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Deathstroke the Terminator Character Review

Deathstroke the Terminator Character Review

Deathstroke the Terminator Character Review

Deathstroke the Terminator (Slade Wilson, known originally simply as the Terminator) is a fictional comic book supervillain, and sometimes antihero, who appears in books published by DC Comics. The Character was created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez.

He is a mercenary and assassin who first appeared in The New Teen Titans (vol. 1) (1980). Wizard Magazine rated him the 84th greatest villain of all time and the 72nd greatest comic book character of all time. Also, in 2009, Deathstroke was ranked as IGN's 32nd greatest comic book villain of all time. More about Deathstroke the Terminator Character Review - keep on reading !!

Fictional Character Biography


Origin - Slade Wilson was sixteen years old when he first enlisted in the United States Army, having lied about his age. After serving a stint in Korea, he was later assigned to Camp Washington where he had been promoted to the rank of Major. In the early 1960s, he met Captain Adeline Kane who was tasked with training young soldiers in new fighting techniques in anticipation of brewing troubles taking place in Vietnam. Kane was amazed at how skilled Slade was and how quickly he adapted to modern conventions of warfare. She immediately fell in love with him, and realized that he was without a doubt the most able-bodied combatant she had ever encountered. She offered to privately train Slade in guerrilla warfare. In less than a year, Slade mastered every fighting form presented to him and was soon promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Six months later, Adeline and he were married and she became pregnant with their first child. The war in Vietnam began to escalate and Slade was shipped overseas. In the war, his unit massacred a village, which sickened him. He was also rescued by SAS member Wintergreen, to whom he would later return the favor.

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Chosen for a secret experiment, the Army imbued him with enhanced physical powers in an attempt to create metahuman supersoldiers for the U.S. military. Deathstroke became a mercenary soon after the experiment when he defied orders and rescued his friend Wintergreen sent on a suicide mission by a commanding officer with a grudge. However, Slade kept this career secret from his family, even though his wife was an expert military combat instructor. Indeed, she had been responsible for a significant portion of his early training.

A criminal named the Jackal took his younger son Joseph Wilson hostage to force Slade to divulge the name of a client who had hired him as an assassin. Slade refused, claiming it was against his personal honor code. He attacked and killed the kidnappers at the rendezvous. Unfortunately, Joseph's throat was slashed by one of the criminals before Slade could prevent it, destroying Joseph's vocal cords and rendering him mute.

After taking Joseph to the hospital, his wife Adeline Wilson enraged at his endangerment of her son tried to kill Slade by shooting him, but only managed to destroy his right eye. Afterward, his confidence in his physical abilities was such that he made no secret of his impaired vision, marked by his mask which has a black, featureless half covering his lost eye. Without his mask, Slade wears an eye-patch.

The Teen Titans - Slade has a long history as an enemy of the Teen Titans, beginning when his other son Grant became an early Titans foe called the Ravager to fulfill a contract to kill or capture the Teen Titans. However, those enhancements proved fatal and Slade agreed to complete the contract. His first mission involved stealing the fictional element Promethium from S.T.A.R. Labs and selling it as the ultimate weapon. He then kidnapped the Titans and placed them in the path of a Promethium bomb to test his device for the buyers, effectively killing two birds with one stone. The Titans escaped and pursued Deathstroke, but he severely wounded Changeling (Beast Boy) in his escape. This would be the start to a lasting animosity between the two.

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Deathstroke next appeared in New York, holding officials hostage in order to lure the Titans into confronting him. Terra, a new ally of the Titans, and Changeling were the only ones available to answer the call. Terra knocked Changeling out in an effort to prove herself worthy of being a Titan and fought Deathstroke single-handedly. Slade escaped as the other Titans arrived, but by then Terra had proven herself and the team offered her membership. Later that night, it was revealed that both Terra and Deathstroke conspired to fake the fight in a plot to infiltrate the team. It was also revealed that both shared an intimate relationship, despite Terra being fifteen years old. The artist, George PĂ©rez, noted that this constituted "statutory rape".

Powers and Abilities (Deathstroke)


Deathstroke possesses various enhanced abilities stated to be almost superhuman according to DC Bios and Comic bios. These include the strength of ten men and heightened speed, agility, stamina, and reflexes. He has the capacity to use up to 90% of his brain at any one time, making him a tactical genius, adept at turning opponents' own abilities against them; this can also be attributed to his years in the military and combat with various heroes. Deathstroke also possesses a healing factor in his blood that enables him to heal from physical injury much faster than a normal person; however, it does have limitations, as he could not heal his missing eye and cannot regenerate entire limbs. This enables him to recover from what would otherwise be fatal injuries, though recovering from such injuries renders him insane and animalistic for a short period. Deathstroke is also a very formidable opponent in hand-to-hand combat, capable of defeating both Batman and Nightwing. During the Infinite Crisis storyline, it took the combined efforts of Batman, Nightwing, and Robin (Tim Drake) to best him.

Green Arrow (vol. 4) claims that an assassin known as Natas taught Deathstroke "almost everything he knows" (a retcon of his origin in The New Teen Titans: Judas Contract, where his future wife, Adeline Kane, trained him while he was in the military). Deathstroke is also skilled in the use of many weapons including guns, rifles, and swords, which are usually among his current weapons of choice. His signature weapon is a power staff that fires lethal and non-lethal energy blasts from both ends. The staff can also be used to strike using energy at each end. His body armor is composed of a mesh-woven, kevlar, chainlink mail, capable of stopping small arms fire. Most of the metal he wears and uses is Promethium. However, in the New 52, he wears a full suit of composed of Nth metal. This armor allows him to absorb blows from some of the mightiest DC beings, as evidenced by it being able to absorb numerous blows from Lobo.

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Deathstroke also has enhanced reflexes, which is how he was able to blast apart Impulse's knee cap with a shotgun and impale the Flash while both were running at super-speed. It should be noted that DC clearly defines Slade as a Meta-human in issue #1 of the New 52 series. Which places him beyond human and even peak human.

In Other Media (Film/Movie)

  • Slade Wilson appears in the DC Universe Animated Original Movie Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths voiced by Bruce Davison. In the movie, this incarnation is a parallel universe counterpart of Deathstroke and the President of the United States in the world controlled by the Crime Syndicate of America. Although he still retains his white hair and eye-patch (except on his left eye as opposed to his right), he never pursued the path as an assassin but rather tries to work for the betterment of the American people through his political career. But he was a former soldier keeping in line with his mercenary counterpart's backstory but considered as a respectable war hero. He is also shown needing a cane for support, implying that he has health problems and never took the serum that would have given him his superhuman abilities. His daughter Rose Wilson publicly speaks out against the Crime Syndicate and was nearly assassinated by the Archer (Green Arrow) but was saved by the Martian Manhunter. It was also heavily implied that Slade's wife was assassinated by Ultraman. He is initially reluctant to wage war against the Syndicate due to his concerns for his daughter and the country's safety. However, after Ultraman's last threat and Rose's attempted murder, Wilson decides to strike back at the Syndicate with the Justice League's aid, along with that of his world's Lex Luthor, and personally leads the United States Marine Corps into the battle. After the Syndicate leaders' defeat, Slade orders the National Guard to work with law enforcement agencies to arrest the remaining members of the CSA.
  • Deathstroke was going to appear in the straight-to-DVD film Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, an adaptation of the Terra storyline of the same name from the comics (unrelated to the more youth-oriented, anime-like Teen Titans animated series). However, the film was put on hiatus.
  • Ron Perlman will reprise his role as Deathstroke in Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox.

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