7 best Deadpool moments, ranked

This is my casual love letter to Ryan Reynolds (and his portrayal of Deadpool) as we relive some of Deadpool's absolute best moments on the big screen as well as in comics.

Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool/Wade Wilson in Marvel Studios' DEADPOOL & WOLVERINE. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2024 20th Century Studios / © and ™ 2024 MARVEL.
Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool/Wade Wilson in Marvel Studios' DEADPOOL & WOLVERINE. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2024 20th Century Studios / © and ™ 2024 MARVEL. /
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Hello, there. I just wanted to take the time to say that THIS ARTICLE AND THE VIDEOS EMBEDDED INTO IT ARE ABSOLUTELY NOT FOR CHILDREN.

Now that I have your attention, Deadpool, the "Merc with a Mouth," is a character that defies the very fabric of comic book norms, blending gore and guffaws with the grace of a tipsy ballerina. He's not just a character; he's an experience, a walking paradox of the superhero genre that mashes up the tragic with the comedic, the heroic with the downright ludicrous. Picture a hero who can take a bullet to the head as casually as a cat videos enthusiast scrolls through the internet, all while cracking a joke that could either make you laugh or groan (or both). Deadpool's charm lies in his ability to break the fourth wall, chatting up the audience as if they were old drinking buddies, making us complicit in his chaotic adventures. His story arcs swing from heart-wrenching to hysterically absurd, often within the same panel or scene, embodying a character that refuses to be pigeonholed into a single genre.

Enter Ryan Reynolds, a man who seems to have been born for the sole purpose of bringing Deadpool to life.

With a blend of charm, wit, and a sprinkle of insanity, Reynolds doesn't just play Deadpool - he embodies the character with every fiber of his being, delivering lines with a timing so perfect, it's as if the script was his personal diary. His portrayal is so spot-on that it's hard to discern where Reynolds ends and Deadpool begins, blurring the lines between actor and character in a dance of perfect synchrony. Reynolds brings a level of authenticity and dedication to the role that is rare, undergoing a transformation that makes him not just an actor playing a part, but a living, breathing incarnation of the character himself. His ability to convey Deadpool's humor, vulnerability, and relentless energy, all while wearing a mask that covers the majority of his expressive tools (i.e., his face), is nothing short of pure and unparalleled talent.

Deadpool, both as a comic book character and portrayed by Reynolds, has become nothing short of iconic, a character that transcends the pages of comic books and the frames of film to become a cultural phenomenon. He's the hero that the world didn't know it needed, a beacon of irreverence in a sea of stoic-caped crusaders. Deadpool's appeal lies in his relatability; beneath the red suit and the scars, there's a heart and a human, albeit one who deals with his issues by blowing stuff up and cracking jokes.

He's become a symbol of the power of self-awareness, a reminder that it's okay to laugh at oneself and the absurdity of life. In a genre often criticized for taking itself too seriously, Deadpool (and by extension, Reynolds) serves as a refreshing reminder that it's possible to save the world and have a damn good time doing it. His iconic status is cemented not just by his uniqueness, but by the joy and liberation he represents, proving that sometimes, the most profound messages come wrapped in a taco shell of humor and heart.

With all of that said, let's look at seven of Deadpool's best moments we've been blessed with. And, again - THIS ARTICLE IS NOT FOR CHILDREN.