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->''"I'm the evil mastermind behind the scenes. I'm the wicked puppeteer who pulls the strings and makes you dance. I'm your writer."''
-->-- '''GRANT MORRISON''' to ComicBook/AnimalMan, ''Animal Man #26''

Grant Morrison, [[http://www.scotsman.com/news/iannucci-on-birthday-honours-list-1-2358596 MBE]], is a Scottish writer, best known for the complex use of meta-fiction within his stories.

Morrison's first published comic book work was Gideon Stargrave in 1978. After a few attempts at Marvel UK, he started writing Comicbook/{{Zenith}} for Britain's ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' magazine. Like pretty much every superhero comic by English/Scottish/Irish writers during the eighties, it was both a superhero deconstruction and an excuse to take shots at MargaretThatcher. It was because of Zenith that Morrison was hired to do a comic about Comicbook/AnimalMan, a character few knew and nobody cared about, and started his long tradition of taking total losers and transforming them into something completely awesome. Next was the ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'', turning them into the greatest constant MindScrew ever put into Four Colored pages.

After those critical successes, he wrote ''Comicbook/ArkhamAsylumASeriousHouseOnSeriousEarth'', which became the best selling graphic novel up to that point, and featured selected members of Batman's rogues gallery - as well as the Dark Knight himself - as different aspects of non-comic book, medical insanity, such as schizophrenia and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. He then wrote several miniseries in Britain and for VertigoComics, and rose to stardom with the relaunch of ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'', which featured DC's big superheroes together again for the first time in years. Besides being aptly described elsewhere on this website as "made up of back-to-back Crowning Moments of Awesome", Morrison's JLA also served as inspiration for the {{DCAU}}'s ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', usually made up of back-to-back Crowning Moments of Awesome itself. At the time he was writing JLA, he was working on Creator/VertigoComics' ''ComicBook/TheInvisibles'', his most personal world, which he described as information given to him by Aliens during an abduction in Kathmandu.

Since then, he has worked with Creator/MarvelComics, writing the controversial ''ComicBook/{{New X-Men}}'' run, and the ''Marvel Boy'' and ''ComicBook/FantasticFour: 1234'' miniseries. He returned to DC, and wrote ''ComicBook/TheFilth'', ''ComicBook/{{Seaguy}}'', ''Vinamarama'' and ''ComicBook/{{We3}}'' for Vertigo before cutting loose in {{the DC U}}niverse with the seven Comicbook/SevenSoldiers miniseries and the universally beloved ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman''. He proceeded to yet again redefine the mindscrew in his ''[[ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsBatman Batman]]'' run, attempting to reconcile the character's 70 years' worth of interpretations, and finally realized his life long dream of somehow making the DC Universe a sentient being in ''FinalCrisis''. He then went on to work on the new ''Batman Incorporated'' and ''[[Franchise/{{Superman}} Action Comics]]''.

He also tried to [[AnyoneCanDie kill Magneto]] once, but unsurprisingly, [[ExecutiveMeddling it didn't stick]].

He also wrote ''ComicBook/JoeTheBarbarian'', which ran 8 issues from March 2010 to March 2011. The story is about a diabetic boy who becomes hypoglycemic, and enters a fantasy world due to hallucinations.

He is the author of the non-fiction 2011 book ''Supergods: Our World in the Age of the Superhero'', a mix between a critical history of superhero comics as he had seen it and autobiography.

Whether or not his stories are good is a topic of much debate. Some people love them, some people believe he's just some wacky guy who can't write a story without severe AuthorOnBoard and whose constant forays into ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs end up dominating his books to the detriment of plot and character. He did once state in the letters page of ''Comicbook/TheInvisibles'' that his protagonist, King Mob, a TuxedoAndMartini ObiWan AuthorAvatar only got laid all the time because the comic book was a magic spell Morrison was casting, and so [[SympatheticMagic making his main character get laid would get him laid]]. And if you think he's joking, [[CloudCuckoolander you haven't read ''Supergods'']]

Recognizable in real life by his shaved head and his already difficult to follow topics being uttered in a nearly incomprehensible accent. In an anecdote in the first volume of ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'', his conversation with the other writers and editor goes like this:

->'''Grant:''' "[something in a barely intelligible Scottish accent] space heroes [Scottish, Scottish] Styx, yeah."
->'''[[Creator/MarkWaid Mark]], [[Creator/GeoffJohns Geoff]], [[Creator/GregRucka Greg]], Steve:''' "Come again?"

While Grant has, as of this writing, officially stepped away from writing for ongoing superhero comic series for DC, he still has a couple of free-standing projects on his plate:
* Franchise/WonderWoman: Earth One, another entry into the same universe in which ComicBook/BatmanEarthOne and ComicBook/SupermanEarthOne are set.
* ''Comicbook/TheMultiversity'', a miniseries that attempts to further develop TheMultiverse and the concepts associated with it that he depicted in Comicbook/FinalCrisis, and was ''[[DevelopmentHell finally]]'' announced to be released in August of 2014.
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!!Works by Grant Morrison with their own trope pages include:

* ''[[ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsActionComics Action Comics]]'' (the New 52 relaunch)
* ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman''
* ''ComicBook/AnimalMan''
* ''ComicBook/ArkhamAsylumASeriousHouseOnSeriousEarth''
* ''[[ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsBatman Batman]]'' (including ''Batman and Robin'', ''The Return of Bruce Wayne'', and ''Batman, Inc.'')
* ''ComicBook/DinosaursVsAliens''
* ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol''
* ''ComicBook/TheFilth''
* ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis''
* ''Comicbook/FlexMentallo''
* ''ComicBook/TheInvisibles''
* ''ComicBook/JoeTheBarbarian''
* ''ComicBook/NewXMen''
* ''ComicBook/{{Seaguy}}''
* ''ComicBook/SevenSoldiers''
* ''ComicBook/{{We3}}''
* ''ComicBook/{{Zenith}}''

!!Tropes associated with Grant Morrison:
* AllThereInTheManual: ''Anarchy for the Masses'' for one thing offers a mighty effort at deciphering ''Comicbook/TheInvisibles''. Most notably insightful are the numerous interviews with Morrison and crew. Otherwise tends to give away tons of more or less required information about his work in interviews, which usually end up unread on obscure corners of the Internet.
** ''Final Crisis Sketchbook,'' essentially a collection of notes and "behind the scenes" comments on the creation of ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis,'' contained tidbits of information that never appeared in the actual comic ... like, say, the identities of some of the characters.
** The later chapters of ''Supergods'' also contain a fair amount of WordOfGod, especially regarding the genesis and intended meaning of Comicbook/TheInvisibles and Comicbook/FinalCrisis.
* AncientConspiracy: ''Comicbook/TheInvisibles'' revolves around them.
* AuthorAvatar: [[Comicbook/TheInvisibles King Mob]], [[Comicbook/GrantMorrisonsBatman Mo G.]], [[Comicbook/SuicideSquad "The Writer"]] [[labelnote:*]]this one was actually written by John Ostrander as a TakeThat to his appearance in AnimalMan[[/labelnote]], [[Comicbook/SevenSoldiers No-Beard]], both [[Comicbook/DoomPatrol Wally]] [[Comicbook/FlexMentallo Sages]], [[Comicbook/SevenSoldiers Mind]] [[Comicbook/FiftyTwo Grabber]] [[Comicbook/FlexMentallo Man]], [[Comicbook/NewXMen Professor X]], [[Comicbook/SevenSoldiers The Seven Unknown Men of Slaughter Swamp]], the "Batman" architect from ''Tales of the Unexpected'' [[labelnote:*]]again by a different writer, in this case Creator/BrianAzzarello. Morrison was reportedly unhappy with the character's [[PhoneticAccent Scottish accent]][[/labelnote]], and many more.
** As ''Comicbook/TheInvisibles'' was collected without the letter columns from the single issues, one deeply odd fact about Morrison has been mostly lost to memory. After his representation in the comic, Kirk Morrison/Gideon Stargrave/King Mob, spent a few issues slowly dying of a gunshot wound to the stomach, Morrison himself nearly died from a collapsed lung. Morrison draws a straight line between what happened to King Mob and what happened to him, which may explain why King Mob spends most of volume 2 balls-deep in Ragged Robin...
* AuthorGuestSpot: Famously in ''ComicBook/AnimalMan''. Hilariously, fellow DC writer John Ostrander realized not long after that by writing himself into a comic Grant Morrison had put himself ''in continuity'', and made "the Writer" a member of the Comicbook/SuicideSquad for one issue.
* AuthorStandIn
* AuthorTract: Morrison pretty much likes to either add himself, or characters who act as him, in a large amount of his stories.
* BaldOfAwesome: Adopted sometime in TheNineties. When Morrison made his CreatorCameo in ''ComicBook/AnimalMan #26'' he had a kind of mod pageboy.
* BittersweetEnding: If you don't cry with ''ComicBook/{{We3}}'' you have no soul.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: ''Kill Your Boyfriend!''
* BombThrowingAnarchists: {{Deconstructed}} in a lot of his work, especially ''Comicbook/TheInvisibles''. Unsurprising since Morrison himself is also an anarchist.
* CanonWelding: The concept/character of "Qwewq" or "Earth-Q" has shown up in almost all of his DC work. It was a miniature universe created as an experiment by [[Comicbook/AllStarSuperman Superman]] with [[RealWorldEpisode no superhuman elements]]. It was "poisoned" by the intrusion of a supervillain named the Black Death and the [[NinetiesAntiHero Ultramarines]] were sent in to restore order, but it was too late and the [[Comicbook/SevenSoldiers Sheeda]] manipulated it into becoming Ne-bu-loh AKA The Nebula Man. It was eventually [[ItMakesSenseInContext impaled by Frankenstein.]] It's also implied that this is the "Real World" that Comicbook/AnimalMan and the Comicbook/DoomPatrol visited, and may also be the "caged baby universe" powering Comicbook/TheAuthority's shiftship. If you're feeling particularly philosophical, you could make the case that it's supposed to be our universe, meaning that Superman created us and our universe is destined to become a supervillain due to humanity's overwhelming cynicism.
* CardCarryingVillain: Morrison seems to have a liking for villains who are openly and exultantly evil: Darkseid in ''JLA'' and ''Final Crisis'', the Black Glove in ''Batman RIP'', Luthor in ''All-Star Superman'', [[spoiler: Leviathan, a.k.a Talia al Ghul in ''Batman Inc'']], etc.
** Also Cassandra Nova in ''New X-Men'', who gleefully commits genocide, although even ''she'' is rehabilitated in an alternate timeline presented in his run's finale.
** His attempt to turn ''SelfDemonstating/{{Magneto}}'', Marvel's poster child for the WellIntentionedExtremist trope, into a CardCarryingVillain, though? Not well-received. The writers that came after him [[ArmedWithCanon couldn't retcon the whole thing away fast enough.]]
* CloudcuckooLander: To say the least.
* ContinuityPorn: Morrison is known for bringing back obscure (and even unpopular) ideas. Some dislike this and believe these ideas are best forgotten, while others think he makes these concepts work much better than before.
** This is a reflection of his personal belief that ''EVERYTHING'' that has ever been published is somehow still in continuity.
** His [[Series/DoctorWho Sixth Doctor]] comic "The World Shapers" from Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine features the return of the Voord [[spoiler:who evolve into the Cybermen]] and Jamie [=McCrimmon=] [[spoiler:as a mad old man who gets killed]]. This is all based on a throwaway line from ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E3TheInvasion The Invasion]]'' about the Doctor and Jamie having encountered the Cybermen on "Planet 14".
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: ComicBook/{{Seaguy}} is pursued by an evil corporation, and Morrison's portrayal of SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor in his ''JLA'' run was explicitly based on this.
* CosmicDeadline: ''ComicBook/TheFilth'', ''ComicBook/TheInvisibles'', ''Comicbook/SevenSoldiers'', ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis''. It's practically his style.
* DeconstructorFleet: Most of Morrison's work revolves around deconstructing, subverting, and mashing together as many tropes and genres as possible. Sometimes this covers a staggering variety of things (see ''Comicbook/TheInvisibles''), and sometimes his focus is narrowed to merely the entirety of the {{DC Comics}} universe (see ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis'') or the history and mythos surrounding a particular character (see ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'', [[Comicbook/GrantMorrisonsBatman his run on]] ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''), but he's always doing it in one form or another.
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: While he did start writing comics in his late teens, it took him a while to see it as his true calling. At one point, he was even a filing clerk for about a year.
* DeusExMachina: He handwaves most of his run in ''Comicbook/AnimalMan'' himself.
* EveryoneHasStandards: He might have experimented with drugs in the past, but he claims to have never indulged in anything as severe as crack cocaine.
* GainaxEnding: As of this writing, there are six entries in the "Comic Books" section of this page and four of them are about comics he wrote.
* GenreSavvy: Both Grant himself and his characters know how death works in comics. He made no attempt to convince people Batman wouldn't return from the dead. When ComicBook/{{Metamorpho}} died, the implication was that he was most likely going to come back. Even Jean Grey's tombstone states "She will rise again."
* GentlemanThief: Fantomex from his ''ComicBook/{{New X-Men}}'' run is based on Italian comic book thief ComicBook/{{Diabolik}} and the French crime fiction character that inspired him, Literature/{{Fantomas}}.
* GentlemanWizard: Grant himself. He may have accepted female fans taking him dancing once in a while, to make them a little happier, but unlike lots of other celebrities, never takes advantage of them.
* AGodIsYou: ''ComicBook/TheInvisibles'', ''ComicBook/TheFilth'' and his [[Creator/DCComics DC]] superhero writing all contain examples of unique, bizarre or transcendent self-empowerment.
* GovernmentConspiracy: Again, from ''ComicBook/TheInvisibles''.
* HigherUnderstandingThroughDrugs: Morrison has talked candidly about epiphanies he's had while on drugs, and he often included this trope in his works.
* KindHeartedCatLover: The death of his pet cat impacted his writing of ComicBook/AnimalMan, and he discusses it in his appearance during the final issue.
* LostTechnology: Maggedon from his ''JLA'' run is an ancient, universe-ending weapon.
* MindScrew: At least one per issue.
* NoFourthWall: Some creators like to break the FourthWall. Morrison likes to use a grenade launcher on it.
* OldShame: Never, ever mention his time on the UK ''Franchise/{{Zoids}}'' comic. It tends to be "conveniently forgotten" by his biographers and fandom, and he seems to prefer that it remains obscure. However, ''Zoids'' fans who know about it generally rate it high and wish [[CutShort the ending was known...]]
* OrderVersusChaos: A common theme in his work.
* PornStash: According to a [[http://sequart.org/magazine/3122/sex-and-the-man-who-has-everything comment by Julian Darius in 2011]]: "Grant Morrison has confessed (in our documentary [[http://sequart.org/movies/1/grant-morrison-talking-with-gods/ Talking with Gods]]) that he used to draw super-heroes having sex." You know he didn't throw those drawings out, they're hidden in a box somewhere, famous Rule34 waiting to happen.
* {{Reconstruction}}: Morrison likes to put things back together as much as he enjoys pulling them apart, even if he does put them back together in very different ways than they started out; in particular, his recent superhero works have been largely an attempt to bring back [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver]] and [[TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]] superhero tropes after the lengthy process of deconstruction they've been subject to, albeit in a way that works post-[[TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks Dark Age]].
* RecursiveReality
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: In his superhero work, he's usually high up the idealistic end. His other work can vary, but has a strong tendency towards the optimistic.
* TheUnintelligible: According to the notes included by other members of the ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' writing staff in one of the [=TPBs=], Morrison himself.
** 'e's got a crackin' wee scot accent, I tell ya.
** An anecdote in Creator/BryanTalbot's book ''The Naked Artist'' has Morrison appearing on-stage at an Italian comics convention, and needing a volunteer Scottish interpreter to translate him into standard English for the official Italian interpreter.
* ViewersAreGeniuses: Morrison writes believing this wholeheartedly. Of course, your opinion, as stated above, may vary.
** We suspect if you've read Creator/RobertAntonWilson's Cosmic Trigger trilogy then you'll get most of Grant's references.
* WalkingTheEarth: After earning a large amount of money from the sales of ArkhamAsylumASeriousHouseOnSeriousEarth, Morrison proceeded to travel around the world for a while.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Comicbook/TheInvisibles as a group are that.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Supposedly, Music/MyChemicalRomance wanted him to make an appearance in the music video for [[Music/TheBlackParade "Mama"]] that never got made, where he would have played Satan opposite Liza Minnelli (who would have played the Virgin Mary). Though the "Mama" video never came to be, fans later got a consolation prize when he played the CorruptCorporateExecutive Korse in the videos from ''Music/DangerDaysTheTrueLivesOfTheFabulousKilljoys''.
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: AnimalMan and most of the early issues of his DoomPatrol were made before he even tried experimenting with alcohol and drugs.
* WritingForTheTrade: Morrison has stated that his run on Batman is to be divided up into "separate books" that all go together. This makes some of the more unusual issues make more sense. Final Crisis also becomes much more comprehensible when reading it as a trade rather than individual issues being released each month (which has contributed much of the FanDumb against Final Crisis itself).
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