Girl Genius
Girl Genius

"Well, well, what's this? Looks like our own angel of mercy has crash landed." [1]

Omar von Zinzer left his family farm along several of his brothers to serve as a soldier on one of the Duke D'Omas' walking gunboats, the Vienna 707. He was such a jerk that even his own brother, Moloch von Zinzer, didn't particularly like him. During the destruction of the Vienna by Bangladesh DuPree, he escaped with Moloch and eventually made his way to Beetleburg, where our story actually begins.

Mugging Agatha[]

Unfortunately but evidently typically for Omar, his first acts upon getting back to civilization are to spend the last of the brothers' money on some rotgut, and then mug Agatha Heterodyne in an alley. His brother manages to dissuade him from beating her up too badly, but he does insist on stealing her locket.


Later that day, Omar begins losing function for no readily obvious reason. By the afternoon he can no longer walk or recognize Moloch; he loses consciousness around sundown; and in the morning, he finally dies. (We only see the moment of death in person.) The doctor brought in to treat him is unable to offer a diagnosis; Moloch in a fit of anger hurls the locket against the floor, causing springs and gears to fly out of it. This leads him to believe that the locket killed Omar, a not-unreasonable hypothesis since we eventually learn that the locket was created by Barry Heterodyne to suppress Agatha's Spark; with a person with normal brain-chemistry like Omar, it presumably shut down more vital portions of his brain. Since the locket has Agatha's address on it, Moloch sets out to avenge his brother's "murder", leading to ever-expanding plot-complications, but so far, Omar's part has been played.

An alternate theory[]

However, Agatha does flip out[2] at Omar, expressing, in what turns out to be her command voice,[3] her hope that he "die slowly like the miserable rat" he is. Late in Volume VI, the death of Lady Vrin establishes that revenants[4] can die[5] from being ordered to do so. This has led to the theory that he could have died as the result of Agatha's unintentional command rather than as a direct consequence of the operation of the locket. The question may never be definitively resolved; however, since we have seen[6] -- in what appear to be portals from the future -- Agatha, Gil, and Moloch searching for Moloch's lost comrades, it seems their fate becomes important to her; likely the topic will be revisited.

The Novels[]

The version of Omar who appears in Agatha H. and the Airship City is pretty much like what we see in the comic, though we're explicitly told (via Moloch's POV) that, yes, he has pretty much always been an impulsive jerk. The narrative is also clearer in establishing it is the locket which kills him, and not any unintentional command on Agatha's part.

The Works[]

Omar von Zinzer is a card in The Works with details Villain and Mechanic.

See also[]

Secret Blueprints: Moloch & Omar von Zinzer