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"Deadpool-Man! Deadpool-Man! Does whatever Deadpool can! Makes a plan, any size, catches thieves and makes them dies. Look out! There goes the Deadpool-Man!"
Deadpool, Deadpool vol. 3 #8

The Deadpool comic books, published by Marvel Comics, are eponymously named for the main character, Deadpool. Deadpool's character page is here.

The character debuted in 1991, 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.

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    Deadpool original and ongoing series 
Due to the Marvel Legacy renumbering, Marvel's tendency to cancel then relaunch books with the same title, and retroactively regarding the first two miniseries as first two Deadpool volumes, there is considerable disagreement between the publisher, collectors, and fans about identifying the various Deadpool-named comics by volume number, year of release, Marvel Legacy renumbering, or something else. Further confusion comes from the comic industry tradition of using actual publication dates versus the cover dates.

  • 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 Stuffed into the Fridge 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 January 2020 with issue #1 post-Absolute Carnage tie-in.
  • Deadpool: Black, White, and Blood (2021): Anthology of one-shots.

    Deadpool mini-series and limited series 
Some of these series have their own pages for information and tropes in them:
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.

There are several "versus" themed mini-series, including:
  • 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.

    Ongoing series co-starring Deadpool 
  • Cable & Deadpool
  • 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.
  • 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 provides examples of the following tropes:

  • '90s Anti-Hero: Deadpool was introduced in 1991 as a Punch-Clock Villain with a one-word gritty name, wearing spandex covered with pouches and belts, wielding both guns and katanas, and had a personality limited to being an Ax-Crazy Deadpan Snarker. He developed into a Villain Protagonist in the mid-1990s and continued growing from there.
  • Achievements in Ignorance: 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.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Gwen gives her landshark Jeff to Deadpool because she wants him to live, and her own books keep getting canceled. Wade treats Jeff like a dog, and Jeff acts like one.
  • Alternate Self: Several iterations of Deadpool exist in comic book form within the main continuity and in alternate universe books:
    • The Deadpool Corps of Deadpool Corps are other versions of Deadpool, known by different names to readers and nicknamed by the main version to: distaff counterpart Lady Deadpool ("Boobs"), Marvel Zombies severed head Headpool ("Shorty No Pockets" aka "Shorty"), lil tyke Kidpool ("Tito"), and animal superhero Dogpool ("Cujo"). They originally team up to battle a multiverse-devouring cosmic threat.
    • Deadpool Kills Deadpool features Deadpool killing Deadpool. That is, one version of Deadpool targets and slaughters multiple previous versions of himself and new ones created for the book, including the Deadpool Corps and Deadpool Pulp. There's a large-scale battle involving many, many more Deadpools.
    • The Ultimate Marvel version of Deadpool is even more violent than in the main universe, and is a grotesque, evil, mutant-killing bigot.
  • Ascended Meme: "Headpool", the zombie talking head version of Deadpool from the Marvel Zombies universe, started as a invokedFan Nickname before becoming a canon one. Marvel used the name in solicits for his appearances in the Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth limited series.
  • Ass Shove: During a job with the Heroes for Hire, Colleen Wing asks Deadpool where he concealed her and Misty Knight's weapons. Deadpool asks if she really wants to know because "it involves an awful lot of lubricant."
  • Baa-Bomb: In his first series 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.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: In the last issues of Deadpool's first ongoing series, his friend and assistant Sandi is hospitalized after her boyfriend assaults her. When Deadpool and Taskmaster visit 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Berserk Button: Considering the incidents with the therapist and the pizza delivery guy, people who abuse their positions to ruin lives for pointless reasons really piss Deadpool off.
  • 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.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: Deadpool knows Marvel publishes Deadpool and his other appearances, and his comics take potshots accordingly.
    • 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.
    • In Despicable Deadpool #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.
  • Bullying a Dragon: In Way's run, Deadpool struggles with Who Wants to Live Forever? and multiple suicide attempts fail. He launches "Operation: Annihilation" by detonating a nuclear bomb on Bruce Banner to provoke the Hulk into emerging, hoping Hulk will smash him so hard he can't regenerate.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Thanks to a prior job in Wolverine: Origins, Deadpool used up all his munitions except some plastic explosives. In his second ongoing series, 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.
    • 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.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: During Posehn and Dugann's run, 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.
  • Chupacabra: 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: Some Deadpool stories, including the ones below, don't show their titles until the end:
    • In the last issue of Gail Simone's "Healing Factor" storyline, the chapter number and title appear at the end of the story along with credits and a dedication to the readers.
    • 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."
    • The name of the Bronze Age-style "Drinking Game" (volume 3 #7) appears on alcohol bottles scattered on the ground in the last panel.
  • Compromising Call: In a Marvel Comics Presents story, Deadpool's attempt at a stealthy assassination while the mark is asleep gets spoiled by Weasel calling him and setting off his Embarrassing Ringtone, Village People's "YMCA". You can see it right here.
  • Confusion Fu: Deadpool's legendary fighting style is the key to his victory against Taskmaster, who can instantly analyze and imitate his opponents' fighting styles; Taskmaster is thrown off his game when Deadpool utilizes his own natural craziness for moves that make no sense to Taskmaster.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: During the climactic battle of Deadpool's first ongoing series, Deadpool faces 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.
  • Cool Versus Awesome: Deadpool tended towards this for a while, especially after he teamed up with his own zombie-universe severed head to fight dinosaurs, some of which became zombies, and then later were infected by the Venom symbiote. He also helped a superhero trucker fight alien raccoons, and helped Hercules solve a labyrinth created by Arcade, who was hired by a demon.
  • Costume-Test Montage: A flashback shows Deadpool trying on a variety of costumes at a local shop that caters to the superhero crowd. He eventually settles on a black and red number with a note attached saying something along the lines of, "Thanks, but not what I'm looking for. —Your Friendly neighborhood S.M."
  • Crazy-Prepared:
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • Cultural Cross-Reference: Apparently Deadpool is a fan of Naruto; he references a title used by the leader of one of the Great Ninja Villages.
    Deadpool: It's you and me, Gin Goh! I will make you and everyone in this village recognize me, for one day... I will be Hokage!
  • Cursed With Awesome:
    • In Christopher Priest's run, Deadpool insulted Loki and was 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.
    • 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.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Deadpool's internal yellow caption box monologue is often "broken", usually without his realizing it, meaning everyone else on the page can hear what he thinks. Sometimes, he only thinks he's doing an internal monologue, when he's really talking out loud. He tends to have very unusual dreams, plus a habit of sleeptalking just before he wakes up, creating embarrassing moments for everyone involved.
    Deadpool: No, G.I. Joe, don't do that to Barbie... It's so very, very, wrong... Uhm... I wasn't dreaming anything too embarrassing, wasn't I?
    Irene: [staring] No... Not by your standards, no.
  • Embarrassing Ringtone: Though Deadpool isn't embarrassed by his choice of these ringtones, they play at inconvenient times.
    • One of Deadpool's attempts at a stealthy assassination is spoiled by a Compromising Call from Weasel, setting off the ringtone "YMCA".
    • In The Amazing Spider-Man #611, Deadpool is enjoying the attention of multiple costumed strippers while pretending he's on the phone with President Obama. His phone rings with a real phone call and a custom musical ringtone: "Deadpool is so awesome! Deadpool is so awesome!"
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Though Deadpool is a mercenary and an assassin for hire, he has a firm line: "Kids. Are. Off. Limits!" Depending on his morality at the time, he sometimes extends this to other types of not-so-bad guys. Once when a bunch of mercs broke him out of a jail and murdered several cops in the process, Wade turned on them and killed the whole lot of them.
  • 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.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Hit-Monkey. A hitman who's a monkey. No, really. Spider-Man didn't believe it either until he saw Hit-Monkey for himself.
  • Fourth-Wall Mail Slot: Deadpool often recaps the story arc so far in the first page, and then answers his own fan mail. In said Mail Slot, he is often accompanied by other characters from his series... who are very confused as to who they're supposed to be talking to.
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: Fabian Nicieza usually makes a recap page that isn't in continuity, which means that blobs like the Blob can break the fourth wall at will during the recap page. One Cable & Deadpool recap page had Cable hinting to Deadpool that he has infected Deadpool with subliminal messages. Since this recap page wasn't in continuity, Deadpool didn't know about the meeting, which didn't stop him from, in the story, saying these words:
    Deadpool: Y'know, I'm really beginning to wish the recap page were part of my regular continuity, 'cause then I might have a clue…
  • French Maid Outfit: In issue #20 of Way's run, Deadpool knows he's on Hit-Monkey's hitlist, and puts a French maid outfit on over his costume. It's... a disguise?
  • Freudian Trio: Deadpool is one unto himself, since his internal dialogue is treated as an actual dialogue. The Id is the caption that urges him to kill, while the superego tries to keep him from overreacting. They also tend to make Freudian jokes. DP himself is the ego making compromises between the two, which often gets weird for other characters since they can only hear the ego's part of the conversation.

  • Gambit Roulette: In the first arc of Way's run and 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.
  • Hilarious Outtakes: The last issue of his first ongoing series 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.
  • 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.
  • Interrupted Cooldown Hug: 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 garrots Santa Claus with a string of barbed wire and narrates it as "a routine assignment."
    • In Way's run, 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]
    • 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.
  • 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:
    • In Simone's first run, 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.
    • In Way's run, 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.
  • Less Embarrassing Term: After some heckling from a bystander:
    Bystander: Nice scooter, freak!
    Deadpool: It's a motorbike! It's 100% manly!
  • Loud of War: In the finale issue of his first ongoing series, Deadpool annoys Black Swan into a murderous rage by blaring country-western and alternative folk rock through the castle's sound system.

  • Naked People Are Funny: In Wolverine/Deadpool: The Decoy; 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.
  • Never Hurt an Innocent: Deadpool's personal code is not intentionally harming or killing anyone he doesn't believe deserves it on some level. This is primarily Wouldn't Hurt a Child, but in Way's run, he kills other mercenaries who callously killed policemen when breaking Deadpool out of jail.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • In vol 1. #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 vol 1. #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.
    • Multiple times across several years, Deadpool says, "I fought a cow once". This is not to be confused with the team-up to fight with a cow he teamed up with, the vampiric Hellcow.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: When Deadpool has both yellow and white caption boxes in his mind, the voice with a white box is the blue oni because it's (relatively) more rational and deliberating, and the voice with the yellow speech box is the red oni who's more impulsive and wacky like Deadpool himself often is.

  • The Scream: Sabretooth immediately regrets ordering Deadpool to scream, which Deadpool does in combination with Screams Like a Little Girl:
    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!
  • Self-Deprecation: In Christopher Priest's first issue, Deadpool arrives in Limbo dragging a bag. He grows 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: 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.
  • Take Our Word for It:
    • In #10 of Way's run, 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.
    • We'll never know Deadpool's ultimate diss, a diss so potent that the early version ruined two lives, the refined version killed three people, just half of it's enough to leave grown men crying for days, the single most devastating diss ever uttered... Yo Mammageddon.
  • Take That!: Deadpool's co-creator, Rob Liefeld, is infamous for drawing characters like Deadpool with dozens of pouches and enormous guns; Deadpool mocks this multiple times:
    • In his first ongoing series #56, 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".
    • When Deadpool has to train a bunch of Super Skrulls with his power set and costume in the first arc of his second series, 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?"
  • Twist Ending: At the end of Joe Kelly's run on the first ongoing series, 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.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: During Daniel Way's arc, 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.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: In Kelly Thompson's run, Deadpool gets hired to kill a monster king who has annexed Staten Island, and it turns out monster law says that if you kill the king, you're the new king.

    Black-Panther vs. Deadpool 
  • 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".
  • Shout-Out:
    • 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.


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