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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Was the "Gratuitous Cameo" mentioned in the credits referring to Stan Lee? Or the Hugh Jackman mask that Wade wears at the end of the movie? This is the X-Men film series, after all.
    • Wade's deformity, while ugly and definitely shocking, isn't as bad as Wade says it is. (Note that Vanessa gets over it almost immediately.) And yet, when he's first out on the streets afterwards, several people stare at him and make rude comments under their breaths. However, the editing of the scene suggests that maybe Wade's insecurity is causing him to exaggerate people's reactions in his head.
  • And You Thought It Would Fail:
    • Infamous Executive Meddler Tom Rothman (who is the same guy who previously mandated that Deadpool's mouth had to be sewn shut) was strongly opposed to the movie getting made out of fear that the movie wouldn't click with audiences. It only got made because Reynolds (or another staff member) leaked the test footage, which caused fans to demand it, and it still wasn't officially greenlit until after he left 20th Century Fox. It proceeded to recuperate its entire budget five times over in a single weekend, demolishing records without pausing for breath. To add insult to injury toward Rothman, in that same opening weekend, the movie made more than the last superhero movie that Rothman greenlit did in its entire lifetime. note  The cherry on top is that Deadpool ended its run in the top ten highest-grossing superhero movies in terms of domestic ticket sales.
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    • Prior to the film's release, several detractors began crying out the many signs that the movie could be a flop, including the troubled Development Hell it's been through, its release in a month like February, its R rating which could alienate some audiences, and its ban from being released in China.note  The film ended up getting extremely good reviews and not only made back triple its budget back in its first weekend but ended up setting several box office opening records for an R-rated film. Even better is that the film became the highest-grossing movie in the X-Men Film Series in terms of domestic returns, accomplishing this feat in an unprecedented 10 days. And oh, China unbanned the film in 2018.
  • Angel/Devil Shipping: Several fans ship Colossus and Angel Dust together, mainly due to the brief moment where Colossus calls Angel beautiful.
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  • Award Snub: Many critics were expecting the film to receive a few nominations at the Academy Awards, but it wound up garnering none. The fanbase was furious at this, especially when the much worse-received Suicide Squad (2016) got a nomination for "Best Hair and Makeup" and won.
  • Awesome Music:
    • "X Gon Give It to Ya" by DMX, which plays during the main trio's Power Walk and fits the nature of Deadpool, in addition to sounding awesome.
    • "Shoop" by Salt-N-Pepa, which plays while Deadpool's crudely drawing himself shooting Francis and is singing along to it. It's insanely catchy as well.
    • "Deadpool Rap" by Teamheadkick, which suits the scenes it plays in (Deadpool going after Francis' mooks to get his location) perfectly.
    • Lastly, "Angel of the Morning" by Juice Newton is sublime Soundtrack Dissonance, as it plays over the opening montage (which features a moment in time of the highway shootout later in the film).
    • The soundtrack by Junkie XL is no slouch either. Especially the "Maximum Effort" leitmotif. Many have compared the synth parts of it to "Beat it".
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • In the midst of the climax (and the associated carnage), Deadpool starts making cutesy love gestures towards Vanessa as cartoon characters dance across the screen and Chicago's "You're the Inspiration" plays in the background. Granted, he does have a knife in the side of his head and he's hallucinating most of it, and it is Deadpool imagining it.
    • Deadpool looking at a Haunted Segway tour brochure at the beginning of the film. The way the camera focuses on it and the fact he puts it in his pocket makes it seem like it will be important later. It's never mentioned again. Just the fact that "Haunted Segway Tours" exist. Are the Segways haunted?
  • Broken Base: Deadpool's personality is mostly spot on, but the big point of contention is that in the movie he was always kind of unstable and the torture just made it worse, as opposed to the comics where he was sane until the torture. There's also some fans who feel he isn't insane enough, since he doesn't do his iconic "talk to the dialogue boxes" gag (which the director has admitted finding kind of hard) and seems to be more lucid in general than in the comic books, even when he's still acting over the top. Though it's worth mentioning that this is both Depending on the Author and justified In-Universe as Wade's constant destruction/regeneration of his cancer cells constantly rewriting his brain.
  • Complete Monster: Ajax, real name Francis Freeman, is the leader of an operation that purports to create superheroes. Francis uses his recruiter to lure in people with nothing to lose before he implants the potential for mutant genetics into them. However, to awaken the mutant gene, Francis subjects them to hideous, continuous torture to produce the necessary stress to awaken it. Wade Wilson himself is eventually placed in a chamber that alters air levels to constantly make him feel that he is asphyxiating. After this awakens Wade's mutant gene, Francis comments he could fix Wade's ruined looks, but remarks that it would be no fun and shuts him back in the device anyways. When Wade escapes, Francis impales him and leaves him to burn alive in the ruins of the lab, along with any other prisoners remaining. The superhero operation is also revealed to be a front: the victims are fitted with collars to turn them into slaves and sold to the highest bidder for the remainder of their lives. When Wade, now Deadpool, is hunting him, Francis tries to lure the latter out by kidnapping his former girlfriend Vanessa and then locking her in the asphyxiation device right in front of Wade.
  • Crazy Awesome: You have to respect a guy who practices interrogation via Zamboni.
  • Creepy Cute: Once you get used to the pupil-less white eyes on Deadpool's mask, his facial expressions are quite endearing.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: As is the standard with Deadpool. He'll be a wiseass and drop bad jokes while he snaps necks and cuts off heads. Deadpool less crosses the line twice and more picks up the line and plays double-dutch with it.
  • Ear Worm: TeamHeadKick's "Deadpool Rap," as used in the movie's Costume Evolution montage, all because of the "Sexy Mothafucka!" Line.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Negasonic Teenage Warhead barely existed in the comics (she was in Grant Morrison's first issue of New X-Men and died immediately) so this new take created a great character from the over-the-top name.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Both Angel Dust and Ajax (the latter has its actor praised by an animated Deadpool as "The hottest!").
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • With Logan because both are X-Men related films that use the R-rating to a good degree.
    • And with Lobo Webseries, which also popularized an R-rated comedic anti-hero.
  • Foe Yay:
    • A meta example. During the end credits, and animated Deadpool looks at the "Starring" list and gets a huge boner for Ajax's actor, Ed Skrein, excitedly saying that "He's the hottest!" Apparently, Deadpool finds his enemy more attractive than his own Love Interest.
    • A film example. Colossus looks away in embarrassment as Angel Dust suffers a Wardrobe Malfunction. He also calls her "a beautiful woman".
  • Fountain of Memes:
    • The title character, as usual, spawned lots of memes and quotes.
    • Not far behind is Colossus.
    Colossus: "Take it slow."
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • Unlike with previous post-Avengers efforts like the Amazing Spider-Man Series films, the post-Avengers X-Men films, and Fantastic Four (2015), Deadpool is notable for not raising much criticism from Marvel Cinematic Universe fans for merely not being part of their universe (at least initially), mostly due to the sheer absurdity of a comics-faithful, R-rated Deadpool movie and how many fans believe that Disney wouldn't touch the idea with a 10-foot pole — reinforced by Bob Iger stating at the time that Marvel Studios still didn't have any plans for R-rated movies even after the success of Deadpool. It doesn't hurt that the movie makes a couple of friendly nods towards the MCU itself, has been praised by a number of the MCU's actors and directors, and even got approval and help from Kevin Feige himself. While Bob Iger's statement raised fears that a potential Disney-owned Deadpool would be sanitized to PG-13 (and possibly rebooted completely into the MCU), Deadpool fans got the best of both worlds when Disney acquired Fox's assets and Iger reversed his stance, claiming that there could be an opportunity for Deadpool as an R-rated Marvel brand.
    • This and it's sequel are this with Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt because they are Darker and Edgier and Denser and Wackier properties that use profanity and humor non-stop.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • Very early on, back when the script was just being written, there was going to be a Running Gag involving Wade and the other bar patrons betting money on how Amy Winehouse would die. This was cut because Winehouse actually did die sometime after the script was written, making the joke both irrelevant and possibly insensitive.
    • The opening credits' "Directed by an overpaid tool" line was humorous. Director Tim Miller leaving Deadpool 2 after creative differences with Ryan Reynolds,note  less so.
    • Deadpool's line about how "it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas" before rescuing Vanessa followed by the Brick Joke with him playing "Careless Whisper" to Vanessa after reconciling with her is hard to watch after George Michael, the singer of "Careless Whisper," died on Christmas Day, 2016.
  • Genius Bonus: Some of the references that Deadpool makes verge on the obscure, making them examples:
  • Genre Turning Point: For R-rated comic book movies — at least where Fox is positioned. Prior to this, all of the movies in the X-Men Film Series were distinctly made to be PG-13 (or edited to fit the rating, in the case of The Wolverine). After the movie became a hit, Fox not only greenlit a sequel with another R rating, but talked about making the X Force spin-off R rated alongside the third Wolverine film. Beyond Fox, Todd McFarlane started pushing for the production of a new Spawn movie shortly after the success of this film, and Sony have decided to finally move forward with an R-rated Venom film. In fact, R-rated movies in general have gradually been making a comeback across all genres, after constant pushing of the PG-13 envelope.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Deadpool was very popular overseas and broke several box office records. Deadpool was very popular in Japan to the point where there was a giant statue erected of the merc with a mouth. This may be due to the fact that while the film was funny and absurd, Deadpool's story was very much like many of the masked heroes in Japanese media: Good guy goes through experiments and gets superpowers, has to be separated from his love interest to hunt the organization that made him in secret, has a personal grudge against the head of the program who was also the one who changed him.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • The original draft of the script from 2010 has a post credit scene where Amy Winehouse gets run over by Deadpool driving a double decker bus. Deadpool quips, "You would have thought an overdose." A year later in 2011, Amy Winehouse actually died from an overdose. There's a good reason this didn't make it into the final version of the film.
    • Among all the promos released, a pair of PSAs promotes the importance of men screening themselves for testicular cancer and importance of women screening themselves for breast cancer. The promos ends with the hashtag #touchyourselftonight. Well, the Divynils recorded a song called "I Touch Myself" in 1991, and the lead singer of that song, Chrissy Amphlett, died in 2013 of breast cancer. The irony really hits when you find out about the latter only after you watched the PSAs.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Believe it or not, Ryan Reynolds has played a killer with voices in his head before.
    • "I've played a lot of roles. Damsel in distress ain't one of them." By the time the film was made, Morena Baccarin was a regular on Gotham as perennial Damsel in Distress Lee Thompkins.
    • The joke about not wanting an animated costume kind of becomes this after they decided to animate the eyesockets on Deadpool's mask in post-production.
    • Deadpool being a mutant, and the X-Men actually recruiting him is hilarious given the fact that in the comics, Deadpool has tried to join the X-Men multiple times and is constantly rejected (partially due to not being a mutant,note  partially because of his personality).
    • In the Mexican Spanish dub, the scene when we see Deadpool masturbating with a doll that looks like something straight out from My Little Pony is pretty hilarious if you know Deadpool's Mexican VA voiced Shining Armor. He's also the voice of Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So it becomes more hilarious to watch all those scenes on Age of Ultron where Cap calls Iron Man to moderate his language.
    • In the Japanese dub, Yasuyuki Kase (Deadpool/Wade) previously voiced Girochi, a guy who hates girls with big breasts. On the other hand, Wade's girlfriend is a stripper. Ironically enough, he also voiced Ryu in Street Fighter Alpha: Generations and unfortunately, he doesn't do a Shoryuken like in the comic.
    • The same goes in the Mexican Spanish dub as well, except his Mexican VA voiced Ken Masters.
    • Negasonic Teenage Warhead snarks about how the X-Mansion gets blown up every month. Guess what happens to the X-Mansion in X-Men: Apocalypse?
    • During the opening car fight, Wade puts a car cigarette lighter into a mook's mouth and goes, "I never said this, but don't swallow." Ryan Reynolds would later play an astronaut in Life (2017), where he dies after the killer alien enters him by the mouth and eats him from the inside-out.
    • Deadpool's reference to "Samuel L. Jackson with an eyepatch and a saucy little leather number" in The Stinger has become this after Disney's purchase of Fox; given Deadpool's penchant for No Fourth Wall and the possibility of crossovers or retcons with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it could just as well be construed as a reference to the actual Nick Fury. Same with the helicarrier during the film's climax, which can be retconned into an actual S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier.
    • In this film, Wade promises to Vanessa that he would come back in "the next life, and I'm gonna boombox 'Careless Whisper' outside your window" in reference to most famous scene of Say Anything.... In Deadpool 2, he does exactly that... to Colossus.
    • Somewhat doubling as Harsher in Hindsight: Grace Randolph's hopes on a PG-13 edit of the first Deadpool movie actually had Fox made one for the sequel, which is set for a December 2018 release.
  • Hollywood Homely: Honestly, Wade is still fairly attractive once you get used to his scars (something one could also say about the comics, Depending on the Artist). When he finally reunites with Vanessa at the end, she says the same thing.
  • Iron Woobie: Wade Wilson is a man who was promised his cancer could be cured and on top of that he would gain abilities that would make him a hero. Instead he was lied to and then forcefully tortured for an unknown period amount of time so it could be seen whether or not he was actually superhuman. This included being badly beaten, electrocuted, his head dunked under water, put through sensory deprivation in ice-laden water and then being locked in a chamber with a very limited supply of oxygen to try and not suffocate. And when his abilities finally kick in? His cancer is cured, but he gains a horrific mutation across his entire body that leaves him scarred everywhere. When he gets free, he is unable to bring himself to approach his girlfriend Vanessa due to fear of being rejected because of how he looks. This is the perfect recipe for a full blown Woobie or even a Jerkass Woobie, but not with Wade, who keeps up his lighthearted ways. When he is Deadpool, he is joking and breaking the fourth wall and keeping up a cheerful attitude throughout most of the movie, all the while trying to track down the man who forced him to be the way he is in the hope that he can be cured of his appearance.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Please don't suck." Before it was released, this was usually the first response to posts about the film, symbolizing the difficulty that it had in getting made.
    • "SkullPoopL", from a very unique billboard.
    • Given how the film is releasing close to Valentine's Day, selectively editing preview material to make the movie look like a romance. Which eventually became an Ascended Meme when Fox started doing it — Deadpool himself talks directly to the women in the audience that were taken there by clueless boyfriends about how the movie actually is a love story.
    • Fans of the movie have taken the Ajax/Francis joke and ran with it by actually posting pictures of bottles of Ajax they bought with Ajax scribbled over and Francis written underneath.
      • Inversely, referring to people named Francis as Ajax. Example: Pope Ajax.
      • "WHERE'S FRANCIS?!"
    • "Maximum effort!", after Wade's repeated phrase.
    • Deadpool's facial expression when Ajax manages to escape on the highway has been used as a reaction shot to various news.
    • "Yay! Superhero landing!" has been used in response to many scenes when a character does the Three-Point Landing. This is especially true for the Captain America: Civil War trailer when Spider-Man is introduced doing the maneuver. "Superhero landing!" also gets used a lot for characters who fall and don't do a proper landing, such as what happened to War Machine in the aforementioned Captain America: Civil War.
    • Fans had a lot of fun on International Women's Day referencing the relevant scene in the movie.
    • There's an image macro showing Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson from X-Men Origins: Wolverine (before the transformation), which is then followed by Michael Fassbender's Magneto from X-Men: First Class saying the similar line he said to Raven/Mystique in that film, "I prefer the real Deadpool." The next image shows Weapon XI a.k.a. the infamous mouth-sewn-shut interpretation of Deadpool from Origins, which got the Fan Nickname "Barakapool" (among others), which is followed by young Magneto again, this time saying, "I said the real Deadpool." And finally, the next image shows the comic-accurate Deadpool, followed by Magneto saying "Perfection."
  • Misattributed Song: "Careless Whisper" is technically a George Michael song, not Wham!'s (though Wham! co-star Andrew Ridgeley is credited as co-writer, and the Wham! album Wade displays does indeed feature the song).
  • Moral Event Horizon: Ajax closing the asphyxiation tank on Wade for shits and giggles, as well as leaving him to burn in ashes inside the collapsed building, easily shows how much of a depraved monster he is.
  • More Popular Spinoff: Deadpool is the highest-grossing entry of the X-Men Film Series in both North America and worldwide, and was popular enough to attract the attention of many people who weren't major X-Men fans.
  • Older Than They Think:
    • Several interviews with the cast and crew had them referencing Deadpool being pansexual with Ryan Reynolds even saying he hoped Deadpool could have a boyfriend in the sequel. A lot of fans erupted in anger over this, claiming that they changed his sexuality for the movie, but in truth Deadpool was confirmed as being attracted to men in the comics years ago. Thor, Cable, Spider-Man, Wiccan and Hulkling are some of the men he's openly had a crush on.
    • Wade's joke that, with three Taken movies released, at some point you have to wonder if it's just bad parenting. Three years before Deadpool (2016), Liam Neeson said almost the same thing.
    • A surprisingly large number of fans thought this was the first superhero movie that was rated R. The concept of an R-rated superhero movie has been around at least since the '90s with movies such as The Crow and Spawn. Even a few years prior to Deadpool, comic fans got an R-rated Watchmen movie as well as Kick-Ass. Then, you have non-comicbook based superhero movies such as Super or Defendor which are R-rated. No one can even say this is the first Marvel movie to get an R-Rating (hello, Blade). It's not even the first Ryan Reynolds Marvel movie to get an R-Rating (hello, Blade: Trinity). It is, however, the most successful by a considerable margin.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: The film has undone the damage X-Men Origins: Wolverine did to Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool performance and even placed him above multiple A-list Marvel heroes. The writers even took the time to mock the version from the 2009 film in comparison to how badass the film's version became.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: The film is more close to a Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt adaptation than the comics is.
  • Spiritual Licensee: Many fans feel that Deadpool's approach to adapting its source material is more faithful and similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe than previous Fox and Sony Marvel movies (content ratings notwithstanding), to the point that some reviewers confused Deadpool for an actual MCU film. Disney's acquisition of Fox opens up the opportunity for the movie to transform from a Spiritual Licensee to an actual licensee.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: If one criticism can be made about the film, Vanessa is an under-developed character, given her comic book self is a powerful shapeshifter with mimicry abilities. It looks like she might get her powers after she's captured by Ajax and locked in the same pod that induced Wade's powers in the first place, which would have added more to the plot, but instead she remains a normal human (albeit a pretty badass one). The writers said they toyed around with her becoming Copycat, but the film would've bitten off more than it can chew considering it was also dealing with Wade's origin and the plot proper.
  • Trailer Joke Decay: Many jokes suffered this, with the punchlines being in many trailers, such as "You look like an avocado had sex with an older avocado." The movie does occasionally use alternate takes that were not used in the trailers, but still got this reception from some fans.
  • Uncanny Valley: Deadpool has an Expressive Mask, and the animated eyes can be this for some people. This can lapse into Creepy Cute once you get used to it.
  • Unexpected Character:
    • Angel Dust and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, both of whom are extremely obscure mutants in the comics, and neither of whom has any connection to Deadpool, appear in this film.
    • Colossus, while a prominent member of the X-Men, has little connection to Deadpool.
  • Values Dissonance: In the US, this movie was groundbreaking as the first major R-rated Superhero movie. In France? It was rated 12 (the equivalent of T or PG-13) like almost every other superhero movie. Similarly, in the UK, the film is rated 15, not 18 (which is the UK's equivalent to an R-rated film), though it's worth noting that it's still notable for being a rare superhero movie to get a 15 or 18 rating in three years, with Kick-Ass 2, the previous holder, released back in 2013.
  • Win Back the Crowd:
  • Woolseyism:
    • The Mexican Spanish dub is full of them:
      • While the whole "undestructable/unfuckable" joke was kept, it also adds, possibly unintentionally by Deadpool's Mexican VA, another layer of meaning because one of the Spanish Mexican words for "fuck" (coger) also means "to pick/grab something," so in-context, it could also mean he's untouchable (in the sense no one can defeat him, but also no woman wants to touch him either).
      • In a meta-version, the promotional posters of Deadpool parodying the Coppertone girl (The Bad Ass, Smart Ass, Great Ass ones) were translated as Super Heroe, Super Rudo, Super Nalgas (Super Hero, Super Tough [Guy], Super Buttocks).
      • Another change, albeit involving (oddly enough) both the dubbed and subbed versions is when Deadpool catches The Recruiter when trying to find Ajax's whereabouts. While in the original English dialogue, he calls him "Jared," after Jared Fogle, the former Subway spokesman and convicted child molester, in the Mexican subs he calls him "Father Maciel" instead, after an infamous Mexican Pedophile Priest, not only to keep the reference to a child molester, possibly to imply what The Recruiter did to Wade/Deadpool was as bad as being raped by a priest, but especially since both cases involve persons one expected to trust (a spokesman and a priest), in the same way Wade decided to put his trust to him to find a cure to his cancer. Taking into account the real life Father Maciel died due to natural causes, you can get an idea how this analogy works when Deadpool kills him in the most brutal way possible, even if it's off-screen.
      • Ajax's name is pronounced phonetically in Spanish ("Ah-Hax") rather than "Aye-Yax" partly to keep the joke about how Deadpool pronounces his name and also because Ajax shares the same name with the industrial cleaner.
      • In the scene Althea shows her gun, the Ronnie Milson reference is replaced with Stevie Wonder instead, maybe because he's much better known in Mexico and Latin America than Milson.
      • When Deadpool, Negasonic and Colossus are with Dopinder and Deadpool says "...and that is why Cocoon is pure pornography", Cocoon is replaced with, of all things, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Amazingly enough, the first trailer for Deadpool 2 has a similar scene, and this time it actually mentions The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants!
      • In the scene when Deadpool asks the public if they've seen 127 Hours and then quips, "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret." The joke was changed to "Soy Harry y busco venganza" (I'm Harry and sought revenge), a reference to James Franco as Harry Osborn, probably because most people in Mexico remember him as that character rather than him.
    • The Israeli posters included the tagline gibór mezuyánHebrew , meaning either "an armed hero" or "a fucking hero."
    • Examples in the Japanese sub and dub:
      • The part when Wade compares Angel Dust with Rosie O'Donell is changed with being compared with a squid instead. The analogy could be even more vulgar than the original English version because in Japan, it's commonly held that semen smells like squid, being the equivalent of Wade calling her cuntface or similar insults in English.
      • Wade addresses The Recruiter as Nii-chan (literally, "Big Brother"); in-context it could mean partner or dude, but taking into account this is Deadpool we're talking about, maybe the translators tried to make him sound childish. It also helps to emphasize the fact he looks like a pedophile from Wade's point of view, albeit this only happens in the subbed version. In the dubbed version, Wade calls hims a pervert and a stalker instead.
      • In the dubbed version, Ajax sounds more sissier that he already sounded in English, propably to make him sound more creepier than he already is.
      • Oddly enough, Dopinder avoids Anime Accent Absence and his voice actor speaks with a notable, albeit not-exaggerated, Indian accent.


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