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.

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Families

Beckitt family

     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.

     Gregory Beckitt 

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.

     Helen Beckitt 

See her entry in: Chicago Mafia

     Linda Randall 

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

     Michael Carpenter 

See his entry in: The Church.

     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.

Dresden family

     Malcolm Dresden 

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. We'll know sooner or later. 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 Gwendolyn LeFay Dresden 

Harry's mother and Malcolm's wife. For more information, see The White Council.

     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

     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.


     Collin Murphy 

Father of the Murphy clan. For more information, see: Chicago Police and FBI

     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.


     Rick Boughton 

Murphy's second husband. After their relationship fell apart, he married Lisa. For more information, see: Chicago Police and FBI

Sells family

     Monica Sells 

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.

     Victor Sells 

Husband of Monica, and father of Jenny and Billy. For more information, see: Other Powerful Entities

     Jennifer Stanton 

Monica's younger, wilder sister.


     Jenny Sells 

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 

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.

Chicago Forensic Institute

     Waldo Butters 

"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.
  • 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 Knight, complete with a special sword of his own, with a mission from God.
    • Not just that, he isn't any old Knight he's effectively a : Jedi knight, complete with lightsaber. Can one ascend from two different fandoms at once?
    • Butters has effectively multiclassed.
  • 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...
  • 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. All very befitting a Knight of the Cross.
  • 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 Knight of the Cross.
  • 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: This is a requirement for all Knights of the Cross. Even before receiving Fidelacchius, he was 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: A Batman Jewish Jedi Knight of the Cross, anyone?.
  • 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 giving Butters tasks to do without telling him about them, hoping Butters won't notice and thus won't get them done on time.
  • 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.

Criminals

     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.
  • Badass: She manages to steal the Shroud of Turin from the Vatican and is arguably the best thief in the world.
  • 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.
  • Classy Cat-Burglar: 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.

     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.

     Bart 

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.


     Ray 

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.

Genosa's studio

     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.


    Bobby 

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.


  • 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.

    Emma 

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. Ironic, given the kind of "work" they're doing together...

    Giselle 

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'.

     Inari Raith 

A production assistant in Genosa's studio. For more information, see The Vampire Courts.

     Lara Romany 

An actress in Genosa's movies. Her real name is Lara Raith; for more information, see in The Vampire Courts.

     Madge Shelly 

In charge of hospitality for Genosa's studio. For more information, see Other Powerful Entities.

     Trixie Vixen 

An actress working for Genosa. For more information, see Other Powerful Entities.

     Stacy Willis 

Genosa's driver.


Occult proprietors and their staff

     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.

     Sheila Starr 

Identifies herself to Dresden as a staff member at Bock Ordered Books. Actually an illusion cast by Lash, the shadow of Lasciel living in Dresden's head. See The Denarians for more information.

     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

     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 

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 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.

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.


     Ken 

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

     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.

     Faith Astor 

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.


  • 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.'

     Allison Anne 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.


     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.

     Mrs. Spunkelcrief 

The elderly landlady of Harry's boardinghouse apartment.


  • Cool Old Lady: While misguided, her pulling a gun on Dresden when he broke into her apartment was still awesome.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.

     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.

     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.

     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.


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

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