- The drug morphine is named after him.
- Morpheus is spoken of in the Metamorphoses of Ovid. According to Ovid, Morpheus concentrated on the human elements of dreams, his brothers Phobetor and Phantasos being responsible for animals and inanimate objects, respectively.
- He is spoken with in Sir Philip Sidney's Astrophil and Stella.
- He is referred to in Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene (1590). He sleeps on an ebony bed in a dimly lit cave, surrounded by poppy flowers.
- Morpheus, under the name of Dream, is the principal character in Neil Gaiman's comic book series, The Sandman. As the embodiment and ruler of dreams, he uses many different names, two of which are Morpheus and Oneiros. In the Sandman series Morpheus is also the father of Orpheus, the famed musician of Greek mythology.
- Morpheus is featured in episode 3, season 1 of Xena Warrior Princess, where he is the object of worship of a corrupted dream cult.
- Morpheus as a reference to Morphine is used in a song by the American rock band "Hurt" in a song off their "Vol. I" album called "Overdose"
- Morpheus brings the night sky to the fields of Mt. Olympus in the Pastoral Symphony segment of Disney's Fantasia (film)
- Morpheus is also referred to in "Comatose (In the Arms of Slumber)" from the album "Desireless" by Eagle Eye Cherry.
- Morpheus makes an appearance in "The Last Olympian" by Rick Riordan – the fifth book of his "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series - as the god of dreams. He puts all of New York City to sleep.
- Morpheus "appears" (only his shadows) in God Of War: Chains of Olympus
- Morpheus is mentioned in the song "The Safest Way Into Tomorrow" by Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Reference is also made to his wings which he is "offering" in the song (to the person being addressed).
- Morpheus is also mentioned in the song "Schlaf" (german for "Sleep") by the german Post Black Metal Band Agrypnie. The protagonist of the song is seeking for sleep while he suffers on sleeplessness.
- In the film The Matrix (1999), Morpheus (interpreted by Laurence Fishburne) is the leader of a team of free humans and enables Neo to wake up from his "sleep".
- Little Nemo in Slumberland, a comic about a boy's surreal dreams, includes a supporting character named "King Morpheus."
- There is a Spanish Celtic/pop/rock band named El Sueño de Morfeo. The band's name translates into English as "The Dream of Morpheus".
- There was a United States Death Metal band from Middletown, NY named Morpheus Descends, which lasted from 1990-1997.
- There was a notorious Rutland, Vermont Thrashcore/Noise Rock band named Morpheus which lasted from 1997-2007 and, in their early material, wrote lyrics about nightmares.
- Project Morpheus is a NASA project, to develop a lunar lander test-bed, that was named after the god Morpheus.
- The word insomnia comes from his Roman counterpart, Somnia.
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