Number 5 Hellboy:
“Starting my number 5 pick Hellboy!”, Hellboy’s mother Catherine Tanner-Tremaine was born 1681. She was born in East Bromwich, England and was a rich heiress to a Tobacco merchant. Catherine parents died when she turned 19 and for the longest time, she had lived alone in her home painting. Catherine would later end up being obsessed by German literature and had often dreamed of spirits and magic. She was also able to acquire from her London Bookseller and eventually came to own an important collection of different magical objects one of them being Dr. John Dee’s fabled magical box. She was even able to summon a high level demon and willingly found intimacy with him. This would be one of the most happiest but yet also terrifying moments for Catherine. This would also change her life forever. Catherine’s soul would be changed to darkness and its acrid aftertaste made the rest of her life a road of repentance. With her soul lost she did everything she could have to gain it back but her marrying a pastor, giving away money to charity and anything else helpful wasn’t good enough and she ended up dying out of grace. She was buried with her two human children, a nun, and a pastor.
Before dying she confessed about what she had done and prayed for her soul to be out the way it once was before her soul would be claimed by her Dark paramour. With her last breathe she was taken by her demon lover and her human children had been killed by him as well and so fast that all the windows in Tremaine Manorhad shuddered. When she died their souls had joined and her demon lover would promise that within her body still remain their unborn spiritual son. Awaiting to incarnate and fall to earth. She laid dormant until her child was summoned forth by Grigory Effimovich Rasputin in autumn of 1944. A baby demon was brought to Earth destined to be the bringer of the apocalypse. He was quickly rescued by the Allied troops during World War II and was found with one extremely large rock arm. He was raised by Professor Broom, the founder of Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense who they called the baby Hellboy. Professor Broom would also come to raise Hellboy as his own son and would help him develop his powers. Hellboy grew fast and was incredibly inquisitive. He had the most vivacious eyes and showed interest in most mechanical things -frequently smashing them to pieces with his stone hand.
Hellboy was under the supervision of General Norton Rycker who would be tested daily and were arranged frequent biopsies that would be done to obtain tissue samples. He was also even able to communicate with animals especially dogs but had lost this while getting older. Professor Broom was asked by the President to keep Hellboy’s existence a secret and that the U.S. government would take care of everything. Even though it was meant for him to be a secret he met a lot of people. He met Einstein who flew to New Mexico in order to spend an afternoon with him and found him delightful and bright. In 1946, he threw a rock at Babe Ruth’s head and he even called Clark Gable “Sewer breath”. Hellboy would also be even told about to Joseph Stalin who that he wasn’t real but had finally met him in 1949 and knew of him being as the U.S. secret weapon.
When Hellboy would find out that Professor Broom had cancer, they would discuss with Hellboy would learn about his origins. Learning of his dark heritage, Hellboy was conflicted with who he was destined to be and what he felt was right. He struggles to understand his identity and if his heart is in the right place. Hellboy would turn out to be a champion of good battling evil forces on Earth. In 1952 he was given the status of being and Honorary human and became of field agent for the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (BPRD). Hellboy would eventually become the lead agent in the B.P.R.D, where he worked with Abe Sapien (an icthyo sapien), Elizabeth Sherman (a pyrokinetic), and Roger (a large homunculus).
Number 4 Red Hood (Jason Todd):
“Rising in the number 4 spot non other then Jason Todd Red Hood!” Raised in the slums of the poor side of Gotham City, Jason Todd was a dark haired boy and the son of a petty criminal named Willis Todd. Eventually, Willis was sent to prison and never returned home despite earning his release after a few years. Thus before Willis got sent to prison was the last time Jason ever saw him. This left Jason with Catherine Todd, a drug addicted woman he did not know was not truly his biological mother. In order to survive and for his so-called mother’s habit, Jason turned to crime, ripping off car parts for money. Catherine soon died from a drug overdose, and Willis had disappeared after screwing up a job for Two-Face. Jason was left alone on the streets barely surviving, still stealing parts of cars for cash. This led to Batman discovering Jason in an alley stealing the tires off the Batmobile.
Bruce Wayne tried to put Jason in a school for troubled youths but simply could not keep him there due to the school encouraging breaking laws and the kids beating up Jason while an old lady (whom was considered the teacher) watched. With that option off the table, Bruce took him in as his own and began training him to replace Dick Grayson as Robin. He did not have Dick’s cheerful enthusiasm or natural acrobatic skill, but life had made him tough and full of sarcastic wit which made Jason motivated. Secretly, Bruce believed that had he not taken Jason into his home then in a few years time he would be taking Jason in to the police as Batman. So instead, Jason became the new Robin.
Leading up to the events that would ultimately end in Jason’s death, he became more and more reckless in his actions. He began disobeying Batman’s direct orders, as well as leaving himself open to being shot on a few occasions. When Batman tells Alfred he is considering making Jason take some time off, Jason interrupts, clearly angry and tells Bruce to talk to Alfred as he storms off. Jason walks towards his old neighborhood and comes across a family friend. While going through some contents he learns that Catherine Todd was not his mother. He also learns that his mother’s name started with an “S.” He found three names in his Father’s address book and looked for them on the Batcomputer. Thinking Batman wouldn’t be interested in this sort of investigation, he takes off to go look for his mother. At the same time, the Joker was in the Middle East trying to hijack a nuclear warhead. Jason goes to the first woman, but she was not his mother. Batman, who was looking for both Jason and the Joker in the Middle East, finds Jason and helps him on his quest. The next name is actually world-renowned assassin Lady Shiva. Batman confronts and defeats her in combat and under the effects of truth serum she reveals that she is not Jason’s mother either. Finally Jason finds his mother, Sheila Haywood, and all seems well. However the Joker knows Sheila had previously performed “illegal operations on teenage girls” in Gotham. After one resulted in the death of a teen, she was blacklisted as a medical practitioner. Joker uses this to blackmail her. When Batman has to go stop an incident he warns Jason not to go after his mother and the Joker, to wait for back-up. He disobeys Batman’s orders once again and goes to confront his mother. He shows her that he is in fact Robin, and she tells him that Joker is long gone, however, he is actually around the corner. Sheila hands her own son over to the Joker, who begins to savagely beat Jason to a pulp with a crowbar . Double-crossing Jason’s mother, he leaves them both to die. When Todd awoke, he and his unconscious mother were next to a bomb in a warehouse. His last action was to try to shield his mother from the blast. Batman came in time to see the warehouse explode. He tore through the rubble and found Jason’s dead body.
Due to the reality warping effects of Superboy-Prime punching his way into the main reality, Jason Todd’s corpse was revived in his grave. Still badly injured from what the Joker did to him, he was able to dig his way to the surface and walk over twelve miles before collapsing and being found by a lost couple driving down the road. He was brought to the hospital and treated as a John Doe after slipping into a coma, as he could not provide anyone with answers. He would eventually awaken and escape through the window. However, he had suffered brain damage and remained partially catatonic as he lived on the streets. Instincts and muscle memory were what he survived on. Fighting a homeless man who had attacked him, his moves were witnessed and recognized by a former hired thug he had fought as Robin. The thug called in some old contacts to turn him in for a reward. Word made its way to Talia al Ghul, and she paid to have Jason abducted and brought to her.
Ra’s al Ghul was intrigued but unconvinced of his daughter’s opinion that Jason was worth anything to them, due to the severe brain damage he had suffered. He decided that Jason would be sent away but remain protected and cared for out of respect for Bruce Wayne. As far as Ra’s was concerned, to do anything more with Jason outweighed the potential risk if Batman were to find out. However, Talia disobeyed her father. She took Jason to the Lazarus Pit her father was using and shoved him in. The shock and healing properties of the pit healed Jason’s mind. He was confused and panicked, but Talia rushed him away before her father could retaliate. She had little time to explain anything to him, so all she said was for him not to go to Batman and find out the truth instead. He had not been avenged.
Jason did as Talia told him to do and quickly discovered the truth in her words. After his murder, Batman had done nothing more than send the Joker back to jail like his death was just another one of the Joker’s crazy schemes. This was too much for Jason to handle so soon. He was only days out of his traumatic revival in the Lazarus Pit, and he was now overwhelmed with grief and rage about what he had learned. In his anguish, he believed Batman only thought of him as an expendable soldier and that his death clearly meant nothing to the dark knight. Riding on the wave of his anger, he headed straight for Gotham City on a mission of revenge.
Jason did not arrive in Gotham City to hunt down the Joker. Instead, his desire for vengeance took him straight to Batman. He used all of his training as Robin to keep surveillance on Batman and orchestrate a setup. He knew all the right places to feed information so that Batman would hear about it, and he fabricated a story about a major gun buy going down in the city. He was waiting when Batman arrived, knowing that Batman would park the Batmobile a certain distance away from the intended destination. He also knew all the Batmobile’s security features, allowing him to rig it with an explosive while Batman was gone. This could have been the death of Batman, but when the time came Jason did not pull the trigger. He later explained to Talia that it was because he wanted Batman to know it was him in the end. He wanted to actually face Batman, and he wanted her help to do it.
Jason did not realize that Talia was shocked at his actions and the path he had set himself upon. He also did not realize she was helping him partly to delay him from actually doing anything. But it also did not matter, because he was getting what he wanted. He set about on a quest to further the training Batman had given him and learn what Batman would not teach him. He underwent intensive training in firearms from an expert sniper. He spent weeks learning from a chemist about toxins and other things. Then, he went to train under a German assassin called Egon and his quest took an unexpected turn.
Egon was a highly skilled fighter, as was Jason. But Jason’s fighting ability came from Batman. He was taught only how to defend and disable, and now, he needed to learn how to maim and kill. He spent weeks training in brutality before his suspicions got the better of him. Something about Egon’s operation bothered him. Egon’s men were thugs and not expert killers. This and other things led Jason to believe Egon’s business was more than contract killings. He was right and found Egon’s child slavery operation. Immediately, he commandeered the truck transporting the children and brought them to safety. He then returned for Egon and killed the slaver.
Jason had just taken the first steps on a new path. In the many months that followed, half of the dangerous men and women he studied under wound up dead by either his hands or his schemes. These were not arbitrary killings. In his mind, these people deserved it. The surveillance expert he learned from turned out to be a pedophile. The close combat master intended to murder her own family. The team of mercenaries he joined and left to die in an ambush were responsible for terrible atrocities in Africa. He was willing to learn from and work with some bad people to achieve his goals, but there was only so much he was willing to overlook.
The inevitable soon came to pass. Talia al Ghul showed him some surveillance photos from Gotham City and informed Jason that there was now a new Robin named Tim Drake. As much as he tried to pretend it did not bother him, it did. This news came in the middle of him uncovering a plot by the Russian mob to detonate explosives throughout London in a staged terrorist attack. This was not a situation he could fix by killing his teacher, as he had previously done. This was a much larger threat than he had dealt with before. In trying to sabotage the explosives to prevent the attack, he ended up making a series of stupid mistakes he normally would not have. He was caught and left to the mercy of the Russians orchestrating the attack.
Some quick thinking allowed Jason to narrowly escape with his life, and he went straight after his bomb-making teacher. Since his plan to sabotage the bombs was a bust, he needed to know where all the bombs were going, and he made sure the bomb-maker gave him some honest answers. With a list of names, he scrambled throughout London to relieve each of the unaware suicide bombers of their packages. He caught up to the final bomb just in time to throw it off of Westminster Bridge.
Back at his safehouse, the Russians were waiting for him. He took the kill squad head on, using the skills he had learned thus far to be the last man standing. None of them really deserved to leave the room breathing as far as he was concerned. The sole survivor tried to bargain for his life with everything from cash to every scrap of valuable information in his head.
Jason was not particularly interested in any of it until the man blurted out that he knew the whereabouts of the Joker. Jason quickly found out where Joker was at, and went to track him down. Joker had a plan to poison the drinking water in Gotham City so that all the people of Gotham, will burn with a smile. The poison was actually a liquid that could travel in water and would instantly ignite when it reaches the air. This would destroy millions of lives and would leave Gotham crippled, for villains to steal. While having a tracer attached to a snag, he found out where Joker was going to get a big shipment of this fuel.
Wanting revenge, Jason decided that he was going to kill Joker for the pain and suffering that he’s had and also others have had. Jason was lead to a shipping warehouse which led him to a confrontation with Joker’s henchman. Knowing that he hadn’t a whole bunch of time, Jason threw a smoke grenade which made Joker’s henchman fuzzy and slower. The henchman quickly shot Jason’s back, however the body armor that Jason was using saved him from the death. Jason wanted to kill Joker in public, but knew that he had to do it quickly. Jason placed Joker in a little small warehouse where he started to pour gasoline on the Joker. Remembering what the Joker did to him, Jason couldn’t ignite the fire. He soon left when he heard the henchmen opening the door.
Back at Talia’s house, Jason told Talia that he couldn’t kill Joker because he needed Batman to be there as well. He wanted to kill both Batman and Joker to make them suffer for what they did.
Jason emerged in Gotham City as the Red Hood, taking his new identity from the origin of his greatest fear, the Joker. He did not come to fight crime in the city. He came to influence it to avenge his death. He called a meet with the top street dealers in Gotham and informed them that he would be running the drug trade from now on by showing them the severed heads of their top lieutenants he had killed. The new rules were simple. He would get forty percent of the profit, and they would not sell to kids. If they broke that last rule, he would kill them. He also made moves to get the attention of the major crime figure of the time in Gotham, the Black Mask. He disrupted a major weapons shipment coming in from the docks, destroying most of the weapons and activating an Amazo android so Batman and Nightwing would take care of it. What he took from it was a crate of Kryptonite and then acted like he was willing to sell it back to the Black Mask. In return, the Black Mask sent Mr. Freeze to kill him, but he was expecting something of that nature anyway. He took out the hit-men accompanying Mr. Freeze and escaped when Batman and Nightwing showed up, saying all he wanted was the lay of the land.
Done with making his big debut as the Red Hood, he tracked down the whereabouts of the Joker to some abandoned carnival fair ground. He did not kill the Joker, but he did beat the man to near death with a crowbar. Similar to how the Joker originally killed him.
Number 3 Deadpool:
Cutting in the number 3 spot the merc with the mouth “Deadpool!” Wade Wilson was born as a normal person into a highly dysfunctional family in a small town in the state of Ohio. He ran away as a teenager and bounced around the country, all the while getting military training from various sources until he decided to become a mercenary. He kept changing his identity whenever something went wrong with the mission. He moved to Canada where he met a man by the name of Wade T. Wilson. Since he was Wade W. Wilson, the name reminded him of his old self. When he was ordered to assassinate Wade T., he accidentally killed the target’s wife, Mercedes. In the end, Wade T. ran away to eventually become the voodoo mercenary T-Ray while Wade W. kept the name “Wade T. Wilson” and never changed it out of respect for his namesake’s wife. When he was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, he volunteered for a subset of the Weapon-X program that was attempting to imbue a normal human with Wolverine’s healing factor.
Since he is Wade T. Wilson, he has Canadian citizenship, allowing him entry into the Weapon X program. The procedure was a success, but Deadpool, who took his name from the pool that the officers and scientists bet in as to who would die next in the experimentation, became severely mentally unbalanced as a result of it. He escaped the facility and has been wandering ever since. Some people might speculate that before his name was Wade Winston Wilson his name was Jack though this isn’t confirmed.
Before Weapon X and before Deadpool, Wade Wilson is a man shrouded in mystery. For instance: Wade Wilson may not be his real name and his back story may have been stolen (in-continuity) from another character. He remembers a mother who died of cancer when he was five, another mother who beat him during his teen years. He remembers a father who abandoned him in his childhood-years and yet another father who died in a bar room altercation when he was 17. That father was a good man but a militarie man whom was very strickt with Wade, to whom Wade rebbeled. He was shot by one of Wade’s friends, which caused Wade to be filled with remorse. The final father is the only one who is definitely real, all the other snatches and fragments of memories may be the result of his broken psyche. It is later revealed that the various conflicting memories of his family were implanted by a man named Butler, and that Deadpool had actually been forced to kill his own family while under Butler’s control.
He remembers an upbringing in Ohio, but even he recognizes that this may not be true. This mysterious young man joined and quickly excelled in military service, or at least the combat side of service. The strict hierarchy and rules didn’t jibe with the young man’s sense of self and his absolute need to rebel against authority figures, clearly military life was not for him and he was dishonorably discharged. The military did teach him two things: he was good at killing and he enjoyed it, so he quickly found work as a mercenary, though at first he only took on targets who he felt deserved to die.
Eventually he wound up in Japan as a Yakuza enforcer where he fell in love with one of the boss’ daughters. The young man’s mind was already in a state of radical instability, though, and he knew the relationship could never be, so he returned to America and ditched his previous moral code in addition to changing his entire identity, even his appearance, after each failed mission, fracturing his mind even more severely.
When an ordinary couple stumbled upon the wounded mercenary in the woods, they took him into their home, the woman even nurses him back to health, but again his unstable mind strikes and he becomes enamored with the young woman and envious of her life with her husband. So he burns their house down and kills her husband before accidentally killing her too. He takes the name Wade Wilson and believes himself to be the dead woman’s husband, but still returns to the mercenary trade.It was later found out in the Cable/Deadpool series, that this story was a lie, and Deadpool is the real Wade Wilson
It’s at this stage in his life that he meets the shape-shifting prostitute Vanessa Carlysle. The young couple quickly fall in love, both of them tainted by pasts they’d rather forget. Wilson’s possibly idyllic life is shattered, however, when contracts cancer and leaves Vanessa because he doesn’t want to burden her with his failing health.
Wilson joins Canada’s Department H, seeking a cure for his cancer, which they promised but never delivered on. Wilson built up his reputation working with the mechanized man Garrison Kane, fellow mercenary Sluggo and the suspicious Greg Teraerton. When Teraerton began to exhibit psychotic tendencies, Wilson killed him and was kicked out of Department H. He was sent to a facility called the Hospice and within that facility came under the dubious care of Dr. Ermys Killbrew’s “workshop”, a place for failed experiments. After being experimented upon multiple times, Wade is repeatedly visited by a hooded woman who comforts him and, after multiple visits, he falls in love with her. However the woman, it turns out, is the physical embodiment of Death, who Wade sees and can communicate with because he’s so close to dying.
Wanting to join Death he began taunting and defying his guards, hoping they would have him killed, but all the lead guard Ajax did was gladly sent him in for more of Killibrew’s excruciating tests. The guards began to bet on when patients would die next, throwing their money into a “dead pool” the winner of which would win the pot. To Ajax and Wade’s dismay, he continued to survive and Ajax wasn’t authorized to kill a patient unless that patient had killed another. When Wade finally attacks Ajax, the guard responds with incredible brutality, but accidentally triggers Wilson’s healing factor, allowing the mercenary to escape with a few of his fellow inmates. He mockingly dubbed himself “Deadpool” and went back to his mercenary lifestyle. Sometime later it is revealed Deadpool has become a father.
Number 2 Punisher:
Gunning his way to number 2 “The Punisher!” A dedicated US Marine excelling as a soldier in every way, Frank Castle was a force to be reckoned with during the Vietnam War but also a dedicated family man. After a particularly close call in the final years of the war, he resigned to a Special Forces instructor post in upstate New York so he could be closer to his wife Maria and two children, Lisa and Francis.
Disaster struck one day, years later, when Frank and his family went for a picnic in Central Park only to witness a mob execution on a high profile member of the mafia. The mob fired on his family, killing them all before his eyes and thus destroying everything he lived for.
Unable to move on and failed by a corrupt justice system, Frank Castle sought revenge, prompting him to go “disappear” just as he was to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. As he resurfaced, he was known as The Punisher, wearing a Kevlar body armor with a large skull imprinted on it and armed with a variety of weapons. Not only vowed to have revenge for his family, but also to dedicate the rest of his life to fighting crime.
This story, an essential origin tale, recounts what Frank Castle was like in the days directly after the murders of his family. He is a suicidal ex-Marine seeking justice through the law, but after he discovers a trend of corruption that makes it impossible for him to do right by the memories of his wife and children, Castle goes off the rails and decides to take matters into his own hands.
While Detective John Laviano stays on the case, though helpless in bringing down the Costa mob, Castle prepares to go against Bruno Costa and his syndicate and the comic takes us deep into the territory of Castle’s almost deranged state of mind.
The story also features Billy “The Beaut” Russo. The Costa mob hired him to kill Castle but failed. As Castle learned of his identity and as he becomes The Punisher, several of the Costa mob enforcers were murdered and Castle let Russo live to tell the rest of the Costa mob that he was coming for them. Castle, then, pushed Russo through a window, disfiguring his face. Russo would eventually resurface as the Jigsaw.
Established simply as a man with a reputation for getting the job done, this is the Spider-man story arc that introduced the Punisher as a villain to the web slinger.
Employed by the Jackal to take down Spider-man, Punisher explodes onto the scene in a display of raw power and aggression, believing Spidey to be a dangerous criminal. Gradually, Spider-man manages to convince the Punisher that he is not a criminal and that Punisher has in fact been used by the Jackal while their common enemy goes about committing crimes of his own unchallenged.
Seeking the Jackal, Punisher happens upon his assistant Reiss, who has been murdered and upon learning that The Jackal did this to frame Spider-Man, they seek to take him down together.
While imprisoned the Punisher does not stop killing criminals. Through some connections, the Punisher gets busted out of Rykers prison to stop a narcotics shipment. After shooting one of the people involved in the narcotics transfer he realizes it was just a kid, which means that they are using kids. So now he goes after the rest of them.
When going after a group of them the Punisher encounters Daredevil, who had been trying to take down the group legally. While trying to kill one of the major drug dealers, Frank misses his chance as someone else kills him first. Later while interrogating someone Daredevil shows up again and they get into a fight over Frank’s lethal methods. After shooting Daredevil with a tranquilizer dart, Frank finishes off the person he was interrogating.
Later after the Drug lord is taken down for killing his partner, Frank hears that he is going to be defended by Nelson and Murdock. Knowing that the lawyers will probably get him set free Frank decides to kill him. After Murdock gets him free, he admits that he did kill his partner. The Punisher goes after them, and teams with Daredevil to take them down. Afterwards Daredevil shoots Frank, taking him down so he can be sent back to prison, for now.
Number 1 Deathstroke:
Gutting his way to the number one spot is no other, but the deadliest assassin in the DC universe “Deathstroke!” At the age of sixteen, Slade Wilson was determined to enlist in the U.S Army, so he ran away from home and lied about his age to be in the army. He soon showed talents and skills in guerrilla warfare far superior to that of any other soldier in the army and was quickly promoted over and over by his superiors.
After a while his outstanding reputation landed him under the wing of Adeline Kane, an instructor who became one of his superiors and whom he befriended. Slade trained under his commanding officer, Captain Adeline Kane, and quickly amazed her, demonstrating he was an expert in combat and had impressive talents and skills.
Slade mastered several combat styles and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. Some time later, Slade Wilson began a romantic relationship with Adeline and had a son with her.
Soon after the birth of his first son, Grant Wilson; The Army asked Slade to be a volunteer of a secret medical experiment that was said to be a defense against the enemy’s Truth Serum and he agreed. (It was later revealed to be really an attempt to create a test to make metahuman super-soldiers).
Slade’s body reacted violently to the experiment, it made him aggressive and enraged, and he needed to remain sedated and bedridden through the birth of his second son Joseph Wilson. Only later would Slade discover that the experiment had worked and actually enhanced his strength, speed, senses, stamina, intellect and reflexes beyond that of any ordinary man. With his duties in the army limited to that of desk work, Slade dedicated himself to professional hunting in order to fill the void he felt within himself as a fighter and he married Adeline Kane.
However this life too was put on hold, when William Randolph Wintergreen, a lifelong friend, was sent on a suicide mission and was captured. When his superiors refused to help, Slade was forced to do the impossible; he put together a costume and went on an unauthorized solo mission to save his friend. In the end he saved Wintergreen, but was discharged from the army for disobeying orders. Slade decided this was for the best. Fed up with the army and its code of blind loyalty, Slade created the costumed persona of Deathstroke the Terminator, the greatest mercenary the world would ever know by using the knowledge he had acquired from his military training and under the tutelage of master martial artist Natas.
Slade continued to take up contracts under the guise of Deathstroke, becoming famous on an international level, all without telling any of his family members about it. However that all changed the day he was hired to kill a high ranking colonel in the Qurac military. His youngest son Joseph was kidnapped by a terrorist known as ”The Jackal”. The ransom: the names of those who hired him to kill the colonel. Determined to keep his code of honor, Deathstroke gambled his son’s life against the power of his meta-human abilities. He killed all the kidnappers and his son was saved, but just barely, his throat had been slit and with that his vocal cords were cut and Joseph Wilson would remain a mute for most of his life.
Slade took Joseph to the hospital, and at the time he was also forced to finally reveal his secret identity to his wife, this along with his seemingly careless actions towards their son enraged Adeline and drove her to try and kill Slade by shooting him in the face. Slade managed to dodge the fatal gunshot, but not enough to save his right eye; however that didn’t make a great impact on his physical abilities. Slade and his wife divorced soon after, and Adeline decided against telling her first son, Grant, about Slade’s secret identity, a decision that would later backfire.
A few years later Slade was offered a contract by The H.I.V.E. to kill a group of super powered teenagers known as the Teen Titans. Slade refused but Grant Wilson, who ironically idolized Deathstroke (never knowing this was his father), became The Ravager, and assumed the contract himself. As payment, The H.I.V.E. offered him powers beyond those of Deathstroke’s abilities. When Ravager attacked the Titans Deathstroke intervened, but in the end joined his son instead. Together they seemed to be on their way to winning, when Grant’s powers suddenly overloaded. His cells began to decay rapidly and Slade Wilson could only watch as the Ravager, his first born son, died in his arms.
Upon Grant’s death, Slade bitterly swore to fulfill his son’s contract and kill the Teen Titans in his stead. Soon however, Deathstroke found the task too much to fulfill on his own, and so employed Tara Markov, a young girl with dangerous earth-bending powers. She worked alongside Slade as a spy amongst the Teen Titans, learning all their secrets and weaknesses. Finally, Deathstroke made his move and one by one he delivered the Titans to the H.I.V.E. At the same time Adeline, who had been keeping tabs on Slade, along with Joseph approached Dick Grayson aka Robin and offered to help rescue his friends if he merely accepted Joseph into the team, This would mark the first appearance of Joseph Wilson as Jericho. Nightwing ( The new persona of Dick Grayson) and Jericho successfully freed the Titans and Slade was apprehended and put on trial for kidnapping. However Gar Logan, still mourning over the death of Tara (who tragically died at the hands of her own emotionally unstable powers) sabotaged the trail and went after Slade intent on killing him. Slade confronted Gar unmasked and unarmed, and the two men parted on a truce. Slade finally free of the burden of Grant’s death, retired from life as a mercenary, and took up hunting again in Africa.
Slade would later return to being Deathstroke, however this time with a stricter code of honor, that allowed him to became an ally of the Titans. When the Titans were captured by the Wildebeest Society, Deathstroke helped the New Titans track down their missing teammates. Much to everyone’s surprise, the leader of the Wildebeest Society was a corrupted Jericho. While transferring the souls of Azarath to the bodies of the Titans, the real Jericho resurfaced and begged his father to save him. Without any other choice, Deathstroke killed his son by driving a sword through his body, causing himself a great deal of grief, as he felt that it was his fault that both of his sons were now dead.
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