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First Journey:

    Volume 2: Agatha Heterodyne and the Airship City 

  • These two pages, as Barry gives Agatha her locket. Made even worse by the fact that Barry Heterodyne, who freaks out even Lucrezia Mongfish, the OTHER, is crying. And that young Agatha seems to be just as intelligent as she should be, rationalizing Barry's statement of "it's science" to "Ah. You mean you'll explain when I have a sufficiently advanced background education." Necessary or not, what Barry did to Agatha was horrible.
  • When Agatha stumbled onto Dr. Dimitri's teddy bear stash, and he's begging her not to tell... "He doesn't know! It's my last secret! He's taken all the others, but not them! I've kept them safe!" Seeing the scars on his head, and then finding out that Baron Wulfenbach has been lobotomizing Sparks to see how to deactivate them makes it particularly sad.
    • What makes it even worse is imagining what would happen if Wulfenbach found out about the stuffed bears. No matter what Klaus' reaction would be (either to let him keep them or take them away) it would be heartrending.
    • Gets worse in the novelization - when they're escaping Castle Wulfenbach, Krosp drags Agatha and Theo off to find him. When they do, Vapnoople reveals that the bears are supposed to be his new army, but though he still acts like a Spark, he isn't one anymore, and they're forced to leave without him.
      • Krosp calls Vapnoople Papa. And is clearly upset when he has to leave without him after promising to take him somewhere safe and says he'll return.

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    Volume 4: Agatha Heterodyne and the Circus Of Dreams 

  • Gil's face in panel 4 could make every Memetic Badass named on this wiki, Klaus included, cry. Even without context.
    • It gets worse if you put it in perspective. Gil spent most of his life hoping for a girl who could understand his crazy Sparky ideas. He gets his wish in form of Agatha, spends only a couple of days bonding and falling in love with her and then all of this is ripped from him when she "dies". They weren't even so close, like Gil himself admits a few times, but the possibility of what they could have been is enough to send him down the spiral of depression for next two months.

    Volume 5: Agatha Heterodyne and the Clockwork Princess 

  • How about in "Agatha vs the Jägers"? Seeing a superhuman immortal hunter monster collapse into tears because he found the last scion of the family he loves and swore to obey, plus gets to go home? Their cause was literally hopeless...
    Ognian: Ve haff missed you! Please, please be real!
    Agatha: Shh. I... I am.

    Volume 6: Agatha Heterodyne and the Golden Trilobite 

  • The surprisingly poignant death scene of Anevka Sturmvoraus, who normally acted quite the Manipulative Bitch beforehand.
    Anveka: I... I'm not your sister?
    Tarvek: ... no.
    Anveka: But then- what am I?
    Tarvek: ... a very good first try.
    • The novels manage to make it worse. In the comics, Tarvek soldiers on with what he was doing. In the novel, he openly cries for a few minutes, before getting back to work.
  • And then there's that of Lars.

    Volume 7: Agatha Heterodyne and the Voice of the Castle 
  • The reveal of why Carson's so sceptical of Agatha's claim: "Klaus Barry Heterodyne". Agatha had an older brother she never knew about.
    • The Heterodyne Boy's reaction to the attack. Bill goes insane with grief at his son's death and his wife's disappearance, so insane even the Jaeger generals couldn't restrain him. And then, after several hours of private discussion, the Boys packed up what they could, left Mechanicsburg... and never came back.

    Volume 10: Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse 

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    Volume 12: Agatha Heterodyne and the Siege of Mechanicsburg 

    Volume 13: Agatha Heterodyne and the Sleeping City 

  • The little waspeater babies lost their mommy.
  • Looking at Ruxala, the wasp eater wrangler on the crashed Vespiary Squad ship that Tarvek boards, bawling while clutching two dead wasp eaters and surrounded by several others.
  • We could have kept him safe...

Second Journey:

    Volume 4: Kings and Wizards 

  • It's brief, but Prende looks absolutely devastated when it looks like Andronicus is going to abandon her in favor of his Roaring Rampage of Revenge. Thankfully, Agatha manages to convince him to take her with him.
  • Dimo revealing that the Jägers used to discretly follow around the Heterodyne boys on their adventures. Barry eventually noticed and Bill ordered them to not follow them on their next adventure, basically because it's hard to make it as a hero when you're being protected by the minions of your notoriously evil ancestors. That adventure is the one during which they vanished.
    Dimo: Ve should have been dere. Ve should haff gone vit dem.
    • The next page dicusses the reason they were ordered to not follow, and has Dimo outright suggest Agatha she may want to let go of the Jägers at some point if she wants to be accepted as a heroic Heterodyne. Agatha's reply to this belongs both here and in Heartwarming Moments.
  • Tarvek has a meltdown when the Smoke Knight reveals they're going to take him back to his family. His attempts to fight the Knight off are desperate as they are unsuccessful, and he screams that he doesn't want to go back.
  • The Master of Paris just looks so tired when he explains that the end of the Shining Coalition was not as simple as history tells it (with the Storm King getting lost in a hedge maze) but instead the rest of the coalition having to "put down" Andronicus, whom he describes as having become a "corrupted shell" by that time. It's brutal to see that very same Andronicus, hailed as the heart and soul of their Coalition be turned into a wretched corrupted remnant of himself, forcing his friends to fight him to preserve what he helped create. We see in flashback one of the Coalition members was sobbing and another had collapsed on the ground after the Storm King's defeat. The realization that his friend was not buried but merely placed in stasis right under his nose doesn't help. The Master is also the last member of the Shining Coalition left alive (bar Albia) and thus the only one left who could put an end to the monster that was once his close friend.
    The Master of Paris: May I be strong enough to finish this.
  • When Andronicus finally is killed, he dies believing that he's finally found Euphrosynia.
  • The Master of Paris saves his city one last time, only to die at the hands of a (literally) backstabbing traitor.

    Volume 6 

  • Gil and Trelawney's visit to the Queen's memories gets rather sad when she relates how the mirrors stopped working, as well as the fate of her "sister" Queens.
  • The look on Tarvek's face when Krosp tells him that Violetta is probably dead. Although at this point they haven't found the body, it's a heartbreaking reminder that for all their vitriol, they're family and they really do love each other.
    • Tarvek even admits the reason they were together was he specifically asked for her to be assigned to him to keep her safe from the rest of the scheming family.
  • After the outsider restores Dr. Dim's mind and megalomania Krosp clearly realizes he may have to choose between Agatha, his subject he considers totally under his protection, and his beloved "poppa." Sure enough, a few pages later, he does. And Dim is furious he chose Agatha.

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    Side Stories 

  • Othar's Twitter, of all places, has one of the sweetest and saddest relationships ever.

    The novels 
  • One of the final chapters of Agatha H. and the Clockwork Princess begins with a song called "The Heterodynes will Return". The first verse is cheerful, and hopeful, talking about how Bill and Barry will come back, bringing wonders with them, and Make Things Right Again. The second?
    But I think the Heterodynes -
    they will return.
    They will come with fire and smokes
    and machines a'blazing in the night.
    They will stare at us from bloodspattered faces
    They will pull us up and roughly exclaim
    "We brought you years, but you've done nothing
    and now the monsters are a'snapping at our heels!"
  • Agatha H. and the Voice of the Castle manages to make Carson's tale of the attack on Castle Heterodyne more depressing than it already was. At one point, the Jaegermonsters are mentioned to be crying. Jaegers. Crying. The narration notes they don't cry when their Heterodyne cries. But the death of Klaus Barry Heterodyne is enough to make them weep.
    • After arriving at the castle, and once he calms down enough to say anything, Bill's reaction is harsh. He exiles the Jaeger generals, who don't even argue. They just nod and accept the judgement of their Heterodyne.
  • During her travels with the circus in Agatha H. and the Clockwork Princess, Agatha, during her training with Zeetha, recognizes that the day's exercise is supposed to end with her realizing how unprepared she is for Quata'ara swords, and says she'll pass. Surprisingly, Zeetha gets uncharacteristically angry, and pushes her harder than usual - only stopping when Dimo helps Agatha when she stumbles. Later that night, Zeetha admits that she overdid it - and explains that the normal result happened pretty regularly, to the point where trainees sometimes get themselves killed.
    "Except of course, when they do manage to kill themselves. My cousin, Zoniax, she was so much faster than I'll ever be. But they gave her... they let her..." She broke down sobbing. Before she knew what she was doing, Agatha found herself cradling the crying girl in her arms.
  • This line from Lars's death:
    Agatha waited for Lars to finish, and then saw that he had.


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