Deathstroke: Anti-hero, anti-villain or villain?

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Poll: Deathstroke: Anti-hero, anti-villain or villain? (75 votes)

Anti-hero 31%
Anti-villain 33%
Villain 36%

How would you identify Slade?

Personally I think of him as more of an anti-villain as though his morality more immediately identifies with "bad guys" or villains, he doesn't act out in the name of evil but rather following 'his word is his bond' principle. In this sense Slade acts according to a code; a standard he sets to regulate himself. It's not a completely immoral code as his goal isn't the destruction of worlds or people outright, but it's certainly fairly murky. Still, he will team up with protagonists to take down common enemies. True villains would never rationalize doing such things unless it involved foiling the heroes' plan. Anti-villains and anti-heroes, however, don't mind doing mutually beneficial things if its more logical for them. Anyway, that's my feeling on it.

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#1 Posted by Saren (27534 posts) - - Show Bio

He's a villain. He primarily kills people for money. His goal is to kill people for money. On a secondary note he'll team up with protagonists to take down common enemies, but plenty of villains do that too. Zod teamed up with Superman to fight Brainiac on New Krypton, Bane teamed up with Batman against King Snake, etc.

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#2 Posted by dondave (41516 posts) - - Show Bio


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#3 Edited by Jonny_Anonymous (45755 posts) - - Show Bio

a villain with anti-villain tendencies

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#4 Posted by Arkhamc1tizen (2320 posts) - - Show Bio
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#5 Posted by BlueLantern1995 (3237 posts) - - Show Bio
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#7 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (45755 posts) - - Show Bio
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#8 Posted by Extremis (3743 posts) - - Show Bio
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#9 Posted by eternalnature (378 posts) - - Show Bio

he do what he want.

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#10 Posted by PeppeyHare (4330 posts) - - Show Bio

He's a anti-villain

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#11 Posted by DeathpooltheT1000 (18984 posts) - - Show Bio

Mercenary, if he has to works with heroes or be heroic, he will be heroic.

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#12 Posted by lifeofvibe (3778 posts) - - Show Bio

anti villain like the pre grant morrison pre tony daniel pre 52 jason todd was

p.s thats at least 4 crappy writter crapping on jason god i hate you dc

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#13 Posted by Jokerpoker (3132 posts) - - Show Bio

More of a villain.

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#14 Posted by LyraFay (2643 posts) - - Show Bio

I think it really depends on whose writing him, he could be anti-hero or full on villain. I prefer when he sort of a mixture of both, its make him more compelling.

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#15 Edited by TehStranger (924 posts) - - Show Bio

Marv Wolfman's 60 issue "Deathstroke the Terminator" series is probably one of my favorite series of all time, and that's how I like seeing him portrayed; as a mercenary anti hero. However over the years he became more villainous to the point of becoming a straight up villain. In the new 52 he's become sort of an anti hero again, but I just find New 52 Deathstroke extremely boring.

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#16 Posted by SuperStar_sketcher (1690 posts) - - Show Bio

He's a mercenary meaning all of the above

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#17 Posted by Frisky4 (9216 posts) - - Show Bio

He's not a villain in the sense that he's not 'evil'. If you say he's a villain because he devoted his life to crime, then yes, he is. I say he's an anti-villain because anti-heroes usually do immoral things for a noble cause, and Slade's cause is money. Slade isn't evil for evil's sake though, he just does what can be considered as evil things.

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#19 Posted by Lelanka (93 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't like how almost everyone are anti-heroes plus I think he's more anti-villain than anti-hero. :)

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#20 Posted by Vitalius (5158 posts) - - Show Bio


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#21 Edited by Jonez_ (10235 posts) - - Show Bio

@vitalius said:


Nah, civilians are neutral. This guy murders people for money.

He's an outright villain with a code of honor every once and a while, like Captain Cold or Ra's al Ghul.

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#23 Posted by Vitalius (5158 posts) - - Show Bio

@jonez_: I say neutral because he sometimes do the right thing by his own choice like Lady Shiva.

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