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Wade Wilson / Deadpool
"Crime's the disease, meet the cure. Okay, not the cure, but more like a topical ointment to reduce the swelling and itch. Hi Tom!"
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Played By: Ryan Reynoldsnote , Yanis Marshallnote 


Voiced By: José Antonio Macías (Latin-American Spanish), Pierre Tessier (French), José Posada (European Spanish), Yasuyuki Kase (Japanese)

Film Appearances: Deadpool | No Good Deed | Deadpool 2

"I'm touching myself tonight."

After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, ex-Special Forces operative Wade Wilson agreed to a radical procedure to cure his disease with a superhuman Healing Factor.

Unfortunately, though the procedure saved his life, it also caused the cancer to spread through his entire body and brain, leaving him horribly scarred and more than a little insane. To enact revenge for his disfigurement, and afford his rent, Wade then became a masked Heroic Comedic Sociopath mercenary, and chooses for himself the alias of "Deadpool".

For tropes applying to Wade Wilson in the original timeline erased by X-Men: Days of Future Past, see the Weapon X (Original Timeline) page.

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  • Adaptational Attractiveness: While he still won't be winning any beauty contests, Deadpool is shown to be much less scarred than his comic-book counterpart (although even that tends to vary between comics). Being portrayed by Ryan Reynolds also adds to this, though the dialogue still pokes fun at how scarred Wade is (Weasel comments "You look like an avocado had sex with an older, more disgusting avocado"), and Deadpool himself laments in a trailer how the process made him "un-fuckable". Just like in the comics, it's Played for Drama AND Played for Laughs.
  • Adaptational Dye-Job: Due to his condition making him bald, it's easy to forget, but in the comics Wade's hair is blonde, while here he's a brunette.
  • Adaptational Heroism: A minor case. Deadpool is still definitely a Heroic Comedic Sociopath, but he also genuinely and honestly loves Vanessa, and his love for her is presented as his biggest redeeming quality. Prior to getting his powers, the movie goes to great lengths to show that he would never kill anyone who didn't deserve it, in heavily contrast to the original timeline's Wilson, and that he has a much stronger moral compass than the average mercenary. Case in point: the first thing he does onscreen is scare off a teenage stalker who was harassing a young girl. While Deadpool did love Vanessa in the comics, their relationship didn't work due to outside factors, and he always insisted that he was a violent sadist long before the Weapon X project got hold of him. Additionally, his mistreatment of Blind Al and Weasel is more in good fun, and he gets as good as he gives, while in the comics he treated them much worse, especially Al, whom he practically kept as a prisoner and would often threaten with violence if she tried to leave. That said, even at his worst in the comics he rarely goes beyond Anti-Villain, and those rare exceptions usually see him filled with self-loathing and remorse over having crossed that line, as he also does have a moral code (even if it is rather warped).
  • Adaptation Species Change: In the comics, Deadpool was a human with Wolverine's Healing Factor grafted on to him; here he's a mutant whose genes laid dormant most of his life.
  • Affably Evil: He has a rather cheerful, chatty disposition, regardless of the morally questionable horrors he regularly commits.
  • Aggressive Submissive: Wade is nothing if not a shameless flirt, saying just about anything off the top of his head and being affectionate to those he talks to. He gets much bolder with Colossus, grabbing his ass multiple times. While it's not entirely clear at first what role he falls into in the first movie, Deadpool 2 makes it explicit that he is on the more submissive side of things, especially with Vanessa.
  • Alliterative Name: Wade Wilson. He has the middle name "Winston" in the comics, but it's not mentioned here directly (he refers to himself as Wade W. Wilson during one scene). For Added Alliterative Appeal, he's played by Ryan Rodney Reynolds.
  • Ambiguously Christian: Wade's religious beliefs aren't given much attention, but he and Vanessa both observe Lent in the first film as a throw-away gag — they "give up" having sex with each other for it.
  • Amusing Injuries: At one point, he gets pissed at Colossus (more so) and tries to attack him, breaking a hand each time. And a foot. Negasonic Teenage Warhead finds this hilarious.
  • Anti-Hero: He cares about his friends and loved ones, but is also a murdering psychopath who kills others for profit. He describes himself as a bad person who gets paid to beat up worse people. His central arc for Deadpool 2 is him grappling with the question of, given all his failings, if he's actually capable of doing anything decent.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!:
    • Wade can't sit in the back of a cab for more than 30 seconds without going insane with boredom and squeezing himself through the partition window into the front seat to chat with the cab driver.
    • He gets easily sidetracked in the Australia Day promo talking about Hugh Jackman, to the point he forgets what he was even doing.
  • Anything That Moves: Word Of God has confirmed that this iteration of Deadpool, like the comics, is pansexual.
    • In the end credits of Deadpool, a cartoon version of him gets an increasingly massive erection as it talks about how hot the actors (male and female) in the film are.
    • Deadpool 2 has a Running Gag that Deadpool is highly attracted to both his girlfriend Vanessa and also to Colossus, an eight-foot-tall giant steel man. And of course, his comics counterpart's Bromance with Cable gets a few nods.
  • Aside Glance: It wouldn't be Wade Wilson without glancing at the camera! He does it several times throughout the movies.
  • Ax-Crazy: Extremely so, but it is mostly used for comedy. He still enjoys hacking up bodies, and joyfully jokes about it too.
  • Badass Boast: Used by Wade in his climactic battle with Francis, who due to his mutation can't feel pain.
    Wade: I hope they blocked pain to your every last nerve, 'cause I'mma go looking!
  • Baldness Means Sickness: He loses all of his hair once his healing factor kicks in and spreads his cancer throughout his whole body.
  • Berserk Button: He has a few, including dissing dubstep, dissing Canada, insisting he is only an X-Men trainee, racism (both actual and incorrectly perceived), and all things Wolverine.
  • Birds of a Feather: Wade and Vanessa instantly get along due to sharing weird senses of humor, sharp wit, penchants for talking, problems with bullies, and so on. At one point, even Ajax remarks that he and Vanessa have a lot in common.
  • Blood Knight: Deadpool has the most enjoyable job in the world in his eyes. He finds great joy in fighting, and sometimes goes a little bit to the extreme with it. But, all in all, he's a bad guy that fucks up worse guys.
  • Body Horror: His mutation leaves his entire body scarred. The worst of it, though, is when he's regrowing entire limbs, as they have to go through the entire process of growth, from birth to adulthood. In Deadpool 2, Wade is literally ripped in half by the Juggernaut, so he has to regrow everything slowly from the waist down, to pretty much everybody's eternal horror. Cable in particular is scarred by this, as he had to see "a grown man with baby balls."
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: A very subtle example when Deadpool is counting bullets during the freeway battle in the first movie:
    Deadpool: Ten! [shoots] Shit, nine! [shoots] Fuck, eight! [shoots] Shit fuck!
  • Bring My Red Jacket: Wade's first Deadpool costume is a white hoodie with a headscarf and goggles to conceal his face, but after it gets drenched in blood, he finds that he likes the red on him and incorporates the color into his later outfits, or at the least, he accepts the advice Blind Al gives him at the laundromat as he is futilely trying to scrub the hoodie back to white.
    Blind Al: Seltzer water and lemon juice for blood. Or wear red. Dumbass.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Downplayed; in Deadpool 2, while in the Ice Box prison, he's fitted with a Power Nullifier collar that neutralizes his mutant power. He's still a mercenary with ten years in the Special Forces under his belt; however, he's also suffering from the generalized cancer that his Healing Factor was keeping at bay. He obviously doesn't have long to live in these conditions (which he welcomes). During the prison break, he's still able to fight off some inmates and to slow down Cable, preventing him from killing Russell, but he can't last long against a cyborg mutant from the future. Luckily for him, the collar gets busted after a spine-crushing fall.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Crazy as he is, Deadpool is very good at what he does, as seen in several scenes where he rips through trained soldiers without getting hit even once.
  • But Not Too Bi: Officially, Deadpool's supposed to be pansexual, as per the comics, but his attraction to men is portrayed purely for comedy, also as per the comics, while we see him having explicit sex and a serious romantic relationship with his girlfriend Vanessa. Reynolds mentioned the possibility of Wade getting a boyfriend in Deadpool 2, but ultimately they never went through with it.
  • Butt-Monkey: You'd better believe a good deal of humor is at his expense.
  • Butterface: He describes himself as such following his mutation-induced disfiguring.
  • Canada, Eh?: He's a Saskatchewanian from Regina, the place that rhymes with fun, and interrogates someone using a Zamboni at one point. His actor Ryan Reynolds is a British Columbian from Vancouver.
  • Captain Superhero: Discussed when Wade considers adding "Captain" to his name.
    Wade: "Captain Deadpool!" ... No, just "Deadpool."
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: While in an SUV tumbling down the freeway, Deadpool has this little gem:
    Deadpool: Shhhhhhhhhhit, did I leave the stove on?
    • Which is justified, considering his Healing Factor prevents him from dying.
  • Casual Kink: He has many, but the one he goes from uncomfortable about to loving between the first and second movie is being pegged.
  • Catchphrase: "Maximum effort," when psyching himself up do to something big. Doubles as Arc Words.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Ryan Reynolds exists in this universe, as he appears on a magazine and Wade Wilson mentions him. Given the nature of the film and the character, this is to be expected. Wade doesn't have a high opinion of Mr. Reynolds acting. And in The Stinger of Deadpool 2, Wade uses Cable's time-travel device to kill Reynolds before he chose to star in Green Lantern (2011) so that he won't embarrass Canada with his participation in the film.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Deadpool's defining character trait is that Wade Wilson is not only completely insane thanks to his cancer spreading into his brain, he's also the only character who's aware he's in a fictional work, much to the rest of the cast's confusion.
  • Coat, Hat, Mask: His first attempt at a disguise, before he moves onto his spandex uniform.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Wade seems to be really into the idea of making Ajax's recruiter hurt before he dies.
  • Comically Lopsided Rivalry: While we have no indication that this version of Wade knows Logan officially, he seems to have this opinion of him on the meta-level.
  • The Corrupter: Deadpool encourages taxi driver Dopinder to "hold on to love... tight... and never let go." This drives Dopinder to kidnap his romantic rival, after which he plans to kill him and leave his body on his crush's doorstep. While Wade didn't say to do all that, he tells Dopinder he's proud of what he's done.
    • It's implied in Deadpool 2 that the kidnapping in the first movie was a sociopath's first high, and Dopinder is now fully invested in becoming a badass, murderous mercenary like Deadpool.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Before and after the mutation, he's a hardened soldier who can and does kick metric tons of ass, despite his goofy disposition.
  • Cursed with Awesome: His powers end up horribly scarring him, but Deadpool gains a healing factor that surpasses Wolverine's in effectiveness, essentially making him immortal.
  • Dark and Troubled Past:
    • This is implied when the recruiter mentions Wade's past as a Special Forces soldier. Wade mentions that he originally joined the military with a genuine intention to do good, but implies he grew disillusioned, which resulted in his dishonorable discharge.
    • Also played for laughs, as one of the games Wade plays with Vanessa is each of them jokingly trying to outdo each other in proving which one of them had the crappier childhood.
    • How he became Deadpool — in 2015 Ajax put him through torture to cure his cancer, then suffocated him in an oxygen chamber until his skin became deformed and he got his accelerated healing ability. He then decided to become a superhero.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Frequently alluded to, briefly seen during a Fast-Forward Gag, and does so offscreen in the first movie with his smooth, tiny regenerating hand to get Blind Al to go away and stop giving him life advice.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's constantly spouting wisecracks to other characters or the audience. Given his goofy demeanor, they are enthusiastic but rarely serious.
  • Death by Depower: Because Wade's Healing Factor is also what's keeping his cancer at bay, a Power Nullifier would put him at risk of death. He takes advantage of this with his Heroic Sacrifice, but Cable reverts time to save him.
  • Death Seeker: Following Vanessa's death, the only thing he wants is to join her in death. She bars him from doing so in the afterlife, urging him to find some other purpose for living beforehand. In the end, he uses an Ice Box Power Nullifier to make his Heroic Sacrifice stick... until Cable reverts time to save him. And then Deadpool uses Cable's own device to undo Vanessa's death, so he has no reason to be suicidal anymore in the first place.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: His tendency to always forget his duffel bag filled with guns just makes things harder for him whenever he fights. He can still kick a lot of ass with limited ammunition, two swords, and maximum effort, but even a bit of extra ammo would make killing Ajax easier.
  • The Dreaded: In 2, due to how efficiently he does his work, the criminal underground is justifiably terrified of him. This is notable when he goes to China, where he calls his Triad targets' boss, who tries to bribe him from killing them all. Deadpool kills them all anyway, except the barmaid.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: He was a special ops soldier and then a mercenary before he became a superhero. The healing factor just ensures that he can always take more than he dishes out, and he can dish out an awful lot with his human abilities.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • He tells Ajax's mooks they're only his enemies due to being on Ajax's payroll, and is willing to spare them. They refuse, so a massacre ensues. Though he still lets his old friend Bob live.
    • While revenge is his primary motivation for hunting down Ajax, Wade mentions to Weasel that he also wants to make sure no one else ends up being a victim of Ajax's horrific experiments.
    • While he's unquestionably a foul-mouthed, sociopathic Anti-Hero, one thing he is not is a bigot: when Negasonic Teenage Warhead mistakenly assumes that Wade is being homophobic when he asks about her girlfriend, he takes offense at it and snaps back that he was just surprised that anyone would want to date NTW (despite this comment, he is supportive of their relationship and calls them a cute couple).
    • He puts his foot down to protect children who are abused and targeted, and teenaged girls who have stalker problems. His first action after calming Russell down and seeing scars on his neck is to kill those responsible. Similarly, after hearing Cable is here for Russell rather than him, Wade immediately tries to stop the time-traveller and get Russell to run away, even if it means resorting to being Cruel to Be Kind. He also doesn't have it in him to kill Adolf Hitler as a baby.
    • He really hates the mistreatment of women, and will only fight women in self-defense or if he absolutely has to. In the first movie, he makes a price exception for Meghan Orlovsky when she hires Wade to intimidate Jeremy Garrett because he was stalking her and she couldn't afford the full price.
  • Expressive Mask: A rare live-action example, as the (CGI) eye holes of Deadpool's mask widen and narrow with his emotion.
  • Facial Horror: His scarred appearance is regularly played for laughs. He even provides the image for that trope's main page just for proof.note 
    Wade: Look at me.
    Weasel: I...
    Wade: No, look at it.
    Weasel: No, I don't want to.
    Wade: Exactly!
  • Fatal Flaw: Vanity. Wade was rather proud of his looks before Weapon X, and his subsequent scarring is why he doesn't approach Vanessa after he escapes, and why he takes too long to warn her that Ajax might be after her, indirectly getting her kidnapped as a result. He refuses to believe that Vanessa or anyone else could love him because of his new face, pointedly ignoring how Weasel and Blind Al are fond of him for other reasons. Lampshaded in the Honest Trailer for the film, as Deadpool would do anything to get his fiancee back... "Except talk to her". In his own words.
  • Flanderization: In Deadpool 2, he breaks the fourth wall even more blatantly than before. Think back to his "Don't make the suit green or animated" line and imagine that style of comedy being played out further.
  • Flat "What": His first response when Francis/Ajax reveals he was lying about being able to reverse Deadpool's disfigurement.
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: After becoming Deadpool, he's well aware he's in a film and various pieces of promotional material, to the point he regularly refers to characters by the actors playing them, talks directly to the audience, or does other fourth-wall-breaking things.
    • After being captured by Colossus and told he's going to see Professor X:
      Deadpool: McAvoy or Stewart? These timelines are so confusing.
    • Partway through the first movie, he breaks the fourth wall... to comment on the fact he's currently breaking the fourth wall.
      Deadpool: A fourth-wall break inside a fourth-wall break! That's like, sixteen walls!
    • In the "No Good Deed" promo:
      Deadpool: Zip it, Stan Lee!
    • In Deadpool 2, he's also aware of the DC Universe and makes constant jabs at the other franchise, along with the fact Ryan Reynolds played Green Lantern (2011), and Deadpool time-travels to before he signs up for the film to shoot his own actor in the head.
  • Friend to All Children: Behind all the insanity and snark, Wade actually has a soft spot for kids, and one of the quickest things that will set him off is realizing that a minor is getting abused. Even before becoming Deadpool and actually going through a character arc, we're introduced to Wade beating up a guy who had been stalking a teenaged girl. And then there's his Big Brother Instinct towards Russell in the sequel.
  • Freudian Slip: Wade keeps insisting that he's not a hero, and just wants his face back and revenge, but at one point he seemingly lets slip that he wants to stop Ajax so said Brit won't hurt any more innocent people.
  • Fun Personified: Regardless of where he is morally, Deadpool's bouncy personality makes him a persistent source of levity, even if he's doing some pretty gruesome wet work.

  • Gangsta Style: He holds his pistol sideways when shooting a grenade during the freeway shootout in the first movie.
  • Gay Bravado: Exploited by the pansexual Wade to threaten the pizza boy stalker in the opening.
    Wade: And you'll learn the worst of ways that I have some hard spots, too. [Beat] That came out wrong. [beat] Or did it? [kisses stalker on cheek]
  • General Failure: He's a dreadful leader when it comes to the X-Force. All of the recruits bar Domino gruesomely die by accident, mostly because he decided to have them skydive with strong winds. He is also late to reach the convoy, while Domino not only does it on time, but she also gets rid of all the mooks on the convoy, hijacks it, and fights Cable to a standstill.
  • A God Am I: In Deadpool 2, he likens himself to God in picking the X-Force.
  • Going Commando:
    • In the first movie, once his attempt to make peace using his underwear as a white flag fails.
    • This apparently turned into a habit by "No Good Deed".
  • Good Is Not Soft: And not nice either, and he's aware of this (not that awareness). He's an Anti-Hero at best, but Heroic Comedic Sociopath at worst. He knows Being Good Sucks, but unlike most examples, he would rather put them to good use. In his own words, he's "just a bad guy who gets paid to fuck up worse guys".
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Thanks to having a Healing Factor, Deadpool takes the most punishment out of anyone in his film series. He's jumped off freeways, broken through glass windows hard enough to cause major concussions and stab wounds, been lit on fire, buried in various types of rubble, taken gunshots to his hands, arms, legs, chest and ass, broken most of the bones in his arms and legs, had his sternum shattered, snapped his spine in multiple places, cut his own hand off to escape a pair of handcuffs, had his neck snapped 180 degrees in the opposite direction, been stabbed through the brain with a knife and a metal fence post, blown himself up into random body parts, and been ripped in half. He gets better!
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Prior to his transformation, Wade had a scar on his right eyebrow.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: He celebrates his kill with bullet #5 by saying "Me gusta cinco!"
  • Groin Attack: Wade does this a few times in his first film, though only his first attempt successful, as his other attempts were on Colossus and Ajax, the former causing him to break his wrist.
  • Gun Nut: Now if only he could remember to keep an eye on his duffel bag...
  • The Gunslinger: Deadpool is both a Trick Shot and a Woo, having a penchant for Gun Fu and acrobatic movements (Woo) and pulling off Improbable Aiming Skills like threading a headshot for two or three Mooks or shooting a grenade halfway across a highway Gangsta Style (Trick Shot).
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: After meeting the Juggernaut, he fanboys over him. Juggernaut doesn't give a shit, and promptly tears Deadpool in two. This obviously doesn't kill him, as his bottom half (to the disgust to everyone present) grows back.
  • Healing Factor: He can heal from all sorts of injuries, including blowing himself up to bits, although nowhere near as fast as Wolverine. Having a large knife or an iron bar stabbed into his brain is merely an inconvenience, and when he is forced to cut off his hand to escape from Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead or gets ripped in half by Juggernaut, the missing limbs regrow in less than a day.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Following Vanessa's death, he goes on a revenge rampage and then tries to kill himself.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath:
    • He is a (nominal) hero who maims and murders his enemies in often hilarious and ridiculous ways.
    • After he is done scaring off a teenage stalker, Wade mentions to Weasel he was a lot worse at that age.
  • The Hero Dies: At the start of Deadpool 2, he claims that he will die in this film because of Wolverine raising the ante in Logan. He gets shot by Cable to defend Russell, and dies later, only for this to be reversed by Cable's time-traveling device. Cable remarks that he actually did die in the future, and while circumstances are currently unknown, it's likely from the power inhibitor collar at the Ice Box prison, where he likely succumbed to his cancer.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He takes a bullet to save Russell. The first time around, it even sticks.
  • Hidden Depths: Zig-Zagged.
    • His friends would tell you that there's more to him than his looks, but you wouldn't know it from talking with Wade himself. He makes peace with it at the end, though (although it probably helps that Vanessa tells him that he has a face she'd love to sit on).
    • He's much more introspective that he lets on, aware of just how messed up his life is, capable of analyzing what the thought Vanessa was going to do after finding out he had cancer, and able to tell that Russel had been abused just by talking to him a bit.
    • As per usual for the character, it would seem Deadpool is playing up his insanity for the sake of running his mouth or to get under his opponent's skin. That's not to say he doesn't have something wrong with him, but there are plenty of scenes with him being capable of rational thought when not acting on impulse.
  • Hitman with a Heart: Despite being an accomplished killer who has undoubtedly taken higher-paying jobs, he takes on a job to scare away a young girl's stalker. He doesn't even hurt the guy, as nothing has happened yet, so he just roughs him up a bit. Despite the girl saying he's her hero, he insists he's not. Despite this, he tells Weasel to give her back most of the money she paid for said roughing-up.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: When recruiting for the X-Force, he recruits a guy with no mutant powers just because he took a shine to him, and blows off Domino's luck-based power because it's so abstract.
  • Humble Hero: As the girl he saves at the beginning of the first movie tells him he's a hero, he immediately denies it because he was in for the money, and it shows he's not interested in fame.
  • Hypocrite: He advises Dopinder to kidnap his love interest Gita while taking a cab to save Vanessa... who was kidnapped. Granted, Ajax isn't his love rival, nor is Vanessa interested in Ajax, but it still looks bad.
  • Ignored Epiphany: His response to Colossus' You Are Better Than You Think You Are speech in the first movie is to shoot the Big Bad in the head before Colossus can even finish, and then complain "you were just droning on."
  • I Hate Past Me: Played for Laughs in Deadpool 2. After obtaining a Time Travel device and saving first his girlfriend Vanessa and then the one X-Force teammate he liked, Peter, he immediately starts hopping timelines to kill his previous X-Men Origins: Wolverine counterpart before he can butcher their character anymore, and then his actor Ryan Reynolds before he can accept a role in 'Green Lantern (2011)''.
  • I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: "...just a bad guy who gets paid to fuck up worse guys."
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: He manages a three-for-one Boom, Headshot! combo in midair in the first movie. He also manages to shoot a mook in the head earlier while he's Faking the Dead, face against the road and hand and gun between his legs.
    Deadpool: Fine! I've only got twelve bullets, so you're gonna have to share.
    • He has trouble with moving targets though, as he keeps missing his target while trying to shoot Ajax on his bike.
  • Insecure Love Interest: A big part of why Wade refuses to see Vanessa for a couple of years after his mutation is because he felt that he looked so horrible she would never love him.
  • Insult Backfire: He wholeheartedly agrees with or thanks Weasel after every insult Weasel makes about Wade's scarred appearance.
    Weasel: Motherfucker, you are hard to look at.
    Wade: Like a testicle with teeth.
    Weasel: You look like Freddy Krueger face-fucked a topographical map of Utah.
    Wade: Exactly!
    Weasel: You look like an avocado had sex with an older avocado.
    Wade: [Beat] Thank you.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Essentially his main ordeal, as he did not react to his overall Body Horror well.
  • It Is Not Your Time: After finally dying at the end of Deadpool 2, Wade meets Vanessa in the afterlife as he had always intended to after her death. The two share some sweet words about their reunion, but Vanessa tells Wade to go back to his surrogate family because they need him more than she does. Wade reluctantly accepts as Cable undoes Wade's death.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Even before becoming Deadpool, Wade was not the nicest (or sanest) guy around, willing to beat up and threaten people for money. However, he does have a soft spot for teenage girls, particularly ones with stalker problems, and he's more than happy to solve those problems for them. Even as Deadpool, despite being an all-out psychopath, he only ever dishes out punishment to people who actually deserve it, and treats those who he considers friends very nicely (though his definition of "nicely" differs greatly from a normal person's).
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Deadpool uses a pair of Japanese swords.
  • Large Ham: Ryan Reynolds already showed he had the ham to play Wade Wilson in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. So come the Deadpool solo movie, and the character is as unhinged as in the comic, hammy even with his face masked.
    Deadpool: OH! Ohohoho...CANADA! (wiggles his wrist around, which is now limp) That's not good. Cock-shot! (CLANG!!!) OW! (his other hand is now broken at the wrist) Oh, your poor wife! (flopping his broken arms) All the dinosaurs feared the T. rex!
  • The Leader: He creates and leads the X-Force in Deadpool 2...for all of a few hours before his poor planning results in the deaths of all of them save Domino.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: How Wade views himself.
    Deadpool: I'm a bad guy who is paid to fuck up worse guys.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: At Sister Margaret's Home for Wayward Girls, a bar for mercenaries and hired guns, there's a "dead pool" in which the patrons place money based on who among them they think will die next. Wade takes his codename after Weasel reminds him that he bet on Wade, and Wade's new Healing Factor is going to make it impossible for Weasel to win.
  • Lock-and-Load Montage: He gathers dozens of guns and over 3000 rounds of ammunition in preparation for the final battle of the first movie, but forgets the duffel bag holding them all (sans Blind Al's personal firearm) in the taxi he takes to get to the final battle.

  • Macho Camp: Despite having a girlfriend, he's not adverse to flirting with men (Colossus especially), and has a somewhat effeminate taste in music for a professional killer. He is pan.
  • Manchild: He's described by Colossus as acting like a child, and a heavily armed one at that.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Having insanely powerful regeneration, he treats cuts, gunshots, broken bones, and even missing limbs like mild annoyances instead of life-threatening wounds. It's Justified given that nothing is truly a "major injury" for him, essentially making his reactions instead a Minor Injury Overreaction.
    • After getting shot in the ass:
      Deadpool: Argh! Right up Main Street!
    • While looking through a hole in his arm:
      Deadpool: Motherfucker!
    • After getting shot with an entire clip of bullets because Parrying Bullets doesn't actually work that well.
      Deadpool: Ow...
    • Zig-Zagged after getting ripped in half.
      Deadpool: I can't feel my legs! ... Oh, no, they're right here. Got 'em.
  • Medium Awareness: Come on. It's Deadpool.
    Deadpool: I know, right? Whose balls did I have to fondle to get my own movie? Well, I can't tell you, but it rhymes with "Polverine."note 
  • Meta Guy: He lampshades every trope and cliche found in superhero movies he can, sometimes even by Breaking the Fourth Wall. He even lampshades his breaking of the fourth wall itself. If it exists, he'll hang a lampshade on it.
  • Military Superhero: He was an ex-Special Forces mercenary with 41 confirmed kills, and one of the superhero names he considers is "Captain Deadpool".
  • Mistaken for Misogynist: When introduced to Negasonic's girlfriend Yukio in Deadpool 2, he expresses great shock that Negasonic is dating a woman, to which Negasonic takes offense, thinking he's against her being in a relationship with another woman, to which he has to clarify that he has nothing against that part at all, but rather that he was shocked that anyone at all would date NTW in the first place.
  • Motor Mouth: He. Never. Shuts. Up. Ever.
    • Angel Dust has barely been on screen for 30 seconds before she gets so tired of hearing him that she claps a hand over his mouth and then gags him. Does this keep him from talking? Not a chance — he continues to mumble unintelligibly through the cloth stuffed in his pie hole.
    • Colossus asks him if he has an "off switch," which leads to Deadpool quipping that it's next to his prostate. "...or is that the on switch?"
  • The Musketeer: He's equipped with weapons for both Dual Wielding and Guns Akimbo, but never uses his Sword and Gun simultaneously.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Pre-disfigurement, he was quite a looker, courtesy of being played by Ryan Reynolds. He doesn't take well to losing this status post-disfigurement.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He befriends a fellow prisoner in Ajax's mutation program, but after causing an explosion to free himself, Wade catches sight of his friend dying, muttering his name. Wade takes his remorse silently.
  • My Greatest Failure: Wade leaves a hit prematurely to make it to a date with Vanessa on time. The target in the contract he leaves behind tracks him down, and Vanessa is killed in the fight. Wade explicitly says he is responsible for her death multiple times.
  • Never Hurt an Innocent: He says early on in the first movie that he only goes after people that he feels have done something to deserve it. He even offers to spare the soldiers working for Ajax, because he sees them as just a problem by merit of who signs their paychecks, and when that fails, he still avoids killing one of them when it's revealed that he's his old friend Bob.
  • The Nicknamer: He pins nicknames on a lot of both major and minor characters:
  • Nominal Hero: In his own words, "I'm just a bad guy who gets paid to fuck up worse guys."
  • One-Hit Polykill: He kills three (well, two, the bullet stopped before it went through the third guy's head) of Ajax's men with his final bullet in the highway shootout.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: If he doesn't crack jokes in a dramatic scene, chances are that shit has just gone down, and it's Played for Drama.
  • Papa Wolf: In the second movie, he seeks to protect a kid from being killed by Cable; he's reeling from being denied the opportunity to become a father, so this is the next best thing.
  • Paradox Person: Theoretically, live-action Deadpool should be Ret Goned after he kills his actor Ryan Reynolds before the actor could accept a role in Green Lantern (2011) during casting all the way back in 2009. Either that, or Reynolds exists in this universe... somehow.
  • Parrying Bullets: Parodied when he twirls his katanas to block Cable's gunfire. He hits a couple of the bullets by chance, but most of them just go past the swords and through him; he basically ignores the shots because of his healing factor, but it looks much less impressive than he was probably hoping.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: Expect a lot of movie and music references when he's killing people.
    Wade: Ever seen 127 Hours? Spoiler alert!
  • Positive Friend Influence: To Cable, who through Deadpool's persistent belief that Russell can be redeemed, goes from being a revenge-driven assassin willing to murder a kid, to becoming a genuine hero after seeing Deadpool Taking the Bullet for Russell.
  • Pragmatic Hero: The sequel portrays Wade as a far more heroic character, trying to protect a kid from Cable. Even when he finds out Cable's reason for targeting said child, Wade still goes out of his way to keep him from turning evil.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: He is fond of dropping a quip before eliminating an opponent, like "Daddy needs to express some rage," or "This guy's got the right idea! He wore the brown pants."
  • Professional Killer: His job, which he is seen practicing at the start of Deadpool 2 by hunting down bad people like sex traffickers. Although the "professional" part is a bit questionable, as he always makes a bloody mess while hunting his targets, and he only gets away with being shot all the time due to his healing powers.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: His refusal to treat anything seriously makes him come off this way. Colossus calls him a "heavily armed child."
  • Real Men Wear Pink: A fan of Wham! who even carries guns in a Hello Kitty backpack.
  • Red Is Heroic: With black to add variety, but he insists that he's not a hero. It's just because he doesn't want to wash away blood stains after battle.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Inverted to an extent. In the comics, Deadpool gains his healing factor from Wolverine. In the movie, Deadpool's healing factor is his own mutation.
  • Ripple-Effect-Proof Memory: Given that Deadpool is a Fourth-Wall Observer, Wade is still well aware of everything that happened in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, despite that entire timeline having been wiped out in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
    Deadpool: I've got no problems with Hugh. I mean he's a delightful guy, he really is. True legend. But the movie, that was a career low for me.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: His hunt for Ajax is partially motivated by revenge, but also by the claim that Ajax can repair his mutilated face.

  • Sad Clown:
    • He keeps up the jokes after his cancer diagnosis. When Vanessa finds him brooding by the window near-tears in the middle of the night, he snarks that he had a nightmare about being hunted down by Liam Neeson and rambles about Taken for a bit.
    • This even continues into his Deadpool persona. His facade of goofy fun hides a deeply self-loathing man who can't even muster up the courage to talk to the woman he loves because of his disfigurement. For instance, after Negasonic Teenage Warhead answers the door at the X-Mansion:
      Deadpool: Ripley! From Alien³!
      Negasonic: Fuck, you're old.
      Deadpool: Ha! Fake laugh! Hiding real pain.
    • In Deadpool 2, he has become a Death Seeker following the death of Vanessa.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: He breaks into a high-pitched scream several times in the first film, contrasting with his typically masculine voice.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Once he steals Cable's time-travel device, he uses it to prevent Vanessa's death, save his "sugar bear" Peter, kill the alternate version of himself from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and then shoot Ryan Reynolds before he can accept the script for the infamous Green Lantern movie.
  • Shipper on Deck: He gives advice on how Dopinder can win the heart of his former love interest. Terrible advice, but at least he's trying to be supportive.
  • Shoo the Dog: Because there are a number of mutants who have it out for Wade also locked up in the Ice Box, Wade repeatedly tries to put distance between himself and Russell so that Russell doesn't get caught up in his mess.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Even compared to most versions, Deadpool here has a fierce potty mouth.
    Deadpool: Finish fucking her the fuck up!
    Colossus: Language, please!
    Deadpool: Suck a cock!
  • Sliding Scale of Beauty: Wade Wilson starts out as Common Beauty, but is treated as Super Ugly after he gets his scars. (Although some consider this a case of Informed Deformity.)
  • The Sociopath: Narrowly averted. While he shows some signs of sociopathy (poor impulse control, general Ax Craziness), he is able to feel love for Vanessa and care about people in general, something real sociopaths don't do.
  • So Proud of You: When he finds out Dopinder kidnapped his romantic rival, he whispers his approval while loudly condemning him in front of Colossus. He then does it later when Negasonic compliments him at the end of the movie.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Any time Deadpool is acting like a bigger jerk than usual, chances are there's something that seriously has him down. In the first film, it's the fear of Vanessa rejecting him due to his appearance. In the sequel, it's her death.
  • Squee: He gets positively giddy whenever he sees Yukio. This is a very rare reaction to anyone for him, but Yukio is such a cute-as-a-button Nice Girl that it's not hard to see why.
  • Stalker with a Crush: After he escapes Weapon X, he becomes something of a stalker to Vanessa, and in stark contrast to his slightly chivalrous self from before the experiments, supports Dopinder's plan to kill his romantic rival and kidnap the girl he has a crush on.
  • Sword and Gun: His costume is equipped with two katanas and two handguns.
  • Superhero Packing Heat: Albeit one who forgets either the ammo or the guns themselves. It's justified, as his previous work as a mercenary means that he was already well-versed in gunplay before his mutation activated, and also since his mutation doesn't offer him any natural long-range options for attack.
  • Super Reflexes: Wade's enhanced physiology means that he can react quicker than normal people. Put it this way: name someone else who can bullseye a shot through the foreheads of three guys while spinning in the air.
  • Super Strength: Minor and subtle, but present. He can go toe-to-toe with a man who can bend steel rebar with his bare hands and send people flying with a kick.
  • Super Toughness: A side affect of having a Healing Factor means that Wade recovers quickly from any wound, and has a high pain threshold, considering he can take injuries like gunshot wounds without flinching.
  • Teens Are Monsters: He mentions that he did worse than the stalker boy when he was a teen.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: Subverted in the second film, where after saying that he loves dubstep, he's badly beaten down by Cable to the tune of Skrillex's Bangarang track. Twice.
  • There Is No Cure: In the first movie, he's hunting Francis/Ajax so he can make him reverse the Body Horror that turning Deadpool into a mutant left him with. As it turns out, to Deadpool's ire, Francis was lying when he said he could fix Deadpool's scarring. Fortunately, Vanessa decides she can live with him this way after a brief adjustment period and a bunch of drinks.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: Wade's into some kinky stuff, but can't quite handle getting pegged by Vanessa during International Women's Day.
    • This changes by the sequel, where he apparently considers heaven to be "International Women's Day every day".
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Though it wasn't his intention, he's rather proud of Dopinder kidnapping his romantic rival in the first film, and doesn't discourage his growing sociopathy in the second. He also makes it his mission to get Colossus to say "fuck", and ultimately succeeds.
  • Tranquil Fury: The best way to tell when Deadpool’s not fucking around anymore is by this trope, as best seen when he first meets Russell. He starts off laughing at the kid’s name and… well, being Deadpool. Until he’s not. The minute he sees the signs of abuse on the boy’s neck, it’s equal parts epic and chilling how quickly he switches to stone-cold rage, seriously asking Russell who it was that hurt him, then capping it off by making his own version of Colossus’ speech before opening fire at the headmaster and his cronies.
  • Trash Talk: He constantly does this to enemies, including Calling Your Attacks ("Cock-shot!", "Teabag!").
  • Troll: Deadpool is the master of getting on others' nerves. Even when he's in extreme agony, nothing can stop him from annoying his tormentor to death. The most frequent example in the first movie is calling Ajax "Francis".
  • Two First Names: Wade Wilson.
  • Underestimating Badassery: He doesn't think "luck" is a superpower. Domino proves him dead wrong.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Gender-flipped. Wade absolutely loses it after Ajax kidnaps the love of his life, Vanessa.
    Wade: [destroying various inanimate objects] MOTHERFUCKER! Cock-juggling fuckface! Fuck! Fuck! Fuck! FUCK! I'm gonna rip his MOTHERFUCKING— ... [after reading a text from Ajax regarding Vanessa] ... I need guns.
    Weasel: Okay. Which ones?
  • Virtue Is Weakness: Downplayed, but he generally sees Colossus as a self-righteous dweeb.
  • Weapon of Choice: Two katanas and two Desert Eagle pistols.
  • Working-Class Hero: Wade lives by very humble means, despite having ample opportunity to steal from the rich gangsters he kills, but is fine with it. He and his girlfriend reside in a small studio apartment with old-ish appliances (note their TV and computer) and eat Pop-Tarts for dessert at their dinners. They exchange small trinkets with only sentimental value as anniversary gifts (e.g. an arcade token from the site of their first date), and he proposes to her with a candy Ring Pop instead of a diamond. The only expensive things he owns are his guns. Even his personal heaven is just that same apartment with Vanessa.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Though he's unsure if it would be more or less sexist to not hit a female mook. It cuts away right after he pulls out a gun, still angsting about it.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child:
    • He is disgusted over Cable attempting to kill Russell, who is only a 14-year-old boy. He does his best to reason with Cable to help Russell before he crosses the Moral Event Horizon, and even takes a bullet to save Russell.
    • This is subverted in the Super Duper Cut when Deadpool travels back in time to kill Hitler as a baby (although it should be noted that it took Wade an extreme amount of motivation to do). It's double-subverted right back; in The Stinger he admits he couldn't do it. Then it is triple-subverted when he mentions Cable can.
  • Yandere: Implied. While he hasn't shown this attitude with Vanessa, he does say how proud he is of Dopinder for kidnapping his love rival with plans to kill said love rival, and even encouraging Dopinder to go with his plan of killing him and then kidnapping his love interest.


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