!!!The Books provide examples of:
* AdaptationDistillation:
** The comic book. As Jim Butcher himself points out, ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has the heart and soul of a comic book anyway.
** The roleplaying game is both incredibly faithful to the books, condensing [[TheVerse the Dresdenverse]] into a very elegant and functional game, and flexible enough to handle anything you might want to do with the game. An example is how a couple of people in one playtest group wanted to play as a ghost and a ghoul. They managed to figure out how to do so after about 10 min of planning for each.
** One of the other playtester groups succeeded in making a character who was essentially an animated sentient whip.
* AwesomeEgo: Ramirez. The Tabletop Game says as much. He has a habit of making jokes about his prowess in everything and he exaggerates it to the point of ridiculousness and is often PlayedForLaughs and in complete good humor more than once. However, when push comes to shove Carlos has proven to be extremely badass in not only combat and more than a little worthy of the jokes he makes.
* AwesomenessWithdrawal: After Ghost Story, the books have been taking increasingly longer gaps between publication. Fans would grumble about the usual year-and-a-half waits, but wouldn't complain too much. However, after Cold Days, it's taken two-and-a-half years between Cold Days and Skin Game, and ever since Peace Talks has been sitting in development three years counting. Two books in the span of five years is starting to turn fans off from the series, though the occasional short story helps.
* BadassDecay: The Red Court - it looks a lot like they are going to be the KnightOfCerebus, but then that role was taken by the Denarians, and they were more or less [[VillainOfAnotherStory offscreen antagonists]]. This becomes subverted (and even ''justified''!) with ''Changes''.
* BaseBreakingCharacter:
** Waldo Butters. On the one hand, he has plenty of fans of his slow, multi-book move from ZeroToHero, as an ordinary person still capable of great heroism and a refusal to be victimized. On the other hand, being the geeky schlub who gets a lot of nice things, including but not limited to [[spoiler: the hot younger werewolf girlfriend, the magic skateboard, and the lightsaber]], many see him as getting all of the things that [[WishFulfillment the proverbial GM's little brother would find "cool"]].
** Murphy. On one hand, she's a long-standing main character who's been in the series since the beginning and offers a vanilla human perspective, a staunch ally, and grounding for Harry. On the other, she's [[spoiler: no longer Harry's contact with the police and no longer a potential candidate for Fidelacchius]] and, according to WordOfGod, will not have a power up like other characters, making people question her place in the series. Depending on whether people support [[WillTheyOrWontThey Harry/Murphy]] or [[DieForOurShip not]], this has further split the base. This has gotten to the point topics involving Murphy on the official Jim Butcher forums regularly incite flame wars and locked threads.
* CompleteMonster:
** ''Literature/BloodRites'' and ''Literature/WhiteNight'': Lord Raith, King of the White Court and the head of House Raith.
** ''Literature/DeadBeat'' and ''Literature/GhostStory'': Capiocorpus, the Corpsetaker, also known as the Grey Ghost.
** ''Literature/TurnCoat'': "Shagnasty", the Skinwalker or Naagloshii.
** ''Literature/{{Changes}}'': The Red King, alias Kukulcan.
* CrazyAwesome: In ''Ghost Story'', Harry was able to [[spoiler: manifest his disembodied spirit into the real world and punch a mook,]] specifically ''because'' he was insane, which is the very definition of this trope. [[spoiler: Recall that only insane ghostly spirits can manifest physically, because it's incredibly dangerous.]] Oh, and the way he comes to realize he's crazy enough to do this? He remembers all the other crazy stuff he's done in previous books. And much of that crazy stuff was '''''[[Awesome/TheDresdenFiles awesome.]]'''''
* CreepyAwesome: Lara Raith, who manages to be a badass MagnificentBitch despite [[spoiler: raping her cousin to death]] and generally being absolutely terrifying.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome:
** In universe, Guard blasting ''Ride of the Valkyries'' while saving Harry and friends in her choppers is noted by Harry to be particularly fitting. Also tells you something about Gard's sense of humor [[spoiler:considering what the short story "Heorot" reveals about her true nature.]]
** And in Cold Days: [[spoiler: "We will, we will, rock you!"]]
** Also in Cold Days, the orchestral version of .45 by Music/{{Shinedown}} as Mab and Harry waltz over the remains of their enemies.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Ferrovax is an endless source of speculation and fan theories. He appears in Grave Peril for about 3 pages, with less than a dozen lines. [[OneSceneWonder But that's probably why]]. Being badass enough to have one of the absolute highest tiers in the series, canonically even stronger than the Queens certainly doesn't hurt.
** [[spoiler:Maggie]] [[{{Moe}} melted the hearts of readers]] in her first proper appearance in Skin Game. She's cute and clever from what we see of her, and pals around with Mouse.
* EvilIsSexy: Lara Raith is pretty much the embodiment of this, as are all the other Raiths, and both Fairy Courts, and Bianca and many of the Red Court vampires (before seeing their true form at least). Harry even mentions the benefits of having no hot water as taking cold showers constantly is a good defense against the supernatural charms of the dangerous female beings he meets constantly.
* FanPreferredCouple:
** The biggest one by far is Harry Dresden/Karrin Murphy, due to the ''colossal'' amount of UnresolvedSexualTension they share, but [[HoYay Harry Dresden/John Marcone]] also has a remarkably large and enthusiastic following amongst the fandom.
** The Goodship Molly Dresden has a substantial fan following as well. Interestingly, this usually isn't against the Harry/Karren ship at all. More that in the long-term, supporters of the ship believe he'll move on eventually, given Molly's long lifespan.
* FoeYay: Harry and Lara have plenty of these whenever they meet or team up.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: The short story "Day Off", found in the anthology ''Blood Lite,'' features the characters of [[spoiler: Kirby and Andi, the fact that they are going steady, and the fact that Harry is in a relationship with Warden Captain Luccio]]. In the book ''Turn Coat'', [[spoiler:Kirby dies and Harry and Luccio are told that their relationship was [[PsychicPowers psychically arranged]] by the same Council traitor who killed [=LaFortier=] and Morgan]]. Consider the difference in tone between the two stories and you have got MoodWhiplash as well.
* GrowingTheBeard:
** The first two books are okay, but the series really hits its stride at ''Grave Peril''. It improves even more during and after ''Dead Beat''.
** Butcher really hit his stride when he had Harry [[spoiler: punch a werewolf through a goddamn wall.]] After that the series figured out its pattern of stringing together incredibly awesome scenes with interesting mysteries and witty dialogue.
*** Really, the first three books focus heavily on Harry's job as a wizard-for-hire that frequently works with the police. Starting with Book Four, ''Summer Knight'', the supernatural side of Harry's world takes over. Whereas before the focus was helping the cops with supernatural cases, as well as taking private cases himself that seemed to intertwine with the case the police were working, the focus now was on the many, varied worlds of the supernatural that Harry is involved in; the vampire world, the Fey world, the White Council, etc. Roots of this showed up in Book Three, ''Grave Peril'', but by the time ''Summer Knight'' is over, the series is no longer about a wizard PI who works with the police, which was the initial premise.
** Butcher himself lampshaded this when he made a statement to the effect that one of his regrets about the Dresden series is that people have to start it by reading the books he wrote when young and inexperienced.
** James Marsters' in the audiobooks. For the first few novels, he lacked confidence, the track contains many slightly awkward pauses and mutters, and a few names and voices weren't nailed down yet. Compare that to James Marsters in ''Changes'', where he's confident both in his reading and character impressions, Harry is the most emotional and raw-sounding than he's ever been, and he sounds genuinely invested; reads the text with utter conviction and sincerity, as much as any hardcore fan.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** From "Changes". [[spoiler:"If that was the price I had to pay to make my daughter safe, so be it. If I was haunted by my choices for the rest of my life because Maggie needed me to make hard choices, so be it." This passage is from when he was deciding to kill Lloyd Slate and become the Winter Knight. Applied to what happened later, when he ''killed Susan,'' there is a whole new dimension of ''haunting regret.'']]
** Another one occurs in Grave Peril, when Harry is waiting for Susan to bail him out of jail and sees Michael and Charity talking he finds himself wondering why all his relationships don't work and jokingly puts it down to all the "ghosts, demons and Human Sacrifice." [[spoiler: cue Changes...]]
** In the short story "Something Borrowed", Kirby was supposed to be Billy's best man at his wedding, but got really hurt in a fight the night before (no thanks to the jello shots)... Flash forward to Turn Coat...
** In ''Death Masks'', when Harry tracks Marcone to Persephone's bedside, he assumes the comatose girl must be Marcone's own child. He tries to keep up his hatred for the gang boss because of his many crimes, but a part of Harry can't help but think he might have become every bit as unscrupulously-ruthless himself, if ''he'd'' had a daughter who was helpless and needed him to fight for her. Several books later, ''Changes'' comes along...
** When Molly began her apprenticeship with Harry, he stressed that she should avoid sexual relationships while training due to the possible effect it'd have with her powers. Come ''Cold Case'', [[spoiler:despite being out of her apprenticeship, Molly CantHaveSexEver thanks to the Mantle's need to protect her maidenhood and, by extension, its power. Should she try and be intimate with someone, the Mantle will cause them severe injury.]]
* HilariousInHindsight: In Backup, Thomas says that Harry and e-mails go together like Robert Downey Jr. and sobriety. Turns out, RDJ is AWESOME sober.
** In Ghost Story, Skaldi Skjeldson asks Butters when he's going to get in the ring and "train like a man." Butters' answer is "About five minutes after I get a functional [[StarWars lightsaber]]." Fast forward [[spoiler:about two and a half books, to Skin Game, and Butters takes up Fidelacchius, which reforges into something very recognizable. And when Harry points out to Butters how dangerous it is to be a Knight of the Cross, Butters replies that he has been talking to Michael about "training like a man."]]
* JerkassWoobie: When you read between the lines, you realize just how much shit Morgan's life has put him through. Four years on the Western Front in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI is probably the least of his traumas.
* LoveToHate: Nicodemus may be a genocidal, sadistic, despicable monster, but damn is his awfulness entertaining.
* MagnificentBastard: Quite a few of these are kicking around, to Harry's dismay. Fortunately, some are his friends. Harry himself is one at times, going from a plucky GuileHero to the genuine definition if sufficiently pushed.
** Marcone is constantly getting people that hate him to do what he wants, even when they are perfectly aware that, lesser or no, he ''is'' evil.
** [[spoiler: Martin]], in ''Changes.''
*** Lara Raith.
** Nicodemus. Over 2000 years old, head of the order of the blackened Denarius, instigator and magnifier of multiple wars and plagues, slaughterer of hundreds of Knights of the Cross and perfectly plans and executes (until Harry throws a spanner in the works) a scheme to capture both Marcone, chief crime lord in the entire US, and the Archive, essentially everything ever written down in the head of a little girl who is stronger than the Summer and Winter Ladies. Also, uses when he throws Lasciel's coin at little Harry. [[XanatosGambit Either Harry Dresden or Carpenter is going to take it, and either would be perfect for his purposes]].
** Collin Murphy [[spoiler:scams '''Uriel''']] Wow.
** In ''Skin Game'', [[spoiler: Mab, Marcone, and the Greek god Hades concoct a scheme to pay back the Denarians, while Harry gets advice from Odin and Uriel on how to carry out his part. Between them, Nicodemus himself ''didn't stand a chance''.]]
* MemeticBadass: Harry Dresden is physically immune to being made into a memetic badass. Why? Because no matter how badass you think he is, he ''actually'' is twice as badass.
* OneSceneWonder:
** Chauncy, the crab-demon-thing with [[SophisticatedAsHell pince-nez glasses]] that Harry has a conversation with in ''Literature/FoolMoon''.
** Ferrovax. He's only shown up at the party in ''Literature/GravePeril'', and did comparatively little there. He's also one of the most popular characters among fans. [[spoiler: Comparatively little being flattening a man with the tone of his voice]].
** Sue, the [[spoiler:Tyrannosaurus Rex that Harry revives in ''Literature/DeadBeat''.]]
* ParanoiaFuel:
** [[spoiler:Lasciel's shadow can make illusions so perfect that Harry can not tell the difference. She completely makes up a person to interact with him, and he is so taken in that other people start thinking he has gone nuts because he is talking to empty air. Then she demonstrates that if she wanted, she could use this to ''kill him at any time''. Yeeeesh.]]
*** Also: [[spoiler:The only purpose of a shadow when it's not being used as an avatar for the much more alien being in its coin is to get its host to pick up the coin again. You have to be, not only alive, but healthy and powerful enough to kill off anyone else who has also touched it, also has a shadow in their head, and will also be going for the coin. This implies that Lash's HeelFaceTurn, while genuine from her perspective, is actually her programming creating another kind of trap for the host, by making him trust her when she's actually still fulfilling the purpose of the shadow. Even sacrificing herself is in service of that purpose, you can hardly pick the coin up if you're brain-dead.]]
** He Who Walks Behind is an EldritchAbomination whose distinguishing characteristic is that when it manifests it is ''always'' behind you. Even if your back is against a wall, it's still behind you. And now it just has a handy solid surface to pick you up and strangle you against. With one of its tentacles around your neck. ''Which it didn't have in the reflection you saw of it.''
* {{Sequelitis}}: [[BrokenBase Depending on who you ask]] this series is either this trope, or the first three to four volumes suffer from [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness early installment weirdness]]. Originally, this series was about a private detective who is also a wizard. By the time we get to volume seven, it's about the crazy world Harry inhabits, which included Fey realms, Vampire wars, wizarding politics and the machinations of the White Council, and most especially about the people Harry cares most about, which include [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters almost every good character, and even some not-so-good ones, ever introduced in the series]]. YMMV if the series is [[KudzuPlot far too bogged down in its own plot now]] or if it has [[GrowingTheBeard grown the beard]].
* {{Squick}}:
** Nicodemus' lover is Deidre... ''his daughter''. Her mom, Tessa, is ReallySevenHundredYearsOld, but looks in her teens.
** Lord Raith ensures his daughters' complete loyalty by ''raping them into submission.'' [[spoiler: It gets better/worse; when Lara finds out her father can no longer feed, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard she turns the tables and does the same thing to him]].]]
* StoicWoobie: [[spoiler:At the end of ''Cold Days'', Mab certainly counts. Her daughter Maeve, was possessed by ''Nemesis'' and threatening to destroy the world, was killed before her eyes, and by Maeve's actions her second daughter has become the Summer Lady, keeping her from Sarissa and destroying the relationship of [=BFFs=] they had previously. The only hint we get of her deeper turmoil is when she admits to Harry who asked if she didn't like her choice to have Maeve killed, "[she] was mortal once."]]
* TooCoolToLive:
** [[spoiler:Shiro]]
** As of ''Turn Coat'', [[spoiler: Morgan]], although this may be TooBadassToLive considering his {{Jerkass}}ness
** [[spoiler: Meryl]], dammit.
** [[spoiler:Cat Sith]], introduced as an uber badass [[spoiler:malk]], he ends up [[spoiler:possessed by Nemesis. Even if he survived his fight with Harry, Nemesis appears to have destroyed his mind and taken over him completely. Ironically this is noted as lessening Sith's badass-ness in the process]].
* UnfortunateImplications: The repeated sexualization of women, [[http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2013/07/the-dresden-files-who-isnt-sex-object.html to some]]; Harry has a tendency to describe attractive women in extended detail whenever he meets them, going on page-long monologues in some cases. A common counterpoint to this is that the series possesses a number of non-sexualized women [[note]](Meryl, Helen Beckett, Luccio's original body, Martha Liberty, Ancient Mai, Anna Ash and most of the Ordo Lebes, the Mothers, and more)[[/note]], most of the jaw-droppingly beautiful women are not human to begin with, and Harry's fixation is presented as a clear character flaw that gets him into trouble often. It's generally left up to the reader to decide which holds more weight.
* WhatAnIdiot:
** Yes, Susan, ''do'' gatecrash a party hosted by a vampire. A party you most certainly weren't invited to, never mind your forged invitation. This cannot ''possibly'' go wrong.
** Officer John Stallings in ''{{Literature/Grave Peril}}''. He trusts Harry enough to steal a key piece of police evidence for him: the personal journal of an occultist serial killer, but simultaneously doesn't trust Harry enough to mention [[spoiler:said serial killer also killed himself a couple days ago]], even when Harry asks him point blank about it. Stallings could have saved everyone a ton of trouble if he hadn't lied about that.
** Officer Grayson falls for Dresden's lie that the bloody clothes and robes in the backseat of Dresden's car are just Halloween props.
* TheWoobie: It has its [[Woobie/TheDresdenFiles own page]].


!!!The TV series provides examples of:

* BrokenBase:
** Whether the show is a good adaptation of the books.
** Whether Book Bob is better than TV Bob.
* LesYay: Bianca and Natalie. Sharon and Nancy.
* PragmaticAdaptation:
** Harry's hockey-stick staff. Most agree, even if grudgingly, that a man walking around with a hockey stick would be far less conspicuous than a man walking around with a six-foot staff that looks like something [[TheLordOfTheRings Gandalf]] might carry. Credit where credit is due; in the series, Harry is less overt about what he is than in the books. TV Harry doesn't mind if people think of him as one of those "psychic investigators" police sometimes employ. Book Harry straight out says he's a wizard.
** Butcher himself says that changing Harry's ride from a Volkswagen Beetle to a Jeep works for reasons both practical (filming in a Beetle would seriously limit camera angles) and character (Jeeps were intended for function over aesthetics and meant to keep running even under the worst of conditions), something Harry would very much approve of.
** Bob being a ghost, not a disembodied knowledge spirit, due to every Harry/Bob scene having to consist solely of one actor talking to an empty set while the other actor's lines were added later in ADR.
* RetroactiveRecognition:
** Creator/KimCoates as the demon Sirota.
** Series/MurdochMysteries's Yannick Bisson as Sgt. Munzer.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: The reaction of the bulk of the book fans when the show started. Reasons ranged from the reasonable (the series was far less "quirky" than the books and more a mainstream supernatural show) to the outright weird (Murphy is supposed to be blonde, dammit!)
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