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Founded from those parts of the SSR that didn't go on to become the modern MI13 by Peggy Carter, Howard Stark and Colonel Chester Philips, and run by Director Nicholas Fury, SHIELD is the Big Good backing the Avengers, and the NGO Super Power.

     In General 
  • Badass in Charge: Run by Nick Fury, who pretty much codifies this trope. Going by other senior agents, past and present, such as Deputy Directors Hill and Carter, this is a regular occurrence.
  • Badass Normal: Most of its Agents qualify as this, especially the 'Special Agent Division', which mostly consists of super-agents or examples of this trope so badass that they can mix it with superhumans. Examples include Black Widow, Hawkeye, and the various Agents 13.
  • Big Good: At least in theory. They try, anyway.
  • Cloak & Dagger: Operate primarily on this trope, though they are indicated to do a lot of the more boring stuff behind the scenes - Coulson alludes to 'SHIELD Accountants'.
  • Good Is Not Nice: They're good guys, but they're capable of being incredibly dangerous and very ruthless. And that's the bits that aren't secretly working for HYDRA. For this reason, Jean Grey doesn't totally trust them - as she points out, HYDRA managed to blend in amongst them for decades.
  • Heroes "R" Us: Train and equip heroes, most prominently the Avengers. They also have plans for a 'Young Avengers' program...
  • He Who Fights Monsters: HYDRA were pushing them towards this territory, and Jean Grey points it out as part of why she doesn't trust SHIELD.
  • The Men in Black: They used to be this. Now, in a semi Unmasqued World, they're a bit more open about who and what they are.
  • NGO Super Power: They're arguably the most powerful non-governmental organisation on the planet, before being briefly pipped to the post by HYDRA. After the end of Child of the Storm, they've lost a large chunk of their power and influence, but they're still a force to be reckoned with.
  • Not So Different: What Alexander Pierce believed and HYDRA were attempting to coax SHIELD towards. Jean Grey cites this, and her uncertainty about how deep it goes, as why she distrusts SHIELD, pointing out that even if HYDRA were purged, they still managed to hide in plain sight in SHIELD for over half a century.
  • Rogue Agent: As with all sprawling spy organisations, it has more than a few questionable elements (including the fact that about a third of its members are HYDRA, prior to the big purge at the end of Child of the Storm), but they're still broadly the good guys.
  • State Sec: A good guy version of this. Most of the time.
  • United Nations Is a Superpower: Backed by the UN, it is at least nominally an international agency and has all the power associated with this trope. Practically speaking, however, it's primarily American funded and dominated, having been founded during the Cold War, though its leadership includes British, Chinese, Indian, and French representatives. In general, it's more like NATO for the supernatural and the superhuman.

     Nick Fury 

Director Nicholas Joseph Fury of SHIELD

Do you really think that I would get within ten feet of that thing, let alone stand still while you monologue at me?

Was once a cheerful, friendly Nice Guy, a former Army Ranger and SHIELD liaison to the Order of the Phoenix, big brother figure to Lily Potter and drinking buddy of Sirius Black and John Constantine. The death of the Potters, however, drove him to become the Director of SHIELD within a decade and gain a reputation as one of the most powerful, dangerous and feared men on the planet. While he's a good guy and ultimately heroic, he is the master spy and will stop at nothing to protect humanity from the monsters. Is the Secret Keeper for the rumoured 'Lost Omega', a.k.a. Clark Kent and has gone to great lengths to protect him.

  • Arch-Enemy: Lucius Malfoy.
  • Anti-Hero: He is ultimately fighting for the protection of humanity against those, mundane or superhuman, who would abuse them and face no consequences, but make no mistake, he is cold, deadly and ruthlessly manipulative.
  • Batman Gambit: Employs an extremely effective one against Baron Von Strucker in chapter 42, who swiftly finds himself Out-Gambitted.
  • Battle Amongst the Flames: Fought Lucius Malfoy in one of these after the attack on Godric's Hollow and beat him, before leaving him to die in the burning ruins of Malfoy Manor. It cost him his eye and Lucius Malfoy his wand and full use of one of his legs (it is implied that the fight left further marks on Lucius that he concealed).
  • Best Served Cold: At the end of the Voldemort War, he was a one eyed young SHIELD Agent without the means to take on the Ministry (which he largely blames for failing to protect both muggleborns and muggles) or Lucius Malfoy. So he goes back to the US. Twelve years later, he's Director of SHIELD, has the Avengers on call and has been implied to be in control of the American Wizarding World. By the start of the story, he's pretty much the most powerful man in the Western hemisphere and ready for his revenge.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Had this towards Lily.
  • Big Good: To the Avengers, SHIELD and most of the world.
  • Broken Pedestal: A number of his former Order acquaintances, including Thor once he regains his memories as James, are shocked and horrified by the change in Fury. This doesn't seem to bother him in the slightest.
  • The Chessmaster: One of the better ones in the setting, capable of ultimately outplaying Lucius Malfoy and Alexander Pierce.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: The war against Voldemort in general seems to have been one for him, but the crowner was Lily and James' deaths (though James, as it would turn out, was Not Quite Dead) and what happened to Harry afterwards.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Notes when first meeting Harry after about a decade that he had hoped it would be under better circumstances.
  • Demoted to Extra: After the first book, where he played a fairly important role, he mostly goes offstage, busy with the purge of HYDRA moles and the chaos that followed first their fall, then that of the Red Room.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Oh yes.
  • Friend to All Children: Downplayed, but it's a consistent part of his character, much to the surprise of most ( Alison, on the other hand, had him bang to rights). He did his best to protect Harry, unhesitatingly ran through fire while nursing a ruined eye to save his worst enemy's infant son, played a key role in protecting Clark Kent, and provided no more than token resistance to the idea of Maddie, who for all her genuine Heel–Face Turn is a theoretically incredibly dangerous Tyke-Bomb, undergoing gentle rehabilitation at the Xavier Institute.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: To the enemies of humanity, going from a talented young SHIELD Agent to one of the most feared and powerful men on the planet in about a decade. It gets to the point where Malfoy thinks of Fury as the most dangerous man in the Western hemisphere, if not the world, and suspects that Doctor Strange arranged his posting as liaison to the Order of the Phoenix specifically to bring this about.
  • Foil: To Lucius Malfoy.
  • Four-Star Badass: As best displayed in chapter 42. It also serves to mark him out from Lucius, who's a Diabolical Mastermind and prefers to avoid doing his own dirty work whenever possible.
  • The Gwen Stacy: Lily was this to him and her death, as well as the status of the Order as greatly outmatched underdogs during the Voldemort War, drove him to become Director of SHIELD in an effort to ensure that humanity could defend itself from the supernatural and bring down powerful figures like Lucius Malfoy who could previously buy their way out of justice.
  • Handicapped Badass: The man can fight. Oh, he can fight - he nearly killed Lucius Malfoy in single combat in the backstory, permanently crippling him (at the cost of an eye), before running through the flames of a burning house while nursing said ruined eye to save Draco (still a toddler), and he beats down Baron Strucker.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: The man believes in heroes. He was also persuaded by Agent Coulson to leave an infant Kal-El in the custody of the Kents and went to a great deal of trouble to conceal his existence. In fact, it was Alison Carter was counting on it. He also definitely cares for Harry (being close to Lily) and according to Draco, after the above Battle Amongst the Flames with Lucius and nursing a ruined eye, Fury noticed that the infant Draco was trapped at the top of the stairs. He immediately ran through the flames and carried Draco to safety.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: His motive for getting his hands dirty with all that he does.
  • Kill It with Fire: Tried to do this to Lucius Malfoy. With napalm. The results left most of Malfoy Manor a smoking ruin.
  • Married to the Job: Alexander Pierce indicates this, remarking that he's known Fury for years, they work forty floors away and it takes a global crisis to make him put in an appearance.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He's very, very good at this. Not as good as some, but he clearly learned well from Alison Carter, and was able to catch Alexander Pierce red-handed at the end of Child of the Storm by playing on Lucius Malfoy's personality. Even as a young man, he gave much more experienced fellow spymaster Lucius a decent fight as The Spymaster for the Order of the Phoenix.
  • Nerves of Steel: After everything he's been through, it takes a lot to faze him. Even an angry demigod with an ultimatum doesn't make him blink. Gravemoss armed with the Darkhold and using veidrdraugr to destroy MI6 manages, though.
  • Not Good with People: Or at least, not good with people he cares about, which is a short list indeed.
  • Not So Stoic: Shows up to the Avenger's Christmas party in a festive sweater, to the vocal surprise of Tony and Dresden.
  • Overranked Soldier: According to Word of God, he's 43 at the oldest at the beginning of the story. That's still at least five years younger than any Director of a major intelligence agency ever, and he's been Director of SHIELD for several years. Possibly a Justified Trope considering Alexander Pierce (and possibly Strange)'s involvement in his rise to the Directorship, Alison Carter's mentoring him, and the Bogota Incident.
  • Out of Focus: After the end of Child of the Storm, he fades into the background and makes only a few appearances, busy with the chaos that the Red Room and its rise and fall stir up, as well as purging the remnants of HYDRA's forces.
  • Properly Paranoid: The fact is that he plays his cards not so much close to his chest, but behind his sternum, including the setting up of the same dam based hideout as in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the Shadow Initiative.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: To Petunia Dursley, after Thor has gotten his memories as James back, and he, Tony, and Fury have exposed the Dursley's abuse of Harry to all of Britain via the national papers.
    "I only need one eye to see you for what you are: a jealous little girl who turned into a bitter middle-aged woman who married a man who puts the ass in jackass. You didn't grow up, Petunia. You just got older."
  • Secret Keeper: For the Lost Omega, a.k.a. Clark Kent, - and, indirectly, Jean Grey, since the Lost Omega rumours conflated Clark's arrival with her violent power-manifestation at the age of 6. He also knows about Hermione's true parentage, thanks to his closeness to Lily and the fact that he's been keeping a close eye on Harry (and, indirectly, his friends).
  • The Spymaster: As Tony put it, he is the spy. His secrets have secrets.
  • The Stoic: Following Lily's death. Alexander Pierce comments that Fury's been pretty bad with emotions ever since they first got to know each other.
  • Terror Hero: As Thor observes, he casts a very long shadow. He seems to like it that way.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He went from a crippled and embittered young Agent who'd lost everything to the Director of SHIELD and the most powerful man in the Western hemisphere in barely a decade. It's safe to say he took many.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: He was a much more cheerful and relaxed guy until Godric's Hollow. Since he cut ties with the Order pretty shortly afterwards, his current demeanour comes as a very nasty shock to his former compatriots.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: A heroic variant. He'll stop at nothing to protect humanity. Nothing. Though it should be said that even at his most ruthless, he doesn't even come close to Peter Wisdom, his former protégé, who's effectively The Unfettered.

     Phil Coulson 

Agent Phillip 'Phil' Coulson

I have quite literally given my life to SHIELD, Miss Grey. I am loyal without question to what it represents: a shield, protecting the weak from the strong. If it becomes like the Red Room or HYDRA, then it becomes a hammer, beating the weak down. In which case, Miss Grey, it isn't SHIELD any more and it is instead the sort of thing that I've worked my entire life to destroy. Under which circumstance, I would act accordingly.

Nick Fury's right-hand man and "one good eye." Kind, gentle (most of the time), and not to be underestimated. Also a Squib, to everyone's surprise - turns out that Molly Weasley's "second cousin who's an accountant" isn't actually an accountant. While not a regular cast member, he has recurring and deceptively important roles in both Child of the Storm and Ghosts of the Past.

  • Adorkable: As per canon, he's very proud of his Captain America trading cards, and he calls his much-loved car 'Lola'.
  • Awesome by Analysis: He cracks Narcissa Malfoy by judging what kind of cues would make her respond better to him.
  • Badass Normal: He shot Loki with a BFG, is a crack SHIELD agent, and expert martial artist. According to Dresden, he also once took out three muggers with a paper clip.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: A very capable fighter when required to be, usually wearing what most characters - even teenagers - recognise as well-cut suits.
  • Bash Brothers: With Fury, when they were younger.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Phil is a genuinely warm and kind man. He's also a high-ranking agent of SHIELD, and you don't get to be that way without being dangerous.
  • The Charmer: He does this to Narcissa Malfoy to get her to open up.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Downplayed, but it's there.
  • Father to His Men: Do not mess with his team. He will not take kindly to it. He's also a Parental Substitute to Skye.
  • Friend on the Force: As of chapter 34 of Ghosts, following his redeployment as SHIELD Commander for the Midwest, he states his intention of being this to Clark Kent, who's started dabbling in heroism, and hopefully helping to conceal Clark's existence for a little longer. Given that Chicago is also under his purview, he will presumably be this for Harry Dresden as well.
  • Friend to All Children: He's very good with children and teenagers, as best shown during the interview portions of Forever Red, where he modulates his approach to be considerably gentler with younger interviewees. This trait was a key part of why Alison Carter arranged for him and Fury to be the first SHIELD Agents to encounter a young Clark Kent after the Smallville Meteor Shower.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: Usually plays the "Good Cop" to Fury's (and in chapter 56 of Ghosts, Harry's) "Bad Cop".
  • Good Is Not Soft: Just because he's a nice guy doesn't mean he's naive, or a pushover. Among other things, he's a highly accomplished manipulator who plays on Dresden's Chronic Hero Syndrome to get him to take a job - though he feels guilty afterwards, especially when it looks like Dresden's been killed - and plays Narcissa Malfoy like a violin.
  • The Heart: To Fury, who admires him for being able to maintain it, and refers to him as his "one good eye." In Ghosts, it's revealed that this and Fury's Hidden Heart of Gold were why Alison Carter manoeuvred them into position to be the first SHIELD Agents to run across Clark Kent.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Plays both Dresden and Narcissa like violins to get what he wants.
  • Muggle Born of Mages: Remember Molly's "second cousin who's an accountant"? Turns out he's not actually an accountant.
  • Nice Guy: Subtle, but it's there - he's very gentle with Maddie during the debriefing interviews of chapters 14 and 15. He's also kind to Clark.
  • Noodle Incident: He worked alongside Harry Dresden once or twice before, including watching the latter take on three mountain trolls at once and win. Dresden, meanwhile, remarks that he once saw Coulson take out three muggers with a paperclip. This gets a Call-Back in chapter 56 of the sequel where the author half-jokingly speculates in the end-notes that Coulson will kill a ghoul with a paperclip.
    • He's also worked alongside Alan Scott and Charles Xavier, back in the day, and he was at Project Pegasus.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Not stupidity, exactly, but he does a great "harmless bureaucrat" impression. Those who know him well (or in the case of a suspicious Clark Kent, have reason to look past it) don't fall for it.
  • Only Mostly Dead: Strange had a hand in bringing him back.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: Implied to be this, recognizing Dresden's reference to him as "Agent C." Though given his exasperated reaction, it's probably not the first time he's heard that joke.
  • Rank Up: In Chapter 34 of Ghosts of the Past, he reveals that he's been promoted to head of all of SHIELD's activities in the Midwestern United States.
  • Secret Keeper: For Clark Kent - he even arranged for Clark's adoption records and birth certificate.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: He wears very nice suits.
  • Undying Loyalty: As he explains to Jean in the folder quote, it's not so much to SHIELD as to what it represents - protecting the vulnerable and innocent from the monsters who would prey on them. In fact, should SHIELD itself veer from those goals, he would help to bring it down. He reiterates this to the Kent family in chapter 34.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Is this to a certain extent with both Fury and Dresden.


     Agent 13 

Sharon Carter a.k.a. Agent 13

Mentioned every now and then as Carol's cousin and Jack O'Neill's daughter, before finally appearing in chapter 70 undercover as the British Prime Minister's personal secretary and secret bodyguard.

  • Action Girl: She wasn't dispatched to be the Prime Minister's bodyguard for her looks, and she kicks arse with the best of them.
  • Badass Family: She's got one hell of a heroic pedigree and it shows.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Towards Carol, remarking how seeing her in the heat of battle was not a fun experience, as well as being very happy to tease her. Alison notes that when they were younger, they could have passed for sisters, which neither minded - and neither did Sharon's father, Jack, come to that, largely because Carol's father did.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Once she has the Red Hood on the floor, she has no compunctions about stamping on his knee and kicking him in the groin before making ready to execute him, to ensure that he can't get up again.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: The PM notes that she's rather attractive and that his Chancellor tends to check out her arse, filing the latter away for blackmail material for the next time the latter tries a leadership bid. note  Harry, for his part, goes a little red when he sees her in a battered and torn Spy Catsuit.
  • Generation Xerox: She looks more like Peggy than her grandmother Alison does, but other than that, the two seem to be birds of a feather - it helps that Alison was the original Agent 13.
  • Groin Attack: As the Red Hood found out, she's not above resorting to this.
  • Not So Stoic: Steve relates that when they met, she barely kept from jumping up and down in delight.
  • Out of Focus: Gets the least amount of narrative focus of her entire family.
  • Sexy Secretary: Goes undercover as this, to the British Prime Minister.
  • Spy Catsuit: Wears a combo of this and military tactical gear, with the PM inwardly noting that if the Chancellor saw her in it, he'd probably die a happy man. Harry also seems to appreciate it.
  • Super Soldier: Judging by Carol, she is one to a greater or lesser extent.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: In personality, but she's a dead ringer for Peggy Carter. In appearance, she resembles an older Carol and wears a practical Spy Catsuit, something which Harry notices.
  • Unkempt Beauty: In chapter 80, after the battle of London.
  • You Are Number 6: Goes by Agent 13 for a reason.

     Alison Carter 

Deputy Director Alison 'Ali' Carter, formerly O'Neill

If you fuck with my family, I will end you in ways that would give several gods of my acquaintance either ideas or nightmares.

Former Deputy Director of SHIELD, and the first Agent 13 of SHIELD. She's a Retired Badass when we first meet her in Ghosts of the Past - albeit for a rather dubious value of 'retired' ( and following Forever Red, she's been reinstated alongside Maria Hill). She's also the daughter of Peggy Carter and Steve Rogers, passed off as the much younger sister of the former. Additionally, she's Tony Stark's godmother, who he refers to as his 'Aunt Ali', Carol Danvers' grandmother, and the matriarch of the Carter-Danvers clan. Like her granddaughter, she's more emotionally screwed up than is immediately apparent. Also a sort of godmother to Clark Kent. In general, she is very much her mother's daughter.

  • Action Mom: She was the original Agent 13, one of SHIELD's most dangerous combat agents in her day, mother of two, godmother to Tony Stark, and grandmother of another four (formerly five).
  • Almighty Mom: She can get Tony, her godson, and Jack, her son, to snap to simply by using their full names. Think about that: she can consistently make Jack O'Neill and Tony Stark shut up and listen. Mother and Parental Substitute or not, that should count as a superpower.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Or at least, Unfettered Ambition Will Make You Neglect Your Kids, by her own account.
  • Badass Boast:
    • Gives three rather good ones in chapter 20 of Ghosts of the Past, when laying out an ultimatum of the 'do as I say or suffer' variety.
    • When her target her son-in-law, Mr Danvers, who had previously tried to have Harry alter Carol's mind more to his liking tries to bluster.
    I was running black ops missions before you were born, sonny. I went toe to toe with the Black Widow back in the bad old days. I dandled Tony Stark on my knee. Half the Chiefs of Staff owe me favours and the other half know to damn well pay attention when I call, even if they don't like what they hear.
    • And then when he tries again.
    Think back a few minutes. I made your company president, a man I have never met, do what I want, and I did it this morning. You know I did, because your boss made it clear to you just now, and I'm sure you would be allowed to check your company's records that will show that your promotion went through just before lunch. I did that after my morning run, during breakfast. Imagine what I could do if I was actually trying.
    • And the folder quote, at the end, to top it all off.
    If you fuck with my family, I will end you in ways that would give several gods of my acquaintance either ideas or nightmares.
  • Batman Gambit: Used this to play a young Fury and Coulson like a harp, in relation to Clark Kent and the Smallville Meteor Shower, and did it so well that they didn't even know that she was even involved.
  • Blasé Boast: She gets off a couple of good ones regarding then-SHIELD Director Jim Woo, stating that he would do what she wanted regarding the adoption of baby Kal-El. Whether he was fully onboard with the idea or not.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: One of her driving motivations, and the one that arguably destroyed her relationship with her daughter who Refused the Call (they eventually patched things up). Said daughter ascribes it to feeling that she had to live up to her parents' legacy.
  • The Creon: Played With. She preferred to remain as Deputy Director of SHIELD, mentoring a young Nick Fury, rather than going for the Directorship herself. This was on the grounds that the World Security Council were wary of the kind of power and influence a Director with the Carter name could command, and because she didn't want the likes of Alexander Pierce taking too close a look at her background and her family. However, a flashback shows she could easily play The Woman Behind the Man to actual Director Jim Woo if she wanted to, and that in a confrontation, she would win.
  • Cultured Badass: She's a very well-dressed lady with the manners of the old British officer class, and the knowledge to get references to Russian mythology. She's also one of the most terrifying people alive, and only gets more so as she officially comes out of retirement.
  • Daddy Issues: Very understated, but present. See Freudian Excuse.
  • Deadpan Snarker: It soon becomes clear that Jack and Carol came by their snark honestly.
  • Determinator: Like the rest of the family, she has absolutely no concept of giving up. This has its upsides and its downsides.
  • Disappeared Dad: Steve. It affects her much more than she lets on.
  • Doting Grandparent: Cares deeply for and mentors her grandchildren, consoles Peter Parker when it looks like he might be turned into a Grey Court vampire, coos over a picture of baby Kal-El and treats the teenage Kal-El/Clark like one of her own grandchildren.
  • Expy: She's heavily influenced by the canon version of Agent 13/Sharon Carter, being Peggy's blonde and blue eyed 'sister' and a prominent and powerful SHIELD Agent with a tendency to wear white, both in skill and capacity for ruthlessness. However, needless to say, one aspect in which they differ is their relationship with Steve - canon Sharon is Steve's Love Interest, while Alison is his long lost daughter (and this Sharon is, funnily enough, Alison's granddaughter and Steve's great-granddaughter).
  • Family Eye Resemblance: She has the same colour eyes (cornflower blue), as Carol, Sharon and her father, Steve.
  • The Fettered: As a young woman, she was the extremely driven version of this, obsessed with succeeding at SHIELD and living up to her parents' respective legends, to the point where it skewed into neglecting her children. She came to realise this and reeled back on the ambition to spend more time with her children (though as she laments, it might have been too late).
  • Four-Star Badass: She was the Deputy Director of SHIELD back in the day, and has implied she only retired because Pierce and others were looking a little too hard at her past. Now that Pierce is gone, she's back in the job.
  • Freudian Excuse: The fact that she grew up both without her father and to an extent, in his shadow didn't help. However, it is implied that her mother vanishing in 1962, when she was 17, hit her much harder. More than one character notes that she modelled herself very heavily on Peggy, singlemindedly dedicating herself to SHIELD in an attempt to live up to her mother's (and implicitly, her father's) legacy - this in turn led to her neglecting her children. She came to realise it and tried to make up for it, she frankly admits that she was 'a much better spy than a mother' and pushing them towards SHIELD and related careers, causing her rift with her daughter.
  • Full-Name Ultimatum: Uses it on Tony, her godson, as it's one of the few ways of getting him to hear and obey that she cares to use. It seems to run in the family, considering how her son (Jack O'Neill) used it on her granddaughter/his niece, Carol - who, ironically, is the target of it when he fails to inform her of Carol's kidnapping, though her ire is also aimed at Steve and, though he doesn't notice it, Tony.
  • Generation Xerox: Carol takes very heavily after her, in both looks and, to an extent, attitude. Sharon looks a little less like her, being built more like Peggy, but has pretty much the exact same attitude. For her part, she takes after Steve in body and Peggy in mind.
  • The Ghost: She's referred to several times before she actually appears, usually by Tony as his 'Aunt Ali'.
  • Good Is Not Nice/Good Is Not Soft: Straddles both tropes. She neglected her children to pursue her duty (or in her mind, Duty), and while she tried to rectify it after a Jerkass Realization, she was too late. She's also ruthlessly manipulative, entirely willing to use a Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique without batting an eye, and is, when required to be, a self-admitted "callous bitch."
  • I Am Very British: Being Peggy Carter's 'sister' (daughter), and therefore from a well-to-do British family, this is inevitable. Her accent is standard RP, though occasionally described as being flavoured by many years in the US, particularly New York. She's actually half Irish-American, through her father, Steve.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: As she puts it in chapter 20 of Ghosts of the Past, with on hand holding the subject of her wrath's wrist in a firm arm-lock and the other holding a mug of tea...
    Now, I am going to ask questions, and you are going to answer them, swiftly and concisely. If you fail to do so, I will have a sense of humour failure and you will have a broken arm and several torn ligaments.
  • Jerkass Realization: When she saw how Howard's distant treatment of Tony was affecting the latter, she realised how her prioritisation of her career/desire to live up to the family legend was affecting her children and resolved to spend more time with them. Though as she admits, it might have been too little, too late.
  • Lady of War: She takes very heavily after Peggy, who instilled this trait in her. She's got the manners of the old British officer class, and combat skills that would do both mother and father proud.
  • Lineage Comes from the Father: Looks a lot like Steve, and her Super Soldier abilities come from there too, but her mannerisms are entirely Peggy.
  • Mama Bear: See the folder quote. She personally led the raid to free her son when he was captured in the Gulf, played a key part in the raid on the Red Room in chapter 11 of Ghosts of the Past, and in chapter 20 finds out about what Mr Danvers tried to get Harry to do to Carol and then during her breakfast the next morning, arranges for him to be Kicked Upstairs, with a job that keeps him out of state and away from his family save for supervised social occasions while still able to support them, and coolly informs him that he will go along with what she is doing or she will make him suffer.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She spent most of her professional life as a high level SHIELD Agent, and a self-described "callous bitch" when required to be. This comes as standard. However, as chapter 34 of Ghosts reveals, she's better than most, being capable of playing both Fury and Coulson like a harp.
  • Missing Mom: To her children when they were young. Oh, she was around... just not much.
    • Her own mother vanished when she was 17, with what happened to her being an ongoing mystery - and while it is implied that Alison is one of the few people who knows exactly what happened, it is clear that trying to fill the gap her mother left had a strong and not entirely positive effect on her psyche.
  • Mum Looks Like a Sister: She looks closer to her children's age (early forties), even with ageing make-up, than her actual age (early sixties). Without it, she could pass as her oldest granddaughter's sister, apparently not having aged since her late twenties. She is very much not happy about this, observing that this must be what it was like for her father, when he came out of the ice, but in slow motion.
  • Nerves of Steel: She isn't in the slightest bit fazed by anything, whether it be the Nevernever warping around her and the earth beneath her feet turning to strangely solid clouds, semi-solid psychic ghost monstrosities, or a giant super strong monster that can shrug off energy blasts from her Destroyer powered gun and squash it into crumpled ruin. The most that happens is that her tone gets a little more clipped.
  • Never Mess with Granny: She's a warm, kindly grandmother who dotes on and teases her grandchildren and pseudo-godson, Clark Kent, who's about the same age, having learnt from her mistakes as a parent. She's also a Super Soldier, an incredibly experienced super-spy, being the original Agent 13, and counting pre Heel–Face Turn Natasha as a 'sparring partner'. She also takes a very effective part in the raid on the Red Room when she's well into her sixties.
    • Additionally, she can silence both Jack O'Neill and Tony Stark (her son and godson, respectively), verbally break Alexander Pierce in the space of five minutes (admittedly, she had a trump card in the Red Son being loose) and in chapter 20 reveals that once she heard of what her son-in-law, Carol's father, tried to get Harry to do to Carol in the space of a morning she arranges for him to be Kicked Upstairs, out of state, and informs him of what's going to happen: he's going to take the job, stay away from the family save for supervised holidays, unless they decide they don't want him there, support them and stay faithful to his wife unless they divorce. If he doesn't, she'll make him wish she'd killed him. Oh, and when he tries to bluster, she effortlessly takes his wrist in one hand and twists his arm to breaking point, while seated, drinking tea, and not missing a beat.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently, she found out the truth about her heritage after she was kidnapped by 'the Red Room and their alien allies' for the serum in her blood as a child. She later reveals that Mar-Vell, Piotr Rasputin a.k.a. Colossus, Howard Stark, a teenage Charles Xavier, and a young Jor-El were all involved.
  • Old Master: Despite being retired for several years, she can still pick out a watching Steve (himself no slouch when it comes to hiding) at a glance and still has her finger on the pulse. She's also still lethal in combat, and can out-gambit Alexander Pierce, even reveals he knows her secret and effortlessly susses out why she's present. She also successfully manipulated Coulson and Fury into being the first two SHIELD Agents to encounter a young Clark Kent, accurately judging them to be most inclined to take the more humane approach. The crowning part, though, is that she did this without them even knowing she was involved.
  • Older Than They Look: Thanks to her inherited serum, she looks in her forties as opposed to her sixties - and that's after ageing make-up is applied. Tony complains that she's starting to look younger than he does. If anything, she already does.
  • Parental Abandonment: On the receiving end, with her father disappearing before she was born, and her mother vanishing when she was in her late teens. This is implied by her daughter to have left her with significant issues that took her most of her life to overcome, namely a driving impulse to live up to her parents' legend, no matter what.
  • Parental Neglect: She admits to Carol that she was a very imperfect parent, choosing her career over her children for much of their early childhood, only realising how bad a mother she'd been when she saw how Howard treated Tony. At that point, she realised that she was looking in a mirror and decided that she didn't like what she saw, setting out to make amends - though as she sadly admits, by that point the damage was already done.
  • Parental Substitute: To Tony.
  • Parents as People: Admits to Carol - and later, the Kent family, that she was 'a much better spy than a mother'. She was single-minded in her desire to succeed at SHIELD, to be the best and live up to Peggy's (and Steve's) legacy. It wasn't until Tony was born and she saw how the emotionally distant Howard treated him (and the effect that had), that she realised how she'd been neglecting her own children and resolved to do better. However, as she laments, she was arguably too late, and even after trying to be better, she still unconsciously tried to mould her children in her image, which resulted in pushing her daughter away. Alison acknowledges her mistakes, observes that she hopes she's a decent grandmother because she's learned from them, and she and Marie seem to have since reconciled.
  • Red Baron: Ivan Petrovitch calls her 'Vasilisa', after a heroine from Russian myth known for her cleverness. Her amused response of "Flatterer" suggests she knows exactly what he's talking about.
  • Reality Ensues: A super spy that successful isn't going to have had much time for her children, and it's not surprising that someone growing up in the shadow of Captain America and one of the founders of SHIELD would have trouble accepting a child who doesn't want to live up to that legacy.
  • Retired Badass: Though apparently retirement is boring. Going by her interview of Pierce, it certainly hasn't left her rusty. After Forever Red , she doesn't even pretend to be retired any longer. As of chapter 34, it's revealed that even while retired, she had people keep an eye on Harry as a courtesy, since his grandparents were SHIELD Agents (like other observers, however, they were prevented from blowing the whistle by Sinister, which leads to Alison noting that she owes them an apology for chewing them out), and she was also still secretly arranging for the protection of Clark Kent.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: She's known about her heritage since she was eight. Additionally, she's simultaneously known about Clark Kent and arranged for his protection, and has managed it so secretly that even Fury and Coulson, who she manipulated into being the first SHIELD Agents to encounter a young Clark Kent on the grounds that she knew exactly how they'd react, who also took measures to protect him, had no idea she was involved until she told them.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: She's an immaculately dressed and glamorous woman, a loving grandmother, and is noted by Clark Kent to look like a 'suburban soccer mom from central casting', albeit of the upper class 'ladies who lunch' variety. She's also a master spy with a core of solid adamantium, who can play the likes of Nick Fury and Phil Coulson like a harp and used to go up against the Black Widow herself in 'the bad old days'. At one point, she twists her son-in-law's arm almost to the breaking point with one hand, while sipping tea with the other. All in all, this is one aspect of her personality where she very definitely takes after her mother.
  • Silver Vixen: As one would expect, going by the rest of her family and the fact that according to her own testimony and visible under her ageing make-up, she hasn't aged since her late twenties.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Has been noted to occasionally do this in order to mess with her father.
  • The Spock: Despite her emotional fixation on her family having a Duty, she's this in relation to Jack's The Kirk and Marie's The McCoy. Alternatively, she's this in relation to Steve's The McCoy and Carol's The Kirk.
  • The Spy Master: As most of the rest of the folder demonstrates, she was brilliant at this, and only ruled herself out of the running for Director of SHIELD because of SHIELD politics and because she wanted to avoid further examination of her family's past (and even then, as she hints in chapter 36, she could effectively overrule the then Director if she wanted to).
  • Stepford Smiler: She's hiding a lot of pain under the cool grandma facade.
  • Stiff Upper Lip: She remains calm and in control at all times.
  • Super Soldier: Three guesses where it came from, and the first two don't count.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: An odd example, in that her opting for Good was both the catalyst to her trying to make up for her Parental Neglect, and also a key part of the rift with her daughter, with the latter characterising the stubbornness with which she opted for Good and her unyielding mentality of Comes Great Responsibility as part of the problem.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: It's not immediately obvious, what with her cool, confident and classy demeanour, but it underpins her character. What with the fact that her father was the then believed dead Captain America, and her mother was Peggy Carter, a legend at the SSR/early SHIELD, who disappeared when Alison was 17, she was left feeling she needed to fill the gap they left, fulfil 'the Duty', and get her children (who she at first neglected to fulfil said duty) to follow in her footsteps. One did, the other didn't, creating a major rift between the two of them (though one that has since been patched up).
  • The Woman Behind the Man: Heavily implied to have been this at SHIELD. While she never rose above Deputy Director for a number of reasons, she bluntly states to Jor-El in a flashback that the actual Director, Jim Woo, will listen to her, and if it comes to it, she can overrule him as her roots in SHIELD run deeper than his do.
  • You Are Number 6: She was the first Agent 13.

     Peggy Carter 

Deputy Director Margaret 'Peggy' Carter

Formerly one of the SSR's elite agents during WWII, as well as confidant, friend, and ultimately lover of Steve Rogers, she was one of the key founders of SHIELD, and one of its leading members as the Deputy Director up until her unexplained disappearance in 1962. Her life up to that point was an extremely eventful one. Aside from her association with Steve, Howard, the Commandos, and thus Namor, Albus Dumbledore and Minerva McGonagall, she has also been mentioned as having made enough of a good impression on Captain Mar-Vell that he gave SHIELD a massive load of data known only as 'the Mar-Vell Files', gone toe to toe with the Red Room to get her daughter by Steve, Alison, out of their hands, helped a young Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr form the First Class of X-Men to go up against the Hellfire Club, and befriended a young Jor-El. As a result of this, and the fact that she may not actually be dead, she casts a long shadow over the plot.

  • Action Mom: Of Alison, though she pretended that it was more along the lines of Big Sister Instinct.
  • Badass in Charge: She de facto ran SHIELD as Deputy Director and was a serious badass.
  • Big Sister Instinct: What her attitude to her daughter was assumed to be, thanks to her careful concealment of Alison's origins.
  • Exact Words: A reason that many suspect that she might not be dead - whenever the subject comes up, the people in a position to know tend to avoid coming out and saying that she's dead.
  • Hero of Another Story: She did a lot of extremely badass things back in the day, but has been missing presumed dead for half a century.
  • In the Blood: Arse-kicking is clearly genetic, going by Alison and the rest of her family.
  • Lady of War: She was raised a proper lady of the old English officer class with all the appropriate manners, and could kick arse with the best of them, both of which she passed on to Alison.
  • Lost Lenore: To Steve.
  • Mama Bear: Implied to have unleashed one hell of a can of arse-kicking on the Red Room and their Kree allies when they kidnapped an eight year old Alison.
  • My Secret Pregnancy: Kept her pregnancy as secret as possible, passing Alison off as her little sister, knowing exactly how even the nominal good guys would want to study the daughter of Steve Rogers.
  • Never Found the Body: The strongest supporting factor behind suggestions that she isn't dead.
  • Post Humous Character: Possibly - she hasn't been seen for nearly fifty years, but the hints are that she isn't dead. Of those who know (Strange, Alison, Magneto, and the rest of the 'First Class' of X-Men), only Strange has said anything on the subject - apparently, it's "wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey".
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She never actually appears in the story, but even leaving aside the fact that she's Alison's mother, her actions have a massive impact on the plot.
  • The Unsolved Mystery: Her disappearance is one, with some speculating on who might have killed her. Candidates include HYDRA, the Hellfire Club, Namor, and a young Magneto (who came to prominence just as she vanished). Others suggest that she might be the mysterious Lady Knight. What exactly happened is as yet unconfirmed, though it is hinted that Doctor Strange, Alison, and the First Class of X-Men all know what happened, and are keeping it a secret.
  • Villain Respect: Pierce notes that he met Peggy once as a young Agent, and apparently found her to be a very formidable and impressive woman, later needling Alison, her 'sister' (actually her daughter), that she wasn't a match for Peggy.

     Alan Scott 

Alan Scott a.k.a. Green Lantern I

My name is Alan Scott. In life, I was an Agent of SHIELD and I used to wield that ring you're wearing. And I'm going to give you a crash course in how to use it.

Agent of SHIELD, chief opponent of Magneto, and the first wielder of the Green Lantern Ring in the modern era. Retired in the late 1990's, before being killed in the Battle of New York. Several years dead by the time of the story, he nevertheless makes an appearance courtesy of Death to teach Carol the basics of ring slinging. Has at least one child, Jade, who's currently attending Hogwarts.

  • Action Dad: A father and a superhero, taking on Magneto single-handedly back in the day, and handling any of SHIELD's Omega level problems, such as Project Pegasus.
  • The Big Guy: He was SHIELD's big gun, one they have yet to adequately replace.
  • The Cameo: At the end of chapter 75.
  • The Chosen One: The Green Lantern Ring chose him. And it really did choose him: according to Strange, it has a mind of its own.
  • Famed in Story: As the Green Lantern, he had name recognition across the supernatural world.
  • The Generic Guy: In appearance, being described as being of average height, with sandy blond hair and brown eyes.
  • Green Lantern Ring: Wielded the original.
  • Heroic Willpower: Magneto referred to him as 'the man who wrote the book on willpower.' Unsurprising, really, given it's required to wield the ring. As Wanda puts it, you don't need magic, you just need to be sufficiently stubborn.
  • Nice Guy: His post-mortem cameo has him shown with a kind smile and he immediately helps Carol with the ring.
  • Noodle Incident: What happened at Project Pegasus, the last attempt by the US government to meddle with magic. The details aren't given, but it's stated that it was an 'extinction level threat' that took everything Scott had to keep it contained.
  • Off Screen Moment Of Awesome: Inevitable, since he's dead, but he's mentioned with respect by Magneto as having been his chief sparring partner and a Worthy Opponent, whose ring he often saw up close, usually because it was coming at his face along with the rest of Scott's fist. Considering what Magneto has been demonstrated to be capable of even when holding back, this is crazy impressive.
    • Also mentioned as having sealed whatever was unleashed by Project Pegasus back inside it, with it being made very clear that whatever was in there was an extinction level threat.
  • Post Humous Character: Dead for several years by the time of the story, though he appears as a ghost in chapter 75.
  • Retired Badass: Gave up the ring and retired after the 'Smallville Situation' ended and all seemed quiet.
  • Superweight: Type 4, at least, with the Ring, if not Type 5. Type 1 without it.



The modern version of an organisation that has existed for centuries, the modern version was formed out of British elements of the SSR and was essentially the British answer to SHIELD, HYDRA, and the Red Room.

     In General 

  • Arch-Enemy:
    • HYDRA function as this throughout Child of the Storm, after they make a manful attempt at wiping MI13 out entirely.
    • The Death Eaters were this, prior to that.
  • Badass in Charge: Once Wisdom takes charge - he can go toe to toe with the Winter Soldier in a formal suit and come out the other side intact, barely (and that's when he isn't using his magic). His second in command, Jessica Drew, is even more powerful and can tear super-zombies in half like they're made of wet paper, and T'Challa notes that it speaks volumes about Wisdom's resources that he can afford to have someone that powerful in a primarily non-combat role.
  • Came Back Strong: Suffers a sharp instance of being cut down to size by HYDRA during the events of Child of the Storm, the result is a leaner, more efficient and much more deadly organisation under the stewardship of Peter Wisdom, one that is an increasingly influential force in British politics. By the sequel, they have a monstrously powerful helicarrier, HMS Valiant, which is armoured with vibranium, and can go toe to toe with the kind of monsters that give Thor a hard time.
  • Cape Busters: Meant to be a benevolent variant, hunting down monsters and protecting Britain from superhuman/supernatural bad guys. However, Dresden indicates that a lot of the magical community lives in fear of at least some of their members, especially its current leader, Peter Wisdom, who Dresden describes as making Inspector Javert look like Mother Theresa. Certainly, the British Ministry of Magic is somewhat terrified of them from Ghosts of the Past onwards, though that's based on the facts that Wisdom a) is arranging for MI13 to supplant the Ministry, b) considers tormenting Cornelius Fudge to be one of his few joys in life.
  • Cloak & Dagger: Even more so than SHIELD, since they're even more secretive, they employ more heavyweight superpowered personnel, and a resurrected James Bond as a form of, in Wisdom's words, 'techno-zombie'.
  • The Dreaded: To varying extents, especially to the British Ministry after Peter Wisdom takes charge. The amount of superhuman power they can bring to bear, their ruthlessness, plus the fact that unlike SHIELD, they still operate mostly in the shadows, means that they're this for good reason.
  • Government Agency of Fiction: A straighter version than SHIELD, since they actually are run by the British government (though following Wisdom's ascension to the Directorship, more than a few people suspect that it's actually the other way around...)
  • Heroes "R" Us: They train and equip the Excalibur squad, here depicted as a government superhuman strike team composed of Betsy Braddock, Banshee, Archangel, Black Knight, John Constantine (because he owed Wisdom a favour), Jessica Drew (also Deputy Director of MI13), and Wanda Maximoff (once, and only because Wisdom blackmailed her).
  • Inter Service Rivalry: The general consensus of the other military and intelligence organisations in Britain is that MI13 (or possibly just their new boss, Peter Wisdom) are creepy and weird and too powerful for anyone's comfort.
  • Mad Scientist: They employ quite a few, according to both Wisdom and Betsy.
  • The Men in Black: Function as this even more than SHIELD do, though in a semi Unmasqued World, with Wisdom himself being a prime example - though unlike most examples, he is perfectly happy to show emotion through an impressive barrage of foul language.
  • Not Wearing Tights: For the most part, their Excalibur squad sticks to practical armour or a Spy Catsuit at most.
  • Pint Sized Power House: As compared to multinational scale peers and rivals like SHIELD, HYDRA, and the Red Room.
  • Spy Catsuit: Sometimes worn by the likes of Jessica Drew.

     Peter Wisdom 

Director Peter Wisdom a.k.a. Regulus Black

We're MI13, we break the laws of nature for a living.

Agent, later Director, of MI13, mutant, wanded wizard and protégé of Nick Fury. 'Hero' might be stretching it. Like his canon counterpart, he has a tendency to wear suits, smoke and snark. Resourceful, immensely driven, calculating, manipulative and utterly ruthless, he will allow nothing to stand in the way of the defence of the realm. Essentially Fury taken Up to Eleven, with additional superpowers, a total disregard for his own life, and a surgically removed conscience.

As of Ghosts of the Past, he's unchallenged in Muggle Britain and is leveraging more and more power over the Ministry.

  • The Atoner: Pretty much his raison d'etre.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Made Fury promise that if he ever looked like he might die Fury would extract Sirius from Azkaban and get him to his bedside so he could apologise. When he hears that Sirius is in the medbay, he's clearly alarmed before he finds out that it's just because Sirius was bringing in Lupin.
  • Badass Boast:
    • On behalf of his agency in chapter 80 when resurrecting James Bond as a kind of techno-zombie after Betsy notes that they're breaking the laws of nature.
    "We're MI13, we break the laws of nature for a living."
    • Gives one to the Ministry in chapter 2 of Ghosts of the Past, backed up by three beefed up Quinjets.
    I am the Director of MI13 and because you lot are incapable of policing yourselves, it is now my job. If the cockroaches are going to crawl out of the shadows, I'm the one who's going to turn on the lights. I have the authority of the Crown behind me on this, so I assure you, Diggory, that right now I can do whatever the hell I like, and god help whoever gets in my way!
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Albeit a somewhat rumpled one. While wearing it, he went toe to toe with the Winter Soldier and survived the experience.
  • Badass Long Coat: Occasionally wears one over the suit.
  • Berserk Button: Assuming that he'll put himself ahead of his country. T'Challa presses it at the end of Child of the Storm by accident, and Thor nearly presses it in Ghosts of the Past, before neatly changing tack.
  • The Chessmaster: His treatment of Warren bears more than a few hallmarks of this trope, much to Cassidy's disgust.
  • Composite Character: Of Marvel's Peter Wisdom and Regulus Black. Word of God also vaguely wonders in chapter 80 if he's starting to gain a few character traits from Sam Vimes.
  • Control Freak: Thor notes this about him (to be exact he calls him "a man who likes to have all things under his eye"), and Wisdom doesn't deny it. Betsy later comes out and states it in the sequel.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He used to be Regulus Black, a Death Eater. His attitude to this is generally summed up as That Man Is Dead.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Occasionally, with a somewhat dark twist.
  • Death Seeker: Less 'Seeker', more 'Entirely Indifferent to the Prospect'. It's one of the things that makes him so terrifyingly dangerous.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: When he takes control of MI13, he converts abandoned and disused portions of the London Underground into a series of bases to operate out of.
  • Famed in Story: Not to any great extent at first, but he's known and feared. Dresden notes that he has a reputation for making Inspector Javert look like Mother Theresa. By the start of Ghosts of the Past, his reputation has grown dramatically.
  • Foil: To T'Challa. They're both supernaturally gifted, born to privilege and after a traumatic Near-Death Experience, are shocked out of their comfort zone. They both love their respective nations with a passion, sharing a moment when they both remark on how they were seduced by their countries in early adulthood and both are pragmatic and highly capable political operators, though for the time being, Wisdom is better at it. However, while T'Challa, educated away from Wakanda in the sciences, accepts his mantle of lordship with full respect for the mystical traditions of his people, Wisdom rejects his own mystical upbringing and embraces the sciences, outright disdaining/reviling his former peers and forges his own path to the top through the mundane world.
  • Four-Star Badass: On his promotion to the Directorship of MI13, fighting on the front lines, having previously gone one on one with the Winter Soldier and survived to make his escape.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Occupies this position among British intelligence, as no one knows where he comes from and consequently, don't trust him. For those who know him better, his cynical, misanthropic and ruthlessly manipulative personality puts them off - the heroes in general find him unsettling. Chapter 70 reveals that the PM likes him, though, finding his confidence reassuring.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Much like his mentor, Nick Fury, he's grumpy, snarky and ruthless, and he won't blink an eye before manipulating a genuinely good person into doing what he wants. There's a difference, though: Fury wants heroes for people to look up to. Wisdom wants soldiers to fight the war he believes is coming. This is not a man who believes in the philosophy of Thou Shalt Not Kill.
    • When talking to Pepper about Stark Industries building Britain two Helicarriers and revamping the current one and notes how he expects Tony to slip in something just in case and approves, as a form of safeguard. When Pepper asks what this would mean if Wisdom and Tony were ever on collision course, Wisdom simply says that if he was going to fight Tony, he wouldn't use Helicarriers. The implied threat does not go unnoticed.
    • At the World Cup, he threatens Crouch and Amos Diggory alike with (among other things) three large and heavily armed quinjets, taking the former into custody. It is also implied that the quinjet that effectively vaporised Mulciber did so on his orders.
    • After Forever Red, he allows Harry back to Hogwarts after Thor persuades him - the point essentially being that at Hogwarts, he can keep a close eye on Harry, and if he goes Dark Phoenix, then it makes no difference whether he's on Earth or Asgard. However, he then flatly states that he's doing this because he thinks that it's the best option for Britain. If that best option was putting a bullet through Harry's skull, he'd do that instead.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Notes to Jackie Falsworth that he picked the habit up from John Constantine.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He used to be a Death Eater before he realised what they were really like. Of course, it's up for debate how much of a 'Face' he really is.
  • Inspector Javert: According to Harry Dresden, he made the Trope Namer look like Mother Teresa. Everything seen so far has only confirmed this impression.
  • Inter Service Rivalry: M doesn't like or trust him and he's intent on picking a fight with the Ministry, planning to supplant them as chief handlers of the supernatural in Britain.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It's there. Somewhere. Buried deep, deep down.
  • Knight in Sour Armour: The armour isn't quite impenetrable, but it's pretty thick.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He's a master of the art, unsurprisingly.
    • Successfully blackmails Wanda into being his ace in the hole by threatening to tell her daughter, Hermione, that Wanda is her mother. As is pointed out in-universe, doing it this way maximises emotional damage while minimising civilian casualties-very much his MO.
    • He also sets up Warren - if Hogwarts was attacked, he'd be forced to use his wings and start killing or risk the lives of all the children in the castle, leaving him ready to be moulded into a soldier. Cassidy's reaction is one of fury and utter disgust.
    • He's also implied to be playing the Ministry like a harp, taking advantage of their confusion following HYDRA's decapitating strike, their fear of him (one reason that, by the sequel, Fudge is still in office - no one wants to have to deal with Wisdom), and his own advantage in firepower, to slowly supplant them. Word of God is that he actually doesn't mind Fudge being Minister because: a) he already controls the parts of the Ministry that he absolutely needs to and b) Fudge is too incompetent to notice that Wisdom is slowly taking the rest.
  • Man of the City: A national level variant. His only - and we mean only - concern is the protection of Britain from threats, mystical or mundane. Any implication that he might put his own interests ahead of his country's is a reliable Berserk Button. Unfortunately, this also makes him The Unfettered, as there's practically nothing he won't do to protect his country.
  • Morality Chain: Part of the reason he keeps Cassidy around as his de facto third-in-command, after himself and Jessica Drew, is because he knows that Cassidy will stop him from going too far, by killing him if needs be.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Surprisingly, for all his copious amounts of cynicism, he's actually a genuine patriot and expresses absolute fury at the suggestion that he might put his own interests ahead of those of his country. Indeed, this is arguably what makes him so very dangerous.
  • Mysterious Past: In-Universe. Very few people know where he came from, which is why most of his peers don't trust him. As it turns out, he used to be Regulus Black. Even still, the details of how he was saved from dying, received his mutation, and ended up as Fury's protege, are unclear.
  • Nerves of Steel: Isn't in the least fazed by a furious Sean Cassidy, despite knowing exactly how dangerous the man is and admitting that Cassidy is 'a scary, scary man'. Once he 'died' thirteen or so years ago, everything thereafter, every chance to undo the evil he helped create, is simply a bonus. An angry and paternally protective Thor doesn't even remotely faze him, either. In fact, it barely makes him glance up from his paperwork.
  • Not Wearing Tights: Sticks to the same constantly rumpled suit.
  • Not So Above It All: In one of his earlier appearances, he sends his accent wandering all over Britain just to annoy Fury.
  • Not So Stoic: Actually starts drooling when Strange transforms a volcano into a mithril/vibranium mine. This becomes something of a Running Gag.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: No one can imagine him smiling, and when he's cheerful after the First Task, more or less everybody else is thoroughly creeped out.
  • Over Ranked Soldier: Even more than Nick Fury - he becomes Director of MI13 at 31. This, however, is because he's one of the few surviving senior Agents and, as M admits, very good at his job.
  • Perpetual Frowner: His default is grim and grumpy. If he's smiling, it's usually not all that cheerful, and a sign that something unpleasant has, or is about to, happen to someone he feels deserves it. When he starts genuinely smiling and acting cheerful after the Of Dungeons and Dragons arc in the sequel (because he now has a large mountain of vibranium and mithril to play with), everyone finds it disturbing - Betsy remarks that she didn't know he even did happy, and T'Challa is perversely reassured when he reverts to his usual grim and grumpy self.
  • Pet the Dog: He gets a few.
    • His immediate reaction to the possibility that Sirius might be injured is one of brief but serious worry. Sirius is also one of only two people who he lets call him Regulus (though as he indicates in Ghosts, he's losing patience with that), the other being Kreacher, because he thinks that the shock of discovering that 'Master Regulus' had entirely abandoned the Black name would kill the elderly house elf.
    • He also seems genuinely sympathetic to T'Challa regarding the death of the latter's father.
    • Subverted when he bluntly disabuses Thor and Sirius of any notion that he's letting Harry return to Hogwarts after the Dark Phoenix Incident out of sentiment. Rather, it's because they persuaded him that it's just about the best option - and, moreover, if he thought that putting a bullet in Harry's skull would be a better option, he'd do that instead.
  • Playing with Fire: His hot knives.
  • Pragmatic Hero: On his better days. On his worse days, he veers closer to Pragmatic Anti-Villain.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: In chapter 71 to a luckless HYDRA Agent, part of a team lured into a trap.
    I'll let you in on a little secret, sunshine. That intel? It wasn't good.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Betsy describes him as being this in Ghosts, noting that while he's not exactly the kind of boss one would want to take out for a drink after work, he is a good leader who trusts his subordinates to do what they need to do.
  • "Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a vicious one, combined with a Badass Boast, to the Ministry in chapter 2 of Ghosts of the Past.
    The Dark Mark is in the sky. The Death Eaters are up to their old tricks. The security of Britain is threatened. All because you stupid bastards didn't do your job at the end of the fucking War! You just let them all slip away, didn't you, with excuses like 'a big Death Eater made me do it and ran away'! And now they're back. Maybe not organised, maybe nothing but drunks out for a bit of fun, but now all the cockroaches are scuttling out of the shadows and that's a problem because you know what? Voldemort's back too! He's back and he's using them as fucking puppets! I am the Director of MI13 and because you lot are incapable of policing yourselves, it is now my job. If the cockroaches are going to crawl out of the shadows, I'm the one who's going to turn on the lights. I have the authority of the Crown behind me on this, so I assure you, Diggory, that right now I can do whatever the hell I like, and god help whoever gets in my way!
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The cold, calculating and merciless Blue, to Sirius' Hot-Blooded Honour Before Reason Red.
  • Ship Tease: Briefly with his right hand woman, Jessica Drew. Somewhat subverted, though, as his POV section makes reference to his realising that he'd have to pick between dating and having the two of them be separated at work or putting the feelings aside and picking the latter.
  • The Sociopath: Not quite, but sometimes it's very hard to tell that he actually has the withered remains of a conscience, buried deep down inside.
  • Sociopathic Hero: By Ghosts of the Past, he's evolved entirely into this.
  • Stepford Snarker: Considering everything he's been through, this isn't too surprising.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Much like his brother, Sirius Black.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Much like his canon counterpart and his other canon counterpart's brother.
  • That Man Is Dead: Hints at this attitude in regard to his past life in chapter 64, then again - indirectly - in chapter 72, when he remarks that he feels that he died over a decade ago and everything since has simply been a bonus.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Even including Loki and Fury, he's by far the most ruthless and at times, downright amoral, of the good guys. Wanda compares him to a pre Heel–Face Turn Magneto, and he makes it abundantly clear (to Harry's father and godfather, the latter being his brother) that if he thought that putting a bullet through Harry's head would be the best option for Britain, he'd do it without blinking twice, guilt and divine wrath notwithstanding.
    • On the milder end of things, it's mentioned that making Fudge suffer is pretty much his one pleasure in life.
  • Trench Coat Brigade: A card-carrying member of this.
  • Unexpected Character: While Peter Wisdom isn't exactly that much of a stretch to include, no one saw him being Regulus Black coming.
  • The Unfettered: Imagine Nick Fury with all the knobs turned Up to Eleven, superpowers, and a surgically removed (or at least, suppressed) conscience, and you've got Wisdom. His dialogue with Cassidy makes it very clear that he is this trope, and Wanda later compares him to her father 'before he went soft.' It's a large part of what makes him so terrifyingly dangerous.
  • Up to Eleven: Everything Nick Fury is (except for the Muggle bit), he's more.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Intentionally invokes this on one occasion to annoy Fury. His default is a rough East London accent with a hint of class beneath it, though it isn't his natural accent.
  • Wolverine Claws: He can use his 'hot knives' as these, to gruesome effect.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He makes it very clear in chapter 17 of Ghosts of the Past that if he thought putting a bullet through Harry's skull would better protect Britain, he'd do it. He wouldn't want to, but he'd do it in a heartbeat and take the guilt and vicious divine vengeance as it came. As he notes, he doesn't plan to, though, as he knows very well that a) it wouldn't work, b) it would have the exact opposite of the intended effect.

     Sean Cassidy 

Sean Cassidy a.k.a. Banshee

Most people are a little reluctant to employ a former spy.

One of the First Class of X-Men who has since led a peripatetic career as an Intelligence Officer during the Vietnam War, an Interpol Detective a teacher and bodyguard for the Hogwarts student body, along with his protégé, Warren Worthington III, and most recently, an Agent of MI13. Currently looks about thirty despite being well into his sixties. The reasons for this have, as yet, only been alluded to.

  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Averts this, despite having more reason to angst.
  • Adaptational Badass: While no slouch to begin with, this version is considerably more dangerous than either his comic or film selves. One reviewer described him as Black Bolt-lite, power wise, and for good reason.
  • Anti-Hero: For all that he's a Reasonable Authority Figure and a Nice Guy, he is implied to be capable of being spectacularly vicious in his revenge and is more than willing to keep secrets and lie by omission. His capacity for viciousness is displayed in chapter 70. It's not pretty.
  • The Anti-Nihilist: Despite everything he's lost and been through, he remains kind, cheerful and upbeat. However, he isn't entirely unmarked by his experiences, having developed a taste for Revenge that he has to be careful to control.
  • Badass Teacher: In Child of the Storm, and specifically recruited for his badassery. His teaching (of hand to hand combat) is just to officially justify his presence at Hogwarts.
  • Berserk Button: Hurting the innocent or a character losing their innocence. Once it is pressed, he can be relied upon to go on a vicious rampage.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's kindly, friendly and funny, a classic Reasonable Authority Figure. However, he's also one of the most dangerous men alive, is described by Peter Wisdom as 'a scary, scary man' and he does not tolerate people taking liberties in his class - which, being a hand to hand combat class with a fair bit of grappling, is an ever present risk. And god help you if you threaten or worse, hurt, his students. If you're lucky, he'll take you apart. If you're unlucky, he'll shatter every bone in your body and leave you as a twitching bag of meat.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Expresses regret that he didn't get the chance to be this to his younger cousin, Black Tom, who doesn't seem to be a mutant - though his mutant powers are alluded to when Sean comments that he's 'good with plants'.
  • Blood Knight: See the aforementioned taste for Revenge.
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: Mentions that he learned aikido to invoke this trope, and teaches these to the Hogwarts students, specifically focusing on Harry, Ron, and Hermione. In the sequel, he starts - somewhat reluctantly - teaching Ron individually in earnest.
  • Brave Scot: Or perhaps Brave Generically Celtic might be more accurate, thanks to his being Irish-American, having lived in Scotland and Ireland for much of his life, and spent over two decades sparring with the IRA.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Espouses this philosophy and ruthlessly practises what he preaches.
  • Compelling Voice: Part of his power set. He apparently used it on the IRA cell that killed his wife in ways that still give Nick Fury nightmares.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's well past 60, but he quickly becomes a favourite teacher at Hogwarts with his easy charm, open attitude, and easy sense of humour, and becomes a good mentor to first Harry, then Ron.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He generally seems to be a fairly happy-go-lucky sort of guy. He's also a Vietnam vet, one of the First Class of the X-Men and considered by Nick Fury, Peter Wisdom and Lucius Malfoy to be very dangerous indeed. Even the Red Room has a certain respect for him.
  • Crusading Widower: A surprisingly cheerful, happy go lucky variant. However, it is stated that he's had over a decade to grieve, whatever he did with his Compelling Voice during his Roaring Rampage of Revenge still occasionally gives Nick Fury nightmares and he's got a taste for Revenge, one that he does his bet to keep a lid on. Also you ''really'' don't want to cross him.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Despite his almost purposefully cheerful demeanour, there's more than a few shadows in his past, stemming from his past as a superhero, military intelligence officer in Vietnam and police detective. His wife's death at the hands of the IRA and his resultant Roaring Rampage of Revenge are just the most notable incidents, with chapter 65 revealing that he's dealt with enough child abuse cases to instantly identify both the after effects of abuse and the methodology of a sexual predator.
  • Demoted to Extra: In Ghosts of the Past he goes from supporting character to an extra, getting the occasional cameo, though he gets a bit more focus after the action returns to Hogwarts.
  • Fatal Flaw: Revenge. More implied than stated, but he's hinted that he got a taste for it during his Roaring Rampage of Revenge after his wife's death, though he's fully aware that it's not a good thing and tries to suppress it.
  • Glass-Shattering Sound: He can do this to glass and many other materials by hitting their resonant frequency. Like bone.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He is a patient and wise Reasonable Authority Figure with a good sense of humour and a kind heart. He is also capable of doing things that give Nick Fury recurrent nightmares when he needs to/his Berserk Button has been thoroughly pushed.
  • Funetik Aksent: Occasionally. How much this applies depends on how much he wants it to, another aspect of his powers being that he's an excellent mimic. After he starts teaching at Hogwarts, he tones it down somewhat. It should also be noted that it gets thicker under stress.
  • Hot Teacher: Looks about thirty for unrevealed reasons and happens to be very attractive, as most of the school (and not just the girls) notices.
  • Inter Generational Friendship: With Warren, who notes that Sean is old enough to be his grandfather, 'just refuses to have the decency to look it'.
  • The Lancer: To Wisdom. If Jessica Drew is his right-hand, Sean is his left. He's a classical hero (with a pragmatic and ruthless edge) to Wisdom's ruthless spy (with some faint heroic traits), and doesn't trust Wisdom one inch. The main reason that he's at MI13 is to keep Wisdom on the straight and narrow, and it's even implied that he'll kill him if necessary. However, he's also a highly competent and experienced espionage expert - this, combined with his integrity, means that Wisdom trusts him to run MI13's Hogwarts/Triwizard/ Vibranium-Mithril mine business while he and Drew are elsewhere.
  • Living Lie Detector: He can hear someone's heartbeat change.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: The most basic application of his powers.
  • Make Some Noise: On top of his canonical powers of flight and creating sonic waves, he can, among other things, hit the frequency resonance of absolutely anything (the results of that are semi-liquefied HYDRA agents thanks to their skeletons turning to dust) and can silence the sound around him for perfect stealth.
  • Manly Tears: When he finds Luna's body.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: He can mimic a voice perfectly and speak in just about any kind of accent that he chooses.
  • The Mentor: To Harry in Child of the Storm, before becoming one to Ron in Ghosts, while remaining as this and a Parental Substitute to Warren in both.
  • Occult Blue Eyes: Is noted as having remarkable sea blue eyes.
  • Old Soldier: He's over sixty (though he doesn't look it), one of the founding members of the X-Men, is a Vietnam veteran and took on the IRA as a detective for Interpol. He was also sounded out by Nick Fury for the Avengers Initiative, picked by Peter Wisdom for his Excalibur squad and regarded by Lucius Malfoy to be a serious threat.
  • Older Than They Look: No one's quite sure why he looks about thirty, but it's suggested to be something to do with a living island called Krakoa...
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: In-universe example. Part of his powers means that he can imitate any accent perfectly and usually settles on a slightly Irish brogue. It thickens significantly under stress or when he gets angry. This is is generally a good time to start running.
  • Papa Wolf: Don't hurt kids under his protection. Just don't.
  • Parental Substitute: Somewhat to Warren, and later to Ron, offering emotional advice and support that both young men desperately need.
  • Pietà Plagiarism: With Luna's dead body.
  • Put on a Bus: For most of the first 40 chapters of Ghosts, being a background figure at best, before reappearing as a somewhat reluctant teacher for a very driven Ron.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Is remarkably tolerant of Harry's snark, gently pointing out that while he found it funny, not everyone would and that he shouldn't go looking for more trouble (Harry visibly takes this on board) and of Harry's investigating into his painful past. However, you shouldn't push him too far.
  • Red Baron: The Banshee. Even the Red Room know of (and hold a certain amount of Villain Respect for) that name.
  • Revenge Before Reason: More than once warns against this trope, knowing the consequences from personal experience.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Against the IRA cell that killed his wife. It was, apparently... creative.
    • He repeated the trick in chapters 70 and 71 when HYDRA attacked the school. Apparently he took it up several notches after he found Luna's corpse.
  • Scotireland: Lampshaded by the fact that he's lived in Ireland and Scotland for a considerable portion of his life and, to complicate matters further, is originally Irish-American.
  • Secret Keeper: Implied to be this for the Angel of Cuba and, like the rest of the First Class, regarding whatever actually happened to Peggy Carter.
  • Sour Supporter: He neither likes nor trusts Wisdom, which he goes to no trouble to hide. Indeed, he is fully prepared to kill him if he thinks that the other man is going too far. However, he continues to work for MI13 int the sequel because he thinks it's a job that needs doing, because he wants to protect Warren, and because he wants to be around to rein in Wisdom.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Can pull this off well enough to startle Freki and Geri, thanks to his audiokinesis, which, among other things, allows him to dampen sound around him.
  • Super Senses: Thanks to his powers, he's got enhanced hearing, strong enough to use as sonar.
  • Team Dad: To the Excalibur squad, being the oldest member, and playing Parental Substitute to Warren.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Warren.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Doesn't distinguish between gender when killing HYDRA Agents.

     Warren Worthington 

Warren Worthington III a.k.a. Archangel

No one ever said that being a hero came with the requirement to be nice.

A very handsome Anglo-American mutant in his late teenage years who's estranged from his family and is monumentally depressed. The reasons for this lie in his very beautiful, very deadly metal wings. After chapter 70, he seems to have snapped and lost all compunctions about hurting people with his wings when required, embracing his nature as 'an Angel of Death'. Considering his comic book counterpart's past, this is... worrying.

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: His wings.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Is very gloomy and miserable, something for which he is gently teased by other characters, but not without reason - his father fed him Hank McCoy's mutation suppression serum against the latter's advice when he was a child, causing his previously feathery wings to turn into metal.
  • Berserk Button: He has two big ones - he really does not like bullies, and he doesn't appreciate apparent callous insensitivity to severe trauma - something which probably goes back to how he got his wings.
  • Break the Cutie: He was fairly broken beforehand, but judging by chapter 72, the events of chapter 70 all but destroyed him.
  • Byronic Hero: Is explicitly described by Dumbledore as 'more Byronic than Byron'.
  • Can't Have Sex, Ever: Because of his Razor Wings, he's twitchy about even hugging someone. This fear of intimacy is cited as the reason he broke up with Jean Grey and is a significant contribution to his angst.
  • Color-Coded Eyes: Warren epitomises both the original epitome of grey-colored eyes for beauty association due to his Pretty Boy status and the marksmanship association due to his vision, which is specifically noted as being hawk-like and missing nothing. It's suggested that as a child, he also embodied the innocent association, but those days are long gone.
  • Character Development: On his first full appearance in chapter 44, he's clearly having fun fighting dragons with Rhodey, his idol. His appearances from chapter 50 onwards retain this relative innocence, but develop his chronic fear of hurting someone with his wings and his somewhat bitter nature. Chapter 70 (in which he is forced to slaughter a HYDRA aerial assault force to protect Hogwarts) obliterates the remaining innocence and his opposition to killing. While he's Out of Focus after that, in Ghosts it's revealed that by the time of the Yule Ball he is in a relationship with Betsy, which means that he has slightly gotten over his fear of intimacy.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He acts like a typical mopey teenager. He's also a One-Man Army Super Soldier with Razor Wings capable of taking down zombie dragons with ease and he will not hesitate to show it if he feels the need.
  • Cursed with Awesome: The development of his mutation gave him Razor Wings which, while impediments to his social life, allow him to exceed the speed of sound. He also got Super Strength greater than Captain America - enough to, according to Sean, 'bench press a troll' and equivalent durability (a car running into him would just annoy him), a powerful Healing Factor and Super Senses.
  • The Cynic: Explicitly says that he thinks that cynics are cute and is such as a result of his powers and his family's rejection of him.
  • Cynicism Catalyst:
    • The development of his wings into Razor Wings as a byproduct of his father trying to get rid of his mutation.
    • The events of chapter 70 seem to have pushed it further - though his internal monologue in chapter 76, in which he decides I Am What I Am, could just as easily indicate a Start of Darkness.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Those wings - the metallic part, anyway - didn't come naturally.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has quite a sharp wit.
  • Dope Slap: Belts Sean around the head when he's busy blaming himself for the Pensieve Incident.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: He's much more cheerful prior to turning up at Hogwarts, though a lot of that might be adrenaline and Hero Worship for Rhodey.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Sean comments that past experience would suggest this.
  • Female Gaze: Attracts this in great quantities, with even McGonagall commenting on this. As she puts it, "I'm old, not dead."
  • Good Is Not Nice: Frequently, as best summed up by the folder quote.
  • Heroic BSoD: In chapter 72, after brutally killing HYDRA's aerial attack force in chapter 70.
  • Hot Teacher: Though he's more of a teaching assistant.
  • Humans Are Bastards: He seems to have long since decided this, though how much is grumpy emo-tendencies and how much is genuine belief is up for debate. Either way, you can rely on him to do the right thing.
  • I Am What I Am: He seems to have decided this by chapter 76. Whether this is for good or ill is yet to be revealed - though Ghosts suggests that thanks to a relationship with Betsy, he's just quieter and a bit more cynical.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: See his folder quote. He's a grumpy bugger, most of the time.
  • Knight in Sour Armour: Harry identifies him as this, saying that for all the things he says, at heart he's 'a knight in shining feathers'. Warren finds this faintly amusing but doesn't deny it.
  • Male Gaze: Has noticed Betsy, like just about everyone and everything else that's even considered being interested in women. As of chapter 68, he's started taking topless flights when she's around, much to her appreciation.
  • Out of Focus: In Ghosts, he mostly fades in the background, having been mentioned only three times as of chapter 50.
  • Pretty Boy: Is ridiculously good looking, with Harry's first comment towards him being that the girls are going to eat him alive.
  • Razor Wings: Like the current comics incarnation, he has these without the rest of the Archangel/Death appearance.
  • Ship Tease: With Betsy. They are officially in a relationship by the time of the Yule Ball.
  • The Sociopath: Comes off as worryingly cold and ruthless in chapter 76 following his offscreen revelation of I Am What I Am.
  • Stepford Snarker: Somewhat. His cynical outlook on life and sense of humour come, in large part, from his Razor Wings.
  • Super Strength: Noted as being strong enough to 'bench press a troll' and when he gives Sean a Dope Slap, the narration notes that when he smacks something, it stays smacked.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Part of his absolute terror of accidentally hurting someone with his wings. Monsters, like zombified dragons, are fair game, but humans aren't. This is why his tearing apart HYDRA's aerial assault leaves him barely functional for some time afterwards.
  • Tranquil Fury: When he discovers that the Ravenclaws have been bullying Luna, he speaks in a very quiet voice.
  • Wangst: Was considered to be indulging in this In-Universe by McGonagall. Her attitude changes to understanding and sympathy after seeing a demonstration of how sharp his wings really are and finding out that he's had them since he was a child. Others occasionally tease him for his miserable attitude.
  • Winged Humanoid: The wings bother him. Not so much because they're wings, but because of what they're made of and the crimp that puts on his life, as well their role in his Dark and Troubled Past.

     Betsy Braddock 

Lady Elizabeth 'Betsy' Braddock a.k.a. Psylocke

Formerly one of the Idle Rich who Really Gets Around (as, it is implied, a form of rebellion against her staid and proper upper-class family) and all but pounces on Fandral, she almost instantly answers Peter Wisdom's call to arms, swiftly becoming his right-hand woman in the field and one of MI13's most powerful assets. She also proves to be a kind and effective teacher to Harry and counsellor to Ginny.

  • Adaptational Wimp: A mild case - unlike her comics counterpart, she doesn't have ninja skills.
  • Animal Motif: Butterflies, with images of them appearing on her face when using her psychic powers, and wearing a dress to the Yule Ball that is described as "shimmering like a butterfly's wing."
  • Battle Couple: With Fandral.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Fandral. As she explains, it's why they get on very well, but aren't inclined to date - they're too much alike for that to work out.
  • Black Sheep: Implies that she's this to her family, being as that she doesn't behave as they feel a lady should.
  • Blue Blood: A member of the aristocracy.
  • Cool Big Sis: Takes something of this attitude to Harry and Ginny, the latter in particular, whilst being very happy to gently tease the former about his crush on her in the first book. In the sequel, she steps back on that, partly on the grounds that Harry's old enough to seriously look for a relationship, partly because he looks rather older than he is, so her behaviour could misinterpreted (especially by Rita Skeeter) - instead, she remains a friend and confidant.
  • Dance Battler: Literally, with Fandral.
  • Deadly Upgrade: Using the Cerebro uplink while exhausted would have been this if the Shadow King hadn't retreated, with Betsy explicitly noting that she'd have been in danger of her mind being destroyed by the strain of such power.
  • Dye Hard: Unsurprisingly, her hair is not naturally purple.
  • Ethical Slut: Likes sex and doesn't apologise for it, while also being a brave, kind and noble woman who takes pains to avoid even the implication of a Teacher/Student Romance.
  • Female Gaze: Fandral and Warren are targets of this.
  • The Gadfly: The second time she drops the Modesty Towel in front of Wisdom (the first time being to get his measure since she couldn't read his mind) is just to annoy him.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Her Cerebro password is 'fuck you' rendered in the NATO alphabet. She also alludes to the Power Perversion Potential of Telepathy to Harry, largely to make him blush.
  • Good Feels Good: Remarks on this in chapter 68, specifically about how teaching and helping other people with their powers feels good.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Quite graceful - if not quite as much as her canon counterpart - and fond of purple.
  • Hands-On Approach: Her preferred method of performing delicate and long-term procedures involves her sitting behind her subject, with her fingers on their temples. This, as Harry is acutely aware, means that she's very close to him and her breasts are pressed against his back. Since he has a crush on her, this is mortally embarrassing for him and mildly amusing for her.
  • Hidden Depths: Even before she Took a Level in Badass, when she notes Wisdom's psychic bafflers, she doesn't verbally invite him in to test if he's a vampire or some kind of supernatural creature, then drops her Modesty Towel to get an idea of what he's like. She also proves to be a very competent Agent of MI13, with excellent tactical judgement, and also surprises herself by not only being good at teaching, but enjoying it. T'Challa remarks that there was always far more to her than there seemed, having known her through her brother.
    • Additionally, in the sequel she carefully steps back on her contact with Harry in 4th year, noting that she's wary of Rita Skeeter and what rumours she might start spreading about the nature of their relationship - which Skeeter has alluded to before. She also provides incisive analysis of Harry's visions in chapter 52, balancing discretion with judgement regarding what the likes of Wisdom or Professor Xavier might need to know.
  • Home Nudist: she happily ambles around her house in the nude.
  • Hot Teacher: Once she starts teaching Harry the psychic ropes, he develops a bit of a crush on her, which thanks to her powers and the intimate nature of teaching psychic abilities, she's very aware of. She finds it adorable. Harry finds it mortifying.
  • Idle Rich: Seems to have been this before Wisdom recruits her.
  • Jumped at the Call: While 'jumped' implies a certain degree of enthusiasm she didn't possess, she required very little convincing.
  • Lady of War: A beautiful, badass member of the aristocracy who uses butterflies as her chief motif.
  • The Mentor: Counsels Ginny over her experiences while under Riddle's thrall, and teaches Harry both psychic skills and ethics, as well as serving as a sounding board for his analysis of his visions from the Norns.
  • Mind over Manners: Careful about this, and praises the attitude in Harry, matter of factly stating that telepathy is pretty much the most dangerous power of all and those with it have a responsibility to use it carefully and wisely. That said, she is willing to be more flexible than other characters if the situation requires it.
  • Mundane Utility: It's suggested that she uses her abilities to know who'd be amenable to being propositioned and, in battle, to play backing music for her and Fandral's 'dance'. And this is before one considers the occasionally alluded to Power Perversion Potential.
  • My Skull Runneth Over: Risked this when she used a remote Cerebro uplink to bluff the Shadow King.
  • Nice Girl: Is very sweet to both Harry and Ginny, helping them through their respective problems.
  • Power Perversion Potential: Fandral states that she used her powers so she'd know exactly what he'd like in bed. She also later hints at this to Harry, suggesting that one day he'll be able to use his powers to make some nice girl very happy. Going on some accidental mutual Dirty Mind-Reading between him and Carol over their Psychic Link, she's probably right.
  • Proper Lady: She can be this if she wants to - she just generally doesn't. She's got the associated knowledge, too, being able to advise Harry on the specifics of floriography when looking to ask Carol to the Yule Ball. On her advice, he settles on Viscaria, which means 'will you dance with me?'
  • Pstandard Psychic Pstance: Takes this just as Voldemort fries her brain.
  • Psychic Nosebleed: Is on the receiving end from Voldemort in chapter 2 of Ghosts of the Past.
  • Psychic Powers: She's a powerful psychic, one of the strongest on the planet.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Her psychic powers glow purple (and form butterfly patterns on her face) when she uses them.
  • Really Gets Around: Her friend suggests that she subscribes to the love them and leave them school of relationships. Word of God notes that she turned 'a lot more Faith-like' than he'd expected.
  • Reluctant Hero: Zig-Zagged. While she pretty quickly joins MI13 in Child of the Storm, her POV section shortly after has her inwardly complaining that fighting monsters is really not her thing. By Ghosts, however, she's pretty comfortable with the idea.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: She's not afraid to snark at her boss, Peter Wisdom.
  • Sex Goddess: Has sufficient sexual prowess to impress Fandral, an Asgardian who Really Gets Around. It helps that she actually uses her powers in bed to know exactly what her lovers will like.
  • Sexy Mentor: She's about ten years older than Harry and very attractive, leading to a crush. Since she's his psychic teacher, she's entirely aware of it. He is mortified, she's fondly amused and prone to teasing him. However, in Ghosts, as he gets older and develops a more mature interest in women, she firmly steps back on it, on the grounds that he's old enough that even though both of them know better (and that she's just done it to make him blush), it might be interpreted as a nascent Teacher/Student Romance (especially by Rita Skeeter, who alludes to the possibility as strongly as she feels she can get away with), which she is very firmly against.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: She has nothing to be ashamed of and she knows it. She walks around her home in the buff and drops her Modesty Towel in front of Peter Wisdom in order to gauge his reaction (and thereby get some idea of what he's like, since she can't read his mind). And does it again later, just to annoy him.
  • Ship Tease: With Warren, before they eventually start a relationship.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Betsy's brother Brian is, according to Albus Dumbledore and T'Challa, a genius. According to the latter, he has a genius for melding magic and particle physics, and according to Betsy, he's noble, compassionate and good-hearted, but equally, is deeply rule-abiding, a little holier than thou and has a large stick up his arse. While Betsy is smart, also compassionate and good-hearted (jury's still out on the noble), she's neither rule-abiding, holier than thou or possessed of a stick up her arse... though the last really depends on what you mean by 'stick'.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Why she became an Ascended Extra. Word of God says that he hadn't originally intended to introduce her anywhere near as early as he did, much less give her such a prominent role. As it was, she's become an important secondary character and mentor to Harry.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Averted, firmly. While Harry had a crush on her in the first book - one that, in Ghosts, he notes isn't quite dead - and she was fond of teasing him to make him blush, she steps back in Ghosts, on the grounds that he's of dating age. Therefore, not only could even innocent teasing could be interpreted (particularly by Rita Skeeter) as the beginning of love affair, but she doesn't want to get in his way.
  • The Un-Favourite: Some of her dialogue implies (and chapter 68 makes it pretty explicit) that she's this in comparison to her twin brother, Brian - who's more conventional, more academic, and much better behaved.
  • Verbal Tic: Calling people 'love'.
  • The Worf Effect: Subject to this from Voldemort - though, to be fair, he caught her off-guard.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple, in her case. It's dyed.

     James Bond 

James Bond a.k.a. 007

An MI-6 agent under the command of M, with a penchant for womanising, martinis and one-liners. Said to be one of one of M's best, he's one of the very few ever to have got the drop on the Winter Soldier. It didn't help, and he's later resurrected as a kind of 'techno-zombie' by MI13's mad science department at Porton Down.

  • The Ace: In terms of espionage, he's said to be next-best to Natasha and Barton.
  • Back from the Dead: Resurrected by Peter Wisdom in Chapter 80, and now works for MI13.
  • Biggus Dickus: Alluded to, when Betsy remarks - on seeing his naked second body - that either he was, ahem, naturally gifted, or there are worrying things to be said about the mad science department.
  • Bond One-Liner: Deconstructed, as that's what allows the Winter Soldier to kill him.
  • Brain Uploading: His mind was effectively downloaded from his corpse into his new body several months later. Whether this means that he's a literal ghost in a machine or not is unclear, but he doesn't really seem to care.
  • The Cameo: He's had two appearances so far, both of which were quite short, as well as being referenced in chapter 53 of the sequel. Both, though, catch the eye.
  • Magitek: His new body is described as a synthesis of magic and bio-technology, capable of self-repair and at least a certain amount of Voluntary Shapeshifting.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: His first question after he establishes what's happened to him is how he can serve his country.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Was killed off to show how deadly the Winter Soldier is.

     Dane Whitman 

Sir Dane Whitman a.k.a the Black Knight

The teenage heir to the Black Knight legacy. A spectacularly talented swordsman who is perhaps a tad overconfident and a recruit for Peter Wisdom's Excalibur team.

The Wanded Magical World

The Magical World of Hogwarts, the various Ministries of Magic, Beauxbatons, and Durmstrang, among others. More populous and organised than the Wandless community, they tend to be correspondingly more isolated from non-magical affairs. This relates to the outbreaks of 'Pureblood' sentiment, of magical people and magical heritage being superior to non-magical heritage, as well as an obsession with secrecy from the rest of the world - a secrecy which is steadily being eroded.


  • Boring, but Practical: Wanded magic is apparently this when compared to Wandless magic (the type used by the White Council). It's compared by Harry Dresden to be like comparing a set of lock picks (Wandless) to a keychain (Wanded) - Wanded magic can be easily learned and standardized, is more stable, has more practitioners born into it, and offers greater mental protection against Black Magic (while for Wandless practitioners, someone getting Drunk on the Dark Side is a very real threat regardless of their initial intentions).
  • Fantastic Racism: Even the more benevolent members of the society have a somewhat arrogant and condescending attitude towards "muggles", viewing them as foolish and easy to manipulate. With the exception of people like Arthur Weasley, and later Lucius Malfoy (who actually apologizes in a way to Arthur, saying he was right the whole time), this is apparently rather common.
  • Linear Warriors, Quadratic Wizards: For a long time, the Wizarding World was convinced this was the case, which led to stagnation and Fantastic Racism. And since the Child of the Storm universe is crossed over with The Dresden Files and the Marvel and DC Universes, among others, they are starting to realize that the "muggles" have caught up to them while they were doing nothing, and have actually overtaken them in several ways.

     Albus Dumbledore 

Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore

Dumbledore had flaws. He acknowledged them, and quietly lamented what they had cost him. But whatever could be said about him – and there was a lot to be said - he did not tolerate anyone hurting his students by word or deed.

The Headmaster of Hogwarts, who has adjusted rather quickly to the altered status quo. A truly brilliant man, and one with many regrets (many derived from his own mistakes and their horrendous consequences), he serves as a Reasonable Authority Figure and something of an indirect mentor and grandfatherly figure to Harry. He is, among other things, a very powerful and wise wizard who commands respect from all around him. This trait is sufficiently important that by Ghosts of the Past, he's one of the few characters who Harry can reliably be expected to listen to, even with severely frayed sanity and when on the point of flying off the handle. He's also got a definite mischievous streak.

  • Already Met Everyone: If they're on Earth, and even tangentially connected with the magical world, he's probably met them, and perhaps even corresponded with them.
  • The Arch Mage: A classic example.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Deduces the origins of the HYDRA magical troops attacking him in chapter 70 by their casting styles, while fighting them and not even paying total attention to them. During Forever Red, he is also the only person who deduced that Harry's mind hadn't been erased by the Red Room, but removed and hidden, specifically by Maddie - who had pulled a Heel–Face Turn with nothing but pure logic and observed evidence.
  • Badass Bookworm: A genius who spends his spare time brushing up both on magical theory and muggle science, and can take out four highly trained (specifically to take him out, as it happens) witches and wizards working for HYDRA with two spells, and without even giving them his full attention. Wanda also states that he and Voldemort were a match for one another-and given Voldemort's Adaptational Badass nature, that's no mean feat, either.
  • Been There, Shaped History: In a subtle way, one that possibly even he isn't aware of: he fought alongside Namor, Captain America and the Howling Commandos against Grindelwald and HYDRA, Charles Xavier mentions him as something of a mentor in the art of teaching of young superhumans and his entreaty of the Phoenix for mercy eventually led to the birth of Piotr and Ilyana Rasputin, a.k.a. Colossus and Magik. He also led the Order of the Phoenix during the Wizarding War against Voldemort's forces.
  • Big Good: For the Wizarding World.
  • Birds of a Feather: Surprisingly enough, with Sean Cassidy - both are powerful mentor figures, each with a Dark and Troubled Past that they remain cheerful because/in spite of, a Fatal Flaw that they are careful to control, a bucket load of regrets, a somewhat damaged protégé who is afraid of using his full power and they are both absolutely terrifying when their respective Berserk Buttons are pushed. It is perhaps because of this that they get on rather well. It's noted that he and Harry Dresden are also this; most of the above applies to Dresden as well. Both have made sacrifices and gone to some dark places to protect others, and have a reckless protege who constantly throws himself into danger, and are a little ridiculous, but no less dangerous because of it. Additionally, both have a gift for Black Magic, which they revile.
  • Black Magic: He had to learn how to use it to fight Grindelwald, who'd mastered the Dark Arts, and to his horror - but not surprise - found that he had a great aptitude for it. He also notes that this kind of power is Power at a Price, though he does not say exactly what that price was.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Like his canon counterpart, though somewhat toned down by the seriousness of the situation(s) he's in.
  • Cool Old Guy: Whether you like him or not, you can't deny, he's got style.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Strange apparently told him that the reason he'd only ensured that Grindelwald was Brought Down to Badass, to his natural Person of Mass Destruction state rather than being a full Physical God as he had before, was that Grindelwald was a problem that Dumbledore had helped create, so he must solve it.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Hands one out almost absent-mindedly in chapter 70 to four HYDRA wizards who had specifically targeted him.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Discusses some of the darker parts of his past with Harry Dresden in chapter 14 of Ghosts of the Past, including the fact that he had to learn how to use dark magic in earnest to beat Grindelwald.
  • Declaration of Protection: Towards the beginning of Child of the Storm, he gave an implied (but no less subtle) one to Cornelius Fudge, regarding Harry. Later on, he gives one to no less than Stephen Strange, telling the man that it doesn't matter how powerful he is, if Strange uses any of his students or the other Triwizard Champions to make a point, he will regret it.
  • Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: His chat with the Phoenix in chapter 71 is actually fairly pleasant, despite the stressful situation and the fact that she could atomise him with a thought. Earlier, he had a short but pleasant conversation with the above's older sister. Yeah, that one.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Quotes the trope in respect to Grindelwald's dark compacts, which led to him Jumping Off the Slippery Slope, and remarking that even learning such dark arts comes at a price.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride, which is part of the reason that he keeps himself far away from political power.
  • The Fettered: Has made himself this because he's perfectly aware of what he could become.
  • The Gadfly: As noted under Passive-Aggressive Kombat, he particularly enjoys screwing with Fudge, even considering hiring Harry Dresden simply to see Fudge's reaction. He's also happy to mess with Thor.
    • In Ghosts, he takes advantage of an impromptu - and spectacular - food fight in the Great Hall of Hogwarts to sneakily animate what is described as 'a tidal wave of jam' and target a visiting Cornelius Fudge.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He's friendly, grandfatherly, and benevolently eccentric... but he's also got a core of solid steel. It's not always obvious, but it's there, which Nick Fury reveals by purposefully provoking him as a test. His defeat of HYDRA's wizards demonstrates this - he spares them, yes, but he vaporises their wands; in his view, they lost the privilege to carry them as soon as they attacked his school.
  • The Leader: When he speaks, people listen. When he commands, people obey. He has all the qualities that mark a great leader, which is noted approvingly by Sean Cassidy, and everyone from Thor to Nick Fury to Queen Mab shows him respect. He can make even a seething, semi-sane at best, and thoroughly recalcitrant Harry behave (mostly) after the latter's name pops out of the Goblet of Fire.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Sean Cassidy.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: He can transition from 'kindly, slightly barmy old headmaster' to 'The Spymaster who led and worked with commando forces against Grindelwald and Voldemort, and took the former in single combat' in the blink of an eye.
  • Long-Lived: Well over a century old.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Not one of the more notable ones (though mostly because he's Overshadowed by Awesome), but he's very capable indeed.
  • Mentor Archetype: Just like in canon, Dumbledore is very much this to Harry. Apparently, he also served as something of a mentor to Charles Xavier, himself an example of this trope, giving him advice on how to raise and train superhumans.
    • It's heavily implied that Fury picked up at least some of his skills as The Spymaster from Dumbledore, given that they worked together against Voldemort back in the day.
  • Motive Rant: Gives a bitter one in chapter 46 of the first book which he illustrates to Thor exactly why he is very careful to confine himself to the position of Headmaster and his frustrations with the Medieval Stasis of the Wizarding World which is discreetly enforced by the Ministry.
  • Mr. Exposition: As per canon, he shares with others whatever knowledge is pertinent to the situation.
  • Nerves of Steel: Is completely unfazed by Loki's not so veiled threat that if his schemes lead to Thor or Harry being hurt, there will be a reckoning.
    • Takes it Up to Eleven during his encounters with the Phoenix, on the second occasion demanding (quite politely, but still demanding) that she cut the bullshit, despite knowing that she could atomise him with an idle thought.
    • He also threatens Doctor Strange after the First Task, warning him that if he uses any of his students or staff for another 'demonstration', he'll make him pay for it. Unlike most who offer such threats to him, Strange doesn't respond with a Cool and Unusual Punishment.
  • Noodle Incident: He occasionally slips up and refers to Natasha as 'Natalia,' and when Harry asks, states that he knew her, and probably very well indeed, during her pre-SHIELD days. The narration also indicates that this 'slip' was on purpose. Given what she was up to in those days, this may double as an Offscreen Moment of Awesome.
  • Offhand Back Hand: In chapter 70, he's not even really paying attention to his four assailants (specifically trained to fight him), casually analyses their backgrounds from their styles, and beats them with about two absent-minded spells.
  • Older Is Better: The years have far from diminished him, to the point where, in chapter 70, he can fight off four of HYDRA's best wizards, specifically sent to deal with him, while musing on the bitter irony that he's encouraged muggle and magical co-operation all his life and here it is, and that he's flattered by the fact they felt the need to deploy four wizards solely to defeat him. He also notes their capabilities and identifies their backgrounds by their styles, finding their confidence refreshing and also noting that while they might have caused him 'some slight bother' outside of Hogwarts, they don't stand a chance. Cue Curbstomp Battle. Hell, even when he beat Grindelwald, he was in his sixties.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: Quite enjoys employing this against Cornelius Fudge.
  • Power at a Price: The Black Magic he learned to defeat Grindelwald exacted a price, because as he states, Evil Is Not a Toy. Exactly what that price is, however, is unclear.
  • Protectorate: Dumbledore's students and his school are very precious to him, and should anybody attempt to hurt his students, they will regret it.
  • Psychic Powers: He is a powerful Legilimens, and presumably has a superb Psychic Block Defense as well.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: As per canon, he is willing to listen to other's opinions and understands the strengths and weaknesses of his students, not expecting more than they are capable of giving. Chapter 38 of Ghosts truly exemplifies this. After Harry acts out, he gives him a detention, but defies the usual expectations of giving him useless tasks, instead speaking with Harry about his problems, and telling him that while he understands that Harry's been through a lot, and in some cases has excellent reasons to dislike people such as Barty Crouch Sr and Professor Snape, he will not stand for any more public disrespecting of other authority figures.
  • Respected by the Respected: Everyone from Gorakhnath to Ebenezar McCoy knows of and respects Dumbledore's skills and experience.
  • Self-Deprecation: Despite near-universal admiration from the good guys, and grudging respect from the villains, he freely admits his limitations, as a wizard, a leader, and a man.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Capable of seemingly appearing out of thin air, in a manner reminiscent of Doctor Strange.
  • Staring Down Cthulhu: Seems to make a habit of this, though in neither example are the beings he faces villainous.
    • As a young man, despite knowing that the Phoenix could atomize him with an idle thought, he asked Her to spare the life of the young woman she'd been possessing. When she brings Harry back from the dead, he tells Her flat-out that he's in no mood for word games, given that She is possessing one of his students.
    • In chapter 45 of Ghosts, he tells Doctor Strange that, even though he appreciates that the man's manipulative skills meant that nobody was badly harmed during the most recent incident, if he ever uses one of the Tasks or any of his students, or even the other Champions, to make a point, Strange "will very soon wish that [he] hadn't." Considering how Strange usually responds to such threats, it's no small thing.
  • The Spymaster: It's hinted that he has sources in the non-magical intelligence agencies, judging by how well he knows their inner workings.
    • He also played this role while leading the Order of the Phoenix against Voldemort.
  • Super Intelligence: Perhaps not quite superhuman, but he is genuinely brilliant, being a leading scholar in a number of magical fields, with a working knowledge of cutting edge muggle science - as he wryly informs Wisdom in chapter 75 of CoS, he doesn't spend all his time in his office waiting for unruly students. He's also the only person without some degree of foreknowledge who figures out exactly what's happened with Harry - namely, that the Red Son is an Empty Shell and Harry's mind has been hidden, by Maddie, with his cooperation, simply from the observed evidence.
  • Tell Me How You Fight: Notes the nationalities and capabilities of four HYDRA-trained wizards just from their initial casting styles.

     Minerva McGonagall 

Professor Minerva McGonagall

Hogwarts' Transfiguration Professor, Head of Gryffindor House, and Deputy Headmistress of Hogwarts, McGonagall is a formidable woman and powerful witch. During WWII, she worked with Dumbledore and Steve Rogers to take on Grindelwald's forces where they allied with HYDRA, and in the process, struck up a romance with a certain Bucky Barnes. This romance had an inevitable result, after Barnes was presumed dead, a daughter who later became the mother of Clint Barton - a tangling up that Doctor Strange is indicated to have had some part in. While technically retired from heavy combat, as more than one villain has found out, it is not wise to threaten her students.

  • Amicable Exes: With Bucky in Ghosts.
  • Bond One-Liner: Gets one in chapter 70 of CoS, after using an animated statue to (literally) crush HYDRA's assault force:
    "Welcome to Scotland."
  • Brave Scot: Very badass, and very Scottish.
  • Cool Old Lady: Fits this trope to a T.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Occasionally deploys a very dry wit.
  • Do Wrong, Right: Takes Harry to task for his Bully Hunter antics, then tells him, "Good job."
  • Female Gaze: Casts an academically appreciative eye at Warren at one point, wryly remarking to a surprised Cassidy that she's "old, not dead".
  • Iron Lady: Very tough and stern with her students - though also very protective of them.
  • Lost Lenore: Bucky was this to her. As of Ghosts, following his deprogramming, they're Amicable Exes.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: She's Clint's maternal grandmother by blood.
  • Mama Bear: Where her students are concerned, as more than one HYDRA goon found out.
  • Never Mess with Granny: She's in her 80s (though magical people age more slowly), and a literal granny (to Hawkeye, no less), and she's also a very powerful witch.
  • No-Sell: As she points out when he tries it, Strange's favourite Stealth Hi/Bye trick does not, has never, and will never work on her.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: As a teenager, she fought alongside Dumbledore, Steve, and the Howling Commandos against Grindelwald.
  • Only Sane Woman: Sometimes feels like this at Hogwarts, and considering that her boss is a Cloud Cuckoo Lander whose Obfuscating Insanity is only partly put on, Harry Potter/Thorson is one of her students, and as of Ghosts, Doctor Strange is one of her colleagues, you can see why she would.
  • Parental Abandonment: She gave up her daughter to be adopted and seldom checked in on her. While, as Natasha explains this is justified given that Minerva was about eighteen when she gave birth, and a single, unwed teenage mother would have been subject to immense prejudice and ostracization, it still hits Clint hard when he finds out.
  • Reality Warper: A very low-scale one, but as Betsy warns Harry, a Transfiguration expert is definitely not someone to be crossed.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Like her mentor Dumbledore, she expects no more, and no less, than her students' best.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: The Straight Woman to Dumbledore's (and to a lesser extent, Professor Bach's) Wise Guy.
  • Teen Pregnancy: On the higher end of the spectrum, she was in her seventh year at Hogwarts (so seventeen or eighteen) when she met and fell in love with Bucky. It was a factor in her decision to gave her daughter for adoption, as unwed teenage mothers have just as bad a rap in the magical community - especially back then.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Turning into a cat and back is one of her party tricks.

     Draco Malfoy 

Draco Malfoy

I am not like my father. And I sincerely hope that I never will be.

After undergoing an apparent Heel Realization (and a realisation that crossing a demigod and his family is not wise) as early as the second chapter of the first book, he backs off from his canonical rivalry with Harry and settles back into a more enigmatic role of his own, advised by a voice in his head that only calls itself 'Ariel'. With Draco plotting a largely neutral course through proceedings, exactly what Draco's agenda is remains unknown. For the time being, the only side that he can be said for sure to be on is his own side. Moreover, it remains unclear exactly who's in control...

  • Affably Evil: If he is, in fact, evil. At the very least, he's consistently cordial with Harry.
  • Ambiguously Evil: He hasn't done anything explicitly evil, but after Harry and company twig to his psychic passenger (and think, possibly correctly or possibly incorrectly, that he's being possessed), they wonder what he's really up to.
  • Berserk Button: The one time we see him lose his cool is when he's compared to Lucius.
  • The Charmer: To an extent, post Heel–Face Turn. Even Carol kind of likes him. However, this does not mean that people necessarily trust him - as he notes, while he and Harry get on after Forever Red, Harry doesn't really trust him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Becomes even more deadpan as the story goes on. His dismissive comment about Seamus Finnegan's "ability to stick his foot so far down his throat that it could do adequate service as a tail" is of particular note.
  • Enigmatic Minion: He doesn't seem to be working for anyone, and while he seems to be more helpful to the good guys than anything else, what he's actually up to is up for debate.
  • Exact Words: His conversation with Jean-Paul is full of things that are, technically, true, but aren't the true answers.
  • Foil: To Jean-Paul. Both are handsome, privileged and deeply secretive young men with powers who rely on being underestimated, and despite their superpowers, whose most dangerous asset is their mind. Furthermore, both stand back somewhat, their ultimate aims being somewhat ambiguous. Given their lean build and sharp good looks, there's even a certain, though slight, physical resemblance. Unsurprisingly, Jean-Paul is first to consider the possibility of him being possessed, and when they have a one-on-one chat, it is suitably cagey and cautious.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Abruptly pulls this after an apparent Heel Realization early in the story.
  • Heel Realization: Seems to have decided early on that crossing Harry, now that he's a demigod Prince of Asgard, is just plain stupid. How much of this is due to his 'passenger' is unknown.
  • Hidden Depths: Reveals a more mature, thoughtful side to him under the influence of 'Ariel'. Of course, how much of this is influence and how much is influence is up for debate, though Jean-Paul seems to be right when he suggests that it's a partnership.
  • I Am Not My Father: He does not like being compared to Lucius.
  • I Have No Son!: Inverted, with him stating that his father is dead to him.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Played With. After the Oh, Crap! moment below, the only time he loses his calm is when he makes clear that he is not his father, who he despises. However, it's also undeniable that he acts a lot like a good (or at least a neutral) version of his father.
  • Meaningful Name: His passenger, rather than him, which calls itself 'Ariel', after the spirit in The Tempest. Said passenger's real name is Prospero, the same name as the magician in the same play.
  • Neutral No Longer: Stayed out of proceedings, until he found out what the veidrdraugar were capable of, and anonymously tipped off the Avengers.
    • He's also stepped in and got involved much more after he picked up on Harry's inner Phoenix, which he is extremely and justifiably worried about. This might be because his passenger is Prospero Slytherin, former wielder of Laevateinn, and thus very familiar with the Phoenix.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: In chapter 7 of Ghosts of the Past, Harry, Carol and Jean-Paul twig to the fact that there's much more to him than simply a teenager who grew up when Harry mentions the fact that Draco interrogated him about the Phoenix and warned him in no uncertain terms not to use it unless he absolutely had to, when by all logic he shouldn't know about the Phoenix at all, much less that Harry has a fragment.
  • Psychic Block Defense: Harry notes that his shields are really, really good, good enough that he can barely pick up emotions leaking through, let alone thoughts. This is considered suspicious.
  • Shout-Out to Shakespeare: The spirit in his head calls itself Ariel, after the spirit in The Tempest. As it turns out, it's actually the Not Quite Dead Prospero Slytherin.
  • The Smart Guy: He knows a lot about the Magical world, even more so than before thanks to his co-pilot.
  • Symbiotic Possession: While the initial suspicion - once it's deduced that he's not alone in his head - is that it's an outright possession, Jean-Paul suspects that it's a partnership. Going by all the evidence, he's correct - Prospero Slytherin takes up room in Draco's head, giving him advice and (it's implied) teaching him how to create a Psychic Block Defense.
  • Spanner in the Works: For HYDRA, when he tips off the Avengers about the veidrdraugar.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Can pull these off occasionally, presumably thanks to tutelage from his passenger.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Presumably thanks to Prospero's influence. After his Jerkass Realization, he makes an earnest apology first to Harry, then later to Hermione, for his previous behaviour. He even speaks fairly cordially with Hermione, Carol, and Jean-Paul in Ghosts of the Past, and shows civility to Ginny.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Has a bit of this with Harry following his becoming kinder.
  • Wild Card: What he actually wants, what he's really up to, just how much influence Prospero has on his decision-making process, and the latter's aims and goals, remain a mystery.

     Severus Snape 

Professor Severus Snape

Hogwarts' Potions teacher and Head of Slytherin House, he also serves Double Reverse Quadruple Agent in the war between the Order of the Phoenix and the Death Eaters. As a student he was bulied by James/Thor and the Mauraders, which resulted in him becoming interested in Black Magic and eventually joining the Death Eaters. He also harbors a deep love for Lily Evans, which was what motivated him to become Dumbledore's spy. All canon tropes apply here.

  • Adaptational Job Change: Because this world's version of Voldemort doesn't use his Death Eaters, Snape does not serve as Dumbledore's spy after Voldemort's resurrection as he did in canon.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: He thinks he was this for Lily.
  • Enemy Mine: Joined the Marauders in helping cure Lily of the Suggestibility Potion she was slipped at Hogwarts.
  • Jerkass: Snape keeps his original personality, avoiding the Flanderization common amongst fanfics. This causes significant friction between him and Harry, who's less inclined to sit back and take it, until Dumbledore forces a detente in chapter 28 of Ghosts, whereupon both largely pretend that the other doesn't exist.
  • The Resenter: To James Potter, especially after he comes back as Thor Odinson. Being an immortal Physical God, surrounded by friends, only makes it worse.

     Zatanna Zatara 

Professor Zatanna Zatara

Hogwarts' new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, for Harry's fourth year - and only for that year, apparently. A former student at Beauxbatons, she's Italian rather than being Italian-American. The daughter of Giovanni and Sindella Zatara, despite being orphaned at a young age by Voldemort (though, known only to a few, John Constantine also played a part) she learned their merging of Wanded and Wandless magic from their notes on the subject, a merging which makes her a very powerful and magically flexible practitioner, and the basics of which she teaches additional classes in at Hogwarts.

  • Adaptational Nationality: Here, she's Italian as opposed to Italian-American. Unusually, however, she's not a Spicy Latina or particularly hammy in any respect.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Has a darker complexion than most of the other Caucasian cast members, though it's not stated exactly how dark she is.
  • Brainy Brunette: She's got dark hair and she's very intelligent.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: As per canon, favours speaking her spells backwards.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She couldn't have been more than eight when both her parents, members of the Order of the Phoenix, were killed by Voldemort, having been turned into living bombs by John Constantine in case of their capture.
  • Hero-Worshipper: For Wanda.
  • Hot Teacher: Pretty much the entire female-attracted population of Hogwarts falls in love with her at first sight.
  • Hot Witch: Though she dresses more as a stage magician, in a variation of her canon clothing (minus the fishnets).
  • Magicians Are Wizards: Or Witches, in this case.
  • My Greatest Failure: Wanda feels quite awful for unwittingly helping to orphan Zatanna — had she not assured Giovanni Zatara that Constantine was trustworthy, maybe he wouldn't have been killed in a Senseless Sacrifice while attempting to avenge his wife, and Zatanna would have been raised by her father.
  • Noodle Incident: Had an encounter with the White Council's Wardens when she was fifteen, since they were sent to assess her. Apparently they were annoying and intrusive, but thanks to Madame Maxime, nothing more than that - though the Council as a rule doesn't like her very much as she doesn't fit in either traditional magical category.
  • Parental Abandonment: Sindella and Giovanni Zatara were both killed in the first war against Voldemort, partially because of John Constantine's manigances. Zatanna herself has no idea about it.
  • Red Mage: An expert in both the wanded and wandless styles, having learned her parents' hybridization of the Art.
  • Squee!: Has a subdued variant on this when she meets Wanda.

     Cedric Diggory 

Cedric Diggory

Hufflepuff Prefect, Hufflepuff Seeker, and Captain of their Quidditch team, Cedric's an all-round golden boy. Though he appears only in the background a couple of times in Child of the Storm, he earns a recurring role in Ghosts of the Past, even before the Triwizard Tournament begins. A brave, kind, smart and friendly young man, Harry takes a liking to him - and since he and Harry aren't rivals over Cho, and Harry loudly and irritably explains his complete disinterest in taking part in the Tournament (which, with all the things Harry goes through otherwise, makes Cedric disposed to believe that he didn't want to get involved), they get on rather better than in canon.

  • The Ace: Talented Quidditch player, smart, brave, magically talented, and very good-looking, he's more or less got it all and is a shoe-in for Hogwarts Champion. He's also fundamentally decent to near Steve levels.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: Because Harry and Cho aren't interested in each other in this universe, and COS Harry is quite a bit more mature than his canon counterpart, his and Cedric's relationship is much less tense. Indeed, Cedric develops some Big Brother Instinct towards Harry, who is shown to have definite respect for Cedric in turn.
  • All-Loving Hero: He is, as Strange quietly observes, a very decent young man - when he confronts Harry after the Forever Red arc about his attitude and Hair-Trigger Temper and how it was scaring the other students, Harry nearly goes nuclear on him, before having a Jerkass Realization and backing off/freaking out immediately. Despite everything, Cedric's first concern is for Harry, which Harry lampshades in disbelief.
  • Badass Pacifist: His most badass moment doesn't involve fighting, but instead standing up to, talking to, and facing down the justly feared Harry, who's Ambiguously Human, has truly monstrous raw power, and a Hair-Trigger Temper (thanks to Forever Red, but the Hogwarts students as a whole didn't know that). He doesn't fight him, he just talks to him and shows him compassion, even when Harry very nearly snaps and smears Cedric across the Hogwarts grounds. This calms Harry down, gets Cedric's point across, and earns his respect.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Has a certain amount of this towards Harry, gently teasing and supporting the younger boy (who ends up being protective of him in turn, thanks to greater experience in life-threatening situations), and is indicated to be very willing to protect Ginny from anyone who criticizes her relationship with Diana.
  • Friendly Rivalry: Sees competing with Harry as this in the Tournament. The rest of his house, by contrast, are kind of worried that Harry might kill him.
  • Hidden Depths: He has a pretty good layman's understanding of the symptoms of PTSD, from encounters with Mad-Eye Moody. He also knows enough about magical Mind Rape and its side-effects to, when Krum suggests that Harry was mind-raped into being the Red Son, deduce that that was why he blew up at Seamus Finnegan's light-hearted mind-reading related joke. He's also much smarter than he looks, often able to observe more about various characters than is obvious.
  • Honour Before Reason: He's a very big believer in fair-play, to a near ludicrous extent. His first reaction after realising Dementors had taken Harry out of the game while he caught the Snitch was to demand a rematch. After 'The Match of the Raining Ravenclaws', in which Harry used a technically legal but justly frowned upon technique to take out the entire Ravenclaw Quidditch team - including Cho Chang, Cedric's girlfriend - he argued in Harry's favour, because it was legal. When he discussed it with Harry, he also remarked that while he disapproved of the actions, he did approve of the motives (Harry sticking up for Luna Lovegood), remarking that the attitude would fit right in with Hufflepuff.
  • Humble Hero: At a contrast to his father, he's humble and modest and polite. Harry suggests that he might even be Worthy, no small compliment.
  • I Owe You My Life: He, Fleur, and Krum all stood up for Harry after the latter saved them from the Elder Wyrm, and were pretty clearly grateful for it.
  • Lovable Jock: Seriously, he's ridiculously nice.
  • Nice Guy: He is a genuinely very nice and very decent bloke. Seriously, the only characters consistently depicted as being as nice as he is are Diana, Clark Kent, and freaking Jesus. And even then, he arguably edges all but the latter.
  • Only Sane Man: He often serves this role, in contrast to Harry's bizarre life. When the latter glibly mentions fighting a basilisk and Lord Voldemort under the Hogwarts lake and the other Champions look at him in disbelief, Cedric can only nod and sigh in affirmation.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Like the other champions, he's rather overshadowed by Harry being a) a demigod, b) incredibly powerful. Harry, for his part, would much prefer it be the other way around. Cedric, for his part, doesn't seem to mind.
  • Pretty Boy: He's described as such, and is fairly Tall, Dark, and Handsome.
  • Smarter Than You Look: A lot of people think he's a male bimbo, but when Krum brings up Russia after asking about Harry, Cedric very quickly deduces that was Harry involved in what happened in Russia from his behaviour afterwards and the nature and precision of the counter-attack on Russia.
    • When Harry asks Cedric for what he knows about Peter Wisdom, Cedric proves himself capable of a very basic Sherlock Scan on a man he's barely met. While it's not incredibly in-depth, it is enough to definitely prove that he's got brains.

     Fleur Delacour 

Fleur Delacour

The champion of Beaubaxtons for the Triwizard Tournament.

  • The Ace: The Goblet of Fire did not choose her as Champion for her looks.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Noted to have become nicer to Harry after he saved her during the First Task.
  • Dude Magnet: Thanks to being part Veela.
  • I Owe You My Life: She, Cedric, and Krum all stood up for Harry after the latter saved them from the Elder Wyrm, and were pretty clearly grateful for it.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Being a Champion in proximity to Harry will do that.
  • Uneven Hybrid: She's a quarter Veela.

     Viktor Krum 

Viktor Krum

One of the youngest and best Quidditch players in the world and the champion of Durmstrang.

  • The Ace: Expert flyer, and the most capable student in Durmstrang.
  • I Owe You My Life: He, Fleur, and Cedric all stood up for Harry after the latter saved them from the Elder Wyrm, and were pretty clearly grateful for it.
  • Nice Guy: While not to, say, Cedric or Diana's level, he's very grateful to Harry for saving him from the Elder Wyrm, and is understanding of Ron's Hero Worship.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Again, he's a Champion in the vicinity of Harry. He doesn't particularly mind it, as he prefers to be given space.
  • The Quiet One: He doesn't speak much, but it's generally worth listening to when he does.
  • Smarter Than You Look: No one mistakes him for stupid, but he's much smarter than he gives people to believe, very quickly figuring out (because of a few Pensieve memories) that Harry was the Red Son.

     The Twins 

Fred and George Weasley

Older, identical twin brothers of Ron and Ginny Weasley, they are the current generation of Hogwarts pranksters. Along with Harry and Hermione, they become Loki's apprentices, and continue to have fairly small but significant appearances throughout the story.

  • Always Identical Twins: Played With. They're said to be identical, but how much other characters have trouble telling them apart varies.
  • Big Brother Bully: Downplayed, but Ron is often the target of their jokes.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Despite their pranks and how much they love to annoy Ron, the Twins do seem to care for both him and Ginny, and are protective of Ginny in particular. They also show a certain amount of this towards Harry, threatening fellow students who annoy him with "being experimented upon." Additionally, when other students show fear of Harry, they deflate it by bowing and scraping to a ridiculous degree.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Don't seem to worry too much about schoolwork, but their ingenuity in terms of pranks impresses Sirius Black, Tony Stark, and Loki, none of whom are easily impressed.
  • Cool Big Bro: Played straight when it comes to Harry, and zig-zagged for Ron and Ginny.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Enjoy teasing and making fun of Harry, Ron, and Hermione, like canon.
  • The Dividual: There's a reason the folder is for both of them. Rarely is one seen without the other, and they're even usually referred to as "the Twins" by their friends.
  • Hidden Depths: A lot more thoughtful and intelligent than one might imagine on first glance, especially after Arthur is killed. In the sequel, Hermione notes that beneath their joking attitudes, there are two potentially very dangerous young men.
  • Lovable Rogue: They enjoy pranking others and breaking the rules, but are generally popular and don't actually hurt people - even though, as Hermione suspects, they could be two very dangerous young men if they put their minds to it.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: Possibly. It depends on whether or not their quotation of Return of the Jedi in Book 1 was deliberate or not. Certainly, Harry implies in Ghosts that he's gotten them stuck on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • The Prankster: According to Hagrid in canon, they could have given the Marauders a run for their money. Now that they're learning from the Trickster God himself...
  • Those Two Guys: Almost always seen together.
  • Twin Banter: Even more so than in canon, they usually either finish each other's sentences, or follow on directly with another appropriate comment.
  • You Killed My Father: It triggers quite a bit of Character Development for them.

     The British Ministry of Magic 

The governing body of Magical Britain (the wanded part, at any rate), it comes under significant strain from the latter half of Child of the Storm onwards: HYDRA seek to eliminate it as a factor, and the newly reconstructed MI13 under Peter Wisdom is intent on steadily supplanting it.

Minister Cornelius Fudge

The British Minister of Magic, an inveterate political wind-vane, opportunist, and generalised Butt-Monkey.

  • Action Survivor: He's not much of a fighter, but if he has a knack for anything, it's surviving, politically and physically.
  • Butt-Monkey: Seriously, he gets it in the neck from everyone: the Avengers casually steam-roller him in his own office; Dumbledore regards him with barely concealed condescension and considers hiring Harry Dresden just to see the look on Fudge's face, later drowning him in a tidal wave of jam during a food fight for the hell of it; and Lucius Malfoy treats him like an easily manipulated idiot (which he sort of is). Oh, and Peter Wisdom a) is set on straight-up supplanting him, and b) regards tormenting Fudge as one of his few pleasures in life.
  • Fantastic Racism: Shades of his canonical favouring of purebloods are visible.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: The other heroes mostly just put up with him, outright ignore him, or help make his life a misery. Considering that his incompetence makes him largely responsible for the devastation of the Ministry by HYDRA and the death of Arthur Weasley, no one's particularly sympathetic.
  • Head-in-the-Sand Management: Epitomises this as he did in canon, persuading himself that Lucius' involvement with HYDRA was just a passing fad and he can be brought back into the fold. This just leads to the devastation of the Ministry.
  • I Reject Your Reality: In regards to the situation with Lucius - he more or less has a mental breakdown when Lucius reveals his true allegiance and position as Supreme HYDRA.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He tends to underestimate muggles/muggle agencies and correspondingly over-estimate himself. This repeatedly comes around to bite him and lead to him getting shown up, sometimes thoroughly spectacularly.

Arthur Weasley

Go fuck yourself, Lucius.

Father of the Weasley clan and husband of Molly, he was also a bit of a Parental Substitute to Harry before Thor returns. A genuinely kind and decent man, he was (in)famous in the British Wizarding community for his love of Muggles and their technology. His Mercy Kill by the Winter Soldier fuels a significant amount of Character Development for his children.

  • Adorkable: Got this way around Muggle machinery.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Most of his Ministry coworkers treat him with mild condescension, at best, for his love of Muggles.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Loved Muggle machines and technology, and according to canon, his deepest desire was to find out how airplanes stay up. Yet despite his eccentricities, he is a clever, insightful man and he impresses Tony Stark with his mechanical ingenuity, which says all that needs to be said.
  • Cowardly Lion: Definitely not a fighter by choice, but provides an epic Precision F-Strike when fed up by Lucius Malfoy, and holds the line for others to escape when the Ministry is attacked.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Averted. His death is brought up from time to time, and a lot of the Weasley family's Character Development (especially Ron's), is fuelled by his death.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Gives a speech along these lines to Bucky when he comes back as a spirit during the Final Battle.
  • Good Parents: Loves his children deeply, and was never anything but kind to Harry as well.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Gives the Winter Soldier a quiet "thank you" just before he dies, understanding that this is the best option available.
  • Hold the Line: It's mentioned that he took down at least ten HYDRA agents, and injured as many again, in order to protect others.
  • Mercy Kill: On the receiving end of a Neck Snap by the Winter Soldier, who was forced to do it to maintain his cover.
  • Motor Mouth: Goes off at a hundred miles an hour when helping some of Tony's employees with a flying car.
  • Nice Guy: A genuinely kind and decent man throughout all of his appearances. He's even kind to Bucky, the man who snapped his neck, when he returns for a brief post-mortem cameo - granted, the fact that it was a Mercy Kill probably helps.
  • Respected by the Respected: Earning respect from Tony Stark for your Gadgeteer Genius skills is no small feat.
  • Villain Respect: Earns this from Lucius Malfoy, of all people, for his appreciation of Muggle technology.

Ludo Bagman

A former Quidditch player and Head of the Department of Magical Games and Sports, as well as a judge for the Triwizard Tournament. Renowned for his sporting abilities, they and a certain degree of easy-going personal charm are more or less all he has going for him - he's not overly bright and he's got a gambling problem.

  • Big Fun: Comes off as this, at first, at least.
  • Bit Character: Only had a few scenes so far.
  • Crushing Handshake: He condescends to Carol, who then challenges him with one of these. At first, he chuckles and goes along with it... then, being a Super Soldier, Carol dials it up a notch.
  • Dumb Muscle: Still fairly well-built despite having gone somewhat to seed, and not overly bright.
  • Formerly Fit: Thanks to his years of retirement from Quidditch.
  • The Gambling Addict: As per canon.
  • Pointy-Haired Boss: He's not malicious, but he's not a particularly good boss, either - as per canon, the problem of Bertha Jorkins demonstrates this.

     Professor Karkaroff 

Professor Igor Karkaroff

A former Death Eater and current Headmaster of the Durmstrang Institute. He owes his freedom to the fact that he offered a number of useful and important names to the Ministry when they were hunting down Death Eaters after the end of Voldemort's first reign of terror. An unpleasant man, he retains at least aspects of his old beliefs, and is speculated to recognise Peter Wisdom for who he really is/used to be.

  • 0% Approval Rating: Even his own students don't like him very much, and with good reason.
  • Defector from Decadence: Claimed to be this, and gave up names, to ensure his freedom.
  • Dirty Coward: Speculated to be this, though as the narration notes, most people would be jumpy if they had Peter Wisdom looking at them like a shark at a wounded seal.
  • Evil Teacher: A self-serving coward and ex-Death Eater at best.
  • Hidden Depths: He's many things, but not stupid, being able to spot and recognise Peter Wisdom as Regulus Black, a former fellow Death Eater, when a number of people who would have known Wisdom/Regulus at school did not.
  • The Informant: How he stayed out of Azkaban, albeit barely.
  • Jerkass: The man's just plain unpleasant.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he sees - and recognises - Wisdom, who's looking at him like a hungry shark at a wounded seal.
  • Stepford Smiler: Smiles in a way he doesn't really mean - though that smile vanishes when he spots Peter Wisdom.

     Madame Maxime 

Professor Olympe Maxime

Current Headmistress of Beauxbatons, and half-giant - which she goes to some trouble to hide. A Reasonable Authority Figure, she's largely Out of Focus.

  • Funetik Aksent: As in the books.
  • Mama Bear: She's protective of her students, and children in general, going by Zatanna's account of how she prevented the White Council's Wardens from being too intrusive when they tested Zatanna as a teenager.
  • Out of Focus: If only because she causes much less of a fuss than Karkaroff.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Unlike Karkaroff, she doesn't make a fuss for the sake of it, and consistently acts sensibly. She's also protective of her students, going by Zatanna's account.
  • Statuesque Stunner: As in the books, leaving Hagrid starstruck.

The White Council

The Big Good for the Wandless magical community as a whole, and a major force in supernatural politics. Currently engaged in a long war with rival supernatural superpower, the Red Court of Vampires (and, nominally, the other vampire courts, but the White Court doesn't do physical or really want to get involved, the Black Court is mostly diminished past the point of being useful, the Jade Court doesn't get involved, and the Grey Court don't give a damn about the Red Court). While they may seem like a bunch of heartless dicks, they are the good guys and have good reasons for what they do.

     In General 

  • Age Without Youth: They live for centuries, but they still age, albeit at a somewhat slowed rate. This is actually justified by their Healing Factor.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: To be a member of the White Council, you need to be in the top tier of magical power, and the Senior Council is composed of the seven most powerful wizards of the group. In Ghosts, Dresden, who's seen Harry (by this time a Person of Mass Destruction in his own right) in action, remarks that the Senior Council, or even just the Merlin, could bring him down (albeit with difficulty).
  • Badass Army: Have a pocket-sized one in the form of the Wardens, the elite combat Wizards of the Council, led by Captain Anastasia Luccio, and each member is a Person of Mass Destruction in their own right. However, the events of Bloody Hell cripple them - a hospital they were recovering in being carpet-bombed with nerve gas will do that.
  • Cool Old Guy/Cool Old Lady: Not as a collective, but they have a few among their number.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: Wandless magic is apparently this compared to the Wizarding World's Wanded magic. Harry Dresden compares it to a set of lock picks (Wandless) and a keychain (Wanded). Wandless magic has the side effects of an even greater lifespan than Wanded wizards (the oldest member of the White Council is over 400 years old in canon), can be adapted more easily than Wanded magic (where spells can only be used for one purpose), and gives a boosted connection to the natural world, allowing for strengthened magical senses (like the True Sight).
  • The Dreaded: They are not a bunch that anyone really wants to cross, with the Wardens, the Council's hardcore Badass Army, being a particular example of this to most ordinary practitioners, wandless or wanded.
    • They're somewhat afraid of Doctor Strange, who once challenged them (all of them, at once) to a duel over a young Wanda Maximoff. Considering what Strange has proved to be capable of, this is an entirely rational attitude.
  • The Fettered: As Ebenezar McCoy explains, this is the main point of the Council and its Laws of Magic - there's only so much harm a rogue practitioner can do without breaking one of the Laws. Further intervention risks a) the Council being forced to seek political power in the mundane world and becoming Not So Different, b) civil war - the Council is multinational, after all, and people don't like it when their home is attacked, even for good reason.
    • It's also why there's so much bad blood between them and Strange, who is by definition The Unfettered, taking on, in Ebenezar's eyes, more power than one man was ever meant to have. With this trope in mind, you can kind of see their point.
  • Good Is Not Nice: They protect humanity from the supernatural as best they can. And this sometimes involves killing children.
  • Healing Factor: A slow one, which mostly repairs long term injuries.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: The Wardens, who primarily hunt Warlocks, wandless practitioners gone bad, and other dangers to the world. If they've broken one of the Seven Laws of Magic, and the Warlock isn't deemed salvageable and put under probation as an Apprentice (a rare circumstance indeed), then they're executed outright.
  • Hypocrite: The Laws of Magic are inviolable, with only a very strict probation being occasionally levied if a Council member deems a lawbreaker salvageable and the Senior Council agrees, and a self-defence clause on the First Law, Thou Shalt Not Kill. The Blackstaff is a Wizard given the authority to break the Laws of Magic at will to get at those who would use them against the Council.
  • Inspector Javert: They're not renowned for their kind and merciful natures. Warlock trials generally take about fifteen minutes, at most, and almost invariably end with a beheading.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: In respect to both their habit of beheading Warlocks (who're generally too far gone to be saved by the time they're caught) and their dislike of Strange - while he is one of the good guys, he is also incredibly dangerous, having claimed power that was never meant for one man to wield.
  • Not-So-Omniscient Council of Bickering: There's a lot of internal politicking, though they're still considerably more dangerous and on the ball than they appear (or most examples of this trope).
  • Old Master: All of the Senior Council and many other members are this.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: The associated power levels are required to be even considered for Council Membership, though not all Wizards specialise in stand-up fighting. Most of those who do are part of the Council's Badass Army, the Wardens.
  • Physical God: The Senior Council verge on this, with their youngest member (and assassin), Ebenezar McCoy, being capable of pulling a Colony Drop with deadly precision. He also blew up Krakatoa, set off the New Madrid Earthquake, and was responsible for the Tunguska Incident, all in his office as the Blackstaff.
  • Purple Is Powerful: The Senior Council wear purple stoles, and are both politically and magically the most powerful members of the Council.
  • Stronger with Age: Council Wizards hit their prime at about a century old, and they only get stronger as they get older. As a result, their gerontocratic election system for Senior Council members (though political manoeuvring can and does go on) actually makes a certain amount of sense - the Senior Council is both the leading body of the Council at large and its most potent weapon in war time.
  • Would Hurt a Child: They may not like it, but they will execute a young Warlock, rogue psychic, or even someone whose Power Incontinence made them sufficiently dangerous, as in the case of a thirteen year old Wanda Maximoff.

     The Merlin 

Arthur Langtry a.k.a. the Merlin

Not the original Merlin, as might be gathered (though he is British). An exceptionally powerful and old wandless Wizard, he leads the Senior Council, the executive body of the White Council. Conservative minded, ruthless, and cold-blooded in the extreme, he is not a nice person. However, he is one of the good guys. All canon tropes apply here.

  • The Arch Mage: Leader of the world's wandless Wizards (more or less - there are powerful wandless practitioners who choose not to be members of the Council. Wanda and Strange, to take two examples), and has the power to match - in Ghosts, Dresden notes that it's entirely possible that he could bring down Harry solo.
  • Big Good: He is ultimately out to protect the mortal world from the dangers of black magic and creatures like vampires and demons who would prey on humanity. This does not mean that he is by any measure nice.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: His attitude to Dresden's accurate observation about the the Dark Phoenix.
  • Famed in Story: Everyone in the magical community knows of him, and very few would even consider crossing him.
  • Good Is Not Nice: He's a good guy, even if, in Dresden's view, his heart dried up and withered centuries ago from lack of use.
  • No Sense of Humour: In Dresden's opinion. In the finest traditions of this trope, it makes Dumbledore's letter and its intentionally absurd post-script even better.
  • Occult Blue Eyes: Piercing and not particularly nice ones at that.
  • Old Master: Centuries old, leader and most powerful member of an organisation that only even admits people in the top percentile of all wandless practitioners. Dumbledore states that Langtry is at least as powerful as him, and in Ghosts, Dresden considers him capable of dropping Harry singlehandedly, and he's a brilliant politician. He's also an unrepentant bag of dicks, but that's another matter.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Enough that he could squash Dresden, another example of this trope, like an insect.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: To a very limited extent. He hates Dresden, and once tried to have him killed (albeit to protect the Council), but he is (grudgingly) willing to listen to what he has to say; not just his report, but his recommendation and the reasoning behind it.
  • Trademark Favourite Food: Eel pie, according to Dumbledore. Of course, since Dumbledore was screwing with Langtry, there's no way of knowing if this is true or not.
  • Wizard Classic: He has the look down pat (which Dresden mocking lampshades in his internal monologue), though he's more Saruman than Gandalf.

     The Gatekeeper 

Rashid the Gatekeeper

The most mysterious member of the Senior Council and maybe the whole White Council, Rashid is the White Council's version of the Sorcerer/Sorceress Supreme, acting alongside Wanda Maximoff and Doctor Strange as a border guard fighting the Outsiders (such as Chthon). All canon tropes apply here.

  • All Muslims Are Arab: He seems to be an Arab, and judging from his "Blood of the Prophet" moment in the original series, is likely Islamic.
  • Barrier Warrior: His job is to help protect the world from Outsiders.
  • Mr. Exposition: While he rarely, if ever, speaks, the one scene he appears in tells us that the rituals used to imprison Dream and to call Destruction (during the incident which left Dracula with a crippling fear of Her and almost wiped out the Grey Court) were both derived from the Darkhold.
  • The Quiet One: He really doesn't waste words.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: While Wanda dislikes the Council in general, she seems to get along well with Rashid, probably because they have overlapping fields of responsibility.
  • Seer: He has a limited ability to see into the future, and uses this to bring the Senior Council's debriefing of Harry Dresden (which had started to devolve into an argument between him and LaFortier) back on topic to Harry Thorson briefly manifesting as the Dark Phoenix.

     Ebenezar McCoy  

Ebenezar McCoy a.k.a. the Blackstaff

The youngest member of the Senior Council, but probably the best at brute force magic. Dresden's mentor and teacher after Justin DuMorne's death — and also his maternal grandfather, though Dresden isn't as yet aware of this. Also the Council's Blackstaff — the one White Council Wizard in the world authorized to use Black Magic without consequence. At this point, this is still the cause of frostiness between him and Dresden. Unless otherwise noted, all canon tropes up to Proven Guilty apply here.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Calls Dresden 'hoss.'
  • Black Magic: As the Blackstaff, he's allowed to use this. This is a sore point between him and Dresden.
  • Brave Scot: He's a grumpy old Scottish farmer, and a very dangerous wizard.
  • Cool Old Guy: Most definitely - this is the guy who taught Dresden. He also thinks that Dumbledore's letter trick was hilarious, and Wanda states that it's an honour to be compared to him. Oh, and according to Dresden, he was drinking buddies with Rabbie Burns himself. If more proof is needed, this is one of the very few people on the planet Dresden willingly calls "Sir."
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Described as being a master of Earth Magic, which he uses in concert with Dumbledore to stabilize the damage done by the Earth-Wyrm in chapter 44 of Ghosts.
  • Evil Weapon: In addition to his usual staff, he also wields the Blackstaff, which takes the mental corruption of dark magic and turns it into physical but manageable corruption of the flesh.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He believes very strongly in using magic for good, but mess with him, and you will regret it. Mess with his grandson, and you probably won't be alive long enough to regret it.
  • Hypocrite: A large part of why Dresden's so angry with him - this is the guy who taught him not to use Black Magic, taught him lessons about how magic was the force of life itself, how you can only do stuff you believe in with it, and how it shouldn't be perverted... and all the while he was using Black Magic as the Council's hitman. Although it may be that he was chosen to be the Blackstaff because he's very well aware that With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility.
    • When he remarks that he, unlike Wanda, is not a "damn near a walking, talking violation of the 7th Law" due to her connection to Chthon, Dresden calls him on it. McCoy admits that Dresden has a point, and that he doesn't have anything against Wanda, or blame her for the unwilling connection to Chthon - though he doesn't discount it as a potential threat.
  • The Mentor: Played this role to Dresden. While DuMorne taught him the hows of magic, Ebenezar taught him the whys.
  • Noodle Incident: Wanda Maximoff mentions having worked with him once. Given their jobs, it's quite likely that this doubles as an Offscreen Moment of Awesome.
    • After his book on the figurative nuts and bolts of magic was published, he and Dumbledore had what the latter remembered as a "rather pleasant correspondence on it."
  • Old Master: He's three hundred years old, and a member of the Senior Council. Dresden also estimates his magical power as being roughly equivalent to that of Wanda or Albus Dumbledore.
  • Old Soldier: Both literally and figuratively - he's the White Council's hitman, specialising in grand scale (un)natural disasters to deal with (presumably) similar scale effects. And by 'grand scale', we mean 'Krakatoa'.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Even compared to everyone else, he's apparently the only member of the Senior Council to specialize in combat magic. His skill and understanding of magic are enough to win him respect from Dumbledore and even Strange.
    • The one time in the Dresden Files he's seen using the Blackstaff, he uses it two times, each to perform what is effectively a Mass Avada Kedavra.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Willing to listen to and respect differing viewpoints, at least to a certain extent. Wanda also namechecks him as one of the few members of the White Council that she gets on well with.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Dresden delivers a sharp one to him when they meet up after Forever Red.

     Anastasia Luccio 

Captain Anastasia Luccio

The Captain of the Wardens, the White Council's Badass Army, previously the mentor of Donald Morgan (Harry Dresden's former parole officer), and one of the best combat mages in the White Council. One of the few people on the Council who doesn't dislike Dresden, Wanda, or Strange out of hand or treat them poorly. Unless otherwise noted, all canon tropes up to Proven Guilty apply here.

  • Badass in Charge: The leader of the Wardens, and most definitely a serious badass.
  • Benevolent Boss: Cares for her Wardens, willing to listen to reason or personal opinion, and doesn't let rumors affect her judgement.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: When Voldemort and Selene show up on Halloween night, adding in two additional Senior Council level mages to the necromancer's side, she, Harry, and Wanda decide to call in Magneto for backup.
  • Grand Theft Me: Subverted, unlike in canon. While she is forcibly body-swapped with the Corpsetaker, Wanda manages to put her soul back in her own body, and it's stated that she should recover.
  • Iron Lady: Tough, no-nonsense, but does care about the Wardens under her command, and expresses genuine relief that Wanda was not murdered by the White Council.
  • Magic Knight: Like the other Wardens, she wields an Anti-Magic sword in addition to her other gear.
  • Never Mess with Granny: She's roughly 200 years old, and has racked up a lot of combat experience during that time.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Dresden describes her as being more modern and up-to-date than many other older wizards, and she is willing to execute young people, if necessary, if they are too Drunk on the Dark Side to be redeemed.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Offered Dresden a position in the Wardens after the Forever Red arc was over, and was willing to accept him turning down the position due to his previous experiences with the Wardens (mostly Morgan).
    • When she has him drafted during the Bloody Hell arc, it's due to multiple reasons - the Council has lost most of the Wardens after the Red Court used nerve gas on a hospital they were recovering in, and they need all the help they can get. Also, due to Dresden's infamy among the rest of the Council, (already there before he became Wanda's apprentice), it was to protect him from the rumors that he was trying to destroy the Council.

     Donald Morgan 

Donald Morgan

The archetypical Inspector Javert Warden, and Harry's former parole officer. While he rarely appears due to The Dresden Files not being a major part of the story, he makes an appearance in Bloody Hell with some of the other Wardens to help Harry, Wanda, and Magneto stop the Darkhallow. Unless otherwise noted, all canon tropes apply here.

  • A Rare Sentence: Lampshades it.
    Harry Dresden: Yeah. That's Selene. She kind of ate my dinosaur.
    Morgan: 'Ate my dinosaur'. Christ, what a world.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Like the other Wardens (save Luccio, who knew beforehand), he was not remotely anticipating that Wanda had taken Harry Dresden as a student.
  • The Dreaded: Due to his power, skill, and sheer Undying Loyalty to the Council and the Laws of Magic, he is known and feared as the Council's meanest, scariest attack dog.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Like the Merlin, he is both unambiguously on the side of good and a total jerk.
  • Magic Knight: Wields an Anti-Magic sword in addition to his other gear.
  • One-Man Army: One of the most powerful and dangerous Wardens.
  • The Stoic: Usually grim and harsh, rarely showing any happiness or concern for others.
  • Undying Loyalty: While her injuries were worse than his, he was more concerned about his former mentor Luccio than himself.
  • The Worf Effect: He was jumped by the Corpsetaker after the latter performed a Grand Theft Me on Luccio and caught him off guard. He survived, however.

Senior Officials

Government Officials, Heads of State, and other important individuals or entities who don't fall into any of the previous categories.

     President Ellis 

President Matthew Ellis

What did they do to you, son?

The President of the United States, a Reasonable Authority Figure and as chapter 70 proves, possessed of balls of solid titanium.

  • Day in the Limelight: Chapter 70.
  • "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: Gives a good one to the Winter Soldier.
    Remember this, son. They can make you do things, but they can't make you choose them.
  • Humans Are Flawed: Implied to be this, with critics pointing to increased use of War Machine and the increased mandate given to SHIELD to operate in the US. He is, however, broadly a good man.
  • Nerves of Steel: Faces down the Winter Soldier with no fear. For a look at how big that is: the Stark family security squad's plan for this guy was "Die as slowly as possible to buy time for the Starks to get away", while Tony himself nearly wet himself when facing down the Winter Soldier without his armour (though he still stood his ground).
  • Nice Guy: Whatever else he is, he shows himself to be a genuinely kind man in his treatment of Bucky, a.k.a. the Winter Soldier.
  • Our Presidents Are Different: President Personable, with a dash of President Iron.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Depicted as this, emphasising the Winter Soldier's nature as a victim of the Red Room and HYDRA.

     The Prime Minister 

The British Prime Minister

The British Prime Minister, heavily implied to be the one from the Harry Potter series, intentionally left fairly faceless - though some of the dialogue and the time frame implies that he's a mix of John Major and Tony Blair. He's a bit beleaguered by all the superhuman antics, and thus eager to rely on Peter Wisdom, but is broadly a good man. In chapter 70, he turns out to be a target for HYDRA.

  • Composite Character: Of Real Life British Prime Minister John Major and his successor, Tony Blair, having the former's well-meaning but slightly beleaguered attitude, and the latter's personable nature and ambitious Chancellor, who in turn is hinted to be a partial Expy of Tony Blair's Chancellor and later successor, Gordon Brown.
  • Condescending Compassion: He resents being on the receiving end of this from Fudge and takes a certain degree of vindictive pleasure in knowing that Wisdom is making Fudge's life a misery.
  • Deadpan Snarker: A little - when Agent 13 uses SHIELD tech to instantly change into a Spy Catsuit, he inwardly notes that if the Chancellor was present, he'd have died a happy man.
  • Due to the Dead: Once it becomes apparent that his two MI13 bodyguards who stayed behind to buy Agent 13 time to get him out are going to die and die horribly, as well as possibly being enslaved by Gravemoss, he asks Agent 13, formerly undercover as his secretary to get him the details of the bodyguards so he can tell their families what they died doing and to ensure that they are honoured, remarking that if what they did isn't going above and beyond the call of duty he doesn't know what is.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Notes that his blonde secretary (actually Agent 13) is rather attractive and is happy to use the Chancellor's same interest as blackmail material.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: In the first book's epilogue, Wisdom reveals that once cleanup from the Final Battle is over, the Prime Minister is planning on resigning with dignity, rather than wait for an election he's bound to lose after everything that happened on his watch.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Willing to use the Chancellor's checking out of his secretary as blackmail material in case the man tries a leadership attempt.
  • Nice Guy: He seems pretty nice, mild and totally understandable resentfulness towards being condescended to by Fudge aside, and totally out of his depth in all this superhuman chaos.
  • Non-Action Guy: He freezes a couple of times when faced by bombings and HYDRA attacks, having to be chivvied along by Agent 13, and his entirely sensible response to her and the Red Hood duking it out in the other carriage of the Tube train is to drop flat on the floor.
  • Our Prime Ministers Are Different: Prime Minister Personable and Prime Minister Target (in chapter 70) - he comes off as a Nice Guy in a completely insane situation, doing his best. That said, his internal dialogue about having noticed how the Chancellor checks out an undercover Agent 13 and filing it away for blackmail material shows that he isn't soft. His reliance on Wisdom also shows hints of Prime Minister Focus Group.

     T'Challa Udaku 

T'Challa Udaku of Wakanda a.k.a. the Black Panther

You say that you drive mankind’s progress, but what you are is a manifestation of its most base instincts and darkest impulses, a lust for power, dressed up in a veneer of civilisation and sophistication. Can you not see what you are doing is monstrous?

The Crown Prince of Wakanda until chapter 70, and thereafter its King. He was sent abroad by his father to study, with a view to leading the isolationist Wakanda's re-engagement with the world. Still a young man, he is a brilliant and respected scientist who is still feeling his way into his totemic powers as the Black Panther, and his political and diplomatic role as Prince (then King) of Wakanda.

  • Adaptational Wimp: A mild case - his canon counterpart is a badass who puts Batman in the shade, fights Captain America evenly, and has the brains to match Tony Stark. This version is a work in progress, being somewhat overconfident and getting thrashed by Baron Zemo for his pains. However, he rapidly adjusts, making his next fight with Zemo a much more even one, and quick develops his canon counterpart's political acumen.
  • Badass Bookworm: Not yet to the extent of his canon counterpart, but he's a physicist with multiple degrees, a genius intellect and an in-depth knowledge of magic. He's also operating on the level of a Super Soldier, twice goes toe to toe with Baron Zemo and not only survives but, the second time, gives him a real run for his money (though admittedly in both cases, it's stated that Zemo let him live because he was a Worthy Opponent) and takes apart pretty much anyone else foolish to take him on in a blur.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: As Good Is Not Soft shows, pushing him is a bad idea.
  • Black and Nerdy: He's a bona fide genius and he's also a Super Soldier level badass.
  • Blackmail: He tries to pull this on Peter Wisdom to get Wakanda's stolen vibranium back (which, after the fall of HYDRA at the Battle of London, has been claimed as spoils of war/reparations by the British government) by threatening to reveal his secret past as Regulus Black. All it succeeds in doing is pissing Wisdom off.
  • Character Development: He's a bit cocky to begin with, relying over-much on his abilities. An encounter with Baron Zemo who kills his father and absolutely crushes him, cures him of this. In their rematch, Zemo himself remarks that he's growing from 'complacent cub' to 'fearsome cat'.
    • In Ghosts chapter 46, some of his negotiations with Wisdom over vibranium are shown, and it's clear that he's evolved into an expert statesman and skilled political negotiator, even if he doesn't enjoy it.
  • Crazy-Prepared: After being caught out in chapter 70 by being underprepared, he starts becoming this.
  • Cultured Badass: Master warrior, brilliant scientist, graduate of both Oxford and Cambridge, and eloquent speaker of multiple languages, he fits this trope like a glove.
  • Emperor Scientist: On course to become a benevolent version of this trope.
  • Frontline General: Often serves as this, though the downsides are demonstrated in chapter 70, when Zemo beats him to a pulp.
  • Glasses Do Something Unusual: He sometimes wears a pair of glasses which give him a full view of the electromagnetic spectrum, including, he implies, magic. They also double as 'brainy specs.'
  • Good Is Not Soft: On his first appearance in Book 1, he tries to politely get a Rozzon Executive to back off (from Harry and Carol). When said executive calls him a 'self-righteous N-Word Privileges son of a bitch', he flattens him in a matter of moments. He also calmly explains in chapter 79 of Child of the Storm and chapter 46 of Ghosts the advantages of befriending Harry (beyond just liking him), and in the latter, underlines the point, on the grounds that Harry tends to be the nexus of major events, and is thus 'someone to watch' in every sense of the word.
  • Hero of Another Story: While Harry was busy in Ghosts of the Past, T'Challa had to handle the events of Black Panther (2018).
  • Knife Nut: Wields Vibranium knives to deadly effect at the Battle of London.
  • Nice Guy: He's kind to both Harry and Carol, helping the former with his totem related DADA homework, even if, in Harry's case, there's an element of politics behind it.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: His first appearance features him stepping in to assist Harry and Carol with a Roxxon Executive and he later proves quite happy to help Harry with his totem related DADA homework by providing his insight. However, as he later observes to Nareema, one of the Dora Milaje, there are many personal and political advantages in befriending Harry, something he later repeats to Nakia in chapter 46 of Ghosts, underlining it by adding that one way or another, a lot of events revolve around Harry, so he's someone to watch in every possible sense of the phrase.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: He and his father are this in spades, with T'Challa in particular being a Frontline General.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After chapter 70, when his over-confidence results in Zemo thrashing him, he starts becoming the Crazy-Prepared badass of canon.
  • Warrior Prince: As the Black Panther and Crown Prince.
  • Wise Prince: By the time chapter 75 rolls around, the finishing touches have been applied.
  • You Killed My Father: Baron Zemo did.



Head of MI6, one of the few survivors of Gravemoss' attack on its headquarters. Currently tracking down the 'mysterious force' that discouraged investigation of the Dursley family and messed with Mrs Figg's mind to keep the extent of Harry's mistreatment secret.

  • Cool Old Lady: Is more than a match for Nick Fury, who quite comfortably dominates a room full of his fellow intelligence chiefs.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Cold, sharp and not the sort to suffer fools. Also verbally twists the knife a little during her interrogation of Petunia.
  • Iron Lady: Is tough as nails.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Suggested to hold this attitude, with the thing that infuriates her the most about Harry's abuse by the Dursleys after the abuse itself is the damage it did to Britain's reputation.
  • "Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers a short and brutal one to Petunia.
  • The Unsolved Mystery: Digs into one of these - though 'uninvestigated' might be a better way to put it - at Fury's request. Complies because, as she puts it, she has little better to do.


Erik Magnus Lensherr a.k.a. Magneto

I do what I must, because the alternative would be worse.

Father to Wanda Maximoff, Friendly Enemy to Charles Xavier, and leader of the Brotherhood of Mutants. He doesn't make an appearance until his Dynamic Entry in chapter 77 of Child of the Storm, but even before, his well-earned reputation as a semi-dormant global scale nightmare casts a significant shadow over events. Following his sincere Heel–Face Turn, he appears as a nobly inclined, affable, even grandfatherly figure, and he takes on a recurring role as a secondary supporting character in Ghosts of the Past. But as he does, there are occasional signs that the old Magneto isn't as gone as some people would like to think...

  • Action Dad: To Wanda, Pietro and Lorna Dane.
  • Ambiguously Human: His sheer power and the fact that he's still in his physical prime at around eighty (thanks to 'the Krakoa Incident') has led more than a few factions to believe he's not human, with Luccio noting that within the White Council alone, 'there are several competing schools of thought on what he actually is'. However, he is human. Mostly.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Wanda really does not like him and is sceptical of his Heel–Face Turn, having apparently gone up against him. However, she becomes somewhat less so following their talk after the Battle of London, calling on him for help during the Bloody Hell arc.
  • Arch-Enemy: His chief sparring partner back when he was a bad guy was Alan Scott, a.k.a. the Green Lantern, though Magneto, for his part, deemed Alan a Worthy Opponent.
  • Badass Bookworm: He's a badass in Thor's weight class for raw power who can take the likes of the Red Son while holding back. He's got multiple degrees in hard sciences, including from Oxford, and has a very well-earned reputation amongst the supernatural and supernaturally-informed community.
  • Badass Family: His daughter is Wanda Maximoff and his son, Pietro a.k.a. Quicksilver, has also been alluded to (according to Wanda, he's her teenage half brother and a brat), and his other daughter, Lorna Dane, appears in chapter 8 of Ghosts of the Past. Also, there's Hermione, Wanda's daughter, and Harry, who's practically Wanda's son, making Magneto a kind of honorary grandfather.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Apparently the Manson family ran into him when they went after Sharon Tate. They did not survive the experience.
  • Big Damn Heroes: When he finally shows up in chapter 77, he does so just in time to destroy the Dreadnought before it can wipe out the heroes.
    • In Chapter 31 of Ghosts of the Past, he saves Dresden from Cassius's Cold-Blooded Torture after the latter had Dresden tied down.
  • The Casanova: Wanda speculates he became this after he was rejuvenated, leading to her half-siblings.
  • The Charmer: In an urbane sort of way, both in the platonic and (judging by Wanda's half-siblings) romantic senses. Dresden even remarks that he's quite friendly - terrifying, but friendly.
  • Color-Coded Eyes: Steel grey, referencing his powers, and his adamant resolve.
  • Cruel Mercy: Seems to have developed a taste for this post Heel–Face Turn - Natasha remarks that the only real reason he spared any of the Winter Guard was that he felt that Thor and a few others would want to get their revenge on them. Given what he did do, it would probably have been kinder to let them die.
  • Cultured Badass: As per canon, he is a brilliant scientist, exceptionally well-read scholar, fluent in multiple languages, highly familiar with multiple religious traditions, and one of the most terrifying people on the planet.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Xavier describes him as having absolutely crushed three successive circles of the Hellfire Club, and he goes through the Winter Guard (sans the Red Son) in under two minutes. When he attacks Cassius, the latter doesn't even get the chance to throw a spell - and even Voldemort, a much more powerful and dangerous mage than Cassius, was at his mercy in a split-second.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: As he lays out to Wanda, not for the first time, he didn't have much choice - he had to give her up. Of course, this is only one of many, many issues she has with him.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He lost his family in the Holocaust, and spent several years in a concentration camp. It doesn't get much more troubled than that.
  • Dark Messiah: Though he's mostly reformed, in chapter 10 of Ghosts of the Past he's namechecked as 'mutantkind's Dark Messiah'.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has a very dry wit, as shown in response to Tony's going from nought to dick jokes in about ten seconds after Chthon is defeated.
    And he's supposed to be one of the greatest minds of our age. God help us all.
  • Determinator: As he notes, willpower is something he never lacked - and he used to go toe-to-toe with the man who wrote the book on it.
  • Disappeared Dad: Honestly believed that Wanda was dead. It's uncertain whether he's caring for Pietro or not. Going by Lorna's own remarks, he didn't seem to have any idea that Lorna existed.
  • The Dreaded: Almost everyone on the Dark Side from Sebastian Shaw II to HYDRA (yes, all of it), to Narcissa Malfoy fear him. Even Loki and Nick Fury speak of him with guarded respect, the latter saying that "HYDRA wouldn't cross him. They wouldn't dare." As his appearances thus far have demonstrated, this is for good reason.
    • It isn't limited to the Dark Side, either. In chapter 29 of Ghosts, the mere mention of his name makes Anastasia Luccio, the tough as nails Commander of the Wardens, go pale with horror and possible fear, and namecheck him as one of the greatest terrors the Earth has seen since the Frost Giant Wars.
  • The Ghost: Prior to his full bow in chapter 77, there's only a teeny tiny indirect hint of his on-screen presence in chapter 72, and a fair bit of talking.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: When he really flexes his magnetic muscles.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He may have pulled a sincere Heel–Face Turn, but holy hell, you do not want to cross him, as he demonstrates in chapter 13 of Ghosts of the Past, crushing the Winter Guard in less than two minutes - and, in the process, flaying Omega Red with his own tentacles then crucifying him, compacting the Crimson Dynamo armour into cube while its pilot is still inside (the narration notes that various bodily fluids can be seen leaking out), beating Sabretooth into hamburger meat and skewering him... and there's more to it than that. The only reason he didn't kill all of them save Red Son!Harry was because he thought that a few others might like a piece of them too (and he might have recognised Omega Sentinel as a victim).
    • After Cassius makes the mistake of trying to torture Harry Dresden, Magneto paralyzes him, pins his mouth shut with his own knife, and calmly discusses whether or not to kill him with Dresden.
  • Heel Realization: Had this some time in the late eighties/early nineties after he realised how far he'd fallen. It's still not common knowledge, though as Luccio notes in Ghosts, he has dialled back on his activities in general.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: He is commonly cited as an example how a good person fighting evil can go bad, though he has reportedly mellowed in recent years - something Wanda at first treats with scepticism.
  • I Owe You My Life: Remarks to Natasha that he owed Steve his life for liberating him from Auschwitz.
  • Light 'em Up: Thanks to his manipulation of electromagnetism, he can manipulate light to cloak himself from view, and, it would seem, unleash a Wave Motion Gun.
    • In Ghosts of the Past, he reveals that he's also capable of using it to create holograms and illusions.
  • Made of Iron: While he rarely has to, when fighting the Red Son, he reveals that he can take a real beating.
  • Magnetism Manipulation: His main power, on a literally godlike level.
  • Martial Pacifist: Specifically says to both Namor and Natasha that he's not seeking war, quite the opposite - however, if pushed, he will remind those who push him exactly what he's capable of. Which he does in chapter 13 of Ghosts of the Past. It's not pretty.
  • Nazi Hunter: A truly effective and highly prolific one, and according to Moody, didn't merely restrict himself to mundane Nazis.
  • Not So Different: Wanda accused him of being just like the bigots who tormented both him and her. He didn't take it well.
    • And Wanda, for all her attempts to distance herself from him, is much more like him than she wants to admit, to the point where both Clint and Sinister take note of it in Ghosts of the Past.
  • Odd Friendship: With Howard Stark, even in the depths of his darkness, sufficient that when Howard and his wife were murdered, he led a particularly vicious purge of the Hellfire Club, with Sean Cassidy describing his own not inconsiderable anger as being 'like a firecracker next to the atom bomb of Erik's rage.'
  • Off Screen Moment Of Awesome: SHIELD's chief countermeasure to him in the bad old days was Alan Scott a.k.a. the Green Lantern. While the latter is, by the time of the story, a Post Humous Character, the sheer idea of the two going toe to toe is awesome.
    • In chapter 13 of Ghosts of the Past he goes through the Winter Guard like a hot knife through an overused cliché in less than two minutes, without showing any discernible effort.
    • His duel with fellow Physical God Selene is also mostly offscreen, but it's clear that he, at the very least, held his own against her while she was in the form of a gigantic dragon.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Dresden notes that in contrast to Magneto's usual Tranquil Fury, he goes absolutely berserk when he sees Voldemort again. While this is not surprising, given that Riddle was responsible for the loss of his wife and (for over a decade) his daughter.
  • Overprotective Dad: Subverted. Though he looks like he's going to give an If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her... speech to Dresden, he backs down when Wanda tells him to, and Dresden later describes him as "friendly. Terrifying, but friendly." He even shows a certain amount of respect to the younger wizard.
    • Later, when Dresden is being threatened by a former Denarian, Magneto's response is to snap into Tranquil Fury and utterly destroy the man for the crime of attacking his daughter's beloved.
  • Papa Wolf: Challenged pretty much every single superhuman power broker in the Europe, and possibly the world, to protect Wanda when her powers manifested. And to say that he is displeased by Lorna and Harry's capture by the Red Room, as well as the torture and transformation of the latter into the Red Son would be putting it mildly.
  • Pet the Dog: Remarks that Carol seems a worthy successor to Alan Scott, temporary though it was.
    • Goes out of his way to protect civilians during his brawl with the Red Son.
    • When he subjects the Winter Guard to a Curb-Stomp Battle, he leaves Shapandar and Shostakov, who were Forced into Evil and at most mildly villainous respectively, more or less unharmed, even destroying Shapandar's emotional inhibitor to restore her conscience (though considering what she was made to do, that's Cruel Mercy in its own right). This is in striking contrast to what he does to the other, more villainous members of the Winter Guard, who don't get off nearly so easily.
    • Strikes up a sort of friendship with Harry, who he is very much like; both of them have a Dark and Troubled Past, both have a very frightening dark side, and both feel that they owe the other - Harry saved his younger daughter from the Red Room, while Magneto was able to stop him during the Red Son rampage.
    • Adopts and cares for a girl called Ruth when her newly-manifesting powers (specifically, manifesting just as Harry and Maddie go toe to toe and send psychic shockwaves around the world) drive her mad, also getting Doctor Strange to come in and help her, to the point where they call each other "zayde" and "aynikl" (grandfather and granddaughter).
  • Physical God: Judging by his display in chapter 77 and his fight with the Red Son, he's well into this category. Dresden explicitly compares him to a force of nature, while Strange explicitly notes that he's in Thor's weight class for raw power.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Gives a sufficiently cold and murderous sounding one to the Winter Guard of chapter 13 of Ghosts of the Past after they've walked straight into what is basically the lion's den.
    Good evening. My name is Magneto. You kidnapped my daughter. You kidnapped my daughter's godson. I would like to discuss this. And once we are done, if you are very lucky... I might actually allow some of you to live.
  • Psychic-Assisted Suicide: While not a psychic, his trademark as a Nazi Hunter was to make his targets shoot themselves, or each other.
  • Psychic Radar: Has developed a limited version of this by extending his electromagnetic powers.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Led a truly savage one on behalf of the late Howard and Maria Stark against the Hellfire Club.
    • Goes on another one in chapter 13 of Ghosts of the Past against the Red Room for what they did to Lorna and Harry.
  • Secret Keeper: For Wanda, in respect to Hermione being her daughter.
  • Shock and Awe: While he notes that he can't make the weather dance to his tune the way that the likes of Thor or Storm can, he can do a fair bit of this, thanks to manipulating electromagnetism.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: Subverted. It looks like his first lesson with Harry will have him play this role, by dropping a large piece of wreckage on his head to test his reactions, but it turns out that it's actually a hologram (which Harry instinctively catches anyway), intended to demonstrate to Harry that he's not half as limited as he thinks he is.
  • Stern Teacher: He's an excellent teacher who's not only brilliant but capable of explaining his lessons to someone without multiple degrees in the hard sciences, and innovative in his training methods, opening Harry's mind to the possibilities of his abilities. He's somewhat brusque during lessons, expects a lot of Harry (because he knows he's able), and doesn't hesitate to point out Harry's mistakes, but softens the criticism with praise where he feels it is deserved.
  • Tranquil Fury: Very calmly informs the Winter Guard that he would like to "discuss" their having kidnapped and tortured his younger daughter and his older daughter's godson, making the latter into a Brainwashed and Crazy slave. Later on, after he saves Dresden from Cassius, he's noted as having eyes "seething with power and fury," while calmly discussing whether or not to kill him.
  • Twerp Sweating: Looks as if he's about to have an If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her... chat with Dresden in chapter 78, who ineffectually tries to hide behind Wanda, who cuts him off with a glare and a single sentence: "Father, don't you dare." Magneto, amused, acquiesces and remarks that since he's not John Constantine, that's already a point in his favour.
  • Villain Respect: Accorded the late Alan Scott this, clearly holding him in high regard. Though he's not a villain anymore, he also possesses a certain respect for Harry Dresden, as well, and is something of a Friendly Enemy to Xavier.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Wants to protect mutants from humans who would exploit them and doesn't believe that mutants and humans can live in peace. These days, however, he's more interested in separatism than domination.
  • Worthy Opponent: Regarded the late Alan Scott as one.


King Namor MacKenzie of Atlantis

Well, you're only human.

Namor the Sub-Mariner, King of Atlantis. Broadly benevolent - or at least, opposed to the likes of HYDRA - but pursues his own agenda in the form of protecting his kingdom (and protecting the surface world from his kingdom). Also a bit of a dick.

  • Ass Kicking Equals Authority: He's the King of Atlantis and he commands all life in the seas (which, as he demonstrates, includes sea serpents and sea dragons), he can fly, and he's strong enough to comfortably stabilise and lower a plummeting helicarrier into the water, one handed. He also went toe to toe with the First Class of X-Men and the so-called 'Angel of Cuba' in the 60's and came out on top, particularly impressive since the Angel is heavily implied to be a time travelling Harry.
  • Beast Master: Commands all the creatures of the sea. All of them. To say that this is unfortunate for those who piss him off is a gross understatement.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In chapter 71.
  • Blade on a Stick: His trident.
  • Bling of War: He wears gold fringed greenish-black chainmail, a departure from his canon counterpart's Underwear of Power.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Has a friendly, if serious, chat with Magneto in chapter 78 whilst in the midst of an incredibly violent pitched battle.
  • Deadpan Snarker: His default setting is Sarcasm Mode, so this isn't exactly surprising.
  • Dynamic Entry: Into HYDRA's base on the back of a colossal sea serpent.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Catching the SHIELD Helicarrier and safely lowering it into the Hudson (showing his Hidden Heart of Gold), while also snarking at Rhodey and Steve.
  • Flying Brick: The primary aspect of his power-set, and a large part of what makes him so formidable.
  • Hero of Another Story: He has his own affairs in Atlantis and he took part in the battles against HYDRA and Grindelwald in World War II.
  • Hot-Blooded: More than happy to settle a grudge Colonel Summers has in the middle of a meeting.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's not half as callous as he likes to pretend, and is actually rather impressed by Rhodey keeping the listing Helicarrier afloat.
  • Large Ham: Two words - "IMPERIUS REX!"
    • The fact that they're bellowed from atop a gigantic sea serpent just underlines the point. Strange, unsurprisingly, Lampshades it.
    "He is such a ham."
  • Long-Lived: Well over a century old.
  • Making a Splash: According to Colonel Summers, he can create tidal waves.
  • Noodle Incident: Something happened in Cuba involving him, the First Class of X-Men, and the mysterious Angel of Cuba, something he did that left Colonel Summers holding a significant grudge most of fifty years later. According to him, he apologised.
    • He's also worked with Magneto before and genuinely respects him.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: King of Atlantis, charged with defending his realm from all sorts of undersea threats.
  • Older Than They Look: He's well over a century old and he most certainly does not look it.
  • Out of Focus: A Justified Trope, since he's usually dealing with undersea problems.
  • Protectorate: Atlantis is his, which is why he doesn't get involved in surface affairs too much.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: More than a little bit.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Fully intends to embark on one on Steve's behalf after he's captured by HYDRA.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Oh yes.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: With Logan and, surprisingly Steve.
  • Super Strength: Short of Thor and the Hulk, he's probably currently the physically strongest character in the setting. In chapter 71 he lowers the listing helicarrier into the ocean with one hand and Logan notes that he can rip a battleship in half.
  • Villainous Friendship: More Anti-Villain than Villain, but he was friends with Magneto back before the latter mellowed out, and regards him as a peer, enough to feel out an alliance against humanity if humanity comes after them, at the end of Child of the Storm. Magneto demurs.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Steve, and with more emphasis on the vitriolic, Logan.


Individuals who are more ordinary in terms of political power, yet in many ways, even more extraordinary because of it.

     Lex Luthor 

Alexander 'Lex' Luthor

Actually, I was going to offer the services of my lawyers.

Young, bald super genius with few friends. Largely based off his Smallville incarnation, and currently a good guy. That said, he is kind of terrifying if someone bothers/upsets Carol. As in, you'll be put on a flight to Guantanamo Bay. Needless to say, he requires a Morality Chain, every now and then.

  • Abusive Parents: Everything that the Kents, Jean-Paul, and Lex himself have to say paints a picture of Lionel as a total Jerkass. His mother doesn't seem to be in the picture.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Like on the early seasons of Smallville, but somewhat more moral since he's got a few more friends than that incarnation, particularly Carol, who acts as his Morality Chain. The fact Clark doesn't lie to him about what he can do - to be exact, Lex is used to superhumans and figures it out after Clark ripped open his car to save him - helps. That said, he specialises in Disproportionate Retribution and as the second book hints, has a worrying Lack of Empathy towards those he doesn't see as 'his' people.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's good enough to keep up with both Carol and Harry in Snark-to-Snark Combat, so he's no slouch.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: As part of his Knight Templar Big Brother shtick.
  • For Want of a Nail: It's heavily implied that his Adaptational Heroism is due to Doctor Strange's temporal meddling - for starters, Carol's a good influence on him. The fact that he's able to deduce that Clark has powers, and has friends who're people with powers, also helps, removing a significant chunk of the tension between him and Clark throughout Smallville.
  • The Gadfly: Enjoys teasing Carol, Clark, and Harry, particularly in the sequel.
  • Healing Factor: A very downplayed one, but due to the radiation from the meteor shower, he never gets sick and thinks that he heals from wounds a little faster than normal.
  • I Owe You My Life: Says this to Clark, and with the associated Declaration of Protection.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Towards Carol, and later seems to be developing this attitude towards Clark. Its effectiveness is deconstructed, as is the attitudes it implies - Clark, for instance, starts worrying about what Lex might do to his father if Lionel moved against him [Clark].
  • Lack of Empathy: While he's extraordinarily loyal to/protective of 'his' people, Harry notes that he has a worrying degree of this to people outside that circle.
  • Likes Older Women: Ends up dating Sue Storm, who's a few years older than him, after Harry contrives to set them up.
  • Morality Chain: Carol serves as this, due to the above, as does Clark, to a lesser extent.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: The Guantanamo Bay one-way trip incident. When he proposes to help Harry with some problems, Carol immediately forbids him to put anyone on a plane, only for him to protest he was going to suggest loaning Harry his lawyers instead.
  • The Smart Guy: He's conversant in the hard sciences on the same rough level as Tony Stark, Jane Foster, Hank Pym, T'Challa, Susan Storm and Reed Richards. Jean-Paul cites this to the Kents as why there's no point in trying to conceal Clark's powers from him after Clark saved him from drowning.
  • Super Intelligence: See above. His intellectual chops earn him serious respect from Loki, which is all that needs to be said.
  • Technically a Smile: Harry inwardly notes after seeing the smile in question that most people would do whatever the smile said so long as it left them alone. Even when he tones it down in Ghosts, it still has "too many teeth for comfort."
  • Terror Hero: A mild variant - not only is he protective of Carol, but it's noted that, on her various escapades, there's usually someone that needs scaring and that he rather enjoys it. And then there was the incident with the one way trip to Guantanamo Bay. He extends the same kind of protectiveness to Clark, who at one point uneasily wonders just how far Lex might go to protect him from Lionel.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Subtle, but there. Lionel Luthor is not a good father, and consequently Lex goes looking for approval from the likes of Tony Stark, Brigadier Jack O'Neill and Loki.

     Karrin Murphy 

Karrin Murphy

Head of the Chicago PD's Special Investigations unit, intended to solve supernatural crimes (not as glamorous as it sounds, as In-Universe until the Battle of New York saying you saw the supernatural was grounds for getting fired or sent to a psychiatrist). Roughly five feet tall, has no superpowers, and will knock your teeth in if you imply this makes her weak. All canon tropes up to Proven Guilty apply here.

  • Badass Normal: Phil Coulson says that he actually offered her a job as a SHIELD agent, and reckons that she's probably a better hand-to-hand combatant than he is.
  • Best Friend: To Dresden, exchanging affectionate snark with him and giving Wanda an If You Ever Do Anything To Hurt Him speech. She's also the one he turns to in order to unload on during the below-mentioned Heroic BSoD (about the extent of Strange's manipulations of his - and Thomas' and their mother's - lives), comforting him over it, and telling him that You Are Better Than You Think You Are. During the same incident, she's also noted as looking like if she ever meets Strange, he won't get away without at least one broken bone.
  • By-the-Book Cop: Does not approve of people taking the law into their own hands. This formerly caused some tension with Dresden.
  • If You Ever Do Anything To Hurt Him: Tells Wanda after she starts going out with Harry that she will not be happy if she hurts him.
  • Friend on the Force: For Harry Dresden, and latterly, Wanda Maximoff.
  • The Leader: Of SI, mostly Levelheaded, though with shades of Headstrong and Charismatic.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Described as being like Buffy with "none of the powers and all of the badass."
  • Put on a Bus: She doesn't appear in the Bloody Hell arc because she was on a romantic getaway with Kincaid in Hawaii. It remains to be seen how much she'll be involved with Dresden's further adventures.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Harry Dresden, whenever they see each other. She was vastly amused by Harry going Squee! when he saw Wanda.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Tells this to Dresden in chapter 54 of Ghosts when he starts having a Heroic BSoD about Strange manipulating his life.

     Michael Carpenter 

Sir Michael Carpenter a.k.a. the Fist of God

In the name of Almighty God, step away from that boy.

A Knight of the Cross and wielder of Amoracchius, the Sword of Love, better known as Excalibur. A carpenter in his day job and devoted family man, he's a devout Catholic (but not a dogmatist) and a Knight In Shining Armour.

  • Action Dad: Father of a large family/small clan (he has seven children in canon, and acts as Harry Dresden's Parental Substitute to a degree).
  • Badass Cape: Wears a white one, embroidered with a red cross.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Arrives in the nick of time to save Dane Whitman.
  • The Cape: He even wears one. It is suitably badass. Morally speaking, he's probably the most idealistic character in the entire series, aside from Captain America.
  • Church Militant: A nice version.
  • Cool Sword: The archetypal example: his sword Amoracchius was one of the two blades that went by the name of freaking Excalibur.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Takes on the undead warrior that beat Dane to a pulp and destroys it in three moves.
  • Flaming Sword: Amoracchius burns with white flames, and in the right situation, is one of the most powerful weapons in the Nine Realms.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He is kindly, friendly and forgiving. He'll give even undead abominations a chance to surrender (though in this context, it just means die quickly). However, if you face him on the battlefield and turn down his offer of your own free will, he will give no quarter.
  • Knight In Shining Armour: A very literal example.
  • One-Man Army: As part of the Strong as They Need to Be thing the Knights have.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Only appears in one scene in chapter 44, and has a non-speaking cameo in chapter 77, but it's enough to make quite the impression.
  • The Paladin: Fulfils this trope in every way - he's kind, he's noble, and completely morally upright. He also didn't earn the nickname 'the Fist of God' by collecting bottle-caps.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: References The Chronicles of Narnia to Harry Dresden, pointing out that C. S. Lewis was a theologian.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: "In the name of Almighty God, step away from that boy."
  • Red Baron: He's also known as 'the Fist of God'.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: A total badass by himself, but like the other knights, he gets stronger in proportion to the threat faced (or depending on how you look at it, the threat is brought down to be as strong as them. It may vary depending on who they're fighting).

     Thomas Raith 

Thomas Raith

The Token Good Teammate to the White Court of Vampires, one of the only good vampires known on Earth, and Harry Dresden's older half-brother.

  • Badass Family: His mother was Famed in Story amongst the White Council, his father is (or was) the King of the White Court, and his half-brother is Harry Dresden.
  • Bash Brothers: He and Harry snark a lot, but they also know that they can trust each other to watch their backs in a fight.
  • Deadpan Snarker: More than equal to his brother in Snark-to-Snark Combat.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Probably the only vampire in the story who's actually friendly, as opposed to being Affably Evil.
  • Horny Devils: As a White Court vampire, this is a given. However, he tries not to harm anyone he feeds off of, taking as little as possible.
  • Out of Focus: He's only shown up in person during Chaos Reigns, and has yet to appear in the main story. His lack of appearances during the Bloody Hell arc is an Invoked Trope, though - Thomas and Harry have to stay away from each other while the Wardens are around, given that none of said Wardens knows of their relationship, and for obvious reasons, they can't know.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With his girlfriend Justine, who he is in deep mutual love with. And since he was exiled by the White Court, and the touch of someone who is in true love is harmful to them, and Justine works for (and spies on for him) his older sister Lara, he barely ever gets to see her.

     Waldo Butters 

Waldo Butters

A mortician who sometimes helps out Harry Dresden when he gets hurt, and plays a minor part in the Bloody Hell arc alongside Magneto and Harry Dresden, working as Sue's drummer.

  • Adapted Out: Very nearly, due to most of Dead Beat being reduced to an Offscreen Moment of Awesome. See Bit Character.
  • Bit Character: Has only one scene, in chapter 32, and a non-speaking cameo in the following chapter.
  • Nice Guy: In stark contrast to most Marvel citizens, when he finds out about magic and mutants, he's not scared of them - well, he's scared of the Necromancer who tried to capture him, but he's fascinated by the whole thing otherwise.

     Ivan Petrovich 

Ivan Petrovitch

An old friend, mentor and Parental Substitute to Natasha, and a fellow defector from the Red Room, as well as a fellow recipient of the Infinity Formula. Formerly in retirement in Reykjavik, he later comes to live in New York, and is an excellent intelligence analyst and information broker. With the possible exception of Natasha, he is the authority on the Red Room.

  • Adaptational Heroism: This version doesn't look like going insane any time soon.
  • The Ageless: Thanks to the Infinity Formula. He's over a hundred years old and he doesn't look a day over forty.
  • Cool Old Guy: This is the guy who can affectionately snark at Natasha and give her relationship advice without fearing for life and limb.
  • Crazy-Prepared: This is one of the people who taught Natasha. He made a recording of his voice telling someone to come in on the off-chance it would be useful someday. He learned the secret sign language that Natasha and the Winter Soldier invented, also on the off-chance that it would be useful. He's also put measures in place to fake his death and ensure that that and his house's destruction are kept quiet in the news, in case he ever needs to vanish.
  • Deadpan Snarker: From time to time.
  • Information Broker: Even in retirement he keeps up with current affairs and is usually several steps ahead of the game - so much so that both HYDRA and the Red Room want to forcibly recruit him (or in the case of the Red Room, reclaim him) and are willing to kill him rather than risk him being taken by the enemy.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: A non-romantic example, as he urges Natasha to let someone into her heart and stop being afraid of losing them, as she did the Winter Soldier and nearly lost Clint.
  • Mr. Exposition: Serves as this to explain the history and aims of the Red Room.
  • Nerves of Steel: Nothing especially fazes him, not even an angry Thor. It is therefore a mark of how bad things could get when the mention of Project Krasnyy Syn being resurrected makes him go white as a sheet.
  • Parental Substitute: To Natasha, who he refers to as Natalia and who he can read like a book - something that makes him unique among the cast. He not only snarks at her affectionately from time to time, but gives her relationship advice and gets away with it.
  • The Smart Guy: Of the ex-Red Room personnel. He's got a near Eidetic Memory and he's a master Information Broker, being amongst those who trained Natasha.
  • Undying Loyalty: The Red Room correctly deduced that he had this. What they didn't realise, however, that it was exclusively to Natasha, not to them.

     Bruce Wayne 

Bruce Wayne

The teenage heir to Wayne Enterprises and fearsomely intelligent apprentice to Harry Dresden. While he has no magic of his own, his intellect, gift for investigation and knowledge of magical theory more than make up for it. Word of God claims that he isn't going to be Batman, a claim that has been treated with deep scepticism.

  • The Ace: He's a highly skilled hand to hand combatant, extremely talented investigator and expert on magical theory.
  • Amazon Chaser: In terms of his crush on Murphy, his terrifying tiny martial arts teacher, one respect in which he is very like his canon counterpart.
  • Awesome Ego: His online persona of Mr Knight is described as this by Chloe Sullivan - he's got an ego, yes, but he's got the brains and know-how to back it up.
  • Badass Bookworm: While he's showing signs of developing into a Genius Bruiser, his intellect is emphasised over his physical skills (because he's still a relatively slight teenager). By the time he's 15, he's figured out how to buffer technology against magical interference and Harry Thorson compares his grasp of thaumaturgy to a fully fledged member of the White Council. Oh, and he's apparently capable of summoning Mab, despite not having any magical abilities of his own.
  • Badass Normal: Doesn't have any powers, and as far as he's concerned, he doesn't need them either. Considering that in the sequel, he's mentioned as running off an exceptionally powerful necromancer and her combat trained ghoul with just a flashbang, you can see why.
  • Black Knight: Picks this for his avatar picture online, as a Visual Pun to go with his Online Alias. Clark Kent thinks it's a bit much.
  • Car Fu: Deploys the Tumbler to excellent effect against the Mabdhara.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Usually at Dresden's expense.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Almost all of his appearances in the first book have him doing something ill-advised in order to help. By the sequel, he's mostly got over this - while he does still take on a powerful necromancer and her pet ghoul to protect Dresden, he at least uses a flashbang to do it. Additionally, in his online 'Mr Knight' persona, he warns Chloe Sullivan about doing something similarly risky after he figures out what's going on.
  • Hot for Teacher: Dresden observes that he's got a crush on Karrin Murphy, his martial arts teacher.
  • In Harm's Way: Seems to like putting himself in this, partly because he's an adrenaline junkie, partly, as Wanda observes, because he doesn't really know how bad it can get and thinks it's a grand adventure and partly, it is implied, as marker of the Knight Errant that he will become.
  • Lighter and Softer: Is considerably more sane than his canon counterpart since his parents are alive (thanks to Dresden). Because of this, Word of God has insisted (somewhat unconvincingly) that he isn't going to be Batman.
  • Online Alias: Refers to himself as 'Mr Knight' online, appearing in that capacity during Harry and Clark's mini-arc in the sequel to provide a few theories and suggestions.
  • Refuge in Audacity: He once tried to whistle up Mab (Queen of the Winter Court of the Fae, who even Thor and Loki tread lightly around) because he wanted to have a chat.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: To Dresden, though it is shown that he always listens to Dresden when it matters and wants his approval.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Of course. Dresden observes that unless carefully observed, Bruce can vanish from under even the most observant of noses. Even Thomas, a vampire capable of this himself, is surprised at how quietly he can move, and the only one who can reliably catch him at it is Murphy.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He's noted to be growing into this in the first book.
  • Teen Genius: Invented a method for shielding technology from magical disruption, something previously only achieved by SHIELD and Tony Stark. Admittedly, it took him years and Stark about 15 minutes, but it's still really impressive. He's part of a group of them online.



A mysterious and extremely talented young hacker who is first mentioned being mentored by Skye, a very skilled hacker in her own right, with a specific interest in high-end tech and organised crime. She's mentioned from time to time throughout the second half of Child of the Storm and Ghosts of the Past. Her identity is so far unknown - however, it has been implied that she is, in fact, Barbara Gordon.

  • The Ghost: Mentioned in passing about halfway through Child of the Storm as Skye's protege, a very talented young hacker who she's keeping on the straight and narrow. She is mentioned from time to time thereafter, but doesn't appear onscreen (and even then, only through a computer screen), until chapter 57 of Ghosts.
  • Playful Hacker: Most of the time, though it's demonstrated on several occasions that she's pretty dangerous - she's mentioned as being involved in dismantling the Red Room, and gets access to some US government proposals on how to contain superpowered individuals with frightening ease.
  • Teen Genius: She's indicated to be a world-class hacker, but at least on par with her notably brilliant mentor, Skye. She's also part of a forum of them, which is how she makes her debut.

     Peter Parker 

Peter Parker

The boy who will (probably) one day become Spider-Man, a teenager in Carol's class, and stated by Word of God to more or less have "the worst luck in the story." Considering that this is a story including Harry, Doom Magnet by design, this is really saying something.

  • Adaptation Origin Connection: Here, it's possible that his powers as Spider-Man don't (or at least, don't entirely) come from a spider bite, but instead from being part-turned by the Grey Court, and having the vampire part of him burned out by drinking Harry's blood due to the Phoenix fire in it.
  • Badass Bookworm: During Bloody Hell, after being freed of Mind Control by first Syrus, his sire, then Dracula, he's not only willing to get involved in fighting the Grey Court (and being a Dhampyr, he's surprisingly effective - and not just as a frontline fighter, either). He's also very studious, and implied to be 'Shutterbug', part of an online group of teen geniuses, and it's implied that he's retained at least some Grey Court related abilities after the vampire in him was burned out - at the very least, he no longer needs glasses.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Under Syrus' control. Dracula just outright possesses him.
  • Cosmic Plaything: He gets picked on constantly at school, and is nearly turned into a vampire, only being saved by Harry's intervention.
  • Deadpan Snarker: As per usual, once he's freed of his Mind Control.
  • Dhampyr: Was one of these during Bloody Hell, before being cured, and was less than a day from turning fully.
  • Foreshadowing: As a {{Dhampyr}] under Dracula's control, at one point the narration describes him as clinging to a wall 'like a spider.' Hmm.
  • Green Rooming: Has a cameo in Child of the Storm chapter 20, and then is never mentioned after that until the Bloody Hell arc of Book 2, after which... he promptly disappears again - though he gets a few recurring mentions in Carol-related scenes.
  • Mind Control: Is controlled first by Syrus, who turned him, then by Dracula.
  • Motor Mouth: He makes Harry, an example in his own right, look positively serene and stoic by comparison. This is lampshaded constantly, with Harry's inner monologue at one point noting that while most people are surprised at how much he can gabble, a Telepath like him could tell them that the surprising thing is that he doesn't babble even more.
  • Online Alias: In the sequel he's been hinted to go by 'Shutterbug', and part of an online group of Teen Geniuses that includes 'Mr Knight' (Bruce Wayne), 'Oracle' (Barbara Gordon), 'Science Queen' (Unknown), 'Torchbearer' (Chloe Sullivan), 'Shadowcat' (Kitty Pryde), as well as their former mentor, 'Skye' (Daisy Johnson).
  • Teen Genius: As per canon, and part of an online group of them.

     Jonathan and Martha Kent 

Jonathan and Martha Kent

The very understanding and morally upright adoptive parents of Clark Kent, who were specifically selected by Jor-El for their good character. They prove to be excellent choices, rolling remarkably well with the weirdness that their son attracts.

  • Almighty Mom: Both of them, really, with Clark behaving impeccably for them, and Jean-Paul, Lex, and Harry moderating their behaviour (in the latter two's case, going through some entertaining verbal contortions to avoid swearing).
  • Good Parents: To Clark, as Alison notes, taking all the weirdness and challenges of raising a teenage alien with aplomb and raising him to be The Cape.
    • In the Clark and Harry mini-arc in the sequel, their response to Clark's travails and risks (and Harry's, though he's much better able to handle himself) is to ensure that before they go out to fight evil they dress up warm and eat vast bowls of chicken soup. Harry finds this both heartwarming and hilarious.
  • Happily Married: They love each other dearly.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: They're not totally perfect, but they're pretty damn close - this inherent decency was why they were selected to be Clark's parents.
  • Muggle Foster Parents: As usual. They're human, Clark is Kryptonian.
  • Open-Minded Parent: Both of them, more than most necessarily expect, especially with Jonathan, who's Smallville born and bred (unlike the more cosmopolitan Martha). He lampshades it when he thinks the very Camp Gay Jean-Paul is about to admit feelings for Clark, and he's fine with it. As it happens, Jean-Paul's attitude to Clark is closer to Big Brother Instinct (and thinks the assumption is hilarious as a result).
    • While Jonathan and Lionel Luthor loathe each other, Jonathan has nothing against Lex, even going so far as to steady him when Lex is about to fall in chapter 58.
  • Parental Substitutes: They're among the very best.
  • Team Mom/Team Dad: They're demonstrated playing this role, not just to their actual son, but to Jean-Paul and Harry.
  • Upbringing Makes the Hero: Invoked by Jor-El (though his immediate concern was foster-parents who would love Clark) and later by Alison Carter.

     Chloe Sullivan 

Chloe Sullivan

Best friend of Clark Kent, talented amateur hacker, and extremely driven young journalist with a passion for uncovering the world of the weird (which, naturally, is rather uncomfortable for Clark). However, it turns out that she's a much better Secret Keeper than you'd think...

  • Action Survivor: She's a would-be intrepid journalist who's constantly in the middle of meteor mutant related trouble in Smallville - even with Clark watching her back, this is just about the only way she'd survive. She demonstrates this in the Clark and Harry mini-arc in Ghosts.
  • Adorkable: Very much so, dubious fashion choices, caffeine addiction, and all. Not for nothing does Harry compare her to Willow.
  • Badass Bookworm: She's not a fighter, but she's very intelligent and very brave.
  • Character Development: In her very first appearance and by implication, before it, she was obsessed with reporting on 'meteor freaks'. After seeing Clark demonstrate his powers (unknown to him), and assuming that he's mutated the same way, she re-examines her previous opinions and consciously refers to them as 'meteor mutants' instead.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: She'd like to have one of these with Clark. Clark is unfortunately oblivious to anyone who isn't Lana Lang.
  • Interspecies Friendship: With Clark, though she'd like it to be an Interspecies Romance.
  • Online Alias: She favours 'Torchbearer'.
  • School Newspaper Newshound: She is the very active editor and chief reporter of Smallville High's 'Torch' newspaper, to the point where it's part of her Online Alias. In her first appearance, Red Sky Day, preserving the Torch is her first concern, despite the fact that she's in a burning a building.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: After discovering Clark's powers by chance on Red Sky Day, when she sees him chase after Jean-Paul, she keeps her mouth shut, even to him (though she assumes he's a sane meteor mutant).
  • Skewed Priorities: In her first appearance, she's much more concerned with preserving the Torch and the Wall of Weird than, say, the fact that she is also in the burning building and might be roasted alive.
  • Teen Genius: She's a talented hacker and is noted to be a very gifted researcher. She's also a very quick thinker under pressure, as the entry under Victoria's Secret Compartment demonstrates.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Clark, after discovering his secret.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: After quickly going over Reynolds' office, she realises that she can't read his entire journal in time, just skimming it, for fear of being caught. So she rips out the used pages and stuffs them down her bra, before returning the journal to its hiding spot.


Remy LeBeau a.k.a. Gambit a.k.a. Remy Summers

Want me to deal y'in, homme?

A powerful mutant, charming master-thief and ladies man from New Orleans, who is much, much smarter than he pretends to be. He first appears in chapter 8 of Ghosts of the Past working for Sinister to pay off a debt, and makes an immediate impression. What he's really up to is, as ever, a mystery. Chapter 10 reveals that he's trying to free the kids, but is primarily focused on saving Maddie/Rachel. As it turns out, he's an artificially aged clone of Scott Summers.

  • Amazon Chaser: By his own tacit admission. He draws the line at Yelena Belova, however.
  • Ambiguously Human: Possibly, though he's not in the slightest bit aware of it. After studying his DNA, Hank concludes he's far from the garden-variety mutant, but rather a clone or even an Artificial Human. Xavier interrogates Essex at length about this, and it's revealed in chapter 34 that he's a clone of Scott Summers.
  • The Atoner: Heavily implies in chapter 10 that he's out to atone for his previous inaction, having turned a blind eye to the depravities of the Red Room and Sinister while unwillingly working for the latter, and his failure to save more than a few of the Morlocks in this 'verse's version of the Morlock Massacre. His main means of this is by trying to save the prisoners, especially Maddie. He ultimately succeeds.
  • Badass Longcoat: He wears his canon tatty brown coat and he's dangerous enough to make a dozen Russian special forces hardcases and an Ax-Crazy Black Widow tense up and back off when he takes out a pack of cards, as well as give Harry a better fight than anyone else on the base, without even really fighting at full speed.
  • Becoming the Mask: In relation to his romance with Maddie. Initially, he fully intended to manipulate her for his own ends, gaining leverage to escape from under Sinister's thumb. However, over time, he came to understand and empathise with her, realising that she wasn't just a Living Weapon, and came to (at the very least) deeply care about her, risking and sacrificing everything to give her the chance to escape her brainwashing and make her own life. It didn't initially work, but it laid the groundwork for Harry, Jono, and Mjolnir to get under her skin.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: A charming flirt with a Funetik Aksent, a fairly laidback attitude and a card related gimmick, he doesn't exactly come off as dangerous... until you see him scare off a dozen Russian hard cases and an Ax-Crazy Black Widow with nothing but a pack of cards and a few hard words. He also ran a con on Sinister and the Red Room, while also coaxing Maddie Pryor away from Sinister, serving as Natasha's mole in the Red Room, all without any of them - save Maddie - being anywhere of any of it (and even Maddie only knew that his affection for her was, initially, a pose).
    • This trope is, according to Word of God, part of why Carol doesn't immediately trust him when he shows up again, having previously trusted him more or less unconditionally (though she didn't really have much choice that time) - she now knows just how dangerous he's capable of being.
  • Blackmail: Chapter 10 implies that Sinister has something on him, when he says that he didn't have a choice in working for him. His own testimony suggests that Sinister fixed a flaw in his powers that was killing him.
  • The Bus Came Back: Invoked by Doctor Strange, who ensured that Gambit would be in place to assist Carol, Stevie, and Peter Parker against the Grey Court vampires who were hunting them.
  • Cane Fu: With his bo staff.
  • The Casanova: Subverted, surprisingly enough. While he's charming and has a flirtatious manner, he's only mentioned as being in two relationships, and in the one we see, despite his original intentions, he's absolutely loyal to his girlfriend - Maddie. Of course, she independently notes that that relationship is particularly complicated, and after they both escaped from the Red Room, they seem to have effectively broken up (though amicably, and he stuck around for long enough to ensure that she was fine), as he needs to get back to his New Orleans roots, while she needs to settle down with her new family.
  • The Charmer: Despite Carol saying that his charm isn't working on her, she notes to her own disgust that it kind of is.
  • Chick Magnet: And he knows it.
  • Cloning Blues: Strongly hit by this after The Reveal he's actually Scott Summers' clone.
  • Clones Are People, Too: Steadily sought to inculcate this attitude in Maddie Pryor a.k.a. Rachel Grey, eroding her belief that she was just a Living Weapon, showing her that she could be a person too. Ironically, it turns out that he's the clone, and she's the real human. After a very nasty initial shock, he develops this attitude, and by this point, he's very much his own person, even referring to Scott as his "brother" - if somewhat ironically.
  • Composite Character: With the third Summers brother, Gabriel, but he's actually a clone rather than a naturally-born sibling.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He grew up on the streets with no idea of where he'd come from, was adopted into the LeBeau crime family (though his father does genuinely seem to have loved him), then seems to have killed his girlfriend's brother in self-defence, which accounts for the dark. It gets mysterious after the revelation in chapter 23 that he's a lot Younger Than He Looks, having had his ageing accelerated, if not been created whole, most probably by Sinister, before the process was interrupted when he was seven and in chapter 34 that he was cloned from Scott Summers. Gambit himself has no clue - at first - about either of the latter points.
  • Deadpan Snarker: A bit, first shown in a very dark, grim way when talking to Agent Coulson.
  • Death Dealer: His cards are his signature weapon and judging by the reaction of the Red Room personnel when he first shows them off, they know how dangerous he is with them.
  • Defusing the Tyke Bomb: Slowly worked this on Maddie/Rachel, with genuine success.
  • Deprogramming: He tried to do this to Maddie/Rachel, to get her out from under Sinister's thumb as part of Defusing the Tyke Bomb, and succeeded.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: He has this effect on people, especially heterosexual women - Carol is charmed against her own better judgement, and Jean has to keep reminding herself that she has a boyfriend and that he's sort of dating her sister when he comes up in conversation.
  • Enigmatic Minion: He first appears as this, working for Sinister, apparently paying off a debt. He also seems to be in a relationship with Sinister's right hand, Maddie Pryor. However, he also slips Carol a key card and a note saying 'good luck' and, in the guise of combat banter, tacitly tells an escaped Harry exactly how to find the other prisoners, before throwing the fight. It turns out that he's Natasha's mole in the Red Room, and trying to help out the heroes, being mostly focused on trying to get Maddie/Rachel free of Sinister.
    • After The Reveal in chapter 23, his past is even more enigmatic, until chapter 34.
  • Everything Sounds Sexier in French: Carol tells him that it won't work on her, since her very Camp Gay friend, Jean-Paul, also calls her 'cherie'. As she notes to her own internal disgruntlement, Gambit being Gambit, it kind of works anyway.
  • Forced into Evil: Chapter 10 implies this, though Gambit being Gambit, he's managed to wiggle out of it.
  • Funetik Aksent: As per canon, though it's suggested that he can dial it up and down as he chooses. Lukin inwardly complains about its impenetrability.
  • The Gambler: Retains his canon persona's use of cards and tendency to take chances - though unlike canon, they tend to be very carefully judged ones.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: As per canon, again. Carol informs him that the 'cherie' thing won't work on her (while inwardly noting that, to her disgust, it kind of does).
  • Having a Blast: He blows things up, primarily, though he's got more than a few other tricks up his sleeves.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Offscreen, some time previously, he was involved in this 'verse's version of the Morlock Massacre, and tried to save some Morlocks by collapsing a tunnel behind them. While he succeeded, Sinister was not pleased and... punished him. Unusually, this merely motivated him to be more cautious rather than to give up entirely.
  • Heroic BSoD: After realising that his attempt to get Maddie out failed.
  • Heroic Seductress: A rare male example, having started out as something closer to The Vamp. He originally set out to seduce Maddie as a means of getting leverage on Sinister and escaping, despite the fact that, as Coulson points out, she's at least two or three years younger than he is, with no life experience, and no concept whatsoever of the kind of game he was playing. When this is brought up, Gambit admits that he isn't proud of what he was trying to do, and he changed his mind when he realised that she was as much a prisoner, a victim, as him - if not considerably more so. After that, he geared his efforts into coaxing her away from Sinister, encouraging her to think for herself, to get them both out.
    • As it turns out, she figured it out what he was up to pretty quickly (being a powerful telepath helps), but went along with it because it was the first time that someone had even pretended to care. Gambit is appropriately horrified.
  • I Gave My Word: His justification for working for Sinister, remarking - like Strange - that their word is all some people have. Subverted, apparently, by his attempts to help out Harry and Carol and his working on Maddie.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Dudley, with half his own staff.
  • Improbable Weapon User: His favoured playing cards.
  • Irony: When he realized how much Maddie had been messed up by her conviction she being a clone meant she would amount to nothing more than a Living Weapon, he did her best to show her that she still was a person. Unbeknownst to both of them, Maddie was the "real", naturally born human while Gambit was the clone.
    • There's also a certain irony in the man most famous for blowing up pretty much everything he touches being the one to steadily and carefully defuse the Tyke Bomb.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Carol accurately judges, in pretty short order, that he's not the soulless douche just paying off a debt that he'd like to appear to be.
  • Lovable Rogue: Roguish, nominally working for the bad guys when he first appears, and very, very hard not to like (especially if one is at all attracted to men).
  • The Magic Touch: He can make anything he touches explode. He can also zap people back into consciousness, by giving them a little jolt, and turn a vampire corpse to dust.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He's a benevolent variant, but he's capable of playing Sinister, the Red Room, the heroes, and technically Maddie/Rachel as part of Defusing the Tyke Bomb - originally, he was straight up playing her, but changed his mind when he realised that she was a victim too (though it turns out that she knew) at once.
  • Meaningful Name: Carol, a fluent French speaker, lampshades the meaning of his surname, teasing that he must think a lot of himself to pick it. Gambit just laughs, says it's his real name and that he's adopted, then Gambit being Gambit, adds:
    But it fits, non?
    • Also his chosen name: he's prone to taking serious, but carefully calculated, gambles.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: While working for the Red Room and Sinister. He wasn't evil to begin with, more trapped by his situation, and by the time he appears, he's actively undermining them by working as Natasha's mole and steadily defusing Maddie.
  • Nerves of Steel: Powers or no, staring down Yelena Belova without blinking takes stones. Even more so since he's Natasha's mole inside the Red Room, who are noted to be hard enough to cross, even without telepaths - these are the people who scare HYDRA.
  • Not So Different: Just like his "brother" Scott, he's strongly teased with a redheaded female psychic - more specifically, Jean's own twin.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: No one who knows him is really in any doubt that he's dangerous, but it's suggested that his Poirot Speak and flirty, irreverent attitude is a disguise for just how smart he is.
  • Outdated Outfit: Even Harry, not exactly known for his fashion knowledge, notices that it's not exactly up to date. However, he also notes that Gambit has the confidence to carry it off. Considering how many female viewpoint characters are practically drooling over him (primarily, Carol, Jean, and Maddie), he's not wrong.
  • Pinned to the Wall: The floor, to be exact, by Dudley. With half his own bo staff, at that, to add insult to injury.
  • Playing Card Motifs: Unusually, unlike canon (where he opts for the Joker or the Ace of Spades), his favoured card is the Jack of Hearts. It is, however, still appropriate - significantly, the Jack is usually The Trickster, and also known as the Knave, with the Knave of Hearts being a thief who "stole the Queen's tarts", most famously referenced in Alice in Wonderland.
  • Poirot Speak: His first language is English, his Cajun background just means that he mixes in French words. However, it's also shown to diminish dramatically when he's getting serious.
  • Power Incontinence: How he fell under Sinister's control - he lost control of his powers, accidentally killed his girlfriend's brother (the fact that they were part of Feuding Families didn't help), and fled New Orleans, before Sinister performed surgery that gave him control of his powers, but put Gambit in his debt.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Gives a pretty good one to Harry.
    Gambit: Want me t' deal y' in, homme?
  • Pretty Boy: Carol outright calls him a pretty man and spends a lot of her time in his presence Eating the Eye Candy (and trying, often unsuccessfully, to Ignore The Fanservice).
  • Psychic Block Defense: He's had one implanted (presumably by Maddie) that's good enough that Harry notes that it would take him a while to work through it - of course, he could just bulldoze straight through it, but that would just result in frying Gambit's brain.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He's only working for Sinister to pay off a debt, shows no malice, and steps in to protect Carol from Yelena Belova. Ultimately working as Natasha's mole within the Red Room to stab Sinister and company in the back.
  • Ragin' Cajun: As per canon.
  • Rescue Romance: Of a sort. There's a romance between him and Maddie/Rachel, though it's part of his steadily working on Defusing the Tyke Bomb, and they more or less break up afterwards, and fairly amicably at that.
  • Reverse Mole: He's Natasha's mole inside the Red Room.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: His genetic template Scott Summers is sweet and awkward, while Remy is very much The Charmer, described by one reader as "a Weapon of Mass Seduction".
  • Simple Staff: He uses an extendable bo staff in combat.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: He's mentioned as having an impressive repertoire of foul language.
  • Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: As he repeatedly states, if there's one thing he believes, it's that people should be free.
  • Southern Gentleman: He's got the mannerisms, and when flirting with Carol, she's a bit charmed against her better judgement.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Once Jean got past the eyes and speech pattern, she easily guessed he was Scott's clone because of his looks and the way he moved.
  • Sympathetic Murder Backstory: He accidentally killed his girlfriend's brother after a case of Power Incontinence.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Which Carol and Jean and Maddie most definitely notice.
  • Technicolour Eyes: Red on black, as per canon.
  • Token Good Team Mate: For Sinister and the Red Room. He's a fairly decent guy, as Carol observes, while his colleagues are Belova, who's Ax-Crazy with a Hair-Trigger Temper, Sinister, who's a sociopathic Mad Scientist, Lukin, who has no discernible conscience and a blatant desire for power, Maddie, who's not precisely malicious but a bit... off, and Dudley, who's a violent psychopath, probable murderer and definite rapist who enjoys hurting people. It transpires that he's Natasha's mole and The Atoner, ultimately out to save both the prisoners and Maddie.
  • Underhanded Hero: As per canon, he's an acrobatic thief, with a genius for manipulation, and thus a textbook example.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Claims at first that he's helping Harry because Thor stopped Hurricane Katrina before it hit New Orleans. Gambit being Gambit, this is rather less than the truth.
  • Wild Card: Initially, which side he'll pick and exactly what he's up to is up in the air. Chapter 10 reveals that he's siding with the heroes and trying to get Maddie/Rachel out from under Sinister's thumb. Thereafter, however, he remains this, as it's not entirely clear where he's going to turn up next, or what he'll do.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Forced into this after Carol informs him just who was kidnapped along with her. He actually does pretty well, under the circumstances.
  • Younger Than They Look: Intensive tampering with his genetic material by Sinister, who is suggested to have created him, had this effect, with Hank implying he was actually "born" as a seven-year-old. Xavier hypothesises that he was being artificially grown by Sinister, programmed in the process, and something went wrong at the lab, and the young Gambit escaped in the power cut. He has absolutely no idea about this, at least at first.



We must wait until the very last moment. And calculate when that last moment will be to ensure that Kal has the best chance of survival. Anything less would put him at greater risk than needed. Neither I, nor Lara, will countenance that.

The birth father of Clark Kent a.k.a. Kal-El, husband of Lara Lor-Van, and the most brilliant scientist on Krypton before its destruction. As per canon, he figured out that Krypton was doomed (in this case, at the hands of Thanos), and after his warnings were ignored, with his wife, he took measures to protect their only son, planning on sending him to Earth, a world he'd visited several times before. This included soliciting Alison Carter for help, whose life he saved many years before. Despite being long dead, his actions continue to affect the world. Also, he is heavily implied to have been the source for this world's version of Bizarro.

  • Badass Bookworm: A brilliant and thoughtful scientist, and a powerful 'high blood' Kryptonian, he was apparently more than capable in a fight when required to be. Word of God notes that he overpowered a young Colossus and 'drop-kicked Omega Red through Mount Yamantau'. Not over. Through.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's a gentle, kindly pacifistic scientist. However, he's also a 'high blood' Kryptonian, meaning that he's a Flying Brick on par with Thor when under a 'yellow' sun, a genius by the standards of the most advanced society in the mortal universe, and once demonstrated his displeasure with Omega Red by dropkicking him up through Mount Yamantau. Not over. Through. Good thing he can heal, eh?
  • Broken Ace: By the time of Krypton's near destruction, all his efforts to save his world having come to nothing, and it's almost broken him - he's entirely focused on saving his son by any means necessary.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Part of the reason he chooses the Kents as adoptive parents for his son is because Hiram Kent once showed him great kindness by clearing him of a murder charge and Jonathan seemed to be 'cut from the same cloth.'
  • Came Back Wrong: After a fashion, with Sinister cloning an imperfect version of him as this world's Bizarro to use as a bodyguard. It promptly gets frozen in place by a vengeful Doctor Strange, then after punching the Dark Phoenix into the Moon from high Earth orbit, vaporised by the individual in question.
  • The Cassandra: As per canon, almost no-one on Krypton believed him.
  • Crazy-Prepared: As chapter 36 of Book II demonstrates in a flashback, he built as many redundancies and back-ups as was imaginable or conceivably possible into his plan to save his son. He indicates that this is something that he and his wife, Lara, had in common.
  • Didn't See That Coming: He didn't predict Clark's ship dragging a lot of debris with it, causing the Smallville Meteor Shower and making the landing a much bigger event than he'd hoped (making it harder to completely conceal Clark), and creating a much bigger problem for Clark in terms of 'meteor freaks' and the fact that Kryptonite Is Everywhere.
  • Fling a Light into the Future: His only son, Kal-El/Clark Kent, believed to be the Last of His Kind. He also left several artefacts with Alison Carter for when Clark was ready.
  • Flying Brick: He was this on Earth, unsurprisingly, on par with Thor.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: Alison notes shades of this in his character going by his horror, bafflement, and misery at what his earnest attempts at warning his people of disaster unleashed (a brutal civil war after an attempted military coup led by General Zod, and a violent 'Cult of the Eradicator', both of which venerated him). He's also troubled by a glimpse of Alison's ruthless streak.
  • Happily Married: To Lara, a practical minded military woman.
  • Ignored Expert: As per canon in regards to Krypton's doom.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Had this with Peggy and Alison Carter and Charles Xavier, possibly with Loki, and also, it's hinted, with Captain Mar-Vell.
  • It Runs in the Family: After his first appearance in chapter 36 of Ghosts of the Past, it's very clear to see where Clark got not only his looks and powers, but also his nature, as a Nice Guy who doesn't like fighting, but shouldn't be underestimated. Jonathan and Martha Kent also note that Clark has his smile.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Performed a very literal example, apparently having 'drop-kicked' Omega Red through Mount Yamantau. Not over. Through.
  • Mr. Exposition: Explains the Dheronian attack on Krypton and his reasons for sending his son where and when he does to Alison.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction to the responses of those Kryptonians who believed his warnings - Zod, who started a civil war in an attempt to depose the ruling council, and the Cult of the Eradicator, an apocalypse cult that venerated Jor-El as the Herald of the Eradicator, a mythical Kryptonian embodiment of destruction.
  • Nice Guy: Described as being very kind, and something of a Humble Hero who only wanted the best for his people.
  • Noodle Incident: On Earth, he was once falsely accused of murder, though Hiram Kent helped clear him of it.
    • Loki respected him personally, judging by his remarks about the Bizarro clone.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: He's mentioned to have been active on Earth on several occasions, including getting involved in the incident that involved the Red Room trying to get Alison Carter's blood.
  • Papa Wolf: His own life is completely irrelevant to him, as long as his son is safe.
  • Post Humous Character: He's been dead for over a decade by the time the story starts, appearing only in flashbacks.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: As a young man, he looked startlingly like his son, Clark.
  • When He Smiles: Is noted to have the same dazzling smile as his son.

     Marie Danvers 

Mrs Marie Danvers

Daughter of Alison Carter, sister of Jack O'Neill, aunt of Sharon Carter and mother of Carol, Steven and Joe junior, she's the token Non-Action Guy of the family. This and her marriage to a man who could be politely called old-fashioned in his attitudes has led many, including (especially) her daughter, to dismiss her as dim and weak-willed. This, as it turns out, is quite a long way from the truth.

  • Almighty Mom: Harry notes that she seems to have the same air of command that her daughter does and uses it for domestic purposes.
  • The Anti-Nihilist: Of a sort. She saw all the horrors of the world and decided that instead of fighting evil, she would 'make good', by raising her children peacefully and happily, away from all the horror that engulfed the rest of her family. Her mother, who served as the Call to Adventure incarnate, admits that she arguably succeeded.
  • Crapsack World: Her mother's stories, while they left her brother thinking that they were living in an Adventure-Friendly World, left her with the impression that the world was ultimately like this under the surface. However, instead of becoming a Straw Nihilist, she instead become something more like The Anti-Nihilist, resolving to, instead of fighting evil to 'make good' - and to her credit, her mother argues that she might well have succeeded.
  • Extreme Doormat: Subverted. She's believed to be this and depicted as such by Carol, but proves to be most definitely not this trope in person.
  • The Gadfly: Rarely, but she's Jack O'Neill's big sister. This was inevitable.
  • Generation Xerox: Harry notes that save for a difference in muscle tone, she and Carol are almost identical, to the point where looking at her is like looking at Carol's older self.
    • On a sadder note, her issues with her daughter are the exact inverse of those she had with her own mother, as both she and her mother note. Thankfully, she comes to her senses much quicker and she and Carol patch things up.
  • The Ghost: Like her mother, despite being repeatedly mentioned, she doesn't appear at all during Child of the Storm, making her bow in chapter 6 of Ghosts of the Past.
  • Good Parents: She isn't perfect, but she loves her children to death, would do anything to protect them, and while she's scared to death of the sort of her trouble her daughter gets into, she ultimately resolves to be proud of her.
  • Hidden Depths: Alluded to before she first appears on-screen, when Carol somewhat grudgingly notes that she got her artistic middle child a set of paints despite the fact that her husband greatly disapproved, and named said middle child Steven, hinting that she knew about her heritage. Her on-screen appearance demonstrates that she's got a lot of them, being able to easily pick out the fact that Harry and Carol communicate a lot telepathically from simple observation, make a very astute assessment of his character, as well as immediately realise that her husband conveniently falling asleep outside was caused by Harry to protect Carol and the boys after the two had a blazing argument, and be comfortable confronting him with this fact. As Harry notes, that is not the action of either an idiot or a coward.
    • She later reveals in chapter 11 that she knows about her family's heritage, having figured it out years ago, and while she's scared for Carol, she ultimately resolves to be proud of her.
    • In chapter 20, it's revealed that on finding out just what her husband wanted with Harry (to mess with Carol's mind to make her a more 'ladylike' daughter), she stands aside and leaves him to her mother's utter lack of mercy. Alison explicitly notes that Marie would be the only one able to stop her at this point. She also notes that if Joe had ever raised a hand to one of their children, he'd have been gone, and suggests that if Marie had heard about what he did try to have done first, she might have done something worse.
  • Housewife: Is this trope and generally assumed to be an Extreme Doormat too. This is a mistaken assumption.
  • Mama Bear: While a Non-Action Guy as a rule, it is telling that Alison - her mother, a terrifying super-spy - remarks to Joe, Carol's father that he should be very glad that it was her (more cold-blooded, more prone to Tranquil Fury) who first found out about what he wanted Harry to do to Carol (rewrite her mind to make her more pliable and ladylike), rather than her children. It's not stated exactly what Marie would have done, but it's not something small - for starts, it's equated with the likely reaction of Jack O'Neill (her brother). For context, he once threatened to kill General Ross with his bare hands for even indirectly threatening Carol's well-being.
  • Non-Action Guy: In contrast to just about all of the rest of her family, though not for lack of courage.
  • Open-Minded Parent: Unlike her husband, she's much more open-minded than her daughter realises or gives her credit for, as seen in chapter 11.
  • Parents as People: Lives and breathes this trope, as her mother did.
  • Parental Neglect: On the receiving end, at first, though her father was more of a stay at home dad and her mother did eventually realise how she was screwing up her kids after seeing how Howard Stark was treating Tony, and tried to make amends.
  • Refused the Call: Implied in chapter 6 of Ghosts of the Past, then confirmed in chapter 11. This led to a sizeable rift with her mother, who lived by the Comes Great Responsibility mantra.
  • Super Soldier: Like the rest of her blood family, she has the potential, though it's all but dormant in her.

     Joe Danvers 

Mr Joseph 'Joe' Danvers

Father of Carol Danvers, with whom he most definitely does not see eye to eye. A Standard '50s Father living in the wrong century, and while he does love his children, his concept of what is good for them is both very traditional and very much not in line with what they might actually want. He's ignorant rather than malicious, but ignorance is arguably far more dangerous.

  • Abusive Parents: Psychologically abusive, trying to force his older two children into being what he thinks they should be (i.e. brash, Action Girl Carol into a Proper Lady, and quiet, artistic Stevie into The All-American Boy). He genuinely believes that this is for their own good, though Word of God observes that he's the type who's all nice and friendly until things stop going the way he thinks they should be - hence why he's genuinely good with Joe junior (an active, sporty, brash boy), and was good with Carol and Stevie when they were small. This behaviour, leading up to him trying to get Harry to alter Carol's mind to 'set her on the right path', at which point Harry erupts with fury, ultimately gets him dealt with by Alison in chapter 20.
  • Butt-Monkey: Whenever he appears, bad things are usually about to happen to him - though he usually deserves them. However, as is noted, it often could have been much worse, e.g. it's explicitly stated that if he had asked Harry to alter Carol's mind after the events of Forever Red (when Harry underwent a vicious case of Mind Rape) rather than before, Harry wouldn't simply have been furious at him - he might well have killed him. It's also noted that when he gets his comeuppance in chapter 20, that if his wife or her brother, Jack O'Neill, had heard about it before Alison, his mother-in-law, (who's more pragmatic and cold-blooded than either of them), his fate would have been much more unpleasant.
  • Determinator: His wife indicates that Carol gets her stubbornness from him, though she would never admit it. The evidence suggests that there might be something to this - though stubbornness isn't exactly in short supply on the other side of the family, either.
  • The Ghost: Like his wife, he's mostly heard of through Carol's bad-mouthing, not actually appearing until chapter 6 of Ghosts of the Past.
  • Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance: Alison notes that while his request of Harry was completely unacceptable, Joe also doesn't understand just how bad Mind Rape actually is, and how much of a violation of trust it would be for Harry. This is the only reason that his wife and mother restrict themselves to getting him Kicked Upstairs.
  • Kicked Upstairs: Alison arranges this in the space of a morning after finding out that he tried to have Harry manipulate Carol's mind for his own ends, and makes sure that his job is well away from the rest of his family.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Deserving of this, and while Harry largely restrains himself to scaring the man and telepathically knocking him out in chapter 6 of Ghosts of the Past, in chapter 20, Alison is not so restrained. She arranges for him to be Kicked Upstairs by his company and given a job out of state, giving him a calm, firm talk to the tune of 'you will do what I say or I will make you wish that I had killed you', while nearly breaking his arm with a twist of her wrist, while seated and sipping her tea, when he tries to start blustering.
  • Miles Gloriosus: He's not a fighter and doesn't portray himself as such, but he does consider himself a 'manly man', and thinks he's much more than he is, when he is in fact a very small fish in a very small pond, surrounded by a bunch of veritable leviathans, none of whom like him very much. He tries to force his arty middle child, Stevie, away from art and drawing and towards heavy contact sports, that sort of thing, while also trying to force his oldest child, Carol, into a more ladylike mould - which leads to him actually asking Harry to alter her mind to make her 'take the right path'. Harry nearly explodes with rage, and Mr Danvers then tries to play the dominant alpha male (i.e. 'this is my cave, respect me'). Harry sets him straight.
    • He then tries to get confrontational with his mother-in-law when she hears the full details of what happened and decides to deal with him. Since said mother-in-law is Alison Carter, daughter of Peggy Carter and Steve Rogers, and veteran ex-Deputy Director of SHIELD, this is like a goldfish trying to face down a kraken. He blusters at her, and she, while seated, nearly breaks his arm with one hand, while sipping her tea with the other.
  • Put on a Bus: It's doubtful that, after having been Kicked Upstairs, he will appear much more in the plot.
  • "Reason You Suck" Speech: On the receiving end of one after he pushes Harry's Berserk Button.
    • Alison gives him a rather cold one in chapter 20.
  • Standard '50s Father: Heavily implied to be the Stepford Smiler variant.
  • Staring Down Cthulhu: Whatever else there is to say about him, he's no coward. He's got enough courage to snap at Harry when the latter is absolutely enraged, eyes aglow, air around him practically burning, speaking in his double-voice that tends to make people sit down and shut up, and generally giving off a decidedly inhuman and deeply intimidating aura. As Harry inwardly notes, under other circumstances he might actually have been impressed by Danvers' courage.
  • Villainous Valour: Not exactly villainous, but as noted above, he's willing to stare down an infuriated and powerful demigod, which takes some doing. Of course, Harry then ramps it up even further, and shuts him up.
    • He also stands up to Alison, who is less impressed - she has him by the wrist and nearly breaks his arm while seated, sipping her tea, and coldly advising that he doesn't bluster, as she always found it one of his least appealing traits.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He really does want the best for his children... he's just willing to ask Harry to use his influence on Carol, including his psychic powers, to make her 'get into line'. Harry, needless to say, erupts with fury. When his wife and mother-in-law find out the details, they aren't too pleased either.


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