History Characters / TheDresdenFilesHarrysHousehold

15th Oct '17 7:10:12 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* DeadpanSnarker: And we love him for it.

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* DeadpanSnarker: And %%%%% "And we love him for it." is not context. It says nothing about how he fits.
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** And as of Ghost Story he has access to the Internet! God help us all.

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** And as of Ghost Story ''Ghost Story'' he has access to the Internet! God help us all.



* TheSmartGuy: Rounding out the team.

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* TheSmartGuy: Rounding out the team.
15th Oct '17 7:08:02 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* TheChosenMany: Harry learned only recently that he is a "Starborn", one born under a confluence of events (which happens to line up exactly with Halloween night), and it gives him power over Outsiders. It's why Justin adopted him. It's strongly implied that his mother arranged the circumstances of his birth so this would happen and this may be why she married Malcolm Dresden in the first place.

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* TheChosenMany: Harry learned only recently in the main series that he is a "Starborn", one born under a confluence of events (which happens to line up exactly with Halloween night), and it gives him power over Outsiders. It's why Justin adopted him. It's strongly implied that his mother arranged the circumstances of his birth so this would happen and this may be why she married Malcolm Dresden in the first place.



** The FBI suspects him of secretly being a dangerous criminal, considering that one time four FBI agents investigated him and vanished a few days later, and his criminal record suspects him of kidnapping, murder, and at least two cases of arson, and he was recently accused of blowing up another building. At least Agent Tilly is willing to deal straight with Harry, and in no small part because [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Rudolph was trying so hard to nail Harry with a false indictment]].

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** The FBI suspects him of secretly being a dangerous criminal, considering that one time four FBI agents investigated him and vanished a few days later, and his criminal record suspects him of kidnapping, murder, and at least two cases of arson, and he was recently accused of blowing up another building. At least Agent Tilly is willing to deal straight with Harry, and in no small part because [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Rudolph was trying so hard to nail Harry with a false indictment]].



** And most recently he's taken up the mantle of the Winter Knight. It gives him low grade SuperStrength (he can bench press ''400 kilos, almost 900 pounds''), he [[FeelNoPain feels less pain]], he gets a small HealingFactor, it gives him enhanced stamina, makes him sure-footed and silent while walking on ice, and it can augment his magic, ''even'' his fire spells. Also, while he already could, on paper, use ice magic (and has done so a few times in the past), it took him a lot of effort and magical juice to get relatively minor and unsophisticated effects; but with the Winter Mantle, he has easy access to ice magic with some good fine control. [[PowerAtAPrice While it gives him some pretty good benefits]], [[SentientPhlebotinum it's at least semi-sentient]] and thinks in very instinctual terms, including but not limited to power, authority, territoriality, and indulging the user's baser instincts. In practical terms, [[BlessedWithSuck it tries to push Harry to dominate, kill, and rape those around him]], and if the Mantle doesn't agree with what Harry's doing, he has to reframe the task ahead of him in terms the Mantle can understand or it won't cooperate.
* PregnantBadass: [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer No]]. ''[[MisterSeahorse Really]].'' [[spoiler:With Bonnie, Lash's child no less. Lash's last action was out of love and self-sacrifice, which imbued Harry with their child, a spirit of intellect which was gestating inside his skull for years. He was ignorant of her until she was nearly born in ''Literature/SkinGame''.]]

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** And most recently he's **He's taken up the mantle of the Winter Knight. It gives him low grade SuperStrength (he can bench press ''400 kilos, almost 900 pounds''), he [[FeelNoPain feels less pain]], he gets a small HealingFactor, it gives him enhanced stamina, makes him sure-footed and silent while walking on ice, and it can augment his magic, ''even'' his fire spells. Also, while he already could, on paper, use ice magic (and has done so a few times in the past), it took him a lot of effort and magical juice to get relatively minor and unsophisticated effects; but with the Winter Mantle, he has easy access to ice magic with some good fine control. [[PowerAtAPrice While it gives him some pretty good benefits]], [[SentientPhlebotinum it's at least semi-sentient]] and thinks in very instinctual terms, including but not limited to power, authority, territoriality, and indulging the user's baser instincts. In practical terms, [[BlessedWithSuck it tries to push Harry to dominate, kill, and rape those around him]], and if the Mantle doesn't agree with what Harry's doing, he has to reframe the task ahead of him in terms the Mantle can understand or it won't cooperate.
* PregnantBadass: [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer [[MisterSeahorse No]]. ''[[MisterSeahorse Really]].'' [[spoiler:With Bonnie, Lash's child no less. Lash's last action was out of love and self-sacrifice, which imbued Harry with their child, a spirit of intellect which was gestating inside his skull for years. He was ignorant of her until she was nearly born in ''Literature/SkinGame''.]]
28th Jul '17 9:33:59 AM MasterFuzzy
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* CulturedBadass: Not as much as other examples, but he does compose a brief poem and whistle ''Carmen'' while hyped up on magic coffee, and later is able to identify the styles of individual Renaissance masters at a glance.

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* CulturedBadass: Not as much as other examples, but he does compose a brief poem and whistle ''Carmen'' while hyped up on magic coffee, and later is able to identify the painting styles of individual Renaissance masters at a glance.



** ''Ghost Story'' reveals that the first magical battle he engaged in at sixteen, against He Who Walks Behind, ended with an entire gas station exploding. And the fallout of the Battle of Chichen Itza results in a massive power vacuum.

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** ''Ghost Story'' reveals that the first magical battle he engaged in at sixteen, against He Who Walks Behind, ended with an entire gas station exploding. And the fallout of the Battle of Chichen Itza results in a massive power vacuum.vacuum across the better part of a ''continent''.
23rd Jul '17 7:55:22 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** 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.

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** Harry's DestructiveSavior tendencies are another, to the point where [[GenreSavvy Marcone]] Marcone reveals that he has flimsy, light doors at dramatic (rather than strategic) entry points.
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.
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