In the 14th novel of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Harry must navigate the trickery and treachery of the Winter Court, re-connect with his allies, and preserve the secret of Demonreach Island against an insidious enemy ... and that's just on his first day on the job as Winter Knight! Amazingly, he manages to fit a record-setting number of Shout Outs in alongside the non-stop magic and mayhem.

* In the first chapter, Mab tells Harry that she will most likely kill him in the morning. Harry assumes she was making [[Film/ThePrincessBride an intentional reference]], but it turns out she was being ''literal''.
* Butters apparently calls the swivel-chair in front of his main home computer the "[[Franchise/StarTrek captain's chair]]". He coordinates raids for (unspecified) [=MMORPG=]s from there.
* Harry paraphrases RobertFrost's "Fire and Ice" - "To say that for destruction ice, Is also great, And would suffice."
* "Feets, don't fail me now" is a line from classic vaudeville.
* Another {{Yeats}} reference, when Bob calls Harry the embodiment of "Things fall apart".
** Personally, he's more inclined to think of himself as [[{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]].
* "The impossible we do immediately. The unimaginable takes a little while" paraphrases the motto of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.
* Harry gets off a sinking barge as fast as he can, not wanting to get ''{{Titanic}}''ked.
** Figuratively, he ''does'' at the end, when [[spoiler: Murphy says that a relationship between him and her would be a ''{{Titanic}}'' in the making]].
** Also, how did Harry summon up an iceberg? By saying "Rexus Mundi," bastardized Latin for "I'm the king of the world!"
*** The resulting mass of ice looks kind of like the [[{{Superman}} Fortress of Solitude]].
* The cursed blade which Lea acquired in ''Grave Peril'' is referred to as "[[KingArthur Morgana's]] athame" by Mab.
* Thomas's "The path of excess leads to the palace of wisdom" paraphrases WilliamBlake.
* According to Harry, the Winterfae thought the ''Film/{{Saw}}'' movies were hilarious.
* Poking fun at Butters:
--->'''Thomas:''' Check out [[MedicalDrama Dr. Marcus Welby, MD]], here.
--->'''Harry:''' I'd have gone with [[DoogieHowserMD Doogie Howser]], maybe.
--->'''Thomas:''' Split the difference at [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries [=McCoy=]]]?
* The vintage car provided for Harry's use is described as a "creepy [[TheMunsters Herman Munster]] hot rod".
** Once it's repaired, he starts calling it the ''Munstermobile'' and hearing "Bad To The Bone" in his head when he sees it.
*** Molly sings the opening riff of that song when she presents Harry with a new BadassLongcoat.
* When Harry interrupts Bob's magically projected movie, he comments that Harry is [[{{Firefly}} going to the special hell]]. Harry doesn't get it, to his annoyance.
* There are the usual ''Franchise/StarWars'' references:
--->"The Little Folk are easily startled, but they’ll soon be back. And in greater numbers."
** Lea takes her Yoda-ing seriously.
** A "chewy" noise Mouse makes reminds Harry that the dog's been called Chewbacca (aka Chewie) in the past.
** Told that the BFS fortress is impregnable, Harry points out that the Death Star was impregnable.
** Another bit:
---> '''Molly:''' I sense...
---> '''Harry:''' Say it. You know you want to say it.
---> '''Molly:''' {half-exasperated} It is ''not'' a disturbance in the Force.
** Butters, catching on to Harry's account of what's going on, calls it a [[Film/ThePhantomMenace phantom menace]]. Molly and Thomas get the reference; Murphy requires a translation from Nerd to English.
** Harry's afraid that Maggie will be afraid of him if he goes to see her, as if he's Darth Dresden.
** Murphy gives Dresden a kiss "for luck, ''Franchise/StarWars'' style".
** Harry stalls before passing through a potentially-lethal ward, knowing he might be joining Yoda and Obi-Wan in blue-light Force Ghost country if he's wrong to think he'll survive it.
* The [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Tao of Pratchett]]. "Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life."
* Mother Winter's will holds Harry immobile in such a way that even if he'd been TheIncredibleHulk, his mere physical strength couldn't break free.
* Told about the parasite, Harry gets creeped out by memories of the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' movies from his formative years.
* Harry and Thomas built a makeshift dock at Demonreach. So Harry, of course, immediately dubbed it the [[BugsBunny Whatsup Dock]]. [[LamePunReaction Thomas threw him into the lake]].
* Butters points out how the Winter Knight's resistance to pain lets him [[{{Commercials}} Energizer Bunny]] his way through enemies.
* Sharkface, Harry imagines, leaves Mac's bar to go do a ''Film/TheRightStuff'' walk with his nasty buddies, ready for the next round.
* There's a ''Film/ThelmaAndLouise'' reference near the end, when [[spoiler: Harry convinces Fix that Maeve is infected]].
* While climbing down a ''lot'' of stairs, Harry gets bored and starts singing the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogTDa-vG2MQ Goblin-Town song]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheHobbit''. He then acts offended when the [[TimeAbyss unbelievably ancient]] GeniusLoci doesn't get it.
** This is immediately followed by complaining that there should be a fireman's pole instead of all the stairs, because "then it'd be like going down to [[Series/{{Batman}} the Batcave]]."
* [[CatsAreMean Cat Sith]] is not amused by Dresden asking him where his [[Franchise/StarWars red lightsaber is.]]
** And maybe a page later the narration drops a "snap-hiss" sound-effect - the sound of a lightsaber switching on in the ''Star Wars'' [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse adaptations, books, comics, etc.]] [[MundaneMadeAwesome In reference to a Coke can opening.]]
** Butters is disappointed when Dresden tells him that no, "Sith" is not what he's thinking.
** Cat Sith also, much to his chagrin, is assigned to be Harry's batman. No, not [[Franchise/{{Batman}} the Notional Hero]].
** To further mix metaphors, Harry describes Cat Sith' status by saying he's the malks' [[{{Transformers}} Optimus Prime]].
* When Harry realizes [[spoiler: Cat Sith]] is being controlled by Nemesis, Nemesis proceeds to [[VillainOverride assume]] [[Franchise/MassEffect direct control]].
* Bob's "Buck up, little camper" is from ''BetterOffDead''.
* Harry begins his address of a horde of Winter Fae with the phrase, "[[Franchise/EvilDead Alright you Primitive Screwheads, listen up!]]"
* Thomas owns a brass telescope, and claims they've been very popular items since [[PiratesOfTheCaribbean those pirate movies]] came out.
* Harry hopes his clothes will stay intact when he passes through a destructive ward, the way {{Superman}}'s costume gets to borrow his invulnerability. In any case, he didn't have time to play [[MisterRogersNeighborhood Mr. Rogers]] and take off any clothes.
* Molly, snarking off with "joy" at being promoted from flunky to lackey: "[[Film/FlashGordon Hail, Ming]]"
* "[[TheKarateKid Wax on, wax off]]."
* Mab apparently tries to kill Harry with a [[PeterPan ticking croc]].
* Seeing Cat Sith vanish, Harry grumbles that the feline fey owes a licensing fee to Creator/LewisCarroll's estate. Or possibly the other way around.
* Bob's magically projected movie is obviously a rip-off of the opening of ''StarWars'', complete with an invocation of LawyerFriendlyCameo.
* In his [[ReasonYouSuckSpeech speech]] to Maeve at the party, Harry calls her a "[[WaynesWorld psychopathic hosebeast]]."
** And then scores a quick double-whammy ShoutOut with "[[StarWars Darth]] {{Franchise/Barbie}}".
* Toot-toot's latest set of armor is [[ProductPlacement made out of Coke cans]], including a shield sporting Coca-Cola's seasonal polar bears.
* Harry has kept up with new music during his convalescence with the Unseelie Court: he mentions the Music/FooFighters "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ax6UXyAXSZo Walk]]" as a choice for a montage of his physical therapy/attempted murder sessions, and dances with Mab to a symphonic rendition of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLeIyy2ipps 45]]" by Shinedown.
** the Foo Fighters thing shouldn't be too much of a surprise, it's well known he's a comic book geek, and "Walk" did play over the closing credits of ''{{Film/Thor}}''.
** He sings a line from "Just A Gigolo" when he dons a tux; it's unclear if he's remembering BingCrosby's version from when he danced ballroom at retirement homes or the David Lee Roth cover from his own adolescence, however.
* Bob encourages Harry to trust no one. "Did ''Series/TheXFiles'' teach you nothing?"
* "[[ChessMotifs Knight takes Knight. Check.]]"
* The wall of the Outer Gates looks like it was built to hold off a horde of KingKong-sized Mongols.
* Harry compares himself to the [[RudolphTheRednosedReindeer Bumble]] but with better teeth.
* Molly's apartment is big enough for [[{{Playboy}} Hugh Hefner]]'s birthday party.
* "Whatever happened to ''[[CthulhuMythos Ia, Ia, Cthulhu fhtagn?]]''"
* At one point Harry compares Toot-toot to [[Film/ThreeHundred King Leonidas]].
** The helmet Mother Summer gives Harry also reminds him of the Spartans from that film.
** The leader of the Little Folk which Toot fights against is nicknamed [[PeterPan Captain Hook]] for wearing fishhook-studded armor.
* Meeting Kringle provokes the inevitable, albeit reluctant, ''Literature/TwasTheNightBeforeChristmas'' reference to "a bowl full of jelly".
** Departing at the end, Kringle hums "[[ChristmasSongs Here Comes Santa Claus]]".
* Bob's "I'm not even supposed to be here today!" is a ''Film/{{Clerks}}'' reference.
* Harry reminds Molly that she's been playing Franchise/{{Batman}} for a while.
* Meta example: Harry wonders if the reason he keeps cycling back to the same locations is because [[Series/TheDresdenFiles his life is actually a basic-cable TV show and they don't have the money to buy new sets every week]].
* Given the Winchester, Harry asks Thomas if he thinks he's JohnWayne.
* Murphy tosses a quip from ''Series/TheXFiles''.
* Some hot female Sidhe are described as "a wood chipper in ''{{Playboy}}'' bunny clothing."
* Jim Butcher even shouts out to another of his works: at Dresden's surprise party, Maeve has the same hairstyle as [[Literature/CodexAlera Kitai]].
** Harry, of course, hasn't read ''Codex Alera'', so he compares her hair-to-one-side look to 1940s actress Veronica Lake.
* As this is the third or fourth time Andi's been abducted, it's proposed that they start calling her [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo Danger-Prone Daphne]].
* Harry refers to Mab's daily attempts to kill him as "Grimtooth games". ''Grimtooth's Traps'' is a series of system-neutral tabletop gaming supplements depicting all sorts of fiendish death traps, for use in fantasy and other settings.
* Several references indicate that ''Literature/TamLin'', like ''Dracula'' or the ''[[Creator/HPLovecraft Necronomicon]]'', has a factual basis in the Dresdenverse.
* In a snit, Harry does his [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Yosemite Sam]] impression.
* Another ClarkesThirdLaw reference, this time from Bob describing the island's defenses.
* Harry playfully chides Mouse for having trouble fighting the [[DemBones rawhead]], saying it should've been like Franchise/ScoobyDoo versus the [[TrademarkFavoriteFood Scooby Snack Monster]].
* Demonreach is called "Hopalong" by Harry at one point, possibly in reference to Hopalong Cassidy: a cowboy-hero noted for his preference for imprisoning bad guys rather than shooting them.
** The prison beneath the island is called ''[[Franchise/{{Batman}} Arkham Asylum]]''.
*** Which is where Maeve's laugh sounds like it belongs.
** On another occasion, Harry calls the isle Spooky Island, which could be a reference to the live-action ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' movie.
* Sharkface makes a leap straight out of Kung Fu Theater.
* Faced with an obstacle only he can bypass, Harry suggests they do things [[TheIliad Ulysses-style]]: he sneaks in and lowers the barrier for the rest.
* WaltDisney, Harry speculates, got a few hints from Mab, same as the BrothersGrimm. This makes the fact that Sarissa escorted Mab to {{Disneyland}} somewhat ironic.
* Decked out in his tux, Harry turns around in Film/JamesBond-ian fashion.
* As in ''Changes'', we're reminded that Dresdenverse goblins aren't the wimpy dimwits from ''Literature/TheHobbit'', but mutant Franchise/{{Terminator}} psycho ninjas: [[Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]] meets Creator/JackieChan.
* Harry attributes his own chronic inability to keep his mouth shut to ''SpiderMan'' comics, which makes perfect sense.
** Molly describes his strength as the Winter Knight as "SpiderMan strong".
** Getting dressed, Harry chooses a T-shirt with the logo from SpiderMan's black uniform, figuring it was appropriate.
** Harry also attributes his love of driving authority figures insane to watching too much of ''TheDukesOfHazzard'' as a kid.
* Thomas: "[[TheHoneymooners One of these days, Dresden, pow, right in the kisser.]]"
* Harry asks Fix if they can knock off the ''Film/HighNoon'' routine. References to Von Clausewitz come up during the subsequent parley.
* After fighting off a psychic attack: "I hate getting into a [[Franchise/StarTrek Vulcan mind meld]]."
* Captain Hook is the size of a [[SesameStreet Tickle-Me Elmo]]. If Harry were a bad sort, he could knot the little fairy's arms up like [[{{Toys}} Stretch Armstrong]].
* A GroinAttack leaves Harry briefly speaking in a MickeyMouse voice.
* Molly spots some graveyard dirt on Harry, who asks her to "stop [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Sherlocking]] me".
** Later, she tells him what Mouse says, prompting a Literature/DoctorDolittle quip.
* Seeing Lily's many, many sorts of allies emerge from hiding, a marveling Harry recites the "Ee-aye, ee-aye, oh" line from "Old [=McDonald=]".
* Harry's remark that three really ''is'' a magic number is probably phrased that way because it's a ''SchoolhouseRock'' reference.
* "Eeny, meeny, miney, moe, catch a Sharkface by the toe."
* Murphy, told of the Sidhe attack on Jet Skis, compares them to Creator/RogerMoore-era ''Film/JamesBond'' villains.
* Harry refers to his ghostly experiences in the previous novel as him doing his ''{{Casper}}'' impersonation.
** And to the time Lea dressed him in ''Changes'' as "playing [[{{Franchise/Barbie}} Ken doll]]" for a fey.
* Donar Vadderung is compared to DonaldTrump or George Soros. Meeting with Harry, they trade ''{{Peanuts}}'' references.
** Molly throws in a ''Film/FlashGordon'' quip.
* Mouse is called [[KryptoTheSuperdog Supermutt]] at one point.
* "A [[BugsBunny wascally wabbit with a Winchester]]."
** With which he's not exactly [[WildWest Annie Oakley]]. Or JohnWayne.
* [=STOMP STOMP, CLAP! STOMP STOMP, CLAP!=] "[[{{Queen}} We will, we will rock you!]]"
* "Two plus two is ''five''" is a ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' reference. In Orwell's novel, it represents the State's ability to impose a belief that ''any'' lie -- even statements innately-contrary to the mathematics of reality -- is truth. In Butcher's, it's how [[spoiler: Nemesis-infected Maeve]] declares that ''she'' can lie, regardless of how much it contradicts what is real.