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    Dexter Morgan
    "Harry and Dorris Morgan did a wonderful job raising me, but they're both dead now. I didn't kill them, honest."
    Gender: Male
    Type: Vigilante Serial Killer
    Age: 30s (original series), 50s (The New Blood)
    Species: Human
    Portrayed by: Michael C. Hall
    Status: Deceased
    Media of origin: Darkly Dreaming Dexter (novel) Dexter (TV)
    First appearance: "Dexter" (S1 E1)
    Last appearance: "Sins of the Father" (S9 E10)


    Dexter Morgan is a fictional character and the primary protagonist of the novel series Darkly Dreaming Dexter and the Showtime crime television series Dexter. He is portrayed by Michael C. Hall.

    Biography

    Dexter Morgan is a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, helping them to solve many complex cases. But by night, he's committing the same atrocities as a serial killer himself, murdering only other criminals, often ones who have evaded justice. As a child, he witnessed the brutal murder of his biological mother, Laura Mouser, which lead to a habit of killing animals, though his adoptive father, Harry Morgan, encouraged him to channel that energy into those who deserve it. He struggles to keep his true nature a secret both from his coworkers and family, including his foster sister Debra Morgan, and his girlfriend (later wife) Rita Bennett-Morgan.

    Why He Rocks

    1. It is a very interesting and creative concept to have someone who's a serial killer, but only kills other killers, someone who thinks he has morals, though they're dark grey at the very best. It also deals with themes of addiction in his actions, how he's quite literally addicted to killing other killers and doesn't do it because he thinks it's the right thing to do.
    2. He's a very well written character where, though you might not agree with his morals or actions (nor should you), you understand them and understand that you might very well do the same thing in his position considering there's plenty of unpunished evil in the world.
    3. He's a character who does many terrible things, often for the wrong reasons, but is also a family man, being very loving to both his new and old families and trying to be a good father, even to the point where he tries to stop the killing for their benefit.
    4. He has an appropriately disturbing backstory, having witnessed his mother's death, and while he was adopted by Harry, his brother Brian was put in an institution and later became the Ice Truck Killer.
    5. He has a great rogues gallery of very interesting villains, including the Ice Truck Killer and the Trinity Killer, the latter of whom he even tries to learn something from when he learns he's also a serial killer with a family.
    6. The series doesn't try to say his actions are acceptable, quite the opposite, in fact.
    7. He often has the habit of reminding his victims of the crimes they committed, even decorating rooms in pictures of evidence against them to remind them in their final moments.
    8. He's extremely efficient, to the point where he can do these elaborate sets for his victims and then dispose of their remains and all evidence or plant it on somebody else, though he keeps a box of slides with their blood on them as reminders.
    9. Michael C. Hall is absolutely wonderful in the role, doing a fantastic job showing his different emotions in different scenes, even in the worst seasons of the show.
    10. He has a great rapport with Debra, especially before she knows his secret, even referring to her as the one person who still loves him and her calling him the one constant good thing in her life. It gets to the point where she won't turn him in when she learns his secret due to their history together.
    11. He has a set of morals, where he's a killer, but he won't kill Doakes when he learns his secret since he's not directly evil and turns against his brother (the Ice Truck Killer) in favor of Debra rather than killing the latter for a "family reunion". He also lets a potential victim go free as, though he was guilty of other crimes, he couldn't have committed the torture of Lumen due to having an ankle bracelet.
    12. His inner monologues help greatly to let you get into his mindset and also provide plenty of moments that are either genuinely funny or genuinely disturbing.
    13. He gets great character development as he learns about emotions outside of his killing instinct, notably love and is confused about it, much like a child.
    14. It also shows how his methods aren't foolproof, like how he kills a photographer suspected of murder only to reveal that man was just a pathological liar and wasn't responsible, leading Dexter to realize he committed a truly grave error.
    15. He's a very tragic character, especially in season four where he learns of the death of his wife in front of their infant son, causing him to see a lot of reflections to his own trauma and worry for his development.
    16. He often has conversations with his deceased foster father, Harry Morgan, when he doesn't know what to do next.
    17. Many of his victims are people who work under the radar, with his first being a nurse who euthanizes patients without their consent, allowing Harry to live one more year.
    18. He starts to become self aware, early on, that he's also, ironically, a problem with the world, especially when he learns Harry's death was actually a suicide, possibly caused by the last time he saw him while disposing of one of his victims.

    Bad Qualities

    1. He can often come across as a karma houdini in the later seasons, especially season 8, as he's not punished at any point, leading to that season being voted the worst of the show and the finale one of the worst of all time.
    2. He kills a random rude customer at a boat shop out of anger for what he said about Rita's death, which feels very out of character, and he's never punished for it nor is it brought up again.
    3. He's flanderized in the final season, particularly the final episode, especially as he allows Debra to die (in circumstances that were also seen as contrived and stupid) out of mercy, which is way out of character for him.
    4. The finale of the New Blood was also poorly received by fans, though it was much better received by critics.

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