This page lists tropes associated with the Gods and Cosmic Entities in Child of the Storm.
See the character page for links to the pages of other groups of characters in the story here.
Beware: Spoilers for Child of the Storm are unmarked.
The most active pantheon in the story, and arguably the closest to Earth, both metaphysically and attitude wise. A bunch of Proud Warrior Gods, they like humanity's style, by and large. Furthermore, it's suggested that they see a certain potential in humanity that they are nurturing. As a result, they regard Midgard (Earth) as part of their Protectorate and do not tolerate interference with it.
- A God I Am Not: While they accept that they are gods, they are peculiarly reluctant (when sane) to be worshipped as such - something that separates them from the other pantheons. This is possibly due to knowledge that they weren't always gods.
- Ancient Astronauts: They've been meddling with Earth, and more recently, humanity, for over a million years. However, it's mostly been fairly restrained meddling - the one time it wasn't, the result was Atlantis, which was great... right up until it nearly ended the universe.
- Anti-Hero: While they're pretty friendly, and very fond of humanity, humanity tends to see their best face. By most human moral standards, they're capable of being astonishingly ruthless, even savage, when provoked - the effective genocide of the Dheronians (after the Dheronians committed genocide against Krypton) being a prime example. It's also hinted from time to time, usually when referring to Bor, that at various points in their history, they've been considerably more violent and less conventionally heroic.
- Badass Army: Pretty much their entire civilisation qualifies, one way or another - they take on threats to the entire universe and have, recurrently, won.
- Even back when their ancestors were mortals, in alliance with the other races that would make up the Nine Realms, they took on Surtur, the original Dark Phoenix - and while they were ultimately losing, the fact that they didn't get wiped out instantly is one hell of an achievement. Additionally, they lasted long enough to devise Yggdrasil as the ultimate prison, and Word of God has compared them to Time War-era Gallifrey.
- Blood Knight: Asgardians really, really like a good fight. However, they get wary about the whole berserk rage thing - controlling your temper is a big thing in Asgard.
- Cultured Badass: Extraordinarily advanced in pretty much every discipline, specialising in a kind of magic based technology - something they mastered long before they became gods. Also, they enjoy watching a good bit of Snark-to-Snark Combat as much as they do a good sparring match - when Tony and Harry Dresden get into a snark-off, the Asgardians around them start taking bets.
- Even Sirius Black, not exactly a connoisseur of art, is impressed by their architecture.
- Deity of Mortal Origin: Hinted throughout Child of the Storm, as part of the idea that Asgard is the odd one out as far as the collected pantheons of Earth go. It is then confirmed in Ghosts of the Past - over a million years ago, before the formation of Yggdrasil, they were 'merely' an extremely advanced mortal race that had nailed Magitek millennia ago, and had what is implied to be a vast empire. They lost most of that empire and ascended to godhood as a direct result of creating Yggdrasil, itself done as part of fighting Surtur, the original Dark Phoenix.
- Death World: Asgard, in that it's full of powerful monsters, though they don't seriously threaten Asgardian kind as a whole. Asgardians in general see this as a bonus.
- The Dreaded: To most supernatural power-brokers with half a clue on Earth, and most intergalactic powers with half a clue off it, all regarding them with mingled fear and respect. Judging by what they did to the Dheronians, who destroyed Krypton at Thanos' behest, this reputation is not in the least bit unwarranted.
- Fantastic Racism: Towards Frost Giants, and formerly, it is suggested, towards humans thanks to the whole Puny Earthlings thing (now they still see humans as puny, if growing up rapidly, but like their style).
- Genius Bruiser: Their civilisation as a whole, even if they tend to put more emphasis on the 'bruiser' part.
- Had to Be Sharp: It's mentioned that part of the reasons Asgardians evolved to be war machines is simply to survive the Death World they live in.
- Healing Factor: Even ordinary Asgardians have an impressive one - Uhtred, a teenage Asgardian, gets a bunch of broken ribs and is good as new in a couple of hours, and with medical aid, is capable of healing a destroyed eye.
- Immortal Procreation Clause: It's been stated that they are not as fertile as humanity is, due to being far longer-lived and harder to kill than said humans.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Throughout the first book, it's hinted that there's something a bit odd about them, compared to the rest of Earth's pantheons. Eventually, it's revealed that they're pretty much the only mortal pantheon that's not originally descended from Gaea or another Elder God - indeed, they started out as mortals (though, ironically, they're actually by far the oldest of the pantheons). However, Odin is Gaea's grandson, since his mother was in turn one of the Titans who was married off to Bor, Odin's father, to keep her out of trouble, meaning that the House of Odin does have the blood of the Elder Gods in their veins.
- Knight Errant: A popular activity among them.
- Magitek: They mastered this before they became gods, to the extent that Word of God has explicitly compared them to Time War-era Gallifrey.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: They practically codify the trope - there's nothing they enjoy quite so much as a good fight. However, they do try to pick righteous ones.
- Puny Earthlings: They're hinted to have previously held this attitude, albeit in an affably condescending 'you're puny, but you've got guts, so we like you', an attitude changed by encountering the Avengers.
- Really 700 Years Old: Asgardians individually have a life expectancy of 5,000 years plus, and that's implied to be their equivalent of humanity's 'three score and ten' - it can go several thousand years beyond that.
- Secret Art: Strange hints that once upon a time, they had spells and Magitek specifically designed to handle Phoenix fire. While they haven't become any less advanced since (quite the opposite), it's implied that it fell by the wayside because it was no longer needed.
- Shining City: Asgard's citadel and capital is a textbook example.
- Smug Super: A little bit. They're certainly aware of the status and power they hold, and will be entirely happy to remind people of it if they feel it's necessary.
- Sufficiently Advanced Aliens: Technically speaking, they were originally this, before ascending to godhood.
- Superior Species: They're pretty much the biggest and baddest species that routinely interacts with the mortal universe, and they won't hesitate to come down and give the bad guys a good kicking... but only if they feel it's necessary.
- Super Strength: Even ordinary Asgardians can comfortably chuck tanks around. The likes of Thor can comfortably throw mountains around.
- Super Toughness: Even ordinary Asgardians can shrug off bullets. Royal Asgardians are considerably tougher.
- Tangled Family Tree: Considerably less prone to this than most gods, but with the fact that the Royal Family are technically cousins of the Olympians, this does apply.
- Time Abyss: As a civilisation/pantheon, they've been gods for over a million years, making them (as a whole) older than pretty much any pantheon but the Elder Gods. And even before that, they were an incredibly advanced Magitek based mortal civilisation, with a vast cosmic empire, and were by implication millions of years old before their ascension. In other words, the only things so far seen that are older than them are the Elder Gods, the Endless, the Celestials, and Galactus.
- We Are As May Flies: Played with. On the one hand, they're very conscious of how brief human lives are, but on the other, that tends to make them admire humanity all the more - considering how brief their lifespans are, it's impressive all the passion and fire they fit in.
- World of Badass: They are all badass. All of them.
- World of Ham: Most Asgardians are very, very loud.
- You Got Spunk: A heroic variant, summing up their historic attitude to humanity - they like humanity's style, essentially (and are mindful of their potential). Thanks to the Avengers, it's starting to shade into real respect.
King Odin Borson
- While your uncle and grandmother wanted to do something that was undoubtedly right, I am a King. My every action has consequences that echo throughout the Nine Realms and beyond. So I must act rationally, even coldly at times.
- Abusive Parents: He had one in Bor. Odin tried to be better to Thor and Loki, and undoubtedly succeeded... but how much better is up for debate.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: As Allfather of Asgard, he wields unimaginably vast power.
- Action Dad: It is easy to see where Thor and Loki get their warrior aspects from.
- His two battles with Chthon are clashes stretching into cosmic concept that normally would obliterate the entire solar system as a side-effect.
- In Ghosts of the Past, it is repeatedly and explicitly stated that thanks to the Odinforce, he is the most powerful of Earth's Skyfathers, with only a fully fledged Elder God sure to be able to beat him - and the only probable one of those in the active pantheons, the White God (a.k.a. the Abrahamic God), isn't the type to get involved. It's notable that all the Council Elite save for the chronically Hot-Blooded Zeus step lightly around him, and spend ages trying to persuade him to back down, because none of them want to fight him.
- Badass Family: The patriarch of one of the most badass families in the cosmos.
- Been There, Shaped History: He's played a considerable part in Earth's history.
- Benevolent Mage Ruler: With his wife, Frigga.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: Borrows his eldest son's during his fight with Chthon during the Final Battle, punctuated by a simplified facebuster.
- The Chains of Commanding: He must act as a King, first and foremost. However, this does not mean that he won't pull an epic Papa Wolf moment if he feels the need.
- Deadpan Snarker: While he doesn't do it often, you can see where his sons got it from.
- Doting Grand Parent: He doesn't exactly dote on his grandson, but he does soften around him and allow him remarkable latitude, albeit behind closed doors. He is also extremely protective of him.
- Dynamic Entry: In chapter 77, after Chthon manifests through Gravemoss, he Bifrosts onto the scene, in full battle armour, flanked by Huginn and Muninn in human form, and proceeds to duel the Elder God of Chaos and Black Magic to a standstill.
- Eternal Love: While he and Frigga aren't exactly mushy and romantic, their at first somewhat awkward relationship turned into a Perfectly Arranged Marriage, and they do care for one another deeply.
- Genius Bruiser: He was a bruiser on par with Thor in his younger days, and he's only got tougher, like old oak. He's also a Manipulative Bastard that even Loki takes his hat off to, a brilliant mage, and one of the few people who tends to have some idea of what Doctor Strange is actually up to.
- God's Hands Are Tied: Given the amount of both personal and political power that he wields, as the folder quote indicates, there are many limitations on what he is allowed to do.
- The Good King: He is firm, but fair. On the other hand, this sometimes comes at the cost of him being a good father.
- Handicapped Badass: Has only one eye. Still a top-level Manipulative Bastard and Genius Bruiser.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Is prepared for the possibility that he may have to make one to save Harry in Ghosts of the Past, when facing down the Council Elite after they decide Harry's a threat because of his time as the Dark Phoenix.
- Human Outside, Alien Inside: Demonstrates this from a psychological point of view.
- It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Hinted to be one reason he left Harry with the Dursleys: As heir to the throne of Asgard, he has a lot of beings who would have harmed him if they knew about him.
- Manipulative Bastard: Even better at this than Loki, who observes that not only did he inherit this particular talent from Odin, Odin managed to manipulate him into doing exactly what he wanted with three words.
- Mister Exposition: At times. The only people who explicitly know more than he does are the Endless (who know almost everything) and Doctor Strange (ditto).
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: In addition to moving Krypton across space and back again, when Cul and his army ravaged Earth, Odin, his brothers Vili and Ve, and Kal-El I sealed him off in another dimension. He also, while still a Prince, clashed with Varnae, first King of the Grey Court, with his grandson remarking that it was fairly close.
- As ruler of Asgard, he often has to step in to stop potential interstellar wars.
- Omniscient Morality License: While not strictly omniscient, he sees a much bigger picture than others do. And as he explains to Harry, while he looks human, he is very definitely not - to him, the decade that Harry spent at the Dursleys was equivalent to a month, if that. That said, he does apologise.
- Papa Wolf: While he's often a bit gruff, he is very protective of his progeny, as repeatedly demonstrated.
- He makes it very clear to Strange that if his sons or grandson are hurt by Strange's schemes, he will take it out on the man's hide. Considering what Strange is capable of and how little he tolerates interference (or threats, come to that), this is not something one does lightly.
- He also looks like he's itching for a chance to get even with Thanos (while Thanos did not torture Loki into submission, he was most certainly not kind to him).
- Most aptly demonstrated when he slams Chthon, who's threatening his family, face first into the floor in chapter 78.
- And demonstrated again in Ghosts of the Past when he and Frigga respond to the Red Room kidnapping Harry and transforming him into the Red Son by bringing Russia to its knees, Old Testament Style.
- When the rest of the Council Elite decide that Harry is a threat following his time as Dark Phoenix, Odin makes it clear that if they come after his grandson, he will take them all on. At once.
- Both Harrys independently note that if Voldemort tried to use the Word of Kemmler to become a Greater God, he'd just be making himself a target for Odin, who wouldn't so much step in his plans as step on him. Like a bug.
- Reality Warper: While he has limits, he is immensely powerful. As in, at the end of Child of the Storm it is stated that his battle with Chthon would have, under normal circumstances, possibly destroyed the entire Milky Way as a side effect.
- Smart People Play Chess: Very smart and very good at chess. Doctor Strange, however, is better.
- Time Abyss: He's comfortably a thousand years older than Stonehenge, and because of this, he has a rather different perspective on time than his teenage grandson.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Was this to his father, Bor, who was an epic bag of dicks. This explains a great deal about Odin himself.
- Wrestler in All of Us: In chapter 78, he takes down Chthon with a simplified Facebuster.
- So, yeah. Harry's grandma is kind of terrifying.
The Queen Consort of Asgard, wife of Odin, mother of Thor and Loki, and grandmother of Harry. Being the Goddess of Motherhood and Healing, she's pretty much the archetypal lovely grandmother... but she also used to be a warrior maiden of exceptional skill, she taught Loki much of what he knows about magic, and she is also the archetypal Mama Bear. Cross her at your peril.
- Almighty Mom: As Coulson notes, any woman who can raise Thor and Loki at their most rambunctious is going to be every bit as formidable as they are, and considerably more besides. She can also ensure that Odin spends the next half a century sleeping on the floor.
- Odin himself notes that she is a better mage than he himself is, at least in some areas.
- She also demonstrates repeatedly in Ghosts that she's one of a very select number of people who can control Harry and make sure that he does as he is told, even if it is very grudgingly.
- Authority Equals Ass Kicking: She was a highly skilled arsekicker before her marriage, but if anything, she's even more dangerous now, when she wants to be.
- Benevolent Mage Ruler: She rules jointly with Odin, so she qualifies.
- Happily Married: To Odin, for all that it was originally arranged.
- The High Queen: A magical variant. She's older and grandmotherly now, but she still ticks every single box of this trope.
- Lady of War: As Uhtred notes, she was a warrior maiden of note in her younger days, and Frigga herself mentions going into battle alongside at least one of the earlier 'Sons of Bastet', the Black Panther, a few thousand years ago.
- Mama Bear: You really don't want to hurt one of her boys. In Ghosts, Asgard's response, which she spearheaded, to Harry being kidnapped and transformed into the Red Son was Old Testament scale vengeance, crippling the responsible nation's mineral and food resources, as well as any they intended to import, along with those in its satellite states, and stated that she intended to ramp it up to vaporising water next. As Carol remarks, "So, yeah, Harry's grandma is terrifying. Who knew?"
- MayDecember Romance: Downplayed, but it's implied that Odin is at least 1500 years older than she is in Chapter 50 of Ghosts of the Past.
- Medical Monarch: She's the Goddess of Healing, and she deploys that expertise when modifying Harry's diet to help him make up for lost time in the growth department.
- Nice Girl: She's one of the outright nicest people you're likely to meet (unless, that is, you're stupid enough to mess with her family).
- Perfectly Arranged Marriage: What her and Odin's marriage grew into, over time.
- Shipper on Deck: When Carol gives her a baleful look when it seems as if Frigga is going to disturb them (her and a traumatised Harry, specifically the latter) as they're snuggling, a completely unfazed Frigga just adds it to the "List of Reasons My Grandson Is Going to Marry A Midgardian."
- Though she wasn't at first this to Thor and Jane (understandable, given human lifespans and what happened after Lily died), she becomes this when she sees how much they truly care for each other.
- She also is implied to be one towards Jean-Paul and Uhtred.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Nowadays she operates more like this, though she used to be a straight-up warrior maiden.
- Time Abyss: Not as much as Odin, but she can casually reference things that happened three thousand years ago.
- Tranquil Fury: In Ghosts of the Past when Harry is kidnapped and turned into the Red Son.
Asgard's Goddess of War, a certified badass and Team Mom/Only Sane Man to the Warriors Three. Also had over a millennium's worth of UST with Loki, thankfully resolved in the climax of Child of the Storm.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: After a fashion. When Loki who is Reformed, but Not Tamed, with whom she has considerable UST, somewhat feebly states that he's not safe, Tony retorts that she's the Goddess of War - she can handle herself and she most likely does not want safe.
- Amicable Exes: Her and Thor, with the latter being a Shipper on Deck for her and Loki.
- And Show It to You: Is on the receiving end of this from Gravemoss. Thankfully, Doctor Strange is on hand to regenerate her heart once Dresden blasts Gravemoss halfway into orbit - and heal Dresden too.
- Badass Teacher: Uhtred's her protégé. She also gives some instruction to Diana and Harry.
- Birds of a Feather: With Clint, strangely enough. They don't necessarily like or dislike each other, but he's her least favourite of the Avengers because he reminds her of herself. As the narration points out, you don't always like what you see in the mirror.
- Blood Knight: Regards an onrushing undead sea serpent as a welcome relief from boredom and is mildly disappointed that Dresden and Ward seem to have finished up with the veidrdraugar under Paris before she arrived.
- Combo Platter Powers: Potentially, as the God of War. She doesn't really use them, however.
- Demoted to Extra: Along with the Warriors Three, she all but disappears from the action after the first book, receiving a few mentions only.
- Dual Wielding: Her sword-staff arrangement can be split into two swords.
- Godzilla Threshold: The full extent of her powers as the Goddess of War.
- Master Swordswoman: She was taught by the Lady Knight alongside Fandral, the latter being her only peer, and it's stated that she could beat any two out of the Warriors Three at once, and could take on all three and come out honours fairly even.
- Old Flame: She and Thor are Amicable Exes.
- Only Sane Man: To the Warriors Three.
- Platonic Life-Partners: She and Thor evolved into this.
- Rags to Riches: Her family's hinted not to be particularly high up the social scale, yet she earned the position of Goddess of War.
- Super Strength: As is standard for Asgardians. If she draws on her full powers of the Goddess of War, she'd be capable of challenging Thor.
- Team Mom: To the Warriors Three. It gets to the point where she can tell Fandral to stop doing something without even looking around to see what it is.
- Undying Loyalty: To the royal family.
- Use Your Head: Knocks Fandral out cold with a headbutt from a seated position when he was in the midst of relating an embarrassing (and explicit) story about her and Thor. By Ghosts of the Past, she's taught Harry this trick.
- UST: Between her and Loki. Finally resolved in chapter 78.
- War God: Was made this by Odin (having earned the position), and it comes with a few abilities: instant intuitive expertise in any weapon she picks up, and potentially, full on Super Speed and Super Strength matching Thor's. She doesn't use either of the latter two abilities, considering it unsporting, and it is hinted that they come with downsides. However, she notes that should she require those powers to defend Asgard and its throne, she will use them to their fullest extent.
The Warriors Three
- Battle Couple: Fandral forms one with Betsy.
- Beware the Silly Ones: They're downright strange and frequently serve as the comic relief. They are also three of Asgard's deadliest warriors and they will not hesitate to demonstrate it if necessary.
- Big Eater: Volstagg, to legendary extents.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: There's no denying that they're weird and occasionally completely ridiculous, but they are very, very good at fighting.
- The Casanova: Fandral, who was doing this a thousand years before the Trope Namer."Please, ladies. There is more than enough of Fandral the Dashing to go around."
- Comic Trio: When they turn up and things aren't already very serious, events tend to take a turn for the ridiculous.
- Deadpan Snarker: Hogun, and to a lesser extent the other two.
- Handsome Lech: Fandral, overlapping with Chivalrous Pervert.
- Hidden Depths: Volstagg has a great deal of insight into Harry's difficulties early on, being a father himself, and while Fandral may seem like nothing but a flirtatious dandy, he's one of the most dangerous Asgardians outside the Royal Family. Hogun, meanwhile, may seem like Dumb Muscle due to how quiet he is, but he is a very dangerous warrior and, like the others, much brighter than he appears.
- Hold the Line: They held the line with Loki and Sif against an onrushing army of undead monsters from every mythology imaginable, including a number of colossal sea serpents.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: Their numerous eccentricities are discarded as soon as matters get serious.
- Lightning Bruiser: Fandral is noted as the second swiftest of the Asgardians, short only Asgard's resident speedster, Hermod. When he really gets moving, he moves in a barely visible blur and like all Asgardians, has the Super Strength to back it up.
- Master Swordsman: Fandral. His only peer in the entire Nine Realms is Sif, and both of them were taught by In-Universe Memetic Badass the Lady Knight. In the sequel, he ends up tutoring Harry, who becomes a talented swordsman in his own right.
- Not So Above It All: Hogun joins in Volstagg and Fandral's stranger exploits, including their clog dancing to Mambo Number Five.
- One-Man Army: Each can take on an army alone.
- Only Sane Man: Hogun.
- Papa Wolf: Volstagg.
- Power Trio: Well, there are three of them, after all.
- Really Gets Around: Fandral, infamously—he's described by Loki as playing The Casanova a thousand years before the Trope Namer.
- Shipper on Deck: Fandral ships Sif/Loki, enthusiastically. Eventually, he gets bored of them dancing around each other and forces them to kiss. The fact that they were in shock was probably all that saved him from a painful death.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: They don't appear at all between chapter 50 and chapter 74, when the fic, lighter moments aside, begins to take a notably darker turn. Their reappearance in chapters 75 and 76 coincides with the upturn in the heroes' fortunes. They also vanish during the Forever Red arc of Ghosts of the Past, which is arguably the series' darkest yet.
- Stout Strength: Volstagg is the strongest Asgardian outside of the Royal Family and Heimdall.
- Straight Man: Hogun serves as this, usually being the voice of reason.
- True Companions: To Thor, Sif and Loki.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: Fandral of all people proves surprisingly good at this when playing Shipper on Deck to Sif and Loki.
The God of the Watch, and gatekeeper of Asgard, Heimdall is extremely capable of his duty and constantly on it.
- Badass Bystander: His job is to watch things, after all, and make sure that nobody's getting away with something under Asgard's nose, to transmit people through the Bifrost, and act as Asgard's first line of defence - and fighting people would split his attention, hence why he's not directly involved. Even when Cthton was manifested in the universe, he didn't head to Earth with Odin, Frigga, and Asgard's military to help head him off.
- Barrier Maiden: Functions as this. As Carol notes, he's Asgard's one man security system, which carries the attendant implications that he could singlehandedly take on entire armies.
- Mr. Exposition: Due to his powers, he is this at times.
- Paranoia Fuel: In-Universe, his powers are this to many, many people who are afraid of Asgard, it appears - he could be watching you, taking note of everything you do to report it to his people so they can come in and crush you, and unless you have one of very few ways available to cloud his Sight, there is nothing that you can do about it except hope that he does not notice you.
- One-Man Army: Carol notes that this is implied by his position as Asgard's one man security system.
- Physical God: He's stated to be on par with Thor and Loki, who are both capable of planetary-scale damage.
- The Quiet One: Doesn't waste words, which is understandable given that watching the universe all day is not exactly a social job.
- Seer: Primarily a Seer of the Present, related to his True Sight.
- True Sight: Has this, and, according to Frigga, it's a far more advanced form even than other magic users, allowing him to perceive just about everything.
Asgard's Chancellor and essentially Odin and Frigga's right-hand man and chief adviser. A Light Elf from Alfheim, he's softly spoken and doesn't need to carry a big stick - while he's not the power behind the throne, he is a being of great influence. He also played a significant role in raising Loki and Thor, and teaching them about the responsibilities of royalty.
- Adaptational Heroism: This version closely resembles the counterpart from Thor: Tales of Asgard, but unlike that counterpart, is entirely loyal to the House of Odin.
- Adaptational Wimp: Canonically, Algrim the Strong became the being known as Kurse. Here, his classic nickname is a mocking appellation. However, those with eyes to see (such as Tony and Bruce) quickly figure out that he's not someone to be crossed - this, after all, is the man who played a significant role in raising Thor and Loki and came out the other side in one fundamentally unruffled and perfectly polite piece.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: As in canon, he's got purple skin, something attributed to a genetic mutation.
- Beware the Nice Ones: As noted above, he's not to be crossed.
- The Consigliere: To the House of Odin.
- Crazy-Prepared: The day Thor was born, he started setting aside a large part of the palace budget for 'Repairs, Miscellaneous', to Odin's puzzlement. Algrim's sole and entirely accurate response was that it never hurt to be prepared.
- Deadpan Snarker: In a very mild, softly spoken sort of way that usually isn't noticed until after the fact. Sometimes, he's a little more overt.Ah. Lord Stark. I thought I heard the sounds of destruction past, present and yet to come emanating from here.
- The Good Chancellor: Utterly loyal to the House of Odin, and extremely competent, with a mark of Thor's Character Development being that he now listens very carefully to Algrim's advice.
- Good Counterpart: Like Gravemoss, he's a Light Elf with magical talent, white hair, unusual features, and a softly spoken manner. Unlike Gravemoss, he's neither a Sadist nor an Omnicidal Maniac.
- Honest Advisor: In a quiet sense, to Odin and Frigga, and latterly, Thor and Loki (who've now grown up sufficiently to actually listen to him).
- I Have Many Names: He's called 'the Strong' by those who wish to mock him, 'the Clever' by those who don't (and recognise that mocking him would be a very bad idea), and others still call him 'Odin's Good Eye'. And yes, he is basically the Asgardian equivalent of Phil Coulson.
- Improbably Predictable: A lesser variant on this is used for Rule of Funny purposes - in the same way that animals can sense earthquakes, Algrim can sense an upcoming royal family argument and the likely severity of it, leading him to select which desk to take refuge under at the other end of the palace. When Harry is about to go off on Odin, he selects a particularly heavy desk.
- Similarly, he's worked out a precise routine when he's left a room that Loki/Bruce and Tony are experimenting in, having figured out exactly when to duck into an alcove.
- Mystical White Hair: He's got pure white hair and at least some talent with magic.
- The Quiet One: He doesn't say much, and when he does speak, it's usually in a soft voice. However, he doesn't really need to raise his voice either. He is also supposed to be a very good storyteller.
- The Stoic: He's unfazed by anything and everything, with his main response to Bruce and Tony's explosive experiments is to alter a routine he developed in response to Loki's experiments, which is to count to eight on leaving the room, duck into a convenient alcove, stick his fingers in his ears, and wait for the inevitable bang.
- Underestimating Badassery: This often happens, since he doesn't cut the most intimidating figure. But consider: this is the guy who helped raise Thor and Loki and survived the experience unscathed. That takes some doing.
- With Great Power: Endeavoured to teach Thor and Loki this lesson as children. It took a while for it to stick.
Huginn and Muninn a.k.a. Bran and Bard
- Say it with eyeballs. Or marshmallows. We aren't choosy.
Odin's ravens, who serve as his eyes and ears throughout the Nine Realms, as well as his messengers. Despite their usually ridiculous behaviour and incongruous Brooklyn accents, they are much more dangerous than they pretend to be.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Implied by chapter 75, when Jean, having used Cerebro to reach Yggdrasil, sees them in a variety of forms simultaneously.
- Alien Arts Are Appreciated: According to Heimdall, they watch too much television. And they picked up Brooklyn accents because, for whatever reason, they decided that they liked the sound.
- Anything That Moves: A throwaway line by Odin in the first book implies that they're responsible for the existence of winged horses. This gets a Call-Back in the sequel when Harry encounters Beauxbatons' elephant-sized Abraxan horses, remembers this, and inwardly decides that Huginn and Muninn have a lot to answer for.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Remarked upon in the text - just because they usually act ridiculous, it shouldn't be forgotten that they're the Eyes of the Allfather. They're very powerful, capable of getting from place to place without appearing to pass through the intervening space and, more to the point, getting very nasty when provoked. As Thor warns Snape, who they're menacing, when he's about to draw his wand, they tend to react... creatively when attacked. They're certainly capable of being a lot more intimidating than you would expect, when they want to be.
- Big Eater: Both of them, which is why Harry's habit of bribing them with marshmallows puts him very solidly in their good books, Muninn in particular.
- They suggest that Jean thank them with eyeballs or marshmallows.
- Deadpan Snarker: Their default setting is Sarcasm Mode.
- Ditzy Genius: Muninn in particular, though both of them to an extent. They're the most trusted advisers of Odin himself, the de facto security system of Asgard along with Heimdall, exceptionally powerful and surprisingly insightful. One of them will also fall headfirst into a bowl of boiled eggs whilst attempting to claim them as an eyeball substitute.
- Expy: They owe a fair bit of their characterisation to Quoth from the Discworld books.
- Eye Scream: They eat eyeballs and have implied that they're not entirely bothered if the owner of those eyes is still alive...
- The Fair Folk: They can borderline this on occasion, and it's heavily implied that they used to be much closer to this trope, with Jean seeing 'a merry fire' in the eyes of one of their humanoid forms in chapter 75. It helps that they're originally from Avalon, which of all the pantheons is explicitly the closest to Faerie.
- Genius Ditz: Both of them have ditzy elements, though it's mostly Muninn. They're also very smart and very dangerous.
- Groin Attack: When they have a little 'chat' with Snape, Muninn is noted as staring fixedly at Snape's groin.
- Hidden Depths: They're much smarter and more dangerous than they generally let on.
- If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Give a speech along these lines to Snape about Harry.
- I Have Many Names: Others include Bran and Bard, and Lugh and Owain, with epithets 'the All-Seers, the Storm-Crows, the Raven-Lords of Avalon' and more usually, 'the Eyes of the All-Father'.
- Like an Old Married Couple: How they usually act.
- Noodle Incident: 'The Eyeball Incident', for anyone not familiar with Norse Mythology.
- How they ended up in Asgard, serving Odin, is another puzzler, though suspected to be related to the fallout of the Asgard-Avalon Wars.
- Once Done, Never Forgotten: For Muninn in particular, 'the Eyeball Incident'.
- Pet the Dog: They're implied not to like many people, but they definitely take to Harry, behave when he asks/tells them to and go out of their way to help him out on more than one occasion. The steady supply of marshmallows helps. They aren't above teasing him, however.
- Psychic Powers: They can read minds, much to Harry's embarrassment, and see astral forms.
- Sitcom Arch Nemeses: To Thor. He and they really do not get on - they used to crap in his hair and he used to use them for target practice. Somewhat resolved thanks to Harry.
- Spider-Sense: As they note in chapter 75, they can sense someone coming through the World Tree and will then investigate, something that Doctor Strange was counting on, so they could guide Jean to where she needed to be.
- Stealth Expert: They are Odin's eyes, after all, and it's noted to be very difficult to catch them if they don't want to be found. The fact that they get spotted and tagged by whoever - or whatever - has taken up residence in Svartalfheim is treated as extremely worrying.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: When they want to, they can get from place to place apparently without passing through the intervening space. Chapter 75 reveals that they can teleport themselves and others (or their astral forms, at least).
- Straight Man and Wise Guy: Huginn is usually the smarter and more sensible, while Muninn is more impulsive and prone to silly behaviour - such as diving head first into a bowl of boiled eggs, believing that they're eyeballs.
- Talking Animal: Two of them. Helped by the fact that they're basically gods (specifically Avalonian Gods) in animal form.
- Tastes Like Friendship: Harry and his marshmallows.
- Telepathy: They can casually read the minds of pretty much anyone, up to and including Omega Class psychics.
- Teleportation: Noted as being able to get from place to place without passing through the intervening space and in chapter 76, shown teleporting Jean's astral form from Yggdrasil to Asgard.
- Time Abyss: They're implied to be older than Odin.
- Trademark Favourite Food: Eyeballs. Also marshmallows, which is how Harry wins their undying affection.
- Apparently, after Odin's nine days on the World Tree, which involved the sacrifice of his eye, Muninn got kind of hungry. This has been referred to ever since as 'the Eyeball Incident' and thousands of years later, they still bicker about it.
- Undying Loyalty: Despite their joking around, they are both immensely loyal to Odin, and go with him to the Council Elite even when he knows he might not be coming back.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Though it isn't really seen (until chapter 77), they do seem to be capable of this.
The Wolves of Odin, who tend to act like gigantic puppies right up until the person that they're guarding is threatened. While they can't speak, they are much, much smarter than they pretend to be. Odin designates them as Harry's bodyguards after the Easter holidays.
- Action Dad: By Ghosts of the Past, both of them had a romantic interlude with some of the royal hunting hounds. The resultant puppies are adorable and distributed amongst various associates of the Royal Family... and one's given to Jack O'Neill. Who names it Bucky. Hilarity Ensues.
- Amplified Animal Aptitude: They're considerably smarter than you'd expect.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Despite begging for table scraps, scratches and playing fetch, they weren't dispatched by Odin to be his grandson's companions for their kind natures.
- Canis Major: They are absolutely enormous and they can bite through titanium with very little effort. They will also beg for table scraps, scratches and play fetch with small trees.
- Dire Beasts: Each is roughly the size of a large pony and large enough for two teenagers to comfortably use as a de facto sofa. As a result of their size, only one is allowed in a classroom at a time.
- Evil-Detecting Dog: Their shtick.
- Noble Wolf: Unambiguously the good guys, being more than willing to act like little more than oversized labradors to cheer up those around them, and protect Harry. For example, at one point they noticed that Harry was getting melancholy, so distracted him by bumping him and begging to play fetch. However, as HYDRA find out when they attack Hogwarts in chapter 70, underestimating them is a horrible - and likely fatal - mistake.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: They pretend to be little more than oversized pet dogs (wolves), but are, at the very least, operating on human intelligence levels.
- Offscreen Teleportation: How they get up the ladder into the Divination classroom. Specifically, no one has any idea how they do it, but one moment, one of them is at the bottom of the ladder, the next they're at the top of it.
- Papa Wolf: They're very protective of Harry - and in the sequel, they both become fathers, to a number of puppies, one of which is later named 'Bucky' by Jack O'Neill. Hilarity Ensues.
- Savage Wolf: While they're normally perfectly friendly, as HYDRA find out in chapter 70, they have absolutely no tolerance for evil, with Thor noting earlier that they are downright vicious in protection of those they care about.
- Super Strength: One of them can barge straight through the gargoyle in front of Dumbledore's office without much effort.
- Super Speed: At one point they're noted as being capable of moving at speeds that put a Formula One car to shame.
- Death became her and she became death.
Ruler of Helheim (formerly Nifflheim), Goddess of Death, and firstborn child of Loki by Sigyn of Vanaheim, when both of them were very young. As a result of that youth, Loki was terrified of his father's reaction to Sigyn being pregnant out of wedlock, and fled with her. The stress caused Sigyn to give birth prematurely, and she died in childbirth, the baby, Hela, dying with her. Loki, however, wasn't inclined to give up and attempted to bring them back with Necromancy. Sigyn's spirit resisted, but Hela's was too young, so he succeeded. The unfortunate result was that Hela wasn't quite alive or dead, and tended to drain the life of everything around her, something that grew out of control as she got older. As a result, Odin, Thor, and Loki essentially carved out a kingdom for her in Nifflheim, later renamed 'Helheim'. As yet unseen, what happened to her nevertheless exerts a great deal of influence over her father.
- Creepy Child: Her skin was as cold and pale as that of a corpse, and wherever she went, small creatures died and plants wilted. None of this was her fault, but it didn't really help.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her mother died in childbirth, as did she, and her young father desperately tried to bring her back, and only mostly succeeded, leaving her a half-dead Humanoid Abomination.
- Dimension Lord: Of Helheim, after the rest of the family and the Valkyries of Helheim cleared out most of the monsters.
- The Ghost: Puns aside, she has yet to make an onscreen appearance.
- Humanoid Abomination: What her father accidentally turned her into. As the folder quote has it, "Death became her, and she became death."
- Necromancy: How Loki brought her back... mostly.
- Odd Friendship: A downplayed example, but you wouldn't think that someone whose life had been so ruined by necromancy would be on speaking terms with the likes of Gravemoss, who lives and breathes necromancy, but she was, sufficient to confirm her backstory to him.
- Parental Abandonment: She apparently feels that Loki abandoned her in Helheim, whereas, quixotically, he arranged to carve her out a kingdom as the Goddess of Death precisely because he refused to abandon her.
- Small Role, Big Impact: She hasn't actually appeared, but what happened to her triggered Loki's monomaniacal hatred for necromancy (which in turn led to him banishing Gravemoss from Aflheim), and Thor, for all his recklessness, ensuring that he was enchanted with magical contraceptives from then on (naturally, those went wrong, resulting in Torunn - mentioned below - who's now one of Hela's Valkyries).
- Undead Child: What her father unwittingly brought her back as. Sort of.
- Vampiric Draining: Involuntary, but required to keep her alive on one of the living planes.
- Walking Wasteland: Being a half-dead goddess who drains life from the surrounding area simply to hold on to the living realm, has this effect. She doesn't have any choice in it.
Vidar Odinson/Donar Vaderrung/Santa Claus
One of Odin's other children, Vidar is the oldest known child of Odin, and is a demigod like Harry, who inherited the Asgardian lifespan of his father. The former God of Thunder and Lightning before Thor was born, and the last long-term wielder of Mjolnir, he gave up his claim to the throne of Asgard when Odin married Frigga (with some relief, apparently), and a chunk of his godly power when the Celestials placed a ban on the pantheons going to Earth (or at least, interfering in human development), in order to remain there.
- Badass Santa: Odin passed on the "Mantle" of Santa Claus to him, corresponding to the version from The Dresden Files, and he was no slouch beforehand, being the God of Thunder and Lightning before Thor.
- Brought Down to Badass: He sacrificed a lot of his power to remain on Earth past when the Gods retreated by Celestial order, but he's still a real force.
- Composite Character: He used to be the God of Thunder and Lightning before Thor, and wielded Mjolnir. Also, being a practically forgotten eldest child of Odin gives him shades of the MCU Hela - though without the latter's homicidal inclinations or interest in the throne (which he gave up claim to at the first opportunity).
- Decomposite Character: Donar Vaderrung in The Dresden Files was actually that world's version of Odin, not his son.
- The Ghost: He hasn't appeared in-universe yet, but he's been mentioned by Frigga in Chapter 50 of Ghosts of the Past.
- I Have Many Names: He hasn't even appeared yet and he already has the three listed above, and, of course, Kris Kringle.
- Legacy Character: See the above facts.
- Rejecting the Inheritance: According to Frigga, he abdicated his claim to Asgard's throne with a great deal of relief when his father finally decided to marry, apparently being much happier being Santa Claus (albeit the more hardcore version from The Dresden Files). More generally, he rejected his Asgardian inheritance in favour of Earth.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: In the fine tradition of the House of Odin, though he ultimately gave up his claim to the throne when Odin married Frigga (with what was apparently considerable relief) on the grounds that Odin could now produce a new heir.
- The Spymaster: Given Frigga's hints about his role, and his job in The Dresden Files, this seems highly likely.
Thor's only other child besides Harry, Torunn was born from a one-night stand on Earth over a thousand years ago, becoming a travelling shield-maiden and monster-hunter. However, she didn't inherit her father's lifespan, and lived and died while he was away from Earth. After her death, she became one of the Valkyries of Helheim, responsible for keeping the monsters within from leaving, and preventing things from Outside using it as a way into the Nine Realms. Beyond that, not much is known about her.
- Action Girl: As Thor's daughter, this is a given, and her existence came to Thor's attention through her exploits as a shield-maiden and monster-hunter.
- Alliterative Name: Torunn T(h)orsdottir.
- Bittersweet Ending: While her story continues and she lived what was by all indications a reasonably long and very full life, she didn't know her father (which, going by the emphasis she's indicated to have put on being his daughter, was important to her), who never knew she existed. However, she's apparently happy as a Valkyrie and she's met Thor post-mortem, because Thor is one of the few people crazy enough to enter Helheim while he's still alive.
- Disappeared Dad: For good reason: Thor didn't know she existed (and genuinely believed that his magical contraceptives were still working) when he left Earth after the one night stand in which she was conceived, and didn't return until after she'd died. Frigga indicates that this is why he reacted so badly when he got his memories of Harry back - his main regret in both cases is that he missed so much time with them.
- The Ghost: Pretty much literally, albeit confined to Helheim.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Although she didn't inherit Thor's Asgardian lifespan, she did get some measure of his strength and skill with weapons.
- In the Blood: She hasn't even appeared yet, and what we know about her implies that she's just as much of an adventurer as Thor is. As Harry observes when informed of her current job (hunting and slaying monsters in Helheim), he's not surprised that she's meant to be enjoying it: it's the sort of thing that their family does for fun.
The first Kal-El, he was fostered in Asgard alongside Odin and his brothers, raised as one of them. He is also a distant ancestor of Clark Kent and, owing to the extended lifespan of Kryptonians under a yellow sun, probably still alive. His current whereabouts, however, are unknown, with Frigga sadly speculating that he flew away to some distant corner of the universe to mourn his people.
- Arranged Marriage: Helped Frigga through the difficult early parts of what would become a Perfectly Arranged Marriage with Odin, and campaigned to have them banned.
- Badass Bookworm: He was a Flying Brick with Physical God levels of raw power, as well as apparently being an accomplished explorer, and is said to have studied how and why Kryptonian powers developed under a yellow sun.
- Cool Uncle: To Thor and Loki, doting on them when they were children, and shrugging off Odin's complaints that he was spoiling them.
- Flying Brick: He has all the same powers as standard Superman but amplified to god-like levels.
- The Ghost: Hasn't made an appearance yet, and may not even be alive.
- Happily Adopted: While his thoughts on Bor are unknown (but unlikely to be positive), he and Odin were very close, and he was a Cool Uncle to Odin's children.
- Last of His Kind: If he is still alive, he believes this (not knowing about Clark), and is speculated by Frigga to have flown off to some dark corner of the universe to grieve for his lost people.
- Name's the Same: As his distant descendant. In a flashback, Jor-El confirms that this is not a coincidence.
- Nice Guy: He doted on Thor and Loki, and was a good friend to Frigga, his sister-in-law, taking her under his wing when she first came to Asgard to marry Odin.
- Really 700 Years Old: He's around five thousand years old - Odin's age - and he might still be alive.
- Stronger with Age: As a 'high blood' Kryptonian who spent millennia under a yellow sun, he is/was extremely powerful.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: No one's entirely sure what happened to him, though it's speculated by Frigga that he flew off to grieve.
Cul Borson a.k.a. the Serpent a.k.a. the God of Fear
Eldest brother of Odin, he was, relatively briefly, the King of Asgard after Bor, and the God of Fear. According to Odin, he turned Earth into such a hellscape that Odin sealed him and his armies off in a separate timeline, scoured the Earth, and had to enlist the help of the other pantheons to repair it.
- Black Sheep: For the Asgardian Royal Family.
- Emotion Eater: Feeds on fear.
- Evil Sorcerer: And an exceptionally powerful one.
- The Ghost: Has never appeared, and was seldom even mentioned.
- God of Evil: Of Fear, technically, but he was close enough. It took the combined efforts of Odin, his brothers Vili and Ve, and their foster brother, Kal-El I to beat him and lock him away.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: He was, and presumably still is, locked in another timeline.
Odin's father and predecessor as King of Asgard. A mighty warrior, but also a textbook example of a divine dickhead, he is referred to as a 'throwback' to an older, darker period in Asgard's history. He also has a bad enough reputation that those who knew him aren't even remotely surprised by the possibility that he might have killed his own father, Buri, for the throne. He is not missed. At all. By anyone.
- Abusive Parents: It's hinted that he's the reason that Odin's so gruff, uptight and emotionally constipated.
- Action Dad: Though none of his children seem to have liked him - and the one who really followed his example was pure evil.
- Adaptational Heroism: A relatively minor case. Unlike Marvel canon, he didn't create the Disir, an honour that instead goes to Malekith. That being said, they had ample reason to hate him anyway.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: He was an unrepentant bag of dicks, but he was a total badass, taking on the Disir - who were capable of mowing through entire Asgardian armies - in single combat and successfully banishing them, as well as successfully defeating Malekith and the Dark Elves when the former was armed with an Infinity Stone. Chapter 51 of Ghosts shows the tail-end of his duel with Malekith, and as even Harry (who's heard nothing good of him) grudgingly admits, he is one tough bastard.
- Beyond the Impossible: On his Vision Quest, Harry sees him somehow tear apart a miniature black hole created by Malekith with his bare hands, something which Harry explicitly notes should be impossible.
- Boring, but Practical: Harry's observation of his tactics in his vision of Malekith and Bor's battle - he's not letting Malekith draw him into a magical/semi-magical duel, he's just using the Odinforce (Borforce) to keep himself intact under Malekith's onslaught, boost his physical abilities, fire energy blasts, and keep Malekith from using Teleport Spam to attack/get away from him. As Harry notes, it plays to his strengths.
- Determinator: As Harry notes in his vision of the past, he just doesn't give up, no matter what Malekith throws at him, not even when his body is partly dissolving, his armour is melted into his flesh, and he's spitting glass.
- Double Standard: Rape, Divine on Mortal: It's hinted that he subscribed to this attitude and encouraged it, something Odin firmly stamped out after he took the throne.
- The Evil Prince: He might have killed, or tried to kill, his dad for his throne. While he probably didn't/failed, no one who knew him is remotely surprised by the idea that he might have tried (and if he didn't, it was because his father was an incredibly powerful God of Time).
- Eye Beams: Is mentioned as having used them to destroy enemies, roast citadels, and open jars.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Nobody likes him. Nobody misses him. Not even his son.
- Good Is Not Nice: He was on the side of good, at least nominally.
- He-Man Woman Hater: He was widely considered to be a misogynistic dickhead.
- Hidden Depths: Possibly. Despite being a brutish bruiser, he apparently respected the science focused Kryptonians enough to foster Kal-El I with his sons. On the other hand, it's quite possible that he didn't object to it when it was arranged because he didn't care.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Pulls this on Malekith, to purge him of the Aether/the Reality Stone and kill him. It definitely succeeded at the former, though it's implied that it failed at the latter.
- Interspecies Romance: His wife was Theia, a Titaness, and sister of Rhea - mother of Zeus etc.
- Jerkass: He is universally regarded as this.
- Jerkass Gods: Generally considered to have been a textbook example.
- Mundane Utility: Apparently used his Eye Beams to open jars.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Went up against Varnae, first King of the Grey Court, while still a Prince of Asgard himself, and drew more or less evenly with him.
- Old Soldier: he fell into this category towards the end of his life - he was a terrible person, but as his duel with Malekith demonstrates, a total badass.
- Patricide: He might have killed his father for the throne of Asgard. The general consensus is that he probably didn't (since his father, Buri, was the incredibly powerful God of Time as well as the Allfather), but it would have been entirely in-character for him to have tried.
- Pride: This is explicitly namechecked as the reason he defended Earth and got stroppy over the Kree's Terrigenesis project, which he didn't particularly care about - while it was an Insignificant Little Blue Planet, it was his Insignificant Little Blue Planet, and the Kree meddling with it offended his pride.
- Straw Misogynist: Depicted as a misogynistic dickhead and explicitly described as a throwback to a darker period in Asgard's past.
- Unskilled, but Strong: He's not described as having a lot of skill in magical combat during his fight with Malekith (though he's capable enough with conventional weapons), but as Harry notes, with the raw power available to him, he managed fine without it. Indeed, considering Malekith's already far superior magical abilities prior to their enhancement by the Reality Stone, his Boring, but Practical strategy was probably the best option.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Odin, at least, was this to him... which explains a great deal about Odin.
Former King of Asgard, grandfather of Odin, and God of Time. May or may not be dead - it's not entirely clear what happened to him.
- The Archmage: Said to be a God of Magic, and thus very difficult to defeat.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: It's noted that while it's entirely plausible that Bor, a badass in his own right, would have killed him for his throne, it's also noted that he was powerful enough that Bor probably wouldn't have stood a chance.
- Benevolent Mage Ruler: He was the most magic focused of Asgard's Kings in generations and reportedly a good king. Pity about his son.
- Interspecies Friendship: Frigga reports that he was close to the Kryptonian House of El.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Before becoming King, he duelled Varnae, the first King of the Grey Court, on moderately even footing.
- Time Abyss: If he's still alive, he'd be around 11,000 years old.
- Time Master: Explicitly stated to be the God of Time.
- Uncertain Doom: Even in-universe, nobody seems to know how or even if he died.
A Princess of Asgard some 40,000 years ago, she was the Goddess of Life and Fire. First mentioned in passing in Child of the Storm, her history is expanded upon in Ghosts of the Past: she was a host of the Phoenix, empowered by the Phoenix to take on a sentient parasite dimension. Yes, sentient parasite dimension. She also became the mother of the Trimurti by an Elder God called Ishvara.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: She took on an entire sentient parasite dimension, implied to be the Negative Zone (its forces were led by Annihilus) and won. Phoenix or no Phoenix, that's impressive as hell.
- For further context, a vision that Harry has of the past has Annihilus invading through the Fault, with a vast armada behind him. Canonically, he did the same in Annihilation, and it took multiple cosmic empires to stop him from successfully destroying the universe. Sunniva stopped him singlehandedly.
- God Couple: With Ishvara, resulting in the Trimurti.
- Mona Lisa Smile: Her statue, Harry notices, has a strangely knowing expression.
- The Phoenix: A legendary former host, she took on Annihilus and the Negative Zone itself singlehandedly, and won.
- Playing with Fire: On a cosmic scale as a Host of the Phoenix. Unsurprisingly, she was the Asgardian Goddess of Fire.
- Statuesque Stunner: Harry notes that she was tall and pretty (though not astoundingly so) - ironically, while looking at her actual statue.
- Walking the Earth: Said to have travelled the Nine Realms a fair amount, and the universe at large.
- Willing Channeler: Like Harry, her distant descendant, she hosted the Phoenix and worked with Her to repair damage to the universe and defeat an Eldritch Abomination (in her case, Annihilus).
- World-Healing Wave: Uses this on worlds infected by the Negative Zone that aren't too far gone to save, and seals up the Fault, the crack in reality that Annihilus broke through.
The First King. Specifically, he was the first King of Asgard as it is now, the first Asgardian to truly ascend to godhood, by being chosen by Yggdrasil as its champion against Surtur and by the sword Ván as its wielder, becoming the first Skyfather and wielder of what would become known as the Odinforce. Originally, however, he was a brave and well-regarded young warrior who wound up in a Rescue Romance with the Princess of Asgard at the time. They married in secret, and her father promoted him to the Royal Bodyguard, as this looked a bit better than having his daughter married to a common soldier. He died after luring Surtur back to Muspelheim and keeping him occupied until the Alliance of Realms could seal Muspelheim away at the bottom of the World Tree.
- Birth/Death Juxtaposition: His child was born around the time of his death.
- Bittersweet Ending: He died, likely horribly, but his wife, child, and people all survived and thrived, Surtur was imprisoned, and his heirs rule Asgard to this day.
- Chest Insignia: His statue has an abstract depiction of Yggdrasil and seven stars above it, one for each of the Alliance of Realms (Muspelheim didn't count, for obvious reasons, and neither did Nifflheim/Helheim), likely intentionally invoking Aragorn.
- A Child Shall Lead Them: He wasn't a child, but his statue looks notably younger than most, and Strange laments that he was so young when he died.
- Cool Sword: Though it doesn't look it, Ván, forged of uru and vibranium, and which is explicitly described as made and enchanted with the very best that the Alliance of Realms could come up with. In particular, it was designed to No-Sell Phoenix fire.
- Cosmic Entity: Briefly, when empowered by Yggdrasil. It just about let him compete/keep up with Surtur.
- Deity of Human Origin: He was a mortal Asgardian before he drew Ván.
- Elites Are More Glamorous: Elevated to the royal bodyguard, who went where the fighting was toughest. While the elevation was mostly a political move (it looked better for the Princess to marry a royal bodyguard than an ordinary soldier), by all accounts he acquitted himself well.
- Empathic Weapon: Strange suggests that most magical weapons develop a mind of sorts, and that Ván did it very quickly, lodging itself in the representation of Yggdrasil on purpose.
- Excalibur in the Rust: Ván is possibly the most practically designed magic weapon imaginable. There's no fancy scrollwork or anything on it, with the only adornment being a brief inscription of its name that's only visible when it catches the light.
- Expy: He resembles a mix between King Arthur and Aragorn, though unlike either, he wasn't actually of Royal Blood. It's implied that, given the status of Tolkien's Legendarium as in-universe fiction based on reality, Aragorn is actually an Expy of him, making this a recursive example.
- Face Death with Dignity: It's stated that he (and everyone else) knew that, even with Van and the power of Yggdrasil backing him, he was going to die facing Surtur, and Strange admitted that despite his best efforts to find another way, there was no way for Frey to leave the fight alive that didn't end with Surtur breaking free, and Frey knew it before he went to said fight.Strange: "He put his affairs in order, kissed his wife goodbye, and with his head held high, he went to his death. [...] There were only two courses for history to follow: either Surtur would be bound, or he would break free again, the final gambit would fail, and everything would burn. And you know what? He knew. He knew, he thanked me for trying, and he then asked me if I would walk with him when he went to Muspelheim."
- Foil: To Surtur. Both desperately wanted to save their people, but where Surtur desperately desired power, if originally for good purposes, Frey was reluctant to claim it. Where Surtur stole power that was not rightfully his, Frey was granted his power. Equally, where Surtur sacrificed his people for the good of himself, Frey sacrificed himself for the good of his people without protest.
- Founder of the Kingdom: He is generally referred to as 'the First King', as he was the First King of divine Asgard.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Wielded the Sword of Hope, Ván, against Surtur.
- Heroic Lineage: The source of it, rather than the result of it. It's also noted that while he and Harry don't necessarily look much alike, there's something about the expression that's rather familiar. Both are also reluctant heroes of the 'greatness thrust upon them' variety (Harry's technically destined to be great, but practically speaking, he was fairly ordinary until it was shoved on him/Voldemort targeted him), both favour swords, and both have issues with a Dark Phoenix. However, there are differences, and Strange specifically says that Harry's story isn't a retread of either Surtur's or Frey's.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Luring Surtur to Muspelheim and stalling him there until the Alliance of Realms could seal them both away.
- Honour Before Reason: As Strange observes, he was 'a man of conscience and duty', doing what he felt was his duty even if he was scared stiff by the prospect.
- It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: It's pretty obvious that he really didn't want to try and wield Ván, for the obvious reason that whoever succeeded in doing so would face Surtur, and was therefore going to die so that everyone else could live. This was not so much because of cowardice, but because he had everything to live for. However, he nerved himself up to do it and never tried to pass the buck once he succeeded in drawing the sword, in both cases feeling that it was his duty.
- Lost Lenore: To Strange, somewhat, who bitterly regrets being unable to come up with a way to both trap Surtur and get Frey out at the last moment.
- Magic Knight: His family tended towards this, though he only really became this trope when invested with the power of Yggdrasil.
- Named Weapons: Ván, or 'Hope'.
- Nice Guy: According to Strange, he was a nice young man. When Strange explained that he couldn't save him, no matter how hard he tried, Frey simply thanked him for trying, and asked if Strange would walk with him as he went to his death. Strange agreed, and then quietly disposed of those who would have tried to dispose of Frey's wife and son.
- Odd Friendship: He's described as an honest, decent, morally upright sort of person, yet Doctor Strange was apparently his best friend. Certainly, the feeling was mutual, and Strange is bitter enough about his death that It's Personal between him and Surtur.
- Off Screen Moment Of Awesome: Several. Strange mentions, in passing, his drawing of Surtur's eye by singlehandedly flattening two of Surtur's Great Captains, each of which was in the Physical God category or above, and sending another two running for their unlives, in between obliterating an army of Fire-Giants, each on par with an average divine Asgardian at least.
- He also notes that his final fight with Surtur was this in a very literal sense, since no one could see what was going on.
- Only the Chosen May Wield: Ván, which is very picky about who wields it, which is important, since it was also the key to the power of Yggdrasil (a.k.a. what is now known as the Odinforce).
- Our Founder: He is generally referred to as 'the First King'.
- Posthumous Character: Due to his Heroic Sacrifice. Also the fact that he lived a million years ago, and even Royal Asgardians tend not to top six thousand.
- The Quiet One: Strange notes that he was quite quiet (unlike many of his descendants), but when he did speak, people listened.
- Reluctant Hero: He only tried to draw Ván after nearly everyone else had tried and he felt that he would be remiss in his duty if he did not at least try.
- Rescue Romance: With the Princess, who would become his wife.
- Sealed Evil in a Duel: With Ván and the power of Yggdrasil, he was just about strong enough to keep Surtur occupied until the rest of the Alliance of Realms could ensure that Surtur wound up as Sealed Evil in a Can.
- Self-Made Man: Was originally a common soldier, albeit one with a reputation for courage, bravery and skill, from a line of competent but not particularly special warriors with a tendency towards magic. Then he saved the Princess, the two fell in love, got Happily Married, and he became part of the Royal Bodyguard (who were also the elite, going where the fighting was most brutal), and by Strange's account acquitted himself well. Then, he became the wielder of Ván and the power of Yggdrasil, becoming the first divine King of Asgard. Cue the Heroic Sacrifice.
- Weapon of Choice: A sword, though in this case, the sword chose him.
- With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: He could have let himself drift under the radar and avoid trying to draw Ván, something no one would really have blamed him for - he was young, Happily Married with his wife pregnant with their first child, and had a great reputation as a warrior. And once he'd drawn it, he could have also have tried to pass it off, because it was common knowledge that the wielder of Ván would be going on a suicide mission and while he was a brave and skilled warrior, there were better and more experienced out there, and as Strange notes, he was hardly a master mage, and few would have blamed him. But once he had that power, he felt that he had the responsibility to use it for what it was meant for.
'Nathan' a.k.a. Harry Thorson
- I'm a version of you, after all: I cheated.
An alternate version of Harry, he's from a parallel reality where Wanda adopted him after his First Year at Hogwarts. Parallel timelines don't move at the same speed, however, so he's older than Harry is - quite a bit, in fact. He uses the name 'Nathan' for convenience, to prevent confusion (and because 'Other Harry' was already taken). He appears during the First Task when Harry's powers interact with a spell to briefly shift him outside of space and time, and takes some amusement in winding up his younger counterpart, before making a reappearance in a vision Harry has of the future, then returning to tutor Maddie and Jean about the Phoenix.
- Ambiguous Situation: Given how cryptic he is, there's a lot left unknown about his life — for instance, he deliberately leaves it unclear whether he's together with a version of Carol (after bringing her up in conversation), remarking when Harry asks if they're together that perhaps they are... or perhaps he just has over a millennium of psychic experience on Harry, and Carol's floating around the top of his mind.
- Badass Teacher: An incredibly powerful Physical God, he has the Badass part down, and he both teaches Harry, and is later enlisted by Doctor Strange to tutor Maddie and Harry about the Phoenix.
- Cryptic Conversation: Since he refuses to spoon-feed Harry he's rather cryptic, only elaborating once Harry's on the right track. This is partly because he isn't entirely sure how much of his own future applies to Harry, partly because he feels that Harry should work it out for himself, and partly because he enjoys the way it annoys Harry.
- Deadpan Snarker: This is another version of Harry we're dealing with, and one with more than a millennium of practise. Snark-to-Snark Combat was inevitable.
- Expy: He looks like a mixture of the 'Brother Nathan' version of Cable and a younger Gandalf, right down to the grey robes, cryptic and frequently sardonic remarks, and white wooden Magic Staff.
- His casually self-aware and understated immodesty (referring to his and Harry's shared capacity to be "just a bit brilliant"), fondness of his younger self, and tendency towards time travel/alternate reality related Magi Babble all recall the Doctor, particularly his 10th incarnation.
- Wry remarks, cryptic nature, preference for guiding rather than spoon-feeding, and casual immodesty also betray a certain Dumbledore-ish influence, one which is clearly deliberate, going by how he adopts Dumbledore's line from canon ("this is, after all, your party").
- Figure It Out Yourself: He refuses to spoon-feed his younger counterpart, giving him - at most - a hint or two to make sure he's along the right lines, but otherwise letting him work it out alone.
- The Gadfly: He really enjoys winding up his younger counterpart.
- Levitating Lotus Position: A vision into his past shows him doing this under Wanda's supervision when he was around Harry's age. He also notes that when he was accidentally drawn into Harry's little space outside of reality, he was meditating just the same way.
- Loved I Not Honor More: When discussing the difference between the Phoenix and the Dark Phoenix, he pins this down as the difference between the two. The Phoenix is selfless, because love, true love, is selfless. The Dark Phoenix is selfish, having a bad case of It's All About Me, because ultimately it's about what they want, what they desire.
- Magi Babble: Comes out with this at several points, quickly analysing the situation, and deducing very quickly that Harry's reality was damaged (and repaired) by chaos magic, and that there's a temporal disturbance to come in Harry's timeline.
- Magic Staff: Wields one made of simple ivory wood, which looks very much like the one that Gandalf uses after his return.
- Name's the Same: Invoked by Harry, who points out that he's using the same name as Nathaniel Essex/Milbury a.k.a. Sinister. Nathan points out that while this is true, there are very few names that Sinister hasn't used as aliases, even just in his timeline, which Harry reluctantly concedes.
- Noodle Incident: Hints that he went through a similar experience to the one Harry's going through - getting an outsider's view of the multiverse - at some point when he was younger.
- Older and Wiser: Specifically, older and wiser than Harry, due to having had over a millennium of life experience compared to Harry's decade and a half, and consequently being both much more knowledgeable than his younger counterpart. In general, he comes across as a more thoughtful and patient version of Harry, which makes his/their intelligence much more apparent. He's also rather more philosophical, expounding on the difference between the Phoenix and the Dark Phoenix (essentially, selflessness versus selfishness - while the Power of Love and the Power Of Hate respectively come into it, as Harry points out and he agrees, he argues that true love is selfless, putting the needs of another above your own, while with the Dark Phoenix, It's All About Me).
- Older Than They Look: Despite the fact that he looks about 30, at most, he's at least a thousand years old, if not 1500, as he sometimes implies.
- Physical God: And an extremely powerful one - as a version of Harry who's the same age as Thor, he's grown into his full physical strength (75% that of Superman, per Word of God), and has vast magical gifts and Psychic Powers (which he's learned to merge under Wanda's tutelage).
- Pop-Cultured Badass: Like his alternate counterpart, he's fond of The Lord of the Rings, lampshading his own resemblance to Gandalf.
- Psychic Powers: His are a good deal stronger than Harry's, and more controlled, which is one of the things that clues Harry in to his true age. They're so strong, in fact, that aside from Gorakhnath and Surtur, he's the only one to register Harry's observation during Harry's Vision Quest with the Norns in chapter 51 - and with Surtur, is the only to do so from the future.
- Really 700 Years Old: He's at least a thousand years old, if not closer to Thor's age (1500 years old).
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: With his younger alternate self, who he greatly enjoys winding up.
- Time Master: To an unknown extent - the folder quote refers to how he got a look at the multiverse far earlier than should have been possible, he very quickly picks up on the fact that there's a serious temporal disruption coming Harry's timeline, and he casually punts Harry back into his specific time and specific reality. In chapter 51, in his cameo he demonstrates that he's aware that Harry's catching a glimpse of him as part of his Vision Quest with the Norns.
- Unexpected Character: His appearance was a surprise by itself, but his return was even more so, given that it didn't look like there would be any way for him to return.
- Vagueness Is Coming: He does a fair amount of this, partially in a desire to preserve the timeline and partially because even he doesn't necessarily know everything that will happen to this version of Harry, since their lives diverged before the story even started.
- Wizard Classic: He doesn't have a beard, and he looks a bit younger than the usual for this trope (though he's over a thousand years old), but otherwise, with robe, staff, long hair, and cryptic remarks, he fits the bill very neatly.
The Norns a.k.a. the Three
The Norse Fates, they're not just a trio divided into the traditional trio of Maiden, Mother, and Crone. Rather, they're the leaders and most powerful members of an ancient Asgardian order of seers known as the Norns, one that has historically drawn members from across the Nine Realms, and taught others with related gifts (Odin among them). When conducting major visions, the gifts of the entire order are focused through them. Consequently, they are usually known as the Norns. They live in - or more accurately, under - Nornheim, a powerful sub-kingdom within the realm of Asgard, which was specifically set up to protect them. They provide advice for the royal family, and an admittedly imperfect screening service, to make sure that prospective heirs to the throne aren't crazy. However, their only true allegiance is to Yggdrasil itself.
- All-Powerful Bystander: As Frigga notes, the sheer depths of their knowledge makes them potentially extremely powerful, in ways that Doctor Strange has demonstrated at length, but they don't directly intervene. However, Frigga alludes to the fact that they did once meddle the way their mythological counterparts (who ordered the fates of men), but stopped for some unknown reason - though considering Strange's predilection for doing the same and that he really doesn't like having his plans interfered with, it's quite likely that he was involved.
- Blood Magic: They use this as part of starting Harry's Vision Quest, mixing a few drops of his blood in their Magic Mirror with water from the springs of Yggdrasil to get visions appropriate for him.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: They really don't seem to care about anything beyond maintaining Yggdrasil and ensuring that Surtur remains imprisoned - they don't care if a prospective King or Queen of Asgard (or even someone else who took over as ruler of the Nine Realms) is good or evil, so long as they keep it intact.
- Creepy Good: Good might be stretching it a little, but they're broadly aligned with goodness
- Deadpan Snarker: Arguably the most deadpan in the entire series, enough to leave Harry flat-footed, both of which take some doing.
- Foreshadowing: They're oracles, it's kind of what they do.
- Finishing Each Other's Sentences: An unusual variant, in that they spread the dialogue of one character across three people, until - every now and then - they decide to Speak in Unison.
- The Hecate Sisters: Structured along these lines, explicitly being referred to as Maiden, Mother, and Crone. This also corresponds to their respective areas of seeing: the Maiden sees the Past, the Mother sees the Present, and the Crone sees the Future.
- Heroic Neutral: Heroic might be a touch generous, but it's generally the bad guys who threaten the integrity of Yggdrasil, which they protect above all.
- In the Hood: They wear dark, hooded robes, from which only their gleaming eyes are visible. It's more than a little creepy... though Harry's unfazed and mainly annoyed by the fact that he has to wear one of those robes as well, because his clothes have been unexpectedly magically removed.
- Lawful Neutral: The closest they come to a conventional moral alignment - they have a duty, they stick to it, no matter the moral consequences to anyone else.
- Legacy Character: The Norns in general have included members from pretty much every species of the Nine Realms, including humans, excepting only Muspelheim, which is sealed off, and Niflheim/Helheim, which is the realm of the dead.
- Magic Mirror: They use one filled with water from the intensely magical and occasionally physics defying springs of Yggdrasil and mixed with a little bit of Blood Magic to take Harry on a Vision Quest.
- Mysterious Past: A lot is left unanswered about just when they were founded and why - though the implication is that, going by the decor and how far under the already somewhat archaic Nornkeep their cavern is, they go back a very long way. Likewise, their dedication to protecting Yggdrasil suggests that that was why, to foresee escape attempts by Surtur.
- Seer: Respectively, they're seers of the Past, the Present, and the Future.
- Speak in Unison: They vary between doing this and, as Harry notes, spreading the dialogue of one person across three mouths.
- Spell My Name with a "The": They're known as the Norns, despite all members of the order (of which there are hundreds, if not thousands), being known as Norns.
The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus. Cousins of the Asgardian Royal family through Odin's mother, Theia, who happened to be the sister of Rhea, mother of Zeus and most of the other Olympians. One of the more powerful pantheons, and one of the least liked, for their squicktastic habit of incest, petty infighting, and divine Super Dickery.
- Badass Family: Personality wise, they aren't much to write home about, but they kick serious arse.
- Big, Screwed-Up Family: On a cosmic scale.
- BrotherSister Incest: Prone to this. Asgardians in particular think it's weird.
- Dysfunctional Family: Again, on an epic scale.
- They're also technically cousins to the House of Odin (Odin's mother was Theia, sister of Rhea, who was the mother of Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Hades, and the like), and seem to be regarded as the branch that is more put up with than liked.
- Incest Is Relative: They're prone to marrying their siblings. In Asgard, at least, this is considered to be profoundly weird and is apparently brought up at all the family arguments.
- Jerkass Gods: The general view of pretty much every other pantheon (who're mostly Jerkass Gods in their own right) is that (with honourable exceptions) they're a bunch of unrepentant dicks, prone to Super Dickery of the highest order.
- Living Legend: Most people on Earth have heard of them, even if the stories aren't exactly accurate.
King of the Olympian Pantheon, cousin of Odin, major-league power-house and epic dickhead.
- Abusive Parents: Considering that he's generally apathetic to Hera's antics, and she usually tries to kill his illegitimate children and/or grandchildren, he qualifies.
- BrotherSister Incest: With Hera. Again, the other pantheons (especially Asgard) think it's icky.
- Butt-Monkey: Odin verbally embarrasses him in front of the rest of the Council Elite and, after he makes the mistake of condescending to Strange, the latter uses him to make a point (which is mostly 'don't piss off the madman with the Infinity Stone') by temporarily sealing him in a crystal tomb.
- Good Is Not Nice: He's one of the good guys... he's just not nice, or likeable.
- Hot-Blooded: Where the rest of the Skyfathers are trying to be more conciliatory when talking to Odin, mostly because the alternative is fighting him, and save those who're actually Elder Gods, he's the strongest of the lot (and the Elders aren't keen on getting involved) and battle hardened to boot, Zeus is up for picking a fight.
- He also tries to talk down to Doctor Strange. While the latter was a) half-mad, b) holding the Tesseract. This was agreed by everyone else there to be a very stupid idea.
- Immortal Immaturity: He's about the same age as/a peer of Odin, though he looks a great deal younger. This is reflected in their respective behaviours.
- It's Personal: He's pissed at Odin because from the rather skewed account he got, Thor and Loki threatened his wife without cause and Harry set the Phoenix on her. Odin deconstructs this, stating what she really did, pointing out how it fit her character, and noting that if Harry really had set the Phoenix on her, she wouldn't have lived long enough to complain about it.
- Old Soldier: A literal example. He's Diana's grandfather, a senior member of the Council Elite, and when he's angry, the narration notes that the kind of power gathered around him usually prefaces phrases like 'let there be light'. It also notes that his lack of scars is either a mark of vanity... or a sign that he's too badass for anyone to have even got close.
- Physical God: Obviously, and on the upper end of the scale too.
- Really Gets Around: Infamously cheats on Hera with anything that catches his fancy.
- "Reason You Suck" Speech: Odin delivers one to him that's mainly about Hera, but reflects badly on him too.
- Smug Snake: Carries shades of this, as despite his power, he's generally trounced either verbally by Odin, or physically by Strange - though Strange used the Tesseract to do it.
- Taken for Granite: Temporarily, courtesy of an irritated Doctor Strange armed with the Tesseract.
- Where you go, Lady Hera, demigods disappear under mysterious circumstances.
Queen of the Olympian Pantheon, hater of demigods, and gigantic bitch extraordinaire.
- BrotherSister Incest: With Zeus. A lot of the other pantheons (by inference, Asgard in particular) think that it's weird and bring it up whenever they're feeling snippy.
- Character Development: And not of the good kind - originally, she just hated the demigod bastard children of her husband, Zeus. It has since evolved into a general hatred for demigods.
- Dirty Coward: Cuts back on her oblique threats to Harry as soon as Thor basically tells her to back off or risk incineration by surgically precise lightning bolt.
- Evil Is Petty: Perhaps not strictly on the side of evil, but she's petty as hell, with Odin characterising her attitude as one of 'sheer spite'.
- Evil Matriarch: Of the Olympians.
- Exact Words: Odin notes her skill for using deniable language.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: A textbook example.
- Psychological Projection: Projects her hatred of her husband's Really Gets Around behavior on his children...and on every other demigod too.
- "Reason You Suck" Speech: On the receiving end of a downright vicious one from Lily, through Harry.
- In Ghosts of the Past, Odin aims a rather harsh one at her via her husband, Zeus.
- Self-Serving Memory: Going by Ghosts of the Past, she either has a severe case of this, or she outright lied to her husband.
- Shame If Something Happened: Specialises in structuring discussions along these lines.
- Troll: She seems to enjoy needling Thor - then backs off as soon as she realises that he's not going to take her obliquely threatening his son lying down.
- Wicked Step Mother: The original.
- Would Hurt a Child: Tried to have Diana killed as a child because she was Hercules' daughter by Hippolyta, one of her chosen people, and is perfectly happy to obliquely threaten Harry.
- Iolaus mostly handled directions. I just hit things.
Son of Zeus. Lion of Olympus. Prince of Power. One of the greatest heroes of all time, whose name is often preceded by 'the Incredible' and for good reason. Probably the Nice Guy of the Olympian Pantheon. A bona fide badass and second cousin of Thor, he might not be the brightest star in the heavens, but he's definitely one you want on your side.
- Action Dad: to Diana.
- All Amazons Want Hercules: Hippolyta did, anyway. The result was Diana.
- Boisterous Bruiser: He loves nothing better than a good fight. He's a lot like a pre-humility Thor in that respect.
- Blood Knight: Diana says that she gets it from him. He'll always pick a fight, and while he usually picks the right ones, he doesn't always.
- The Cameo: Fights by Thor's side in the Battle of London, which is his only appearance so far, though he's mentioned several times.
- Dumb Muscle: He's not exactly the world's brightest hero and remarks that Iolaus handled directions and he just hit things.
- Dynamic Entry: He makes his entry with a Shockwave Clap that vaporises a number of demons.
- Good Is Dumb: He's a nice guy, a hero, and a total badass, but it's clear that Diana got her brains from her mother - he's really not all that bright.
- Good Parents: He clearly loves his daughter, who remembers him as always being 'full of stories and laughter', and is ludicrously proud of her. He also had the sense to arrange for her protection from Hera when she was a baby by seeking Loki and Athena's advice, after recognising that this was a situation he couldn't just punch his way out of.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: A little - he says that other people handle the thinking, he just hits things.
- Hidden Depths: He's smarter than he first appears (not that this is hard) and at least somewhat self-aware.
- Idiot Hero: Appears to be this at first, but like his canon counterpart, he's smarter than he first seems (not that this is difficult).
- Mini Dress Of Power: His usual outfit, being described at one point as usually wearing 'a belt, a mini-dress and a smile, lion skin optional'.
- Rated M for Manly: As per usual.
- Shockwave Clap: Uses this on a bunch of demons.
- Super Strength: One of the most archetypal examples, potentially being even stronger than Thor. He ain't called the Prince of Power as a pet name, folks.
- Token Good Teammate: Like Athena and his daughter, he's the only pleasant Olympian we've seen so far.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: He rarely bothers with a shirt. No one seems to mind.
- Wrestler in All of Us: He invented Pankration.
Daughter of Zeus, elder half-sister of Hercules, and de facto guardian of Diana, she appears from time to time, occasionally dispensing advice in her capacity as Goddess of Wisdom.
- Animal Motifs: Owls. Which she can talk to.
- Badass Bookworm: Goddess of Wisdom, Goddess of War. The result is this trope.
- Badass Teacher: Though she's not overt about it, she helped train Hercules, among others, and has plenty of game.
- Cool Aunt: To Diana and, to an extent, to Harry (technically speaking, she's his second cousin once removed).
- Cryptic Conversation: Shares one with Loki. Harry is left profoundly confused.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Loki, being the smart, pragmatic, logical support/mentor to a more rambunctious and physical classically heroic brother.
- Foil: Explains that she is this to Ares, the other Olympian War God, who's more of a Leeroy Jenkins, while she is The Strategist.
- Genius Bruiser: The Goddess of Wisdom and War, natch.
- The Mentor: Formerly to Hercules, currently to Diana, his daughter. Also dabbles in this where Harry is concerned, both in Child of the Storm and later, by implication, in Ghosts of the Past when Jesus mentions her as one of the gods with faith in his ability to control the Phoenix.
- Smart Girl: As Goddess of Wisdom, to the Olympian pantheon. Loki treats her as a peer, something that speaks volumes.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: Where Hedwig is concerned, at least.
- Stealth Mentor: She's not always obvious about her mentoring, and tends to prefer those she does advise to seek out advice rather than simply be handed it on a platter, as she does with Harry.
- Straight Man and Wise Guy: Plays the dry-witted straight woman to Diana's relative wise guy.
- Token Good Teammate: Alongside Hercules and Diana, she seems to be this for the Olympians in general (at least, those we've seen so far).
- War God: Among her other positions, she's one of two for the Olympians.
See her entry under Child Of The Storm Harrys Friends.
Not quite gods, but powerful enough to match some of them, the Fae are The Fair Folk, and originate from The Dresden Files. Of the given supernatural factions that aren't wanded or wandless wizards, they are arguably the closest to humanity. This would be because they were originally humans, or a human relatives, that found their way into the Nevernever several hundred thousand years ago and were altered by its magical energies.
Unless stated otherwise, tropes from The Dresden Files, up to Dead Beat, apply here.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The higher-ranked a Fae is, the more powerful they are.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Summer Fae as a whole are this trope-they appear to be all sweetness and light, but they are just as powerful and dangerous as any Winter Fae.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: Especially with the older Fae, and/or those who have never been human at all. They have a sense of morality which is somewhat skewed compared to that of humans.
- Equivalent Exchange: Fundamental to their nature, as Loki states in Chapter 33. They must give something in exchange for something else, and vice-versa - even if they want to give it freely, they cant.
- Exact Words: The Fae are happy to make deals with mortals, but the mortals often end up being less than happy with the results, because of this trope.
- Was Once a Man: While this applies only to certain individuals in The Dresden Files, here it is stated that all of the Fae are descended from prehistoric humans/human relatives who moved into the Nevernever and gradually became more and more magical. Many of the Fae shown in-universe were also once changelings, human/fae hybrids who chose or were forced to become fully Fae.
The Queen of the Winter Court a.k.a. She Who Must Be Obeyed, Mab is one of the foremost defenders of reality, and is eternally charged with keeping it safe from the beings known as Outsiders. She will do anything to see that goal through. No matter what the cost is. She's more or less on the side of good - but Good Is Not Nice very much is the case here.
- Barrier Maiden: Essentially, the reason she exists—Mab and her Court are dedicated to protecting the mortal world from Outsiders. No matter the cost.
- Dark Is Not Evil: She's the Queen of the Winter Court, ruler of some of the scariest beings in the Nevernever, and she became that by being The Dreaded, becoming incredibly ruthless (she's explicitly compared to Nick Fury), and ensuring that nobody would ever dare cross her except the very brave, very stupid, and completely insane (and Doctor Strange, who's definitely the first, probably the last, and even scarier than she is). However, her job is to protect the universe from the Outsiders, such as Chthon, and she was responsible for setting up the Unseelie Accords in order to keep humanity more or less safe after the various pantheons were ordered to leave Earth by the Celestials.
- The Dreaded: Even Loki has a certain amount of wary regard for her, and it's noted that the reason the Unseelie Accords work is because breaking them guarantees her personal displeasure, and nobody wants that.
- Everyone Has Standards: She wasnt pleased when Harry was kidnapped by the Red Room - not due to her morals, mind, but because him being kidnapped on ground that bordered both the Summer and Winter Courts made it seem like they were aiding and abetting said kidnapping.
- Good Is Not Nice: She and the Winter Court exist to protect the world from Outsiders. The Summer Court exist to protect the world from them.
- Graceful Loser: After Pepper points out that Harry Dresden doesnt have to become her Knight to be sent along on the mission to go after the Red Room, and Dresden points out that she seems to be intent on having him go along, she has an initial moment of anger due to him coming close to taunting her, but mostly seems pleased at his daring.
- After Doctor Strange makes a deal with her to purge Nemesis from the Leanansidhe (her Number Two), his condition is that she consider Harry Dresden's last favour to her paid, reasoning that as the next in line to be Sorcerer Supreme, he will be fighting the Outsiders even without being her Knight (a position Dresden has made it clear he wasn't interested in). She hasn't been seen onscreen since, but Strange states that she conceded his point.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Although she is respected, if not outright feared, by the entire supernatural/supernaturally informed community (including by Thor and Loki, who she matches for power at her weakest), she still doesn't come close to Strange's level of clout, something which the latter makes very clear when discussing how he'd essentially pinched a prize asset (Dresden) she'd been looking forward to recruiting as her Winter Knight. Of course, it could be said that nobody does.
- Physical Goddess: Her power levels fluctuate depending on what time of the year it is, and its stated by both Word of God and Harry Dresden that shes around the level of Thor and Loki at her weakest.
- Small Role, Big Impact: She's only appeared in one scene so far, but that was to help Dresden rescue Harry's mind from the Red Room, a mission that also led to Maddie and Jono's rescue, the capture of Sinister and Strange hacking the psychic network to begin a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against all of his clones, and indirectly the brief emergence of the Dark Phoenix. She also spends most of her time protecting reality from Outsiders.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Although she and Wanda work together to guard the borders of reality, and treat each other with what Dresden describes as "a certain familiarity and mutual professional respect," there is certainly some friction between her and Wanda, especially when Mab attempts to manipulate Dresden into becoming the Winter Knight.
- Likewise with Strange, who cures her Number Two from an Outsider related affliction that would have infected her daughter in exchange for Dresden's obligations to her, effectively poaching her favoured candidate for the position of Winter Knight - something presented in the context of effective blackmail. He then casually remarks that she won't interfere further, as she "knows much better than to get in [his] way."
- Worthy Opponent: Sort of has this relationship with Dumbledore and Wanda, who she seems to respect (unlike Harry Dresden, who notes that she seems to see him the way a cat views a favourite mouse.) With Wanda, the relationship is a little more complex, as they have complementary jobs (Wanda deals with the Outsiders who are either too big or too sneaky for Mab to fight).
The Winter Lady, next in line to be Winter Queen, and one of Mab's two children. Unlike her mother, who takes her duties very seriously, Maeve is far less focused on her work.
- The Caligula: Downplayed, but it's noted in Ghosts of the Past by Loki that the day she becomes Winter Queen is a day every living being on Earth should dread.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: By Loki's account.
- The Ghost: Besides a few passing mentions in Chapters 32 and 33 of the first book, and a few times in Ghosts, she has yet to appear in-story directly.
A former changeling who was unexpectedly elevated to the rank of Summer Lady due to her predecessor Aurora's death, and being in the right place at the right time (or wrong time, considering Lily never wanted to be a Fae). Lily is the youngest and least experienced of the Fae Queens, but is also the closest to human of them as a result of this.
- Curves in All the Right Places: As the mortified Harry cant help but notice.
- Miss Exposition: She and Fix describe the Fae Courts to Harry, and how they became the Summer Lady and Knight, to help him come to terms with his own transformation.
- Name's the Same: In-Universe, she has the same name as Lily Potter. And as Lily herself notices, Harry Thorson is this to Harry Dresden.
- Nice Girl: She comforts Harry about becoming a demigod whereas before he was just a normal human (wizard). He even notices that her very presence is like a gentle caress.
- Physical Goddess: While shes noted to not be on the same level as Thor or Loki, or other high-tier gods, shes still easily a Person of Mass Destruction, and it is noted by Coulson that the former Summer Lady, Aurora, was an Omega level threat.
The Summer Knight, the Summer Court's mortal agent in the human world, Fix was chosen by Lily herself, as a last connection to her former life after she became the Summer Lady. While he may not look that impressive, and was a mechanic before he became the Knight, he's still plenty dangerous and more than willing to get his hands dirty.
- Beware the Nice Ones: As with most of the Summer Court, just because he's a generally sweet, polite guy doesn't mean you ought to mess with him.
- Casual Danger Dialogue: With Harry Dresden, a master of the art.
- Evil Gloating: Lampshades how Lukin is doing it, and that it seems to be a requirement for villains.
- Guest-Star Party Member: Helps during the climax of the Forever Red arc to attack the Red Rooms base and take back Harry (Thorson/Potter's) mind.
- I Choose to Stay: After being offered the chance by Maddie to leave after the Red Room's base has been found, he says that unless they think he'll be a liability, he'll continue to help until he's not needed.
- Knight In Shining Armour: While he rarely wears the actual armour, he ticks all the boxes.
- Mr. Exposition: He and Lily are the ones who describe the Fae Courts to Harry, and how they became the Summer Knight and Lady.
- Parental Abandonment: He states that his father was some sort of frost spirit, and never bothered to contact him after he was born.
- Straight Man and Wise Guy: Has this sort of interaction with Harry (Dresden) during the raid on the Red Room facility, providing the Straight Man to Harrys Deadpan Snarker Wise Guy.
The angels of Judaic/Christian/Islamic faith, who appear to take cues from The Dresden Files. Mentioned a few times In-Universe, but rarely make a direct appearance or interfere directly in mortal affairs (indirectly, it's a different story entirely).
Joshua a.k.a. Jesus of Nazareth
- I do not, and will never, have anything better to do than talking to and helping a young person in pain.
Yes, that one, the Son of Man, the Messiah... and generally the Nice Guy of the collected pantheons. Apparently Thor and Loki were a bad influence on him. Tends to keep himself to himself and, like his father, work through agents. Makes a direct appearance in Ghosts of the Past after the Forever Red arc, and briefly appears again after the Bloody Hell arc. Following the former, because of the Dark Phoenix incident, he seems to have taken to functioning as something to Harry that Word of God describes as a combination of 'parole officer and social worker'.
- All-Loving Hero: What do you freaking expect? His primary response to Harry's Dark Phoenix manifestation is a direct contrast to most (though not all) of the other pantheons - they see a threat to be destroyed, he sees a kid (a cousin, even) in need of help. When he unveils his psychic presence to reveal who he is, Harry's somewhat overwhelmed by the warmth and compassion... and reacts hilariously.Harry: Jesus fucking Christ!
- Badass Pacifist: Specifically takes the peaceful option... and casually shrugged off a psychic blast from Harry that would have either lobotomised a full capacity Wembley or blown it up (Wembley Stadium holds 90,000 people), with a mildly surprised observation that Harry packs a real psychic wallop - he actually felt that. It didn't hurt him, but he felt it. He also easily cloaked his presence from Harry, so effectively that Harry couldn't even sense it.
- Deadpan Snarker: A little. Apparently it was Thor and Loki's influence.Also, I come in peace... I'd rather you didn't try to make me leave in pieces.
- Exact Words: Tells Harry, when the latter asks who he is, to call him Joshua. This is both neatly avoiding saying his name, and actually saying it in a round about way - Joshua and Jesus are two ways of translating the Hebrew Yeshua.
- Good Samaritan: Unsurprisingly, takes this role to Harry after Forever Red, even though Harry is considered by most of the Council Elite - and himself to an extent - to be a ticking time-bomb.
- Good Shepherd: Again, duh. Technically, he isn't a priest or a rabbi, but being who he is...
- Humans Are Flawed: Fond of humans for all their quirks, in spite of, and because of, their flaws.
- Humanity Is Infectious: Notes this tendency in passing.
- Jesus Was Way Cool: While not as much as the trope usually suggests, this version is a Nice Guy who turns up in battered workman's jeans and a t-shirt (after all, he was a carpenter...) and just asks his distant cousin to hear him out.
- Light Is Good: He's definitely light themed, and, well, he's one of the nicest gods you're likely to meet. Nicest people in general, actually.
- Long-Lost Relative: Notes to Harry that like Maddie, he's a cousin (though more distantly and on the other side of the family).
- The Medic: His specialty.
- The Mentor: Gives Harry advice, talks to him about his problems, and gently points out flaws in his reasoning.
- Nice Guy: He talks to Harry, lending him a sympathetic ear to listen to his problems after Forever Red, and doing so not because of Harry's Apocalypse Maiden nature, but because... well. See the folder quote. He also pops up in Bloody Hell, and though his purpose was more to give Harry a warning, he first sincerely congratulates Harry on resisting the extremely strong temptation to Cut The Knot and save Carol by going Dark Phoenix, doing what is right rather than what is easy. Both times he appears, he provides gentle but serious advice, and on the latter occasion, he also takes Gambit, who's suffering from Cloning Blues aside and has a little chat with him, while also offering the same to the others present.
- In short, he's pretty much the nicest member of the collected pantheons that we've seen, with the possible exception of Diana. Granted, this is not especially hard. However, impressively, he's also in the running for nicest all round character in the entire series (again, with the possible exception of Diana, as well as Cedric, Clark, and perhaps Michael Carpenter, the latter two of whom happen to be disciples of his).
- Nice Jewish Boy: The archetypal example.
- Non-Action Guy: Downplayed - it's stated that he's got more power than Thor or Loki, has had more time to refine it, and when he surprised Harry and got hit with a psychic blast strong enough to lobotomise a full capacity Wembley Stadium (90,000 people), he's surprised that he actually felt it. However, he's not a fighter by nature, instead focusing on being a healer, both physical and mental.
- Noodle Incident: Apparently he, Thor and Loki hung out a very long time ago. They were supposedly a bad influence on him.
- Odd Friendship: He name-drops Adam, the Anti-Antichrist of Good Omens, when he's talking to Harry after the Dark Phoenix incident. Apparently he knows him well enough to think he and Harry would get along.
- As stated above, he also hung out with Thor and Loki in the past, and while he's not shown interacting with Loki and has only met Thor once in the story, they seem to be on good terms.
- The Paragon: His preferred method of doing good - both times he talks to Harry, he shows a steadfast faith in Harry's better nature and capacity to make the right choice. He doesn't seem to see his job necessarily as overtly doing things, more helping others find their way.
- Physical God: There aren't many people who can shrug off a powerful psychic blast from Harry like it's a love tap.
- Precision F-Strike: Elicits two from Harry, the latter when he reveals who he is (though it is quite obvious).Harry: Jesus fucking Christ!
- Race Lift: Subverted, and he drily lampshades it. Unlike most depictions of Jesus, which have him as tall, white, often blue eyed and with straight (sometimes blond) hair, he's shown as a short, dark skinned guy with brown eyes and curly black hair.
- The Reveal: Shortly after he first appears. While it isn't very hard to figure out who he is, he's not expected to make an appearance, because the story seemed to adhere to the Jesus Taboo. However, Word of God did suggest that he'd make a cameo.
- Scars Are Forever: He presumably keeps his out of choice, but the ones on his hands from the nails on the cross are clearly visible.
- Semi-Divine: Notes that, like Harry, he is a demigod.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Pops up behind Harry and cloaks his presence, in an effort to keep him from getting jumpy and lashing out. Since a jumpy Harry did exactly that, he points out how bad an idea this was - Jesus agrees that it wasn't exactly one of his best.
Archangel Uriel a.k.a. 'Mr Sunshine'
- Beware the Quiet Ones: He's Heaven's black ops agent - in other words, he could be seen as an Older and Wiser counterpart to Loki.
- The Ghost: Mentioned a few times by Word of God, and was confirmed to have given Harry Dresden Soulfire, and so far that's all he's done (directly).
- Our Angels Are Different: Unlike Thor and Loki, he doesn't really have a physical body - in The Dresden Files, he's stated by Bob to essentially be just a soul, and that his body (if he ever appears physically) is essentially something he briefly "constructed" with Soulfire to inhabit.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He has yet to make a true appearance, but he was responsible for giving Harry Dresden Soulfire (like he did in canon), only several years early this time. So far, Dresden's used it to heavily injure Gravemoss and Voldemort.
Members of the other pantheons mentioned and featured in the story. Until relatively recently, they grudgingly followed the Celestials' injunction to stay away from Earth and humanity, to let them grow on their own. That, however, has shown signs of changing.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: True of all gods, but especially the Skyfathers - each of them is a Physical God and (to a varying extent) Reality Warper. The more worship and recognition they have, the more they can exercise their power on Earth.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: A lot of them don't exactly cleave to human morality, let alone modern human morality.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: The Council Elite. Strange makes most of them look like morons, and Odin stands them off, yes. However, it is worth remembering that Odin is (thanks to Yggdrasil) the most powerful individual Skyfather, with millennia of heavy-duty combat experience, and Strange had both millennia of experience of dealing with and defeating incredibly powerful gods and godlike beings, as well as an Infinity Stone to bully them with. As is underlined by Thor and Joshua when Harry reveals that his plan B in the Bloody Hell arc to save Carol had she not survived would have been Blackmail (specifically, 'bring her back, or else I'll become the Dark Phoenix, do it anyway, and then you'll be sorry'), they are not to be underestimated. They're in the same order of power as Odin, who Harry himself noted could squash him without trying should it ever come to that (Phoenix related interventions excepted), and they a) live more or less forever, b) hold grudges and specialise in Disproportionate Retribution.
- Disproportionate Retribution: A divine speciality, which Thor and Joshua remind Harry of. They hold grudges. And as the latter adds, it can get subtle - in other words, it's not necessarily going to be big and obvious - and gods live a long time. They can be patient.
- Everyone Has Standards: By and large, they all look down on the Olympians.
- God's Hands Are Tied: As Jesus states when he's talking with Harry and Thor, the gods as a whole were ordered by the Celestials to cease interfering directly with Earth roughly 1000 years before the main story started so humanity could grow on their own, and that ban has only ended within the last few years. And for the more benevolent gods, such as the Asgardians, the Hindu Pantheon, and the Abrahamic God and the angels, they try not to interfere directly on Earth at full power because battles between gods tend to cause massive damage to pretty much everything and everyone nearby.
- Gods Need Prayer Badly: Played With. While gods are not reliant on worship here to survive, how many people know about them in the human world/believe they exist affects how much power they can use there (and sufficient prayer/belief can make them a little stronger, too). Thor's power level in The Avengers (2012) was the result of not many people believing that he really existed - contrasted to his current power level in Child of the Storm, the difference is very clear.
- Good Is Not Nice: How much they care for mortals is rather dubious (Ghosts of the Past implies that, for the most part, they don't really), but they're opposed to the major league monsters, like Chthon, if only out of self-interest.
- Hypocrite: Huginn and Muninn call out the Council Elite as such, pointing out that each one of them is arguably more of a threat to the mortal world than Harry as the Dark Phoenix. The latter takes a little time to get warmed up. Any one of them, on the other hand, can wipe out the planet with a snap of their fingers.
- Jerkass Gods: There are several honourable exceptions, but the majority of them tend to be either this or just apathetic. They all think the Olympians are just the worst, however.
- Jerkass Has a Point: On the one hand, their going after Harry because he's potentially the Dark Phoenix is harsh at best... but considering that the alternative is risking global, even universal, annihilation, they kind of have a point.
- Not-So-Omniscient Council of Bickering: The Council Elite of Skyfathers. It's mostly an opportunity for the pantheon heads to gather... and argue.
- Physical God: By definition, though they aren't always able to use that power on the mortal plane.
The God of Protection, he is part of the Trimurti, the leaders of the Hindu Pantheon who function as a sort of tri-partite Skyfather. Is one of the more powerful and respected Skyfathers, a rough peer to Odin and Zeus. One of the more sensible gods, as these things go, and technically a blood relative of the House of Odin through his mother, a dozen or so generations back.
- Big Good: Of the Hindu Pantheon. He was also one of the gods who is stated to have faith in Harry's ability to control the Phoenix within him.
- It's also stated that the Hindu Pantheon was one of the only ones to keep watching over Earth after the Celestials ordered the pantheons to cease direct interference with it.
- Ignored Expert: Expert might be pushing it (it's not exactly something that happens often), but he at least has the common sense not to push a clearly half-mad Doctor Strange whilst he's wielding the Tesseract and advises Zeus to do the same. Zeus ignores him and pays the price. Vishnu just lets out a long sigh. You get the feeling that he might Face Palm in another setting.
- Interspecies Romance: The product of one - his mother was Princess Sunniva of Asgard (and a Phoenix host), and his father was Ishvara, an Elder God.
- Physical God: One of the stronger ones - considering his heritage (his mother was a royal Asgardian Phoenix host and his father was an Elder God), this is unsurprising.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Seems to feel this way, especially where Zeus is concerned. It's hard to blame him.
- Time Abyss: He's somewhere between 35,000 and 40,000 years old.
Head of the Aztec Pantheon, God of the Winds (among many other things), usually manifests as a gigantic feathery serpent. Even around his fellow Skyfathers. No one's entirely sure why.
- Blow You Away: God of the Winds, among other things, hence why Odin dubs him 'Wind-Lord'.
- Giant Flyer: A giant flying serpent, large enough to swallow a dragon whole, most of the time.
- God in Human Form: Oddly enough, subverted. He's the odd one out in this regard, and the narration speculates that he's making a point... though what that point is, however, is unclear.
- Physical God: Obviously.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He's one of the more reasonable Skyfathers, noting that Both Sides Have a Point.
- Scaled Up: Usually. The other gods suspect he's making a point, though nobody is entirely sure what it is.
Head of the Heliopolitan (Egyptian) pantheon. God of the Sun, has a falcon for a head for whatever reason, and is powerful enough that he has the total respect of the other pantheon heads - or at least, they shut up when he speaks.
- Non-Human Head: He has a falcon's head, for whatever reason.
- Only Sane Man: Re-rails the conversation, which had devolved into an argument between Odin and Zeus over the conduct of their sons/wife respectively.
- Physical God: He's another Skyfather, and thus immensely powerful.
- The Quiet One: He doesn't say much, but he doesn't really need to say much, as he's one of the few Skyfathers that the others are guaranteed to at least listen to.
- Straight Man: Sober, serious, and apparently not with much of a sense of humour, he's completely bemused by Huginn and Muninn's defence of Harry in nigh-incomprehensible Brooklyn slang.I think I understood about half of that.
- Top God: The ancient head of the Egyptian pantheon, and extremely powerful with it.
The Seven most powerful beings in the Universe, those to whom even the Gods must bow and treat with respect. Each and every one is a Cosmic Entity in their own right. They get involved with mortal affairs to varying degrees for varying reasons. Only those members that appear will be listed.
Beware: due to their natures and their habit of only appearing during matters of great significance, here be spoilers.
The Endless are a family, if an exceedingly dysfunctional one, and therefore have a few things in common.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: All of them are this, with Luna and Death explaining that they're basically what happens when you give cosmic concepts human faces (to human perception, at least), being a step beyond even gods in their removal from mortals.
- Appearance Is in the Eye of the Beholder: All of them look different to different people.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: Even the nicer ones do things for reasons that can be quite alien to humans, largely because of their responsibilities and their differing perceptions of the universe. They also have to follow Rules, ones that are unclear (but apparently very clear on the subject of offspring).
- Cosmic Entity: They are by far the most powerful examples of this trope, with the possible exception of Eternity - and even then, Death might be more powerful than him.
- Domain Holder: Each has their own domain, where they are sovereign. Dream's, while he mainly inhabits a relatively small section, is implied to technically include the entire Nevernever, itself a vast realm of which Faerie is but a small part.
- Eldritch Abomination: Prior to merging with Lily and when not taking a host, Destruction a.k.a. the Phoenix is usually manifest as a vast firebird capable of devouring (or healing) planets.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: They look different to pretty much every species or kind of being out there, simultaneously.
- God's Hands Are Tied: As with all beings on this page, the more power one has, the more limited one is in exercising it. This is, for example, why Lily and the others need to act through agents when rescuing Harry from the Red Room.
- Humanoid Abomination: Usually, though they aren't beholden to human form.
- I Have Many Names: All of them, some of which Lucien winds up reciting when introducing Maddie and Jono to Dream, Destruction, Delirium and Death, though Dream is a particular example.
- Reality Warper: All of them, to one extent or another, though Dream and Delirium are particularly prone to it.
- Rule of Seven: There are seven of them. It's hinted that this is the reason that seven is a magical number, rather than the other way around.
- Theme Initials: D, though it only really applies in English, with them having many other names in many other languages.
- Tangled Family Tree: Become this with the addition of Lily as the avatar of Destruction.
- Time Abyss: They're all billions of years old - or at least, the posts, powers, and memories are, though the dominant aspect might be a more recent addition, as with Destruction and the second Delirium. Death might even be older than the universe itself.
The anthropomorphic personification of Death, and an absolutely lovely person. Sometimes goes by Didi.
- Big Sister Instinct: She plainly loved her little sister Delirium, who apparently 'wandered off one day'. She seems very happy to act as big sister to the recently deceased Luna Lovegood when she fills the vacancy.
- Cosmic Entity: She's one of the strongest, if not the strongest.
- Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: Because she's really quite a nice person (for a somewhat loose value of "person"), most encounters with her fall into this. Dumbledore and Carol both have pleasant conversations with her at different points, and she's welcoming and polite to Maddie, Jono, Sir Fix, and Dresden.
- When Darcy was teleported to Death's realm by Jane's malfunctioning machinery, they did shots together.
- Don't Fear the Reaper: As noted below, she is "the friend we shall all one day meet," and a genuinely Nice Girl.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: She has the look, but is too cheerful to fit the standard attitude.
- I Have Many Names: She's been called the Grim Reaper (not that she's grim or a reaper), Teleute, Didi and, of course, Death.
- The Leader: It's subtle, but all of the other Endless defer to her, even if she's in one of their realms. This strikes a contrast to Destruction a.k.a. the Phoenix, who at least puts on the form of deferring to Dream in his palace.
- Loophole Abuse: She's limited in how she can intervene, since her kind are bound by Rules. However, she helps out where she can, with chapter 75 being the most blatant example - not only does she explain to Carol how she's Not Quite Dead (she's wearing the Green Lantern Ring, thanks to Doctor Strange, which has decided to make its full abilities apparent), she buses in the late Alan Scott, former owner of said ring, to give her a crash course in how to use it.
- In Ghosts of the Past, she, Destruction, Dream and Delirium all bend the rules as far as they can to help Harry.
- Nice Girl: Frigga describes her as 'the friend we shall all one day meet'. Pretty much every single time she appears, she's being nice to someone, helping them out one way or another.
- Noodle Incident: At one point, Darcy was warped to her domain by Jane's malfunctioning machinery. They did shots together.
- Strong Family Resemblance: To Dream, and by extension, to Harry, being technically an adopted aunt of his.
Destruction a.k.a. The Phoenix a.k.a. Lily Evans-Potter
Somewhat different from the canon incarnation of Destruction, as might be imagined. One of the most powerful entities in the universe with a proclivity for pyromania on a cosmic scale and a fondness for humanity, Harry in particular. By far the most mercurial of the Endless, while she isn't strictly the most powerful (that would be Death), she's the next best thing, and by far the most dangerous.
- Action Mom: To Harry.
- Adaptational Badass: She's not strictly more powerful than one of Her canon counterparts (though more powerful than is usually demonstrated), but She is much smarter. Needless to say, She's also several orders of magnitude more powerful than Lily, her other canon persona.
- All-Loving Heroine: Was this to an extent in life and much more so as the White Phoenix of the Crown, shipping Thor/Jane.
- Almighty Mom: Suggested to have been this in life. A much more literal example than most in death.
- Always with You: To Harry. Again, more literally than most.
- Amicable Exes: With Thor, giving her tacit blessing to him and Jane.
- Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: The story repeatedly implies this of her, before chapter 78 finally reveals that she merged with the Phoenix Force to become the White Phoenix of the Crown.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: Particularly prone to this, even by the standards of the Endless, being repeatedly described as being incredibly volatile, which is why She needs to act through hosts, who are specifically picked for their clarity of thought, compassion, and level-headedness to make a fair and reasonable judgement. After merging with Lily, She gets better about it.
- Bring My Brown Pants: The instant reaction to anyone realising She is involved with, well, anything.
- Buxom Is Better: According to a somewhat zonked out Sirius, Lily had 'fantastic breasts'. Considering that she's related to Jean Grey and Maddie (both first cousins once removed, to be exact), both of whom she resembles in several other respects (being a Significant Green-Eyed Redhead with a dangerous temper, for starters), this is not entirely surprising.
- Composite Character: An unusual three-way example, of Destruction of the Endless, the Phoenix Force, and Lily; Destruction's canon persona is explained as a former Host - or a former something-more-than-a-host, as Loki suggests.
- Cosmic Entity: One of the strongest of them all.
- Deadpan Snarker: A little bit, suggested to be Lily's influence. For one thing, She responds to a "You!" Exclamation by Gravemoss with a smirking "me."
- Destructive Saviour: Minimising collateral damage is not exactly Her top priority. Considering who She's a Composite Character of, this isn't surprising.
- The Dreaded: Good guys and bad guys alike are absolutely terrified of Her. Even the Darkhold is scared witless by a mere whisper of her power. Loki's reaction is basically God Help Us All, carrying extra punch since it's delivered by an actual Physical God. And when Gravemoss realises what he's dealing with, his reaction is to be on the point of running away screaming. Then, Harry unwisely reveals that he can't actually wield Her power... yet.
- For this reason, Frigga very bluntly informs Harry (who was looking like he was planning on trying to get Her involved) that She is not one who takes being summoned well. Dumbledore's account of what happened to the Clan Akkaba after they tried that trick only underlines this point.
- When Harry snaps and becomes the Dark Phoenix, this reaction is shown to be very much justified.
- Likewise with the accounts of Surtur, the first Dark Phoenix. Dude ate a galaxy.
- Determinator: From everything we hear, Lily didn't know the meaning of "give in."
- Fiery Redhead: Harry apparently gets his temper from her (though Loki observes that it could just as easily have come from his Hot-Blooded father) and according to Sirius, she had one hell of a right hook.
- First Love: To James/Thor.
- Gender Flip: The canonical Destruction was male - and is hinted to be a former host or, like Lily, the former dominant aspect.
- The Ghost: In Child of the Storm, appearing on-screen several times... probably. It's quite hard to separate her from her protection on Harry and the shade of Lily Potter. The only definitive examples are chapters 56, 58, 71 and 76. The former is a flashback and a brief intervention, the second is a touch ambiguous, the third is a fully fledged rampage followed by an extended conversation with Dumbledore, and the fourth is fairly explicit, but more subtle in terms of what she actually does. After The Reveal, and in Ghosts of the Past, she appears more explicitly.
- Gold and White Are Divine: As the White Phoenix of the Crown.
- The Gwen Stacy: To Thor and, non-romantically, to Nick Fury.
- The Hecate Sisters: On her reappearance in Ghosts of the Past, she appears as the Mother with Luna as Delirum taking the role of Maiden and Death taking the role of the Crone, or, in Pratchettian twist, 'the Other One'.
- Heroic Sacrifice: As per canon, she died for her son.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Wanda Maximoff, naming her godmother to Harry and being the only one Wanda confided in about her pregnancy and then helping facilitate Hermione's adoption by the Grangers.
- Heroic Host: Turns out to be this for the Phoenix, having merged with Her to become the White Phoenix of the Crown.
- Hot-Blooded: A temper runs in the family. As Destruction, Loki notes that she's essentially the dictionary definition of "volatile."
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: As noted below, she's fine with Thor having moved on from her, gently quoting the "'til death do us part" line of her wedding vows and encouraging his relationship with Jane.
- Kill It with Fire: To everything from Dementors to planets to galaxies.
- Kryptonite Factor: To Dementors and dark things in general. And, frankly, anything that's even potentially flammable.
- Like Brother and Sister: She had this dynamic with Nick Fury.
- The Lost Lenore: To Thor, though he seems to have moved on. As has she, when she tacitly gives Thor and Jane her blessing by gently but firmly saying, "'til death do us part", before pointing out that she died.
- To a lesser extent with Nick Fury, who was like a big brother to her, and her death - plus that of her parents, his mentors, and the limited punishment of many known Death Eaters in the aftermath of the War - was his main Cynicism Catalyst.
- Mama Bear: Hurt her son, and she will reduce you to floating ashes. While her intervention is circumscribed both by the Rules of the Endless and the circumstances of Book II ( excess Phoenix fire in the Nine Realms damages the Seal of Muspelheim, risking freeing Surtur, the original Dark Phoenix), she's no slouch.
- She died for her son and the protection she managed to grant him tends to react violently to threats, incinerating Quirrell and more recently telling Hera to back the hell off via a "Reason You Suck" Speech, breaking Harry free when he, Cassidy, Ron and Hermione were trapped in his mind, and in chapter 71 resurrecting Harry and going on a violent rampage. Then, in chapter 78, she appears on the mortal plane courtesy of Doctor Strange and helps Harry win a Battle in the Center of the Mind and resist The Final Temptation.
- And in Ghosts of the Past, she helps Maddie, Jono, Dresden, and Fix save Harry as much as she's allowed, purging the implanted psychic suggestions and trigger words from Maddie's mind. Really, being technically dead doesn't seem to have slowed her down all that much.
- Nice Girl: Lily, usually - though like her cousin Jean, even the gods cannot help you if you make her angry.
- Noodle Incident: Word of God has suggested that she had a run in with the Summer Court and that they liked her.
- The Phoenix: As Lily, she fit this trope neatly even before she died and was resurrected to become The Phoenix.
- Post Humous Character: By the time of the story, she's been dead for twelve years. Of course, since she's Not Quite Dead as the White Phoenix of the Crown, this calls into question the 'posthumous' part.
- Pregnant Badass: Fought while she was pregnant with Harry (and, apparently, was pregnant with another child shortly after).
- Psychic Powers: Possessed the genetic potential for these, potential which blossomed in her son. As Destruction, Her powers are immeasurably greater.
- Reality Warper: Like all the Endless. As Dumbledore remarks, She displays 'absolute command over the powers of life and death' and when She resurrects and possesses Harry, She doesn't get him to stand up or telekinetically lift him up, she rearranges reality around him so that he's standing up, in a fashion eerily similar to what Chthon does several chapters later.
- Secret Keeper: For Wanda, keeping her pregnancy and the resultant baby a secret and helping to have said child adopted.
- Significant Green Eyed Red Head: Like in canon and like her first cousins once removed, Jean Grey and Maddie Grey.
- Strong Family Resemblance: As Lily, She has this to Jean and Maddie.
- Super Powerful Genetics: Her mother's maiden name was Grey, and she bequeaths the Psychic Powers associated with that name on her son. Chapter 38 of Ghosts explains this as the Grey family descending from an Askani family who seemingly ended up the psychic equivalent of squibs about 1500 years ago, leading to them being 'pruned', though the psychic genes resurfaced to a limited extent through the centuries, until re-emerging spectacularly in Jean, Maddie, and Harry.
- Teen Pregnancy: She was 19 and a half when she got pregnant.
- Walking Spoiler: Even revealing Her identity provides a significant clue to much of the plot of the first book.
Dream a.k.a. Morpheus
The incarnation of Dream, known for being very strict in his adherence to duty and management of his responsibilities. Capable of being spectacularly vindictive, he also increasingly has a functional, if erratic, sense of compassion.
- Aloof Big Brother: To the younger Endless.
- Badass Long Robe: His usual form of dress in the Dreaming - it's black, but edged with what look like flames at the bottom.
- Bad Dreams: Can induce them or prevent them, as and when he desires.
- Character Development: As in his original series, he's described as having a developing sense of compassion.
- The Comically Serious: By far the most sober and serious of the Endless, he's often the straight man to the rest of them.
- Creepy Good: He unnerves both Maddie and Jono.
- Deus ex Machina: Steps in to, with his sisters Death, Destruction, and Delirium, help Maddie and Jono reach the Red Room base deep in the more unstable parts of the Nevernever and provide both an escort and a guide.
- Dimension Lord: Of the Dreaming... which is implied to include the entire Nevernever and maybe, the Astral Plane too.
- Dream Weaver: Sometimes referred to as such, and it's his main job.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: With emphasis on the eerie part.
- The Fettered: He is compulsively responsible.
- Honor Before Reason: He takes his perceived duties very, very seriously, and if he thinks that he has acted improperly, he will immediately pull out all the stops to rectify it.
- He also approves more generally of honourable behaviour and formal manners.
- I Have Many Names: Seriously, so very, very many.
- Painting the Medium: His dialogue is rendered in bold lettering.
- Pet the Dog: After the Forever Red arc, he ensures that Harry doesn't have Bad Dreams, having gone through something similar.
- Reality Warper: And a terrifyingly powerful one. He effortlessly diverts a powerful portal into the Nevernever - which is implied to be part of the Dreaming, and a small one at that - to his doorstep. Delirium, meanwhile, states almost absently that the Dreaming, his kingdom, is where all gods (or to be specific, their godhood) are born.
- Sacred Hospitality: Takes this very seriously, with Loki noting that Dream would consider himself honour-bound to assist and protect Harry if the latter wound up in the Dreaming, when they're speculating where Harry's mind might have fled to.
- Strong Family Resemblance: The narration notes that with his messy dark hair, his pale skin, height and lean build, he looks very much like he could be Harry's uncle - which, technically, he is, albeit by adoption.
- He and Death are also unmistakably siblings.
- The Stoic: Plays this role, particularly in contrast to his siblings.
- Your Worst Nightmare: Unleashes this on a number of senior Red Room personnel in revenge for what they did to Harry, in a manifestation of what is described as 'a spectacular vindictive streak'. It's so nasty that even Loki, mid Roaring Rampage of Revenge, decides to leave them be, as he can't actually do anything worse to them than what they're already experiencing.
Delirium II a.k.a. Luna Lovegood
The new incarnation of Delirium, formerly known as Delight. According to Death, the original just wandered off one day. In chapter 72 of Child of the Storm, she was replaced by Luna Lovegood. Most tropes here are about the Second Delirium.
- Adorkable: Luna as the Second Delirium, as would only be expected.
- Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: Luna does this post-mortem by becoming the new Delirium.
- Badass Adorable: Luna Lovegood, adorable to begin with, is now one of the seven most powerful beings in the universe.
- Barefoot Loon: Most people thought she was mad even before she became Delirium, and she tended not to wear shoes (if only because they were pinched).
- Brutal Honesty: A key character trait prior to her ascension.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: The old one was definitely this, in a potentially dangerous and deeply tragic sort of way. The new one is sweeter and more harmless, though still prone to being bullied as a result. Harry takes this very personally, and attempts to rectify this, though he ultimately does more harm than good.
- Creepy Good: The first had a serious case of Blue-and-Orange Morality. The second is definitely good, but she's a bit... off.
- Demoted to Extra: For fairly obvious reasons, after chapter 70 of Child of the Storm.
- Hyper-Awareness: Luna, even before she became the Second Delirium.
- Loners Are Freaks: Luna was the inverse, though she did have a couple of friends: Ginny and Harry.
- Loon with a Heart of Gold: As per canon, Luna is this, if occasionally very direct, and it sticks even after she comes to personify weirdness.
- Loophole Abuse: Bends the Rules as far as she's able to help Harry, dropping a couple of very unsubtle hints to help out.
- Morality Chain: When alive, the Second Delirium functioned as this to Harry, indirectly encouraging him to curb his Bully Hunter tendencies and recognise that they were more about his anger than anything else via a case of Brutal Honesty. It is notable that immediately after she dies, Harry snaps first into Tranquil Fury, then Unstoppable Rage.
- Nice Girl: Fits this like a glove.
- The Polly Anna: Luna isn't as divorced from reality as she sometimes appears.
- Theme Naming: It is rather appropriate that someone called Luna would become Delirium.
- Unexpected Character: Luna taking up the mantle was most definitely unexpected - though also rather fitting.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Luna, even prior to her ascension.
Other Cosmic Entities
Beyond the Endless there are a plethora of other Cosmic Entities which play a role in keeping the balance of the universe.
The embodiment of the universe, he plays a very minor role in the series.
- Abstract Apotheosis: Eternity is the embodiment of the universe.
- The Cameo: Appears once, briefly, when Harry is traveling on the Bifrost (or, from another point of view, is the most present character in the series).
- Eldritch Abomination: By the description made when Harry Sees him when travelling for the first time by the Bifrost. However, he's far less monstrous than most versions of this trope.
Nigh-omnipotent race of beings, sometimes described as space gods, who command a far greater authority than even the gods.
- Ancient Astronauts: They are described as space gods, and their MO is intervening in/experimenting on the development of life on planets, Earth included.
- God's Hands Are Tied: They are the reason why they're tied. The Celestials forbade the gods from intervening on Earth a thousand years before the story begins.
- The Unsolved Mystery: Their exact origins are unknown. Heimdall postulates that they could be a creation of Eternity, or that they may come from another reality.
Mentioned in Child of the Storm, Galactus is a being that devours worlds to feed himself, in order to keep beings far worse than himself sealed away.
- Because [Taliesin] was your name when we first met. And in part because it is a reminder, old friend: for that was when you were at your best.
One of those strange entities who's a bit hard to classify, being an exceptionally powerful tulpa (psychic entity) who was created an unknown number of millennia ago by Vishnu to defeat a psychic demon called Logos. After that, he went travelling the universe in search of knowledge, meeting the Phoenix in the process. Now, he's a yogi and teacher in his own right, with one of his former students being none other than Stephen Strange himself. The two disagree philosophically, but Strange comes to him in Ghosts, asking specifically for his different perspective when teaching Harry.
- The Anticipator: Impressively, he pulls this on Strange - though it is probable that Strange could have stayed hidden if he was really trying. Later, he does this to Nagraj Shah as well. Godlike Psychic Powers probably help with this.
- The Anti-Nihilist: Is aware that all things will, eventually, end (perhaps to be reborn) and is perfectly fine with the idea, preferring to wonder in the cosmos while it's around. Certainly, it's telling that he considers Thanos, who seeks to destroy everything as a lover's gift to Death, to be "the universe's greatest fool."
- Barefoot Sage: Though considering that his body is a mere creation of his will, it's somewhat superfluous.
- Brutal Honesty: He's kindly enough, but he's certainly not shy about giving his opinion if he feels a student of his is lacking something - in Harry's case, understanding of the theory behind his powers. He also refers to Harry's Astral Projection through Carol in Bloody Hell as impressive... and like watching a child juggle hand-grenades. Live hand-grenades.
- Closer to Earth: He prefers a much simpler existence, studying, teaching, and contemplating in a small valley in the Himalayas.
- Deadpan Snarker: It's very mild, but it's there, as Harry finds out.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Subverted. After he completed his purpose (defeating Logos), he found a new purpose pretty quickly.
- Disappointed in You: Specifically, in Strange. It's mildly expressed and mostly manifests in his pointedly calling Strange by his original name (Taliesin), which he had when Strange was his student, and when - Gorakhnath's opinion - he was at his best.
- Fallen Hero: Regards Strange as this, to a degree, pointedly referring to him as Taliesin - his original name, which he had when he was Gorakhnath's student, as a reminder of what he used to be. Strange accepts it with good grace, having sadly observed that he'd arguably become He Who Fights Monsters and viewing his work as Necessarily Evil.
- Hermit Guru: More or less, though he originally went out into the universe to seek knowledge, and now just prefers the quiet life. It's also noted that while he's willing to teach, his patience for those people, local or foreign, who just want to meet him to bolster their 'spiritual' credentials is limited.
- Magical Asian: Played With. He looks Indian, he lives in India, but since he's a psychic entity, he isn't even human - or, for that matter, magical.
- Master of One Magic: Zig-zagged, in that he's actually a master of two abilities. It's noted that Gorakhnath's knowledge of both Psychic Powers and using the powers of the Phoenix are even greater than that of Doctor Strange, one part of why Strange comes to him for help teaching Harry.
- The Mentor: He played this role to Doctor Strange, a long time ago, more recently for Nagraj Shah, and ends up as a teacher for Harry as well.
- Nice Guy: Despite his disagreements with Strange, and occasional bluntness, he still speaks politely with him, and is shown greeting Harry in a vision with a kind smile.
- Not So Above It All: As the narration observes, even the most enlightened of souls is not immune to the temptation to give irritating tourists (local or foreign) a thick ear.
- Old Master: He taught Doctor Strange, something which qualifies him as both ancient, and impressive. While he taught him back when he was still Taliesin; young, idealistic, and Walking the Earth to gain knowledge, and before the Time Stone altered him into The Ageless Time Master and master manipulator that he would become, Strange still regards him with definite respect. Indeed, he explicitly notes that Gorakhnath's knowledge of the Phoenix is even greater than his own.
- Opposed Mentors: Actually invoked by Strange, who's worried about Harry imbibing too much of his philosophy and picking up too many of his traits - he sees his own actions and, indeed, nature, as Necessarily Evil.
- Parental Substitute: Implied to be one for Nagraj Shah.
- Psychic Powers: On a titanic scale. He's at least as strong as Maddie or Jean, the strongest human psychics ever born, and exponentially more sophisticated and skilled than them, enough to detect Strange's presence, and Harry watching him as part of a Vision Quest with the Norns in Asgard (and he promptly tells him that he's early, before sending him on), a feat that only Surtur - the original freaking Dark Phoenix - and 'Nathan', a millennia old alternate reality version of Harry, manage to equal.
- Strong and Skilled: His psychic powers are titanic in scale, and he's had millennia to master them. Indeed, his knowledge of psychic matters may even be greater than Doctor Strange's, which says all that needs to be said.
- Time Abyss: He's not as old as Strange, thanks to the latter's time travelling, but his age is minimally counted in millennia, if not tens of millennia.
- Tulpa: Created by Vishnu, he's a very old and very powerful one, being at least as strong as Maddie or Jean, with an exponentially more sophisticated grasp of his power and how it works.
The (in)famous Stones which Thanos is searching for. Individually, they are monstrously powerful and incredibly dangerous both to their wielder and those around them. United, they grant a sufficiently powerful wielder total omnipotence. And as becomes increasingly apparent, at least one of them has a mind of its own...
- Artifact of Doom: The stones themselves qualify (they're not explicitly evil, but they have two notable downsides):
- First, they attract all kinds of of tyrants and monsters, seeking to harness the stones for their own ends. And when they do, the results tend not to be remotely pretty - as the campaigns of HYDRA during WWII, the Battle of New York and its prelude, and Ronan's attempted destruction of Xandar, all demonstrate. Even when one 'merely' altered someone, the result was Doctor Strange, arguably the most dangerous individual in history.
- Second, they exact a price for wielding their power, as the Red Skull, Malekith, and Doctor Strange all found out. And that's if you survive wielding it to begin with.
- Bargain with Heaven/Deal with the Devil: It depends heavily on how you interpret it, but broadly speaking, Doctor Strange's bargain with the Time Stone comes off as this, as the ultimate aim is benevolent... even if the means may not be.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: It's not clear what moral system they follow, if they do at all, but like in the films, the Tesseract eventually lashed out at the Red Skull, and the Time Stone is implied to have a very definite problem with what Thanos is planning, resulting in it turning Taliesin into Doctor Strange.
- Bright Is Not Good: They're all shiny and at the very least, they're incredibly dangerous, while at least one has its own morally ambiguous agenda.
- The Chessmaster: The Time Stone is implied to be planning a way to stop Thanos, setting events in motion by granting Strange his immortality and enhancing his powers as a Time Master and Seer.
- Earth-Shattering Kaboom: This is the very least a Stone is capable of.
- Empathic Weapon: The Time Stone is definitely one, being able to communicate with Doctor Strange sufficient to make a bargain with him, and potentially plan a way to stop Thanos - certainly, it has its own agenda. It's unclear whether the others qualify - the Tesseract might, but so far, the Time Stone is the only one confirmed to act on its own.
- Enigmatic Empowering Entity: The Time Stone, the only one of the Stones known to act on its own, is revealed in chapter 20 of Ghosts to have served as this to Doctor Strange, granting him immortality, and greatly enhancing his abilities as a Time Master and Seer. Why it did this isn't totally clear, though Word of God hints that it's because the Stone is aware of what Thanos is planning and is Not Pleased.
- Gotta Catch 'Em All: Thanos' goal is to collect all Six.
- In Name Only: Like in the films, the Reality Stone a.k.a. the Aether, tends to change shape at any given moment.
- It Can Think: It comes as a great surprise to the cast (and readers) when it's revealed that the Time Stone can think. It's unclear if the others can, but Time is the only one known to act on its own.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: The Tesseract is probably the most reliable and, practically, flexible of the Stones. By contrast, the Reality Stone is this in theory, but is noted as being completely unstable and therefore next to impossible to use to its full potential.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Unlike the other Infinity Stones, the Time Stone is confirmed to have a mind - and an agenda - of its own, being explicitly stated to be the only one to act on its own (though the Tesseract's lashing out at the Red Skull throws some doubt on this).
- Physical God: A single Stone wielder can quite easily become this - the Reality Stone turned Malekith into someone capable of going toe to toe with Bor, a Skyfather and a Reality Warper in his own right, and fight an extended war with Asgard, Alfheim, Vanaheim, Jotunheim, and Nidavaellir. And that is despite the fact that Malekith couldn't use it to its full potential, due to its instability.
- Reality Warper: The primary power of the Reality Stone (which is notably unstable), and of all six Stones combined - though in truth, they all have some aspect of this.
- Shrouded in Myth: All of the Stones, to an extent. No one knows exactly where they come from, no one knows all of what they can do, and no one - potentially not even Strange - knows where all of them are; the Reality Stone is currently missing in action (no one's totally sure where Bor put it after he extracted it from Malekith), the Soul Stone hasn't yet been mentioned save in passing, and no one knows when the Time Stone is, let alone where.
- Super Empowering: The Time Stone did this of its own volition to Doctor Strange, granting him immortality and enhancing his abilities as a Time Master and a Seer.
- Time Is Dangerous: The Time Stone is generally agreed to be the most dangerous of the lot - partly because of its powers, partly because it can think. Since it's responsible for giving Taliesin the powers and vision that turned him into Doctor Strange, calling it "dangerous" is considerably underselling it.
- Time Master: The Time Stone, primarily, though Word of God has suggested that the Tesseract and the Reality Stone can both affect time to a lesser degree, due to the connection between Time and Space.