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Real Name: Morpheus

Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Olympus) Olympian god (Post-Hyborian era to modern era)

Occupation: God of dreams

Group Membership: Gods of Olympus, the Oneiroi

Affiliations: Nightmare (steed), monster (pawn)

Enemies: King Agamemnon (loose), Imp, Sir Reginald Lamp O'Lime, Jefferson Vandermeer

Known Relatives: Hypnos (father), the Oneiroi (Phantasos, Phobetor) (brothers), Nyx (grandmother), Erebus (alleged grandfather), Aether, Charon, Dolos, Eosphoros, Epahos, Epiales, Epiphron, Eros, Geres, Horcos, Lysimeles, Mache, Momus, Phaethon, Phainon, Phoros, Ponos, Porphyrion, Pyroeis, Somnia, Stilbon, Thanatis/Thanatos (uncles), Ataros (alleged uncle), Algea, Amphillogea, Androctasia, Apate, Ate, Atropos, Clotho, Dysnomia, Eleos, Eos-Hemera, Eris, Euphrosyne, Hemera, Hesperides, Hybris, Keres, Lakhesis, Lethe, Limos, Neicea, Nemesis, Oizys, Philots, Pseudea, Sophrosyne, Styx, Thalassa, Usmine (aunts), Alecto, Hecate, Megaera, Tisiphone (alleged aunts), Ophion (alleged great-grandfather), Eurynome (alleged great-grandmother), Ouranous (alleged great-great-grandfather, deceased), Gaea (alleged great-great-grandmother), Pak-Man (alleged cousin)

Aliases: Dream, Sandman

Base of Operations: The extradimensional Olympian realm of Erebos; sometimes Earth

First Appearance: Captain America Comics I#15/2 (June, 1942) (in Marvel comics)

Powers/Abilities: Morpheus possesses the conventional powers of the Olympian gods including vitality and functional longevity, as well as superhuman strength, although apparent reduced resistance to injury compared to other Olympians. He can influence the dreams of humans, at times manipulating them into nightmares for his amusement or to send influential messages for fellow Olympian gods. Morpheus uses "Nightmare Dust" to transform and create living matter (particularly human-like forms) at will in order to toy with human dreamers; he can cast this dust with sharp accuracy. Morpheus can alter his density to sit on clouds but he also rides a small donkey steed to quickly traverse clouds. Morpheus can transform his human appearance.

Height: 5'
Weight: 300 lbs. (variable to intangible)
Eyes: Blue-green
Hair: Bald


(Greek myth) - Hypnos, the Olympian god of sleep, had three sons: Morpheus (also called Dream to his fellow gods), the god of dreams who can send human shapes of all kinds to the dreamer, while his brothers Phantasos could send inanimate objects and Phobetor (or Icelus to his fellow Olympians) could send the forms of animals.

(Greek myth/The Iliad/[Marvel Illustrated: The Iliad#1]) - Circa 1180 BC, Zeus sent the hooded Dream with the duplicitous message to the sleeping arrogant King Agamemnon to attack the near impregnable city of Troy.

(BTS) - Across the centuries (possibly due to seclusion), Morpheus took on a more whimsical form and mischievous disposition.

(Captain America Comics I#15/2) - From high up on a cloud, Morpheus chanced upon the sleeping Jefferson Vandermeer, coincidentally protected by the also slumbering but powerful Imp resting hidden in his ear. On a mischievous whim, Morpheus cast Nightmare Dust upon Jefferson, which manifested nightmarish changes and brought the furniture in the room to life. Roused by Jefferson's restlessness, the Imp and the animated lamp Sir Reginald Lamp O'Lime subdued the furniture, but Morpheus' hairy monster soon loomed. Concerned the monster was not scary enough, Morpheus cast more Nightmare Dust to make it bigger and more enraged. But the Imp, Jefferson and Lamp O'Lime evaded the monster, so Morpheus threw more dust and three thuggish gnomes suddenly materialized to torment them. Enjoying the fracas so much, Morpheus stretched the nightmare further, and the hapless Imp and Jefferson fell into a sea of sharks. Morpheus laughed so much at their plight that he accidentally fell from his cloud, ending the nightmare and its creatures. Bruised, Morpheus conceded he had learned a lesson not to pick on the Imp.

(Sub-Mariner Comics I#5/4) - During WWII, the nefarious Japanese spy Hutsu used sleep perfume to extract US war secrets and prayed, along with his drugged followers, before a large classical statue of Morpheus.

Comments: Adapted by Stan Lee & Chad Grothkopf.

Morpheus is initially called the "god of sleep" in the Captain America Comics story, but as Marvel continues to flesh out its gods and pantheons, we can identify Morpheus as the god of dreams, while the Olympian god of sleep is his father Hypnos.

While the Trojan War is Marvel canon (as seen in Thor Annual I#8), visual content from Marvel Illustrated: The Iliad may be considered topical.

In Ovid's Metamorphoses, Morpheus is one of the thousand sons ("Somnia") of Somnus and appears in dreams in winged human form. Ovid also mentions two of his brothers (named Icelos ('Like') to fellow gods or named Phobetor ('Frightener') to humans, and Phantasos ('Fantasy')). Apparently the three brothers' names are found nowhere earlier than Ovid and may be the author's invention, hence the names may be literary and not mythical creations, as suggested by A.H.F. Griffin. So did Ovid reflect Hellenistic beliefs or create new concepts?

Thanks to Snood for noting the Kushite god of sleep is called Morfi (in Conan the Barbarian I#61), remarkably close to the name Morpheus and very likely the same.

Could Phobetor (Frightener) be the Fear Lord Nightmare?

In one panel in Captain America Comics I#15/2, Morpheus has blue eyes, in another he has green; perhaps this reflects his later, more chaotic nature.

The "Mists of Morpheus" is an invocation used by sorcerers such as Dr. Strange and Scarlet Witch. its connection to the god is unrevealed, but it seems connected to restful sleep.

A similar-looking character, also named Morpheus the god of sleep but called Morphy by all, appears in Comedy Comics I#12/10 (December, 1942) amongst otherwise anthropomorphic gods (except Venus) in a castle in clouded heavens surrounded by planets. Where this sits in continuity is anyone's guess. It includes a suited anthropomorphic fox Mercury, a Neanderthal-esque brute bulldog Mars and a top-hatted & formal suited wolfish Jupiter; only Venus looks familiar in her human form with a white dress while visiting a soda shop... in the heavens. Maybe this is its own dimension (similar to Marvel Apes) and continued more recently with Chrissie Zullo's run of anthropomorphic hero variant covers (2022-2023).

Many thanks to Loki for identifying the Sub-Mariner Comics and Comedy Comics appearances!

Profile by Grendel Prime.

Morpheus the god has no known connections to:


The brutish unnamed monster manifested as part of Jefferson Vandermeer's living nightmare from Morpheus' Nightmare Dust. Already large and nasty, Morpheus cast more Nightmare Dust to make it appear more fearsome. It targeted Jefferson and Sir Reginald Lamp O'Lime, but the duo ran in opposite directions to confuse it. The monster summoned aid from the trees and other plants to capture them. But the tiny Imp jumped in and helped the duo escape by distracting the monster and they ran away. The monster disappeared when Jefferson's nightmare abruptly ended.







--Captain America Comics I#15/2


Nightmare was the faithful small white donkey that rapidly carried Morpheus across clouds. As the donkey disappeared when not needed, it may have been just a creation of Morpheus' when he needed to travel quickly.

Morpheus may have named his donkey steed to mock the demon Nightmare.




--Captain America Comics I#15/2

Nightmare Dust

Nightmare Dust is composed of tiny particles that Morpheus uses to accurately cast at a sleeper to cause mischief by transforming objects and even creating human-like beings. However, when magnified, the dust particles are chaotic in appearance, resembling disassociated but familiar objects, such as a metal nut and miniature elephant.




--Captain America Comics I#15/2

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Captain America Comics I#15/2, p1 (main image)
   p2, pan6 (headshot)
   p8, pan2 (casting dust)
   p6, pan6 (monster, full view)
   p5, pan1 (monster, headshot)
   p2, pan4 (Nightmare)
   p2, pan5 (Nightmare Dust)

Captain America Comics I#15/2 (June, 1942) - Stan Lee (writer, editor), Chad Grothkopf (pencils, inks)
Sub-Mariner Comics I#5/4 (spring, 1942) - uncredited writer, Al Gabriele (pencils & inks), Stan Lee (editor)

First posted: 04/28/2023
Last updated: 04/28/2023

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