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* DeathIsCheap: A recurring theme in his mainstream books is the acknowledgement by characters that in comic books, death doesn't really mean a damn thing. Some characters aren't scared to die because they know they'll just come back later, others snark about how they've died before, and ''other'' others still find a death a sad occasion but hopes for a resurrection regardless.

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* StatusQuoIsGod: Morrison adheres to this but also makes it clear he's not exactly thrilled about it. Almost any in-canon run he's written is done with the intent to shake up the status quo to the point where nothing was really recognizable anymore. If Grant Morrison wrote it, you'll ''know'' he wrote it by the time he's done with it. That said, even with all the shake-ups, he always ends his runs with enough room for other writers to come in to undo them. More often than not though, these are done with a somewhat back-handed connotation. His ''Batman'' run ends with almost everything he's built in ruins or shambles to make room for Creator/ScottSnyder's tenure with the character and Bruce Wayne continuing his crusade against crime is treated as a tragedy than a heroic triumph.


** 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...

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** 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 what turned out to be a collapsed lung.lung; he just fell over one day after martial-arts practice and spent three days lying on the floor. 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...

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* CosmicFlaw: Creator/GrantMorrison seems to enjoy these:
** The BigBad of his ''Comicbook/{{Batman}}'' run, Doctor Hurt, claims to be "the hole in things" and "the piece that never fit." [[spoiler:It's eventually revealed that he's not ''quite'' that bad, though he is a HumanoidAbomination]].
** [[ComicBook/NewGods Darkseid]] becomes one of these in ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis''; after his body was killed by Orion, he fell back in time and became a "black hole at the base of creation" that threatens to consume the entire multiverse. The series' ''other'' villain, Mandrakk, can be thought of as a metatextual version of this, as WordOfGod says he is essentially the personification of negative trends in the comic book industry itself.
** In the GrandFinale of his ''ComicBook/NewXMen'', set in a BadFuture, [[WaifProphet the Stepford Cuckoos]] make frequent reference to the fact that reality wasn't "supposed" to have gone down that path, and that there are "holes" in existence. In the final issue, the "hole" is revealed to be [[spoiler:Cyclops quitting the X-Men; the Phoenix, which "burns away what doesn't work," sets things back on track]].

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* ''ComicBook/TheGreenLantern''

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* ''ComicBook/DCOneMillion''


* APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil: Essentially what his relationship with Creator/MarkMillar turned into as seen below in WeUsedToBeFriends.

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* ''[[ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsJLA JLA]]''

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** Really, if there's a bald main character in a Morrison book, don't think yourself crazy to think said character might be modeled after him.


* BittersweetEnding: ''ComicBook/We3''. Period!

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* BittersweetEnding: ''ComicBook/We3''. Period![[spoiler:3 dies, but there is an investigation going into the military project and public outrage, and 1 and 2 find a loving owner with a kind homeless man.]]


* 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.

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''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.



* 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.

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[[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.



* 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.

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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.



* 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.

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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.
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before. This is a reflection of his personal belief that ''EVERYTHING'' that has ever been published is somehow still in continuity.



* AGodIsYou: ''ComicBook/TheInvisibles'', ''ComicBook/TheFilth'' and his [[Creator/DCComics DC]] superhero writing all contain examples of unique, bizarre or transcendent self-empowerment.

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''ComicBook/TheInvisibles'', ''ComicBook/TheFilth'' and his [[Creator/DCComics DC]] superhero writing all contain examples of unique, bizarre or transcendent self-empowerment.



* TheUnintelligible: According to the notes included by other members of the ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' writing staff in one of the [=TPBs=], Morrison himself.

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According to the notes included by other members of the ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' writing staff in one of the [=TPBs=], Morrison himself.



* 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.

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* ViewersAreGeniuses: Morrison writes believing this wholeheartedly. Of course, your opinion, as stated above, may vary.
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vary. We suspect if you've read Creator/RobertAntonWilson's Cosmic Trigger trilogy then you'll get most of Grant's references.



* 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''.

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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''.


* ''ComicBook/{{Klaus}}''

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* ''ComicBook/{{Klaus}}''''ComicBook/{{Happy}}''


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* ''ComicBook/{{Klaus}}''

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* 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''.
** Morrison considered a ComicBook/SpiderMan story where the modern, popular John Romita Peter Parker met the original Steve Ditko Parker.

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* LighterAndSofter: ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'', as befits [[AllLovingHero his depiction]] of the title character.


** 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.

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** In his ''{{JLA}}'' ''ComicBook/{{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.

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