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Battle of the Week RESULTS: Deathstroke vs. Deadpool

Which Wilson is walking away as the winner?

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The Merc with the Mouth or the Merc with an Eye? This week, our Character of the Month, Slade Wilson, a.k.a. Deathstroke, was forced to battle his comedic counterpart from Marvel, Wade Wilson, a.k.a. Deadpool. The community has been voting and chatting about this brawl since Monday and now the poll is closed. All of the votes are in, so who's taking the victory? Well, according to the voters, Deadpool wins!

The poll was extremely close, but in the end, Deadpool snagged 47% and Deathstroke earned 46%. Meanwhile, 6% thought this battle was just way too close to call.

Deadpool may not have the same level of "street cred" as Slade Wilson does, but he's not a character anyone should ever underestimate. Heck, Gambit even stated one time that fighting Wade would be suicide. Sure, the X-Man was beyond exhausted and injured at the time, but the overall point remains. Wade Wilson may often be viewed as a clown, but his abilities as a combatant are definitely no joke. His agility is spectacular and this has allowed him to smoothly dance around teams. His hand-to-hand abilities aren't shabby, either. Yeah, they fluctuate from time to time, but it's important to recall he's been able to temporarily hold his own in a skirmish with Iron Fist and has been able to give Wolverine some trouble, too.

Then there's his accelerated healing factor. Slade has one as well, but it's not on par with his opponent's. This means Wade can stay in the fight even after enduring what would be game changing injuries for countless others. Even if Slade does impale Wade through the chest, there's a good chance he'll be able to keep fighting and this could serve as a critical advantage and even potentially catch his enemy off-guard. There's also Deadpool's constant rambling. To some, this can become an obnoxious distraction and cause people to slip-up or make mistakes they normally wouldn't. It's worth noting that "Deadpool" was able to annoy Deathstroke in SUPERMAN/BATMAN ANNUAL #1, but whether or not you agree with that is obviously up for debate. Slade is one of the most focused and tactical mercenaries around, after all.

In the end, we're just happy to see the poll was so close and hopefully everyone had fun speculating about this melee. Now, let's check out what some members of the Comic Vine community think about this battle!


"It's gotta be Deadpool for me here. Both are extremely talented mercenaries but I give the slight edge to Deadpool thanks to his regenerative abilities. Deadpool has gone toe to toe with the likes of Taskmaster, Black Panther, Hulk, Spider-Man, Captain America, Carnage, Crossbones, Daredevil, Moon Knight....etc. and has either given a great fight or won. I think they're equally skilled but Deadpool's factor and general insanity would prove to be too much."



While both mercenaries are capable of giving each other a run for their money, Deathstroke's superior physicals and tactical/strategic prowess should grant him the edge against Deadpool's healing factor.

Although Slade cannot kill Wade, he can probably knock him out or incapacitate him as he is likely to gain the upper hand in close quarters combat due to his enhanced reflexes and strength to go along with his superior skill.

In a firefight, despite Deadpool's advantage of regenerating through bullets, Slade will eventually gain the edge through his brain processing speed and tactical mastermind. Not to mention Slade's gear being too effective against bullets as well as him being a superb marksman. What a firefight will eventually come down is to Slade collapsing a wall or building on Wade using explosives such as grenades or his staff. Wade is too durable to lose just by being shot but at the same time Slade is too smart to botch at finding a way around Wade's regenerative abilities.

Slade's armor should grant him enough protection to eventually outsmart and beat Wade using tactical attacks if this fight boils down to a firefight between the two.

In close quarters Slade should be able to win by knockout for a majority.

Slade for a 7.5-8/ Majority...."

Image created by the Comic Viner ZZoMBiE13


"This is a great battle, one that I have been thinking about for awhile. Both of these characters are very similar and the fight would be incredible to watch.

To break down the fight, Slade has an advantage tactically wise, his brain allows him to process and calculate at an elevated rate in comparison to Deadpool. Slade also has better stats in my honest opinion. I have compared feat by feat with people in other battle thread and the consensus is that Slade has slightly better reaction feats. And skill wise, they are VERY close, however wade sometimes has trouble applying himself due to his comedic personality.

Weaponry, Deadpool's magic bag, or endless pocket etc.. Is a big factor, it allows Deadpool to seemingly pull out bazooka's grenades etc.. From essentially out of nowhere, this will play a factor in this fight. Slade weaponry is his promethium sword and Promethium blasting staff, assortment of guns and explosives which he uses consistently. Weapon wise, Wade has a slight advantage with his two swords and bottomless satchel.

Now let's look at healing factor/durability. Wade has one of the best healing factors in all of comics, it allows him to heal from almost any injury. The downside that many people overlook however is how easily he in fact gets KO'ed. He will heal and survive any injury, but he can and will get KO essentially by any of Slade's weaponry.

Slade has volitile promethium armor, and a weaker healing factor, which could play a role in this fight. wade no doubt beats him in the healing department, but Slade has nice durability. From feat to feat, and from what I have seen, it takes more force to knock Slade out. People like Terra couldn't do it even though she can manipulate huge chunks of earth and smash him through walls.

All in all, I think that since Slade's weapons are extremely lethal, such as his sword, explosives, and blasting staff, he can essentially get a KO while Slade's durability will prevent him from going down from anything short of a decapitation or a ton of sword strikes. Slade can take all of Deadpool's ranged weaponry with his armor and healing, while Deadpool can essentially get KO'ed from Slade's blasting staff due to having no armor. And in melee, Slade's slightly better stats, brain enhancement/tactical ability, and equivalent skill should give him the edge there. The best healing factor in the world is meaningless if you get your head blown off by Slade's staff, or get decapitated."


"If Deadpool is even mildly serious, he would win. Too many fights have him just goofing around for fun, he tanks hits and that leads people to believe he's unskilled. When Deadpool actually WANTS to win though, he's one of the most dangerous men in the Marvel U. The same can be said for Deathstroke, but Deadpool has the advantage of being crazy. Pepole underestimate how dangerous unpredictability is, it's what lead to Joker putting Slade into a coma, it'll be what leads to Wade putting Slade in the dirt. Perhaps they're even in acrobatics, but Deadpool is more wiry, he's always zigzagging around running circles, combined with his banter Deathstroke will have a headache in no time. When Slade DOES tag, the wound will just heal. Sooner or later Deathstroke will lose focus, and that spells death. In sheer technical knowledge, Deadpool 100% stalemated Captain America in H2H. Overall, he was smart enough to beat the Avengers with no prep. He's skilled enough to go tit for tat with Slade long enough for the banter to take effect, Deathstroke can only win by decapitation and that will take awhile to happen."

Slade isn't very happy that he lost by 1%.

Agree? Disagree? Feel free to continue the debate below! Also, is there someone you want to see Deathstroke battle next? You're welcome to make suggestions below or share them via Twitter. Keep your eyes on the homepage for more Slade Wilson goodness throughout the month of July!

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Posted by Farkam


Posted by NukeA6

So he pretty much wins because of popularity and people thinking he can win because of the healing factor. Just what I expected.

Posted by senorsheldor

I think Deadpools popularity was a major factor in this,he's getting a lot of it even from people who say they love him and have never even read something about him.

Posted by copete

Team Marvel yeah!!

Posted by JTKirk101

Hell yes I agree with nickzambuto - Wild Card Bitchez

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

I honestly don't see Deadpool winning this

Posted by Mezmero

I haven't voted on these for several months now I think. I don't know they're just glorified popularity contests and there's nothing wrong with that. At the very least we get to see some of the community's more articulate writers. I probably would've voted for Deadpool, perhaps for fanatical and irrational reasons if I'm being honest.

Posted by Life_Without_Progress


Posted by copete
Edited by reaverlation

Popularity am I right?

Posted by k4tzm4n
@copete said:

who does @k4tzm4n think will win?

Personally, I'd give Deathstroke the edge after a very entertaining fight.

Posted by darkbeam
Posted by SurfingtheHighway

I honestly don't see Deadpool winning this

I agree. Wade is in character; it seems pretty obvious to me that he wouldn't give a crap about actually winning the fight.
I can imagine the two of them sharing a beer more than I could ever imagine Deadpool ultimately beating the much more serious and focused Deathstroke.

Posted by Radx_Konkin75

surprised by the results.

Now do Deathstroke vs Spider-Man. :)

Posted by viin


Posted by Grey56

@k4tzm4n: By chance, did you happen to read my original post when you published the thread sir?

Posted by reaverlation

Now Deathstroke vs Wally West next @k4tzm4n

Posted by The Stegman

Wow, closest battle I've ever seen.

Personally, I think Slade would take it.

Posted by AmazingWebHead

Wow, this one was really close!

Edited by Radx_Konkin75

Surprised by the results.

Now do Deatgstroke Vs. Spider-Man. :)

Posted by k4tzm4n

@grey56 said:

@k4tzm4n: By chance, did you happen to read my original post when you published the thread sir?

Sure did! It was most definitely amusing (especially thanks to the .gif), but you're technically giving Deathstroke the victory via incapacitation but voting for Deadpool. IIRC, you were basically saying Slade would take Wade down over and over, but eventually, Wade would find a way to return and eventually win, right?

Posted by Fetts

Disagree. Strongly… Disagree.

Posted by i_dont_like_comics
Posted by CF12793

Well, at least I'm not the only one here who's scratching my head.

Posted by reaverlation
Posted by GraniteSoldier

I voted Deathstroke, I think it in a hard fought and very entertaining fight.

Edited by Wolverine08

I see a 5'3 adamantium laced mutant in Slade's near future. Or the King of Wakanda.

Posted by StMichalofWilson

Someday there will be a comic!

Posted by Lone_Wolf_and_Cub

Lotta jimmies being rustled here. I think this fight could go either way not a stomp in eithers favor. Lmfao at whiners complaining about popularity, pretty much why Slade one last weeks battle.

Posted by CorruptedOwl

Deadpool is so overrated.

Edited by jstndmnd

@reaverlation: No, I voted for deadpool and I can't stand him. He would win because of his stupid healing factor it is insane. The main reason I don't like him as a character.

Posted by lifeofvibe

Deadpool is so overrated...and here I thought you people were smart

Posted by trickzzz


Edited by CosmicOldGuy

I do agree that Deadpool is very overrated and his win here was assisted by folks just liking him over Slade. That being said, I am not a Slade fan. I love his early work and what he stood for, But his alignment has been wonky (yes, so has other comic heroes/villains) but he is Bad, then kinda good, then kinda bad, then BAD, etc, etc... Plus, he has it all, weapons, smarts, reflexes, brain capabilities, armour - and he still looses to the likes of Batman, Deadpool, and so on. I think Slade needs to be more than just a single player. I need to see more a niche for Deathstroke and give him something - a team, an relic hunt, a planet hulk scenario, A villain team trying to snuff him out or a major grudge against someone. I could see him tracking someone like Drax does with Thanos.

Slade has so many tools, I think he could be used in better ways.

My recommended battles:

Slade vs Drax

Slade vs Electra & the Hand

Slade vs Logan

Slade vs Black Panther

Slade vs Gamora

Slade vs Bullseye (with Adamantium for fairness)

Slade vs Gambit

slade vs Kraven

Slade vs Carnage

Slade vs Hawkeye

Slade vs Black Widow

Slade vs Mr X

Slade vs Puck

Slade vs Bucky

Slade vs Kingpin & his assets (you just don't fight Kingpin alone)

Obviously Cap & Spidey are given as well...

That's my 0.02...

Posted by nova_prime76

I think the vote was right. It was a close match and it would be. Both are near equals but that insane healing factor of deadpool is so dam near god like.

Edited by MixMastaMicah5

So many sick people over this....I love it. Good battle, this pairing has been a hot debate topic since the early days of comicvine on the old website format.

Posted by MixMastaMicah5

And this has made 2 close battles in a row....I'd say Deadpool, Boba Fett, and Deathstroke are all very formidable and represented their respective universes well lol

Posted by IDontLikeBirds

Personally Deadpool annoys me, especially with how many people love him. With that being said, I still think he'd win. He's far more durable and if he has a reason to win this, he'll win it. He seems so random at times, but there is a lot of method to his mayhem. Not selling Deathstroke short, but as most people will say, the extremeness of DP's healing factor will be a major deciding factor. I see a lot of people saying DP is overrated, which I don't agree with. I just think he's overexposed. The guy has had his head cut off a few times, that should tell you something.

Posted by Mad_Titan

I hoped it would be draw. It's still close.

Edited by sasquatch888

i can't agree or support this decision ....i guess moon knight could beat batman too yeah c'mon are you guys serious ??? deadpool does get his ass kicked on a regular basis too ...i think slade beats wade ...1% should be considered a tie at least ...remember slade fought green latern green arrow hawkman flash and more in in identity crisis by himself guarding doc light think slade could hold off the justice league? doubt it ....wade beat slade ...unbelievible

and yes deathstroke vs black panther pleaseeeeeeeee

Posted by Justthatkid

Love the buggs bunny pic,

Posted by BeaconofStrength

I'm still waiting for Deathstroke vs Taskmaster.

Posted by JoshuaDBr

Oh poo.

Posted by patrat18

The first viner argument for Deadpool is pretty weak.

Posted by Cable_Extreme

Well, the problem I encountered was no one really wanted to debate, there was a few, but I didn't really see any that would take me on. I felt that the arguments for Slade winning are better, but Deadpool is much more loved by people. His comedic nature allows him to have an enormous fan base. I felt like I was arguing for absolutely no reason, people would vote on who they think will win, and regardless of whether or not their opinion was changed, they couldn't change it.

Anyone wanna take it on in the other Deadpool vs Deathstroke forums, I'd gladly take you up on it.

Posted by WaveMotionCannon

The right man won. I love the usual suspects going on about popularity when their man takes a L.

Edited by Cable_Extreme
Edited by MadeinBangladesh


Posted by HandOfPrometheus

Deadpool always win with popularity so overrated.

Posted by WaveMotionCannon