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[[folder:The Endless]]
The Endless are a rather dysfunctional family of seven siblings who are each {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of seven concepts. They are the children of Night and Time, and are 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 that is opposite to theirs. They are generally uncomfortable in 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.
* HumanoidAbomination: Usually (they have other shapes).
* TheOmnipresent: Destruction states that he is, at least in a sense, virtually everywhere destruction occurs and is the controlling aspect. Death is a more straightfoward example since she personally manifests physically to people when they are born or die meaning she has to appear in more than one place at once. ''Death: The High Cost of of Living'' features Death becoming mortal for a day only to die and end up being collected by herself and holding a conversation with the other "Death" while in her mortal body despite the two being the same being.
* RealityWarper: All of them are powerful enough to do this; some do so more frequently than others.
* RuleOfSeven: There are seven Endless.
* TheShadowKnows: All of the Endless except for Death (the most humane) and Destruction (who has retired) possess a strange shadow, often hinting at their nature.
* ThemeInitials: D, obviously. They also have many different names in different mythologies that don't fit this pattern, but only Dream is ever seen using any of them.

Dream of the Endless. The Sandman. The Lord Shaper. Dream Weaver. Oneiros (a few of '''[[IHaveManyNames many]]''' names 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"/The First Dream

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 Faerie) 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. Although his official name is Dream of the Endless, he is often referred to as "Morpheus" and thus that's what this page calls him in order to separate him from his second incarnation.

-->'''Morpheus''': It has always been the prerogative of children and half-wits to point out that the emperor has no clothes. But the half-wit remains a half-wit, and the emperor remains an emperor.


* EightiesHair: In the early run he looked like {{Goth}} Mick Jagger. Changed to more of a timeless look later on.
* AloofBigBrother: To Delirium, Desire and Despair. Especially to Delirium, who mentions that she is always a bit scared of him.
* AntiHero: Immensely powerful and a force necessary for life, yet a very flawed being by human standards.
* AppearanceIsInTheEyeOfTheBeholder: Morpheus is perceived differently by everyone who sees him, appearing as whatever they would be most comfortable with.[[note]]He appears to [[ComicBook/NewGods Scott Free]] as a tall pale man in black robes while at the same time appearing to the ComicBook/MartianManhunter (who was in the same room) as the Martian god L'Zoril, a black Martian skull wreathed in flames.[[/note]]
* TheAtoner: When he realises he has done Nada a disservice by dooming her to Hell, he immediately takes steps to rectify it. [[spoiler:After finally giving his son Orpheus the death he wished for, he is implied to be unable to move on, which is why he allows the Furies to kill him.]]
* BadassLongrobe: How he dresses in the Dreaming. When he manifests on Earth he's usually either HellBentForLeather or a SharpDressedMan.
* BeenThereShapedHistory: Was involved in the careers of Creator/WilliamShakespeare and Joshua Norton, among others.
* BigGood: Usually this when he isn't the main protagonist, like in ''A Game of You''.
* BlackEyesOfEvil: Morpheus' eyes depend a bit on the artist, but the overall consensus is that they're completely black and have a red glimmer in them like a ruby. Sometimes he doesn't even have eyes, just complete black where the eyes are supposed to be. Subverted in that he's not at all evil. Well, mostly not.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: He defines his morality entirely by his duties to the Dreaming and a number of old 'rules' the reader can only guess at by inference. He is ''capable'' of empathy and following human moral standards, but he only starts to show it after his imprisonment. [[spoiler:''Overture'' suggests it was the events of that story which started nudging him in this direction.]]
* BreakTheHaughty: It started with his imprisonment by Roderick Burgess's cult and subsequent loss of power, and continues through the rest of the series.
* BrutalHonesty: While always formal and polite, Dream never minces words when giving his opinion on something. This is a big reason why he has few actual friends.
* ByronicHero: Destruction describes both him and Orpheus as self-pitying romantic fools who nonetheless have "a certain amount of personal charm".
* CainAndAbel: He and Desire absolutely hate each other, though the aggression comes more from Desire's end. He ''did'' subtly threaten to kill or at least seriously injure Desire during the meeting of the Endless in ''Season of Mists'', but only when seriously provoked.
* 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 ''ComicBook/TopTen''.
* CharacterDevelopment: The entire series can be said to be this for him. [[spoiler:Concluding in ''literal'' character-changing.]]
** [[WordOfGod Gaiman]] says that his imprisonment was the catalyst for this as seventy-two years stuck in a bottle gave him time to look over the actions he'd taken over the course of his life and realize he didn't like what he saw.
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:Almost from page one, Morpheus sows the seeds of his own destruction by giving away ammunition that could be turned against him at a critical juncture and preparing Daniel to be the vessel for his replacement. By the time the Furies come knocking, all the {{Chekhovs Gun}}s fire off one by one.]]
* ComicBookFantasyCasting: Depending on the artist, he frequently ends up looking like either Neil Gaiman himself or [[Music/TheCure Robert Smith]].
* TheComicallySerious: While Morpheus 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.
* CoolCrown: It looks like a gas mask with filter tube, and it's made from the skull and spinal cord of a dead god. Awesome.
* CreepyGood: For a certain value of "good". Dream is a pretty ominous, dour fellow, but he has a strong sense of justice and he punishes many evil people throughout the series. However, he operates on BlueAndOrangeMorality and is responsible for some pretty heinous things himself. Just ask Nada.
* DeusExMachina: Ends up fulfilling this role in the classical sense at the end of ''A Game of You'', intervening to stop the Cuckoo from killing Barbie and her friends.
* DisproportionateRetribution: The guy gives out a lot of [[FateWorseThanDeath Fates Worse Than Death]]. When he tries to give a WhatTheHellHero to Delirium for dooming an innocent man to spend the rest of his life tormented by invisible bugs, she replies that he's done far worse and repeatedly.
* DreamWeaver: He's the former page image for the trope, and sometimes is referred to as "Dream-Weaver", though usually derisively.
* DrivenToSuicide: This is the most common interpretation of the series' plot.
* FatalAttractor: The series introduces quite a few of Dream's ex-lovers - ultimately always to emphasize 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: His sense of duty and tradition (which also makes him come off as rather self-centered) and resistance to change. 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?
* FriendToAllChildren: Dream often has pleasant and respectful conversations with young kids. Considering that he is the personification of imagination and ideas, this is unsurprising.
* 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.
* TheHeroDies: More specifically, this incarnation of The Hero Dies. The absolute embodiment of dreams continues to exist after his death in a different form.
* IceQueen: Spends most of his existence as a male one of these. Being imprisoned starts to defrost him a bit.
* IHaveManyNames: Even by the Endless's standards he has a lot of names: Morpheus, Lord Shaper, Oneiros, among others. 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.
* JediMindTrick: Prone to using this on uncooperative mortals when on Earth.
* JerkAss: He gets better after escaping imprisonment, but he's still not the most pleasant Endless to be around.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: as stated above, he improves significantly after being imprisoned and tries to make amends. And even before his imprisonment and with all his faults, he condemns slavery and suggests Hob Gadling to pursue another business.
* 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.
* LonelyAtTheTop: Implied. Dream's cold, aloof nature mean he has few friends, even in the Dreaming. Death and Matthew are about the only characters he can confide in.
* LooksLikeCesare: Tall, pale, messy hair and his eyes are completely black.
* MessyHair: Sleep-tussled.
* PaintingTheMedium: His word balloons are black with white lettering.
* PetTheDog
** He can, every now and then, be kind. For instance, he both removes John Constantine's nightmares and gives Constantine's ex an easy, peaceful death when he could very easily have let her die painfully (though, admittedly, he only did this last after Constantine called him out).
** He was utterly horrified by what [[spoiler: Doctor Destiny]] was doing with his ruby and was willing to sacrifice himself in order to try and stop it happening.
* {{Pride}}: Morpheus is a very proud being, and his pride being wounded is the cause of several millennial-old grudges.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: He's pale as the moon and has stark black hair to match. In this way he looks a lot like his sister, Death.
* TheShadowKnows: He has a "normal" shadow... as long as he remembers to cast it. Fittingly, he does possess some humanity, but not as much as Destruction or Death.
* SilkHidingSteel: A male example. Dream is always stoic, formal, and thoroughly polite, but this by no means makes him any less powerful than any of his siblings, and his punishments when he's angered can be horrendously brutal.
* TheStoic: Most of the time.
* TranquilFury: Rarely gets seriously angry, but when he does he doesn't even need to raise his voice to scare the shit out of whoever's unfortunate enough to be around.
* {{Tsundere}}: Funnily enough, he gets shades of Type A in ''Overture'', [[spoiler:when Destiny rescues him.]]
* WellDoneSonGuy: Issue #6 of ''Overture'' suggests he wants his parents' approval.
* WhatTheHellHero: He gets called out a ''lot'' for his behaviour. Including by his own servants.

!!"Daniel"/The Second Dream

The second incarnation of Dream, created from transfigured pieces of Daniel Hall's soul. He is clothed all in white, with white hair and more boyish features. 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 ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica and ComicBook/InfinityInc. He also had a notable guest role in a Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica story. Like Morpheus he never actually refers to himself by any name (and rejects the name Daniel), but in the short time he appears in the comic he has no other names.

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

* BewareTheNiceOnes: RedeemingReplacement he may be, but he's still ''Dream'', and he will not hesitate to display his powers if need be.
* BornAgainImmortality: A subversion. It's the role of Dream that will never die. It's just that different people assume the job when someone dies and the new guy has all of the memories and knowledge of the old guy(s).
* CharacterDevelopment: He is the trope in its most literal form, being an entirely new character/point of view for Dream of the Endless to take. He seems to intentionally set out to avoid the pit-traps Morpheus did.
* ManInWhite: In contrast to Morpheus's dark clothing.
* MessyHair: One thing he shares with his predecessor. His is much shorter however.
* MysticalWhiteHair: To contrast with Morpheus' black hair.
* NaiveNewcomer:
** Acts like this despite being a TimeAbyss, since while he shares all of Morpheus' memories and knowledge, he's essentially a different character who has never exerted the job of ruling the Dreaming before. So while he knows all what he predecessor knew in order to take care of things, it's not like he has actually done any of it before.
** The Dreaming's inhabitants in special sees him as this, which is understandable since they are the ones who interacted with Morpheus the most and immediately take notice of the differences between their old boss and Daniel. Also doesn't help that most of the residents who appear often, such as Matthew, Cain and Lucien, actually met him as a human ''baby''. In ''The Dreaming'' spin-off they actually refer to him as "the kid" or "the young master", which they of course ''never'' did with Morpheus. Matthew in fact decides to stay by his side in most part due to believing that Daniel will need some advice, being now inexperienced of sorts.
* NiceGuy: By contrast. From what little we get to see of him he's still rather formal, but less self-centered and doesn't hold grudges.
* PaintingTheMedium: His speech bubbles are the inverse of Morpheus', with the same lettering but black-on-white instead of white-on-black.
* PastLifeMemories: Daniel states that while he is not Morpheus, he has all of the memories and knowledge that Morpheus possessed.
* PowerCrystal: An emerald, contrasting with Morpheus' ruby.
* ThePunishmentIsTheCrime: He gives Lyta his protection after she destroys Morpheus, reasoning that she has already suffered greatly and doesn't deserve to spend the rest of her existence running from the various beings who might want to avenge Dream.
* RedeemingReplacement: He is quickly established as much more forgiving and approachable than Morpheus.
* TheStoic: Some things do not change.
* ThatManIsDead: He is Dream of the Endless, but instructs others not to call him Morpheus or Daniel - he is a new entity with the office of the former, transcended from parts of the essence of the latter, and has no right to either name.


[[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 Creator/NeilGaiman (he was a horror anthology host from the '70s).

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


* AllPowerfulBystander: He knows everything that happens, but intervenes only when it's ordained that he do so.
* 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.
* TheFettered: He's literally fettered to his book, representing the fact that he is incapable of doing anything that isn't in the book. He sometimes seems to have no free will at all.
* InTheHood: He's always wearing a hooded cloak.
* 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.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness
** Yes, ''Destiny'' of all beings gets this at one point, losing his temper during ''[[ComicBook/TheSandmanOverture Overture]]'' [[spoiler:because something happened that was not in his book.]]
** When the messengers come to inform the Endless [[spoiler:of Morpheus' death,]] Destiny can be seen in one of Despair's mirror-windows, that look upon those who are, well, despairing.
* PaintingTheMedium: Destiny's words are always italicized.
* ParentalFavoritism: Time and Night have rather rocky relationships with their children, but both have expressed more affection for Destiny than the others. Time because Destiny never asks him for anything and Night because he's the only one who visits her.
* ProphetEyes: He's blind with MilkyWhiteEyes.
* TheShadowKnows: Inverted. He doesn't leave a shadow, or footprints, or anything else.
* TheWatcher: He observes everything that happens.
* YouCantFightFate: He believes this. Considering who he is, it's kind of a given, but it even applies to him -- it should be noted that the text always refers to Destiny being chained to his book, and not the other way round.


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.


* EightiesHair: Like her brother, she must have used a gallon of hair spray in her early appearances.
* AllLovingHero: She loves everyone, with the kind of deep and abiding compassion that comes only from knowing them very well.
* 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. ''Desire'' backs down when rebuked by Death.
** The slightest sign that she's losing her temper is enough to make the Kindly Ones respectful and defensive.
---> '''The Kindly Ones''' ''([[OOCIsSeriousBusiness very subdued]]):'' [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: We are only performing our function, Lady. ]]

* CharacterDevelopment: Glimpses of Death when she was younger suggest that she was once a good deal less cheerful and friendly; somewhere along the line, she TookALevelInKindness.
* CompleteImmortality: An aspect of her becomes mortal for one day each century to keep her in touch with the lives she collects. According to Delirium, she is the only one of the Endless that will outlive the current form of the universe.
* CoolBigSis: The second oldest of the Endless, Death has a good relationship with all of them, but Dream in particular.
* DarkIsNotEvil: She's a PerkyGoth who shuffles those who die off this mortal coil. Anger her at your own peril, but that aside she's actually quite nice.
* DeathIsCheap: She freely admits to this. She confesses that she's very busy and sometimes people slip through the cracks. She doesn't begrudge them the extra time because they'll all meet her ''eventually''. Her only comment on the ComicBook/BlackestNight is that it looked like they were having a lot of fun, so she just let them be.
* 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.
* TheDreaded: Being Death, everyone is scared of her and what her appearance entails. This is a fact that she is very disappointed by, observing that despite her best attempts to be as comforting as possible, people are not as willing to visit her realm as they are Dream's, who is far more standoffish than her.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Her demeanor 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.
* GothGirlsKnowMagic: She has the goth look down to a T and, as TheGrimReaper, she has powers over death.
* 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!"
* ImplacableWoman: She's not vindictive about it, but trying to bind her or keep her at bay with magic never goes well. She ''can'' grant an indefinite suspension from dying, but she won't do it just because you try to ''bully'' her.
* MamaBear: When Desire gloats over upsetting Dream, Death quickly calls Desire to heel.
* MessyHair: Her hair is generally left unstyled.
* NiceGirl: Invoked to make her both sympathetic and a little disturbing. She knows everybody - ''everybody'' - and she has sympathy even for the worst people.
* NiceHat: Wears a '''very''' snazzy top hat in ''Death: The High Cost of Living''. Her predilection for toppers seems to have started during her meeting with Emperor Norton. Or who knows; from a throwaway line from Destruction she also has an impressive floppy hat collection.
* 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]], exactly: she just knows when she's needed.
* TheOmnipresent: Death personally appears to someone when they are born or die, meaning she can appear at once in an infinite number of bodies that are all "her." Best shown in ''Death: The High Cost of Living'' when she becomes mortal for a day only to die and end up meeting herself. The two have a conversation about the value of life which means [[MindScrew she is talking to herself while in two different bodies.]] It was her first such conversation with herself after taking mortal form for a day that changed her attitude.
* 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: She always dresses all in dark clothes, evoking a goth look, but is quite cheerful and one of the friendliest characters in the comics.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: Pale-skinned, black-haired, beautiful. Nearly everyone in 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.
** In conversation, it's always "Sister"; by reference, it's always "our oldest sister."
** Dream is the only one to have called her by name, once, in the very first issue of ''Sandman.'' Could be taken as EarlyInstallmentWeirdness, and was probably at least partially done so that Gaiman wouldn't have to have him refer to Death as a "she" -- after all, her gender was meant to be a big reveal when she turned up in person. [[spoiler: It could also be taken as {{Foreshadowing}}, since Dream ''does'' die.]]
* TheShadowKnows: Averted. She's the only one out of the current Endless who still possesses a normal shadow.
* WhenSheSmiles: Just look at her smile. Makes you wanna fall in love with her, doesn't it?


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.

-->'''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.


* 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.
* BadassBeard: Had an enormous one when he was still doing his job. In the present he's clean shaven.
* BeenThereShapedHistory: He usually takes anonymous roles. For example, he helped dig the Panama Canal, fought in a few wars, etc.
* BlackSheep: He abandoned his charge and left it to its own devices. He's estranged from most of the other Endless.
* BoisterousBruiser: He was the loudest and most outspoken member of the Endless, as well as the literal personification of destruction.
* ComicBookFantasyCasting: Character design based on Creator/BrianBlessed.
* CoolBigBro: To Delirium and Despair, both of whom miss him terribly when he's gone.
* CoolUncle: Was implicitly one to Orpheus, calling Orpheus his favorite nephew and even talking him down from suicide.
* CreativeSterility: Played with. Destruction is ''capable'' of creating things, but because creation goes against his inner nature he's just not ''good'' at it. He's tried every single form of art there is and is bad at all of it.
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: At some point he became disillusioned with destruction and set out to find himself.
* FieryRedhead: Shown a few times in his backstory, before he laid aside his duties. In 'the present' he's a lot more introspective.
* {{Foil}}: He who was once Destruction has done something that Dream cannot bring himself to do. And while Dream reaps many consequences for his devotion to duty, (the former) Destruction seems to have suffered no consequences for his dereliction.
* GiftedlyBad: He's tried every form of art and been lousy at them all (at least according to his [[TalkingAnimal talking dog]]). Not surprising, considering what he's the AnthropomorphicPersonification of.
* 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:
** 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. Aside from that, though, they look no different from the human characters' speech bubbles, highlighting the fact that he, along with Death, is the most human of the Endless.
* 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".
* TinTyrant: Appears this way at Orpheus's wedding.
* WalkingTheEarth: Has been doing this ever since he left his duties.
* WarriorPoet: He's trying to be none of the former, but he's not very good at the latter.


The personification of longing and lust. An androgynous shapeshifter, Desire 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 (in a roundabout way) led to Morpheus' death in the war with the three Fates (the Kindly Ones) and Dream's evolution to Daniel. 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.
* AmbiguousGender: Or {{Hermaphrodite}} as the mood takes it. Desire has never been satisfied with just one of anything.
* AnythingThatMoves: And some things that do not. Desire, after all, is hardly bound to something as simplistic as 'gender'.
* TheBeautifulElite: Desire is the most stunningly beautiful being in the universe - wanted by everyone.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Mercilessly subverted.
* TheCasanova: Being the personification of lust, Desire woos many women and, as TheVamp, many men.
* DirtyCoward: Is quick to back down if called out by its siblings.
%%* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette
* EmpathicShapeshifter: Will always appear as what the viewer finds most attractive.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: In ''The Kindly Ones'' it 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. It does help Rose snap out of it, though, symbolically giving her back the heart she lost in ''The Doll's House''.
* EverybodyWantsTheHermaphrodite: Milks this for all its worth to that end.
* HeelRealization: Desire spent much of the series attempting to [[spoiler: 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, Desire is suddenly afraid of what will be coming next.]]
* ItsAllAboutMe: Takes the position that mortal beings are its personal playthings, in contrast to Dream, who insists the Endless only exist to serve them.
* ItAmusedMe: Desire often torments people just because it can.
* JerkAss: Billions of years ago, Dream and Desire used to be extremely close friends. Desire then, without shame or any pretense of hiding its involvement, made Dream's then-girlfriend cheat on him.
* JerkAssHasAPoint: It points out that Dream has a nasty habit of treating his lovers poorly, complete with mentioning the DisproportionateRetribution he often inflicts on them.
%% * KarmaHoudini
* LackOfEmpathy: In the vast majority of cases. Exceptions are very few and far between, though justified, as ''Sandman'' is Dream's story, so Desire comes off as the villain. We, the readers, don't see its softer side too often.
* {{Lust}}: Be it for love, for power, or for sex, Desire commands them all.
* ManipulativeBastard: Or ManipulativeBitch as the case may be. 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 it got ''pissed''. It seems to react this way whenever it finds someone capable of resisting its temptations. One of the short stories in ''Book of Dreams'' 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]].
** When rebuked by Death, Desire is visibly ''terrified.''
* OtherworldlyAndSexuallyAmbiguous: Because it is the personification of lust, Desire can be a man, a 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 its trenchcoat and a few words of sympathy.
** An enormous example zigzagged in Overture. Desire essentially engineered Dream's salvation and enabled him to save the entire multiverse by sending him the tools he'd need and the only aspect of himself that he'd ever listen to. Not only this, but it did this three times (the first two attempts failed). However, Desire had as much need for self-preservation as selflessness and because success meant a multicosmic retcon, it forgot it'd done this and reverted back to its old ways.
%%* ThePornomancer
* {{Pride}}: Desire's biggest similarity to Dream, and also the biggest reason why the two do not get along at all. What started with Desire 'pranking' Dream and offending him has led to an EscalatingWar where each subsequent 'humiliation' only makes things between them worse.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: Although it can change appearances as it wishes, we usually see Desire as an attractive androgynous person with dark hair and pale skin.
* TheShadowKnows: Casts two shadows - one black and sharp, the other translucent and wavering.
%%* SmokingIsCool
* SupernaturalGoldEyes: Described as "tawny and sharp like yellow wine", Desire's golden eyes are the only thing that remains constant in all its forms.

!!The First Despair

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.

* AssholeVictim: According to Daniel, Despair's murderer was completely justified in killing her.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Despair can never succeed or win - to do so, even momentarily, would be to betray its nature. It even seems that the further Despair over-reaches, the worse the snapback is, as in the image above, where this scheme ultimately results in the creation of '''Superman'''.
* PosthumousCharacter: While Despair lives on, the first Despair is dead.
* 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

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 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?


* AnimalMotifs: Rats.
* CannotSpitItOut: Her relationship with the ghost of Creator/EdgarAllanPoe. Similarly, her [[spoiler:desire to see Destruction again.]]
* DarkIsNotEvil:
** Right, she is the personification of all ennui 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.]]
** She seems to be related to memory and mourning, two somewhat more "positive" aspects of despair. Her comments on [[spoiler: her brother Dream's funeral]] suggest that she always remembers those gone and suggests that it is part of the reason for her despair. A much more poetic interpretation for her occupation than "watch those that suffer".
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: She has the same basic appearance as most of her siblings (dark hair, pale skin), but since she's not conventionally attractive and is often looking at people's suffering, hanging out with rats and tearing her own skin with a hook, she's instantly seen as creepy.
* EyeScream: In "Brief Lives", while feeling the pain of Destruction's absence, she jabs her hooked ring into her eye and ''rips''.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Not as well illustrated as for the first Despair, but also true.
* FangsAreEvil: While she's not evil, she represents Despair nevertheless.
* 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 how 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 recognizable.
%%* {{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).
%%* MessyHair
* NotBloodSiblings: Has a crush on her adoptive brother Destruction.
* PaintingTheMedium: Despair's speech bubbles have ragged, shaky edges.
* TheShadowKnows: Her shadow has the smell of "a snake's skin". She herself doesn't have any odor.
* 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 a fine-tuned interest in the misery of individual lives as opposed to the large-scale plans of her predecessor.


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.


* 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}}: Basically the AnthropomorphicPersonification of this.
* TheCutie: She used to be the personification of everything joyous, warm, fuzzy and blissful. Even as Delirium, she still retains some of these qualities, and can occasionally be very sweet.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: One that caused her to turn from Delight into Delirium.
* 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: She's never symmetrical.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Sometimes rivals with Morpheus in this subject. To make it worse, while Morpheus at least usually does this as punishment (even if it's for DisproportionateRetribution), Delirium seemingly does it without noticing.
* 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. In her case is justified since she is, of course, madness personified.
* MadnessMakeover: It happened before the story started, but we can see how Delight looked from flashbacks.
* MadOracle: 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.
* {{Metamorphosis}}: Originally Delight, the personification of happiness in the universe, she transitioned into a completely different personification, renamed Delirium. It is even implied by Destruction that she will make one more transition before the universe ends. What this form ''is'' is anyone's guess.
* MindRape: Both something she may have been a victim of and one of her powers.
* MulticoloredHair: And it changes colors, too.
* 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.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: If she's very, very annoyed, she can control herself and become stern, logical and direct: see OnlySaneMan. It's extremely unnerving.
%% * TheOphelia
* PaintingTheMedium: Delirium's speech balloons are oddly-shaped and rainbow-colored, and her lettering is warped and smeared.
* PreInsanityReveal: 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.
* 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. Or they might not. [[MindScrew Or both.]]
* RummageSaleReject: Not very good at matched clothing, even from one moment to the next. Fishnet stockings do recur.
* TheShadowKnows: Not only her shadow looks nothing like her, it's ''tangible''.
* TalkativeLoon: She's prone to incoherent rambling. Although it's downright straightforward by TalkativeLoon standards, i.e. she never dissolves into complete WordSalad.
* 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.)
* WellDoneSonGuy: According to Dream in ''Overture'', this is how she sees her mother Night.

[[folder: Dreams and Nightmares]]
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: In many of his appearances, he's the one who gets the job of saying the things the audience want to say.
* DeadpanSnarker: Not as snarky as, say, Merv Pumpkinhead, but he gets in a few quips here and there.
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler:Following Morpheus's death, he asks Daniel-Dream if he can kill him. After the wake, however, he realizes that Daniel needs a friendly advisor more than Morpheus ever did, and decides to stick around.]]
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler:Following Morpheus's death. The wake and meeting Daniel help him come to terms with it.]]
* HonestAdvisor: It's implied that Dream keeps a raven around to give him a human perspective.
* NiceGuy: He's a little crude and rough around the edges, sure, but you couldn't ask for a friendlier raven.
* MetaGuy: Most notably in ''The Wake,'' where he, like the audience, [[spoiler:is shown taking Morpheus' death hard, and has problems accepting Daniel as the substitute,]] but it shows up on many other occasions as well.
* SurvivorsGuilt: [[spoiler:There really, honestly wasn't anything he could to to save Morpheus, but he still feels guilty for allowing himself to be sent away in his master's last hours.]]
* {{Transplant}}: He's Matthew Cable 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?"

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 a former raven, Lucien takes [[spoiler:Mervyn's death]] surprisingly hard, to the point of chastising Morpheus for allowing it to happen.
** Lucien is an extremely gentle person who almost certainly abhors violence, but threaten his library and it turns out that he's much tougher and more capable than he lets on. When [[spoiler:the Furies]] free some of Morpheus' prisoners, implied to be nightmarish, dangerous things, Lucien, who has never shown any evidence of being anything besides a NonActionGuy librarian, "dealt with them" when they tried to enter the library. It's implied that it wasn't particularly hard for him to do so either.
* MagicLibrarian: But it is quite a library.
* NoodlePeople: He's taller than Dream, who's pretty noodley himself, and at least as thin.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: His defense of Dream's library during Volume 9, as mentioned under BadassBookworm and HiddenDepths.
* 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.

!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.

* BagOfSpilling: In ''Swamp Thing'', at least, if you chose to receive a secret from Abel instead of a mystery from Cain and you try to tell the secret, you forget it entirely. The mystery, on the other hand, needs to be figured out but can be shared freely.
* BigBrotherBully: Cain is this to Abel. As might be expected.
* BlessedWithSuck: Abel's immortality. It just allows him to be killed again... and again...
* CainAndAbel: The sons of Adam, one murdered the other and the rest, as they say, is history.
* 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.
* FatAndSkinny: Cain is tall and scrawny, while Abel is short and chubby.
* HauntedHouse: Their respective homes.
* HypocriticalHeartwarming: Cain kills Abel on a daily basis, but he's the only one who gets to do so; God forbid anyone else tries to do the same.
* HornedHairdo: Both of them have one.
* 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 Creator/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.]]

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.

* ArcVillain: The first Corinthian, for ''The Doll's House''.
* AntiHero: The second Corinthian. He's still a terrifying nightmare for all intents and purposes, but now follows Morpheus' orders, strikes an OddFriendship with Matthew (at least in ''The Dreaming'' spin-off; it's rather ambiguous in the main story) and is nowhere as megalomaniac as his first incarnation.
* BadassGay: Don't try beating him up or targeting him for his orientation. It just won't go well.
* BloodKnight: The first Corinthian refers to himself as a gladiator and exalts killing for its own sake in his MotiveRant.
* CurbStompBattle: On the receiving end of one, from Dream. Since he himself is a dream, challenging his creator was never going to go well.
* 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: What he tends to dole out. Not to mention getting a look at him without his sunglasses is this not so much implied as promised. Be it actual, or haunting your dreams for years to come.
* 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.
* KnifeNut: Pretty good with them, too.
* ManlyGay: The first is a buff serial killer who holds himself to an ancient warrior ideal.
* 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.]]
* ShadowArchetype: Dream said that he constructed the Corinthian to be the embodiment of all of the negative aspects of humanity and the things within mankind humans are too afraid to confront. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, Dream is disappointed to discover that all the Corinthian has done is demonstrate that there are bad people in the world, and has shown humanity nothing it didn't already know.]]
* StraightGay: Shows no camp qualities.
* 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.
* BigGuyLittleGuy: Brute and Glob, respectively.
* TheDitz: The Brute is, unsurprisingly, an idiot. The Glob, despite being an embodiment of cunning, isn't much smarter.
* 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 either escape or are allowed to leave, but still, their reaction gives the impression that maybe death would have been preferable to what awaited them there.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Whether they're ''anything''-sexual or not is unclear, but they seem very loyal to each other.
* 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[=/=]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: What he basically is. He's out to enjoy himself and is quick to help others manage to do so when their day (or month) is otherwise turning out to be dismal.
* BoisterousBruiser: He's not shy when it comes to most scraps, put it that way. [[spoiler: Although, he initially deemed going against the Corinthian to be far more terrifying than worthwhile. Accurately.]]
* 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.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Is fairly calm and relaxed when [[spoiler: 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: Waistcoat? Suit? Tailored? Classic cut? All checked.
* 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.
* UnwantedRevival: When "Daniel"[=/=]the new Dream attempts to bring him back, he refuses.
* VerbalTic: Hoom.

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.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Asks one of Dream.
--> '''Nuala''': [[spoiler: "You... you want them to punish you, don't you? You want to be punished for Orpheus's death."]]
* 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]] -- [[CharacterDevelopment 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 mousy haired.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Calls in a promise from Dream at the worst possible moment. Unusually, nobody really blames her for it, and even [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness Titania forgives her.]]

!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.''
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: "Eumenides ''this''!"
* ExpressiveMask: The Jack O'Lantern on his head changes like a face would.
* 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
* AnimalMotifs: Unsurprisingly, the cuckoo bird.
* AntiVillain: She just follows her natural inclination to grow up and leave her nest, which unfortunately means killing Barbie and bringing misery to Magic Land.
* BigBad: Of "A Game of You".
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: It's really only acting according to its nature, and there is no true malice in its actions.
* CompellingVoice: Can brainwash people in an instant just by talking to them. It ends up manipulating [[spoiler: Luz]] into turning traitor this way.
* CreepyChild: Takes the shape of Barbie when she was younger.
* EvilOverlord: Appears to be a fairly standard example of this, until her true nature is revealed.
* {{Glamour}}: Can make you bend to its will by talking to you, and make you want to protect it and do whatever it wants.
* KarmaHoudini: Doesn't get to kill and replace Barbie, but otherwise gets everything she wants.
* NotGrowingUpSucks: Wants to leave her nest.

* 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.
* 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 CreepyCrows 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:Denizens of Hell]]
* 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.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Lucifer changes significantly between his first and second appearance.
* ExactWords: After Morpheus humiliates him in their first meeting (in the series at least), Lucifer swears he'll destroy him. Upon a later meeting, Morpheus is (understandably) wary of Lucifer so Lucifer swears he'll do nothing to harm him as long as they're within the boundaries of Hell. Once their business is complete and they find themselves outside Hell, [[spoiler:Lucifer's last act as Lord of Hell is to give Morpheus the key]], noting that "it may destroy you, or it may not". [[spoiler:Lucifer later states to Delirium that his own decision to quit may have caused Morpheus' (soon-to-be) demise. Either way, he will not interfere for either side.]]
* FallenAngel: Well, yeah. It's Lucifer, after all.
* {{Foil}}: To Morpheus. Lucifer is the ruler of Hell just as Morpheus is the ruler of the Dreaming, but their character arcs go in opposite directions. In addition, Lucifer is extremely emotive and passionate, Morpheus is TheStoic.
* 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.
* 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.
* SympathyForTheHero: Briefly expresses how he ''almost'' pities Dream in ''The Kindly Ones''.
* TimeAbyss: Along with all other angels, fallen or not.
* ToHellWithThisInfernalJob: On learning Morpheus is coming to free Nada, he...hands over the Key to Hell and saunters off to do his own thing. Morpheus is utterly lost for words.

* LivingShadow: Perhaps. The art is a little unclear.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: ''All'' teeth - sharp sets of them floating in an amorphous void.
* SealedEvilInACan: His eventual doom. The can is not likely to be unsealed anytime soon.
* 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.

* 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.
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: In ''Dust Covers'', Creator/NeilGaiman relates the tale of how he actually ''met'' Choronzon. Yes, in RealLife. They encountered each other at a parade in 1992, and Choronzon asked for a light and insisted that he make further appearances in the comic. Gaiman obliged by writing him into ''Season of Mists''.
* TooManyMouths: One more than usual. MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily, too.

!Remiel and Duma
* BreakTheHaughty: Remiel is not altogether happy about being ordered to maintain Hell.
* FallenAngel: Remiel initially rejects the order to take over Hell, and plans to rebel as Lucifer did to avoid it, barely relenting due to Duma's sacrifice. [[AvertedTrope Duma]], on the other hand, does exactly what his Creator wills and is explicitly mentioned as not having fallen, even maintaining the silence that is his charge in spite of Remiel's temptations.
%% * HeterosexualLifePartners
* {{Irony}}: See also FallenAngel above. Remiel desires to rebel against the order to rule Hell, but cannot because there would be no place for him to go. Duma obeys his creator and is cast out of Heaven for it. Very much a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation.
* 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. Presumably Duma would, too, but...
* 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 because they love them and want them to be better people. When he informs the damned, they're astounded he managed to make Hell even worse than before.
* YouAreWorthHell: Rarely is it so literal as in Remiel's case. Duma ''shames'' him into accepting his new role.

[[folder:Other Supernaturals]]
!Time, Father of the Endless
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: Of time.
%%* BlueAndOrangeMorality
* CosmicEntity: He's the AnthropomorphicPersonification of time itself.
* DomainHolder: His domain is essentially one big TimeyWimeyBall because he wishes it.
* TheHermit: Wants to be left alone. To his mind, the only reason any of his children visit him is because they want something - aside from Destiny, who asks nothing of him because Time gave him all he had as his birthright, and leaves him alone. The one person he's interested in meeting again is Night.
* HumanoidAbomination: Like his children.
* TheOmnipresent: It's said of him that he watches from the micro-moments between seconds.
* PaintingTheMedium: His speech bubbles are grey with white lettering.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: You can see the physical similarity to Destruction.
* TimeyWimeyBall: Cause and effect work very differently for Time than everybody else. He doesn't experience things in linear, consistent, chronological progression, and his physical appearance ages and youthens at random.
* WhatTheHellHero: Dream is ''not'' happy when [[spoiler:Time summons him before he can stop his travelling companion Hope being killed]].

!Night, Mother of the Endless
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: Of the night.
%%* BlueAndOrangeMorality
* CelestialBody: Her skin and clothes contain the night sky.
* CosmicEntity: She's the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the night.
* HumanoidAbomination: Like her children.
* PaintingTheMedium: Her speech bubbles are blue with white lettering.
* ParentalFavoritism: According to WordOfGod, she plays favorites with the Endless, ignoring some and adoring others. As opposed to Time, who just wants to be left alone.
* WhatTheHellHero: Dream calls Night out on her treatment of Delirium. She ignores it.

%%* AncientGreece
* AndIMustScream: Until Dream finally, ''finally'' saves her.
* TheMuse: One of the nine.
* SexSlave: Richard Madoc uses her as this as inspiration for his new novel.
* TimeAbyss: Thousands of years old.
* WeaksauceWeakness: Moly flowers can be used to bind her.

Prominent figure of Irish folklore, Adventurer, Raconteur and personal messenger of Queen Titiania herself. Brother of Nuala.
* TheAlcoholic: He's often drunk.
* AllGaysArePromiscuous: But he ''is'' from a race that more or less devotes itself to eternal partying.
* BrainlessBeauty: While "Brainless" might be a strong word, but between never thinking before he acts and spending most of his time inebriated, Cluracan has a good deal more in the way of looks than foresight.
* TheFairFolk: A fairly benign example. He's just not all that bright.
* TheHedonist: When he's sent to Dream's mansion in order to make an offer for the Hell's key in the name of TheFairFolk, he tells Nuala they can't possibly compete with so many big names competing for it; he'll just accept the excellent (and free) wine and sex he'll get out of the whole situation.
* 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.
* StayOnThePath: He ''doesn't'', and he generates a Nemesis for himself.
* UnreliableNarrator: Invoked and lampshaded. When he tells a story about getting free and dethroning a corrupt ruler of a nation, his tale is called into question, and he freely admits to adding in things and removing other details, but the only falsehood he cops to is when he gets 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.

* 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, [[OlderThanTheyThink 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.''
* BigBad: Of "The Kindly Ones", as his kidnapping and apparent murder of Daniel spurs Lyta to seek out the Furies.
* 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 is in Cain's to attack his brother.
* DebtDetester: His behavior in The Kindly Ones is due to owing a debt to Morpheus.
* MasterOfIllusion: As in the myths.
* TricksterArchetype: He is ''Loki''.


Famous Greek musician guy.

%%* AncientGreece
* DeathSeeker: After losing his wife for the second time, he cares less about his life and doesn't listen to his mother's warnings to not be in the same place as the maenads will. Gets even worse when he doesn't die even when they tear him apart, [[FateWorseThanDeath and he has to live as a head without a body]].
* DespairEventHorizon: And ''that'' doesn't stop his situation from getting exponentially worse.
* DrivenToSuicide: Eventually. It doesn't kill him. Nor does it help.
* 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.
* OracularHead: Reduced to one in the end.
* OrpheanRescue: Again, OlderThanFeudalism (and the TropeNamer).
* TraumaCongaLine: [[spoiler:His wife is killed in a horrible accident 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 his body get torn apart and eaten by the maenads, 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 in ''Sandman'' (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}}: Unlike in the Marvel Universe, where the various human deities are all around the same level of power and are subordinate to more [[CosmicEntity abstract cosmic beings]], The Presence is explicitly the Abrahamic Creator and the highest being.
* GodInHumanForm: In ''ComicBook/{{Lucifer}}'', on the few occasions he manifests, His preferred form is a pudgy British guy with a bowler hat and umbrella for some reason. Since he takes this form after meeting Elaine Belloc, it's possible he plucked it from her mind and took a liking to it.
* IHaveManyNames: He is typically called The Presence, but has manifested as [[Comicbook/TheSpectre the Voice]], [[Comicbook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths the Great Hand]], [[Comicbook/FinalCrisis the Overmonitor]], and [[Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} Wally the God-boy]] amongst others.
* TheMaker: Creator of the DC Universe.
* TheOmnipotent: The be-all, end-all authority within TheMultiverse. However, He has no authority ''outside'' it, a loophole Lucifer exploits in his own series to become a Creator himself.
* PassingTheTorch: At the end of ''Comicbook/{{Lucifer}}'' [[spoiler: He decides to retire and appoint His half-human granddaughter Elaine Belloc, daughter of ArchangelMichael and a mortal woman, as His successor]].

* BadassBoast: He doesn't seem to think that the guy who just [[spoiler: blinded and paralysed Loki]] is any threat to him whatsoever.
%%* CheshireCatGrin
* TheFairFolk: A ''very'' traditional example. He is not a pleasant creature.
* 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, my lord? When there be mortals here to [[TricksterArchetype confusticate]] and [[JerkassGenie vex?]] Go you all! Your Puck shall remain... the last hobgoblin in a weary world.

!The Three
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: They can represent several things, but the one that becomes most important towards the end is their [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek mythological]] aspect of {{revenge}}. In this state they're technically the Furies (Erinyes), but they ''much'' prefer to be called the Kindly Ones (Eumenides), dearie. To call the Furies on someone, the victim must have spilled family blood. It can be in self-defence, assisted suicide, a mercy kill, even accidental or unknowing, but that doesn't matter. They'll come.
* 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 walk. [[spoiler: Though Death, angered, can cow 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
* ImplacableWoman: Three of them. 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.
* 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.
* 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.]]
* 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: The mother calls everyone they meet things like "dearie" and "poppet", and while they are not normally aggressive it's still pretty unnerving. It gets creepier when she speaks the same way while they're becoming the Kindly Ones, and as a Fury the mother's pet names change to unpleasant things like "my little smelfungus".
* TheFettered: Like Dream they have a function. Unlike Dream, we see no evidence that they have any choice at all in whether or not to fulfill it.


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

* DeityOfHumanOrigin: According to ''Comicbook/TheBooksOfMagic'', Queen Titania was originally a human peasant girl during the Middle Ages. She is such a powerful sorceress that to all practical intents and purposes she is a PhysicalGod and appears to be TheAgeless. Titania easily outmatches most mythological gods in the modern age, as she does not depend on worship for power. The supernatural community in general simply regards her as the godlike Queen of Faerie.
* TheFairFolk: Queen of them.
* 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.
* YourCheatingHeart: Strongly implied with Dream. Oberon's got those CuckoldHorns for a reason.

* 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.

!Chantal and Zelda
* BuryYourGays: They die from complications related to AIDS. Chantal died off-panel, while Zelda is featured as a secondary character in ''The Kindly Ones'', showing what the disease has done to her, and she dies off-panel as well while Rose is in England. They contracted the disease due to a fluke error. Chantal had a kidney replacement some years ago, but the donor was HIV positive and Chantal got infected. Rose muses it probably wouldn't have happened these days.
* TheBusCameBack: Zelda appears in ''The Kindly Ones''. [[spoiler: And dies.]]
* BusCrash: Chantal died some time before Zelda.
* CallBack: In ''The Doll's House'' Chantal mentions that Zelda had a story about God and two sets of footprints in the sand. She offers to tell it to Rose to help her feel better, but Rose thanks the two and says she'll hear it later. In ''The Kindly Ones'', Rose says she has heard it. [[spoiler: Zelda told her after Chantal died.]]
* CollectorOfTheStrange: They owned the largest collection of stuffed spiders on the East Coast.
* CreepyChild: Zelda appears to have been like this when she was younger, although it's also possible this is how she fully perceived herself back then. Her parents ignored her and treated her like crap because of [[spoiler: her speech impediment]] and Zelda apparently liked to collect bones from animals, although it doesn't seem she killed any of them.
* CreepyGood: They were strange, but they were also nice, polite, and offered Rose some words of wisdom when she was dealing with brother Jed's hospitalization.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Zelda, which may explain why she clings to Chantal, who is the more vocal of the two.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Chantal's dreams, described as intricate loops trying to describe nothing of herself to herself.
* DyingAlone: Zelda died off-panel while Rose was in England. Rose doesn't find out until her next visit to the hospice. The woman at the front desk said they tried calling her, but it's against their policy to leave phone messages. The worst thing about this is that Rose wouldn't have been in England if not for Zelda. Zelda received a message from Rose's grandmother, saying she'd give Rose back "her heart." It turned out it was Desire.
* HiddenDepths: They appear to just be a couple of kooky and dramatic ladies with strange hobbies, but their dreams reveal that Chantal is stuck in a loop trying to figure out things about herself, and Zelda is a tormented woman who had a bad childhood and relies on Chantal to get her through life.
* IllGirl: [[spoiler: Zelda in ''The Kindly Ones''. And there is nothing pretty about it.]]
* PutOnABus: They disappear after ''The Doll's House''.
* TheQuietOne: Zelda. Chantal does all her speaking for her. [[spoiler: This is because Zelda stutters and she's very ashamed of it. One time Rose made the mistake of finishing a sentence for her, and Zelda broke down crying and refused to talk for the rest of the day.]]
* StayWithMeUntilIDie: [[spoiler: Rose was basically doing this for Zelda during the last stages of her illness. She called it a vigil. Unfortunately...]]
* TheStoic: Chantal carries this air around other people.
%%* StraightGay
* WomanInWhite: Both of them used to dress in long white wedding gowns with heavy veils, sometimes decorated with spiders.

!Foxglove and Hazel [=McNamara=]
* BabiesEverAfter: Alvie.
* ButchLesbian: Hazel has the look, but not the stereotypical personality. By ''Death: The Time of Your Life'', she's changed her look.
* CharacterDevelopment: In Hazel's first appearance in ''A Game of You'', she comes of as a scaredy-cat who doesn't know much about the world. In ''The High Cost of Living'', where she and Foxglove make an appearance, she still looks a bit naive, but more grounded than before. And by the time of ''Time of Your Life'' Hazel's significantly more mature and self-assured.
* DomesticAbuse: Foxglove used to be in a relationship with Judy (the girl who gouged her eyes out in ''24 Hours''), who would occasionally beat her.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: At the end of ''A Game of You'', Dream says that future has strange journeys in store for Foxglove and Hazel, and advises them to choose their traveling companions with more care next time. He wasn't kidding about the first topic. And indeed in ''Death: The Time of Your Life'', having a traveling companion [[spoiler: who was willing to die so that their child Alvie wouldn't]] [[EarnYourHappyEnding proved to be vital to the story's resolution]].
* MissConception: Hazel thought having sex standing up would keep her from getting pregnant. Nope.
* [[SomeoneToRememberHimBy Someone To Remember Her By]]: It's more than likely that their son Alvie was named after their friend Wanda (who was named Alvin and assigned male at birth).
* YourCheatingHeart: Hazel sleeps with a guy (apparently out of curiosity), and gets pregnant. In ''Death: The Time of Your Life'', it turns out Foxglove's been cheating on Hazel.

!Hob Gadling

A man from the MiddleAges and a contemporary 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.
* FlyingDutchman: At least thematically. 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:''' I am no devil.\\
'''Hob:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint And I'm not Jewish.]]
* 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 UsefulNotes/TheRenaissance and TheDungAges.
* SeenItAll: After three or four centuries, Hob is a rather world-weary character.

!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]]".
* OutOfFocus: After his original arc where he's saved, future arcs with the Walker family focus on his older sister and he'll only occasionally get a mention or cameo.
* 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

Once upon a time, a bog-standard MadScientist came up with a bog-standard plan to defeat the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica: use a wonderful little doohickey of his own invention to invade their dreams. And like all such plans, it ended in a bog-standard defeat.

Well, except for the part where they made him unable to dream. ''[[FateWorseThanDeath Forever.]]'' Oh, and did we mention that doohickey was powered by the (then-imprisoned) Dream King's ruby?

Years after his defeat, his mind ''and'' body a twisted husk of their former selves, the good Doctor Dee finally escapes the welcoming walls of [[BedlamHouse Arkham Asylum]], just in time to serve as the series' first ArcVillain. Owing to the latter's [[WorfHadTheFlu weakened state]], he's one of the few villains in the series who poses a genuine physical threat to Morpheus, though it doesn't last for long.

* ArcVillain: The series' very first.
* AxCrazy: To an immense degree. Everything he does is done solely to amuse him.
* BaitTheDog: His conversation with Rosemary paints him as a pitiful TragicMonster, until he [[spoiler: shoots her in the head]].
* BaldOfEvil: Except for some long, stringy hair around the sides of his scalp.
* BodyHorror: His current appearance is ''not'' the most pleasant thing to behold.
* ForTheEvulz: He himself says the only reason he does what he does is because he can.
* FullFrontalAssault: Arkham denies him even the privilege of clothes so that he doesn't hang himself. As such, the most he wears throughout his rampage is a fur coat Rosemary gives him. Needless to say, it's FanDisservice to the extreme.
* 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. He causes worldwide mayhem and mentally enslaves and tortures an entire diner full of innocent people because he could.
* TheMadHatter: Arguably an ''extremely'' dark take on this.
* MindRape: Big time. Over all the world.
** He gives people back their sanity for an hour, just so they'd know what's happening, and what's coming.
* MyBelovedSmother: Not him personally, but his mother is really hinted to be one.
* OedipusComplex: Hinted at. When he enters Dream's realm to do battle, he dreams that he's Caesar in ancient Rome and tells three oracles that he dreamed about raping his mother.
* PsychopathicManchild: His mind has been reduced to a childlike state by being deprived of his dreams for decades.
* TookALevelInBadass: Zig-zagged. With the Dreamstone, he's definitely more powerful than in his days as a bog-standard JLA villain, but it also [[SanityHasAdvantages unravels his sanity]] and leaves him quite pathetic and childlike mentally.
* TookALevelInJerkass: This, however, is much less subject to debate. Silver Age Dee was no saint, but he certainly wasn't the type who'd spend twenty-four hours slowly torturing a bunch of civilians to death.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: None of the other diner patrons take much notice of him even though he looks like a withered ghoul and is dressed in only a fur coat.
* 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.
** Dream explicitly states that having and using The Ruby - one of the most powerful tools of one of the Endless - must have caused considerable damage to Dee's mind. Probably one of the reasons that he showed such mercy.

!Hippolyta "Lyta" Hall[=/=]The Fury
* ActionGirl: As a superhero.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: In a misguided attempt to invoke the Furies as revenge on Dream for Daniel's kidnapping, she ends up bound to their will to kill Dream for an unrelated crime, and essentially wipes Daniel from existence to make him a template for the new Dream.
* BerserkButton: Anything that might even ''conceivably'' be a threat to Daniel sets her off.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Even in her superhero days, when she was much nicer and more outgoing, her temper was a thing to be feared.
* ConnectedAllAlong: Unbeknownst to her, she's the daughter of Helena Kosmatos, the Golden Age Fury, who was a living avatar of Tisiphone. This kinship to the Furies is [[spoiler:probably why her quest to find them was successful and why they made her their avatar, in spite of completely screwing up her initial encounter with them.]]
* DeterminedWidow: Fanatically devoted to protecting her son, all she has left of her husband, particularly from Dream. [[spoiler:And goes on a journey to get him back or avenge him when she thinks Dream kidnapped him.]]
* ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl: She's far from a superhero now, but she still retains her powers, even if she no longer has any of the courage or drive you would expect from the usual example of this trope. ([[spoiler:At first.]])
* FreakOut: Has a spectacular one that drives her to seek the Furies.
* IgnoredEpiphany: In her last step before meeting the Furies, Lyta sits in front of a mirror and argues with several different versions of herself; her as a young girl, as a superhero, and lastly, as appears at that moment. (Homeless, filthy, and half mad.) Several of these mirror selves argue with her choices and what she has done/is doing with her life, especially her choice to sic the Furies on Dream. The last one essentially says "[[LineInTheSand There's still time to stop this]]. You can get up, go home, put your life back together and move on." Lyta refuses to do so and [[RageAgainstTheReflection shatters the mirror]], which finally allows her to reach the Furies.
* InASingleBound: As a superhero.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:After what she helps put the Dreaming through, she essentially suffers no punishment for her crimes. However, the new Dream suggests ThePunishmentIsTheCrime; she pays for what she has done by never getting her baby back. This would be averted, however, if not for Daniel-Dream's [[ProtectiveCharm mark of protection]]; Thessaly outright states that she wants to kill her for what she's done.]]
** [[spoiler: However, this trope gets subverted when taking into account the implication that Lyta was manipulated by Dream into doing all this when he orchestrated Daniel's kidnapping as part of his suicide attempt and decision to make Daniel his successor, meaning Lyta is left taking the blame for something Dream was responsible for and making Daniel's ProtectiveCharm more justified.]]
* LegacyCharacter: She ''thought'' she was taking up the legacy of her adoptive mother (who used to be Miss America) by becoming a hero, but (much to the shock of her adoptive parents) she took the moniker of her birth mother without being aware of it.
** And again in The Kindly Ones. Since she'd only married and became impregnated by dreams, she remained a maiden; after birthing Daniel, she's obviously a mother; after having Dream take both her husband and child from her, her descent into madness leaves her prematurely a crone. She becomes a fitting avatar for the Three.
* MamaBear: Takes this UpToEleven. Also a {{Deconstruction}}, as [[spoiler:her actions ensue Daniel is never "Daniel" again.]]
* MyBelovedSmother: Obsessed with keeping Daniel safe, her life revolves entirely around him.
* NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead: Averted. [[spoiler:At Morpheus's wake, she states that they're mourning "a monster".]]
* ParentsKnowTheirChildren: [[spoiler:Recognizes Daniel, even after he's become Dream.]]
* PoorCommunicationKills: Thanks to Dream's [[LackOfEmpathy brusque, imperious manner]] and lack of explanations, she becomes convinced that he's a cold-blooded HumanoidAbomination who's laid claim to her child. This is not wholly inaccurate.
* ProtectiveCharm: [[spoiler:Thessaly puts her under one of these so Dream can't kill her and stop the Furies. Later Daniel-Dream puts one on her so that the many, ''many'' people who mourn Morpheus won't punish her in retaliation for killing Dream.]]
* SanitySlippage: When [[spoiler:Daniel is taken]], but she shows some signs of this beforehand.
* SuperStrength: The only one of her powers she actually uses in ''Sandman'', breaking a guy's arm when he gets a bit handsy.
* SuperSpeed: As a superhero.
* ThousandYardStare: Gets a really creepy one when Daniel disappears. [[spoiler:And a very sad one after she loses him forever.]]
* TraumaCongaLine: Pretty much her entire life toward the end of ''Infinity Inc.'' and throughout ''Sandman''.
** She finds true love with Hector Hall [[spoiler:who, thanks to a curse on his parents doesn't have a soul and eventually becomes evil. But she's pregnant with his child, which reawakens his inner goodness...and leads to his death. But he's not ''really'' dead, he's the new Sandman, and she can live with him in the Dream Dome forever! Oh, except that was actually a trick by Brute and Glob, who brainwash her into a state of perpetual languor, but at least it's peaceful and she's with Hector, right? Not for very long...]]
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler: It's implied Dream manipulated her into instigating the attack perpetrated by the Kindly Ones by being the one who ''actually'' orchestrated Daniel's kidnapping as part of his suicide gambit and attempt to set up Daniel as his successor.]]
* WrongGenreSavvy: [[spoiler:After Daniel is kidnapped, she thinks she's in a story about going on a quest to gather allies, gain power, and rescue her son. As such, she ''gravely'' misinterprets the true purpose of the Furies, and gets in ''way'' over her head.]]

! Maisie Hill
* CrazyHomelessPerson: A subversion. Whatever craziness she's shown was a result of her phobia of dogs.
* HeroicSacrifice: Barbie only survived [[spoiler:the destruction of the apartment building because Maisie shielded her body.]]
* NeverGotToSayGoodbye: Had a grandson who was possibly transgender or genderqueer (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 Connoisseur'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?
* TheDeterminator: He clings to his delusion so fiercely that he becomes a local celebrity.
--> '''Despair:''' It would seem I've failed, Joshua. You're a crazy Tom o'Bedlam, dying in the gutter in the rain. But you ''never'' despaired.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Joshua Norton, 1819-1880: Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico.
* LeaveYourQuestTest: Desire sends an agent to tempt the Emperor with worldly pleasures.
* NiceHat: Death likes it, at least.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: Yes, boys and girls, the United States [[ did have an emperor]]... and he was CrazyAwesome. Only the supernatural elements are added. The rest is roughly historically accurate.

!Richard Madoc

* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: [[spoiler:He wanted ideas, so Dream gave him an endless, unrelenting torrent of ideas. And then he wants them to stop, and loses ''all'' of his ideas. Forever. Well, okay, until Morpheus dies, but still.]]
* MuggingTheMonster:
** Richard doesn't bother to try understanding Calliope as anything but a tool to force ideas out of, so he never fully comprehends that he's messing with dangerous forces far beyond his ken by keeping her captive, even if she's not the one to take revenge.
** His reaction to seeing Dream, who's manifestly not human, knows what he's done, and is clearly furious and disgusted is to threaten him and refuse to comply with his polite request to let Calliope go. [[TooDumbToLive And then he tries to bribe him]], which just makes things worse.
* {{Fingore}}: [[spoiler:Uncontrollably writes ideas on the walls with his fingers, wearing them down to the bone and leaving them permanently damaged.]]
* GodzillaThreshold: Keeping a lady as a sex slave and constantly raping her because you're desperate for ideas certainly counts as ludicrous and abhorrent, though Richard didn't see how dangerous it might be until it was too late.
* {{Irony}}:
** Claims to be a feminist writer while chatting with a lady at a party. [[SexSlave Calliope]] would disagree.
** Upon seeing Dream in his house uninvited, he threatens to call the police, saying there are laws against people like him. There are laws against people who imprison women in their houses to rape them...
* TheMadnessPlace: [[spoiler:Dream induces one of these upon him as a punishment.]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Briefly. His main concern about potentially having raped a human girl is that it might get him in trouble with the law. Realizing that she really ''is'' a muse wipes even that petty concern away.
* OneHitWonder: In-universe. Richard was in danger of becoming one, due to being unable to follow up his first (incredibly successful) book.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Erasmus Fry, the author he obtains Calliope from, tells him that he feels force is the most effective method of getting ideas from her, something Richard takes to heart.
* RenaissanceMan: Becomes one of these, for the purpose of creating media, after obtaining Calliope.
* TookALevelInJerkass: He wasn't a particularly nice person to start with, but as his star rises, so do his condescension and selfishness.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:Caused by Dream's punishment. He ends up in a nursing home.]]
* VillainProtagonist: "Calliope" is told from his perspective, and well, just look at the other tropes.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: How he justifies keeping the muse Calliope as a sex slave.
* WritersBlock: Has a severe case of this at the start of the story. His...unconventional...solution ends up making and breaking him.

!Rose Walker
* ApocalypseMaiden: Due to [[spoiler:Desire]] impregnating her grandmother, Unity, Rose inherited [[spoiler: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. [[spoiler:Fortunately, [[HeroicSacrifice Unity herself takes the power from Rose and dies instead]] - just as she was meant to before Desire got involved.]]
%%* BewareTheNiceOnes
* BigSisterInstinct: Towards Jed.
* DudeMagnet: 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.]]
* GoodBadGirl: Rose is sweet and down to earth and easily one of the most unambiguously benevolent characters in the series. She is also not shy about sex and doesn't hesitate to initiate a hook-up with a cute guy, or share her sexual desires and experiences with her friends or diary.
%%* LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces
* MultiColoredHair: Likes to dye at least a streak of it.
* 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.
* 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
* AbusiveParents: At best he's neglectful and demanding towards his son, at worst he's outright emotionally and verbally abusive. And he doesn't even let the boy call him father, instead it's "magus".
* BaldOfEvil: Not a hair on his head, and he's the first villain in the series.
* BigBadWannabe: Wants to capture Death and become an immortal god, but he's playing way out of his league.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Or rather, did you just imprison the ''Dream King'' in your basement? He did, and it was a terrible, ''terrible'' idea.
* EvilSorcerer: While he's mostly just a charismatic charlatan, he does demonstrate a degree of genuine magical knowledge.
* ExpyCoexistence: While it's very clear that he's supposed to be a takeoff on the infamous occultist Aleister Crowley, he has an offhand comment mentioning a rival named Aleister, and later it would be firmly established that Crowley exists in the ''Sandman'' universe.
* 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.
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: Of real-life mystic Aleister Crowley (who is mentioned in-universe as Burgess's rival).
* SmallRoleBigImpact: Dream's character development is kickstarted by his imprisonment, which has effects on the story all the way until [[spoiler:Dream dies and Daniel takes his place as the new Dream]]. That's quite the impact for a character only seen a handful of times in the first trade paperback who is seldom mentioned otherwise.
* SmugSnake: Tries to threaten and cajole Dream, but to Dream he's barely even worth considering as a threat.
* StarterVillain: His thoughtless actions set off the first volume, and after that he's forgotten quite quickly.
* 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: She's from this region, but is much, much older than the name.
* 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.
* DefrostingIceQueen: [[spoiler:When Morpheus dies, it's clear even as she voices her denials that she loved him]].
* 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
* 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: Because her actions are all about protecting herself and putting her safety first without batting an eye, she can be perceived as this. Note that Thessaly is not evil and always explain her reasons logically and calmly, it's just that she does what's necessary for her well-being without showing any care for people who might get harmed for her actions, even if they were people she once cared about (such as [[spoiler:Morpheus]]).
* NothingPersonal: Her contract with the Three [[spoiler:to aid them in killing Morpheus]] has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that the target is her less-than-amicable ex. It's just a way for her to get the Three off of her back after the whole "calling down the moon" business.
* 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.]]
** She was also apparently quite kind to Nuala back when she was staying in the Dreaming, even going so far as to give the poor girl a necklace, which might possibly be one of the few things that Nuala truly owns.
* Really700YearsOld: 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 prioritizing her own survival above anything.


* 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.]]
* CharacterDeath: [[spoiler:Wanda dies along with Maisie Hill when Hurricane Lisa destroys the apartment building.]]
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* DueToTheDead: Her parents [[spoiler: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
* {{Transgender}}: She's deathly afraid of surgery, but she's taking hormones and has had electrolysis.
* WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent: Wanda's parents and family are quite ashamed of her for her "sinful ways".

* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: How he feels about Christopher Marlowe, a natural writing talent and prodigy as opposed to Shakespeare whose first plays were not so good and had to develop his skill a little bit.
* 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]].
* HappilyMarried: Subverted. He and Anne Hathaway (no, not [[Creator/AnneHathaway That]] one) had a Shotgun wedding and Shakespeare spent most of his time in London, (he admits to Ben Jonson that he cheated on her) leaving her to raise the kids. However, in his retirement, Shakespeare and Anne form a bond and become affectionate for one another.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Shakespeare cares more about being a great artist and writer than being a good father or husband. He's highly neglectful of his young son Hamnet. In his retirement at Stratford upon Avon, Shakespeare feels very guilty for not doing enough for his children and is guilty about Hamnet's fate.
* 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.
* ParentalNeglect: He's not a good father at all. In his retirement, he feels guilty about this.
* ShakespeareInFiction: One of the more notable recent examples and many consider it to be one of the most plausible psychological looks into the great writer.
* WasItReallyWorthIt: He wonders in his retirement if the sacrifices he made for being a great writer justifies his bad marriage and the poor futures of his children, especially when the society he lived in was repressive of his fellow artists like Marlowe and Ben Jonson. Morpheus who was aware of this trope reassures Shakespeare that his contributions [[{{Understatement}} will make a difference]], while lamenting that he himself will never have that certainty.

[[folder:Talking Dogs]]
* ABoyAndHisX: He's the X to Destruction's Boy.
* CloudcuckoolandersMinder: When inherited by Delirium.
* DeadpanSnarker: And fairly incisive art critic. In supplementary material, Gaiman has observed that while the former Destruction revelled in creation, it was necessary for him to have a buddy who could say, [[VitriolicBestBuds 'You know, that isn't very good.']]
* TheKidWithTheLeash: To Delirium.
%%* UnfazedEveryman


In addition to Creator/NeilGaiman's character, the name of the Sandman has also been used for numerous other Creator/DCComics characters.

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

First appeared in ''New York World's Fair Comics'' #1, 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 ComicBook/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 ''ComicBook/SandmanMysteryTheatre''.

* BadassNormal: His prophetic dreams were the only power he had.
* 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 ''ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'' can be a bit jarring if you're a fan of ''ComicBook/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.)
* StarterVillain: Boris Leland, a spy who stole plans for a device Wesley was planning to show at the New York World's Fair. He's taken to prison by the end of the first issue.

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

First appeared in ''"Sandman''" vol. 1 #1 (Winter, 1974), created by Creator/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 ''ComicBook/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 ComicBook/{{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, 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 ComicBook/DoctorFate and joined the JSA, only to be killed again by ComicBook/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 ComicBook/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 & Creator/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 ''ComicBook/SandmanMysteryTheatre''.