Adaptational Villainy: Johnny and Sue Storm's father murdered their mother, whereas in canon, he was imprisoned for manslaughter after a fight with a loan shark (caused by gambling debts he ran up after the death of his wife in a car crash) and gets a Heroic Sacrifice.
Amazon Chaser: Harry, platonically and probably romantically, in the fullness of time.
Loki's in love with Sif.
Amicable Exes: Sif and Thor. Thor moved on with Lily and (after Lily's death) Jane, while Sif is clearly in love with Loki, who obviously has feelings for her but is too dense to act on them. Thor ships them, and often gets exasperated at his brother's obliviousness.
Animal Motifs: Mostly notably, Harry is closely associated with the Phoenix.
Thor is occasionally described in leonine terms.
Lucius Malfoy is generally associated with snakes.
Arch-Enemy: Voldemort to Harry, Thor and Loki (or rather, the first two. Loki simply vows eternal suffering on Voldemort because of what he did to his brother and nephew).
Malfoy to Fury. He took Fury's eye, Fury snapped his wand, gave him a limp and burned down his house. Using napalm.
Arc Welding: Played with. According to the author, a bit of this happens to bind stories together in the lesser story arcs. The major Myth Arc has been around since near the beginning, so that isn't so much of a problem. However, this is all being done to things which aren't posted yet.
Author Filibuster / Anvilicious: Occasionally takes on hints of this in response to assertions of wizarding power, in very pointedly (both in story and in notes) noting Wizarding flaws - an undeserved societal superiority complex, relatively limited power and, as a rule, a severe inability to come to terms with anything outside their frame of reference - but carefully avoids it.
"I am the God of Thunder and Lightning spoken of in ancient myth and whispered legend, Snape. I am he who battled Jormungand, the father of all great serpents, and fought the greatest Jotunheim had to offer when Merlin was but a suckling babe. I am Thor Odinson, God of the Vikings. Not a petty conjuror of cheap tricks. All the power of the storm, from all the world, flows through my veins. It can be summoned by my hammer at any time, wherever it is. A lightning storm in Japan? Mine. A hurricane off the coast of Barbados? Mine again. A brace of tornadoes in Kansas? Mine. All that might, all that destructive force, mine to command."
"Rest assured, Thor. We will find Harry. Well find the people who took him. And Hulk will smash."
"[I am] A man of magic, Callidus Nott. And a man of magic can do anything."
[To Greyback after a Curb-Stomp Battle] "And to answer your earlier question, zer reason ve command you is because we are better than you."
Agent Wisdom gives a lengthy one (when asked by Betsy Braddock why he isn't letting the Avengers and various Asgardians deal with the villains.
Because, Lady Elizabeth Braddock, hundreds of good men and women, loyal servants of the crown, died horrible deaths at the hands of these bastards. I watched friends and colleagues gunned down by the Winter Soldier, who’s now under HYDRA command. I had to identify the remains of old friends after the attack at MI6, and that was after I spent half a night running for my life from the Soldier. This was an attack on Britain and her people, Lady Braddock. We are not helpless little children, running to hide behind our big, tough friends after we get hurt. Any aid we receive is welcome. But this is our country, and our problem. And I intend to solve it by hunting down every single one of the bastards responsible for this and personally escorting them to whatever hell they believe in, Avengers and Asgardians be damned.
Natasha has a nice one.
I was trained from the age of five to be an assassin. A killing machine. I learned my lessons in the Red Room and I relearnt them on the battlefield of Stalingrad at the age of 15. I have watched empires rise and fall and played my part in both raising them up and bringing them down.
Clint's family. His grandparents are Minerva McGonagall and Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier and his mother's adoptive brother was Jonathan Kent, father of Clark Kent. Yeah, Clint's first cousin is Superman. It's that kind of story.
And Lex Luthor seems to consider himself/be considered an honorary older brother to Carol...
The Maximoff family: there's Wanda, the Scarlet former apprentice of the Sorcerer Supreme and second most powerful wandless practitioner on the planet, her ex-boyfriend and father of her child John Constantine, her father, Magneto and her daughter, Hermione Granger.
Bait and Switch: Dresden's lengthy description of various types of vampire - which he suspects are involved - appears to be setting up another facet of the villainous alliance... until Coulson shoots that idea down, and points out that not all the bad guys out are there are part of Dresden's frame of reference.
Battle Amongst the Flames: the night after Lily's murder at Godric's Hollow, Nick Fury and Lucius Malfoy went toe to toe in Malfoy Manor, which was in the process of burning down.
The Lady Knight. An involuntary time traveler who trained every great hero from William the Marshal to Cuchulainn. Exactly who she really is is something of a mystery.
Natasha is this on a smaller scale.
Ditto the Winter Soldier.
Apparently when the Manson family went after Sharon Tate, they ran face first into Magneto.
Berserk Button: For Thor, hurting his family or his friends. Particularly his family.
For Tony, hurting Pepper.
Steve: Last time someone kidnapped Pepper, a domestic terrorist organisation and three blocks of flats got wiped off the map.
Beware the Nice Ones: As the author puts it, 'Bruce is small, sweet and cuddly... until, suddenly, he's not.'
Fitzsimmons explain to Skye in chapter 40 exactly why it is best not to annoy the lovely, warm hearted and somewhat motherly Wanda Maximoff. She can and will drop meteors on your head. And worse. You don't want to know what the worse is.
Lex to Carol, to a nigh Knight Templar Big Brother extent. Boy refusing to take no for an answer? Simple! Put him on a plane to Guantanamo Bay and only turning around when the boy in question swears not to touch/bother/breathe in the direction of Carol ever again.
Big Good: Dumbledore (for the Wizarding World), Nick Fury (for the rest of the world) and Odin (for the rest of the Universe).
And Charles Xavier (for the mutants).
Bigger Bad: Recent chapters have hinted that Chthon is this, getting his first appearance when he psychically speaks with Harry Dresden.
The Call Put Me On Hold: Harry compared to Asgardians and more powerful heroes - he's restricted to some third year magic, and unless he's being amped by Loki specifically to survive overenthusiastic Asgardian kids, that's it.
It's all but stated that Harry has a strong connection to the Phoenix force. Exactly how that connection will manifest, however...
Apparently the fatal flaw of the Malfoy family - they're rather fond of misdirection and distraction, introducing lots of false leads for investigators to follow while they go to work. The Fatal Flaw part comes in when they do it even when a simple course of direct action would be more appropriate.
Many of the Marvel characters have elements of this, with different character traits/bits of backstory being drawn from different sources.
Continuity Lockout: Strenuously seeks to avoid this, with a reasonable degree of success, if only because a lot of the more obscure characters are explained in the text, many things are being changed anyway, as well as the fact that Word of God is entirely happy to give a Cliff Notes summary when required.
That said, the story makes much more sense first time round if you have an encyclopaedic knowledge of Marvel, DC and certain aspects of both mythology and world history.
Wanda's habit of using the Colony Drop and her general badassery without resorting to outright reality warping calls back to Steve Englehart's depiction, which also tended to pull a Colony Drop or two with meteors.
The entire premise of Thor having been incarnated as a mortal prior to his more recent banishment and siring a child could be considered a Call Back to an obscure part of his comics history, in which he was incarnated as first Siegmund, then his son, Siegfried.
Cool Loser: Harry, Carol, Jean-Paul and, arguably, Diana suffer from this, each time being justified.
Harry isn't exactly the most social person on the planet to begin with and is still adjusting to his newfound status as a Prince of Asgard. Also, he has issues. Lots of them.
Carol has a realistic variation of So Beautiful, It's a Curse, her looks garnering jealousy from the girls and unwanted attention from the boys and from grown men. This is not helped by her outwardly abrasive personality and short temper, as well as the fact that she's better at athletics than all the boys and a talented all round sportswoman. In turn, her friendship with Jean-Paul is unlikely to do her social cred much good.
It is noted in chapter 50 that her teammates on the school football (soccer) team all like her.
Jean-Paul is extremely handsome (Harry describes him as beautiful), charming, witty and friendly. He's also very Camp Gay and very open about it, whose first appearance is him flirting with Harry, bantering with Carol, then zipping off to avoid the wrath of a homophobic father who feels that his son has been defiled. Later appearances reveal that this is a case of Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass and that he has considerable Hidden Depths, but the superficial appearance makes him a target for homophobes.
Diana is a pretty little girl who has the misfortune to be a very intelligent, thoroughly and uncomfortably insightful in a fashion reminiscent of a more down to Earth Luna Lovegood via her Empathy and genuinely badass pre teen goddess. Unfortunately, as noted in the text, her part in one of Harry's escapades is dismissed as 'aww, she's cute and those boys are so brave and clever, they must have rescued her', until Harry loudly sets the record straight.
Cool Big Sister: Sif is regarded as this by the Warriors Three, despite the fact that Volstagg is probably older than her.
She acts somewhat like this to Harry as well.
Jane to Harry, after a while.
Cool Gun: Ward's 'Deity Class' submachine gun, based on the Heckler & Koch MP 5, which is powered by reverse engineered Destroyer tech.
Cool Uncle: Tony, with an added dose of pure crazy thrown in.
The other male Avengers largely qualify.
Cosmic Plaything: Athena suggests that Harry might be this, in thoroughly cryptic terms. Karnilla's prophecy/warning may bear this out.
Dare to Be Badass: Agent Wisdom gives a speech along these lines out to Betsy Braddock.
But in the end, Miss Braddock, it comes down to this. Are you the sort of person who would let something like this pass? Are you the sort of person who would let evil win? And above all, Miss Braddock: are you ready to serve your country?
Death by Irony: A Tear Jerker variant. Loki hid his pregnant lover away from the feared - and non-existent - wrath of his parents, or rather, his father. If he hadn't, she would still be alive. And he knows it.
In a marginally lighter example, James Bond at the hands of the Winter Soldier. If he hadn't stopped for the Pre-Mortem One-Liner... well, the Soldier knew he was there, so he only might have survived, but it would have been a chance at least.
Deconstructor Fleet: Takes this approach to most aspects of Harry Potter fanfiction, particularly the ideas of Super!Harry, Lord!Harry, God!Harry Genius!Harry and Sex God!Harry. All of them are systematically subverted, and instead Harry is presented as reacting much as in canon when faced with fame (only magnified to match the circumstances), with justifications introduced for any change in character.
This all designed to remind people that though Harry is The Hero, he's still human (relatively speaking) and he's still a kid.
Deadpan Snarker: Everyone, at points, though Loki, Tony and Darcy reign supreme.
Even Odin has his moments, such as this one from Chapter 34:
Thor: *after Harry's escape from the Disir* Well, I think this calls for a celebration, don’t you?
Odin: And we don’t even have to worry about inviting guests. How fortuitous.
Dramatic Irony: The audience, Hank McCoy and Charles Xavier know that the real name of Tony's mother was Tessa, as in Sage of the X-Men and that Howard was the White King of the Hellfire Club - which he joined to keep an eye on it and feed information to the X-Men. Tony doesn't.
The Dreaded: The veidrdraugar. Since they nearly wiped out the Asgardians in the distant past, their mere mention terrifies Loki (and for good reason) and Odin went to great pains to obliterate them so thoroughly that all that remains are nursery rhymes and rumours and have so far lived up to the hype, they fit this trope very neatly.
The Winter Soldier. So feared, that even into the modern day, the age of superheroes, he is still considered to be the most dangerous man on the planet, despite being, for all intents and purposes, a low level superhuman like Steve (if even as strong as that) and an, admittedly very skilled, assassin. Loki even tells Sif that he may even by the most deadliest assassin in all of the Nine Realms.
The Darkhold. Loki had a Not So StoicOh Crap moment once Fury told him it was stolen. Normally, a book would not incite such a reaction, but then again, this is a book that contains the knowledge to create the veidrdraugar. To put this in perspective, Loki described the One Ring from The Lord of the Rings as an extremely watered-down version of the Darkhold. The scariest part is that the book is literally impossible to destroy, being untouched by time and referred to be Loki as a brother to entropy, it is essentially in the same state it was when it was first created.
Magneto. Everyone even vaguely acquainted with the dark side is terrified of him, including, so far, Sebastian Shaw II, pretty much all of HYDRA (as Fury notes, "They won't cross him. They wouldn't dare.") and Narcissa Malfoy. Even the good guys, Loki and Fury in particular, speak of him with respect. Since he apparently destroyed three successive Inner Circles of the Hellfire Club, this is unsurprising.
Drunk on the Dark Side: Gravemoss lives and breathes this trope, especially after he gets hold of the Darkhold.
Dane Whitman, the Black Knight, and wielder of the Ebony Blade, has a hint of this when he wields it in battle.
Ear Ache: Pepper is known for twisting Tony's ear when he does something stupid. Clint too, sometimes.
Early-Bird Cameo: Full of these, usually via an offhand reference. So far, we've had:
Evil Is One Big Happy Family: seemingly played straight at first, in regard to Lucius and HYDRA in particular, but averted as it turns out: Von Strucker's playing his own game, Gravemoss is an Ax-CrazyOmnicidal Maniac and Lucius essentially used his fellow Death Eaters as decoys, keeping them in line with the threat of the Winter Soldier.
Utterly obliterated by chapter 50, as Lucius Malfoy enslaves Baron Von Strucker for long enough to find out how to control the Winter Soldier. The text heavily implies that, afterwards, he's killed.
Expy: Gravemoss is a curious example - he's based on an Excalibur villain, but his death fixation and Omnicidal Maniac tendencies resemble Thanos (who he implies he has something of an acquaintance with), yet he also heavily resembles Malekith the Accursed in being a white haired sorcerer elf and a complete lunatic, particularly as he appears in The Accursed, about a year after Gravemoss was first introduced.
Wisdom specifically averts with Excalibur when it's brought up, pointing out that the Avengers all ended up living together because a) the unifying influence and leadership of Captain America, b) Tony Stark had a very large tower, c) Steve and Bruce had nowhere to go and Thor - then, later, Loki - were always going to adventure on Earth, with or without the Avengers. He may have a point, especially considering that he apparently blackmailed his ace in the hole Wanda Maximoff.
Foreshadowing: Bucketloads of it. We've so far got Harry's blood connection to Jean Grey, Charles Xavier and Beast having an interest in him, Wanda Maximoff and John Constantine having a child, the voice in Draco Malfoy's head, the references to Magneto...
Harry's tendency towards forming a Power Trio, his association with imagery of a very particular cosmic entity, and Karnilla's prophecy.
Four-Star Badass: Nick Fury, Director of SHIELD, who is the reason that Lucius Malfoy is on his second wand, walks with a stick and a lot of Malfoy Manor isn't much more than ten years old...
Peter Wisdom, on his appointment as Director of MI13. He went toe to toe with the Winter Soldier and got away with his life.
Freudian Trio: Harry's female friends fall neatly into this dynamic. Hermione's The Spock / Superego (setting great store by logic), Diana'sThe McCoy / Id (being the youngest, most obviously idealistic and a freaking empath to boot), and Carol is The Kirk / Ego (being the most mature and most pragmatic).
Generation Xerox: Clint ended up becoming a skilled marksman (possibly the most skilled in all of the nine realms) and assassin, just like his grandfather, Bucky Barnes, aka the Winter Soldier. While no one knows about the whole "Winter Soldier" part, Steve is able to deduce Clint's heritage from an offhand comment by Minerva (Clint's grandmother) and Clint's notable resemblance to his grandfather. The fact that Bucky is/was a good as shot as Clint himself helps as well, and it's implied that the only reason Clint's a better marksman than his grandfather is because of his magical heritage, which is enough to empower him with Improbable Aiming Skills but not enough to make him a full-fledged wizard.
Dumbledore. On meeting Howard Stark and working with SSR in World War II, he realised just how powerful muggles were becoming, advancing at incredible rates in contrast to Wizarding stagnation, and has since spent much of his time and considerable intellect to understanding muggle science and trying to get the Wizarding World back into motion by fostering a desire for learning and helping their fellow man among his students, because he knows that they're being overtaken.
The Ghost: Doctor Strange. He's made a couple of very brief appearances and a cameo, but has otherwise been offstage.
His first lengthy appearance in chapter 48 leaves more questions than it answers, too...
Gilligan Cut: Pulls one when Lucius is mulling over the good guys preparing for the battle to come... as it turns out, they're settling in for a Doctor Who marathon.
Glowing Eyes of Doom: Thor's eyes tend take on an electric blue-white colour when he's really pissed off.
Harry's eyes have been known to briefly go a dangerous gold colour when he's angry. There's a couple of things it could be, and none of them spell anything but trouble.
God of Evil: Gravemoss has power levels roughly equivalent to Loki's - and that's pre Darkhold.
Chthon is the God of Black Magic.
God of War: Sif. Her viewpoint section in chapter 29 suggests that she has a fair few abilities to go with it.
Good Is Not Nice: Odin, as a result of being King and The Chains of Commanding, which force him to make decisions for the good of his kingdom, not necessarily the people he cares about. He doesn't like it.
Good Parents: Thor. He may not be all that practised at it, he may have - against his own will - missed out on much of his son's childhood, but he quite clearly loves his son to pieces and does his very best to be a good father. And he succeeds.
Loki is a good uncle/pseudo parent to Harry as well.
Half-Human Hybrid: Harry. The entire premise of the story, in some respects. He hasn't exhibited any powers from his dad's side. Yet.
Handicapped Badass: Charles Xavier. He may be in a wheelchair, but he's still the most powerful psychic on the planet and a man that even Odin regards with definite respect.
Arguably, Tony, thanks to his arc reactor.
The Winter Soldier, who's missing an arm. He simply got a better one.
Harem: Explicitly, repeatedly and emphatically nixed by the author.
Has Two Daddies: Thor and Loki to Harry in an interesting platonic (brotherly) variant - Thor's the nurturing affectionate parent, while Loki is the firmer and more guidance based parent.
Have We Met?: Double-whammy in Chapter 45: The Winter Soldier notes that Minerva McGonagall is familiar (but he does not remember why) and Thor when he realizes that Hermione looks like Wanda Maximoff.
The Winter Soldier. He appears to be a soulless automaton, but his brief point of view sections contain flickering hints of emotion, as well as Natasha strongly suggesting that there is far more to him than simply silent killing machine.
Volstagg, who immediately knows what's wrong with Harry (repressing) before he even meets him, going off an implication by Loki. Which is unsurprising since he's a father himself and Loki notes that Thor could benefit from his experience.
Hot Witch: Lily Potter, Wanda Maximoff, Frigga, Lady Loki.
Humble Hero: Steve, of course. The serum amplifies both physical and mental attributes, and many (including Loki and Tony) compliment and/or acknowledge how great a man he truly is. Steve is notably embarrassed, because he still sees himself as that skinny kid who was too dumb to run away from a fight — which, if anything, verifies what everybody else says about him.
Steve: I'm just another kid from Brooklyn. Nothing special about me.
Implacable Man: The Winter Soldier. When Tony was younger, his family's security detail was told that if the Soldier came after them, they were to basically throw themselves in front of him and die as slowly impossible, in hope that the Starks would have enough time to escape.
Improbable Aiming Skills: Clint and the Winter Soldier. Which is unsurprising considering that the Winter Soldier is actually Clint's grandfather.
Indy Ploy: When in a practice swordfight with someone who is twice your size and extremely skilled, what do you do? Well, if you're Harry, the answer is to hurl yourself into a death defying leap over their head, land roughly on your feet (breaking an ankle) and then waiting for them to turn straight into your sword.
Internal Reveal: Very fond of these. For instance, the audience knows that Jean Grey is Harry's cousin, Bucky is the Winter Soldier, Tony's father was the White King of the Hellfire Club and his mother was really Sage of the X-Men, both of them working for Charles Xavier, and Lucius Malfoy personally murdered Harry's maternal grandparents. But the characters these facts pertain too don't know them. Yet.
Fury knows about Lucius Malfoy's culpability and uses it as a bargaining chip when suborning Narcissa.
I Want Grandkids: Frigga plays this straight as an arrow, though in fairly laidback fashion - in other words, she wants grandchildren to spoil (and adores Harry), but she's not going to nag Thor day in, day out, over it.
Jesus Taboo: Averted and played straight. Jesus does exist, yes, and he is the son of God, but God is simply a very powerful Skyfather/Elder God. And he hasn't, and probably won't, appear.
Referenced again in chapter 32. He enslaved some Dementors and sent them into a terminal ward for kicks.
Kick the Son of a Bitch: Krieger, in a non-lethal variant. While he gets an eyewatering kick in the balls and a brief but effective beatdown by T'Challa, the racist, sexist pervert kind of deserves it.
Carol: Lex, there's sweet and there's borderline psychotic.
Since he'd just cheerfully confirmed that one boy who'd not wanted to take no for answer had been stuffed on a plane to Guantanamo Bay which had only turned around when he swore not to go near Carol ever again, this is in no way an exaggeration.
Further deconstructed when Carol points out the downside of this trope - the guy never bothered her again, but his friends and their girlfriends made her life hell, and the reason she didn't say anything about it was because she was honestly worried about what Lex would do next.
Laxative Prank: pulled by Harry and Carol on a pre-Sentinel Bolivar Trask of all people, leading to an embarrassing incident in his limo. This earns him the nickname 'Crapper Trask', apparently. He more than had it coming.
Inverted with Carol Danvers. She takes very strongly after her mother's side, being closest to her maternal uncle, Jack O'Neill, and taking very much after her great-aunt, Peggy Carter.
And logically speaking, Lily is an inversion as well, the Grey genes coming from her mother.
Also inverted with Hermione Granger who, Thor notes, is beginning to develop a greater resemblance to her mother, Wanda Maximoff, and is noted as being unusually powerful. Her father, John Constantine, is blond and not much more than average, magic wise.
Luke, I Am Your Father: Hawkeye learns that he is the grandson of McGonagall and her fiancé, Bucky Barnes. When Steve meets her again, he's able to figure it out by virtue of the physical similarities between Bucky and Clint. Another indication is that the only other person Steve has ever known that was as good a shot as Hawkeye was Bucky himself.
Unbeknownst to all three, however, Bucky is also the Winter Soldier, making this a double doozy.
Jane is of the opinion that this happens to any scientist who works for the Pentagon.
The Magic Comes Back: Elements of this - mutants are appearing (off screen, by and large) in greater numbers, ancient monsters are being resurrected by dark magic, a demigod Prince walks the Earth once more, the Sorcerer Supreme is making his presence known, and the most ancient and deadly book of dark magic that has ever and will ever exist, the Darkhold, has been taken from its vault by a nightmare that everyone thought was dead: The Winter Soldier. And to make it all worse, the Darkhold's creator is on the move...
Magic from Technology: Played straight with the Earth based Bifrost and inverted with the Asgard based Bifrost. As Tony notes, the two are coming at it from different angles.
Peter Wisdom is quite possibly the king of this trope. He got Wanda Maximoff out of retirement by telling her that he knew that she had a daughter - Hermione Granger. Then he threatened to tell Hermione. This minimised the danger to an innocent, while simultaneously threatening to do far worse emotional damage.
Mega Crossover: While primarily an HP/Avengers crossover, there are elements of numerous fandoms sprinkled in.
Memetic Badass: In-universe, the mysterious 'Lady Knight', who apparently, among other things, taught Sif and Fandral how to wield a sword. In wielding a sword, their only peers in all the Nine Realms are each other. Think about this for a moment. She taught a God of Warhow to swordfight.
Motive Rant: Dumbledore gives a rather dark one about how frustrated he is at the Medieval Stasis of the Wizarding World compared to the Muggle one, why he remains as just a Headmaster, explaining how he was and remains more than capable of becoming a Dark Lord far more terrible than Voldemort could ever hope to have been. This is why he remains as just a Headmaster: because one drop of power would be one too many.
Muggles Do It Better: The author takes pains to point out just how useless Wizards generally when dealing with something outside their frame of reference, noting the Medieval Stasis of the Wizarding World.
However, in the interests of fairness, it is pointed out in-universe by Memetic Badass Agent Coulson that wizards are a serious threat to people who don't know what they're dealing with, and more to the point, if the wizard is combat trained and familiar with non-magical technology, they can be extremely dangerous.
Harry. It's one of his defining characteristics, right up to helping little girls he's only just met find their families, taking a precociously smart girl a couple of years his junior completely seriously, immediately standing up for people he barely knows and offering a servant girl who looked tired a drink, among many other things. He even suggests that he, Carol and Jean-Paul go talk to an injured Johnny Storm, about whom he has only heard bad or, at best, fondly exasperated things (and the latter only from Sue).
Jean-Paul: You’ve done your good deed for the day. Why ruin it by making yourself a martyr?
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Oh Loki... in short, when his first love got pregnant, he got scared and tried to hide her and the pregnancy from his parents, fearing their response, when, in fact, they could have helped her and wanted to. She died in childbirth, the child was stillborn and Loki dabbled in necromancy to bring his baby back to life. He half succeeded, but she turned out to be a half dead Psychic Vampire. She was called Hela. The rest is history. Basically, Poor Communication Kills.
No-Nonsense Nemesis: Unlike Malfoy, Von Strucker and Gravemoss, The Winter Soldier does not grandstand. He'll kill you however suits him best, whether it's right up close, or if you're a Physical God, he'll snipe from the best part of a mile away with some Abnormal Ammo.
And the last time that someone kidnapped Pepper 'a domestic terrorist organisation and three blocks of flats got wiped off the map'.
And that time when Wanda told the First Order who her father was, Sirius refused to believe her in extremely tactless fashion and promptly got laid out by Lily. According to Sirius, she had a vicious right hook.
There was, apparently, an incident involving Clint Barton, Hal Jordan, Agent Sitwell and a bungee cord.
Oblivious to Love: While Loki is somewhat aware of his feelings for Sif, he's denser than a brick because he can't see that Sif is obviously in love with him. Even Thor pre- and post-James Potter picked up on it, and tends to give his brother exasperated looks whenever they don't act upon their UST due to said density.
Obviously Evil: The Winter Soldier. Technically a subversion, since he isn't actually evil.
Occult Detective: Harry Dresden is briefly employed by SHIELD (and not for the first time, judging by Fury's comments in Chapter 22) for his skills at this.
Apparently, Bruce Wayne of all people is shaping up to be one of these.
A small one by Amora when she realises that Thor now Would Hit a Girl - due to his past as James where he fought plenty of female Death Eaters.
A larger one by Lucius Malfoy when he realises just how depraved Gravemoss is.
Loki absolutely lost it when he heard that the Darkhold had been stolen. Considering that the Darkhold is the book that contains the knowledge to create the veidrdraugar, this is highly understandable.
Harry Dresden has a couple.
First, when Gravemoss appears behind them in the tunnels.
Second, when he briefly - and accidentally - contacts Chthon through the Sight.
Old Flame: Amora to Thor. She wants to renew it, he regards it as one of the biggest mistakes he ever made. And tells her. To her face.
One Degree of Separation: Seems to going this way with Harry: his maternal grandparents were crack SHIELD Agents (to quote Nick Fury, "The Hawkeye and Black Widow of their day.") who mentored Nick Fury, who was the second candidate to be Harry's godfather after being a sort of big brother to Lily Evans. Doctor Strange was his paediatrician. Wanda Maximoff is his godmother. Jean Grey is his maternal second cousin. Clint turns out to be the grandson of Bucky Barnes and Minerva McGonagall and the first cousin (via adoption) of Clark Kent. Charles Xavier is Tony Stark's godfather. It only gets stronger and stranger from there.
And more generally: Coulson knows Harry Dresden, Thor knew Betsy Braddock's father, Alastor Moody has crossed paths with Erik Lehnsherr enough to know his style, Wanda Maximoff, John Constantine and Doctor Stephen Strange were members of the First Order of the Phoenix, Wanda and John are Hermione's biological parents, Charles Xavier helped teach Wanda who was Stephen's apprentice...
A Justified Trope, however, as it is implied that Harry is a 'Nexus Being' like 616!Wanda or something similar, and Odin himself notes that destiny tends to warp in his presence.
One-Scene Wonder: Not strictly confined to one scene, but where the Winter Soldier is concerned, this applies.
Pretty much all of the Avengers qualify. It's probably why Fury, at the top of his head, can only think of three people who can beat the Winter Soldier at his own game. All three of those people are on the Avengers.
(in reference to the Enchantress): If she had touched Lily, I would have killed her. If she touches Harry, I will kill her and if Skurge tries to stop me, I'll ram that precious axe of his up his sorely whipped arse.
Loki, though it's more Uncle Wolf.
Odin to Loki, big time, judging by his rage at what Thanos did to him. It wasn't mind control, but it wasn't exactly pleasant for Loki either. He may have made mistakes, but boy, oh boy, do you not want to hurt his kid.
Also, Hela's backstory. Odin did quite literally everything he could to help his son protect his daughter.
Patchwork Story: On a micro level, the author occasionally makes reference to making chapters by stitching disparate scenes together.
Person of Mass Destruction: Wanda is more than capable of being this. If she doesn't incinerate you with a skyscraper sized pillar of fire, she drops meteors on your head. Even if your name is Nicodemus.
Gravemoss, technically. Like the Enchantress in the comics, he's pretty weak in the higher realms, like Asgard. On Earth, however, he's an incredibly fast killing machine who can rip through concrete with his bare hands.
Wanda and Doctor Strange arguably reach this level.
Snape isn't exactly Mister Pleasant and makes the mistake of antagonising those he shouldn't - Thor (who acknowledges what Snape has done for Harry and thanks him for it, apologises sincerely for the way he treated him as James and grudgingly acknowledges that, for all his faults, Snape is no coward), Huginn and Muninn, Tony and, possibly (she has yet to exact vengeance), Natasha, and even then, their response is reasonably constrained. Second, the publicly humiliating incident is noted by Word of God as possibly being over the top, but equally it is pointed out that Snape has gone out of his way to bully Harry since day one and he kind of has it coming.
Harry's snarkier and somewhat anti-authoritian tendencies are presented partly as a sign of his growing confidence (and Tony's influence) and partly as a reaction to the fact that his world has been tipped on its head and thoroughly shaken, so he has no idea which way is up. Not only that, but his powers first flare up in chapter 31 and then again in chapter 44 and, in subtler forms, semi regularly since then the latter of which is depicted as genuinely unnerving him. Not only that, but he lives with the anti-authoritarian snark patrol that is the Avengers (Steve mostly excepted), one of which is his father, another of which is his uncle, and all of whom he idolises/admires.
And, as of Chapter 50, Sean Cassidy laughs at an off the cuff snarky remark Harry makes, then gently reprimands him for the snark by basically saying, 'careful kiddo, that tongue of yours will run you into trouble with someone who isn't as easygoing as I am'. When Harry not unjustly points out that trouble tends to find him anyway, Sean points out that that should be a reason for him not to seek out more. Harry quite visibly takes this onboard.
Refuge in Audacity: Harry with the Disir, ancient monsters who abducted him and his friends, snarking about their 'hospitality', mocking their looks, stating that they aren't scary and actually hushing them and telling them that he's getting to good bit: the Pre-Asskicking One-Liner.
To Kung Fu Panda, when Charles Xavier quotes Master Oogway's advice to Po at Harry almost word for word.
On a more meta level, Dresden brings up the original title of the first book in his series while making a bad pun - 'Semiautomagic'.
A pale elf slaying hundreds of black dragons with a necromantic spell? Sounds familiar. As a bonus, the original spell, which Gravemoss mentions, was called "familicide".
Further references to The Order of the Stick appear in Chapter 46, with the drunken use of magic to meld two creatures referencing both Vaarsuvius' irritation about the impracticality of the Owlbear and the creation of Roy's 'Bag of Tricks'.
A young Bruce Wayne is referred by Harry Dresden as having the potential to become 'The World's Greatest Detective'. Despite the author insisting that there is no Batman, this seems a touch too contrived to be anything other than a piece of Foreshadowing.
Not to mention that Dresden was the one that saved the Waynes from being killed.
In Chapter 31, Harry's notation that those with a great insight into human nature before kind, if they are good, and powerful, if they are bad, is a reference to Witches Abroad, in which much the same quote is used about Fairy Godmothers.
Lex makes reference to Susan being part of a brain trust called 'the Illuminati', which includes T'Challa, Charles Xavier, Reed Richards and a few other members of the comics Illuminati.
When mulling over the story of Hela's birth, Gravemoss references the opening chapter of Sabriel, specifically, the title character's being restored to life after apparently being stillborn by her necromancer father, the Aborsen, even down to the Nine Gates and the River of Death (which is referred to as an in-universe piece of folklore). This did not end half as well as it did for Sabriel.
The Starscream: The alliance of Malfoy, Von Strucker and Gravemoss being what it is, it's quite hard to tell who's in charge at times. However, Von Strucker was (until Chapter 42) looking to eclipse and backstab Malfoy, who is unlikely to take this lying down and is, at the same time, backstabbing his fellow Death Eaters, and Gravemoss is an Omnicidal Maniac, so his betrayal is inevitable.
Stepford Smiler: Harry, to an extent. He seems to have taken everything very well, when, in fact, he's headed for a crash of epic proportions.
He crashes. It is spectacular. Though he's bounced back, apparently.
Implied to be the future for Harry and Diana - the former is obvious, and the latter, well, she is, after all Wonder Woman.
Superior Species: Asgardians. They're all Really 700 Years Old (or on course to get that way) and are Nigh Invulnerable, an ancient civilisation that was old when humanity was still figuring out that you couldn't eat rocks. They're also recognised as the Heavyweight Champions of the Universe, the pre-eminent superpower in intergalactic and interdimensional politics. Oh, and with their incredibly advanced Technology From Magic, they're basically the most advanced race in the universe, with their only peer being the Kryptonians before their planet went boom. That said, Fantastic Racism is (mostly) averted. While they seem to consider mortals in general as weak and primitive, which they were when Asgardians were last regularly knocking around the Earth, they admire and respect the Avengers, in particular Clint for his marksmanship - he's widely considered to be joint best in the Nine Realms - and Tony for his armour. And Steve. Everyone likes Steve.
In other words, they're like a version of The Ace that knows they're the best and doesn't feel the need to rub it in everyone's faces. Though, judging by what we've heard about Bor, Odin's father and predecessor, this is probably a relatively recent development. And this same niceness doesn't really apply to Frost Giants.
And as Thor notes in The Avengers, being more advanced doesn't make them better.
Supernatural Gold Eyes: Harry's eyes flash gold or become flecked with it when he gets angry. Whether this is his slowly emerging Asgardian powers or a mark of the Phoenix.
Type 1: SHIELD Agents and Agents of MI13, Tony Stark (out of armour), Carol Danvers.
Type 2: Natasha, Clint, Steve, the Winter Soldier, younger Hogwarts Students, James Rhodes (out of armour), the Lady Knight (bordering Type 3), Jean-Paul Beaubier, T'Challa, Warren Worthington III.
Type 3: Adult Wanded Witches and Wizards, to varying degrees, most members of the White Council, Harry Dresden, Iron Man, War Machine, Sif, the Warriors Three, Clark Kent, Betsy Braddock/Psylocke, Peter Wisdom/Regulus Black, Jean Grey, Scott Summers, Metallo, Sean Cassidy.
Type 4: Thor, Loki, the Juggernaut, Count Nefaria, Gravemoss (pre Darkhold), Frigga, Charles Xavier, the Shadow King.
Type 5: Thor and Loki (when truly cutting loose), the Hulk, the Darkhold and its owner, Magneto, Alan Scott with his ring, Charles Xavier with Cerebro.
Type 6: Odin, Other Skyfathers, Chthon (the latter being considerably more powerful than any Skyfather, but not quite able to warp the narrative).
Take That: Several, usually aimed at fanfiction conventions:
And so are the large Remus/Sirius and Tony/Steve slash fandoms.
Fury snorted. Like that was ever going to happen.
Tony: *implying Harry may be attracted to Jane and Hermione* His best friend is a brunette brain box.
Loki: Who he is about as sexually attracted to as he is to mould.
Taking You with Me: Harry Dresden's intention when he unleashes his Death Curse on Gravemoss. Gravemoss survives, though is quite clearly rattled by it (and floating in the North Sea), and Harry gets better.
Talking Is a Free Action: Averted. Turns out that it's a bad idea to monologue at Nick Fury or rather, his LMD while he's holding a pistol.
Team Mom: Sif to the Warriors Three, who all regard her as something of a big sister.
Technically a Smile: Lex's when talking about teaching a few of Carol's suitors manners. Harry notes that most people on the receiving end of that smile would do whatever its owner said, so long as the smile went away and left them intact.
Technician Versus Performer: This applies to the rivalry between Harry and Uhtred, where Uhtred is the Technician and Harry is the Performer.
There Are No Therapists: Averted when Charles Xavier gives Harry a little telepathic therapy by giving Harry a friendly ear and helping him work through a few of his issues.
Harry Dresden is also mentioned as having been put into contact with Xavier to get over his pyrophobia (stemming from an incident involving a vampire thrall and homemade napalm).
Time Abyss: Odin. He's at least a thousand years older than Stonehenge.
Time Dissonance: Odin again. When explaining to Harry why he couldn't interfere in his raising, or let Loki or Frigga do it, among his other reasons, he points out that, for him, ten years, is about equivalent to a month. At most.
Took a Level in Badass: Lucius Malfoy is infinitely more dangerous than he is in canon, cast as Voldemort's spymaster who crossed swords with Nick Fury and not only lived to tell the tale, but was technically winning. He was holding all the aces when Godric's Hollow happened and Fury admits it.
The Winter Soldier is even more terrifying than in canon. This version never, ''ever'' speaks (though Black Widow implies that this is something of a recent development). And according to Narcissa Malfoy, he just looks at you as if figuring out the quickest and most efficient way to kill you.
His status as The Dreaded has elevated significantly — even now, in the modern age of superheroes, where you have everything from wizards, mutants, aliens, even gods, he is still considered to be the most dangerous man on the planet, even by Nick Fury. Loki states that he may even be the most dangerous assassin in all of the Nine Realms.
Gravemoss, an Ax-CrazyOmnicidal Maniac necromancer from Alfheim who can punch through granite, create nightmares that terrify gods and has gone toe to toe with Loki and Doctor Strange, as compared to his canon counterpart who was swiftly dispatched by Excalibur and never heard of again.
Harry himself. On being kidnapped with two friends, both of whom are younger than him and swiftly formulate a plan that plays to all their strengths. He faces down his kidnappers, the Disir, beings that have slaughtered entire armies, who took Bor himself to stop - stop, not kill - bluffs them into giving back his wand, gets in a few choice insults, then takes a serious gamble that comes off. All of them get out without a scratch.
Nick Fury. During the First War, he was a young, cheerful, friendly Agent who is mentioned as having been drinking buddies with Constantine and Sirius, Lily's Big Brother Mentor, while her parents were his mentors - being former Agents of SHIELD - and they're the closest thing he ever had to family, being good with Harry (who, hilariously, referred to him as 'Unca Nick') and second placed candidate for godfatherhood (if Lily and James had had any more children, and Lily was pregnant when she died - James/Thor never knew, as she was planning to tell him after Halloween. Sirius also knew, though how is not elaborated, suggesting that Fury also knew). By the time of the story, he's become the Four-Star Badass of the films and comics, having risen to the Directorship in less than twelve years, after losing an eye to LuciusMalfoy and leaving him to die in his burning home (which Fury set alight with napalm) with a broken wand and a permanently damaged leg, and losing the closest thing to family he'd ever had. He's clever enough to play mind games with Lucius Malfoy and manipulate Albus Dumbledore, Baron Wolfgang Von Strucker and Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel into doing/saying things they otherwise wouldn't wish to, leaving people who once knew him (McGonagall, for example) stunned at the change. He's trained Peter Wisdom a.k.a. Regulus Black, Agent, then Director, of MI13 (SHIELD's British equivalent), who has 'a carefully cultivated and well earned reputation for being extremely dangerous to cross' who clearly learned all about being a Manipulative Bastard from his mentor.
Making this all the more impressive is that, he's explicitly mentioned as a young Agent when he first met Lily. Even accounting for time in the Marines, considering that he was hanging out and drinking with John Constantine and Sirius Black rather than older members of the Order, he can't have been older than Wanda when Lily was killed (31), and was likely closer to 25. This means that, at most, he's 43, and at least, he's 37. Not only that, but he's been Director for at least two years (TheAvengers was roughly two years or more before the events of the story) and likely for at least a year or three before that if he can get away with what he does during the film. That means he rose to the Directorship at the age of between 32 and 39. To put this in perspective, Robert Gates was 48 when he was confirmed as head of the CIA and no chief of MI6 has been younger than 49 on appointment.
Uncle Pennybags: Tony. Everyone lives in his house, technically speaking, and he's completely cool with guests.
Thor. The Potter vaults make him a billionaire. He's not going to use them, so opts to doctor his will and give the Weasleys 100,000 galleons. Which they try to refuse to accept. Thor is having none of it.
Underestimating Badassery: While most of the audience realises that Diana the Olympian Ward is actually young Wonder Woman, most people do not realise this, seeing only an adorable 11 year old girl. They regret it.
Harry himself. Short, still a bit thin from the Dursleys mistreatment, a little shy, surely he's no problem. Guessagain!
The Voiceless: The Winter Soldier. It serves to terrify everyone nearby.
Voice of the Legion: after the events of chapter 44 seem to give his powers a kick in the pants, Harry develops 'a dangerous double harmonic' along with the previously appearing flash of gold in his eyes when he gets angry. It even manages to shut the Weasley Twins up. Hermione notes the rarity of this (they don't even sneak in a quip, as they do with teachers, they just shut up), and says that the second part of the harmonic sounds older, powerful and authoritative. Harry himself is unnerved by it and suggests that he doesn't have any conscious control over it.
Walking Armoury: Moody suggests this about Sif, noting that the last time he saw that much weaponry on someone was when it was in them: a member of the Thule society that he'd been tracking. A man called Lehnsherr beat him to the man.
War Is Glorious / War Is Hell: Odin expresses both opinions, noting that there is 'a satisfaction in fighting a war for the right reasons, in protecting those who cannot protect themselves' and the camerarderie, which he misses, but ultimately, the latter opinion wins out.
Was Once a Man: The Winter Soldier. Natasha has indicated that, once upon a time, he actually spoke and had a personality beyond a soulless murder machine. Dramatic Irony being what it is, the audience knows that he was once Bucky Barnes.
Who Wants to Live Forever?: Harry has brought this up, being vaguely and horribly aware that he's going to outlive all his human friends.
Wild Card: Strange seems to be a mixture of The Chessmaster and The Unfettered in that he's definitely playing his own game. Unfortunately, he hasn't appeared much as of yet, so what his intentions and aims are, other than broadly good, no one knows.
Writer on Board: Occasionally present in the text but not to the point where it is noticeably out of character. Much of it stems from the fact that the author is a self-admitted Insufferable Genius, and every now and then, it shows.
Closer reading reveals that the author despises harems, Super!Harry (without appropriate justification) and Sex God!Harry, young teens being seriously paired, Harry/Hermione, examples of Draco in Leather Pants in which the moral consequences of prior actions are erased or ignored, unwarranted character bashing and Snape, who is depicted as a Jerk with a Heart of Jerk, but not outright evil.
Very definitely present in the author notes, especially in earlier chapters when replying to an anonymous reviewer called 'newboy'. The replies got steadily less and less patient and more and more withering as the author simultaneously regarded the opposing viewpoint as utterly moronic and got annoyed at having to reply in author notes.
His fellow Death Eaters, those that answered his call, are quickly disposed of by being used as decoys for SHIELD's strike teams to deal with.
In chapter 50 he spends his POV section musing over how useless Baron Von Strucker has become and, really, he's only got one more thing to do in life: be enslaved and explain how to control the Winter Soldier.