History Comicbook / Deathstroke

13th Oct '17 8:50:16 AM xcountryguy
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* FriendlyEnemy: Deathstroke and Beast Boy developed a relationship like this in the 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.

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* FriendlyEnemy: Deathstroke and Beast Boy developed a relationship like this in the later '80s and early '90s. [[spoiler: Beast [[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.



* TeamDad: Evil version. During the Titans East storyline, he even acted more fatherly towards Inertia than he did to his own children [[spoiler: as part of his plan to get the Titans to accept them]]. He gave the little psycho the serum he needed for SuperSpeed while warning him not to abuse it, advised him to dump his even more psychotic girlfriend, and hooked him up with the Rogues in Central City once everything went south for Titans East.

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* TeamDad: Evil version. During the Titans East storyline, he even acted more fatherly towards Inertia than he did to his own children [[spoiler: as [[spoiler:as part of his plan to get the Titans to accept them]]. He gave the little psycho the serum he needed for SuperSpeed while warning him not to abuse it, advised him to dump his even more psychotic girlfriend, and hooked him up with the Rogues in Central City once everything went south for Titans East.
5th Oct '17 11:05:14 PM overman2099
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* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: As dangerous of a fighter and as [[PopularityPower popular as he can be]], Deathstroke is still subject to this from time to time. Sometimes he'll be powerful and skilled enough to the point where he'll be shown to be able to give serious trouble to characters as skilled as Batman. Then other times, a few no-name characters will be able to get the drop on him and/or pose a serious enough threat to him that it may not be apparent at first glance that Slade has superhuman attributes.
2nd Oct '17 3:15:00 AM Owlorange1995
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Outside of comics, Deathstroke was featured as the main antagonist in the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' animated series, with his name changed to [[NeverSayDie the more kid-friendly moniker of "Slade"]] (voiced by Creator/RonPerlman). A more comic-accurate version of Deathstroke (voiced by Creator/WentworthMiller, [[TheOtherDarrin then]] FredTatasciore) appeared in the second season of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', working as an enforcer for the Light. He appeared as a GeneralRipper antagonist in ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', played by Creator/MichaelHogan. He was a main character in the first two seasons of ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', where he's played by [[RaceLift mixed-race]] actor Creator/ManuBennett. He also appeared in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueTheFlashpointParadox'' (reprised by Perlman), was one of the major villains in ''WesternAnimation/BewareTheBatman'' (voiced by Creator/RobinAtkinDownes), and was the main antagonist in ''[[WesternAnimation/SonOfBatman Son of Batman]]'' (voiced by Thomas Gibson) and the secondary antagonist in ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenTitansTheJudasContract The Judas Contract]]'' (voiced by Miguel Ferrer). He will also appear in the Film/DCExtendedUniverse played by Creator/JoeManganiello, with rumors suggesting that he will have a big role in the ''Batman'' solo movie made in the setting.

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Outside of comics, Deathstroke was featured as the main antagonist in the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' animated series, with simply using his name changed to [[NeverSayDie the more kid-friendly moniker of first name "Slade"]] (voiced by Creator/RonPerlman). A more comic-accurate version of Deathstroke (voiced by Creator/WentworthMiller, [[TheOtherDarrin then]] FredTatasciore) appeared in the second season of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', working as an enforcer for the Light. He appeared as a GeneralRipper antagonist in ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', played by Creator/MichaelHogan. He was a main character in the first two seasons of ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', where he's played by [[RaceLift mixed-race]] actor Creator/ManuBennett. He also appeared in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueTheFlashpointParadox'' (reprised by Perlman), was one of the major villains in ''WesternAnimation/BewareTheBatman'' (voiced by Creator/RobinAtkinDownes), and was the main antagonist in ''[[WesternAnimation/SonOfBatman Son of Batman]]'' (voiced by Thomas Gibson) and the secondary antagonist in ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenTitansTheJudasContract The Judas Contract]]'' (voiced by Miguel Ferrer). He will also appear in the Film/DCExtendedUniverse played by Creator/JoeManganiello, with rumors suggesting that he will have a big role in the ''Batman'' solo movie made in the setting.
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.)
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