[[caption-width-right:199:"I think of myself as a bad writer with big ideas, but Id rather be that than a big writer with bad ideas."]]

->''"They called for me and I went to them. I could not do otherwise. The will of the whole of humanity
->was a strong thing. It smashed through the ties of time and the chains of space and dragged me to
-->--From '''The Eternal Champion'''

Michael Moorcock (born December 18, 1939, London) is a british SpeculativeFiction author of roughly 80 novels and short stories collections. Combines a graphic and powerful imagination with an often frustrating inability to resolve a plot except by DeusExMachina.

In the 1960s he became editor of ''New Worlds'' magazine, evolving its format from a fairly conservative science fiction magazine into an anarchic counter-cultural outlet, bringing a much-needed waft of swinging-London "hipness" and progressive sensibility to fantastic and fantasy fiction and touching off the NewWaveScienceFiction movement.

Most of his work revolves around the concept of the "Eternal Champion"; a being who undergoes repeated incarnations throughout time, and is destined to maintain [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil the balance between Law and Chaos]]-- whether [[IJustWantToBeNormal he wants to or not]]. Many of his earlier works were written as stand-alone works; but have been [[CanonWelding retroactively added to the Eternal Champion mythology]], mainly through later crossovers.

The Eternal Champion commonly has a sidekick of some sort, if only briefly. Just as the Champion has many incarnations, so does the sidekick, and is commonly referred to as the Eternal Companion. The nature of the Companion varies, from HypercompetentSidekick, to TheWatson, to DistressedDamsel, to almost pure comic relief. The various sidekicks are also commonly more down-to-earth than the Champion; and frequently GenreSavvy, being aware of the nature of TheMultiverse, the Champion, and themselves.

The Eternal Champion also has a (typically doomed) love-interest: the Eternal Consort. Their love affair is often doomed because of the interference of the Eternal Enemy, who has manifested in many forms: quite often with dark desires for the Consort. the Enemy has been Yyrkoon, evil cousin of Elric; Frank Cornelius, the evil brother/cousin of Jerry Cornelius; Johannes Klosterheim, who usually appears in more "modern" stories and generally represents a corrupt and depraved figure of apparent order, and sometimes appears as TheDragon or TheStarscream to Gaynor; and reaches his epitome as Gaynor, Prince of the Damned. (There is a suggestion that Gaynor is a manifestation of the Eternal Champion who went "wrong" in some way, becoming the Champion's evil counterpart. When Corum tears the helmet from Gaynor's face, it mutates through untold changes and faces - including, briefly, Corum's - before he dies, leaving his Chaos-armour empty).

He strongly dislikes Creator/JRRTolkien's works despite having met him personally and finding him sympathetic on a personal level (although he has also stated that certain accounts have overstated his dislike of Tolkien's works; notably, he did use ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' as a favourable reference point for the inventiveness of Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's ''Literature/TheLeftHandOfDarkness''. However, there is also the essay "[[http://www.revolutionsf.com/article.php?id=953 Epic Pooh]]", which spells out what he ''does'' dislike about Tolkien's works). He also loathes [[https://web.archive.org/web/20011127061544/http://flag.blackened.net/liberty/moorcock.html Robert Heinlein and his ilk]]. These people's opinions on him are unreported. On the other hand he greatly admires Mervyn Peake and considered the ''Literature/{{Gormenghast}}'' trilogy an injustly-overlooked masterpiece.

He has also written songs for Music/BlueOysterCult and Music/{{Hawkwind}} and occasionally performed with the latter band. During his brush with Hawkwind he seems to have befriended Lemmy Kilmister, who later went on to found hard rock/heavy metal seminal ensemble Music/{{Motorhead}}. He has dedicated a recently-released Hawkmoon omnibus to "his friend Lemmy".

Some members of Hawkwind helped him record a music album under the name of "Michael Moorcock and the Deep Fix" (in the mid-70s). When, with the advent of Internet, enough fans began pestering him for a reissue he made his own personal copy downloadable from his website (the masters apparently having been forever lost). A CD (Dojo Limited [=DOJOCD88=]) was released in 1995, audio source unknown (although the sound quality isn't bad).

He has also written comics plots which have been illustrated by Creator/WaltSimonson and contributed a few issues to Creator/AlanMoore's ''ComicBook/TomStrong''.

He is one of a number of writers that Creator/GamesWorkshop and Creator/{{TSR}} ripped off shamelessly. But Games Workshop had the courage to at least credit him in a backhanded way (''and thanks to Michael Moorcock, whose fault all this is'').

A longtime fan of ''Series/DoctorWho'', Moorcock was commissioned by the BBC to write a Who novel, ''The Coming of the Terraphiles, or Pirates of the Second Aether!!'' (2010).

Lifelong [[UsefulNotes/{{Anarchism}} anarchist]].

A highly prolific writer, most of his works fit into collections revolving around a particular incarnation of the Eternal Champion; although there are a few stand-alone works. Many of his earlier works were later incorporated into the Eternal Champion mythology.

!! Some examples of the Eternal Champion works below:
* ''Literature/TheElricSaga'' (Elric of Melnibone)
* ''The Eternal Champion Saga'' (Erekosë / John Daker)
* ''Literature/TheHistoryOfTheRunestaff'' (Dorian Hawkmoon)
* ''Count Brass'' (Earl Aubec)
* ''Literature/TheCorneliusChronicles'' (Jerry Cornelius)
* ''The Dancers at the End of Time'' (Jherek Carnelian)
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfCorum'' (Corum Jhaelen Irsei)
* ''A Nomad of the Time Streams'' (Oswald Bastable)
* ''Von Bek'' (various members of the von Bek family)
* ''The Second Ether'' (Jack Karaquazian)
* ''Behold the Man'' (Karl Glogauer)
* ''Kane of Old Mars'' (Michael Kane)

!! Notable works not part of the Eternal Champion mythology:
* ''Behold the Man'' (Not originally an Eternal Champion novel, it was later [[CanonWelding retconned in]]).
* ''Gloriana, or, The Unfulfill'd Queen''
* ''Mother London''
* ''The Pyat Quartet'' (a.k.a. ''Between the Wars'')

!!Michael Moorcock's works provide examples of:

* {{Anorgasmia}}: In ''Gloriana'' the titular queen is forever bemoaning the fact that she can't have orgasms, and because of the palace's peculiar acoustics the entire court can hear her. Of course, when she finally does the entire court gets to hear that as well.
* AntiHero: Nearly every one of his main characters pretty much defines a type of anti-hero; covering all variations.
* [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil Balance Between Order And Chaos]]: The Eternal Champion exists to maintain the Balance.
* BlessedWithSuck / CursedWithAwesome: Depending on the particular protagonist, they will typically view their situation as one of these two, if not both. The most notable example is Elric's EmpathicWeapon; which makes him nearly invincible, able to kill even gods, but also has a tendency to kill his nearest and dearest at every available opportunity.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: When morality is not gray or black, many characters and settings tend to have this sort; especially if they're non-human.
* CanonWelding: Originally named "The Moorcock Effect". Key early examples in Moorcock's work are:
** Two of the sections of ''The Final Programme'' (the opening section and the third one dealing with the Newman diary) are obvious rewritings in a superspy environment of the early Elric stories "The Dreaming City" and "While the Gods Laugh".
** The first Erekose novel, ''The Eternal Champion'', is the most explicit early statement of the Eternal Champion concept and names several of the other versions.
** The "Agak and Gagak" incident, in which four versions of the Champion are [[CrisisCrossover summoned]] to deal with a threat to the whole Multiverse, is depicted from Hawkmoon's point of view in the novel ''The Quest for Tanelorn'' and from Elric's in the novel ''The Sailor on the Seas of Fate''.
** Later on, ''The Coming of the Terraphiles'' is an officially-licensed crossover between ''Series/DoctorWho'' and Moorcock's "Second Ether" stories, and explicitly identifies the Doctor as an avatar of the Eternal Champion.
* CaptainErsatz: In Moorcock's more {{Steampunk}}/{{Dieselpunk}}-flavoured works, Sir Seaton Begg and Count Zodiac are Captains Ersatz of Sexton Blake and his recurring villain Zenith The Albino. This is partially a {{Homage}} acknowledging that Moorcock was originally inspired to make Elric an albino by his fandom for Zenith.
** In ''Multiverse'', a graphic novel set in his Eternal Champion canon, Sir Seaton Begg sports a BadassLongcoat, a fedora and a long scarf, making him look not unlike [[Series/DoctorWho the Fourth Doctor]]. Coincidence, no doubt...
** Kane of Old Mars is a deliberate homage to Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs' ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' stories.
* CrapsackWorld: Many characters live here.
* {{Determinator}}: One of the defining characteristics of the Eternal Champion. Also applies to more than a few {{Sidekick}}s, enemies, and secondary characters.
* DeusAngstMachina: Mostly due to the actions of the JerkassGods mentioned below.
* DistressedDamsel: Several. Examples, Shaarilla of the Dancing Mists, and Cymoril of Melnibone.
* DivineConflict: The "Eternal Champion" stories often feature an endless war between Law and Chaos, as personified by the deity-level Lords of Law and Lords of Chaos. The war includes conflicts between lesser creatures of Law and Chaos as well.
* DownerEnding: Moorcock is fond of these, especially the KillEmAll and ShootTheShaggyDog variety.
* EveryoneIsRelated: Anybody with the name Bek, Beck or Begg in Moorcock's work is a member of the huge and sprawling Von Bek aristocratic lineage, which exists across multiple universes and many male members of which are alternate versions of Elric. This sometimes extended to renaming characters in 1990s and 2000s reissues of his early work as a form of CanonWelding.
* FromBadToWorse: Pretty much guaranteed, especially when characters [[HopeSpot look like they're headed for a good ending]].
* GreyAndGrayMorality: Often descending into BlackAndGrayMorality.
* ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne
* JerkassGods: Regardless of which side of the Order-Chaos divide they're on, they don't really seem to care too much about what happens to their pawns, so long as they do as they're told. The few TrueNeutral gods that exist aren't much better.
* [[GodAndSatanAreBothJerks Law And Chaos Are Both Jerks]]: In several works, the best end for humanity is to {{Kill The God}}s and be free of their meddling forevermore.
* MemeticMutation: His chaos star symbol became the flag of the eurasian movement in Russia. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbol_of_Chaos Hell, the thing's got a Wikipedia page]].
* MoneyDearBoy: He has admitted to writing some of his works (in particular, the first four books of ''Literature/TheHistoryOfTheRunestaff'' and the first ''Literature/{{Corum}}'' trilogy, each of which were dashed off in under a week per book) simply for quick cash.
-->"The Hawkmoon books were written for money and took three days each to do. But I still tried to make them the best I could do of their kind. In the end it's the public who pay me and I feel I owe readers the best value for their money I can produce, irrespective of genre or level of ambition."
* OmnicidalNeutral: Some Eternal Champions end up destroying both sides in order to maintain the Balance.
* OrderVersusChaos: His work is the TropeCodifier for this in popular culture. Notably, neither side is identified as inherently good or evil, with "good" often manifesting as a balance of the two.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: A common reaction to the JerkassGods.
* ResolvedNoodleIncident: What exactly Gaynor the Damned did to get horribly cursed was a mystery for decades, before finally being revealed in ''The Dreamthief's Daughter'' aka ''Daughter of Dreams'', the first book of the early 2000s Elric trilogy.
* ShiningCity: Tanelorn.
* {{Sidekick}}: Some notable examples include Moonglum (Elric), Jhary-a-Conel (both Corum and Hawkmoon), and Rakhir (Elric), who also doubles as an incarnation of the Champion.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Tending strongly to the cynical side; although a few Champions manage to maintain a fairly strong Idealism despite living in a Crapsack World, most notably Jherek Carnelian, whose idealism actually increases as the [[FromBadToWorse situation gets worse]].
* SlidingScaleOfLibertarianismAndAuthoritarianism: As mentioned above, Moorcock is an anarchist, so...
* SpaceIsolationHorror: His novel about escaping from a lunatic dying Earth, ''The Black Corridor'', uses this trope repeatedly, in the isolation felt by a crew-member on the escape ship who is doing his twenty-five year solo stint at flying the ship, attending to emergencies, and seeing nobody dies in suspended animation. This gives him time to brood and go quietly insane.
* TrappedInThePast: Or in the future. Or in the past of a different aspect of the Multiverse. Or in its future which also happens to be the past of our own phase on the Multiverse's. Or of ''somebody else's'' phase of the Multiverse. Gods optional, but Cosmic Balance still to be scrupulously maintained.
* TraumaCongaLine: Inflicted on multiple Eternal Champions; with varying effects, most commonly Result D, E, or F.