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    Agatha Clay/Heterodyne 

Agatha Clay/Heterodyne, Lady of Mechanicsburg
"People keep giving me rings — but I think a small death ray might be more practical."
The titular "Girl Genius", a Spark, raised by Parental Substitutes Adam and Lilith Clay. The story begins with her breaking through when the locket suppressing her abilities is stolen.
  • Action Girl: She starts becoming one after the Slaver Wasps broke free on Castle Wulfenbach, and got formal training to be one under Zeetha's tutelage. Though that training is far from complete, and she openly admits she's not as dangerous a physical fighter as her various companions.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: invoked
    • From this comic, is she a poor misunderstood woman who just wants this whole business over, or is she genuinely a classic Mad Scientist who can and will do anything that she needs to, and after she's done will sweep away the pieces of whoever and whatever gets in her way?
    • "Is it right to leave a fellow sentient strung up like this?" "Well, that depends upon the nature of the experiment..."
  • Anti-Antichrist: She was meant to be the "holy child" of the Geisterdamen, the daughter of their goddess (who also is The Other). Except that she takes too much after her heroic father and was snatched away and raised from infancy to preteens by her equally heroic paternal uncle. That said, it's also been hinted that she might have been originally created to serve as a vessel for her mother's transfered mind.
  • Aroused by Their Voice: Seems to find Sparky voices generally attractive.
    • Agatha finds Tarvek's normal speaking voice has the ability to give her 'pleasant tingles.'
  • Badass Bookworm: Started as a bookworm, became a badass.
  • Badass Longcoat: Several of them, starting from her very first appearance and including an awesome labcoat.
  • Berserk Button: Bringing up Lilith and Adam's deaths and half of what Von Pinn says to her.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished:
    • She regularly stays up for days at a time with little rest and no food, often under stressful and dangerous circumstances, but this has no visible negative effect on her body (though there are several suggestions that sparks are capable of going far longer without sleep than regular people are, especially when in The Madness Place).
    • The worst injury Agatha has ever received was a shallow stab wound to her chest given to her by Zola that was quickly and easily bandaged and covered by her clothes.
  • Betty and Veronica: She's the Archie to Gil and Tarvek, though which is Betty and which is Veronica tends to flip-flop depending on the particular point in the story. Early on, Gil is Betty and Tarvek is Veronica, but they start to trade places around the time Agatha reaches Mechanicsburg and have fully switched by the Time Skip.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Generally one of the nicest Sparks around (especially compared to her ancestors) and prefers taking the peaceful solution if at all possible. Try her patience one too many times, though, or threaten her friends, and count yourself lucky if getting beaten to an inch of your life is the worst thing that happens to you. For example, Bang gets a nice friendly reminder that Agatha is a Heterodyne and far worse things than Bang will ever be are latent in Agatha's genes.
  • Blood Knight: Has developed aspects of this under Zeetha's tutelage. She expresses annoyance when the Castle interrupts a fight she could've handled herself, and Squees right alongside Dimo at Zeetha's robot-beheading kick.
  • Bluff the Impostor: Tries this on Othar in their first meeting. Has it tried on her by Carson.
  • Boobs-and-Butt Pose: Done unintentionally whilst trying to fit into too-small stolen pants.
  • Caffeine Bullet Time: The Clays wouldn't let her have "stimulants". There was a reason for that.
  • Cartwright Curse: Agatha's suitors so far have all wound up dead, shot, or turning funny colours. Or all three.
  • Changeling Fantasy: She's the long-lost daughter to two of the most powerful lines of Sparks (a Spark princess?).
  • Character Development: While she is still easily one of the most moral Sparks in the series, she has subtly become more jaded to heroics over time, going from the idealistic young girl who wanted to help the revenants of Passholdt to deciding that going around helping everyone like the Heterodyne Boys did sounds exhausting and preferring to mainly assist her friends and allies.
  • Child Prodigy: Subverted. She starts breaking through as a child (even younger than Gil), but gets a Power Limiter put on her, which prevents her from using her Spark (and also damps down her emotions, positive and negative.) When it is later removed, she ends up as a Teen Genius instead.
  • Chewing the Scenery: As with all good Sparks, she does this a bit when "Sparking out".
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: As shown on several occasions (lampshaded by Othar, no less!)
  • Color-Coded Characters: Typically wears green.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Snooty noble bitch talking down to you during a fencing match? Provoke her into running straight at your foil. Not capable of scoring a hit on a fencing clank with an Adaptive Ability to defend against whatever it's seen before? Throw an oil can at its off switch. Mad spark trying to steal your sentient Castle, fashioned an armband device to make the Castle unable to kill him in your defense, and coming at you with a knife? Smash his armband device with a wrench and let the now-unrestrained Castle drop a pillar on him. Agatha fights mean.
  • Compelling Voice: While in the Madness Place, her voice has a notable hypnotic quality that can compel most others to do her bidding. Going full tilt, she can bring an entire theater audience to their knees. All Sparks are suggested to possess this ability, but Agatha's capacity for it is much higher than most. Almost certainly because they're likely all revenants (the shambling monster type is a statistical extremity), who were slaver wasped into obeying Lucrezia's voice and she is Lucrezia's daughter.
  • Creepy Good: At times. She boasts an impressive Evil Laugh and can be disturbingly ruthless when the situation calls for it (especially when she's in her madness place), but is a fundamentally good person even at her worst.
  • Crush Blush: Sure, Tarvek, surprise a girl with a comment that she's beautiful.
  • Cunning Linguist: According to the print novels, even before her locket was removed, she had a talent for languages.
  • Dating Catwoman: Gil and Tarvek could both count here.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She has her moments.
    Agatha: It's a falling machine. I'm so impressed.
  • Dismissing a Compliment: In the Cinderella story, Gil admires her entrance and she calls him a flatterer — rather flirtatiously.
  • Dude Magnet: As Zeetha lampshades, the universe keeps throwing hot, shirtless men at her. Even Martellus, who started out merely seeing her as a means to an end, grows attracted to her for her own sake.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Part and parcel of being a Spark. She's mostly focused on mechanical inventions.
  • The Fettered: Naturally, with a bad case of Chronic Hero Syndrome, she's this.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: Well, Inventor, but she's the Mage to Zeetha's Fighter and Violetta's Thief.
  • Geek Physique: Averted, especially after Zeetha's training. But she has a curvy, athletic figure and muscular arms from the beginning of the comic.
  • Genki Girl: At least, when she is on coffee.
  • Happily Adopted: Agatha has always known that Adam and Lilith Clay were constructs, and ostensibly "friends" of her uncle, but still calls them her parents, and obviously cares for them.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Various times, mostly after Lars died.
  • Her Heart Will Go On: Lars. It's also worth noting that both Tarvek and Gil have gotten hurt while chasing after Agatha. She just can't seem to keep her suitors healthy. And she's got serious issues about it, too — most likely due to Lars' death.
  • Heroic Willpower: With enough motivation, Agatha can out-will Lucrezia herself.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: World opinion on her is quite polarized. Many look up to her as the rightful heir of her father's and uncle's heroic legacy. But between her psychotic ancestors, and the Baron's refusal to see her as anything but another Lucrezia, many people are concerned she might be the Other, or at least an old school Heterodyne.
  • Home Sweet Home: She thinks she wants this.
  • Hot Scientist: Very much so, especially to Gil.
  • Idiot Hair: Agatha's by no means an idiot (anymore at least), but the original meaning of the term applies. She has an eternal battle with the cowlick on the top of her head.
  • Informed Flaw: It was originally stated that Agatha, despite being a powerful Spark, was limited by her lack of education, having been kicked out of college at 18. In Sturmhalten, she is unable to get her mother out of her head because she couldn't understand the complexity of the Summoning Engine. However, this problem almost never comes up again after the Sturmhalten arc and Agatha is seemingly capable of building and repairing whatever she wants with no difficulty.
  • In the Blood:
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Agatha wants Gil and Tarvek safely out of Castle Heterodyne.
  • Kid with the Leash: To the Jägers and Castle Heterodyne.
  • Kiss-Kiss-Slap: Sums up her relationships with Gil and Tarvek.
  • Laser-Guided Tyke-Bomb: Lucrezia gave birth to her to accomplish... something. What exactly that purpose is remains unclear, though the Paris arc suggests it's at least partially connected to the Muse of Time.
  • Last of Her Kind: She appears to be the last member of the Heterodyne family, considering no one's seen Uncle Barry for years.
  • Living Legend: It has begun for Agatha. Read the next page for the full impact of this statement.
  • Living MacGuffin: Of the Geister religion, due to her mother's influence. Also to the Knights of Jove, as a female Heterodyne is necessary for their plan to reestablish the Storm King. All in all, the fact of her existence as an heir of the Heterodyne Boys and/or Lucrezia Mongfish puts as many plot elements in motion as anything she actually does.
  • Long-Lost Relative: To Theo DuMedd and Zola as a cousin.
  • Made a Slave: Many of the world's major powers want to do this to her. The Other is at least partially successful.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter, as well as being a Mad Scientist herself. Also, the progeny of a Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter, who was a Mad Scientist herself. Being the descendant of two powerful families of Sparks, The Spark runs in the family. As, apparently, does being a very curvaceous girl, to the point Dimo the Jäger refers to Agatha having "Heterodyne Ham".
  • Magnetic Hero: Thanks to the legend of her father and uncle, Krosp states that a lot of people will want to follow her (or kill her or exploit her, but that's beside the point). She's already collected quite an entourage of followers, including an heir to the Lightning Throne, the Baron's own son, a lost princess of a backwoods tribe, a talking cat, one of her cousins, a band of convicts who was repairing Castle Heterodyne...
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Heterodyning means to alter a frequency by creating another frequency to interact with it. Part of the Heterodyne Spark is the ability to instinctively hum in a way that heterodynes with any background noise so that it gets cancelled out, removing distractions from their work.
    • Agatha's locket, which was created by her uncle Barry, is a true Heterodyne locket - when she wears it, it heterodynes her brain. When she was younger, it suppressed her brain waves so that she could never focus enough to truly use her Spark. Uncle Barry did this to her because her spark was starting to break through when she was barely five years old, and spark breakthroughs can get extremely messy and destructive, and counteractive to remaining hidden. Now that she has fully broken through, it can't fully suppress her Spark anymore, but the same properties cancel out the brain waves of the implanted copy of Lucrezia in her head, preventing her from taking over Agatha's body.
    • Agatha's first name is also poignant. It derives from greek, "Ἀγαθή" (pronounced "Agatay"), meaning "good, noble, brave", all traits consistent with her Chronic Hero Syndrome.
  • Meganekko: Those big round bottle-thick lenses...
  • Minored In Ass Kicking: She's a competent hand-to-hand fighter thanks to Zeetha's training and a crack shot with a Death Ray, but tends to be outmatched in physical confrontations more often than not. Thinking her way out tends to be her first solution to problems, at least when she can't just build a Bigger Stick to blow them away.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Less than Zeetha, but the Foglios do have a penchant for putting her in corsetry and lacy underthings. And then there's this little gem...
  • Mysterious Past:
    • There have been hints that there's more to Agatha's origins than she knows, such as her encounter with Von Pinn in Castle Heterodyne, and her familiarity with the workings of Van Rijin's secret laboratory, though the full picture is unclear.
    • Agatha's conception alone is pretty shady. Especially since Lucrezia was apparently abducted by the Other and went missing for three years without a trace before the Heterodyne boys disappeared altogether. An alarming implication is that the Other somehow had Agatha conceived thereafter just in case, and that some impressive heroics from Barry saved her from being left with the Geisterdamen. Although Word of God has stated outside the comic that Bill Heterodyne is most definitely her father. And Lucrezia is definitely her mother. Who was never abducted by the Other and couldn't have been, since she IS The Other.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: She's just as beautiful as she is brilliant.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Agatha favors mechanical engineering as her specialty, but there isn't a field of science that she can't work with, from electrical medicine to mutant weasel-breeding to making coffee. (Except maybe medicine, since she was never allowed any hands-on training while at the University.)
  • Omniglot: According to the novels, she speaks Romanian (apparently her native tongue), Latin, Greek, German, English, French, Arabic and Russian. The only language spoken in the series thus far that she hasn't been able to understand is Geisterese.
  • One Size Fits All: Subverted; when circumstances lead her to try and steal the clothes from a male guard, she can't fit into his pants, which Dimo points out was never going to happen with her generous posterior.
  • Only Sane Man: Compared to most Sparks of her caliber, though she still has her moments of madness. She doesn't seek adventures but doesn't loathe them either. She doesn't seek power for its own sake but will take it if she has to. And while she wants a romantic relationship, she won't let herself get swept off her feet without taking protective measures. Being raised among common people by a sane, loving couple has its perks.
  • Orphan's Plot Trinket: Her locket, a gift from her uncle Barry, with pictures of her real parents. It was a device to shut down her Spark abilities, keeping her safe and hidden, since nascent sparks usually end up killed by an angry mob, a more powerful Spark, or their own creations. It later serves to suppress an unwanted Grand Theft Me occupant in Agatha's head: The Other/Lucrezia. . It is finally destroyed during the England plot-arc.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her original parents are gone at least until Lucrezia shows up, her Uncle Barry who was like a father to her disappeared when she was seven, and her parental substitutes get ripped to shreds. They get better and have come back into her life after the time skip.
  • Parody Sue: Gets played with in the Cinderella parody.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: In the Cinderella parody, she makes a clockwork themed ballgown (which comes off at the press of a button), and first is seen wearing it through a Grand Staircase Entrance.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Once she gets over her Chronic Hero Syndrome, she matures into this. She's willing to act the Terror Hero when it gets things done and she's a Combat Pragmatist in a fight.
  • Power Fantasy: Agatha was a clumsy and bullied young woman who turned out to be one of the most smartest and resourceful people in the world and all her early flaws were caused by her necklace suppressing her true potential. She also turns out to be the last surviving member of the Heterodyne family, making her on the one of the most important and influential people in Europa. She has an entire city of people and monsters who basically worship the ground she walks on and she currently has at least three princes vying for her affections. She also regularly defeats powerful enemies with little effort and often escapes danger with barely a hair out of place.
  • Power Floats: When she drank from the Dyne. To hear Higgs tell it, she's lucky she didn't explode.
  • Restraining Bolt: The locket her uncle gave her was made to suppress her Spark and hide her true heritage. After she has the Other forcibly implanted into her mind, the locket now acts to suppress it and keeps the Other from possessing Agatha. The Other is eventually able to overpower the locket and destroy it while in charge of Agatha's body. Her/its triumph is short-lived.
  • Science Hero: Spark.
  • Science-Related Memetic Disorder: Like all Sparks. The page image.
  • Skewed Priorities: Par for the course for a Mad Scientist. One of the more egregious examples would be when she actively helps the renegade Mad Scientists of Britain summon an Eldritch Abomination, which would be bad enough if said renegade scientists weren't already making active attempts to kill her and her friends.
  • Supreme Chef: She can make coffee so exquisite that it makes coffee buff (and her future Seneschal) Vanamonde von Mekkhan weep with bliss.
    Vole (upon being scalded with a pot of the stuff): (smack, smack) Dot is verra good coffee.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Gil, assumed by a fair amount of people.
  • Sleepwalking: Not just that, but sleep-sparking. Her spark finally broke through completely in such a state after the loss of the Power Limiter locket, and it wasn't for some time that she was fully cognizant of her spark and consciously exerted it.
  • Teen Genius: She's eighteen, so she's at the outside edge of this trope, but she's still the youngest major Spark in the comic, as well as one of the most powerful.
  • Terror Hero: Not by choice, but everyone seems to expect her to go Old Heterodyne on her enemies, and she can work with that. She's almost as good as Klaus when it comes to intimidating people into obedience.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Before Zeetha's Training from Hell, Agatha played the role of Distressed Damsel much more frequently. Zeetha saw her need to be able to fend for herself, so she's giving Agatha the training of a Skifander warrior princess. It works, this and this.. These two scenes are set just two months apart...
  • Training from Hell: She's regularly thankful that Zeetha put her through a comically vicious training regimen in her circus days.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Subverted. Gil notes that her breakthrough was peaceful compared to other Sparks; she didn't so much as break through as "ease" through. Unlike many breakthrough creations, hers (the "search engine" in Beetleburg) was relatively harmless. No one besides Gil even suspected she was breaking through, least of all her, and most of all the Baron. Played straight in that, when she demonstrated heterodyning to Barry at the tender age of five, he panicked and scrambled to find some way to suppress her spark.
  • Tsundere: Oh, yes. She definitely is one. At least, towards Gil.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Too many powerful people treat her as a pawn in their game, when she's really another player in said game. To quote Gil talking to Vole:
    Gil: You're just like my father! You underestimated her and she bested you! She is a Heterodyne! Doesn't that mean anything to you?!?
  • Undying Loyalty: One thing the old Heterodynes got right was treating their minions well and fostering loyalty in anyone who served them, whether they be soldiers, monsters, or psychopathic AIs. Agatha carries on the tradition.
  • Unkempt Beauty: She cleans up nicely, too, but looks no less pretty when covered in dirt and engine grease (which is frequently). Tarvek even seems to prefer her that way.
  • Villainous Lineage: Klaus suspects that she carries her families' evil in her. While Agatha seems to be heroic and generally well-adjusted, he points out that anyone can go insane over their lifetimes - and given the sheer amount of evil in both the Heterodyne and Mongfish lineages, he does not want to take chances by allowing her to marry Gil.
  • Wants a Prize for Basic Decency: Inverted Trope. Others treat her like a bastion of moral fortitude because she possesses things like "restraint" and "humility". Justified Trope because she's a Heterodyne, and that sort of thing isn't exactly "basic" for them.
  • Warrior Princess: Zeetha's princess lessons seems to be meant to turn Agatha into even more of a Spark Lady of War than before. Lesson #1 is "every princess needs a battle axe".
  • Weasel Mascot: Ever since Tarvek brought her a bundle of Wasp Eaters after The Vespiary Squad airship crash, one of them has latched onto Agatha and went with her through the Time Skip portal. She's become dependent on the wasp eater's proximity after she substituted it for Martellus to subvert the alchemical "touch of the king" leash he tried to put on her.
  • Weirdness Magnet: She doesn't actively seek out adventure or trouble and prefers to solve her problems as quickly and peacefully as possible. Unfortunately, as a Heterodyne she is placed in the center of various conflicts and conspiracies, attracts countless enemies who wish to see her dead or use her to their own ends, and she has to deal with all the problems her family left behind.
  • White Sheep: Like her father and uncle before her, compared to the rest of their ancestors in the Heterodyne lineage and with Theo to the Mongfishes. That's two breed of madness and she is okay, at least.
  • Wrench Wench: She looks good tinkering with machines.
    • Virtually all of the promotional artwork depicts her holding a wrench of some sort.
  • Wrench Whack: Since she's usually carrying one anyway...


    Ardsley Wooster 

Commodore Ardsley Roland Wooster, British Secret Agent
"Destabilized Britain's greatest rival, and aided an innocent girl. A mighty good day's work, I'd say."
Wooster first met Gil in Paris and agreed to enter his service as a manservant. He claimed not to know Gil's true identity at the time, and was apparently very surprised when he found out. However, Wooster turned out to be more than a Jeeves; in reality, he was a secret agent for British intelligence, and therefore likely DID know who Gil was, which is very impressive seeing as Gil's childhood friends didn't. Turns out Gil knew Wooster's real identity, and was perfectly willing to go along with the pretense until events pushed him into making use of his knowledge, turning Wooster into his semi-minion and dispatching him to help Agatha. Wooster eventually convinces Agatha to come to England with him.

Classy and unflappable Wooster's ultimate allegiance is of course to the immortal and sparky Queen Albia of England, but he thinks well of Agatha, has indeed assisted her on more than one occasion, and has given every indication of being as honorable a man in his profession can be, leading to his being listed here on the Protagonists page.

  • Accidental Pervert: Walked in on Agatha while she was executing her Full-Frontal Assault plan to scare away assassins.
    Agatha: Tch. What kind of master spy stands around in the hall screaming at the sight of a lady dishabille, anyway? What would your Queen say?
    Wooster: She'd say: "thank you Mister Wooster, for not doing anything- that would make Gilgamesh Wulfenbach melt England!"
  • Amazon Chaser: He's clearly interested romantically in Trelawney Thorpe, an internationally-renowned superspy who regularly carries around high explosives. (Whether her feelings towards Wooster extend beyond friendship to a colleague is less clear, though she weeps for him after he dies.)
  • Badass Normal: He commandeers a rifle from one of the Baron's troops (after somehow ditching Agatha's party), fires from the top of one of the caravans and is ready to snipe the Baron (see Shoot the Dog below), delivers an Offhand Backhand to Bangladesh Dupree, and later enters and exits the Jägergeneral's airship from the window. He also survived being Gil's valet for at least a year before the comic starts.
  • Battle Butler: While undercover working for Gil, although again, "valet" would be the more accurate term.
  • Die for Our Ship: invoked Ships Gil/Agatha because he's afraid that any other pairing means "Gilgamesh Wulfenbach is going to go on a rampage that will reduce everything Ardsley Wooster loves to a wet pile of used tea leaves."
  • Defiant to the End: When threatened by an enraged and newly super-charged Lucrezia occupying Agatha's body, he stocially maintains his loyalty to Albia, and pays the penalty.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: A heroic example, as he is still loyal to the queen; how privy he is to Albia's plans towards Agatha isn't currently clear.
  • Expy: Very much so for Mr. Bond. His only problem is that he lives in a world of high-powered Mad scientists. Meaning Mr. Wooster's Super Weight isn't nearly as great, relatively speaking, as Mr. Bond's genius bruiser status in his own stories.
  • Friendly Sniper: The only member of the main cast who uses conventional firearms (rather than Death Rays and their ilk) with any regularity, and a damn good shot besides. And provided he's on your side, he's definitely a polite and respectful guy.
  • The Jeeves: Played with. Despite the nod to Jeeves and Wooster right there in his name, Wooster is no mere super-skilled valet.
  • Master of Disguise: After seeing this page, now go back and try to spot that particular "corbettite" in the post-Beast-battle pages.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Boris tries to invoke this when Wooster reveals the Baron's plan to level Mechanicsburg to the Jäger Generals, claiming that he's allowed The Other an opportunity to escape. Wooster doesn't buy it, but admits that the Queen will take an interest in the matter if things do go south.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently Hoffman landing on him reminded him of how he met Gil.
  • Oh, Crap!: Wooster has an impressive one here, when, in response to Violetta wondering Who Would Be Stupid Enough? to hijack one of Albia's ships singlehandedly, he starts to reminisce about a time when Gil did something like that... then freezes in horror when he realizes the implication that Gilgamesh Wulfenbach, who's empire is on what could best be described as an uneasy detente with England, probably is involved somehow (and he's right).
  • Offhand Backhand: Delivered to Bangladesh DuPree, of all people.
    DuPree: You're on my list, pal!
    Wooster: But you are most certainly not on mine. Good day.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: After being outed as a spy, not to mention sending Europa into chaos, his superiors assign him to stay with the Jägers guarding Mechanicsburg as punishment. He does eventually get back to England, and is put in charge of a murder investigation at the Queen's Society.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: Though he grows out of it, he starts off as a man with little faith in Agatha.
  • Servile Snarker: As Gil's right-hand-man. Gentleman Snarker might be more accurate now we know his real background.
  • Shipper on Deck: Ships Gil/Agatha, principally out of fear that any other pairing "would make Gilgamesh Wulfenbach melt England!"
  • Shoot the Dog: Is prepared to do whatever it takes to complete his mission, even killing Baron Wulfenbach. Although given his comment that "Gil won't like this", he may have been planning a wounding shot.
  • Spanner in the Works: When he derails Boris' manipulation of the Jägergenerals.
  • Spy Drama: This didn't really feature in the comic itself until this strip. There is, however, a custom ad for the Spy Battle browser game that portrays his past as being ridiculously martini-flavored. And he's later stated to be a Commander in HMSS with a designation including 00.
  • The Stoic: He's rather nonchalant about Gil revealing that he knew all along that Wooster was a British spy. And he's again unflappable when throwing a monkey wrench into Boris's attempt to deceive the Jäger generals. However, even he is not immune to being minionized by Gil's force of will. As noted above, he dies maintaining this attitude.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: One of the tallest protagonists, dark haired, and he's British, so snark is a given.
  • Wild Card: More heroic than most examples, but his first loyalty is always to Queen Albia and England. He'll help out the heroes if it interests the Crown or he's feeling especially sympathetic, but the particulars of his motives are always a little hazy.

    Da Boyz 

Ognian, Maxim, and Dimo, Jägermonsters
Oggie, Maxim, and Dimo
Fan Nickname for the three "wild" Jägermonsters. They were detached from the rest of their kin and sent out on a suicide mission to find an heir to the Heterodyne family so that the other Jägers could serve and be under the auspices of Baron Wulfenbach without having forsaken their oath to the Heterodynes. To their surprise, they discovered Agatha passing by in Zumzum, and followed her to protect her.

Da Boyz in general

  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Dimo is green, and Maxim is purple. Oggie is (relatively) normally coloured by human standards, which makes him the odd one out by Jäger standards.
  • Badass Adorable: Oggie, and to a lesser extent Maxim.
  • Badass Crew: They fight very effectively together.
  • Berserk Button: Enough to even get them pissed at a Heterodyne. "Dot... vas... my.... HAT!"
  • The Big Guy: Being the only Jägers loyal to Agatha before the Doom Bell rings they serve as the muscle of Agatha's group, especially while she was with the circus where they were her go-to guys to solve problems.
  • Blood Knight: They're Jägers. It comes with the territory.
  • The Bus Came Back: The bus FINALLY came back, after three years, when Maxim and Oggie finally showed up out of nowhere at Martellus' costume party. First revealed here, but seen a little earlier here.
  • Chewing the Scenery:
    • When they need to stop Jenka from rampaging through town. "SCHTOP! Hyu horr'ble monstery ting of EVIL!"
    • Later, when they (briefly) entered Mechanicsburg before a Heterodyne was officially in residence, which is not allowed.
      Oggie: Hyu knife, brodder!
      Maxim: Right here, brodder!
      Dimo: [sighs] Ve didn't gets caught, hyu eediots.
      Oggie and Maxim: Whew!
      Gil: (annoyed Aside Glance)
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Da Boyz have funny accents, are generally not too bright and more than a little goofy. Then something happens, and suddenly all the goofiness is gone and you're reminded that Da Boyz are in fact 200+ -years-old Super Soldiers...
  • Cute Little Fangs: Until they open their mouths and reveal that the "little" fangs are huge.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Rare male example in Maxim and Oggie. Oggie, oddly, is more of a charmer than Maxim despite not being as pretty, even being able to sweet-talk human girls.
  • Freudian Trio: Dimo=Superego, Maxim=Ego, Oggie=Id.
  • Funetik Aksent: Iz de vay de Jägers tok. Even their applause is accented!
  • Godzilla Threshold: With protecting Agatha their top priority and the Baron hunting her, it says something that Dimo and Maxim's reaction to seeing large numbers of slaver engines is immediately deciding to inform the Baron and bring his troops running to the city Agatha is in.
  • Had to Be Sharp: Extended time away from the main corps of Jägerkin has necessitated them to think on their own. As a result, they've become smarter for it; even Oggie, and especially Dimo. This sharpening of mental acuity is what enabled Maxim to be the Jäger who finally claimed Old Man Death's hat.
  • Hidden Depths: They're smarter than the other Jägers. And it seemed to have only come up after they split from the main group.
    General Zog: Dimo! Hy am shocked at dis behavior!
    Boris: Still, it was rather clever of him...
    General Zog: Hy said Hy vas shocked.
  • I Owe You My Life: This was their excuse for watching over Agatha before her identity was revealed, that they need to pay her back for cutting them down in Zumzum.
    Zeetha: You already did. On the bridge.
    Dimo: Dat vas fer me. Maxim und Oggie still gots dere turns.
  • Kavorka Man: They claim to be "irresistible to vimmen," although how much so remains to be seen. Given how many times women seem receptive to Oggie's flirting, he apparently lives up to it. Maxim and Oggie both found interested girls during Maxim's interaction with Old Man Death. Then again, apparently in Mechanicsburg and its suburbs Jägers are heroes.
    • As the backstory for Oggie and Higgs unfolds, it's becoming clear that the Jägers' non-human features are considered attractive in the Mechanicsburg area, to the point that Oggie takes it for granted that Zeetha will be disappointed if Higgs never develops them.
  • The Man They Couldn't Hang: They're introduced swinging in the breeze in Zumzum, where they've been hanging for two days. The only thing they're worried about is Jenka finding them.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Maxim is rather attractive and the other two have their fans.
  • Nice Hat: Like all Jägers. Maxim gives his up when Lars dies, acquiring a new one later on.
  • The Nose Knows: All Jägers have an acute sense of smell. Before any Jäger was even aware of the fact that Agatha was the long lost scion of the house they swore Undying Loyalty to, many of them commented on how she smelled good. The Jäger Generals debated on whether she could be the one based on the scent on her belongings. And Da Boyz are introduced picking up a whiff of Agatha in Zumzum as they dangled on their ineffectual nooses. Later, they were able to identify the hallucinogenic haze that the Circus members unleashed on the Wulfenbach forces to make an escape. They could also "schmell ze fear" on Lars moments before his Heroic Sacrifice.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: The average Jäger has no qualms about being in everyone's space like they're old friends. Dimo in particular has learned to weaponize this by looming threateningly over people often by perching on something a person he wants unsettled is next to so as to surprise them with a well timed comment and when they turn they're faced with an uncomfortably close Jäger that is crouched like they're ready to pounce with all their very sharp teeth showing in a menacing grin.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity:
    • Most notable in Dimo, but they're all smarter than most rank-and-file Jaegers because of the time they spent by themselves. Dimo's best moments come when other Jaeger including Oggie and Maxim decide to goof off and stop trying to think things through. Jaegers tend to "turn off" their brains and just act silly and somewhat insanely when they are bored. Dimo is the smartest of the three because he can stay focused for longer than them. He tends to be the one who asks the "smart questions". Though occasionally he'll use his head to hammer in a nail instead of his metal hand.
    • While other people mock him about his ability to understand how love works, Oggie actually is very astute about relationships and not only figures out that Higgs loves Zeetha, but gives him advice that helps seal their relationship.
      Master Payne: “You cannot possibly be as stupid as you act.”
      Oggie: “Ken if hy vants to be!”
    • Maxim will at one minute talk about how it would be easy to defeat a 4th dimensional creature because they killed things that are older than that and the next minute point out that Agatha probably avoids sexual relationships because it's something she's unexperienced with in comparison to her mother. He further deduces that the Lucrezia inside her head would subsequently make a play to take over her mind if Agatha allowed herself to be in such a romantic position. Like Oggie, some of the stuff he believes or "figures out" seems to be incredibly stupid or based on insane logic, but other times his whole demeanor changes and he says something quite astute and wise. The only reason he isn't as good as Dimo at this is because Dimo almost always stays serious while Maxim likes to goof off with Oggie.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Comes with being Jäger.
  • Put on a Bus: Oggie and Maxim, post Time Skip. Averted with Dimo. They finally reappear in Paris and join Agatha as she travels on to England.
  • Really 700 Years Old: They don't look particularly old, but they're between two hundred and three hundred years old, and Oggie has at least one adult great-great-grandchild (who looks and acts suspiciously like the character telling the main story, who is an Author Avatar). They personally knew the original Storm King, and he really hated them.
  • Secret Keeper: Though not outright said, they are apparently aware that Higgs is actually a Jager General.
  • Seen It All: Given that they've been Jägers for over a hundred years and Had to Be Sharp on top of the usual shenanigans, it takes a lot to take them off guard. Maxim and Dimo demonstrate this when escaping from an underwater exploding lab. They just shrug off the parade of ridiculous obstacles in their way, their response to a ghost pirate showing up is to just hand him a pearl for passage (and had a fake to hand him), and they deliberately play up Mr. Exposition about their current situation to bait out a mind-control spider. Worth noting that Maxim was the one taking the lead in the above (though Dimo was clearly just as much in his element).
  • Shipper on Deck: Agatha/Gil is the Jägerkin OTP. Though, Tarvek impresses the Jäger Generals and several regular Jägers during the Siege of Mechanicsburg. There's now a betting pool started for which suitor she'll end up with. (Yes, there is a pool for "Both.")
  • The Smart Guy: All three are pretty intelligent, especially compared to the average Jägerkin. Dimo is clearly the smartest of the trio. If you vote for Girl Genius at, the incentive even calls him "The Smart One."
  • Suicide Mission: Their mission was to "find a Heterodyne", but no one expected them to succeed. The only purpose was to attempt to hold to the Jägertroth so that the rest of the Jägers could proudly say that they had not abandoned their masters. Then they found Agatha...
    Maxim: Vell... ectually she kinda found us. Doz dot still count?
    General Khrizhan: Ho, yez.
    Maxim: Whew!
  • Super Soldier: As with all Jägers.
  • Those Two Guys: Three, but who's counting. Often get to fill this role. Exemplified by when Payne and Abner are trying to figure out how to integrate Da Boyz into the troupe.
  • Undying Loyalty: Explicitly explained to be a choice on the Jägers' part. They are not compelled to serve the Heterodynes; rather, every Jäger has made a conscious choice and vow to serve the Heterodynes for life before they drank the Jägerbrau.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: To stay true to their oath when they signed up with Baron Wulfenbach, a small group of volunteers were detached and not committed to the Baron's forces. It was determined that searching for the Heterodyne Boys or any possible offspring would not be a priority for the Baron, so these detached Jägers were tasked with searching for their masters. Da Boyz were three such Jägers, and it was considered a suicide mission because of the extremely long odds. But against those odds, they succeeded by finding Agatha and this trope was ultimately averted.


The leader by default, due to being the smartest of the trio. Often the Only Sane Man as well.

  • An Arm and a Leg: Dimo lost his left arm to the acid of mutated glowing slugs. Or more specifically, an emergency amputation by Oggie to prevent it from dissolving the rest of him.
  • Artificial Limbs: Dimo gets a metal strap-on arm to replace the one he lost from the slug acid spit.
  • Color-Coded Characters: His skin and hat are both green.
  • Field Promotion: After the Siege of Mechanicsburg, with most if not all of the Jäger generals caught in the time-freeze bubble, he's received an unofficial promotion to general. Presumably, Agatha would be the one to eventually make the brevet rank official, but she hasn't done so yet.
  • Four-Star Badass: That's General Dimo to you, after the Time Skip. He had to, as all the other (known) Generals are caught in the time-freeze bubble, and most rank-and-file Jägers aren't known for smarts. Seeing that there's a vacancy in the general staff due to hat-loss-caused-death of one General in the recent past, he may get to keep the post.
  • Genius Bruiser: Not for the standards of the series a whole, but definitely for the Jäger. He tends to be the guy with the plans and the one who asks the right questions about a mess in front of the cast. There's a reason he was promoted post-timeskip.
  • Handicapped Badass: Dimo, after losing his arm in the Sturmhalten Riot. Later receives an Artificial replacement that looks to have been made by some refugee in the caves after the Time Skip; Punch is a likely candidate for being the constructer.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: Invoked, amazingly; when he shows up with Jenka under Paris he's disguised, by shaving, neatening up his hair, dressing in formal attire, and standing up straight, causing him to look quite different until closely examined. Agatha's even surprised he can DO the latter. He doesn't seem to like it, though.
  • Only Sane Man: he's the de facto leader of the trio. This quality later helps earn him a promotion to Generalcy after the time-skip.
  • Perma-Stubble: He starts out with a reasonably neat goatee though. When he cleans up (see above), it's averted as he shaves it off.
    • Then again, the stubble quickly grow again when he's not in social function, even though it's just the next day! [1]
    • And its fully returned when he's talking about his and his fellow Jägers' monstrous past (and Heel–Face Turn) with Heterodyne Boys.
  • Slasher Smile: Dimo is particularly good at this.
  • Weapon of Choice: Dimo is pretty handy with throwing knives, and prefers his claws and fisticuffs when it comes to getting up close and personal.
  • You Are in Command Now: Due to all the other (known) Jäger generals being trapped in the Baron's time-freeze bubble, Dimo took over leadership of the Jägers on account of being the Only Sane Man amongst Da Boyz.
  • Your Costume Needs Work: Gets told this by an actor playing a Jäger, saying he got the voice right but he could use some more makeup.

Ognian, aka "Oggie"

One of the few Jägers known to have descendants, and a surprisingly competent sweet-talker.

  • Butt-Monkey: He is frequently clobbered by one or both of the other Boyz mid-sentence for saying things that/when he shouldn't. Sometimes Jenka joins in too.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Tan hair and skin with brown clothes.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: While the other two have footwear, Oggie is barefoot. This is because he has very strange feet that won't fit in boots.
  • Dumb Blond: Oggie is... not the sharpest tooth in the mouth.
    Master Payne: You cannot possibly be as stupid as you act.
    Oggie: Ken if I vants to be!
  • I Want Grandkids: Oggie wants great-great-great-grandkids. Becomes Heartwarming in Hindsight when he reveals that having descendants is a way to keep the memory of his long-dead wife alive, as Oggie can still see something of her in every one of them.
  • Kavorka Man: Of special mention with Oggie, as he's the only one of the boys with known descendants so far.
  • Manchild: Oggie is a fun loving guy, but often comes across as highly immature.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: it turns out Oggie was married, to a woman he met and got pregnant just before he took the Jagerdraught. They were together 64 years, which while a fair lifetime for her, was such a short time compared to the hundreds of years he's lived since. He still keeps a picture of her in that necklace he always wears, and the fez that the nondescript silhouette of her is wearing in the flashback implies that Oggie's fez was also hers too.
  • Nice Hat: Aquires a fancy periscope-topped number in Paris by defeating its owner in a scuffle during a meeting... er, honorable combat!
  • Noodle Incident: Oggie apparently did something that pissed off Klaus, which may be part of the reason he was sent on the mission in the first place.
  • Saying Too Much: As already noted, he has a real problem when it comes to blurting out sensitive information.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: Played straight first, then Gender Flipped. As he reveals when Zeetha asks about his wife, she originally shared his tent but left the day before he took the Jagerdraught - the implication being that she tried to have his child before he took the highly-likely-to-be-lethal Super Serum and wouldn't have to see him die. She succeeded on the former, and she later was surprised that the latter didn't happen. Oggie now views all of his descendants as a way to remember her, as noted above, which is why he's driven to tell the one he's shown meeting in the comic's present that he wants great-great-great-grandkids.
  • Super Serum: Martellus concocts some manner of potion that he has an injured Oggie drink during the bid to extract Lucrezia from Agatha in Londonium, and it makes him grow beastly large, bloodshot-eyed, and maniacally laughing as he rips the arm right off of a super-clank loaded with another copy of Lucrezia after she had put an end to Zeetha's onslaught.
  • Weapon of Choice: Oggie packs a triple pole axe.


The prettiest of the trio, and mostly human except for his purple skin.

  • Art Evolution: While the whole comic has been going though it subtly over the decades its run, Maxim's design has changed the most of all Da Boyz, which is most apparent when you look at how his nose is drawn. Compare when he's first introduced here to his latest 2020 appearance here
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: In the Cinderella story, Maxim... is beautiful. Oggie and Dimo avert the attractiveness.
  • Bishounen: Maxim was originally designed as an in-joke for Kaja. Lampshaded in the Cinderella side-story, when he's supposed to play an ugly stepsister... well, see for yourself.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Purple skin and clothes.
  • Due to the Dead: In honor of Lars's Heroic Sacrifice, he gave his first hat to be buried with Lars. If only for a short time, Lars "rode with the Jägers" (like Carson Von Mekkhan and Old Man Death), and it's custom for Jäger auxiliaries to be honored in death like a Jäger.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Goes along with his Bishounen factor.
  • Loophole Abuse: After failing to get Old Man Death's hat by fighting him for it, Maxim then tells him he wants a sandwich. Old Man Death tells him "you name it, I make it". Maxim asks for a "Prince of Sturmhalten's Big Bet", which refers to a past Prince of Sturmhalten who lost a bet with the reigning Heterodyne at the time, and had to eat his hat. In order to live up to his boast, Old Man Death had to make Maxim a hat sandwich. On top of that, Old Man Death said he was going to give him the sandwich and then started to threaten him with what he'd do to him afterwards, basically trying to pull his own Loophole Abuse. However, Maxim then said he wanted the sandwich to go, so he pulled Loophole Abuse twice.
  • Nice Hat: Of particular note for Maxim: His new hat isn't particularly fancy, but it used to be Old Man Death's.
  • Weapon of Choice: Maxim packs a cavalry saber and maybe a Power Fist (though not even the Foglios know what that metallic glove thing is).

    The Dingbots 

"Agatha's Little Clanks"
The Dingbots are a horde of small clanks (roughly the size of a large pocketwatch) created by Agatha that prove to be immensely useful in a variety of roles. The original Dingbots created by Agatha herself (such as the fan-named "Dingbot Prime", created in her sleep aboard Castle Wulfenbach) appear to have the Spark, as they are able to create more Dingbots (though with diminishing returns in quality).
  • Action Bomb: During the battle that eventually laid Baron Wulfenbach low, several of them went red-eyed and started charging at enemies and exploding.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: They're not evil, but Tarvek has hypothesized that the Primes have the Spark. And they did go a bit off the rails during the Civil War between the Prime and Deuce factions before the Dingbot Queen intervened.
  • Ascended Fanon: While they aren't referred to in-comic as anything BUT 'Agatha's Little Clanks', when Prime and Deuce start fighting, one of the page titles of the Dingbot War is "Attack of the Dingbots!".
  • Do-Anything Robot: Individually, likely not. But as a horde? They Zerg Rush the problem; odds are, some dingbot has the right tool for the job built into it.
  • Fan Nickname: They don't have an actual name in-comic, other than "Agatha's little clanks" or the "pocketwatch clanks" (in the novelization) for the main ones. On that note, fans are considering dubbing groups of dingbots "devotions."
  • Rebus Bubble: To Gil, and to the second Dingbot Prime ("Dingbot Deuce" as he's been called).
  • Reforged into a Minion: A loose interpretation of this trope can apply to the post-defeat Beast of the Rails and to the fragment of Castle found in Paris: Agatha recreated their physical platforms into speech-capable advanced dingbots.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: All of them have at least one big round innocently curious looking eye.
  • Science-Related Memetic Disorder: It's not that they have the ability to build lesser copies of themselves; it's more that their first instinct on meeting a foreign swarm (or devotion, if you will) is to declare total war.
  • The Speechless: They don't say a single actual word, their vocalizations consist of Rebus Bubbles and heterodyning.
  • There Can Be Only One: Agatha lost the original Dingbot Prime and made a new one. The original turned up again and, well, they don't seem to like each other all that much... Soon after, Agatha made a third one, a "Dingbot Queen" who subdued Prime and Deuce and united the two warring factions following each of the "primes".
  • Turned Against Their Masters: Even the typical Heterodyne creations Undying Loyalty cannot get the two Prime Dingbots to stop fighting. Then Agatha actually tries the old "you are my creations" line. They just whack her on the foot with a wrench and get right back to clobbering one another.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Despite being the size of a large pocketwatch there is every chance the Agatha-originated Dingbots are self aware, and possibly are Sparks themselves.
  • Zerg Rush: Their biggest advantage in carrying out the tasks their mistress (or her associates) needs is their sheer numbers.

    Gil Wulfenbach 

Gilgamesh Wulfenbach, Heir to the Pax Transylvania, Schmott Guy
"I am Gilgamesh Wulfenbach, little man, and there is NOTHING I could not do, had I cause!"
Son of one of the major antagonists, Gilgamesh is one of the possible pairings for Agatha, and has much more obvious motivations.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: When Agatha fakes her death.
  • Awesome McCoolname: Gilgamesh, like the ancient badass Gilgamesh - two thirds god and one hundred percent Man.
  • Badass Boast: and it is awesome.
  • Badass Bookworm: He'd actually much prefer playing around in his lab, and doesn't even have a death ray when Agatha first meets him.
  • Badass Longcoat: A habit borrowed from his father. Gil owns several of them, of varying degree of fanciness.
  • Berserk Button: You should take him seriously. He doesn't like it when you don't.
  • Betty and Veronica: Agatha's Betty, to contrast with the far less trustworthy Tarvek. His Sanity Slippage later on starts to shift him into the Veronica role, however.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He is a friendly, generous, honest man who believes strongly in giving second chances. He doesn't even have any weapons by the time Agatha first meets him. But piss him off, and he can fight off Super Soldiers with his bare hands.
    Gil: I am Gilgamesh Wulfenbach, little man — and there is nothing I couldn't do, had I cause! And now... now I have one!
  • Big Damn Heroes: He's not the only one to do this by a long shot, but he certainly loves to.
  • Blatant Lies: "I'm a pirate."
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: During the Battle of Mechanicsburg Klaus brainwashes him to be "loyal to the Empire," so that he will have enough free agency to inoculate himself against the slaver wasps and remain free from Lucrezia's control. The result is a Gil who is angry, dangerous, and insists on trying to capture Agatha for the good of all. Klaus also notes that in the worst case scenario, his advisers will be able to rule through him. It's implied that Gil found a way to rid himself of this, however. That's why, just to be on the safe side, Klaus implanted his own personality into Gilgamesh to keep him under control.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Vole was talking down to this guy?
  • Child Prodigy: He was eight when his spark broke through and he made Zoing, his little insectoid helper construct. This is even more notable if we remember that most Sparks break through as teenagers or young adults. It's suggested this happened because of him finding out that he's Klaus's son and losing Tarvek as a friend as a result was so stressful he broke through.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Turns out to be his driving trait; when Gil has passed out from exhaustion, Agatha makes a good guess on how to wake him up:
    Agatha: Hey, Gil! All of Paris is about to go up in flames, and Zola has her head caught in a bucket! Up and at ‘em, hero boy!
    Gil: A bucket? Again? Okay, I’m comin’.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Wooster certainly seems to think so.
  • Creepy Shadowed Undereyes: After the time skip. He remains awake for weeks and gets dark circles around his eyes as a result.
  • Color-Coded Characters: While he doesn't fall into this as much as others, brown seems to show up often in his outfits and matches his hair color.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: It's hinted that being his father's son has been very trying if not near traumatizing for him since he found out the truth.
  • Death Glare: Has unleashed a few. He is one of very few people that have managed to scare a Jäger.
  • Death Ray: Notable for not having one until he finally built a really impressive one. Or two.
  • Determinator: Gil has his moments, especially when Agatha is in danger.
  • Deus Exit Machina/Holding Back the Phlebotinum: When Klaus freezes himself in time, Gilgamesh becomes the Baron Wulfenbach, and gains control of the largest army and biggest Empire in Europa... just in time for a series of rebellions to tear his new empire to pieces. After the time skip, he's using most of his resources to hold things together and steadily reclaim his empire.
    • However, his access to the full resources of the empire has allowed him to make major progress investigating the Mechanicsburg Time Stop.
  • Deuteragonist: To Agatha, the Protagonist.
  • Dragon Rider: After the time skip, he rides one of the "last great sky wyrms", having taken and tamed it after one of the Polar Ice Lords challenged him. Notably, it's completely capable of directing itself in a fight: when fighting Martellus, he sets it on the mooks to concentrate on the serious opposition on foot.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: He tries to be even-handed and fair, and people just dismiss him for it. And then he has to remind them that he is his father's son. Like with Vole over these three pages.
  • Feed the Mole: He feeds suspected moles information, waits to see if his enemies react to it, and roots the moles out accordingly.
  • Finish Dialogue in Unison: When Gil and Tarvek are both in The Madness Place they tend to reach the same conclusions and thus finish sentences in unison.
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: Gil ocassionally cuts in to finish Tarvek's sentances such as in England when he [[finds the comparison of Tarvek and kidnapped princesses highly entertaining.
    Trelawney: Every one of those cases involved kidnapped royal princesses.
    Tarvek: My goodness, really? I had no idea. Nevertheless—
    Gil: It's totally applicable.
  • Geeky Turn-On: Is the one most prominently shown to be highly attracted to Agatha's sparky-ness.
  • Genre Savvy: From the first volume he had a hunch that it was Agatha who was the new Spark.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Gil's father is an Artificial Human construct. Several scenes indicate that he's inherited at least some of his father's Super Strength and durability; it's also been hinted that Klaus made certain.. improvements to Gil when the latter was still a child.
  • Heroic RRoD: When his body can no longer handle the feats of epic badassery he's performing. Has happened at least twice: after he beat up Vole and after throwing Merlot's clank.
  • Hereditary Hairstyle: His rather wild hair is akin to his father's, except his still has color to it.
  • Hidden Backup Prince: Not quite a traditional example, but when Gil discovers that he can be addressed as "Your Highness" he is quite surprised. Word of God reveals that he's the Prince of Skifander.
  • Hidden Depths: It's occasionally shown that Gil has major self esteem issues, feeling that he has no control over his life and never will.
  • The Insomniac: After the time skip. He spends weeks without sleep, apparently obsessing over getting Agatha and Mechanicsburg back. While he's been specifically conditioned (and/or remodeled) to allow him to survive this, it's clearly not good for him.
  • Knight in Sour Armor:
    Zeetha: Hmf. She sounds like an idiot.
    Gil: Well, yes, but never a malicious one.
    Zeetha: Is that important?
    Gil: Heavens, yes! If I let everyone I thought was an idiot die, there wouldn't be many people left.
  • Like Brother and Sister:
    • With Bang, to the horror of Klaus. After the time skip, Gil finds nothing odd about waking up with Bang in bed with him. When the two get to serious bickering, it can get as nonsensical and impenetrably self-referential as you'd expect of the trope. With a very high chance of bruises or worse. But, you have to feel sorry for anybody else who tries harming her near him. And, vice versa.
    • During their time together in Mechanicsburg he develops a more downplayed version of this with Zeetha. Their fight includes a lot lighthearted teasing which extends to later moments. Subverted as they're actually twins.
  • Loved I Not Honor More: There's liking Agatha, but first there's containing the Other, as he explains to Zeetha. He also makes this argument while she's charging the Castle, but it's not clear whether it's actually him making it.
  • Love Makes You Stupid: Agatha thinks he's been pretending to be an idiot around her. He was not. He's even willing to lampshade it when he's fighting Vole.
    Tarvek: So, Wulfenbach - just checking - Is this going to be some kind of macho exercise where you insist on battling a potentially superior opponent alone in some kind of misguided attempt to "prove" your intrinsic worth?
    Gil: No, NO! I'm only that stupid in front of Agatha!
  • Made of Iron:
    • He took several bullets and kept standing unfazed while facing down the army of war clanks attempting to invade Mechanicsburg. And then he kicks a former Jäger's ass for underestimating him while being dragged off for medical care.
    • After being kicked by Zeetha into a wall, the wall had a number of cracks— with him not even bleeding yet.
    • The print-novels at least establish that this is more literal than some cases: Klaus made numerous physical improvements to Gil while the latter was still a child.
  • The Madness Place: He's known to slip into it a bit easier than many other Sparks, getting the distinctive speech bubbles and maniacal glee even when he simply has a really good idea for saving Agatha. After the time skip, his speech bubbles imply that he is in a low-level Madness Place for months. He only finally returns to normal when he rescues Tarvek from the time stop and confirms he's okay.
  • Marry for Love: He isn't happy when his father announces it's time for him to get married and that he will arrange for a suitable match. He would prefer a girl he likes, who understands his Sparky ideas and can keep up with them. He already has his heart set on Agatha, who has a strong spark herself which may very well surpass his own.
  • The Medic: While most of the main characters have some degree of medical training it's Gil who spends the most time patching up his friends. Tarvek is his most common patient as Gil has had to save his life from numerous assassination attempts and other injuries.
    Gil: Let me take a look at that.
    Tarvek: ... Already doing it.
    Gil: Hey! I am a doctor, you know.
    Tarvek: pft. And who isn't?
  • Minored In Ass Kicking: He's really a reasonable guy who prefers talking things out to fighting. But he can do unreasonable if the situation calls for it, and he can wipe out armies and pound Jägers into the ground when that happens.
  • Missing Mom: The only time she's mentioned in the main comic is when Klaus grumbles that he hasn't seen his wife in years, and Gil claims Von Pinn is the closest thing to a mother he's ever known. Judging from a few hints in the comic and a few more outside the comic, all signs point to his mother being Zantabraxus, Warrior Queen of Skifander... who is also Zeetha's mother..
  • Mr. Fanservice: Observe.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Named for the protagonist of the oldest epic we still have records of.
  • Nice Hat:
  • Nice to the Waiter: Zola mentions that he was her only associate in Paris who was always nice to her.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity:
    • Apparently what Gil was doing in Paris as mentioned below under Rich Idiot With No Day Job. Agatha believes him to be doing this in Castle Heterodyne, and Tarvek is amused to find out that he isn't.
    • In fact, Gil tends to pull this off so often that a lot of people are routinely surprised that he's already figured out their secrets. For example, he had long ago figured out that Higgs was a Jaeger General, much to the latter's annoyance.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: When it comes to the Spark, Gil is something of a dilettante...which means he's amazingly versatile. He works with heavier-than-air flight (which is bleeding-edge in Europa), built the most powerful and impressive Death Ray yet shown, and is better at building constructs than the young Heterodyne Boys, rebuilding the somewhat-flawed Punch and Judy as fully-functional Artificial Humans.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: The combination of brainwashing and personality transfer Klaus subjected him to out of paranoia of him being brainwashed by the other has predictably lead to at least one group concluding his erratic behaviour is due to him being controlled by the Other herself.
  • Out of Focus: He drops out of the story for most of the second arc. Lampshaded with a gag panel here.
  • Porn Stash: Apparently teenage boys really are the same everywhere. Even steampunk mad scientist ones. By the way, a "seraglio" is another word for a harem.
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia: A brief one, when Agatha kisses him after destroying the Hive Engine.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Do. You. Understand?
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Tarvek's Blue, oh-so-very much. Gil is passionate, dogged and relentless in everything he does, and prefers Crazy Preparation to Chess. This means he's hopeless in situations that can't be prepared for... like romance. He has to get by on honesty... and can be a bit brutal about it.
  • Rich Idiot With No Day Job: While studying in Paris, Gil cultivated the image of himself as a womanising layabout and opium fiend who was involved with pirates and constantly getting involved in the schemes of crazed minor Sparks, in order to keep anyone (especially Tarvek Sturmvoraus) from figuring out that he was the Baron's son (though the trouble with crazy Sparks was mostly for the sake of an absent minded chorus girl he had befriended).
  • Sanity Slippage: After the time skip. His father's brainwashing, combined with losing nearly every single friend and family member he had all at once, has not been kind to him.
  • Science-Related Memetic Disorder: One of the first things he does is go crazy while examining the machine Glassvitch and Merlot built. He's even been the page picture.
  • Secret Test of Character: His father gives him a lot of these. His introduction is a two-part one: To see if he's intelligent enough to notice that his father's theory is fundamentally flawed, and to see if he has the ability to confront his father when he is wrong.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man to Tarvek's Sensitive Guy, he's more action oriented and a little less socially apt. On the other hand, he's the attentive one who pays attention to Agatha's moods and desires while Tarvek tends to attempt to assert his will over her, so he could be considered the Sensitive Guy to Tarvek's Manly Man.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Gets a bit of this regarding Agatha, though not as much as she does regarding him.
  • Shirtless Scene: Enough that the wiki had a poll at one point about when editors thought he would next put a shirt on. One of the options was "Gil owns a shirt?"
  • Shock and Awe: Can call down the lightning - with certain preparations. The most notable example of him doing this, interestingly, is also an example of the Trope Namer- rapid dominance through a spectacular display of power.
    Crab-Walker Crews: We surrender!!
  • Sketchy Successor: He's not capable of maintaining control of Europa like his father did. He's good and smart, but nobody was going to hold the Empire together under the circumstances in which Klaus was taken off the board.
  • The Sleepless: His father taught him some mental exercises that can let him go without sleep for a few days. Zeetha implies that this is an ancient Skifandran warrior discipline, but happily deflects any further questions.
  • Speak in Unison: Gil and Tarvek end up saying the same thing at the same time on occasion, especially when they're synced to try and save Tarvek's life. At one point in Castle Heterodyne they start speaking in unison even though they're each talking about a different occasion:
    Gil & Tarvek: I thought you were dead! After losing you like that once, I'm going to make sure you're safe if it's the last thing I do!
  • Super Strength: He can lift and throw an armored clank, though this does a number on his muscles. Again, this is probably due to his father's physical improvments.
  • Those Magnificent Flying Machines: He's one of the pioneers in fixed-wing, heavier-than-air flight. (Other variants, such as rotor-driven "copters" and even hovercraft, have been seen here and there.)
  • Took a Level in Badass: While Agatha was "dead."
  • Tragic Keepsake: After Agatha faked her death, he started wearing the ring he made her on a necklace. He kept wearing it even after meeting back up with her, as they had yet to become a couple, but seems to have ditched it after the timeskip.
  • Training from Hell: Everything does, apparently, have to be a test.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Implied. The timing of his breakthrough, 8 years old to be precise, fits the chrononogy for when a) his friendship with Tarvek ended and he was sent from Castle Wuffenbach, and b) when he found out his true parentage. The fact he made a very cute construct as a friend/assistant suggests losing Tarvek's friendship was a major driving factor.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: In the brief periods when they're distracted from the fact that they kind of hate each other, he and Tarvek actually get along exceedingly well together.
    • Turns out they were best friends during their schoolboy years. Despite the immense political turmoil between as heirs between two different regimes, the rivalry to win Agatha's heart and just the times they caused each other immense annoyance, the two still care about each other greatly and do not react well when the other is in danger.
    • Gil has spent his every appearance since the Time Skip in the Madness Place, but getting to speak to Tarvek not only snaps him out of it, he stays out even after Tarvek passes out and he moves on to other matters. When Tarvek is then taken by the Incorruptible Library, Gil immediately forgoes diplomacy and resolves to chase them down and take him back by force.
  • Wacky Marriage Proposal: "To annoy your father?"
  • Warrior Poet: Is as at home designing art as he is designing weapons.
  • Warrior Prince: Technically not a "prince", because the Wulfenbach name wasn't exactly high nobility before the Baron enforced his rule. But Gil is very much his father's son, and knows how to throw down just as well as his father.
    • He may well be a more literal example after all. When he refuses to be styled as "Herr Baron" after his father's disappearance, Boris decides to use one of Gil's styles: Your Highness.
      • And the infamous "Chump picture" has all but confirmed that Gil is Prince of Skifander.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Played with. Gil has absolutely no reason to doubt that his father loves or wants him, and genuinely wants to make him proud and show himself worthy to be his father's heir. Klaus, in the mean time, doesn't hesitate to show approval when warranted, but tests his son constantly, has very high demands and has made it abundantly clear he won't hesitate to break Gil down for bits and build a new son if Gil, through design or general incompetence, becomes a threat to the political stability of the Wulfenbach Empire.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Tarvek. They were best buddies back when they were kids. But they had a falling-out after getting caught sneaking into Castle Wulfenbach's archives: Tarvek was accused of spying on the Baron and using Gil for his own ends, and Gil believed it. They still treated each other with respect and worked pretty well together. It took the ordeal of surviving Castle Heterodyne, the siege of Mechanicsburg, and a disease that nearly killed them both before they patched things up between them.
  • Wild Hair: Just like Daddy's.

    Ivo Sharktooth 

Ivo Sharktooth, Private Jäger
Clients vos sumting hy'd heard about vunce...
Protagonist of a short story set after the end of the main comic, Sharktooth is a Private Jäger, that is to say a full blown hard boilded gumshoe PI, who just so happens to a Jägermonster. He only has one rule, you can hire him, but you can't unhire him. Once he is on the case he won't stop looking, no matter what dirty secrets he throws into the light or how much you beg.

  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Grey. He is a Jäger.
  • Blood Knight: Averted, but has a very similar attitude to mysteries.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Seems the source of his name.
  • Defective Detective: An Exact Words twist on one in that, apart from his Sherlock Scan abilities, he's actually a spectacularly bad one. His talent isn't actually "investigating" things, but causing enough trouble that the initial troublemakers invoke Chandler's Law out of sheer frustration. Basically, you don't hire him to solve mysteries, you hire him to shake the situation until the culprit falls out. Hence why he can't be "unhired" — his job's not done until all around him is nothing but chaos, panic and disorder. He actually sets off the ultraviolent MacGuffin before the case is done.
    Vanamonde: Well, he isn't a private investigator, he's a private Jäger.
    Agatha: Oh. I see.
    Vanamonde: Yes, that's what the Heterodyne usually says.
    Agatha: The-you mean he's worked for us before?
    Vanamonde: According to the archives, he's worked for almost all the Heterodynes.
  • Dirty Coward: Played with slightly - Unlike all other Jägers we have seen, Sharktooth hates fighting. However, when he needs to do it he is just as capable as the next Jäger.
  • Friend on the Force: Well, sort of. He looks in on The Chief mostly to make sure he doesn't go mad.
  • Funetik Aksent: He's a Jäger. Makes the noir monologue seem rather interesting.
  • Insistent Terminology: He's not a Private Investigator, he's a Private Jäger.
  • Man Bites Man: The appelation "Sharktooth" is well-earned. Ivo ends up defeating the villain's secret policeman henchman by biting his hand off.
  • Nice Hat: He's a Jäger. A fedora as it happens.
  • Private Eye Monologue: Thinks in them.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Old enough to have worked for almost all of the Heterodynes, though clearly not quite old enough to become a general.
  • Sherlock Scan: Not to the extremes of other characters with this ability, but when confronted with a crime-scene he knows how to take in the pertinent details quickly, before idiots blunder into it and ruin it.
  • The Smart Guy: At least by the typical Jäger standard. Observant, methodical and logical.
  • Super Soldier: Not that you would know based on how he acts.


    Krosp I 

Krosp I, Emperor of all Cats
"I like him. He thinks like a cat!"
Created by the Spark, Dr. Vapnoople, to control cats to act as a spy network, Krosp I is a failed experiment with delusions of lordship who has given Agatha much valuable political advice. Or possibly not so failed after all..
  • Badass Longcoat: He's given quite a nifty red and gold one while he's with Master Payne's Circus with Agatha. At first he complains about the coat, but for reasons unknown to any but Krosp himself, he's kept it.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Not for him, it turns out. Dr. Vapnoople's bear army was real, with sentient bear constructs. And they are all programmed to obey Krosp.
  • Canon Immigrant: He originated in the Magic: The Gathering days of What's New? with Phil and Dixie.
  • Cats Are Snarkers: Yes. Yes, they are.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: First seen as an apparently normal cat getting into Agatha's food, and just one page later is shown drinking from the glass like a person instead of a cat.
  • Color-Coded Characters: The white of his fur and the red and gold of his coat.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: When his animal side takes over.
    Krosp: [to Gil on their first meeting] I'm serious! Mess with me and your shoes are mine!
  • Everyone Has Standards: While he has a different sense of morality to his human companions, he dislikes Martellus as much as the other heroes do.
  • Genre Savvy: As this page among others helps demonstrate, Krosp knows what happens around Sparks, and he also fully anticipates people's reactions to Agatha's claim of being the heir. He also loves their reactions.
  • Gone Horribly Right: A humorous example; his creator wanted an intelligent cat capable of exercising control over his non-sapient brethren. He succeeded perfectly, but it turns out that cats don't really make good spies...
    • Turns out Vapnoople also figured this out at some point before the story and made Krosp a sentient bear army to command instead. Or the whole "cat king" thing was a cover story all along, and the bears already existed when Krosp was created; the whole timeline of events here is not yet clear.
      • Cleared in Albion arc: he made bears, got captured by Baron, got lobotomized, THEN he made Krosp, in his child-like state not thinking the whole attention part through. Seems like he built his master command signature into Krosp to make ALL of his creations obey him, but so far only bears were encountered.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Once he picks up a snappy jacket that one of the kids in Payne's troupe outgrew.
  • Intellectual Animal: Though the intelligence wasn't the point of the project.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: For all that he is a snarky, unethical cat, he seems to care deeply about Agatha and her well-being.
    • He also refers to his creator as "poppa" and seems genuinely touched, if a bit startled, that the man made him an army of bears.
  • Meaningful Name: It's an anagram of "spork", a combined spoon/fork eating utensil, and while not as useful as a separate spoon and fork, still pretty handy to have around.
  • My Instincts Are Showing: For all his intellect and articulate speech, his pragmatism and insight on Realpolitik, he is still ultimately a cat. He gets sidetracked by table scraps and mice, threatens to shred shoes, and irrationally hates getting wet. And when he gets mutually lovestruck by Martellus's newly uplifted female cat, both he and she stalk each other enamored... only to recoil and hiss at each other like normal unfamiliar cats.
  • No-Sell: He is the only one able to consistently ignore Agatha's Spark command voice.
  • The Nose Knows: His olfactory senses have been useful. Most notably, during the Passholdt incident.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: In the print novel, he mentions that when the Baron was testing his abilities, he hid his intelligence, though he admits this might have been a mistake. This explains why the Baron was willing to kill a highly intelligent creature when he is later shown to be excellent at "finding the right monster for the right job."
  • Only Sane Man: Well, usually. He gets pretty useless when his cat instincts take over.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: When Krosp turns down free eel pie, everybody takes note.
  • Put on a Bus: Ever since he discovered the army of uplifted bears his "poppa"/creator Dr. Vapnoople made for him and stopping the sentient train with the others, he has since taken a leave of absence from Agatha's side, stating he has business to take care of. Ardley Wooster is understandably quite worried.
    • The Bus Came Back: After being absent for the entire Paris arc, Krosp confirms Wooster's worry by extracting his creator off of Castle Wulfenbach, commandeering a Wulfenbach airship and heading straight to England to meet with Agatha.
  • Realpolitik: He is a font of wisdom on this for Agatha.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: When Agatha sarcastically swears fealty to him, he takes her seriously and accepts her as his subject. He considers it his responsibility as her king to keep her safe.
  • Smart Animal, Inconvenient Instincts: While Krosp would like to claim that his 'cat-instincts' have no hold over him, but Agatha rather enjoys proving otherwise. Using a piece of string. In the main comic, a young minion earns Krosp's respect by bringing him dead rats.
  • The Smart Guy: Of the tactical and political variety.
  • Smart People Play Chess: He plays it. In the novels, he's good enough to win against Master Payne, who's a total cheat.
  • Snarky Non-Human Sidekick: And well aware of it.
    Krosp: Is this one of those situations that involves "ethics"? 'Cause I'm a cat, you know. I've never been very good at those.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: His creator, Dr. Dimitri Vapnoople, hardwired complete loyalty into his creations, including Krosp. Despite the fact Krosp never should have been able to even consider it, Krosp manages to defy him anyways and describes his creator as a nutcase.
  • Uplifted Animal: Created to be a spymaster of cats. The problem lies in that the cats he were to be the spymaster to were... not uplifted.
    • Until it turns out that he's been given another purpose with uplifted bears that works just perfectly.
  • Your Costume Needs Work: A Running Gag during his time with the circus.
    • He's a real, live cat that can sing and dance — very, very badly. Not good at all given that all the Sparks and constructs with the circus are hiding there. He ends up shoveling manure.
    • During a performance of the Circus, audience-member Prince Aaronev is shown laughing about the "midget in a hilariously bad cat costume". The reader assumes that he has been fooled by Krosp, but it turns out a page or two later that, no, it really was Circus-member Embi wearing a cat costume.
    • Played straight in the third novelisation, where one or two people who see Krosp think he's someone in a bad costume.


Lars, Troubadour

A former cheese maker's apprentice who joined Master Payne's Circus of Adventure as an actor and as an advance man. He was one of Agatha's closest companions in the first half of the comic.
  • Chivalrous Pervert/Handsome Lech: Lars apparently has a... colorful history with the women in towns the circus visit.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: He dies protecting Agatha and is given a Jäegar funeral, with Maxim donating his hat. He's never mentioned again afterwards. The print-novels do a little better, having Agatha mourn for him when finally given a quiet moment to do so.
    • Finally averted when Agatha crosses paths with the Circus again in Albia's court. She has not forgotten about him.
  • Glory Seeker: He left his life as a cheese maker behind to become a lead actor in the Master Payne's circus.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Saves Agatha from getting stabbed by the Baron at the cost of his life.
  • Ladykiller in Love: Lars, who gets a fairly obvious crush on Agatha. He confesses it as he lies dying.
  • Lovable Coward: Sort of; he's competent enough during dangerous situations, but as soon as the current situation is resolved, he breaks out in a delayed panic attack.
  • Men Are the Expendable Gender: Lars is killed by the Baron and dies confessing his love for Agatha, causing her to become angrier than ever before. However, after this story arc, Agatha never mentions Lars again and she becomes occupied with her love triangle with Gil and Tarvek.
  • The Plot Reaper: When Gil is about to come back into Agatha's life.
  • Romantic False Lead: Out of all of Agatha's potential love interests, Lars is the only one who isn't royalty, isn't a Spark and is more than a bit of a coward, but despite these handicaps he is devoted to Agatha and does anything he can to help her. From a normal literary standpoint, Lars' underdog status probably made him the top candidate for Agatha's affections. He dies less than halfway through the series.
  • Spider-Sense: Lars has an uncanny ability to sense danger before it happens; this leads him to be far more cautious than usual around Agatha.

    Moloch von Zinzer 

Moloch von Zinzer, Mechanic
"I am nobody's happy little helper, you got it?"
A mechanic who served in army of a Spark beaten by Klaus and ended up "on the beach" after his Walking Tank ran into Bang's team. First met right at the beginning when he and his brother steal Agatha's locket. He is later mistaken for the Spark that created Agatha's first clank. He turned up again in Castle Heterodyne and seems to have fallen into the role of Agatha's minion by default.
  • Action Survivor: He starts out as a mere soldier whose brother steals an Orphan's Plot Trinket from the main character in the first chapter, so you'd expect him to last about five minutes. But after his brother's death by said trinket, getting mistaken for a Spark, and eventually ending up imprisoned in a sentient castle built by a family of murderous sociopaths, he's still kicking thanks in part to large amounts of luck and talent for dealing with Sparks. The Castle has started calling him the Head Minion.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Among the minions in any case. While he hasn't kicked anyone's ass, his position as Agatha's Chief Minion was secured by delivering Dope Slaps to the other Castle Prisoners that were getting out of line.
  • Badass Normal: Not a Spark, not a Jäger, not specially trained, he just doesn't want to die. Downplayed as he's not that badass.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: He spends a lot of time insisting that he is not the minion to one of the craziest and most dangerous sparks around.
    Theo: Hit the first switch!!!
    Moloch: Yeah yeah, here it goes..
    Snaug: Psst... it's "yes, master".
    Moloch: ...Not even if it got me out of the castle tonight.
  • Characterization Marches On:
    • He was quite nasty in his earliest appearances, so he was much more deserving of the abuse he got early on. Being in Castle Heterodyne around more Ax-Crazy folks seriously mellowed him out, to the point that he's currently considered a nice guy. Or perhaps his brother's influence (plus, y'know, his belief that Agatha had murdered him) was corrupting and he improved in its absence.
    • The very first thing he does when he meets up with Agatha again in Castle Heterodyne is to apologize for his behavior back then, claiming he was really scared and under a lot of stress. Agatha forgives him.
    • In his very first appearance, he's actually rather friendly and reasonable, and trying hard to keep his brother in line. (The novelization, which tells this scene from his POV, emphasizes this.) It was only after his brother died holding Agatha's locket that he started getting nasty. Since he believed that the locket was responsible for his brother's death (which it probably was) and that Agatha had intentionally let his brother steal it to cold-bloodedly murder him (not true, but a reasonable conclusion given what he knew) it's pretty understandable that he's being less than pleasant with her.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: In the future windows we see, Moloch states that "they survived (the destruction of the gunboat that he and his brothers piloted)". Several pages before that in the present time of the comic, he states that he saw "Bruno and the kid" escape into the forest. Whoever these two characters are, they are important enough for Agatha to search through time to track them down.
  • Chew Toy: He didn't start out that way, and it's not physical abuse. He was one of the soldiers who stole the Orphan's Plot Trinket. The Karmic Chess Master moved him next to Agatha. He tried to play rough. Now his nerves are the butt of every joke the fates can manage. Examples: The tables are turned, his Genre Savvy fails, the rain of fear begins, the Castle has some fun, the Castle gets serious, Genre Savvy does no good at all, Genre Savvy says it all, Nightmare rising, Especially when it works as planned, Fool for love, and many, many more.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: To a lesser degree than one might expect in this crazy universe, but despite his general scruffiness and not having been seen to try to get girls, he's clearly attracted both Violetta and Snaug, with bonus UST-source Sanaa Wilhelm. Promo art from the updated version of spinoff card game The Works suggests that he also gains the affection of a fourth, specifically, Miss Baumhund.
  • Color-Coded Characters: His outfit is mostly grey and his hair is black. He wore bright red early on.
  • Combat Pragmatist: His solution for dealing with an enemy riding a clank is to simply hit the driver with a brick rather than engage in the kind of drawn-out fight that the Jägers would prefer. Fits with his overall pragmatic approach to life.
  • Crush Blush: When he learns that his crush was not as secret as he thought.
  • Cut the Juice: his solution to being told that some run-away machinery can't be shut off. Earned him a Dope Slap.
  • Deadpan Snarker: At times. Pointing to one particular example, Agatha needs to recharge the castle if she wants to stop Mechanicsburg from getting overrun, and to do that she needs to get to the top of a tower. But there's an army of hostile clanks between her and the tower. So she aims her BFG at them and fires, wiping them all out and knocking over the tower. His response? "How could you possibly not see this coming?"
  • The Drag-Along: Often, though he becomes increasingly good at dealing with it (though not without a lot of bitter resignation). Sometimes it even happens literally.
  • Due to the Dead: Those who died in the Castle don't get used as raw material, he decrees. And even hardened criminals listen when he says so.
  • The Engineer: He doesn't have The Spark, but he does have a great deal of skill in machinery and problem solving. He knows that, given enough time, he can solve most problems with a lot of hard work and a bit of common sense. Truth In Webcomics, since traditionally tank crewers (the closest real-world equivalent to his assignment) would become VERY adept at fixing their vehicles. Mostly because the alternative was either fiery unpleasant death, or a long walk back through hostile territory.
  • Extreme Omnivore: It's at least implied he's able to casually down "beverages" that would kill most people. Like, for example, bubbling green slime in a vat clearly labeled "DO NOT DRINK" - the remnants of which are shown to have eaten through the steel cup just seconds after he finished it!
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Became this with Agatha as they quickly patched things up and saved each other's lives multiple times while in Castle Heterodyne.
  • Foreshadowing: Possibly. He's able to drink stuff that should kill any normal man and the Castle has suggested that he drink the Jaegerdaught. While he isn't a Jaeger in the future windows that we see, he does end up back in Agatha's employ and isn't seen in the distant future, so it's possible that he will become a Jaeger. Though he has also displayed some sparky tendencies too, such as laughing Mad Scientist style after fixing the Castle's massive water wheel...
  • Freudian Excuse: It's clear he's not actually a coward or at the very least he is very courageous, but he often just wants to escape and hide from his problems. Given that many of brothers died due to conflicts between sparks, it makes sense that he wants as little to do with them as possible.
  • Genre Blind: Although being Genre Savvy is more or less his defining characteristic, he has a huge blind spot when it comes to being Agatha's Chief Minion. He never realizes that the things he's saying are setting him up perfectly as the only person capable of doing the next assignment, or at least to be stuck right in the middle of it.
  • Genre Savvy:
  • Heel–Face Turn: See Characterization Marches On above. A generous soul might call him the first villain of the series. Even if not, he's more morally grounded now than he used to be.
  • Irony:
    • Had Moloch never stolen Agatha's Locket, he never would have gone through the series of events that led him to become her Chief Minion. It's really his own fault.
    • As the third novel notes, Moloch has only himself to blame for being Agatha's Chief Minion, when he offered her help after the Castle's blood test, he automatically wound up in the very position he hates so much.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Or at least of a less jerky jerk than it seemed.
  • Lethal Chef: He's fortunately never asked to handle cooking duty once he joins up with Agatha, but he was stuck on kitchen duty prior to her entry in Castle Heterodyne, and by all accounts he was bad at it - Sanaa said that his machines would probably taste better, and Mittelmind said that everyone knew that being served after Sanaa would get a boiled sponge as a meal. Possibly related to his Extreme Omnivore tendencies, as it's clear that his sense of taste in general is just off.
  • Love Makes You Stupid: Early on in Castle Heterodyne, just seeing Sanaa causes him to both repeatedly injure himself and fail to notice that Agatha, the woman who (inadvertently) made his life spiral out of control, is right there.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: He has eight brothers.
  • Military Moonshiner: Mentioned in the novelizations.
  • Minion Shipping: With Violetta and Snaug, with a bit of Sanaa to the side.
  • Mugging the Monster: Though not even the "monster" in question (Agatha) knew at the time just who and what she was. The mugging arguably kicked off the plot, as Agatha's spark was no longer restrained by Barry's spark-suppressing amulet.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Averted, in that he's a perfectly normal person with a demon's name. Turns out his mother got his name out of The Bible...despite not having actually read it, at least not enough to understand the context.
  • Number Two: To his intense dismay, he's the highest-ranked minion in Mechanicsburg, due to being Agatha's top minion.
  • Oblivious to Love: Partly because, by his own admission, he has very little experience with women, and partly because he's more or less been under constant threat (and thus had more important things to pay attention to), Moloch is completely oblivious to any affection directed his way, even though one of them is rather blatant about it and another is not particularly subtle either. He's also distinctly oblivious to his own romantic feelings - he notes that he feels the same way about Snaug as he does about Sanaa, but he chalks it up to "not being used to being around beautiful women." He naturally fails to notice that this tacit admission of attraction and the compliment to her appearance just gets Snaug to fall harder for him.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: During the Battle of Mechanicsburg he gets through explosions, the Empire's massive clank army, and what's described as all of the Baron's most dangerous Sparks and monsters to get various repairs done across town for the Castle. Unfortunately for him, this later puts a damper in his attempts to convince Agatha that it would be impossible for them to pass through it all alive.
  • Only Sane Man: First the only sane man in the Castle, then the only one in the entire town of Mecanicsburg.
  • Put on a Bus: He hasn't been seen since the timeskip. He's probably one of the thousands trapped inside the Mechanicsburg Time-Bubble, but given he's the comic's ultimate example of an Action Survivor, it's possible that he may pop up somewhere down the line.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: He is certainly loyal to Agatha, but if someone does something stupid he certainly enjoys pointing it out.
  • Seen It All: When he shows up in Castle Heterodyne, his reaction to pretty much everything is "Did you guys really not see this coming?"
  • Shipper on Deck: Agatha/Gil.
  • The So-Called Coward: Though largely self proclaimed - Von Zinzer makes it clear throughout the Mechanicsburg arc that he's only there out of self preservation, and he balks at anything and everything that's he thinks is sure to get him killed. However, he also recognizes that sticking with Agatha is the safest thing to do, and despite his claims that he'd never become a minion and that he's going to run for the hills the first chance he gets, he never falters to do what Agatha needs of him bravely and loyally. Amusingly, this means that everyone else sees him as Agatha's badass Head Minion while he keeps trying and failing to convince them that he wants to be as far away from danger as possible.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: One of the hallmarks of his Genre Savvy is to look at a situation and either say that someone should do a very simple action to deal with the problem or to do the simple action himself. One example is listed above under Combat Pragmatist, where he specifically advises doing so when all the parties in question are supposed to do is stop a tank to get parts from it (of course, he tried telling that to Jagers...)
  • Stepford Smiler: When we first see him in the castle, he seems a bit off. Could be blamed on Love Makes You Stupid, given his massive crush on Sanaa.
  • Tempting Fate: "Aaah! Jinx!"
  • The Reliable One: What allows him to survive as long as he does is his ability to accomplish most tasks given to him (even if he complains about it a lot) ironically this gets him in the position he hates so much.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Astounding Sanaa in the process.
  • Unfazed Everyman: Another character aspect that overlaps with Seen It All and Genre Savvy.
  • The Von Trope Family: Averted. Despite his name implying that he's nobility, he says that he's the younger son of a farmer, and was living as a common mercenary before he first crossed Agatha's path.

    Punch and Judy 

Punch and Judy, AKA Adam and Lilith Clay, Surrogate Parents
A pair of constructs the Heterodyne Boys' earliest creations, Punch and Judy are common characters in Heterodyne stories. As student work, they are both somewhat flawed; Punch lacks a voice and Judy has mis-matched eyes, although most people don't know that. Punch is often portrayed as a foolish klutz, but Da Boyz report that he is a very intelligent and cunning planner as well as a funny and kind-hearted individual who spent his spare time making toys for children. They were loyal and were given the job of looking after Agatha under the pseudonyms of Adam and Lilith Clay.
  • Artificial Human: They're both "Type 3/Frankenstein" Constructs according to the fandom classification system for Constructs.
  • Action Girl: Judy has been seen taking on all comers as effectively as Punch.
  • Art Shift: One of the most prominent examples of the evolution of the Foglios' style change over time, as they were Put on a Bus for a really long time and never seen back on their feet in the few glimpses we saw of them during that period. Compare their appearance during the Castle Wulfenbach Escape and their reunion with Agatha in the Mechanicsburg Refugee Camps.
  • Back from the Dead: Thanks, Gil!
  • The Big Guys: The duo acted as this to the Heterodyne Boys back in their heyday. Due to Punch's muteness, he (and by extension Judy) were portrated as dumb comic relief in Heterodyne plays, despite the fact that Punch was anything but Dumb Muscle. Naturally, the duo aren't real fond of Heterodyne plays.
  • Covered with Scars: Naturally, since they're Frankenstein-type Constructs. Even moreso after Gil put the meat puzzles that were their remains back together after Von Pinn had her way with the duo.
  • Flawed Prototype: They're amazing work for kids' creations, but they're still kids' work; Punch couldn't talk, Judy had mismatched eyes, and they weren't sexually functional. When Gil reconstructed them, he fixed these flaws.
  • Genius Bruisers: They have Super Strength, and were able to evade the Baron for quite some time. Once Punch gets a voice and is well again, he is quite verbose.
  • Gentle Giants: Superstrong constructs would have to be this in order to raise a little normal girl to adulthood while in hiding and not result in disaster. Adam more than Lilith, the Jägers describing him as being kind and gentlemanly to everyone, the notoriously unpopular Jägers themselves included, and his fondness for making toys for children.
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: Judy has special glasses to make her eyes look the same size, to hide the fact that she's a not-quite-perfect construct.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Punch throws rivets at bullet-like velocities and with the accuracy of a pistol marksman.... except against Von Pinn.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Punch is very capable of his namesake.
    • According to medieval apocrypha the first man and woman — Adam and Lilith — were made from clay (later Lilith was killed and Eve was created).
  • Parental Substitutes: To Agatha, when Barry disappeared. She knows full well they're not her biological parents, but she doesn't care.
  • Put on a Bus: Last seen in recovery after Gil pieced them back together after Von Pinn shredded them. Mentioned by Gil to soothe Agatha's anger over Von Pinn shredding them and once by the Baron about Gil not knowing that he knows about them, but otherwise bussed away.
    • The Bus Came Back: Agatha finally reunited with Punch (now with a voice!) in the Jägers' forward cave after the Time Skip, some seven or so years later in real-time. Judy is tending a refugee nursery elsewhere as well, and has finally reunited with Agatha as well.
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: Their names allude to the Punch and Judy puppet show.
  • The Speechless: Punch until Gil's repair, as it's Punch who gives him a strained "Thank you." for his actions to save Agatha. Gil apparently did some upgrading while he was in there.
  • Super Strength: Punch can hoist up a steam tractor single-handed (though not for long) and flick rivets at bullet velocities. Judy can rip bulkhead doors right off their frames and toss people quite high up into the air. Attributed to the fact that they're both Constructs. And apparently it's hereditary, because their baby Maxina (see below in Surprise Pregnancy) clobbered Agatha good when expressing her dislike for baby talk.
  • Surprise Pregnancy: Apparently when Gil sets out to repair something, he doesn't just halfass it. In addition to correcting Punch's mute-ness and Judy's mis-sized eyes (on top of solving their meat puzzles), he apparently made them... ahem... "fully functional". Witness Maxina Agatha Gilina Heterodyne Clay.
  • Undying Loyalty: Like almost every other Heterodyne creation capable of sentience, they're loyal to the family. Uncle Barry was confident enough in their loyalty and capability to entrust the care of the latest scion of the family to them.

    Tarvek Sturmvoraus 

Prince Aaronev Tarvek Sturmvoraus, Heir to the Lightning Throne
"If you don't like the rules... Change the game."
First encountered when Agatha travels through the city of his father, Tarvek is the the Prince of Sturmhalten, and a descendant of the legendary Storm King. He's seemed to be on everyone's side, playing everyone against everyone else, though later he seems to be genuinely on Team Agatha. He is a powerful Spark and a keen intellect. The other possible pairing for Agatha.
  • Amazon Chaser: Aaronev muses when he first appears that he'd probably like Zeetha. It's ultimately Downplayed, as he's interested in Agatha, who, while not on Zeetha's level, is quite the Action Girl herself.
  • Anti-Hero: A manipulative scoundrel who happens to be on Agatha's side. Mostly. Even after he gets out of the Heel–Face Revolving Door, he's still pretty ruthless.
    Villain: These continental science heroes are always wittering on about the sanctity of human life!
    Henchman: Ooh, that's true! It's in all the books! DIE, OUTSIDER!
    Tarvek: [holding a death ray to the villain's throat as what is left of the henchman burns in the background] I've never really considered myself the "hero" type. Are you the "take his secrets to the grave" type? Just asking.
  • Aroused by Their Voice Apparently, Agatha finds his normal speaking voice 'very nice', and he doesn't have to be in The Madness Place to have her wanting to listen to him talk forever, according to the novelizations.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis:
    • His specialty as a Spark, not unlike Klaus. He's not the best at making his own tech, but is practically peerless when it comes to grasping and recreating the work of others.
    • Only person to successfully reverse-engineer a Van Rijn.
    • Simply glancing at an abstract operations table tells him that an entire Wulfenbach military unit has been subverted and was about to flank and destroy much of the Wulfenbach army.
    • When it comes to the network that allows the Master to control Paris, he probably knows more than anybody save Colette, who's spent her entire life learning the stuff.
    • Even when acting as a Hostage MacGuffin, he's able to quietly keep watch for trouble as the others fight over him, noting that an incoming third-party is acting peculiarly, and getting the two sides to stand down in response.
  • Badass Bookworm: Like most Sparks, although special mention goes to his reverse-engineering Tinka, a Van Rijn.
  • Badass Longcoat: Often wears one.
  • Bastard Understudy: A problem for Tarvek in gaining others' trust, especially since he's so candid about how he worked with Lucrezia.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Gil's Betty, largely because he's far less scrupulous and more slippery than either Agatha or Gil. It was also unclear for a long time whose side he was really on, but later events put him pretty solidly as on Agatha's and against The Other.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Zola learns this the hard way.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • In Paris, he was apparently on the short end of a number of the adventures Gil got involved in, which resulted in him getting strung up, kidnapped by pirates, and losing girlfriends. He also spitefully notes that Gil somehow managed to come out "smelling like a rose" every time he looked like the fool.
    • After the Time Skip, we find that half of his family is supporting his claim to the throne not because of him, but simply because he'd make a better king than Martellus.
      Agatha: Am I the only one who actually likes Tarvek?
      Krosp: I like him. He thinks like a cat!
  • Cain and Abel: He's the Abel to Anevka's Cain, though it gets a bit more complicated upon the revelation that the "real" Anevka has been dead for years. He and Tweedle are cousins rather than siblings, but still have this dynamic.
  • Character Development: Gradually becomes kinder, more honest and altruistic, and far less self-serving, in large part thanks to Agatha's influence. He also shifts from being somewhat ambivalent towards her to openly risking his life for her cause.
  • The Charmer: Is quite a sweet-talker when he puts his mind to it.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder:
  • Color-Coded Characters: He has the red hair of his family and primarily is seen wearing white and grey.
  • Cultured Badass: Is well-dressed, and can be very polite when he means to be.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His life hasn't always been the best. His family is the major cause.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Probably the most sardonic member of the cast.
  • Designer Babies: The Mongfish family "made sure" that he would be throne-appropriate: male, Sparky, and free of problems like predisposition to alcoholism, non-Spark-related insanity, lycanthropy... Even spark-related insanity seems to be at a minimum with him; the only one that can match him for level-headed sparkiness is the Baron.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Subverted. After being poisoned by Tweedle he collapses into Van's arms but after the Take Five Bomb goes off they're frozen in time and eventually Gil manages to save both of them.
  • Discussed Trope: Tarvek notes fondness for the various media of the setting (operas, Heterodyne plays, novels, and more), befitting a Cultured Badass, and as such he'll sometimes remark about the various tropes playing out in their adventures (apparently, the particular subtype of Back from the Dead involving a girl's parental figures used to gain her affection is seen as a Dead Horse Trope In-Universe).
  • Dysfunction Junction: "The only way to keep my family in line would be to bury them in a row."
  • Extreme Mêlée Revenge: His brutal beating of Zola evokes this, especially considering the epic speech he delivers in tandem with said beatdown.
  • The Fashionista / The Dandy:
    • You expect royals to be very well dressed. So this was not evident except one phrase out-of-continuity, but remember how he sat "doodling girls and clockwork"...? Later, approved the Jäger Generals' style. He also apparently will be perpetually reminded of his propensity to "dress up" Agatha like a doll (and sometimes slips into it without realizing it in Imagine Spots).
      Kaja Foglio: Yes, Sturmvoraus is apparently a house of evil fashion designers...
    • It takes on a new meaning in the books where it's revealed that the original Storm King distracted his vassals from fighting each other by making them one-up each other through fashion.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: After getting exposed to a friendly but extradimensional alien's effect on time and possibly absorbing a small amount of energy from an Eldritch Abomination, he gains a much greater understanding of the universe and loses quite a bit of his sanity.
  • Guile Hero: What he ultimately ends up as - he's no slouch in the physical department, but he almost never overwhelms his opponents even when he can (unless sufficiently pissed off). He instead prefers misdirection, politicking, and social engineering to pull out a victory, and he sees part of his role with Agatha teaching her to do the same, and part being doing so independently to her benefit.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Though it looks like he finally decided to stay on the Face side.
  • Heel Realization: In the midst of arguing with Gil about having worked with Lucrezia in order to achieve his goals of becoming king, Tarvek stresses that it was his father and the Knights of Jove who had provided the bulk of the alliance. When Gil distractedly says that even Tarvek wouldn't have wanted Agatha controlled by the Other, Tarvek has a moment of realization: he was previously happy to use slaver wasps on other people to get what he wanted, but now realises just how horrible a thing it is to do to someone. (While no doubt also thinking of all the girls he failed to save from his father's attempts to find a new body for Lucrezia.) "It shouldn't happen to...well, to anybody."
  • How Dare You Die on Me!: Invoked towards Gil.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Narrowly averted during the fight with Zola. If an enemy angers him sufficiently, he will not accept a surrender.
  • Impossible Thief: Thanks to Smoke Knight training, he can do this too occasionally. Such as when Tarvek is going once more into the breach to recover important research notes in a crashed Vespiary Squad research airship full of slaver wasps.
    Vespiary Soldier: ...And there's monsters! And crazy killers! You've got nothing!
    Tarvek: Nonsense! I have your knife and your gun.
    [soldier looks down, surprised]
    Vespiary Soldier: ...Oh man, I am gonna hear about that...
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Non-romantic example towards Violetta. He pulled strings to get her Reassigned To Mechanicsburg because of the truly horrendous survival rate of Smoke Knight bodyguards assigned to him. She's not happy when she finds out, even though (as Tarvek points out) she never wanted to be a Smoke Knight in the first place. The reason is she spent the entire time assuming she'd been sent there because she was a screw-up.
  • Licked by the Dog: Though he has a very checkered history with the Heel–Face Revolving Door, signs point to being ultimately on the "Face" side, such as how all the wasp eaters love him.
  • Lineage Comes from the Father: Averted. He is directly descended from the Storm King through his mother.
  • Love Redeems: Falling for Agatha proves to be the foundation for his path to redemption.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Well, son.
  • Meaningful Name: "Sturmvoraus" means "storm ahead" in German.
  • Meta Guy: Not nearly to the level of von Zinzer, and typically only when he's not near Agatha, but part and parcel of his Cultured Badass persona is being able to comment on the current situation in terms of tropes (such as criticizing Gil for the In-Universe cliche of "bringing a girl's family Back from the Dead" - he continues to rant on the topic on the next page).
  • Minored In Ass Kicking: He relies on others to fight for him whenever he can. Since arriving in the castle, though, he's had to reveal that yes, he's a match for Gilgamesh in a fight (which means any fair fight with him would rip Europa apart).
  • Missing Mom: The only thing we know about his mother is the identity of one of her ancestors. We learn why she's missing in the second novelization, though. Anevka killed her.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Spends the first part of his stay in Castle Heterodyne clad in nothing but the bedsheet he was under when Violetta whisked him out of the Great Hospital of Mechanicsburg.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: There's really no other way to describe his last encounter with Zola in the Castle.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Though he obviously doesn't act like a fool, it turns out that those beatings Violetta kept giving him were just a charade to convince everyone else that he was useless in combat.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Played with. Although capable of a wide variety of mechanical and scientific feats, his understanding of aeronautics is apparently quite poor, at least according to Gil.
  • One Steve Limit: Tarvek is actually his middle name, but he answers to it because his father was also Prince Aaronev Sturmvoraus of Sturmhalten (Middle name Wilhelm).
    • King Bob the Nth: Tarvek is the fifth Prince in the history of Sturmhalten to have the given name of Aaronev.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: The aforementioned No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. Tarvek has been in various levels of anger and distress throughout the ordeal in Castle Heterodyne, and he's been already seen in an antagonistic relationship with Gil, so it's pretty clear what he's usually like with a rival or a general foe. But with Zola, it was so personal after how much they attempted to ruin his life that he completely loses it, foregoing his usual subtlety to attempt to outright murder his foe. It's one of the clearest indications just how much Agatha means to him, that he'd lose it over someone nearly killing Agatha.
  • Pet the Dog: Had Violetta Reassigned to Antarctica, which she hated him even more for... then she discovered just how many of his bodyguards had been killed since.
  • Put on a Bus: And a very good thing for him, because he was mortally poisoned, has minutes to live, and the bus is actually time-frozen.
    • The Bus Came Back: Through much effort on the part of Gil and the Empire, Tarvek was extracted and cured of the poison.
  • Rapid-Fire "No!": His response to being told that he's being returned to his Big, Screwed-Up Family.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Gil's Red, oh-so-very much. He's calm, cool, collected in everything he does, and prefers to dominate his surroundings through constant manipulation. This makes him as charming as the very devil... unless the girl realizes that he's simply being polite about staying in control. It also means he's rather dependent on others once outside of a support network... At least until he gets a new one.
  • The Rival: To Gilgamesh Wulfenbach. In principle, he resents the Wulfenbachs in general (since they were a minor noble family who rose to power despite not playing by the rules of the game if you will) and Gil specifically for the swaths of his messed-up life that weren't directly caused by his own family. Furthermore, they are also romantic rivals for Agatha's heart. In practice, his relationship with Gil hovers somewhere in between Friendly Enemy and Vitriolic Best Buds. Justified since they were inseperable childhood best friends, even with their spats. When not on each other's case, they get along quite nicely.
  • Royal Blood: Apparently, he's the rightful heir to the Storm King.
    • Royally Screwed Up: A natural state for anyone in his family. There's a reason he laments being kicked off of Castle Wulfenbach as a kid: he got to be away from all the cynicism and plotting of his family.
    • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Being aware of major parts of the plans of Lucrezia, and the Storm King/Knights of Jove, he tries to derail them as much as he can, even through aiding Wulfenbach and using Wulfenbach troops and equipment to defend Mechanicsburg.
  • Science-Related Memetic Disorder: Significantly less than other Sparks, though he still has moments...
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: if Bangladesh is to be believed. One wonders just what happened...
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy compared to Gil's Manly Man. He's calmer, more thoughtful, and less prone to fits of violence. On the other hand, he often attempts to sway Agatha to his will while Gil dotes on her, so he could be considered the Manly Man to Gil's Sensitive Man.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Well, he is when we meet him, anyway. He deteriorates sharply later. But found something better as soon as possible.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Higgs/Zeetha, of all things.
  • Shirtless Scene: Almost as much as Gil, and Morally Ambiguous Is Sexy.
  • Skewed Priorities: A discussed aversion of the trope, according to Higgs:
    Tarvek: If [Violetta] is dead, then the only people I have left that I really care about are Agatha and Wulfenbach- and this time, I'll destroy anyone who threatens them! STARTING WITH THESE CLOWNS!
    Higgs: (puts a sympathetic hand on Tarvek's shoulder) Good priorities, sir - and when you're done? I'm buying you a drink.
  • Smug Snake: Most Sparks only think that they're surrounded by idiots: Tarvek actually tells the idiots so.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: He has some Smoke Knight training, and while not as fast on the draw as Violetta, can still do this when the situation calls for it. Observe.
  • Stoic Spectacles: Tarvek is a lot calmer and more levelheaded than most sparks.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: According to Lucrezia he looks like a younger version of his father.
  • Take a Third Option: His entire schtick, basically.
    Tarvek: If someone can't handle an unpleasant truth? Lie to them. If somone won't listen to reason? Make them. If people don't choose to live peaceably—don't give them a choice. If you don't like the rules—change the game.
  • Token Evil Teammate: A self-confessed example. He's really not evil, but is definitely the most amoral and untrustworthy member of Agatha's inner circle, at least early on. Character Development gradually eases him out of this role, and by the Time Skip he's grown out of it entirely.
  • Tritagonist: With Gil as the Deuteragonist and Agatha as the Protagonist.
  • Tyke-Bomb / Phlebotinum Rebel: He was intended since before birth to be a figurehead for the Storm King conspiracy, but he'd much rather pursue his own plans.
  • Unreliable Expositor: One of the reasons the Sturmhalten arc is so confusing is because he keeps lying to everyone.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Unstoppable enough to curb stomp Zola, when she is under the influence of a Psycho Serum.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: See Gil's entry for more info, but despite their past events, the thing with Agatha and the clashing royal issues, the two truly care about one another. Hurting one is a good way to upset the other. Even their friendship goes beyond other matters that usually bother them, such as Tarvek having serious reservations about accepting his cousin's plans to help him be with Agatha (namely so she can swoop in and take Gil during his heartbreak and retreat to logic).
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He was definitely willing to do, aid or condone all sorts of evil at first. He's now on Agatha's side, but he's still helping her out of personal affection and a desire to "fix" Europa, not from any personal code of morals.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Gil. Continuing on from Gil's entry in this, Tarvek would be sent home, away from Castle Wulfenbach (where, despite technically being a hostage there, was the place to be for aspiring young aristocratic sparks), and back to his cynical conniving family back in Sturmhalten. Tarvek would then encounter Gil again as a philanderer during college in Paris, where their animosity would be cemented. However, despite the political rivalry, their rivalry for Agatha's heart and all the times they screwed each other over, they still very much care for one another. When Tarvek realizes that Gil was kidnapped by the Baron, he tries to rationalize the importance of keeping him before he just admits to himself and Agatha that they could've kept him safe with a look of utmost worry and concern. After the timeskip, he finds himself concerned about what the Baron did to Gil in terms of the brainwashing.
  • White Sheep: Of the royal members of the Sturmvoraous family, he's by far the nicest, most heroic member. Which, considering his predilections for backstabbing and Machiavellian scheming, is really saying something.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Once he grasps the extent of Zola's plans, he furiously attempts to throttle her to death.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: He tries to do this practically all the time, with varying degrees of success.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: It's unknown how Tarvek contracted Hogfarb's Resplendent Immolation but it's hinted that it was his family that infected him in order to remove him from the line of succession. It's made even more explicit in the novels where it's revealed that he was shot with a blow dart by an unknown assailant beforehand. This would explain why Martellus first appeared claiming to have replaced Tarvek as Storm King.
  • Young Conqueror: He wanted to be this, but things aren't working out for him.


    Violetta Mondarev 

Violetta Mondarev, Reluctant Smoke Knight
Violetta is a Smoke Knight, although she herself says she's not very good at her job. She's also a member of a cadet branch of Tarvek's family. Her job is to keep Tarvek alive, which is proving to be far more difficult than it should be considering he was confined to a hospital bed when she took that duty.
  • Acquired Poison Immunity: Thanks to her Smoke Knight training, some poisons have no effect on her. Such as the Corbettite cakes that were used to defuse a potential catastrophe when Klaus-Gil, Tweedle, and Agatha (who was supplanted by Lucrezia at the time) were in the same room. Tweedle is too, but his head is not so thick that it's immune to a good blackjacking from an invisible hand out of nowhere.
  • Action Girl: Though at her best when sticking to stealth and trickery, she's pretty handy with a knife (or several) when the situation demands it.
  • Art Shift: Her hair becomes a lot more dishevelled after her time in the castle, and afterwards stays that way.
  • Badass Normal: She's not a Spark, a Designer Baby, or an Charles Atlas Superpower warrior, and is one of the only protagonists to not fit into any of those categories. She's just a highly-trained McNinja with a couple of daggers and poison darts. This by no means indicates that she isn't dangerous or competent - indeed, it very frequently leads to Underestimating Badassery, even from her own family members.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: A cousin of Tarvek's from a cadet branch of the Sturmvoraus family, which has been guarding the main house for generations. Surprisingly sane, considering the lineage, but then being not of the central bloodline could be what saved her.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: Violetta serves as such to Agatha, helping deal with less obvious threats of the sneaky variety while Zeetha takes care of the more overt threats (and any that get past them still have to deal with Agatha herself).
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Violetta apparently isn't a star as a Smoke Knight, but she doesn't seem half as bad at her job as she tells everyone she is. More "not really into this sort of career". An alternate interpretation is that she really was that bad, but that being around Agatha has forced her to up her game.
  • Color-Coded Characters: She has her family's red hair and the smoke knight's purple.
  • Cute Little Fangs: She had these early on though they went away eventually as seen by the comparison of her image above and this page.
  • Establishing Character Moment: She's introduced trying desperately to save Tarvek all while complaining about him and her job, this is followed up by her beating him up.
  • Fiery Redhead: And poor Tarvek is usually the victim of her fury. Only apparently though, as it turns out it was a long-running gambit to trick his family into thinking he's an oaf.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: She's the Thief to Agatha's Mage and Zeetha's Fighter. The latter describes her as "the sneaky", leading Violetta to complain that she's been spending too much time with Jagers.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: Seems to be standard Smoke Knight gear.
  • Guile Hero: Though not too shabby in combat, she's severely outmatched by most of the incredibly badass cast in a straight-up fight. Instead, she specializes in misdirection and trickery. See Impossible Thief.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: She gets quite huffy when her romantic rival Snaug messes with Moloch.
  • Hidden Depths: She knows a lot about fashion due to growing up with Tarvek
  • Impossible Thief: Emphasis on impossible, and played for laughs. She can do it off-panel. Or between panels. Here's a particularly astounding example.
  • Informed Flaw: Claims she sucks at her job, despite being incredibly competent. It may be that even as badass as she is, the standards for Smoke Knights are supposed to be even higher, but it's implied that she's suffering from self esteem issues due to being Reassigned to Antarctica. She believes she was sent to Mechanicsburg for being a screw up, though it was really Tarvek trying to keep her from suffering the same fate as all of his other bodyguards.
    • Subverted. We later meet two other Smoke Knights who have not only been following Agatha's group for a while without anyone except Violetta noticing, but looked at Agatha's notes while Zeetha and Dimo were on watch duty. Violetta explains it's Not Hyperbole thus:
    "I keep telling you guys I'm not a very good Smoke Knight. These two? They're good."
  • Invisibility: it's not clear how she and other Smoke Knights do it, but she can apparently go practically invisible. Bang can detect it, but not exactly see through it.
  • Knife Nut: She loves her daggers almost as much as Zeetha loves her swords. By the time Vole manages to shake her off during their scuffle in Castle Heterodyne, she's impaled at least a dozen knives in his back.
  • Legacy of Service: Her branch of the family has served Tarvek's for generations.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Her relationship with her cousin Tarvek has a strong dollop of this going on rather than anything else. She bullies and bickers at Tarvek mercilessly, but very obviously cares, regardless. It's reciprocated in a slightly quieter (but no less underhanded) way on his side, and seems as intense. Both practically gag if anybody even remotely suggests they're compatible in that other way.
  • McNinja: She's a Smoke Knight, which have this trope as their hat.
  • The Medic: As a Smoke Knight, part of her training is being an expert in diagnosing and treating poisons. She's also the most competent member of the main cast when it comes to first aid.
  • Minion Shipping: with Moloch von Zinzer. Loath as Violetta might be to admit it, she's definitely into him, though whether or not he reciprocates is ambiguous.
  • Ninja Maid: She used to serve Tarvek Sturmvoraus and wants to do the same for Agatha, only with less "ninja" part.
  • Noodle Incident: Tarvek responds to seemingly ridiculous talk from her as her "licking her knives again." Suggesting that there was at least one incident where her knives were coated in poison or drugs, she licked them, and Hilarity Ensued. Based on her blase dismissal of his comment, perhaps more than one.
  • Offscreen Reality Warp: Her sleight of hand is so impressive that not even the reader can see it. Examples one and two.
  • Only the Knowledgable May Pass: She tried to pull this one on Moloch when they first met, arguing that he had to be trained or have secret knowledge to have survived.
    Violetta: You're trained in the Way of the Smoke?
    Moloch: Nah, Ma always said that stuff'll kill ya.
  • Servile Snarker: She gets away with way more abuse of Tarvek than most Sparks would probably allow. Hell, he even rewards her by allowing her to switch allegiance to Agatha.
  • Shipper on Deck: Agatha×Tarvek.
  • Stealth Expert: Part and parcel of being a Smoke Knight, and taken to virtually superhuman levels. As long as the other person isn't specifically looking for her, she might as well be invisible.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Her Smoke Knight training mostly requires her to be a tomboy, but Agatha earns her loyalty with the promise of a party and a pretty dress. If anything, she becomes even more badass once she has the promise of a pretty dress to fight for.
  • Tsundere: Type 1 towards Moloch, big time. Even when he's not even in the room.
  • Uncertain Doom: She gets in a bloody off-screen fight with Lady Steelgarter. The latter woman claims to have killed her, but there's no sign of a body, and, again, Smoke Knight. Krosp later suspects she's dead simply on the grounds that she hasn't been seen in awhile, stating she's too loyal to be missing this long and be ok, much to Tarvek's horror.
    • She turns up alive and being used as a sacrifice by the monster-summoning cult; she survives this, too.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Many other characters tend to not take her seriously because she's humble, relatively anonymous and isn't a Spark, while those that do know her tend to disrespect her for essentially the same reasons. Never mind that she's an extremely dangerous Ninja Maid who routinely hangs around with some of the most dangerous sorts in Europa and survives. Tweedle in particular has a nasty habit of underestimating her skills.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: She and Zeetha grow into this dynamic over the course of the Mechanicsburg arc. They tend to bicker and argue quite a bit, but it's obvious that they also respect each other's talents, and both are equally dedicated to keeping Agatha safe.
  • White Sheep: Every other major character in the Sturmvoraus/Blitzengaard clan is treacherous and manipulative (or, at best, given to Pragmatic Villainy). Whether this is because she's not a Spark, because she's not in the line of inheritance, or because even this family has to have somebody sane to do the actual work is not yet known.
  • You Can See Me?: Bangladesh DuPree demands at an apparently empty chair that she cut out whatever it is she's doing. Violetta then appears in said chair the next panel quoting the trope, and DuPree answers that she couldn't and it was giving her a headache.


Zeetha, Daughter of Chump, Warrior Princess of Skifander
"And yes, I know what 'Chump' means in your language."
Warrior princess from the lost city of Skifander, she no longer knows how to get back and, until Agatha mentioned it, was uncertain as to whether her homeland even existed. She has trained Agatha to be a warrior and still fights for her interests.
  • Action Girl: And how. It even scares Higgs... and attracts him too.
  • Always Someone Better: Gets the concept explained to her by Higgs. Interestingly, he doesn't do it by beating the crap out of her (although he probably could), but by explaining the concept while she's convalescing after someone else beat the crap out of her.
  • Audience Surrogate: Downplayed. She's unfamiliar with the weird world of Europa but is conditioned to its oddities making her reactions similar to those of the audience.
  • Badass Teacher: Teaches Agatha how to be a princess (the battle-ax-wielding kind). She's also badass enough that Dimo, a centuries old super soldier, asks her to teach him some of her moves. Even if he wasn't 100% serious, that's a serious level of badassitude.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her normal outfit isn't buttoned up around her belly.
  • Battle Couple: this moment with Higgs, of course.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: A multiple-time aversion. Her physical appearance deteriorates quickly after getting impaled through the gut by Zola, and she spends a significant amount of the Paris arc sporting multiple bruises and a black eye after getting beaten up by a Geisterdamen. Played Straight in the sense that she's essentially back to normal not long after getting over both injuries. Possibly justified by the fact that she was previously given a dose of the Jägerbräu.
  • Big Eater: In the third novel, Zeetha frequently eats large amounts of food. From her phrasing, it's quite normal for her.
  • The Big Guy: When the Jägers aren't around she serves as the muscle of Agatha's group.
  • Big "NO!": When Agatha reveals that her missing uncle knows about Skifander.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Her swords are Type 1.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: Zeetha guards Agatha, and also serves as her trainer in the Skifandrian martial arts.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Train in the Amazon way, and you too can kick heads right off of battle clanks!
  • Crazy-Prepared: Like most female performers, she wears leather underwear to guard against the Wacky Weave Destabilizer.
  • Color-Coded Characters: She has bright green hair and her normal outfit is blue.
  • Cute Little Fangs: As seen here. Conspicuously shown during Christopher Baldwin's guest strip run (such as here). The print-novels confirm that it's not just an artistic quirk, and that her canines are longer than normal.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She's prone to the occasional quip about whatever's annoying her at the time.
  • Defeat by Modesty: Tried and failed.
    Zeetha: What? You said you wanted to draw a crowd.
    Gil: Not that kind of crowd!
  • Didn't Think This Through: Zeetha was sent on a mission from her homeland, fell ill with a fever and hallucinations, and wound up kidnapped by pirates in a foreign land. After recovering, she slaughtered all the pirates on the ship, then destroyed their fleet, then razed their fortress... then promptly realised she'd just killed everyone who could tell her how to get back home. Justified, as she later explains that she had not completely (mentally) recovered from the fever, and wasn't quite thinking straight.
  • Dual Wielding: With an exotic Skifandran weapon called a Quata'ara, which resembles Katars and/or Patas, weapons used in our world's India with H-shaped grips and often with some kind of hand guard added to the grip.
  • Emergency Transformation: It's eventually revealed that Mamma Gkika gave Zeetha the Jägerbräu to save her from dying after she was Impaled with Extreme Prejudice. While drinking the Jägerbräu is only part of the ritual to turn someone into a Jägermonster, it's quite likely that Zeetha may become one.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: After the above, though the extent isn't known yet.
  • Establishing Character Moment: She's introduced offering a bowl of food to Agatha, a complete stranger, then freaking out and destroying the pot she was cooking with after Agatha reveals that her missing uncle knows about Skifander.
  • Expressive Accessory: Her headband matches her facial expressions. It's unclear for a long time if this is Sparky tech or just Artistic License, but it's finally established here (warning: mild spoilers) that it's something that happens in-character, to the point that Gil states he's often wanted to examine how it works, and she can use it as a very rudimentary form of long-distance communication.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: The boisterous, sword-wielding Fighter to Agatha's Mage and Violetta's Thief.
  • Friendly Enemy: Is cultivating such a relationship with Bangladesh DuPree 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). Granted, the high probability that it was Bang's pirates that originally kidnapped Zeetha (and thus, Zeetha who took out the entire pirate fleet) means that the "friendly" aspect of this Trope might well be short-lived.
  • Going Native: Post-Time Skip, she's become a lot more boisterous and goofy, implicitly as a result of spending two and a half years running with the Jagers.
  • Good Bad Girl: Her sex life isn't exactly highlighted, but she has been referred to as "an expert" on the subject.
  • Good Counterpart: To Bangladesh Dupree. Both are Action Girls who follow a Spark, extremely competent fighters, and each one is a Boisterous Bruiser, but Zeetha is a Spirited Competitor (who granted, does border on Blood Knight at times), while Bang is a full on Psycho for Hire. And both are eagerly awaiting the time when a fight between them is justified.
  • Her Boyfriend's Jacket: Apparently some time during the Time Skip. The first time we see Zeetha and (confirmed to be) Higgs after the skip, Zeetha appears to be in possession of his hat... and his striped shirt. He in turn has possession of her Expressive Accessory.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: here.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Zola, with one of her own swords.
  • Improvised Weapon: A chair is not a weapon.
  • In My Language, That Sounds Like...: Daughter of Chump. And yes, she does know what it means. Though since it's all-but-confirmed "Chump" is/was Klaus, it's possible that he gave himself the name in reaction to being tricked by Lucrezia and shipped off to Skifandar.
  • Interspecies Romance: She eventually ends up in one with Higgs, although she doesn't know that he's a Jaeger General. Subverted after it was revealed that she was healed from being Impaled with Extreme Prejudice using the Jägerbräu. While there is more to the transformation than just the Jägerbräu, Zeetha may very well become a Jaeger.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Not to suicidal levels, but on more than one occasion she's done or said things that were not strategically smart. As the woman herself admits, she's "not good with the subtle".
  • Like Brother and Sister: During their time together in Mechanicsburg, she develops a downplayed version of this with Gil. Their fight includes a lot lighthearted teasing which extends to later moments. Subverted as they're actually twins.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father:
    • While it has yet to be revealed in the comic, the Foglios have released a picture of her father, "Chump, the great warrior". Resemble anyone we know?
    • On a related note, she and Gil now have the same (or similar) eye colour — most notable during their conversation after he wakes up at Mamma Gkika's. They used to be green in earlier volumes.
    • Foreshadowed here and here.
    • Possibly even foreshadowed here, with Klaus's extreme aversion to slashing her throat and presumably demanding in Skiff that she stop fighting, despite having her dead to rights and previously having given orders to Kill 'Em All. At a minimum, he wants to question her about her presence in Europa, if he hasn't explicitly figured out their relationship..
  • Metamorphosis: This strip heavily implies that she's slowly becoming a Jäger.
  • Minion Shipping: With Higgs.
  • Ms. Fanservice: As well as being a strong character in her own right.
  • Muggle Born of Mages: Her (unbeknowest to her) father Klaus Wulfenbach is a Spark. It's strongly alluded that her mother, Queen Zantabraxus, was one of the many "women with the Spark that tried to kill Klaus". Her (mutually unknowing) fraternal twin brother Gil is a Spark. She is decidedly not Sparky, or at least has not had a breakthrough yet.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Busts one out while playing Fairy Godmother in this non-canon strip.
  • Not Quite Dead: Fortunately.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Against the pirates. Unfortunately, the pirates were the only ones who might have had a clue where her homeland was.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Slightly downplayed because it's a PG-rated comic, but Zeetha is not ashamed of nudity at all. It especially stands out due to the setting, where a bikini would be considered hardly any different than going naked.
  • Shipper on Deck: Is highly supportive of Agatha/Gil. She was likely the one who claimed he would "wed her most vigorously" when making a spectacle of Gil entering the castle (being a self-professed Good Bad Girl), and apparently "hand gestures" were involved in that show as well.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Every now and then, her facial expression makes her look a lot like Gil. Fitting, seeing that Word of God confirms that the two are unknowing fraternal twins.
  • Training from Hell: Bestowed it upon Agatha, and suffered through it herself when growing up.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Violetta, especially post-Time Skip. See the latter's page for more information on that.
  • Warrior Princess: A princess who is able to take on all manner of clanks and monsters because she believes that Rule #1 of being a princess is "every princess needs a battle axe".
  • The Worf Effect: She has been injured or fought to a standstill in order to highlight the badassery of:
    • The Monster Horse Beastie.
    • Baron Wulfenbach.
    • Zola.
    • A Geisterdamen.
    • A Lucrezia-possessed Agatha.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Due to unfortunate circumstances, she has no idea where Skifander is. Agatha is the first person she met who even knew the place existed. Before Agatha, she wasn't entirely sure herself, and thought it was all something she hallucinated in a feverish delirium.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Repeatedly lampshaded as being highly unusual. Only a handful of (somewhat) major characters have been shown with abnormal hair color; Sanaa and Captain Hawkins both have pink hair, which they probably dyed while travelling in Europan pirate society, while the Englishwoman Lady Steelgarter sports a blue do, which may or may not be related to the fact that she also possesses an extra set of arms.


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