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    Anevka Sturmvoraus 

Princess Anevka Sturmvoraus

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 Anevka, 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 Anevka 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.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Once it's revealed that the real Anevka died and her clank body unknowingly grew self aware, the story treats her like she was nothing but a Replacement Goldfish Tarvek kept around to make himself feel better about failing to save his sister. However, she was still a perfect copy of Anevka's mind, fully sentient with human emotions and capable thinking and acting independently. When Tarvek stashes her Cranial Processing Unit away in a cupboard to reuse her body for Lucrezia, he tells her to "Sleep well, Anevka", so apparently he wasn't intending to just throw her away like trash.


    Bangladesh DuPree 

Bangladesh DuPree, Wulfenbach Airship Captain
"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.
    Baron Wulfenbach: DuPree... When I say the words "alive and unharmed"... do any neurons actually fire in that brain of yours?
    Bangladesh DuPree: Um... No sir!
    Baron Wulfenbach: I thought not.
    Bangladesh DuPree: But I can't take credit for this one...
  • 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."
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: One might forget she is an airship captain, what with being such a ditzy-acting Blood Knight... until a probably wasped airship captain nearly leads our heroes into the enemy's time trap where they could kill the heroes at their leisure. Bang thwarts the rogue captain, takes charge and averts catastrophe with deft and decisive orders (with the crew quickly and wisely complying when realizing her infamy), all while still catering to her nature as a pirate at heart.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: When she finally reunites with her father, who is rather unexpectedly the apathetic airship captain, she gives him a lot of crap for leaving her and her mother ten years prior.
  • Color-Coded Characters: She wears white and red.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Say what you want about The Baron's pet psychopath... she is big fun.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Klaus is explaining to Bang that Agatha is still alive despite Bang having supposedly returned with her charred corpse (actually that of the late Madame Olga), Bang comments "Wow. She sure looked dead."
  • 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.
  • Disappeared Dad: It turns out she has one, which... frankly explains a lot about her bratty childish mannerisms and genuine loyalty to Klaus, a stern but deeply responsible father figure in her life.
  • 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 family's 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!"). And then when she finally finds her quarry, leaves the Wulfenbach Fleet, and sets out to give chase... she gets headed off by Agatha discreetly threatening to go Old Heterodyne on her if she hurts any of Agatha's friends.
  • Emotional Bruiser: Sort of. Turns out she really had developed an attachment to good ol' Klaus.
  • Enemy Mine: Her attempt to get close to Zeetha to enact revenge for her wiping out her fleet is torpedoed by Agatha, forcing her to help the team retrieve Prende's Lantern.
  • 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 eventually explains that the objection is due to her disliking fighting against people who didn't choose to be in the position in which they have to fight her. If anything, it takes all the fun out of the fight in her eyes.
    • She's also quite honest. Why lie when you're proud of what you do? By the same token, she does not react well when she's lied to.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Zeetha. Both are Action Girls who follow a Spark, extremely competent fighters, and each one is a Boisterous Bruiser, but Bang is a Psycho for Hire while Zeetha is a Spirited Competitor (who granted, does border on Blood Knight at times). And both are eagerly awaiting the time when a fight between them is justified.
  • 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. Still seems to have this attitude after finding out that Zeetha was the one who destroyed her headquarters and fleet and killed most of her crew. She seems more excited to have a cool battle to the death with her than angry at her, despite the fact that finding out who destroyed her base was the only reason she served the Baron in the first place. Really, they're practically friends. They even help each other come up with new combat moves and counters to enemy attacks!
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: If her encounter with Grantz is any indication, Bang's not particularly popular among the Baron's forces.
  • Genki Girl: A big lighthearted kid, even if she is the 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.
  • Horrifying the Horror: As terrible as she can be... even she knows not to invoke the wrath of a Heterodyne, as her demeanor before and after this page exhibits.
  • Improbable Weapon User: 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.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Bang's reasoning on why the Baron can't be the Other is... unique: The Other would never leave a minion free to do anything against orders. However, Bang still has the free will to constantly ignore Klaus's orders not to kill people, therefore she hasn't been wasped and mind-controlled, therefore Klaus can't be the Other. He finds this a less than comforting chain of reasoning, but can't really counter it.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Bang spends most of the series giddily committing acts of murder and violence with everyone treating it like a funny quirk of hers or begrudgingly allowing her to get away with it. However, after stabbing Tarvek as a joke Agatha had one of her dingbots secretly inject her with a paralyzing serum and she quietly tells her that she never understood why Gil keeps her around and that she'll kill her if she ever touches one her people again.
  • 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. Considering what her actual father is like, Klaus being a father figure to her is probably for the best.
  • 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 familial relationship with her and they give her a lot more leeway with her violent activities than they do other maniacs they encounter.
  • More Despicable Minion: She can barely be contained by the Well-Intentioned Extremist Baron Wulfenbach or his son, and loves violence.
    DuPree: Isn't that always the way? Management thinking it knows what works in the field? Why, if I were here alone — and you people were still standing around — half of you'd be dead!
  • 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 and 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 be 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. Ultimately averted. Gil does accept her quitting without trying to kill her.
  • 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 (though given how much she enjoys her job, it's hard to call it "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, though her crowning moment was when Vole was out of control after being removed from the time field — Gil didn't want him to rip out his life support cables, but Bang points out that letting him pull out some of them will weaken him and let them get him under control. 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 Payne'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 to the empire is over. I quit.
  • Wild Card: Her childish psychopathy and bungling is what kicked the plot off. Now that she's off the Empire's leash and nominally after Zeetha, Agatha's best friend and teacher and Gil's long lost sister, it's even worse. Only the threat of Agatha to herself and the threat of the Other to Europa are keeping her contained and working with the heroes.

    The Beast 

The Beast of the Rails
Click here to see what the Beast is eventually reduced to (SPOILERS) 

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.
  • Reforged into a Minion: After its defeat in the Battle of the St. Spzac Train Yard, Agatha reforged it into an advanced dingbot in a spheroid chassis and a smokestack. It's since teamed up with the similarly en-mobilized fragment of Castle Heterodyne that Agatha recovered in paris as Those Two Guys. It is much more mindful of its loyalties to its creator in this state. Particularly since its new body doesn't have a mouth, and thus it has no means of eating things to get stronger.
  • 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 Corbettite 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
"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.

    Francisia Monahan 

Doctor Francisia Monahan, Ruler of Rats

An English Spark and member of the Queen's Society, who is one of Lucrezia's spies in the organisation. She's been working on reactivating one of the Queen's Mirrors, to help speed up the Other's invasion of Europa. It is later revealed that she actually despises Lucrezia and ends up betraying her.

  • Bad Boss: Tested the toxic 'effluvia' on all of her minions, which turned them all into hideous mutants. This is, of course, part and parcel of being a 'classical' Spark.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Downplayed (since all sparks tend to be a little eccentric), but the beaked-mask-wearing, rat-obsessed Monahan is only the second character to give Lucrezia a taste of her own medicine, albeit temporarily. And that's before her ascension to Queendom.
  • Crazy Cat Lady: Replace cat with rat and she is essentially this. She is fairly obsessed with her rats, to the point that they are practically her children.
  • Enlightenment Superpower: Once Lucrezia "helps" her figure out how to use the "cursed waters" as a power source she ascends to Queendom, allowing her to resist the Lantern's time freeze among other things.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She genuinely adores her rats, and even feels bad when her attempts at enhancing them cause them to explode.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She may be a Bad Boss, but even she finds Lucrezia's selfish backstabbing narcissm disgusting.
  • Gas Mask, Longcoat: Wears a face-concealing mask revealing only her hair, along with a labcoat.
  • Giant Woman: Much like Albia, takes this form upon her ascention to Queendom.
  • Knife Nut: Wields, and twirls, a machete so large and bulky it's probably closer to a sword.
  • The Mole: A member of the Queen's Society of Sparks for years, with none suspecting she secretly remained loyal to Lucrezia. She was responsible for locking up Agatha's surviving helicopter dingbot carrying the undoctored message from Sturmhalten, which was initally intercepted by Wooster, in order to prevent Albia and the world at large hearing it. She's also a mole for Loremistress Milvistle, the rogue Geister leader working against Lucrezia, and ends up kicking "Luci"'s clank body into the "cursed waters".
  • Malevolent Masked Woman: Never takes her mask off, and she's working for Lucrezia, and thus clearly bad news.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Bears the title 'doctor', yet works for Lucrezia, which requires a near-total lack of any sense of morality.
  • No-Sell: Lucrezia attempts to Mind Rape and transfer her own personality onto Monahan. Turns out, she was expecting this (and had in fact built the 'upgrade' allowing Lucrezia to do this herself), and it has no effect.
  • Pest Controller: Commands an army of giant rats which provide security for her island lab. She seems more attached to them than any of her would-be-allies.
  • Red Right Hand: She has Mismatched Eyes, and neither of them is a natural color (one gold, one purple).
  • Saying Too Much: Makes the mistake of admitting to Ms. Steelgarter that she can't be of immediate help to her when "Luci" betrays her, causing Steelgarter to side with Lucrezia.
  • Smarter Than They Look: She's an eccentric Crazy Rat Lady, yet is the first of Lucrezia's agents we see to recognise her severe case of Chronic Backstabbing Disorder, fully expecting 'Luci' to turn on her as soon as she decides You Have Outlived Your Usefulness. And when this inevitably happens, she's more than ready for it.
  • Spanner in the Works: If she hadn't intervene, one of Lucrezia's personalities would have ascended to Queendom wholly unopposed, which would have led to no end of troubles for the protagonists.
  • The Starscream: As it turns out, she's been working as The Mole for Loremistress Milvistle all along, and almost destroys clank-body Lucrezia after an attempted Mind Rape.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers a killer putdown to Lucrezia upon betraying her.
  • The Spark of Genius: She's a Spark. Where else would all the giant rats come from?
  • Villainous Friendship: Appears to be an old friend of Lucrezia's and apparently met her at college. Even goes so far as to call her 'Luci'. But this was all a cover, Monahan loathes Lucrezia and gladly betrays her.


Ferretina, the Weasel Queen

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


Mysterious pale ladies from Places Unknown, who ride giant spiders and serve the Other.

  • All There in the Manual: In the second novel, Vrin's monologue gives a few more details as to how they operate. More details are also given about them in Othar's Twitter-based adventures.
  • Ditto Aliens: All Geisterdamen tend to look entirely alike. It's hinted they may be clones, though Othar at least claims they aren't literally identical.
  • Evil Counterpart: Seem to serve as these to the Jaegermonsters, being an elite fighting force sworn to serve a single figure for the duration, which they do so with (mostly) undying devotion. Just the Geisterdamen serve the Other, who's far worse than any Heterodyne's ever managed. And they're not quite as goofy or lovable. Also, unlike the Jaegers, at least some of them are Wasped.
  • Fantastic Caste System: They have one. Most of the warriors, or the ones the Other left alive after it was through venting on them, were sent to Europa to find Agatha.
  • Foreign Cuisine: They hate the local food in Europe, and have got by largely on cheese they made themselves. From spider-milk (because using cow-milk would just be stupid.)
  • Giant Spiders: We're talking flippin' enormous here. Their spiders tower over trees and buildings, and the Geisterdamen ride them to get about.
  • Lady Land: As the name might suggest, no Geistermen have been sighted to date.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal:
    • After the Other carried out a massacre due to You Have Failed Me, a few of her priestesses chose to interpret her as a devil, impersonating their goddess to steal the Holy Child's power. They set up their own faction within the Geisterdamen and rebelled, destroying the portal used to send their forces to Europa.
    • The Queen of Dawn forms her own faction within the Other's forces. Since the Geisterdamen are technically loyal to the Other rather than directly herself, she enacts The Purge with an Uriah Gambit. The confused, betrayed, and leaderless survivors end up turning on both the Queen of Dawn and the Other, using their Holy Child as a loophole around the Other's control.
  • Religion of Evil: They worship the Other, in many aspects. Exactly what the tenets of that religion are isn't clear, but again, they worship the Other.
  • Stealth Expert: Part of how they got their name. Their giant spiders are alarmingly quiet, most people don't ever hear them coming. They're good enough to get the drop on Smoke Knights.
  • Undying Loyalty: Supposedly, to the Other, who they are programmed to obey, but it's clear that loyalty is not 100% concrete all the time. Being Wasped probably helps, though. In Othar's Twitter adventures, Oslaka willingly goes off to live with Othar, and Eotain claims that after the massacre of many of her sisters in Paris, she's done following the Other.
  • Would Hurt a Child: There's a reason girl Sparks in Europa tend to go missing, and that reason is these gals, grabbing them to try and use the Summoning Engine to bring the Other back, not knowing it was broken (and only meant to work on Agatha).
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Not native to Europa. Exactly where they come from is amazingly unclear, just that it's somewhere very far away. After the Other came back from... wherever it was, it sent a lot of them to Europa to find Agatha, with the condition they couldn't go home until they'd found her (and it's entirely possible this was just BS on the Other's part to begin with).

    Klaus Wulfenbach 

Baron Klaus Wulfenbach, (Reluctant) Lord of the Pax Transylvania
"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.
    • Theo provokes another small smile upon announcing that he's avoiding grease-trap cleaning duty to work on his automatic grease-trap cleaning device.
    • When Trelawney Thorpe responds to his talk of what Agatha could do if she snapped by using the example of exactly what he did to found the Empire, he actually chuckles and it even makes him decide that she would be the perfect consort for Gil who isn't Agatha.
  • Almighty Janitor: He could easily declare himself Emperor of Europa, but he hates games of nobility so much that he refuses to accept or acknowledge any title other than the low ranking one he inherited from his family.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Tyrannical emperor-scientist? Sure. But he has many Noble Demon qualities, and takes no joy in his supremacy.
  • Ambiguous Situation: His reasoning for brainwashing Gil is never made clear. There are a few options: 1. he did it because he truly believed Gil was wasped, 2. he did it because Lucrezia ordered him to, 3. he didn't trust Gil to run the Empire despite not having been wasped because he was afraid of Agatha/Lucrezia influencing him, 4. he wanted Lucrezia to think Gil was under enough control that she would hold off wasping him so that he could inoculate himself against the same type of slaver wasps that got him, or 5. some other possible reason. The overlay claims that it was installed to keep Gil interacting with Agatha, whether Agatha herself or the Lucrezia in her head. However, both Tarvek and the Klaus overlay admit that the overlay isn't a representation of the real Klaus. The overlay itself may be unaware of the true Klaus's motivations or perhaps just incorrect about them. It's also unclear if Klaus wanted Gil to remove the overlay eventually, he was hoping to do it himself when the time freeze was reversed, or he wanted it to be permanent. Likewise, it's unclear if Klaus WANTS the time freeze reversed in order to cure him of his slaver infection or if he hoped to be frozen in time forever, but it's also ALSO unclear if he knew that extra dimensional beings would be pissed about him freezing time. The only thing we can say for relative certainty is that he probably wanted Agatha/Lucrezia frozen in time. Until such time Klaus is released, his motivations will be unknown especially since the Klaus overlay has been purged from Gil before it could give any clear answers besides saying that it didn't want Agatha and Gil to be married regardless of if the Lucrezia copy was purged from her mind.
    • At least one of those questions was answered by the novels: The overlay was Clank!Lucrezia's idea, because she knew Klaus would hate doing it, and because while she didn't have access to another Spark-controlling wasp, the overlay would prevent Gil from reuniting with Agatha as an ally. She also believed it would allow her to bring Gil under her permanent control later, not knowing that Bang had already fed him the innoculation draught, and that the overlay would support using the draught to start curing the Empire's personnel of wasp infection at the first opportunity.
  • 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.
    • In all fairness, nothing the audience or the characters have seen thus far contradicts his statement that "nothing [in Mechanicsburg] is at it seems and everything is a cruel joke."
    • 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 inherited 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.
  • Exact Words: When Klaus decides to go into Mechanicsburg alone, one of his advisors claims that if he gets killed, the Empire will fall without his leadership. Klaus then claims that he won't be killed but fails to mention that he's going in there to freeze time. Indeed, once he is removed from the political scene due to the time freeze, his Empire crumbles apart. Doubles as False Reassurance.
  • 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.
  • Feeling Their Age: When he belatedly realizes that Agatha was the Spark in Beetleburg and not Moloch, he mutters that he must be getting old.
  • 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.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: The leader of a small noble house, which was destroyed in the Other War, and sidekick to the Heterodyne Boys to the conqueror and absolute ruler of all Europa.
  • 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 his wife 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, Heroic 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 left Silas Merlot in charge of Beetlesburg as a punishment for selling out Dr. Beetle, threatening to send him to Castle Heterodyne at his first mistake. He likely thought that Silas would muck up in some minor way or just spend the rest of his life keeping his head down, unaware of how truly unhinged and desperate he was. When Silas discovered Beetle's journals about Agatha being the last Heterodyne, he immediately panicked, burning Beetle's Hall of Records to the ground and murdering the Baron's cryptography team to keep it under wraps. Had Klaus just killed or ignored him than he likely would have known about Agatha's true origins long before it became an issue.
    • 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 up biting him in the backside when Agatha manages to fix the castle during his attempt to destroy Mechanicsburg. The repaired Castle cuts off all ties with him and frees its 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.
    • He transferred a copy of his mind into his son to "protect" him from Agatha due to believing his son to be making the same mistake he made with Agatha's mother, falling in love with a manipulative monster. He set it up to automatically override and take control of Gil whenever in her presence, and the copy cannot stop this even if he wants to. Since Tarvek and Agatha's plan to free Gil of his control requires him to be in charge of Gil's body when it happens, that means they can force him to do so by maneuvering Gil where they need him while Agatha is out of the room, then having her return once he's in position.
  • 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. It's heavily implied he was legitimately hurt and angry his friends did not tell her about him. Granted, later revelations show they had good reasons to hide her from him, mostly due to Agatha's mother being his old flame Lucrieza. However, later revelations note that even without Lucrezia, he still views her as a threat. His reasoning seems to be that the malcious natures associated with both the Heterodyne and Mongfish lines to be in their blood along with how life can drive someone mad. This ironically means that he did not trust his own friends' goodness nor Agatha's raising, so the Bros had a good point.
  • 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 army and calling yourself a Lieutenant (literally the lowest officer's 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. However, the revelation that Gil has the title of "highness" due to his mother being the Queen of Skifander (due to Gil refusing to take on the title of "Baron" when his father was presumed dead, so Boris had orders to use one of his other legitimate titles instead) was actually enough to cause several houses to immediately become supporters of the Wulfenbach regime due to Gil's claim to an actual legitimate royal title they can get behind.
  • 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 inherited. 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.'
  • Moral Myopia: Klaus might be the only person maintaining the peace of Europa but that doesn't mean he's a pillar of morality, with him not being opposed to using similar tactics as the evil nobility he despises. He openly hates the hassles of diplomacy and being a big believer in using force and fear to keep people in line.
  • 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. As put by Master Payne:
    Payne: Could you burn down people — women and children — even if you knew they had become monsters?
    Agatha: I... no... I don't know.
    Payne: The Baron can. The Baron has. I respect him for that, but I don't want to be him. No sane man would.
  • Non-Answer: In Gil's words, he has a habit of explaining things without explaining anything.
  • "Not So Different" Remark:
    • Subverted. Like Lucrezia, he also downloaded a copy of himself into his child's brain. When Lucrezia in 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.
      • The funny thing is, according to the novels, the copy/overlay wasn't Klaus' idea, it was Lucrezia's, specifically Clank!Lucrezia, who ordered him to do it just because Klaus would hate doing it.
    • 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.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • The details of how he went from being the long lost ruler of a ransacked stretch of land to conquering most, if not all, of Europa within seemingly a decade of his return hasn't been revealed. Although we've now learned that he had two Dreen helping him right from the start.
    • The four years that the Baron spent living in Skifander has yet to be shown.
  • Papa Wolf:
    • For all of the morally ambiguous 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.
    • It is strongly implied that the reason Klaus fled Skifander and created the Empire was to protect his son. While it is said early in the story, that Klaus would dismantle Gil and make a better son if he failed Klaus's tests, it's pretty clear that Klaus has done everything to make Gil as sharp as possible. Klaus has made many improvements to Gil, give him immunities to as many poisons and diseases that he could, taught Gil everything that he knows, gave him the best education besides, allowed him to experience hardships on his own without cuddling him, and encouraged free thinking and innovation. The part where he fails is that he is so overbearing and controlling that Gil has developed a slight inferiority complex and all encompassing rage and obsession when he reaches his mental limit to the point that he was rebellious enough to want to elope with a Heterodyne at the drop of a hat (though, to be fair, Gil didn't know she was a Heterodyne, but that didn't change his mind much when he did learn about that).
  • 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.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: According to the novels, when dealing with some of the more crazy Sparks, if he doesn't send them to a lab he can get particularly... creative with their punishments.
  • 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''.
    • During the Jaegers' time with the Baron, he actually threw them a massive party around the holiday season as a way to make up for the lost Jaegerstomp tradition back in Mechanicsberg.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: He's stated in-universe, repeatedly, to be a ruthless, brutal, iron-fisted dictator who has conquered massive stretches of Europe (as seen here) with 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. Justified as his enemies are always trying to make him look bad. He doesn't help his case, however, by punishing failures. Moloch, for example, was sent to Castle Heterodyne for pretending to be a spark. As soon as Moloch started working for Agatha, he turned out to be a brilliant mechanic who could've served Klaus very well. Two and a half years after his empire collapsed, people are begging for the stability he provided to come back.
  • 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. That being said, his overlay surfaces every so often via Gil, and everyone seems to treat it as if it is the Baron himself.
  • 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.
  • Serious Business: According to the novels, sports. He once had a goalie executed for taking a bribe.
  • 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 Mongfish families have evil blood and he sees Agatha as dangerous if she snaps.
  • Shirtless Scene: That Naughty Flashback Scene, among others.
  • Sibling Fusion: One lab accident led to the grieving parents stitching the remains of their three dead sons into one substitute child. Given his success as an adventurer and ruler of Europa, it's hard to argue with the results.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: The persistently bitter Klaus is a man who hates his job, misses his wife and hasn't seen his friends in years.
  • 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 Intelligence: Even by Spark standards, according to the RPG his parents grafted bits of his brothers' brains to what they could recover of his own and it allows him unparalleled parallel processing ability one of the reasons he can resist the Spark Wasp.
  • 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: The seemingly infallible Klaus has made multiple mistakes throughout his 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.
  • 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 dorky 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 
    • He smiles twice when discussing the matter of having his son and Trelawney Thorpe marry.
  • 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.

    Madwa Korel 

Madwa Korel, Rogue Smoke Knight

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. Interestingly, it's fully restored later on.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Madwa was fully prepared for many complications when stealing Prende's Lantern, able to lay hands on it even with the interference of Agatha and her allies, but the fact the lantern was keeping the revived Storm King in a state of stasis was not one of them, and she gets her hand rotted to a skeletal state when she's unexpectedly grabbed by him.
    • An Inversion occurs later on, in that she does see it coming, which is precisely why it takes her off-guard. Madwa surprises Raketorn and the sea-dwellers he's running away from with Prende's lantern, catching them all in a time stop before they even know she's there, and realises to her surprise that she apparently also caught Violetta in the act of sneaking up behind her to stab her In the Back, leaving her helpless and frozen, before dismissing the smoke knight's immobilised presence when trying to decide how to deal with the interlopers... only to then remember that the lantern only freezes time for any being caught in its light and Violetta's merely pretending to be immobilised right before she gets shanked. In her defence, she did note that she was very tired from non-stop patrolling right before then, leading to her slip-up.
  • 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.
  • He Knows Too Much: She is all set to kill the pilot that smuggled her past England's patrols to keep him quiet, up until being impressed by the fact that he knew all along and was too apathetic to care.
    Madwa: Well, now I kind of want to keep him.
  • Impossible Thief: Think Violetta's pickpocketing ability, only better.
  • Master Poisoner: Her poisons are well known to other smoke knights. Made from extremely rare ingredients, to boot.
  • McNinja: As per all Smoke Knights.
  • Ninja Log: She leaves this when she avoids incoming attacks. Yes, the model is similar to the person it stands for.
  • Never Mess with Granny: She's an old woman, but still an expert smoke knight.
  • Oh, Crap!: Has a brief moment of this when she realizes that Violetta is right behind her, knife raised and isn't in the time stop field projected by Prende's Lantern. Even she isn't quick enough to avoid getting a knife in the back.
  • Old Master: In a profession that may not exactly have a long lifespan, Madwa is an old woman and still at the top of her game.
  • Shout-Out: Of the ironic variety. Madwa has a diamond tattoo on her forehead - in Dune, this tattoo is worn by Suk doctors, who have been conditioned to be incapable of harming their patients. Madwa, of course, does nothing but harm her "patients" (though it's likely she actually is also a skilled medic, as this seems to be part of Smoke Knight training).
  • 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. It eventually turns out that yes, she's still alive.
    • Violetta exploits the mechanics of Prende's Lantern to fool Madwa long enough to get into position to stab her and retrieve the Latern. Knowing Madwa it's entirely possible she survived, but also knowing Violetta, she would make sure the elder Smoke Knight is Killed Off for Real. Violetta afterwards indicates that, as far she she can tell, Madwa is genuinely dead.
  • Worf Had the Flu: While fooling Madwa and taking her down is undeniably impressive regardless of the circumstances, Violetta herself is quick to point out that it only worked because she was exhausted.

    Martellus von Blitzengaard 

Martellus von Blitzengaard, Usurper of the Lightning Throne
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."
  • The Atoner: Makes a point to stop pushing Agatha and wait on her to help him first. He refuses to be (intentionally) impolite or wake her up early in the morning for it. Agatha, still thinking he just wants to use her, calls him an idiot. He still fails, however, as he still tries to flirt instead of just admitting what he feels.
  • 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!!!!
  • Bad Boss: In fairness, the guy he threw out the window was being a condescending idiot, to a Spark no less, when being Too Dumb to Live is a recognized form of death in the setting, had fired on the Corbettites, and Martellus hadn't had his coffee yet. Plus, the guy got a bunch of Martellus's men killed pointlessly (who he does care about), so execution isn't completely unjustified.
  • 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, and Tarvek isn't in the best position to reclaim his position as top condender for the Storm King's throne, so Martellus has it on lock for the time being.
  • 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:
    • His introduction is... A bit embarassing. Despite having a showy entrance, he is completely outplayed by Klaus, his clank suit gets destroyed by a Dreen, and he's basically forced into a bit player role for the rest of the battle. It's only until Klaus suddenly shows up that he suddenly seizes his moment, nabs Agatha and surprises Tarvek with a poisoned knife, and even then it turns out this really ended up being surprisingly helpful for almost everyone involved.
    • 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 him), 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. But then, see below under Hoist by His Own Petard.
  • 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.
  • Character Development: Since his arrival in England, he's shown some hints of this, including nixing a suggestion to have Agatha subdued and captured again — because he wants her to see him as a genuine ally.
  • Composite Character: In-Universe, a Heterodyne show put on by Master Payne's Circus of Adventure combines Martellus' title and mechanical arm with Wilhelm Sturmvoraus' familial relations to an "evil mechanical daughter", namely Anevka Sturmvoraus.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Although he may seem like a goofy 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. And he is still a Spark after all, which is why Tarvek (reluctantly) keeps Gil from fighting him and even recruits him to help get The Other out of Agatha.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Trying to control Agatha by altering her body-chemistry makes him just as dependent on physical contact with her as she (originally) requires from him. He's damned lucky that Agatha, while she hates him and immediately created an alternative for touching him, prefers not to let him die.
  • 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.
  • Enemy Mine: Offers an alliance, since even if he considers Tarvek and Gil to be rivals for control over Europa, the fact remains that the Other is slowly but surely winning, and her victory would leave none of them an empire to fight over.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: He promises Agatha that he'll be honest with her about not being any better than Tarvek, assuming his cousin never was. However, Tarvek has been up front about not being a good person.
  • Evil Counterpart: Although he is initially presented as an Evil Counterpart to Tarvek (their Sparky predilections and means of education are even in contrast, as Tarvek's signature is reverse-engineering the Muses which he learned to do from Van Rijn's notes while Martellus's is modified animals like his Sparkhounds which he learned from his mentor Dr. Vapnoople), he mirrors Gil better. Like Gil, he's blunt, physically powerful, not good with people, and tends to treat his peers like children. At the same time, he has people he cares about and harming them or worse leads to have both of them lose their shit. 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. It's Lampshaded by Tarvek's "Martellus insider" Norville, who thinks Gil and Martellus would get along well if Tarvek was dead.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • 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 when he has to put down them down, he tells them who they once were before telling them to rest.
    • And he appears to be genuinely fond of his sister, and has openly praised her intellect.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • 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 behaviorist techniques (creating bait/toys to distract it). Maybe he'd be happier running a pet shop...
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: He's been turning into this after getting handed several defeats by the protagonists; in the 2020 strips, he, Agatha, Gil and Tarvek are going to a royal ball in London as a group. He's an able Spark with considerable power who is willing to join the fight against the Other, so they're willing to put up with him now that he's toned things down a notch. But they still don't like him.
  • 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.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • When interrogating a Jaeger he discovers fought his ancestor, the first Storm King, he surprisingly takes time to ask questions about Euphrosynia and why she betrayed Andronicus. The question and exchange afterwards reveal that he is a romantic like the rest of his family. In fact, it could be seen that his motivations for bad behavior is for pragmatic reasons along with his own shortcomings messing with it.
    • He does have some family he cares about along with the men who serve him he considers friends. The fact he acknowledges them as good men shows implies that he knows they are better morally than him. He ain't happy with what the Storm King forced him to do.
    • And he's proven to be very sharp on the subject of the mentality of animal constructs; evidently he was Vapnoople's apprentice for a reason.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: It turns out that his messing with his and Agatha's body chemistry resulted in him needing her physical touch to survive as much as she needs his. Or more so, since she has the weasels she modified to alleviate the effect on her, while Martellus has no such stopgap.
  • 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 Love with the Mark: While he started out viewing Agatha only as a potential political tool, it turns out that he's developed actual feelings for her — not that she knows that, nor would she be likely to believe it if someone told her. Besides, as Krosp points out, she (entirely justifiably) hates him.
  • In-Series Nickname: Tarvek calls him "Tweedle".
  • Kiss of Distraction: Gives one to the copy of Lucrezia possessing Agatha, resulting in her saying that she will save killing him for last and distracting her long enough to attach a helmet designed to extract her from Agatha's head. Agatha is later both thankful and disgusted. Interestingly, he appears likewise disgusted at having kissed Lucrezia, wiping his mouth after the aforementioned kiss.
  • 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.
  • Moral Myopia: Played straight and partially justified. Tarvek honestly isn't that much better than Martellus is, yet more people respect and like Tarvek than Martellus. Tarvek is much more sociable and affable than Martellus and is more willing to talk first while Martellus is okay with killing right off the bat. Tarvek is also okay with killing in cold blood and can and will beat and strangle people to death with his own two hands. That being said, Martellus is much better at keeping his family in line as they are more easily scared than manipulated into submission.
  • 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".
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: If Martellus didn't kidnap Agatha precisely when he did, then he, she, Krosp and Violetta would have been frozen in time by the Baron. This means that the Other could have successfully attacked Paris and London and the Beast could have destroyed the Corbettites. Similarly, if Gil had retrieved Agatha from the time field, then the Klaus imprint on his mind might have killed her on the spot.
  • Noble Demon: Evil as he may be, he genuinely cares for his men and is horrified when they're zombified by the undead Valois. He puts them down with epithets before returning to fight the Storm King, this time utterly pissed off.
  • 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. And he's not wrong in that either.
  • 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.
  • Properly Paranoid: Has a deep-seated dislike of Dr. Rakethorn because it's clear to see to everyone, with the possible exception of Gil and Agatha, that he and Ms. Thorpe are cutting in between Agatha and any potential lovers. He hasn't called it out directly, yet, because he is more diplomatic and less smug about noticing it than Tarvek. It just seems to annoy him.
  • Royal Blood: He is a descendant of the Storm King, and is next in line after Tarvek. Since Tarvek was written off as dead while trapped in the time bubble, 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.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: When observing the machine that Lucrezia has modified alongside Gil and Tarvek, he takes in Tarvek's observations on them trying to find said modifications and proposing to just rebuild the machine from scratch than risk trying to undo it and miss something. The two acknowledge his point.
  • 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. His grip on the throne seems to be getting shakier. Krosp believes he won't survive the year, and the Muse of Geometries calculates his claim to be a "distant third, at best". Neither Agatha nor Gil will recognize him as the Storm King either, with Agatha stating "Not even if it will free Mechanicsburg," and Colette in her official capacity as the new Master of Paris was careful not to state him as such either, only recognizing his questionable claim.
  • 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 grandmother'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 Colette really do more of the work. It pays off as Colette, 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.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: His plan to become the Storm King is solid. He knows how to exploit the politics of the nobility, and he gets religious leaders to back him, solidifying his claim. The problem is the Storm King has a mythology all on it's own, much like King Arthur, that he is ignoring. He is less familiar with the Muses than Tarvek is, having to ask one of them their name rather than recognizing them on sight like his cousin. The Muse in question, Orotine, tells him that he will need more than realpolitik to become the Storm King.

    Othar Tryggvassen 

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.

  • All-Powerful Bystander: According to the Twitter, Othar is a deist who belives that God is the Ultimate Spark.
  • Ambiguously Gay: His sister thinks so, anyway, and Othar noticeably changes the subject rather than deny it. Bi 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 careers tend to be so short he expresses hopes that a particularly promising individual might last six months. Though apparently his sidekicks rarely die, according to the novels, because they quickly realize that the job isn't as glamourous up close. Plus, Othar is a Chaste Hero who is absolutely resolute to not dally with an assistant, which actually ends up being a disappointment to many of his companions, who actually want him to.
  • 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 Is Cool 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. On the other hand, as Sparky plans go, "Kill all the other Sparks one by one and then myself" is actually pretty logical and well-considered, and even other some Sparks admit the notion is a pretty well thought out plan for a valid experiment.
  • Butt-Monkey: FOUL!!!
  • Character Blog: He has a Twitter. May or may not be canon but is certainly extremely quotable. (His reappearance in the August 2021 strip ties directly to the continuation of the Twitter feed from October 2020, so that part is probably canon.)
  • Chaste Hero: Aside from his marriage to a Geister in the alternate timeline, according to the novels he actually is completely resolute in his desire to avoid dallying with his female sidekicks. This ends up being rather disappointing for most of them, since the romance was the whole point of even joining up in the first place.
    • While this is because he is a gentleman first and foremost, there's also the question of what happens if he accidentally produced a child. Since he's a spark, he may have sparky children which he would have to kill by his own logic. Even if they weren't sparky, no one knows how the spark gene works by Othar's own admission. It may skip generations in his family (Tarvek's, Albia's, and Voltaire's families for example do skip generations while it never seemed to skip any of the Heterodynes and his sister Sanaa doesn't have the spark either). It's no wonder that he refuses to have a relationship with his assistants.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Spends a good deal of time hitting on Agatha, to "save" her from the Wulfenbachs. Well, that's how it might appear, turns out he's a Chaste Hero who actually prefers to not dally with his rescues or his female assistants.
  • 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.
  • Freudian Excuse: As the novels explain, Othar's hometown was often ravaged by the mad inventions of the local Spark lords, which goes some way to explaining his attitude toward them. Furthermore, the insanity of the spark and the type of events that follow sparks like the plague hasn't helped him. Then he started to go on his adventures and was proclaimed a hero all the while he was picking up assistants who couldn't keep up and started dying on him. Eventually he picked up a homeless Geister that had been abandoned by her sisterhood in the sewers of Paris. It's implied that he was in love with all of his assistants and he took this one to be his wife. They retired to an island for decades and he left only after she passed away from natural causes. He found Europa had burned to ashes and everyone and everything was dead. All he found was an aged Tarvek who tried to explain what happened. However, when Tarvek tried to send him back in time, Othar attacked him in a paranoid rage, Tarvek managed to send him back, but he wasn't able to provide Othar any details. Othar knows that all of Europa is doomed without his help, but he hasn't seen the post-epilogue stories that show that Agatha will beat the Other. For all he knows, everything he is doing is in vain. All he does know is that sparks will cause the Bad Future, but he has no information as to why or how, so he kills all sparks he comes across on the chance that they have something to do with causing Europa's destruction either by helping to directly cause it or by being a distraction or Spanner in the Works hurting the good guys. The problem is that he's so insane that he can't sort out who is working with or helping the Other directly or indirectly, so he comes to blows with "villains" like the Wulfenbachs who, in fact, are more on the heroic side of the equation.
  • 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.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: This is actually what makes him insane. Othar is unable to comprehend that Klaus isn't the villain. Even back in the day, Klaus wasn't the Token Evil Teammate. That was Lucrezia. Klaus was the pragmatic, jaded teammate. Klaus may be a tyrant, but his rule is much freer and safer than the anarchy that came before it. In present time, Othar also can't process that Gil is the Token Good Teammate of Agatha's team with Tarvek being the Token Evil Teammate and Agatha being the pragmatic one. He has their roles backwards in his head.
  • 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 that all the problems in Europa are caused by the 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.
    • As of the Mechanicsburg Arc, he does at least seem to be of the opinion that while all Sparks need to die, there are some that need to die sooner than others. As Agatha seems to be following the legacy of her heroic father and uncle, Othar seems to be willing to bump her and her friends to the back of the queue for now.
    • His Twitter feed sheds some light on this. If taken as canon, Othar is capable of giving up his obsessive quest. He fell in love with a Geister and retired to an island with her for decades. When she died, he left the island behind to find that all of Europa dead. Very little plants, animals, or people remained. All he found was Tarvek who sent him back in time to stop it. While Othar is still insane and didn't trust Tarvek, him doing nothing for decades led to that future and that certainly ampified his insanity and caused him double and triple down on his obsessive quest to kill all sparks.
    • Also, ironically, according to the novels, not only is Othar's plan to kill all Sparks and then himself a relatively thought out plan by Spark standards, many Sparks are conflicted about this plan (or at least admit he has a point in his own tiresome way), as his hypothesis is compelling, his methodology seems sound, and many argue that it would be a valid experiment.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mundane Utility: According to the Twitter account, Othar once had to revivify his Uncle Vladikix.
    Othar: He was the only one who knew the old family recipe for Lingonberry Snap.
  • 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 Suicide.
  • 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 Sanaa. It's also worth noting that he's apparently a fantastic orator. see for yourself.
    • In the novels, when Klaus conscripts Othar into entering Castle Heterodyne to retrieve Gil, the Baron notices that he completely drops his usual bombastic bravado when its explained Agatha is likely being controlled by the Other. This unnerves him greatly as it suggests that Othar has been treating his encounters and captures by the Empire as nothing but a game. It's because he does. Othar has seen a future where he simply stopped interacting with the world's politics and that indirectly led to the death of all of Europa and victory for the Other. Any viable threat of the Other brought to his attention drives him sane because him doing something to stop the Other directly is the only thing he can do that matters.
  • 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 schemer 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.

    Quintillius Snackleford 

Quintillius Harmon, Lord Snackleford

An important official in Queen Albia's Society of Mad Scientists.

  • A God Am I: Manages to achieve second breakthrough, effectively making him a demigod, and later expresses panic and outrage that his summoned Eldritch Abomination would dare to leave its "god".
  • Beware the Silly Ones: His incompetent efforts to fight the protagonists may well make him look like a buffoon, but he is one of the very few Sparks to achieve second breakthrough.
  • Enlightenment Superpowers: By siphoning knowledge and energy from an Eldritch Abomination from Another Dimension, he successfully achieves second breakthrough, taking the next step past a Spark and effectively becoming a demigod like Queen Albia.
  • Flaming Hair: Gains it upon second breakthrough.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: He always wears a visor which produces this effect. Interestingly, after he levels up Spark-wise, his eyes actually become more normal-looking.
  • Klingon Promotion: He is probably responsible for the death of the Society's official head, Lord Bunstable.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: He can manifest multiple arms as part of his Voluntary Shapeshifting.
  • Pet the Dog: He doesn't kill "minions" or guest Agatha when conducting his purge of his fellow Sparks.
  • Spiky Hair: His original haircut before upgrading to Flaming Hair.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: This is Vapnoople's assessment after Snacky makes his ascension- he wastes far too much of his new power flashily killing all the other Gray Hoods, leaving himself open to attacks from other quarters.
  • Villain Has a Point: Agatha wonders if his lies about creating a new golden age of wonder using an Extradimensional Power Source might have a valid point. Since such a thing could theoretically turn everybody into a spark, she admits that it's an idea that should only be pursued cautiously.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When Agatha manages to banish his summoned Eldritch Abomination back to where it came from, he starts panicking. Dr. Vapnoople then tells Agatha, his new "student", that the distraction of a Villainous Breakdown is the best time to strike and casually tosses Lord Snackleford into the closing rift.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: One of the powers he gains upon his second breakthrough.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He formed a Secret Circle of Secrets gathering nearly all of his fellow British Mad Scientists. He promised to bring a new age of enlightenment, delivering demigodhood to his cultists, and eventually the world. But as soon as they help him achieve it personally, he zaps them all to death.

    Silas Merlot 

Silas Merlot, Beleaugred Professor

Assistant and second-in-command to Tarsus Beetle.

  • Be Cafeful What You Wish For: He seems to finally breakthrough as a spark out of sheer rage of seeing Agatha again. He always wanted to be a spark and was jealous of their abilities. It gets him killed like many other sparks as he can't control his obsession and the Castle murders him to protect Agatha.
  • Didn't Think This Through: After discovering Dr. Beetle's hidden notes about Agatha's heritage, he burned down Beetleburg's hall of records with the Baron's cryptography team inside, fearing the Baron would punish him if he knew the truth while not expecting the Baron to punish him for his actions in covering the truth. Agatha would later point out that had he gone straight to the Baron after making the discovery it's likely it would have gotten him into Klaus's good graces and netted him a big reward.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Claims his sentencing is this. Historians would later argue that it was actually disproportionately low, because among the things he burned in the archives was all records of what the Heterodyne Boys had been up to between their disappearance and Agatha being settled in Beetleburg, but the Baron had outlawed more appropriately harsh punishments.
  • Evil Is Petty: The first thing he did after becoming in charge of Beetlesburg was expel Agatha simply because he didn't like her.
  • Expose the Villain, Get His Job: What Silas presumably was hoping for by revealing the Slaver Engine his master was hiding. If it was, it worked in the worst way possible.
  • For Science!: In likely an attempt to imitate Sparks, his big experiment at the start of the series was trying to turn chalk into cheese. It just earned him mockery from his peers and subordinates.
  • Green-Eyed Monster:
    • He lives in bitterness and jealousy over the fact that he's not a Spark and feels that he gets overlooked and left out of Beetle's important plans because he's "a mere mortal."
    • The novels would later suggest that his erratic personality and his odd experiments is him trying to emulate Sparky traits.
  • Hated by All: No one in Beetleburg really liked the petty, ill tempered man. The novels theorize that the main reason Dr. Beetle took him on as his main assistant was that his poor reputation made him the target of everyone's ire while the tyrant doctor looked all the more benevolent in comparison.
  • Insane Troll Logic: When Agatha meets him again in Castle Heterodyne, he thinks it's "unfair" that Klaus sent him there just for arson and killing his inspectors.
  • Jerkass: As the novelization puts it, even without the jealousy and having to work under Dr. Beetle, he was just "born mean".
  • Kicked Upstairs: Klaus puts him in charge him not as a promotion but as a punishment, threatening to ship him off to Castle Heterodyne at his first mistake.
  • Killed Off for Real: Crushed by Castle Heterodyne while trying to kill Agatha and her friends.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: The Baron sent him to Castle Heterodyne for arson and murdering his research team. Agatha straight up tell him he deserved what he got.
  • Never My Fault: Blames Agatha for him getting sent to Castle Heterodyne, despite him being the one who burned down all of Beetle's records and murdered the Baron's men in a vain attempt to protect himself.
  • Sanity Slippage: He was never all there to begin with, but his fear of Klaus and hatred of Agatha turns him into a bitter, paranoid murderer.
  • Spanner in the Works: The Baron wanted to interrogate Beetle and had some unspecified plans for him, but Silas's early reveal of the Slaver Engine that Beetle was hiding resulted in Beetle fighting and dying. Likewise, Silas's burning of Beetle's records kept the Baron from learning about Agatha months ahead of time.

    Tarsus Beetle 

Doctor Tarsus Beetle, Tyrant of Beetleburg
"Know Enough to Be Afraid"
Ruler of Beetleburg and Headmaster of the Transylvania Polygnostic University. Agatha attends TPU under his supervision and acts as his assistant.
  • 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.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: His defenses get effortlessly swatted down by the Wulfenbach forces.
  • 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 Wulfenbach Battle 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
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.
    • 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? When exactly did Lucrezia become the Other, and most importantly was it before or after her marriage to Bill and alleged Heel–Face Turn? 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.
  • Body Horror: The version of Lucrezia we see in Albia's flashback has clearly been through the proverbial wringer. She's got a lot of cybernetic enhancements, possibly including her legs. And that's just the stuff we get to see.
  • 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.
  • Civilization Destroyer: The Other came very close to destroying all of Europa, and successfully destroyed the civilizations of most of the ancient immortal god queens with only two queens and their lands and people known to have survived, though Zeetha is from a people whose civilization survived the destruction of their immortal queen.
  • Colony Drop: During the first go around, the Other's tactics went thus: Drop a lot of giant fiery rocks from orbit 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. Later revelations outright state that harnessing the spark requires an organic body. It is very likely that the Lucrezia copy stuck in Anevka's clank body is the one at war with Gil, therefore limited in what it can do. In addition, the copy in Zola could be impacted by the fact that Zola isn't a Spark herself.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Apparently, the reason why she could never achieve the second breakthrough despite knowing how it worked: you need a fully organic mind and it didn't have that until it possessed Agatha.
  • 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.
  • Driving Question: The Other's identity, motivations and objectives are arguably the biggest mysteries in the story.
  • 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.
  • Fatal Flaw: Ego. Lucrezia's got an inflated sense of self even by spark standards that make it far easier to manipulate someone as intelligent as her than it really should be. She was willing to risk outing herself in her disguise as the princess when her improvements to the healing engine hooked up to Klaus were being attributed to doctor Sun, and her ego wouldn't let anyone else claim credit for her work even when it was a bad idea to do so.
  • 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 affect 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.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Was this even to the God-Queens. The Other was somehow able to subvert their network of magic mirrors, wielded weapons utterly beyond even their comprehension, and effortlessly countered their own attacks.
  • 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.
  • Time Abyss: As of 2021 we finally get firsthand confirmation that the entity brain-downloaded by the summoning engines into various bodies is really Lucrezia who has gone through hundreds if not thousand years. She speaks of five hundred years as if it was nothing, but she hints at other entities who would further scoff at that.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The Clank Lucrezia wasn't seen from Sturmhalten until the Londinium arc: She escaped the town and was keeping low key, amassing forces. Now she's back, trying to strike Albia, and more recently she has been attempting reactivating one of the mirrors the Queens used, with some success.
  • 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:

  • Abusive Parents: She seemingly conceived Agatha specifically to use her as a spare body, as the Summoning Engine was specifically designed to place a copy of Lucrezia's mind within Agatha. Likewise, none of the Lucrezia copies have ever acknowledged Agatha as their daughter and see her as nothing more than a pawn or a hindrance.
  • Ambiguously Human:
    • Various flashbacks involving her show her inhabiting a large number of cyborg bodies, with some of her forms being mostly human-like while others are overtly mechanical in nature.
    • In the novels' version of Lucrezia's first encounter with Zola, the copy in Agatha is incredibly blasé at the idea of killing herself to get rid of Agatha as so long as other copies of herself exist to continue her plan. The author notes that this behavior suggests that the original Lucrezia had either gone completely mad or was no longer human, or more likely both.
  • And I Must Scream: If she really was the Muse of Time like Albia claims, then she was captured and trapped alone in Van Rijn's secret lab for over 200 years. This would explain her various rants about suffering alone for a long time without anyone rescuing her and the Other's apparent hatred of Sparks.
  • Ax-Crazy: The version of her we see in a Albia-centered flashback is in the process of a gleeful murderous rampage.
  • Bad Boss:
    • She regularly treated the Geisterdamen, who viewed her as a goddess, poorly when they failed her. After Barry rescued Agatha from them, she went on a murder spree where she killed off a sizable portion of the Geisterdamen population and forced thousands of them into exile into Europa to carry out her plans. Similarly, when Lady Vrin, her most staunch supporter, became a potential hindrance to her schemes, she ordered her to die without hesitation, causing her to asphyxiate.
    • While as during her marriage with Bill, she regularly abused the Jägers and treated them like they were pets. The Jägers were forced to put up with it for the sake of their love stricken master.
  • 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. Though, 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.
  • Body Snatcher: Her area of expertise. She mastered the art of swapping people's minds and her greatest accomplishment was discovering how to switch organic minds with the artificial programming of clanks. After becoming the Other, she put these skills to use for herself, making a machine that forces her mind into others earning her the moniker "thief of souls" from Madame Von Pinn/Otilia.
  • Control Freak:
    • Multiple people have stated that she loved to control people and manipulate them into doing her bidding. Her Slaver Wasps were created specifically so that no one infected by them could disobey orders given by her voice.
    • After marrying Bill, she couldn't stand the idea of being constantly watched by Castle Heterodyne, so she moved her lab to the Castle's lowest levels and successfully transplanted the area's subsystem into the Muse of Protection, imprisoning it in her lab. This meant the Castle couldn't observe her actions in her lab and she could feel like she had obtained some measure of control over the construct.
  • 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 Old Woman: She flirted with Tarvek, Lars and Martellus in Agatha's body despite being technically old enough to be their mother and potentially old enough to be their ancestor if one factors the time travel aspects she allegedly has. In the novels, which show off her P.O.V., she's definitely planning on going a little further than just flirting.
  • Dirty Coward: According to Von Pinn.
  • Enlightened Antagonist: When the copy of her possessing Agatha achieves second breakthrough and possibly more, Tarvek desperately hopes that achieving enlightenment will cause her to realize that her evil schemes will not make her happy. Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way.
  • Enlightenment Superpowers:
    • The copy of her possessing Agatha manages to grow her spark into a flame, achieving second breakthrough and more. Unlike the previous people to achieve it, she manages to do so without even requiring an external dimensional energy source.
    • The copy of her in the Anevka clank also manages to achieve second breakthrough, despite using a non-sparky mechanical brain, somehow mentally controlling the surrounding dimensional energy.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The novels imply that, as evil as she is, she still loves Bill. When she mentions Bill to Zola, she actually starts to cry.
  • 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 
  • Giggling Villain: Befitting someone with her childish personality, she's mentioned as giggling a lot.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: And that's her nephew.
  • Hate Sink: Lucrezia has yet to be presented with any kind of positive or endearing traits. So far, she's just a cruel, abusive, manipulative monster.
  • 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.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: The Heterodyne stories portray her as the cranky but kind daughter of a comically evil villain. Even before becoming the Other, there's no hint that Lucrezia was anything other than a nasty piece of work, even after marrying Bill and supposedly turning over a new leaf.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: 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 unconscious, 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 debatable, the latter most certainly is.
  • I Shall Taunt You: She tries to provoke Queen Albia into killing her current host before she can question her by taunting the queen about what she did to her sister queens. Queen Albia admits that it almost worked.
  • 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 possessing the former body of Anevka, on the other hand, is much more successful 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 unconscious and sneak in to knock out Klaus.
  • Missing Mom: And Agatha would have been much better off if she had stayed missing.
    Lucrezia: Daughter! Wait! Let me STAY! I can TEACH YOU!
    Agatha: You've taught me PLENTY, mother - AND I'M NOT VERY HAPPY ABOUT THAT!
  • Mysterious Past: Even without the mystery of what happened that night in the lab, she clearly knew about Skifander, since it's where she dumped Klaus, and was interacting with the Geisterdamen for years before she married Bill, via the same sort of gate found in the Red Cathedral...
  • 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 and the version of her in Agatha is a master swordswoman.
  • 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.
  • Paper Tiger: Lucrezia is a sadist who loves to torment and dominate everyone around her, but she's also a coward at heart with a low tolerance for pain.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • The first time Lucrezia fights Zeetha and Violetta, she has no skill in combat and is only able to keep up with them due to the post revival rush making her Unskilled, but Strong. By next time they fight, her combat skill has surpassed Violetta's.
  • Tsundere: Kind of.
  • Underestimating Badassery: She's only really worried about the Heterodynes, the Wulfenbachs, and Albia, since they're the only ones strong enough to oppose her. Everyone else is just a distraction. She really should have been paying more attention to Tarvek, who put a Kill Switch in the clank that a copy of her was hiding in, and Martellus, who engineered a biological Restraining Bolt in Agatha's body that Lucrezia forgot about. Failing to notice these ultimately gets her exorcised after her second breakthrough in Albia.
  • 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.
  • Villainous Breakdown: According to Queen Albia, she is used to believing that she cannot be stopped, so a big enough setback is liable to shake her up.
  • Villains Want Mercy: When the version of her in Agatha's head is finally being driven out, she begs Agatha to let her stay, saying there's still stuff she can teach her, and even calling her 'daughter' in an extremely rare moment. Agatha, naturally, is having none of it.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Lucrezia is a master swordswoman, but the copies in Agatha and Anevka's robot body are unable to use those skills to the fullest as Agatha is barely trained as a fighter and Anevka's body is still subject to Tarvek's commands.
  • 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.


Captain Vole, Dishonorably Discharged Jäger
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.
  • And I Must Scream: Seems to have experienced this during his Rapid Aging. He describes it at feeling like he was stuck for hundreds of years fighting. Bad fighting, as in slowed down, where the blows came and he couldn't stop them, nor stop trying to futilely swing back, as if fighting in a nightmare which he couldn't wake up for centuries on end. After experiencing that, he himself states he doesn't want to fight anymore, and his Blood Knight tendencies seem to have been obliterated entirely.
  • Ax-Crazy: "Ve vill burn Europa to the ground and und gnaw her bonez!"
  • Berserk Button: Vole renounced the Jäger, but still takes attempts to steal or damage his Nice Hat very, very seriously.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: With white pupils. Maybe. It's hard to tell if they're pupils or reflections; there are panels that make good arguments for each.
  • Blood Knight:
    • So much so that even the Jägers kicked him out for it. See Undying Loyalty below.
    • He undergoes a condensed Deconstruction of it though while trapped in the time stasis. He describes the process of being unstuck and liberated as if being trapped in a cycle of non-stop fighting for centuries, unable to stop hitting or being hit. The ordeal wears down his blood lust to nothing and he's left with an odd-like calm as he reflects how horrible it felt.
  • Combat Pragmatist: A particularly clever version. He takes advantage of people talking when they should fight and baits people to take advantage of their psychological weaknesses.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body:
    • In the first two panels he appears in, he rips a man's arm off to prevent his hand from releasing a dead man's switch. It pretty much sets the tone for the character.
    • He does this with Gil against Tarvek when subverting Talking Is a Free Action.
  • Hidden Depths: Much like Da Boyz above, he's much smarter than he looks and displays dangerous cunning. He's also capable of stealing his gun back from the Impossible Thief in the party.
  • Large Ham: When he wants to, Vole really can ham it up.
  • Literal-Minded: The result of Gil ordering him to bring an enemy commander to Dr. Sun for interrogation certainly portrays him this way.
  • No True Scotsman: Vole believes he's the only Jägermonster who remembers what the "monster" part stood for. Conversely, because of his crimes, the rest of the Jägerkin do not regard him as one of theirs.
  • One-Winged Angel: Jägers become Stronger with Age until they turn into Generals, and Vole aged hundreds of years after being pulled out of the time field... Subverted in that even though he's become much stronger due to the effects of the artificial aging, much of his original Blood Knight tendencies have faded away. Thus, in many ways, he's actually less dangerous in his new form than he was before, in that he won't murder you just for the fun of it.
  • The Oath-Breaker: One of the only references we've had to the Jägertroth is the fact that Vole renounced it.
  • Put on a Bus: He accompanies Higgs as the latter individual goes chasing after Zeetha and Agatha. Higgs finally turns up in England with no sign of Vole.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Vole's immaculate uniform stands out against his Blood Knight nature. In his case, it's a hobby he picked up to cope with the boredom of functional immortality. It's also why he gets so furious when Agatha throws coffee on him.
  • The Social Darwinist: Tried to kill Bill and Barry because they were soft. Wanted a new pack of crueler, meaner, more psychotic Jägers to burn down Europa with. After the ordeal with the time stasis? Not so much.
  • The Starscream: Deliberately promoted to the role by Gil, who wants a superstrong lackey who'll constantly try to kill him, because that will emphasize to everyone else how dangerously crazy Gil is. Vole was actually a bit afraid of the notion, wondering if he could just be killed instead.
  • Super Soldier: Has the full Jägerdraught package of Amazing Technicolor Population (Pale, bluish-white skin and Black Eyes of Evil), Cute Little Fangs, Funetik Aksent, Made of Iron, The Nose Knows, Older Than He Looks (close to 200 years), Proud Warrior Race Guy, and Super Strength.
  • Take a Level in Badass: See One-Winged Angel above.
  • Tested on Humans: Played with. Any attempt to extract lifeforms from the time stasis field around Mechanicsburg results in rapid aging and death to the extractee. The Wulfenbach scientists on site have tried this repeatedly on birds and rodents, and cannot collect enough readings to analyze for any possible counteraction. Gil decides to extract Vole, since he is a Jäger and is capable of extremely long life. Gil also reasons that he'd rather not do it on an innocent person, and Vole is far from innocent. The extraction process gave the scientists all the data they needed on how to extract people without causing runaway aging.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: See One-Winged Angel above, subversion part.
  • Undying Loyalty: Averted. Vole was kicked out of the Jägers for trying to kill Bill and Barry for not being the bloodthirsty monsters the rest of the family was. He serves Baron Wulfenbach willingly as The Mole for Professor Tiktoffen, and he's not even all that broken up when he finds out he's dead too.
  • The Unfettered: Devoted to being the biggest, nastiest, monster he can be and cause as much havoc as possible. However, it's somewhat deconstructed when he is recovered from being timelocked. He spent what felt like centuries in an unending nightmare of constant fighting, unable to stop fighting or the blows coming to him. In layman's terms, he experienced what it'd be like to be such a monster fighting other monsters for centuries, what his endgoal was. Upon reflection at how horrible the entire process felt, he realizes he doesn't have much desire to really fight anymore. Though Higgs implied that this newfound perspective makes him one of the candidates to be a Jäger General.
  • The Worf Effect: Outside of ripping some poor nobody's arm off, he tends to get beat up a lot. Even Othar gets to take a shot at him.

    Zola Dorée 

Zola La Sirene Dorée, AKA Zola "Heterodyne", AKA Zola Anya Talinka Venia Zeblinkya Malfeazium, AKA The Queen of the Dawn
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.
  • Extreme Mêlée Revenge: Is on the receiving end of this trope twice'.
  • 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. It seemed the basic idea was that she would perform at the opera house and the staff would wasp the crowd, giving her more control over Paris. It fails because the Library attacks the Opera House when they get wind of the plot and the new Master of Paris is more closely connected with the city than her father was, making such a move suicidal. She also uses the opportunity to purge her ranks of the Geisters who are loyal to the Other first and foremost.
  • 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: Twofold: depending on grammar of the phrase and context in Slavic languages "Zola" can mean either "cinder" or an alternative form of the root "-zlo-" - "evil"note . And she tries to be the evil Cinderella of this story, going from Rags to Riches with all these nefarious plans.
  • Motormouth: After a double-dose of Movit 11.
  • Muggle Born of Mages: Unlike her cousins Agatha and Theo, at least one Aunt (Lucrezia), and her grandfather in the Mongfish family, Zola is not a Spark. This may be why the forces of the Other allied with the Queen of the Dawn have not really exhibited any breakthrough in Slaver Wasp technology, as observed by the Wulfenbach forces. Zola may have a captive essentia of Lucrezia in her head, but she herself is not a Spark.
  • 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.