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The character debuted in 1991 in the final arc of the original volume of The New Mutants, and he appeared in multiple series and two mini-series focused on him before the first Deadpool ongoing series premiered in 1997. Deadpool comic books are defined by the character's dark and surreal sense of humor, frequent fourth wall breaking, pop culture references, violence and mayhem, and explorations of the character's functional immortality and disordered mind. Deadpool comics have varied supporting characters and antagonists depending on the creative and editorial team.
Marvel started heavily featuring the character in 2008, with every month having a Deadpool solo ongoing series, an ongoing series including Deadpool in a partnership or on a team, usually one or more additional mini- or limited series centered on Deadpool, and multiple guest appearances in other series or events. Many of these guest appearances and non-solo series are related to his association with Cable, including their series Cable & Deadpool; mutant teams and characters like the X-Men, X-Force, and Wolverine; and Spider-Man, including the appropriately-named Spider-Man/Deadpool.
A version of Wade Wilson made his film debut in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, portrayed by Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds. After years of development, Reynolds returned as the titular character in the Deadpool films, which are truer to the comic book characterization and adapt Deadpool into a mutant whose violence doesn't mesh well with the traditionally heroic X-Men. Deadpool has also appeared in other characters' animated series, on pinball tables both physical and digital, and in video games, including the Deadpool video game and Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
This page is about plot tropes in the Deadpool comic books. For the character and his personality traits or those of his supporting characters, see the character sheet.
Deadpool comic books
- Deadpool: The Circle Chase aka : August to November 1993, 4 issues by writer Fabian Nicieza and penciler Joe Madureira. This miniseries introduces Deadpool's sidekick and tech supplier, Weasel, as they hunt for the prize from Tolliver's will. Previously only shown taking lives, Deadpool saves a life by helping heal Vanessa.
- Deadpool: Sins of the Past aka : August to November 1994, 4 issues by writer Mark Waid and penciler Ian Churchill. First look at what's under Deadpool's mask, much to Deadpool's dismay; he takes an instant liking to Theresa Cassidy (Siryn) and doesn't want to repulse her.
- Deadpool volume 1 aka : January 1997 to September 2002, issues #1-69 plus specials and annuals. This is Deadpool's first ongoing series. It had multiple writer/artist teams, including:
- #1-10: Writer Joe Kelly and penciler Ed McGuinness. Supporting cast includes Blind Al, a prisoner in Deadpool's San Francisco "Deadhut" lair who trades insults and pranks with him between fearing for her life; Weasel, his previously-introduced sidekick; and members of Landau, Luckman, and Lake (LLL) who are trying to follow prophecy and shape Deadpool into their heroic "Mithras" instead of The Chosen Zero. His crush, Siryn, acts as a Morality Pet, but his interest in Typhoid Mary complicates matters. Deadpool breaks the fourth wall a few times.
- #11-25: Writer Joe Kelly and multiple pencilers, mostly Walter McDaniel and Pete Wood. Deadpool tries to help Typhoid Mary until she bed tricks him posing as Siryn. Weasel flees the country after Deadpool puts him and Al in the Box. Arch-Enemy T-Ray nearly kills Deadpool, bruising his ego and his mental stability. Al sticks around out of mixed Stockholm Syndrome and fear that Deadpool would be even more dangerous without her calling him out. The Deadpool-as-world-savior "Mithras" story arc and other plot threads since issue #1 are wrapped up in issue #25 due to an expected cancellation.
- #26-33: Kelly continues writing when the book lives after all, but Blind Al is gone and Deadpool gets a new supporting cast of former minor characters. Issue #28 has the moment credited as Deadpool breaking the fourth wall for good when he tells Bullseye that they last saw each other in issue #16. T-Ray does another whammy on Deadpool in a Twist Ending, then Deadpool gets a month-long vacation with Death before his new writer comes onboard.
- #34-45: Writer Christopher Priest with pencilers Paco Diaz and Jim Calafiore, ramping up the fourth wall breaking with his run opening and closing on characters reacting to Priest as the writer. When Deadpool refuses to believe Loki is his father, Loki curses Deadpool to have his life fall into ruin via looking like Tom Cruise— er, "Thom Cruz"— "until thou dost seek thy father's forgiveness". Deadpool decides he's a villain again and briefly sublets an apartment with The Constrictor and Titania.
- #46-56: Co-writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Buddy Scalera with varying pencilers, bricking over the fourth wall as Deadpool takes on mercenary jobs, including a conflict with The Punisher. Vanessa returns to his life (and bed) with her shapeshifting powers running amuck.
- #57-64: Writer Frank Tieri with pencilers Georges Jeanty and Jim Calafiore. Subtitled "Deadpool: Agent of Weapon X" and "Deadpool: Funeral for a Freak" for each of its two story arcs. Deadpool is dragged back into Weapon X by Sabretooth, then goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against them when Kane kills a child and his girlfriend is killed off by Sabretooth. After Deadpool is "killed" by Weapon X, he attends his own funeral, gets resurrected, and temporarily splits into alternative selves.
- #65-69: Writer Gail Simone and artist collective UDON, increasing the frequency of "little yellow boxes" to become a defining characteristic as Deadpool narrates his life to himself and addresses his readers. Deadpool clashes with the Black Swan, a more refined assassin whose retirement was spoiled by Deadpool and seeks revenge by tampering with Deadpool's mind. Deadpool ends his first ongoing series explosively.
- Agent X aka : September 2002 to December 2003, issues #1-15. Cable was relaunched as Soldier X to more obviously tie-in to the X-Men, and Deadpool as a series similarly relaunched as Agent X, but the identity of the titular character is initially ambiguous as to whether it's actually Deadpool with amnesia, in disguise, or an Expy. The final issues post-cancellation reveals who Agent X is and reintroduce the real Deadpool in preparation for his next ongoing series, which pairs him with Cable.
- Cable & Deadpool aka : May 2004 to April 2008, issues #1-50. Writer and Deadpool co-creator Fabian Nicieza returned for the series. After cancelling Soldier X and Agent X, Cable and Deadpool shared this ongoing series and formed an Odd Friendship.
- Deadpool volume 2 aka : November 2008 to December 2012, issues #1-63 plus specials and annual. The second solo Deadpool ongoing series, but third ongoing series with him starring. Writer Daniel Way carries over elements introduced in a Wolverine: Origins story arc note where Deadpool views the world through "Pool-O-Vision" (hallucinations and delusions) and develops white caption boxes that clash with his little yellow boxes. Deadpool tries to die, but he never stays dead.
- Deadpool volume 3 aka : January 2013 to June 2015, issues #1-45 plus annuals. Part of the Marvel NOW! relaunch (but not a reboot). Co-writers Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan start the series with a job from SHIELD Agent Emily Preston to kill zombified dead American presidents; it ends with everyone dying for the Secret Wars crisis crossover. In the middle, Deadpool faces horrors from his past, marries the succubus Shiklah, builds friendships, and contemplates what happens to people in his life.
- Deadpool volume 4 aka : January 2016 to November 2017, issues #1-36 plus special. Writer Gerry Duggan returns. Part of All-New, All-Different Marvel, with Deadpool Back from the Dead post-Secret Wars. After issue #36, the series was retitled and renumbered to become Despicable Deadpool, reflecting his status after Secret Empire.
- Despicable Deadpool: December 2017 to July 2018. Issues numbered #287-300 due to the start of Marvel Legacy renumbering, but continuing from the prior Deadpool volume. Writer Gerry Duggan.
- Deadpool volume 5 aka : August 2018 to September 2019, issues #1-15. Writer Skottie Young.
- Deadpool volume 6 aka : Began November 2019 with issue #1 post-Absolute Carnage tie-in. Writer Kelly Thompson.
- Deadpool: Black, White, and Blood (2021): Anthology of one-shots.
- Deadpool: Samurai (2018-2021): A manga running in Shonen Jump. Writer Sanshiro Kasama.
- Deadpool volume 7 aka . Launched in November 2022, initially written by Alyssa Wong and illustrated by Martin Coccolo.
- Deadpool: Wade Wilson's War: August to November 2010, 4 issues. Alternate universe.
- Deadpool Killogy and spinoffs:
- Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe: October 2012, 4 issues. Psycho Man messes up Deadpool's brain trying to make him into a more effective killer. It works... too well. This version of Deadpool is nicknamed "Dreadpool".
- Deadpool: Killustrated: March to June 2013, 4 issues. Continuing from Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, Dreadpool tries to kill fiction itself by targeting characters from classic literature.
- Deadpool Kills Deadpool: September to December 2013, 4 issues. Dreadpool targets multiple previous and newly introduced versions of himself for death, such as Deadpool Pulp, Lady Deadpool, Kidpool, Dogpool, and Headpool.
- Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe Again: July to September 2017, 5 issues.
- Deadpool: Suicide Kings: June to October 2009, 5 issues. Deadpool is framed for burning an occupied building, and tangles with The Punisher, Daredevil, and Spider-Man.
- Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth: September 2009 to September 2010, issues #1-13. A.I.M. sends Deadpool to the Savage Land to retrieve a bioweapon— the decapitated but still sentient head of Deadpool from Marvel Zombies. HYDRA wants "Headpool" and its zombie virus for themselves. Deadpool realizes a zombie apocalypse would suck and goes dimension-hopping to get Headpool home.
- Deadpool Team-Up: December 2009 to May 2011, issues #900-883 (numbered in reverse). Though it was billed as Deadpool's third ongoing series, it wasn't a solo title, has a separate name, and wasn't included in the legacy renumbering.
- Deadpool Corps: Preceded by the 5-issue Prelude to Deadpool Corps in May 2010. June 2010 to May 2011, issues #1-12. Featuring distaff counterpart Lady Deadpool, Headpool, Kidpool, and Dogpool in an all-Deadpool team to save the multiverse.
- Deadpool: Pulp: November 2010 to February 2011, 4 issues. Similar to the Marvel Noir line, but in the 50s. Featuring Government Conspiracy and a conflict with a Femme Fatale against a backdrop of communist paranoia.
- Deadpool MAX: December 2010 to September 2011, issues #1-12. Part of the Marvel MAX imprint and alternate universe.
- Deadpool MAX II: October 2011 to March 2012, 6 issues.
- Fear Itself: Deadpool: August to October 2011, 3 issue tie-in to the Fear Itself event. Written by Chris Hastings (creator of The Adventures of Dr. McNinja).
- Night Of The Living Deadpool: March to May 2014, 4 issues. Alternate universe zombie story.
- Return of the Living Deadpool: April to July 2015, 4 issues.
- Deadpool's Art of War: December 2014 to March 2015, 4 issues.
- Deadpool's Secret Secret Wars: July to October 2015, 4 issues, tie-in to the original Secret Wars (1984) during the 2015 event.
- Mrs. Deadpool and the Howling Commandos: August to November 2015, 4 issues, tie-in to Secret Wars (2015).
- Spider-Man/Deadpool: March 2016 to May 2019, issues #1-50. As the title says, Deadpool is paired with Spider-Man. Published concurrently with Deadpool volumes 4 and 5 and Despicable Deadpool, but not counted towards the Deadpool Marvel Legacy renumbering.
- Deadpool & The Mercs for Money volume 1: April to August 2016, 5 issues.
- Deadpool & The Mercs for Money volume 2: September 2016 to June 2017, 10 issues.
- Deadpool: Back in Black: December 2016 to February 2017, 5 issues.
- Deadpool: Too Soon?: December 2016 to March 2017, 4 issues.
- Deadpool the Duck: March to May 2017, 5 issues
- Deadpool: Bad Blood: May 2017, graphic novel. Republished as a 5 issue miniseries (under the same title) in 2022.
- You Are Deadpool: July 2018, 5 issues/
- Deadpool: Assassin: August to October 2018, 6 issues.
- Deadpool: Secret Agent Deadpool: November 2018 to January 2019, 6 issues.
- Deadpool: The End: March 2020, 1 issue.
- Deadpool vs. Carnage: June to August 2014, 4 issues. When Carnage breaks out of his cell, Deadpool is the only one who can track his "random" trail.
- Hawkeye vs. Deadpool: November 2014 to March 2015, 5 issues beginning with #0. Hawkeyes and Deadpool butt heads over Halloween candy before teaming up to fight bad guys using Halloween as a cover for their evil schemes.
- Deadpool vs. Thanos: November to December 2015, 4 issues. Trying to prove he loves Death the most, Thanos takes it out on Deadpool, but the universe has stopped dying.
- Deadpool v Gambit: August to November 2016, 5 issues. Gambit and Deadpool have run cons together in the past, and team up for another in the present. It doesn't go well.
- Deadpool vs. The Punisher: June to August 2017, 5 issues. It's Deadpool versus The Punisher.
- Deadpool vs. Old Man Logan: December 2017 to April 2018, 5 issues. A young mutant needs help understanding her powers, but Deadpool and Old Man Logan can't get along.
- Black Panther vs. Deadpool: December 2018 to April 2019. When Deadpool hunts for vibranium, Black Panther hunts for Deadpool, in a misunderstanding turned team-up.
- Absolute Carnage vs. Deadpool: October to December 2019, 3 issues tying-in to the Absolute Carnage event, temporarily interrupting the ongoing Deadpool series.
- Uncanny X-Force volume 1: December 2010 to February 2013, appearing in most of the 35-issue ongoing series concurrently with Deadpool volumes 2 and 3. Writer Rick Remender puts Deadpool on a team led by Wolverine that does black ops work to protect mutants.
- Thunderbolts volume 2: February 2013 to December 2014, a 32-issue series; concurrent with Deadpool volume 3. Part of a black- and red-themed team with Agent Venom, Elektra, The Punisher, Red Hulk, and later Ghost Rider.
- Uncanny Avengers volume 3: December 2015 to February 2018, appearing in most of the 30-issue ongoing series concurrently with other ongoing series.
Deadpool provides examples of the following tropes:
Deadpool original and ongoing series
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each issue has the word "duck" in its title.
- Actually Pretty Funny: Bullseye and Deadpool reminisce about the time they fought over Heinrich Zemo's grave and beat each other with his corpse. They have a laugh about it later. This trope pretty much sums up Deadpool's and Bullseye's relationship.
- Baa-Bomb: In issue #16, Deadpool makes nonstop sheep puns while using a rocket launcher disguised as a sheep. Unfortunately, it fails him.Deadpool: Missed? I... never miss with the sheep gun.
- C-List Fodder: In issue #0, Arnim Zola, who's certainly high C-list/low B-list, snatched up DNA samples of dead characters (many of them victims of the Scourge of the Underworld) and resurrected them. Deadpool considered it early Christmas and gleefully killed them all again (yep, even Bucky) before nearly killing Zola for snookering him into looking at a naked Uncle Ben and Aunt May.
- Crazy-Prepared: In issue #31, Deadpool fights a bunch of Draculas in a charity hospital on behalf of more benevolent Draculas. Twelve hours prior, he had a priest bless the water tank. Deadpool uses this to shower all those Draculas with holy water.
- The Dreaded: In issue #4, Deadpool had a memorable meltdown when he found out that he had to get a blood sample from the big green galoot in an attempt to cure his currently-failing Healing Factor. His reaction was to talk him up using the lyrics of his old cartoon theme song ("Ain't he unglamorous").
- Hit Me, Dammit!: While getting "therapy" from Doctor Bong in issue #27 for a post-world-saving mental breakdown, Doctor Bong claims Deadpool's hallucinations can be resolved through the clarity Deadpool achieves in physical combat. Deadpool repeatedly tries to get Wolverine to "snikt" him with his claws. When Wolverine won't budge, Deadpool picks a new way to provoke him: Shoryukening Kitty Pryde. That works.Deadpool: [singing] Yay now is fighty time fighty time, blood blood blood.
- Meaningful Name: The real name of Fenway, a mercenary who is obsessed with baseball, is Homer Unn. Ironically, his nickname comes from one of the hardest ballparks to hit a homer in, due to Fenway Park's infamous "Green Monster".
- Noodle Incident:
- In issue #6, Blind Al prays and says things with her and the Lord have been strained "since that whole Vatican incident," and asks for a sign. She gets one by throwing a basketball behind her head, missing the basket, but hearing a kid holler when it lands on their head ("Thanks for the squat, big guy"). What was the Vatican incident?
- In issue #14, Blind Al says there are stories that make Wade look more kind, "including the one about the time he saved my life." An editor's note says, "A story we're just dying to tell... someday!" That was in 1998.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: During Deadpool's showdown with Tiamat, Deadpool got so dangerous that he stopped talking.
- Talking Is a Free Action: Parodied in issue #27. Wolverine gives a long speech during a single leap, making Deadpool's friend Ilaney wonder how that's even possible. Former supervillain (and current therapist) Doctor Bong then posits that lengthy mid-air speeches are some kind of mutant power.
Doctor Bong: Excellent observation, Ilaney... I believe lengthy speeches in mid-leap are a form of mutant power.
- Twist Ending: The clash between T-Ray and Deadpool comes to a climax when T-Ray reveals that after all the stories about Wade Wilson before he became Deadpool, Deadpool isn't actually the real Wade Wilson... allegedly.
- Cursed with Awesome: Deadpool insults Loki and is cursed to have an indestructible Tom Cruise face until he apologized. Attempts to destroy his new face included sticking it into a tiger cage, dunking it in radioactive waste, lying on train tracks, and single-handedly taking on an army of Middle Eastern insurgents (the latter resulting in a temporary costume consisting of Wolverine's pants, a German Spider-Man shirt, Doctor Octopus' tentacles, and a boar's head - with Tom Cruise's face in its mouth). The indestructible face included an indestructible body which allowed Deadpool to survive an explosion that left only him remaining intact in the middle of a huge crater. However, Loki removed the curse immediately after Deadpool figured out how awesome this is.
- It Makes Sense in Context: In issue #34, Deadpool garrots Santa Claus with a string of barbed wire and narrates it as "a routine assignment."
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: In issue #34, Deadpool visited Comic-Book Limbo and briefly encountered a bunch of heroes Priest had written in the past. These included non-Marvel characters like Steel, Green Lantern, Hawkman and a few members of the Justice League Task Force, each of whom had to be partially obscured to avoid any possible litigation from DC Comics.
- Self-Deprecation: In Christopher Priest's first issue, Deadpool arrives in Limbo dragging a bag. He throws a bag into the void labeled "Everything that made this book good". He's greeted by various characters whose books Priest was writing when they were cancelled. They tell him that his own cancellation is now inevitable. In Priest's final issue, Deadpool again arrives in Limbo dragging a bag... a body bag. When the other characters realise he's killed the writer responsible for ruining their lives, they all cheer.
- Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Parodied in the first ongoing #37 when Deadpool briefly takes possession of a fake copy of Thor's hammer and changes his speech patterns accordingly. His exploits with his new "hammer" involve ordering a disproportionately huge amount of food from Taco Bell, using the hammer as a baseball bat in a major league game (he still strikes out), and attacking a Captain Ersatz of Michael Jackson.Deadpool: Mayhap thou aren't quite so worthy as thou thinketh! And, since thou knoweth so much, why doth I now talk like Shakespeare in Love? And what is the deal with Marilyn Manson?
- Cursed with Awesome: Deadpool has the hots for Death. Thanos also has the hots for Death. The solution, considering the standard approach kinda won't work here? In "Funeral for a Freak," Thanos makes Deadpool immortal to keep him away from Death.
- The Scream: In issue #57, after ambushing Deadpool during a job, Sabretooth orders Deadpool to scream, which Deadpool does in combination with Screams Like a Little Girl, which naturally just pisses of Sabretooth.Sabretooth: Scream for me.
Deadpool: Scream? Well, if you insist. Aaaaahhh! For the love of God, aaaaaahhh! Aaaaahhh!!
Sabretooth: Enough, Wilson.
Deadpool: No, wait — now I'll do it like a little girl! Eeek! eeek! eeek—
Sabretooth: I said enough!
- Take That!: A pair of little old ladies who hire him to take out a human Road Runner loan him their giant, complicated gun called "The Liefelder".
- Targeted to Hurt the Hero: Shortly after Wade resumes a relationship with his longtime on- and off-girlfriend, he gets pulled back into Weapon X by Sabretooth. Wade returns from fighting Garrison Kane, a Weapon X member who also dated her, to find that Sabretooth has fatally clawed Vanessa and spelled "Sabretooth was here" with her blood. She lives long enough for a Dying Declaration of Love. Deadpool spends the next issue on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: After When Deadpool and Taskmaster visit Sandi after she is hospitalized when her boyfriend assaults her, she makes Deadpool promise he'll only scare the abusive boyfriend off, not kill him. Deadpool follows through with a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. Taskmaster didn't make any promises. Cue Gory Discretion Shot.
- Close on Title: In issue #69, the chapter number and title appear at the end of the story along with credits and a dedication to the readers.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: During the climactic battle against a highly cultured assassin known as the Black Swan, Deadpool invades the guy's home, kills his guards, destroys large sections of surrounding forest, defaces artwork worth millions of dollars and makes himself as big a target as possible to lure the Swan into fighting. It is not until he starts singing country and western songs over the PA system that Black Swan finally snaps, "He dies! He dies screaming!" And then Deadpool moves on to alternative folk rock.
- Crazy-Prepared: Black Swan attacks Deadpool in his bathroom, and Deadpool dives into his shower behind the curtain. Turns out he previously bought anti-ballistic shower curtains.
- Hilarious Outtakes: The last issue ends with outtakes of scenes gone wrong as if being filmed, such as Deadpool corpsing when he flubs a line and a parachuting stunt fail.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Deadpool paid a visit to his assistant Sandi's abusive boyfriend to give him a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, stopping short of killing him because he promised Sandi. Taskmaster, on the other hand, didn't promise her anything and kills the guy anyway.
- Less Embarrassing Term: In issue #68, after some heckling from a bystander:Bystander: Nice scooter, freak!Deadpool: It's a motorbike! It's 100% manly!
- Loud of War: In issue #69, Deadpool annoys Black Swan into a murderous rage by blaring country-western and alternative folk rock through the castle's sound system.
- Tranquil Fury: Taskmaster is generally pretty cold and hard to piss off, but in issue #68, we see him let Deadpool whale on Sandi Brandenburg's abusive boyfriend but, at the behest of Sandi, leaves the guy alive. Then, after Deadpool leaves:Taskmaster: "Funny. I didn't promise her squat."
- Beautiful Condemned Building: Alex Hayden is thrilled to have very his own condemned fun park.
- Faking Amnesia: Taskmaster accuses Alex Hayden of being Wade Wilson pulling this trick. This ends up being a subversion, as while it's unclear whether he is Deadpool or not, the amnesia is very real. Then, it turns out Alex Hayden isn't even Wade!
- Just Like Making Love: One issue had a man loudly describing his meal to his disgusted date as the trope. Alex beats the crap out of him at the spot claiming food is not sex.
- Naked People Trapped Outside: In issue #2, Alex and Outlaw are assigned to try to take out The Punisher and steal his Colt .45 handguns. They fail miserably and are caught by him, but he surprisingly spares them in exchange for info on who put the bounty on him. But he still takes all of Alex and Outlaw's clothing, and steal Outlaw's car, leaving both stranded naked in the streets. We later see both in a phone booth telling Sandi to bring them clothes, while a crowd forms around them to ogle the naked Outlaw as she uses her hands to try and cover herself.
- Actually Pretty Funny: Bullseye tries to carry out a contract on Deadpool given to him by Osborn, and they spend the comic trying to kill each other in various ways. Deadpool and Bullseye end up sharing a laugh about it all at the end. Halfway through the fight, Bullseye decides he doesn't actually want to kill Deadpool because he enjoys their fights too much. Seeing as this is Bullseye we're talking about, that's no small feat.
- Achievements in Ignorance: In issue #16, Deadpool is so bored one morning that he cooks up 372,844 pancakes. In one morning— 372,844 pancakes. They come in handy when he pushes Domino through his skylight and they break her fall.
- Batman Gambit: During the Dark Reign event, Deadpool manipulates the X-Men, H.A.M.M.E.R., Norman Osborn, Ellis Kincaid (father of Cessily Kincaid aka Mercury), the San Francisco Police Department, the general public, the local news, and a chicken. Employed by Osborn to make the X-Men look bad, Kincaid goes on TV claiming the X-Men are holding his daughter on Utopia against her will. Deadpool, on "probationary status" with the X-Men, sees Kincaid on TV and indicates to Domino he'll deal with it. Deadpool wears a homemade X-Men uniform to interrupt a live Kincaid interview and threatens to kill Kincaid; it looks like the X-Men are trying to silence Kincaid and playing into Osborn's hands. Osborn sends Kincaid to a train station with incompetent H.A.M.M.E.R. guards hoping to get Kincaid killed by Deadpool, and Cyclops sends Wolverine to "take Deadpool out of the picture". Deadpool has prepared for Domino to intervene to protect him. He also got Domino to confess she fears chickens. Deadpool puts a rooster in an air vent at the train station, delaying Domino and Wolverine to flush Kincaid outside. Deadpool stations himself on a roof as Osborn sends a sniper for Kincaid who is back on live TV. Deadpool makes it appear that he's trying to kill Kincaid while actually taking out the real sniper, Wolverine guards Kincaid, and the other X-Men fight Deadpool to defeat the apparent bad guy. The X-Men's reputation changes into heroes who saved Kincaid despite how he hates them and Osborn's plans are ruined, just like Deadpool planned. Cyclops is baffled and Wolverine is impressed.
- Brought Down to Normal: After Evil Deadpool was killed with a experimental serum that removed his healing factor, Deadpool works throughout the next arc to get his hands on this cure so that he can die permanentaly. After manipulating both X-Force and Tombstone, he finally gets his wish, with the added benifit of it curing his cancer, healing his body of tumors, and regrows his hair. The unintended side-effects of the cure causes Deadpool to rethink dying, but the cure turns out to be temporary.
- Bullying a Dragon: In "Operation: Annihilation", this was deliberately done by Deadpool when he wanted to die: as his Regenerative Factor allowed him to survive or even to resuscitate from things that would have killed Wolverine, he decided that being reduced to subatomic particles was his best bet, and pissing off Hulk by nuking him twice was the chosen method. Sadly, by the time he managed to get punched Hulk had calmed down enough that Deadpool was merely liquified, and was back in one piece in five days...
- Captain Ethnic: Issue #1000 has a story wherein Deadpool is recruited by the Canadian government to be Canadaman, alongside Canadian superheroes Puck-man, Moositaur, Beaver, and Ms. Puck-man. The team, sans Deadpool, is presumably killed in the team's maple leaf-shaped plane after Deadpool learns that he was the second choice, the first being Wolverine.
- Chekhov's Gun:
- In issue #14, Deadpool bought a "boat" and complains to the sellers that his boat sank; it was actually a Russian nuclear submarine. He sets off with a new boat to become a pirate. In pirate-to-pirate combat a few issues later, Deadpool lures his opponent's ship above specific coordinates to detonate the nuke from the sub.
- Thanks to a prior job in Wolverine: Origins, Deadpool used up all his munitions except some plastic explosives. however, he gets bored and shapes them into a comfy but explosive chair. It seems like a gag, but in the next issue, this chair is missing from his apartment. Overseas, Deadpool detonates an entire castle in a massive explosion using the chair.
- Chupacabra: In Deadpool #1000, Deadpool fought a bunch of chupacapras who kidnapped a beloved goat named Bella. The owner, a prize-winning chef, thanked Deadpool by making him his prize-winning dish made with only the best ingredients— goat tacos.
- Close on Title: In a chapter of Deadpool #900 where Deadpool's eardrums are destroyed by an explosion and he fights magical mimes, there are no words at all until he recovers on the last page and reveals the punny title, "Silent But Deadly."
- Death Flight: Evil Deadpool has hijacked a private jet and disposes of the wealthy businessman whom the jet belonged to in this manner.Evil Deadpool: See that guy?
Businessman: The Pilot?
Evil Deadpool: Yeah. I need him to fly the plane. See that other guy?
Businessman: The Co-Pilot?
Evil Deadpool: Yeah. I need him to help that pilot guy. See her?
Businessman: The Flight Attendant?
Evil Deadpool: Yeah. I need her to pour drinks and to look at.
Evil Deadpool: I don't need you. [cut to the businessman being thrown out of the plane...]
- Evil Twin: Evil Deadpool is made out of various limbs and heads that Deadpool lost over the years, previously stored in a fridge by a Stalker with a Crush until they fuse together and regenerate when Deadpool throws them in a dumpster. Unlike Deadpool, Evil Deadpool Would Hurt a Child and kidnaps the NYPD chief's children with plans to murder them. He's seemingly defeated in that event, but returns for further antagonistic appearances.
- Fan Disservice: Deadpool's Panty Shot, after he borrowed the original Marvel Girl costume. Which has a very short skirt. And yes, everyone present was as disturbed by the [[image◊ as the reader.
- French Maid Outfit: In issue #20, Deadpool knows he's on Hit-Monkey's hitlist, and puts a French maid outfit on over his costume. It's... a disguise?
- Gambit Roulette: In the tie-in to Secret Invasion, Deadpool attacks a ship of Skrulls and Super Skrulls at a televised baseball game and offers them his loyalty and his services. They capture him, torture him, and incorporate his genetic makeup into Super Deadpool Skrulls thinking they'll be fast-healing killing machines. He convinces the lead scientist to let him train the Deadpool Skrulls, supposedly so they can reach his skill levels but actually so they'll kill all the other Skrulls on the ship. Unlike Deadpool, they don't have his healing factor since that isn't part of his genes— but they do have his out of control cancer and their heads asplode. Then Deadpool is free to steal and transmit information on how to kill the Skrull Queen. None of this was planned by the man who hired him and just wanted Deadpool to get him the information, but it was damn fun for Deadpool.
- Interrupted Cooldown Hug: During "Operation: Annihilation", the Hulk is calming down despite Deadpool provoking him with a nuclear bomb. Since Deadpool hopes Hulk will annihilate him, he ticks off Hulk again intentionally.
- It Makes Sense in Context:
- Deadpool fulfills a childhood dream by wearing raw meat as body armor and senselessly beating a super villain dressed like a superhero (Bullseye posing as Hawkeye) with a giant ham.
- Deadpool betrays his employer who hired him to rescue his zombified wife, feeds him to his zombie capturers, and double-crosses the zombies.Betrayed Zombie Dude: You... betrayed us... you betrayed us all.Deadpool: Duh! [kicks zombie in the head]
- Kansas City Shuffle: After the end of Way's first arc, Deadpool was supposed to get a big payday from his Gambit Roulette but instead lost out on the money and got his reputation ruined by Norman Osborn. Deadpool sends Osborn a letter to pay him $100 million in 12 hours; Osborn sends his Thunderbolts to kill Deadpool instead. Deadpool recruits Taskmaster's help to impersonate Deadpool, confusing Osborn and the Thunderbolts about which is which, and he allows them to behead him so they'll believe he's dead. Instead, Taskmaster recovers Deadpool's head and sews it back onto his body, and Deadpool reveals he swiped Osborn's gold card in the chaos. They make many ATM withdrawals which Deadpool uses to pay Taskmaster back.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: A young woman named Tanya Patterson hires Deadpool via Craigslist for a $500 hit on a guy named Gavin, an ex-jock bastard who spread a heinous rumor in high school that continues to ruin her life nine years later. Since Gavin is now a pizza delivery guy, Deadpool breaks into a man's house and orders a pineapple and black olive with burnt crust to get his mark where he wants him (and get some food, too). Whatever the rumor was, it's so bad that when Deadpool whispers it to the guy whose house he broke into, the guy flips from panicking about Deadpool to cussing Gavin out and agreeing he deserves to be killed. Gavin tries pleading and apologizing before saying Tanya needs to "get over" it. Gavin gets dead.
- Never Hurt an Innocent: Once when a bunch of mercs break Deadpool out of a jail, callously murdering several cops in the process, Wade turned on them and killed the whole lot of them.
- Oh, Crap!: In issue #12, Deadpool is driving a monster truck down a highway (don't ask). When his foe, Bullseye (dressed as Hawkeye) launches a missile from a stinger straight at him. Deadpool gives an "oh shit" moment, before turning it into a Crowning Moment of Awesome, when he simply rolls down both windows, brakes hard, slides to the left, and lets the missile pass through the cabin, and out the other side! Then he drives back, crushes Bullseye's leg under one tire, and then pulls out a chainsaw. Chainsaw! FOR THE WIN!!!
- Even Bullseye gets a minor one, though one would imagine that it's covered up by him muttering "OK, yeah, I admit... That was pretty awesome." Deadpool did counter this when, after stopping on Bullseye's leg, he gets out and asks "cool to park here?" before firing up his chainsaw. That was the point where Bullseye had a REALLY "oh crap" moment, and started thinking fast. Very fast.
- Probably not as big as the one he suffered when he had Deadpool with a chainsaw, laughing like a maniac no less, about to take his leg off...◊
- Even Bullseye gets a minor one, though one would imagine that it's covered up by him muttering "OK, yeah, I admit... That was pretty awesome." Deadpool did counter this when, after stopping on Bullseye's leg, he gets out and asks "cool to park here?" before firing up his chainsaw. That was the point where Bullseye had a REALLY "oh crap" moment, and started thinking fast. Very fast.
- Shooting Superman: People always shoot Deadpool despite his healing factor repairing the damage, but in "Operation Annihilation," some soldiers are savvy enough to know shooting Hulk would be dumb when Deadpool has already made him furious. They try shooting Deadpool instead, thinking that taking Deadpool down will get Hulk to stop. They miss and hit the Hulk. Luckily, Hulk seems to get that it was an accident.
- Shout-Out: To the Marx Brothers, with Deadpool uttering a line similar to the Marx Brothers classic "I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member"."Deadpool" "There is nobody I hate more than my friends."
- Stalker with a Crush: Dr. Ella Whitby, a psychiatrist for the maximum-security mental health institution Deadpool is sent to after "Operation Annihilation," has obsessed over Deadpool for years in the hopes of someday meeting him, and claims he's the reason she became a psychiatrist. When he becomes her patient, she wants to "treat" him by bringing out his full violent potential and arranges his escape from the institution. She declares she loves him and shows up wearing her own homemade Deadpool costume. Deadpool goes to her house and discovers she has a fridge full of body parts he's lost over the years. She's creepy, even by Deadpool's standards. After she kills the prison warden in an attempt to impress Deadpool, he tells her he's in love with someone else, and she kills herself.
- Take Our Word for It: In issue #10, a young woman named Tanya Patterson hires Deadpool for a hit on Gavin, a pizza delivery guy who spread a rumor in high school so heinous that the readers never learn it and other characters agree Deadpool needs to Kick the Son of a Bitch dead.
- Take That!: When Deadpool has to train a bunch of Super Skrulls with his power set and costume during the Secret Invasion tie-in, one comments on why they have to have so many pouches on them. Deadpool comments sarcastically about them being useful, turns to the reader and says, "Isn't that right, Rob?"
- Tranquil Fury: One story in issue #900 has the Merc With The Mouth going to a psychiatrist. During the session Deadpool brings up his occasional "pro bono" work when something really catches his attention, and mentions a story about a therapist who took sexual advantage of a young girl who was his patient, eventually driving her to suicide. Eventually it's revealed that he's speaking to that very same therapist. Deadpool then beheads the man and quietly walks away. The kicker? Deadpool's usual wisecracking internal dialogue was notably absent from the story until after the therapist was killed, showing that Deadpool was 100% not fucking around.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Deadpool is sick of his immortality and how it keeps him and the personified Death from being together. He repeatedly tries to kill himself in various ways, including via Hulk smash, but his healing factor keeps bringing him back. He no longer appreciates life since he's never at risk of losing it.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: The "Want You To Want Me" arc, which involves Deadpool trying to join the X-Men, includes him continuously pestering Domino to find out what's her greatest fear; turns out it's chickens. While this seems to be a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment for most of the arc, at the end where Domino and Wolverine are tracking Deadpool down they have to go through an air vent occupied by a chicken. Domino will probably never live down that a chicken took her out of action in a fight.
- You Bastard!: In the special issue Deadpool #900, he realizes that he would never really die because his fans would like him too much due to his Popularity Power. So he decides to kill all his fans.
Continued by Mrs. Deadpool & The Howling Commandos during Secret Wars.
- And I Must Scream: Played for laughs with throwaway villain The White Man. The White Man has Mandarin tech that allows his cane to turn people into stone; a fate he is subjected to when Deadpool, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist fight him in the 70's. He is unfrozen in the present day (Deadpool loves to mock comic book time) where it's revealed he was conscious and fully aware of his surroundings the entire time. He attempts to freeze Cage and Iron Fist and dump them in the ocean, but Iron Fist's students kick him in the balls, freeze him in a pose holding his crotch, and accidentally knock him overboard. The heroes assume he's dead while the White Man sinks to the bottom of the ocean and sinks into mud. He's not only still conscious, it's implied he's also constantly feeling the pain of having been freshly kicked in the nuts. He is eventually rescued... one million years later, where an alien race picks him up on a long abandoned desolate Earth. By this point the White Man has long since gone gibbering insane and the aliens throw him in a zoo, assuming humans were an unintelligent species.
- Asshole Victim: Vetis is a demon who barters with souls and is an all round piece of garbage. No sympathy for him when Mephisto punished him for screwing up. Or when Michael cut a deal with Mephisto and Vetis was Dragged Off to Hell.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: In issue #4, Deadpool dons the infamous Marilyn Monroe dress to kill zombie JFK. Suprisingly, he manages to rock the dress, with even Agent Preston agreeing.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The resurrected presidents, even within their own ranks too, as Washington is one tough son of a gun.
- Back from the Dead:
- Agent Preston's mind ends up stuck in Deadpool's body after her death for many issues until she could be placed into a life-model decoy.
- Deadpool kills Michael to send him to Hell so he can recruit Mephisto to help take down Vetis. As part of the deal with Mephisto, he's brought back to life after years in Hell.
- Bad Boss: The resurrected George Washington doesn't treat his men as equals.
- Badass Boast: "There is nothing to fear—BUT ME!" says Franklin Roosevelt.
- Been There, Shaped History: In issue #26, A time-travelling Hitler is killed by Deadpool, Cable, and Nick Fury. They then trick out time by taking the body back in time to the bunker and staging it to look like a suicide.
- Berserk Button: Do not mention John Wilkes Booth near Abe.
- Big Bad Wannabe: While Vetis is by no means harmless, Mephisto himself notes that in the larger spectrum of things, he's just a low-level demon with delusions of grandeur.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly has yet another hero-to-villain example in the case of "The White Man". In the seventies, the Heroes for Hire and Deadpool took down this unfortunately-named pimp slash mob boss by turning his petrification powers back on him. Needless to say, when he's finally unfrozen forty "years" later, he's a bit pissed. He's even more pissed when he finds out that none of them remember who is or have any idea why he's so mad at them.
- Call-Forward: In issue #7, a fake "inventory story", supposedly written in The '70s, Peter Parker chides Flash Thompson (still firmly in his Jerkass persona) for Stealing the Handicapped Spot. Future Handicapped Badass Flash is callously dismissive of "legless people."
- Came Back Wrong: Though some of them are implied to have been evil in life as well, The resurrected presidents are all evil now.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Deadpool previously hooked up with a hot Spanish chick named Carmelita Camacho in a flashback story. Unbeknownst to Deadpool for years and to the readers for several issues, Carmelita became the mother of his beloved daughter, Ellie.
- Close on Title: The name of issue #7, "Drinking Game",appears on alcohol bottles scattered on the ground in the last panel.
- Cool Sword: Washington had a straight-up pimpin' sword. Which was used by Deadpool.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: After Vetis recieves the souls of a bunch of unlucky humans he had made deals with, he was too strong for Deadpool.
- Deal with the Devil: Via Retcon, Deadpool is contracted by a demon named Vetis, who wanted to overthrow Mephisto, to "get Iron Man drunk", with the promise of a laser disc factory in return. However, Deadpool invokes Exact Words when he finds Tony Stark so drunk it wasn't funny — he steals the Iron Man armor and gets himself plastered. The demon's not happy with this and neither is Mephisto when he gets word of what the demon was doing. Also, Deadpool never received his laser disc factory.
- Dirty Old Man: Being dead hasn't stopped Franklin's love for the ladies; he uses his ghost form to spy on attractive (usually older) women and people having sex. Over time, he's grown bored with just watching.
- Dragged Off to Hell: After Deadpool Out-Gambitted Vetis the first time, Mephisto dragged him to Hell for his incompetence. This was his final fate when Deadpool worked out a plan with Michael to cut a deal with Mephisto to swap Vetis' soul in exchange for breaking the contract he held everyone in.
- Dying as Yourself: Washington reverted back to his former self when Deadpool beheaded him.
- Evil Cripple: FDR still can't stand up and now he's evil.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Michael probably should've realized using a magic book he got from a Deal with the Devil to resurrect dead presidents would end badly no matter what his intentions.
- Evil Makes You Ugly: Vetis went from this◊ to this◊, due to Mephisto's torture. Don't @#&*$ with Mephisto, people.
- Evil Sorcerer: Washington gains some nasty magic stuff near the end of the resurrected presidents arc.
- Averted with Michael the Necromancer, who was only trying to fix the current world's problems.
- Exact Words: In issue 7, Deadpool makes a Deal with the Devil (or rather, a demon connected to Mephisto) to get Iron Man drunk in order to empower the demon. However, Deadpool has a change of heart when he sees how horribly plastered Tony is (as it was set during the "Demon in a Bottle" storyline), so he ends up knocking Tony out, hijacking the armor and getting himself plastered. When the demon appears calling him out for failing, Deadpool points out that the contract specifically stated Iron Man, not Tony Stark.
- Fan Disservice: Deadpool dressing as Marilyn Monroe in order to lure zombie JFK. The undead ex-president is suitably squicked out when he gets a closer look, especially when Deadpool jumps up to reveal that he isn't wearing any pants.
- Fat Bastard: William Howard Taft, naturally. He's still got that big old gut.
- Fusion Dance: Preston involuntarily bunks in Deadpool's mind after zombie George Washington kills her body. Unlike Deadpool's fusion with Mad Cap, Deadpool and the readers know it's her inside his mind. She does this again with Warda's brain at the end of the 2099 arc to keep her in line.
- Historical Domain Character: In the first issue, a necromancer brings back all the former Presidents of the United States from the dead in a misguided attempt to restore the country.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: FDR throws his chair away when the fight gets real.
- Incoming Ham: "Who DARES to disturb HARRY TRUMAN?"
- Knight of Cerebus: The moment Washington takes matters in his own hands, shit gets real.
- The Man Behind the Man: Demon, actually. Vetis is revealed to be the one who the Necromancer-that-brought-the-presidents-back got his powers from.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Vetis in the 70's. When he returns in the present, he seems to have fallen on some bad times since then. Mostly because of the torture in Hell.
- Meaningful Name: Vetis is apparently the demon of corruption, if demonology is to be believed.
- Omnicidal Maniac: The resurrected presidents want to destroy America and rebuild it anew.
- Our Presidents Are Different: And freaking zombies, to boot.
- Out-Gambitted: Deadpool manages to do this to Vetis twicw, once in the 70's, and again in the present, after he killed Michael before him.
- Power Incontinence: In "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" arc, a North Korean man had been artificially implanted with Wolverine's healing factor. However, not only was it so incomplete that he couldn't heal brain damage, but his body kept trying to heal every orifice he had!
- President Evil: Technically the resurrected presidents are not presidents anymore, but they are, ah that american political stuff stuff is confusing.
- Retraux: Issue #7 is supposedly an inventory story from 1979, RetConning Deadpool (who, of course, didn't exist at the time to write inventory stories about) into the Iron Man "Demon in a Bottle" storyline, with 70s Spidey and the Power Pack also making appearances. The art and writing style both reflect this, and it even has oversaturated Bronze Age colouring. Later issues in that run follow on from this, having Deadpool show up in what are claimed to be inventory stories from other eras, with the writing and art in the style of those periods. Including one from Deadpool's actual early days, with a Rob Liefeld in-joke as the characters have everything possible hiding their feet.
- Running Gag: Deadpool being repeatedly told "You're not a mutant! ...and you're not an X-Man!"
- Finally climaxes in issue #36, when after the death of Wolverine, Storm offered Deadpool membership with the X-Men, and Deadpool surprisingly refused.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here: When Deadpool kills Michael as part of the plan to defeat Vetis, Franklin decides Deadpool has gone too far and can deal with Vetis solo.
- Someone to Remember Him By: Deadpool finds Carmelita's body in a mass grave in North Korea. Knowing Carmelita previously gave birth to their daughter, he fears their child is likewise dead and can't bear to investigate what happened to Ellie. Preston takes up the mission and Preston finds Ellie alive. Deadpool is happy for that, but sad that Carmelita died because she was involved with him.
- Spanner in the Works: By killing Michael and sending him to Hell prematurely, Deadpool ruins Vetis's Evil Plan to accumulate all the souls he's made deals with and use their power to overthrow Mephisto; in Hell, Michael notifies Mephisto of the plan.
- Spirit Advisor: When Agent Preston's mind ends up stuck in Deadpool's body, she advises him and provides emotional support during an event he later calls the worst in his life.
- Take That!:
- In issue #9, while collecting souls for Vetis, one of the people Deadpool had to kill is pretty much a discount Aquaman. Downplayed since he is the only soul Deadpool had to collect who used his powers for good.
- In issue #34, when DC Comics made a bunch of 3D motion varient covers, Marvel shot back by do the same.
- The Starscream: Vetis seeks to overthrow Mephisto.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Zombie Abe Lincoln gives Deadpool one of the these summing up why everyone in the Marvel Universe hates him. Deadpool gives the appropriate answer.
- Zombie Abe: [After giving Deadpool a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown] You're a vapid, unfunny, pale shade of a hero! You're unintelligent, uncreative and unremarkable in every way! You don't seem to do anything well except heal yourself and appear EVERYWHERE! I don't understand your APPEAL! I HATE you, these PEOPLE hate you! Tell me, what is that you are good at? What do you do?Deadpool: I DON'T GIVE UP!'''
- Red Shirt: The D-list Presidents, i.e the ones people aren't that familiar with.
- Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: In issue #4, when taken prisoner by a man who plans to use the regenerating Merc With A Mouth as an infinite source of food for his intelligent zombies, said zombies quickly find him to be completely unappetizing. Could be because he tastes like cancer. (Or more specifically, "rancid tofurky that's been marinated in formaldehyde".)
- Took a Level in Badass: After Mephisto released Vetis from his torture, Vetis stepped up his game and trapped Deadpool in a loophole where he had to do his dirty work, or he would find someone else. Then when he got the powers from his victims he inflicted a Curb-Stomp Battle on Deadpool.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Michael hopes all the undead presidents will unite to return America to its former glory; instead, every single undead president turns evil and starts killing everybody.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Deadpool calls out Captain America and Wolverine for not taking him seriously when he approached them about someone chasing after him with an interest in Weapon X.
- Worthy Opponent: Washington started to admire Deadpool near the end.
- Back from the Dead: Deadpool, obviously, both literally and figuratively. The series deals with the ramifications of deciding Deadpool was dead.
- Bat Family Crossover: The event Til Death Do Us, which weaves through Deadpool, Deadpool And the Mercs for Money, and Spider-Man/Deadpool.
- Big Bad: 'Til Death Do Us Part: A crossover between Deadpool, Deadpool & the Mercs for Money, and Spider-Man/Deadpool, the Big Bad is Deadpool's own wife Shiklah, who leads a war on New York City after one her subjects is killed and no justice is rendered by human authorities.
- Chest Burster: In issue #30, Deadpool is implanted with a Brood egg. Instead of turning into a Brood like what usually happens, because of Deadpool healing factor, a small Brood burst out of his body. Deadpool subsequently named it "Deadpal", giving it a mini Deadpool mask and everything. Eventually though, after killing alot of aliens, Deadpool cut it off his body after starting to care about it.
- Corporate-Sponsored Superhero: Thanks to Deadpool's insane popularity, he is now funding The Avengers.
- Expy: Massacre is an Mexican knock-off of Deadpool, complete with crappy costume and parchment for glorious gory violence that only a foreign superhero movie can bring. He's still a Badass Normal though, to the point of turning an ocolot to his side just by staring into his eyes.
- Legacy Character: Deadpool's leasing out his name to everyone and anyone who can pay.
- Space Episode: Issue 30 involves Deadpool taking a vacation/causing chaos in space. He first goes to the moon to loot the Watcher's belongings, interupts a space war, terrorizes the Nova Corps with a fake Ultimate Nullifier, heads to Knowhere, fights some other aliens, fights Lady Sif and some other Asgardians, fights a Brood, grows a Brood out of his stomach, cuts said Brood off of himself, fight another alien, is nearly sold to the Collector, sells Madcap to the Collector, then steals a flying saucer, "claims" Ego the living planet, then heads back to Earth.
- Laser Sword: While out in space, Deadpool uses a laser sword instead of his regular katana.
- The Adjectival Superhero: Deadpool gains the title of Despicable Deadpool.
- Biting-the-Hand Humor: In issue #298, Deadpool sarcastically tells Taskmaster and a wheelchair-bound man that they should make a play for the time slot of the cancelled Marvel TV show Inhumans.
- Death Seeker: After the events of Secret Empire and the villain Stryfe forcing him to try to kill his friends, Deadpool's put a $20 million bounty on his own head with the hopes that someone will finally murder him as he feels he's not worth it anymore with all of his credibility shattered.
- FaceHeel Turn: Of the Blackmail-induced variety. Stryfe holds Deadpool's loved ones hostage, forcing the Merc with a Mouth to kill for him.
- Grand Finale: For Duggan's Deadpool run.
- Ignorance Is Bliss: At the end of the series, Deadpool decides the best thing to do after ruining his reputation as an Avenger and alienating himself from everyone he knows is to wipe away all his memories of from since the beginning of Duggan's run with Butler's amnesia drugs.
- Mythology Gag: The title rename hails from the All-New, All-Different Marvel relaunch issue #25, where Preston tells Deadpool 2099 that he was "despicable after the Avengers".
- Reset Button: The series ends with Deadpool erasing his memory of everything that happened in his previous writer's run (and practically everything else), resetting himself back to the Merc with a Mouth. Though a brief cut to 2099 does show that he will eventually regain his memories.
- Take That!: In issue #298, Deadpool sarcastically tells Taskmaster and a wheelchair-bound man that they should make a play for the cancelled Inhumans TV show's time slot.
Deadpool mini-series and limited series
- Fusion Dance: In issue #1, it turns out that the White Thought Box that appeared throughout Vol. 3 was the result of one of these between Deadpool and Madcap, after both of them were disintegrated when Thor electrocuted the pair to dust, with only Deadpool reforming from the remains. Similar cirumstances seperated the two.
- Shout-Out: Deadpool Annual #2, is actually called Spideypool.
- Subverted Kids' Show: The 2016 annual issue of Deadpool had a story called "Deadpool and His Insufferable Pals", a fictional pilot episode for a spinoff of Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends where Deadpool tried to take Spider-Man's place after burying him alive, the Merc with the Mouth doing such things as hitting on Aunt May and manipulating Iceman and Firestar into helping him graphically murder the Sinister Six by falsely accusing them of killing Spider-Man.
- Ascended Meme: "Headpool", the zombie talking head version of Deadpool from the Marvel Zombies universe, started as a Fan Nickname before becoming a canon one, with Marvel using the name in solicits for the series.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: An issue of Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth is drawn in a photorealistic style, except when depicting an alternate reality, non-scarred version of Deadpool who removes his shirt for a brawl and inexplicably lacks nipples. Maybe he lost them in his full-body wax.
- Betty and Veronica: Literally named Betty and Veronica in Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth, where Dr. Betty Swanson is a blonde, serious A.I.M. Hot Scientist who is disgusted by him, and the less inhibited, darker-haired Professor Veronica Chase is an ESU Hot Teacher who uses Deadpool as a booty call until she turns into a zombie that tries to kill him.
- Clothing Damage: Dr. Swanson's Hydra clothes get pretty torn.
- Double Agent: Dr. Swanson was planted in HYDRA by A.I.M.
- Male Gaze: There's lot of focus on Dr. Swanson's rear and breasts, as Deadpool and Headpool notice.
- Ms. Fanservice: Dr. Swanson. She's a Hot Scientist who worked for AIM, she spent most of her time showing her sexy body to viewers in many different poses. She also seemed to have serious trouble finding clothes that fit, but none at all finding frilly underwear in her size. Even her AIM costume has no pants and shows her cleavage.
- Stripperiffic: Dr. Swanson. Bare stomach, mini-shorts, prominent cleavage and even a visible thong.
- Take That!: In issue #5, Deadpool kills a A.I.M. agent who says perfers the prequel Star Wars trilogy◊, making the other agent say "Jar Jar Binks is an Abomination" at gunpoint.
- Cultural Cross-Reference: Apparently Deadpool is a fan of Naruto; In issue #886, he references a title used by the leader of one of the Great Ninja Villages.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!":
- In issue #887, Deadpool fanboys over Thor even when he's beating him up!
- Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth:
- In issue #897, when a demon tries to possess Deadpool, they find a bunch of voices are already in his head. The voices end up taking partial control of Deadpools body and beats himself up until the demon find that it's outnumbered and retreat.
- In issue #883, Galactus makes Wade his newest Herald after Wade sees an ad for the position in the classifieds. Though Wade does a good job as a Herald, his incessant chatter drives the mighty planet devouring entity nuts. Galactus is saved when the Silver Surfer arrives and beats the Power Cosmic out of Wade.
- Alternate Universe: The series is set in a world where there are no actual superheroes and Deadpool is a deranged CIA assassin under the delusion that he and other characters are superheroes and supervillains.
- Composite Character: Deadpool's crazy wife Inez turns out to be Outlaw, Domino, and Copycat.
- Papa Wolf: Deadpool causes the universe to break into utter chaos, traps every hero and villain (barring Spidey who he just kept occupied with the three loves of his life) and is willing to kill Death herself. All for Ellie, even if she was 96. This is also tied to his Heroic Self-Deprecation; he doesn't see himself as worth living and he considers his daughter infinitely more good than him. So the idea of her dying while someone like him lives... he doesn't think so.
- Pet the Dog: While Deadpool had all the big name heroes trapped or unable to fight back in an variety of differnt ways, he left Spider-Man unharmed, with the loves of his life (Mary Jane Watson, Gwen Stacy, and Black Cat) alive, well and swooning over him at the same time.
Deadpool versus series
- For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: Unintentional example. Kate Bishop meets◊ Deadpool for the first time on Halloween and compliments him on "The best Freddy Krueger make up I've ever seen" only to be flatly told by Clint that it's Deadpool's actual face. Kate merely smiles, shoots Deadpool a thumbs up and a happy Halloween, then turns around and silently screams at Clint.
- Biting-the-Hand Humor: The Squirrel Girl subplot in Deadpool/GLI Summer Special is a massive jab at the trend of making all comics Darker and Edgier, especially Marvel's own Civil War. Squirrel Girl says she misses when comic book worlds were "places to escape to, not from", then she tries to convince formerly light-hearted Speedball to stop being Penance. Penance is self-blaming and self-punishing, so he repeatedly smashes his head against the wall and yells about doing "deep stuff" because he's "deep now" and it's "too deep" for Squirrel Girl. She responds by backing away slowly to leave and tells Tippy-Toe, her squirrel partner, that Penance is a nut.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Squirrel Girl gives Deadpool the beating of his life in the space of a single page.
- Take That!: The special has a Squirrel Girl subplot, which is a massive jab at the trend of making all comics Darker and Edgier. It starts with her outright saying she misses times comics worlds were "places to escape to, not from", then she goes to convince Speedball to stop being Penance, which ends with him smashing his head against the wall and yelling he's deep now.
- Fan Disservice: When Wolverine comes to ask Deadpool for help, Deadpool is shown naked in the shower.◊
- Wolverine also has the "pleasure" of seeing Deadpool dressed as Phoenix.◊
- Naked People Are Funny: Wolverine shows up to recruit Deadpool while the latter is showering with his mask on. The censoring methods are increasingly ridiculous for four pages of naked. Soap bubbles cover Deadpool's naughty bits as he leaps out of the shower, Wolverine raises his hand to block the sight from himself and the readers, he unsuccessfully offers a towel as Deadpool lounges with his legs sprawled open, Deadpool's reader-facing leg covers him as he hops up, Wolverine holds up a locator remote control, a convenient black shadow is falls on Deadpool's groin, and finally the comic itself uses the next panel to cover Deadpool's junk.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: After a bazooka-induced head injury, Deadpool has trouble concentrating on talking to T'Challa without being distracted by the fact that he looks like a cat.
- Fee Fi Faux Pas: Deadpool makes quite a few, seemingly deliberately. Lampshaded by T'Challa when Shuri says "Hakuna Matata" was the worst thing DP could have said, and her brother tells her "just wait".
- Deadpool is glad he can finally use the catchphrase "Let's get dangerous!" legally. (Later on, someone claims to be "the thing that goes 'thump' in the night".)
- The kid driving the schoolbus claims his name is Lin-Manuel Barack Kahleesi.
- Deadpool greets the Wakandan Royal family with the catchphrase "Hakuna Matata", and later shows up accompanied by a meercat and a warthog.
- At which point he declares he'll make the Azanians an offer they can't refuse.
- Actually Pretty Funny: Carnage actually laughs when Freak eats his picture of Deadpool in Absolute Carnage vs. Deadpool #2, though he tells Freak that if he eats Deadpool, spit out the spine.
- Canon Discontinuity: Played for Laughs in the second issue of Absolute Carnage vs. Deadpool: When Carnage claims Deadpool bonded to four different symbiotes, an editor quickly points out, in the captions, that it's actually five if one counts Deadpool: Back in Black (which by extension also refers to Secret Secret Wars). A second set of captions has another editor quickly adding in that no, they don't count it.
- Continuity Cavalcade: The solicit for Absolute Carnage vs. Deadpool #2 notes that Wade Wilson has bonded to five symbiotes, a reference to him becoming Hybrid's host in Deadpool vs. Carnage and either the time he bonded to the Venom symbiote in Deadpool's Secret Secret Wars and Deadpool: Back in Black, or the time he briefly bonded to an offshoot of the Venom symbiote in Cable & Deadpool #50. The second issue itself features a short, humorous debate between the editors over whether Back in Black is considered canon, and repeatedly bolds the number "four" when talking about the number of symbiotes Deadpool has bonded to.
- "Eureka!" Moment: In the first issue of Absolute Carnage vs. Deadpool, Carnage has one when confronting a symbiote-infected Man-Wolf over not knowing that Deadpool would interfere with his plans, with the mention of Deadpool's "unicorn" hoodie (actually a rhino hoodie that was a birthday present to Spider-Man from the Rhino) giving Carnage the idea that Deadpool is a unicorn, in a metaphorical sense at least; since Deadpool is the only human alive who Carnage knows has bonded to four symbiotes,note giving him four codices, he is highly valuable to Carnage's plan of harvesting codices from symbiote hosts.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: In the finale of Absolute Carnage vs. Deadpool, Wade puts dynamite in his body to take out Dark Carnage. It works, but it puts his lower torso out of reach for both Spidey and Wade to pull it down.
- Legacy Character: The Hybrid symbiote separates into its constituent symbiotes and bonds to a family of four in Deadpool Vol. 7 #14.
- Mythology Gag: The title is a reverse of the Deadpool vs. Carnage mini-series — also doubling as a reference to a joke in the miniseries.
- Obfuscating Disability: At the end of Absolute Carnage vs. Deadpool, Wade convinces Spidey to wait on him hand and foot until his legs regrew. That is, until Spidey catches the fact that Deadpool had long since regrown his legs and kicks the crap out of him over it.
- Series Continuity Error: In the Absolute Carnage vs. Deadpool tie-in, Carnage states that Deadpool is a metaphorical unicorn because he's the "only human alive" who's bonded to four different symbiotes. Unless the emphasis there is on "alive", that statement disregards Scott Washington, who bonded to the same four symbiotes at once as Hybrid years before. There's also Eddie,* but it could be argued that Carnage is saving him for later. It's also worth noting that Deadpool was actually bonded to five Symbiotes if one counts Secret Secret Wars and Deadpool: Back In Black, but the second issue addresses this by revealing the editors don't count those.
- You Have Failed Me: Invoked in Absolute Carnage vs. Deadpool #1 when Man-Wolf lets Misty Knight and Deadpool escape. Dark Carnage decides that John Jameson has outlived his usefulness and prepares to kill him, only to relent when he has a "Eureka!" Moment.