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Ellie Phimister, better known as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, is a Marvel Comics character created by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, first appearing in New X-Men #115 (dated August 2001).

Introduced as a telepathic precog native of the mutant nation Genosha under Emma Frost's tutelage, Negasonic was more or less created just to die for plot reasons — she foresaw a Sentinel attack on Genosha that would ultimately kill millions of people, herself included.

She later showed up, apparently alive, as part of a new Hellfire Club, but this was later revealed to be a projected image of herself by Emma. While she was ultimately revived for real during the Necrosha event, she'd ultimately meet her demise yet again...

... until the Marvel NOW! (2016) era, when she was —once again— seen alive under unknown circumstances, now considered a member of Deadpool's Mercs For Money and displaying an expanded skillset than previously established. While merely a telepath with precognitive abilities before, she somehow gained the power to warp reality, travel through time, and manipulate particle energy.

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The character's sudden re-emergence in the comics (as well as her new appearance and powers) can be traced back to the 2016 Deadpool film, where she appears as a major supporting character. Portrayed there by Brianna Hildebrand. This version of the character was very popular among audiences, leading to her return in 2018's Deadpool 2.


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Negasonic Teenage Warhead provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Superpower Change: Recursively; She's first introduced as a telepathic seer, then the Deadpool movie makes her a pastiche on Cannonball, then when she's resurrected a second time in the comics because of the film, her powers are retconned to being a reality warper.
  • Aloof Ally: She has her own reasons to hang out with Deadpool, but after two minor arcs about her she's relegated to the background texting on her phone and snarking about is behavior.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Her ridiculously over-the-top superhero alias is part of the reason for her rise in popularity - in fact, she was chosen to appear in Deadpool (2016) solely because of it.
  • Bald Women: As of her 2016 redesign.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Only made part of Deadpool's cast in the comics to capitalize on her profile from the movie, slowly faded away as time went on until she's just not around anymore.
  • Death Is Cheap: She's been killed and resurrected twice since being introduced in 2001.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: / Goth: Negasonic was introduced as very much favoring this aesthetic, and still does to an extent.
  • Identical Stranger: Without the goth and punk aesthetics she looks almost exactly like Kate Bishop.
  • I Love Nuclear Power: When she's brought back she's retconned into a reality warper that draws on nuclear energy for power.
  • Reality Warper: She gained this ability sometime after her second resurrection.
  • Retcanon: After her popularity in the Deadpool movie, she's brought back a second time and visually retooled to align with her new appearance in it.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: She's more or less introduced to die in New X-Men, directly leading into the destruction of Genosha.
  • Seers / Telepathy: Her primary skillset, before gaining a major level-up.
  • Shout-Out: Morrison pulled her codename from the song of the same name by Monster Magnet.

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