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Quote1 I am the thing that keeps you up at night. The evil that haunts every dark corner of your mind. I will never rest and neither will you. Quote2
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Slade is an evil, tyranical criminal mastermind who preys on the citizens of Jump City. He is also the archenemy of the Teen Titans' leader Robin, and is by extension considered the greatest and most dangerous adversary of the Teen Titans themselves.

Slade has clashed with the city's protectors, the Teen Titans, many times leading to the consideration that he is their main adversary. His main goal is to conquer the city and quite possibly the world. He has had two secret bases, which were both destroyed. He also seems to have a massive army of robotic commandos and incredible strength, enough to leave a dent in solid steel, and to crush a stone into a diamond in his hand.

He tried to recruit others to his side. He initially hired Jinx, Gizmo, and Mammoth from the H.I.V.E. Academy, but the Titans succeed in beating the three graduates. Slade then tried to trick Thunder and Lightning, two teenage storm elementals, into destroying Jump City, but that too failed when Beast Boy helped the brothers to see the error of their ways. Slade forced Robin to join him, with the threat that if he did not, Slade would use nanobots he planted in the Titans to destroy them from the inside out, therefore killing them. Robin eventually defeated Slade with his friends' help.

Slade later recruited the super heroine Terra blessed and cursed with tremendous power. Throughout the season, Slade tormented her and exploited her fears of being unable to control her powers and of alienating her newfound friends, the Teen Titans, slowly drove her to his side. Slade coaxed Terra into subjecting herself willingly to apprenticeship, despite the Titans having warned Terra of Slade, and promised that he could teach her to control her powers. After believing that Beast Boy betrayed her trust and told the other Titans of her difficulties in controlling her powers (even though Beast Boy did not tell her and Robin only figured it out), Terra eventually betrayed the Titans to Slade, who indeed taught her to control her powers, and took over the city with her help. During this time, Slade had crafted a new suit for Terra, one bearing his insignia, and was able to access her powers to assist her in combat, and to an extent, control her. With Slade's help, Terra mercilessly defeated the Titans, who were reluctant to fight their old friend, and were focused on trying to redeem her rather than defeat her. The Titans, however, returned and fought her again. But this time, they fought her mercilessly and viciously. By failing Slade's command to destroy the team, she returned to him, only to be beaten by him in anger. Slade then controlled Terra and used her to nearly kill Beast Boy, who arrived at the base to redeem Terra. Beast Boy and the Titans then convinced Terra to overcome the link her new suit had to Slade, and she sent him to his apparent doom in a lava pit while she turned to stone.

Being apparently dead, Slade was absent for a long time. He appeared in a flashback in the episode which Robin narrates about how he created Red X. He did appear as a figment of Robin's imagination, due to a dust released from his mask onto Robin. After Robin was knocked out by Cinderblock, he notices Slade approaching, but every time Robin attacked him, Slade didn't have a scratch on him (because actually he was a figment of Robin’s imagination), and Robin couldn't even touch him.

Robin's friends couldn't see Slade, because only Robin could; Slade was a hallucination. Robin gets beaten up by Slade, receiving a lot of bruises. Robin’s friends try to explain to Robin that Slade is not there, but Robin (who was still angry) threatened to take down his friends if he got in his way, but Starfire knocks him out.

Back at the tower, Slade continues to haunt Robin's mind, and Robin continued to fight a losing battle. Raven enters Robin's head to see through his eyes and saw Slade herself. She then reveals to the others that the stress on Robin's brain is destroying his body. Just as all hope is lost, the flickering lights made Slade disappear who admits that he is a hallucination. Robin believed in his friends that Slade is not real, and switched on the lights, and the Slade hallucination vanished completely

After the fight, Cyborg revealed that someone from outside the tower had activated the mask. The mask is then shown in the basement and one eye turns red.

He later returned as the servant of Raven's demonic father Trigon. Slade had fire powers and a red mark on his forehead, called the Mark of Scath. He delivered Trigon's message to Raven, that she would cause the end of the world on her birthday. Trigon had promised to give him back his flesh in exchange for his services. However, Trigon went back on the deal, and Slade decided to join forces with the Teen Titans. While Cyborg, Starfire, and Beast Boy tried to distract Trigon, Robin and Slade went to find Raven (who had been transformed into a child version of herself) in the underworld. Upon returning to the surface with Raven, the Titans assaulted Trigon in a somewhat vain effort to defeat him. Nevertheless, they managed to hurt him, as did Slade, who recovered his flesh and stole the demonic weapon of one of Trigon's minions. Raven finally defeated her father and restored the world to normal, but Slade escaped the Titans shortly thereafter, with a solemn promise from Robin that nothing has changed, and he will make that clear if he sees him again.

Powers

  • Divine Empowerment (Formerly): After his death, Slade made a demonic deal with Trigon to be reborn with superpowers in exchange for becoming the demon's messenger.
    • Pyrokinesis: When Slade made his deal with Trigon, the demon granted Slade the power to shoot streams of fire from his hands. However, when Trigon went back on his deal and did not give Slade his flesh back, Slade broke into Trigon's underworld and got his flesh back himself.
    • Superhuman Strength
    • Regeneration

Abilities

  • Peak Human Condition: Slade is exceptionally strong and agile. He's demonstrating feats of physical strength to the point he can shatter rocks with punches and dent solid metal.
  • Martial Arts: Slade is likely one of the most experienced martial combatants in the world. Even Robin has never been able to decisively defeat him in unarmed combat.
  • Weaponry
  • Tactical Analysis: Slade is a criminal genius and is always thinking two steps ahead.
  • Intimidation


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