Adam Warlock is a Creator/MarvelComics cosmic hero who has starred in more than one series. He's best known for being the personal nemesis of ComicBook/{{Thanos}}, for his connection to ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet and the Soul Gem, and as a founding member of the 616 version of the ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy.

He first appeared in ''Fantastic Four'' vol. 1 #66-67 (September-October, 1967), created by Creator/StanLee and Creator/JackKirby for a ComicBook/FantasticFour story, but as "Him", an artificial lifeform who had escaped its creators. In ''Marvel Premiere'' #1 (April, 1972) writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane reinvented him as Marvel [[NoSuchThingAsSpaceJesus Space Jesus]], complete with crucifixion and resurrection! His task was to save an artificial parallel Earth (CounterEarth) from [[SatanicArchetype a rebellious creation of its maker]], The High Evolutionary.

Nevertheless, he never really took off until a new writer got his hands on him - [[MyRealDaddy Jim Starlin]]. It was under him that Adam became the [[WarriorPoet philosopher-hero]] that he is best known to be today, as well as the ArchEnemy of Thanos. Starlin also introduced the rest of his supporting cast including Pip the Troll (his best friend, a drunken space satyr) and Gamora, his love interest, Thanos' former personal assassin.

Adam's major storylines involve his [[FutureMeScaresMe Evil Future Self]], The Magus, whom he eliminated from existence by ''killing himself in the future'' (both got better later) and the Infinity Gems, a collection of gemstones (said to be PiecesOfGod) that grant {{omnipotence}} if used all at the same time (Adam was given one, the Soul Gem, by the Evolutionary. He and his allies later took to guarding the rest, as a team known as The Infinity Watch.)

Warlock has suffered some CharacterDerailment at the hands of lesser writers over the years, but still exists in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse and occasionally pops up to save the day again.

A cocoon similar in design to his one in the comics featured in the background of the Collector's collection in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', and again in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''. By the end of ''Guardians'', [[MeaningfulBackgroundEvent it's been cracked open and is empty]] -- though WordOfGod is that in spite of the similar design, it wasn't his cocoon. Adam Warlock was originally considered for an appearance in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'', but his role was cut as the script was revised -- while his sister, Ayesha, serves as the film's secondary antagonist a cocoon (different from the one in the first movie) is seen in one of the stingers, which Ayesha refers to as 'Adam'. It's been confirmed that he will be sitting ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' and ''Film/Avengers4'' out, but he will have a major part of the third film in the ''Guardians'' series.

!Tropes involving Adam Warlock:
* AGodAmI: Adam tends to have delusions of this from time to time, especially when he holds the Infinity Gauntlet.
* ArtificialHuman: He was an experiment to create the perfect man, no natural birth for him.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: "Our" original Warlock, from Earth-616, was summarily replaced by the Warlock of a parallel and nearly identical universe, at the end of ''The Infinity Revelation'. What happened to the original Warlock is left ambiguous, but eventually this latest version of Warlock became the new '''Living Tribunal'''. Before doing so he brings the original Warlock back.
* CameBackStrong: He often gets killed, but then he reincarnates within a cocoon and comes back with new powers.
* CreepyChild: [[spoiler: In the Annihilators: Earthfall mini, this is the form Magus is revived as. He possesses the bodies of other children to prevent the Avengers from attacking him.]]
* CreepyGood: Even without the Soul Gem making him a golden space vampire in-practice, Adam is still a rather eerie figure, not helped by the fact that he has a fondness for adorning his costumes with skull jewellery and blood-red fabrics.
* CosmicKeystone: The Infinity Gems.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Killing someone using the Soul Gem sends them into a paradisaical universe inside the Soul Gem. When Warlock himself is killed by the Soul Gem (he is killed by his past self) he finds that all his old enemies have now become his friends, since paradise made them Get Better.
* DeityOfHumanOrigin: By the end of ''The Infinity Finale'' saga, Warlock has become the new Living Tribunal, the previous one having been killed by the Beyonders in the prelude to ''ComicBook/SecretWars2015''. The catch is, this is the Warlock of an alternate universe who absorbed all of his universe's energies, cosmic abstracts included, then completely replaced "our" Earth-616 Warlock at the end of ''The Infinity Revelation''. He brings the original back before he takes on his new role.
* DistaffCounterpart: 'Her' (later renamed Kismet), a second creation of the Enclave. She sought out Warlock [[AdamAndEvePlot to mate with him]], but he was "dead" at the time.
** Still a female 'Warlock' previously known as Janie Chin was introduced in a 2003 mini.
** Also see EnemyWithout trope below.
* EnemyWithout: In addition to The Magus, Adam also once accidentally spawned a female, 'good' version of himself, The Goddess, who was ''still'' a menace as she wanted to purify the universe... by destroying it.
* EvilVersusEvil: The forces of Order and Chaos [[spoiler:tortured Adam into becoming the Magus]] so he could act as a Champion of Life brutal and powerful enough to overcome Thanos, the Champion of Death, as they believed his more heroic and noble self to be too soft-handed and weak for the task.
* FaceHeelTurn: Adam Warlock becomes the Magus in an alternate future [[spoiler: and due to his actions containing the Fault in ''ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', he becomes the Magus again.]]
* FriendlyEnemy: His relationship with Thanos is...complicated.
* FullyAbsorbedFinale: After Warlock's series was canceled, Starlin was invited to write and draw the Annuals for ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'' and ''Marvel Two-in-One'', where he wrapped up the storylines from ''Warlock'' and [[spoiler: seemingly killed off most of his own characters]].
* FutureMeScaresMe: Adam Warlock was captured by his mad future self The Magus; after escaping, he soul-sucked a nearer-future self to make sure The Magus was definitely dead.
* GoMadFromTheIsolation: The original origin of the Magus.
* HeelFaceTurn: Gamora, raised by Thanos to kill Adam (to keep him from becoming his rival, The Magus, in the future) but fell in love with him instead.
* HeIsNotMyBoyfriend: It took Gamora a long time to realize her feelings for Adam, even after befriending him.
* ImmuneToFate: Other than his issue with the Magus, the entities Lord Order and Master Chaos declare that Adam Warlock is outside destiny. A side effect of this is he's impossible to scry.
* LastOfHerKind: Gamora is the last of the Zen-Whoberi. Or she will be, Thanos having recovered her from the future.
* MadScientist: The Enclave, the trio who created Adam to be a living weapon with which to TakeOverTheWorld. He had other ideas.
** The High Evolutionary is a superpowered one, with [[AGodAmI a God Complex]] to boot.
* MeaningfulName: The Evolutionary renamed him 'Adam' (for being the first of his kind) and 'Warlock' because "Men would fear his powers". [[note]] Later Marvel characters, Warlock and his father The Magus, from the ComicBook/NewMutants series, are completely unrelated to him (but may have been named that way to conserve the trademarks, since both of the original characters were "dead" at the time).[[/note]]
** Gamora is the last of the Zen-Whoberis (or "Zen Hubris"). [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic Good luck working out what that actually means though.]]
* ReligionOfEvil: The Church of Universal Truth, run and founded by the Magus.
* SlasherSmile: This is The Magus's default expression.
* SoulPower: Held the Soul Infinity Stone for a good while, prolonged exposure left him with innate senses regarding it and the rest of the gems. Outside of that his soul itself is so powerful Death herself cannot claim it.
* StableTimeLoop: By having Adam commit suicide so there would not be a Magus.
** Not that it seems to help as the Magus seems to [[DeathIsCheap always come back]] but that in itself maybe the Loop.
* SuperheroesInSpace: He prefers to fight evil outside Earth.
* SuperpowerLottery: He's immortal, has cosmic and magical powers, a number of abilities that affect reality including being a reality anchor and hiding out from near-omniscient beings. Finally if he's still in trouble, he can cocoon and evolve further.
* QuantumMechanicsCanDoAnything: His magical abilities are vaguely described as based on quantum physics.
* {{Tykebomb}}: Gamora was raised from childhood by Thanos to kill the Magus. She eventually falls in love with Adam.
* UltimateLifeForm: Adam's intended purpose, along with 'Her', was to be this.
* UnexplainedRecovery: Adam, Thanos, Gamora, and Pip - DeathIsCheap when you own the Soul Gem.
* YourDaysAreNumbered: Warlock spent about half of Starlin's run on his title back in the 70s as this. Warlock killed his future self using his Soul Gem, so he knew it was only a matter of time before he met up with himself, which he did in the title's final issue.
* ZanyScheme: The Enclave kidnapped Alicia, The Thing's blind girlfriend, just so she could tell them what Him looked like, since they couldn't see it because of the dazzling light he emitted. All they achieved was getting the Fantastic Four mad at them.