Editor’s note: This story contains spoilers for the Deadpool films.
The 2016 hit movie Deadpool was full of low-brow humor and shocking R-rated actions that redefined the modern antihero, but one particular scene stuck out.
Deadpool was on the hunt for the villain who caused his disfiguration, when he bumped into the superhero Colossus. Deadpool was wanting revenge, but Colossus appealed to his better angels.
“You're better than this. Join us. Use your powers for good. Be a superhero!” he said.
Deadpool, though, was having none of it.
“Listen, the day I decide to become a crime-fighting [explicative]-swizzler … I'll send your shiny happy [expletive] a friend request,” he said. “But until then, I'm gonna do what I came here to do.”
Don’t hold your breath for a redemptive moment, because it’s not coming. When Deadpool finally does catch the bad guy – and Colossus urges him to do the right thing and spare the man’s life – Deadpool shoots and kills the villain.
“If wearing superhero tights means sparing psychopaths, then maybe I wasn't meant to wear them.” Deadpool responds. “Not everyone monitors a hall like you."
We’ve always had antiheros on the big screen – that is, morally ambiguous protagonists who meander between right and wrong. Han Solo (Star Wars), Felonius Gru (Despicable Me) and the characters from Suicide Squad come to mind. But these and most other antiheroes had redemptive moments. They saw the light. They did the right thing.
But Deadpool (played by Ryan Reynolds) does just the opposite. He has the wrong motive, does the wrong thing, and insults everyone along the way. He’s the worst type of antihero. He makes fun of the good guys.
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