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->''"Creator/AlanMoore once told me he works the nine-pic grid because it's cinematic. I told him I work the six-grid pic because it's television. I should think more on that some time."''
--->-- '''WarrenEllis'''

WarrenEllis is a British author of comic books. He is known for introducing transhumanist elements to his books, and for complex stories, including {{Continuity Nod}}s, [[{{Expy}} expies]], and {{Lawyer Friendly Cameo}}s. Like other Britwave authors, Ellis often operates as a one-man DeconstructorFleet.

He began working for Creator/MarvelComics in the mid-nineties, on titles such as ''{{Hellstorm}}'', ''{{Marvel 2099}}'', ''Comicbook/{{Excalibur}}'', and ''[[TheMightyThor Thor]]''. He moved on to [[Creator/DCComics DC]] and {{Image}}, writing for ''{{Stormwatch}}'' and then spinning that series off into ''TheAuthority'', the title which gained Ellis his first real notoriety.

The comic, with characters created by Ellis, featured BlackAndGrayMorality, ViolenceReallyIsTheAnswer, and ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs, all of which would come to be featured in his increasingly popular future series.

However, this series is rather more {{Anvilicious}} than the later variants. ''TheAuthority'' also featured an expansive and epic art style Ellis dubbed "widescreen comics" as well as inspiring the DecompressedComic movement, which Ellis would later avert in ''{{Fell}}''.

Ellis then began the work for which he is most famous, the HunterSThompson inspired CyberPunk series ''{{Transmetropolitan}}''. The series ran from 1997 to 2002, finishing a 60-issue run and proving one of the best-selling titles on the VertigoComics imprint.

During Transmet, Ellis also wrote another original series, ''{{Planetary}}'', and did a stint on ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}''. He also went back to Marvel, along with Steven Grant, Ian Edginton, and Brian Wood with the intent to revamp several poor selling X-Men satellite books (''X-Force'', ''X-Man'', and ''Generation X'') under the "Revolution" banner. While their work on ''Generation X'' and ''X-Man'' gained critical praise (''X-Force'' was panned), sales didn't improve enough and both books were cancelled as part of the 2001 purging of the X-Men spin-offs.

Ellis would return to his creator-owned work, most notably ''GlobalFrequency'', a 12 issue creator-owned miniseries that garnered critical praise and was remade as a (failed) TV pilot starring Michelle Forbes of ''Star Trek: Next Generation'' and ''24'' fame.

With major writing talent behind it (including Creator/JMichaelStraczynski), the pilot was leaked onto the internet when the network refused to air the pilot to build interest in the series. As 'punishment', the network scrapped the show, despite considerable positive internet buzz. Recently, the CW has announced it is resurrecting ''GlobalFrequency'' for television, with Scott Nimerfro in charge of scripting.

Ellis went back to creator-owned comics, doing a string of mini-series projects for AvatarPress, a company primarily known for soft-core porn comics... until Ellis arrived and was given free reign to produce such titles as ''BlackSummer'', with Juan Jose Ryp. Now they're "[[BrandNameTakeover The guys who print those awesome Warren Ellis comics no sane publisher would touch with a cattle prod.]]"

He also created ApparatSinglesGroup, his own line of comics that he feels fill an empty niche in the mainstream: pulp adventure.

However, mainstream comics would call to Ellis, first with a run on ''UltimateFantasticFour'', which saw him RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap the Ultimate DrDoom with a storyline that revealed family ties between Doom and {{Dracula}}. ''{{Nextwave}}'' starred a team of super rejects, including Machine Man, the second Captain Marvel, Boom Boom, fighting evil terrorists, Fin Fang Foom, Baby Modoks, and a super-intelligent super-terrorist version of Devil Dinosaur in a CrazyAwesome satire of the form of crazy Widescreen Comics that Ellis popularized. He followed it up with a critically acclaimed run on ''{{Thunderbolts}}''. He also wrote the critically acclaimed ''Iron Man: Extremis'', which formed the basis for the recent Iron Man anime series.

His recent works include the spy comic ''DesolationJones'', a film adaptation of which is currently in DevelopmentHell, and ''{{Fell}}'', a BlackAndGrayMorality detective series. He took over JossWhedon's X-Men reboot ''Astonishing X-Men'' after Whedon left, but left after 10 issues and a mini-series.

He has also worked in other media, a novel, ''CrookedLittleVein'', with a second on the way, and the script for an animated ''{{Castlevania}}'' movie.

He recently finished an ongoing webcomic, ''{{FreakAngels}}'', which updated weekly. Another graphic novel of his available online is ''{{Superidol}}''. He has noted on his website that April 2012 is the first time in almost fifteen years that he doesn't have '''some''' project either in development, due for publishing, or ready to be released, and says that he finds this both strange and refreshing.

Recurring AuthorAppeal / [[AuthorTract Author Tracts]] include [[{{Nanomachines}} nanotechnology]], [[MegaCorp evil corporations]], [[IWantMyJetpack space exploration]], [[HumansAreBastards people behaving badly]], as well a rather unsympathetic [[EagleLand view of America]]. [[TropesAreNotBad None of the above makes his work any less inherently readable.]]

Also known as one of the very few British comic writers to have never worked on ''[[ComicBook/TwoThousandAD 2000 AD]]'', though it's certainly not out of disgust.

[[NamesTheSame Not to be confused with]] the Warren Ellis who plays violin for [[NickCave The Bad Seeds]].

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Notable Works:
* ''AnnaMercury''
* ''[[{{X-Men}} Astonishing X-Men]]'' issues 25-35, ''Ghost Box'' & ''Xenogenesis'' mini-series: Superhumans, super-tech, super-weird. Enjoy.
* ''{{The Authority}}'': "Why do super-people never go after the real bastards?"
* ''BlackGas'': Warren Ellis' take on a ZombieApocalypse. [[spoiler:[[KillEmAll Everyone dies.]]]]
* ''[[SpiderMan Carnage]]: Mind Bomb'': An expert psychiatrist is called in to treat Cletus "Carnage" Kasady, only to end up {{Mind Rape}}d.
* ''{{Crecy}}'': "The Death Of Chivalry", "How [[NightmareFuel Nightmarishly]] AnnoyingArrows ''Really'' Are", or "How BadAss English Archers Made French [[CountryMatters Cunts]] Stop Invading England". [[invoked]]
-->''In England, the word "cunt" is punctuation.''
* ''Dark Blue'': Cop chases a serial killer. Sounds normal until you get into the cop's drug-induced insanity, and oh yeah, it might all be happening in a computer.
* ''DesolationJones''
* ''DoktorSleepless, [[CrystalDragonJesus Future Science Jesus]]'': [[IWantMyJetpack This is not the future we were promised.]] Is he here to give us that future... or put us out of our misery?
* ''Do Anything'': A book of short essays where Warren takes advice from the cybernetically preserved head of JackKirby.
* ''EdisonHateFuture''
* ''Comicbook/{{Excalibur}}'' issues 83-103: In which Warren introduced his AuthorAvatar character Pete Wisdom, had Kitty Pryde lose her virginity, and had the team fight a giant demon.
* ''{{Fell}}''
* ''{{FreakAngels}}'': WhatIf Literature/TheMidwichCuckoos grew up, fucked up, then tried to fix it?
* ''From The Desk of Warren Ellis'': Another series of essays, mostly unrelated to comics.
* ''GlobalFrequency'': Kinda like a wiki. [[DisSimile But with guns]].
* ''GunMachine'': His second novel. A PoliceProcedural set in Manhattan that takes a few decidedly HarlanEllison-esque twists.
* ''HostileWaters: Antaeus Rising''. Digital backups of dead soldiers are uploaded into tanks, helicopters and other vehicles. NanoTech is used to stop a cabal of [[CorruptCorporateExecutive corrupt corporations]] who aren't happy about the world being at peace. Most notable for being, well, a video game written by WarrenEllis and narrated by TomBaker.
* ''IgnitionCity'' - ComicStrip/FlashGordon [[XMeetsY Meets]] {{Deadwood}}. [[IWantMyJetpack Where did the space heroes go to die?]]
* ''IronMan: Extremis'': Tony Stark gets [[WeCanRebuildHim Rebuilt]].
* ''JLA Classified: New Maps of Hell'': The Justice League fights an eons-old sentient alien weapon that threatens Earth.
* ''Ministry of Space'': An extremely realistic, if dark, picture of Britain's colonialism extending into the final frontier.
* ''{{Nextwave}}'': [[WordOfGod Itís an absolute distillation of the superhero genre. No plot lines, characters, emotions, nothing whatsoever. Itís people posing in the street for no good reason. It is people getting kicked, and then exploding. It is a pure comic book, and I will fight anyone who says otherwise. And afterwards, they will explode.]]
* ''Ocean'':
* ''Orbiter'': Spaceflight dies. The last shuttle returns. What is out there?
* ''{{Planetary}}'': [[FantasyKitchenSink It's a strange world. Let's keep it that way.]]
* ''Comicbook/{{Red}}'': I'm the [[RetiredMonster Monster]]. [[FacingTheBulletsOneLiner Do your best.]]
* ''{{Transmetropolitan}}'': HunterSThompson [[InSpace IN THE FUTURE]].
* ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeResolute'': [[http://www.toplessrobot.com/2009/04/gi_resolute_reminder_and_mini-review.php Warren Ellis makes tender, passionate love to our childhoods, and he has an enormous dick.]]
* ''{{Gravel}}'', including the Strange Killings mini-series and the current ongoing.
* ''{{Thunderbolts}}'' issues 110 - 121
* ''Wolfskin'': Warren Ellis Writes An Awesome ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' FanFic.
* ''SwitchbladeHoney'' - Captain John Ryder -- inspired by RayWinstone in LondonGangster mode -- commands a [[Franchise/StarTrek starship]] in a war against a JerkAss HiveMind in defense of a CrapsackWorld.
* The "BewareTheSuperman" Trilogy:
** ''BlackSummer'': [[SuperMan Super]]IronMan decides that GeorgeWBush Made It Happen On Purpose. VigilanteExecution ensues. Now all his friends have to deal with the aftermath.
** ''NoHero'': What if superhumans weren't all that humane? [[spoiler:They'd still be better than TheGovernment.]]
** ''{{Supergod}}'': "Praying to be saved by a man who can fly will get you killed."
* Superhero anime projects: Collaboration between {{Marvel}} and Creator/{{Madhouse}}. Ellis outlines the story lines for each episode of each anime series, including ''Anime/IronMan'' and ''Anime/{{Wolverine}}''.
* Works for UltimateMarvel:
** Ultimate Galactus Trilogy - turning Galactus into something much more intimidating than a man with TV screen on his head.
** Ultimate Human: [[IronMan Tony Stark]] tries to save [[TheIncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]], while somebody plots against both of them.
** Ultimate Comics Armor Wars: Tony Stark tries to find his stolen tech, while Warren Ellis is having fun.
* ''[[ComicBook/TheAvengers Secret Avengers]]'': A six-issue run (so far; he's stated that he'd be willing to write more). If you thought ''Astonishing X-Men'' was CrazyAwesome, you have yet to meet the gleefully insane Moon Knight and Pilot Marko. Not to mention his Beast.
-->'''Hank [=McCoy=]''': ''I can't fire a gun! I have '''paws!'''''

!Tropes associated with Warren Ellis and his works:

* AntiHero: [[SlidingScaleOfAntiHeroes Type III, IV or V]] depending on the series. Spider Jerusalem is easily one of the morally (definitely not socially) nicest, and he will shoot the President with [[BrownNote a gun that makes him shit himself]], then un-pawn a child's stuffed animal.
* {{Atheism}}: Ellis does not believe in God or gods, nor do most of his characters. Especially his Author Avatars like Spider Jerusalem.
* AttentionDeficitCreatorDisorder: It varies, but this often turns out to be a good thing; some of his best work is stuff he came up with and wrote while he was supposed to be writing something else. Avatar Press probably has a red phone just for him: "What's that, Mr. Ellis? You want to have [[SuperMan Super]]IronMan kill the POTUS? Shoot it on over and we'll print a run, see how the fans like it. We'll keep the presses warm, too, because they probably will."
* AuthorAppeal: NewMedia. His run of JLA Classified is basically an {{Expy}} of GlobalFrequency - the Leaguers simultaneously find something so weird their brains go blue-screen, so they all call up MartianManhunter telepathically. ''He'' then calls up Oracle of [[{{Characters/BATMAN}} the Bat-clan]], who powers up all her computers and digs in.
-->'''{{Superman}}''': ''J'onn, do you hear me?''
-->'''WonderWoman''': ''J'onn, this is Wonder Woman. I need a consultation.''
-->'''GreenLantern''': ''J'onn, this is Green Lantern. I could use some extra brains here.''
-->'''Martian Manhunter''': ''I Hear You All. This is J'onn J'onzz on the Lunar Watchtower, activating the Justice League Telepathic Link.''
-->'''Oracle''': ''This is Oracle in the Gotham Watchtower. Information mining system on. [[strike:You Are On The Global Frequency.]] Justice League Is Go.''
** ''Secret Avengers'' also bore a lot of similarities to ''Global Frequency'', complete with "mini-teams" similar to the GF teams.
** He's also very interested in space-flight, trans-humanism and the Singularity, all of which tend to pop up in his works to some degree.
** Nanomachines and corrupt mega-corporations pop up all over the place in his work.
* AuthorAvatar: Several characters, who share some of his points of view or thoughts - Eliah Snow in ''Planetary'', Jenny Sparks in ''Authority'', Pete Wisdom in ''Excalibur'' and ''Ultimate Human'', Spider Jerusalem in ''Transmetropolitan''
* AuthorFilibuster: Related to [[AuthorAvatar author avatar]] above, as the said characters are always ready to explain at length their views, sometimes at odd moments.
* {{Badass Boast}}s followed by [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments Of Awesome]]: Ellis '''''knows''''' how a superhero battle goes down.
-->'''J'onn J'onzz''': ''We're the Justice League. We've beaten up real gods and made them cry. You are nothing to us.'' (cue League [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu delivering epic smackdown to mind-devouring abomination.]])
* BewareTheSuperman: He has to like this trope very much - ''Black Summer'', ''No Hero'', ''Supergod'' are all about it, echoes of it can be found in ''Planetary'', ''Authority'' and ''Thunderbolts'', and one of his first ''StormWatch'' stories quoted it explicitly.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Many of his titles.
* BlackComedy: As a result of the above.
* CompositeCharacter: Ultimate Pete Wisdom, introduced in Ellis' ''Ultimate Human'' is a mix of mainstream Wisdom and [[spoiler: Hulk's enemy, The Leader]].
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Following the direction JossWhedon took [[XMen Cyclops]], Ellis ignored BadassDecay the character has been subjected to by other writers, and wrote him true to the spirit of ChrisClaremont's portrayal, who'd always seen Summers as "a [[Creator/RobertAHeinlein Heinlein]] character". Maybe even took it step further, as he admitted trying to make Scott {{Batman}} with eye beams. (Opinions vary one whether it was this trope or Scott simply [[TookALevelInJerkass taking a level in Jerkass]].)
* DeadpanSnarker: His interviews are filled with snark.
* {{Deconstruction}}: He wrote a whole trilogy which is deconstructing SuperHero genre, telling what would happen if superheroes were too human (''BlackSummer''), crazy assholes (''NoHero'') or have no humanity at all (''Supergod'').
* DoingItForTheArt: Pretty much his entire work on Avatar Press. While their sales are extremely miniscule in comparison to even the most unpopular mainstream comic, Ellis manages to publish some of his most distinctive work for Avatar.
* DotingParent: One of the main reasons he works in mainstream stuff? [[http://www.warrenellis.com/?p=10806 So he could buy his daughter a horse.]]
* {{Eagleland}}: Any of Warren's works set in America will feature people who are either selfless, heroic martyrs, or abusive, misanthropic jackasses; and locations ranging from a splendid New York City to the most rundown trailer park imaginable. Ellis has said in Q & A's that his feelings on America are mostly that while he thinks it ''is'' the greatest country in the world, he also feels it has the potential to be far greater, and is annoyed by this.
* ExecutiveMeddling: Averted when he wrote GI Joe: Resolute. According to him, the Hasbro executives were generally easy to work with and while they didn't allow Cobra Commander to wipe out Beijing as his original plan, [[AcceptableTargets they let him wipe out Moscow.]]
* {{Fandumb}}: The consistent belief that Ellis 'hates' superheroes - Often due to people looking at something like the Authority (when Ellis' run was much, much less severe than say, Mark Millar's) and getting the wrong impression entirely. Either that, or they confuse him with GarthEnnis.
** A column from Ellis shows that it's not that he hates superheroes, but rather that he never grew up with them the same way other comic fans did. Thus, his view on characters like Batman or Superman would mirror how a man would suddenly discover manga or pulp comics.
*** And yet despite that, he manages to write some of the definitive work on the same. Probably because this distance, while on the surface merely [[{{Deconstruction}} enabling him to take them apart and show up all the bad bits]], ''also'' enables him to [[{{Reconstruction}} put them back together better once he's done.]]
** See this very page for many repetitions of the idea that {{Planetary}} #8's JohnConstantine {{Expy}} was transformed into Spider Jerusalem by Ellis. WordOfGod is that Ellis' intent was to have the character turn from JohnConstantine into [[TheInvisibles King Mob]]. It was Cassaday who decided to keep going and make him Spider. (Not that Ellis didn't enjoy the idea, but it wasn't his.)
* IWantMyJetpack: Warren Ellis desperately does. Every one of his heroes brings up at least once that the world used to be amazing, specifically because we used to do amazing things on a regular basis.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Warren himself and [[AuthorAvatar by proxy most of his heroes]] usually tend to come across as this. In his blog, on the surface he comes off as pretty grumpy, but there are plenty of entries that show he loves his fans, and he is very supportive of many young and independent comic book artists and other creative people, by bringing larger attention to them.
** Hell, just listen to his story about [[http://www.warrenellis.com/?p=10633 when one of his cats died]].
** And what he did with [[http://www.warrenellis.com/?p=10806 the money he earned]] from ''{{Red}}''.
* KillItWithFire: his attitude to ''cooking'' is described on that page. It includes the phrase "KILL IT DED WITH FIRE YUS".
* KindheartedCatLover: If [[http://www.warrenellis.com/?p=10633 this]] is anything to go by.
* KnightInSourArmor: His favoured protagonists tend to be world-weary and cynical chain-smokers living in UpToEleven {{Crapsack World}}s who nevertheless possess rigid moral cores and a commitment to doing the right thing despite themselves.
* MoneyDearBoy: Will readily admit that this is one of the reasons why he worked on stuff such as {{Castlevania}} and GIJoe.
* NamesTheSame: Ellis shares ''the exact same name'' with an Australian music artist who frequently works with NickCave. It's gotten to the point that several times a year he posts and Twitters a message that usually goes along the lines of "Once again: I am NOT the Warren Ellis who plays with Nick Cave. I am a comic book writer."
** Ellis claims that he occasionally gets phone calls from a drunken Blixa Bargeld (a bandmate of the other Ellis), making this same mistake.
* OneOfUs: With his massive internet presence, it's pretty much a given. Also, he's shown somewhat of an interest to {{Anime}}, particularly MushiShi and SatoshiKon films.
* PapaWolf: There are legends about how he scared the hell out of people at 4chan who had unhealthy interest in his daughter. To this day people sometimes talk about what he said he's going to do with them if they didn't stop.
** If we're talking about the same thing, here it is in all it's [[http://www.warrenellis.com/?p=6645 glory]]:
-->I do like those people.
-->Also, I like their belief that I have more than one cock.
-->Also, pedotards stay away from my daughter or Iíll smear your tiny dicks off with the sole of my boot.
* RandomEventsPlot: Ellis admitted that his ''Ultimate Comics Armor Wars'' miniseries was just essentially Marvel paying him for his [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stream_of_consciousness_writing Stream of consciousness writing.]] The result? Tony Stark beating on, in order - [[VideoGame/MegaMan Dr. Wily]] with a MODOK in his head. Doctor Literature/{{Frankenstein}} in power armor. [[{{Halo}} Master Chief]] ripoffs in the process of doing what the MC was canonically designed to do - [[KickTheDog slaughter protestors]]. And finally, [[spoiler:Howard Stark, Sr. AKA "ErnestBorgnine in an ill-advised love triangle with farming machinery and the wreckage of a Lincoln Continental".]]
* ScheduleSlip: When reading his ongoing work, prepare to wait months, if not years, for the next issue to come.
** [[WordOfGod According to Ellis]] via his message board, his main writing computer and backups failed back in late 2007 (the computer going out in a puff of smoke soon after the backups died), and the data-recovery company that he sent his hard drives to promptly vanished off the face of the Earth after the owner died while on an operating table in Europe and the employees scattered to the four winds, leaving behind only a boarded up empty space where the offices used to be. Many of Ellis's current projects were on those hard drives, including {{Fell}} and {{newuniversal}}. He has since then set up a [[http://freakangels.com/whitechapel/comments.php?DiscussionID=7158&page=1#Item_0 FAQ thread]] on the Whitechapel forums where he explains the fate and (possible) future of many of his projects that were directly affected by the crash.
* SpiritualAntithesis: Ellis himself put his ''BlackSummer'' in contrast with MarkMillar's Comicbook/CivilWar, saying that latter is watered-down vision of conflict between superheroes and government and the former is what would really happen. And he has a tendency to respond to every installment of Creator/KurtBusiek's {{Marvels}} with a extremely depressing miniseries.
** His ''SwitchbladeHoney'' is this to ''Franchise/StarTrek'' - it shows a future where the exploration of space is handled by a bunch of insane egomaniacs, which leads to a war with a much more powerful enemy, which humanity is losing. Heroic idealists, who would become great heroes of Starfleet in ''Franchise/StarTrek'', here end up in prison for opposing the corrupted system.
* StatusQuoIsGod: Criticized a lot, especially in Planetary, which really strongly criticizes ReedRichardsIsUseless and similiar tropes used by editorial mandate to make their worlds closer to our and preventing any changes. Even JohnConstantine has been criticized for not really changing since his first apperance (oddly Ellis suggested Constantine should become more like Spider Jerusalem).
* TheGovernment: Often opposing and critical of it. In particular, Ellis seems to like having [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent the president of the United States of America]] killed or at least disgraced in his works.
** They're also hilariously ineffective, as seen in The Authority and Planetary; In the former, no government or political power can stand against the threats he lines up, and in the latter, the world's progress is actually controlled and allowed to progress at a snail's pace by an evil pastiche of a popular superhero group.
** Also in ''GlobalFrequency'', where TheGovernment has usually created the threat of the week but fucked it up to such a degree that they're unable to handle it when it gets out of control, and thus have to rely on the global civilian network to clean up their messes.
* ThouShaltNotKill: Averted - most of his heroes don't have that kind of issues.
* TookALevelInBadass: It may sound impossible, but he made IronMan take one.
** As a matter of fact, it transpires that this ''was'', if not impossible, than at least hard to swallow: in order to make Stark more badass, Ellis first made him a bitch. Extremis in a nutshell - a RightWingMilitiaFanatic shoots up with {{Nanomachines}}, and the resulting Hulk-level sociopath [[CurbStompBattle Curb Stomps]] him. The hero who once flew a nuclear reactor the size of a city block ''in the process of meltdown'' out to sea ends up in severe danger of being killed by a redneck using a ''car'' as an improvised sledgehammer. Stark survives to shoot up on nanomachines himself, enabling him to [[UnusualUserInterface plug his brain]] into a brand-new suit, then goes back in swinging an earthmover bucket like a foam rubber bat.
** Also, Ellis' [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Doc Samson]] was probably the most spot-on compelling portrayal that the character has ever received. It would have been awesome to see more Ellis work starring the literally ragingly ethical BallsOfSteel bruiser psychiatrist. Just say that Loeb's version was a clone, life mode decoy android, an anal Skrull, [[ContinuityPorn one of those alternate universe tourists that Dan Slott introduced]], or somesuch. It didn't get the history straight anyway.
* TrenchcoatBrigade: Ellis seems to love the hell out of JohnConstantine, given that a chunk of his characters are essentially [[{{Expy}} Expies]] of him.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Thunderbolts during Ellis' run were so popular they had their own line of toys.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Authority and Doktor Sleepless.
* WriterOnBoard: Often very unsubtle about his...opinions. If he writes a TakeThat, you'll probably know it.
* WritingForTheTrade: Averted as all hell. While noting that he probably has more trades out than any other writer (it's not uncommon for comic book shops to have an entire shelf of his work), Warren has strived to make his comics such as {{Fell}}, {{Planetary}}, or GlobalFrequency as self-contained within each issue as possible.
* XMeetsY: His ''Secret Avengers'' run is basically {{Planetary}} meets GIJoe
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: In at least two instances(''JLA Classified: New Maps of Hell'' and ''Planetary''), Ellis has used "ancestors"(those you're descended from) when the text clearly should have used "descendants"(those descended from you).

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->''"Creator/AlanMoore once told me he works the nine-pic grid because it's cinematic. I told him I work the six-grid pic because it's television. I should think more on that some time."''
--->-- '''WarrenEllis'''

WarrenEllis is a British author of comic books. He is known for introducing transhumanist elements to his books, and for complex stories, including {{Continuity Nod}}s, [[{{Expy}} expies]], and {{Lawyer Friendly Cameo}}s. Like other Britwave authors, Ellis often operates as a one-man DeconstructorFleet.

He began working for Creator/MarvelComics in the mid-nineties, on titles such as ''{{Hellstorm}}'', ''{{Marvel 2099}}'', ''Comicbook/{{Excalibur}}'', and ''[[TheMightyThor Thor]]''. He moved on to [[Creator/DCComics DC]] and {{Image}}, writing for ''{{Stormwatch}}'' and then spinning that series off into ''TheAuthority'', the title which gained Ellis his first real notoriety.

The comic, with characters created by Ellis, featured BlackAndGrayMorality, ViolenceReallyIsTheAnswer, and ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs, all of which would come to be featured in his increasingly popular future series.

However, this series is rather more {{Anvilicious}} than the later variants. ''TheAuthority'' also featured an expansive and epic art style Ellis dubbed "widescreen comics" as well as inspiring the DecompressedComic movement, which Ellis would later avert in ''{{Fell}}''.

Ellis then began the work for which he is most famous, the HunterSThompson inspired CyberPunk series ''{{Transmetropolitan}}''. The series ran from 1997 to 2002, finishing a 60-issue run and proving one of the best-selling titles on the VertigoComics imprint.

During Transmet, Ellis also wrote another original series, ''{{Planetary}}'', and did a stint on ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}''. He also went back to Marvel, along with Steven Grant, Ian Edginton, and Brian Wood with the intent to revamp several poor selling X-Men satellite books (''X-Force'', ''X-Man'', and ''Generation X'') under the "Revolution" banner. While their work on ''Generation X'' and ''X-Man'' gained critical praise (''X-Force'' was panned), sales didn't improve enough and both books were cancelled as part of the 2001 purging of the X-Men spin-offs.

Ellis would return to his creator-owned work, most notably ''GlobalFrequency'', a 12 issue creator-owned miniseries that garnered critical praise and was remade as a (failed) TV pilot starring Michelle Forbes of ''Star Trek: Next Generation'' and ''24'' fame.

With major writing talent behind it (including Creator/JMichaelStraczynski), the pilot was leaked onto the internet when the network refused to air the pilot to build interest in the series. As 'punishment', the network scrapped the show, despite considerable positive internet buzz. Recently, the CW has announced it is resurrecting ''GlobalFrequency'' for television, with Scott Nimerfro in charge of scripting.

Ellis went back to creator-owned comics, doing a string of mini-series projects for AvatarPress, a company primarily known for soft-core porn comics... until Ellis arrived and was given free reign to produce such titles as ''BlackSummer'', with Juan Jose Ryp. Now they're "[[BrandNameTakeover The guys who print those awesome Warren Ellis comics no sane publisher would touch with a cattle prod.]]"

He also created ApparatSinglesGroup, his own line of comics that he feels fill an empty niche in the mainstream: pulp adventure.

However, mainstream comics would call to Ellis, first with a run on ''UltimateFantasticFour'', which saw him RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap the Ultimate DrDoom with a storyline that revealed family ties between Doom and {{Dracula}}. ''{{Nextwave}}'' starred a team of super rejects, including Machine Man, the second Captain Marvel, Boom Boom, fighting evil terrorists, Fin Fang Foom, Baby Modoks, and a super-intelligent super-terrorist version of Devil Dinosaur in a CrazyAwesome satire of the form of crazy Widescreen Comics that Ellis popularized. He followed it up with a critically acclaimed run on ''{{Thunderbolts}}''. He also wrote the critically acclaimed ''Iron Man: Extremis'', which formed the basis for the recent Iron Man anime series.

His recent works include the spy comic ''DesolationJones'', a film adaptation of which is currently in DevelopmentHell, and ''{{Fell}}'', a BlackAndGrayMorality detective series. He took over JossWhedon's X-Men reboot ''Astonishing X-Men'' after Whedon left, but left after 10 issues and a mini-series.

He has also worked in other media, a novel, ''CrookedLittleVein'', with a second on the way, and the script for an animated ''{{Castlevania}}'' movie.

He recently finished an ongoing webcomic, ''{{FreakAngels}}'', which updated weekly. Another graphic novel of his available online is ''{{Superidol}}''. He has noted on his website that April 2012 is the first time in almost fifteen years that he doesn't have '''some''' project either in development, due for publishing, or ready to be released, and says that he finds this both strange and refreshing.

Recurring AuthorAppeal / [[AuthorTract Author Tracts]] include [[{{Nanomachines}} nanotechnology]], [[MegaCorp evil corporations]], [[IWantMyJetpack space exploration]], [[HumansAreBastards people behaving badly]], as well a rather unsympathetic [[EagleLand view of America]]. [[TropesAreNotBad None of the above makes his work any less inherently readable.]]

Also known as one of the very few British comic writers to have never worked on ''[[ComicBook/TwoThousandAD 2000 AD]]'', though it's certainly not out of disgust.

[[NamesTheSame Not to be confused with]] the Warren Ellis who plays violin for [[NickCave The Bad Seeds]].

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Notable Works:
* ''AnnaMercury''
* ''[[{{X-Men}} Astonishing X-Men]]'' issues 25-35, ''Ghost Box'' & ''Xenogenesis'' mini-series: Superhumans, super-tech, super-weird. Enjoy.
* ''{{The Authority}}'': "Why do super-people never go after the real bastards?"
* ''BlackGas'': Warren Ellis' take on a ZombieApocalypse. [[spoiler:[[KillEmAll Everyone dies.]]]]
* ''[[SpiderMan Carnage]]: Mind Bomb'': An expert psychiatrist is called in to treat Cletus "Carnage" Kasady, only to end up {{Mind Rape}}d.
* ''{{Crecy}}'': "The Death Of Chivalry", "How [[NightmareFuel Nightmarishly]] AnnoyingArrows ''Really'' Are", or "How BadAss English Archers Made French [[CountryMatters Cunts]] Stop Invading England". [[invoked]]
-->''In England, the word "cunt" is punctuation.''
* ''Dark Blue'': Cop chases a serial killer. Sounds normal until you get into the cop's drug-induced insanity, and oh yeah, it might all be happening in a computer.
* ''DesolationJones''
* ''DoktorSleepless, [[CrystalDragonJesus Future Science Jesus]]'': [[IWantMyJetpack This is not the future we were promised.]] Is he here to give us that future... or put us out of our misery?
* ''Do Anything'': A book of short essays where Warren takes advice from the cybernetically preserved head of JackKirby.
* ''EdisonHateFuture''
* ''Comicbook/{{Excalibur}}'' issues 83-103: In which Warren introduced his AuthorAvatar character Pete Wisdom, had Kitty Pryde lose her virginity, and had the team fight a giant demon.
* ''{{Fell}}''
* ''{{FreakAngels}}'': WhatIf Literature/TheMidwichCuckoos grew up, fucked up, then tried to fix it?
* ''From The Desk of Warren Ellis'': Another series of essays, mostly unrelated to comics.
* ''GlobalFrequency'': Kinda like a wiki. [[DisSimile But with guns]].
* ''GunMachine'': His second novel. A PoliceProcedural set in Manhattan that takes a few decidedly HarlanEllison-esque twists.
* ''HostileWaters: Antaeus Rising''. Digital backups of dead soldiers are uploaded into tanks, helicopters and other vehicles. NanoTech is used to stop a cabal of [[CorruptCorporateExecutive corrupt corporations]] who aren't happy about the world being at peace. Most notable for being, well, a video game written by WarrenEllis and narrated by TomBaker.
* ''IgnitionCity'' - ComicStrip/FlashGordon [[XMeetsY Meets]] {{Deadwood}}. [[IWantMyJetpack Where did the space heroes go to die?]]
* ''IronMan: Extremis'': Tony Stark gets [[WeCanRebuildHim Rebuilt]].
* ''JLA Classified: New Maps of Hell'': The Justice League fights an eons-old sentient alien weapon that threatens Earth.
* ''Ministry of Space'': An extremely realistic, if dark, picture of Britain's colonialism extending into the final frontier.
* ''{{Nextwave}}'': [[WordOfGod Itís an absolute distillation of the superhero genre. No plot lines, characters, emotions, nothing whatsoever. Itís people posing in the street for no good reason. It is people getting kicked, and then exploding. It is a pure comic book, and I will fight anyone who says otherwise. And afterwards, they will explode.]]
* ''Ocean'':
* ''Orbiter'': Spaceflight dies. The last shuttle returns. What is out there?
* ''{{Planetary}}'': [[FantasyKitchenSink It's a strange world. Let's keep it that way.]]
* ''Comicbook/{{Red}}'': I'm the [[RetiredMonster Monster]]. [[FacingTheBulletsOneLiner Do your best.]]
* ''{{Transmetropolitan}}'': HunterSThompson [[InSpace IN THE FUTURE]].
* ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeResolute'': [[http://www.toplessrobot.com/2009/04/gi_resolute_reminder_and_mini-review.php Warren Ellis makes tender, passionate love to our childhoods, and he has an enormous dick.]]
* ''{{Gravel}}'', including the Strange Killings mini-series and the current ongoing.
* ''{{Thunderbolts}}'' issues 110 - 121
* ''Wolfskin'': Warren Ellis Writes An Awesome ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' FanFic.
* ''SwitchbladeHoney'' - Captain John Ryder -- inspired by RayWinstone in LondonGangster mode -- commands a [[Franchise/StarTrek starship]] in a war against a JerkAss HiveMind in defense of a CrapsackWorld.
* The "BewareTheSuperman" Trilogy:
** ''BlackSummer'': [[SuperMan Super]]IronMan decides that GeorgeWBush Made It Happen On Purpose. VigilanteExecution ensues. Now all his friends have to deal with the aftermath.
** ''NoHero'': What if superhumans weren't all that humane? [[spoiler:They'd still be better than TheGovernment.]]
** ''{{Supergod}}'': "Praying to be saved by a man who can fly will get you killed."
* Superhero anime projects: Collaboration between {{Marvel}} and Creator/{{Madhouse}}. Ellis outlines the story lines for each episode of each anime series, including ''Anime/IronMan'' and ''Anime/{{Wolverine}}''.
* Works for UltimateMarvel:
** Ultimate Galactus Trilogy - turning Galactus into something much more intimidating than a man with TV screen on his head.
** Ultimate Human: [[IronMan Tony Stark]] tries to save [[TheIncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]], while somebody plots against both of them.
** Ultimate Comics Armor Wars: Tony Stark tries to find his stolen tech, while Warren Ellis is having fun.
* ''[[ComicBook/TheAvengers Secret Avengers]]'': A six-issue run (so far; he's stated that he'd be willing to write more). If you thought ''Astonishing X-Men'' was CrazyAwesome, you have yet to meet the gleefully insane Moon Knight and Pilot Marko. Not to mention his Beast.
-->'''Hank [=McCoy=]''': ''I can't fire a gun! I have '''paws!'''''

!Tropes associated with Warren Ellis and his works:

* AntiHero: [[SlidingScaleOfAntiHeroes Type III, IV or V]] depending on the series. Spider Jerusalem is easily one of the morally (definitely not socially) nicest, and he will shoot the President with [[BrownNote a gun that makes him shit himself]], then un-pawn a child's stuffed animal.
* {{Atheism}}: Ellis does not believe in God or gods, nor do most of his characters. Especially his Author Avatars like Spider Jerusalem.
* AttentionDeficitCreatorDisorder: It varies, but this often turns out to be a good thing; some of his best work is stuff he came up with and wrote while he was supposed to be writing something else. Avatar Press probably has a red phone just for him: "What's that, Mr. Ellis? You want to have [[SuperMan Super]]IronMan kill the POTUS? Shoot it on over and we'll print a run, see how the fans like it. We'll keep the presses warm, too, because they probably will."
* AuthorAppeal: NewMedia. His run of JLA Classified is basically an {{Expy}} of GlobalFrequency - the Leaguers simultaneously find something so weird their brains go blue-screen, so they all call up MartianManhunter telepathically. ''He'' then calls up Oracle of [[{{Characters/BATMAN}} the Bat-clan]], who powers up all her computers and digs in.
-->'''{{Superman}}''': ''J'onn, do you hear me?''
-->'''WonderWoman''': ''J'onn, this is Wonder Woman. I need a consultation.''
-->'''GreenLantern''': ''J'onn, this is Green Lantern. I could use some extra brains here.''
-->'''Martian Manhunter''': ''I Hear You All. This is J'onn J'onzz on the Lunar Watchtower, activating the Justice League Telepathic Link.''
-->'''Oracle''': ''This is Oracle in the Gotham Watchtower. Information mining system on. [[strike:You Are On The Global Frequency.]] Justice League Is Go.''
** ''Secret Avengers'' also bore a lot of similarities to ''Global Frequency'', complete with "mini-teams" similar to the GF teams.
** He's also very interested in space-flight, trans-humanism and the Singularity, all of which tend to pop up in his works to some degree.
** Nanomachines and corrupt mega-corporations pop up all over the place in his work.
* AuthorAvatar: Several characters, who share some of his points of view or thoughts - Eliah Snow in ''Planetary'', Jenny Sparks in ''Authority'', Pete Wisdom in ''Excalibur'' and ''Ultimate Human'', Spider Jerusalem in ''Transmetropolitan''
* AuthorFilibuster: Related to [[AuthorAvatar author avatar]] above, as the said characters are always ready to explain at length their views, sometimes at odd moments.
* {{Badass Boast}}s followed by [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments Of Awesome]]: Ellis '''''knows''''' how a superhero battle goes down.
-->'''J'onn J'onzz''': ''We're the Justice League. We've beaten up real gods and made them cry. You are nothing to us.'' (cue League [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu delivering epic smackdown to mind-devouring abomination.]])
* BewareTheSuperman: He has to like this trope very much - ''Black Summer'', ''No Hero'', ''Supergod'' are all about it, echoes of it can be found in ''Planetary'', ''Authority'' and ''Thunderbolts'', and one of his first ''StormWatch'' stories quoted it explicitly.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Many of his titles.
* BlackComedy: As a result of the above.
* CompositeCharacter: Ultimate Pete Wisdom, introduced in Ellis' ''Ultimate Human'' is a mix of mainstream Wisdom and [[spoiler: Hulk's enemy, The Leader]].
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Following the direction JossWhedon took [[XMen Cyclops]], Ellis ignored BadassDecay the character has been subjected to by other writers, and wrote him true to the spirit of ChrisClaremont's portrayal, who'd always seen Summers as "a [[Creator/RobertAHeinlein Heinlein]] character". Maybe even took it step further, as he admitted trying to make Scott {{Batman}} with eye beams. (Opinions vary one whether it was this trope or Scott simply [[TookALevelInJerkass taking a level in Jerkass]].)
* DeadpanSnarker: His interviews are filled with snark.
* {{Deconstruction}}: He wrote a whole trilogy which is deconstructing SuperHero genre, telling what would happen if superheroes were too human (''BlackSummer''), crazy assholes (''NoHero'') or have no humanity at all (''Supergod'').
* DoingItForTheArt: Pretty much his entire work on Avatar Press. While their sales are extremely miniscule in comparison to even the most unpopular mainstream comic, Ellis manages to publish some of his most distinctive work for Avatar.
* DotingParent: One of the main reasons he works in mainstream stuff? [[http://www.warrenellis.com/?p=10806 So he could buy his daughter a horse.]]
* {{Eagleland}}: Any of Warren's works set in America will feature people who are either selfless, heroic martyrs, or abusive, misanthropic jackasses; and locations ranging from a splendid New York City to the most rundown trailer park imaginable. Ellis has said in Q & A's that his feelings on America are mostly that while he thinks it ''is'' the greatest country in the world, he also feels it has the potential to be far greater, and is annoyed by this.
* ExecutiveMeddling: Averted when he wrote GI Joe: Resolute. According to him, the Hasbro executives were generally easy to work with and while they didn't allow Cobra Commander to wipe out Beijing as his original plan, [[AcceptableTargets they let him wipe out Moscow.]]
* {{Fandumb}}: The consistent belief that Ellis 'hates' superheroes - Often due to people looking at something like the Authority (when Ellis' run was much, much less severe than say, Mark Millar's) and getting the wrong impression entirely. Either that, or they confuse him with GarthEnnis.
** A column from Ellis shows that it's not that he hates superheroes, but rather that he never grew up with them the same way other comic fans did. Thus, his view on characters like Batman or Superman would mirror how a man would suddenly discover manga or pulp comics.
*** And yet despite that, he manages to write some of the definitive work on the same. Probably because this distance, while on the surface merely [[{{Deconstruction}} enabling him to take them apart and show up all the bad bits]], ''also'' enables him to [[{{Reconstruction}} put them back together better once he's done.]]
** See this very page for many repetitions of the idea that {{Planetary}} #8's JohnConstantine {{Expy}} was transformed into Spider Jerusalem by Ellis. WordOfGod is that Ellis' intent was to have the character turn from JohnConstantine into [[TheInvisibles King Mob]]. It was Cassaday who decided to keep going and make him Spider. (Not that Ellis didn't enjoy the idea, but it wasn't his.)
* IWantMyJetpack: Warren Ellis desperately does. Every one of his heroes brings up at least once that the world used to be amazing, specifically because we used to do amazing things on a regular basis.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Warren himself and [[AuthorAvatar by proxy most of his heroes]] usually tend to come across as this. In his blog, on the surface he comes off as pretty grumpy, but there are plenty of entries that show he loves his fans, and he is very supportive of many young and independent comic book artists and other creative people, by bringing larger attention to them.
** Hell, just listen to his story about [[http://www.warrenellis.com/?p=10633 when one of his cats died]].
** And what he did with [[http://www.warrenellis.com/?p=10806 the money he earned]] from ''{{Red}}''.
* KillItWithFire: his attitude to ''cooking'' is described on that page. It includes the phrase "KILL IT DED WITH FIRE YUS".
* KindheartedCatLover: If [[http://www.warrenellis.com/?p=10633 this]] is anything to go by.
* KnightInSourArmor: His favoured protagonists tend to be world-weary and cynical chain-smokers living in UpToEleven {{Crapsack World}}s who nevertheless possess rigid moral cores and a commitment to doing the right thing despite themselves.
* MoneyDearBoy: Will readily admit that this is one of the reasons why he worked on stuff such as {{Castlevania}} and GIJoe.
* NamesTheSame: Ellis shares ''the exact same name'' with an Australian music artist who frequently works with NickCave. It's gotten to the point that several times a year he posts and Twitters a message that usually goes along the lines of "Once again: I am NOT the Warren Ellis who plays with Nick Cave. I am a comic book writer."
** Ellis claims that he occasionally gets phone calls from a drunken Blixa Bargeld (a bandmate of the other Ellis), making this same mistake.
* OneOfUs: With his massive internet presence, it's pretty much a given. Also, he's shown somewhat of an interest to {{Anime}}, particularly MushiShi and SatoshiKon films.
* PapaWolf: There are legends about how he scared the hell out of people at 4chan who had unhealthy interest in his daughter. To this day people sometimes talk about what he said he's going to do with them if they didn't stop.
** If we're talking about the same thing, here it is in all it's [[http://www.warrenellis.com/?p=6645 glory]]:
-->I do like those people.
-->Also, I like their belief that I have more than one cock.
-->Also, pedotards stay away from my daughter or Iíll smear your tiny dicks off with the sole of my boot.
* RandomEventsPlot: Ellis admitted that his ''Ultimate Comics Armor Wars'' miniseries was just essentially Marvel paying him for his [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stream_of_consciousness_writing Stream of consciousness writing.]] The result? Tony Stark beating on, in order - [[VideoGame/MegaMan Dr. Wily]] with a MODOK in his head. Doctor Literature/{{Frankenstein}} in power armor. [[{{Halo}} Master Chief]] ripoffs in the process of doing what the MC was canonically designed to do - [[KickTheDog slaughter protestors]]. And finally, [[spoiler:Howard Stark, Sr. AKA "ErnestBorgnine in an ill-advised love triangle with farming machinery and the wreckage of a Lincoln Continental".]]
* ScheduleSlip: When reading his ongoing work, prepare to wait months, if not years, for the next issue to come.
** [[WordOfGod According to Ellis]] via his message board, his main writing computer and backups failed back in late 2007 (the computer going out in a puff of smoke soon after the backups died), and the data-recovery company that he sent his hard drives to promptly vanished off the face of the Earth after the owner died while on an operating table in Europe and the employees scattered to the four winds, leaving behind only a boarded up empty space where the offices used to be. Many of Ellis's current projects were on those hard drives, including {{Fell}} and {{newuniversal}}. He has since then set up a [[http://freakangels.com/whitechapel/comments.php?DiscussionID=7158&page=1#Item_0 FAQ thread]] on the Whitechapel forums where he explains the fate and (possible) future of many of his projects that were directly affected by the crash.
* SpiritualAntithesis: Ellis himself put his ''BlackSummer'' in contrast with MarkMillar's Comicbook/CivilWar, saying that latter is watered-down vision of conflict between superheroes and government and the former is what would really happen. And he has a tendency to respond to every installment of Creator/KurtBusiek's {{Marvels}} with a extremely depressing miniseries.
** His ''SwitchbladeHoney'' is this to ''Franchise/StarTrek'' - it shows a future where the exploration of space is handled by a bunch of insane egomaniacs, which leads to a war with a much more powerful enemy, which humanity is losing. Heroic idealists, who would become great heroes of Starfleet in ''Franchise/StarTrek'', here end up in prison for opposing the corrupted system.
* StatusQuoIsGod: Criticized a lot, especially in Planetary, which really strongly criticizes ReedRichardsIsUseless and similiar tropes used by editorial mandate to make their worlds closer to our and preventing any changes. Even JohnConstantine has been criticized for not really changing since his first apperance (oddly Ellis suggested Constantine should become more like Spider Jerusalem).
* TheGovernment: Often opposing and critical of it. In particular, Ellis seems to like having [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent the president of the United States of America]] killed or at least disgraced in his works.
** They're also hilariously ineffective, as seen in The Authority and Planetary; In the former, no government or political power can stand against the threats he lines up, and in the latter, the world's progress is actually controlled and allowed to progress at a snail's pace by an evil pastiche of a popular superhero group.
** Also in ''GlobalFrequency'', where TheGovernment has usually created the threat of the week but fucked it up to such a degree that they're unable to handle it when it gets out of control, and thus have to rely on the global civilian network to clean up their messes.
* ThouShaltNotKill: Averted - most of his heroes don't have that kind of issues.
* TookALevelInBadass: It may sound impossible, but he made IronMan take one.
** As a matter of fact, it transpires that this ''was'', if not impossible, than at least hard to swallow: in order to make Stark more badass, Ellis first made him a bitch. Extremis in a nutshell - a RightWingMilitiaFanatic shoots up with {{Nanomachines}}, and the resulting Hulk-level sociopath [[CurbStompBattle Curb Stomps]] him. The hero who once flew a nuclear reactor the size of a city block ''in the process of meltdown'' out to sea ends up in severe danger of being killed by a redneck using a ''car'' as an improvised sledgehammer. Stark survives to shoot up on nanomachines himself, enabling him to [[UnusualUserInterface plug his brain]] into a brand-new suit, then goes back in swinging an earthmover bucket like a foam rubber bat.
** Also, Ellis' [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Doc Samson]] was probably the most spot-on compelling portrayal that the character has ever received. It would have been awesome to see more Ellis work starring the literally ragingly ethical BallsOfSteel bruiser psychiatrist. Just say that Loeb's version was a clone, life mode decoy android, an anal Skrull, [[ContinuityPorn one of those alternate universe tourists that Dan Slott introduced]], or somesuch. It didn't get the history straight anyway.
* TrenchcoatBrigade: Ellis seems to love the hell out of JohnConstantine, given that a chunk of his characters are essentially [[{{Expy}} Expies]] of him.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Thunderbolts during Ellis' run were so popular they had their own line of toys.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Authority and Doktor Sleepless.
* WriterOnBoard: Often very unsubtle about his...opinions. If he writes a TakeThat, you'll probably know it.
* WritingForTheTrade: Averted as all hell. While noting that he probably has more trades out than any other writer (it's not uncommon for comic book shops to have an entire shelf of his work), Warren has strived to make his comics such as {{Fell}}, {{Planetary}}, or GlobalFrequency as self-contained within each issue as possible.
* XMeetsY: His ''Secret Avengers'' run is basically {{Planetary}} meets GIJoe
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: In at least two instances(''JLA Classified: New Maps of Hell'' and ''Planetary''), Ellis has used "ancestors"(those you're descended from) when the text clearly should have used "descendants"(those descended from you).

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* KnightInSourArmor: His favoured protagonists tend to be world-weary and cynical chain-smokers living in UpToEleven {{Crapsack World}}s who nevertheless possess rigid moral cores and a commitment to doing the right thing despite themselves.
13th Jan '13 8:31:15 AM Kalaong
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* ''AntaeusRising''. Digital backups of dead soldiers are uploaded into tanks, helicopters and other vehicles. NanoTech is used to stop a cabal of [[CorruptCorporateExecutive corrupt corporations]] who aren't happy about the world being at peace. Most notable for being, well, a video game written by WarrenEllis and narrated by TomBaker.



* ''HostileWaters: Antaeus Rising'', a badass PC game (narrated by Tom Baker).


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13th Jan '13 8:19:07 AM gfrequency
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* ''AntaeusRising''. Digital backups of dead soldiers are uploaded into tanks, helicopters and other vehicles. NanoTech is used to stop a cabal of [[CorruptCorporateExecutive corrupt corporations]] who aren't happy about the world being at peace. Most notable for being, well, a video game written by WarrenEllis and narrated by TomBaker.


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* ''GunMachine'': His second novel. A PoliceProcedural set in Manhattan that takes a few decidedly HarlanEllison-esque twists.


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** Nanomachines and corrupt mega-corporations pop up all over the place in his work.
6th Jan '13 6:41:55 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ''{{Crecy}}'': "The Death Of Chivalry", "How [[NightmareFuel Nightmarishly]] AnnoyingArrows ''Really'' Are", or "How BadAss English [[TheArcher Archers]] Made French [[CountryMatters Cunts]] Stop Invading England". [[invoked]]

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* ''{{Crecy}}'': "The Death Of Chivalry", "How [[NightmareFuel Nightmarishly]] AnnoyingArrows ''Really'' Are", or "How BadAss English [[TheArcher Archers]] Archers Made French [[CountryMatters Cunts]] Stop Invading England". [[invoked]]
6th Dec '12 10:18:52 AM erforce
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* RandomEventsPlot: Ellis admitted that his ''Ultimate Comics Armor Wars'' miniseries was just essentially Marvel paying him for his [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stream_of_consciousness_writing Stream of consciousness writing.]] The result? Tony Stark beating on, in order - [[VideoGame/MegaMan Dr. Wily]] with a MODOK in his head. Doctor {{Frankenstein}} in power armor. [[{{Halo}} Master Chief]] ripoffs in the process of doing what the MC was canonically designed to do - [[KickTheDog slaughter protestors]]. And finally, [[spoiler:Howard Stark, Sr. AKA "ErnestBorgnine in an ill-advised love triangle with farming machinery and the wreckage of a Lincoln Continental".]]

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* RandomEventsPlot: Ellis admitted that his ''Ultimate Comics Armor Wars'' miniseries was just essentially Marvel paying him for his [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stream_of_consciousness_writing Stream of consciousness writing.]] The result? Tony Stark beating on, in order - [[VideoGame/MegaMan Dr. Wily]] with a MODOK in his head. Doctor {{Frankenstein}} Literature/{{Frankenstein}} in power armor. [[{{Halo}} Master Chief]] ripoffs in the process of doing what the MC was canonically designed to do - [[KickTheDog slaughter protestors]]. And finally, [[spoiler:Howard Stark, Sr. AKA "ErnestBorgnine in an ill-advised love triangle with farming machinery and the wreckage of a Lincoln Continental".]]
29th Nov '12 6:58:42 PM Aiguille
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* ''Wolfskin'': Warren Ellis Writes An Awesome {{Conan}} FanFic.

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* ''Wolfskin'': Warren Ellis Writes An Awesome {{Conan}} ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' FanFic.
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* AuthorAvatar: Several characters, who shares some of his points of view or thoughts - Eliah Snow in ''Planetary'', Jenny Sparks in ''Authority'', Pete Wisdom in ''Excalibur'' and ''Ultimate Human'', Spider Jerusalem in ''Transmetropolitan''

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* AuthorAvatar: Several characters, who shares share some of his points of view or thoughts - Eliah Snow in ''Planetary'', Jenny Sparks in ''Authority'', Pete Wisdom in ''Excalibur'' and ''Ultimate Human'', Spider Jerusalem in ''Transmetropolitan''
20th Nov '12 5:21:41 AM Doc_Loki
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* BewareTheSuperman: He has to like this trope very much - ''Black Summer'', ''No Hero'', ''Supergod'' are all about it, echoes of it can be found in ''Planetary'', ''Authority'' and ''Thunderbolts''.

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* BewareTheSuperman: He has to like this trope very much - ''Black Summer'', ''No Hero'', ''Supergod'' are all about it, echoes of it can be found in ''Planetary'', ''Authority'' and ''Thunderbolts''.''Thunderbolts'', and one of his first ''StormWatch'' stories quoted it explicitly.
18th Nov '12 3:36:37 PM Kalaong
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* ''SwitchbladeHoney'' - Captain John Ryder -- inspired by Ray Winstone in LondonGangster mode -- commands a [[Franchise/StarTrek starship]] in a war against a JerkAss HiveMind in defense of a CrapsackWorld.

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* ''SwitchbladeHoney'' - Captain John Ryder -- inspired by Ray Winstone RayWinstone in LondonGangster mode -- commands a [[Franchise/StarTrek starship]] in a war against a JerkAss HiveMind in defense of a CrapsackWorld.
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