Ellen Wright is Nate's older sister. Nate and Ellen are complete opposites and they hate each other, mostly because of their differences in the academic field. Nate made up a list of the top five most annoying things about Ellen. Ellen likes to watch figure skating, one of Nate's most hated things on his list. Nate's teacher, Clara Godfrey compared him to Ellen, much to his annoyance.

Ellen has a part-time job at Dilly Burger, and she has to wear a uniform that looks like "a ventriloquist's dummy" as described by Nate. In the said book, she does help him out, though unintentionally. Nate also helps her out by keeping lovestruck Francis Pope away in the early books. Francis once had a crush on her, but Nate stopped it.


Early life

According to her baby pictures found in the attic, Ellen was a cute baby. Even Nate thinks she was a good-looking baby. She took an IQ test when she was very little and Nate had a higher IQ than hers.

Education at P.S. 38

Ellen began attending P.S. 38 at the age of eleven (and when Nate was about seven), where she was adored by several teachers and essentially became a model student. She was also the teacher's pet of Social Studies teacher, Clara Godfrey.

In the mix, she and Nate had a babysitter named Donna, who bought them tickets for a performance of "Peter Pan". Ellen lectured Nate during the show (for instance, she reminded him that intermission was called as such, not half-time), annoying him plenty. In the past, and up to this point, she slept with a teddy bear she named "Mister Puff-a-Lump".

On her twelfth birthday, Ellen received a karaoke set, and she continued to use it constantly, loudly and eccentrically as a teenager, and she still hasn't outgrown it, according to Nate in Big Nate: In A Class By Himself.

Teenage years

As a fifteen-year-old, she has a job at Dilly Burger as a cashier. She was once in a relationship with Gordie. Before they broke up, she tried to learn about comics for Gordie and Nate tried to teach her, with no success, though with a lot of exhaustion. Gordie and Ellen later reconnected and are currently a couple. [[1]] Every few months, she decides that she does not like her laugh, so she tries to change it, as seen in Big Nate: In A Class By Himself.

Personality and Traits

Ellen can be known as self-absorbed, and obnoxious, though only Nate seems to think she is obnoxious. She is surprisingly mature and obedient for her age, although she is annoying to Nate. She is also a good student, admired by several teachers at P.S. 38. Apparently she really enjoys karaoke. Still, she dislikes anyone outside her comfort zone.


Ellen has a variety of perfumes. They make her smell "like a gift shop filled with scented candles", according to Nate. One example of perfume she uses is "Dead Skunk", though Nate was probably making up the name because the perfume really stunk. He says that all her hair-care products are single-handedly destroying the ozone layer. Francis Pope also mentions this. She also owns a karaoke machine from when she was 13. and loves to sing.


  • She keeps asking Dad to buy her a cat every time Christmas rolls around, although Dad keeps on refusing, the same concept as Nate asking him to buy him a dog.
    Ellen Wright
  • She likes to watch figure skating and has invited Spitsy to watch with her several times.
  • In the early strips, Ellen used to team up with Nate to prank their father.
  • In one comic, Nate mentioned she was a vegetarian. However, the statement has been proven false at times, as she worked at Dilly Burger and has been sometimes seen eating meat in the comics.
  • No one else finds her obnoxious as Nate does. Nate is annoyed at the fact they all think she's so wonderful.
  • She has gone through comic evolution and looks noticeably different from her original appearance.
  • Rather than the wise, studious person she is today, she originally was shown to be rather unintelligent and fairly rebellious; she has begun to become more and more like her current character and had changed by the mid-2000s.
  • She broke up with Gordie in the comic of January 30, 2001, but later reconciled with him for an unknown reason.
  • She made Nate practice with her for the High School play.
  • Despite her strive for cleanliness, her initials are ironically E.W.
  • She has a crush on Justin Timberlake.
  • In the early comics, Francis Pope had a crush on her.
  • She likes oatmeal, apparently.
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