The Top 10 Best Deadpool Moments Ever
Deadpool is a comic book superhero who defies logic and breaks the rules of fiction. After his creation in the early ’90s by Marvel writers Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza, Deadpool got his first standalone series in 1997 as a parody antihero. The stories became a mix of absurd humor and slapstick comedy.
Writer Joe Kelly once said of the Deadpool books, “We could do anything we wanted because everybody just expected the book to be cancelled every five seconds.” Increasing levels of self-awareness and snark that would never work with other characters made Deadpool a cult hit.
Now, the first Deadpool feature film, starring Ryan Reynolds, is set for release in February.
To prepare, we thought we’d go back and take a look through the Deadpooliest things Deadpool has ever Deadpooled (in the world of Deadpool, Deadpool is a noun, adjective, and verb, all at once). We like to think of our Deadpool costume as every bit as self-aware as the character himself, too. Lots of superhero costumes feature fake foam abs, but they’re practically canon on him.
Keep on reading as we run through our favorite, funniest, weirdest, and most fourth-wall-breaking Deadpool moments of all time.
1. Deadpool takes Star Wars seriously.
From Deadpool: Merc With a Mouth #5 (November 18, 2009)
With Star Wars VII still in theaters and still fresh in our minds, Deadpool taking a shot at the prequel trilogies (and a fan of the prequel trilogies) seemed like a good place to start. At first, one might think that Deadpool overreacted here, but upon closer inspection, it’s clear that there was really only one choice. “Jar Jar Binks is an abomination” has since gone on to become a favorite quote among Deadpool fans – it’s funny, because it’s true.
2. Deadpool predicts the future.
From Deadpool #65 (May, 2002)
Seven years before Ryan Reynolds appeared as an unforgivably butchered version of Deadpool in X-Men Origins, Ryan Reynolds’ name appeared in a one-off joke from the first volume of the comics. Reynolds’ scars in the 2016 film look quite a lot like Deadpool’s unmasked form here, too, which means the makeup artists probably took some inspiration from this panel.
3. Deadpool reminds Punisher of the rules.
From Deadpool: Suicide Kings #4 (July 22, 2009)
In one of the most classic examples of Deadpool’s disregard for the fourth wall, Deadpool insists on taking the glory for himself, when he and Punisher confront a thug in an alleyway. Punisher, of course, has no idea what Deadpool is talking about, because he’s a comic book character.
4. Deadpool shows a more caring side.
From Uncanny X-Force #4 (January 26, 2011)
When the X-Men’s Archangel is wounded and near death after a battle, Deadpool feeds him, baby bird style, to get his energy levels back up and restore his health. He has to resort to using chunks of his own flesh, since there isn’t any actual food handy, but calories are calories, right? Besides, he’ll just regenerate it anyways.
5. Deadpool pulls a MacGyver.
From Cable & Deadpool #30 (July 19, 2006)
If you don’t actually have an interspatial distorter on hand, you can at least pretend like you do. After all, as the great John Madden once said, 50 percent of the game is half mental. We suppose we can’t really blame Deadpool for trying, seeing as how Daredevil is blind and all.
6. Deadpool throws shade at Hawkeye.
From Avengers vs. X-Men #8 (July 28, 2012)
Ah, Hawkeye. The classic Avengers hero sometimes known as “probably the least cool of the classic Avengers,” which Deadpool is sure to let him know every time they team up (or fight each other, which we’ll get to later).
He’s definitely onto something, though. A Deadpool crossover series with Lord of the Rings or Hunger Games would be awesome. Even better, Disney owns both Pixar and Marvel, so there’s basically no reason it can’t happen with Brave. Also, just in case you think we’re totally crazy to suggest such a thing, there’s already been a crossover with Deadpool and Mulan.
7. Deadpool is a comic collector.
From Avengers vs. X-Men #8 (July 28, 2012)
From the same issue, another example of Deadpool’s omniscience. Deadpool doesn’t just know about his own comic books, but Hawkeye’s, too. Also, it’s clear that the bad guy in this panel doesn’t know much about Hawkeye, but then again, who does?
8. Deadpool is a Trekkie.
From Doomwar #5 (June 30, 2010)
Between this and his dislike of The Phantom Menace, Deadpool is a certified classic sci-fi fanatic. We have nothing against The Next Generation, but it simply doesn’t compare to classic Star Trek. The reference to Patrick Stewart, who played both Jean-Luc Picard and Professor Charles Xavier, is what takes this one past the fourth wall and through the fifth and sixth.
9. Deadpool likes memes.
From Deadpool (2008) #36 (April 27, 2011)
This one probably requires some context if you aren’t a gamer:
In this clip, originally recorded from a World of Warcraft session in 2005, a group of players discusses strategy before heading into a tough dungeon. Fellow raider Leeroy chooses to disregard the advice of his guildmates and charges into battle on his own, as a palpable wave of pure disappointment washes over the rest of the party. The clip became an early viral sensation online, and though it has died down quite a bit in the last 10 years, “LEEROY JENKINS!” became a battle cry to represent any in-game reckless (read: stupid) behavior.
While we’re on the topic, we ought to mention the Hawkeye vs. Deadpool books, which came out in late 2014 and early 2015. Pencillers Matteo Lolli and Jacopo Camagni added plenty of memes into their artwork. For example, here’s Doge, in a panel from book #1:
The chubby bubbles girl, in book #3:
Even the ubiquitous Grumpy Cat has appeared in a Deadpool comic:
10. Deadpool, master of disguise.
From Death of Wolverine: Deadpool & Captain America #1 (October 29, 2014)
The only thing greater than Deadpool trying to use a dirty trash bag to infiltrate a top secret headquarters is Deadpool successfully using a dirty trash bag to infiltrate a top secret headquarters. Maybe that A.I.M. agent’s visor is a little too dark.
11. Deadpool likes Game of Thrones.
From Deadpool: Dracula’s Gauntlet #1 (July 9, 2014)
Deadpool isn’t bound by the constraints of logic, and neither is the number of the items on this top 10 list.
We honestly would have appreciated a reference to Castle Grayskull even more, but this works, too.
12. Deadpool and Hawkeye are on the same page.
From Hawkeye vs. Deadpool #1 (October 8, 2014)
Physically, not mentally.
13. Deadpool doesn’t let death get in his way.
From Mrs. Deadpool and the Howling Commandos #1 (June 10, 2015)
As part of the setup for Marvel’s Secret Wars story line in 2015, the mainstream Marvel Universe, Earth-616, collides with the world Ultimate Marvel, as well as another alternate universe. Not even an advanced healing factor can overcome the planet physically ceasing to exist, and so, fittingly, it turns out that the only thing that can kill Deadpool for good is the one thing to which he is totally immune: continuity.
Fortunately, Deadpool is Deadpool, so there’s pretty much no way that he won’t be back. In fact, his ghost is a featured character already, which is more that can be said for the hundreds of other Marvel characters that were apparently eradicated by the end of their world. Maybe it’s just his fourth-wall-breaking tendencies carrying him over to the afterlife, and nothing more. But, we’d love nothing more than to see Wade Wilson in the flesh again. Ghosts can possess people, right?
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Click to expand full credits for artwork featured in this post
Deadpool: Merc With a Mouth #5
Released November 18, 2009
Art by Victor Gischler, Bong Dazo, Jose Pimentel, Matt Milla, Jeff Eckleberry
Released November 18, 2009
Art by Gail Simone, Udon Studios, David Sharpe
Deadpool: Suicide Kings #4
Released July 22, 2009
Art by Carlo Barberi, Sandu Florea, Marte Gracia, Cory Petit
Uncanny X-Force #4
Released January 26, 2011
Art by Jermone Opena, Dean White, Cory Petit
Cable & Deadpool #30
Released July 19, 2006
Art by Staz Johnson, Cam Smith, Cory Petit, Gotham Entertainment Group
Avengers vs. X-Men #8
Released July 28, 2012
Art by Adam Kubert, John Dell, Laura Martin, Larry Molinar, Chris Eliopoulos
Released June 30, 2010
Art by Scot Eaton, Andy Lanning, Robert Campanella, Jean-Francois Beaulieu, Joe Caramagna
Deadpool (2008) #36
Released January, 2000
Art by Paco Diaz, Andy Smith, Shannon Blanchard, Richard Starkings
Death of Wolverine: Deadpool & Captain America #1
Released October 29, 2014
Art by Scott Kolins, Veronica Gandini, Joe Sabino
Deadpool: Dracula’s Gauntlet #1
Released July 9, 2014
Art by Reilly Brown, Jim Charalampidis, Joe Sabino
Hawkeye vs. Deadpool #1
Released October 8, 2014
Art by Matteo Lolli, Jacopo Camagni, Cristaine Peter, Cory Petit
Mrs. Deadpool and the Howling Commandos #1
Released June 10, 2015
Art by Salvador Espin, Val Staples, Joe Sabino
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