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Characters from ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', the White Council.

'''WARNING!''' Due to the books relying heavily on mystery and surprise, the pages would be virtually unreadable with excessive spoiler tags. Therefore, all spoilers except for the most recent novel (''Literature/SkinGame'') are '''UNMARKED'''. Tread carefully.

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* [[Characters/TheDresdenFilesHarrysHousehold Harry and Harry's Household]]
* [[Characters/TheDresdenFilesTheChurch The Church]]
* [[Characters/TheDresdenFilesTheVampires The Vampire Courts]]
* [[Characters/TheDresdenFilesTheDenarians The Denarians]]
* [[Characters/TheDresdenFilesTheFae The Fae]]
* [[Characters/TheDresdenFilesTheKemmlerites The Kemmlerites]]
* [[Characters/TheDresdenFilesChicagoPDAndFBI Chicago Police and FBI]]
* [[Characters/TheDresdenFilesOtherPowerfulPeopleAndEntities Other Powerful Entities]]
* [[Characters/TheDresdenFilesUnfazedEverymansAndBadassNormals Ordinary People and Badass Normals]]

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[[folder: Donald Morgan]]

->''"No. I would rather be dead - do you hear me? Be'' dead ''than have you use black magic on my behalf."''

A high-ranking member of the Wardens, skilled swordsman and battle wizard, Morgan is introduced as the magical equivalent of a parole officer - his job is to keep an eye on Harry and execute him if he shows signs of having gone back to his warlock ways, a duty Morgan pursues with gusto. Later on that role takes a backseat to his mastery of battlefield combat as the Wardens go to war.
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* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Towards Luccio.
* {{Badass}}: Despite his jerkish personality, the man is admittedly awesome. He charged without blinking at a zombie dinosaur, got within mere yards of killing the King of the Red Vampires singlehandedly (and carved his way through several Red Court lords in the process), and killed an EldritchAbomination by luring it into a nuclear testing site.
** In ''Literature/DeadBeat'', When Harry had executed [[GrandTheftMe Corpsetaker in Luccio's body]], Morgan, thinking he just murdered his commander and the woman he was in love with, was going to come after Harry despite the fact that Harry is a powerful wizard in his own right, and had a multi-million year old zombie T-Rex on his side. Harry wasn't sure he could win in such a confrontation.
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: Morgan knew Molly used mind magic on Luccio and could be executed for breaking the terms of her parole, and Harry for failing as her parole officer. However, he keeps this violation to himself. He chooses Good to protect Harry and Molly.
* BadLiar: Morgan is normally brutally honest, to the point that when he finds himself trying to lie, it's usually pretty feeble. For instance, in ''Literature/SummerKnight'', when Harry figures out that Morgan is trying to provoke him into a fight so he has legal justification to kill Harry, Morgan's eyes widen in shock and he blurts "I don't know what you're talking about."
* BerserkButton: If you value your life, don't hurt Anastasia.
* TheCavalry: In ''Storm Front''.
** And subverted in ''Dead Beat.''
* {{Determinator}}: More than anything else, this is where Morgan's character stems from. At the end of ''Turn Coat'', Harry comes to realize that this is what made Morgan into the man he is. Despite everything that has happened to him over his life, and despite all the losses and pain he endured, Morgan ''never'' gave in.
* DishingOutDirt: Is demonstrated in ''Dead Beat''.
* EnemyMine: In ''Turn Coat'', he immediately runs to Harry because he figures nobody will look for him under the care of someone with whom he shares a certain amount of mutual loathing.
** More importantly He understands that, of all people, Harry understands what it means to be wrongfully accused.
* GoodIsNotNice: Morgan would never even consider using dark magic or breaking the Council's laws. Doesn't mean he isn't a huge {{Jerkass}} to Harry.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: With a little [[EveryoneHasStandards Even]] {{Inspector Javert}}s [[EveryoneHasStandards Have Standards]]. After Molly's trial in Proven Guilty, where ''Morgan'' would have been Molly's executioner, he went back to the White Coucil headquarters and got himself massively drunk.
* InspectorJavert: To the core. Inverted in ''Turn Coat'' where '''he''' is the one on the run.
** And even then he continues to play the role with Molly, though it turns out [[MindProbe she deserved it.]]
** Shortly before his death in Turn Coat, he does finally admit that his pursuit of Harry was unjustified. Or at least, as close as someone as stiff-necked as him can come to admitting it.
* {{Jerkass}}: He seems to enjoy stalking Harry just a little too much.
** JerkassWoobie: When you read between the lines, you realize just how much shit Morgan's life has put him through. Four years on the Western Front in WorldWarOne is probably the least of his traumas.
* KnightInSourArmor: Still very much a believer in fighting the the good fight, but spending more than a century doing so has left him a very tired and bitter man.
* MagicKnight: As are most Wardens, up until ''Dead Beat''.
* NukeEm: Morgan had problems with a [[EldritchAbomination skinwalker]] about fifty years before. They're basically minor dark gods that eat magic. So Morgan lured it into a nuclear testing ground and stepped into the Nevernever as the bomb went off. Bad. Ass.
* ObstructiveZealot: He regularly ignores Harry's attempts to explain the situation; at one point he even yelled, "No! [[ThatLiarLies You lie]]!"
* OlderThanTheyLook: Morgan is a century and change, but looks in his mid-to-late thirties.
* PetTheDog: A few times here and there. These moment are always very, very subtle.
** Though there was a very clear one in the first book. Morgan could have easily stood by and let Harry die in the burning house, but he came in, rescued Harry, and then admitted to the White Council that he was wrong in that specific case. He may not like Harry, but he's not without honor.
* PrinciplesZealot: His faith in the Laws of Magic and the senior council. He's mentioned to basically be The Merlin's protege because of this.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: He dies shortly after finally making peace with Harry. Or as close to it as he's capable of
* ShockwaveStomp: Is seen to do this in ''Dead Beat''.
* ShootTheDog: While he WouldHurtAChild because the White Council's policy on BlackMagic use is rather severe, he's dealt with enough errant warlocks to know that rehabilitation is only asking for trouble.
* SleepCute: Well... not ''cute''. But the impression of him sleeping is less JerkAss and more "[[JerkassWoobie Holy hell, this man has had a rough life.]]"
* TheStoic: Is this when he's not trying to kill someone.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: His immediate knee-jerk denial of Harry mentioning the Black Council or a White Council traitor immediately clues Harry in to the fact that Morgan and possibly the Merlin have considered the possibility of a traitor but won't publicly admit it due to the backlash.
* TrainingFromHell: His teacher used stones on him to help him develop his shield spells.
* WeaponOfChoice: Morgan carries a ''massive'' broadsword forged by Luccio to [[AntiMagic break enchantments]].
* WellIntentionedExtremist
* WindmillCrusader: Believes wholeheartedly that Harry is a black magic time-bomb waiting to go off. Harry's opinion of him softens ever-so-slightly once he realises Morgan honestly believes this and isn't hounding him because he's a jerk. This is a man who has seen countless times the failures of BlackMagic rehabilitation. He didn't hound Harry because Harry's special. He hounded Harry because he thought Harry was ''not''.
* WouldHurtAChild: Not out of sadism. He's a Warden of the White Council, and will do any execution he's ordered to due to BlackMagic corruption, but he doesn't like having to do it one bit.
%%* ZenSurvivor

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[[folder: Ebenezar [=McCoy=] ]]

->''"I told you long ago that being a real wizard means sacrifice. It means knowing things no one else does. I told you that it meant you might have to act upon what you knew, and knew to be right, even though the whole world set its hand against you. Or that you might have to do horrible, necessary things."''

An elderly wizard, homesteader from somewhere in Missouri, and the newest member of the White Council's Senior Council. Harry's mentor and teacher after Justin [=DuMorne=]'s death. Also the Council's Blackstaff - the one White Council Wizard in the world authorized to use Black Magic without consequence.
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* ArtifactOfDoom / ArtifactOfDeath: The Blackstaff.
* BadassGrandpa: Ebenezar looks like what he is - a farmer from Middle-of-Nowhere, USA. Elderly, mostly bald, drives a beat-up old pickup. He's also one of the most dangerous combat wizards alive. And he actually is Harry's grandfather.
* BerserkButton: Don't threaten Harry. Or he'll drop a satellite on you.
* BigDamnHeroes: He turns up to even the odds as Harry and team face off against pretty much the entire Red Court at the climax of ''Changes''. He brings the Grey Council with him.
* BlackMagic: As the Council's Blackstaff, he's allowed to use it. At one point he casually kills about a hundred people at once with a single act of will. Then, he did it ''again.''
* ColonyDrop: In ''Death Masks'', in response to a Red Court Duke who threatened Harry he rips a decommissioned Soviet satellite out of orbit and drops it on top of a castle owned by said Duke.
* CoolOldGuy: Harry already had the understanding on how to do magic, this is the guy who instilled into Harry how and why it should be used for good.
* GoodIsNotSoft: "Turn on the TV." And Harry would see his enemy's stronghold destroyed by a satellite that fell from orbit.
* LukeIAmYourFather: In ''Changes'', it is revealed that he's actually Harry's maternal grandfather.
* TheMentor: Harry's second mentor after Justin. He was also a Mentor to Harry's mother but pushed her too hard and she ran away.
* NecessaryEvil: His role as Blackstaff.
* PapaWolf: The reason for the aforementioned ColonyDrop.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: The New Madrid Earthquake, the Tunguska incident and the eruption of Krakatoa were all Ebenezer putting the smackdown on deserving parties.
* PoisonousFriend: To the White Council and especially Harry, since if you threaten either one, he'll blow you up. Literally.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Fought in the French and Indian War.
* SawedOffShotgun: Like Harry, he tends to lug one of these around with him. Not that he usually needs it.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Again, see aforementioned ColonyDrop.
* WeaponOfChoice: Ebenezar normally uses a staff carved from an oak tree struck by lightning on his farm. But when shit really hits the fan, he pulls out the Blackstaff, which allows him to work BlackMagic without going insane.
%%* WellDoneSonGuy
* WhatTheHellHero: Harry takes the fact that Ebenezar uses BlackMagic without repercussion, was under orders to kill him if he even got out of line during his apprenticeship, and killed dozens of Duke Ortega's human slaves with the ColonyDrop poorly. They eventually reconcile, but it was very uncomfortable for a while.

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[[folder: Joseph "Injun Joe" Listens-To-Wind]]

One of the wizards on the Senior Council, genuine Illinois medicine man and an old friend of [=McCoy=]'s. In addition to talking to animals and being able to transform, he's also the White Council's medical expert and goes back to medical school every ten years or so to stay up-to-date.
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* BadassGrandpa: He's born sometime in the early 1800s or even further back. This doesn't stop him from sending a skinwalker running.
* BearsAreBadNews: Turns out the best way to take on an EldritchAbomination shapeshifter is by turning into a bear. '''The size of a minibus'''.
* BraidsBeadsAndBuckskins: Listens-To-Wind has been guilty of all charges at some point or another, and uses a lot of Native American trappings to work magic, but manages to subvert the trope entirely. If anything, he seems to have about the same dress sense as most modern-day Native Americans.
* CoolOldGuy: When his berserk buttons are not pressed.
* FriendlyEnemy: In ''Turn Coat'', sort of. Because of his Greatest Failure, he would reluctantly sacrifice Morgan to the executioner's sword to save the White Council because if Morgan doesn't die for the slaying of [=LaFortier=] then it could mean Civil War for the Council, shattering it and leaving billions of innocent mortals free targets for the dark things in the world.
* LoyalAnimalCompanion: Little Brother, his raccoon familiar.
* MagicalNativeAmerican: The most [[BadAss hardcore]] version ever.
* MagicDance: Used for some of his spells.
* TheMedic: He's generally considered to be the most skilled healer on the Council, and even ''goes back to med school every few years'' to make sure he stays on top of things.
* MyGreatestFailure: Sometime back in his past, he watched as the tribe he was meant to guide and protect be slaughtered by White Men because ''his principles'' told him it was wrong for the White Council to intervene with mortal politics. He waited until it was too late to do any good. ''His principles'' made him choose who would live and who would die. He will not make the same choice again. See FriendlyEnemy.
* NWordPrivileges: Harry's narration notwithstanding, Ebenezar [=McCoy=] is the only one who actually calls him "Injun Joe" to his face, and he gets a pass thanks to being a good friend who goes back far enough with Listens-To-Wind to excuse the political incorrectness. In return, he calls [=McCoy=] a "redneck hillbilly."
* ShapeShifterShowdown: His ultimate CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: One of his strong suits.
* ZenSurvivor: Subverted. While he's gone through enough to qualify, he's generally a nice, gentle guy. He's always been friendly and patient with Harry, even in ''Turn Coat''. Of course, it's also mentioned that he has a ''lot'' of experience in coping with personal pain and anger, and even Harry is cowed when he sees past the surface of that particular iceberg.

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[[folder: Rashid the Gatekeeper]]

A member of the White Council who covertly aids Harry and is generally mysterious. Usually [[InTheHood wears a cowl]], and has powers of precognition. His precise job on the Senior Council is not explained, but he appears to have a great deal of knowledge regarding [[EldritchAbomination Outsiders]].
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* BadassGrandpa:
** Being on the Senior Council alone makes him pretty powerful, but Rashid is still extremely powerful even by their standards.
** WordOfGod [[http://www.jimbutcheronline.com/bb/index.php/topic,18944.msg845383.html#msg845383 says]] that while Rashid isn't the most powerful, he ''is'' the most dangerous. And that he was the one who took ''down'' Abdul Alhazred (the author of the Necronomicon).
* CoolOldGuy: Of all of the Senior Council, save Ebenezar and Listens-To-Wind, Rashid is most often a friend and ally to Harry, if distantly.
* CrypticConversation:
** By nature. Rashid can see across time and into the future, but he has to pick his words very carefully when warning people of what is coming. If his words or actions alter the future too much, it may result in a paradox that backlashes against him, possibly driving him insane or ripping apart reality. As a result, his warnings and actions tend to cryptic or limited in immediate utility.
** In [[TabletopGame/TheDresdenFiles the comments in the RPG rulebook]], Harry muses that he expects Rashid would answer like this even if you asked him something as mundane as "What would you like on your pizza?"
* DarkIsNotEvil: He goes around in a BlackCloak with a [[InTheHood deep hood]], but seems to be a pretty decent guy.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: He's referred to as "the Gatekeeper" much more than "Rashid."
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. He's called "The Gatekeeper." It turns out that's because he watches over the stupidly huge and very literal gate that blocks access from the Outside.
* EyepatchOfPower: One of his eyes is replaced by a silver orb. The eye is actually made of the same material as the Outer Gates, and can sense people affected by the Outsiders' influence, among other things.
%%* InTheHood
%%* TheQuietOne
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Notably, even the Merlin defers to him where he'd back down to nobody else, and Rashid is perfectly willing to listen to Harry's explanations.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: To Harry in ''Summer Knight''. Rashid also accepts personal responsibility and would have killed Harry on the spot if he failed the test, as it would have the same result in the long run.

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[[folder: Anastasia Luccio]]

The Commander of the Wardens, Morgan's teacher. Was forcibly transferred to a much younger woman's body by Corpsetaker in ''Dead Beat''. Became briefly romantically involved with Harry over the events of ''Small Favor'' and ''Turn Coat''. In ''Turn Coat'', it was revealed that she was an unwilling mole in the White Council, as being transferred to a younger body made her less resistant to mind-altering magics.
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* AntiMagic: She made the spell-cutting silver Warden swords, at least before her little accident.
* BiTheWay: Outright said to be this when she was younger by Lara, who wastes no time asking whether she'd like to revisit old times.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Mind-controlled by Peabody into killing [=LaFortier=], and also was mind-controlled into being attracted to Harry in order for the traitor to keep tabs on him.
* TheCaptain: The current commander of the Wardens, and her official title is "Captain."
* FrickinLaserBeams: Her choice of offensive spell is usually a needle-thin beam of pure intense heat, which Harry eventually learns how to use in ''Changes''. Luccio's is still superior, though, as Harry mentions that he can probably only use it in the Nevernever (where magic is easier). He also gushes a bit every time he sees her use it.
* GrandTheftMe: How she ended up in her current body.
* KillItWithFire: See above.
%%* LadyOfWar
%%* MagicKnight
* NoodleIncident: When Harry jokes about posting naked pictures of her on the internet, she makes it clear that she had to deal with something similar a couple hundred years ago.
-->'''Luccio:''' I am ''not'' going through that again. You'd be amazed how fast pictures circulate when they're painted on canvas.
* QuicklyDemotedWoman: Subverted. Although getting switched to a younger body leaves her ''much'' less effective in combat (and incapable of enchanting Warden swords), she retains her rank and uses her knowledge to good effect in a less-physical position. Plus "much less effective in combat" still leaves her capable of kicking a lot of ass.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Was born in the 1700s. Currently has the body of a twenty-five year old. Literally.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Immediately brings every available Warden to Chicago once Harry reports in during "Dead Beat", and works well with Harry in contrast with her subordinate Morgan.
* UltimateBlacksmith: She was the one in charge of enchanting the famous Warden anti-magic swords. Unfortunately, she doesn't have sufficient power in her younger body to continue the practice, and no one else has the necessary skill.
* WeakButSkilled: By necessity. Ever since being transferred to her younger body, Luccio's talents have suffered as her new body doesn't have the potential for magic that her older one possessed. That being said, she is still ''incredibly'' powerful and a masterfully-skilled fighter, and makes use of her reduced talents to impressive effect. Even with a modest magical talent now, Luccio can produce deadly beams of precise energy or wide area-effect illusions. Harry states in ''Changes'' even with the obvious decrease in power he still wouldn't want to fight her.

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[[folder: Carlos Ramirez]]

--> ''"It hurts to be this good!"''

The regional commander of the Wardens on the West Coast, barely out of his apprenticeship. He loves to make jokes about his own awesomeness and popularity with the ladies.
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* AwesomeEgo: The RPG even states it. He has a habit of making jokes about his prowess in everything to the point that he exaggerates it to the point of ridiculousness and is often PlayedForLaughs and in complete good humor more than once. However, when push come to shove Carlos has proven to be extremely BadAss in not only in combat and more than a little worthy of the jokes he makes
* BackToBackBadasses: Harry and Carlos Ramirez in White Night, against Vittorio and Madrigal
* {{Badass}}: He has ''guts'', and not only in combat situations; he called the Merlin senile to his face.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Carlos has proven he is not someone you want to underestimate more than once
* BigBrotherMentor: What Dresden is essentially to him, a wise, more powerful ally that isn't afraid of making fun of him.
* BigDamnHeroes: Three times. Twice in Dead Beat: Once when he stops Morgan from killing Harry after the other man believes he killed Luccio (Harry actually killed Capiorcorpus in Luccio’s old body) and tells Morgan that Harry was right, Capiorcorpus had switched bodies with their captain, who was alive and well and the second one is when he kills Gravane Just In Time to save Harry. The third one is on White Nights: Carlos creates an incredible powerful disintegrating water shield JustInTime to protect TheCavalry (Murphy, Thomas, Marcone and his men), Harry, Lara and himself from a group of ghouls
* CallingTheOldManOut
* CasanovaWannabe: He's a young, somewhat cocky, warden who is constantly bragging about his sexual exploits. None of which have ever happened, seeing that he's a virgin. Revealed hilariously by Lara Wraith
* ChivalrousPervert: For all his talk, he is unfailingly polite to all women. Not to mention a virgin
* CombatPragmatist: As seen in both Dead Beat and White Nights Ramirez is more than willing of using his gun and sneak attacks to win the day if he needs to
%%* DashingHispanic
* DeadpanSnarker: In a more playful way than Harry
* TheDeterminator: Continued fighting with a dagger in his gut and a matching dagger in his leg in White Night
* DidntThinkThisThrough: In ''Changes''. Made a very well-intentioned but poorly timed rebellion against authority, sending the White Council into chaos and ensuring that Harry was facing a TheOnlyOne situation.
* FireForgedFriends: With Harry. Carlos is Harry’s HeterosexualLifePartner among the Wardens
* GenreSavvy: Like Harry and Ebenezer [=McCoy=] before him, Carlos has connected one and one together, and cottoned and agrees on the existence of the possible “Black Council” due to several enemies and villain actions throughout the series that just seem far to connected too be mere coincidence
* HaveIMentionedIAmSexuallyActiveToday: He won't shut about his [[TheCasanova talents with the ladies]]. He's a virgin. Harry, naturally, finds this hilarious.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Being the senior Warden and commander in Los Angeles, he sees almost as much action as Harry, on top of being an active participant in the war. In White Night, Harry notes that Ramirez's gear is as battered and battle-scarred as his own, despite the difference in age
* IGotYouCovered: Carlos saying he's with Harry 100%
* ImprobableAge: There's no way he would hold the rank he does at his age if a) he wasn't really good, and b) most of the other Wardens hadn't gotten killed off in ''Dead Beat''.
* InSeriesNickname: “Los”. A diminutive of his name, Carlos.
* KillItWithWater: He uses water-based magic, as opposed to Harry's fire and force. Fun fact - in this universe, water-magic associated with entropy and "cleansing" and is capable of ''offensive disintegration''
* FirstNameBasis: "Everyone else who lets me ride on their dinosaur calls me Carlos."
* LikesOlderWomen: Mentions asking Elaine out on dates in ''White Night''. As she's roughly Harry's age, this makes her at least a decade older.
* MagicKnight: Part and parcel with being a Warden on the White Council.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: In White Nigths, Ramirez looks down and says, "There's a knife in my leg", then "There's a knife in my gut", then "Holy crap, they match". Justified, because he's in shock
* AManIsNotAVirgin: Despite what he says, he's a virgin. He's still badass.
* NiceGuy: Under all that bragging about his sexual prowess and battle prowess, he really is an extremely decent guy
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Hinted at. When not in his “flirting, AwesomeEgo mode” Carlos has proven himself to be not only very quick on the uptake and just as competent, But White Night shows him to be both quite savvy, to have pretty good instincts and much wiser than he normally acts (Lara actually notices this).
* RememberThatYouTrustMe: At one point, Ramirez reminds Harry that they're Fire-Forged Friends and tells him that he knows he's keeping secrets from him
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Carlos is the youngest regional Warden as of ''Dead Beat'', and easily one of the most understanding and truly LawfulGood of the lot, as seen in ''Proven Guilty'' and ''White Night''. In ''Ghost Story'' it’s revealed that Carlos is in charge in tracking Molly, but he’s slowing the search intentionally to buy Molly and The Chicago Alliance time and some peace. Add to that, Molly's presence is helping against the Fomor in Chicago while he handles the West Coast.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: While Harry internally thinks it first, Carlos also utters the “You don't become Merlin of the White Council by collecting bottlecaps." Line when talking about The Merlin’s OneManArmy YouShallNotPass act against the whole Red Court. The strange coincidence of similar thinking is actually Lampshades by Harry himself, who gives Carlos a surprised look, only to have Carlos grinning cheekily at him in return, obviously amused at having guessed Harry’s train of thought
* TrickedOutGloves: Wears a gauntlet with Olmec or Aztecan pictoglyphs to focus his water magic
* UrbanLegendLoveLife
* WeakButSkilled: You don't need a lot of force with particle beams. That, and almost everyone looks WeakButSkilled next to Harry "Powerhouse Slob" Dresden.
* WeaponOfChoice: Ramirez carries a [[HandCannon Desert Eagle]] and a willow sword, with the latter being an AntiMagic Warden blade.

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[[folder: Ancient Mai]]
Another member of the Senior Council. Dedicated to maintaining the appearance of stability in the White Council. Little else is known.
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* DeadpanSnarker: Gives Lara Raith a taste of this.
-->'''Lara:''' [in an "utterly tranquil" voice]'' It is possible that I am unfairly judging your people in accusing them of plotting [=LaFortier=]'s death. You are, after all, vampires, and well-known for your forthright and gentle natures.
* DidntSeeThatComing: She would never have guessed that Harry lived with a Foo Dog. Harry describes her reaction as someone who was hit between the eyes with a sledgehammer.
* MiniatureSeniorCitizens: Harry describes her as 'tiny'. Although to be fair, everyone is tiny compared to Harry.
* NeverMessWithGranny:
** At one point in ''Turn Coat'', Ancient Mai is observed with the toughest and most experienced Wardens available. One of them is holding her umbrella.
** In that same scene, Harry lets a tiny detail slip, and Ancient Mai uses this information to effortlessly deduce several things about the situation, none of which are good for Harry. To quote Harry, "The only thing worse than scary is ''smart'' and scary."
* PrimAndProperBun: When she appears on Demonreach in ''Turn Coat'' her hair is held up with jade combs.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: She is described as old, even amongst the other Senior Council members.
* SupportPartyMember: While she can probably kick a large amount of ass if required to,[[WordOfGod Word Of Jim]] implies she is this to the Senior Council being less of a physical fighter.

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[[folder: Arthur Langtry, The Merlin]]

The leader of the White Council, and by extension one of the most powerful and skilled wizard alive. Unfortunately for Harry, he has taken a dislike to him as a rebellious upstart and possible warlock, and Harry in turn considers him a crotchety old man unable to come to terms with the changing world. Along with Morgan, he's one of the primary reasons for Harry's troubled relationship with the Council.
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* BadassGrandpa: Once held off an entire army of Red Court vampires and outsiders with one on-the-fly ward, preventing the complete destruction of the White Council and Wardens in a devastating ambush. Also gave us the line:
-->''Rashid, prevent [[EldritchAbomination it]] [[CasualDangerDialogue from moving forward and disintegrating me, if you please.]]''
* BarrierWarrior: Specializes in warding spells, and good enough to stop the entire Red Court with a single one.
* BigGood: While he rather dislikes Harry, and is generally a [[{{Jerkass}} jerk]], he seems almost singlemindedly devoted to protecting the world from the dangers of BlackMagic and whatever monsters may threaten it.
** MysteriousBacker: He's ''relatively'' more benevolent than other examples, though.
* DeadpanSnarker: "Egad Dresden, what gave you ''that'' idea?"
* EnemyMine: He doesn't like Harry at ''all''. This didn't stop him from recognizing in ''Turn Coat'' that the guy who makes a living as a private investigator might have the best chance of rooting out TheMole.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Usually he's just "The Merlin." Ebenezer is one of the few who does call him by his given name.
* HeelFaceTurn: Of a sort. In the earlier books Harry depicts him as HeadInTheSandManagement, trying to avoid war with the Red Court vampires. By ''Changes'', however, when Cristos' faction is pushing for peace, the Merlin is among those who recognizes that this really is going to be a war of annihilation, and he's determined to fight it through.
** FridgeBrilliance sets in when you realize that with Peabody's mind-altering spells gone, Merlin's thinking a bit more clearly.
* {{Jerkass}}: He was going to have Molly executed just to spite Harry and keep his mantle of authority unchallenged.
* KnightTemplar: In a quiet, [[BuffySpeak politician-y]] way.
* LetsGetDangerous: The Merlin is initially seen by Harry only as a political schemer and power-grubber, but shows off some serious badassery in ''Dead Beat'' where he blocks the Red Court's (and that's "Court" as in "all of them") advance with a single, threshold-less on-the-fly ward. At the end of ''Turn Coat'', the Merlin creates a ward to contain a malicious non-corporeal entity, formulates a battle-plan, adds 3D visual aids and telepathically communicates it to the 200 or so other wizards in the room. In 3 seconds. In pitch dark. Without losing his cool for an instant.
%%* ObstructiveBureaucrat
* StealthPun: ''Arthur'' Langtry, The ''Merlin''.
* VillainsOutShopping: More {{Jerkass}} than villain, but at one point Harry is a bit nonplussed by seeing The Merlin during a recess in a Council session, doing something as mundane as making himself a sandwich.
* WizardClassic: Like the original recipe Merlin before him. SOMEONE'S gotta cleave to tradition.

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[[folder: Martha Liberty]]

One of the members of the Senior Council, Liberty is an ally of Harry's, though rarely seen. Relatively little is known about her compared with other members of the Senior Council.
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* NeverMessWithGranny: Implied. She has been described to running off with other Senior Council members to defend Luccio training camps and she is a powerful Wizard.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: She's willing to listen to Harry and Ebenezer, and if her brief scene in ''Summer Knight'' is anything to go by, anyone who comes before her while she's acting as a judge.

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[[folder: Samuel Peabody]]

A clerical wizard with borderline obsessive-compulsive disorder, which makes him ideal for his job as the Council's senior paper-pusher. Records Council meetings and handles a wide range of extremely sensitive documents. Also, a member of the Black Council.
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* AlmightyJanitor: His entire job involves pushing paper around and taking notes, making him a minor but important functionary. He's not a slouch in actual combat either; he's an effective combat wizard, a good hand with a knife, and a dangerous expert in mind-control magic.
* AntiMagic: Surprisingly adept at countering spells. He deflects most of Harry's spells while he's attempting to run him down.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: The moment he sees Harry rise to give testimony at Morgan's trial, he pulls out the mordite in the ink jar to use at a moments notice.
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: [[AlmightyJanitor Important]] he might be, but he's still a very minor functionary.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Peabody has made numerous minor appearances in earlier books, always as a minor background character. For example, he's the one who took notes on the Council meeting in ''Summer Knight'', wrote ''Die Lied der Erlking'', was present at Molly's trial in ''Proven Guilty'', and so on.
* MindControl: He puts the majority of the Council under varying degrees. The younger members could go ManchurianAgent while the Senior Council were gently nudged into acting in more rash ways and their negative qualities enhanced.
* MindRape: Part and parcel of the Mind Control.
* TheMole: For the Black Council.
* SmugSnake: He claims he has a bastion of order in his office and detests anything untidy, like Harry or the German language.
* TemptingFate: When Harry brings up Mouse to identify him as the mole, he scoffs at the idea of Mouse identifying him at all. Then Ancient Mai identifies Mouse as a Foo Dog and beyond reproach with this testimony.
* YourHeadAsplode: In ''Turn Coat'', Morgan double-taps him at point blank range. Not much is left.

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%%[[folder: Grigori Cristos]]

%%The newest member of the Senior Council, who forced the Merlin to appoint him lest he take roughly a third of the Council and secede from the whole. Ambitious, aggressive, and dangerous, Cristos has both Harry and Ebenezar convinced that he is an agent of the Black Council. Or just stupid. Ebenezer considers the latter the worse of the possibilities.
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[[folder: Justin Du Morne]]

Harry's and Elaine's adoptive father, [[EvilMentor first mentor]] and Warden turned Warlock. He was raising Harry to become one of his enforcers but was killed in self-defense by Harry. He also took Bob after Kemmler's final death.
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* EvilMentor: To Harry and Elaine.
* MindControl: What he did to Elaine and planned to do to Harry.
* ObviouslyEvil: In the RPG, Harry states that the fact that Du Morne only dressed in black silk and leather and carved the end of his staff into a cobra should have rung an alarm bell or two.
* ParentalSubstitute: For Harry and Elaine
* PetTheDog: Giving Harry a baseball glove and playing catch with him. This is subverted for readers who remember how Harry got his shield training. Then it's just a depressing CallForward.

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[[folder: Klaus Schneider]]

Klaus is an old, respectable, and honest wizard, though considered a bit on the young side to join the Senior Council. He is Belgian by birth. He is a short man with white hair, a large belly, and love of enchanting toys and using them as his foci. He briefly fought on the side of the Allied Nations in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII when a Warlock was helping the Nazi cause out.
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* BadassSanta: If Kringle represents the myth version of Santa Claus, Klaus can be seen as the mortal man.
* TheCavalry: To the Allied Forces during the Battle of the Bulge. The Nazi's had a warlock helping them fight, so the Senior Council sent Klaus to help them out.
* RedBaron: He is called Klaus the Toymaker for his habit of putting his magic into children's toys.
* SpannerInTheWorks: In ''Summer Knight'' the Merlin hoped to elevate him to the open position on the Senior Council. Klaus didn't play ball and openly gave his support to Ebenezer.
* [[WordOfGod Word of Jim]]: Jim Butcher has said off all the ways wizards and warlocks channel their magic [[http://dresdenfiles.wikia.com/wiki/Klaus_Schneider he likes Klaus' the most.]]
* UnderestimatingBadassery: That warlock summoned SS-styled demons to help the Nazi. Klaus used his enchanted toys to beat them back. Word of Jim says his favorite image is these demons being destroyed with just a ''windup-wooden duck.''

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