Deadpool is definitely one of those characters who has gained a lot of popularity over the years due to his unique attitude and his undeniable connection with whoever opens up his comic books. The Merc With The Mouth, as he has appropriately been dubbed, is one of the few Marvel characters who pushes the limits regarding what can be viewed as a normal relationship to both themselves and the world that surrounds them (especially considering that he breaks the fourth wall more than he abides by it). This is all because his mental state is in constant flux due to the internal battle between his cancer and regenerative healing factor.
Sure, some people, especially those who he ends up teaming up with, may call him annoying because he can’t seem to stop talking, but words are one of his strongest weapons. Wade Wilson simply would not be the same without them. His words shape his personal reality, as well as dictate his dynamic between both the narrator of his comics, himself, as well as with those reading them (which means that absolutely anything is possible). His ability to break the fourth wall, and the metaphoric boundary that separates his world from ours, is what makes him so lovable. So, what are some of his best fourth wall breaking moments? Read on to find out.
20. Confused With Narration Boxes Versus Speech Bubbles
As you can easily tell from the dialogue in the image above, Deadpool is far from under control, including the way that he should be presenting his story to the readers. Given, this error may not be a common one, especially in the later comics, but it does happen often enough for it to be on this list. However, it’s safe to say that Domino is one of the few characters in the Marvel Universe who doesn’t really seem fazed by this quirk of his… at least not anymore. It’s basically an unspoken rule in the comic book realm that you put all of the text regarding exposition in the narration boxes because that’s how the readers are able to follow what’s going on. But when Deadpool makes this critical error, that’s an automatic breech in the fourth wall. If that didn’t bring enough attention to itself, then Domino actually says that he’s “narrating [himself] again,” which brings Wilson’s attention to the unintentional error in his ways. Woopsies?
19. When Deadpool Poked Fun At His Potential Comic Book Cancellation
When the Deadpool comic books first came into being, there was a lot of debate on how long they would last, which meant that there was a possibility it was going to be cancelled. So, there was this running gag, so to speak, where Deadpool would always be on the verge of life or death. That being said, it only made sense that he would be crushing on the Mistress of Death herself, and it made for quite an interesting story. However, the first writer finally had enough and quit because he would always be wrapping up the story, just to find out that the series was continuing. After Wade Wilson tried so hard to die, the series had picked up again, meaning the joke had to be made that his death was a temporary one. Because of the nature of the Deadpool character, it was an obvious jab at management working for Marvel at the time.
18. The Moment Where He Debated Killing Off His Readers
Yes, it’s another reference to his love with the Mistress of Death, but it’s the last one and, besides, it’s worth a mention. While Deadpool’s life was in the balance, a seemingly brilliant idea came to him: why not just kill the readers because, without them, he would cease to exist. While it may not seem like the most productive plan, it was definitely well thought out and would finally put an end to the debate that was going on “in the outside world.” Sure, the progression in this particular image may not scream death and destruction, but the stern glare that’s directed to the reader is a surefire clue that something huge is going down. Does he eventually go through with the plan? No. But the fact that he even thought about it means that he was willing to break the fourth wall on not only an intellectual level, but a physical one as well.
17. How He Instructed His Readers To Turn The Page If They Were Bored
We all know that Wade Wilson has never been a patient man. He thought it would do his readers a favor and let them know that it would be okay for them to turn the page if they were getting bored from reading the recap page that appeared in volume 1 issue 4 of his comic book. While the recap page may be a typical device used in the comic genre, it definitely is not for everybody. That being said, it is very uncommon to see, or read for that matter, instructions given by the character to their reader stating that they should turn the page so that they can just get on with the current story. But, it simply would not be your beloved Deadpool if he were to state this fact nicely, so why not just throw some insults and swearing into the mix? (You know, just for good measure.)
16. That Moment When Deadpool Parodied The Spider-Man Theme Song
The comparisons between Deadpool and the more popular but far less interesting Spider-Man are absolutely endless, because their suits basically have the same color scheme and fit the same way. If that wasn’t bad enough, Deadpool is typically perceived as a reckless version of Peter Parker. However, as horrible as this may sound— especially to Deadpool, it sure has lead to a large array of jokes. From taking over his comic book covers to transforming Spider-Man’s theme song into one that he sees fit, there seems to be no end to the madness. But, none of them are as memorable as the theme song. When you have the music in your head and read the makeshift lyrics in the same way as the vocals should be sung, it actually does work and, while it may not be professional quality lyric writing, it’s actually pretty darn good. All in all, the complete, albeit vague summation of his character in the spirit of Spider-Man’s theme song, breaks the fourth wall due to its direct referencing to something that he shouldn’t even be aware of.
15. Control Over What Appears In the Speech Bubbles & Narration Boxes
There aren’t very many comic book characters out there who can execute control over the way that their story will be told. Deadpool has never been known as one to abide by the rules, and considering that the narrator is just another section of Deadpool’s psyche, it would only make sense that he would be able to not only converse with it, but be able to dictate what he says. He is simply one of those guys who doesn’t really think about his actions prior to their execution, but it’s not because he’s crazy – he’s merely an exhibitionist. By informing Domino that she is now taking part of a recap page and announcing not only who she is but her role in the comic book, he is pushing the boundaries to the point of no return.
14. The Mimicary & Referencing of The Street Fighter Video Game
In this particular instance, Deadpool has decided to reference the classic arcade game Street Fighter to Kitty Pryde and then uses Ryu’s classic and very recognizable Shoryuken (or Rising Dragon Fist) move on her to push Wolverine into a fighting mood. The direct correlation between the comic book and the arcade game, at least in this case, kind of makes sense in the regard that someone typically has to throw the first punch for a fight to begin. All in all, it’s hard to even be surprised about what Deadpool knows about our world considering he seems to momentarily grasp onto what goes on here better than his own reality.
13. Deadpool’s Ryan Reynolds Reference
While it may not be Deadpool’s most famous line (and even at that, it happened over a decade ago), it sure is quite a coincidence that Wade Wilson would even compare his appearance to Ryan Reynold‘s. There wasn’t even any talk of there being a Deadpool movie at the time! Given, when you look at the image above, it’s kind of easy to see why he would choose those words in particular, but it’s still odd to be thought of as a mere coincidence. This particular moment occurred in the Cable/Deadpool issue 2, which came out in 2004 – 5 years before he was even considered for the role of Wade Wilson. So? What brought on this comment? He and Cable were going after a special virus that was created by a well-meaning cult, which would eliminate racism by turning everyone blue. Yes, blue. While it may not have been a genius plan, their intentions were good and, well, for someone who just compared himself to a half-human, half-canine being, maybe it wouldn’t have been so bad.
12. When He Decided To Invite Every Character From The Marvel Universe To His Wedding
We have all heard of those people who want a huge wedding, but Deadpool’s was extreme considering that he ended up inviting everyone from the Marvel Universe! This particular issue also broke the record for most comic book characters ever depicted on the cover of a comic book. From the Fantastic Four to Hulk and even the lesser known Squirrel Girl, the audience present at his wedding is just mind blowing. So, apparently absolutely anything is possible when it comes to Deadpool, and that includes everyone setting aside their differences – no matter how large they may be, gathered in the celebration of love. By breaking the fourth wall depicting these people at peace with one another, this issue proves that love truly can make people go against the odds and live at peace with one another.
11. The Mockery of Super Villain Names, Costumes & Weapons
While this may not be a particular moment per se, the way that he breaks the fourth wall is unlike any other, and Deadpool does this is by poking fun at the names, weapons and costumes that the villains he encounters possess. While doing this may seem perfect in the realm of comic books because they technically choose their own names, decide on their own costumes and come across their weapons by whatever means they see fit, this is a direct quip at the creators of those characters. The outlandish nature of the costumes like those worn by Black Talon which, according to Deadpool, resembles “a chicken,” makes them an easy target. In a similar regard, the wacky names of the characters like Taskmaster make him roll with the punches and have the person that he’s mocking take pause in order to try to understand what he’s doing. Sure, it may be unconventional, yet have you really known Deadpool to be anything but?
10. Deadpool’s Batman Parody
Before you ask, yes, he did in fact go there and no, he did not explicitly mention Batman. While Marvel may not have been able to go as far as directly mention Batman, the reference is pretty obvious, mocking the Caped Crusader in the most crude way possible. By using a child’s bed sheet as his cape and pink cat ears to mimic the small pointy ears, he literally reduces a character who is typically either admired or feared into a mockery of all that he stands for. Batman’s iconic costume stands for justice, while the gargoyle represents how the Dark Knight can be anywhere, waiting for the right time to swoop in and save the day. When you pair that with the Deadpool symbol behind him (a parody of the infamous Bat symbol), the sheer abundance of knowledge that he possesses on a figure that doesn’t even exist in the Marvel Universe is pretty amazing.
9. He Went On A Killing Rampage & Then Went After The Writers/Illustrators
This is probably the darkest entry on the entire list, but that’s what makes it so memorable. While this may not be one of Deadpool’s shining moments, it definitely left a huge impression with the readers. Sure, it may have only been a mini-series in the bigger Deadpool story that was created just for fun, but still. This installment ran from 2011-2012, and it depicted Wade Wilson mercilessly murdering everyone who resided in the Marvel Universe, no matter whose side they were on. From Iron Man to Superman and even Carnage, no one could escape his wrath, and this brought on the inevitable fall of the Marvel Universe. Deadpool was simply fed up of being a fictional character, so he decided it would be best to go after those who made up the world that he was living in, including the writers and illustrators. By completing the task at hand, it would then eliminate his need to live in a fictitious world, and he would ultimately end his own existence in the process.
8. The References To Older Comic Book Issues With Other Comic Book Characters
This particular moment in Deadpool’s longstanding comic book career occurred in volume 1 issue 28, and what makes it so funny is how Deadpool doesn’t even have to think about when he and Bullseye, a master assassin, last saw one another. Bullseye, familiar with Deadpool’s antics, doesn’t even make anything out of his comment and just continues on the conversation as if what was said was nothing out of the ordinary. To put the cherry on top, the issue that Deadpool references isn’t even from his own comic book, but from that of Bullseye! Sure, they may have had some memorable times together, but Greece must be one of those places that sticks with you for a long time.
7. His Awareness Of the Censorship In Speech Bubbles
Deadpool knows what goes into the dialogue boxes, which brings his knowledge to a whole new level. Given, it was technically the narrator who makes him aware of this, but when you take into consideration that the yellow boxes are part of Wade Wilson’s mind and not a separate entity altogether, it kind of makes you wonder how he knows all of these things. You can only imagine how much fun writers were having poking fun at the censorship in the comic book genre in particular, and the way they tiptoed around the constraints – especially considering that it would be Deadpool who was ultimately striking attention to this particular technique. When you look back and think about all of the crazy things that he as a character has done, it’s hard to imagine where he draws the line.
6. The Introspective Dialogue Sequences Between Deadpool & His Mini Angels And Demons
His moments of introspective dialogue, or when the angels and devils in Deadpool form come onto the page are very movie-esque, and really give you a glimpse into what’s running through his mind. But, what really makes it so real is that you are able to see all of these little beings circling Deadpool and read the workings of their debate. But, more importantly, he’s able to visualize them to a T, which then accounts for him instructing his mini-devil to cover her booty. This glimpse into the inner-workings of Deadpool’s mind via the illustrative and writerly genius of those working on the comic is simply one of those things that the readers cannot get enough of.
5. When Deadpool Tore Through The Pages Of His Own Comic Book
The particular image that you see above is from Deadpool Team-Up 885, but you are also able to find this example of breaking the fourth wall in other issues as well. Let’s focus our attention to the light bulb shooting the guns, which then leads Deadpool to say that he can’t focus with all that shooting going on. While that may not be a tear through his comic book, his mind is constantly pushing the boundaries of what a comic book character can and cannot see. But, deeper meanings aside, on this page alone he references how his story is too flimsy to really take a beating, thus referring to the comic book medium itself as well. He mentions he can just “travel back in time” to warn himself of the impending doom. Now, if that’s not breaking the fourth wall, then what is?
4. His Constant Addresses to His Readership
There are very few comic book characters that really speak to you, but Deadpool isn’t your every day comic book character. One of the most obvious ways that he does this is by directly addressing them. The particular image above is probably also one of the funniest instances of this because, let’s be honest here, it’s not every day that you see Deadpool on a pile of rocks, floating in space trying to hitch a ride back to Earth. What tops it all off is how he’s basically screaming from the top of his lungs, trying to catch absolutely anyone’s attention. In this particular scenario, he also brings attention to the fact that he is in a book just waiting to be purchased by someone in our reality and the illustrators even decided to push this point even further by writing everyone on the directional sign that rests behind him in English.
3. The Direct Quip at His Creator, Rob Liefeld
Rob Liefeld has been getting a lot of criticism revolving around his love of pouches, especially regarding their presence on the Deadpool costume – so it only seemed appropriate to mention it in the comic books! Given this was pretty early on, the comment occurred in Deadpool #2. Liefeld has gone on record explaining that he wanted Wade Wilson to have loads of pouches, considering the nature of the character and, besides, when you think about how many career paths have a similar need for that amount of pouches, the creative choice only seemed logical. Besides, even if you didn’t know which Rob was being referenced, you can easily assume that he simply picked a name and directed the comment at readers named Rob.
2. When Wade Wilson Tells His Psych That He’s A Comic Book Character
Wade Wilson was still in the laboratory when he begins speaking with one of the scientists there. As the conversation continues, he decides to reveal his big secret – that their reality is nothing but the workings of someone else’s mind, who then writes it all down. This moment is one of the few where Wilson seems to have some semblance of sanity, despite his crazy eyes and attributes. This sequence may not have appeared that early into the series, since it showed face in volume 1 issue 34, but considering just how short comic books are, his character was still getting established.
1. The Deadpool Movie’s Opening Scene
There are so many reasons as to why this will probably be the most memorable time that Deadpool broke the fourth wall but, let’s face it, you probably don’t have all day. One of the main reasons why this is so is because part of this scene appeared in the movie trailers as well as all over social media so it served as a punchy introduction to his character – for those who may not have been familiar with him otherwise. Also, how often do you come across a film where he’s talking to you from the very beginning? Answer: Never. The way that Ryan Reynolds introduced the film and its plot by simply talking it through can only be described as being typical Deadpool fashion.
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