TragicHero: A heroic goal, ruined by his lack of self awareness and obsession. * UnexplainedRecovery: ''Constantly''. The only explanation we've ever gotten is “Special trousers. ''Very'' heroic''. * UnreliableNarrator / ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: His Twitter is considered canonical, but it's from his point of view and he's insane. * WellIntentionedExtremist: Killing all Sparks might not be the best of ideas, but it's not exactly the worst one either. --> [[http://twitter.com/othar/status/825310181 "That letter is a fraud! Othar Tryggvassen may do things that lesser men find objectionable or slightly illegal, but I never apologize!"]] * WhatBeautifulEyes: So beautiful that they make his normally imposing self look [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080125 pretty girly]]. * WrongGenreSavvy: He seems to firmly believe himself to be the dashing hero of a science fiction romance. He's sort of right, but only about the latter part. [[/folder]] [[folder:The Other]] [[quoteright:146:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/the_other.bmp]] The mysterious force of mysteriousness that almost conquered Europa before vanishing mysteriously. May be Agatha's mother. ---- !!Tropes associated with The Other: * AmbiguousSituation: It is left ''extremely'' ambiguous as to what, precisely, the Other is, what its relation is to Lucrezia Mongfish, and what its goals are. * BigBad: The most dangerous entity in the entire series. Even Klaus didn't beat it—it stopped fighting before he came back. * CompellingVoice: Most of the Other's creations (such as the Geisterdamen and revenants) are built to be unable to disobey a command if it's made in Lucrezia's voice. %%* EvilIsNotAToy: Inverted. The SealedEvilInACan finds out that its unsealer is not a toy. * GrandTheftMe: Does this at least to Agatha. Might have done this to Lucrezia. Or she did it to it. ''Really'' unclear. * MeaningfulName: After a while, all the usual suspects for who could be destroying Europe were dead by its hand, meaning that all the devastation was caused by some ''other'' party. * MoodWhiplash: When the Other first makes an appearance she's all smiles and motherly comfort for her faithful Geisterdamen, who are weeping with joy at her return -- her mood changes swiftly once the Other realises things have gone to hell in her absence. * ReligionOfEvil: Is the goddess of one. %%* ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder %%* SealedEvilInACan * TheVirus: Uses slaver wasps for mind control. ---- Lucrezia Mongfish is from a long line of cheerily sociopathic Sparks, known specifically for their skill in biology, and is Agatha's mother. She was a long-time antagonist of the Heterodyne Boys before giving up her father's work and marrying Bill. She was apparently kidnapped when the Other attacked Castle Heterodyne and killed her infant son (signalling the start of the attacks), but returned twenty years later when her mind was downloaded into Agatha's brain. She seems to be the Other (an interpretation Klaus agrees with), but the situation remains unclear. ---- !!Lucrezia Mongfish specific: * CivilianVillain: One interpretation of her apparent repentance in That Naughty Flashback Scene. * ChronicVillainy: Another... * DatingCatwoman: Why someone as incorruptibly good as Bill Heterodyne would be compelled to marry someone as insidious as Lucrezia Mongfish can only be attributed to this trope. * DemonicPossession: Yet another. Getting the feeling there are a lot of theories? The one that seems to be rising to the top is that the Mongfish family is part of an AncientConspiracy under the command of "The Other", some bodiless entity that is periodically downloaded into suitable daughters with the "Summoning Engines". * GrievousHarmWithABody: And that's her [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100224 nephew]]. * HeelFaceTurn: Before the series started, she tried to turn good when she agreed to marry Bill Heterodyne, and even drugged Klaus and sent him away so he wouldn't be a distraction. This is one of the most confusing parts of her character, since if she really never had any interest in redemption, she would have just killed Klaus. * HorrifyingTheHorror: The mere ''mention'' of the name Barry Heterodyne is enough to frighten Lucrezia. * LoveRedeems: She tried to invoke this by marrying Bill Heterodyne. It apparently didn't work so well, since she (maybe) became the Other and started one of the most destructive wars in recent history. * MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: Who is herself a MadScientist. Who has a beautiful daughter. Who is a MadScientist. Oy. * MasterActress: Klaus says she is, but this comes off as an InformedAbility since she likes to gloat and is so different from the person she's impersonating. Although maybe if she knew ''anything at all'' about the girl she is pretending to be, she'd do better. And, as already noted, it's not at all certain that the Lucrezia that Klaus knew is the same one now attempting the impersonation. * NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Replace her last name with Borgia, and you very much have a real-world counterpart. And speaking of last names: with some verbal twisting you get from Mongfish via Mong-Eel to Mengele. Yikes. * NoblewomansLaugh: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100219 One]] of her somewhat-[[LargeHam hammy]] moments. * OffingTheOffspring: Her first child with Bill, Klaus Barry, was killed in the attack on Castle Heterodyne, and it's ''strongly'' implied that this was deliberate on her part. Even Agatha, having already seen how evil she can be, had some trouble with that idea. * PsychoExGirlfriend: To Klaus. * TermsOfEndangerment: She does this to a lot of people, but does it to Klaus especially often. * {{Tsundere}}: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100219 Kind of]]. * TheVamp: She flirts more than fights, as Zola says. %%* VillainessesWantHeroes [[/folder]] [[folder:Vole]] !!Captain Vole [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Captain_Vole_9934.jpg]] The only Jägermonster ever to be kicked out from the Jägers. He bears a strong grudge against the House of Heterodyne over this, and is eager to kill Agatha as soon as he discovers that she's a real Heterodyne. ---- * BerserkButton: Vole is no Jäger anymore, but do not mess with his NiceHat. * BlackEyesOfEvil: With white pupils. Maybe. It's hard to tell if they're pupils or reflections; there are panels that make good arguments for each. * BloodKnight: [[UpToEleven So much so that even the Jägers kicked him out for it]]. See UndyingLoyalty below. ** AxCrazy: "Ve vill burn Europa to the ground and und gnaw her bonez!" * CombatPragmatist: A particularly DangerouslyGenreSavvy version. He takes advantage of people [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110729 talking when they should fight]] and baits people to [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110803 take advantage of their psychological weaknesses]]. * GrievousHarmWithABody: ** In the first two panels he appears in, he rips a man's arm off to prevent his hand from releasing a dead man's switch. It pretty much sets the tone for the character. ** He does this with [[spoiler:Gil against Tarvek]] when subverting TalkingIsAFreeAction. * HiddenDepths: Much like Da Boyz above, he's much smarter than he looks and displays dangerous cunning. He's also capable of [[spoiler:stealing his gun back from the ImpossibleThief in the party]]. * LargeHam: When he wants to, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120224 Vole really can ham it up]]. * NoTrueScotsman: Vole believes he's the only Jägermonster who remembers what the "monster" part stood for. * TheOathBreaker: One of the only references we've had to the Jägertroth is the fact that Vole renounced it. %%* TheSocialDarwinist * TheStarscream: [[spoiler:'''Deliberately promoted to the role''' by Gil, who ''wants'' a superstrong lackey who'll constantly try to kill him, because that will emphasize to everyone else how dangerously crazy Gil is]]. * SuperSoldier: Has the full [[SuperSerum Jägerdraught]] package. ** AmazingTechnicolorPopulation ([[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette Pale, bluish-white skin]] and BlackEyesOfEvil), CuteLittleFangs, FunetikAksent, MadeOfIron, TheNoseKnows, OlderThanHeLooks ([[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20111007 close to 200 years]]), ProudWarriorRaceGuy, SuperStrength * UndyingLoyalty: Averted. Vole was kicked out of the Jägers [[spoiler:for trying to kill Bill and Barry for not being the bloodthirsty monsters the rest of the family was]]. He serves Baron Wulfenbach willingly [[spoiler:as TheMole for Professor Tiktoffen, and he's not even all that broken up when he finds out he's dead too]]. %%* TheUnfettered * TheWorfEffect: Outside of ripping some poor nobody's arm off, he tends to get beat up a lot. Even Othar gets to take a shot at him. [[/folder]] [[folder:Zola]] !!Zola La Sirene Dorée AKA Zola "Heterodyne" AKA Zola Anya Talinka Venia Zeblinkya Malfeazium [[quoteright:192:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/zola.bmp]] Once everyone had heard there was a Heterodyne girl running around, she stepped in (along with a conspiracy) to provide one. Agatha was... not happy about that. ---- * AssShove[=/=]TrouserSpace: [[spoiler:Lucrezia]] notes (after knocking her out, restraining her, and presumably [[{{Squick}} searching her]]) that some of her equipment was "in rather ''uncomfortable places'', I'd imagine". * BeautyIsNeverTarnished: ''Averted''. After taking the Moveit 11, her physical appearance goes ''steeply'' downhill. * BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: Seems to be the cause of her [[MadLove attraction]] to Gil. * BitchInSheepsClothing: Even though the first impression of her is a harmless, gullible [[spoiler: figurehead for the Storm King conspiracy]], she starts fighting, no holds barred, when Agatha and her team throw a spanner in the works. * BoobsOfSteel: She's ''stacked''. She's also a better fighter than either the Other or Violetta. [[spoiler: After downing a PsychoSerum, she ''punches Zeetha in the face'' and then ''stabs her in the gut with her own sword'']]. * TheChessmaster: Over the course of events, proven to be the genuine article. %%* DarkActionGirl * DeadlyUpgrade. Via a PsychoSerum. * DistressedDamsel: Almost professionally. * DumbBlonde: Subverted due to ObfuscatingStupidity. Gil and Tarvek eventually conclude that Zola, as the fake Heterodyne that was groomed by the Knights of Jove for years, is probably a lot more dangerous than she lets on, and a later confrontation proves them entirely right. %%* EvilCounterpart %%* FakeUltimateHero * {{Foreshadowing}}: She sure bears a [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090408 strong familial resemblance to Lucrezia in that portrait]], doesn't she? %%* FrenchJerk * GigglingVillain: Her evil banter gets odder over the Castle arc. And she [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110107 gets giddier]] as things continue. %%* GrapplingHookPistol * HeroKiller: Zola has become this. To date she has critically wounded [[spoiler:Zeetha, Higgs, and Agatha]]. * LethalChef: "Well, ''I'' always thought she just couldn't make coffee. [[ObfuscatingStupidity Now, I'm not so sure]]." * TheLoad: Apparently fulfilled this role in all of Gil's adventures with her in Paris, and when nabbed by Agatha she slipped into it again. * LongLostRelative: "Hello [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100625 auntie]]." * MadeOfIron: When she [[spoiler: takes the PsychoSerum, she becomes so strong that it takes an overdose of the PsychoSerum to (eventually) dispose of her.]] * MadLove: Towards Gil, very much. Also later towards Tarvek, but [[PsychoSerum her sanity's slipping at the time]], so there's a chance she still thought he was Gil. * MasterActress: Oh yes. Also involves the second part of the trope, where the audience thinks she might actually have {{Split Personalit|y}}ies. Of course, in this case, that's not so far-fetched. * NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Her real last name is [[spoiler:Malfeazium. And her mother was Demonica]]. * ObfuscatingStupidity: ** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090406 This is how it's done]]. ** Judging from Gil and Tarvek's reactions, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20091014 she's apparently an absolute MASTER]]. ** [[spoiler:[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100623 She's apparently a Smoke Knight, and no one ever suspected]]]]. ** She even manages to trick [[spoiler:''[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100712 Lucrezia]]]]''. * OnlyFriend: She invoked it. * OverlyLongName: Her full name is [[spoiler:Zola Anya Talinka Venia Zeblinkya [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Malfeazium]]]]. * ThePowerOfHate: She attributes her MadeOfIron tendencies to this. * PrincessesPreferPink: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] as part of her role as a fake Heterodyne. Even her ''death ray'' [[UpToEleven is pink]]. Even the ''death beam'' is pink. * RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Has a bit of a habit provoking them in the Castle arc. [[spoiler:Lucrezia]] would like to "thank" her for that, [[spoiler:Higgs]] tried to mess her up, and [[spoiler:Tarvek]] intended - perhaps still intends - to strangle her with his bare hands. * ShoutOut: One of the times Gil had to rescue her it was from a [[Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera crazy man in an opera house]]. Apparently it was also one of the few times it ''wasn't'' her fault she was in trouble. * SigilSpam: Covered head to toe in Heterodyne trilobite symbols, overselling her Heterodyne "heritage". * SlasherSmile: ** When [[spoiler:the Castle dies]], she has a frighteningly Sparky look of triumphant glee on her face. Also [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100714 here]]. ** Post-Movit Zola has these pretty often. %%* TheStarscream %%* SweaterGirl %%* UnsportsmanlikeGloating * UnstoppableRage[=/=]ThePowerOfHate: Claims this is what's sustaining her after suffering some truly grievous injuries. -->'''Tarvek:''' How are you even still moving?\\ '''Zola:''' HATE! Hate and [[PsychoSerum drugs]]! Lovely, lovely drugs! I'm a beautiful, chemical, killing machine! * UpToEleven: The scene where she downs the PsychoSerum is literally called "Zola goes up to eleven." The psycho serum itself is even called "MoveIt # 11". [[OneOfUs Ah, Foglios, we love you]]. * VillainDecay: [[spoiler:Subverted. She undecays completely over the span of two strips, and then some. Then goes from an incredibly dangerous intelligent opponent to an incredibly dangerous ''physical'' one when she downs the Moveit 11. Then, she decays AGAIN to an extent when she goes completely utterly psycho, and undecays yet AGAIN when she gets back to the hospital]].. * XanatosSpeedChess: She is "''very good'' at improvising when things go wrong." * {{Yandere}}: If [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110103 this page]] is of any indication. [[/folder]] !Assorted [[folder:Castle Heterodyne]] !!Castle Heterodyne [[quoteright:184:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/castle.bmp]] The last thing Judy (AKA Lilith) told Agatha was to get to the Castle. Castle Heterodyne is a masterpiece of MalevolentArchitecture and Artificial Sentience. It was also badly damaged, suffering from multiple personalities and brutally sadistic even when running normally. Then Agatha killed it and reloaded its core personality from a copy stored in a clank. It's sane now... for a Spark-given definition of sane. ---- * AIIsACrapshoot: The castle is badly damaged, but since it was originally imbued with intelligence by a Heterodyne even the fixed parts aren't exactly sane. * BadBoss: Castle Heterodyne's more addled subsystem fragments are stupid, murderous, and confused when it comes to repairs. Even the more sane fragments have a penchant for killing the inhabitants unless closely supervised by Agatha. * BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: The castle has a very ''slaughter focused'' view of the world. * BigFancyCastle: it's in disrepair, but some parts, like the library, still look good. Also, with the visible part of the castle not exactly small already, consider that it sits on top of a large rock overlooking Mechanicsburg. And that inside that rock it reaches down ''below'' the level of the spring of the river Dyne. * BoringInvincibleHero: Not the castle itself, but it seems to assume that any "real" hero can automatically survive any and all deathtraps [[UnexplainedRecovery without explanation]]. * ExactWords: See JackassGenie. * TheGenieInTheMachine: Less from lack of understanding and more using ExactWords to get to kill people. * GeniusLoci: At first, a massively fragmented one. But as Agatha restores more and more of it, it gradually becomes less deranged and more capable of helping, ultimately culminating in [[spoiler:Castle reminding the attacking Wulfenbach forces [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20130211 just why Mechanicsburg is un-sackable]].]] * HauntedCastle: So the rubes believe. It's actually more of an A.I. style SapientHouse with a massive mean streak. * HeroicComedicSociopath: Not very heroic, just aligned with the interests of our protagonist heroine. But very sociopathic! And, it likes to think, ''even more'' comedic! * JackassGenie: Castle Heterodyne prefers to interpret all orders it is given in whatever way allows it to have the most fun, for which read: "cause the most casualties and destruction". Imagine the maze in the ''Film/{{Cube}}'' movies with an AI that likes to think it has a sense of humor. * JerkWithAHeartOfGold: For all its sociopathic tendencies, schizophrenia and contrariness, the Castle is a loyal servant of House Heterodyne, and has stated a willingness to [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110603 lay down its life(?) for Agatha]]. * KickTheDog: Prisoners are reminded to '''never''' tally their total points out loud, as the castle can and will devote more effort to killing those close to getting out. * LargeHam: Gleefully. There's a reason it's theorized to be running a copy of a Spark's brain (specifically Faustus Heterodyne's). -->'''Agatha:''' Let's just say that somewhere in here is a dial marked "High Drama," and it needs to be turned ''way down''.\\ '''Castle:''' I ''do'' have a certain ''flair''... %%* LaughablyEvil * MalevolentArchitecture: More so than most, as it will actively ''try'' to kill you. ** DeathCourse: The usual fare. ** EverythingTryingToKillYou: Sparks have been working for fifteen years to sort out what is and is not dangerous in the castle. The idea of entering an area that hasn't been mapped yet is considered suicide. ** MaximumFunChamber: Fun for the Castle, that is. * NothingButSkulls: The Heterodynes had a relatively simple but effective design decor. * RoboticPsychopath: Considering his makers? Not that surprising. * SapientHouse: Since the building is effectively a giant A.I. * ShipperOnDeck / IWantGrandkids: There is a reason young Heterodynes try to not bring dates home. Ships [[OT3 Agatha x Gil x Tarvek]], as well as Agatha x Any male Spark capable of reproducing. ** It seems to ship Higgs/Zeetha as well. * SupervillainLair: Proud (and we do mean "proud") home of some of the greatest monsters in Europa's history! [[/folder]] [[folder:Castle Heterodyne Inhabitants]] !!Prisoners from the Castle[=/=]Roving Band of Heroic Repairmen [[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/castle_heterodyne_prisoners.jpg]] A thoroughly mixed bag of Sparks, contructs, criminals and psychopaths sentenced to repair Castle Heterodyne, thus killing two birds with one stone from the Baron's perspective. Provides a ready pool of minions (or mooks) for whomever is currently ascendent. ---- * ActionSurvivor: Sentencing is based on points. Try to rack up too many points too fast and you'll get killed for sure, play it too safe and you'll never get out, making for some very savvy survivors. * BreakTheHaughty / SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids: Mittlemind and Mezzasalma enjoy breaking idealistic young Sparks. * DeathIsCheap: Mittelmind is part machine and is able to be brought back to life in short order if something blows up in his face, assuming the body is mostly intact. [[spoiler:Diaz... isn't so lucky]]. * HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Depending upon whom has the upper hand (or the gun) at the moment. * TheIgor: Snaug seems to be the only minion of this type still alive. * ImAHumanitarian: "Snapper" Boikov and "[[http://twitter.com/Othar/status/6120430016 Jack A'Horned]]". * MadScientist: Goes without saying. There's even a mad ''Social'' scientist. * MeaningfulName: Possibly if Snaug is pronounced like 'snog'. Kissing. A small [[{{Yandere}} hint]]? Probably would classify as a PunnyName, too. * TheMole: Professor Tiktoffen, who is apparently the "inside man" for both the Baron and the Knights of Jove. [[spoiler: He's actually the inside man for ''himself''. And he knows how to control the Castle]]. * PetTheDog: Mittelmind has a very [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090706 twisted idea of what qualifies for this]]. * RagtagBunchOfMisfits: With a big side order of murderers, sadists, and psychopaths. * RecruitingTheCriminal: Those that survive are [[spoiler: given a chance to join in repairing Mechanicsburg's defenses after the castle is fixed]]. * SanitySlippage: Occurs to Snaug, apparently. Her boss, Mittelmind, wipes her memory yearly for her birthday. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101215 This]] may be a hint of losing it or just her {{yandere}} getting stronger. * ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder: Mezzasalma, Diaz and Mittelmind are all sparks. * ThoseTwoGuys: Mezzasalma and Mittelmind, the two older sparks still alive in the group, have such a schtick going on. * VillainousBreakdown: Merlot was [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20021202 a jerk early on]] and didn't get less so. Compare him then to [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090511 now]]. He has totally lost it by [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090527 here]]. * {{Yandere}}: ** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100908 Snaug]]. Just... [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101215 Snaug]]. ** She certainly seems to be enjoying herself [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101210 in the third frame]]. Maybe just a little '''too''' much. [[/folder]] [[folder:Sanaa]] !!Sanaa "Wilhelm" [[quoteright:185:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/GGSanaaTG.jpg]] One of the inhabitants of Castle Heterodyne. We first encounter her reporting on her repair efforts in Castle Heterodyne. She seems to be constantly competent at avoiding the death traps and kicking ass. She also befriends Agatha when she arrives at the castle, meaning that she may well be around for a while. ---- %%* ActionGirl * ActionSurvivor: Before she even got to the castle, apparently. * FanGirl: For [[spoiler:her brother]] (no, not like that) - at least, when she isn't furious with him. * LongLostRelative: To [[spoiler:Othar]]. * ShipperOnDeck: [[FoeYay Othar/Gil]]. * WhatAreYouInFor: Asks this to Agatha when they first meet. * YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Pink. Apparently dyed. [[/folder]] [[folder:Castle Wulfenbach Students]] !!Castle Wulfenbach Students [[quoteright:241:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/CWstudents.bmp]] [[caption-width-right:241:Sleipnir O'Hara, Theopholous [=DuMedd=] and [[OverlyLongName Zaemae Yahyae Ahmad ibn Sulimaen al-Sinhaejae]]]] A mixed bag of Sparks, nobles, and young people with connections to both, kept on Castle Wulfenbach to be schooled... and to [[HostageSituation discourage stupid behavior in their families]]. Many of them remain as of yet un-named but two, Sleipnir O'Hara and Theopholous [=DuMedd=], re-entered the story in Mecanicsburg. Three in particular have more characterization than the rest: Zulenna Luzhakna, Theopholous [=DuMedd=], and Sleipnir O'Hara. ---- !!Tropes associated with the Castle Wulfenbach Students in general: * ArrangedMarriage: Sleipnir had a political marriage waiting for her back home before she ran off with Theo. There are hints other students may be in a similar situation. * BlueBlood / ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder: Anyone without at least one of the two is at the bottom of the social heap. * GildedCage: They're happy, healthy, and well treated, but it's also true that they are hostages. At least one of them regretted having to ''leave'', though ''he'' may have had [[TownWithADarkSecret other]] [[BigScrewedUpFamily reasons]]. As Tarvek put it, Castle Wulfenbach is ''the'' place to be -- especially for an ascending Spark. * HostageSituation: In the manner of old-fashioned royalty, to keep their families in line. ---- '''Princess Zulenna Luzhakna''' (the one with poofy red hair and makeup) was a royal without the Spark, but with a strong sense of noble pride, as long as unshaking faith in the Baron. She starts out strongly antagonistic towards Agatha for a large number of reasons. However, she changes her tune when Agatha's heritage is revealed. The Heterodyne Boys personally designed her family's defenses, and thus she stays behind to buy Agatha and the others time to escape. She is killed by [=DuPree=], but Klaus orders her put in the cold room to be revived later. ---- * AlphaBitch: Zulenna is the main enforcer of the pecking order amongst the students. ** LovableAlphaBitch: Revealed with her HeroicSacrifice; she may look down on anyone of lower station, but she gave her life to repay a family debt. * HeroicSacrifice: When Agatha escaped, [[YouShallNotPass Zulenna stayed behind and stood up to Von Pinn]]. Then Bang subverted that to hell [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040901 a page later]]. Then Von Pinn [[DoubleSubversion double-subverted it]] and the ensuing squabble gave Agatha the time she needed to escape. [[ZigZaggingTrope And Klaus ordered her brought back to life]]. * TeamMom: Though Von Pinn is the official nanny, Zulenna does help mind the younger students; admonishing them to not believe everything in a story, and keeping them kempt at the dinner table. * WhatHappenedToTheMouse: She was killed by Bang after Von Pinn lost her nerve when Zulenna pulled a YouShallNotPass, but the Baron intended to revivify her [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem against the social by-laws about resurrecting aristocratic family members]]. And then... nothing (yet). ---- '''Theopholous "Theo" [=DuMedd=]''' (the one with glasses that looks to be Indian) is a friendly Sparky boy, mostly in charge of wrangling the younger students. His mother was one of the Mongfish sisters, making him Agatha's cousin--a fact he is quite pleased to discover, considering she's the first family member he's had who's not dead, missing, or a head in a jar. ---- * BigManOnCampus: As the Head Boy of the group. He's got both BlueBlood ''and'' the [[ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder Spark]], so he may technically be even higher in the pecking order than Zulenna. * GargleBlaster: A specialty of Theo's. Just one is enough to even [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081006 knock out Gil!]] ** Note that he somehow managed to make a 200 proof beverage that contains something ''other'' than alcohol, which is chemically impossible (A 200 proof drink is 100% ethyl alcohol by definition). * GenreSavvy: -->'''Theo''': Well, we're in a Heterodyne story now. These things happen. * GetARoom: After Theo starts to really Spark out near fan-of-[[ForScience science]] Sleipnir, their resulting... ''chemistry'' leaves the other present characters ''very'' eager to leave and ''give'' them the room. * LongLostRelative: Theo's and Agatha's mothers were sisters, making Theo elated to find out that he has a relative that wasn't dead, or missing, or head-in-a-jar. * MeaningfulName: [=DuMedd=] was originally [[RedShirt "doomed"]], until the Foglios got [[MauveShirt attached]]. * PutOnABus: After fleeing Castle Wulfenbach, he is mentioned in passing as the source of how Othar found out who Agatha really is, but that was it [[TheBusCameBack until the Mechanicsburg arc]]. [[spoiler:He's back on the really huge double-decker bus along with a lot of other characters caught in the fan-named Take-Five time-freeze bomb that was the cause of the TimeSkip.]] * RelationshipReveal: He and Sleipnir are revealed to be more than just traveling companions, when she started getting turned on by Theo sparking out in Lucrezia's secret lab. * ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder: He has the Spark. * TheStoryteller: Well-known enough that Klaus is able to realize he was the one behind the break-in at his lab when the kid they caught mentioned a story. ---- '''Sleipnir O'Hara''' (the straight-red-haired one) is a highly intelligent mechanic (not a Spark) who quickly befriends Agatha onboard the Castle. ---- * AdrenalineMakeover: Between the adventure in Castle Wulfenbach and her re-appearance in Mechanicsburg, she gets her hair cut short, trades in her frumpy jumpsuit for a [[{{Sideboob}} revealing]] halter-top, and very... "fitted" bodice and pants. * GetARoom: See this entry for Theo. * MeaningfulName: Sleipnir was introduced Agatha's roommate on Castle Wulfenbach - someone to "sleep near.” * PutOnABus: Similar to Theo, and TheBusCameBack in Mechanicsburg at the same time Theo did, and left again just like Theo with the Take-Five bomb. * RedheadInGreen: Sleipnir spends much of the comic during her stay on Castle Wulfenbach in a green jumpsuit. Once in Mechanicsburg, she trades it for a haltertop with a green bust that [[{{Sideboob}} doesn't quite cover all of her bust.]] * RelationshipReveal: See Theo's entry. * RunawayFiance: Sleipnir - when Agatha met her on Castle Wulfenbach, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20030609 she had an arranged marriage waiting for her back home]], but by the time she met up with Agatha again in Castle Heterodyne, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100906 she'd run off with Theo]]. * ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder: She doesn't have the Spark, but she still has some similar tendencies. In addition to starting to become his lover, she's also starting to become Theo's personal minion. * WrenchWench: She's introduced wearing a jumpsuit after a duty shift doing mechanical work, and is handy as a Spark's minion. [[/folder]] [[folder:The Jäger Generals]] !!Generals Zog, Khrizhan, Goomblast, and Mamma Gkika http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/generals1.bmp [[quoteright:153:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/generals2.bmp]] The leaders of the Jägermonsters. There were originally [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120514 eight of them]], however one was killed in battle (General Øsk is missing and presumed dead after charging down the throat of an Ice Wyrm in order to retrieve his hat), leaving only seven: "Dose three old ogres". They seem to act as military advisers for Klaus. There are three of them, General Zog (the big one, top left), General Khrizhan (the huge one who seems to be in overall command, bottom left) and General Goomblast (the ''freaking massive'' one with an impressive array of teeth, top right). "Mamma" Gkika is [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/info/cast/cast08.php another general]], and one of only two female Jägers seen so far (bottom right). She runs the bar/hospital where incapacitated Jägers wait for a Heterodyne to come along to heal them up. General Gargantua, who appeared after Agatha was proclaimed the new Heterodyne. General Zadipok, who is currently missing for unknown reasons. And a "tricky general" who is said to be [[SecretKeeper "keeper of many secret things."]] He apparently wishes to remain hidden until the Other is removed from Agatha's mind. ---- * AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Mamma Gkika takes it a step further by having a [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120502 "fun color change-y hepidermoose [epidermis]!"]] She [[HiddenInPlainSight kept on the down low]] by staying caucasian-human-colored, but now can "mek vit the pretty colors again". * AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Jäger. '''Generals'''. * BarBrawl: Mamma Gkika organizes one every evening to let the incapacitated Jägers in her care blow off steam. Except for Thursdays when they have a Poetry Slam... * BigRedDevil: General Gargantua has this look and wears SpikesOfVillainy. * BloodKnight: Cunning old Jägers they may be, they are still Jägers and enjoy a good fight as much as any of their subordinates. * CavalierCompetitor / SpiritedCompetitor: They don't hold grudges over any finished campaigns. And apparently keep kill-counts, arguing with each other over which foes did "count" and which weren't enough of a sport. Goomblast also liked the idea of CombatByChampion, though his opponents declined. * CombatPragmatist: The Generals make a game of who can [[BodyCountCompetition score the most kills]] in a battle. General Khrizhan points out the others' cheating, not because he thinks it's unfair, but because he doesn't want to get called out for doing ''everything'' the others are doing. * DarkActionGirl: Mamma seems to be half way between this and LadyOfWar. * FemmeFatalons: Seen on Mamma [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080423 here]]. And she keeps them perfectly lacquered even [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20111230 when]] in "[[NonuniformUniform uniform]]". * FourStarBadass: All of the Generals are brutally competent warriors. Four of them working together can [[CurbstompBattle utterly crush]] an entire airship of elite Wulfenbach air-assault troops. * FunetikAksent: Being Jägers, this is to be expected. * GenreSavvy: Despite their UndyingLoyalty, they seem to know better than to completely discount accusations against their mistress just because [[spoiler:the person making them was trying to get her killed]]. * GentleGiant: All of the generals seem perfectly capable of being personable and making very polite conversation over a pot of tea (Zog less so). They are, however, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20031103 still Jägers]]. * GeniusBruiser: Perhaps due to their age the generals seem far more on the button as far as politics are concerned than many people, never mind Jägers. Case in point: [[spoiler:when it's revealed that Klaus plans to destroy Castle Heterodyne because Agatha's possessed by the Other, and Boris tries to deceive them into going along with it]], they ask Boris to tell them what he knows rather than killing him out of hand. * HiddenInPlainSight: This is how Mamma Gkika's remains hidden. It's underneath a much gaudier tourist trap of the same name. * ICallHerVera: Mamma Gkika's "[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20111230 Dollink]]". * ImplausibleFencingPowers: General Goomblast is capable of disarming his enemies such that their (poisoned) swords impale them. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120523 While fighting six on one]]. * ImprobableWeaponUser: Gargantua can apparently throw his SpikesOfVillainy with deadly accuracy that should be impossible with their curved shape. * LightningBruiser: At least, General Goomblast. A [[spoiler:Wulfenbach]] assault team seeing a huge Jäger General with a light fencing sword missed the clue why they should be terrified. Oh, and he also seems to be ambidextrous. * MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: While standard for most Jägers, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110316 Goomblast]] takes it [[UpToEleven a bit further]]. * NiceHat: General Zog and General Gargantua (like most Jägers) both have one. Fandom is divided as to whether Goomblast's skullcap (seemingly riveted to his skull) counts. Khrizhan lacks one, a very rare thing in a Jäger. However, in [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080512 this strip]], we're told [[NoodleIncident sometime in the past]] he had to abandon a very impressive uniform in Mamma Gkika's, which got recycled for Gil. Gil's hat may also be built out of (or on) Khrizhan's. ** During Carson's retelling of the attack of the castle, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070813 it shows a Jager similar to Khrizan comforting him]] [[spoiler: over the death of his son]] so it's possible he left it as a funeral tribute similar to how Maxim left his hat for [[spoiler: Lars's]]. * ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Almost literally, their ages are in the neighborhood of 600-700 years. * ShipperOnDeck: Agatha/Gil, although Zog got beaten up by Khrizhan for suggesting they push it along. * SlasherSmile: Goomblast has a mouth a shark would be envious of. * SuperSoldier: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20091102 Implied]] to be among the ''first'' Jägers. * SuperSerum: ** Mentioned as the source of change and confirmed by WordOfGod. They are humans transformed by the "Jägerdraught". Perhaps due to advanced years causing additional mutation, side effects of repair or perhaps because they might have been in the original batch, most Generals are a LOT less human than the regular Jägers. ** On the other hand, apart from her [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair aqua hair]], sharp teeth and pointed ears, Mamma Gkika can almost pass for human (and in fact does, [[HiddenInPlainSight hiding in plain sight]] among her human showgirls who dress up as Jägers). * TeamMom: Even part of her name; "Mama Gkika" * TheNoseKnows: With [[Krosp not believing the Dead Olga ruse will work because Agatha smells different]] as {{Foreshadowing}} context, the [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050214 nonchalance over learning that Agatha is dead]] becomes this: they can smell the body isn't her, and quickly act casual over "Agatha's" loss. * UndyingLoyalty: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110316 Explicitly explained]] to be a ''choice'' on the Jägers' part. They are not compelled to serve the Heterodynes; rather, every Jäger has made a conscious choice and vow to serve the Heterodynes for life before they drank the Jägerbrau -- it's a gamble, but "[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120502 de vuns]] vot ''live'' gets ''all kinds'' ov goodies", evidently including toughness and immunity to aging. [[/folder]] [[folder:Jenka]] !!Jenka [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/jenka_8127.png]] The female Jäger (one of only two we have met so far, the other being Mamma Gkika) who seems to be Da Boyz immediate superior officer, but who spends quite a bit of time away from them (or maybe a liaison officer, which would fit well with her sporadic appearance). She was away when Da Boyz were caught by Othar and then left again to get orders about Agatha. She has turned up and left again once more since. Her mysteriousness, femaleness and general awesome has lead to a lot of speculation about her nature and origins. ---- * ActionGirl / DarkActionGirl: Hard to call exactly but it has to be one of these two. * AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Grey skin, not that impressive but it does give us ''yet another'' choice of Jäger skin tone. * ArrowCatch: On her first appearance, when a panicked guard shoots at her. She doesn't even flinch. -->'''Jenka:''' [[YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry I forgive. Once]]. %%* {{Badass}} * BadassAdorable: Does not look like the super scary badass she is. %%** BadassCape * BearsAreBadNews: Füst, her ursine mount. And he is awesome. * {{BFS}}: Her weapon of choice. * BreastPlate: Not initially, but contrast her [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050606 first appearance]] with her [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20071217 later one]]. %%* CoolMask %%* CuteMonsterGirl * DropInCharacter: Shows up every once in a while, with very little warning of her appearance. * FunetikAksent: Her accent is at times noticeably less pronounced than the other Jägers. For example, while she says "is" as "iz" like any other Jäger, she often says "you" normally instead of "hyu". Given that Da Boyz are/were a roaming band of Jägers on special assignment, and are now sticking close to Agatha (in both cases, not part of a larger Jäger group), it's entirely plausible that Jenka often has to travel through hostile territory to meet up with them. A less-pronounced accent may help in staying unnoticed if necessary. * HorseOfADifferentColor: She [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050606 rides]] a war-''bear'', [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070326 Füst]]. * NiceHat: No Jäger should be without one. * ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: No actual word on her age, but she seems to have seniority over Da Boyz, and by human standards they are ''old''. %%* SuperSoldier * WomenAreWiser: She comes across as being calmer and more careful than Da Boyz. [[/folder]] [[folder:The Circus]] !!Master Payne's Circus of Adventure [[quoteright:289:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/circus.bmp]] A traveling Heterodyne Show that takes Agatha in for a while after she saves them from a wandering monster-clank. Zeetha was originally one of them, but decided her place was with her student when the rest of the Circus was PutOnABus. ---- * BelligerentSexualTension: Abner and Pix start out this way, then get together soon after Agatha joins the circus. * BlueBlood: Marie is apparently distantly related to the Queen of England, and is often referred to as “the Countess.” * ChivalrousPervert[=/=]HandsomeLech: Lars apparently has a... ''colorful'' history. * CircusOfFear: Not usually; they're decent people. But after '''''[[UnstoppableRage SHOWTIME!]]''''', things get... interesting. * FlyingDutchman: Embi, of the Wandering Jew variety. Assuming he wasn't sending Agatha out for a crate of balloon juice about that. * FryingPanOfDoom: Marie again. * HappilyMarried: Master Payne and Marie, with a little bit of VitriolicBestBuds mixed in. * HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Lars]]. * HiddenInPlainSight: A lot about the circus. [[spoiler:Especially how they're mostly Sparks.]] * LadykillerInLove: Lars, who gets a fairly obvious crush on Agatha. [[spoiler:He confesses it as he lies dying.]] * LovableCoward: ** Lars starts out as this. ** Arguably, the whole circus is this. They play heroes on stage, but they don't do any actual heroics - traveling the Wastelands is dangerous enough without it. * TheMasquerade: [[spoiler:Many of them are minor Sparks, hiding from the Baron and from potential BurnTheWitch situations]]. * OlderThanTheyLook: Embi, who is apparently well over a hundred years old. * NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Master Payne. * NecessarilyEvil: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070115 Master Payne]] * PieInTheFace: Shockingly, this is plot-relevant! * ThePlotReaper: [[spoiler:Lars]], when Gil is about to come back into Agatha's life. * PutOnABus: To England, specifically. * RagtagBunchOfMisfits: A lovable kind. * ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Master Payne. * ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder: Many of them are minor Sparks. Very few of them are any good at it. * WackyWaysideTribe: The trope is well-used: the circus establishes the post-apocalyptic world the Other left behind and works Zeetha, Dimo, Augie and Maxim into the main cast. Plus jokes. [[/folder]] [[folder:Old Man Death]] !!Old Man Death [[quoteright:203:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/old_man_death_8120.png]] An old man who runs a gourmet sandwich shop with his granddaughter. Used to run with the Jägers and put them to shame. His hat is therefore very significant to Jägers, as the more important and {{Badass}} the hat's owner, the more awesome and {{Badass}} the hat. As such, he has to put up with the occasional attack on him for it, often enough at least for there to be a [[RuleOfThree three tries only rule]]. ---- * AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: {{Squick}}s his granddaughter with the tale of how he met her grandmother. * {{Badass}} ** BadassGrandpa: Still able to defend himself against a Jäger. ** BadassNormal: He is a human who can put Jägers to shame. ** MemeticBadass: Among the Jägers, at least. [in-universe] ** RetiredBadass: He just wants to run his sandwhich shop these days. * ChefOfIron: Again, he makes gourmet sandwiches and out-fights Jägers. Often at the same time. * DefeatingTheUndefeatable: He plays this...to the '''JÄGERS''', with his NiceHat as the reward. -->'''Old Man Death:''' I'm just a '''human'''. Rode with the '''Jägers'''. Never. Lost. A. Fight. * ForegoneConclusion: It was obvious that Maxim was going to get Old Man Death's hat as soon as you saw it- while the purple hat with red trimming looked out of place on an old man in an orange shirt and an apron, it already matched Maxim's outfit perfectly. It actually looked pretty similar to his old hat, only more ornate. * FormerTeenRebel: As was mentioned, "rode with the Jägers", i.e. was an auxiliary to the most BadAss and evil army in Europe. Now runs a sandwich shop. * HashHouseLingo: He knows the ingredients of the most obscure sandwiches you can imagine. And there is apparently a story behind every one of those oddly named sandwiches. The "Red Heterodyne" (Fried bat wing with mushroom sauce on pumpernickel) apparently stemmed from the long-dead Red Heterodyne getting trapped in a cave network for several years after a raid gone bad, forcing him to live on bats and mushrooms (And developing a taste for them) until he could get out. The "Prince of Sturmhalten's Big Bet" (Hat sandwich) stemmed from Prince Viden of Sturmhalten saying that he'd eat his hat if Goot Heterodyne could get a cathedral built in Mechanicsburg. ** NoodleIncident: The story behind the names of all the other sandwiches he can make. * MoralDilemma: Maxim forces him to choose between his reputation as a sandwich-maker and his hat. He chooses his reputation. Subverted, he's apparently fine with it, he really didn't care about the hat, and he told his granddaughter "your grandmother always hated that hat". * NiceHat: Played with, he freely admits his hat is nothing special, but the fact that it is '''his''' makes it irresistible to the Jägers. * NotSoDifferent: When he gets angry enough, he starts talking in the same FunetikAksent as the Jägers. * PapaWolf: The fight with Maxim over his hat was going fine, and was fairly friendly, until Maxim tried to hit on the waitress, his granddaughter. [[/folder]] [[folder:The Heterodyne Boys]] !!William and Barry Heterodyne [[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/heterodyneboys_7866.png]] [[caption-width-right:300:Bill on the left, Barry on the right.]] The heroes of the previous generation, Bill and Barry Heterodyne were a pair of brothers, the first good apples in a ''looong'' line of villains. They were close friends with Klaus Wulfenbach, and built the constructs Punch and Judy. Bill eventually married their old rival Lucrezia Mongfish, and is Agatha's father. The Boys went on a crusade against the Other after it attacked Mecanicsburg, killed Bill's infant son, and kidnapped his wife. Eventually, they both disappeared, but Barry returned in disguise with a young Agatha in tow, and left her in the care of Punch and Judy. ---- * BigGood: They were, more than anything, a beacon of hope in a world that had been nothing but a playground for mad scientists for far too long. They always tried to negotiate before fighting, and helped install town councils and other long-lasting forms of government before moving on. * DisappearedDad: Bill. Barry never explained what happened to him. ** Barry himself disappeared almost elven years ago. * FatAndSkinny: Bill being the slim one, Barry being the more portly one. * {{Folk Hero}}es: They are revered across Europa as the greatest heroes of their generation. There are plenty of books and plays about their adventures, many greatly exaggerated. * IdealHero: They were such a complete 180 from their ancestors that it's almost suspicious. They were friendly, egalitarian, always saw the best in people, and always won. There's a reason they became folk heroes overnight. * {{Living Legend}}s: They were famous thanks to their adventures and all good things they did for Europa. * TranquilFury: When the Boys came back in the aftermath of the Castle attack. Bill was an emotional wreck, while Barry was "deadly calm." Seeing that the mere mention of Barry [[TheDreaded freaks out]] The Other... * WhiteSheep: After centuries of bloodthirsty Heterodynes dedicated to nothing but chaos, destruction, and mad science, Bill and Barry popped out. [[/folder]] [[folder:Higgs]] !!Airman 3/c Axel "The Unstoppable" Higgs [[quoteright:161:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/higgs.bmp]] Rescued the Baron from a crashed airship after a major confrontation. The Unstoppable honorific is well-earned; he's introduced by a flashback to a scene where he sustains two broken arms, a broken leg, an infected bite and a bullet in his other leg -- and still completes his mission. ---- * AlmightyJanitor: One of the most [[MadeOfIron unstoppable]] members of the cast... and he was introduced as the bosun of a medical airship. [[spoiler:After the time skip, he seems to hold a position more in line with his talents.]] * {{Badass}}: The ''cast page'' calls him "The Unstoppable Higgs". That probably qualifies him as a MemeticBadass too, actually. * BareFistedMonk / GoodOldFisticuffs: His preferred fighting style appears to be something along these lines. * BerserkButton: If that's how he is when it's someone he was STARTING to like, God help you if you ever hurt someone he's SURE about. See also RoaringRampageOfRevenge below. * CosmicPlaything: The only possible explanation for what the man went through to rescue Klaus. I mean come ON, a ''nesting goose?'' * DeathGlare: When Zola [[spoiler:stabs Zeetha]]. "[[spoiler:I vas starting to '''like''' her]]." * {{Determinator}}: ** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070330 "Let me tell you about Airman Higgs..."]] Airman Higgs got Baron Wulfenbach out of a burning airship and to safety. During which, he had to deal with a bunch of monsters, an irate [[PsychoForHire Captain DuPree]], and a goose, breaking three out of four limbs in the process and getting an infected bite. He managed to get to a town despite his injuries, where he got shot in his last undamaged limb. He informed the local garrison of Wulfenbach's predicament, then passed out. ** And for his next act, he attacks [[spoiler:Zola while she's juiced up on a full vial of Movit #11, moving faster than she can even though she has drug-enhanced speed. He gets ''run through'' and still hits her two more times before he even notices the pain. And once it's all over, and Gil is freaking out over how much blood he's soaked in, he just gets up as if he only received a moderate thumping]]. * DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent: [[spoiler:Although the fandom is reasonably certain that he is the 'tricky' Jaeger General and therefore firmly Agatha's ally, after the TimeSkip both sides believes that he is a DoubleAgent working for ''them'', and nothing has been seen to cement which side he owes ultimate allegiance to.]] * ExtremeMeleeRevenge: Once [[spoiler:Zola]] pissed him off, he wasn't pulling his punches. * HiddenDepths: ** [[spoiler:Otilia/the Castle]] recognizes him, which means that there is a lot more to him than we believed. We just don't know what yet. ** He called Tarvek "sir." [[TheChessmaster We know what Tarvek is like]]. There may be a connection we don't know about yet... ** It seems he's seen [[spoiler:older Heterodynes drink from the Dyne and specifically compares Agatha's reaction to "Old Igneous", and apparently has more than a passing acquaintance with [[GeniusLoci Castle Heterodyne]]]]. ** As of [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101018 this comic]], it appears that Higgs might just [[spoiler:be a Jäger. His response to Zola mocking Zeetha is "Yes... but I vas starting to ''like'' her." He has never displayed a hint of an accent before. Looking back at all of his appearances, his ears are noticeably pointy, much like the Jägers. Note he has that NiceHat all the time as well]]. This speculation got new legs after [[spoiler:the Jägergenerals have [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120516 mentioned]] a "tricky general" who is staying hidden until the Other is exorcised from Agatha]]. ** The Jägers know him. He was brought to Mamma Gkika's for treatment, and [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080613 here]] Dimo deflects Gil's question about that while giving Higgs a conspiratorial smile. ** Tarvek notes that he got permission to leave his post from [[spoiler:''Agatha'']]. ** Mamma Gkika [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120430 knows Higgs personally]], mentioning that he is always up to his "tricks." ** The Castle has admitted to knowing about Higgs' secrets to Zeetha, but refuses to tell her as he would have to kill her. ** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20130315 "As if I'd blow my cover just so you can have some kind of pointless joke..."]] ** When Zeetha says that she'll kick his butt, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110309 make note of his response. ]] [[spoiler: sure sounds like a few characters we know.]] %%* HotbloodedSideburns * ImplacableMan: Fans came to love him from his impossibly badass introduction, told by Doctor Sun. In the Castle, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101025 it is]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101027 made clear]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110103 that Sun's story]] was vastly ''understating'' his capabilities. * KubrickStare: Has no one told Zola that you should BewareTheNiceOnes? * MadeOfIron: ** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100217 Gets bashed into a wall by a powerful clank and dusts himself off like it was nothing]]. ** Also [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100913 here]], where he lands from a long fall with simple bent knees as opposed to Zeetha who has to roll and their quarry who has to use a zip line/grappling pistol. ** After being slashed across the chest, stabbed ''through'' the chest, and then brutally pummeled by a close-combat expert on drugs, he not only carries someone with ONLY one comparable injury to safety, he's seen literally [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110309 stitching himself back up]]. %%* TheMagnificent * MinionShipping: ** With Zeetha. It may or may not be one-sided - Zeetha seems thoroughly smitten by Higgs' smooth talking and [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090225 quick thinking]] (badassery notwithstanding), but Higgs alternates between [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100505 snarky apathy]] and [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080609 justified fear]] with regard to Zeetha. ** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100915 Then again..]]. ** [[spoiler: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101018 "I vas starting to ''like'' her..."]]]] ** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110309 "That's a date!"]] ** [[spoiler:[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20130318 Eventually it]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20130320 becomes official]]]]. * MoreThanMeetsTheEye: Him in general, but his "map" talk especially. He knows a ''lot'' more than we do. The Castle also apparently knows who he really is, and apparently it's normal for them to snipe at each other. * NiceHat: Apparently he's a crewman [[ShoutOut of the ship]] RozenMaiden. * NotSoStoic: ** When [[spoiler: Zeetha is stabbed]]. ** And [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20130318 here]] * OlderThanTheyLook: References old Heterodynes like he was there. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100419 "How time does fly"]] * OnlyAFleshWound: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101027 This one]]. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110126 Apparently,]] anyway. * OohMeAccentsSlipping: Or showing. When [[spoiler: Zeetha is stabbed]] he shows a trace of what might be a [[spoiler:Jäger accent]]. * PunnyName: Higgs is an Airman, 3rd class. A Seaman, 3rd class is a Bosun -- So he's Bosun Higgs. * RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Higgs is fast when he's angry. [[spoiler:So fast that he's a near invisible blur of motion to someone already on a potentially fatal dose of stimulants]]. Oh dear. * ScarsAreForever: Has such an [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?&date=20110309 epic map of scars on his chest]] that it can be mistaken for ''hair'' at first glance. * SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: With Zeetha. -->'''Higgs:''' Uh--she--she ain't ''my'' Miss Zeetha, sir.\\ '''Tarvek''': [[DeadpanSnarker Oh, heaven forbid]]. I'm sure you'd desert your post and hare off to save ''any'' [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair green-haired]] amazon. * SmokingIsCool: That is one badass pipe. * StealthPun: His name and title/rank. In an old navy, a third mate (or seaman, third class) is also known as a bosun, making Axel [[spoiler:the Higgs boson]]. %%* TheStoic %%* UnfazedEveryman * UnreliableNarrator: The story that initially earned him the fans' love and respect was related by him to the group of soldiers that found him. It hasn't quite... meshed with what we've seen of him. It turns out he's ''more'' badass, not less. Considering how MadeOfIron we've seen he is, what Higgs went through to get the injuries Dr. Sun mentioned has to have been far, ''far'' worse than he reported. * WouldHitAGirl: ** He has no problems with getting into a truly vicious fistfight with [[spoiler:Zola]], and he's not pulling his punches. Of course, neither is she...and she has a sword! ** And he [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110103 has no issues with breaking their knees, either]]. * ZenSurvivor: Despite everything he's gone through, his expression of perpetual apathy has slipped exactly five times since his first appearance: Getting bitten by [=DuPree=], explaining his tale while being ''heavily'' drunk, being threatened by Zeetha, finding out his new boss is Gil and [[spoiler: holding a critically wounded Zeetha in his arms while threatening Zola with what may be a Jäger accent]]. [[/folder]] [[folder:The von Mekkahns]] !!Carson and Vanamonde von Mekkahn [[quoteright:301:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/vonmekkahn.png]] The Von Mekkahn family is as synonymous with Mechanicsburg leadership as the Heterodyne family itself is, with many of them serving as seneschals to the Heterodynes. Carson von Mekkahn was the seneschal of Castle Heterodyne until he retired and passed the job on to his son, who died just days later when the Other attacked. When Baron Wulfenbach politely took over Mechanicsburg a few years later, Carson made it seem that the von Mekkahn family had gone extinct in the Other's attack, going into hiding under the alias of "Carson Heliotrope" and running Mechanicsburg in secret. Carson has since retired again and his grandson, Vanamonde, now runs the town from a coffee shop. After Agatha Sparks out in Vanamonde's coffee shop, Carson helps her enter Castle Heterodyne. ---- * BaldOfEvil: Carson, sort of. He probably wasn't both bald and evil simultaneously, but he's bald now and apparently served the evil Heterodynes ''before'' Agatha's heroic father and uncle -- he rode with the Jägers in his youth and could describe Agatha's grandfather's usual reaction to invading war clanks. * BluffTheImpostor: Carson [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070516 tries this]] on Agatha at first, asking if Punch ever mentioned him. He is quite surprised that she knows Punch couldn't talk, though this still isn't enough to convince him. * FascinatingEyebrow: Young Vanamonde has shown a strong skill in this. * FormerTeenRebel: Carson. Again, rode with the Jägers in his youth, under the old evil Heterodynes. Is now retired, lives with his daughter-in-law, and seems to have mostly spent his days soaking up rays on the balcony before being introduced in the comic. %%* LegacyOfService * MulticoloredHair: Vanamonde is blonde on top but has dark brown sides. * MustHaveCaffeine: Vanamonde is addicted to coffee. * ObfuscatingStupidity[=/=]RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: To outsiders, Vanamonde looks like a young loafer who does nothing but laze around and drink coffee. In reality, he wrote a definitive book on coffee (under a pen name), is (according to Carson) "more competent than he appears", and, oh yeah, secretly runs Mechanicsburg. * PeoplePuppets[=/=]UnusualUserInterface: Part of Carson's duty as seneschal. He has special holes drilled in his skull that let him use the Throne of Faustus Heterodyne to become Castle Heterodyne's puppet so that Agatha can talk to it in the crypt. Vanamonde's skull hasn't been prepared for such a thing yet, but the Castle is looking forward to it. * PsychicLink: Carson didn't even notice he had this until [[spoiler:he felt Castle Heterodyne die]]. * {{Retirony}}: Inverted by Carson, who retired just in time to miss dying in the Other's attack. His replacement, who was also his son, died instead. (Vanamonde is his grandson.) * SeenItAll: Carson. -->'''Carson:''' Don't try to boggle ''me'', Mister ''Talking Cat''. This is ''Mechanicsburg''. You are ''by no means'' the strangest thing in ''this'' town. * SkepticNoLonger: Agatha's performance in the coffee shop (and her "perfect" coffee) make Vanamonde a believer. By the time Agatha forces Castle Heterodyne to back down from punishing Herr Diamant for expressing his skepticism, Carson is convinced she's real too. * ShoutOut: Vanamonde, who sits around drinking coffee and secretly practices politics, may be an expy of Voltaire. * SpellMyNameWithAnS: There's some disagreement on whether it's spelled Mekkahn, Mekkan, or Mekkhan. * UndyingLoyalty: They come from a long line of seneschals to the Heterodyne family; so much so that they're almost as synonymous with Mechanicsburg leadership as the Heterodyne family itself. [[/folder]] [[folder:Von Pinn]] !!Von Pinn [[quoteright:188:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Von_Pinn.bmp]] When first encountered Von Pinn seemed to just be another of the many monsters given jobs by the Baron. It eventually emerged, however, that she was the nursemaid at Castle Heterodyne when Agatha was born and this has made things rather ''interesting.'' Pursued by many Jägers as the height of womanhood and absolutely terrifying, Von Pinn seems to hate Agatha, fear what she is to become (whatever that is) and want to protect her. ---- %%* ActionGirl %%* {{Badass}} * BigDamnHeroes: At least once. * CombatSadomasochist: ** [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Oh]], ''[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040903 yes]]''. ** Her attitude improved a lot the moment she was [[spoiler:transferred into a body without pain sensitivity]]. %%* DarkActionGirl %%** DarkIsNotEvil %%* EnigmaticMinion %%* FemmeFatalons %%* HellBentForLeather * HighClassGlass: Not your average monocle. * MagicalNanny: Well, SCIENCE! nanny, but yes. Of the "stern but fair"-variety. * MamaBear: ** '''DO NOT''' endanger the children under her protection. Even if you're one of them. ** [[ParentsInDistress And it turns out the kids return her loyalty]]. * MegaNeko: [[spoiler:Otilia's gone from a human(ish) body to that of an enormous mechanical cat. She likes being a cat clank better, even if it's not as good as her original, Van Rijn built body]]. * NotQuiteDead: Seriously, someone like Von Pinn is a threat as long as they can move a ''finger''. * ParentalSubstitute: Yes, kids on ''Castle Wulfenbach'' had a [[TheBaroness vicious]] [[MamaBear guardian]] construct ''in loco parentis'' and were rather [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100512 attached]] to her. * Really700YearsOld: Von Pinn was originally [[spoiler:the Van Rijn muse Otilia, built centuries ago for the Storm King]]. %%* SuperSoldier * WetwareBody: ** It now appears that she is [[spoiler:the [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Muse]] Otilia, transferred into a construct body as part of Lucrezia's experimentation]]. Why she did this, [[spoiler:where the body's original mind, if any, ended up]], and what this will mean is still up in the air. ** She has since had her [[spoiler: mind transferred out of her organic body, since it was dying, and transferred into a giant cat clank (with improvements) until her original Muse body is repaired]]. She [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101213 seems happy with it]]. * WhatTheHellHero: When Agatha [[spoiler:Throws her down a bottomless pit]]. "TRULY YOU ARE YOUR MOTHER'S CHILD!" [[/folder]] [[folder:Doctor Sun]] !!Doctor Sun Jen-djieh [[quoteright:180:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Doctor_Sun_Jen-djieh_3124.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:180:"You are a terrible patient!"]] One of Klaus's old friends. A Spark who runs the Great Hospital in Mechanicsburg. Prone to threatening to beat some sense into his friends and students who are being foolish -- and then backing it up if need be. ---- %%* AllAsiansKnowMartialArts * BadassGrandpa: Literally too, since his twin granddaughters Mingmei and Daiyu have shown up on Castle Wulfenbach and at the Great Hospital. * BareFistedMonk: Capable of taking down clanks with his bare hands. %%* CombatMedic %%* CoolOldGuy * DeadpanSnarker: He's well known for "[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110204 sSun-ny bedside manners]]". * DoctorsOrders: He has no doubt at all that his authority extends over Klaus when he's injured. %%* DrJerk * MadDoctor: A benevolent if grouchy one. * MasterApprenticeChain: He [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110204 strongly implied]] that ''he'' was the guy who ''taught {{Realpolitik}} to Klaus''. Who taught Gil ([[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080307 directly]]) and Tarvek ([[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110422 indirectly]]). So in a way, both the setting as we know it and main plotlines can be traced back to him. %%* OldMaster * ShoutOut: His name is an old transliteration of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Di_Renjie Di Renjie]], the inspiration for ''JudgeDee''. [[/folder]] [[folder:Veilchen]] !!Veilchen One of the Smoke Knights who worked for Tarvek's faction. He "parted ways" with the rescue party leaving them in an oubliette and told Violetta about the hunt on Tarvek's Smoke Knights when he was wounded himself. Seems to be a very popular dude. ---- * BaldOfEvil: He's more of a [[NothingPersonal cold-blooded professional]], but the archetype is here. * McNinja: As a Smoke Knight, he's basically a European ninja. [[/folder]] [[folder:Franz]] !!Franz Schorchmaw, Bone Gnawer of the Heterodynes, First and Most Dread of the Dragons [[quoteright:145:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/girlgeniusfranz2_6600.png]] [[caption-width-right:145:I said REJOICE!!!]] Franz is the Great Dragon of Mechanicsburg. You may have seen him on the town arms. ---- * {{Catchphrase}}: Rejoice! * DragonHoard: Franz serves as the [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20111226 guardian of the Heterodyne treasury]]. He uses (some of?) it in a giant bag [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120104 as a blunt weapon]] during the Battle of Mechanicsburg. * {{Foreshadowing}}: First seen in an [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080616 off-hand appearance during Da Boyz educating Gil that all the monsters in the city are loyal to the Heterodynes]], he later has a major role in the Battle of Mechanicsburg. * HeroicSecondWind: He [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20121004 doesn't hold up well]] against the pompous red dragon in the Wulfenbach army attacking the city at first. Then Agatha gets the idea to give him a jolt. Then it ''is'' '''[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20121008 on]]'''! We don't see the details of the fight, but the end result is clear: Franz is next seen [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20121130 wearing the pompous red dragon's helmet]]. * NotQuiteFlight: Franz [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20121130 apparently can't fly by himself]]. So Barry Heterodyne made him what is essentially a [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20121203 giant penny-farthing that drives a pair of helicopter blade things]]. * OurDragonsAreDifferent: The first time you see him, he just looks like a rather generic monster. Only once you see him more fully after the Doom Bell rings does he start to look more draconic. And once he throws down with the pompous red dragon, he's explicitly called a dragon. [[/folder]] [[folder:Seffie]] !!Princess Xerxsephina von Blitzengaard Xerxsephina "Seffie" von Blizengaard is the far more level-headed sister to Martellus von Blitzengaard, acting as the liason between Baron Gil Wulfenbach and the Knights of Jove after the TimeSkip and the resurgence of the Long War. ---- * ArrangedMarriage: She's trying to set one up between Gil and herself. She's well aware he's obsessed with Agatha, but is insistent that it would help stabilize everything if the two largest factions were joined by marriage. Gil is annoyed to note that she's right. * NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: She's a bit hands-on when it comes to Gil. Not too much, not even enough for him to mention it, but enough to earn her a few glares. * RedOniBlueOni: She is a more level-headed counterpart to her more heavy-handed and brutal brother. * SecretKeeper: Surprisingly, Gil trusts her enough to use her as a diplomatic messenger, even giving her papers meant to be placed "under the rock in catacombs." Furthermore, she appears to know [[spoiler:that Gil has his father riding around in his head]]. [[/folder]][[Characters/GirlGeniusAssorted Assorted]] [[/index]]
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** TookALevelInBadass: Before Zeetha's TrainingFromHell, Agatha played the role of DistressedDamsel ''much'' more frequently.
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** TookALevelInBadass: Before Zeetha's TrainingFromHell, Agatha played the role of DistressedDamsel ''much'' more frequently. Zeetha saw her need to be able to fend for herself, so she's giving Agatha the training of a Skifandr warrior princess.

* TookALevelInBadass: Zeetha saw her need to be able to fend for herself, so she's giving Agatha the training of a Skifandr warrior princess.
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* TookALevelInBadass: Zeetha saw UnderestimatingBadassery: Many people do this to her. To quote Gil talking to Vole: -->'''Gil''': You're just like my father! You '''underestimated''' her need and she '''bested''' you! She is a '''Heterodyne'''! Doesn't that '''mean''' anything to be able to fend for herself, so she's giving Agatha the training of a Skifandr warrior princess.you?!?
20th May '14 12:08:48 AM MadCat221
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** Wrenches appear to be her preferred melee weapons as well.
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** Wrenches appear to be her preferred melee weapons as well. * WrenchWhack: Since she's usually carrying one anyway, wrenches also make great impromptu blunt force weapons.
19th May '14 11:55:05 PM MadCat221
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* TheNoseKnows: With [[Krosp not believing the Dead Olga ruse will work because Agatha smells different]] as {{Foreshadowing}} context, the [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050214 nonchalance over learning that Agatha is dead]] becomes this: they can smell the body isn't her, and quickly act casual over "Agatha's" loss.
19th May '14 11:48:09 PM MadCat221
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* {{Strawman}}: [[invoked]] An odd in-universe example. Klaus notes to himself that Bang's over the top "let's just kill everything and burn down the town for good measure" arguments are easy to refute, and make him look far more reasonable by comparison. Not that Bang is intending to make him look good; she just honestly doesn't understand why he doesn't let her kill everyone.
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* {{Strawman}}: [[invoked]] An odd in-universe example. Klaus notes to himself that Bang's over the top "let's just kill everything and burn down the town for good measure" arguments are easy to refute, and make him look far more reasonable by comparison. Not that Bang is intending to make him look good; she just honestly doesn't understand why he doesn't let her [[MurderIsTheBestSolution kill everyone.everyone]].
19th May '14 11:23:26 PM MadCat221
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* MulticoloredHair: Vanamonde.
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* MulticoloredHair: Vanamonde.Vanamonde is blonde on top but has dark brown sides.
16th May '14 12:15:28 PM keen
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** [[spoiler: http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101018 "I vas starting to ''like'' her..."]]
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** [[spoiler: http://www.[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101018 "I vas starting to ''like'' her..."]]"]]]]
16th May '14 12:13:02 PM keen
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** [[spoiler: "I vas starting to ''like'' her..."]]
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** [[spoiler: http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101018 "I vas starting to ''like'' her..."]]
15th May '14 5:34:06 PM Discar
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* LargeHam: Gleefully. There's a reason it's theorized to be running a copy of a Spark's brain (specifically Faustus Heterodyne's). -->'''Agatha:''' Let's just say that somewhere in here is a dial marked "High Drama," and it needs to be turned ''way down''.\\ '''Castle:''' I ''do'' have a certain ''flair''...
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