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[[caption-width-right:202:The man who [[RevisitingTheRoots gave]] Franchise/{{Superman}} his balls back.]]
->''"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]] (born 31 January 1960) is a Scottish writer, best known for the complex use of meta-fiction within his stories.

His 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 UsefulNotes/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 Creator/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 Franchise/{{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 Vertigo Comics' ''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/NewXMen'' 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 Franchise/DCUniverse 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 ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis''. He then went on to work on the new ''Batman Incorporated'' and ''[[Franchise/{{Superman}} Action Comics]]''.

He is also 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 WriterOnBoard 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 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?"
!!Works by Grant Morrison with their own trope pages include:
* ''ComicBook/EighteenDays''
* ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' (co-written with Creator/GeoffJohns, Creator/GregRucka, and Creator/MarkWaid)
* ''[[ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsActionComics Action Comics]]'' (the New 52 relaunch)
* ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman''
* ''ComicBook/AnimalMan''
* ''ComicBook/{{Annihilator}}''
* ''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/{{Klaus}}''
* ''ComicBook/TheInvisibles''
* ''ComicBook/JLAEarth2''
* ''ComicBook/JoeTheBarbarian''
* ''ComicBook/TheMultiversity''
* ''ComicBook/{{Nameless}}''
* ''ComicBook/NewXMen''
* ''ComicBook/{{Seaguy}}''
* ''ComicBook/SevenSoldiers''
* ''ComicBook/We3''
* ''ComicBook/WonderWomanEarthOne''
* ''ComicBook/{{Zenith}}''

!!Tropes associated with Grant Morrison:
* APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil: Essentially what his relationship with Creator/MarkMillar turned into as seen below in WeUsedToBeFriends.
* 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.
* AuthorAppeal: Morrison loves the sillier Silver Age characters. He fought and lost to have Egg Fu have his prehensile mustache in ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'', for instance.
* 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 ''ComicBook/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 [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 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: ''ComicBook/We3''. Period!
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: ''Kill Your Boyfriend!''
* BodyHorror: One of the two defining characteristics of ''Nameless.''
* BombThrowingAnarchists: {{Deconstructed}} in a lot of his work, especially ''ComicBook/TheInvisibles''. Unsurprising since Morrison himself is [[UsefulNotes/{{Anarchism}} 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 ''ComicBook/{{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 ComicBook/LexLuthor in his ''JLA'' run was explicitly based on this.
* CosmicDeadline: ''ComicBook/TheFilth'', ''ComicBook/TheInvisibles'', ''ComicBook/SevenSoldiers'', ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis''. It's practically his style.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Basically everything he writes, but especially his run on ''New X-Men''...
* 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 Creator/{{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 eight 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/NewXMen'' 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.
** Deconstructed in Annihilator where [[spoiler:Max Nomax created our universe]] out of spite and does his best to ignore every epiphany and opportunity for self-improvement.
* 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. Also, the other defining characteristic of ''Nameless.''
* 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...]]
** He also apologized for his take on Magneto, significantly later.
* 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 [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver]] and [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]] superhero tropes after the lengthy process of deconstruction they've been subject to, albeit in a way that works post-[[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks Dark Age]].
* RecursiveReality
* ReimaginingTheArtifact: Frequently employed:
** In his ''{{JLA}}'' run, he brought back such goofy stuff as Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}'s Silver Age imp sidekick Quisp in a way that fit the tone of the new title.
** ''ComicBook/SevenSoldiers'' was a project whose entire remit was to take dated or underused old characters and re-imagine them for today.
** ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'' is almost nothing but Reimagining Artifacts from the 1960s and 1950s stories.
** ''ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsBatman'' has a bunch of these, as part of his quest to make ''everything'' canon.
*** Morrison's unconventional take on ComicBook/{{Robin}} with the character of Damian Wayne deserves special mention. Where many fans have previously taken the very concept of a KidSidekick with a grain of salt (see above) because of the obvious dangers of the superhero profession, Damian shook up the classic Batman/Robin dynamic in that he was a ''scarily'' competent fighter who was [[TykeBomb raised as an assassin]] from an early age, and he could be even ''[[PsychoSidekick more]]'' deadly in the field than [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson,]] who served as the Batman to his Robin.
*** Morrison also brought back Bat-Mite, who was a thoroughly Silver Age thing that wasn't used beyond that point if not in some kind of Mxyzptlk story or something. Morrison reimagined him as the drug-fueled guide to Batman on his journey in "Batman R.I.P."... but then Mite disappears implying he actually averted this and really ''was'' an imp from the fifth dimension. Really, it's up to the reader's interpretation.
*** The Club of Heroes that Batman belonged to is reimagined as a kind of parody of the Legion of Super-Heroes; they were formed by a bored billionaire who wanted a club of heroes of his own, and Batman never even showed up to their first official meeting, and the club disbanded after that.
*** On a more general note, Batman's aversion for alcohol, at least as far as UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks had it, was originally part of his goody-two shoes personality. Now, it is part of his fear of losing his physical and mental edge if he drinks, so he has good reason to prefer milk.
* TheRival: He and Creator/AlanMoore don't get along. Moore has accused Grant of, essentially, being his [[{{Series/Seinfeld}} Kenny Bania]] and stealing his schtick ("It's gold, Jerry, gold!") and art style. To his credit, Grant has pretty much admitted this and says it's because Moore was so well-respected and influential, and that DC wouldn't have given him the time of day unless he dulled his own "esoteric" style and mimicked Moore's.
* 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 ''ComicBook/ArkhamAsylumASeriousHouseOnSeriousEarth'', Morrison proceeded to travel around the world for a while.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: ComicBook/TheInvisibles as a group are that.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: With Creator/MarkMillar. Morrison was a mentor to the then up-and-coming writer and the two collaborated on plenty of books. It's only when Millar went off in his own direction and immersed himself in the DarkerAndEdgier tropes Morrison both despised and is trying to subvert that the two became estranged. When asked in an interview if the two still hung out, Morrison replied with a blunt "No."
-->'''Morrison''': There's a very good chance of running into him, and I hope I'm going 100 miles an hour when it happens.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: A recurring theme in his work, from Danny the Street to Sir Ystin to Jimmy Olsen. Morrison himself has claimed to have crossdressed at least once.
* WhosLaughingNow: Morrison invokes this in his notes for the 15th Anniversary edition to ''ComicBook/ArkhamAsylumASeriousHouseOnSeriousEarth''. An early version of the script was passed around for people to look at and most of them balked at the attempt to integrate psychological horror and heavy symbolism. He then says, "Who's laughing now, asshole?"
* 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.
* YourMindMakesItReal: Morrison is a follower of chaos magic, which practically ''runs off'' this trope. He regularly prays to various Gods for a variety of reasons (he prays to Hermes and Ganesh to aid him in his writing and has also prayed to Hermes when he's had to make radio appearances). He casts spells to make his friends' lives better and claims to have healed his cat using magic. In his view, his conviction and belief that the magic will work actually changes reality to suit him. Morrison also believes this happens to him and his readers when reading his comics, which he regards as like spells - notably, he once became seriously ill coincidentally after writing part of ''ComicBook/TheInvisibles'' where King Mob, his AuthorAvatar, gets seriously ill, further solidifying his belief in the magic power of his writing.
->''[[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou I can see you!]]''