Characters from The Dresden Files, the Vampire Courts.
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- Harry and Harry's Household
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- Other Powerful Entities
- Ordinary People and Badass Normals
Vampires take many forms, but they all have two things in common: they were human, once, and they must now feed on the life-force of other humans to sustain themselves. Of course, the Courts don't always get along even among themselves. Predators don't like competition.
There are four Vampire Courts that we know of: The Black Court, of Stoker-esque walking corpses with magical powers, the Red Court, who take the form of Indo-American demons and manipulate mortals with flesh-masks and narcotic saliva, the White Court, beautiful albinos who incite and feed on primal human emotions, such as lust, and the Jade Court. The last of these has only been mentioned once, exists in Asia, and has yet to make an appearance in the series.
According to a question-and-answer session held by Jim Butcher in June 2018, Jade Court vampires rarely act outside of the Yangtze River Valley, do not deal directly with outsiders (instead moving through allies and agents), and are not signatories of the Unseelie Accords, but will act against those who don't treat them with the respect due to signatories. There are also three other types who act mainly in southeast Asia (in the region of South Korea and Thailand), but aren't numerous enough to have organized Courts, instead acting as thugs who run drugs and human slaves through the local seas and sometimes hire out as assassins. They are described as being "mosquitos" in comparison to the four organized vampire Courts.
The Black Court
The classic vampire, the Black Court are animated corpses who drink the blood of the living. They are the most innately powerful of the vampire courts, and the most straightforwardly malevolent, but because they have all the traditional vampire weaknesses (Dracula was commissioned by their rivals in the White Court as an expose on them) they are also currently the rarest.
- Always Chaotic Evil: Big time.
- The Black Court usually attack first and ask questions never, though Mavra at least can be more subtle when she needs to be.
- The short story "It's My Birthday, Too" implies this is inherent in their condition, with two security guards who were brutally and painfully turned being completely loyal to the woman who killed them only minutes prior.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: They can induce a couple of levels of this, from an easy-to-reverse charm all the way towards turning the victim into a permanently-unhinged mook. These victims are called "Renfields" after the character in the book who became such a victim to the book's Dracula.
- Chekhov's Gun: There is some connection between them and Outsiders, so said Lash before her ultimate sacrifice.
- Dark Is Evil: They are called the Black Court, and of all the vampires, are the only ones to truly exhibit the Always Chaotic Evil actions among their members: While both the Red and White Courts can at least try to suppress their murderous urges, the Black Court does not even bother.
- Dying Race: In spite of the fact that they can reproduce easily. Due to Dracula making their weaknesses common knowledge, the court is hunted down to near extinction. The ones that survive tend to be the oldest, strongest and smartest. This leads to the Black Court being composed of extremely powerful vampires and cannon fodder mooks.
- Explosive Breeder: They can "reproduce" faster than any of the other vampire courts by the simple fact their kills can become new vampires (unless their heads are preemptively ripped off or whatever) with no half-breed like those of the Red Court.
- Healing Factor: An extremely powerful one, being able to survive being turned to Ludicrous Gibs even without feeding, and could in time reform. Without being struck by any of their weaknesses, this makes them pretty much unstoppable. You need to reduce them to paste at the very least.
- Helping Hands: Capable of this as well when they are dismembered.
- Holy Burns Evil: Likely as bad, if not worse, than the Red Court vampires.
- In-Series Nickname: Harry nicknames them "Blampires" from an amalgamation of "Black Court Vampires."
- Nigh-Invulnerable: In addition to their above mentioned Healing Factor, they are the physically toughest of the vampire courts.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Classic undead ones, albeit without the fangs. Black Court Mooks are basically blood-drinking zombies, while more powerful ones like Mavra are more like Dracula (and Dracula himself is Black Court, though he's never shown up in person). They also have the weaknesses the undead typically have: garlic, holy water, sunlight.
- Super Strength: All of them are shown to have enough strength to pound hardened concrete into dust with just their fists.
- Unskilled, but Strong: New Blacks just "born" are considered very dangerous and not to be underestimated. They have all the super speed and herculean strength born right into them and accessible from the get go. They become even more dangerous with age.
- Vampires Are Sex Gods: Thoroughly averted; at best, Blacks are Uncanny Valley-tastic, and at worst, they're visibly decomposing corpses.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Garlic, holy water, direct sunlight, and (as with the Reds) symbols of faith.
A very powerful entity, and a Freeholding Lord under the Unseelie Accords.
- Blood Knight: Genuinely takes delight in his fight against Listens-to-Wind and River Shoulders and seems to consider Harry a Worthy Opponent by virtue of their shared status as a Starborn.
- The Dreaded: Ebenezer McCoy, a wizard responsible for massive cataclysms such as the Tunguska explosion and the Krakatoa eruption, admits that he considers Drakul 'dangerous'.
- Faux Affably Evil: Actually much better at taking on this kind of façade than all other Black Court vampires. His almost permanent mood can best be classified as "detached amusement" and he never loses his almost aristocratic cool and control, but everything else about him screams Humanoid Abomination and it's made very clear to Harry from the get go that the monster behind his façade is far deadlier and more terrifying than most enemies Harry has faced before.
- God in Human Form: Word Of Jim says that Drakul is something inhuman and very powerful who was somehow stuck in human form.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Averted. McCoy says Drakul is a scion in Blood Rites, but Word Of Jim contradicts this and says he isn't a scion (although his son, Dracula, is), but something inhuman who got stuck in a human body.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: It's not entirely clear what Drakul even wants in Battle Ground, other than that he was interested in recruiting more minions and having a bit of fun in the process. He briefly shows up to smack around Harry, the other Wardens, River Shoulders, and Listens-To-Wind (killing Yoshimo and Wild Bill in the process), make it clear he was only aiding Ethniu's attack For the Evulz, mock Dresden for not knowing about the finer points of being a Starborn (while stating that he's one himself) and hinting at larger plans in the works, before leaving.
- Kick the Dog: Kills the Wardens Yoshimo and Wild Bill pretty much just because he could.
- No-Sell: Even though Harry's super-strong, armored, armed, and ready, he and five of his most powerful allies get treated like children when they go up against him, and it's implied all their power just equates to a particularly engaging video game for him. Time to level up some more!
- Physical God: Harry easily compares him to the Lords Of Outer Night in terms of power during their encounter with him in Battle Ground (and its strongly hinted that he was drastically holding back his true might) and he basically powers through everyone and everything he encounters, including Listens-To-Wind and River Shoulders, simultaneously, even after River shuts down his Teleport Spam.
- The Pretty Guys Are Stronger: He's the most powerful of the Black Court and the only one not to look like a withered corpse, instead sporting menacingly good looks.
- Teleport Spam: His favorite tactic in combat, which River Shoulders stops - though that doesn't help very much.
- Villain Teleportation: Drakul makes his first in the flesh appearance in Battle Ground and is not only one of the strongest physical foes in the battle he's also a magic user whose favorite tactic is the frequent use of a teleport spell no one recognizes which he uses to port himself all over the field and to send Chandler to an Uncertain Doom.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: In lieu with older vampiric folklore, Drakul appears to be capable of at least limited shapeshifting, transforming into a giant black wolf during his fight with River Shoulders and Listens-To-Wind.
- Why Are You Not My Son?: With a Worthy Opponent tint to it. During Battle Ground, he is impressed by Harry's defiance, resisting his raw will, and lamenting that his own heir lacked that same strength. However, he also observes that while he would normally offer "the dark gift of immortality", five minutes of Harry is about as much as he can stand.
Vlad Tepesh, aka "Dracula"
- Historical Domain Character/Public Domain Character: Since the fictional character of Dracula is an interpretation of Vlad the Impaler, this Dracula is of course both.
- An Ice Person: Word of Jim revealed that one of the 'ice sculptures' Harry comes across in Arctis Tor is actually Tepesh. Apparently he wanted to be together forever with his lover, and Mab granted his wish... by encasing him and his lover in ice forever.
- Kill It with Fire: In Grave Peril, Dresden mentions that Tepesh established himself by inviting a bunch of rivals to a feast and then burned them alive.
- Monster Progenitor: According to Word of Jim, Dracula is the creator of the Black Court.
- Rebellious Spirit: In Blood Rites, McCoy says that Dracula "went to" the Black Court as a form of teenage rebellion.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Word Of Jim says that Dracula didn't just become a Black Court vampire, as McCoy implied in Blood Rites, but actually created the Black Court — all to make his father proud of him.
A very old, very nasty Black Court vampire with a grudge against Harry. So far, she seems to have succeeded fairly well at using him as a pawn in her schemes, and has yet to get her comeuppance; we don't even know what her long-term goal is.
- Arch-Enemy: Seems to be shaping up to be one of these for Harry Dresden.
- Always a Bigger Fish: Is the subject of one in Battle Ground when it comes out that despite being good enough to tangle with Harry, she's the least powerful of the higher Black Court members.
- Badass Teacher: Turns Bianca from a vanilla vampire to a powerful mage within few years. Unfortunately, she didn't learn common sense.
- The Bus Came Back: Comes back in Battle Ground after not having appeared for ten books in a row.
- Casting a Shadow: Grave Peril shows her having power over shadows with her sorcery.
- Dark Action Girl: She is a powerful and dangerous sorceress and physically powerful as well. Harry always goes out of his way to never fight her directly because he's sure he'd lose in a straight fight. He doubted he could even bind her magic when he assaulted her and called on Ebenezer McCoy for that job.
- Didn't See That Coming: She had countermeasures for wizards prepared. Fortunately, Harry has Toot-Toot.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: The other members of the Black Court, save perhaps Drakul himself, don't seem to care much for her. She's openly bitter about this.
- Evil Is Hammy: It's subtle, but Mavra does have a flair for the dramatic. For instance, when she first sends Dresden the pictures of him and Murphy raiding her hideout, she puts in a couple of small details in the envelope simply to unnerve Dresden, seemingly for no other reason than she wanted to scare him. Later, when Dresden comes to the meeting, she appears in Dresden's grave, coalescing out of the fog. Again, for no practical reason, except to scare Dresden.
- A Father to His Men: She does love her children.
- Frozen Fashion Sense: Wears ancient clothing, though at least some of it is modern clothing made in an old style.
- I Gave My Word: She will honor her word to the letter of it, but when she promises to meet Harry under an umbrella of truce he trusts her to keep that part up.
- Genius Bruiser: Highly intelligent, knowledgeable, and magically powerful and very strong physically, and Taught by Experience.
- Immune to Bullets: Via Healing Factor.
- Knight of Cerebus: Every time she's turned up, Harry's and the supernatural community's life goes FUBAR and problems start piling up.
- Lady of Black Magic: An ancient, malevolent vampire sorceress with a specialty in veils.
- Lightning Bruiser: Fast, strong, smart, and stealthy. Her only problem is she's a rotting corpse.
- Loophole Abuse:
- Bringing in mortal authorities into the supernatural affairs is a big no-no for all sides, but her threatening to send pictures of Harry and Karrin killing "defenseless" men are permitted as her intended target for the fallout is Karrin, who by being a muggle, isn't protected like Harry is.
- She manages to work out the Logical Weakness of Harry's original shields, horribly burning his left hand and temporarily leaving him pyrophobic.
- Master of Illusion: Veils are her specialty.
- Mind Rape: Another specialty of hers, for quick, easy mooks.
- Mugging the Monster: With the twist being the monster is Harry Dresden. She thought him to be a good puppet, as mentioned in Xanatos Gambit either Harry ends up dead or she has blackmail on him, and so thinks she can use him for a job in Dead Beat. When he completes the job, he lays down a deadly and vicious verbal smackdown, highlights include he knows how to use necromancy on Black Court vampires like her and he has a Fallen in his head eager to help him, and if she tries something like her gambit again, he will hunt her down. She is genuinely scared when he forced her to swear to never do this action against him again.
- Out-Gambitted: By Kincaid, though his plan isn't acted upon. Kincaid's plan to deal with her and her scourge is to throw some bombs into the place, watch it burn and burn what remains. This would have killed her, along with her Renfields, and the children they had hostage. But she would be dead. Toot-Toot's presence screws over her plan to kidnap Harry as well.
- Super Strength: Easily overpowers Harry. Even with the strength of the Winter Knight's Mantle, he cannot even pry a single one of her fingers off his neck.
- Unwitting Pawn: Implied in Cold Days, since she gave the Black Athame to Lea, an Artifact of Doom which infects people with Nemesis, a sentient corrupting force that makes its victims ally with the Outsiders.
- Would Hurt a Child: She had a group of children tied to an anti-personnel mine as a Batman Gambit to kill Harry. It would have worked if not for Kincaid's Super Senses.
- Xanatos Gambit: We don't find out until the next book, but her actions in Blood Rites qualify. No one interferes, and she has a strong, growing power base. She guessed (correctly) that this wouldn't be the case, as well as who the most likely party-crasher would be (namely, Harry) and prepared countermeasures against him specifically. So if he tried to go in alone, he'd die. If he brought a whole group, they might still die, and if they didn't, she had a decoy downstairs to make them think they'd killed her; if it hadn't been for Kincaid, Harry might have fallen for it. In addition to that, she took pictures of the group when they were fighting her Renfields; this gave her blackmail material on one of Harry's friends so she could force him to do what she wanted in future. The countermeasures she prepared for Harry also leaves him hobbling for few books. No matter how it turned out, she'd be ahead. In fact, the only way to have actually defeated Mavra in that instance would have been to go with Kincaid's earlier suggestion: blowing up the whole building, even with the hostages inside. Which means the only person who knew how to outwit the most powerful Black Court vampire we've seen was the guy given his nickname by Vlad "Father of Dracula" Drakul himself.
Constance "Drulinda" Bushnell
An unattractive nerd who was unpopular even with other nerds, Constance was not happy with her life. She ran away from home and somehow found a member of the Black Court who made her into one of them. Now reborn as the vampire Drulinda, Constance returns to her Live Action Roleplaying (LARP) group to get her revenge.
- Ax-Crazy: Oh so very much. Her expression when killing people can only be described as maniacal glee.
- Bad Boss: When one of her underling vampires talks out of turn, she rips out his throat, then threatens to cut off all his limbs, throw him into Lake Michigan, and let him drift helplessly for all eternity the next time he does that.
- Didn't See That Coming: Her plan to entrap her former group during their annual late night Christmas party was solid. What happened was that they had two wizards and a White Court vampire as guests. She also didn't expect Harry to have planned for being disarmed of his magical weapons.
- Disproportionate Retribution/Evil Is Petty: Even without the whole vampire angle, bringing in goons, entrapping, threatening, attacking and trying to murder fellow players simply for making fun of you, even killing a security guard for it, is a bit over the top. Also see Bad Boss above.
- Facial Horror: Harry uses garlic powder to melt her face off.
- Kill It with Fire: Her ultimate fate, courtesy of Dresden.
- Meaningful Rename: Drulinda was the name of her vampire character in the LARP group, and it's the name she took after becoming a vampire herself.
- Nerd: Was part of a LARP group.
- Plain Jane: Her human form was described as plain by one of her roleplaying partners. Of course, her appearance deteriorates once she joins the Black Court.
- Revenge: Her motivation for attacking the LARP group.
- Super Speed: Can dodge attacks as a blur.
- Super Strength: Overpowers Thomas of all people.
- Villain Ball: She knows of Harry Dresden. She doesn't think it odd he isn't mouthing back at her. When she gets close, she gets some garlic spat at her.
Humans who have been enthralled by Black Court vampires. Nothing remains of their original personalities; they are essentially puppets and act however their vampire master wishes.
- Big Dumb Body: They have no minds of their own and are only useful for their physical capabilities.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: They're brainwashed into being the suicidally-devoted thralls of their master.
- Death of Personality: After being turned into Renfields, nothing remains of the original individual.
- Empty Shell: What they are once they become Renfields.
- Feel No Pain: No matter how badly they're hurt they don't even notice. They just keep trying to fulfill their orders.
- Meat Puppet: Describes them in a nutshell. They are just bodies which do whatever their vampire master commands.
- Mind Rape: Crushed into thralls by pure psychic force.
- The Renfield: They're actually called this in-universe, and they fit the prototype thralls serving a vampire master without even a thought of resisting.
- Wound That Will Not Heal: The mental damage that the Renfields have suffered is apparently irreversible; even the original Merlin couldn't heal them.
The Red Court
These vampires are demons who can change themselves into (superficially) human forms; like Blacks, Reds feed on blood, but are less supernatural, meaning that both their powers and Weaksauce Weaknesses are less. Because they masterminded a war between the vampire courts and the wizards, they are some of the most visible villains in the series.
- Achilles' Heel: All Reds have a "blood reservoir" in their stomach that holds accumulated blood. Cutting it open will spill the blood, robbing the Red of its power and crippling it.
- Affably Evil: Moreso than Black, less so than White.
- Always Chaotic Evil: Unlike Blacks, Reds can at least put on a show of humanity, and are capable of loyalty towards each other, but they're completely consumed by bloodlust and have absolutely no regard for human life. The Fellowship of St. Giles excepted.
- Awakening the Sleeping Giant: They seem to have trouble thinking ahead, and are all to eager to unleash Disproportionate Retribution without regard to who it might piss off. Bianca's vengeance against Harry gets her and her court killed (and in a roundabout way contributes to the court's destruction), the court angered all of Faerie by trying to pursue fleeing wizards (which also contributed to the court's destruction, as the first rule of crossing Mab is to never cross Mab, ever), and kidnapping Harry's daughter results in him going after them in full olf mode and then exterminating them all.
- Cannon Fodder: The esclavos de sangre, aka "blood slaves." They are Red Court vampires who have given in entirely to their blood thirst, going completely feral and thus are unable to form flesh masks or behave in any civilized manner. They are considered scum by the rest of the Court and are used as disposable troops. By the reckoning of the Red Court, letting the blood slaves get killed in combat is no waste, as they're just a strain on the Court's food supply. The Red Court considers their non-combatant human slaves more valuable than these guys.
- Daywalking Vampire: The most powerful Reds can form flesh masks of sufficient potency that they can shield themselves from sunlight.
- Disc-One Final Boss: They serve as the most common antagonists for the first 12 books. Then Harry kills them all.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Very common. See Evil Is Petty below.
- Evil Is Petty: Seems to be a very common trait.
- Bianca starts off the Wizard-Vampire war because Harry was tangentially involved in the death of her lover (whose name she can't even remember).
- Ariana has two distinct moments.
- She buys Harry's building, installing a bomb inside the walls, but also slowly increases the rent Harry has to pay.
- She wants Harry and all his line dead because of what they did to Paolo, whom she married just to torment him.
- Fangs Are Evil: Interestingly, they are the only vampires in the setting with actual fangs - Black Court ones merely have regular rotten teeth that just happen to be strong enough to pierce through human skin, and the White Court doesn't have any need for teeth due to not drinking blood to begin with. Moreover, these fangs only are visible in their true forms- their fleshmasks display normal teeth.
- Fantastic Drug: Their saliva is an highly addictive narcotic. An antitoxin potion can be created to numb the effects that requires neutralizing eight aspects of pleasure.
- Functional Addict: As the whole Court are blood-addicted monsters, the one way to prove one's self in rising up the pyramid is to be this. Those who can control their urges, think rationally and plan are highly sought after. Those who lose themselves to their urges are seen as pathetic and desposable. The fact the King is losing his functional parts to his addiction is the reason their war plans aren't always clear and well thought out.
- God Guise: The King and his Lords of Outer Night are very powerful vampires, but in the end are still just vampires. They are impersonating the real deities of the regions' original human society after the gods went to sleep. The vampires secretly fear the day the real gods return because they are no match for the pissed off deities.
- Holy Burns Evil: They are repelled by sacred objects. Even the half-turned suffer from touching them, like Susan grabbing a falling Fidelacchius even though her intent is nothing malevolent. That said, a half-turned using the Sword for its purpose and swearing to do so may, like Susan using Amoracchius to rescue her daughter.
- Humanoid Abomination: All Red Court Vampires are this to varying degrees, from the simple fact of wearing a "flesh mask" to hide their real nature, to Physical Gods like The Red King. Their skin also tends to ripple when they get upset or pissed off.
- Knight of Cerebus: They appear to play this role early on in the series - but once the Denarians show up, they begin to become more of an offscreen menace. Subverted in Changes, however, where they're consistently shown to be both super-competent and absolutely terrifying.
- Mayincatec: It's repeatedly indicated that their origins are Mayan: their most sacred site, Chichen Itza, is a Mayan locations, and Esteban (one half of the Eebs) states when arguing with his wife that they will never win total favour of the Red King because they are 'not of the First Maya'. Additionally, their unmasked imagery derives from Camazotz, an ancient Mayan bat-god with a lust for human blood and a possible small army of lesser bat-like servants - in this case, perhaps the earliest Red Court vampires.
- Mass "Oh, Crap!": Harry postulates that the King and his Lords of the Outer Night who are trying to kill Maggie when detained by a shining Holy Light that takes the arm of the King are seriously scared because with all the other events that night, the Three Swords of the Cross, one of whose bearers has a Holy Being speaking through her, and then a second spirit shielding her from mental attacks in the form of a halo, they thought that the gods they are impersonating have awoken and come back to punish them as well. It really is just an invisible Susan holding Amoracchius but they don't know that for those few minutes.
- Never My Fault: Red Court vampires never really recognize when something was their own fault, instead blaming enemies who happened to be tangentially related to whatever happened. Bianca is a shining example of this- Due to Harry's interview with her, she gets a bit shaken up, and when she feeds on one of her whores immediately after, she doesn't stop in time and the girl dies. Bianca blames Harry for this and all her later time in the series is devoted to making Harry's life miserable and/or killing him. She even turns Susan into a half-vampire just to spite him.
- One-Winged Angel: Most of them spend most of their time in human form, but almost always shift to demonic bat-thing to fight or feed.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Formerly-human batlike demons who can assume human form, they're burned by sunlight and repelled by sacred objects.
- "Uh-Oh" Eyes: Mystical full body tattoos in this case placed on members of the Order of St. Giles to help their operatives control their thirst for blood, and warn other operatives (and anyone who understands them) when this is happening. Usually invisible they turn red (and hurt) when the wearer is in danger of giving in to their thirst for blood, darkening to black if they do so.
- Vampire Refugee: The Order of St. Giles are humans who were half turned into Red vampires, but never drained another to death and so retain actual human form instead of being bat-things in skin masks - they oppose the Red Court proper wherever they can, and are allies of the White Council. Harry's girlfriend Susan is one. See their information here.
- Vampires Are Sex Gods: Deconstructed. They're only superficially this way, and it takes their narcotic saliva to cement it. When they take off their flesh masks, to humans they're pure Fetish Retardant.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: All Reds (except for those who've been completely consumed by their bloodlust) can assume a human "fleshmask". The most powerful can create fleshmasks with a variety of appearances, rather than just based on what they looked like as humans.
Kukulcan, the Red King
Absolute lord of the Red Court, his extreme age and the devotion of both his mortal and vampiric minions have allowed him to ascend to a state approximating godhood (and indeed, he was venerated as a god by the Mayans).
- A God Am I: Views himself as a god, having effectively replaced an Aztec one.
- Ambiguous Situation: Its not made clear whether the Red king is genuinely losing himself to his bloodlust and hence his at times erratic behavior or its all an act to manipulate his court into not viewing him as a threat.
- Arc Villain: Of the war with the Red Court, as their leader and founder of all of their evils. He becomes the main villain in Changes
- Big Bad Ensemble: With his daugher Arianna in Changes, though he's more dangerous.
- The Caligula: As Harry describes him, he's basically a junkie with blood as his fix, and his behavior can be somewhat erratic as a result. All or part of this may be part of his Obfuscating Stupidity, however — we don't see enough of him to really tell for sure.
- Completely Unnecessary Translator: He speaks Mayan with Harry during their first meeting but later reveals that he can actually speak perfect English. The trope is inverted in that he was using his translator as a proxy for his 'negotiations.' He felt completely justified in breaking the terms of it because it was the translator who made the deal, not him. And nobody could apparently speak ancient Mayan to realize that whatever he was saying, it wasn't an agreement to the terms.
- Enemy Mine: Briefly with Harry in order to take down Arianna. It doesn't last long.
- Evil Overlord: As the lord of the Red Vampires, he acts as this.
- Exact Words: When Harry demands the right to challenge Arianna for the life of a soon-to-be-sacrificed hostage, the Red King guarantees the safety of said hostage during the duel. Surprise, surprise: no one said anything about after the duel.
- Eye Scream: During his final battle with Harry he's beaten when Harry impales his eyes and then sets them on fire.
- False Reassurance: Uses this along with his Loophole Abuse and Completely Unnecessary Translator to double cross Harry.
- Fantastic Racism: Only vampires of original Mayan ancestry can rise to the highest levels of the Red Court under his rule. He also views all humans in general as cattle.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Of the Red Court Wizard War. He only takes center stage in Changes after Harry wastes Arianna.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Hoist by his own curse.
- Karmic Death: He and his entire "family" are wiped out by the very curse he was trying to set off.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: In Proven Guilty he has no problems running from battle when things don't go his way and it looks like they will lose. Morgan coming close enough to kill him helps him in this choice.
- Loophole Abuse:
- Harry weasels a promise out of him to let him take his daughter away after killing Arianna for him. However, since the Red King was going through a translator to make that promise, he technically didn't promise Harry anything...
- He also used this to HELP Harry, believe it or not. The Eebs say that he cannot interfere in a blood feud; but because Harry has what also amounts to a blood feud, he does have a legitimate right to challenge Arianna. The Red King does have the power to accept Harry's petition (since allowing Arianna to go ahead would ALSO count as interfering with a blood debt), which he uses to allow Harry to fight Arianna.
- Master Actor: He's actually far more intelligent then he first appears to be. He's able to fool Harry into thinking that he can't understand English, and it's possible that his signs of losing himself to his bloodlust is just him putting on a show to put his Court off guard so he can manipulate them more easily.
- The Napoleon: The Lords of Outer Night and other high-ranking Reds are of superhuman stature, but the king is only a little over five feet. That being said, he presumably has shapeshifting abilities like the rest of the powerful Red Courtiers, so he may not have to be.
- Obfuscating Stupidity:
- He's much more on-the-ball than he seems; he plays Harry and Arianna against each other quite well.
- He also demonstrates that he had to have understood Harry before Alamaya actually talked to him; as such he may have been faking entirely.
- Older Than They Look: Looks to be middle aged but is more than 4000 years old.
- Physical God: Roughly on par with Odin, no less (though it should be noted that Odin is nowhere near as powerful as he used to be, having sacrificed a lot of his power to stick around). His chief minions, the Lords of Outer Night, are also godlike.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He's still got more raw power than almost any other villain in the series.
- Reality Ensues: While some of his addict behavior was an act, he is still a functional addict and as a result his plans are sometimes not the best for strategy.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: He has no problem fighting on the front line in the war.
- Squishy Wizard: Relatively speaking. He's got vast psychic and magical power, and significant superhuman strength, but he still seems to be broadly as physically vulnerable as any other Red Court vampire.
- Smug Snake: An ego huge enough to view himself as a god, but at the end he loses.
- Tactful Translation: Amusingly averted. While holding up the charade of not understanding English, Alamaya tries to take Harry's statement of This Means War! and relate it tactfully. The King slaps Alamaya, and Harry can tell that he's telling the mook "Translate it the way he said it, damn it."
- Time Abyss: His true age is unknown— because humans on his continent of origin haven't had a written language for that long.
- Vampire Monarch: He is the king of the Red Court vampires.
- Villainous Breakdown: After Harry beats the crap out of him he goes from confident and intelligent Smug Snake to a thrashing screaming lunatic who summons his soldiers (despite knowing that they will kill him for being defeated by a mortal) without caring about the consequences. And he cuts one of his own deputies in half.
- Would Hit a Girl: Not just hit, torture and slaughter.
- Would Hurt a Child: Same as above.
Duke Paolo Ortega
Born in Spain at the end of the 15th century and one of Cortez's conquistadors. During his time in South America, he fell in love with a local princess and married her. She turned out to be a Red Court vampire, and turned Paolo into a vampire. Paolo's abilities allowed him to rise through the ranks, and he was a Warlord of the Red Court.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Paolo seems to be quite devoted to Arianna. Arianna is equally devoted to making his life miserable.
- And Your Little Dog, Too!: Threatens to kill all of Harry's friends and allies to get him to accept the duel, then threatens to do so anyway to convince Harry to let Ortega kill him. Naturally, this just convinces Harry to end him.
- Ascended Extra: Has a small appearance near the end of Grave Peril. Is a secondary villain in Death Masks .
- Colony Drop: Ebenezar takes him out by dropping a derelict Soviet Satellite on Ortega's home.
- Combat Pragmatist: He will use a gun hidden in his side to take out Harry during a battle of just will power over controlling a dangerous item.
- Faux Affably Evil: He appears to be polite, friendly even to his enemies and opponents, and is willing to sit down and have a beer with someone he's planning to kill. However it's a load of crap, with Shiro pointing out that the only reason he's doing it that way is because he thinks it's the most efficient way to kill someone. When he thinks he's going to lose, he drops the act.
- Genius Bruiser: Paolo is definitely no slouch in hand-to-hand combat, and a highly skilled strategist, as one would expect from a Red Court Warlord, and someone who is implied to be the Red Court's counterpart to the Blackstaff. He is also officially employed as a professor of mythology.
- Hero Killer: Was behind the attack on Simon Petrovich's homebase at Archangel.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He seems like a Noble Demon and Affably Evil at first but when the gloves are down he proves it's all an act and that he's really a vicious monster underneath. Even if he won his duel against Harry, he was still going to kill all of Harry's friends.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Killed by the Blackstaff, a.k.a. both the grandfather of the man he just tried to kill and the best friend of the White Council's expert on vampirism whose death he personally arranged.
- Noble Demon: Subverted quite nicely. He acts the part of the honorable, cultured Worthy Opponent when things are going his way, but by the end of Death Masks it's made plain that the only thing he really cares about is winning, and he'll stoop to just about anything to do it. He pretended to be honorable because he knew that would make Harry fight honorably, which gave him the advantage.
- Papa Wolf: Possibly. While he is supposedly trying to achieve victory for the Red Court, he is taking every measure possible to kill the man responsible for Bianca's death.
- Pet the Dog: One of his few genuine redeeming qualities is that he does seem to care for his "child" Bianca.
- Really 700 Years Old: Paolo was one of Cortez's original conquistadors.
- Unholy Matrimony: To Arianna, see All Love Is Unrequited above.
Duchess Arianna Ortega
Wife of Paolo, daughter of the Red King, highly placed in the Red Court, and a sorceress.
- Achilles' Heel: Loses her final battle with Harry because she is unable to adapt to the artificial handicap placed on both individuals. Harry actually implies that if she had been allowed to use hand-to-hand combat, she would have won whether or not he had powers.
- Big Bad Ensemble: Arianna kicks off the events of Changes in order to overthrow her father. However...
- Big Bad Wannabe: While the Red King is clearly a junkie, it's also clear that he still retains a degree of competence, leading to him manipulating her into getting killed by Harry.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: During her first meeting with Harry she pretends to be compassionate, telling him she knows exactly how much pain he's feeling (since she had his daughter kidnapped).
- Blatant Lies: Almost everyone in the White Council knows she is lying her ass off. Due to political reasons, they are forced to play ball.
- Break the Haughty: After Harry kicks her ass all she can do is stammer in shock. Needless to say it was VERY satisfying.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Mentioned in passing in Proven Guilty as one of the bidders in Madrigal Raith's auction of one Harry Dresden, slightly used.
- Disproportionate Retribution: The entire plot of Changes happens because Ebeneezer killed Paolo. She'll kill Harry's daughter, her parents, their siblings, their parents and siblings, etc. All over killing a guy she personally hated and spent centuries messing with.
- Evil Is Petty: Showcases the Red Court's pettiness rather well. First example, she buys Harry's office building and then charges him more in rent. She also married Ortega just to torment him, all because his involvement with Spanish invaders of the lands of the Mayan people.
- Exact Words: Oh yes. She apparently gave her word not to attack anyone during her peace treaty meeting at White Council headquarters. Nobody said anything about her servants after the meeting, who gas the place the moment she leaves.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Harry impales her with a dozen icicles, one of which is the size of his arm.
- The Heavy: She is not actually the Big Bad of Changes - that's her father who manipulated her actions throughout the novel. That said, she is still the driving force of the plot by kidnapping and threatening the life of Harry's daughter.
- Kill It with Water: Uses it defensively to counter Harry's fire spells and serve as a scalding smokescreen; however, she has absolutely no tactical flexibility, and this backfires horribly when Harry switches elements.
- Lady of Black Magic: She's a noblewoman described as gorgeous in a goddess kind of way (or at least, her flesh mask is) and powerful sorceress.
- Laser-Guided Karma: She revels in having unfair advantage over her enemies. She meets her end when an enemy has unfair advantage over her.
- Master of the Mixed Message: Oh yes. Arianna's entire marriage to Paolo was for the sole purpose of punishing Paolo through the use of mixed messages for what the conquistadors did to the people of South America.
- Revenge: She kidnaps Maggie to target the bloodline curse in a revenge plot. Harry originally thought it was to target him in revenge for killing Bianca and starting the war. Arianna is actually targeting Ebenezer for killing Paolo. While she isn't very fond of him in life, decorum and tradition demanded that she get revenge for the killing of her husband.
- Secret Keeper: She knows Ebenezer was Harry's grandfather before Harry did. Sometime in the past, she invited Margaret and Ebenezer to dinner to discuss a collaboration with her and Lord Raith. Though the deal fell through, she notices Ebenezer and Margaret arguing in a way only relatives can. Lord Raith, never having had a functional familial relationship his whole life, misses the detail completely.
- Shapeshifter: Downplayed, but she can alter her meatsuit to her whims.
- Shock and Awe: Uses lightning spells as her offensive choice during the duel; one hit is enough to send Harry flying and land dazed.
- Smug Snake: Constantly refers to Harry and humans in general as cattle. Cue Harry's Bond One-Liner: "Moo."
- The Starscream: To her father the Red King, though it's implied she was genuinely loyal previously, his downward spiral means it's time for his replacement. Unusual for this trope, she isn't in the position of Court hierarchy to succeed her father; one of the Lords of Outer Night would have been selected to be the new Kukulcan, but she would have been in a strong position to fill in the new vacancy.
- Time Abyss: She is implied to have been a few thousand years old when she met Paolo in 1519. Is also implied to be the biological daughter of the Red King. Luccio implies she is older than writing itself.
- Unholy Matrimony: To Paolo Ortega, as part of her mission to screw up his life as much as possible.
- Villainous Breakdown: After Harry defeats her, she just stammers incoherently saying: "Cattle. You are C-Cattle." To which Harry has only one thing to say before he kills her: "Moo."
- Would Hurt a Child: She plans to sacrifice Maggie personally. Only Harry's arrival and the fact that he has an equally legitimate claim (meaning that her dad has the perfect excuse to delay her until after Harry's claim was settled) as well as her death at Harry's hands in the resulting duel prevents her from doing so.
- Your Head Asplode: After Harry finishes with her all that is left is a smoking headless corpse, since his final blow causes her head to blow up.
Margravine Bianca St. Claire
Initially a minor character in the book Storm Front, though her role greatly expanded as the series went on. After Harry's actions indirectly caused her to kill her lover, Bianca enacted a plot of revenge that ultimately started the first magical war in centuries. She's also the vampiric daughter of Paolo Ortega, and the great-granddaughter (in vampire terms anyway) to the Red King.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With the Nightmare in Grave Peril, Bianca serving as the mastermind and Kravos as The Heavy.
- Blue Blood: Considering that her vampire grandmother is the Red king's daughter, she's practically royalty.
- Bullying a Dragon: She bullies, badgers, hurts, torments and molests Harry in every way possible. He proceeds to completely lose it and reduces her and her minions to charred corpses.
- Defeat by Modesty: Non-nude variation; in their first meeting Bianca becomes very subdued after Harry winds up revealing her true form.
- Evil Is Petty:
- The reason she hates Thomas and Justine is because Thomas got Justine to be his sex partner instead of one of her whores. Also vamps Susan to give the middle finger to Harry. This turns out to be a very bad idea.
- Also, she hates Harry because she blames him for the death of one of her girls in Storm Front. To recount: she baselessly blames Harry for the death of the girl he came to interrogate Bianca about; Bianca then attacks Harry and makes him bleed; Harry defends himself and hurts her back; and Bianca gets who is now caught herself in bloodlust carried away when feeding afterwards and blames Harry for the death that she caused. Oh, and to make matters worse? She doesn't even remember the girl's name.
- Evil Redhead: Her meatsuit has auburn hair when Harry first meets her.
- Evil Virtues: Despite all of her flaws, she does make a point of making sure her girls are taken care of and she is furious when one is killed while on the job in "Storm Front".
- Foreshadowing: By the end of her appearance in Storm Front, she makes it perfectly clear that she intends to make Harry regret causing her pain and humiliation, which was the result of him defending himself from her essentially throwing a tantrum and trying to kill Harry.
- Karmic Death: She's killed by Harry summoning an army of ghosts of those she's killed. After tormenting spirits across Chicago and using the ghost of Leonid Kravos as part of her plan against Harry, she is ripped to pieces by the spirits of those she slew, with the spirit of the woman she killed whose death she blames Harry for delivering the final blow. And the only reason Harry was able to rile up so many spirits anyway was because Bianca had spent the time messing around with ghosts in the first place.
- Lesbian Vampire: Introduced with a nearly naked whore on her lap.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Bianca and most of her coven are killed by a ghost army comprised of her victims that Harry summons up, including the lover she killed in Storm Front. Note that Harry couldn't have done this without her coven having killed all of those people, and having stirred up all the ghosts in Chicago.
- I Just Want to Be Beautiful: Harry speculates this is the reason why she became so subdued after Harry takes out her flesh mask.
- Mugging the Monster: Yes, let's try to mess with Harry Dresden, the Black Sheep of the White Council. No way that will backfire.
- Never My Fault: Bianca accidentally kills her lover by draining all her blood, because Harry defended himself against the vampire and hurt her (Bianca) — so she blames Harry. Never mind the fact that she attacked him first, with almost no provocation, or that the woman was really more her slave than her lover, considering she'd gotten her addicted to her narcotic saliva. Still, this is very much the Red Court mindset.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: How have Bianca's actions screwed over her own side? Let me count the ways:
- First, starting the vampire war that ended in a total annihilation of the Red Court, at the hands of the very man she wanted revenge on no less.
- Turning Susan into a half-vampire ended up providing the means to create said total loss.
- That gravestone and tomb she gave to Harry saved his life (ish — he was a shade at that point).
- Giving that athame to Lea screwed over everyone, but Lea's revenge for it also helped destroy the Red Court.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The first and third books, as well as half of the fourth, are a direct result of Bianca's misdirected desire for Harry Dresden's death.
- Single Tear: After Harry subdues her. Harry being Harry, feels bad about it.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Only really important in the first and third book, but her actions effect the whole series at least up to Cold Days. Seriously, that party of hers was the catalyst for a ton of later events (and not all of them were negative).
- The most obvious is, of course, the Vampire War and everything that resulted from it.
- The Grave she gave Harry turned out to be a big help in Ghost Story.
- Giving Lea that athame led to her (and later on Maeve) being infected by Nemesis, and thus the events of Cold Days.
- She likely helped out Cowl and Kumori in some dangerous way (or vice versa), though what will result from that remains to be seen.
- Took a Level in Badass: Adds sorcery to her repertoire from Mavra's coaching, becoming very powerful. However, while she can match Harry in power, Harry has decades of combat experience compared to her three years of training.
- Vampires Are Rich: The Velvet Room was the nicest brothel in the city of Chicago and made her lots of money. That also ignore the fact she's probably had close to a century of building interest.
A Red Court noble and scientist trying to develop artificial methods of creating true love. Unfortunately, her experiments lead to three murder-suicide pacts within a single month, resulting in Dresden and Murphy going after her. Appears in the short story "Love Hurts".
- Evil Brit: She has the accent for it.
- Irony: Her love spell is based in the "Tunnel of Terror" ride.
- Loophole Abuse: When discovered, she thought that she had a measure of protection since the war with the vampires had hit a cold point, and she would be within her rights to kill Harry for interfering. After a brief conversation with Harry and Murphy on why she did it, it was clear they weren't going to let her go, so she ribs Murphy a bit. She would have possibly been victim of this herself since it was Murphy who killed her, but the one witness would likely not know who to report it to and the Red Court would likely just kill him out of hand.
- Love Potion: The belts of her ride act as one, binding the two riders in the car under the enchantment. This happens even if they are blood siblings.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Her work on inducing true love seemed to work out for thousands of couples, barring a few outliers which were adversely affected. LeBlanc brushed them off as an unfortunate but inevitable result. And when Dresden calls her out on experimenting on the minds of the unsuspecting masses, she made the argument that the world would ultimately be a happier place with love and without the White Court, but she didn't even try to hide that she was doing it for purely selfish reasoning.
- The Power of Love: Her experiment is about creating True Love artificially as a means of poisoning the well, so to speak, against the White Court. If she can create Love, the strongest of the emotions, then there could be a way to destroy the White Court by tainting their food supplies.
- Villain Ball:
- Given all the damage Dresden inflicted on the Red Court by that point, going up against him and Murphy with only a couple of human thugs as backup was a very unwise idea.
- Secondly, trying to pressing the buttons on Murphy by describing what the Reds had in store for Harry was a bad move on her part.
- Your Head Asplode: Courtesy of Murphy, though the first bullet was a painful hindrance, Murph ended up using the better part of a full magazine of her pistol.
A Red Court noble who led the attack on a Venatori outpost that was guarding a Shoggoth. Appeared in the comic War Cry.
- Bad Boss: He beats up his aide when she annoys him.
- Dirty Coward: Begs for his life after Harry pushes him into the jaws of a very hungry Shoggoth.
- Faux Affably Evil: His genial attitude vanished as soon as the Wardens and Venatori put up a serious fight.
- Ironic Death: He told his assistant that, in contrast to humans who can die of old age or illness, vampires die only when they are stupid. Then he dies...on account of his own stupidity.
- Meaningful Name: His name sounds like "bravado", which is an apt description of his character.
- Too Dumb to Live: He spent the whole series demanding the Shoggoth. Once Harry let it loose on him, he had no idea how to handle it and was devoured.
- Troll: During the attack on the outpost, he at one point has his troops throw rocks through the house's windows. The rocks aren't nearly as effective as a hail of gunfire would be and he knows it, but it freaks out his opponents nonetheless.
A female vampire who assisted Bravosa during his attack on the Venatori outpost in War Cry.
- Butt-Monkey: Slapped around by Bravosa for her perceived stupidity, then stabbed through the mouth by Thomas Raith.
- Dumbass Has a Point: While its ambiguous how intelligent she actually is, she is prone to impatience and Bravosa views very poorly about her intellect - but shes absolutely spot on to be worried about a new arrival who turns out to be Thomas Raith.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: Getting stabbed through the mouth would be quite fatal otherwise.
- Incompletely Trained: Bravosa quickly susses out that shes relatively newly Turned and not as experienced in Court matters or tactics as many other vampires are, evident with her still being said to have the impatience of a mortal.
- The Watson: Serves as this so Bravosa can explain his plan and his philosophies.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Shows up again after her injury by Raith, where Bravosa again grabs her - her seeming to be trying to flee the released Shoggoth. Given her boss is soon distracted and she isnt seen again, the most likely answer to this is that she did successfully flee soon after. Although even then, with what later happens to the Red Court...
Kyle and Kelly Hamilton
The Hamilton are a brother-sister team who serve as Bianca's henchmen, running her various "errands" for court business. They appear in Grave Peril.
- Butt-Monkey: Kelly especially is on the receiving end of this, receiving the most punishment for their trouble.
- They move in to intimidate and deliver an invitation to Harry, Kyle has legal protection as a messenger and Kelly gets fingered as not having the same luxury.
- They attack Harry, Kyle gets injured and Kelly gets fried by sunlight.
- They accost Harry and Michael at Bianca's ball, Kelly gets her hand burned by Michael's power of faith. Really, you would almost feel sorry for her.
- Costume Porn: For all their flaws, they sure do dress distinctively. Especially Kelly.
- The Dividual: In their case it's played as a Syndividual. They are reasonably distinct, but for the purposes of the plot, they move and act as a single entity.
- Kill It with Fire: Harry uses the power he stole from Kravos to kill them in a fire spell quite unlike his Fuego spell, and burns them to death during his attack on Bianca's mansion.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Implemented in a pretty dark way. Kyle is more restrained, cheerfully Faux Affably Evil, and keeps his mounting anger behind a fraying false smile. Kelly, on the other hand, is much hungrier and enthusiastic with her vampirism, and is clearly the less stable of the two because of it. After Harry kills them, Bianca remarks that Kelly's mindset would ensure that she wouldn't survive in the Court for long, and while Kyle would have outlasted her, it wouldn't be indefinitely.
- Sibling Team: The Hamiltons are brother and sister, and they're never seen apart.
- Those Two Bad Guys: A brother-sister team never seen apart? Natch.
- With Friends Like These...: In their last confrontation with Harry, Susan tosses Kyle hard into Kelly. Already insane with bloodlust, Kelly begins attacking the thing that hurt her last, Kyle, and he loses it too. Their fighting gave Harry the moment he needed to kill them both.
Esteban and Esmerelda Batiste
The Batistes, referred to disparagingly as the "Eebs" by Harry, are a pair of highly-skilled Red Court assassins dispatched by the Red King to either kill or capture Harry. They generally pose as a married couple, and have something resembling love and affection for one another.
- Affably Evil: The Eebs know their manners.
- Axe-Crazy: They like their job.
- Battle Couple: They're a highly dedicated vampire assassin couple.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: They are genuinely surprised by the concept of the Red King simply telling Arianna to not do her ritual.
- Boring, but Practical: Described their entire methodology. The Eebs prefer to hunt their prey using constant, low-risk pressure, such as sending mortal hitmen, doing drive-by shootings, firebombing buildings, and so on. Though individual hits have a low chance of success, they can keep up the pressure on their target until it sticks.
- Combat Pragmatist: Their entire strategy is to keep a constant stream of low tier, but still fatal attacks. They are also fully prepared to run from a stronger opponent.
- Dirty Coward: The Eebs do not expose themselves to danger if they can avoid it. Most famously, when Esteban first meets Harry face-to-face, his (admittedly warranted) response is to scream and run for his life.
- Fantastic Racism: They suffer a slight version of this. As they aren't from the original Mayan group of vampires, it is unlikely they will be allowed to ascend into the upper crust of Red Court nobility.
- Fate Worse than Death: Implied, when they lose the trial by combat in the Erlking's lair, he outright tells them that they're going to be subjected to Cold-Blooded Torture for the Goblins' amusement.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Esteban is about height with Harry, while Esmeralda is even shorter than Butters.
- Never Found the Body: First being held as quarry by the Erlking's minions, then being hit by the Death Curse, it seems likely that they won't make it. Then again, Harry mentions that a place deep in the Nevernever could be enough to shield them from the Death Curse, so they might have survived when Harry obliterates the Reds.
- Too Dumb to Live: Lies to the face of a fae king and later threatens him. Not many supernatural beings in Dresdenverse are that stupid.
- Unholy Matrimony: The Eebs seem to be quite affectionate and happy to be around each other. Martin disparages it as "complimentary insanities".
- The Vamp: In one scene, the Eebs kidnapped Harry so that they could "negotiate" with him against pursuing his feud with the Red Court. As for her attempts at dialogue, Esmerelda all but ravishes Harry there and then. Esteban acts like he didn't even notice.
Rachel, aka "Paula"
One of Bianca's employees at the Red Room. After Dresden wounded Bianca, Bianca accidentally killed Rachel by completely draining her blood, kicking off the conflict between them.
- Big Damn Heroes: Her ghost arrives Just in Time to prevent Bianca from murdering Susan in spite.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Rachel is a minor character who doesn't even survive the first half of the first novel. Dresden doesn't even learn her real name until the third novel. But her death instigates the vampire war which drives most of the first half of the entire series.
- Revenge: Toward the end of Grave Peril, it turns out her ghost has been haunting Bianca, but she didn't have enough power to really do anything until Harry poured a ton of magic into her and all the other victims haunting her house.
- Stage Name: Rachel used the name of Paula on stage. Dresden didn't even know this wasn't her real name until later, and he didn't start referring to her as Rachel until the Grave Peril case.
A mortal priestess of the Red King who takes charge of Dresden and his group once they arrive at Chichen Itza. Utterly devoted to her lord.
- Completely Unnecessary Translator: For the Red King, who turns out to speak English perfectly well.
- The Host: Of the duel between Dresden and Arianna.
- Karmic Death: She helped the Red Court sacrifice thousands of prisoners. When the remainder were freed, one of them caught her and bashed her head in.
- Ms. Fanservice: Her only clothes are a ceremonial cloak which barely covers her naughty bits and a belt. She takes even them off for some ceremonies.
- Non-Action Girl: She is a priestess, not a fighter. Her killer was several decades older than her, armed with only a rock, while Alamaya had knives on her person.
- Tactful Translation: She tries this, but the Red King slaps her and Dresden can tell he's ordering her to just translate whatever Dresden said no matter how rude it was.
- Undying Loyalty: She offers to let Dresden either kill her or, ahem 'defile her', just because the Red King told her to do so.
- Virgin Power: She's a virgin, but her abilities are not affected by it.
The Green Beret
An experienced veteran mercenary who supports the Red Court during their assault on a Venatori Outpost in War Cry.
- Badass Normal: He's a human in an army of vampires, but he actually inflicts all of the casualties that the Venatori suffers — he gets three kills, none of the vampires or other mercenaries get any.
- Berserk Button: He remains professional through most of his fight, but when McGuckin begins to taunt him, he snaps and savagely assaults him. This distracts him for long enough that Ischenko can grab the gun McGuckin knocked from his hand and shoot him.
- Elites Are More Glamorous: It's mentioned he was a Green Beret before joining the Red Court.
- Ironic Death: Killed by his own former hostage, Ischenko.
- Loophole Abuse: The vampires can't cross the threshold of the house, but pure mortals like this guy can.
- Sociopathic Soldier: A veteran who is gleeful about the chance to kill the Venatori.
- Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: Seems to be able to rotate its whole body if necessary.
- Black Eyesof Evil: Its whole body is black but shares its eye color with the Red Court.
- Bull Fight Boss: In addition to being the size of one, this is the best tactic for fighting it.
- Combat by Champion: Serves as one for the Reds during the Erlking's trial.
- The Dreaded: Susan has a major freak out in the FBI building after hearing its heartbeat.
- Four Legs Good, Two Legs Better: Can switch between them if necessary.
- Game-Breaking Injury: Gains one from Mouse, slowing it down enough to be defeated.
- Hell Is That Noise: The sound of its heartbeat signifies two things. First, the monster is in the general vicinity. Second, it's coming.
- Implacable Man: Takes Harry dropping a city bus sized stalactite on top it to put it down.
- Lightning Bruiser: A pretty strong and fast creature.
- Meaningful Name: It's Mayan for Dark and Eater respectively.
- Our Monsters Are Weird: It has the pitch-black combined facial features of a human, jaguar, wild boar and crocodile.
- The Unpronounceable: Harry just calls it the Ick.
- Signature Sound Effect: Its drum-like heartbeat.
A security guard Bianca's Velvet Room.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Harry takes note of the expensive suit specifically tailored for the guard, hiding his muscles.
- Blatant Lies: His lie that Bianca not being present didn't fool Harry.
- No Name Given: Fido is just Harry's nickname for him
- Oh, Crap!: When he realises Bianca killed Paula.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Luckily for Harry. Confisticates Harry's hidden knife and cane since they could be used as weapons. He does not confisticate his pendant thinking only a crucifix or cross will be problematic (not knowing any religious symbol will do) and lets in Harry's potion despite it not at all smelling like a cola as Harry claimed. Harry lampshades it as usual
The White Court
For Vittorio Malvora, see The Outsiders
The most human of the vampires, the White Court feed on emotional energy, rather than blood. White Court vampires are born, not made, and they look like eerily beautiful humans. They're immune to most of the traditional vampire weaknesses, but are literally allergic to the opposite emotion they feed off of. (Lust-Love; Fear-Courage; Despair-Hope). Also notable for their cultural Complexity Addiction.
- Affably Evil: Most of them at least try to be this.
- Allergic to Love: It burns the Raiths, literally.
- Always Chaotic Evil: Subverted. Thomas proves that, unlike the other Courts, Whites can resist their darker urges. It's hard, though, and most don't really bother.
- The Beautiful Elite: All of them are achingly beautiful. Harry describes Thomas as the lost Greek god of body cologne.
- Combat Pragmatist: Anastasia Luccio notes that without the protection of Sacred Hospitality, even more friendly vampires like Lara will not hesitate to use things like hidden claymores at the entrances to deal with troublesome wizards.
- Complexity Addiction: Whites hate getting their hands dirty and prefer to work through catspaws, pawns, and fall guys- the more complex a scheme is, the more respect it gets from the rest of the Court. It helps that they're usually regarded as the physically weakest of the Courts, lacking the ferocity of the Reds or the raw strength of the Blacks. As a result, it's viewed as a sign of weakness within the Court for a plan to rely on physically overpowering a foe. This bites Madrigal in the ass when Dresden arrives to confront him for killing magic-users that don't meet, or haven't yet met, the qualifications of the White Council to try and deprive the White Council for future members. Lord Raith/Lara immediately points out that this was an entirely predictable outcome to his 'cunning' plan because of how obviously wizards would react to their own being poached during 'infancy.'
- Decadent Court: Managing to combine this and terror itself with their treatment of their sexually enslaved human servants.
- Depraved Bisexual: Most of the Raiths, and other lust-feeders, aren't choosy about which gender they feed upon.
- Dhampir: Averted, as offspring of humans and Whites are potential full vampires whose traits manifest at puberty. They become full vampires the first time they use their powers in a sexual act, which typically leaves the sexual partner dead.
- Emotion Eater: Lust for the Raiths, Fear for the Malvoras and Despair for the Skavis.
- Fantastic Drug: Being fed off of by a Raith (and possibly all Whites, though Thomas suggests otherwise) is addictive. Their blood can inspire the same emotions that they feed on, as well.
- Heroic Host: Villainous host, rather (Thomas excepted). A well fed host has access to Super Strength, Super Speed, and a powerful Healing Factor.
- Horny Devils: The Raith family feeds on Lust, and have the ability to generate it in their victims.
- Horrible Hollywood: It's implied the White Court has extensive ties to the film industry. Making porn and slasher flicks is presumably a good practice for creatures that feed on emotions, and as Harry points out, it potentially goes much deeper than that - porn, for instance, can essentially be used to 'train' humans in how they should express desire/respond to certain situations. We also know they've been tied to other forms of entertainment for awhile; they commissioned Bram Stoker's Dracula.
- Horror Hunger: Known simply as 'the Hunger'. Some fight their hunger, curtailing it on a disciplined diet such as Lara and Thomas, while others have given into their Hunger so completely they feed on anything that moves. In the later case, it becomes their bane when the person is protected by some their weakness but the vampire cannot help but to feed.
- Immortality Begins at Twenty: Harry remarks that you could mistake the White King for Thomas, and that Thomas, despite being older sibling, looks younger than Harry by Cold Days.
- Imperiled in Pregnancy: The human women who bear the children of White Court males have a 50-50 chance of death either from the fetus killing the mother or complications post-birth. It isn't said how bad things are when the mother is a female White Vampire.
- In-Series Nickname: By Peace Talks some in Paranet have started calling them "Whampire" as an amalgamation of "White Court Vampire." Harry finds this silly, despite him calling Black Court vampires "Blampires."
- Light Is Not Good: The White Court favors a color scheme of white, silver, or some colors similar to them. From their clothing to the color of their cars all fall under that selection of colors. Their eyes have silver flecks when they start feeding and become fully silver when they are in a deeply famished state. It is also a sign they will likely kill the next person they sleep with.
- Logical Weakness: Each of the Houses' feeding diets can be stopped and hurt the vampire if they touch a person who represents the opposite of their preference.
- Lust-feeders like the Raiths suffer from touching one who is deeply and genuinely in love with another person. Even touching a symbol of that love, whether a wedding ring, gifted flower, or handmade scarf, will hurt the vampire.
- Fear-feeders like the Malvoras suffer from trying to consume a person who is courageous. It is presumed symbols of that courage will be similarly bad for them.
- Despair-feeders like the Skavis will "choke on hope." It is presumed symbols of that hope will be similarly bad for them.
- Motivational Lie: As discussed in "Bigfoot on Campus" the entire methodology of keeping the children in the dark, so the first time they have sex will kill their lover (in the case of the Raiths), is described as this. The child becomes a murderer and transformed into a sex monster, but is told this is okay. It is fine to kill humans and hurt them. It is what their parents' parents told them when they were young like the child now. And so on. They continue the lie because if they were to stop, it would mean everything the parents were taught and made to believe is false, and so on and so on. And so they became murderous monsters for no other reason than some ancient bastard's (or bitch's) beliefs.
- Open Secret: Within the Court's higher ranks, the fact Papa Raith is merely a figurehead with Lara holding the strings is this. Everyone knows it, but because that is the current game, it is what they must play until it is time for a coup of their own.
- Out with a Bang: Victims of the Raiths can die this way if they give too much.
- Raised by Humans: At least in the Raith family; Lord Raith makes very certain that none of his children know anything about their true nature or the supernatural world at large before they start to turn in late adolescence. It's implied this is a means of ensuring they cannot become human by finding someone who will truly love them and they love, because if their first meal as a vampire is someone who they love and loves them, it frees them from the vampire demon inside of them.
- Really 700 Years Old: They don't age and don't appear to die from old age either. Lara is at least as old as Luccio is.
- Super Speed: When moving at full speed, they tend to be described as blurs.
- Super Strength: While physical combat is a White's last resort (excepting Thomas), when well-fed Thomas is capable of matching a Black Court vampire (physically the strongest breed of vampire) in hand to hand combat, even when mortally wounded - though the effort nearly kills him. He's also shown mowing through ghouls on a boat deck in such a way that Dresden notes that they're the faceless extras of an action movie by comparison, armed only with a quarterstaff. Lara Raith is also mentioned as being 'capable of changing a fire truck's tyre without a jack'. However, they lack the stamina to keep it up and need to feed to replenish their reserves.
- The Symbiote: The Hunger of a White Court vampire results from a spirit known as a Phage attaching itself to a human. It's possible to drive the Phage off before the host's first feeding, leaving them fully human. Even after the Phage has fully bonded with the vampire, however, a White still retains their human soul to the point that they can still engage in soul-gazes and even are potential candidates to become Fae Knights.
- This Means War!: The unjustifiable murder of any noble in their court is grounds for war against the individual or group who causes it.
- "Uh-Oh" Eyes: White Court Vamp eyes act as a handy barometer for their internal state. Blue eyes are the mark of a well-fed and happy vamp. They get paler as they get hungrier, and the demons get stronger. Silver eyes mean it's past time to run.
- Vampires Are Rich: The Raiths have an entire series of mansions around the world. The lesser houses presumably also have substantial fortunes.
- Vampires Are Sex Gods: Thoroughly straight, especially for the Raith family, who literally feed on lust.
- Vampires Own Night Clubs: The Raiths do, at least.
Lord Raith, the White King
The King of the White Court, head of the Raith family.
- Abusive Parent: Rapes his daughters, using his vampiric abilities to turn them into his slaves by doing so. All his sons before Thomas have met with tragic accidents, and the same happens to rebellious daughters.
- Anti-Magic: He's protected, apparently by one of the Outsiders, so that most magic doesn't affect him.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He is the king of White Court, and in his prime the most powerful of them.
- Big Bad: He's the main antagonist of Blood Rites, being the one behind the murder of Arturo's workers and planning on killing Harry and Thomas to regain his lost glory and power, and in the backstory, he was described as leading the White Court to serious power.
- Big Bad Wannabe: By the time of the series, he's been reduced to this. While he used to have the power to back up his reputation, after years of being unable to replenish his energies he's much less formidable than he was, and relies on 8bluffing his way out of conflict.
- Brandishment Bluff: His method of surviving nearly thirty years after Margaret stripped him of his ability to feed is to rely solely on the fearsome reputation that he spent centuries building. However, he could still throw down and had his reserves, but unable to refill them meant he was very careful about how much of a display he would put on, and he also still had his Outsider protection.
- Cain and Abel: Sent Madrigal and Madeleine's father skydiving without a parachute or clothes.
- Cool, but Inefficient: His apparent insistence on using identical twins for servants may be nicely symmetrical, but doesn't exactly ensure the best quality of service, especially when he has conditioned them into thralls with guns.
- Decadent Court: He used to be an energetic and expansionist kind of king. But Margaret's death curse forced him to completely refocus his priorities, pitting the other players against one another to hide his own weakness.
- Deadpan Snarker: While it's unclear whether it's whatever is left of him speaking or Lara speaking through him, he displays a considerable capacity for dry wit in White Night, getting an absolute gem when Dresden and Ramirez call out Vittorio and Madrigal.
- Decoy Leader: As of Blood Rites Lara is the real leader of the White Court, but pretends he's still in charge to avoid being challenged by the other houses.
- Depraved Bisexual: Averted unlike every other Raith we've seen, it's strongly implied he's strictly heterosexual. Hence why he rapes his daughters into submission, but kills his sons.
- Engineered Public Confession: Public is stretching it a bit, but Harry arranged that he would admit to his weakness with Lara secretly close enough to overhear. And also that he didn't care about Lara beyond her use as a tool. She didn't take this revelation or at least, confirmation, going by the rest of the conversation very well.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: When he and Margaret invited McCoy to a dinner they were holding, the two of them fought like only family members can. Arianna, who was in attendance, clicked to it immediately. Raith, who never had any sane, normal definition of family, screwed-up or not, never did.
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: He's described as a very handsome man and near identical looking to his son Thomas, but is wicked to the core.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's very polite and well mannered but is a vicious sociopath and Serial Rapist underneath that.
- Hidden Depths: Turns out he is a very good painter.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Lara enslaves him as he did his daughters.
- Informed Ability: Across Blood Rites, he's built up as an epic badass without doing anything on page to justify it. This turns out to be a plot point; with Harry and Thomas' mother's death curse still on him, his ability to feed and thereby replenish his powers is cut off. The only way he's stayed in power is by maintaining the illusion that he's at full strength, and when Lara hears from his own lips how weak he is as well as an admission that he never saw her as more than a tool, well...
- Kiss of Death: Coined the phrase, according to Thomas, by literally killing people with a kiss.
- Laser-Guided Karma:
- He kills Margaret with an entropy curse. She, with the last of her life, curses him right back and inhibits his ability to feed, turning the Court back from its expansionist ways and forcing him to spend the rest of his life afraid of all the enemies he's made finding out how weak he really is. He also gets brought down by her children.
- He abuses and rapes his daughter into a servant who he can dispose of should she become useless. When Harry and Murphy weakens him thoroughly, and Lara finds out he is weak and cannot defend himself, she turns the tables and now he is her puppet after she rapes him right back.
- Mad Artist: Lara described his gallery as his psychotic little egomaniac when she helped him hang Margaret's portrait into his collection after she died.
- Make It Look Like an Accident: Like all the Whites, his preferred method of dealing with people.
- Many of his sons and rebellious daughters die from one accident or another which cannot be traced back to him. Thomas barely avoids these situations.
- Margaret died in childbirth. He had nothing to do with it.
- In Blood Rites, he tries to kill Harry while Harry is under the protection of Lara and Sacred Hospitality by sending his coming-of-age daughter Inari to return Mouse to him.
- His brother died in a parachuting accident he had nothing to do with either.
- No Name Given: His given name remains unstated, although most of his relatives' names are known.
- Offing the Offspring: He kills all his male offspring since he won't rape them into submission.
- Parental Incest: How he treats his daughters. Lara eventually returns the favor.
- Puppet King: Turned into one by Lara at the end of Blood Rites.
- Resignations Not Accepted: When Genosa leaves Raith's Silverlight Studios to form his own production company, Raith refuses to allow it not only is this a slight against him, but Genosa's pornography films focus on true love and meaningful relationships (both anathema to the White Court) instead of the cheap lust that Raith's films promote. He also hires performers that don't have the Greek God physique that White Court vampires use as seductive tools, thus depriving them of such psychological conditioning of public as well. Raith thus resolves to kill Genosa.
- Serial Rapist: Of his daughters as well as in general. He's claimed to have broken thousands.
- The Sociopath: Raith cares for no one but his own hedonistic desires, and is an extremly cruel monster on top of that.
- Smug Snake: He was arrogant and confident enough that he underestimated Harry to his own downfall.
- Strong Family Resemblance: He and Thomas apparently look near-identical.
- Thicker Than Water: He deliberately instils this attitude in his family... because it makes them easier to handle. Ironic in that it makes his children loyal to each other as well as him, which eventually leads to his downfall when Lara has the choice between saving Thomas and destroying her now weakened father who admits he would sacrifice Lara if it means his survival, or helping her wounded father and damning Thomas to die and Inari to be raped like she was.
- Vampire Monarch: Raith used to be the King of the White Court until his daughter turned him into her puppet now he's still the White King, but as Harry notes, it's unclear how much of his mind is left.
- Your Days Are Numbered: Lara hinted in Peace Talks that Raith will die sooner or later as his hunger continues to feed on his lifeforce.
- You Killed My Father: Mother, actually. Raith uses his entropy curse to make it appear Harry's mother had died in childbirth.
A White Court vampire who doesn't want to be. Thomas is one of the White King's youngest children, and the only male one still alive. As an incubus, he feeds on life force, and as a Raith, his preferred emotion is lust. While the vampirism means he can occasionally manage feats of enormous badassery, afterward he gets very hungry, and that can easily kill the food source. For years, his primary "meal" was Justine, but when he almost killed her he finally got fed up (so to speak) with the usually incubus order of business and decided to try to break out of it.
Narrates the short story "Backup".
- Agent Peacock: A powerful warrior with impeccable fashion sense.
- Aloof Big Brother: To Inari, though it's clear to everyone how fond and protective of her he is.
- Always Camp: At the end of White Night, Harry finds out that Thomas is taking advantage of this trope to run his salon without suspicion.
- Badass in Distress: Thomas often gets kidnapped in the series.
- Beard of Sorrow: At the end of Ghost Story, he's grown one of these after he learned that Harry died.
- Big Brother Instinct: According to Lara, he's extremely loyal to and protective of his siblings, especially Inari and Harry.
- Big Damn Heroes: How he is perceived by many in House Raith after the events of White Night. It is true he had to engage in physical combat, but, as they see it, his use of Harry and the White Council to ruin Malvora and Skavis' coup attempts and force them into combat, which they lost, is an excellent gambit. He only physically arrived to help when Vitto called in the uber-ghouls which threatened everyone, and he came with his own army of fighters to help save the Raith nobility.
- Break the Cutie: In addition to getting broken after he breaks Justine, the naagloshii in Turn Coat tortures him into at least temporarily stopping his attempt at Friendly Neighborhood Vampires.
- Can't Have Sex, Ever: With Justine, since they're in love. Irony's a bitch. As of Ghost Story, she's found a solution.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: In his first two appearances, and the second half of his third, he pretends to be more or less harmless, but proves that he's actually an extremely good fighter. He's also an extremely competent schemer when he wants to be, and his vampire demon is (according to Justine) the most powerful in the entire White Court save possibly for Lara's and even then, it's suggested that his might be stronger. Oh, and in the background, he's fighting the Oblivion War, dealing with entities related to the Outsiders, which even Harry is unaware of. He's also successfully concealed the fact that he actually can use magic and while it's very minimal, only really good for things like the odd tracking spell, as "Backup" proves, those can come in very useful.
- Dance Battler:
- Implied in a subtle way. Thomas hums "Froggy Goes A Courtin'" under his breath before major fights. Combined with his graceful movements, it's likely that he times his movements to the song.
- Much more blatant in Changes, where he breakdances to Molly's One Woman Rave spell, while dispatching enemies with saber and gun.
- Deadpan Snarker: He's just about the only person to invariably keep up with Harry in this regard, and "Backup", narrated by Thomas, shows that he's arguably an even better snarker than Harry is, memorably describing his brother as "Gandalf on crack and an IV of Red Bull."
- Distracted by the Sexy: Does this without even trying. Harry describes him walking down the street as looking like "one of those silly cologne commercials."
- Dual Wielding: Thomas most commonly uses a cavalry saber and a kukri as his melee weapons.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Thomas literally throws Harry's girlfriend Susan to the Red Court vampires to save his girlfriend Justine. And then he's unable to be with Justine. Karma's a bitch.
- Perhaps even more than that. Susan was a tough but an ordinary reporter. By causing her transformation into a vampire, he caused problems with Harry and Susan from being intimate or living together, Susan having to leave the country and job to fight the Red Court from the shadows, Susan and Harry's child being in danger which culminated in Harry having to kill Susan to protect their daughter. In return, Thomas nearly ends up killing Justine after feeding on her while injured, has physical and political problems in being with her, gets thrown out of the White Court, had problems holding down several jobs, gets his car permanently wrecked along with Harry's Blue Beetle by the Red Court, has to fight the even more secret and problematic Oblivion War, forced to attempt an assasination on the Svartalf king to save Justine and his unborn child, resulting in his assistabt being killed thereby breaking his friendship with their relatives, and then it turns out Justine has been possessed by Nemesis for years. Heck he didn't even get Justine back from Bianca after betraying Susan, he had to go to Harry for it. Basically, everything Harry and Susan had to suffer, he had to go through with interest.
- Mr. Fanservice: Harry snarks that Thomas looks like "the forgotten Greek god of body cologne". Like the gods of myth, he has a suitable curse, i.e. So Beautiful It's a Curse since his Mr. Fanservice-ness is is a huge part of why he can't hold down a part time job. As Harry observes, it's probably much easier being an incubus in nightclubs while hanging out with celebrities than it is while working at a drive-in.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Tends to prompt comments along the lines of "I'm not gay, but even I think he's hot."
- Evil Feels Good: After the skinwalker gets through with him, he appears to have this mindset. That said, the end of Turn Coat implies that it could just be an obfuscation to appear like a good vampire now, with Changes and Ghost Story tacitly confirming it, with the latter leading to Justine figuring out a neat way around his previous feeding problems.
- Expy: He whistles weird songs to himself during a fight, carries an enormous personal sidearm, is far more financially successful than the protagonist (for most of the series, anyway), has a really cool car, drives the protagonist around a lot, is a fashion plate, and his relationship with the protagonist is both close and heavily dependent upon constantly busting on each other. If Thomas was black, he'd basically be Hawk from the Spenser novels. (Butcher has mentioned that Parker is an influence.)
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampires: The only one who could possibly be said to play this straight.
- Heroic BSoD: Enters one after Harry dies.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: And is very good with it too. He has slaughtered several platoons of Red Court vampires with it.
- Horny Devils: As a House Raith vampire, he definitely qualifies.
- Hidden Depths: "Backup" is a story from Thomas' point of view, allowing one to learn a lot about him that isn't apparent from Harry's point of view. Thomas had deep self-loathing about his nature as a vampire, he can also use magic (though his abilities are mostly limited to the odd tracking spell, and he describes his skill as nowhere near Harry's) and that he's got huge amount of respect and admiration for Harry, but he just doesn't say it.
- I Have Your Wife: He fell a victim to this when Nemesis possessing Justine threatens to kill Justine and their unborn child if he doesn't attack Etri.
- Kukris Are Kool: The most distinctive Weapon of Choice Thomas has.
- The Lancer: To Harry. Their personalities are very different (though not quite as different as they immediately appear), but they love each other and won't hesitate to defend the other.
- Long-Lost Relative: Harry's long-lost half-brother.
- Mate or Die: Thomas deliberately starves himself, since he doesn't want to hurt people. After Justine finds a third option by bringing in another woman to be with, removing her protection and then being with Thomas, he is a lot better fed.
- Mistaken for Gay:
- A deliberate case, since it was the best way he could come up with to keep women from constantly trying to seduce him.
- People sometimes confuse him and Harry for gay lovers, especially when Thomas was living at Harry's place temporarily. Thomas doesn't exactly help with clearing things up.
- His apartment is set up in a very flamboyant way with all but one room screaming Camp Gay. This is to hide the fact the last room is filled with ammo, explosives, guns, and other highly illegal or questionable things. And he set things up so when Harry visited, he would be mistaken for his lover.
- Obfuscating Stupidity:
- The only reason he survived his father is because he intentionally appeared to not be a threat. As a Raith, that means appearing incapable of plotting or higher level thought. This is most evident in his early interactions with Harry, where he can best be described as "an embarrassment to his family". And, as later stories show, he may be continuing this, to a degree, with Harry himself so as to protect him.
- Inverted for a time with Lara, who figured out his stupidity was an act. He countered this by pretending to be more wise and informed than he was, as she wouldn't go against him until she figured out what he knew.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: In "Backup", he tracks down the member of the Stygian Sisterhood who tricked Harry and tried to use him to get a book of eldritch lore released to the general public and give an ancient demon-god a foothold once more, and kills her by feeding her to his demon.
- Psychic Powers: Like all White Court vampires, he has a degree of these, mostly based around a "come-hither" effect. However, in "Backup", it's also noted that he instinctively knows what will turn a woman on and thus make it easier to feed.
- The Pornomancer: Deconstructed. As an incubus, women literally throw themselves at him, and while that works just fine as part of the high-society playboy persona he's got going as a member of House Raith, it means he can't hold a minimum-wage job because when he inevitably gets sexually assaulted, he gets blamed.
- Redemption Failure: After nearly killing Justine, he works really hard to become a Vegetarian Vampire. And then Shagnasty happens.
- Rebel Prince: Doesn't want to join the family business, and actively works against them when it's the right thing to do.
- Romance and Sexuality Separation: Justine and the White Court vampire Thomas Raith truly love each other... which means The Power of Love burns any vampire who touches her, including him. He still needs to feed on Life Energy, though, so he has any number of casual partners.
- Secret Keeper:
- He kept the fact he and Harry were siblings from Harry for a few years after they met.
- He is part of the Oblivion War with a job to make sure it stays secret. The more who know about the ancient demon-gods trying to get a foothold in the human reality the easier it is for the foothold to be established.
- Sibling Team: Thomas is very much a One-Man Army, but put him on a field with Lara Raith or Harry Dresden at his side and its a slaughterfest on their enemies.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: Word of God reveals that he and Justine are like this in private. Harry actually gets to see this in a vision in Ghost Story."I know what the relationship is in my head like right now. They're actually happier now than they've been in ever. But it's all happening behind the scenes and nobody can see because Thomas has to have his bad ass vampire face on whenever he's in public. But when they are alone together, nothing else going on, they're like totally cute. Justine wears like these grownup version of footie pajamas so that she can snuggle up next to him on the couch and watch TV without actually burning him. They don't have like a normal relationship or anything like one, but they've kinda adjusted, they're fairly happy."
- Significant Birth Date: As discussed in "It's My Birthday Too", he was born on Valentine's Day.
- Shipper on Deck: For Harry and Murphy. Although he's fine helping Harry get together with Luccio if it means his brother finally gets laid.
- Super Strength: From what we've seen, Thomas is the strongest White Court vampire, able to beat down Black Court vampires who are usually magnitudes stronger than White Court vampires.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Justine.
- Sword and Gun: As mentioned below in Weapon of Choice, this is his preferred fighting style.
- Tell Me About My Father: Unlike Harry, Thomas actually has some memories of their mother, something which makes Harry very jealous.
- Thicker Than Water: As Lara says, he'd rather saw off his right arm than see any of his siblings hurt. Even the evil ones.
- Troll: He's not above messing with Harry just for the fun of it. See Mistaken for Gay for a good example.
- The Unfavorite: His father tries to kill him, like he did the rest of his sons (though given what Lord Raith did to his daughters against their will, attempted murder might be better...) Also, his mother abandoned him when he was five to give birth to his brother Harry (though that was at least in in part to get away from Lord Raith, and there's no indication she didn't care for Thomas).
- Vampire Doctor: Thomas gets a job where he poses as a gay hairdresser in order to feed on non-harmful bits of his clients' emotions without harming anyone, save himself. This level of feeding leaves him constantly starved but is just enough that he can keep his Hunger in check and not give in and feed more deeply on anyone or manipulate their emotions so that they want him to.
- Verbal Tic: Occasionally uses his sister's, referring to Harry as "brother mine".
- Warm Blood Bags Are Everywhere: He suffers from this during his vegetarian phase. When he feeds, not only did he just resist and take only a nibble of the women, because of his inherent powers drawing in prey when he's hungry, it makes maintaining a muggle job practically impossible as his female coworkers assault him.
- Watch The Paintjob: Anytime he is on a mission with Harry, his vehicles tend to get messed up.
- Weapon of Choice: Thomas commonly carries both an old US Cavalry saber and a kurki, and packs either a sawed-off shotgun or a Desert Eagle. In Changes, he swaps the cavalry saber for a falcata.
White Court vampire, older half-sister of Thomas Raith through their father the White King. Noted as the most powerful of her sisters, if not the most beautiful (no, really). As a succubus, she feeds on life force, and as a Raith, her preferred emotion is lust. After the events of Blood Rites, she unofficially became acting head of the Raith family; her father the White King is now merely her puppet. Also a member of the Venatori and a participant in the Oblivion War.
When acting, she uses the stage name Lara Romany.
- Actually Pretty Funny: When Harry calls her an "apex sexual predator", all Lara does is give an amused smirk and point out that he's not wrong.
- Affably Evil: In the folder quote, she actually calls herself a "habitually neat, polite, civil, and efficient monster". And then she eats the soul of a wounded security guard.
- Anti-Villain: She's not as anti as Marcone, but in any conflict with another villain, she's almost always the lesser evil (you've really got to root for her against both her father and the Skinwalker, for example). It's not that she's not evil, just that really blatant, destructive evil isn't her style, and doesn't suit her purposes. However, as Turn Coat makes clear, she is a monster, and is thus on Harry's hit-list.
- Arranged Marriage: Ends up engaged to Harry after failing to consider all the ramifications of seeking a long-term alliance with the Winter Court. While neither of them actively dislikes the other, and they understand that it's of vital political importance, they're both about as reluctant as you might expect, especially after the trauma of Battle Ground.
- Bad Boss/Benevolent Boss: Zig-Zags between the two. On the one hand, she doesn't habitually feed on her security staff to control them, she pays them well, treats them with respect, and listens to their advice and trusts their expertise... but if they get critically injured and she or her family are in need, she won't hesitate to eat them.
- Berserk Button: It wasn't that Harry refused her offer of alliance, forces her to pay wergild to the women killed by her Court, the destruction of the Raith Deeps, or destruction of part of her home as a consequence to Harry saving their lives from the destruction of the Raith Deeps that pissed her off that one night. It was Harry asking for some Listerine after their prolonged kiss. Second is accusing her of not caring for her family which lead to her to threaten to cut someone's throat.
- Big Sister Instinct: Is only protective of her siblings to the misfortune of her cousins... in her own twisted way. For example, she decides the only way to protect Thomas from their father's wrath and torture is by killing him first though she does immediately back down when another, more-likely-to-succeed course of action is presented.
- Bullying a Dragon:
- A carefully invoked example. In White Night she purposefully uses dew drop fairies, the small ones like Toot-Toot, on her land as lamps to line the way to the meeting, just to see what Summer and Winter will do (after their apparent total lack of response to the Red Court's infringement on their territory), with Harry describing it as a small, but deliberate insult.
- She thought she could call in favors with Mab the Winter Queen and have it go her way. Anyone who knows about the Dresdenverse fae would know how spectacularly wrong she is.
- Character Focus: She serves as the Supporting Protagonist of Peace Talks.
- The Chessmaster: Goes with the territory, since she's a high-ranking White Court vampire.
- Coitus Uninterruptus: In "Backup", Thomas notices that as she's giving him orders over the phone she's also having sex with at least two women.
- Cool Car: In Turn Coat, she loaned Harry a Rolls Royce Silver Wraith. It is so unspeakably awesome that most of the cast spends at least a couple of minutes worshipping at its shrine.
- Daddy's Little Villain: But considering this is Lord Raith we're talking about...
- Dark Action Girl: She makes no bones about the fact she is not a good person. She also doesn't shy away from a direct confrontation if there is no other alternative.
- Depraved Bisexual: At the climax of Turn Coat, she rapes one of her female cousins to death. While disembowelling, and possibly eating her (there's mentioned to be very little left of said cousin once she's done). Making said cousin enjoy every second of it. While purring about how's she's dreamed about it since they were both girls (which means decades, if not centuries).
- Epiphanic Prison: In Blood Rites she finally realizes in her heart her father sees her as disposable and has never loved her. While she knew this in her mind, her heart refuses to accept it and only when Harry got Raith to confess to these fact did she finally accept it and know she could break from her father and never have to worry about being harmed again.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She does truly love her family and wants the best for them despite her being evil.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She is a powerful succubus capable of changing a firetruck's engine with her own hands. She will drain the life of people to fill her hunger. And then there's what she did to Madeline. That being said, she has a deep sense of honor and duty, especially to her family. Even if it costs her her life, she will abide by her standards. In Peace Talks she outright admits that as much as a monster as she might be, taking revenge on the family of her enemies is not something that she indulges in (which is actually quite fitting, considering she herself is an example of Even Evil Has Loved Ones). Furthermore, in Battle Ground, she's horrified when Mab casually states that she and Dresden will be wed to arrange a formal alliance between the Winter and White Courts, as Harry's love Murphy has been dead for less than four days at that point. Eventually, Mab is willing to move the ceremony into taking place one year in the future... but they will still be wed no matter what. Lara also winces in sympathy when Mab orders Molly (who still has been holding a torch for Harry) to plan Lara and Harry's wedding.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: After the climax of Peace Talks it takes several minutes of Harry calmly explaining that binding Thomas into Demonreach's prison cells to safeguard him from pursuers and save him from his own Hunger devouring him is not some elaborate long game by Harry to make sure Lara will keep Harry alive and well and maintaining the moral superiority at that, and even then she is shocked by his noble actions.
- Fan Disservice: Turn Coat has the lovely Lara providing one of the most hideous and nightmarishly horrifiying moments in the entire series when she finally tracks down the White Court's traitor to the Black Council. Her method of killing the traitorous Madeline involved pulling out her cousin's intestines while psychically feeding off her (and possibly about to physically eat her there was apparently very little of Madeline left afterwards). And all of this while Lara was black and crispy after surviving a bomb going off next to her.Lara: (to Madeline) I've wanted to do this since we were girls...
- Flash Step: When in a very bad place (like the climax of White Night), she shows she's capable of this.
- Friendly Enemy: With Harry. Lara's seemingly always had a soft spot and degree of infatuation for Harry, regardless of the fact that she sometimes finds him infuriating or on antagonistic terms, and especially since she's aware that he's technically family. They know each other well enough to be affable when not in combat, but Lara makes it clear she is still a monster who will sacrifice three injured men if it means saving the lives of her sisters and healing her own severe injuries. Harry replies for that reason he will stop her one day. "Luckily," things don't go that way. Lara asks Mab for a political alliance with Winter as a Favor, and Mab agrees by engaging her and Harry on the spot in an Arranged Marriage to seal the alliance. While they don't dislike each other, Harry and Lara, and especially Molly, are shocked at the abruptness and aren't really in a place where they can deal with that at the moment.
- Ignore the Fanservice: She has been ignored twice in a single century when she pursued expanding a professional relationship into something more intimate. The ones to refuse her? Harry and Marcone. According to Thomas, she was not pleased by this.
- Irony: See her Arranged Marriage. After multiple books featured her very stridently trying to either seduce Harry to her side as a thrall or ally, its only right as she becomes a Shipper on Deck for him and Murphy that Mab sets them up for a political marriage - one neither she nor Dresden want.
- Kingpin in His Gym: On two occasions, Harry comes to her for information while she's training in her dojo, and has to spar with her for it.
- Lady of War: While she doesn't fight often, when she does it's a textbook example of this trope. Take Harry's narration of Lara in the climax of White Night:Harry: [thinking] In that moment, Lara was more than simply a vampire of the White Court, a succubus, pale and deadly. She was a reminder of the days gone by, when mankind paid homage to blood-soaked goddess of war and death, revered the dark side of the protective maternal spirit, the savage core of the strength that still allowed tiny women to lift cars off their children, or turn upon their tormentors with newfound power. Lara's power, at the moment, hovered around her, deadly in its primal seduction, its sheer strength.
- Lesser of Two Evils: Usually the reason Harry teams up with her.
- Mexican Standoff: She is stuck in one with Harry, with secrets being their weapons. Harry knows she is the woman behind the man and outing that would destroy her political power in the White Court. Lara knows Harry and Thomas are brothers and outing that would destroy Harry's credibility with the White Council. So, they decide to keep each others' secrets for the time being.
- Moral Sociopathy: This is easily the best way to describe Lara's equivalent of a moral compass. On the one hand, she freely calls herself a monster and doesn't care at all about the fact that her family eats people to survive. On the other hand, she has something vaguely analogous to a conscience in that she sincerely loves her family and also has a fiercely honorable side that she refuses to stray from.
- More Deadly Than the Male: Much more ruthless then Thomas or Harry and willing to end threats to her power in very brutal ways. Harry wonders if helping her seize control of her House through her puppet-father made the White Court was a good thing, in the long run under the crippled Lord Raith, the White Court was going nowhere, with internal rivalries breaking out within House Raith and the Court at large. Under Lara, the Court is unified once more, as well as being much more ambitious, practical, and downright deadlier than it was under the previous administration.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: While Harry admittedly didn't go to her until his back was to the wall, Lord Raith's crippling had meant that the White Court's agenda suddenly became a lot less aggressive and expansionist, wracked by infighting as Raith tried to stay in power despite his personal weakness. As Harry later admits, putting Lara in charge instead means they're on the road to recovery, which is not a good thing for almost anyone else.
- Not Hyperbole: Viciously snarls in Turn Coat that she will "tear out Madeline's entrails" after learning that her cousin betrayed her and was trying to mastermind a revitalization of hostilities between the White Council and Vampire Courts. And as a thoroughly nauseated Harry learns shortly in the same novel, she was not kidding, as she disembowels Madeline while simultaneously raping her to death.
- Not Me This Time: She openly states she had nothing to do with Evelyn Derek's enthralling. For one thing, it was hideously crude.
- Open Secret: Within the White Court at least, Lara is now effectively the White Queen and her father little more than a figurehead. Everybody involved pretends that Lord Raith is still in power to project an image of business as usual and a probable lack of evidence, and fear of the consequences of defying Lara.
- Pet the Dog: She really cares about her family, and looks out for Justine when Thomas can't.
- The Plan/Gambit Roulette: She's White Court. It's what she does. And she's good at what she does.
- Pragmatic Villainy:
- She's a lot nicer to have as an enemy than her father was, but she's ultimately much more dangerous.
- She fights in the Oblivion War because if the ancient evil forces win, she will lose her feeding stock of humans.
- The same applies to her role in the fight against the Fomor in Cold Days, on the grounds that the Fomor are challenging for her herd. And while her teams are very effective backup, each instance of helping out leads to her getting just a little bit more intel on the more vulnerable magical talents...
- Promotion to Parent: In Peace Talks she reveals that she was Thomas' nanny in his infancy, changing his diapers and watching him when Margaret was busy or out of the house. She also taught him how to read and write. As she is the oldest living sibling, she likely did the same for many of her other siblings.
- Royal Rapier: Is seen using one in Blood Rites and Turn Coat, with the Blood Rites version having rubies in the shape of a rose on the hilt.
- Scars Are Forever: She bears a circular scar on her hand from the time she grabbed the wrong wedding ring and the Love within it burned her.
- Secret Keeper:
- She is one of a handful to know her father is a puppet now and wants to keep it that way.
- She is part of the Oblivion War with a job to make sure it stays secret. The more who know about the ancient demon-gods trying to get a foothold in the human reality the easier it is for the foothold to be established.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: In Peace Talks she reveals she has known for decades Thomas is Ebenezer's grandson but never acted on this information because of the harm it can do to her family.
- Shipper on Deck: Despite the fact that it gives him a magical protection that burns her to the touch, Lara is genuinely pleased in Peace Talks to learn that Harry and Karrin have finally gotten together, and is visibly sickened when Mab tries to arrange a marriage between her and Dresden just days after Murphy's tragic demise.
- Stage Name: She goes by Lara Romany when working as an actress in Genosa's movies.
- Stupidity-Inducing Attack: Lara uses this to turn Lord Raith into her weak-willed puppet, using the same methods he used against her and her sisters.
- Sword and Gun: Like brother, like sister she often wields a pistol alongside her sword. Given that she and Thomas are both Venatori, one supposes it comes with the territory.
- The Vamp: Being a succubus and social predator, it sort of comes with the hat.
- Took a Level in Badass: She has trouble killing a Black Court Vamp in Blood Rites. By White Night and Turn Coat she's taking on Uber-Ghouls and survives tangling with a skinwalker as well as surviving a point-blank landmine as a corpse powered by pure rage. Guess being in charge has its perks.
- Verbal Tic: When speaking affectionately to others, she'll sometimes call them "(title) mine", i.e. calling Harry "wizard mine" or Thomas "brother mine".
- Villainous Valor: Lara is by her very nature a predatory killer seeking to dominate and rule humanity as her food source... but shows quite plainly that she by no means lacks personal bravery, in particular during the climactic battle in the Deeps; she forsakes opportunities to escape and stay with Harry because she gave him safe conduct.
- We Can Rule Together: Offers Harry a position in House Raith several times. Ironically, neither of them are particularly pleased when it actually happens.
- Weapon of Choice: Is normally described as wielding what Harry calls a "wavy-bladed sword" (probably a kris or kalis), or occasionally a rapier accompanied with some type of pistol.
- Worthy Opponent: She has respect for Harry ever since he tricked her into being in the right place to hear her father confess to his crippling and his view of Lara. She thought she was using him and learns she was very wrong.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: While she greatly respects her security forces and their skills and the sacrifice they made for the House, if it comes to a choice between nursing the injured security back to health and her recovering from a serious injury, she will have the men make one final sacrifice to her House.
- You Owe Me: Lara's part of the plot in Peace Talks kicks off with her calling in this to Mab. She did somethings impressive enough to be owed three favors from the Queen of Air and Darkness. She is being paid back two of them with Mab enforcing Harry to fulfill them.
One of Thomas and Lara's cousins, Madrigal prefers to feed off fear instead of lust. He masquerades as the horror movie director Darby Crane. Harry first meets him in Proven Guilty, when he tries to sell Harry to his enemies on eBay.
- Anti-Magic: He has a pair of enchanted gauntlets that shed magic quite easily. However, they don't hold a candle to Luccio's work on the silver swords of the Wardens.
- Big Bad Wannabe:
- He wants to be the Big Bad in Proven Guilty, but then it turns out he's being set up by the real culprits.
- In White Night, he tries to be in a Big Bad Duumvirate with Vittorio (and wants to get into the Black Council), but in the end he ends up being The Millstone, because he got Harry involved due to a personal vendetta, with Vittorio bluntly asking Cowl if he should just kill Madrigal for his stupidity.
- Dirty Coward: Bolts when the Scarecrow shows up after he kidnaps Harry, and later on he tries to back out of the Duel to the Death in the Deeps when Harry and Ramirez show up.
- Dumbass Has a Point: When trying to back out of the Duel to the Death at the Deeps, he points out that this sort of thing is what Harry does best, and it's an extremely bad idea to fight him. He turns out to be completely right, and he is killed in the battle (though not by Harry) he dies when Ramirez uses his Warden sword to cut loose an enchantment protecting him from physical harm. The energy of the spell backfired and killed him, though Harry applied the coup de grace with a force blast that sent him flying into the wall and down into the Deeps).
- Emotion Eater: Prefers fear, saying it is more satisfying than lust.
- False Confession: He and Vitto claim responsibility for the murder of female practitioners, hoping to steal the thunder from House Skavis. This bites him in the back as it gives Harry the perfect justification to demand justice i.e. a Duel to the Death with the murderers for these crimes.
- Faux Affably Evil: Less so than Lara or Papa Raith, but he can be charming, when he tries. That happens rarely, however; he prefers to simply use his vampire mojo.
- Red Herring: In Proven Guilty, Madrigal was meant to take the blame for the phage attacks on the convention.
- Revenge Before Reason: Deliberately draws Harry into the Gambit Pileup in White Night in hopes that Harry will get killed. Not only does Harry not die, but he figures out exactly what has been going on and shows up at exactly the right moment to ruin the Malvoras' plans. The stupidity of doing so is lampshaded several times.
- Smug Snake: He tries for magnificence. It doesn't work out, mostly because he keeps on thinking that Harry is nothing but Dumb Muscle.
- Too Dumb to Live: Deliberately gets Harry Dresden involved in the Malvora and Skavis' plans, in the attempt to kill him. Harry survives, figures everything out, challenges Madrigal and Vitto to a duel (resulting in Madrigal's death at the hands of Ramirez), and ruins the plans of both the Malvora and the Skavis. And then the Deeps explode.
- Villains Never Lie: In Proven Guilty when he swears to be honest with Thomas, Thomas trusts his word on him not being the one behind the attacks.
- Weapon of Choice: Prefers to use a long spear.
- Xanatos Gambit: He tries doing this by luring Harry to attack the Skavis if Harry wins, great, their competitor is gone, and now they can claim credit for what he did. If Harry loses, then he dies and Madrigal has personal reasons to want Harry dead. It doesn't work because he underestimates Harry and neglects the option that Harry might figure out what was really going on and stop it.
Twin sister to Madrigal and cousin of Thomas and Lara. Vapid and not particularly bright, Madeleine has little restraint and aggressive appetites.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Mentioned in passing a couple of times in Blood Rites, along with Madrigal. In White Night, it's mentioned that she is responsible for the one injured thrall on the path to the Raith Deeps. Harry doesn't meet her until Turn Coat.
- Decapitation Presentation: Her head is given to the White Council as part of Lara's actions to make amends for Madeleine's crimes.
- Depraved Bisexual: As is White court norm. She drains an unknown man, tries to seduce Harry and threatens to feed on Justine.
- Emotion Eater: Lust. She takes great pleasure in it.
- Hand Cannon: Carries a Desert Eagle, unfortunately she's a crappy shot with it.
- Out with a Bang: Lara drains her dry. And possibly eats her alive.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Madeline has no motivation besides a spoiled child, "I want this" or "I want revenge" mindset. She also lacks the patience and forethought of the rest of her family. Her role in Turn Coat is one big temper tantrum.
- Rich Bitch: She's essentially what happens when a Rich Bitch is given supernatural powers. She refuses to use her powers with restraint or skill, draining any and all humans she wants even if it's inadvisable to do so.
- Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: She presumes Harry is on par in financial terms and would have the funds to escape or hide Morgan. Binder has to explain to her that Harry can't afford to flee town. He's not even 100 yet, and had to hide Morgan in a tiny storage unit with minimal security measures.
- Too Dumb to Live: She threatens her far more dangerous cousin's lover not only in front of him, but in front of Harry Dresden, who has a reputation for brutally killing those who harm his friends, and someone who crippled her brother with one blast. Predictably, she ends up on the receiving end of a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, has her forehead and torso burned, and crucified.
- She attacks Harry and Lara Raith with a bomb. Lara kills her for it.
- Vampires Own Night Clubs: She appears at the Raith-owned nightclub cum sexclub Zero to harass Thomas and Harry.
- Villainous Glutton: Sans the physical gut, but one still. As Thomas describes her, she has given into her hunger so deeply she devours people like many breathe: on instinct and without restraint or consideration to the fact that there might be poison. Madeline cannot stop herself even if she knows the person is protected by True Love, as is the case with Justine. All Madeline's instincts saw is "Prey, must feed on." Cue getting horribly burned by The Power of Love.
A member of the White Court acting as the contact between the Chicago Alliance and the Court. She tries to steal from Murphy and gets thoroughly rebuffed.
- Badass Boast: When meeting with the Chicago Alliance and having her powers drained due to a threshold when threatened she merely states "I give you one chance in four". Granted, it's somewhat undermined when Murphy promptly kicks her ass, but at least she tried.
- Evil Brit: Though her provenance is in question, she has the accent.
- The Fake Cutie: She's described as short and rather adorable. Let's not forget she's a member of the White Court. In a moment displaying the interplay between those two factors, she bends over in front of Daniel Carpenter wearing a low cut blouse and gives him something to gawk at when she realizes she caught his eye.
- Secret Keeper: Albeit involuntarily. Daniel, in an impassioned moment, let's it slip that Murphy's keeping two Swords of the Cross. In private, Felicia makes Murphy an offer to buy her silence if she allows Felicia to feed on her, but Murphy's "counteroffer" makes it clear that if she suspects Felicia's silence is broken, Murphy will find her.
- The Vamp: She's White Court, it goes with the territory.
- Villain Ball: Lara being Lara, likely has a file on every member of the Chicago Alliance, including Murphy. This likely details many of her exploits and the threat this mortal woman possesses. Felicia still decides to antagonize and threaten Murphy. She is lucky to walk out alive of that confrontation, and is visibly shaken afterwards.
- Worf Had the Flu: Harry remarks that since Felicia stepped through the threshold and wards of Murphy's house she is nowhere near full power. Which makes it even dumber that she is giving ImpliedDeathThreats towards a group of Harry's friends - and to further clarify, the group consists of a Badass Normal Action Girl who has killed her share of vampires, two highly experienced werewolves, a Retired Badass who was once a vampire hunter, a magic practioner with a dog and an ex-soldier who is the son of an former Knight Of The Cross and just returned from an Afghanisthan tour, anyone who would be a threat to her at full power.
A member of the White Court who took part in the battle against Shagnasty.
- Ambiguously Brown: Her appearances in "Wild Card" establishes her as biracial, with Elisa having significantly darker skin than any of the white characters. Although, while her father is Caucasian the exact ethnicity of her mother is unknown.
- Action Girl: One able to hold their own in fights that aren't against a naagloshii - she also makes an appearance sparring with some of her sisters in "Wild Card".
- Beware the Quiet Ones: In her appearances at least, she doesn't say much at all - but she's still a White Court vampire.
- Badass Boast: Tag teams with Ms. Gard to make one to Dresden, in Wild Card, which is lampshaded by Dresden on him at least having given them something to agree on -Ms. Gard: I trust you and your friends will be on their best behaviour in there, wizard.
Elisa Raith: Better, perhaps, if theyre not - it will give my sisters and I opportunity to claim him, body and soul.
- Dual Wielding: Two swords being her favoured weapon.
- Naked on Arrival: During the naagloshii attack, she shows up with nothing but her weapons and her piercings. Justified in this case, as the attack was an unexpected one in the middle of the night where chance to prepare was not had.
- Thicker Than Water: Doesn't take kindly in any of her family members being threatened and is willing to move to defend them - or as in the case of Wild Card, avenge them.
- The Worf Effect: White Court vampires have been shown as relatively powerful, so Shagnasty's easy defeat of Elisa and her sister Natalia helps to show off how powerful he is.
- Those Two Guys: Most often seen with her sister Natalia.
A member of the White Court who took part in the battle against Shagnasty.
- Amazonian Beauty: Noted as tall and muscular, and has the requisite unnatural beauty of all Raiths as well.
- An Axe to Grind: Her favoured weapon in all appearances.
- Action Girl: One able to hold their own in fights that aren't against a naagloshii, also making an appearance sparring with some of her sisters too.
- Badass Boast: Makes one to Ms. Gard in "Wild Card", albeit seemingly unaware that the woman is a Valkyrie:Natalia Raith: Mortal cretins, do not tempt fate... lest you find your self enslaved for the rest of your pitiful lives!
- Messy Hair: Described to have such.
- The Worf Effect: White Court vampires have been shown as relatively powerful, so Shagnasty's easy defeat of Natalia and her sister Elisa helps to show off how powerful he is.
- Those Two Guys: Most often seen with her sister, Elisa.
- Thicker Than Water: Cares about her family, with the above boast being due to Marcone's people being suspected to have murdered three of her sisters - something not taken kindly.
- Tom Boy: Notably described as more masculine in her attire than any of the rest of her sisters, wearing mens or butch clothing.
A minor member of the White Court who works as a public prosecutor's assistant. Appears in the story Jury Duty.
- Amoral Attorney: She knows Hamilton Luther was justified in killing Gregor Malvora, since Malvora was about to torture a child, but she's helping prosecuting him anyways because Malvora was White Court and she can't let someone get away with killing one of their own.
- Bullying a Dragon: She's a 20 year old vampire who tries to get Harry to back down by intimidating him with mortal goons. Despite Tania's arrogance and self assurance, this goes as one might expect with Harry and Will taking out all her goons and Harry taking her hostage. Harry notes that one of the goons (Riley) was sent by Lara to keep an eye on her, and Lara purposely let her pursue this course knowing it'd fail so she'd learn from it. Harry repeatedly notes that Tania is clearly out of her depth. Heck, Harry doesn't bother even using magic to beat her, instead just using the Winter Knight's Super Strength.
- Ensign Newbie: Extremely inexperienced, whether in combat or anything else.
- Hello, Attorney!: A gorgeous prosecutor's assistant.
- Human Shield: Harry uses her this way.
- Oh, Crap!: When Harry reminds her what he did to the Red Court.
The baby sister of Lara and Thomas and the apple of Lord Raith's eye, who's been kept in the dark about her heritage.
- Allergic to Love: Briefly as her powers hadn't kicked in yet.
- Big Brother Instinct: Triggers this instinct in Thomas, who puts a lot of Blood Rites into motion simply to protect Inari.
- Bilingual Bonus: Inari (稲荷) is the Japanese fox god, whose favorite food is fried tofu. What sort of pizza topping does Inari offer Harry? Furthermore, fox spirits in Oriental mythology do need to feed on yang, and some aren't choosy about how to get it.
- Cool Big Sis: Sees Lara as this and Lara acts the part.
- Dhampyr: Same as with the rest of the Raiths, though her abilities kicked in during her twenties.
- Daddy's Girl: She seems to adore her father and he seems to be protective of her, though that may only have been because she hadn't developed her powers yet and he hadn't needed to establish "dominance".
- From Bad to Worse: It's impossible not to feel bad for the poor girl, as she gets attacked by Black Court Vamps and gets her arm broken, unconsciously tries feed off Harry and gets burned, shot at by her father's guards and finds out her family is made of emotional vampires who've intentionally kept her in the dark her whole life.
- The Power of Love: While True Love burns full White Court vampires, in Inari's case it could kill her demon and leave her an ordinary human.
- Put on a Bus: Hasn't shown up since the end of Blood Rites, when she left Chicago and her family behind.
- Sexy Secretary: To Genosa, though she is hired for competance rather than looks. However, her looks screw her over when the Woman Scorned ex-wives of her boss suspect she is involved with him and tries to kill her with a curse. Had Harry not been right next to her when the curse is set off, she would have been killed.
- The One Who Made It Out: Was able to find True Love, killing her demon and enabling her to escape the Raith Big, Screwed-Up Family.
- Vegetarian Vampire: Completely literally. She insists on getting Harry a bean curd pizza in Blood Rites, and also seems to have decided to not try and feed on other humans.
- Youngest Child Wins: Luckily, she gets a chance to walk away from all of it and find True Love.
Lady Cesarina Malvora
The leader of House Malvora.
- Badass Boast: Makes a hell of a speech to Lord Raith.
- Does Not Like Magic: Calling those who use it freaks.
- Horrifying the Horror: Dresden is the horrifying thing to her fear-eating vampire horror.
- Mama Bear: Not happy at all when her son is challenged and tries to protest - before being reminded that in this situation, shes powerless and theres nothing she can do.
- Meaningful Name: Named after Caesar, another powerful leader.
- Oh, Crap!: When Dresden walks in on the WCV meeting.
- Out-Gambitted: Much like Lord Skavis below, she too is a victim of Lara playing a very mean game. After Lara carefully set Skavis up to begin a plot he'd come up with some decades ago (of culling the weak female practitioners), she allowed House Malvora to learn of it and try to take credit, which would leave either one an open target for the White Council (and Harry Dresden) to strike at.
- Parents as People: Actually doesnt seem to be abusive to her son and genuinely cares about his wellbeing - but shes the head of a house of fear eaters and still involves him in schemes most parents would never dream of. That and her likely being where his views on regular humans comes from. To put a sum to it - better than how most white court vampires seen so far are at the gig, but still very critically flawed.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: A tiny woman (barely 5 feet according to Harry) who takes on an uber-ghoul by herself in hand-to-hand combat and wins. Unfortunately, she's still not a match for the rest of the uber-ghouls when they attack her together.
- New Era Speech: Tying in with a Rousing Speech, she gives one of these to the rest of the Court in the Deeps. Cue Harry and Ramirez making a Big Entrance.
- The Social Darwinist: Voices these views in her speech to the other White Court vampires, in relation to her views on mortals, wizards, and even calling out Lord Raith (and Lara by proxy).
A White Court vampire who attempts to terrify a little girl and feed off her fear, only to be stopped by Hamilton Luther.
- Asshole Victim: He is about to torture a child and feed off her fear when Luther beats him to death.
- Didn't See That Coming: It was supposed to be a simple kidnapping. He didn't expect to be stopped by Marcone's former lieutenant.
- The Ghost: Never actually appears in person.
- Would Hurt a Child: Yes he would. Didn't work out for him, as it lead to his death
The leader of House Skavis.
- Fall Guy: Set up to look like the instigator of the "culling" plot, though Dresden accused Lara of being the real originator of the idea and Lara all but confirmed it.
- Out-Gambitted: He launches a gambit to destroy wizardkind by having his heir kill magically-sensitive people before their talents could develop. Unfortunately, Vittorio and Madrigal then arrange for his heir to be killed so they could take the credit for the culling. Even more unfortunately, it turns out this was all anticipated by Lara, who used the scheme to keep Skavis and Malvora fighting each other instead of Raith, and who ultimately seizes the opportunity to kill off Skavis and his entire retinue (as well as their equivalents in Malvora), thus decapitating the other houses and reign supreme.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Lara mentions that Skavis was a notorious misogynist.
Heir to House Skavis, known as "Priscilla"
A Serial Killer of female practitioners, intending on discrediting the White Council. He disguised himself as a woman named Priscilla.
- Burn the Witch!: First appears to be his motive for killing weak female practitioners, with hidden messages of bible verses decrying witchcraft. Actually, he is trying to make the White Council look weak and unable to defend them, opening them up for a mass slaughter of the mothers/grandmothers/etc of future wizards (since magic is passed primarily, but not exclusively, in the female line).
- Deceased Fall-Guy Gambit: Inverted, when he is killed Vittorio and Madrigal are open to claim responsibility for the murders he committed.
- Disguised in Drag: Pretends to be a woman named Priscilla, when he is really the male heir-apparent to House Skavis. It was good enough to fool several women who regularly met her.
- Enemy Civil War: Kills dozens of low level practitioners to discredit House Raith's attempts to make peace with Wizards, and thus take the Court. House Malvora, hearing of this, plans to take credit for the kills and take the Court for their own.
- False Confession: Vittorio and Madrigal claim responsibility for his murder of female practitioners, hoping to steal the thunder from House Skavis.
- Meaningful Name: Priscilla? As in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert?
- Mugging the Monster: He nearly kills Elaine with a surprise psychic attack. Once Harry helps her break out of it, he is forced to run for his life. He fails.
- Rasputinian Death: First Elaine hits him with a massive Shock and Awe attack, then Thomas cuts off one of his arms, and Mouse finishes the job for good afterwards.
- Serial Killer: Targets female practitioners.
- Villainous Crossdresser: Pretends to be "Priscilla" and murdered many women.
An unknowing White Court Virgin who fell in love with Irwin Pounder. Irwin was strong enough to survive their first sexual encounter, resulting in Connie awakening as a full vampire but not killing her man.
- Broken Masquerade: After her father's orgy-inducing attack ends, she learns of the magical world really existing and that she is a vampire.
- The Cutie: She's absolutely adorable. Her father tries to Corrupt the Cutie, but Harry and River Shoulders' interventions prevent this.
- Dating What Daddy Hates: Falls in love with Irwin, which is a problem (for her father), since he's strong enough to survive having sex with her and as a White Court Virgin she's supposed to absorb his life force and kill him.
- Foil: To Inari Raith. Like Inari, she's an adorably sweet young female White Court vampire, who's completely ignorant of what she is, and dating/genuinely in love with a big, bulky, and unexpected young man. However, Inari avoids ever manifesting as a full vampire, while Connie manifests her vampire side, but avoids killing Irwin because of him being a scion of a bigfoot and is able to withstand the feeding.
- Interspecies Romance: She falls for a scion of a Bigfoot.
- Protectorate: After she leaves with Irwin and his father River Shoulders, she has become this to River Shoulders' tribe. They will keep the White Court from abducting her against her will while she sorts out this whole affair and learning what exactly she is. A few years later in the short story "Job Placement" she is now in a neutral spot with Irwin where both his father's people and her father's people agree to not bother them.
- Relationship Upgrade: In the short story "Job Placement" she accepts Irwin's marriage proposal.
The father of Connie Barrowill, a White Court vampire who was willing to go to extreme lengths to make sure his daughter awakened as a full vampire.
- Abusive Parents: While nowhere near Lord Raith levels, he mentally compels his daughter to try and kill her boyfriend and her friend, and tries to kidnap her into keeping her within their monstrous tradition, and attempts to murder her friend for interfering, so he definitely qualifies.
- Appeal to Tradition: Discussed by River Shoulders, who points out that the reason he's trying to force his daughter to follow the tradition of screwing the boy she likes to death is probably because of the trauma he suffered when made to do the same thing as a young man. The only way he lives with himself is by clinging to the excuse that it was necessary to turn him into a "strong predator", and thus he has to force his daughter to do the same.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Described as an oil man with a "stable" of congressmen.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Played with. He does genuinely love his daughter, but his way of showing it involves deliberately forcing her to do something traumatic because of a tradition that, on some level, he knows is a lie.
- Love-Obstructing Parents: He wants to get rid of Irwin and Connie's chance for a happy stable relationship because it won't turn his daughter into the cold, manipulative vampire he wants her to be, and genuinely thinks she should be. He does this by having Connie try to kill Irwin by sex.
- Oh, Crap!:
- Harry notes that Charles, when he finally recognizes Harry when Connie says his name, looks around as if looking for something to duck behind, or an hostage to take.
- He has this again when River Shoulders steps in... by pitching Barrowill's car up, into, and through the college dorm.
- Papa Wolf: When his daughter doesn't become a "proper vampire" (i.e. killing the first person she feeds upon) after her first feeding, he personally intervenes to ensure that she gets it right the next time. He even blasts Irwin's dormitory with a lust spell powerful enough to instigate a massive orgy just to force Irwin and Connie to have sex again and again until Irwin finally dies and his daughter becomes a "true" vampire.
Thomas Raith's long-time girlfriend and primary food source. After he almost killed her in Blood Rites, she was in a wheelchair for a while, got out of it, her previously dark hair turned white, and, ironically, she and Thomas could no longer touch since love burns White Court vampires. Largely due to this last characteristic, she is now Lara Raith's personal assistant, since Lara prefers to have an assistant that none of her family members can turn into a thrall.
- Ambiguous Situation: It's completely unknown how much of her Character Development following White Night has been genuine or has just been Nemesis' influence.
- Badass Pacifist: Downplayed; while she has not shown any pacifistic beliefs, Justine almost never fights other people. She has also blackmailed Harry into helping Thomas, tricked Marcone into helping her rob (and kill) the Fomor sorcerer lord Mag, freed the slaves of aforementioned sorcerer lord and got away with it, has been spying on the White Court for Harry and Thomas for several years, and recovered from her addiction to White Court feeding without any outside help while being a personal assistant to Lara and surrounded by a Decadent Court. Almost none of her best moments involve fighting.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In Battle Ground it's revealed she's been a host of Nemesis, aka He Who Walks Beside, for years now, and it was under the Walker's influence that she started working for Lara, and possibly her entire mental stability she exhibited was a result of the Walker. Interestingly, this didn't stop her from burning Thomas or Madeline with The Power of Love.
- The Chick: With a twist, namely the insanity mentioned below.
- Distressed Damsel: In Grave Peril, although it's mostly because she's too crazy to think straight. She is quite resourceful otherwise.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Justine's mind is... off, especially when separated from Thomas. The "almost drained of life-force" may have cured this (and makes passing reference to medication in White Night) as she seems far more stable in later books.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: By the time Turn Coat rolls around...
- Head-Turning Beauty: Enough so that Bianca hates Thomas on principle for getting to her first.
- Imperiled in Pregnancy: She ends up pregnant in Peace Talks and Thomas has to attempt an assassination to try to save her. And then it turns out she has being infected by Nemesis, and the being had invoked this trope by using its powers to enable the pregnancy and then blackmailing Thomas with two lives.
- Locked into Strangeness: After the events of Blood Rites, her hair turns white due to Thomas feeding on her so much it almost killed her.
- Morality Chain: To Thomas.
- Obfuscating Insanity: One of the masks she wears in later books.
- The Ophelia: When she's separated from Thomas in Grave Peril.She brayed out a sharp laugh. "There is no out of here. This is the larder. The Christmas turkey doesn't get up and walk away."
- The Power of Love: This protects her from the White Court vampires. Lara being Lara, she realized that this was a very helpful trait in someone who would need to work around them. In Ghost Story, she figures out a way to avoid this: sleep with others to remove the protection, then lay with Thomas. Rinse and repeat.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Definitely becomes this in "Even Hand", even getting Marcone to underestimate her.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Thomas Raith.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: She and post-Turn Coat Thomas are like this in private, as shown by a vision Harry has in Ghost Story of them snuggling while Justine is wearing a full-body romper.
- Talkative Loon: Justine is certifiably insane, but Thomas' routine "feeding" helps her keep her sanity. When separated from him in Grave Peril, she rapidly slips into madness.
- Subverted in White Night, where it's revealed that she's just faking so the rest of the White Court will leave her alone, and is actually stable now with the help of medication.
- Took a Level in Badass: Volunteered to work as Lara's assistant to feed Thomas (and thus Harry, and thus the White Council) information on the Court's activities. However, she really takes on in "Even Hand", where she infiltrates the stronghold of Mag, a powerful Fomor sorcerer, frees his slaves, and steals his bank account information, and then manages to get Marcone to kill Mag getting extensive information on his magical defences in the process.
- Voluntary Vampire Victim: She regularly tended to Thomas' hunger before the events of Blood Rites, but after being protected by Thomas' love for her, she couldn't even touch him without hurting him. Once she finds a work-around by sleeping with a woman to remove the protection, she is able to help feed Thomas once more.
- Walking Spoiler: Battle Ground reveals that she's been possessed by Nemesis for years now.
Madrigal Raith's lawyer. Glau was actually a jann, and he assisted Raith outside of the courtroom as well, even helping to sell Dresden on eBay.
- Character Death: Slain by the Scarecrow fetch in order to cover up the real culprits of the Proven Guilty case.
- The Dragon: To Madrigal.
- Half-Human Hybrid: He was a jann, the scion of a human and a djinn.
- He Knows Too Much: Why he was killed.
- Mugging the Monster: He runs over Mouse with a van (though he was aiming for Harry and Rawlins and Mouse pushed them out of the way). When Mouse catches upto him, their fight ends with Mouse breaking Glau'd back and neck, crippling him.
- Not Quite Flight: Glau can "walk" a few inches above the ground.
- Occult Law Firm: A magical lawyer serving more magical creatures.
- Oh, Crap!: When Harry introduces himself.
The manager of a dummy corporation called Windfall which belongs to Lara Raith.
- Character Death: By Madeleine, to cover her trail.
- Decapitation Presentation: Aramis's head was sent to the White Council as an apology for what he and Madeleine had done.
- Frame-Up: What he does to Morgan. He transferred six million dollars into Morgan's bank account so it would look like Morgan had been paid to assassinate LaFortier.
- The Ghost: Readers never see him, though Dresden theorizes his body is in a hotel room that he tracks Madeline to.
- Mind Rape: Possibly by Madeleine — it's not made clear if she enthralls him, seduces him, or just convinces him to wire the money.
- Off with His Head!: After he was killed by Madeline, Lara has him decapitated, and his head sent with Madeleine's to the White Council as a peace token for their involvement with the spies in the White Council.
A lawyer at the law firm of Smith, Cohen, and Mackelroy. First seen in Turn Coat. She is enthralled by Madeline to spy on Dresden, which led to her hiring Vince Graver to do the job.
- Mind Rape: What Madeleine did to her to keep her from talking about who paid her to hire a PI to follow Harry.
A valkyrie Lara hires from Monoc Securities.
- Action Girl: She's a valkyrie. What else would she be?
- Best Her to Bed Her: Freydis is attracted to warriors who can outmaneuver her in combat, and she flirts with Murphy and Dresden pretty much whenever they put up a good challenge to her or even defeat her.
- Fantastic Racism: She views all Forest People as monsters because Grendel was one of their kind ages ago.
- Fiery Redhead: While fiery might be putting it strongly, she is definitely more... expressive than the other Valkyrie seen so far in the series.
- Green-Eyed Redhead: Freydis has red hair and green eyes.
- Geometric Magic: Like Sigrun Gard, she wields Norse runes to great magical effect.
- In Love with Your Carnage: Played for Laughs; After Murphy threatens to blow the two of them up with grenades on a boat, Freydis grins and responds "Gods, that's hot" before she jumps overboard.
- Master of Illusion: One of her rune plaques, when broken, released an ultra-realistic illusion of two people getting busy.
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Part of the valkyrie power set is being able to sense when warriors will die.
- Older Than They Look: Indefinitely prolonged physical youth seems to be part of the valkyrie package.
- Super Strength: She jumps out of water and onto a boat with leg strength alone.
- Worthy Opponent: Clearly has this outlook regarding both Harry and Murphy.
A mercenary assigned as the "babysitter" of Tania Raith when she went up against Dresden. He followed her orders, but also had the authority to pull the plug on the operation once Dresden took the upper hand. He's later seen as one of Lara Raith's lead security officers.
- Badass Normal: He has no magic powers, but he's still a tough foe, and Dresden is continually impressed by his intelligence and skill in combat.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: For Tania Raith during "Jury Duty".
- Villainous Rescue: Saves a drowning Harry at Lara's orders.
- Villain Respect: Harry notes that Riley and his goons might've gotten the better of Dresden had Harry not brought Will as backup. However, Riley himself admits that he doesn't think so - Harry hadn't even really been trying and that's why they were doing so well.
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The first woman who bore a child for Lord Raith.
Lord Raith's Twin Bodyguards
Two sets of identical twins who protect Lord Raith in Blood Rites.
- Always Identical Twins: The female guards are identical twins, as are the male guards.
- Cool, but Inefficient: They were apparently chosen because they were twins, not because of their combat skills, and so aren't the most effective fighters. Their being enthralled also cuts down on their initiative and prevents them from reacting appropriately when Dresden and Murphy do something unexpected.
- In-Series Nickname: Dresden nicknames them "Kens" and "Barbies" on account of their doll-like physical perfection and identical looks.
Victims of the Skinwalker
Security guards who were maimed when the skinwalker nicknamed "Shagnasty" attacked Lara Raith's mansion. They include:
- Hennesy, whose back was broken
- Callo, whose back was broken
- Wilson, who lost both eyes.
All three were killed when injured White Court Vampires drained them to recover their health.
- Death by Sex: All three of them were killed when White Court Vampires use their lust magic to enthrall them and then drained their energy during sex.
- Eye Scream: Wilson's injuries.
- He Knows Too Much: When Dresden challenges Lara on her decision to have them killed, Lara says they know too many secrets to just be released from service.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Lara's rationalization for why they had to be sacrificed to save the injured vampires. Their injuries were so severe they could no longer serve House Raith except by dying to save its members.