Major / Colonel William Stryker, Jr.
Played by: Josh Helman
Voiced by: Alan Bravo (Latin-American Spanish)
Appearances: X-Men: Days of Future Past | X-Men: Apocalypse
A covert operations specialist and experienced helicopter pilot since the Vietnam War.
- Ace Pilot: During the Vietnam War, he was a helicopter pilot and flew many Black Ops missions into the jungles of North Vietnam. Ten years later, he also escapes Logan's rampage in Alkali Lake Facility by helicopter.
- Butt-Monkey: Despite his prominence in the overarching franchise (and his role as The Dragon to Trask), he suffers the most injuries and beatdowns out of anyone in X-Men: Days of Future Past, including being blasted by Havok in the opening scene, being tasered after Mystique's failed assassination of Trask, and being beaten again when Nixon and his team discover Mystique is in the room with them. It's really no wonder he seems to hate mutants so much later on, when he spends all of his screen time in this one getting his ass beaten by them.
- Demoted to Dragon: After serving as the Big Bad in two movies, William Stryker is Dr. Bolivar Trask's second-in-command.
- Dirty Coward: In Apocalypse, when Logan is set free by Jean and starts slaughtering the soldiers at Alkali Lake, Stryker loses his nerve and abandons his team to escape the base.
- Dragon Ascendant: He was Bolivar Trask's second-in-command in Days of Future Past. As Trask was arrested in that movie, Stryker was still free and became a threat again ten years later in Apocalypse.
- Fantastic Racism: Played with, in X-Men: Days of Future Past, where he doesn't seem to hate mutants as much, or at all for that matter. He even says he doesn't hate them, just that he knows what they can do and that they should be prepared for it, and he expresses surprised amusement at Trask's apparent Fantastic Racism.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: In X-Men: Apocalypse, his presence literally comes out of nowhere. His part of the film was essentially there to capture the characters and have no bearing on the plot, other than for an excuse for Weapon X's rampage and Logan's escape afterwards.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Gets a neckful of tasers from Magneto, tasers he had just used on Mystique.
- Hunk: He's quite buff as a young man.
- In the Blood: His father, as shown in X-Men: First Class, was a high ranking CIA agent and also hated mutants once he saw what they could do.
- Inspector Javert: Oddly enough, Stryker plays this role in X-Men: Apocalypse. After Apocalypse took control of Charles's mind and ordered him to control the nuclear missile controllers and send the missiles into space, Stryker tracks the signal to the X-Mansion and mistakenly believes that Xavier is actually the one who's behind it. So he leads special forces to raid it and capture some key mutants to interrogate them about Charles's whereabouts.
- Karma Houdini: He escapes Wolverine's rampage in Apocalypse. However a deleted scene shows him being arrested by Moira MacTaggert over his actions, not least of which being assaulting and abducting a federal officer.
- Majorly Awesome: In X-Men: Days of Future Past, he is at the rank of Major.
- Rank Up: Was a Major in Days of Future Past. In Apocalypse, he has become a Colonel.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Surprisingly presented as one in Apocalypse compared to his previous depictions in the franchise. He only abducts Raven, Peter, Moira and Hank so that he could question them about a cataclysmic psychic event that seemingly originated from the X-Mansion, and leaves behind the innocent students of the school (unlike his visit in X2: X-Men United). Then again, he did torture and brainwash Logan into becoming Weapon X in this continuity as well.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Stryker wastes no time getting himself out of Alkali Lake's base after Wolverine/Weapon X gets loose.
- Shock and Awe: Stryker has a knuckleduster equipped with tasers, which he uses on Mystique when she attacks Trask at the Paris Peace Conference.
- Villain: Exit, Stage Left: As Wolverine is let loose on the Alkali Lake facility, Stryker is shown to already be on his way out by helicopter in Apocalypse.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: At the end of Days of Future Past, Mystique is shown impersonating William Stryker, but what she did with the real Stryker is unclear. As shown in Apocalypse, he's completely fine, albeit he's still pissed off at Mystique.
- Would Hit a Girl: He successfully tasered Mystique in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but he failed to shoot her in Saigon and inside The White House's underground bunker.
Francis Freeman / Ajax
Played by: Ed Skrein
Voiced by: José Arenas (Latin-American Spanish)
Film Appearances: Deadpool
- "The only thing that never survives this place is a sense of humor."
- Adaptational Intelligence: In the comics he is just a sadistic security chief, here he is also a scientist.
- Adaptational Nationality: He is English instead of American like his comic book counterpart.
- Adaptational Wimp: The Ajax from the comics can wipe the floor with Deadpool in head on confrontation, while the one from the movie is roughly his equal at fighting.
- Adaptation Species Change: In the comic books, Ajax is a cyborg instead of a mutant, and he lacks pain receptors because they were deliberately removed, not because he lost them in the process of becoming a mutant.
- Alliterative Name: His real name, Francis Freeman.
- An Axe to Grind: Pulls out two of them for the final fight, since he knows Deadpool can regenerate from explosions and small wounds such as bullet wounds, so Francis figures chopping the limbs off clean is a more efficient way to disable him.
- Ascended Extra: Ajax never really played a major role outside of Deadpool's origin, here he is the Big Bad and Wade's nemesis.
- Asshole Victim: The tears that were shed when this bastard bit it were hopefully either non-existent or of joy.
- Atrocious Alias: Of sorts. Ajax was one of ancient Greece's greatest warriors, mostly known for his feats in the Trojan War... but nowadays it's mostly known as a brand of cleaning products, something Wade will not let him forget (when he's not just calling him Francis).Wade: He got his name from a dish soap!
- Ax-Crazy: This guy commits horrifying experiments on people For the Evulz. He's a rare example of a calm Ax-Crazy, in that while he's extremely violent and sadistic, he tends to remain entirely calm and composed during it.
- Badass Biker: Spends most of the freeway shootout driving a motorcycle.
- Bald of Evil: Ajax has shaved his head bald.
- Beauty Is Bad: He's played by Ed Skrein, looks like he could've stepped off a Paris runway, and is thoroughly loathsome. The credits lampshade it:Cartoon!Deadpool: He's the hottest!
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: He went through the torture gauntlet as a subject before he became the operator. From what he tells Wade, it's likely that the process broke him.
- Berserk Button: He doesn't flip out over it like most examples, but his facial expressions and Catchphrase makes it clear that he hates being called Francis.
- Big Bad: He's the one responsible for Wade Wilson's scarring and insanity, and also wants to hunt Wade down for destroying his facilities and reneging on their deal.
- Blessed with Suck: Tells Wade that he gained enhanced reflexes from his procedure, but the trade-off was that all of his nerve endings were burnt out, preventing him from feeling pain, or anything for that matter, including emotion.
- Boom, Headshot!: Wade puts a bullet in his head at the end of the film.
- Catchphrase: "What's my name?"
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Despite the fact that his skillset is described as "only" enhanced reflexes and no pain sensors, he is strong enough to Neck Lift a man his own size and tough enough to fight through punishment he shouldn't be able to shrug off just because he feels no pain. The only real explanation is that his reflex power includes Uninhibited Muscle Power as a side effect, but that still doesn't explain his absurd durability.
- Chekhov's Gunman: A variant; he also appears in the trailers as the biker who puts a hole in Deadpool's arm.
- Composite Character: Has some things in common with Dr. Killebrew by being the surgeon responsible for Wade's condition.
- Defiant to the End: When he's finally under Deadpool's mercy, he taunts him with the fact that his scars are uncurable, despite knowing that the prospect of a cure is the only reason Deadpool's even considering keeping him alive.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He leaves Wade in the oxygen deprivation chamber even after Wade has manifested the mutation he was trying to trigger, "Not because I need to. Because I want to." His main motive seems to be annoyance at Wade's constant snark.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul" / Embarrassing First Name: Wade learns that the quickest way to get under Ajax's skin is to call him Francis. He spends the entire film trying to get Deadpool to refer to him as Ajax.
- Dull Surprise: Purposefully. Ajax is (as he himself tells Wade) emotionally dead inside, so his delivery of practically everything is stuck on Dull Surprise.
- Establishing Character Moment: Ajax walks in Wade's room, tells him he could speak in euphemisms ("This may hurt", "take a deep breath", etc.), but since he's completely insensitive (both emotionally and physically) he doesn't really give a crap, so he just says what he'll actually do: Torture Wade mercilessly until his mutant gene activates. Then he proceeds to do exactly that.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Played for Laughs in the end credits when Deadpool has a "He's the hottest" thought balloon while his actor's name was shown.
- Evil Brit: He has an English accent, and he's the first example of a British Big Bad in the movie series. He's even credited as "British Villain".
- Evil Counterpart: To Deadpool. Both of them have undergone human mutant experiments that have granted amazing abilities, such as healing wounds and not feeling pain. They each go by aliases, with their real names being alliterative. However, while Wade may initially look insane, he's actually a Nice Guy (who just happens to be psychotic); Ajax may look and sound like a sane man, but he's an Ax-Crazy sociopath with no redeemable qualities.
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: He sometimes tries making jokes at Pool's expense, but they're all unfunny and cruel, particularly because his emotionally stunted delivery ruins the timing.
- Evil Is Petty: He makes a point of being especially cruel to Wade for no adequate reason other than the fact Pool keeps making jokes (and calling him Francis). After finding a method of torture that finally triggers Wade's dormant mutant genes, he decides to torture Wade some more, just because he can.
- Face Death with Dignity: Ajax doesn't flinch at the prospect of Deadpool killing him.
- Famous Last Words: When Deadpool questions him for some, he says his Catchphrase: "What's my name?"
- Faux Affably Evil: Ajax can be chatty and snarky from time to time, but it's nothing more than a facade. He can even keep up his act while torturing people.
- Feel No Pain: One of his abilities is feeling absolutely no pain. It serves as a bit of a counter to Pool's powers, which allow him to heal, but he feels every strike, while Ajax doesn't heal (not as much as Wade, at least) but can feel nothing.
- For the Evulz: Even after Wade gains his powers, and there is no need to put him back in the asphyxiation device, Ajax puts him back in the machine, driven by a desire to inflict pointless cruelty.
- Genius Bruiser: Ajax is simultaneously a brilliant scientist, the head of the program that develops superheroes and a ruthless fighter who goes toe-to-toe with Deadpool.
- Healing Factor: He laments, after escaping a thorough beating at the hands of Deadpool, that he doesn't have one like him. That said, Ajax's unnatural ability to ignore incapacitating wounds implies he must have some form of healing ability and/or enhanced touhgness after all.
- I Lied: First as to making Wade a "superhero" and again when he claims that he can fix his mutated face.
- Implacable Man: Since he feels nothing, it's very hard to put him down.
- Informed Attribute: Strangely, the abilities he shows through the film don't fit easily their official description. Francis claims to have just super reflexes and immunity to pain, which could possibly include Uninhibited Muscle Power, but he clearly proves to have also either Super Toughness or a mild Healing Factor (the guy literally ignores wounds that would cripple or kill any man, with or without pain), while in turn his reflexes are hardly extraordinary (he's not much better at hand-to-hand fighting than Wade, whose own reflexes are just those of a well-trained human). Those oddities are never touched upon, not even by Wade, who loves to point signs of lazy writing in his movies and would have had a field day with them.
- Ironic Name: Mr. Freeman holds many prisoners as lab experiments. After giving them superpowers, he sells them into slavery.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: You may think at first that despite taking a bit too much pleasure in administering pain, he's still basically a good person because he's giving the terminally ill a second chance. You would be dead wrong.
- Knight of Cerebus: While the film is Denser and Wackier, Ajax is played dangerously straight. Whenever he starts taking direct action things begin to get noticeably darker.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: When Angel throat lifts Weasel and every man in the Bad-Guy Bar draws their guns, Ajax logically tells her to back down.
- Lack of Empathy: The procedure that gave him the power of immunity to pain and Super Reflexes also left him incapable of feeling empathy for other people.
- Lightning Bruiser: Has enhanced reflexes which lets him dominate Wade and he's strong enough to easily bend steel rebar. He's also Made of Iron and can Feel No Pain, so even slowing him down if you do manage to hit him is pretty unlikely.
- Line-of-Sight Name: Ajax comes from the dish cleaner, at least according to Wade.
- Mad Scientist: He performs illegal experiments on humans to grant them superhuman abilities, ones that don't always work correctly.
- Made of Iron: His lack of pain receptors allows him to keep fighting much longer than a regular human, even although he still should end up dead way earlier than he does, physically speaking. It takes a lot of beating to get knocked down, although to kill him a Boom, Headshot! is enough.
- Major Injury Underreaction: As a result of feeling no pain, he reacts very casually to things like being impaled by a katana. Less explainable by his lack of pain is that he doesn't even show trouble for breathing or moving with the damn thing on it.
- Not Afraid to Die: Due to not having much of a capacity for feeling emotions he doesn't appear to be all that worried about the prospect of dying even though he will avoid it if there's a way out. In fact, when he's at Deadpool's mercy he just mocks him one last time, and when Colossus tries to give a stereotypical "Be a Hero" speech to convince Deadpool to spare Ajax he seems mildly annoyed by it and fully content that Deadpool is about to kill him anyways.
- Not So Above It All: Falls for Wade's "made you look," and took the name Ajax because he was apparently embarrassed by his real name, Francis.
- Not So Stoic: Justified. Getting hit by a cargo container isn't something you don't react to, even if you can't feel it.
- Pet the Dog:
- His friendliness towards Angel Dust may be a subversion, as he claims he can't feel anything for anyone, and is only friendly towards her because of her temper and superior strength.
- He lets Wade get away with feebly headbutting Angel Dust, stopping her from retaliating and telling her to shrug it off with what amounted to, "I guess we owed him that much."
- Required Secondary Powers: Aside from demonstrating abnormal strength and reflexes, he's also much tougher than a normal human, as he takes injuries that would cripple a normal person and is able to fight through them without hindrance (including a stab to the leg that should render him unable to walk and a blade through the shoulder that should have paralyzed that arm).
- Sadist: He seems less interested in any scientific discoveries that his experiments have brought and more interested in the pain and suffering that they will bring.
- Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: In addition to wanting revenge for his disfigurement, this is why Deadpool wants to kill him.
- The Sociopath: He observes that he can't feel anything both in the sense of not feeling any pain and in the sense of feeling no emotional response. Deadpool calls him a psychopath, which is something different.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Has a gentle voice to contrast with his role as a slaver and torture technician.
- Super Reflexes: One of the powers he gained while in Weapon X, to the point that he can easily keep up with Wade in a sword fight and even dodge bullets while riding a motorcycle.
- Super Strength: Although he doesn't mention it among the combo of superpowers granted by his mutation, Ajax is clearly much stronger than a regular human, bending a thick iron bar with his bare hands or sending Deadpool flying through crates with a mere punch. It might be explained by Uninhibited Muscle Power if it were the only oddity on his skillset.
- The Stoic: Because he can't feel any emotions.
- Torture Technician: Oh he's utterly ruthless when it comes to causing pain.
- Villainous Friendship: Ajax seems to be legitimately friendly with Angel Dust and the feeling seems mutual, however see Pet the Dog above.
- Villainous Valour: He puts up a good fight against Deadpool, and unlike a certain henchman of his, stubbornly refuses to beg Deadpool for Mercy, and refuses it when offered, instead taunting the latter until he kills him.
- Worthy Opponent: Comes to see Deadpool as one when he realizes that the man who's killed almost 50 of his men in the past several weeks is Wade.Francis: It's funny, I almost miss the fucker. I like a challenge.
Christine / Angel Dust
Played by: Gina Carano
Voiced by: Erica Edwards (Latin-American Spanish)
Film Appearances: Deadpool
Ajax's lab assistant and second in command.
- Adaptational Badass: In the comics, Angel Dust's Super Strength varies wildly, but typically tops out around Spider-Man-level. In the film, she is powerful enough to go toe-to-toe with Colossus.
- Adaptational Curves: Angel Dust is flat-chested and overall rather plain, compared to Gina Carano's proportions◊.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the books Angel Dust, one of the Morlocks, is very much a hero. She's a villain working for the project which creates Deadpool in the film.
- All There in the Manual: Her full nickname (Angel Dust) is never stated in the film, as Ajax just calls her "Angel". Her real name (Christine) is also never said.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Rarely changes her expression from a scowl.
- Amazonian Beauty: She is played by Gina Carano, after all. Deadpool seems to disagree, but during the Wardrobe Malfunction, Colossus calls her a "beautiful lady".
- Boobs of Steel: The physically strongest woman of the movie, and also the one with most cleavage.
- Character Tics: The matchstick in her mouth, as pegged by Deadpool.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Inverted; the movie only calls her by her codename (Angel Dust, or more specifically, Angel), never by her real name.
- Dark Action Girl: When she throws down, she summarily bashes Colossus across the room, and is winning until Negasonic Teenage Warhead steps in.
- Defeat by Modesty: Inverted. Her left breast gets exposed during her fight with Colossus, who is kind enough to pause the battle and let her readjust her top. And then she uses the opportunity to sucker punch him right in the bits.
- The Dragon: Serves as Big Bad Ajax's right-hand woman.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Though Ajax always holds her back, she's very easy to provoke.
- Ironic Name: Despite her first name being "Angel", she is definitely not one.
- Lightning Bruiser: She's rather quick when she wants to be and is a skilled martial artist. She also has enough strength to match well against Colossus and tough enough to soak a good number of his attacks.
- Oral Fixation: Frequently seen with a match in her mouth. Wade stealing one proves instrumental in his escape.
- The Quiet One: Doesn't speak all that much.
- The Stoic: Rarely emotes in any way.
- Super Strength: Has the ability to control her adrenaline levels, giving her a resistance to pain and temporary superhuman strength.
- Three-Point Landing: Angel leaps down from her vantage point to join the last fight against the heroes. Deadpool instantly predicts her "superhero landing" before she does it.
- Villainous Friendship: She seems to get along surprisingly well with Ajax.
- Wardrobe Malfunction: Her top slides off a bit during her fight with Colossus, who points it out and gives her a moment to readjust. She takes the opportunity to thank him and then punches him in the groin.
- Would Hurt a Child: In a deleted scene, she pins Teenage Negasonic Warhead to the ground and tries to punch her head in. The latter's counter attack was what totaled the carrier.
Played by: Jed Rees
Voiced by: Javier Rivero (Latin-American Spanish)
Film Appearances: Deadpool
A mysterious man who recruits Wade Wilson into Ajax's superhuman experimentation program.
- Asshole Victim: As the man who manipulated Wade into ruining his own life, when Deadpool finally gets his hands on him, it is immensely satisfying.
- Celebrity Resemblance: Apparently for Hugo Weaving.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: What Deadpool does to him during his Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- Deal with the Devil: Offers to cure Wade of his cancer and make him a superhero in exchange for Wade working for his organization.
- Dirty Coward: Immediately runs when Deadpool confronts him, and folds like wet paper and (again) also immediately tries to reveal the location of his boss to save his own skin. Wade inflicts some Cold-Blooded Torture anyway just because the guy's an asshole.
- Faux Affably Evil: Speaks politely to Wade while manipulating him into making a decision that will ruin his life, and ignoring the pedophile jokes Wade delivers.
- Gory Discretion Shot: Deadpool turns the camera away from the scene of him being tortured to death, saying that the audience doesn't want to see this. Judging by the reaction of one of the bystanders next to him when Deadpool starts interrogating him, it was for the best.
- In-Series Nickname: Wade refers to him as "Agent Smith", as do the subtitles. He also calls him "Jared", after the former Subway spokesman who was arrested for child pornography.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: When confronted by an angry Deadpool, the Recruiter is more than willing to spill everything he knows about Francis and the operation. Unfortunately for the Recruiter, Deadpool decides to torture him anyway for the funsies.
- The Men in Black: Obviously goes to the same tailor, which causes Deadpool to name him "Agent Smith" for the duration of the movie.
- No Name Given: Just one nickname after another.
- Obviously Evil: His black suit, creepy grin and vague promises do not inspire trust. Wade begins making quips about him being a sex offender immediately after meeting him.
- Pædo Hunt: Wade constantly jokes that his Obviously Evil mannerisms make him come across as a pedophile (his behavior being not unlike a Creepy Uncle). And none of them bother the Recruiter at all.
- This Is Gonna Suck: Quickly realizes that he's screwed when Deadpool reveals his identity to him.Recruiter: This is not going to end well for me isn't—
Deadpool: This is not going to end well for you, no.