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


* FaceFault: The reactions to Gil "admitting" to Zola that he's really a pirate.
* FacePalm: Frequent. ''Smek!''
** A beautiful one [[ in this strip.]]
** An even better one at the end of [[ this comic.]]
** Two-handed face-palm for Gil on [[ this page.]]
** [[ Q.E.Duh]]
* FailedASpotCheck: Inescapable Death Traps [[ do not always remain so]].
-->'''[[spoiler:Lucrezia!Agatha]]:''' That hole was ''not there'' when I last looked!
* FailedAttemptAtDrama: [[ Gil barges in the control bridge]] of ''Castle Wulfenbach'' while fighting an enemy clank, crushes it underneath him and cooly dust of his sleeve. And then he trips over a broken clank part, all under the eyes of his father.
* FakingTheDead: Having a casualty of roughly the same sex / race / age as Agatha, Master Payne's circus sees fit to give their rescuer a new lease on life. Olga lived for cons anyway.
* FalseInnocenceTrick: Agatha mentions this trope when she first encounters Othar Tryggvassen, '''{{GENTLEMAN ADVENTURER}}!''' who asks her to free him. She believes he's doing this and does not free him; however, he [[WrongGenreSavvy actually believes]] he's the hero being held by the villain.
* FamedInStory: The Heterodyne Boys. And how!
* FamousNamedForeigner: Zola is French. "Zola" is hardly a French first name -- and [[ Émile Zola]]'s last name is in fact of Italian origin.
* {{Fanservice}}:
** So very, very much gratuitous Agatha-in-her-underwear. Also impressive bosoms on basically every female character. On the other hand, it is only ''[[OfCorsetsSexy Victorian]]'' underwear... [[ Not that that especially matters.]]
** Later: [[ The Really Nice View of Agatha's Signal]], and [[ this little gem]], followed by [[ this one]].
** And let's not forget the [[ rather lengthy section]] of Volume 8 where Gil was entirely naked save for a strategically placed bedsheet.
** And Gil is next [[ wandering around shirtless]]. Nom.
** [[ Another case]]. Not only are both Gil and Tarvek ''naked'', but they ''[[ItMakesSenseInContext keep changing colors.]]''
** Like son, like father. There are many who are very grateful for [[ that Naughty Flashback Scene]].
** Also Tinka's metal but curvy body in a semi-transparent nightie.
** Zeetha and the [[TheNudifier Wacky Weave Destabilizer]].
--->'''Zeetha:''' What are you thinking, using Bunbury's trash? He's why every smart actress from here to Paris wears special underwear! Why do you even ''have'' one of those?
** Speaking of which, Zeetha spent a lot of time running around in that leather underwear...
** And now, we have "Revenge of the Weasel Queen", in which Agatha and Zeetha end up wearing BUNNY outfits. Although these "bunny outfits" are [[ not quite]] what [[PlayboyBunny one might assume]].
** Sleipnir O'Hara, one of the "hostages" of the Baron on Castle Wulfenbach, sports a halter-top that shows a bit of {{Sideboob}} once she arrives in Mechanicsburg later in the story.
** To summarize, though, the reason for such high-quality versions of this trope, all you need do is look at the BleachedUnderpants entry.
* FanserviceExtra: Ferretina. She drips with fanservice. Quoting a bit from the wiki: "... her outfit isn't chosen for modesty." You can say that again.
* FanserviceWithASmile: Zeetha noted that they got their crowd after Gilgamesh accidently stripped her of her clothes.
* FantasticRacism:
** There is much prejudice against [[FrankensteinsMonster Constructs]] of [[ all 11 varieties]], and also against the Jägers. In the case of the Jägers, the prejudice is [[ understandable]] (they're CrazyAwesome BloodKnight troops of the most dangerous conquerors around, and without TheKidWithTheLeash they're bad news). But not in Mechanicsburg. [[ There]] it's "[[ForYourPeopleByYourPeople by monsters, for monsters]]".
** Brother Ulm of the Corbettite Railway is deeply prejudiced against Krosp--not because he's a construct, but because he's a cat.
--->'''Ulm:''' They're all filthy liars, you know.\\
'''Agatha:''' Oh, that's true...\\
'''Krosp:''' ''Hey!''
* FascinatingEyebrow: Baron Oublenmach [[ should be afraid now... very afraid.]]
* FashionableAsymmetry: Maxim, with a glove and a spiked shoulderpad on one side.
* FighterMageThief: If you construe sparkiness to be "magic" (which isn't too much of a stretch seeing that sparks regularly violate the laws of nature), [[ Zeetha handily lines up]] [[BadassPrincess herself]], [[GadgeteerGenius Agatha]], and [[ImpossibleThief Violetta]] as such respectively.
* FillerStrip: Radio Theatre Breaks, Short Stories, Fairy Tale Theatre: Cinderella, and to a lesser extent, Heterodyne Boys Stories and "The Storm King Opera" synopsis, as the latter two contribute to the overall mythology.
%%* FiveManBand: The previous generation in the Heterodyne Boys stories;
%%** Bill Heterodyne -- TheHero
%%** Barry Heterodyne -- TheSmartGuy
%%** Klaus Wulfenbach -- TheLancer
%%** Punch and [[ActionGirl Judy]] -- TheBigGuy
%%** Lucrezia Mongfish -- TheChick
* {{Flanderization}}:
** In-universe example; the character of BigGuy Punch in stories and stage-shows is reduced to comic buffoon and ButtMonkey. Among the secrets kept from Agatha her whole life was that the quiet, competent blacksmith she knew as her father ''was'' Punch. The Jägermonsters who knew Punch try to give an actor advice on how to play him authentically, but all of it requires casting out what makes his act so successful.
** Klaus' characterizations in many Heterodyne stories has undergone similar treatment, being rewritten as an excitable cowardly braggart. Although he's now the unquestioned conqueror of the entire continent, Klaus permits this impertinence for one simple reason: [[ActuallyPrettyFunny he thinks it's hilarious]].
* FlashbackEffects / MonochromePast: Sepia tones.
* FlipPersonality: Lucrezia and [[spoiler:Agatha]]. Little outward signs of transition, save for the smile and the eyes, but obviously different personalities.
* FloorboardFailure: Happens to Zeetha's whole group in [[AbsurdlySpaciousSewer the sewers of Sturmhalten]], shortly after [[FromBadToWorse escaping a rampaging monster]]. They land in an ossuary.
* FluffyTheTerrible:
** The Fun-sized Mobile Agony and Death Dispensers, a.k.a. the "devil dogs".[[note]]They seem an awful lot like cats, though. They even fall for [[ laser pointers.]][[/note]]
** Countless other one-shot gags such as the name of the big happy fun ball of death which Gil has to rescue Zola from.
* FollowTheChaos:
** How Adam and Lilith locate Agatha aboard Castle Wulfenbach.
** How baron Wulfenbach knows Agatha is in Sturmhalten: [[ how does a notoriously meticulous scientist die in a lab accident?]] Agatha must be involved.
* FootPopping: [[ Agatha with Tarvek.]] Yup, played straight.
* ForDoomTheBellTolls: The aptly-named Doombell.
* ForeignCussWord: Ultimately a subtrope of all the GratuitousForeignLanguage entries.
** Klaus' [[ "Götterdämmerung!"]][[note]] This isn't a curse word in the usual sense; the second part of the word is closely related to English "dim" and the word/phrase (German is highly agglutinative, so sometimes these are the same thing) really just means "twilight of the gods". It is most commonly used as a synonym for "Ragnarok" (as in, the Apocalypse of Nordic mythology).[[/note]]
** Zola will mutter [[GratuitousFrench "Merde!"]][[note]]French for "shit"[[/note]] when riled up enough.
** [[ "Vot der]] [[CurseOfTheAncients dumboozle?"]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Several.
** One of the first ones is that the Jagers all think that Agatha smells "quite nice" - [[spoiler: due to her actually being a Heterodyne.]]
** Agatha does a nice job of intimidating one of Klaus' scientists [[spoiler: who turns out to be a revenant]] into calling her "mistress" [[ here]]. Jump ahead several years...
** A more minor example:
--->'''Gil:''' (''to Agatha, about Othar'') [[ Trust me. When you get to know him better,]] [[ you'll want to throw him out of the window yourself.]]
** The whole missing tale of the Storm King that Klaus told the Author Character is either Klaus foreshadowing things to come or sending a message to his son in a very cryptic manner, so that Lucrezia wouldn't realize what he was doing.
** Agatha being able to ''[[ order]]'' Gil [[HowDareYouDieOnMe not to die on her]] foreshadows [[spoiler:Klaus' [[ discovery]] that Gil is a revenant.]] Although that likely was faked, since [[spoiler:the wasp-detector was ''not'' reacting to Klaus, and we ''know'' he's got one!]]
** It's mentioned several times that the Storm King Conspiracy needs the Heterodyne heir alive for their plans. [[spoiler:Guess who Tweedle tries to escape Mechanicsburg with once things go south]].
* ForeverWar: The status quo in the days [[ before the Heterodyne Boys]] due to constant infighting between rival Sparks. Then the Baron [[ stopped it]] his way.
* ForgetsToEat: This can happen to Sparks if they stay in the MadnessPlace too long. Non-Spark can be used to remind them.
* ForgotFlandersCouldDoThat: Tarvek [[LampshadeHanging admits]] that he keeps forgetting Othar is a spark.
* ForkFencing: Cranked UpToEleven, as can be expected of Sparks, with Gil's ''[[ Hand-cranked Runcible Gun]].
* FormFittingWardrobe: How does Agatha even breathe in some of those outfits?
* ForScience: It is a world ruled by Mad Science! ''Girl Genius'' would not '''exist''' without this trope. {{Lampshaded}}.
* ForTheLulz: Apparently, this is why Castle Heterodyne kills people. Because it "will be fun". All Heterodynes before Bill and Barry also seemed to have this as their primary motivation. Klaus even claims in his Storm King story that Clemethious Heterodyne always smiled, even while sleeping - because he constantly thought up new ways to torture, kill etc. people.
* FrameBreak: Apparently, the Spark also conveys the power to [[BreakingTheFourthWall break the fourth wall]] -- quite literally. [[ Or maybe that's just Gil.]]
* FreezeRay: Used as firefighting gear. It is mentioned that, with a little tinkering on one, you could freeze a castle wall and then bash it in with a hammer.
* FreudianExcuse: There's an implied inversion with the Heterodyne Boys. It looks like they grew up good because they were raised by [[MamaBear the Muse of Protection]], rather than [[ the Heterodynes' crazy idea of a proper child caretaker.]]
-->'''Gil:''' So this was the ''nursery?''\\
'''Tarvek:''' It explains ''so much...''
* FridgeLogic: InUniverse, when [[ Moloch told Agatha that it was impossible to make it across town.]]
-->'''Agatha:''' But... you say nobody can get through all that...\\
'''Moloch:''' There's just no way!\\
'''Agatha:''' And you've been doing work all over town?\\
'''Moloch:''' That's right! So I've ''seen'' it! It's ''hopeless!''
* FriendlyEnemies: [[ Invoked]] with Gil and Tarvek's "friendly" banter.
* FriendOrFoe: The Jägers have an excellent way of [[ solving the problems presented by this trope.]]
* FromBadToWorse: The entire Castle Heterodyne arc is stuffed to the gills with this trope. [[TakeOurWordForIt Just trust us on this one.]]
* FunetikAksent: "De Jägers hall talk like dis, sveethot!" Even their ''clapping'' [[ is accented.]] The novels explain that it's an ancient Mecanicsburg accent, carefully maintained as a point of pride. That's why a random mother Gil runs afoul of in Mecanicsburg shares the accent.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: The Foglios love this. In particular, it's worth reading any notices, signs, control labels, advertisements or scripts that appear.
** [[ No clanks, cucumbers, clocks, or dancing]].
** [[ Do Not Drink]]. Look at panel 1, then panel 3. then look at the mug in the next page.
** [[ Ether Bunny]]. In the same frame, what appears to be "Mummy Dust" and "Daddy Dust".
** [[ No Alchemy (unless it works)]].
** [[ Lab Full of Exploding Things #5]]. NUMBER FIVE.
** [[ "Trade Entrance. Invade in front."]]. (The small signs in the bottom panel. You may need to squint.)
** [[ This page]] on the last panel. Four arrows pointing, from the top: left, right, up and down. All of them say "'''DANGER'''".
** [[ While Othar and Sanaa are talking]], we see her fellow prisoners get out of the pit trap, run away from Othar, a sign signalling "Secondary pit trap activated" and a sign asking "Want a laugh?" with two buttons, [[ButThouMust "Yes" and "Hell Yes"]].
** There is a gumball machine in the background. The sign over it says [[ "POISON! Illiteracy Reduction."]]
** More recently, look at Agatha's [[ attempts]] to [[PercussiveMaintenance fix]] that machine in the background. She still has the hammer when she yells at Gil in the last panel.
** [[ Read what's written on the steps.]]
** [[ Down in the Heterodyne Crypt]] (bottom left panel)

* GadgeteerGenius: Pretty much all Sparks, but the Heterodynes were notable even among Sparks.
-->'''Von Mekkan:''' In my experience, a strong Heterodyne will take about two hours to ''truly'' warp the laws of nature.
* GambitPileup:
** Agatha's arrival in Sturmhalten caused everyone to set off their master plan at once.
** When Agatha and Zola reached Castle Heterodyne, everything just went nuts as Zola started revealing about half of the actors involved in her power play.
** After Agatha took the castle, she found herself at the center of a maelstrom as every two-bit power in Europa tried to seize Mechanicsburg (and her along with it); when the various factions started fighting over her, this took the trope virtually to the point of parody. [[spoiler: To top it off, Klaus [[BatmanGambit predicted the whole thing, and used it to get all the troublemakers in his realm in one place for easy disposal]].]]
* GargleBlaster: A few examples.
** Theo's idea of a good home-brewed liquor can be expected to be [[ at least 200 proof]], and have other... interesting ingredients. Note that 200 proof is pure alcohol. Also note that under normal circumstances, opening a container of pure alcohol outside of laboratory conditions will cause it to be diluted by the moisture in the air. Maybe part of Theo's talent as a Spark makes him a Mad Moonshiner who can make impossible drinks?
** [[ Double Fortified Lingonberry Snap]]:
--> “You hoist a noggin of ''that'' stuff to the ‘Lady Heterodyne’- you’ll soon be skipping through the streets trying to catch '''flying [[PinkElephants pink mimmoths]]'''.”
%% * GatlingGood
* GeekyTurnOn:
** [[ And how!]]
** [[ And then some]] -- back the other way!
** [[ Now with some side characters!]] Although that's debatable about just how much of it is "geeky" and how much is "insanity".
** [[ He has a MAGNIFICENT death ray...]]
** Gil was initially attracted to Agatha [[ because of her Spark.]]
* GenerationXerox: Several of the characters apparently look almost exactly like younger versions of their parents, enough to confuse Lucrezia in the cases of [[ Tarvek]] and [[ Zola]]. Gil appears to resemble his father as well, but it doesn't get him recognized as the Baron's son.
* GeniusBruiser: Many Sparks, the Jägergenerals, and Da Boyz.
* GenreSavvy: Almost everyone. Othar is about the only exception (he's WrongGenreSavvy instead.)
** [[ "What? They're in all the stories."]]
** A special mention for the men carrying Anevka's squishy bits two pages later.
--->'''Oggie:''' Who vants to be my friend?!\\
(''{{beat panel}}'')\\
'''Geisterdamen:''' (''draw swords'')\\
'''Henchmen:''' (''immediately raise their hands'')
** Also Othar, especially in his Twitter updates, and Moloch.
** Also The Other.
--->'''Tarvek:''' What! That's impossible! Isn't it?\\
'''The Other:''' Oh dear, I do so mistrust it when "impossible" is one's initial reaction to an idea.
** The leader of the war clanks attacking Mechanicsburg ''quickly'' realizes that [[ the lone guy walking out to challenge his entire army is the most dangerous person on the battlefield.]]
--->'''Selnikov:''' Son of-- SHOOT HIM! '''''QUICKLY!'''''
** Selnikov again ([[ well, what's left of him]]), on why a Lord like him shaves his own face:
--->'''Selnikov:''' As if I'd trust anyone '''I''' know to hold a razor to my throat!
** "[[ He's no threat]] --" (''[[BeatPanel both look around the room in obvious terror]]'') -- [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy "Do you WANT him to show up?!"]]
** Tarvek [[ played]] [[ the fool]] for years. [[IAmNotLeftHanded He was]] [[ paying attention.]]
** Also, this entire exchange between Gil and Tarvek.
--->'''Tarvek:''' So, Wulfenbach -- just checking -- is this going to be some kind of macho exercise where you insist on battling a potentially superior opponent alone in some kind of misguided attempt to "prove" your intrinsic worth?\\
'''Gil:''' No, no! I'm only ''that'' stupid in front of Agatha!\\
'''Tarvek:''' Drat.
** Moloch von Zinzer, oh so much.
--->'''Moloch:''' [[ ...How is it possible that this could surprise any of you people?]]
** Gil has his moments, too. Like just before he throws Tarvek and Othar off an airship in an untested and entirely experimental flying machine.
--->'''Gil:''' [[ He's always falling out of airships and stuff, so if you're with him, I know you'll get away!]]
** Agatha gets some savviness here and there.
--->'''Agatha:''' [[ Look, no offense, but I've been around labs most of my life. I'd rather NOT end up being the easily-duped minion who sets the insanely dangerous experiment free, OR the hostage who ensures the smooth-talking villain's escape.]]
--->'''Agatha:''' [[ I am NOT your creator! You were NOT created to serve me! And I do NOT expect you to obey my commands OR crush my enemies!]]
* GentleGiant: Punch, apparently, though most people who didn't know him assume he's just DumbMuscle. Also possibly a GeniusBruiser, though the evidence for that comes from the Jägers who are... not the best at determining who's "schmott".
-->'''Belloptix:''' But... didn't he have a... lighter side?\\
'''Maxim:''' Oh yah! He build very amuzing toys for de ''orphan cheeldren!''
* GentlemanAdventurer: Othar Tryggvassen is the TropeNamer.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Most often done by using water. [[ Or pies.]] [[ Fists]] and [[ bricks]] are fine too.
* GetItOverWith: Boris
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: [[ Oh, fry me!]]
* GhostTown: They are apparently [[ quite common]] across Europe, which isn't so strange given how many monsters and rampaging experiments wander around in the Wastelands.
* GiantSpider:
** One of the many creepy albino monsters the Geisterdamen use for transportation.
** Also one in Castle Heterodyne. Not quite as big, [[ but...]] '''"Nyar!"'''
* GiantSquid: [[ A giant mechanical squid]] and [[ a giant flying squid]].
* GilliganCut:
** "[[ There's no male guard on this ship that can resist the charms of a beautiful princess!]]"
** "[[ If the mistress were here, she'd say...]]"
** "[[ Do you really think he'd just hand it to her?]]"
* TheGirlWhoFitsThisSlipper: {{Deconstructed|Trope}} during the [[ Cinderella parody]]. Tarvek has Cinderella's slippers and wants to find the girl who fits them, but Gil argues that the shoes, size nine-and-a-half, would fit too many other women. Tarvek soon brings out a picture of Cinderella, but Gil says they no longer need the shoe.
* GivingThemTheStrip:
** The Minstrel does it [[ to a clank]].
** Later, [[ Bangladesh DuPree escapes]] from being StrappedToAnOperatingTable by leaving her boots and jacket.
* TheGlassesGottaGo: Averted. In Agatha's case, it is NOT so that "men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses."
* TheGlomp: [[ Zoing to Gil]], with a "GLOMPH" sound effect.
* GodEmperor: GenderFlipped for the Brits; their queen is known as "Her Undying Majesty".
* GodGuise: Lucrezia Mongfish ([[spoiler:a.k.a. The Other]]) is worshipped by the Geisterdamen.
* GodzillaThreshold:
** The Baron's approach to governance can be summed up thusly: "Don't make me come down there." So getting the Baron involved in a problem is perceived this way.
** Master Payne explains his decision to notify the baron about Passholdt being overrun by monsters, over Agatha's protest that they should help instead:
--->'''Payne:''' 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.
** The Baron's own personal GodzillaThreshold involves plots having to do with Revenants or The Other. Unfortunately, this means Agatha is number one on his Most Wanted list because of her relation to [[spoiler:and possession by]] Lucrezia. His response to Agatha gaining full control of the Castle and Mechanicsburg is to fly down himself with a "black level device" which turns out to be [[spoiler:a city-wide stasis-field generator]].
* GogglesDoNothing: Dimo (green Jäger with 5 o'clock shadow, wearing an olive-drab cap with mustard trim and a yellow ostrich plume stuck in).
* GoingToGiveItMoreEnergy: The "more Movit 11 to Zola" example falls more into PhlebotinumOverdose than this trope.
* GoneHorriblyRight: Same as below.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: This seems to occur with alarming frequency for Sparks. Generally with [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters horrible results]].
* GonnaNeedMoreX: "[[ I don't think I've got one big enough.]]"
* GoodCopBadCop: ''Anyone'' and Bangladesh [=DuPree=]. It happens both intentionally and just because she [[ acts]] [[AxCrazy as usual]].
* GoodIsNotDumb: Everyone thinks that just because Gilgamesh Wulfenbach never built a DeathRay and almost never screams at people or beats them up to get them under control, they can push him around and act like he's nothing. [[ When]] [[BerserkButton he's finally pushed over the edge]], he shows the entire world that yes, he ''does'' know how to build a DeathRay, and yes, he's perfectly capable of kicking the crap out of Europa to protect his father and [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend not-girlfriend]].
* GoodIsNotNice: Gil; Agatha; Master Payne... Quite possibly Klaus.
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:Lars.]]
* GrandTheftMe: [[spoiler:Lucrezia]] attempts this on several occasions on different characters. How successful she is varies:
** [[spoiler:Agatha]] is able to shrug it off, thanks to her [[spoiler: [[OrphansPlotTrinket locket]]]], later by sheer force of will.
** She later succeeds at it fully with [[spoiler:Anevka]].
** Her try with [[spoiler:Zola]] fails, because [[spoiler:Zola's]] brain was prepared with a trap for exactly that occasion. [[spoiler:Zola]] now has a replica of [[spoiler:Lucrezia's psyche]] inside her mind and can sift through the thoughts and memories of it more or less at will. [[spoiler:Due to Zola's injuries and her overdose on [=MoveIt=], nobody knows who is in control now.]]
** It would appear that [[spoiler:The Baron]] has done this to [[spoiler:Gil]] as of the summer of 2014. Possibly to get out from under the control of the Other.
* GrapplingHookPistol:
** [[ Standard issue]] for [[ Smoke Knights]].
** The [[ Baron]] and [[ Zola]] have one too.
* GratuitousFrench:
** Gil once started speaking French while delirious. Translated: "Excuse me sir, but where is the catastrophe?" Gil spent a lot of time in France when he was younger -- and he spent so much of that time coming to the rescue of [[BrainlessBeauty danger-prone ditz Zola]] that it's just sort of reflex for him to [[FollowTheChaos keep an eye out for disasters]] when she's around.
** [[ One exit door of Castle Heterodyne]] has the inscription "''Fuyez les dangers de loisir''" ("Flee the dangers of leisure") above the frame.
** There's a sub-trend for characters using French to invoke the inherent sophistication, and butchering it. ("Ve get heem fixed op '''''toot sveety!''''' [-Dot's French!-]")
--->'''Guard:''' "Mighty generous" says I, but "no bless obli cheese," says he.\\
'''Master Payne:''' ...''Does he?''\\
'''Guard:''' All the time.
* GratuitousGerman:
** Jägermonster = hunter-monster, Geisterdamen = ghost ladies, Sturmvoraus = storm ahead, Wulfenbach = "Wolf's stream" (not strictly correct, but German is dialectual and it's a place/family name). Of course, since this story is apparently set in a 19th century Central Europe not totally unlike our own, this is more of a TranslationConvention, since German actually would be the ''lingua franca'' of the setting.
** Though according to the novels, the official language of the Wulfenbach Empire is actually ''Romanian''.
** There is one straight-up bit of gratuitous German when a Jäger uses "Jägermonstern" as a pseudo-German plural for his own kind. The German plural is in fact "Jägermonster", which of course sounds rather odd in English.
** Note also the writing on a [[ disactivated clank dial]].
** Holzfäller, the fake surname Gil used in Paris, translates as "lumberjack".
** Sturmhalten, the home of the Sturmvoraus familiy (see above), literally means "to keep storm", a.k.a. Storm Keep. This matches with Mechanicsburg, burg being old germanic for "castle". Wulfenbach started as a smaller house, so their fortress is just ''Castle Wulfenbach''.
* GratuitousSpanish:
** Professor Diaz tends to throw it in. ([[ His introductory page]] alone has two examples.)
** Tarvek believes Spanish is "''muy sexy.''"
* GraveRobbing: In the best tradition of ''Franchise/{{Frankenstein}}''. There even are professionals. [[ Furthermore,]] ItRunsInTheFamily.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: [[ WHAK!]] [[ WHAK!]]
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: When Gilgamesh needs to get back onto ''Castle Wulfenbach'' to take control of the Wulfenbach armies around Mechanicsburg, he needs to get past a number of guards who have never dealt directly with him and thus don't know what the Baron's son looks like. Sleipnir tells him to wear the NiceHat given to him by the Jägers. You know, the [[ giant purple and red hat]] with "Gilgemesh Wulfenbash, [[FunetikAksent Schmott]] Guy!" written on the front and the flame on top which flares up periodically. Each guard Gil approaches is initially unimpressed and unconvinced, until he fires up the flame. At that point, they believe he really is "Gilgemesh Wulfenbash" [sic] and let him pass. But eventually he gets to one who reacts differently.
-->'''Guard:''' Oh come on. You expect me to believe you--\\
(''Gil's hat goes FOOM!'')\\
'''Guard:''' Just because of that ''ridiculous''--\\
(''Gil punches the guard in the face, knocking him out'')\\
'''Gil:''' When this is all settled, ''you'' get a ''promotion.''
%%* GunStruggle

* HairRaisingHare: The Weasel Queen's Lapinomorphs.
* HandicappedBadass: Dimo, after he loses an arm in the sewers beneath Sturmhalten. It doesn't slow him down much.
* HandInTheHole: The castle challenges Agatha to stick her arm into a giant clank's mouth to prove her identity; unfortunately for her, it's a blood test....
* HappilyAdopted: Agatha calls Punch and Judy her parents, in spite of knowing that they aren't her biological parents.
* HappilyMarried: Master Payne and the countess. Also Balthazar's parents.
* HappinessInSlavery: Fräulein Snaug is extremely devoted to Professor Mittelmind.
* HardOnSoftScience: Yes, there are ''[[ mad social scientists.]]'' They constantly complain that all of the funding goes to [[HumongousMecha flashy clanks]] and {{death ray}}s instead of social research. What kind we don't know, but a thousand orphans, a hedge maze, and cheese is involved.
* TheHatMakesTheMan:
** The helmet which allows Castle Heterodyne to possess the Seneschal.
** In a "Trelawney Thorpe" short story, the crown of KingArthur, which allows Arthur to possess its wearer.
* HatOfAuthority: Hats might be the only thing Jaegers take seriously. You simply can't be a Jaeger in good standing without a NiceHat, which makes the over-the-top monstrosity they present to Gil a gesture of magnanimity. Old Man Death also deserves mention.
* HauntedTechnology: Castle Heterodyne is generally seen as this, and it suits Wulfenbach to let people believe it. The application of ClarkesThirdLaw effectively makes it so; even characters familiar with the machinery refer to the rooms as "alive".
* HeadTiltinglyKinky: When Agatha is working in the traveling Heterodyne Circus as the psychic Madame Olga.
-->'''Agatha:''' [[ She... ...tea cozy... ...forty-three hours... ...only one spoon... eek!]]
* HeartSymbol: Bangladesh [=DuPree=], of all people, gets a huge one when she meets [[spoiler:Vole, a Jägermonster of her taste. More specifically, from hearing his psychopathic, bloodthirsty rant]].
* HeIsNotMyBoyfriend:
** Agatha about Gil. All the time. [[ She even uses the actual phrase.]]
** A consequence of it can be seen with [[ Violetta]].
** They are her... er... ''[[ her experimental subjects]]''! Honest.
** Othar and... ''[[ Gil!?]]''
** Agatha and ''Moloch'', in [[ an odd subversion]].
--->'''Tarvek:''' You really are the best minion ''ever.''\\
'''Moloch:''' I am ''not'' her ''minion!'' ''Tell'' him! Tell him I'm ''not your minion!''
* HellBentForLeather: Von Pinn, and how. [[ Lampshaded]].
-->'''Von Pinn:''' I teach restraint.\\
'''[=DuPree=]:''' Oh, so your dressmaker's an A+ student then.
* HellishHorse: The aptly-named [[ Monster Horse Beastie]].
* HerBoyfriendsJacket: Zeetha wears Higgs' striped shirt when we see them [[ after they had hitched up.]]
* HeroAntagonist: Othar, plus or minus a little serial murder.
* HeroicBSOD: [[ SHOWTIME!]]
* HeroicComedicSociopath:
** Bangladesh [=DuPree=]
** Castle Heterodyne
** Most of the Jägers....
* HeroicSacrifice: [[ Hilariously defied while in Castle Heterodyne.]]
** [[ Defied by the Jägers.]]
* HerrDoktor: A large portion of the Sparks.
* HiddenBadass: Higgs; Wooster; Tarvek (to Gil); Zola, with ObfuscatingStupidity; and [[ Sanaa]].
* HiddenDepths:
** The Jägers, who at first appeared to be little more than comic relief and have since been revealed to have more layers than an onion. It's even been lampshaded in canon.
** Given what he [[ will do for those he cares for]], one wonders if Tarvek might have avoided the worst of his family heritage.
* HiddenElfVillage: The Lost Kingdom of Skifander, where Zeetha comes from. Notably, it's lost to her as well, as she has no idea how she got to Europa.
%%* HiddenWeapons
* HisAndHers: Parodied [[ on two]] [[ pages]] in Castle Heterodyne.
* HobbesWasRight: You can't uphold a democracy with power-hungry {{Mad Scientist}}s running around.
* HoldingOutForAHero / StayInTheKitchen: Othar tried to keep his sister "safe" at home. But it turns out that in this world the concept of "safety" is [[ even more volatile]].
* HomicideMachines: Virtually every piece of advanced technology can be used as a dangerous weapon no matter what it was meant for originally.
-->'''Gil:''' What about this one? It looks like a toaster.\\
'''Agatha:''' Well, it is a toaster. Sort of.\\
'''Gil:''' Sort of?\\
'''Agatha:''' Oh, yes. It could toast the whole town.
* HonestAdvisor:
** Baron Wulfenbach says early on that he would rather his men criticize him rather than fear him too much to tell him important information -- in fact, the first time we see him, he's testing Gil to see if he'll tell him he's wrong. It's one of the many signs that he's not your average EvilOverlord.
** Gil and Agatha seem to prefer advisors like this as well.
* HorrifyingTheHorror:
** The mere ''mention'' of Barry Heterodyne's name is enough to make [[spoiler:two separate incarnations of]] the Other shit a brick.
** Jägers are usually fearless and willing to fight anything -- but when a creature called a "Dreen" shows up, one of the Jägergenerals ''panics'' and makes Agatha flee.
--->'''General Zog:''' Dose tings iz '''unschtoppable!'''. Vorse -- dey's '''scary!'''
* HostageSituation: Gil volunteers for one. Agatha doesn't want it.
* HotScientist: Hot Mad Scientists. Many of them. And apparently the better they are, the hotter they get.
* HowDareYouDieOnMe:
** Agatha's reaction when it looks like [[spoiler:Gilgamesh]] is dying. It helps.
** Tarvek tried the same a bit earlier, in an even more amusing manner.
--->'''Tarvek:''' Hang on! The system's damaged! If you die before we fix it, I'll... I'll ''kill you''!
* HulkSpeak: [[ Snoz]], quite appropriately, has a mild case of this.
* HumongousMecha: Walking Battleships (Moloch served on a walking gunboat) and War Stompers (one of the first armies to [[spoiler: lay siege to Mechanicsburg]] use huge {{Spider Tank}}s with [[MagneticWeapons Coilgun cannons]]).
* HunterOfHisOwnKind: Othar Tryggvassen ({{Gentleman|Adventurer}} [[TvTropesWikiDrinkingGame Adventurer!]]) [[spoiler:He's a spark, with a goal of killing every other spark, then killing himself when he's the last one left]].
* HydePlaysJekyll; [[spoiler: Lucrezia often tries to pass herself off as the girl whose body she has hijacked, to varying degrees of success.]]
* HyperspaceMallet: Not actually a mallet, but just about every other gadget that a well-equipped Mad Scientist might require.
** Lampshaded on a [[ paper doll]] page.
** [[ A real mallet!]]
* HypocriticalHumor:
** Gil tells Agatha her bedside manner needs work. Turns out [[ his isn't so great either]].
** Zola makes a crack about ''Agatha's'' [[ butt]] being big?
** [[ Gil...]]
** Krosp [[ complains]] that his role as a spy chief leading a group of unaugmented cats was bound to fail because normal cats are too easily distracted to follow orders for any length of time. Years later, when Krosp himself has the opportunity to gather information, [[ he gets hungry]]...

* IAmWho: Agatha is quite shocked when her parentage is revealed.
* IAmXSonOfY:
** "I am Zeetha, Daughter of Chump! Yes, I know what it means in your language."
** Gil uses the line to [[ much greater effect.]]
* ICanStillFight: Repeatedly.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Each volume of the print collection is titled "Agatha Heterodyne and the [[CharacterNameAndTheNounPhrase Noun Phrase]]", where the noun phrase in question refers to some person, place, or thing that does indeed appear in that volume, but is never actually referred to by that name.
* IdiotHair: It's obviously not reflective of her intelligence ''per se'', but Agatha's got a bit of hair that won't stay down; as highlighted in [[ this]] [[ two-part]] {{Filler}}.
* IdTellYouButThenIdHaveToKillYou:
** Combined with "TheEasyWayOrTheHardWay" [[ when Master Payne gives two Wulfenbach troopers]] the choice of his being a good magician (who doesn't reveal how a trick is done) or an evil one (who doesn't leave any evidence there was a trick in the first place).
** [[ Castle Heterodyne declines to reveal information]] about [[spoiler:Airman Higgs]] to Zeetha, as doing so would require Zeetha to be killed. Not that the Castle ''objects'' to killing ''anyone,'' but Zeetha is essential to Agatha in the Castle's opinion, so she must be spared.
* IfIHadANickel: [[ Violetta's done the math.]]
* IgnoredConfession: Invoked. No, no, the stairway's just echo-y.
* TheIgor:
** [[ Basically the entire populace of Mechanicsburg.]]
--->'''Carson von Mekhan:''' Sure, the Heterodynes were dangerous lunatics-- but they became '''our''' dangerous lunatics!
** Moloch von Zinzer stands out because, like the natives of Mechanicsburg, he's a natural minion, but unlike the Mechanicsburgers, he has a certain amount of insight into Spark psychology, and can use this to get them back on target when they inevitably get sidetracked.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Said by Agatha, in the beginning. Othar thinks the entire idea is hilarious.
* IKissYourHand: Franz, the giant dragon construct, kisses the hand of a MiniMecha manned by Agatha as a sign of respect. [[ We kid you not.]]
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: [[ Subverted with Lucrezia]] [[spoiler:(in Agatha's body) calling forth ''a copy of her own mind'' to take over Zola -- because the expected possession isn't working.]]
* ImAHumanitarian: "Snapper" Boikov and "[[ Jack A'Horned]]" -- prisoners in the Castle Heterodyne.
* ImplacableMan:
** Higgs and [[spoiler:Zola [[ post-Movit #11]]]].
** The Jägermonsters. It still hasn't been established what it would take to kill one of them, and they are amongst clanks as shock troops -- Baron Klaus shows particular respect toward them. When Maxim, Dimo and Oggie are introduced, they'd been hanging in nooses for days, casually observing and commenting on the town. It's implied that Othar conned them into getting into the nooses voluntarily.
* ImpaledPalm:
** Von Pinn [[ does this purposely]] to catch Bang's sword -- and crushes the hilt despite the wound.
--->'''Von Pinn:''' I live with pain. I use it. ''Cultivate'' it.
** In the "Maxim Buys a Hat" side story, [[ Old Man Death spikes Jäger Maxim's hand to the table with a carving knife]]. Maxim's only reaction is to lick the blood off the wound.
** All Martellus von Blitzengaard [[ gets from trying to strangle]] [[KnifeNut Bangladesh DuPree]] is an impaled palm.
* ImprovisedWeapon:
** Wrenches seem to be used as cudgels a lot.
** Ol' Man Death using his butcher knife against a Jäger is no surprise, since he's a ChefOfIron. But then, he can just as well fight with a coffee cup, a huge sausage or a barrel of anchovies.
** And now, a ''[[LampshadeHanging book on the use of improvised weaponry]]'' has been used as [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin an improvised weapon]].
* IncessantMusicMadness: In the (psychological) torture chamber.
-->'''Othar:''' ...and that MUSIC! [[ WHAT is that MUSIC?!]]
* IncendiaryExponent: [[ The Torchmen]], Mechanicsburg's air defense system. Imagine a semi-autonomous clank with flight wings that's on fire. Now [[ZergRush imagine a whole lot of them]]. Now you understand why the old timer airman in the Pink Airship was so fretful.
%% IncrediblyLamePun redirects to Pun.
* IndyEscape:
** [[ The Rolling Fun Ball of Death.]]
--->'''Professor Tiktoffen:''' Huh. I '''wondered''' where that went on Tuesdays.
** Tarvek gets to do the [[ "pursued by giant monster"]] variation... while carrying an injured woman, an injured Jäger, a dozen baby wasp weasels, and some precious notes.
--->'''Tarvek:''' What are you people ''doing''? '''''[++RUN!++]'''''
* IndyPloy: Often. Klaus seems to be almost the only character who plans more than fifteen minutes ahead.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: [[ 2007 April 18, Panel #7]].
* INeedToGoIronMyDog: Diaz and Mittelmind use up [[ all the good excuses]].
* InfernalRetaliation:
-->'''Krosp:''' Great. Now the crowd is ''trapped by the stalagmites'' while the ''[[ flaming monster]]'' advances.
* InMyLanguageThatSoundsLike: [[ Zeetha, daughter of Chump.]] And, yes, she knows what it means in our language.
* InsistentTerminology: By the fandom, often by the characters, and even by the website itself.
** "Othar Tryggvassen! '''GENTLEMAN ADVENTURER!'''"
** In TheRant rather than the comic itself, hyperlinks are always "elegant and finely-crafted".
** It's a GASLAMP FANTASY, not SteamPunk.
** Gilgamesh is ''very'' insistent that the little Heterodyne generator is ''not'' a lamp.
* InstantSedation:
** C-Gas, D-Gas and Ichor of Somnia.
** Most shocking example is when Gil shot Franz with a sedative through the palm... and he's down for the count in mere seconds, despite being a freaking dragon. [[spoiler:On the other hand, Franz only stays knocked out a minute or two.]]
* InstrumentOfMurder: Sleipnir O'Hara's "[[ Hot Pipes]]".
* InterserviceRivalry: Jägerkin (as a part of being "perfect soldiers") got it straight -- [[ they deem themselves better]] than anyone else and eager to make a point, but shut up [[ when a real action is in sight]]:
-->'''General Zog:''' Sir -- dere iz a time to twit nancy-boy feetsmen und a time to crush bogs.
* InTheBlood: Sparkiness is usually hereditary. Spark styles of invention too.
-->'''Agatha:''' I believe another [[LudicrousPrecision forty-five point three seconds]], and I would have ''exploded'' or something.\\
'''Castle Heterodyne:''' ... or something. Under the [[DramaticStutter circir/circumstances]] I/I am forced to admit that yo/you are most most likely oneoneone of the family...\\
'''Agatha:''' Oh, ''yeah''... I have ''got'' to try [[PsychoSerum that]] ''again!''\\
'''Castle Heterodyne:''' yesss... ''most'' likely, in/in/in''deed''.
* InTheFutureWeStillHaveRoombas: Agatha's self-replicating clanks.
* InTheHood: Subverted because the guards looking for Agatha recognize it for [[ the obvious disguise that it is.]] Doubly subverted because the heroes [[ expected as much.]]
* InTheNameOfTheMoon:
-->"'''[[ SCHTOP!]]''' Hyu horr'ble monster-y ting of ''Evil!''"
** Although that was an intentional delivery of a LargeHam as well...
** And a beautiful example of BuffySpeak.
** And a message HiddenInPlainSight.
--->"... Ve iz Jägerkin charged by the ancient contract--"
* IronicEcho:
** Agatha [[ quoting]] Moloch von Zinzer back at himself [[ here]] demonstrating that the tables have indeed turned.
** [[ Zola]] echoing [[ Agatha's]] sarcastic party plans virtually word-for-word (albeit in a very different tone) as ObfuscatingStupidity.
** And Agatha describing [[ Tarvek to Gil]] with the last three words being the same she used describing [[ Gil to Tarvek]].
%%* IsThatWhatTheyreCallingItNow
* ItMakesSenseInContext:
-->'''Agatha:''' We're just going to '''kill you''', and then you'll be '''fine!'''\\
'''Gil:''' I've changed my mind! Let's just '''kill him!'''\\
'''Agatha:''' Stop it. We're going to kill him '''properly'''.
* ItWasAGift: Agatha's ring.
* IWantGrandkids:
** Oh, Castle Heterodyne.
** Also, Oggie to [[CreatorCameo the storyteller]] (his great-great grandson).
* IWasNeverHere: [[ Lucrezia to Vrin.]]

* JadeColoredGlasses: Some would say every Spark should get a pair.
* {{Jerkass}}: Several. Merlot is prominent among them, but there are others.
* JigsawPuzzlePlot: And how! Chekhov's Guns that were put on the mantle in books 1, 2, and 3 are being taken off and fired years later. Gil and Tarvek also indulge in some LampshadeHanging when they discuss a bunch of [[NoodleIncident convoluted noodle incidents]].
* JuggleFu:
** [[ In an early strip]], Gil throws a fishbowl in the air, and catches it again in the first panel of the next page.
** Gil also [[ throws a silver of vixonite vial]] while taking a punch from Bang, before catching it again.