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    Sleepwalker 

Sleepwalker

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Notable Aliases: Sleepy

First Appearance: Sleepwalker #1 (June, 1991)

A being from the Mindscape, an alien dimension that connects the minds of all living things, that became trapped in the mind of human college student Rick Sheridan and gained the ability to manifest in our world when Rick was asleep. Went from protecting the minds of sleeping humans from demons and nightmares to protecting their physical bodies and possessions from criminals and supervillains.


  • Alien Among Us: He's a tall, gangly humanoid with olive-green skin, dark red compound eyes, no hair whatsoever, and funky purple and blue clothing.
  • Alien Catnip: One of the colored energies emitted by Spectra's synthetic diamond was this to Sleepwalker, giving him so many pleasant sensations and hallucinations that he became addicted to it.
  • Aliens Speaking English: All the time he spent in Rick Sheridan's mind taught him how to speak human languages.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Humans generally tended to treat him like shit, despite all the effort he made to help them.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Sleepwalker technically doesn't have any superpowers. His Eye Beams, superhuman strength and endurance and his using psychic energy as sustenance are all natural features of his race.
  • Bizarre Alien Senses: Besides having the same kind of vision humans did, Sleepwalker could also see and follow various types of psychic or electromagnetic energy trails. He could also focus his "normal" vision to see much farther than normal as if he were using binoculars.
  • Creepy Good: Sleepwalker is odd-looking, has green skin and glowing eyes, but he's one of the good guys.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Sure, he usually comes out at night, is alien-looking and kind of intimidating, but he's still a good being.
  • Everybody Calls Him "Barkeep": Sleepwalker is his race's name rather than his personal name. Human vocal cords can't voice the Sleepwalker language though, so he just has them use his race's name.
  • Dream Land: The Mindscape is one of these.
  • Eye Beams: Sleepwalker's warp vision can alter the shape and physical characteristics of anything he hits with them.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: He's actually had several chances to return home, but he's always had to forgo them for one reason or another.
  • Humans Through Alien Eyes: Sleepwalker finds humans to be often bizarre and contradictory creatures.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Sleepy's gotten a little bitter over the reception he's gotten from humans for his bizarre appearance, despite his attempts to help them.
  • Made of Iron: While he's not invincible, Sleepwalker's alien body can withstand a lot more punishment than the average human.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Sleepwalker wears a purple cowl, gloves, boots and arm and leg wrappings.
  • Supernatural Is Purple: His hood is purple and he comes from the Dreamscape.
  • The Unpronounceable: Sleepwalker's real name can't be pronounced by humans, so he just has them call him Sleepwalker.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Sort of-Sleepwalker can alter the shape of other things with his warp beams, although he can't alter his own physical appearance.
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    Rick Sheridan 

Rick Sheridan

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Alter Ego: Richard Sheridan

First Appearance: Sleepwalker #1 (June, 1991)

Rick Sheridan was a happy, healthy college student who became the host of the alien Sleepwalker
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Rick has a terrible time explaining Sleepwalker's presence in his mind to his girlfriend Alyssa, worrying that she'll think he's crazy or an outright freak.
  • Heroic Host: Serves as this for Sleepwalker.
  • Sharing a Body: With Sleepy. Sleepwalker manifests whenever Rick goes to sleep.

    Alyssa Conover 

Alyssa Conover

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First Appearance: Sleepwalker #1 (June, 1991)

Alyssa Conover was a film school student and Rick Sheridan's girlfriend.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Alyssa has a collection of stuffed animals on her bedroom wall. Sleepwalker is confused by them, and wonders if they're religious idols that she worships.
  • Official Couple: With Rick Sheridan.

    Rambo 

Rambo

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First Appearance: Sleepwalker #1 (June, 1991)

Rambo is the dog owned by Rick Sheridan. He was trained to turn on the TV when Rick woke up.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: He's the pet of Rick Sheridan and even Sleepwalker is fond of him.

    Dogwalker 

Dogwalker

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First Appearance: Lockjaw #3 (June, 2018)

After observing how humans frequently keep dogs as companions, Sleepwalker created Dogwalker as his own companion in the Mindscape to better understand human nature.
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Villians

    8-Ball 

8-Ball

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Alter Ego: Jeff Hagees

Notable Aliases: "The Crook with the Jet Propelled Cue Stick", Eightball

First Appearance: Sleepwalker #2 (July, 1991)

Originally an engineer specializing in propulsion systems, Jeff Hagees turned to pool as a means of relieving the stress of his job. Unfortunately, he began gambling on pool games too, which cost him a lot of money. His employers suspected he was selling company secrets to pay his gambling debts, and fired him even without any proof. Turning to supervillainy, he combined his engineering talents with his love of pool as a basis for his criminal motif, and went on to face Sleepwalker.


  • Affably Evil: 8-Ball's actually a pretty nice guy... when he's not trying to crush people under bank vaults or strap them to giant exploding pool balls, anyway.
  • Bad Guys Play Pool: Not only is he an expert player, he also based his whole criminal motif on the game.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Subverted. He started out as a legitimate engineer, before being fired for being accused of selling company secrets. Chances are he was blacklisted for this, and couldn't find a job afterwards.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: After getting called out on his bragging by the Hobgoblin, 8-Ball accepts a $100,000 bet to see who can kill Sleepwalker first.
  • Improbable Weapon User: 8-Ball's main weapon is a jet-propelled cue stick that can propel anything it hits with devastating force. He also uses exploding pool balls as weapons, floating cameras in the shape of billiard balls, and giant hovercrafts shaped like pool racks as transportation.
  • Legacy Character: After his death an unnamed criminal took the 8-Ball costume and codename.
  • Nice Helmet: That giant 8-Ball helmet actually looks pretty spiffy when combined with the rest of his costume.
  • Villainous Friendship: Often seen playing pool with Oddball.
    • One of the 8-Balls is also good friends with Shocker.

    Bookworm 

Bookworm

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Alter Ego: Nelson Gruber

First Appearance: Sleepwalker #4 (September, 1991)


    Chain Gang 

Chain Gang

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Alter Egos: Master Link (Willis Hayworth), Missing Link (Ray Morgan), Uplink (Hector Fuentes), Weak Link (Ernie Mills)

First Appearance: Sleepwalker #7 (December, 1991)

The Chain Gang are enemies of Sleepwalker. Former prisoners mutated during the Infinity Gauntlet affairs. They have powers while connected to each other with a chain. The group is plagued by constant in-fighting among it's members.
  • Chained by Fashion: The Chain Gang derive their powers from the energized chain that they were all linked with when they were got superpowers, and need to stay chained together for their abilities to work.
  • Chained Heat: When two members of the Chain Gang are black and Hispanic, and a third is a white racist, it's a wonder the Chain Gang managed to accomplish anything at all. It's significant that they only posed a threat to Sleepwalker when he was seriously hindered in some way-when he was at full strength, he defeated them quite easily.
  • Energy Absorption: Up Link has the power to access and manipulate various forms of energy. He could also pick electromagnetic transmissions and could tune to the mindwaves of a person while they were unconscious.
  • Mana Drain: This is Weak Link's ability.
  • Super Strength: This is Master Link's power.
  • Teleportation: Missing Link's ability.

    Crimewave 

Crimewave

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Alter Ego: Carl Wilkinson

Notable Aliases: C.W.

First Appearance: Sleepwalker #5 (October, 1991)

Carl Wilkinson was a Manhattan crime lord and businessman, an enemy of Kingpin, Spider-Man and Sleepwalker.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Crimewave dreams of overthrowing the Kingpin and becoming the top mob boss on the East Coast. He fails, in no small part due to being a Bad Boss, something that is Lampshaded by the Kingpin.
  • Dartboard of Hate: Has one for the Kingpin.
  • One Steve Limit: He should not be confused with Crime-Wave/Mason Hollis, a Daredevil foe.
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    Cobweb 

Cobweb

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First Appearance: Sleepwalker #3 (August, 1991)

A demon from the Mindscape, Sleepwalker's home dimension, that imprisoned Sleepwalker in Rick Sheridan's mind. This proved to be part of a larger Evil Plan to invade the Earth and frame Sleepwalker for it.


  • Arch-Enemy: To Sleepwalker.
  • Evil Plan: The overarching plot in the Sleepwalker comics is Cobweb's planned conquest of Earth.
  • Manipulative Bastard: According to Sleepwalker, Cobweb often twists his victims' perceptions of reality until they can no longer tell truth from lies. He more than lives up to his reputation.
  • Master of Illusion: He puts Rick Sheridan through a horrific experience in the Mindscape that's meant to sow doubt in Rick's mind about Sleepwalker's true nature.
  • Mind Rape: To Rick Sheridan. Then there's all the minds his mindspawn destroy.
  • Mooks: Cobweb is served by a small army of "mindspawn", lesser demons of the Mindscape, which he empowers.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Cobweb's body is made up of an infinite number of strands, which he can reshape and manipulate at will.

    Lullaby 

Lullaby

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Alter Ego: Felicity Hopkins

Notable Aliases: Felicity Cross, Mrs. Harold Cross

First Appearance: Sleepwalker #9 (February, 1992)

Lullaby has the power to manipulate people with her voice. She is an early foe of the Sleepwalker.


  • Bare Your Midriff: Her outfit leaves her midsection exposed.
  • Compelling Voice: Felicity had the power to soothe anyone within earshot into a deep slumber. While asleep, they obeyed her commands and did anything she ordered.
  • Evil Redhead: Red hair and she tried to make a millionaire to jump off a roof to get his money.
  • Green and Mean: Dresses in green and she tried to use Sleepwalker for her own selfish goals.
  • Nice Hat: Wears one.
  • No-Sell: Sleepwalker is immune to her voice powers since his species doesn't need to sleep.
  • Redhead In Green: Dresses on green.

    Mindspawn 

Mindspawn

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Alter Egos: T'opali, Commander N'ogskak, Esk'odin, Sk'obe, Sv'ara

Notable Aliases:

First Appearance: Sleepwalker #22 (March, 1993)

Minions of Cobweb. Battled the Sleepwalker.

    Mr. FX 

Mr. FX

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Alter Egos: Unknown

First Appearance: Sleepwalker #8 (January, 1992)

A disturbed man whom was the greatest special effects artist in the world, and started kidnapping people for his own strange ideas.

    Psyko 

Psyko

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Alter Ego: Jeremy Roscoe

First Appearance: Sleepwalker #28 (September, 1993)

A nightmarish monstrosity created when serial killer Jeremy Roscoe became fused with a demon from the Mindscape. In addition to possessing all of Sleepwalker's warping powers, he has the additional ability to drive his victims mad just by looking at them. Oh, and he's batshit insane.


  • Ax-Crazy: He was like this as plain old Jeremy Roscoe. It went From Bad to Worse afterwards.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: This is what happened to his victims.
  • Evil Counterpart: Rick Sheridan is a good-natured Ordinary High-School Student who became fused with a heroic alien warrior from the Mindscape. Jeremy Roscoe became fused with a demonic entity from the Mindscape and turned into a hideous freak with warping powers like Sleepwalker's.
  • Eye Beams: Not only can Psyko's eyebeams warp inanimate objects the way Sleepwalker's do, they can also induce madness in anyone they make contact with.
  • Humanoid Abomination
  • Mind Rape: Just about everyone he encounters, but Sleepwalker worst of all.
  • More Than Mind Control: He just about brainwashed Sleepwalker into murdering Spectra, something which would have permanently driven the alien hero insane.
  • Serial Killer: This is what Roscoe was before he turned into Psyko.
  • Two Beings, One Body: He's a human fused with a Mindscape demon.

    Spectra 

Spectra

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Alter Ego: Serena Slate

First Appearance: Sleepwalker #13 (June, 1992)

Selena Slate came into possession of some 'synthetic diamonds' that transformed her body into a living rainbow of colors. Spectra can produce different beams of color, with each granting a power.


  • Alien Catnip: The light emitted by the diamond is highly addictive for Sleepwalker, who has tried to kiss her for that.
  • Alliterative Name: Serena Slate.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: Spectra uses her superpowers to get a legitimate job and get paid for it.
  • Destructive Romance: She was in a relationship with a junkie named Garth who convinced her to steal the diamond to make him happy. When she thought Garth had shot her boss, she grabbed the diamond and was turned into Spectra. After that she came to see her boyfriend in a new light, rejected him and then blasted him with solid light.
  • Energy Being: Her body is effectively a living rainbow of energy, generating light at different frequencies and for a variety of effects.
  • Enemy Mine: One time she and Sleepy teamed up against Psyko. The villain tried to manipulate them into killing each other. He failed.
  • Hand Blast: One of her many abilities.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Eventually she became a vigilante and was even considered as a possible recruit for the Initiative during Civil War.
  • Light Is Not Good: To go against Sleepwalker's Dark Is Not Evil, although she eventually made a turn for the better.

    Tolliver Smith 

Tolliver Smith

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Alter Ego: Tolliver Smith

Notable Aliases: Colonel Smith

First Appearance: Sleepwalker #9 (February, 1992)

Colonel of Office of Insufficient Evidence.

    Thought Police 

Thought Police

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Alter Egos: Cuffs, Nightstick, Wiretap

First Appearance: Sleepwalker #14 (July, 1992)


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