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Merlin (aka Myrddin Emrys)
The wizard and the creator of almost all the rules (and the White Council) and regulations of Magic. Mythic beyond belief and so revered that The Leader of the strongest human organization in the world is simply called "the Merlin" for more than a thousand years.
- Beyond the Impossible: His magic literally operates on principles that modern wizards believe are impossible.
- The Chooser of The One: He did in fact hold onto Excalibur and looked for the right man to wield it. Excalibur, it should be said, is another name for Amoracchius, the Sword of Love.
- Geometric Magic: Apparently one of his fortes so good in fact, that they defy the universal laws of physics and magics in several realities and so complex that his most basic examples left Bob flabbergasted.
- Do Not Go Gentle: While the exact nature of his death is unknown, McCoy and Harry speculate this was his manner of death.
- Our Founder: Of the White Council.
- Time Master: One of the forbidden magics and according to several god-like beings, one of the most dangerous and difficult to use, to the point that trying to move more than a century needs immeasurable quantities of power. Merlin used it to create the greatest magical construct ever conceived in the simultaneous span of eons.
- Physical God: If not one, at least capable of creating beings with the ability to defeat opponents in this category.
- Shrouded in Myth: He is the magical version of Superman for the White Council and there is legends upon legends of his abilities. Most of the young generations (including Harry) believe that most are exaggerations or propaganda but from what we (and Harry) see in Cold Days, if anything, the guy is underestimated.
The Senior Council
- Purple Is Powerful: Members of the Senior Council of Wizards are given purple stoles to wear to signify their rank and power.
- Stronger with Age: Very much applies to wizards. So much so that while seats on the Senior Council awarded purely geriacratically and only a simple vote as confirmation, Senior Council members are generally some of the strongest members of the Council.
Arthur Langtry, The Merlin
The leader of the White Council, and by extension one of the most powerful and skilled wizards alive. Unfortunately for Harry, he has taken a dislike to him as a rebellious upstart and possible warlock, and Harry in turn considers him a crotchety old man unable to come to terms with the changing world. Along with Morgan, he's one of the primary reasons for Harry's troubled relationship with the Council.
- Badass Grandpa: Once held off an entire army of Red Court vampires and outsiders with one on-the-fly ward, preventing the complete destruction of the White Council and Wardens in a devastating ambush. Also gave us the line:Rashid, prevent it from moving forward and disintegrating me, if you please.
- Barrier Warrior: Specializes in warding spells, and good enough to stop the entire Red Court with a single one. He did this in Nevernever without any threshold to ground the wards either.
- Big Good: While he rather dislikes Harry, and is generally a jerk, he seems almost singlemindedly devoted to protecting the world from the dangers of Black Magic and whatever monsters may threaten it.
- Deadpan Snarker: When in a good mood, he can snark very well. Such as when Harry realizes the Senior Council isn't foolish enough to trust a Red Court vampire visiting under a presumed truce and have them sit before her talking."Egad Dresden, what gave you that idea?"
- Dumbass Has a Point: When Harry makes a smart and calculating point, Merlin seems to fall under this area. One instance is when Harry notes any evidence proving Morgan's innocence discovered by the Merlin would stink of being false (even if it was legit) but anything found by Harry, as Morgan's former parolee, would be second to testimony from God on the matter. The Merlin doesn't correct this estimate.
- Enemy Mine: He doesn't like Harry at all. This didn't stop him from recognizing in Turn Coat that the guy who makes a living as a private investigator might have the best chance of rooting out The Mole.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Usually he's just "The Merlin." Ebenezer is one of the few who does call him by his given name.
- Good Is Not Nice: A lifetime of dealing with the White Council's myriad enemies and dubious allies have made sure of it.
- Heel–Face Turn: Of a sort. In the earlier books Harry depicts him as Head-in-the-Sand Management, trying to avoid war with the Red Court vampires. By Changes, however, when Cristos' faction is pushing for peace, the Merlin is among those who recognizes that this really is going to be a war of annihilation, and he's determined to fight it through. This transition makes sense when one realizes that with Peabody's mind-altering spells gone, Merlin's thinking a bit more clearly.
- Jerkass: He was going to have Molly executed just to spite Harry and keep his mantle of authority unchallenged. In his defense, he was under subtle Mind Control at the time, though, as Molly notes, Peabody's powers are only enhancing his natural obstinate jerk-iness rather than wholly taking him over.
- Knight Templar: In a quiet, political way.
- Let's Get Dangerous: The Merlin is initially seen by Harry only as a political schemer and power-grubber, but shows off some serious badassery in Dead Beat where he blocks the Red Court's (and that's "Court" as in "all of them") advance with a single, threshold-less on-the-fly ward. At the end of Turn Coat, the Merlin creates a ward to contain a malicious non-corporeal entity, formulates a battle-plan, adds 3D visual aids and telepathically communicates it to the 200 or so other wizards in the room. In 3 seconds. In pitch dark. Without losing his cool for an instant.
- Mysterious Backer: He's relatively more benevolent than other examples, though.
- Stealth Pun: Arthur Langtry, The Merlin.
- Villains Out Shopping: More Jerkass than villain, but at one point Harry is a bit nonplussed by seeing The Merlin during a recess in a Council session, doing something as mundane as making himself a sandwich.
- Wizard Classic: Like the original recipe Merlin before him. SOMEONE'S gotta cleave to tradition.
"I told you long ago that being a real wizard means sacrifice. It means knowing things no one else does. I told you that it meant you might have to act upon what you knew, and knew to be right, even though the whole world set its hand against you. Or that you might have to do horrible, necessary things."An elderly wizard, homesteader from somewhere in Missouri, and the newest member of the White Council's Senior Council. Harry's mentor and teacher after Justin DuMorne's death. Also the Council's Blackstaff - the one White Council Wizard in the world authorized to use Black Magic without consequence.
- Artifact of Doom/Artifact of Death: The Blackstaff is described as such. Harry even got the feeling it loved when McCoy killed hundreds of mooks.
- Badass Grandpa: Ebenezar looks like what he is, a farmer from Middle-of-Nowhere, USA. Elderly, mostly bald, drives a beat-up old pickup. He's also one of the most dangerous combat wizards alive. And he actually is Harry's grandfather.
- Been There, Shaped History: McCoy is an old wizard, at least two hundred easily. So, he's been here and there. Two notable events mentioned he witnessed, and as the assassin of the White Council had a hand in causing, are the destruction of the island Krakatoa in 1883 and The Tunguska Event, the meteor strike in Russia 1908.
- Berserk Button: Don't threaten Harry. Or he'll drop a satellite on you. This is Not Hyperbole. He did this.
- Big Damn Heroes: He turns up to even the odds as Harry and team face off against pretty much the entire Red Court at the climax of Changes. He brings the Grey Council with him.
- Black Magic: As the Council's Blackstaff, he's allowed to use it. At one point he casually kills about a hundred people at once with a single act of will. Then, he did it again.
- Colony Drop: In Death Masks, in response to a Red Court Duke who threatened Harry, he rips a decommissioned Soviet satellite out of orbit and drops it on top of a castle owned by said Duke.
- Cool Old Guy: Harry already had the understanding on how to do magic, this is the guy who instilled into Harry how and why it should be used for good.
- Good Is Not Soft: At the end of Death Masks he told Harry, "Turn on the TV." Harry would see his enemy's stronghold destroyed by a satellite that fell from orbit.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: In Changes, it is revealed that he's actually Harry's maternal grandfather.
- The Mentor: Harry's second mentor after Justin. He was also a Mentor to Harry's mother but pushed her too hard and she ran away.
- Necessary Evil: His role as Blackstaff is to break the Laws of Magic when adhering to them would make the world a worse place.
- Papa Wolf:
- The reason for the aforementioned Colony Drop.
- The reason for him showing up with the Grey Council to help save his grandson and great-granddaughter.
- Person of Mass Destruction: The New Madrid Earthquake, The Tunguska Event and the eruption of Krakatoa were all Ebenezer putting the smackdown on deserving parties.
- Poisonous Friend: To the White Council and especially Harry, since if you threaten either one, he'll blow you up. Literally.
- Really 700 Years Old: Fought in the French and Indian War.
- Red Baron: To those who are his enemies and have survived, he is called simple The Blackstaff. When Jared "Hellhound" Kincaid would run away from him the moment he sees him, it says something about the man.
- Sawed-Off Shotgun: Like Harry, he tends to lug one of these around with him. Not that he usually needs it.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Again, see aforementioned Colony Drop.
- Weapon of Choice: Ebenezar normally uses a staff carved from an oak tree struck by lightning on his farm. But when shit really hits the fan, he pulls out the Blackstaff, which allows him to work Black Magic without going insane by turning the mental corruption into painful-but-workable physical corruption of his flesh.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Harry takes the fact that Ebenezar uses Black Magic without repercussion, was under orders to kill him if he even got out of line during his apprenticeship, and killed dozens of Duke Ortega's human slaves with the Colony Drop poorly. They eventually reconcile, but it was very uncomfortable for a while.
Joseph "Injun Joe" Listens-To-Wind
One of the wizards on the Senior Council, genuine Illinois medicine man and an old friend of McCoy's. In addition to talking to animals and being able to transform, he's also the White Council's medical expert and goes back to medical school every ten years or so to stay up-to-date.
- Badass Grandpa: He's born sometime in the early 1800s or even further back. This doesn't stop him from sending a skinwalker running.
- Bears Are Bad News: Turns out the best way to take on an Eldritch Abomination shapeshifter is by turning into a bear. The size of a minibus.
- Braids, Beads and Buckskins: Listens-To-Wind has been guilty of all charges at some point or another, and uses a lot of Native American trappings to work magic, but manages to subvert the trope entirely. If anything, he seems to have about the same dress sense as most modern-day Native Americans.
- Cool Old Guy: When his berserk buttons are not pressed.
- Friendly Enemy: In Turn Coat, sort of. Because of his Greatest Failure, he would reluctantly sacrifice Morgan to the executioner's sword to save the White Council because if Morgan doesn't die for the slaying of LaFortier then it could mean Civil War for the Council, shattering it and leaving billions of innocent mortals free targets for the dark things in the world.
- Loyal Animal Companion: Little Brother, his raccoon familiar.
- Magical Native American: The most hardcore version ever.
- Magic Dance: Used for some of his spells.
- The Medic: He's generally considered to be the most skilled healer on the Council, and even goes back to med school every few years to make sure he stays on top of things.
- My Greatest Failure: Sometime back in his past, he watched as the tribe he was meant to guide and protect be slaughtered by White Men because his principles told him it was wrong for the White Council to intervene with mortal politics. He waited until it was too late to do any good. His principles made him choose who would live and who would die. He will not make the same choice again. See Friendly Enemy.
- N-Word Privileges: Harry's narration notwithstanding, Ebenezar McCoy is the only one who actually calls him "Injun Joe" to his face, and he gets a pass thanks to being a good friend who goes back far enough with Listens-To-Wind to excuse the political incorrectness. In return, he calls McCoy a "redneck hillbilly."
- Shape Shifter Showdown: His ultimate Crowning Moment of Awesome.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: One of his strong suits.
- Zen Survivor: Subverted. While he's gone through enough to qualify, he's generally a nice, gentle guy. He's always been friendly and patient with Harry, even in Turn Coat. Of course, it's also mentioned that he has a lot of experience in coping with personal pain and anger, and even Harry is cowed when he sees past the surface of that particular iceberg.
Another member of the Senior Council. Dedicated to maintaining the appearance of stability in the White Council. Little else is known.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: In the books she is a frail, very elderly lady. In the TV series she's played by 28-year-old Elizabeth Thai and is possibly The Ageless.
- Deadpan Snarker: Gives Lara Raith a taste of this.Mai: (In an "utterly tranquil" voice) It is possible that I am unfairly judging your people in accusing them of plotting LaFortier's death. You are, after all, vampires, and well-known for your forthright and gentle natures.
- Didn't See That Coming: She would never have guessed that Harry lived with a Foo Dog. Harry describes her reaction as someone who was hit between the eyes with a sledgehammer.
- Miniature Senior Citizens: Harry describes her as 'tiny'.
- Never Mess with Granny:
- At one point in Turn Coat, Ancient Mai is observed with the toughest and most experienced Wardens available. One of them is holding her umbrella.
- In that same scene, Harry lets a tiny detail slip, and Ancient Mai uses this information to effortlessly deduce several things about the situation, none of which are good for Harry. To quote Harry, "The only thing worse than scary is smart and scary."
- Prim and Proper Bun: When she appears on Demonreach in Turn Coat her hair is held up with jade combs.
- Really 700 Years Old: At over 400, she is old even by Senior Council standards.
- Support Party Member: She has little in the way of direct offensive magic. That leaves her a lot of options.
One of the members of the Senior Council, Liberty is an ally of Harry's, though rarely seen. Relatively little is known about her compared with other members of the Senior Council.
- Never Mess with Granny: Implied. She has been described to running off with other Senior Council members to defend Luccio training camps and she is a powerful Wizard.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She's willing to listen to Harry and Ebenezer, and if her brief scene in Summer Knight is anything to go by, anyone who comes before her while she's acting as a judge.
Rashid the Gatekeeper
A member of the White Council who covertly aids Harry and is generally mysterious. Usually wears a cowl, and has powers of precognition. His precise job on the Senior Council is not explained, but he appears to have a great deal of knowledge regarding Outsiders.
- Badass Grandpa:
- Being on the Senior Council alone makes him pretty powerful, but Rashid is still extremely powerful even by their standards.
- Word Of Jim says that while Rashid isn't the most powerful, he is the most dangerous. And that he was the one who took down Abdul Alhazred (the author of the Necronomicon). Lovecraft's lore says that Alhazred was eaten alive by an invisible monster in the streets of Damascus. In 738 AD. Doing the math makes him at least 1300 years old.
- Cool Old Guy: Of all of the Senior Council, save Ebenezar and Listens-To-Wind, Rashid is most often a friend and ally to Harry, if distantly.
- Cryptic Conversation:
- By nature. Rashid can see across time and into the future, but he has to pick his words very carefully when warning people of what is coming. If his words or actions alter the future too much, it may result in a paradox that backlashes against him, possibly driving him insane or ripping apart reality. As a result, his warnings and actions tend to be cryptic or limited in immediate utility.
- In the comments in the RPG rulebook, Harry muses that he expects Rashid would answer like this even if you asked him something as mundane as "What would you like on your pizza?"
- Dark Is Not Evil: He goes around in a Black Cloak with a deep hood, but seems to be a pretty decent guy.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He's referred to as "the Gatekeeper" much more than "Rashid."
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin. He's called "The Gatekeeper." It turns out that's because he watches over the stupidly huge and very literal gate that blocks access from the Outside.
- Eyepatch of Power: One of his eyes is replaced by a silver orb. The eye is actually made of the same material as the Outer Gates, and can sense people affected by the Outsiders' influence, among other things.
- In the Hood: Usually wears his hood up to add to the air of mystique. He's lowered it twice in the entire series.
- Precision F-Strike: For a man of carefully chosen words, the fact Harry gets Rashid to mutter "Blood of the Prophet" shows the craziness of his plan to bind himself to Demonreach and face the Senior Council on the island.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Notably, even the Merlin defers to him where he'd back down to nobody else, and Rashid is perfectly willing to listen to Harry's explanations.
- Secret Test of Character: To Harry in Summer Knight. Rashid also accepts personal responsibility and would have killed Harry on the spot if he failed the test, as it would have the same result in the long run.
The newest member of the Senior Council, who forced the Merlin to appoint him lest he take roughly a third of the Council and secede from the whole. Ambitious, aggressive, and dangerous, Cristos has both Harry and Ebenezar convinced that he is an agent of the Black Council. Or just stupid. Ebenezer considers the latter the worse of the possibilities.
The Commander of the Wardens, Morgan's teacher. Was forcibly transferred to a much younger woman's body by Corpsetaker in Dead Beat. Became briefly romantically involved with Harry over the events of Small Favor and Turn Coat. In Turn Coat, it was revealed that she was an unwilling mole in the White Council, as being transferred to a younger body made her less resistant to mind-altering magics.
- Anti-Magic: She made the spell-cutting silver Warden swords, at least before her little accident.
- Bi the Way: Outright said to be this when she was younger by Lara, who wastes no time asking whether she'd like to revisit old times.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Mind-controlled by Peabody into killing LaFortier, and also was mind-controlled into being attracted to Harry in order for the traitor to keep tabs on him.
- The Captain: The current commander of the Wardens, and her official title is "Captain."
- Didn't See That Coming: In Dead Beat Harry tells her about Morgan and the Merlin's gambit to kill him before he went to do Mab's favor. Her reaction is clear she didn't know and is furious with the concept.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: Her choice of offensive spell is usually a needle-thin beam of pure intense heat, which Harry eventually learns how to use in Changes. Luccio's is still superior, though, as Harry mentions that he can probably only use it in the Nevernever (where magic is easier). He also gushes a bit every time he sees her use it.
- Grand Theft Me: How she ended up in her current body.
- Kill It with Fire: See above.
- Lady of War: A very refined fighter. Where as most Wardens throw huge fire balls at their enemy, she uses fire like a laser cutter.
- Magic Knight: She is the commander of an army composed of magic knights.
- The Needs of the Many: Averted in Dead Beat, she and her patrol of Wardens are working to stop the Darkhollow from being complete when they discover a group of children trick-or-treating and about to be attacked by zombies. They can either let the kids die and work on saving everyone by stopping the ritual, or potentially let the ritual go off and protect the children. Luccio chooses the later and is angered Harry would think she would do otherwise.
- Noodle Incident: When Harry jokes about posting naked pictures of her on the internet, she makes it clear that she had to deal with something similar a couple hundred years ago.Luccio: I am not going through that again. You'd be amazed how fast pictures circulate when they're painted on canvas.
- Quickly Demoted Woman: Subverted. Although getting switched to a younger body leaves her much less effective in combat (and incapable of enchanting Warden swords), she retains her rank and uses her knowledge to good effect in a less-physical position. Plus "much less effective in combat" still leaves her capable of kicking a lot of ass.
- Really 700 Years Old: Was born in the 1700s. Currently has the body of a twenty-five year old. Literally.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Immediately brings every available Warden to Chicago once Harry reports of Kemmler's heirs running about in during Dead Beat, and works well with Harry in contrast with her subordinate Morgan.
- Ultimate Blacksmith: Before her transition into the new body. She was the one in charge of enchanting the famous Warden anti-magic swords. To make them, she has to work the entire sword-making process, from purifying the ore to the forging of the blade. Unfortunately, she doesn't have sufficient power in her younger body to continue the practice, and no one else has the necessary skill.
- Weak, but Skilled: By necessity. Ever since being transferred to her younger body, Luccio's talents have suffered as her new body doesn't have the potential for magic that her older one possessed. That being said, she is still incredibly powerful and a masterfully-skilled fighter, and makes use of her reduced talents to impressive effect. Even with a modest magical talent now, Luccio can produce deadly beams of precise energy or wide area-effect illusions. Harry states in Changes even with the obvious decrease in power he still wouldn't want to fight her.
"No. I would rather be dead - do you hear me? Be dead than have you use black magic on my behalf."A high-ranking member of the Wardens, skilled swordsman and battle wizard, Morgan is introduced as the magical equivalent of a parole officer - his job is to keep an eye on Harry and execute him if he shows signs of having gone back to his warlock ways, a duty Morgan pursues with gusto. Later on that role takes a backseat to his mastery of battlefield combat as the Wardens go to war.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Towards Luccio.
- Badass: Despite his jerkish personality, the man is admittedly awesome.
- He got within mere yards of killing the King of the Red Court Vampires (and carved his way through several Red Court lords in the process)
- Killed an Eldritch Abomination by luring it into a nuclear testing site.
- In Dead Beat, When Harry had executed Corpsetaker in Luccio's body, Morgan, thinking he just murdered his commander and the woman he was in love with, was going to come after Harry despite the fact that Harry is a powerful wizard in his own right, and had a multi-million year old zombie T-Rex on his side. Harry wasn't sure he could win in such a confrontation.
- Bad Liar: Morgan is normally brutally honest, to the point that when he finds himself trying to lie, it's usually pretty feeble. For instance, in Summer Knight, when Harry figures out that Morgan is trying to provoke him into a fight so he has legal justification to kill Harry, Morgan's eyes widen in shock and he blurts "I don't know what you're talking about."
- To Be Lawful or Good: Morgan knew Molly used mind magic on Luccio and could be executed for breaking the terms of her parole, and Harry for failing as her parole officer. However, he keeps this violation to himself. He chooses Good to protect Harry and Molly.
- Berserk Button: If you value your life, don't hurt Anastasia.
- The Cavalry:
- In Storm Front he pulls Harry out of the fire and begrudgingly agrees to retract his charges of Harry violating the Laws and would give him praise where it is due with handling the warlock Victor Sells.
- And subverted in Dead Beat when he is taken out of commission before the final battle. He still protects people til the end.
- Determinator: More than anything else, this is where Morgan's character stems from. At the end of Turn Coat, Harry comes to realize that this is what made Morgan into the man he is. Despite everything that has happened to him over his life, and despite all the losses and pain he endured, Morgan never gave in.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Is demonstrated in Dead Beat.
- Enemy Mine: In Turn Coat, he immediately runs to Harry because he figures nobody will look for him under the care of someone with whom he shares a certain amount of mutual loathing. More importantly he understands that, of all people, Harry understands what it means to be wrongfully accused.
- Good Is Not Nice: Morgan would never even consider using dark magic or breaking the Council's laws. Doesn't mean he isn't a huge Jerkass to Harry.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: With a little Even Inspector Javerts Have Standards. After Molly's trial in Proven Guilty, where Morgan would have been Molly's executioner, he went back to the White Council headquarters and got himself massively drunk.
- Inspector Javert:
- To the core. Inverted in Turn Coat where he is the one on the run.
- And even then he continues to play the role with Molly, though it turns out she deserved it.
- Shortly before his death in Turn Coat, he does finally admit that his pursuit of Harry was unjustified. Or at least, as close as someone as stiff-necked as him can come to admitting it.
- Jerkass: He seems to enjoy stalking Harry just a little too much.
- Knight in Sour Armor: Still very much a believer in fighting the the good fight, but spending more than a century doing so has left him a very tired and bitter man.
- Magic Knight: As are most Wardens, up until Dead Beat.
- The Needs of the Many: Averted in Dead Beat, he and Luccio's patrol of Wardens are working to stop the Darkhollow from being complete when they discover a group of children trick-or-treating and about to be attacked by zombies. They can either let the kids die and work on saving everyone by stopping the ritual, or potentially let the ritual go off and protect the children. Morgan joins the others in protecting the kids.
- Nuke 'em: Morgan had problems with a skinwalker about fifty years before. They're basically minor dark gods that eat magic. So Morgan lured it into a nuclear testing ground and stepped into the Nevernever as the bomb went off. Bad. Ass.
- Obstructive Zealot: He regularly ignores Harry's attempts to explain the situation; at one point he even yelled, "No! You lie!"
- Older Than They Look: Morgan is a century and change, but looks in his mid-to-late thirties.
- Pet the Dog: A few times here and there. These moment are always very, very subtle.
- Though there was a very clear one in the first book. Morgan could have easily stood by and let Harry die in the burning house, but he came in, rescued Harry, and then admitted to the White Council that he was wrong in that specific case. He may not like Harry, but he's not without honor.
- When he's ordered to execute Molly in Proven Guilty he looks absolutely sickened, and more so when Harry steps in his way. He'd have killed them both anyway, because it's his job, but apparently afterwards he went and got sloshed at the Council bar.
- He calls Molly "Miss Carpenter" when working with her to stop Binder from killing Harry and Karrin.
- Principles Zealot: His faith in the Laws of Magic and the senior council. He's mentioned to basically be The Merlin's protege because of this.
- Redemption Equals Death: He dies shortly after finally making peace with Harry. Or as close to it as he's capable of.
- Shockwave Stomp: Is seen to do this in Dead Beat.
- Shoot the Dog: While he Would Hurt a Child because the White Council's policy on Black Magic use is rather severe, he's dealt with enough errant warlocks to know that rehabilitation is only asking for trouble.
- Sleep Cute: Well... not cute. But the impression of him sleeping is less Jerk Ass and more "Holy hell, this man has had a rough life."
- The Stoic: Is this when he's not trying to kill someone.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: His immediate knee-jerk denial of Harry mentioning the Black Council or a White Council traitor immediately clues Harry in to the fact that Morgan and possibly the Merlin have considered the possibility of a traitor but won't publicly admit it due to the backlash.
- Training from Hell: His teacher used stones on him to help him develop his shield spells.
- Weapon of Choice: Morgan carries a massive broadsword forged by Luccio to break enchantments.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He truly believes that Harry will turn and that killing him now will save dozens, if not hundreds of lives.
- Windmill Crusader: Believes wholeheartedly that Harry is a black magic time-bomb waiting to go off. Harry's opinion of him softens ever-so-slightly once he realises Morgan honestly believes this and isn't hounding him because he's a jerk. This is a man who has seen countless times the failures of Black Magic rehabilitation. He didn't hound Harry because Harry's special. He hounded Harry because he thought Harry was not.
- Would Hurt a Child: Not out of sadism. He's a Warden of the White Council, and will do any execution he's ordered to due to Black Magic corruption, but he doesn't like having to do it one bit.
- "It hurts to be this good!"
- Back-to-Back Badasses: Harry and Carlos Ramirez in White Night, against Vittorio and Madrigal
- Badass: He has guts, and not only in combat situations; he called the Merlin senile to his face.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Carlos has proven he is not someone you want to underestimate more than once
- Big Brother Mentor: What Dresden is essentially to him, a wise, more powerful ally that isn't afraid of making fun of him.
- Big Damn Heroes: Three times. Twice in Dead Beat: Once when he stops Morgan from killing Harry after the other man believes Harry killed Luccio (having actually killed the body-swapping necromancer they were fighting) and again when he kills Grevane just in time to save Harry. The third one is in White Knight: Carlos creates an incredible powerful disintegrating water shield Just in Time to protect The Cavalry (Murphy, Thomas, Marcone and his men), Harry, Lara and himself from a group of ghouls
- Casanova Wannabe: He's a young, somewhat cocky, warden who is constantly bragging about his sexual exploits. None of which have ever happened, seeing that he's a virgin. Revealed hilariously by Lara Raith
- Chivalrous Pervert: For all his talk, he is unfailingly polite to all women. Not to mention a virgin
- Combat Pragmatist: As seen in both Dead Beat and White Night Ramirez is more than willing of using his gun and sneak attacks to win the day if he needs to
- Deadpan Snarker: In a more playful way than Harry
- The Determinator: Continued fighting with a dagger in his gut and a matching dagger in his leg in White Night.
- Didn't Think This Through: In Changes. Made a very well-intentioned but poorly timed rebellion against authority, sending the White Council into chaos and ensuring that Harry was facing a The Only One situation.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Harry. Carlos is Harry’s Heterosexual Life-Partner among the Wardens
- Genre Savvy: Like Harry and Ebenezer McCoy before him, Carlos has connected one and one together, and cottoned and agrees on the existence of the possible “Black Council” due to several enemies and villain actions throughout the series that just seem far to connected too be mere coincidence
- Have I Mentioned I Am Sexually Active Today?: He won't shut about his talents with the ladies. He's a virgin. Harry, naturally, finds this hilarious.
- Hero of Another Story: Being the senior Warden and commander in Los Angeles, he sees almost as much action as Harry, on top of being an active participant in the war. In White Night, Harry notes that Ramirez's gear is as battered and battle-scarred as his own, despite the difference in age
- I Got You Covered: Carlos saying he's with Harry 100%
- Improbable Age: There's no way he would hold the rank he does at his age if a) he wasn't really good, and b) most of the other Wardens hadn't gotten killed off in Dead Beat.
- In-Series Nickname: “Los”. A diminutive of his name, Carlos.
- Kill It with Water: He uses water-based magic, as opposed to Harry's fire and force. Fun fact - in this universe, water-magic comes associated with entropy and "cleansing" and is capable of offensive disintegration
- First Name Basis: Harry initially calls him Warden Ramirez. Carlos corrects him and permits him to use his first name."Everyone else who lets me ride on their dinosaur calls me Carlos."
- Likes Older Women: Mentions asking Elaine out on dates in White Night. As she's roughly Harry's age, this makes her at least a decade older.
- Magic Knight: Part and parcel with being a Warden on the White Council.
- Major Injury Underreaction: In White Night, Ramirez looks down and says, "There's a knife in my leg", then "There's a knife in my gut", then "Holy crap, they match". Justified, because he's in shock.
- A Man Is Not a Virgin: Despite what he says, he's a virgin. He's still badass.
- Nice Guy: Under all that bragging about his sexual prowess and battle prowess, he really is an extremely decent guy
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Hinted at. When not in his “flirting, Awesome Ego mode” Carlos has proven himself to be not only very quick on the uptake and just as competent, But White Night shows him to be both quite savvy, to have pretty good instincts and much wiser than he normally acts (Lara actually notices this).
- Remember That You Trust Me: At one point, Ramirez reminds Harry that they're Fire-Forged Friends and tells him that he knows he's keeping secrets from him
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Carlos is the youngest regional Warden as of Dead Beat, and easily one of the most understanding and truly Lawful Good of the lot, as seen in Proven Guilty and White Night. In Ghost Story it’s revealed that Carlos is in charge in tracking Molly, but he’s slowing the search intentionally to buy Molly and The Chicago Alliance time and some peace. Add to that, Molly's presence is helping against the Fomor in Chicago while he handles the West Coast.
- Strange Minds Think Alike: While Harry internally thinks it first, Carlos also utters the “You don't become Merlin of the White Council by collecting bottlecaps." Line when talking about The Merlin’s One-Man Army You Shall Not Pass act against the whole Red Court. The strange coincidence of similar thinking is actually Lampshades by Harry himself, who gives Carlos a surprised look, only to have Carlos grinning cheekily at him in return, obviously amused at having guessed Harry’s train of thought
- Tricked-Out Gloves: Wears a gauntlet with Olmec or Aztecan pictoglyphs to focus his water magic
- Urban Legend Love Life: He talks a fantastic game, completely convincing Harry that he can get with any women he wants. Then Lara outs him as a virgin.
- Weak, but Skilled: You don't need a lot of force with particle beams. That, and almost everyone looks Weak, but Skilled next to Harry "Powerhouse Slob" Dresden.
- Weapon of Choice: Ramirez carries a Desert Eagle and a willow sword, with the latter being an Anti-Magic Warden blade.
Justin Du Morne
Harry's and Elaine's adoptive father, first mentor and Warden turned Warlock. He was raising Harry to become one of his enforcers but was killed in self-defense by Harry. He also took Bob after Kemmler's final death.
- Evil Mentor: To Harry and Elaine.
- Mind Control: What he did to Elaine and planned to do to Harry.
- Obviously Evil: In the RPG, Harry states that the fact that Du Morne only dressed in black silk and leather and carved the end of his staff into a cobra should have rung an alarm bell or two.
- Parental Substitute: For Harry and Elaine
- Pet the Dog: Giving Harry a baseball glove and playing catch with him. This is subverted for readers who remember how Harry got his shield training. Then it's just a depressing Call Forward.
Margaret Le Fay Dresden
Harry's deceased mother. Known to have been a maverick in the White Council — to the point where she was under surveillance from the Wardens for suggesting "alternate uses" to the Laws of Magic. The repercussions of her actions are still being revealed. She has not yet and probably never will appear directly in the series; consequently, most of the below examples are inference or outright speculation.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: At first. Her relationship with Lord Raith, the King of the White Court likely has some merit to this.
- Dead Person Conversation: She appears to her sons post-mortem through a soulgaze she'd previously set up.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: Seems that way at first, but further books have revealed that she was far from a saint.
- Death by Childbirth: Actually due to by an entropy curse caused by Lord Raith.
- Extra Dimensional Shortcut: Even amongst the wizards of the White Council, Margaret's knowledge of the Ways was acknowledged as nearly unmatched, with only the Gatekeeper being as proficient as (if not more than) she was, which made it especially hard for the White Council to control or monitor her.
- In the Blood: Lord Raith actually tells Harry flat out that she was just as much of a smartass as he is.
- Insufferable Genius: By all accounts, almost as brilliant a wizard as she was a chore to hang out with. Goodman Grey, in Skin Game, ruefully calls her a "piece of work," and directly compares her to his father, a skinwalker.
- Loophole Abuse: According to Lucio, this was biggest reason for Margaret being the black sheep of the White Council. She frequently skirted around the laws of magic to show how wizards could still cause plenty of harm and take advantage of people in order to goad the White Council into updating their laws and enforcement. For reasons both good and bad, it did not win her many friends.
- Mayfly-December Romance: As a magical practitioner, her relationship with Harry's father Malcolm had shades of this. Somewhat ironically, he ended up outliving her.
- Meaningful Name: The title LeFay was given to her because of her many connections and dealings with the Sidhe.
- Meaningful Rename: Changes reveals her birth name is Margaret McCoy.
- Missing Mom: She died giving birth to Harry.
- Posthumous Character: She died before the series began, but her choices and actions still affect both her children.
- The Power of Love: Falling in love with Malcolm Dresden, and breaking off with whoever she was hanging out with at the time, is implied to have saved her from a very bad end. How bad, one might ask? Chauncy, a demon, tends to have an "Almost got her" reaction to her. Nicodemus Archeleone has 'fond memories' of her. Hell, she had a son with Lord Raith!
- Rage Against the Mentor: Toward McCoy.
- Rebellious Spirit: To the White Council's strict and morally-lacking views on the Seven Rules of Magic. See Loophole Abuse. Of course, this also has somewhat unsavory manifestations too, such as her relationship with Lord Raith.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: To Malcolm Dresden, eventually.
- Sins of Our Fathers: She left quite a burden behind for Harry to bear. What's even worse is that he doesn't know all of what it is.
A clerical wizard with borderline obsessive-compulsive disorder, which makes him ideal for his job as the Council's senior paper-pusher. Records Council meetings and handles a wide range of extremely sensitive documents. Also, a member of the Black Council.
- Almighty Janitor: His entire job involves pushing paper around and taking notes, making him a minor but important functionary. He's not a slouch in actual combat either; he's an effective combat wizard, a good hand with a knife, and a dangerous expert in mind-control magic.
- Anti-Magic: Surprisingly adept at countering spells. He deflects most of Harry's spells while he's attempting to run him down.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: The moment he sees Harry rise to give testimony at Morgan's trial, he pulls out the mordite in the ink jar to use at a moments notice.
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: Important he might be, but he's still a very minor functionary.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Peabody has made numerous minor appearances in earlier books, always as a minor background character. For example, he's the one who took notes on the Council meeting in Summer Knight, wrote Die Lied der Erlking, was present at Molly's trial in Proven Guilty, and so on.
- Foreshadowing: Whenever the Senior Council, particularly the Merlin, is about to Kick the Dog in the earlier books, Peabody is generally in the background, scribbling away.
- Mind Control: He puts the majority of the Council under varying degrees. The younger members could go Manchurian Agent while the Senior Council were gently nudged into acting in more rash ways and their negative qualities enhanced.
- Mind Rape: Part and parcel of the Mind Control.
- The Mole: For the Black Council.
- Smug Snake: He claims he has a bastion of order in his office and detests anything untidy, like Harry or the German language.
- Tempting Fate: When Harry brings up Mouse to identify him as the mole, he scoffs at the idea of Mouse identifying him at all. Then Ancient Mai identifies Mouse as a Foo Dog and beyond reproach with this testimony.
- Your Head Asplode: In Turn Coat, Morgan double-taps him at point blank range. Not much is left.
Klaus is an old, respectable, and honest wizard, though considered a bit on the young side to join the Senior Council. He is Belgian by birth. He is a short man with white hair, a large belly, and love of enchanting toys and using them as his foci. He briefly fought on the side of the Allied Nations in World War II when a Warlock was helping the Nazi cause out.
- Badass Santa: If Kringle represents the myth version of Santa Claus, Klaus can be seen as the mortal man.
- The Cavalry: To the Allied Forces during the Battle of the Bulge. The Nazi's had a warlock helping them fight, so the Senior Council sent Klaus to help them out.
- Red Baron: He is called Klaus the Toymaker for his habit of putting his magic into children's toys.
- Spanner in the Works: In Summer Knight the Merlin hoped to elevate him to the open position on the Senior Council. Klaus didn't play ball and openly gave his support to Ebenezer.
- Underestimating Badassery: That warlock summoned SS-styled demons to help the Nazi. Klaus used his enchanted toys to beat them back. Word of Jim says his favorite image is these demons being destroyed with just a windup-wooden duck.