Negasonic Teenage Warhead (comics)

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Negasonic Teenage Warhead
Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Art by John Cassaday
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance New X-Men #115 (2001)
Created by Grant Morrison
Frank Quitely
In-story information
Alter ego Ellie Phimister
Species Human Mutant
Abilities Precognition

Negasonic Teenage Warhead (real name Ellie Phimister) is a fictional mutant character in the Marvel Comics universe who first appeared in New X-Men vol. 1 #115 (2001). She was a student of Emma Frost. An illusory Ellie appears as a member of the Hellfire Club in Astonishing X-Men. Grant Morrison has admitted to naming her after the Monster Magnet song "Negasonic Teenage Warhead", from the 1995 album Dopes to Infinity.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Ellie Phimister was a Genoshan teenager and a student of Emma Frost's telepathy class. During a tutoring session, Ellie reported having a recurring nightmare fifty times the previous night wherein all people in Genosha were exterminated. She then pointed out that she had experienced the same vision during the class. Almost simultaneously, Cassandra Nova's Wild Sentinels appear on Genosha and wipe out half the world's mutant population: sixteen million people.[1]

Carrying what appeared to be Ellie's corpse, Emma Frost, who had survived the Genoshan genocide thanks to the manifestation of her secondary mutation, turning her into diamond, was found by the X-Men's Beast and Jean Grey. Emma proclaimed the teenager, who had named herself Negasonic Teenage Warhead, to be a credit to her family and the mutant race and then suffered a mental breakdown when she found out Ellie was dead.[2]


Much later, Negasonic Teenage Warhead was apparently seen to be alive as a member of the latest incarnation of the Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club, alongside Cassandra Nova, Sebastian Shaw, Perfection, and Emma Frost.[3] The new Inner Circle attacked the X-Men at the Xavier Institute. While Shaw, Frost and Nova dealt with Beast, Wolverine and Colossus, Ellie claimed she had a dream of Shadowcat phasing down into the Earth's core and was unable to stop.[4]

Later, a comatose Cyclops wakes up and begans shooting the members of the club, including Ellie, with a pistol. It is revealed, however, that Ellie and all the other members of the Hellfire Club were projections of Emma Frost's mind; these projections disappeared after they were revealed to be illusions.[5]

After hearing Negasonic Teenage Warhead's codename, Kitty Pryde remarks, "Wow, we really have run out of names."[6]


During the Necrosha event, Negasonic Teenage Warhead is revealed to be amongst the deceased mutant population of Genosha that is resurrected by the Transmode Virus by Selene and Eli Bard. However unlike the other resurrected mutants, Ellie isn't under Selene's control as seen when she refused to tell the Black Queen her real name.[7] Ellie apparently perished once again when the Black Queen absorbed the souls of the entire deceased mutant populace of Genosha.[8]

Powers and abilities[edit]

In New X-Men #115, Ellie was in Emma Frost's Telepathy Class, presumably making her a telepath. In the same issue, she stated she had a precognitive nightmares and premonitions. She foresaw Genosha being destroyed.

In X-Force #24 Ellie is the only person aware that Proteus has possessed Destiny and she shows her precognitive abilities announcing to Selene the imminent return of her victorious inner circle .[9]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ New X-Men #115
  2. ^ New X-Men #116
  3. ^ Astonishing X-Men (3rd series) #12
  4. ^ Astonishing X-Men (3rd series) #15
  5. ^ Astonishing X-Men (3rd series) #18
  6. ^ Astonishing X-Men (3rd series) #16
  7. ^ X-Forcevol.3 #21-22
  8. ^ X-Force vol.3 #23-25
  9. ^ X-Force #24