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* RevengeByProxy: [[spoiler:Bianca is still angry about Harry "causing" the death of one her favorite lovers because Harry got her to stressed out when they last met she couldn't control herself. So she helps with Kravos' want for revenge by attacking those close to Harry.]]

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* RevengeByProxy: [[spoiler:Bianca is still angry about Harry "causing" the death of one her favorite lovers because Harry got her to so stressed out when they last met she couldn't control herself. So she helps with Kravos' want desire for revenge by attacking those close to Harry.]]

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** Even deeper than ''that'' is [[spoiler:Bianca and the athame. Mab later notes that it was this gift that infected Lea with Nemesis, which leads to Maeve being infected and possibly Aurora, which kicks off a ''lot'' of the Fae plots in later books.]]


* AdultFear: "Hush, little baby...", and Michael's dread for his ailing newborn son.

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* AdultFear: AdultFear:
** Agatha is a tormented soul who ends up killing dozens of children over her ghostly existence. She sings them a lullaby that makes them sleep until death. All the children are considered to have died from [=SIDS=].
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"Hush, little baby...", and "
** After [[spoiler:Charity is brutally attacked by the Nightmare]],
Michael's dread for his ailing newborn son.son and [[spoiler:he is mistaken for causing the harm to his wife and child]].



* BareYourMidriff: Susan does this on her first date with Harry, and later at the end when she is sunbathing in a bikini.

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* BareYourMidriff: BareYourMidriff:
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Susan does this on her first date with Harry, and later at the end when she is sunbathing in a bikini.



** Harry and Michael saving the children from Agatha's ghost would come back to help Harry in a later book.
** Bianca's party introduces several of them, in addition to being a who's-who of Chekhov's Gunmen (see below). The gravestone (and the cemetery plot that goes along with it) become significant in ''Literature/GhostStory'', and the black athame is referenced again in ''Literature/ProvenGuilty'' and ''Literature/ColdDays''.
** Within this novel, the ingredient list for Harry's ghost powder becomes important when [[spoiler: he dumps it on Lea and she's burned by its cold iron component]].

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** Within this novel:
*** The ingredient list for Harry's ghost powder becomes important when [[spoiler: he dumps it on Lea and she's burned by its cold iron component]].
*** The fact that [[spoiler:Harry poisons himself ends up saving him from being fed on by vampires]].
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Harry and Michael saving the children from Agatha's ghost would come back to help Harry in a later book.
** *** Bianca's party introduces several of them, in addition to being a who's-who of Chekhov's Gunmen (see below). The gravestone (and the cemetery plot that goes along with it) become significant in ''Literature/GhostStory'', and the black athame is referenced again in ''Literature/ProvenGuilty'' and ''Literature/ColdDays''.
** Within this novel, the ingredient list for *** Harry's ghost powder becomes important when [[spoiler: he dumps it on final interaction with Lea and she's burned by its cold iron component]].help shape how the Winter Court would end up treating Harry.


* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: Harry versus [[spoiler: The Nightmare/Leonid Kravos]]. Unusual in that the hero gets his butt kicked the first time seeing as he was [[spoiler: in a drug-induced coma due to vampire spit]]. In the rematch, however, Harry turns into a [[BodyHorror fanged and clawed monster]] and [[spoiler: Eats Kravos alive...er...undead. [[ThanatosGambit After letting it kill him for a moment]] [[CrazyAwesome so that he can get backup from his own ghost]]]]

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* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: Harry versus [[spoiler: The Nightmare/Leonid Kravos]]. Unusual in that the hero gets his butt kicked the first time seeing as he was [[spoiler: in a drug-induced coma due to vampire spit]]. In the rematch, however, Harry turns into a [[BodyHorror fanged and clawed monster]] and [[spoiler: Eats Kravos alive...er...undead. [[ThanatosGambit After letting it kill him for a moment]] [[CrazyAwesome moment]] so that he can get backup from his own ghost]]]]ghost]].



* BerserkButton: Not quite ''berserk'', but Lea's suggestion that Michael trade his daughter Molly for the Sword actually makes the Knight [[PapaWolf lose his cool]] and threaten her outright.

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* %%* BerserkButton: Not quite ''berserk'', but Lea's suggestion that Michael trade his daughter Molly for the Sword actually makes the Knight [[PapaWolf lose his cool]] and threaten her outright.



* BlackTieInfiltration: Susan thinks this is possible with a fake invitation to Bianca's gala. [[spoiler:As she is not a guest, though, Susan doesn't have any protections from the vampires except the few weapons she smuggled into it]].



* CPRCleanPrettyReliable: Susan [[spoiler:[[ThanatosGambit brings Harry back to life after a brief death in order to allow himself and his ghost to both team up on Kravid]]]].

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* CPRCleanPrettyReliable: CPRCleanPrettyReliable:
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Susan [[spoiler:[[ThanatosGambit brings Harry back to life after a brief death in order to allow himself and his ghost to both team up on Kravid]]]].



* DeaderThanDead: [[spoiler:''Amoracchius'' is such a powerful blade, it doesn't just destroy the physical shell of a demon, but kills it. Fully and genuinely kills it.]]
** [[spoiler: Possibly not, as Harry ''did'' get a response when he summons and interrogates it in the mistaken belief that it's the Nightmare. But it probably can't ever return to the mortal world, so it's ''effectively'' this trope so far as its threat to humanity is concerned.]]
** [[spoiler:Not quite, what he summoned was the Nightmare, it just wasn't the demon which is why the summons didn't work at first. This does suggest that the demon was deader than dead though, because it wasn't summoned.]]

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* DeaderThanDead: [[spoiler:''Amoracchius'' ''Amoracchius'' is such a powerful blade, it [[spoiler:it doesn't just destroy the physical shell of a demon, but kills it. Fully and genuinely kills it.]]
** [[spoiler: Possibly not, as Harry ''did'' get a response when he summons and interrogates it in the mistaken belief that it's the Nightmare. But it probably can't ever return to the mortal world, so it's ''effectively'' this trope so far as its threat to humanity is concerned.]]
** [[spoiler:Not quite, what he summoned was the Nightmare, it just wasn't the demon which is why the summons didn't work at first. This does suggest that the demon was deader than dead though, because it wasn't summoned.
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* GrowingTheBeard: While naturally up for debate, this book is frequently considered to be where the series really hit its stride, establishing characters, arcs, and themes that run through the rest of the series, rather than more MonsterOfTheWeek style format of the previous two books.


* ChurchMilitant: Introduces Michael Carpenter: Knight of the Cross[[note]]Also known as the "Fist of God"[[/note]].
* ColdIron: When Harry first meets Lea in the beginning of the book, he uses a powder with iron in it to get away from her. Later, [[spoiler:when he is captured by her, he throws nails at her . . . aluminum nails. So no harm done but an excellent distraction.]]

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* ChurchMilitant: Introduces Introducing an unusual benevolent variant in Michael Carpenter: Knight of the Cross[[note]]Also known as the "Fist of God"[[/note]].
* ColdIron: When Harry first meets Lea in the beginning of the book, he uses a powder with iron in it to get away from her. Later, [[spoiler:when he is captured by her, he throws nails at her . . .her... aluminum nails. So no harm done but an excellent distraction.]]



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Even though Rudolph is a {{Jerkass}} to Harry and skeptical of the supernatural in this book, he also shows genuine concern for Murphy, promising to kill Harry if he lets Murphy gets hurt, and Harry takes the threat seriously. This is in stark contrast to his appearances in later books, where he has become something of a SitComArchNemesis to Murphy within the police department, and ends up flagrantly breaking the law himself in order to depose her and get Harry arrested, [[UngratefulBastard even after they save his life]]. [[note]]This change could be attributed to his becoming so fed up of working on cases he can't let himself believe are genuine that he's willing to try anything to get out of the department, but it's still pretty jarring to contrast the apparent JerkWithAHeartOfGold in this book with the JerkWithAHeartOfJerk in the later ones.[[/note]]
** In his first appearance, Michael comes off as more prudish and close-minded than he does in later appearances.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Even though Rudolph is a {{Jerkass}} to Harry and skeptical of the supernatural in this book, he also shows genuine concern for Murphy, promising to kill Harry if he lets Murphy gets hurt, and Harry takes the threat seriously. This is in stark contrast to his appearances in later books, where he has become something of a SitComArchNemesis to Murphy within the police department, and ends up flagrantly breaking the law himself in order to depose her and get Harry arrested, [[UngratefulBastard even after they save his life]]. [[note]]This change could be attributed to his becoming so fed up of working on cases that he can't let himself believe are genuine that he's willing to try anything to get out of the department, but department. Or, alternatively, his protectiveness could be romantically derived - Rudolph has had romance troubles before, it being how he ended up in SI in the first place - and she shot him down, leaving him embittered. Either way, it's still pretty jarring to contrast the apparent JerkWithAHeartOfGold in this book with the JerkWithAHeartOfJerk in the later ones.[[/note]]
** In his first appearance, Michael comes off as more prudish and close-minded than he does in later appearances.appearances - [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation though that could be]] a mixture of CharacterDevelopment, and in the case of his pushing at Harry about Susan, perhaps trying to help him get over his Elaine related issues and admit his true feelings for Susan (which are a key plot point, as [[spoiler: his repeating "I love you" is part of what breaks a memory block on a newly part turned Susan, which saves his life and in a roundabout way, hers]]).


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* GrowingTheBeard: While naturally up for debate, this book is frequently considered to be where the series really hit its stride, establishing characters, arcs, and themes that run through the rest of the series, rather than more MonsterOfTheWeek style format of the previous two books.


%%* FiveBadBand: Most of the antagonists that were responsible for the resurgence of the dead fit in somewhere on this list.

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%%* FiveBadBand: FiveManBand: Most of the antagonists that were responsible for the resurgence of the dead fit in somewhere on this list.


''Grave Peril'' is book #3 in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. Now has its own [[ShoutOut/GravePeril Shout Out]] page.

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''Grave Peril'' is book #3 in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. Now has its own [[ShoutOut/GravePeril Shout Out]] page.
''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''.

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* DoctorJerk: A doctor sees Harry in Triage because he had a reported head injury, which made him a priority over a five-year-old girl with a broken arm. She doesn't see anything that resembles a head injury and chastises Harry for wasting her time. Justified because head injuries are serious issues for doctors and coming in with a reported one and not actually have one is a bit like CryingWolf. Neither of them knew at the time that Harry's godmother had already healed his head injury prior to entering the hospital.

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* MustBeInvited: Harry arrives at the Malones' home and insists that he must be formally invited in before he can come in. The threshold to your home is the first line of defense against spiritual dangers and any magical being that enters without an invitation leaves their powers at the door. And no, it can't be a guest or a friend who invites you in, it must be someone who lives in that home. [[spoiler: Which is why the Nightmare that crossed the threshold of the Malone home is treated as very dangerous because they first think it crossed the threshold and still retained its power. Turns out it didn't cross the threshold, it just found a loophole]].


* StopOrIShootMyself: Dresden swallows a poisonous mushroom to get Lea to back off - she can't have him if he's dead, but Michael here just happens to have a semi-antidote lying around, and he's willing to trade...

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* StopOrIShootMyself: Dresden swallows a poisonous mushroom to get Lea to back off - she off--she can't have him if he's dead, but Michael here just happens to have a semi-antidote lying around, and he's willing to trade...


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* AYearAndADay: Harry's forced deal with Lea leaves her unable to molest him for a year and a day. Importantly, the next book takes place less than a year later, and Lea is quite genuinely helpful to her godson then.


* NeverMyFault: In ''Storm Front'', when Harry visited Bianca in her brothel, she attacked him and he protected himself. Bloodlust set on her so much that she killed her partner/slave. Who does she blame? Harry.

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* NeverMyFault: In ''Storm Front'', when Harry visited Bianca in her brothel, she made some faulty assumptions, attacked him based on that, and he protected himself. Bloodlust set on her so much that she killed her partner/slave. Who does she blame? Harry.


* GoofyPrintUnderwear: Harry is in ducky print boxers during the last fight with the Red Court.

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* GoofyPrintUnderwear: Harry is in ducky print boxers during the last fight with the Red Court. He found it in a laundry room, and it's hard to picture who might have been wearing them before him.


** In his first appearance, Michael comes off as more prudish than he does in later appearances.

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** In his first appearance, Michael comes off as more prudish and close-minded than he does in later appearances.

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