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1. Madame Gkika told us that drinking the jaegerdraught either kills you or gives each person different, and unpredictable, gifts; then she goes on to brag about her own chameleon-like abilities, which none of the others have. We observe that although most of the regular jaegers have certain things in common (jagged teeth, longevity, and super-strength), in other details they are quite varied: assorted skin-colors, spikes in creative places, etc. 2. The Castle knows who Higgs is. The Castle likes him. It teases him, but it likes him. Well, the Castle doesn't like anybody who isn't a Heterodyne. 3. It is obvious from his actions that Higgs' first loyalty is to the Heterodynes, and his loyalty to the Wulfenbachs is strictly superficial; a matter of expediency, if you will. 4. Higgs occasionally muses things that suggest he has been around a long, long time. *Therefore*, 1+2+3+4 = Higgs is an old Heterodyne; perhaps a cadet line. To the best of our knowledge, he does not have the spark. He would have been the black sheep of his family. What's a young, unsparky Heterodyne lad to do? In a fey mood one day, he took the jaegerdraught. And the unique, unpredictable gift it gave him is that *he continued to look like a normal human*. He got the super-strength, the fighting prowess, and the longevity, but not the appearance. I had suspected this for some time, but confess I did not realize he was the mysterious missing general until this last post (Sept. 2), in which, advising Vole who is apparently in the process of morphing into one of the giant generals, he uses the pronoun "we": "We all did [horrible things], and then we grew up." Khlovia23.255.140.57 23:30, September 3, 2016 (UTC)

The Loyal ServantEdit

There's a good chance Higgs is the Loyal Servant of the rumoured Heterodyne treasure. The pirate of the Pink Airship mentions this while having a chat with the seneschal, stating. That the Loyal Servant would "rather die than betray his masters" which fits Higgs' most outstanding trait: He never deserts his post. This would also explain why he needed to gain Lady Agatha's permission (as well Wulfenbach's since he could also be considered Higgs' master) before leaving the castle to care for Zeetha and why the castle recognised him. The castle would of course know who it's Loyal Servant is. Tarvek may also know, considering his knowledge of the castle and this may explain his recognition of Higgs.Forsolitude (talk) 22:38, February 23, 2013 (UTC)

Jaegermonster in DisguiseEdit

Higgs might be a Jager variant. Perhaps an improvement made to the Jagerbrau. Higg's strong resemblence and loyalty to the Wulfenbachs suggest to me that he might be distantly related. 10:16, October 20,2010

All facts and numbers counted it looks like the idea that he is a Jager is the most possible, given his knowlege over all things Heterodyne. My idea is that he was remodeled after the change back into his currend looks in order to spy for the Heterodyne, whitch would explaine his appearence as well as his language, or his loyalty, or the unstoppableness, or... well everything. Expect for the fact that he went into Mechanisburg in order to get to the castle whitch we know is not allowed for Jager. 08:02, October 20, 2010

STOP THE PRESSES! Anachronism aside, Higgs just went into rage mode and used the Jager 'vas' instead of 'was.' So he's either a Jager (doubtful, given the bar scene) or as old as the Jagers. Possibly a different Heterodyne experiment. In any case, here's to Zola getting blown out of the water by The Unstoppable Higgs. 04:31, October 18, 2010 (UTC)

'Vas' may simply signify Mechanicsburg accent . It is known that people may learn to suppress/hide their accent, but it may appear again in stressful situations. -- 11:02, October 19, 2010 (UTC)

I vote Jager. People who have ridden with them like old man death have no trace of their accent. I submit that Higgs is a Jager in hiding who has been in the baron's air force for ten years as cover, whether he has some duty towards Gil or has denounced the Jagertroth, I believe he is a Jager none the less. Think about it, the durability coupled with the speed and strength are all Jager traits and we've even seen Agatha's Jagers with that same expression on before. I honestly believe the Unstoppable Higgs to be a Jagermonster in disguise, it would explain how he knew about and was inside Mama Gika's....also, Movit 11 zola vs the UNSTOPPABLE Higs? this might actually be an interesting case of Higgs winning a fight by dishing one shot for every three and just not quitting, at least in my guess. 23:02, October 18, 2010 (UTC)Sirwilson95 19:01, October 18, 2010

All the Jägers we have seen so far have had sharp teeth. Higgs, on the other hand, has normal human teeth. Either he underwent a facial/dental surgery or he is not a Jäger. -- 11:02, October 19, 2010 (UTC)

I don't think he's a Jaeger. I agree physical attributes might be surgically changed or he may just be a 'special variant'. However I'm missing the whole Jaeger demeanor. Jaegers tend to be cheerfull maniacs and they aren't subtle at all. Higgs on thr other hand is quite subtle, always calm if not stoic even when fighting. The only exeption is when Zeetha is has been heavily wounded by Zola, but since he can asumed to have a crush an her that might be fully reasonable. Other hints that he might be a Jaeger like his accent (vas) and wearing a hat are not exclusively limited to Jaegers. This primarily leaves superhuman strength, toughness and ancient knowledge as his special traits, which are not exibited by normal humans, but they can attributed to more than just Jaegers. --Varric 08:45, November 2, 2010 (UTC)

He's a "Fliegermonster"! 'Cause razor-sharp teeth on a lighter-than-air ship is a Really Bad Idea.

Could it be that he's the secret 7th jaeger general mentioned here? He certainly seems to know enough, and it would explain why Mamma was unwilling to discuss him with Zeetha 19:51, May 18, 2012 (UTC).

My pet theory is he took the Jagerdraught but didn't change. It explains his knowledge of Heterodyne history, fighting ability, etc. RebuiltHumanThree (talk) 17:44, December 27, 2012 (UTC)

My favourite theory that I've come up with is relatively simple. He's the original Jager. First to try the original jagerdraught, so he only changed internally. The hetrodynes would prefer something scarier as their army, so the formulae was changed over time to the current day version. It explains the "vas" , the faster than normal healing, the communications with the castle and jagers, and the reason he can enter the town, as he's not considered a regular jager. It also makes him perfect for long term spying missions. (Btw my apologies if I edited this incorrectly. It's the first time I've done this.)

A Heterodyne himself?Edit

Higgs could be an acronym for Heterodyne in Genius Girl Script. Just a theory. May 20th 2010

I still favor the theory that the unstoppable Higgs is none other than Faustus Heterodyne. Dice 20:42, April 19, 2010 (UTC)

Moved it here, where it's probably more appropriate.--Necrotas 23:20, February 25, 2010 (UTC)

Is it just me, or does he look like Baron Wulfenbach in that last panel? 04:42, October 18, 2010 (UTC)

Okay, assuming that the gentleman who has learned that Zeetha can be scary is Higgs (I am pretty sure he is, but there is always that possibility we are looking at his twin, so until he is formally introduced here...), it looks like he might be more than a fun oneshot character. If that is true, we might want to considering renaming this article (or specificly, creating and redirecting to) Airman Higgs or possibly a name based on his first name if it is ever given. Just a thought. --Donovan Ravenhull 08:25, 9 June 2008 (UTC)

His full name is "Airman Third Class Axel Higgs" according to this reference. "The Unstoppable Higgs" is the name used in GGCLAE, and for now that's good enough for me, per the MoS. I don't see a rush to rename the article, but your suggestion makes sense if and when he gets extended time on stage under his real name, as by then the GGCLAE reference will be obsolete. -- that old bearded guy 13:15, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
Yeah, as far as most everyone is concerned, he's The Unstoppable Higgs. :D --mnenyver 13:25, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
Especially since it's (surely) inevitable that he will eventually be promoted to boatswain. — Zarchne 20:12, 14 June 2008 (UTC)
By the way -- the embedded link style is fine. No need to change them to refs. They just need to be consistent throughout the same article. Make sure to include some kind of text inside each external link, so they don't show up as just "[1]". --mnenyver 13:25, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
Personally I prefer the ref style that I use, so I tend to convert the rest in the article to make them all consistant if I add any myself. As for the name, I didn't realize he had an entry in the cast page until a few minutes ago, so the current one is appropriate. --Donovan Ravenhull 21:31, 10 June 2008 (UTC)
Right. Refs are fine -- it's the blind links I was talking about. [1] vs. From a usability standpoint, the latter is preferred. --mnenyver 23:23, 10 June 2008 (UTC)

I haven´t seen the The Works card... but could the inscription be "DONNER"? That would be German for "thunder". -Sir Chaos 15:15, 7 March 2009 (UTC)

Zo vhat kind uv Airman can be shlammed into der stonez several cm deep und chust get hup und start over? Hy sink he iz ein construct allrite. Lak vun uv us bot not zo toothy. Hmm? Vonce agen ve wunder vhat heppens vhen ein Jäger hez ein hooman vrau? Altgorl 08:12, February 17, 2010 (UTC)
Not dot dere's enysink rong mit Nuclear Power! Altgorl 09:34, February 17, 2010 (UTC)

HA! Higgs iz ein Clenk! Hy hed vondered... Altgorl 06:10, February 22, 2010 (UTC)

How do you figure him for ein clenk? --Rej¿¤¤? 08:30, February 22, 2010 (UTC)

As found on the old Who is Higgs? poll page: mmmm. How about Jack Tarr. Sideburns, check. Gold earring, check. Sailor clothes, check. (by that ol' favorite, Unregistered Contributor)

Nope...Jack is Jack and Higgs is Higgs...simply sharing the same appearance is hardly proof (especially when they appear alike 'cuz their jobs, airman and sailor, are a lot alike).CaptMorgan 20:24, February 26, 2010 (UTC)

Since the fight with the muse/castle, I'm really thinking "missing Heterodyne," probably Bill. We've never seen him in a panel in which anyone on the scene would recognize him. Klaus should have, but he was out of it when Higgs carried him around. I think he's too old to be Klaus Barry. Nekokami12:20, March 5, 2010 (UTC) :No. There is zero evidence to support this, beyond simply physical vigor & speed. He could be a Construct, including a part-Clank, or he may have a device of some kind, or he may be a chemically-enhanced Human. But nothing, and I do mean nothing supports the idea that he is a Heterodyne.--Bosda Di'Chi 13:39, March 17, 2010 (UTC)

I withdraw my objections to speculation that Higgs may be a Heterodyne. Given his extreme age & enhanced physiology, we must keep an open mind. --Bosda Di'Chi 12:23, April 19, 2010 (UTC)
I renew my objections to Higgs being a Heterodyne. He would be the Heir to the Castle, not Agatha. He cannot be a Heterodyne, as neither Bill nor Barry could have been Lords of the castle while he lived. Certainly Agatha could not be the Heir. So, the whole idea is ballocks. My current assumption is that he is a Construct, possibly a surgically-modified Jaeger.--Bosda Di'Chi 13:15, June 4, 2010 (UTC)
A few things on that, first off he could be a Heterodyne not directly in the line of succession, its possible that he happens to not be a spark, and only Sparky heterodyne can inherent the castle. Its also possible that he is Klaus berry , but inelligable do to the right of succession, (death disqualifies, its even possible that the Jagers know of him, and treat him as such.. but he simply dosnt qualify under ancient contract.
I suspect the only traditional line of succession is the list of who has been the primary Heterodyne. They didn't get their reputation by being nice and orderly and following rules. As far as eligibility, that's up to the castle but I don't expect it to be picky about conditions like temporary death. Argadi 09:42, July 10, 2010 (UTC
I think Heterodyne is still possible for a simple reason: abdication. He could have simply said: "I will not be ruler of Mechanicsurg any longer" and/or passed it on to his heirs. The Castle also does know about one other Heterodyne besides Agatha: remember Mr. Undead Heterodyne Vampire? He's certainly not in succession anymore, or the Castle would already have a Heterodyne. Just a passing fan's two-cents. Nixeu (talk) 18:03, August 12, 2012 (UTC)
In addition to a lack of positive evidence, I feel the lack of Heterodyne smell goes against the theory. If he smelled like a Heterodyne he would have been given a different reaction in Mamma Gkika's. 14:26, March 17, 2010 (UTC)
The automaton recognized him. That is evidence enough to connect him to the Heterodynes at the very least. The lack of smell isn't evidence when your dealing with mad science. Heck, they demonstrated this withthe whole garlic thing with the Weasel Queen side story arc. Klaus was a baby 18 years ago when he was killed by The Other. Higgs looks much older. I am thinking Barry as well, but this is speculation. Of course, the perfect explanation is that this is a clank with Barry's mind in it, too destraught having found out his wife was The Other and she killed her own son, he gave up transfered his conscience into an automaton and desided to live a dreary ordinary life, leaving it all behind. Just my own theory ;). -- Demitri von Needlestein 10:23, March 19, 2010 (UTC)

I believe that The Unstoppable Higgs™ is, secretly... a man named...


Who is, stop me if you guessed this....--Bosda Di'Chi 17:53, March 25, 2010 (UTC)

I think that if the man who created the Muses was still around, they'd have talked about him differently. But since we have ample evidence of 'talents' running in family lines I'm betting he's Axel Van Rijn. 22:46, April 10, 2010 (UTC)

I reckon he might be some kind of Heterodyne spy construct either created before the attack on castle Heterodyne to find the other or steal the work of other sparks or created after Barry came back to keep an eye on Klaus since we heard that Barry told Dr beetle something to get him worried about Klaus. Since a spy would need to be unstoppable to get information away to his master if found out this could account for Higgs unstoppability --Kaymish 12:20, April 11, 2010 (UTC)

Is his name an anagram for anything in particular?--Bosda Di'Chi 13:58, April 11, 2010 (UTC)

"axel higgs"="gil sex hag" Any explanations for that?
I could also offer "gil axes hg", "gil ex shag" (Did you know Gil did some experimenting in Paris?), or "axe gil's hg".
The best I can do are anagrams with implications outside the story itself: "haggle six" (code for discount merchandise?),"his gg axle"? (clue that he's central to the G.G. plot?) "gg ix leash" (He was inserted in volume 9 to stop the story getting out of control?). Reichardt von Hamming 01:40, April 12, 2010 (UTC)
Got it! "Six leg hag"- some kind of Baba Yaga reference or a cryptic intimation that he is the offspring of Dr Beetle and Lucrezia :-) Reichardt von Hamming 05:30, April 14, 2010 (UTC)

Here's a crazy thought i just had; What if Higgs is Klaus Barry Heterodyne?

That theory has been pretty much discounted, Higgs is beleived too old. Of course that doesn't disprove my own theory... Higgs is a half Jager... Finished the preliminary course of drinks for enhanced strength, toughness, and able to take the Jagers healing drink without side effects, highly combat proficent and able to go 1 on 1 with a teaching clank. If he was started by the heterodyne boys, but didn't receive the colour and physical modifications, he would not be a 'true' Jager, and while reluctant to enter the town, would not be bound by the promise by the true Jagers. Also, with the castle clank risking exposing his loyalty to the heterodynes he would happily destroy it rather than allow Gil and others reveal his true nature. It also explains quite nicely how the castle KNOWS him. Or he could be a spy Jager that is insanely undercover, although he seems irritated (more why do i have to go anywhere?) having to enter the town, not fearful or upset. 11:51, April 15, 2010 (UTC)
The reason we think Higgs is too old: somewhere there is a mention of Higgs working in the service of the Baron for ten years. KBH would be at most 24 now (see the Internal Chronology), which would require he was working for the Baron at age 14. The actual note is in the cast list:
Machinist Mate third Class Higgs has quietly served aboard various Wulfenbach airships for ten years without distinction.
It doesn't specify the position he started at, so age 14 isn't totally out of the question. Argadi 12:52, April 15, 2010 (UTC)
If Higgs is a Heterodyne, the most likely candidate would be Lazarus Heterdyne . -- Billy Catringer 09:26, March 10, 2012 (UTC)
Considering that the overall plot involves time travel of some sort (future Agatha and GIl appear to Bang in a window thing in the first book) I see no contradiction between Higgs being Klaus Barry Heterodyne and his age. The only other stuff holding up the idea that he's old is his knowledge of Heterodyne and Storm King history which could very easily have just been the result of reading (or more time travel). My money is on him being KB. Heck he even looks a lot like Agatha, no reason he can't be her brother. 20:17, October 25, 2012 (UTC)

Moma Gigka "owes him a favor"Edit

how about he's moma Gigka's son? I do recall some general leaving his *nice hat* with moma... Maybe he is the son of moma Gigka and the general? Or at least of half or quarter jager blood? Perhaps even some new generation jager made with a new kind of jagerbrew (say someone experiments on Higgs, and with experiment succesful Klaus uses the new generation brew to make Gil able to use jagerbrew?).

The Professors have said that being a Jäger doesn't affect genetics, so being the son of a Jäger wouldn't make you stronger.
While Mama may owe him a favor, I take the statement like his statement about "I saw a map" — it's just a shortcut hiding whatever is really going on with Higgs. Argadi 20:57, March 20, 2011 (UTC)

I think the "favor" could have been arrangements for the Jager's to have their underground bar and 'hospital' so they can be in Mechanicsburg without completely breaking the rule that they can't return until a Heterodyne does. That seems like something big enough for Gkika to feel like she owes Higgs a lot. And I agree that the "favor" statement is similar to his "map" statement.

A man who remembers Agatha's ancestor IgneousEdit

...better than the castle. This would put Higgs origin/creation back in the long ago period of Heterodyne history. Especially as his recollection seems vividly first hand. It seems Higgs has a long history and intimate knowledge of the Heterodyne lineage. So that increases the probablility he might either be Faustus Heterodyne. Surely a spark who could harness the Dyne would have perfected an immortality serum. Otherwise, he's a Von Mekkhan ancestor used in one of the master's immortality experiments. Possibly Higg's laid back disposition made the master consider the experiment a failure. Jäger's are much more lively. --Rej¿¤¤? 06:34, April 19, 2010 (UTC)

Zo! Iz dis Igneous menshunned ennyvhere elze, lak der Zecret Printz uv Blau? Altgorl 08:06, April 19, 2010 (UTC)
So we need someone who has A) lived a loong time B) intimate knowledge of Heterodyne family history and C) the respect of The Castle. How about either The Black Heterodyne or Lazarus Heterodyne, if they're not one and the same. "Blackie" Higgs could be the undead one , just not as stinky and rotty as one might expect while "Lazzy" Higgs just might be going through yet another incarnation . *Shrug* CaptMorgan 15:49, April 19, 2010 (UTC)

I prefer to think of him as "the Higgs Bosun". The Igneous comment made me wonder if Punch could be rebuilt with a voice. - Clark

Higgs can't be a Heterodyne. He appears at Madame Ginka's and the Jagers don't recognize him. Since some of them are as old as Faustus, so they should know him firsthand! Also, I can't see any Heterodyne who had been inside the castle loafing about of 18 years as a Wulfenbach under-officer. This goes at least triple for Faustus. He created the castle from scratch; here's an almost-functional castle, in such good shape our Handful of Heros, plus a pack of DingBots, can make significant progress in repairs. Surely he would have had the whole thing fixed by now if he was still around! -- 04:28, May 5, 2010 (UTC)

Why would Higgs go to a tourist rap like Momma Ginka's? And why was he down in the area reserved for Jaegers, instead of up in the touristy bar area? It's more than three levels down, & guarded by monsters! Nobody is going to be there that doesn't belong there! And what about the knowing look exchanged between him & Dimo 2008-06-13 (Friday) More to Higgs than he seems, indeed.... --Bosda Di'Chi 12:31, May 5, 2010 (UTC)
I don't think he's Faustus...but why are you assuming the Jaegar's didn't recognize him? Mamma Gkika did, and is unwilling to answer questions about his past, so I would think the other Jaegars would respond in the same way. Heck, she may have just ordered the rest at the bar to keep their yaps shut. Nixeu (talk) 18:15, August 12, 2012 (UTC)

Higgs is SOMEBODY special; I just don't thing he's a Heterodyne. He came to Madame Ginka's to be patched up, of course, and someone in charge there knows he's someone out of the ordinary... see, they KNOW him, but they are still looking for the long-lost Heterodyne Heir. I don't see the 'knowing look'; to me he just looks disgusted with being shanghaied as hat bearer. -- 21:18, May 5, 2010 (UTC)

Higgs may not be an actual member (genetic scion) of House Heterodyne...the Jagers don't smell him, but that could be some sort of aftermarket camouflage process (something Barry would probably undergo). He is someone closely associated with the Heterodynes though. Here's my reasoning:

1) Castle Heterodyne definitely knows him.
2) The-Castle-in-Otilia refers to him as "your...ah...Higgs here" , obviously some sort of correction from being Agatha's...what? Uncle? Great-great-etc-grandfather? Ex-seneschal? Minion/construct? Something that belongs to the House.
3) He either remembers or is extremely well-informed about past members of the House going "Dyne-o-mite!"

Now as for pure speculation...Higgs is Barry, with special anti-Jager perfume or something, and he enlisted with the Baron to find out more about whatever it was that he distrusts Klaus for. Barry disappeared eleven years ago, Higgs shows up ten years ago...which would fit the timeline. (Corrected below) CaptMorgan 16:36, June 3, 2010 (UTC)

Alas, it isn't to be. We have indirect WoG (soon to be direct when the interview is posted) that Higgs is not Barry. Argadi 16:59, June 3, 2010 (UTC)
Ah, well...back to the plotting board (sounds of shredding paper, bending metal). I still stand by the close association to the House Heterodyne.CaptMorgan 17:18, June 3, 2010 (UTC)

Adoption?--Could Higgs be a Ward, Foster Child, or Adopted Son of one of the Heterodyne Boys? BTW--I can hardly wait to see how Lucrezia reacts to seeing him for the first time....--Bosda Di'Chi 12:48, July 21, 2010 (UTC)
Addendum: I suspect Higgs is the lost/presumed dead son of the old Senechal/father of the coffee-addled young Senechal... [user autojim] 18:33, July 16, 2010 (UTC)

(placed up here...)

For what its worth, I think that Higgs is the Heterodyne valet/butler. --Astro5 13:29, December 19, 2010 (UTC)
His usual behavior could certainly be said to resemble that of the stereotypical dry, imperturbable valet/butler. If it's indeed the case that he's a valet or butler, he'd fit another trope, as well.
Undomelin 23:38, December 19, 2010 (UTC)
Wouldn’t Von Pinn already fit in that trope or do it exist a battle nanny? 00:51, December 20, 2010 (UTC)

I think there's a lot to say for him being Carson's son, that is someone with a lot of knowledge of the castle and the Heterodynes. The trick is, it is abundantly clear that he has a much greater loyalty to the house of Wulfenbach (and Gil in particular,) than to Agatha. As Carson's son, he would be a construct, rebuilt from the corpse left after the castle attack. At this point he would have been made 'unstoppable.' For reasons yet to be explained, his loyalties, much like Vole's, switched away from the Heterodynes. (But without Vole's nasty antagonism.) It is also interesting to note, that although Higgs has met Vanamonde (who would have been too young to remember what his dad looked like, he has not met Carson, who is more likely to go "You!" (and then cry.) Baby Rorschach 01:04, December 20, 2010 (UTC)

I have to disagree I don't think that we have any profe that he have stronger loyalatys to any one in pertickular (exept Zetha). Yes he saved the baron but that could be him sticking to his cower or helping the part of europa that see the baron as a necessary evil. 01:14, December 20, 2010 (UTC)
If Higgs is indeed Carson's son we could end up with a slightly messy sub-plot involving Carson's son/Higgs, the budding relationship with Zeetha AND Carson's son's WIFE who is still very much alive and living with Carson. A Wikia contributor 17:38, 7 April 2011

~What we can say for sure: He has been recognized by the Castle and Tarvek as significant to the Heterodyne family, he asked Agatha's permission in addition to Gil's before leaving her to take Zeetha to Gkika's, he understands at least some of how the Muses work, he seems to know the Jagers (especially Gkika) pretty well, he has intimate and first-hand knowledge of the Heterodyne family from many generations ago, he has the Castle's layout memorized, and he is generally unstoppable. I find this proof that he is most definitely some sort of eternal Heterodyne Servant/Guardian. There is the slight possibility that he has some sort of Jager-like or construct enhancement, but it has not been proven thus far. He is not a Heterodyne himself because if he was, the Jagers and the Castle would have known and he more than likely would be at least a little Sparky.

Theory time: A possible explanation of why he protects the Wulfenbachs in addition to Agatha could be that Bill and Barry might have ordered him to protect the Wulfenbachs just before they disappeared. In order to do this, he took a job in the Baron's fleet to stay close to them. After saving the Baron's bacon, I'm assuming they gave him leave of some sort to recover, and he heard about Agatha, so he probably set off to find her. He had stopped in Gkika's bar on the way to the Castle to aid Agatha when Zeetha, Gil, and the rest found him, and that is where the story picks up. Again, this is just a wild theory of mine to add to all the other theories--one I think covers more and makes more sense than most of the other theories about Boson Higgs flying around.

Oh, and one more thing. The slip when he said "vas" might not be a Jager accent. Somewhere it says that the Jagers got their accent from old Mechanicsburg. What if Higgs is just old enough to have once spoken with this accent, too? He's old enough to remember Agatha's ancestors, and he has some sort of tie with the Heterodynes and their Castle, so it would make sense if he had an old Mechanicsburg accent that he chooses to hide.~

A Heterodyne's ConstructEdit

First of all let's recapitulating the known facts about Higgs:

  • He is clearly stronger and tougher than a normal human, but the degree seem to vary (Bang was able to cause him multiple injuries, but the Castle in Otilia's body was merely able to slow him down)
  • He is incredibly calm under fire (Zeetha was the only one able to unsettle him)
  • He has a single-minded - almost psychotic - sense of duty
  • He is highly skilled in hand-to-hand combat
  • His education and skills are a long way superior to his rank and apparent education
  • He knows many facts about the Heterodyne family
  • The Castle apparently knows him
  • Somehow he recovers extremly fast from injuries (which can be explained through the use of the Mamma Gkika's Battle-Draught)
  • It's unknown if anybody from the hospital actually examined him after the accident
  • He has been part of the Baron air force for about 10 years
It's not proven that he has served quietly in the Baron's air force for ten years. He could have taken the identity of Axel Higgs a short while ago.
His loyalty appears to be to the Wulfenbachs. Could he be one of Klaus' constructs? Rancke 14:40, September 15, 2010 (UTC)

Plus there is a very interesting detail: so far none of the injuries suffered during his rescue of the Baron caused him to lose blood, they were apparetly all internal.

He whas bitten . 20:17, June 17, 2010 (UTC)
I completly forgot about that, still a bite has to be a little deep to cause a significant blood loss. Woodclaw 07:57, July 4, 2010 (UTC)
And shot in his leg one a adder note dr Sun's coment about the bite being infected tells that somebody that report to him did at some point manage to examined him. 20:39, August 14, 2010 (UTC)

Given all that I think he might be a construct, possibly a perfected version of Punch and Judy. His acquaintance with the Castle and his knowledge of Heterodyne's history seem to indicate that he was built there. Since Lucrezia had perfected the her mind transfer technology - and used it on the Otilia - before Agatha was born this will imply that Higgs is at least 20 years old. While difficult I think that a construct can manage to pass for human for an extended period of time, Punch and Judy were able to do so for 10 years without the help of Barry, in spite of their defects. Woodclaw 20:05, June 13, 2010 (UTC)

Could he be merely a construct? Would any construct have what it takes to intimidate Tarvek? Or was he simply trying to remind Tarvek to keep some kind of secret, rather than trying to face him down?
Considering the naure of the scene Tarvek was already quite shocked I don't think that Higgs was trying to face him down, or at least that wasn't the main objective. Still we konw that Agatha is around twenty, meaning that the Castle was attacked about twenty years ago, and that Higgs has served in the Baron airforce for 10 years, if he is really a Heterodyne construct what did he do for the years before enlisting? Woodclaw 07:57, July 4, 2010 (UTC)
We may have been just given another clue. In a recent arc where a bandit is trying to get the Seneschal to ring the Doom Bell, a Loyal Guardian is mentioned in passing. While he's silhoutted from the back, blocking out most details, we see that his facial shape isn't unlike Higg's, and his stance certainly indicates a strong fighter. Klaus 'adopted' many of the Heterodyne monsters after his return, so it's not impossible that Higgs could have signed on while waiting for an heir to reappear. The biggest issue with this theory is that the Guardian is shown as bald and with a Heterodyne trilobyte on his forehead, while Higgs has quite a lot of hair. However, this can be explained away by the Guardian growing his hair out to disguise himself. It certainly does do an excellent job of covering his forehead.

I could be wrong, but I don't recall anyone ever questioning the significance of the fact that along with his jaegery connections... he has a HAT. Always. Which, if nothing else, could signify a connection with (and probably the respect of) the jaegerkin.

Speaking of the hat.

What is the significance of the Rozen Maiden?Edit

That story centers on a young boy that finds himself indebted to a living doll. So what is Higgs relationship to the Van Rijn muses? Notably the Otilia in Von Pinn? --Rej¿¤¤? 09:14, June 16, 2010 (UTC)

Also, who says he has to be that old? There are a lot of hidden politics we're still not keen to, and it's almost certain that there are other parties in the shadows that would have known and kept record of the Heterodyne history. These could be enemies or friends to Agatha, but either way, there are other people intrigued by her existence. The point is, the first impression I got when reading Higgs' first appearance was this: Higgs stuck around Castle Wulfenbach, keeping a low profile, knowing that if he was to hear news of a Heterodyne, he'd likely hear it there first. It seemed apparent that such an unusually strong airman would have a greater purpose.

If I were going to guess, I'd say Higgs himself isn't ancient, but descended from an ancient line. This line might have pledged to help House Heterodyne (the princess Zulenna said a lot of people would have that reaction), thus passing vital information (and training?) through generations, and Higgs is supposed to be Agatha's... guardian, perhaps? This supports my theory of his connection to Jaegers, as they would have common interests. And... HAT. Sorry if I'm not using this forum correctly, but I hope I said something that caught someone's interest.

Edit: Oh! And did anyone else wonder if, at the bar, he was being subtle in discovering Zeetha's company, as in... "Smart guys?" = "Schmott Guys" = Sparks? Again, it was a first impression, but anyone in the company of Jaegers has to eventually notice that they tend to only call Sparks "schmott guys," which would be a good clue if Higgs was looking for some. ...Meh.--> Madame Six Shooter June 16 2010 00:01

I'd like to add, given Zola's recent revealing, that Higgs probably does have that vital info/training I mentioned, similar to her own. If this is true, I still doubt he's a Mongfish like Zola... although that would explain some of his mysterious knowledge, it wouldn't explain the castle's relatively accepting attitude towards him. Of course, this "training" also supports the theory of Higgs being connected to Van Rijn. Van Rijn did know about Agatha 200 years ago, and Higgs knows his muses. That knowledge could easily be passed through generations (or time). I'm more inclined to believe that Higgs' life has been somewhat parallel to Zola's, except the line of Van Rijn has a so-far more amicable intention toward the Heterodynes than the Mongfish line does. He could be Van Rijn himself, sure, but Higgs hasn't shown a lot of sparky tendencies... his understanding of Otilia's workings could have been taught, or he's just the most sane spark in history. Either way, Rozen Maiden would be significant to Higgs. Madame Six Shooter 20:37, July 9, 2010 (UTC)
The mystery of Higgs deepens considerably when you stop to consider that the main character in the story of Rozen Maiden is a shy recluse. Does this same thing apply to our Airman Higgs? Billy Catringer 07:25, September 9, 2010 (UTC)
Well he was with Zeetha for a couple of days. Zeetha was interested and willing. Finally, after she is hurt near mortally, Higgs admits "I vas starting to like her." Yep, he is reserved. --Rej¿¤¤? 01:39, October 22, 2010 (UTC)

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Another theory of origin for Higgs. His name and appearance are English. He is extraordinarily tough, and seems to be very old, characteristics of Jaegers. We first see him in Wulfenbach service, but he has knowledge of the Castle and Heterodyne history that indicates his presence in the Castle at a time many years earlier. Jaeger? Maybe not.

Note, there is one other extraordinarily old person who is almost certainly not a Jaeger: Queen Albia of England. Is her endurance the result of an independent English invention of a potion similar to, but better made than the one which created the Jaegers? Such an English potion could have made Higgs into an English Jaeger-equivalent, sent to the European mainland many years ago to infiltrate and spy on the Heterodynes. We already know of one spy, Ardsley Wooster, sent to look in on Wulfenbach's activities. The Heterodynes, one of the strongest Spark houses of Europe, are certainly worthy of their own spy, and would have come to the attention of Albia's intelligence minions long before House Wulfenbach became an important player in mainland European affairs. The Jaeger/Mechanicsburg-speech that Higgs used when Zeetha was severely injured by Zola could be a reversion to speech patterns that he used many years before in the same Castle.

Ok...I think Higgs is immortal someway somehow based on the things he know. As for who he is i think he is what all other jagers were supposed to be. In other words i think he is the original jager all others were modeled after but all the others had those side effects. So he essentially is a superhuman who likes hats, likes tough women (von pinn zeetha), heals quickly, very loyal to the heterodynes, long life span (if not immortal) and a good all the others were modeled after him but were left with defects in speech and looks.

I believe he has a different name , as the muse said "i know you, you are "before being silenced, but what he is most likely is a construct used by Von Rijn himself as a assistant. Agathahetrodyne 14:24, April 22, 2011 (UTC)

I've been digging into naval parlance. In the British Navy a Seaman third class is a LH or Lead Hand. He supervises the deck crew and is an expert in marlinspike seamanship. In civilian parlance, he is the "boatswain", pronounced bosun. This is entirely too close to the pronunciation of the particle called the 'boson' which makes a really bad pun. So if one is willing to dig into the physics of it all, the Higgs Boson (Axel Higgs, the Bosun-Bronx cheer) is an elementary particle, one of the building blocks of the universe. It is a mystery, having theoretical necessity but which has never been detected--just like our guy. It can penetrate all manner of matter, in other words, its unstoppable. Now I know this has been mentioned before but I want to bring it up again because of that phrase "elementary particle". Even though he doesn't show up until well into the story, I'm guessing that Higgs is essential to its working out, he is elemental. To me that means that somehow he's been around from The Beginning. Now, is he a construct? If so, by whom. And if he's not, whaddin'ell is he? Anyone who can slice a Van Rijn fighting clank in half with a wrench is no human being. OlBear 20:46, May 31, 2011 (UTC)OlBear

I wouldn't neccessarily say he's a Heterodyne construct, but as things look now my money is in the construct corner for sure. At any rate he certainly has been tampered with in one way or another to become that unstoppable. As for the eerily accurate knowledge he has... I'm doubtful to the high age bet. My first wager was that he's Done His Research, but after what we've seen of Lucretia's lab I wouldn't be surprised if he, ah, has a few copies of other people's knowledge somehow. Say for example that he was constructed before the castle had it's personality split and got a hold on some blueprints? Aryllia 22:21, January 29, 2012 (UTC)

I'm not sure he's a construct, based on this page: While he's definitely beaten up, and has plenty of scars and stitches, he doesn't seem to have the total body scars that we've seen on other constructs, such as Klaus or Punch and Judy There is a large section concealed by bandages, but I'm not sure those would hide all the construction scars. Of course, it's possible that the Heterodyne family has been working on a different kind of construct and Higgs is one of the test models. But at this point I'm holding off on the construct theory until I have better proof. Windowseat 01:51, January 31, 2012 (UTC)

If you look at the glossary in the Secret Blueprints, the definition of construct is "usually organic creations, Frankenstein-type monsters, etc.". Argadi 10:35, January 31, 2012 (UTC)

Higgs comes with the Dyne.Edit

Higgs belongs to the family of priests and priestesses who took care of the Dyne spring. The family was around before the Heterodynes arrived in Mechanicsburg. One of them showed it to the first Heterodyne. Higgs became unstoppable when Egregious unstoppered the Dyne and Higgs was rushed into the waters by the increased current. He kept his hat, though then he had a different one. It is all in the comic. 20px-1298786.png Rej¿¤¤? 22:42, September 11, 2011 (UTC)

Given that Higgs heals superfast (faster than Gil on battledraught, that took some hours; and Higgs stood up healed within maybe half an hour from a sword through the torso) I wonder if he could be a werewolf. Perhaps the Storm King heir one that Zola mentioned? I could see a Storm King werewolf being on good terms with the Heterodynes, a visitor to the Castle. Maybe he even babysat the kids; being unflappable and nigh undestructible would be a requirement for that job! It would mean he could be no older than a couple hundred years if he was the Storm KIng werewolf; I don't know when Igneous blew himself up, perhaps he heard the story or perhaps he's a different werewolf and the Storm King toss-away line was just easy. But it would explain why he is so tough and fast healing without having the usual Jaeger phenotype. It would also let the Foglio's play with werewolf tropes, and they seem to enjoy doing that sort of thing. I don't know why he would be an airman for the Wulfenbachs, even a werewolf needs a job? Or maybe he was a friend of Barry's and Barry asked him to keep an eye on the Baron while he was off doing his own mysterious stuff. ````lightningnettle March 31 2012

First nameEdit

Axel is a variant of Absalom, from the Hebrew for "father peace". Absalom was, of course, the son of King David. Among people named Axel, Wikipedia lists Axel Oxenstierna 1583 – 1654, confidant to Gustavus Adolphus of Sweeden. --Dsws 16:11, April 22, 2012 (UTC)

Entitled to smash a MuseEdit

When Higgs smashes [[2]] the Otilia/Castle's torso, Tarvek seems to recognize him. Tarvek immediately colludes in concealing Higgs's action, agreeing that Otilia just fell apart from age and the stresses of combat even though he definitely knows better. Since Tarvek considers himself the rightful owner of the Muses, it would seem to follow that whoever Higgs is, Tarvek considers him within his rights to smash Otilia. The most obvious person with that attribute would be Van Rijn, but we have no indication that Van Rijn was an unstoppable fighter, so I think it's someone else. --Dsws 03:46, April 23, 2012 (UTC)

Or perhaps Tarvek is merely scared sh^&*(ess of anybody who can pulverize a powerful Clank with a club?--Bosda Di'Chi 18:14, May 16, 2012 (UTC)

Seventh Jager General?Edit

When Zeetha asks Gkika about Higgs, Mama Gkika responds that he is "alvays vit de Tricks! " . Later General Zog describes the Seventh Jager General as "Tricky" --chy03001

And Tarvek knows all this because he has seen him in action . 20px-1298786.png Rej¿¤¤? 20:23, May 16, 2012 (UTC)