Awesome / The Dresden Files

"I am somewhat flattered by how many Crowning Moments of Awesome I am credited with, and find it imperative to consider how to top the previous ones"

There are a lot of Crowning Moments in The Dresden Files, with this image depicting what most fans consider the Crowning Moment of all Crowning Moments. Unfortunately the artist forgot the one-man polka band. (see the Dead Beat entry below) Otherwise, this is what we've come up with so far.

Across Books

  • Let's just run down Harry's allies so far in the series and see just how far the list has grown to insane proportions. As of Skin Game:
    • As of Turn Coat, Harry's standing in the White Council has risen, with many of the younger members looking up to him. He has the support of three of the seven Senior Council members (Ebenezar, "Injun Joe" Listens-to-Wind, and Rashid the Gatekeeper).
      • His relationship with Anastasia Luccio probably gives him some pull with the Wardens as well, not to mention how most if not all of the younger ones look up to him.
    • The Grey Council. Though seen only once in Changes, twelve of them were enough to turn the tide of battle against the entire Red Court. Though to be fair, one was Ebenezar "Blackstaff" Mccoy, another was Donnar Vadderung aka Father Odin, and the two of them brought an army of kenku to help.
    • Harry's a member of the Winter Court and gets along with five of the six Faerie Queens. (Titania presumably still has her grudge)
      • Easy to forget Toot-Toot and the Za Lord's Guard, who are starting to gain some serious attention among the Wild Fae.
    • With the Red Court and Black Court destroyed and the White Court's Skavis and Malvora families killed, he has a working relationship with almost the entire vampire community.
    • He also has a working relationship with Johnny Marcone, the Baron of Chicago, who is a formidable power in his own right.
    • Odin/Santa Claus clearly supports Harry and has helped him significantly, free of charge, more than once.
    • Uriel, whom Mab considers the most dangerous of the Archangels, has helped Harry several times and gifted Harry with soulfire. By extension, God himself supports Harry.
    • Harry is good friends with the Knights of the Cross. as of Skin Game, back up to two active.
    • Hades, Lord of the Underworld, makes a point of letting Harry know that he has an interest in what Harry does. Beyond that, he rattles off a list of things that he and Harry have in common, and expresses empathy. Hades also (indirectly) gives Harry powerful artifacts to fight the Outsiders.
    • Harry has a bond with Alfred Demonreach, an intellectus spirit powerful enough to withstand an all-out Outsider attack and an attack by both Faerie Ladies and a dozen other Fae at the same time.
    • Bob, especially when you realize what he is capable of doing. Harry isn't kidding in Changes when he refers to Bob as one of the most powerful spirits he's ever met; in Changes, Bob manages to shield Murphy from the Red King's willpower. That's right, Bob has enough willpower to match the Physical God ruling over the Red Court.
    • Billy and the other werewolves. Though normally outclassed, they are capable fighters in the right situations. Ask Madeline Raith. Or Jenny Greenteeth. Or the Fomor.
    • Then there's his spirit daughter, born of him and Lash. In a world where knowledge is power, once she gets going, she'll be quite the force to reckon with.
    • Last but certainly not least, Badass Normal Karrin Murphy, in detail below.
  • Murphy gets at least one Crowning Moment of Awesome per book. Highlights: melting down her aunt's silver earrings into bullets and shooting them into a loup-garou, taking a chainsaw to an ogre's knee, then using that same chainsaw to then kill a chlorofiend (plant monster), being the gunslinger in a raid of a vampire nest, jousting on a motorcycle against a speeding car, and beating off the control of the king of all incubi. And that's only covering up to book six...she gets at least four in Small Favor, especially when Fidelacchius gets involved.
    • Sanya's reaction to Murphy is, in addition to being accurate, hilarious. Especially in Changes, when she gets the direct aid of an archangel. Face judgment of the Almighty!
    "Tiny." *insert description of Sanya's actions here* "But fierce!"
    • Don't forget the bit in Aftermath, where she decides not to go back to pick up Fidelacchius, essentially because she's enough of a badass without it!
  • Mouse the Dog is Murphy in dog form. Twice, if you count the law maker too. He can make Lea nervous-and since he gets his power from thresholds, and he's living with the Carpenters (who presumably have an incredibly strong one) now...well, let's just say that Maggie will be very well-protected.
  • Everything Lara Raith has ever done. She may be a villain, but she has style. And she puts the sexy back in Evil Is Sexy. Lara has ultimate style. Most of the bad guys do. Except for the part where she disemboweled and then fucked to death her cousin after having been burnt to a crisp. That was just pure Squick-laden horror.
  • Any time a Senior Council member demonstrates why they deserve to be on the Senior Council.
    • When you find out that Ebenezar is responsible for The Tunguska Event, that becomes even more impressive when you remember that he wasn't even on the Senior Council at that point!
    • You don't get to be the Merlin by collecting bottle caps.
  • The mere existence of Little Chicago, when one considers the requirements necessary to create it. Harry has to actually physically go out, take samples from every tree, building, and road in Chicago, and then precisely place every one of those samples into the corresponding pewter model of that object or structure, then precisely lay them out exactly as they are in the city itself. Even the tiniest mistake could throw off the entire model. Then he has to keep the model precisely up to date; every time a tree gets cut down, a telephone pole gets replaced, a street gets repaved, or a building gets remodeled he has to get a new sample. Then you throw in the complex magical side of creating the device. The sheer logistics and organization and precision required to make something that huge and complex is mind-boggling. For Harry, making it is just a "pain in the ass." The fact that he was even able to put it together, let alone make it work, is incredible.
    • To make it even more impressive, Harry can't even go near an electronic device without it catching fire or something. In other words, he did all that without the benefit of GPS or Google Maps.
      • Although Bob probably did help him a lot with keeping track of the locations that needed to be sampled.
    • "[Harry] has a voodoo doll of Chicago." —Thomas Raith, "Backup"
  • Anything Demonreach does. Anything.
  • Dragons in the series aren't just flying lizards. They're elemental forces of nature that will drive you insane with their true forms, and can eradicate a mere mortal with barely any effort. One of them brings Harry to his knees simply by casually saying his first name. Michael Carpenter? Met his wife when he killed one.
    • To put that in just a little more perspective: Jim Butcher posted on his website forum answering a question on whether Ferrovax (the Dragon) would be a match for the combined powers of the Eldest Brother Gruff and the Leanansidhe. Remember that one of those collects stoles from defeated Senior Council Wizards and the other is Mab's right hand. Ferrovax would wipe the floor with them even if they had every advantage they could bring to the table. He compared it Mike Tyson in his prime fighting a 13 year old blind girl.
    • Not that surprising when you consider the root word of his name is "Ferro" the latin name for iron.
  • A meta example for Jim Butcher himself- the fifteenth book marks the first time so far (After 14 years) that Jim hasn't gotten a book out a year after the previous one (Cold Days came out in 2012, and this one will be released in May 2014). After fourteen books. And sometimes? He's been able to put out two in one year. Round of applause for the man, ladies and gents.
  • The fact that bringing humanity as a whole into magical conflicts is considered something of a Godzilla Threshold. Individually, humans are pathetic, but once our attention as a whole is turned onto a magical threat that threat tends to be brought to the edge of extinction in short order. This is essentially how the Black Court was nearly wiped out.
  • Nicodemus is scared of Harry. That in itself is pretty darn awesome.

Short Stories
  • Uriel, at the end of The Warrior, going through all of Harry's lesser actions throughout the story and saying how each one makes the future that much brighter.
  • Also in The Warrior, when Michael who had been crippled for a year and needs a cane to run defeats the army trained priest who wields the not working, but still sharp Fidelacchius, with his old sword and a baseball bat. Throughout the entire fight he delivers a "The Reason You Suck" Speech calling the man out on his actions and lack of faith.
    • Also counts as a meta moment of awesome when you realise that speech is basically condemning all the bad things about organised religions (militant extremism, justifying any kind of violence or discrimination by claiming it's the will of the divine) while using Michael to highlight all the good things (gaining comfort from the presence of an ineffable higher power, drawing people together and helping to give them an excuse to be kind and patient).
    • In a tense role reversal, during the confrontation between Michael and the militant priest, it's Harry that has to talk his friend down from beating the man who kidnapped and strapped his daughter to a bomb to death. And he does.
  • By the way, if anyone is wondering how Harry met Murphy? She leapt onto the back of a troll, and tried to choke it to death with her nightstick. Murphy rocks.
  • Even Hand. Put it this way: remember how awesome it was that Murphy stood up to "Tiny" the Gruff and stopped him dead with a legal ultimatum? Marcone does the same thing to someone ten times meaner and more powerful, and doesn't break a sweat.
    • Nevermind that, how about the fact the entire Mag incident turns out to be a dry run on how to kill Harry Dresden? Which succeeded. Which also makes it something of a meta Crowning Moment of Awesome for Harry as well, considering that Marcone wasn't sure that would be enough to kill him until it worked on Mag.
    • Marcone and Hendricks proving that a pair of AA-12 automatic shotguns with drum magazines > an entire army of Fomor monstrosities.
    • Justine has apparently gone from being a somewhat helpless Damsel in Distress to one of Lara Raith's trusted spies/secret agents, considering that she pilfered Mag's bank account information and rescued all of his slaves.
    • And set Mag himself up to get killed by Marcone in the process.
  • In Day Off, Harry is going home from game night when he's approached by the Death Eater Wannabes for ruining their leader's bad feng shui curse. When they demand that he defend himself, ready for a magic duel (as much as they'll ever be), Harry pulls his trusty .44.
    "Wh-what?" said one of the girls, who had a nose-ring that I was pretty sure was a clip-on. "What are you doing?"
    "I'm a-fixin' to defend myself," I drawled, Texas-style.
    • I think Mouse gets one for taking on two werewolves in Mister's defense.
  • A lot of what Murphy does in "Aftermath," but two in particular: first, her severe beatdown of a slimebag apartment superintendent in front of all of his tenants, then her raid along with Billy and one of the other Alphas on a minor-talent human-trafficking ring. Run by Fomorians.
  • Not in any short story, but Jim has said that the Gatekeeper is the one who took down Abdul Alhazred, and that he is the most dangerous wizard on the entire council.
  • Backup is pretty much one long, low-key one for Thomas, as he essentially follows Harry around and covers his back, even going so far as to take a direct hit from Harry while disguised as an evil sorcerer just to keep his cover.
    • Gets a continuity nod in Cold Days.
  • Day Off begins with Harry playing D&D with a barbarian who likes to growl "Enough talk!" before every attack. Seems like a random throwaway line, until you remember that Gard said the exact same thing before berserkergang charging the grendelkin in Heorot. Looks like the Valkyrie made quite an impression.
  • Harry delivers one of his most soft-spoken and terrifying threats yet in Jury Duty.
    Harry: You know who I am. You know what I can do. Let her go.
    White Court Vampire: Why should I?
    Harry: Because you know what happened the last time some vampires abducted a little girl and I decided to take her back.

Peace Talks
  • The first chapter has Harry out jogging with Thomas. When Ramirez shows up, Harry does his best Goku/Rock Lee impression by dropping the two hundred twenty pound training vest he had been wearing onto the sand.