'''Adam Warlock''' is a MarvelComics character, a [[ScienceFantasy cosmic hero]] who has starred in his own series several times. He's best known for being the personal nemesis of {{Thanos}}, for his connection to the InfinityGauntlet 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 StanLee and JackKirby for a ComicBook/FantasticFour story, but in an earlier form called simply "Him", an artificial lifeform that 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 MarvelUniverse and occasionally pops up to save the day again.

His cocoon featured in the background of the Collector's collection in Film/ThorTheDarkWorld, and again in Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy. By the end of that film [[spoiler: [[MeaningfulBackgroundEvent it's been cracked open and is empty.]]]]

!Tropes involving Adam Warlock:
* 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.]]
* 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.
* 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.
* GoMadFromTheIsolation: The original origin of the Magus.
* FaceHeelTurn: Adam Warlock becomes the Magus in an alternate future [[spoiler: and due to his actions containing the Fault in GuardiansOfTheGalaxy, he becomes the Magus again.]]
* 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.
* 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.
* 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 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.
* 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.
* {{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 (and Thanos and 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.