History Characters / TheDresdenFilesHarrysHousehold

17th Jul '17 11:20:56 AM MasterFuzzy
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* PopCulturedBadass: He quotes Star Wars and he's badass enough to be a jedi.

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* PopCulturedBadass: He quotes Star Wars and he's badass enough to be a jedi.Jedi. Honestly, the man is full of pop-culture references, ranging from classic movies to literature.



* PowerUp: Being one of the strongest Wizard's of his generation is nothing to sneeze at, but he gets a few upgrades as he goes along. [[WordOfGod Word of Jim]] states that gaining a power up isn't exclusive to Harry, but he has a few of the most unique.

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* PowerUp: Being one of the strongest Wizard's Wizards of his generation is nothing to sneeze at, but he gets a few upgrades as he goes along. [[WordOfGod Word of Jim]] states that gaining a power up isn't exclusive to Harry, but he has a few of the most unique.



* RunningGag: In addition to frequently (correctly) being blamed for buildings erupting into flame, later books introduce one revolving around Harry's particular method of becoming the Winter Knight, and people who are aware of it. Among other things, he slept with Mab. She made sure all of Faerie saw it happening. Come ''Skin Game'' whenever Harry jumps over something, he yells, "PARKOUR!"

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* RunningGag: In addition to frequently (correctly) being blamed for buildings erupting into flame, later books introduce one revolving around Harry's particular method of becoming the Winter Knight, and people who are aware of it. Among other things, he slept with Mab. She made sure all of Faerie saw it happening. Come ''Skin Game'' Game,'' whenever Harry jumps over something, he yells, "PARKOUR!""PARKOUR!"
** Harry's DestructiveSavior tendencies are another, to the point where [[GenreSavvy Marcone]] reveals that he has flimsy, light doors at dramatic (rather than strategic) entry points.



** In ''Skin Games,'' Butters is afraid this is happening because he's LockedOutOfTheLoop. In fairness, this is justified, but he doesn't know it.



** Harry knows that reality has always been under attack by outsiders, and that the Winter Court is responsible to keeping them out.

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** Harry knows that reality has always been under attack by outsiders, Outsiders, and that the Winter Court is responsible to for keeping them out.



* SmarterThanYouLook: Harry might occasionally bumble along and wing it on numerous occasions, but make no mistake; beneath the gangly, wisecracking exterior lurks the mind of an extremely smart guy. Several villains have found out - often to their cost - just how much of a steel trap Harry's brain really is.

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* SmarterThanYouLook: Harry might occasionally bumble along and wing it on numerous occasions, but make no mistake; beneath the gangly, wisecracking exterior lurks the mind of an extremely smart guy. Several villains have found out - often to their cost - just how much of a steel trap Harry's brain really is. Part of this is ObfuscatingStupidity-how much, exactly, is up for debate.



-->'''Mouse:''' He didn't. I won him.

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-->'''Mouse:''' [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming He didn't. I won him. ]]
15th Jul '17 1:20:20 PM nombretomado
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* MeaningfulName: Malcolm Dresden was a stage magician, and thus named his son after three of the greatest stage magicians in history. And [[FridgeBrilliance considering how many seemingly-impossible situations he's escaped from....]] Out-of-universe, his last name was also chosen in reference to the firebombings of the German city Dresden in WorldWarII, mostly because Harry has a similar effect on nearby buildings.

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* MeaningfulName: Malcolm Dresden was a stage magician, and thus named his son after three of the greatest stage magicians in history. And [[FridgeBrilliance considering how many seemingly-impossible situations he's escaped from....]] Out-of-universe, his last name was also chosen in reference to the firebombings of the German city Dresden in WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, mostly because Harry has a similar effect on nearby buildings.
30th Jun '17 12:54:05 PM Kafkesque
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* BewareTheNiceOnes: Mouse usually acts like a big goofball, but he's perfectly capable in a fight, and the one time we've been able to understand his speech (when Harry and co are in dog form) he openly threatens Lea to get her to turn them back.
30th Jun '17 11:45:02 AM Kafkesque
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* SophisticatedAsHell

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* SophisticatedAsHellSophisticatedAsHell: Tends to drop into this when he's not just being outright snarky and rude.
30th Jun '17 10:25:47 AM Kafkesque
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* ElementalPowers: Naturally, a wizard can do all of them as part of their magic set, but individuals have different strengths. Harry specializes in a few.

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* ElementalPowers: Naturally, a wizard can do all of them as part of their magic set, but individuals have different strengths. Harry specializes in a few.few; in ''Changes'' he notes that his mentor made him learn at least one spell from each of the four classical elements so that he'd have experience with all of them.
30th Jun '17 9:34:31 AM Kafkesque
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* TheDreaded: Harry becomes one of these to some of his enemies. At one point in ''Changes'', when he encounters a Red Court vampire (who happens to be one of their oldest, deadliest, and most capable assassins), it ''panics and runs away screaming''.
* DrivenToSuicide: Harry in ''Changes.'' After being lied to by a Fallen about everything being his fault, he would rather die than become Mab's creature.

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* TheDreaded: TheDreaded:
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Harry becomes one of these to some of his enemies. At one point in ''Changes'', when he encounters a Red Court vampire (who happens to be one of their oldest, deadliest, and most capable assassins), it ''panics and runs away screaming''.
** Molly points out in ''Ghost Story'' that his reputation kept a lot of lesser supernatural nasties out of Chicago. Unfortunately, this means that after his death in ''Changes'', the situation in the city deteriorates rapidly.
* DrivenToSuicide: Harry in ''Changes.'' After being lied to by a Fallen about everything being his fault, he decides would rather die than become Mab's creature.
30th Jun '17 8:53:20 AM Kafkesque
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* CharacterDevelopment: Starts out reckless & impulsive (if well-meaning), steadily gains brains, caution, & better judgment.

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* CharacterDevelopment: CharacterDevelopment:
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Starts out reckless & impulsive (if well-meaning), steadily gains brains, caution, & better judgment.judgment.
** The first couple books have him sticking to the idea that knowledge of the supernatural is dangerous and should generally be kept to oneself. After this attitude blows up in his face a few times, he starts accepting that sometimes people need to be clued in to survive.
30th Jun '17 8:48:05 AM Kafkesque
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* BeingGoodSucks: Harry is regularly forced into bad situations where, regardless of what he does, he will step on good people's toes and cause them great grief. In ''Grave Peril'', his earlier poor choices led him to choose between watching Bianca slaughter an innocent girl and unmake ''Amoracchius'' (which isn't even his) or break his promise of good conduct and start a war with the Red Court. Lampshaded by Bianca and the headstone she gives him, with the epitaph "He died doing the right thing."

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* BeingGoodSucks: BeingGoodSucks:
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Harry is regularly forced into bad situations where, regardless of what he does, he will step on good people's toes and cause them great grief. In ''Grave Peril'', his earlier poor choices led him to choose between watching Bianca slaughter an innocent girl and unmake ''Amoracchius'' (which isn't even his) or break his promise of good conduct and start a war with the Red Court. Lampshaded by Bianca and the headstone she gives him, with the epitaph "He died doing the right thing.""
** This trope really describes his life in general. The whole reason he lives in PerpetualPoverty in a crummy basement flat is that he chose to scrape together a living as a private investigator rather than go into a career that would make him lots of money but wouldn't have any opportunities to help people in need.
23rd Jun '17 4:52:20 AM Argon2
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* AnimalMotifs: Indirectly, but Horses. Harry is nicknamed "Hoss" by his mentor, and later becomes a Knight (of the Fae)- a position symbolized in chess by a horse's head. When he completes Mab's training, she laughs "like a little girl who has just been told she’s getting a pony." Word of Jim confirms Harry himself has a love for horses that he developed while living under [[BadassGrandpa Ebenezer McCoy's]] tutelage.

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* AnimalMotifs: Indirectly, but Horses.horses. Harry is nicknamed "Hoss" by his mentor, and later becomes a Knight (of the Fae)- a position symbolized in chess by a horse's head. When he completes Mab's training, she laughs "like a little girl who has just been told she’s getting a pony." Word of Jim confirms Harry himself has a love for horses that he developed while living under [[BadassGrandpa Ebenezer McCoy's]] tutelage.


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* IAmNotAGun: He often reminds the various more powerful beings trying to manipulate him that he is their employee, not their pawn.
14th Jun '17 6:05:01 PM reteov
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* CatsAreMean & CatsAreSuperior: Mister quickly established is boss when Mouse moved in. Even when Mouse becomes dog-asaurus, Mouse respects Mister's authority.

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* CatsAreMean & CatsAreSuperior: When Mouse moved in, Mister quickly immediately established is boss when Mouse moved in.his dominance in the household. Even when Mouse becomes dog-asaurus, Mouse respects Mister's authority.
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