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Wade Wilson and Nathan Summers are back — and this time, they're stuck with each other!

Cable & Deadpool was a Marvel Comics series that launched in 2004 and ran for 50 issues (May, 2004 - April, 2008). The whole point of the series was the Odd Friendship between Cable and Deadpool that began after the first six issues, where they were somewhere between fighting and helping each other due to their individual missions conflicting/collaborating during that arc. The series had been noted for its Buddy Picture overtones, the high-level of Genre Savvy possessed by all characters, and how it tied into major Marvel events (House of M, Civil War, and referencing One More Day) without the characters being derailed at all for the plot. The duo teamed up again from December 2015-March 2016, for the Infinite Comic Deadpool & Cable: Split Second.

Please only list examples suited to the series itself here. Cable and Deadpool both have their own pages.


Cable & Deadpool provides examples of:

  • The Ace: Shen Kuei a.k.a. The Cat. How good is he? He doesn't accept mercenary jobs for money, he accepts them if the other people competing with him to complete the job would lead to good fights. Deadpool and Weasel both have fanboy moments over him and he beats up all three B.A.D. girls.
    • Although he'll still derive payment, not only from the original contractor but from the third party that pays him to consider accepting the job.
  • Action Girl: The B.A.D. Girls (Black Mamba, Asp, and Diamondback) who end up in the first major arc of the second volume, Domino, from the first Providence and Rumekistan arcs, and Outlaw and Sandi finally prove themselves as this in the final issue (they only hadn't before due to lack of screen-time).
  • All There in the Manual: While most of the basics about any characters were handled in the recap pages, some things like Outlaw being a mutant, Sandi being Taskmaster's girlfriend, and other more in-depth background facts were omitted.
  • And This Is for...: There's a Running Gag of Deadpool fighting his way into a building doing this, but the things he mentions have nothing to do with who he's attacking.
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  • Artifact Title: Cable is not in the last fourth or so of the series due to being dead yet again. He gets minor action in the last issue, sending Wade a weapon from another point in time to help against the symbiote dinosaurs.
  • The Bus Came Back: The series liked featuring minor Marvel characters, including Black Box's real identity as the mutant Comcast, who hadn't been seen in awhile.
  • Butt-Monkey: Bob, agent of Hydra. You know you're in trouble when a psychotic mercenary declares you his pet and you seem okay with it. He's very popular with the fans, and is now something of an Ensemble Dark Horse.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Deadpool can do this all the time, other people are only allowed to on the recap page (except for T-Ray, who insists that it is further proof that he is the real Wade Wilson).
  • Call-Back: In Cable's case, one related to his appearance on a couple of occasions during the de-ageing arc: specifically, how as a teenager he looks exactly like his alternate reality counterpart Nate Grey, who had at this point been sort of dead for several years. Underlining the fact that it was intentional, the cover for one of the issues of that arc had teenage Cable in his counterpart's original Age of Apocalypse.
  • Crossover: The storylines often brought in other Marvel characters like the X-Men, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, the B.A.D. Girls, Brother Voodoo, Dr. Strange, or Hydra.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: In Cable's attempt to unite the world against him in a Genghis Gambit, SHIELD and Reed Richards get nervous. So after being effortlessly defeated by Cable, they call in the Silver Surfer to take care of Cable. It... does not end well for Cable. This was a shocking event, given that the Surfer generally does not get involved in Earth's affairs. Nevertheless, part of why he loses is because he didn't prepare for or anticipate the Surfer. Cable still holds his own for awhile while repairing all the destruction their fight causes, and his powers are simultaneously diminishing as he fights the Silver Surfer. He also destroys the Surfer's indestructible board.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Thanks to Cable fixing his mind in issue 16, Deadpool remembers a lot more of his life. He doesn't dwell on it, never has, never will, but he is able to use it to prove that he's Wade Wilson, so T-Ray isn't. Word of God keeps flip-flopping as to whether it's right or not. Most fans still stick to this version, though.
  • Final Battle: How the series ended—Deadpool accidentally teleported dinosaurs to New York City, where they also became infected with symbiotes (somehow). This leads to every Hero, Anti-Hero, and mercenary in the city fighting them. Deadpool almost swoons when he realizes he's getting to fight with people like Ben Grimm, Spider-Man, and the Avengers.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Weasel and the Fixer.
    • Black Box is revealed to be one as well, due to his major invention.
  • Girl Friday: Outlaw and Sandi for Agent X. Lampshaded by Deadpool.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Even without depending on how you define "hero", Deadpool does this a lot. Mostly because he's a mercenary and does as he's paid to. He's more Face around Cable, but turned Heel against him twice.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Cable and Deadpool. Despite frequently trying to kill/injure each other, Cable never telling Deadpool anything or trusting him much (admittedly justified at times), Deadpool double-crossing Nate like crazy, and Nate having two female love interests, Cable and Deadpool become BLATANTLY entrenched in each other's lives and quite devoted to the relationship. They call any time they're not on good terms a "divorce" and Cable seems more at ease with Deadpool than with either of his Love Interests (Domino and Irene Merryweather).
  • Ho Yay: So much that it needed its own page. It's mostly Played for Laughs. invoked
  • The Jester: Deadpool tends to play this part to any superhero he encounters, but to Cable in particular.
  • Mind over Manners: Cable uses an invention of Black Box's to simulate telepathy by hooking into all the world's electronic information. A lot of people are worried about that.
  • Mind over Matter: Cable, when his powers are increased. Usually they're too busy with the techno-organic virus.
  • The Multiverse: Deadpool bodyslides through multiple universes looking for Cable, finding different versions of him.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: The final villain of the series? Ton of symbiote dinosaurs rampaging through New York City during Dark Reign, causing even heroes who wouldn't normally be active to have to pitch in.
  • Noodle Incident: The murder of Hajin Bin Barat. Subverted because everyone eventually realizes that only Deadpool could have killed him (especially since Deadpool demonstrated the only possible way for the crime to have happened with only 3 footprints in the room), but the reason Deadpool did so is unknown. He still has occasional memory black outs, after all. Deadpool thinks (and is worried) that it might have just been because he wanted to.
  • Odd Friendship: It's heavily lampshaded that Cable and Deadpool have no serious reason to be friends (outside of their mutual teleport system requiring them both to use it or be temporarily fused together anyways). When Deadpool was first created way back when, he was Cable's enemy.
    • Deadpool and Weasel have a less healthy version of this.
  • Rapid Aging: Baby Cable grows from an infant to a teenager in a few days. He stops when he reaches his normal age, however.
  • Red Skies Crossover: While having tie-ins to House of M and Civil War, the series stayed focused on its own characters. For House of M Wade went tripping through several dimensions to find Cable, one of which included the main universe created in that series. For Civil War, Cable joined the Anti-reg and Deadpool the pro-reg, Cable on principles and Deadpool for fighting. All it did was cause another one of their "divorces" for a bit.
  • Running Gag: After the Civil War arc, Deadpool continually insists he's an Avenger due to being on the Pro-Reg side when involved in the fighting. He's also continually told that no, he isn't.
    • Ditto with Deadpool saying he's a mutant/X-Man.
    • In the recap pages, people being awkward about describing how Cable and Deadpool ended up stuck together from the beginning of the series. Also, constant statements that the book has about one recurring fan.
  • Shout-Out:
    • In one issue Deadpool describes his face as looking like a cross between Ryan Reynolds and a shar-pei.
    • During his fight with Spider-Man, Deadpool talks about the Toby Maguire films and how they affected Spidey's public image. He also make quite a few Take That!-ish references to One More Day and how Spidey doesn't remember it.
    • Deadpool calls sneaking through pipes "the Super Mario strategy."
    • And of course Wade's love of The Golden Girls and Bea Arthur.
    • Deadpool makes frequent sexual comments about Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.
  • Speech Bubbles: Deadpool's are yellow, as are his thought boxes (which he can see).
    • When Cable uses telepathy, he gets blue font.
    • Agent X's are grey, and his thought boxes look like notebook paper.
  • Spotting the Thread: A memory version-when T-Ray showed Deadpool the moment when Deadpool "tried to kill him and then stole his identity" in an earlier series, and Deadpool was already in costume when he did the alleged act. When Cable fixed Deadpool's memories later, Deadpool remembered that he only got the costume after Weapon X, which he only joined because his cancer made him leave the army (which he signed up for as Wade Winston Wilson). This gets retconned in and out Depending on the Writer, though fans typically take it as proof that Deadpool is Wade and T-Ray is not. Deadpool himself admitted that it depends on who's writing him.
  • Strip Poker: In one issue, Deadpool is playing one of these with Bob From HYDRA, Outlaw and Sandi Brandenberg, with only Deadpool down to his skivvies (or less; the characters are shown only from the waist up), until Cable gives him a hint ("She's bluffing") over a psychic link. Later the girls are seen propositioning The Thing for a similar game.
  • Take a Third Option: When fighting symbiote-dinosaurs (don't ask), Spider-Man tells Deadpool the best ways to beat them are high-powered sonics and fire. Deadpool shoots one in the brain.
    Deadpool: Looks lobotomizing them works too!
  • Teleporter Accident: A variation occurs: the two main characters' genetic code get mixed up during the first arc, leading to Cable's transporter fusing them together every time they say, "Bodyslide by one," instead of, "Bodyslide by two."
    • Deadpool actually uses the "Bodyslide by one" command again, just to piss Cable off.
    • The tagline might have a Stealth Pun about this.
  • Unfortunate Names: Weasel's real name is Jack Hammer (no in-series word on possible relations to Justin Hammer). He wonders if his parents had a sick sense of humor.
  • Ugly Cute: In-Universe with Deadpool finding the horrific techno-organic alien embryo that they will be using to save Nate's life adorable.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Cable is constantly called out on saying he trusts Wade when usually taking the situation out of Wade's hands, especially by Merriweather Williams when Wade took a girl hostage in a situation Cable started and only did no real harm to her because Nathan interfered.
    • Wade also calls Nate out on planting a subliminal suggestion in his head that ended up making Wade hallucinate all his previous victims mocking him. While Nate denies causing the specifics of what Wade saw, he admitted that he did it because he hoped Wade would eventually go to him for help about it and they could talk about Wade maybe being a better person.


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