Girl Genius / Tropes F to J
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Girl Genius provides examples of the following tropes:

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  • His and Hers: Parodied on two pages in Castle Heterodyne.
  • Hobbes Was Right: You can't uphold a democracy with power-hungry Mad Scientists running around.
  • Holding Out for a Hero / Stay in the Kitchen: 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.
  • Homicide Machines: 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.
  • Honest Advisor:
    • 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 Evil Overlord.
    • Gil and Agatha seem to prefer advisors like this as well.
  • Horrifying the Horror:
    • The mere mention of Barry Heterodyne's name is enough to make 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!
  • Hostage Situation: Gil volunteers for one. Agatha doesn't want it.
  • Hot Scientist: Hot Mad Scientists. Many of them. And apparently the better they are, the hotter they get.
  • How Dare You Die on Me!:
    • Agatha's reaction when it looks like 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!
  • Hulk Speak: Snoz, quite appropriately, has a mild case of this.
  • Humongous Mecha: Walking Battleships (Moloch served on a walking gunboat) and War Stompers (one of the first armies to lay siege to Mechanicsburg use huge Spider Tanks with Coilgun cannons).
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: Othar Tryggvassen (Gentleman Adventurer!) He's a spark, with a goal of killing every other spark, then killing himself when he's the last one left.
  • Hyde Plays Jekyll; Lucrezia often tries to pass herself off as the girl whose body she has hijacked, to varying degrees of success.
  • Hyperspace Mallet: Not actually a mallet, but just about every other gadget that a well-equipped Mad Scientist might require.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • 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...
    • Violetta to Vole: "You give that back, you thief! I stole that gun off you fair and square!"


  • Jade-Colored Glasses: Some would say every Spark should get a pair.
  • Jaw Drop: Numerous examples, including Agatha at one point.
  • Jerkass: Several. Merlot is prominent among them, but there are others.
  • Jerkass Façade: When being polite and reasonable fails to get results, Gil admits he'll have to rant and threaten like a stage villain to get people to do what he wants. He realizes this how his father operates most of the time.
  • Jigsaw Puzzle Plot: 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 Lampshade Hanging when they discuss a bunch of convoluted noodle incidents.
  • Juggle Fu:
  • Just the First Citizen: Klaus Wulfenbach, Ruler of Europa, is styled "Baron".

Alternative Title(s): Tropes F-J