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.
Many badges are seen with and without wings. The significance of the wings has been discussed, but no consensus has been reached.
|Trilobite||House Heterodyne||Agatha Clay/Heterodyneby|
|Trilobite with wings||House Heterodyne||Agatha Heterodyneby|
|Castle||House Wulfenbach|| Seen on in flashback.|
(See also: Comments on possible badge origin)
|Castle with wings||House Wulfenbach||Klaus Wulfenbachby|
|Triangular tower with eye||On.|
|Triangular tower with eye with wings||the Refuge of Storms.in|
|Lightning Bolt||Blitzengaard family?||Worn byas a circlet, also seen briefly on Vanamonde's|
|Beetle (Scarab)||Beetle family?||Tarsus Beetleby|
|Sword through gear||House Sturmvoraus||Worn by|
|Sword through gear with wings||House Sturmvoraus||Worn by The Refuge of Storms.and . Also on a in|
| 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.
|Von Bode||Spider Clanktaken from a|
| Two fish around a globe|
(naiant in annulo)
|Fleur-de-lis||House of the Storm King, Van Rijn's Muses||, ,|
|Union Flag on an oval||House of Queen Albia of England?||Seen worn by Ardsley Wooster post Time-skip, and by Trelawney Thorpe.|