History ComicBook / TheSandman

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* PumpkinPerson: Merv Pumpkinhead, the Dreaming's janitor. He's rather a CaptainErsatz for Oz's Jack Pumpkinhead.

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* PumpkinPerson: Merv Pumpkinhead, the Dreaming's janitor.janitor, is an animated pumpkin-headed scarecrow. He's rather a CaptainErsatz for Oz's Jack Pumpkinhead.
13th Jun '16 12:35:07 PM morenohijazo
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* PumpkinPerson: Merv Pumpkinhead, the Dreaming's janitor. He's rather a CaptainErsatz for Oz's Jack Pumpkinhead.
7th Jun '16 8:54:44 AM Jayalaw
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* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: In ''Sandman: Overture'', Morpheus reveals that [[spoiler:he did this with the first Vortex, unwilling to take an innocent life to save thousands.]] This almost led to TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt and [[spoiler:having to kill the Vortex when its powers drove it half-mad.]] In the present Morpheus subverts this having learned from his mistakes, [[spoiler:planning to kill Rose to prevent HistoryRepeats.]]



* ApologeticAttacker: Dream to [[spoiler:Rose Walker as he prepares to kill her and stop the Vortex from emerging.]]



** Death before her off-screen CharacterDevelopment was a {{Jerkass}} and apathetic to humans. Having one mortal day to live every hundred years, however, has given her perspective and made her kinder to everyone who passes.



* BackForTheDead:
** All of [[spoiler:Barbie's friends from The Land]] in ''A Game Of You''. [[spoiler:Martin Tenbones is the first casualty.]]
** [[spoiler: Orpheus]] in ''Brief Lives''.



* BigSisterInstinct:
** Rose towards Jed Walker during ''Doll's House''. [[spoiler:She's horrified on learning how he was abused by relatives, and is relieved when Gilbert finds her brother alive but unconscious in Corinthian's truck.]]
** Death and Desire act this way towards Delirium, with the former chewing out Dream for mistreating "[[AffectionateNickname Del]]" and the latter helping her get home from the mortal world.



* BreakTheCutie: On a cosmic scale, as Delight became Delirium. Before, she was cheery, flighty and pretty harmless. After, she's still cheery, but completely nuts and will break your mind if you piss her off. Although she might break your mind while trying to do you a favor, too.
* BrokenAesop: Invoked. The Kipling-quoting "Indian Gentleman" tells his companions a tale he hopes will "prove" that women are inherently evil in "Hob's Leviathan." But as Hob [[LampshadeHanging points out]], the sum Aesop of the story seems to be more along the lines of "men and women are ''both'' capable of deeply hurting each other."

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* BreakTheCutie: BreakTheCutie:
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On a cosmic scale, as Delight became Delirium. Before, she was cheery, flighty and pretty harmless. After, she's still cheery, but completely nuts and will break your mind if you piss her off. Although she might break your mind while trying to do you a favor, too.
** Jed Walker through ''A Doll's House''. [[spoiler:Separated from his mum and sister, losing his grandfather to illness and then stuck with abusive relatives who lock him in the basement and beat him up, with Brute and Glob occupying his head and offering comfort only through dreams. Then when he finally escapes, he encounters the Corinthian, who locks him in a car trunk, saving him for later.]] Thanks to Gilbert and Rose, however, EarnYourHappyEnding finally comes into effect.
** Barbie in ''Doll's House'' and ''A Game Of You''. At first it starts that [[spoiler:Rose inadvertently exposed Barbie's dreams to Ken, which led to their divorce and Barbie no longer able to dream. Then her friends Martin Tenbones enters the mortal world only to die before giving Barbie the Porpentine. She reenters the dream world, then sees her friends die one by one thanks to TheMole betraying them, while the Cuckoo captures and compels her to destroy the Porpentine and Land, so that Cuckoo can fly off and mature.]] Even worse, Dream says outright that the latter events should have happened sooner and would have [[spoiler:if Rose hadn't interfered.]]
* BrokenAesop: Invoked. The Kipling-quoting "Indian Gentleman" tells his companions a tale he hopes will "prove" that women are inherently evil in "Hob's Leviathan." But as Hob and Jim [[LampshadeHanging points out]], the sum Aesop of the story seems to be more along the lines of "men and women are ''both'' capable of deeply hurting each other."



** Cat!Dream is quite mystical and magical, obeying no one's orders but his own.



** 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 Sacred Hospitality he offered to all guests his own Reality Warping spectacularly trumped Azazel's.◊

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** 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 Sacred Hospitality SacredHospitality he offered to all guests his own Reality Warping spectacularly trumped Azazel's.◊



* GrowingUpSucks:
** Delirium was once Delight, an innocent child. She's the Endless equivalent of a moody teenager in the present, and putting herself together is hard.
** 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.



* 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.]]



* HeroicBSOD: Morpheus has one in ''Brief Lives'', after Destiny tells him what he has to do. Then Delirium has an inversion of one, casting off her standard Blue Screen mode to briefly become more rational (it doesn't last, of course).

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* HeroicBSOD: HeroicBSOD:
** Barbie at the start of ''A Game Of You''. She's only slightly better at the end, following [[spoiler:the Land's destruction and Wanda's death]].
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Morpheus has one in ''Brief Lives'', after Destiny tells him what he has to do. Then Delirium has an inversion of one, casting off her standard Blue Screen mode to briefly become more rational (it doesn't last, of course).



* IllKillYou: At the end of Morpheus' visit to Hell in ''Preludes and Nocturnes'', Lucifer vows to destroy him, and in ''Season of Mists'' he makes something of an attempt at it by gifting Morpheus with the key to hell and the ensuing troubles. By the end of the series, Lucifer's lost interest in seeing the threat through, especially with the Kindly Ones attacking Morpheus.

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* IllKillYou: IllKillYou:
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At the end of Morpheus' visit to Hell in ''Preludes and Nocturnes'', Lucifer vows to destroy him, and in ''Season of Mists'' he makes something of an attempt at it by gifting Morpheus with the key to hell and the ensuing troubles. By the end of the series, Lucifer's lost interest in seeing the threat through, especially with the Kindly Ones attacking Morpheus.



** 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.]]



* OhCrap: ''"I feel cold."''

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* OhCrap: OhCrap:
** Gilbert when he and Rose pass by The Corinthian in the elevator. He leaves Rose with Morpheus's name to utter in emergency and goes to rescue [[spoiler:Jed]].
** Philip Gist, [[spoiler:a magazine editor, gets this when the Corinthian and Doctor corner him at the convention. They know he's impersonating the Boogeyman and plan to kill him slowly.]]
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''"I feel cold."''



** 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.

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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.]]
** 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.]]



* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Rape is treated as appropriately horrifying, and the act most likely to rouse Morpheus out of his usual indifference to human suffering. One exception is Nathan Diskin, who rapes and murders ''children''. Morpheus is curiously merciful to him, and the induced dream he's put into reveals his natural inclination is to be kindly to children if not for the Corinthian's influence screwing him up.
** That case may not be this trope. Rose Walker had summoned Morpheus by his name to rescue her, and he was simply using a pleasant dream to incapacitate Nathan and get him out of the way. Nathan's punishment came later, when Morpheus took away the Collectors' dreams of being special and delusions that they were anything but monsters.

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* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Rape is treated as appropriately horrifying, and the act most likely to rouse Morpheus out of his usual indifference to human suffering.
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One exception is Nathan Diskin, who rapes and murders ''children''. Morpheus is curiously merciful to him, and the induced dream he's put into reveals his natural inclination is to be kindly to children if not for the Corinthian's influence screwing him up.
** That case may not be this trope.
up. With that said, Rose Walker had summoned Morpheus by his name to rescue her, and he was simply using a pleasant dream to incapacitate Nathan and get him out of the way. Nathan's punishment came later, when Morpheus took away the Collectors' dreams of being special and delusions that they were anything but monsters.


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* 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.]]
27th May '16 10:09:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* YouImaginedIt

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* YouImaginedIt
13th May '16 8:37:55 PM Willbyr
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* SpiritualSuccessor: Many fans consider it one to 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 AlanMoore's 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]].
13th May '16 6:18:56 PM Rubber_Lotus
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* SpiritualSuccessor: Many fans consider it one to 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]].
11th May '16 6:37:45 PM Miumia
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* AndThatLittleGirlWasMe: [[spoiler:"The Hunt."]]



* NarratorAllAlong: [[spoiler:"The Hunt."]]
11th May '16 4:15:42 AM Willbyr
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--> '''Destiny''': It has been centuries since we were all together. We must have much to discuss.
--> ''(group BeatPanel)''
* BiTheWay: When we first meet Hal we assume he's gay, but WordOfGod says that he has a fling with Rose later. But then again ''everybody'' wants Rose, so this might be a case of "IfItsYouItsOkay".

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--> '''Destiny''': It has been centuries since we were all together. We must have much to discuss. \n--> ''(group BeatPanel)''\n\\
[''group BeatPanel'']
* BiTheWay: When we first meet Hal we assume he's gay, but WordOfGod says that he has a fling with Rose later. But then Then again ''everybody'' wants Rose, so this might be a case of "IfItsYouItsOkay".



* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Ziggzagged with the Endless. They have an alien perspective because their values are based on performing their cosmic function, but they still have a personalities that are pretty close to human. Even still, this can lead to some strange behavior and actions. For example, Morpheus is upset that the Corinthian became a serial killer in the waking world not because he was hurting people but because it's too prosaic.

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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Ziggzagged with the Endless. They have an alien perspective because their values are based on performing their cosmic function, but they still have a personalities that are pretty close to human. Even still, this can lead to some strange behavior and actions. For example, Morpheus is upset that the Corinthian became a serial killer in the waking world not because he was hurting people but because it's too prosaic.



* BreakingTheFourthWall: Once. Even you the reader were there at Dream's [[spoiler:wake and funeral]].

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* BreakingTheFourthWall: Once. Even you the reader were there at Dream's [[spoiler:wake [[spoiler:Dream's wake and funeral]].



* BuryYourGays: For all that her portrayal was sympathetic and ahead of its time, [[spoiler:Wanda is killed off at the end of ''A Game of You''.]] Even more sadly, it happened because [[spoiler:she was denied the ability to walk the female-only Moon's Path, making it look like the moon itself was calling her a man.]] However [[spoiler: despite the fact that she's buried under her birth name, she's shown after death as a beautiful woman, getting a happy ending, of sorts.]]

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* BuryYourGays: For all that her portrayal was sympathetic and ahead of its time, [[spoiler:Wanda is killed off at the end of ''A Game of You''.]] You'']]. Even more sadly, it happened because [[spoiler:she was denied the ability to walk the female-only Moon's Path, making it look like the moon itself was calling her a man.]] man]]. However [[spoiler: despite [[spoiler:despite the fact that she's buried under her birth name, she's shown after death as a beautiful woman, getting a happy ending, of sorts.]]sorts]].
10th May '16 8:41:02 AM Miumia
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** Arguably the primary personality dynamic of Morpheus. Desire, in particular, spends nearly the entire series trying to get him killed, and calling his relationship with his son an estranged one is putting it lightly -- after their first argument, they spend several thousand years avoiding each other. ''Overture'' reveals [[spoiler:that his relationships with his parents are just as messed up.]]

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** Arguably the primary personality dynamic of Morpheus. Desire, in particular, spends nearly the entire series trying to get him killed, and calling his relationship with his son an estranged one is putting it lightly -- after their first argument, they spend several thousand years avoiding each other. ''Overture'' reveals [[spoiler:that his relationships with his parents are just as messed up.]]up]].


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** An example of how strangely detached and dysfunctional they are as a family (although they do have strong familial bonds within each other, such as Dream and Death, and Destruction and Despair) is evidenced when Destiny assembles all of them (minus Destruction) and suggest that they should just... talk. Should be simple enough for siblings, but for them, it isn't.
--> '''Destiny''': It has been centuries since we were all together. We must have much to discuss.
--> ''(group BeatPanel)''
7th May '16 2:14:03 PM Rubber_Lotus
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* TheOathbreaker : Morpheus says this to the man who stole his helmet and participated in his imprisonment. : "As this blood is shed, so spills your blood, Ruthven Sykes, adept of the 33rd, whose secret name is Ararita... Traitor and Oath-Breaker." [[YourHeadAsplode Cue skull implosion.]]

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* TheOathbreaker : Morpheus says this to the man who stole TheOathbreaker: Roderick Burgess, upon realizing that his helmet and participated in [[TheStarscream second-in-command]] has stolen his imprisonment. : mistress ''and'' a good chunk of his cult's treasury: "As this blood is shed, so spills your blood, Ruthven Sykes, adept of the 33rd, whose secret name is Ararita... Traitor and Oath-Breaker." [[YourHeadAsplode Cue skull implosion.]]
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