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Deathstroke

Deathstroke
Deathstroke Vol 2 8.png
Slade Wilson as Deathstroke. Cover of Deathstroke (vol. 2) #8; artwork by Jason Fabok
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance New Teen Titans #2 (December 1980)
Created by Marv Wolfman
George Pérez
In-story information
Alter ego Slade Joseph Wilson
Team affiliations United States Army
Injustice League
Suicide Squad
Secret Society of Super Villains
Titans East
H.I.V.E.
Checkmate
Team 7
League of Assassins
Partnerships William Randolph Wintergreen
Talia al Ghul
Abilities
  • Utilizes 90% of his brain capacity
  • Extremely skilled military tactician
  • Enhanced physical and mental attributes
  • Superhuman strength, speed, agility, and durability
  • Regenerative healing factor
  • Master swordsman and marksman
  • Master martial artist and hand-to-hand combatant
  • Access to high-tech weapons, gadgets, and suits
  • Mastery of bojutsu and jojutsu
  • Multilingual
Deathstroke the Terminator
Series publication information
Schedule Monthly (vol. 1-3)
Bimonthly (vol. 4)
Format Ongoing
Publication date (vol. 1)
August 1991 – Jun 1996
(vol. 2)
November 2011 – July 2013
(vol. 3)
October 2014 – July 2016
(vol. 4)
August 2016 – present
Number of issues (vol. 1): 60 + 4 Annuals
(vol. 2): 20 + 0
(vol. 3): 20 + 2 Annuals
(vol. 4): 9 + Rebirth one-shot(as of December 2016)
Creative team
Writer(s) Marv Wolfman
Penciller(s) Steve Erwin
Inker(s) Will Blyberg
Collected editions
Deathstroke the Terminator: Full Cycle

Deathstroke (Slade Joseph Wilson) is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez. He is a mercenary and assassin who first appeared in The New Teen Titans (vol. 1) #2 (1980).Wizard magazine rated him the 24th greatest villain of all time. Also, in 2009, Deathstroke was ranked as IGN's 32nd greatest comic book villain of all time.

Originally the archenemy of the Teen Titans, writers have developed him over the years as an adversary of other heroes in the DC Universe; parallels have been established between him and Batman. The character has been substantially adapted from the comics into multiple forms of media, including several Batman related projects and the Teen Titans animated series. Slade Wilson/Deathstroke later appeared on The CW's live action TV series Arrow, where he is portrayed by Manu Bennett. Joe Manganiello has been cast as Deathstroke for the DC Extended Universe film series.

Deathstroke the Terminator first appeared in 1980, in the second issue of the book New Teen Titans. He was originally introduced as "the Terminator", a mercenary who was completing the terms of a contract undertaken by his son Ravager.

Due to his popularity, Deathstroke received his own series, Deathstroke the Terminator, in 1991. It was retitled Deathstroke the Hunted for issues #0 and #41-45; and then simply Deathstroke for issues #46-60. The series was cancelled with issue #60. In total, Deathstroke ran for 65 issues (#1-60, plus 4 annuals and a special #0 issue).



  • Utilizes 90% of his brain capacity
  • Extremely skilled military tactician
  • Enhanced physical and mental attributes
  • Superhuman strength, speed, agility, and durability
  • Regenerative healing factor
  • Master swordsman and marksman
  • Master martial artist and hand-to-hand combatant
  • Access to high-tech weapons, gadgets, and suits
  • Mastery of bojutsu and jojutsu
  • Multilingual
  • Deathstroke the Terminator: Full Cycle (collects Deathstroke the Terminator #1-5 and New Titans #70, )
  • Deathstroke: The Terminator Vol. 1: Assassins (Deathstroke the Terminator #1-9, New Titans #70 )
  • Deathstroke: The Terminator Vol. 2: Sympathy For The Devil (Deathstroke the Terminator #10-13, Annual #1, Superman Vol. 2 #68 )
  • Deathstroke, the Terminator Vol. 3 (Deathstroke the Terminator #14-20, )
  • Deathstroke Vol. 1: Legacy (collects Deathstroke Vol. 2 #1-8, )
  • Deathstroke Vol. 2: Lobo Hunt (Deathstroke Vol. 2 #0, #9-20)
  • Deathstroke Vol. 1: Gods of War (Deathstroke Vol. 3 #1-6 )
  • Deathstroke Vol. 2: God Killer (Deathstroke Vol. 3 #7-10, Annual #1 Sneak Preview from Convergence: Batman: Shadow of the Bat #2 )
  • Deathstroke Vol. 3: Suicide Run (Deathstroke Vol. 3 #11-16 )
  • Deathstroke Vol. 4: Family Business (Deathstroke Vol. 3 #17-20, Annual #2 )
  • The character appears in the Teen Titans animated series, voiced by Ron Perlman. This incarnation simply goes by his first name "Slade", as Deathstroke was not considered suitable for a series aimed at children. Underneath his mask, his face is silhouetted by a shadow (with brightly colored slicked back hair) with a scar running through his right eye socket. In one episode he sports a disguise that closely resembles his face in the comics, including his eye patch. He is changed from an assassin to an enigmatic criminal mastermind, dispatching slews of super villains and android ninjas to kill the Teen Titans.
  • Deathstroke appears in Young Justice: Invasion, voiced by Wentworth Miller (in "The Fix") and by Fred Tatasciore (subsequent appearances). In "True Colors", he appears as The Light's new enforcer, and intercepts Sportsmaster's assassination attempt on Black Manta, and becomes a recurring character in the show from then on.
  • Deathstroke appears in Beware the Batman, voiced by Robin Atkin Downes. Slade Wilson was originally a CIA agent before being terminated for his ruthless methods. Now operating as the international assassin Deathstroke, Slade planned to exact revenge on his former mentor, Alfred Pennyworth, for reporting him and poses as "Dane Lisslow" for most of the programme's run. In the series finale, Batman tricks Deathstroke into revealing his identity, but he retaliates by taking Alfred hostage in the Batcave. He ends up losing his eye in the course of his fight with Batman, and is rendered amnesiac by Metamorpho in order to prevent him from leaking Batman's secret identity.
  • An assassin by the name of Deathstroke appears in the Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman episode "Bob and Carol and Lois and Clark", played by Antonio Sabàto, Jr. In the show, he is a scientist named Earl Gregg who gains the powers of magnetism from a freak experiment, who takes on the new name of Bob Stanford to become a career as an assassin until Superman defeats him.
  • Slade Wilson appears in the tenth season of Smallville, portrayed by Michael Hogan. This version is a United States Army Lieutenant General and suspected war criminal behind the anti-superhero Vigilante Registration Act legislation. He is later saved from death by advanced military technology and his alliance with the evil god Darkseid, losing his right eye but gaining advanced healing abilities (putting him "beyond Death's stroke now"). After Slade kills the hero Hawkman, Clark Kent is forced to seal him in the Phantom Zone. He is later freed and left unconscious by General Zod in order to send a message to Clark.
  • Several characters utilize the Deathstroke persona in The CW's live-action Arrowverse.
    • On Arrow, the first person to assume the Deathstroke mantle is Slade Wilson's ASIS partner Bill Wintergreen (Jeffery C. Robinson), who is later killed by Slade for his betrayal.
    • Manu Bennett portrays Slade Wilson/Deathstroke himself on Arrow. Throughout the first and second seasons' flashbacks, Slade trains marooned playboy Oliver Queen to fight while they are stranded together on the island of Lian Yu, beginning Queen's path in becoming a vigilante. Slade later gains superhuman strength and reflexes when he takes the "mirakuru" supersoldier formula. However, the serum also drives Slade insane and eventually causes him to despise Oliver when Dr. Anthony Ivo kills Shado, Oliver's girlfriend, whom Slade was in love with. Oliver is then forced to drive an arrow through Slade's right eye in an attempt to kill him. In season two's present day narrative, Slade returns as the terrorist mercenary "Deathstroke" and wreaks havoc on Oliver's life, killing his mother and overwhelming Starling City with mirakuru-enhanced soldiers. In the season finale, Oliver defeats Slade and cures him of his powers, before imprisoning him in an A.R.G.U.S. prison on Lian Yu. In season three, Slade escapes his underground confinement and torments Oliver and his sister during their training session on Lian Yu, though he is ultimately defeated and recaptured. Deathstroke has a masked, non-speaking role in the 100th episode of the series, "Invasion".
    • Grant Wilson (Jamie Andrew Cutler) appears in the episode "Star City 2046" of the Arrow spin-off show Legends of Tomorrow. As Slade's son, he takes up the Deathstroke mantle and continues his father's legacy in the year 2046. Grant is later defeated by an aged Oliver Queen, his apprentice Connor Hawke and the time-travelling Legends of Tomorrow.
  • On Arrow, the first person to assume the Deathstroke mantle is Slade Wilson's ASIS partner Bill Wintergreen (Jeffery C. Robinson), who is later killed by Slade for his betrayal.
  • Manu Bennett portrays Slade Wilson/Deathstroke himself on Arrow. Throughout the first and second seasons' flashbacks, Slade trains marooned playboy Oliver Queen to fight while they are stranded together on the island of Lian Yu, beginning Queen's path in becoming a vigilante. Slade later gains superhuman strength and reflexes when he takes the "mirakuru" supersoldier formula. However, the serum also drives Slade insane and eventually causes him to despise Oliver when Dr. Anthony Ivo kills Shado, Oliver's girlfriend, whom Slade was in love with. Oliver is then forced to drive an arrow through Slade's right eye in an attempt to kill him. In season two's present day narrative, Slade returns as the terrorist mercenary "Deathstroke" and wreaks havoc on Oliver's life, killing his mother and overwhelming Starling City with mirakuru-enhanced soldiers. In the season finale, Oliver defeats Slade and cures him of his powers, before imprisoning him in an A.R.G.U.S. prison on Lian Yu. In season three, Slade escapes his underground confinement and torments Oliver and his sister during their training session on Lian Yu, though he is ultimately defeated and recaptured. Deathstroke has a masked, non-speaking role in the 100th episode of the series, "Invasion".
  • Grant Wilson (Jamie Andrew Cutler) appears in the episode "Star City 2046" of the Arrow spin-off show Legends of Tomorrow. As Slade's son, he takes up the Deathstroke mantle and continues his father's legacy in the year 2046. Grant is later defeated by an aged Oliver Queen, his apprentice Connor Hawke and the time-travelling Legends of Tomorrow.
  • Slade Wilson's parallel universe counterpart appears in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, voiced by Bruce Davison. He is depicted as the President of the United States in a world controlled by the Crime Syndicate of America, and wears an eyepatch on his left eye, as opposed to his right. Although he retains his supervillain counterpart's military background, he never becomes an assassin, and instead works for the betterment of the American people through politics. Despite his daughter, Rose, publicly speaking out against the Crime Syndicate, Slade is initially reluctant to wage war against them due to his concerns for his daughter's safety. But after Rose's attempted murder, Slade decides to strike back at the Syndicate with the Justice League's aid, along with that of his world's Lex Luthor. Slade personally leads the United States Marine Corps into the battle and, after the Syndicate leaders' defeat, orders the National Guard to work with law enforcement agencies to arrest the remaining members of the CSA.
  • Deathstroke appears in Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, voiced by Ron Perlman. In the distorted 'Flashpoint' timeline, Deathstroke is the captain of the ship, the Ravager. He and Lex Luthor attempt to find Aquaman's Doomsday Device, but the ship is attacked by the Atlantean army. Deathstroke manages to cut through hoards of Atlanteans, overpowering both Garth and Kaldur'ahm, before being presumably killed by Black Manta's optic blasts.
  • Deathstroke appears in Son of Batman, voiced by Thomas Gibson. This version was originally a member of the League of Assassins, serving as Ra's al Ghul's future successor until his actions deemed him unworthy, resulting in his exile. Feeling denied his right, Deathstroke stages a coup d'état where he kills his mentor and takes control of the League. During the chaos, Damian Wayne manages to stab Deathstroke's right eye. After escaping with Ubu's help, Deathstroke goes to Kirk Langstrom to work on a project initiated by Ra's to use Langstrom's Man-Bat gene splicing formulas on members of the League. He kidnaps Langstrom's family and Talia al Ghul as insurance. In the film's climax, Deathstroke shoots Talia and engages Batman in single combat. As Batman resuscitates Talia in a Lazarus Pit, Deathstroke and Damien, now known as Robin, engage in a fight which ends with Deathstroke defeated and sinking to the seas, leaving his fate currently unknown.
  • Deathstroke appears in the animated film Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League, voiced by John DiMaggio. He is among the villains mind-controlled by Gorilla Grodd to steal a crate of bananas. Deathstroke is later defeated by Plastic Man and taken into custody.
  • Deathstroke appears in Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom. He is one of the villains tasked with passing an obstacle course in order to join the Legion of Doom. After Deathstroke destroys the obstacle course, Lex Luthor disqualifies him after Black Manta and Sinestro state that Deathstroke should lead the Legion of Doom.
  • Deathstroke appears in Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Gotham City Breakout, voiced again by John DiMaggio. He is portrayed as a former classmate of Batman at martial arts school, before dropping out due to his jealousy over Batman being the star student.
  • Deathstroke will be appearing in Teen Titans: The Judas Contract voiced by Miguel Ferrerin one of his final roles after his death from throat cancer at age 61.
  • On August 20, 2008, Ed Boon announced Deathstroke as one of the DC villains who would appear in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, played by Chris Matthews and voiced by Patrick Seitz. He is a counterpart of Baraka. In the story, Deathstroke appears in Metropolis where he beheads a thug who paid him the money he owed Deathstroke late. Then Deathstroke is attacked and defeated by Flash. When in Gotham City, he attacks Sub-Zero (who is trying to hunt down Scorpion) seeing this new assassin as an enemy. Sub-Zero wins the battle, but does not bother finishing off Deathstroke fearing the essence of the Netherrealm that leads to Scorpion would become too weak to follow if he wasted any more time. Later, Deathstroke teams up with Lex Luthor and the Joker. He helps Joker try to take on Sonya Blade and Kano. Joker fights Sonya while Deathstroke battles Kano. In the middle of his fight, Deathstroke is pushed aside by Joker who defeats Kano and turns on Deathstroke when the Combat Rage takes over Joker. Deathstroke's game ending has him realizing that other-worldy assassins are seen as unwelcome competition. As a caution, he creates an army of assassins in his image, becoming the leader of the "Deathstrike Clan" (the DC Universe's version of the Lin Kuei).
  • Deathstroke appears in DC Universe Online, voiced by Tracy W. Bush. He is a member of the Secret Society of Super-Villains, and appears in multiple Instances and Alerts. During the Batman story quest line, he is sent by the Joker to assassinate the Riddler for informing the heroes of the source of Joker's new venom. In the Villain's campaign, he will join the player in a fight against Bruno Mannheim to steal the Bible of Crime. Players that use a Hero character will also encounter Deathstroke and Killer Croc on the Cape Carmine Lighthouse duo. In the Smallville alert, he appears as part of a Strike Force alongside Killer Frost, Bizarro and Solomon Grundy sent to aid Villain players in their battle against Doomsday.
  • Deathstroke appears in Injustice: Gods Among Us as a playable character, voiced by J. G. Hertzler. The mainstream version is hired by Lex Luthor to spring the Joker from Arkham Asylum but is defeated by Batman. The alternate incarnation is seen in Ferris Aircraft being tortured by the Regime's Cyborg and Raven until Green Lantern appears and escapes during the fight. Later on, he joins up with the Insurgency and helps the mainstream version of Cyborg into taking control of the Watchtower's teleportation system. In Deathstroke's ending, new governments start to form to replace Superman's. With new governments comes new orders for assassinations, insurrections to cause and revolutions to support, too much for even Deathstroke to handle. Using his skills to hunt down hidden Regime soldiers, Deathstroke forms a clan of the world's most successful political assassins called the New Titans. A Red Son-in game exclusive skin was released as part of DLC.
  • Deathstroke appears in Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure. He appears as one of the villains summoned by Brainiac to collect starites. This version appears to have taken aspects from the Teen Titans animated series (battling Cyborg and being referred to as "Slade") He and Doppelganger arrive on the Watchtower to find a starite but are defeated by Maxwell and Cyborg. They are teleported away by Brainiac but not before they free Amazo. Deathstroke can then be spawned by the player and is playable in the Wii U version. He is not seen on the final battle, unless spawned by the player, leaving his fate unknown.
  • In Batman: Arkham City Lockdown, Deathstroke is hired by Professor Hugo Strange to kill Batman, but he ends up being defeated and is sent to Blackgate Penitentiary.
  • Deathstroke makes his first substantive appearance in the series in 2013's Batman: Arkham Origins, a prequel game to 2009's Arkham Asylum that takes place during the second year of Batman's career. In addition to being a boss, he is also a playable character in the game's challenge maps via a DLC pack. He is one of the eight assassins hired by Black Mask on Christmas Eve to kill Batman, first appearing on the Penguin's large ship, the "Final Offer," which is anchored at the Dixon Docks in Gotham City's Amusement Mile district. As Batman interrogates Penguin for more information about the assassins trying to kill him, Deathstroke surprises and attacks him. Despite proving himself as a superior hand-to-hand combatant, Deathstroke is ultimately defeated by Batman, who then confiscates his "remote claw" device for his own use. Near the end of the game's story, Batman encounters him once again in his cell at Blackgate Penitentiary during the Joker's uprising. Deathstroke claims the Joker refused to release him because he was "afraid of him". After completing the game, Deathstroke reappears in a post-credits scene, where Amanda Waller visits him in prison in an attempt to recruit him into her specialized strike team, Task Force X. When he asks Waller why he should join, she tells him that he can remain and "rot" in prison, or come and work for her. During an interview regarding the animated movie Batman: Assault on Arkham, which takes place in the timeline of the Arkham games, co-director Jay Oliva confirmed that Deathstroke escaped Waller's clutches by the Squad's ninth mission.
  • In Batman: Arkham Knight, Deathstroke replaces the Arkham Knight as commander of the militia and Scarecrow's second-in-command. After his assumption of the militia's command, Deathstroke made plain his desire to even his score with Batman in retribution of the defeat he suffered aboard the "Final Offer" in Arkham Origins. After Batman eventually eliminates the last of the militia's encampments throughout Gotham, Deathstroke uses a powerful tank with a 360 degree field of vision to combat the advanced new Batmobile. The tank is ultimately destroyed and as he attempts to strike at Batman on foot, Deathstroke is handily defeated. Batman then locks Deathstroke in the Gotham Police Department with all his other apprehended foes from the night, with the assassin vowing to escape and kill Batman for free next time he has the chance. Even in defeat, though, Deathstroke expresses that he has developed deep respect for Batman. Consequently, he makes very clear that this respect will only fuel his desire to dedicate himself to "ending" Batman once and for all. After Batman's identity as Bruce Wayne is outed to the public, the player can interact with Deathstroke in the GCPD lockup, who expresses little care about who Batman really is. Deathstroke simply tells him, "You're dying just the same."
  • Two figures of Deathstroke were released in the New Teen Titans line, one unmasked and the other masked, the latter being released as part of a collector edition "75 years of super powers" wave.
  • Several "Slade" figures have been released based on his appearance in the Teen Titans animated series.
  • DC Universe has also released two Deathstroke figures, a masked version and an unmasked variant.
  • A figure of Deathstroke was released in The Dark Knight movie line (even though he was not in the film).
  • DC Collectibles released a Son of Batman Deathstroke figure, based on his appearance in the animated movie.
  • DC Collectibles released an Arrow Deathstroke figure, based on his appearance in the second season of the TV show.
  • Five Funko POP Vinyl figures of Deathstroke have been released: A regular New 52 version, an unmasked New 52 version, a metallic New 52 version, a regular Arrow version, and an unmasked Arrow version.
  • Funko Mystery Minis has released a Deathstroke minifigure in their DC Comics line.
  • A Deathstroke minifig was included with Batman and Robin in a Lego set featuring them in combatting boats. The set was packaged with a comic.
  • A 4-inch Arkham Origins Deathstroke figure was released in Mattel's DC Comics Multiverse line.
  • Slade was seen in Teen Titans Go! #16. His daughter Rose also made an appearance in #49, as the Ravager. A painting of Slade, without his mask, is briefly seen in the comic book.
  • In the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special, Deathstroke is seen with various other super villains inside the Trojan cake as they are about to attack the Justice League.
  • Deathstroke was a combatant in the online series DEATH BATTLE! by ScrewAttack, where he was pitted against Marvel's Deadpool and lost because he lacked the means to put Deadpool down for good. He reappeared in Season 1 of another ScrewAttack show, One Minute Melee, where he fought Deadpool again, but this time, he won.
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