History ComicBook / TheSandman

29th Oct '16 11:25:03 PM ErebusElysium
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* CriminalConvention: In issue #14, a convention of serial killers and mass murders congregate to share stories and conversation. Here, rogue nightmare and serial killer, the Corinthian, is found attending the convention, having been an inspiration to many of the serial killers attending. The various attendants go by code-names, the convention called a "Cereal Convention" as to not draw attention to themselves. The convention comes to an end when the eponymous sandman Dream is called there by one of their victims and then proceeds to destroy the Corinthian and show the conventioners how petty and meaningless they truly are.
28th Sep '16 3:01:40 PM shokoshu
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** No "official" casting for Death, but in recensions "Death is Björk" will constantly pop up. And if not that, then [[Music/SiouxsieAndTheBanshees Siouxsie.]]
18th Sep '16 6:19:26 PM PaulA
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* HellHasNewManagement: When Morpheus goes to Hell loaded for bear to release an ex-lover he'd damned out of petty spite millennia ago. When he gets there, Lucifer has emptied Hell of all the damned and diabolical and formally abdicates, peaceably leaving Morpheus with the Key to Hell.
17th Sep '16 7:40:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* ToHellWithThisInfernalJob: Lucifer closes Hell, chases all the demons and damned souls out, locks the gates, and hands Dream the key before heading off to Earth.
15th Sep '16 8:59:30 PM PaulA
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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: A trademark of the series is its habit of interrupting large storylines with brief, single-issue short stories with a radically different tone, like "Men of Good Fortune" in ''The Doll's House'' and "Charles Rowland Concludes His Education" in ''Season of Mists''. Additionally, ''World's End'' features "The Golden Boy", a story that is weird even by the standards of this series. A political allegory about the nature of democracy and its relationship with religion, it tells the story of Prez Rickard, TheChosenOne who becomes President of the United States while still a teenager, opposed by a shadowy political machine chief called Boss Smiley, who has a yellow happy face for a head. Yes. Bonus points for actually being based on [[ComicBook/{{Prez}} a short-lived DC Comics series from the 1970s]].

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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: A trademark of the series is its habit of interrupting large storylines with brief, single-issue short stories with a radically different tone, like "Men of Good Fortune" in ''The Doll's House'' and "Charles Rowland Concludes His Education" in ''Season of Mists''. Additionally, ''World's End'' features "The Golden Boy", a story that is weird even by the standards of this series. A political allegory about the nature of democracy and its relationship with religion, it tells the story of Prez Rickard, TheChosenOne who becomes President of the United States while still a teenager, opposed by a shadowy political machine chief called Boss Smiley, who has a yellow happy face for a head. Yes. Bonus points for actually being based on [[ComicBook/{{Prez}} [[ComicBook/{{Prez1973}} a short-lived DC Comics series from the 1970s]].
15th Sep '16 6:29:51 PM ThallianGold
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** In "The Tempest," Shakespeare and Ben Johnson improvise a rhyme about Guy Fawkes' then-recent attack on Parliament, teaching it to nearby children but assuming it won't last. [[VForVendetta Remember, remember...]]



* KudzuPlot

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* KudzuPlotKudzuPlot: Lampshaded by the Three Sisters in The Kindly Ones.


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** Gruesomely averted with Abel, who recovers from his brother's many and creative murders. [[spoiler: Eventually averted with Daniel as well.]]


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** When Lyta finally meets the Furies, they warn her that Dream would have to kill his son, not hers, for them to enact revenge. A tearful Lyta turns away, only for them to reveal that he DID kill his son. To Lyta's later horror, it also means they won't stop after she finds out Daniel's still alive.


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** The gatekeepers attempt to welcome the Furies, as per their duties. It is a mistake.
2nd Sep '16 8:09:57 PM TheLemsterPju
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After years in DevelopmentHell, in December 2013 it was announced that [[http://www.deadline.com/2013/12/joseph-gordon-levitt-eyeing-sandman-as-director-star-producer-at-warner-bros a film adaptation was in the works]], to be produced by Gaiman, [[Film/ManOfSteel David S. Goyer]] and Creator/JosephGordonLevitt, with [[Series/{{Skins}} Jack Thorne]] attached as scriptwriter. Levitt may also direct and star in the film. [[http://www.firstshowing.net/2014/warner-bros-plans-for-cinematic-dc-universe-may-have-leaked/ A leak]] states the film is slated for a December 2016 release, and will apparently be part of the Film/DCCinematicUniverse.

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After years in DevelopmentHell, in December 2013 it was announced that [[http://www.deadline.com/2013/12/joseph-gordon-levitt-eyeing-sandman-as-director-star-producer-at-warner-bros a film adaptation was in the works]], to be produced by Gaiman, [[Film/ManOfSteel David S. Goyer]] and Creator/JosephGordonLevitt, with [[Series/{{Skins}} Jack Thorne]] attached as scriptwriter. Levitt may also direct and star in the film. [[http://www.firstshowing.net/2014/warner-bros-plans-for-cinematic-dc-universe-may-have-leaked/ A leak]] states the film is slated for a December 2016 release, and will apparently be part of the Film/DCCinematicUniverse.
Film/DCExtendedUniverse.
23rd Aug '16 11:02:55 AM Willbyr
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Roderick Burgess, leader of the Order of Ancient Mysteries, is a ''rival'' of Aleister Crowley. You know, like [[Film/CitizenKane Charles Foster Kane]] was a rival of Randolph Hearst. In one of the spinoff novels, Burgess is a rival of both Crowley and Mocata, the Crowley {{Expy}} from ''TheDevilRidesOut''.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Roderick Burgess, leader of the Order of Ancient Mysteries, is a ''rival'' of Aleister Crowley. You know, like [[Film/CitizenKane Charles Foster Kane]] was a rival of Randolph Hearst. In one of the spinoff novels, Burgess is a rival of both Crowley and Mocata, the Crowley {{Expy}} from ''TheDevilRidesOut''.''Literature/TheDevilRidesOut''.



* NonSequitur: Delirium's specialty.
* NotHimself: Matthew has this reaction to [[spoiler:the new Dream resurrecting the characters the Kindly Ones killed during their rampage. Several other characters have similar reactions to other things Daniel does which Morpheus either never did or would never have done]].
* NothingIsScarier: Abel's House of Secrets has "something unspeakably terrible" that lives in the basement. The fact that it's never seen by anyone only confirms its unspeakable terribleness. There's also the MurdererPOV the Kindly Ones get, meaning we never see what they really look like as they ravage the Dreaming.

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* NonSequitur: Delirium's specialty.
dialogue, although it generally stays on point, is a rambling string of non sequiturs that sort of meanders its way to what she's trying to get across.
* NotHimself: Matthew has this reaction to [[spoiler:the new Dream resurrecting the characters the Kindly Ones killed during their rampage. rampage]]. Several other characters have similar reactions to other things Daniel [[spoiler:Daniel does which Morpheus either never did or would never have done]].
* NothingIsScarier: NothingIsScarier:
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Abel's House of Secrets has "something unspeakably terrible" that lives in the basement. The fact that it's never seen by anyone only confirms its unspeakable terribleness. There's also the
** The
MurdererPOV the Kindly Ones get, meaning we never see what they really look like as they ravage the Dreaming.






* TheOlderImmortal

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* TheOlderImmortalTheOlderImmortal: This shows up in multiple fashions in the franchise, but the most prominent example is the Endless themselves, who in order of age are Destiny, Death, Dream, Destruction, the twins Desire and Despair, and Delight/Delirium.






* PalsWithJesus: Good old Hob Gadling.

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* PalsWithJesus: Good old Hob Gadling.Gadling, who maintains his friendship with Dream for centuries [[spoiler:and laments his passing when Death informs him]].



** Nuala warns Barbie about what's going to happen in ''A Game of You'' before [[spoiler:she returns to the Land with the Porpentine's help.]]
** Dream, for all of his JerkAss tendencies, gets quite a few of these, usually either rescuing a tertiary character (Cluracan, Marco Polo, Prez, etc) from danger when he doesn't have to or else having a quiet FriendshipMoment with someone. He saves Rose when she summons him, despite [[spoiler:needing to kill her later on.]]
** Daniel [[spoiler:offers his mother, Lyta Hall, eternal protection despite the fact that what she did in her quest for {{Revenge]} against the first Dream was worst than what the murderer of the first Despair did. [[spoiler:Later on, when Lyta and Hector are resurrected as heroes only to die later, Daniel offers them permanent refuge in the Dream Realm.]]
** Cain has occasional dog-petting moments with Abel, coming to a head during Wake, when he tries legal threats on the new Dream to get his brother recreated.

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** Nuala warns Barbie about what's going to happen in ''A Game of You'' before [[spoiler:she returns to the Land with the Porpentine's help.]]
help]].
** Dream, for all of his JerkAss tendencies, gets quite a few of these, usually either rescuing a tertiary character (Cluracan, Marco Polo, Calliope, Prez, etc) from danger when he doesn't have to or else having a quiet FriendshipMoment with someone. He saves Rose when she summons him, despite [[spoiler:needing to kill her later on.]]
on]].
** Daniel [[spoiler:offers his mother, Lyta Hall, eternal protection despite the fact that what she did in her quest for {{Revenge]} {{revenge]} against the first Dream was worst than what the murderer of the first Despair did. [[spoiler:Later did]]. Later on, when [[spoiler:when Lyta and Hector are resurrected as heroes only to die later, Daniel offers them permanent refuge in the Dream Realm.]]
Realm]].
** Cain has occasional dog-petting moments with Abel, coming to a head during Wake, ''The Wake'', when he tries legal threats on the new Dream to get his brother recreated.



** [[spoiler:''The Wake'' is about the funeral of Morpheus, that is, the end of dreams. It also deals with the aftermath of the Kindly Ones, as in the wake of a disaster.]]

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** [[spoiler:''The Wake'' is about the funeral of Morpheus, that is, the end of dreams. It also deals with the aftermath of the Kindly Ones, Ones' rampage, as in the wake of a disaster.]]






** The sketch notes at the back of ''Dream Country'' specifically state that the rape of Calliope was supposed to be creepy and horrible. (The author succeeded in this point). All things considered, Morpheus and Calliope let the man off extremely easy on this one.

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** The sketch notes at the back of ''Dream Country'' specifically state that the rape of Calliope was supposed to be creepy and horrible. (The author succeeded horrible, which definitely comes across in this point).that story. All things considered, Morpheus and Calliope let the man off extremely easy on this one.



---> [[spoiler:'''Nuala''': You ... you ''want'' them to kill you, don't you? You ''want'' them to punish you for your son's death.]]

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---> [[spoiler:'''Nuala''': You ...[[spoiler:You ... you ''want'' them to kill you, don't you? You ''want'' them to punish you for your son's death.]]






* {{Satan}}

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* {{Satan}}{{Satan}}: Lucifer Morningstar is a key character, especially prominent in ''Season of Mists''.



** Azazel, among many. Morpheus seals him there. Many of the evil forces sealed in the Dreaming end up being released during ''The Kindly Ones'', although the worst of the worst were apparently kept in a more secure can.

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** Azazel, among many. many, as Morpheus seals stuffed him there.in a bottle near the end of ''Season of Mists'' and left him in a trunk. Many of the evil forces sealed in the Dreaming end up being released during ''The Kindly Ones'', although the worst of the worst were apparently kept in a more secure can.



* ShaggyDogStory: Lyta Hall's quest [[spoiler:to get Daniel back. Not a ShootTheShaggyDog story, though, in that Daniel ''kind of'' still lives as the new Dream.]]

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* ShaggyDogStory: Lyta Hall's quest [[spoiler:to get Daniel back. back]]. Not a ShootTheShaggyDog story, though, in that Daniel [[spoiler:Daniel ''kind of'' still lives as the new Dream.]]Dream]].



* ShapedLikeItself: In the issue "The Hunt", a character tells a fairy story in which one of the strange objects the hero accumulates is a small bone carved into the shape of a small bone.

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* ShapedLikeItself: In the issue "The Hunt", a character tells a fairy story in which one of the strange objects the hero accumulates is a small bone carved into the shape of a small bone.



*** In ''A Game of You'', Barbie notes a race of creatures carrying a walled room across the Land. They are once referred to as the [[Comicbook/DoomPatrol Room Patrol.]]

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*** In ''A Game of You'', Barbie notes a race of creatures carrying a walled room across the Land. They are once referred to as the [[Comicbook/DoomPatrol Room Patrol.]]Patrol]].



** Several to Music/ToriAmos (who returned the favor in her song ''Horses'')

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** Several to Music/ToriAmos (who returned the favor in her song ''Horses'')"Horses").



*** The CoolOldGuy who befriends Rose shares an appearance, personality, and first name with G. K. Chesterton (one of Gaiman's favorite writers from childhood). [[spoiler:[[GodWasMyCopilot That's because he's a dream.]]]]

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*** The CoolOldGuy who befriends Rose shares an appearance, personality, and first name with G. K. Chesterton Creator/GKChesterton (one of Gaiman's favorite writers from childhood). [[spoiler:[[GodWasMyCopilot That's because he's a dream.]]]]



** Gaiman's friend and fellow author Creator/KimNewman appears as himself in ''Calliope'' (he's the interviewer)
** Averted by Loki's claim to the name '''Loki Sky-Walker''' - that's actually one of his many sobriquets in [[Myth/NorseMythology the original sagas]]. Although undoubtedly Gaiman threw it in for the double-meaning.

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** Gaiman's friend and fellow author Creator/KimNewman appears as himself in ''Calliope'' "Calliope" (he's the interviewer)
interviewer).
** Averted by Loki's claim to the name '''Loki Sky-Walker''' - that's Sky-Walker'''--that's actually one of his many sobriquets in [[Myth/NorseMythology the original sagas]]. Although undoubtedly Gaiman threw it in for the double-meaning.



* SpiritualSuccessor: Many fans consider it one to Creator/AlanMoore's run on ''ComicBook/SwampThing'', DC's previous champion in pushing dark, sophisticated storylines out of what was originally a third-string DCU character. Less figuratively, ''The Sandman'' picks up and expands on several plot threads and themes established in ''Swamp Thing'' - such as Cain and Abel's roles in the human consciousness, the "culture" of serial killers in America, and the [[SelfInflictedHell nature of Hell]].

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* SpiritualSuccessor: Many fans consider it one to Creator/AlanMoore's run on ''ComicBook/SwampThing'', DC's previous champion in pushing dark, sophisticated storylines out of what was originally a third-string DCU character. Less figuratively, ''The Sandman'' picks up and expands on several plot threads and themes established in ''Swamp Thing'' - Thing'', such as Cain and Abel's roles in the human consciousness, the "culture" of serial killers {{serial killer}}s in America, and the [[SelfInflictedHell nature of Hell]].



* StealthPun: The fairy is gay. Think about it. In fact, not only is the fairy ''gay'', but the ''fairy'' is [[HaveAGayOldTime gay]].

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* StealthPun: The fairy is gay. Think about it. In fact, not only is the fairy ''gay'', but the ''fairy'' is [[HaveAGayOldTime gay]].



* StylisticSuck: Destruction's awful poetry...and art...and sculpture. He's not good at any of it, is what we're trying to say. He himself just couldn't care less: he's just happy to ''create'', never mind the quality of the result. He finally does find a creative endeavor he's pretty good at: cooking...which is loaded with irony because cooking is inherently destructive to the ingredients.

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* StylisticSuck: Destruction's awful poetry...and art...and sculpture. He's not good at any of it, is what we're trying to say. He himself just couldn't care less: he's just happy to ''create'', never mind the quality of the result. He finally does find a creative endeavor he's pretty good at: cooking...which is loaded with irony because cooking is inherently destructive to the ingredients.






* TakeMeInstead: In ''Doll's House'', Gilbert offers [[spoiler:to die in Rose's place.]] Dream tells him that it's not happening since [[spoiler:Gilbert aka Fiddler's Green isn't the Vortex and thus can't fulfill the requirements.]] [[spoiler:Rose's grandmother, Unity Kincaid, ends up taking Rose's place since she was meant to be the original Vortex.]]

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* TakeMeInstead: In ''Doll's House'', Gilbert offers [[spoiler:to die in Rose's place.]] place]]. Dream tells him that it's not happening since [[spoiler:Gilbert aka Fiddler's Green isn't the Vortex and thus can't fulfill the requirements.]] requirements]]. [[spoiler:Rose's grandmother, Unity Kincaid, ends up taking Rose's place since she was meant to be the original Vortex.]]



* ThoseTwoGuys: Duma and Remiel.
* ThresholdGuardians: Dream's doormen, a griffon, a wyvern, and a [[CallAPegasusAHippogriff hippogriff]]. They can keep out ''gods''. Not an assembly of several pantheons however, unless Dream gives them a power boost.

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* ThoseTwoGuys: Duma and Remiel.
Remiel, the angels "volunteered" to take over rule of Hell in Lucifer's absence.
* ThresholdGuardians: Dream's doormen, a griffon, a wyvern, and a [[CallAPegasusAHippogriff hippogriff]]. They can keep out ''gods''. Not an assembly of several pantheons however, unless Dream gives them a power boost. [[spoiler:The Kindly Ones kill the griffon when they try to bar entrance to Dream's castle.]]



* TrueCompanions: The inhabitants of Dream's castle become quite close over the course of the series. Similarly, the three guardians of the door (the griffin, pegasus, and wyvern), which makes the [[spoiler:killing of the griffin by the Kindly Ones]] all the more shocking.

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* TrueCompanions: The inhabitants of Dream's castle become quite close over the course of the series. Similarly, the three guardians of the door (the griffin, pegasus, hippogriff, and wyvern), which makes the [[spoiler:killing [[spoiler:the killing of the griffin by the Kindly Ones]] all the more shocking.









* ViewersAreGeniuses: Gaiman, on his sponge-like capacity for folklore, myths, and religions: "As a kid I thought everyone knew Adam had three wives."

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* ViewersAreGeniuses: Gaiman, on his sponge-like capacity for folklore, myths, and religions: "As religions.
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a kid I thought everyone knew Adam had three wives."



* VillainProtagonist: Richard Madoc in "Calliope".

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* VillainProtagonist: Richard Madoc in "Calliope"."Calliope", who rapes Calliope repeatedly to tap her for inspiration for his stories.






** From the ''Seasons of Mist'' arc: when Morpheus enters hell to [[spoiler:free Nada from imprisonment]], he sends warning to Lucifer - Lucifer being the one whom Morpheus utterly humiliated in a previous arc, and has sworn vengeance on him. Upon hearing this news, Lucifer gathers the hordes of hell and the souls of the damned and makes what appears to be a ThisMeansWar! declaration, promising that it will be a day that Morpheus and everybody else will never forget. When Dream eventually arrives, [[spoiler:Hell is totally empty, besides Lucifer himself.]] Dream demands that Lucifer explain what's going on.

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** From the ''Seasons of Mist'' arc: when Morpheus enters hell to [[spoiler:free Nada from imprisonment]], he sends warning to Lucifer - Lucifer being the one whom Morpheus utterly humiliated in a previous arc, and has sworn vengeance on him. Upon hearing this news, Lucifer gathers the hordes of hell and the souls of the damned and makes what appears to be a ThisMeansWar! declaration, promising that it will be a day that Morpheus and everybody else will never forget. When Dream eventually arrives, [[spoiler:Hell is totally empty, besides Lucifer himself.]] himself]]. Dream demands that Lucifer explain what's going on.



---> '''Nuala''': [[spoiler:You... you want them to do it, don't you? You want them to punish you for your son's death.]]\\

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---> '''Nuala''': [[spoiler:You... you want ''want'' them to do it, don't you? You want ''want'' them to punish you for your son's death.]]\\



* WhenIsPurple: The TropeNamer.

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* WhenIsPurple: The TropeNamer.TropeNamer; in ''Death: The Time of Your Life'', Death uses this as part of a rhetorical argument about why the universe isn't fair.



* WholePlotReference: Barbie's dream-world initially seems like a vague, wide-reaching reference to ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', with the talking animals, tons of pretentiously-named objects and PurpleProse and whatnot. [[spoiler:"A Game Of You" then becomes a far more ''direct'' plot reference to ''Literature/TheLastBattle'', with Dream filling the role of Aslan (famously straight down to the same imagery), Barbie in the role of Jill, and "The Cuckoo", who is actually a facet of Barbie's psyche, as a combination of Shift the Ape and the White Witch. In [[CanonDefilement perfect Gaiman tradition]], it also shifts the narrative around a bit, in that Cuckoo has a good reason for what she does and ultimately "wins", to some degree, and Barbie survives her ordeal and rather than going to Heaven and isn't quite sure what lesson to take from it all.]]

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* WholePlotReference: Barbie's dream-world dream world initially seems like a vague, wide-reaching reference to ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', with the talking animals, tons of pretentiously-named objects and PurpleProse and whatnot. [[spoiler:"A Game Of You" then becomes a far more ''direct'' plot reference to ''Literature/TheLastBattle'', with Dream filling the role of Aslan (famously straight down to the same imagery), Barbie in the role of Jill, and "The Cuckoo", who is actually a facet of Barbie's psyche, as a combination of Shift the Ape and the White Witch. In [[CanonDefilement perfect Gaiman tradition]], it also shifts the narrative around a bit, in that Cuckoo has a good reason for what she does and ultimately "wins", to some degree, and Barbie survives her ordeal and rather than going to Heaven and isn't quite sure what lesson to take from it all.]]


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--> '''Lucifer''': Perhaps it will destroy you, perhaps it won't. But I can't imagine it will make your life any easier. *disappears with an EvilLaugh*

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--> '''Lucifer''': Perhaps it will destroy you, perhaps it won't. But I can't imagine it will make your life any easier. *disappears *''disappears with an EvilLaugh*EvilLaugh''*



** Daniel Hall. Introduced as Lyta Hall's baby, who Dream vows to take away when he's old enough. After a few background appearances, he plays a central role in ''The Kindly Ones''. And in ''The Wake'', [[spoiler:he becomes the new Dream after the original's death]].

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** Daniel Hall. Introduced as Lyta Hall's baby, who Dream vows to take away when he's old enough. After a few background appearances, he plays a central role in ''The Kindly Ones''. And in In ''The Wake'', [[spoiler:he becomes the new Dream after the original's death]].



* AttemptedRape: Although the series is generally pretty light on [[RapeAsDrama falling back on rape as the default threat for female protagonists,]] Rose has to go through two of these in ''The Doll's House.'' Eurydice is also a victim of AttemptedRape, but that's just the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology source material.]]

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* AttemptedRape: Although the series is generally pretty light on [[RapeAsDrama falling back on rape as the default threat for female protagonists,]] protagonists]], Rose has to go through two of these in ''The Doll's House.'' Eurydice is also a victim of AttemptedRape, but that's just the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology source material.]]material]].






** [[spoiler: Orpheus]] in ''Brief Lives''.

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** [[spoiler: Orpheus]] [[spoiler:Orpheus]] in ''Brief Lives''.Lives''. The fact that [[spoiler:his father, Dream]] was who ended his life has very important consequences later on.



** Thessaly is a several-thousand-year-old Greek witch who's first introduced as Barbie's nerdy neighbor. She then kills a man, and forces his spirit to come back so she can interrogate him via ''his face which she cut off his skull and nailed to a wall.'' She then goes into the Dreaming to help Barbie. In ''The Kindly Ones'' she tracks down Lyta Hall, brews a potion and kills a lamb to protect her. After Lyta comes to she sees Thessaly reading a book and warning her a lot of people are angry about what she did. Thessaly calmly warns her to run, because those people want revenge. ''And Thessaly's one of them.''

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** Thessaly is a several-thousand-year-old Greek witch who's first introduced as Barbie's nerdy neighbor. She then kills a man, and forces his spirit to come back so she can interrogate him via ''his face which she cut off his skull and nailed to a wall.'' She then goes into the Dreaming to help Barbie. In ''The Kindly Ones'' she tracks down Lyta Hall, brews a potion and kills a lamb to protect her. After Lyta comes to to, she sees Thessaly reading a book and warning book; Thessaly warns her that a lot of people are angry about what she did. Thessaly did and calmly warns tells her to run, because those people want revenge. ''And Thessaly's one of them.''






* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Delirium, although she will from time to time [[OhCrap start making sense.]] When she does, you should either listen ''very'' carefully to her, or panic. Or maybe both, because...

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* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Delirium, although she will from time to time [[OhCrap start making sense.]] sense]]. When she does, you should either listen ''very'' carefully to her, or panic. Or panic...or maybe both, because...



** Also in ''Endless Nights'', Despair talks with Rao ([[{{Superman}} Krypton]]'s sun) about her plan to create the ultimate being of despair. Namely, for an unstable planet to host life and [[LastOfHisKind leave a single survivor]] when it dies. Apparently she thought that the life on that world would be more beautiful because at any time it could be destroyed. {{Superman}} is NOT in the throes of Despair though, so it looks like her plan backfired. In the same issue, the green sun and Dream's alien girlfriend represent the sun and a resident of Oa, which form the background of the Green Lantern stories. If her developing energy powers and her role as a protector of the planet are any indication, she may be one of the founders of the Corps.

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** Also in ''Endless Nights'', Despair talks with Rao ([[{{Superman}} ([[Franchise/{{Superman}} Krypton]]'s sun) about her plan to create the ultimate being of despair. Namely, for an unstable planet to host life and [[LastOfHisKind leave a single survivor]] when it dies. Apparently she thought that the life on that world would be more beautiful because at any time it could be destroyed. {{Superman}} Franchise/{{Superman}} is NOT in the throes of Despair though, so it looks like her plan backfired. In the same issue, the green sun and Dream's alien girlfriend represent the sun and a resident of Oa, which form the background of the Green Lantern ComicBook/GreenLantern stories. If her developing energy powers and her role as a protector of the planet are any indication, she may be one of the founders of the Corps.



** During the ''Season of Mists'' storyline, the Lords of Order try to bribe Dream with the dreams collected by the [[ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational Grey Man]].

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** During the In ''Season of Mists'' storyline, Mists'', the Lords of Order try to bribe Dream with the dreams collected by the [[ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational Grey Man]].



-->'''Despair''': ''(to Dream)'' I am not in my gallery and neither do I hold your sigil. Will you speak to me?
* CoolOldGuy: [[{{Expy}} Fiddler's]] [[Creator/GKChesterton Green]]. [[GeniusLoci Who is a place rather than a person]].

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-->'''Despair''': ''(to Dream)'' [''to Dream''] I am not in my gallery and neither do I hold your sigil. Will you speak to me?
* CoolOldGuy: [[{{Expy}} Fiddler's]] [[Creator/GKChesterton Green]]. Green]], [[GeniusLoci Who who is a place rather than a person]].



-->'''Mizar:''' His is the process that fuels all the stars. Without him, all would be lifeless and dark.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Discussed by one of the serial killers in "The Collectors". It caused something of a stir when Gaiman first wrote it in, with his editor protesting that "characters in Franchise/TheDCUniverse don't masturbate!" Gaiman replied that [[CrowningMomentOfFunny this explained a lot about the DC Universe.]]

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-->'''Mizar:''' --->'''Mizar:''' His is the process that fuels all the stars. Without him, all would be lifeless and dark.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Discussed by one of the serial killers in "The Collectors". It caused something of a stir when Gaiman first wrote it in, with his editor protesting that "characters in Franchise/TheDCUniverse don't masturbate!" Gaiman replied that [[CrowningMomentOfFunny this explained a lot about the DC Universe.]]Universe]].



* DeathOfPersonality: [[spoiler:Dream]] gets killed by the Furies. However, he's reborn in a new form, who then continues to do his predecessor's work. So [[spoiler:the idea called Dream keeps on living]], but the character everyone knew as him is dead.

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* DeathOfPersonality: [[spoiler:Dream]] gets killed by the Furies. However, he's dies, but is reborn in a new form, who then continues to do his predecessor's work. So [[spoiler:the idea called Dream keeps on living]], but the character everyone knew as him is dead.



** In a way, it's justified for all the Endless, since how they appear is mostly a matter of perception, anyway (and there are even a few gags based around this, including Orpheus' memorable trip to Death's... "house"). In one scene, the Martian Manhunter and Mr. Miracle are both speaking to Dream. Mr. Miracle sees him in his familiar white-skinned form, while the Martian Manhunter simultaneously sees him in the form of Mars' ancient god of sleep - a giant blazing Martian head.

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** In a way, it's justified for all the Endless, since how they appear is mostly a matter of perception, anyway (and there are even a few gags based around this, including Orpheus' memorable trip to Death's... "house"). In one scene, the Martian Manhunter and Mr. Miracle are both speaking to Dream. Mr. Miracle sees him in his familiar white-skinned form, while the Martian Manhunter simultaneously sees him in the form of Mars' ancient god of sleep - a sleep--a giant blazing Martian head.



* DidTheyOrDidntThey: Titania is plainly in love with Morpheus, and he seems fond of her (in his way); fairy gossip holds that they were lovers, but the reader never knows for sure[[note]]in ''The Wake'' you apparently ask her about it, because she regally tells you to mind your own business[[/note]].

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* DidTheyOrDidntThey: Titania is plainly in love with Morpheus, and he seems fond of her (in his way); fairy gossip holds that they were lovers, but the reader never knows for sure[[note]]in sure[[note]]In ''The Wake'' you apparently ask her about it, because she regally tells you to mind your own business[[/note]].



** Nada's fate, when she's condemned to Hell for all eternity for rejecting Dream's romantic advances. Especially given that due to the "echo" effect the Endless produce, nearly ''every black female character in the series'' suffers a burning death because of what happens to Nada. [[spoiler:The exception is Gwen, Hob Gadling's girlfriend in ''The Wake'', because of course Dream is dead by then, and the echo-cycle has been broken.]]

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** Nada's fate, when she's condemned to Hell for all eternity for rejecting Dream's romantic advances. Especially given that due to the "echo" effect the Endless produce, nearly ''every black female character in the series'' suffers a burning death because of what happens to Nada. [[spoiler:The exception is Gwen, Hob Gadling's girlfriend in ''The Wake'', because of course Dream Morpheus is dead by then, and the echo-cycle has been broken.]]



** Lucifer's consort Mazikeen, although [[CloudCuckooLander that could have just been Delirium]] [[MindScrew screwing with us.]]
---> '''Delirium''':If you don't let me in, I will turn you into a demon half-face waitress night-club lady with a crush on her boss, and I'll make it so you've been that from the beginning of time to now and you'll never ever know if you were anything else and it will itch inside your head worse than little bugses.

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** Lucifer's consort Mazikeen, although [[CloudCuckooLander that could have just been Delirium]] [[MindScrew screwing with us.]]
---> '''Delirium''':If
us]].
--->'''Delirium''': If
you don't let me in, I will turn you into a demon half-face waitress night-club lady with a crush on her boss, and I'll make it so you've been that from the beginning of time to now and you'll never ever know if you were anything else and it will itch inside your head worse than little bugses.



* DivinelyAppearingDemons: Lucifer, Be'elzebub, and Azazel are the DemonLordsAndArchdevils of Hell. Each of them are depicted with a different appearance, making this trope played straight and averted. Lucifer (straight) looks like his angelic biblical appearance, while Azazel (Averted) appears made of shadows, eyes, and teeth, and Be'elzebub (Averted) is a giant bug.

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* DivinelyAppearingDemons: Lucifer, Be'elzebub, and Azazel are the DemonLordsAndArchdevils of Hell. Each of them are depicted with a different appearance, making this trope played straight and averted. Lucifer (straight) looks like his angelic biblical appearance, while Azazel (Averted) appears made of shadows, eyes, and teeth, and Be'elzebub (Averted) is a giant bug.fly.



* DyingDream: [[spoiler:[[IncrediblyLamePun In more ways than one]]]].

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* DyingDream: [[spoiler:[[IncrediblyLamePun [[spoiler:[[JustForPun In more ways than one]]]].






** The prequel series ''Sandman: Overture'' does much to explain this,[[spoiler: showing Dream interact with countless different versions of himself, who each represent Dream as he appears to a different species, and even though they are all parts of Dream they each seem to have to some degree an independent existence.]]

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** The prequel series ''Sandman: Overture'' does much to explain this,[[spoiler: showing this, [[spoiler:showing Dream interact with countless different versions of himself, who each represent Dream as he appears to a different species, and even though they are all parts of Dream they each seem to have to some degree an independent existence.]]existence]].



* EmotionlessGirl: Despair: "I am not happy or sad. I just am." This turns out not to be quite true though. This was not true of her predecessor, who seemed to consider the fragility of life and mournful melancholy beautiful and even talked with [[{{Superman}} Rao]] about arranging Superman's fate as what amounts to an art project. [[ByronicHero Must be where Dream picked it up from.]]

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* EmotionlessGirl: Despair: "I am not happy or sad. I just am." This turns out not to be quite true though. This was not true of her predecessor, who seemed to consider the fragility of life and mournful melancholy beautiful and even talked with [[{{Superman}} [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Rao]] about arranging Superman's fate as what amounts to an art project. [[ByronicHero Must be where Dream picked it up from.]]



** During the Key to Hell arc, the demon Azazel taunts Morpheus with having his former lover inside of his body (basically Alien Geometries), and threatens that he can kill her before Morpheus can attack him unless he hands over the key. Morpheus then calmly puts him in a jar and stuffs him in a box for a few centuries to stew in his juices. He reveals that since Azazel was inside of Morpheus' domain, and his former lover also benefited from the SacredHospitality he offered to all guests his own Reality Warping spectacularly trumped Azazel's.◊
** Dr. Destiny, Justice League villain has nigh-omnipotent power over peoples' dreams. In the first book of The Sandman, he also had the Dreamstone, which gave him enough Mind Control to make an entire diner full of people mutilate, rape, and eat each other over the course of a single night. When Morpheus, the creator of the stone and Anthropomorphic Personification of dreams showed up to reclaim it, its powers, of course, did nothing to him.

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** During the Key to Hell arc, In ''Season of Mists'', the demon Azazel taunts Morpheus with having his former lover inside of his body (basically Alien Geometries), and threatens that he can kill her before Morpheus can attack him unless he hands over the key. Morpheus then calmly puts him in a jar and stuffs him in a box for a few centuries to stew in his juices. He reveals that since Azazel was inside of Morpheus' domain, and his former lover also benefited from the SacredHospitality he offered to all guests guests, his own Reality Warping spectacularly trumped Azazel's.◊
Azazel's.
** Dr. Destiny, the Justice League villain villain, has nigh-omnipotent power over peoples' dreams. In the first book of The Sandman, "24 Hours", he also had the Dreamstone, which gave him enough Mind Control to make an entire diner full of people mutilate, rape, and eat each other over the course of a single night. When Morpheus, the creator of the stone and Anthropomorphic Personification of dreams showed up to reclaim it, its powers, of course, did nothing to him.



* EyeRemember: The Corinthian can read memories by putting eyes into his toothed eyesockets. Blech...

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* EyeRemember: The Corinthian can read memories by putting eyes into his toothed eyesockets. Blech...






* FinalSpeech: [[spoiler:Fiddler's Green.]]

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* FinalSpeech: [[spoiler:Fiddler's Green.]]Green]] in ''The Wake'', just after [[spoiler:Dream resurrects him]].



* FluffyTheTerrible: The Cuckoo. It seems like an odd name for a dreaded EvilOverlord...unless you know about [[spoiler: the cuckoo bird's peculiar habit of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brood_parasite laying eggs in other birds' nests]] and letting its hatchlings kill their hosts' natural offspring so that they can take their place. The Cuckoo's name is an allusion to its nature as a "dream parasite", and its goal of ruling Barbie's dreams as its personal kingdom.]]

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* FluffyTheTerrible: The Cuckoo. It seems like an odd name for a dreaded EvilOverlord...unless you know about [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the cuckoo bird's peculiar habit of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brood_parasite laying eggs in other birds' nests]] and letting its hatchlings kill their hosts' natural offspring so that they can take their place. The Cuckoo's name is an allusion to its nature as a "dream parasite", and its goal of ruling Barbie's dreams as its personal kingdom.]]



---> All Bette's stories have happy endings. That's because she knows where to stop. She's realized the real problem with stories - if you keep them going long enough, they always end in death.
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: This happens ''a lot''. Morpheus changes his appearance the most frequently to fit in with those around him. Desire looks like a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Nagel Patrick Nagel]] print come to life[[note]]See the character page for one of the best examples of this rendition[[/note]] and is supposed to be everyone's idea of a beautiful person. Death and Destruction only seem to change their clothes, and Destiny and Despair never change at all. Delirium's appearance is the most mutable, but she doesn't give a damn if it makes anyone feel comfortable (she shows up to a wedding in ancient Greece wearing the same mesh shirt she does in the 90s). It does seem to be a courtesy that the Endless extend to those they're interacting with, not an automatic reflex - Death, in particular, tends to show up in informal wear and get chided for it by the more appearance-conscious characters. Also zigzagged by Delirium, who - regardless of her audience or the time period the story is set in - tends to look like a punk teenaged domestic-abuse victim. There are two likely explanations: either she (who once claimed to know things Destiny does not) has MediumAwareness ("A Form ''The Readers'' Are Comfortable With"), or it's part of her function to generate a certain amount of {{Squick}} in those who behold her (A Form You Are Creeped Out By).

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---> --> All Bette's stories have happy endings. That's because she knows where to stop. She's realized the real problem with stories - if stories--if you keep them going long enough, they always end in death.
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: This happens ''a lot''. Morpheus changes his appearance the most frequently to fit in with those around him. Desire looks like a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Nagel Patrick Nagel]] print come to life[[note]]See the character page for one of the best examples of this rendition[[/note]] and is supposed to be everyone's idea of a beautiful person. Death and Destruction only seem to change their clothes, and Destiny and Despair never change at all. Delirium's appearance is the most mutable, but she doesn't give a damn if it makes anyone feel comfortable (she shows up to a wedding in ancient Greece wearing the same mesh shirt she does in the 90s). It does seem to be a courtesy that the Endless extend to those they're interacting with, not an automatic reflex - Death, in particular, tends to show up in informal wear and get chided for it by the more appearance-conscious characters. Also zigzagged by Delirium, who - Delirium; regardless of her audience or the time period the story is set in - in, she tends to look like a punk teenaged domestic-abuse victim. There are two likely explanations: either she (who once claimed to know things Destiny does not) has MediumAwareness ("A Form ''The Readers'' Are Comfortable With"), or it's part of her function to generate a certain amount of {{Squick}} in those who behold her (A Form You Are Creeped Out By).






** Barbie is forced to grow up in ''A Game of You'' so that [[spoiler:the Land can end and the Cuckoo can leave.]] In a nutshell, she only came back to invoke [[spoiler:TheBadGuyWins]]. What's worse is that this process started in ''Doll's House'' and left her in a stagnant state during the events between the books.

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** Barbie is forced to grow up in ''A Game of You'' so that [[spoiler:the Land can end and the Cuckoo can leave.]] leave]]. In a nutshell, she only came back to invoke [[spoiler:TheBadGuyWins]]. What's worse is that this process started in ''Doll's House'' and left her in a stagnant state during the events between the books.






* HeelRealization: Lyta Hall at the conclusion of ''The Kindly Ones'' and ''The Wake'' when she realizes that her actions [[spoiler:in avenging her son led to her losing Daniel forever and setting a lot of angry beings against her.]]

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* HeelRealization: Lyta Hall at the conclusion of ''The Kindly Ones'' and ''The Wake'' when she realizes that her actions [[spoiler:in avenging her son led to her losing Daniel forever and setting a lot of angry beings against her.]]her]].



* HellHasNewManagement: When Morpheus goes to Hell loaded for bear, to release an ex-lover he'd damned out of petty spite millennia ago. When he gets there, Lucifer has emptied Hell of all the damned and diabolical and formally abdicates, peaceably leaving Morpheus with the Key to Hell.

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* HellHasNewManagement: When Morpheus goes to Hell loaded for bear, bear to release an ex-lover he'd damned out of petty spite millennia ago. When he gets there, Lucifer has emptied Hell of all the damned and diabolical and formally abdicates, peaceably leaving Morpheus with the Key to Hell.



* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Many, including Creator/WilliamShakespeare, Augustus Caesar, Emperor Joshua Norton, Robespierre, and Haroun al-Rashid, to name some of the ones who had entire issues that revolved around them.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: "Thermidor" gives one to Robespierre and Saint-Just. Neil Gaiman {{Lampshaded}} this in ''The Sandman Companion''[[note]]''The Sandman Companion'', page 146[[/note]]

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Many, including Creator/WilliamShakespeare, Augustus UsefulNotes/{{Augustus}} Caesar, Emperor Joshua Norton, Robespierre, UsefulNotes/MaximilienRobespierre, and Haroun al-Rashid, to name some of the ones who had entire issues that revolved around them.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: "Thermidor" gives one to Robespierre and Saint-Just. Neil Gaiman {{Lampshaded}} {{lampshaded}} this in ''The Sandman Companion''[[note]]''The Sandman Companion'', page 146[[/note]]



* HyperlinkStory

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* HyperlinkStoryHyperlinkStory: There are a great many individual storylines within ''The Sandman'' that might not seem to be connected, but Gaiman pulls them all together by the end.






--> '''Lucifer''': You know, I once swore to destroy your brother.\\

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--> ---> '''Lucifer''': You know, I once swore to destroy your brother.\\



'''Lucifer''': Oh, he insulted me ... said something he thought was clever. It hardly matters now.

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'''Lucifer''': Oh, he insulted me ... me...said something he thought was clever. It hardly matters now.



--> '''Death:''' "You got what everybody gets, [[TimeAbyss Bernie.]] You got a lifetime."
** Thessaly calmly warns Lyta Hall after the events of ''The Kindly Ones'' that [[spoiler:a lot of beings, including Thessaly herself, will want Lyta dead for her part in killing Dream.]]

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--> '''Death:''' "You You got what everybody gets, [[TimeAbyss Bernie.]] Bernie]]. You got a lifetime."
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** Thessaly calmly warns Lyta Hall after the events of ''The Kindly Ones'' that [[spoiler:a lot of beings, including Thessaly herself, will want Lyta dead for her part in killing Dream.]]Dream]].



** Hob Gadling, who's been immortal ever since Death, in 1389, promised Dream not to take him until Hob was ready, spends the seventeenth century impoverished, sick and starving: "Do you know [...] how hungry a man can get if he doesn't die? But doesn't eat?"

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** Hob Gadling, who's been immortal ever since Death, in 1389, promised Dream not to take him until Hob was ready, spends the seventeenth century impoverished, sick and starving: "Do starving.
--->Do
you know [...] how hungry a man can get if he doesn't die? But doesn't eat?"eat?



* ImportantHaircut: Played with in a couple of interesting ways: Lucifer actually gets his wings cut off, but the symbolism is still there. You can guess Delirium's moods based on what her hair does. Once, when she's angry and depressed, she becomes bald. Later, when she's bummed out that Lucifer couldn't help her find her dog (ItMakesSenseInContext), half of her head goes bald.

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* ImportantHaircut: Played with in a couple of interesting ways: ways.
**
Lucifer actually gets his wings cut off, but the symbolism is still there. there.
**
You can guess Delirium's moods based on what her hair does. Once, when she's angry and depressed, she becomes bald. Later, when she's bummed out that Lucifer couldn't help her find her dog (ItMakesSenseInContext), half of her head goes bald.



* InformedKindness: The Furies are not to be referred as such, it's better to call them the Kindly Ones: a [[TheHecateSisters Hecate Trio]] of witches who swore to get revenge on Orpheus for making them cry, which they achieved by having him killed by his father.

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* InformedKindness: The Furies are not to be referred as such, such; it's better to call them the Kindly Ones: a [[TheHecateSisters Hecate Trio]] of witches who swore to get revenge on Orpheus for making them cry, which they achieved by having him killed by his father.









* KillTheMessenger: Simultaneously invoked and averted in ''Season of Mists''.

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* KillTheMessenger: Simultaneously invoked and averted in ''Season of Mists''.Mists'' in regards to Cain delivering Morpheus' message to Lucifer.






* LifeWillKillYou: An overarching theme and motif of "The Sound of Her Wings." As something of a DayInTheLife episode for Death, the issue features many, many minor characters who all meet mundane ends, such as electrocution, cat accidents, and even [[spoiler:Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.]]

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* LifeWillKillYou: An overarching theme and motif of "The Sound of Her Wings." As something of a DayInTheLife episode for Death, the issue features many, many minor characters who all meet mundane ends, such as electrocution, cat accidents, and even [[spoiler:Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.]]Syndrome]].



** Most of the characters with titles - the Corinthian, the dark mirror of humanity, is likely a reference to [[Literature/TheBible the Book of Corinthian's]] famous pronouncement that "we see through a glass, darkly."
* LivingForeverIsAwesome: There are a great many immortal (or near immortal) people in the series, most of whom seem to have no desire to die, now or ever. Most important to the story is Dream's friend Hob Gadling.
--> "I've got so much to live for."

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** Most of the characters with titles - titles. For instance, the Corinthian, the dark mirror of humanity, is likely a reference to [[Literature/TheBible the Book of Corinthian's]] famous pronouncement that "we see through a glass, darkly."
* LivingForeverIsAwesome: There are a great many immortal (or near immortal) people in the series, most of whom seem to have no desire to die, now or ever. Most important to the story is Dream's friend Hob Gadling.
--> "I've
Gadling, who simply refuses to die (and Dream persuades Death to roll with it).
-->'''Hob''': I've
got so much to live for."






* MamaBear: Lyta Hall. Taken to its [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge ultimate]], and [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds unfortunate]], extreme.

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* MamaBear: Lyta Hall. Taken Hall, taken to its [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge ultimate]], and [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds unfortunate]], extreme.



* MessyHair: Dream, Death, Despair, and Delirium.

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* MessyHair: Dream, Death, Despair, Several of the Endless. Dream's tends to look like he got electrocuted, Death's sometimes makes her look like an '80s metal singer, Despair's hair is pulled back into a straggly bun, and Delirium.Delirium's hair always looks ragged and unkempt no matter what style it's in.



* MissConception: Hazel's a butch lesbian, yeah, but she really should have known better.[[note]]having apparently never learned ''anything'' about straight sex, she believes she couldn't be pregnant because she had sex standing up, and that a pregnancy test would involve killing a rabbit[[/note]].

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* MissConception: Hazel's a butch lesbian, yeah, but she really should have known better.[[note]]having [[note]]Having apparently never learned ''anything'' about straight sex, she believes she couldn't be pregnant because she had sex standing up, and that a pregnancy test would involve killing a rabbit[[/note]].



* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: The Corinthian.

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* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: The Corinthian.Corinthian, since he has mouths in his eyesockets instead of actual eyes.



* MurdererPOV: We never see Lyta when she's possessed by the Kindly Ones; all of her panels are drawn from the first-person perspective. This is also how we first meet the Corinthian. Which is particularly disturbing once you learn a little more about his...anatomy.

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* MurdererPOV: MurdererPOV:
** This is how we first meet the Corinthian, which is particularly disturbing once you learn a little more about his...anatomy.
**
We never see Lyta when she's possessed by the Kindly Ones; all of her panels are drawn from the first-person perspective. This is also how we first meet the Corinthian. Which is particularly disturbing once you learn a little more about his...anatomy.perspective.



** The muse Calliope is kidnapped and abused by human authors for years.

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** The muse Calliope is kidnapped and sexually abused by a human authors author for years.


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The series has spawned a number of SpinOff series by both Gaiman and other writers as notable characters from the books tell their tales.



As of March 6,2016 Joseph Gordon-Levitt has left the project, due to a new writer

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