History Characters / TheSandman

19th Sep '17 1:56:33 AM SinNanna
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* BrutalHonesty: While always formal and polite, Dream never minces words when giving his opinion on something. This is a big reason why he has few actual friends.


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* CainAndAbel: He and Desire absolutely hate each other, though the aggression comes more from Desire's end. He ''did'' subtly threaten to kill or at least seriously injure Desire during the meeting of the Endless in ''Season of Mists'', but only when seriously provoked.


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* JediMindTrick: Prone to using this on uncooperative mortals when on Earth.


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* LonelyAtTheTop: Implied. Dream's cold, aloof nature mean he has few friends, even in the Dreaming. Death and Matthew are about the only characters he can confide in.


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* RavenHairIvorySkin: He's pale as the moon and has stark black hair to match. In this way he looks a lot like his sister, Death.


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* SilkHidingSteel: A male example. Dream is always stoic, formal, and thoroughly polite, but this by no means makes him any less powerful than any of his siblings, and his punishments when he's angered can be horrendously brutal.


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* TranquilFury: Rarely gets seriously angry, but when he does he doesn't even need to raise his voice to scare the shit out of whoever's unfortunate enough to be around.
18th Sep '17 6:32:43 AM MerlinWinter
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* FatAndSkinny: Cain is tall and scrawny, while Abel is short and chubby.
16th Sep '17 3:59:36 PM nombretomado
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* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: Averted, he was involved in the slave trade, and while he felt really guilty about it afterwards, he didn't feel that way at the time. He [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the trope left and right in one of the wrap-up issues when his (black) girlfriend convinces him to go with her to a Renaissance Faire. His dialogue from that issue currently provides page quotes for TheRenaissance and TheDungAges.

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* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: Averted, he was involved in the slave trade, and while he felt really guilty about it afterwards, he didn't feel that way at the time. He [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the trope left and right in one of the wrap-up issues when his (black) girlfriend convinces him to go with her to a Renaissance Faire. His dialogue from that issue currently provides page quotes for TheRenaissance UsefulNotes/TheRenaissance and TheDungAges.
12th Sep '17 6:17:40 PM R.G.
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** An enormous example zigzagged in Overture. Desire essentially engineered Dream's salvation and enabled him to save the entire multiverse by sending him the tools he'd need and the only aspect of himself that he'd ever listen to. Not only this, but it did this three times (the first two attempts failed). However, Desire had as much need for self-preservation as selflessness and because success meant a multicosmic retcon, it forgot it'd done it and reverted back to its old ways.

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** An enormous example zigzagged in Overture. Desire essentially engineered Dream's salvation and enabled him to save the entire multiverse by sending him the tools he'd need and the only aspect of himself that he'd ever listen to. Not only this, but it did this three times (the first two attempts failed). However, Desire had as much need for self-preservation as selflessness and because success meant a multicosmic retcon, it forgot it'd done it this and reverted back to its old ways.
12th Sep '17 10:06:01 AM R.G.
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* JerkAss: Billions of years ago, Dream and Desire used to be extremely close friends. Desire then, without shame or any pretense of hiding their involvement, made Dream's then-girlfriend cheat on him.

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* JerkAss: Billions of years ago, Dream and Desire used to be extremely close friends. Desire then, without shame or any pretense of hiding their its involvement, made Dream's then-girlfriend cheat on him.
12th Sep '17 12:48:58 AM R.G.
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* RavenHairIvorySkin: Although they can change appearances as it wishes, we usually see Desire as an attractive androgynous person with dark hair and pale skin.

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* RavenHairIvorySkin: Although they it can change appearances as it wishes, we usually see Desire as an attractive androgynous person with dark hair and pale skin.
11th Sep '17 9:07:46 PM R.G.
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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: In ''The Kindly Ones'' they appear before Rose and seems to be attempting to connect with or communicate with her, though Rose is [[HeroicBlueScreenOfDeath in no state]] to appreciate it. Rose later comments that she had a dream where she missed out on an opportunity to learn many important things. It does help Rose snap out of it, though, symbolically giving her back the heart she lost in ''The Doll's House''.

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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: In ''The Kindly Ones'' they appear it appears before Rose and seems to be attempting to connect with or communicate with her, though Rose is [[HeroicBlueScreenOfDeath in no state]] to appreciate it. Rose later comments that she had a dream where she missed out on an opportunity to learn many important things. It does help Rose snap out of it, though, symbolically giving her back the heart she lost in ''The Doll's House''.
11th Sep '17 9:06:43 PM R.G.
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** Desire is usually pretty controlled ...except for the time Joshua Norton refused its offer. Then it got ''pissed''. It seems to react this way whenever they finds someone capable of resisting its temptations. One of the short stories in ''Book of Dreams'' centers around a man who thwarts Desire by pointing out that it can be beaten by true love. Desire [[EvilCannotComprehendGood claims they are the same thing]].

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** Desire is usually pretty controlled ...except for the time Joshua Norton refused its offer. Then it got ''pissed''. It seems to react this way whenever they it finds someone capable of resisting its temptations. One of the short stories in ''Book of Dreams'' centers around a man who thwarts Desire by pointing out that it can be beaten by true love. Desire [[EvilCannotComprehendGood claims they are the same thing]].
11th Sep '17 9:06:00 PM R.G.
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* JerkAssHasAPoint: They point out that Dream has a nasty habit of treating his lovers poorly, complete with mentioning the DisproportionateRetribution he often inflicts on them.

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* JerkAssHasAPoint: They point It points out that Dream has a nasty habit of treating his lovers poorly, complete with mentioning the DisproportionateRetribution he often inflicts on them.
11th Sep '17 9:04:46 PM R.G.
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** Desire is usually pretty controlled ...except for the time Joshua Norton refused their offer. Then they got ''pissed''. It seems to react this way whenever they finds someone capable of resisting its temptations. One of the short stories in ''Book of Dreams'' centers around a man who thwarts Desire by pointing out that it can be beaten by true love. Desire [[EvilCannotComprehendGood claims they are the same thing]].

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** Desire is usually pretty controlled ...except for the time Joshua Norton refused their its offer. Then they it got ''pissed''. It seems to react this way whenever they finds someone capable of resisting its temptations. One of the short stories in ''Book of Dreams'' centers around a man who thwarts Desire by pointing out that it can be beaten by true love. Desire [[EvilCannotComprehendGood claims they are the same thing]].



* OtherworldlyAndSexuallyAmbiguous: Because they are the personification of lust, Desire can be a man, a woman, or both, depending on whom the viewer finds the most attractive.

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* OtherworldlyAndSexuallyAmbiguous: Because they are it is the personification of lust, Desire can be a man, a woman, or both, depending on whom the viewer finds the most attractive.
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