It’s no secret that Deadpool is more than a little unorthodox. Comic book fans have always had a fondness for anti-heroes like Wolverine and the Punisher, and Deadpool is no exception. Since his 1991 premiere in the pages of Rob Liedfeld’s X-Force, our favorite mouthy mercenary has blurred the lines between humor, action, comedy — and let’s face it — good taste. After all, isn’t that the reason he’s also become one of the most beloved creations at Marvel, with a second major motion picture set for release?
There’s lots to love about Deadpool. As far as comic book fans go, he’s pretty much got it all: an endless cache of guns and ammo, top-notch fighting skills, a cool costume, a winning devil-may-care attitude, and a willingness to do just about anything (and we mean anything) to get the job done. Over the years Deadpool has gone through more harrowing adventures than a hero has any right to survive. Through it all, he’s maintained a flair for the absurd that fans have come to love… even by his definition of crazy, Deadpool’s strange adventures have taken him to new territory, which we are now going to explore together!
21. DEADPOOL IS DEATHSTROKE
Deadpool is basically Deathstroke the Terminator, a Teen Titans villain who’s known as the greatest contract killer in the DC Universe. The similarities don’t end at their mercenary pasts, though. Deathstroke wears a black and orange suit of full body armor, while Deadpool sports a red and black version. Deadpool’s first mission is to kill Cable and the X-Force, and Deathstroke’s goal is to eliminate the Titans. Their fighting skills are equally incredible, and both sport a trademark combo of sword and guns. Deathstroke’s alter ego is Slade Wilson, and if you’re reading this list, you’re familiar with Deadpool’s real name (also Wilson for the newbs). Deadpool’s co-creator, Rob Liefeld, grew up reading the Teen Titans.
Loving Deathstroke, he created Deadpool as an homage to the character and artist George Perez.
While similarities between Deadpool and Deathstroke were obvious from the onset of Wade Wilson’s mercenary career, it didn’t take long for Deadpool to forge his own path. With each appearance Deadpool became less villainous and more heroic — the same can’t be said for Deathstroke (well, until recently). Most significant is Deadpool’s killer sense of humor. You’re unlikely to witness Deathstroke using humor to distract his opponents, but you can’t read a Deadpool comic without Wade Wilson cracking a joke (or a skull). Deadpool has come into his own, leaving behind those dated (but originally quite fair) comparisons.