Characters: The Dresden Files Chicago PD And FBI
Characters from The Dresden Files
, Chicago Police and FBI.
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Murphy's dead father. Sends Harry back to the land of the living, and works for Uriel.
"The law isn't perfect. But that doesn't mean that we shouldn't try to make it work."
Murphy looks like someone's favorite aunt. She's five feet even and has blond hair, blue eyes, and a cute nose. Unfortunately for the bad guys, she's a lot more dangerous than she looks; she's a cop with some serious martial arts skills and enough stubbornness and ingenuity to really inconvenience anyone who annoys her. When she was reassigned to the Special Investigations department, a political death sentence, she responded by taking the department and helping it to become a lot more effective. Since SI got all the cases involving, say, vampire attacks, trolls eating people, or the results of some other sort of magical mayhem, this meant her most effective step was probably hiring Harry. Initially distrusting of Harry (albeit considering him a capable asset to her unit), the two of them eventually became close friends (with a heaping helping of Unresolved Sexual Tension
- Action Girl: I mean, jeez, she attacked an ogre with a chainsaw.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys
- Badass Normal: The scariest mortal in a fist fight is five ft. and 100 lbs.
- The Big Guy: Despite being...short.
- Broken Bird: Especially as of Ghost Story.
- By-the-Book Cop: A lot of her early drama with Harry is that he really is lying to her while she's trying to investigate a homicide. When Harry tells her about the full extent of the supernatural world, she starts to make a lot more allowances for his behavior.
- Combat Pragmatist: Murphy doesn't have magic. She makes do with ruthless exploitation of her enemies' weaknesses instead. In Aftermath, for example, she deals with an enemy sorceror by shooting him in the head, while he's focused on different things.
- Conflict Ball, Mixed with Idiot Ball: In the first two books, she was practically married to it for the purpose of giving Harry a bit more conflict in the current plot, which reached its horrible zenith in Fool Moon where she arrests Harry for some ridiculously trumped-up charges, with a side of Police Brutality. She gets better, though.
- Cute Bruiser: Sanya sums her up as "Tiny.. But fierce"
- Dye or Die: part of a disguise/"makeover" in Aftermath.
"If I hear montage music playing, I'm cutting it short."
- Fair Cop
- Heroic BSOD: After Grave Peril, when a supernatural nasty pretending to be Harry mind raped her. It took her several books to get back on her feet—and kicking—again.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The tiny to Harry's huge.
- Inspector Javert: Has shades of this in the first couple books, largely because Harry refuses to tell her pertinent information regarding supernatural cases out of a misguided need to "protect" her. She gets better, as soon as she gets info and some perspective on the limits of mortal law and weapons.
- Knight in Sour Armor
- One of the Boys: To her fellow police officers. After Changes, she becomes this to a gang of immortal Viking warriors.
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: In Changes. Implied to be an Archangel speaking through her due to her wielding Fidelaccius at the time.
False gods! Pretenders! Usurpers of truth! Destroyers of faith, of families, of lives, of children! For your crimes against the Mayans, against the peoples of the world, now will you answer! Your time has come! Face judgment Almighty!
- Properly Paranoid
- Supporting Leader: The leader of Justice League Chicago, in Ghost Story.
- Survival Mantra / Madness Mantra: "I can't believe he's dead."
- Took a Level in Badass: Not that she was weak to begin with, but Changes takes things to a whole new level once she agrees to 'borrow' Fidelacchius, and amongst other things, proceeds to One-Hit Kill a Physical God.
- In the six months between Changes and Ghost Story, she formed and headed an underground alliance of Chicago's lesser magically-talented individuals, and managed to kill two warlocks who were at Council-level strength, as well as lesser talents under Fomor command. For an ordinary human with no magic, that's a big deal.
- Tsundere: Type A, usually towards Harry, but implied to be part of her interactions with Kincaid as well. We just don't see enough to really know in that case.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Harry. In Changes, they were going to resolve it, but Harry caught a bad case of sniper.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: considering the amount of snarkery that she exchanges with Harry, dear God yes. It helps that they've saved each other's lives plenty of times.
- Waif-Fu: realistic version—Murphy is tiny compared to the things she ends up fighting.
- The Watson: Harry frequently ends up expositing, usually about magic, to her. "Egad, Holmes."
- Weak, but Skilled: In Aftermath, she uses tactics and brains to do what Harry would have done with brute force.
- Weapon of Choice: For serious encounters Murphy packs her P90 submachinegun, which is tiny, but fierce, like herself.
Agent Phil Denton
A no-nonsense FBI agent from Fool Moon and also the Big Bad of the book
. He's obsessed with maintaining law and order at any cost, even to the extent of becoming a werewolf (specifically, Hexenwulf) to hunt down criminals who escaped justice. Gradually goes off the deep end
- Fallen Hero: He was a genuinely good man and honest agent before the whole Hexenwulf thing.
- Well maybe, after they soulgaze Harry thinks he was extremely bitter/disenfranchised beforehand
- He Who Fights Monsters: He took on a magical talisman to be able to fight drug dealers and other people which cannot be touched, like Marcone, but ended up corrupted by the power and driven to make an innocent man the scapegoat for his and his peoples' crimes.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Thanks to using Black Magic.
- Knight Templar: He is a firm believer that he who breaks the law should be punished.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: he needs a belt possessed by a demon wolf spirit to transform; which someone gave him. Later books hint it was either agents of Nemesis, or the Black Council, or possibly both if they are working together.
- The Stoic
- Unwitting Pawn: another Black Council pawn
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Although in Cold Days it is implied that Nemesis drove him to it
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Genuinely believes that what he is doing is right. After Harry points out that he is as monstrous as his enemies Denton essentially denies it.
A police officer in Special Investigations who ended up there for sleeping with the wrong councilman's daughter. Bears a grudge against Harry and the rest of SI, refusing to believe in the supernatural and sucking up to anyone who will get him out of SI. Eventually joins Internal Affairs.
- Dirty Coward: When given the chance in a bad situation, he will run to cover his own ass.
- Face-Heel Turn: Rudolph is introduced in Fool Moon as a rookie justifiably scared by the loup-garou rampaging around in the next room. In Grave Peril, he gives Harry a If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her... regarding Murphy. However, by two books, he's tranferred to Internal Affairs and become the Rudolph we love to hate.
- Inspector Javert: This guy loves to try and screw up whatever Harry's case is in any way he can.
- The Quisling: Indicated to be in the pocket of the Red Court in Changes.
- Rabid Cop: He attempted it in Changes to get Harry to confess to blowing up his own building. It... didn't work, and only resulted in Harry laughing his arse off.
- The Resenter
- Smug Snake: In Changes.
Detective John Stallings
Veteran detective with Special Investigations, Stallings is Murphy's second in command and one of the most respected men in the unit. When Murphy is demoted after the events of Proven Guilty, Stallings takes up the role as head of SI.
Special Agent Tilly
FBI agent working at the Chicago FBI office. Heads the investigation into the destruction of Harry's office building
, but unlike a lot of government officials and police, he is willing to listen to Harry and pay attention to what's really going on.
- Death Glare: He gives a really good one to Rudolph. Dresden describes it as being a glare that, when it's focused on you, you see a little bit of old man Death.
- I Believe That You Believe It: Once Harry recognizes the below-mentioned gift, he outright tells Tilly that it was vampires that are responsible. Tilly just about mentions this trope by name, saying that while Harry is telling him what he believes to be the truth, that doesn't mean he's right about it.
- Living Lie Detector: He says he's got a talent for always knowing when someone's telling the truth. Harry recognizes this as a minor magical gift.
- Reasonable Authority Figure
Chicago police officer and former detective who has encountered the supernatural in the past, and thus is willing to believe the resident crazy wizard. Has a history with Murphy; apparently her father saved his life from a monster while he was on patrol long ago. Eventually is forced to join SI due to politics within the CPD, due to his issues with authority.
Murphy's original partner, killed by the loup-garou in Fool Moon. As of Ghost Story, he's now employed by Uriel.
- Agent Scully
- Heroic Sacrifice
- Pet the Dog: Previously portrayed as a severe Agent Scully who didn't trust Harry. Immediately before his death, it's revealed that he does believe Harry's one of the good guys, and that he keeps stuffed animals in his desk to give to children brought into the precinct.
- Sacrificial Lion: to the loup-garou.