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The leading villains of the first book, Child of the Storm, the fallout from their actions and defeat influences the second book, Ghosts of the Past.

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     In General 

  • Adaptational Badass: This version briefly manages to put the entire world at its mercy, something only the Secret Empire incarnation in the comics can claim to better.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: They find this out in the finale of Child of the Storm. In retrospect, using the Darkhold was probably a bad idea.
    • The Red Room, to a certain extent, since they were (and are) a government funded organisation, so have a far greater depth of resources and manpower, and are even more terrifying than HYDRA themselves
  • Ancient Conspiracy: Originally. The vast bulk of the organisation is a much more modern creation, however, with zero interest in its ancient origins.
  • Arch-Enemy: To SHIELD, MI13, and, latterly, the Avengers - Captain America above all. In the case of the former, they were trying to mould it into something Not So Different via HYDRA infiltrators, via the whole He Who Fights Monsters thing.
  • Badass Army: One trained and commanded by Baron Zemo.
  • Bad Boss: Lucius in particular tends to regard most of his personnel as entirely expendable.
  • Cannon Fodder: See Bad Boss. Most mooks are regarded as totally expendable.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Ironically, the greatest threat to its leadership is probably the rest of its leadership. This is shown when von Strucker goes after Narcissa believing - correctly - that she was negotiating with SHIELD, for which Lucius murders von Strucker and takes the position of Supreme HYDRA and Alexander Pierce cheerfully leaves Lucius to swing in the wind when the Shadow Initiative, Harry and company, and MI13's Excalibur squad reduce his base to rubble.
  • Elite Mooks: The Winter Soldier and the Red Hood function as this, as do the Extremis Soldiers, though the latter suffer from the Worf Effect in their brief appearances.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: They'll employ anyone, despite their Nazi connections.
  • Evil Wears Black: They favour black tactical gear.
  • Faceless Goons: The vast majority that appear do so in black tactical gear.
  • Ghostapo/Stupid Jetpack Hitler: They used to be this, and still have some of the pretensions, but they've mostly discarded the Nazi theme.
  • The Heavy: The Winter Soldier functions as this throughout Child of the Storm, as does Gravemoss, and occasionally, the Red Hood.
  • Hegemonic Empire: Seek to establish this over the entire world via shock tactics - in chapter 74 (after they took out the Avengers on their home turf, capturing most of them and nearly killing several others), it almost succeeds.
  • The Infiltration: The faction within SHIELD consists of about a third of SHIELD's total membership, including some of its highest ranked officers - it would be more, were it not for the fact that SHIELD's Psi-Division was impervious to this, thanks to screening would-be members, and HYDRA therefore had to step lightly. At the end of Child of the Storm Pierce is caught redhanded by Fury, who'd pulled a Batman Gambit on Lucius, and a purge promptly ensued.
  • Klingon Promotion: An accepted method of ascending in HYDRA, as shown when Lucius murders von Strucker, then has the Winter Soldier shoot a dissenting Conclave member.
  • Legion of Doom: They provide the main villains for Child of the Storm, so... sort of.
  • Motive Decay: In-Universe. Originally, it was an ancient cult that worshipped one of the first Inhumans. By the 20th century, it had developed into two factions: the original one, the religious branch, which was tiny and borderline irrelevant, and the much more powerful scientific branch, which disdained and/or forgot about the religious HYDRA and focused on world domination for its own sake. The latter was closely tied to the Nazi regime and Grindelwald's Empire, led by the Red Skull.
  • Nazi Nobleman: Baron von Strucker plays this straight. However, it's subverted with Baron Zemo, son of the previous Baron Zemo, who was actually an enemy of HYDRA, and rejects the Nazi characterisation - he's a Social Darwinist, thank you very much, and he doesn't give a damn about race.
  • Near-Villain Victory: After chapter 74, they appear to have the entire world in the palm of their hand. However, they'd fatally over-extended, and don't get the chance to consolidate - the Winter Soldier, before being brainwashed again, managed to slip the heroes the location of HYDRA's base. With the help of Doctor Strange, the tables are promptly and violently turned.
    • Even with that, Ghosts of the Past notes that had Pierce not been caught red handed, the HYDRA within SHIELD would likely have remained undetected and reaped untold gains in power and influence thanks to the threat of the HYDRA without.
  • Nebulous Evil Organisation: Probably the most powerful, until their catastrophic defeat at the end of Child of the Storm.
  • N.G.O. Superpower: The faction within SHIELD effectively is this, while the faction outside briefly ascends to this status in the latter parts of Child Of The Storm.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Several examples - notably, Alexander Pierce appointing Fury to the Directorship of SHIELD, HYDRA's evisceration of MI6 and MI13 which allowed the ruthless Peter Wisdom the chance to take charge of MI13 and reform the organisation into something much more lean and dangerous, as well as effectively taking charge of British Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence, and ordering the Winter Soldier to kill a child when that is well documented as the one thing he will not do, triggering his Heel–Face Turn.
    • Von Strucker's attempt to also grab Narcissa Malfoy counts, as Even Evil Has Loved Ones and this leads to Lucius killing Von Strucker and taking sole control of HYDRA, making the organization more dangerous.
  • Oddly Small Organisation: After Operation Overlord, they are dramatically cut down to size, and reduced to a single base. It is admittedly very well hidden and armed, boasting; a Vibranium hulled Helicarrier armed with Destroyer cannons, capable of duelling the ludicrously heavily armed Project Wolftrap several squadrons of fighter jets, and multiple Avengers including Thor... until Magneto happened. That and the fact that they're plugged in to SHIELD's intelligence network (which in turn is diverted by the HYDRA within from finding them), have multiple superhuman operatives including a Loki-level Necromancer wielding the Darkhold in the form of Gravemoss, and are hidden even from Heimdall's sight, means that they can strike hard and with impunity. However, when they are found, it does not go well for them.
    • It is also implied towards the end of Child of the Storm that they're rebuilding and expanding into other bases.
  • Off Screen Villain Dark Matter: It seems this way, though it has a lot to do with Lucius Malfoy being filthy rich and bankrolling them, having increased his own wealth by siphoning off money from other ex-Death Eaters. Also, they had access to at least some SHIELD resources including a Helicarrier, and are implied to have acquired quite a lot of money over the years - after all, when you've got one of the world's most powerful AIs as your Evil Genius, a little electronic financial fraud is a piece of cake.
    • They also have access to magic and some exceptionally advanced technology.
  • Playing Both Sides: Their modern modus operandi. After they were defeated in WWII, the scientific HYDRA split further, between the faction within SHIELD and the faction outside. The faction within used the actions of the faction without and other terror groups to coax SHIELD towards its agenda. Only a select few even suspected its existence until Nick Fury caught Alexander Pierce red-handed.
  • Religion of Evil: The original HYDRA. The modern HYDRA, going by one Mook's point of view section, has a somewhat cult-like atmosphere.
  • The Remnant: The faction outside of SHIELD is this to the WWII HYDRA.
  • Send in the Clones: Mentioned a few times as a way to boost their flagging manpower.
  • Smug Snake: Baron von Strucker, who is outplayed by superior Magnificent Bastard Nick Fury, and even more superior Magnificent Bastard Lucius Malfoy, who himself is ultimately reduced to this by the biggest and best bastard of them all, Doctor Strange.
  • Take Over the World: As Lucius puts it, it's a good start.
  • Terrorists Without a Cause: It used to be a Religion of Evil, then spin-off Nazism, now it's mostly just world domination for the sake of it.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To both Chthon and Doctor Strange, the latter of whom was simply waiting until they over-extended themselves before arranging for them to be crushed.
  • Villain Decay: Between WWII and the modern day, they seemed to undergo this, going from a global - or at least, continental - scale threat, to a much smaller operation that allied with local groups like the Death Eaters, and was more of a punchline than anything else. Of course, the HYDRA within SHIELD was arguably more powerful than any of its predecessors had ever been, and under Lucius Malfoy's influence, they experience a dramatic resurgence.
  • We Have Reserves: Lucius in particular regards HYDRA mooks as being entirely expendable, mostly because he can have more cloned if needs be.
  • Western Terrorists: Though they operate worldwide.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: HYDRA goons are consigned to fairly miserable fates by both their bosses and their enemies, and no one really cares.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Lucius pulls this on von Strucker and then Alexander Pierce pulls this on him by leaving him to swing in the wind.

     Lucius Malfoy 

Lord Lucius Malfoy

Wizarding Britain is not enough. The world is not enough. But it's a start.

Pureblood Lord, formerly one of the Idle Rich after Voldemort's fall. Thor's reveal that he'd once been James Potter and consequent reclamation of his son spurs him into action and to become The Spymaster and Diabolical Mastermind that he once was. But this time, he's operating on a much larger scale, becoming the Supreme HYDRA via Klingon Promotion, and successfully masterminding a strategy that completely dismantles the Avengers and puts the world at his mercy. Doctor Strange and Nick Fury, however, both have other ideas, making this position unsustainable. After the Battle of London, where the story's Bigger Bad, Chthon, gets involved, Lucius flees and is occasionally mentioned as having found a rock to hide under.

  • Adaptational Badass: Most definitely. His canon counterpart was little more than a minor league schemer - a skilled political operator and powerful duellist, but mostly content to rest on his laurels. This version is a brilliant spymaster, several steps of (almost) everyone else and out for world domination. The frightening thing is, as chapter 74 and 75 show, he's more than capable of it.
    • Only uses magic twice on-screen, simply because he generally doesn't have to.
  • Affably Evil: Wanders the line between this and Faux Affably Evil. He doesn't really do things For the Evulz, and he does have standards. What he is, however, is thoroughly sociopathic.
  • Ambition Is Evil: See the folder quote.
  • Arch-Nemesis: He and Fury are each other's.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Completely.
  • The Chessmaster: He is an excellent schemer, and runs rings around everyone who isn't named Stephen Strange and, eventually, Nick Fury.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Trusting him is a very bad idea. With the exception of wife and son, he only really cares about himself.
  • Despotism Justifies the Means: Ultimately is out for this.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: Prefers moving the various pieces of his plans from the shadows, leaving multiple ways out and leaving others to take the fall. He's very, very good at it.
  • Dirty Coward: As T'Challa points out, and Draco later confirms, while he's actually a very skilled duellist, he'll only fight if he has absolutely no other choice, and will instead hide behind his minions and pull a Villain: Exit, Stage Left at any given opportunity.
  • Dragon Ascendant: In respect to Voldemort after the fall of the Death Eaters and his ascent to command of HYDRA.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He does seem to genuinely love his wife and son, and a large part of the reason that he kills Von Strucker is that the man went after his wife. Of course, he didn't know that she was talking to SHIELD, trying to get protection for herself and her family, which Von Strucker saw as betrayal.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He was horrified by pretty much everything that Gravemoss did in chapter 21.
  • Evil Chancellor: He was this to Voldemort, with a touch of The Starscream but generally content to remain The Man Behind the Man, and recognises Baron Zemo as a man of the same stripe.
  • Evil Cripple: For a given value of cripple.
  • Evil Genius: He was this to Voldemort (who was something of an Evil Genius himself), handling the everyday details.
  • Evil Overlord: As of chapter 70, steadily accelerating towards this trope. As of the end of chapter 74, he essentially is this. Unfortunately for him, Fury always has a backup plan.
  • Evil Overlord List: Reviewers occasionally ask if he's read it. The answer is no, but he could apparently write a credible version - though he isn't immune to some of the follies warned against.
  • Evil Virtues: Ambition. He has it in spades.
  • Fatal Flaw: As Von Strucker observes, he will never take the straightforward course of action if he can take a complex one that avoids him being placed in danger, and he will never fully commit.
    • His arrogance might also be this.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Perfectly friendly and charming when it suits him, if you ignore the arrogance. He's just vaguely sociopathic and doesn't really acknowledge the existence of those he considers beneath him.
  • Fiction 500: He is hinted to be as rich, if not richer, than the Potters, putting him well into the billionaire bracket.
  • Foil: Serves as this to Nick Fury. He's a crippled aristocrat seeking to ensure the dominance of the strong (usually but not invariably comprising of superpowered people) over the rest who never does his own dirty work if he can avoid it (but that doesn't mean he can't fight if he has to) and, ultimately, to secure a better future for his family, while Fury is a sort of crippled (he's missing an eye) former soldier and man of action who came from a fairly ordinary family who's out for revenge on Lucius and is seeking to ensure that the weak are protected by and from the strong, to secure a better future for mankind as a whole. Both are cold, ruthless pragmatists.
    • Also to Peter Wisdom. Both are the sons of ancient pureblood lineages, both joined the Death Eaters, ruthless, manipulative spymasters before realising the value of Muggle Power and eventually turning against Voldemort and abandoning the ideals of pureblood superiority. The only differences are that Lucius is a ruthless Social Darwinist who's only out to benefit himself and his family and he only turned away from the Death Eaters after Voldemort fell and Pureblood ideals after he joined HYDRA.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Once, he was simply a powerful Pureblood Lord and part of the Death Eater Inner Circle, before becoming one of the Idle Rich. Not quite a nobody, but limited in his influence. Then, he arranged a powerful alliance between the Death Eaters, HYDRA and Gravemoss, acquiring the Darkhold for the latter. In chapter 50 he disposes of Baron Von Strucker, takes control of the Winter Soldier and with him, HYDRA, and his actions have global consequences. As of chapter 74, he's effectively the ruler of planet Earth. This status is temporary, but remarkable.
  • Genius Cripple: Walks with a limp - which means that he actually needs his Classy Cane - courtesy of Nick Fury. It is implied that he suffered further damage in that fight, thanks to Fury leaving him to burn to death.
  • Gentleman Wizard: Fits this trope, despite being evil.
  • Handicapped Badass: He doesn't like fighting, but that doesn't mean that he can't.
  • Idle Rich: After the fall of Voldemort. Swiftly discards this once he retakes his levels in badass.
  • Lean and Mean: He is tall and lean and very, very mean.
  • Love Redeems: A dark subversion. His love for his family drives him to murder von Strucker and take over HYDRA.
  • Klingon Promotion: Exploits this in chapter 51 to become head of HYDRA.
  • Magnificent Bastard: One of the best in the setting. Still miles behind Doctor Strange.
  • Manipulative Bastard: See above.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Very much so, and complains that one of the problems of going to be debriefed by Gravemoss is that the last time he did that, he never got the stains out of his robe.
  • Oh, Crap!: In Chapter 75, when he realizes that his base is under attack by the combined forces of Excalibur and a backup Avengers team put together by Fury.
    • And in chapter 77, when he realizes that Strange has thoroughly, and more or less effortlessly, Out-Gambitted him.
    • Shortly after this, he calls Pierce for help—only to discover that the other man already knew about, or at least suspected the existence of, the Shadow Initiative, and is content to rest on his laurels while Lucius takes the heat. Cue Skyward Scream and Screw This, I'm Out of Here!.
  • The Plan: As it turns out all of his actions in the fic have been leading to the point where he is indisputably in charge of HYDRA, controlling the Winter Soldier and with enough financial firepower to do pretty much whatever the hell he likes.
  • The Social Darwinist: By chapter 59, he has discarded, or rather, modified, his previous belief in Pureblood superiority to take into account superhumans and groups like HYDRA. Now, he still believes that only the strong and superior should rule, he's just altered his definition of who qualifies.
  • The Sociopath: Possibly. While he does seem to love his family, he ticks every other box for this trope.
  • The Spymaster: Served as this to Voldemort, and was good enough to outmatch a young Nick Fury. That said, he had both a head start and a considerable resource advantage.
  • Took a Level in Badass: As compared to his canon counterpart. While he, at first, appears as if he's going to be something of a joke villain, this was discarded as part of the change in tone around chapter 11 and he quite quickly evolves into one of the most dangerous characters in the entire setting. Not bad, considering that he's only actually used his wand twice on-screen.
  • Unholy Matrimony: With Narcissa. On all evidence, they're very happy together.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Escapes during the chaos of the first book's Final Battle.
  • Villain Respect: To Arthur Weasley, weirdly enough, once he realises how effective muggle tech is, complimenting Arthur on realising this before everyone else and having the good sense to take a job with Tony Stark where he'll be respected and well paid. Unfortunately, Arthur doesn't live for very long afterwards.
    • Usually to Nick Fury. He despises the man, but respects him.
  • Visionary Villain: He intends to unite the world under HYDRA and then go further. As he puts it, the world is not enough. But it's a good start.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: In his own mind, at least.
  • Wicked Cultured: He's a man of wealth and taste.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers Nick Fury to be this. Hates his guts, mind you, but respects his abilities.
  • Wound That Will Not Heal: One of the reasons that he hates Fury is that the other man somehow managed to damage his leg so thoroughly that even magical medicine couldn't entirely repair it. And there's implied to be something else that happened to him that night, after Fury left him to die in the flames of Malfoy Manor.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: He is very good at turning an adverse situation to his advantage, as chapters 22 and 50 demonstrate.
  • You Are a Credit to Your Race: He has this attitude, mixed with a sizeable dose of pure hatred, towards Nick Fury. Minus the hatred, he holds this towards Baron Zemo and Doctor Zola. Also, to an extent towards Muggles in general, admiring some of their technology. He used to hold this attitude towards Baron Von Strucker, but later changed his mind. This did not end well for the Baron.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He absolutely loves this trope.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: For all his evil, he has standards. Gravemoss doesn't.

     Baron Von Strucker 

Baron Wolfgang Von Strucker

The leader of HYDRA, and former ally of Lucius Malfoy. Is all too eager to renew that alliance in order to take advantage of the world's changing status quo and ensure HYDRA's dominance. In retrospect, this was a bad idea.

  • Adaptational Wimp: Not exactly weak, but he doesn't match up to his canon counterpart in cunning or physical threat and is killed by Lucius Malfoy in chapter 50 on the grounds that he'd outlived his usefulness.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: He's a Nazi Nobleman, so...
  • Artifact of Doom: Possesses the Satan Claw, which allows him to drain the lifeforce of others, enabling him to maintain his own life. Unfortunately for him, Nick Fury is Crazy-Prepared and sent a remote controlled LMD into the field instead.
  • General Failure: Is easily outclassed and Out-Gambitted in the field by Fury.
  • Long-Lived: Was in his prime during World War II, and is still at it, thanks to the Satan Claw.
  • Nazi Nobleman: He was one, back in the day.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: He's actually quite competent, enough that Zola and Baron Zemo tolerate his command. Unfortunately, he's not in the same class as either Fury or Lucius.
  • Smug Snake: He's reasonably competent, and is sharp enough to notice the pattern of Zemo's loyalty, but he's nowhere near as good as he thinks he is, getting the better of Lucius a grand total of once. And when Lucius gets serious, the disparity in their abilities as schemers and manipulators becomes very obvious.
  • 13 Is Unlucky: Is the 13th Baron Von Strucker. Things don't end well for him.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Has been one since their glory days.
  • Villainous Friendship: Subverted. He appears at first to be close friends with Lucius, but it soon becomes apparent that beneath the friendly facade, they're each only using each other to achieve their own ends. And unfortunately for him, Lucius is better at it than he is.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Is on the receiving end of this from Lucius.



Death is a gift, little mortal. And tonight… I am feeling very generous.

A Light Elf Necromancer, banished long ago from his realm for his use of black magic. Now in the employ of HYDRA, though it's clearly only for as long as it pleases him, and everyone else in the organization is scared stiff of him. Current possessor of the Darkhold (though which is possessing which is a good question)

  • Admiring the Abomination: Practically squees when the Winter Soldier shows up.
  • An Arm and a Leg:
  • Ancient Evil: He's about 1500 years old, so qualifies as one by himself.
  • And Show It to You: does this to Sif in chapter 45.
    • In response to this, is on the receiving end in chapter 75 from Harry Potter. His Healing Factor repairs it.
  • Basement-Dweller: From one point of view, he's a classic nerd squatting in a friend's basement. From another, he's also an abomination into whose lair only the very unfortunate and the very stupid dare go.
  • Black Comedy: A master of doing this via unintentional pop-culture references.
  • Dirty Coward: Per Word of God, this is why he never directly fights the Avengers unless it's with a sucker punch he's sure will work, and why whenever something goes unexpectedly wrong, his go-to response is to run like hell.
  • The Dreaded: Is feared by everyone.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: Had a comfortable lair in the Paris catacombs, until the battle with SHIELD and Dresden forced him to evacuate.
    • After that, he spends the period up to the Battle of London living in the basement of HYDRA's own underground base.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: His are very, very low, but they're there. Even he thinks that unleashing the full power of the Darkhold, and thus Cthon, is insane.
  • Evil Albino
  • Evil Sorcerer: Specializing in all things relating to death.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Even HYDRA and the Death Eaters are afraid of, and disgusted by, him. The only exceptions are Doctor Zola, with whom he shares a Villainous Friendship, and possibly Baron Zemo, who doesn't seem all that bothered.
  • God of Evil: Already a borderline example thanks to his having gone toe to toe with Loki, adding the Darkhold cemented it.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: During the Final Battle, he breaks down the barriers between worlds in order to feed off the chaos and spiritual energy, but this just enables Strange to likewise feed off all the additional magic being fed into the Earth from the other dimensions.
  • Immortals Fear Death: His own. He loves the idea of everyone else's, but he's absolutely terrified when someone actually succeeds in hurting him, with Dresden's Death Curse leaving him with an enduring fear of the man in question - though that part is probably because he has no idea how Dresden survived casting it.
    • He's also terrified of the Phoenix, and with good reason.
  • Killed Off for Real: Possibly. It looks like Jean-Paul hitting him while he was possessed by Chthon with an Infinite Mass Punch, channelling the full power of the Speed Force into him vaporised him, though Chthon remarks that he's actually orbiting Jupiter. Either way, chances are he won't be causing much trouble in the future.
  • Light Is Not Good: Is a pale-skinned albino Light Elf. Is also pure evil.
  • Long-Lived: Roughly 1500 years old.
  • Megaton Punch: On the receiving end from Jean-Paul. It may or may not have killed him.
  • Necromancer: Is one, and an incredibly powerful one at that.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: A villainous version. He's only really working for HYDRA because the offer the best opportunities for mass carnage and he owes them for acquiring the Darkhold.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Like Thanos (who it is implied he has served in the past), he wants to kill everyone and everything. Unlike Thanos, however, his ultimate goal seems to be rule over a universe of the dead.
  • Physical God: Was arguably this already. Add the Darkhold, and he's bordering on full blown God of Evil.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After repeatedly having his ass handed to him during the Final Battle, which includes losing an arm, and then sensing Strange's presence nearby, he decides to cut his losses and flee. Chthon has other ideas.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: he's got a soft, lulling voice... he's also sadistic beyond words.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: He notes that the Dementors won't feed on his memories, since they're too vile for them.
  • Villainous Friendship: Gets along remarkably well with Doctor Zola, much to Lucius' concern.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Is seemingly killed when Jean-Paul rams him at light speed, but this is not confirmed.
  • "You!" Exclamation: When the Phoenix briefly manifests during the Final Battle.

     Baron Zemo 

Baron Helmut Zemo

A leader of HYDRA, and the organisation's field commander. Has been described as both HYDRA's answer to Captain America, and along with Doctor Zola, the true brains behind the organisation. Is generally unfazed by anything and everything.

  • Affably Evil: Is unfailingly polite and will genuinely compliment a Worthy Opponent on their skills.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: Gets annoyed when T'Challa accuses him of this, saying that the Nazis were fools obsessed with mere cosmetics, while he is The Social Darwinist and doesn't give a damn about appearances.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: It's Baron Zemo.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Second only to the Winter Soldier in this regard.
  • Blood Knight: At the very least, he's usually on the look-out for a Worthy Opponent to test himself against.
  • Composite Character: Of his Earth-616 self and his The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! self, particularly the latter.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has an extremely dry sense of humour.
  • The Dragon: Right hand man to first Von Strucker then Lucius, in conjunction with Zola.
  • The Dreaded: Is rightfully feared for his combat skills, having once slaughtered in an entire US Army patrol when caught by surprise, and armed with nothing but a sword.
  • Enigmatic Minion: His true motives and true reasons for joining HYDRA (who killed his father) remain a mystery - though chapter 75 suggests that he's a Social Darwinist.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Doesn't take kindly to being called a Nazi, because he sees Nazism's obsession with race as preventing proper Social Darwinism from taking place.
  • Evil Chancellor: Serves as such to Baron Von Strucker and then to Lucius Malfoy.
  • Evil Mentor: To his protégé, Jason Todd, taking the Batman role.
  • Evil Virtues:
    • Diligence: Consistently described as efficient and hard-working.
    • Humility: Usually in the form of Villain Respect. He's got a bit of an ego, but he fully accepts the possibility of being beaten and both applauds and appreciates opponents who can go toe to toe with him.
    • Loyalty: To HYDRA. Not, however, to the person leading it if they prove to be unworthy.
    • Patience: Tends to maintain a calm demeanour in fights, chapter 60 showing how he's perfectly content to let his opponent tire themselves out.
    • Valour: He doesn't run from fights, even with equals. He will, however, make a strategic withdrawal if he is outmatched and outnumbered. He's brave, not stupid.
  • Funetik Aksent: One that only appears when he's annoyed, agitated or, in Lucius' words, deriving some obscure amusement from the situation at hand.
  • I Fight for the Strongest Side: Serves Strucker as long as he proves worthy of leading. When Lucius assassinates him and takes over, Zemo is the first to pledge loyalty.
  • Knight of Cerebus: In the chapter 60. Just after the aged up kids seem to have taken everything that HYDRA can throw at them and fought it off with minimal actual threat, he nearly kills them all in the space of ten seconds with the HYDRA Destroyer.
  • Legacy Character: Is the second Baron Zemo. However, his father Heinrich is a subject of Adaptational Heroism, being a German noble officer who was assassinated by the Red Skull for defying the Nazi regime, whereas Helmut is not only HYDRA but a leader of the organization.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Very fast and when required, he hits very hard.
  • Long-Lived: He's around seventy years old; he's been fighting since the 70's at least and he's still got the physique of a man in his prime.
  • Made of Iron: An extended fight with two Super Soldier level opponents in quick succession, T'Chaka and T'Challa, the two Black Panthers, the former of which he kills and the latter of which he has at his mercy, leaves him barely breathing fast and with a few scratches. The rematch with T'Challa has him demonstrate similar durability and even Logan stabbing him in the back doesn't do much more than make him reassess the wisdom of continuing the fight in question.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: As per canon, the mask is stuck to his face. This makes it next to impossible to read his expression.
  • Master Swordsman: Tore through the then Lieutenant Lane's patrol in Grenada in 1983 in a matter of seconds, armed only with a sword. The only reason Lane survived was because he shot Zemo (which just seemed to annoy him), slowing him down enough for support to arrive.
    • Demonstrates the same skills to kill T'Chaka and cripple T'Challa without taking more than a few scratches.
  • Motive Rant: In chapter 75 to T'Challa when the latter demands to know why he - whose father was killed by HYDRA - joined the organisation in question, though he's perfectly calm and polite throughout.
  • Mysterious Past: No one knows all that much about his past or his motivations for joining HYDRA, something rendered particularly puzzling by the fact that they killed his father.
    • He later reveals that he views his father as fool clinging to a lost past, and doesn't care that HYDRA killed him.
  • Nerves of Steel: Nothing, absolutely nothing, particularly fazes him. The most emotional he gets is irritated at the name of Operation Overlord, then mildly peeved and snarky in chapter 60 when the Destroyer knock-off he's remote controlling has been blasted from Colorado to a potato field in Russia, and somewhat annoyed at having missed the Winter Soldier's Heel–Face Turn.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: He's a calm, quiet man who rarely wastes words and will simply get the job done with maximum efficiency. Aside from Daken, he's the one person who really comes close to killing Harry, and unlike Daken, he didn't have to drive him into a rage to do it - and in that same fight, while controlling the HYDRA Destroyer, he nearly kills the rest of the aged up kids in less than ten seconds.
  • Officer and a Gentleman: Always courteous, to allies and enemies alike.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: A bullet in the shoulder is only sufficient to annoy him.
    • Apparently being stabbed in the back by Logan doesn't slow him down much either.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: Hinted to be aware enough of Doctor Who to make a very dry joke.
  • Purple Is Powerful: As befitting his place in HYDRA's aristocracy and his formidable skill set, he wears purple.
  • Social Darwinist: Like Lucius, believes that the strong are meant to rule the weak, and anything else holds mankind back.
  • The Stoic: He never gets more than mildly peeved or somewhat irritated, and even being stabbed in the back by Logan doesn't make him lose his cool.
  • The Strategist: His role in HYDRA, along with being their field commander. He's specifically described as being 'HYDRA's Captain America', while Word of God refers to him as 'the Anti-Cap' and 'exactly as frightening as that implies.'
  • Super Soldier: It's not entirely clear how powerful he is, but he's up there. He's capable of flattening Greyback in less than two seconds, and Lucius notes that when it comes to it, he's fast enough to make a vampire blink. He also proves capable of killing T'Chaka and overpowering T'Challa without getting more than a little out of breath.
  • The Unfettered: Freely admits to being this in chapter 75 and extols its virtues, considering it to be the primary means of realising one's full potential.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Like Lucius, he flees during the first book's Final Battle after his fight with T'Challa is interrupted by Wolverine, and disappears.
  • Villainous Friendship: He and Zola get on fairly well, as do he and Lucius.
  • Villain Respect: Expresses genuine admiration towards Harry for his effective Indy Ploy.
    • Is impressed by T'Challa's speed and on their rematch, compliments the improvements he's made to his style.
  • Worthy Opponent: Why he spares T'Challa.

     Doctor Zola 

Doctor Arnim Zola

Those who do not know that they are beaten can prove the most dangerous of enemies.

The Red Skull's former right-hand man, and the founder of the modern version of HYDRA, of which he is now a key member. A Mad Scientist of the highest order, nothing is too depraved for him.

  • A God Am I: In chapter 74, he believes himself to be one.
  • At Least I Admit It: Considers America hypocritical for deriding the Nazis for the genocides of various peoples, when they did the same to the Native American tribes. As far as he's concerned, at least the Nazis were efficient in what they did.
  • Brain Uploading: Did this decades ago, into a series of robots and mainframes, usually wandering around in an LMD designed after his original body.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Has absolutely no illusions about where he falls on the moral spectrum and doesn't care one bit.
  • For Science!: The only justification he requires for doing anything, which he learned from his teacher, Nathaniel Essex/Sinister.
  • Genius Loci: He's become a borderline example, and in chapter 74 he boasts to Tony that, having taken over Avengers Tower, he is nothing less than Tony's god.
  • Herr Doktor: A fairly classic case.
  • I Fight for the Strongest Side: Like Zemo, will follow whoever leads HYDRA, so long as they're worthy of it. After Lucius' coup, he's right behind Zemo in declaring loyalty.
  • Mad Scientist: He's up there with Doctor Doom.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Will do anything to anyone for the sake of his experiments, and expanding HYDRA's power.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Lucius inwardly notes that Zola looks like a harmless little fellow who he [Lucius] would sneer at, but only if he didn't know exactly how dangerous Zola really was.
    • Chapter 74 demonstrates it for everyone else, with his single-handedly taking down Avengers Tower.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: A master of everything from AI and robotics technology to high end genetic manipulation.
  • The Smart Guy: For HYDRA.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Admits he was one and has no regrets, but generally seems to regard the Nazis as inefficient.
  • Technopath: And an extremely powerful one, having become a borderline Genius Loci. While this enables him to get the better of JARVIS - at least, the first time round - Hogwarts sent him packing.
  • Villainous Friendship: Gets along disturbingly well with Gravemoss.
    • He also gets on fairly well with Zemo and Malfoy.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It's left unclear whether JARVIS' counter-attack and the subsequent crippling of the Dreadnought killed him, or whether, like Zemo and Lucius, he fled when the tide turned.

     Alexander Pierce 

Alexander Pierce

Secretary of International Defence, liaison between SHIELD and the US government. Also secretly in charge of HYDRA's SHIELD division, those SHIELD Agents that are loyal to HYDRA. Possibly the archetypal Well-Intentioned Extremist.

  • Affably Evil: Perfectly friendly and polite at all times, to the point that even Freki and Geri like him. Also one of HYDRA's two heads and fully on board with their world domination ideology.
  • Badass Bureaucrat: He seems to be more of an administrator than anything else, yet he can get into HYDRA's hidden base with perfect ease - something that Lucius notes should be physically impossible - and he's completely unflappable.
  • Boxed Crook: In Ghosts of the Past, having been exposed as a HYDRA leader during the first book's climax, he's now locked up. And the only reason he hasn't been executed for treason is that he's leaking just enough secrets to make himself useful, while keeping enough behind to make sure he continues to considered useful.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Just a bit, such as when he drily refers to Fury's counterattack in chapter 77 as "not all that convenient" for Lucius.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He doesn't approve of experimenting on children. On the other hand, this could just be Pragmatic Villainy - the narrative leaves it ambiguous.
    • Is horrified by the news that Project Krasnyy Syn has been resurrected by the Red Room - though, again, this could have something to do with the fact that he thinks that they'll use it to come after him. Alison certainly implies that he'll be near the top of the target list, and he doesn't contradict her.
  • Evil Genius: He's not a scientist or a mage, but he's brilliant at political manipulation, enough that Malfoy treats him with wary respect. In Ghosts of the Past, he effortlessly deduces why Alison, Thor and Loki have come to visit him, and takes the opportunity to toy with them.
  • Evil Old Folks: Physically the oldest of the villains in Book I (save Gravemoss, obviously - Zola is a digital entity and doesn't count), and absolutely soulless.
  • Friend to All Children: A dark subversion. He's very good with kids and charms the wary Harry with ease, apparently genuinely coming to like him. However, he doesn't blink twice at the prospect of Harry's death, merely expressing mild regret and clinically noting how it could actually work in his favour.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Wears glasses, doesn't even blink at the prospect of a child's death being part of a plan, merely remarking that grief would make the Avengers easier to manipulate.
  • Magnificent Bastard: He's sharp enough to keep up with Lucius, who treats him with a sort of wary respect. Ultimately, he comes out on top, leaving Lucius to swing in the wind while the Avengers, Excalibur, the Shadow Initiative and the kids tear apart HYDRA's base-he even implies that he knew of, or at least suspected, the existence of the Shadow Initiative and said nothing to Lucius. However, Fury gets the better of them both, and catches Pierce red-handed.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He's been running both sides for decades and he's smooth enough to charm a wary Harry and fool Freki and Geri. His concocting of the Young Avengers initiative is entirely this trope, as it would allow him to directly control and mould the next generation of Avengers.
    • His response to Lucius' statement that his plans involve killing Harry is simply to consider for a moment, then merely say that the offered properly conditioned clone might actually be more convenient for his purposes and to say that the Avengers would be grieving and angry and therefore easy to manipulate.
    • His response to Alison, Thor, and Loki's visit in chapter 9 of Ghosts of the Past is to toy with them, knowing that they need him - and effortlessly deducing why they need him too.
  • Mole in Charge: The head of HYDRA's SHIELD Division and, well, SHIELD.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Zig-zagged. As per canon, he had a hand in Fury's rise to the Directorship, which in this 'verse, was at an extraordinarily young age. On the other hand, as he points out in canon, Fury was the best man for the job and he wanted SHIELD to be the best it could be.
  • Not So Different: Believes this of SHIELD and HYDRA.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Alison tells him that the Red Room are back and that they've resurrected Project Krasnyy Syn - 'Red Son'. It frightens enough that he cracks, there and then.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: His smacking down of Ross' attempt to get hold of Carol in chapter 61 to study the effects of the temporary mystical enhancement is probably this, considering his casual attitude to Harry's potential death and what happened last time the US government meddled in magic.
  • Running Both Sides: This seems to be his preferred stratagem, intending to play off the antics of HYDRA as run by Von Strucker and later Malfoy to steer SHIELD closer to HYDRA's agenda. Considering how well it worked, and the fact that he was only caught thanks to a desperate mistake by Lucius Malfoy, he seems to have been on to something.
  • Seen It All: Zola's appearance through a computer screen doesn't even make him blink.
  • Social Darwinist: Judging by his agreement with Lucius' speech.
  • The Sociopath: Has absolutely no problem with the prospect of having people, children, that he likes killed, treating it as the mildly regrettable cost of doing business.
  • Villain Respect: Describes Peggy Carter, who he met briefly as a young Agent, as being a very impressive woman, and needles Alison about not being her equal.
  • Visionary Villain: In a quiet, subtle sort of way - he sees a world united under HYDRA.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Doesn't seem particularly bothered by the prospect of Harry's demise, merely commenting that it's unfortunate, because he genuinely liked him.

     Jason Todd 

Jason Todd

Faith can be something someone has in you.

An Agent of HYDRA, one of their best, serving as Baron Zemo's protégé.

  • Adaptational Villainy: Say what you like about canon Jason, but he was never anything like a HYDRA Agent.
  • Age Lift: In canon, he's the second Robin, and thus quite a lot younger than Batman. Here, he's several years older than Bruce, at least.
  • Badass Normal: He didn't become Zemo's protégé for his looks and Lucius inwardly notes that he's worryingly reminiscent of the Winter Soldier, to the point where Gravemoss expresses a milder form of his usual interest in the latter towards him.
    • We finally get to see him in action in Chapter 70, when he chases down a moving tube train and matches Sharon Carter, who has semi-dormant supersoldier genes, blow for blow.
  • Cool Mask: His red balaclava, a palette swapped version of Zemo's own.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Already a serious badass, he (at least temporarily) joins the ranks of the Knights of the Cross and wields Fidelacchius, making him Strong as They Need to Be.
  • Enigmatic Minion: He barely ever says anything, and until the finale, he never even gives a hint of his true intentions.
  • Heel–Face Turn: During the Final Battle, he sees the kind of evil HYDRA really can cause, which causes doubts that Strange then manipulates into making him switch sides, become a temporary wielder of Fidelacchius.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: Like his mentor, though his is a) red, b) removable.
  • Mook Lieutenant: As Baron Zemo's right hand man.
  • The Quiet One: Even more than his master, to the point where Lucius compares him to the silent Winter Soldier.
  • Skunk Stripe: Like his canon counterpart, though it's unclear how he got it.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It's unclear what happened to him after the Final Battle.


Daken Akihiro

I think I want to see what it is about you that has everyone so excited.

The son of Wolverine, he's one of HYDRA's top mercenaries, and, apparently, just in it for the blood rather than any real interest in power or HYDRA's principles. Succeeds in briefly killing Harry in chapter 70. It didn't last. In chapter 75, Harry gets his own back, leaving him literally skewered to the wall of HYDRA's London base, and he hasn't been seen since.

  • Blade Below the Shoulder: But of course.
  • Blood Knight: Shows interest in finding out 'what all the fuss is about' where Harry is concerned and admits once his attempt to fill the kids with bullets is thwarted that he prefers doing it up close.
  • Body Horror: What the Phoenix does to him isn't pretty.
    • What Harry does to him in their rematch isn't all that pretty either.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Tries to attack Phoenix-possessed Harry, and gets charbroiled for his efforts. It would have been worse, too, if the Phoenix hadn't been intent on a fully fledged rampage.
  • Combat Pragmatist: is quite happy to just shoot his targets and have done with it.
  • Healing Factor: Of course. Actually how, along with his claws, Dumbledore determines his parentage.
    • It's strong enough that he survives being incinerated by the Phoenix, albeit not without difficulty and only because the attention of the entity in question was largely elsewhere.
  • Hero Killer: Manages to, while briefly, kill Harry.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Does this to Harry. It doesn't stick.
    • Harry does this to him in chapter 75, pinning him to a wall, after considering outright kebabing him.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Seems perfectly happy to wind Harry up. As it turns out, this was a calculated move designed to get Harry to lose his temper and attack head on. It works perfectly. At first.
  • Manipulative Bastard: See I Shall Taunt You.
  • Oh, Crap!: Causes one in Dumbledore when the latter realises exactly what kind of person Harry is fighting.
  • Only in It for the Money: He's only in it for the pay-check - though he does relish the opportunity to take on Harry.
  • Psycho for Hire: See above. He's not working for HYDRA because he's a believer.
  • A Real Man Is a Killer: Tries to invoke this with Harry after the latter wins their rematch.
  • Wolverine Claws: Again, an inherited trait.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Isn't even remotely fazed by the prospect, as he demonstrates when he kills Harry and when he tries to shoot the kids in chapter 75.


Lady Narcissa Malfoy

Wife of Lucius, mother of Draco, and sister of Bellatrix, she's mostly a background figure. However, she's very sharp, very intelligent, and as per canon, willing to do just about anything to protect her family, making her a dangerous enemy.

  • Affably Evil: She's actually fairly friendly, in a snobby sort of way, though that could just be bred in the bone politeness.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Evil may be stretching it a little, but she's stuck up and patronising, as well as being part of an old money noble dynasty.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: She and Lucius do genuinely love each other, with Lucius' love for her motivating his murder of von Strucker and assumption of rule of HYDRA. She will also do anything to protect her son.
  • Big Fancy House: Though Fury burned most of it down some years ago in a failed attempt to murder Lucius, and von Strucker's assault led a large portion of it being demolished. Again.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She genuinely loves her son and husband, and Fury mercilessly exploits the former to get her to talk, revealing that Draco tipped SHIELD off about the veidrdraugar, and that HYDRA a) know, b) take poorly to betrayal.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Gravemoss' antics horrify her and she's infuriated by von Strucker's betrayal.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Turns on HYDRA when von Strucker spots that she's been talking to SHIELD to get protection for her son, who tipped off the Avengers. After he tries to kill her, she sings like a canary and Lucius, who doesn't know that she was talking to SHIELD, murders von Strucker to become leader of HYDRA.
  • It's Personal: She particularly hates Fury for his attempt to murder her husband. It mostly manifests in Snark-to-Snark Combat, however, as she fears his power and his ruthlessness.
  • Love Redeems: Her love for her family leads to her being willing to betray HYDRA, even seek to enlist the aid of Magneto, who terrifies her.
  • Mama Bear: She's fiercely devoted to her family, and willingly crosses HYDRA to protect her son.
  • Noble Bigot: More so than her canon counterpart, having a touch more respect for Muggles (it helps that she knows Fury, who she simultaneously respects, hates, and fears) getting on surprisingly well with Agent Coulson (actually flirting with him), who's a muggle, and greets his calculated revelation that he's a squib, the squib cousin of the Weasley family in fact, with surprise rather than disdain, remarking with amusement that her husband would be rather annoyed that he didn't pick up on that little fact.
  • Odd Friendship: She gets on surprisingly well with Coulson, though it's implied that he's manipulating her.
  • Rich Bitch: Cold and haughty, though she has a nicer side.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: With Fury. He gets the better of her by blindsiding her with the revelation that Draco was the one to tip off the Avengers about the veidrdraugar, thus putting him very much in HYDRA's bad books.
  • Stepford Smiler/Stepford Snarker: She puts on a good show, but it breaks down over time. In chapter 42, both Fury and Rhodey see straight through it when they meet her - she's terrified for her family, terrified of SHIELD's vengeance, masking it through genteel snark and cool disdain. Fury, however, quickly pierces through the mask and presses her buttons.
  • Unholy Matrimony: With Lucius. By all evidence, they're very happy together.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Her Heel–Face Turn and von Strucker's attempt to ensure that she's Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves leads to Lucius killing von Strucker, gaining control of the Winter Soldier and making HYDRA exponentially more dangerous.


The Death Eaters

Voldemort's elite followers. During the First Wizarding War, they were Voldemort's inner circle and acted as the elite force in his army. After the War, many slipped through justice's grasp thanks to copious bribery and claiming that they were under the Imperius. Under Lucius Malfoy's temporary command, driven by fear of the vengeful Thor, they allied with HYDRA. This was a Bad Idea.

     In General 

  • Always a Bigger Fish: While moderately threatening, especially when properly led, most of the time they're nothing but a joke to the likes of the Avengers or the reformed MI13, being a very local threat in comparison to HYDRA or the Red Room, and a very small fish compared to some of the Eldritch Abominations that the Avengers tackle.
  • Arch-Enemy: The mortal enemies of the Order of the Phoenix and MI13.
  • Butt-Monkey: Lucius excepted, whenever they turn up, they're usually about to get demolished by someone else.
  • Cannon Fodder: Lucius sees most of the ones outside of Azkaban as this and, in time, most of the surviving ones inside Azkaban too.
    • By Ghosts of the Past, Voldemort's treating them the same way.
  • For Want of a Nail: It's unknown how many there were originally, but other than Lucius, Snape, Regulus/Wisdom, Karkaroff, and Crouch Jr, very few of them are left alive, and even fewer at large-Pettigrew was subjected to a Grand Theft Me by Voldemort, a few in Azkaban were given to the Dementors by Gravemoss, quite a few more were killed or captured while working with HYDRA, and even more killed or captured by Harry and MI13 at the Quidditch World Cup. If there are any left, they're very sensibly keeping their heads down.
  • Hypocrite: Voldemort's a half-blood and they were entirely willing to work with HYDRA - or at least, not complain too loudly about it. It probably helped that HYDRA had previously worked with Grindelwald.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: Which is probably why they were so comfortable working with another example of this trope, HYDRA.
  • No Honour Among Thieves: Voldemort doesn't care about any of them beyond their utility to him as minions ( and, following his acquisition of psychic powers, puppets) and Lucius happily uses most of them as Cannon Fodder and decoys.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: The Death Eaters' goal was to exterminate all "impure" wizards.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Compared to, say, Harry - while he's got the power to mow straight through them by Ghosts of the Past, Thor is worried (and not without reason) that his inexperience would leave him open to a killing curse. He also remarks that each Death Eater will be 'an experienced fighter and a sadistic killer'.


Lord Voldemort, aka Tom Marvolo Riddle

There is no good or evil, only power and those too weak to seek it.

The Dark Lord who terrorized Britain for decades, Lucius' former master, and the man who killed Harry's parents (though it didn't exactly take for either), before the infant Harry himself somehow turned his own Killing Curse back on him. Not Quite Dead ever since, he and Harry are bound by prophecy to face each other again.

  • Adaptational Badass: He's smarter and more patient than in canon, he's described as having gone toe to toe with a young Magneto and come out in a fairly good shape, killing the other man's wife in the process (though Wanda implies that a rematch would have ended with Voldemort's slow and painful death) and he's implied to have killed a previous Captain Britain, Sir James Braddock (father of Betsy and Brian Braddock). This incarnation is also a Combat Pragmatist not prone to Bond Villain Stupidity like his canon self.
    • Ghosts of the Past reveals that since stealing some of Harry's psychic power, he's grown even more powerful, able to match Harry in a Battle in the Center of the Mind, take down Betsy, and nudge Thor into a berserk rage.
    • He also demonstrates his magical skills by casually killing two powerful Kemmlerite necromancers, Grevane and Corpsetaker (the latter twice), toys with two young Wardens, survives three .44 calibre bullets to the head and Magneto's best attempts to kill him in the most hideously painful way possible by ripping the iron from his blood, and when he and Dresden duel, it's made palpably clear that he's toying with Dresden and the moment he gets serious he almost kills Dresden in three seconds flat.
  • A God Am I: Somewhat, by Ghosts of the Past, believing that he and Harry are alike and beyond mortals, even gods, in escaping the usual cycle of life and death.
  • Arch-Enemy: Harry's, both by prophecy and experience.
  • Bad Boss: He treats Wormtail even worse in this than he does in canon, pulling a Grand Theft Me and cannibalising his body to build himself a new one.
  • Big Bad: Subverted, for now. Given the circumstances, he's willing to sit back and observe the forces at play before making his next move.
    • He seems set to take this role in Ghosts of the Past.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: With the Red Room, Selene, Dracula, and possibly the Dark Phoenix in Ghosts of the Past.
  • Child by Rape: His mother drugged his father with love potions, which are explicitly described early in Child of the Storm as date rape drugs.
  • Chronic Back Stabbing Disorder: Loyalty and trust are, to him, things to be used. He's got enough of a reputation for this that pretty much everyone else expects him to stick the knife in at some point, it's just a matter of figuring out when.
  • Dark Lord on Life Support: At first. He rectifies this by taking over and reshaping Wormtail's body.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Occasionally, like his canon counterpart.
  • The Dragon: To Selene, though invokedWord of God has heavily implied that he's planning to become a Dragon Ascendant and stab her in the back as soon as he's learned what he needs to know, with Wanda speculating that he'll probably do it when she tries to perform the Darkhallow... but the timing can't be relied upon. He leaves her to swing in the wind once the Darkhallow is dispelled, having got what he wanted.
  • The Dreaded: Most of Wizarding Britain is too afraid of him to even say his name.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Harry, after stealing some of his psychic power, in large part because he's willing to do everything that Harry outright refuses to do and more. As Ginny notes, both are also Tall, Dark, and Handsome, charming (albeit in different ways), clever, and (seemingly in Voldemort's case) helpful and kind.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: He's not very funny, at least at first.
  • invokedEvil Is Sexy: On this version of his resurrection (which involved using Harry's stolen psychic power to take over Wormtail's body and rearrange it to suit him), he's reverted to young, handsome Tom Riddle. This is mostly out of pure pragmatism, since he's operating alone and better looks get better responses, as well as being less distinctive than his usual appearance. By the Bloody Hell arc in Ghosts of the Past, however, his habits and use of dark magic mean that he's started drifting into Uncanny Valley territory again.
  • Evil Old Folks: He's over eighty years old by this point, even if he doesn't look it, and vile as they come.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He remains perfectly charming and urbane, even while threatening to kill people in the most horrifying way possible.
    • His composure vanishes when Dresden hits him with a Soulfire-empowered lightning strike, however, gets serious, and nearly kills him in three seconds flat. He flees shortly afterwards, when Wanda shows up.
  • For Want of a Nail: Gets a new body a full year ahead of canon, thanks to the mutant/god power stolen from Harry, and Wormtail's unwilling sacrifice.
  • The Ghost: Is mentioned throughout the story, but doesn't show up until Chapter 68. And even then, he's mostly removed from the story. He takes on a much bigger role in Ghosts of the Past.
  • Grand Theft Me: Pulls this on Wormtail, reshaping his body into something more useful.
  • Healing Factor: After Selene taught him how to pull off Vampiric Draining, he developed a monstrously powerful one.
  • Human Resources: What he does to Wormtail in order to build a new body is not pretty.
  • Humanoid Abomination: He’s even worse in this regard than in canon, as he looks perfectly human, but then there’s the facts that he can leech life energy from others, reshape his host’s body like clay to look perfectly like a slightly older Tom Riddle, has some terrifyingly powerful Psychic Powers and it’s unclear if he’s really even alive or not, at least as we know it.
  • I Am Having Soul Pains: The result of Betsy cutting the connection between him and Harry, resulting in what is described as a whole body migraine. He recovers pretty quickly, though. And holds a grudge.
  • It's Personal: Develops something of a grudge against Betsy, after she hurt him by cutting the connection between him and Harry, resulting in what is referred to as an epic scale whole body migraine. While he recovers pretty quickly, most of what annoys him seems to be the fact that she outsmarted him.
  • I Was Quite the Looker: Was quite the looker when he was younger, and before he started dividing his soul up. After taking Wormtail's body, he alters it to look like his younger self, though it doesn't entirely last.
  • Just Toying with Them: He pretty clearly had the advantage in his duel with Harry Dresden and Carlos Ramirez, and the only reason they weren't killed was because of this, Wanda showing up, and him apparently using his telepathy/Legilimency to look through Dresden's mind for information - when he gets serious, he nearly kills Dresden in three seconds flat.
  • Knight of Cerebus: For Ghosts of the Past, the tone having been light and almost sitcom-esque until he turned up.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: He vanishes once he's got whatever he wants, and generally when he might be about to be pinned down.
  • Manipulative Bastard: As per canon, he's extremely accomplished at this. On his reappearance in Ghosts of the Past, he plays everyone like a harp, getting the desired reaction each and every time. Then he tries it on Dracula. It ends badly.
    • Though going by the Bloody Hell arc, it seems that he did get the better of Dracula after all.
  • Mind Rape: By Ghosts of the Past, he's become a highly accomplished practitioner of this. He gets it turned back on him by Harry.
  • Not Quite Dead: Has been reduced to a spirit ever since infant Harry or rather, the Phoenix turned his Killing Curse back on him. Regains a physical form by taking control of Wormtail's body by force and reshaping it to his needs.
  • Only Mostly Dead: Before he regains a body in chapter 68.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Prior to stealing Wormtail's body and reshaping it to fit his desires.
  • Our Liches Are Different: Owing to the Horcruxes.
  • Psychic Powers: A naturally gifted Legilimens, he steals some of Harry's power and promptly proceeds to plumb the depths of Fridge Horror.
  • People Puppets: Gains the ability to do this after stealing some of Harry's power, and uses it to terrifying effect.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He might not be as obsessed with Pure-Blood dominance as he once was, but he does still consider muggles to be far beneath him and will happily murder them at the drop of a hat.
    • Also refers to Dresden as a "half-blood worm" after he's hit by his Shock and Awe attack.
  • Power Parasite: Has been using his Psychic Link with Harry to siphon off some of Harry's mutation- and Asgardian-based powers. Betsy cuts the link in Chapter 68, but he's already gained a significant amount.
  • Psychic Nosebleed: Harry gives him one in chapter 2 of Ghosts of the Past.
  • Psychic Powers: Drains some of Harry's telepathy and uses it for himself, to devastating effect. Wanda reveals that even before this, he'd had a gift for the mental areas of magic.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Like canon, he develops these again in Ghosts of the Past, some time after his resurrection.
  • The Sociopath: As per canon.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Though he has his hammy moments, this version mostly speaks in normal, mild tones about the most horrific things imaginable. Like with canon Voldemort, these moments are considerably creepier than his Evil Is Hammy screaming.
  • Soul Jar: As per canon, his Horcruxes. Though between Harry and Wisdom, most of them have been destroyed.
  • Troll: He turns Carol and Uhtred into People Puppets and makes it look like they're rejecting and demeaning Harry just to screw with him. Harry, however, sees through it very quickly.
  • Unexplained Recovery: A few shots to the head and having most of his blood ripped out by Magneto don't prove more than a temporary inconvenience.
  • Vampiric Draining: By Ghosts of the Past, he's learned how to use his new psychic powers to drain others of their life-force and restore his own, apparently having been taught by Selene.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: He pulls this in chapters 2 and 33 of Ghosts.
  • Villain Team-Up: During the first book's epilogue, it's revealed that he's struck up an alliance with Selene. In the sequel, it's further revealed in chapter 24 that he's cutting a deal with Dracula.
  • Villains Never Lie: He's remarkably up front about what he's up to when he confronts Harry mostly because, accurately, he believes that Harry can't really do much about it. He also admits his plan to Dresden - specifically, that he made a copy of the Word of Kemmler and plans to use the information in it later.
  • Walking Spoiler: Due to the exact circumstances around his resurrection in this universe.
  • The Worf Effect: Gets subjected to this in chapter 24 of Ghosts of the Past — Dracula suppresses Voldemort's psychic and magical powers without any visible sign of effort.
  • Worthy Opponent: Respects Harry as a worthy adversary, in large part because of: his considerable personal power, their shared ability to return from the dead, and, by the end of their first encounter in Ghosts of the Past, his ruthlessness.
  • Xanatos Gambit: He set up his deal with Dracula so that either way, he will win - either Harry will defeat Dracula, dealing with the person who pulled an Eviler Than Thou on him, or Dracula will weaken Harry enough that Voldemort can deal with him at his leisure, and either way, keeping his Arch-Enemy busy while he and Selene perform the Darkhallow.


Peter Pettigrew a.k.a. Wormtail a.k.a. Scabbers

Traitorous former Marauder and member of the Order of the Phoenix, he originally defected to Voldemort out of a desire to be on the winning side. After spending a decade as Scabbers, the Weasley family rat, he got wind of the fact that Thor and Loki were taking an interest in Harry (not realising that Thor was, in fact, James reincarnated) and promptly ran for his life. He found Voldemort in spirit form in Albania and served him. He came to regret that decision.

  • Animorphism: Spends much of his life as a rat.
  • Body Horror: What Voldemort does to him.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Cowardly and treacherous though he might have been, what Voldemort did to him was beyond horrible.
  • Dirty Coward: As per canon, he sold out the Potters.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: There was considerable surprise when Thor revealed that Peter was the one behind the betrayal of the Potters.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: On the receiving end of this from Voldemort, who ultimately possesses him and reshapes his body into one more suited to his preferences.
  • Slimeball: A cringing, pathetic, slug of a man and seen as such by all around him.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Until Thor/James sets the record straight.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: As an animagus, he can turn into a rat and back. Involuntary shapeshifting at the hands of Voldemort, meanwhile, is ultimately his undoing.

     Barty Crouch Junior 

Barty Crouch Junior

One of Voldemort's most loyal Death Eaters. Now that his master has returned, he eagerly jumps back into service.

  • The Dragon: To Voldemort.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Despite everything else that's happened in the series so far, he's still set to follow more or less the same role he had in HP canon.
  • Undying Loyalty: As per canon, is fanatically devoted to Voldemort.

The Red Room

The Soviet, now Russian, equivalent of SHIELD, and creators of both the Winter Soldier and the Black Widow program. Widely feared, even by the Death Eaters and HYDRA, and for good reason, haunting Eastern Europe and Central Asia for over half a century before their fall in the early 1990's. In response to the chaotic upheaval of the post Battle of New York world, their return is hinted at throughout Child of the Storm. In the sequel, under the command of General Lukin, they're back with a vengeance as one of the titular Ghosts of the Past.

     In General 

  • Adaptational Badass: They were always fairly anonymous in the comics, mainly being shown as the source of Black Widows and the Winter Soldier, but not much beyond that. Here, they were a force that went toe to toe with SHIELD for half a century and scared the hell out HYDRA.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: A popular tactic of theirs, it being how they controlled the Winter Soldier, the Black Widows (to an extent), and most recently, the Red Son.
  • Chronic Back Stabbing Disorder: It's nearly as endemic with them as it is with HYDRA, especially where Lukin is concerned. They've also been on the receiving end from Natasha and Ivan, as well as, more recently, Volodya and the Indian government, which decided to back the winning horse and pinch as much useful intel as possible in the process.
  • The Dreaded: These are the people who make HYDRA wet themselves. Even nearly twenty years after their fall, their ghost is not one lightly conjured with.
  • Enemy Mine: On the receiving end at the hands of SHIELD and Russian President Boris Yeltsin (who not unreasonably thought that they were out for his blood, not liking the direction he was taking Russia in).
  • Evil Counterpart: Originally to SHIELD, but the modern version actually bears a much closer resemblance to the newly resurrected MI13, what with the ruthlessly ambitious leader who's intent on taking advantage of the sudden upheaval, the spider themed right hand woman, the team of superhumans whose most powerful member is a powerful psychic... the main difference is that Wisdom for all his flaws really does put his country first rather than merely claiming to do so, and his subordinates are neither brainwashed, nor crazy.
  • Femme Fatale Spy: Produced some of the best of these in the form of the Black Widows, though this is by far the least of what the Widows are capable of.
  • Informed Ability: The Winter Guard was intended to be the Red Room's answer to all supernatural threats. But when it comes to fights, they're defeated quite easily by the Avengers with Xavier's help and then, except for the Red Son, they're completely crushed by Magneto after being lured into a trap - though admittedly, they seem to do extremely well against just about everyone else, from wanded and wandless wizards to the Red and Black Courts of Vampires, suggesting that they're genuinely very good... but not operating on the same level as the Avengers.
  • Knight Templar: They're intent on restoring Russia to greatness. And they don't particularly care how many people they have to kill to do it.
  • Powered Armour: The modern incarnation has managed to replicate the Iron Man armour, if somewhat imperfectly.
  • Renegade Russian: Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, then on their resurrection, developed into this under General Lukin (whose canon counterpart provides the page quote).
  • Renegade Splinter Faction: For the Russian government, specifically the intelligence corps.
  • Rogue Operation: Natasha confirms that they've become this under Lukin, since kidnapping Harry is not on Volodya's agenda, simply because it makes the wrong enemies.
  • Soviet Super Science: Practically the embodiment of the trope. Their modern incarnation, while apparently unable to recreate the Infinity Formula, is able to create reasonably effective counterparts of the Iron Man armour.
  • Spy School: Run one of the most brutal and effective.
  • Super Soldier: Have produced a number of these, mostly infamously, the Winter Soldier.

     General Lukin 

General Aleksandr Lukin

If the alternative to insanity is cowardice, then I can live with it.

An extremely ambitious middle aged Russian General who plans to return the Red Room, and through that, Russia, to its former glory and destroy anyone who gets in his way. His primary weapon in this regard is the mysterious Krasnyy Syn, the 'Red Son', later revealed to be a Brainwashed and Crazy Harry.

  • Adaptational Wimp: The canon version had a cosmic cube and a corporation that was basically a small country in its own right. This version, meanwhile, is an intelligent and dangerous General, but plays a definite second fiddle to Sinister.
  • Ambition Is Evil: In spades.
  • Bad Boss: Doesn't seem to care all that much about his minions.
  • Berserk Button: He really doesn't like someone not according him his rightfully earned rank. Since the person in question is Sinister, however, he knows very well that there isn't anything he can do about it.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He's not on Sinister's level.
  • Body Horror: On the receiving end in chapter 15, when Dark Phoenix Harry melts his mouth shut.
  • The Coup: Pulls one off in chapter 12, executing Volodya.
  • Crazy-Prepared: With the emphasis on the crazy part, shows this in chapter 14 with his Powered Armor.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Doesn't raise his voice from a mild, conversational tone as he orders the execution of Volodya's soldiers, then executes Volodya himself.
  • General Ripper: Though he's fairly good at concealing it, he is certifiably insane, and obsessed with restoring Russia's power and prestige.
  • Evil Mentor: Functions as this to Yelena and later the Red Son, being in charge of the Red Room.
  • Four-Star Badass: Though he plays second fiddle to Sinister, he's still the commander of the Red Room, capable of controlling Yelena Belova (no mean feat), and someone who earned his rank.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: On the receiving end courtesy of the Dark Phoenix, who melts his mouth shut.
  • Klingon Promotion: In chapter 12, he executes Volodya and, while he puts patsies in place, becomes de facto ruler of Russia.
  • Mask of Sanity: It wears very thin in chapter 12, with him outright stating that if insanity is the alternative to cowardice, he'll take it [insanity] every day.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he sees how the Avengers are carving through his troops, most especially the vengeful Winter Soldier.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Spews a stunning amount of misogynistic slurs at Maddie once he hits his Villainous Breakdown.
  • Renegade Russian: Natasha outright states that he isn't exactly dancing to the Kremlin's tune, because they don't want to make enemies of SHIELD or the Avengers. Underlines this in chapter 12 by executing President Volodya.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilised: In chapter 12 he has the Red Son execute Volodya's troopers, crush his support helicopters with pilots and crew inside them, and then personally executes Volodya, after the latter opposes him.
  • Sanity Slippage: The more powerful he gets, the less sane he is, descending into frothing insanity when Maddie defies him.
  • Spy Master: Runs the Red Room, Russia's superhuman/supernatural military-intelligence apparatus.
  • Spy School: Runs the Red Room, which also possesses one of the most brutal and effective versions of this in the world.
  • Tin Tyrant: Gets a set of Powered Armour by the end of chapter 14, complete with psi-blockers, intended to help him take on the likes of Maddie if Essex ever turned on him. It doesn't stand a chance against Mjolnir, however.

     Black Widow II 

Yelena Belova a.k.a. Black Widow

The Red Room's new Black Widow, their elite agent, death in tight black trousers. Like all Black Widows, she's beautiful, brilliant and utterly deadly. Unlike Natasha, however, it's clear that she's very unstable, to the point where she'll kill someone who pisses her off. She's also obsessed with being the true Black Widow and was explicitly trained to kill Natasha herself. This, of course, only makes her even more dangerous.

  • Always Someone Better: She's got a severe complex about being better than Natasha who is, as it turns out, better than she is, despite the fact that Belova was trained to kill her.
  • And I Must Scream: Put it this way. What Dream does to her is brutal enough that even Loki, in full Roaring Rampage of Revenge mode, let her be on the grounds that he couldn't think of anything to make her situation worse. She's described as resembling Gollum's uglier sister.
  • Ax-Crazy: She is clearly unhinged, and becomes more so about time goes on. Gambit outright states that she'd have killed Carol after being taunted, adding that it wouldn't be the first time.
  • Berserk Button: Natasha in general, particularly implications that Natasha might be better than she is. Carol, naturally, pushes the button repeatedly, calling her 'Black Rip-Off'.
    • Natasha herself presses the various buttons repeatedly, before proving that she is, in fact, better than Yelena, dishing out a brutal "The Reason You Suck" Speech in the process.
  • The Berserker: To an extent in her fight with Natasha, partly thanks to amphetamines of some kind, enough that she barely notices that Natasha's sliced her thumb off in the Knife Fight part. If anything, it's counterproductive, and learning her lesson, she doesn't take them before her second round with Natasha. It doesn't help.
  • Curbstomp Battle: After she gets her measure, Natasha winds up handing out an extremely comprehensive one, interspersing it with a "The Reason You Suck" Speech that takes apart each and every one of Belova's illusions.
    • During their rematch, Natasha hands out one that is, if anything, even more comprehensive, with the narration cutting from it just as it starts. Apparently, it was so one-sided that it wasn't even worth showing.
  • Dark Action Girl: She's unquestionably a serious badass, putting Carol down in the blink of an eye.
    • She isn't a match for Natasha, however, despite her superior strength and size, once the latter gets her measure. The second round is so one-sided that it isn't even shown.
  • Designated Girl Fight: With Carol and Natasha, though these are downplayed examples - in one case, Carol pushes a Berserk Button and sets off her Hair-Trigger Temper, and in the other, It's Personal, because she wants to claim Natasha's mantle.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Averted. She feels up the Red Son (a.k.a. Harry) and kisses him aggressively in front of Natasha, before stating that he's 'almost done cooking' and when he is, she will show him the meaning of pleasure - something Natasha internally notes as being intended to provoke her, and done because she sees Harry as being something of Natasha's that she can take. Her sane teammates are thoroughly disturbed by this and Natasha cuttingly calls it out for what it is - Belova gloating about how she's going to rape a teenager, a child who's in absolutely no state to consent.
    • In chapter 46, it's revealed that she sexually harassed the Red Son, usually whenever she felt she'd been thwarted and wanted to exert her... authority. While it never quite graduated to rape, though that was the intention, when Harry unlocks the memories once more he has to deal with a degree of unpleasant sensory feedback.
  • The Dragon: Thinks she's this (to be fair, does mostly function in this role), valued and important, on course to be a Dragon Ascendant. Natasha brutally sets her straight.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Natasha.
  • Fingore: Natasha ends up slicing her right thumb off in a knife fight.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It doesn't take much to set her off.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: They're as cold as her heart.
  • It's Personal: Desperately focused on beating Natasha and proving herself the true Black Widow.
  • Knife Fight: Ends up in one with Natasha. She loses a thumb, her knife, and what the narration refers to as a large chunk of her remaining sanity.
  • Mask of Sanity: It's a thin one to begin with and it gets even thinner after Natasha beats her in a Knife Fight, taking off her thumb.
  • Mook Lieutenant: She's one of Lukin's chief lieutenants and thinks that she's therefore valued. Natasha brutally sets her straight.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Speaks English with only a trace of accent, if that, one that thickens significantly when she gets angry. Carol, already winding her up over her obsession with being the true Black Widow, then jabs her further by saying that the real Black Widow doesn't lose her temper or let her accent slip.
    • Natasha snarks that she can hear a Ukrainian accent when Belova declares herself a proud daughter of Mother Russia. As she notes internally, she can't, but she knows that Belova was originally from Ukraine and does it specifically to piss her off.
  • Psycho Serum: Natasha notices that she's on some cocktail of amphetamines and other drugs, taken in lieu of the Infinity Formula. It boosts her physical abilities and frays her already thin sanity.
  • Sex Slave: Seems to intend to use the Red Son as this, though it's debatable whether she's just saying that to provoke Natasha. Either way, it doesn't work.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Calls Carol a bitch and a whore, and apparently curses up a storm in Russian when Carol catches her off-guard.
    • Is similarly foul mouthed when fighting Natasha.
  • Smug Snake: She's deadly dangerous, a funhouse mirror version of Natasha, but she's not operating on the same level.
  • Spy Catsuit: Wears one clearly modelled after Natasha's, right down to the hourglass buckle. Natasha notices this.
  • Strong, but Unskilled: She's very skilled, as well as being bigger than Natasha and on some kind of uppers, and has the advantage to begin with. Then Natasha gets her measure and utterly breaks her.
  • Tranquil Fury: Her rage tends towards the cold and vicious.
  • Villain Respect: Moderately impressed by Carol's calculation.
  • Waif-Fu: To an extent. Carol states that it'll only take one good hit from her to put Belova down. Belova retorts that she won't get that hit. It's not hard to believe her.
    • The dynamic is reversed with her and Natasha.
  • We Have Reserves: Aware of the Red Room's tendency towards this, even with Black Widows, but thinks that she's the exception, having been told all her life that she is. Natasha brutally sets her straight.


Victor Creed a.k.a. Sabretooth

A vicious, sadistic, and deadly dangerous mutant who's far more intelligent than he seems and happens to be the Arch-Enemy of Wolverine. Mentioned in Child of the Storm as a mercenary and possibly employee of HYDRA, he appears in Ghosts of the Past working for the Red Room and/or Sinister.

  • Always a Bigger Fish: Bucky's Winter Soldier persona tears him to shreds.
    • Loki demonstrates this, by breaking him with the right words whispered in his ear.
  • Always Someone Better: Wolverine to him. He tries to prove he's better by doing what Wolverine failed to do, beat Bucky. He gives a fair account of himself, and Bucky inwardly notes that while he can win, it'll take a while. So he steps back into the Winter Soldier persona and tears Creed to shreds.
  • The Ageless: At least as old as Wolverine, if not older.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Wolverine.
    • He has a bone to pick with Bucky, too, though mostly as part of his obsession with proving that he's better than Wolverine.
  • Animal Themed Super Being: Big cats in general.
  • Berserk Button: Tries to push Bucky's, to make him lose concentration. It doesn't work, and Bucky presses his in response.
  • Blood Knight: He enjoys violence immensely.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He knows he's the bad guy and he enjoys it.
  • The Dreaded: He's a deadly dangerous monster and is treated as such, with Bucky sending the kids away so he can handle Creed alone.
  • Eats Babies: Heavily implied, since he's a confirmed cannibal and casts a certain look at baby Ada. Loki blinds him for it.
  • Face–Heel Turn: At the very least, he used to be a Token Evil Team Mate back in WWII.
  • For the Evulz: More or less why he does most things. That and It Amused Me.
  • Genius Bruiser: As Bucky notes, he's much, much smarter than he pretends to be, having picked an alley to fight Bucky in because it plays to his advantages of size, strength and Healing Factor, while Bucky's advantages of skill, speed, agility and gadgets are largely nullified. Bucky, once he unleashes the Winter Soldier persona, still kicks the crap out of him.
  • Healing Factor: A powerful one, though not as strong as Wolverine's.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: All but stated, when he tells Bucky he killed someone because he got bored, and because he was hungry. When brought to Avengers Mansion as a prisoner, he gives baby Ada a significant look and bares his teeth. Loki responds by blinding him.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Bucky, with a railing, through the stomach.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Tries to goad Bucky. It doesn't work.
  • It Amused Me: Gives this reason for why he did certain things.
  • Kick the Dog: Kills for amusement, as the poor random wizard he gutted for amusement/to goad Bucky/as a snack found out.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's big and he's very, very fast.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: As Bucky notes internally, he is much, much smarter than he pretends to be.
  • One-Scene Wonder: He only appears on-screen once, but as the number of tropes shows, he makes a clear impression.
  • Private Military Contractors: He's a mercenary, and a highly sought after one.
  • Psycho for Hire: See above.
  • Sadist: He's vicious, he's cruel, and he enjoys it.
  • Seen It All: Is unfazed by Loki's explicit threats of Cold-Blooded Torture, and Alison Carter remarks that even SHIELD's best interrogators couldn't break him. Then Loki breaks him by whispering something in his ear and showing him an illusion or two, after which he folds like wet paper.
  • Smug Super: Thinks a lot of himself. Bucky takes him down a few pegs, as does Loki.
  • The Worf Effect: A serious badass, but his first on-screen appearance features him both handing this out and being on the receiving end. First, he's shown having ripped a Ghoul's throat out with minimal effort. Then he's on the wrong end of a Curbstomp Battle from the Winter Soldier, and finally, he's mentioned as being a hardcase that SHIELD's best interrogators couldn't break, and utterly indifferent to threats of torture, before Loki whispers something in his ear to make him talk.
  • Would Hurt a Child: And enjoy it. And eat them.
  • To the Pain: Is unfazed by Loki's threats along this line. Then, Loki whispers something in his ear that makes him sing like a canary.

     The Beast 

Dudley Dursley a.k.a. the Beast a.k.a. the Blob a.k.a. the Fledgling


Harry's bullying cousin. After his parents were locked up, he was found by Doctor Milbury a.k.a. Essex/Sinister and his latent X-Gene was activated. After that, he became the heavy for the Red Room, beating up superhumans for hem, gaining a fearful reputation among the prisoners. Owing to this and his fairly considerable physical power, he thinks he's a lot more of a big fish than he really is. After Forever Red, he vanishes, before returning in the run up to Bloody Hell as 'the Fledgling', a thuggish and powerful Grey Court vampire who was gifted to Dracula to turn by Voldemort, and whose identity is revealed in chapter 32. In that same chapter, with his having no possibility of becoming human or redeeming himself, Harry has no compunction about killing him.

  • Achilles' Heel: His eyes are vulnerable, as are his joints to someone strong enough to hurt him. Also, if you can get him off the ground, as Harry points out, he's just another case of Mass times Acceleration.
  • Acrofatic: He's noted as being extraordinarily fast for someone of any size, despite his bulk. However, Harry's faster and after internalising his telekinesis, strong enough and skilled enough to make it count. After he Took a Level in Badass and became a Grey Court vampire turned by Dracula himself, he becomes even faster. Harry is still more so.
  • Adaptational Badass: Oh dear lord, yes. This version has superpowers, for starters.
  • Aggressive Categorism: People with powers are freaks. He has powers. Yet he is not a freak. Harry points out the Insane Troll Logic involved in this thought process.
  • An Arm and a Leg: After he becomes a vampire, Harry coldly removes both arms, before decapitating him.
  • Asshole Victim: Harry winds up systematically destroying every joint, sinew and ligament in his body. Carol later fries him with a condensed lightning bolt and Thor hits him with a Megaton Punch that buries him halfway into a mountain. Dudley has, by his own admission, crippled several people, maybe even killed them, and is implied by Gambit and his own internal monologue to be a rapist - and to enjoy it. He undeniably deserves everything he's getting.
    • All of which Harry brings up when justifying killing the now-vampire Dudley during the assault on Avengers Mansion.
  • Bald of Evil: Temporarily, after Harry hits him with a gigantic fireblast.
  • Berserk Button: Actually being hurt really, really pisses him off.
  • The Brute: Serves as this to Sinister and the Red Room, and later Dracula.
  • Curbstomp Battle: On the receiving end of this from Harry and later Thor, as well as a previous implied one at the hands of Maddie. Hands one out to the former Red Room prisoners, Alison Carter, Jack O'Neill and Gambit, and later, as a vampire, to Uhtred.
    • And then receives another from Harry. Being a vampire who's just jumped up and down on Harry's Berserk Button, he doesn't survive it.
  • Dirty Coward: He's left gibbering in fear as soon as the fight turns against him - though admittedly, Harry in the midst of Tranquil Fury with a Slasher Smile on his face is something that would frighten most people. In chapter 10, he's running away, until Sinister telepathically amplifies his rage at being humiliated.
  • Dumb Muscle: He's still not very bright, and none of his various masters regard him as anything more than a dumb thug. However, he is very, very strong.
  • Evil Feels Good: Though he's not exactly bright enough to articulate it as such, he works for Sinister/The Red Room because they give him (almost) anything he wants, let him have his fun, and respect him. In fact, they don't respect him in the least and Sinister deems him to be an entirely expendable idiot, but Dudley doesn't know that.
    • He similarly enjoys being a vampire.
  • Evil Pays Better: Part of his motivation for working for the likes of the Red Room and Sinister.
  • Fat Bastard: Harry notes he's mostly grown sideways, and he's a massive bastard.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Went from spoiled bully/nascent thug to violent, superpowered and possibly murderous psychopath, to Grey Court vampire, who nearly kills Uhtred.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: Against Thor, after all his clothes were destroyed.
  • Giant Mook: He's huge, in all directions.
  • Healing Factor: A powerful one at that, which added to his being Nigh Invulnerable, makes him exceptionally dangerous.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Much more than either canon counterpart. He's a rapist and he likes it.
  • Insane Troll Logic: People with powers are freaks. He has powers. He isn't a freak. Harry points out how ridiculous this is.
  • The Juggernaut: Bears some resemblance to the canon Juggernaut, though he's hardly on the same level. His fighting style is mostly to shrug off everything thrown at him and crush his opponent. And to be fair, against everyone who isn't Harry or Thor, it works.
  • Kevlard: Incredibly fat and durable, enough that carbine rounds bounce off him and he can trade blows with heavyweight superpowered bruisers. So Harry attacks his eyes and joints, which aren't protected by the lard. As for Thor, he takes him out with a single blow, when he specifically pulled his punch.
  • Lack of Empathy: It seems quite likely that the only person he cares about is himself.
  • Large Ham: He's quite big on the shouting and the dramatics.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Much faster than you'd think; though Harry still winds up running rings around him, even after Dudley becomes a vampire. Others, who aren't as fast or strong, aren't as lucky.
  • Logical Weakness: Considering the amount of weight they're carrying and their relative lack of padding, his joints are naturally one of his weakest points. Ditto his eyes. Harry exploits both mercilessly.
  • Metronomic Man Mashing: Pulls this on Harry after Harry gets too close, via his broken arm, no less.
  • Miles Gloriosus: He's not so much of a big, bad monster as he likes to make out. Or at least, he's big, he's bad, he's monstrous, and against most anyone up to and including Alpha Class superhumans, he's a nightmare. But when he tries to go up against an Omega like Harry, Thor, or Maddie, or even an Alpha who really knows what they're doing, he's on course for a thrashing.
  • Mook Carryover: Some time after escaping the downfall of the Red Room, Voldemort gets hold of him, then gives him to Dracula as a peace offering, who turns him into a vampire fledgling.
  • Moral Event Horizon: As a rapist and casual murderer - or at least, someone who is completely apathetic to the kind of damage he might be doing, going by the way he wrung Jono's neck - he went zooming over it some time ago. Harry explicitly points this out to Captain Stacy when explaining that all that becoming a vampire really did was change Dudley's diet - he was already a monster.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Beast is not a name that makes one want to meet the bearer, and for good reason.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: This and his Healing Factor means that he is very, very hard to hurt, surviving the following in quick succession: Harry blasting him in the eyes with a bit of fire. Harry roasting him with one of his better fire blasts. Harry beating him to a pulp with telekinetic Super Strength, surgical accuracy and malice aforethought. Harry hitting him with a Megaton Punch that launches him up through several buildings and most of a way up a mountain. Going toe to toe with the similarly super strong Nezhno. Being shot with carbine rounds by Jack O'Neill and Destroyer pistol blasts by Alison Carter. Carol jamming a lightning charged shield into his eyes. And, finally, Thor punching him halfway into a mountain (though he was still holding back). He survives it all, albeit not in the best shape.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: A relative example in the context of the Red Room. He's arguably the most powerful being there after Maddie and Sinister, and even Gambit's decidedly wary of him - with good reason, as Dudley demonstrates in Chapter 10. Then Harry comes along and, even with a Power Limiter, ends up handing him his dislocated arse. Thor does the same shortly after, and Maddie is implied to have done the same before.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: He's only missing flight from the standard Flying Brick power set, and he's a serious power-house, something he demonstrates in chapter 10. When he tries to go up against a Physical God or a higher end example of this trope, however, the results are not in his favour.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: A violent rapist and murderer who calls all superhumans but him 'freaks'. Yup, he fits.
  • Psychopathic Man Child: He's basically the result of someone with superpowers who's never been told 'no'. Even by that metric, though, he's a stand out example, something he demonstrates by screaming the infamous quote from Superboy-Prime, a chief example of this trope.
    • If anything, he's even worse when comes back as a vampire.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Chapter 9 implies it when Gambit, warning Carol about being too glib with the Red Room, states that one potential punishment is being given to 'the Beast'. When Carol brushes this off, remarking that she's fought monsters before, Gambit states that that's not what he meant and that the Beast gets... privileges. Carol goes pale, the implication clear.
    • Chapter 10 has Dudley's internal monologue all but state it.
  • School Yard Bully All Grown Up: To Harry, and an odd variant - Harry's 14, Dudley hasn't been able to lay a hand on him since they were 11 and Dudley's at least 17 thanks to time dilation. The disproportionate psychological effect (something lampshaded by Harry himself) and the Harry being forced to wear a Power Limiter is what gives him the upper hand at first. Then the tables turn, and it gets messy.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He thinks a lot of himself. It's not especially justified (when going up against a big hitter like Harry or Thor), though it's not entirely unjustified in the context he's in, either.
  • Start of Darkness: Probably being found and empowered by Sinister while in government care.
  • Stout Strength: He's huge, fat (though a lot of it is muscular bulk) and incredibly strong. He even thinks he's stronger than Thor. He could not be more wrong.
  • Strong, but Unskilled: Calling him a one-two punch brawler would be generous. He's used to overwhelming people with raw power and after getting his powers, isn't even notably hurt until Harry fries him. However, as noted when he fights Nezhno in chapter 10, he's vicious and he has a certain knack for hurting people, and as a vampire, he manages to put down and almost kill Uhtred, though it's implied by the way that Harry literally cuts him to pieces that he caught the latter off-guard.
  • Supernaturally Delicious and Nutritious: As a vampire, drinking Uhtred's blood seems to make him stronger, faster, and heal even faster than one would expect a vampire to. It doesn't save him from Harry's wrath.
  • Super Strength: He's very powerful. Precisely how powerful is uncertain, but probably stronger than most ordinary Asgardians. Thor estimates that he's about as strong as Uhtred or Volstagg - no mean feat, considering that Volstagg is the strongest Asgardian who isn't royal, Heimdall, or Sif with her full Goddess of War powers at work, and Uhtred is well on the way to outmatching him. However, this still means that he's not even close to a match for Thor himself.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: He took many; unlike his canon counterpart, he never had the Dementor experience to give him an attitude adjustment. Instead, he was given superpowers and a license to indulge just about every cruel, entitled whim that crossed his mind. The result is an absolute monster, one bad enough that Harry explicitly states that all becoming a vampire did was change his diet.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Sweet would be stretching belief, but he was a fairly harmless, if spoiled, school bully, once upon a time.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: On the receiving end of this from Sinister, who points him at the prisoners and Avengers as a distraction to buy time.

     The Red Son 

Project Kransnyy Syn a.k.a. the Red Son

A Russian Super Soldier project, described as the successor to the Winter Soldier programme and formed during the death throes of a desperate Red Room at the end of the Soviet era as it tried to claw back its power and position, it's supposedly capable of single-handedly reshaping the balance of global power. With the resurrection of the Red Room, the Project has been resurrected too, with one primary aim: Revenge. It's Harry.

  • An Arm and a Leg: Loses his left arm fighting Magneto, but the Transmode Virus grew back a mechanical one (which was then promptly blasted off as well). When he becomes the Dark Phoenix, he immediately grows it back.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: There was a lot of screaming involved in his creation.
  • Beware the Superman: And for good reason - as the spearhead of the Winter Guard, he goes through senior members of the Red Court's aristocracy like a chainsaw through wet cardboard, and helps the Red Room swiftly subdue what Frigga terms as 'half a continent', influencing political and military leaders all over Eastern Europe and Central Asia into following the Red Room's version of the Russian line.
  • Blank Slate: Explicitly referred to as this, with everything he once was having been wiped away.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: The victim being Harry, with a side order of Being Tortured Makes You Evil.
  • Broken Ace: The Red Son is a Living Weapon broken to the Red Room's bridle, with no discernible will of his own.
  • Combat Pragmatist: In his deployment - mostly, he's used to bring political and military leaders into line, though also to obliterate supernatural rivals.
    • Magneto notes during their fight that the Red Son immediately goes for the quick kill, attacking his internal organs. It doesn't work, but he tries.
  • Creepy Child: Oh so very much.
  • Cyborg: Becomes one via Unwilling Roboticization.
  • The Dreaded: The mere mention of the project can make a veteran Cold Warrior like Ivan Petrovitch go white and the mere mention of it makes a previously calm, amused and obdurate Alexander Pierce more than willing to talk. The reveal of the Red Son's true identity, and what he does when unleashed, makes this more than justified.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Even more so than usual, what with being Brainwashed and Crazy and all.
  • Electronic Eye: The Transmode Virus gives him one after Magneto blows his left eye (and arm) off.
  • Explosive Leash: The Red Room have him on one, though it's doubtful that he knows anything about it, and Lukin prepares to use it after he has the crap kicked out of him by Magneto (stating explicitly that if he can't have him, no one can), before Essex presents the option of the Transmode Virus, and Magneto's colossal EMP destroys the connection to it. In retrospect, it's probably a good thing that he didn't try to use it, because then his chances of surviving what followed would have been non-existent.
  • Living Weapon: Intended to be the ultimate in this department.
  • Made of Iron: Goes toe to toe with Magneto, and it takes losing an arm and an eye, plus brutal internal injuries to drop him. After the Transmode Virus is activated, it takes being walloped by a lightning bolt and electromagnetic pulse run through a gigantic cobbled together electromagnet/lightning rod, produced by a geomagnetic storm in New York that was visible in freaking Kansas, just to knock him out.
  • Name's the Same: It shares a name with Superman: Red Son, leading to speculation among readers that it was General Zod or a clone of Clark Kent. Though the title is an allusion to that story, they could not have been more wrong.
  • One-Winged Angel: Through the Transmode Virus after Magneto beats the crap out of him.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Singlehandedly reshapes the balance of global power and goes toe to toe with freaking Magneto. And that's before he goes One-Winged Angel and takes a step up.
  • Power-Upgrading Deformation: Gets a warped metal arm via the Transmode Virus.
  • Psychic Powers: Sufficient to strike from the other side of the planet, if the fears of Alexander Pierce (not a man to jump at shadows) are anything to go by.
  • The Quiet One: He doesn't say much, generally because he doesn't need to.
  • Reforged into a Minion: Harry. Or, to be specific, the Blank Slate of him.
  • Rogue Protagonist: Harry, though not by choice.
  • Soviet Super Science: The last and greatest project of the Red Room, one that mercifully never got off the ground. Until now.
  • Super Soldier: The Red Son is supposed to be this on a scale that puts even the Winter Soldier in the shade. It succeeded.
  • Sympathetic Sentient Weapon: His true identity is key to the sympathetic part.
  • Undying Loyalty: To the Red Room.
  • The Unfettered: Remember all those fears about what Harry could do if he lost control? Well, they're justified.
  • Unwilling Roboticization: On the receiving end through the Transmode Virus.
  • Villainous Legacy: Is explicitly designed to be 'the Winter Soldier Mk II' - faster, stronger, and much, much more powerful.
  • Viral Transformation: By the Transmode Virus.
  • The Virus: Infected by the Transmode Virus by Essex - it's dormant until activated by its creator when the fight with Magneto is going against him.

     Red Guardian 

Colonel Alexei Shostakov a.k.a. the Red Guardian

Russia's Captain America, and appropriately, the Red Room's Token Good Team Mate. Killed by Nick Fury back in the 90s, he was resurrected by cloning, his memories restored from a mental back-up by Sinister for Lukin's iteration of the Red Room, and is a key member of the Winter Guard.

  • The Ace: A Super Soldier, and skilled enough to break into the Raft and break the rest of the Winter Guard (and under Belova's direction, the Juggernaut) out. While it is ambiguous whether or not he was allowed to do so, he was good enough that doing so was considered plausible.
  • Came Back Wrong: Subverted, to Belova's irritation - his conscience made the return trip.
  • Cloning Blues: Subverted. Either he doesn't know, or he knows and it doesn't bother him.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Implied. He was empowered by the same Super Soldier Serum that Steve was, or a reasonably good imitation of it, and didn't turn into a monster like the Red Skull, the Abomination, or even a True Neutral/Heroic Neutral character like the Hulk, meaning he must be genuinely a decent man. He's also the Token Good Teammate of the Red Room, and Nick Fury had to kill him in the past in spite of this. It remains to be seen what will happen to him after he learns the truth about his resurrection.
  • Posthumous Character: In Child of the Storm where he's mentioned in passing as having been killed by Fury, then more literally in Ghosts of the Past when he's resurrected by cloning.
  • Super Soldier: Thanks to a successful Russian bootleg of the Super Soldier serum.
  • Token Good Teammate: He has an active conscience, which survived his death, something that Belova inwardly complains about. It's sufficient that he openly questions releasing the Juggernaut, and the Red Room feel it necessary to lie to him about just who and what the Red Son is, and why they're raiding the Xavier Institute.
    • Fury notes in Chapter 14 of Child of the Storm that he would have made an excellent Agent for SHIELD, considering it a shame that he had to kill him.

The Vampire Courts

There are five Vampire Courts: Grey, Black, Red, Jade, and White, in order of age. Each is a separate supernatural nation, and they're among some of the most powerful supernatural powers in the modern world. Three of them, the Red, White, and Black Courts, are at war with the White Council of Wizards - the Grey Court are staying out of it (they hate the Red Court even more than they hate Wizards), as are the Jade Court, who regard it as none of their business. Though most of them are unrelated in their origins, they're all predators that feed on human life, they're all ruled by Kings, and while they don't hesitate to stab one another in the back given an opportunity, they all share an aspiration: to create a world where they can hunt and feed without restraint or opposition. Accordingly, they regard the rise of organisations like SHIELD and MI13, and groups like SHIELD, and the general empowering and increased knowledge of humanity with intense suspicion.

     In General 

  • Affably Evil: The White Court tend to act like this, as they prefer to act civilised in public. Whether it's genuine or not depends on the vampire.
    • Dracula, to an extent, being more honourable than affable.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: With the exception of the White Court, which are still part mortal, they're all pretty evil at baseline - and most White Court don't bother trying anything else. For the most part, Faux Affably Evil is as close as they get.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: On a massive scale — between scenes of Chapter 52 of Ghosts of the Past, Strange proceeds to genocide the entire Red Court.
  • Evil Is Sexy: White Court specialise in this, being a court of Succubi and Incubi (though only one of the main houses, Raith, feeds via sex).
    • Red Court work the aesthetic via their flesh-masks and their 'Kiss'. However, the former is merely a cover for a horrific looking bat-monster, and the latter is basically just narcotic drool.
  • Faux Affably Evil: If a vampire's being friendly, or noble, with rare exceptions, it's doing it because it's the practical course of action. Even Dracula, who actually seems to mean it, has pragmatic reasoning behind his honour. As the narration makes very clear, no matter how nice the facade they put on, they're predators, and they eat people. Playing civilised is just a hunting strategy.
  • Friendly Neighbourhood Vampire: Averted. The only ones which can genuinely pull it off at all are the White Court, and mostly they don't bother - Thomas Raith is the only known full vampire who is genuinely this.
    • The Welshman, sort of. He feeds off blood banks extras, keeps other vampires out of Britain, and monsters out of his part of south Wales. However, this is more a mixture of pragmatism, territoriality, and a firm desire to be left alone than any heroic endeavour - additionally, he's specifically noted as being from outside the Court system.
  • Game Face: Grey Court look human until they're about to feed or fight, at which point, their faces elongate, becoming gaunter and paler, their eyes go red, and their fingers develop talons.
  • Kiss of the Vampire: The Red Court's saliva, their 'Kiss', is a powerful narcotic that drugs and addicts their prey, making them easy to feed off and get them to come back for more. Others either don't drink blood, can mesmerise their prey, or in the case of the Black Court, straight-up don't bother.
  • Monster Progenitor: The Red King is the father of all currently living Red Court vampires (though the species as a whole is descended from the Mayan bat god Camazotz), and Varnae was this to the Grey Court, before passing his powers on to Dracula and dying.
  • Original Character: The Black, Red, Jade, and White Courts come from The Dresden Files, and while Dracula is a Public Domain Character, the Grey Court are original to the context of Child of the Storm.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: They come in a number of different flavours, with Lupin quoting Pratchett's remark on there being as many types of vampire as disease. There are five main ones, however.
    • Grey Court are classic Dracula style 'living dead' types who drink blood and can generally pass for human easily enough if they don't go Game Face. They take three days to turn, during which time the part-vampire has powers, but can walk in sunlight and pass as human. The oldest and most powerful breed, they've got the typical weaknesses - staking, beheading, garlic, faith, fire, and sunlight. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is noted In-Universe as being a broadly accurate basic depiction - enough that they tried to stop it being produced. They're also an Original Character to the work, unlike the other Courts, who originate from The Dresden Files.
    • Black Court are the same but with the emphasis on the 'dead' part, appearing as zombie-like rotting corpses, and they turn almost instantly. This is as a result of their creation, an experimental piece of necromancy where a necromancer tried to 'turn' a corpse Grey Court style. Dracula led to the collapse of their power - unlike the Grey Court, they couldn't pass as human.
    • Red Court are Mayan bat-demons that can hide behind a human looking disguise, drink blood, and have narcotic saliva. They don't fully turn until they make their first kill, remaining part-human before then. Less powerful than Grey and Black, they're also less vulnerable to the various weaknesses, but conversely can be killed if shot enough in the right places.
    • Jade Court are your typical Chinese Vampire - a revenant that feeds on Life Energy. They're rare and secretive, keeping to themselves.
    • White Court are born human and are actually alive. They have a hereditary symbiotic relationship with an unknown breed of demon that feeds on Life Energy via emotions, manifesting at puberty - they're the least powerful and vulnerable to standard weapons, but Made of Iron with a powerful Healing Factor. Additionally, they have no special weaknesses other than to the opposite emotion to the one they feed on, and are also almost indistinguishable from humans unless they're actively using their powers.
  • Psychic Powers: All of them, to some extent, particularly the Grey and White Courts - the former can mesmerise their prey, and the latter use them directly to feed.
  • Stronger with Age: All of them become stronger as they get older. This is also reflected in terms of how powerful individual vampires are: Grey Court are the strongest and the oldest, dating back most of 20,000 years to Atlantis, Black Court being an 8,000 plus year old off-shoot. Red Court are next, in both age and power, followed by Jade Court and White Court.
  • Super Soldier: The Grey Court started out as an ancient Atlantean experiment along these lines; the 'ultimate warrior for the ultimate war.' It backfired. Horribly.
    • The Black Court were an attempt to improve them, and if anything, it turned out even worse.
  • Super Speed: They're all extraordinarily fast, faster than the human eye can follow, though the Grey Court are the fastest of the lot.
  • Vampire Monarch: Save for the diminished Black Court, each Court is ruled by a King: Dracula, Kukulcan (or a vampire bearing that name), and Lord Raith as a puppet of Lara Raith. The ruler of the Jade Court is unknown.
    • Varnae was the original Grey King, and also the progenitor of all Grey Court (and therefore, Black Court) vampires, before passing his powers on to Dracula. Kukulcan holds the same role as the Red King.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: The Courts don't get on, mercifully, and always try to get one over their rivals. The White Court was behind Dracula to weaken the Grey and Black Courts. Meanwhile, the Grey Court holds the Black Court in disdain and despises the Red Court as 'Mayan scum', a feeling which is very much mutual. The Jade Court have yet to be mentioned more than once in either the Dresden Files or the story itself, and don't seem to give a damn about the other Courts.
    • There's also the mysterious 'Welshman', a vampire specifically from outside the Court system who lives in Cardiff, largely feeds off blood banks, and is largely responsible for the lack of other vampires in Britain - though this mostly seems to be from a desire to be left alone rather than any real inclination towards heroics.
  • Wolverine Claws: Grey Court vampires have short talons extending from their fingers when they go Game Face.


Vlad Dracula a.k.a. the Grey King

I am Dracula. I defied empires, causing the fields of Europe to steam with the blood of my enemies, long before I began drinking it as well.

Formerly Voivode of Wallachia, a military genius and bona fide nightmare even back when he was human (or half-human. No one's entirely sure what his father was, but it wasn't pleasant), he is now the King of the Grey Court of vampires, a role he's held ever since he was first turned by Varnae, the former Grey King, back in the 15th century. Incredibly powerful and incredibly dangerous, he went up against Thor back in the day and only narrowly lost, with Thor himself stating that any fight between them could go either way. Hates the Red Court, and thinks they're disgusting (something most would agree with). The feeling is apparently mutual. As a result, he and his Court do not involve themselves in the War between the White Council and the other Vampire Courts. Strikes a loose alliance with Voldemort in Ghosts of the Past.

  • Adaptational Badass: Despite the dozens of interpretations of the character, very few have shown the sheer badassery that this one demonstrates. Word of God notes that he was intentionally avoiding the easily beaten "sex god cliche" many adaptations go for.
  • Anti-Villain: He has a code of honour and loathes those who habitually manipulate and deceive (though he acknowledges the occasional necessity of such things). He's also entirely evil.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: He's the most powerful Vampire in the Grey Court, powerful enough to go up against Physical Gods on their own terms, and has killed at least one. He also beats Harry to a pulp, shrugging off his best attacks and two sniper rounds from Bucky, and a Cerebro enhanced attack from Charles Xavier.
  • Badass Boast: Delivers a long, cold one to Harry just before they go toe-to-toe and, Hope Spot aside, Dracula proceeds to hand him his arse:
    "Your power and your name cause the likes of Riddle to skulk in the shadows, and they inspire fear in creatures and groups throughout the supernatural world. I respect that, the fear you have managed to inspire. But understand this: I do not share it. Understand this, as well. I am not like those enemies you have faced. I am not a hubristic, parasitic shade of a mortal wizard, scuttling from shadow to shadow and spinning webs of trickery and deceit to try and achieve some semblance of power, attempting to manipulate others into defeating my enemies for me. I am not a necromancer so detached from sanity as to be willing to give myself to the Darkhold. I am not as they are, a pale shadow of a greater power, hankering for days long since gone. I am Dracula. I defied empires, causing the fields of Europe to steam with the blood of my enemies, long before I began drinking it as well. When I destroyed their armies, I made a screaming forest of their survivors, earning the name of Lord Impaler. I am the Lord of the Vampires, I have slain gods and demons alike, and I, little Prince, am going to teach you a lesson you should long since have learned. Why not to meddle in the affairs of your betters."
  • Bad Boss: Zig-zagged. Bucky notes that he has a low tolerance for incompetence, and he mentions to one of his minions to inform Syrus that he'll accept and support the pact that he made with Carol to ensure her surrender, that if she breaks it by trying to escape, he may eat her brother... and that the length of time it takes for him to retrieve her will influence the number of Syrus' limbs that he [Dracula] will remove. He also, however, notices the injuries of one of his lieutenants, praises her work and tells her to "get someone to eat" to heal up. Additionally, he listens to another of his junior minions when she has a suggestion and remarks after it proves to be a good one that her insight and intelligence are things that he appreciates. Then he lazily snaps the latter's neck after she misspeaks and tells him that he 'cannot' do something, remarking that if it weren't for her displayed insight and the fact that they're alone, he'd have killed her.
  • Berserk Button: Dracula gets very angry when one of his subordinates suggests using Loophole Abuse, refusing to dishonour someone who has made an honourable surrender.
    • He's also driven to a seething Tranquil Fury by Harry's attempt to pull a quick Bait-and-Switch on him and his assumption that it would work. Insulting words, he shrugs off, but assuming he's that easily out-smarted? Now that really pisses him off.
    • And when, in chapter 33, Harry and the others pull a successful Kansas City Shuffle on him, after tricking him into thinking that Harry had unleashed the Dark Phoenix, he more or less snaps.
  • Blasé Boast: He says that fighting the Avengers and Asgard would swiftly grow "tiresome." Even with the power already demonstrated, that's quite a boast.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Delivers a savage No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to Harry as part of one of these.
  • Determinator: Hardly anything even slows him down - even being run through with a Flaming Sword just seems to piss him off, and being hit by a massive psychic attack by Xavier is something he just shrugs off, after recovering from the initial sucker punch.
  • Didn't See That Coming: He didn't expect Harry and Bucky to get involved in the events of Bloody Hell, much less Uhtred, Diana, Logan, and Gambit (though the latter four are lesser concerns), but he isn't particularly surprised, and adapts fast.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Regards using Exact Words and Loophole Abuse to cheat someone who made an honourable deal to be beneath him, remarking that such word games are the province of the likes of Voldemort, the Fae, and Doctor Strange (who for unknown reasons, he despises).
  • Eviler Than Thou: When Voldemort tries to manipulate him into being a patsy, he sees straight through it, smacks the wizard around with zero effort, and makes it clear their alliance, if he chooses to make one, will be on his terms.
  • Evil Virtues: Primarily, Honour - he will keep his given word, and gets extremely angry if someone implies he won't/that he could slip around it via Loophole Abuse (though he acknowledges the occasional necessity of manipulation and deception). However, he doesn't expect others to keep to the same code, being entirely aware that Voldemort is probably planning to stab him in the back.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: It's very heavily implied that his father, Drakul, is something very nasty and very, very powerful (probably due to Drakul's portrayal as this in The Dresden Files). While those powers didn't necessarily emerge in Dracula, it's suggested that this was part of why Varnae picked him to be his successor.
  • I Gave My Word: An odd example, in that not only does he regard his given word as sacred, he will also keep the word of a subordinate and uphold a pact they made - though it is made clear that this is only because it doesn't inconvenience him and the subordinate did not dare to claim outright that he could speak for Dracula, as well as that it serves a practical purpose.
  • Implacable Man: As Harry finds when they fight, no matter what he tries, Dracula just. Keeps. Going.
  • Invincible Villain: In the context of the Bloody Hell arc. The Avengers are unavailable, and nothing and no-one that Harry has available can lay a finger on Dracula - not without getting it snapped off. Harry himself gets beaten to a pulp by Dracula, without the latter getting out of second gear. He's only defeated by the heroes outsmarting him with a well-timed Kansas City Shuffle, and even then he would have killed Harry if not for Thor, Loki, and the Hulk pulling a Big Damn Heroes moment.
  • Kneel Before Zod: Pulls a downplayed version of this on Harry, warning him to back down and stay out of Dracula's plans for Carol. Harry fakes compliance, then pulls a Bait-and-Switch and runs with Carol. Dracula, Berserk Button pressed (less by the fact that Harry tried it, more that he thought he [Dracula] was stupid enough for it to work), descends into Tranquil Fury, and beats Harry to a pulp.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: He leaves Harry alive in Chapter 32 after he beats him to a pulp and has him at his mercy, due to knowing that killing him would start a war with Asgard he couldn't afford.
    • And in Chapter 33, after Carol has been freed and Harry manages to trick him into thinking he was the Dark Phoenix, even after seeing through it, Dracula decides to just leave, especially after Thor, Loki, and the Hulk arrive, albeit while trailing a frustrated scream.
  • Lean and Mean: Described as tall and lean - and explicitly fancast as Charles Dance.
  • Leave Him to Me: Pulls this with Harry - though only after chucking Carol, his true objective, to his chief minions to prepare matters. Unlike most examples, he succeeds in beating Harry to a pulp.
  • Master Swordsman: Even when dazed after being distracted, walloped with a monstrous psychic attack, shot, and briefly skewered, he's more than capable of comfortably defending himself. When he's actually focusing, he demonstrates the difference between a master of the blade and a talented amateur like Harry.
  • Neck Lift: In chapter 24 on Voldemort, to remind the latter of his place.
    • Pulls it again on Harry in chapter 32, when beating him into his place.
  • Neck Snap: Of another vampire, no less, with one hand and zero effort.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: To Harry, in chapter 32, and then an interrupted one in chapter 33.
  • Noodle Incident: It's implied that he's encountered Strange before, and loathes him.
  • No-Sell: Most of Bucky's enchanted bullets, if they hit a vampire in the shoulder, would blow off the shoulder and either cripple or destroy the vampire. When he shoots Dracula in the shoulder, all that results is the bullet getting lodged there, Dracula looking annoyed, digging out the bullet (which left a red mark), and launching a punitive lightning bolt.
  • Off Hand Back Hand: Offhand Neck Snap, in fact, with one hand and no effort, on another vampire.
    • And does the equivalent with a lightning strike on Bucky, after the latter shot him once too many.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: He's crossed swords with Thor previously, with the latter barely winning, and then killed another Physical God just to make a point.
  • Oh, Crap!: Has an enormous one in Chapter 33, when he senses the faked aura of the Phoenix. Given that the last time he ran into the Phoenix, most of the Grey Court was reduced to ash save him, it's understandable why.
  • Old Master: Was turned sometime later in his life, so he looks like a man in late middle-age, meaning that he was this even before he became a vampire. He's also over six hundred years old.
  • Physical God: Has the raw power to match Thor in single combat, and has killed at least one other Greater God, Perun - and apparently, he did it solely to make a point. He's stated bluntly by Bucky to be a solid Omega Class threat, which basically translates to "Call the Avengers in and run."
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Though he doesn't approve of tricking or manipulating Carol via Exact Words, he does tell his subordinates that if she tries to escape, she'll have broken her word and the agreement will be void. Therefore, if she does so, said subordinates will be free to eat her brother, who's protected under the agreement.
    • He also agrees to abide by his subordinate's given word that Stevie can go free after they're done, partly out of honour, and partly because he reasons that it will be much harder for Carol to escape if she has to worry about Stevie as well.
    • While he will use lesser minions as Cannon Fodder if necessary or decide that You Have Outlived Your Usefulness, he carefully preserves the more powerful and senior ones around (as they're in limited supply), and is willing to keep apparent Cannon Fodder around if they have potential. However, this has its limits (see Bad Boss).
  • Psychic Powers: Enough to lay a kind of web of psychic gloom and fear across an entire city for days, making it more likely to descend into panic and chaos when he arranges a black-out. He also represses Voldemort's magic and psychic powers with no visible sign of effort, and apparently has experience with the Askani, allowing him to turn back a psychic attack from Charles Xavier and send it back at him.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Has been around since the 1400s, making him an almost literal case.
  • Red Baron: Known as "Son of the Dragon", "the Impaler", and "Lord Impaler."
  • Strong and Skilled: He has Combo Platter Powers that put him on even par with Thor, and he is very much aware of how to use them effectively. The results allow him to take on Harry, Bucky, and Xavier and come out the clear winner.
  • Super Toughness: He'll take more or less whatever is thrown at him, endure it, then return it with interest.
  • Super Speed: He can cross twenty feet in an eye-blink, faster than even vampire eyes can keep up with.
  • Vampire Monarch: King of the Grey Court.
  • Villain Respect: Shows genuine admiration for Carol's quick thinking and awareness of her situation, regarding her as an honourable opponent.
    • He also notes that he genuinely respects how Harry has carved out a significant reputation for himself, overcome formidable opponents, and even stood up to him. However, while he understands and respects the fear that Harry has inspired... he most definitely does not share it.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Goes from calm and controlled, as he had been in all his appearances, to a mixture of mindless terror and blind rage in chapter 33 when it looks like the Phoenix is paying him a visit. Harry's actually pretending to be the Phoenix, and once Dracula realises that he's been tricked, and that his plan has been comprehensively derailed, he goes absolutely apeshit.
  • Villainous Valour: He does have genuine courage, attacking what he believes to be the Dark Phoenix head on, despite being absolutely terrified. That terror swiftly segues into rage once he realises that he's been tricked.
  • Villain Team-Up: Voldemort offers him the means to feed on Carol's Super Soldier blood if he serves as a distraction for the Avengers and White Council. Dracula accepts... but on his terms.
  • Weather Manipulation: On a vast scale, though maybe not enough to match Thor - either way, he comfortably keeps a dark and overcast weather system over New York and much of the North-Eastern US for days, combining it with a kind of psychic gloom. Lightning bolts are a speciality.



A century old Grey Court Master Vampire, one sufficiently trusted by Dracula to lead the strike team that captured Carol - and her younger brother. Reasonably smart, fairly powerful, and pragmatic, he serves as the primary antagonist for the first part of Bloody Hell.

  • Asskicking Equals Authority: He's the one leading the strike team to take Carol, and whereas all his minions are knocked unconscious or incinerated within forty five seconds by Harry, he actually puts up a very good fight.
  • Breaking Speech: Tries to give one about how humans are naturally prey/property, underlining that all humans are owned by someone or something else, whether by human governments or corporations, or supernatural beings. Carol, bored, cuts him off mid-word and derisively refers to him as a vampire hipster.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's smug, tends to go a little heavy on the Evil Gloating, and Carol accurately derides an attempt at a Breaking Speech as an 'evil hipster riff'. However, he is actually a surprisingly capable fighter, able to beat Harry (his astral form, anyway) at hand-to-hand, and a pragmatic one, using a sub-machine gun. He's also capable enough at counter-magic to shut out Harry's psychic attacks and prevent him from just frying him - though as both he and Harry note, that's mainly because Harry's acting through Carol from the other side of the Atlantic.
  • The Dragon: A fairly senior and trusted minion of Dracula's, if not quite one of the Lords Lieutenant.
  • Evil Is Petty: After he seems to have forced Carol to surrender for the second time in exchange for sparing her brother, he then prepares to kneecap him with a machine-pistol, pointing out that 'alive' is not the same as 'unharmed'.
  • Exact Words: His second deal with Carol - he said he'd leave Stevie alive if she surrendered again. As he notes as he's about to kneecap him with a burst from a MAC-10, he said nothing about leaving him unharmed.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride. If he cut down on the smugness and the Evil Gloating, he'd go from dangerous to downright formidable, and succeed in not only recapturing Carol, but also effectively lobotomising Harry. As it is, Harry fries his brain and Carol beheads him.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Puts on a good show, but it cracks under strain, and Harry reveals after a look around his mind that his threat to Stevie to drain him and use his bones as toothpicks was not an idle one, and actually a trick he'd pulled at least once before, on a younger child.
  • Game Face: It starts showing more often as a sign that he's cracking.
  • Mind Rape: On the giving end, to Peter Parker who he's controlling, and on the receiving end, from Harry, who reduces him to a vegetable.
  • Mook Lieutenant: Controls a group of lesser vampires on Dracula's behalf.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Cuts a deal with Carol to spare her brother, on the grounds that while he and his minions could subdue her if it came to it, he'd probably lose at least one, it would waste time, her shield is a threat, and her brother would serve as The Load if she tried to make another escape attempt.
  • Psychic Powers: Enough to shut out an admittedly strained Harry... until he lets him within arm's reach.
  • Shock and Awe: Proves very able at throwing lightning around.
  • Smug Snake: Smarter than most examples, and a much more capable fighter, he nevertheless lets his arrogance get in the way of his common sense enough to make two critical mistakes. First, Monologuing. Second, letting Harry in arm's reach.
  • Smug Super: He's pretty clear in his views that vampires are by far a superior form of life to ordinary mortal humans, even enhanced ones. Neither Carol nor Harry is especially impressed. Unlike most examples, he's actually a very capable fighter.
  • Super Speed: As is standard for a Grey Court vampire, he's mentioned as moving faster than the speed of thought.
  • Weather Manipulation: Enough to rain down a whole bunch of lightning bolts without getting tired.
  • Would Hurt a Child: And use their bones as toothpicks, no less. Or kneecap them with a machine-pistol just to make a point.

     The Lords Lieutenant 

A group of powerful Grey Court Master Vampires, specifically sired by Dracula himself following the disaster in Vienna, 1897, that wiped out the vast majority of the Grey Court. Now over a century old, they're each a notch above even other Grey Court Masters (but several below Dracula himself), and are Dracula's most loyal, powerful, and dangerous supporters. Only a few of them are named, including their leader, Mikael.

  • Ass Kicking Equals Authority: Aside from Dracula, and a few implied Elder Vampires who refuse to submit to Dracula (and are strong enough to do so if he isn't nearby), they're the Grey Court's strongest and smartest - the latter largely because Dracula has a very low tolerance for incompetence.
  • Co-Dragons: As a collective, they serve as this to Dracula - Mikael, their apparent leader, in particular.
  • Elite Mook: A squad of ten of these, serving, and fearing, only their Lord Dracula.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: Several of them are women, and Dracula seems to treat both male and female mooks equally - i.e. not as 'Brides of Dracula', despite Carol referring to one as such.
  • Finger-Lickin' Evil: Carol notices one of the female ones, Elisha, pulling this with bloodied fingers.
  • Flying Brick: Well into this weight-class, with lightning bolts making them Flying Firepower too.
  • Flying Firepower: Flying vampires, plus lightning, equals this.
  • Mook Lieutenant: Serve as some of Dracula's chief agents.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Each one qualifies as this.
  • Shock and Awe: Like all powerful Grey Court vampires, by throwing lightning bolts.
  • Smug Super: Though less than Syrus, they're all pretty smug about their superiority to humans, mockingly telling Carol that they only regretted that she hadn't led them on a better chase.
  • Super Speed: They can fly fast enough to keep up with an Iron Man armour going at Mach speeds, and for several hundred miles.
  • Super Toughness: One, Elisha, took an air to air missile (an AIM-120) to the face and was just scorched and angry. And then proceeded to rip the F-22 that had fired it to pieces.
  • The Watson: They, or their leader Mikael, generally serve as the people to whom Dracula explains things in the latter half of the arc.
  • Weather Manipulation: Lightning bolts, as usual, are their stock in trade.
  • The Worf Effect: Chapter 32 establishes how powerful that they are. Then, later that chapter, Harry wipes out Elisha - who'd previously tanked an air to air missile to the face - in one shot, with Dracula even remarking that he didn't so much kill her as obliterate her - and Victor von Doom disposes of several more of them in the finale.

     'The Fledgling' 

An unknown powerful, but young, vampire who was gifted to Dracula by Voldemort. Aware of Voldemort's Chronic Backstabbing Disorder, Dracula remains suspicious of him. For more, see his entry further up the page under The Red Room, specifically The Beast/Dudley.

     Lara Raith 

Lara Raith, a.k.a. The White Queen.

The current de facto leader of the White Court of vampires and Thomas Raith's older half-sister (so she's not related to Harry Dresden by blood), Lara, like the rest of the White Court, is unlike other vampires in that she is actually part-human, and is ruling her Court through her brainwashed father Lord Raith. Also, she has no apparent interest in war with the White Council, SHIELD, or any of the other powers that seek to protect humanity.

  • The Ghost: Mentioned once or twice by Harry Dresden and Phil Coulson, and that's the extent of her involvement in the story. Given her modus operandi is to do things indirectly, this makes complete sense.
  • Vampire Monarch: She, as mentioned above, is the true leader of the White Court.

     Thomas Raith 

Surtur's Forces

Surtur of Muspelheim a.k.a. the original Dark Phoenix created armies of fire demons and dragons, led by his Great Captains, and destroyed a galaxy as part of a grand plan to destroy the universe and rebuild it better.



The traditional bringer of Ragnarok in Norse mythology, it seems that his role is one of the ones that the myths got right. What they failed to mention, or perhaps didn't realise, is that Yggdrasil was originally constructed by the Alliance of Realms (all the Nine Realms save for Muspelheim and Nifflheim/Helheim) as his prison - something he deserved in the first place because of a Morgoth/Sauron like desire to destroy the universe to rebuild it better. It's held him for a million years, more or less, despite bouts of it becoming a Leaking Can of Evil. And as of the end of Child of the Storm, it's cracking. Unfortunately, however, there's one other thing the myths failed to mention: Surtur was the original Dark Phoenix.

  • Affably Evil: Originally, in a twisted sort of way. He was completely insane, but when he wiped out his people before resurrecting them as Fire-Giants, he genuinely thought it was an act of kindness and mercy, especially considering how they'd revolted against him. Even after the Alliance of Realms slowed and stymied his designs, fighting against him tooth and nail, he welcomed defectors with open arms and happily gave them the power they craved, turning the mightiest of them into his 'Great Captains', his seconds and generals.
  • The Ageless: It's implied that he didn't age. At all. Even before he turned into an Energy Being.
  • A God Am I: His main problem is that he genuinely believes that he's this trope and doing the right thing.
  • Ambition Is Evil: His hubris is the direct cause of all the horror he's unleashed.
  • Ancient Evil: He's been a Sealed Evil in a Can for a million years.
  • And Your Little Dog, Too!: Makes a threat along these lines in a feeble attempt to counter Harry's "Reason You Suck" Speech about him being all alone and unable to comprehend Harry and his motivations. It doesn't work, with Harry simply remarking that he's out of practise on the threat-making thing.
  • Appropriated Appellation: It seems that even Strange doesn't know what his original name was, and he instead uses the name the Alliance of Realms gave him: Surtr/Surtur - 'the Dark One.'
  • Ax-Crazy: See why he's done it all. He genuinely believes that he is the good guy. When he was about to wipe out his people and they begged for mercy, he said, with total certainty, "do not be afraid. I am going to make you all better." Then he killed them all and resurrected them as Fire-Giants. And that was before he fought a brutal war with the Alliance of Realms and spent a million years locked away at the bottom of Yggdrasil, which is implied to have done his mental health no favours.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: He started out trying only to save his people and his world, humble and brave enough to summon the Phoenix and immediately break the circle, saying he didn't want to bind Her, just to have the chance to plead his case - something which touched Her enough that she did help him. He sealed his Face–Heel Turn by taking Her power by force and wiping out his people.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: When he finally appears onscreen, these - described as being "cold and black as the infinite void [...] utterly devoid of mortal considerations such as kindness or mercy" - give away that his Faux Affably Evil act is just that - an act.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: To a degree. It's suggested that he doesn't quite get why people are opposing him, welcomed defectors with open arms and empowered them on an epic scale because he thought that they'd seen the light, and genuinely thinks that he's doing the right thing. However, it's also indicated (and eventually confirmed) that a million years of frustration at being locked away has curdled into a truly astounding level of malice.
  • Creative Sterility: Is depicted as such. While he's stone-cold brilliant, his brilliance is just that: stone cold. There's no intuition, no spark of inspiration, it's all technical. This is suggested on more than one occasion to be his Fatal Flaw.
  • The Corrupter: Occasionally - his 'Great Captains' were the mightiest defectors to his side. He tries to be this to Harry, both directly and indirectly. It doesn't work.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Handed these out to everyone. Only Frey was able to keep up with him, and that with the power of the Kings of Asgard, plus Ván, a sword specifically designed to No-Sell Surtur's attacks. And even then, he was only able to keep Surtur busy for long enough for the rest of the Alliance of Realms to seal him away.
  • Dark Is Evil: Mixes this with Light Is Not Good when he appears, being a being of light and fire clad in shadows and with Black Eyes of Evil (which eventually cover his whole body), embodying the whole 'Shadow and Flame' thing.
  • The Dreaded: He was so feared that he caused perpetual arch-enemies, the Eternals and Deviants of Earth, who spent most of their time trying to wipe each other out, to set aside their feud and stand together against him.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Par excellence, evolving past his physical form when he made his fateful choice, becoming capable of destroying an entire galaxy. Even when he was defeated, he was impossible to kill - the Alliance had to create a Skyfather-level champion with a specially enchanted blade made of Uru and Vibranium, specifically designed to No-Sell his Phoenix fire, just to distract him for long enough for them to seal him away. And even then, despite said prison being Yggdrasil itself, which simultaneously keeps him locked away, siphons off his power to strengthen the prison/empower the Warden (the King or Queen of Asgard), it still occasionally becomes a Leaking Can of Evil.
    • He has the attitude, too, being "devoid of mortal concerns such as kindness or mercy."
    • And unlike most, he actually created more, including the Great Dragons (think Smaug, but worse), transforming defectors into his 'Great Captains', each of which is at least a Physical God, turning his dead enemies (and entire species) into Fire-Giants,
  • Emperor Scientist: His main area of expertise: before he snapped, he reshaped his world to save it, then improve, then started forcibly evolving his own people - and had the gall to be surprised when they objected and the Phoenix called him out on it. He also created the Great Dragons, as well as innumerable weapons that Odin admits were 'the equal of anything Asgard or her allies could create today'. That's right: even with a million years of advancement, Asgard is only just matching what Surtur was making back then.
    • He also forged his sword, Twilight (which may or may not be Laevateinn), which only Frey's blade, Ván, forged of uru and vibranium and enchanted with the best that the nascent Nine Realms and Doctor Strange could offer, could match. His crowning achievement, though, is severing his fragment of the Phoenix from the entity in question, actually hurting Her.
  • Energy Being: What he became, as is very apparent when he finally appears.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Harry makes this point to him, at length, merrily jumping up and down on his Berserk Button in the process.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Odin, naturally, and to an extent, to Doctor Strange (brilliant sorcerer who's worked with the Phoenix for his own ends, and intends to reshape the universe to follow his preferred course), but mainly to Harry - both are magically powerful, both are determined to save their respective worlds, and both have fragments of the Phoenix within them.
    • Harry also notes a disquieting resemblance between Surtur's examination of him and Tony when examining and taking apart a new gadget.
  • Evil Genius: He was a brilliant mage-scientist back in the day, and aside from all the monsters he creates, actually manages to sever a fragment of the Phoenix from Her, actually causing Her real pain, enough that she fled in agony and confusion.
    • However, as Strange notes, his brilliance is technical brilliance - he's the sort that if you gave him a problem, he'd have solved it in a trice and had a new field of mathematics invented by lunchtime. There are other kinds, such as intuitive brilliance, and Surtur didn't have those.
  • Evil Is Bigger: He's described as taller than Hagrid, when he finally appears.
  • Evil Overlord: Though it wasn't even close to his primary interest.
  • The Evils of Free Will: Seems to be a major part of his motivation, according to Odin after the latter gets a look at Musphelheim.
  • Evil Sorcerer: What he was. What he is now is another matter.
  • Expy:
    • Bears a great resemblance in motives and, to a degree, methods, to both Sauron and Morgoth, with the resemblance to Sauron as depicted in the Peter Jackson films, both in appearance and the "I see you" line to someone who unwisely got a vision of him, being emphasised when he finally appears. Unlike them, though, he still genuinely believes that he's the good guy.
    • As an enormously powerful and ancient sorcerer who sought to claim the power of the Phoenix (or at least a host's portion of it), causing the Phoenix to flee in agonised confusion, with ambitions of ultimate power — and who's being set up to go up against a real Phoenix host — he bears a great resemblance to Excalibur villain Necrom. Unlike Necrom, though, Surtur's intentions were genuinely benevolent — and still are, in a very strange, warped sort of way.
  • Face–Heel Turn: One sealed by his reaction to his people revolting against his attempts to forcibly evolve them, to 'make them better', and the Phoenix's rebuke and refusal to help as She came to take Her power back. Instead of having a Heel Realisation that he'd gone too far, he decided that the universe was insane, he was the Only Sane Man, and thus he must destroy it to make it better, which he started by stealing the Phoenix's power and destroying his people.
  • Fallen Hero: He was once the saviour of his world and people, a Phoenix Host. Then... he went bad.
  • Fantastic Racism: He hated the Deviants because he felt that their random mutation was untidy.
  • Faux Affably Evil: When he finally appears onscreen (indirectly, via a vision of the future) in chapter 51 of Ghosts, he maintains an affable facade, but as Harry notes, the eyes give it away, and it crumbles very quickly when he's told 'no'.
  • Fighting a Shadow: On occasion, he apparently has managed to project avatars of himself beyond the Seal of Musphelheim, but Surtur himself has (thankfully) never escaped.
    • A related situation happens in chapter 51 of Ghosts when Harry accidentally makes psychic contact with him via a vision of the future, resulting in psychic combat. Thanks to Surtur being unable to bring all his power to bear, Harry gets away more or less intact, leaving a few psychological scars behind.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He started out as merely a brilliant mage-scientist on dying world, one desperate to save his people, summoning the Phoenix and then purposefully breaking the summoning circle, not wishing to bind Her, but simply to plead his case. He became a horrifying galactic scale Eldritch Abomination that required the Heroic Sacrifice of a Skyfather with what would become the Odinforce, wielding a specially made weapon, just to distract him for long enough to seal him away.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: For Ghosts of the Past.
  • Heroic Host: Once. It's unclear whether he corrupted his Phoenix fragment, or whether it corrupted him. Most likely, it started out as him corrupting it in anger, which kicked off a vicious cycle as they made each other progressively worse and worse.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Prone to this. This is someone who genuinely thinks that by killing his people and resurrecting them all as Fire-Giants, their spirits enslaved to his will, he's doing them a favour.
  • In Their Own Image: His ultimate goal is to break reality down to its most basic components, then rebuild the universe 'better'.
  • Join or Die: His ancient pitch, summed up - though more accurately, 'Join and Retain (Some Of) Your Free Will, Or Die and Join As A Mindless Humanoid Abomination'. It remains the same when he re-emerges, but it's lost almost all its previous affability.
  • Kill It with Fire: His primary strategy, on a cosmic scale.
  • Knight Templar: To an epic degree.
  • Leaking Can of Evil: He's previously been able to put partial, far weaker (but still terrifyingly powerful), "avatars" of himself outside the seal on Musphelheim during its weaker period, and some of his lieutenants are still around causing trouble, such as the Elder Wyrm and a couple of the Great Captains (though they're far weaker than they would be if he was free). Thankfully, however, the real Surtur has never been able to escape. Yet.
  • Light Is Not Good: He's heavily fire themed, and when he appears, his body is entirely shaped from light and fire, a beautiful (if slightly alien) sculpture. The Black Eyes of Evil, however, give it away.
  • Mind Rape: To his minions, the Fire-Giants, who're the spirits of all those who opposed him (including his own people), enslaved to his will.
    • He also tries this on Harry in chapter 51. In part due to being unable to bring more than a fraction of his full strength to bear, combined with Harry's own power/stubbornness, he fails.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Surtr/Surtur - 'the Dark One', a name he earned because darkness was all he brought, leaving behind 'only remembrances of starlight and echoes of screams.'
  • Not So Different: He and his servants believe this of him and Harry, who vociferously disagrees.
  • Obliviously Evil: At least to begin with - he didn't quite get why people objected to his policies of forcibly evolving his species (among other things), much less why the Phoenix rebuked him for it, as in his opinion, he's the hero. Now, after a million years of frustration and thwarted escape attempts, he's much more overtly malicious.
  • Oh, Crap!: The general reaction he elicits, and for good reason. It gets even more pronounced when it's realised what he actually is.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Though a bit different to the other versions in the story - Gravemoss wants to rule over a universe of the dead, Thanos wants to hollow out the universe and turn it into a lifeless void to present to Death as a lover's gift, while Chthon wants to dissolve everything into primordial chaos. Surtur, however, doesn't want to destroy the universe, as such... he just wants to burn it down to its most basic components and rebuild it better.
  • Only Sane Man: Genuinely believes that he's the only sane being in a warped and flawed universe, one that he must therefore burn to the ground and rebuild.
  • Playing with Fire: On a cosmic scale.
  • Post Modern Magic: An absolute genius at this, even by the standards of his highly advanced civilisation. It gets to the point where Odin admits that a million years on, Asgard is only just catching up.
  • Restart the World: His plan, which has been delayed for the past million years or so - he intends to reduce the universe to its fundamentals, then rebuild it in his image, because he earnestly believes that the universe is critically flawed and only he can rebuild it right.
  • Satanic Archetype: Played with. While he averts the classic Christianised view of Surtur as the Devil in Norse clothing, and the traditional Marvel depiction as an explicitly demonic figure, he does have a lot in common with classic examples Morgoth and Sauron. Plus the whole 'sealed in a pit until he is one day going to break free and destroy everything' has a fair bit in common with the Book of Revelations.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: For a million years. He, on the other hand, sees himself as Sealed Good in a Can.
  • Time Abyss: He's over a million years old.
  • Throat Light: After the Black Eyes of Evil flow over his body, the burning inferno of his Light Is Not Good form becomes this, illuminating him from within.
  • Too Much for Man to Handle: Even touching his mind will cause even moderately powerful mortal telepaths to quite literally go up in flames. Harry, however, manages it, in large part because he's effectively inoculated by his own Phoenix fragment.
  • Ultimate Blacksmith: Odin admits that the weapons he forged were, even a million years ago, the equal of anything that Asgard and her allies could forge now. Even if that's just in terms of raw power, not sophistication, that's one hell of an achievement.
  • Villain Takes an Interest: In Harry, initially via the Elder Wyrm. It's left ambiguous how much is genuine and how much is just him being afraid of Harry potentially being the instrument of the Phoenix's long overdue revenge and his downfall, and wanting to neutralise him.
  • We Can Rule Together: Makes a pitch along these lines to Harry, twice, who is less than interested. Whether this is because he genuinely thinks they're Not So Different, or just wants to neutralise Harry's potential threat, is left ambiguous - though the narration hints that it's a bit of both.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: With increasing emphasis on the extremist part as he got more and more corrupted.
  • Would Be Rude to Say "Genocide": He's focused on omnicide, but he started out by wiping out his own people after they revolted against him playing god. He genuinely thought that by killing them all and resurrecting them as Fire-Giants enslaved to his will that he was doing them a favour.

     The Great Captains 

The Great Captains

Surtur's chief servants and most powerful generals. Defectors from his enemies, they were imbued with the greatest proportion of his power of all his servants. All of them had different abilities, each was a cosmic scale terror in their own right, and as Surtur stirs, so do they.

  • Brought Down to Badass: When Surtur's locked away, they're considerably less powerful than before, but still comfortably planet busters.
  • Co-Dragons: They were Surtur's most powerful servants, and the commanders of his armies.
  • Creative Sterility: Thor theorizes that half the reason they've never targeted Asgard is because they're not that creative, both because they're enslaved to Surtur's will (even if it is not always apparent), and because of age making them set in their ways.
  • Defector from Decadence: Inverted, since they defected to Surtur after seeing what he was capable of.
  • The Dreaded: Each was, at minimum, capable of destroying worlds all by themselves. The fact that Frey as the new King of Asgard, wielding Ván and what would become known as the Odinforce, beat two of them and sent two more running for their lives served as a major statement of his power.
  • Four-Star Badass: All of them commanded Surtur's armies of dragons and Fire Giants.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Even when they were active and the Seal of Musphelheim was weakened, none of them have ever targeted Asgard.
  • Mysterious Past: Only two of their names have been stated in text: the Black Captain and Jormungand - and that Thor's already squared off against the latter, and even though he wasn't nearly as powerful as he is now, only won by throwing him into a neutron star.
  • Physical God: Since they are said to be the most powerful members of Surtur's forces, and considering that this places them above beings like The Elder Wyrm, who was a serious threat to Harry working with Thor, Loki, Dumbledore, Wanda, the Vibranium armoured Valiant, and many others, stated to be a threat capable of destroying Earth, this speaks volumes about their power.
  • The Worf Effect: On the receiving end from Frey.
  • Worf Had the Flu: They're considerably less powerful when Surtur's locked away... but still comfortably capable of destroying planets.

    The Black Captain 

One of the only Great Captains mentioned by name, everything about this character is otherwise unknown.

  • The Ghost: All we know about them is their title, and that they're roughly human sized.

     Jormungand, the Father of Dragons 

The Great Captain about who the most is known, Jormungand is, as mentioned above, the Father of the Dragons who served Surtur - quite likely literally in many cases.

     The Elder Wyrm 

The Elder Wyrm a.k.a. Vándlat a.k.a. 'Dave'

One of Surtur's dragons, it has spent most of the last few hundred millennia asleep under the Hogwarts Lake, before being partially awakened by its master's stirring. An enormous wingless dragon, he's immensely powerful, dangerously intelligent, and thoroughly malevolent. On meeting Harry, after Harry stumbles upon him during the First Task, he takes an immediate interest in him .

  • Above Good and Evil: Pulls out this card, sneering that he was created for a purpose beyond the heroes comprehension.
  • Arc Villain: For the Of Dungeons and Dragons arc in Ghosts of the Past.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He was one of Surtur's vanguard, sent to destroy worlds by himself - and as the protagonists note, very likely to be capable of it.
  • Ax-Crazy: Enjoys planetary scale genocide, and is proud of his role as a chief servant of an Omnicidal Maniac.
  • Badass Boast: Gives a lengthy one to Harry that carries shades of Smaug's, and one that - since he's capable of taking on both Thor and the Valiant simultaneously - he more than lives up to.
    "You would fight me? You think much of yourself, oh very little thing. You are an Asgardian, of the blood of Frey, and one of moderate intelligence at that. Those qualities alone make you worth conversing with. But I, I am far more. My sire was Jormungand, Father of Dragons. I was born at the command of the Surtur Ash-Bringer, King of Flames, Lord of the Inferno, for a purpose beyond your comprehension. I was a vanguard for his infinite armies; I burned worlds beyond number from clouds to core, and devoured their people like sheep on the fold! Your people are gods now, Asgardian, but I ate my fill of gods long before your kind ever claimed the spark of divinity! Your people are old now, but I was ancient when the eldest of your sires were mere mortal babes in their mother’s arms! Even in my sleep, I reached out my thought and ensnared gods, both of this land and of your kindred, and broke them to my will!”
  • Berserk Button: Insulting his intelligence. Harry jumps up and down on this one, taunting him, to get him to reveal himself.
  • Breath Weapon: Of course, and on scales that challenge - if not far surpass - volcanic eruptions.
  • Cat-like Dragons: In behaviour, rather than appearance (which is more saurian/lizard-like), with his attitude to Harry and the Champions being explicitly compared to a cat toying with a wounded mouse.
  • Crocodile Tears: Tries this on Harry when at his mercy, with the narration noting that the proper name is 'dragon tears' - dragons, after all, invented the technique.
  • Dark Is Evil: A deep, dark, greenish-black, dark enough to not just blend into shadows but be them. He's also thoroughly evil.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: An enormously powerful wielder of earth magic (leading to Wanda wryly remarking that he's an Earth-Wyrm, transforming the island he was sleeping beneath into a vast, lava spewing volcano in minutes, and since it's in the Hogwarts Lake, that's boiled to steam, with the remainder transformed into a boiling volcanic lake. He's also an exceptionally powerful gravity manipulator, though Thor turns that back on him.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Come near his territory/lair, even unaware? Become either a snack or a slave, an undead one if you're human or a lesser god. Taunt him then run out on him? Mass geographical arrangement will ensue as he tries to destroy everything and everyone in sight.
  • Evil Is Burning Hot: He quite literally blows both hot and cold. His wight servants lower the temperature wherever they go, and his lair is dark, damp, and cold. However, once he gets warmed up again, he starts boiling the body of water around his island, unleashes a volcanic scale blast of fire, then turns the island into an actual volcano.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Again, drawing from Smaug, he's equal parts boastful and melodramatic - though sometimes he shifts into Cold Ham territory when he's coldly furious, which is considerably more worrying.
  • Evil Is Petty: Just before he was killed, the Elder Wyrm touched Ron's mind and pushed him to believe (correctly) that Harry was lying to him, especially about the fact that the Winter Soldier is still alive, just to ruin their friendship.
  • Evil Laugh: A very sinister one that reverberates in the bones of those present.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: So deep that it reverberates in people's bones, and mere angry roars knock people flat on their backs. Enraged ones shatter reinforced glass and burst eardrums for miles around, nearly killing Archangel.
  • Expy: Has clear shades of Smaug about him, not least with the willingness to chat, indulge in riddles, and boast about he's grown Stronger with Age. However, being wingless, enormous, and prone to Mind Manipulation (along with revealing crucial, tragically influential truths out of sheer spite as he's dying), he also owes a lot to Glaurung.
  • Eye Scream: Harry slashes one of his eyes out while attempting to pull a Death from Above on him, which only fails because he moves his head at the last second. All it really does, though, is really, really piss him off. Harry then compounds the wound by turning the damaged eye to molten jelly. Later, when Harry finishes him off with a combined blast of mystical and psychic energies, it punches through his eye and out the back of his head.
  • Fantastic Racism: Sneers at humans, magical or otherwise, as "apes", and the only beings he treats with approximations of respect are Harry and Thor, because they're both Asgardians of Frey's bloodline - and because, in Harry's case, he can sense the Phoenix in him.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's perfectly charming, in a malevolent and condescending sort of way, but as the narration notes, his attitude when acting in such a way is that of a cat indulging itself with a wounded mouse.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: They're the first feature that really becomes visible, each being the size of Hagrid's hut and each glowing like a searchlight.
  • Gravity Master: Related to the above-mentioned earth magic, of which it is a very high end application. He can even use it to fly in Low Earth Orbit.
  • Healing Factor: Almost immediately heals from any injuries he manages to sustain.
  • It Amused Me: Why he goes along with Harry's conversation.
  • I Have Many Names: Gives a brief speech to this effect when Harry asks his name, one being his 'real' name, Vándlat - Hope-Death. Harry being Harry, he responds by deciding to call him "Dave".
  • Jerkass: Sneers at humans, enjoys habitual genocide, and gloats about his mass slaughter and enslavement of dead mortals and gods alike.
  • The Juggernaut: Resists the full broadside of MI13's Destroyer armed Helicarrier, Valiant, while carrying on a conversation with Thor — whose powerful blow to the jaw simply, as Thor notes, makes the dragon both angry and aware that he has to take them seriously. Even the dozens of Nexus bombs (weaponised Tele-Frag) the Valiant unleashes don't cripple him, and losing an eye hardly even slows him down.
  • Kaiju: In the same size category, if not significantly larger, with his size being compared to 'a small mountain' and Word of God observing that he could probably eat Godzilla like a bar snack.
  • In the Blood: Proudly declares himself as having been sired by Jormungand a.k.a. the World Serpent, the Father of Dragons.
  • Lazy Dragon: He's spent pretty much the entirety of the last million years asleep, which Harry taunts him about, also suggesting that he's a coward. His account, by contrast, is that until Harry turned up, he hadn't sensed anything worth waking up for.
  • Made of Iron: Powerful blows from Mjolnir? Annoying and painful. A full broadside from the Valiant? Irritating, but not much more. Sixty Nexus bombs, weaponised Telefrag targeting already vulnerable areas, each capable of vaporising space/flesh the size of a large car, then a massive lightning based equivalent of a Macross Missile Massacre? Very painful, causing spasms, but only a brief delay. A lightning-boosted sword strike at far beyond atmospheric re-entry speeds, backed by the full power of a high-end Person of Mass Destruction, right into the eye? Extremely painful, but not actually crippling. It takes all of that, plus additional attacks to the wounded eye, and a Free-Fall Fight from low-orbit, and finally, a close range Boom, Headshot!, to put it down.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: His roar is destructive, to say the least.
  • Manipulative Bastard: The dragon standard, though he only tries it once all other options are exhausted, offering an alliance on behalf of his master, playing on Harry's frustrations with the world and desire to make it better. Harry laughs in his face, having heard it all before, and pointing out that he knows what dragons are famous for. Then, it turns out that just before he died, he hinted to Ron that the Winter Soldier was still alive, and that Harry was hiding this from him - two things which are technically true, by way of a parting shot. This, and Harry's response (deception by way of very deft Exact Words), are noted to be 'fateful' actions.
  • Mood-Swinger: Can go from wickedly amused to coldly furious to roaring with rage loudly enough to cause earthquakes and burst the eardrums of everyone within a couple of miles, all in a matter of moments.
  • Necromancer: To an extent — he commands a small army of barrow-wights (here essentially super-powered zombies that deal with intruders and induct them into their forces, killing them and enslaving them) and makes mention of wraiths, which watch the borders of his domain and report back to him. However, it's unclear whether he created them, or just controls them through sheer force of will.
  • Orcus on His Throne: He's been asleep for most of the last million years, and while he's been somewhat active even in his sleep, that activity is limited to dealing with those who trespass on his lair. He claims that this is because, until Harry turned up, he hadn't sensed anything really worth waking up for.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Of the smart-and-wingless variety, like Tolkien's Norse inspired dragons, though he's still a fire-breather.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Claims he was meant to destroy worlds (which the heroes don't deny), and causes earthquakes and boils large bodies of water as mere preludes to his emergence, upon which he turns the island he was sleeping under into a very large newborn volcano.
  • Psychic Powers: As he boasts, they're enough that he can enslave anything up to lesser gods in his sleep.
  • Rasputinian Death: See Made of Iron - the bastard is unbelievably hard to kill.
  • Smug Snake: He's smart, but his arrogance and mistaken assumptions hamstring him at times - he sorely underestimates Harry, and Thor, letting the latter get in a very good shot with Mjolnir.
  • Stronger with Age: Like Smaug, this is a key point of one of his boasts.
  • Time Abyss: Over a million years old and still going strong.
  • Tranquil Fury: Can shift from this to incandescent rage in an instant.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Surtur, who he continues to serve and refer to as his master.
  • We Can Rule Together: When at Harry's mercy, speaking on behalf of Surtur, he offers an alliance. Harry understandably refuses.
  • Worthy Opponent: Why he's willing to talk to Harry and Thor, as he regards them as being the only beings worthy of speaking to. He's also, surprisingly, not bothered by Harry destroying his wight-army, instead being interested and moderately impressed - and thanks to the Phoenix fire within Harry, which he associates with Surtur, he refers to them as kin.

Word of Kemmler Contenders

A group that shows up in Chicago during the events of Bloody Hell, each seeking to take the book known as the Word of Kemmler and the Darkhallow, an Ascension rite that will propel whoever uses it to Greater Godhood on par with Thor and Loki, at the cost of killing a large portion of Chicago's population. See Dead Beat for greater details on the book these events were adapted from.


The "favored" student of Kemmler, and a powerful necromancer.

  • Demoted to Extra: See below.
  • Hope Spot: He had just found the book that will give him knowledge of a rite that will make him a Physical God - oh, wait, there's Voldemort.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He doesn't even get screen time - the only scene involving him directly is when Voldemort kills him with an Avada Kedavra outside the Field Museum, right after he took the Word of Kemmler from Harry Dresden.


A female practitioner who specializes in mental magic (aka Telepathy) and Grand Theft Me, stated by Wanda to be more spirit than body.

  • Grand Theft Me: Pulls this twice, on one of the junior Wardens (Kowalski), and briefly on Captain Luccio.
  • The Worf Effect: She catches major badass Morgan off guard by jumping him in Luccio's body after pulling a Grand Theft Me on the latter, and then, like Grevane, gets an Avada Kedavra from Voldemort.



A wandless practitioner who appears in Chicago during the Bloody Hell arc, and who seeks to claim the Darkhallow for himself. Unlike the other villains on this page, his actual identity is a mystery, save that he has an apprentice who (might) be named Kumori.

  • Affably Evil: He seeks to use the Darkhallow's power to stop people from dying (so he claims), and is fairly polite to Wanda.
  • The Archmage: He's skilled enough to fight Wanda one on one without any noticeable disadvantage, and managed to get the drop on her at least once.
  • Crazy Sane: Wanda suspects that if he's not sane, he's the type of insane that can fake it pretty well.
  • In the Hood: He's called "Cowl" for a reason. Dresden being Dresden, he refers to Cowl as a "Ringwraith wannabe."
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: After the Darkhallow is destroyed, he sees no point in staying around or carrying out Evil Gloating, and isn't seen afterwards. Because of this, he's the only villain in the Bloody Hell arc that escapes it more or less untouched.
  • Lesser of Two Evils: Tries to invoke this with Wanda, pointing out that he's probably the least evil of those who seek to claim the Darkhallow (and he's not exactly wrong). Wanda shoots him down (just before she does the same to the Darkhallow) by pointing out that he is the lesser of the evils, but that he's still evil.
  • The Mentor: Has an apprentice called Kumori, who's about as mysterious as he is.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Cowl is almost certainly not his real name, and just comes because... well, he's wearing one, and hasn't given out his true name.
  • Secret Identity: Both in Ghosts of the Past and Dresden Files canon, who he actually is remains a mystery to both the protagonists and the readers.


Harry Potter's Arch-Enemy in canon, who seeks to even the odds between them. Took the original Word of Kemmler book at the end of the Bloody Hell arc, before running when Wanda showed up to stop him from killing Harry Dresden. See The Death Eaters above for more details on him.


Selene Gallio

Immortal Dark Lady, sorceress, mutant, and would-be goddess, Selene is evil beyond words and has been for approximately 17,000 years. Perpetually on the look out for a means of ascension, she allies with Voldemort at the end of Child of the Storm when he offers her the Word of Kemmler and thus, the Darkhallow.

  • A God Am I: Frequently styles herself as a goddess, has the power to match actual gods in combat, and has ambitions to ascend to Greater Godhood.
  • Badass Teacher: To Voldemort, and possibly to Grindelwald back in the day.
    • How badass is she? Selene goes toe-to-toe with Wanda and then Magneto in quick succession, and survives-at least until she's Impaled with Extreme Prejudice by Dresden, and then finished off by Magneto.
  • Behemoth Battle: Gets into one of these with Sue the zombie T-Rex, and wins.
  • Casting a Shadow: Wanda mentions that she has some talents in this area.
  • The Dreaded: And with good reason - she's an immensely powerful and nigh-unkillable sorceress, who's been known to feed on Asgardians. Loki had a bruising encounter with her some centuries ago, and while he won, it was not a pleasant experience.
  • Healing Factor: Loki burned her alive. It didn't take.
  • Keeper of Forbidden Knowledge: Dresden speculates that this is why Voldemort's allied with her, and has accepted an at least nominally junior position - she's ancient, powerful, the product of the most advanced magical society to walk the Earth, and is therefore most likely to both know how Voldemort could end-run Harry's Phoenix based protection and be willing to give him that information for the right price. While this hasn't been confirmed, Wanda admits that it's possible, even likely.
  • Necromancer: Death magic is one of her specialities, most particularly draining life from others.
  • Time Abyss: She dates back to the final days of Atlantis, approximately 17,000 years before the present, making her considerably older even than the likes of Odin.
  • Transflormation: Wanda turns her into/imprisons her in a tree for a bit.
  • Vampiric Draining: This is more or less how she's stayed alive for most of 20 millennia.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: She can transform into a truly gigantic dragon.


The villains listed below don't align themselves with anyone, operating on their own, for their own ends. If they do form an alliance, it's likely to be temporary and stacked in their favour.

     Doctor Doom 

Doctor Victor Von Doom

The undisputed ruler of Latveria, an absolutely brilliant scientist, and a very powerful sorcerer, whose name apparently doesn't Anglicise very well. Has undisclosed ambitions, generally believed to involve the steady de facto takeover of Eastern Europe. Is generally believed to be a very, very dangerous man. Cold, calculating, and when required to be, utterly ruthless, this is an entirely correct assessment.

  • Adaptational Badass: According to Word of God, he's actually more calculating and less egotistical than his canon counterpart. He's certainly less of a Large Ham.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Word of God has described him as being halfway between pre and post his Secret Wars (2015) selves. He's not a hero, but he's not evil for the sake of it, either.
  • Affably Evil: He's entirely pleasant and polite, if brusque at times. However, he is also entirely ruthless.
  • The Apprentice: To "Baron" Mordo, Strange's former student.
  • Badass Boast: The narration makes one on his behalf when describing the Red Room's Red Son powered expansion into Eastern Europe, and how it got nowhere with Latveria, and how Latveria remained 'an island of stability in an ocean of uncertainty' - namely by Doom welcoming refugees, but sending would-be assassins back in neatly labelled boxes and responding to any attempts to destabilise Latveria with lethal efficiency.
    The message was clear. Doom, and Doom alone, ruled in Latveria.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Strolls around in a finely tailored black suit with a green tie and emerald cufflinks - though his armour, described in the style of his 'Infamous Iron Man' suit, is concealed beneath and can be activated at a moment's notice.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Alludes to this trope in chapter 33 when threatening a part-vampire Peter Parker - a child - with either drinking a cure that could kill him painfully, or, if he refuses, dying anyway, at Doom's hand. In other words, drink and possibly die, or don't drink and definitely die. As he points out when this is protested, Peter is either an unacceptable tactical risk, who could be possessed, or will turn in full in a matter of hours and will then turn against them anyway, and so has to at least try the untested cure. He also points out that both Bucky - who as the Winter Soldier was known in certain circles never to harm a child if he could possibly avoid it - and Alison - Deputy Director of SHIELD, mother, and grandmother - are being conspicuously silent.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Engages in a bit of this with Alison and Bucky.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: An indirect version - he's described after the fashion of his post Secret Wars (2015) incarnation, who closely resembles Vincent Cassel.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Not many individuals would be unfazed by the original Agent 13 and the Winter Soldier holding them at gunpoint, while the latter's demigod student is seriously considering frying them, and they're surrounded by other similarly lethal people, such as the infamous Wolverine, Gambit, and a version of the Flash who'll kill in a heartbeat (or a good deal less) if they deemed it necessary. Doom is one of those individuals.
  • Doomy Dooms of Doom: It's in the name, though not in his dialogue. He also claims that the name's ominous sound is because it doesn't translate to English very well.
  • The Dreaded: To an extent, with Lucius being shown as very wary of picking a fight with him. Since this is the man who shrugs off the potential wrath of the Avengers, that's really saying something. The White Council are also very, very worried about him, and for good reason. Even the Red Room armed with the Red Son don't go after him - apparently those assassins they had sent were returned 'with their remains in neatly labelled boxes'. Chapter 33 of Ghosts of the Past shows exactly why this is the case.
  • Emperor Scientist: Implied to have turned Latveria into an industrial powerhouse.
  • Enemy Mine: Teams up with Alison, Bucky, and Harry not out of any sense of compassion, but because he doesn't want Dracula impinging on his turf.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: He welcomes pretty much everyone to Latveria, including refugees during and after the Red Room's brief but savage rebuilding of the Russian Empire, with the sole stipulation that they don't bring the problems that drove them to Latveria in the first place with them - those who do are met with 'short shrift and ruthless retribution'.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Loathes vampires, and expresses a certain, though downplayed, attitude that is best described as Would Prefer Not To Hurt A Child. The 'prefer' part, however, is important - he will do it if he feels he has to, without batting an eye.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Jokes seem to be the one area where his fabled genius fails.
    " [The Grey Court vampires] failed to rest in peace... so now let them rest in pieces."
  • Evil Is Petty: Possibly, depending on whether or not his stated motives for calling shotgun in Alison's car (aiding navigation) are genuine. He might just have done it (at least partly) to annoy Logan.
  • The Ghost: Up until the end of the Bloody Hell arc, he did not appear on-screen, but was mentioned by several characters and in a newspaper, and his Doombots briefly appeared.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Delivers a short, calm, and measured one of these as part of his justification for why he's threatening to kill Peter to make him drink the possible cure for his part-vampire state (which could just as easily kill him painfully), stating that part of Peter, a previously frail teenager, is tempted by the power he already has as a Dhampyr and that he'll gain on fully turning, which combined with his fear of a possible horrible death by the untested cure, and thoughts that he might be the exception to the Always Chaotic Evil nature of Grey Court vampires and retain his humanity. At the very least, these fears and temptations are making him hesitate - and the way Peter looks away indicates that Doom is bang on the money, and thus right to boil it down to a simple choice: "Drink, or die."
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: No one's entirely sure why he periodically sends Doombots to attack the Avengers (made worse by the fact that no one can prove it's him, these robots being less distinctive than their canon counterparts), with some characters speculating that he simply finds it amusing. He eventually reveals that it's to distract his potential foes and take a measure of them - and now that the Avengers are getting involved in more grand scale battles, he can just observe rather than send in robots. His longer-term goals are still a mystery, however, with the closest anyone can guess is that at some point it involves dominating Eastern Europe.
  • I Gave My Word: Swears on his magic to use the drop of Peter's blood, which he's testing for vampirism, for that test and only that test.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: His stated reason for sending in Doombots periodically to get the measure of the Avengers - they act largely on their own whim, they have shown a willingness to depose leaders they don't like before, and they are incredibly powerful. As a leader who ticks most of the boxes for someone they'd object to, it's at least understandable that he'd do what he could to get their measure.
    • On a more subtle note, in an easily missed moment after Harry and Bucky just coldly threatened in unison (and identical tones of voice) to kill him if he tries to hurt Carol to stop Dracula that Harry's becoming more and more like Bucky as time goes on.
    "As all men become their fathers, so all students become their teachers."
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: It's Doctor Doom. What do you expect?
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Doom is a name that should set one on their guard - though he's aware of it and claims that the ominous sound is mostly because it doesn't translate to English very well.
  • Nerves of Steel: Is entirely unfazed by Alison and Bucky holding him at gunpoint, as well as Harry seriously considering frying him, even though he knows exactly who Bucky used to be, and is implied to recognize Harry as the former Red Son.
  • Noble Demon: He's got principles, more than most versions of his canon self, and he keeps to them.
  • Obviously Evil: Subverted. The ominous name is apparently a result of his actual name not translating very well into English.
  • Pet the Dog: He's willing to accept Russian refugees, as long as they don't try to bring their problems to Latveria. He also states that he has no desire for a child to be killed by vampires (though as he bluntly admits, that alone wouldn't be enough to stir him to action).
    • When Peter hesitates over drinking the cure to his vampirism, Doom promises that should he turn, he'll Mercy Kill the latter as quickly and painlessly as possible.
  • Portal Cut: Is very skilled at this.
  • Powered Armour: Has his own suit, different to Tony's, though designed after the fashion of his canon incarnation's Infamous Iron Man armour. It's immediately compared to an Iron Man armour, to Doom's mild irritation, but it's not the same - though based off the same principles - with Alison comparing it to the difference between a Jaguar and an Aston Martin. However, it is also very much combat capable and comfortably out-flies and dispatches multiple Predator Drones. It's also usually hidden, but Doom is apparently always wearing it, in collapsed form - Alison indicates that he has to wear it, and also hints to Doom that she knows why, as a verbal shot across his bows (i.e. he's not the only one who's been doing research).
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Seems to be a proponent of this trope, with Alison describing his attitude as one of 'coldblooded logic' - while warning him that if that logic leads to him trying to kill Carol to prevent Dracula from draining her for power, she'll kill him. He won't go out of his way to save the life of an innocent, but he won't go out of his way to harm them either, unless he has to - and he will step in to help if there's something in it for him (i.e. the opportunity to prevent a major rival from gaining a power boost), as he bluntly admits in chapter 33 of Ghosts.
  • Robot Master: He's got an army of very capable combat robots, less distinctive versions of the famous Doombots (enough that no one can prove that they're his, even though it's an open secret). He uses them to gather data on the strengths and limitations of potential enemies.
  • Sorcerous Overlord: Apparently a talented enough sorcerer to attract Baron Mordo (in this 'verse, Strange's former apprentice) to be his teacher. He's even described by Loki as the third-most powerful mortal practitioner of magic after the Scarlet Witch and Doctor Strange - though Harry Dresden may soon have something to say about this. He demonstrates his skills in chapter 33 of Ghosts of the Past.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: Apparently the result of having a name that doesn't translate very well into English.
  • The Stoic: Very rarely shows any emotion.
  • Villainous Rescue: His involvement in the Bloody Hell arc comes down to this, of Carol, on the purely pragmatic grounds that it's in his interests to prevent Dracula - his main regional rival, who will come after him in time - from growing more powerful.



The universe is my plaything, mine by right, mine to destroy.

The Man Behind the Man for Gravemoss by way of being the author of the Darkhold. He doesn't appear directly until the end of Child of the Storm, but the mere possibility of his presence makes everyone from Wanda to badass Dresden to Loki to Gravemoss himself have a Bring My Brown Pants reaction.

  • A God Am I: He's an actual God, an Elder God, even, but his ego is off the scale - see the folder quote.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: He's usually the bigger fish, and plays this role to HYDRA and Gravemoss. The White Phoenix of the Crown, however, is a step beyond even him.
  • Ancient Evil: Somewhere in the region of billions of years old.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Inspires this reaction to the point of O.O.C. Is Serious Business. Loki, calm, collected Loki, has a massive freak out when he hears that the Darkhold is on the loose. Dresden's reaction to accidentally contacting Chthon via his Sight is prolonged trauma and some gibbering. Wanda's reaction to the previous is to go ice white and swear at length for quite some time. Gravemoss, meanwhile, is abjectly terrified of him and thinks that unleashing him is insane. Yes, the Axe-Crazy Omnicidal Maniac who freely admits that he's crazy thinks that unleashing him is insane.
  • The Corrupter: Being, apparently, the inspiration for Sauron (but about a million times worse) trying to do this to Gravemoss through the Darkhold, his One Ring equivalent. Yes, someone is trying to corrupt Gravemoss. He succeeds.
    • Tries this on Harry. It ultimately fails.
  • Demonic Possession: After Gravemoss is destroyed, he tries to possess Wanda, and ends up in Harry instead. Thanks to his own powers, his connection to the Phoenix and its other hosts, and the aid of his parents, Harry casts him out.
  • Eldritch Abomination: He's pretty much the biggest, baddest Eldritch Abomination of them all, with even a small fragment of his power being capable of scrambling reality across the world, breaking down the barriers of time and space, if not the universe, as a mere side-effect of it being present on the mortal plane, as well as being capable of going toe to toe with Odin.
  • Eldritch Location: The place of his banishment untold millions of years ago, Mount Wundagore. To the present day, it's still the source one of the most powerful dark ley lines in Europe, which Voldemort tried to tap into, the night that Wanda Maximoff was born.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Keeps up a detached, amused facade in his speaking appearances, until someone presses his Berserk Button.
  • The Final Temptation: When losing control of Harry, he offers him the power to resurrect his mother and create his perfect universe. Harry, however, ultimately sees through his lies and casts him out.
  • God of Evil: God of Chaos, strictly speaking, though Wanda notes that some have argued that he's also the God of Black Magic.
    • He's also explicitly stated to be an Outsider like in The Dresden Files, meaning that he rules beings who intend to destroy the universe.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: HYDRA want to take over the world, at least, according to Lucius, to start with. Gravemoss wants to kill everyone. His return would destroy the universe. Who knows where he'd go from there.
  • I Shall Taunt You: When possessing Harry, he takes great pleasure in taunting the Avengers, Odin, Wanda, and everyone else present.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: He wants to destroy the universe. And unlike most, he can do it.
  • Out-Gambitted: By Doctor Strange, to the other's malicious delight.
  • Smug Snake: He's clever enough, and is definitely powerful enough to do a great deal, but he's mostly an opportunist, not a long term planner (ironic, considering how old he is), unlike Strange - consequently, he doesn't quite get that Strange has got the better of him until it actually happens.
  • Soul Jar: The Darkhold is essentially his "anchor" in the material universe. It's apparently 'a brother to Entropy' and completely indestructible. Loki describes it as being like the One Ring, but infinitely worse.
  • Superweight: At the very top of Type 6.
  • Villainous Breakdown: His reaction to Strange turning one of his spells back on him is brief, but messy.
  • Villain Override: Briefly pulls this on Gravemoss during the Final Battle, only for the Phoenix to unceremoniously cut the link. When Gravemoss desperately digs into the Darkhold's power during his duel with Strange, it enables Cthon to manifest through him fully.
  • Void Between the Worlds: He was exiled here at the beginning of the universe by his siblings, the other Elder Gods, hence why he's referred to as an Outsider.
  • Wicked Cultured: Has this vibe in his speaking appearances.
  • Winds of Destiny, Change: The very least of his abilities.


Malekith the Accursed

The former King of Svartalfheim, a powerful mage, and a wielder of the Aether, otherwise known as the Reality Stone. He led a revolt approximately 6000 years before the story begins against the Asgard-dominated order of the Nine Realms, with the objective of putting the Elves (specifically, his partisans, led by him) on top. He was defeated by Asgard and her allies, led by Bor, Odin's father, after an absolutely brutal war that left Svartalfheim in ruins. However, as Harry finds out in Ghosts of the Past, they Never Found the Body...

  • The Ageless: Like all elves, he doesn't age past his prime.
  • Ambition Is Evil: It is when you're trying to tear apart a cosmic structure acting as a prison for a galactic class Eldritch Abomination to put yourself in charge because of an inferiority complex.
  • The Archmage: In Harry's view onto the past, he primarily uses magic (and uses the Aether to enhance his magic) in combat with Bor. According to Word of God, he's incredibly formidable even without it, being arguably even stronger than Loki - even when he's not on his home turf. When he is, chapter 50 suggests that he's capable of obscuring even the combined efforts of Odin and Heimdall, and sensing and taking out Huginn and Muninn. He's got serious game.
  • Badass in Charge: He went toe to toe with Bor and gave as good as he got, even with the Aether not totally functioning as it was meant to.
  • Blade on a Stick: He channelled the Aether through an enchanted spear, similar to Gungnir, though it can change shape.
  • Body Horror: Gives and receives this in his duel with Bor, with half of his mask being melted to his face.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Though compared to the likes of Bor, he's closer to a Glass Cannon.
  • Magic Knight: Primarily favours magic, but he mixes it up with Bor, a vastly powerful Physical God, at close range.
  • Master of Illusion: He was a very skilled illusionist.
  • Morph Weapon: The Aether functions as this.
  • Never Found the Body: He was last seen having been impaled by Bor, before the Aether within him exploded extremely violently, and no sign was left of his body. This is why Odin suspects that he's Not Quite Dead.
  • Our Elves Are Different: Ageless, an incredibly powerful Magic Knight, incredibly arrogant, extremely ambitious, and quite possibly insane.
  • Reality Warper: With the Aether, and quite possibly without it, considering how powerful he's supposed to be.
  • Red Baron: He's almost exclusively referred to as 'the Accursed.'
  • The Resenter: The root of his rebellion; he felt that the Elves, being the only other species in the Nine Realms to have two worlds (Alfheim and Svartalfheim, while the Asgardians had Asgard and Vanaheim), as well as ending up immortal, should have been at the top of Yggdrasil rather than accepting second place.
  • Super Supremacist: He thought/thinks that Elves are superior even to Asgardians, what with their immortality.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: Used teleportation and hit and run tactics to try and wear Bor down.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Possibly - if he'd succeeded in his plans, he'd almost certainly have unleashed Surtur. However, he might have known and been banking on the power of the Aether to keep Surtur down while he rearranged things.


Nicodemus Archleone

The immortal and Nigh Invulnerable nominal leader of the Knights of the Blackened Denarius (evil is not one big, happy family and the 30 Fallen have their own agendas), partnered with Anduriel, Lucifer's own spymaster. Over 2000 years old, responsible for countless wars, plagues, and famines, he's one of the worst monsters to walk the Earth, compensating for a relative lack of personal power with a ruthless intelligence. His ultimate aim is, apparently, to bring about the Apocalypse. Was last seen in Madripoor.

  • Arch-Enemy: Mostly of the Knights of the Cross, and to a lesser degree Harry Dresden, though he's crossed paths with Wanda too.
  • The Chess Master: A master manipulator, having had millennia to master the art.
  • Famed In-Story: His name is known and feared, with Wanda having pulled a Colony Drop on him being a marker of how badass she is.
  • The Ghost: Has yet to make a direct bow, though he has been mentioned on several occasions.
  • Healing Factor: Strong enough to survive one of Wanda's signature moves, the Colony Drop. Pretty much nothing can hurt him.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Implied that he's not willing to go up directly against the Avengers, since he's only been mentioned once or twice in the story, and never by them.
  • Living Shadow: Anduriel takes this form. It is intensely creepy.
  • Master Swordsman: A truly formidable one, thanks to 2,000 years worth of practice.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Thanks to his noose. It's the only thing that can actually hurt him.
  • The Spymaster: His partner fallen, Anduriel, has the power to listen and see through the shadows of other living beings. Practically any other living being - The only ways to stop him from listening in on someone is to have someone of sufficient power around (like Mab), or to be somewhere that blocked him (like the Carpenter family's house, which was protected by multiple angels who had not Fallen). And Anduriel, due to their partnership, shares this information with Nicodemus.
  • The Worf Effect: On the receiving end of this from Wanda in an Off Screen Moment Of Awesome.


Satan. The original Fallen Angel, master of The Legions of Hell and the other Fallen, and "patron" of Nicodemus and the Order of the Blackened Denarius.

  • The Dreaded: What would you expect?
  • The Ghost: He's been mentioned maybe once or twice in the story. Besides that he has never made a physical appearance, or even been directly involved in any schemes opposed to the heroes (or at least, to the Avengers).
  • Noodle Incident: Thor apparently ran into him once in the past, and we don't learn any details besides that it is not an encounter that Thor remembers fondly.
  • Physical God: Irony in the statement aside, if one goes by the fact he ran into Thor and apparently got away scot free, he's easily in this category.

     Doctor Essex 

Doctor Nathaniel Essex a.k.a. Doctor Nathan Milbury a.k.a. Sinister

A shadowy figure first alluded to in chapter 48, capable of evading even Doctor Strange's tracking, he is the party responsible for the failure of Social Services in Britain to twig to how Harry was being abused and for Mrs Figg's similar underestimation of how badly Harry was being treated, directly heading off the Grey family's attempt at adopting Harry via telepathy and bribery. Genius, telepath and sociopath, he sees the entire world as his petri dish. Strange suggests that he'll surface soon. Finally appears in chapter 7 of Ghosts of the Past, working with the Red Room - though it is very clear that this is an alliance of convenience, with the power weighted in his favour. Following the culmination of the Red Son incident, he is captured and put into the Raft.

  • The Ageless: Implied to be immortal - certainly, he hasn't aged for over a century. Judging by his comments to Harry about following the Silk Road and going to the New World in his search for "unusual abilities," he's probably Really 700 Years Old.
  • Asshole Victim: What Wanda does to him in chapter 10 of Ghosts of the Past is absolutely horrendous, fully living up to her promise to reduce him to 'traumatised, screaming molecules' and would be a Moral Event Horizon if done to anyone else... but damn does he deserve it. Also, he doesn't stay dead for long.
    • Ditto what Strange does to him in chapter 14.
  • Badass Boast: He gives a rather pithy one, echoing one from canon, after dropping Carol with a single punch.
    Just because I disdain physical combat does not mean that I am not good at it.
  • Badass Bookworm: He's arguably the most brilliant geneticist on Earth, if not in the Nine Realms, having mastered cloning, created the Techno-Organic virus, and, among other things, technology that can teleport entire bases through the Nevernever. More to the point, he was an Evil Mentor to Zola himself. He can also pull a Punch Catch on a teenage Super Soldier and drop them with a single counter-punch. As he observes, while he disdains physical combat, that doesn't mean he's not good at it.
    • He may have the telepathic chops to implant a telepathic suggestion in Harry's mind from dozens of miles away. Though that might have been Maddie/Rachel. Regardless, he does have a certain amount of telepathic and telekinetic prowess.
    • The fact that he can walk around a Red Room facility where almost everyone wants to kill him with a justified feeling that none of them would ever dare raise a hand to him speaks volumes.
    • And he's the only person other than Maddie and, latterly, Harry, who scares Dudley a.k.a. the Beast.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: His nice suits, in his Milbury persona, are mentioned by both Petunia and the narration. This proves a Berserk Button for Wanda.
  • Berserk Button: He really doesn't like being defied, and gets very angry when Wanda smashes his data.
  • Body Back Up Drive: Heavily implied in chapter 10 of Ghosts of the Past after Wanda melts him alive. Confirmed later by Strange that's he's practically a Hive Mind.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He doesn't pick fights, and doesn't usually pick them without back-up. And when he does end up in a real fight, he uses his abilities to lethal effect, attacking blood vessels, internal organs, and the brain. It didn't work on Wanda, however.
  • Cultured Badass: He can fight, though he doesn't like it, and he's a fairly powerful psychic and shapeshifter, but he's also a brilliant (if amoral) scientist and his Trigger Phrase for Maddie/Rachel is a quote from T.S. Eliot.
  • Curbstomp Battle: He's extremely intelligent and moderately powerful, powerful enough that the Red Room are all terrified of him, but he stands absolutely no chance whatsoever against an enraged Wanda. Or a gleefully malicious Strange, as it happens.
  • Dirty Coward: While Lukin asserts that he is no coward, the fact that he hides from/avoids confrontation with the likes of Dumbledore, Strange, and Xavier, skulking in the shadows, suggests that he fears any equal or superior who he doesn't have a specific handle on. On the other hand, it could considered that avoiding those three when they've got a legitimate grudge against him might actually be a very wise move, as his encounters with the heroes demonstrate: respectively, Wanda melts one of his bodies aside, Strange murders one of his bodies and hacks the connection between them to track down the rest, all of whom he methodically murders, save for the original, who's outside the network, and Xavier, who threatens to peel his mind like an orange if he doesn't cooperate, something which, it is implied, he is both willing to and capable of following up on.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Generally keeps the same mild, professional tones no matter the circumstances. Until he realizes that Strange is in the same room as him.
  • Dragon with an Agenda/Dragon-in-Chief: Lukin inwardly observes this about him, noting that Sinister's agenda mostly means that he gets involved with pretty much every Super Soldier project going in one guise or another, and that he doesn't particularly care so long as the Red Room reaps the benefits. It's also very obvious where the power lies in that partnership.
  • The Dreaded: He carries this vibe. Huginn and Muninn, not easily freaked out, found him particularly creepy.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: To the point where at least two people have independently theorised that he's a vampire.
  • Evil Albino: Like his canon counterpart, though he can hide it.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Xavier gives him a brutal "The Reason You Suck" Speech regarding Essex's lack of understanding of free will and the Power of Love, specifically on how his inability to understand it was always going to lead to his downfall.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: Looking to advance human evolution and quite happy to experiment to do it.
  • Evil Genius: He taught Zola. More than that, he taught him everything he knows. If that doesn't qualify him, nothing will.
    • He invented the Transmode Virus.
    • Jesus remarks that his brilliance is equalled only by his hubristic belief that the world and all its wonders are his to tinker with as he desires.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Doctor Strange. Both are immortal, manipulative medical doctors with superhuman powers and an intense interest in young superhumans, especially the Grey family, who they intend to mould into warriors. Strange, however, actually has a conscience and builds familial ties and bonds, while Sinister separates and isolates those he seeks to mould, breaking their wills and treating them solely as weapons.
  • Fatal Flaw: His Lack of Empathy, and the fact that Evil Cannot Comprehend Good as a result, is identified as this by Professor Xavier in a brutal "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Poses very effectively as a kindly and respectable family doctor.
  • The Force Is Strong with This One: Makes a remark to this effect about Harry. He's not wrong, either
  • For Science!: His keeping Harry at Privet Drive is entirely motivated by his desire to see how Harry's powers manifested as a result of the abuse, as well as how his X-Gene, M-Gene and Asgardian traits interacted.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's the guy who taught Arnim freakin' Zola everything he knows and he's capable of flattening a Super Soldier with one punch.
  • The Ghost: He has a big hand in Harry's and Jean's backstory, but he isn't even directly alluded to until chapter 48, and doesn't make a proper appearance (outside an unnamed cameo in chapter 78) until chapter 7 of Ghosts of the Past.
  • Healing Factor: He's shown in chapter 10 of Ghosts of the Past to be almost impossible to kill, though Wanda manages it. However, he turns up again shortly afterwards. Cloning was involved.
  • Kick the Dog: Sending Dudley down after the prisoners to distract the Avengers was bad enough. Sending him mental images of Carol, among others, doubtless knowing what Dudley would think of, is particularly awful.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: What happens when Wanda catches up to him is not pretty.
    • Likewise with Strange, who utterly terrifies him, before decapitating him.
    • The prospect of him terrifying the Beast (Dudley) into submission, and the implication of how he did so, also falls under this trope. He's the bad guy... but honestly, Dudley is kind of vile and definitely deserves it.
  • Labcoat of Science and Medicine: Is sometimes seen wearing one.
  • Lack of Empathy: One of his defining traits, and Xavier identifies it as his Fatal Flaw.
  • Lean and Mean: Described in a more spidery fashion, and closer to his depiction in Wolverine Origin II than his usual, bulky depiction.
  • Mad Scientist: He is cited by Strange as master at whose feet Arnim Zola learned, something somewhat corroborated by Zola himself. Considering what Zola is capable of, this is deeply worrying.
  • Mechanical Abomination: While he usually works through organics, he creates the Transmode Techno-Organic Virus, which canonically is what infects Cable, gives Apocalypse some of his powers, and is based on what is very heavily implied to be this 'verse's version of the Pegasus replicators.
  • Minored In Ass Kicking: He avoids combat, seeing it as beneath him, but as he notes, this does not mean that he is not good at it.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Described as seeing the entire world as his petri dish. Also, he kidnapped Rachel/Maddie from her crib the night she was born, tried to grab Jean too before Strange jumped him, and kept Harry with the Dursleys as a nature versus nurture experiment. He is also entirely unfazed by torture, if necessary.
  • More Than Mind Control: What he did to Maddie has significant shades of this. He raised her in such a way that, with rare exceptions, he didn't need to control her.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: His aliases include 'Nosferatu' and, of course, 'Sinister'. Unlike canon, the latter is one of his many nicknames, just one of the most prominent ones, rather than a chosen appellation. As Carol remarks, it's appropriate.
  • Nerves of Steel: He doesn't bat an eye after being captured by the Avengers, figuring that that particular body is doomed and shrugging it off. Running into Strange, on the other hand...]
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Usually. But just because he prefers not to get physical doesn't mean that he can't, as he noted under Badass Bookworm, where he paraphrases his canon self.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: He's worked for HYDRA and the Nazis, the Red Room, the Weapon X Project... pretty much every Super Soldier project going, in fact. It's safe to say that he really doesn't care who provides the subjects for experimentation, so long as they do.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: When Harry and Carol first meet him, he's timid and polite. Needless to say, he isn't actually either one.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he realises that his cloned superweapon has been frozen by Time Magic, since there's only one real candidate likely to be responsible - and that one candidate is someone who's been hunting him for a very long time.
  • Pædo Hunt: Not actually a paedophile, but his taking of blood from Harry when he was a child, posing as the family doctor and giving him sweets to reward him, and Thor's incandescent wrath when he finds out about him, definitely carries this vibe. So does snatching Rachel/Maddie as a baby, though sexual abuse was just about the only thing he didn't put her through.
  • Papa Wolf: Of a sort. He has a little 'chat' with Dudley that cowed him into submission after he made a move on Maddie. However, since Maddie was more than capable of looking after herself ( Dudley almost got his brain melted) and Sinister sees her as an asset, nothing more, he was more likely protecting his experiment/putting Dudley in his place.
  • Punch Catch: From Carol, a teenage Super Soldier, no less.
  • Psychic Powers: A powerful telepath, strong enough to misdirect social services, make Jean and her family forget about Harry, and routinely pull an Unperson on the subjects of his experiments. He can even plant a subtle suggestion in Harry's mind from many miles away - though that might have been Maddie.
    • However, he isn't strong enough to break through Harry's defences when he's ready and resisting, even after two days of additional Red Room torture and sleep deprivation, nor is he anywhere close to Xavier's level.
  • Sinister Surveillance: He kept a close eye on Harry, that's for sure. Also a literal case.
  • Skewed Priorities: A whole dimension is crashing around his ears, and all he cares about is collecting data, yelling at an enraged Wanda when she destroys his computer, in the only real display of emotion seen from him. Until Strange turns up, that is.
  • The Sociopath: He cares about absolutely nothing, except his experiments. This doesn't mean that he can't put on a good show, as demonstrated with his Nathan Milbury persona, but it's just that - a persona. The real Sinister is completely cold and utterly merciless.
  • Super Strength: He catches one of Carol's punches and knocks her out with a single blow.
  • Stalker with a Test Tube: He certainly has a worrying obsession with Harry's blood and considering his proclivity for cloning...
    • Chapter 10 confirms that he's taken samples of all Harry's bodily fluids and that he can easily clone him. He does, creating the Red Army, who Lukin uses against Harry. Since Harry is now the Dark Phoenix, this is like spitting into a hurricane.
  • Uncanny Valley: Unless he's in disguise, just about everyone has this reaction to him.
  • Unwilling Roboticization: While it's not his usual method, he's more than willing to dabble, infecting Red Son!Harry with a Techno-Organic nanotech virus that remains dormant until it's activated, and promptly devours the host from the inside out, transforming them into living metal.
  • Unperson: Chapter 11 of Ghosts reveals that this is what he does to every one of his superhuman test subjects, telepathically and technologically, to ensure that no one comes looking for them or raises the alarm.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Has two in chapter 14, being generally freaked out, first when Maddie reveals that she's free of him, and then when Strange appears behind him.
    Strange: Hello, Nathaniel. Long time no see.
    • He has another when Xavier taunts him about his failure to control Maddie.
  • Villain Respect: Seems genuinely impressed at Harry's ingenuity when he responds to a containment suit preventing him from extending his psychic abilities beyond his body by internalising it as Tactile Telekinesis and turns snow to steam in which to escape.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: One of his methods of disguise.
  • Wicked Cultured: His first Trigger Phrase for Maddie/Rachel is a quote from T.S. Eliot. The second is one from The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Lord Tennyson.
  • The Worf Effect: Demonstrates his power by flattening Carol, terrifying the Beast into submission, swanning around the Red Room knowing that they're all scared to death of him, and keeping Maddie on a leash. However, powerful as he is, he's no match for the likes of a furious Wanda or a half-mad and vengeful Strange, and Xavier warns him that he knows every one of Essex's psychic tricks and then some.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Points Dudley at the prisoners and the Avengers to distract them to give the Red Room time to escape.


Lord Gellert Grindelwald

Currently a rather elderly prisoner in Nurmengard, a prison he built for his enemies. Formerly the foremost Dark Lord of the 20th century; naturally one of the strongest wanded wizards on the planet, he increased his power to Physical God levels by deals with numerous demons and dark gods, carving out a magical empire in alliance with the Third Reich and HYDRA that spread from Russia to Portugal, making inroads into North Africa, making other Dark Lords like Heinrich Kemmler his lieutenants in the process. Was ultimately stripped of the vast amount of additional power by Doctor Strange in a brutal duel that lasted for days and almost levelled Berlin, before Dumbledore met him on even footing and defeated him.

  • Ambition Is Evil: Ambition is, from Dumbledore's account, what drove him to darkness.
  • Armies Are Evil: Had armies of dark wizards and witches, wandless warlocks, vampires, demons, and sundry other monsters.
  • Batman Grabs a Gun: Forced this response from Dumbledore, who relates to Dresden how he was forced to study and master the darkest of dark magic to learn how to defeat him.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: With the Red Skull.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Even after Strange stripped him of the bulk of his power, he was still a Person of Mass Destruction, a peer of Dumbledore for power, and very well trained in the dark arts.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Strange apparently told Dumbledore that he'd helped create Grindelwald, so it was his responsibility to stop him.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He refused to deal with beings like Chthon, that actively wished to destroy the world.
  • Evil Counterpart: Dumbledore describes Grindelwald as one to himself.
  • Evil Genius: Dumbledore explicitly remarks that he was brilliant, noting that it was one way in which he and Grindelwald were much alike.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: The dark compacts he made, with Dumbledore quoting the trope. He made them with the partial intention of building up enough power to take on his benefactors and knock them out of the game, one by one, playing them off against each other, but it ultimately wound up corrupting him.
  • Evil Old Folks: He was hitting his sixties when he ruled Europe, taking on both the Wanded and Wandless magical worlds, as well as the SSR and the Howling Commandos, and making the likes of Heinrich Kemmler, a terrifying Dark Lord in his own right who had engineered World War I, his lieutenant.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: From smart student expelled by Durmstrang for dark dabbling, with a few hangers on interested in flouting the Statute of Secrecy, to Physical God Dark Lord with a vast magical empire.
  • Genius Bruiser: Dumbledore freely acknowledges that he was 'brilliant', and he was, with Dumbledore, by far the strongest wanded wizard of his generation.
  • The Ghost: Mentioned several times throughout the story, but has not yet made an appearance. A justified trope, since he's locked up in Nurmengard, a place none of the characters have an interest in visiting.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Had effectively become one, until Strange stripped away the vast majority of his power.
  • Physical God: Loki remarks that, thanks to his dark compacts, he was 'godlike' in his power.
  • Sorcerous Overlord: Essentially ruled Magical Europe for most of a decade.
  • Talented, but Trained: He was one of the strongest of his generation, along with Dumbledore, and also a master of both light and dark arts.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Dumbledore states that he was a visionary genuinely intent on changing the world for the better, wanting to change the world so that those with power and knowledge could openly guide and lead mankind, helping shape its destiny. As Dumbledore also states, however, Grindelwald was never content with mere guidance.

     Dark Phoenix 

The Dark Phoenix

What happens when mortal darkness meets cosmic power: the corrupted form of the Phoenix, twisted by the emotions of a host who has either gone bad or simply lost control. Its primary instinct is to destroy everything that has hurt/threatened its host, then progress to simply destroying everything it can reach.

For the most recent manifestation of the Dark Phoenix, Harry Thorson, see their entry under Child Of The Storm Harry And Friends.

  • Achilles' Heel: As noted below, The Power of Love can disrupt and weaken it.
  • Animal Themed Super Being: Phoenix, natch.
  • Ax-Crazy: This is basically what happens when a Physical God goes mad.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: The Phoenix is, ultimately, a force of Life, pruning away only what must be pruned away - basically, a cosmic trauma surgeon. The Dark Phoenix just wants to destroy everything.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: How the latest one, Harry, wound up going dark.
  • The Dreaded: The universal reaction to the Dark Phoenix is Oh, Crap! on an epic scale. This is for excellent reason.
  • Elemental Shapeshifting: The latest host in particular transformed into 'a being of living flame'. Which was, somehow, still capable of a Crush Blush.
  • Evil Counterpart: To a sane Phoenix host.
  • Fallen Hero: A standard, since a Phoenix Host is specifically chosen to judge their world and, hopefully, fix it.
  • Flying Brick: On a cosmic scale, as a mere minor side-effect of its greater powers.
  • Flying Firepower: That's the least of its capabilities.
  • Game Face: The host's face lengthens, they wind up with Glowing Eyes of Doom from which white fire flows like tears, and a major Throat Light.
  • Healing Factor: Though it rarely needs it, it has a monstrously powerful one: it can eject the Transmode Virus and regrow a limb, an eye, and about half the host's body in moments.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Described as being very definitely not human, with the latest host Harry having their features somehow stretched, giving them a fey/falcon-like appearance, Glowing Eyes of Doom from the edges of which white fire runs down like tears, which along with serious Throat Light give the impression that their physical form is merely a thin container for a fully fledged Eldritch Abomination. Plus, even when not quite fully manifest, they make animals howl from hundreds of miles at the sheer wrongness of their presence, and give everyone on Earth Bad Dreams about everything burning.
    • The first Dark Phoenix, Surtur, destroyed an entire galaxy before it was stopped.
  • Light Is Not Good: The embodiment of Life and Fire, and a cosmic scale nightmare.
  • Mad God: Of a particularly terrifying kind.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: While getting warmed up, being punched into the Moon by Bizarro Jor-El just pisses it off and makes it even stronger. After that, it's strong enough that multiple nukes don't even annoy it.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: It wants to burn everything, with no apparent higher purpose, simply blindly lashing out.
  • Physical God: Even when the latest host is still a mere shadow of the fully fledged Dark Phoenix, all being punched from the upper atmosphere to the Moon by a Bizarro clone of Jor-El does is profoundly piss them off and make them even stronger, obliterating their opponent in about half a second. Being hit with four nuclear warheads on the way back to Earth didn't even seem to really annoy them, either, and when faced with several hundred clones, a good number of which extended into Omega Class power levels, the clones were vaporised and the host didn't even have a hair out of place.
    • According to Strange, the last Dark Phoenix manifestation took place over a million years ago, whereupon the host destroyed an entire galaxy before being stopped. And even then, they could only be imprisoned, and at an incredible cost.
    • In a parallel reality, an incarnation of the Dark Phoenix (Harry), destroyed the Nine Realms, and Yggdrasil, including the Avengers and the Asgardian royal family.
  • Playing with Fire: A constant is that it wants to burn everything.
  • Power Echoes: At first, with the latest host. Then, as it gets stronger, it kicks it up a notch with a voice consistently described as being like the crackle - or, when particularly annoyed, the roar - of a forest fire.
  • The Power of Hate: The Phoenix magnifies emotions. The power of the Phoenix is also fuelled by emotions. Therefore, any host that loses control of their emotions finds them rapidly spiralling out of control, which corrupts the Phoenix and makes the host stronger, magnifying emotions even more... it's a vicious circle.
  • Power of Love: Vulnerable to this and the Power of Friendship (which is its own kind of love - the specific form doesn't really matter) for fairly logical reasons: the Dark Phoenix is by definition consumed by hatred, which corrupts the Phoenix and feeds the fire of its power, which in turn magnifies emotions. Introduce love into the equation, and you derail the vicious circle.
  • Psychic Powers: To the extent that the laws of the universe become optional.
  • Reality Warper: As a standard.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: With exception of the Phoenix emblazoned on his chest, the latest host's gear is mostly as dark as a black hole or the colour of dried blood, before transforming into a being of living flame.
    • The original evolved into a being of shadowy darkness and dark red flame.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The last Dark Phoenix, being too powerful to be destroyed.
  • Smug Super: Basically regards more or less everything and everyone as being beneath them, at least power-wise. The frightening thing is, they're not necessarily wrong...
  • Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: Basically this trope incarnate, and if left to grow unchecked, theoretically capable of pulling it off - the last Dark Phoenix destroyed a galaxy.
  • Super Power Lottery: Let's see... epic scale Healing Factor (capable of regenerating limbs and eyes in moments), Nigh-Invulnerability on a cosmic scale (capable of shrugging off multiple nukes), Resurrective Immortality (for when either or both of those fail), Mind over Matter powers sufficient that make the host a full on Reality Warper, Telepathy that simply disregards any extant psychic defences, the ability to open point to point portals between dimensions the size of mountains with a mere thought, Flight fast enough to travel between Earth and the Moon in a matter of seconds, and the ability to wield fire that burns in a vacuum and cheerfully disregards all known laws of physics. Winner, winner, chicken dinner.
  • Too Much for Man to Handle: Even touching the mind of the original Dark Phoenix a.k.a. Surtur incinerated six powerful Askani psychics before they could even blink, while the seventh, partly protected by the other six, barely managed to pass on a warning before going up in flames.
  • Uncanny Valley: The latest host was a particular example.
  • Voice of the Legion: Sort of. Its voice is explicitly described as sounding like the crackle of flames.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The Phoenix is fuelled by emotions... and fuels them in turn. Which means that the Dark Phoenix, tainted by pain, hatred, and rage, gets stronger the more those emotions are felt, and fuels them in turn. It's a vicious circle.



Another antagonist yet to directly appear, he casts a long shadow over the setting, being responsible for many travesties, including Loki's invasion of Earth and the destruction of Krypton.

  • Arch-Enemy: He is Doctor Strange's nemesis, the being that Strange has dedicated nigh-on all of his vastly extended time travelling life to defeating.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Strange bluntly says that while Surtur genuinely believes he is helping people and making the universe a better place, Thanos has no such delusions.
  • The Corrupter: Was this to Loki to an unknown extent - it is repeatedly stated that Loki's madness was his own, but that Thanos accelerated its progress and pointed him at Earth. The general assessment is that Loki was going to invade anyway, Thanos just sped it up and gave him the means to do so effectively.
  • The Dreaded: For most of the universe, if Odin's speech is anything to go by. Mere mention of him is enough to silence the Council Elite of Skyfathers. The fact that he worries Odin and other beings on his level is remarkable in and of itself. Strange flat-out states that he doesn't believe there to be anyone, including the prior Dark Phoenix manifestation a.k.a. Surtur, which ate a galaxy, who is as dangerous as him.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Chapter 27 of the first book gives him a few lines during Loki's flashback. Other than that, however, he is entirely offscreen...for now.
  • Evil Genius: According to Stephen Strange.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Though he has yet to make an appearance, outside of a brief flashback, his actions cast a very long shadow over the story at large and he is by far the most threatening villain in the setting, with the possible exception of Chthon. After all, he is responsible for the destruction of Krypton and contributing to Loki's madness. Odin has sworn revenge for the latter.
    • Strange has dedicated his life to defeating him, and bluntly states that he is the worst and most terrible thing in the universe.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Was this for Loki and the Chitauri, as well as for the Dheronians, giving them the tech to destroy Krypton, is implied to have been this for Gravemoss at one point or another and Word of God has hinted that he had, and possibly still has, an association with Gorr the God Butcher.
  • Oh, Crap!: Elicits this reaction from the entire Council Elite of Skyfathers, all of whom are (at the very least) in the Physical God weight class.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: As per usual, he wants to kill everything, sacrificing it to Death.
  • Psychic Powers: He has these on a comfortably interplanetary scale, if Loki's flashback is anything to go by.

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