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Slade Wilson, known by his codename, Deathstroke, is an elite mercenary, commonly considered the world's greatest and deadliest assassin. The only contract he has ever failed to fulfill was one against the Teen Titans.[3] He considers the role of Deathstroke a job, not a reflection of who he is. Most of the rumors about him are true, and he doesn't mind, because he loves his job. As far as he is concerned, Slade Wilson is a good man - an adventurer.[4]

Early Life

When Slade was seventeen,[5] he joined the US Army and proved to be an exceptional soldier, earning decorations for valor in combat. After this, Slade was selected for the covert-operations unit, Team 7.[6]

Team 7

Five years before taking the name "Deathstroke", Slade operated with Team 7, a team created to secure The Majestic Project - a plan to control future metahuman threats.

During one mission, Slade was severely injured and had to go under an operation that enhanced his physical abilities, making him a super soldier.[7]

After the termination of Team 7, Slade began to operate under the Deathstroke identity as a mercenary for hire, eventually becoming known as the world's greatest and deadliest assassin.[8]

War of Jokes and Riddles

Deathstroke vs. Deadshot

Deathstroke vs. Deadshot

During Batman's second year of vigilantism in what would be called the "War of Jokes and Riddles", Deathstroke, still a rising assassin, joined the Riddler's team against the Joker for control of Gotham and the privilege to kill Batman. Deathstroke first met his combative equal when he fought against one of Joker's soldiers - the assassin Deadshot. Deathstroke and Deadshot fought for a total of five days, killing 62 civilians that were caught in their crossfire, before being stopped by Batman.[9]

Gods of War

Slade went to Russia to fulfill a contract against a man named "Possum", which turned out to be a set-up. Slade became badly injured from Possum's backup. Bleeding heavily, Slade tried to remember the name of the man he's to see; an older man called I-Ching. He found his way to the place, and collapsed. Slade woke, healed by the man, and sensed something had changed in him. He soon realized that, somehow, I-Ching had made him young again. Slade began searching around, and found the hologram of a masked swordsman. A voice from behind him explained that this man was just a hologram of Deathstroke's next target, Odysseus. The man introduced himself as Red Fury.[4]

Slade later found out that Odysseus was his resurrected father, and scientists had used Slade's son, Jericho, to do this.[10]

After being led by Harley Quinn to the likely location of his children Rose and Jericho. They had been taken to Gotham International Airport, where their grandfather Odysseus and the League of Assassins deliberated on whether they should kill Rose. Jericho became agitated, warning them away from his sister. To force Odysseus' hand, he began attacking his own body from the inside, knowing that if he died, Odysseus' plan is ruined. Under pressure, Odysseus put his own mask on Jericho and absorbed the remains of his psychic power before he could die.[11]

Deathstroke and Harley soon intervened and rescued his children. Banishing the fact that he was fighting his father from his mind, Slade attacked him as an enemy. When Odysseus knocked off Slade's helmet, he didn't recognize him as his son, thanks to the de-aging he underwent. Therefore he assumed that this must be an impostor. Slade assured him that he was the real deal, skewering his father on a protruding piece of scrap metal, killing him.[11]


Deathstroke wields the Godkiller swords.

Slade was eventually approached by the Olympian blacksmith god, Hephaestus, for a job unlike any other job he had ever done; to assassinate a titan. Slade accepted the offer and is armed with a magical sword, called the Godkiller. Armed by Hephaestus, Slade set out to kill a god, the titan, Lapetus.[12]


Deathstroke encountered Damian Wayne, a.k.a Robin, when he was sent after Maya Ducard. Damian intervened when Slade attacked Maya, and the two engaged in a fight. Robin led Slade into a tomb, where he was caught off guard by the traps, allowing Damian to get distance. After Deathstroke managed to escape, Damian then paid him off.[13]

Sinestro Corps

Because of his ability to instill great fear in others, at some point Slade was chosen as a suitable candidate to wield a Yellow Lantern Ring, and was temporarily recruited into the Sinestro Corps.[14]

Green Arrow

Sometime in the past, Slade had an encounter with Oliver Queen, a.k.a the Green Arrow. This was revealed when Oliver was thinking of people who would want him dead, and Slade came to mind.[15]

Slade encountered Oliver once more when he was hired to find Doctor Miracle, a man who's blood could heal anything. Slade ran into Oliver when he arrived in Africa to retrieve Doctor Miracle, where Oliver was attempting to do the same. The two engaged in a fight that Slade ultimately won. He then impaled Oliver with his sword, seemingly killing him, although Oliver survived due to Slade being unaware that the blade had some of Doctor Miracle's blood on it.[16]

League of Assassins

With his daughter, Rose, on the verge of death, Slade was made an offer by Ra's al Ghul. Ra's told Slade that if he swore his allegiance to the League of Assassins, he would heal his daughter. Slade reluctantly agreed to the terms, only to find out Ra's had tricked him, forcing Rose, along with Slade's son Jericho, to also swear their allegiance to the League.[17]

Deathstroke: Rebirth

In the past, Slade went camping with Grant and Joseph. While Joseph enjoyed himself, Grant refused to camp and slept in the car during the night, exhausting the car battery and stranding the three in the wilderness in the middle of winter. When Slade reprimanded Grant, he snapped at Slade. Before he could abuse him, Grant stormed off while Slade and Joseph began walking in a different direction to find a town. Grant eventually ran into a mother bear. Before the bear can reach him, Slade, having followed Grant, killed it, then scolded his son; partly for not knowing he was toward it in the first place, and partly for not being able to flee. Wintergreen then arrived to pick up Slade for a contract in Qurac. He admonished Slade's parenting methods, but he still believed Grant should have been able to take care of himself. Before leaving, He went to kill the bear cubs nearby, thinking it better than not having a mother.

Further ahead in time, Slade and Adeline got in the middle of a heated fistfight. Adeline was tired of Slade's adventuring while she stayed home with the children. Slade rebuffed her, and when things calmed down, Adeline asked for a divorce.

In the present, Slade is overseeing a dumping of dead bodies in a country run by his latest client; Ja Zaki, The Red Lion. Slade has agreed to keep American forces out of his country, in exchange for nine million dollars and the location of a target for another contract. Slade's computer expert, Hosun, transfers some of the contract money into a pro-intervention Senate candidate's superpac, splitting the Democratic vote and allowing the anti-intervention, Republican Senator to keep his seat. Once the deal is done, Red Lion goes back on his word to protect his target and gives Slade his location. Once he reaches his target's hideout, he has his escorts wait ten minutes before fleeing. Before he goes, the two beg for him to spare them, as Deathstroke would have to kill them and and Red Lion would have their sons killed. The former to hide the fact that Red Lion went back on his word, and the latter to ensure that the sons don't avenge their fathers' deaths. He simply rebuffs the two and goes for his target.

Once inside, his target, a sickly Clock King, welcomes him, having already known he was coming for him. Deathstroke tries to shoot him, but Clock King is unaffected because of his time manipulation abilities. Slade prepares a grenade, but Clock King offers him information about a loved one in exchange for his word he will spare him. He refuses, choosing to uphold his word to the victims who hired him and maintain his integrity. Clock King admits that he is already dying and that asks if the person he is talking about is less important then killing his target. When Slade asks for proof, Clock King replies with one word; Kenilworth. Slade then returns to his escorts, demanding all the money they have on him in exchange for protection from Ja Zaki.

Later, the two escorts head into the territory of a terrorist group. When stopped by the terrorists, they claim they want to join their group, and brought the body of Deathstroke as a gift. The guards are skeptical, but when the escorts uses the word Kenilworth, they are granted entry. That night, Slade - still alive - begins slaughtering the terrorists with the weapons he snuck in. Slade then breaks for a nearby cave. When he tears the door inside apart, he finds Wintergreen, who is upset that Slade took so long to come for him.

The Professional

Slade returned to his old games. He put a hit on his daughter Rose as a cover to spend time with her, and someone took the contract. Slade sent Rose to kidnap Robin so Batman could be distracted and he would find the mercenary. It was revealed to be Rose's boyfriend and Pat's son Luis who had accepted the hit.

Slade later went to kill a drug dealer named Alisante. There he was confronted by Superman. Due to his Ikon suit Superman couldn't stop him. Slade managed to kill Alisantē and Joseph later helped Superman shutdown the Ikon system so Superman could knock him unconscious.

The Lazarus Contract

Deathstroke gains access to the Speed Force.

In an act of desperation to get his deceased son, Grant back, Slade captured the Flash and made him an offer: if Flash used his powers to go back in time and change the past so Deathstroke's son doesn't die, Slade would quit being Deathstroke. Although tempted by the offer, Wally refused. Slade then revealed to Wally that he had also captured his cousin, Kid Flash, as a contingency.[18]

Slade later tricked Kid Flash into allowing him to siphon his Speed Force energy from him, temporarily granting Slade vast superhuman speed. Deathstroke used his newfound power to travel back in time to save his son from dying. After many failed attempts, Slade's speed was shut off when Damian Wayne temporarily stopped Kid Flash's heart, shutting his speed off from the source. Slade was then somehow able to tap into the Speed Force directly and entered the Speed Force, attempting once more to change the past. After the Titans realized Slade wouldn't be able to escape the Speed Force on his own, Kid Flash entered the Speed Force in an attempt to save him. Knowing that Kid Flash didn't know how to get out of the Speed Force either, Flash entered it and pulled both Deathstroke and Kid Flash out.

Now free from the Speed Force, Deathstroke then told the Titans he saw things in the Speed Force no man should ever see, and that all of them, including him deserved to die. Slade then dropped his mask and claimed "Deathstroke is finished."[19]


After his experience in the Speed Force, Slade claimed his awareness had been heightened to new levels, and that he was ashamed of the man he was. With a new outlook on life, Slade began recruiting young heroes for a new team, including Power Girl, his son Jericho, and his daughter Rose, along with William Wintergreen and his ex-wife, Adeline Kane.[20]

Deathstroke vs. Batman

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The Terminus Agenda

After his escape from Arkham, he was defeated and captured by the Teen Titans. Damian locked him up with all the other supervillains underneath Mercy Hall. He was later shot in the head by Red Arrow, killing him.

Shortly afterwards, a funeral was held by all the villains. At his funeral, Raptor gave Slade's body leprosy, which sent his healing factor into overdrive and resurrected him. He took his resurrection as a second chance in life and went into hiding as a doctor. Meanwhile, another person who appeared to be an older version of Slade started impersonating him.[21]


  • Enhanced Brain Activity: Slade volunteered for an experimental procedure that activated a dormant metagene, which evolved his brain. This greatly enhanced Slade's mental capacity, as well as allows him to access his brain functions on a cellular level, granting him enhanced physical attributes.[22] He's capable of using 90% of his brain power.[23]
    • Accelerated Healing: Deathstroke possesses a greatly accelerated healing rate. His rapid healing clots blood in seconds and seals wounds in minutes. The time it takes for full healing depends upon the wound, ranging from seconds to hours, depending on the level of injury.[3] Deathstroke can heal quick enough to allow him to survive from fatal wounds, such as being impaled by a sword.[20]
      • Decelerated Aging: Deathstroke's healing ability also supplies him with a nearly-ageless lifespan.[24] Due to this ability, Slade is 57 years old, but appears 35.[5]
      • Toxic Immunity: Deathstroke's regenerative healing provides him with a enhanced immunity to toxins. When exposed to a dangerous paralyzation toxin, it only slowed Slade from superhuman levels, to that of a normal human, rather than instantly paralyze him.[25]
    • Enhanced Senses: Deathstroke's senses are far more heightened than those of a normal human.[26] While temporarily blinded, Deathstroke was able to easily maneuver around a large complex, due to his heightened senses.[27]
    • Superhuman Agility: Deathstroke's agility, balance, and bodily coordination are enhanced to superhuman levels.
    • Superhuman Durability: Deathstroke is capable of withstanding high amounts of physical damage and sustain little, to no injury. He was even able to withstand hits from the vastly strong Wonder Woman.[28]
    • Superhuman Reflexes: Deathstroke possesses reflexes far superior to a normal human. He is able to easily dodge point-blank gunfire, and catch a dagger thrown at him from behind, without looking.[26]
    • Superhuman Speed: Deathstroke is capable of moving at speeds greater than the finest human athlete. Even the Flash considers Deathstroke to be fast.[18]
    • Superhuman Stamina: Deathstroke can exert himself for hours, while wearing a heavy body armor, without tiring easily.
    • Superhuman Strength: Deathstroke's natural strength has been augmented to superhuman levels. He is strong enough to easily snap a sword in half, as well as casually overpower normal humans and lift and throw a large piece of concrete.[29]


  • Acrobatics: Deathstroke is a master acrobat. He is highly agile and is capable of performing skillful acrobatic maneuvers in combat.
  • Deception[25]
  • Disguise[1]
  • Escapology: Deathstroke was able to easily escape high tech meta-human hand cuffs with only a paperclip.
  • Genius Level Intellect: Deathstroke is a tactical genius, with an intellect superior to any human. He possesses vast knowledge and even understands the workings of the Speed Force and its connection to time-travel.[18]
    • Leadership: Deathstroke has been shown to be a capable leader, as shown during his time in the Suicide Squad.
    • Tactical Analysis: Deathstroke has been described as a tactical genius and is easily the equal of Batman in terms of strategic planning. Deathstroke's intellect is deadlier than his sword. He typically out-thinks and out-strategizes everybody in the book.[3] He was even able to capture both Flash and Kid Flash without anyone noticing.[18] Lapetus has commented that Slade possesses "a sharp strategic mind".[30]
    • Eidetic Memory[31]
  • Hunting: Deathstroke hunts in his spare time. He has an entire trophy room full of the heads of the animals he's killed.[8]
  • Intimidation: With his reputation of as World's Dealiest Assassin, Slade is able to instill great fear into others. His ability to do this was so great, he was considered a worthy member of the Sinestro Corps.
  • Investigation: Deathstroke is a keen observer and expert detective.[3]
  • Martial Arts: Deathstroke is a master martial artist. His fighting skill has allowed him to fight on par with Batman himself, who he claims he should be able to defeat in three moves tops.[29] He has been able to swiftly defeat other martial arts masters such as Bronze Tiger,[32] as well as take on 300 opponents at once.[10]
    • Eskrima[33]
    • Stick Fighting: Deathstroke is highly skilled in stick-based martial arts. He is capable of skillfully wielding two eskrima sticks, or a single bo staff in combat. He has also shown skill with nunchucks.[34]
  • Military Protocol: Deathstroke is a highly trained soldier who has years of mercenary experience. Deathstroke has fought for the special ops section of the military in places like Bosnia, North Korea, Southeast Asia, and Russia.[8]
  • Multilingualism[25] Deathstroke speaks Mandarin,[35] Hejazi Arabic, [36] and French [37]
  • Stealth: Deathstroke is a master of stealth and is able to silently assassinate people without making a sound.[38]
  • Surveillance[3]
  • Throwing: Deathstroke is highly skilled in knife throwing, as he has displayed on multiple occasions. Slade's aim is so great, he was able to slice a fly in half by throwing a paper clip.
  • Weaponry: Deathstroke is highly skilled in the use of many different types of weapons. He has displayed great proficiency in sword fighting, knife fighting, and stick fighting.
    • Swordsmanship: Deathstroke is a highly skilled swordsman. One of his favorite personal weapons is a large broadsword.[8] He has been able to keep up with the highly skilled Ra's al Ghul in a sword duel.[17] Slade was also capable to keep up with a restrained Flash briefly, in a sword fight.[39]
    • Demolitions: Deathstroke is proficient with many different kinds of explosives, from small entry explosives to grenades and even high-powered military grade firepower.[8]
    • Firearms: Deathstroke is a master marksman. He is trained in the use of pistols, rifles, shotguns and even makeshift firearms. He was even able to snipe a target from 650 feet away.[8]
    • Gadgetry: Deathstroke is skilled in the use of multiple gadgets. He was even able to quickly create and activate an impromptu EMP.



  • Ikon Suit: Deathstroke wears a suit of Promethium lined armor called the "Ikon Suit".[40] It uses a point defense mechanism called a gravity sheathe that, when attacked, hardens up specific areas of the suit struck to protect the wearer from impacts such as bullets and blunt trauma. The suit is powered by kinetic energy and thanks to his enhanced speed, agility and reflexes, Slade can keep it charged simply through moving. This energy absorption feature is effective enough to endure punches from Superman, allowing Slade to take potentially lethal attacks and stay standing.[41]


  • The Deathstroke: The Deathstroke is a Scottish broad sword & Slade's first & favorite sword. At some point, HIVE had Promethium forged into the blade, making it more durable and capable of absorbing energy.[46]
  • Various Firearms: Slade has used a variety of different firearms in combat, including pistols, assault rifles, and sniper riles.
  • Knives: Slade has used a variety of different knives in combat, including combat knives, daggers, and throwing knives.
  • Nunchucks
  • Dual Katanas
  • Deathstroke's Energy Lance: Deathstroke has carried a staff capable of shooting blasts of energy and splitting into two escrima sticks. He could use it in conjunction with his sword to transfer absorbed energy in order to strengthen it's plasma blasts.
  • God Killers: Slade found a means of reverse engineering the God Killer to fashion a pair of daggers for himself.[48]

  • Slade Wilson is also known as the Terminator.
  • Deathstroke writer, Christopher Priest states that Deathstroke always fulfills his contract, no matter what it takes. The only contract he has ever failed to fulfill was a contract from HIVE to kill the Teen Titans.[3]
  • In Deathstroke (Volume 4) Slade is 57 years old, although he appears 35. It is also said that he is 215 lbs. instead of 225 lbs. as the Batman Character Encyclopedia says.[5]
  • Slade underwent voluntary sterilization after learning of Rose's existence.[50]
  • Slade earned the Silver Star, Purple Heart and Service Cross while in the Army.[2] He also earned the Black Star, a confidential commendation unknown to most.[22]
  • Slade is aware of Batman's real identity - Bruce Wayne.[51]



  1. 1.0 1.1 Deathstroke (Volume 4) #4
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Deathstroke (Volume 4) #21
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Journey Through The Mind of a Killer
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Deathstroke (Volume 3) #1
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Deathstroke (Volume 4) #41
  6. DC Comics Encyclopedia: All-New Edition
  7. Deathstroke (Volume 2) #0
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 Teen Titans (Volume 4) #23.2: Deathstroke
  9. Batman (Volume 3) #28
  10. 10.0 10.1 Deathstroke (Volume 3) #2
  11. 11.0 11.1 Deathstroke (Volume 3) #6
  12. Deathstroke (Volume 3) #7
  13. Robin: Son of Batman #4
  14. Sinestro #19
  15. Green Arrow (Volume 5) #36
  16. Green Arrow (Volume 5) #51
  17. 17.0 17.1 Deathstroke (Volume 3) #20
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 Titans (Volume 3) #11
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 Teen Titans: The Lazarus Contract Special #1
  20. 20.0 20.1 Deathstroke (Volume 4) #20
  21. Deathstroke (Volume 4) #48
  22. 22.0 22.1 Deathstroke (Volume 4) #10
  23. Batman: Universe #1
  24. Deathstroke (Volume 2) #4
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 Deathstroke Annual (Volume 3) #2
  26. 26.0 26.1 Deathstroke (Volume 2) #17
  27. Deathstroke (Volume 4) #17
  28. Deathstroke (Volume 3) #8
  29. 29.0 29.1 Deathstroke (Volume 3) #5
  30. Deathstroke (Volume 3) #9
  31. Deathstroke (Volume 4) #37
  32. Deathstroke (Volume 3) #3
  33. 33.0 33.1 Deathstroke (Volume 2) #9
  34. Deathstroke (Volume 3) #12
  35. Deathstroke (Volume 4) #28
  36. Deathstroke (Volume 4) #31
  37. Deathstroke (Volume 4) #26
  38. Deathstroke (Volume 4) #7
  39. The Flash Annual (Volume 5) #3
  40. Dark Nights: Metal #3
  41. 41.0 41.1 Deathstroke (Volume 4) #8
  42. Teen Titans (Volume 6) #8
  43. The Silencer #3
  44. Deathstroke (Volume 4) #12
  45. Deathstroke (Volume 4) #6
  46. Deathstroke (Volume 4) #23
  47. Justice League (Volume 3) #43
  48. Wonder Woman #768
  49. Deathstroke (Volume 3) #10
  50. Deathstroke (Volume 4) #35
  51. Batman (Volume 3) #91

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