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Deathstroke (real name Slade Wilson) is a member of the Light. Originally the group's enforcer because of Sportsmaster's departure, he has since risen through the ranks and became the leader of the League of Shadows.

Personality

Much like his predecessor Sportsmaster, Deathstroke is cool and efficient in the discharge of his duties. This emotionless mask does tend to slip when he is truly challenged, and a degree of impatience slips through. This is evident when he was engaging with Sportsmaster, while Tigress bantered with Cheshire.[5] He also takes great delight in the thrill of battle, and takes a sadistic relish in taunting his opponents.[4]

Unlike Sportsmaster, Deathstroke is far more ambitious, as he made plans to "take a seat at the table" at the head of the Light.[5]

Physical appearance

Deathstroke unmasked.

Deathstroke is a tall, slender man, with long white hair, and a full beard. He is missing his right eye, and wears an eyepatch, while the remaining eye is blue.[5] His armor is primarily black and gray, with goldenrod greaves and gauntlets. He wears a matching goldenrod mask with a black area that obscures the right half of his face, including his missing eye. He wears a utility belt with pouches, and sheaths for a sword and staff on his back.[6]

By 2018, Deathstroke has cut his hair much shorter. He also changed his armor considerably, with much more orange in its color scheme. The suit has goldenrod shoulder pads and matching greaves and gauntlets. His mask now is made of cloth and includes two long ribands jutting from the back, one black and one orange, matching the colors of the front side of the mask.[1]

History

2015

Around July,[7] the Light sent Deathstroke and Sportsmaster after Blue Beetle to retrieve his scarab. Ted Kord did not survive the meeting, but the two assassins could not secure the scarab.[8]

2016

 
Khüiten Peak
April 9, 07:12 ICT

When Sportsmaster attempted to assassinate Black Manta, Deathstroke counteracted the attack by shooting the disc Sportsmaster threw. This prompted Sportsmaster to blow his way out of the cave, and make his escape by helicopter. Deathstroke fired several shots at the helicopter, but it escaped unharmed.[6]

 
Atlantic Ocean
April 9, 01:16 EDT

Black Manta had Deathstroke accompany Tigress to kidnap Miss Martian in order to force her to restore Kaldur'ahm's mind.[4]

 
Chicago
April 9, 06:20 CDT

Deathstroke and Tigress ambushed Miss Martian and Lagoon Boy.

As Miss Martian and Lagoon Boy exited a Zeta-Tube in a junkyard, they were confronted by Deathstroke and Tigress. Deathstroke battled Lagoon Boy, eventually taking him down and injuring his leg. Tigress was then able to weaken Miss Martian long enough for Deathstroke to slap an inhibitor collar on her. The two then took Miss Martian aboard the Manta-Flyer.

Later, as Black Manta ordered Miss Martian to restore Kaldur's mind, Deathstroke observed in a ship a distance away from the Manta-Flyer to ensure that Miss Martian did not use her telepathic powers for any other reason.[4]

 
Atlantic Ocean
May 27, 01:00 EDT

Deathstroke continued to monitor Miss Martian's progress in restoring Kaldur's memories. He told Black Manta that progress was slow, not knowing that Kaldur was playing possum and that he and Tigress were trying to figure out how to save Miss Martian's life. Tigress informed Deathstroke she needed a break and Deathstroke excused her. Soon after Tigress left, Cheshire dropped into the room through a ventilation shaft, took down a Manta Trooper who had subbed for Tigress, and attacked Kaldur. Miss Martian intervened, but Deathstroke activated her collar to shut off her mental telepathy and alerted Manta about Cheshire's presence. He observed Miss Martian trying to protect Kaldur and then notified Tigress of the situation. As Cheshire and Miss Martian fought over a laser blaster, they took out Deathstroke's camera.

Deathstroke faced off against Sportsmaster, but they were evenly matched.

Deathstroke later boarded the Manta-Sub and caught Cheshire and Sportsmaster attempting to escape. He and Sportsmaster engaged each other, with Cheshire moving in to defend her father. Tigress intervened and took down Cheshire. As Sportsmaster and Deathstroke tussled, Sportsmaster mentioned how the Light betrayed him and could do the same to Deathstroke, but Deathstroke said that wouldn't happen if he took a seat at the Light's table. The battling duos were interrupted as Miss Martian arrived, who slammed Deathstroke and Tigress into the wall, allowing Sportsmaster and Cheshire to leave the sub. Miss Martian advanced on Deathstroke, who dropped explosive pellets on the ground that knocked Miss Martian away and released her telekinetic hold on him and Tigress. Deathstroke then charged Miss Martian, who telekinetically threw him into Tigress, allowing her to phase out of the sub.[5]

 
The Warworld
May 30, post-03:36 UTC

While Black Beetle was occupied with Arsenal and the runaways, Deathstroke opened a boom tube inside the chamber containing the Warworld's crystal key and subdued the Reach soldiers guarding it. He proceeded to open the key's container with a Fatherbox and absconded with it.[8]

 
Santa Prisca
pre-June 19, 00:00 ECT

At some unspecified point before the summit between the Light and the Reach, Deathstroke was neutralized by Aqualad and replaced by Miss Martian.[9]

2016-2018

Ra's al Ghul resigned from the Light and placed the League of Shadows under their control. They chose Deathstroke to lead the League.[10]

Some time after her kidnapping in 2016, Deathstroke "rescued" Tara Markov from the Bedlam Syndicate.[11] He began to train her, often brutally,[12] but manipulated her such that she remained loyal to and dependent on him.[11]

2018

 
Greater Bialya
September 30, 01:01 UTC+3

Deathstroke attended a meeting of the Light where it was confirmed that Nightwing had formed a new team.[13]

 
Santa Prisca
October 12, post-04:00 ECT

Deathstroke flew via helicopter to League of Shadows headquarters where he was greeted by Lady Shiva and Cassandra Savage, who he asked for progress updates. As expected, Savage asked about Tara Markov's whereabouts, allowing Deathstroke to drop a hint about her being with Gretchen Goode for the benefit of an eavesdropping Batman.[1][14]

Later, he and Shiva caught up with Batman and his squad after they were intercepted trying to escape by Bane. Deathstroke initially fought Metamorpho but was frustrated by his powers, so switched focus to Katana. Oracle used the Batplane to lay down cover fire and extracted Batman's group.[1]

 
Santa Prisca
November 01, 09:24 ECT

Deathstroke receives a message from Tara confirming she had infiltrated the heroes.[15]

 
Santa Prisca
November 06, 22:49 ECT

Deathstroke listened to the recording of Helga Jace and Black Lightning that Tara sent him and smiled.[16]

 
Undisclosed location
December 07, post-19:49 PST

Tara texted Deathstroke to inform him that the Outsiders were secretly coordinating with the Justice League and asked for instructions. He told her to stand by.[17]

2019

 
Undisclosed location
January 02, post-04:16 PST

Deathstroke called Tara to find out why she had not reported in on schedule. She told him there had been nothing to report; a lie.[18]

 
Hollywood
January 22, 02:21 PST

Out on the streets, Deathstroke grabbed Tara from behind. He demanded to know why she had not shared all she knew about Halo and Vic Stone. She tried to claim they were both developing situations, but Slade correctly assessed that she had come to like the "heroes". He reminded her about how Brion, Helga and her parents had failed her in the past, and warned her that the "heroes" would turn on her too. He told her that he had always been honest with her, and gave her an antidote chip, just in case.

Later, Slade called into a conference of the Light, where they discussed Tara and Brion's escape from Gretchen Goode thanks to the antidote chip, Gretchen Goode's betrayal, and the consequences of the Anti-Life Equation.

Later still, he received a call from Tara. After Helga's betrayal and the arguments among the heroes, she had come to believe Slade had been right that morning, and asked for orders.[11]

 
Undisclosed location
February 15, 09:02 ICT

Deathstroke called in to a meeting of the Light, where they agreed on their next steps.

Later, he received intel from Tara that Gregor Markov was visiting them in America. He passed it on at another meeting of the Light. Lex Luthor believed their plot to make Markovia a puppet state was worth blowing her cover and told Deathstroke to send word.[19]

 
Metropolis
February 15, 18:35 EST

Deathstroke met with Luthor at LexCorp headquarters, while the rest of the Light called in. They confirmed a final agreement on their plan, and Deathstroke ordered Tara to publicly execute Beast Boy. The hope was this would give Lex the leverage to call for a public meta-human and vigilante registration act, which would take down the existing heroes and allow them to supplant the Justice League with their Infinity, Inc..

As the mission continued and Beast Boy stopped Brion from killing Baron Bedlam, Slade urged Tara to complete her mission so no one could stop her and Brion from taking their revenge on Bedlam. But before she completed the act, Tigress confronted Tara and told her they knew about her working with Deathstroke, but offered her the chance to redeem herself. Batman had been able to tell from Slade's micro-expressions that he had been lying while talking about Tara on Santa Prisca, surprising Slade, who did not know Batman could see him while unmasked. Tara chose to side with Tigress despite Deathstroke's urging, and threw her comm to the floor. Cyborg then used the comm to hack into their computers, allowing him and Black Lightning to access LexCorp records and see that Luthor was with Slade.[14]

 
Metropolis
February 16, 04:25 EST

In the aftermath, Slade thought the mission was a failure, but Luthor was satisfied; Brion had executed Bedlam on live television and usurped the throne, all while surrounded by "heroes" in masks. Luthor thought it was ideal for his purposes.[14]

 
Undisclosed location
February 23, 00:00 ICT

Deathstroke called in to a meeting of the Light. Despite Lex Luthor's legal worries, they were satisfied with how things turned out, with Markovia under their control through puppet king Brion Markov, thanks to their newest member. Vandal Savage then updated them on his latest meeting with Darkseid, where they were able to find common ground after their dispute with Granny Goodness.[14]

2020

 
[Undisclosed location
May 14, 07:32 ICT

Deathstroke called in to a meeting of the Light, where Zviad Baazovi updated everyone on the meta-human program in Markovia. He was interrupted when Klarion abruptly left the meeting.[20]

Powers and abilities

  • Agility: Deathstroke is able to dodge incoming attacks with great acrobatic skill.[4]
  • Hand-to-hand combat: Deathstroke is quite proficient in unarmed combat.[4]
  • Marksmanship: Deathstroke has excellent accuracy with a pistol.[6]
  • Swordmanship: Deathstroke wields bladed weapons with great ferocity and technique.[4][5]

Equipment

  • Explosive pellets[4]
  • Fatherbox[21]
  • Handguns[6]
  • Retractable Naginata: A battlestaff with a concealed retractable blade in one end.[5]
  • Sword[6]
  • Taser bolas[21]

Appearances

Background information

  • In the comics, Slade Wilson is known as Deathstroke the Terminator, the world's most expensive assassin. He was originally a villain of the Teen Titans, and played a large role in the Judas Contract storyline. In the early nineties, he got his own ongoing series, which painted him even more in the light of a tragic anti-villain, burdened with guilt over the harm done to those near him.
  • This is his third animated appearance. He was a main antagonist in the Teen Titans animated series (where, for censorship reasons, he was referred to as "Slade"), and his alternate universe analogue was President of the United States in the direct-to-video film, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths.

References

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  2. San Diego Comic Con promotional tote bag
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