Fanfic / Child of the Storm
A Mega Crossover
by Nimbus Llewelyn
that started on a What If?
In this case, what would happen if Thor
had been incarnated as James Potter, as a first run on that humility thing?
Oh, and after he died, he went mad with grief in a form of Gone Horribly Right
combined with Gone Horribly Wrong
, and Odin had to wipe his memories. Then, those memories were restored by Loki in Harry Potter
's Third Year at Hogwarts.
So far, the answer appears to be a world of strange hijinks, constant snarking
, lots of badassery
, evil plots, Loads and Loads of Characters
, creepy super zombies, an even creepier Necromancer
, and Loki's incredible coffee making skills
. The sequel is only piling on the weirdness.
Manages to take a Marty Stuish Wish Fulfillment
based premise (Harry gets a Really Royalty Reveal
) and turn it into something (so far) pretty good, largely by exploring the Butterfly Effect
: while Harry is far better protected, loved, and supported, it creates issues that weren't there before, both personally for Harry and on a far grander scale for the rest of the universe. Notable negative repercussions include the deaths of Arthur Weasley and Luna Lovegood.
Notable for its epic World Building
in a fashion somewhat reminiscent of The Last Son
series (but, arguably, far beyond in scale) (which Word of God
has credited as part of the inspiration for the fic), along with SmallvilleX: Evolution
. Also credited are Smallville
and X-Men: Evolution
, in that it takes a similar concept of a young person discovering their powers and the issues that come with them.
In short: A Patchwork Fic
that is both Denser and Wackier
and Darker and Edgier
Has three instalments so far:
- Book 1: Child of the Storm, which starts it all with Harry discovering his heritage and, essentially, trying very hard not to die as a lot of people try just as hard to kill him and briefly succeed, while discovering new powers and making new friends, all while HYDRA ascend, the Darkhold whispers and everyone dances on the puppet strings of the Sorcerer Supreme... It is complete.
- Book 1.5: Chaos Reigns, is a side story set just prior to chapters 59 and 60, alternately from the POV of Harry Dresden and Wanda Maximoff, as they handle an incursion by the demonic N'Garai. It is complete.
- Book 2: Ghosts of the Past, follows on from the Final Battle of Child of the Storm with Harry starting to assert himself as a Power in his own right, but one still vulnerable thanks to his nature as a Glass Cannon and his inexperience, and dealing with the reverberations of the events of the previous book. Meanwhile, a number of separate villains are all, for one reason or another, out to either control him or to destroy him. It is ongoing.
There are constant hints by the author that he has the entire series mapped out. Equally, there are constant hints that he's constantly changing his mind and adding things in at the last minute (like major characters), meaning that it's not uncommon for something definitively stated in an A/N to be contradicted ten chapters later.
The general consensus seems to be that the broad framework is laid out, but the details are subject to change.
He's also friends with the authors of The Magic of Torchwood
and De Aged
, crediting the former as a key beta/source of advice and the latter as an invaluable source of scientific expertise.
Has also gained a certain amount of recognition beyond this page and recommendations on this site:
- A reading, the first chapter of which can be found here.
- And the story's incarnation of Doctor Strange is mentioned both under his main incarnation's tab in the House of Magic and under his main incarnation on the Time Lord page, in the latter case being equivalent to the Time Lord Victorious.
Child Of The Storm contains examples of the following tropes:
Ghosts of the Past contains examples of the following tropes:
- Adaptational Badass: Voldemort quickly establishes that he's a lot more dangerous than his canon counterpart.
- As of the update, Barty Crouch Junior has been upgraded as The Dragon to Voldemort. A sign of things to come, probably.
- Adaptational Wimp: General Lukin. His canon counterpart is an incredibly powerful CEO and ex Soviet General, ruling a de facto miniature state and wielding a cosmic cube - though that comes with the issue of the Red Skull trying to possess him. This version is an admittedly powerful General and commander of the resurrected Red Room, but he plays a definite second fiddle to Sinister.
- Adventure Duo: Harry and Carol.
- Batman Gambit: Voldemort has Crouch send up the Dark Mark during the fight at the World Cup, knowing that its reputation will cause panic and confusion among the heroes and assembled allies.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: Harry and Voldemort have a couple of these during their fight at the World Cup. The first one ends in a draw due to Harry's raw power going up against Voldemort's skill and willingness to use Harry's friends as hostages. The second, without hostages, ends with Harry overwhelming Voldemort, forcing him to flee.
- Harry and Rachel Grey/Maddie Pryor get into another, pretty epic one, later on. It causes a global scale Psychic Nosebleed, almost kills some elderly psychics, and results in a World Gone Mad in the relevant part of the Nevernever.
- Be All My Sins Remembered: At Loki's own insistence, the "Rogues Gallery" exhibit at New York's Natural History Museum contains a replica of him as he was during the Chitauri invasion.
- Big Badass Battle Sequence: Chapters 9 and 10, especially 10, embody this trope.
- Big Bad Ensemble: On one hand, you've got Voldemort (and possibly Selene, if their deal is holding up). On the other, you've got Sinister, working with the Red Room.
- Big Damn Heroes: The Avengers, Wanda, Bucky, Jean, Alison, and Jack O'Neill in chapter 10.
- Born of Magic: Chapter 10 implies in passing that Merlin was this.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Harry at one point hopes for world peace, good weather, and a year to go by at school without someone trying to murder him.
- Bring It: Harry says this to Maddie right before their psychic duel in the Red Room base.
Maddie: Consider it brought.
- Call Back: When Voldemort first reveals himself to Harry by turning Carol and Uhtred into People Puppets, he has them reiterate his comments to Harry from Philosopher's Stone about power and morality. This is actually what clues Harry into what's happening.
- Carol mentions the heart ripping/pseudo-Blood Eagle incident to Hermione as a demonstration of what Harry's dark side is capable of. She also mentions the Battle of London in general, and Harry's resurrection by the Phoenix and her resultant rampage in chapter 71 of Child of the Storm.
- Calling Card: The Dark Mark.
- The phoenix becomes this for Harry. It's not that hard to guess why.
- Gambit's literal calling card is the Jack of Hearts.
- The Cameo: Jonathan Strange and Mister Norrell appear briefly in chapter 7 as two wandless Wizards, the former an expert on Faerie, the other an owner of a vintage bookstore that almost never sells anything. They are, predictably arguing and the jury is still out on whether Jonathan Strange is any relation to Doctor Strange. Jonathan doesn't know and the good doctor isn't saying anything.
- Captain Ersatz: The Invisible President of Russia, Volodya, is one for Putin, or Putin himself, considering that Volodya is one of his known nicknames.
- Casual Danger Dialogue: Harry and Carol continue this trend from Child of the Storm, flirting/snarking at each other even when in the middle of an escape attempt from the Red Room.
Noriko: (annoyed) Do you always talk this much when there are more important things to do?
- Chekhov's Gun: Back in Chapter 69 of Child of the Storm, Fury had an Oh, Crap! reaction to an Eureka Moment he had after reading something in SHIELD's file on Jean. In Chapter 9, we learn what it was: he's realized that her twin sister Rachael didn't actually die as an infant, but was in fact stolen and still alive. Sinister's involvement led him to figure out who was behind it.
- Chekhov's Gunman: In chapter 7, the mysterious voice in Draco's head is directly alluded to for the first time since chapter 21 of Child of the Storm, with circumstantial hints as to who it might be: Prospero Slytherin, ancestor of Salazar, hero of the Last Frost Giant War and wielder of the almost certainly Phoenix associated Laevateinn.
- In the same chapter, Sinister finally appears, having lurked in the background throughout Child of the Storm.
- The Girl With Glowing Blue Eyes finally runs into Harry, also in chapter 7, having appeared in scattered scenes throughout the second half of Child of the Storm and earlier in Ghosts of the Past, each time responding to a major use of Harry's psychic powers or of the Phoenix and is revealed to be Rachel Grey a.k.a. Maddie Pryor.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Harry's comes up again in Chapter 10, as he chases after Maddie/Rachael as she's teleported away with the Red Room, not caring about the danger it puts him in.
- Composite Character: Dudley is the Blob in this setting, having been experimented on by Sinister.
- The Blue Eyed Girl is a fusion of Maddie Pryor and Rachel Grey, being the twin sister of Jean, stolen at birth by Sinister, and raised as his Hound.
- Could Say It, But...: During a fight, Gambit uses banter to cover that he's telling Harry how to find Carol and the other captives are being held.
- Crush Blush: Harry and Carol. Frequently.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The Avengers/MI13 vs the Death Eaters and Harry vs Voldemort Round 2.
- Harry vs his childhood bullies in chapter 7. In the same chapter, Sinister vs Carol and Maddie vs Harry.
- Harry avoids a later repeat of the latter in chapter 10 by refusing to directly engage.
- Wanda vs Sinister. He didn't stand a chance.
- Natasha vs Yelena. The latter gets in a few early hits, but then the former gets her measure, stops playing around and takes her down relatively easily.
- Thor vs Blob!Dudley. The former stops the latter's double axehandle strike with zero effort, then, with just as little effort, piledrives him halfway into a mountain while holding back.
- The Avengers vs the Red Room, overall really, doesn't go well for the bad guys.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Coulson and Gambit himself imply that Gambit has one in chapters 9 and 10.
- Maddie/Rachel, oh dear god, Maddie/Rachel.
- David vs. Goliath: Carol versus Blob!Dudley.
- Harry versus Maddie, which would be why he spends most of the fight using every ounce of cunning and creativity he possesses to avoid a direct contest of power and skill.
- Deadly Doctor: Sinister.
- Deadpan Snarker: Pretty much all the usual suspects, which means almost the entire cast.
- In chapter 10, O'Neill, Kurt, and unexpectedly Maddie have their moments.
- Destructive Saviour: Both Bucky and Carol note Harry's tendency towards with this, with Carol describing the results of Harry losing his temper as being "like Carrie as directed by Michael Bay." It's not an inaccurate description, either.
- Dirty Mind-Reading: How Harry knows that Carol is attracted to him - while he doesn't go looking, empathy is part of the psychic package...
- Jean-Paul also insinuates the less family friendly aspects of the psychic link between the two of them - and they have used it to flirt.
- The Dragon: Barty Crouch Junior, to Voldemort, as usual.
- The Dreaded: Voldemort.
- Wisdom functions as this to the British Ministry. One of the main reasons Fudge hasn't been replaced is because no one wants to go up against him.
- The Red Room, and with good reason.
- The Phoenix, even to the good guys because as Loki points out, even though Lily is the chief aspect of the Phoenix, she is not the only aspect, and some of those aspects aren't fuzzy and nice - at the very least, they aren't constrained by mortal, or even divine, morality. The fact that Trelawney's second prophecy speaks of 'something ancient beyond telling' awakening, just before it goes on about how 'embers long banked now burn again' and 'the twisted flame' that 'welcomed by fools' will 'consume all', as well as the fact that Harry has a) displayed a frightening dark side, b) had ominous and somewhat prophecy flavoured warnings made about said dark side and what could happen if he gives into it means that this is not in the least bit unwarranted.
- Eating the Eye Candy: Harry and Carol, mutually, when they're in swimsuits. It's deeply awkward and leads to Harry reaffirming to a faintly worried Carol that they are still Just Friends and their friendship comes first.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Jean-Paul agrees with Carol's assessment that Warren is hot.
- Everyone Can See It: Harry and Carol. By this point, both of them are aware of their mutual attraction, but deny that they're taking it further, or flirting, when they blatantly are.
- Expy: What with his proclivity for pyrotechnics; the faintly ominous prophecies about him; the vast power dumped on him that he's only barely trained in and - to begin with - scared stiff of, leading him to make stuff up as he goes along; the royal/pseudo-royal status that he's reluctant to embrace; the association with fire and light, as well as reincarnation/rebirth; the red and gold colour scheme complete with a legendary creature that scares the pants off a lot of people; the number of truly ancient of bad guys out for his blood before he can grow up and crush them; plus the vast power he has access to that could quite easily drive him insane and destroy the world; plus references to a 'sword of fire', one that waits specifically for him, Harry has a definite resemblance to Rand al'Thor.
- There are also heavy elements of Nate Grey. Ludicrously strong Psychic Powers that might end up screwing him over, check. Skunk stripe, check. Miserable childhood with Sinister heavily involved, check. Bit of a Momma's Boy, definite check. Hot-Blooded Deadpan Snarker with Chronic Hero Syndrome, check. Guile Hero prone to the Indy Ploy, check. Mutually intrigued by Maddie Pryor? Check. In chapter 8, he even gets Nate's post-Shaman outfit when he slices up the black leather containment suit the Red Room put him in, leaving him in, effectively, a No Shirt, Long Jacket.
- Eye Scream: Sabertooth gets his eyes slashed out by Loki as part of an interrogation.
- Fairy Tale Motifs: Many of the same ones that appeared in Book I reappear here. A new one, however, is an even straighter version of the Changeling tale, with Jean Grey's twin sister having been stolen at birth by Sinister and replaced with a dead infant, making it look like a tragic case of SIDS, being raised by Sinister as Madelyne 'Maddie' Pryor.
- Faux Affably Evil: Voldemort, who acts friendly and polite in an urbane sort of way in the midst of making some of the most horrific threats imaginable.
- Essex a.k.a. Sinister in his guise as Nathan Milbury, kindly family doctor.
- Flirting Under Fire: Harry and Carol do this a lot. And then deny that they're flirting.
- For Want of a Nail: According to Gambit, Thor was able to stop Hurricane Katrina before it could devastate New Orleans.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: Voldemort uses his enhanced psychic powers to make Carol, Pepper, Diana, Jane, Uhtred, and the Twins swap minds, as part of his messing with Harry at the World Cup.
- Freudian Trio: Harry's The McCoy to Carol's The Kirk and Jean-Paul's The Spock. He's also The McCoy to his father's The Kirk and his uncle's The Spock. However, he's The Kirk to Jean's The McCoy (usually) and Maddie/Rachel's The Spock. In general, he walks the line between The Kirk and The McCoy.
- Full-Name Ultimatum: Alison uses this on Tony, partly to annoy him, partly to get him to do as she tells him. She later uses it more seriously on her son, General O'Neill, when he tries to leave her Locked Out of the Loop - or at the very least, fails to inform her - regarding the Red Room going after Carol and Harry.
- Generation Xerox: Alison Carter looks more like her father than her mother.
- Genre Savvy: Jean-Paul, who very quickly figures out that there's rather more to Draco than meets the eye, going off his unusually mature behaviour, Harry's mention of his sudden change of heart back in Child of the Storm correctly deducing that he's not alone in his mind - though he believes that Draco's being possessed. That said, the clincher comes when Draco rather blows his cover (something that gets Lampshaded) when he has a serious word with Harry about his Phoenix fragment and the dangers of using it, which he knows very well thanks to being possessed by someone who is heavily implied to be Prospero Slytherin, ancestor of Salazar and former wielder of Laevateinn, itself very heavily implied to be a Phoenix related artefact.
- The Glomp: Carol gives Harry one after the psychic therapy scene, when they both got a good look at each other's minds and stirred up a lot of emotions. It led to a Sleep Cute, but nothing more.
- Grievous Harm with a Body: When confronting his childhood bullies, Dudley's gang, Harry winds up hitting one of them with the nearest thing that came to hand - their leader.
- Guile Hero: While Harry's power means that he can usually rely on a strategy that leaves a trail of destruction visible from space, these tendencies resurface when he's faced with someone more powerful than he is. This is demonstrated in chapters 9 and 10, with an Indy Ploy that involves getting into a psychic duel with Maddie/Rachel to buy the others time to escape and cause enough psychic upheaval that the Avengers won't possibly be able to miss it, while never directly taking Maddie on in a contest of power and skill because he knew she'd crush him, doing enough to keep her occupied and all the while peppering her with little memory fragments of Jean, confusing her, before eventually having an extended psychic chat with her, all in aid of hopefully getting her to switch sides. While it doesn't all pan out as he'd hoped, the vast majority does. Not bad for a plan he made up on the spot.
- Hegemonic Empire: Asgard has this in respect to the Nine Realms, albeit with a light touch since they don't actually want or need anything from the rest of the universe. As a result, they only really get involved if someone's mucking around with one of the other Realms, or one of the other Realms is mucking around with another (Jotunheim screwing with Earth led to the Asgard-Frost Giant Wars), with a general policy best summed of 'don't make us come down there (because we can kick the crap out of you and you know it)'. This attitude hasn't been entirely consistent over time, with some periods, like Bor's rule, where Asgard largely ignored various realms, and others hinted at when it ruled a much more conventional (and huge) empire. Under Odin, however, Asgard tends to keep a gimlet eye on the affairs of the Nine Realms and make a statement where required. This is pretty much the only reason that the likes of the Kree, the Skrulls, the Shi'ar and other would-be powers have left Earth alone, because messing with Earth means messing with Asgard, and that just isn't worth it.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Harry, after being forced to Mind Rape five Death Eaters to protect his friends. His dad talks him out of it.
- Hidden Depths: Carol's mother turns out to be much more than the Extreme Doormat Carol's been making her out to be.
- Hurricane of Puns: The list of streets off Diagon Alley - the canonical Knockturn Alley, Internation Alley (embassies, foreign businesses and travel agents), Theatric Alley (magic West End/Broadway), Alchemic Alley (alchemists), Aesthetic Alley (jewellers and clothes shops), Gastronomic Alley (food district). The terrible pun nature of this is lampshaded by Carol: "Well. So much for the famous British sense of humour, then."
- I Don't Want to Ruin Our Friendship: Carol's reason for her and Harry staying as Just Friends. He doesn't want to ruin their friendship either, and abides by her wishes.
- I'm Having Soul Pains: The shockwaves from Harry and Maddie's psychic duel spread from where they're fighting in the Nevernever, affecting everyone on Earth, whether they're psychic or not.
- Inconvenient Attraction: A mutual version between Harry and Carol. They're best friends, they don't object to being attracted each other on principle, as such, it's just that Carol doesn't want to ruin their friendship, since she hasn't had many genuine friendships with guys (and those she's had, aside from Harry, are with a flamingly gay and decidedly enigmatic guy with unplumbed Hidden Depths, her self-appointed Knight Templar Big Brother, and said flamingly gay guy's Bi the Way Asgardian boyfriend - who she met through Harry) and considers her friendship with Harry to be particularly precious. Harry, while not objecting to the idea of a Relationship Upgrade, rigorously follows her wishes and doesn't want to lose their friendship either. Now if they could only get past the whole Stupid Sexy Friend thing, they'd be fine...
- As it is, though, they don't angst too much about it, save for a few moments of awkwardness, which tend to be absolutely hilarious for everyone else.
- Indy Ploy: This remains Harry's textbook basis for a strategy, any strategy, when he bothers with one.
- Info Dump: In Chapter 7, Draco gives a ton of information about the various governments of the global magical community.
- Coulson, Ivan and Fury provide one in chapter 9 on Maddie/Rachel, Sinister, the Red Room, and Gambit.
- I Never Said It Was Poison: Doctor Essex a.k.a. Sinister has one of these slip-ups in Chapter 7.
- Just Friends: Despite the frequent Ship Tease, Carol wants her and Harry to stay like this, since she doesn't actually have that many male friends who aren't trying to get into her pants (of those she does have, one is flamingly gay, another is her self-appointed Knight Templar Big Brother, and a third is a Bi the Way Asgardian who's in a sort of relationship with the flamingly gay friend. And then there's Harry). Moreover, she values his friendship far more than any other kind of relationship. Harry is hinted not to be averse to the idea of a Relationship Upgrade, but respects her wishes and states that first and foremost, she is his friend.
- Karma Houdini: Bucky, who is widely believed to have been kept by HYDRA in stasis as a trophy/experiment until he was found after the Battle of London. Word of God has indicated that if the question of how he has the Winter Soldier's skills comes up, it will be 'revealed' that he has the Soldier's memories, because HYDRA wanted another Soldier. A Justified Trope, for the most part, because he was a victim of brainwashing, but few people would be able to look past the reputation of the Winter Soldier.
- Kick the Dog: Voldemort spends pretty much his entire appearance in chapter 2 doing this or winding up to do so.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: There are things under this section that are pretty hefty spoilers for the first Book.
- The Leader: Steve, naturally.
- Les Yay: In-Universe, Carol notes that Diana has 'got an eyeful' of her once or twice.
- Let's Get Dangerous!:
- Harry, when finally pushed to his limit in chapter 2 by Voldemort.
- In Chapter 10, Thor makes a mental note how he's not holding back with the Red Room, since them kidnapping Harry and Carol crossed a serious line.
- Magnetic Hero: Harry, as ever, though Carol has elements of this too.
- Mama Bear: Wanda. Oh dear lord, Wanda. You really shouldn't hurt her godson, or she really will melt you down into traumatised, screaming atoms.
- Alison Carter also qualifies.
- Megaton Punch: Harry, thanks to channelling his telekinesis through his body, to Dudley a.k.a. the Blob, and well deserved it is too.
- Thor, to the same person, burying him halfway into a mountain. He also inwardly notes that he was actually holding back by considerable distance.
- Mind over Manners: One of the most horrifying parts of chapter 2 is Voldemort's demonstration of what a complete lack of this can be like and Harry having to give up his fanatical devotion to this trope and Mind Rape the Death Eaters into his People Puppets to protect his friends isn't far behind.
- Sinister completely disregards this, and taught Maddie/Rachel to do the same. It's part of what makes them so very dangerous.
- Mind Rape: Voldemort. Frequently.
- Harry, directly to the five Death Eaters left under Voldemort's control and indirectly to every single living person with a Dark Mark. It leaves him literally retching.
- The Mole: Gambit is Natasha's mole in the Red Room.
- Mister Exposition: Draco offers his services as this in chapter 7, on the grounds that of all the kids present (the Weasleys aren't around) he knows the most about Diagon Alley and its environs.
- In the same chapter, Mister Ollivander does his usual bit about wand-lore, delving a little further into the meanings of Harry's wand and that of his mother's and about the implications of Harry's connection to the Phoenix.
- My Eyes Are Up Here: Wanda's internal monologue in chapter 10 indicates that she had to deal with this from a bunch of Otaku in Japan who accidentally summoned a bunch of especially tentacled demons.
- Mythology Gag:
- Carol's swimsuit in the first chapter has the same design as her comicbook counterpart's most famous costume. It also gets a bit meta when you take into account that the author has frequently called it a swimsuit.
- In Chapter 3, Diana is shown wearing blue shorts and a red shirt, the same colour design as Wonder Woman's iconic outfit.
- In Chapter 6, when Harry asks what Logan teaches at the Institute, he responds with "Art."
- In chapter 8, an enraged Dudley screams Superboy-Prime's famous line, "I'LL KILL YOU! I'LL KILL YOU TO DEATH!"
- My God, What Have I Done?: Harry, after the extremes he went to in order to beat the Death Eaters at the World Cup with his powers.
- Narnia Time: For some reason, time in the Red Room headquarters moves at an accelerated rate compared to the outside world, with an average of the equivalent of three days passing inside for every one elsewhere. This is later explained as it being in the Nevernever.
- Necessary Evil: What Hermione considers the execution of wandless Warlocks to be, pointing out just how incredibly dangerous dark magic, wandless dark magic in particular, is. Jean-Paul agrees with her, while Carol is more ambivalent.
- Nerves of Steel: Most of the Avengers, Harry and Carol too, though Alison Carter is a stand-out example of this, maintaining a Stiff Upper Lip throughout some ungodly chaos and horror.
- Nice Guy: Kurt, to the point where Carol instantly takes a liking to him.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: The Russian President, 'Volodya', is mentioned as being an ex-KGB officer bent on restoring Russian prestige. While it's not stated to be Vladimir Putin, it is very obviously Putin, right down to the fact that Volodya is one of the familiar forms of Vladimir.
- No Shirt, Long Jacket: Harry winds up in this, thanks to slicing up the Red Room's containment suit. Carol mocks him mercilessly.
- Not Hyperbole: When Wanda says that she's going to find Sinister and render him down to "screaming, traumatized molecules", the narration notes that she's being entirely literal. And she ends up living up to the threat in Chapter 10.
- Not So Different: Wanda states that Wisdom reminds her of Magneto before he "went soft".
- Wanda increasingly starts to wonder this of herself and her father, especially after she melts Sinister alive in chapter 10. He undeniably deserved it and it didn't keep him down for long, but it's a tactic straight out of her father's playbook.
- Oddly Common Rarity: Omega Class beings, though it's pointed out that Omega is quite a vague classification and there's a lot of variation within it. However, it's largely confined to Greater Gods (e.g. Thor, Loki, Hercules) and Skyfathers (e.g. Odin, Zeus, etc), with human Omegas usually gaining at least part of their power from an outside source (e.g. the Hulk, the Juggernaut, the Sorcerer/Sorceress Supreme, Xavier via Cerebro).
- It's also pointed out that for natural born Omega Class beings (usually mutants), the birth-rate is about 1 in a Billion, and might even be less than that owing to the fact that that kind of power tends to run in families; e.g. Magneto, Wanda, and possibly Hermione, and Harry, Jean, and Maddie/Rachel.
- Chapter 10 elaborates on this at the start, observing that with the exception of various Greater Gods and the Sorcerer/Sorceress Supreme (a chunk of whose power comes with the position), the only pre-modern human Omegas were Merlin (probably a Half-Human Hybrid who was Born of Magic), and those who were empowered by outside influence, such as the Green Lantern, the Juggernaut (the Avatar of the Elder God Cytorrak), and the the bearer of the Mantle of Avalon. In other words, natural born human Omega class beings are something very new.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: When Strange arrives at the end of chapter 2, it's apparently right after fighting off an attempted invasion of Earth by Dormammu. As in, he's scorched and his clothing is still smoking.
- Wanda and Dresden were involved in fighting off a bunch of especially tentacular demons in Japan, after a bunch of Otaku used the wrong book of magic in the wrong place at the wrong time. The results were, apparently, very messy, as were Dresden's unspeakable jokes about sushi and Japanese pornography. It also, apparently, resulted in a lot of gunk in Wanda's hair, much to her displeasure.
- Oh, Crap!: Naturally, everyone's reaction to the appearance of the Dark Mark and Voldemort announcing his return.
- Harry has a moment of this when he realises that his old paediatrician, kindly Doctor Milbury was Sinister, the telepath who kept him at Privet Drive.
- Everyone's reaction to Strange, for the only time in living memory, looking anything less than completely assured, for the first time that they know of, being caught off-guard.
- Older Than They Look: Courtesy of the super soldier serum she inherited in her blood, Alison looks in her forties despite being in her sixties, even with careful application of ageing make-up. Tony makes reference to the fact that underneath it, she actually looks younger than he does.
- No one knows how old Sinister is, but he certainly doesn't look it. Mind you, he doesn't look entirely human unless he wants to, so...
- No one has any idea how old Doctor Strange is either, other than that he's more than 400 years old. He looks to be in his early forties, if that.
- Asgardians as a matter of course.
- Pass the Popcorn:
- When Harry and Carol stumble into an awkward conversation about whether she finds him attractive, Jean-Paul zooms off and comes back with a bag of popcorn to enjoy it. The sheer audacity of that action causes all three to burst out laughing, breaking the tension.
- When Harry is confronting his former bullies, Carol says she's content to sit back and enjoy the show, and asks if there's anyplace nearby where she can get some popcorn.
- People Puppets: Voldemort enjoys this trick, using it on Pepper, Jane, Uhtred, Diana, the Twins and Carol, as well as the six Death Eaters he sends after the others. The latter actually works against him, since one person controlling six is notably less effective than those six operating on their own, and his casual allusion to how he does it clues Harry in to what's happening and allows him to override Voldemort's control, destroying the Death Eaters' minds in the process.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Harry, the 'mass destruction' part being something of a problem.
- Dudley and Jono Starsmore a.k.a. Chamber.
- Pool Scene: In the first chapter.
- Power Limiters: The Red Room puts Harry in a suit that cuts off his ability to use his telepathy, and stops him from externally use his telekinesis. He gets around this by using the TK on himself, and eventually uses a knife to cut the suit open, restoring his powers to full.
- Power Perversion Potential: Carol mutters darkly after seeing magic glasses that can see in the dark and magnify vision that if that's possible, you can bet that someone's invented the X-Ray Vision version.
- The potential for this via Harry and Carol's psychic connection is occasionally alluded to, but defied - UST and frequent unconscious flirting aside, they're carefully platonic.
- Primary-Color Champion: Diana has taken to wearing her classic red and blue colours.
- Psychic Link: Harry's psychic therapy session with Carol left an imprint of each other's mind in the other's, thus enabling a psychic connection between them. While this makes things a little awkward, they quickly adapt to it, and tend to slip into telepathic conversation without even noticing - though Jean-Paul semi-seriously speculates that their little slips are partially intentional, to keep some conversations, implied to be of the dirty variety, private. Chapter 8 also reveals that it lets Carol vaguely sense when he's around.
- Psychic Nosebleed:
- Harry gives Voldemort one during their first psychic duel. Shortly after, when Voldemort mentally attacks Betsy to remove her from play, she gets a worse one - and Loki, who'd been checking on her, gets a nasty migraine (albeit mostly as a side effect).
- Just about everyone in the surrounding area gets one as a side effect of Harry and Maddie's duel.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Voldemort.
- Reality Ensues: As the author notes, a three-against-one match usually will not end well for the one, especially if the three are used to working as a team. However, when the three are neighbourhood bullies and the one is a well-trained demigod with a fair amount of life-or-death combat experience... well, it's still a Curb-Stomp Battle. It's just that the boot is on the other foot.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Wisdom gives one to Amos Diggory as a proxy for the Ministry as a whole, focusing on how poorly the Ministry handled the remaining Death Eaters at the end of the last war, blaming the current mess on letting so many of them slip away.
- Voldemort gives Harry two short ones, first reiterating his power and morality speech from Philosopher's Stone, then on the obvious nature of his attempt to call on Betsy for help, which ends up with Voldemort giving her an aneurysm.
- Harry gives one to Carol's father when he tries to convince Harry to "put her on the right path".
- Resurrective Immortality: Sinister appears to have it, given that he shows up fine and whole a few scenes after being thoroughly killed by Wanda (with Word of God being clear that it's not a Healing Factor).
- The Reveal:
- Chapter 7 has several. First, Essex/Sinister is working with the Red Room, second, Draco's mental passenger is deeply familiar with the Phoenix and aware of Harry's fragment, third, Sinister was the telepath who kept Harry at Privet Drive, pretending to be the benevolent family doctor that Petunia mentioned back in Child of the Storm, fourth, the girl whose eyes were glowing blue at points in Child of the Storm and in chapter 2 is Maddie Pryor - though Word of God indicates that there'll be a twist here.
- Chapter 8 also has a couple: Dudley Dursley is the Blob and working for Sinister and the Red Room and Gambit is also working for them (though perhaps less than willingly).
- Chapter 9 has two of them: Maddie Pryor is actual Jean Grey's twin sister Rachel, who supposedly died as a newborn, but was really stolen and raised by Sinister, and Gambit has been working as The Mole inside the Red Room for Natasha.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: Alison has known she's Steve and Peggy's daughter since she was eight years old.
- Sensei for Scoundrels: Bucky seems set to become a benevolent version of this for Harry as of chapter 3, on the specific grounds that he's pretty much the master spy and Harry needs to learn that he can't simply brute force everything and, since he's a Glass Cannon, how to watch his back.
- Shipper on Deck: Thor continues to quietly ship Harry/Carol.
- Bruce is sort of this, in regards to the same couple.
Bruce Banner: They're not romantic but I figured that they'd gone through too much to be friends.
- Ship Tease: Harry and Carol, pretty much every single time they're both on-screen and a few times when they aren't.
- Short-Range Guy, Long-Range Guy: Carol's short range, Harry's long range, though they have been known to mix it up.
- Harry and Carol's psychic therapy session in the first chapter is straight out of "The Girl in the Fireplace".
- In Chapter 4, Wanda claims that if whatever caused Harry to have to stay with the Dursleys comes after her godson again, she will reduce it to "screaming, traumatized atoms". She later lives up to it. Jean Grey once made that threat against someone who had mind raped her alternate timeline daughter in the comics.
- The title of the first major arc, Forever Red, is taken from Margaret Stohl's Black Widow book, Forever Red.
- Carol complains about Harry's newly developed Stealth Hi/Bye tendencies, and Bucky's own talents in that department, saying that someone needs to put a bell on the two of them, lifted almost directly from "School Hard". Appropriate, since Harry is an In-Universe Buffy fan, as is the author.
- In chapter 7, Draco refers to a piece of music that a couple of enchanted instruments are playing as, when played fast, 'Arthur's Triumph', and when played slow, 'Merlin's Lament', supposedly composed by Merlin himself after the fall of Camelot. This appears to be a direct reference to the theme of Merlin.
- In-universe, Carol again calls Harry Luke Skywalker for his fighting skills, background, essentially gentle nature, and this time, use of the Jedi Mind Trick.
- Harry's appearance in chapter 8 heavily resembles first the New 52 version of Superboy, then, with the No Shirt, Long Jacket thing, Nate Grey.
- In chapter 10, Harry makes an in-universe Shout-Out to The Princess Bride and escapes from a psychic construct death trap with a sonic screwdriver.
- In the same chapter, Wanda mirrors the Ninth Doctor's furious speech in Dalek, complete with Slasher Smile, after Sinister tells her that she's just like him and she at first repudiated it.
Wanda: Actually, no. You're right. I am like my father. I am his daughter. And do you know why? Because I am going to fulfil that promise I made, a promise to render you down to traumatised, screaming atoms if you ever went near my godson again. And while I'm not going to have the time to make it last, I am going to enjoy it. So scream, you bastard, scream!
- Shown Their Work: The author is an (almost) qualified Historian with a very broad general knowledge base (the sciences are a bit of a blind spot, however), an excellent memory and a compulsive need to show off. This was inevitable.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: It's hinted that a large part of why Carol is attracted to Harry is because he's a genuine Nice Guy (rather than a 'nice guy') who completely respects her and her boundaries, determinedly putting their friendship first. It's also hinted that Harry is attracted to Carol because she's one of the few people his age who's treated him like a person without the preconceptions connected to his being the Boy-Who-Lived or the son of Thor in years. Also, he's a nascent Amazon Chaser and she kicks spectacular amounts of arse.
- Sleep Cute: After Harry gives Carol some late night psychic therapy, they fall asleep in her bed, where Natasha finds them the next morning.
- After the terrifying events of Chapter 2, Harry, Carol, Diana and Uhtred all curl up together in the same bed for comfort.
- Chapter 4 opens with Harry cuddled up with Wanda, still emotionally recovering from what happened at the World Cup.
- Sophisticated as Hell: The narration, which varies from verbose enough to give Chris Claremont a run for his money, to curt profanity.
- Alison Carter, who was raised by Peggy Carter, and therefore has a Stiff Upper Lip, Nerves of Steel, and the general manner suited to a member of the English upper class. She also peppers her speech with the occasional Precision F-Strike and according to Carol, taught her most of her extensive vocabulary of foul language.
- Speak Ill of the Dead: Happy at one point reflects on Obadiah Stane as a "traitorous bastard" who wasn't worth the dirt piled on top of his grave.
- The Stations of the Canon: Still follows these, broadly, with the Quidditch World Cup being attended, the Dark Mark being sent up into the sky... except that it's hijacked by a now telepathic Voldemort.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Harry's learned how to do this from Natasha and Clint, to the point where Carol complains that someone needs to put a bell on him.
- Stealth Pun: Tony and Pepper's daughter is named Ada Maria Potts-Stark. In other words, 'AMPS', as in the measurement of electrical current.
- Stiff Upper Lip: Alison "Ali" Carter, even in the middle of a epic battle in a World Gone Mad, never loses her stoic cool.
- Storming the Castle: In Chapter 10, the Avengers and a few associated allies assault the Red Room base in the Nevernever in order to rescue Harry and Carol.
- Stress Vomit: Harry, as part of his Heroic B.S.O.D./My God, What Have I Done? moment in chapter 2, dry heaving even after there's nothing left.
- Stupid Sexy Friend: Harry and Carol, towards each other, much their mutual dismay and everyone else's amusement.
- Sufficiently Analyzed Magic: The basis of Asgardian civilisation, and, it is hinted, Atlantis too.
- Mister Ollivander complains that Howard Stark was apparently prone to taking apart captured wands, searching for 'batteries' and 'circuits', things which made them work.
- Teleporters and Transporters: All adult wanded practitioners, Loki, Doctor Strange, and Kurt Wagner a.k.a. Nightcrawler.
- Tempting Fate: Harry, at the end of the first chapter, which gets lampshaded by the Lemony Narrator.
- Territorial Smurfette: Subverted. A rocky moment or two aside, Carol and Hermione get on like a house on fire, bonding over their amusement at Harry's foibles.
- To the Pain: When interrogating Sabertooth, Loki threatens to rip out his entire nervous system (except what's necessary to keep him alive) and play it like a harp while he screams in pain. And when even that isn't enough to get anything from him, Loki whispers something in his ear; whatever he says, it's enough to get Sabertooth singing like a canary.
- True Companions: The core group of Harry, Carol, Diana, Uhtred, and Jean-Paul developed into this as result of their previous experiences together in Child of the Storm.
- The difference in experiences between this group and Harry's Hogwarts friends, specifically Carol and Hermione, is a brief cause of friction as Carol explains fairly gently but quite pointedly that there's a darker side of Harry that Hermione doesn't know about, no matter how well she thinks she knows him. This gets Hermione's hackles up, but when Carol makes it clear that she's not trying to push Hermione away but make her aware of the matter and enlist her help in acting as Harry's occasionally needed Morality Chain/be ready to offer a What the Hell, Hero? speech or emotional support as and when it is required, then gives supporting evidence for what Harry's scarier side is capable of, they understand each other just fine.
- Ultimate Job Security: Of a sort. According to Loki, the only reason Fudge is still Minister after everything that happened on his watch is because no one else wants to have to deal with cleaning up his mess or the encroaching power of MI13 - specifically, with Wisdom, for whom watching Fudge squirm is one of his few pleasures in life.
- Unexpected Character: The general consensus is that no one was expecting Dudley to return as the Blob.
- Unexplained Recovery: Sinister, after Wanda melted him. Cloning is implied to be involved.
- UST: Going by the number of related entries on this page, is it really that hard to guess who? (It's Harry and Carol).
- Vampiric Draining: Voldemort seems to have learned how to do this to anyone and everyone from Selene.
- Villain Exit Stage Left:
- Voldemort flees from the World Cup as soon as he learns everything he can from his fight with Harry, Crouch too.
- When the Avengers and their allies manage to storm and easily overwhelm the Red Room base in Chapter 10, Sinister triggers a transportation system to move most of the facility to another location.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Wisdom. Thor notes that while he sympathises with Wisdom's goals, the sheer scale of his ambition and his frequently vicious methods unsettle him.
- Will They or Won't They?: Harry and Carol. While they've settled on 'won't' for the time being, sticking with being Just Friends, it's very clear that that isn't even close to the end of it, and Word of God has repeatedly indicated that they'll be dancing around each other for a good long while yet.
- World Gone Mad: As a side effect of the intensity of Harry and Maddie's psychic duel, the region of the Nevernever they're in stops resembling anything remotely like reality.
- Wreathed in Flames: Harry, when a) in the middle of a fight, b) in a really bad mood.
- A trademark of the Phoenix and Her hosts.
- Wrong Genre Savvy:
- The Avengers at first think that Strange, who's so far been The Omniscient, allowed Rachel Grey's kidnap by Sinister, so that she could be trained by him before being redeemed by Harry, something which is admitted to fit his mode of operations. They realize, however, that the fact they even saw it means that the much more likely and much more frightening prospect is that he made a mistake.
- Everyone is quick to assume that Maddie is Jean's clone, which is understandable, given the circumstances. However, they're all way off.
- You Are Too Late: Doctor Strange, disturbingly. For a man who makes a habit of being in exactly the right place at exactly the right time, whose mystique is based on his arranging things down to the last second, it is extremely jarring to find out that he was this at a certain time in chapter 9 of Ghosts of the Past, arriving too late to prevent Sinister from stealing Rachel Grey/Maddie Pryor. The point is underlined by the fact that not only was he caught off-guard, he was seen being so. Partially ameliorated by the fact that he managed to prevent Sinister from stealing Jean too, but only partially.