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Deadpool comic books

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  • 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 ButtMonkeys.
  • Bizarro Episode: "Wakandan Vacation", a Retraux comic posing as a 1968 story that remained unpublished until 2013.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...
  • Cant 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:
    • MAX: 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: In this pulp take on Deadpool, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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:
    • Fabian Nicieza, Deadpool's co-creator, wrote his first appearances, mini-series, and the well-loved Cable & Deadpool that became many readers' introduction to the character.
    • 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.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Box. In Deadpool's first ongoing series, the Box was ominously hinted at for over a year with Blind Al worrying about the time Deadpool spends in there, then Deadpool threw Weasel and Blind Al into it. At first, Weasel wasn't sure how seriously to take all the blades, glass, and torture implements everywhere, until Al described at length the depths of Deadpool's horrifying work to psychologically imprison her in addition to physical confinement. He didn't need to lock the door any more because her fear kept her from fleeing again after she made it cross-country only to have Deadpool show up and kill the people who helped her. Weasel is so shaken by Al's words and experiencing the Box that he flees the country.
  • 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

  • In particular there's one scene where I run off without the player, who has to follow me around the corner with just the camera.
  • Critical Dissonance: Those asshole critics didn't like my game much, but it was much better received by the players out there. At least some people have good taste. Eh, they're critics, who gives a shit what they think.
  • Ending Fatigue: invoked Look, I get that I'm awesome, and I get that you want me to kill guys all day for your amusement, and I get that Sinister totally deserves it. But really, did he have to throw ALL THOSE CLONES at me at the end? I was getting tired!
    Me: Whew! That was a whole lot of omigod here come more of them.
    Me Again: What, did Sinister get these guys in bulk?
  • Enjoy the Story, Skip the Game: Okay, so maybe the actual game part is pretty lacking, but come on! Who doesn't want to spend several hours watching me do whatever the hell I want? Exactly, everyone.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: At one point in the game, my two voices are transferred to Rogue by way k-i-s-s-i-n-g. A few years later, it happened in the finale of Uncanny Avengers. The kissing, of course, since I by then didn't really have the crazies as badly anymore.
  • Ho Yay:
    Yellow Box: There's a dude inside us!
    Me: Yeah, and not in the fun way.
    • When the big-breasted fangirl turns out to be Cable, I have the option of squeezing his chest. He punches me right in the face for that... Okay, I admit, I kinda deserved that.
    • Everybody else gets expositional cutscenes to introduce their characters. Cable gets a badass rap song about how awesome he is. I might tease him all the time and ignore his monologues, but I do think he's a pretty cool guy...just don't tell him I said that.
  • It's Easy, So It Sucks!: IT DOES NOT SUCK! But yeah, aside from fighting the same sets of enemies for most of the game from start to finish, the game is a bit too generous with health ammo pick-ups, even on the higher settings, with every other enemy dropping them means 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: Everyone else tells me that Sinister crossed this with his plot to eradicate the world, or something. But I know he really crossed it when he stole my contract!
  • Nausea Fuel: Okay, I admit it. Maybe I did go a little too far with taking a dump in my own toilet. But hey, it's what you made me do. Also, cutting and trying to climb your own intestines is as painful as it is gross to look at.
  • Signature Scene: Cable's introduction Everybody knows this scene, and everybody loooooves it.
  • So Okay, It's Average: While everyone loves the humor of my game, the gameplay is regarded as this, since you mostly fight the same enemies for most of it and the combat is mostly just having me charge into melee, except the end of it. Also, it doesn't help that it's really short.
  • That One Achievement: So you wanna "Be Like Joe"? Somehow, I doubt you'd be able to chain 300 hits without some asshole poking you and ruining the combo, but be my guest if you want that precious game completion.
  • That One Boss: That 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 at the end, meaning rather than a Final Boss, I fight a dozen Final Bosses In Mooks Clothing.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: I very kindly let the X-Men appear in my game, but they barely lift a finger to help me! C'mooon, who doesn't want to see all the hijinx I could get up to with my best X-Pals! Just cos' I crashed their plane and almost killed everyone? Jerks.
  • Uncanny Valley: Cable as a floating taco that talks. But hey, I'll give the man credit for actually giving me a reason to stop Sinister's plan. Well, aside from him stealing my contract.
  • Vindicated by History: Okay, a bunch, and I mean a BUNCH of people were straight-up calling it a bad game! Can you believe that?! But, after the release of my film, (which you can read all about clicking this sexy little blue button here) people actually warmed up to it, like they should! Good thing we also went for a next-gen re-release.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Didactic?: This classy gent argued in his video that my game is a parody of Macho, Testosterone Poisoned, chauvinistic meathead protagonists in certain games (kinda like that blonde dude was one for all those edgy anti-heroes from the 90s?). That or that shooter game is apparently a Deconstruction of some overblown shooter franchise.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: HEY!! Just because the game has a point where I see Cable as a talking taco and has a segment when I'm 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 I was on drugs when I wrote it.


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