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From left to right: Delirium, Death, Destruction, Dream, Destiny, Desire and Despair

The Endless are a rather dysfunctional family of seven siblings who are each Anthropomorphic Personifications of one of seven concepts. They are neither god, demon, angel, or faerie; and yet, they are somehow all those things as well... but also a unique breed unto themselves. With such broad power, it would be easy to call them gods but as the text is quick to point out The Endless cannot be seen as gods, for gods need to be believed in to exist and require faith to nurture them. The Endless will continue to exist whether we believe in them or not, for, as their name suggests, they are Endless.

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     In General 
  • Above the Gods: They aren't gods, but gods are still mortal and limited. The Endless are endless except for some extreme circumstances, and the only beings to definitively surpass them are their parents and the Presence Himself.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Of the concept represented by their names.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: 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.
  • Cosmic Entity: Their individual power is so great that they are considered to be beyond even Physical Gods.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: All of them appear barefooted.
  • Domain Holder: 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 Sacred Hospitality.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: They can change their perceived forms to fit the expectations of others.
  • Reality Warper: All of them are powerful enough to do this; some do so more frequently than others.
  • Theme Initials: 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.

  • Aloof Big Brother: To Delirium, Desire and Despair. Especially to Delirium, who mentions that she is always a bit scared of him.
  • Anti-Hero: Immensely powerful and a force necessary for life, yet a very flawed being by human standards.
  • Anything That Moves: Omnisexual and has had his fair share of lovers throughout history.
  • Brutal Honesty: 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.
  • Byronic Hero: Destruction describes both him and Orpheus as self-pitying romantic fools who nonetheless have "a certain amount of personal charm".
  • Creepy Good: 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 history. However, he operates on Blue-and-Orange Morality and is responsible for some pretty heinous things himself.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Walks barefoot.
  • Dream Weaver: His main domain and one of his titles.
  • Friend to All Children: Dream often has pleasant and respectful conversations with young kids. Considering that he is the personification of imagination and ideas, this is unsurprising.
  • I Have Many Names: Even by the Endless's standards he has a lot of names: Morpheus, Sandman, Oneiros, Shaper of Form and Dreams, Kai'ckul, Dream-Sneak, Dream Cat, Lord L'Zoril, Prince of Stories, Monarch of the Sleeping Marches, His Darkness, Dreamweaver, Nightmare King, Sultan of Sleep, Murphy, Brother, & still more.
  • Looks Like Cesare: Tall, pale, messy hair and his eyes are completely black.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: He's pale as the moon and has stark black hair to match. In this way he looks a lot like his sister, Death.
  • The Stoic: Most of the time he doesn't display any emotion.
  • You Are in Command Now: Lucifer gave him the rule of Hell since he couldn't just resign and leave the Demon Lords and Devil Princes to their own designs. Eventually Dream found a way to create a stalemate between the factions, allowing him to return to his own realm.

  • All-Powerful Bystander: He knows everything that happens, but intervenes only when it's ordained that he do so.
  • Asexual: Unsurprisingly he has no interest in any gender.
  • Blindfolded Vision: He doesn't really need his eyes to read his book.
  • Blind Seer: Seems unable to see with his eyes, yet can read the Book of Souls without issue.
  • The Fettered: He's literally fettered to his book, representing the fact that he is incapable of doing anything that isn't in the book.
  • In the Hood: He's always wearing a hooded cloak.
  • The Older Immortal: He's the oldest of the Endless, having existed for countless eons.
  • The Omniscient: Everything that is, was, and could possibly be, he knows.
  • The Watcher: He observes everything that happens.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: 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.

  • All-Loving Hero: She loves everyone, with the kind of deep and abiding compassion that comes only from knowing them very well.
  • Anything That Moves: Similarly to Desire, Death is Omnisexual, which is hardly surprising since death doesn't discriminate.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: She's a Perky Goth who shuffles those who die off this mortal coil. Anger her at your own peril, but that aside she's actually quite nice.
  • Don't Fear the Reaper: Really, she is exactly the sort of person you need to see at a stressful moment such as death; comforting, gentle, and easy to get along with while holding a quiet and firm authority.
  • The Dreaded: 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.
  • Everyone Is Related: Through her many children, she's related to many ancient pantheons. Her children include Kebechet, Egyptian goddess of purity, Astghik, Armenian goddess of love, Ninazu, Sumerian god of the underworld and healing, Namtar, Mesopotamian god of death, Ghede Nibo, Loa leader of the dead (who is her stepson), Mixcoatl, Mesoamerican god of the hunt, Manungal, goddess of the Underworld in Sumerian, Babylonian, and Akkadian mythology and Rosacarnis, daughter of Nergal.
  • I Have Many Names: She also shares a lot of names even by the Endless's standards: Teleute, Sister, Ala, Anput, Belet-Seri, Chicomecōātl, Dea Tacita, Eingana, Erecura, Ereshkigal, Gefjon, Hine-nui-te-pō, Ixtab, Izanami, Jabme-Akka, Kalma, Laima, Libitina, Maman Brigitte, Marzanna, Meng Po, Merau, Morta, Nirṛtī, Persipnei, Pinga, Rohe, Santa Muerte, Setesuyara, Spandaramet, Tayt, Tia and Yamuna.
  • God in Human Form: Spends one day a year as a mortal before dying so she doesn't forget what her duty entails.
  • The Omnipresent: Can be anywhere there's death, although she doesn't know when someone is about to die.
  • Perky Goth: The representation of Death is surprisingly cheerful and friendly to anyone who encounters her.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Much like her siblings, she appears as a beautiful bone-pale woman with black hair.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Here she's the mother of Rosacarnis, making her grandmother of the Constantine children.

  • The Atoner: He's eternal, so he still has to watch as everything he enjoys is destroyed... but he no longer feels personally responsible.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Thanks to his domain, he can see patterns everywhere.
  • Badass Beard: While he sometimes appears clean-shaven, here he has an impressive beard.
  • Big Little Brother: He's taller than his older siblings Death and Dream.
  • Black Sheep: He abandoned his charge and left it to its own devices. He's estranged from most of the other Endless.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He was the loudest and most outspoken member of the Endless, as well as the literal personification of destruction.
  • Cool Big Bro: To Delirium and Despair, both of whom miss him terribly when he's gone.
  • Creative Sterility: Played with. Destruction is capable of creating things, but because creation goes against his inner nature he's just not good at it.
  • Destroyer Deity: Has control over destruction but also creation. He had already become dissatisfied with the human military-industrial complex after the World Wars and sensing what was on the horizon with Adrian Veidt's plan going into effect, Destruction was unwilling to be responsible for the destruction this would ultimately cause, and therefore left his family.
  • Fiery Redhead: Appears as a redheaded man, and can be quite boastful and fierce, as fitting for his nature.
  • Interspecies Romance: Him, the Anthropomorphic Representation of Destruction is in a relationship with an Archangel who has existed since the days of Creation and a few thousands of years older than he is.
  • My Greatest Failure: 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.
  • Nice Guy: Apart from Death, Destruction is the friendliest and most personable of all the Endless. Before he left the family, he was the peacemaker of the group, the one who got along with everyone.
  • Official Couple: He's the lover of the angel Saraquael, who frequently visits him at his hideout in Corto Maltese.
  • Walking the Earth: What he's been doing since leaving his duties.

  • Ambiguous Gender: Appears as an androgynous figure, and can alternate between appearing as a man or a woman.
  • Anything That Moves: And some things that do not. Desire, after all, is hardly bound to something as simplistic as "gender".
  • The Beautiful Elite: Desire is the most stunningly beautiful being in the universe, and is wanted by everyone.
  • The Casanova: Being the personification of lust, Desire woos many women and, as The Vamp, many men.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Much like Dream, he's barefoot despite wearing a suit otherwise.
  • It Amused Me: Why did he father a child that could make the entire Dreaming come undone? They wanted to see if Dream would reincarnate with a better sense of humor.
  • Jerkass: Billions of years ago, Dream and Desire used to be extremely close friends. This lasted until Desire, without shame or any pretense of hiding its involvement, made Dream's then-girlfriend cheat on him, just because it was funny.
  • Lust: Be it for love, for power, or for sex, Desire commands them all.
  • Otherworldly and Sexually Ambiguous: Because it is the personification of lust, Desire can be a man, a woman, or both, depending on whom and what the viewer finds the most attractive.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Or Manipulative Bitch as the case may be. Depends on the mood and the person it's manipulating — whatever would work better.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Although it can change appearances as it wishes, we usually see Desire as an attractive androgynous person with dark hair and pale skin.
  • Related in the Adaptation: They are the father of Rose and Drury Walker/Killer Moth, making them grandparent of Kitten, Jack and Melanie Walker.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Carries a lighter with their symbol and is the Endless of Desire.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Desire's golden eyes are the only thing that remains constant in all its forms.
  • We Used to Be Friends: There was a time Desire and Dream were very close, but after an incident involving Dream's lover, they hardly get along now.

  • Adaptational Modesty: Thankfully she's wearing a bathrobe here.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: 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.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: 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.
  • Eye Scream: Masochistic and has a tendency of popping her own eyeballs.
  • Gonk: Short, fat and ugly, gray skinned, with sullen eyes, and goes around naked.
  • Magic Mirror: 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).
  • The Quiet One: Rarely speaks except in short, concise, and measured statements.
  • Skunk Stripe: Has some strands of white hair on her messy hair.
  • Swarm of Rats: Her domain is full of rats that are her servants.

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: While her siblings do care about her, it's not surprising they find her difficult to deal with when working together.
  • Bald Women: Half her head is shaved.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Basically the Anthropomorphic Personification of this.
  • The Corruption: While looking for her brothers Dream and Destruction, she took residence in New Jersey near Gotham City during the 1980s, increasing the number of people with mental illnesses.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: One that caused her to turn from Delight into Delirium.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: She's never symmetrical.
  • Flying Seafood Special: 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.
  • Immortal Immaturity: She's forever the youngest sibling. And also crazy, which doesn't help.
  • Mad God: Delirium is older and more powerful than any living or already dead god, and remains as the personification of sanity and insanity.
  • Mad Oracle: 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.
  • Mismatched Eyes: One of her eyes is blue while the other is green.
  • Multicolored Hair: And it changes colors, too.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: If she's very, very annoyed, she can control herself and become stern, logical and direct. It's extremely unnerving.
  • Stocking Filler: While she changes outfits constantly, she does have a preference for fishnet stockings.
  • Stripperiffic: Other than a jacket, stockings and shorts, Delirium doesn't wear much.
  • Talkative Loon: She tends to go off tangent and talk about non-sensical topics, to the annoyance of Dream.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Wears a pair that seem stained with paint.

The Dreaming

     Lucien the Librarian
A tall thin bookish man who serves as Dream's librarian, maintaining all the books that have ever been dreamt of.
  • The Ageless: Lucien's current form will continue to thrive so long as sentient life capable of dreaming exists in known reality or until such time as he is utterly destroyed.
  • Badass Bookworm: When the Dreaming starts becoming even more chaotic than usual, dangerous things that Dream imprisoned can get out. Lucien, however, is on hand to deal with them. And he does.
  • Magic Librarian: He maintains the Library of Dream, which contains every book anybody ever thought or dreamed about writing, from the masterpieces of great authors who died before committing them to paper, down to the novel you always tell yourself you'll write one day.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: According to Velma Dinkley, various stories have said the Librarian is either an archangel who was so obsessed with the accumulation of knowledge, even that which was forbidden in the Silver City; another claims that Lucien was, in fact Adam the First Mortal Man created by the Presence, husband of Lilith and Eve, father to Cain and Abel, the former resident of the Garden of Eden, when his first wife Lilith seduced and cursed his sons Cain and Abel, pitting them against each other as an act of revenge against him, Adam chose to leave his family in search of knowledge; and Another tale claims that Lucien was neither a man nor angel, but a Fae. A fae so much more interested in knowledge, wisdom, and order that he was exiled from his kind.
  • Noodle People: He's taller than Dream, who's pretty noodley himself, and at least as thin.
  • Pointy Ears: Has elf-like ears.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Wears a purple suit and is one of the main keepers of The Dreaming.
  • The Reliable One: 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 Number Two.

     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.
  • Almighty Janitor: Works as janitor of Dream's Ghost Castle, and is considered the best builder in all the Dreaming.
  • Cigar Chomper: Began to chain smoke since he felt at first that his job was redundant by Dream's power.
  • Deadpan Snarker: His sarcasms and quips are more frequent, but usually less intelligent, than Matthew's.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: When Dream went missing, he didn't know what to do with himself, he even got a job at the Cosmic Coach and Cab Company. When he found a weakened and malnourished Dream, he immediately took him back to his Castle, and now he's back to mopping floors.
  • Kavorka Man: Despite his pumpkin-head and a body made of sticks and twine, he's had several attractive female lovers among humans and other humanoid species. He tends to be confused when people are surprised to hear about it.
  • Pumpkin Person: He is an animated pumpkin-headed scarecrow.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Made by Dream during the 15th century, he will remain alive as long as intelligent beings continue to dream and Dream exists.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In his quest to find Dream, he gained several skills and made new friends and enemies.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: When he travels outside of the Dreaming, he is able to walk freely among people without anyone being alarmed by his pumpkin head or body made of sticks and twine. In fact, even those who are capable of noticing that due to psychic ability may acknowledge it or be briefly disturbed by his nature, but everyone tends to acclimate to it pretty quickly.

     Matthew the Raven 
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.
  • Clever Crows: He's a raven with human intelligence.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not as snarky as, say, Merv Pumpkinhead, but he gets in a few quips here and there.
  • Honest Advisor: It's implied that Dream keeps a raven around to give him a human perspective.
  • Nice Guy: He's a little crude and rough around the edges, sure, but you couldn't ask for a friendlier raven.
  • Was Once a Man: Once a human named Matthew Cable who was given a new body to serve Dream of the Endless.

The son of Adam and Eve, who's first murderer and the progenitor of Vampires. He is a resident of the Dreaming and the collector and caretaker of House of Mysteries.
  • Badass Beard: Has a thick beard and is the world's most ancient vampire.
  • Big Brother Bully: Cain is this to Abel. As might be expected.
  • Cain and Abel: The sons of Adam, one murdered the other and the rest, as they say, is history.
  • Deadpan Snarker: What Cain does when he isn't killing his brother.
  • Evil Redhead: Well, he's a redhead and while not truly evil, he needs to kill and drink the blood of his brother Abel to remain (relatively) sane.
  • Horror Hunger: Cursed by Desire of the Endless to crave for human blood, Cain has never been able to get rid of it.
  • Monster Progenitor: Although it wasn't entirely his fault, Cain is the progenitor of all vampires.
  • Red Baron: The First Murderer.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His red eyes signify the Mark of Cain, and unlike lesser vampires, he can't turn them off.
  • The Storyteller: He's a master at sharing stories, improvisation, theatrics and embellishment.
  • Time Abyss: He've been around a lot longer than Judaism — probably a lot longer than Earth. The concepts he embody (the first murderer and the first victim) are very, very old.
  • Theme Naming: His pet gargoyles always have names that start with 'G'. The one currently on his shoulder is Gregory the Third.

Abel is the son of Adam and Eve, who's first victim of his brother Cain. He is a resident of the Dreaming and the collector and caretaker of the House of Secrets and host the Secret Six in his home, enjoying their company.
  • Back from the Dead: Being children of the first human created by The Presence, Abel eventually came back to life after Cain killed him and drank his blood.
  • Badass Beard: Much like his brother, he has a full beard and while not actually a fighter, he's the progenitor of were-creatures and all beasts respect him.
  • The Beastmaster: Thanks to his deep connection to The Red, animals don't attack him and Therianthropes regard him as the ultimate alpha.
  • Blessed With Suck: Abel's immortality. It just allows him to be killed again... and again...
  • Cain and Abel: The sons of Adam, one murdered the other and the rest, as they say, is history.
  • Fat and Skinny: He's rather portly when compared to his leaner brother.
  • Our Gargoyles Rock: Like Cain he has as pet a baby gargoyle named Gertie. Abel wanted to name her Irving, but Cain insisted, and when Abel refused, Cain killed him to change his mind.
  • Monster Progenitor: He's the very first Therianthrope, and unlike lesser were-creatures, he has full control over his nature, as such he has no bestial form.
  • The Storyteller: Just like his brother, Abel is a master storyteller, which is why they were hired by Dream to be the hosts of different enchanted Houses.
  • Time Abyss: He've been around a lot longer than Judaism — probably a lot longer than Earth. The concepts he embody (the first murderer and the first victim) are very, very old.

Created by the Presence to live in the Garden of Eden with her husband Adam, Eve was responsible for eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge and causing humanity to be expelled from paradise. She's the first mother, a resident of the Dreaming and a keeper and protector of the House of Nightmares.

     Erzulie Fréda
The Loa of Love and Beauty in the Haitian Mythology. She is a resident of the Dreaming and the hostess and caretaker of the House of Whispers as it floats down River of Dreams in the Dreaming and upon the waters of Earth or other dimensions
  • Anything That Moves: Unsurprisingly she's omnisexual and enjoys flirting and seducing people without regard to gender.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: While the embodiment of femininity and compassion, she can also be shockingly violent when protecting children from harm and can come across as spoiled, envious and jealous.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: She is very big (a whopping 6'8"/203cm tall), but certainly attractive, as fitting for a goddess.
  • Dancing Is Serious Business: She also is incredibly graceful on the dance floor and knows the moves to just about any dance ever choreographed.
  • Living Aphrodisiac: With but a touch, Erzulie can also cause a mortal to lose their inhibitions and give in to their most basic desire. Even gods may become more inclined to act on their baser impulses.
  • Love Goddess: She's the Loa of Love and Beauty in Haitian mythology.
  • Magic Mirror: Has one that allows her to see anywhere or anyone she chooses as long as it's not warded.
  • Odd Job Gods: She's been worshipped as the spirit of love, beauty, jewelry, dancing, luxury and flowers.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Wears a mostly pink outfit, pink is one of her main colors and she embodies femininity.
  • Polyamory: Has three husbands, Damballa, Agwe and Ogoun, and having dozens of mortal spouses and consorts at a time is considered "stable" for her.

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark is an obscure deity even today little is known about except that she ran about naked except for a pair of sandals and a black cape. She's resident of the Dreaming and a keeper and caretaker of the Sinister House, complete with her favorite antique sofa with red upholstery.
  • Absolute Cleavage: Which proudly displays her..., assets.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: Elvira has a biting humor laced with puns about sex and horror (or horrible sex).
  • Dark Is Not Evil: She is by all account, one of the more benign deities of the Endless, snarking notwithstanding.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Elvira claims that the mere sight of her cleavage can attract others, even if they can't justify it. Supposedly she uses this to distract enemies in combat and make "fast friends" Yeah... it definitely turns some heads, though.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Elvira hasn't got the hang of driving her all-black classic convertible and doesn't understand most traffic laws. Good news is that despite being pulled over plenty of times, she's never once got a ticket.
  • Gag Boobs: She has some huge... ratings
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: Some claim Elvira's bosom is said to have the power to coerce people to get whatever she so desires and but that seems to be a little simple for something of 'infinite power'. Elvira often refers to this power as "Fan Service" or her "Haunted Hills".
  • I Have Many Names: Mistress of the Dark, Ateacina, Alpanu, Your's Cruelly, Cassandra Peterson, Girl with the Huge... Ratings.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's essentially the embodiment of this trope. Her curvy figure and vampy looks have gained quite a following for someone who started out hosting horror movies in Los Angeles.
  • Perky Goth: She might look gothic, but she can't stop making jokes.
  • Straw Character: Elvira is vocally anti-conservative, rolling her eyes in disgust whenever rules or morality are mentioned.

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