Awesome / Girl Genius

For all the Awesome Moments in this Gaslamp Fantasy.

  • As DuPree points out, there's a reason the title of the comic is Girl Genius, so let's sing Agatha's praises first.
    Agatha: I am Agatha Heterodyne. You are in my town. In my castle. And in my way.
  • Gilgamesh Wulfenbach comes off as strangely peaceable for a Spark — he keeps trying to reason with his opponents and had never built any weapons before he met Agatha. But he's STILL basically a walking Moment of Awesome.
  • Wooster gets an absolutely classic one with just two words.
    Bangladesh Dupree: Yesssss...
    Wooster: No. *POW!*
  • Dr Sun has his moment right about here, wherein he casually indicates that he can easily take out the large battle-mech currently holding him in its clutches, and being piloted by the king of Europe. With his bare hands. And Baron Wulfenbach's heartfelt sigh of relief upon Dr. Sun's being diverted from this goal would suggest that Dr. Sun wasn't just boasting.
    • He wasn't. It doesn't matter if you're ruler of Europe or not, when Dr Sun tells you that you need bed rest, he means it.
    • He also put the fear of Sun into the gleefully psychotic Bangladesh Dupree.
      Dr. Sun: In future, please refrain from damaging more of my staff...or else I will personally rip off your arms and feed them to you.
    • Let's also take a moment to appreciate something else in the battle-mech page: a critically injured, nearly immobile Baron Wulfenbach somehow manages to get a giant hospital mech, piloted by two lovely nurses, up and running. A three-way combo of awesome, badass and pimp.
  • Who is Ol' Man Death? This guy. Looks unassuming doesn't he. Well first, he casually blocks a Jager with a breadknife. Then, we find something out about him:
    Ol' Man Death: Because I never lost a fight.
    Granddaughter: So?
    Ol' Man Death: No. Listen to me. I'm just a human. Rode with the Jagers. Never. Lost. A. Fight.
  • Von Pinn makes an entrance. Just try to tell me that's not awesome.
  • Violetta's specialties.
  • Then there's Master Payne: "A good magician never reveals how a trick was done. An evil magician never leaves any evidence that there was a trick in the first place. So- Which am I going to have to be today?"
  • Oh my God, Zola! We knew you'd been Obfuscating Stupidity, but did you really just sucker the Other? You did! You out-Lucrezia'd Lucrezia! You magnificent bitch!
  • The Baron's majordomo Boris Dolokhov beats the location of the Jagergenerals out of another Jager. This actually impresses the generals enough to hear him out.
    Dolokhov: We need to talk.
    General Khrizkhan: Gospodin Dolokhov. Hod did hyu find us, hey?
    Dolokhov: Your messenger told me.
    General Khrizkhan: Vot? He vould not-
    Dolokhov: Oh- not right away...
    [tosses unconscious Jager at their feet]
    General Khrizkhan: Whoo!
    General Zog: Oho! You haz earned the right to a talk!
    • And a few pages later, Wooster's exit. While reading this, this troper inevitably heard the James Bond theme in his head!
      • Wooster's CMOA trumping of Boris gets better on reflection—they're on one of the dozens of auxiliary airships around Castle Wulfenbach, Boris (who was on the Castle) had to beat the location out of the Jaeger messenger, and since Agatha told everyone she was going into the Castle alone, sending Krosp, Zeetha, and Wooster away, Wooster's been, as far as we know, somewhere on the ground in Mechanicsburg. And he comes in through the generals' window. How did he even get up there in the first place? Steampunk Bond.
  • A crowning moment for a vehicle... then again, this is Castle Wulfenbach we are talking about.
    Airman: Whoah! Captain! Clouds movin' in fast— uh, no... Wait... oh, NO.
    • The Castle gets an earlier moment, and is so big she can't even fit on one elegantly-crafted link: Bow > Stern. Latest news is that's one kilometer of Awesome.
  • This is why Zeetha is AWESOME.
  • General Khrizhan stopping the flyer with one hand.
  • This. Even though he's pissed as hell and going to punish them, one of the first things the Baron says to the errant students is "Are you all right?!"
  • This captain; not only does he try to warn the town of fire, like he should, but he cares much more about his crew than his pay.
  • Every single appearance of Othar Trygvassen, Gentleman Adventurer. No exceptions.
  • "Let me tell you about Airman Higgs.".
    • Return of the Higgs! Higgs takes another Level in Badass!
    • Another CMOA for Higgs is his ability to intimidate Tarvek. After seeing that jerk manipulate everybody and get away with it, it is immensely satisfying to see Tarvek lose confidence and actually fear somebody for once.
    • This comic has pretty much topped everything seen yet. Once again, Airman Higgs comes to save the day. He takes a hit from the Castle-controlled robot of mass destruction and doesn't even break his stride.
    • Another (potential) one for Higgs. Zeetha has been stabbed by Zola, and the pink banshee is gloating that Zeetha wasn't as good as she thought she was. Higgs' response as he cradles Zeetha? Look upset, look mad as hell, and say this:
    Yes, but I vas starting to like her.
    • Higgs just busted out the Jager accent. Prepare for awesome. He's now busted out Zola's knee, as well.
      • Gets stabbed by Zola. Response is a knee and a punch to the face. Trips Zola and gets booted for his trouble. His response to that is "Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow."
      • And now despite being stabbed, beaten, and otherwise horribly injured, he's up and ready to go.
      • It says something about how badass Higgs is when he turns "standing up and smoking a pipe" into an act of pure awesome.
    • The triumphant return of Airman Higgs.
      • In the same comic, the fact that "miz Zeetha" is in charge of a detachment of Jagers. They're some of the most deadly and unruly soldiers in all Europa... and Zeetha is clearly in charge of them.
  • The Foglios used a pie-in-the-face gag, a trope so dead, the daisies it pushed up have long since withered. And they made it work!
  • Barry Heterodyne got a new one just by existing. In this comic, when his name is brought up in a moment of Tempting Fate, both Zola/Lucrezia(?) and Anevka/Lucrezia realize what they just said and start to panic that he might show up. Keep in mind that this is the Other, one of the cruelest and most evil characters in the series and a candidate for overall Big Bad, and they're TERRIFIED that their brother-in-law might show up and ruin everything. Talk about establishing a rep.
  • Jenka forgives. Once.
  • Maxim has his in a tear-jerking moment that speaks deeply to any combat veteran. "Ve don't leave our own behind." Which becomes even more powerful in the final panel: Maxim gives his hat to Abner so that Lars can be given the funeral rites of a Jaeger.
    Maxim: So ven hyu bury him...make sure he gots a hat.
  • Moloch von Zinzer has Fraulein Snaug, a bunch of tiny clanks, and some pulleys and leverage. He manages to put the HUGE waterwheel of Castle Heterodyne's Great Movement Chamber back into place.
  • Jaegers are sottle.
  • The Jaeger Generals put in some work. Authority Equals Asskicking or Asskicking Equals Authority? Either way, a whole lot of people got stomped.
  • Ruxala. Despite being a kindhearted... whatever-those-things-are lover, she's still quite the Action Girl, even while injured.
  • Tarvek may be a Magnificent Bastard, but he's also an awesome one.
    • This comic shows us that a CMOA doesn't have to be huge or flashy or dramatic. It can be as simple as one word.
    Agatha: Are you two fighting again?
    Gil & Tarvek: No.
    "I have lost my castle! My Muses! My town! My hand is revealed to those BLASTED! UPSTART! WULFENBACHS! You and Lucrezia have done nothing but destroy my life and my plans, and now you're trying to destroy the one bright spot left - AND THAT I WILL NOT PERMIT!(...) Oh, nononoNO, you do not "Give up!" YOU DIE!"
    • Tarvek manages to kill two of the Baron's questers effortlessly, then make his escape from the burning ship carrying, in order: Brenn's notes, a (mostly) unconcious Action Girl, at least one adult waspeater, an injured Jaeger and any number of baby waspeaters. Oh, and he also manages to outrun a Hive Queen, while still carrying all of them.
      • The action hero-ness of that scene is Crowningly Awesome in itself, but there's another aspect to it that crosses over with Heartwarming: there's no one around Tarvek's trying to manipulate. Yes, there's big-picture strategic value in the Vespiary Squads but for that purpose Tarvek only needed to save Brenn's notes and one of the adult waspeaters. Had he chosen not to take Ruxala, Jorgi, or the rest of the weasels, no one would ever have been the wiser. Tarvek still chose to put himself at greater risk because he knew it was the right thing to do.
    • Tarvek may have just 1-uped himself a few pages later with an The Big Damn Kiss with Agatha followed by an Offhand Backhand to Othar Trygvassen, Gentleman Adventurer.
    • Tarvek is in charge. And he got that way by simply glancing at the operations table and determining an entire army unit had been subverted. Being Genre Savvy, the Wulfenbach planners immediately put him in charge of defense coordination.
    • In this page, Tarvek wakes up, and takes less than a minute to not only figure out that he was kidnapped, but to get free and turn the table on one of his kidnappers. With a fork.
      Tarvek: (about the fork) So much more versatile than a knife.
  • The Dreen. They have appeared very rarely, and each time have made a DRAMATIC impression.
    • First, they were in the fight with the Slaver Wasps aboard Castle Wulfenbach. In the graphical version, they aren't particularly impressive, but in the novel:
      deep within the enemies midst moved the Dreen, two unearthly, terrifying creatures garbed in dark, wide-brimmed conical hats and long, obscuring veils. They killed with but a touch, and they alone seemed to scare the Slaver wasps. Everywhere they drifted, a circle of emptiness opened around them as wasps desperately tried to escape.
    • Though the fact that, in a scene dedicated to Slavers brutally defeating a group of Wulfenbach troops, constructs, and clanks, they are still unscathed which makes their badassery Fridge Logic.
    • Then, they showed up at the siege of Mechanicsburg:
      Jaeger General: Yeek!
      Tarvek: Dreen!
      Jaeger General: Run! Der Baron iz not foolink around anny more! Doze tings iz unschtoppable! vorse-dey's scary!
    • And the third time, they reveal themselves to both see the future, and to be the Eldritch Abominations so scary they got one of the Old Heterodynes to stop their experiments.
      • And Klaus managed to tame these things.
      • Also worth noting in that regard, Dupree is afraid of them.
  • Castle Heterodyne is back online. And it's going to kick. Your. ASS.
    (Zeetha and Violetta come across a scene of inexplicable carnage where a unit of Wulfenbach infantry was laying down a withering barrage of suppressing fire on them a moment ago)
    Zeetha: Oh... Wow. now that- that's- That's something I'd expect the Castle to do!
    Castle Heterodyne: HELLO, LADIES!
  • The Baron's Badass Boast here is so awesome it makes the entire battle for the bridge of Castle Wulfenbach come to a dead halt.
    • A more subtle one on the same page. A random Wulfenbach Airman, not Higgs, proceeds to reduce a clank, made of metal, mind, to scrap with a single punch.
  • How do you escape the Baron's troops hellbent on killing you? Easy: you use an hallucinogen and some Refuge in Audacity to have them cheer on you while you escape on one of their own airships.
  • Overlapping with Moment of Funny, Agatha's smile in the last panel here, as a fragment of the Castle's personality that's essentially taken over every engine in Paris like a Trojan comes to life.
    Drusus: I say, what on earth is that?
    Agatha: That's mine!
    • The very fact that Agatha conquers Paris within an afternoon on the same day she arrives. The real kicker is that she wasn't even planning to do so. It's little wonder that, in a world already brimming with mad scientists, the Heterodynes are still held in high regard.
  • Oggie gives good romantic advice. Maxim is suitable awed.
  • For a long while, people thought that Violetta's claims that she's not a very good Smoke Knight were Heroic Self-Deprecation. They weren't.
  • Crossing over with Heartwarming: Dimo reveals the reason behind the Jägers' "absence" from the Heterodyne stories: they were hated, and the Boys wanted to break from their family's reputation. When some were caught following, they were all ordered to remain in Mechanicsburg. Dimo thinks that Agatha should think about that. Here is her reply.
  • Voltaire lays down the law very quickly by luring a lot (all?) of the Geisterdamen on the loose in Paris close together, then lifting them up and crushing them all to death with the pavement. Just in case any poor fool thought his title, Master of Paris, was hollow.