- Debut: The New Teen Titans #2 (December 1980)
- Created By: Marv Wolfman & George Pérez
Slade Wilson has often been the arch-enemy of the Teen Titans, yet he’s really Dick Grayson’s arch-enemy. Grayson has heavy connections to Batman, resulting in the character becoming a big part of Batman’s comics over the years too. In fact, he once put a control chip on Robin to control him in an attempt to end Batman’s life. There is even a comic called Batman vs Deathstroke where it is revealed Bruce Wayne is not Damien’s father, rather, Slade Wilson is. Thus, Deathstroke and Batman tend to have MANY battles that become incredibly personal. Slade is well aware Bruce is Batman, but his identity is not really what he cares about.
Deathstroke is an assassin for hire and Batman often stops him from achieving his goals. This costs him money and that affects his reputation and his bank account. We do not know until later on about his children, to who Slade sends part of his money. This could be why he takes Batman’s interference so personally. When in the Army, Slade nearly died on a mission and that led to an operation that gave him superpowers. He currently has enhanced intelligence, strength, and reflexes along with a regenerative healing ability. Along with amazing swordsmanship, marksmanship, and fighting abilities, he’s one of the best Batman Rogues Gallery villains.