There are a lot of villains the DC Universe, but very few have hit the overused, overrated and over-retconned trifecta as hard as Slade Wilson.  Depending on the era, he has been called The Terminator, Deathstroke, Slade and “that schmuck inna half-mask”, and he has gone back and forth from villain to antihero more often than anyone this side of The Hulk, but ever since his turn in ‘Identity Crisis’, Deathslade has been ubiquitous in the DCU.  I don’t want to sound like a negative Nelly, ’cause I love his original costume and Termaslader’s motivation while being written by Marv Wolfman is complex and fascinating, leading to today’s four-years-before-Schwarzenegger query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) prefers to use his hybrid designation, Deathstroke The Terminator,  asking: How do YOU prefer to refer to the villainous jerkface known as Slade Wilson?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Since my first meaningful experience with him was in the CN Teen Titans cartoon, Slade and I are on a first-name basis

  2. Deathstroke the Terminator: Father of Grant & Joseph Wilson. Eventually a daughter of questionable parentage Rose was found. Ex-husband of Adeline Kane Wilson.

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