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18th Apr '16 11:21:44 PM MasoTey
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* RoaringRampageOfRomance: Morpheus and Nada make love once. Her home city is reduced to glass shards. It's suggested that had they remained together, the entire world would have been destroyed.
16th Apr '16 10:27:28 PM aye_amber
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* 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...
** TheCuckoolanderWasRight: ... when she starts making sense, everything that comes out of her mouth is absolutely true.

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* CloudCuckooLander: {{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 maybe both, because...
** TheCuckoolanderWasRight: ... when When she starts making sense, everything that comes out of her mouth is absolutely true.



** Lucifer is sometimes DavidBowie.
** Dream is often Bowie as well, but is mostly Neil Gaiman himself, and occasionally [[Music/{{Queen}} Freddie Mercury]] and Robert Smith of TheCure.
** Hob Gadling's look in his final appearance was based on Ian Anderson of JethroTull.

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** Lucifer is sometimes DavidBowie.
Music/DavidBowie.
** Dream is often Bowie as well, but is mostly Neil Gaiman himself, and occasionally [[Music/{{Queen}} Freddie Mercury]] and Robert Smith of TheCure.
Music/TheCure.
** Hob Gadling's look in his final appearance was based on Ian Anderson of JethroTull.Music/JethroTull.



** In ''The High Cost Of Living'', someone says they would like to die between two virgins at the moment of orgasm, via elephant crushing. In ''Endless Nights'', someone does exactly that. Comes up occasionally in other places too; it's more of a RunningGag.

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** In ''The High Cost Of Living'', of Living,'' someone says they would like to die between two virgins at the moment of orgasm, via elephant crushing. In ''Endless Nights'', Nights,'' someone does exactly that. Comes up occasionally in other places too; it's more of a RunningGag.
16th Apr '16 5:04:41 PM Rotide
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* AmbiguousGender: While the gender of the Endless are almost always consistent, at least to the reader, Desire and Delirium have been drawn with more androgyny than any of the other Endless on occasion. Desire, due to its hermaphroditic nature, and Delirium, because she is, well, Delirium, and is also the youngest of the Endless.

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* AmbiguousGender: While the gender of the Endless are almost always consistent, at least to the reader, Desire and Delirium have been drawn with more androgyny than any of the other Endless on occasion. Desire, due to its hermaphroditic their androgynous nature, and Delirium, because she is, well, Delirium, and is also the youngest of the Endless.



** Desire fills this role for Delirium in ''Brief Lives'', showing us a rare sympathetic moment from him/her/it.

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** Desire fills this role for Delirium in ''Brief Lives'', showing us a rare sympathetic moment from him/her/it.them.



* FisherKing: The Endless ''are'' their domains, with the exception of the one who quit his job. Desire takes this to the extreme: its realm is a titanic replica of its body, called the Threshold. This is apparently a StealthPun, since 'Desire has always lived on the edge.'

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* FisherKing: The Endless ''are'' their domains, with the exception of the one who quit his job. Desire takes this to the extreme: its their realm is a titanic replica of its body, called the Threshold. This is apparently a StealthPun, since 'Desire has always lived on the edge.'



** Even Desire gets a couple of PetTheDog moments. 1) when he/she comes to the rescue of a lost, frightened Delirium (''Brief Lives''), 2) when he/she brings devastated Tiffany's life around (again, ''Brief Lives''), and 3) when he/she gives [[spoiler:grand-daughter]] Rose her heart back (''The Kindly Ones'').

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** Even Desire gets a couple of PetTheDog moments. 1) when he/she comes they come to the rescue of a lost, frightened Delirium (''Brief Lives''), 2) when he/she brings they bring devastated Tiffany's life around (again, ''Brief Lives''), and 3) when he/she gives they give [[spoiler:grand-daughter]] Rose her heart back (''The Kindly Ones'').



** Desire deals this in spades. It even lampshades this (in a rare moment of sincere honesty) by telling a young woman that there is a very big difference between getting what you want and being happy.

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** Desire deals this in spades. It They even lampshades lampshade this (in a rare moment of sincere honesty) by telling a young woman that there is a very big difference between getting what you want and being happy.
13th Apr '16 6:40:43 AM Willbyr
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* PreInsanityReveal: the youngest of The Endless, Delirium, was once Delight, the personification of joy and happiness, but changed to Delirium long before the onset of the story for reasons unclear. She's a bit of a MadGod. In a few flashbacks, we get to see her before her MadnessMakeover.

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* PreInsanityReveal: the The youngest of The Endless, Delirium, Endless was once Delight, the personification of joy and happiness, but changed to Delirium long before the onset of the story for reasons unclear. She's a bit of a MadGod. In a few flashbacks, we get to see her before her MadnessMakeover.



** The Corinthian gets a reboot.

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** The Corinthian gets a reboot.reboot, and while he's still a cold-blooded killer, he's not as malevolent as his former self.



* SelfInflictedHell: All of it, [[AmbiguousSituation at least in theory.]]

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* SelfInflictedHell: All of it, [[AmbiguousSituation at least in theory.]]theory]].



* ShapeShifterGuiltTrip: Loki tries this on the Corinthian; it doesn't work.

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* ShapeShifterGuiltTrip: Loki tries this on to stop the Corinthian; Corinthian from strangling him; it doesn't work.



** The title ''The Doll's House'' is reminescent of the play ''Theatre/ADollsHouse'' by Creator/HenrikIbsen. Both works are about people who are being manipulated by other people without realizing it, like dolls.
*** While in that volume, the characters of Barbie and Ken are a reference to {{Franchise/Barbie}}. In ''A Game of You'', it's mentioned that Ken left Barbie for a girl called Sindy. Sindy was a [[TransatlanticEquivalent UK-specific girls' fashion doll, like Barbie]].

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** The title Three prominent ones from ''The Doll's House'' House'':
*** The title
is reminescent of the play ''Theatre/ADollsHouse'' by Creator/HenrikIbsen. Both works are about people who are being manipulated by other people without realizing it, like dolls.
*** While in that volume, the The characters of Barbie and Ken are a reference to {{Franchise/Barbie}}. In ''A Game of You'', it's mentioned that Ken left Barbie for a girl called Sindy. Sindy was a [[TransatlanticEquivalent UK-specific girls' fashion doll, like Barbie]].Barbie]].
*** 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.]]]]



** The CoolOldGuy who befriends Rose in ''The Doll's House'' 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.]] ]]



* 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,'' ''gay'', but the ''fairy'' is [[HaveAGayOldTime gay]].



** Duma, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the Angel of Silence]], who only ever reacts to anything[[note]]He was informed - by the celestial version of e-mail - that he was forbidden to return to the Silver City and must spend the rest of eternity as one of the new monarchs of Hell.[[/note]] once in the entire series (by shedding a SingleTear).

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** Duma, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the Angel of Silence]], who only ever reacts to anything[[note]]He was informed - by informed--by the celestial version of e-mail - that e-mail--that he was forbidden to return to the Silver City and must spend the rest of eternity as one of the new monarchs of Hell.[[/note]] once in the entire series (by shedding a SingleTear).



* 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.

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* StylisticSuck: Destruction's awful poetry. And art. And 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.cooking...which is loaded with irony because cooking is inherently destructive to the ingredients.
13th Apr '16 4:45:43 AM PistolsAtDawn
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* PreInsanityReveal: the youngest of The Endless, Delirium, was once Delight, the personification of joy and happiness, but changed to Delirium long before the onset of the story for reasons unclear. She's a bit of a MadGod. In a few flashbacks, we get to see her before her MadnessMakeover.
1st Apr '16 8:58:48 AM Willbyr
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Not to be confused with [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Characters/SpiderManRoguesGalleryIToZThe Sandman]] of MarvelComics fame.

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Not to be confused with [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Characters/SpiderManRoguesGalleryIToZThe php/Characters/SpiderManRoguesGalleryIToZ The Sandman]] of MarvelComics Creator/MarvelComics fame.
1st Apr '16 6:20:28 AM DeepRed
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Not to be confused with [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Characters/SpiderManRoguesGalleryIToZThe Sandman]] of MarvelComics fame.
6th Mar '16 9:40:21 AM Awsamazing
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As of March 6,2016 Joseph Gordon-Levitt has left the project, due to a new writer
2nd Mar '16 11:44:51 PM JulianLapostat
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* FrenchRevolution: "Thermidor" offers a particularly unpleasant depiction of Robespierre and the Terror (not that there are really any pleasant ones).


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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: "Thermidor" gives one to Robespierre and Saint-Just. Neil Gaiman {{Lampshaded}} this in ''The Sandman Companion''[[note]]''The Sandman Companion'', page 146[[/note]]
--> ''"I also remember the joy of leafing through my old Encyclopedia Britannica, the eleventh edition, and reading an article on the French revolution [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade by someone who hated Robespierre]]; and then reading [[HistoricalHeroUpgrade the biographical entry, which was written by someone who idealized Robespierre]]. I loved the [[FlipFlopOfGod cognitive dissonance]]. After the story was published, one reader sent me his high school thesis pointing out [[CriticalResearchFailure how Robespierre was a great man]] and so on...I [[ShownTheirWork could have written something]] about how Robespierre was a great man too, but that wasn't the tale that I was telling; I needed a story in which he wasn't."''
13th Feb '16 6:22:43 AM Berrenta
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* DreamsOfFlying: Rose Walker meets Dream while dreaming of the two of them flying. She says she read that dreams about flying are really about sex. Dream then wonders what dreams about sex are really about.
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