Characters from ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', the Denarians.

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[[folder: In General]]
The Denarians are an ancient order of humans who have taken up one of thirty silver coins, believed to be the ones paid to Judas, and each of which contains one of the Fallen - a powerful and mighty fallen angel. In exchange for unnaturally extended lives and superhuman power, the Denarians either work with or serve as vessels for each Fallen - and each Fallen invariably corrupts its bearer. The Denarians themselves are not a unified force; generally, one group works with Nicodemus, one works with Tessa, and the rest do their own thing, but they are all devoted to spreading misery, pain, and despair, thanks to the Fallen controlling or working with them.

* ArtifactOfDoom: The coin each Denarian carries contains the essence of the Fallen inside, and making skin contact with it will implant either the Fallen itself or a copy of that Fallen's essence into the victim's mind.
* DealWithTheDevil: Part and Parcel of their ways. The Fallen can only fully emerge with a conscious choice by the host to embrace the Fallen. The Shadows of the Fallen may be meticulous and patient, while others just beat their host into giving up just to end the torment the Shadow is putting them through. The meticulous ones would examine the host and seek out the perfect offering, a need or a want that cannot be obtained in any other fashion save for taking up the coin.
* {{Determinator}}: It is revealed some Denarians are called by the host's name and others by the name of the Fallen. This is because those who break under the power of the Fallen likely won't be coming back. They become the puppet of the Fallen. Those who endure are this trope, and will be called by the host's name.
* EmbarrassingNickname: [[TheNicknamer Harry]] deliberately gives them these, in order to make them less scary -- which has actual weight in a world where fear and belief are empowering forces. Michael warns him against this...then takes up the nicknames as well.
** "Nicodemus Archleone and the Knights of the Blackened Denarius" sounds quite a bit scarier than "Nicky and the Nickelheads". Why is exactly why Harry and Michael call them by the latter in every appearance.
* FallenAngel: Each and every member is a carrier to one of thirty Fallen Angels.
* ForTheEvulz: The Denarians' entire purpose is to inflict as much pain to humanity as they can.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Harry postulates to Michael that [[spoiler:the reason the Fallen Angels avoid churches isn't because GoodHurtsEvil and just standing there is uncomfortable, as Michael suspects, but it makes them ''feel'' and remember what they have lost. They question their choices, and after a million years or more of steadfast belief you were right, regret is not fun]].
* PublicDomainArtifact: The thirty pieces of silver. [[spoiler:the noose Judas hung himself with.]]
* TimeAbyss: In ''Small Favor'' when Harry is describing the advantages the Denarians have, beyond the super strength, shapeshifting, and powerful magic, he considers the Fallen Angels themselves the strongest advantage for this trope. Not only do they likely predate the Creation of the Universe, they have had 2000 years living in a human mind and knowing how it ticks. They would know all the ways to tempt a person and what pains to make them feel, all in the name of converting someone to their cause. And then once they have a partner, they can give this wisdom to them and make the host a truly terrifying force.
* WeAreStrugglingTogether: The various factions of Denarians rarely work together, and even when they do, they spend quite a bit of time backstabbing each other. Even within factions they're rarely what you'd call a happy family.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Near-immortality, power and abilities beyond the likes mere mortals can dream of, those Denarians who have the strong enough will to not break under the weight of the power of the Fallen tend to end up the most dangerous but also insane in their own way.

[[folder: Nicodemus Archleone (aka "Nicky")]]

->''Cannot hurt you any more. No matter how many times I hear that one, it's always a fresh challenge.''

The leader of the Order of the Blackened Denarius. One of the most dangerous foes that Harry has ever faced. While most Denarians force their hosts into servitude, Nicodemus is actually in a ''partnership'' with his fallen angel. Wears the rope that Judas hung himself with as a necktie, and it grants him [[NighInvulnerable Nigh Invulnerability]]. No one knows all that much about Nicodemus, as he makes it a point to find and destroy the church's records on him every couple hundred years.

* AchillesHeel: [[spoiler: The noose can kill Nicodemus, just as it grants him instant healing.]]
* BadAss
** BadassInANiceSuit: His primary outfit is a silk shirt and trousers.
** BadassLongcoat: Tends to wear them. Harry calls him on the "Bogart" look when they first meet.
* BigBad: He is one of a couple recurring ones. [[spoiler: A subversion occurs when he finds out that he isn't the BigBad of the series, and the thought troubles him deeply.]]
* TheCaper: [[spoiler: Plans on robbing Hades' Vault in ''Skin Games''.]]
* CardCarryingVillain
* TheChessmaster: His favorite gambits are manipulating people into where he wants them and to do what he expects them to do. He also has no qualms waiting 5, maybe 20 years for something to play out. Such as [[spoiler:tossing the coin of Lasciel at the feet of the toddler Harry Carpenter, turning the child of a Knight of the Cross into one of them]].
* CombatPragmatist: For all his swordfighting skill, he has nothing against controlling people with his shadows or pulling guns during a swordfight.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Oh GOD yes. Harry thinks he's read the EvilOverlordList. Well, up until a little logistical problem in ''Small Favor''.[[note]]Guards with no tongues make alerting others difficult.[[/note]]
* DidntSeeThatComing: Quite a few times Harry is this to Nick.
* TheDreaded: He is this for most people aware of his name and reputation. He is one of the most vile and dangerous humans alive. If you say no to his deals, he will kill you quickly and efficiently. He might make you suffer if he has time, but is keen on keeping to the plan. [[spoiler:And Nicodemus ''fears Harry Dresden'']].
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: In his own words, the apocalypse is not an "event" so much as it is a "frame of mind."
* EvilCounterpart: [[WordOfGod The author has stated]] that Nicodemus is essentially the opposite of Michael Carpenter.
* EvilLaugh: Subverted. Harry notes it isn't like that but a deep, rich laughter of one who is supremely confident.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Described as such in ''Small Favor''. [[spoiler: In ''Skin Game'', it's gone to GutturalGrowler levels because of the damage Harry inflicted on Nick's throat in their last fight.]]
* EvilerThanThou: Nicodemus is one of the few, possibly the only, Denarian who is more human than demon. This is because the demon admires the human.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Polite, friendly, and civil. Even when he's about to cut your throat.
* {{Greed}}: He cannot help himself when he's given an offer too good to be true. In ''Death Masks'' [[spoiler:he agreed to trade Harry Dresden for his arch-nemesis Shiro. This gave Harry the chance to escape and ended up screwing up that plan]]. Then in ''Small Favor'' [[spoiler:he had exactly what he needed. He admitted he didn't need the coins Harry was offering to save a life of one of Harry's friends, but when Harry added ''Fidelacchius'' to the pot, he gave in and agreed to make the trade. Harry beat him again]].
* HealingFactor: The noose allows Nicodemus to almost instantly heal from injuries that would kill any other Denarian. Fire, magical assaults, close-range assault fire, explosions - none of it can really ''harm'' Nicodemus to any meaningful degree. The best one can do is briefly stun or drive him off.
* ImmuneToBullets: Thanks to the noose, bullets alone aren't enough to stop Nicodemus. Assault-rifle and other heavy rounds can stun, disorient, or briefly drive him off, but handgun rounds just seem to startle him at best and annoy him at worst. And regardless, he heals the damage almost instantly.
* IronicName: Nicodemus is also the name of a character from Literature/TheBible; a Pharisee who became one of {{Jesus}}' followers. He helped prepare Jesus for burial after his death. Considering what ''this'' Nicodemus is like, and how in his first appearance he's after the [[PublicDomainArtifact Shroud of Turin]], it's a somewhat unusual name to choose. See MeaningfulName, below, for justification.
* LivingShadow: He can use his shadow to ''fly''. And ''strangle people''. And all sorts of other crazy things. And we've probably only barely seen the basics. This seems to be because the shadow actually is a manifestation of his Fallen, Anduriel. In ''Small Favor'' it whispers to him at times, and actually screams when one of the Swords lights up.
* ManipulativeBastard: He knows how to with the best of them.
* MasterSwordsman: He's had two thousand years to refine his swordfighting. Michael is a highly-skilled swordsman, but he's little more than a speedbump for Nicodemus. Shiro is apparently the only one who could stand against him.
* MeaningfulName: His last name, Archleone, means "Great Lion". [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Harry.
** Also, Nicodemus means "Conqueror."
** So NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Not as [[LargeHam hammy]] as most examples, but very effective nonetheless. After Harry [[spoiler:has just mentioned that Arctis Tor was attacked by someone wielding {{Hellfire}}...]]
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Rumored to have been around when Jesus was a local.
* SkunkStripe: Has a gray streak in his otherwise dark hair. This is the only indicator of his age.
* TheSociopath: Self-admitted in ''Skin Game''.
* UnholyMatrimony: In ''Small Favor'' we learn that he's married to Tessa, "not that it seems to mean very much to either of them".
* VillainousFriendship: He seems to get along quite well with Anduriel.
** He may also have had a rather twisted version of this with Quintus Cassius, judging by his explanation for why he left him to die:
--->'''Nicodemus:''' Depending on the largesse of others is nothing but parasitism. I respected Cassius too much to let him devolve to that.
** Then again, there may have been [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness other]] [[YouHaveFailedMe reasons]].
* VillainousIncest: He has a sexual relationship with his daughter, Deirdre.
* WeaponOfChoice: Swords in general. Doesn't matter what kind; after two thousand years' worth of experience using them, one doesn't stick to one type.
* WickedCultured: Though he isn't fully versed in the most recent developments in psychology, not many psychologists know how to drive chariots, so it evens out.
* XanatosSpeedChess: Nicodemus plays a ''mean'' game.

[[folder: Lasciel]]

One of the Fallen Angels of the Blackened Denarii, known also as the Webweaver and the Temptress. Nicodemus offered her coin to Harry, who refused but was later tricked into touching it. Lasciel's Shadow, known as Lash [[TheNicknamer to Harry]], was a psychic duplicate who took up residence in Harry's head for some time; her stay in his subconscious changed her significantly from the original, making her a separate and individual entity.

Tropes below apply only to Lash (Lasciel proper has yet to appear).

* AffablyEvil: She tries, anyway.
* ArtifactOfDoom: She came from one, like all the other Nickelheads.
* CombatPragmatist: With temptation thrown in, no extra charge.
* DealWithTheDevil: Harry refuses to sign, a source of much frustration to her.
* DemonicPossession: To Harry [[spoiler:to save Michael's son Harry from the same fate]].
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Half the discussions are her asking ''why'' Harry does the things he does.
* EvilFeelsGood: Her running argument for why Harry should join up.
* HearingVoices: She causes them.
* [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn: Maybe...]]
* HellFire: Gives Harry access to this.
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice[=/=]RedemptionEqualsDeath]]: This is what seems to have happened at the end of [[spoiler:White Night, but the nature and abilities of the Fallen make it impossible to absolutely and unequivocally confirm it, and WordOfGod said she did appear in ''Ghost Story'' but not under her name. It has yet to be revealed what she appeared as.]]
* [[spoiler:HumanityIsInfectious]]: Lasciel realizes, after an argument with Harry in ''White Night'' [[spoiler:as a Shadow imprint, she is just as malleable as the material she is imprinted onto. As she acknowledged Harry could be turned evil, Harry replied she could be turned into something else too. And with her enduring over 3 years worth of humanity inside Harry Dresden, she finds herself thinking in different ways]].
* KissMeImVirtual: Does this a few times, sometimes with other women's forms.
* MasterOfIllusion: She makes an effective demonstration of it in ''Dead Beat'' where she shows Harry an illusion of a fire escape, then [[ThisIsNotAFloor breaking it off a split second before he tries to step out on it.]]
-->'''Lasciel''': If I wished to kill you, my host, your blood would be seeping from your broken corpse and mixing with the rain on the sidewalk.
* [[spoiler:RebelAgainstTheDevil]]: After a deep debate with Harry, he [[spoiler:convinces her to do, "the Devil" being True Lasciel.]]
* SignificantAnagram: Not perfect, but [[spoiler:Shiela.]]
* SpiritAdvisor: To Harry.
* TreacherousAdvisor: She can show Harry how to handle practically anything. And by a wacky coincidence, the solution just happens to involve the coin in his basement.
* VillainousFriendship: The Shadow heavily implies that this is what the relationship between Lasciel and Harry would have developed into had he taken up the coin. There are several indications that she is actually telling the truth in this matter (eg. Nicodemus' distaste for wasting talent would suggest that he wouldn't deliberately give the powerful, intelligent and strong-willed Harry a Fallen who would break him down into a beast,) but anything she says should be taken with several pinches of salt.
* WordOfGod: [[spoiler:In A Q&A Jim confirmed that Lash was not only still alive, but appeared in Ghost Story, just not under that name.]]

[[folder: Deirdre]]

->''"May I kill him, Father?"''

Nicodemus's daughter (and [[ParentalIncest lover]]). His favorite subordinate, she's a powerful Denarian who takes the form of a clawed monster with long, flexible metal blades for hair that she can [[PrehensileHair move at will]]. While she's nowhere near as smart as her dad or as psychotically, destructively violent as her mother Tessa, she's plenty scary in her own right.

* CombatTentacles: She produces razor sharp and thin blades from her hair.
* DarkActionGirl: Her role in the Denarians.
* [[DaddysLittleVillain Daddy's Little Denarian]]: She is Nicodemus' blood child and just as evil as he is.
* ImAHumanitarian: She eats the tongues of those cult members in her service.
* PrehensileHair: Thanks to her Fallen.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Unknown how old she is exactly, bur since her dad is around 2000 and her mother near that, she could easily be 1900 years old.

[[folder: Polonius "Tessa" Lartessa (aka "Mantis Girl")]]

More commonly referred to as "Tessa", she is also a leader for the Denarians. As Nicodemus' wife, she and her Fallen, Imariel, are stated as the second-eldest of the Denarians. Generally, she is a rival to her husband, though they do work together to accomplish a similar goal- the last time they were said to have worked together, the Black Plague spread across Europe. She chooses bearers for coins based upon willingness to take a coin, not talent; Fallen who serve Imariel (and Tessa) go through bearers quickly. Tessa is concerned with short-term views, while Nicodemus is focused with the bigger picture and long-term issues. Tessa is also shown to be an exceedingly capable sorceress. Harry notes that she is a "big-leaguer" and "White Council material."

* AxCrazy: Without a doubt
* BadAss: Extremely skilled as a [[GambitIndex user of gambits]] and exceedingly capable sorceress.
* BatmanGambit: Itís implied that she is running one of this, managing to play both Harry and Nicodemus like a fiddle. Her capture of the Archive was a rather beautiful one itself.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: In her Denarian form she takes the shape of a giant praying mantis.
* BreakTheCutie: What she did to Ivy; presumably, what was done to her as a slave.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Does this to Ivy
* CuteBruiser: A pretty, apparently young woman who packs a BIG punch.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: She started out as an underage hooker (though she wasn't underage for Roman Greece). Now she's a powerful mage responsible for some of the most abominable crimes in human history.
* FreudianExcuse: It's mentioned that her own father sold her into slavery in order to save his buisness.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: She looks between 14 and 16 years old... and was a slave in ancient Greece before she met Nicodemus.
* TheSociopath: is responsible for many of the most horrific wars and ethnic cleansings in human history
* ShockAndAwe: Her preferred style of magic.
* SurroundedByIdiots: Tessa prefers recruits who are readily susceptible to the Fallen's temptations over recruits with intelligence or specialist skills. As a result, Tessa's minions tend to be more numerous than Nicodemus', but less formidable individually and far less capable. Naturally, this leads to Tessa periodically complaining about her peons' incompetence.
* TheVamp: More than willing to try and seduce Harry and offer herself sexually to him in exchange for Gard and Hendricks.
* UnholyMatrimony: Nicodemus took her away from her life as a child prostitute and apparently married her, but they both seem to loathe each other and only cooperate on [[ThePlague special]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt projects.]]
* WeakButSkilled: In magical terms. Being alive for two thousand years with a Fallen giving one lessons lets even someone with a very modest talent for magic develop it into something very, very powerful.

[[folder: Rosanna]]
Tessa's second, Rosanna is able to assume the form of a classic demon: batwinged, leathery skin, red eyes, and so on. She was the one who corrupted Sanya into taking Magog's coin when he was a younger man. Older and more dangerous than she seems, Rosanna is an ''expert'' at tempation and manipulation.

* TheDragon: To Tessa.
* HornyDevils: Technically, she's not a succubus, but she seems to be the basis for the classic concept.
* KillitWithFire: Her magic of choice.
* [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]]: She's able to feign the "[[TheWoobie scared girl who is in over her head]]" act so effectively that Sanya, who ''knows'' what she is, is still affected by it. When Harry calls her on this, both Rosanna and her Fallen partner seem impressed.
* OlderThanTheyLook: At least several centuries old, but like all Denarians she looks a lot younger than she actually is.
* PunchClockVillain: Tries to act like this, but Harry sees through the facade.
* TheVamp: [[spoiler: She was Sanya's handler while he was Magog's host. He left the Denarians when he discovered how she actually felt about him]].

[[folder: Magog (aka "Magilla")]]

Big and brutal, Magog is the heavy hitter of Tessa's crew, resembling a monstrous gorilla. He's fast and tough and hits like a freight train, but is very unsubtle, and abuses his hosts viciously, to the point that they are just animals.

* AttackAttackAttack: Magog does not win points for being clever or quick-witted. His response to most threats, whether they be a SquishyWizard [[spoiler:or the most powerful assassin in Summer]], is to charge straight at it and plow it under.
* TheBrute: To Tessa.
* LightningBruiser: Harry notes that he moves ''fast'', and his reaction time is "almost nothing."
* MuggingTheMonster: In ''Small Favor'''s climax, Magog picks a fight with [[spoiler:the eldest Billy Goat Gruff, Champion of Summer, the Leanshide's opposite, and slayer of three Senior Council members]]. Despite the latter's repeated insistence he's got no quarrel with him. It goes... Poorly.

[[folder: Ursiel]]
A particularly brutal Denarian who abuses his hosts, Ursiel is aggressive, violent, and psychotic. Taking on the form of a massive, six-legged bear, he serves as Nicodemus' heavy hitter.

* BearsAreBadNews: So powerful that he takes [[spoiler: all three Knights of the Cross plus Harry]] to bring him down.
* TheDragon: To Nicodemus.
* [[spoiler: OffWithHisHead]]: How the [[spoiler: Knights of the Cross bring him down]].
* TragicMonster: The current vessel encountered in ''Death Masks'' was once a man named Rasmussen, who was a gold prospector heading for California in 1849 when he came across Ursiel's coin. By the time Harry encounters him, Rasmussen is a broken and insane man whose mind has been shattered by Ursiel.

[[folder: Thorned Namshiel (aka "Spinyboy")]]

A wizard working with Tessa's group, Thorned Namsiel looks like a human covered with a number of thorns, hence the name. Namshiel serves as her mastermind, and also [[spoiler: took part in the attack on Arctis Tor]].

* BerserkButton: Gets absolutely ''pissed'' when he sees [[spoiler:Harry use Soulfire (the Fires of Creation)--partly because it's a mortal using "their" power, and partly because Harry's using it to pound his face in]].
* [[spoiler: {{Brainwashed}}: Circumstantial evidence suggests he's been influenced by Nemesis.]]
* TheChessmaster: He knows how to play a mean game. With Rossana, he is one of the only intelligent Fallen working for Tessa.
* TheManBehindTheMan: Implied to be this for Tessa.
* [[spoiler: OffWithHisHead]]: His fate.
* SquishyWizard: The least-threatening physically of the Denarians, though getting beat about the head and shoulders by Harry's staff, followed by smashed repeatedly into pillars by a giant hand and burned by a column of {{Hellfire}} would ruin anyone's ambitions of being ambulatory.
* RazorWire: Has a strangulation spell that he uses to get around Harry's shield, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysonTheTin strangle him]] and pickpocket the remaining coins.

[[folder: Quintus Cassius aka "Snakeboy" and [[spoiler: "Liver Spots"]]]]

The fourth of Nicodemus' usual crew of Denarians, Cassius is a wizard with an emphasis on snakes. Unsurprisingly, takes on the shape of a humanlike snake in his Denarian combat form. At the end of ''Death Masks'', [[spoiler: he gives up his coin]], as he expects that Nicodemus will help him. [[spoiler: He is disappointed, and returns in ''Dead Beat'', working with Grevane under the agreement that the necromancer will help him take down Harry and seize Lasciel's coin.]]

* [[spoiler: BadassGrandpa]]: Cassius is no slouch even when [[spoiler: he's suffering advanced age and has no Fallen to give him immortality]].
* CardCarryingVillain
* ScaledUp: His Denarian form is that of a snake-man.
* ISurrenderSuckers: Surrenders to [[spoiler: the Knights and Harry]], fully expecting mercy and fully intending to go back to Nicodemus afterward. [[spoiler: The Knights can't touch him, but Harry ''can'', and does so with a baseball bat to the knees and arms]].
* SmugSnake: A literal example
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[spoiler: in ''Dead Beat'', he comes after Harry for payback]].
* TortureTechnician: "I'll go on a treasure hunt...."