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!!!''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' provides examples of the following tropes:

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* AbsoluteCleavage:
** Makes a brief and remarkably subtle appearance in the last panel of [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070219 this page]].
** Also Vrinn in her first appearance, on account of having been dragged into the royal family's presence in the middle of the night.
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: '''''[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060501 Sturmhalten.]]'''''
* AccentuateTheNegative:
** The problem with kids these days.
--->'''Zeuxippe:''' So much that they are trying to '''kill''' you over it!!\\
'''Old Man Death:''' Always you gotta find '''[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100602 problems!]]'''
** And [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081008 the younger guard]]:
--->'''Guard 1:''' Of course... the castle is over ''there''. ''We're'' over ''here'', and [[WreathedInFlames those flaming things]] are ''coming back''...\\
'''Guard 2:''' Live in the moment, kid. Live in the moment.
* AccidentalTruth:
** Theo's story at the beginning about the Dragon from Mars is a pure flight of imagination, but [[spoiler:the Other's lab actually IS in the Heterodynes' basement and, if the novel's prologue adaption is accurate, the Other's base of operations is extra-terrestrial as well]]! Also, in this story [[spoiler:Klaus got wasped. And soon enough...]]
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081103 The crowd once calls]] [[spoiler:Zeetha]] the Baron's daughter, which according to WordOfGod is actually true -- if the sketch of her father which looks exactly like Klaus is to be believed. Gil has also been called "the gol-dang Storm King" there, and some time later we learned of the Baron's plans to instate him as the Storm King.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: The Heterodyne stories frequently paint Klaus as a blithering idiot, but get away with it because he finds them hilarious.
* {{Adorkable}}: Tarvek, when he's not fulfilling his DeadpanSnarker duties.
* AerithAndBob:
** The [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070808 list of Heterodyne names in the crypt]] includes [[TheCaligula Caligula]], the [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060712 Red Heterodyne]], the '''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Black]]''' Heterodyne, Mordred, Oxalof, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20111130 Ominox]] and Bob.
** The world is full of people with weird names like Gilgamesh, Moloch, and Theopholous living right alongside people with ordinary names like Bill, Barry, and Agatha; no one comments on it or seems to consider it odd. Nor is there any reason they should do so: in the real-life 18th century, you could find such names as Hieronymous and Cloudesley alongside John or Peter.
** In a side-story: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090619 Flopsy, Mopsy, and Nietzsche]].
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120817 Lampshaded:]]
--->'''Moloch:''' 'S wrong with my name? My mother picked it out of the whachamacalit -- the '''Bible'''.\\
'''Repairman:''' Um-- Did she '''read''' it?\\
'''Moloch:''' Nah. I had eight brothers. Nobody had time for stuff like that on the farm.\\
'''Repairman:''' Oh, yeah. That's pretty common.
* AfterActionHealingDrama: Infiltrating the castle led to an epic one.
* AfterActionPatchUp: After the fight with Dr. Merlot, Zola leaps to provide this for Gil.
* AgentPeacock: Tarvek
* AIIsACrapshoot: Castle Heterodyne. Although it's arguably a subversion: since the guy who built it was an evil psychotic maniac, it's actually working pretty much exactly as designed. Agatha's own little "dingbots" are a straighter case, since they've sometimes stopped listening to her. Judging from the background events, it seems a frequent problem that Sparks can't build anything without it going haywire.
* AirborneAircraftCarrier: ''Castle Wulfenbach''
* AlienGeometries: ...''What'' is Agatha holding in [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120109 Panel 3??]][[note]]It's a three-pronged [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blivet blivet]].[[/note]]
* AllPartOfTheShow: Several times:
** [[spoiler:A circus of Sparks pretending to be normal actors pretending to be Sparks.]]
** [[spoiler:A Jäger hiding among people who pretend to be Jägers.]]
** [[spoiler:Gilgamesh Wulfenbach pretending to be a street actor pretending to be Gilgamesh Wulfenbach.]]
** [[spoiler:A Mongfish (Lucrezia's niece) pretending to be the lost Heterodyne-Mongfish heir to secure the Heterodyne inheritance from the real Heterodyne-Mongfish.]]
* AllThereInTheManual:
** The Secret Blueprints and the expanded chapter-by-chapter Cast pages.
** The novels also explain things not mentioned in the webcomic.
* AllWebbedUp: What the nyar-spider does to its prey.
* AlmostKiss:
** Between Bill Heterodyne and the storyteller's [[MarySue self-insert]] character in the [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20051221 "Fan Fiction" side-story]]. The interruption comes from the listeners objecting.
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090511 Argh! Damn you, Merlot!]] The page is even called [[CanisLatinicus "Smoochus Interruptus"]].
** Between Agatha and Tarvek ''twice''. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101126 Self-interrupted by Tarvek]] [[spoiler:when he realises that it's because Lucrezia-in-Agatha is messing with him]], and then by [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110905 both participants]].
* AlternateHistory: Perhaps better called [[InSpiteOfANail Parallel History]], because the Sparks have been around for long enough that even geography has been changed by their influence, and yet the world and its history are not completely dissimilar to ours:
** There were still Mongol Hordes on cue, German is still spoken as a European lingua-franca, R(embrandt) Van Rijn was still a famous genius and Casanova a famous skirt-chaser, the [Weather] King was still a towering historical figure.
** Additionally, the Storm King was called Andronicus Valois, and his being a contemporary of this world's Rembrandt means he probably really was the GG universe's answer to our Sun King (Louis XIV). This means the Valois line was still around and in charge fifty years after power had passed to the Bourbons in our world.
** There is still a powerful church with not one, but ''seven'' [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080307 popes]], and, judging by [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110704 a brief mention]] each with their own faction, apparently. [[note]]For those not in the know, there were several points in the church's history where either they went through a pope about every couple months to around 5 years, and another where there were 3 popes at once. Either or both could be the case for ''Girl Genius''.[[/note]]
** And there's "[[http://twitter.com/Othar/status/1595797979 The Autonomous Library]]" built by [[http://twitter.com/Othar/status/1622338235 Voltaire]].
* AlternateUniverseReedRichardsIsAwesome: Together with the above AlternateHistory.
* AlwaysABiggerFish: The Jägers have, throughout the comic, been implied to be the most {{Badass}} Supersoldiers to have been cooked up by any Spark in Europa. But it turns out Klaus Wulfenbach has a {{Supersoldier}} race of his own called the Dreen; the sight of just ''one'' of these makes a Jägergeneral ''panic'' and desperately carry Agatha to safety, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20121029 proclaiming]] "Doze tings iz '''unschtoppable!''' Vorse -- dey's '''scary!'''"
* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: Averted with [[spoiler:Gil and Zeetha]]. They have a StrongFamilyResemblance, but you have to be looking pretty close to notice it. Fans assumed for a long time that they were just ordinary siblings or half siblings (which made the timeline a little muddled) until the Foglios confirmed they're fraternal twins.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation:
** Anyone infected with Hogfarb's Resplendent Immolation or Vericus Pantiliax's Chromatic Death, although as the names of those ailments may suggest, the affected person didn't start out that way and won't be that way long before something bad happens. Fans are now calling [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090807 the sequence]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100115 ending here]] the [[FanNickname Amazing Technicolor Dreamboat Sequence]]. Yowza! Or Eeyyooww-ZAP!
** Jägermonsters, and many other kinds of constructs. Mamma Gkika's [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120502 skin color changes naturally]], though she has some control over it and has stuck with a humanlike pink for a while in order to blend in all schneaky-like.
* AmazonBrigade:
** Bangladesh [=DuPree=]'s pirate crew seems to be entirely female.
** Geisterdamen (spider-riding, at that).
** Zeetha's mysterious tribe. Lots of Amazons.
** Same goes for [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20111111 Heliolux Airship Fleet's flagship crew]]. Which is a communication and traffic control unit, so not directly involved in combat, although the white-red uniformed Commander remarks that they'll miss the fighting. On the next page she shouts to the entering Jäger that they're non-combatants. It's pointed out that although the Heliolux ships are mainly used for long-range communication, at close range the high-intensity light beams they use can also melt people and buildings.
** The Devil Dolls, a foot soldier unit in the Wulfenbach army that are comprised of what is likely a series of female constructs of some sort that look somewhat like female tin soldiers, and were likely absorbed from the force remnants of some other spark that the Baron defeated. They're seen running from a monstrosity that came out of the ground when Castle Heterodyne really lets loose. They were likely a competent force against the general foes the Empire faced, but seriously... [[GeniusLoci The]] [[EverythingIsTryingToKillYou Castle]]. Two are later seen on a guard detail on Castle Wulfenbach after the TimeSkip, so they're still around.
* AmazonChaser:
** '''All''' the Jägers want Von Pinn due to her tough-as-nails nature.
** Higgs is a literal case.
* AmuletOfDependency: Agatha's trilobite amulet, though it started out as something entirely different, has become one.
* AndIMustScream:
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100407 The "squirrel".]]
** The copy of Lucrezia stuck inside [[spoiler:Zola]].
** Agatha when [[spoiler:Lucrezia is in control]].
** Lucrezia when [[spoiler:Agatha is in control]].
* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: It was suggested that Agatha's grandmother married one of the old Heterodynes, to protect her family from harm. It apparently later backfired, when she taught her sons, Bill and Barry, how to use their Sparky powers for good rather than evil, and in the end poisoned her husband.
* AndShowItToYou: Invoked to [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070718 get Bang's attention]].
* AngerBornOfWorry:
** By Baron Wulfenbach, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20030324 towards Gil.]]
--->'''Klaus:''' ''LACKWIT!'' How ''dare'' you put yourself at risk!
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050126 Pix is furious while Abner is away]], showing Gil and Bang "Agatha's" grave. Although she explains she's more angry that he "cut in on her act." More so in the novelization.
** Higgs. He has a very specific reason to be upset about Zeetha running around fighting instead of letting her injuries heal.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove:
** Gil gets one regarding Agatha. Not ''to'' her, admittedly, but he was still pretty anguished thanks to Zeetha [[DopeSlap hitting him]].
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110905 Subtext, people. Subtext.]]
* AnnoyingArrows: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050610 No surprise, they are just that to a Jäger.]]
* {{Anticlimax}}: The [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090626 final "battle"]] of ''Revenge of the Weasel Queen''.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: In a world filled with lightning guns, mind controlling bug robots, and other insane science, Tarvek utterly refuses to believe Gil's flying machine can stay aloft without a gas bag.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Attempted by Gil when he suggests [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20121228 Agatha could already be under the Other's control without realising it]]. Averted when she just spits a ShutUpHannibal retort right back at him.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
** When Othar and Sanaa are wandering the Castle, and she thinks things are all right.
--->'''Othar:''' We're in Castle Heterodyne with exploding collars around our necks, caught between a fake Heterodyne and a real one (as well as assorted criminals, maniacs, and various monsters), and I suspect that even if we ''found'' any beer in here, it would be evil, or at least ''flat''.
** Also involving Othar: "De dirigible iz in flames, everyboddyz dead [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking an' I've lost my]] [[SeriousBusiness hat.]]" To be fair, hats are a big deal to the Jägers whereas arson and murder are hobbies.
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110706 Another example:]]
--->'''[[spoiler:Professor Tiktoffen]]:''' [[Literature/TheMetamorphosis Franz here liked turning people into beetles.]] Zonia believed that orphan blood had medicinal properties. Krag put his feet on my bed.
** A villain [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110518 learns]] why you must never punch a lady, or wake her up too early in the morning.
** Now why would anyone want to kill Klaus Wulfenbach? [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070514 Let's see...]]:
--->'''Gil:''' ''Why?'' Because Wulfenbach troops turned her village into owls. Or maybe we deposed her favorite mad prince, or hung her lover for piracy, or banished the Heterodyne Boys, or poisoned the well, or raised the price of herring.
* ArtEvolution:
** The earlier strips have bizarre anatomy issues and ugly gradient coloring. (Also after the first volume there was a great deal of uneven inking.) These problems eventually disappear.
** Volume 1 was originally published in black-and-white. Volume 2 saw the introduction of color, in searing neon gradient fills. The coloring eventually settled down and volume 1 was eventually recolored in a somber desaturated palette. The result cleverly mirrored Agatha's psyche, as her perceptions are dulled in volume 1, overloaded in volume 2, and by volume 4 settle into a happy medium.
* AscendedFanon: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20030903 In universe]], about Von Pinn really being Lucrezia Mongfish.
* AsideGlance: Plenty.
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070924 "At least *she* was color coordinated."]]
** Klaus glances at the FourthWall in the [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20030924 first panel]].
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080618 Gil]] got it from his father.
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20111219 Tarvek's, in the last panel]], is probably the funniest one to date.
** Tarvek is [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120606 good at these.]]
** Agatha [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120912 in the last panel]]. You can almost read her thoughts in that look.
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20130710 Even a three-eyed monster gets a go at it.]]
* AssassinOutclassin: After exiting an [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20130515 apparently diverted teleporting device]] Tweedle barehandedly takes on ''six'' Smoke Knights, killing them ''and'' his cousin Leopold, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20130520 with their own daggers]]
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: This is crucial into getting the Jägerkin in line:
** Gil uses it on Captain Vole. (Twice.)
** Boris earns the respect of the Jägergenerals by beating their location out of a messenger.
* AstonishinglyAppropriateInterruption: During the play in Sturmhalten, just as Tarvek is saying "If the mistress were here, ''she'd say''--", he's interrupted by Agatha (in-character as Lucrezia) yelling "KNEEL, ''''YOU MISERABLE MINION!'''''"
* AttackHello: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100526 Maxim is just saying "hello".]]
* AudienceParticipation: The podcasts/radio dramas, where the audience finishes characters' titles ("Agatha Heterodyne--" "--'''Girl genius!'''"), fill in crowd noises, and so on.
* AuthorAppeal:
** Phil Foglio is well-known (unabashedly so) for drawing his female characters with rather large "assets". But it's his wife (and co-author) who loves to get Agatha into the "lacy underthings". She's a big fan of Victorian-era undergarments.
** Not to mention [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080114 paper dolls]].
** There's also the matter of all the handsome shirtless men running around. Which leads into [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081121 "Who thought having TWO boyfriends was a good idea!?"]] The CheshireCatGrin says it all.
** Phil admits the only reason the Jägers became recurring characters is because he ''really'' likes drawing them.
* AuthorAvatar: The creators, Phil and Kaja, are both apparently natives of the story's world who, it would seem, will eventually meet, marry, publish a... controversial account of Agatha's deeds, and flee into our world with it to continue it safe from Agatha as a supposedly fictional comic.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking:
** Klaus; he clawed his way to being ruler of Europe atop God knows how many others and it ''shows''.
** His son; when thrust into authority, Gil's asskicking genes more than rise to the challenge.
** The Jägergenerals.
** More generally -- in a semi-feudal world ruled over by extremely intelligent nutjobs, it's the one at the top of the castle you want to watch out for. They're in that spot for a reason.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Genetically engineering a super intelligent cat so that he can persuade other cats to act as spies, messengers, saboteurs, etc. Unfortunately cats have an attention span that measures in microseconds they’ll do what you want until they fall asleep or see something move
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther:
** The love/hate relationship between Gil, Agatha, and Tarvek runs so deep that a list of specific examples would probably end up getting its own page. Klaus and Gil, as well: when Klaus sends a small army to take him prisoner as all hell's about to break loose in Mechanicsburg, Gil's reaction is "he does care!"
** Tarvek, who has maintained for years that he really ''really'' hates his [[ChildhoodFriends childhood friend]] and rival Gil ([[spoiler:who is mind-controlled after he is captured by the Baron]]), had [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20130329 an adorable one]].
* AxCrazy: Oh so many...
** Most notable is probably [[LaughablyEvil Bangladesh DuPree]], whose axecraziness is frequently PlayedForLaughs.
** Jägers are highly destructive, if not malicious, but "no-longer-a-Jäger" Vole manages to be ax-crazy [[UpToEleven even]] by [[BloodKnight their standards]].
** This is also pretty much a requirement for every Spark, especially when in their "madness place". The Heterodynes (with the exception of [[BigGood the Heterodyne Boys]] and Agatha) deserve special mention [[UpToEleven for being batshit insane even by Spark standards]].
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[[folder:B]]
* BaaBomb: Some battering rams are this.
* BackFromTheDead:
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100514 "Seriously? The old 'bring her family back from the GRAVE' gambit? Have you no SHAME?"]]
** The simplest cure for some ailments. [[spoiler:Zulenna got this ordered for her by Klaus.]]
* BackToBackBadasses:
** Gil and Tarvek, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090114 on the cover of Volume 9]].
** Zeetha and Higgs [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080609 during the bar fight]].
** Agatha and Gil [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040521 fighting bugs]]; justified since they're using energy weapons connected to the same power supply by the longest cables that were available.
* {{Badass}}: Most of the main cast fit into several subtropes; many of the secondary cast fit at least one.
* BadassBoast: Lots and lots.
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060306 Gil gives us one of the more effective examples.]]
** Gil can also keep [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20071203 his boasts very short]]:
--->'''Gil:''' This is '''not''' a '''trick'''! I did '''not''' get '''lucky'''! I am Gilgamesh '''Wulfenbach''' -- AND '''I''' AM IN '''CONTROL'''!
** He also gets a similar one moments earlier, facing down an entire army of [[HumongousMecha war clanks]] ''alone'':
--->'''Gil:''' I am Gilgamesh Wulfenbach, son of Klaus. I will say this only once--''leave now'', or you will die.
** Dr. Sun's threat towards [=DuPree=]. Notable not for being elaborate, but for such conviction that it frightens an unrepentant AxCrazy psycho.
** Zola is a [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110103 beautiful chemical killing machine]].
** Tarvek uses [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110211 a very short (but effective) one]] on Gil:
--->'''Tarvek:''' ... You came running in and saw someone you hate and fear trying to ''kill'' her -- of ''course'' you reacted.\\
'''Gil:''' I do ''not'' fear you.\\
'''Tarvek:''' Really? You should.
** Agatha, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110608 showing]] that she learned the "[[LargeHam hamming]] the bunch of unruly minions into obedience" part of her family business.
* BadassBookworm:
** Most of the Spark characters.
** Also notable is Jorgi, one of the few literate Jägers, who chose to become a SuperSoldier because reading so much philosophy left him feeling the need to break things.
* BadassFamily:
** Heterodynes are a family of powerful [[MadScientist Sparks]] with a signature hereditary ability of "heterodyning" or humming a specific way to completely tune out all distraction, who were feared and hated even among others of their own kind, to say nothing about the rest of the continent. They created Castle Heterodyne – an omnipotent sentient SupervillainLair with a dark sense of humor and Jägermonsters – scientifically modified SuperSoldiers, completely loyal to the house Heterodyne. Then Bill and Barry happened. They redeemed their family’s name by travelling across Europa and defeating monsters and evil Sparks, and were considered the greatest heroes of their generation. There is also the latest scion, Agatha – a powerful Spark in her own right who is just beginning to make her indelible mark on the world.
** Klaus and Gilgamesh Wulfenbach. Klaus returned to Europa only with his infant son in tow and still managed to conquer a good chunk of the continent by himself, apparently for its own good. He is single-handedly keeping peace in his Empire by keeping rampaging madboys and arrogant nobles in check. He and Gilgamesh are both powerful Sparks and very potent fighters, to the point [[SuperSoldier Jägers]] are scared of them. If rumors are true [[spoiler: then there is also Baron's [[LongLostRelative long lost]] BadassNormal daughter - [[BadassPrincess princess Zeetha]].]]
** Valois/Sturmvoraus/von Blitzengaard family. Their ancestor was one of the greatest kings of all time - Andronicus Valois. Currently family consists mainly of {{Manipulative Bastard}}s, backstabbers and {{McNinja}}s. Most prominent members are Tarvek -- once again a powerful Spark, exellent shamer and a good fighter and Violetta -- a Smoke Knight and an ImpossibleThief.
* BadassGrandpa:
** Old Man Death from the "Maxim Buys a Hat" side-story. He rode with the Jägermonsters in his youth, has ''never'' lost a fight, and can still keep up with them to this day -- impressive for a (presumably) baseline human. As a result, his [[NiceHat hat has become an object coveted by Jägers striving to prove themselves]], but they only get [[RuleOfThree three tries]]. He also counts as a CoolOldGuy and BadassNormal.
** The former Seneschal Carson von Mekkhan has been around during the time of Agatha's grandparents. Trust him, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070516 you are NOT the weirdest thing he has seen.]]
** Dr. Sun Jen-dijeh. He's able to intimidate [[AxCrazy Bangladesh DuPree]], and as for Klaus... Klaus has [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20091223 every reason to fear and respect Dr. Sun]]. Dr. Sun also expresses complete confidence that he can [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070614 give Gil a thrashing]]. And when he says "Strict bedrest" -- [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20091223 he really means it!]]
* BadassLabcoat: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090828 Agatha]] while setting up the really crazy device to fix up Tarvek.
* BadassLongcoat:
** Baron Klaus Wulfenbach has them as regular wear.
** Gilgamesh Wulfenbach has worn them too.
** And Agatha, of course.
** Tarvek can be counted on to sport one.
** Krosp got his from the circus.
* BadassNormal: Many of the non-Spark supporting characters.
** Axel Higgs, fullstop. Quiet, unassuming, half-asleep, and [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070402 nigh-invincible]]. [[spoiler:It is suggested by Mama Gkika that he's actually a Jäger in disguise, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20130201 supported even more by The Castle.]]]]
** Zeetha. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20041103 Versus a pirate stronghold]] (she won). Versus [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050413 a demon-horse-thing-monster]]. (She didn't win, but it cheated by growing a new mouth and tentacles after she cut its head off.)
** Bangladesh [=DuPree=], and Violetta. Moloch von Zinzer seems to be heading towards this, [[RefusalOfTheCall somewhat unwillingly.]]
** Many people might have thought Wooster was on the low end of the BadassNormal spectrum. Then [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100827 he showed]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100830 them off]]. Now he's basically Film/JamesBond in a steampunk/mad science setting. He also gave Bangladesh [=DuPree=] an OffhandBackhand.
** Sanaa is pretty badass when she needs to be.
* BadassPrincess: Not only is Zeetha a warrior princess, she doesn't seem to be aware there's any [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120420 other kinds of princess.]]
* BagOfKidnapping: Sanaa and Othar do this to Tarvek, mistaking him for Gilgamesh Wulfenbach.
* BarBrawl: Apparently there's one every evening in Mamma Gkika's. Except on Thursdays; that's poetry slam night.
* BashBrothers:
** Da Boyz and the Jägergenerals.
** Klaus and the generals were having fun at some points of the wasp attack.
** The Heterodyne Boys were a more literal example.
* BattleButler: Ardsley Wooster and Boris Dolokhov, though, technically speaking, neither is an actual butler. Wooster is a [[spoiler:spy posing as a]] valet or gentleman's gentleman; Dolokhov is more of an aide-de-camp, librarian, accountant, and general manager.
* BattleCouple: To an extent, Agatha and Gil during the wasp outbreak on Castle Wulfenbach. When she, Gil, and Tarvek were battling with and through Castle Heterodyne, they were a Battle Threesome.
* BattleCry:
** The official one for the Jägers: "Ve hunt!" (Justified, seeing as "Jäger" is German for "Hunter".)
** Agatha during the Battle of Sturmhalten: "'''[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20061220 SHOWTIME!]]'''"
* BearHug: Mama Gkika gives Agatha[[spoiler:, newly crowned as the Heterodyne,]] one when they first meet.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Played with. Otherwise good-looking folks can undergo injuries, sickness, fatigue or drugs that visibly mess them up.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: A monster decides to kill its creator and spare Agatha and co. because she treated it with respect.
* BehemothBattle: The fight between Franz Scortchmaw, the Bone Gnawer of the Heterodynes, and "Pretty Boy" (no name given, despite his gentledragonly manners). [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20121001 Rather low on the collateral damage for a monster fight, though.]]
* BehindTheBlack:
** Gil didn't notice Agatha [[BigDamnKiss launching herself at him]] while he was yelling at Tarvek?
** Lampshaded [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20071109 when Jenka points out]] that they should have heard the army of giant clanks (helpfully called War Stompers too) marching up to their tower.
* BeQuietNudge:
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20130128 Dimo to Oggie, with a fist in the ribs]]. Higgs is still able to guess what Oggie was about to let slip, though.
** Later, Krosp '''bites''' Dimo's finger to [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20140707 make him shut his trap]] about the presence of Agatha Heterodyne on the train. Not so surprising, though, since Krosp being a cat it's what comes most naturally, and Dimo being a Jäger it's doubtful he would have felt a mere nudge.
* BettyAndVeronica: Gil & Tarvek, to Agatha.
* BewareTheNiceOnes:
** Agatha. She really is a very nice, pleasant, easy-going girl. Until she goes to The Madness Place or you hurt or threaten one of her friends. Then the DeathRay comes out.
** Gilgamesh is usually rather pleasant and doesn't scream and beat people to get his way. Piss him off. Go on. Gilgamesh managed to scare the crap out of a ''Jäger'' (one completely off the deep end [[UpToEleven even for Jäger standards]]) and the resident version of ''James Bond''.
** Tarvek is the [[RedOniBlueOni blue to Gil's red]]. He's rather charming and civil by default. When he gets mad, [[spoiler:Zola]] up and surrenders. He doesn't let it end there. Oh, no. [[spoiler:Instead, he's fully prepared to murder her with his bare hands.]]
** And let's not forget The Indestructible Airman Higgs. Quite polite and decent, not to mention extremely low key, until he has to beat senseless everything within reach, while still probably not breaking a sweat.
* {{BFG}}:
** The [[GatlingGood gatling guns]] carried by the Wulfenbach clanks. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20030430 Sometimes used by Jägers.]]
** Agatha's Death Rays. Played with, when she made a "very small" death ray. That she used to blow a hole out of the castle, taking out a chunk of a nearby mountain. And a hole from fairly high in the castle, to the basement. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint What a magnificent death ray!]]
* {{Bifauxnen}}: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090123 Grantz]], Baron Wulfenbach's monster hunter. Even Gil apparently gets this one wrong, as he [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060215 refers to Grantz as a "he" early on]].
* BigBookOfWar: Agatha brains [[spoiler:Zola]] with one of these, entitled ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Using Found Objects as Weapons]]''. The [[UnsoundEffect sound effect]] when she beans them is [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110103 "TOME!"]]
* BigCreepyCrawlies: The Baron's [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070105 Hoomhoffers]], giant beetles that function as living tanks and [[DeathFromAbove clank squashers]].
* BigDamnHeroes:
** Gil, once again demonstrating why you [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090522 shouldn't shoot him]]. [[Film/BlazingSaddles You'll just]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome make him mad]].
** Zeetha and her [[MagicSkirt carefully placed clothing]] swing in to [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100210 save the day]].
** When a humanoid killing machine is lying on the floor NotQuiteDead and you're caught up in your evil plans to enslave several main characters, frankly [[GenreBlind what do you expect?]]
* BigDamnKiss:
** As of August 17, 2011, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110817 it has happened]]. So very big, it had to be continued on [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110819 the next page]].
** A year later almost to the day, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120713 there is now competition]]. And it also [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120716 continued onto the next page.]]
* BigLabyrinthineBuilding: Castle Heterodyne, and the Wulfenbach airship.
* BigNo: Several times.
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20030704 Crashing]] Gil's "falling machine" into Castle Wulfenbach.
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20041029 Zeetha]], after she finally finds someone who knows about her homeland Skifander, but doesn't know where it is, breaks out in a rage.
** Right after Agatha [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090527 breaks Merlot's mind]] with the enormity of his mistakes.
** Agatha when she [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20091209 gets interrupted]] ''again'' in fixing the castle.
* BigScrewedUpFamily:
** House Sturmvoraus, a.k.a. "[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110422 a bunch of evil-minded, cynical, backstabbing old fools]]". Occasional kinship feelings... [[VitriolicBestBuds such as they are]]... get expressed in [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110909 hilariously twisted ways]].
** The Old Heterodynes, as seen [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110209 with the "nursery"]], for instance.
--->'''Gil:''' So this was the ''nursery''?\\
'''Tarvek:''' It explains... so ''much''...
** Not that armored toys [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20111024 weren't necessary sometimes]].
** The [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100219 Mongfishes]].
* BilingualBonus:
** Many names of people, races, places, etc., make more sense if one knows a little German; for instance, "Jägermonster" can be interpreted as "hunting monster".
** The control panel on the [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050907 Clank Agatha finds in the woods]] is in German.
** "Si vales valeo" is Latin for "If you are well, I am well", a phrase used in ancient Roman times to start writing a letter like "Dear Mister Smith". In the world of ''Girl Genius'', it has a [[{{Synchronization}} more literal]] meaning.
** The contraption Agatha is building [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120418 here]] is named "Şoarece"; this is Romanian for "mouse" (not "the mouse", that would be "şoarecele") which is, in the same time, a bilingual bonus, and a genius bonus: Mechanicsburg is in-story located in Transylvania, and the real-life Transylvania is today part of Romania.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Agatha and Klaus are both sympathetically gray and fighting for perfectly reasonable reasons. There are several villains that are clearly black, and both of them want those destroyed.
* BlatantLies: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100716 "Aid me! I am the Agatha girl!"]]
* BleachedUnderpants: A variant, in that prior to ''Girl Genius'', Phil Foglio was the author and artist of the ''XXXenophile'' series of pornographic comics, and unlike many artists with a similar background makes no attempt to hide it. However, before ''[=XXXenophile=]'', he was already well known for ''ComicStrip/WhatsNewWithPhilAndDixie'' for ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' Magazine, and ''ComicBook/BuckGodotZapGunForHire'', and did book covers and illustrations (most memorably, for Robert Asprin's ''Literature/MythAdventures'' series), as well as the classic ''Con Reports'' and a trio of excellent, funny updates of old '60s humor comics for [[TheDCU DC Comics]] at about the same time as ''[=XXXenophile=]''.\\\
A lot of ''Girl Genius'' is made up of brilliant little ideas that Foglio previously used in his pornographic work. The Jägers' speech pattern and dental work? From ''[=XXXenophile=]'': "A Beautiful Tail" and "My Favorite Oitling". Zeetha's jewelry, with the little faces that mimic whatever her current facial expression is? From ''[=XXXenophile=]'': "Blue Opal".
* BlessedAreTheCheesemakers: Cheese appears often, and sometimes seems to be employed as a symbol of romance.
** And a barfight projectile. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080609 Sometimes both at the same time]]. See Zeetha and Higgs.
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050316 Lars]] was a cheesemaker's apprentice before he joined the Circus.
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20051123 "No bless obli cheese"]]
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070718 As a killing implement]]
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110525 "An abomination of science that curdles the milk of all honest men"]]
* BlessedWithSuck:
** The Spark itself. If you have it, you can warp the laws of physics with the contents of the average [[LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard Store Cupboard]]. Bad part? ''[[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity You go insane to varying degrees whenever you do it]]''. The natural result of that is that most Sparks, and Agatha in particular, have to deal with being shunned, used, or attacked by most everyone they meet. And that's if they don't get killed by one of their own creations. Or get the TorchesAndPitchforks treatment.
** Agatha before her breakthrough, when she wore the locket to suppress her Spark. It undoubtedly saved her life, but it also made her completely incompetent and destroyed her self-esteem.
* BlingOfWar: Most troops are trying to look cool -- some, too hard. Jägers tend to dress in less unified fancy clothes, with their own peculiar taste. Of "Da Boyz", Maxim wears the most fashionable set -- he's an ex-cavalry officer, after all.
* BlondesAreEvil: Played straight with Lucrezia and Zola; [[PlayingWithATrope played with]] by Von Pinn. Averted with Agatha (who's a strawberry blonde, therefore crossing into HeroesWantRedheads).
* BlueBlood: The Nobility is one of the biggest opponents to the Baron. House Wulfenbach ''is'' of nobility, but low ranking. As such, the Blue Bloods see him as an upstart and a tyrant who has illegitimately seized most of their power. The Knights of Jove try to use the legend of the Storm King to reclaim it. The most notable BlueBlood characters are Zulenna and Tarvek.
* BodyCountCompetition: By the Jägergenerals, of course.
* BoisterousBruiser: Othar, as well as the Jägers.
* BoringButPractical: Moloch is easily one of the most rational people there, being a OnlySaneMan of course, and a bit of TheEngineer, his ideas are typically very unflashy, but they get the job done. Much to the ire of the sparks and mad scientists that surround him.
* BottledHeroicResolve:
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090211 "Moveit #6"]]
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080502 Jäger battle-draught]]. Slightly Better than Death!
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101013 "Moveit #11"]] has also made an appearance. According to Violetta, using Moveit #11 would kill most people.
* BowChickaWowWow:
-->'''Zeetha:''' Hey, Skifander's patron Goddess is Ashtara, she who controls, among other things, fertility. Our holy-days are ''fun!'' (Cha cha cha!)
* BrainBleach: Remember, the strip is full of {{Mad Scientist}}s.
-->'''Snaug:''' ... spiky trap-doors... torture chambers... man-eating bats... impertinent mechanical squid...\\
'''Mittelmind:''' Oh, there is some psychological damage, but I always wipe her memory for her birthday.\\
'''Snaug:''' Happy birthday to meeeeeee...
* BraggartBoss: Minus the fact people of the street think he is a hero, Othar Tryggvassen ('''''GentlemanAdventurer!''''') fits the mold nicely.
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120627 "Jäger orphans?"]]
* BreatherEpisode: Side stories every once in a while.
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100519 "Maxim Buys a Hat!"]]
* BrickJoke:
** A long time after Agatha is convinced that her battle merry-go-round is too dangerous to construct, a soldier who failed to capture her is diagnosed with a concussion for explaining that her injuries were sustained while destroying a merry-go-round.
--->'''Agatha:''' It could be a really ''evil'' town...
** In the Cinderella special, the "evil step-mother" comments that Agatha could win the kingdom with a dead rat and a houseplant. At the end, she bribes the king, a cat, with a dead rat and potted catnip.
--->'''Evil stepmother:''' [[IKnewIt Hy]] ''[[IKnewIt knew]]'' [[IKnewIt hit!]]
** Gil throws Othar out of an airship, and when Agatha gets mad, he assures her that once she gets to know Othar, she'll do the same. An hour later, she does, and mentions, "I owe Gil an apology." About ten chapters later, she gives it to him.
--->'''Agatha:''' I got so ''mad'' at you, and then, within the hour, I threw him out an airship too!\\
'''Gil:''' And you felt bad for throwing--\\
'''Agatha:''' I felt bad for ''yelling'' at you!
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110325 "But why are there mechanical squid in the cistern?"]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090703 Well, two years and two volumes earlier...]]
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050420 Steam-powered feet?]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20111019 Steam-powered feet!]]
** Remember the [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20130715 guard]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20130712 slime]]? [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20130805 Someone isn't so]] GenreSavvy.
** The Red Heterodyne sandwich in [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100524 "Maxim Buys a Hat"]] apparently refers to the time that ancestor invaded the Unseen Empire, and took two years getting back to the surface because he had developed [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060712 "a taste for bat sandvitches"]]
%% The Dreen isn't a Brick Joke but Chekhov's Gunman.
* BrokenAngel:
** The muses, the delicate creations of the greatest spark of the time. Most of them are destroyed or damaged while sparks tried to reverse engineer them. Known examples are [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20051107 Tinka]], studied by Tarvek, and [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100120 Otilia]], found beneath Castle Heterodyne. She manages to cause some trouble in her "broken" state though.
** Also Castle Heterodyne, damaged in the Other's attack.
* BrotherSisterTeam: Othar and [[spoiler:Sanaa]]. Othar isn't overjoyed about it.
* BrownNote: Ringing [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom the Doom Bell]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20111109 has this kind of effect.]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20111125 It is implied that the Doom Bell]] actually uses ''doom itself'' as a means of incapacitating people, by hammering them with the concept of existential despair.
* BugWar: Any fight with Slaver wasps. You have Warriors, which do the direct fighting, drones that do the enslaving (by [[OrificeInvasion flying into people's mouths]]), and the Queen, kept alive by a Hive Engine apparatus and rendered sessile from it. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120702 Except for newer models.]]
* BullyingADragon: [[SociopathicSoldier Vole]] seems a bit prone to it. And there are [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070627 two]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080225 examples]] so far. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110810 And he doesn't seem to learn, either.]]
* TheBusCameBack: [[spoiler:Zoing, Gil's mechanical sidekick, was apparently not heard of again after he undergoes some serious character development. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120227 Until...]]]]
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Gil has [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070514 no idea]] which particular atrocity the [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070511 various]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070611 assorted]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070615 assassins]] are trying to off his father over.
* ButtMonkey:
** Moloch Von Zinzer
** Tarvek in the Paris flashbacks.
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[[folder:C]]
* CaffeineBulletTime: Agatha has it. It is implied to be a Heterodyne thing.
* CallBack:
** After their reunion, one of the first things Agatha needs to get off her mind is [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090803 an apology to Gil]]... [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040929 for yelling at him.]] [[LampshadedTrope Lampshaded]] when even Gil takes a while to remember about the incident. (It'd been a very hectic [[ComicBookTime few months/years]].)
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090812 "Did you know he really]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110504 likes waffles?"]]
** Also, the circumstances of Gil and Agatha seem to be similar: [[spoiler: he showed up and got disapproval for killing Dr. Beetle, even though "He threw a BOMB at me!", and then Agatha made the impersonator break down into tears, even though she'd tried to usurp her.]]
** While creeping through the Sturmhalten sewers, the conversation turns towards "Red" Heterodyne, an ancestor of Agatha's, who was lost in a cave and would have come out sooner had he not developed a taste for bat meat. Jump forward to the "Maxim Buys A Hat" interlude, and one of the sandwiches ordered to Old Man Death is the "Red Heterodyne", which involves a bat on a sandwich.
* CallingYourAttacks: Done by [[spoiler:Zola]] under the influence of a massive overdose of battle stimulants, resulting in a cry of "Chophead Tinybits!"
* CameBackWrong: Subverted. Apparently being brought BackFromTheDead causes memory loss (as we have been repeatedly told) and frequently drives the recipient AxCrazy. However, when it happens to [[spoiler:Tarvek]], all it takes to bring him out of a homicidal rage is the following:
-->'''Moloch:''' Uh... [[LookBehindYou hey, check it out]].\\
'''[[spoiler:Tarvek]]:''' Good Heavens.
* CantLiveWithoutYou:
** When Gil supports both [[spoiler:Agatha and Tarvek]] when they get infected by Hogfarb's Immolation.
** Tweedle pretty much [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20130605 calls the trope by its name]] when he explains how [[spoiler:he hopes to make Agatha compliant by linking her metabolism to his, so that she can't leave his side and can't kill him. Unfortunately for him, he dreadfully underestimated the Heterodyne girl; soon enough, she had transfered the dependancy to a [[LoyalAnimalCompanion wasp weasel pet]].]]
* CartwrightCurse: Being a suitor to Agatha is hazardous to your health.
* CasualDangerDialogue: Quoth Klaus just as he [[spoiler:activates a stasis-bomb right in the middle of Mechanicsburg]]:
-->'''Klaus:''' Do you have any tea?
* TheCatCameBack: Othar. He's very hard to shake off, especially when he has set his eyes on a "spunky sidekick". Throw him in a pit, he'll walk back through another door a few seconds later. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120507 Lampshaded by Tarvek]] after he and Violetta tries to escape him with a "down and up" (that doesn't work):
-->'''Tarvek:''' ''This'' is why he's a ''hero''. He's ''very'' good at this.
* CatchPhrase:
** Agatha: "You'll ''like'' him."
** Tarvek: "I can't [really] complain."
** Othar Tryggvassen ('''GentlemanAdventurer!'''): "Foul!"
** Jägers eagerly sensing an impending battle: '''[[FunetikAksent VE HUNT!!!]]'''
* CatFight: Gender-flipped (but still played for MrFanservice in-comic) [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100428 here]]. Complete with hair-pulling!
* TheChainsOfCommanding:
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040114 Discussed by Othar and Klaus.]]
--->'''Othar Tryggvassen:''' What, tyrant? Does your empire give you no pleasure?\\
'''Klaus Wulfenbach:''' No. It gives me no pleasure. Politics ''always'' annoyed me. Now I do it ''every day''. I haven't seen my wife in years. My old friends are gone. I haven't traveled or explored. At least with the Heterodynes we had the ''adventures''. The occasional ''fight''. Now it's send in the armies, then the bureaucrats with mops. It's become an old formula.
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050803 And then by Master Payne.]]
--->'''Master Payne:''' For all we know, those things are some new kind of revenant -- and the only thing to do is kill them. Could you burn down people -- women and children -- even if you ''knew'' they had become monsters? ...The ''Baron'' can. The Baron ''has''. I '''respect''' him for that, but I don't want to ''be'' him. No sane man ''would''.
%%* ChandlersLaw
%%* CharacterDevelopment
* CharacterNameAndTheNounPhrase: The titles of the volumes, and also used in-story as the titles of Heterodyne Boys stories.
* CharmPerson: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040308 "Ah, it is part of the power of the Gifted. Those around them wish to aid them. To serve them. Even when we know them to be monsters."]]
* ChasteHero: Barry Heterodyne, quite possibly. Barry always ends up with "the High Priestess" in the stories and plays, "The High Priestess" being the catch-all term for whatever lost priestess, DistressedDamsel, or [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter mad scientist's beautiful but misguided assistant]] (other than Lucrezia) happened to figure in any given Heterodyne play (basically, an in-world trope). There is no indication Barry had a love life in RealLife, though. Also Agatha, thus far.
* ChefOfIron: Old Man Death
* ChekhovsBoomerang: Gil's [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080811 invisibility device]] mentioned offhand by [=DuMedd=] quite a bit earlier. And seen in action [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040517 even earlier]], although at the time Gil didn't realize what it was and used it as a simple power source.
* ChekhovsGag: when [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090921 Tarvek relates all the trouble Gil got him into while they were in Paris]], there is a very short gag (just one panel, the fifth) in which he complains about having to deal with pirates because of what Gil did. The pirate in that panel looks a lot like [=DuPree=]. It takes [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120222 two years and five months]] to start to guess what exactly Tarvek went through then.
* ChekhovsGun: Bunches of them, often coming back several ''books'' later.
** Gilgamesh's [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040213 lightning generator]] which was used again almost ''[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20071126 four years later]]''.
** The Torchmen. Seen before activation ''[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070427 here]]'', although we didn't know what they did at the time.
** Even [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050418 PIES]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070119 end up as]] Chekhov's Guns in this comic. Possibly also qualifies as a BrickJoke.
** Then there's the [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20041217 poison pellet]] Gilgamesh gave Von Zinzer to use as a suicide pill if he chose. While Von Zinzer has shown up again (alive), the poison hasn't shown up again... '''''yet'''''.
** Agatha's locket. It is introduced at the very beginning, then disappears from the story within the first few chapters. Then its importance is revealed -- and then it comes back a second time, important in a brand new way.
** The unearthly powers of the spring from which the River Dyne flows. The Castle gives exposition about how the first Heterodyne found it as a shrine to a local battle goddess, and how it would usually kill any who bathed in it but occasionally granted immense curative powers. Not being one for superstition, the first Heterodyne did the unthinkable: he drank the water. Sure enough, in the course of curing the case of Hogfarb's Resplendent Immolation, Agatha ends up drinking Dyne water herself, finishing the revivification and also proving to the Castle (again) that she is one of the family. And then after exclaiming that she's got to try that again, the Castle is doubly assured.
** Perhaps the biggest ChekhovsGun might better be described as a Chekov's Bullet Holes -- we've seen a window into the future open [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20021111 three times]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040126 so far]], but it is the cause of the effect that is as yet unknown.
* ChekhovsGunman:
** Chekhov's Clank: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100120 The creature who climbs out of the pit]] was first seen, looking much better for wear, in the back of [[spoiler:a fresco depicting [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050928 the Storm King's Muses]]]].
** Chekhov's Supersoldier: A pair of Dreen can be seen in an [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040702 early double-page]] fighting slaver wasps during the free-for-all fight on ''Castle Wulfenbach''. The creature, and its scary reputation, is formally introduced [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20121029 way later]].
** Chekov's Construct?: We know that [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040908 Klaus was going to revive]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040827 Princess Zulenna]], but we haven't yet seen her again, and don't yet know how she reacted to his meddling, or [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090826 whether any of the other royal children who spoke up moments after he ordered it, heard what was being said....]]
** Chekov's Soldiers?: According to the weird future portal events [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040126 that Bang saw]], von Zinzer's [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20031203 "Bruno and the kid"]] are somehow important enough to use a bizarre past-viewing device to find out what happened to them after Bang blew the gunboat. No hint of their existence, let alone significance, has cropped up...yet. (Then again, Moloch hasn't admitted he's working for Agatha, Gil isn't wearing geister armor, they aren't working with any Geisterdamen, and Agatha definitely doesn't have [[ShipTease wings on her trilobite]], either.)
* ChekhovsSkill: Agatha's training under Zeetha. Mind you, it's not like it was ever a secret it would be useful.
* CheshireCatGrin:
** Agatha frequently sports these, as do many other Sparks when in TheMadnessPlace, sometimes reaching the level of SlasherSmile.
** The Jägerkin sport those every time they're about to fight, so it also overlaps with the SlasherSmile.
* ChewingTheScenery: It's bursting at the seams with {{mad scientist}}s who are compelled, by their very [[ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder nature]], to go off on emphatic rants on how the fools ''[[TheyCalledMeMad did not understand]]!'' There's even a section called [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20021218 "Gil Chews the Scenery."]] Which he does.
* TheChewToy: Moloch von Zinzer. 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 GenreSavvy 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}}: Used to great effect.
* ChickenWalker: A common Clank design. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040407 For example, Gil's Fencing Clank]].
* ChirpingCrickets: During the [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090817 Hugo acceptance speech]].
* {{Chronoscope}}: The strange "windows" that appear at several points in the comic, with doubles of some of the comic's characters standing on the other side and observing events through them, may well be a case of a chronoscope seen operating from "the other side" -- i.e. from the perspective of the observed, rather than the observing. Presumably, the device itself will show up and be used at some point in the comic, but that time hasn't been reached yet.
* ChurchOfEvil:
** While there's implications that the conventional religion in the ''Girl Genius'' world is barely CrystalDragonJesus, Mechanicsburg's town church is [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120817 highly unusual]]. The same page also mentions "[[HollywoodAtheist militant agnostics]]", a shoutout to ''ComicBook/BuckGodotZapgunForHire''.
** She later meets the curate, and apparently [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20130415 no one's seen a bishop in years]]. The cathedral seems to be run by an "abbess", who appears to basically ''be'' a bishop, on a medieval model -- she has her own war-horse and everything.
* CirclingBirdies:
** Gil [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040719 sees circling zeppelins]] after getting socked in the head by the aptly-named [[BigGuy Punch]].
** Lady Vrin gets good ol' boring [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20061023 circling stars]] after being whacked twice by Agatha.
** Agatha's little Clanks get ''[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20091012 circling gears]]''.
** Maxim, on the other hand, gets ''[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100609 circling hats]]''.
* CitadelCity:
** Mechanicsburg -- The town sport is ''repelling invasions''. It's famous for being impenetrable, basically an entire town of Switzerland: heavily armed, booby-trapped, and ''anyone'' can be a combatant. But that ''was'' twenty years ago...
** Pretty much every city in Europe, apparently, to a greater or lesser extent -- a town is a place that protects you from the big bad world. It has walls. If it did not have walls, it would presumably be only a village. Paris, Beetleburg, and Sturmhalten are the only actual datapoints here, although Van Zinzer implies that anywhere outside the important towns can be pretty nasty.
* CityOfWeirdos: Mechanicsburg. Lampshaded when one of the inhabitants wonders if growing up there made them weird. After he insures the town's children are safely in the protection of their ancestors... a group of undead crypt-dwellers.
* CleavageWindow: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070910 Ferretina's]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090617 default.]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080123 It's been noted.]] [[MsFanservice Quite happily]]. {{Underboobs}} included.
* CloseKnitCommunity: Mechanicsburg
* CloserToEarth: HEAVILY averted. Most of the females in this comic are ''utterly '''insane'''''. Then again, most everyone is insane, but there's a somewhat higher ratio of [[OnlySaneMan only sane MEN]].
* ClothingDamage: If you wear clothes and anything action-y happens, hope for the best. The fans certainly do.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081114 This little piece of banter between Gil and Higgs:]]
--->'''Higgs:''' Sir -- I ''would'' like to point out that we are now ''inside Castle Heterodyne'': a hideous uncontrolled death trap?\\
'''Gil:''' ''Now'' you're just trying to cheer me up. Well it ''won't work.'' I'm ''still mad.''
* ComicalOverreacting: In the middle of an invasion, Oggie is horrified to note that one of his favorite restaurants has closed.
* ComicBookTime: Lampshaded. "[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20091211 Sorry brodder, but de vay hyu tell stories, it vould have taken all month!]]"
* CompensatingForSomething:
** Der Kestle about the Wulfenbach:
--->'''Castle Heterodyne:''' [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080829 All the Wulfenbach sparks are known for their oversized machinery, you know.]] I mean, just '''look''' at Castle Wulfenbach. What '''exactly''' are we trying to '''say''', here?
** The Heterodynes [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110420 never built]] ''anything'' small either.
* ContinuityNod: Hundreds, and ranging from extremely obvious to incredibly subtle.
** While having tea with the Jägergenerals, mention is made of [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20031031 "gingerbread trilobites from Mechanicsburg"]], and of the fact that Castle Heterodyne is mad, dying, and useless. Guess what Zeetha's eating as [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081013 she stumbles across Gil]] putting his plan in motion in order to enter the mad useless castle, six years later.
** Of course, the Jäger FunetikAksent clouded this foreshadowing a bit by the line actually being "ze kestle is mad, dyink, useless." Since we didn't at that point have any reason to suspect sentient architecture, "ze kestle vould know" sounds like it's introducing a person called a kestle--a {{seer}} or something.
** Old Man Death has a mini-flashback of people who rode with the Jägers -- like the Seneschal. Still not sure if he's in there, though.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: Averted beautifully: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20051118 Anevka pumping out enough electricity]] in her arm to [[spoiler:flash-fry her father]] releases enough waste heat to send her entire outfit and wig bursting into flames.
* CoolAirship:
** ''Castle Wulfenbach'', of course.
** Zola's ship would qualify, but as [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080804 an handy comic showing them both]] demonstrates, the Baron's ship is tough competition.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment:
** Mamma Gkika wants you to remember that [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110518 it's bad to hit women or to wake her up too early in the morning.]]
** When Gil [[LetsGetDangerous is able to make]] ''a Jägermonster'' [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110815 ask for death]], you know the punishment's cool and unusual.
* CoolTrain: The [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20140307 dragon-headed train]] of the Corbettite Railway, run by a holy order who see the train itself as a religious object.
* CovertPervert:
** Zeetha [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080418 could have told him he wasn't wearing pants earlier]].
** "[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050314 You poor girl! You must tell us all about it!]]"
* CoyGirlishFlirtPose: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120727 Saana ends up doing this for Moloch,]] to the latter's considerable surprise.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: Actual science is basically dead, which has effectively halted theoretical study, which means that the development of atomic energy, computers, and decent aircraft is not going to happen. Why bother working on fruitless theories that might become something much later when you can have awesome stuff now? Societal progress has (except for a few things such as the role of women and racism) also basically halted, with most of Europe frozen in the Victorian era. Democracy is unheard of, and the Spark nobility often rule with an iron fist. The distribution of wealth is still largely at the top, with no sort of working-class consumer society developing. Oh, and there are monsters, diseases and devices that will kill you. This is, of course, covered up with a coating of awesome steampunk machines, a noble, chivalric attitude, and cheerful plays and books. The people seem mostly content. On the plus side, you can get BackFromTheDead, have your life extended and there are heroes about.
* CrapsackWorld:
** The world is dominated by people and things who'd fit right in with ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' Orks, and the only thing keeping them mostly in check is anti-villain dictator Klaus, who is quite willing to level cities in order to achieve such. His territory is described as containing a lot of empty space despite being central Europe, is littered with forgotten but highly-lethal Spark inventions, and walled-in cities are the closest one comes to safe. The Other systematically leveled much of Europe not long before that, [[spoiler:and currently has free reign of Sturmhalten, a large army, and has mind-controlled Klaus]]. Outside Europe, things aren't much better, with northern nations having a tax on fire. The greatest folk heroes are missing, and the second greatest folk hero is a serial killer.
--->'''[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110204 Rudolf Selnikov]]:''' The depressing thing? ''Twisted and ruthless'' as you people are, throwing in with ''you'' is a step ''up''.
** Alternatively, AWorldHalfFull. Europa has mostly recovered from a devastating genocidal war that employed mad science bioweapons just decades ago, and is ruled by an extremely intelligent benevolent dictator who keeps the peace and lets most people get on with their lives. There are systems in place to contain the mad monstrosities that arise, and the people [[spoiler:Othar]] has killed (usually) had it coming.
* CrazyEnoughToWork: You get the impression this happens a lot. Perhaps the most hilarious one would be curing [[spoiler:Tarvek]] of a terrifying disease by [[spoiler:killing him and then bringing him back to life.]] Even more hilarious given the way Agatha said the trope name. "This has a small, but fascinating, chance of ''actually working!'' Let's do it!"
* CrazyPrepared:
** [[spoiler:Zola Malfeazium]], as [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100628 acknowledged]] even by The Other, who took care... only to discover she's been outmaneuvered once more.
** Mechanicsburg itself. They have a system that showers the entire town in case they are attacked with poisonous or sleeping gas.
** How CrazyPrepared is Castle Heterodyne? It had preparations that allowed it to remain conscious and partially functional in the case of Mechanicsburg being attacked by a weapon that stops time, and mentions having more contingencies that one would even think possible. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20140526 It was even]] defending the town with the Thorn Hedge while still locked inside stasis.
* CreepyCathedral: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20130412 Welcome to the]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Red Cathedral]]
* CrimeOfSelfDefense: A short-lived running gag about Gil defending his killing Dr. Beetle with "He threw a bomb at me!"
* CripplingOverspecialization: The elite Vespiary squad are deadly against some of the most dangerous monsters in the series. Other people tend to view them as no threat, correctly. Their intended purpose is protecting humans from wasps, bringing them close to {{Technical Pacifist}}s when it comes to fighting humans.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass:
** Da Boyz. Oggie is the least bright of the three, but don't let that fool you.
** Zola looks like a vapid fool, but then she drops the "vapid fool" mask and soundly beats Zeetha and Violetta, and matches Higgs -- three of the seven most capable physical fighters in the main cast. (The other four are Da Boyz -- Oggie, Dimo and Maxim; and [=VonPinn=], who's a construct.) Though her physical abilities were boosted by a DeadlyUpgrade, she ''did'' have to steal the upgrade -- from a [[McNinja Smoke Knight]] -- requiring a [[ManipulativeBastard different kind]] of badassery.)
* CryCute:
** [[spoiler:[=DuPree=]]] of all people [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120118 gets a moment]].
** It also [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090501 appeared earlier]] with Zola -- [[spoiler:though how much was genuine and how much was WoundedGazelleGambit[=/=]ObfuscatingStupidity is anyone's guess]].
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20051010 Even Jägers can do this.]]
* CrypticBackgroundReference: All over the place, as [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Guns]], but [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100322 Sanaa's backstory]] is one of the few that is likely never going to be explained further.
* CulturedBadass:
** Klaus and Gil at times, but definitely Tarvek.
** The Jägergenerals can be this when they're not beating the hell out of someone.
** Wooster's BadassNormal status puts him here as well.
** Dolokhov can make tea or beat people up with equal effectiveness.
** Jorgi, but don't you ''dare'' tell anybody.
* CurbStompBattle:
** The first time we see the [[http://girlgenius.wikia.com/wiki/Lapinemoth Lapinemoths]], them against Agatha, Zeetha, and Othar (GENTLEMAN ADVENTURER) was this.
** Two in rapid succession. [[spoiler:Zola]] drinks [[PsychoSerum Moveit#11]] and one-shots [[ActionGirl Zeetha]], but despite her incredible fighting ability, [[BadassBystander Higgs]] is beating her down so badly the ''panels'' can't keep up with his attacks.
* CutenessProximity:
** Agatha's little clanks [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20051209 can inspire this]].
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20131209 Maxina does it, but she doesn't really like it.]]
--->'''Agatha:''' Who's an adowable widdle miwacle of science? Who--?
* CutTheJuice: Anticlimatic variant -- "He's going to FRY-- [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100305 AND NO POWER ON EARTH CAN STOP IT!"]]
* CuttingTheKnot: Krosp's method of dealing with an [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081029 out-of-control clank.]]
-->'''Krosp:''' This thing just wants to ''catch'' someone, ''right''?
* CyanidePill: One is offered to Moloch von Zinzer, though he turns it down.
* CyberCyclops: Most little Clanks. Subverted, though, as it doesn't stop them from being more cute than sinister. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20061227 Well, usually.]] RedEyesTakeWarning, much?
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy:
** Castle Heterodyne. To the point where once it finds out that Othar Tryggvassen is a hero, it immediately dumps him down a bottomless pit. Of course, the castle knows all about [[ContractualImmortality heroes...]]
--->'''Castle Heterodyne:''' Oh tosh, if he was a real hero--\\
'''Othar Tryggvassen:''' (''comes through the door dusting himself off'') This ''is'' an annoying place, isn't it?
** Gilgamesh Wulfenbach seems to have taken a line from the castle. To ensure that Tarvek makes it out of Castle Wulfenbach safely, he handcuffs Tarvek to Othar, shoves them both in a broken flying machine, and drops it out a window.
--->'''Gilgamesh:''' [[GentlemanAdventurer He's]] always falling out of airships and stuff--so if you're with him--I know you'll get away! (''drops them'') Oh, and LET ME KNOW HOW HE DOES IT!
* DarkActionGirl:
** [[AxCrazy Bangladesh DuPree]]. Don't let her [[FauxAffablyEvil cheerful attitude]] or status as perhaps [[EvilIsSexy the most consistently fully-clothed female]] semi-regular throw you. She's probably the most AxCrazy [[ChaoticEvil evil]] non-Spark in the series.
** [[spoiler:Zola]] turns out to be one as well.
** There is some debate whether Lucrezia Mongfish was a DarkActionGirl or merely TheChessmaster.
* DartboardOfHate: Violetta [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110909 had one]] after she was [[ReassignedToAntarctica reassigned to Mechanicsburg]].
* DeadlyUpgrade: Moveit #11 makes the user a '''LOT''' stronger and faster. It is also fatal or nearly fatal to the user.
* DeadpanSnarker: Where to begin?
** Krosp and Moloch seem to be in the story ''to'' snark at it, but almost everybody else gets their turn.
** Sometimes [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070328 Dr. Sun]] has [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070718 such moments]].
** And [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080414 Zeetha]].
* DeathGlare:
** Gil gives one to [[CharlesAtlasSuperPower Zeetha]] along with a brief WorldOfCardboardSpeech.
** The normally unflappable Airman Higgs demonstrates an [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101018 impressive one.]]
** Actually, the Baron is merely [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060329 amused]] by [=DuPree's=] mistake, but yikes!
* DeathIsCheap: The horrifying tendency towards murder that Sparks possess is made slightly less horrifying when you find out they can (under some circumstances) bring the dead back to life. Examples:
** [[spoiler:Punch and Judy]].
** Agatha and Tarvek curing themselves of a disease by killing and reviving themselves.
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070209 "... Dot don't vork so much..."]]
** Played straight [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100917 with]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100920 Dr. Mittelmind]], who apparently dies enough to have trained his assistant to revive him in under five minutes.
** The noble class has had to determine strict laws on the matter of [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090826 title inheritance after reanimation]].
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080528 The last three panels]] say it all, really. (Warning, not kid-friendly)
* DeathOfTheHypotenuse:
** [[spoiler:Lars]], anyone?
** The Castle Heterodyne arc is an inversion of this, since [[spoiler:a new hypotenuse came into play and a major chunk of a story arc was spent ''preventing'' his death]].
** And one of the "what if" stories even lampshaded this topic in amusing fashion. Why two boyfriends? ({{Cheshire Cat Grin}}s from two female cast members and female co-author.) "Deal with it."
* DeathRay: Just about every Spark has made one or something like one--though no-one but Agatha [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090306 redesigns the landscape]] with them during sleep. Agatha considers Gil's [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040510 NOT having built a death ray]] gross negligence of the highest order, going so far as to say "[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20051111 what's wrong with him?]]" He takes this criticism to heart, and most of his later inventions are somewhere between "Mobile Heavy Artillery" and "Force of Nature".
* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: Old Man Death puts it best: "I'm just a '''human'''. Rode with the '''[[SuperSoldiers Jägers]]'''. Never. Lost. A. Fight." No wonder they covet his NiceHat.
* DefensiveWhat: Baron Wulfenbach utters one when Dr. Sun calls him out for leaving his hospital bed in a [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080523 "Medical Transport" clank]].
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Volume 1, "The Beetleburg Clank", makes wonderful use of this. Before Agatha's [[PowerLimiter locket]] is removed, the comic is almost entirely in grayscale; [[SplashOfColor the only color is some blue]] around the sound effects of Sparks' machines (and Agatha's GreenEyes). Right after the locket is removed, the colors are present but dim, as her Spark starts to assert itself although she still gets headaches -- but in her most Spark-ish moments, the colors are bright and clear. By Volume 2, when the headaches have stopped, the entire comic is in full color. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20031121 One flashback]] in Volume 2 shows the color fading the moment Agatha puts her locket back on. Originally, the first volume was black and white (it was a print comic) and that was the end of it. [[ArtEvolution The retconned color]] is just full of symbolism.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080125 To that person, I would give body and soul...]] [[CovertPervert and body. Do you understand?]]"
* DetachedSleeves: Sleipnir; Zola
* {{Determinator}}: Zeetha arrives at Agatha’s bedroom to wake her for training only to find her strapped into a fighting-augmentation exoskeleton. It took her 15 minutes to beat the machine. During which it knocked her through two windows, into the pig sty, the duck pond, the beehives, a vat of oatmeal, and down the main chimney.
* DeusExitMachina: Castle Heterodyne is able to instantly crush anyone in a "live" room, with extraordinary precision. Naturally, all the action takes place in rooms where the Castle isn't yet repaired, so it can't help out.
* DidntSeeThatComing: Happens ''all the time''. Just when the characters think their plans are set, just when the audience thinks it knows what is going to happen next, some ChekhovsGun will be taken off the mantle and fired, some character who we haven't seen for several months or years will suddenly reappear to immensely consequential effect, or some machine will malfunction at exactly the wrong (or right) time, radically reorienting the direction of the plot in a very short amount of time.
* DirtyBusiness: Barry, in the flashback where he gave Agatha her locket, is [[TearsOfRemorse crying]] over the effect it will have on her.
* DistractedByTheSexy: During the Corbettite train ride, Agatha takes in Lady Margarella Selnikov, a fugitive pro-Tarvek holdout in the Storm King Conspiracy after Martellus strongarms his way in. Since Agatha herself is also trying to travel incognito, she can't go the Big Showy Clank route in thwarting any would-be assassins for Margarella. So she instead [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20140418 hatches a plan]] to distract any intruders with the ruse that she is in the middle of changing dress and is clad only in a bath towel. After she shrieks and flusters the propriety of the intruder, they either walk away, or push the issue only to be gunned down by a death ray-packing Krosp. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20140416 After]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20140505 several]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20140602 botches]], [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20140604 it finally works]].
* DistressedDamsel: Zola, for a while. [[spoiler:[[NotSoHarmlessVillain Considering what happens later, it may have been completely an act.]]]] Even at the time she appears to intentionally pick up the DistressBall to draw attention from Gil to herself. Which makes the spider hazard, and its resolution, a satisfying comeuppance.
* DoAnythingRobot: Dingbots!
* DoctorsOrders: Both Dr. Sun and Mama Gkika believe in their authority in medicinal matters.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything:
** Gil and Agatha's rapid-fire exchange of ideas on how to cure Tarvek gradually get more breathless and excited as they go on, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090828 culminating]] in a GeekyTurnOn. Mad science as foreplay, full-on experimentation for the sex. Oh, and did we mention [[ShirtlessScene Gil was shirtless the whole time?]]
** And then a ''threesome''. With an [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100423 explosive]], [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100426 satisfying]] conclusion.
** "[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090722 Wow! Really?]]" Also [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050318 appears]] as a trope [[ShowWithinAShow in plays within the comic]].
** Violetta plainly [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090824 said it]]:
--->'''Violetta:''' ''Jeez'', you Sparks get all into your freakish, twisted ''courtship rituals''--
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080829 Death rays]]:
--->'''Castle Heterodyne:''' And you cannot deny that [Gilgamesh] has a '''magnificent''' death ray.\\
'''Agatha:''' ''[red and looking aside]'' That's... That's hardly a basis for stable relationship.
** Also [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100906 this slightly disturbing moment.]] Let's just say she'll be doing more than handing him tools.
** In the novelization, Agatha thinks she knows why Gil is denying having a DeathRay.
--->'''Agatha:''' I'm sure that next time you'll build a much bigger one, but trust me, right now any Death Ray, will do, no matter how--\\
'''Gil:''' [[PunctuatedForEmphasis I. DO. NOT. HAVE. A. DEATH. RAY!]]
** [[NapoleonicWars Baron Wulfenbach is not on good terms with England.]]
* ADogAteMyHomework: "[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090717 Sorry, professor, my latest experiment]] ''ate my lecture notes''..."
* DoomyDoomsOfDoom:
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090617 PIT OF DOOOOM]] (patent pending).
** And the Doom Bell, which has [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20111104 finally been rung!]] '''''[[BrownNote DOOM!]]'''''
* DopeSlap:
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20051207 One Geisterdam to another,]] although we'd need a translation to know exactly why.
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090327 Zeetha gives one to Gil]] for asking her to transmit a corny line to Agatha.
** It's also common for Maxim and Dimo to slap Oggie around whenever he's saying something stupid, but since they're Jägermonsters it tends to be very solid punches. Jenka [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080307 joins too, if she's around]].
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070727 "Fool! Never total your points out loud!"]]
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100305 And another one]], although frankly Moloch didn't deserve it; it's just that Sparks hate having their melodramatics cut short by perfectly mundane solutions.
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120402 Moloch gets his turn, though]], displaying his newfound [[TookALevelInBadass Level in Badass]].
* DoubleEntendre:
** The Castle teasing Agatha about her attraction to Gil: "[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080829 All the Wulfenbach Sparks are known for their over-sized machinery...]]" Also figures in about half the references to {{Death Ray}}s. And almost every reference to toolbelts.
** Apparently, ''The Socket [[WrenchWhack Wench]] of Prague'' is pretty brutal in this regard.
* DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent: Professor Tiktoffen
* DramaticStutter: When Otilia's body isn't in the best shape. [[ShoutOut He-he-hhello]], [[VideoGame/SystemShock S.H.O.D.A.N.]]:
-->'''Otilia:''' Yesss--but let's ju/ust add the ''next'' step, ''sha/all we?''
* DrillTank: The Deep 6 Model; also something of a PunnyName.
* DrJerk:
** Less jerk and more questionable bedside manner. Agatha [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090819 to Tarvek.]]
** Dr. Sun also has that reputation.
--->'''Selnikov:''' Ah, yes. That "Sun-ny bedside manner" everybody talks about.
* TheDreaded: It's strongly suggested that the old Heterodynes were this to the whole continent. Even after Bill and Barry redeemed their family's name and there was no Heterodyne in residence, people of Europa felt much safer with Mechanicsburg completely disarmed.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: "[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080229 What do I have to do?!]] I just took down an entire army of clanks, and '''still''' I get treated like a halfwit child!"
* DueToTheDead: Especially [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070209 Maxim to Lars]], which also qualifies as a Crowning Moment of Awesome.
* DumbassHasAPoint: Rustics [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050325 say about Geisterdamen]] that they cause revenants, steal children, blight crops -- [[{{Demonization}} the usual]], right? Then again, TwoOutOfThreeAintBad.
* DynamicEntry: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100210 Zeetha,]] defining "good timing".
-->'''Professor Mezzasalma:''' And who the devil is ''this''?!
* DysfunctionJunction:
** The Sturmvoraus family. Dear ''Gott'', the Sturmvoraus family. Their name, when translated out of German, means "Storm ahead" (in the sense of a weather forecast) so that's no surprise.
--->'''Tarvek:''' You don't last very long in our family unless you've got a good nose for intrigue.\\\
'''Tarvek:''' The only way to keep my family in line would be to bury them in a row.
** And then there's the Mongfish family, which is at least as dysfunctional as the Sturmvorauses (with the same occasional distribution of good guys).
** The old Heterodynes were no pushovers in this. See AxeCrazy and BigScrewedUpFamily.
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* EdibleBludgeon: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100528 The granddaughter of an old shopkeeper]], who's hat Maxim wanted as a trophy, threatened to hit him with a giant kosher salami, if he wouldn't tell her why he put a Jägermonster (Maxim) through a window.
-->'''Old Man Death:''' ''AAAH!'' Not with the schlognwurst![[note]]The name of the salami is either a reference to it's form (schlong, the Yiddish vulgar word for "penis") or to it's form (from the German word "Schlagstock", which means "baton" to "Schlagwurst", which means something like "baton sausage", since "schlagen" is German for "to beat" or "to hit")[[/note]] It's ''expensive!''
* EldritchAbomination: There are extra-dimensional horrors scary enough to dissuade even {{Mad Scientist}}s like the ''Heterodynes'' from messing with time. When time is disturbed, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20140611 they notice]].
* EmperorScientist: The entire world is ''run'' by these. Baron Wulfenbach is an [[MrFanservice especially fine]] specimen.
* EnemyCivilWar: The Knights of Jove/Storm King Conspiracy is not as unified as one might think... Some of them are even on Agatha's side.
* EnfantTerrible: Not quite yet, but when Gil rides out [[spoiler:with the "devil dogs" to defend Castle Heterodyne until it's all the way fixed and goes into full-on ape-shit Spark mode]], this conversation happens:
-->'''Council Member:''' But--I thought the new Heterodyne was a ''girl''!\\
'''Vanamonde:''' She is. ''That's'' just the ''boyfriend''.\\
'''Council Member:''' ''That's--''\\
'''Vanamonde:''' Uh-huh.\\
'''Council Member:''' We're...we're going to have to break out those ''little iron cages'' for their children, aren't we?
* EntitledBastard: The sneering [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080725 Strinbeck]] orders the Pink Airship to stay in Mechanicsburg Airspace. A subsequent order to dump useless objects overboard for an emergency climb suddenly becomes [[KarmicDeath most satisfying]].
* EpicHail:
** Agatha's signal from Sturmhalten.
** The Doom Bell.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: [[YouMonster The old Heterodynes have been described as monsters]]. But as bad as they were, they did at least care about their family and minions.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Averted in the radio dramas: Othar's query to a pirate captain of "Isn't that a bit sexist?" is responded to by saying that they're evil, they're basically politically incorrect for a living!
* EveryCarIsAPinto: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]], with crashing airships.
-->'''Goomblast:''' Vy dun it blow op?\\
'''Other General:''' 'Cos dot [[RealityIsUnrealistic only hoppens in dose cheap novels]], hyu old fool.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Mostly played straight, in that anyone who meets either Gil or Agatha and merely hears them ''talk'' about the other knows they're madly in love, but they know it too -- they just refuse to admit it (though Zeetha finally got a confession out of Gil).
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070725 Castle Heterodyne]]. Also, again, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20061225 Showtime!]]
* EvilAlbino: The Geisterdamen, an order of ghostly-white priestesses who are in the service of the Other.
* EvilDetectingDog: Or Evil-Detecting {{Weasel|Mascot}} in this case -- the "Wasp eaters", an engineered construct species designed to detect and sometimes kill Slaver Wasps. Were nearly useless before, since slaver-wasped people turned into rather conspicuous mindless Revenants. However, it's been discovered that the zombie revenants were an aberration, and the ''true'' intent of the slaver wasps was to create completely hidden sleeper agents, which the wasp eaters are quite useful in detecting.
* EvilGloating: Sparks in general, and particularly evil ones, seem to be fond of doing this.
* EvilHand: May be a side effect of the Spark, as Agatha [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090701 demonstrates]].
* EvilIsNotAToy: [[spoiler:Zola and Lucrezia]] each discovered this while trying to manipulate the other.
* EvilLaugh:
** Or sometimes, not so much an evil laugh as an insane one; basically every Spark at some point while they're in TheMadnessPlace.
** Zola [[spoiler:post-[[PsychoSerum Movit-11]]]] has had a few.
** Lucrezia too, though it's not entirely apparent if it's the Spark, her personality, or both causing it.
* ExactlyWhatIAimedAt: Oh, Zola. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101008 Zeetha wasn't throwing her sword at you.]] But you may wish she had.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin:
** Pages of ''Girl Genius'' are named in groups. Examples of these titles include "Gil deals with it", "Monster Horse Beastie" and "Barfight, also Higgs" (the latter reintroducing [[ImplacableMan Airman Higgs]] in the middle of a bar fight).
** DoubleSubverted with in the story "[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100519 Maxim Buys a Hat]]". Because a Jäger's hat is a badge of honor, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100521 one does not simply buy a hat]], one has to earn it by taking it from a worthy enemy; the story ends with Maxim tricking [[{{Badass}} Ol' Man Death]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100611 into selling him his hat]].
* ExcuseMeWhileIMultitask:
** Gil has a habit of doing this.
*** Hearing a report from Dr. Sun while [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070611 fighting against a pair of assassins sent after his father]].
*** Making some difficult MadScience preparation... while [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120312 in the middle of a fight with DuPree]]. She's even unwittingly helping him.
** His father Klaus can also be seen [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20130308 casually crushing enemy clanks while giving orders to his underlings.]]
* ExplodingCloset: In [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20021220 Volume 1]] Agatha creates one. Gil opens it. The plot is off its leash and has soon crossed its event horizon.
* ExplosiveOverclocking:
** Movit #11, for most people. [[spoiler:Zola]] seems to have survived, but only because she is now under the care of Dr. Sun.
** Agatha's death ray inconveniently shorts out during the Passholdt Bridge battle... so she jury-rigs it into a bomb to demolish the bridge and cut off the horde of fast revenants rushing out of the town.
* ExponentialPlotDelay: Agatha's efforts to repair Castle Heterodyne and officially be recognized as the Heterodyne heir lasted three years and ten months, starting from [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20071226 the time she entered the castle]] and ending [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20111102 when she ordered the Doom Bell be rung]]. The actual ringing of the bell lasted another three weeks. Tarvek was critically ill and about to die for just short of 15 months. The general concept is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20091211 this strip]]. And again [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100521 here]], "It only seem like deyz been in de kestle a long time!"
* ExpospeakGag: Various, such as the radio signs reading "Upon the Aether".
* ExpressiveAccessory: Zeetha's headband, with the little face on it that always has the same facial expression as she does.
* TheExtremistWasRight:
** Klaus, former TropeNamer.
** Also, Tarvek ("[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20051104 I'm not proud of that, but...]]").
* EyesDoNotBelongThere: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20111209 Snoz]], one of the early-bird monsters that joined the Battle of Mechanicsburg on Agatha's side after the [[ForDoomTheBellTolls Doom Bell]] rang, has his mouth where his eyes should be and his eyes where his mouth should be.
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