NAME : Wade Wilson
LEGAL STATUS: Citizen of Canada, with a criminal
PLACE OF BIRTH: Canada
FIRST APPEARANCE: NEW MUTANTS #98
HISTORY: The foul-mouthed mercenary
now known as Deadpool was once little more than medical
waste, written off as a miscarriage of science and technology
by the directors of the Canadian government's enigmatic
Weapon X project. Were its name known outside certain highly
specialized circles, the black-ops initiative would have
boasted a distinguished -- if blood-spattered -- track record.
Previously, it's technicians had spawned a number of noteworthy
scions -- including the feral Wolverine,
maverick mutant adventurer, and the savage Sabretooth,
psychotic murder machine.
And they had looked forward to an uninterrupted
string of successes. Enter Wade Wilson. Diagnosed with
cancer, the gun-for-hire left the woman he loved and accepted
an unorthodox offer of salvation. Playing upon his hope
for a cure, the Weapon X scientists attempted to recreate
Wolverine's genetically endowed healing factor through
artificial means. Although successful, the Byzantine procedure
left Wilson's epidermis and face a horridly callused mess.
Considered a failure, he was consigned to a prison laboratory
for program rejects. Unable at first to accept his mangled
appearance, Wilson slipped into the darkest pit of his
soul. He killed several guards and escaped -- dubbing
himself "Deadpool," after the facility. Some
time later, he re-emerged as one of the world's foremost
After cementing his reputation as a solider
of fortune and quasi-super hero, Deadpool signed on the
dotted line for the terrorist known as Tolliver.
His target: the time-tossed mutant freedom fighter called
Cable. Deadpool learned that
his former lover -- Vanessa Carlyle, the shapeshifter named
Copycat -- was posing as
Cable's girlfriend and teammate, the probability-altering
Domino. Wilson launched repeated offensives against Cable
and his mutant strike team, X-Force
-- culminating with a battle in which Tolliver was killed
and Vanessa seriously wounded. Deadpool showed mercy on
his former flame, diverting a portion of his powers to heal
Escaping custody in a metal asylum, Deadpool
gained the attention of the interdimensional firm of Landau,
Luckman & Lake. LL&L believed Deadpool to be the
Mithras, one who would usher in a new golden age for the
inhabitants of Earth. But the prophecy was a sham: The being
destined to bring this era to life actually would transform
the planet's inhabitants into mindless, grinning boobs.
Deadpool averted disaster, but internal politics within
LL&L brought an end to their relationship. His optimism
again shattered, Wilson returned to his status as a killer-for-hire.
HEIGHT: 6 ft. 2 in.
WEIGHT: 210 lbs.
KNOWN POWERS: Deadpool possesses the normal strength
of a man of his age, height, and build who engages in intensive
regular exercise. Deadpool's only known power is his superhuman
healing factor, which is a recreation of the one possessed
by the mutant Wolverine. He is an extraordinary hand-to-hand
combatant and is skilled in several unarmed combat technique.
Deadpool employs a number of weapons, including various
blades and guns, which he utilizes as both a master marksman
and swordsman. He also relies on a teleportation device
to whisk him in and out of danger.