What's the story behind Deadpool's name? Most comicbook characters have names that reflect their powers, or even their costumes, but I can't make an association with either his outfit or his healing ability.


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In the Deadpool and Death Annual 1999 we learn the origin of Deadpool's name; simply put, when he was being experimented on (as part of the programme which ultimately led to his powers) the guards and inmates had a dead pool where they would gamble on which subject would die next. He took his name from this.

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Out of universe, ComicVine indicates that the name (and concept) were chosen as an homage to the 5th Dirty Harry movie. Although they're usually very accurate about these things, I can't find any quotes to back this up.

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    The other Out-of-Universe explanation of the name I've heard has to do with him being a ripoff of Deathstroke especially in his first appearance. "Where do you do the Deathstroke? In the Deadpool."
    – FuzzyBoots
    Apr 19, 2015 at 10:41
  • @seanduggan - good luck finding someone from DC who'll admit that...
    – Valorum
    Apr 19, 2015 at 10:45
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    @Richard especially since he's a Marvel character.
    – phantom42
    Apr 19, 2015 at 12:39
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    @phantom42 - Well, indeed.
    – Valorum
    Apr 19, 2015 at 12:54

From an out-of-continuity perspective, co-creator Rob Liefeld had a habit of using action movie titles/ and or pop culture references for character names. Hence, Deadpool, Diehard, Shaft, Bedrock, etc.

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