The Sandman, appeared as the villain in the episode "The Tale of the Final Wish". He was portrayed by guest star, Bobcat Goldthwait.


He is a magical being, from the world of fairy tales. He puts people to sleep by sprinkling various different sands into their eyes. Sands such as

The Sandman

Deep Sleep, Catnap, 40 winks, snooze, out like a light. Usually his intentions to helping people fall asleep are good. But as seen in the episode, he also had sinister and evil dark side.

One night, He granted the wish of a 13 year old girl named Jill Petterson, who wished everyone would leave her alone. This happened, when she looked out onto the night sky and held his fairy tale book "The Sandman and Other Tales" and wished upon a shooting star.

The next morning, He granted Jill's wish and all of her friends and family and everyone she knew were put into an eternal sleep and trapped in his mystical dimensional realm The Land of Nod. He brought her there too, when she looked to see if anything was under her bed. When she looked popped his head out and startled her by saying "Hi There!" and pulled her under her bed and instantly sent to his Dimension.

He introduced himself to her and told her that he had granted her wish. Now nobody else would ever bother her again. Because they will all sleep forever in The Land of Nod. She tried to beg him to let the people go. But he didn't, explaining that it was her fairy tale and it wasn't in the book, ergo it could not be changed. Then he tried to explain to that it was what she wanted. Also that she should have been more careful with what she wished for her. After more and more complaining and crying and whining from her, he got a little impatient and he tried to apologetically explain to her that Fairy Tales couldn't be changed and they are what they are.

Finally, Jill threatened to smash his huge hourglass. if he wouldn't let everyone who was trapped free to go. Then finally he got furious and fed up with her and he told her, that this is not how her fairy tale is supposed to end. So if she insisted on being foolish, then he's was going to have to put her to sleep too.

Hearing this she smiled to him with relief as she realized, a Fairy Tale can be changed after all. Suddenly he realized he may have just contradicted himself. Then he watched with horror, as she smashed his giant hourglass. In a fit of rage and fury he screamed NO! at the top of his lungs. Then after this happened, everything that he recently did to Jill's life was reversed. Then everything went back to normal, as it was before he granted her wish.

Then soon after Jill went back to sleep, the wind blew open his book "The Sandman and Other Tales". The wind opened it to the last story in the book. The story was called, "The Tale of the Final Wish", then it blew to the last page in the book. We then heard him saying "The little girl went back to sleep, promising never to believe in fairy tales again. If only she knew she never would have gotten into that bed again!" when it ended, he could be heard diabolically laughing. This could have meant either Jill would from now on have the worse nightmares ever, or he was still was going to capture her.


  • Bobcat Goldthwait, was famous for his portrayal of the character Zed in a few of the Police Academy movies.
  • The aforementioned actor also voiced the pudgy demon Pain in Disney's Hercules

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