- Alternate Character Interpretation: 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?
- Base Breaker: While he still remains something of an Ensemble Darkhorse, 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 Identity Crisis, 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.
- Cant Unhear It: If you've seen Teen Titans. You'll most likely be reading every line in Ron Perlman's very serious voice.
- Complete Monster: In Teen Titans.
- Ensemble Darkhorse: He's become a fan-favorite villain of the DC Universe.
- Moral Event Horizon: While Slade has done numerous criminal and downright evil deeds, the fact that he orchestrated the deaths of Rose's foster parents just to make sure she had no choice but to start living with him followed by pumping her full of mind altering drugs and turning her into a psychopath should put him over the line.