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* TheWorfEffect: Puck establishes himself as a serious threat by bitchslapping the Leanansidhe so hard that Harry can't even see where she went. She recovers, but it shows that he's definitely more than just another renegade fae.

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* TheWorfEffect: Puck establishes himself as a serious threat by bitchslapping the Leanansidhe so hard that Harry can't even see where she went. She recovers, but it shows that he's definitely more than just another renegade fae.fae.
* WorfHadTheFlu: Harry takes on Lara Raith in a CaneFu sparring match. Unfortunately for Harry, he's just gotten through a couple vicious fights, some car crashes, and resultant injuries (which include deep cuts in ''both'' shoulders) and exhaustion, and holds back. Lara, who is understandably seething after Marcone having seemingly shot dead a trio of her relatives and her authority challenged, takes out on Harry. Its a CurbStompBattle.
** Harry fares much better in ''Peace Talks''. While he still loses, Lara is even more angry than here, and Harry has far less injuries and goes all out.


* UnreliableIllustrator: Molly and Murphy are frequently drawn as being the same height and build. To say this is inaccurate to the novels is putting it mildly.

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* UnreliableIllustrator: As per usual, Carlos Gomez's art often doesn't match the text or the character descriptions from the books.
** Puck is said to shape-change continually throughout the text, yet is always drawn with the same face even when he is impersonating someone. This happens in spite of the text apparently trying to surprise the reader with the revelation that Puck isn't who he seems to be.
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Molly and Murphy are frequently drawn as being the same height and build. To say this is inaccurate to the novels is putting it mildly.

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* UnreliableIllustrator: Molly and Murphy are frequently drawn as being the same height and build. To say this is inaccurate to the novels is putting it mildly.


* SeriesContinuityError: Harry makes contact with Lea in an attempt to stop Puck-- only problem is that this takes place before ''Changes'', and up until then, Lea was still imprisoned [[spoiler:in the ice garden atop Arctis Tor in an attempt to purge her of Nemesis.]]

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* SeriesContinuityError: Several.
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Harry makes contact with Lea in an attempt to stop Puck-- only problem is that this takes place before ''Changes'', and up until then, Lea was still imprisoned [[spoiler:in the ice garden atop Arctis Tor in an attempt to purge her of Nemesis.]]]]
** Molly examines the bodies of the two young women attacked by Puck and says their souls were removed from their bodies, indicating White Court vampire involvement... despite White Court vampires feeding on emotions and not souls.


''Wild Card'' is a six issue ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' miniseries.

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''Wild Card'' is a six issue ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' miniseries.
miniseries. It is set between the novels ''Literature/SmallFavor'' and ''Literature/TurnCoat''.

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* SeriesContinuityError: Harry makes contact with Lea in an attempt to stop Puck-- only problem is that this takes place before ''Changes'', and up until then, Lea was still imprisoned [[spoiler:in the ice garden atop Arctis Tor in an attempt to purge her of Nemesis.]]

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*** This could also be interpreted as them being forced to save face: the attacks were both public and brutal enough that, in order to protect their position and standing in the eyes of the supernatural world, they have no choice but to retaliate against the perceived attacker. This means that whether Marcone truly believes the White Court was the attacker or vice versa matters less than it being generally perceived that way: all that matters is the need for them to retaliate against the "obvious" attacker, or lose face by letting the attack go unpunished.

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* ContinuityLockout
** The first thing that tips Harry off that something is up is Molly determining that Puck's first two victims had their souls ripped out. This is meant to implicate The White Court, but goes against everything we've seen in the books of how a White Court vampire's feeding works. While it is possible that the life-force which White Court vampires feast on does tie into the soul of their victims (the later books treat soul energy and life force as one and the same), Molly should still have sensed that the deaths were different due to her experiences with a White Court victim in ''White Night'', which caused her to nearly have an orgasm as she touched the woman's dyning thoughts.
** Harry is able to summon The Leanansidhe to ask for her help. This contradicts the events of ''Changes'', where Harry said that he hadn't seen "Lea" since the events of ''Proven Guilty''. Since Molly is openly operating as Harry's apprentice and Marcone is now Baron of Chicago under The Unseelie Accords, we know this story takes place sometime after ''White Night''.
** Lea is also operating under her old characterization, where she's obsessed with claiming Harry as a hound for her kennel due to his backing out of too many deals. Those debts were settled back in ''Summer Knight'' when Mab took over Lea's debts.


* ContinuityLockout
** The first thing that tips Harry off that something is up is Molly determining that Puck's first two victims had their souls ripped out. This is meant to implicate The White Court, but goes against everything we've seen in the books of how a White Court vampire's feeding works. While it is possible that the life-force which White Court vampires feast on does tie into the soul of their victims (the later books treat soul energy and life force as one and the same), Molly should still have sensed that the deaths were different due to her experiences with a White Court victim in ''White Night'', which caused her to nearly have an orgasm as she touched the woman's dyning thoughts.
** Harry is able to summon The Leanansidhe to ask for her help. This contradicts the events of ''Changes'', where Harry said that he hadn't seen "Lea" since the events of ''Proven Guilty''. Since Molly is openly operating as Harry's apprentice and Marcone is now Baron of Chicago under The Unseelie Accords, we know this story takes place sometime after ''White Night''.
** Lea is also operating under her old characterization, where she's obsessed with claiming Harry as a hound for her kennel due to his backing out of too many deals. Those debts were settled back in ''Summer Knight'' when Mab took over Lea's debts.



** The entire plot is dependent on John Marcone and Lara Raith both falling for Puck's ruse and being ready to risk open war with the police in Chicago. This requires them to forget that The White Court and Marcone's outfit are far more subtle than that and abhor open conflict. It also requires Marcone to forget that he has much better ways of dealing with Special Investigations than open warfare given that Marcone owns a number of key crooked cops and politicians. The same goes for Lara Raith.

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** The entire plot is dependent on John Marcone and Lara Raith both falling for Puck's ruse and being ready to risk open war with the police in Chicago. Chicago and each other. This requires that both of them to forget that their respective organizations - The White Court and Marcone's outfit Mob - are far more subtle than that Puck is being and abhor open conflict. It also requires Marcone to forget their forgetting their usual M.O. and that he has they have much better ways of dealing with Special Investigations than open warfare warfare, given that Marcone owns and Lara both own a number of key crooked cops and politicians. The same goes for Lara Raith.politicians.

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* IdiotBall
** The entire plot is dependent on John Marcone and Lara Raith both falling for Puck's ruse and being ready to risk open war with the police in Chicago. This requires them to forget that The White Court and Marcone's outfit are far more subtle than that and abhor open conflict. It also requires Marcone to forget that he has much better ways of dealing with Special Investigations than open warfare given that Marcone owns a number of key crooked cops and politicians. The same goes for Lara Raith.


* GracefulLoser: After an initial shock, Puck takes his defeat surprisingly well, considering how psychotic he generally seems to be, even offering Dresden a neat bow before he departs.



* ImmortalityImmorality: Puck's acting out is rooted in this, as his causing chaos is simply because he's so old that he's completely and utterly bored by the ordinary run of life.



* NighInvulnerability: Puck is this, due to his regenerative powers.

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* NighInvulnerability: Puck is has this, due to his regenerative powers.

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* NoodleIncident: What Puck did to be owed a favor from Winter. It had something to do with protecting the Outer Gates, that's all that is revealed.


* {{Poker}}: How Dresden (on behalf of the police, White Court, and mob outfit) and Puck settle their conflict.


* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Lara is usually interested in trying to make Harry her partner in crime, but she's so pissed off by the murders of three of her sisters that she nearly eats him then and there, and he is only saved by Thomas stepping in.



* WhatTheHellHero: No one is happy with Dresden settling the situation with Puck via a ''card game''. Especially since he didn't consult with them before offering their fealty as the stakes.

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* WhatTheHellHero: No one is happy with Dresden settling the situation with Puck via a ''card game''. Especially since he didn't consult with them before offering their fealty as the stakes.stakes.
* TheWorfEffect: Puck establishes himself as a serious threat by bitchslapping the Leanansidhe so hard that Harry can't even see where she went. She recovers, but it shows that he's definitely more than just another renegade fae.

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