Deadpool has gone from being a gun-toting Spider-Man facsimile who also happened to be a thinly veiled rip-off of a DC character, to one of the most well received superheroes of all time. With his hilarious characterization, penchant for breaking the fourth wall and satirical approach to the hero biz, Deadpool has enamored fans and critics with his downright bizarre antics.
With Deadpool’s star on a meteoric rise thanks to the 2016 film starring Ryan Reynolds as the Merc with the Mouth, it is safe to say that Deadpool’s juvenile humor and ultra violent tendencies will have a lasting effect on both comic books and their big screen adaptations for a long time.
In celebration of the least serious superhero who has the courage to be silly and fun in an entire universe of super serious heroes and villains, we take a look back at some of Deadpool’s delightfully weird, hysterical and violent moments in comics.
Be wary, there are spoilers to some classic story arcs up ahead. Also, the word “Deadpool” appears numerous times. Like, a lot. Here are the 12 Most WTF Things Deadpool Has Done.
12. Obsession, the new scent from Deadpool
We all know that Wade Wilson is a bit unhinged, so it comes as no surprise that he was once tossed in the loony bin at the Crossmore Institution in England. Ella Whitby, a doctor at the Institution, helps Wade escape, professing her love for him in the process. Wade rebukes her romantic advances, though this does not deter Dr. Whitby, who is a legit Stage 5 clinger.
Whitby tracks Wade down once more, this time wearing an ill-fitting home-made Deadpool costume in an effort to win him over. Wade manages to fend Whitby off once more, and decides to investigate her stalker-like tendencies. Upon searching Whitby’s apartment, Wade discovers that she has been collecting his dismembered body parts from various points in time, coming to the conclusion that Whitby intends to use these body parts to create a Deadpool “skin suit”.
Wade then confronts Whitby, who kills herself when Wade rejects her once more. Wade then heads back to Whitby’s apartment to dispose of her disturbing Deadpool collection. He discards the body parts in a dumpster, where they thaw out and join together (via Deadpool’s ridiculous healing factor) to create Evil Deadpool, who then goes to New Jersey and blows up Deadpool’s favorite chimichanga restaurant.
11. Stick Around!
Many superheroes and villains have gone toe -to-toe with an angry Bruce Banner, and while the Incredible Hulk is not invulnerable, not many individuals would pursue a fight where the Hulk was a potential opponent. Even fewer would consider the idea of taking on the Green Goliath in a one on one battle. But when Deadpool surmised that he needed the Hulk’s blood in order to counteract the gamma radiation his body had absorbed due to a nuclear explosion (because of course that would work), he had to pick of a fight with the not-so-jolly green giant.
After successfully antagonizing the Hulk enough to goad him into a brawl, Hulk launches himself into the air courtesy of his super jump, which results in a fairly lengthy hang time. This leaves Deadpool patiently waiting around for the Hulk to plummet back down to Earth. He crunches some numbers to figure out where the Hulk is likely to land. Armed with these coordinates, Deadpool jams a broken street sign pole into the ground for the Hulk to impale himself. Which he does. Deadpool is able to collect the blood he needs and goes on his merry way.
If you are familiar with the fighting game Marvel vs. Capcom 3, then you know that Deadpool is a playable character. In addition to moonwalking and saying obnoxious things throughout his fights, he is also able to employ the Dragon Punch, otherwise known as the twisting jumping uppercut thing that Ryu and Ken from the Street Fighter videogame do.
While a funny gag, it is so much more than that. Deadpool’s psychiatrist, Dr. Bong, a man with a bell for a head, recommends that Deadpool get into a good, long fight to help him stop seeing the ghost of his dead girlfriend. Realizing that the only person who could stand to tangle with him for a prolonged period of time is Wolverine due to his healing factor, he sets out to pick a fight with the ferocious Canadian.
After tracking Wovlerine down, Deadpool tries his hardest to instigate him into a fight, but the ‘Ol Canucklehead manages to keep his cool. Kitty Pryde, who is with Wolverine at the time, makes the mistake of throwing her two cents in, to which Deadpool asks Kitty if she’s ever played Street Fighter. Before she can answer, Deadpool shouts “SHORUYKEN” and uppercuts Kitty up and out of the panel. While violence against women should never be considered funny, Deadpool’s affinity for videogames finally gets Wolverine to pop his claws for a therapeutically savage fight.
9. Night of the Living Deadpool
Wade Wilson loves his chimichangas. The deep fried burrito with the fun-to-say name has become a synonymous with the Deadpool character. While this staple of Tex-Mex cuisine is delicious and relatively innocuous, in the mini-series Night of the Living Deadpool, chimichangas just may have inadvertently been responsible for the zombie apocalypse.
In Night of the Living Deadpool, Wade heads to his favorite chimichanga place and puts himself into a food coma. When he comes to, he is the only one in the restaurant. A note on the table tell s him that the owners fled in a hurry. Since they were unable to wake Deadpool, they locked the doors in the hope that he would be safe despite his paltry tips.
Confused, Deadpool wanders the deserted streets, investigating a discarded newspaper with a headline that reads: The Dead Walk! Realizing that he slept through a zombie apocalypse, he sets out to find answers. During his journey, Deadpool discovers an A.I.M. scientist who claims to have started the zombie plague by experimenting with Deadpool’s own healing factor. Feeling responsible for the apocalypse, Deadpool heads to the lab where the virus was born with a plan to put an end to the undead nightmare.
Surrounded by zombies, Deadpool ingests the zombie-making serum and allows himself to be overtaken by the flesh-eaters, hoping that his healing factor combined with the serum will transform the zombies back into humans. Unfortunately comic book logic fails Deadpool, and instead of turning back into humans, the zombies are turned into Deadpool clones. Even though Wade tries to make things right, he just makes them so much worse.
8. Deadpool Kills Everyone
By now we’re all well aware that comic book characters exist within a multi-verse, where different versions of reality exist, sometimes with only subtle changes, sometimes with huge differences. In one of these realities, Wade Wilson is institutionalized by his fellow superheroes, thinking that it is the best thing that they can do for the clearly deranged mercenary known as Deadpool.
Little do they know, the doctor overseeing Deadpool’s treatment is actually a super-villain known as Psycho Man who wants to condition Deadpool to do his evil bidding. This doesn’t quite work; it only leaves Deadpool even more mentally unhinged than he was before, and as a result Deadpool goes on a quest to kill every single super-hero and super-villain in the entire Marvel Universe.
First he kills the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man in incredibly graphic ways, then, by clever use of Pym Particles, manages to kill all of the Avengers (including making Mjolnir so large that Thor is crushed underneath it). He continues to dispatch heroes and villains alike, and even starts wearing Beast’s skin like a cloak.
The series ends on an ominous note as we discover that Deadpool believes that he is nothing more than a fictional character, and that the only way to end his suffering, and the suffering of all fictional characters, is to kill the readers, too.
7. Ruins/Improves Classic Literature
After dispatching every superhero and villain in excessively gruesome ways, Deadpool convinces Man-Thing, the gatekeeper of a inter-dimensional portal that acts as a bridge between realities, to let him enter the portal. Man-Thing, agreeing with Deadpool’s request, allows him to enter the fabric of the multi-verse so that he can continue his rampage throughout other realities.
And so begins the second chapter of the Deadpool Killogy that began with the systematic execution of his world’s heroes and villains.
After hacking and slashing his way through numerous worlds, Deadpool realizes that the only way to prevent more heroes from popping up across the multi-verse is to go back and assassinate the classic characters that inspired the heroes to begin with.
So Deadpool continues his campaign of slaughter by setting his sights on heavyweights of literature like Tom Sawyer, Moby Dick, Captain Nemo and Sherlock Holmes. As Deadpool is murdering his way through these icons of the printed page, he catches glimpses of the Marvel characters they inspired, like when he takes out the Headless Horseman and briefly sees Ghost Rider. He takes particular delight in the revelation that Namor the Sub-Mariner was inspired by Ariel the Little Mermaid. Despite his seemingly insatiable bloodlust, Deadpool is eventually thwarted by Sherlock Holmes, and sent spiralling into limbo.
6. Deadpool Kills Deadpool
The third and final chapter of the Deadpool Killogy opens with a familiar face, the main continuity’s (aka the 616) Wade Wilson. He is in the middle of a fight with a giant robot when the Deadpool Corps, a team of Deadpools haling from alternate universes, show up and inform Wade of another Deadpool who is traversing the Marvel multiverse and knocking off other Deadpools.
The Deadpool Corps, with the 616 Wade in tow, head to a super secret meeting of good Deadpools, only to find that all of the Deadpools have been slaughtered by evil Deadpools, led by one other than the reality-hopping Deadpool who killed all of his world’s heroes and villains and then went on a rampage through classic literature.
The ensuing battle is brutal, and numerous Deadpools fall until only 616 Wade and Pandapool (his species endangers you) remain on the side of good. After more blood soaked hijinks, Pandapool is taken out and only 616 Wade and the reality-jumping Deadpool, now known as Dreadpool, are left. Dreadpool maintains that his victims are nothing but fictional characters, and through death he is allowing them to escape the shackles of not having any real free will.
The always resourceful 616 Wade immediately begins to poke holes in Dreadpool’s logic, until Dreadpool breaks down in remorse. Seizing this opportunity, 616 Wade exploits Dreadpool’s moment of weakness and decapitates him. 616 Wade then dissolves Dreadpool’s body with acid to ensure he doesn’t regenerate and revels in the fact that he is the best Deadpool in all of the multiverse.
5. Dead Presidents
No, not the 1995 film starring Larenz Tate, this 2013 comic sees Deadpool face off against the reanimated corpses of former US presidents. This tale is fairly light on plot, but long story short, it features a second tier villain who hatches a nefarious plan to raise past US presidents from their graves in order to save America from its greatest threat: Americans!
Since it would be a public relations nightmare if a more “traditional” superhero were to fight some of the most influential politicians in United States history (just imagine if Captain America cold clocking George Washington), the powers that be decide that a more unscrupulous hero would be the ideal choice in mopping up this mess.
And so, Deadpool is enlisted to take out all of the rampaging presidents ranging from Tricky Dick Nixon to Honest Abe Lincoln. Deadpool goes on to make fun of the rather rotund William Howard Taft’s man boobs and even fights Ronald Reagan in space, as he is trying to reactivate his planned “Star Wars” missile defense system. We even get to see Teddy Roosevelt attempt to continue his love of big game hunting by hitting up all of the local zoos. Teddy even tries to box a bear before Deadpool blows his brains out.
4. 127 Hours. Spoiler Alert.
It is still amazing to think that the Deadpool film exists. There were so many things that could have gone wrong (ahem, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), but everyone involved in the film strove to stay true to the character, and well, we all know what a boatload of cash it made.
One of the best sequences in the film is the insane opening sequence in which Deadpool dispatches a small army of thugs. The X-Men Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead arrive on the scene in order to put an end to Deadpool’s killing spree. Colossus, playing the straight man, tries to talk sense into Deadpool, pleading with him to stop all of the killing. However, Deadpool’s not having any of it, as he won’t stop until he gets his revenge on Francis, the man responsible for horribly disfiguring him.
Realizing that Deadpool won’t surrender to reason, Colossus handcuffs the Merc with a mouth. For those unfamiliar with Deadpool’s regenerative abilities, the fact that Deadpool doesn’t hesitate to go all 127 Hours on his own limb is a shocking moment that shows us how far his healing powers can go. But the best part is yet to come, as we discover that while Deadpool’s body allows him to regrow entire limbs, the stump where his hand used to be is now home to a fleshy, weird looking baby hand. Of course Deadpool then strokes his cocaine-loving roommate’s face with, and quips about how big “it” will feel in his new, tiny hand.
3. Deadpool Joins TheX-Men. Sort of.
Whether Deadpool can be classified as a mutant is up for debate, for he has in fact been a bonafide member of the X-Men. Sort of. In his most recent stint as a member of the world’s pre-eminent mutant superhero team, the X-Men are being vilified once again by the general public. X-Men team leader and poster boy Cyclops issues a press release where he vehemently denies the allegations levied at the team, and somehow Deadpool interprets this as an invitation to join the X-Men.
Unfortunately for Deadpool, his dreams of becoming an X-Man are quickly shut down by Cyclops. As Deadpool cues the sad Incredible Hulk music and heads off, the X-Men decide that it’s probably a good idea to keep tabs on the Merc with a Mouth, so that he doesn’t do anything that could damage their reputations even further.
Domino is tasked with watching him, but Deadpool thinks that she has come to assassinate him. In order to calm him down, Domino tells Deadpool that the X-Men changed their minds, and that he is indeed a full fledged member of the team. Ecstatic, Deadpool even produces his own makeshift X-Men costume that has his name on the back!
Seeking to prove his worth to the rest of the X-Men, Deadpool decides to murder the man spearheading the smear campaign on live television. The X-Men become privy to his plan and show up to stop him. The battle, which is all caught on tape, ends with Deadpool being bested, and the lives of the people he set out to kill are spared. Cyclops is quick to dismiss Deadpool’s actions as the machinations of his deranged mind, but Wolverine points out that it was all a set up, and that Deadpool orchestrated the whole thing in order for the general public to see the X-Men being heroes, thus restoring their reputation.
2. With Great Power Comes Great Coincidence
Since Deadpool is often referred to as “ninja Spider-Man,” it’s no surprise that the two characters are fairly similar. Both Wade Wilson and Peter Parker are chatterboxes who love their witty banter, no matter what the situation. As with any characters who exhibit good chemistry, writers often find any excuse to bring the two together, but in 1997, Joe Kelly and Pete Woods take that concept into Freaky Friday territory.
After a scuffle with the Great Lakes Avengers, Deadpool and his hapless sidekick/servant Blind Al are transported back in time. They end up in a classic 1960s issue of Amazing Spider-Man, originally by Stan Lee and John Romita.
Deadpool and Blind Al use an “image inducer” in order to take on the appearances of Peter Parker and Aunt May, respectively. Deadpool/Peter goes about trying to get his teleporter fixed, all while making hilarious quips about 1960s fashion and slang (including savaging Norman Osborne’s haircut), not to mention hitting on both Gwen Stacy and Mary Jane Watson.
Even though Deadpool tries his hardest to maintain a low profile and not do anything that could tamper with the space/time continuum, he can’t help but meddle when he bumps into his future friend and sidekick Weasel. Weasel is a cantankerous OsCorp technician who does not take a liking to Deadpool/Peter. To make sure Deadpool sets his future friend on the right “path”, he tells Osborne that Hammer has a debilitating drug addiction. This causes Hammer to lose his job and turn to the thing that will set him on a path to meet Deadpool in the future: crime.
1. Deadpool Feeds His Friend
While Deadpool may not fit the cookie cutter definition of a hero, it’s hard to deny that the Merc with a Mouth can indeed be selfless, and not just for Bea Arthur either. When Deadpool was recruited into Wolverine and Archangel’s black ops X-Force team, one of their missions brought them to Apocalypse’s base on the moon in order to kill the reincarnation of the all-powerful mutant. Deadpool was the only member of the team who had reservations about killing a child, something that is a recurring theme throughout his charcterization, but the most memorable moment of heroism, comes in the aftermath of a battle with Apocalypse’s Four Horsemen.
One of the Four Horsemen, Famine, knocked Archangel out of the sky, injuring him badly. Cut off from the rest of the team, Deadpool came to Archangel’s aid, sheltering him in a tent emblazoned with Deadpool’s own face, because nothing says “black ops wet works” like shameless self promotion.
Realizing that Archangel was dying due to Famine’s “bio-auditory cancer,” Deadpool tried to resuscitate Archangel by giving him all of his energy drinks to no avail. With Famine’s powers emaciating his team-mate before his very eyes, Deadpool realized that he had to provide Archangel with sustenance, and fast. Without hesitation Deadpool rolled up his sleeve, and hand fed Archangle pieces of himself, keeping his team-mate alive. Selfless, but always gross.
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