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YMMV / The Judas Contract

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  • Adaptation Displacement: More people are familiar with its adaptation from Teen Titans than this comic; also applied as Adaptational Heroism.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Was Terra Evil All Along, and worked with Slade to destroy the Titans just out of irrational hate? Or was she a good and innocent teenager, corrupted by Deathstroke? It depends on the writer... on the future writers that reference Terra or this story, to be precise. The story as written by Marv Wolfman leaves no room for doubt: Terra was completely evil, even Obviously Evil.
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    • When Slade was talking down Changeling from killing him, was he counting on the fact that Changeling is a hero and wouldn't commit cold-blooded murder on a man who wouldn't put up a defense? Or was he truly tired from seeing that his efforts to avenge Grant amounted to All for Nothing and turned his son Jericho and Adeline against him?
    • Slade while talking to Changeling admits that he never saw himself as a villain. Is he defending his viewpoint, or is it a Heel Realization on seeing the consequences of his actions?
    • Terra afterwards may or may not have been resurrected, since her grave is empty and her successor is a dead ringer for her. The second Terra is also a good person. Did she block out the memories because I Hate Past Me? Or were the means used to revive her less than reliable and caused Laser-Guided Amnesia?
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    • Was Terra Hoist by His Own Petard or was she Driven to Suicide? If the latter, was it a suicide attack or just plain suicide?
  • Anticlimax Boss: And so, after all this, the Titans go after the leader of the H.I.V.E., to end that group once and for all. And that leader is... that lovely granny?
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Orwell's famous 1984 book was enough to make a colossal fad of paranoia and conspiracy, so when the contract was carried out in the middle of the craze, ramifications were huge.
  • HSQ: In the context of Wolfman's New Teen Titans run: Deathstroke is finally beaten but not before completeing his contract on the Titans (one of the series longest standing subplots up to that point), Terra plays her hand as a traitor then dies, Deathstrokes origins are revealed including a wife and second son who ends up joining the team, and finally Dick Grayson graduates from the old red and yellows and becomes Nightwing.
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  • Idiot Ball: Deathstroke has been accused of holding one when he tries to capture Dick Grayson, arguably the most dangerous Titan, by jumping through a window and fighting him hand-to-hand, instead of setting a clever trap of some kind like he did to all the other Titans. Adeline even points this out as she watches in secret:
    He must be desperate ... fighting like that in public. Slade’s been getting sloppy.
  • Moment of Awesome: Dick's transformation into Nightwing.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
    • Seeking revenge on others will only eat up the person on the inside and cause long-term harm. Deathstroke took the contract to avenge his son, but in the end it gets the Titans and his family gunning for him, and Terra literally dies in a mad attempt to get revenge on the Titans, trying to collapse the building on them and only managing to crush herself. Beast Boy nearly completes the Rule of Three by seeking revenge on Slade ...only to realize that he can't kill a man who won't put up a fight, and that he's throwing his life and hero status away to avenge a dead girl.
    • You can't save someone who doesn't want to be saved, and sometimes a person you thought you could trust may ultimately choose a Redemption Rejection.
  • Unfortunate Implications:
    • As detailed in the blogger tamaranorbust's thorough, multi-part study on Terra, creator Marv Wolfman was so determined to make her as irredeemably evil as possible that he ended up writing a whole host of these, including, but not limited to:
      • Terra's sexual affair with Slade, which the creators have confirmed was meant to shock the readers over what a slut she was. Wolfman would later admit that this was a mistake, and more recent writers have attempted to retcon this.
      • Having a mentally unbalanced teenager commit suicide — and then make it, and every other bad thing that happened in the story, her fault.
      • Making Deathstroke a sympathetic character and Terra a two-dimensional raving lunatic — even though it was his plan Terra was following, Deathstroke was a killer himself and he was using her as a pawn.
  • Values Dissonance: It's seen as Terra's fault for being an un-redeemable Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, who is so evil that at sixteen she sleeps with a man thirty years her senior. In 2003, Changeling was back to calling out Slade for his part in hurting Terra. In the modern 2010s, their relationship would be called a form of grooming, and in both the DTV adaptation and Deathstroke (Rebirth), it is flat-out portrayed as such.