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Deadpool 2 is a 2018 superhero action comedy, and the sequel to 2016's Deadpool, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Directed by David Leitch (John Wick, Atomic Blonde) and written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick (who also wrote its predecessor). It is the eleventh installment of the X-Men film series. An extended version titled Super Duper Cut was released on August 28th, 2018 that contained 15 minutes of additional scenes involving more action and Character Development.
After undergoing a tragic loss and joining the X-Men on a mission, Wade Wilson/Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) winds up bonding with troubled young mutant Russell Collins (Julian Dennison) and gets both of them stuck in a Hellhole Prison for Mutants. Complicating things is a Time Traveling Cyborg from the future named Cable (Josh Brolin) who has shown up to kill the boy for mysterious reasons.
And now, despite his better judgement, the Merc with the Mouth's going to try to do what's right and stop him. Along the way, Wade will reunite with X-Men Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) and Colossus (Stefan Kapičić), form a legally distinct team of mutants to help him, including Domino (Zazie Beetz) and a bunch of other potentially franchisable character actors (Terry Crews, Bill Skarsgård, Lewis Tan, Rob Delaney), and maybe, just maybe, convince Disney to not cancel his film series after they buy 20th Century Fox.note
Incidentally, this was not only one of the first films to be made in true CinemaScope since the '60s (the other being Universal's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom), it's also the first R-rated movie shot in the format.
Deadpool 2 provides examples of:
- '90s Anti-Hero: Explored in-depth. Much like a number of his comic runs, Deadpool's central conflict is whether a morally compromised Professional Killer who started life as a minor villain created by "a guy who can't draw feet" in a comic where even the heroes were murdering psychopaths is actually capable of doing anything decent. This is specifically why his antagonist is Cable, a man from the same source material who has become so Darker and Edgier due to a Freudian Excuse he even Would Hurt a Child. By the end, despite his failings, Deadpool manages to redeem both Russell AND Cable, proving at least to some degree his heart can be in the right place.
- Accidental Misnaming: Deadpool has a habit of getting Peter's name wrong, with Peter himself or someone else quick to correct him.
- Actor Allusion:
- Deadpool tells Cable "Zip it, Thanos!" Josh Brolin is the primary actor for Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. References are also made to The Goonies, where Brolin played the older brother.
- The Stinger takes jabs at two of Ryan Reynolds' more infamous superhero film showings, specifically X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Green Lantern.
- Wade also gets pretty pissed when Weasel badmouths Canada, a nod to Reynolds' and Comic Deadpool's actual nationality.
- Alan Tudyk has a cameo as a redneck, recalling his role in Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil.
- Adaptational Superpower Change: In the comics, Vanisher is an extremely powerful teleporter. In this film, he's an invisible man. Yukio herself had precognitive powers in The Wolverine. Here, she uses electrical powers on a chain whip.
- Adaptational Wimp:
- Downplayed example with Cable. He's missing his telepathic and telekinetic abilities from the comic books, but is still a skilled solder with a cybernetic arm and lots of futuristic weapons and equipment.
- The X-Force gang gets downgraded from being fairly competent but low-ranking heroes to slightly weaker badasses who messily and comically die on their first mission, thanks to strong winds and things like woodchippers, live wires, helicopter blades...
- Adapted Out: While we do see Cable's family, his son Tyler is not present.
- Admiring the Abomination: Deadpool is a huge fan of the Juggernaut.Deadpool: Russell. Russell, you're okay! Oh thank goOH MY GOD! Juggernaut! I thought that was you! I should have worn my white pants. You probably get this a lot, but I am a huge fan. Uncanny X-Men 183. Thor 411. X-Men Unlimited 12. You know it has always been a dream of mine to see my face reflected in your helmet as you charge at me with murderous intent. I don't mean right now. [Juggernaut grabs Deadpool by the neck]
Juggernaut: I'm gonna rip you in half now.
Deadpool: That is such a Juggernaut thing to say. [Juggernaut proceeds to do just that]
- Advertised Extra:
- The entire X-Force. Every team member except Deadpool and Domino dies gruesomely while parachuting on their very first mission, with some of their trailer appearances even becoming a Missing Trailer Scene.
- Also, Vanessa, who marketing made a big deal out of but who dies very early on (though she remains very important to the story and continues to show up).
- Affectionate Nickname: When he is not getting Peter's name wrong, Deadpool often refers to him as "Sugar-Bear."
- Age Lift:
- Rusty Collins is depicted as a young adult in the comics, but this version of the character is on the younger side of his teens.
- In the comics, Yukio is usually depicted as an adult. Here, she's a teenager who is roughly the same age as Negasonic Teenage Warhead.
- Alien Blood: If you doubted Shatterstar is telling the truth when he says he is an alien, we get confirmation once he unfortunately skydives into the blades of a helicopter, resulting in green blood splattering everywhere.
- All Asians Know Kung Fu: Shatterstar was already Dual Wielding katanas before he got racelifted to Asian here (and he retains the Mojoworld origin so it really isn't valid either way); and Yukio is shown wielding her electric whip in the style of the nine-linked spear technique straight out of Shaolin martial arts, even though she's Japanese.
- Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The Russian release gets "Возня в грязи" by Leningrad.
- Anyone Can Die: Parodied, Deadpool straight-up tells the audience that he's going to die to one-up Wolverine in Logan. Vanessa is killed off very early on, all of X-Force but Domino are killed messily, and Deadpool himself is killed Taking the Bullet for Russell, however, the deaths of Vanessa, Deadpool, and Peter are all undone through time travel.
- Ambiguous Situation:
- It's not really clear if Juggernaut has been retconned into a mutant or not. While he is in a mutant prison, he doesn't have any form of depowering restraint, just a lot of very thick metal and concrete imprisoning him. He implies that Xavier is his brother, but the stranger parts of his backstory get no mention, despite Shatterstar's equally-strange backstory remaining intact. Deadpool mentions several comics when he sees Juggernaut, but whether those are to be taken as canon or just more meta humor is unknown.
- How much of The Stinger is real or just a joke. That said, the writers themselves have seemingly confirmed that it is indeed canon.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: Deadpool, despite having witnessed lots of weird mutant powers and being able to see through the Fourth Wall, is very skeptical of Domino's luck-based powers, at first being convinced they are imaginary, or at the very least not cinematic at all. She proves him wrong on both counts.
- Arc Words: "Your heart is not in the right place", a comment made by Vanessa that haunts Wade for the duration of the film after her death. The climatic battle ends with Wade Taking the Bullet for Russell, hitting his heart (though Wade gets better thanks to Cosmic Retcon).
- Argument of Contradictions: Domino's hiring audition.Domino: Domino. I'm lucky.
Deadpool: Luck isn't a superpower. And certainly not very cinematic.
Domino: Yes, it is.
Deadpool: No, it isn't.
Domino: Yes, it is.
Deadpool: Let's meet in the middle and say, "No, it isn't."
- Artistic Title: After Vanessa died and Wade was ran over by a car, comes one similar to Skyfall. Only everyone is Deadpool. And the credits are mocking ones like in the original movie.
- Ascended Extra:
- Parodied with Buck, one of barflys at the merc bar. He starts getting all philosophical to Wade, only for him to stop him and go, "No more speaking lines for you."
- Played straight with Dopinder, who goes from a meek cabbie to an assassin in training, making his bones.
- Ascended Meme:
- As Himself: Ryan Reynolds plays himself during his casting as the eponymous Green Lantern in the second stinger. He gets killed by Deadpool.
- Aside Glance:
- Ass Shove:
- Collins smuggling a sharp object into the prison. The Squick factor is lampshaded by Wade a couple of times
- Colossus shoves an electric cable up Juggernaut's ass before Negasonic Teenage Warhead shoves him into a pool.
- While he never gets to act out his threats, the Juggernaut says he is going to shove several people into other people. Seeing as the first time he threatened to rip someone in half and then did it under a minute, he probably wasn't making idle threats.
- Atrocious Alias: When Deadpool tries addressing Russel as "Firefist", he gets the giggles. Russel does not appreciate it.
- Autobots, Rock Out!: Invoked regularly by Wade. He plays "X Gon' Give It to Ya" while attacking a Hong Kong gang, tells the filmmakers to cue first "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC when jumping out of a helicopter to attack a prison convoy, and later makes them cue "Welcome to the Party" by Diplo, French Montana & Lil Pump when heading into the Final Battle. Also played for laughs when Wade tells the film to play Dolly Parton's "9 to 5" as he slaughters criminals across the globe.
- Award-Bait Song: Parodied. Despite being an R-rated superhero comedy, the movie got five-time Grammy Award-winner Céline Dion to record a new song for them called "Ashes".
- Babies Make Everything Better: Vanessa argues that having a child will make her and Wade better people. Unfortunately, she ends up getting killed by assassins right at the beginning of the film. Deadpool is then motivated by his guilt to save Russell from Cable.
- Back from the Dead: Wade Wilson's death is undone by Cable through the Time Travel. Wade later steals his device and uses it to save Vanessa, and also Peter.
- Badass Biker: Played with. In one chase scene, Domino rides a motorcycle to show what a badass she is. The overly ridiculous Deadpool, meanwhile, engages in the chase by getting on a red scooter.
- Badass Gay: Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Yukio, two superheroes, are revealed to be dating each other.
- Bait-and-Switch: After so much hype on Wade creating his X-Force team and their promise to help in a fight...all of them except Domino are killed in the plane jump before their first official mission.
- Bash Brothers: True to form, Cable and Deadpool team together for the final act.Deadpool: Only best-buddies buddies execute pedophiles together!
- "Basic Instinct" Legs-Crossing Parody: Deadpool has a "Basic Instinct" moment in front of Cable with partially regenerated legs. It's meant to be funny for all the wrong reasons.
- Bathos: After he manages to catch Sergie after he kills Vanessa, the heartbroken Wade gives him a hug... and has them both hit by a truck.
- Bayonet Ya: Domino has fitted a bayonet on her Ingram MAC-10 submachine gun.
- Being Good Sucks: A lesson Colossus had to learn, though not through personality, but morality. Despite his Good Feels Good nature, Deadpool points out his own doing the right thing would involve getting your hands dirty to do so. Deadpool is already aware of this, but it's the reason why he's an example of Good Is Not Soft.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Russell spends the majority of the movie filled with murderous rage towards the orphanage and its staff, particularly its headmaster, who tortured him because he was a mutant. Cable reveals that once Russell kills the headmaster, he quickly gets addicted to killing and becomes a psychopathic murderer. Deadpool manages to stop Russell from going down this path.
- BFG: Cable's gun is a giant mess of gun parts jury-rigged from various completely incompatible guns. As well as being able to fire regular bullets, it features a dial that actually goes Up to Eleven that allows it to fire concussive blasts.
- Big Bad Ensemble: Played with. While the movie makes Cable, Russell, Juggernaut and the Headmaster all out to be the possible main antagonist at different points, there really is no true villain except Deadpool's own inner struggle to try and do something decent. Russell and Cable both step back from the Moral Event Horizon thanks to Wade, while Juggernaut and the Headmaster are both dispatched in overly ridiculous ways that lessen their apparent threat.
- Bigger Than Jesus: Deadpool points out that he's talked about in the same sentences as Jesus, as his first film did almost as well domestically as The Passion of the Christ, and topped it overseas "where there is no religion".
- Biker Babe: The attractive female Domino uses a motorcycle in one chase scene.
- Bittersweet Ending:
- Subverted. Deadpool prevented a Bad Future yet Vanessa and most of the X-Force are still dead. Deadpool then uses time travel to save his girlfriend and Peter, changing it into a happy ending.
- Played straight with Cable, Stinger notwithstanding. He uses his time travel device's last charge to save Deadpool, thereby giving up his only means to return home to his wife and daughter, but is content knowing they're alive and well and decides he can do more by sticking around in the present day to help clean up the world's messes.
- Black Comedy: In spades. In particular, the way most of the X-Force is quickly (and gruesomely) dispatched. The very first thing the movie starts with is Deadpool winding up a music box of Wolverine impaled on a wooden spike, and pushing the spike down to start it.
- Black Comedy Rape: Wade's time in the Ice Box is pretty much non-stop Prison Rape jokes. Russell, who is a child, is not spared from these jokes either.
- Black Dude Dies First: Bedlam (Terry Crews) is the first of the X-Force to die, though mitigated with him having the least gruesome death.
- Blade Brake: Cable does this with his robotic arm, planting it in a building's facade and descending it to attack the Ice Box convoy transporting Russell.
- Blessed with Suck: Having the world's most powerful Healing Factor really sucks when all you want to do is kill yourself so you can be with your dead girlfriend.
- Blind Shoulder Toss: Deadpool offhandedly tosses a running chainsaw behind his back after finishing off a mook with it in the opening.
- Bloodier and Gorier: This movie one-ups the previous film and Logan by having the most copious amount of violence, blood, and gory content. Even if Shatterstar is an alien, he leaves a rather bloody green blood and gore on a helicopter.
- Book-Ends: An Asshole Victim getting run over by a car occurs just before both the opening and closing credits.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: Russell adopts the headmaster's "Blessed are the wicked who are cleansed by my hand" line in the Bad Future.
- Brick Joke:
- Wade did bury several kilos of cocaine and the cure for blindness in Blind Al's apartment!
- In the first film, after Deadpool breaks both his hands and a leg, and being handcuffed by Colossus when the latter tells him he'll take [Deadpool] to see Xavier, he asks, "McAvoy or Stewart? These timelines are confusing". Well this film gave us an answer: It's McAvoy after Stewart played his final role as the Professor in Logan.
- Speaking of which, in the first film, Deadpool remarks that Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Colossus are the only two X-Men he's seen, on the (accurate) assumption that the studio could not afford another X-Men. In this film, he complains the lack of X-Men, when they are literally behind him in Xavier's office as Beast slowly shuts the door.
- Bring It:
- Brought Down to Badass: Downplayed; while in the Ice Box prison, Deadpool is fitted with a Power Nullifier collar that neutralizes his mutant power. He's still a mercenary with ten years in the Special Forces under his belt; however he's also suffering from the widespread cancer that his Healing Factor was keeping at bay. He obviously doesn't have long to live in these conditions (which he welcomes). During the prison break, he's still able to fight off some inmates and to slow down Cable, preventing him from killing Russell, but he can't last long against the cyborg mutant from the future. Luckily for him, the collar gets busted after a spine-crushing fall and his regeneration restarts.
- Bullying a Dragon: The Headmaster's treatment of Russell really is suicidally stupid, considering he's a teenage mutant with the power to create powerful blasts of fire. Especially once Russell is on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge. At this point, the guy is just begging for it.
- Burn the Orphanage: Russell's revenge plan is to kill the orphane's headmaster and then burn the place down, regardless of other mutant kids still inside it.
- Butch Lesbian: Negasonic Teenage Warhead is revealed to have a girlfriend, who is much girlier than her to boot, which makes her this trope both here and retroactively in the first movie.
- Vanessa is killed at the beginning of the movie while discussing baby names. After saving her at the end, Deadpool says if it's a daughter they'll definitely name her Cher... because the music playing is "If You Could Turn Back Time".
- Upon realizing the abuse Russell suffered at the Essex House, Wade recites Colossus's "four or five moments" speech from the previous film. Then he subverts it by remarking on sometimes the right thing is dirty, before plugging one of the orderlies in the head.
- The Cameo:
- Brad Pitt as The Vanisher.
- Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), Quicksilver (Evan Peters), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Storm (Alexandra Shipp) and Hank McCoy/Beast (Nicholas Hoult) are briefly seen while Deadpool is at the X-Mansion, with the door quickly being shut before he can see.
- Alan Tudyk plays a redneck knocked out by Cable. The other redneck is played by Matt Damon, although he is credited as Dickie Greenleaf, Jude Law's character whom Damon assumes the identity in The Talented Mr. Ripley.
- Wolverine and Weapon XI appear during The Stinger via Stock Footage from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, where Deadpool goes back in time to kill his doppelganger.
- Car Fu: Dopinder runs over the fundamentalist headmaster with his taxi while he's in the middle of ranting at the mutants.
- Casting Gag:
- Josh Brolin, who plays Cable, is also known by Marvel fans as the person who plays Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (the Deadpool movies are on the verge of being owned by the same company as the MCU due to the Disney/Fox merger). Thanos and Deadpool have a history together in the comics, being rivals for Death's affection. And their respective movies come out less than a month apart from each other. This is lampshaded by Deadpool in the final trailer and in the film, where he mockingly calls Cable "Thanos".
- In the Latin American Spanish dub:
- Russell is voiced by Emilio Treviño, who already voiced a foul-mouthed boy fated to bring the apocalypse to the world.
- In the same dubbed version, Cable is voiced by Raúl Anaya, who is the Latin American Spanish dub voice of Master Chief, a battle-hardened soldier.
- Domino is voice by Rosalba Sotelo, who voices another female professional assassin in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (funnily enough, Deadpool's nickname for her points out their similarities).
- The Juggernaut is voiced by Juan Carlos Tinoco, who basically plays another unstoppable character but in purple. And yes, he's basically fighting Cable which makes even more funny and ironic.
- In the Japanese dub:
- Akio Ohtsuka voices Cable, who already had some experience with the X-Men before (as Colossus). Also, he voiced Solid Snake, another battle-hardened soldier.
- Also overlapping with this trope with Relationship Voice Actor and Hilarious in Hindsight at the same time, Bedlam, Shatterstar, Zeitgeist and Peter are voiced by Kenta Miyake, Yuuichi Nakamura, Makoto Takeda and Satoshi Mikami respectively. In case those names sound familiar for anyone with previous knowledge about Japanese voice acting, these actors worked in the dubs of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films as Thor, Captain America, Black Panther and Dr. Strange respectively.note
- Catch-Phrase: "Maximum effort!" from the first film returns when Deadpool is psyching himself up to beat a bunch of pedophiles to death with nothing but a brick.
- Celebrity Paradox:
- Deadpool travels back in time somewhere before 2011 and kills his own actor Ryan Reynolds before he begins filming for Green Lantern.
- Dopinder and Deadpool spend their first scene together talking about Interview with the Vampire. Brad Pitt, who was the main character of that movie, plays the Vanisher.
- Deadpool rags on Frozen to the point of it being a Running Gag; Alan Tudyk (who voiced the Duke of Weselton in that film) plays a redneck knocked out by Cable after the latter first arrives in the present.
- The running gag of Deadpool referencing Yentl, which stars Barbra Streisand, causes a minor paradox since Streisand’s step-son, Josh Brolin, plays Cable.
- Central Theme: Can a Heroic Comedic Sociopath '90s Anti-Hero's heart be in the right place?
- Chainsaw Good: While taking out an entire drug operation in the opening, Wade uses a chainsaw to kill one of the mooks, before offhandedly tossing it behind his back.
- Change the Uncomfortable Subject: Wade first tries to talk about dietary issues and then decides to just cue the finale after finding out what's with Cable's Teddy Bear.Deadpoool: Hey, been meaning to ask you, what's with the creepy, dirty hobo-bear?
Cable: That's not dirt. That's the blood of my dead daughter.
Deadpoool: [beat] ... I have a gluten sensitivity. One glass of wine and I just... Yeah... wish we could head back in time and take all that back... We should just cue the music.
- Character as Himself: The Juggernaut, more specifically his voice, is credited "As Himself" in the closing credits.
- Chekhov's Gun:
- The game token Wade gives Vanessa early in the movie, made of lead. It stops a bullet from killing him.
- The Power Nullifier collars that are used to restrain mutants, first appearing when Wade and Russell get imprisoned. In the film's climax, Wade uses it on himself to persuade Russell that he really wants him to do better.
- When Wade first gets his powers in the first film, Francis tells him that it's curing his cancer as fast as it can form. Once he loses those powers due to the collar, his cancer returns and resumes killing him.
- The pen that Russell hides in his "prison wallet" is used near the end of the film to deactivate the Power Nullifier collar that Wade put in himself to win back Russell's trust.
- Civvie Spandex: Played for Laughs. In the opening, Wade infiltrates various criminal meetings wearing entire civilian getups (like a T-shirt, windbreaker and khaki pants) over his full Deadpool costume.
- Clothing Damage: After getting torn in half, Deadpool fixes his uniform with duct tape. Hilariously, it's not even remarked upon.
- Comic-Book Time: The X-Men: Apocalypse cast appear in the present day, with James McAvoy and Nicholas Hoult practically unaged since X-Men: First Class, which takes place over fifty years earlier. That's before we even get to Deadpool being aware of Logan and having a "dying Wolverine" figure while James McAvoy is still Professor X. Somehow. This trope, MST3K Mantra, and Rule of Funny are the only way to wrap your head around it.
- Composite Character:
- Yukio appears as a member of the X-Men, but instead of ability to foresee a person's death as shown in The Wolverine, she displays the lightning powers of Noriko Ashida a.k.a. "Surge".
- Vanessa after she dies takes on aspects of Death, mostly being the person that Wade meets up with for advice and sex every time he dies.
- Rusty seems to grow up into the X-Men films' version of Daemon, a pyrokinetic mutant villain from Bishop's future in the comics
- Cable time-travelling to kill a mutant child to prevent the Bad Future is reminiscent of Bishop post-Messiah Complex, during which he tries to kill the infant Hope Summers, believing her to be the actual cause for his own Bad Future.
- Concealment Equals Cover: Archetypical example with Wade ducking behind a wooden bar to avoid gunfire in the opening. No, you can't say his healing factor negates it because the barista behind the same bar didn't get hit either.
- Continuity Nod:
- Blind Al is still using the same handgun Wade borrowed from her back in Deadpool.
- When Wade goes to Blind Al's apartment, he pulls up a floorboard to reveal a stash of cocaine and a box marked "cure for blindness".
- In the first Deadpool, he commented how a "superhero landing" is hard on the knees. Here, he does a Three-Point Landing and naturally groans in pain.
- In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, we saw Wade Wilson (already played by Ryan Reynolds) cut a bullet in two and block a barrage of bullets, with his swords. This time around, he also cuts a bullet to pieces, but can only block a few shots from Cable's gun, taking the rest of them thanks to his healing factor.Deadpool: This is what happens when you turn forty.
- Deadpool ends up teabagging someone's face. In the first film, one of Ajax's henchman was the unfortunate recipient. This time, Cable suffers that fate.
- The Metaphorgotten joke about The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants being pure pornography is almost the same as a joke from the last film, only the first time was with Cocoon.
- Colossus's return for the final fight mirrors the scene with Wade and Vanessa reuniting in the first movie: Wade has something sharp stuck in his head, a love song plays in the background, everything in slow motion, Wade makes an inappropriate sexual gesture...
- Cool Guns: Cable's BFG, complete with setting dial. Deadpool pretty much squees every time it's fired.
- Cool Plane: The X-Jet, a highly modified SR-71 stealth recon plane, shows up in this film.
- Couch Gag: Much like in the first film, the opening credits do not expressly give credit to the cast and crew so much as they insult them. In this case, it is overlaid with a James Bond-esq opening after the Action Prologue featuring Deadpool in cool poses.20th Century Fox presents
In association with Marvel Entertainment
A film by wait a minute!
Produced by did you just kill her?
Presented by what the fuck?
In association with I don't understand.
Starring obviously, someone who hates sharing the spotlight.
Written by the real villains.
Cinematography by Blind Al.
Directed by one of the guys who killed the dog in John Wick.
[these are changed slightly in the Supercut:]
Production Designer She was like everyone's favorite character
Film Editors Good luck bringing me back, fuckheads
Starring Obviously Reynolds didn't want to share the spotlight
Written by I blame the writers. The "real heroes" my ass
Cinematography Someone who would literally film anything
- Creator Cameo: Both writers are part of the news crew who goes after Firefist. And while Stan Lee is absent, his likeness is seen painted in the side of some buildings.
- Creator Thumbprint: The neon lighting that was present in John Wick and Atomic Blonde can be seen throughout the film.
- Crossover Punchline: The other X-Men appear briefly, deliberately trying to stay out of the movie. Wolverine appears during the credits as Deadpool kills his unpopular version from X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
- Darker and Edgier: Despite its comedy nature, Deadpool is downright suicidal and has a literal death wish after Vanessa is killed. Her death heavily weighs on the film, and Cable's rather dark tragic backstory where his wife and daughter were murdered by future Firefist, to the point he wants to kill him while he's still a preteen to prevent their deaths.
- Death by Adaptation: Of the X-Force, the only recruit who survives the first mission is Domino. Zeitgeist is the only one who died in the comics and stayed dead, while Vanisher also died but came back to life. However, Bedlam and Shatterstar are still alive and well in the source but that didn't spare them from dying here. Peter is a Canon Foreigner, who also was saved via Time Travel, averting this entirely.
- Death Seeker: Deadpool wants to die so he can join Vanessa, but it never seems to pan out. In the end, he uses an Ice Box Power Nullifier to make his Heroic Sacrifice stick... until Cable reverts time to save him. And then Deadpool uses Cable's own device to undo Vanessa's death, so he has no reason to be suicidal anymore in the first place.
- Deflector Shields: Cable has a personal Beehive Barrier activated from his equipment, which is put to lots of use throughout the movie. Whether against bullets, concussive forces, fire, explosions, car crashes...
- Demoted to Extra: Negasonic Teenage Warhead has much less presence in this film than she did in the first one.
- Destructive Saviour: X-Force causes massive collateral damage during their mission to save Russel.
- Diabolus ex Machina: Played for laughs when Deadpool laments the "unforeseen" high winds that got all of X-Force other than him and Domino killed.Deadpool: Even after all this time, I still can't talk about it. Who knew these winds would be so strong?
Domino: Everyone! Everyone on the helicopter! And everyone not on the helicopter!
- Disaster Dominoes: Just as Wade is mocking the idea of Domino's luck-based powers, she inadvertently causes this when her discarded parachute lands on a moving car. Then she just prances through the ensuing carnage.
- Discontinuity Nod: During the credits, Deadpool kills the old, now non-Canon Deadpool from X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
- Discriminate and Switch: Deadpool is initially shocked when he learns that Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Yukio are dating. He then clarifies that it's not because Negasonic is a lesbian, but because he didn't think anyone would want to date an Emo Teen like her, especially a perky girl like Yukio.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Essex House, the "Mutant Reeducation Center" takes in young mutants, tortures them into suppressing their abilities, and often uses God as a justification. Several reviewers have pointed out the similarities between Essex House and gay and transgender conversion therapy. Wade even describes the head of Essex House as a "pray the gay away" type at one point.
- Downer Beginning: The very first scene is Wade (trying) to commit suicide, with the implication that Vanessa is also dead. It happens a few scenes later.
- Driven to Suicide: Inconsolable after Vanessa's death and taking Al's words that "you don't really live until you've died a little" literally, Wade decides to blow himself up. Colossus showing up to pick up the pieces makes him revive later.
- Duct Tape for Everything: For the finale, Deadpool repairs his costume from all the damage he'd taken in the previous action scene by just wrapping up the torn parts with gray duct tape.
- Earn Your Happy Ending:
- A depressed and suicidal Deadpool finds the belonging he lost when Vanessa is killed by redeeming Russell. Not only that, but Deadpool even manages to skip back in time and undo Vanessa's death.
- Russell himself finds his happy ending in his acceptance by Wade, and by abandoning his lust for revenge (and getting out of the Orphanage of Fear).
- Cable saves his family without resorting to murder (well child murder anyway) and is inspired by Deadpool's actions to become a genuine hero.
- A darkly humorous one for Dopinder. He finally kills someone at the end of the movie!
- Enemy Mine: Cable reluctantly joins forces with Deadpool and co. in the third act as he couldn't take on both Russell and Juggernaut alone.
- Enforced Method Acting: Deadpool provides an Invoked example in his narration. He points out a mook whose flailing in panic because he's on fire and notes that it is not CGI. The studio actually set him on fire.
- Epic Fail: X-Force. After a long recruiting montage, all but two of them (specifically, Domino and Deadpool himself) die during their skydive into the first mission. Yes, they were such an incompetent team that they didn't even live long enough to start their first mission. That has to be a record for shortest-lived superhero team-up ever!
- Evil Feels Good: Russell will enjoy killing the Headmaster and all the orphans, which is the start of path to becoming the psychopath who kills Cable's family. After Wade's intervention, Russell doesn't do that. Instead it's Dopinder who gets hit with this trope. He's happy to have killed the Headmaster and wanting to do that to more people.
- Extranormal Prison: The Ice Box, a penitentiary for mutant criminals.
- Fan Boy: Deadpool himself acts like a raving fan towards the Juggernaut. He seems to treat being mangled by him like receiving an autograph. The ripped-in-half thing does seem to leave a sour taste afterward, though.
- Fan Disservice: Deadpool flashing the audience with his mid-regrowth, baby-sized penis.
- Final Speech: Parodied during Deadpool's death scene. Mortally wounded, he gives grandiose goodbye messages to the cast before acting like he's drawing his last breath...only to realize he isn't dead yet, so he talks some more. This happens a couple more times before it sticks.
- Fingore: Colossus breaks two of Juggernaut's fingers right before Juggernaut says "Commie motherfucker!"
- Five Stages of Grief: Buck (referred to as "Fat Gandalf" in the first movie) tries counseling a distraught Wade by pointing out how he is in the Denial stage, only for Wade to rebuke him.Deadpool: Jesus, Buck! No more speaking lines for you.
- Flipping the Bird: Many, many times.
- Deadpool's hand has the finger up as it's blown (fitting to the narration rambling against Wolverine).
- Negasonic Teenage Warhead gives the middle finger to Deadpool after calling him a "trainee" and he yells "SHUT IT!"
- Another scene has Russell giving both middle fingers, despite Deadpool seeing it coming and urging him not to do it.
- Follow the Leader: Wade complains that Logan ripped off his shtick of being an R-rated superhero movie. He then complains that, since Wolverine upped the ante by dying in his movie, Deadpool needs to follow his lead, and die in Deadpool 2.
- Invoked and lampshaded by name in the Ice Box scenes where they mention "the monster" kept in solitary in the basement. The only real surprise is which "monster" from Marvel canon it's going to be. Surprise, it's a new Juggernaut!
- A more traditional example occurs during the "Change the Uncomfortable Subject" conversation documented above. Deadpool comments that he wishes he could turn back time and apply a Reset Button to the conversation... which, subsequently, happens.
- There's a little one in the scene that establishes how Domino's powers work, when kicking the driver out of the truck causes a side mirror to spin around. It doesn't trigger anything at the time - then Cable catches up to the truck, uses the BFG and lines up a direct shot, at which point the side mirror sends the sunlight right into his eye.
- Fourth-Wall Observer: As usual, Deadpool, and only Deadpool, is aware he's in a film and promotional material. He plays with real-world merchandise for the film itself, like Cable and Deadpool action figures, calls out members of the film crew by name, talks directly to the audience about his thoughts on the script, and so on. However, the rest of the cast just think he's insane.Wade: Tell me they got that in Slow Motion.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus:
- Over the childish doodle that is Deadpool's action plan, you can notice that the DMC Prison sport a drawing of Wolverine tagged "Prisoner 24601". That's Jean Valjean's prisoner number in Les Miserables, naturally played by Hugh Jackman.
- When Cable is managing his weapons, the TV in the background includes a headline stating that Christopher Plummer turned down a role in Deadpool 2, referring to T.J. Miller's Role-Ending Misdemeanor after Plummer replaced Kevin Spacey in All the Money in the World.
- A billboard with Stan Lee's smiling face is briefly visible during the X-Force's skydive.
- When Deadpool gets a bag of cocaine from underneath Blind Al's floorboards, there's a brief shot where you can see a box labeled "The Cure For Blindness."
- During the opening credits montage a scene zooms in on Deadpool's gun; it goes very quickly, but the front is engraved with "SMILE WAIT FOR FLASH".
- Frying Pan of Doom: Wade uses a frying pan to fight several shotgun-wielding mooks attacking him at home.
- The Fundamentalist: The headmaster of Russell's school turns out to be a Bible-thumping lunatic who thinks mutants are abominations and have to be tortured to make them conform.
- Funny Background Event: During the scene where Colossus comes to Deadpool's aid and lifts him in a Bridal Carry, Cable is visible in the background being manhandled and tossed around by Juggernaut.
- A God Am I: Played for Laughs. Deadpool notes him having a bigger worldwide box office gross for an R-Rated film than The Passion of the Christ basically makes him Bigger Than Jesus early in the movie, and later tells one of the team members he selected for X-Force "You've been chosen by a higher power."Domino: Did he just call himself God?
Bedlam: I think he did.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: Since he has a Healing Factor powerful enough to even regrow limbs, Deadpool takes about the most damage of anyone in the movie. This includes (but isn't limited to) getting punched across rooms, stabbed, shot through the hands/arms/chest/etc., run over by a car, blown up, having his neck snapped, and being literally ripped in two.
- Go Out with a Smile: Ryan Reynolds has a big, happy, oh-so-satisifed smile, elated over becoming another superhero actor. He's still wearing the smile when Deadpool puts a hole in his head.
- Groin Attack: This time delivered by Colossus to Juggernaut.
- Ground Punch: Once he is freed from the cell inside the prison truck, the first thing the Juggernaut does is to punch the ground so hard that the road bridge underneath the truck shatters completely, sending everyone crashing through.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Deadpool gets ripped in two at one point by Juggernaut.
- Hate Sink: The Headmaster of the Mutant "Institute" that Russell/Firefist and Domino come from. He's a cruel racist and sadist who aims to "fix" mutations in children by torturing them every day while playing the role of a saint who is trying to fix their "mistakes". He's also a Dirty Coward who runs at the first sight of danger. No wonder Russell goes nuts and wants to kill him. This makes it all the more satisfying when Dopinder runs him over in the finale just when he seems to be a Karma Houdini after Deadpool prevents Russell from crossing the Moral Event Horizon by killing him, since killing him would have been the catalyst of Russell becoming the all-destructive mutant that caused the Bad Future Cable hailed from.
- Head Turned Backwards: After the prison truck falls through a road bridge, Deadpool extracts himself from the rubble and deems that "something is wrong". Indeed, his head is turned backward from the crash, and he has to snap it back in place while complaining about the unpleasantness.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power:
- Wade initially refuses to believe that Domino's power of being really lucky is an actual superpower, much less one that will look good for the big screen. Not only does she end up as the only survivor of the X-Force, but she is capable of accomplishing everything she does with utter ease since luck favors her.
- Dopinder says his superpower is "courage" early in the film, and attempts to invoke this as well by screaming "Courage, motherfucker!" after he's run over the evil headmaster of Russell's orphanage with his taxi.
- Helicopter Blender: Among the X-Force casualties caused by the unwise skydive in strong winds, there is Shatterstar who lands straight into a helicopter about to take off, resulting in green Ludicrous Gibs all over the place.
- Hellhole Prison: The Ice Box definitely qualifies. Maximum security: Check! Power Nullifier Collars: Check! Prison Guards committing regular acts of police brutality: Check! Deplorable Conditions that make the prisoners violent and volatile: Check!
- Hero Antagonist: Played with. While more of an Anti-Hero than outright glowing, Cable's job in his time is to hunt down renegade mutants who pose a real threat to society. This puts him at odds with Deadpool and co. when his target in the present day happens to be the one mutant boy who the former is roped into protecting.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Colossus once again asks Wade to join the X-Men. Wade counters that he's not X-Men material... for starters, he's not a virgin.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: When face-to-genitals with a yakuza, Wade apparently recognizes them from a previous encounter with a scoutmaster.
- Hitler's Time-Travel Exemption Act:
- Wade questions why Cable just doesn't use his time travel to kill Hitler. When Cable replies that his machine only has enough energy for a round trip to and from his time, and the further distance in time he jumps, the bigger possibility for completely missing the intended destination. Wade retorts that this is just lazy writing.
- Super-Duper Cut fully subverts the trope by showing Deadpool kill Baby Hitler in The Stinger.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In their effort to repel Deadpool, Cable and Domino, a lot of the orphanage orderlies get offed by their own guns and knives. Deadpool specifically grabs one's gun (he ran out of ammo after using it all on Juggernaut) and shoots another orderly with it.
- How We Got Here: The prologue is chronologically set during the first quarter of the movie, which is the aftermath of Vanessa's death.
- Hypocritical Humor:
- Deadpool calling Domino's power useless when his is just an advanced healing factor. He is still a Badass Normal otherwise. Not to mention he takes in Peter who explicitly has no powers while turning down Dopinder for the same reason.
- Deadpool quipping "So dark... You're sure you're not from the DC Universe?" to Cable, despite the fact that the Deadpool films are more vulgar, mean-spirited, bloody and cynical than any of the DCEU films so far (albeit with a much more robust sense of humor, as well as a sentimental and romantic core).
- Deadpool makes a joke about cultural appropriation when he meets Black Tom Cassidy, due to how he has dreadlocks despite not being black. This doesn't stop him from branding Cable a racist when Cassidy gets killed by him, accidentally.
- I Can't Feel My Legs: Invoked when the Juggernaut rips Deadpool in half.
- I Hate Past Me: The raison d'être of the second Stinger, where Deadpool goes back in time and not only pumps the X-Men Origins: Wolverine version of Deadpool full of lead, he blows Ryan Reynolds brains out before he can accept the Green Lantern movie.
- Informed Attribute: When the power-nullifying collars are introduced, a cop specifies that they can't be removed, except with explosives. He was obviously exaggerating, since during the prison fight, a stray bullet followed by a hard fall is enough to damage and remove Wade's collar. Sure, anybody else would have been killed by that, but this is Deadpool we're talking about.
- In Medias Res: Like with the previous movie, this sequel doesn't start at the beginning, but with Deadpool's suicide attempt. Then it backtracks to show how he's reached this lowest point. After that, the story is much more linear, with none of the back-and-forth of the first film if you discount the time travel at the end.
- Innocent Innuendo: During the car chase Deadpool claims to be making "accidental double entendres". Sure, Wade.
- Insistent Terminology: Whenever Deadpool says he joined the X-Men, someone has to call him out on it, saying he's a trainee. Including a random kid next to the orphanage.
- It Gets Easier: Cable's entire motivation is to kill Russell before he can kill the headmaster, at which point Russell will realize he likes burning people to death, even adopting the headmaster's catchphrase.
- Tastes Like Friendship: When Russel makes his play to befriend the "monster" in the solo cell of the Ice Box, he brings along his lunch and pushes it into a whole in the cell, including what looks like a pudding cup. Juggernaut is so appreciative that he helps the kid with his revenge plan once they both escape.
- Jerkass: Deadpool, suffering and depressed from Vanessa's death, even more down on the fact he's now rotting in prison, constantly shoved around by dickhead guards and prisoners, strapped with a power-limiter that is bringing back his late-stage cancer and will kill him any day (if the prisoners won't do it for him by kicking his weakened, cancer-ridden body), becomes a total dick to Russell after bonding with him at the standoff that got him and Wade sent to the Ice Box.
- Jerkass Realization: When Cable shows up and kills him, Deadpool is told by Vanessa that his heart isn't in the right place — and he (rightfully) takes it to mean that he can't get to her because he's being a dick. The latter half of the movie — the convoy rescue and all — is about Deadpool trying to make it right to Russell for abandoning him.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Deadpool dual-wields his own katanas to fight several katana-wielding mooks in a bathhouse at the beginning.
- Killing Your Alternate Self: Deadpool kills an Alternate Timeline version of him, specifically the one from X-Men Origins: Wolverine. If you consider the Celebrity Paradox above, then he also killed his own actor Ryan Reynolds.
- Knight of Cerebus: Cable's arrival is treated with complete seriousness, his goal of killing a child horrifying even Wade.
- Laser-Guided Karma: With a dash of Death by Irony. The Headmaster's end comes not from a mutant, but the very normal Dopinder. Domino even lampshades this trope, and Deadpool reveals he'd stopped Cable from killing the perv specifically to invoke the trope.Domino: Eat Karma, motherfucker.
Deadpool: I could hear you coming the last 30 seconds, I could barely keep a straight face!
- Last Request: Before Wade dies for real, he asks Colossus to say the word "fuck". He does, reluctantly.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: If you haven't seen Logan, the film makes sure you know that Wolverine dies in it... in the very first scene, in the very first three lines.Deadpool: Fuck Wolverine. First, he rides my coattails with the R-rating. Then, the hairy motherfucker ups the ante by dying. What a dick!
- Lethal Harmless Powers: Deadpool takes advantage of his Healing Factor to get a Mook to shoot him through the hand, put the gun into the gunshot wound, and then turn the gun around so the Mook shoots himself in the head the next time he pulls the trigger.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: While the first movie was pretty manageable with the cast only including nine characters, this movie just goes off the deep end with the number of characters involved. Almost everyone still alive at the end of Deadpool returns here, in addition to more than doubling the roster of newcomers here. The poster above has 13 characters, and that still isn't all of them!
- Locked Out of the Loop: Wade is not aware of David Bowie's passing. When Weasel and Dopinder realize this, they opt not to tell Wade due to him still heavily affected by Vanessa's death. Bowie happened to perish on January, 2016, a month before the release of the first film.
- Loophole Abuse: The Essex Headmaster bites it while still retaining the happy ending is by who specifically kills him. In order to prevent the Bad Future from happening, Firefist cannot kill him or else he'll turn to the dark side and kill lots of people. However, no one ever said anything about Dopinder doing the act instead.
- Lovable Coward: Weasel, once again. When Cable captures him and starts describing the ways he plans to torture him for information, Weasel interrupts and assures him he'll tell him whatever he wants to know.
- Lowered Recruiting Standards: Parodied in Deadpool's Super Team auditions.
- Ludicrous Gibs:
- Shatterstar unfortunately parachuting into a helicopter about to take off results in a shower of green blood splattered all around, including on the passengers.
- Zeitgeist similarly meets his end by landing into a tree chipper.
- Lucky Number Seven: Domino guesses seven as the password to the collar Wade is wearing at the end and Wade is doubtful that it would be one number and is angry when it is.
- Masculine–Feminine Gay Couple: Snarky, stoic Butch Lesbian Negasonic Teenage Warhead and her peppier, more feminine girlfriend Yukio.
- Mechanical Muscles: Cable periodically flexs his mechanical arm, showing in very good detail how the mechanical muscles trope would work.
- Men Are the Expendable Gender: X-Force is horrifically decimated, save for smurfette Domino. Conversely, proper X-Men Yukio and Negasonic make it through the entire film unscathed. The only women to die are all brought back to life by the end, and even Wade dies for a little while.
- Metaphorgotten: Wade, as usual, can't keep his metaphors on track, being completely bonkers and all.
- Mistaken for Racist: Wade keeps calling Cable a racist for killing Black Tom Cassidy (despite the fact that Tom isn't even black). Also when Cable asks Dopinder to turn the radio off, Wade assumes it's because Cable must hate music from India. When he is dying, Wade's final request to Cable is that he starts judging people not by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character.
- Mother Russia Makes You Strong: When Colossus is finally convinced by Wade to "fight dirty", after beating the shit out of Juggernaut, sticking a live wire up his ass, and dumping him into a swimming pool, Colossus comments "That is how we do it in Mother Russia."
- Motive Decay: Cable warns that this will happen to Russell if he successfully kills his tormentors at the Orphanage of Fear — he'll go from seeking well-earned revenge for past grievances to going Drunk on the Dark Side and become a mass-murderer who kills people with his powers For the Evulz.
- Mundane Afterlife: Wade's version of the afterlife is just Vanessa's old apartment.
- Mundane Solution: Parodied in The Stinger. That whole extended fight scene Wolverine and Sabertooth had to go through to take out Weapon XI in X-Men Origins: Wolverine with their claws? Yeah, turns out a hollow point bullet to the head would have taken care of that problem in seconds.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Negasonic and Yukio have this reaction on realizing they just fixed Cable's time-travel device... and gave it to Deadpool. He uses it to save Vanessa and Peter, (over)kill Weapon XI, and kill Ryan Reynolds before he can ruin the Green Lantern movie ("You're welcome, Canada!")...
- My Nayme Is: Parodied. "Krystal with a K" is suggested as a baby name, but is deemed too "stripper-y"... as is "Kevin with a K".
- Mythology Gag: The movie has a number of references back to the Marvel Comics on which it is based.
- Deadpool has yellow X-Force jerseys made that appear to be based on the costumes from the X-Statix X-Force run.
- Deadpool wanting to protect an innocent child who will potentially grow up into a mutant Anti Christ is taken from the Kid Apocalypse arc in Uncanny X-Force.
- Deadpool in the opening montage, wearing high heels and a blonde ponytail wig, is a direct reference to Lady Deadpool.
- When Cable uses his time slider to go to a point of time he already exists in, he merely brings his current memories into his body at that time, revisiting the premise of Days of Future Past (comic and movie).
- Deadpool pulls off the exact moves he did during his introductory sequence in X-Men Origins: Wolverine during Cable's assault on the mutant transport, right down to the "bullet chop" opener. He has less success doing it this time around, though, and is nailed several times in the chest for his troubles.
- Among the X-Force members who die very quickly is Zeitgeist. Zeitgeist's sole comics appearance is as the initial team leader and Decoy Protagonist in the Milligan/Allred version of X-Force, in which he is killed at the end of the first issue.
- The destruction of the final battle leaves Deadpool covered in dust, giving his suit a dusty white hue. This makes it resemble his white X-Force suit from the comics. Coincidentally, his run in Uncanny X-Force is probably his most heroic yet — and he looks like this in-film while sacrificing himself to save Russell's soul.
- One of the first things Cable does in the past is steal a six pack of beer from two rednecks. In the comics, one of the first things he does is form a team called the Six Pack.
- The name of Cable's daughter is Hope.
- The reporter covering Russell's breakdown at the Essex House (and is later in the helicopter when Shatterstar is killed) is Irene Merryweather. In the comics, Irene was a long-time friend of Cable, who worked as a reporter at the Daily Bugle.
- The X-Jet is a modified Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird stealth plane, very close to its original version in comics, also named Blackbird.
- To pursue the prison convoy, Wade steals a red scooter, a vehicle he's been associated with since his solo ongoing in 2002.
- While the Ice Box is from the comics, its depiction as a high-security prison where mutants are given power-inhibiting Slave Collars make it resemble the island prison of Genosha.
- Fans of the comic know who's coming if Black Tom Cassidy's around, as he was a long-time partner-in-crime with Juggernaut, especially in the cartoon.
- Upon seeing the Juggernaut, Wade says how "it has always been a dream of mine to see myself reflected in your helmet as you charge at me with murderous intent", which pretty much describes the cover of "Deadpool: Sins of the Past" (a 1994 miniseries) #2.
- Deadpool's sympathy for Russell comes from having an extremely abusive dad, which played a big role in flashbacks in Wolverine vs. Deadpool.
- Near-Death Experience: Wade experiences this three times in the movie. Well, given his healing factor, it can even be called full-death experience. Every time, he seems to be falling into water, and then ends up in the flat he was sharing with Vanessa. The first two times, he can't reach her because of an invisible wall, but she still gives him cryptic advice. The third time, he does reach her and believe they will share the afterlife... except she tells him It Is Not Your Time.
- Noodle Incident:
- At some point in the past Weasel has watched Wade peeing, to know his 'peeing face' when he urinates on the barroom floor. How Weasel came to be this familiar with Wade's peeing face, is not made clear.
- Dopinder has had to see Deadpool's lower half regenerate from boy-like proportions before, as he expresses some dismay that it is happening again. Weasel lampshades this.
- Nostalgia Heaven: Wade's is his and Vanessa's apartment, with them wearing their respective attire during the latter's (later negated) death.
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent:
- In spite of being explicitly referenced as Charles' brother, Juggernaut's accent sounds pretty American, though he has little enough dialogue that it's hard to tell. It's actually Ryan Reynolds Acting for Two, but Cain Marko is canonically Charles Xavier's step brother, which helps justify this.
- Russell has a pretty thick accent that clearly isn't an American one. Deadpool even refers to his actor as a kid from New Zealand at one point.
- Not Hyperbole: When Juggernaut says he's going to tear someone in half it's not a figure of speech, as Deadpool painfully finds out.
- Not So Above It All:
- Cable is presented as a completely serious Knight of Cerebus who's only focused on his mission. He only talks when it's necessary to communicate and does not emote. However, even he makes a few comments and insults. He remarks that the headmaster even runs like a pervert after Deadpool repeatedly implies that he is one, and makes a little quip about "I guess Dubstep never dies," when Wade manages to catch up with the convoy Cable is currently attacking a second time. Additionally, in the taxi (during a partnership between him and Deadpool) he is clearly relishing in dishing out insults at Deadpool who is annoying him.
- Colossus has these moments too after finally agreeing with Deadpool that sometimes it is necessary to fight dirty. Most notably, he snickers at his own use of vulgarities (referring to a knocked-out Juggernaut) in the final act.
- Not So Different: Deadpool and Cable found common ground with the deaths of their significant other.
- Numbered Sequels: This is the second Deadpool movie, just in case you missed the "2" in the title. Notably, it's the first film in the franchise to use a number since all the way back in 2003, and even that case was a bit of electric boogaloo.
- Obviously Evil: The Headmaster of the Essex Orphanage and his assistants are clearly up to no good from their first scene. Deadpool calls one of the orderlies "Glenn" and notes that he has "secret sex lips". Even Cable sees it as he's watching the Headmaster run away:Cable: He even runs like a fucking pervert!
Deadpool: Like an online predator who just lost his laptop.
- Odd Couple:
- Negasonic (surly, taciturn, spiteful) and Yukio (bubbly, outgoing, friendly). It is the uncommon example where they're literally a couple.
- Deadpool and Yukio themselves — one is a sadistic, wisecracking, violently insane mercenary. The other is a cheerfully heroic Japanese X-Man.
- Continuing from the first flick, Deadpool (fast-talking, reference-giving, glib, foul-mouthed gun-loving anti-hero) is, once again, teamed up with Colossus, a noble soul who abhors guns, violence, and keeps trying to push Wade to be a hero.
- Off with His Head!: An orphanage orderly that Domino fights is beheaded by a filing cabinet that luckily falls on his face when he is coincidentally pinned.
- Oh, and X Dies: Deadpool straight-up tells the audience he's going to die in the movie. He actually does die Taking the Bullet for Russell, but Cable goes back in time and saves him.
- Oh, Crap!: Colossus utters "Bozhe moi..." (Russian for "Oh my God") when he's about to get a bus in the face, courtesy of the Juggernaut.
- Oh, No... Not Again!: After seeing Wade got ripped in half, Dopinder starts almost begging "No. No. No. DP, not again."
- Ominous Latin Chanting: Spoofed with Juggernaut's theme, "You Can't Stop This Mother F***". There's an entire choir ominously singing in the background to make the villain seem even scarier, except if you pay attention to what they're actually saying...Fighting dirty! Fighting dirty! Fighting dirty! Fighting dirty!...
You can't stop him! He's the Juggernaut!
You can't stop this motherfucker!
Holy shitballs, holy shitballs, holy shitballs, holy shitballs...
- Once More, with Clarity!: Wade's suicide at the beginning of the film is initially portrayed as a Take That! to the ending of Logan which features Logan dying after being impaled by X-24. Then a flashback reveals Wade is wracked with suicidal guilt after losing Vanessa and is trying to see her again in the afterlife.
- Once per Episode:
- Like the first film, Deadpool once again pays a visit to the X-Mansion and complains about the studio cheaping out on the cameos. This time however, several prominent X-Men do cameo, quietly hiding in a room nearby with Wade failing to notice them shut the door on him.
- Once again, Deadpool gets impaled through the head and makes sex moves with his finger at who he is seeing. Except this time it's Colossus and the moves appear to be lesbian ones.
- Only Sane Man: Averted in that every character thinks they're this when in reality they're all just as nuts as the guy next to them.
- Or Are You Just Happy to See Me?: Deadpool tries to drop this line after Cable responds less than positively to his hug, but Cable immediately shuts him down.Deadpool: Is there a knife in my dick? Or—
Cable: There's a knife in your dick, yeah.
- Orderlies Are Creeps: The ones at Essex House sure are, and it's implied that, among other things, they sexually abuse the mutant children in their care, which goes a long way towards explaining Russell's issues. No wonder they're all killed.
- Orphanage of Fear: The "The Essex House for Mutant Rehabilitation" is eventually revealed to be a place of shame, torture, and indoctrination. Really, you could easily guess, given who it's named after.
- Out-of-Genre Experience: The end of the intro is a dark, tragic crime thriller that morphs into a Bond title parody, complete with Skyfall-esque vocals and abstraction of the upcoming plot.
- Overly Long Gag:
- Domino and Deadpool's argument over whether Winds of Destiny, Change is actually a superpower has them repeating "yes, it is" and "no, it isn't" at each other for almost 30 seconds straight without bothering to explain anything else to each other or just stop.
- Commenting on the fact that Deadpool is naked from the waist down while regrowing his lower body after Juggernaut ripped him in half happens every time someone notices, which is three times.
- Wade's death scene has them going through a Dies Wide Open four or five times before there is finally an actual death.
- Wade kills off his X-Men Origins: Wolverine self, claims he's just cleaning up the timelines, and then process to shoot the already-dead abomination about a dozen times before finally moving on.Deadpool: [Bang... bang... bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang...]
- Papa Wolf: Deadpool is seeking to protect a kid from being killed by Cable; he's reeling from being denied the opportunity to become a father so this is the next best thing.
- Paradox Person:
- Cable shouldn't be present in the time period the movie takes place in after changing Russell into a good guy because now his family won't die and he no longer has any reason to go back in time. He wants to make sure this timeline won't shit itself to oblivion.
- Theoretically, live-action Deadpool should be Ret Goned after he killed his actor Ryan Reynolds before the actor could accept a role in Green Lantern during casting all the way back in 2009.
- Parrying Bullets: Subverted. Wade manages to cut the first bullet Cable fires at him in half with his swords, only for him to then utterly fail to block most of the rest of the clip.Wade: Wooo, yeah, your bullets, they're really fast.
- Patriotic Fervor:
- Shatterstar says he's from a planet whose hat is Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better. Deadpool laments that just once he'd like to go somewhere where he's better than everyone else. Weasel asks if he means Canada. Deadpool tells him to shut his goddamn trash mouth.
- Apparently killing Ryan Reynolds counts as a patriotic act, because Deadpool says "You're welcome, Canada!" right after.
- If you look closely, Wade's collection of treasured photos shown at the beginning of the film consists of pictures of him and Vanessa... and a Canadian flag.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Wade and Vanessa are wearing sleepwear with the respective colors in the film's prologue. It was also their outfits in Wade's Nostalgia Heaven.
- Poorly Disguised Pilot: Parodied; the movie is not even trying to be subtle about the fact that this movie is trying to launch an upcoming X-Force film. Deadpool gets the team together explicitly for this reason! Then all the members of X-Force save for Domino (and Peter in the post-credits scene) die horribly unlucky deaths on their very first mission.Deadpool: We're gonna form a super-duper fucking group. We need them tough, morally flexible, and young enough to carry their own franchise for 10 to 12 years.
- Potty Failure: Having been in a depressed slump since Vanessa's death, he spends three straight days at St. Margarets, the patheticness of the situation punctuated when Wade Wilson pisses himself then and there, Weasel having Dopinder mop it up.
- Power Nullifier: Dangerous Mutants sent to the Ice Box prison are fitted with electronic collars that neutralize their powers (already seen in X-Men: Days of Future Past). Russell can no longer shoots blasts of fire, and Deadpool loses his Healing Factor. This is actually life-threatening in Wade's case, since it also means his cancer is no longer kept at bay and can spread unchecked. Despite this, Deadpool willingly puts such a collar on at the end to make a genuine Heroic Sacrifice for Russell.
- Prison Rape: Not surprisingly, Wade starts churning out one joke after another about this during the incarceration act, even mentioning how Russell would be voted Softest Mouth.
- Professional Killer: Deadpool, Domino and Cable are all highly trained soldiers and / or assassins. We see a montage of Deadpool's activities at the start. Dopinder wants to be one, but simply doesn't have the skills for it, unless you count Car Fu.
- Protagonist-Centered Morality: A lot of people die or get maimed as a result of Deadpool's quest to save Russel from Cable and Cable's attempts to save his family and all of Russsel's future victims. This happens whether it's the prison guards of the Ice Box, the prisoners of the Ice Box, or all the people in a crowded city while Domino's luck-based powers create cool, cinematic, and deadly mayhem. But hey, at least they rescued an emotionally damaged kid and saved him from becoming an amoral mass murderer. Also, the prison guards and prisoners are all thoroughly nasty people.
- Protagonist Title: Despite this being a numbered sequel and the Ensemble Cast, the movie is still about the sexy motherfuckin' merc with the mouth.
- Punch Catch: The duel between Colossus and Juggernaut starts out with the The Giant effortlessly catching the metal man's fist, and then twisting it.
- Race Lift: Quite a few examples.
- While Domino is ostensibly Caucasian in the comics, here she's played by the (black) German-American actress Zazie Beetz. Before the movie was released, the creators stated the white splotch of skin on her eye is the result of vitiligo, a skin disorder that does exactly that.
- Shatterstar is traditionally drawn as white in the comics, but this version of the character is played by Lewis Tan, a British actor of Asian descent.
- Julian Dennison, a New Zealander actor of Maori background, plays a version of Rusty Collins, who is ostensibly white in the comics.
- Rage Against the Author:
- In the opening credits, the writers are described as "the real villains of the story" (contrasting with the first movie, which credits called them "the real heroes here"). Obviously, Deadpool is salty about them killing Vanessa at the start of the film.
- In The Stinger, Deadpool travels through time before Ryan Reynolds accepts the script for Green Lantern and kills him. Considering Reynolds has partial writing credits, and how hard he worked to make the Deadpool movies possible, he certainly counts as an author.
- Real After All: Vanisher, whose alleged superpower is invisibility, applied for the X-force. He isn't only unseen, but also unheard, so it seems that Deadpool and co. are just playing along with the joke. Turns out he is real, and is played by Brad Pitt.
- Reality Ensues:
- Since the last film, Deadpool has continued his vigilante/mercenary for hire shick, fighting sex slavers, the Yakuza, drug dealers, etc. At the end of a semi-horrific, semi-hilarious montage of Deadpool slaughtering mooks, he corners a drug lord, who is explicitly said by Deadpool to be a really bad guy. However, he ditches killing the guy because he's going to be late for his anniversary. Later, said drug lord finds him and kills Vanessa in the crossfire. When you lead a life of danger and excitement, remember that your loved ones can be harmed in the process of your work, and when you fuck up a dangerous criminal's business, remember to kill the fucker or at least tie him up, because if you don't, he'll try to get revenge.
- After meeting and non-lethally taking down Russell, Deadpool realizes that he's been abused by the caretakers at the orphanage he's been living in; Deadpool proceeds to blow out the brains of one of the "pedophile" orderlies and attempts to do so to the The Headmaster and the other orderlies, only to stopped by Colossus and end up arrested along side Russell because: 1) Deadpool didn't tell Negasonic or Colossus what he discovered, so when he went Vigilante Man, he looked like a psycho killing innocent people, 2) Deadpool's executing people on circumstantial evidence, at best (in this case, he's completely right in his assumption, however it's still reckless and unethical), and 3), even if everyone knew the people running the orphanage were bad guys, you still can't kill bad people for any other reason that self-defense.
- During the scenes in the Ice Box, Wade treats Russell coldly and tells him to find a new friend because he was going through a Heroic B.S.O.D., thinking he's a Doom Magnet who gets everyone around him killed. Then, after having a near-death experience at the end with his first fight with Cable, he is cryptically told by Vanessa in the afterlife that he's treating Russell wrongly. Later, after the prison transport chase, Deadpool tries to apologize to Russell, only to get rejected by Russell, then get ripped in half by Russell's new friend, The Juggernaut.
- When attempting to do a Parrying Bullets, Deadpool manages to block a few of them, but only a few. He gets shot by the rest.Deadpool: ... Ow.
- When the power-dampener collar is on in prison, Wade's cancer comes back with a vengeance. He's constantly vomiting, coughing, and barely able to walk.
- Russell attempts to ascend the prison hierarchy by immediately taking on a prisoner who's twice his size with nothing more than a sharpened pen. Russell promptly gets his ass kicked.
- Peter needs very little prompting to go home after he realizes the danger of the mission he signed up for.
- Parachuting into a city is very dangerous because of all the power lines and because tall buildings create unpredictable wind patterns. It's even more difficult to parachute into a moving convoy in the middle of the city against strong winds. Unless you have special forces training or luck, you run the risk of hitting something and dying. Just ask most of the X-Force.
- Resoundingly defied with Domino whose luck manipulation power is what allows her to come out of the aforementioned entries unscathed.
- The Three-Point Landing is cool-looking, but achy-breaky to the landing knee, as Deadpool can attest.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
- Cable tells Wade that in the future he's dead, his entire generation basically fucked the whole planet into a coma, and ends with a "here's a spoiler alert: You're not a fucking hero. You're just an annoying clown, dressed up as a sex toy." after their temporary team up.
- Deadpool tries to give one to inspire Colossus to help him, but given it's Wade, it doesn't quite turn out right.Deadpool: You know what? Doing the right thing is sometimes messy, and fucked up, and not particularly convenient. So stay here in chateau de virgin, while we go get our fuck on!
Domino: You're doing great.
- Recycled Soundtrack: "Don't Be What They Made You", which plays over Logan's death in Logan is reused during Wade's own death scene. Fitting as he previously mocked Logan by telling the audience he was going to die, too.
- Reference Overdosed: The film is loaded with shout-outs, most from Wade, including multiple references to the other X-Men films, the MCU, and the DCEU. It's lampshaded when Deadpool drops a particularly blatant and out-of-place reference specifically to Pinkie Pie of My Little Pony, and winks at the audience.
- Reset Button: Cable's Time Travel device is essentially this. He uses it to undo Wade's Heroic Sacrifice, and then Deadpool gets his hands on it. Hilarity Ensues as he first saves Vanessa, then Peter (not the rest of the X-Force), and then shoots his counterpart from Origins to "clean up" the timeline.
- Residual Self-Image: The third time Wade is having a Near-Death Experience, he finally goes through the invisible wall to reach Vanessa. In doing so, he no longer looks like a mutant disfigured by cancer, but his original, handsome self.
- Right Behind Me: Played with when Wade regroups at Blind Al's to regrow his legs after the encounter with Juggernaut. When Weasel confesses to telling Cable everything he knew about their plan to rescue Russell, Wade begins talking smack about Cable. He then suddenly remarks "He's right behind you, isn't he?" Everyone turns around and points their guns to find Cable was indeed standing behind them, and Wade could see him all along.
- Ripple Effect Indicator: Cable's worn-out teddy bear becomes clean once Russell gives up his anger and need for vengeance upon Deadpool's death, meaning the killing of Cable's family has been erased from history.
- Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: Wade, as usual, still remembers everything from every deleted timeline due to being a Fourth-Wall Observer.
- Wade still remembers Vanessa's urging that It Is Not Your Time and decides to live, even after Cable uses his last time travel charge to save Wade from dying in the first place, thus making it a scene that didn't actually occur anymore.
- Wade knows about and even uses Cable's time travel device to go kill his Alternate Timeline X-Men Origins: Wolverine self, despite the fact X-Men: Days of Future Past made it so none of that ever happened, nor could the events of either of the Deadpool movies have happened if they did.
- Rise from Your Grave: Invoked by Wade, who sneaks into a funeral inside the deceased's coffin, then smashes out of it so he can kill his latest mark.
- Rousseau Was Right: The driving force of the film is Wade being dead set on proving to Cable that Russell won't necessarily turn out an Ax-Crazy pyromaniac like his Bad Future self from Cable's time. He can be redeemed by someone that cares about him.
- Rule of Three: Wade speaks to Vanessa in death three times. Each time she shares a different message about how he can make himself a better person.
- Running Gag:
- Yukio and Wade's cheerful exchanges get repeated no matter how much insanity is going on around them.Yukio: Hi, Wade!
Wade: Hi, Yukio!
- Deadpool calling himself a member of the X-Men, only to have someone else invariably adding "trainee". Including a random kid at one point!
- Wade or Cable bringing up Wade's love of Dubstep, followed by "Bangarang" playing as they fight.
- Wade being convinced Cable is racist because he killed "Black" Tom Cassidy.
- Wade being attracted to Colossus.Wade: Don't fuck Elvis.
Vanessa: Don't fuck Colossus.
- Yukio and Wade's cheerful exchanges get repeated no matter how much insanity is going on around them.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: This happens twice, both times involve Juggernaut. When Domino sees him emerge from the ruined transport, she silently mouths "Nope!" and heads the other way. Then, when Dopinder sees him outside the Essex building in the climax, he decides he'd rather wait out the battle in his cab.
- When Deadpool is loudly complaining and lampshading the fact he never sees any X-Men beyond Colossus, Negasonic Teenage Warhead, or Yukio around, an irritated Beast holding a lecture with Cyclops and Professor X shuts the door before Deadpool can see them.
- Seinfeldian Conversation: Cable arrives from the future near a couple of good old boys who are discussing the merits of using baby wipes instead of toilet paper.
- Self-Deprecation: The Stinger ends with Deadpool killing Ryan Reynolds before he can star in Green Lantern.
- Sequel Escalation: The budget is twice that of the first film, there's more Stuff Blowing Up, more characters, more meta humor (including more Self-Deprecation from Ryan Reynolds), Deadpool gets more injured... you name it.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong:
- Cable's goal is to kill Russell before he grows up to be the villain who killed his wife and daughter.
- Wade himself does this after getting Cable's time-travel device repaired, using it to not only save Vanessa and Peter, but also going back to X-Men Origins: Wolverine to kill Weapon XI and Ryan Reynolds before he accepts the script to Green Lantern.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: Deadpool assembles a team of superpowered fighters (and Peter) to stop Cable and save Russell. He raises morale by naming them "X-Force" and delivering a Dare to Be Badass speech before they parachute to their target. Due to strong winds while parachuting, the entire team sans Domino and Peter don't even stick their landing and are brutally killed in various, hilarious ways. Peter dies immediately after by trying to help Zeitgeist before getting melted by his acidic vomit.
- Shave and a Haircut: Russell and Juggernaut seal their pact in the Ice Box by knocking to this tune on his giant-ass cell door.
- Shout-Out: Has its own page.
- Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer:
- Eddie Marsan's Headmaster is the real villain of the movie and is completely absent from all promotional material.
- Save for a split-second of angry Colossus punching his helmet, there's no trace of Juggernaut in the trailers.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: The Juggernaut rips off the sleeves of his prison garb before fighting Colossus.
- Slow-Motion Fall: Played for Laughs as Sergie Valishnikov is running from Deadpool in slow-motion, everyone else is moving in real-time.
- Small Role, Big Impact: The random gangster who killed Vanessa in the beginning of the film and is promptly killed by Wade in return. He's not connected at all to the main story, but him killing Vanessa is what drives Wade's entire arc in this film.
- Some Kind of Force Field: As Wade is having a Near-Death Experience, he sees Vanessa in the afterlife, but is prevented to reach her by an invisible wall, which ripples like water whenever touched.
- Soundtrack Dissonance:
- AC/DC's rock anthem "Thunderstruck" is played as the X-Force begin their mission parachuting down to the convoy, clearly making full use of its status as a Big Entrance song to build hype and get audiences pumped up. Except that the entire team but Deadpool and Domino all die horribly, one after another. "Thunderstruck" still plays in the background during all of it. Enjoy hearing the Epic Riff and booming vocals of Brian Johnson as they're being crushed, blended, electrocuted, burned by acid, and sucked into a woodchipper everyone!
- Dolly Parton is in the initial murder spree montage, and the convoy crashes while Enya plays.
- Spoiler Opening: Feeling upstaged over Wolverine dying in Logan, Deadpool tells the audience at the very beginning that he too will die in his film while blowing himself up.
- Spoof Aesop: At the end of the film, beyond the Family of Choice actual moral, Deadpool also notes a likely major takeaway audiences will have from this movie is "the need to Google 'what the fuck is Dubstep?'"
- Stable Time Loop: In Cable's original timeline, the Essex Headmaster is killed by Russel who eventually grows up into a serial killer. After Wade successfully change the timeline, fate still has the Headmaster paying for his sins by having Dopinder crashing into him.
- Start My Own: Since the X-Men are sick of him, Deadpool decides to form his own totally-not-the-same-idea Super Team with a more "inclusive" name.Deadpool: We will be known as... X-Force.
Domino: Isn't that a little derivative?
- Start of Darkness:
- Apparently, kidnapping and almost killing Bandhu in the last movie was this for Dopinder. Now he really wants to be a contract killer like Wade.
- According to Cable, if Russell kills the Headmaster, it will be the event that turns him into a future mass-murderer.
- Stealth Pun: A common expression when someone fucks up really bad is "Shoot me". The second stinger has Deadpool literally gunning down both his maligned X-Men Origins: Wolverine incarnation and his own actor before production of the infamous Green Lantern movie began.
- Stock Footage: In the film's second stinger, the clip of X-Men Origins: Wolverine where that version of Deadpool is about to fight the eponymous Wolverine is shown when Deadpool time-travels there to kill his past incarnation.
- Stock Scream: The infamous Wilhelm scream makes an appearance, and used by Deadpool of all people, when he's getting tossed around in the finale.
- Stuffed into the Fridge:
- Vanessa is killed in the first fifteen minutes, sending Wade into a deep depression that powers much of the movie, eventually becoming a Redemption Quest to join her in the afterlife. The opening credits even express shock at this, and mocks the writers for doing such a thing. In the end, time travel undoes her death.
- Even though we don't see much of them, Cable's wife and daughter being killed by Russell is what caused him to go back in time and attack Russell's younger self in the first place.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Vanessa is killed in the first 10 minutes of the movie. It is subverted in the second Stinger when Wade negated it via Time Travel.
- Super Team: X-Force is Deadpool's group of tough, morally flexible and young enough to carry their own franchise for 10 to 12 years super-human mutants. He's assembled because he can't stop Cable alone, and the other parts of the X-Men Film Series have really been winding down. Unfortunately, all but Domino (and Peter once Deadpool goes back in time) end up dying unfortunate deaths.
- Surprisingly Happy Ending: Twice! First Deadpool has sacrificed himself for good in order to spend eternity in death with Vanessa, only for Cable to use the remaining amount of his time travel device's energy to save his life. Even then, it's still heading in the direction of a Bittersweet Ending - Vanessa is still dead and Wade can't remain with her in the afterlife, but they promise to wait for each other until Wade dies for real, and until then he still has his new surrogate family. Then The Stinger comes up where Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Yukio repair and recharge Cable's device, which Deadpool immediately uses to undo Vanessa's death. Peter's too. Oh, and the nasty headmaster that Russell spared gets run over by Dopinder.
- Suspiciously Similar Song: Discussed In-Universe, a scene has Wade and Vanessa watching Yentl, and Wade notices "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" is similar to "Papa Can You Hear Me?". It becomes a Running Gag from there on.
- Sweet and Sour Grapes: Russell really wants to kill the headmaster, but is persuaded that doing this would lead down the path of evil. So Russell doesn't kill him. Then he dies anyway in a suitably gory fashion.
- Take That!:
- After seeing his whole over-the-top Darker and Edgier routine, Deadpool asks Cable if he's sure he's not actually from the DC Extended Universe.
- While trying to come up with an excuse for being late, Deadpool tells Vanessa he got into a fight with "a guy in a cape" whose mom was also named Martha.
- Deadpool jokingly says the X-Men are a dated metaphor for racism from The '60s.
- Shatterstar boasts about the superiority of his alien race, which prompts Wade to wish for a planet of functioning morons, where he could go and be seen as Superman by comparison. Weasel asks, "Isn't that Canada?"
- Deadpool compares Bedlam's ability to "distort people's brains to make them feel pain" to the Dave Matthews Band.
- Zeitgeist says he has the ability to spit acid, to which Deadpool replies, "We've all eaten at Arby's."
- After a mutant inhibitor collar takes away his powers, Deadpool laments that he's about as useful as Hawkeye.
- Wade complains that "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" from Frozen is a Suspiciously Similar Song to "Papa, Can You Hear Me?" from Yentl.
- While arguing about luck being a superpower, they mention it's lazy writing that could only have been thought up by a guy who can't draw feet.
- After poking fun at her relationship with Yukio, Deadpool further mocks Negasonic Teenage Warhead by telling her "Pump the hate-brakes, Fox & Friends!" after she calls him a homophobe.
- Russell threatens to kill Justin Bieber (referring to Negasonic). Deadpool thinks it's hilarious.
- Deadpool refers to a creepy-looking orderly at the Essex House as Jared Kushner.
- During the post-credits scene, Deadpool goes back in time to kill the Deadpool from X-Men Origins: Wolverine as well as a Ryan Reynolds who's about to accept the script to Green Lantern.
- While describing how every movie has a "darkest moment," he quips "In The Human Centipede it was when all those people signed up to be in that movie."
- Teeth Flying: Colossus of all people spits out a metal tooth after a particularly strong punch from Juggernaut.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: After Colossus finds Deadpool post-suicide attempt, he brings him to the X-Mansion until he gets back on his feet (and hoping that his time among the X-Men would reform him). Eventually, Deadpool starts to wear out his welcome, spending most of his time moping on the couch, snatching Professor X's wheelchair to ride it around the mansion and becoming so irritating that most of the other X-Men go out of their way to avoid him.
- This Was His True Form: When the Vanisher gets fatally electrocuted, the audience gets a glimpse of what he looks like.
- Three-Point Landing: After describing "superhero landing" as Awesome, but Impractical in the first movie, Deadpool performs one during the first orphanage scene... and immediately complains about his poor knee.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Played for laughs. Deadpool manages to subdue Russell non-lethally by perfectly throwing his sword at the boy in such a way it bonks him on the head with just the hilt, instead of stabbing or cutting him with the pointy end.
- Timey-Wimey Ball:
- Cable's Time Travel device explicitly shows to allow Mental Time Travel in some instances and physically travelling into the past in others. Cable's Tragic Keepsake teddy bear also instantly changes after Russell turns over a new leaf, but Cable himself remains entirely unchanged. Given the nature of the film, it's probably intentional.
- Many theaters aired a scene before the start of the film where Deadpool welcomes the audience for seeing his film, and on top of silencing cellphones and not to spoil the movie on the internet, he expressly states not to wiki up Cable's backstory, because it just doesn't make any sense.
- Together in Death: At the end of the movie, Wade finally reaches Vanessa in the afterlife. The two share a bittersweet reunion, only for Vanessa to gently tell Wade that it's not his time yet before Cable undoes Wade's death. Happily, Wade goes on to undo hers.
- Tonight, Someone Dies: Wade announces at the beginning of the film that he's going to die in this movie to one-up Wolverine in Logan. And he does, twice, so he can see Vanessa in the afterlife. He's killed a third time at the end and, thanks to a power-nullifying collar, it sticks. Cable then undoes Wade's death via his time travel device.
- To the Pain: Cable starts monologuing on how he's going to torture his victim for information. Unfortunately, his victim is Weasel, who not only gives all the information he wants (and more, such as his current state of erection), he throws in additional information for free. Then he goes back to Deadpool and tells him everything he told Cable... so that they can go kick ass without him.
- Tragic Keepsake:
- Wade has the skee ball token that he gave Vanessa as an anniversary present. Cable later takes it after their first fight and uses it as a Pocket Protector for Wade after going back in time.
- Cable keeps a half-burned teddy bear that belonged to his daughter. The burn marks are gone after Wade's sacrifice, meaning Russell didn't attack in the future.
- Troubled Production: In-Universe and Played for Laughs. With the murder of Ryan Reynolds, production for Green Lantern was most likely delayed.
- Truer to the Text: The depiction of Juggernaut in this movie is much closer to the comics when compared to X-Men: The Last Stand. He is much taller and larger than humans or other mutants and is apparently a brother of Charles Xavier in this continuity.
- Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty: Deadpool advises Colossus to fight dirty against Juggernaut, and wonder of wonders, Colossus actually does resort to fighting dirty in order to triumph.
- Turn of the Millennium: The final scene of the movie has Deadpool travelling back to 2009 just as Ryan Reynolds got cast as the eponymous Green Lantern and kills him.
- Vomit Discretion Shot: Wade vomits off-screen his cancer starts to come back. This is in contrast to the last movie; maybe they remembered how hard it was on Colossus' face actor.
- Wham Line: Wade initially thinks the "grumpy old fucker with a Winter Soldier arm" attacking the Ice Box is after him, and tells Russell to get the hell away in order to protect him. Then they come face-to-face with the man himself, and...Cable: Hello, Russell.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: This is lampshaded when Domino explains she has Winds of Destiny, Change powers.
- What Measure Is a Mook?: Those "DMC" goons guarding the Ice Box and prison convoy. Are they gov't, are they PMC? Whatever they are, Cable, Deadpool and Domino have no qualms about gunning them down.
- White and Grey Morality: Colossus's arc in the film seems to be learning that things are not as simple as his "The Paragon/Idealistic" idea. Deadpool points out how unrealistic this kind of heroism really is and manages to get him to fight dirty during his battle with Juggernaut (to impressive effect) and even gets him to swear as a last request from a dying Deadpool.
- Whip It Good: Yukio, Negasonic's purple-haired girlfriend, wields an electrified whip.
- Would Hurt a Child:
- The orphanage staff have no problem tasering kids. Whether it carries over to sexual abuse is unknown, but Deadpool calls them pedophiles every chance he gets.
- The Ice Box inmates have no problem punching Russell, giving him a black eye.
- Wrestler in All of Us: Colossus vs. Juggernaut has this in spades, including bodyslams, suplexes, and one hurricane.
- Writing Around Trademarks: When comparing "Papa, Can You Hear Me?" to "Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?" Deadpool doesn't sing the latter song, presumably to avoid having to pay for the rights.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Yukio has bright pink hair when not on X-Men missions. She dyes it purple when on-mission, as seen in the climax.
- Advertising by Association: Spoofed in the trailers which advertise the film as "from the studio that brought you 27 Dresses and The Devil Wears Prada" as well as "from the studio that killed Wolverine."
- Creator Cameo: Unusually, Stan Lee has a cameo in the teaser poster.
- Gilligan Cut: In the "Final Trailer", Peter shows up for the ad that Deadpool posted for X-Force.Deadpool: Any power you wanna tell us about?
Peter: I don't have one, um, I just saw the ad.
Wade: [Beat] You're in.
[cut to Peter amidst the skydiving crew for X-Force's mission]
- Hypocritical Humor: One trailer has scenes of Wade and Weasel talking about how the studio probably won't even make a third Deadpool movie smack of the well-traveled criticisms of X-Men: The Last Stand (and, to a lesser extent, X-Men: Apocalypse).Weasel: They probably won't even MAKE a third one.
Deadpool: Why would they? Stop at two. You killed it.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: The Final Trailer has a title card that, along with the film's final poster, outright gives away the ending of the previous year's Logan by stating Deadpool 2 is "From the studio that killed Wolverine." As does several posters.
- Never Trust a Trailer:
- A lot of the lines said in the film aren't played directly where they are in relation to the trailers. In one particular instance, the line "Pump the hate brakes, Thanos!", which is Deadpool saying that line to the audience (and, by extension, Marvel studios), the line is actually an amalgamation of two separate lines made into one. The actual line is "Zip it, Thanos!", which is directed at Cable, not the audience.
- Footage of Bedlam and Shatterstar fighting as part of X-Force was shot specifically for the trailers and was never intended to be used in the movie, all to hide the big gag.
- A lot of the trailer footage showed Yukio during Deadpool's description of his super team, implying she would be a part of X-Force. Turns out she's actually an X-Men. With that big gag, it was certainly worth throwing off people.
- The European Spanish dub of the trailer and ads gave Domino somewhat of a hick accent (apparently For the Funnyz). This differs from the dub of the movie itself, where Domino is given a regular, sometimes even nerdy voice.
- Numbered Sequel: Downplayed. Though officially called Deadpool 2 in trailers and the release, the marketing and Fox webiste called it The Untitled Deadpool Sequel right up till the first bona fide trailer in late March 2018 while giving Unreliable Narrator information about the film.
- Tag Line: Prepare for the Second Coming.
- Take That!:
- The official trailer ends with Wade and Weasel having a conversation how a good film series should stop at two, since the third ones always seem to suck.
- A short video played prior to the Thursday night airing featured Deadpool asking the audience to do two things: not spoil the movie, and not look up Cable's comic book backstory on The Other Wiki because of how nonsensical it is.
"Wet on Wet"
- Affectionate Parody: The first teaser for the movie is a near-perfect recreation of Bob Ross's The Joy of Painting, with Wade paraphrasing numerous lines from Ross himself.
- Civvie Spandex: Wade wears Bob Ross's iconic open white shirt and blue jeans, and a wig mimicking Ross's frizzy afro, on top of his complete Deadpool get-up.
- Evil Debt Collector: Discussed in the first teaser, where Wade suggests when you're drying off your brush to "just beat it like it owes you money."
- Freud Was Right: Invoked. In the teaser, when Wade's imitating Bob Ross's tendency to hit his brush back and forth against a leg of his tripod stand to dry it, he says he's about to "whack off" or "beat it", and mentions "that's right, that feels good" while he's doing it.
- Hypocritical Humor: Deadpool concludes by urging the audience "remember, hugs, not drugs." This comes less than a minute after he proclaims his love for cocaine.
- Literal Metaphor: When Wade talks about getting high on "life's splendor", it turns out he's not actually talking about life.Deadpool: Wish I could jump in there and roll around in all that cascading white powder. Yeah, just get high on all of life's splendor... God, I love cocaine. So much.
- Spoof Aesop: While seemingly trying to give important lessons on how to be a better painter, Deadpool eventually warmly advises "Now what you don't want to do... is eat these paints. Trust me on this one."
- Through the Eyes of Madness: When Wade admits "Holy fuck-knuckles, I am high as a kite,", every time we cut to a new shot Wade's painting has completely changed from a second earlier.
- We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: The screen cuts to a "Technical Difficulties, Please Stand By" card when Wade has an Oh, Crap! upon suddenly realizing his painting is randomly changing into a new image every time he looks away.
- Calling Your Attacks: Played for Laughs. While playing with action figures, Wade says "Regeneration Powers! Activate!" when having his action figure use his automatic Healing Factor. He also immediately has the Cable figure lampshade it by pointing out "that's not something you say."
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: There is a closeup of a dial being turned up. It goes up to 11.
- Mythology Gag: Deadpool mentions to his Cable action figure, "You know, you're a lot taller in the comics" before being told to shut up, as Cable's actor Josh Brolin is only 5'10", while Cable in the comics is a massive 6'8".
- Take That!: The first quarter has Cable's arm wrapped in green screen as the visual effects aren't finished yet. Wade screams at the SFX team about how the arm ought to be fully rendered at this stage of the production as "it's not like we're trying to remove a moustache!"
"With Apologies to David Beckham"
- I Take Offense to That Last One!: David Beckham ribs Wade that he thought he was apologizing for a swath of Ryan Reynolds' filmography. Deadpool agree with every one, including Green Lantern, R.I.P.D., Self/Less, Blade: Trinity — but when the Frankenstein comedy Boltneck is mentioned...Deadpool: GASP BOLTNECK WAS A MASTERPIECE!
"Ashes" Music Video
- Award-Bait Song: Parodied. Despite being an R-rated superhero comedy, the movie got five-time Grammy Award-winner Céline Dion to record a new song for them called "Ashes".Deadpool: Céline! That was amazing! That was the most beautiful performance I've ever seen in my life!
Céline: Thank you so much! Thank you!
Deadpool: No, thank you... We need to do it again.
Céline: Okay. Why?
Deadpool: Well... it's too good. Yeah, this is... this is Deadpool 2, not Titanic. Alright. You're at like an 11. We need to get you down to a 5, 5-and-a-half tops. Just phone it in.
- Up to Eleven: Deadpool tells Céline Dion to sing again, dial it down from an 11 to a 5, 5-and-a-half tops. Celine's response? "This thing only goes to eleven, so beat it, Spider-Man!"
Phase 1 Mockumentary
- Take That!:
- While detailing the rocky path to getting the first Deadpool movie made, an embarrassed Wade classifies X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Green Lantern as setbacks that hurt the film's chances.
- He also refers to Colossus, Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and Yukio as "low-level X-Men" and mentions that they couldn't get any of the big names.
- Do Not Spoil This Ending: Parodied when Ryan Reynolds posted a tweet spoofing the anti-spoiler letter used to promote Avengers: Infinity War. The Russo Brothers responded appropriately.
- Face Doodling: Deadpool does this for you on his 7 Eleven app.
- "No. Just... No" Reaction: Deadpool asked to join the Avengers. Tony Stark replied with a letter with this response.
- Sistine Steal: There is at least one poster depicting Deadpool as Adam and Cable as God.
- Take That!: A short video played prior to the Thursday night airing featured Deadpool asking the audience to do two things: not spoil the movie, and not look up Cable's comic book backstory on The Other Wiki because of how nonsensical it is.
- Unreliable Narrator: The official synopsis for the film reads, "After surviving a near-fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry's hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor — finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World's Best Lover." Weeell... the trailer does have ninjas and chefs and organized crime and bars and world travel, but it also has Cable. Maybe this is what the plot sounds like if you're high on cocaine.
- "Untitled" Title: Played for Laughs in promotional material, where Fox went from officially labeling the film "Deadpool 2" to "The Untitled Deadpool Sequel" while giving increasingly Unreliable Narrator info on the film.
- Well, This Is Not That Trope: When Deadpool tries to use Cerebro to foresee the future, Colossus tries to tell him that that is not how Cerebro works, only for him to obnoxiously act like he is reading him mind. He then subverts this by correctly predicting that recruiting him will end badly, pointing to Cerebro as the reason why he knows this, though one did not need precognition to know that.
- Wolverine Publicity: Given Wade is the mutant who mostly receives this trope after Logan himself, not surprising. Namely, Wal-Mart had Deadpool photobombing Fox DVD and Blu-ray releases by replacing their covers with pictures of himself.
Deadpool: Hey, it's me! Don't scratch! Just cleaning up the timelines. Love you!