History Characters / TheDresdenFilesTheChurch

22nd Jan '16 5:08:39 AM Wintersjackson
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* PlaceOfProtection: While not the typical church or other holy site, for his work as a Knight of the Cross, guardian angels watch his house and a safe room empowered by ArchangelRaphael. This makes it an ideal place to hide in should one not be able to make it to St. Mary's. In ''Ghost Story'' this was invoked by Molly as a place to hide some mind-addled children who were ordered to shoot up Murphy's home from both Murphy and the police. [[spoiler:For this reason, Murphy his the Swords there since they came into her custody]].
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* PlaceOfProtection: While not the typical church or other holy site, for his work as a Knight of the Cross, guardian angels watch his house and it comes with a safe room empowered by ArchangelRaphael. This makes it an ideal place to hide in should one not be able to make it to St. Mary's. In ''Ghost Story'' this was invoked by Molly as a place to hide some mind-addled children who were ordered to shoot up Murphy's home from both Murphy and the police. [[spoiler:For this reason, Murphy his hid the Swords there since soon after they came into her custody]].
28th Sep '15 7:28:43 AM isoycrazy
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That name implies they aren't of the universe. Dragons are.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: He met his future wife by saving her from a dragon and slaying it in the process. Keep in mind that, in the Dresdenverse, dragons are godlike [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]].
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* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: He met his future wife by saving her from a dragon and slaying it in the process. Keep in mind that, in the Dresdenverse, dragons are godlike [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]].the dragon he kills is on the low-tier of Physical Godhood, having once served Him in duties like changing the seasons.

* GoodIsNotDumb: Michael is a very perceptive person, and while he may intentionally allow himself to get involved in someone else's plans - trusting in God to see him through it - because he feels that it will give him the best opportunities to do some good, he's never blind to the risks. He also knew the entire time that Harry had picked up a Denarian coin to prevent Michael's son from getting possessed.
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* GoodIsNotDumb: Michael is a very perceptive person, and while he may intentionally allow himself to get involved in someone else's another person's plans - trusting in God to see him through it - because he feels that it will give him the best opportunities to do some good, he's never blind to the risks. He also knew the entire time that Harry had picked up a Denarian coin to prevent Michael's son from getting possessed.

* InMysteriousWays: Uriel is a being outside of human's limited view of time, able to see not only future events but the multitude of events that can come from many choices. In "The Warrior" when Harry gets fed up with this line, Uriel notes that Harry helped save many lives without meaning to or intending to, but his little choices helped wake a mother up to the truth her child was being abused. Later Harry made a man not work while drunk, saving his life from an accident, and in a few months his daughter will require a marrow transplant to fight her cancer and her father would be the only match. Harry gave a young girl some cheering up and confidence which would inspire her to become a counselor who would go on to help thousands. Lastly, when Michael's children are on the line, the good man will lose focus and be more likely to give into his darker side, but Harry's words calmed him enough from not striking Douglas with vengeance but granting him mercy. And ''all'' of these examples happened in just a few days.
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* InMysteriousWays: Uriel is a being outside of human's limited view of time, able to see not only future events but the multitude of events that can come from many choices. In "The Warrior" when Harry gets fed up with this line, Uriel notes that Harry helped save many lives without meaning to or intending to, but his little choices helped wake a mother up to the truth her child was being abused. Later Harry made a man not work while drunk, saving his life from an accident, and in a few months his daughter will require a marrow transplant to fight her the cancer she will develop and her father would be the only match. Harry gave a young girl some cheering up and confidence which would inspire her to become a counselor who would go on to help thousands. Lastly, when Michael's children are on the line, the good man will lose focus and be more likely to give into his darker side, but Harry's words calmed him enough from not striking Douglas with vengeance but granting him mercy. And ''all'' of these examples happened in just a few days.

* ObfuscatingStupidity: He will play the ignorant part, claiming he had no idea a subordinate was acting in a way, so as to not ''technically'' violate the rules binding him. One instance is whether or not he permitted Jack Murphy to use a half-truth to convince Harry to go back (as that would be a lie in Uriel's book). At the same time when that lie helped put Harry in the right spot at the right time to save Molly's life, Uriel noted he wished he had the foresight to send an agent to give Molly the inspiration or idea to see the solution just before Molly was saved.
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* ObfuscatingStupidity: He will play the ignorant part, claiming he had no idea a subordinate was acting in a way, so as to not ''technically'' violate the rules binding him. One instance is whether or not he permitted Jack Murphy to use a half-truth to convince Harry to go back (as that would be a lie in Uriel's book). At the same time when that lie helped put Harry in the right spot at the right time to save Molly's life, Uriel noted he wished he had the foresight to send an agent to give Molly the inspiration or idea to see the solution before her, just before Molly was saved.

* TheQuietOne: One of the reasons why Mab likes Uriel.
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* TheQuietOne: One of the reasons why Mab likes Uriel. Uriel only says what is needed and permitted, nothing more or less. The only useful line Harry got out of him that wouldn't violate any of the many laws preventing him from talking more broadly is, "No matter where you go, there you are."

* TouchedByVorlons: He is the one doing the touching when he gives Harry soulfire, the fires of creation.
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* TouchedByVorlons: He is the one doing the touching when he gives Harry soulfire, the fires of creation.creation as balancing the scales because Lucifer gave his ilk Super Hellfire.

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* TouchedByVorlons: He is the one doing the touching when he gives Harry soulfire, the fires of creation.* LoopholeAbuse: The angels are limited in any confrontation that involves Free Will being used. These guys will fight any supernatural threat, but a stupid human with a gun can walk right by them.
27th Sep '15 11:08:00 PM moguera
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*DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: He met his future wife by saving her from a dragon and slaying it in the process. Keep in mind that, in the Dresdenverse, dragons are godlike [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]].
31st Aug '15 3:34:52 PM isoycrazy
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* BroughtDownToBadass: [[spoiler: While Michael has his Grace, Uriel points out that he is ''still'' a being that has been soldiering for longer than humans have been alive, and he takes on armed thugs with kitchen knives and wins.
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* BroughtDownToBadass: [[spoiler: While Michael has his Grace, Uriel points out that he is ''still'' a being that has been soldiering for longer than humans have been alive, and he takes on armed thugs with kitchen knives and wins.wins]].

* CelestialParagonsAndArchangels: The only we've one seen so far, though Michael has made a couple of offscreen appearances and Raphael and Gabriel have been briefly mentioned.
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* CelestialParagonsAndArchangels: The only we've one seen so far, though Michael has made a couple of offscreen off-screen appearances and Raphael and Gabriel have been briefly mentioned.
31st Aug '15 2:49:12 PM SpectralTime
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* BroughtDownToBadass: [[spoiler: While Michael has his Grace, Uriel points out that he is ''still'' a being that has been soldiering for longer than humans have been alive, and he takes on armed thugs with kitchen knives and wins.

* AFriendInNeed: In ''Skin Game'' [[spoiler:he gives Michael his Grace to make sure he can face down Nicodemus without his cripling injuries when Michael goes out to face him]].
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* AFriendInNeed: In ''Skin Game'' [[spoiler:he gives Michael his Grace to make sure he can face down Nicodemus without his cripling crippling injuries when Michael goes out to face him]].him]]. * GodsHandsAreTied: Played with. In the same book that Harry calls him useless for refusing to use his powers to directly help the heroes, [[spoiler: Uriel risks his immortal life and (potentially) whole galaxies to help Michael Carpenter for a few days]].

* HopeBringer: When Harry was at a low point, seeing Mab over him proclaiming her victory and malevolent plans for Harry to become her own monster and there was nothing he could do, Uriel gives Harry hope that he ''can'' remain who he is and still be the Winter Knight.
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* HopeBringer: When Harry was at a low point, seeing Mab over him proclaiming her victory and malevolent plans for Harry to become her own private monster and there was with nothing he could do, do to stop it, Uriel gives Harry hope that he ''can'' remain who he is and still be the Winter Knight.

* StoryBreakerPower: Uriel has the power to destroy galaxies making his power at least on par with Mab's if not the Mothers of Faerie. Yet he is severely restricted in how he can use that power preventing him from solving everything.
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* StoryBreakerPower: Uriel has the power to destroy galaxies galaxies, making his power at least on par with Mab's if not the Mothers of Faerie. Yet he is severely restricted in how he can use that power (namely, he cannot, in any fashion, prevent the exercise of a mortal's free will or nullify the consequences thereof), preventing him from solving everything.every problem in the series.

* StoryBreakerPower: Uriel has WhatIsThisFeeling: In ''Skin Game'', [[spoiler: he physically hurts himself for the power to destroy galaxies making very first time after giving up his power at least on par with Mab's if not Grace, and the Mothers of Faerie. Yet he is severely restricted in how he can use that power preventing feeling reduces him from solving everything.to tears.]]

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* YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm: Harry, without even his TrueSight on, accidentally stares into his halo when he gets mad at Nicodemus and his human disguise starts breaking up. He describes the sensation as like seeing every bad, hurtful thing he'd ever done to someone else in his life, and how easy it would have been to do something else. Needless to say, Uriel prefers AFormYouAreComfortableWith for a reason.
31st Aug '15 2:03:50 PM SpectralTime
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** The RPG basically calls this his main flaw. So long as he can keep his heroic works as a Knight of the Cross and his being a father separate, he's the most moral person ever. But, when his ''children'' get involved, it introduces a nasty bit of complexity into Michael's otherwise simple and easygoing worldview.
14th Jul '15 3:24:53 PM seekquaze1
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Uriel - All Powerful Bystander
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* AllPowerfulBystander: Uriel has the highest confirmed power level with his power compared to some other higher level characters a matter of speculation. He could easily solve pretty much all of the problems and threats Dresden comes up against, but is forbidden from doing anything that interferes in mortal free will.
14th Jul '15 3:22:14 PM seekquaze1
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Uriel - Story Breaker Power
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* StoryBreakerPower: Uriel has the power to destroy galaxies making his power at least on par with Mab's if not the Mothers of Faerie. Yet he is severely restricted in how he can use that power preventing him from solving everything.
28th Jun '15 6:24:19 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* IronicName: Not that charitable, at least to Harry
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* IronicName: Not that charitable, at least to HarryHarry.

* KnightTemplarParent: See also MamaBear, BadassNormal, and BigDamnHeroes.

* MamaBear: She doesn't care what sort of supernatural nasty you, she'll punch you out if you threaten her children.
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* MamaBear: She doesn't care what sort of supernatural nasty you, you are, she'll punch you out if you threaten her children.
27th May '15 7:57:04 AM JoieDeCombat
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The description given has no relation to the trope being cited, which is about a villain transforming into a more exotic form when sufficiently pressed.
* OneWingedAngel: Not literally, but in ''Skin Games'' he manifests an aurora that, as Harry puts it, "reminded me of all the bad decisions I made in my life, all the mistakes, and of how easily I could have done the right thing instead."
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