TheDresdenFiles, what with having a cast full of GenreSavvy characters and a PopCulturedBadass FirstPersonSmartass narrator, is absolutely ''[[ReferenceOverdosed crammed]]'' full of nerdy {{Shout Out}}s. And honestly, these are just a few that stand out. Harry rattles one off at least every couple of chapters, if not every couple of ''paragraphs''.
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* ''ShoutOut/StormFront''
* ''ShoutOut/FoolMoon''
* ''ShoutOut/GravePeril''
* ''ShoutOut/SummerKnight''
* ''ShoutOut/DeathMasks''
* ''ShoutOut/BloodRites''
* ''ShoutOut/DeadBeat''
* ''ShoutOut/ProvenGuilty''
* ''ShoutOut/WhiteNight''
* ''ShoutOut/SmallFavor''
* ''ShoutOut/TurnCoat''
* ''ShoutOut/{{Changes}}''
* ''ShoutOut/GhostStory''
* ''ShoutOut/ColdDays''

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[[folder:Short stories]]

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[[folder: "A Restoration of Faith": ]]


* Faith Astor scores a triple whammy, citing ''Film/ElDorado'', ''TheLegendOfSleepyHollow'', and tobacco advertising in a single paragraph. Pretty good, especially for a nine-year-old girl (''Ouch!'' [[LittleGirlsKickShins My shin!]] Ten, I meant ''ten!'') who was probably in kindergarten when the Marlboro Man billboards were banned in Illinois.
* Warned by Nick that the police are searching for a pair of suspected kidnappers, Harry guesses that the suspects match the descriptions of [[{{Disney}} Mickey and Donald]].
* Bitter, Faith dismisses {{Disney}} specials she's seen where parents automatically adore their kids as nonsense.
* The Astors bought Faith a bunch of {{Franchise/Barbie}} toys, then [[{{Jerkass}} told her to leave them in their packages]] so they'd retain their collectible value.

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[[folder: "Vignette" ]]


* Discussing his phone-book ad with Bob, Harry quips "[[Film/ForrestGump Style is as style does]]" in mentally-challenged tones.

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[[folder: "Something Borrowed": ]]


* Harry sarcastically says "And maybe Elvis and JFK are shacked up in a retirement home somewhere"--a reference to ''Bubba Ho-tep'', a Creator/BruceCampbell film.
* The short, blonde demon fighter, Karrin Murphy, says, "you have fruit punch mouth." In the season 1 finale of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', the short, blonde demon fighter, Buffy Summers, says the exact same phrase, albeit under ''very'' different contexts.
** Bob calls her "Buffy" in the same story.
* "[[Film/ThePhantomMenace Great hostility I sense in you]]."
** There are vintage ''Franchise/StarWars'' actions figures scattered around Billy's and Georgia's apartment.
* Bob says "Ungawa, bwana", a line co-opted from ''Literature/{{Tarzan}}''.
* Most un-savvy people assume that knowing magic means Harry can make his dishes wash themselves, like in ''[[Disney/{{Fantasia}} The Sorcerer's Apprentice]]''.
* Harry mentions wanting to chant "[[TheWizardOfOz There's no place like home!]]" while in a slight panic.
* Bob urges Harry to write to ''Penthouse''.

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[[folder: "It's My Birthday, Too": ]]


* In the short story with Thomas' birthday, when a Black Court vamp starts threatening them over the intercom, Harry quickly asks what she was like in life. One girl responds that she wasn't all that popular, and some of the kids picked on her.
-->'''Harry''': Crap. Code {{Carrie}}.
* To make a pay phone call, Harry holds up a couple of quarters with slow, melodramatic flair, like street illusionist David Blaine.
* Molly addresses Harry as "[[Film/TheKarateKid Miyagi-san]]".
* Thomas is good-looking the way {{Mozart}} was talented.
* The [=LARP=] game, called "Evernight" in the story, clearly uses a live-action version of the ''VampireTheMasquerade'' rules.
* Drulinda plays The Platters' "Only You" on the mall PA system.
* Facing Black Court vampires, Harry's .44 is useless as a weapon, but it does boost his confidence like [[{{Peanuts}} Linus's security blanket]].
* Keef the cobb has hair like AlbertEinstein. When Harry promises him and his family pizza, they stare at him like he's offered a map to El Dorado.
* The present Harry brought for Thomas was a set of Rock'em Sock'em Robots.

"Heorot":

* This story arises from the fact that ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'' isn't a fictional account in the Dresdenverse.
* The captured woman is named [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Elizabeth Braddock]].
* Harry calls Gard's runes {{Scrabble}} tiles.
* The sight of Gard going berserk leaves Harry saying "Holy [[ArnoldSchwarzenegger Schwarzenegger]]".
* The beer contest's name ("Night of the Living Brews") is an in-universe ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead'' reference.
** The symbol for entries in the "mead" category is a [[RichardWagner Wagnerian]] cartoon bee.
* Malks are to cats what [[Film/SilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]] is to people.
* "[[ConanTheBarbarian When in Cimmeria, do as the Cimmerians do.]]"
* Both Gard and the grendelkin move at Kung Fu Theater speed.

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[[folder: "Day Off": ]]


* In "Day Off", [[StarWars Darth Wannabe]]'s group of "dark wizards" come complete with [[Franchise/HarryPotter Slytherin scarves and hand-drawn Dark Marks]].
* Harry does a HumphreyBogart impression when he tells Andi she'll have to wait because he has plans.
* The gaming group's argument about fireballs make it clear that "Arcanos" is really ''DungeonsAndDragons'' with the copyright filed off.
* Kirby says having Harry in your fantasy game is like taking a physicist to a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' movie.
* "I squinted at nothing, like Creator/ClintEastwood would do, and said nothing, like ChowYunFat would do."
* By this point, some smart-ass has spray-painted [[Film/TheLoveBug a big "53" in a circle]] on the ''Blue Beetle'''s hood.
* Kirby knocks a bunch of Literature/BlackCompany novels off Harry's bookshelves.

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[[folder: "Backup": ]]


* Thomas says Harry is [[LordOfTheRings Gandalf on crack and an IV of Red Bull]], and that he goes together with e-mail like RobertDowneyJr and sobriety.
* Bob notes that Tiamat won't be forgotten because she was incorporated into ''DungeonsAndDragons''.
* A kukri in a vampire's hands is the sort of thing [[{{Jabberwocky}} Jabberwocks]] get twitchy about.
* On Bob's shelf, there's a copy of ''{{Playboy}}'' with Creator/BoDerek on the cover.
* The mix list on the MP3 player in Thomas's Hummer plays ColePorter and {{Mozart}}, with a dash of ViolentFemmes.
* "[[Franchise/{{Batman}} Holy Clay Face, Batman.]]"
* It's mentioned that the ''[[HPLovecraft Necronomicon]]'' was disseminated by the White Council to diffuse its power.

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[[folder: "The Warrior": ]]


* We learn that Father Forthill, Michael's handler in his war against evil, is technically an inquisitor. [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Of the Ordo Malleus, to be more specific]].
* Molly can make you as invisible as Paris Hilton's ethical standards.
* Harry says he's not RangerRick or anything, although Ebenezar did teach him some tracking.
* Talking to Kelly, Harry uses ''Literature/GreatExpectations'' in an analogy. Kelly is floored that he's made CharlesDickens relevant to her life.
* Several [[Literature/TheBible Biblical references]], including "suffer the little children" and "no man knows the day or the hour".

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[[folder: "Last Call": ]]


* WordOfGod has it that Butcher tried to capture the feel of the MonsterOfTheWeek episodes of ''Series/TheXFiles'' with this story.
* Murphy could potentially twist Harry's arm into some kind of Creator/MCEscher portrait.
* Telling Molly he didn't have any idea what'd been done to Mac's beer would have been [[StarWars anti-Obi-Wan]] of Harry.
* Three of Mac's customers were young women who'd watched too much ''Series/{{Charmed}}''.
* Molly's hair is [[{{Superman}} Kryptonite]] green in this one, and she wears a {{Superman}} T-shirt along with it.
* Left Hand Goods caters to Chicagoland's [[Franchise/HarryPotter Death Eater wannabes]].
* Several GreekMythology references from the villain, which makes sense because [[spoiler: she's a maenad]].

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[[folder: "Love Hurts": ]]


* In "Love Hurts," Murphy's line about disliking coincidence is very similar to a common phrase used by {{Spenser}}. This is further established when Harry comments on Murphy's dislike of "reading Parker." (There's actually a very strong Parker influence on ''The Dresden Files'' in general; the often-used blurb of "Spenser crossed with Merlin" is very apt.)
* "Remind me -- how much do we pay you to give us advice, [[SherlockHolmes Sherlock]]?"
* Harry's heart does the drum solo from "Wipeout".
* The villain is sarcastically referred to a "Florence Nightingale with fangs".
* Harry tells Murphy to "make like ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard''" because his car door's stuck. She doesn't believe him, and opens it without a hitch.
* Under the love spell's influence, Murphy starts snickering over marginally-risque words, a la ''BeavisAndButthead''.
* The gunman who aided the villain is nicknamed "[[WildWest Billy the Kid]]" by Harry.

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[[folder: "Even Hand": ]]


* Marcone isn't into pop culture, but he does ponder what pithy phrases Hendricks might cite to critique his decisions:
** "Are there no prisons" - CharlesDickens' ''Literature/AChristmasCarol''
** "No man is an island, entire of itself. It tolls for thee." - paraphrases John Donne

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[[folder: "Aftermath": ]]


* Murphy's use of "Martian" is a reference to the book ''Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus''.
* Stallings has a mustache like that of Series/MagnumPI.
* Murphy's disguise includes boots like [[Series/TheMunsters Herman Munster's]].
* The fear that makes you scream and run is what Murphy calls Franchise/ScoobyDoo fear.
* Will recognizes Murphy's instructions about how to prepare to escape the duct tape as the sort of thing Creator/HarryHoudini would've done.
* Glimpsing a reflection of herself and Nothing, Murphy thinks of the images as "[[{{Franchise/Barbie}} Biker Barbie]] and Bigfoot".
** Seeing Nothing bend down to look in the SUV reminds her of a scene from ''Film/JurassicPark''.
* Beating up Ray, she muses that he could've looked like ArnoldSchwarzenegger as ConanTheBarbarian, and her wrist lock would still immobilize him.
* Facing off with Marcone, Murphy can't help but feel like an extra in the cast of ''Theatre/{{Oliver}}''.
* Murphy took her nephews to the ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'' movie, so has some notion of how echolocation works.
* Will jokes about them becoming the JusticeLeague of Chicago, and Murph calls dibs on Franchise/{{Batman}}.

"Bombshells":

* When Molly, Andi and Justine infiltrate the Svartalves' compound with Butters as their MissionControl[=/=]VoiceWithAnInternetConnection, his callsign is [[Series/CharliesAngels "Bosley" and they're "Angels."]]
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[[folder: Comics]]

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[[folder: "Welcome to the Jungle": ]]


* The title of the prequel comic is pretty obviously a reference to the ''Music/GunsNRoses'' song.
** Coupled with the early narration courtesy of Harry, the title makes another obvious reference to Upton Sinclair's novel, ''TheJungle'', which was set in early 20th century Chicago. Harry even lampshades it by quoting from the book.
* Harry talks smack to a tiger using ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' references.
** He also quotes ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina'' while breaking into Watson's office.
** And borrows a PreAssKickingOneLiner from ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' before [[spoiler: flash-frying the Black Dog]].
* When Murphy asks him if he's got a crowbar in his pocket, Harry (inevitably) paraphrases Mae West.
* He quips that ''KingKong'' [[Film/TrainingDay ain't got nothing]] on an enraged Moe.

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[[folder: "Ghoul Goblin": ]]


* The man who cautions Major Talbot about offending the hookah-smokers in 1917 Cairo is presumably Major T.E. Lawrence, whose life story inspired ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia''.
** The Major's body, according to Bob, was found mummified at the British Museum. The illustration shows his mummy with its eyes wide open, implying he'd been mummified ''alive'', much like Imhotep from both versions of ''Film/TheMummy''.
* The fish-man encounter provokes inevitable ''Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon'' wisecracks.
* Harry compares his car to the ''[[StarWars Millennium Falcon]]'' and [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Batmobile]].
* Soulgazing the dying Joseph Talbot nearly [[AnotherMansTerror drags Harry down into death]] along with him, a danger that also crops up in other fiction (e.g. ''Film/{{Brainstorm}}'', ''Manga/GhostHunt'').
* The town of Boone Mill strikes Harry as something out of NormanRockwell, while its jail is pure ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow''.
* The powers which [[spoiler: Mayor Ceder's jinn companion]] once served make the ghoul and goblin look like ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' by comparison.
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[[folder: RPG]]

* When the RPG books discuss the White Council's weakness in dealing with dark magic, Harry has a note scribbled in the margin about possibly taking a page from "[[Franchise/HarryPotter that other spellcasting Harry's]] book" and teaching a Defense Against the Nastybad Arts class.
* One set of margin notes in the RPG rulebooks consists of nothing but a string of ''Holy Grail'' references.
* One passage includes Inigo Montoya's famous quote from ''Film/ThePrincessBride''. Nearby, Harry has written a margin note that says "STOP SAYING THAT!"
* The RPG makes the same ''YoungFrankenstein'' joke ("Werewolf?" "There wolf") as ''Fool Moon''. In the index, between the entries Wereravens and Werewolves. Classic.
* When Billy points out that Harry first saw the Black Dog (''Welcome to the Jungle'') that attacked him in the rear view mirror, and points out that it could use mirrors as a point of entry or as part of its manifestation, Harry remarks "[[Film/PulpFiction Check out the big brain on Billy!]]"
* A note by Harry on Stunts reads, "[[CatchAndReturn Juggler + Riposte]] = [[Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina It's All In The Reflexes!]]"
* The section describing the Sixth Law of Magic ("Never [[TimeTravel swim against the currents of time]]") has a note from Billy in the margin that says, "This is all very ''Series/DoctorWho''." Harry responds that he liked [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Tom Baker]] best.
* The index includes an entry that says "[[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Robot from the Future Needs Beer]]".
* The index uses a code system to show which book and page contains the information: YS means "Your Story" (the player and GM handbook), and OW means "Our World" (the sourcebook). One entry uses this to good effect:
-->'''Who is Number One?:''' [[Series/ThePrisoner UR#6]]
* One of Nicodemus's aspects is "[[Music/TheRollingStones Been Around a Long Long Year]]".
* Regarding Cassius's favorite spell:
-->[[IndianaJones Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?]]
* Harry responds to an example where a PC leaps out of the shadows to attack a mook with "Totally Franchise/{{Batman}}."
* There's a note written by Harry next to the Might skill which reads "HulkSmash!" Between this, "the Tao of Peter Parker," and the Wolverine joke, he does like his [[MarvelComics Marvel]], doesn't he?
* MarvelComics shows up again in a reference to TSR's ''Marvel Super Heroes'' RPG when Harry notes in the margins that "The Alphas aren't Amazing(50) -- they're more like Remarkable(30)."
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[[folder:Multiple Sources]]

* The Blue Beetle, Harry's VW, is a shout out to [[BlueBeetle the comic book character]]. Or possibly the [[NamesTheSame bumbling wannabe-superhero]] from ''TheElectricCompany'', as Harry doesn't correct Elaine when she suggests as much.
** In-universe example: Thomas's boat is named the ''Water Beetle'', a ShoutOut to Harry's beloved car. Its every appearance is likely to reference ''{{Jaws}}'', as it looks like Quint's fishing boat.
* Harry's own name could also count, since he's named after three stage magicians (Harry Houdini, Bellamie Blackstone, and David Copperfield), which he explicitly points out. And though Harry doesn't mention it, WordOfGod confirmed that it's also [[MeaningfulName notable]] that his last name is Dresden. As in, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombing_of_Dresden_in_World_War_II "Firebombing of."]]
** Although the {{RPG}} suggests that Dresden's first name is a reference to ''CastADeadlySpell.'' Harry himself, of course, promptly sets the record straight ([[FootnoteFever in the margins]]) with the in-universe explanation.
* WordOfGod has it that Billy and Georgia got their names because Butcher's wife watched ''Series/AllyMcbeal'' in the evenings while he was writing ''Fool Moon''.
* The prescient, Abby, named her Yorkie "Toto" in a deliberate ''TheWizardOfOz'' reference.
* Chandler's nickname of "Steed" is a reference to ''Series/TheAvengers''. His dress-sense may be a deliberate reference as well.
* The RunningGag of everyone telling Harry his duster belongs on the set of ''Film/ElDorado''.
* Hendricks's long-standing nickname of ''Literature/{{Cujo}}''.
** The pseudonym of "Ms. Demeter", another Marcone associate, has ClassicalMythology implications that Harry himself points out.
* Justine's name is a very clear reference to the Creator/MarquisDeSade's novel ''Justine, The Misfortunes of Virtue'' which follows the [[strike:sex-]] rape-filled life of a virtuous but naive young girl.
* One of the Alphas is named Kirby, likely in reference to MarvelComics' Jack Kirby.
* ''Flickum bicus'' is a brand name reference, which sort of counts.
* The Doom of Damocles gets its name from a classical Greek legend.
* ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' (when referencing the Black Court vampires). In-universe, the book was actually commissioned by the White Court to ''make the weaknesses of Black Court vampires known.'' But woe betide the wannabe slayer who's only seen the movies or assumed ''all'' the usual vamp tropes come from ''Dracula.''
** This completely justifies in-universe use of the term "Renfields" to refer to mind-raped Black Court minions.
** Thomas likes [[KukrisAreKool kukris]], just like Jonathan Harker.
* Speaking of sharp things, ''[[Literature/{{Jabberwocky}} snickersnack]]'' is Harry's favorite verbal sound-effect when he's describing how stuff gets cut.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}''- before opening his own P.I. business, Harry worked at "Ragged Angel Investigations".
* Even the book covers feature one: the glowing runes on Harry's staff are actually the word "[[Film/TheMatrix Matrix]]" written in Japanese katakana and mirror-flipped.
* [[ACharlieBrownChristmas "My lips touched dog lips! Get me some mouthwash! Get me some iodine!"]]
* Harry calls Molly "[[StarWars padawan]]" a lot.
** Harry actually calls Molly "[[Series/KungFu Grasshopper]]" more often than "Padawan".
* In several books, Molly herself refers to her younger siblings as [[StarWars the Jawas]] and her Mom's minivan as [[ANewHope the sandcrawler]].
* ''Spider-Man'' references abound, as Harry is an admitted fan in-continuity. Harry himself closely resembles a version of Peter Parker that was bitten by a radioactive wizard instead of a spider.
* Do-gooders (usually Harry, but sometimes the Alphas or Knights of the Cross) are regularly said to be acting like the LoneRanger.
* Harry's chivalrous impulses usually bring out a ''Don Quixote'' quip in him.
* [[WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers Go Team Dresden!]]
* ''Franchise/EvilDead 2'': There are multiple uses of the exclamation, "Groovy," throughout the books.
* Let's face it, there's a ''ridiculous'' amount of ''StarWars'' references. Harry himself owns a vintage poster for ''A New Hope'' for most of the pre-''Changes'' novels.
* Many, many, ''many'' variants of [[LordOfTheRings Gandalf's]] "subtle and quick to anger" line crop up throughout the series.
** Also lots of references to Black Council villains dressing like Ringwraiths.
* In-universe/Expy example: Many books have references to ''[[JerrySpringer The Larry Fowler Show]]'', or to Harry's (disastrous) appearances on that program.
* A number of references out of Literature/TheBible appear as well, usually in the books' more serious moments.
** That, or when Harry makes a "let he who hath never [stonewashed his jeans/worn parachute pants] cast the first stone" crack.
* Descriptions of Ivy usually bring up comparisons to Bill Mumy's role in "ItsAGoodLife" on ''Series/TheTwilightZone''.

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* ''Franchise/HarryPotter''- Dresden notes that he often gets calls from people who see his ad in the phone book and apparently just ''have'' to call just to ask if he's "[[NamesTheSame really a wizard named Harry]]."

* Nothing beats mocking a vampire by doing an impression of [[Series/SesameStreet Count von Count]].
** Actually it was Nicodemus the first time, but still funny.
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