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Real Name Wade Winston Wilson
Alias(es) Deadpool
Weapon XI
The Merc with a Mouth
Topographical Map of Utah
God's Perfect Idiot
Species Mutate
Gender Male
Birth Place Canada (Regina, Saskatchewan)
Team Team X (Original Timeline)
Alignment Neutral
Movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Deadpool 2 (upcoming)
Game X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Status Unknown (Original Timeline)
Alive (Revised Timeline)
Portrayed by Ryan Reynolds
Scott Adkins (Stunts)
Maximum effort!

Deadpool (Wade Wilson) is a mercenary who became a superhuman with a regenerative healing factor from the Weapon X program.


Original Timeline

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Wade Wilson was a soldier and mercenary with enhanced far beyond human reflexes and agility due to him being a mutant. During the Vietnam War, Wade was a member of a black ops group called Team X under the command of William Stryker. The team also included James "Logan" Howlett, Victor Creed, Christopher Bradley, Agent Zero, John Wraith, and Fred Dukes. He did as his leader ordered when it came to killing people. Stryker said he would be the perfect soldier if it weren't for his inability to stop talking.

Six years later, after Team X broke up, Wade was captured and taken to Stryker's base at Three Mile Island where he was experimented on for the Weapon XI project. With Sabretooth's help, Stryker gathered and collected the DNA from mutants whose powers could be used collectively within one body without destroying it, with Wade being the host body. By then, Wade was gone, and was now known as Weapon XI, "The Mutant Killer" - Deadpool (as Stryker explained - a "dead" mutant who had other powers "pooled" up into him). Stryker also seals Wade's mouth and gives him an Adamantium skeleton.

Wade, now called Deadpool, was sent to fight Wolverine after Sabretooth was defeated. Dr. Carol Frost said the project was not finished but Stryker said to do it anyway. After freeing the captured mutants, Wolverine is stopped by the now active Weapon XI - Deadpool.

Using Chris Bradley's power, Stryker was able to control him to kill Wolverine. They fight as the other Mutants flee. With the other powers he had from several other mutants (including Cyclops' optic beams, Wolverine's healing power, John Wraith's teleportation, Chris Bradley's technopathy, and Wade's prized blades used as two retractable arm blades) he was ready to fight and kill Wolverine.

Logan faces Weapon XI alone and eventually climbs one of the nuclear reactors, Weapon XI follows in an instant using Wraith's teleportation ability. Logan puts forth his best effort but is pinned down. Just as Weapon XI is about to decapitate him, (at the command of Stryker), Victor later joined to help Logan as he shoves Deadpool away, and both of them fall into the reactor. Victor catches Logan, explaining the only reason he saved him was so he could kill him himself.

Logan and Victor eventually end up back to back in order to fight Wade from both sides. They eventually catch him and stab him, but he teleports across the reactor. Victor attacks Deadpool as he fires on Logan with his optic blasts. Logan falls over the edge of the reactor as Victor is caught jumping at Weapon XI and shot back. Logan climbs back onto the reactor and just as Weapon XI is blasting Victor into the ground, Logan runs, jumps and slashes Weapon XI through the neck. Weapon XI holds his neck as Logan kicks him into the nuclear reactor, his head falling off as he tumbles below, with the lasers still firing.

Later, Wilson, revealed to be still alive, began to put himself back together.

X2: X-Men United

His name appeared on Stryker's Computer.

Revised Timeline


At some point in time, Wade Wilson was a member of the Canadian Special Forces and befriended a bartender named Weasel. He would later retire and become a mercenary, helping to protect teenage girls from would-be stalkers. While visiting Weasel in his bar and getting put in a series of bar fights known as the "Deadpool", Wade would meet Vanessa Carlysle before ultimately ending up in a relationship with her.

A year later, after proposing to Vanessa, Wade unexpectedly passed out. Learning he had been diagnosed with cancer, Wade, while trying to drink his problems away at Weasel's bar, is offered by a person to join a program that would presumably cure his disease. Despite initially declining, Wade later reconsiders and leaves Vanessa in the middle of the night to undergo the procedure. Getting placed into a facility, Wade would get injected with a serum by a man named Ajax before being tortured for days by Angel Dust to trigger a mutation. After learning that Ajax's real name was Francis, Wade would get placed inside an airtight chamber after insulting the man. Francis then reveals that the program was intended to turn Wade into a super-powered individual, where he would be auctioned off to become an assassin.

During his time in the chamber, Wade's cancer cells were further enhanced, disfiguring his entire body in the process. The next day, upon being released, Wade would curse at Francis for his hideous form and hit Angel Dust, stealing a match from her in the process. Upon being sealed in the chamber once again, Wade took the match out and struck it, generating a massive explosion that destroyed his confinement. Getting into a fight with Francis, Wade would learn from his enemy that there was a cure for his disfigured form before getting impaled and left behind as the facility collapsed from the fire the explosion had started. Following this, Wade would dedicate himself to hunting down Francis. Inspired by Weasel, Wade became a vigilante, adopting the identity of Deadpool from the bar's fighting tournament. During this time, Wade moved into the home of a blind woman named Al while summing up the courage to reveal himself to Vanessa. As Deadpool, Wade would also catch the attention of Colossus, who became interested in getting the mercenary to join the X-Men.

After killing many of Francis's associates, Wade discovered his enemy's whereabouts and intercepted a convoy of cars. Following the ensuing chaos, Deadpool managed to impale Francis with one of his katanas before preparing to kill him. However, Colossus, having spotted Deadpool on the news, arrives with Negasonic Teenage Warhead and prevents him from doing so, causing Francis to flee in the process. Enraged, Deadpool makes a few futile attempts to injure Colossus before getting handcuffed to the mutant, who decides to bring him to Professor X. After cutting his cuffed hand off (and leaving it with an obscene gesture), Deadpool escapes from the mutants by jumping into a dump truck on a freeway below.

After returning to Blind Al's residence, Wade gets convinced into revealing himself to Vanessa but, after taking Weasel with him and going to the strip club where she worked in, loses the courage to do so. However, he later learns that Vanessa had been kidnapped by Francis. Determined to save his love, Deadpool arms himself at Blind Al's house before enlisting the help of Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Confronting Francis and his subordinates at a decommissioned aircraft carrier in a scrapyard, Deadpool, after having a brief reunion with Bob, fights his long-time enemy. After Negasonic Teenage Warhead destroys the carrier, Deadpool beats Francis to the brink of death before learning that there hadn't been a cure for his disfigurement the entire time. Despite Colossus' speech about heroism, Deadpool ends up killing Francis, much to the mutant's disgust. Following this, Deadpool reveals his disfigured form to Vanessa and the two reconcile by kissing.

Later, Deadpool, after revealing to the audience that there was nothing big for the post-credits scene but reveals that Cable would appear for the sequel.


Wade possess a highly sarcastic and cynical sense of humour that irritates and annoys most others. He regularly insults and belittles others to his own amusement. He feels no shame and can make a joke out of any situation, even after months of endless torture he was able to keep his sense of humour alive. Only a few select people are able to withstand his seemingly never ending inability to stop talking.

He also possesses a more child-like personality than his fellow mutants, loving cartoons, potty humour, Skee ball, classic 80s television shows, rap music and American pop culture. His favourite band is Wham!, particularly loving the song "Careless Whisper".

Powers & Abilities


Original Timeline

  • Superhuman Reflexes - Wilson's original mutation. He is adept at melee to short ranged combat and even able to deflect bullets. During his battle with Wolverine and Sabretooth, he is able to detect Sabretooth trying to attack him from back, and quickly react by shooting Sabretooth with an optic blast. Also, during his attack at Victor with an optic blast, he detected Wolverine, too, while Wolverine jumped at him from back (in moments before Wolverine decapitated him).
  • Superhuman Strength - Wilson was able to knock Wolverine back a few meters with only his feet and overpower both him and his brother, Sabertooth, the latter of whom also having a high degree superhuman strength.
  • Superhuman Agility- Wilson's agility, balance, and body coordination are enhanced to levels that are beyond the natural physical limits of even the finest human athlete. When battling with Wolverine and Sabretooth, Wilson (as Weapon XI) is shown of jumping and making back flip at 3 meters above them (assuming that Wolverine is 1.8 m high and Wilson was at almost twice the height above him).
  • Implanted Blades - Wilson had retractable, adamantium blades implanted in both his arms.
  • Highly Advanced Regeneration - Originally derived from Wolverine. Deadpool possesses a superhuman healing factor, superior to Wolverine's as he is able to survive decapitation. Also, after his head has been cut, his body is still alive and search for his decapitated head (which is alive, too). Either it is his own ability, or has been used from other mutants is unknown at this time, as nobody in the movies yet possesses such ability to live without a head.
  • Teleportation - Wilson has teleportation from John Wraith. After the decapitation, he lost that power due to experiment being incomplete.
  • Optic Blast- Derived from Cyclops, Wilson was able to fire optic blasts. After the decapitation, he lost that power due to the experiment being incomplete.
  • Technopathy- Derived from Chris Bradley's ability to control electrical/wireless devices and receive electrical/wireless signals, Stryker used this to activate, command, and control Weapon XI.

Revised Timeline

Homo Superior Physiology: After being diagnosed with cancer, Wade was offered by a person to join a program that would, presumably, cure him of his disease. Despite initially declining, Wade later reconsiders and underwent the procedure. He got placed into a facility, there, Wade got injected with a serum that activated his dormant mutant genes to make him superhuman and heal his illness by a man named Ajax, before being tortured for days by Angel Dust to trigger a mutation with extreme stress and with adrenaline acting as the serum's catalyst. If Wade had no dormant mutant genes, the torture would have eventually killed him. After his final torture by near-asphyxiation and his subsequent mutation, Wade became a superhuman with enhanced physical attributes and highly-developed regenerative powers, which border on immortality.

  • Enhanced Strength: Wilson's strength was enhanced by the Ajax's program, as demonstrated when he sent Ajax flying through the air with a fire extinguisher, shoved a man high into the air, lifted a man high above his head while skewering him with his swords, jumped several feet into the air from the inside of a derelict van, dragged a man hard enough to throw him through the air, stabbed through a man hard enough to skewer a stone wall and sprang through the air to kick Ajax. He also was unfazed when he crashed through a car's glass roof from a highway several miles above it. In addition, he also struck his head against Angel Dust's, not feeling a thing while hurting her in the process. In addition, he has inhuman jumping, leaping and springing capabilities. He sprang several feet through the air and kicked Ajax and sent him flying.
  • Enhanced Speed: Wilson's speed is enhanced. This allows him to keep up with the superhumanly fast Ajax, and even outspeed him in some instances. Confined spaces could not limit his movement at all, allowing him to overpower and kill multiple attackers after landing in their car.
  • Enhanced Resilience: Wilson's durability and endurance have been enhanced to superhuman levels. He was able to take Colossus's hits, as well as multiple gunshots and massive explosions throughout his movie, as well as traded blows with the superhumanly strong Ajax. He also has a tolerance to pain and injury makes it more difficult to slow him down, stun, daze, or weaken him at all with damage or attacks. His head was repeatedly bashed against a car's console and he was completely unharmed. He even struck his head against Angel Dust's without hurting himself and actually hurting her. This allowed him to cut off his arm without showing any signs that he felt any pain whatsoever from it, as well as several gun shots. Furthermore, it allowed him to fight at full strength even while he is still healing, while few attacks have been able to daze or stun him. He can be temporarily crippled, as Colossus's full strength broke many of his bones, which took several minutes to heal, leaving him incapacitated long enough to be handcuffed to Colossus and dragged away, until his arm recovered and he used it to cut off his handcuffed arm and escape by jumping off an edge and into a truck. Also, being first beaten by Ajax left him semi-conscious, though this was shortly after his transformation. He was also stabbed in the head, keeping him in a constant state of being dazed and stunned, to the point of hallucinations, until he found the will to overcome it and remove the blade in his head.
  • Enhanced Agility:- Wilson's agility, balance, and body coordination are enhanced to levels that are beyond the natural physical limits of even the finest human athlete. In addition, he has inhuman jumping, leaping and springing capabilities. He could jump several feet into the air with enough force, performing acrobatic air flips while doing so. He can perform feats of agility that would be impossible for the finest human athlete, such as jumping several feet into the air from a derelict van. Confined spaces cannot limit his mobility at all, allowing him to near effortlessly overpower multiple men while inside a car.
  • Enhanced Stamina: Due to his healing factor, Wade's body produces from little to no fatigue. This allows him exert himself at peak capacity for hours.
  • Enhanced Reflexes: - Wilson is adept at melee to short ranged combat and even able to deflect bullets without much effort. Also, when Ajax through one of his battle axes at him, he caught it effortlessly and threw it back at him.
  • Regenerative Healing Factor: Deadpool possesses greatly accelerated healing and regenerative powers. Ballistic wounds & stabs heal almost immediately. Completely crushed bones heal within several minutes. He even managed to regrow lost bodily parts within an hour or less. He can be temporarily crippled, as Colossus's full strength broke many of his bones, which took several minutes to heal, leaving him incapacitated long enough to be handcuffed to Colossus and dragged of, until his arm recovered and he used it to cut off his handcuffed arm and escape by jumping off an edge and into a truck.
    • Nigh-Immortality - Wade is able to be biologically younger due to his extreme regenerative capabilities, which allows him to age very slowly, much like Wolverine and Sabretooth. Deadpool is also virtually indestructible. His physiology is also unaffected by his accelerated cancer, aside from his appearance.


  • Expert Marksman: - Wilson is highly skilled with firearms and throwing weapons, his allowing him to hit precise targets without much effort. He used one bullet to kill three men standing in a line, shooting them all in the head while falling through the air, while he was also show to be able to throw a knife into a gunman's eye from several feet while running. He even threw one of his katanas several feet into the wheels of a motorcycle to make it crash, all while he was jumping through the air.
  • Master Martial Artist: - Wilson is also heavily skilled in melee and unarmed combat, able to overpower and kill several armed men after crashing into their car. Not even confined spaces could limit his skill.
  • Master Swordsman: - Wilson's signature weapons are his dual katana blades, which combined with his agility, speed, and natural combat abilities make two of his most highly efficient weapons. His swords allow him to cut through several trained gunmen with ease. He also used his swords to lift a man above his head while skewering him. He even threw one of his katanas several feet into the wheels of a motorcycle to make it crash, all while he was jumping through the air.
  • Skilled Acrobat: - His agility, reflexes, balance, coordination, and speed make him a highly efficient acrobat. He has the combined agility and acrobatic prowess of the most accomplished circus aerialists and acrobats. He can perform feats of agility that would be impossible for even the greatest athlete. He usually does flips and rotations while in the air, while he is still being able to shoot targets with inhuman efficiency.


Original Timeline

  • It was mentioned that his procedure was "incomplete". The bonding process was incomplete because Stryker ordered the activation of Weapon XI before they managed to give more abilities to Weapon XI, as he needed to fight immediately.

Revised Timeline

  • He is easily distracted and often forgets to bring weapons or ammunition.
  • Extreme injuries like dismemberment taking hours to heal and broken bones taking several minutes, both of which can leave him heavily incapacitated until he heals.
  • A knife to the brain left him temporarily disorientated until it was removed.


  • Katana Swords - Deadpool carries two katana swords that are strapped to his back.
  • Knives and Daggers - Deadpool has multiple small blades holstered or strapped to his suit, some of which can be used as throwing weapons.
  • Guns - Deadpool is also armed with two handguns strapped to his hips.
  • Costume - Deadpool wears a suit in order to disguise his disfigured form.



Original Timeline

Revised Timeline


Original Timeline

Revised Timeline


  • In the comics, Deadpool is a mercenary who wears a red and black costume, uses a wide variety of firearms, swords, and knives in battle, uses a small device to teleport, has an unstable healing factor superior to Wolverine's, is mentally insane, and breaks the fourth wall. In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, however, Deadpool's mouth is closed, his only weapons are long swords that come from his wrists (similar to that of Wolverine's Adamantium claws), he only wears red pants and black shoes, can naturally teleport, fires Cyclops' optic blasts from his eyes, and shows no signs of insanity. In fact, Wade Wilson before his transformation to Weapon XI shares much more in common with the comics version of Deadpool, such as his mercenary status and comedic nature.
  • Weapon XI is mocked in the 2011 video game Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds. If the player plays as Deadpool and beats Wolverine, he says, "And that's how you beat Wolverine, people... AND YOU DON'T EVEN NEED OPTIC BLASTS! MUAHAHAHAHA!" This is a reference to the fact Deadpool can fire Cyclops' optic blasts from his eyes in the film.
  • In Deadpool's comic book appearances he is known for breaking the fourth wall, and has even interacted with his writers and tends to speak to the reader.
  • Blade: Trinity director David S. Goyer was going to write and directed the film for New Line Cinema with Reynolds as Deadpool.
  • In 2011, it was announced that there will be created a Deadpool movie, with Ryan Reynolds as the main character which is aimed for 2014. Producer Lauren Shuler Donner has stated it will be more faithful to the comics, discarding the Weapon XI incarnation seen in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
  • In the credits, Weapon XI is credited solely for as Scott Adkins, but Reynolds also played the character - he mentioned in an interview of how he managed to speak and drink when his mouth was "gone".
  • In X-Men: The Official Game, his name appears above a cell door in one of Wolverine's levels, though he doesn't make an appearance.
  • The black tattoos Wilson receives when he becomes Weapon XI in several cases outline the areas where patches of his comic book suit are black.
  • The scar tissue and occasional black coloring around Wilson's eyes as Weapon XI, as well as his lack of a mouth, are designed to evoke his comic book mask.
  • In Cable & Deadpool #2, page 13, when asked by Cable why a virus that can alter the way people looks, Deadpool answered "Hey, if you looked like Ryan Reynolds crossed with a Shar-Pei, you'd understand". By some twist of fate, Wade was played by Ryan Reynolds in the film.
  • Wade Wilson/Weapon XI appears in the X-Men Origins: Wolverine (video game) voiced by Steven Blum (who also voices Wolverine on X-Men Legends games and Wolverine and the X-Men).
  • In some theaters' Easter egg endings, Weapon XI's hand is seen reaching for his severed head, and he opens his eyes and breaks the fourth wall (much like most other versions of him do) as by making a noise (a shushing noise to be exact, indicating that his survival is to remain a secret for now).
  • In the post-credits scene his mouth is partially open. This is probably because of the damage sustained in the fall.
  • Two actors portray Wade Wilson in X-Men Origins: Wolverine - Ryan Reynolds portrays the character as a member of Team X while Scott Adkins portrays the character after he has become Weapon XI.
  • In the original timeline, Wilson as Weapon XI possesses copied abilities similar to Rl'nnd, a super Skrull from the comics who uses copies mutant abilities.
    • Both possess retractable blades and healing factor from Wolverine.
    • Both of their blades are coated in metal, Weapon XI is laced with Adamantium whilst Rl'nnd uses Colossus' abilities to turn his flesh and blades metal.
    • Both possess teleportation. Weapon XI from Kestrel (John Wraith), Rl'nnd from Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner)
    • Both possess Cyclops' optic blast.

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