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Deadpool comic books

  • Acceptable Targets:
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Among fans and Depending on the Writer, there are plenty of ways to alternatively interpret Deadpool.
  • Badass Decay: Back in the 90s, Slayback and T-Ray were serious trouble for Deadpool. T-Ray rated as an Arch-Enemy, and Marvel sourcebooks tried to frame Slayback on the same level. Slayback mostly disappeared from the comics, and T-Ray went from nearly killing and causing a mental breakdown for Deadpool to barely holding his own in a fight. Under Daniel Way, they became closer to Butt Monkeys.
  • Bizarro Episode: "Wakandan Vacation", a Retraux comic posing as a 1968 story that remained unpublished until 2013. In it, Deadpool goes on a trippy and random adventure in the vein of cosmic/fantasy Silver Age comics. His search for four mysterious puzzle pieces takes him to such far-off places as the Savage Land and the Negative Zone, and pits him against several types of creatures. It ends with Odin taking Deadpool to Asgard, which he discovered runs on a cosmic baby's doody, then plopping him in the worst place he could think of — the Marvel Universe of the '90s. It's unclear how Deadpool got to the '70s, the setting for the first of these Retraux Deadpool comics, after that.
  • Broken Base:
    • Fans disagree about whether Daniel Way's run was one of the definitive takes on Deadpool or derailed him in favor of becoming a Fountain of Memes. These viewpoints may or may not overlap with Flanderization.
    • Some people greatly enjoyed Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Others didn't have as much fun with it and thought it pointless.
    • People seem to either enjoy Deadpool's wild and fourth-wall-breaking humor or find it too obnoxious and "lolrandom" for their tastes. For those who hate Deadpool, look behind you...
  • Can't Un-Hear It: Odds are that people "hear" Deadpool as his usual voice actor Nolan North or his film actor Ryan Reynolds.
  • "Common Knowledge": Everyone "knows" Deadpool is a mutant because he's loosely part of the X-Men franchise. Despite recurring jokes about being a mutant and references to a "mutant" healing power, Wade never had the X-Gene; he was just a normal guy who went through a Super Soldier program to become the badass he is today. His Healing Factor is derived from the mutant Wolverine, not part of his own genetic code.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe Again: The Red Skull is the head of the villain conspiracy. Brainwashing Deadpool with several trigger phrases, Red Skull sends him out to murder every hero he can, while Deadpool is unaware of what he is truly doing. Deadpool proceeds to brutally and painfully slaughter heroes, from adults to children, until Gwenpool, before dying after fighting Deadpool, uses a trigger phrase to return him to sanity. Red Skull proceeds to murder Taskmaster when he decides not to fight Deadpool, and then states he deliberately used other villains to try to stop Deadpool, knowing the latter would kill them and thus they couldn't one day oppose his rule.
    • MAX's "An Alternate History of Love in America": Baron Helmut Zemo, unlike his usual depictions, is a disgusting racist bigot. Convinced of his racist beliefs from an early age, after his parents died, Zemo went to live with his grandparents, who were secretly Nazi war criminals. His grandfather murdered a different minority on the anniversary of Hitler's death, a ghoulish hobby Zemo picked in his adult years, eventually having a cabin with a wall of human heads and various furniture pieces made of human skin. After dropping out of college, Zemo moved to Wyoming and started a compound where only white people could live, eventually gathering 2,000 people to his compound. Eventually, Zemo decided to use sarin gas to kill most of the people in the compound, so he can play the victim and try to start a race war.
    • Pulp: General Stryfe is a seemingly Reasonable Authority Figure who recruits Deadpool to recover a stolen nuclear weapon. It turns out Stryfe himself masterminded the theft of the nuclear weapon and plans to use it to start World War III, nuking New York City so that the US will declare war on the USSR. Stryfe wants to turn the US into a military dictatorship and use US military might to dominate the world after the war ends. Stryfe was also the one responsible for torturing Deadpool and driving him insane. Stryfe did this in an attempt to create soldiers who would only be loyal to him and succeeded with another soldier, Cable, turning him into his personal mind-controlled slave.
    • Ultimate Spider-Man: Sgt. Wadey Wilson, better known as Deadpool, is a mutant-hating supremacist who seeks nothing less than the genocide of all mutantkind. Taking a job on Mojo's Hunt for Justice simply for the chance to kill mutants over the weeks, Deadpool eventually captures the X-Men, as well as Spider-Man, on the flimsiest of charges and begins hunting them all down, extending the hunt just to torment his prey. Deadpool cares nothing for his fellow mutant hunters the Reavers, callously insulting and even murdering them if it suits his needs, and Deadpool reveals that he would prefer to systematically murder every mutant in the world in their sleep, but he is starring on Hunt for Justice so as to inspire other countries to follow his lead and eventually murder mutants like the "animals" they are. A far cry from his comedic, antiheroic mainstream counterpart, this Deadpool was a hate-filled lunatic who massacred countless mutants and wanted to wipe out the whole race just out of bigotry.
  • Critical Dissonance: Daniel Way's run on Deadpool was disliked by most professional critics and derided as dreck aimed at the Lowest Common Denominator, but managed to sell very well and was one of the longest runs anyone has had on the character. Over time, however, some fans have started to agree more with critics and consider Way's run with Deadpool the absolute worst. They attribute its success to a counter-reaction on Deadpool's In Name Only adaptation in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Others feel that, while not bad, per se, and playing a major role in bringing Deadpool back into the mainstream, it has negatively impacted how many people perceive the character and some subsequent portrayals. Explanation 
  • Crossover Ship: Deadpool gets shipped with The Joker's ex-girlfriend, Harley Quinn, who shares a red-and-black color scheme, wacky sense of humor, and high level of violence.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Deadpool is very popular in Japan. Given his reputation and Japanese tastes, it's not too surprising, especially with the Deadpool and Spider-Man ship.
  • Growing the Beard: Deadpool was just a Deathstroke rip-off with a cool costume and a sense of humor until Joe Kelly's run on Deadpool's first ongoing series got him far away from Rob Liefeld. He gained complexity in motivations and emotions, including struggling with his own selfishness and experiencing genuine trauma.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Late in the Duggan/Posehn run, Deadpool decides to show kindness to Omega Red because they're both lab experiments who have had their minds messed with so many times they don't know which of their memories are real anymore, he even talked his wife out of killing him when she had him in her mercy. Omega Red went on to kill Genesis and the worst thing is Deadpool dosen't even him at the time due to the mind wipe.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In issue #2 of Cable & Deadpool, "Hey, if you looked like Ryan Reynolds crossed with a shar-pei, you'd understand!" Avi Arad had said even before pre-production of X-Men Origins: Wolverine that if Deadpool was ever portrayed onscreen, he wanted Ryan to get the role. Ryan Reynolds said this panel was in the first Deadpool-related comic he ever read. That line alone convinced him that he was born to play the part, and he campaigned hard for the better part of ten years. They re-did the joke in Deadpool by saying that he looked like "got bitten by a radioactive shar-pei."
    • To provoke Wolverine into fighting him, Deadpool attacked Kitty Pryde with a Shoryuken straight out of Street Fighter. In UDON's Street Fighter comic, Ryu (of the original Shoryuken) references the scene. In the video game Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Deadpool gets to use it.
    • In a Shakespeare in Love pastiche, Deadpool pines, "My kingdom for a Gwyneth!" Later, the film Iron Man co-starred her as Pepper Potts.
    • In issue #2 of the first Deadpool ongoing series, Deadpool hung out in a tree watching the lovely Siryn sleep and mused that while doing so might once have been considered romantic, nowadays we call it stalking and find it creepy. Eight years later, Edward Cullen infamously did the same thing to Bella Swan and the series portrayed it as romantic.
    • Deadpool's Marvel NOW! series introduced two SHIELD agents as new supporting characters, including one named and modeled after Scott Adsit. The real Adsit would go on to voice another Marvel-owned character, Baymax, in Disney's Big Hero 6 movie and show. Another voice from that film, Fred's T.J. Miller, played the role of Weasel in two Deadpool Films.
  • Ho Yay: Putting aside the massive amounts of Homoerotic Subtext between Deadpool and Cable, there's plenty more where that came from.
    • Bullseye hero-worships Deadpool to the point where it starts smelling rather Ho Yay-ish in Dark Reign, going so far as to reimagine his childhood with Deadpool as something of his savior from the teachers and kids he hated. He cried when they said goodbye. Back in Joe Kelly's run, he mentioned he liked Deadpool for making him laugh. Deadpool is probably the nearest thing Bullseye has to a friend... when they aren't trying to kill each other, but what's a little attempted murder between them?
    • Captain America blushes when he has to sit on Deadpool's lap in a packed car so Black Widow will be spared.
    • When Deadpool puts a bullet through Wolverine's head in Wolverine: Origins as Wolverine stabs Deadpool, they collapse against each other with arms around the other, crotch-to-crotch.
  • Hollywood Homely: Depending on the Artist, Deadpool is sometimes grotesquely hideous, even corpse-like, but sometimes just looks like a normal dude with bad acne.
  • Inferred Holocaust: Although Deadpool saved a bus full of preschoolers he put in Hulk's way during "Operation Annihilation," Hulk still destroyed the entire town in his pursuit of Deadpool. This is not brought up by Deadpool or anybody else. Oops.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks!: Starting in 2008, Deadpool gained Wolverine Publicity with multiple monthly comic book appearances in his own ongoing series, mini- or limited series, and guest appearances. More new readers came in after X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and another wave with Deadpool.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Ultimate Spider-Man: Deadpool is a hilarious, utterly insane mercenary who excels at his job. A rogue SHIELD operative who is still well-liked by his old teammates and regarded as a badass "hero for hire", Deadpool, seeking to sell SHIELD files detailing the identity of every hero in the world on the black market and make a fortune, breaks into their computers and steals the information. Though the hard drive containing the files is swiped from him by Taskmaster, Deadpool manipulates Spider-Man into assisting him break into Taskmaster's compound, where Deadpool effortlessly outsmarts and defeats Taskmaster and dozens of his goons in combat. When the truth of Deadpool's trickery comes out, the mercenary giddily fights Spider-Man and matches him blow-for-blow in ridiculous creativity, and, even when beaten, Deadpool graciously concedes defeat to Spider-Man before beating a quick escape, free to continue his treasured life of no rules and complete freedom.
  • Memetic Troll: Deadpool is unquestionably a Troll in-universe, and his fondness for Breaking the Fourth Wall helped take this reputation to Memetic Mutation level. Any fictional character you can come up with, there's probably fan-art out there of Deadpool being a dick to them while winking at the audience.
  • My Real Daddy:
    • Joe Kelly, writer of Deadpool's first ongoing series, breathed life and depth into what was originally a one-dimensional rip-off character, introduced Deadpool's fourth wall breaks, mixed humor with drama, and created the Ensemble Dark Horse Blind Al.
    • Gerry Duggan, writer of Deadpool's third ongoing series following Daniel Way's run on the second, brought back seriousness to Deadpool (from time to time) rather than just being the silly joke man.
  • Not-So-Cheap Imitation: Deadpool started as a ripoff of Teen Titans character, Deathstroke. In his early appearances, he was more of a standard mercenary character. However, when he was later retooled into the Fourth-Wall Shattering nutcase we all know today, the rest was history.
  • Only the Creator Does It Right: Fabian Nicieza is Deadpool's co-creator, writing his first appearances and mini-series. When he returned to the character for the well-loved Cable & Deadpool, his long-time fans cheered at getting their favorite take back and the run became many readers' introduction to the character.
  • Seasonal Rot: After 2013, Deadpool hit a high point in his life when he married Shiklah, the succubus Queen of Monsters, after Dracula hired him to retrieve her casket. In 2017, Marvel destroyed the Deadpool/Shiklah marriage with Shiklah choosing Dracula instead. Deadpool lost his in-universe goodwill in the Secret Empire event; the reality-warped Nazi Captain America tricked him into killing the SHIELD agent Phil Coulson, and Deadpool went along with the world conquest attempt on a phony team of Avengers loyal to HYDRA until the real Captain America returned. Deadpool fans were pissed that Deadpool's years-long journey to become a hero was rendered pretty much null-and-void. Then Marvel went further by having Deadpool's memories of everything post-1990s completely erased, pretty much reverting him back to an Anti-Hero.

Deadpool video game

  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • Deadpool's final moments with Death are suddenly in Film Noir style, unlike the rest of the game.
    • There's a scene where Deadpool runs off without the player, and the player has to follow him around the corner with just the camera.
  • Critical Dissonance: The critics were not impressed with the unoriginal gameplay mechanics, but the game was much better received by Deadpool fans for its writing by Deadpool (volume 2) writer Daniel Way.
  • Ending Fatigue: Even for the biggest fans of Deadpool killing bad guys all day, it gets tiresome when That One Boss Mr. Sinister throws mook after mook and boss after boss and clone after clone at him.
    Deadpool: Whew! That was a whole lot of omigod here come more of them.

    Deadpool: What, did Sinister get these guys in bulk?
  • Enjoy the Story, Skip the Game: The actual gameplay part of the game is pretty lacking and nothing special, but most players enjoy spending several hours watching Deadpool do whatever the hell he wants while quipping.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: At one point in the game, Deadpool's two voices are transferred to Rogue by way of kissing. A few years later, they kissed in the finale of Uncanny Avengers, minus the voices in Deadpool's head.
  • It's Easy, So It Sucks!: The game involves fighting the same sets of enemies from start to finish and it's a bit too generous with health ammo pick-ups, even on the higher difficulty settings. With every other enemy dropping them, you easily recover health quickly even in huge crowds, and can be as trigger happy as you like with any of the guns without worry about running out of ammo.
  • Moral Event Horizon: To players, Sinister crosses this with his plot to eradicate the world. To Deadpool, it's when Sinister steals his contract.
  • Nausea Fuel: If you make him do it, Deadpool will take a dump in his own toilet. He'll also cut and try to climb his own intestines, which is as painful as it is gross to look at.
  • So Okay, It's Average: While players love the humor, the gameplay is regarded as nothing special since it's mostly fighting the same enemies with the same charging-into-melee tactic every time, except for the Difficulty Spike at the end. Also, it doesn't help that it's really short.
  • That One Achievement: So you wanna "Be Like Joe" and achieve game completion? You'll have to chain 300 hits without some asshole poking you and ruining the combo.
  • That One Boss: In the fight at the end of the game, Sinister throws an army of the generic enemies, about a half dozen of each of the stronger enemies, all three of the previous bosses, and then ends it by sending out waves of clones of himself— meaning that instead of fighting one Final Boss, Deadpool fights a dozen final bosses.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Even though the X-Men appear in the game, they barely lift a finger to help. Sure, they have plot reasons, but the players would've enjoyed it.
  • Vindicated by History: Many people straight-up called this a bad game upon release. After the release of the first Deadpool film and the next-gen console re-release, more people warmed up to it.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Didactic?: The late The Cynical Brit argued in this video that the game is a parody of macho, testosterone poisoned, chauvinistic meathead protagonists like Duke Nukem and other edgy anti-heroes from the 90s, or a deconstruction of overblown shooter franchises like Call of Duty. Deadpool is... really not that serious.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Just because it's a Marvel video game based on a colorful comic book character doesn't mean it's for the little ones! It's all about bloody deaths and cursing, not unlike the movies.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Just because the game has a point where Deadpool sees Cable as a talking taco and has a segment when he's on a carnival ride shooting at targets with a cannon that shoots beach balls in a segment that's supposed to be about released souls doesn't mean it's based on a drug trip.


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