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CouncilsFor the White Council, see The White Council.
The Black Council, AKA "The Circle"
A mysterious group with unknown goals beyond generally disrupting existing supernatural power structures. Heavily implied to be the Big Bad of the series. Thus far, they have proven to be involved in some way or another with every plot in the series, save possibly the events of Blood Rites. Known members and associates include Cowl (see The Kemmlerites), Vittorio Malvora (see The Vampire Courts), Samuel Peabody (see The White Council), and Nemesis.
- Big Bad: Of the series, maybe.
- Man Behind the Man:
- To Victor Sells, Agent Denton, Kravos, implied with Aurora, and quite possibly the entire Red Court. They don't actually become primary antagonists until Turn Coat; prior to that book, Harry is mostly fighting cat's paws of theirs or encountering events connected to them.
- As of Cold Days, there may be a case of Man Behind the Man Behind The Man in the form of something called Nemesis. Its exact nature is unclear, but it acts as The Virus and has a corrupting effect on those under its influence, and has essentially been the cause of most bad things that have happened thus far into the series — all the way back to Victor Sells in the first book.
- The Black Council's relation with Nemesis remains unclear. While the Black Council is responsible for infecting Victor Sells, the rogue FBI werewolves, Aurora, Leonid Kravos, the Red Court, the White Court, and Lea with Nemesis, it is unknown if the Black Council is using Nemesis, is used by Nemesis, or is working in partnership with Nemesis.
- Nebulous Evil Organization: An unusually low-key version. The Black Council are very good at hiding their presence; Harry didn't even have confirmation that they even existed until White Night.
NemesisA self-aware entity or force (precisely which is unclear) that can infect and change the minds of those it intrudes into, which subverts people to the service of the Outsiders. It is not named until the events of Cold Days, and Titania warns Harry that he should be careful to speak its name, and instead prefers to refer to it as "the adversary."
- The Corruption: Gradually infects and transforms those possessed by it into effectively servants of the Outsiders. Its victims think they're trying to achieve their own goals the whole time.
- The Man Behind the Man: Directly responsible for much of the chaos across the series. Victor Sells, Agent Denton, and Kravos were all corrupted by it in a subtle manner, and Aurora and Maeve were also infected by it. It also seizes the Leanansidhe as well as Cat Sith. Whether or not it has infected other villains in the series is unclear.
- More Than Mind Control: At the basic level, Nemesis will subtly influence its victims, causing chaos and destruction respective to their individual natures, in a way that is largely just an intensification of their base natures. But if Nemesis is called out directly, it takes total control.
- Mundane Utility: What's the greatest asset it gives to a possessed Maeve? The ability to lie. For a Sidhe, who are physically incapable of outright falsehoods, that's a big deal.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Harry sees through to Cat Sith's possession almost immediately. Why? Because the real Cat Sith would have ripped his spine out without a word instead of gloating about it. And he realizes that Maeve is possessed as well because the Sidhe never give straightforward answers, and the Nemesis' plan revolved around using the inability of Sidhe to lie to manipulate Lily and Harry.
- Puppeteer Parasite: Acts this was towards Cat Sith, unknown how much it affected its other victims. Maeve seemed to respond very differently, if anything given more free will than before.
- Outside-Context Problem: It allows Maeve, a Faerie Lady, to lie, something that is utterly impossible for faeries to do. Because it's assumed she cannot lie, no one can see through her deception.
The Grey Council
Formed by Ebenezar McCoy sometime during the events of Turn Coat as a counter to the Black Council, the Grey Council is a small group of wizards and other entities who are aware of the threat the Black Council represents and are united in opposing them. Known members and associates include Ebenezer McCoy (see The White Council), Donar Vadderung (see below under 'Monoc Securities'), and Harry Dresden himself (see Harry and Harry's Household).
- Big Damn Heroes: Show up at the end of Changes to beat some Red Court vampire asses.
- Big Good: Though the White Council is supposed to be this role, the Grey Council is formed because the White Council's internal politics and corruption make it impossible for them to effectively counter the Circle's agents.
- In the Hood: Most members of the Grey Council wear face-concealing hoods and cloaks of, appropriately, grey material.
- Irony: Harry notes that if word of them spreads to the Black Council, members of them could out the Greys and claim them as the "dark wizard scapegoats" and the corruption in the White Council.
AristedesA Fagin-type sorcerer who appears in Ghost Story. His main brand of magic is kinetomancy, or the magic of energy and movement. Using it on himself, it grants him greater strength and speeds than someone of his size should allow. He leads a group of homeless children through fear and power, promising them protection from the Formor.
- Bald of Evil: Has no hair on the top of his head, but he does have tattoos for some reason.
- Big Bad Wannabe: That is not to stay he's not skilled, because he quite is, he's just not the big shot he acts like he is.
- Compelling Voice: One method he controls his boys. The fact Fitz is now fighting it means he will likely kill Fitz to keep others in line.
- The Fagin: He is even referenced as such by Fitz when talking with Harry.
- Just Ignore It: What happens to him in the end. He's a small-timer, but he's smart enough to know when to fold 'em.
- Knife Nut: His preferred physical weapon. Coupled with his kinetomancy, it makes him even more dangerous.
- Lean and Mean: He is described as practically skeletal.
- Lightning Bruiser: He is a tough fighter with his kinetomancy giving him stronger offense and defensive buffs. His only draw back is his power is still a low to mid level practitioner. And once the defenses are broken through, still very much human.
- Super Speed: One of the things he uses his magic to obtain.
- Tattooed Crook: With protective symbols from various traditions.
- We Have Reserves: Harry tells Fitz that the whole gang will be killed because they have seen this man who they thought was unstoppable, bleed and be injured by a normal man. His power to control them will severely diminish, so he will have to start fresh with new street kids.
FitzA street kid whom Dresden meets during the events of Ghost Story, and acts as something of a right-hand-man to Aristedes. He has some natural magical ability as he can hear dead people, or at least hear Harry.
- Badass Normal: While he has the supernatural ability to hear ghosts, he lacks any other empowerment. Harry still considers him this.Harry: When I faced my old master, I did it with newly made staff and blasting rod in hand, with the ancient forces of the universe at my call, and with words of power on my tongue.
Fitz had more courage than I had as a child.
He went to face his demons with no weapons at all.
- Big Brother Instinct: He genuinely cares about the other kids to the point Harry used the fact Aristedes will now kill the other kids because they have seen him bleed and be hurt, and thus breaking the illusion he was some all powerful badass.
- Big Brother Mentor: To the street children under Aristedes' control.
- Deadpan Snarker: He can go toe-to-toe with Harry.
- Grey and Gray Morality: His world view. He doesn't believe in good guys or bad guys.
- I See Dead People: The audio-only variant. At first he was not amused at Harry playing Spirit Advisor. Eventually, though, he gets used to it enough to snark back and even seem a little amused by the situation.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Harry notes that Fitz is very similar to him, especially when he was that age.
- Not Afraid of You Anymore: His final confrontation with Aristedes is a great part this.
- The Power of Love: Harry notes that Aristedes' control over the street children was nothing compared to the loyalty they had to Fitz. After all, Fitz cared for them and protected them whichever way he could. That holds much more power than mere magical control.
- Smarter Than You Look: Harry realizes this when Fitz is the one to call Aristedes "Fagin".
- True Companions: He and his crew are this. He loves them and protects them. They in turn, deeply love him. It is enough to break Aristedes' hold on them.
- Villain Ball: Averted, for the minor villain he is for a short time, when he has his comrades not carry the bags of weapons out of the car after the car crashed. He knew the cops would be more likely to look closer if they were carrying heavy loads and not just their cold bodies.
ZeroFitz's best friend, and another member of Aristedes' cult.
Gregor's cultFor Charity Carpenter, see her entry under Ordinary People and Badass Normals.
GregorA charismatic warlock who ran a cult of runaways, including one Charity Carpenter. Enraged at the temerity of the Wardens for seeking to prohibit him from casting spells, he embarked on a dark path for power, eventually seeking out the patronage of the dragon Siriothrax. He went insane after Michael slew Siriothrax; his ultimate fate is unknown.
- Ax-Crazy: How he wound up.
- The Ghost: Never appears in person.
- Human Sacrifice: What he practiced for his patron Siriothrax.
- Manipulative Bastard: He manipulated his cult members into serving him, then ultimately sacrificed them.
- One Steve Limit: Averted; there is also a Gregor Malvora in the short story "Jury Duty".
- Religion of Evil: His cult.
SiriothraxA dragon with a cult. He accepted human sacrifices from the cult in exchange for power, but ultimately perished when Michael Carpenter interrupted one of the sacrifices.
Leonid Kravos, aka "The Nightmare"
Leonid KravosA small-time sorcerer who used his magic to make drugs. Harry and his crew defeated him shortly before the events of Grave Peril, and he was subsequently arrested. He committed suicide while in jail, and his ghost became known as the Nightmare as it pursued vengeance on his enemies.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: His Nightmare form invades Harry Dresden's mind for the final battle.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Cold Days reveals that Kravos was being manipulated by Nemesis.
- Driven to Suicide: Kravos killed himself in prison before the events of Grave Peril. This is part of a Thanatos Gambit—his death created a Shade bent on taking revenge in his place.
- The Dragon: The Nightmare is second in command to Bianca.
- Evil Twin: The Nightmare turns into an evil Harry once it has consumed some of his magic.
- Expy: Of Victor Sells. One's a sorcerer using his powers to make drugs, and the other has the help of a demon.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Literally, in this case. Kravos was a small time sorcerer running a Cult of Personality before being turned into the Nightmare.
- The Heavy: Bianca is the Big Bad of Grave Peril, but the Nightmare does most of the work.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Harry realizes if the Nightmare is the spirit of some low-level demon, then the fact it went for Revenge by Proxy and knew it was the best way to hurt Michael means this is very far from some low-level grunt demon Kravos summoned. Demons of that level don't think in that way. A human, however, would.
- Posthumous Character: Sort of. Kravos is dead before the Grave Peril case begins, but the Nightmare—his ghost—is very much active.
- The Reveal: The Nightmare is the shade of Leonid Kravos.
- Revenge: The Nightmare targets people involved in the whole Kravos affair for this reason.
- Revenge by Proxy: When Michael would be too powerful to try an attacking, the Nightmare went after the heavily pregnant Charity.
- Took a Level in Badass: Leonid Kravos was kind of a wimp. The Nightmare is...most definitely not one.
- Ye Olde Butchered English: The Nightmare talks this way. It's because he's trying to imitate the way he thinks a demon would speak. Harry knows enough grammar of English from that time to notice a grammatical error a demon shouldn't have made.
Barbara, aka "Lydia"
Barbara, aka "Lydia"A member of Kravos' cult.
- Bungled Suicide or Interrupted Suicide: It's not clear which, but she definitely has razor scars on her arms that could only come from a suicide attempt.
- Demonic Possession: She's possessed, and Dresden thinks a demon is to blame, but as it turns out, the monster possessing her is actually the ghost of Kravos.
- The Oldest Profession: Has bartered sex for things before.
- One Steve Limit: Averted. She calls herself Lydia for most of the book, and later a reporter named Lydia Stern is introduced.
- Seer: She claims to have Cassandra's Tears, a condition which lets her predict the future but prevents others from believing her. Whether this is true or not has not been determined, but it seems likely based on the predictions she has made.
- The Woobie: She suffers a lot in Grave Peril. She's almost sacrificed by Bianca, then possessed by Kravos.
The Sleeper's Cult
A group of fishermen and crabbers local to Unalaska, Alaska, who are infested and warped by a Great Old One named the Sleeper.
- Apocalypse Cult: They want to wake the Sleeper and end the world.
- Cthulhumanoid: To the extent that they can extend octopus-like tentacles from their heads (though they can also conceal said tentacles when trying to blend in with normal people).
- Religion of Evil: They run one in Alaska. Ramirez even notes that on their unholy ground they will have a significant boost of power. This boost puts them more on par with some sorcerers and warlocks.
- Was Once a Man: They were all regular humans before the Sleeper infested them. This allows Molly and Carlos free reign to kill them with magic or mundane means and no one from the White Council will mind.
ClintOnce a normal resident of Unalaska, Alaska, Clint was infested and warped by the Sleeper shortly before the beginning of the story "Cold Case".
- Naïve Newcomer: His infestation is relatively new, and he doesn't yet know how things work in the mortal world (such as how, precisely, the Sleeper can be woken).
- Feel No Pain: He walks on a broken leg with no issue.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Molly gets an 'angry sexual predator' vibe off of him, which foreshadows his corruption.
The CaptainThe leader of the Sleeper's cult.
- The Captain: Of a fishing boat.
- Mind Rape: Does this to a bartender in order to find out who Molly and Ramirez are.
- No Name Given: Only ever identified as 'the captain' or 'Captain Fisherman.'
- Oh, Crap!: He gets this when he realizes the one he captured is Winter Lady Molly right before she unleashes icy death upon them.
A pack of vigilante werewolves and allies of Harry's. The Alphas assemble in Fool Moon, where they are mostly college students under the mentorship of Tera West.
- Canis Major: Most of the Alphas are described as something leftover from the ice-age and are all about the same size as Mouse.
- Healing Factor: Although it takes a lot of energy, and leaves really ugly scars, they can use the wolf spell for some injuries.
- Hit-and-Run Tactics: They specialize in them. When one hits the target and runs, the target generally focuses on that wolf, leaving the others an opening.
- Internal Reveal: Harry finally gives them a full layout of the supernatural in Turn Coat.
- Noble Wolf: They defend their local neighborhood, and eventually much of Chicago after Harry's death as of Ghost Story.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: They're essentially wizards who know one spell... although it is possible for them to learn others.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: While completely outclassed by the threats Dresden faces, the Alphas can kick serious ass when facing "normal" supernaturals; it's said that vampires avoid the U Chicago campus like the plague now.
- Took a Level in Badass: They were weak newbie wolfs in Fool Moon just starting in their skill. Two years later in Summer Knight they become capable fighters. After Turn Coat and Kirby's death Will pushes them to be even stronger.
- You Are Not Ready: Harry toed this line with them, trying to keep them in the dark about the worst of the things that go bump in the night. Will calls him out on this when keeping them in the dark didn't help save Kirby when the danger followed Harry to their door.
William "Billy" Borden
William "Billy" Borden
Leader of the Alphas, and later the husband of Georgia.
- Battle Couple: With Georgia.
- The Big Guy: Of the Justice League Chicago.
- Brief Accent Imitation: One of Will's character tics is imitating Georgia's voice. It has been thought by both Harry and Murphy that he probably does it without even realizing it.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Against Jenny Greenteeth in "Something Borrowed" and Madeline Raith in Turn Coat.
- Genius Bruiser: Has an engineering degree from University of Chicago.
- Gondor Calls for Aid: The group mostly split up after they all graduated college, but Billy has been trying to get back in touch with them since the fomor arrived.
- Happily Married: With Georgia, as of the short story "Something Borrowed", set between Dead Beat and Proven Guilty.
- Meaningful Rename: A re-nickname in this case. William Borden upgrades from "Billy" to "Will" as of Turn Coat, after he calls Harry out on trying keep him and the Alphas sheltered from the rest of the supernatural world despite the fact that they are now mature veterans of multiple battles rather than inexperienced college kids. The new, less childish nickname serves to indicate Harry's acceptance of Will as an adult and an ally.
- True Love's Kiss: He uses this to wake Georgia from Jenny's sleeping curse. Had Will unknowingly wed Jenny and kissed her, the magic of his kiss would have been destroyed and rendered him unable to wake Georgia forever.
Georgia McAlister Borden
Georgia McAlister Borden
Second-in-command of the Alphas, and later the wife of Billy.
- Battle Couple: With Will.
- Bride and Switch: Jenny Greenteeth switched places with Georgia in an act of revenge for the Alpha's slaying a ghoul assassin Maeve liked. Harry stopped Billy from kissing the fae and binding himself to her.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Against Jenny Greenteeth in "Something Borrowed" and Madeline Raith in Turn Coat.
- Distressed Damsel: Winds up captured by the fae and then the Fomor, necessitating rescue attempts. On the other hand, once she gets freed she's more than able to hold her own in a fight.
- Happily Married: With Billy, as of the short story "Something Borrowed", set between Dead Beat and Proven Guilty.
- Pregnant Badass: In "Aftermath". It's hinted to be the reason she's able to resist the Formor mind magic.
- True Love's Kiss: Is saved from Jenny's sleeping curse with one.
Andi MacklinA member of the Alphas. Dated Marcy in college and Kirby until he died, after which she began to date Butters.
- Bi the Way: Andi, who had a college "thing" with Marcy, is dating Kirby in Turn Coat, and forms a relationship with Butters following Ghost Story.
- Distressed Damsel: Subverted. Dresden says this of her, but Andi's only been captured once; it's Georgia that's been abducted twice.
- Dungeon Masters Girlfriend: First to Kirby, then to Butters.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Desired by both Kirby and Waldo Butters.
- In-Series Nickname: Andi is called "Furry Knockers" by Butters over the radio. Murphy calls her "Fuzz".
- Ms. Fanservice: It's hard to convey in print format, but the reactions of other characters make it unambiguous.
- Shapeshifting Squick: She and Kirby come to Harry in the short story Day Off to ask for advice about magic fleas which made them more bestial. Harry, to his chagrin, correctly assumes the two attracted the fleas when they were experimenting with sex in their wolf forms.
KirbyA member of the Alphas who was killed fighting "Shagnasty", a powerful skinwalker.
- Character Death: Died during Harry and the Alphas' first encounter with Shagnasty.
- Mauve Shirt: Though not a hugely prominent character, he appeared often enough to make his death in Turn Coat a Tear Jerker and to demonstrate Shagnasty's strength.
- Shapeshifting Squick: He and Andi come to Harry in the short story Day Off to ask for advice about magic fleas which made them more bestial. Harry, to his chagrin, correctly assumes the two attracted the fleas when they were experimenting with sex in their wolf forms.
MarcyA member of the Alphas who was disfigured during a battle with a Fomor lord.
- An Arm and a Leg: While she doesn't quite lose the limb, her shoulder was half-melted during the Fomor fight in "Aftermath".
- Mission Control: Works with Butters to radio information and instructions to a team infiltrating a svartalf facility during "Bombshells".
- The Nose Knows: Has very powerful scent-tracking abilities in her wolf form that exceed even those of the other Alphas, such as Billy.
Fiancée of one Harley MacFinn. She was a mentor to the Alphas and taught them the change-into-wolf spell. She enlists Harry's help in Fool Moon after the magic circle MacFinn stays in during his bouts of Involuntary Shapeshifting rampages was damaged.
- Action Girl: She is more than capable of handling herself in a fight.
- Does Not Understand Sarcasm: Because wolves don't have it.
- Humanity Ensues: By turning into a human, she feels things she never knew as a wolf.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: She expresses the view that humans are more brutal than animals as humans kill for fun or sport, while animals only kill to live.
- Interspecies Romance: With MacFinn.
- No Nudity Taboo: Which comes in handy, given all the shapeshifting she does. She is a bit disdainful once she does a dance to distract some cops.
- No Social Skills: Learning about humanity is as hard for her as learning to be wolves is to the Alphas.
- Nubile Savage: For a being that by all rights shouldn't really have a good conception of hygiene, she takes good care of herself. MacFinn's influence may have helped.
- Our Souls Are Different: She doesn't have a soul to soulgaze, which shows Harry she's not a human.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: She's a wolfwere, an inverted werewolf.
- Put on a Bus: She appeared in only one book, and got mentioned in another. That's all... so far. Word of God is she may show up again.
- Sexy Mentor: Though she's spoken for, she serves as the first instructor for the Alphas once they learn to shapeshift.
- Show Some Leg: She does a naked dance in the rain to distract some cops.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: She teaches the "Change-into-wolf" spell. For her, a better name is "Change-into-human" spell.
The Evil Eye FranchiseFor Lord Raith, see his entry under The Vampire Courts.For He Who Walks Behind, see his entry under the 'Outsiders' tab on this page.
A collection of individuals with grievances against porn director Arturo Genosa who resorted to using dark magic to settle their scores.
- A Rare Sentence: Harry later mentions tangling with "a cult of porn star sorceresses", prompting a Double Take from Molly.
- Death by Woman Scorned: They don't manage to kill Genosa, but they kill a lot of his potential lovers.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: They target the most beautiful women around Genosa first, but Genosa works in the porn industry and has three failed marriages with beautiful women behind him. He's actually dating his plain-looking, reliable producer rather than any of the talent, someone they never even consider targeting.
- Greed: One of the motivations for the ex-wives is that, if Genosa remarries, their generous alimony payments will be reduced or eliminated. They therefore try to kill his new love interest to prevent that. However, with his sinking business ventures, it's less motivation than simply killing Genosa's current girlfriend.
- Reality Warper: Part of the entropy curse is basically changing just the laws of probability with how bad things play out. From when a strong serious mind is in control and a randomly fired bullet will strike the target dead, or a brainless beauty launches it and a woman dies from a car hitting her while water skiing, the primary caster's intent and mind will change the outcome.note .
- 13 Is Unlucky: The curses they send must be launched at exactly thirteen minutes before, or after, either noon or midnight.
- Villain Ball:
- Their big problem is they don't actually know who, exactly, Genosa wants to marry next. They settle for just killing every beautiful woman he interacts with, one at a time. Unsurprisingly, their group falls apart before they reach their actual target.
- They also screw up when they target Inari Raith—that is, the daughter of the guy giving them access to this magic. Lord Raith is not amused.
- Woman Scorned: Except for the backers, the Evil Eye Franchise consists of Genosa's three ex-wives who want revenge on him for dumping them.
Madge ShellyGenosa's first ex-wife. A highly regarded porn actress under the name of Elizabeth Gunns, Madge became rich thanks to Genosa's alimony. The leader of the Evil Eye casters.
- Chekhov's Gun: Her carrying plates and dishes prevents her from shaking hands with Harry. As she is the strongest of the wives magically, Harry just touching her would have told him she is a practitioner of power.
- Death by Irony: Killed by the same dark magic/Outsider forces she used to target Genosa.
Lucille DelarossaGenosa's second ex-wife and porn actress who also participated in the Evil Eye group. Her stage name was Raven Velvet.
- Amazonian Beauty: Described as this, more or less word for word.
- Blow Gun: Her weapon of choice when not using entropy magic. Both Harry and Murphy realize that his attacker probably didn't have much practical experience, since a blowgun is too impractical, too "Hollywood" of a weapon.
- The Ghost: Is never actually seen in person during the Blood Rites case, though Dresden does see her picture and she does once shoot at Harry from a concealed position.
- Human Sacrifice: She is sacrificed to use as the catalyst on one of the final attempt on the curse.
- Villain Ball: After the group screws up by targeting Inari Raith, Lord Raith has Delarossa killed in punishment.
Trixie VixenGenosa's third ex-wife. An unintelligent but beautiful actress, Trixie joined the Evil Eye group after Genosa divorced her.
- Brainless Beauty: Her attempt to frame Dresden fails because she didn't even bother to learn his name.
- Chekhov's Gun: Her inability to remember Harry's name comes back to bite her and help Harry when she cannot even recall his name properly to implicate him in the murder she commits.
- Meaningful Rename: Unlike the other two ex-wives, who used "sexy" stage names but didn't change their real names, Trixie had her actual name changed to something suitable for porn work. Her original name was Tricia Scrump.
- Spoiled Brat: A huge prima donna who threw fits whenever she didn't get her way.
The Fellowship of St. Giles
A group of supernatural individuals and their allies who fight against the Red Court. Many of them are people who have been infected by the Red Court but resist their vampiric urges to drink someone dry and turn all the way.
- Interspecies Romance: The birth of Maggie Dresden shows while these half-vampires aren't wholly human anymore, they remain at the very least fully functional like White Court vampires in terms of making children with humans. It isn't known if there is anything supernatural about said children.
- No Immortal Inertia: Which became a problem once the Red Court was destroyed.
- Power Tattoo: Unlike typical versions, their tattoos are more restraining bolts meant to help the half-vampires hold back their urges and keep them from turning to full vampires.
- Restraining Bolt: While the tattoos don't fully stop a wearer from fully acting on vampiric urges, they do help control and mitigate those urges to allow a person to last longer.
- Vampire Refugee: They comprise a large percentage of the group.
A reporter for the Midwestern Arcane, a trashy tabloid that doesn't deserve a journalist as good as she is. She will put herself at an extraordinary amount of risk to get the scoop on some genuine weirdness, and constantly pesters Harry for leads. Harry's girlfriend until the Red Court got their hands on her, at which point she joins the Fellowship and wages war on the vampires who ruined her life.
- Action Girl: In the later books. In Changes, she takes a steel table leg as an improvised club and helps Harry fight in the Erlking's dual.
- Action Mom: In Changes, she joins Harry in their quest to retake their daughter, no matter the price they may have to pay.
- Damsel in Distress: Repeatedly, in the earlier books. Harry had to rescue her an inordinate number of times early on.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Just about literally. She lets Harry sacrifice her on the altar that is being used to empower the bloodline curse, to target the Red Court. This is after her change into a full vampire, meaning what remains of her soul is powerful enough to allow Harry to kill her to save their baby girl.
- Hot Scoop: Harry notes more than once how lucky he is to be dating "dark and curvy" Susan. Even his lovesick brother takes notice in Grave Peril.
- Hypocrite: Keeps Maggie secret from Harry so that Harry's enemies won't gun for her... yet fails to realize that keeping in contact with Maggie could do the same thing. Fortunately she has enough sense to tell the truth when shit gets real.
- Idiot Ball: Showing up at Bianca's party in Grave Peril with a fake invitation for the sake of a scoop despite Harry's many warnings explaining why it was a bad idea due to her being a human with no powers or means of defense from vampires.
- Intrepid Reporter: Harry notes that she gets into a lot of trouble investigating angles for the Midwestern Arcane.
- Latin Lover: Dresden even had a child with her.
- Missing Mom: With her death in Changes, she is now this to Maggie.
- Marked Change: The Fellowship's normally invisible tattoos allow her to use the junior league version of the Red Court's abilities without letting her bloodthirst get out of control.
- My Greatest Failure: How Harry views what happened to her.
- Shoot the Dog: After she attacks Martin and starts to turn into a full vampire, Harry has to cut her throat to turn a bloodline curse intended for him on the Red Court.
- Slashed Throat: Courtesy of Harry as part of the ritual to sacrifice her and destroy the entire Red Court.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Harry. He's a White Council member, she's turning into a vampire, and their nations are at war.
- Took a Level in Badass: While never one to shy away from most danger, after becoming a half-vampire and joining the Fellowship, she became a skilled fighter, weapon's expert, and terrorist to the Red Court. She has enough combat skill to hold her own using just a metal table leg as an improvised club.
- Vampire Refugee: Fought her transformation and the vampire courts with everything she had, even when it meant her life.
MartinMartin was one of the Fellowship of St. Giles most dedicated members, and worked with them for well over a century. He is absolutely fanatical about bringing down the Red Court. At any cost. We learn a lot about him in Changes, so if you haven't read it, this will be a spoiler heavy entry.
- Becoming the Mask: Originally, he was an infiltrator to bring down the Fellowship of St. Giles, but while working for them, grew to despise the Red King
- Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: The man runs gambits in gambits. It's nicely foreshadowed in Death Masks where Martin turned out to be using Susan in order to kill Ortega.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: He starts off working for the Red King, then when working for the people he was infiltrating developed a conscience, but later betrayed them all resulting in the destruction of the Fellowship of St. Giles (Presumably. He claimed as much to the Red King, but he didn't intend him to have the opportunity to check), but turns out it was a set-up to successfully destroy the Red Court.
- The Nondescript: He is boring and unremarkable in every aspect of his appearance and personality. After he emerges from a vicious battle completely unscathed Harry notes that this ability serves him like armor. No one sees him as a threat.
- Strike Me Down with All of Your Hatred: A heroic, or at least Well-Intentioned Extremist version, he arranges for Susan to kill him to fully transform into a vampire. This made her the youngest Red Court vampire, allowing Harry to use her as the sacrifice for the bloodline curse in order to wipe out the entire Red Court (and cure the half-vampires who had yet to succumb to their blood lust, and possibly young Red Court vampires).
- Survival Mantra: "Stay on mission". He regularly tells Susan this when he feels she is letting her emotions get the better of her.
- The Unfettered: The Red Court is evil. The Red Court must be destroyed. What do you mean, further moral considerations?
- In Death Masks Harry realizes, and Martin doesn't disagree with the claim, if it serves destroying the Red Court Martin would have put a bullet in Harry rather than Ortega.
- In Changes he pushes Susan to the point she murders him to become a full vampire in the ritual room where the bloodline curse against Harry was about to be used just so Harry will kill her and devastate the whole Court.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He'll do anything to destroy the Red Court. He'd interrupt a duel specifically to keep the hostilities between the White Council and Red Court active. He'd have shot Harry in the back to do so. He'd sell out Susan and Harry's daughter, Susan, the entire Fellowship of St. Giles, and himself.
Monoc SecuritiesFor Sigrun Gard, see her entry under Chicago Mafia.
A security organization with an absurd amount of stockpiled weaponry and many powerful fighters.
- Wall of Weapons: Although it's more like Multiple Floors of Weapons.
Donar Vadderung/Odin/Kris Kringle
"I've been in this game for a long, long time, boy. How do you know I haven't given you exactly what you need?"CEO of Monoc Securities and Miss Gard's ultimate employer. He's a very tall, big, strong man, with one eye... Mentioned in several books before he makes a brief appearance in Changes. If the Stealth Pun company name didn't tip you off, he's Odin. And also Kris Kringle, AKA Santa Claus, a King of Winter.
- Badass Santa: Well, come on. He's Santa and Odin.
- Batman Gambit: Ebenezer suspects Odin ran a gambit on Harry in Changes as part of helping Mab get vengeance for the Red Court's crimes against her nation. His knowledge and actions put the gun in Harry's hand and told him where to shoot. And Harry followed through.
- Big Damn Heroes: Makes an appearance with the rest of the Grey Council to back up Harry in the big ending battle of Changes.
- Bystander Syndrome: In Cold Days of the Eldest Gruff, Erlking, and himself, he only stares blankly at Harry, giving no hint to Sarissa being taken away by The Red Cap.
- The Cavalry:
- As part of the Grey Council, he helped ride in to save Harry and his team in Changes.
- In Cold Days, he co-leads another cavalry, which Harry must wrest control of if he wants to have them on his side.
- Cool Old Guy:
- He's the only other person in the entire setting aside from Harry who uses the word "juju" to refer to magic. Naturally, he's a pretty nice guy.
- Infinite layers of this are added in Cold Days when it's revealed that on top of everything else, the old codger is Santa Claus. It makes perfect sense (as Odin as a gift-giver predates the Christian Santa), who saw that coming. This also takes into account Gods Need Prayer Badly. Human belief shapes some supernatural entities, including Odin. Belief in Odin waned, weakening his power, but Odin was one of many inspirations and influences on the composite character Santa. When people began to conflate Odin with Santa, Odin became Santa. He hints at this early in Cold Days, commenting that human belief has changed who he once was.
- The Kringle persona itself is pretty cool, if scary. How do you feel about Santa being someone who's equivalent of "drinking with the guys" is a rousing game of the Wild Hunt
- Crazy-Prepared: When Harry first enters the World Tree, he passes through a collection of just about every weapon in history, but gathered in such numbers that they could "win a minor war in a century of your choice". Then he gets on the elevator, which rises up past at least seven more floors similarly outfitted, before he just stops counting. When he asks Gard about how ridiculously well-armed Vadderung is, her only response is that "one can only have as much preparation as one has foresight." It's also implied that his belief in foresight is what allowed him to find out where Maggie was going to be taken for the sacrifice (meaning that he almost certainly has a spy network.)
- Exact Words: Kringle explains that there is an important legal distinction between himself and Donar. They are two separate entities, with separate rules and responsibilities—the fact that they're both physically the same person is legally irrelevant. When Mab asks Kringle for aid, the Lord of Winter must oblige. Should she ask Donar for aid, he will tell her to get in line.
- Foreshadowing: When Harry met Donar in Changes he noted, "[Donar] had a hearty laugh, like Santa Claus must have had when he was a young man and playing football."
- Genius Bruiser: The man is one of the best information gatherers in the world, sharp as a blade, and the former chief Norse God. He is a dangerous and terrifying force in battle.
- Good Counterpart:
- To Mab and her court. While he is aligned with Winter, Donar is one of the kindest and most good-natured and jovial beings in the entire court. He is more than willing to give a person help if they have proved their worth and take that as payment and nothing more.
- He is also more reserved and contained than the Elrking, who has been described as Jackie Chan meets Hannibal Lecter.
- Honest Corporate Executive: Being both a generally heroic and good guy who is also the head of a private security company that employs valkyries and controls the World Tree. His appearance as Vadderung combines both elements of the corporate executive and roguish international criminal.
- Hope Bringer: His role as Santa Claus. He represents the hope in the bleakest part of the year.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: While Mab is not tiny, standing over six feet, in his Kringle-mask, the man stands at around nine feet.
- I Let You Win: In Cold Days when he and Erlking lead the Wild Hunt against Harry, Harry is able to shoot Erlking with an unenchanted gun and gets to fight Kringle in an old steel mill, defeating both of them. At the end of the book, Harry tells him, he knows there is no way this could have happened unless the two of them wanted it to happen.
- It Was a Gift: As a fae, there is the danger of him applying a harsh or long measure of debt to any gift he brings a person, unless he uses his Kringle mask and claims it as a belated Christmas present.
- Knowledge Broker: As Odin, he is this. If he doesn't know about it already, he will know it soon enough. He surprised Harry by knowing Harry had a daughter before Harry told him (and well before Ebenezer McCoy). He will also take payments in the form of information such as Harry setting up the White Court to tail Odin personally to make them reveal how they worked their spy network. This is to pay Odin for showing up at a meeting at all.
- Mortality Ensues: By Word Of Jim, Odin used to be an all-powerful, distant god but sacrificed his immortality and a lot of his power to continue to directly involve himself in human affairs when the other gods decided to stop directly interfering in respect to mortal free will. It is unknown how much this applies to Kringle since legally the two are different beings.
- Mysterious Backer: To Harry.
- Old Master: Odin is so old he taught the Original Merlin.
- The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: Is a member of the Grey Council.
- Physical God: Again, he is Odin. He is also a Winter King, and thus Mab's peer.
- Right-Hand Hottie: Has two "raven-Haired" secretaries whose nails can scratch metal. Sigrun is terrified of them. Donnar refers to one as M.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: As Odin, King of the Norse Gods, and Kris Kringle, a Winter King, he is not one to shy away from battle.
- Rules Lawyer: As expected for The Fair Folk. Due to the tangle of social niceties and obligations inherent to the fae, offering aid for free is generally frowned upon... but Kringle's not above giving Harry the occasional "belated Christmas gift."
- Sacred Hospitality: As Odin, he takes this very seriously and borders on Secret Test of Character for the visitors. Accept his hospitality if offered and you will be rewarded. Refuse it and it is one of the things that will quickly make Odin angry with you.
- Santa Claus: One of his Masks, but in his view only a recent addition.
- Secret Keeper: On par with being a Knowledge Broker, he knows plenty of secrets.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: He knew Harry had a daughter before Harry tried telling him, and before any of Harry's living family. He also knew Ebenezer was Harry's grandfather before Harry did.
- Secret Test of Character: He enjoys these. And from his perspective, as he has had his eye on Dresden for a while, everything Harry has chosen to do could be considered this. When all things are considered Odin likes and respects Harry enough to give him crucial information on his daughter's whereabouts, the exact nature of the curse the Reds plan to use her for, and a taste of the power Harry will be facing when he arrives. The price he charges Harry is nothing.
- Stealth Pun: Monoc—>Mono-Ocular—>One-Eyed—>Odin One-Eye. And on top of that, their logo is a circle with a bar through it; Harry thinks it looks like an eye being cut out with a blade or the Greek character iota imposed on an omega. Thus, the blind eye that sees every last little detail.
- His last name relates the word "father". His first name is another name for Thor. Therefore, his name is "Thor's Father".
- Time Master: He is skilled with temporal magic, able to recognize it when a field of it was hitting Harry, Karrin, and the rest of the Wild Hunt. The Erlking even notes this is his specialty.
- The Wild Hunt: Every Halloween, he co-leads this hunt with Erlking.
- The World Tree: Now masquerading as a highrise office building.
Hugin and Munin
Hugin and MuninA pair of raven-haired secretaries working for Vadderung who look perfectly identical. Their names are left unsaid at first (although Vadderung calls one by the initial "M"), but Dresden works out who they are and asks about them by name to Vadderung in Cold Days.
- Clever Crows: Strongly implied to be the ravens Hugin and Munin of Norse mythology.
- Hate at First Sight: They despise Dresden about two seconds after meeting him. It might have something to do with Dresden seeing one of them peel up shards of a stainless-steel desk with her nails and immediately start joking about if she peels oranges or sharpens dull blades too.
- Photographic Memory: Gard says they "never forget", which fits with the mythology that Hugin and Munin are Odin's information-gatherers. Their names also mean "Thought and Memory."
The EinherjarSome of the soldiers that Monoc Securities hires out. They have no magic powers while alive, but they reincarnate when they die in battle, and most of them have lived for centuries. As a result, they have far more fighting experience than most opponents are likely to be able to match.
Skaldi SkjeldsonOne of the Einherjar. He spars with Murphy and jokingly offers to train a reluctant Butters.
- Boisterous Bruiser: One minute he's battling Murphy, and the next he's joking with Butters.
- Old Master: He may not look his true age, but he qualifies. Murphy, for all her skills, never once beats him. He always pulls out another move or exploits a tiny opening to win.
- Really 700 Years Old: Murphy comments he has been fighting for roughly 2,000 years and has massive levels of experience in combat.
Ordo Lebes/The ParanetFor Helen Beckitt, see her entry under Chicago Mafia.For Priscilla, see "her" entry under the Vampire Courts.
The Ordo Lebes was a Chicago-area group of women with minor magical talents who aren't quite strong enough to join the White Council. Unfortunately, when the Skavis started killing off minor practitioners, the group made a convenient target. After that problem was dealt with, Elaine Mallory rebuilt the group and expanded it into a worldwide network of minor practitioners. This new network was called the Paranet.
Elaine Lilian Mallory
Elaine Lilian Mallory
Harry's fellow apprentice and first love who either betrayed him with or was enthralled by their mentor Justin. Ran away and was thought dead by Harry, but was discovered to be living with the Summer Court. After that fell apart, she started a magical investigation service in Los Angeles, and was eventually hired by the Ordo Lebes to investigate the mysterious deaths of several of its members. After the leader of Ordo Lebes died, Elaine rebuilt the group and expanded it into the Paranet, a worldwide organization of minor talents and practitioners.
- Action Girl: As a White Court despair vampire finds out to its chagrin. *BZAAAP*
- Amicable Exes: Gets along fine with Harry, they have a somewhat friendly working relationship.
- Broken Bird: Coming from an orphanage, her already-abusive father figure brainwashed her and tried killing her adopted-brother/lover, and her lover killed Justin. After getting out on her own, she tries acting like Harry, helping people, but still loses some close friends.
- Blow You Away: Is capable of whipping up a baby twister to toss around dozens of ghouls.
- Chain Pain: Uses these as a focus for her magic.
- The Chosen One: Like Harry, Elaine is a "starborn", someone born under a confluence of events that is supposed to give her influence over Outsiders. It's why Justin chose to adopt her and Harry.
- First Love: She and Harry.
- Foil: To Harry. Both were raised by the same person, both have the same Significant Birth Date, and both are incredibly powerful. However, Elaine tends to be more precise and comes off as Weak, but Skilled. Harry is a magical brute who initially comes off as Unskilled, but Strong. They also serve opposing Fae courts during the events of Summer Knight.
- Hero of Another Story: She eventually sets up a similar P.I. service in Southern California and becomes a key fighter against the Formor. She also shares Harry's Starborn status, making her an effective weapon against the Outsiders.
- Hyper Awareness: Has a series of bracelets that allow her this ability.
- Mind Control: Her betrayal of Harry was due to Justin mucking around with her brain, although it isn't until Ghost Story that her story is confirmed via flashback.
- New Old Flame: While mentioned in the first book, her appearance was a surprise. Mostly because Harry and the readers thought she was dead.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: She deliberately failed the White Council's aptitude tests so she could avoid their attention.
- Shock and Awe: Electricity appears to be her forte, as she can blow apart ghouls' skulls with lightning bolts, has an electrically-charged chain as one of her foci, and uses lightning to inflict some impressive property damage. She also appears to be able to draw upon electricity as a power source; her chain is charged by thunderstorms or wall sockets, and she can draw the ambient electricity from her environment to power her spells.
- Significant Birth Date: Like Harry, she was born on Halloween, making her a Starborn. As was mentioned above, this is one of the reasons Justin adopted her.
- Weapon of Choice: Her magical focus is a heavy chain threaded with copper and inscribed with magical runes.
- Working with the Ex: While there's still some trust issues to work through they get along fine.
- You Didn't Ask: Uses this to save Harry's life while she's working for Aurora. Elaine magically binds Harry and leaves him to drown per Aurora's instructions, but doesn't bother to mention that the binding spell she used has a critical weakness she and Harry discovered as students together, allowing Harry to break free.
Anna AshThe founder of the Ordo Lebes.
- Death by Despair: As a result of the Skavis.
- Driven to Suicide: After the Skavis blasts her with his depression magic, Anna hangs herself.
- Magical Native American: Anna was Cherokee.
- True Companions: She still accepts and consoles Helen when learning the latter is both a felon of the mortal world and once a user of black magic to kill people.
Abby (and Toto)
Abby (and Toto)Abby is another member of the Ordo Lebes, and one of the few to survive the Skavis' attack on the group. Her minor talent is precognition. She also suffers from epilepsy, and she has a Yorkshire terrier, Toto, who may help her manage that condition.
- Big Beautiful Woman: Abby is described as pretty and plump.
- Canine Companion: Abby is virtually never seen without Toto. The doctors prescribed him because they think she has epilepsy and he is an alert dog.
- The Ditz: Averted. Abby seems scatterbrained, but Dresden works out that this is just her trying to keep track of the present as well as the futures that she sees.
- Evil-Detecting Dog: Well, a ghost-detecting dog, anyways. Toto can sense Dresden's presence after he dies and returns to haunt Chicago.
- Instant Death Bullet: Averted. She's badly wounded from a gut shot during Ghost Story, but Word of Jim is that both she and Toto survived.
- Seers: Abby's power. Harry notes one way to bother her is if you readjust what she has foreseen, such as when she meets Harry and Karrin, Abby identifies as her police rank and last name, Murphy could have changed things slightly by saying instead, "I am Ms. Murphy."
- True Companions: She still accepts and consoles Helen when learning is both a felon of the mortal world and once a user of black magic to kill people.
- You Are in Command Now: Takes over the Ordo Lebes after Anna Ash's death.
OliviaA member of the Paranet who goes missing during the White Night case.
- Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Dresden and the Ordo Lebes find footage of Thomas taking Olivia away with him and conclude that he's the murderer and has killed her. Turns out he was bringing her to safety, along with as many other Ordo Lebes members as he could find.
GaryA member of the extended Paranet organization. Provides a mixture of useful information and conspiracy garbage to the rest of the Paranet.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: When he's useful, it's because of this. In Cold Days he notes that boat rentals are up about 400% since the last year, realizes this could be relevant, and passes this information on; it turns out to be a key clue in Dresden's investigation.
- Basement-Dweller: Butters says that he lives in his mother's basement.
- Conspiracy Theorist: Sums him up. As an example, he mapped out a huge group of subjects that he thinks are behind the Billy Goat Curse on the Chicago Cubs.
- The Ghost: Never seen in person thus far.
- Spammer: Butters treats him like this at first, but Gary is able to get around Butters' various attempts at spam-filtering and banning him. Butters eventually stops once Gary proves his utility.
Other victims of the White Court "culling"
Victims of the White Court "culling"Members of the Ordo Lebes that were killed by White Court vampires in an effort to extinguish the next generation of wizards and witches. These include:
- Pauline Moskowitz. Killed by the Skavis.
- Maria Casselli. Killed by the Skavis.
- Janine. Driven to suicide by Vitto Malvora in an attempt to frame the Skavis.
- Death by Despair: How they all died, as a result of how vampires of House Skavis feed on their victims by inducing supernatural despair.
- The Ghost: Paula and Maria are never shown in person.
- Goodbye, Cruel World!: Janine leaves a suicide note.
- Never Suicide: All three victims were killed, but their deaths were made to look like suicides to the mortal authorities.
- Posthumous Character: Janine is only depicted after her death.
Victims of the Fomor
Victims of the FomorMembers of the Paranet that were killed after the Fomor began trying to take over Chicago. These include:
- Nathan Simpson. Killed by a ghoul.
- Sunbeam Monroe. Abducted after getting on an El train and never heard from again.
A gang which channeled spirits of rage when they fought.
- The Berserker: Their power was to channel spirits to make them this.
- Klingon Promotion: The only way to lead the gang was to beat its current leader in a fight.
- Unwitting Pawn: Of both the FBI hexenwolves, who tricked Dresden into thinking the gang was responsible for the Lobo Killings, and Marcone, who used the gang to get to Dresden.
Leader of the Streetwolves, though he began to lose his grip on them as he aged. Nonetheless, he was still able to hold his own against the other members of his gang.
- Badass Grandpa: Old, but still tough in a fight.
One of the Streetwolves under Parker's command.
- The Starscream: She seems to be building up to this as she tells other members of the Streetwolves that Parker is weak. However, the FBI agents kill both her and Parker before anything can come of this.
Another of the Streetwolves who served Parker.
- The Starscream: Challenges Parker for leadership of the Streetwolves. It doesn't end well for him.
A group of women who worship an ancient demon-god and want to bring it back into power. They oppose the Venatori, who are pushing to destroy all memory and utterance of the demon-god.
- Batman Gambit: As just knowing the name of their demon-god is enough to give it a foothold, they planned on leaving a book of dark rituals where Harry could find it. This is because the White Council's policies with such tomes is to publish them en masse to defuse their powernote .
- Deal with the Devil: As part of their pact with the Old One, they tear out parts of their psyche and gain demonic bits instead.
- The Force Is Strong with This One: A variation. Knowledge of the Oblivion War (the war against Old Ones), the aforementioned push, leaves a mental mark on a mortal. The Sisterhood can use mind magic enough to spot when a person has such a mark.
- Humanoid Abomination: As stated, their human psyche is ripped out in parts and the essence of their god is put in but nothing happens to the body proper. Because of this, they are still 100% genetically human, with the same flawed body, and susceptible to being eaten on by a White Court vampire.
The Thule SocietyFor Kemmler and Grevane, see their entries under The Kemmlerites
Alexander PageA necromancer who finds himself pursued by Luccio after murdering his girlfriend and her family, then using their bodies in a necromantic ritual.
The Venatori is organized into two sects or orders. The first and most well-known are the Venatori Umbrorum, or "Shadows of Hunters". They were allies of the White Council in the war against the Red Court, and focused most of their attention on destroying the Court's mortal resources, supply lines and finances. The second sect is completely secret. They use the first group as feelers, information gatherers and observers to develop leads on those who know of the Oblivion War and those who worship the Old Ones, whom the Venatori are sworn to destroy.
- Badass Bookworm: The open group was able to gain enough intelligence and wreak havoc on the Red Court's mortal side that the White Council was able to recover quickly from the massive loses in Dead Beat.
- The Force Is Strong with This One: A variation. Knowledge of the Oblivion War (the war against Old Ones), the aforementioned push, leaves a mental mark on a mortal. The Venatori can use mind magic enough to spot when a person has such a mark.
- Killed to Uphold the Masquerade: Any mortal marked by the knowledge of the War might be given a choice to join up. Or they could just be killed for the sake of reality.
- Loophole Abuse: Any mortal who gains knowledge of the War is marked and could be a tether to an Old One. A being of spirit, like Bob, doesn't have that problem.
- The Man Behind the Man:
- The secret sect runs and uses the openly known group for gathering information.
- The Archive is the true leader of the group, with the final job of purging the knowledge forever. No one knows she holds this position.
- Pragmatic Hero: None of the secret group can allow for the worshipers of the Old Ones to live their encounters. They will take measures to eliminate any who know about the war too.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Lara Raith fights for the Venatori because if the Old Ones came back, she and her kind couldn't feed on humans anymore.
- Secret War: Secret beyond Secret. Fewer than 200 known members fight this war against the Old Ones. If knowledge gets out, then all the demon-gods gain a boost of strength.
- Unperson: The secret group's purpose is to make sure ancient demon-gods become this. The musing point is they don't know how many they have succeeded at banishing because even knowing that number is enough to give the things they banished a tiny foothold.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist:
- They will kill any who have knowledge of the Old Ones or the War. If a non-involved mortal learns they might have a chance to be pressed into service of the Venatori.
- They once tried to banish the Fae from reality, not knowing Winter's role in also keeping the Outsiders (who worked for the Old Ones) back. They were kind enough to not kill the Venatori in turn, instead gaining a strong foothold thanks to the G-Men: The Brothers Grimm and Gutenbergs.
- With Us or Against Us: If a mortal is offered a choice to join them and the mortal refuses, this comes into effect. Shortly thereafter, Killed to Uphold the Masquerade is likely to follow.
The Archive, aka "Ivy"
Ivy, the Archive
"If you like, I could draw you a cost-benefit analysis of your training versus your earnings in your first year at the temple, before Nicodemus came. I could use charts to make it easier for you to understand. And color them in with crayons. I enjoy crayons."The Archive is the repository of all human knowledge. Anything that has been written down, anywhere, she knows. She also happens to be a young girl. When we first see her, she's seven — and unconcernedly tells Harry that if she has to, she'll kill him. We've seen her blasting vampires into oblivion and (at twelve) keeping almost 10 Denarians entertained without much effort. But she's still a kid, and will render official documents in crayon and squee over a cat.
- Blessed with Suck: The Archive is passed from mother to daughter, normally when the daughter is in her 30s, has her own child, and the mother passes away, meaning that the inheritor was able to live a life and gain emotional maturity before having to bear the responsibility. The current Archive (Ivy) had none of those opportunities because her grandmother was unexpectedly killed and her mother, just a teenager, committed suicide out of spite, meaning that Ivy's never had the chance to simply be a child.
- Break the Cutie:
- Small Favor. The Denarian plot was to make her so broken she would accept a Fallen and become their weapon.
- Word of God says learning of Harry's death would be enough to break her.
- Creepy Child: It is subtle, but there's a distinction between the very-human Ivy and the much more creepy Archive. Specifically, whenever she's referred to in the narration as "the Archive" she's generally in her inhuman-database mode.
- Cute Bruiser: A young girl who likes cute and fuzzy animals and crayons who can also take on a dozen supernatural heavyweights without much effort (with her power limited to boot).
- Cuteness Proximity:
- She can be distracted by things that are cute and fuzzy like Mister ("KITTY!"), otters, and Mouse.
- The fact that she's a young girl means that Harry and Kincaid are extremely protective of her as a person and not just as the repository of all human knowledge.
- Distressed Damsel: Yes, but it takes the collected effort of over a dozen superhumans and their lackeys to put her in that position. Not to mention the direct intervention of Lucifer.
- Emotionless Girl: Ivy's apparent lack of emotion is a defense mechanism of the Archive; the girl, on the other hand, is very attached to the few people who treat her like an actual human being.
- Hero of Another Story: According to this Word of God, the Archive is the Big Good sending out orders in the Oblivion War.
- Heroic Willpower: When Harry threatens to sell his soul Ivy manages to overpower the Archive persona just enough to give Harry a small scrap of information that may or may not help him (fortunately it does).
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Her bodyguard is the big and scary Kincaid. But he's nowhere near as dangerous as Ivy.
- I Have Your Wife: As she has been the Archive since birth, she was never close to anyone, save Kincaid and eventually Harry. Threatening them is an effective strategy, but beware Bullying The Dragon because this Dragon is Power with a capital "P".
- Knowledge Broker: Averted. The Archive will not be bought or give information out to those who come calling. She has greater needs than that. Even Harry is treated like this and it strains her to just give him a suggestion of some help. That is only because he implies he will use a certain book with certain names in it, which could have disastrous results for Harry.
- Little Miss Badass: When seen in Death Masks she kills vampires wielding mordite effortlessly. Five years later, in Small Favor with barely any magic available, she holds off a gang of Denarians, including vaporizing one of them.
- Little Miss Snarker: She tries and mostly succeeds in her taunts against a Denarian, mainly by offering to show the Denarian a cost-worth graph of her previous education as a prostitute to her life before becoming a Denarian. She'll do it in crayons too.
- Long Game: The Archive plays this as part of being a Hero of Another Story. When an Old One is consigned to her custody, Archive waits patiently for a thousand years or so, to ensure she is the last human alive who is aware of the name of an Old One and then deletes the name from the database. Then, bye-bye Old One.
- Morality Pet: For Kincaid.
- Neutral No Longer: This is what the Wardens and Senior Council fear her becoming. Even if she was just as weak as either the Winter Lady or Summer Lady, with her knowledge and abilities, she could cause massive levels of devastation note . For this reason and because Ivy is more the Archive than any previous incarnation as she has no base personality to hold onto, the Archive deciding to become personally involved and focusing her hatred and power on one target is not welcomed. To an extent when she was able to overpower the Archive persona just long enough to give Harry info.
- The Omniscient: She automatically knows anything that's written down, physically or (per Word of God) electronically. So while she's not quite omniscient, she's surprisingly close. She also has perfect recall for all that knowledge and even powerful bindings that she cannot break free from didn't prevent Harry's note from getting to her.
- One-Man Army: Ten fallen angels, versus one little girl. It took the Fallen some seriously dirty tactics to bring her down.
- Only Friend: Harry was the only person to treat her as a real child and not a Physical God to be feared. She is thankful to him for that.
- Raised as a Host: Her lineage has been specifically tasked with producing women who can host The Archive, but they typically wait until the woman is old enough to have enough like experience to keep her own personality. Ivy had to become The Archive after her mother committed suicide when she was a baby.
- Person of Mass Destruction: She is ranked by the wardens as on par with the Winter Lady and Summer Lady. Harry guesses she is actually stronger. And since knowledge is power in the Dresden-verse, everyday more information is written or typed, which increases her power.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Even while stuck in a circle (thus crippling her significantly) she still managed to literally dust several Denarians. At once. By herself.
- Spanner in the Works: Her overpowering the Archive persona to give Harry information was one of the things that contributed to Harry finding out about Chichen Itza in time to stop the sacrifice.
Wyatt EarpThe Deputy in charge of keeping the peace in Dodge City. Earp is a skilled gunman and a knowledgable Venator, which serves him well when several necromancers set up shop in his town.
The leader of a group of Venatori holed up in a farmhouse in Montezuma, Iowa. When the farmhouse is attacked, she works with a Warden group to defend the house.
- Apocalyptic Gag Order: Helps to hide the Shoggoth, which is an existential threat to the world. She even tries to stop Dresden and the other Wardens from learning about it.
- Barrier Maiden: The spell keeping the Shoggoth dormant is linked to her.
- No One Gets Left Behind: When Dresden proposes they all just run for it, she says that McGuckin is too injured to be moved and her team won't abandon him.
- Security Cling: After telling Dresden about the Shoggoth and how it's bound to her, she lets him hold her.
- Skewed Priorities: Prioritizes her orders to keep the secret of what the farmhouse is hiding over the fact that Dresden might be able to use that knowledge to save all their lives and stop the vampires from seizing the Shoggoth.
One of the Venatori under Taylor's command.
One of the Venatori under Taylor's command.
- Cool Old Lady: An older woman who ably fights the vampires and even intimidates other members of the Venatori with her fervor.
One of the Venatori under Taylor's command.
One of the Venatori under Taylor's command.
One of the Venatori under Taylor's command.
- Badass Grandpa: Despite being injured, he tackles the mercenary who had captured Ischenko and killed Asaro and Schofield, allowing Ischenko to escape.
- Cool Old Guy: McGuckin is balding and what hair he has left has gone grey from age, but he still battles the vampires with vigor.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He knew the mercenary, who had been bragging about his Green Beret training, would kill him in a fight, but he attacked the mercenary anyways in order to save Ischenko.
The Dean at St. Mark's Academy for the Gifted and Talented, and also a former Venator.
- Bald of Evil: He didn't even go all the way bald before this kicked in. As soon as he started losing hair and found other treatments weren't helping, he resorted to evil magic.
- Dean Bitterman: To the point where he risks the life of one of his students for his own selfish gain.
- Evil Is Petty: He used an energy-draining spell which could have killed Irwin... to regrow his hair.
- It's All About Me: One of the most self-absorbed villains Dresden has met yet.
- Life Energy: What he takes from Irwin to regrow his hair. He implies Irwin isn't the first, just the strongest one he has ever met.
- Jerk Justifications: Tries to argue to Dresden that his hair was a sufficient reason to use dark magic on Irwin.
- Prematurely Bald: His big fear. When he started to go bald, he resorted to dark magic to regrow his hair.
- Scylla and Charybdis: Harry explains his situation as thus: The man can either accept his balding hairline, embrace it by shaving it all now, or deal with the Wardens for his dabbling in Black Magic which results in a child nearly dying.note
Unaffiliated Wizards, Witches, Warlocks, and Minor Talents
Victor Sells, aka "The Shadowman"
Primary antagonist of the first novel; a powerful but relatively inexperienced sorcerer who heads up a drug ring in rivalry with Marcone. In the course of said rivalry he commits a series of murders that bring him to Murphy's, and by extension Harry's, attention. Needless to say, he goes down. Hard.
- The Corruptible: As a normal man who just discovered magic, he had little defenses against the Black Council and Nemesis.
- Domestic Abuser: He became one after meddling with Black Magic, or so his wife says. As it's common with victims of Domestic Abuse, it's possible that he was one before and she's just trying to justify his behaviour with his later involvement with the supernatural.
- It's hinted in Cold Days that she is telling the truth- Lily says that Victor was a good man before Nemesis got to him.
- Karmic Death: Killed by the demon he enslaved after Harry broke his control
- The Man Behind the Man: it's implied from as early as Fool Moon that the Black Council was pulling his strings the whole time. In Changes this is confirmed; the heart-destroying spell he uses was just a far weaker version of the bloodline curse being prepared by the Red Court.
- Nietzsche Wannabe: A relatively mild example, all told, but his basic philosophy is still pretty nihilistic.
- Smug Snake: He's good, but not nearly as good as he thinks he is, which gets him in trouble at the end.
- Unskilled, but Strong: He's got tons of raw power, especially when drawing on the storms, but his lack of experience and formal training means he has little subtlety with that power and makes some sloppy mistakes.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: He seems to have been a fairly normal, if unpleasant, guy before getting in deep with Black Magic drove him off the deep end.
- His wife actually hints that he was a well meaning man who wanted to help his family. Though considering that she sounds like a classic Domestic Abuse victim defending their spouse, she may not be the most reliable source.
- Cold Days reveals that he was infected by Nemesis, so she may have actually been telling the truth.
- His wife actually hints that he was a well meaning man who wanted to help his family. Though considering that she sounds like a classic Domestic Abuse victim defending their spouse, she may not be the most reliable source.
Harry's first sort-of-apprentice, and appeared in Fool's Moon. She was hired by Harley MacFinn as a magical consultant, and Kim tried to assist Terra West in binding the Loup-garou by repairing his containment Magic Circle, but she is unable to and is killed when he escapes.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: Subverted. Harry mentions her whenever he lists his failures. She was important enough to be a part of his spiritual daughter's appearance.
- Poor Communication Kills: She asked Harry for help with a three-layered containment magic circle, supposedly for simply academic reasons, but she promised Harley MacFinn not to reveal what it was really for. Harry helped her with the outer two, but he refused to talk about the innermost layer because he thought she wasn't ready for the sorts of nasties that needed that kind of containment. Harry advised her to leave the matter alone, but Kim left, offended at him making decisions for her. Later, she was killed by the loup-garou after trying to contain it with just partial knowledge.
- Sacrificial Lamb: She is killed to show the consequences of Harry keeping secrets about the supernatural world as well as to show how dangerous the loup-garou is.
Ernest Armand "Binder" Tinwhistle
Ernest Armand "Binder" TinwhistleA British-born spellcaster whose specialty is in gathering and binding spirits into his service. Binder serves mostly as a mercenary who uses his gangs of spiritual goons to takle care of business. Appears in Turn Coat as a hireling of Madeline Raith. He makes a return in Skin Game.
- Affably Evil: Skin Game shows much more of his affable side. He is willing to listen and play fair and clearly holds personal respect for the word of those who wield a Sword of the Cross.
- Badass Longcoat: The generic minions he summons take on the form of men in trench coats.
- British Accents: Has a strong Cockney accent.
- Consummate Professional: A bit more affable than most, but he's a mercenary and takes his job very seriously.
- Evil Brit: Subverted: Skin Game sheds more light on him and shows that he purely in it for the money and not one for excessive evilness on Nic's part.
- Evil Counterpart: For Harry, to a small extent. They're both magical practitioners for hire and neither of them likes the White Council. Harry even mentions that Binder is under close scrutiny from the Council, but that he knows the Laws of Magic well enough to avoid directly breaking them.
- Loophole Abuse: Harry notes that Binder skirts very close, but is always careful to avoid out and out violating any of the Laws of Magic, which keeps him from being made a priority target by the Wardens and instead a guy that they would love to off if they ever get the chance, but never have the impetus to actually hunt down.
- Older Than They Look: Mentions that he's at least a century older than most of the heist team, making him a Cool Old Guy.
- Only in It for the Money: He refuses to consider switching to help Harry when all Harry has is the good will of the White Council and favors from a fae queen. While both have perks, they can get tangled and messy and open for interpretation. Binder prefers the simplicity of cash or other things of monetary value.
- Orphaned Punchline: In Skin Game, where Harry only arrives to hear the last part of his stories and everyone else cracking up. They appear to be rather raunchy too.
- Professional Killer: Binder may be a pretty affable guy, but he also kills people for money by summoning his minions on them.
- Punchclock Villain: He works for the bad guys, sure, but when things are clearly going downhill, he not only agrees to leave Chicago for good, but also gives Harry some equipment and advice before leaving.
- Rule #1: Binder has at least two:
- Rule One: Money or nothing. In Skin Game he refuses to consider switching to help Harry when all Harry has is the good will of the White Council and favors from a fae queen. While both have perks, they can get tangled and messy and open for interpretation. Binder prefers the simplicity of cash or other things of monetary value. Included in things he will refuse are Coins from a Denarian.
- Rule Two: No personal attachments. He won't, for example, have sex with his lovely and willing friend and assistant Hannah, because that kind of entanglement could be messy down the line. But, in the same way, he holds no grudges against people. He will make friendly with both villain and good guy as long as the job gets done.
- Summon Magic: Just as before, his only real reason for being part of his bosses plans is his ability to pull dozens of mooks out of thin air.
- Weak, but Skilled: Magically, he is a one trick pony. Physically, he isn't in the best shape of his life. However, once he starts summoning his humanoid demons, he can summon hundreds in as many seconds, and each one is a dangerous fighter and hunter.
- Zerg Rush: In addition to pure numbers the minions in this case have supernatural strength, speed, and toughness, and in Skin Game are capable of wielding Uzi's pretty efficiently. It's also revealed he has an entire clan of demons under his control.
Mortimer "Mort" LindquistProfessional medium and ghost-talker, otherwise known as an "ectomancer". Though a very potent wielder of power in regards to the dead and other spirits, Lindquist's powers have a very narrow focus and thus he tries to stay out of way of anything supernatural and/or violent. However, when the situation calls for it, he can be very dangerous within his area of expertise, and has a will of iron.
- Big Damn Heroes: Molly, while battling the Corpsetaker in a fierce mental battle, calls for help and Mort answers. He arrives, having gained control of the wraiths the Corpsetaker used to torture him, and sends them at the evil bitch.
- Cowardly Lion: Mortimer does not like to get involved, but he still possesses great power in controlling and communicating with the undead.
- Dead Person Conversation: He has them frequently. He tries to help console the shades to help them move onto What-Comes-Next. Those he cannot help are either ones who have a fierce determination and sense of duty that makes them excellent sentries, or so insane and dangerous he takes them into his protection to keep mortals safe from them.
- Defiant to the End: Holding out against Corpsetaker's Cold-Blooded Torture to protect the spirits in his care.
- Hero of Another Story: Harry ponders in Ghost Story how many spiritual troubles were stopped without him noticing by Mort's power.
- I See Dead People: Can communicate with spirits.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: Ghost Story reveals he can summon the shades who are his allies into him and Mega Man their powers or skills."I don't have a gun. Never thought I needed one."
- Lovable Coward: Mort the ectomancer is another self-admitted coward. And, in another subversion, while he stays out of the way of violence as much as possible, he'll go all Papa Wolf when ghosts are threatened and doesn't break down even after over a day of physical and mental torture from Corpsetaker.
- Though Mort does have a very good reason for self-preservation: He's the only thing preventing hundreds of ghosts from bugging out and going on a killing spree in the mortal world
- Meaningful Name: Anyone think it's a coincidence that the guy whose magic is focused on the spirits of the dead goes by the nickname "Mort"?
- Phony Psychic: For a while, until Harry convinces him that this is hurting his overall abilities. Once he started using his powers honestly, they returned and became even stronger.
- Powers via Possession: Sort of. Mortimer can draw ghosts into his body to take advantage of their skills—even with wizards' spirits to access their magic, like Harry.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: His line to his tormentor The Corpsetaker in Ghost Story. Following it, he unleashes all the wraiths, crazy ghosts, she had against her in a single powerful attack.But it seems to me, you half-wit, that you probably shouldn't have left a freaking ectomancer a pit full of wraiths to play with.
- The Shrink: Ghost Story reveals much of how he handles various ghosts is to be exactly this. He needs to find the root of what is holding the ghost here and try to correct it.
- Tempting Fate: In Ghost Story he finally agreed to help Harry for one hour and asks what could happen in one hour?Harry: Heroes know better than to hand the universe lines like that.
- Took a Level in Badass: In Grave Peril, Mort is a self-proclaimed coward with a bad comb-over and almost completely atrophied abilities. By Ghost Story, he has turned his business around, enlisted the aid of some of the most dangerous ghosts in Chicago and gained a level of raw power rivaling Harry's (within his narrowly specialised field). He also kills the Corpsetaker for good, and this is after enduring a day of torment by thousands of wraiths at her hands. And he's shaved off the comb-over.
The Korean warlock
The Korean warlockA teenager with a talent for mind control who was executed in the beginning of Proven Guilty.
- Mind Rape: His crime. He forcibly turned a group of people, including many from his family, into his thralls.
- Self-Made Orphan: Killed many members of his own family and enthralled many more. While we don't know for sure if his parents were among them, given the damage he dealt out, it's very likely.
- Shadow Archetype: To Molly; he's executed for breaking the same law that she did and represents what she could've become if Harry hadn't stepped in.
Hannah AscherA dangerous Warlock who broke the First Law of Magic. She was hunted by the Wardens for years before she was presumed dead. Considered a formidable pyromancer, she appears in Skin Game to as a hired member of Nicodemus' heist crew.
- Affably Evil: A known and wanted killer, she is nonetheless rather friendly. Too bad she is a power crazy Denarian.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: Her tactics consist of 'throw fire at opponent until opponent is crispy-fried'. This tendency of hers is why she has a Too Dumb to Live entry.
- Big Eater: She likes her burgers and doughnuts. Pretty much, where there is food, she will scarf some down.
- Crippling Overspecialization: She's good with fire. On a scale that Harry would have been impressed to see from a centuries old member of the Senior Council. That's pretty much all she can do.
- Evil Counterpart: To Harry. Both killed people with fire magic while still teenagers (in self defense too, provided she isn't lying), both are noted for their skill with fire magic too. Both also were offered and took Lasciel's Coin. However, whereas Harry rejected the temptation, Ascher embraced it. Furthermore, they have fundamental difference in their views of magic, power, and how a wizard should use them. Finally, her Fire magic skills (which far exceed anything Harry was ever capable of), serve as a Foil to his increasing skill with and reliance on his Winter Knight Powers.
- Glass Cannon: She's a powerful fire mage but she's got little in the way of defense.
- Playing with Fire: A better pyromancer than Harry ever was. Her control is so fine, she can even redirect heat away her body. Doesn't hurt that she has access to Hellfire, courtesy of Lasciel.
- Statuesque Stunner: Nearly six feet of striking curves.
- The Vamp: Downplayed. She tries to get some on with Harry and is a Warden killing Warlock to boot, but her looks aren't her main power.
- Too Dumb to Live: Not normally, as pointed out by Harry, her combination of her Crippling Overspecialization, Attack! Attack! Attack! fighting strategy, and rage tend to make her this in combat. She doesn't counter her opponents' attacks or give any thought to the consequences of her own. This is how Harry kills her- he redirects one of her attacks to the ceiling of the cavern they're fighting in, causing several tons of stone to be chewed out from the ceiling and drop straight on Ascher.
- Tragic Villain: She broke the first law of magic when she murdered the three men who were trying to rape her. By the time we see her, she's completely under Lasciel's thumb, and has been driven to what she does by Lasciel's poisonous words. Harry doesn't want to fight her, seeing her as yet another person that the Fallen have led to ruin, like Rasmussen.
- Unholy Matrimony: She appears to have a thing with Binder. She actually doesn't. He turned down her advances.
Etienne the Enchanter
Etienne the EnchanterA French wizard from the Middle Ages.
An insane sorcerer living in Chicago's sewers. He seeks to use his magic powers to bring forth his own brand of order in which he would rule Chicago like a tyrant. Insists on being referred to by honorifics such as 'master' or 'sire.'
DemonsFor the Denarians, see here.
Lucifer, aka SatanThe Prince of Darkness. Father of Lies. The First Fallen. He once was an Archangel on high, but too much pride led him to rebel. He hasn't appeared in the series proper, but his influence and actions have influenced several plots, most notably giving Nicodemus and Anduriel access to Super-Hellfire in Small Favor.
- Balance Between Good and Evil: He gives his people access to Archangel-tier Hellfire to help on their mission. This break is considered a showy two-time use of the power. In response, this gives Uriel the chance to grant Harry Dresden an equal blessing.
- Greater-Scope Villain: His actions in both the rebellion against Him and the implanting his top thirty fallen have caused a lot of strife for humans in their brief existence.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: His giving Nicodemus Super Hellfire allows Uriel to give Harry Soulfire. With Soulfire, Harry has become Warden of Demonreach, destroyed the Red Court, destroyed the body Sharkface was using, taken out Lasciel and left her Coin in Hades' vault and many other things. None of which would have happened if Lucifer hadn't given his gift to Nicodemus.
- Similarly, him talking Harry into committing suicide allowed for Uriel to talk Harry into not giving into despair once he became Mab's Knight.
- Out-Gambitted: Against Uriel, he has lost. Uriel once tricked him and won some event.
AzorthagalA demon that Leonid Kravos tried to summon, though Harry and his allies stopped him. When Kravos' ghost returned, Dresden's misidentification of the ghost for Azorthragal caused him several problems.
- The Ghost: We never actually meet Azorthragal.
"Chauncy" is a demon Harry summons to bargain for information in Fool Moon. He mentions in passing that Harry summoned him at about a half-dozen times in the past.
- Deal with the Devil: Harry cuts one to trade in a third part of his name for information. He tries to tempt Harry into a second deal when the deal they agreed upon limited the amount of useful information Harry could get out of Chauncy. He tries to tempt Harry again during their conversation, but it becomes clear that this was a more calculated attempt.
- Full-Name Basis: He refers to Harry as "Harry Dresden", and later "Harry Blackstone Dresden" when he gets his end of the deal.
- I Know Your True Name: He knows part of Harry's True Name as part of three deals with Harry in which he got one of Harry's names in each bargain. Because Chauncy is a source of information for other wizards, not all of them benevolent, and the fact that he's a demon, Harry knows better than to give him his whole name since that can have dire consequences for him. He was still desperate enough to give Chauncy three-quarters of his name over several periods of the course of their professional relationship.
- Knowledge Broker: Demons keep a close record of humans' sins, giving them an unparalleled knowledge of certain goings on and associated information. Harry summons Chauncy up to strike a bargain for information on the werewolves behind the Lupus murders when his other leads started to dry up. Chauncy's also noted to be a source of information for other wizards.
- Legions of Hell: He's a demon with scales, pincers, and a beak. Also an Oxford accent and glasses.
- Not So Different: He tries to convince Harry that he's indifferent to the rules and they're not that different, to convince Harry to throw in his lot with Hell. Apparently, it's part of his usual pitch.
- Punch-Clock Villain: When summoned up, Chauncy thrashes about his barrier to try to get at Harry as he's contractually obliged to try to escape and kill Harry. When he's satisfied that the barrier is sound, he turns out to be quite civilized and polite with Harry. Ultimately subverted, as at the end of their conversation turns out he's just as spiteful and malicious as advertised for a demon.
- Starter Villain: He is low-rank compared to the Fallen Angels, the Walkers, and Shagnasty. However, Word of Jim says his information on Harry ends up being passed up the chain of command to higher forces of Hell to better fight against him.
- Wicked Cultured: He speaks with an Oxford accent and has wire frame glasses.
- Xanatos Gambit: At the end of their encounter, he gives Harry a teasing bit of information that hints that his mother was a reformed dark mage, and that Chauncy knows much more about Harry's mom than Harry did. That was just bait to sucker Harry in, though it doesn't work and only makes Harry pretty pissed, ending the civil discussion and getting Chauncy banished.
A humanoid demon with a toad-like face, Kalshazzak was summoned by Victor Sells.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Sells thought he could control Kalshazzak, but when Dresden screwed up the binding, the demon wasted no time in attacking Sells.
Shen demonsChinese monkey-like demons. Dresden encounters them early in the Blood Rites case.
Divine and Semi-Divine BeingsFor Odin, see the entry for Donar Vadderung under Monoc Securities on this page.For Siriothrax, see his entry under Gregor's Cult on this page.
HadesThe Greek god whose vault is the target of Nicodemus' machinations in Skin Game.
- All Myths Are True: Add Greek myths to the setting's already long list (although the one about Persephone isn't exactly true).
- Cool Crown: He wears one that is made out of tiny spheres of mordite orbiting his head.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He's the god of wealth and the underworld and keeps an armory of supernatural artifacts. But he's not a bad guy.
- Don't Fear the Reaper: He's a very benevolent Lord of Death. He is a warden of the realm of the dead, a punisher when need be, but he is always fair.
- The Dreaded: One of the few beings Harry's too scared to mouth off to. Most of the time.
- Everyone Hates Hades: Pointedly averted; see Historical Villain Upgrade below.
- Fluffy the Terrible: Why he named his three-headed dog Cerberus. Really, Cerberus is a really good, loyal dog who just happens to be terrifying to outsiders (and a very good guard dog, but that's beside the point)."Do you know my dog's name?"
"Cerberus," I said promptly. "But everyone knows that."
"Do you know what it means?"
I opened my mouth and closed it again. I shook my head.
"It is from an ancient word, kerberos. It means 'spotted.'"
I blinked. "You're a genuine Greek god. You're the Lord of the Underworld. And... you named your dog Spot?"
"Who's a good dog?" Hades said, scratching the third head behind the ears, and making the beast's mouth drop open in a doggy grin. "Spot is. Yes, he is."
- Happily Married: Apparently, with Persephone. In this version, she came willingly to the underworld and the whole myth about the abduction stemmed from her mother, Demeter, going through a very bad case of empty nest syndrome.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Pointed out In-Universe by Harry, who notes that while movies and TV have painted him as the equivalent of the devil, he's actually among the most honorable of the Greek major gods and the only one who never neglected his duties. Additionally, according to him his marriage to Persephone was completely consensual and the pomegranate thing was made up later to calm down Demeter.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Befitting the god of wealth, he has a large collection of priceless things. Harry describes his horde as what you'd get if Smaug suffered from crippling obsessive-compulsive disorder and relentless good taste.
- Nice Guy: His duty often forces him to be harsh, but in person, Hades is a great guy as long as you don't fuck with him.
- No Social Skills: Self admitted. He isn't all that good at interacting with people, which is one of the things that contributed to his bad reputation.
- Not So Different: As he points out, both he and Harry are incredibly powerful guardians of a supernatural prison. They also both own big, friendly dogs with unthreatening names (note "Cerberus" roughly translates to "Spot") that can nonetheless scare the hell out of pretty much anyone when necessary.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: How he views Demeter. When Persephone married him of her own free will, Hecate led Demeter around looking for Persephone. And around and around. It was her wedding present: a honeymoon free of the mother-in-law. Hades was very appreciative.
- Physical God: The first Greek God to show up in person.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He honestly doesn't particularly care that his vault is being broken into — as far as he's concerned, its contents are there as an "In case of reality-threatening emergency, break glass" safety, and the ludicrously deadly deathtraps leading up to it just make sure that the only people who can get to them are competent enough to use them.Harry: But why lock them away where anyone with enough resources can get them?
Hades: To prevent anyone without the skill or the commitment to use them well from having them. It is not my task to keep them from all of mortal kind—only from the incompetents.
- Hades was also extremely impartial when it came to the judgement of the dead. The few Greeks who offered him worship and sacrifice in the hopes of getting a more lenient deal couldn't stop him from being impartial and fair.
- The Reliable One: How harry describes him. While the other Gods were often unnecessarily cruel and negligent in their assigned duties, Hades never was.
- Sharp Dressed Man: He appears to Harry in an all-black suit, as befitting his status as a Man of Wealth and Taste.
- Skunk Stripe: He has pure black hair, and a pure black beard, except for streak of white at his chin.
- Thicker Than Water: Even though Harry says nothing but the (unattractive) truth about the other Greek Gods, Hades tells him to step carefully. True or not, they're family.
FerrovaxAn honest-to-goodness dragon. He appears at Bianca's party in Grave Peril, where he demonstrates that he is a being of immense power, able to bring Harry to his knees with just a portion of Harry's true name. While he has not appeared since, Word of God states that Ferrovax will have a part to play in the apocalyptic trilogy that will serve as the capstone to the Dresden Files series.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He is as arrogant as he is powerful.
- Chekhov's Gun: The mysterious gift that he received at Bianca's party. Whether it actually has any actual importance to the plot remains to be seen. Seeing as the athame gifted to Lea and the tombstone/burial plot gifted to Harry have both had pretty big appearances (the latter much more so), this seems pretty likely.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Is slated to appear in the apocalyptic trilogy, and possibly play an important role.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Mr. Ferro implies that the sight of his true form might do this to Harry.
- Green Rooming: Carefully introduced in book 3, stated by Word of God to have a role to play eventually, but has only been briefly mentioned once as of book 15.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: According to Word of God, Ferrovax is one of the most powerful beings in the entire series. When asked in a hypothetical scenario who would win in a fight, Ferrovax or the Leanansidhe and Eldest Gruff together, Jim Butcher answered that if both of them were allowed to use every trick they have and all their power, they would still both be slaughtered fighting Ferrovax. He compared it to Mike Tyson in his prime fighting a thirteen year old girl.
- Our Dragons Are Different: In this case, dragons are semi-divine beings of immense power. According to the author, there are two types of dragons, Dragons (with a capital D), that are god-like beings, more in common with the Asian perception of dragons and dragons (with a lowercase d), which have more in common with the dragons represented in western mythology that work as messengers and agents for Dragons. Given that Ferrovax refers to himself as the "oldest and most powerful" of his kind, it might be presumed that he belongs to the former category.
PyrovaxThe only other semi-divine dragon left alive besides Ferrovax after Michael slew Siriothrax.
"Shagnasty" the Skinwalker
"I will come for you. I will kill you. I will kill your blood, your friends, your beasts. I will kill the flowers in your home and the trees in your tiny fields. I will visit such death upon whatever is yours that your very name will be remembered only in curses and tales of terror."One of the main antagonists in Turn Coat, the Skinwalker is an ally or member of the Black Council, and comes in on their behalf. When viewed through a wizard's Sight, the pure evil that the spirit embodies is enough to drive Harry almost mad with terror that such a creature could even exist. The Skinwalker proves to be a frighteningly powerful foe, easily able to defeat the White Court in the heart of their headquarters.
- Always Chaotic Evil: The Skinwalkers.
- And Your Little Dog, Too!: When he threatens to kill Harry, he makes sure to include the flowers in Harry's house as recipients of the death threat.
- Bad Powers, Bad People: He has the power to instinctively sense what would cause the most pain to others, physical or emotional, which is why he captured and brutally tortured Thomas. He also gains the strength of those he kills, and gains power (albeit much less) from the fear others feel for him.
- Bears Are Bad News: And one of the forms the Skinwalker in Turn Coat takes is a biological mash-up of a bear, a cougar, and some sort of lizard.
- Crippling Overspecialization: "Crippling" is very relative here, but it's far better at hurting people in a fight than killing them outright. This is due to its Intellectus for suffering: it instinctively knows how to hurt people most, physically or emotionally, and uses this to incapacitate opponents. So while it could cheat to break Lucio's collarbone perfectly with one strike, it couldn't cheat the same way to take her head off.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: To Thomas, just because it knows breaking him will hurt Harry more than anything else.
- Jim has said that the Skinwalker has a sort of Intellectus when it comes to evil. Intellectus is when something automatically knows the answer to a question, but not necessarily how to get from point A to point B. The Skinwalker knows what will hurt people, but not why it will.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Utterly thrashes Harry, Luccio, Lara and her sisters and Raith Manor's mercenaries with no effort.
- David Vs Goliath:
- When it faces Harry on Demonreach, Harry comes close to defeating it by using Demonreach's awareness to track it and Soulfire to attack. Only Harry collapsing from fatigue saved the creature.
- To buy Harry some time, Toot-toot unleashed his mighty box cutter on the ancient evil's back. He is able to avoid the swings of the Skinwalker's strikes and only fell to a blast of wind magic.
- The Dreaded: As much as Dresden is this for most beings the Skinwalker is this for him and everyone else. The moment three members of the Senior Council and five wardens hear one is coming their first idea is to run. This group included McCoy and Listen-To-Winds, a wizard who knew directly how to fight one.
- Eldritch Abomination: A creature so alien to human consciousness that looking at it through his Sight almost drives Harry mad.
- Emotion Eater: Skinwalkers are said to be able to draw power from people's fear so potently that even so much as talking about them can strengthen them. Subsequently, the Navajo tribespeople who know of them tend to not discuss them with outsiders, meaning that those who encounter them will probably not recognise them, which also leads to fear of them. It's also an example of genre-savviness on the Navajo's part. Apparently, Skinwalkers are fans of irony to the point that they'll shapeshift into human form and ask people about themselves before killing them.
- For the Evulz: Pointless and meaningless malevolence is a part of its nature. Harry mentions the holy men who know of them don't talk to strangers about them because a stranger just might be a Skinwalker wanting to hear and taste the fear of hearing its own tales.
- Hero Killer: Shagnasty utterly demolishes Harry in every confrontation, and it did kill Kirby.
- Holy Burns Evil:
- The Blessing Way of the Dine (the Navajo) can either banish or bind the ancient evil.
- Attacks, both magical and physical, augmented by Soulfire can do serious harm to the creature.
- Monster Sob Story: Uriel feels sorry for Skinwalkers (though much more for their victims), because in their rampages, he believes they find some measure of peace in bringing down everything else to their level, to prove everyone else is as flawed as they are.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: It shrugs off everything you can throw at it, and only a no-holds-barred throwdown with "Injun-Joe" Listens-To-Wind manages to really hurt it, and those hurts aren't lasting by any means. Or even really serious, it ran away before they got to that point. Morgan mentions that he managed to kill one by tricking it onto the Trinity bomb site in New Mexico and jumping into the Nevernever at the last second to escape the subsequent blast.
- Otherworldly and Sexually Ambiguous: It gives Harry some Pronoun Trouble in figuring out how to refer to it. It's genderless, according to Bob. Semi-divine demonic entities don't need to procreate.
- Shape Shifter Showdown: With Listens-To-Winds, who manages to defeat it.
- Skinwalker: There are human-ish skinwalkers and there are Skinwalkers, and Shagnasty is one of the latter: a semi-divine former messenger of a holy people who refused the order to return home. It now lives on Earth being a walking nightmare.
- Speak of the Devil: Referring to it by name generates fear that can strengthen it, which is why Harry nicknames it Shagnasty.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Morgan mentions that he fought a Skinwalker once before. He lured it to a nuclear testing facility, and stepped through to the Nevernever as the bomb went off. It's also implied that this method of killing it was NOT overkill, but just enough kill.
A naga who is overseeing a contest between two supernatural creatures, Ambre (a ghoul) and Griswald (a goblin). Appears in the Ghoul Goblin case.
Meditrina BassaridA demigoddess and maenad who serves Dionysus. She infected several cases of Mac's beer with a contagion focus that would connect the drinker's minds to Dionysius himself. Dionysius would then use those people to create a violent orgy at a Bull's game.
- Attempted Rape: Dresden walks in on Bassarid making out with a brainwashed Murphy, and confirms she intends to eventually have sex with her.
- Berserk Button: Dresden refusing to drink her beer sends her into a screaming rage and results in her siccing Murphy after him as well as attacking him herself.
- Church Militant: She wants to restore Dionysus's name and glory among humans, and she's willing to start as many riots as she needs to in order to make that happen. She also proves she's willing to throw down herself when Dresden doesn't play along.
- Gaia's Vengeance: Of the 'Gaia's Avenger' type. When Dresden says that mortals have moved beyond the Greek gods, Meditrina snaps that in doing so they despoiled the Earth. She wants to return the world to the stewardship of the Greek gods, where it was better maintained.
A race of tall, strong creatures who live in the forests.
Strength of a River in His Shoulders
A Bigfoot-like creature who hires Dresden when his son Irwin needs help.
- Big Entrance: He enters the climax of Bigfoot On Campus by throwing a car through a window and enters the dorm room where his son is. The room is on the fourth floor.
- Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: He thinks it's better for his son not to know him in order that his son have a normal life. Add in if he acknowledges him, River would have to take him from his mother. Dresden disagrees, and eventually gets him to meet his son.
- Disappeared Dad: Until Dresden gets him to actually see his son.
- Don't Make Me Destroy You: River holds his attack after the Big Entrance in Bigfoot on Campus because he is giving Connie's father and his ghouls a chance to leave peacefully.
- Give Him a Normal Life: He tries to do this for Irwin by staying out of his life, but it doesn't work.
- Interspecies Romance: He is a Bigfoot and he falls for a very human woman.
- Papa Wolf: The man will get very protective of his son.
- Harry lampshades this to Dr. Fabio when he calls Dr. Pounder the second scariest of Irwin's parents.
- Learning Irwin's girlfriend is, in his words, a "parasite" makes him very angry and protective of his son, though he gets over it quickly.
- When a White Court noble is trying to kill Irwin by having his daughter give Irwin Death by Sex, River throws the man's town car into the fourth floor of the dormitory where Irwin is trapped. He then soundly defeats all of the ghouls the noble had on payroll without any effort.
- Rescue Romance: With Dr. Helena Pounder, whose life he saves by bringing her food when she's stranded on a barren archeological dig site for months.
- Sacred Hospitality: When he meets Harry, they enter into this pact: Harry provides the fire, food, and smokes, and River doesn't hurt Harry.
The GenoskwaA powerful Sasquatch-like creature working for Nicodemus in Skin Game. He has taken up Ursiel's coin, and he uses his demonic powers with brutal efficiency.
- Anti-Magic: Can use Earth magic to ground out spells. It's powerful enough to effortlessly cancel out one of Harry's strongest Winter-infused spells.
- Bears Are Bad News: Able to use Ursiel's coin to turn into a giant bear.
- Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: Is apparently related to the "Forest People", but don't confuse it with someone like Strength of a River in his Shoulders.
- The Brute: Acts as the main muscle/enforcer for Nicodemus during the heist.
- Chupacabra: Its main food source appears to be goats.
- Deal with the Devil: Is the new owner of Ursiel's coin.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Is a master of Earth magic.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Has a voice so deep that Harry mistakes its growling for thunder.
- Eye Scream: Gets its eyes gouged out in its fight against Grey.
- Foreshadowing: Has a conversation with Goodman Grey in a language Harry can't understand. A genoskwa is a mythical creature among Southwestern Native Americans, just like the naagloshii.
- Invisible Monster: Spends the first half of the book behind a powerful veil. The only hint that it's there is the shrinking supply of goats at Nicodemus's warehouse.
- Invisibility Cloak: Can cast a veil so powerful, it even masks its smell.
- It's a Small World After All: Familiar enough with Harry's friend, Strength of a River in his Shoulders, to be even more offended when Harry name-drops him.
- Lightning Bruiser: Is fast enough to hit Harry before he even sees it move, as well as knock him across the length of a warehouse then run up and catch him before he hits the ground. It is also strong enough to easily knock a full grown man several yards, and to pick up a goat and snap its neck in one motion.
- Spell My Name with a "The": Is always referred to as "The" Genoskwa.
Ghosts and zombies
Agatha HagglethornWhile alive, Agatha accidentally smothered her daughter trying to stop her from crying and provoking her abusive husband Benton. She lost her mind, brutally murdered her husband, and then killed herself by chopping off her hand. She proceeded to haunt Cook County Hospital until Harry and Michael managed to deal with her.
- Accidental Murder: She didn't mean to kill her baby. She just wanted to stop the crying so Benton wouldn't beat her. But she held her hand over her baby's face a little too long, suffocating her.
- An Arm and a Leg: She chopped off her own hand after killing her husband.
- Domestic Abuse: Her husband Benton beat her.
- Insane Equals Violent: She's mad with grief, she kills babies in the hospital, and when Dresden and Michael try to stop her, she attacks them with all her power.
InezA ghost in Graceland Cemetery.
- Creepy Child: Cheerfully talks about how Harry will become a monster and how awesome monsters are.
- Deadpan Snarker: When Dresden comments that her existence has been debunked by 'experts', she makes a dry comment about how experts would never say something inaccurate about events that happened centuries before they were around to monitor them.
- Undead Child: Known as the ghost of a dead little girl, though Dresden doubts this after she gives a few too many creepy responses.
PhilA security guard at the Chicago Forensic Institute who is turned into a zombie by Grevane.
- The Guards Must Be Crazy: Doesn't seem to be a very good security guard. He lets Dresden enter without signing in after Dresden gives him a few bottles of beer... one of which he immediately starts drinking.
- Our Zombies Are Different: In Phil's case, undeath gives him strength and power. He can catch up to a car and dish out massive amounts of physical damage before going down.
Sir StuartThe leader of the spirits gathered around Mortimer's house.
- An Axe to Grind: One of his many weapons.
- Abnormal Ammo: He makes anti-wraith bullets out of particularly powerful memories.
- And the Adventure Continues: He is repaired by Uriel and the Archangel offers him a job helping fight what is beyond the mortal realm. Stuart, seeing how much Mort has grown and no longer needs him, goes with Uriel.
- Authority Equals Ass Kicking: Kept the shades of all the serial killers under control.
- Determinator: He endures who knows how long inside a ring of fire, keeping him trapped and, as fire can hurt spirits, eroding his spiritual body. He does so to give Harry one final message and cuts off a piece of his own power and authority over the ghosts, to be able to give it to Harry so the insane shades don't run free.
- Hand Cannon: His main weapon of choice against wraiths.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: He gives Harry the basic lessons of being a ghost and how to use his power, and the danger of losing one's memories. He ends up burned by a ring of fire, being reformed into a lobotomized shade who has a sense of duty keeping him from going insane but not enough to really be what he was.
- Mr. Exposition: Previous books have taught us snippets of how ghosts work in the Dresdenverse, but this is where it becomes important in earnest.
- Noodle Incident: Not much mention is made, but Sir Stuart (A knight and therefore a servant to the crown) was also a member of the Colonial Marines (I.E. a rebel). Even Dresden raises an eyebrow at that.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: A mix of type 2 and 6
- Semper Fi: A member of the Colonial Marines back in his day.
Sue the Tyrannosaur
Sue the TyrannosaurThe most intact T. rex skeleton ever recovered, prominently displayed in the Chicago Field Museum.
- Brick Joke: In Small Favor, when Luccio and Harry are discussing leylines, she mentions a leyline of dark energy that runs under the Field Museum.Luccio: I believe you are familiar with that one.
Harry: I was going to put the dinosaur back.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Sue is first encountered early in Dead Beat, when Harry is investigating black magic at the Field Museum.
- Raising the Steaks: She is a dinosaur which Harry raises from the dead to fight three other powerful necromancers terrorizing his city.
- Stronger with Age: The longer a corpse has been dead, the more powerful it is. Sue is 65 million years dead. Even with the detriment to power being an animal corpse brings to the table, her power still surpasses anything the enemy necromancers had called up.
GhoulsFor Li Xian, see his entry under The Kemmlerites.
GhoulsA race of creatures from the Nevernever. Tough and strong, they often serve as muscle for other supernatural factions.
- The Clan: At least some ghouls live in clan environments, according to Summer Knight.
- Glamour: They can make themselves look human.
- Healing Factor: Ghouls have an impressive regenerative ability. They can die from decapitation or taking catastrophic damage, but otherwise, they can heal very quickly.
- Horror Hunger: They eat forty to fifty pounds of meat a day. One ghoul, Ambre, even says that no matter how much she eats, she knows she'll never be sated.
- Super Strength: They have this too.
"Ice Age" ghouls
"Ice Age" ghoulsA group of ghouls that Dresden and his allies fought in the Raith Deeps. Even bigger and stronger than standard ghouls, Dresden thinks they look like something out of the Ice Age.
The TigressA ghoul assassin of the LaChaise clan.
A ghoul engaged in a territorial dispute with Griswald, a goblin. Dated Deputy Sheriff Prescott Tremaine as part of her cover while she competed with Griswald for the territory. Appears in Ghoul Goblin.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Acts sweet, kind, and demure, right up until she reveals she's a flesh-eating monster and she'll happily rip her ostensible boyfriend to shreds and feast on him as soon as she's done slaughtering the Talbot family.
- Sympathy for the Devil: Dresden feels pity for her when she describes her never-ending, omnipresent hunger.
Leader of a trio of ghouls hunting in Taylor, Mississippi.
Another member of the LaChaise ghoul family which has set up shop in Taylor, Mississippi.
- Almighty Janitor: Pretends to be a mere janitor, but is actually a monstrous killer who can easily defeat most human combatants.
An ancient circle of inhuman Hecate worshippers.
Supposedly a researcher on loan from London to the Lincoln Park Zoo, Watson is actually a Hecatean Hag who wants to use the blood of several powerful animals at the zoo to ascend into divinity.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: The point of her ritual.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Once Dresden wrecks her ritual, she escapes and goes to murder Rogers in retribution.
- The Social Darwinist: She tells Dresden that the strong survive and the weak die, and while she's ostensibly discussing the zoo animals, she implies she's referring to the world at large.
UlsharavasA loa spirit. She is like Bob the Skull, but focuses on‘’faith’’-based areas. She will broker her wisdom for a fair price and is generally good-aligned. That said, don’t think her weak or insult her.
- Armor-Piercing Question: Her price for helping Harry is a honest answer to the question: “Who are you?”
- Detect Evil: She can sense the trace amounts of evil magic within Harry.
- Foil: Bob describes her as such to him. He will work on the scientific, the analytical aspects of magic, but won’t dare touch on the Faith aspects. She is very much about the Faith areas and questions of morality.
- Food as Bribe: She requires some good scotch and chewing tobacco present upon summoning to hear the request at all.
- Knowledge Broker: She will give people fair and reasonable prices for her knowledge.
- Our Homunculi Are Different: When summoned, she prefers a fresh human corpse to possess to speak with the mortal. Harry, lacking one, uses a Cabbage Patch doll.
- Prophetic Fallacy: She seeks to correct one that the Denarians and their backer created. The Knights of the Cross only received if Harry Dresden pursues the Shroud of Turin, he will assuredly perish. What was blocked was, if Harry doesn’t, the Knights will die. And this city with them.
- Speak of the Devil: She averts this by using titles of other beings, such as calling Him the “White God” and Lucifer simply the “Adversary.”
Nature Spirit from Ghoul, Goblin
Ghoul, Goblin nature spirit
A nature spirit whom Dresden asks for information during the Ghoul Goblin case.
Nature Spirit from Down Town
Down Town nature spirit
A nature spirit whom Dresden asks for information during the Down Town case.
- Body of Bodies / Hive Mind: Takes the form of an entire mob of rats that move and speak as one.
- Every Man Has His Price: Despite his rage at humanity, Dresden buys him off with some fresh pies.
- Gaia's Revenge: Claims to want revenge for all the damage humans have inflicted on the environment.
- Through His Stomach: Dresden ameliorates his anger with some pies from a nearby bakery.
Beings from beyond the Outer Gates at the edge of reality.
He Who Walks Behind
He Who Walks BehindAKA "The Walker". A powerful creature that Justin DuMorne called up to kill Harry when he was a teenager. Harry faced the Walker and defeated it, and ever since it holds a deadly grudge against him. Other than that, little is known of the creature.
- Arch-Enemy: Hinted.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Stated by Lasciel to be a powerful Walker.
- Body Horror: It can cause this.
- Chekhov's Gunman:
- The fact that it is an Outsider indicates that Justin was far more powerful than widely believed. It's been stated that Harry was only able to defeat it thanks to unique circumstances surrounding his birth.
- Also a case of The Man Behind the Man: Harry hypothesizes that He-Who-Walks-Behind might've been on standby to kill Justin, not him, just as the Eebs had been planning to kill Rudolph but ended up going after Harry.
- The Dreaded: When Madge invokes the Walker at the end of Blood Rites, Harry has a massive Brown Note reaction.
- Eldritch Abomination: Harry initially thought that He Who Walks Behind was a demon, but he eventually realizes this wasn't the case as he gains more knowledge about Outsiders and Walkers in particular.
- Evil Brit: The Walker chooses to communicate to Harry in a perfectly clear but contemptuous British accent.
- Foreshadowing: Way back in Storm Front, the drug-addled Three-Eye addict sees Harry and mentions "those who walk before and He Who Walks Behind." Harry is quite disturbed and mentions his encounter with He Who Walks Behind, but it's not until Cold Days that we discover that the first half of the sentence was referring to another Eldritch Abomination.
- Kick the Dog: In Ghost Story, Harry's flashback to the confrontation with the entity involves the Walker casually killing the convenience store attendant for no reason beyond the fact that he could.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: A notably Downplayed example given away in his name. Beside being an Eldritch Abomination with serious strength and magical power, he has the talent to be behind his target. Always behind them. Harry could see him only by his reflection, and the Walker was invisible and silent to the other person present until he was killed. No matter how or where Harry moved (even with his back against a wall), the Walker just knocked him around from behind, with no evidence of the Walker moving. When Harry catches him in an explosion, he was immobile long enough for Harry to get a good look at him until the Walker discorporated.
- Man Behind the Man: Behind Dumorne, but it's not yet clear how this trope played out. When he initially showed up in Harry's life, Harry initially thought that Dumorne summoned him to kill Harry, then Harry suspected that Dumorne was influenced by He Who Walks Behind. As details about Harry's life unfold, it's becoming less clear what the relationship between the Walker and Dumorne was, and it may have even been antagonistic.
- Meaningful Name: Harry's first encounter with it has the Walker literally staying behind him the entire time, invisible to normal senses; Harry can only see it through reflections in glass.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The creature's primary name is pretty scary, but also keep in mind he is referred to as "Lord of Slowest Terror." This is speculated in the RPG books that the Walker either loves tormenting his victims (hence the "walks behind" part) or that he is the slowest of the Walkers, meaning the others are ludicrously fast. And then there's his "true name," which is a psychic Brown Note as detailed below.
- Stealth Mentor: Harry notes in Cold Days that the Walker was probably trying to teach him... something. It was implied he was trying to shape Harry into a killer.
- Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: When asked his name, he responds with a couple paragraphs of psychic impressions (pain, contempt, love of Cold-Blooded Torture, etc.) Harry, being Harry, quotes the trope name at him.
He Who Walks Before, aka "Sharkface"
He Who Walks Before, aka "Sharkface"Another of the Walkers. He appears in Cold Days, where he acts as the vanguard of the Outsiders.
- Anti-Magic: Like all Outsiders, he is highly resistant to magic, although Harry manages to batter down his defenses by using Soulfire.
- Black Cloak: It seems to actually be part of his body. He can move it around and detach strips of cloth from it to attack.
- Boom, Headshot: Harry shoves a rifle into his mouth and blows his head off with a magically empowered bullet.
- Doppelgänger Attack: He can split himself into fifty or so identical bodies.
- Eyeless Face: It doesn't have eyes.
- Foreshadowing: Way back in Storm Front, the drug-addled Three-Eye addict sees Harry and mentions "those who walk before and He Who Walks Behind." Harry is quite disturbed and mentions his encounter with He Who Walks Behind, but it's not until Cold Days that we discover that the first half of the sentence was referring to another Eldritch Abomination.
- Humanoid Abomination: An Outsider in human (or close enough) form.
- I Have Many Names: Not counting "Sharkface," there's Gatebreaker, Harbinger, Feargiver, Hopeslayer, and He Who Walks Before.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: All of them, actually.
- Mind Rape: Emotional attacks seem to be his forte, and he subjects Harry to a Battle in the Center of the Mind.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Bullets, blunt trauma, fire, teeth and claws, magic, Sharkface shrugs it all off. It takes a Soulfire- and Winter-empowered bullet delivered at point blank range to bring him down.
- Slasher Smile: Seems to be a permanent fixture, although he doesn't have any teeth on his upper jaw, hence Harry's nickname for him.
The SleeperA Great Old One thought to be sleeping somewhere underneath the Pacific.
A Shoggoth stored in a farmhouse in rural Iowa.
The MistfiendA monster used by Samuel Peabody during his escape from the White Council headquarters.
Jared Kincaid, aka "The Hellhound"
Jared Kinkaid, "The Hellhound"
Blow up the building. That works good for vampires. Then soak what's left in gasoline. Set it on fire. Then blow it up again.Mercenary, assassin, and all-around gun-for-hire. His most common client is The Archive, with whom he's developed a pseudo-fatherly relationship; he's also worked in Harry's employ once, grumbling the entire way. Has an on-off relationship with Murphy, and apparently he and Ebenezer McCoy have reason to hate one another's guts. Also has an adversarial connection with Nicodemus, though what that involves is not made clear.
- Always Save the Girl: Brought up in Small Favor, regarding what he made Dresden promise to do near the end of the book.
- Been There, Shaped History: Purportedly got his start working for Drakul (ie. the father of the more famous Dracula), possibly back when he was mortal.
- Cold Sniper: One of his biggest advantages is he won't let his ego or other emotions rule many of his actions. He even killed Harry because Harry asked him to.
- Combat Pragmatist:
- His idea for dealing with a nest of vampires? Level the place with explosives, and then set the rubble on fire, hostages be damned.Harry: Ah, yes. The "Bolshevik muppet" solution.
- Also, his plan for avoiding a wizard's death curse?Kincaid: So I'd use a rifle at a thousand yards. The bullet outruns its own sonic boom, and you'd never even hear the shot. You'd be dead before you realized what happened.
- At the end of Changes, he did exactly that to kill Harry. At Harry's request.
- His idea for dealing with a nest of vampires? Level the place with explosives, and then set the rubble on fire, hostages be damned.
- Comforting the Widow: Harry speculates on how he would have showed up to "support" Murphy, after Changes.
- Consummate Professional: Uncannily talented? Check. Adheres to a strict but amoral code of conduct? Check. Avoids close personal relationships? Check. Doesn't get emotionally involved in his work? Check... unless Ivy is involved.
- Regularly goes into operations with a massive arsenal, and always packs just the right weapons to kill what he needs to kill, whether it be disposable shotguns loaded with Dragonsbreath rounds for Red Court, spears loaded with an incendiary round launcher for fighting Black Court, or a high-powered sniper rifle that can one-shot Denarians.
- Also, duct tape. He has a attachment clip on his combat belt just for a large roll of it, and at one point uses it to bind up some fairly nasty wounds.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Kincaid is a Scion — half-mortal, half-supernatural entity. What entity exactly isn't known, but... well, he has a nickname...
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: To Ivy. (Also to Murphy.)
- Humanoid Abomination: Seen through the Sight, he appears as a gigantic, demonic-looking shadow.
- I Gave My Word: Once you've bought Kincaid, he stays bought, and it is a well-known fact that Kincaid never defaults on a contract, consequences be damned.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Harry's first clue that Kincaid is more than human is that he never misses.
- Mercy Kill: He killed Harry to keep him from becoming the Winter Knight... at Harry's request. More of an attempted kill really, it doesn't stick thanks to Mab, the Parasite, and Demonreach.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "The Hellhound".
- Noodle Incident:
- Just what the hell happened between him and Ebenezar McCoy?
- In Small Favor, Tessa mentions that "[Kincaid] has fought us before."
- He and Murphy had some sort of adventure during their Hawaiian vacation.
- Out-Gambitted: Had Harry gone with his suggestion to blow up Marva's HQ, hostages and all, in Blood Rites her entire gambit would have gone up in flames, and likely Mavra too.
- Papa Wolf: Do not even think about hurting Ivy. She may be more powerful than him, but he's still ferociously protective of her.
- Professional Killer: Of the "assassin" variety.
- Promotion to Parent: This for Ivy. He tries to get her involved in normal childhood activities, like Girl Scouts, but she is resistant.
- Really 700 Years Old: Kincaid started working as an assassin sometime in the 1200's. Given that Vlad Drakul was born in 1431, and supposedly was his first employer, this should be taken with a grain of salt.
- Red Baron: The Hellhound is a name used by a few people.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He nearly pulls this in Blood Rites when he sees McCoy as the heavy Dresden calls in. Considering McCoy swore to kill him the next time they meet, and McCoy would have if not for Harry, it is a good thing Harry bought his services first.
- Sociopathic Hero: Sometimes.
- Super Senses: His nose is sharp enough that he can smell the explosive charges of antipersonnel mines (and can even tell their country of origin!). He can also see into the infrared range.
- Weapon of Choice: Kincaid prefers to solve problems from as far away as possible, so he most commonly wields a scoped rifle.
Goodman GreyA mysterious shapeshifting mercenary hired to assist Nicodemus in Skin Game.
- Ambiguously Evil: Much like Kincaid, Grey toes the line of ruthless pragmatism.
- Bullying a Dragon: Because Grey is a naagloshii, even though he rejects his father's evil ways he refuses to chance this by entering into the Carpenter's yard with its angelic protections. Uriel doesn't say what might have happened if Grey had, but he's thankful that nothing had to happen.
- Combat Pragmatist: He has disguised himself as a weak mortal some ghouls were targetting in order to get a drop on them when they attacked Harry first thinking him to be the greater threat. Later, when fighting a monster in Hades' vault, he went straight for the beast's eyes.
- Consummate Professional:
- It doesn't matter what the job is or if a better offer comes along. Once he's hired, he will see the job through to the end, no matter what. Fortunately, Harry got to him before Nicodemus did.
- Dead Person Impersonation: After his target in Skin Game dies because Harry and he fail to protect him, Grey assumes his identity for the remainder of the day so as not to alert anyone of something being amiss.
- Doppelgänger: Name dropped by Harry, and his part in the plan involves turning into someone who can access the vault, though Harry's not sure what kind of doppelganger he is. Probably a good thing he learns after the job's done, all things considered.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Maybe. He mentions that his father was "a piece of work," which, in conjunction with describing Harry's mom in the same way, implies that he was a skinwalker too. But details are scarce, and even less is known of his mother.
- Healing Factor: Not one of the strongest in the series, given that physical injuries still "rattle" him, but his body can restore itself from gory injuries in minutes and hours rather than days and weeks.
- Humanoid Abomination: He's a half-Skinwalker that prefers human form, so it comes with the package.
- Human Mom, Non-Human Dad: His father is heavily implied to be a skinwalker.
- Meaningful Name: It's a statement of intent. He's a Native American demon trying not to be totally evil.
- The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: When he transforms into Harvey, he acts like Harvey, getting nervous and twitchy even when everyone else in the room is fully aware he's not the real thing. He mentions that "going this deep's not for amateurs."
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: He's a naagloshii cultural rebel.
- Only in It for the Money: He's only interested in getting paid and isn't particular about whom he gets paid by.
- Pop-Cultured Badass: One of the few non-normals able to match Harry reference for reference. Which is foreshadowing that he's not entirely evil. Butcher's Author Appeal usually makes the complete villains mystified by the banter.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting:
- To an extremely impressive degree — Harry notes that he's able to pull additional mass from ectoplasm, and even uses it to take on the Genoskwa in a fight and score a quick tactical advantage that lets others finish it off. This comes with his being at the very least part-naagloshii.
- Given a proper genetic sample of the target, he has the focus and talent to make changes as minute and detailed as a person's iris, to fool a biometric security system. Harry is understandably creeped out by this.
- You Are Who You Eat: A danger he faces. If he consumes too much of a person, he runs the risk of becoming the person entirely, memories and all. He could potentially change so deeply that he chances losing/forgetting the Goodman Grey personality.
Irwin PounderThe son of Strength Of a River in his Shoulders, a Forest Person, and Dr. Helena Pounder, a human, Irwin is a scion and knows nothing of his supernatural heritage. Dresden is hired by River Shoulders to bail Irwin out of various problems.
- Butt-Monkey: He gets bullied by literal monsters, gets energy-drained by a guy who wants to use his vitality for a hair-regrowth spell, and his girlfriend turns out to be a White Court Vampire.
- Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: His dad abandoned him because he didn't want Irwin to deal with the complications that would come from having a gigantic magical creature for a father. He still wants to see his father, though, and Dresden makes it happen.
- Give Him a Normal Life: His father tried to get this for him by staying out of contact. It didn't work; he wound up beset by magical problems anyways.
- Human Mom, Non-Human Dad: His dad is one of the Forest People. His mother is a human archeologist.
- Ideal Illness Immunity: According to his father, Irwin has this. When he falls ill anyways, that's a sign powerful magic is being used against him.
- Interspecies Romance: He is the half-human son of a Bigfoot and is in love with a White Court vampire.
- Nerd: A fan of Douglas Adams' literature.
A race of elves from Northern Europe known for their exceptional craftsmanship, their love of beauty... and their savagery when revenging themselves on those who wronged them.
- Revenge: Will seek it out on any who wrong them, as Froggy found out.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!: The svartalves are fanatical lovers of beauty, and will let beautiful people into their parties even if they weren't invited.
- Sexual Extortion: They're loath to give up the things they obtain, but they have a custom where they will do so—in exchange for a night of sex with a beautiful person. Lea says one example of this was when Freya—of Norse mythology—wanted to get a precious gem back from them. In the standard legends, she merely kissed them to get the gem back, but Lea explained those legends were Bowdlerized by prudish monks, and in fact the svartalves insisted she have sex with them for the gem. When the svartalves capture Thomas, Lea tells Molly they can get him back if someone has sex with all the elves. Molly declines, but the incubus Thomas is more than happy to fulfil the custom.
- Ultimate Blacksmith: The svartalves crafted weapons for the Norse gods, so they must be pretty good. Harry hired one to make a stronger magic circle in his old lab before the place burned down.
Mr. EtriA high-ranking svartalf.
- An Arm and a Leg: When he catches Froggy trying to set off a gas bomb at a treaty signing, he starts off his revenge by chopping off Froggy's hand and nose.
- Somebody Else's Problem: His reaction to learning that Froggy strangled three young women while on his property. The women were not his guests, so while he regrets their deaths it's not his responsibility to avenge or provide recompense for them.
A svartalf in disguise as a gym teacher at Madison Academy, an elite private elementary and middle school. Pete's job was to watch out for a pair of svartalf brothers while they attended the school and learned to sharpen their predatory instinct.
- Bullying a Dragon: While he is not this to Harry, Coach understands the concept and will accept Harry's interference, which results in Irwin standing up to Pete's wards because it teaches them some "prey" can be very dangerous and the wards should not see refusal to fight back as weakness.
- Jerkass: The role he played. He allowed the svartalf brothers to bully Irwin Pounder so that they could learn how to hunt and hurt prey in a safe, controlled environment.
- Papa Wolf: The guardian of the brothers, not their father, but he still looks out for them with remarkable ferocity. He's even willing to throw down with Dresden in order to stop him from interfering in the boys' bullying.
- Sadist Teacher: He allowed Irwin to be tormented. He arranged for Irwin to get detentions where he'd be all alone so the svartalf brothers could beat him up. And he confiscated Irwin's copy of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
A prominent businessman and environmentalist who was also secretly a loup-garou. Though he hated the thought of harming others, he was unable to stop himself from rampaging through Chicago in his wolf form after Agent Denton's hexenwolves destroyed the circle that restrained him.
- I Am a Monster: What he feels about his curse.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: He wishes he wasn't cursed.
- In the Blood: His curse is a bloodline curse; it came to him through his parents, and would have infected his children too if he had any.
- Interspecies Romance: With Tera West.
- Involuntary Shapeshifter: He shapeshifts, but he certainly doesn't want to.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: His only weakness is inherited silver.
- Unwitting Pawn: Of the FBI hexenwolves, who used him as a cover for their own murders.
- The Vietnam Vet: He served in that conflict.
- Wealthy Philanthropist: One of the 10 richest men in America, and also a passionate devotee of environmentalist causes.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: MacFinn is a powerful werewolf, and in his wolf form he is incredibly hard to kill.
Vlad DrakulA very powerful entity, and a Freeholding Lord under the Unseelie Accords.
- Badass Grandpa: He's been alive for centuries, according to McCoy, and he's still a very powerful monster.
- The Dreaded: Ebenezer McCoy, a wizard responsible for massive cataclysms such as the Tunguska explosion and the Krakatoa eruption, admits that he considers Drakul 'dangerous'.
- The Ghost: Has not yet shown up in person.
- God in Human Form: Word Of Jim says that Drakul is something inhuman and very powerful who was somehow stuck in human form.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Averted. McCoy says Drakul is a scion in Blood Rites, but Word Of Jim contradicts this and says he isn't a scion (although his son, Dracula, is), but something inhuman who got stuck in a human body.
An Egyptian guardian spirit tasked to protect a tour guide that had been hired by a young Cynthia Cedar. However, he fell in love with Cedar, and when mummies attacked both Cedar and the guide, he chose to save Cedar instead of the guide. He then fled Egypt with Cedar before his superiors could catch and punish him, and tried to live a quiet life with her before being drawn into the tragedy of the Talbot family. Appears in the Ghoul Goblin case.
- Benevolent Genie: Loyally aides Cedar in defending her citizens from the supernatural predators Ambre and Griswald.
- Cavalry Refusal: Was this to the guide.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He allowed Dresden to use all of his power, killing him, in order to stop Ambre and Griswald from slaying the Talbots, Tremaine, Dresden, and Cedar.
- Interspecies Romance: With Cedar.
- Love Makes You Evil: From the perspective of his bosses. He was supposed to protect the guide, but he allowed the guide to die because he fell in love with Cedar and decided to protect her instead.
- Our Genies Are Different: The qarin is basically a genie with the duties of a guardian angel.
A golem who appears in Down Town.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: Is unable to hurt Halligan because Halligan has ingested some of the golem substance and the golem feels a strong enough bond with him to think that Halligan, in some way, is also part of the golem and thus should not be attacked.
- Muck Monster: Made of some kind of magical slime or mud.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Proves to be very hard to kill. Even dousing it with running water, which destroys most constructs, doesn't work.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: How it fights.
The "Dog Men"
Monster who were thought to have murdered several members of the Martineaux family in Taylor, Mississippi. They were actually framed by the LaChaise clan of ghouls, and Harry enlists them to help stop the ghouls from slaughtering the entire town.
MiyamuneOne of the baka baku, stuffed animals created by a Japanese toy company which either attained sentience through the belief of the children that played with them or were possessed by creatures from the NeverNever through said belief. As the baka baku were sold to children as 'nightmare eaters', the ascended toys continued to eat bad dreams, but Miyamune was corrupted by the dreams and forced hapless victims into fear-driven comas in order to feed on their fear. The villain of the short story Day One.
- Emotion Eater: How she, and her species, eats.
"Hngh."Owner and bartender of McAnally's Pub. There have been hints that there's more going on than meets the eye with him.
- Beergasm: Mac's microbrewed ale is good enough to win prizes and impress maenads, as in the worshipers of Dionysus, the Greek god of winemaking and wine and ritual madness.
- Truce Zone/Bad-Guy Bar/Good-Guy Bar: McAnally's. As accorded neutral ground, any supernatural who's signed onto the Unseelie Accords is expected to behave him, her, or itself. Granted, that doesn't mean things are any less tense, but it at least gives those same supernatural types somewhere they can hang out without having to worry too much about their personal safety.
- Healing Factor: As seen in Cold Days he can heal from a bullet wound, once it is removed, in seconds. He also has control over this when awake, so he doesn't heal too quickly in front of others.
- Hidden Depths: We don't know much about Mac's past, but his position as the unofficial Bartender to the Weird in Chicago and his bar's status as Accorded Neutral Ground indicate that there's some interesting stuff going on in there.
- This is somewhat explored in Cold Days: He claims to be "out" (whatever that means), and has some sort of connection to the Outsiders. Not only this, but it's pretty heavily implied that he is some sort of supernatural being, as when he isn't consciously suppressing his Healing Factor he heals in moments from a bullet wound, where the bullet had just been forcibly ripped out of him literally by hand.
- The Mentor: In "Heorot" it is revealed he is helping a young aspiring brewer Roger Braddock in the craft of making ale.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: He's usually very quiet, speaking in grunts or monosyllabic answers. So when he uses more than one worded-sentences, like in "Heorot", or in Changes where he gives a small monologue, Harry is completely floored.
- The Quiet One: To the point where one-word replies from him are the equivalent to screaming rants from other people, and when he starts to speak in complete sentences...I looked at him, shocked. He'd used... grammar.
- Terse Talker: Rare is the day that he will speak a complete sentence.
- 13 Is Unlucky: McAnally's bar invokes this with its thirteen carved columns in an asymmetrical pattern, thirteen tables scattered around, and thirteen ceiling fans in various locations. The randomness and number act as a magical break wall to the emotionally-induced magical outputs by patrons. The lights and fans rarely stop working.
- The Watcher: Referred to as this by an Outsider no less.
Alfred Demonreach, aka Eternal Silence
DemonreachThe spirit of an unmapped island on Lake Michigan, and the source of a massive ley line of dark magical energy. The island itself was used by the Denarians as a base in Small Favor, and Harry sought out the island's spirit and claimed it as a sanctum in Turn Coat. It later appeared as the Eternal Silence statue in Graceland during Ghost Story. The spirit is malicious and dangerous in the extreme to anyone who isn't Harry, but can show discretion in dealing with threats.
- All-Powerful Bystander: Demonreach is unbelievably powerful, to such a degree that when Mab appears to be threatening Harry, Harry orders him to "Take her down below and keep here there" should she follow through. Mab's surprise makes it clear that Demonreach could make due on the request. Equally, it is just as capable of shrugging off a sustained attack from both the Summer and Winter Lady and their respective inner circles.
- Bizarrchitecture: The true form of the broken lighthouse (which repelled the Naagloshii like it was nothing) is a compendium of the most complex runes in existence whose very nature defy ALL the laws of magic, physics and Never-never in existence. And that's only the tip of the iceberg.
- Crippling Overspecialization:
- Demonreach is a sentient prison with the sole purpose of containing very dangerous supernatural nasties. It understands matters only in relation to its to purpose. When faced with something new, Demonreach can only care if it helps or hinders its purpose. It cannot conceive of a matter in which he fails in his duty, since doing that would mean its likely destruction.
- When it manifests as Eternal Silence in Ghost Story, Demonreach's spoken vocabulary is so very limited that after a few sentences it has to resort to either mind-wracking blasts of mental communication or nodding.
- Dark Is Not Evil:
- Demonreach as a whole is dark and dangerous, but the entity is certainly not evil. Just surly and antisocial to the extreme. Notably, it finds the presence of the skinwalker and the Black Council agents to be an affront. The spirit of Demonreach acts as a prison, keeping an unspecified, but very large number of very dangerous beings. To put in perspective how dangerous these things are, there are half a dozen naagloshii (nearly indestructible very powerful demigods that exist to spread pain and suffering. It takes a nuke to be sure of killing one, and the likes of a member of the Senior Council to fight one on even footing) imprisoned among them, and they're held within the minimum security wing. Its every effort is dedicated to keeping those things in their cage. The reason it is so antisocial is that it's trying to drive away unwanted visitors.
- In Skin Game, Murphy points out that it drove an entire village crazy horribly enough for the city to wipe the island from the history books. Harry counters that it could have done much, much worse.
- Eldritch Location: The island itself sits on a nexus of several dark magic ley lines, and the prison of Eldritch Abominations certainly doesn't help. Normal people can't stand to be on the island for more than a few hours at a time, at most; even Michael, one of the bravest human beings in existence, claims he's not sure he could go back after he nearly died there. Harry didn't really notice, since he has training to resist influences like that and became immune after claiming the island as his sanctum.
- Fluffy the Terrible: While "Demonreach" is an appropriate and fine name for the island, when Harry jokingly calls the spirit of the island "Alfred," it inquires if this will be the spirit's new designation. It notes while it is part of the island, it is also distinct in a way. Harry accepts this and gives the spirit the name Alfred.
- Genius Loci: An artificial one created by Merlin in the instant span of eons (time travel was involved). It transfers this knowledge to whoever claims it as a sanctum, allowing its Warden perfect knowledge of everything on the island.
- Geometric Magic: His very essence, which his most simplistic form (that of the broken lighthouse) is so extraordinary as to leave Bob stumped.
- Godzilla Threshold: If the Prison is breached, or the inmates escape their cages, then a colossal explosion is triggered to kill all the inmates, an explosion that would destroy most of North America. This is considered acceptable due to the great danger that the beings present to the world.
- Humanoid Abomination: The island tends to manifest into a human form for people to converse with.
- I Know Your True Name: Harry names the island Demonreach, for which it seems grateful. As of Skin Game, it has a first name as well—Alfred. It started as a joke, but the entity took it seriously. This is because while the spirit is connected to the island, it is still distinct from the island and doesn't understand sarcasm.
- In the Hood: Its manifestation always appears wearing a large hood and cloak.
- Leaking Can of Evil: While a formidable prison holding physical gods, it does not fully contain them. Their dark auras combine to create and act as the source for one of the great leylines in the Chicago area.
- Magitek: Or at least according to Bob in an allegory to explain how absurdly advanced and complex Demonreach's outer runes are compared to modern (i.e: from humans to fae since the golden age of Greece) magic is.
- Place of Power: Once Harry claims Demonreach as a sanctum, his power is supported and boosted by the island's own. This, coupled with Soulfire, is the only way he is able to survive the brawl with the skinwalker.
- Technically, Demonreach is its own place of power. The spirit's (considerable) power is only of use when the person it's being used against is actually on the island.
- Physical God: Either is this or something even greater since it is a prison maintaining from fallen demi-gods to... somethings worse whose mere existence creates one of the largest (fake) ley lines in the planet.
- The Quiet One: Not really big on speaking unless needed. It will, instead, emote intentions at first, signifying it doesn't want a person on the island. When it speaks, it speaks with curt simple language because Harry's head is just too puny to fully comprehend everything. When it speaks with a single full and grammatically correct sentence, Harry knows he is worried. Demonreach must even dumb things down for Bob to get the pervert to understand.
- Regenerating Mana: Among other perks, Demonreach will supplement Harry's magic on the island. So the moment he casts a spell, he gets that energy recovered (excepting Soulfire).
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Demonreach is the can. The original Merlin constructed a massive multidimensional, transtemporal prison on the island for dozens if not hundreds of dark gods, evil spirits, and demonic entities. The spirit acts as a sentient prison, keeping them in place. It is such a strong prison, Mab is likely unable to escape. However, Harry can release any or all of the prisoners if he so desires. Not that he ever would so desire, but just the fact that he technically could do it has the potential to really complicate his life if it gets out.Harry: I'd just been handed what amounted to a great big ugly weapon of mass destruction and potential havoc. To the various powers of the supernatural world, it wouldn't matter that I would never use it. All that would matter was that I had it to use. Really, Officer, I know that's a rocket launcher in my trunk, but I'm only holding it so that someone bad won't use it. Really. Honest. [...] And hey, the very best part? I didn't actually have a real, usable superweapon. I just had the key to a great big box full of pain and trouble for a whole lot of people.
- Shout-Out: The spirit's new nickname is Alfred, named so after Batman's butler.
- Spanner in the Works: Harry's failure to account for the Island's reaction to his death was the biggest reason his Thanatos Gambit against Mab failed. She wouldn't have been able to maintain his body without its help.
- Stone Wall: Demonreach is this; hee was designed to endure oncoming assaults. It is implied he could be a Mighty Glacier, but refrained from killing Maeve and Lily right away, theorized by Harry because it might destroy the island.
- Time Abyss: According to Word of God, the limp of Demonreach happened around the last Ice Age and Cold Days hints that he is far, far older than that.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: If the prison's security is ever in danger of failing, the island will detonate in a massive explosion that would take out most of North America to keep its inmates from escaping. The scary thing... for some of those entities, that might still have not been enough.
The Parasite/ Bonea, aka "Bonnie"A spiritual entity that has been growing in Harry's head for years.
- Book Dumb: Inverted; she has lots of raw data but not a lot of practical experience.
- Children Are Innocent: Very
- Exact Words: Demonreach and Mab both describe it as a parasite. As Harry's subconscious notes, that's a Black Humor way of describing a fetus. While Demonreach probably honestly didn't know any better, Mab certainly did.
- Meaningful Name: Word of Jim is that Dresden will name her Bonea, a Scottish word meaningful beautiful (and also punning on Bonnie's home inside a skull-shaped object.) She'll be nicknamed 'Bonnie' for short.
- Obliviously Evil: It's not evil, it just doesn't know any better, and places tremendous burden on Harry's mind simply by existing. He also notes that this is what would happen to Maggie; the Parasite would cause terrible damage to the girl's psyche, but really she's just a scared little girl looking for the closest thing she would have to family after Harry's Death by Childbirth.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: Okay, not a ghost, but a disembodied spiritual entity of intellect. She was born from Lash's act of love in sacrificing herself for Harry, and eventually takes possession of the wooden skull Harry had carved for Bob.
- No-Sell: As a creature formed from Harry's essence, Mab warns that it would sail right past any protections around his loved ones. The fact that she's genuinely innocent and just looking for help is also part of the reason why any wards would have no effect on her.
- Punny Name: Her name is Bonea because it has the word bone in it and she lives in a skull.
- Someone To Remember Her By: She's effectively Dresden's daughter by Lash, born from her remains combined with parts of Dresden's own psyche.
- Spanner in the Works: For the same reason as Demonreach. It helped the Island and Mab maintain Harry's body while he was dead.
The British prisoner
The British prisonerA British-accented prisoner at Demonreach.
- Ambiguously Evil: Unlike the other prisoners, he's lucid and not chanting for blood or attempting to trick Harry into setting them free. In fact, he states quite sadly that he has to be there. He also insists he's "in stasis" rather than imprisoned. So it's unclear why, exactly, he's in Demonreach to begin with. It's hinted that he is, in fact, Merlin.
- Crystal Prison: Is held inside one.
- Deadpan Snarker: He's quite sarcastic for someone trapped in crystal, including telling Harry to "piss off".
- Insistent Terminology: He specifically tells Harry that he's "in stasis", rather than being imprisoned.