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See the character page for links to the pages of other groups of characters in the story here.

Unless otherwise stated, tropes that apply in the Marvel Cinematic Universe up the events of The Avengers apply here as well.

Beware: Spoilers for Child of the Storm are unmarked.

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The Avengers

The definitive Badass Crew, one which has over the space of several years transformed from a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits (which they sort of still are, but their differences tie them together) who can barely stand to be in the same room as each other, to a Family of Choice who would all unhesitatingly die for each other. They are Earth's Mightiest Heroes, the Big Good of the world, and no one with any sense wants to face them in open battle.

     In General 

  • Adaptation Origin Connection: As in the films, SHIELD put them together.
  • Anti-Hero Team: Even more so than the canon version: not only do they have two master assassins, a former war profiteer, a former Blood Knight, a man with an epic case of Jekyll & Hyde, and their leader, a Shell-Shocked Veteran and Fish out of Temporal Water... they also have their former Ax-Crazy Arch-Enemy on the roster and, as of the end of Child of the Storm, among their associate members is possibly the darkest Living Legend of the Cold War.
  • Badass Crew: When fully assembled and ready for battle, they're the biggest badasses in a World of Badass and justly considered to be the next best thing to unbeatable. This is why those antagonists with sense tend to avoid trying to take them in a straight fight - it just doesn't work.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: With the exception of Natasha, who's not exactly sweet and cuddly (except to Harry), all of the Avengers are generally pretty nice, easygoing folks. It's a good idea not to get on their bad side.
  • Big Good: They're Earth's Mightiest Heroes, and their apparent fall in chapter 74 is enough to (albeit as the culmination of a broad campaign of terror that crippled intelligence agencies and governments worldwide) to bring the world to its knees before HYDRA.
  • Deadpan Snarker: All of them snark. All of them. Even Steve, sometimes.
  • The Dreaded: By the start of Ghosts of the Past, their status as a heroic version of this is cemented - absolutely no one wants to take them on in anything even approximating a straight fight.
  • Family of Choice: Have evolved into this, especially since a number of them are orphans, or from extremely dysfunctional backgrounds. They squabble, they bicker, but they would all die for each other.
  • The Mentor: All of them teach and mentor Harry in their respective fields of expertise, and McGonagall notes that he's picking up various traits from them.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: They've taken down many tyrants and villains, some supernatural and some Muggle, before the story even began.
    • During the Bloody Hell arc of the second book, they are subject to a Deus Exit Machina while allying with Doctor Strange and the White Council in an extended battle against the Red Court.
  • One-Man Army: Each individual member qualifies as this trope, to one extent or another. Combined, they are... formidable.
  • Parental Substitute: With the exception of Thor (who's Harry's actual parent), all of the Avengers serve as this trope to him. McGonagall notes in the second book how he's been picking up traits from all of them.
  • Protectorate: Harry. All of them are very protective of him, and anyone who tries to hurt him is in for a world of pain.
  • Quirky Household: Between Tony's eccentricities, Thor and Loki's natures as The Gadfly, Steve's Fish out of Water tendencies and likelihood to be the butt of pranks from the above, and Clint generally perching on whatever high object is available and egging on the troublemakers du jour, they are very much this. Pepper, Bruce, and Natasha will usually restore order sooner or later.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: This trope to the max. They're all outsiders, to one extent or another, all with many, many issues.
  • Shipper on Deck: All of them ship Harry and Carol, cheering when they have their First Kiss. Several are part of a betting pool (Thor was one of the winners).
  • Talented, but Trained/Strong and Skilled: All of them are pretty much the standout best at what they do. Natasha and Bucky are the world's best spies and assassins. Clint's only competitor as a marksman in the Nine Realms is "The real life Legolas" Prince Faradei of Alfheim (the quote meaning that he was the In-Universe inspiration for Legolas), Thor's got fifteen hundred years of combat experience and skills with his Weather Manipulation abilities, plus his skills and time as a wizard. Steve's got the Super Soldier Serum and a huge amount of experience as a tactician and leader. Tony's probably the greatest engineer in the world and has decades of experience in that field. Bruce has both Super Strength and Super Intelligence as the Hulk and himself, respectively. Loki, like Thor, has fifteen hundred years of practice in his field as the God of Magic and was capable of unconsciously changing his appearance to some degree even as a baby to make himself look like an Asgardian.
  • Villains Act, Heroes React: Mostly, though not invariably. While the Avengers are primarily a reactive outfit, when sufficiently provoked, they tend to go out and cause mayhem of dubious morality against their enemies on the quiet.
    • Loki in particular tends to pick off enemies that the Avengers can't reach when he's 'off-duty', so to speak.
    • Clint and Natasha are also still spies, even though they're part of the Avengers.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: They enjoy winding each other up. Like, a lot.

     Steve 

Captain Sir Steven Grant Rogers a.k.a. Captain America

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!

The living legend who, frankly, kind of lives up to the legend. Unbeknownst to him, and almost everyone else until chapter 75, he's also the patriarch of a small clan via one night with Peggy Carter, a clan that includes Alison Carter a.k.a. the first Agent 13 and former Deputy Director of SHIELD, Brigadier Jack O'Neill, Sharon Carter a.k.a. the latest Agent 13 and Carol Danvers.



  • A Child Shall Lead Them: Not a child, but was very young (in his early twenties) when he first commanded in battle. He's also the youngest of the Avengers and their undisputed leader.
  • Adorkable: He's useless with women and actually rescues kittens from trees.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: He's very good at reading opponents, situations and angles, using them to his advantage.
  • Badass Family: His descendants via Peggy include the first Agent 13, Brigadier Jack O'Neill, Sharon Carter and Carol Danvers. That is a lot of badass.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Steve is, by unanimous consent, quite possibly the nicest, sweetest character in the entire story, with the possible exceptions of Diana and Clark. He is also The Strategist, One-Man Army, and leader of a very Badass Crew, with quite a bit of combat experience.
  • Bully Hunter: A defining characteristic, though unlike some, he knows where to draw the line.
  • The Cape: In chapter 80, Tony bluntly refers to him as the best person, morally speaking, that he's ever known. He's almost as famous for his kindness and moral goodness as he is for his combat prowess.
  • Connected All Along: It turns out that he, Peggy and the Commandos worked with Dumbledore during the War and operated out of Hogwarts for a while. This led to Bucky and Minerva's fling, which eventually resulted in Clint's mother.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Much less than most of the others, but it's there.
  • Determinator: He won't stop, not while there's a job to be done. Even the end of the world doesn't slow him down. However, see Fatal Flaw.
  • Disappeared Dad: His father died when he was very young. Was this himself to Alison Carter. They finally meet in chapter 6 of Ghosts of the Past and he apologises for not coming to see her sooner.
  • Dork Knight: Sweet, kind, heroic and about as edgy as cookie dough. Also, as of the end Child of the Storm, an actual knight.
  • Evil Counterpart: The Red Skull was this, as was the Winter Soldier, the latter being explicitly described as such by Steve's inner monologue. The Soldier scares him more, partly because he can beat Steve in a straight fight, partly because he offers a terrifying glimpse of what Steve is capable of if he ever stops holding back and becomes more super soldier than man.
    • Word of God describes Zemo as the 'Anti-Cap' and 'exactly as terrifying as that implies'. For reference, Zemo killed T'Chaka, the Black Panther, in a straight fight without really being pushed and had his son, T'Challa, the next Black Panther with the same powers, at his mercy and only spared him because he was a Worthy Opponent. It's safe to say that he's lived up to it. Surprisingly, however, they don't fight.
  • Fatal Flaw: His stubbornness. He won't give in, ever. This is an excellent trait in a hero, but as Loki remarks, it can make him downright obstinate. It's also a problem when coming to terms with the fact that Carol is his great-granddaughter.
  • Famed In-Story: Big time. Chapter 68 suggests that this is why Harry associates with him less, because he's in awe of him.
  • Family Eye Resemblance: Shares his signature cornflower blue eyes with his daughter and great-granddaughters, which is an early clue that they're related.
  • The Fettered: Is very much this, because he's very aware of what the alternative could look like.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: He's mostly got used to the 21st century by the start of the story, but he's not quite so good at coming to terms with other results of his temporal jump, such as the fact that one night with Peggy resulted in a small clan.
  • Genetic Engineering Is the New Nuke: The product of the first and (almost) only truly successful Super Soldier project. Other results include the Red Skull, the Winter Soldier, the Hulk and the Abomination, as well as Weapon X, Project Pegasus, and whatever the hell was in Porton Down (the Real Life British Area 51, which Wisdom references as being where the British attempts at a Super Soldier were made).
  • Good Is Not Dumb: Just because he's kind and believes the best of people, doesn't mean he's naive or stupid.
  • The Good Captain: Goodhearted, noble and does indeed hold rank.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Actually rescues kittens from trees.
  • Healing Factor: A limited but effective one. Steve himself notes that unless he's sparring against an Asgardian, one of Tony's armours or he's been taking a consistent pasting, bruises are a thing of the past.
  • The Hero: He's Captain America. What did you expect?
  • Heroic Lineage: A source of this, with Peggy. He's related to Alison Carter (he's her father), Carol Danvers and her brothers, their mother, Jack O Neill, and Sharon Carter as their father, grandfather, or great-grandfather.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Downing the Valkyrie in the Arctic at the end of the War qualifies as this. Naturally, he survived it.
  • Hope Bringer: One of the few parts of his fame he doesn't entirely mind.
  • Humble Hero: He's uncomfortable with his fame and can be self-deprecating. To quote the man himself, "I'm just a kid from Brooklyn. Nothing special about me." Cue Tony and Loki visibly rolling their eyes in disbelief in the background.
  • Hunk: Gets a lot of female attention.
  • King in the Mountain: Described as America's King Arthur figure, coming from apparently nowhere to defend his country In Its Hour of Need during the Battle of New York. Probably not coincidentally, he's a fan of T.H. White's The Sword in the Stone and the rest of The Once and Future King, setting Harry onto them.
  • Knight In Shining Armour: A genuinely noble, righteous and kind man, whose gear is the modern equivalent of armour and wields a shield. To underline this, in the finale of Book I he's depicted fighting alongside several other examples of this trope, the Knights of the Cross and Sir Dane Whitman. In the epilogue, it's noticed that he is technically eligible for British citizenship - owing to his being born to Irish parents prior to the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922 - and he is therefore knighted for his role in events. Tony finds this hilarious. According to Word of God, he's a member of the Order of the Garter, because of course he is.
  • The Leader: All the Avengers look to him and take his orders without question. Yes, even Tony. Arguably the classic example, and for good reason.
  • The Lost Lenore: Peggy is his, since, unlike her MCU counterpart, she disappeared in 1962.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: It helps that it's Made of Indestructium.
  • Magnetic Hero: Like Harry and Thor (both of whom willingly follow him), he draws people to him.
    Everyone turned to him. It wasn't a conscious thing. It wasn't even the words. If he'd said 'I think we should have lunch', everyone would have still turned to him, attentive and waiting on what suggestions he would make about the composition of their midday meal.
  • Messianic Archetype: As per canon, died to save everyone else and came back in their hour of need - technically twice, if you count the finale.
  • Nerves of Steel: Perpetually as cool as a cucumber. Even being informed that Arnim Zola has taken over Avengers Tower and all the tech inside it doesn't make him blink twice. Finding out that he's a great-grandfather (and a father and grandfather as well), however, does rather shake him.
  • Nice Guy: He couldn't be Darker and Edgier if he tried. That said, he's not one to cross.
    Clint: Steve, last time Nat and I went running with you, you stopped to rescue a little girl's kitten from a tree. You're about as edgy as cookie dough.
  • One-Man Army: Though it isn't often shown, it takes fellow Super Soldier and living legend the Winter Soldier to even give him trouble.
  • Out of Focus: With the possible exception of Bruce, he's the Avenger who's had the least screen time, which is explained as Harry being rather in awe of him, and thus a bit less comfortable around him. This is rectified during the end of Book I and start of Book II, due to The Reveal that he's Carol's great-grandfather.
  • Overprotective Dad: A milder version of this to Carol, once he gets over his issues with her (which aren't personal, but related to the understandable shock of discovering that he doesn't only have a daughter, but grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and guilt over not being there for Peggy). When Gambit teases her, Steve's eyes narrow, and when she mentions that she's angry/upset because of Harry (actually, she's angry/upset on his behalf), he asks if he needs to have a "talk" with him.
  • Parental Substitute: Serves as this to the younger cast, despite the fact that he's barely over twice their age in most cases, owing to his Team Dad nature. In Book II, he becomes this to Carol in particular, given the fact that she's actually his great-granddaughter and has a severe shortage of positive male role models in her life (the sole real example, her Cool Uncle Jack O'Neill is rarely around due to his job).
  • Parents as People: Depicted as this due to his understandable issues with the idea of being not just a father, but a grandfather and great-grandfather at the physical and mental age of around 29, during the end of Book I and start of Book II. While this isn't too much of a problem in most respects (his daughter and grandchildren are grown adults, as is his oldest great-grandchild), his distant behaviour with Carol, effectively rejecting her, is. Tony, of all people, is the most vocal in calling him out on it (thanks to his own issues with a distant male relative - his father). Chapters 2 and 6 of Ghosts of the Past have him acknowledge that he was an idiot and be determined to make up for lost time - thereafter, his relationship with Carol rapidly improves.
  • Papa Wolf: Keeps his calm, most of the time, but when Harry and Carol are kidnapped by the Red Room in Ghosts of the Past, his response is to plot out where they are... then calmly tell General O'Neill - his grandson - to inform the Pentagon and the White House that if this particular lead doesn't pan out, the Avengers are going to get some answers by kicking down the doors of the Kremlin. And going by what the Russian President says a chapter or two later, that is exactly what he and Thor did.
  • Precision F-Strike: Steve swears the least out of, probably, the entire cast. So when he drops the F-bomb in chapter 72, it's a mark of just how upset he is.
  • Pro-Human Transhuman: Definitely, though he doesn't like thinking of himself as transhuman.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Hits this in CoS chapter 72, when he discovers that Bucky was the Winter Soldier.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Thanks to being a Capsicle for decades, he's chronologically the oldest human Avenger (albeit only edging Natasha out by a few years), even when he's physically the youngest.
  • Shield Bash: One of the other uses of his shield.
  • The Strategist: Almost supernaturally skilled in this department.
  • The Stoic: Rarely even raises his voice. Rarely ever has to (though when it comes to it, he has an impressive parade ground roar).
  • Super Soldier: The original and the best.
    • Chapter 68 details his worries about the Soldier part of him taking over.
  • Super Speed: He can run at 60 mph at full pelt.
  • Super Strength: Chapter 68 reveals that his baseline is 3.5 tons and it is suggested that with work, he could become even stronger.
  • Team Dad: The youngest of the team, but the most sensible and serious. Ironically, he's actually dad, granddad and great-granddad to what would be a respectably sized superhero team.
  • Throwing Your Shield Always Works: And it does. Always.
  • Tranquil Fury: If he's furious, he'll never let it show, no matter what. Almost never. This is why, when his great-granddaughter and Harry are kidnapped by the Red Room, he doesn't even raise his voice when calling a raging Thor to heel and telling O'Neill to pass on a warning to Washington so they'll be braced for the Avengers' response. That response? Steve, backed up by Thor, literally kicking down the doors of the Kremlin and demanding their return, or else.
  • Transhuman: Is this as a result of the serum. It bothers him considerably, though he starts coming to terms with it in chapter 68.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: By comparison with the Winter Soldier, who despite being physically weaker and less mobile because of the snow, almost beats him to death with his own shield in their first fight.
    • Chapter 74, however, has him turn the tables. At first.
    • It should also be noted that this is in comparison to the above, who's pretty much the deadliest combatant alive; he's still much more skilled than most examples of this trope.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Finally snaps in chapter 74, beating the Winter Soldier into paste.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: On the receiving end of a speech along these lines from Tony about him running away from his responsibilities to Carol, his great-granddaughter, which comes complete with a remark that he [Tony] can't believe that it's him giving a speech along these lines to Steve instead of the other way around.
  • Young and in Charge: Physically the youngest of the team, but his character, leadership skills and extensive experience make him a leader that even gods are happy to follow.
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     Thor 

Thor Odinson a.k.a. James Potter

GRAVEMOSS! I WOULD HAVE WORDS WITH THEE!

Norse God of Thunder and Crown Prince of Asgard, who was once incarnated as James Potter in order to teach him humility, only for his memories of that life to be suppressed in order to prevent him from going on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge after his and Lily's death at Voldemort's hands. Loki returning those memories to him is what kicks off the plot. An excellent, protective and surprisingly wise father, he loves his son to pieces and is incredibly proud of him... but occasionally wishes that he wasn't quite as much of a trouble magnet as he is.



  • Action Dad: Most definitely.
  • Adaptational Badass: His MCU counterpart is quite powerful (and becomes extremely powerful in Avengers: Infinity War), and his 616 counterpart is an absolute beast, but this incarnation seems far more skilled in using his powers — this is someone who's earned the title of War God. Additionally, he's a wizard to boot, meaning that he has a pretty good grasp of magic as well. McGonagall calls him the best Transfiguration expert in half a century.
  • Badass Boast: As per canon, he's quite good at making these.
  • Badass Teacher: Analyses Uhtred's and Diana's fighting styles, and gives them, Harry, Carol, and Jean-Paul advice on how to overcome their weaknesses in combat.
  • Berserk Button: It doesn't matter who you are, if you threaten his son, it will go badly for you. Also, do not insult Lily.
  • Big Brother Instinct: To Loki.
  • Book Dumb: As per canon, he has a fairly basic understanding of Asgardian science-magic and both Heimdall and Thor himself observe that Thor is a practical god, who deals with the physical and the present. That said, his life as James has given a significantly greater understanding of magic, and every now and then, he shows that he really does listen when his brother goes off on one.
  • Bruiser With A Soft Centre: He's a warrior-god who can go toe to toe with the Hulk and the Juggernaut. He also enjoys snuggling with his brother and son and cuddling up to his girlfriend.
  • Character Development: Becoming a father/being reminded that he is one results in him growing up a lot faster - he now has a teenage son to care for and set an example for.
  • Character Focus: In Book 2, he gets the most screentime of the Avengers.
  • Cooldown Hug: Pulls one on Harry in chapter 72, and in chapter 15 of Ghosts of the Past.
  • Cool Uncle: He doted on his baby niece Hela, vowing to teach her to be a Lady of War like Sif.
  • Dad the Veteran: Naturally.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Less so than many others of the cast, but he has his moments. One example is when a Ministry worker routinely asks for his name. Thor just looks down at Mjolnir.
  • Disappeared Dad: His memory was wiped for twelve years, and for good reason.
  • Dork Knight: Less than he used to be, with Harry Dresden noting that when he wants to be, he is smooth, but there's still a sizeable amount of this going on.
  • Drop the Hammer: Most of the time, though he demonstrates that he's not in the least impeded when he's separated from Mjolnir.
  • Fiction 500: When he regained control of the Potter vaults, it was revealed that they were worth about £1.5 billion. This figure isn't particularly ridiculous by the standards of the trope. What is, however, is the fact that he doesn't really do anything with it, because he doesn't need to. Kind of justified, though - he's heir to the throne of Asgard, which is a very, very powerful empire and empires tend to accrue lots of money (if they don't end up costing it, instead).
  • Flying Brick: Very definitely.
  • Fun Personified: Unless you piss him off, he's really very friendly.
  • Friend to All Children: Big, bluff and friendly, as well as gentle and insightful, it's unsurprising that kids love him, particularly his son.
  • The Gadfly: He has his moments, such as making the microwave explode just to annoy Tony. And, well, his brother is Loki, who's pretty much the God of this trope, not to mention that he himself used to be the leader of the Marauders.
  • Genius Bruiser: He may be fairly Book Dumb, but as he himself points out, he's been around for a very long time. He's picked a few things up. Also, his brother is Loki.
    • He's also developed some refined uses of his powers, such as Razor Wind.
    • In chapter 35 of the sequel, he analyses Uhtred and Diana's combat styles, notes the reasons they fight the way that they do, and gives them advice on how to overcome their deficiencies.
  • Good Parents: Quite clearly loves his son to bits and is noted in and out of universe to be doing a good job raising him.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He's basically a golden retriever in godly form.
  • Has a Type: Smart, pretty women who take no bullshit, judging by Jane, Lily and Sif. He also seems to have a bit of an Amazon Chaser thing going on, given that Lily was an expert fighter, Jane is certainly no pushover even though she's not much of a combatant, and Sif is, well, the Goddess of War.
  • Hidden Depths: He is considerably smarter than he appears to be, coming out with Magi Babble when people least expect it.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Jane is a little bitty person compared to him. There was also this, albeit to a lesser degree, with him and Lily.
  • Large Ham: Occasionally.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: In chapter 71, he loses patience with HYDRA's diversionary tactics and responds by vaporising the distraction de jour, an undead kraken said to dwarf a Chitauri Leviathan in one shot.
  • Morality Chain Beyond the Grave: Invokes this on Harry about Luna, in the 'she wouldn't want this' way when a grieving, furious and utterly traumatised Harry attempts to use his telepathy to torment the Ravenclaws he blames for Luna's death. A Cooldown Hug follows.
  • Nice Guy: One of the nicest, after Steve.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He's much sharper than he lets on and he's not shy of playing up his Fish out of Water tendencies to mess with people.
  • Older and Wiser: He doesn't often show it, since he's still relatively young by Asgardian standards, but he's fifteen hundred years old and he's a learned a lot of good sense in that time.
  • Papa Wolf: Naturally takes this Up to Eleven, as Gravemoss and the Red Room have both found out the hard way.
    • He was also an Uncle Wolf to Hela (who, like her comics and myths self, is Loki's daughter), back in the day.
    • He didn't know his first daughter Torunn existed for quite some time, and when he realized that she was his daughter, even though he'd never met her before he instantly started "following the stories" across Midgard to find her.
  • Parent with New Paramour: Is this to Harry, with Jane as the new paramour. After a somewhat awkward beginning, Harry and Jane get on very well.
  • Physical God: Naturally.
  • Prince Charming: Noble, kind and, yes, charming. Still a dork, though.
  • Razor Wind: One of the more exotic applications of his powers.
  • Royal Blood: Duh. With the expected Royalty Superpower.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Harry and Carol, mostly (but not entirely) just to tease the former.
  • Shock and Awe: He is the God of Thunder and Lightning, which are part of him in the same way that magic is part of Loki.
  • Sibling Team: In Book 1, he usually pairs up with Loki in battle, though from the Final Battle of Book I and increasingly in Book II, he starts teaming up with Harry.
  • So Proud of You: Tells Harry this - kind of unsurprising since a) he really is, b) he used to be James Potter, who provides the page quote.
  • Strong and Skilled: He can go bare fisted with the Hulk or the Juggernaut, he's got global scale Weather Manipulation powers, and he's also skilled and experienced enough that he can analyse someone's combat style at a glance.
  • Super Hero Gods: He's the God of Thunder and Lightning (Not Reason and Understanding).
  • Super Reflexes: He's not quite as quick as Loki in this regard, but he's close.
  • Super Speed: He's not exactly the Flash, but as Steve notes, he is very, very fast.
  • Super Strength: In this regard, he's only challenged by the Hulk and the Juggernaut (and in Ghosts, beat the latter up with his bare hands when he finally lost his temper) and if he goes nuts, there is a genuine risk that he'll destroy whatever planet he's on, with only Odin and the Hulk having so far been able to restrain him.
  • Super Toughness: He can take massive amounts of punishment, when he has to.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: Mjolnir can be used not merely as a weapon that can be summoned back to his hand and channel his weather manipulation abilities, but absorb energy, block attacks, open portals to other dimensions (though it seems they need to be relatively 'close' - Asgard's out of reach), to imprison opponents, and as a doorstop.
  • Team Dad: Plays this role on a semi-frequent basis, being the oldest and, in his own way, among the wisest of the Avengers, having a patient practicality that his brother doesn't, and experience that Steve has yet to gain. It helps that he's actually a dad.
  • Trademark Favourite Food: Pop-tarts.
  • Tranquil Fury: In chapter 58, when he calmly and politely explains to Hera that he can see through her bullshit and if she continues obliquely threatening his son, he will incinerate her on the spot, consequences be damned.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Like his canon counterpart, if he's pushed far enough, he'll go into a rage that would impress the Hulk - and in Ghosts of the Past, actually requires the Hulk to restrain him. As he reminds Tony, he's the God of Thunder and Lightning, not Reason and Understanding.
    • The House of Odin also has a hereditary version of this known as the Warrior's Madness, which can enhance Thor's strength even further when he gets really pissed (for reference, the two times he went into it in the story were after he and Lily were murdered by Voldemort and he was sent back to Asgard after watching his wife die and Voldemort try to murder Harry and being unable to stop either event, and after Harry was kidnapped by the Red Room and they released the Juggernaut). However, it's also noted that he is Blinded by Rage when this happens, and the first time, it took Odin to restrain him. The second time, it took the Hulk.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Can shift between his normal Asgardian form, the appearance of James Potter, and a magnificent stag at will.
  • Warrior Therapist: Gets into this occasionally as part of his Team Dad shtick—in addition to helping Harry through his many issues, he also helps Steve get over his rage at learning that Bucky was brainwashed into becoming the Winter Soldier, and is implied to have played a not inconsiderable part in bringing Loki back from the darkness.
  • Weather Manipulation: On a colossal, even global, scale.
  • Wise Prince: It took some time (and a few harsh lessons) for him to get there, but he's got a patient practicality and understanding that helps him serve as the Avenger's Team Dad.

     Loki 

Loki Odinson

Thor's adopted brother, who joined the Avengers as an act of atonement for his madness (and Thanos) induced invasion of Earth. Is also effectively Asgard's one man intelligence network, while also teaching Harry, Hermione, and the Weasley twins magic on the side. While he is mostly reformed, it becomes clear over time that his inner monster is still very much present, under control, and there to be unleashed on special occasions.



  • The Arch Mage: He is the actual God of Magic. Well, of Asgard, anyway.
  • Adaptational Heroism: His Marvel Cinematic Universe counterpart is prone to the Heel–Face Revolving Door, flip-flopping between being a crazed if sympathetic villain (in Thor), an Unscrupulous Hero (in Ragnarok), and everything in between. His comics counterpart is even worse. Here, Loki is a firmly heroic, loving, and caring person after coming to his senses and is on good terms with the heroes for the most part, but is willing to go to extreme lengths to protect those he holds dear, making him more of a Pragmatic Hero.
  • The Atoner: He bitterly regrets what he did as a supervillain.
  • Anti Heroes Do The Dirty Work: He believes this, like Clint and Natasha, and is willing to Shoot the Dog where necessary, handling the Avengers' Dirty Business.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Often described as the best-dressed of the Avengers, and certainly the one most comfortable in nice clothes. Fandral half-jokingly suggests that he should have been a tailor.
  • Badass Teacher: Is a badass when he needs to be, and is also a magic teacher to Harry, Hermione, and the Twins - though a somewhat absent one as other responsibilities take up much of his time.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Apparently, he was the originator of the famous smile. This comes as a surprise to exactly no one.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He notes that when most people think of magical duels, they expect a Shape Shifter Show Down or else Shock and Awe, and perhaps turning an opponent into stone at the end. Many feel that just turning an opponent into stone at the beginning of the fight, shrinking them down, and putting them in his pocket, has no mystique. Loki, to put it politely, really does not care. At all.
  • Cultured Badass: A civilized, well-read man — well, Asgardian (technically Jotun) — who enjoys nice clothes, Snark-to-Snark Combat, and a Spot of Tea. He also intimidates even other heroes.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Doesn't exactly remember what happened when he encountered Thanos, but while he wasn't tortured into insanity like many a fic has him, or even influenced as canon has it, it most certainly was not pleasant.
    • And then there was the Hela incident...
  • Deadpan Snarker: Notably so, even among the compulsively snarky Avengers.
  • Dirty Business: Handles this, with Natasha, on behalf of the Avengers.
  • The Dreaded: He has a reputation, one that's very well earned.
    • To put this in perspective, he at one point terrifies Sabretooth into being helpful. No one's entirely sure how, but he whispered something in Sabretooth's ear and, apparently, showed him an illusion or two after correctly guessing his breaking point. Since Sabretooth had been relatively unfazed by being blinded and Loki's almost absent-minded threats to remove his nerves from his body, string a harp with them, and then play a symphony to the accompaniment of Sabretooth's screams, this leads one to wonder just what Loki said to him...
  • Eidetic Memory: Specifically mentioned. He uses it for magic and for memorizing political treatises and religious books for the specific purpose of tearing them to shreds.
  • Exalted Torturer: As part of handling the Avengers' Dirty Business - he's both willing to do it, and a very skilled Torture Technician, even if he doesn't necessarily like it very much. The other, more conventionally heroic characters are uneasy about it at best.
  • The Gadfly: On a semi-regular basis. He's mentioned as enjoying provoking ideologues and fanatics of all stripes and then verbally tearing them apart. The Avengers apparently tolerated this on the grounds that it kept him occupied, it was relatively harmless, and Tony does it too. Clint and Darcy used to set him on such persons, particularly the pretentious, until being banned from doing so on the grounds that it was like dropping a nuclear bomb on a fly. He is basically the God of it.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's incredibly clever, cunning, and insightful, and can go toe-to-toe with Thor in a fight, even without powers.
  • Gentleman Snarker: He lives and breathes this trope.
  • Gibbering Genius: When he gets excited and starts thinking aloud. Thor frequently has to cut him off to get an actual answer.
  • Guile Hero: Frequently.
  • Karma Houdini: Believes this of himself, noting that despite how recently he tried to take over the planet, killing hundreds, even thousands, he's practically worshipped now that he's a superhero. Ultimately not true, however, considering how much he regrets what he did.
  • The Lancer: Serves as this to Thor. He no longer lives in Thor's shadow - he is Thor's shadow.
  • Magnificent Bastard: One of the best (but not the best, a title indisputably held by Doctor Strange) in the setting.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He is excellent at this, though as he observes, Odin is much better at it when he wants to be.
  • Motor Mouth: Frequently turns into the Gibbering Genius variant when he's thinking aloud, to the occasional chagrin of Thor.
  • My Greatest Failure: There's a reason he doesn't talk about Hela...
  • Necromancy: He used it once. Just once. Since that incident involved Hela, you can see why he doesn't talk about it.
  • Noodle Incident: For some unknown reason, he spent some time around Britain in the mid 20th century, resulting in an occasionally alluded to friendship with J. R. R. Tolkien that led to him taking Tolkien on a tour of the Nine Realms and, hilariously, a relationship with HM The Queen (who apparently gave him quite the ear-bashing for his "puny mortals" phase).
  • Not Good with People: Oddly enough. He's not good with crowds in public. In controlled situations, he's The Social Expert, witty, charming and in control. When unexpectedly dropped into a crowd of slightly rabid fans, however, he's very much off-balance and he doesn't like it at all. Thor, by contrast, is the opposite.
  • Oracular Head: Is reduced to this when Gravemoss's interference with his teleportation scatters his body across dimensions in chapter 74. Is restored by a ritual organised by Doctor Strange and performed by his apprentices Hermione and the Weasley Twins in chapter 75.
  • Papa Wolf: To his nephew, Harry, and previously to his daughter, Hela.
  • Parental Abandonment: Hela feels that he abandoned her in Helheim (previously known as Niflheim), whereas, quixotically, he arranged to carve her out a kingdom as the Goddess of Death precisely because he refused to abandon her.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: A fan of everything from John le Carré, to A Song of Ice and Fire, to Die Hard. Also heavily implied to have inspired both J. R. R. Tolkien and Lewis Carroll, having taken the former on a tour of the Nine Realms, with the sequel making clear that The Lord of the Rings was fiction, but based on reality.
  • Precision F-Strike: When he realises that Harry's been possessed by the Phoenix. The fact that he rarely ever curses is noted as a cause for alarm in the situation.
  • Reformed, but Not Tamed: He's a hero, a kind and indulgent uncle and a patient teacher. He is, however, perfectly willing to kill in cold blood, torture to extract information and do any number of morally dodgy things to protect Thor, Harry and the Nine Realms as a whole. As Alison Carter observes in the folder quote, he hasn't forgotten how to be the monster.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Spearheads one against the Red Room, working his way through their ranks.
  • Royal Blood: Gets a double dose, as he is the son of Laufey and the adopted son of Odin and Frigga.
  • Ship Tease: With Sif. They finally get together at the end of Child of the Storm.
  • Shutting Up Now: After he pushed Bruce a little too far when he first joined the Avengers, Bruce got him to stop talking by saying "Puny God."
  • The Social Expert: Under controlled, formal/semi-formal circumstances.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Up to about chapter 45 of the first book, he tended to do this, something that the author occasionally lampshaded. Afterwards, he fades a bit more into the background, being on vague fact finding missions most of the time.
  • The Spymaster: He basically runs the Asgardian secret service, and knows far more about SHIELD than Fury is comfortable with.
  • Super Intelligence: Naturally.
  • Terror Hero: He's a perfectly charming, if snarky, version of The Cape to the general public, but he has a serious reputation in the intelligence and supernatural communities, falling into Types 2, 4 and 5, and is perfectly willing to play on it.
    • He successfully terrifies Sabretooth into being helpful with a few whispered words and, apparently, an illusion or two.
  • Torture Technician: You really don't want to know.
  • Tranquil Fury: He warns Sabretooth that just because he's less outwardly angry than his brother and the other Avengers, doesn't mean he's any less furious. Later on, he very calmly mentions that he's planning to "have words" with Belova, Lukin, and Essex, with it vaguely being noted that he's 'amusing himself' with the latter. He doesn't do anything to the former two, in the end, but that's only because someone else (Morpheus a.k.a. Dream of the Endless, brother of the Phoenix/Destruction a.k.a. Lily Potter and famed for his habit of Disproportionate Retribution) got there first, doing enough that he couldn't actually think of any way to make things worse.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: He can be this, when required to be. As Alison Carter notes, providing the folder quote, just because you've stopped walking in the shadows doesn't mean that you forget how.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: And it's extremely powerful, when he actually uses it. He naturally keeps an Asgardian form, transforms into a female version of himself in chapter 32, then in chapter 71, becomes a gigantic serpent with jaws large enough to engulf an apartment building.

     Bruce 

Bruce Banner a.k.a. The Hulk

HULK SMASH!

A scientist with breath taking anger management issues, though he's come to terms with his other half. Who, incidentally, has a soft spot for Harry. Ends up Out of Focus towards the end of Book I and in the sequel, but still a present part of the cast.



  • Adorkable: Most of the time, even sometimes when he's in Hulk form.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: As an A/N puts it, he's small, sweet and cuddly until suddenly, he's not.
  • Biggus Dickus: As the Hulk, which is noted briefly in chapter 76.
  • Birds of a Feather: Part of why he gets on so well with Remus.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: Pretty much.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: When he Hulks out in chapter 76.
  • Friend to All Children: The Hulk, as per canon. Bruce seems to be fairly good with them, too.
  • Gag Penis: During his Full-Frontal Assault as the Hulk in Chapter 76, as commented on by Carol. Later, during Chapter 78, Tony makes jokes about the Hulk having competition after 30 St. Mary Axe (usually referred to as the Gherkin) transforms into an actual giant gherkin.
    Carol: Wow. Okay, that's just excessive.
  • Hulking Out: It's what he does.
  • Metronomic Man Mashing: Just like in the movie, he does this during the Final Battle, except this time to CHTHON.
    Loki: It is so satisfying to see that happen to someone else.
  • Nice Guy: Bruce is very kind and very sweet, as is the Hulk, in his own gruff sort of way.
  • The Nick Namer: In Hulk form, referring to Harry as 'Little God'.
  • Only Sane Man: He's one of the few reliably sane characters, and frequently reins in Tony's lunacy.
  • Out of Focus: Of all the Avengers, he gets the least attention, though he gets moments of focus.
  • Professor Guinea Pig: Tested the Hulk formula on himself because, it is implied, of the horrors of Camp Cathcart.
  • The Quiet One: He's usually fairly quiet and reserved, especially in contrast to Tony. Unless, of course, you make him angry. This is generally considered to be a Bad Idea.
  • The Smart Guy: Jointly with Tony and Loki for the Avengers, and while he rarely gets to show off his chops, in chapter 9 of Ghosts of the Past, he incisively analyses Sinister's plans, pointing out logical and chronological inconsistencies in their previous assumptions and correctly figures out that Sinister must have had some foreknowledge of the Grey X-Gene.
  • Super Intelligence: Outside of Hulk form, he is absolutely brilliant, and like Tony, is hinted to have been a part of the New Bifrost project.
  • Super Strength: He's the strongest one there is, after all, and aside from Odin (who had the Odinforce to work with), the Hulk is the only person capable of restraining Thor when he's in Warrior's Madness mode.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: The Hulk may not have any known martial arts training, but he's a runner for being the physically strongest character in the story (the only rivals he has are Hercules, Thor - who for raw strength, he can actually overpower sufficient to restrain, if needs be - and the Trope Codifier for The Juggernaut), it took a direct attack from Chthon to actually hurt him, and he's got the rest of the Avengers as backup, so he rarely needs it.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Appropriately, quotes this trope in chapter 60.

     Tony 

Anthony Edward 'Tony' Stark

In the end, all you can do, when you’re handed a second chance like that… is to do right. In every part of your life, you have to do the best to live up to what the person who put themselves on the line for you believed you could be. Be the best person you can be.

As he puts it, a genius, billionaire, (former) playboy, philanthropist. However, there is considerably more to him than that. He's the money behind the team, the one who provides them with a home base, and quietly makes accommodations to each's comfort in the process, while snarking at a million miles an hour. The Avengers have been a good influence on him (though it has been argued that he's been a bad influence on them), as, of course, has Pepper. As a result, he is - mostly - a more mature and stable individual, who winds up taking Harry under his wing somewhat (and, according to Bucky, infected him with his sense of humour).



  • Ace Pilot: Thor, who would know, notes that he is an excellent and experienced pilot of his armours.
  • Action Dad: In waiting from chapter 68 of Child of the Storm, and properly from chapter 2 of Ghosts of the Past.
  • The Alcoholic: Is usually the one mentioned as having a drink in his hand and once mournfully complains that he doesn't have the power of Alcokinesis (Alcohol Generation). He's implied to have cut back significantly after baby Ada was born.
  • Always Second Best: There are hints that, as per canon, he feels that he can't live up to his father's genius or Steve's nobility.
  • Anti-Hero: A lot of the flaws have been smoothed out (or at least, buried), but they're still there. Periodically acknowledged by most of the cast.
  • Badass Bookworm: See the 'genius' part. He's also acknowledged by Thor as an exceptionally skilled pilot of his armour, a very dangerous combatant in it, and a brilliant man with Nerves of Steel out of it, facing down the Winter Soldier unarmed (a hairbrush doesn't count) even though he was terrified out of his mind.
  • Bad Dreams: Makes flippant reference to these in chapter 62.
  • Big Red Button: Wants to press one. And does so in chapter 74 to set off the arc reactor and prevent HYDRA getting hold of his tech.
  • Bully Hunter: He really doesn't like bullies.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Dear Lord, yes. Often completely bonkers, a Pop-Cultured Badass and Deadpan Snarker supreme, but he's also a Badass Bookworm who will stop at nothing to protect his loved ones.
  • Character Development: The other Avengers have been a good influence on him. Of course, he's not always been the best influence on them...
    • He also becomes (somewhat) more mature after Ada is born. Not to say that his... eccentric ...moments (such as running around half-naked and over-caffeinated) are totally behind him, but he genuinely tries to dial them back now that he has a baby to look after.
  • Cyborg: With the arc reactor. After Chapter 61, he considers taking it further, and chapter 77 references Bleeding Edge, though Natasha warns that that could leave him open to being hacked.
  • The Cynic: Is this trope in general, but really shows it in chapter 9 of Ghosts of the Past, when he points out that Strange could have allowed Sinister to take Maddie so as to ensure that she learns her psychic tricks from the dark side, things that Xavier either doesn't know or if he does, would never teach Jean or Harry, then waved Harry under the noses of Sinister and the Red Room, relying on Harry's unique talent for getting under people's skin and his knowledge of Jean to turn Maddie, likely resulting in the levelling of the Red Room, the death of Sinister, and Maddie joining the good guys. End result, a potentially serious threat is headed off before it can grow, a bad guy who knows far too much about Harry is killed off, and the good guys get a new soldier and tutor for Harry and Jean. It's a disturbingly plausible analysis, as Loki notes, even though it turns out to be incorrect.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The biggest out of all the cast, with the possible exception of Harry Dresden. When the two meet, the Snark-to-Snark Combat is epic, and Asgardians start taking bets on who'll get the last word.
  • Dungeon Bypass: In chapter 74. An unusual example, since it's his own Tower, taken over by Zola.
  • Everything Is An Ipod In The Future: Project Prometheus has this look, causing Harry Dresden to snark that he's 'cosplaying as an iPod'.
  • Flanderization: Slightly. Is, occasionally, rather more overtly crazy than in canon, all for Rule of Funny.
  • The Gadfly: Enjoys pissing people off.
    • After Loki was informed of Sif's actual death experience on the Moon by Thor, a lot of craters were left behind, causing mass confusion. Tony told the Avengers not to tell the press so as not to 'ruin his fun'. Both Thor and Harry decide that they don't want to know.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Quite easily one of the smartest men alive and capable of cobbling together, oh, say... a prototype battle suit IN A CAVE! WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS!
  • Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex: Announces in chapter 77 that he intends to have this with Pepper, who is more than amenable.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Built an armour specifically for this eventuality. It's called Project Prometheus, it's primarily armoured in adamantium and has enough Destroyer based weaponry that Peter Wisdom remarks that its considerable conventional armaments are just 'punctuation'. Appropriately, it is remarked to be 'a planetary scale emergency all by itself.' According to JARVIS, this was the point and even incomplete, it's absolutely lethal.
    • He's also got a Big Red Button in the heart of the Tower which sets the reactor to overload as a last resort.
  • Good Parents: A letter from future!Harry indirectly states that Tony is going to be a great father.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: His mother's real name was Tessa, as in, Sage of the X-Men. All evidence indicates that Howard knew, though what effect it will have, if any, is unknown.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Pulls one in chapter 74, overloading the arc reactor powering Avengers Tower to flush out Zola and deny HYDRA access to his technology. He survives, just about.
  • Hidden Depths: Those who don't know him see him as a Cloudcuckoolander and Mad Scientist who enjoys messing with people. This isn't untrue, but he's also one of the smartest people on the planet, and rather more perceptive than might be obvious. It's also shown on multiple occasions that he can be tactful and mature when he actually puts the effort in.
    • He's also the driving force behind getting Steve to step up and be a better great-grandfather and Parental Substitute to Carol, giving him a pretty forceful What the Hell, Hero? speech to that effect, and encouraging his baby steps. It's implied that Tony's own life with a distant father contributed to this.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Occasionally.
  • Lady Killer In Love: Quite obviously head over heels in love with Pepper to the point where Thor notes that Tony drunkenly confessed to him that, on his bad days, Pepper was the only thing that made his life worth living. In chapter 60, he considers having kids with her. This is good timing, since she's already pregnant.
  • Manchild: He's done a lot of growing up, but his sense of humour still tends somewhat towards the puerile.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: It's implied that he played a considerable part in the engineering of the New Bifrost.
  • Papa Wolf: Towards the younger cast members (particularly Harry), facing down the Winter Soldier armed with nothing more than a hairbrush to protect them, and then towards his own daughter in the sequel.
  • Powered Armour: He builds it. After Chapter 60 of CoS, starts looking for ways to incorporate it into his body.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Since the events of Iron Man 3 haven't taken place, elements of this are still present, despite the fact that Loki - as part of his redemption - let Tony beat the crap out of him in various armours.
    • Particularly after Chapter 60, in which he faced down the Winter Soldier armed only with a hairbrush. While he got out of the incident without a scratch, he was still scared stiff.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Isn't perpetually effing and blinding, but swears/is inappropriate more than the rest of the cast.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: With Harry Dresden, when they finally meet, to their mutual delight and everyone else's horror - it gets the point where Asgardians are laying bets on who'll win.
  • Super Intelligence: He built his suit in a cave! With a box of scraps!
  • Take Care of the Kids: Asks Natasha to take care of the pregnant Pepper, because she's the most devious person he knows and, crucially, knows how the Winter Soldier thinks, so is best suited to protect Pepper from HYDRA. For the same reason, he agrees to Pepper nominating her as their daughter's godmother.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Seems on course to become this with Harry Dresden, and is already this with Loki.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: His parents were Xavier's spies in the Hellfire Club, not to mention that Howard was also managing a highly successful business and Took a Level in Jerkass after losing both Steve and Peggy. This has left him with more than a few issues.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: During the Final Battle of Book 1, calls out (and punches) Strange for his plan involving Jean-Paul, because he knew it ran the risk of killing the teen. Strange's self-hatred being what it is, it's heavily implied that Strange let him.
    • Also towards Steve for his initial stand-offish attitude to Carol after the reveal that she's his great-granddaughter, with it being noted in Ghosts that he was the first and most insistent of the Avengers when it came to bending Steve's ear on the subject. This, and a near-death experience on Carol's part, helps get through Steve's thick skull.

     Natasha 

Natasha Romanova a.k.a. Black Widow I

I remember. Director Fury remembers. Agent Sitwell remembers, if the twitch he gets whenever he sees a bungee cord is any indication.

A SHIELD Agent with the mother of all dark and troubled pasts. Biologically immortal and as beautiful as she is deadly, she is one of the most dangerous products of the Red Room, alongside the Winter Soldier. Though she's now turned her talents to heroism, her past is showing signs of coming back to haunt her...



  • The Ageless: Thanks to a Russian variant on the Infinity Formula.
  • Agents Dating: With the Winter Soldier/Bucky. The relationship is described as being complicated enough that it would need a whole series of psychology books to adequately describe. Also alluded to with Clint, though following the reappearance of the former, they seem to have mutually agreed to drop it.
  • All Amazons Want Hercules: There are hints of this in her relationship with Bucky, her mentor and the Winter Soldier, as well as the alluded connection to Clint.
  • Badass Boast: She gives a good one to Snape when he casts doubt on her knowledge of the Winter Soldier.
    I know what he did because I was there when he did most of it. 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. And usually, that part was by the side of the Winter Soldier. He was my partner for thirty-five years. Almost everything he did, I had a hand in. Approximately ten percent of his attributed kills were actually mine.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Mentions it as part of her Badass Boast, and later again during a "The Reason You Suck" Speech aimed at Yelena Belova.
  • Broken Ace: She alludes to this, stating that the Red Room broke people so thoroughly that no one else would be able to do so. No one. This, married to her many skills, makes her this trope.
  • Brutal Honesty: Rarely bothers with pulling her punches, verbally speaking.
  • Child Soldier: She was a product of the Black Widow program and mentions fighting at Stalingrad at the age of 15.
  • Consummate Liar: A master of this particular art, and one she's taught to Harry.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Very, very much so, one only emphasised by the look we get at the Red Room in Ghosts of the Past.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Quite sly, but it's there.
  • Evil Counterpart: Has one in the form of Yelena Belova, who tries very hard to surpass Natasha. She fails miserably.
  • The Gadfly: From time to time, as chapter 1 of Ghosts of the Past shows.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Very definitely, though this is not to say that she can't be/isn't nice when the mood takes her.
  • Hidden Depths: When he gets sick, Harry falls asleep against her, and she cuddles and stays the night with him. See Parental Substitute below.
  • Living Weapon: She was raised to be this, as were all Black Widows.
  • Love Father, Love Son: Implied with Clint, as he's the grandson of Bucky Barnes, the Winter Soldier, with whom she has a Past - though she didn't know of their relationship, the two are very much alike, so it could be a case of Has a Type, which they both fit into.
  • Mama Bear: Downplayed, but she tells Ivan in no uncertain terms that if the Red Room wants Harry, they will have to go through her. While she doesn't quite succeed in this, she twice kicks the crap out one of the Red Room's leading agents, Yelena Belova, the second time much more comprehensively than the first, being in a state of Tranquil Fury after Belova gleefully molested Red Son!Harry right in front of Natasha.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Is terrifyingly good at this, when she wants to be.
  • The Mentor: To Harry, along with the other Avengers, as he notes in Ghosts - he's picked up certain skills from her, including martial arts and a knack for instinctive straight-faced lying.
  • Morality Pet: Arguably, Harry. She's not strictly evil, but she's not always the world's nicest person. However, she's much gentler and warmer around him.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: The only Avenger who might match her capacity for ruthlessness is Loki. The only non-villainous character who definitely exceeds it is Doctor Strange.
  • Mother Russia Makes You Strong: A very dark variant. It made her tough, all right...
  • Old Flame: Bucky. Their relationship is ludicrously complicated and described in-universe as possibly requiring several psychology textbooks to fully quantify.
  • Only Sane Woman: Periodically, being the least quirky and most sensible of the Avengers.
  • Parental Substitute: Of a kind to Harry early in Child of the Storm, which leads to some considerable signal confusion because Natasha is Natasha and he's a heterosexual teenage boy. This aspect is largely dropped following Wanda's addition to the cast, but it gets an important Call-Back in Ghosts of the Past during Forever Red, when Yelena Belova mockingly speculates that she was using it as a route into Thor's bed, or practising a gender inverted case of Wife Husbandry.
    • Has one of her own in Ivan Petrovitch.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Very much so.
  • The Quiet One: Speaks the least of the Avengers, and is generally more measured in what she says.
  • Really 700 Years Old: She is actually about 80 years old.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives an absolutely savage one to Yelena Belova, tearing apart her delusions.
    Natasha: You have no concept of what the Soviet Union was really about. You would have been a child when it ended, and you saw the last years, the years of perestroika, of glasnost. You did not see the famines and purges of the 30’s, the horror of the Great Patriotic War, and the many dark days between then and the end of the Soviet Union. I saw them. I fought in the War, against the Nazis. I fought against Germans, Japanese, Italians, Americans, Britons, Frenchmen, Spaniards, Chinese, South Vietnamese, South Koreans, Finns, Swedes, Norwegians, Greeks, Turks, even Russians and Ukrainians, and so many more. I fought against creatures of our world and this one, and ones that you could not even begin to imagine. I fought them all for the Motherland. I lived through the darkest of days, I did the most terrible things, things that even you, you mad, vicious little girl, could not even comprehend, all for the Motherland. But I came to realise that the Motherland only saw me as a weapon, as a tool. We are Black Widows, Agent Belova. We were not made to be like Captain America, to be paraded, honoured and admired, to be heroes. We were made to be used. And did you think that we were the only ones? Of course we were not. There have been others, before you, before even me, because we were always meant to be replaced.
    Belova: You might be expendable. They might have been. But they were weak. You are weak. I am not.
    Natasha: You think that you’re different. Of course you do. You want to. They make you want to, the same way they made me. They took your desire for approval, for admiration, for something even approximating love, and they twisted it. You would do anything for them, just to get a pat on the head and a ‘well done, Yelena’. And you would accept that because they taught you that your only purpose was to serve the Motherland, and by the Motherland, they mean them. They told you that you were different from the others, that you could be the best, that they held out special hopes for you. They told me the same thing, and every other girl they thought possessed enough talent. They told us that so we would strive to be the best, to live up to their expectations, to avoid disappointing them. They did it to create loyal little weapons, beautiful, deadly, and completely obedient. And that’s all you are, Agent Belova. You are a weapon they programmed.
  • Sensual Slavs: Practically the archetypal example.
  • Ship Tease: Occasionally with Clint, during Child of the Storm, then with the Winter Soldier/Bucky. In the latter case, they have a Past, fully deserving of the capital letter.
  • Soviet Super Science: A product of this.
  • Take Care of the Kids: Is asked to take care of the pregnant Pepper by Tony, on the grounds that she's the most devious person he knows and, crucially, knows the Winter Soldier best and is therefore best suited to protect Pepper and, eventually, the baby. She's also later asked to be baby Ada's godmother, with Tony's reasoning being more or less the same as before.
  • The Team Normal: Aside from her agelessness, she and Clint (possibly - his enhanced eyesight makes this ambiguous) are the only Avengers to have no superhuman capabilities in battle (Tony uses his armour). She is also usually considered to be by far the most terrifying person on the team.
  • Tyke Bomb: She used to be this.
  • Undying Loyalty: Subtle but present towards the Avengers, first noted by Ivan Petrovitch (her Parental Substitute who has known her since she was a child) and then hinted at in chapter 71 when the Winter Soldier tries to convince her to join him after sabotaging - and sabotaging his own sabotage - the Helicarrier and escape the doomed ship. She nods at Clint and Steve in reply and tells him to go. The Soldier reluctantly acquiesces.
  • When She Smiles: She doesn't genuinely smile often, but when she does, it's beautiful.
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     Clint 

Clint Barton a.k.a. Hawkeye

A archer with skills unmatched by anyone in the Nine Realms, save for a couple of immortals, he's the Avengers' chief pilot and spotter and Natasha's partner on the battlefield. Later discovers that, like his Ultimate Universe counterpart, he has a degree of enhanced vision. This is because he's the grandson of a wartime affair between Minerva McGonagall and Bucky Barnes. He's also, by a probably Doctor Strange arranged quirk of fate, the adoptive nephew of Jonathan Kent, his mother having been raised by Jonathan's parents, making him Clark Kent's first cousin. He's shown signs of investigating this and is aware that Clark is a great deal more than he seems.



  • Ace Pilot: Is the Avengers' go-to pilot and good enough to evade hijacked Iron Man suits in a Quinjet in chapter 74. He and Harry bond over their mutual love of flying.
  • Amicable Exes: With Wanda.
  • Archer Archetype: But of course.
  • Badass Family: His grandmother is an exceptionally talented witch and expert in Transfiguration who worked with the Howling Commandos, his grandfather is The Dreaded Living Legend the Winter Soldier, and his first cousin is (or rather, will be) Superman.
  • Big Brother Mentor: He is this, to an extent, to Harry during Child of the Storm, with Bucky taking over the mentorship in Ghosts.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Sif, strangely enough. She finds this more than a little uncomfortable.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Loki temporarily made him this during his invasion of Earth. Clint's still a little twitchy about it.
  • The Chick: To the Avengers, to an extent as the de facto youngest member - while Steve is biologically a year younger, he's The Leader and acts older (plus, he spent most of seventy years frozen in ice).
  • Chick Magnet: Natasha and he have a mutual attraction and Carol expresses serious appreciation for his arms, as does his ex, Wanda.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: While he hasn't really elaborated on this, he was orphaned at a young age, fell into a bad crowd and used to be an assassin.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not as much as Tony, but still plenty.
  • Defusing the Tyke Bomb: He did this, at least in part, with Natasha.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Aside from being an extremely skilled SHIELD Agent and the master marksman, it turns out that, like his Ultimate counterpart, he's got enhanced vision, in his case because he's Minerva McGonagall's grandson via Bucky Barnes. His, however, goes a bit further.
  • Friendly Sniper: When off-duty, he's kind, charming and good with kids.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: He can ricochet an arrow off three pillars to hit a target right behind him and is considered to be the joint finest shot in the Nine Realms along with the inspiration for Legolas.
  • Innate Night Vision: He's got this too.
  • Has a Type: Older women who can kick his ass, going by Wanda and Natasha.
  • Old Flame: His is Wanda Maximoff of all people.
  • Out of Focus: Save for Bruce, he gets the least narrative focus of his teammates, particularly in the sequel, where his role as a sort of mentor/big brother figure to Harry is assumed by Bucky.
  • Professional Killer: Used to be a very skilled assassin, and as his grandmother Minerva notes, he probably still is.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: He's very good at sneaking up on people.
  • The Stoic: Almost nothing really fazes him, save for the discovery of his long lost grandmother and even then, he adjusts quickly.
  • The Straight and Arrow Path: He can use guns, and to devastating effect, but he prefers his bow and arrow.
  • Talented, but Trained: As noted above, he has incredible eyesight (which extends far beyond human ranges, in both distance and the kind of things he can see) and Improbable Aiming Skills, but he's also had years of training and practice.
  • Tangled Family Tree: Strangely enough, he's actually almost as bad as Harry in this regard. His maternal grandparents are Bucky Barnes and Minerva McGonagall and his mother was Jonathan Kent's adopted sister, making him Clark Kent's first cousin.
  • True Sight: He's not got the fully fledged Sight, but he can see magic and into infrared. Ghosts also implies that he can see souls (although that may have just been referring to Wanda, his ex, who can Soulgaze).
  • X-Ray Vision: Might have this to one extent or another.

Associates

Not quite Avengers; or at least, not official members, these characters are nevertheless closely associated with the Avengers and usually back them up in particularly hairy situations.

     JARVIS 

JARVIS

Tony Stark's personal AI butler, friend, and operating system for most of his technology.



     Wanda 

Wanda Maximoff a.k.a. the Scarlet Witch

Doctor Strange always has a good reason. Unfortunately, his definition of what is a good reason doesn’t always coincide with that of the rest of us.

Mutant, witch, former apprentice to Doctor Strange and his heir apparent as Sorcerer Supreme and from chapter 30 of Ghosts, the Sorceress Supreme in her own right, Strange having abdicated from the position. Accordingly, she's one of the most powerful people on the planet, having, among other things, mastered the Colony Drop. She's also Harry's godmother, and Hermione's biological mother. Blames herself for failing to take Harry, who she loves dearly, in after Godric's Hollow, even though her enemies were such that he'd probably have been dead or worse in short order. More recently, she's taken on Harry Dresden as both Apprentice and Boyfriend.



  • Action Mom: Of the Surrogate Mum variety to Harry, and Estranged Biological Mum variety to Hermione. The dentists Hermione lives with are carefully selected foster parents. And no, Hermione doesn't know. Yet. As of chapter 45 of Ghosts, however, Harry has figured it out.
  • Adaptational Badass: While not more powerful than she's been in canon, she's more controlled and consistently powerful (whereas canon Wanda's power goes up and down like a yo-yo).
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Ruffles Harry's hair affectionately in chapter 76, and going by chapter 4 of Ghosts of the Past, has since taken to carding her fingers through it.
  • Amicable Exes: She is at least not overtly hostile towards Clint, and is still attracted to him. John Constantine, on the other hand...
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Opposed her father in the past and is initially very sceptical of his Heel–Face Turn.
  • The Archmage: She's Strange's heir apparent as Sorcerer Supreme and has, at his urging, taken on an apprentice of her own. In raw power terms, she's second only to Strange and Loki for magical power, good enough to go toe-to-toe with Selene, possibly the oldest and most powerful Dark Lady of all time.
  • Armour-Piercing Slap: Delivers a powerful one to Magneto as part of a harsh Get a Hold of Yourself, Man! moment when it seems like he's about to go off the deep end.
  • The Atoner: For what she sees as her failure to protect Harry from what he suffered at the Dursleys and her putting her own daughter, Hermione, up for adoption for much the same reasons, though in the latter case she made sure that Hermione was going to be Happily Adopted. While in both cases they were pretty impossible situations, and both Harry and Thor have forgiven her - it took the former a little time, though - she hasn't forgiven herself.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Dresden during the fight against the N'Garai in Chicago in Chaos Reigns.
  • Badass Teacher: Takes on Dresden as her apprentice at the end of Chaos Reigns.
  • Battle Couple: With Dresden, as of the end of Chaos Reigns.
  • Berserk Button: Essex being neatly turned out is one, after all he put her godson through. The fact he looks surprised at her rage is another one.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Her entrance in Chapter 45 oozes this in all its awesome glory.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She comforts Lorna, after the latter's experiences with the Red Room and finding out that she'd been made an unperson, once she found out that Lorna was her much younger half-sister. She's also mentioned as taking their father aside and delivering a hissed lecture along the lines of 'be gentle with her or I will make you sorry' - and to his credit, Magneto is later noted to be acting as a model father.
  • Buxom Is Better: Like her canon counterpart, she's described as being decidedly voluptuous.
  • Colony Drop: Can do this with meteors and, as Doctor Strange notes, with pin point precision.
    • She did this to Nicodemus Archleone.
    • We finally get to see her do this at the climax of Chaos Reigns in order to severely injure a Mabdhara. She, literally, barely breaks a sweat.
  • Covert Pervert: Occasionally, if her comments about Clint's arms and Harry Dresden in a leather coat are anything to go by.
  • Cuddle Bug: Where Harry (Potter) is concerned, at least.
  • Curves in All the Right Places: Oh yes. Dresden notes this in his inner monologue, word for word, while hanging a lampshade on the clichéd nature of the phrase.
  • God-Mummy Had A Good Reason For Abandoning You: She did. Doesn't stop her feeling guilty as hell about it.
  • Day in the Limelight: Normally a supporting part of Harry's cast herd, Chaos Reigns and Chapters 32 and 33 of Ghosts are, to varying extents, examples of this, as they put her at the forefront and give her a chance to show off her combat related chops.
  • Death from Above: Seems to be quite fond of this.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: She is impressed, shall we say, by Clint's arms. (He's her ex).
  • Doting Parent: When they finally meet, is very happy to mother Harry into oblivion.
  • Entropy and Chaos Magic: Her chief weapon, tying in with her mutation, something that is very heavily implied to have been the result of Chthon's meddling. She's exceptionally effective with it in combat, and can use it to absolutely horrifying effect, as Sinister finds out in chapter 10 of Ghosts of the Past.
  • Famed In-Story: Harry Dresden, no stranger to this himself, actually goes Squee! when he meets her.
  • Flying Firepower: More than capable of dishing out hurt from the sky, and keeping up with Thor while he flies at supersonic speed.
  • The Gadfly: It's probably impossible to grow up with Stephen Strange as a Parental Substitute and not be this. When Sirius went snooping in her rooms, she booby-trapped them so that he spent a week with glittery hair and smelling like perfume. She also enjoys teasing both Harrys.
  • Generation Xerox: Increasingly to her father, to her intense discomfort.
  • Give Her A Normal Life: Part of her reason for giving Hermione to the Grangers. The other part was similar, but to save her life.
  • Glorified Sperm Donor: Seems to see John Constantine this way.
  • Good Is Not Soft: She can be just as ruthless as her father.
  • Has a Type: Seems to like snarky investigators of the supernatural, particularly if they're a member of the Trenchcoat Brigade, as evidenced by her ex being John Constantine and her now dating Harry Dresden. If you take out the trenchcoat requirement, then her other ex, Clint, also qualifies.
  • Hot Gypsy Woman: She has brown hair, fairly pale skin and dresses in fairly practical fashion, but otherwise fits the trope to a t.
  • Hot Teacher: To Dresden.
  • Hot Witch: Absolutely drop dead gorgeous, something noted by most of the men - and some of the women - around her.
  • In the Blood: See Not So Different.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Her main reason for not adopting Harry, though she desperately wanted to, with Magneto noting that she loved him as if he were own. Also for giving away Hermione, a necessity that she bitterly regrets.
  • Lady of Black Magic: Specializes in some seriously destructive spells, enough to stun Harry Dresden.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: In a fairly half-hearted attempt to distract her, Cowl notes that her boyfriend Harry has more than a little in common with Strange (and, to a lesser extent, her biological father) given that they're Tall, Dark, and Handsome, capable of being rather manipulative, ruthless, and are very magically powerful and Famed In-Story. All of the above (magical power aside) also applies to Constantine as well. Wanda doesn't deny this, but treats the attempt at distraction with disdain.
  • Long-Lived: As part of Wizards Live Longer. Looks about 30, at most, at the age of 45.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Since Magneto is also a scientist, she qualifies.
  • Mama Bear: Threatening her godson is a very good way to end up on the wrong end of an orbital bombardment. When she says that she intends to render Essex down to 'traumatised, screaming molecules' she is no way exaggerating. Threatening her daughter is, arguably, even worse for your health.
    • And when she catches up with Essex in chapter 10 of Ghosts of the Past, she makes good on the threat, channelling both her father and the Ninth Doctor in Dalek, mirroring the latter's speech.
    Wanda: Actually, no. You're right. I am like my father. I am his daughter. And do you know why? Because I am going to fulfil that promise I made, a promise to render you down to traumatised, screaming atoms if you ever went near my godson again. And while I'm not going to have the time to make it last, I am going to enjoy it. So scream, you bastard, scream!
  • Missing Mom: Or Godmum, in Harry's case, and actual biological mum in Hermione's case. She has excellent reason for it, in both cases.
  • Most Common Superpower: It's not dwelt upon, but Wanda is described as having a fairly spectacular figure.
  • Mundane Utility: Fighting the good fight is not a career that pays. Wanda gets around this by using her probability altering powers to win the lottery.
  • My Secret Pregnancy: With the help of Lily, she kept her pregnancy secret, and arranged for her daughter, Hermione, to be adopted by the Grangers for many of the same reasons that she couldn't take in Harry.
  • Not So Different: Though she clearly doesn't like him, (and called him out for being Not So Different to the Nazis and those who persecuted the Roma, her mother's people who raised her) she does quite obviously take after her father in the way she's regarded by her enemies and the authorities, her power levels and her protectiveness of family.
    • And what happened to her daughter and godson, which her father points out, something she's extremely displeased about.
    • Wonders about this uneasily in chapter 10 of Ghosts of the Past after reducing Essex (who had himself noted it) to 'traumatised, screaming molecules', heavily channelling the Ninth Doctor at his most manically enraged in the process. Clint gently calls her on it.
  • Older Than They Look: Is in her mid forties. Looks about thirty, if that.
  • Parental Substitute: To Harry, specifically stating that she's there to do what his mother, being dead (mostly), can't. As with Natasha and Jean, he has a similar signal clash, though it seems to have faded by Ghosts of the Past.
    • Doctor Strange was one to her — despite their disagreements, he did raise, train, and keep her safe.
  • Parents as People: Lives and breathes this trope. She loves her godson and her daughter to bits, but hasn't always been there for the simple reason that she couldn't be, even though she desperately wanted to. However, she does try to make up for it in Harry's case, becoming a Parental Substitute.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: One of the most powerful mortals alive, behind only Doctor Strange (whose mortality is dubious), possibly her father and the Hulk. This is the woman who has mastered the Colony Drop.
  • Precision F-Strike: Scores a perfect one in chapter 11 of Ghosts of the Past with an irate variation on one of her teacher's catch phrases.
    "By the hoary hosts of fucking Hoggoth, I do not need this right now."
  • Red Mage: Aside from the inevitable pun, she's a master of both the wanded and wandless magic styles.
  • Slasher Smile: Shows off a terrifying one in chapter 10 of Ghosts of the Past when about to unleash hell on Essex, on the narration says was 'one befitting the eldest child of mutantkind's Dark Messiah', demonstrating that she's Not So Different from her father.
  • Sleep Cute: Harry's asleep and cuddled up to her in chapter 4 of Ghosts of the Past, it being one of the few ways he can get some sleep after a particularly traumatic psychic brawl.
  • Stronger with Age: During the Wizarding War, she just about managed to take Lucius and Bellatrix at once. Impressive, but not world shaking. A decade or so later, she's unleashing Death from Above, an accomplished Mistress of the Colony Drop and possessor of a serious and very well earned reputation.
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: Looks this way, but only because she has some degree of slowed ageing.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: Fully capable of apparating, despite it usually being a wanded trick.
  • Twerp Sweating: She is clearly contemplating this in chapter 62 when Thor mentions that Ron has a crush on Hermione, Wanda's daughter. Downplayed, however, given that Ron and Hermione are still in the UST stage.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: As noted below, she has quite a few issues with both her adoptive and biological fathers.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Like Tony, expresses great displeasure towards Strange during the Final Battle. It's indicated that this is part of a larger set of issues she has with Strange; while he did take her in, raise her, and train her, genuinely caring for her in the process, it's also indicated that she has many bones to pick over his manipulative habits, more than most of the cast (which makes sense, since she's known him for far longer).
  • White Sheep: Feels that she is this for her family. Her daughter would qualify too.
  • Wizards Live Longer: She is 45 and doesn't look it, with the implication being that she has a considerably extended life span.
  • Working with the Ex: Does so just fine with Clint Barton. Also does so with John Constantine, in chapter 76, though much more grudgingly, with Dresden - her current boyfriend and apprentice by this point - noting that her tone when addressing him 'could have deep frozen a mammoth'. Earlier, she referred to him as "John bloody Constantine."
  • Zip Me Up: Intentionally invokes this by asking Dresden to undo her 'stuck' bra strap when getting changed. He doesn't quite take the hint, being neck deep in denial.

     Sirius 

Sirius Black a.k.a. the Marauder

Godfather of Harry and best friend of Thor when he was James. In rather better shape than canon, thanks to Asgardian medical treatment, access to the Black family funds, friends, and a place to live. Still not entirely sane, thanks to years in Azkaban, though he gets progressively better as time goes on. After spending a good while around Harry, he spends most of the second half of Child of the Storm and the start of Ghosts of the Past catching up on a decade of debauchery and hanging around with Remus.



  • Adaptational Badass: As per usual with this 'verse. While canon Sirius was a capable duellist, this one has earned the Red Baron of 'the Marauder,' picked for the Shadow Initiative, and does quite well against Grey Court vampires, despite being a Squishy Wizard.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: At first. Azkaban quite obviously left him a bit unhinged, and he's often a bit of a Cloud Cuckoo Lander (though it diminishes as time goes by), but he's still deadly dangerous in combat and gets completely serious when his friends/family are in trouble. He's also still dangerous enough that Fury recruits him for the Shadow Initiative, proving to be a very effective duellist and complement to the deadly Sean Cassidy at the Battle of London, and in the sequel, very capable of dealing with Grey Court Vampires in the Bloody Night arc.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Initially to Regulus a.k.a. Peter Wisdom, once he finds out he's alive. Once he sees the kind of man that Regulus has become, however, the two are barely civil.
  • Black Sheep: Was this, ironically, of the Black family.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Carries on a cheerful conversation with Remus in the middle of the Battle of London.
  • The Charmer: Usually rather charming, especially once he's got most of his marbles back, and flirts casually with Pepper (who gently shoots him down) and Darcy (who enthusiastically flirts back).
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: A lot, at first, though it's unclear how much is genuinely a result of his brains being scrambled and how much is put on for effect. Odin explicitly notes at one point that he was playing up the irreverence to test his [Odin's] reaction, and Sirius doesn't deny it.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Downplayed a little, but he was kicked out and disowned by his family and spent over a decade in Azkaban. Harry mentions that even roughly a year later, he still has emotional scars.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not as much as most of the cast (which isn't saying too much), but occasionally.
  • The Gadfly: Quite enjoys winding people up - this is the guy who pulled a panty raid on Amora the Enchantress, apparently for the hell of it. This dials down somewhat once he's got most of his marbles back, but elements of it remain.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Arguably, he and Regulus were this, respectively. Underlined further following Sirius' escape from Azkaban and single-minded pursuit of a decade's worth of debauchery for most of the first book, while Regulus has turned into Peter Wisdom, a man utterly single-minded in his pursuit of what he deems to be his duty and the best interests of his country. Unusually, Sirius is portrayed as the more sympathetic of the two, with Regulus/Wisdom being a Well-Intentioned Extremist on his good days.
  • Friend to All Children: Kids tend to like him, and he tends to like them. It even reaches the point where he and Remus are the Avengers' favoured babysitters - as Ghosts reveals, he's got a knack for lullabies.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Thor and Remus, more obviously with the latter.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Was apparently this back in the day. Remus questions whether anything has changed.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: From chapter 70 through the Final Battle.
  • Lovable Rogue: With John Constantine and Nick Fury to the first Order of the Phoenix, and of the three of them, probably the closest remaining to this trope - Constantine ditched the Lovable part some time ago and Fury's only a rogue in the Military Maverick sense following his Cynicism Catalyst.
  • Manchild: Seems early on to be mentally stuck as a teenager/young adult. This is heavily implied to be a coping mechanism to deal with what he went through in Azkaban, and it dissipates as time goes by.
  • Noodle Incident: Appears in most of the Marauders era incidents mentioned, including James/Thor's stag night (bachelor party).
  • No Social Skills: He's a bit rusty at first, which mostly manifests as having no brain to mouth filter. As Odin accurately notes, however, sometimes he plays it up for his own purposes.
  • Obfuscating Insanity: While he's got some genuine problems, ones that diminish as time goes by, Odin observes that he sometimes plays it up for his own reasons.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: He's always had a degree of this, as one anecdote about his vocal disbelief of Wanda's heritage earning him a punch to the face from Lily demonstrates, and it gets worse after his time in Azkaban. He does learn to filter it again. However, he sometimes turns off the filter for his own reasons - including, but not limited to, his own amusement.
  • Out of Focus: After chapter 45 or so, popping back up after chapter 70, and in the sequel, though he gets a fair bit of screentime during Bloody Night.
  • Papa Wolf: Where Harry's concerned, as well as towards baby Ada. In general, having responsibility for kids seems to be the surest method both of making him get serious, responsible, and dangerous.
    • When discussing Harry specifically, the Dark Phoenix Incident with Regulus/Wisdom, he warns his brother that if he even breathes the wrong way towards Harry, he [Sirius] will rip his throat out with his teeth. It is implied that he is being completely literal.
  • The Red Baron: Earned the nickname 'the Marauder' on the battlefield. He doesn't like it very much.
  • Ship Tease: He and Darcy flirt (and occasionally snog) enthusiastically, to the point of the Avengers having a betting pool on when they'll hook up - which they're implied to have done at some point, but it's not discussed in any great detail.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Regulus, a.k.a. Peter Wisdom. They might once have been more alike, but now, they could not have been more different if they'd tried.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: The Wise Guy to Remus' Straight Man.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Darcy all but quotes this trope when describing how he'll look (and does look) once he gets fed up.
  • Those Two Guys: Usually seen with or around Remus. It gets to the point where they're jointly babysitting baby Ada.
  • True Companions: With his fellow Marauders.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: A little bit, in his fight with Bellatrix.

     Remus 

Professor Remus John Lupin a.k.a. Moony

Childhood friend of James/Thor and Sirius Black as one of the Marauders, a member of the Order of the Phoenix, Harry's Professor of Defence Against the Dark Arts, and a werewolf. Generally functions as the Only Sane Man to those around him.



  • Badass Bookworm: Very well read, and particularly well informed about Dark Creatures and Dark Magic, but also very capable in a fight. He also held his own for a while against a tank-sized werewolf during the Battle of London, did well in the Bloody Night arc of Ghosts, and fought in the First Wizarding War.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Lupin is cursed to turn into a mindless wolf every full moon.
  • Bash Brothers: With James during the war against Voldemort, and with Sirius both in the war and in current times, such as during the Battle of London and during the Grey Court attack on Avengers Mansion.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Lupin may be quiet and gentle, but he's also not someone you want to mess with.
  • Birds of a Feather: He and Bruce are both quiet, gentle men who have to live with a monstrous alter ego. In Lupin's case, it's even worse, since Bruce can exert a measure of control over the Hulk (who's mostly fairly benevolent when not provoked), and doesn't have to transform monthly.
  • Butt-Monkey: His luck is not that great. Got bitten by a werewolf as a child, was held under suspicion by his friends during the War against Voldemort, spent most of his professional life living out of a suitcase because he was a werewolf, finally got his dream job, then got fired because of Snape's spite.
    • Particularly in chapter 32 of Ghosts, he gets more than his share of bad luck, having two fingers temporarily splinched off, and getting clobbered by a hardwood chair thrown by a vampire. As he drily notes, it's not been his evening.
  • Cool Teacher: Generally agreed to be the best DADA teacher Harry and his year had so far. He also correctly predicts, upon hearing Sif's explanation of Fenris' reputation, that she sought him out, explaining that he's been a teacher for a long time.
  • Deadpan Snarker: His wit is very dry, and usually wielded at Sirius' expense.
  • Fingore: When testing what turns out to be a particularly nasty anti-apparition ward in Ghosts.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Despite the different circumstances of Harry's third year at Hogwarts, Remus still gets exposed as a werewolf by Snape and fired afterwards.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifting: Werewolf. Comes with the curse.
  • Meaningful Name: "Remus" is a reference to the legendary co-founder of Rome who was raised by wolves, while "Lupin" sounds like "lupine," or wolf-like.
  • Nice Guy: He's one of the nicest characters in the story, despite all he's gone through. One notable instance is that when he discovers that Sif is uncomfortable around him due to his status as a werewolf and her previous encounter with Fenris, he immediately offers to leave.
  • Only Sane Man: Whenever Sirius and his other friends are around, and is indicated to have played this role in their Hogwarts days too.
  • Psychic Block Defense: Mentioned to have enough skill in this area to notice if someone's rooting in his mind.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Played this role for Harry as a teacher, and points out calmly to Thor and Sirius that despite how much they dislike it, Strange is not obligated to take care of Harry or to protect him from every villain-he's got larger concerns.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: The Straight Man to Sirius' Wise Guy.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: Early in Child of the Storm, Loki teaches him how to teleport, a more advanced variation of Apparition. Unfortunately, it isn't good enough to get him past Dracula's wards a book later.
  • Those Two Guys: Outside of Hogwarts, if he's around, Sirius is rarely far away.
  • True Companions: With his fellow Marauders.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Sirius. Barely a scene passes by with the two of them that doesn't involve their snarking at each other.
  • Younger Than They Look: He's had a stressful life, and it shows.

     Rhodey 

Colonel James 'Rhodey' Rhodes a.k.a. War Machine

Tony Stark's best friend and former military liaison to Stark Industries, he has since been entrusted with the War Machine armour. Naturally, he is patient, snarky, and very, very badass. He is also perpetually bewildered, bemused, and faintly despairing of the insanity that is his life - and to be fair, it seems to save a particularly intense dose of weirdness just for him.



  • Ace Pilot: He wasn't given the War Machine armour on a whim.
  • Adaptational Badass: The canon version is no slouch, but this version took out a zombie dragon by using a downed Eurofighter as a lance.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: A minor example, but he figures out in the middle of a fight that Metallo was a former soldier, and figures out the best way to stop him.
  • Bash Brothers: With Warren in chapter 44, who apparently idolises him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Enough to keep up with Tony in Snark-to-Snark Combat.
  • The Dragonslayer: In chapter 45, destroying multiple undead dragons. It is as awesome as it sounds, and when he runs out of ammo, he uses a downed jet as an impromptu exploding lance. Chapter 76 reveals that most of MI13 are still calling him 'St George'.
  • Fluffy Tamer: With the Griffin, once he figures out that it's trying to surrender and that it was once human, even petting it and telling it that everything will be all right. HYDRA remotely detonating it once they lose control puts him into a homicidal fury.
  • Good-Looking Privates: Carol is certainly of this opinion, with the prospect of pictures of topless Rhodey - or as she puts it, 'sexy man pictures' - inducing Instant Waking Skills. Word of God has said this was a nod to the canon Carol/Rhodey relationship, which is otherwise impractical because of the age difference.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Harry observes that he had an expression along these lines in the sequel when explaining that he saw Harry Dresden create a soulfire lightsabre and cut off one of Gravemoss' arms, and that he looks like he needs one on an increasingly regular basis.
  • Nice Guy: He's sympathetic both to the Griffin and to John Corben, and promises one of Narcissa's house-elves (when accompanying Fury - who had previously burned down the Manor and almost killed Lucius - to interrogate her) not to harm her and to protect her if something else attacks.
  • Only Sane Man: Frequently bemoans the insanity that is his life.
  • Pink Mist: There's only one thing that's going to happen when several hundred kilos of Powered Armour flies into a human at mach speeds, and it's not going to be a week off sick.
  • Powered Armour: Wears the War Machine suit.
  • Running Gag: Every time he appears, he will invariably complain about how ridiculous the world has become - and, to be fair, it seems to save a special dose of weird just for him.
  • Tranquil Fury: What happens when he gets really, properly angry, as HYDRA found out when they destroyed the Griffin.
  • Unstoppable Rage: When HYDRA remotely detonate the Griffin after losing control of it/Rhodey talking it down. Rhodey promptly slaughtered every HYDRA Agent in reach in less than fifteen seconds.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Says this word for word in chapter 71 when HYDRA set the Griffin on him.

     Bucky Barnes 

Sergeant James Buchanan 'Bucky' Barnes a.k.a. the Winter Soldier

Captain America's best friend since childhood, after his fall from Arnim Zola's train, he was mind-wiped and brainwashed into a monster, becoming the single most feared assassin in the world, whose reputation extends even to the rest of the Nine Realms. During the Cold War, he spent decades as first the trainer and then the partner (in every sense of the word) of Natasha Romanova, before their bond was considered to be more of a hindrance than a help and his mind was wiped again. During the Great Politics Mess Up, he was lost in cryostasis, before being found by HYDRA over a decade later. Under HYDRA's control intermittently, he is the most immediate threat to the heroes during Child of the Storm. During the finale, Strange undoes his brainwashing, setting him free and on the path to redemption. Afterwards, he becomes a mentor/bodyguard for Harry, watching his back and teaching him the ways of less honourable warfare.



  • Achilles' Heel: Mind control. His brain's been pummelled into shape so much over the years that it's not very good at resisting the imposition of mind control. However, by Ghosts of the Past, he seems to have been given some mental defences.
  • Adaptational Badass: Played With. The Winter Soldier was enough of an Implacable Man in the comics and movies, but here he's intimidating everyone from Asgardians to Voldemort with his name alone. However, a lot of this is thanks to his reputation taking on a life of its own, and he is very aware of his limits. Specifically, while he can beat the likes of Captain America and Sabretooth in close quarters combat, and can take both Captain America and the Black Widow at once in a straight fight, higher level superhumans necessitate breaking out the special sniper rifles.
  • Agents Dating: For decades with Natasha. Whether or not either will admit it, they were in love. Now that he's back, their relationship is... complicated.
  • Amnesiac Resonance: Remembers all his skills, no matter how often his mind is wiped, and memories seep back when he sees Natasha or Steve.
  • Artificial Limbs: He has a robotic arm.
    • After his permanent Heel–Face Turn, Tony builds him a new, more natural-looking one, for him to more easily blend back into society. However, it can take on the style of his old one, red star and all, if he feels he needs it for intimidation purposes. He also ensured that Tony lo-jacked it and stuffed it with weapons, just in case.
  • The Atoner: After finally being freed of HYDRA's control, though he admits he can never really atone for all he's done.
  • Badass Transplant: His metal arm is one hell of an upgrade, even on a super soldier's enhanced arm. His second one, even more so - though it eventually gets fried in chapter 32 of Ghosts by a massive pin-point lightning strike and he has to revert to his old one briefly.
  • Barbarian Long Hair: Like his film counterpart, he has this while under HYDRA's control.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Usually by killing someone.
  • Berserk Button: Hurting children. It's one consistent character trait even through all the brainwashing he's been put through, though no one's entirely sure why. When a giant demonic werewolf goes for the unconscious Carol Danvers in chapter 60, his normal cold, robotic detachment vanishes.
    Response? Kill.
  • Brutal Honesty: In chapter 30 of Ghosts, he informs Ron, who's nobly insisting on coming with him and Harry to take on the Grey Court, that he's not ready. He's got no relevant combat experience or training (which he would need against opponents who're superhumanly fast, strong, durable, and know the threat posed by a wand and thus to target it), which would either make him The Load and cause the likely death of the people they're trying to save, or lead to him straight up dying. This, though he softens it by noting Ron's skills and potential, is also punctuated by the fact that without even skipping a beat, he took down, disarmed, and pinned Ron to the floor by the throat.
  • Cold Sniper: One of the deadliest in the known universe, having taken the shot that killed Kennedy and put Thor into a coma with an enchanted adamantium bullet. If Thor hadn't sensed it coming and moved at the last minute, it would have killed him.
    • He's also one of the few people who actually hurts Dracula, with a well placed bullet.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He is an extremely skilled sniper and an accomplished bomb maker, and he'll tap into both skill sets if it's more suitable than close range combat. Taking on a guy with a Healing Factor? Pull out a thermite tipped RPG to keep them down for a while, or destroy their joints and skewer them with a railing so that their own waste matter poisons them, keeping their healing abilities occupied. Facing a Physical God? No problem - just break out the sniper rifle with suitable enchanted adamantium bullets.
    • Need to wake up your glowing, floating student who's in the middle of a psychic trance and likely too hot to touch? Get a glass of water and dump it on their face. He also deals with Harry's Chronic Hero Syndrome by accepting that Harry is most likely going to run head-first into trouble, and therefore he shouldn't bother trying to stop him, but instead make sure that he's a) got back-up, b) has his equipment, c) has a semi-decent plan.
  • Composite Character: Of his Comics and MCU selves, with the former's past as a Soviet assassin and as Natasha's partner, and the latter's Super Soldier level physique, his baseline enhancements having been performed by Arnim Zola and most recently, his working for HYDRA.
  • Creepy Awesome: He's the biggest threat to the good guys for the first 60 chapters of Child of the Storm (and then again between chapters 71 and 76), but his badassery, sympathetic Dark and Troubled Past, and intermittent bursts of personality (and internal sarcasm) make him one of the most popular characters in the story, even pre Heel–Face Turn. For those who aren't so familiar with him, his Stealth Hi/Bye and The Quiet One tendencies can make him this even after he's firmly back on the good side.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Hands these out like sweets at Halloween when he gets going, to everyone from giant demonic werewolves to Captain America himself.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: It doesn't get much more dark and troubled than this.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He works for the bad guys at first, but, thanks to being mind-controlled, isn't himself evil. He also keeps wearing dark clothing, even after his Heel–Face Turn becomes permanent.
  • Darth Vader Clone: As the Winter Soldier. All covering ominous black mask plus opaque googles? Check. The Heavy for less physically imposing villain(s), primarily a manipulative man who works from the shadows, wants to rule everything and has magic powers? Check. Ridiculously dangerous cyborg who terrifies absolutely everyone? Check. Originally a good guy, best friend of a hero, who was Reforged into a Minion? Check. Performs a Heel–Face Turn because he refuses to kill a child? Big, fat check. That said, he wound up being brainwashed again shortly after, before the brainwashing was cleared away.
  • Deadpan Snarker: His internal dialogue has flavours of this, increasingly as his human side becomes more prominent. Following his Heel–Face Turn, he's noted as not speaking much, but when he does speak, he displays a very dry sense of humour.
  • Determinator: While he's not very good at resisting mind control, he's incredibly determined in just about every other respect.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: By Steve's account, he walked into a wall the first time he saw Minerva McGonagall.
  • Dirty Communists: He used to work for the Red Room and still has the red star on his arm.
  • The Dreaded: As the Winter Soldier, he is this in-universe and with good reason. The general reaction when he's involved is pure fear, with Harry noting the difference in the Daily Prophet's reporting of Sirius' breakout (over-the-top hysteria) and his possible return (quiet terror) and that the latter is somehow considerably more unnerving.
    • Carol later notes, when getting a look at his statue in the literal Rogues Gallery of the Natural Museum's new superhuman wing, that she can see why everyone found him so frightening.
    • When he helps lead the assault on the Red Room complex in chapter 10 of Ghosts of the Past in full Winter Soldier gear, he causes mass panic.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Is described as having waxy pale skin and dark hair, along with perpetually looking like he's sizing everyone up and figuring out how he's going to kill them. This decreases somewhat post Heel–Face Turn, but not entirely.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Only a few notches above baseline humanity, and was already badass before the Red Room got their hands on him.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: One constant is that the Winter Soldier does not harm children, not if he can possibly avoid it. No one's entirely sure why, but considering that it was well-known by (the admittedly very well-informed) Victor Von Doom, it was a defining trait. He also had a certain amount of Villain Respect for people like Wolverine and Mar-Vell.
  • Evil Counterpart: Steve explicitly worries about this, that a pre Face Turn Winter Soldier is what you'd get if you stripped away the human parts of Steve himself, leaving only the Super Soldier behind. Given the fact that the two of them are seemingly immortal Human Popsicle living legends who are near unstoppable, this isn't entirely surprising.
  • Evil Wears Black: As the Winter Soldier, he's exclusively attired in black. Even post Heel–Face Turn, he still tends to wear black, and becomes Dark Is Not Evil.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Decades ago via brainwashing. It wearing off leads to a Heel–Face Turn.
  • The Faceless: Thanks to his mask and goggles combo.
  • Fake Russian: Was brainwashed into being a Soviet assassin.
  • Faking the Dead: Sort of. After his final Heel–Face Turn at the Battle of London, it's common knowledge that Bucky Barnes is alive... but the story put about is that HYDRA found him and kept him on ice as a subject for experimentation/trophy for several decades. Meanwhile, a body was supplied and dressed up as the Winter Soldier to make it look like 'he' was dead, conveniently separating the two personas.
  • Fauxreigner: Almost everyone thinks, at first, that the Winter Soldier is a Russian assassin. Almost everyone is wrong (about the Russian part).
  • Friend to All Children: One of the very few constants is that he never, ever harms a child if he can possibly avoid it, and the Red Room quickly realised that ordering him to do so was an exercise in futility, as he would just employ some fairly spectacular Loophole Abuse to avoid it - and, it is implied, his status as a Super Soldier meant that his targets were never likely to be children anyway. This tendency triggers his Heel–Face Turn in chapter 60.
    • Shows this when he kills a giant werewolf with his bare hands to protect Carol, then carries her down through thick mountain snow in the midst of the worst blizzard in a century and when he ruffles Diana's hair after she gives him a hug.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's a Super Soldier and a Super Spy, who helped train Natasha. It kind of comes with the territory.
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: His can look through the EM spectrum, at least.
  • The Heavy: He does most of HYDRA's elite fieldwork, as he did the Red Room's.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In chapter 60, once he gets his mind back.
    • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Only to be re-brainwashed by HYDRA in Chapter 74, and then permanently freed from them in Chapter 77 by Doctor Strange.
  • Hero Killer: As the Winter Soldier, he's racked up quite the tally. JFK, Brian Falsworth a.k.a. Captain Britain, Arthur Weasley... though admittedly, the last one was a Mercy Kill, since the alternative was handing him over, alive, to Lucius Malfoy and Gravemoss.
  • Human Popsicle: Usually kept on ice, contributing to his longevity, and after the Cold War ended, he spent around fifteen years on ice before HYDRA found him.
  • I Have Many Names: He's picked up a lot, many of which Gravemoss quotes: the Shield Breaker, the Sleeping Death, the Ice Warrior and Europe's Terror, not to mention the Black Death. President Ellis' internal monologue adds a couple more: the Terror of the Western World and the Archenemy of Democracy. More usually, though, he's referred to as James (by Natasha), Buck (by Steve), Comrade Winter (by Ivan), the Soldier (by just about everyone else), and Bucky or Sergeant Barnes (by most post final Heel–Face Turn).
  • Implacable Man: He just does. Not. Stop.
  • Knife Nut: Reverse Grip wielding a combat knife is his close quarters trademark and for good reason. In chapter 70, he gets in a knife fight with Wolverine and even with a set of broken ribs, he gives as good as he gets.
  • Knight of Cerebus: While Gravemoss is the one who really propels the story into darker waters, his appearance signals the end of the Lighter and Softer opening to the fic.
  • The Leader: While he normally defers to Steve, and sometimes to Harry (though for the latter, in the manner of an experienced Sergeant guiding an inexperienced junior officer, where the deference is nominal at best), he's a very capable tactician and commander when it comes to it, as he demonstrates in Bloody Hell.
  • Lightning Bruiser: On a Human/Super Soldier level - when dealing with serious superhumans, he's more Weak, but Skilled. He hits hard enough to crumple titanium and is quicker off the mark than Steve, a fellow Super Soldier (though the latter is quicker over distance).
  • Living Weapon: Every bit of him is designed to be an unstoppable killing machine, and when he gets going, he shows every bit of how effective this design made him.
  • Loophole Abuse: Whenever his masters tried to get him to harm a child. Eventually, they stopped trying to make him, since it wasn't worth the effort and they had other, less principled assassins to turn to.
  • Mage Killer: Unlike most examples, he's not specifically designed for this, but as two squadrons of Europe's best Aurors found in 1973 and at least twenty Ministry wizards, including several Aurors and Arthur Weasley, found out in chapters 70/71, he's very good at it.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: A classic example as the Winter Soldier. Ultimately subverted, however. He's a victim of brainwashing, who steadily regains control of his mind and body.
  • Memetic Badass: Infamous In-Universe, and with damn good reason.
  • The Mentor: To Harry, in Ghosts of the Past, especially following Forever Red, calmly and patiently helping him come to terms with the whole Red Son/Dark Phoenix fiasco. As a result, he's one of the few people a traumatised, recalcitrant, and extraordinarily tetchy Harry actually listens to and behaves for, to the point where Bucky's able to talk him down when the Dark Phoenix briefly flared up.
  • Mercy Kill: Delivers one via Neck Snap to Arthur Weasley, in order to spare him being tortured by HYDRA, or worse, being handed off to Gravemoss.
  • The Mole: Is this to Lucius Malfoy's HYDRA as of Chapter 61. He gets caught in chapter 74.
  • Mother Russia Makes You Strong: A fairly textbook example, except he's not actually Russian.
  • Nerves of Steel: Pretty much nothing fazes him, other than an internal crisis based on the clash between his programming and his real personality. When it comes to combat and mayhem, however, aside from an Oh, Crap! moment when he hears the infamous *snikt*, and a surprised internal moment when an aged-up Harry unleashes a 'small' fire-blast, nothing even makes him skip a beat.
  • Noodle Incident: During his time as the Winter Soldier, he "ran into" Captain Mar-Vell once. Given what he was up to in those days, this may also count as an Offscreen Moment of Awesome for one or both of them.
    • The details of his fight with Wolverine in 1986 aren't known, either, beyond the fact that it was brutal and it ended with Logan having a building dropped on him.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: His reputation depicts him as more wraith than man and next to nothing is known about him, which is what makes him so frightening.
  • One-Man Army: Mentioned as having ripped through two squadrons of Europe's best Aurors in 1973. On-screen, he ambushes Steve, Clint and Natasha and has the upper-hand, only hesitating because of his returning memories. He later tears through the Ministry, the SHIELD Helicarrier and the White House, going up against dozens of wizards, SHIELD Agents, Steve, Clint, Natasha and Wolverine, putting the President at gunpoint and only hesitating because of his returning memories all in the same chapter.
  • Pragmatic Hero: His remit in Ghosts is, primarily, to teach Harry how to be this. He's also pragmatic to the point of ruthlessness in a serious combat situation, as is aptly demonstrated in chapter 32, when he proves willing to risk locking Remus outside the Mansion with Dracula and a whole bunch of other vampires rather than risk said vampires arriving before the defences are up, and wallops Carol in the stomach to stuff her into an Iron Man armour in order to get her away from Dracula, when she's nobly refusing to leave the others - her brother among them - and then knocks her out and puts the suit on auto-pilot to prevent her from turning the suit around to help them.
  • Precision F-Strike: When he finally gets his mind back. "Well. Fuck the mission, then."
    • And then another one he realizes he's facing down an angry Wolverine.
  • Professional Killer: He was designed to be the ultimate in this department. It was a complete success.
  • Properly Paranoid: Post Heel–Face Turn, he doesn't totally trust himself, and asks Tony both to lo-jack his arm and install a remote disabling function, just in case he gets taken over again. Natasha is Not Pleased by this.
  • The Quiet One: He was The Speechless (see below) pre-Heel–Face Turn. Afterwards, he still doesn't talk much, generally not feeling the need. He's described as making the Grey Lady look noisy by comparison, through a combination of this trope and an uncanny ability to move in absolute silence and fade into the foreground (no one is entirely sure how).
  • Really 700 Years Old: Over ninety years old, and really does not look it.
  • Red Baron: He is almost invariably referred to solely by his moniker, 'the Winter Soldier' or simply, 'the Soldier', pre Heel–Face Turn.
  • Redemption Promotion: On balance. While the Soldier was an implacable One-Man Army, and Bucky Barnes lacks the same degree of implacability, he has all that skill and experience, combined with the ability to think for himself outside of immediate operational parameters. Additionally, he can revert to the Soldier persona if he needs to get something done quickly and brutally.
  • Reforged into a Minion: By the Red Room, before later being co-opted by HYDRA.
  • Reverse Grip: When he's in a knife fight, he almost invariably wields a blade this way - and he's good enough at it to, while carrying several broken ribs, stalemate Wolverine.
  • Sealed Badass in a Can: As the Winter Soldier, used by both the Red Room and HYDRA.
  • Sensei for Scoundrels: Is set to become a benevolent version of this to Harry as of Ghosts of the Past, teaching him to look after himself without just cutting straight to the fight and how to deal with his experiences as the Red Son.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Only Natasha and her former mentor know anything much about him, with Bruce Banner describing him as having Bin Laden's public enemy number one status, and he's mentioned as featuring as the antagonist of the first book of the In-Universe version of The Bourne Series instead of Carlos the Jackal. Unlike the Jackal, however, beyond his name, no one knew anything about him, which just made it worse.
  • Silent Antagonist: See The Voiceless.
  • Sinister Shades: His opaque goggles.
  • Soviet Super Science: A product of it.
  • The Speechless: As the Winter Solder, he can't speak if he hasn't been ordered to. He can, however, communicate just fine when he wants to. He and Natasha actually formed their own personal sign language, which Ivan Petrovitch managed to learn and used to communicate with the Soldier when the latter rescued him from a Red Room snatch squad. Also, at the same time, he reveals that he's managed to learn to speak on his own.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: He's renowned for moving extremely quietly, to the point that it remains even after his Heel–Face Turn. By the time he's serving as Harry's bodyguard, a Running Gag is Hogwarts students seriously speculating that he's part ghost.
  • Super-Persistent Predator: As the Soldier, he just will not give up.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: As of Ghosts of the Past, the Soldier persona has become this.
  • Super Soldier: One of the few successful examples.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: After everything that happened to him in Tragic Villain below, at the end of Child of the Storm, he's finally freed from HYDRA and the Red Room, deprogrammed by Doctor Strange, and reunited with Natasha and Steve.
  • Tragic Villain: In spades. He's spent decades as little more than a Living Weapon, and the only times he's managed to fight his way to being anything else - when he formed a long-term bond with Natasha and when he finally managed to throw off most of HYDRA's programming in chapter 60 and began to work as The Mole to undermine their missions - his masters of both times figured it out, brainwashed him and wiped his memories again.
  • Undying Loyalty: HYDRA, as the Red Room before them, attempt to enforce this by brainwashing. However, the only person he really holds this towards is Natasha, and to a degree Steve.
  • Water Wake Up: Deals with Harry being in a psychic trance, complete with Psychic Nosebleed, and possibly being too hot to touch in chapter 30 of Ghosts by dumping a glass of water on his face.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Despite being a Super Soldier, he's still this compared to Steve, and certainly to more powerful superhumans.
  • Weapon of Choice: In close quarters, he favours a vibranium knife.
  • Wham Line: He finally speaks in chapter 67.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: One of the few things that shows he's actually a man, not a machine, taking it to Friend to All Children levels.
  • You Are Not Ready: Delivers a speech, no matter how politely worded, along these lines to Ron and Hermione when they want to help in chapter 30 of Ghosts. Unlike Harry, they don't have the experience or training to handle the threat ( Grey Court vampires), and would at best serve as The Load.

     Harry Dresden 

Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden

I'm gonna need a bigger dinosaur.

Wizard PI and the black sheep of the White Council, who occasionally consults for CPD and SHIELD. Deadpan Snarker and a Hero of Another Story, meaning that his POV sections (written in first person, as in the books) offer a different perspective on the events of the series. Has a certain knack for Playing with Fire, and following the two-shot side story Chaos Reigns, set just before chapter 60 of Child of the Storm, is Wanda's Apprentice. And boyfriend. From then on, he becomes an important secondary character, particularly in Ghosts of the Past, with his connections in Faerie being key to the resolution of the Forever Red arc, and narrating the Chicago based portion of the following arc, Bloody Hell (which partially adapts Dead Beat) - at which point, as canon, he grudgingly becomes a Warden of the Council. Unless otherwise noted, all tropes that apply to him before Proven Guilty still apply.



  • Adorkable: Very much so.
  • The Archmage: Potentially. Wanda takes him on as her apprentice, putting him in line for Sorcerer Supreme some day.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Ward against the veidrdraugar in Paris, and with Wanda against the N'Garai in Chicago.
  • Badass Baritone: Both Coulson and Wanda note that while he's normally softly spoken, he has one when he gets angry.
  • Badass on Paper: He is genuinely badass, but as he observes, his achievements sound a lot more impressive until you know about the caveats, the near-misses, etcetera.
  • Badass Teacher: Bruce Wayne is his PI apprentice (and learning magical theory, though he has no magic of his own).
  • Bad Dreams: The aftermath of Forever Red reveals that he still has these with a Warden, likely Morgan, coming after him to chop off his head, years after that was a likely prospect.
  • Battle Couple: Becomes one with Wanda as of the end of Chaos Reigns.
  • Berserk Button: Hurting innocents in general, women and children in particular.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In the Forever Red arc, he, Fix, Maddie, Jono and Strange play this when getting Harry (or rather, the 'phoenix feather' containing Harry's mind) out of the Red Room's hands.
  • Blue-Collar Warlock: He never completed his formal education, and his magical education was spotty. Oh, and he makes his living as a PI, occasionally discreetly supported by the Wayne family.
  • Book Dumb: Both in terms of the mortal and magical worlds. He's smart (in the long run), but he never completed formal muggle education, and his magical education suffered from Crippling Over Specialisation: while SHIELD deem him to be one of the best magical trackers on the planet (he's a touch sceptical, though notes that unlike most older and more skilled wizards, he's much more used to in the field tracking and dealing with modern obstacles), and Captain Luccio considers him to be a top class combat Wizard, not hesitating to offer him a position in the elite Wardens. However, outside of combat and thaumaturgy, his knowledge is relatively limited and he remarks that hanging around Wanda, Dumbledore, and Loki only, to him, underlines how little he knows. In other words, in certain areas, his pure skill is a match for anyone. In many others, however, his lack of formal education is obvious.
    • Given that he's now apprentice to the foremost mortal practitioner in the world (Strange excepted), and in line to potentially become Sorcerer Supreme, the lack of magical education is one which is being rectified, while it must be noted that hanging around people like Wanda, Dumbledore, and Loki would probably make anyone feel a bit inadequate.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Wanda notices this trait, and amuses herself by teasing him occasionally.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Coulson plays on it to get him involved in a case that is very much out of his league.
  • Crippling Over Specialisation: The result of training from Justin Du Morne that focused on combat magic and less on the more subtle aspects/mysteries of the art, and secondary training from Ebenezar McCoy that focused on not going bad. As a result, he's excellent at the nuts and bolts of magic, and he's a superb combat mage, but subtleties generally escape him.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Has dark hair, dark eyes, and usually wears a black shirt, dark jeans, and a long black duster. He's also an utter dork - though he is capable of being ruthless should it come to it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Constantly. He's the only character who can (and does) give Tony Stark a run for his money. Nick Fury has sworn to never let the two meet because of this, but they do eventually meet in both the dubiously canon Christmas Special (a flashforward) and in chapter 78. The latter results in the two getting into Snark-to-Snark Combat at the celebration feast and enjoying it immensely, with a bunch of Asgardians taking bets on the outcome.
  • Destructive Saviour: Fury discounts him as a potential wielder of the Green Lantern Ring because of this tendency.
  • Doom Magnet: Nearly as much as the other Harry, thanks at least partially to rampant Chronic Hero Syndrome.
  • Dork Knight: Wanda explicitly notes this in her inner monologue. This trait tends to reassure people who would otherwise freak out at his raw power.
    • Demonstrated in chapter 2 of Chaos Reigns, after he's wiped out a number of N'Garai attacking the CPD perimeter, outright vaporising several of them. His immediate reaction to Karrin Murphy's stunned and slightly unnerved stare is to think that something is wrong with his hair, having taken a very quick trip through the sky just beforehand.
    • In chapter 76, he accidentally conjures a lightsabre of Soulfire. Cue Yoda quotes.
  • The Dreaded: Explicitly observes that those who know that magic is real often end up seeing him as 'Darth Dresden'. Considering his resume of monsters fought/slain, this is not without reason. As a result of the Death Curse incident and his impossible survival, chapter 62 states that Gravemoss' nightmares aren't of Loki or Thor. They're of Dresden.
  • Evil Mentor: Had one in Justin Du Morne, who doubled as a Parental Substitute. Dresden killed him in single combat when he tried to put him under Mind Control.
  • Famed In-Story: Hermione's heard of him and thinks that he's a fake (before Ron tells her he's part of the White Council and not under the Statute of Secrecy), because he's acting as a Wizard in plain sight. Ron, on the other hand, and those who are a bit more clued, know perfectly well who he is and have heard all the stories.
  • Friend to All Children: He's particularly protective of children, and them getting hurt is a major Berserk Button, being, among other things, the reason he turns down an open offer to become a Warden of the Council from Captain Luccio, only taking the second offer because he doesn't really have a choice.
    • Defends Harry to the Senior Council over the whole Dark Phoenix thing in Ghosts of the Past, and is earlier willing to become the Winter Knight if it gives him the means to get Harry back.
  • Handicapped Badass: His left hand is pretty much a nigh immovable horror prop (although slowly regrowing) following a run in with a Renfield armed with a homemade flamethrower. Unlike canon, he doesn't have pyrophobia because SHIELD put him in contact with Charles Xavier as thanks for services rendered.
  • Hero of Another Story: He's one of the few viewpoint characters who isn't directly involved in the main plot of the first book (until the finale, and even then he's off to one side a bit) and his narration makes explicit the suggestion that he has his own adventures. He's also the star of the Chaos Reigns spinoff, and joins the narrative of Ghosts of the Past during the Bloody Hell arc.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Between his Dark and Troubled Past and not having many friends in general, he's got a pretty low sense of self-esteem, which is heavily implied to be part of the reason he's Oblivious to Love.
  • Horrifying the Horror: After their encounter in the Catacombs of Paris, Gravemoss has Bad Dreams about him.
  • Hot for Teacher: Following Wanda taking him on as both boyfriend and Apprentice. Needless to say, it's mutual.
  • I Am Having Soul Pains: He's unfortunately prone to this, usually after having got a Poke in the Third Eye.
    • First, he's practically at ground zero when Gravemoss pulls his version of familicide and it goes... badly.
    • Second, he uses the Sight on some of the veidrdraugar to get a better idea of what he's dealing with, which is promptly then hijacked by Chthon. This does not go well.
    • Third, in Ghosts, he uses the Sight on Harry during the latter stages of Forever Red, to see if there are any psychic wounds or spells that might have been missed and if there's anything he can do to help. He ends up getting sharply shoved back into his body by the Dark Phoenix, and he's barely able to form anything even approximating a coherent sentence for a few minutes afterwards.
  • Kill It with Fire: His main battle strategy.
    Nick Fury: The funny thing about Harry Dresden is that you can tell where he’s been because it’s always on fire.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": He fiercely denies that he is one. However, his reaction to meeting Wanda (and hypothetically Captain America) says otherwise. He doesn't actually squee when he meets Steve, but they've all got other things on their mind at that point. Ghosts of the Past reveals that when he next met Steve, he really did squee. Steve was patient.
  • Laser Blade: Accidentally creates one in chapter 76 and uses it to kick Gravemoss' ass up and down Albert Bridge.
  • Male Gaze: Occasionally has this, with Wanda being the recipient, and strenuously tries to resist it. Wanda finds it amusing.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Very much capable of this and worried about it, for reasons stated under Not So Different.
  • Memetic Badass: Approaches this In-Universe, crossing over with The Dreaded.
  • The Mentor: Justin DuMorne and Ebenezar McCoy were this to him, while Harry plays this role in turn to Bruce Wayne.
  • Motor Mouth: He almost never shuts up. Ever. Combine this with You Fight Like a Cow, and it's easy to see why a lot of the bad guys really hate him.
  • Not So Different: Fears that he's this to John Constantine, who he was frequently compared to as a young man by some on the Council and not as a compliment. As he notes, not without reason, either. Wanda disagrees, remarking that he cares about others in a way that Constantine either doesn't, can't, or won't because it hurts too much.
  • Oblivious to Love: He completely misses Wanda's flirting with him to the point of outright denial. It takes her giving him The Big Damn Kiss to get the point.
  • Occult Detective: One of the best on the planet, leading to his occasional employment by SHIELD.
  • Oh, Crap!: In the presence of Mab. Considering that Mab is a) the Winter Queen, and even more powerful than Thor and Loki, b) has a well-earned reputation as The Dreaded, c) has an interest in Dresden becoming her latest Winter Knight, this is an entirely rational reaction.
  • Old-School Chivalry: Something of an exponent of this. Murphy finds it annoying (which is generally why he does it around her). Wanda, by contrast, finds it adorable. Faintly ridiculous, but adorable.
  • Poke in the Third Eye: He's frequently on the receiving end, much to his chagrin.
  • Properly Paranoid: After Paris, goes everywhere armed to the teeth with mystical and mundane weaponry. As he notes in his original series, "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean there isn't an invisible demon that wants to eat your face."
  • The Red Baron: Sometimes referred to simply as 'The Detective.'
  • Sad Clown: His life has had a tendency to suck and his humour is a direct response.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: The main reason that SHIELD employs him every so often. He's one of the best magical trackers on the planet.
  • Smarter Than You Look: To the surprise of most people, allies and enemies alike (and himself), he's much sharper than he generally lets on, with a clever analytical brain - his day job is as a (openly magical) private investigator, after all. For instance, in Ghosts, he figures out just why Voldemort willingly allied himself to Selene, and why he's working with her to secure her the Darkhallow - he figures that as a product of Atlantis, the most advanced magical society Earth has ever seen, and someone who's most of twenty millennia old, she's the most likely person to potentially know how to circumvent Harry's Phoenix based protection (and who's going to be willing to share that information for the right price). While Voldemort was going at least in part with Selene so that he could obtain the Word of Kemmler (he gave Selene a copy and kept the original), he was able to guess Voldemort's aims very closely.
  • Smooch of Victory: On the receiving end of one from Wanda in Chaos Reigns.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: With Tony Stark when they meet in the Christmas chapter/Chapter 78, and both of them love every second of it. Everyone else is either horrified or amused.
  • Super Hero Packing Heat: Carries a .44 Magnum revolver, a Dirty Harry special, as an addition to his magic, and occasional auxiliary club. He ends up using it to put three rounds into Voldemort's head from close range. To his disbelief, it barely slows Voldemort down.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He takes many during the course of the story, largely thanks to Wanda's tutelage and being in dangerous circumstances.
  • Touched by Vorlons: Uriel gives him Soulfire ahead of schedule in recognition of his willingness to die to destroy Gravemoss and protect Agent Ward and Sif's temporarily dead body. He uses it, in the form of a freaking lightsabre, to kick Gravemoss' ass up and down Albert Bridge, and later as an ace in the hole to piss off Voldemort in a duel.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: Was taught this by Ebenezar McCoy, and firmly sticks to the belief that those with power should use it wisely and well, for the good of others. This is why he's so angered to discover that the man who taught him this is none other than the Council's assassin.
  • Unwitting Pawn: The Council are worried that he might be Strange's - to be exact, that Strange picked Dresden, a Wizard feared and mistrusted by many on the Council, specifically to get at the Council, an organisation that he [Strange] dislikes intensely. Dresden admits that, having seen Strange at work, he can't deny the possibility.

     Doctor Strange 

Doctor Stephen Strange a.k.a. Gwion Bach a.k.a. Taliesin

The mysterious Sorcerer Supreme, like his canon counterpart, deputed with protecting the universe from things, and people, who would destroy it/rule it. Unlike his canon counterpart, he is a mixture of seer and time traveller, pursuing an unknown agenda, and is influencing events to that end. Seemingly as part of this, he resurrected Coulson, and later Sif and Harry Dresden, along with a lot of smaller things, like ensuring that the odd file wound up on someone else's desk. Very, very rarely gives a straight answer, and even something that appears to be a straight answer is likely nothing of the sort. Ultimately reveals in chapter 80 that he's preparing Earth to face off against Thanos.

In Ghosts of the Past, he's engaged in continuing his machinations, but thanks to interference from an unknown other rendering Essex invisible to his Sight and a driving obsession with making amends for his failure to save Maddie/Rachel, he's driven himself to death's door. Half mad, desperate, and consumed with an obsessive desire for revenge, he's now more unpredictable and dangerous than ever. Fortunately, he gets back to normal (or as normal as he ever gets) after the Forever Red arc wraps up. Spends most of the Bloody Hell arc, from chapter 29 to chapter 37, pretending to be dead for reasons of his own.

Currently referenced under his main counterpart's tab in the House of Magic.



  • The Ace: While he isn't the most powerful magical practitioner, not even the most powerful human practitioner (Wanda might edge him for raw power, and per Word of God and Strange's own admission, Merlin "was and remains on another level entirely"), he is still extraordinarily powerful and more importantly, incredibly skilled and with absolute insight into how to most effectively apply his abilities. He's also exceptionally intelligent, coolly confident at almost all times (when he isn't, something is very wrong), and generally in control.
    • While Merlin may have more power and possibly even more overall skill than him, Strange states that his mastery of time magic exceeds even his (which is unsurprising, given that Strange was altered by the Time Stone).
    • Dumbledore reckons that Strange would wipe the floor with Loki, even given that the latter is an order of magnitude or two above him in raw power. From everything that we see, it's probably not a bad guess.
  • The Ageless: He's looked much the same since (at least) the early 17th century.
    • Ghosts of the Past reveals that he's looked that way since the 6th century, and with time travel he's most of 500,000 years old. He thinks. He lost count after the first 100,000.
  • All According to Plan: Occasionally says this, because it usually is.
  • Ambiguously Human: Ghosts of the Past calls into question what Strange actually is. After the Forever Red arc, when he's under medical observation, Frigga bluntly states two things. First, if he'd been an ordinary human, even if he'd been a Super Soldier, what he put himself through would have killed him. As it was, he was still functional, if skeletal and half-mad. Second, temporal energy flows through him, not even in the way of a time traveller, but as if he's a part of it. It turns out that he is, in fact, human-just one altered by the Time Stone.
  • Ancient Conspiracy: Through a lot of time travel and great effort, has become a one man version of this trope. As Dumbledore observes in Chapter 65 of the first book, he seems to be involved in everything, something chapter 78 confirms.
  • Anti-Hero: An Unscrupulous Hero of the Magnificent Bastard variety. As this description might suggest, he's basically Havelock Vetinari with an insight into the future, a snappy outfit, immense magical abilities, and a warped sense of humour.
    • By Ghosts of the Past, he's evolved into a straight Byronic Hero, one who fits the famous quote "mad, bad, and dangerous to know" like a glove. In his more lucid moments, he sadly muses about how in some ways, he's fallen into the He Who Fights Monsters trap, and takes steps to avoid his students turning out like him.
  • Anti-Role Model: Explicitly invokes this when talking to Gorakhnath - an old mentor and colleague with whom he disagrees philosophically - about lessons for Harry in the sequel, stating that he sees what he does as a Necessary Evil and explicitly does not want anyone turning out like him.
  • Arch-Enemy: Mordred was his, being characterised by Strange as his equal and opposite - though he bitterly remarks that while Mordred was the better swordsman, he was the better mage, and if he'd been on the field of Camlann, he'd have 'turned the little bastard inside out.' One gets the feeling that he wasn't being metaphorical. It also helps explain why the events of Camlann, in which Mordred's involvement was crucial, as was Strange's not being there, affect him so much.
    • It's heavily implied that Thanos is this to him, and that all of Strange's manipulations are for the purpose of defeating him when he eventually comes to Earth.
  • The Archmage: The archetypal example.
  • Author Avatar: There's a certain similarity between his tone and that of the author, who has tacitly acknowledged that Strange is as close to this trope as he's going to write.
  • Badass Beard: Wears a neat goatee.
  • Badass Boast: Whips out a couple in chapter 75.
    • To Jean Grey, who thinks he's mistaken about her being stronger than Professor Xavier:
    "Miss Grey, I am the Sorcerer Supreme. Mistakes and misapprehensions are things that happen to other people."
    • This one comes back to bite him. Hard.
    • To Odin, when the latter asks him what kind of game he's playing:
    "The only kind of game I ever play, sire. The kind whose rules I write, whose deck I stack in my own favour, whose course I have plotted before it has even begun. In short, sire, it is the kind of game that I intend to win."
    • And a brief, but resounding, one in chapter 78:
    • In Ghosts of the Past, he delivers a furious, half-mad one to the Council Elite of Skyfathers, backed by the Tesseract.
    "I am the Sorcerer Supreme. I am the Evergreen Man, the Lord of Time, and I know my place perfectly well. I fight beings like you every single day. I have guarded reality against them for centuries, and for the most part, I have done it alone. For centuries I have stood, and I stand here still, now with an Infinity Stone in my hand. Do you really think that you, any of you, is a match for me? So how dare you? How dare any of you? How dare any of you raise your voices to me!"
  • The Bard: He used to be Camelot's Court Bard, as well as its Court Physician. Considering that he used to be called Taliesin, this is perhaps not so surprising.
  • Batman Gambit: There is a reason that the summary of the first book on the main page notes that "everyone dances on the puppet-strings of the Sorcerer Supreme": this trope is a key feature of his plans, and fundamental to his entire strategy. It's why people will do what he wants them to, whether they want to or not, because he knows what their buttons are and how to press them. Hell, he could give the Trope Namer lessons (though, like Batman, many people are aware he's doing this and not unreasonably resent it).
  • Bearer of Bad News: Frequently. As he notes to Jean, this is usually why people aren't that happy to see him.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Usually by manipulating the key players.
  • Berserk Button: Whatever you do, do not question his given word. As he puts it, his word is one of the very few things he has left, having given up almost everything else, and he holds onto it as tight as possible.
    • Though very few dare do it, being condescended to causes him to go off like a bomb, as the latest Badass Boast shows.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He may make jokes, drop pop-culture references all over the place, and play at being a fairly light-hearted Great Gazoo... but this is the man who can make the fucking Phoenix dance on his puppet strings, threw down the gauntlet to the entire White Council (which they didn't dare pick up), and once duelled a god-like Grindelwald to a standstill, stripping him of almost all his power-ups and leaving him effectively on a plate for Dumbledore, levelling Berlin in the process, and walked away whistling. You do not want to make him angry.
    • It's dialled Up to Eleven in the sequel during Forever Red and immediately after it - he might be rather loopy and cheerfully refer to Ra as 'Your Featheriness'... but he's also prone to terrifying mood swings and is completely unpredictable, meaning that one moment he can be joking, the next he can be practically frothing with rage (emphatically not a reassuring trait in someone holding the Tesseract).
  • Big Entrance: Somehow manages to combine this with a Stealth Hi/Bye in Ghosts of the Past when he decides to use the Tesseract to whisk the Council Elite of Skyfathers to the Rock of Eternity.
  • Break the Haughty: Does this to Lucius Malfoy with a single sentence.
  • Broken Ace: Usually, the emphasis is on the 'Ace' part - and since he can make the freaking Endless dance to his tune (to a certain extent), his usual Grin of Audacity is entirely justified.
    • However, sometimes it pivots to the 'Broken' part, as in the Forever Red arc, when stress, a villainous Spanner in the Works, exhaustion, and a manic desire to 'make it right' - specifically regarding Maddie Pryor/Rachel Grey and what Essex did to her, which Strange failed to prevent - peel away his Mask of Sanity, leaving him an exhausted, emaciated wreck clinging on to the remnants of his sanity by the tips of his fingers.
    • When he recounts his origin, it seems that missing out on Camlann led to this.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: There's no denying that he's more than a little odd, with a flippant sense of humour. That and the fact that he rarely takes the field might convince someone that he's not much of a threat. That someone could not be more wrong.
  • Byronic Hero: A textbook example by the Forever Red arc of Ghosts of the Past, when to all intents and purposes, he's gone mad.
  • The Butterfly Effect: Exploits this, and extremely effectively.
  • The Chessmaster: He's barely seen prior to chapter 70, but the impression that he gives off is that he is at least five steps ahead of everyone else, smoothly navigating the Gambit Pileup.
    • Chapter 75 confirms this impression, showing him running the show.
    • Chapter 78 shows what he's been building up to and how neatly he ties it all off.
    • And chapters 7 through 15 of Ghosts of the Past show what happens when it all goes off the rails, with only on the fly manipulations keeping it from total disaster. The results are not pretty.
  • The Chooser of The One: He does not take an interest in people lightly, and when he does, he's usually set to mould them into a hero - or, like another Doctor, a weapon.
  • Composite Character: Has more than a little of The Phantom Stranger about him, mixed in with the usual Doctor Strange, as well as definite flavours of various incarnations of the Doctor, Belgarath, and Lord Vetinari.
  • Control Freak: A genuinely well-intentioned variant on this, and not entirely without reason: he's got the road map to defeating Thanos with minimal casualties, and thus saving the universe, in his head. It's also why he tends to pop up during crises, to manage the situation to his satisfaction - and usually down to the last detail. However, also not without reason, a lot of people take issue with this.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: As is noted in the narration, he has a wicked sense of humour, and when the mood takes him, he's capable of getting exceptionally nasty.
  • Cool People Rebel Against Authority: Zig-Zagged. On the one hand, he is very cool, and he tends to regard all rules that he doesn't make as being made to be broken, as creatively as possible. On the other hand, while it sometimes has positive results, this tendency is described as not being a good thing. The White Council in particular are depicted as having a point in their disputes with him: their entire structure is designed to epitomise The Fettered, keeping wandless practitioners in particular in check. Strange, however, is the archetypal example of The Unfettered, and takes on the kind of power that the Council (not unreasonably) thinks that no one should ever have.
    • Gorakhnath, a sometime mentor of his, noted that this trope is why he isn't happy with Strange, as he feels that Strange is too arrogant and has no one to hold him back.
  • Crazy Awesome: Usually defaults to this.
  • Crazy-Prepared: His knowledge of the future and ability to travel through time and arrange it how he pleases means that, unless he hits one of his very few blind spots, he's always prepared for absolutely everything. When he does hit one of those blind spots, however, everything goes off the rails very quickly.
  • Creepy Awesome: During Forever Red, when he seems to have a very poor grasp of sanity, but, if anything, to have dialled up his taste for the spectacular.
  • Creepy Good: He's one of the good guys, if a Well-Intentioned Extremist... but he can also be extremely disturbing, especially if his Mask of Sanity starts slipping. He also occasionally does creepy things, such as gazing at people from the shadows or sneaking up on them, just for the heck of it.
  • The Creon: Isn't remotely interested in assuming absolute power, for all that he could probably take over the world in an afternoon if he ever felt like it. Instead, he much prefers to manipulate those in charge to doing as he wishes, usually while making them think that they're doing what they want in the process.
  • Cruel Mercy: After the Disir kidnapped Harry, he restored their consciences and trapped them inside a crystal ball (apparently for as long as he pleases, which considering his lifespan, could be a very long time), haunted by the ghosts of their victims.
  • Cryptic Conversation: If he's talking about anything of substance, he defaults to this. The rare exceptions are always notable.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: For all his confidence, wit, and power, he's got an absolutely miserable past. He was born in the Kingdom of Camelot, and named Gwion, often Gwion Bach - 'little Gwion'. His family were a band of druids - wandering magical clans who kept up the old druidic traditions who were slaughtered by Uther Pendragon's men when he was little more than a baby, as part of The Purge against magic. His mother put him in a hastily enchanted basket and set him into the river, hoping he'd find a safe haven. His first memories are of the screams and pleas for mercy from his people as they were slaughtered, the sounds of slaughter, and his mother crying and kissing his brow as she put him in the basket - he also reflects that he thinks he can remember her own screams as she was killed, but he's not sure whether they're real or imagined. He then floated downstream and was found by a fisherman, who named him Taliesin, and ironically, lived in Uther's capital, Camelot. His foster parents raised him well, and despite the prejudice, taught him to hide his magic when and attempted to find a tutor for him. They did so successfully - Gaius, the Court Physician and King's adviser, who saved as many magical people as he could. He was an old man and took on 9 year old Strange officially as a runner/apprentice, to carry messages and medicines around faster and more easily than old man easily could. Unofficially, he taught him how to use and control his magic, as he had his previous apprentice/assistant, and Strange's later mentor, Merlin. All went well, as Merlin became Arthur's adviser when he took the throne and Strange eventually became Court Physician and, because he had a gift for music, an occasional bard. He served happily for many years, through Camelot's Golden Age, then in his thirties, with replacements trained up, opted to try Walking the Earth to learn more and bring knowledge and glory to his home. He did... and when he returned some years later, found everything ruined. His King was dead at the hands of a man who Strange considered to be his nemesis who he should have dealt with, nearly all Strange's friends were dead with him, his mentor vanished in despair, and everything they had worked to build, his home, was crumbling around him. All, in his eyes, because he was Late to the Tragedy. And it still haunts him, even after a time travel extended life of 500,000 years. No wonder he is the way he is.
  • The Darkness Gazes Back: Prone to doing this, eyes aglow, from the shadows. It's also, with the occasional exception of the swirl of his red cloak, the only sign that he's there. It is entirely probable that he's doing it just to creep people out.
  • Deadpan Snarker: A lot of his dialogue is snark, apparently as a coping mechanism.
  • The Dreaded: His involvement makes everyone nervous, and for good reason - as he himself observes in chapter 75, he only turns up when things are going, or are about to go, extremely wrong. Additionally, his time travelling capabilities and capacity for manipulation result in major Paranoia Fuel, as Ebenezar McCoy explains: you can never tell if you're doing something because you want to do it, or because he wants you to do it. Or, more accurately, both.
  • Doctor Jerk: He can be very charming and genuinely very kind, but he tends to dispense with the social graces if he's under pressure. However, he is universally kind to children.
    • And then by Forever Red, he's barely even trying to be nice (and that in his manic phases), having lost most of his sanity through sheer stress.
    • Later, however, he does try to be polite while not in a crisis situation.
  • Everyone Has Standards: When he off-handedly remarks to Jean about how when her powers activated when she was six and her friend was dying, dragging her through to meet Death herself and Death actually rather took to her, Jean tells him that if he's joking, it's not funny, he replies, for once absolutely serious, that while he's often flippant as a coping mechanism, the one thing he never takes lightly is the death of a child. In addition, while he is a Truth Twister good enough to rival the Fae, he will never outright lie - and suggesting that he will is a major Berserk Button.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Or, Amoral Teachers Want Good Students, anyway. In Ghosts he explicitly states to Gorakhnath, an old teacher of his, that he does not want Harry turning out like him.
  • Exact Words: According to Fury and Death, while he Will Not Tell a Lie, it is wise to pay very close attention to what he's actually saying - there is a very good chance that it's not what you think it is.
  • Expy: A mysterious and ancient time traveller with a frequently irreverent sense of humour, a knack for pulling off the impossible and turning his enemies weapons against them, downright weird dress sense and, on the dark side, an absolutely terrifying rage, a reputation as The Dreaded that makes both good guys and bad guys alike shudder at the very thought of his getting involved, something of a God Complex, and a near unparalleled talent for turning ordinary people into weapons? Sounds familiar. He even wearily lampshades it at one point.
    • In particular, he resembles the 7th Doctor (manipulative and ruthless beneath a cheerful facade), the 10th Doctor (charming, brilliant, just a bit arrogant, known for playing God, and with a capacity for horrifying rage) and the 12th Doctor (very old, very tired, capable of being very cold).
    • From another point of view, imagine a blending of Lord Vetinari, Lu-Tze, and and Belgarath/the Light Prophecy, and you're close.
  • Failure Knight: Where Maddie/Rachel is concerned, nearly killing himself setting right what went wrong.
    • And all his actions are driven by his failure to arrive in time to avert the death of Arthur at Camlann.
  • Foil: In-universe, he says that Mordred was his: both Tall, Dark, and Handsome magical boys orphaned by Uther Pendragon, having been tutored in magic by Merlin and Morgana, who were each other's dark reflections, as well as both being accomplished swordsmen. And while Mordred was the better swordsman, Taliesin was the better mage. However, while he remained loyal to Camelot, Mordred was directly responsible for its fall.
  • For Want of a Nail: Weaponises it and quotes the original poem when explaining himself in chapter 80. As he remarks...
    Tell me, all of you: which do you think would have been more helpful? My acting as a knight on the field of battle, where I would do no more good than anyone else, or by acting as a travelling blacksmith, there to replace the nail and reattach the shoe and thereby change the course of destiny?
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Reactions to Strange generally ballpark at 'wary', because as he himself notes, he tends to be a harbinger of doom and because he's the puppet-master on whose strings everyone dances, whether they like it or not.
  • Friend to All Children: While not the most overt example, he does tend to be considerably nicer to children than he is to adults. He explicitly states that the one thing he never takes lightly is the death of a child and he would always sacrifice himself before a child given the chance, as shown in chapter 75 when he gives the kids advice, tells Jean that the death of a child is the one thing he never takes lightly and being open with her about why he's telling her the truth about her powers - because he needs her to use them to their fullest extent - when he normally opts for obfuscation and sentences that require careful dissection.
    • And in chapter 78, he kindly tells an insecure Carol that her assumption that he is taking the Green Lantern Ring back because she did something wrong is entirely incorrect. Indeed, she did better than he could ever have hoped and the reason is that she has quite enough to be getting on with dealing with her super soldier powers and that the Ring doesn't take teenage hosts. He also notes that both he and the Ring itself were very impressed, enough that she's on the shortlist for future wielders.
    • During the Forever Red arc, the entire reason that he's driven himself half-mad and almost killed himself (and Frigga states bluntly that even if he was a Super Soldier like Steve, he would have died after what he put himself through), is to try and save Maddie/Rachel from a miserable fate, deeming what happened to her to be his fault.
  • The Gadfly: To an unbelievable extent, partly because he's the only person who knows what's going on.
    • For instance, in chapter 75, he needs a focus ritual object to reassemble Loki's body. He steals Mad-Eye Moody's wooden leg.
    • And when he pinches Loki's detached head right from the heart of Asgard, he leaves behind a note.
    I.O.U. One Loki
    • In chapter 78, Coulson reveals that Strange involved him in the battle by stealing his car. While he was in it.
    • In Ghosts of the Past, Strange teleports from one room to another, just so that he can sneak up behind the Avengers. It is noted that, "Like the Laws of Nature, doors and the linear progression from point A to point B in general were something Strange considered to be beneath his dignity."
    • He gives Harry a book titled "Blood Magic For Morons," to express his opinion of how Harry told Ron and Hermione about the Dark Phoenix. Before Harry had told them about it.
  • Gentleman Wizard: Sophisticated, usually impeccably turned out and a perfect gentleman, he fits the bill. However, he is more than willing to get his hands dirty when the situation actually requires it.
  • The Ghost: Frequently mentioned, but we only actually see a very faint glimpse of him in chapter 39, a brief scene in which he says three words in chapter 43, another brief glimpse in chapter 45, then an actual appearance at the tail end of chapter 47/start of chapter 48, before he disappears again. He starts appearing more regularly from chapter 60 onwards.
  • Glowing Eyes: His tend to glow solid white when he's lurking in the shadows. It's entirely probable that he does it solely to creep people out.
  • Good Is Not Nice: He can be nice, particularly to children, and is generally fairly charming... but when he gets stressed and things start unravelling, his manners are usually the first thing to go. When Xavier notes in the finale of Child of the Storm, that he's particularly unhappy at some of Strange's antics, Strange quite bluntly tells him that he doesn't care so long as Xavier does what he says.
    • This sets in once you realise that he knew of pretty much all the bad things that have happened before they did and didn't lift a finger to stop them from happening, in some cases tacitly arranging for them to do so. While he's working for the Greater Good and is genuinely out to protect Earth, with his actions preparing Earth to take on Thanos, but still... once you think about it, it's kind of cold.
    • This attitude gets him punched in the face by both Wanda and Tony - though he later suggests that he purposefully led the conversation to that point, on the grounds that Wanda at least needed to let off some frustration and he didn't mind.
  • Great Gazoo: Bonkers, mischievous, and with immense magical powers which he uses to mess with all the cast? Absolutely. At the same time, however, none of this stops him from being easily the most dangerous (and, when he wishes, by far the most frightening) member of the cast by a very long way.
  • Grin of Audacity: It took up residence on his face several centuries (if not millennia) ago and has stayed there ever since.
  • Half Truth: Specialises in these - everything he says is true. Technically.
  • Happily Adopted: Turns out to have been a case of this - though like many cases of this trope, he had no idea he was adopted until he was in his teens at the very earliest.
  • Harbinger of Impending Doom: As he observes, he usually turns up only when serious trouble is brewing, meaning that people are unsurprisingly not all that happy to see him. The other reason that they aren't happy to see him is because they're usually aware that they're about to be manipulated to hell and back, and they don't have any real choice in the matter.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: In private, he's more than willing to downplay his achievements and reveal a streak of self-recrimination and self-hatred a mile wide. As he notes, roughly half a million years of watching good people die, sometimes sending them to their deaths, for the greater good is immensely wearying. Moreover, he flat-out tells a furious Thor that any torture the latter could devise would actually be cathartic, and death a relief.
  • Hero of Another Story: The man fights an Eldritch Abomination or three a week, he's got his own stuff to be going on with. He also ensures that the timeline follows the path he wants it to, which involves manipulating or just plain killing off plenty of bad guys behind the scenes.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Expresses this attitude in chapter 80, because the alternatives are worse.
  • I Gave My Word: If he gives it, he will keep it. And for the love of all that is holy, do not question it if you want to live. As he puts it, it's all he has left.
  • Impossible Thief: He dabbles, mostly for amusement value. The fact is, though, as Thor points out (when explaining why he gave Strange the Tesseract, if he wants to steal something, then there is no real way of stopping him. He also claims that no prison built can hold him, a claim that Thor, Frigga, Odin, and Loki don't contradict.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: For the first book, and the first twenty chapters of the sequel, almost no one knows where or when he comes from or what his ultimate goal is. And even after he relates his backstory in chapter 20 of the sequel, there are still a lot of gaps. He's very happy to keep it this way.
  • It Amused Me: The reasoning he gives for swiping Moody's wooden leg.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: Downplayed because we rarely see him fight, but Strange mentions having studied at K'un L'un, and during the Final Battle of Book 1, he pulls a Shut Up, Hannibal! (see below) by punching Chthon in the mouth.
  • Late to the Tragedy: Specifically, Camlann. It's haunted him for all his very long life, and drove him to become what he is today, vowing never to be late again.
    • Which explains why being too late to stop Essex kidnapping Maddie/Rachel drove him mad and he nearly killed himself to 'make it right'.
  • Large Ham: He's usually quite understated and dry in his sense of humour, but... he has his moments. The scene on the Rock of Eternity, for instance, when his last threads of sanity are fraying, is a particular example.
  • Living Legend/Famed In-Story: Pretty much everyone in the supernatural world has heard stories of him, and just about all of them get nervous when he's around.
  • Long Game: He's been playing one for millennia.
  • Long-Lived: He's been around for perhaps 500,000 years, and is barely slowing down.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Quite possibly the biggest in the setting. Which is saying something.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Everyone seems to be puppets on his strings, to the point where Lucius suspects that Strange ensured that Nick Fury became the SHIELD liaison to the Order of the Phoenix in order to manufacture his rise to power.
    • He does have limits, as he states that deceiving four of the Endless at once is beyond him. Of course, that's not saying much.note 
  • Mask of Sanity: It's uncertain how sane he is most of the time, but it's abundantly clear to everyone he meets that he is mentally not all there during the events of the Forever Red arc, where Essex's immunity to his Sight (implied to be caused by either Apocalypse or Kang) and heavy involvement in events throws a massive Spanner in the Works. This means that he's essentially flying blind and has to keep dashing through time, trying to fix events - for one thing, if he doesn't, a lot of futures end with The End of the World as We Know It - as well as being afflicted by a manic desire to 'make it right', specifically, to atone for failing to prevent Essex from stealing Maddie/Rachel when she was a baby and shaping her into a weapon. Sometimes, it's funny. Sometimes, it's tragic. Most of the time, though, the results are genuinely disturbing. In short, he's a Broken Ace, and unlike usual, the emphasis is on the 'Broken' rather than the 'Ace' part.
  • The Mentor: Usually he's more of a solo act, and his habit of not teaching very often in comparison to most other Sorcerers Supreme is discussed. However, he's taught at Hogwarts at least twice, and his apprentices include 'Baron' Mordo, Wanda, and Harry Thorson.
    • He also mentions having trained at least one successor in his positions as Court Bard and Court Physician of Camelot.
  • Misery Builds Character: Oddly enough, no, despite his methods - he believes that Harry, the Avengers, and Earth as a whole, need to be prepared to face Thanos, and that going through certain trials will help. However, he is also entirely aware that just putting them through horror is not going to toughen them up - at best, it will turn them into cold, unfeeling weapons. At worst, it will destroy them. As a result, he is careful to build up support groups of friends and loved ones around Harry, and genuinely joyful moments to make sure that Harry in particular has something to live for, and thus, to fight for.
  • Mood-Swinger: In Forever Red. It makes him thoroughly unnerving and very dangerous to be around. It's also a clearly telegraphed sign that he's losing his damn mind. He gets better afterwards, though hints of his previous madness are still there.
  • My Greatest Failure: Failing to stop Essex from kidnapping Maddie/Rachel as a baby. He almost kills himself and drives himself halfway mad trying to set it right.
    • It is later revealed that the real reason that the above affected him so badly was because it was so reminiscent of his real greatest failure: being too late to intervene at Camlann, when King Arthur died at the hands of Mordred, Strange's personal nemesis. Even after more than five hundred thousand years, he's still unable to move on from this - something which is all but stated to be intentional on his part, as he's quietly terrified of starting to accept such things as simply 'the cost of doing business' and Jumping Off the Slippery Slope.
  • Mysterious Past: With the exception of the Avengers, Harry, and their closest friends, no one's quite sure how old he is and where he comes from. Until chapter 20 of Ghosts, he seems quite happy to keep it that way - and even after that explanation, there are a lot of gaps in the narrative.
  • The Needs of the Many: Rather regretfully invokes this in chapter 80.
  • Noodle Incident: While speaking with Harry's class, he implies that he mentored, or at least knew, Orpheus - and thought he was an idiot.
  • Not So Omniscient After All: He hints that his knowledge has blind spots, before chapter 9 of Ghosts of the Past confirms it, which, under the circumstances, causes a major Oh, Crap! reaction.
  • Occult Blue Eyes: They're described as a very striking shade of sapphire blue. This is also a hint that Professor Gwion Bach is him in disguise.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Many, because he's usually the Hero of Another Story.
  • Oh, Crap!: Usually inspires this in other people, though in chapter 9 of Ghosts of the Past, Coulson relates an incident where Strange had this after arriving too late to stop Sinister kidnapping the newborn Rachel Grey, later known as Maddie Pryor. Fury uses the fact that they have footage showing that Strange was unequivocally caught off-guard, something that normally never happens, to underline how serious the situation is.
  • The Omniscient: Most are unsure as to whether he is actually omniscient or simply very close (which is exactly how he likes it). Wanda, his former apprentice, notes that he's never been wrong about a prediction, unless he was trying to claim that she would tidy her room. He does also indicate that when everything is up in the air, as it was with Chthon's emergence, even he can't be sure of what is going to happen.
    • Chapter 9 of Ghosts of the Past reveals that Essex is a blind spot in his Sight, something which inspires a significant Oh, Crap! moment in just about everyone else.
    • He later admits that "contrary to carefully cultivated popular belief" he does not, in fact, know everything. However, he can provide a very credible impersonation.
  • Omniscient Morality License: Explicitly claims it in chapter 80. Sort of. He acknowledges that many of his actions were wrong and if he had acted earlier many more lives would have been saved, but if he had, more would have died in the long run.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: If he's taking something seriously, it's either serious trouble or a matter of such emotional weight that he feels compelled to be serious and sincere for once, ditto if he's being completely honest.
  • Out-Gambitted: Makes clear to Lucius in chapter 77 that he and his brilliant plans were only ever a small part of Strange's own Long Game. Lucius, who's previously uneasily suspected this, promptly has a Villainous Breakdown.
  • Paranoia Fuel: His reputation means that any sign of his involvement is this, particularly for Lucius Malfoy.
    • It's not restricted to the bad guys, either, as chapter 9 of Ghosts of the Past demonstrates.
  • Parental Substitute: Seems to have been this for Wanda, and while he protected her, was a good teacher, and a kind father-figure, he wasn't always the best parent: the two have a strained relationship at the start of the first book, in large part because Wanda resents how he wasn't there for her when she felt she needed him, refusing to help with Hermione, and how he explicitly ordered her not to take in Harry on the grounds that he wouldn't survive in her care, forcing her to leave him with the Dursleys. It thaws somewhat in the second book, especially after he finally explains his Dark and Troubled Past, showing the man behind the hyper-competent manipulative mask, and tells her how proud he is of her (a notable thing from a man who Will Not Tell a Lie) but it's still a bit tense at times.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Is very rarely seen without a Grin of Audacity on his face. Occasionally comes off as a Smug Smiler, because it usually is a little smug, though he can more than back up the smugness.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: At the high end of this trope. Just because he rarely fights doesn't mean that he can't - and the last time he cut loose before the story started, he levelled Berlin. In chapter 77, when he finally takes the field again, he has Gravemoss, who's on Loki's level, on the ropes while also giving Jason Todd a pep-talk via Astral Projection on the other side of the battlefield.
  • Pet the Dog: While rarely cruel (except when dealing with those who Would Hurt a Child), he can be frighteningly cold and is usually fairly distant - which is a bone of contention between him and Wanda. However, he can also be quite kind, giving the kids some good and kindly advice in chapter 75 and Carol some kind words in chapter 78, as well as invariably honouring sacrifice and treating it with the utmost solemnity - making it the exception to his otherwise entirely irreverent attitude.
    • He also nearly kills himself and drives himself halfway insane to make up for the big failure mentioned above. He could have directed Earth onto a suitable path without going to such trouble far more easily, but he felt that he had to 'make it right'.
    • When Dumbledore lays down a Declaration of Protection regarding his students and even the Triwizard Champions from other schools, complete with implied threat, Strange, who could wipe the floor with Dumbledore if he ever felt like it and tends to respond with creative nastiness to any and all threats, nods respectfully and clearly takes it onboard.
  • Phantom Thief: Ironically, this is probably the closest thing he has to a hobby. Among other things, he's been known to steal objects varying from Alastor Moody's wooden leg, the Philosopher's Stone from Dumbledore's pocket (having nipped back in time to do it), Harry's Phoenix feather a.k.a. Laevateinn, and even Loki's detached head, from right under their owners' noses - in the case of the phoenix feather, he actually pick-pocketed Maddie, mostly just to prove he could. And in the case of Loki's head, he left behind a note: 'I.O.U. one Loki'. In Ghosts, Thor flatly states that if he wanted to, he could probably steal just about anything he felt like. Including the Tesseract... with minimal effort... from Asgard's highest security vaults.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: Casually references everything from Doctor Who to Jaws, usually at the most inappropriate of moments. He implies that this habit is one of the few things keeping him even approximately sane.
    • During her apprenticeship, he made Wanda memorize the Evil Overlord List, and Wanda and Dresden speculate that he may have written it.
  • Reality Warper: It is repeatedly implied that the Laws of Nature are something that apply to other people.
    • Chapter 78, however, indicates that his abilities to do this are relatively limited, when he admits that he would be tempted by Chthon's offer of power to simply make the universe as he wishes it. What those limits are, however, no one really knows.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He's over four hundred years old, and that's just the part that people know about.
    • Ghosts of the Past reveals that he was born around 500 AD, and is considerably older thanks to time travel - he stopped counting after 100,000 or so, and believes himself to be around 500,000. There are also hints of Strange's presence throughout history, thanks to his skills as a time traveller.
  • Renowned Selective Mentor: He's renowned as one of the most brilliant and powerful mages ever to live, as well as one of the most dangerous, having been Sorcerer Supreme for centuries (and that's just in linear time - he was over a millennium old, at least, when he took the mantle), when most Sorcerers and Sorceresses Supreme last a decade, if that. He's taken only a very few apprentices in his very long life, with only three being known by name: Mordo, Wanda, and as of Ghosts of the Past, Harry.
  • Sad Clown: He's absolutely miserable under the mask, and outright states that his sense of humour is the one thing keeping him sane.
  • Sanity Slippage: Throughout the Forever Red arc, when he drives himself to his very limits trying to keep a lid on all the chaos Essex unwittingly stirs up through his being immune to Strange's Sight and thus an epic Spanner in the Works. Towards the end of the arc, however, it's revealed that his primary motivation is to make up for failing to prevent Essex kidnapping, then horribly psychologically abusing, Maddie/Rachel, turning her into a Living Weapon.
  • Seers: Most characters suspect him to be one or possibly a time traveller. The smart money is on 'a little from column A, a little from column B', and this turns out to be the correct answer, thanks to a mixture of natural talent and the interference of the Time Stone.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: When Chthon manifests through Gravemoss during the Final Battle, Strange takes the opportunity presented by his Evil Gloating to punch him in the mouth with a technique he learned in K'un L'un.
  • Smart People Play Chess: Incredibly clever, a Chess Master in both senses of the word, and prone to using chess metaphors for his plans.
  • Smug Smiler: To an extent. The smile itself, a smug smirk/mysterious smile, fits this, but the reason for it pushes it into Grin of Audacity territory.
    • This tendency has been known to annoy other people, such as Ebenezar McCoy.
  • Stealth Mentor: Sometimes. He doesn't mentor often, and when he does, he tends to approach it from a rather odd angle.
  • Stepford Snarker: Informs Jean that he's usually flippant as a coping mechanism. The sheer depths of brokenness that it's concealing are revealed in chapters 13 through 15 of Ghosts of the Past. It is not pretty. It is not pretty at all.
  • So Proud of You: More than once to Wanda, telling her that she is the best and that he could not be more proud of her. Judging by Wanda's reaction, it's not something that occurred too often while he was raising her.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: A key part of his plan to stop Chthon, as chapter 78 reveals. And that fish is one of the biggest of all: the Phoenix Force.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: Capable of teleporting into, out of, and throughout Hogwarts as the mood takes him. This causes Hermione to have a mild breakdown, while the rest of the cast just shrug it off as 'Strange being Strange, in every sense of the phrase.'
  • Terror Hero: Strange is The Dreaded amongst the supernatural community, and this trope is best shown when he gets the Council Elite to shut up and do what he says through sheer intimidation (though it doesn't hurt that he's borrowed the Tesseract). It's also implied that he makes even the likes of Gravemoss and Dracula nervous.
  • Time Abyss: While it's known from fairly early on that he's Really 700 Years Old at least, Odin suspects that he was born about the same time as Thor and Loki, making him 1500 years old at least, and additionally suspects that, with the time travelling, Strange is at least as old as he is - over 5000.
    • Ghosts of the Past confirms Odin's first assumption... then reveals that thanks to time travel, he's actually closer to 500 thousand.
  • Time Master: He is the chief example in the setting, and Ebenezar McCoy flatly states that it, and his willingness to meddle, are what make him so damn dangerous. While Essex can hide from his Sight, that's only because he had the help of a rival in this department to Strange, who's hinted to be either Kang the Conqueror or Apocalypse.
    • Ghosts of the Past reveals that while he always had a gift with time magic, it was only after his being altered by the Time Stone that he became this trope.
  • The Trickster: A typical, and extremely dangerous, example of the archetype, usually serving as either a Trickster Mentor or a Stealth Mentor.
  • Tragic Hero: An Anti-Hero in the main, and while his suffering is largely a product of his own choices, it's very hard not to feel sorry for him. Especially after chapter 20 of Ghosts of the Past reveals his Dark and Troubled Past.
  • Trickster Mentor: Moulds people into heroes (or weapons) by unorthodox and indirect means, shaping the circumstances of their lives and letting them respond to it.
  • Truth Twister: One of his favoured tricks involves bending the truth almost beyond recognition, usually via Exact Words, in ways that would have the Fae taking notes. As Death puts it:
    "Doctor Strange almost always tells the truth and almost never tells the whole truth."
  • Uncertain Doom: In chapter 29 of Ghosts of the Past, Wanda is elevated to the rank of Sorceress Supreme. According to Captain Luccio, this process normally only takes place when the last Sorcerer/ess Supreme has passed away, and Strange was last seen battling a large portion of the Red Court, backed by several Outsiders. The general reaction after the immediate shock has worn off is sceptical. However, chapter 37 reveals that he's fine, and faked his death both to allow him to move around and act unobserved, and to give Wanda a chance to very publicly prove that she's his successor because she really is that good.
  • The Unfettered: Earth must be prepared, and Thanos must be destroyed. Everything else comes second to those two aims; and while he will go out of his way to try and soothe the tempest tossed lives of those caught up in his manipulations, to achieve his aims as kindly (relatively speaking) as he can... they are still very definitely secondary priorities.
    • This, as it happens, is why the White Council has such a big problem with him: the White Council and its Laws are specifically constructed to restrict power, to prevent it being abused as far as is reasonably possible. It is the very definition of The Fettered, while Strange regards all rules that he does not make as being there to be broken, as creatively as possible. And while the Council specifically avoids taking on power in the mortal world, Strange, in his own way, takes on more than anyone was ever meant to take on. When one hears about his Dark and Troubled Past, you can kind of see why, though.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Frequently employs this.
  • Walking the Earth: Did this as a young man, during Camelot's Golden Age, figuring that he could see the world, then bring back all the accumulated magical knowledge back to enhance Camelot's glory. Tragically, when he returned, he found Arthur dead at Camlann at the hands of Mordred, Strange's personal nemesis, Merlin gone in despair and Camelot and the alliance it had maintained crumbling into ruins. No wonder he had a Rage Against the Heavens moment.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Is this trope in spades. Everything - almost literally everything - he does is devoted to stopping Thanos. As he puts it to Harry, the amount of people and monsters he's murdered just to protect him would make a small mountain. And that's not even close to as dark as he's willing to get.
  • Will Not Tell a Lie: According to Fury and later confirmed. Of course, this doesn't mean that he's going to be honest, however...
    • This reputation is one he prizes, to the point where questioning his given word is his primary Berserk Button - when he's on edge and Uhtred does so in an unguarded moment of frustration, he makes it very clear that it's only because Uhtred is a child and justifiably frustrated/upset that Strange didn't kill him on the spot.
  • Wizards Live Longer: Looks like he's in his early forties and has since he surfaced at the dawn of the 17th century, while Odin correctly suspects that he was born sometime around 500 AD. What with time travel, no one's really sure how old he is. Not even Strange himself, who says he is close to 500,000. As it is, this unusually long life-span is explained as being a gift from the Time Stone.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Chapter 75 reveals that he's been working on a very long one indeed and it's beginning to fall into place. In general, it seems that just about everything he does falls under this trope.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: He is forced into this when Sinister rears his head, and does a fairly decent job, considering what a Spanner in the Works the latter is.
  • You Are Too Late: For a man who makes a habit of being in exactly the right place at exactly the right time, whose mystique is based on his arranging things down to the last second, it is extremely jarring to find out that he was this at a certain time in chapter 9 of Ghosts of the Past, arriving too late to prevent Sinister from stealing Rachel Grey/Maddie Pryor, something underlined by the fact that he was caught off-guard and seen being so. This is partially ameliorated by the fact that he manage to prevent Essex from stealing Jean too, but only partially, and the side-effects of it nearly drive him insane.
  • You See, I'm Dying: Alludes to this in chapter 44 of the first book - though as Fury points out in Ghosts, that was a calculated move, listing the results. Nevertheless, the fact that the clock is ticking on him becomes an important subplot in Ghosts, with it being unclear just how "soon" is soon...

     Jane 

Doctor Jane Foster

Genius astrophysicist and Thor's girlfriend - though it is hinted that he is thinking of proposing, some time in the not too distant future. She gets less focus than most of the supporting cast, but has a very important role to play in the finale of Book I, using her expertise with dimensional physics, a lot of tech and geniuses from Pepper to force HYDRA's base out of its pocket dimension hiding place and leave them there for the taking.



  • Absent-Minded Professor: Occasionally comes off as this, being a Rare Female Example.
  • Action Survivor: Is calm under fire.
  • Adoptive Peer Parent: A key source of awkwardness between her and Harry, since she's barely twice his age and not ready to be a parent yet, let alone parent to a teenager. Once they hash things out, she shifts to Big Sister Instinct.
  • Adorkable: She is still this.
  • Badass Bookworm: Once Thor is put in a coma, she and the scientists she organises to help her find HYDRA's base in a matter of days and promptly force it back into reality by means of jury-rigged equipment.
    • Dresden also notices that despite lacking even the physical skills of a Badass Normal, let alone superpowers, when Mab turns up, she instinctively puts herself between Mab and Pepper, who's carrying baby Ada. Dresden, one well-placed to recognise and admire stubborn courage, is deeply impressed.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Sweet. Somewhat scatterbrained. Can and will scatter your molecules across multiple dimensions before her second coffee if you mess with her loved ones.
  • Big Sister Instinct: See Mama Bear. Possibly also to her occasionally mentioned half/step brother who is implied to be Matt Murdock a.k.a. Daredevil.
  • Brainy Brunette: Most definitely.
  • The Comically Serious: Usually plays this to Darcy's Deadpan Snarker.
  • Hot Scientist: Very much so.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Fits the tiny girl part - compared to Thor, she's pocket sized.
  • MacGyvering: How she made most of her tech and, though she had SI/SHIELD support for the 'New Bifrost' project, she essentially MacGyvered interdimensional travel.
  • Mad Scientist: Believes that this is the inevitable result when a scientist goes to work at the Pentagon. Considering what happens to most military scientists in Marvel and DC canon (they go mad), she might actually be onto something.
  • Mama Bear: Crossing over with Big Sister Instinct in relation to Harry, once they get past the weirdness. In Ghosts of the Past, Harry, in discussion with Magneto, refers to her as something like a younger aunt.
    • She remarks in chapter 37 of Ghosts that if 'literal hell' is required (to be unleashed upon anyone who hurts Harry), then - thanks to her New Bifrost tech - she can and will arrange it.
  • Morality Chain: Has to play this to Harry in chapter 74.
  • Nice Girl: She is consistently kind, warm-hearted and sweet.
  • Out of Focus: After she and Harry sort their relationship out, she's generally a background figure.
  • Second Love: To Thor, after Lily.
  • Sleep Cute: With Harry, when he wakes up early one morning and essentially falls asleep in the kitchen, cuddling up to her. She also occasionally has these with Thor.
  • Smart Girl: Freaking genius girl, more like. Three degrees and possibly the leading mind in Astrophysics before the age of thirty.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: The Straight Woman to Darcy's Wise Girl.
  • Super Intelligence: To a lesser degree than Tony, as she's not an Omnidisciplinary Scientist, but still insanely clever - she was the leading mind behind the New Bifrost and the acknowledged expert on wormhole physics. Beyond that, it's mentioned that she knows pretty much everything there is to know about parallel dimensions.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: Not one herself, but she builds tech that allows people to do this across dimensions.
  • Those Two Girls: She and Darcy tend to form an amusing double act.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: See Badass Bookworm. It does not pay to mess with her boyfriend.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: She and Darcy snark at each other and she usually ends up using Darcy as a test dummy for the teleportation devices based off the Bifrost.

     Pepper 

Virginia 'Pepper' Potts

CEO of Stark Industries, girlfriend of Tony Stark and Team Mom/resident cat herder of Avengers Tower. As of chapter 3 of Ghosts of the Past, now mother to Ada Maria Potts-Stark.



  • Action Survivor: Not a fighter, but calm under pressure, even when that pressure takes the form of (a mercifully benign) Winter Soldier or an evil AI that has hijacked Avengers Tower and all the technology within.
  • Almighty Mom: Carries this vibe. When she speaks, even gods obey.
  • Fiction 500: She runs a company in this bracket.
  • Honest Corporate Executive: At a contrast to the likes of Stane, Hammer and the runners of Roxxon.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Used to be this to Tony, and is now sort of this to the Avengers, functioning as their general factotum and Team Mom.
  • Loophole Abuse: In Ghosts, she manages to pull this on freaking Mab, who's trying to trick Dresden into becoming the Winter Knight in exchange for help with retrieving Harry, spotting the flaw in Mab's Exact Words.
  • My Secret Pregnancy: It's unknown as to whether she's aware of it or not, though it's hinted that she is.
    • As of Chapter 68, she's aware of it and so is everyone else.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Despite being one of the most powerful women on the planet, she's unhesitatingly kind and friendly to those who are socially below her.
  • Only Sane Woman: Plays this role to the Avengers on a frequent basis.
  • Parental Substitute: Is something of a substitute mother to Harry, prior to her own pregnancy and Wanda playing a greater role in the story.
  • Pregnant Badass: Her pregnancy is subtly implied, prior to its reveal. Her badassery is not.
  • Smart Girl: Running a FTSE 100 corporation requires serious smarts, especially since she's juggling managing the Avengers and, latterly, a child, as well.
    • Her expertise in business and legalities comes to the fore when she spots something that Mab was trying to obfuscate whilst in the midst of trying to coerce Dresden into being her Knight.
  • Team Mom: Along with Loki, is basically the one who keeps the Avengers and their affiliates, particularly Tony, sane and vaguely organised. This includes taking Harry clothes shopping. Is also something a surrogate mum to Harry, in the vein of Mrs Weasley, prior to Wanda's appearance and the birth of her own daughter.
    • In chapter 79, Wisdom explicitly remarks on this, noting how she's pretty much raising Harry, given that the other candidates for a maternal figure are Lily, who's Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence; Jane, who's more of a big sister given their respective ages; Wanda, who's not always around due to her other responsibilities (though she takes more of this role in Ghosts), and Natasha, who's... well, Natasha.
    • Used to hilarious effect in chapter 1 of Ghosts of the Past when she responds to the summer weather and impending motherhood by making pretty much everyone, including a baffled Volstagg, wear sun cream.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: While unable to get violent revenge herself, she does so by proxy, funding Jane's efforts to force HYDRA's base from its pocket dimension back into reality, allowing everyone else to to storm the castle.

     Darcy 

Darcy Lewis

A former intern for Jane Foster and now basically her assistant. Implied to get around, drinks like a fish and plays the fool, while also usually being the test subject for Jane's machines. Also possesses considerable Hidden Depths, to the occasional surprise of even Jane, who knows her better than most.



  • The Alcoholic: Drinks a lot, is mentioned by Jane as having a supernatural knack for finding dive bars, finding her metier on a skiing trip in the bar flirting with the ski instructors and availing herself of Tony's bar tab. And in the Christmas Special she is mentioned as last having been seen headed in the direction of the wine cellar.
  • Child Hater: Not a hater as such, but when Harry suggests that she go into teaching, she says that him excepted, she doesn't do well with kids.
  • Cool Big Sis: Plays this role to Harry, giving him frank and kindly advice and with Tony and Sirius, the sex talk.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Pretty much every other word out of her mouth is snark.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Is pretty much completely not bothered by acting as test dummy for Jane's various teleportation devices, which have so far warped her to Death's Domain, the Jurassic and New Jersey. Apparently she did shots with 'a hot goth girl called Didi' in the first and liked New Jersey the least.
    • Chapter 78's imminent end of the world doesn't really faze her either.
  • Distaff Counterpart: In many ways, is one to Tony, though without obviously being a raving genius - instead, she serves as an anchor to normality for Jane, a raving genius in her own right.
  • Five-Finger Discount: Casually mentions in chapter 75 that she swiped the bag of jelly babies she's eating from a thoroughly distracted Fourth Doctor, present because of the unstable nature of reality.
  • Functional Addict: She drinks like a fish, but this seems to in no way impede her.
  • Hidden Depths: Likes to pretend that she's little more than a hard drinking party girl. However, she can provide a concise and comprehensible explanation of the history and basic tenets of Feminism for Harry, a teenage boy, off the top of her head and well enough that Harry seriously suggests that she go into teaching, and specifically bugs Jane in chapter 75 just enough to keep her from breaking down over Thor's comatose state or throwing herself too far into her work.
  • Hustling the Mark: Is mentioned as, when trapped in the main chalet at a ski resort in chapter 60, amusing herself by cleaning out all the ski instructors at poker. She then did the same to Wanda, until the latter found out that she was cheating and promptly cheated back. Since Wanda's powers involve probability manipulation, she was raised by Stephen 'Magnificent Bastard Supreme' Strange, and she used to date John 'The World's Greatest Conman' Constantine, she was better at it.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: She's a lot smarter than she lets on.
  • Out of Focus: She barely appears in Book 2, aside from a couple of cameos.
  • Really Gets Around: Implied to do so.
  • Ship Tease: A fair amount with Sirius.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Capable of moving extremely quietly when the mood takes her.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: Plays the Wise Guy to Jane's Straight Man.
  • The Team Normal: In more senses than one. She's pretty much the only member of the Avengers or their associates who doesn't have powers, Super Intelligence, incredible fighting skills, or in Pepper's case, a multi-billionaire dollar company. She's the most down to Earth and, relatively speaking, normal of the lot of them.
  • Those Two Girls: Has this dynamic with Jane.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Jane. She usually ends up as Jane's test dummy and the two snark at each other (more Darcy than Jane), but they're best friends.

     Constantine 

John Constantine

Casualties of war, love. Casualties of war.

An Occult Detective, a world class demonologist and a member of the Trenchcoat Brigade who mostly resembles a highly knowledgeable collection of bad habits marinated in a metric ton of low-down cunning and cynicism. He's one of the good guys... but he's also a complete bastard, and you'd be wise to think twice before trusting him.



  • Action Dad: Unknowingly to Hermione, by Wanda Maximoff.
  • The Alcoholic: According to friends and enemies alike, drinks like a fish.
  • Badass Longcoat: His is a battered brown coat.
  • Birds of a Feather: He is a lot like Harry Dresden, albeit older, a fair bit less powerful, and much less moral. Dresden finds this gravely worrying.
  • Bi the Way: As per canon.
  • Blue-Collar Warlock: As per his canon counterpart.
  • Bruiser With A Soft Centre: He used to be, anyway - according to Thor, he cooed over baby Harry when he thought no one else was looking.
  • Catchphrase: "Pet."
  • Combat Pragmatist: He's not much more than average, power wise, so he has to fight dirty.
  • Con Man: His primary method of operations. He is frighteningly good at it.
  • The Corrupter: A minor variant - he tends to have a corrosive effect on the morals of those around him. Peter Wisdom also mentions that he picked up smoking from Constantine, while Dresden notes that against all reason being in Constantine's presence makes him crave nicotine.
  • Cunning Like a Fox: One of the things that makes him so very dangerous.
  • Deadpan Snarker: From time to time. Thor mentions that he was 'sarcastic enough for the entire Order'.
  • Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: His modus operandi in a nutshell, as Wisdom remarks when he hears that Constantine's operating independently. He can't overpower the big demons, so he has to con them. Wanda dubs him 'the World's Greatest Con Man.'
  • Foil: to Peter Wisdom a.k.a. Regulus Black. In many ways, they're the same person approached from different directions - they're both moderately, but not especially, powerful superhumans who live in a world of grey and will stop at nothing to protect people. Wisdom started out as a privileged young man who fell into bad company, went into dark places, made a Heel–Face Turn, going it alone as he did so, before working together with others again. Constantine started out as a Loveable Rogue and Token Heroic Orc who fell into good company, before drifting into darker and darker territory, making a Hazy Feel Turn and going it alone more and more as he did so, before doing something that made Wanda hate him.
  • The Dreaded: Despite not being the most powerful or personally dangerous opponent (though he is a capable fighter when it comes to it), he's very, very clever and ruthlessly manipulative, meaning that he casts a very long shadow indeed. It's sufficient to make Dresden worried about attracting comparisons to him, or that he might turn out like him.
  • Fallen Hero: He's not a villain, but it's made clear that once upon a time, he was a genuinely good and decent man, a Lovable Rogue at worst. As Wanda observes, the war against Voldemort changed him for the worse. In chapter 20 of Ghosts of the Past, we find out just how much.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Aside from Thor, who likes him (probably thanks to rose-tinted memories as James Potter, back when Constantine was a nicer person), reactions to him vary between mistrust and outright hatred. In Wanda's case at least, there are excellent reasons for this.
  • Friend to All Children: He used to coo over baby Harry, apparently, when he thought that no one else was looking.
  • Glorified Sperm Donor: In Wanda's eyes.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Makes up for his lack of power via his cunning and sheer ruthlessness.
    • During chapter 45, he's seen protecting a fallen Volstagg from undead demons. As soon as Thor steps in (and on the demon in question), Constantine feels perfectly happy insulting Volstagg and snarking at Thor.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Smokes like a chimney and gets grumpy if he's denied his cigs for any length of time.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Possibly. He's suspected to be part-demon by Lucius, who notes that Constantine has a certain predatory grace (albeit usually alcohol impaired) that is comparable to that of the Winter Soldier.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: Made one during his time with the Order of the Phoenix, culminating in the incident that made Wanda hate him. He tricked her into betraying a mutual friend of theirs to his death as part of one of his schemes. It's worse than that - first, he turned the Zataras into living bombs without their knowing, set to detonate if Voldemort ever broke them, on the grounds that their knowledge was too dangerous in Voldemort's hands, making it look like a Death Curse. After Sindella died that way, he talked Giovanni into going after the wounded Voldemort. Giovanni asked Wanda if he could trust Constantine. She said yes, Giovanni fought Voldemort and was killed, his body intact enough that Wanda picked up on the enchantments. And Constantine just shrugged it off as "casualties of war, luv. Casualties of war."
  • Heroic Lineage: For a given value of heroic, he's part of a line of 'Laughing Magicians'.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Wanda suggests that this is what happened to him during the war with Voldemort, with the lengths he had to go to and the fact that they were fighting from a position of weakness most of the time meaning that he often had to dip into the darker side of things. While he's still a good guy, that status is largely nominal.
  • Hidden Depths: He used to coo over baby Harry when he thought no one else was looking.
  • Hustler: According to Wanda, 'the world's greatest conman'.
  • Hypothetical Casting: According to Word of God, he still looks like Sting from The Police.
  • I Have Many Names: The Laughing Magician, the Hellblazer, the Demonsbane and the World's Greatest Conman, among others.
  • Iron Woobie: It's implied that he stopped caring because it hurt too much - and considering all that he's canonically lost, all that he would have lost with the disintegration of the Order, his friend group (primarily Fury, Sirius and James) respectively abandoning Britain, being sent to Azkaban as an apparent traitor, and being murdered, while his girlfriend made it very clear that she hated him (though after finding out what he did, you really can't blame her) and a lot of the Death Eaters getting off scot-free... you can see what that might have done to him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He used to be this trope in earnest, and is still ultimately trying to do the right thing. His methods, however, leave a lot to be desired.
    • Thor teases him by reminding him that he used to coo over Harry when he thought no one was looking. Constantine promptly threatens to do dire things to his underwear, but doesn't deny it.
  • Kavorka Man: He's not noted as being bad-looking, precisely, but his success with women, particularly the astoundingly beautiful Wanda Maximoff, is more down to his rough charm and wit than his looks.
  • Knowledge Broker: Most of his power comes from knowing things and applying that knowledge effectively.
  • Loveable Rogue: He was this, once upon a time.
  • Magnificent Bastard: With the emphasis on the bastard part. See what he pulled with the Zataras - it was a Xanatos Gambit aimed at either killing Voldemort, or at least severely injuring him and keeping incalculably dangerous knowledge out of his hands.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Something he's very good at and something that turned Wanda off him, what with the incident behind what happened to the Zataras. She notes to Dresden that only Strange is better at it than Constantine, though Wisdom is apparently in the running.
  • Memetic Badass: Not as much as some, but the man's got a reputation - according to Wanda, even the Fae think twice before making a deal with him.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Wanda considers his enchanting the Zataras and turning them into living bombs without their knowing, to kill Voldemort if he ever captured and managed to get at their secrets, making it look like a Death Curse (which happened when Sindella was captured), then tricking a grieving Giovanni Zatara into a duel to the death against a wounded (but not as badly as expected) Voldemort as this. And making it worse, Giovanni asked Wanda if he could trust Constantine. She checked with Constantine, asking if he was sure his plan was sound. He said yes, so she, turning to Giovanni, also said yes. At first, when it went pear-shaped, she was willing to forgive John - anyone can make a mistake, after all. Then she found out that John had enchanted the Zataras. To add insult to injury, it didn't even manage to kill Voldemort (but did keep valuable information out of his hands) and he brushed it off as "casualties of war". No wonder she hates him.
  • Noodle Incident: The thing with the three Arch-Devils and the Lung Cancer.
    • Wisdom notes that he only got Constantine to join MI13's Excalibur squad because the other man owed him a very big favour.
    • He also mentions having had a few dealings with Margaret Dresden, back in the day.
  • Nominal Hero: While he has a heart of gold deep down (deep, deep down), he is not a nice man.
  • Not So Different: To Harry Dresden, who is aware of this and finds it distinctly worrying.
  • Occult Detective: What he does, most of the time.
  • Out of Focus: Mentioned often, but rarely appears.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: Cracks jokes about The Princess Bride.
  • The Red Baron: Also known as the Laughing Magician and the Demonsbane.
  • Secret Keeper: One of the few people to know from the start who Peter Wisdom really is (or used to be, at any rate).
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Usually at least every other sentence.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Though he is mostly alluded to rather than appearing onscreen, being the Hero of Another Story (for a very loose definition of 'hero', anyway), he is the father of a major character, and his actions in enchanting the Zataras and causing their deaths led to Zatanna becoming orphaned and Hermione being adopted by the Grangers, and have a long term psychological impact on Wanda (the former having happened through his abuse of her trust, and the latter being the result of that abuse of trust).
  • The Smart Guy: Used to handle the Demonology side of the Order's business and Wisdom remarks that he's probably forgotten more on the subject than most people have ever known.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: Willing to do this if required to, mentioning in chapter 76 that he's going to put a call in 'to Lower Tadfield'.
  • Telepathy: He's said to have a gift for Legilimency.
  • Those Two Guys: With Sirius Black, the two being drinking buddies and partners in crime.
  • Token Heroic Orc: Thor refers to him as 'the best thing to come out of Slytherin in years.'
  • Token Evil Team Mate: He started out as a Loveable Rogue, but he became this for the Order of the Phoenix, drifting into darker and darker magic, being warned by the Wardens - according to Wanda, all this did was make him refine his approach so he stayed within the letter of the Laws. And then there's what he did to the Zataras.
  • The Un Fettered: 'Amoral' would probably be the best way to describe him. It's heavily implied that there is nothing he won't do to get the job done, which is why Wanda trusting him as far as she could throw him would be a significant step up.
    • Dresden notes that while he skirts the line from time to time, Constantine plays hopscotch with it.
  • Weak, but Skilled: He's far less powerful than the likes of Strange, Wanda, Dumbledore, Voldemort, even than the likes of Lucius, Sirius, Bellatrix, Lily and James (prior to the latter coming back as Thor). However, he's got a talent for Wandless Magic (very rare for a Wanded wizard) and, apparently, a gift for enchantment. Even on people, as it turns out. With the latter, he nearly succeeds in killing Voldemort. He uses his talents effectively.
  • Working with the Ex: He's perfectly fine working with Wanda. She is less than happy about it.

     Karima Shapandar 

Karima Shapandar/The Sentinel

A police officer from India, who after an unexplained accident, became a cyborg, likely through the Red Room's technology. Through further unclear circumstances, Karima became an "associate" of the Winter Guard and the Red Room (in other words, she had her personality suppressed in a way similar to the Red Son/Harry).



  • Bit Character: Appears with the rest of the Winter Guard, then goes offscreen after the Forever Red arc, being mentioned by Loki as being repaired and in counselling.
  • Cyborg: She's one of these due to an unexplained "accident", and is apparently capable of interfacing with and controlling technology, among other things, as a result.
  • Foreshadowing: In Chapter 17 of Ghosts of the Past, Loki implies that the Avengers intend to expand their roster, and that she's been identified as a very likely candidate for membership.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After Magneto destroys her emotional inhibitors, all she does for a while is fall to her knees, crying Broken Tears. It's mentioned afterwards by Loki that she's currently receiving medical treatment (and likely psychiatric aid).
  • Mysterious Past: It's not exactly clear how she ended up as a Red Room cyborg, but Loki implies that it happened with the connivance of the Indian government.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Loki suggests to the Indian Prime Minister that she and Nagraj Shah, a fellow former prisoner of the Red Room, should be allowed to go on one of these against the Red Room's Indian base.
  • Sole Survivor: While her being a part of the Winter Guard was unwilling on her part, she is as far as we know the only one of the Red Room's top brass who's not imprisoned or dead.
  • Technopathy: Her main ability, thanks to her Unwilling Robotization.
  • Token Good Teammate: "Teammate" is a bit of a strong word given that Karima's not a willing ally of the Red Room. She was either kidnapped by the Red Room, or (possibly unwittingly) handed over to them by the Indian government.
  • Unwilling Robotization: Appears to be why she was captured by the Red Room, but the exact details on how this happened aren't clear, given the current lack of a Sentinel project in the Child of the Storm universe (as far as we know).
  • You Will Be Spared: Compared to the rest of the Winter Guard, who he tears to shreds, Magneto doesn't really hurt her besides destroying aforesaid inhibitors (probably due to said Unwilling Robotization).

     Jack O'Neill 

Brigadier Jonathan 'Jack' O'Neill

Uncle of Carol Danvers, father of Sharon Carter (she took Peggy's surname when she joined SHIELD) and all round badass. He was added to the story simply for Rule of Cool purposes, while the rest of the Stargate universe, a few characters excepted, is implied not to exist.



  • Ace Pilot: Loves to fly, and is apparently very, very good at it.
  • Action Dad: To Sharon Carter.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: He keeps getting upstaged by his mother, who has been known to use the Full-Name Ultimatum on him. Considering that said mother used to be Deputy Director of SHIELD, thinks retirement is boring, and is every bit The Gadfly that he is, this isn't entirely surprising... but it's still embarrassing.
  • Ascended Extra: He jumps from background character to secondary character in Ghosts of the Past.
  • Badass Family: Part of one. His grandmother was Peggy Carter, his mother was a SHIELD Special Agent (the original Agent 13, as it happens) and Deputy Director of SHIELD before she retired, his daughter is also a SHIELD Special Agent and one of their best, and his niece is well on course to be one of the greatest superheroes the world's ever seen, having been chosen to wield the Green Lantern Ring by the Sorcerer Supreme himself. His daughter explicitly describes super-spy stuff and heroics as 'the family business.'
  • Berserk Button: Don't threaten his family. Just don't. Even implicitly - and perhaps unwittingly - threatening his niece has him on the point of lunging across the conference table and killing the person suggesting it with his bare hands, and when he finds out that she was kidnapped by the Red Room, he's pretty much set to take them on single-handed.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He's a snarky, irreverent goofball who names his pet wolf-dog Bucky just to annoy his grandfather and is noted by his sister as letting his niece have/do pretty much anything that her father says that she can't have/do out of sheer spite. He's also a highly decorated special forces soldier who reached the rank of Brigadier-General a full decade before most soldiers even come close and takes on unearthly abominations without batting an eyelid.
  • Birds of a Feather: Snarky, disrespectful towards authority, with Chronic Hero Syndrome and a love for flying? You could just as easily be describing his niece.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: It runs in the family.
  • Cool Uncle: To Carol.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Chapter 75 subtly implies that he lost his son roughly the same way as his canon counterpart. Chapter 80 all but states it. He was also captured during Desert Storm, and while captured, his sister states that he was tortured.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He wouldn't be Jack if he wasn't.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Seems to have his canon attraction to Samantha Carter. Since here, however, his mother Alison is blonde and her maiden name is also Carter (though they're almost certainly not related), this is probably an example of Like Parent, Like Spouse, though also a little odd.
  • Four-Star Badass: That's Brigadier General Badass to you. Also the son of another example of this trope.
  • Full-Name Ultimatum: Uses this on Carol and has it used on him in turn by his mother.
  • The Gadfly: It's Jack O'Neill. This was inevitable.
    • Possibly the crowning example is his response to Carol foisting one of Freki/Geri's half-wolf puppies on him - once she finally talks him into taking the dog, he decides to mess with his grandfather, Steve, by naming it 'Bucky', ostensibly after the dog from The Call of the Wild.
  • Good Parents: Shown to be this for his daughter, and also to his niece, who sees him as a father figure and who he's extremely protective of. After the events of the finale, his daughter reports to her cousin, Carol, his exact words, born of parental worrying - "Carol Susan Jane Danvers, you have no idea how much trouble you're in."
  • Hot-Blooded: Like his niece, though he can control his temper better than she can.
  • Improbable Age: A downplayed example, since he's a Brigadier in his early forties. The broad explanation is Writers Cannot Do Math. The more detailed version is that the author planned to have Carol as the great-granddaughter of Peggy Carter and Steve Rogers, making Jack the grandson of Steve, and only realised too late that he was trying to squeeze one generation too many into too short a time span. In any case, while the average age of a Brigadier General is 50, Jack is canonically an exceptionally skilled soldier. Additionally, his latent Super Soldier genes make him more physically able and probably give him an increase in tactical skills as well, this isn't the most egregious of cases.
  • Nerves of Steel: Nearly as much as his mother, which is saying something.
  • Noodle Incident: The raid on the Red Room is, apparently, not his first excursion to the 'world of the weird', though he declines to elaborate.
  • Papa Wolf: When Ross expresses interest in getting Carol, his niece, in for testing after she briefly gets powers in chapter 59/60, he makes it very clear that it will be over the other man's rotting corpse.
    • And when she's kidnapped by the Red Room in Forever Red, he joins the strike team to get her back, and is perfectly willing (though his grandfather shoots down the idea) to kick down the doors of the Kremlin.
  • Parental Substitute: To Carol. Word of God has even remarked that he's basically the father Carol deserves.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Carol implies that he's susceptible to this. O'Neill, for his part, maintains that her puppy dog eyes, effective as they are, never stopped him telling her that she couldn't have more ice cream.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Will run interference for Carol with her parents at a moment's notice, all the while grumbling about how she has him wrapped around her little finger (she kind of does).
  • Ship Tease: As in, Carol quite literally teases him about his canonical attraction to Major Samantha Carter (no relation).
  • Silver Fox: Something that Noriko notices, to Carol's inward embarrassment/disgust. As, possibly, has a certain Sam Carter.
  • Super Soldier: Thanks to his heritage, he has the potential. In Ghosts of the Past, he reluctantly has the Serum activated, as the alternative was long term nerve damage.
  • Unexpected Character: There's absolutely no indication that he might appear before he does.
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