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First Journey:

    Volume 1: Agatha Heterodyne and the Beetleburg Clank 

  • From very early in the comic, this little note from Phil.
  • Also from the same period, regarding Agatha's missing uncle:
    Agatha: Maybe.. maybe he.. he never meant to come back!
    [Adam places his hand on Agatha's shoulder and firmly shakes his head.]
    Lilith: Agatha - your uncle loves you very much. Almost as much as we do.


    Volume 3: Agatha Heterodyne and the Monster Engine 

    Volume 5: Agatha Heterodyne and the Clockwork Princess 

  • Early in the story between Agatha and one of the Jaegerkin, as Ognian bursts into tears and hugs her, so delighted to have found the master they were looking for. It manages to be touching in a mother-comforting-her-child kind of way, despite being between a mad scientist and one of her family's comic relief monster Henchmen Race. You find yourself going "awww" even though the "child" is over ten times the "mother"'s age, a couple feet taller when he isn't crouching, and has razor sharp teeth.
  • We finally learn why Gil was so taken with Agatha. He'd all-but resigned himself to bachelorhood because he craved the company of a woman he could actually relate to and talk with, both qualities that Agatha - being another Spark - held in abundance.

    Volume 6: Agatha Heterodyne and the Golden Trilobite 

  • A mix of Awesome, Heartwarming, and Tear Jerker in this strip, when Maxim mourns Lars and gives up his own, very beloved, hat in his honor.
    "He fight vit us Jägers und die for the house of Heterodyne. Dot make him as goot as vun of us. Ve don't leave our own behind. (...) So ven hyu bury him, make sure he gots a hat."

    Volume 7: Agatha Heterodyne and the Voice of the Castle 

    Volume 8: Agatha Heterodyne and the Chapel of Bones 

  • Moloch's first words to Agatha upon recognizing her are a heartfelt if speedy apology for his actions on Castle Wulfenbach and an agreement to help her hide her identity. He then grabs her to drag her out of the way of a wall of flying knives when it would have been much safer for him to flee on his own and quickly ends up helping her like a loyal minion despite his very loud insistence that he is not a minion.


    Volume 9: Agatha Heterodyne and the Heirs of the Storm 

  • A small one:
    Gil: Ow! Why are you hitting me?! I love her and I want to help her!
    Zeetha: Now that, I'll pass along.
  • Heartwarming/Awesome/Funny in this episode, which is a bit of a Mood Whiplash.
  • Gil's scary look of determination.
    He's not going to die.
  • Adorable and hilarious all at once: "I'm going to save you both. AND THEN I'M GOING TO KILL YOU!"
  • This conversation between Gil and Tarvek manages to how much both of them care for Agatha while revealing that Gil really doesn't want Tarvek dead despite all his posturing:
    Gil: Of course we can get started now if you let me take yours apart to see how it works—
    Tarvek: Yes, well I think maybe you'd better.
    Gil: Um, What? Hey, no, I was just—
    Tarvek: You're hooked up to me so you'll keep me alive. Now you're expected to manage for both me and Agatha? I don't really see this working.
    Gil: Oh, come on, now. Surely we—
    Tarvek: If things even start to break down, we're going to cut me loose.
    Gil: That won't be necessary. If we do this quick enough—
    Tarvek: If we do, That's great. But if not no heroics. We save her. Right?
    Gil: *unhappy glare* Well... yeah right. ...Right. Um...of course.

    Volume 10: Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse 

  • Although this page comes off as a set-up for The Reveal with a bit of a Tear Jerker in the two second-to-last panels, it's actually a bit heartwarming if you look a bit further—to quote our forum:
    Agatha loves Zeetha enough to go be stupid. Tarvek cares enough about Agatha to struggle to stop her. Violetta cares enough about Her Lady to stop her. Tarvek cares enough about the cousin who "hates" him, and who he supposedly "hates back", to be frantic that she's going into deadly danger. Violetta cares enough about her role as protector and defender to John Wayne up anyway...when she KNOWS she is a "bad Smoke Knight", and KNOWS Zola has already kicked her butt soundly. And Higgs...Higgs "vas beginning to like" Zeetha. Enough to be devastated for her.
    It's a page just chock full of people loving and caring about each other. Each frame is a little jewel of emotional engagement.

    Volume 11: Agatha Heterodyne and the Hammerless Bell 

    Volume 12: Agatha Heterodyne and the Siege of Mechanicsburg 

  • A surprisingly touching one comes from Dupree and Gil. Dupree may be a vicious little psychopath, but she is completely loyal to the baron and always follows his orders if she interprets them in creative ways. When Gil confronts her on abandoning the Baron, she breaks down crying, pointing out that she tried to go back and save him, but failed. Gil comforts her with a hug telling her that if she couldn't save his father, then no one could. Doubles as a Tear Jerker.
  • The first panel of this update edges into this when Agatha is examining Gil's lightning generators.
    Violetta: Did you notice he wrote your name on all the bolts?
    Agatha: Obviously he has too much time on his hands...but I thought it was very sweet.
    • It's been established before that the Wulfenbachs put their name on everything in their machines, the bolts included. This isn't the Spark equivalent of Gil doodling Agatha's name in his notebook, the lightning generators were intended as a gift.
  • A match made in Warrior Heaven.
  • Professor Mittelmind and Fraulein Snaug's weird twisted Spark-Minion relationship: they honestly care about each other and are just so cute.
    Mittelmind (pleasantly surprised): Fraulein Snaug! Astonishing! You're alive!
    Snaug (happily): Whee! And you're still a twisted mockery of life, sir!
    Mittelmind: Sauce!
  • Ladies and Gentlemen, Tarvek has decided the hell with Wulfenbach and I Want My Beloved to Be Happy. He's in love and he's courting Agatha no matter what.

    Volume 13: Agatha Heterodyne and the Sleeping City 


Second Journey:

    Volume 1: Agatha Heterodyne and The Beast of the Rail 

  • When accused by the Father Abbot of arranging for Lady Selnikov's arrival as part of a master plan, Martellus sincerely denies any involvement, genuinely taken aback at the thought of plotting against a church.
  • Dr. Vapnoople really did have an army. Of intelligent bears all programmed to obey Krosp, proving he really felt his feline creation would lead.
    • Martellus reveals the bears are programmed to obey the doctor's "masterpiece". If that doesn't say Krosp's "poppa" loved him, nothing does.

    Volume 2: Agatha Heterodyne and the City of Lightning 

    Volume 3: Agatha Heterodyne and the Incorruptible Library 

  • Gil rescues Tarvek from the time bubble around Mechanicsburg and promptly gives him a huge hug. Note when he says "Ha ha! You're fine!" It's in a normal speech bubble, not the hyper-extended spark-use bubble. For a brief moment, he's just Gil again.
    • In the same vein, Gil also talks normally while Tarvek takes a bath and when he gets the book from Agatha. He can't fight against it all the time, but finding those he cares for interacting with him (in some way) seems to bring him back for a bit.
  • Crossing over with Awesome: Dimo reveals the reason behind the Jägers' "absence" from the Heterodyne stories: they were hated, and the Boys wanted to break from their family's reputation. When some were caught following, they were all ordered to remain in Mechanicsburg. Dimo thinks that Agatha should think about that. Here is her reply.
  • These two strips, spoiler-laden implications aside, in which Higgs actually bothers helping and cheering up a recently recovered and artificially aged Vole despite the fact he used to be an utter monster.

    Volume 4: Kings and Wizards 

  • As scheming as the Sturmvoraus clan may be, their matriarch still has a soft spot for old friends.
  • Martellus may be a power-hungry bastard, but he has friends he dearly cares about and as such, is utterly pissed at what his ancestor did to them. He even calls them "good men."
    • Similarly, he later swears to Agatha that he would indeed set aside the lightning crown in an instant if it would stop The Other once and for all. While Agatha doesn't trust him in the slightest, she admits she believes it.
  • For all his timidity, Aldin going out of his way to try and warn Agatha about how other great powers in Europe are going to watch her closely for any sign of her being a "bad" Heterodyne and take her out.

    Volume 5: Queens and Pirates 
  • Gil finally catches up to and saves the chronically kidnapped Tarvek. Gil had been searching for him ever since Tarvek was kidnapped from Castle Wulfenbach, and once again Gil is finally able to take a long overdue nap once he has his old friend back in his possession.
    • Immediately after, Dupree wakes Tarvek up in the middle of the night to fill him in about Klaus' imprint on Gil's mind, and Tarvek readily agrees to help break it.
      Bang: "We." Huh... See — I'm good at killing things, yeah, but this is beyond me. I talked to the Heterodyne girl — and now I'm talking to you. Fix him.
  • Krosp has returned - and he's finally rescued his poppa, Dr. Vapnoople.

    Volume 6 
  • Tarvek and Higgs engage in some Casual Danger Dialogue regarding Higgs' true nature, and Tarvek is mildly surprised that Higgs hasn't told Zeetha yet.
    Tarvek: Oh, you mean she's only the latest?
    Higgs: No! Never! I've never felt like this for a woman! Ever! That's why it's so hard!
  • Tarvek is told that Violetta is probably dead. His meltdown proves that despite their vitrol with each other, he really does care for her.
    • What's more, he wraps up by saying that if Violetta really is dead, then there are only two people left in the world he really cares about - Agatha and Gil.
    Tarvek: And this time, I'll destroy anyone who threatens them! Starting with these clowns!
    Higgs: And when we're done? I'm buyin' you a drink.
  • At the climax of the fight, Krosp bites Vapnoople's arm in order to make him let go of Agatha, who he was about to drag into an alternate dimension to study the monsters, proving that he values Agatha above his own creator.
  • Throughout the arc, Xerxe has been shown hunting for Agatha, presumably for something very sinister. It turns out that it was actually a desperate attempt to save her brother Martellus, who had accidentally infected himself with the "life link" dependency between him and Agatha he had originally infected Agatha with.


  • In Agatha H. and the Clockwork Princess, Klaus describes Punch and Judy as "the two greatest people I have ever known." Heartwarming enough on its own, but more so when you remember that the most obvious people to compare them to would be the Heterodyne Boys, who everyone else sees as the greatest people the world has ever known. This is doubly so considering that they're constructs, not 'real' people. This justification has been used. Klaus clearly Doesn't have the same views.

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