Klaus, always THE BARON t' me, even if he is "merely" a behavior-modifying, secondary overlay at the moment, is being a better man than wif' th' which any of t'other characters will ever credit him. A better man than the bloody narrative will ever allow us to see (wif' all respect due th' creative prerogatives of, and no disrespect intended to, the Acadmeically-Entertaining-Famili
THE BARON, 'E LOVES 'IS BLOOMIN SON, ROIGHT? ROIGHT!
So all this other lot can shog off, eh? Eh? Empire business, am I roight?
Seriously, God save the Baron!
In hopes as some of you lot is still reading this Oi am...
I think the NARRATIVE (ie the Foglios) are pretty kind to Klaus as he's one of the only characters who almost never appears to act out of self-interest (and pretty much the only Spark in that position). He's going to save the world whether the idiots in it want him to save it or not! Which makes me wonder if Albia and the Master are in a similar position-yes, absolute rulers, but look what happens in this universe when there ISN'T someone in charge.
A thought-provoking reply. Here's hoping you prove to be substantially correct. I think the comic is geared more toward showcasing Agatha (fair play, the title *is* GIRL GENIUS) and her peers (minions, paramours, adversaries, etc.) than it is toward constructing an epic narrative "reality" that optimizes the stage time of all the actors... Which does not mean the NARRATORS won't craft a NARRATIVE that rings as true as the Doom Bell, far from it! But it *could* mean that when the time comes for the apocalyptic denouement, the character of Klaus will have served more as a background element, or even a stationary prop (seriously, he's been immobilized for what, close-to-3 years now?) than a significant actor in however many chapters remain. Which would make me sad. Life imitating art? I'm thinking of all the comic relief Klaus is implied to have provided in the Heterodyne plays and serials. Hmmm, Albia and the Master. Yes... a matter for further investigation. Excelsior!