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    Anevka Sturmvoraus 

Princess Anevka Sturmvoraus

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Tarvek's debatably-living sister. After an ill-conceived Mad Science experiment of her father's left her at death's door, her brother constructed a new robotic body that she could operate from within her life-support tank.


  • Ax-Crazy: Can become this if in a bad mood.
  • Came Back Wrong: One possible interpretation of her actions after having her heavily-damaged body placed in a portable life-support pod and hooked to a puppet-clank, which eventually replaced her without even realizing it; however, we never get a chance to see what she was like before her father strapped her into the Summoning Engine. Maybe she was always like this..
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: It's all but outright stated that the only reason she hasn't killed her brother is because he's one of the few people who could repair her body if something happened.
  • Clothing Damage: When she kills her father, it burns her dress.
  • Dead All Along: The real princess died ages ago. What we see is her personality imprinted into the robot she originally used to interact with the world. She didn't even realize she died!
  • Faux Affably Evil: Her initial appearance has her being polite and considerate towards Agatha, which almost immediately vanishes, showing that Anevka (or rather the clank that thinks she's Anevka) is a dangerous and violent psychopath.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Well, princess, but in the novel, Tarvek mentions that when she's in a bad mood, she tends to kill whoever's nearby.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: While she mainly did it for her own agenda (but also for revenge), her father did deserve to be fried.
  • Man in the Machine: A variant. Subverted—the "man" died years ago, and the machine didn't even notice.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Her mouth is designed to look like it's perpetually smiling.
  • Psycho Electro: Anevka is a little too fond of using her shock abilities on anyone who gets in her way.
  • Put on a Bus: She hasn't been seen since Tarvek deactivated her in Sturmhalten. He then removed her Cranial Processing Unit and replaced it with one containing The Other's personality. And hasn't mentioned that to anyone yet. This is concerning to say the least, especially as Other!Anevka was last seen controlling Klaus via slaver-wasp.
  • Replacement Goldfish: She's nothing more than a replacement for real Anveka, there to make Prince Aaronev feel less guilt over using his own daughter as a guinea pig. Also for Tarvek
    Tarvek: I am - was, very fond of my sister. I want you to know - my father was not the only one comforted by your presence.
  • Robot Girl: More so than she appeared.
  • Robotic Psychopath: More than happy to kill family members if it gives her an advantage.
  • Self-Made Orphan: She killed her father and it's strongly implied in the second novelization that she did the same thing to her mother.
  • Shock and Awe: She can re-route her power system to deliver lethal electric shocks...
  • Tomato in the Mirror: The real Anveka died long ago, leaving her personality imprinted on the robot half. This personality is unaware her human parts have perished entirely.
  • Theseus' Ship Paradox: One of the heartbreaking human examples. Initially, Anevka's remains — contained in the carboy carried by footmen — controlled the clank body attached to the carboy by cables like a puppet, but as she weakened, the clank did more and more on her own. In the end, the clank didn't even notice when she died. The only one aware of the whole process was Tarvek, and apparently the clank was so much like his sister even he is unsure exactly when she died.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: She goes through many very fabulous costumes.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After having nearly gotten away with her plan, she has a complete freak-out when Tarvek reveals what she really is.

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    Bangladesh DuPree 

Bangladesh DuPree, Wulfenbach Airship Captain

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"Oh yeah! Klaus always knows where the party is!"

A pirate queen in the pay of the Baron, though even he finds her taste for violence and random slaughter distasteful. Nevertheless he keeps her about as she is a very skilled warrior and hunter and sometimes, you need a butcher.


  • Affably Evil: She's made of fun. Always. Even while skewering someone.
  • All for Nothing: Bang's mother was deposed in a coup, in response to which Bang built up a massive bloodthirsty fleet of pirates. Just as she was ready to go home and take her throne back by force, someone killed pretty much all her pirates, destroyed her fleet and burnt down her castle. Unable to figure out who the son of a chumpnote  that did this was, Bangladesh swore to find them and get revenge.
  • Ax-Crazy: Her defining character trait even before we knew her name. She's usually the first suspect when anything is demolished.
  • Badass Normal: She doesn't have a Spark and generally avoids using advanced technology, but she's still capable of holding her own against fighters like Von Pinn and Gilgamesh.
  • Big Sister Bully: Yep, Bang is like a big sister to Gil. A nasty, spiteful, teasing, irritating, bossy, troublemaking big sister. Who will utterly wail on anybody who tries taking over her right to beat him upside the head for being an idiot. Heaven help them if they actually have a chance at hurting him: a wild Bang is a scary one.
  • Blood Knight: Subverted. She gives off this impression, but her love of fighting is really just an extension of her desire to hurt people and destroy things. When against an opponent that actually has the advantage, she comments it is "no longer fun."
  • Color-Coded Characters: She wears white and red.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Say what you want about The Baron's pet psychopath... she is big fun.
  • Cry Cute: Weird, yes, but true.
  • Dark Action Girl: One of the best hand to hand fighters in the comic, not least because she fights dirtier.
  • The Dragon: Even if you don't consider Klaus a villain, she's his 'wet work' specialist - the person you send when you want wreckage and corpses to result.
  • Dramatic Irony: Bangladesh, per the novels, is only working for Klaus while he finds the person who killed all of Bang's pirates and wrecked her lovely castle, with the agreement that Bang gets to kill them when she does. The problem? Said person is Zeetha, Klaus' own daughter. Just for added irony, when Bang and said person do meet... they actually have a civil conversation over tea (during which Zeetha observes that Bang is "going to be so fun to fight!").
  • Emotional Bruiser: Sort of. Turns out she really had developed an attachment to good ol' Klaus.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • Et tu, Dupree? It just took some time to find the perfect match.
    • She also genuinely cares for Klaus and Gil, breaking down in tears when she believes the Baron was killed (though threatening to kill Gil for making her cry later), and her relationship with Gil is very much Like Brother and Sister. In fact, she sets her hostility aside when meeting with Zeetha and Agatha after the timeskip, and expresses her hope they can fix whatever Klaus did to him.
    • She also takes Tarvek aside and asks him as well. She's really asking just about anyone she thinks she can trust.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Turns out that she really objects to mind control, and is not at all impressed when she finds out what Klaus did to Gil... She's also quite honest. Why lie when you're proud of what you do?
  • Freaky Is Cool: Upon seeing Vole's new body, she just lights up in delight. She even describes his monstrous new form as "gorgeous".
  • Friendly Enemy: Is cultivating such a relationship with Zeetha in the aftermath of the Beast of The Rails arc. Both are eagerly anticipating testing each other's mettle in a fight (but can't at that time due to Sanctuary rules at the Corbettite depot). Bang is also hopeful that Agatha and Tarvek can fix whatever is wrong with Gil.
  • Genki Girl: A big lighthearted kid, even if Ax-Crazy sort that would torture a rat just to hear it squeal.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: The Pirate Queen that is.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: Tends to play this with Gil. She's Bad Cop. And she isn't acting.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: The first word is debatable, the last two really aren't.
  • Hidden Depths: Appears to truly be distraught over failing to rescue the Baron from the destruction of the hospital.
  • Improbable Weapon User/Improvised Weapon: When using a Rebus Bubble to ask Gil what means she was allowed to use to kill anyone besides Gil or Sun that came in, cheese was one of her suggestions.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: She has it hard for Captain Vole. Especially when he gets transformed into a huge, hulking beast who is barely kept under control.
  • The Insomniac: After the time skip, when Gil stops sleeping, Bang tries to keep up with him. Unfortunately she doesn't have his training, so she can't just do a few mental exercises and be good for a few days.
  • Kill It with Fire: The third novel gives a glimpse into Bang's mentality, where she thinks everything would like ever-so better if she were to set it on fire. On seeing Gil's handiwork disposing of Klaus' would-be assassins, she's forced to review how easy it'd be to set Gil on fire.
  • Knife Nut: She throws a dagger, grabs a knife, and look how much more spill out on the next page when she's thrown.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Gil, to the horror of Klaus. After the time skip, Gil finds nothing odd about waking up with Bang in bed with him. There's also a case to be made that she sees Klaus as a sort of surrogate father-figure.
  • Moral Myopia: Bang is one of the more vicious and bloodthirsty characters in the comic, happily engaging in murder and torture on a regular basis. Despite this, Klaus and Gil have a friendly, almost familiar relationship with her and they give her a lot more leeway with her violent activities than they do other maniacs they encounter.
  • Mundane Solution: Upon hearing how the monstrous new Vole is at risk of killing himself if they don't subdue him before he rips out all of his water & nutrient feeds, Bang asks why they don't just let him pull out a few first to weaken him so that they can subdue him. Bang laughs at the fact that Sparks are so smart they fail to find simple solutions. Then she thinks she's Spotted an Imposter and forcefully asks where the REAL Gil is.
  • Nice Hat: Not only does she have a Commissar Cap that most Banana Republic Dictators[tm] would be envious of, she hurries to see Gil's when she hears he has one.
    Bang (running in): I heard there was a hat!
  • Noodle Implements: We never find out what she planned, but one of her methods of killing people involves cheese.
  • Not Me This Time: She's a default suspect for any cases of death and destruction around her, for an obvious reason. Bang doesn't even see it as a problem.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Zeetha suggests that Bang might being doing this. See Smarter Than You Look.
  • Perky Female Minion: Perky, gleefully sociopathic, and prone to acts of butchery.
  • Pirate Girl: Ex- pirate queen.
  • Psycho Electro: In the first arc, she gets her hand mangled and ends with a medical device meant to facilitate faster healing. By the time of her next appearance, she has modified it to electrocute people Joker-style.
  • Psycho for Hire: Herr Baron understands that sometimes you need butchers. In one of the novelizations he also mentally commends her as an "ever-reliable public voice of unreason."
  • Rebus Bubble: During the time that she has her jaw wired shut. She's quite fluent.
  • Resignations Not Accepted: Klaus hopes to avoid this, but he's prepared to deal with Bang if she ever decides to go back to piracy.
  • Revenge: She agreed to work for the Baron in return for his assistance in identifying the person that destroyed her pirate fortress. Upon learning that it was Zeetha, she goes in for the hunt, despite fully expecting to be the one killed.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: "Pirate Queen" isn't just a title; she is a genuine blue-blooded member of the Fifty Families, forced to piracy due to failing fortunes. The rest of the families consider her an embarrassment... not because she's a pirate, but because she does work.
  • Sky Pirate: That was her career before running afoul of the Baron. He decided to hire her on as one of his tools in his cabinet of necessary evils.
  • Slasher Smile: Good Lord...
  • Smarter Than You Look: She comes across as and is a very violent goof, but she occasionally demonstrates a surprising degree of intelligence when motivated. Re-purposing one of Gil's medical devices into an electrocution weapon, for example. This becomes especially prominent after the Time Skip, where circumstances frequently force her to set aside her playful attitude and take matters seriously.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: The second novel states she's sometimes on the receiving end from some people. Klaus is aware of this, but does little to actively discourage it, mainly because the people who end up replacing these incredibly stupid people are obviously going to be smarter (and as a bonus, much more polite toward Bang, in gratitude for the promotion).
  • Strawman: An Invoked Trope in-universe - Klaus notes to himself that Bang's over the top "let's just kill everything and burn down the town for good measure" arguments are easy to refute, and make him look far more reasonable by comparison. Not that Bang is intending to make him look good; she just honestly doesn't understand why he doesn't let her kill everyone.
  • Sweater Girl: God, the sweater is tight.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: Bang exasperates Tweedle's personal assassin, Jaron, so much during their duel that he ends up begging/yelling in annoyance for her to kill him or shut up already.
  • Token Evil Teammate: While's it arguable whether the Wulfenbach Empire is good or evil, Bang's high ranking presence among them is probably the best argument one can make if they want to say they're the latter. Although at the very least, Klaus is able to at least point her in the general direction of even worse people, thus keeping her on something of a leash.
  • Too Much Information: Oh, Bang! That's so cute!
  • Torture Technician: She shows her interest right during her introduction.
    Bangladesh: Do I come into your lab and tell you how to torture rats?
    Gil: Frequently.
    Bangladesh: Exactly! So I know what I'm doing!
  • Undying Loyalty:
    • To Baron Klaus Wulfenbach. If the Baron tells her to do something, she does it. End of story.
    • And also to Gil, it seems, post Time Skip. She acts as a buffer against Bohrlaika for Gil.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Bang does this twice.
    • She set the entire plot in motion by attacking Moloch's unit, which would later end up with his brother encountering Agatha, which would lead to her locket getting stolen, which would then lead to her being ousted as Bill's daughter, which later ended up with her escaping, meeting Master Paine's Circus, her getting trapped in Sturmhalten and getting her mother's mind downloaded into her body.
    • Then when Agatha set her projection to play the Heterodyning frequency to keep herself in control, Bang destroys THAT, allowing Lucrezia to attempt to escape, which later led to Klaus getting wasped because Agatha still had the Spark Wasp Engine with her. In fairness, she had no way of knowing that the machine was keeping the Other contained, and it appeared to be forcing mind-controlled people to attack her boss. Still, she should have sent in a device team so that the Baron could study it (she even suggests this before revealing she was just joking).
  • Wham Line:
    Bangladesh: Sure, sure. But this can't wait, Herr Baron. My term of service the empire is over. I quit.

    The Beast 

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The Beast Of The Rails

A sentient train that was created by Agatha's grandfather Saturnus Heterodyne. It constantly hungers for coal and any form of metal, and to roam freely across the land devouring new and interesting things; after Saturnus gave the Beast to them, the Corbetite Monks tried to use it on their railway network but were finally forced to trick it and seal it in one of the Vaults in their Depot-Fortress.


  • Ax-Crazy: When it first appears, this thing seems to be giving Castle Heterodyne a run for its money in this department, with the added danger that it doesn't obey the resident Heterodyne, or possibly doesn't believe that Agatha is a Heterodyne. Although in the end, it only kills one person (Lady Selnikov) and even that wasn't particularly intentional.
  • Backseat Driver: Reduced to being an impotent one of these with the Brother-Ulm train following its defeat.
  • Badass Decay: In-universe. Once an all-consuming engine of terror, now only its little mechanical "brain" survives in dingbot form, which accompanies Agatha on her further journeys.
  • Berserk Button: Do not interrupt its meal.
  • Boxed Crook: After Agatha brings it to heel, she keeps it around in the form of a super-intelligent speech-capable dingbot.
  • Cast from Hit Points: When preparing to do something spectacular, the Beast can shorten itself for extra energy, by digesting its own wagons.
  • Cool Train: It goes without saying, really.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: After being defeated by Agatha and reduced to a small dingbot body, the Beast gradually becomes fiercely protective of her and even makes an Odd Friendship with the Castle.
  • Defiant to the End: Continues to hurl threats even as its brain is finally physically ripped from its mangled body.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Seems to have a soft spot for cute animals, considering it was shocked and dismayed when it thought Krosp was attacking it and tried to shoo him away.
  • Extreme Omnivore: According to Brother Ulm, one of the main reasons the Corbetites fear it so much is because it can subsist on literally anything, as opposed to normal trains that can only run on coal.
  • Giant Eye of Doom: The first thing we see of it
  • Heel–Face Turn: "Heroic" is probably a strong word for the Beast, but after being reduced to Dingbot form it seems to have accepted its lot as Agatha's minion.
  • Humiliation Conga: The process of its defeat. It started when it was swarmed by the Swartzwalders who had no metal on them to manipulate. Then its energy reserve cars were cut off by Count Wolkerstorfer and dropped down a cargo lift shaft. Then it got grappled by Humongulus when it tried to magnetically lift the cars back out of the shaft. Then it had its cab ripped open. Then its core brain was unplugged, and eventually revealed to be stored in a glass jar where it impotently yells at people.
  • It's All About Me / Spoiled Brat: Generally comes across as a super-powered child in desperate need of some discipline.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Made of train grates.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Much like the other living Heterodyne object we've seen so far, it is positively giddy at the prospect of devouring the Corbetites and Martellus.
  • Selective Magnetism: It has the power to selectively manipulate metal items in order to consume them. This includes Martellus' gold crown, which he notes isn't a ferrous metal and asks how it's doing that. It later pins almost all of the people around in place by holding the bits of metal in their clothes.
  • Shows Damage: since the Beast uses mass conversion to power its attacks, it is possible to judge its remaining power by its length - the more wagons it has, the longer it can keep fighting.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Announces its intention to simply storm away from the fight at the Corbitite Fortress-Depot, but is then swarmed by Krosp's newly-acquired army of Swartzwalders.
  • Smug Snake: Constantly reaffirms its superiority and talks down to Agatha and her allies, even as the battle turns more and more against it.
  • Taking You with Me: Threatens this when it gets desperate claiming it will blow everyone up while pinning them in place, but Brother Ulm and Konig manage to grab its power core anyway.
  • Those Two Guys: After it is rendered unto a super-dingbot and is joined by the Castle super-dingbot, the two become this.
  • Villainous Glutton: Is called a glutton in-story, and it itself describes its gobbling up of resources as someone ravenous would his dinner.

    Boris Dolokhov 

Boris Vasily Konstantin Andrei Myshkin-Dolokhov, Chief Aide to Baron Klaus Wulfenbach

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"That means I'll have to run things. And I hate running things."
The head of The Baron's administrative staff, Boris is a microcosm of how the Baron operates, and why it may be preferable to the previous system.

Originally a librarian with an eidetic memory serving a Spark (far from a calm profession in and of itself) his master decided to add an extra pair of arms, strength, speed, balance... and turn him into the ultimate juggler. When the Baron took down his former master he was given a far less demeaning job. He is now the Baron's right hand man and chief administrative secretary.

This is a job that he has excelled in. His brilliant and utterly humorless mind and enhanced physical abilities make him exactly the sort of person that a man like the Baron would need at his side, showing the Baron's talent for getting the right monster for the right job.

He and the Jägers have a love/hate relationship, as in: They love to pick on him, he hates their attitude.


    Ferretina 

Ferretina, the Weasel Queen

The main antagonist of the "Revenge of the Weasel Queen" side story.


    Klaus Wulfenbach 

Baron Klaus Wulfenbach, (Reluctant) Lord of the Pax Transylvania

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"I swear, it's like running a kindergarten."
A former friend and traveling companion to the Heterodyne Boys, Klaus disappeared shortly before Agatha's parents married and returned several years later to find Europa in utter chaos. He restored order to the continent, not by negotiating and being nice like his vanished friends, but by imposing his Iron Will on an ever increasing area of the globe.


  • Actually Pretty Funny: His concealed reaction to Theo's story about The Other being a robot dragon from Mars who turned Lucrezia Mongfish into Von Pinn, as well as to his own less-than-flattering portrayal in the current round of Heterodyne stage-plays. It's implied in the comic and stated outright in the second novel that the reason Klaus lets the latter go on is because he likes the Heterodyne stories, and finds Story!Klaus hilarious. More importantly, he knows that the stories are being spread simply because his enemies can't do anything to challenge him save mudslinging.
  • Adorkable: He has his moments. The best is when he's ranting to Gil about how women with the Spark are trouble and each one he's met has tried to kill him... And then Gil derails him with "Father... Maybe it's you." And Klaus looks hilariously dorky as he says "No... No, I don't think so..."
  • Ambiguously Evil: Tyrannical emperor-scientist? Sure. But he has many Noble Demon qualities, and takes no joy in his supremacy.
  • Anti-Villain: He may have used military might to bring Europa under his iron-fisted rule, but when you consider the alternative...
    • It's also "iron-fisted" only in the sense that he doesn't let the nobility and assorted Sparks do whatever they want(and his treatment of other Sparks is pretty permissive; no re-arranging the landscape, no human experiments, no screwing with Other technology - as long as they follow those rules, he'll keep them in parts, tools, minions and cheese). Generally, he leaves people to live their lives, works to scour the worst threats in the wilderness, and permits popular entertainments to mock him as a coward, traitor and/or usurper. The general public doesn't seem to notice not only the discrepancy, but the fact that he lets these defamations persist unedited.
    • After the time-skip, his reign is described as "[seeming] like some lost golden age"... after just two and a half years.
  • Artificial Human: The three sons of the Wulfenbach family were involved in a lab accident, so Klaus was stitched together out of them all and reanimated. It's not clear if this is supposed to be a secret; he doesn't seem to care.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Provoking him is not recommended, not least because he's a big believer in making an example of those who violate his rules by employing overwhelming force.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Klaus Wulfenbach appears to be one of the most capable fighters in the series as well as being the ruler of the Empire. According to in-universe memes, he's even stronger than Gilgamesh, though he hasn't been seen in personal combat as often.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Wulfenbach.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: How his Spark manifests itself. The most obvious use is the ability to dismantle and improve the designs of other Sparks. But it also lets him "find the right monster for the right job." He can also figure out what secretive things his vassals are doing to try and undermine him or break the rules, such as figuring out Professor Beetle was fiddling with a Hive Engine just by the logistics involved, and how he "always finds out" when a noble dabbles in resurrection in violation of the bylaws of aristocracy against it (which Klaus cares nothing about anyway).
  • Bad Boss:
    • Even though we never see direct evidence for this, there is this little exchange after Gilgamesh beats the shit out of Captain Vole:
      Gilgamesh: My father once wrote a monograph on how to communicate in the workplace.
      Dimo: ... iz dat so?
      Gilgamesh: All seven popes ordered it burned.
      • The novels reveal that the monograph was entitled "Don't Make Me Come Over There."
    • He's probably not a bad boss compared to the average Spark... but that's an incredibly low threshold. He is well known for kidnapping people into his employ, and then sending them into almost certain death if they fail him. But by the same token he also works to keep his best people alive. And he's shown that he's very good at finding a genuinely productive use for a wide variety of horrific monsters. (See Bangladesh DuPree.)
  • Badass Longcoat: A staple of his wardrobe.
  • Battle Couple: Can be safely inferred to have formed one with Queen Zantabraxas of Skifander.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Klaus DESPISES ruling Europa, and is only doing it because all the alternative candidates are crazy and/or evil. He wistfully remembers the "good old days" when he was the Token Evil Teammate of the Heterodyne Brothers as they traveled and explored - and especially the occasional fight. However, the current state of affairs - "No more negotiating. No more promises. No more second chances." - is entirely his design.
  • Blood Knight: He hates politicking, so enjoys the opportunity for a good straight-forward fight.
  • The Chains of Commanding: Ruling (large portions of) the world is not as fun as it sounds.
    Othar: What, tyrant? Does your empire give you no pleasure?!
    Klaus: No. It gives me no pleasure.
  • Clothing Damage: He has some after fighting Othar for a while.
  • Cool Old Guy: When he's not trying to put you down to preserve order.
  • Covered in Scars: He is implied to be a construct made out of three Sparks. However, if the stories about the Heterodyne Boys have any truth to them, he may have acquired them simply by accompanying them on their adventures (though a mix of both is the most likely explanation). This is supported by the fact that other heroes in the webcomic, such as Othar Trygavassen and Hoffman tend to find danger and adventure wherever they go.
  • Cowardly Sidekick: Klaus is depicted this way in many of the Heterodyne plays/stories; see above under Actually Pretty Funny.
  • Dark Messiah: Look back up at the description.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not normally, but he gets some really good lines when he's completely Surrounded by Idiots.
  • Disappeared Dad:
  • The Dreaded: Even Jägers are afraid when he takes the field personally.
    Gkika: Attack mit everything!!
  • Emperor Scientist: Klaus actually laments having to become a dictator, since it leaves him with so little time for his research.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: More like "cynicism cannot comprehend good," but still. His only flaw. Given the world he lives in, "good" and "evil" are relative terms, and years dealing with Realpolitik and the pit of vipers that are Europa's noble houses he simply can't help but search for an ulterior, if not necessarily sinister motive in everything everyone does. When his troops are allowed to withdraw from Mechanicsburg, he just assumes this is either some kind of strategic maneuver or else part of some elaborate sadistic game the Heterodyne is playing. He rejects out-of-hand the possibility that this is an actual act of mercy. The possibility that Agatha is nowhere near as evil and sadistic as her ancestors is something that doesn't even occur to him at all. He has a point, too - Lucrezia is exerting more influence over Agatha than even she herself is comfortable with, and through her has made a damn-near successful attempt at enslaving him. It doesn't help that the information he has at the moment does point to Agatha being evil, or that his relationship with her mother had such a bitter ending. In the end, Agatha did let them go out of mercy, but the Castle only let it happen to mess with Zeetha and Higgs. There was an ulterior motive but not by the entity he thought.
    • However, his cynicism is truly shown when it's revealed that even if Agatha is without Lucrezia, he would still distrust her and not have her near Gil because he believes her families' malevolence is In the Blood or at least does not want to take that chance. Enough to where he's willing to further interfere in the relationship.
  • Evil Only Has to Win Once: Klaus was able to maintain his Peace for nineteen years - but the very day word gets out that Agatha Heterodyne squished him with a chicken house, all hell broke loose - EVERYWHERE AT ONCE.
  • The Extremist Was Right: The former Trope Namer, back when it was called "And It Worked", because he's just that badass. Yes, Klaus conquered his empire by naked force. On the other hand, Europa was being torn apart by constant war, and his reign is second only to that of the Heterodyne Boys for general quality of life, especially for the common man. He builds up the infrastructure of his subject regions, and about the only things he actually bans are war and messing with Other technology. After the time-skip, his reign is described as "like some lost Golden Age out of antiquity" - after only two and a half years.
  • Four-Star Badass: His knack for finding the right monster for the job meshes neatly with planning battles. At multiple points during the battle for Mechanicsburg the heroes are suspicious of how they've been able to hold out as long as they've have against him. Klaus deploying a massive army against them is viewed with equal suspicion, as they know he simply doesn't need that much manpower to defeat them.
  • Genius Bruiser: Klaus is both a highly intelligent man and very strong - he can, for example, punch out Jägers. This probably has to do with the fact that he is a construct.
  • Genre Savvy/Dead Man Writing: The Baron has left standing orders that if he ever disappears for any length of time, Gil would be appointed as Baron immediately. This is presumably to limit the damage the Other can do if he gets... subverted.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: His body is covered in Morally Ambiguous Scars. (The worst of them likely from the reassembly job which created him from the remains of three brothers.)
  • Happily Married: Implied. While he does mention that Spark women are troublesome, when he laments being in charge of an empire, the first thing he mentions was not having seen her in years. She's actually the Queen of Skifander.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Played with. People love to mock him, because he lets them get away with it, and he gets a lot of crap flung at him by the current generation's Heterodyne stories. However, Master Payne (one of the purveyors of such stories) respects the hell out of him for everything he's done for Europa, and it's likely that he's not alone.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Over the course of the comic his actions and responses have gotten darker, and they were not exactly light to begin with. Also present in his backstory, as keeping the peace in Europa has made him a very cynical person. He long ago decided that he'd be lawful rather than good, and cross the Godzilla Threshold whenever necessary - but those decisions were trapping him in a cycle of increasingly reflexive and despicable acts.
  • Hero Antagonist: He has some very good reasons not to want Agatha running around free, and is otherwise a Reasonable Authority Figure.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Traps Mechanicsburg in a temporal stasis field with himself inside it, attempting to neutralize Agatha as a threat while preventing the Other from using him as a slave. Sadly, it turns out it was a Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!ic Sacrifice; even the Heterodynes - well known for their Unfettered thirst for power - not only refused to meddle with time, but made a treaty with the Saintly Church to keep others from doing it. Reason? Clock Roaches.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: He's been depicted pretty badly in most of the Heterodyne stories (at least since he started conquering stuff), ranging from a cowardly comic relief to a flat-out traitor to the Heterodynes. Fortunately for those who put on these plays, Klaus isn't a Slave to PR and doesn't care what they say. Though he's well aware of this. (Again, see Actually Pretty Funny.)
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He made a deal with the damaged Castle Heterodyne for it to act as his prison, sending it a steady supply of dangerous Sparks and criminals to repair it. This gave the Baron his greatest threat to use against those who go out of line, being able to send them to be slave labor in an insane, death trap filled castle that will kill for fun. However, this ends working against when Agatha manages to fix the castle when he tries to invade Mechanicsburg. The Castle cuts off all ties with him and frees it's prisoners, leaving Agatha with an army of Sparks and minions to use against him. What's more, it was Sparks who had been making repairs on the Castle for almost 15 years, making it even more dangerous when it's finally fully restored.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: His basic justification for just about any of his actions. Sadly, he's right; everyone knows he's right, even Agatha herself has admitted he's right a few times. He doesn't have the charisma the Heterodyne Boys did and thus can't use their methods, meaning he has to resort to threat of force to prevent Europa from sinking back into war. That doesn't mean anyone - himself included - likes the situation or thinks it makes him any less a Jerkass. Over the course of the comic, he resorts to increasingly extreme measures due to increasingly worsening events.
  • It's Personal: Klaus was not happy when he learned of Agatha's existence, and not just because she was a political time bomb. He was angry, and hurt, that his friends kept her a secret from him. Granted, later revelations show they had good reasons to mostly due to Agatha's mother. However, with the reveal that he sees her as a large threat because she's a child of the Heterodynes and Mungfish lines, dangerous Spark families already and believes she may one day snap, perhaps the Heterodyne Boys had more justification from keeping her existence away from him.
  • Just the First Citizen: He's running most of Europe. He's a baron. For those unfamiliar with nobility rankings in Europe, that would be like having your own navy and calling yourself an Ensign (literally the lowest rank possible). To put it into perspective, the only nobility lower than a Baron are unlanded knights, and a Baron's fief is typically about as much land as one can see from the top of their castle (though this may be an Exact Words twist, as one can see most of Europa from the top of "Castle" Wulfenbach), and they always answer to higher nobility like Counts. Yet Klaus is ruling more land than freaking Charlemagne and his empire in its heyday. Martellus claims this was a mistake on Klaus' part. If he had declared himself Emperor, Martellus believes the nobles would have gladly sworn loyalty to him. By refusing the title, Klaus refused to "play the game." That was an insult the nobility couldn't forgive.
  • Knight Templar Parent: He can approach this at times. Refusing to see any difference between Agatha and her insane (possessed?) mother, he is willing to use Mind Manipulation on his own son to make absolute certain Gil cannot come near her without being overridden by a copy of Klaus's own personality. And when Lucrezia threatens his son's life, he coldly informs her that he will break the Corbettite law of sanctuary and kill everyone there if necessary.
  • Large and in Charge: He's tall, broad shouldered, and rules most of a continent.
  • Loophole Abuse: It's never explicitly spelled out, but being hit by a slaver wasp that can infect Sparks has left him forced to do this regarding whatever commands Lucrezia has given him. But he's damned good at it.
  • Love-Obstructing Parents: Towards Gil regarding Agatha, due to fearing that the evil on both sides of her ancestry is In the Blood. It really doesn't help that he is absolutely convinced that his son is repeating the exact mistake he himself made with Agatha's mother. However, while he does recognize Agatha as not being Lucrezia, he still does not want her near Gil.
  • Made of Iron: Despite being bedridden and with severe injuries across his entire body after getting crushed, the man's response to the injury report is "hmph. I've had worse."
  • Memetic Badass: An Invoked Trope in-universe.
    • Klaus is extremely formidable but plays up his reputation even more, in order to reduce the amount of actual bloodletting he has to do. He's so formidable that even Bang will not cross him.
      Klaus: Dupree, if you come in here, I will kill youwith the power of my mind.
      DuPree I... I'm pretty sure he can't really do that.
    • Upon seeing Gil cutting through an enemy army like a hot knife through butter, an onlooker had this to say:
      Councilor: Hmph. His father would have hit the wall and started another sweep by now.
    • The novels play this up as well. There are several epigraphs at the start of chapters that show folk tales about him after he built his empire; they mostly resemble traditional fairy tales like The Farmer and the Viper that go in a different direction than the original because Klaus is too badass to be beaten IE, he'll give anyone a single chance to go straight, but he takes precautions - and if you abuse his trust, you're research material. He's gotten fewer and fewer chances to do research...
  • Mix-and-Match Man: The circumstances leading to Klaus's reassembly have not been revealed at this time, but what is known is that the late Baron and Baroness Wulfenbach (re)created their heir from their three sons in typical Frankenstein fashion.
    Phil and Kaja: Yes, he's a construct. Yes, he is really made from three brothers.
    Phil: He was assembled and revived by his parents.'
  • Mr. Fanservice: The Klaus Defense League was founded to counter all the 'The Baron is AN EVIL BRAIN-CORER!' talk; the Wulfenbach Estrogen Brigade overlaps considerably, but is not perfectly congruent, and seem to operate more in guerrilla mode. So there are those who love him for his mind, and those who love him for his body...
  • My Greatest Failure: He spent decades obsessing over his last night with Lucrezia, wondering what he could have done differently in to not get drugged and sent away so that he would be able to stop her plan. Eventually, he decides his mistake was entering into a relationship with her in the first place.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Wulfenbach has wolf in it.
  • Necessarily Evil: Yes, it really is necessary, and he doesn't like it one bit.
  • Not So Different:
    • Subverted. Like Lucrezia, he also downloaded a copy of himself into his child's brain. When Lucrezia!Agatha points this out, he retorts that he hasn't taken full control and continues to leave his son in charge most of the time. He also resorted to this out of desperation to "protect" his son from Agatha, whom he believes to be a manipulative monster like her mother, whereas Lucrezia uses it as her basic modus operandi and would have complete control of her daughter's body if Agatha's locket wasn't suppressing her.
    • Played straight, but in a retroactive sort of way with his son. After Gil snaps from Vole's taunting, he rants on how everyone underestimates him just because he tries to be nice and reasonable. He comes to the conclusion that if he has to act like a stage villain to get people to take him seriously, then he'll show them what kind of mad-boy they're dealing with, all while beating up the Jäger. He suddenly stops and comes to the conclusion that this is how his father feels all the time. In short, Gil seems to be how Klaus is underneath and just shows how years of Realpolitik and The Chains of Commanding can wear someone down a lot.
  • Papa Wolf:
    • For all of the morally ambigious things he does in regards to Gil, he does it all because he truly loves and cares for his son. As such, threatening his well-being will bring a blatant reminder on why this man singlehandledy conquered Europa.
    • Perhaps the crowning example of this is when the implanted personality he put in his son awoke and Lucrezia has temporary hijacked Agatha. When Lucrezia attempts to convince Klaus to sacrifice the lives of their children so they can establish an empire together, Klaus snaps at her before pinning her down. Granted, both are knocked out a moment later by the sedative-laced cake, but it was still awesome.
      Klaus: Sanctuary or no — I will burn this fortress and every soul in it— before I allow you or anyone else to harm my son.
  • The Patient Has Left the Building: When Dr. Sun says Klaus is a terrible patient, he's not remotely kidding. Klaus' control freak nature means he refuses to stay in bed and just heal, even when his injuries are so bad he can't even smile without hurting himself, because only he can properly manage his empire. No matter what happens or what the situation is, Klaus tries to get out of sitting around healing by any means necessary. The novels mention his chief medical officer has had to deal with this so much, she's made it the law that Klaus be sedated and / or restrained if he suffers so much as a paper cut, just so he'll let the damn thing heal. His reaction to this development was to invent cutless paper so that she'd stop drugging him and let him work.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Klaus has a range of facial expressions ranging from disdain to fury. He knows how to smile, but he usually doesn't have much reason to:
  • Pet the Dog: Klaus may be a tyrant, but he's not a bad person, and there are several moments where he shows this.
    • What does he do after his minions kill someone for opposing him? Resurrect them!.
    • Prisoners of war can join the Wulfenbach army, or go home with a month's pay!
    • Complete the project he assigned you and he will cover the cost of hiring laborers. Fail through stupidity or stubbornness, and he'll put someone else in charge and ''make you one of the laborers''.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: He's stated in-universe, repeatedly, to be a ruthless, brutal, iron-fisted dictator who has conquered nearly all of Europe outside of the British Isles, Paris, and maybe Italy through naked force and holds his empire together through terrifying intimidation. The funny thing is that he doesn't run death camps, capture damsels, loot and/or destroy homes, control travel, tax people into poverty, or even confiscate weapons unless they're the kind that make craters(and even that has wiggle room - if you want to test superweapons, come work for him and he'll pay you to do it). He doesn't even punish people for calling him a mass-murdering monster. The most reasonable dictator you've ever heard of.
  • Properly Paranoid: Klaus withheld the truth of Gil's origins from him for years to protect him. The novel reveal that shortly after he revealed Gil to the world as his son and heir, there were multiple assassination attempts on his life.
  • Put on a Bus:
    • This was Lucrezia's intent, anyway. But he came back before the main series even started. Word of God states that the place he was sent was Skifander.
    • Later, he puts himself and entire Mechanicsburg in Time Temporal Stasis with Take-Five Bomb.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: For all he's called a dictator, his rule brought an end to the long war and established the Pax Transylvania that after his removal from power and the deterioration of his empire is described as a lost golden age. He really only seems to have two rules, no making war and no playing with Sealed Evil in a Can. A spark that rebels against him (and not for the first time) is shocked Klaus is no longer offering chances to surrender.
  • Science-Related Memetic Disorder: Notable for being the only Spark in the series to be (mostly) immune to its effects. When it does pop up, it seems to manifest in smaller, more contained ways like an occasional bout of dorkiness and (according to Gil) a surprising love for waffles.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: In a sense. He has a distaste for the Fifty Families' power games, and disregards the "rules" of it whenever they're in the way.
  • Self-Deprecation: Gil is certainly likable. Klaus fondly says he got it from his mother.
  • Shipper on Deck: His overlay offers to help Trelawney Thorpe win Gil's heart, mainly because he wants to keep Gil away from Agatha at all costs, believing that the Heterodyne and Mungfish families have evil In the Blood and he sees Agatha as dangerous if she snaps.
  • Shirtless Scene: That Naughty Flashback Scene, among others.
  • So Proud of You: He doesn't say it directly to Gil, but when the latter single-handedly faces down an army of war clanks, Klaus makes no bones about the way he feels.
    Klaus: Anything—being paralyzed for life—would be an acceptable price for seeing what I have seen my son do today.
  • Super Strength: Apparently Klaus can effectively handle guns normally hoisted by his tall imposing Battle Clanks... Guns that even kick a trio of Jägers back with the recoil.
  • Too Clever by Half: Klaus has made exactly three mistakes in his entire life. Every one of them demolished his life like a monster caught in a burning windmill.
    • One was sleeping with Lucrezia Mongfish; this got him drugged and shipped to Skifander.
    • Another was failing to notice Agatha's semi-suppressed Spark; this resulted in his empire being shaken to its core and he himself getting squished by a chicken house.
    • The one that gets him frozen in time and his empire toppled completely is failing to realize that the two previous mistakes are only partially related - that though Agatha kind of is Lucrezia at the moment, Agatha wants her crazy mother out of her head by any means necessary.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He really likes waffles.
  • The Übermensch: He doesn't care about the rules of aristocracy, the conventions of rulership or petty things like legitimacy. He does what he knows are right, regardless of the views of others.
  • The Unfettered: "I did it alone. Because I had to. And it worked."
  • Vetinari Job Security: He's indisputably the best ruler that Europa's had in two hundred years, if not ever. You'd need to be mad to want to overthrow him. Unfortunately, most of the major movers and shakers in Europa are Sparks. Worse, the Fifty Families - the rest of said movers and shakers - are old-school royalty who despise how Klaus has reduced their power and fondly remember Ye Goode Olde Days when they gave the orders. You can guess where this is going.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Seen sympathetically, for once. Klaus is struggling to make the world better, and keeps being presented with one Sadistic Choice after another. He's had to cross a lot of moral lines as well as a Godzilla Threshold or three. He's abandoned 'building a better world' - aside from trying to prepare Gil for that task.
  • When He Smiles:
    • It's like the world bows. However it's usually out of abject terror, in the comic's run, he's only smiled three times; A Psychotic Smirk when he realizes that his most competent underling (and he has a lot of damned good ones) underestimates his son, a boyish smile of childish glee and probably the most innocent we've seen him when he learns that same underling's jaw has been wired shut, and a Cheshire Cat Grin when his son finally crawls out of his Adorkable shell and kicks some ass.
    • The one time he smiles out of actual amusement is still indicative of his badassitude and love thereof - see Actually Pretty Funny.
    • In the novelization he nearly busts a gut laughing(due to his wounds, literally) when Gil reveals that Bang's jaw isn't broken; he(and Doctor Sun, who actually performed the procedure) just wanted to shut her up for the foreseeable future.note 
  • Wild Hair: Gil has it too.
  • World's Best Warrior: Since the disappearance of the Heterodyne Boys, Klaus has been the most powerful warrior in Europa. He's significantly better than his son (according to Carson) and his daughter (according to their fight), both of whom are among the best. Even the Jägers fear his strength.
  • You Can Always Tell a Liar: There is a thing he does whenever Lucrezia catches him at something that Lucrezia has learned to recognize.

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    Madwa Korel 

Madwa Korel, Rogue Smoke Knight

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The master of a rogue Smoke Knight cell that still serves The Other even after Grandmother divested the Knights of Jove cabal of her/it/them and all followers.


  • An Arm and a Leg: The freed Storm King grabs her arm and does something unpleasant to it, leaving a blackened remnant.
  • Enemy Mine: Not her specifically, but standing orders from "Grandmother" state that all Smoke Knight cells still loyal to the cabal are to set aside rivalries and cross purposes to seek out and destroy Madwa's cell (and any other rogue Other-loyal cells) should they be encountered.
  • Impossible Thief: Think Violetta's pickpocketing ability, only better.
  • McNinja: As per all Smoke Knights.
  • Ninja Log: She leaves this when she avoids incoming attacks. Yes, the models are similar to person it stands for.
  • Never Mess with Granny: She's an old woman, but still an expert smoke knight.
  • Master Poisoner: Her poisons are well known to other smoke knight. Made by extremely rare ingredients, to boot.
  • Uncertain Doom: A dead body is pulled off a crashed submarine in England and identified as being her, but the reader never sees the corpse, and she's already shown how sneaky and deceptive she can be..

     Martellus von Blitzengaard 

Martellus von Blitzengaard, Usurper of the Lightning Throne

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A cousin of Tarvek and the self-proclaimed Storm King.
  • Acquired Poison Immunity: Tweedle is immune to the sedative-laced Corbettite cakes, which poses a problem for our heroine (who was not immune). However, an invisible hand came out of nowhere and konked him with a blackjack.
  • Artificial Limbs: Agatha helps him replace his left hand with a mechanical one after it's poisoned by a rebel Smoke Knight.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: He was able to retain his hold on the Storm King title once Tarvek was written off pretty much by being a better killer than the assassins they sent after him.
  • At Least I Admit It: He states that Tarvek was only using Agatha for his own ends. When Agatha asks if he's any better, he says "Of course not. But I'll be honest with you about it, which I can see he never was."
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Martellus will attack his foe with absolutely no consideration for defense or feasibility of victory. Dreen? Smush it, it's done with. Wulfenbach clank brigade? Charge! Gil Wulfenbach himself? Damn the dead sparkhounds, my crippled hands, and crippled mecha that came here to extract me! KILL HIMMMMMM!!!!
  • The Beast Master: His sparky specialty seems to lie in modified animals.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: He tries to invoke this with Agatha; after a conversation with a Jaeger, he decides that the best way to impress her is to "be a bigger monster." Unfortunately for him, Agatha is not the monster her ancestors were, and therefore she doesn't appreciate his aggressive flirting. To his credit, he learns quickly and gives up on this particular strategy.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He's kind of been outclassed ever since his first appearance. And since then he's been treated as a chew toy by both Agatha and Gil. Except now King Valois, Baron Wulfenbach, and Master Voltaire are all dead or incapacitated, Tarvek is undercover and out of his way, and Agatha can't reach her support base inside the time bubble... so he's the new Storm King.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family:
    • As with all the Valois clans, he is deeply involved in their backstabbing scheming.
      Martellus: Every single time I think I have killed the person responsible for usurping my command, I find there's someone else higher up, still fighting me. Now, don't get me wrong, I can kill family members all day and know I'm making the world a better place—But smoke knights take time and money to train—And I'd rather not waste too many of them. So, will killing you solve my problem, or—
    • And then immediately subverted by the arrival of his little sister, who he seems to show genuine affection for, and who seems to reciprocate. Though she's still willing to risk him as bait.
  • Butt-Monkey: Goes through a decent amount of this during the Corbettite arc, despite also being a serious threat at the time. The monks' general mocks him, the rampaging monster-train humiliates him more than once, Agatha subjects him to a Groin Attack and he loses an army of bears to Krosp. And then he gets talked down to by Klaus-In-Gil and Lucrezia-In-Agatha. And as a final insult, he gets blackjacked by Violetta, without any of the Corbettites seeing her.
    • This seems to be a recurring thing for him. While he ends the Paris arc in a good place, having done more to solidify his position as the Storm King, he's also despised by Agatha's group, Agatha is moving well out of his reach (England), his own sister is plotting behind his back to make sure Agatha hooks up with Tarvek instead of him (in a misguided attempt to get herself with Gil), the Empire, with Gil as its head, is unlikely to recognize him as Storm King despite his heroics in Paris given Gil would obviously favor Tarvek as long as Tarvek is an option (as evidenced by Martellus sending assassins after Tarvek to get rid of), AND he loses said top assassin and many of his beloved sparkhounds in said assassination attempt.
    • In spite of all of this, he eventually claims the crown of the Storm King through defeating his ancestor, albeit with help.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Several of his associates and family members imply that he has rather terrible luck with women. His blunt approach to everything seems to be a large part of the problem.
  • Catch and Return: Does this with two poisoned knives (caught by handles) at once.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Although he may seem like a goofish oaf at first glance, he has shown to be an exceptional combatant and strategist, in addition to being able to fight off and even kill a handful of Smoke Knights with no difficulty.
  • Dragon Ascendant: He was Dimitri Vapnoople's apprentice when the latter man caused all kinds of trouble in Europa with his rampaging armies of animal constructs.
  • Evil Counterpart: Although he is initially presented as an Evil Counterpart to Tarvek, he mirrors Gil better. Like Gil, he's blunt, physically powerful, not good with people, and tends to treat his peers like children. Unlike Gil, he's perfectly willing to use murder as a first solution, administers various types of mind control on people he can't kill for whatever reason, and where Gil tends to treat those who can't keep up with him as children to be corralled and protected, Martellus tends to treat those he sees as his "lessers" as disposable pawns.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Gets pissed off when his men are suddenly turned into zombie-like revenants thanks to a weapon wielded by Andronicus. He genuinely considered some of them his friends and is not happy at having to put them down.
    • He also claims he would set aside his crown in an instant if it would end the machinations of the Other once and for all. Agatha doesn't trust him an inch but decides she does believe him about that, likely because of the above.
    • He is fully aware that most of his family and erstwhile allies are as much or more of a stain on Europa as he is, and killing them is doing the world a favor.
  • Fluffy Tamer: Oddly enough, he seems to be a Sparky version of this (though he probably wouldn't bother with cute names). As noted below, he created singing bears, bred his own Sparkhounds (and evidently uplifted at least one of them)— and during the arc involving the Beast (a sentient train-like construct), his suggestions have involved animal behaviorlist techniques (creating bait/toys to distract it). Maybe he'd be happier running a pet shop...
  • Groin Attack: Agatha gives him perhaps the single most deserved one EVER. Shortly after meeting Agatha for the first time, he did something to her so she would die without regular physical contact with him. Agatha quickly replicates the effect with a wasp weasel, but after such an intimate trespass, the thought of any contact with him drives her to screaming rage. Similar attacks can thus be expected.
  • Hate Sink: Whereas most of the series' "villains" prior to him had rational or at least justifiable reasons for making Agatha's life difficult, Martellus is a ruthless and bloodthirsty warlord who plays the "Game of Kings" simply because without Klaus around, there's no-one to stop him from manipulating and/or killing anyone he wants. He's basically everything inherently wrong with Europa, all in one man.
    Martellus: They will fight for the honor of dying for a king.
  • Idiot Ball:
    • Grabs one when dealing with a mysterious creature at the Corbettitie base. He insists they won't be devoured since the monks have stated that the monster only eats metal. Not only do the monks point out that the creature wants revenge on them and thus they are very much in danger, but Tweedle has forgotten that his prosthetic hand is made of metal. Soon after that, he grabs Agatha in a borderline I Have You Now, My Pretty way... with predictable results (see previous entry).
    • Decides to use Andronicus' sword to attack the undead Andronicus in Paris, which Agatha instantly calls out for how bad a plan it is. Sure enough he's eventually disarmed and the sword is picked up by the person they very much did not want to have it.
  • In-Series Nickname: Tarvek calls him "Tweedle."
  • Klingon Promotion: Secures his claim to the Lightning Throne by killing the undead Andronicus Valois.
  • Knife Nut: He seems to specialize in throwing them.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: He tries to present himself as one of these upon meeting Agatha, with his army marching against the Baron's to protect Mechanicsburg.
  • Large Ham: An Invoked Trope (unlike most Sparks) because he's playing the Knight in Shining Armor come to save the Damsel in Distress.
  • Life-or-Limb Decision: Tweedle takes a poisoned smoke knight dagger to the left hand. He eventually cuts it off to stop the poison, and Agatha creates a prosthetic replacement for it while sleep-sparking (as she'd be unlikely to voluntarily help the brute).
  • Love Potion: As he said, in the fifth panel of this, He was originally planning to control Agatha with a formula developed by his great aunt Rappaccini, which would have made her his adoring slave. The only downside is that it would have made her unbearably stupid. And since he recognized how strong a spark she was, he realized she was too useful to do that to.
  • Made of Iron: Took a chair to the back of his head from Agatha, only for him to shrug it off and tell her to stop it. Later recovered very quickly from being shot in the side. He also can still contribute sparky ideas while recovering from a Groin Attack.
  • Mad Scientist: He's a Spark, and was apparently the apprentice to Krosp's creator, Dr. Dimitri Vapnoodle.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: As seems to be traditional within his extended family. His name means "Hammer from the Manor of Lightning"
  • Noble Demon: Evil as he may be, he genuinely cares for his men and is horrified when they're zombified by the undead Valois.
  • Not Me This Time: He actually does this to himself. When the Master summons his army, Martellus starts freaking out.
    Martellus: Wait, it's all right... you've done nothing wrong...
    The Master: Martellus von Blitzengard! I should have known!
    Martellus: AH! It wasn't me Master Voltaire, honest!
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: He's introduced getting duped by the Baron and having his clank effortlessly destroyed by a dreen, but then he goes and kidnaps Agatha and stabs Tarvek with a poisoned knife.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: As with the rest of the Sturmvoraus family, his seemingly goofy manner is all just an act to cover up a more sinister agenda, which becomes obvious when he whispers to Tarvek that Agatha should have been killed, since she will make a hard to control Puppet Queen. Violetta expresses surprise that he uses Spark Hounds, mentioning that he used to make miniature singing bears.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: While putting down rebellious family members, he states he knows he can kill family members all day and know he's still making the world a better place.
  • Pragmatic Villainy:
    • His most secure bolthole inside his home fortress was set up by himself, without any minions. Agatha questions why he didn't just kill them, and Martellus points out that this is a world where death keeps very few secrets.
    • He decides against using a special drug to turn Agatha into his adoring slave, since it would also destroy her intelligence and her spark, and she's far too useful with those intact.
    • Later, he orders his troops to not harm the mind-controlled civilians attacking them. When they complain, he points out they are being watched.
  • Royal Blood: He is a descendant of the Storm King, and is next in line after Tarvek. Since Tarvek is currently written off as dead, he ascended to the throne.
  • Smug Snake: He takes measures to ensure Agatha needs him alive, but he foolishly assumes that that alone will be enough to control her.
  • The Usurper: He took measures to have the cabal write Tarvek off after the Sturmhalten incident, since he was next in line to the Lightning Throne. Then he took measures to assassinate Tarvek. After the time skip, he maintains his grip on the throne by killing anyone who tries to take it from him, but it's clear that no one (except maybe his sister) actually wants him to be king. Multiple factions try to get to Tarvek, with varying levels of success, under the simple logic that there's no way he can be worse than Martellus.
  • Villainous Friendship: When his henchmen are zombified by Andronicus Valois, he lays each of them to rest, reminding them of who they were, the good they did, and giving a brief blessing before returning to his battle with his ancestor. And when he does, he's pissed. What had been a battle for the throne of the Storm King is now personal.
  • Villainous Valor: Whatever his other faults, he is in no way a coward.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: What his aims are in the Paris arc: to use his grandmoher's pageant-party to declare himself the Storm King publicly in a major city in such a way as to endear himself to people. His battle against the undead Andronicus plays right into this, even though Agatha, the Jägers, Tarvek, the Master, and Collette really do more of the work. It pays off as Collette, the new leader of Paris seemingly recognizes him as the Storm King afterwards. Of course, if he had been paying more attention to her wording, he would have realized she wasn't actually recognizing his claim, but just saying he could leave in peace.
  • The Von Trope Family: So far the only major aristocratic character to carry the German "Von", a sign of nobility, in his name.

    Othar Tryggvassen 

Othar Tryggvassen, GENTLEMAN ADVENTURER!

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A man possessed with a quest to eradicate all Sparks, including himself (eventually), for the damage they do to the world. Harder to kill than James Bond.
  • Ambiguously Gay: His sister thinks so, anyway, and Othar noticeably changes the subject rather than deny it. Bi the Way if she's right (since he married a Geisterdame in the Twitter).
  • Amusing Injuries: No matter what happens to him, Othar bounces back almost immediately.
  • Anti-Villain: Feels bad about killing Sparks, and a lot of them do need to die…
  • Bad Boss: He has no qualms about conscripting his 'sidekicks', though in his mind they want to join, and their lifespans tend to be so short he expresses hopes that a particularly promising individual might last six months.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Othar is generally friendly and cheerful off-the-job, and fair on it. Don't make him kick your ass. He can.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: As much as he is a walking joke, Othar can be very, very effective in a Crazy Awesome way. Note that Castle Heterodyne rather likes the guy because they both approach this trope from different directions.
  • Bold Inflation: Fans never, ever say his name without adding GENTLEMAN ADVENTURER! And not just fans.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Hates Sparks and wants to rid the world of them all, despite being a Spark himself. He fully intends to kill himself when all the other Sparks are dead.
  • Braggart Boss: Despite the hazards to life and limb one has to imagine Othar's sidekicks are most likely to get talked to death.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Even by the standards of Sparks. Which is saying quite a bit.
  • Butt-Monkey: FOUL!!!
  • Character Blog: He has a Twitter. May or may not be canon, but is certainly extremely quotable.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Spends a good deal of time hitting on Agatha, to "save" her from the Wulfenbachs.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: One of the things that prevents him from being just an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain; he is a genuinely good person, at least to ordinary people. Sometimes ends up saving the very people he wants to kill, but don't count on this.
    Confound it! An entire train full of helpless Sparks AND dangerous monsters AND a handy chasm nearby. Someone is tempting me. So not fair!
    This is ridiculous. There were only two and a half innocent people on this train (Jäger =0.5 person). Surely I can skip the last one. Yeah.
    No. I can't. This is what being A Hero is about. I should never have taken that aptitude test back at the university. I wanted to be a chef.
  • Comically Invincible Hero: The others are fully aware that he's probably unkillable. Gil even takes the opportunity to exploit it.
  • Destination Defenestration: Happens to him repeatedly while on Castle Wulfenbach. It never sticks.
    Othar: FOUL!
  • Fantastic Fighting Style: "Othar Tryggvassen's Twitter" establishes that Othar is a Genserhersker of the school of Norwegian Sweater Fighting. The only thing that prevents this from being I Know Kung-Faux is that Othar is consistently shown to be one of the most lethal hand-to-hand combatants in the setting.
  • For Want of a Nail: Despite his vigor, Othar is actually pretty old. According to his Twitter, it turns out that he retired to an island for a few decades to live with his Geister wife, Oslaka, that he saved from the sewers in Paris. When she died, he left the island to find all of Europa in ruins and not a single person in sight (not even any bodies). His consciousness was sent back to inhabit the body of his past self right before he saved Oslaka by an aged Tarvek to save the past somehow, so his presence will determine the course of the story.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's both incredibly tough and a Spark, as pointed out here.
  • Genre Savvy / Wrong Genre Savvy: +90% the first. The rest of the time, he's brain-locked by his one glaring flaw; he's incapable of understanding that he's often the Hero of Another Story.
  • GENTLEMAN ADVENTURER!: The Trope Namer.
  • Gotta Kill Them All: His solution to the Sparks is to kill them all, individually.
  • Hand Wave: Played for Laughs when Vole seemingly shatters his spine with a diving kick. Othar springs right back up and decks Vole, to the astonishment of Tarvek. Othar then remarks that he is wearing "Special trousers. Very heroic."
  • Hero Antagonist: Played with. Othar is here in 'Antagonists' because he's often pitted against the protagonists, but he really is a hero to the common folk: rescuing innocents, vanquishing monsters, and - in short, hero work. Unfortunately, most of Agatha's social circle are on his hit list, so there's obviously a certain amount of Enemy Mine when they do happen to be working together.
  • Heroic Build: He wouldn't be a Hero without it!
  • Hero of Another Story: Invoked. You can follow his heroic story on Twitter! OTOH, his one glaring flaw is that he is not only unaware of this trope, but completely unwilling to accept its possibility.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity / Villain with Good Publicity: He's managed to become both. The common folk love him. Considering how his "crusade" puts him in conflict with Sparks that are genuinely dangerous to the populace and Othar is motivated to clean up the "Sparky menace" to protect the non-Sparks (and the common folk are unaware of his being a mass-Spark-murdering maniac), this is not unjustified. On the other hand?
    What a double edged sword a reputation is. Save thousands, thwart evil, bring peace... kill one corrupt quester and it's all out the window.
    Now I'm just "The Guy Who Killed A Quester." It demonizes me, and ignores all of my finer points. Bit of a resume stain, to be honest. Sigh.
    Questers are usually pillars of honesty. Therefore it's understandable that people are skeptical when you badmouth one. My rep vs. theirs.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: He's a mad scientist, although his particular focus seems to be more in sabotaging the devices of others rather than building any of his own.
  • Idiot Hero: Othar is utterly fearless (not to mention foolish) in times of peril.
  • Implacable Man: Nothing seems to stop Othar... not for long, anyway.
    Agatha: I went to all that trouble to rescue him. And you've killed him!
    Gil: I wish. I've seen him survive worse.
  • In Spite of a Nail: According to his Twitter account a Spark's experiment with time travel and alternate realities has revealed that every Othar has some kind of predisposition to deciding to wipe out Sparks. He briefly wonders if there's something about the Othars that causes them to simply have suicidal craziness before dismissing the idea.
  • Indy Ploy: Planning is for schemers! Schemers and dastards!
  • It Runs on Nonsensoleum: Othar apparently has "special trousers" that allows him to No-Sell having an irate Jäger landing on him and breaking his back. No, we have no idea what that means either.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • This is not to say that Othar isn't dangerously insane and regularly murderous. He is. He really, really is. It's just that most of the people he's killed either have attacked him or otherwise been an asshole in his presence; Sparks in particular, especially as he boasts of all the Sparks he's killed. Doesn't change the fact that he tried to summarily execute Agatha the instant he learned she was a Spark.
    • Squibs, a much put upon minion in the side story 'Small Problems', sums it up best:
      Squibs: Let me see if I understand this. He thinks all the problems in Europe are caused by mad scientists who build all the monsters. The mad scientists who vie with each other to see who can be the first to turn the population into wombat bats or clam people or stylish furniture. The raving lunatics who set off life-size chocolate volcanoes and unleash flash floods of porridge upon innocent villages. Othar wants to destroy these people, and you think he's insane?!
    • And Klaus secretly acknowledges that Othar has a point, and that the only difference between their "Peace Through Violence" approaches is that Klaus gives his enemies a chance to avoid execution by not being murderous jerks. When Othar first got started, Klaus got into the habit of subtly directing Othar in the direction of dangerous Sparks who hadn't technically violated the Peace. He only dragged Othar onto Castle Wulfenbach for a little Doc Savage-esque brain surgery because the idiot started killing Sparks that were doing their best not to threaten the Peace.
    • Also there's the slight problem of Othar being a Spark exactly like all his foes, meaning his chosen means and methods of achieving his goals are the most complicated and destructive available to him at any given time. For example, to cover his and Agatha's escape from Castle Wulfenbach, he turned loose and/or on every experiment he could find. And Agatha just got finished destroying a Hive Engine. If Wulfenbach had been any less awesome, that touch of genius could likely have wiped out all of Europa before sunset.
  • Large Ham: Most Sparks chew scenery when in The Madness Place — Othar does it all the time.
    Othar: So — all the vipers are in residence!
    Gilgamesh: I can't believe you still talk like that.
  • Large Ham Title: GENTLEMAN ADVENTURER!
  • Long Lost Sibling: Sanaa Wilhelm, aka Sanaa Tryggvassen.
  • Lord Error-Prone: When it comes to the actual adventuring he does a good job, but he frequently grabs the wrong end of the stick and seems somewhat dim (or at least scatterbrained) for a spark—at least compared to the main characters and most of the actually threatening villains. Given some of the stuff we've seen minor antagonists get up to Othar seems practically stable for a Spark.
  • Made of Iron: and how.
  • Mental Time Travel: Possibly from the twitter into regular continuity.
  • No Place for Me There: Success in his lifelong dream - destroying every Mad Scientist for the sake of ordinary humanity - would, of course, require one last Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Norse by Norsewest: He's from Norway.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He acts like such an idiot all the time people forget he's one of the most unstoppable people in Europa. He does have his moments of clarity though where the act seems to come down, usually when something genuinely surprises him - such as when he meets Senaa. It's also worth noting that he's apparently a fantastic orator. see for yourself.
  • Offscreen Teleportation:
    • Dropping him out of sight, by whatever means, never seems to stick. At least twice, he manages to get back up onto Castle Wulfenbach by unknown means after being thrown off and then survives being pushed over the side of a much smaller airship.
    • And when Castle Heterodyne is introduced to him, its immediate response is to drop him into a bottomless pit. So far as it is concerned, surviving this is one of a Hero's Required Secondary Powers, so it feels totally justified in pulling this stunt. And sure enough, Othar immediately reappears unscathed.
    • This is something he's apparently so well known for in-world that when he ends up being defenestrated while handcuffed to someone else, Gil used the opportunity For Science, demanding Tarvek figure out the trick on the assumption that Othar would magic himself to safety per usual. On the plus side, he did manage to get himself out of the handcuffs... While busy fighting Vole... Without the person he was handcuffed to finding out how. Even more amusing and impressive in retrospect, since it turns out the guy he got himself unhand-cuffed from is no slouch in a fight and very good at misdirection.
    • He also manages to find his way into Gil's super secret lab, a place nobody else in-story (including Klaus) seemed to be aware of, simply because he is a hero and finding secret villain lairs is what heroes are good at.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: He's plenty effective, provided he isn't going up against uber badasses like Gil, Klaus or Agatha.
  • Plot Armor: An In-Universe version, apparently. The man simply cannot be killed. Many, many people have tried. But since he's the Hero of Another Story, he's effectively immortal.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: The codifier of what this looks like FROM THE OUTSIDE.
  • Put on a Bus: Though technically he was in Mechanicsburg when the Take Five bomb went off, his previous track record of inexplicable self-extrication strongly suggests he's not on that particular bus. As it turns out, he was frozen in the Take Five bomb time stop, but he was the the first to be successfully extracted without undergoing Rapid Aging.
  • Science-Related Memetic Disorder: The effects of the Spark on him are a lot more apparent in the Twitter than in the comic.
  • Shirtless Scene: When first encountered he is only wearing trousers. When he turns up again however he seems to stick to sweaters. After being broken out of a time stop, he is left shirtless until Gil insists that he wears something, much to the disappointment of the women and one male fan.
  • Sunglasses at Night: Or whatever that visor thingy is. There's a fan theory that it's there to protect bystanders from the power of his amazingly pretty blue eyes; another theory (given his white hair, pale skin, and extremely light eyes) is that he's an albino and needs it to protect his eyes from the light.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: Big, manly, aggressive and has a tendency to barrel towards danger, just because.
  • Tragic Hero: A heroic goal, ruined by his lack of self awareness and obsession.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Constantly. The only explanation we've ever gotten is "Special trousers. Very heroic''."
  • Unreliable Narrator / Through the Eyes of Madness: His Twitter is considered canonical, but it's from his point of view and he's insane.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Killing all Sparks one by one might not be the best of ideas, but it's not exactly the worst one either.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: So beautiful that they make his normally imposing self look pretty girly.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: He seems to firmly believe himself to be the dashing hero of a science fiction romance. He's right, but he never realizes that he's also the Hero of Another Story, let alone that Agatha is a fellow hero and not a potential sidekick. Thus, he's developed similarly delusional views of the main characters: Agatha is currently going through an independent phase(how cute!) of sidekickdom, Tarvek is the handsome villain she's redeeming by The Power of Love, and Gil is the scheming Bigger Bad who is behind it all. Though he miiight be coming around to the idea that Agatha is the kind of girl who wants multiple boyfriends.

    Oglavia Spudna 

Madam Oglavia Spudna, Wulfenbach Spymaster

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Gil's spymaster after the Time Skip. She is unnervingly good at her job.


  • Card-Carrying Villain: Reason she became spy? She likes spying on people.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Her most usual face expression is this.
  • Ignored Epiphany: She listened a lecture from Othar that almost, almost made her reconsider her calling in life. And then she realised this wouldn't let her spy on people. "So nuts to that!"
  • Oh, Crap! : When a captured librarian realized who she was, the librarian were freaked out and eager to talk.

    Quintillius Snackleford 

Quintillius Harmon, Lord Snackleford

An important official in Queen Albia's Society of Mad Scientists, and a mover and shaker in the "Gray Hood" extradimensional-monster-summoning conspiracy.


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    Tarsus Beetle 

Doctor Tarsus Beetle, Tyrant of Beetleburg

Ruler of Beetleburg and Headmaster of the Transylvania Polygnostic University.


  • Alas, Poor Villain: Agatha is genuinely distraught when Beetle is killed, enough so to trigger her breakthough.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Despite his placement on this page, not really a lot is known about Beetle's ultimate goals or motivations. He greatly disliked the Baron's rule, and seemed to be planning to use Agatha to further his goals, but at the same time, Barry trusted him enough to entrust Agatha to his care, and apparently gave him reason not to trust the Baron.
  • Compensating for Something: Gil notes that his clanks are ludicrously oversized, Beetle's way of compensating for his lack of height. Beetle objects to this assessment, loudly.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: His favored means of dealing with criminals in his city is to stick them in a giant bell jar and then leave them there until he needs to reuse the jar. People frequently die of exposure, starvation and/or dehydration before that happens.
  • Deader Than Dead: His demise is used to showcase that in the Girl Genius universe 1) being dead need not be permanent, and 2) it still can be.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Killed when Gil knocks his own bomb back at him.
  • Humongous Mecha: His greatest creation is a twenty-meter clank named Tock.
  • Mad Scientist: Third generation Spark.
  • Master-Apprentice Chain: Had at various points in his life taught Klaus and Lucrezia, along with Bill and Barry Heterodyne, and later Agatha.
  • Pet the Dog: Beetle's sheltering and care of Agatha certainly appears to be this. Its only much, much later that the audience learns he intended to use her as a weapon.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: As the Tyrant of Beetleburg, his word was law. This was why Agatha was allowed to attend whatever lesson she pleased, even if her teachers didn't like her.
  • Secret Keeper: He knew Barry had returned to Beetleburg with Agatha, and knew who she, Lilith and Adam were.
  • Starter Villain: To the point where Agatha never even faced him, since he got thwarted by the Baron before he even got to the part of his plan that involved her.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Beetle was the one who inspired Lucrezia's experiments with mind-transferral, meaning a good deal of issues in the story can in some way be traced back to him.
    • Still later, its his ill-advised plot against Klaus Wulfenbach that ultimately attracts the Baron's attention to Agatha, thus kicking off the plot.
  • We Have Become Complacent: He's universally acknowledged as the greatest clank engineer of his generation. Unfortunately, he failed to take into account that later generations would use his designs as the starting point for their own work. Thus, when he tried using them to rebel against Klaus, he was trying to fight state of the art clanks with models that were thirty years out of date, and the obsolete models quickly lost.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Resents his former protege Klaus for annexing Beetleburg into the empire, despite the fact that the takeover was peaceful and he was allowed to remain in control of local affairs.
  • Worf Effect: Klaus figures out his plot to use a Hive Engine to strike against the empire and crushes it effortlessly well before it was ready to go, establishing just how smart and powerful the Baron truly is.

    The Other 
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The mysterious force of mysteriousness that almost conquered Europa before vanishing mysteriously. May be Agatha's mother.

Tropes associated with The Other:

  • Ambiguous Situation: It is left extremely ambiguous as to what, precisely, the Other is, what its relation is to Lucrezia Mongfish, and what its goals are.
    • There are hints that the Other might actually be a time displaced version of clank-form Lucrezia, who would become known as the Muse of Time/Enigma, and it was that version of her that attacked Castle Heterodyne and most of what has happened is due to a stable time loop in action. The very first hint of Time Muse Lucrezia being the Other was during the flashback of the Geisterdamen before they did the brain uploading of Lucrezia on Agatha. The Geisterdamen claim that they got direct orders from their goddess, and one of them is shown being choked by the Muse of Time's black clawed hand.
    • It's also been hinted that the Muse of Time could be Euphrosynia Heterodyne, who disappeared in a flash of light while rummaging through Van Rijn's lab. She has been noted to have a voice just like Agatha's and her brother knew how to turn people into revenant-like zombies, having imbued Andronicus Valois's weapons with the ability to do so.
    • As to the Lucrezia situation, the Other identifies herself as Lucrezia, acts like her, talks like her, uses her inventions, albeit massively improved upon... but that still leaves the fact that someone broke into her secret lab when the Castle was attacked, and something murdered all her guards and burned all her notes.
      • Not helping is a line in the novels from the Other's P.O.V. suggesting whatever it is, it's not even human, since it remarks on the nature of the Girl Genius world like an outsider, rather than someone who lived there all her life.
    • Eventually, it's revealed beyond a doubt that Lucrezia is the Other, and almost certainly is the Muse of Time to boot. However, even then, there are many many questions left unanswered: what happened to Lucrezia, who Albia was actually rather fond of, to turn her into the "shattered" soul that tried to kill Albia and the other Queens? Why was she hunting the Queens in the first place? Why and how did Lucrezia become a cyborg, and eventually the Muse of Time? And how do the Geisters fit into place, seeing as they seemed to know her when she was still fully human, and after becoming the fully-robotic Muse of Time, but perhaps not in any of her many, many "techno-zombie" forms?
  • Berserk Button: Calling it a fraud, as Zola discovers. When it happens, the Other threatens to turn her into an Empty Shell.
  • Big Bad: The most dangerous entity in the entire series. Even Klaus didn't beat it—it stopped fighting before he came back.
  • Brain Uploading: The novels clarify that this is in a sense what the Summoning Engines do. They don't "summon" anything, they just create an identical copy of the Other inside the mind of whoever they're used on.
  • Colony Drop: During the first go around, the Other's tactics went thus: Use portals to drop a lot of giant fiery rocks on the target and utterly destroy them, send Hive Engines in similar shells built to withstand the impact, then let them activate, leaving no chance to resist the slaver wasps. The tactic proved so devastating it took Barry Heterodyne three whole years to figure out what was going on, because the attacks were so violent they left no evidence to examine.
  • Compelling Voice: Most of the Other's creations (such as the Geisterdamen and revenants) are built to be unable to disobey a command if it's made in Lucrezia's voice.
  • Creative Sterility: Gil notes that the Other hasn't rolled out any new technology in its war with him.
  • Diabolus ex Nihilo: The Other just appeared out of nowhere one day, blew up Castle Heterodyne, and ran off into the night. Over the next three years, it wiped out damn near all the Great Houses with ruthless efficiency, with no warning, offer, threats or attempt at parley.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Inverted. The Sealed Evil in a Can finds out that its unsealer is not a toy.
  • The Evils of Free Will: She appears to have this mindset as the motivation for enslavement.
  • Familial Body Snatcher: The only successful instances of Brain Uploading (bar the Anevka Clank) have been in Lucrezia's blood relatives, with it hinted there were many, many failures before the Geisterdamen found Agatha. The novels confirm the one in Aaronev's possession was both broken and designed only to work on Agatha.
  • Feet of Clay: There seems to be a faction of Geisterdamen (allied with a faction of the Knights of Jove) led by a "Loremistress Milvistle" who see The Other as a fraud.
  • Fighting from the Inside: Even sealed away by Agatha's locket, the Other still pushes away at her mind.
  • Grand Theft Me: Does this at least to Agatha. Might have done this to Lucrezia. Or she did it to it. Really unclear.
  • Horrifying the Horror: Lucrezia / the Other regards the possibility of Barry Heterodyne's return with trepidation (meaning fear). Never mind that he hasn't been seen in over a decade. The very idea of Tempting Fate and summoning him causes the Other to momentarily panic.
  • I Gave My Word: The novels reveal the reason Slaver Wasps didn't effect Sparks the first time around was deliberate. The Other made an agreement with the Knights of Jove. Of course, in the Other's absence, other Sparks decided to tinker with the schematics...
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: On meeting Zeetha, the Other declares she knows better than to fight her.
  • Meaningful Name: After a while, all the usual suspects for who could be destroying Europe were dead by its hand, meaning that all the devastation was caused by some other party.
  • Me's a Crowd: So far the Other has wound up in Agatha, a Clank designed to look like Anevka Sturmovarus, and Zola, with varying degrees of control over each. In the novels, Vrin mentions she had other bodies she visited the Geisterdamen in.
  • Mood Whiplash: When the Other first makes an appearance she's all smiles and motherly comfort for her faithful Geisterdamen, who are weeping with joy at her return — her mood changes swiftly once the Other realises things have gone to hell in her absence.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: When it even bothers trying to be Agatha, the Other doesn't really put a lot of effort into it. Her nadir in this department comes when trying to convince Tarvek to assist her during a three-way fight with Zola. Which is a bit odd, since the Lucrezia who Klaus knew was an excellent actress.
    The Other: I AM THE AGATHA GIRL!
    Tarvek: Yes, and I'M the Queen of Skral!
  • Religion of Evil: Is the goddess of one.
  • Science-Related Memetic Disorder: As with all Sparks.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Beacon Engine, Van Rijin's Hermitorium.
  • Smug Super: The Other, or Lucrezia, is very confident in itself / herself and its abilities. Klaus manages to figure out who they are when they're impersonating Agatha because only Lucrezia gloats like that.
  • The Virus: Uses Slaver Wasps for mind control.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The Clank Lucrezia hasn't been seen since Mechanicsburg. In all likelihood, she's still in there, but nothing concrete's been said.
  • Wicked Wasps: The slaver wasps are its most ubiquitous servants, make up the bulk of its armies, and are the main threat associated with it in-universe.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • The Other is (apparently) responsible for the attack on Castle Heterodyne that killed Lucrezia's first child. And then there are all those missing Spark girls...
    • It's very strongly implied that The Other deliberately conceived Agatha as an escape clause in case anything happened to Lucrezia, and that Agatha was only saved by some effort on the part of Barry.


Lucrezia Mongfish is from a long line of cheerily sociopathic Sparks, known specifically for their skill in biology, and is Agatha's mother. She was a long-time antagonist of the Heterodyne Boys before giving up her father's work and marrying Bill. She was apparently kidnapped when the Other attacked Castle Heterodyne and killed her infant son (signaling the start of the attacks), but returned twenty years later when her mind was downloaded into Agatha's brain. She seems to be the Other (an interpretation Klaus agrees with), but the situation remains unclear.

Lucrezia Mongfish specific:

  • Ax-Crazy: The version of her we see in a Albia-centered flashback is in the process of a gleeful murderous rampage.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: The Mongfishes really didn't get along. So far Lucrezia (or the Other) has met her niece and her nephew, and tried to kill both of them simply for being the children of her sisters. Thought that was because one of them, Serpentia (Theo's mother), left her for dead in an exploding lab... so Lucrezia says, several decades after the fact.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Seems to be completely incapable of working with anyone without turning on them. Her response to a genuine offer of assistance is to plan to vivisect the girl who offers (though the girl in question manages to outwit her quite thoroughly).
  • Chronic Villainy: Another theory about how/why she became the Other. She claimed to be pulling a Heel–Face Turn in marrying Bill, but just a few years later, well... the Castle was destroyed, she disappeared, and the Other started ravaging Europa.
  • Damsel in Distress: Claims to have been this when "all went wrong" and that no one, not her husband or father or Klaus, came to save her, and indicates this has something to do with why she's gone so far off the deep end. However, her words also imply that whatever happened to her was the result of her own actions and, depending on how you interpret them, started with her trying to Take Over the World.
  • Dating Catwoman: Why someone as incorruptibly good as Bill Heterodyne would be compelled to marry someone as insidious as Lucrezia Mongfish can only be attributed to this trope. She also had a former attraction to Klaus that she tries to play on in the present day.
  • Demonic Possession: Yet another theory regarding her relationship with the Other. Getting the feeling there are a lot of theories?
  • Dirty Coward: Accoring to Von Pinn.
  • Even Bad People Love Their Parents: Strangely, even after turning good, Lucrezia still seems to be fond of her father. Or least thinks more favourably about him than she does her sisters.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Eventually, Lucrezia claims to 'Klaus' that hers was a Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal (or at least she perceives it as one). note 
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: And that's her nephew.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Before the series started, she tried to turn good when she agreed to marry Bill Heterodyne, and even drugged Klaus and sent him away so he wouldn't be a distraction. This is one of the most confusing parts of her character, since if she really never had any interest in redemption, she would have just killed Klaus.
  • Hoist By His Own Pertard: Offers to "ride along" in Zola's head so she can leave Agatha to die, especially since Agatha's brooch supresses her. Turns out, Zola can control and supress her even without external mechanisms which means that unless Zola is unconcious, Lucretia can't do anything with that body while Zola gains all her knowledge.
  • Informed Ability: In-universe. Klaus often described Lucrezia as incredibly strong and brilliant as a Spark, which confuses Gil since during his new war against her he's seen her try nothing new of her own. All of the Other-tech is the same as what the Heterodynes fought or made by one of her followers.
    • Similarly, Klaus believes her to be devious, cunning, and an excellent faker. Based on what we've seen of her/the Other in the comic, the former two are not debateable, the latter most certainly is.
  • It's All About Me: She's trapped in this mindset. Decades after she drugged Klaus and exiled him, damaged Castle Heterodyne and possibly murdered her own son, killed countless Sparks and others across Europa, not to mention mind-controlling any survivors, she returns to steal her daughter's body... and then has the gall to claim she's the injured party, since she didn't win and no one came to rescue her from her own mistakes.
  • Jerkass: The Jägers didn't like her because she treated them, and everyone else, like property. Given some of the characters they served through the centuries, that's saying a lot.
  • Last Girl Wins: Technically. She was definitely the woman Bill married, after several other romances. It just didn't last too long.
  • Love Redeems: She tried to invoke this by marrying Bill Heterodyne. It apparently didn't work so well, since she (maybe) became the Other and started one of the most destructive wars in recent history.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Who is herself a Mad Scientist. Who has a beautiful daughter. Who is a Mad Scientist. Oy.
  • Master Actress: Klaus says she is, but this comes off as an Informed Ability since she likes to gloat and is so different from the person she's impersonating. Although maybe if she knew anything at all about the girl she is pretending to be, she'd do better. And, as already noted, it's not at all certain that the Lucrezia that Klaus knew is the same one now attempting the impersonation.
    • The version of her posessing the former body of Anveka, on the other hand, is much more sucessful at pretending to be a sad, worried princess and conning people into underestimating her in her few scenes, allowing her to scene with the version inside of Zola while Zola is unconcious and sneak in to knock out Klaus.
  • Missing Mom: And Agatha would have been much better off if she had stayed missing.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Replace her last name with Borgia, and you very much have a real-world counterpart. Yikes.
  • Never Found the Body: Lucrezia went missing before the Other attacked the Heterodynes. While her mind might have come back, her body sure hasn't.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: One of her somewhat-hammy moments.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Most Sparks in this series are dangerous fighters. Lucrezia isn't, and when she's forced into combat, she's quickly overpowered (especially given that her opponents usually are master fighters, such as Tarvek and Zola). Although we've now seen an older time-traveling(?) cyborg version of her gleefully blasting Albia's fellow god-queens.
  • Offing the Offspring:
    • Her first child with Bill, Klaus Barry, was killed in the attack on Castle Heterodyne, and it's strongly implied that this was deliberate on her part. Even Agatha, having already seen how evil she can be, had some trouble with that idea. It is also of note that in all the time she's been around, never once has Lucrezia or the Other even mentioned her son in any capacity.
    • Later, when she discusses plans with Zola, she openly states that she considers Agatha, her own daughter, a liability, as her ability to control her own brain is gradually winning out over Lucrezia's, to the point where Agatha is even pulling things out of Lucrezia's mind. Lucrezia originally planned to kill Agatha and ride along with Zola instead, but that turned out not to be practical.
  • Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: To Klaus.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Even by the already low standards of most Sparks, a lot of Lucrezia's actions suggest an amazingly childish personality, even though she's a grown woman.
  • Spot of Tea: Lucrezia has a fondness for it. Among the strange devices found in Lucrezia's old lab, there is a tea set. Years later, the Other mentions discussing her plans over tea.
  • Terms of Endangerment: She does this to a lot of people, but does it to Klaus especially often.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Klaus notes that the Other's work superficially resembles Lucrezia's designs, but improved beyond anything he ever saw.
  • Tsundere: Kind of.
  • The Vamp: She flirts more than fights, as Zola says.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: Certainly one of the reasons she married Bill.
    Lucrezia: Besides, they always win. There must be something to their philosophy.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It hasn't been revealed what happened to Lucrezia, the real Lucrezia, after she disappeared during the Other War. All three versions we have tabs on in the present, posessing Zola, Agatha, and Anevka's robotic body, are copies of her.

    Vole 

Captain Vole, Dishonorably Discharged Jäger

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IT VILL BE GLORIOUS!!!
The only Jägermonster ever to be kicked out from the Jägers. He bears a strong grudge against the House of Heterodyne over this, and is eager to kill Agatha as soon as he discovers that she's a real Heterodyne.

    Zola Dorée 

Zola La Sirene Dorée, AKA Zola "Heterodyne", AKA Zola Anya Talinka Venia Zeblinkya Malfeazium, AKA The Queen of the Dawn

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Once everyone had heard there was a Heterodyne girl running around, she stepped in (along with a conspiracy) to provide one. Agatha was... not happy about that.

  • Ass Shove/Trouser Space: Lucrezia notes (after knocking her out, restraining her, and presumably searching her) that some of her equipment was "in rather uncomfortable places, I'd imagine".
  • Badass Normal: Lacks the Spark, but she's still a fully-trained Smoke Knight carrying enough weaponry under that pink camisole to arm a small nation. After getting dosed up on Movit #11, she's an even match for Higgs in a one-on-one fight.
  • Bad to the Last Drop: according to Gil she either poisons it or is just bad at making it.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted. After taking the Movit 11, her physical appearance goes steeply downhill.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Seems to be the cause of her attraction to Gil.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: She's the daughter of Demonica Mongfish, meaning she's also Agatha's cousin.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Even though the first impression of her is a harmless, gullible figurehead for the Storm King conspiracy, she starts fighting, no holds barred, when Agatha and her team throw a spanner in the works.
  • Boobs of Steel: She's stacked. She's also a better fighter than either the Other or Violetta. After downing a Psycho Serum, she punches Zeetha in the face and then stabs her in the gut with her own sword.
  • Cassandra Truth: For once, is telling the complete truth to Lucrezia on this page. Lucrezia learns this to her own chagrin.
  • The Chessmaster: Over the course of events, proven to be the genuine article.
  • Dark Action Girl: A fully trained Smoke Knight.
  • Deadly Upgrade. Via a Psycho Serum.
  • Distressed Damsel: Almost professionally.
  • Dumb Blonde: Subverted due to Obfuscating Stupidity. Gil and Tarvek eventually conclude that Zola, as the fake Heterodyne that was groomed by the Knights of Jove for years, is probably a lot more dangerous than she lets on, and a later confrontation proves them entirely right.
  • Determinator: Manages to survive a Movit 11 overdose and briefly kills the Castle itself, and to add, by that point 70% of the bones in her body are likely non-functional, she's running on fumes and has a murderous Higgs hot on her heels, and she still escapes.
  • Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: Whatever the Other's deal is, Zola managed to sucker it and snatch some of its secrets.
  • Evil Counterpart: She is one to her cousin, Agatha.
    • Agatha spent most of her life unaware that she was a Heterodyne and still isn't quite comfortable with all the attention she's given. Zola was molded by the Order to be their fake Heterodyne and she loves making big, flashy scenes and being the center of attention.
    • They both spent their youths looking less competent than they truly were. Agatha's Spark was suppressed by the locket, making her seem much less intelligent than she actually was while Zola was Obfuscating Stupidity when she was studying in Paris to keep her cover. Likewise, Agatha manages to subvert people's expectations of her as a Spark and a Heterodyne by being kind and mostly in control of herself while Zola, who isn't a Spark and was originally thought to just be a pawn of the Order, manages to be more violent, crazy and ambitious than most Sparks.
    • Agatha doesn't like making people do things they don't want to do or forcing them into dangerous situations while Zola has no problem with using violence and mind control to make people do what she wants.
    • Both Agatha and Zola are interested in Gil romantically, but for Zola it was a case of both their fake cover identities interacting while in Paris (and the 'real' Zola may not even care for him all that much) while Agatha has only ever known him in his true identity. Gil on his side sees Agatha as an equal and is in love with her because of it, while he always saw Zola's fake identity as a Distressed Damsel he constantly had to rescue and never anything else. By the time he realizes how competent Zola really is he's thoroughly repelled by her.
    • Agatha had the Other forced into her mind and she constantly fighting to keep it from taking over. Zola willingly allowed the Other into her mind and she has the training and conditioning to control it and use it for her own benefit.
    • She is also one for Violetta. Both are Smoke Knights who have agendas that don't fit The Order's. Violetta doesn't really want to be part of it while Zola wants to manipulate it.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Was set up as a fake Heterodyne, with the ultimate idea of her backers being that she would just happen to run into their chosen Storm King, and by the time anyone might've figured out what was going on...
  • Faux Affably Evil: When in Mechanicsburg, manages to do a pretty good job of playing the "kind princess in waiting."
  • Foreshadowing: She sure bears a strong familial resemblance to Lucrezia in that portrait, doesn't she?
  • Giggling Villain: Her evil banter gets odder over the Castle arc. And she gets giddier as things continue.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: Standard Smoke Knight equipment.
  • Hero Killer: Zola has become this. To date she has critically wounded Zeetha, Higgs, and Agatha.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: Exactly what she's doing as the Queen of the Dawn is unclear. Her appearance in Paris was part of some kind of plan, but the situation was already out of control before she got there and she never got the chance to do any scheming.
  • Lethal Chef: "Well, I always thought she just couldn't make coffee. Now, I'm not so sure."
  • The Load: Apparently fulfilled this role in all of Gil's adventures with her in Paris, and when nabbed by Agatha she slipped into it again.
  • Long-Lost Relative: "Hello auntie." To more aptly explain the family tree: Her mother was Demonica, Lucrezia's sister. Their other sister, Serpentina, was Theo's mother. So Zola, Agatha and Theo are all first cousins on their mothers' side.
  • Made of Iron: When she takes the Psycho Serum, she becomes so strong that it takes several No-Holds-Barred Beatdowns to make her flee.
  • Mad Love: Towards Gil, very much. Also later towards Tarvek, but her sanity's slipping at the time, so there's a chance she still thought he was Gil.
  • Master Actress: Oh yes. Also involves the second part of the trope, where the audience thinks she might actually have Split Personalities. Of course, in this case, that's not so far-fetched.
  • Meaningful Name: "Zola" is Slavic for "cinder". And she tries to be the Cinderella of this story, going from Rags to Riches with all these plans.
  • Motormouth: After a double-dose of Movit 11.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Her real last name is Malfeazium. And her mother was Demonica.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Zola is on the receiving end of one after a three way brawl between her, Agatha and Tarvek. After she stabs Agatha with a brooch pin, Tarvek (who is EXTREMELY cross about the various misfortunes up to this point and possibly losing Agatha too) delivers one to Zola, releasing a world of hurt directly into her face before trying to throttle her. Only Gil's misguided interference saves her life.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity:
  • Only Friend: She invoked it.
  • Overly Long Name: Her full name is Zola Anya Talinka Venia Zeblinkya Malfeazium.
  • The Power of Hate: She attributes her Made of Iron tendencies to this. And drugs. Lovely, lovely drugs.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: An Invoked Trope as part of her role as a fake Heterodyne. Even her death ray is pink. Even the death beam is pink.
  • Put on a Bus: Dropped out of sight for a long time following events in Mechanicsburg, then finally resurfaced playing the part of "The Queen of the Dawn."
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Has a bit of a habit provoking them in the Castle arc. Lucrezia would like to "thank" her for that, Higgs delivered a beating on the spot, and Tarvek intended - perhaps still intends - to strangle her to death with his bare hands.
  • Shout-Out: One of the times Gil had to rescue her it was from a crazy man in an opera house. Apparently it was also one of the few times it wasn't her fault she was in trouble.
  • Sigil Spam: Covered head to toe in Heterodyne trilobite symbols, overselling her Heterodyne "heritage".
  • Slasher Smile:
    • When the Castle dies, she has a frighteningly Sparky look of triumphant glee on her face. Also here.
    • Post-Movit Zola has these pretty often.
  • The Starscream: For both The Order's fake Hetrodyne plan and Lucrezia.
  • Sweater Girl: Once she gets inside The Castle.
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating: Seemingly cannot resist letting people know she has beaten them.
  • Unstoppable Rage/The Power of Hate: Claims this is what's sustaining her after suffering some truly grievous injuries.
    Tarvek: How are you even still moving?
    Zola: HATE! Hate and drugs! Lovely, lovely drugs! I'm a beautiful, chemical, killing machine!
  • Up to Eleven: The scene where she downs the Psycho Serum is literally called "Zola goes up to eleven." The psycho serum itself is even called "Movit #11". Ah, Foglios, we love you.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Post-timeskip she's now known as the Queen of the Dawn and has a reputation for being a peacemaker. However, Gil and Tarvek suspect (without knowing the Queen's true identity) that she's been using slaver wasps and it's unlikely that Zola's ambition has faded over time.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: She is "very good at improvising when things go wrong."
  • Yandere: If this page is of any indication.

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