History Comicbook / Deathstroke

13th Jul '17 11:36:33 PM Owlorange1995
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** For his part, Wintergreen has decided that Slade's just a violent man who has only ever been on his own side.
29th Jun '17 1:24:41 PM chilled0ut
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*** Though Slade had been blind in that eye for years, it was implied that [[EyeScream the eye itself was still there]] until that point.
29th May '17 7:15:18 AM FuzzyBarbarian
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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, four times, in his own comic series. The first series ran from June 1991-April 1996, the second from September 2011-May 2013, the third from October 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.

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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, four times, in his own comic series. The first series ran from June 1991-April 1996, the second from September 2011-May 2013, the third from October 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.
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* ContinuitySnarl: The entire Wilson family was more inconsistent than ''Hawkman'' in the New 52. As a result, the ''Rebirth'' series just rebooted them all.



* 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 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 [[Franchise/TheFlash Wally West]]'' and ''enough willpower to convince a 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.

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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 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 [[Franchise/TheFlash Wally West]]'' and ''enough willpower to convince a 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 also 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.
* InsaneTrollLogic: Something that seems to carry through his incarnations. It's always applied when he gets into a feud, however, especially if it concerns the Titans. Grant took a contract on the team from H.I.V.E., the organisation that also later gave Grant powers similar to his father. When fighting the Titans, Grant's body fails him as a result of the serum that gave him his powers. Does Slade blame H.I.V.E., the organisation that used the unstable formula on Grant? No. Does he blame himself for his awful parenting that led to Grant running away from home to be a mercenary? No. Does he accept that Grant made his own choices? No. He blames ''the Titans'' because... reasons?



* NeverMyFault: His entire motivation for hating the ComicBook/TeenTitans and trying to kill them was that he blamed them for the loss of his family. In reality, Deathstroke himself was the one who drove them away with his life as an amoral mercenary. Averted in one storyline when he eventually realized he was a terrible father. He enacted a scheme to endear his remaining two children to the Teen Titans so they could have the family he couldn't give them.

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* NeverMyFault: NeverMyFault:
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His entire motivation for hating the ComicBook/TeenTitans and trying to kill them was that he blamed them for the loss of his family. In reality, Deathstroke himself was the one who drove them away with his life as an amoral mercenary. Averted in one storyline when he eventually realized he was a terrible father. He enacted a scheme to endear his remaining two children to the Teen Titans so they could have the family he couldn't give them.
20th May '17 6:09:14 PM reppuzan
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* OnlyInItForTheMoney: This is a motivation he frequently has DependingOnTheWriter.

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* OnlyInItForTheMoney: This is a motivation he frequently has DependingOnTheWriter. In some stories, the easiest way for Batman and Robin to get Deathstroke to stop hunting his mark is to pay him off.
4th May '17 6:43:57 AM Isaac_Heller
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* ManipulativeBastard: He's not quite as good at this as some other DC characters. Most of his targets tend to be damaged teenagers a generation or two younger than him, hardly the most challenging targets. When his powers of persuasion aren't enough to get them to work for him, he's not above using blackmail, death threats, mind controlling drugs, and PsychoSerum to force them to join him.

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* ManipulativeBastard: He's not quite as good at this as some other DC characters. Most of his targets tend to be damaged teenagers a generation or two younger than him, hardly the most challenging targets. When his powers of persuasion aren't enough to get them to work for him, he's not above using blackmail, death threats, mind controlling drugs, and PsychoSerum to force them to join him. However, he can sometimes get the better of grown adults in his scheming, such as in his second appearance in NTT #10 where he plays the HIVE for chumps.



* MotiveDecay: He started out as a ruthless, though not wholly unscrupulous, assassin who only came into conflict with the Titans as part of fulfilling a contract that his son died trying to complete, having blamed them for his death. When he dropped the contract and finally made peace with his son's death, 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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* MotiveDecay: He started out as a ruthless, though not wholly unscrupulous, assassin who only came into conflict with the Titans as part of fulfilling a contract that his son died trying to complete, having blamed them for his death.death, and seemed to value his reputation above all. When he dropped the contract and finally made peace with his son's death, 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).
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Following the reboot, Deathstroke is back to being 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.
3rd May '17 12:14:11 PM ANewMan
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** He does not seem in agreement with the Red Lion's racist beliefs, since he himself is an indiscriminate killer. However, he works with him on his "ethnic cleansing" anyway because he's getting paid well for it.
3rd May '17 12:08:20 PM ANewMan
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* TheSociopath: His earliest characterization painted him as this before his evolution into a NinetiesAntiHero or NobleDemon AntiVillain in later appearances. His Sociopath status is now DependingOnTheWriter (Christopher Priest, for example, has gone on the record saying he thinks Slade Wilson is "ultimately amoral and a sociopath" and that's what he writes him as.)
29th Apr '17 9:40:06 PM Isaac_Heller
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%%** CulturedWarrior



%%* DeadpanSnarker

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%%* DeadpanSnarker* DeadpanSnarker: A noteworthy aspect of his personality since the beginning.


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* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Is he a good guy? A bad guy? Somewhere in between? The answer tends to change.
* HeelRealization: After witnessing Terra die because she let her hatred consume her, Slade realized what a similar situation he was in with his hatred for the Titans and stopped going after them, opting to retire and later coming out of retirement as an anti-hero and frequent ally to the Titans. It didn't stick, however.
29th Apr '17 9:37:02 PM Isaac_Heller
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* FriendlyEnemy: Deathstroke and Beast Boy developed a relationship like this in the '80s. [[spoiler: Beast Boy was about to fight him to the death when Deathstroke appealed to his humanity by showing up without his mask, stating that it was the faceless mask that he wanted to kill, not the person behind it. They later talked things over in a diner.]] Of course, this got reversed once Deathstroke [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope jumped back off the slippery slope]] into cold-blooded villainy.

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* FriendlyEnemy: Deathstroke and Beast Boy developed a relationship like this in the '80s.later '80s and early '90s. [[spoiler: Beast Boy was about to fight him to the death when Deathstroke appealed to his humanity by showing up without his mask, stating that it was the faceless mask that he wanted to kill, not the person behind it. They later talked things over in a diner.]] Of course, this got reversed once Deathstroke [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope jumped back off the slippery slope]] into cold-blooded villainy.



** Also, he received ''no'' long-lasting consequences after ''The Judas Contract'', the arc in which he was the BigBad, with it all being brushed under the rug or [[TheScapegoat pinned on Terra]], and for a while was even ''friends'' with the heroes he'd attempted to have killed.



* MotiveDecay: He started out as a ruthless, though not unscrupulous, assassin who honestly didn't have any great animosity towards the 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.

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* MotiveDecay: He started out as a ruthless, though not wholly unscrupulous, assassin who honestly didn't have any great animosity towards the Titans and originally only came into conflict with them the Titans as part of fulfilling a contract that his son died trying to complete. complete, having blamed them for his death. When he dropped the contract and finally made peace with his son's death, 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.



* 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.

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* 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. In the French dub of the show, however, he ''is'' called Deathstroke.



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%%* * OnlyInItForTheMoney: This is a motivation he frequently has DependingOnTheWriter.
29th Apr '17 9:30:27 PM Isaac_Heller
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* FriendlyEnemy: Deathstroke and Beast Boy developed a relationship like this in the '80s. [[spoiler: Beast Boy was about to fight him to the death when Deathstroke appealed to his humanity by showing up without his mask, stating that it was the faceless mask that he wanted to kill, not the person behind it. They later talked things over in a diner.]]

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* FriendlyEnemy: Deathstroke and Beast Boy developed a relationship like this in the '80s. [[spoiler: Beast Boy was about to fight him to the death when Deathstroke appealed to his humanity by showing up without his mask, stating that it was the faceless mask that he wanted to kill, not the person behind it. They later talked things over in a diner.]]]] Of course, this got reversed once Deathstroke [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope jumped back off the slippery slope]] into cold-blooded villainy.
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