We all know that Deadpool is notorious for breaking the fourth wall and that he knows he is in a comic book (or video game for that matter), but was it always like this?

Did Deadpool gain this power or was he breaking the fourth wall before becoming the merc with the mouth?

The answer can be from any storyline or from any writer.

  • Him being Wade Wilson isn't even solid canon; he may have always been the merc with a mouth, only sans the merc profession -- you know, insane. Different writers seem to handle him differently. – user311362 Jan 13 '16 at 16:41
  • @Axelrod really? Isn't the movie coming out in February based on his origin story? – KeineMaster Jan 13 '16 at 16:49
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    Are you asking if he has always been written to as being aware, or if the character in-universe, has always been aware? Deadpool, as a character, didn't always break the fourth wall. When he first showed up in New Mutants, he was just a sarcastic merc. It wasn't until later that they started doing the fourth wall breaking. I'm not sure if it was retconned to being something he did earlier in life though. – phantom42 Jan 13 '16 at 16:50
  • @phantom42 I'm asking for the character in universe. – KeineMaster Jan 13 '16 at 16:51
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    No, it was addressed. The answer is just different depending on which writer you are asking about. – DJClayworth Jan 13 '16 at 17:42

The trailer for the new Deadpool movie appears to have Wade Wilson, prior to becoming Deadpool, break the 4th wall. In it, Wade is being taken to his "procedure" on a gurney when he says, "And please don't make the super suit green. Or animated!" The "Or animated!" portion seems to clearly break the 4th wall, as it makes it a clear reference to Ryan Reynolds's previous work in Green Lantern, while making pretty much no sense to the other characters in-universe.

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    Provided that wasn't just a gag made specifically for the trailer and the scene is actually in the movie. – BMWurm Jan 13 '16 at 19:56
  • @BMWurm: I considered it. If the movie comes out and the line isn't in it, I'll certain edit or delete this. At the very least, I'd expect the community to respond appropriately. But until it does, this seems pretty credible. – Ellesedil Jan 13 '16 at 19:57
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    It is, hence +1. :D – BMWurm Jan 13 '16 at 20:05
  • I like this! This does show that the Wade Wilson of this universe is breaking the fourth wall. I just wish we had an explanation as to WHY he breaks it. – KeineMaster Jan 13 '16 at 20:53
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    @Schullz: He may have been engaged in a, err, "conversation" with the "doctors", but the line about the animated suit was clearly for the benefit of the audience. Wikipedia: "Speaking directly to, otherwise acknowledging or doing something to the audience through this imaginary wall – or, in film, television, and video games, through a camera – is known as 'breaking the fourth wall'." The animated suit line acknowledges that the audience is most likely familiar with his work as Green Lantern, which Reynolds himself rated poorly. – Ellesedil Apr 11 '16 at 16:55

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