[[caption-width-right:234:The Man.[[note]]Back before his hair went out crimefighting. It has since returned and he looks like that again.[[/note]]]]

->''"[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDJDn-ggqOo I don't have a muse. I have a mortgage]]."''

Jim Butcher (born October 26, 1971) is a fantasy author, best known for writing ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' and ''Literature/CodexAlera''. His books are notable for their high levels of [[GenreSavvy genre savviness]], {{Crazy Awesome}}ness, and {{shout out}}s, as well as the frequency of Crowning Moments of [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Awesome]], [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Funny]], and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Heartwarming]]. He attended a writing course taught by Creator/DeborahChester, and, in the attempt to prove her wrong, followed her instructions to the letter, which resulted in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''.

Jim Butcher has also written a ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' novel, entitled ''Literature/SpiderManTheDarkestHours'', and is currently working on a SteamPunk series, ''Literature/TheCinderSpires''.

He is now a big enough name that recommendations from him show up on the covers of other writers' novels, and other writers do [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] to him.

You should read his stuff. Yes, that means [[BreakingTheFourthWall you]].
* ActionGirl: Extremely prevalent throughout his work, it'd probably be easier to list the ''non''-action girls. And several of them should be classified with a "not yet" note as they are still adolescent children. Fine examples include:
** Karin Murphy from ''The Dresden Files'', an otherwise normal human woman that's helped take on vampires, werewolves and fairy queens.
** Kitai from ''Codex Alera''. Daugter of a "barbarian" chief, she is is a dangerous fighter. She once bit a man's nose off because that was all she could reach when he was detaining her. She joins the hero Tavi in battle many times in the series.
** ''The Cinder Spires'' gives us Gwendolyn Lancaster and Bridget Tagwynn, both sixteen year-old maidens.
*** Gwen shows a fortitude and calm during a bad situation by calmly and intentionally blowing off the head of the enemy's leader.
*** Bridget worked for most of her life moving heavy slabs of meat in her family's vattery. She is adapt at close combat.
* AuthorAppeal: The name "Margaret". The Dresden Files has three Margarets, The Cinder Spires has one (Gwen's second name is Margaret).
** Similarly, Gwendolyn. (Gwen Lancaster in The Cinder Spires, Margaret Gwendolyn [=LeFay=] in The Dresden Files).
** {{Action Girl}}s, in particular those who are either very petite or amazonian. Try finding a woman between five and six feet in height anywhere in a Jim Butcher novel. Go ahead. We'll wait.
* CatchPhrase: "I'm not gonna tell you." His answer to questions he doesn't want to answer. It has started getting applause at his Q&A Sessions.
* DarkActionGirl: He's had plenty of these show up. Lara Raith of the White Court vampires is probably the best example.
* DeadpanSnarker: The defining trademark that each of his main characters posses.
** The man himself is no slouch either.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Quite fond of these. Consider that his two main book series are about, respectively, a vampire-hunting wizard FilmNoir OccultDetective and prehistoric monster-riding Roman Legionaries who can control the elements.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: All three of his series so far have included people of royal standing (or near enough to it) willing to get their hands dirty.
** In ''Codex Alera'' being an almighty badass is pretty much a job requirement for any High Lord or Lady.
** ''The Dresden Files''
*** Has the fairy Queens, one of whom saved Harry's life.
*** It also gives us a meta-example with the Knights of the Cross, wielders of divinely powered swords who are apparently always descended from royalty.
*** During the Vampire War, the Red King is frequently on the front line or close to it.
** Spirearch Addison Albion of ''The Cinder Spires'' puts on a front of absent-mindedness, but the events of the first novel make it clear he still has a lot of influence.
* RuleOfCool: Runs ''heavily'' on this.