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Many characters in the Girl Genius comics wear or display badges. The badges are used as cloak clasps, lockets, or other clothing. Badges are also seen on machinery to identify the owner or owning House. The use of badges in these manners is an old heraldic practice, and many our-world examples can be found throughout history.

Note that the gas connector ring Gil slides onto Agatha's ring finger has the badge stamped into the band — as she looks at it, she remarks, "You guys really do sign everything, don't you?"

Many badges are seen with and without wings. The significance of the wings has been discussed, but no consensus has been reached.

Description Emblazon Significance Uses
Trilobite Trilo-stylized House Heterodyne First seen as worn by Agatha Clay/Heterodyne
Trilobite with wings Winged-trilobite House Heterodyne Worn by Agatha Heterodyne
Castle Wulfenbach-tower House Wulfenbach Seen on Schloss Wulfenbach in flashback.
(See also: Comments on possible badge origin)
Castle with wings Wulfenbach tower winged House Wulfenbach Worn by Klaus Wulfenbach and later by Gilgamesh Wulfenbach.
Greek Key pattern Greek House as yet to be revealed. Worn by Gilgamesh Wulfenbach who replaces it later with the House Wulfenbach sigil.
Triangular tower with eye Bridge1 On bridge .
Triangular tower with eye with wings Yelling Worn by Duke in the Refuge of Storms.
Lightning Bolt Lightningbolt Blitzengaard family? Worn by Martellus Von Blitzengaard as a circlet, also seen briefly on Vanamonde's nameless assistant
Beetle (Scarab) Beetlebadge Beetle family? Worn by Tarsus Beetle
Sword through gear, (the sword may possibly represent Archimedes' Lever) Swordandgear House Sturmvoraus Worn by members of House Sturmvoraus
Sword through gear with wings, (the sword may possibly represent Archimedes' Lever) Sturmvoraus winged House Sturmvoraus Worn by Sturmhalten troops , Aaronev Sturmvoraus, Prince of Sturmhalten , Tarvek Sturmvoraus , Martellus and Xerxsephnia von Blitzengaard , Lady Margarella Selnikov . Also on a mirror in The Refuge of Storms. Anevka Sturmvoraus appears not to wear one.
A fess between three heraldic roses.
The tinctures are unclear, but seem
to be Tudor-style double roses with
a 'metal' (white/silver or yellow/gold)
horizontal stripe between.
Crab Von Bode Plate taken from a Spider Clank
Two fish around a globe
(naiant in annulo)
Mongfish-defaced House of Mongfish Fictional walking fish clank , Von Pinn's watch
Fleur-de-lis Fleur-de-lis House of the Storm King, Van Rijn's Muses Knights of Jove , Fictional Storm King , Muses , Andronicus Valois , Van Rijn .
Union Flag on an oval. British1 House of Queen Albia of England? Seen worn by Ardsley Wooster post Time-skip, and by Trelawney Thorpe
Open hand with 'all seeing' eye in the centre. Tyrant1 House of Du Quay Seen worn by Du Quay himself , and his very brief servant, Drusus Beausoleil.
An open book. Aldinhoffmann01 The Librarians of the The Incorruptible Republic of the Immortal Library of the Grand Architect Worn by various Library staff including Aldin Hoffman.
Four spheres joined in a circle. Paris1 House of Voltaire, Master of Paris. Worn by Simon Voltaire, his daughter Colette Voltaire, the servants of the Master of Paris, and members of his vast family.
Rising sun with stylised clouds set within solar rays. Queen2 House of the Queen of the Dawn Worn by the Geister Madame Velix , seen all over the Queens' personal Dirigible and servants.

See alsoEdit

List of Wulfenbach military units

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