Having to protect his long-standing Council enemy from the other Wardens makes Harry unsure if he should be Shouting Out, or just shouting mad. But even if he can't break the frame on Morgan, at least he'll try his darnedest to break his record for pop-culture references in this, the 11th novel of ''TheDresdenFiles''.

* Contemplating the importance of exonerating Morgan and convicting the real traitor, Harry sums up the sort of irrefutable case he'll need to present to the Council:
-->''[[TabletopGame/{{Clue}} Colonel Mustard, in the den, with the lead pipe]].''
* Thomas, according to Harry, has teeth whiter than the Ku Klux Klan and makes [[Film/ThreeHundred the Spartans in that movie]] look like slackers.
* Harry tells Injun Joe that he wants to die by being "stepped on by an elephant while having sex with identical triplet cheerleaders", which is a reference to ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAmber''. Corwin also wants to die by being stepped on by an elephant while having sex.
* The Sight can show you things that [[CthulhuMythos the Black-Goat-with-a-Thousand-Young]] wouldn't dare tell its kids for bedtime stories.
* Cell phones are compared to the RedShirt extras from the original ''Series/StarTrek'': soon as any (magical) action kicks off, so do they.
* When Harry is describing his leather duster, he says it's waterproof, bulletproof, and it ''breathes''. He compares it to modern armor technology, quipping [[ArthurCClarke "Sufficiently advanced technology, my ass."]]
* Harry fights back the memory of Shagnasty with the help of Eratosthenes, i.e. by calculating prime numbers.
* Murphy explains that bureaucracy is on Harry's side, although Harry would rather have ''Series/TheATeam''.
* Having Morgan explain how powerful the skinwalker is, Harry's impressed enough to say "[[Franchise/ScoobyDoo Jinkies]]''.
* In Harry makes an impressively smooth transition from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' straight into ''ThePiratesOfPenzance''.
-->Toot's body practically convulsed in excitement. Had a giant yellow exclamation mark appeared above his head, I would not have been surprised. "A ''Major-General''?"
--> I couldn't resist. "Yes, yes," I said solemnly. "A Major-General."
** Given Dresden's ignorance of post-1980s video games, the exclamation mark might be both a cartoon reference from Harry's POV ''and'' a ''Metal Gear'' reference by Butcher.
* At one point, our put-upon wizard refers to himself as "your [[SpiderMan friendly neighborhood]] Harry Dresden".
* Begging Thomas to get Justine to help investigate, Harry insists that he's not asking for her to [[Film/ANewHope deactivate the tractor beam, rescue the princess, and escape to the fourth moon of Yavin]].
** When the Wardens cut loose against Binder's gray men, the flashes of fire-magic make it look like a ''StarWars'' battle scene.
** While Harry's been calling Molly "padawan" for several books now, this is one of the first times she calls him "Obi-Wan".
* Harry tells Georgia to "[[Franchise/{{Batman}} send up the wolf-signal]]" when he arrives at her place.
* The Wardens are seen walking in a group like in ''Film/TheRightStuff'' in [[spoiler: Vince's surveillance photos]].
* Tales of skinwalkers are darker than the tales of Creator/TheBrothersGrimm, the ones that ''haven't'' been prettied up by Disney and the like. The actual presence of one nearby, according to Harry, would make the environment feel ''Series/TalesFromTheDarkside''-creepy to him.
* Morgan, of all people, chews Harry out for acting like a bloody superhero. None specified, but for Morgan even to know there ''are'' such things probably rates as GenreSavvy for a workaholic senior wizard.
* A weary Harry mutters, "[[RobertFrost I have promises to keep]]", as he presses on with work.
* Zero splits the difference between a Dionysian bacchanal and a [[Creator/FedericoFellini Fellini flick]].
* Harry tells a rubber-clad Justine she looks like the Michelin Man's wet dream.
* Murphy says she has a better chance of winning a slam-dunk contest with MichaelJordan than of tracking down a confidential foreign bank transaction.
* Smack-talking Madeline, Harry compares her to [[Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit Jessica Rabbit]] or the evil princess from ''BuckRogers''.
* Ancient Mai's temple-dog statues look like something out of a ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' movie.
* Harry claims that if a revolver was good enough for IndianaJones, it's good enough for him.
** Murphy references him too, when she says real cops leave trick shots to [=SWAT=] or Indy.
* Molly paraphrases ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'' when she returns from sweet-talking Vince.
* Luccio quotes ''Film/{{Highlander}}'', which surprises Harry because she'd told him she fell asleep at the drive-in.
* Having his head bandaged makes Harry feel like the fife player from Willard's iconic painting, ''Spirit of '76''.
* Murphy, analyzing the opposition, deduces that he or she is ''not'' some kind of ''Film/JamesBond'' supervillain.
* When Vince reveals where Binder is going, Harry asks if he's the Amazing Kreskin.
* Running her hand along the Silver Wraith's fender, Murphy says she's not a [[{{Madonna}} material girl]], but ''damn''.
* Realizing Mouse was only ''acting'' injured, Harry marvels that maybe he should have named the Foo dog [[DenzelWashington Denzel]].
* Harry points out that the FairyTales of the brothers Grimm nearly always take place in a forest, because forests can be scary places. Aside from the mostly-open oak woods where RobinHood movies and Creator/{{Shakespeare}} adaptations are filmed, that is.
* Molly asks permission to come aboard the ''Water Beetle'', because it's what they do on ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
** Harry teaches Molly the basics of piloting the vessel, although he's hardly HoratioHornblower himself.
* The White Court strike team drops from their helicopter with as much grace and coordination as the Creator/CirqueDuSoleil.
* "WileECoyote, Suuuuuuper Genius."
* Madeline quotes ''{{Hamlet}}'' when she's about to kill Harry. Possibly also a CallBack to when Lord Raith made the same "flights of angels sing you to your rest" reference in ''Blood Rites'' when he was about to kill Thomas, (especially since both Raith and Madeline end up [[spoiler: being raped to psychic slavery/death by Lara]]), or maybe it's just a family habit.
* Seeing Harry bandaged up after the battle on the island, Vince asks him [[Film/TheMummy1999 if he cursed everyone who desecrated his tomb, or just the English-speaking guys]].
* Ebenezar's taste in books ranges from Creator/StephenKing, Creator/RobertHeinlein and Creator/TomClancy on one hand to JuliusCaesar, D.H. Lawrence, StephenHawking and Creator/FriedrichNietzsche on the other.
* Delivering TheSummation at Morgan's trial, Harry quips that he feels just like HerculePoirot.
* "I love being a wizard. Every day is like {{Disneyland}}."
* [[spoiler: Peabody's]] defensive gesture is similar to something ComicBook/DoctorStrange might do.
* Examining his latest collection of battle-scars, Harry quips that he'll look like [[HarrisonFord Herr Harrison von Ford]].
* "That's Doctor Smart-ass. [[AustinPowers I didn't go through 4 years of insult college to be called Mister]]."