20 Badass Comic Book Heroes that are Cool on Purpose - #3
Deadpool - born Wade Winston Wilson
You know the drill. Wilson's mother died of cancer, his father was killed by a drunken friend, and he was kicked out of the Army Special Forces. Rather than get a normal job like a punk ass, the obvious next choice for Wilson was to become a high-paid mercenary for hire. He then travelled the world using his talents as a trained killer to heartlessly slay people for money. He somehow got cancer (irony?) and ended up in Canada where he joined the Weapon X program. Yes, that would be the same Weapon X program that gave Wolverine his adamantium... everything. They told him they could hold off his cancer (and everything else) by implementing a healing factor which they siphoned from Wolverine. It worked. Wilson was then put into a covert field unit where he ended up killing one of his teamates Slayback. He was then rejected from the program and put into the Hospice.
At the Hospice, he and the other "failed" mutant projects were sadistacally tortured and experimented upon. The patients would place bets in a "deadpool" to see which subject would die first. After a while in the Hospice, Wilson began trying to kill himself (he failed miserably). After the Hospice lobotomized his only friend whom he then killed to end his suffering, Wilson was senteneced to death under the rules of the Hospice. His heart was torn out of his body, but apparently, Wilson was so pissed that his healing factor regenerated his heart and he came back to life. After he escaped the Hospice with the other patients, Wilson decided it was time to kick back up a career in good ol' fashioned mercenary work. And so, Deadpool was born.
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See ya Space Cowboys...