Destiny (DC Comics)

Destiny is a DC Comicscharacter created by Marv Wolfman and Bernie Wrightson, first appearing in Weird Mystery Tales #1 (1972), and was regular host of that series for the first fourteen issues, after which he hosted Secrets of Haunted House. He is one of the Endless in Neil Gaiman's comic book series, The Sandman. In The Sandman Special #1, he was also referred to by his Greek name, Potmos. In 1997, he starred in an eponymous three-issue limited series written by Alisa Kwitney.
Destiny is portrayed as a tall figure, obscured within a purple or brown robe and cowl. He reads from a large book, originally known as the Cosmic Log, chained to his right wrist, which contains all past, present, and future events. He does not leave footprints, nor does he cast a shadow. Destiny is blind, although this doesn't appear to hinder him and it has been stated that, opposed to simply being blind, Destiny '...sees everything.' He is always calm, detached, and somber even in extreme situations. information

Publisher: DC Comics
First appearance: Weird Mystery Tales #1 (July–August 1972)
Created by: Marv Wolfman, Berni Wrightson

In-story information

Alter ego: 
Phonetic: dɛ́stəni
Notable aliases: Mister Destiny, Potmos
Relatives: Dream (brother); Delirium (sister); Death (sister); Destruction (brother); Desire (brother/sister); Despair (sister); Sandman (Daniel Hall) (brother; Dream reincarnated); Rose Walker (niece, deceased); Margaret Brennan (Bride)

Team affiliations: The Endless
Abilities: nigh-omnipotent/omniscient aspect of destiny and freedom
Base Of Operations: Destiny's Garden

Status Neutral
Identity Secret: Secret
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: Personification of Destiny and Freedom. Keeper of the Book of Destiny


Gender: Male
Unusual Features: Blind


Origin: Born when sentient lifeforms capable of having a destiny appeared
Universe: New Earth 


Destiny is the oldest of the Endless, and is portrayed as a tall figure, obscured within a brown (originally purple) robe and cowl. He reads from a large book chained to his right wrist, which contains all past, present, and future events. He does not leave footprints, nor does he cast a shadow. Destiny's realm is a garden, the maze-like paths of which he walks continually. His book is his sigil in the galleries of the other Endless. Destiny is blind, although this doesn't appear to hinder him, he is always calm, detached and sombre even in extreme situations.

10 billion years ago

Destiny came into existence once sentient lifeforms capable of having a destiny appeared in the universe. Destiny was one of the Endless, personifications of ideas and concepts that were tied to life, and were fated to fulfill their functions until the universe ended and all life disappeared from the cosmos.

80,000 years ago

After Despair was murdered Destiny and the Endless went to the necropolis to put her body to rest. The necropolitans had long lost their passion for their job, and didn't know about the necropolis' arrangement with the Endless, so they laughed at them when they asked for Despair's cerements and the book of rituals. Destiny revoked the necropolis' charter, causing it to be destroyed. The village of Litharge was granted a charter by the Endless and became the new necropolis.


Destruction called a family meeting of the Endless, and announced to Destiny and the rest of his family that he was abandoning his duties as one of the Endless and taking his leave of them for good. Destiny was unsurprised at this turn of events.
Destiny read about the battle between his brother Dream and Dr. Destiny in his Book of Souls, and almost hesitated to turn to the next page.

Destiny called a gathering of the Endless, telling them a meeting with the Fates made him aware that he had to call the family gathering to set in motion a chain of events that would cause change and upheaval. During the course of conversation Desire got under Dream's skin by reminding him of Nada. Dream was indignant, but Death said she agreed with Desire, sending his lover to Hell for spurning him was an awful thing to do. Dream vowed to make amends by journeying to Hell and saving Nada's soul. Destiny told his brothers and sisters that his task was accomplished and the family meeting was at an end. read about the end of the events he set in motion in his cosmic log. Lucifer Morningstar abandoned Hell, and gave the key to Hell to Dream. It was voluntarily taken from Dream by the angels Remiel and Duma, who ruled Hell under the direct command of the Creator.

Dream and Delirium asked for Destiny's advice on finding their lost brother Destruction. Destiny told Dream that he should drop this business, as it would lead to his death, but Destiny knew he would continue his search for Destruction despite this advice, so he advised him to seek out the oracle Orpheus.

Modern Age

Destiny lost the Book of Destiny and when Lobo and Supergirl arrive in his garden he speaks about it being sent off to be found by those outside its pages. As it turns out, the Challengers of the Unknown were those outside of its pages, as well as the recipients Destiny had sent it off to be procured by. After a struggle between all factions, the Challs arrive by Zeta beam to Rann and defeating the opposition acquire the book. Now it is to be in their care. and Abilities


  • Personification of Destiny: One of the seven Endless, inconceivably powerful beings, Destiny is both lord and personification of all destiny and freedom, He had god-like powers and absolute power over his realm, a garden containing all possible destinies of present, past and future. Destiny has power over predetermined course of events as well as the absence of necessity and constraint in choice.
  • Nigh-Omniscience: Destiny was blind but could see the tiniest details throughout the cosmos and see the patterns living beings made on their paths through life
  • Shape-shifting Destiny could change his appearance and clothing.
  • Immortal: Destiny was ageless and virtually immortal.
  • Sorcery: Nigh-Omnipotent mastery of magic.

  • Vast Knowledge: knows all there is of the past, present and future.

Strength level


  • Ancient Rules: Despite his great powers Destiny, like the rest of the Endless, was bound to a complex set of rules and customs.
    • One which requires him not to spill the blood of family or he is no longer protected as the personification of Destiny from other Personifications
    • Another is that he cannot fall in love with a mortal or the mortals downfall is assured.



  • Book of Souls: He was chained to the Cosmic Log, or Book of Souls, that contained the history of the universe and every one of its inhabitants from the dawn of creation through the end of time.