History Characters / TheDresdenFilesTheChurch

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* BargainWithHeaven: Or possibly aliens, see above

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* BargainWithHeaven: Or possibly aliens, see aboveabove.
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->''Civilian:''' God in Heaven. He must have sent you to us, son.\\

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->''Civilian:''' ->'''Civilian:''' God in Heaven. He must have sent you to us, son.\\



25th Sep '16 9:30:24 AM SorPepita
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The Archangel responsible for gifting Harry with Soulfire. Liked by Mab (which does not bode well), respects free will above all else, interferes only when he has to balance the influence of Hell, and apparently Heaven's spook/Black Ops guy. Harry has spoken to him a couple of times so far.

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The Archangel responsible for gifting Harry with Soulfire. Liked by Mab (which does not bode well), respects free will above all else, interferes only when he has to balance the influence of Hell, and is apparently Heaven's spook/Black Ops guy. Harry has spoken to him a couple of times so far.











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[[folder: Father Douglas Roarke (aka "Buzz")]]

Appears in the short story "The Warrior." Former member of the Army Rangers, Father Roarke was trained as a chaplain in the US Army and eventually joined the Ordo Malleus (aka the Inquisition) to fight evil. Once Harry became custodian of ''Fidelaccius'' and ''Amoracchius'', he became convinced that either Harry was misusing the Swords or that he was actively trying to keep them out of the hands of the Knights, and took steps to recover them.

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[[folder: Father Douglas Roarke (aka "Buzz")]]

Appears in the short story "The Warrior." Former member of the Army Rangers, Father Roarke was trained as a chaplain in the US Army
Paolo]]

A priest encountered by Fitz
and eventually joined the Ordo Malleus (aka the Inquisition) to fight evil. Once Harry became custodian of ''Fidelaccius'' and ''Amoracchius'', he became convinced that either Harry was misusing the Swords or that he was actively trying to keep them out of the hands of the Knights, and took steps to recover them.Dresden's spirit in ''Literature/GhostStory''.


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* GrumpyOldMan: His exact personality.
* SpearCarrier: Only briefly appears in the story.

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[[folder: Father Douglas Roarke (aka "Buzz")]]

Appears in the short story "The Warrior." Former member of the Army Rangers, Father Roarke was trained as a chaplain in the US Army and eventually joined the Ordo Malleus (aka the Inquisition) to fight evil. Once Harry became custodian of ''Fidelaccius'' and ''Amoracchius'', he became convinced that either Harry was misusing the Swords or that he was actively trying to keep them out of the hands of the Knights, and took steps to recover them.
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1st Sep '16 4:51:05 AM isoycrazy
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[[folder: Waldo Butters]]

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[[caption-width-right:200:The doctor is in the house.]]

->''"Polka will never die!"''

Chicago medical examiner, polka enthusiast and geek extraordinaire. He was assigned to autopsy the corpses found after a fire, but since said fire was in fact the result of a wizardly [[KillItWithFire temper tantrum]], he got a vampire corpse, called it "humanlike, but definitely nonhuman" and consequently got stuck in a mental institution for observation for three months. This gave him a cheery disrespect for authority that helps him get along quite well with Harry.

Became a Knight of the Cross in ''Literature/SkinGame''.

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[[WMG: Priests]]

[[folder: Waldo Butters]]

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Father Anthony Forthill]]

Father Forthill
is in the house.]]

->''"Polka will never die!"''

Chicago medical examiner, polka enthusiast and geek extraordinaire. He was assigned to autopsy the corpses found after a fire, but since said fire was in fact the result of a wizardly [[KillItWithFire temper tantrum]], he got a vampire corpse, called it "humanlike, but definitely nonhuman" and consequently got stuck in a mental institution for observation for three months. This gave him a cheery disrespect for authority that helps him get along quite well with Harry.

Became a Knight
senior shepherd at St. Mary of the Cross Angel's church in ''Literature/SkinGame''.Chicago, Harry's main contact with the militant side of the Catholic Church. While relatively little about his background has been revealed, there are hints that he was much more active in his opposition to the forces of evil in his youth.



* ActionSurvivor: Butters started as a normal, but highly principled man. He is nothing special but then some zombies attack and it kick starts his journey to being a badass normal in a world of the supernatural.
* AmazonChaser: Dates Andi in ''Cold Days'' who still has a well-muscled body and could easily lift Butters.
* AscendedFanboy: He gets to be a real, honest to goodness [[ThePaladin Knight]], complete with a special sword of his own, with a mission from [[BigGood God]].
** Not just that, he isn't any old Knight he's effectively a Jedi knight, complete with lightsaber. Can one ascend from two different fandoms at once?
** Butters has effectively multiclassed.
* BadassLongcoat: Grabs Harry's bulletproof one at the climax of ''Skin Game'', although the difference in their size means it fits him more like a Jedi robe...
* BunnyEarsLawyer: He may be a bit overfond of polka, but he's very good at remembering bits of random information and thinking about them logically, even when faced with a ZombieApocalypse.
* ChekhovsGun:
** His one-man polka suit in ''Dead Beat''.
** His deep love of ''Star Wars'' and the ideals of right over coming wrong and one man being able to make a difference, even if it is by a HeroicSacrifice. All very befitting a Knight of the Cross.
* ChekhovsSkill: Harry taught him how to make a magic circle so Harry's magic wouldn't interfere with his technology. Later he draws a magic circle to prevent the undead armies from killing him and his drum.
* TheCoroner: The reason why he's a coroner despite being an excellent medic, is that he doesn't have the professional detachment needed to be one.
-->'''Harry:''' Butters hated seeing people in pain.
* CowardlyLion: At first, he runs in terror from a necromancer with some zombies. Later, he begins using magiteck with Bob's help to fight back against supernatural predators. Then he becomes a [[ThePaladin Knight of the Cross]].
* CrazyPrepared[=/=]ProperlyParanoid:
** In ''Changes'', he is shot in the back. A few minutes later it is revealed that he put on a kevlar vest the minute he [[AFriendInNeed got the call]], and brought [[OurVampiresAreDifferent garlic]] and [[GeometricMagic chalk]] too.
** In ''Ghost Story'' he has Bob examine and then shadow Harry, without Harry knowing it, to ensure if Harry's shade is some trick or turns evil, Bob will end him.
* DiagnosisFromDrBadass: Does this to Aristides in ''Ghost Story''.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: As of ''Skin Game'', he is a [[ThePaladin Knight of the Cross]]. A [[Film/StarWars JEDI]] Knight of the Cross, lightsaber and all. A JEWISH Jedi Knight of the Cross, no less.
* HiddenDepths: Another layer gets peeled off with every appearance. Butters is probably the poster child for this trope; initially he appears as a polka-loving nerd, but by the time of ''Ghost Story'' he is one of Harry's most valuable allies, for his brains, his honesty and his incredible courage, considering he has nothing even resembling super-powers, or even ordinary strength, to take into battle with him.
* IJustWantToBeBadass: Waldo Butters, about 120lbs soaking wet, tried to become part of the US military but washed out of boot camp. Same with the police. He failed both times but still had the push to be stronger. This push led him to ride on a zombie dinosaur to save the world and pursue other dangerous paths. This finally culminates in him becoming a Knight of the Cross.
* JewishAndNerdy: Self-described as such in-universe.
* JewishMother: Mama Butters, from Bob's description, is capable of whipping up a massive FancyDinner for JewishHolidays as Harry sees in Bob's 'apartment'. Also nags Butters about finding himself a Nice Jewish Girl if only he'd clean up. Bob fills in for her at times, complete with Yiddish accent, to Butters' dismay.
* JumpedAtTheCall: After the events detailed in TookALevelInBadass, Butters can't contemplate ''not'' accepting ''Fidelacchius''.
* KnightInShiningArmor: This is a requirement for all Knights of the Cross. Even before receiving ''Fidelacchius'', he was defending Chicago in Harry and Molly's absence.
* LetsGetDangerous: He saved Harry's life by attacking Cassius. And later, subdued a gunman with an improvised taser. Later on in Ghost Story he cripples Aristides by knowing exactly which bones to break
* LovableCoward: Deconstructed, then subverted.
* {{Magitek}}: Butters is not very strong with magic in a practical sense. He is, however, brilliant in the theoretical sense. With Bob's help, he can make enchanted items which give him a distinct edge and element of surprise, like a self-propelling skateboard that can clock up to 30mph. [[spoiler:He can even make a listening device that won't short out when he sneaks it into Harry's bandages]].
* TheMedic: Although he says he finds it weird to operate on people who are still alive, Harry's acquaintance with him comes in handy when he, say, needs a bullet wound treated and doesn't want to intrude on the police's busy schedule. Or sewing up a sliced up Morgan in ''Turn Coat''.
* NoticeThis: In-Universe example. Because of Butter's RPG history, it seems Heaven will be giving him signs like this. On a jog with Michael, he notices a homeless man with a yellow exclamation point over the man. Michael explains to him this is a job.
* NerdGlasses: He wears them.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: A Batman [[JewishAndNerdy Jewish]] [[Film/StarWars Jedi]] [[ThePaladin Knight of the Cross]], [[RuleOfThree anyone]]?
* NonActionGuy: Doesn't stop him from being useful when the need is there.
* PostModernMagik: In ''Ghost Story'' he rigs up a two-way radio for Harry to converse with the others. Bob the Skull observes that while Butters has no talent for magic himself, he probably understands magic theory better than Harry.
* ShorterMeansSmarter: He's very smart, and he's ''tiny'', apparently -- when he curls up into a fetal position, Harry thinks he could probably fit in a grocery bag.
* SurvivalMantra: When shaking to his core in ''Dead Beat'' because of the attacks by zombies, Harry gives him some good reasons to not give up. The more important reason becomes this mantra. That reason: "POLKA WILL NEVER DIE!!"
* SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic: With Bob the Skull's help. He may not have the power in magic, but with his mind, he can make formulas and theories beyond what Harry can understand.
* TookALevelInBadass:
** As of ''Ghost Story''. Before the series, he was a plain muggle coroner. But after receiving a few victims in Harry's cases, from the exploding hearts of ''Storm Front'' to claiming some of the remains found from the Velvet Room were not human, and then meeting Harry in ''Death Masks'' and the whole debacle in ''Dead Beat'' Butters learned quickly if he was to be part of this other world, he would have to toughen up.
** As of ''Skin Game'' this nearly defies belief. First off, using artifice spells and Bob as a portable magical battery, he's got a magical skateboard that travels at sub-motorcycle speeds, skill with an improvised whip that would put Indiana Jones or Simon Belmont to shame, and magical amnesia grenades. And that's all BEFORE he becomes the Lightsaber of Faith wielding Jewish Jedi Knight of the Cross. ItMakesSenseInContext.
%%* UnfazedEveryman
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[[WMG: Priests]]

[[folder: Father Anthony Forthill]]

Father Forthill is senior shepherd at St. Mary of the Angel's church in Chicago, Harry's main contact with the militant side of the Catholic Church. While relatively little about his background has been revealed, there are hints that he was much more active in his opposition to the forces of evil in his youth.
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* CowardlyLion: At first, he runs in terror from a necromancer with some zombies. Later, he begins using magiteck with Bob's help to fight back against supernatural predators. Then he becomes a [[ThePaladin Knight of the Cross]].]]

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* CowardlyLion: At first, he runs in terror from a necromancer with some zombies. Later, he begins using magiteck with Bob's help to fight back against supernatural predators. Then he becomes a [[ThePaladin Knight of the Cross]].]]
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[[WMG: Priests]]

[[folder: Father Anthony Forthill]]

Father Forthill is senior shepherd at St. Mary of the Angel's church in Chicago, Harry's main contact with the militant side of the Catholic Church. While relatively little about his background has been revealed, there are hints that he was much more active in his opposition to the forces of evil in his youth.

to:

[[WMG: Priests]]

[[folder: Father Anthony Forthill]]

Father Forthill is senior shepherd at St. Mary
Waldo Butters]]

->''"Polka will never die!"''

Chicago medical examiner, polka enthusiast and geek extraordinaire. He was assigned to autopsy the corpses found after a fire, but since said fire was in fact the result of a wizardly [[KillItWithFire temper tantrum]], he got a vampire corpse, called it "humanlike, but definitely nonhuman" and consequently got stuck in a mental institution for observation for three months. This gave him a cheery disrespect for authority that helps him get along quite well with Harry.

Became a Knight
of the Angel's church Cross in Chicago, Harry's main contact with the militant side of the Catholic Church. While relatively little about his background has been revealed, there are hints that he was much more active in his opposition to the forces of evil in his youth.''Literature/SkinGame''.


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* ActionSurvivor: Butters started as a normal, but highly principled man. He is nothing special but then some zombies attack and it kick starts his journey to being a badass normal in a world of the supernatural.
* AmazonChaser: Dates Andi in ''Cold Days'' who still has a well-muscled body and could easily lift Butters.
* AscendedFanboy: He gets to be a real, honest to goodness [[ThePaladin Knight]], complete with a special sword of his own, with a mission from [[BigGood God]].
** Not just that, he isn't any old Knight he's effectively a Jedi knight, complete with lightsaber. Can one ascend from two different fandoms at once?
** Butters has effectively multiclassed.
* BadassLongcoat: Grabs Harry's bulletproof one at the climax of ''Skin Game'', although the difference in their size means it fits him more like a Jedi robe...
* BunnyEarsLawyer: He may be a bit overfond of polka, but he's very good at remembering bits of random information and thinking about them logically, even when faced with a ZombieApocalypse.
* ChekhovsGun:
** His one-man polka suit in ''Dead Beat''.
** His deep love of ''Star Wars'' and the ideals of right over coming wrong and one man being able to make a difference, even if it is by a HeroicSacrifice. All very befitting a Knight of the Cross.
* ChekhovsSkill: Harry taught him how to make a magic circle so Harry's magic wouldn't interfere with his technology. Later he draws a magic circle to prevent the undead armies from killing him and his drum.
* TheCoroner: The reason why he's a coroner despite being an excellent medic, is that he doesn't have the professional detachment needed to be one.
-->'''Harry:''' Butters hated seeing people in pain.
* CowardlyLion: At first, he runs in terror from a necromancer with some zombies. Later, he begins using magiteck with Bob's help to fight back against supernatural predators. Then he becomes a [[ThePaladin Knight of the Cross]].]]
* CrazyPrepared[=/=]ProperlyParanoid:
** In ''Changes'', he is shot in the back. A few minutes later it is revealed that he put on a kevlar vest the minute he [[AFriendInNeed got the call]], and brought [[OurVampiresAreDifferent garlic]] and [[GeometricMagic chalk]] too.
** In ''Ghost Story'' he has Bob examine and then shadow Harry, without Harry knowing it, to ensure if Harry's shade is some trick or turns evil, Bob will end him.
* DiagnosisFromDrBadass: Does this to Aristides in ''Ghost Story''.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: As of ''Skin Game'', he is a [[ThePaladin Knight of the Cross]]. A [[Film/StarWars JEDI]] Knight of the Cross, lightsaber and all. A JEWISH Jedi Knight of the Cross, no less.
* HiddenDepths: Another layer gets peeled off with every appearance. Butters is probably the poster child for this trope; initially he appears as a polka-loving nerd, but by the time of ''Ghost Story'' he is one of Harry's most valuable allies, for his brains, his honesty and his incredible courage, considering he has nothing even resembling super-powers, or even ordinary strength, to take into battle with him.
* IJustWantToBeBadass: Waldo Butters, about 120lbs soaking wet, tried to become part of the US military but washed out of boot camp. Same with the police. He failed both times but still had the push to be stronger. This push led him to ride on a zombie dinosaur to save the world and pursue other dangerous paths. This finally culminates in him becoming a Knight of the Cross.
* JewishAndNerdy: Self-described as such in-universe.
* JewishMother: Mama Butters, from Bob's description, is capable of whipping up a massive FancyDinner for JewishHolidays as Harry sees in Bob's 'apartment'. Also nags Butters about finding himself a Nice Jewish Girl if only he'd clean up. Bob fills in for her at times, complete with Yiddish accent, to Butters' dismay.
* JumpedAtTheCall: After the events detailed in TookALevelInBadass, Butters can't contemplate ''not'' accepting ''Fidelacchius''.
* KnightInShiningArmor: This is a requirement for all Knights of the Cross. Even before receiving ''Fidelacchius'', he was defending Chicago in Harry and Molly's absence.
* LetsGetDangerous: He saved Harry's life by attacking Cassius. And later, subdued a gunman with an improvised taser. Later on in Ghost Story he cripples Aristides by knowing exactly which bones to break
* LovableCoward: Deconstructed, then subverted.
* {{Magitek}}: Butters is not very strong with magic in a practical sense. He is, however, brilliant in the theoretical sense. With Bob's help, he can make enchanted items which give him a distinct edge and element of surprise, like a self-propelling skateboard that can clock up to 30mph. [[spoiler:He can even make a listening device that won't short out when he sneaks it into Harry's bandages]].
* TheMedic: Although he says he finds it weird to operate on people who are still alive, Harry's acquaintance with him comes in handy when he, say, needs a bullet wound treated and doesn't want to intrude on the police's busy schedule. Or sewing up a sliced up Morgan in ''Turn Coat''.
* NoticeThis: In-Universe example. Because of Butter's RPG history, it seems Heaven will be giving him signs like this. On a jog with Michael, he notices a homeless man with a yellow exclamation point over the man. Michael explains to him this is a job.
* NerdGlasses: He wears them.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: A Batman [[JewishAndNerdy Jewish]] [[Film/StarWars Jedi]] [[ThePaladin Knight of the Cross]], [[RuleOfThree anyone]]?
* NonActionGuy: Doesn't stop him from being useful when the need is there.
* PostModernMagik: In ''Ghost Story'' he rigs up a two-way radio for Harry to converse with the others. Bob the Skull observes that while Butters has no talent for magic himself, he probably understands magic theory better than Harry.
* ShorterMeansSmarter: He's very smart, and he's ''tiny'', apparently -- when he curls up into a fetal position, Harry thinks he could probably fit in a grocery bag.
* SurvivalMantra: When shaking to his core in ''Dead Beat'' because of the attacks by zombies, Harry gives him some good reasons to not give up. The more important reason becomes this mantra. That reason: "POLKA WILL NEVER DIE!!"
* SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic: With Bob the Skull's help. He may not have the power in magic, but with his mind, he can make formulas and theories beyond what Harry can understand.
* TookALevelInBadass:
** As of ''Ghost Story''. Before the series, he was a plain muggle coroner. But after receiving a few victims in Harry's cases, from the exploding hearts of ''Storm Front'' to claiming some of the remains found from the Velvet Room were not human, and then meeting Harry in ''Death Masks'' and the whole debacle in ''Dead Beat'' Butters learned quickly if he was to be part of this other world, he would have to toughen up.
** As of ''Skin Game'' this nearly defies belief. First off, using artifice spells and Bob as a portable magical battery, he's got a magical skateboard that travels at sub-motorcycle speeds, skill with an improvised whip that would put Indiana Jones or Simon Belmont to shame, and magical amnesia grenades. And that's all BEFORE he becomes the Lightsaber of Faith wielding Jewish Jedi Knight of the Cross. ItMakesSenseInContext.
%%* UnfazedEveryman
[[/folder]]

[[WMG: Priests]]

[[folder: Father Anthony Forthill]]

Father Forthill is senior shepherd at St. Mary of the Angel's church in Chicago, Harry's main contact with the militant side of the Catholic Church. While relatively little about his background has been revealed, there are hints that he was much more active in his opposition to the forces of evil in his youth.
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7th Aug '16 4:18:09 PM SpectralTime
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Somewhat self-explanatory. In addition to the normal things the actual Catholic Church does, the Church arms and supports the three Knights of the Cross, who travel the world righting wrongs and battling the forces of cosmic evil on a mission from God, whether or not they are actually, themselves, Christian. And all of them are backed up by the very highest of powers...
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