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Ellen confesses her age to a less than thrilled Steve.
First appearance Comic 191: Never Lean Back
Gender Female

Ellen was Steve's girlfriend during the earlier strips of the comic. They had a few problems in their relationship, such as Ellen being underage when they met[1].

She attended Smif College, majoring in marine biology with a minor in philosophy[2]. She worked as a waitress when she first appeared. She shared an apartment with Natasha[3].

Jeph Jacques has said that she has been written out permanently[4].



Ellen was straightforward and somewhat naive[5].

Sex and drugs and rock&rollEdit


Ellen appears to be exclusively heterosexual[6], and thoroughly committed to dating inside her own species[7].


Ellen uses chocolate with caffeine[8], and alcohol.

Musical tastesEdit

Ellen was known to listen to They Might Be Giants and Ben Folds[9]. She intensely dislikes Animal Collective and Slipknot[10]. She had a general fondness for musicals[11].

Major Events (Possible Spoilers)Edit

Ellen and Steve go on a double date with Marten and Dora[12]. This also happened to be Ellen and Steve's first date.

Ellen wants to move faster in her relationship with Steve which almost causes them to split up[13].

After accepting a position on a deep-sea research vessel, Ellen is unwilling to try a long distance relationship and breaks it off with Steve[14][15].

Memorable QuotesEdit

  • "You know, employing the Socratic Method in the bedroom could be pretty interesting."[16]
  • "We can just dunk her in rubbing alcohol and strike a match. The flames should burn off her outermost layer of filth."[17]
  • "If I were an eel I'd just lunge at him from within my lair, seize him in my jaws and pull him back inside to be devoured whole."[18]
  • "Well, I figure at this point I can either move on with my life or develop a creepy, obsessive fixation on Steve, and there's no WAY I'd have time to stalk him with my current course load."[19]
  • "I should just date a shower massage. They don't care about age."[20]

Ellen's GalleryEdit

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