History Comicbook / Deathstroke

6th Mar '17 7:11:13 AM comicwriter
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--'''Wintergreen''': Much as you or I, or say, the ''Justice League'' would like to pretend otherwise..."mercenary," "anti-hero," and such...the "villain" label is the best fit, I'm afraid.

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--'''Wintergreen''': -->'''Wintergreen''': Much as you or I, or say, the ''Justice League'' would like to pretend otherwise..."mercenary," "anti-hero," and such...the "villain" label is the best fit, I'm afraid.
24th Feb '17 7:21:25 PM comicwriter
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* AntiVillain: Slade is a mercenary but he does have something of a fairly strong moral code. [[DependingOnTheWriter Of course, this has been subject]] [[CharacterizationMarchesOn to change from time to time.]]

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* AntiVillain: Slade is a mercenary but he does have something of a fairly strong moral code. [[DependingOnTheWriter Of course, this has been subject]] [[CharacterizationMarchesOn to change from time to time.]] Notably, the 2016 series by Creator/{{Christopher Priest|Comics}} goes to great lengths to shoot down the notion that someone like Slade could be considered anything other than a bad guy.
--'''Wintergreen''': Much as you or I, or say, the ''Justice League'' would like to pretend otherwise..."mercenary," "anti-hero," and such...the "villain" label is the best fit, I'm afraid.


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* MySuitIsAlsoSuper: His suit in the New 52 runs is (DependingOnTheWriter) made of Nth metal (the stuff that comprises Comicbook/{{Hawkman}}'s mace and flight harness) or Promethium (the metal that comprises Comicbook/{{Cyborg}}'s body). The Comicbook/DCRebirth run has him upgrading to a "gravity sheath" suit from Dr. Ikon, which allows him to take blows from ''Comicbook/{{Superman}}'' of all people.
26th Jan '17 8:14:29 PM Tavernier
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* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: Apparently, Rob Liefeld once mis-drew Slade "Deathstroke" Wilson by letting him have both of his eyes, and when Fabian Nicieza saw it, he jokingly referred to the "new" character as Wade "Deadpool" Wilson. (Y'all know [[SelfDemonstrating/Deadpool Deadpool]], yes?)

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* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: Apparently, Rob Liefeld once mis-drew Slade "Deathstroke" Wilson by letting him have both of his eyes, and when Fabian Nicieza saw it, he jokingly referred to the "new" character as Wade "Deadpool" Wilson. (Y'all know [[SelfDemonstrating/Deadpool [[SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} Deadpool]], yes?)
26th Jan '17 8:13:32 PM Tavernier
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* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: Apparently, Rob Liefeld once mis-drew Slade "Deathstroke" Wilson by letting him have both of his eyes, and when Fabian Nicieza saw it, he jokingly referred to the "new" character as Wade "Deadpool" Wilson. (Y'all know [[SelfDemonstrating/Deadpool Deadpool]], yes?)
19th Jan '17 12:12:48 AM rafi
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* NinetyPercentOfYourBrain: Slade had this as one of his powers (though it's not stated outright in the series, only the comics). Later retconned in saying that his grey matter got re-routed and reprogrammed, allowing him to use his brain in various ways that regular humans do not.



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%%* * [[MilitarySuperhero Military Supervillain]]Supervillain]]: An ex-military that has attended at Korea and Vietnam wars. Here, Slade mastered every fighting form of guerrilla warfare presented to him and was soon promoted becoming a legend in the Army. Indeed, was chosen for a secret experiment in an attempt to create a meta human SuperSoldier.



* NinetyPercentOfYourBrain: Slade had this as one of his powers (though it's not stated outright in the series, only the comics). Later retconned in saying that his grey matter got re-routed and reprogrammed, allowing him to use his brain in various ways that regular humans do not.



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%%* SuperReflexes* TheStrategist: Slade is the greatest strategist and tactician. Always calculating his opponents moves before hand; he has been compared to Batman in terms of tactical methods. Even against metahumans he has proven more than a match for them all at once with time to prepare. Roy Harper once claimed the Slade was, "The worlds greatest tactician."
* SuperReflexes: Deathstroke possesses enhanced reflexes, flawless dexterity and coordination. His reaction speed allows him to automatically and casually dodge point blank gunfire from multiple assailants.
18th Jan '17 9:56:19 AM narm00
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Originally, Deathstroke was intended to be a minor, one-shot villain but fan-reaction saw him become a regular, recurring character in not only the ''Teen Titans'' but in other series as well. He later starred, three times, in his own comic series. The first series ran from August 1991 to June 1996 the second started in November 2011, and the third in October 2014. In 2009 IGN ranked Deathstroke as the 32nd greatest comic book villain of all time.

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Originally, Deathstroke was intended to be a minor, one-shot villain but fan-reaction saw him become a regular, recurring character in not only the ''Teen Titans'' but in other series as well. He later starred, three four times, in his own comic series. The first series ran from August 1991 to June 1996 1991-April 1996, the second started in November 2011, and from September 2011-May 2013, the third in from October 2014.2014-July 2016, and the fourth began in August 2016. In 2009 IGN ranked Deathstroke as the 32nd greatest comic book villain of all time.



Slade would eventually cross paths with the Teen Titans when his son Grant, following in his father's mercenary footsteps, took a contract from the Hierarchy of International Vengeance and Extermination (H.I.V.E) to kill or capture the Teen Titans. Grant died in the attempt and Slade agreed to finish his son's job. This would be start of a ''long'' history of conflict between Deathstroke and the Titans. Because of his skills as a mercenary, Slade would eventually wind up duking it out with several DC heroes over the next three decades.

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Slade would eventually cross paths with the Teen Titans when his son Grant, following in his father's mercenary footsteps, took a contract from the Hierarchy of International Vengeance and Extermination (H.I.V.E) to kill or capture the Teen Titans. Grant died in the attempt and Slade agreed to finish his son's job. This would be the start of a ''long'' history of conflict between Deathstroke and the Titans. Because of his skills as a mercenary, Slade would eventually wind up duking it out with several DC heroes over the next three decades.



* BadassGrandpa: He was in the army while most of the ComicBook/TeenTitans hadn't been born.



* BadassGrandpa: He was in the army while most of the ComicBook/TeenTitans hadn't been born.
* BallsOfSteel: Canary once managed to land a kick on Deathstroke right in the crotch, but this trope is used as he angrily replied that he's wearing over 50 pounds of body armor, ''so of course he's wearing a cup.''

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* BadassGrandpa: He was in the army while most of the ComicBook/TeenTitans hadn't been born.
* BallsOfSteel: Black Canary once managed to land a kick on Deathstroke right in the crotch, but this trope is used as he angrily replied that he's he was wearing over 50 pounds of body armor, ''so of course he's he was wearing a cup.''



* BigBad: Of the ''Judas Contract'', ''Titans Hunt'', and first two seasons of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans.'' While in scale dosen't quite match Trigon's, Deathstroke is still the the most frequent of the Titans and also served as the this in some of Dick's solo series.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: Oh boy, where to start? You know, it's saying something when Slade may actually be the only ''sane'' one left in his immediate family. His wife, Addie, was ostensibly on the side of angels, but her methods weren't. They only seemed to get worse with time. Eldest son Grant was a PsychoForHire who ended up killing himself when going up against the ComicBook/TeenTitans. Middle child Joseph "Jericho" Wilson was the WhiteSheep; a genuinely nice, artistic sort and a Titan in good standing...until he made contact with Raven's demonic side and the corrupted remnants of Azarath and [[GoMadFromTheRevelation went nuts as a result]]. Rose, the youngest, and the product of Slade's affair with a brothel keeper/mercenary, gouged her own eye out in an attempt to be just like daddy (that, before her HeelFaceTurn). So Yeah.

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* BigBad: Of the ''Judas Contract'', ''Titans Hunt'', and the first two seasons of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans.'' While in scale dosen't he doesn't quite match Trigon's, Trigon, Deathstroke is still the the most frequent of the Titans and Titans' big bads, also served serving as the this in some of Dick's solo series.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: Oh boy, where to start? You know, it's saying something when Slade may actually be the only ''sane'' one left in his immediate family. His wife, Addie, was ostensibly on the side of angels, but her methods weren't. They only seemed to get worse with time. Eldest son Grant was a PsychoForHire who ended up killing himself when going up against the ComicBook/TeenTitans. Middle child Joseph "Jericho" Wilson was the WhiteSheep; a genuinely nice, artistic sort and a Titan in good standing...until he made contact with Raven's demonic side and the corrupted remnants of Azarath and [[GoMadFromTheRevelation went nuts as a result]]. Rose, the youngest, and the product of Slade's affair with a brothel keeper/mercenary, gouged her own eye out in an attempt to be just like daddy (that, before her HeelFaceTurn). So Yeah.yeah.



* BreakoutVillain: He was intended to be a minor, practically one-shot villain. Soon winded up getting his own comic book series and has become fan favorite villain of the DC Universe.



* BreakoutVillain: He was intended to be a minor, practically one-shot villain. Soon winded up getting his own comic book series and has become a fan favorite villain of the DC Universe.



* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Slade was far more of a dirt bag in his earliest appearances, in sharp contrast to his eventual AntiVillain status. One of his earliest appearances had him kidnapping Cyborg's love interest in order to lure the Teen Titans into a trap, something that would seem at odds with his NeverHurtAnInnocent guidelines that would be established in later issues.

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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Slade was far more of a dirt bag dirtbag in his earliest appearances, in sharp contrast to his eventual AntiVillain status. One of his earliest appearances had him kidnapping Cyborg's love interest in order to lure the Teen Titans into a trap, something that would seem at odds with his NeverHurtAnInnocent guidelines that would be established in later issues.



* CoolSword: In ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' he has large (but not quite {{BFS}}-level) longsword that's serrated near the hilt.

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* CoolSword: In ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' he has a large (but not quite {{BFS}}-level) longsword that's serrated near the hilt.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Even he was disgusted by how Cheshire had sold out her own team and rewarded her for it by shooting her in the gut.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Even In ''Villains United'', even he was disgusted by how Cheshire had sold out her own team and rewarded her for it by shooting her in the gut.



* EvilCounterpart: He's a mercenary [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Batman]]. To get more detailed both are a quintessential BadassNormal, are typically CrazyPrepared and Deathstroke even has his own BattleButler in Wintergreen, a sort of EvilCounterpart to Alfred. Finally there's the fact that Batman will never use a gun whereas Deathstroke is a WalkingArmory.
** Considering his origin story and power-set he could be considered an amoral ComicBook/CaptainAmerica whose willing to sell his services to the highest bidder.

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* EvilCounterpart: He's a mercenary [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Batman]]. To get more detailed both are a quintessential BadassNormal, are typically CrazyPrepared CrazyPrepared, and Deathstroke even has his own BattleButler in Wintergreen, a sort of EvilCounterpart to Alfred. Finally there's the fact that Batman will never use a gun whereas Deathstroke is a WalkingArmory.
** Considering his origin story and power-set he could be considered an amoral ComicBook/CaptainAmerica whose who's willing to sell his services to the highest bidder.



* {{Expy}}: Deathstroke bears some resemblance to the Marvel character ComicBook/{{Taskmaster}}, whom debuted several months beforehand. Both have some similar design elements (such as the buccaneer-style boots and color scheme), their powersets are roughly similar (Deathstroke's brain enhancements compared to Taskmaster's "photographic reflexes"), and have similar roles; however given the short period of time between their respective debuts it's likely coincidence (the visual similarity may be because [[SelfPlagiarism they both were first drawn by the same artist]], George Perez). But Deathstroke also inspired a rather memorable Expy. A lot of people forget that {{Deadpool}} was originally a blatant copy-cat of Deathstroke.

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* {{Expy}}: Deathstroke bears some resemblance to the Marvel character ComicBook/{{Taskmaster}}, whom who debuted several months beforehand. Both have some similar design elements (such as the buccaneer-style boots and color scheme), their powersets are roughly similar (Deathstroke's brain enhancements compared to Taskmaster's "photographic reflexes"), and have similar roles; however given the short period of time between their respective debuts it's likely coincidence (the visual similarity may be because [[SelfPlagiarism they both were first drawn by the same artist]], George Perez). But Deathstroke also inspired a rather memorable Expy. A lot of people forget that {{Deadpool}} was originally a blatant copy-cat of Deathstroke.



* EyeScream: He lost an eye when his wife shot him for endangering their son Jericho (which led to Jericho getting his throat cut and losing his voice).



* EyeScream: He lost an eye when his wife shot him for endangering their son Jericho (which led to Jericho getting his throat cut and losing his voice).



* GetItOverWith: Once a young assassin named Janissary came after Deathstroke. The fight ended with Janissary's hanging by one hand from a bridge with Deathstroke standing over him and telling Deathstroke to end it. Deathstroke retorts that if J wants him to kill him, J will have to hire him.

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* GetItOverWith: Once a young assassin named Janissary came after Deathstroke. The fight ended with Janissary's hanging by one hand from a bridge with Deathstroke standing over him and telling Deathstroke to end it. Deathstroke retorts retorted that if J wants wanted him to kill him, J will would have to hire him.



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* HeroKiller: He's killed a couple of heroes, including Phantom Lady and the third [[ComicBook/TheAtom Atom]]. Then in the trailer for ''VideoGame/DCUniverseOnline'', he ''almost'' kills Franchise/{{Batman}}. Unfortunately, while his powerset (he's basically an evil Batman with guns and a healing factor thrown in or {{Deadpool}} with sanity) should make him utterly terrifying to normals and low-level metas, it's a little more difficult to accept him as a serious threat to the likes of {{Superman}} and GreenLantern.

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* HeroKiller: He's killed a couple of heroes, including Phantom Lady and the third Ryan Choi's [[ComicBook/TheAtom Atom]]. Then in the trailer for ''VideoGame/DCUniverseOnline'', he ''almost'' kills Franchise/{{Batman}}. Unfortunately, while his powerset (he's basically an evil Batman with guns and a healing factor thrown in or {{Deadpool}} with sanity) should make him utterly terrifying to normals and low-level metas, it's a little more difficult to accept him as a serious threat to the likes of {{Superman}} Franchise/{{Superman}} and GreenLantern.Franchise/GreenLantern.



* ItsPersonal: He originally went after the Titans because his son got killed going after them and he views them has having taken his family away from him.



* InvincibleVillain: In the hands of clumsy writing he can be this. His most infamous showing was in ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'', in which he single-handledly beat Comicbook/GreenLantern, Comicbook/TheFlash, Comicbook/BlackCanary, Comicbook/GreenArrow, Comicbook/{{Hawkman}}, Comicbook/{{Zatanna}}, and Comicbook/TheAtom with minimal effort. In this fight, he demonstrated ''faster reflexes than [[TheFlash Wally West]]'' and ''enough willpower to convince a GreenLantern ring to not attack him''. The encounter ends with the entire Justice League on the floor spitting up blood, and Slade quipping that this League, made up mostly of new faces (in ComicBookTime terms, anyway) to superheroing, is so much weaker than the old one... despite the fact that many of them (Wally in particular) are ''far'' more powerful than their predecessors. You'd think that an [[EyeScream arrow to the eye]] would have done something more than force him to retreat, but he was just fine afterwards.

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* InvincibleVillain: In the hands of clumsy writing he can be this. His most infamous showing was in ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'', in which he single-handledly beat Comicbook/GreenLantern, Comicbook/TheFlash, Franchise/GreenLantern, Franchise/TheFlash, Comicbook/BlackCanary, Comicbook/GreenArrow, Comicbook/{{Hawkman}}, Comicbook/{{Zatanna}}, and Comicbook/TheAtom with minimal effort. In this fight, he demonstrated ''faster reflexes than [[TheFlash [[Franchise/TheFlash Wally West]]'' and ''enough willpower to convince a GreenLantern Franchise/GreenLantern ring to not attack him''. The encounter ends with the entire Justice League on the floor spitting up blood, and Slade quipping that this League, made up mostly of new faces (in ComicBookTime terms, anyway) to superheroing, is so much weaker than the old one... despite the fact that many of them (Wally in particular) are ''far'' more powerful than their predecessors. You'd think that an [[EyeScream arrow to the eye]] would have done something more than force him to retreat, but he was just fine afterwards.afterwards.
* ItsPersonal: He originally went after the Titans because his son got killed going after them and he views them as having taken his family away from him.



* {{Kneecapping}}: He once shot Impulse in the kneecap. To add insult to injury given the accelerated healing abilities of The Flash Family, the doctors in the ER have to re-break it repeatedly because it keeps healing automatically but incorrectly.

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* {{Kneecapping}}: He once shot Impulse in the kneecap. To add insult to injury given injury, thanks to the accelerated healing abilities of The the Flash Family, the doctors in the ER have had to re-break it repeatedly because it keeps kept healing automatically but incorrectly.



* MoralityChain: Wintergreen was this for the entire Wilson family. His Undying Loyalty made him complicit in Slade's shadier dealings, but he always tried to bring out the best in him and his children. Wintergeen's death at the hands of the Jericho-possessed Deathstroke destroyed any chance that Slade could ever go through a true HeelFaceTurn. Rose at least managed to eventually turn good.
* MotiveDecay: He started out as a ruthless, though not unscrupulous assassin who honestly didn't have any great animosity towards the team and originally only came into conflict with them as part of fulfilling a contract that his son died trying to complete. When he dropped the contract he actually became rather amiable towards his former targets. Then he became a CardCarryingVillain and doing things like injecting his only surviving child with a PsychoSerum and implanting a chunk of radioactive kryptonite in her eye socket and nuking Bludhaven to spite Nightwing (a character he had previously had a lot of respect for). Following the reboot, Deathstroke is a ConsummateProfessional who's concerned with maintaining his reputation as he gets older. No connection to the Titans, though he still can't maintain a decent relationship with his family.

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* MoralityChain: Wintergreen was is this for the entire Wilson family. His Undying Loyalty made makes him complicit in Slade's shadier dealings, but he always tried tries to bring out the best in him and his children. Wintergeen's death at the hands of the Jericho-possessed Deathstroke pre-''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'' destroyed any chance that Slade could ever go through a true HeelFaceTurn. Rose at least managed to eventually turn good.
* MotiveDecay: He started out as a ruthless, though not unscrupulous unscrupulous, assassin who honestly didn't have any great animosity towards the team Titans and originally only came into conflict with them as part of fulfilling a contract that his son died trying to complete. When he dropped the contract he actually became rather amiable towards his former targets. Then he became a CardCarryingVillain and doing things like injecting his only surviving child with a PsychoSerum and implanting a chunk of radioactive kryptonite in her eye socket and nuking Bludhaven to spite Nightwing (a character he had previously had a lot of respect for). Following the reboot, Deathstroke is a ConsummateProfessional who's concerned with maintaining his reputation as he gets older. No connection to the Titans, though he still can't maintain a decent relationship with his family.



** This has also been averted in his most recent series, where he acknowledges that he's been a terrible father and desperately tries to protect both of his children, ultimately ripping out his newly restored eye with his bare hands when the Olympian gods demand he provide a sacrifice in the form of one of his two living children.
* NeverSayDie: In the animated version of Teen Titans, he was never called "Deathstroke" or "the Terminator", merely "Slade". Since without the "Wilson", "Slade" just sounds like another Codename, it didn't feel too out of place.
* NinetyPercentOfYourBrain: Slade had this as one of his powers (though it's not stated outright in the series, only the comics). Later retconned in saying that his grey matter got re-routed and reprogrammed allowing him uses his brain in various ways that regular humans do not.

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** This has also been averted in his most recent 2014 series, where he acknowledges that he's been a terrible father and desperately tries to protect both of his children, ultimately ripping out his newly restored eye with his bare hands when the Olympian gods demand he provide a sacrifice in the form of one of his two living children.
* NeverSayDie: In the animated version of Teen Titans, he was never called "Deathstroke" or "the Terminator", merely "Slade". Since without the "Wilson", "Slade" just sounds like another Codename, codename, it didn't feel too out of place.
* NinetyPercentOfYourBrain: Slade had this as one of his powers (though it's not stated outright in the series, only the comics). Later retconned in saying that his grey matter got re-routed and reprogrammed reprogrammed, allowing him uses to use his brain in various ways that regular humans do not.



* OneMarioLimit: Ran afoul of this when [[Film/TheTerminator that Arnold Schwarzenegger movie]] came out. Early issues often didn't even bother putting the "Deathstroke" part in his name, while these days the opposite was true.

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* OneMarioLimit: Ran afoul of this when [[Film/TheTerminator that Arnold Schwarzenegger movie]] came out. Early issues often didn't even bother putting the "Deathstroke" part in his name, while these days the opposite was is true.



* PressurePoint: He knows how to apply them.



* PsychoSerum: The formula used in the military experience left him a crippled wreck for months or years, with brief periods of increased strength and intelligence. Later, after the military cut him lose, Slade revealed that he'd started faking the bouts of weakness at some point to get out on his own.
* PressurePoint: He knows how to apply them.

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* PsychoSerum: The formula used in the military experience experiment left him a crippled wreck for months or years, with brief periods of increased strength and intelligence. Later, after the military cut him lose, Slade revealed that he'd started faking the bouts of weakness at some point to get out on his own.
* PressurePoint: He knows how to apply them.
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* ReedRichardsIsUseless: He once assassinated a philanthropist who was reverse engineering super-villain technology for benevolent causes (i.e. using freeze guns to reverse polar ice cap melting). No reason was given as to why Deathstroke was hired to kill the philanthropist.



* ReedRichardsIsUseless: He once assassinated a philanthropist who was reverse engineering super-villain technology for benevolent causes (i.e. using freeze guns to reverse polar ice cap melting). No reason was given as to why Deathstroke was hired to kill the philanthropist.



* ShouldersOfDoom: In TheNew52 continuity, DependingOnTheArtist.

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* ShouldersOfDoom: In TheNew52 the ComicBook/New52 continuity, DependingOnTheArtist.



* TheVietnamVet: As mentioned, he fought in Vietnam alongside Wintergreen. This also applies to his ''Arkhamverse'' counterpart, who compares Batman to a troublesome Viet Cong member.



* TheVietnamVet: As mentioned above, he fought in Vietnam alongside Wintergreen. This also applies to his ''Arkhamverse'' counterpart, who compares Batman to a troublesome Viet Cong member.
* VillainProtagonist: Gets his own title as part of the ComicBook/{{New 52}}.

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* TheVietnamVet: As mentioned above, he fought in Vietnam alongside Wintergreen. This also applies to his ''Arkhamverse'' counterpart, who compares Batman to a troublesome Viet Cong member.
* VillainProtagonist: Gets his own title as part Four ongoings, a ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'' miniseries, and a ''Faces of the ComicBook/{{New 52}}.Evil'' one-shot.
5th Jan '17 10:53:24 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ActionDad: While his fatherly instincts leave something to be desired there is no denying that Slade is a {{badass}}.

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* ActionDad: While his fatherly instincts leave something to be desired there is no denying that Slade is a {{badass}}.badass.
3rd Jan '17 7:59:03 AM comicwriter
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* CannotSpitItOut: In the Comicbook/DCRebirth volume of the series, Wintergreen says that Slade genuinely loves his children, but is too fundamentally broken as a human being to show them the affection they deserve.

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* CannotSpitItOut: CannotSpitItOut / WellDoneSonGuy: In the Comicbook/DCRebirth volume of the series, Wintergreen says that Slade genuinely loves his children, but is too fundamentally broken as a human being to show them the affection they deserve.
3rd Jan '17 7:40:06 AM comicwriter
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* CannotSpitItOut: In the Comicbook/DCRebirth volume of the series, Wintergreen says that Slade genuinely loves his children, but is too fundamentally broken as a human being to show them the affection they deserve.
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* {{Expy}}: Deathstroke bears some resemblance to the Marvel character ComicBook/{{Taskmaster}}, whom debuted several months beforehand. Both have some similar design elements (such as the buccaneer-style boots and color scheme), their powersets are roughly similar (Deathstroke's brain enhancements compared to Taskmaster's "photographic reflexes"), and have similar roles; however given the short period of time between their respective debuts it's likely coincidence (the visual similarity may be because they both were first drawn by the same artist, George Perez). But Deathstroke also inspired a rather memorable Expy. A lot of people forget that {{Deadpool}} was originally a blatant copy-cat of Deathstroke.

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* {{Expy}}: Deathstroke bears some resemblance to the Marvel character ComicBook/{{Taskmaster}}, whom debuted several months beforehand. Both have some similar design elements (such as the buccaneer-style boots and color scheme), their powersets are roughly similar (Deathstroke's brain enhancements compared to Taskmaster's "photographic reflexes"), and have similar roles; however given the short period of time between their respective debuts it's likely coincidence (the visual similarity may be because [[SelfPlagiarism they both were first drawn by the same artist, artist]], George Perez). But Deathstroke also inspired a rather memorable Expy. A lot of people forget that {{Deadpool}} was originally a blatant copy-cat of Deathstroke.


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* ShouldersOfDoom: In TheNew52 continuity, DependingOnTheArtist.
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