- Alternate Character Interpretation: A lot of his more selfless moments are open to this. Does he actually care about the people he helps or does he only help them in order to benefit himself?
- Die for Our Ship: Tends to get this from Joker/Harley shippers.
- Ho Yay: With Catman in Secret Six. Lots of it.
- Jerkass Woobie: Let's see...abusive father? Accidentally killed his beloved older brother? Had a son who was raped and murdered by a paedophile? A daughter he never knew about, who he tried to settle down for before being forced to fake his death? Generally an asshole who's OK with doing many horrible things for quick cash?
- My Real Daddy: While David Vern Reed and Rew Schwartz may have created him, it is ultimately John Ostrander who the character owes most of his defining traits and popularity among readers to.
- Newer Than They Think: Despite being viewed as the centre of his character by many people in recent years, his daughter wasn't formally introduced until the 2005 Deadshot miniseries (55 years after Deadshot was created and 17 years after the character was redefined by John Ostrander).
YMMV / Deadshot