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"And this is Krosp. He's Agatha's Cat"
"...I think that explains that."
Zeetha and Krosp[1]

Krosp I, Emperor of All Cats, or usually just Krosp, is a Construct who tags along with Agatha on many of her adventures.

Attributes Edit

Krosp is a large white cat (identified as a "Moldovian Puff" by at least two different individuals) enhanced to genius-human-level intelligence, along with a few physical modifications, since though naturally-occurring opposable "thumbs" are not unheard of in cats, they don't tend to walk on two legs for extended periods of time as Krosp does[2]. He also displays a talent for intrigue, strategy and tactics.

At heart, he is still a cat, not a small, furry human. He's often seen preparing to snack on mice, goldfish, or mimmoths, usually in a sneaky and clandestine fashion, and has commented on more than one occasion on his awareness of his lack of human ethics, while in one side story Agatha demonstrates to his shame that he still has automatic cat-like reactions to certain external stimuli. Krosp does mimic some human characteristics remarkably well, because of his spark-influenced intellect or due to being a cat is difficult to say.

History with the New Recruit Edit

Agatha first encounters him in the Dormitory on board Castle Wulfenbach, where he's helping himself to some food that she's left sitting around. Krosp watches Agatha for a while, sees how she treats his creator "Dr. Dim" and learns some things about Agatha that even she is not yet aware of. Only after helping Agatha sort out a desperate Moloch von Zinzer does he finally reveal that he can talk and think and wants to help her. She responds to this discovery, and his tales of woe, by jokingly offering him her fealty. Not so jokingly, he accepts, and subsequently helps her escape from the airship. This makes him not that dissimilar from any other feline, and creates an enduring dynamic between the two that can reasonably be described as "ambivalent."


I'm the one who's disappointed.

As Krosp views Agatha as one of his loyal subjects (and, as a cat, his territory), he does not take kindly to Gil and states that he believes Gil is simply using Agatha "as a pawn in some inferior plot to overthrow [the Baron] and take over the world." After stating that Gil was encroaching upon the Emperor's territory, he then proceeded to threaten Gil's shoes, with no specific details (although, given the penchant for annoyed cats to leave...feline by-products in their owners' shoes, those details are probably best left to the imagination).

Krosp is the emperor of cats - that whole idea worked just fine -- but as he points out, the monkey wrench in the works is that cats are utterly incapable of effectively serving an emperor. Making him an interesting case of superb execution of a really bad idea. (Though, see below.) However, he has other skills that come in useful from time to time. For example, he reveals that he knows how to fly an airship, which turns out to be very useful indeed during the aforementioned escape from Castle Wulfenbach. More generally, he speaks as the cynical voice of reason when Agatha and those around her propose preposterous schemes. Of course, he's usually ignored. One more than one occasion, he demonstrates that he is also very good at covertly gathering intelligence.

During the time that he and Agatha spend with Master Payne's Circus of Adventure, he comes to the attention of the Circus' animal trainer, Professor Moonsock. The relationship gets off on a less than cordial footing when he tries to relieve his wilderness-induced hunger by snacking on a few of the good Professor's trained mimmoths. After the Circus overcomes its initial reluctance and let Agatha and Krosp travel with them, he has to find some way to contribute to the show, so he grudgingly starts working with Moonsock to learn to do something entertaining. The problem is that, while he can sing and dance, he's not very good at either; in fact, he's downright awful. He's also just as untrainable as any other cat. This results in his being put on shoveling duty among the circus's horses. More impressively, during the confrontation with Jenka in Zumzum, he saves Agatha from the attentions of Jenka's bear, Füst.

When he first appears, he's naked as a jaybird, or, well, as a cat. (No "The Emperor has no clothes" jokes, please.) This lapse in decorum is remedied when he inherits a mini-uniform that Balthazar has outgrown, a marvel of pomp and bad taste that he doesn't like very much at first, but seems to eventually take a liking to. (Agatha thinks it brings out his natural leadership qualities, or at least that's what she tells him, just to twist the knife a bit.) When the action reaches Mechanicsburg, The obvious lack of an accompanying hat is remedied , if only briefly.

Following the Siege of Mechanicsburg, he inadvertently accompanies Agatha through the Monolith portal, thus missing the two-and-a-half year Timeskip.

Krosp's Creator Edit

Krosp was created on board Castle Wulfenbach by the major-league Spark Dr. Dimitri Vapnoople and refers to him as "papa". Krosp himself gives the story of his creation, as he knows it, here . A few excerpts straight from the horse's cat's mouth:

  • "I was declared a failure and 'scheduled to be terminated.'"
  • "I'm the Emperor of All Cats. Think about it. Cats can go anywhere ... Imagine if you could use them as spies, messengers, saboteurs."
  • "Sometimes I think I was supposed to be killed because I was too embarrassing to live." (Agatha commiserates.)

In the comic Krosp's attachment to subsequent brain-coring victim "Dr.Dim" isn't initially brought into the spotlight, while the novel Agatha H. and the Airship City features an additional scene where Krosp and Agatha encounter Dr. Dim a second time, and Krosp tries to take his creator with them as they flee the ship. Vapnoople refuses to leave, citing his on-going janitorial duties. Krosp is pretty broken up with this, so much that Dr. Dim promises to save him a fish before they part for what could quite possibly be the last time.

Much later, in the comic's second act, it is revealed to both the audience and to Krosp that his true purpose is to lead the formidable bear-construct army which Vapnoople managed to create and hide before being captured by Baron Wulfenbach. (It's not made clear if the whole "cat king" thing was a failed secondary benefit or just a plausible cover story to fool Klaus.) He is also referred to by the bears' acting leader König and Vapnoople's former apprentice Martellus von Blitzengaard as being Vapnoople's "masterpiece."

Following the heroes' halting of The Beast's rampage inside the Corbettite Depot-Fortress of St. Szpac and subsequent escape from the attentions of both Martellus and Klaus-possessed Gil, Krosp leaves a few of the bears to help Agatha as she travels towards Paris, but takes the bulk of his new army and decamps for parts unknown. He is, however, seen in the Electric Coffin short story, which takes place after the main events of the comic, implying that he does eventually return to Agatha.

The Works Edit

The Works includes three distinct cards depicting Krosp, Krosp 1, Krosp 2, and Krosp 3. On the first he strikes a regal pose; on the second he anxiously clings by one paw to a line of some sort; and on the third he appears to be dancing, singing, and playing a concertina, which recalls Moonsock's training attempt . The cards' "Details" are Hero and Construct.

Possibly relevant outside information Edit

Krosp is a lone non-human (or semi-human: a cat with human intellect) among a party of humans (except when da Boyz are around) who excels in logical thought and takes pride in his super-human abilities while resenting the limitations of his “lower” self. The name "Krosp" is a near-anagram of “Spock”.

On the other hand, "Krosp" is an exact anagram of “spork”, sometimes referred to as a runcible, a hybrid utensil of limited utility - rather like an emperor whose subjects are too lazy to serve him.


Portrait by Sir Edward Pearse, in Second Life

Krosp has been spotted in that otherdimensional realm called "Second Life" — but then apparently cats can walk through walls, so we should probably not be surprised where he turns up.

Krosp has also appeared in rerun pages of What's New with Phil and Dixie, predating his role in Girl Genius.


  1. Gil gets introduced.
  2. When Krosp is shown walking on four legs (one , two ) the pictures show stars apparently indicating it is a painful experience for him.
  3. Based on The Phil Foglio Gallimaufry.

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