History YMMV / TheSandman

24th Jun '17 7:46:57 PM Temmere
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*** Gaiman himself stated that Desire was an antagonist mainly because Dream was the protagonist; a story told from Desire's point of view might very well make Dream a villain.


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* AuthorsSavingThrow: Hell being ruled by a triumvirate when Dream first goes there was editorially mandated; for some reason they didn't want Lucifer ruling Hell alone. When Dream goes back a little later in "Season of Mists" and Lucifer is the sole ruler, he says he let demons play games and declare themselves rulers mainly just to relieve the boredom (and says he could probably have destroyed every demon in Hell without much trouble).
11th Mar '17 2:57:04 AM C2
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* HilariousInHindsight: Martian Manhunter's reply to Clark Kent in ''The Wake'' that he never had a dream where he was an actor in a TV show. Some years later, he will presumably start having dreams where he's a [[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague voice actor]], or maybe a bunch of animation cels.

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* HilariousInHindsight: Martian Manhunter's reply to Clark Kent in ''The Wake'' that he never had a dream where he was an actor in a strange TV show. Some years later, he will presumably start having dreams where he's a [[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague voice actor]], or maybe a bunch of animation cels.
11th Mar '17 2:52:27 AM C2
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* HilariousInHindsight: Martian Manhunter's reply to Clark Kent in ''The Wake'' that he never had a dream where he was an actor in a TV show. Some years later, he will presumably start having dreams where he's a [[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague voice actor]], or maybe a bunch of animation cels.
27th Jan '17 6:01:56 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AwesomeArt: When not subjected to TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodLineArt, the art of the series was pretty spectacular

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* AwesomeArt: SugarWiki/AwesomeArt: When not subjected to TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodLineArt, the art of the series was pretty spectacular
21st Nov '16 1:18:01 AM DrPsyche
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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Desire naturally comes across as evil and petty, making it an obvious villain. Given, however, that the personality of each Endless is to some extent a reflection of their function and not easily changed, Desire might be understood not as malevolent, but rather amoral. Much like Delirium is insane, Destiny is indifferent or Dream is aloof, Desire is as reckless, volatile and cruel as desire itself.

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Desire naturally comes across as evil and petty, making it an obvious villain. Given, however, that the personality of each Endless is to some extent a reflection of their function and not easily changed, Desire might be understood not as malevolent, but rather amoral. Much like Delirium is insane, Destiny is indifferent or Dream is aloof, Desire is as reckless, volatile and cruel as desire itself.itself.
** Remiel is a perfectly capable ruler of Hell. While he's pompous and switching Hell's goal from "punishment" to "redemption" is seen as tediously unnecessary and a sign that he's incompetent at his job; in actuality he's still fulfilling the same role as Lucifer, keeping the damned souls in the tortuous afterlife as intended. When the damned claim that the idea that they're being redeemed rather than punished "makes hell worse," it could just be a new type of suffering rather than an inability to understand how Hell's "supposed" to run.
7th Aug '16 6:31:03 PM Anddrix
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* BaseBreaker: When it was first released, "A Game of You" got a very chilly reception from much of the fandom for veering away from the series' larger plot to focus on the adventures of a handful of smaller characters, only a few of whom had any connection to previous arcs. Plus it's kind of depressing, {{Anvilicious}}, and has a DownerEnding. On the other hand, it featured some of the few sympathetic LGBT characters available in comics at the time and earned Gaiman an award from GLAAD.

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* BaseBreaker: BrokenBase: When it was first released, "A Game of You" got a very chilly reception from much of the fandom for veering away from the series' larger plot to focus on the adventures of a handful of smaller characters, only a few of whom had any connection to previous arcs. Plus it's kind of depressing, {{Anvilicious}}, and has a DownerEnding. On the other hand, it featured some of the few sympathetic LGBT characters available in comics at the time and earned Gaiman an award from GLAAD.
8th Jul '16 10:22:39 AM Azvolrien
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** Rainie Blackwell, a.k.a. Element Girl from the short story ''Facade''; the poor woman is so desperately lonely and unhappy, you just want to give her a hug. [[spoiler:As does Death.]]
21st Jun '16 9:19:17 PM QueenofSwords
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* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Lyta Hall as of "The Kindly Ones." [[spoiler:She's gone mad with grief over losing her son and being led to believe that she's dead (and Morpheus is responsible), thus leading her to seek out the Fates. Unfortunately, while possessed by them, she kills a bunch of people who had ''nothing'' to do with her grudge regarding Morpheus except for the fact that they reside in the Dreaming. Even after she learns that she was wrong and that Daniel was still alive, she later goes on to badmouth Morpheus ''at his wake'' and call him a monster.]] The kicker? She's basically a KarmaHoudini.
8th Apr '16 8:07:02 PM Sunburst
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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Desire naturally comes across as evil and petty, making it an obvious villain. Given, however, that the personality of each Endless is to some extent a reflection of their function and not easily changed, Desire might be understood not as malevolent, but rather amoral. Much like Delirium is insane, Destiny is indifferent or Dream is aloof, Desire is as reckless, volatile and cruel as desire itself.
26th Jan '16 11:54:10 AM Pren
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** Lucifer too gets wasted after he resigns his post as Lord of Hell. While he makes continuous cameos in the book, seeming to build up to getting involved in The Kindly Ones, he does precisely nothing to affect the story.

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** Lucifer too gets wasted after he resigns his post as Lord of Hell. While he makes continuous cameos in the book, seeming to build up to getting involved in The Kindly Ones, he does precisely nothing to affect the story. On the plus side, he got his own spin-off series which was the only remotely successful one.
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