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Dexter Morgan (Novels/Comics)
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Character Profile
Portrayed By
N/A
First Appearance
Darkly Dreaming Dexter (novels)
Dexter: Issue 1 (comics)
Character
Full Name
Dexter Morgan


Status
Alive


Characteristics
Age
30s
Gender
Male
Eyes
Brown
Hair
Brown
Personal Status
Marital Status
Married
Spouse
Rita Morgan
Immediate Relatives
Brian Moser (brother)
Harry Morgan (adoptive father, deceased)
Rita Morgan (wife)
Astor Bennett (stepdaughter)
Cody Bennett (stepson)
Lily Anne Morgan (daughter)
Professional Status
Profession
Blood Spatter Analyst
Serial Killer

Dexter Morgan is the lead and title character of both the Dexter Book Series and Dexter Comics, all written by Jeff Lindsay. Dexter is a charming forensic blood spatter analyst, who also happens to be a serial killer.

Lindsay's first novel, Darkly Dreaming Dexter, inspired the Showtime series DEXTER which generally followed its events throughout Season One. From Season Two onward, the series diverged from the novels and became a separate universe altogether with new characters and events. In the TV series, Dexter Morgan himself was far more "human." Over time, he began to discover the importance of friends and family, and experienced the feelings of love and grief.

History

Dexter is the adopted child of Harry Morgan and Doris Morgan, as well as the adoptive brother of Deborah Morgan.

During his time at Coconut Grove High School, Dexter was bullied by a Cuban student known as Steve Gonzalez. After a pep talk with his father, Harry, Dexter went all the way to make Steve pay for his abuse to the point of managing to get Steve on his table. However, he was ultimately interrupted and unable to kill Steve.

When Dexter reached a sexually mature age, he realized that he was uninterested in sex and needed instruction by his father on how to act with women.

As stated in Darkly Dreaming Dexter, after high school, Dexter completed his studies at the University of Miami.

When Dexter was 19, Harry fell ill of coronary disease and was confined to a hospital where Harry spotted a nurse who killed people by overdosing them on morphine. Harry gave Dexter his permission to kill her.

Dexter is married to Rita Morgan, has a biological daughter named Lily Anne Morgan and two step-children, Cody and Astor Bennett.

TV Series

  • Season Three saw Dexter opting for marriage after finding out that he was a father-to-be (when Rita became pregnant). He also thought he had found a true friend but, unfortunately, his friend merely used Dexter for personal gain.
  • Season Four had Dexter as a father and husband struggling to figure out how to survive for years to come. He sought to learn from Arthur Mitchell, a serial-killer and family man, who had murdered for over 30 years without being discovered. However, this led to a grievous mistake and he found his wife murdered.
  • Season Five dealt with Dexter's behavior after the loss of his beloved Rita. Dexter struggled to cope with his anger and grief by at first killing people. Then he decided to aid an abused woman named Lumen Pierce, with whom he became romantically involved. Dexter ended up accepting himself and moving ahead in his life.
  • Season Six threw Dexter into contact with religious characters, while developing his relationship with his son, Harrison. He also gained a friend by the name of Brother Sam, but shortly lost him. After a kill, he seemingly gained back his brother, Brian Moser, which only revealed the darkness within himself.

Novels

Dexter Morgan is the title character of each of the books in the series and as such has been the main focus of each novel, mostly told from his perspective.

Darkly Dreaming Dexter

Near the end of the first book, Brian and Dexter meet in a storage container similar to the one they were held in as children, and Brian recounts what happened. He says that one of the bodies they were surrounded by could have been their father for all they knew. Deborah is awake when Dexter arrives at the cargo container, and she learns of Dexter's hobby as a serial killer. After the death of Detective LaGuerta, Deborah begins to accept Dexter.

Dearly Devoted Dexter

During Dearly Devoted Dexter, Dexter is forced to 'wear' his disguise all the time after finding out that Sergeant Doakes is following him, trying to catch him in the act of killing somebody. In desperation, Dexter tries to find something out about Doakes that might be useful in getting Doakes off his tail. However, he finds out very little.

Dexter realizes that Doakes and Kyle Chutsky know each other after Doakes has Captain Matthews call in help from Washington when a still-alive and heavily-dismembered body is found. Dexter learns from Deborah and Chutsky that Doakes served in a black-ops mission in El Salvador, and he also learns about Dr. Danco, the man responsible for the mutilated body. However, Chutsky himself is taken and Deborah pleads with Dexter to find him. Luckily for Dexter, he finds a new friend, Someone who understands his lizard brain. Luis Barba, is introduced in the book as dexters new side kick and student, he helps dexter a lot by confusing doakes and taking some of the attention away from dex.

Not long after, Dr. Danco sends Deborah Chutsky's finger with the ring still attached. Dexter keeps the ring to give back to Deborah, but Rita finds it and believes that Dexter was meaning to propose to her.

Dexter, Deborah and Doakes work together to try to find other members of the El Salvador unit. During a chase through Miami, Dr. Danco runs Dexter and Deborah off the road, and it is left to Dexter to find Dr. Danco and Chutsky. Dexter and Doakes set up a trap to lure the doctor. The trap works too well - Dr. Danco takes Doakes. Dexter traces Doakes' cell phone to an alligator farm where he finds Chutsky and helps him escape, but Dr. Danco escapes with Doakes. Deborah and Chutsky ask for Dexter's aid in finding Dr. Danco once more, however Dexter himself is captured by Dr. Danco and it is only due to the timely arrival of Deborah and Chutsky that saves him.

Dexter in the Dark

In Dexter in the Dark, the third novel of the series, it is revealed through third person narrative of an entity referred to as "IT" that the Dark Passenger is an independent agent inhabiting Dexter, rather than a deviant psychological construction. Later, Dexter realizes the Dark Passenger is related to Moloch, a Middle Eastern deity worshiped in Biblical times. The Dark Passenger is one of Moloch's many offspring; Moloch had many children (formed through human sacrifice), and learned to share its knowledge with them. Eventually, there were too many, and Moloch killed the majority; however, some of them escaped into the world. In the novel, Dexter learns of the Dark Passenger's true nature when it briefly "leaves" him, frightening him into researching possible reasons for its existence. Dexter comes to accept his role as stepfather to both children very seriously in Dexter in the Dark, albeit in his typical fashion. For example, while on a stakeout, he begins to wonder if Cody had brushed his teeth before bed and if Astor had set out her Easter dress for picture day at her school. These thoughts distract him from hunting an intended victim, which thoroughly annoys him.

Dexter by Design

Dexter by Design is the fourth book in Jeff Lindsay's series about Dexter Morgan, a Miami blood spatter analyst and vigilante serial killer. Here, Lindsay deviates from the supernatural subtext of the previous book, Dexter in the Dark, and focuses on the psychological suspense. The book opens in Paris, with Dexter and Rita on their honeymoon. There, while visiting an art gallery, Dexter and Rita are introduced to the concept of body parts being used as art by an avant-garde performance piece called "Jennifer's Leg" in which the artist amputates her own limb. When they return to Miami, Dexter crosses paths with two new enemies; a suspicious homicide detective, and a new serial killer in town targeting tourists.

Dexter is Delicious

In Dexter is Delicious, Dexter finally decides to give up his dark hobby after witnessing the birth of his daughter Lily Anne. He believes that for the first time in his life he is feeling genuine emotion.

During the novel, Dexter is reacquainted with his brother Brian, who knows about Dexter's child. Dexter struggles with the burden of feeling emotions while attempting to give up his serial killing life. At one point, Dexter indulges himself after getting angry, but he immediately vows not to do it again.

At the end of the novel, Dexter sets out to kill Bobby Acosta, the cannibal son of a city commissioner who gets away with murder and cannibalism, after Deborah realizes that Bobby's father will simply pay for the entire thing to disappear.

Double Dexter

In this Novel, Dexter is unwitting spotted while performing his Hobby. This person soon begins to torment Dexter while also beginning their own killing spree. Dexter finds himself in a game of Cat and Mouse, as Dexter tries to find his tormentors Identity, because they do know his.

Dexter's Final Cut

To be added

Dexter Is Dead

To be added

Victims/Novels

Main article: Dexter's Kill List/Novels

The following is a list of Dexter most prominent victims in the novels:

  • Alex Doncevic - Thought to be one of the killers displaying corpses in public, Dexter killed him. He later finds out Doncevic was not a killer, he and Brandon Weiss were just stealing corpses of already dead people from the morgue and displaying them with decorations. Doncevic's death caused Brandon to become an actual serial killer. Alex became the first somewhat innocent victim of Dexter.

Attempted Victim

  • Debra Morgan - Influenced by his newfound biological brother Brian, Dexter reluctanly attempts to kill his adoptive sister Deborah, but in a rapid change of mind, he does not go through with it against his brother wishes.

Interesting side note, Dexter has never killed a main antagonist in the novels. While he indeed killed a main antagonist, Steve Gonzalez, this happened in the comic books.

Comics

Following the novels continuity, the first volume of the DEXTER comics follows Dexter Morgan and his now Detective sister Deborah Morgan as they deal with a figure from Dexter's past.

Dexter (Volume 1)

Issue #1

While a mustached man is ready to assault an innocent on a dark alley, Dexter approaches the man and asks for some change, however when the man tries to attack Dexter with a knife, Dexter rapidly uses M99 to bring him down and finds out his Dark Passenger was not wrong and this subject is indeed a killer, Dexter proceeds to kill the man with a knife.

The very next day, Dexter and Rita talk about Dexter's High School Reunion at Coconut Grove High School, which they assist that very night. Continuing his attitude of faking human emotions, Dexter blends in the party and dances, but his facade is interrupted when a figure from his past returns, Steve Gonzalez. Dexter suddenly flashbacks to those years in High school were Steve bullied him. During that time, while Harry was still alive, he advised Dexter to stand up and show a bully the wrong of his ways. Dexter took this chance and finally got Steve on his table. However before Dexter could do anything to Steve, the janitor found him in fraganti and stopped Steve's sure demise.
Dexter realizes

Dexter fears Steve's return is not a coincidence

Back to the present, Dexter's Dark Passenger reacts to this unexpected encounter and although Steve states he is a changed man (thanks to Dexter and their confrontation years ago), Dexter's Dark Passenger thinks otherwise.

The next day, Dexter reports to duty to assist on the recent death of murder victim Arthur Bleek. When Deborah and Dexter find the victim is connected to the New Hope Foundation, an institution owned by Steve Gonzalez, Dexter suspects this man's death and Gonzalez's return are not a coincidence.

Issue #5

Dexter has been incapacitaded by Steve Gonzalez. He is taken captive by Steve and his men to the famous Mar Dorado resort, located on an island, which is owned by Steve. There Dexter finds out the so called patients of Mar Dorado are been used as slaves to build the local.
Dexter is tazzed
When Dexter verbally threatens Steve, the latter commands his henchman Octavio to tazze Dexter, to which Dexter faints.
Mar dorado victim2

Dexter cuts his tongue.

Dexter beard

Dexter grows a beard, on a remote location far from metropolitan cities...sounds familiar.

Now, an unknown amount of days pass, and while been supervised personally by Octavio, Dexter is forced into slave labor just like the rest of the people on the island. A fellow slave co-worker disturbs and mocks Dexter, to which the latter reacts by cutting the subject's tongue. Octavio beats Dexter because of this, and Dexter is sent back to work. Dexter waits patiently for Deborah, as he knows she will start looking for him once she realizes he is lost. Deborah indeed arrives to Mar Dorado but not in the way he expected. Deborah is too, taken captive to the island. Both Dexter and Deborah are taken to a warehouse in Mar Dorado, and are tied up to x-shaped metallic plates inside what seems as Steve's Killroom. Steve is sitting on a somewhat throne on the warehouse and explains them how the death of Deveaux and Bleek were rushed. He states that he will not make the same mistakes again and will take his time to kill both Dexter and Deborah.
Steve kill room
Steve is prepared to kill Dexter with a pitchfork, however he is interrupted when an alarm goes off and leaves the task to Octavio. In the midst of the discussion, Dexter manages to free himself and attacks Octavio out of Deborah's view. Dexter grabs the pitchfork left by Steve and is prepared to kill Octavio, however Deborah's cry of help interrupts him. Neverthless he proceeds to stabb Octavio on the neck, killing him. Dexter proceeds to rescue Deborah and both escape and pursue Steve.

Dexter and Deborah are unable to chase Steve as he escapes on his yacht and are then captured by members of the F.B.I. who arrived at the island. They are eventually released as they were victims of Steve. Dexter theorizes Steve could have gone to Venezuela.

Eventually Dexter travels to Venezuela and indeed finds an unsuspecting Steve. While Steve walks into a dark alley, Dexter kills him off panel. A red moon shines as Dexter is back as cunning as ever.

Dexter: Down Under (Volume 2)

Issue #1

Dexter book

New book written by Dexter.

Dexter is loathing to himself about his recent book -  New Techniques in Pattern Analysis of Blood Spatter, while seeing the book on the shelve of a bookstore. 

Dexter is contacted by Captain Matthews, who tells Dexter he is been requested for assistance at somewhere exotic - Australia. 

Freshly arrived to the airport he is received by a group of cops whom he thinks are coming for him because of his Dark Passenger actions, needless to say they are not greeting him for that, on the contrary, Sergeant Shawna Wiggs, is the Sergeant who requested his assistance in the first place. Dexter and Shawna seem to like each other despite having just met for a couple of minutes, Dexter states he is surprised Shawna is so good looking, she says the same of him. Shawna then scorts Dexter to the Canberra Police HQ.

Issue #3

Shawna and dex

Shawna and Dexter break into the farm.

Breaking in
Shawna and Dexter enter the farm by ripping a hole in the fence surrounding it. Dexter lifts Shawna to view the insides of the farm, only to find out a group of inmigrants are imprisoned in cages. After such discovery, they try to escape but are surprised by Bruce Grigsby who takes both down by shooting both in the chest with a shotgun.

List of Comics

Gallery

Trivia

  • Author Jeff Lindsay in talking about Double Dexter refers to Dexter as a man you shouldn't be seduced by. ""Some believe that Dexter cares about justice. Dexter doesn't care about justice, he cares about killing,""...this differentiates the serial killer in the TV series that appears to have some sense of justice (such as his actions in Season Two) from the one in the novels, making him more inhuman.
    Cover piece
    Despite the fact that Michael C. Hall's likeness can not be used on the comics, the cover of issue #5 clearly resembles a Dexter with the hairstyle and face traits of his television counterpart.