Characters / The Dresden Files Ordinary People And Badass Normals
aka: The Dresden Files Unfazed Everymans And Badass Normals

Characters from The Dresden Files, ordinary people and badass normals who don't fit on any other page.

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Beckitt family

For Helen Beckitt, see her entry under Chicago Mafia.

     Amanda Beckitt, aka "Persephone" 

A young girl who was rendered comatose in a gang shootout. Having been declared legally dead, she is currently on life support in a private hospital.

  • Ill Girl: Her character function.
  • Meaningful Name: Her nickname refers to the figure from Greek mythology who was taken away to the underworld.
  • My Greatest Failure: Serves as this to Marcone, who was horrified that an innocent child was so badly hurt in a shootout that he was involved in.
  • Only Mostly Dead: In a coma, but still alive.

     Gregory Beckitt
A man on a mission.

Amanda's father and Helen's husband. Sought revenge on Marcone after Amanda was rendered comatose; when Marcone's lawyers prevented them from suing Marcone, he and his wife took a darker path.

  • Broken Bird: A rare male example. The loss of his daughter is something he hasn't recovered from.
  • Bus Crash: Killed offscreen in a prison riot while serving his sentence.
  • Despair Event Horizon: After the loss of his daughter, he and his wife push themselves into seeking revenge against Marcone.
  • Put on a Bus: Arrested for his involvement in the Three-Eye cult.
  • Revenge: His only motivation for going after Marcone.
  • Revenge Before Reason: He joins a dark magic cult to sell a drug with horrible side effects in a mob-controlled city, virtually ensuring that both the police and the mob would come after him. Why did he do it? Because he wanted Marcone to pay for what he did to Amanda.

     Linda Randall
Chauffer, call girl... and blackmailer.

The chauffeur and live-in lover of Gregory and Helen Beckitt.

  • Blackmail: Tries to do this by taking pictures of the participants of the orgies at Sells' lake house. Unfortunately for her, Sells just kills her rather than pay the blackmail.
  • The Driver: One of her duties for the Beckitts.
  • High-Class Call Girl: First for Bianca, and then for the Beckitts.
  • Killed Off for Real: By Sells' 'exploding heart' spell.

Carpenter family

For Michael Carpenter, see his entry under The Church.

For Molly Carpenter, see her entry under The Fae.

     Charity Carpenter 

"My children are vulnerable. I'm taking them to safety. Help me or stand aside."

Michael's loving and caring wife, mother of their seven children, devoted housekeeper, first-aid medic, armor- and weaponsmith, and sparring partner.
  • Action Mom: Not only was she her husband's training partner for much of their marriage, she chargs head on into the capital of Winter Fae to save her eldest daughter.
  • Almighty Mom: Mess with her kids and doom will befall you, even if you're a powerful fear-eating faerie.
  • Badass Normal: Unlike her husband, Charity has no supernatural powers anymore or ancient artifacts. That doesn't stop her from being Michael's primary sparring partner and hitching up alongside Harry, Murphy, and Thomas to charge headlong into Queen Mab's stronghold to rescue her kidnapped daughter. And she pulls her own weight the whole way.
  • Biker Babe:
    • Presumably; Michael mentions she used to work on motorcycles, so it's not a stretch to imagine she rode them, too.
    • He mentions this when referring to how she can forge armor so take it with a grain of salt
  • Comes Great Responsibility: Averted. Rather than continue using her magical abilities after she was rescued by Michael, she let them atrophy until they vanished completely. Molly, not knowing her mother was a former practitioner, cites the parable of talents as her reason for continuing to use magic and makes Charity realize her own mistake years ago.
  • Former Teen Rebel: Got close to violating the Laws of Magic when she was young and then nearly sacrificed to a dragon, before Michael showed up and saved her.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Her earlier actions towards Harry were always curt and colored by her intense dislike of him. Even when she helps him with his injuries, she can be sadistic.
    Harry: [narration] I hear they make antiseptics that don't sting anymore. But Charity used iodine.
  • Happily Married: To Michael.
  • Ironic Name: Not that charitable, at least to Harry.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Nasty as hell to Harry for getting her husband involved in ANYTHING regardless of how noble the cause, Harry's efforts to help Michael, Michael's own willingness or anything really but cares for her family. After Proven Guilty she now sees Harry as family and calls him as such in Small Favor when they are waiting to see if Michael is going to survive the wounds he received fighting next to Harry.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After years of serving the Lord with no monetary reward for their work, they get one-fifth of the diamonds stolen from Hades' vault, between one to two million dollars. Charity insists to Michael (who is still hesitant to take the money) that it's a divine gift. After all, they have children to put through college, and grandchildren will be coming soon.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Inverted - she has the secret and doesn't share with anyone, not even Michael. Harry, being a detective, figures it out on his own.
  • Mama Bear: She doesn't care what sort of supernatural nasty you are, she'll punch you out if you threaten her children.
  • Meaningful Name: The Swords of the Cross are named after the Christian virtues of Faith, Hope and Love (1 Corinthians 13:13), of which Michael wields Amoracchius, the Sword of Love. Some translations of the Bible (particularly the King James Version) name Love as Charity.
  • Parental Hypocrisy: With the dash of Secret Legacy, her dislike for all things magical and knowing Molly was using it made her try to keep Molly from turning to a bad path.
  • Parental Substitute: While Michael and Charity love Maggie as if she was their own, they are well aware that they aren't her parents. They both encourage Harry to take over the role, both for Maggie's sake and his own.
  • Rescue Romance: She met Michael when he saved her from a firebreathing dragon.
  • Secret Legacy: Atrophied magical talent, which is passed on to her daughter Molly. By the time her other children are born, the magic is completely gone.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She normally dresses in loose conservative clothing but Harry sees her in her underwear, once, and comments that she won the genetic lottery.

     Daniel Carpenter 

The second oldest of Michael and Charity's children, now a member of the Chicago Alliance.
  • Badass Normal: Has no powers, but he has been very well trained. Bombshells reveals he's just come from a tour in the army.
  • The Big Guy: He is a trained fighter on the large size.
  • Hot-Blooded: Is a bit eager to deal with the Fomor and other issues, with a tendency to not think first.
  • Idiot Ball: He mentions Murphy was now the custodian of two of the Swords in front of a White Court Vampire. Not his brightest move.
  • Knife Nut: His preferred weapon.

     Matthew Carpenter 

Michael and Charity's third child.

  • Big Brother Instinct: Even though he's technically Molly's little brother, he's very concerned about her when she enters her delinquent phase.

     Alicia Carpenter 

Michael and Charity's fourth child.

     Hope Carpenter 

Michael and Charity's fifth child.

     Amanda Carpenter 

Michael and Charity's sixth child.

  • Adorably Precocious Child: Decrees that Harry Dresden is now to be known as 'Bill' because they already have a Harry (her younger brother) at the Carpenter house.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Called 'Princess' by her family.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Harry meets her when she's a child. By Skin Game, he notes that she's probably causing 'neck injuries' from boys craning their heads to look at her.

     Harry Carpenter 

Michael and Charity's youngest child.

Dresden family

For Harry himself, see his entry under Harry and Harry's Household.

For Harry's mother Margaret LeFay Dresden, see her entry under The White Council.

     Malcolm Dresden
Rest in peace.

Harry's deceased father. Formerly a stage magician, he died when Harry was around six years old. Officially, he died because of a brain aneurism; some have hinted otherwise. His ghost made a brief, cryptic appearance in Dead Beat.
  • Vagueness Is Coming:
    • "Beware the Jabberwock, my son." However, this may just be part of the lead-up to a pun. "No, I don't have a vorpal sword to lend you. You'll have to make do with a Snickers snack."
    • His remarks about how "Death" and "Terrible waters" lie in Harry's future play this straight, when events in Changes (Harry shot dead by Kincaid) and Aftermath (rise of the aquatic Fomor) are taken into account.
      • Those two can even be taken together, given the event referenced

     Margaret "Maggie" Angelica Dresden 

The daughter of Harry and Susan. She was conceived during Death Masks. The living Macguffin of Changes. She was kidnapped by Arianna to be used in a sacrificial ritual, but saved by Harry.
  • A Boy and His X: She and Mouse, whom Harry tasked as her protector, are virtually inseparable.
  • Buffy Speak: According to her, Mouse "slayerized" a monster under her bed.
  • The Cutie: Was this until Arianna kidnapped her.
    • Break the Cutie: Compare the smiling photo to the broken-down wreck she is when Harry meets her (after narrowly securing her a reprieve)
  • Disappeared Dad: Harry, by virtue of not being told she even existed for the first five years of her life and later his death.
  • Happily Adopted: As of Ghost Story is now living with the Carpenters with Mouse as her companion.
  • Hero of Another Story: At EasterCon 2015, Jim announced that he was planning a series following Maggie's future adventures at an Extranormal Institute.
  • Human Sacrifice: Arianna planned this for her, and after Arianna's plans fell through thanks to her death at Harry's hands, the Red King tried to do the same. She was saved, but it's pretty safe to say that she'll have scars for years to come.
  • Missing Mom: Susan because it was too dangerous to keep her around while Susan was fighting the Red Court, and later because Susan died in a Heroic Sacrifice, saving little Maggie from the Red Court.
  • Protectorate: As Michael puts it:
    Michael: Things did not turn out well for the last monster who raised his hand against your child. Or any of his friends. Or associates. Or anyone who worked for him. Or for most of the people he knew.
    Michael: Whether or not that was your intention, you did establish a rather effective precedental message to the various predators should they ever learn of her relationship with you.

Murphy family

For Karrin Murphy, Collin Murphy, and Rick Boughton, see their entries under Chicago Police and FBI.

     Lisa Boughton 

Murphy's free-spirited younger sister. She married Murphy's second ex-husband, FBI Agent Rick Boughton, after he arrested her for underage drinking and public drunkenness during Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

     Marion Murphy 

Mother of the Murphy clan.

  • Parental Favoritism: She goes easier on Lisa, her youngest, then she did with her other siblings.
  • Secret Keeper: She never told her daughter Karrin that her husband Collin was part of the Black Cats, the department that handled supernatural crimes before Special Investigations was created.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: Marion knows that Karrin wants to have at least one secret from her, and so doesn't let on that she knows Karrin's department, Special Investigations, handles supernatural cases.
  • Supreme Chef: Dresden marvels at how good her burgers are.

     Gregory Taggart 

Murphy's first husband.

Sells family

For Victor Sells, see his entry under Other Powerful Entities.

     Monica Sells
She will protect her children.

The wife of Victor Sells, and one of his first victims when he began dabbling in black magic. She hired Dresden to 'find' her husband in the beginning of the Storm Front case; she actually wanted Dresden to protect her and her children, if possible, from Victors' increasingly monstrous acts.

  • Abusive Parents: Was abused by her parents in St. Louis.
  • Domestic Abuse: Victor abused her, forcing her to take Three Eye and to participate in his orgies.
  • Girly Girl: In some respects. For example, she collects cartoon colored cows.
  • Mama Bear: Didn't resist Victor when he was only hurting her, but when he started to consider going after their children, she began working to stop him.
  • Put on a Bus: She and her kids entered a witness protection program after the Storm Front case concluded.
  • Spanner in the Works: Completely derailed Victors' plans, just by getting Dresden involved.

     Jennifer Stanton
She tried to save her sister. It cost her everything.

Monica's younger, wilder sister.

     Jenny Sells
"Are you going to kill my daddy?"

The daughter of Monica and Victor Sells.

  • Adorably Precocious Child: She asks Dresden if he'll kill her monstrous father.
  • Promotion to Parent: As her father continues his downward descent, Jenny tries to defend the family, including threatening to call the police on Dresden and confronting Dresden over what he plans to do to Victor.
  • Put on a Bus: Goes with her mother and brother into a witness protection program at the end of Storm Front.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: She's witnessed a lot of abuse, and Dresden remarks that her eyes are 'too knowing' for her age.

     Billy Sells
A child in need of protection.

The son of Monica and Victor Sells.

  • Put on a Bus: Goes with his mother and sister into a witness protection program at the end of Storm Front.

Talbot family

     Major Archibald Talbot
Archibald, about to make the worst mistake of his life.

A Major in the British Army who was stationed in Cairo during World War One. He harassed some cloaked men at a crowded cafe in an effort to drive them away and take their table, only to vanish shortly thereafter—until he reappeared, mummified, several years later.

  • Asshole Victim: He was somehow killed by the cloaked man, but given his racism and bigotry, it's hard to feel too sorry for him.
  • Hereditary Curse: Hit with one which killed him and went on to kill his descendants as well for close to a century.
  • Killed Off for Real: And turned into a mummy, no less.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Used a racial slur to describe the cloaked men.
  • Sociopathic Soldier: A mild example; he doesn't kill or assault anyone, but he does harass the Egyptian locals and even overturn their drinks in an effort to drive them away.

     Mildred Talbot Denning
She thought her child was replaced by an imposter. The authorities disagreed.

A daughter of Archibald Talbot, Mildred was eventually committed to a sanitarium after the curse struck her.

  • Bedlam House: Where she wound up.
  • Changeling Tale: What she thinks happened to her son.
  • Offing the Offspring: She tried, after she came to believe her son had been replaced by a monster. Given the curse, she may even have been right about said replacement.

     Eliot Talbot 

A rich real-estate tycoon who fell victim to the Talbot curse like the rest of his family.

  • Killed Off for Real: Died when his auto ran into something. What that something was, nobody could determine.

     Carl Talbot
When the curse hit Carl, it hit him hard.

The eldest of the seven Talbot siblings living in Boone Mill.

     Sarah Patterson-Talbot
Another victim of the Talbot curse.

The second-eldest of the seven Talbot siblings living in Boone Mill.

     Joseph Talbot
He'll defend his family to the death.

The third-eldest of the seven Talbot siblings living in Boone Mill.

  • Crazy-Prepared: Built a house full of weapons and protective amulets as well as a panic room, just to try to ensure his family could survive the curse.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: His house is like this, in that he has protective amulets and symbols from countless faiths and magic traditions.
  • I Own This Town: His import-export business kept most of the town employed despite high unemployment elsewhere. This resulted in him being favored by some locals, such as Sheriff Dagget, and opposed by Mayor Cedar, who was leery that his status as a prominent businessman could help him oust her from power.
  • Killed Off for Real: Shot to death during his struggle with Griswald.
  • New Age: His business primarily focuses on this kind of material, including things like 'magic' crystals and magnetic bands.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Unlike the rest of his family, he's made substantial effort to prepare for the curse, including warding his house with every conceivable protective spell and also toting a double-barreled rifle. He's also got substantial influence and support in Boone Mill. However, he's killed in very short order once Griswald and Ambre actually show up, showing how powerful they (as well as the curse) are.

     Alex Talbot
Not the brightest bulb in the bunch.

The fourth-eldest of the seven Talbot siblings living in Boone Mill.

  • Big Bad Wannabe: Tremaine says that Alex likes to pretend to be a tough guy but isn't bright enough to pull it off.
  • Car Fu: This is what kills him.
  • Killed Off for Real: Pushed in front of a truck by Griswald.
  • The Schlub Pub Seduction Deduction: A dim-witted, lazy, wannabe-thug who finds himself being flirted with by the beautiful Ambre? Yeah, it turns out to be a trap, and Ambre reveals her ghoulish nature shortly after Dresden and Tremaine show up.
  • What an Idiot: Even though his older siblings all just died horribly, he's not even slightly suspicious of Ambre's sudden attraction to him.

     Maddie Talbot
Eager for anyone that could help her keep her little siblings alive.

The third-youngest of the seven Talbot siblings living in Boone Mill.

  • Broken Bird: Joseph's death hits her hard, as she was always very close to him and even let herself hope he could find some way to beat the curse.
  • Cool Big Sis: She fits several aspects of this, including looking out for her younger siblings and being feisty enough to fight for her and her siblings' lives.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Rushes out to help Dresden and Tremaine battle Griswald and Ambre, despite the danger. Indeed, she ends up dying, though not before helping Dresden to fend the monsters off.
  • Killed Off for Real: By Griswald when he crashes onto her blade and shoves it backwards into her chest.
  • Promotion to Parent: She winds up largely raising her two younger siblings.
  • Suicide Mission: She attacks two powerful magical beings, a ghoul and a goblin, despite being completely and utterly outmatched.

     J.J. Talbot
A scared and helpless little kid.

The second-youngest child of the Talbot siblings living in Boone Mill.

     Ella Talbot
Her life is in Dresden's hands.

The youngest child of the Talbot siblings living in Boone Mill.

Chicago Forensic Institute

For Phil, see his entry under Other Powerful Entities.

     Waldo Butters
The doctor is in the house.

"Polka will never die!"

Chicago medical examiner, polka enthusiast and geek extraordinaire. He was assigned to autopsy the corpses found after a fire, but since said fire was in fact the result of a wizardly temper tantrum, he got a vampire corpse, called it "humanlike, but definitely nonhuman" and consequently got stuck in a mental institution for observation for three months. This gave him a cheery disrespect for authority that helps him get along quite well with Harry.

Became a Knight of the Cross in Skin Game.
  • Action Survivor: Butters started as a normal, but highly principled man. He is nothing special but then some zombies attack and it kick starts his journey to being a badass normal in a world of the supernatural.
  • Amazon Chaser: Dates Andi in Cold Days who still has a well-muscled body and could easily lift Butters.
  • Ascended Fanboy: He gets to be a real, honest to goodness Jedi Knight, complete with a special sword of his own, with a mission from God.
  • Badass Longcoat: Grabs Harry's bulletproof one at the climax of Skin Game, although the difference in their size means it fits him more like a Jedi robe...
  • Blind Without 'Em: Day One verifies that he is functionally blind without his glasses.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He may be a bit overfond of polka, but he's very good at remembering bits of random information and thinking about them logically, even when faced with a Zombie Apocalypse.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • His one-man polka suit in Dead Beat.
    • His deep love of Star Wars and the ideals of right over coming wrong and one man being able to make a difference, even if it is by a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Harry taught him how to make a magic circle so Harry's magic wouldn't interfere with his technology. Later he draws a magic circle to prevent the undead armies from killing him and his drum.
  • The Coroner: The reason why he's a coroner despite being an excellent medic, is that he doesn't have the professional detachment needed to be one.
    Harry: Butters hated seeing people in pain.
  • Cowardly Lion: At first, he runs in terror from a necromancer with some zombies. Later, he begins using magiteck with Bob's help to fight back against supernatural predators. Then he becomes a Chicago's defender.
  • Crazy-Prepared/Properly Paranoid:
    • In Changes, he is shot in the back. A few minutes later it is revealed that he put on a kevlar vest the minute he got the call, and brought garlic and chalk too.
    • In Ghost Story he has Bob examine and then shadow Harry, without Harry knowing it, to ensure if Harry's shade is some trick or turns evil, Bob will end him.
  • Diagnosis from Dr. Badass: Does this to Aristides in Ghost Story.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: As of Skin Game, he is a Knight of the Cross. A JEDI Knight of the Cross, lightsaber and all. A JEWISH Jedi Knight of the Cross, no less.
  • Hidden Depths: Another layer gets peeled off with every appearance. Butters is probably the poster child for this trope; initially he appears as a polka-loving nerd, but by the time of Ghost Story he is one of Harry's most valuable allies, for his brains, his honesty and his incredible courage, considering he has nothing even resembling super-powers, or even ordinary strength, to take into battle with him.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: Waldo Butters, about 120lbs soaking wet, tried to become part of the US military but washed out of boot camp. Same with the police. He failed both times but still had the push to be stronger. This push led him to ride on a zombie dinosaur to save the world and pursue other dangerous paths. This finally culminates in him becoming a Knight of the Cross.
  • Jewish and Nerdy: Self-described as such in-universe.
  • Jewish Mother: Mama Butters, from Bob's description, is capable of whipping up a massive Fancy Dinner for Jewish Holidays as Harry sees in Bob's 'apartment'. Also nags Butters about finding himself a Nice Jewish Girl if only he'd clean up. Bob fills in for her at times, complete with Yiddish accent, to Butters' dismay.
  • Jumped at the Call: After the events detailed in Took a Level in Badass, Butters can't contemplate not accepting Fidelacchius.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: He is defending Chicago in Harry and Molly's absence.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: He saved Harry's life by attacking Cassius. And later, subdued a gunman with an improvised taser. Later on in Ghost Story he cripples Aristides by knowing exactly which bones to break
  • Lovable Coward: Deconstructed, then subverted.
  • Magitek: Butters is not very strong with magic in a practical sense. He is, however, brilliant in the theoretical sense. With Bob's help, he can make enchanted items which give him a distinct edge and element of surprise, like a self-propelling skateboard that can clock up to 30mph. He can even make a listening device that won't short out when he sneaks it into Harry's bandages.
  • The Medic: Although he says he finds it weird to operate on people who are still alive, Harry's acquaintance with him comes in handy when he, say, needs a bullet wound treated and doesn't want to intrude on the police's busy schedule. Or sewing up a sliced up Morgan in Turn Coat.
  • Notice This: In-Universe example. Because of Butter's RPG history, it seems Heaven will be giving him signs like this. On a jog with Michael, he notices a homeless man with a yellow exclamation point over the man. Michael explains to him this is a job.
  • Nerd Glasses: He wears them.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: By the end of Skin Game, he is a Batman Jewish Jedi Knight of the Cross.
  • Non-Action Guy: Doesn't stop him from being useful when the need is there.
  • Post-Modern Magik: In Ghost Story he rigs up a two-way radio for Harry to converse with the others. Bob the Skull observes that while Butters has no talent for magic himself, he probably understands magic theory better than Harry.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: He's very smart, and he's tiny, apparently — when he curls up into a fetal position, Harry thinks he could probably fit in a grocery bag.
  • Survival Mantra: When shaking to his core in Dead Beat because of the attacks by zombies, Harry gives him some good reasons to not give up. The more important reason becomes this mantra. That reason: "POLKA WILL NEVER DIE!!"
  • Sufficiently Analyzed Magic: With Bob the Skull's help. He may not have the power in magic, but with his mind, he can make formulas and theories beyond what Harry can understand.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • As of Ghost Story. Before the series, he was a plain muggle coroner. But after receiving a few victims in Harry's cases, from the exploding hearts of Storm Front to claiming some of the remains found from the Velvet Room were not human, and then meeting Harry in Death Masks and the whole debacle in Dead Beat Butters learned quickly if he was to be part of this other world, he would have to toughen up.
    • As of Skin Game this nearly defies belief. First off, using artifice spells and Bob as a portable magical battery, he's got a magical skateboard that travels at sub-motorcycle speeds, skill with an improvised whip that would put Indiana Jones or Simon Belmont to shame, and magical amnesia grenades. And that's all BEFORE he becomes the Lightsaber of Faith wielding Jewish Jedi Knight of the Cross. It Makes Sense in Context.

     Dr. Brioche 

Butters's boss at the Forensic Institute.

  • Bad Boss: He deliberately sabotages Butters to make it look like he's doing a bad job so he can fire him. This extends to putting tasks on Butters' docket without sending him notifications that his docket has changed, hoping Butters won't notice and thus won't get them done on time.
  • The Coroner Doth Protest Too Much: He rules the deaths of the Ordo Lebes members (and Jessica Blanche) as suicides despite the fact that various details of their cases are not indicative of suicide. For example, one victim slashed both her wrists, but the cuts were very neat and clean—indicating that another person was present, since if one person tried to do that they wouldn't be able to slash their second wrist precisely (as they would be holding the blade in a hand which had already had its wrist slashed and thus would be virtually incapable of precise motion.)
  • Glory Hound: Butters mentions that he tries to do autopsies that will result in him getting press, such as especially brutal murders.
  • The Ghost: Has not yet been seen in person.

     Casey O'Roarke 

A security guard at the Chicago Forensic Institute.

  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Accepts Butters' request not to tell Brioche that he and Dresden are around; he knows Butters can be trusted. He also lets Dresden back into the staff area without hassling him, just on his and Butters' say-so.

Court system

     Judge Mavis Jefferson 

The judge presiding over the murder trial of Hamilton Luther.

  • The Judge: Her job.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She judges the trial fairly, and when she reveals she knows that Dresden found Maria and thus doomed the prosecution's case, she doesn't go after Dresden for interfering with the trial.
  • The Reveal: She knew all along magical creatures were involved with the trial.

     Counselor Tremont 

The lead lawyer prosecuting Hamilton Luther.

  • Naïve Newcomer: Dresden picks him out as a new lawyer and wonders why he would have been given a flashy, high-profile murder case like this, eventually concluding that the case is weak and he was chosen because his superiors didn't want to get involved themselves.


The Churchmice

     In General 

A group of highly-skilled thieves who specialize in robbing churches. Dresden is drawn into contact with them after they steal the Shroud of Turin.

  • Impossible Thief: They're incredibly talented, and managed to steal the Shroud of Turin itself from the Church. Granted, it turned out to be a copy, but it was still very well protected.

     Anna Valmont 

A professional thief who was a member of a crew that called themselves the Churchmice, Valmont first met Harry when she was hired to steal the Shroud of Turin in Death Masks. She reappears in Skin Game as part of Nicodemus's caper.

  • Boring but Practical: In Hades' vault, she goes right for the fountain of diamonds, filling her sack from the spout. She chose them over the gold and other treasures because they had the highest value for their weight and would be easy to move once they got back home. Anna's practicality ends up ensuring that the heroes involved in the caper come away with a monetary profit.
  • The Bus Came Back: Returns after a 10 year absence.
  • Impossible Thief: She has a reasonable claim to the title of the best thief in the "Dresdenverse" at the moment.
  • Revenge: Her main reason for joining Nicodemus' group in Skin Game is for a chance to avenge her friends that died in Death Masks.
  • Safecracking: We see her do this on one of Marcone's models in Skin Game. Compounding the challenge is that the plans she was given were wrong and she had to figure out how to break into the vault on the fly.

     Francisca Garcia 

Another member of the Churchmice.

     Gaston LaRouche  

The leader of the Churchmice. Tortured by the Denarians for the location of the Shroud, and ultimately killed by them.

Vargassi Crime Family

     Tony Vargassi 

Former boss of the Vargassi crime family.

  • Create Your Own Villain: His method of covering up his son's action was to blame the Jamaicans. Then the Jamaicans came after him in revenge in a bloody mob war. Ultimately, Marcone overpowered both gangs and took over.
  • The Don: Of the Chicago mafia, before Marcone took over.
  • Never Found the Body: Mysteriously vanished during the turf war with the Jamaican gangs that he initiated.
  • Only Mostly Dead: He ensured that this happened to Amanda Beckitt, keeping her alive on life support after she was shot and rendered comatose during Marco's hit on Marcone. This way, if Marco ever was accused of her murder, he could produce her still-living form and have the charges reduced.
  • Treachery Cover-Up: After his son Marco puts a hit on Marcone (who was a Vargassi capo at the time), Tony tried to bury all evidence of the incident. He paid off everyone who might know about it, publicly blamed the Jamaican gangs, and stashed Amanda Beckitt in a private medical facility after having her declared legally dead so nobody would look for her.

     Marco Vargassi 

Tony's son, and another prominent member of the Vargassi crime family.

Independent Criminals

     Steven "Stevie D" Douglas 

A hired thug operating in the Chicago area. Baron Marcone and Duchess Ortega have both hired him for jobs.

  • Genre Savvy: He knows that Dresden's a tough opponent, so he tries to kill him as soon as he has a chance, before Dresden has time to cast any countermeasures. He even tried to kill Butters—whom he hadn't been paid to shoot—just because Butters was between him and Dresden and he didn't want to give Dresden the few seconds it would take to move Butters out of the way.
  • Professional Killer: His job.


A thug hired by Torelli as part of his attempt to supplant Marcone. Bart tried to run Dresden off the road after Dresden began investigating Marcone's disappearance.


A rival of Marcone's based out of Boston.

  • The Ghost: He's mentioned in Even Hand, but does not actually make an appearance.


An abusive superintendent who was supporting drug dealers that were unaffiliated with Marcone's outfit. Appears in the short story Aftermath.

  • Dead Man Walking: He survives the story, but it's heavily implied Maria will kill him as soon as she's done investigating the drug dealers he's supporting.
  • Domestic Abuse: Implied that he's doing this to Maria, his live-in girlfriend and elite troubleshooter for Marcone.
  • What an Idiot: He made several stupid decisions, including his idea to support some drug dealers who weren't operating with Marcone's permission, and his attempt to beat down Murphy in a fistfight.

     Herbert Orson Caine 

A rapist, brute, extortionist, and dabbler in dark magic. Appears in the short stories Heorot and Last Call.

  • Blackmail: Another of Caine's many crimes.
  • Butt Monkey: He suffers for all the bad things he's done. He suffers a lot.
  • The Dragon: In his second appearance, he serves as this for Meditrina Bassarid.
  • Evil Is Petty: After Elizabeth Braddock embarrasses him, he harasses the Braddocks for years.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Makes anti-gay slurs as he beats on Dresden, and repeatedly calls Murphy a bitch.
  • Rape as Drama: Caine is a rapist, and it's played seriously. The other characters think he's scum and treat him accordingly.
  • Revenge: One reason Dresden speculates Caine may have been eager to help Bassarid hurt Mac—Caine was still jealous Mac's homebrew beat out his to win the beer competition in Heorot.
  • Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty: He doesn't believe in fighting fair. He attacks Dresden from behind with a weapon, and has backup. He still loses. Badly.
  • What an Idiot: He does a lot of stupid things, but his attempts to fight Murphy in Last Call after she clearly demonstrates how outmatched he is tops the list.

    "Darth Wannabe" 

The leader of a group of teenage delinquents who fancy themselves dark wizards. They have virtually no magical power, but they still make a nuisance of themselves and even vandalize Harry's house. He and his group appear in the story Day Off.

  • Evil Is Petty: Wannabe and his group harass Harry basically for standing up to him. Presumably, they 'cursed' the old lady they mentioned attacking for similar reasons.
  • In-Series Nickname: We never learn his real name. Dresden just calls him 'Darth Wannabe' and 'the Dim Lord'.
  • Magic Duel: He tries to get one with Harry. Harry just draws a gun on him and forces him to flee.
  • Obviously Evil: Their van has inverted crosses, flaming skulls, and goat's-head pentacles. Additionally, they wear black robes, Dark Marks, and Slytherin scarves
  • Trick Bomb: Rigs a smoke bomb to look like a pipe bomb, then throws it through Harry's window.
  • Who Dares?: Is stunned that Harry 'dares' to stand up to him.

Dresden's Boardinghouse

     Mrs. Spunkelcrief 

The elderly landlady of Harry's boardinghouse apartment.

  • Contrived Coincidence: After her failure to save her tenants on the second floor, she prays to God for help. And Sanya arrives. He assures her it was just a coincidence.
  • Cool Old Lady:
    • While misguided, her pulling a gun on Dresden when he broke into her apartment was still awesome.
    • Despite her bad hip, she tries climbing a ladder to save her tenants on the second floor.
  • I Can't Hear You: Has trouble hearing, which causes some issues when Dresden tries to get her to leave the boardinghouse after vampires set it on fire and she initially doesn't understand him.
  • Landlord: Dresden's.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: Noted to be short and old.
  • Never Mess with Granny: When Dresden breaks into her apartment (because the building is on fire and he wants to help her escape), she pulls a gun on him and holds him at gunpoint while she calls the police to report him as a burglar. Once she figures out what's going on, she tries to rescue the upstairs tenants herself despite her limp and hearing difficulties.
  • Single-Issue Landlord: While she gets on well with Dresden, she does get on his case about repairing damage to the apartment, such as when the FBI breaks his door down.

     Mr. and Mrs. Willoughby 

An elderly couple living in the upper level of Dresden's boardinghouse.

Genosa's studio

For Lara Romany, see the entry for Lara Raith under The Vampire Courts.

For Inari Raith, see her entry under The Vampire Courts.

For Madge Shelly and Trixie Vixen, see their entries under Other Powerful Entities.

     Arturo Genosa 

Executive producer and director of his own studio. He split from the White Court-controlled Silverlight Studios and took several actors and staff with him to form his company, and is desperately trying to finish some profitable movies in order to get enough leverage to stop Silverlight from blacklisting and crushing him and his employees in revenge.

  • Agent Mulder: He has no problem believing that his production is cursed after the first couple of bizarre deaths.
  • Bittersweet Ending: His studio goes bankrupt, but he survives as does most of his cast and crew, and he's so happy to be with Joan that he doesn't care about his studio's failure.
  • Doing It for the Art: Even Dresden is able to pick up on the fact that he cares about his work and is willing to take financial risks that hurt the bottom line rather than compromise his vision.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After a lot of struggle, he survives his ex-wives and winds up happily married to his true love, Joan Dallas.
  • Fake Boobs: He doesn't use these in his films, even though they're common in other studios.
  • Happily Married: He ends up married to Joan Dallas.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Harry and Joan don't tell him Trixie and the other exes were the ones involved in ruining him.
  • Serial Romeo: His big problem. He falls in love with women, divorces them, and falls in love with the next. By the time we meet him he has a literal coven of ex-wives out to ruin him.
  • Sex Is Good: He believes everyone should be able to enjoy themselves romantically, and he rejects the idea that love should be restricted to beautiful thin white twenty-somethings. This is part of why the White Court are backing the women targeting him: his new standards and style of porn are directly opposing both their strategy for the present and their ambitions for the future.
  • True Love: He is able to resist Lara Raith's lust magic because he is truly in love with Joan Dallas. At the end, Genosa and Dallas wed.

     Sheila Barks 

Genosa's personal assistant.


An actor working for Genosa.

  • Butter Face: Though he's handsome overall, it's noted that his face is slightly unattractive.
  • Heroic Build: Which comes in handy for his career as a porn actor.
  • Jerkass: He acts this way to Dresden at first, because he thinks Dresden has been brought in to replace him during sex scenes in case he, Bobby, suffers from Erectile Dysfunction while on set.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In addition, Dresden puts two-and-two together and realizes he was also supremely nervous at the thought of "performing" in front of Inari, something he can sympathize with even more.
  • Put on a Bus: Leaves with Jake and Inari at the end of Blood Rites to open a feng shui business in California.
  • Stage Name: 'Gowan Commando' .
  • Taking the Bullet: For Inari Raith, though unlike many examples of this trope, he survives.
  • True Love: Falls in love with Inari Raith.
    Joan Dallas 

A plain-looking producer working for Genosa.

  • Beneath Suspicion: The Evil Eye Franchise doesn't even consider her as a suspect for the position of Genosa's bride-to-be, since she's a Plain Jane surrounded by literal porn actresses.
  • Betty and Veronica: She's Betty, and the three ex-wives are all Veronicas. She wins in the end.
  • Happily Married: To Genosa, once the Evil Eye Franchise is dealt with.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Her job title is producer, but she can do almost everything that needs to be done around set.
  • Plain Jane: Described as 'plain-faced'.
  • The Reliable One: Has worked with Genosa for twenty years, and has learned to do pretty much anything he needs her to do on set.


An actress working for Genosa.

  • Fatal Family Photo: Emma has two kids, and mentions it pretty early on, only to be cut down by the curse. Jake is the father, and he takes custody of them when she dies.
  • Fiery Redhead: She's a redhead, and she has a quick temper when she feels people are looking down on her or her profession.
  • Green Eyes: She has them.
  • Instant Death Bullet: Played brutally straight.
  • Killed Off for Real: By Trixie.
  • Straw Feminist: Once Giselle is scarred and Emma comments that she won't be able to work in the porn industry anymore, Dresden makes a comment along the lines of 'could be worse.' He meant that Giselle could have died instead of just being scarred, but Emma interprets that to mean that she could still be in the porn industry instead of being forced out of it, and she lectures Dresden on not looking down on porn actresses.
  • Working with the Ex: Jake is her former boyfriend and father of her kids...


An actress working for Genosa.

  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Very narrowly averted. The Evil Eye Franchise caused the water in her shower to superheat, which scalded her, and when she fell over in pain she crashed through her shower's glass door, slashing herself. Then an overhead light fell and electrified the water. This almost killed her, though Dresden was able to save her just in time.
  • High Voltage Death: Very narrowly averted when Dresden intervenes.
  • Put on a Bus: Taken to the hospital to recover from her wounds and not seen again for the rest of the series (so far).
  • Scars Are Forever: Emma says that Giselle's scars will remain visible and thus she won't be hired for more adult films.

     Jake Guffie 

An actor working for Genosa.

  • Big Brother Mentor: To Bobby, whom he is older than, gets on well with, and mentored as an actor.
  • Good Samaritan: Tries to help Giselle when she's trapped in a pool of electrified water. He doesn't succeed, but he does try, and is injured in the process.
  • Put on a Bus: At the end of Blood Rites, he leaves with Bobby and Inari to open a feng shui business in California.
  • Stage Name: 'Jack Rockhardt'.

     Stacy Willis 

Genosa's driver.

Hospital staff, patients and EMTs

     Jason Lamar 

One of the two EMTs who saw Kumori resurrecting a recently-killed mobster.

  • Apathetic Citizens: While he presumably works hard at his actual job, his reaction to seeing magical activity is to get away from it as quickly as possible and not get involved in any way.
  • The Cameo: Shows up again in Cold Days to take Andi to a hospital.
  • Combat Medic: Lamar was a Navy medic before he left the service and began working at Cook County Hospital.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: His reaction to seeing Kumori resurrect a dead mobster, seemingly torturing him (the mobster) in the process.
  • Remember When You Blew Up a Sun?: When he meets Harry, after a minute, he realizes this is the Harry Dresden who was found inside the hospital nursery under weird circumstances, but after that visit the high number of SIDS the hospital suffered dropped way down low. He doesn't know about the ghost haunting the nursery (or wants to know) but because Harry helped those kids, he tells Harry what he saw involving Kumori.

     Gary Simmons 

One of the two EMTs who saw Kumori resurrecting a recently-killed mobster.

  • The Cameo: Shows up for the first time onscreen in Cold Days to take Andi to a hospital.
  • The Ghost: At first. He never appeared in the book in which he was first mentioned (Dead Beat). However, he showed up briefly in Cold Days when Andi needed transportation to a hospital.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: His reaction to seeing Kumori resurrect a dead mobster, seemingly torturing him (the mobster) in the process.

     Alison Ann Summers 

A baby being cared for at Cook County Hospital. She was attacked by Agatha Hagglethorn, then saved by the timely intervention of Dresden and Michael during the Grave Peril case.


An ER nurse at Saint Anthony's hospital.

  • Nerd: So much of a gamer that he gives Butters confidential patient information in exchange for a rare RPG item.

     Stanley Bowers 

An addict being treated as Saint Anthony's who falls victim to the baka baku Miyamune.

  • Addled Addict: Barely functional on account of his drug abuse and Miyamune's torment.
  • Hobos: He's homeless.


Another patient at Saint Anthony's being tormented by Miyamune.

Lincoln Park Zoo

     Willamena "Will" Rogers
A humble zoologist in way over her head.

Doctor Reese's assistant. She acts as Dresden's helper during the Welcome To The Jungle case.

  • Cooldown Hug: She takes Moe's hand during her efforts to calm him down after Reese's death.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Gets along very well with Moe, a territorial gorilla, and Mister, Dresden's notoriously ornery cat.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: It's mentioned that she does most of the actual work with the gorillas while Doctor Reese remains in the lab.
  • Meganekko: She has glasses and is drawn in a cute manner. She's also quite brainy.
  • The Watson: Serves as this during the case, since she knows nothing about magic.
  • Weirdness Censor: Dresden tells her that he is certain she will block out all the magic and horrors she experienced during her time assisting him.

     Doctor Reese
He will not let his animals come to harm. No matter what.

Head of the gorilla program at the Lincoln Park Zoo. He was murdered by Dana Watson during the Welcome To The Jungle case.

  • Fluffy Tamer: Moe can be quite dangerous, as his actions against Watson show, but Reese was still able to befriend him.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Died trying to save Moe from Watson, and—by virtue of getting her hair under his nails—played a key role in derailing Watson's plans.
  • Killed Off for Real: By Watson.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: A rare positive example. Reese threatens to pull every string he has in City Hall to prevent Moe from being put down.

     Maurice Sandbourne
He went up against a creature of the night... and lost.

A security guard at the Lincoln Park Zoo. His death at the hands of Dana Watson kick off the Welcome To The Jungle case.

Warning: messing with his keeper could be very bad for your health.

A silverback gorilla at the Lincoln Park Zoo who is framed for the murders of Maurice Sandbourne and Dr. Reese. He appears in Welcome To The Jungle.

  • Androcles' Lion: Will was kind to Moe, helping get him back into his cage after he was found over Reese's body. Moe repays the favor by saving Will from Watson.
  • Attack Animal: When Dresden lets him out of his cage, he annihilates Watson.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Watson stole some of Moe's blood for her ritual and also tried to frame him for Sandbourne's and Reese's murders (the latter of which Moe sees), which would have gotten him put down. He exacts bloody revenge on her once he has the chance.
  • Fall Guy: Was supposed to be this for the murders of Sandbourne and Reese.
  • Killer Gorilla: Averted at first, but played straight by the end of the story.

Occult proprietors and their staff

For Shiela Starr, see the entry for Lash under The Denarians.

     Artemis Bock 

The man who owns Bock Ordered Books, one of the best resources for literature on the supernatural in the Midwest.

  • Magical Library: It's a store, not a lending library, but his shop otherwise fits the concept.
  • Nice Guy: Even when people don't have enough money to buy from him, he tries to work something out so they can still benefit from his wares. He's been known to let minor talents cast protective wards on his shop in lieu of cash payment, for instance.

     Burt Decker 

Proprietor of Left Hand Goods, an occult store whose merchandise is mostly overpriced junk, and who doesn't much care about the purposes his customers put their purchases to.

  • Black Magic: The market Decker claims to cater to. Of course, real evil wizards don't need him, so he mostly deals with wannabe Death Eaters who don't know any better.
  • Evil Is Petty: After Meditrina Bassarid is rude to Decker, Decker decides to get revenge on her by directing her to meet Herbert Caine, a convicted rapist, on the basis that Caine has a magic item Bassarid needs for her ritual. Fortunately, Bassarid is much more powerful than Caine and winds up terrorizing him instead of the other way around.
  • Honest John's Dealership: The magic equivalent.
  • Magical Library: Runs a really crappy store for magic supplies.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: His description of Bassarid includes a crude comment about her breasts.

Paparazzi, photographers, and reporters

For Susan Rodriguez, see her entry under Other Powerful Entities.

     Lydia Stern 

A reporter who took over Susan Rodriguez's position of lead reporter for the tabloid The Midwestern Arcane after Ronriguez was infected by the Red Court and left the magazine. Appears in Proven Guilty.

  • Intrepid Reporter: Describes her in a nutshell.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. A member of Kravos' cult calling herself Lydia appears in Grave Peril.
  • Out-Gambitted: She aides Harry in Proven Guilty by listening in with a tape recorder when he barges in on a police interview with Molly Carpenter. Dresden points out to Molly's interrogators that they never informed Molly of all her rights, never said she could have a lawyer present, and never checked Molly's age—they were interrogating a minor without her parent or legal counsel present.

     Donny Wise
Just your average paparazzi scumbag.

A sleazy photographer hired by Linda Randall to take pictures of the orgies at Victor Sells' lake house.

Private detectives

     Vince Graver 

A Private Investigator who was hired to spy on Harry during the Turn Coat case. Dresden managed to get him on his side, and Graver was able to obtain key evidence in proving that Samuel Peabody was a spy on the White Council.

  • Could Say It, But...: When Molly pulls an I Have Boobs, You Must Obey! tactic on him, he still refuses to divulge the details of his client... but he does mention one specific lawyer at one specific firm who might be able to help her find a job if her apprenticeship with Harry falls through. The lawyer, of course, is the client.
  • Mundane Solution:
    • Harry knows Binder will be looking to block any mystical means of tracking and takes all the precautions (shaving his head and jumping into a river ect), so Harry hires Vince to just follow the guy after he does this.
    • Harry outs Peabody by simply having Graver watch the one entrance from Edinburgh to Chicago via the Nevernever and take photos of everyone who comes through.
  • Private Detective: His job.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: He is a man of integrity.
    • He was once a cop from a district outside of Chicago. When he looked into some prostitutes being beaten, despite orders to back off, he found a Chicago councilman was the culprit. And then he arrested the guy despite knowing the political consequences could ruin his career (which they did).
    • When he learns his job in following Harry to get to the "Old Man" (Morgan) in Turn Coat has lead to fights and attempted murder, he drops the job then and there.
    • At the same time, he refuses to give Harry any information on who hires him because of his integrity.
  • Turn in Your Badge: He does this rather than be relocated to Murphy's division of the Chicago PD.

     Nick Christian
A private investigator who has eked out a career of saving missing children.

A Private Investigator and one of Harry's mentors.

  • Friend to All Children: He takes a variety of jobs to pay rent, but his passion is missing children cases. He's managed to save several children from abductors over the years, and in his view, that makes all the sacrifices he's made worth it.
  • Private Detective: His job.

Residents of Boone Mill, Missouri

For members of the Talbot family, see their entries under 'Talbot family' above on this page.

     Mayor Cynthia Cedar
Her town. Her rules.

The mayor of Boone Mill, Cedar has been in elected office for many years. Much of her past, including what she did during her tenure as Deputy Ambassador to Egypt, is a closely guarded secret.

  • Bold Explorer: When she first arrived in Egypt she hit all the major tourist sites. Then she started to go off the beaten track, to obscure and forgotten places only the locals remembered. This turned out to be a bad idea when she was attacked by mummies.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her adventures in Egypt, which culminated in her being attacked by mummies and saved by a qarin who became a fugitive as a result of the act. She returned to the states, left national politics under a cloud of scandal, and never told anyone what happened... until Dresden came to town.
  • Interspecies Romance: She is in love with a qarin, a jinn-like spirit, who saved her life in Egypt.
  • Parental Substitute: Adopts J.J. and Ella after the curse is lifted and the other Talbot siblings are dead.
  • Permanent Elected Official: She's been in office for over fifteen years and shows no sign of leaving anytime soon.
  • Pre-Sacrifice Final Goodbye: Has one with the qarin when he's preparing to unleash his power against Ambre and Griswald, knowing this will allow his superiors to find him and take him away forever.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She understands what's going on in Boone Mill and supports Dresden in his efforts to fight the curse, even springing him from jail after Dagget imprisons him.
  • Ultimate Authority Mayor: She seems to have total power in Boone Mill, and is even able to force Dagget to release Dresden, a suspect in multiple homicides.

     Sheriff Dagget
Try not to get arrested on his turf.

Head of law enforcement in Boone Mill.

  • Badass Moustache: Sports a thick, long one that runs all the way down to his chin.
  • Bad Boss: Openly mocks Tremaine's ambitions to rise higher in law enforcement, and punishes him for actually trying to solve the mysterious deaths happening around town instead of just writing them off as tragic accidents.
  • Corrupt Hick: He openly states to Tremaine that his main goal is pleasing Joseph Talbot, the richest man in town.
  • Police Are Useless: Well he is, anyways. He contributes nothing to the battles against Griswald and Ambre, and even arrests Dresden (the only person in town with a chance of driving the monsters away) under suspicion of having committed some of their murders himself.
  • The Sheriff: His job.
  • Weirdness Censor: An industrial-strength one. No matter how many mysterious and inexplicable accidents occur in Boone Mill, he refuses to accept that anything weird is happening, and instead attributes the earlier deaths to coincidence and the latter ones to Dresden.

     Deputy Sheriff Prescott "Pres" Tremaine
Prescott Tremaine, ready for war.

The junior member of law enforcement in Boone Mill, Prescott balances his time between his official duties, classes for professional advancement, and his girlfriend Ambre. He tries to get to the bottom of the Talbot deaths, only to learn that Ambre is much more involved than she seemed at first glance.

  • Boy Meets Ghoul: Literally—his girlfriend, Ambre, turns out to be an actual ghoul who was only dating him as a way to hang around town and get close to the Talbots without falling under suspicion.
  • Car Fu: He manages to badly injure Ambre by tricking her into jumping on the roof of a car that was filled with gasoline, then blowing up the car.
  • The Cassandra: He consistently tells Dagget the truth about what's going on and how Dresden can help them stop it. Dagget consistently blows him off.
  • The Coroner: While not an official one, he's taking forensic pathology classes which help him to determine that Carl's wounds didn't come from a wild animal but from something inhuman.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: To Dagget. While the actual sheriff is useless, Tremaine helps to drive off Ambre and Griswald, and even distracts Ambre for most of the final fight entirely on his own while Dresden deals with Griswald.
  • More Dakka: For the final fight he outfits himself with a massive gun from Joseph's personal stash.
  • Parental Substitute: Becomes this, along with Cedar, to J.J. and Ella Talbot once the five older Talbot siblings are dead and the curse has been lifted.

SplatterCon!!! attendees, staff, and supporters

    Rosanna "Rosie" Marcella 

One of Molly's friends, and a staff member at the SplatterCon!!! convention. Molly tried to help her overcome her heroin addiction with black magic.

    Nelson Lenhardt 

Molly's ex-boyfriend who cheated on her with Rosie. Molly tried to help him overcome his heroin addiction with black magic, but because she was still angry at him for cheating, her spell warped and caused him severe psychic damage.

     Drea Becton 

Another friend of Molly's. She was driven catatonic after Molly's magic attracted the phages to the SplatterCon!!! festival.


Rosie Marcella's boyfriend. He died when Molly's magic drew the phages to SplatterCon!!!

  • The Ghost: He's killed in the phage attack, but he's not depicted. Rosie learns about it after the fact.
  • Killed Off for Real: By the fetches.

     Clark Pell 

A supporter of SplatterCon!!! who owns a theatre neighboring the convention center. He was attacked and mauled by fetches during the Proven Guilty case, but he managed to survive.

  • Badass Grandpa: Fearless enough that the horror magic of the fetches couldn't hurt him too badly; they had to maul him physically to frighten him.
  • Cool Old Guy: A senior citizen, and virtually fearless.
  • Grumpy Old Man: By the time Dresden meets him, after he's been injured by the fetches, he's surly and upset.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: His only fear is a movie monster called a Hammerhand. Unfortunately, the fetches can take the shape of a person's worst fear, and they attacked him in that form.

     Sandra Marling 

A part-time volunteer at a homeless shelter who befriended Molly Carpenter after the other girl was sentenced to community service. An offhand comment by her led Molly to study recent research on using fear to bypass addictions, which had the unfortunate result of Molly using fear spells on their mutual friends Nelson and Rosie. As chair of the horror convention SplatterCon!!!, she also invited horror director 'Darby Crane' to Chicago; when Darby Crane turned out to be White Court vampire Madrigal Raith, Harry mistakenly blamed Raith for Molly's actions.

  • Silk Hiding Steel: She appears perfectly normal at first, and in fact drops out of the 'Proven Guilty' case less than halfway through it (and hasn't reappeared so far). However, the RPG notes (which are written from an in-universe perspective) show how Marling was indirectly responsible for Molly's corruption, Molly's abduction by phages, and Dresden being distracted by Madrigal for long enough to allow said abduction to occur. It also mentions that she vanished after the novel and Dresden—wizard PI—has been completely unable to locate any trace of her.

Other clients of Dresden

     Faith Astor
A child in need of rescue.

A young girl who ran away from home. Harry Dresden rescued her from the troll Gogoth in one of his earliest cases in Chicago. Appears in A Restoration of Faith. Word of God states that she will show up again to kick off the big apocalyptic trilogy serving as the capstone to the Dresden Files series.

  • The Cynic: Starts the story believing there's no magic and that parents don't really love their kids.
  • Driven to Suicide: She says that if Dresden abandons her (so he isn't arrested for kidnapping) she'll go to some nearby cops, but Dresden can tell she'll go back to the bridge where Gogoth will eat her. Fortunately, Harry is able to snap her out of it.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After Dresden shows her real magic, and after he and Murphy risk their lives to fight Gogoth with her, she realizes there's magic and joy in the world after all. She tells Murphy she wasn't kidnapped and returns to her family.
  • Parental Neglect: Why she ran away.
  • Spoiled Brat: What she is at first.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: When Dresden tells Faith that there are monsters in the world, she says she knows. At about that time Dresden turns to her and notes that she looks sad and 'too wise for her years.'

     Brother Wang 

A monk at a monastery where temple dogs are raised. He hired Dresden to recover a box full of kidnapped puppies, inadvertently enabling Dresden and Mouse to come into contact.

  • Small Role, Big Impact: Appears very briefly in Blood Rites, but without him, Mouse would never have met Dresden, saved his life several times, and gone on to protect his daughter.


An agent of the Chicago Cubs who hires Dresden to deal with the Billy Goat Curse. Appears in the short story Curses.

  • Second Place Is for Losers: Only cares about getting rid of the curse so that the Cubs can win the championship, even when Dresden explains that the presence of the curse allows for Cubs fans to focus more on their love of the game instead of just hoping for a championship win.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Shows up wearing a $2000 suit.

     Dr. Helena Pounder 

A tall and powerfully-built archeologist who had a child with one of the Forest People, Strength of a River in his Shoulders.

  • Brawn Hilda: Helena is more than six feet tall and powerfully built. Dresden says that she 'wasn't really pretty' and looks like a bouncer.
  • Mama Bear: Dresden refers to this trope by name after meeting her, and it fits. After all, when her son is being bullied, her way of solving the problem is to pull some strings and have a professional wizard—capable of fighting warlocks, vampires, and demons—hired at her son's school to can sort them out.
  • Rescue Romance: Starts dating Strength of a River in his Shoulders after he saves her life by getting her food when she's stranded on a barren dig site for months.


A young child who was about to be murdered by a White Court Vampire when Hamilton Luther saved her. Some time later, the White Court attacked her again to keep her from testifying in Luther's trial.

Other victims of supernatural monsters


A hapless convenience store clerk who has the misfortune of getting involved with Harry's flight from He Who Walks Behind.

     Harvey Morrison 

Owner of Morrison Fiduciary Services, and Hades' financial representative in Chicago

  • Escort Mission: Dresden tries to lead him away from Tessa and protect him until backup can arrive. He fails.
  • Killed Off for Real: By Tessa, in an attempt to stop him from letting Nicodemus' crew into Hades' vault, where Deirdre would then be sacrificed to get by one of Hades' barriers.

     The Mendozas 

Maggie Dresden's foster family.

  • Body Horror: Rodriguez and Martin had to put the mutilated pieces of the Mendozas back together (with the scent of blood driving them mad with thirst, no less) in order to see if Maggie was among the deceased.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: They were all ripped to pieces.
  • Killed Off for Real: By the Red Court.

     Greg and Cindy Bardalacki 

Siblings trapped in a Red Court scheme to synthesize artificial love.

     Steph and her friend
Steph (right) and her friend having a very bad night.

Two girls hunted down by Puck in Wild Card.


     Mike Atagi 

A mechanic who services Harry's car of choice, the Blue Beatle. After the Beatle is destroyed he continues to service other vehicles Harry drives in.

  • The Engineer: His character.
  • The Ghost: Never seen onscreen.
  • Mr. Fixit: He can repair almost any damage to a car. At one point he fixes up a hearse that's been damaged by a bomb going off inside it.
  • Only One Name: Was like this for thirteen books. His last name was finally revealed in Cold Days.

     Larry Fowler 

The host of The Larry Fowler Show, a Chicago-area talk show.

  • Frivolous Lawsuit: He continues to serve Dresden with a variety of legal papers and lawsuits even though he has no real case against him.
  • Jerkass: Happy to embarrass his guests for the sake of his audience.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: He essentially functions as this to Dresden, annoying him with his attitude and his frivolous lawsuits.
  • Smarmy Host: Describes him in a nutshell.
  • Talk Show: He has one.

Alternative Title(s): The Dresden Files Unfazed Everymans And Badass Normals