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Sometimes, I wonder what it would be like for everything inside me that's denied and unknown to be revealed. But I'll never know. I live my life in hiding. My survival depends on it.
~ Dexter Morgan.
Harry taught me that death isn't the end. It's the beginning of a chain reaction that will catch you if you're not careful. He taught me that none of us are who we appear to be on the outside. But we must maintain appearances to survive. But there was something Harry didn't teach me. Something he didn't know, couldn't possibly know. The willful taking of life represents the ultimate disconnect from humanity. It leaves you an outsider, forever looking in, searching for company to keep.
~ Dexter Morgan.
Tonight's the night. And it's going to happen, again and again. It has to happen. Nice night. Miami is a great town. I love the Cuban food. Pork sandwiches. My favorite. But I'm hungry for something different now.
~ Dexter.

Dexter Morgan is the anti-heroic protagonist who appeared in the Dexter television series of the same name and his sequel seasons, and the character is based on the novels written by Jeff Lindsay.

He was portrayed by Michael C. hall, Devon Graye as a teenager, Dominic Janes and Nicholas Vigneau as young children, and Maxwell Huckabee as a infant.


Series Synopsis

Orphaned at the age of three and harboring a traumatic secret, Dexter (Michael C. Hall) was adopted by a Miami policeman, Harry Morgan (James Remar), who recognized his homicidal tendencies and taught him to channel his gruesome passion for human dissection in a "constructive" way — by killing only heinous criminals (such as child molesters, mob assassins, and serial killers of the innocent) who have slipped through the justice system.

To satisfy his interest in blood and to facilitate his own crimes, Dexter works as a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Metro Police Department (based on the real life Miami-Dade Police Department). Although his drive to kill is unflinching, he is able to emulate normal emotions and keep up his appearance as a socially-responsible human being.


Early Life

Dexter Moser was born on February 1, 1971 to Joseph Driscoll and Laura Moser, and was born three years after his brother Brian. Dexter lived with his family in Miami, Florida, and have a peaceful life with his brother, but their mother was a drug addict. Later on, Laura acted as Detective Harry Morgan's informant in Hector Estrada's cartel, and provided intel to bring him down.

In 1973, Dexter, his mother, brother and three drug users were taken into a shipping container by Estrada and his two henchman, and killed Laura in front of both Dexter and Brian. The siblings were left in the container for two days, and were eventually found by Detective Morgan. Morgan picked up Dexter and left Brian, seeing that he was messed by the incident, and decided to adopt Dexter into his family.


After adopting the child into his family, Harry realized that Dexter showed signs of a serial killer, such as killing the neighbor's dog and other animals. Seeing that Dexter would become a murderer, he taught his adoptive son a code to only kill wrong-doers and how to bled into society so his psychopathy couldn't be noticed. During his youth, Harry taught him to stalk and hunt, police techniques, and showed him how to cover up a crime. Despite these teachings, Harry's wife Doris suspected there was something wrong with Dexter, and advised Harry to have him be tested by a psychiatrist. Though concerned, Doris would die of cancer when Dexter was sixteen years old.

Dexter attended Alan B. Shepard High and graduated, and went to college where he was top of his class in medical school. at Alan B. Shephard High, Dexter wasn't noticed by many people and stated that he didn't have any friends, but noted that a girl named Janet was always nice to him. During his time in college, Dexter studied advanced jujitsu during college, and later gave medical school to become a forensics expert. Dexter killed his first person when he was twenty years old on orders by Harry, as when he fell ill of coronary artery disease, his nurse Mary would kill patients and attempted to kill Harry. Dexter would start killing people, and his fourth victim was Juan Ryness, a pimp who murdered a girl and was left off due to a faulty warrant. Harry became enraged by this, and later discovered Dexter dismembering Ryness, and immediately vomited. Three days later, Harry committed suicide, possibly out of guilt of training Dexter to become a careful serial killer.

Dexter would later become a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Metro Police Department, where everyone saw him as a "lab geek" except for Sergeant James Doakes. None of his colleagues of adoptive sister Debra knew that Dexter was a serial killer, who would murder victims to satisfy his urge to kill. In addition, Dexter started dating Rita to "blend" into society, but his relationship would her would become more in the series.




  • Michael C. Hall was awarded the Individual Achievement in Drama in 2007, and was nominated five times for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
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