History YMMV / Deathstroke

13th May '17 5:52:12 AM ACW
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*CompleteMonster: His ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' incarnation and his incarnation from ''WesternAnimation/SonOfBatman'' & ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansTheJudasContract''. See those pages or see [[Monster/DCAnimation here]].
29th Apr '17 10:23:54 PM Isaac_Heller
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* CreatorsPet: When George Perez left ''The New Teen Titans'', Marv Wolfman had free reign over Deathstroke's character, and it seemed that he had no objectivity where he was concerned. In a very jarring, sudden turn of events, Deathstroke became a KarmaHoudini for his actions, his [[CharacterizationMarchesOn earlier characterization forgotten]] and now established as an AntiVillain who bore the Titans no ill will[[note]](When Perez was still on the title, Deathstroke blamed the Titans for his son's death and took very clear, visible pleasure in setting them up to be betrayed and murdered[[/note]] turned AntiHero, being EasilyForgiven and becoming a father-figure and ''friend'' of the Titans, including his biggest victims Nightwing, Changeling, and his own son Jericho who was rendered mute because of him. Wolfman has also stated repeatedly that he never saw Deathstroke as a villain, but as a victim of circumstance stuck in a bad situation, whose actions (including [[UnfortunateImplications sleeping with a teenage girl]]) weren't truly his fault.

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* CreatorsPet: When George Perez left ''The New Teen Titans'', Marv Wolfman had free reign over Deathstroke's character, and it seemed that he had no objectivity where he was concerned. In a very jarring, sudden turn of events, Deathstroke became a KarmaHoudini for his actions, his [[CharacterizationMarchesOn earlier characterization forgotten]] and now established as an AntiVillain who bore the Titans no ill will[[note]](When Perez was still on the title, Deathstroke blamed the Titans for his son's death and took very clear, visible pleasure in setting them up to be betrayed and murdered[[/note]] murdered)[[/note]] turned AntiHero, being EasilyForgiven and becoming a father-figure and ''friend'' of the Titans, including his biggest victims Nightwing, Changeling, and his own son Jericho who was rendered mute because of him. Wolfman has also stated repeatedly that he never saw Deathstroke as a villain, but as a victim of circumstance stuck in a bad situation, whose actions (including [[UnfortunateImplications sleeping with a teenage girl]]) weren't truly his fault.
29th Apr '17 10:20:45 PM Isaac_Heller
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** He was Brad Meltzer's Creator's Pet as well, although ironically Meltzer went in the ''opposite'' direction from Wolfman. Instead of attempting to canonly apply the DracoInLeatherPants treatment to him, Meltzer made Deathstroke an unabashed villain who was just [[VillainSue so good at what he did]], being both an invincible fighter and unparalleled DiabolicalMastermind. This was best shown in the notorious scene of "Identity Crisis" where Deathstroke singlehandedly [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomps]] the ''entire Justice League''.

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** He was Brad Meltzer's Creator's Pet as well, although ironically Meltzer went in the ''opposite'' direction from Wolfman. Instead of attempting to canonly apply the DracoInLeatherPants treatment to him, Meltzer made Deathstroke an unabashed villain who was just [[VillainSue so good at what he did]], being both an invincible fighter and unparalleled DiabolicalMastermind. This was best shown in the notorious scene of "Identity Crisis" ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'' where Deathstroke singlehandedly [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomps]] the ''entire Justice League''. Meltzer was clearly a tad ''too'' enamored with Deathstroke as a villain.
29th Apr '17 10:19:10 PM Isaac_Heller
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** He was Brad Meltzer's Creator's Pet as well, although ironically Meltzer went in the ''opposite'' direction from Wolfman. Instead of attempting to canonly apply the DracoInLeatherPants treatment to him, Meltzer made Deathstroke an unabashed villain who was just [[VillainSue so good at what he did]], being both an invincible fighter and unparalleled DiabolicalMastermind. This was best shown in the notorious scene of "Identity Crisis" where Deathstroke singlehandedly [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomps]] the ''entire Justice League''.
29th Apr '17 10:12:38 PM Isaac_Heller
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* CreatorsPet: When George Perez left ''The New Teen Titans'', Marv Wolfman had free reign over Deathstroke's character, and it seemed that he had no objectivity where he was concerned. In a very jarring, sudden turn of events, Deathstroke became a KarmaHoudini for his actions, his [[CharacterizationMarchesOn earlier characterization forgotten]] and now established as an AntiVillain who bore the Titans no ill will[[note]](When Perez was still on the title, Deathstroke blamed the Titans for his son's death and took very clear, visible pleasure in setting them up to be betrayed and murdered[[/note]] turned AntiHero, being EasilyForgiven and becoming a father-figure and ''friend'' of the Titans, including his biggest victims Nightwing, Changeling, and his own son Jericho who was rendered mute because of him. Wolfman has also stated repeatedly that he never saw Deathstroke as a villain, but as a victim of circumstance stuck in a bad situation, whose actions (including [[UnfortunateImplications sleeping with a teenage girl]]) weren't truly his fault.
19th Apr '17 12:37:49 PM ANewMan
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* BaseBreaker: While he still remains something of an EnsembleDarkhorse, Slade's handling by some writers has divided him into three categories. There are fans who still love him, fans who are unhappy with how he and his family have been handled since ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'', and those who see him as a Villain Sue and wish he was dead. What has further broken this base was the infamous ''Titans: Villains for Hire'' special where he and his team of mercenaries butchered Ryan Choi.

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* BaseBreaker: While he still remains something of an EnsembleDarkhorse, Slade's handling by some writers has divided him into three categories. There are fans who still love him, fans who are unhappy with how he and his family have been handled since ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'', and those who see him as a Villain Sue VillainSue and wish he was dead. What has further broken this base was the infamous ''Titans: Villains for Hire'' special where he and his team of mercenaries butchered Ryan Choi.
19th Apr '17 12:34:59 PM ANewMan
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* CantUnhearIt: If you've seen ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. You'll most likely be reading every line in Creator/RonPerlman's very serious voice. Alternatively, fans of ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' probably hear Manu Bennett's voice, which has became equally iconic for the character, albeit for the mercenary versions more than the Chessmaster ones. To a lesser extent, fans of his video game appearances may hear Mark Rolston or J.G. Hertzler from the ''Arkham'' and ''Injustice'' series that prominently featured him. The late Miguel Ferrer's performance as him in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansTheJudasContract'' may very well reach this status as well.

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* CantUnhearIt: If you've seen ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. You'll most likely be reading every line in Creator/RonPerlman's very serious voice. Alternatively, fans of ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' probably hear Manu Bennett's voice, which has became equally iconic for the character, albeit for the mercenary versions more than the Chessmaster ones. To a lesser extent, fans of his video game appearances may hear Mark Rolston or J.G. Hertzler from the ''Arkham'' and ''Injustice'' series that prominently featured him. The late Miguel Ferrer's performance as him in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansTheJudasContract'' may very well reach this status as well.
19th Apr '17 12:34:27 PM ANewMan
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* CantUnhearIt: If you've seen ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. You'll most likely be reading every line in Creator/RonPerlman's very serious voice. Alternatively, fans of ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' probably hear Manu Bennett's voice, which has became equally iconic for the character, albeit for the mercenary versions more than the chessmaster ones. To a lesser extent, fans of his video game appearances may hear Mark Rolston or J.G. Hertzler from the ''Arkham'' and ''Injustice'' series that prominently featured him.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: He's become a fan-favorite villain of the DC Universe.

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* CantUnhearIt: If you've seen ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. You'll most likely be reading every line in Creator/RonPerlman's very serious voice. Alternatively, fans of ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' probably hear Manu Bennett's voice, which has became equally iconic for the character, albeit for the mercenary versions more than the chessmaster Chessmaster ones. To a lesser extent, fans of his video game appearances may hear Mark Rolston or J.G. Hertzler from the ''Arkham'' and ''Injustice'' series that prominently featured him.
him. The late Miguel Ferrer's performance as him in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansTheJudasContract'' may very well reach this status as well.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: He's become a fan-favorite villain of the DC Universe. Universe.
** This goes for other DC media outside of comics. Ironically, the character's first mainstream exposure that contributed to his growth in popularity was in the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' animated series that was made at a time where stricter network censorship made the show [[NeverSayDie unable to use his alias]], which is why he was simply called "Slade" instead, but every incarnation of the character to appear in other media since then has been called Deathstroke.
29th Mar '17 8:35:55 PM CommanderAce
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* CantUnhearIt: If you've seen ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. You'll most likely be reading every line in Creator/RonPerlman's very serious voice. Alternatively, fans of ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' probably hear Manu Bennett's voice, which has became equally iconic for the character, albeit for the mercenary versions more than the chessmaster ones.

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* CantUnhearIt: If you've seen ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. You'll most likely be reading every line in Creator/RonPerlman's very serious voice. Alternatively, fans of ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' probably hear Manu Bennett's voice, which has became equally iconic for the character, albeit for the mercenary versions more than the chessmaster ones. To a lesser extent, fans of his video game appearances may hear Mark Rolston or J.G. Hertzler from the ''Arkham'' and ''Injustice'' series that prominently featured him.
23rd Mar '17 7:23:04 AM FuzzyBarbarian
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Slade's defeat in Titans East. Was his ultimate goal to try and get the Titans to accept Rose and Jericho so they could give them the family he couldn't? Or was he just lying to himself because he can't handle the idea that his plan fell through again?
* BaseBreaker: While he still remains something of an EnsembleDarkhorse, Slade's handling in recent years has divided him into three categories. There are fans who still love him, fans who are unhappy with how he and his family have been handled since ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'', and those who see him as a Villain Sue and wish he was dead. What has further broken this base was the infamous ''Titans: Villains for Hire'' special where he and his team of mercenaries butchered Ryan Choi.

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: AlternateCharacterInterpretation:
** Slade himself is subject to this a lot. Is he a moral mercenary who just does what he's good at or a completely amoral monster? Does he care for his children or are they just pawns in the games he plays? Depends on who you ask and who's writing him.
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Slade's defeat in Titans East. Was his ultimate goal to try and get the Titans to accept Rose and Jericho so they could give them the family he couldn't? Or was he just lying to himself because he can't handle the idea that his plan fell through again?
* BaseBreaker: While he still remains something of an EnsembleDarkhorse, Slade's handling in recent years by some writers has divided him into three categories. There are fans who still love him, fans who are unhappy with how he and his family have been handled since ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'', and those who see him as a Villain Sue and wish he was dead. What has further broken this base was the infamous ''Titans: Villains for Hire'' special where he and his team of mercenaries butchered Ryan Choi.
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