It finally happened, folks. After years of hoping and praying, Ryan Reynolds finally donned the black and red suit of Wade Wilson, a.k.a Deadpool, and utterly amazed the entire movie-going world with his portrayal of the R-rated character. Between his razor sharp wit and his embodiment of the character’s immense physicality, Deadpool really does seem like the role Reynolds was born to play.

We don’t mean that facetiously, by the way; Ryan Reynolds really does seem tailor-made for the role of Wade Wilson. His entire career has been building toward this moment, and we have watched over time as so many of his characters have prepared him for Deadpool. Ryan Reynolds has showcased his ability to deliver comedy, drama and visceral action since the 1990s, and in many ways he actually played the smartass Deadpool long before he actually played Deadpool. We’ve taken it upon ourselves to compile a list of times Ryan Reynolds' characters exhibited classic Deadpool traits. Check out the list below and tell us what you think of the man who has always seemed destined to become the Merc with the Mouth.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine
I know what you’re thinking, and before you say anything, let me make one thing perfectly clear: the character Ryan Reynolds portrayed in X-Men Origins: Wolverine was not Deadpool. Wade Wilson? Yes. Deadpool? Absolutely not. However, while his character’s appearance in the later portions of the film has become universally maligned, his early scenes in the film actually showed a great deal of potential. Although somewhat neutered when compared to what we got in the Deadpool solo film, Reynolds’ Wade Wilson still showcased his quick wit, morbid sense of humor, and damn fine proficiency with a pair of swords all the way back in 2009. We’re just glad FOX made the right call and gave the character back to him seven years later.

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