This is the character sheet for ''ComicBook/TheSandman'', in all its LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters glory. '''Warning!''' '''''Spoilers ahead!'''''
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[[folder:The Endless]]
The Endless is a rather dysfunctional family of seven siblings who are each {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of seven concepts. No origin or nature is given for their existence other than them being implied to ''be'' the concepts they represent. In order of oldest to youngest, they are known as Destiny, Death, Dream, Destruction, Desire, Despair, and Delirium. Each of the Endless has a realm in which they are completely omnipotent, and they can even shape the realm which is opposite to theirs. They are generally uncomfortable each other's realms and only travel to each other's realms when it is completely necessary.

* AnthropomorphicPersonification: Of the concept represented by their names.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: All of them, even kind personable Death, have this to one degree or another, largely based on perceptions of that which they personify varying drastically from that of mortals.
* CosmicEntity: Their individual power is so great that they are considered to be beyond even {{Physical God}}s.
* DomainHolder: They're powerful enough normally, but on their home turf ''they make the rules'', full stop. This is emphasized with Dream, whose many responsibilities include SacredHospitality.
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: They can change their perceived forms to fit the expectations of others.
* RealityWarper: All of them are powerful enough to do this; some do so more frequently than others.
* RuleOfSeven: There are seven Endless.
* ThemeInitials: And Daniel, Dream's successor, fits right in.

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[[folder:The Sandman[=/=]Dream]]
Dream of the Endless. The Lord Shaper (one name of '''[[IHaveManyNames many]]''' he's acquired). The personification of dreams and creativity, and his realm helps shape its opposite - reality. Like all Endless, he can change his appearance; while he is always male, people may see him differently, usually as a member of their own ethnic group; their own race (in the case of Fairies); or their own species, for example with cats. Note that this is not always a physical change: different characters observing him at once may perceive different forms (Martian Manhunter and Scott Free for example), implying that he primarily exists as part of the mind. The third of the Endless.

!Morpheus
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The main protagonist of the series - thin and pale-skinned with black hair and black eyes that mirror eternity; gloomy and melodramatic, has great belief in duty and rules. All-powerful ruler in his domain of dreams, less powerful outside. Had love affairs with several women (including a witch, a goddess, and the queen of the realm of Fairie) over the eons, but all except the most brief affairs ended badly. Fathered a son, Orpheus, with the Muse Calliope. Sentenced his lover Nada to an eternity of imprisonment in Hell for hurting his {{pride}}, and finally forgave her only after 10,000 years.

-->'''Nuala''': You ... you ''want'' them to punish you, don't you? You want to be punished for Orpheus's death?\\
'''Dream''': ...

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* AloofBigBrother
* AntiHero
* AppearanceIsInTheEyeOfTheBeholder: Dream is perceived differently by everyone who sees him, appearing as whatever they would be most comfortable with.[[note]]He appears to [[NewGods Scott Free]] as a tall pale man in black robes while at the same time appearing to the MartianManhunter (who was in the same room) as the Martian god L'Zoril, a black Martian skull wreathed in flames.[[/note]]
* BeenThereShapedHistory: Was involved in the careers of Creator/WilliamShakespeare and Joshua Norton, among others.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality
* ByronicHero[=/=]TragicHero: Destruction describes both him and Orpheus as self-pitying romantic fools who nonetheless have "a certain amount of personal charm".
* CaptainErsatz: Dream has ''many'' similarities to Comicbook/DoctorStrange's foe Nightmare (who came first) except Dream is more neutral than evil. Marvel even tried to reinvent Nightmare (in a miniseries) to resemble Dream after the latter became a hit, though it didn't really take. They are seen walking together in ''TopTen''.
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler: Almost from page one.]]
* TheComicallySerious: While Dream is capable of [[DeadpanSnarker pointed observations]], his sense of humour is very nearly non-existent. Something Gaiman milked for all its worth in moments of levity, usually by putting him in silly situations, making him interact with [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Delirium]], or having another character make fun of him for being overly dramatic. Standing alone in the endless rain is a nice pose for a love-lorn sulk, but when Dream does it the entire Dreaming and all its inhabitants get wet. And have their dwellings flooded. And ''complain''. And the rain's only there because he wants it to be.
* DisproportionateRetribution: The guy gives out a lot of [[FateWorseThanDeath Fates Worse Than Death]].
* DreamWeaver: He's the former page image for the trope, and sometimes is referred to as "Dream-Weaver", though usually derisively.
* [[spoiler:DrivenToSuicide: This is the most common interpretation of the series' plot.]]
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette
* EightiesHair: In the early run he looked like {{Goth}} Mick Jagger. Changed to more of a timeless look later on.
* FatalAttractor: The series introduces quite a few of Dream's ex-lovers - ultimately always to emphasise the "ex" part of that description. He's not a womaniser, and it's not even that his lovers are horribly flawed (most of the time) - it's just a combination of his spectacularly ill-advised moments of pride and that he's MarriedToTheJob. Whether this is the cause or the result of his feud with Desire is left as an exercise for the reader. That said, anybody could have told him that [[spoiler:dating Thessaly]] wouldn't work out.
* FatalFlaw: Implied to be his LackOfEmpathy.
** Or, more precisely, his sense of duty and tradition (remember all true Fatal Flaws are admirable to some extent). As Neil Gaiman summarized the series, [[spoiler:"The Lord of Dreams learns that one must change or die, and makes his decision."]]
* TheFettered: He's utterly devoted to his responsibilities to the Dreaming.
-->'''Death:''' Destruction simply left. Took down his sigil, said he wasn't responsible for the realm of destruction any more, that it was no longer his affair, and took off into the forever. You could have done that.\\
'''Morpheus:''' No. I could not.\\
'''Death:''' No, you couldn't, could you?
* GoodIsNotNice: Dream takes his responsibilities very seriously - and rightly so, since he does things like routinely prevent the world's collapse - but they include some necessary cruelties. He creates nightmares right alongside pleasant dreams (the Corinthian, for example, is definitely ''supposed'' to be terrifying and murderous, just not in the way he chose to be), and said collapse-prevention involved taking the life of an otherwise pleasant person who had no inkling of the danger they posed. And these are the ''necessary'' cruelties - he's also stunningly vindictive and holds long, long grudges while not quite comprehending how ''his'' actions might hurt anyone else.
* [[spoiler: TheHeroDies]]
* IHaveManyNames: Even by the Endless's standards he has a lot of names. His bio says that he collects names "like others make friends; but he permits himself few friends".
* ImmortalImmaturity: Not above standing in the rain like a lovesick teenager after the end of an affair - and that's when he's being nice.
* JerkAss: He gets better after escaping imprisonment, but he's still not the most pleasant Endless to be around.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]
* LackOfEmpathy: While he doesn't have a lack of ''morals'', he often either doesn't notice or doesn't care about the hurt he causes to other people until someone actively calls him out on it. Once he ''is'' called out, he'll do his best to rectify the error with all due haste, but it may take a long time for the penny to drop - especially since he's immortal.
* LooksLikeCesare
* MessyHair: Sleep-tussled.
* PaintingTheMedium: His word balloons are black with white lettering.
* TheStoic: Most of the time.
* WhatTheHellHero

!!Daniel
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The second incarnation of Dream; looks exactly like Morpheus, but clothed all in white, with white hair. While still obsessed with rules and duty, Daniel is a lot less gloomy than his predecessor, and has a weak spot for his mortal parents, who he eventually gave permanent positions in the Dreaming. He is the series' strongest connection to the main DCU, as his parents are Hector and Lyta Hall, formerly Dr. Fate and Fury of the JusticeSocietyOfAmerica and InfinityInc. He also had a notable guest role in a JusticeLeagueOfAmerica story.

-->'''Daniel''': Sometimes I suspect that we build our traps ourselves, then we back into them, pretending amazement all the while.

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* DreamWeaver
* ManInWhite: In contrast to Morpheus's dark clothing (and hair).
* MysticalWhiteHair
* NiceGuy: Something that separates him from Morpheus. Daniel is instinctively kind, polite and forgiving. It's possible this is why Morpheus chose him as a successor.
* NowIKnowWhatToNameHim: Morpheus tells Lyta that her son's name is Daniel.
* RedeemingReplacement: He is quickly established as much more forgiving and approachable than Morpheus.
* ThatManIsDead: He is Dream of the Endless, but instructs others not to call him Morpheus - he has no right to that name.
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[[folder:Destiny]]
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[[TheOmniscient He knows all]], and only does [[BecauseDestinySaysSo what destiny says]]. A DeusExMachina for the series, he intervenes only when his Book of Destiny says he should. Usually, this involves shaking up his family. Of The Endless, he is the eldest, in that he has existed since the beginning of existence itself; he is fated to die when the universe ends.

Destiny is the only one of the Endless not created by NeilGaiman (he was a horror anthology host from the '70s), and as such is the only one of them free to appear in TheDCU without his permission.

--> ''Destiny continues to walk ... He is holding a book. Inside the book is the universe.''

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* AllPowerfulBystander
* BlindSeer: Perhaps. He definitely ''looks'' blind ...but there are those who say that far from being sightless, Destiny's eyes can see everything all at once, in every time and place. He just doesn't limit his vision the way mortals do.
* DeusExMachina: Sort of. He dislikes getting involved in people's troubles, but will if it's in his book.
* InTheHood
* NonLinearCharacter: On occasion, he'll mention in advance that he's going to say something "in error" several minutes before he proceeds to do so, and then act like he didn't mean to say it. Don't think about that too hard, it'll make your head explode.
* TheOmniscient: Everything that is, was, and could possibly be.
* PaintingTheMedium: Destiny's words are always italicized.
* ProphetEyes
* TheWatcher
* YouCantFightFate
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[[folder:Death]]
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TheGrimReaper and a PerkyGoth. A generally kind and upbeat woman, though not always - billions of years ago she was rather coldly pragmatic. Everyone meets her twice: at birth she gives the breath of life, and everyone, from stars to gods, sees her once more. At the end of time, when the universe dies, she'll put up the chairs, turn off the lights, and leave. One of the series' most popular characters - so it seems deliberate that she's not overused.

-->'''Death''': It always ends. That's what gives it value.

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: It never explicitly comes up in the series, but it's hinted more than once that pissing off Death is not a good idea.
** Notably, her implied anger is enough to put [[spoiler: The Kindly Ones]] in line.
* CompleteImmortality: More than any of the other Endless, to the point an aspect of her becomes mortal for one day each century to keep her in touch with the lives she collects.
* CoolBigSis
* DarkIsNotEvil
* DontFearTheReaper: Really, she is ''exactly'' the sort of person you need to see at a stressful moment such as [[DeathTropes death]]; comforting, gentle, and easy to get along with while holding a quiet and firm authority.
* EightiesHair: Like her brother, she must have used a gallon of hair spray in her early appearances.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Her demeanour isn't eerie at all, but she ''is'' the incarnation of death. And, like most of the Endless, she has bone-white skin and jet-black hair.
* TheGrimReaper: She ''was'' grim once, [[PerkyGoth but got over it]]. As for the reaper part, she complained to her brother Destiny, "Next you'll be wanting me to carry a scythe!"
* [[ImplacableMan Implacable Psychopomp]]: She's not vindictive about it, but trying to bind her or keep her at bay with magic never goes well. However, she can be convinced to grant an indefinite suspension from dying, if she's sufficiently amused/interested.
* MamaBear: When Desire gloats over upsetting Dream, Death quickly calls Desire to heel.
* TheMessiah: She loves everyone, with the kind of deep and abiding compassion that comes only from knowing them very well.
* MessyHair
* NiceGirl: Probably the nicest one in all of comic book history.
* NiceHat: Wears a '''very''' snazzy top hat in ''Death: The High Cost of Living''.
* NonLinearCharacter: This comes with being there whenever someone or something in the universe dies, be it planets, persons, or concepts. She's not [[TheOmniscient omniscient]], though.
** This contrasts sharply with Dream, who can definitely only be in one place at once.
* PaintingTheMedium: Notable in that she is the one Endless who does ''not'' have a special style of lettering or speech bubbles, perhaps to emphasize that of all of them, she is the one who is most able to relate to humans.
* PerkyGoth: Arguably an UrExample.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: Nearly everyone in and out of universe agrees that Death is the most attractive woman in the series.
* TheScottishTrope: Death's siblings never address her by name, or even refer to her by name. Never.
** In conversation, it's always "Sister"; by reference, it's always "our oldest sister."
* WhenSheSmiles: Just look at her smile. Makes you wanna fall in love with her, doesn't it?
* WomanInBlack: Completely subverted.
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[[folder:Destruction]]
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Prefers to think of himself as the personification of change; he abandoned his realm and is now on the run from his family. A WarriorPoet, he likes to try his hand at creating various forms of art, [[GiftedlyBad none of which are very good]], and things that he's involved with never seem to work out properly. Character design [[WordOfGod based on]] {{BRIAN BLESSED}}.

-->'''Destruction''': The Endless? The Endless are merely patterns. The Endless are ideas. The Endless are wave functions. The Endless are repeating motifs. The Endless are echoes of darkness, and nothing more. We have no right to play with their lives, to order their dreams and their desires. And even our existences are brief and bounded. None of us will last longer than this version of the universe.\\
'''Delirium''': Except our sister.

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* TheAtoner: He's eternal, so he still has to watch as everything he enjoys is destroyed... but he no longer feels personally responsible.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Thanks to his domain, he can see patterns everywhere.
* BeenThereShapedHistory: He usually takes anonymous roles. For example, he helped dig the Panama Canal, fought in a few wars, etc.
* BlackSheep
* BoisterousBruiser
* CoolUncle: Was implicitly one to Orpheus, calling Orpheus his favorite nephew and even talking him down from suicide.
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife
* FieryRedhead
* GiftedlyBad: He's tried every form of art and been lousy at them all. (At least according to his [[TalkingAnimal talking dog]].)
* MiddleChildSyndrome: Inverted. He was the only member of the family that every one of the Endless (except maybe Desire) loved. When he decided to leave anyway, it broke them in two, the elders and the youngers. It hit Delirium and Despair the worst, since they seemed the closest with him.
* MyGreatestFailure: The other Endless seem to hold letting him leave to be this, to varying degrees. Destruction himself regrets abandoning his family, but it was a matter of conscience.
* NiceGuy: [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming He's the only person who ever kissed his sister Despair.]]
** His friendship with Rachel the archaeologist in ''Endless Nights''.
* PaintingTheMedium: Destruction's speech bubbles have an extra-thick border.
* TheScottishTrope: His siblings never, ever refer to him as "Destruction", simply as "the Prodigal" or "our lost brother". Reason being, the Endless' names describe their domains and functions, which Destruction has abandoned without passing the mantle to another aspect of himself. Ergo, he should no longer be referred to as "Destruction".
* [[WalkingTheEarth Walking The Universe]]
* WarriorPoet
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[[folder:Desire]]
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The personification of longing and lust. An androgynous shapeshifter, it can be male, female, or both, but always who the viewer would find the most attractive. Above all selfish and manipulative (naturally), and held a long-running rivalry with Morpheus that eventually [[spoiler:(in a roundabout way) led to Morpheus' death in the war with the three Fates (the Kindly Ones) and Dream's evolution to Daniel.]] [[spoiler:Grandparent of recurring human character Rose Walker.]]

-->'''Rose:''' Are you going to hurt me? Kill me? Mess me up?\\
'''Desire:''' No more than usually, no, and perhaps a little. But only with Love.
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* AmbiguousGender[=/=]{{Hermaphrodite}}: Desire has never been satisfied with just one of anything.
** EverybodyWantsTheHermaphrodite: Milks this for all it's worth to that end.
* TheBeautifulElite: Desire is the most stunningly beautiful being in the universe - wanted by everyone.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Mercilessly subverted.
* TheCasanova[=/=]TheVamp: Both at the same time.
* DepravedBisexual[=/=]AnythingThatMoves: Desire doesn't give a shit about your gender and your sexual orientation. If it wants to have its way with you, its way will be aligned with whatever would do the job.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette
* [[EvenEvilhasLovedOnes Even Selfishly Amoral has Loved-ish Ones]]: In ''The Kindly Ones'' s/he appears before Rose and seems to be attempting to connect with or communicate with her, though Rose is [[HeroicBlueScreenOfDeath in no state]] to appreciate it. Rose later comments that she had a dream where she missed out on an opportunity to learn many important things. S/he does help Rose snap out of it, though, symbolically giving her back the heart she lost in ''The Doll's House''.
* EyesOfGold
* [[spoiler: HeelRealization]]: [[spoiler: Desire spent much of the series attempting to trick Dream into spilling family blood, so that he would provoke the Furies' wrath. When Dream does so voluntarily and without its influence in any way, it's suddenly afraid of what will be coming next.]]
* ItAmusedMe: Desire often torments people just because he/she/it can.
* JerkAss: Billions of years ago, Dream and Desire used to be extremely close friends. It then, without shame or any pretence of hiding its involvement, made Dream's then-girlfriend cheat on him.
* KarmaHoudini
* LackOfEmpathy: In the vast majority of cases. Exceptions, like giving a coat to a naked woman, are very few and far between.
** [[WordOfGod Neil Gaiman]] pointed out in one interview that since ''Sandman'' is Dream's story, Desire comes off as the villain. We, the readers, don't see his/her softer side.
* {{Lust}}: Be it for love, for power or sex, Desire commands them all.
* ManipulativeBastard or ManipulativeBitch: Depends on the mood and the person it's manipulating - whatever would work better.
* NotSoStoic: Desire is usually pretty controlled ...except for the time Joshua Norton refused its offer. Then Desire got ''pissed''.
** Desire seems to react this way whenever it finds someone capable of resisting its temptations. One of the short stories in ''Book of Dreams'' (each story had a different writer; none of them were Neil) centers around a man who thwarts Desire by pointing out that it can be beaten by true love. Desire [[EvilCannotComprehendGood claims they are the same thing]].
* OtherworldlyAndSexuallyAmbiguous: Because they are the personification of lust, Desire can be a man, woman, or both, depending on whom the viewer finds the most attractive.
* PaintingTheMedium: The dialogue in Desire's word balloons is in sharp-edged letters.
* PetTheDog: In one issue in which [[ItMakesSenseInContext a strip club is destroyed by the suicide of a goddess,]] Desire loans the stripper that is the only survivor his/her trenchcoat and a few words of sympathy.
* ThePornomancer
* RavenHairIvorySkin
* SmokingIsCool
* StupidSexyFlanders: Just... see the AmbiguousGender entrance above.
* SupernaturalGoldEyes: Tawny and sharp like yellow wine.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Despair]]
!!The First Despair
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Not much is known about her, except that she was murdered by someone whom she afflicted. Taller than the second Despair, with more color in her skin and red tattoos. Notable for convincing Rao, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the Kryptonian sun, to create life on an unstable planet, even though it would be doomed to destruction. However, it didn't turn out as she'd planned; she intended for there to be a single survivor, "to remember, to mourn, to despair..." Except that single survivor grew up to be Franchise/{{Superman}}, who isn't particularly noted for giving in to despair.

-->'''Daniel''': The person who was responsible for the death of the first Despair will take the rest of eternity to die. Only then will his pain cease ...and he had better cause for what he did than you.

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* FatGirl
* PosthumousCharacter
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: From what little we see of her, this incarnation might be considered the "technician", with an interest in elaborate, sweeping plans such as destroying worlds.

!!The Second Despair
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Short, fat and ugly, gray skinned, with sullen eyes, goes around naked. Impulsively tears her skin with a hooked ring, the sign of her office. It has been speculated that this incarnation of Despair was the punishment of the person who killed the first one. However, it is stated that one of the Endless formed her from an aspect of themselves. Since she and Desire are 'twins', he/she/it seems a likely candidate.

-->'''Despair''': Today he's sitting in their family room, realizing that his life is over, wondering if he has the courage to physically end it. He doesn't. Isn't it beautiful?

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* AnimalMotifs: Rats.
* CannotSpitItOut[=/=]HeIsNotMyBoyfriend: Her relationship with the ghost of EdgarAllanPoe.
** Similarly, her [[spoiler:desire to see Destruction again.]]
* DarkIsNotEvil: Right, she is the personification of all decadence and hopelessness in the universe, but still displays authentic feelings for her loved ones, misses her older brother and generally behaves in a quite polite and refined way. [[BodyHorror When she's not tearing her own skin with her hook.]]
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette
* EyeScream
* FangsAreEvil
* FatGirl
* FullFrontalAssault: The only thing Despair wears is her ring (and something to tie up her ponytail, presumably, since that's how she wears her hair).
* GenericCuteness: Inverted and defied. She looks exactly like what most women in fiction couldn't even ''bear'' to look.
** Some of the pictures of her in ''14 Portraits of Despair'''s collage art are pretty nice looking in a BigBeautifulWoman kinda way, though.
** She is pretty cute in At Death's Door and the Little Endless Storybooks, but still recognisable.
* {{Gonk}}
* MagicMirror: Well, they aren't ''exactly'' magic, since they're the other sides of all mirrors in the universe (and presumably not all mirrors in the universe are magical). See below.
* MessyHair
* NotBloodSiblings: Has a crush on her adoptive brother Destruction.
* PaintingTheMedium: Despair's speech bubbles have ragged, shaky edges.
* SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands: She can see through any mirror in the universe.
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: Between this incarnation and the former, this one might be considered the "performer", with an fine-tuned interest in the misery of individual lives as opposed the large scale plans of her predecessor.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Delirium]]
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The youngest of the Endless. Used to be '''Delight''', the personification of joy and happiness, but changed to Delirium long before the onset of the story for reasons unclear (possibly to assert freedom from Destiny). Has differently-colored eyes and hair continually changing in [[MulticoloredHair color]] and style. Can create anything she imagines and warp reality, including a person's memories. It is implied that her delirium is partly a defensive mechanism from knowing too damn much (more than anyone, including her siblings). Also implied (in ''Endless Nights'') that there may be relationship trouble involved.

-->'''Delirium''': Not knowing everything is all that makes it okay, sometimes.

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* BaldWomen: She's never completely bald, but a couple times she has very short hair or she's bald on one side of her head.
* BreakTheCutie: Delirium was originally Delight, until something caused her to change. Most likely when she realized that she's older than the universe, but she's forever the youngest of the Endless.
* '''{{Cloudcuckoolander}}'''
* TheCutie: She used to be the personification of everything joyous, warm, fuzzy and blissful. Even as Delirium, she still retains some of this qualities, and can occasionally be very sweet.
* DarkAndTroubledPast
* DisproportionateRetribution: After being pulled over, she makes the cop believe that he is covered with invisible bugs. FOREVER. He ends up in an asylum, strapped down day and night.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: "I'm a good driver!"
* FashionableAsymmetry
* FateWorseThanDeath: Sometimes rivals with Morpheus in this subject. See DisproportionateRetribution above.
* FlyingSeafoodSpecial: She has the habit of taking her fish to walk. They generally float around her, even in situations and places where it's unknown if there is any sense of space or even logic, like her realm.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: It's heavily implied this is what happened to Delight.
* HumanoidAbomination: While ''all'' of the Endless are this technically (they're not human, just aspects of humanity), Delirium betrays her frightening and incomprehensible nature more often than any of her siblings.
* ImmortalImmaturity: She's forever the youngest sibling. And also crazy, which doesn't help.
* MadGod: Delirium is older and more powerful than any living or already dead god. Still, she defines and is the poster girl of this trope.
* MadnessMakeover: It happened before the story started, but we can see how Delight looked from flashbacks.
* MadOracle[=/=]OracularUrchin: Apparently knows secrets even the other Endless don't know. For example, while Destiny knows everything that was, is, could or will be, Delirium knows ''everything else''; everything that wasn't, isn't, couldn't or won't be. It's unwise to ignore what she says - nearly as unwise as listening too closely.
* MessyHair: It's ...very lively.
* MindRape: Both something she may have been a victim of and one of her powers.
* MulticoloredHair: And it changes colors, too.
* TheOphelia
* OnlySaneMan: Only once. When Dream was starting to have a HeroicBSOD she forced herself to become sane to get him to snap out of it. She says that doing so is incredibly painful to herself.
* PaintingTheMedium: Delirium's speech balloons are oddly-shaped and rainbow-colored, and her lettering is warped and smeared.
* QuirkyCurls: When she has curls. She doesn't always. (But she seems to like curlicues.)
* RealityWarper: Technically, all of the Endless can presumably do this, but she uses it the most by far.
** With Delirium these warps might be mere hallucinations. [[NightmareFuel Or they might not.]] Or [[PuffOfLogic both.]]
* RummageSaleReject: Not very good at matched clothing, even from one moment to the next. Fishnet stockings do recur.
* TalkativeLoon: She's prone to incoherent rambling. Although it's downright straightforward by TalkativeLoon standards, i.e. she never dissolves into complete word salad.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Delirium's clothes often expose her nipples, and nobody ever finds this surprising or worthy of comment.
* VagueAge: She looks like she could be anywhere from about ten to fourteen or fifteen, depending on the artist and the outfit. (Or maybe her physical age fluctuates along with her clothing and hairstyle. It's hard to be sure.)
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[[folder: Dreams and Nightmares]]
!Matthew
Dream's companion, a raven who was once a man who died in his dreams, and was given the chance to become a servant of Dream. Matthew often questions Dream, pointing out the holes in his plans and keeping his perspective in check. Is the spirit of Matt Cable, a supporting character in Creator/AlanMoore's ''Comicbook/SwampThing''.

* AudienceSurrogate
* DeadpanSnarker
* MetaGuy: Most notably in ''The Wake,'' where he, like the audience, [[spoiler:is shown taking Morpheus' death hard, and has problem accepting Daniel as the substitute,]] but it shows up on many other occasions as well.
* RavensAndCrows: Being the Raven of the Dreaming is a position that one occupies, apparently. There have been several. [[spoiler:Lucien was one, once.]]
* {{Transplant}}: From ''Comicbook/SwampThing''.
* TheWatson: As the most recent addition to the Dreaming, he's still unfamiliar with many of the themes and concepts and as such is in need of an explanation -- a fair number of plot points would have gone completely unexplained for the reader if Matthew hadn't been around to say "What? Who's that? What does that mean? What's going on? Why is this happening?"

!Lucien
A tall thin bookish man who serves as Dream's librarian, maintaining all the books that have ever been dreamt of. He was once a mortal man, and after his death he became Dream's first raven before his promotion to librarian. When Dream came back from his imprisonment, he found Lucien the only one of his servants still trying to tend to the palace, and rewarded him with the position of majordomo (he still manages the library as well).

* BadassBookworm: When the Dreaming starts becoming even more chaotic than usual, dangerous ''things'' that Morpheus imprisoned can get out. Lucien, however, is on hand to deal with them. And he does.
* HiddenDepths: Aside from being [[spoiler: a former raven]], Lucien takes [[spoiler:Mervyn's death]] surprisingly hard, to the point of chastising Morpheus for allowing it to happen.
* MagicLibrarian: But it is quite a library.
* NoodlePeople: He's taller than Dream, who's pretty noodley himself, and at least as thin.
* TheReliableOne: Was the only dream not to flee Dream's castle as it fell apart. Because of this Dream came to rely on him heavily and all but made Lucien his NumberTwo.
* WordOfGay: Zig-zagged. When discussing Dumbledore's outing, Gaiman mentioned that he strongly suspected Lucien was gay, but also thought he had a minor thing for Nuala. As it never mattered to the story, [[ShrugOfGod not even he knows for sure.]]

!Cain and Abel
Two brothers who both live in the Dreaming. Cain is a violent abusive man prone to murdering Abel, who is a meek shy man who often stutters. Abel always recovers after a few hours. And yes, they are ''that'' Cain and Abel. Cain is the keeper of the House of Mystery and Abel of the House of Secrets; they entertain dreamers who visit their homes with stories. Both originally appeared as hosts of DC Comics horror anthologies and figured in a ''Comicbook/SwampThing'' story that helped inspire the Dreaming.

* BigBrotherBully
* BlessedWithSuck: Abel's immortality. It just allows him to be killed again... and again...
* CainAndAbel: Duh.
* CursedWithAwesome: Nothing can harm Cain without incurring the wrath of God. (Unfortunately for Cain and for obvious reasons, Lucifer found that particular stipulation ''hilarious''.)
* DeadpanSnarker: What Cain does when he isn't killing his brother.
* HauntedHouse: Their respective homes.
* HornedHairdo
* ImmortalityHurts: For poor Abel, mostly, but if someone is sufficiently motivated to harm Cain, he won't die either - he'll keep suffering. And sometimes, he genuinely doesn't want to hurt his brother, but he always will.
* MagicLibrarian
* {{Narrator}}: In their original horror comic appearances.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Cain is described as sounding just like VincentPrice.
--> '''Cain:''' You wound me! I sound nothing like that vaudevillian [[LargeHam ham!]]
* OlderThanTheyLook: Granted, they've never looked ''young'', but if one considers where they come from...
* ThoseTwoGuys
* TimeAbyss: They've been around a ''lot'' longer than Judaism - probably a lot longer than Earth. The concepts they embody (the first murderer and the first victim) are very, very old.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Their first appearance in the Sandman has Cain trying desperately to articulate that he really does love his brother, but [[IAmWhatIAm he can't defy his nature.]]

!Eve
A woman who lives in a cave in the Dreaming. Cain and Abel consider her their mother, though whether she is the Biblical Eve is unknown. She has a close friendship with ravens, including Matthew. Originally, she was the host of the DC horror comics, ''Secrets of Sinister House'' and ''Weird Mystery Tales''.

* AdamAndOrEve: Eve, in this case. Possibly ''that'' Eve.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Mainly ravens.
* TheHecateSisters: She switches from lovely maiden to gentle mother to haggard crone between panels. Notably, when [[spoiler:the Furies attack the Dreaming]], they steer clear of Eve.
* MamaBear

!The Corinthian
A nightmare with tiny teeth-filled mouths for eyes.

* AntiHero: The second Corinthian.
* {{Badass}}: He is ''really'' dangerous in close-quarters combat. Managing to throttle and perform a NeckSnap on [[spoiler: a certain Norse god of mischief]] who unsuccessfully tries to break free by shape-shifting into a fire is quite impressive.
** BadassGay
* DepravedHomosexual: The original Corinthian apparently, as [[WordOfGay Neil Gaiman clarified that this was the reason he primarily targeted men]]. The second one is less depraved and is seemingly in a relationship.
* EyelessFace: Technically speaking, since his eye sockets are full of teeth.
* EyeRemember: Eating someone's eyes with his sockets lets him see what they saw.
* EyeScream
* FauxAffablyEvil: His serial killing first incarnation is unnervingly friendly and cordial. His second incarnation is equally so, but is no longer truly evil.
* Fingore: When a punk tries to reach at his face, his mouth-eyes end up biting the punk's fingers clean off.
* GenreSavvy: [[spoiler: Loki's [[NoSell attempt to fool him doesn't work at all]]]], and he knows better than to kill him and leave himself open to his death curse.
* KnifeNut: Pretty good with them, too.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: He has three mouths, although each mouth has a normal number of teeth.
* OlderThanTheyLook: He's at least three hundred years old, but his lack of aging is unsurprising for a dream. However, one member of the SerialKiller convention remarks on how he thought the Corinthian would be older, considering how long he's been killing people.
* SerialKiller: The Corinthian makes his first appearance at a serial killers' convention. It's implied that he ''inspired'' the modern serial killer -- that it was how he interpreted his stated purpose as revealing the dark side of humanity. [[spoiler:He's wrong, and Dream unmakes him for it, to try again another day.]]
* StraightGay
* SunglassesAtNight: Although they do serve a practical purpose.
* TooManyMouths: Where his eyes should be.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Played completely straight even in his "nicer" incarnation.

!Glob And Brute
A pair of dreams, never seen apart, who temporarily escape the Dreaming. Glob represents base cunning and Brute, of course, represents brute strength.

* AstonishinglyAppropriateAppearance: They look exactly how you'd picture creatures named Brute and Glob to look.
* TheDitz: The Brute is, unsurprisingly, an idiot. The Glob, despite being an embodiment of cunning, isn't much smarter.
* [[spoiler:FateWorseThanDeath: When Dream finds them, they are both banished to an unknown place, described only as the darkness. Judging from their cameo in Lucifer, they eventually escape, but still, their reaction gives the impression that maybe death would have been preferable to what awaited them there.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners
* SimpleMindedWisdom: The Brute knew that Glob's plan [[spoiler:to create their own private kingdom separate from the Dreaming in the mind of an abused child]] would never work, but, as he says, it was fun to try.

!Fiddler's Green[=/=][[spoiler:Gilbert]]
A place in Dream, said to be the land all travellers dream of someday finding. He usually takes the form of a human, resembling Creator/GKChesterton, and sometimes wanders the earth for his amusement.

* AntiquatedLinguistics: Mildly, but still noticeable.
* AwesomeAnachronisticApparel: His suit wouldn't be out of place in the 19th century.
* BigFun
* BoisterousBruiser
* CaneFu: Beat down a couple of muggers about to prey upon Rose in this fashion.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: The first time he's described doing anything (in Rose's letter), he's requesting that the landlord bring him a six-foot-long pencil so he can draw on the ceiling from his bed. Which he has decided to stay in all week. Normally he's more grounded, though.
* [[spoiler: FaceDeathWithDignity: Is fairly calm and relaxed when The Furies kill him. He even manages to give a small speech as he lay dying about how he doesn't mind it all that much, given how fair and enjoyable his life had been, only remarking he would've preferred to have died some other way.]]
* GeniusLoci: When a place, he's a very pleasant place, with blue skies, soft grass, and gentle streams; one of the hearts of the Dreaming. (There are several of them. Dreams aren't exactly logical.)
* SharpDressedMan
* StaringDownCthulhu: When [[spoiler: Daniel tries to bring him back to life,]] he just scolds him for it.
* SwordAndGun: SwordCane and [[RevolversAreJustBetter antique revolver]] for extra cool points.
* [[spoiler:UnwantedRevival: When "Daniel"[=/=]the new Dream attempts to bring him back, he refuses.]]

!Nuala
A member of the faerie folk who was given to Dream by her brother, and assumes the role of a housekeeper in Dream's mansion.

* AllLoveIsUnrequited: With Morpheus.
* BreakTheCutie: She was sent by Oberon and Titania as a gift to Dream as part of a diplomatic mission to keep Hell closed (LongStory). No one expected this mission to be successful, and Nuala was allowed to believe she'd be returning to Faerie when it was done. Cluracan reluctantly informs her when he leaves that Titania will not allow the gift to be rejected win or lose, and so she would not be welcomed back to her home. When Dream accepts her into his employ, he strips her of her beautiful and dignified {{Glamour}}, returning her to her gawky, awkward and mousey natural appearance. She spends a lot of time afterwards miserable. Dream doesn't even give her a position in his court -- she begins acting as a housekeeper out of a need for something to do.
* DefectorFromDecadence: By the time she returns to Faerie, she finds she's outgrown its shallow, nihilistic culture. She leaves, defying the Queen to KillMeNowOrForeverStayYourHand at the gates.
* TheFairFolk: A benign example. She's neither threatening nor ambitious; mostly meek and polite. It is implied, though, that she was different -- [[AlphaBitch haughty, cruel and manipulative]] -- before coming to the Dreaming.
* {{Glamour}}: When she first appears, she's apparently a tall, beautiful blonde woman. Until Dream strips her of the glamour and she turns out to be very short, skinny and mousey haired.

!Mervyn Pumpkinhead
A comical pumpkin-headed dream who performs odd jobs in the Dreaming, such as bus driver and janitor. Although a simple-minded slob, he helps keep Dream grounded.

* DumbassHasAPoint: Explicitly one of the reasons Dream keeps him around.
--> ''It has always been the prerogative of children and half-wits to point out that the emperor has no clothes. But a half-wit remains a half-wit, and the emperor remains an emperor.''
* [[spoiler:DyingMomentOfAwesome:]] "Eumenides ''this''!"
* [[ExpressiveMask Expressive Jack O'Lantern]]
* PluckyComicRelief: His job in the series is to point out when Dream is being ridiculous (although as Dream himself points put, just because Mervyn has the occasional sharp insight doesn't mean he's any less a doofus or that Dream is any less fearsome or powerful).
* RightBehindMe: Sometimes forgets that [[SpeakOfTheDevil complaining about Morpheus]] is the same as summoning him.
-->'''Merv''': I think the boss is headed for serious trouble. You gotta love they guy, but sometimes he's a complete...
-->'''Morpheus''': A complete what, Mervyn?
-->'''Merv''': [[OhCrap Uh...]] Just-just, just [[VerbalBackspace a complete]].
* YourWorstNightmare: "A pumpkin with a gun!"

!The Cuckoo
* BigBad: Of "A Game of You".
* BlondesAreEvil: The hair color is only incidental because of the form she has.
* [[spoiler: CreepyChild: Takes the shape of Barbie when she was younger.]]
* {{Glamour}}: Can make you bend to its will by talking to you, and make you want to protect it and do whatever it wants.
* [[spoiler: NotGrowingUpSucks: Wants to leave her nest.]]

!George
* AffablyEvil: Aside from dirty looks and trying to get the people in his apartment trapped in dreams, he's a fairly pleasant guy after his face is nailed to a wall and he's unable to die. He strikes up a conversation with Wanda, and alerts her to when Barbie is in danger.
* BlondeGuysAreEvil
* ButtMonkey: After Thessaly is done with him. It's just not a good idea to upset that lady.
* DeadpanSnarker: Sometimes. "What have I got to be worried about? I'm dead."
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: His brothers were the crows he had inside of him, and he says that they loved him and he didn't feel alone.
* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: Some of his jokes need work.
-->'''Wanda''': [Your joke] differs from the ''usual'' kind of joke only in the vast gulf between it and any kind of a sense of humor.
* EyeScream: Gets his eyes nailed to a wall, and he's still using them.
* InterrogatingTheDead: Thessaly brings his face back for this purpose.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Thessaly kills him because he threatened her, not out of any moral obligation. She brings him back as a face hung on a wall after that.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Denizens of Hell]]
!Lucifer
* BreakoutCharacter: Got his own comic book series, ComicBook/{{Lucifer}}.
* DeadpanSnarker: Especially in his appearance in ''The Kindly Ones'', in which he also lays a brutally accurate TheReasonYouSuckSpeech on Remiel.
* DealWithTheDevil: He has ''no idea'' where humans got this idea from, and considers it a feeble attempt to avoid responsibility for their actions. What would he do with a soul, even if he could "own" one, anyway?
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: "Life" may be the wrong term for an immortal, but the principle is the same.
* EvilBrit / SmartPeopleSpeakTheQueensEnglish: Implied; after quitting Hell, he relaxes on a beach in Australia and the man he's talking to asks him if he's a "pom" (Australian slang for a British person). Given that Lucifer doesn't come from any earthly country, nor has he pretended to do so for the purposes of disguise in this scene, it seems likely that his voice sounds British.
* FallenAngel
* IHaveManyNames: Lucifer Morningstar, Prince of Hell, the Devil, Prince of the East...
* NewEraSpeech: When he learns that Dream is coming to free Nada, he promises everyone in Hell that they will remember this day forever.
* PetTheDog: In ''The Kindly Ones'' where he is friendly, kind and helpful to Delirium.
* RoyalWe: He starts referring to himself in the singular to show that he really has quit being King of Hell.
* {{Satan}}: Well, yes.
* SeenItAll: One of the main reasons he gives up Hell. He got bored.
* SympathyForTheHero: Briefly expresses how he ''almost'' pities Dream in ''The Kindly Ones''.
* TimeAbyss: Along with all other angels, fallen or not.

!Azazel
* LivingShadow: Perhaps. The art is a little unclear.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: ''All'' teeth - sharp sets of them floating in an amorphous void.
* TooDumbToLive: It's expressly stated in the series that even in Hell and in a weakened state, Morpheus is more than capable of dealing with any threat short of Lucifer himself. Azazel later picks a fight with a fully empowered Morpheus on his home turf, and gets [[CurbStompBattle thoroughly and effortlessly crushed]] for his trouble.

!Choronzon
* ButtMonkey: Any time he appears, it's to have something awful happen to him.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: In a ShapeshifterShowdown with Morpheus, Choronzon becomes entropy. In response, Morpheus becomes hope. Unable to think of a counter, Choronzon loses the duel.
* TooManyMouths: One more than usual.

!Remiel and Duma
* BreakTheHaughty: Remiel is not altogether happy about being ordered to maintain Hell.
* HeterosexualLifePartners
* JerkAss: Remiel. He blusters a lot.
* OddCouple: Remiel as the self-justifying and somewhat pompous partner, Duma as the silent and far more thoughtful foil.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent
* PaintingTheMedium: Remiel has elaborate, cursive text suggesting a majestic and musical voice.
* TheSilentBob: Duma contributes more to a conversation than Remiel with just a few facial expressions, despite Remiel's almost complete inability to shut up.
* TheVoiceless: Duma, as an angel of silence.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: When Remiel and Duma are handed Hell's reigns, Remiel decides to retool it all - they're not ''punishing'' the damned, they're ''redeeming'' them! ...Using exactly the same methods as they used when punishing them, but done because they love them and want them to become better people. The damned he tells this to can only respond that this only makes it ''worse''.
* YouAreWorthHell: Rarely is it so literal as in Remiel's case. Duma ''shames'' him into accepting his new role.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Other Supernaturals]]
!Calliope
* AncientGreece
* AndIMustScream: Until Dream finally, ''finally'' saves her.
* TheMuse: One of the nine.
* TimeAbyss

!Cluracan
Prominent figure of Irish folklore, Adventurer, Raconteur and personal messenger of Queen Titiania herself. Brother of Nuala.
* TheAlcoholic
* AllGaysArePromiscuous: But he ''is'' from a race that more or less devotes itself to eternal partying.
* TheFairFolk: A fairly benign example. He's just not all that bright.
* TheHedonist
* PetTheDog: As ditzy and vain as he is, he still loves Nuala, asking for her release from Dream, and then throwing Glamour on her when her normal form nearly gets her banished.
* UnreliableNarrator: Invoked and lampshaded. When he tells a story about he got free and dethroned a corrupt ruler of a nation, his tale is called into question, he freely admits to adding in things and removing other details, but the only falsehood he cops to is when he get's into a sword fight (he added that because he thought the story was boring). He does point out that the embellishments are for making the story more interesting, as in the story he's still a ditz and screws up to the point he needs Dream to save him.

!Loki
* AndIMustScream: Odin releases Loki from a punishment that - even by Norse mythology standards - is pretty hard-core. So terrible that even Dream shows some SympathyForTheDevil. Which turns out to be an error in judgement. [[spoiler: Maybe.]]
* BadassBoast: In ''The Kindly Ones.''
---> '''Loki:''' I am Loki Scar-Lip, [[ShoutOut Loki Sky-Walker,]] Loki Giant's-Child, Loki Lie-Smith. I am Loki, who is fire and wit and hate... I am ''Loki.'' And I will be under an obligation to ''no one.''
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: With a shout-out to TheFarmerAndTheViper from Odin; it's in Loki's nature to lash out at those who help him, as much as it's in Cain's to attack his brother.
* DebtDetester[=/=]DisproportionateRetribution: His behavior in The Kindly Ones is due to owing a debt to Morpheus.
* MasterOfIllusion: As in the myths.
* TricksterArchetype: He is ''Loki''.


!Orpheus
[[spoiler: The son of Dream and Calliope.]]

* AncientGreece
* DeathSeeker
* DespairEventHorizon: And ''that'' doesn't stop his situation from getting exponentially worse.
* [[spoiler:DrivenToSuicide: Eventually. It doesn't kill him. Nor does it help.]]
* [[spoiler:ForegoneConclusion: If you know your Greek myths, you know how his quest to bring his wife back is [[DownerEnding going to end]].]]
* MagicMusic: A very, very old example.
* MusicSoothesTheSavageBeast: Not only is he ''the'' archetypal example (when he played his lyre to lull Cerberus), his song for his lost love touched the heart of Hades and made the Furies weep. Unfortunately, neither of those things end well for him.
* [[spoiler:OracularHead: Reduced to one in the end.]]
* ToHellAndBack[=/=]OrpheanRescue: Again, OlderThanFeudalism (and the TropeNamer).
* TraumaCongaLine: [[spoiler:Wife killed at their wedding reception. His father fails utterly to be any help (though his aunt grants him immortality against her own better judgement). Ventures into the underworld to retrieve his wife's soul and succeeds, but then loses her forever moments before she would have lived again. Becomes so mired in grief that he lets himself be torn apart and eaten by the Baccheae, female followers of Dionysus. Even then, he doesn't die - he becomes a head without a body, drifting on the ocean. When he washes up on the shore, ''his own father'' tells him he's been an idiot, feels no sympathy at all, disowns him and walks off. It takes ''millennia'' for them to reconcile (during which time Orpheus remains an immobile OracularHead), and only then, finally, does he die.]]

!The Presence
* TheChessmaster: Well, He is ''God,'' so yeah. In ''Season Of Mists,'' he has Destiny arrange a meeting of his siblings by writing it in his book. [[spoiler: This sparks off a chain of events that ends with Lucifer having retired from his position as the ruler of Hell, Hell coming into the control of two Angels that proceed to make it a place of repentance and salvation rather than simple punishment, and Morpheus receiving some much-needed perspective about some of his more jerk-ish tendencies.]]
* TheGhost: Never manifests in person (uh, sort of, we're talking an omnipotent omnipresent omniscient deity here, just roll with it), but is obviously spoken of and performs offscreen actions that shake the foundations of the universe.
* {{God}}: Yeah.

!Puck
* BadassBoast: He doesn't seem to think that the guy who just [[spoiler: blinded and paralysed Loki]] is any threat to him whatsoever.
* CheshireCatGrin: [[NightmareFuel And. Robin. Shall. Restore. Amends.]]
* TheFairFolk: A ''very'' traditional example. He is not a pleasant creature.
* ForTheEvulz[=/=]ItAmusedMe: His motivation for anything he does.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: After seeing [[spoiler: The Corinthian curb-stomp Loki and eat his eyes, decides now would be a good time to head back to the land of the Fey.]]
* ThoseTwoGuys: Acts like this when he pals around with Loki for a while, until he gets bored and leaves.
* TricksterArchetype: But not the benign sort.
* WalkingTheEarth: Puck refuses to leave Earth and its associated realms behind when the other inhabitants of Faerie abandon it.
---> '''Puck:''' Go? When there be mortals here to [[TricksterArchetype confusticate]] and [[JerkassGenie vex?]]

!The Three
* BadassBoast: The Kindly Ones are fond of making these for two reasons. One is that their nature is of terrifying rage, so it's good if their targets fear them. The other is that they are very nearly always capable of walking the talk. [[spoiler:Only Death cows them.]]
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: The Three, in all their incarnations, seem to be so far removed from anything remotely resembling human morality that calling them "evil" would miss the point. It would be like trying to assign moral values to a natural disaster.
* TheHecateSisters
** LegacyCharacter: Invoked. Every time exactly three female characters appear together, or three and a character who's rendered distinct from the other three, the three women each represent an aspect of The Three in some way. Over the course of the series, several characters come to represent one or more of them. [[spoiler:Lyta Hall comes to embody all three at once.]]
* [[ImplacableMan Implacable Three Women]]: They ''never'' stop until they have avenged the spilled family blood, even if the person who invoked and merged with them actually ''wants'' them to stop. She's only the vessel, directed by the Three.
* The Kindly Ones/Furies: But they don't like being called the Furies. Not at all.
** [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Aspects]] of {{Revenge}}. To call the Furies on someone, the victim must first have killed a member of his or her own family.
* KickTheDog: Their function is to hound and torment their victims, so there is a lot of wanton cruelty in their rampage from which they seem to take a great deal of pleasure.
* MurdererPOV: Whenever they kill someone it is always from their perspective.
* TheOmniscient: They seem to know absolutely everything, to the point that even Destiny can be caught off-guard by their pronouncements.
* RevengeBeforeReason: Unsurprising, given that they are vengeance incarnate. Lyta's attempt to reason with them when she finds out Daniel is alive does not work - it isn't Daniel they're pursuing him for.
* TermsOfEndangerment: They call everyone they meet things like "dearie" and "poppet", and while they are not normally aggressive it's still pretty unnerving. It gets creepier when they speak the same way while becoming the Kindly Ones.

!Titania

Queen of Faerie and one of Morpheus's ex-lovers.

* TheFairFolk
* TheHighQueen: She is nice enough as long as she's in a good mood, but reacts ''very'' badly if she feels she's been slighted in any way.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Humans]]
!Barbie
* CreepyChild: The Cuckoo, [[spoiler:the child version of Barbie who has become the evil ruler of her dream land and suffers severely from NotGrowingUpSucks.]]
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Averted. She mentions getting pregnant as a teenager, and terminating it. It's simply a fact, judged neither as right or wrong.
* MagicalGirl: In her dreams.
* MeaningfulName: And her (ex)-husband is called ''Ken''. Taking it further, we're told Ken left her for a girl called Sindy; this being the name of the bestselling ''British'' fashion doll.

!Foxglove and Hazel [=McNamara=]
* BabiesEverAfter
* ButchLesbian: Hazel.
* MissConception: Hazel is a type II.

!Hob Gadling

A man from the MiddleAges and a contempary of Creator/WilliamShakespeare who had the uncanny luck to be overheard giving a rant about the subject of immortality by two of the Endless; Death and Dream. Amused, Dream approached Hob and, with Death's permission, offered to give him immortality if he would only come back to that very inn once a century. Hob accepted, believing it was all a joke. One hundred years later, he realised his error.

* CompleteImmortality: He can die if he chooses and under no other circumstance. He's been offered the choice but refused it time after time, even when suffering horribly.
* LivingForeverIsAwesome: No matter how bad things get for him over the centuries - and they get very bad, along the lines of starving to death but being unable to die - Hob has never accepted or requested death. Even when Dream, the closest thing he has to a permanent friend, dies and Death gently offers to break the deal, he refuses.
* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: Averted, he was involved in the slave trade, and while he felt really guilty about it afterwards, he didn't feel that way at the time. He [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the trope left and right in one of the wrap-up issues when his (black) girlfriend convinces him to go with her to a Renaissance Faire. His dialogue from that issue currently provides page quotes for TheRenaissance and TheDungAges.
* WanderingJew: At least thematically, though Hob isn't Jewish. His meetings with Dream actually give rise to a legend that the Devil and the Wandering Jew meet in that tavern once a century, which he thinks is rather amusing.
---> '''Dream:''' [[ExactWords I am no devil.]]
---> '''Hob:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint And I'm not Jewish.]]

!Jed Walker
* AbusiveParents: Foster parents, actually.
* ChildrenAreInnocent
* HopeSpot: Escapes the basement he was locked in and runs into a helpful, kindly man...who turned out to be the Corinthian on his way to the "[[SerialKiller Cereal Convention]]".
* ParentalAbandonment: He was given up for adoption.
* TraumaCongaLine: Abused (by his foster parents, who only took him in for the money they'd get), used (by Brute and Glob), freed and caught again (by the Corinthian, who locks the poor kid in the trunk of his car "for later") and finally found by Rose and Gilbert, by which point he's dehydrated, malnourished, exhausted and on the brink of death. Fortunately, he survives the night in hospital and things get much better for him from then on.
* WeirdnessMagnet: A minor case. His imagination was apparently sufficient to support a dead human soul, a living human soul and an unborn child in a weird "dream kingdom", and he managed to run into all four of the rogue dreams completely accidentally in ''very'' quick succession. Like his sister, it may be a side-effect of his heritage - [[spoiler:Desire of the Endless and Unity Kincaid the Dream Vortex]].

!John Dee[=/=]Doctor Destiny
* AxCrazy
* BodyHorror: His current appearance is ''not'' the most pleasant thing to behold.
* AGodAmI: When he tries to take over the dream-world. [[spoiler:He actually failed, inadvertently restoring Morpheus to his full strength.]]
* KarmaHoudini: Sure he went back to Arkham, which is what Batman would have done, but still.
* TheMadHatter: Arguably an ''extremely'' dark take on this.
* MindRape: Big time. Over all the world.
* MyBelovedSmother: Not him personally, but his mother is really hinted to be one.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: When he regained the Ruby, at first he wanted to hold the world to ransom, spreading madness as a show of his power so that he would receive whatever he wanted...and then he decided driving everyone insane was funnier.

!Lyta Hall[=/=]The Fury
* ActionGirl
* DeterminedWidow
* ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl
* FreakOut: Has a spectacular one that drives her to seek the Furies.
* MamaBear: Takes this UpToEleven. Also a {{Deconstruction}}, as [[spoiler:her actions ensue Daniel is never "Daniel" again.]]
* SanitySlippage: When [[spoiler:Daniel is taken]], but she shows some signs of this beforehand.
* ThousandYardStare: Gets a really creepy one when Daniel disappears.

! Maisie Hill
* CrazyHomelessPerson: A subversion. Whatever craziness she's shown was a result of her phobia of dogs.
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice: Barbie only survived the destruction of the apartment building because Maisie shielded her body.]]
* NeverGotToSayGoodbye: Had a grandson who was a pre-op transsexual (she refers to him as male, but mentions he loved dresses) and, somewhat unexpectedly, explains to Wanda that both his mom and herself adored him and encouraged him to express himself. Unfortunately, when he reached adulthood he ran away and was found beaten to death, his killer never identified. WordOfGod is that he may well have been one of [[SerialKiller the Conoisseur's]] eight victims.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: She doesn't like dogs. When pressed into why, she replies "...I just don't."

! Norton I, Emperor of the United States
* CrazySane: The dream that Morpheus gave him allowed him to evade Desire, Despair or Delirium right up until he passed to Death.
--> '''Despair:''' His madness... his madness keeps him sane.
--> '''Dream:''' And do you think he is the only one, sister?
* NiceHat: Death likes it, at least.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: Yes, boys and girls, the United States [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joshua_A._Norton did have an emperor]]... and he was CrazyAwesome. Only the supernatural elements are added. The rest is roughly historically accurate.

!Rose Walker
* [[spoiler:ApocalypseMaiden: Due to Desire impregnating her grandmother, Unity, Rose inherited the Dream Vortex, a power that collapses all the walls of the Dreaming and then the Dreaming itself if it's allowed to be fully expressed, shattering entire universes. Morpheus informs her (quite politely) that he has to kill her to prevent this. Fortunately, [[HeroicSacrifice Unity herself takes the power from Rose and dies instead]] - just as she was meant to before Desire got involved.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes
* [[BigBrotherInstinct Big Sister Instinct]]: Towards Jed.
* [[ChickMagnet Dude Magnet]]: Rose appears to be supernaturally attractive without realizing it. At one point a pedophile becomes attracted to her (seeing her as much, much younger). She also seduces a gay man (without realizing he was gay), briefly attracts (or at least flusters) another gay guy, and possibly also had [[GeniusLoci Gilbert]] falling for her (he mentions falling in love, and that he treasured her kiss on his cheek). [[spoiler:This is probably due to being Desire's granddaughter.]]
* LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces
* MultiColoredHair
* OlderThanTheyLook: Again, due to her parentage.

!Prez Rickard
* CanonImmigrant: From a short-lived DC title that supposed an 18-year-old would get elected President. Prez cameoed in an issue of Supergirl, which established him as a character proper in the [=DCU=].
* DealWithTheDevil: Defied, Boss Smiley continues to tempt him with the presidency, and resurrecting his fiancée if Prez works for him. Prez refused all the time.
* TheMessiah: A fairly silly version.
* TheSixties: He mimics a lot of the counterculture fashion and behaviors from the late 1960s, although the series itself was printed during TheSeventies.

!Roderick Burgess
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Or rather, did you just imprison the ''Dream King'' in your basement? He did, and it was a terrible, ''terrible'' idea.
* {{Expy}}: Of real-life mystic Aleister Crowley (who is mentioned in-universe as Burgess's rival).
* ItsAllAboutMe: The real purpose of his entire order seems to be to give himself money, prestige, respect, and ultimately immortality.
* KarmaHoudini: Partial example. He never gets the immortality that he demanded as the price of Dream's freedom because Dream simply waits him out until he dies old and bitter... but his son is the one who gets the DisproportionateRetribution simply by virtue of having ''inherited'' [[CapturedSuperEntity Dream's basement]] and being its owner at the time Dream managed to escape.
* VisionaryVillain: He wanted to imprison Death to ensure that no one would ever die. When he captures Dream instead (maybe his aim was off), Dream says that Burgess cannot comprehend how lucky he is that he didn't succeed in his original goal.

!Thessaly (later known as Larissa)
* AncientGreece
* CannotTellAJoke: A rare example of someone who is fully aware that they can't and so doesn't even try. It's something of a RunningGag with her that her DissonantSerenity when talking about something horrible/impossible causes people to think she's joking, and she explains/reminds them that she "never got the hang" of telling jokes.
* DissonantSerenity: She's really very matter-of-fact about cutting a guy's face off and pulling his tongue out with her teeth, before nailing the lot to the wall. He was a bad guy (and she'd already killed him) but...yeek.
* FourEyesZeroSoul
* IceQueen
** And becomes a DefrostingIceQueen [[spoiler:when Morpheus dies]].
* ItsAllAboutMe: She's not actively malicious towards anyone (unless they try to harm her first) but neither does she care about anyone else. This is first shown during her quest to track down the cuckoo; she is momentarily taken aback when her companions mention that they came to save Barbie, and makes it clear that she places a higher priority on the Cuckoo's destruction.
* JerkAss
* PetTheDog: A weird example. After [[spoiler:Lyta Hall allows the Furies to take Morpheus's life]], Thessaly frees her, gives her a shower and some food, and politely informs her that she ought to start running, because a lot of people are now going to want her dead. Including Thessaly herself. [[spoiler:She later weeps at Morpheus's funeral, proving she cared for him despite their messy break-up.]]
* [[Really700YearsOld Really Thousands Of Years Old]]: When she gives her birth date it sounds Neolithic, but she's still truckin' and plans to for as long as she can.
* TemporaryLoveInterest: For Dream.
* TheUnfettered: Thessaly doesn't care one whit about the cost of ensuring her personal survival, and deals briskly and brutally with anyone or anything that poses a threat to her. She's not evil, but [[WordofGod Gaiman]] describes her actions as teaching everyone who knows her, in these exact words, the lesson "''Don't fuck with Thessaly''."
* WomanScorned: Subverted; when Morpheus discovers that she is preventing him from [[spoiler: killing Lyta Hall's physical body and thus preventing her Kindly Ones incarnation from destroying the Dreaming]], he assumes she's trying to hurt him after they broke up. It's actually because the Three have agreed to let her live another millennium or two, if she ensures Dream cannot stop them. That he's an ex-lover is irrelevant; it's simply another case of her prioritising her own survival above anything.

!Wanda

* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: After Wanda's death, her parents have her buried under her birth name, Alvin. But Barbie sees Wanda one last time in a dream with the most gorgeous and anatomically correct female body, Death standing with her and clearly offering the definitive and ultimate opinion on Wanda's gender. Death and Wanda wave goodbye to Barbie before she wakes up.]]
* DeadpanSnarker
* [[spoiler:DueToTheDead: Her parents have her hair cut and her body made up as a boy, burying her under her birth name. Her mom even implies that she may have deserved to die, though she still mourns. In the end, Barbie buries Wanda with a Weirdzo comic and crosses out the name on her tombstone to write "Wanda" in her favorite lipstick color.]]
* FieryRedhead
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal: Wanda dies along with Maisie Hill when Hurricane Lisa destroys the apartment building.]]
* {{Transsexual}}: Pre-op, because she's deathly afraid of surgery, but she's taking hormones and has had electrolysis.
* WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent: Needless to say, Wanda's parents are quite ashamed of her for her "sinful ways".

!Creator/WilliamShakespeare
* AuthorAvatar: A multi-layered variant that's a little mind-boggling. Shakespeare obviously writes his own experiences into his plays, and he acts in them when travelling with the King's Men. The plots Morpheus gives him (especially ''The Tempest'') are also inadvertently biographical for Morpheus ''and'' Shakespeare. On top of ''that'', the progression of Shakespeare's life can be read a little as mirroring that of Morpheus, particularly towards the end of both. And finally, in the last volume of ''Sandman'', Gaiman has Shakespeare write the final speech of Prospero, which is a LeaningOnTheFourthWall farewell to the audience of the play - and also, in context, can be read as Shakespeare bidding goodbye to the world of theatre and stories, Morpheus bidding goodbye to his duties and role (both in-universe and as the protagonist of a comic), Gaiman bidding goodbye to the ''reader'', and the reader bidding goodbye to the ''story''.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: The Endless might overhear, and "the price of getting what you want is getting what once you wanted."
* DealWithTheDevil: But somewhat more benign that most examples, since his deal is with Dream. In return for inspiration and unlocking the true potential of his literary gift, Shakespeare would write two commissioned plays for the Dream King with plots specified (''A Midsummer Night's Dream'' and ''The Tempest'', if you're curious). Shakespeare muses towards the end of his life that the price he paid may not have been what Dream requested, but [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor what Shakespeare himself received]].
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: He's a contemporary of Hob Gadling, who didn't think much of his literary efforts at the time.
** Also his opinion of Guy Fawkes Day. He and a friend sarcastically coin the "Remember, remember, the fifth of November," rhyme for Guy Fawkes, joking that it might endure for a century.
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!Barnabas
* [[ABoyAndHisX An Eternal Anthropomorphic Personification And His Dog]]: To Destruction.
* CloudcuckoolandersMinder: When inherited by Delirium.
* DeadpanSnarker: And fairly incisive art critic.
* [[TheKidWithTheLeash The Dog With The Leash:]] To Delirium.
* [[UnfazedEveryman Unfazed Everydog]]
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In addition to NeilGaiman's character, the name of the Sandman has also been used for numerous other DCComics characters.

[[folder:Other Sandmen and Related Characters]]
!Sandman I
->'''AKA:''' Wesley Dodds

First appeared in ''"Adventure Comics''" #40 (July, 1939), created by Gardner Fox and Bert Christman. One of the first superheroes of the 20th century, Wesley Dodds was plagued with prophetic dreams that impelled him to fight crime. He invented a sleeping-gas gun and "wirepoon" (a gun-mounted grappling hook) to help him in his cause and became a founding member of the JusticeSocietyOfAmerica. Shortly before the refounding of the modern JSA, Wesley Dodds committed suicide to prevent the EvilSorcerer [[Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} Mordru]] from extracting important information from him; his funeral set the stage for the JSA's rebirth.

Gaiman's ''Sandman'' revealed that as a result of Dream's imprisonment during the 20th century, some mortals were affected by the cosmic imbalance. Dodds held a piece of the Dreaming inside him, and this was the cause of his prophetic dreams. Dodds also had his own, 1930s-set Vertigo series ''SandmanMysteryTheatre''.

* BadassNormal
* BigApplesauce: Dodds originally operated out of "York City". This was later retconned into the actual New York City.
* BlessedWithSuck: His prophetic nightmares.
* CatchPhrase: The short poem he left at the scene of every crime he stopped. "There is no land beyond the law where tyrants rule with unshakable power! 'Tis but a dream from which the evil wake to face their fate... their terrifying hour!"
* DemotedToExtra: Reading ''JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'' can be a bit jarring if you're a fan of ''SandmanMysteryTheatre''. After the Golden Age Sandman spent years as the hero of his own cult classic series, he's reduced to a mere scene-filler in JSA.
* GasMaskLongcoat: The UrExample
* MyGreatestFailure: Turning his sidekick, Sandy, into a rock monster in the 1950s. (He got better.)

!Sandman II
->'''AKA:''' Garrett Sanford

First appeared in ''"Sandman''" vol. 1 #1 (Winter, 1974), created by JackKirby and Joe Simon. Originally supposed to be the Sandman of legend, this bizarre character patrolled the "Dream Stream" to fight nightmares with the aid of two dreams named Brute and Glob, often helping out a young boy named Jed. After his short-lived series ended, it was {{Retcon}}ned that he was actually a psychologist named Garrett Sanford whose mind was trapped in a "Dream Dimension" while his physical body was in a coma. An appearance in ''InfinityInc'' revealed that Sanford had gone insane after his last appearance and committed suicide. Gaiman's ''Sandman'', finally, revealed that Brute and Glob were rogue nightmares from the Dreaming who were running amok in Morpheus's absence, the Dream Dimension was a pocket universe they created inside the mind of Jed Walker, and Sanford was just a plaything for them.

* CerebusRetcon: A victim of it, over and over again.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: All in all, he got a very unceremonious death, considering he was created by the King of Comics.
* UnwittingPawn

!Sandman III
->'''AKA:''' Hector Hall

First appeared as Silver Scarab in ''"All-Star Squadron''" #25 (September, 1983). Became the Sandman in ''"Infinity, Inc.'" #49 (May, 1988). After Garrett Sanford's death, DC superhero Silver Scarab--the son of the GoldenAge {{Hawkman}}--had his soul stuck in Sanford's body (long story) and his mind filling the same role under Brute and Glob. His wife, Lyta "the Fury" Hall, went to live with him in the Dream Dimension, and there they conceived Daniel Hall, [[spoiler:who would later replace Morpheus as Dream.]] After Morpheus escaped his captivity, he destroyed the Dream Dimension, causing Hector's spirit to depart the mortal plane.

Hector Hall was later reincarnated as the new DoctorFate and joined the JSA, only to be killed again by TheSpectre. His soul now resides in the Dreaming alongside his once-son, Dream/Daniel.

* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Twice.
* TookALevelInDumbass: Was completely oblivious to the fact that his wife had been pregnant for about two years, and when it was finally brought to his attention, he didn't really give much thought to it. Really, Hall's mentality had slightly devolved as his wife drifted away from reality. He went from a competent superhero to one who fought rather nonsensical battles against bizarrely weak villains.

!Sandy the Golden Boy[=/=]Sand[=/=]Sandman IV
->'''AKA:''' Sanderson Hawkins

First appeared in ''"Adventure Comics''" #69 (December, 1941), created by Mort Weisinger and Paul Norris. Assumed the Sandman mantle in ''"Justice Society of America'" vol. 3 #1 (February, 2007). The original "Sandy the Golden Boy", nephew of Wesley Dodds. Grew up into the first chairman of the modern incarnation of the JusticeSocietyOfAmerica, leading the team through many adventures. He gained super-powers and, after Wesley's death, inherited his prophetic dreams, but eventually got written out as the writer-switch between David Goyer & GeoffJohns went underway, disappearing into the Earth for a while, and losing his leadership position to Mr. Terrific. Eventually changed his name to the Sandman like his mentor.

* BlessedWithSuck: His power of having nightmares about crimes in the future means that he can't sleep several nights, and sees some truly horrific things.
* DishingOutDirt: Gains these powers after the first arc thanks to his past as a silica-based creature, thus becoming decent in a fight rather than a BadassNormal.
* LegacyCharacter: Of the original Sandman, Wesley Dodds.
* OutOfFocus: ''Heavily'' out of focus. People tend to forget that he was even ''on'' the JSA. He shows up to have a fortuitous dream, but rarely gets involved in any fights. And he was once the leader and main character of the book.
* PutOnABus: He disappeared into the Earth to save the world, and was gone for a couple arcs in ''JSA'', including the big one, Black Reign.

!Dian Belmont

Wesley Dodds's LoveInterest. Became a major character in ''SandmanMysteryTheatre''.
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