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Deadpool 2 is a 2018 superhero comedy film, 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 the 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
A short to promote the film, No Good Deed (also directed by Leitch), was shown preceding Logan in U.S. and Canadian theaters in 2017.
A PG-13 cut was released in theaters on December 12th, 2018, entitled Once Upon a Deadpool, with new footage shot to replace scenes that are inappropriate for younger audiences. In this version, Fred Savage has been tied up and forced to reprise his role as the grandson from The Princess Bride as Deadpool tells him a sanitized version of the events of his second movie. The re-release of the film was also used to raise money for the charity Ryan Reynolds supports, "Fuck Cancer" (temporarily renamed "Fudge Cancer" during the film's run), with a dollar being donated to it for every ticket sold. It was eventually revealed the PG-13 cut was mainly created to secure a release in the lucrative Chinese market, as Western R-Rated movies are not approved by the censorship board in their original forms. The film officially passed Chinese censorship and was released there on January 25th, 2019.
With the Disney-Fox merger, the franchise's future became somewhat uncertain in spite of the commercial and critical success of both movies. Originally, an X-Force film directed by Drew Goddard was slated to directly follow this movie, with a focus more on the other characters in addition to Deadpool, but Deadpool co-creator Rob Liefeld has since indicated that the project is no longer moving forward. A new Deadpool movie was eventually confirmed by Ryan Reynolds to be in development in December 2019, after the merger completed. Marvel Studios is taking over the franchise from this point onward, with Fox's Emma Watts (who oversaw development of the first two films) no longer being involved, ceding creative control over to Kevin Feige.
On November 20, 2020, it was announced that the third film would be written by Emmy Award-winners Wendy Molyneux and Lizzy Molyneux-Logelin, best known for their work on Bob's Burgers and their own show The Great North. On March 11, 2022, it was announced that Reese and Wernick will also be returning to write, while Shawn Levy, who previously worked with Reynolds on Free Guy and The Adam Project, was confirmed to direct. The Reynolds-led movie is confirmed to be R-rated, a first for a Marvel Studios production, and will be at least partially set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, although it remains to be seen if it will be a reboot of sorts or a true sequel to Deadpool 2. The film was confirmed in September 2022 to be released on September 6, 2024, and with it, the confirmation that Hugh Jackman will reprise his role as Wolverine in the film.
In July 2022, this movie, along with Deadpool and Logan, became one of the first R-rated films to stream on Disney+ in the United States.
Previews: "Wet on Wet" Trailer, "Meet Cable" Trailer, "The Trailer", The Final Trailer
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 murderous 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 that 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. Sometimes.
- Accidental Misnaming: Deadpool has a habit of getting Peter's name wrong, with Peter himself or someone else quick to correct him.
- Action Prologue: 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.
- 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 roles, 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.
- Another one to Reynolds, from the Super-Duper Cut:Deadpool: Well, if you're so lucky, then what are you doing here with us?
Domino: Well, I don't know yet.
Deadpool: What's that supposed to mean?
Domino: There's a reason why I'm here now, knowing that everything usually just kinda works out for me.
Deadpool: Like 2008 Ryan Reynolds?
Domino: [beat] ...I don't know who that is.
- Alan Tudyk has a cameo as a redneck, recalling his role in Tucker & Dale vs. Evil.
- "Redneck #2" is played by Matt Damon, who's credited as "Dickie Greenleaf," Jude Law's character in The Talented Mr. Ripley.
- Adaptational Superpower Change:
- In the comics, Vanisher is an extremely powerful teleporter. In this film, he's an invisible man.
- Yukio was originally a ninja without any superhuman abilities, though her previous appearance in The Wolverine turned the character into a mutant with precognitive powers. In this film, her skillset is changed once more, as she can now generate electric currents that are channeled through a chain whip.
- Adaptational Wimp: 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 into their very first mission, with some of their trailer appearances even becoming Missing Trailer Scenes.
- 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 was telling the truth about being an alien, you'll 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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's 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. It's even longer than the below quote, becoming a Duck Season, Rabbit Season in the Super Duper Cut.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."
- Armed with Canon: Armed indeed. That Weapon X Deadpool from X-Men Origins: Wolverine gets his — right through the head — from the Merc-with-a-Mouth when he drops by this scene from the movie at the end, during his joyride with Cable's time-travel device.
- Artistic License – History: When Deadpool uses Cable's repaired time travel device at the end of the Super Duper Cut, he goes into an Austrian maternity hospital in 1889 to kill a newborn Adolf Hitler. Hitler was born in the home of his parents, not in a hospital.
- Artistic Title: After Vanessa dies and Wade is ran over by a car, we get one of these sequences, 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 the barflies 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." And he doesn't have any speaking lines after that.
- Played straight with Dopinder, who goes from a meek cabbie to an assassin in training making his bones.
- Ascended Meme:
- Director David Leitch's credit gag in the opening is "One of the guys who killed the dog in John Wick" (as fans said he did just that by directing those films).
- In one moment, when Cable asks who he is, Wade answers with "I'm Batman!"
- As Himself:
- Ryan Reynolds plays himself being cast as the eponymous Green Lantern in the second stinger. He gets killed by Deadpool.Deadpool: You're welcome, Canada.
- Juggernaut gets this treatment as well, in order to not make clear what big-time actor they super-secretly got to play him. note
- Ryan Reynolds plays himself being cast as the eponymous Green Lantern in the second stinger. He gets killed by Deadpool.
- Aside Glance:
- As Dopinder tries explaining his desire to be a hitman like Wade being like Kirsten Dunst as Claudia in Interview with the Vampire, Deadpool slowly turns to the camera, confused and annoyed.
- He gives another when Foreshadowing the Juggernaut.
- Deadpool turns subtly towards the camera when Colossus mentions that Wade "always makes it hard"; being choked lifeless by the giant Russian is most likely the only thing standing between Wade and a Heh Heh, You Said "X" joke.
- Ass Shove:
- Russell smuggling a pen into the Ice Box to make a shank. The Squick factor is lampshaded by Wade a couple of times.
- Colossus shoves a live 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 threatens to rip someone in half and then does it under a minute, he probably isn't making idle threats.
- Attack the Mouth: Deadpool shoves his gun directly in the mouth of one Hong Kong gangster before firing.
- 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, and first tells the filmmakers to cue "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC when jumping out of a helicopter to attack a prison convoy, and then makes them cue "Welcome to the Party" by Diplo, French Montana, and 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, immediately after the scene in which she argues this. Deadpool is then motivated by his guilt over this to save Russell from Cable.
- Badass Biker: Played with. In one chase scene, Domino rides a motorcycle to show what a badass she is. The overtly ridiculous Deadpool, meanwhile, engages in the chase by getting on a red scooter.
- Bad News, Irrelevant News: After X-Force dies, Deadpool tells Domino that the bad news is all their teammates are dead, while the "good news" is that personally, no one will miss Shatterstar.
- 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.
- Balcony Wooing Scene: In a shoutout to Say Anything..., Deadpool tries to make up with Colossus and does the stereo-under-your-window thing.
- Bash Brothers: True to form, Cable and Deadpool team up 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. It's even lampshaded:Cable: [sickened] Not really necessary.
Weasel: No. It's his basic instinct.
- Bathos: After he manages to catch Sergei after he kills Vanessa, the heartbroken Wade gives him a hug... and puts them both on the path of a speeding 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 his hands dirty to do so. Deadpool is already aware of this, but it's the reason 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 is a mutant. Cable reveals that in the future, 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 overtly ridiculous ways that lessen their apparent threat.
- Bigger Than Jesus: Deadpool points out that he's talked about in the same sentence 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".
- Bilingual Bonus: Deadpool speaking in eighth-grade-level Spanish gets translated over and over again as "I don't bargain" or a similarly appropriate Badass Boast. Instead, he's just saying "where is the library?" every time.
- Biting-the-Hand Humor: There are some not-quite-flattering references on the film to Fox News. The movie was produced by 20th Century Fox, whose parent company at the time, News Corp, also owned Fox News.
- When Negasonic Teenage Warhead introduces Yukio as her girlfriend, she thinks Wade is about to make a homophobic comment, to which he responds, "pump the hate brakes, Fox and Friends."
- When talking about the sadistic orderlies at the Orphanage of Fear, Wade refers to one of them as "Jared Kushner", the son-in-law of President Donald Trump. Trump is a noted avid watcher of Fox News.
- Bittersweet Ending:
- Subverted. Deadpool prevents a Bad Future by sacrificing himself for Russell, 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: The first people in the movie to die are a group of Chinese sex traffickers.
- Blade Brake: Cable does this with his robotic arm, planting it in a building's facade as he slides down 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 amounts of violence, blood, and gory content of the three. 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 gives us an answer: It's McAvoy, as Stewart played the Professor for the last time in Logan note
- 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 about the lack of any other X-Men, while failing to see them gathered right behind him in Xavier's office as Beast slowly shuts the door.
- Wade's time at the X-Mansion includes him ripping off all the tape labels in the fridge and replacing them with velcro. When Negasonic Teenage Warhead knocks the phone/boombox out of his hands before the final fight, she does so by hitting it with tupperware... with his velcro on the lid. Obviously lampshaded.
- Superhero landings totally are bad on your knees.
- One exclusive to the Super Duper Cut: when Cable proposes an alliance, Wade asks why he never used time travel to try and kill an infant Hitler. Deadpool ends up trying to do exactly that in the extended Stinger.
- Bring It:
- Deadpool urges Cable on with a "Give it your best shot, One-Eyed Willy" before attempting a Parrying Bullets move on him.
- The Juggernaut also beckons Colossus the same way before their fight.
- 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 normally keeps 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-shattering 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 goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge. At that point, the guy is just begging for it.
- Burn the Orphanage: Russell's revenge plan is to kill the orphanage's headmaster and then burn the place down, regardless of other mutant kids still being inside it.
- 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 that sometimes the right thing is dirty, before plugging one of the orderlies in the head.
- During his fight with Cable in the convoy, Deadpool attempts to replicate his Parrying Bullets feat from X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He manages to slice the first bullet in two, but not so much the others.
- The Cameo:
- Brad Pitt as 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 by the audience while Deadpool is at the X-Mansion, with the door quickly being shut before the man himself notices.
- Alan Tudyk plays a redneck knocked out by Cable. The other redneck is played by Matt Damon, although he is credited as Dickie Greenleaf, the name of Jude Law's character whose identity Damon assumes 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.
- Canada, Eh?: This exchange:Deadpool: Just once, I'm gonna find a planet of people that are worse than me at everything. A whole bunch of functional idiots. I'm gonna go there, and I'm gonna be their Superman.
Weasel: Isn't that Canada?
Deadpool: You shut your goddamn trash mouth.
- Can't Default to Murder: Deadpool tries to apply the maxims Colossus tried to teach him in the first movie, echoing many of the lines Colossus used (and Colossus is in the background smiling happily). Then, of course, Wade realizes the people he's trying not to kill are child abusers, and kills them, in full view of the police.
- Can't Bathe Without a Weapon: Not that it helps them, but the Yakuza that Deadpool ambushes in a bath house all bring up katanas from under the water to fight.
- 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 now 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".
- When Quicksilver (played by Evan Peters) appears in a short cameo, he's wearing a Nirvana shirt. Two of Peters's characters in American Horror Story have been associated with Nirvana (one is a fan of Kurt Cobain, and the other sings "Come As You Are" in a performance).
- 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 Ōtsuka voices Cable, who already had some experience with the X-Men before (as Colossus). Also, he voiced Solid Snake, another battle-hardened soldier.
- Bedlam, Shatterstar, Zeitgeist, and Peter are voiced by Kenta Miyake, Yūichi 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
- Catchphrase: "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 Casualty: Deadpool shoots Ryan Reynolds in the head to prevent him from making Green Lantern.
- 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 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 who gets 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 ever be in the right place? The movie's answer is: sometimes, when it counts.
- 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 cut to the chase 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. This is to conceal that he was played by Ryan Reynolds himself.
- Chekhov's Gun:
- The skee-ball 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 one 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 they're 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 in the middle of the film to let Juggernaut out of his cell, and near the end of the film to deactivate the Power Nullifier collar that Wade put on 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.
- And then again when he wears an X-Men T-shirt over his full Deadpool costume to indicate he's a trainee.
- 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.
- Coming-Out Story: Gloriously handled. When Negasonic introduces her girlfriend to Wade, though he makes a snarky comment which she initially thinks is bigoted, he quickly assures them he's simply happy for the two of them. Just like if any other of his circle of friends found happiness with a romantic partner. Being a lesbian isn't anything to be unhappy with (but trying to be an angry and edgy teen is an issue — that's what the remark was really about, as he clarifies). Of course, since Wade is canonically pansexual, it makes sense he wouldn't care.
- 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".
- After she dies, Vanessa 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 a 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: An 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 doesn'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, tanking 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 henchmen 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...
- Convenient Misfire: Domino gets lucky when the prison truck driver attempts to shoot her at close range but his handgun jams up. (On the other hand, this is to be expected with her character, given that her mutant power is literally "getting lucky".)
- 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.
- Cool vs. Awesome: The long-awaited "Colossus vs. Juggernaut" fight that fans have been waiting for since Last Stand.
- 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, they are laid over a James Bond-esque 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
- Country Matters: The word "cunt" is used twice, once each by Black Tom Cassidy and Cable. It is the second X-Men film to use the word, following Logan.
- Creative Closing Credits: We see clippings with hand-drawn figures next to the actors' names stuck on a pinboard.
- 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 on the side of some buildings.
- Creator Thumbprint: The neon lighting that is present in John Wick and Atomic Blonde can be seen throughout the film.
- Creepy Child: Incredibly justified, given that the men were all horribly abusive, but it's still a little weird to see all the orphans laughing and cheering as the orderlies all die gruesomely painful deaths... coincidentally.
- 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 own unpopular self from X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
- Cynicism Catalyst: 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.
- Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster!: Said word for word by Firefist after wreaking havoc on the Essex House.
- Darker and Edgier: Despite the film's wacky and comedic nature, Deadpool is downright suicidal and has a literal death wish after Vanessa is killed. Her death heavily weighs on the film, and Cable has a rather dark tragic backstory where his wife and daughter were murdered by future Firefist, to the point that Cable wants to kill Russell while he's still a teenager 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 doesn't spare them from dying here. Peter is a Canon Foreigner, who also is saved via Time Travel, averting this entirely.
- Death by Irony: The raving mad, anti-mutant fundamentalist headmaster of Essex House isn't killed by any of the mutants — he's killed by Dopinder, the only completely ordinary human involved in the climax. He wasn't killed by one of the mutants he so hated to get to become a martyr for the anti-mutant crusades; his killer and the object used in his death are both completely mundane.
- Death Is Cheap: Wade Wilson's death is undone by Cable through Time Travel. Wade later steals his device and uses it to save Vanessa and Peter.
- Decomposite Character:
- In New Mutants, Russell Collins goes by Rusty, but here, Shatterstar goes by Rusty.
- Deadpool may be a stand-in for Shatterstar during the Juggernaut fight, as there is a similar fight between Juggernaut and Shatterstar in X-Force.
- Deflector Shields: Cable has a personal Beehive Barrier as part of 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 Russell.
- 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 someone so perky as Yukio.
- Disposable Woman: Vanessa dies very early on, and her death drives Deadpool's actions.
- 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 family he lost when Vanessa was 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!
- Empathy Doll Shot: The burned teddy bear at Cable's home after Firefist's assault on his wife and daughter.
- Enfant Terrible: Russell, thanks to the abuse he suffered at the orphanage, although the kid does show an inclination for juvenile delinquency anyway. It takes Deadpool Taking the Bullet for him — twice! — to make him turn around and avert the Bad Future he would cause if he stayed on that road.
- Enemy Mine: Cable reluctantly joins forces with Deadpool and co. in the third act, as he can't take on both Russell and Juggernaut alone.
- 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 (well, Peter technically makes it to the ground, but he gets accidentally killed by a mortally wounded teammate a couple minutes later). 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!
- Everything Is Racist: Deadpool accuses Cable of being a racist because one of the dozens of mutants he killed in the prison called himself "Black Tom" (despite being white). He repeats the accusation when Cable asks Dopinder to turn off the radio in his cab.Cable: I'm not a racist, you idiot.
- 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 is more excited than ever to become a contract killer.
- Extranormal Prison: The Ice Box, a penitentiary for mutant criminals.
- Failed Attempt at Drama: Cable manages to kidnap Weasel with the intent of torturing information of Russel's movements out of him, giving a To the Pain speech as he does it... only for Weasel to interrupt, pointing out his low pain threshold and freely giving him everything he wants to know.
- 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!"
- First Rule of the Yard: Invoked by Russell, who stashes a pen in "the old prison wallet" with the intent of finding the toughest prisoner there and shanking him with it. When he tries using it on Black Tom Cassidy, he gets punched in the face for his trouble. Russell has more success by making buddies with the actual toughest guy in the slammer, Juggernaut, who has to be kept in a separate cell.
- 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 of grief, 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 up (fitting the narration rambling against Wolverine).
- Negasonic Teenage Warhead gives the middle finger to Deadpool after calling him a "trainee", to which 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.
- During Wade's final suicidal antic in the first act of the movie, he complained about Wolverine one-upping him by dying in the earlier released film Logan, and vowed that he would do the same. While his line could refer to his early suicide attempts, Deadpool's death did indeed happen in the finale and also in a manner similar to the finale in Logan, although Cable ended up saving him via time travel.
- 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 where Deadpool accidentally brings up the subject of Cable's dead family. 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 and lines up a direct shot with the BFG, at which point the side mirror sends the sunlight right into his eye.
- While Deadpool and Weasel are interviewing for the X-Force, he pins every hired members' photo to the wall with a knife except for Domino's, which he pins with a regular thumb tack. If you're paying attention and familiar with Deadpool's subtlety, it should be pretty easy to figure out who's gonna survive the mission and who's not.
- Fourth-Wall Observer: As usual, Deadpool, and only Deadpool, is aware he's in a film or 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 sports 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, possibly referring to T.J. Miller's Role-Ending Misdemeanor, as 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, the camera zooms in on Deadpool's gun; it goes very quickly, but the front is engraved with "SMILE — WAIT FOR THE FLASH".
- Frying Pan of Doom: Wade uses a frying pan to fight several shotgun-wielding mooks attacking him at home.
- 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.
- Gas-Cylinder Rocket: When Cable climbs into the DMC transport the first time, Domino knocks him back out by shooting a gas canister that'd been knocked from its brackets by a ricochet.
- A God Am I: Played for Laughs. Deadpool notes that 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 selects for the 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, maimed by polar bears, falling off a skyscraper after drinking a whole bottle of Drano, having his neck snapped, and being literally ripped in two.
- Go Out with a Smile: In the second stinger, Ryan Reynolds has a big, happy, oh-so-satisfied smile, elated over becoming another superhero actor. He's still wearing the smile when Deadpool puts a hole in his head.
- Gray-and-Gray Morality: Bordering on A Lighter Shade of Black. The protagonist, Deadpool, is an amoral mercenary who kills many people. However, he does care about Vanessa before she dies, has qualms about killing children, and learns to put his heart in the right place. The antagonist, Cable, seeks to kill a young mutant, but is only doing so to stop a Bad Future where his family is wiped out. The other antagonist is Russell a.k.a. Firefist, a kid who seeks to kill his headmaster, and would have degraded past the Moral Event Horizon if he wasn't stopped, but is only murderous because of his severe past traumas, and is stopped and redeemed before he can become a true supervillain. The headmaster is unambiguously evil, though.
- Groin Attack:
- A literal case happens when, thanks to being in freefall, Wade is on a colision course with Cable's head, crotch first. This being Deadpool, he's not only aware but even puts his arms behind his head moments beforehand.
- This time one is delivered by Colossus to Juggernaut.
- Also used by Domino against an orderly of the Essex House.
- 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.
- Hairy Girl: Neutrally so, as Domino has noticeable armpit stubble, but it's treated as completely normal and not even Deadpool makes a remark about it.
- 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 ushers in the Bad Future Cable hails from.
- Head Turned Backwards: After the prison truck falls through a road bridge, Deadpool extracts himself from the rubble and proclaims that "something is wrong". Indeed, his head has been 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 floats straight into the blades of 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 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 has been 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.
- Hero Stole My Bike: After the parachute landing disaster, Deadpool takes off on a bystander's scooter.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: When face-to-genitals with a yakuza, Wade claims to recognize 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 through time he jumps, the greater the possibility of completely missing the intended destination. Wade retorts that this is just lazy writing.
- TheSuper-Duper Cut fully subverts the trope by showing Deadpool trying to kill Baby Hitler in The Stinger. The problem is, Deadpool Wouldn't Hurt a Child, even if it's Hitler...
- Hoist by His Own Petard:
- Deadpool offs a DMC truck driver with his own gun.
- 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.
- Hollywood Fire: The burning orphanage in the final scene features steadily burning flames which are evenly distributed across the building with no smoke emerging.
- Hollywood Homely: Invoked with Rob Delaney as Peter, to the point where Wade is convinced that the headshot that features his actual appearance is a completely different person.
- Hollywood Skydiving: Deconstructed. 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.
- Homoerotic Subtext: Lampshaded with Deadpool and Cable; at one point Cable tells him "You remind me of my wife. She was funny, too," and Wade immediately calls attention to how very awkward it is for Cable to say that while he's staring at him and applying lip balm.
- How We Got Here: Like with the previous movie, this sequel doesn't start at the chronological beginning, but with Deadpool's suicide attempt. Then it backtracks to show how he's reached this lowest point.
- Hypocritical Humor:
- Deadpool calling Domino's power useless when his is just an advanced healing factor (well, advanced enough that he can fully heal from pretty much anything, but still). 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). Also, Deadpool is completely based off the DC Character Deathstroke.
- 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.
- Deadpool saying "I didn't ask for your opinion, Peter!" is definitely this after Domino calls the name X-Force derivative. After literally just calling out the name X-Men as sexist, he indirectly addresses Domino through Peter so as not to sound sexist.
- After all the effort to stop Russell before he kills the headmaster and develops a taste for it, our heroes just laugh off Dopinder killing the headmaster and declaring he has a taste for it.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: Just after Vanessa is murdered, Deadpool tries a variety of insane ways to kill himself, only to fail every time.
- I Can't Feel My Legs!: Invoked when the Juggernaut rips Deadpool in half. He's reassured, however, to find them lying next to him.
- 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's brains out before he can accept the Green Lantern movie.
- I Just Want to Be Badass: Dopinder wants to join the X-Force, or at least become a mercenary like Deadpool, and is never given a break. However, he gets his wish at the end of the film when he runs down the headmaster of the orphanage.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: 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 mock the writers for doing such a thing. In the end, time travel undoes her death.
- If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him!: Subverted (of course), with the headmaster. It's not that Wade doesn't want him to die (he tried to kill him himself), it's that Wade doesn't want Russell to become a killer. He's perfectly happy to let someone other than Russell kill him. Still, he stalled for a good thirty seconds, keeping Cable from killing him, because he heard Dopinder's cab approaching and thought it would be hilarious for the man to die in the middle of his inspiring speech.
- Impaled Palm: Black Tom Cassidy welcomes Deadpool to the Ice Box by nailing his hand to a table with a knife. As Wade is wearing a power-nullifying collar, this is one wound which won't heal quickly.
- Improvised Weapon:
- When a band of drug dealers break into Wade and Vanessa's place in the prologue, Wade doesn't have his guns on him, so he defends himself with a butcher block full of various knives grabbed from the kitchen counter. By the time the first wave is over, he's used all the knives except the cheese spreader. In The Stinger, a time-traveling Wade uses the cream cheese spreader to save Vanessa.
- Cable goes Guns Akimbo but refuses to give one to Deadpool, who makes good use of a brick instead.
- Informed Attribute: When the power-nullifying collars are introduced, a cop specifies that they can't be removed, except with explosives. He is 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.
- 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 (who knows because he was watching TV) next to the orphanage.
- Institutional Apparel: The yellow-colored prison suits.
- Irony: Juggernaut makes several threats of an Ass Shove nature; he ends up getting defeated when Colossus shoves a live electric wire up his ass.
- 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.
- It's also implied with Dopinder after he kills the headmaster and takes joy in it.
- 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, convoy rescue and all, is about Deadpool trying to make it right to Russell for abandoning him.
- Karmic Death: In order to prevent the Bad Future from happening, Firefist cannot kill the headmaster, or else he'll turn to the dark side and kill lots of people. Also, Deadpool stops Cable from killing the perv specifically to invoke the trope.Deadpool: We're better than him! No more senseless violence! No more bloodshed! We'll let karma take care of him.
- Buuut it ends up being invoked right after Dopinder plows into the headmaster with his taxi.
- 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 kills 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.
- Lancer vs. Dragon: Colossus and Negasonic fight Juggernaut while Deadpool tries to stop Russell from killing the headmaster.
- 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. And that's without mentioning the music box.Deadpool: Fuck Wolverine. First, he rides my coattails with the R rating. Then, the hairy motherfucker ups the ante by dying. What a dick!
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Deadpool autographs a cereal box. A Freeze-Frame Bonus shows that he signed it "Ryan Reynolds".
- 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.
- Lightning Lash: Yukio, Negasonic's purple-haired girlfriend, wields an electrified whip.
- Literal Disarming: During the Action Prologue, Deadpool cuts off the Asian criminals' hands with their guns still gripped within them.
- Lock-and-Load Montage: We get one when X-Force prepares for their mission. It culminates in Peter applying sun cream to his face.
- 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 being heavily affected by Vanessa's death. Bowie died in January 2016, a month before the release of the first film.
- Long-Lasting Last Words: Played for Laughs when Deadpool sacrifices himself by getting shot after putting on a power-dampening collar. He not only takes his sweet-ass time to die, he also lampshades this by saying: "It's so hard to go."
- Look Both Ways: Invoked by Deadpool. He holds the mook who shot Vanessa and jumps with him in front of an onrushing truck.
- Lowered Recruiting Standards: Parodied in Deadpool's Super Team auditions.
- Lucky Number Seven: Domino guesses seven as the password to the collar Wade is wearing at the end. Wade is doubtful that it would be something so simple as one number, and is angry when it is.
- 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 in a tree chipper.
- Magic Brakes: The prison truck's brakes start failing due to a stray bullet hitting the cables, which leaves Domino with only one way of slowing down the vehicle: ramming it into buildings on purpose.
- Major Injury Underreaction: Given that he just can't seem to die, it's appropriate that Wade's response to getting ripped in half by the Juggernaut is mostly to continue geeking out over how cool it is to meet the Juggernaut. Still, must've hurt like a bitch.
- Man on Fire: Early on, Deadpool points out a mook who's flailing in panic because he's on fire and notes that it is not CGI.
- 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.Wade: Doing the right thing is messy. But if you want to fight for what's right, sometimes, you have to fight dirty. And that is why Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is pure pornography.
- 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 color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
- Mook Horror Show: The Bloody Hilarious Action Prologue, where Deadpool takes out dozens of mooks.
- 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 becoming a mass-murderer who kills people with his powers For the Evulz.
- 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!")...Yukio: That was probably a bad idea.
- 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 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 Antichrist 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 does exist in the comics, its depiction here 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 will know who the Ice Box's monster is 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 that "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.
- On top of Dopinder's taxi is an advert for Alpha Flight; here an airline company, in the comics Canada's premier superhero team.
- Essex House is a reference to Nathaniel Essex, aka Mr. Sinister, who in the comics ran the orphanage where Cyclops and Havok grew up.
- Near-Death Experience: Wade experiences this three times in the movie. Well, given his healing factor, they might even be called full-death experiences. Every time, he seems to be falling into water, and then ends up in the flat he shares 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.
- Neck Lift: Juggernaut lifts Deadpool by the neck while saying he's going to rip him in half. And then he proceeds to do so. Honestly, Deadpool doesn't mind.
- Noodle Incident:
- At some point in the past, Weasel has watched Wade peeing, if he knows 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.
- Cable makes limited references in conversation to the Bad Future being caused by the actions of people in the present timeline, and that Deadpool is apparently no longer around to see it happen.Deadpool: So, what exactly do you do in the future, anyway, huh? Some kind of soldier?
Cable: Yeah, something like that.
Deadpool: I was a soldier. Special Forces. I bet fifty years from now we're bestest buddies.
Cable: Fifty years from now you're very dead. Your entire generation fucked this planet into a coma.
Deadpool: Boom! [makes exploding sound] Spoiler alert. [chuckles wistfully] Ah, planets.
- "And that is why you never eat a raw starfish."
- 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 ReynoldsActing 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 that "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 some 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.
- Now It's My Turn: The fight between the Juggernaut and Colossus starts out as a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown as the former beats the crap out of the latter. Until Colossus decides to turn the tables and give the Juggernaut a good beating.
- 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.
- Odd Couple: 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 and 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.
- Not to mention the dozens of Mooks Deadpool beheads with his katanas.
- 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!:
- The Juggernaut inspires this in a lot of people. Just seeing him is enough to get people to freak out and run away, even Domino, who's not about to push her supernatural luck with him.
- 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 get 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 shutting the door on him.
- Once again, Deadpool gets impaled through the head and mimes sex positions with his fingers at who he is seeing. Except this time it's Colossus, with the moves adjusted appropriately.
- 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.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When the drug lord and his goons bust into Wade's home, he is completely silent as he dispatches them; no jokes, no one-liners, and no theatrics. Wade is rightfully terrified for Vanessa's life and goes through the goons as quickly as he possibly can. And this is before they kill her.
- Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Deadpool's reaction after he discovers that what he called a "dirty hobo bear" is actually Cable's dead daughter's teddy bear.
- 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 that 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 "Essex House for Mutant Rehabilitation" is eventually revealed to be a place of shame, torture, and indoctrination. Really, you could easily guess as much, 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 he actually, finally dies.
- Wade kills off his X-Men Origins: Wolverine self, claims he's just cleaning up the timelines, and then proceeds 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...]
- 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. However, he wants to make sure this timeline won't shit itself to oblivion, and consciously stays.
- 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. Deadpool 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.Deadpool: Wooo, yeah, your bullets, they're really fast.
[a few seconds later]
Deadpool: [filled with holes] ...Ow.
- 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.
- Deadpool going off on Fred Savage because he insulted Nickelback (and citing their many achievements) is implied to partly be because they're Canadian.
- Pet the Dog: Yukio is the one person who Wade is never snarky or insulting toward.
- Pineapple Surprise: At the prison's ventilation shaft, Deadpool pulls the pin from a hand grenade and holds it up to Cable's face. The subsequent explosion catapults both characters out of the prison walls.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Wade and Vanessa are wearing sleepwear in their respective colors in the film's prologue. It is also their outfits in Wade's Nostalgia Heaven.
- Pocket Protector: Wade's skee-ball token stops a bullet from killing him, while the Power Nullifier collar renders him unable to heal. Its serendipitous placement is justified here by Cable having used time-travel to position it just right before the fight.
- 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. Margaret's, the patheticness of the situation punctuated when Wade Wilson pisses himself then and there, Weasel having Dopinder mop it up.
- Power Nullifier: The 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 shoot 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.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Colossus says one of these right before he charges in to fight the Juggernaut.Colossus: Hey! Pick on someone your own size!
- Pretty Little Headshots: When Deadpool kills Ryan Reynolds in the end, the script for Green Lantern is splattered almost entirely with blood, but Ryan has a clean little bullet hole right between his eyes.
- 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".
- Prison Riot: A fight breaks out twice at the prison canteen.
- Prisons Are Gymnasiums: When Deadpool and Firefist enter the prison, we see one inmate pumping irons.
- 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 Russell from Cable and Cable's attempts to save his family and all of Russell'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 having an 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 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, whose credits called them "the real heroes here"). Obviously, Deadpool is incredibly salty about them killing Vanessa at the start of the film.
- In The Stinger, Deadpool travels through time to before Ryan Reynolds accepted 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.
- "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 "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.
- Re-Cut: The movie has a total of three versions: the original theatrical R-rated version (119 minutes), the PG-13 "Once Upon a Deadpool" version (117 minutes), and the unrated Super Duper Cut (134 minutes). The Super Duper Cut is 15 minutes longer and contains new/extended scenes that extended the run time, but also includes new dialogue, jokes and scenes that replace material from the other versions, meaning there's more than just 15 minutes of new material.
- 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.
- Reformed, but Rejected: During the scenes in the Ice Box, Wade treats Russell coldly and tells him to find a new friend because he is going through a Heroic BSoD, 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.
- 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 has 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.
- Revenge Is Sweet: Years of physical, mental, and (possibly) sexual abuse from the orphanage headmaster has made Russell Collins eager to kill the staff of Essex House, which is not good, as the Bad Future Cable comes from shows that when Russell does kill the headmaster, he enjoys the feeling of killing too much, becoming a notorious terrorist and supervillain that eventually kills Cable's wife and daughter. As such, Deadpool rushes to prevent Russell from becoming a killer while Cable tries to kill the boy before his moral descent.
- 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 is 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 deadset 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. Eventually, thanks to a self-sacrifice from Wade, he is proven right.
- R-Rated Opening: The movie begins with Deadpool attempting suicide by blowing himself up, followed by a montage of Deadpool killing criminals in gruesome fashion. Fully lampshaded, of course.
- Rule #1: At the X-Mansion, Colossus tries to read the ground rules to Deadpool, but the latter is not interested.
- 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 are always 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.
- Russell's pen makes repeat appearances, much to Deadpool's disgust, given how it is introduced in the first place.
- Wade being attracted to Colossus.Wade: Don't fuck Elvis.
Vanessa: Don't fuck Colossus.
- Deadpool using the Spanish phrase "¿Donde está la biblioteca?" ("Where is the library?") right before kicking ass, with a different purported meaning being displayed in subtitles every time.
- Yukio and Wade's cheerful exchanges are always repeated no matter how much insanity is going on around them.
- Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: Wade's habit of trying to be funny all the time, distracting himself and making jokes during a very serious situation, such as a shooting, this time has a tragic consequence: Vanessa dies. It happens like this: He tries to make a joke to ease the tension, even though he knows he still has at least one armed man behind him (#1 error), he throws the knife at him without even looking (#2 error), he misses and the man shoots Vanessa by accident, apparently having forgotten after so long being near-immortal that his "tactics" are completely suicidal if you're a normal person and that people around you who don't have a healing factor can die (#3 error... and they die very often). He usually ignores this with his immature behavior, but this time it was the love of his life that died and he absolutely cannot laugh about it!
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here:
- This happens twice involving 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 (and a number of other X-Men) 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 features Deadpool killing his X-Men Origins: Wolverine counterpart, and 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 enormous cell door.
- Shell-Shock Silence: The scene in which Vanessa gets shot. The soundtrack subsides, and all we hear is a ringing sound followed by a Lonely Piano Piece as Wade leans over her.
- Shout-Out: Has its own page.
- Show, Don't Tell: As the fourth-wall breaker this movie is, this concept is discussed and played for laughs. While Deadpool goes on about how Domino's luck powers are hard to show in her earpiece, Domino casually walks down a highway where rolling cars miss her and a driver who tries to shoot her has his gun jam.
- Sickening "Crunch!": One can be heard when Cable breaks several limbs of the security guards at the prison.
- Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer:
- Eddie Marsan's headmaster is the real villain of the movie, but 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 Sergei Valishnikov is running from Deadpool in slow-motion while everyone else is moving in real-time.
- The dramatic Taking the Bullet moment is undercut by Deadpool hoping they got his jump in slow motion.
- 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:
- Cable's personal Deflector Shield is visible as a yellow Beehive Barrier when he's hit by bullets, fire, explosions, concussive forces, etc.
- As Wade is having a Near-Death Experience, he sees Vanessa in the afterlife, but is prevented from reaching her by an invisible wall, which ripples like water whenever touched.
- Soundtrack Dissonance:
- AC/DC's rock anthem "Thunderstruck" plays 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.
- The hopeful "Tomorrow" playing over Deadpool Taking the Bullet.
- Sparing Them the Dirty Work: A time-traveler warns the main characters that if Kid Hero Russell gets to kill the sadistic headmaster of the Orphanage of Fear where he lived, he'll learn that he really likes burning people alive and go From Nobody to Nightmare. Instead, Dopinder mows him down in his taxi while Russell watches in amusement.
- 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?'"
- Stacked Characters Poster: The movie poster has the main cast stacked in a cloud.
- 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: According to Cable, if Russell kills the Headmaster, it will be the event that turns him into a future mass-murderer.
- 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, from Deadpool of all people, when he's getting tossed around in the finale.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Vanessa is killed in the first ten minutes of the movie. However, the second stinger subverts this by having Wade negate her death via Time Travel.
- Suicide as Comedy: While the film uses Wade's suicidal tendencies following Vanessa's death to fuel a lot of drama, his suicide attempts are mostly milked for Black Comedy, since, being Deadpool, he just can't die as long as his Healing Factor is active. Especially the one framing the opening's How We Got Here, where he lies upon a dozen barrels filled with highly-explosive fuel while ranting about Wolverine stealing his R-rated movie schtick by dying in Logan, before blowing himself up. And then his severed arm rises up, flipping the bird.
- 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 them 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.
- Super Window Jump: Deadpool jumps through no less than three closed windows in the first fifteen minutes of the film alone.
- Surprisingly Happy Ending: Twice! First Deadpool sacrifices 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 in The Stinger, 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 failing to assassinate his target, Dopender asks "Mission Accomplished?"Deadpool: Yeah, in a "George W" sort of way.
- When expressing his desire to become a contract killer, Dopinder asks Deadpool if he remembers Interview with the Vampire. Wade replies that he doesn't want to.
- 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."
- After failing to assassinate his target, Dopender asks "Mission Accomplished?"
- Taking the Bullet: Deadpool takes the bullet for Firefist, in slow motion. Cable's bullet still goes through Wade, but it doesn't hit Russell, as having to punch through Wade made it lose velocity.
- Tastes Like Friendship: When Russell 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 hole 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.
- Teeth Flying: Colossus of all people spits out a metal tooth after a particularly strong punch from Juggernaut.
- Tempting Fate: The headmaster states that the "day of reckoning" is here... and is then run over by Dopinder's taxi.
- That Came Out Wrong: Deadpool's realization after mentioning to Firefist that he's been "inside him" (he meant "in his shoes").
- 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 (hoping that time with 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 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 that 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 is explicitly shown 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 advises them not to look 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 up 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 kept the skee-ball token that he gave Vanessa as an anniversary present. Cable takes it after their first fight, and later 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, revealing that he successfully averted Russell's Start of Darkness.
- True Love Is a Kink: Wade and Vanessa have plenty of Casual Kink in their relationship, but also talk about settling down and starting a family as a form of foreplay. Vanessa even makes a romantic gift out of showing Wade that she's no longer on birth control.
- 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.
- T-Word Euphemism: "Family" has always been an "F-word" for Wade — a moral of the film is about him and others finding a Family of Choice.
- Ungrateful Bastard: The headmaster. Despite Deadpool's efforts sparing him from Russell's wrath, he screams at Deadpool's team as they leave, calling them "filthy mutants" and ranting about how they're going to "burn in hell" along with Russell.
- Vigilante Man: Deconstructed. 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 the same to the headmaster and the other orderlies, only to stopped by Colossus and end up arrested alongside Russell because: 1) Deadpool didn't tell Negasonic or Colossus what he discovered, so when he went all-out vigilante 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, but it's still reckless and unethical), and 3), even if everyone knew the people running the orphanage were bad guys, unfortunately, you still can't kill bad people for any other reason than self-defense.
- Vomit Discretion Shot: Wade vomits off-screen as 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.
- We Are "Team Cannon Fodder": Hilariously Parodied with the X-Force, whose members — with the exception of Born Lucky Domino — all die pointlessly before the rescue mission has even properly begun.
- 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?:
- When Dopinder is asked what his superpower is, he proudly replies, "Courage!" No-one is impressed.
- 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 government, are they PMC? Whatever they are, Cable, Deadpool, and Domino have no qualms about gunning them down.
- What Year Is This?: This is Cable's first question to the rednecks when entering the present timeline.
- 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.
- Who Writes This Crap?!: Cable explains that his time travel device is less controllable the further he jumps into the past, which prompts an Aside Comment by Deadpool labeling this Necessary Drawback "lazy writing".
- Winds of Destiny, Change!: Enforced resoundingly with Domino, whose luck manipulation power is what allows her to come out of everything she goes through in the movie unscathed.
- Wood Chipper of Doom: Zeitgeist accidentally parachutes into one and ends up killing Peter by accident with his acidic vomit before he's completely pulled through it.
- 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.
- Deadpool goes for baby Adolf Hitler in the Super Duper Cut. Then it's subverted when he's unable to do it and ends up doting on the future dictator. Then subverted again when he considers asking Cable to do it.
- 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.
- Your Other Left: How Deadpool tries to instruct Shatterstar to avoid the helicopter rotor blades.Deadpool: Left! LEFT! NO! STAGE LEFT, YOU IDIOT!
- 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.
Deadpool: [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, which 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.
Wade: 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 do 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 in the trailers is Deadpool saying that line to the audience (and, by extension, Marvel studios), 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 the 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-Man. With that big of a gag to hide, 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.
- Often overlooked is the shot where Deadpool and Dopinder do a Power Walk. In the trailer, Dopinder is walking, while in the movie, Dopinder is running instead.
- 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 information about the film.
- Tag Line: Prepare for the Second Coming.
- Take That!:
- The official trailer ends with Wade and Weasel having a conversation about 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 premiere 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: Of Bob Ross's The Joy of Painting.
- Bob Ross Rib: The first teaser for the movie is a near-perfect recreation of Bob Ross's TV show, 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 says, "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 the 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 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's filmography. Deadpool agrees 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.
- Self-Deprecation: After giving an up to eleven performance, Deadpool praises her before requesting a retake, claiming that it was too good for their movie.
- Took the Bad Film Seriously: In-universe. Céline Dion's performance is so genuinely heartfelt for a silly movie like Deadpool 2 that Deadpool himself asks her to dial it back.
Phase 1 Mockumentary
- Take That!:
- While detailing therocky 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 this letter.
- 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 premiere 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.
- Wolverine Publicity: Given Wade is the mutant who receives most this trope after Logan himself, it's not surprising. Namely, Wal-Mart had Deadpool photobombing Fox DVD and Blu-ray releases by replacing their covers with pictures of himself.
- Adaptational Backstory Change: Discussed. When Cable first shows up, Fred gets excited and begins rattling on about Cable's notoriously complex place in X-Men history, then declares that the movie better include all of it. Deadpool awkwardly changes the subject.
- Biting-the-Hand Humor:Fred: Yeah, but, you know... "Marvel licensed by Fox"... it's like if The Beatles were produced by Nickelback. It's music, but it sucks.
- Bowdlerise: Much gore, raunchiness, and profanity gets removed to accommodate for the PG-13 rating.
- Censored for Comedy: Deliberately invoked by Deadpool using a Sound-Effect Bleep button. It's initially used to actually censor swearing, at one point later on Fred talks about wanting to fight Matt Damon. After the first time he says it, Deadpool starts to bleep the word "fight" to make Fred's descriptions sound increasingly suggestive.
- Christmas Special: The Framing Device is Deadpool telling a bedtime story (the PG-13 version of Deadpool 2) to Fred Savage during Christmastime.
- Gory Discretion Shot: Used to an extreme. Basically every bit of gore has been replaced with a reaction shot and some disgusting sound effects.
- Homage: To The Princess Bride, of course, with the reprise of his role by Fred Savage, and Deadpool playing the grandfather. The bedroom they are in is also a perfect reproduction of the bedroom from that movie.
- Ho Yay: Invoked as the punchline to an Overly-Long Gag of Deadpool using his buzzer to make it sound like Fred wants to fuck Matt Damon.note When Fred catches on, he asks Wade if Matt has been asking about him.
- Kinder and Cleaner: This version uses less profanity than the original movie, in keeping with the lower rating.
- Mood Whiplash: Stay for all the new post-credits scenes, and at the end is a very touching tribute to Stan Lee, who passed away between the original film's release and this version.
- Once Upon a Time: This common fairy-tale introduction is mocked with the very title of this release, Once Upon a Deadpool.
- Precision F-Strike: Discussed. Deadpool makes it clear to Fred right at the start that the movie's PG-13 rating means they only get one F-bomb. Ultimately subverted, however: it goes unused.
- Their one f-bomb is never actually spoken, however, they do use it by keeping Juggernaut's theme song unedited, presumably because a musical soundtrack is harder to censor than spoken dialogue.
- Role Reprise: An in-universe, enforced example: Fred Savage is forced by Deadpool to reprise his role as the grandson from The Princess Bride, which involves tying him up with tape to the bed.Deadpool: You were nicer as a kid!
- Self-Deprecation: In the Savage scenes, he lampshades some of the criticisms of the film, such as Vanessa being Stuffed into the Fridge, rambling off Cable's famously convoluted backstory and demanding the film pay proper homage to it, and cracking that calling attention to "lazy writing" to make a joke doesn't excuse that it is still lazy writing.
Deadpool: Hey, it's me! Don't scratch! Just cleaning up the timelines. Love you!