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Nightmare (Marvel)
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A demon of great mystical power, Nightmare usually targets his victims while they sleep by drawing their psyches into his Nightmare World, the substance and contents of which he can manipulate and reshape at will. He can trap psyches indefinitely but usually only torments souls temporarily lest he permanently deplete the psychic energies he consumes. While inside his own realm, Nightmare is virtually omnipotent; however, he is less powerful and more vulnerable when he manifests outside his kingdom, and was particularly diminished when he assumed mortal form as Edvard Haberdash.

Ruler of his own Nightmare World within the Dream Dimension (linked to and shaped by humanity's collective unconscious), Nightmare is a Class Three demon who influences the dreams of living beings as they sleep, feeding on humanity's psychic energies in particular. Nightmare occasionally singles out souls for special tortures, sometimes trapping their dream-selves in his realm. He has even sought to absorb the entire waking world into his own realm, though never with lasting success. Humanity's chief defender against Nightmare is the sorcerer Doctor Strange, who has fought the demon so often that Strange routinely casts a protective spell on himself before sleeping.

Nightmare has also faced many other foes such as Clea, Spider-Man, the Micronauts, Dazzler, Ghost Rider (John Blaze and Dan Ketch), the Hulk, Cloak & Dagger, Excalibur, Daredevil, Straw Man, Doctor Doom, Wolverine, Sleepwalker, the Enchantress, Heimdall, Morbius, Emma Frost, Captain America, Black Panther and Moon Knight. Nightmare has worked to corrupt unstable super-beings such as the Hulk and Cloak, each of whom have gone on mad Nightmare-inspired rampages, but his influence usually proves temporary. For a time, Nightmare was allied with rival fear-sowing entities such as the Fear Lords, but the group was thwarted by Dr. Strange and his allies.

Eight hundred years ago, Nightmare impregnated the demon succubus Zhilla Char; she died giving birth to their daughter, the Dreamqueen, who now rules her own nightmarish pocket dimension. For a time, Nightmare courted horror movie actress Roxanne in the mortal guise of Edvard Haberdash, helping her longtime director Lucre establish Club Fear where patrons paid to be terrified. "Edvard" eventually caused Lucre's demise, and Roxanne forced herself to keep dating the abusive, possessive, inhuman "Edvard" since she feared for her own safety and that of the world in the face of a wrathful Nightmare's power. During a recent terror attack, Nightmare exploited humanity's desire that it was just a dream, gaining a foothold on an earthly island where he can manipulate reality at whim. On Nightmare Island, the Hulk encountered and named Daydream, a daughter Nightmare had sired with a mortal woman in a deep sleep, who turned against her father and chose to dwell amongst humanity. Nightmare's natural enemies include the denizens of the hostile adjacent Realm of Madness, as well as the Gulgol, a monster who never sleeps.


First Appearance: Strange Tales (1951) #110

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Issue Appearances:
Alpha Flight (1983)
Avengers: The Initiative (2007)
Black Panther (1998)
Captain America (1998)
Chaos War (2010)
Chaos War: Ares (2011)
Comix: A History of Comic Books in America (1971)
Dark Avengers (2009)
Dark Reign Files (2009)
Dazzler (1981)
Deadpool Team-Up (2010)
Deathlok (1991)
Defenders (2005)
Die Marvel-Superhelden-Sammlung (2017)
Doc Samson (2006)
Doctor Strange (1968)
Doctor Strange (1974)
Doctor Strange (2015)
Doctor Strange (2018)
Doctor Strange: Mystic Apprentice (2016)
Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme (1988)
Doctor Strange: The Best Defense (2019)
Doctor Strange: What Is It That Disturbs You, Stephen? (2016)
Doctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural (2009)
Excalibur (1988)
Fantastic Four: True Story (2008)
Fred Hembeck Destroys the Marvel Universe (1989)
Generation X (1994)
Ghost Rider (1973)
Ghost Rider (1990)
Ghost Rider (2011)
Giant-Size Marvel Triple Action (1975)
Guardians of the Galaxy (1990)
Hercules: Fall of an Avenger (2010)
Heroic Age: Villains (2011)
Incredible Hercules (2008)
Journey Into Mystery (1952)
Licht & Schatten (1988)
Magik (2000)
Marvel Collectors' Item Classics (1965)
Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
Marvel Encyclopedia (2014)
Marvel Fanfare (1982)
Marvel Knights (2000)
Marvel Limited: Fantastic Firsts (1994)
Marvel Now! Previews (2016)
Marvel Premiere (1972)
Marvel Swimsuit Special (1992)
Marvel Tales (1964)
Marvel Treasury Edition (1974)
Marvel Zombies: The Book of Angels, Demons & Various Monstrosities (2007)
Micronauts (1979)
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur (2016)
Morbius: The Living Vampire (1992)
Munden's Bar [Webcomic] (2007)
Nightcrawler (2004)
Nightmare (1994)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Horror 2005 (2005)
Over the Edge (1995)
Secret Defenders (1993)
Silver Surfer (2014)
Sleepwalker (1991)
Sleepy's/Hulk Custom Comic (2008)
Spectacular Spider-Man Adventures (1995)
Spider-Island: Cloak & Dagger (2011)
Spider-Man Presented by GoodNites (2014)
Stan Lee Meets Dr. Strange (2006)
Strange Tales (1951)
Strange Tales (1987)
Strange Tales (2004)
Strange Tales (2009)
Strange Tales (Faksimile) (1999)
The Avengers (1973)
The Incredible Hulk (1968)
The Incredible Hulk (2000)
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
The Marvel Masterpieces Collection (1993)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
The Sensational Spider-Man (1996)
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl [II] (2015)
Thor (1966)
Web of Spider-Man (1985)
What If? (1977)
Wolverine Halloween Special Edition (1993)

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