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Fridge: Deadpool
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  • Even as a casual Deadpool fan, I have to wonder exactly why he's so bloody popular at the moment. So I looked at the state of the Marvel Universe at the moment, and it became painfully clear. In a Crapsack World where you can barely tell the heroes from the villains and don't know who to cheer for, where Spider-Man made a a deal with the Devil and many important stories are indistinguishable from bad fanfic, Deadpool is different. He points out the absurdity, he's just as confused about good and evil as the rest of us are. And most importantly, he's actually funny, when damn near everyone else is painfully serious about wearing spandex and beating up other weirdos wearing spandex he's at least trying to crack funny jokes. Deadpool has been a shining ray of light in the darkness of the Marvel U, as goofy and fun as the Silver Age without the preachy morality, and reminds us who we're reading these damn things in the first place. - Sabre Justice
    • What's very interesting is just how close this is to how he's portrayed in both "Uncanny X-Force" and "Thunderbolts"; sure, he's insane, but he's shown that he's a good man who, truthfully, just wants to do the right thing.
    • Stinkoman87 just wants to add something: he's funny, but in a raunchy way, and uses guns. Deadpool is what would happen if someone made Spider-Man in the modern age.
    • He also strikes a good balance between "Ax-Crazy murdering sociopath" and "Guy who honestly wants to do the right thing but keeps getting the Heel Face Door Slam". Just bloody enough to be badass, just annoying enough to be hilarious, and just messed up enough to be sympathetic.
    • The point isn't that Deadpool's a Good Guy by a reasonable standard. The point is that he's trying. A lot of heroes have an arc in their origin where they put on the cape, learn that with great power comes responsibility, etc. Deadpool started out on the other side and even when he fails (And he does. A lot.) he keeps trying. If Siren was the original impetus, trying to be worthy of her, Deadpool has gone way beyond trying to Get the Girl. There's a *reason* he can still work with the Marvel heroes whereas the Punisher can't. He's trying.
      • Aw, Shucks, Guys, You really mean That?
    • Enjoydamoment just wants to say yes we do Deadpool sir. You're the most balanced when you're unbalanced.
  • Death clearly seems to return our beloved Merc's affections more than she does Thanos's. Well, think about it: Thanos wants to destroy the universe, meaning no life. Death only exists because there is life. It's symbiotic. Whereas Deadpool just runs around killing people, no large-scale stuff. Still giving more to Death without threatening her existence.

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