* [[PrecisionFStrike "Fuck]] [[PreAsskickingOneLiner subtle."]]
** [[GeekyTurnOn And]] it's part of a ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' reference!
* Early on, Harry comes across a group of Red Court vampires in his office building--after delivering the above line, he incinerates one, and rounds the corner to face the other. The vampire takes one look at Harry, ScreamsLikeALittleGirl and ''[[ScrewThisImOuttaHere runs for its life]]''.
** Made more awesome in hindsight: [[spoiler: The vampire that screamed and ran was apparently Esteban, one of the Red Court's most efficient and effective assassins.]]
* Butters' ProperlyParanoid ''bulletproof vest.''
* Not so much a traditional Crowning Moment so much as an event so huge in-universe that it can't really be considered anything else - [[spoiler:the complete and utter destruction of the Red Court by Harry]] at the end of Changes.
** Sure, the fact that he managed it was awesome, but the circumstances were less CrowningMomentOfAwesome than [[TearJerker another trope]]...
* The final battle counts for [[spoiler:Murphy! She killed a PhysicalGod with one hit-- ''after'' cutting her way through a crowd of vampires and elite half-vamps to get to him!]]
--> ''False gods! Pretenders! Usurpers of truth! Destroyers of faith, of families, of lives, of children! For your crimes against the Mayans, against the peoples of the world, now will you answer! Your time has come! Face judgment Almighty!''
** [[spoiler:''Murphy'']] isn't really the one saying that -- she comments later that something ''else'' was speaking through her. Considering the circumstances, that line above is probably a PreAssKickingOneLiner directly from a freaking ''Archangel''.
*** Lea basically calls out that it was [[spoiler: The Archangel Micheal]] who was spouting off. The combat was all [[spoiler: Murphy]] though.
** [[spoiler:Fidelacchius bleached her clothes and Bob was circling around her head to protect her from the Lords of the Outer Night's psychic assault. So she [[strike:looked like]] ''was'' an avenging archangel in holy white, with a glowing golden halo, laying waste with frigging ''[[KatanasAreJustBetter Kusanagi,]] The Sword of the Gathering Clouds of Heaven.'']]
** {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler: You know, exactly like she looks whenever Harry looks at her with the Sight?]]
** Even better when you read back and notice the {{foreshadowing}}: When Harry arrives to find his crew waiting to go, she's playing chess with someone. What move is she noted as making when Harry walks into the room? [[spoiler:Moving a Knight into a horde of enemy pieces]].
--> And she raised ''Fidelacchius'', let out a scream that had startled a great many large men working out at her dojo, and ''plunged into the warriors of the Red Court like a swimmer breasting a wave.''
--> [[BeatPanel Sanya blinked.]]
--> [[OhCrap Holy crap]], I hadn't meant she should do ''that.''
* Mouse confronting the Leanansidhe, and [[spoiler: calling her a bitch (though [[FridgeLogic would that even be an insult from a dog point of view?]]), then threatening to ''bite her ass off''.]]
** "How did he ever win you?" "[[ThisIsMyHuman He didn't. I won him.]]"
--> "You are far from the centres of your power here, demon."
--> "I live with a wizard. I cheat."
* Harry's duel with Arianna, culminating when he beats her using a combo of his own raw powers and the fact that Arianna has never been forced to fight with just magic (resulting in her trying the same trick twice, giving Harry the chance to nail her). After Harry overpowers her, Arianna just stares up and dumbly refers to him as cattle. Harry responds first by saying "Moo" then by saying "No one messes with my little girl" before blowing Arianna's head off. Arianna is ''older than written language''.
* The final confrontation is a hundred and more pages of "Holy ''[[{{HSQ}} shit!]]''" moments piled on top of one another. [[spoiler: Harry [[GravityMaster gravity-pounding]] a Red Court horde. Harry calling out the Red King. Harry killing Arianna with a combination of Winter Knight [[AnIcePerson freeze-power]] and ''forzare''. Murphy and Sanya becoming BackToBackBadasses, with Harry, Mouse, Molly, and Thomas on support. Lea summoning the [[BigDamnHeroes Big Damn Grey Council]], which includes ''fucking Odin'' himself, who then summons an army of kenku. Ebenezar proving again why he's the Blackstaff by killing two hundred men with a gesture of the [[ArtifactOfDoom Blackstaff]] itself. Murphy cutting through a Lord of the Outer Night like he's not even there. Susan holding off the entire remaining Lords of Outer Night and the Red King with the Sword of Love, aka ''Excalibur''. Martin's insane XanatosSpeedChess to take out the Red Court at any cost.]] ''Everything.'' No exceptions.
** What especially stands out is Harry grabbing the Red King's sword arm mid thrust, impaling, than setting his eyes on fire, before freezing his right forearm and breaking it off. DAMN
** Nicely foreshadowed, too, by the fact that Harry'd come very close to putting out the ''White'' King's eyes in ''Blood Rites'', and had set a murdering ghoul rapist's nerves and body fat ablaze in ''White Knight''. Essentially, the Red King suffered everything Harry's dished out to his most-loathed previous enemies, but ''worse''.
* Harry pulls some ''insane'' new tricks in this one. Notable examples: Freezing a would-be hitman's gun. Tapping into an earth ley-line to crush ''hundreds'' of {{mooks}} against the floor with gravity. Using tiny fireballs to "bomb" cars as a distraction. Tripping up an onrushing monster by chucking another monster under its feet, so it slips on the resulting puddle of trampled guts. Draining the heat from a target and using that heat to power a fireball, then [[LiterallyShatteredLives shattering]] the vamp-sicle. Lots and lots of WhiteMagic-laced silver fire. Borrowing Luccio's tactics and '''slicing a monster in half''' with a magical laser cutter. Intentionally causing a cave-in over both him and his opponent, then opening a dimensional portal directly above himself. And then there's Molly and her "One Woman Rave," complete with ''Thomas [[DanceBattler break-dancing]]'' while decapitating bad guys with a sword and shooting them with a machine gun.
* A couple of vampires have [[spoiler:thrown a Molotov cocktail at Harry's apartment building, and the whole place is burning down. He managed to haul his elderly landlady out of bed to safety, but the upstairs neighbors are also old and unable to make it out on their own. Harry tries to rescue them, but can't due to a badly-timed explosion knocking him off the ladder.]] The old lady yells "Oh God in Heaven, help us!"... ''[[BigDamnHeroes and he does]]''. [[spoiler:Best-timed entrance ever, [[{{Paladin}} Sanya]].]]
** This scene even contains something of an awesome moment for Mrs. Spunkelcrief (the aforementioned landlady). When Harry's taken out of action, she pulls the ladder upright and tries to climb it herself, and is only stopped when her bad leg collapses under her. It doesn't sound like much, but consider that she's probably in her mid-seventies, with a bum hip, and has trouble walking even with the aid of a cane under the best of circumstances. One gets the feeling that Mrs. S may have been a bit of a {{Determinator}} in her youth.
** The woman also sleeps with a pistol and considers an army of ghouls pounding on her door as not worth waking up for. Although you don't live under the same roof as [[DoomMagnet Harry Dresden]] for ten years without learning to sleep through a little thing like that.
* [[spoiler:Odin]] showing Harry why it's a bad idea to fuck with [[PhysicalGod physical gods]].
** [[spoiler:Odin]] unhesitatingly giving Harry exactly what he asked for, with no price tag attached, proving that some supernatural entities are neither evil nor [[GoodIsNotNice dicks]].
*** Not so surprising if you consider the code of honour of [[spoiler:the ancient Norse]]. Courage even in the face of certain defeat is a defining characteristic for Harry, and one [[spoiler:Odin]] certainly appreciates. One thinks he would love to have Harry in [[spoiler:his band of warriors when the time to fight and lose to the Ice Giants has come]]. To [[spoiler:Odin]], Harry is definitely one of the good guys, so why not help him as much as he can?
** Vadderung is rather insistent that Harry have some coffee and a doughnut. Since he likely realizes that Harry is on a suicide mission, [[spoiler:Father Odin does the modern equivalent of having Harry drink Odin's Mead, giving our hero one more way back from death, as an Einherjar.]]
* They [[spoiler:blew up a pyramid]].
* [[PreMortemOneLiner "Moo."]]
* Martin gets one which was, [[TheNondescript appropriately]], almost impossible to notice. In fact, [[spoiler: no-one would ever have known he was anything but TheMole if Harry's soulgaze hadn't revealed his ThanatosGambit to wipe out the entire Red Court while he lay dying]].
* Harry managing to impress the Erlking ''again'', this time through some PolitenessJudo. [[spoiler:When he and Susan, escaping some Red Court vampires, drop in on his domain, he semi-sarcastically calls them his "guests," which Harry [[ExactWords uses to claim]] SacredHospitality.]]
** The best part is that the rest of the goblins present are angry at what they think is a misuse of [[spoiler: the rules of hospitality]], but the Erlking thinks it is ''clever'', equating Harry to a wily fox.
** Something of a ChekhovsGun also, as his previous encounter with Lea at his apartment established that letting one's guests win a semantic argument for courtesy's sake is a very old fae tradition. Naturally the Erlking was obliged to be gracious about it, once he ''had'' acknowledged Harry's status as a guest.
* When Harry meets with Mab [[spoiler:to accept the Winter Mantle]], she gloats that he has no other options...but [[ShutUpHannibal he interrupts her]] by listing his options, from least evil to most evil, all the way from accepting her offer up to activating the Darkhallow, ''consuming the raw lifeforce of the entire city and [[AGodAmI becoming a necromantic god]]''.
** Which he would actually do if it meant saving [[spoiler: Maggie]].
** And not-so-subtly threatens Mab in the process, which takes a pretty large set in itself.
* Leanansidhe kept a relatively low profile, but besides summoning the Grey Council she:
## infiltrates Red King's posse of Lords of Outer Night (using a very high level veil)
## takes on ''seven'' Lords of Outer Night at the same time, killing two with the first blow, and has massive fun doing it too (as usual)
## "aggressively negotiates" with Odin for a direct portal to Chicago for Harry and Maggie, since "she is given to understand the little ones are quite fragile"
** And she finally gets to turn Harry into a dog, which she's wanted to do for years.
** Not to mention the reveal that [[spoiler: all these years, she's been defending Harry's apartment from the Nevernever side with a ''flower garden'' so lethal, it's surrounded by mounds of bones from enemies who've tried to sneak-attack him.]] And Harry ''never even suspected'' it.
** Another one for Lea. What are the four most dangerous words in the whole English language, which also double as PreAsskickingOneLiner for [[spoiler:Mab]]? "You may indulge yourself."
*** Full exchange [[spoiler: Lea: "My queen, to what degree am I permitted to act?" Mab:"You may indulge yourself." ]]
* Villainous example for the Red King and The Lords of Outer Night. Especially when they show the power to paralyze a enemy with sheer force of will. Granted, they were defeated, but those guys still were the epitome of a AGodAmI and AuthorityEqualsAsskicking.