History Comicbook / TheSandman

20th Oct '17 10:48:13 PM poi99
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* EveryoneHasStandards: Dream is notoriously [[ItsAllAboutMe self-centered]] and [[JerkAss insensitive]] towards others - so much so he condemns a former lover to Hell and leaves Orpheus to his fate because both hurt his pride, tactlessly warns Lyta Hall he will come for her son, to mention just a few examples. However, in "Men of Good Fortune", he clearly opposes slavery.

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* EveryoneHasStandards: EveryoneHasStandards:
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Dream is notoriously [[ItsAllAboutMe self-centered]] and [[JerkAss insensitive]] towards others - so much so he condemns a former lover to Hell and leaves Orpheus to his fate because both hurt his pride, tactlessly warns Lyta Hall he will come for her son, to mention just a few examples. However, in "Men of Good Fortune", he clearly opposes slavery.slavery.
** Even ''the personification of Destruction itself'' [[spoiler:skips town once he pieces together that humans are but a few centuries away from inventing nuclear weapons]].
20th Oct '17 10:10:22 PM poi99
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20th Oct '17 10:09:02 PM poi99
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* AGodIAmNot:
** The Endless expressly point out that they are not Gods.
** Boss Smiley informs Prez that "[he's] not God, [he's] not the devil, [he's] just Boss Smiley."


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* InsistentTerminology:
** The Endless expressly point out that they are not Gods.
** Boss Smiley informs Prez that "[he's] not God, [he's] not the devil, [he's] just Boss Smiley."
12th Oct '17 8:29:35 PM SinNanna
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* FeministFantasy: The series was notable for its large cast of complex, well developed female characters, including one of the first serious portrayals of a transgender character in mainstream comics.
22nd Sep '17 5:17:23 PM SinNanna
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* {{Irony}}: The two nicest members if the Endless are ''Death and Destruction''.

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* {{Irony}}: The two nicest members if of the Endless are ''Death and Destruction''.
22nd Sep '17 5:16:28 PM SinNanna
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* {{Irony}}: The two nicest members if the Endless are ''Death and Destruction''.
19th Sep '17 1:43:36 AM SinNanna
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** The strip club where Tiffany and Ishtar work is called "Suffragette City" and the segment containing Ishtar's LastDance is called "Wham bam thank you ma'am", yet another Music/DavidBowie shout out.
18th Sep '17 11:29:53 PM SinNanna
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* BrownNote: [[LoveDeity Ishtar's]] Dance is so unbelievably hot that it causes all men who see it to die of arousal.
--> "And Shep Cayce, who hasn't had an erection in a dozen years, is ejaculating violently - again, and again, and again: and now he's coming blood and he ''doesn't care''."



* 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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* 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]]. Also mentioned by Tiffany in ''Brief Lives'', when she bemoans how she keeps getting into relationships with scumbags.



* 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]]. Demonstrated again in ''Brief Lives'', where a man who's been alive for 15,000 years dies because of a random construction accident.
--> '''Death:''' You got a lifetime. No more. No less.
31st Aug '17 11:31:07 PM SinNanna
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* KingIncognito: The story "Avgvst" is about the Roman emperor Augustus and his confidant, the dwarf Lycius, disguising themselves as beggars and anonymously panhandling in the market square. It's initially assumed to be a case of him eavesdropping on his people to learn the state of the Empire.
[[spoiler: It turns out that Dream told him to do it because it's a place where "the gods cannot see him think", and it's here where he ultimately decides against [[UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar Caesar's]] dream of a Rome that would last for 10,000 years, choosing to instead limit the Empire's expansion so that it would eventually collapse. It's implied he does this as revenge for Caesar sexually abusing him and deciding his fate for him as a young man]].

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* KingIncognito: The story "Avgvst" is about the Roman emperor Augustus and his confidant, the dwarf Lycius, disguising themselves as beggars and anonymously panhandling in the market square. It's initially assumed to be a case of him eavesdropping on his people to learn the state of the Empire.
Empire.[[spoiler: It turns out that Dream told him to do it because it's a place where "the gods cannot see him think", and it's here where he ultimately decides against [[UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar Caesar's]] dream of a Rome that would last for 10,000 years, choosing to instead limit the Empire's expansion so that it would eventually collapse. It's implied he does this as revenge for Caesar sexually abusing him and deciding his fate for him as a young man]].
31st Aug '17 11:26:23 PM SinNanna
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* EldritchLocation: ''Most'' of the settings in the series are this, especially the Dreaming and its various outlying lands. There are also "soft places" in our world that intersect with the Dreaming and thus exist outside of linear time, which includes the desert of Lob, "a few thousand miles of square miles of central Australia, a couple of Pacific islands, a field in Ireland, and an occasional mountain in Arizona[[note]] As in, the mountain is only occasionally there[[/note]]", according to Fiddler's Green, who is [[GeniusLoci himself one]].

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* EldritchLocation: ''Most'' of the settings in the series are this, especially the Dreaming and its various outlying lands. There are also "soft places" in our world that intersect with the Dreaming and thus exist outside of linear time, which includes the desert of Lob, "a few thousand miles of square miles of central Australia, a couple of Pacific islands, a field in Ireland, and an occasional mountain in Arizona[[note]] As in, the mountain is only occasionally there[[/note]]", according to Fiddler's Green, who is [[GeniusLoci himself one]].


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* SceneryGorn: Hell, as is to be expected.
* SceneryPorn: The series has some seriously gorgeous background art. Special mention goes to the Dreaming.
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