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Battle of the Week RESULTS: Deathstroke vs. Hellboy

See who wins when the DC mercenary and the Dark Horse demon face-off!

There are so many great opponents we could have selected for Deathstroke, our latest Character of the Week, but for our latest match, we wanted to shine the spotlight on a popular character that isn't from the Big Two: Hellboy. Anung Un Rama's an extremely tough combatant, so to make sure the fight is as balanced as possible, we gave Slade Wilson his impressive gear and armor from The New 52. But was that enough to earn the victory? According to the voters, this is a fight Slade probably isn't going to win.

56% sided with the demon from Dark Horse and 39% supported the mercenary. Only 5% thought this was too close to call and has the potential to go either way.

So, why'd Red take the victory over Slade? First and foremost, keeping Hellboy down for the count is easier said than done. He has a thoroughly effective healing factor and his durability and pain tolerance are commendable. Whether it's a stab, slash, kick or punch, it's more than likely Hellboy will endure and remain in the fight. On top of his general toughness, his Right Hand of Doom and Good Samaritan are worth taking into account. Yes, Slade's swift and his New 52 armor is ridiculously impressive, but he's certainly not unbeatable and eventually these attacks could begin to take a toll.

Now, this isn't saying Hellboy is going to have an easy victory. While he's impressively resliant, it's worth noting that Deathstroke likely has a good edge in speed, tactics and skill. This means he's going to be landing more hits -- it's just a matter of if they add up enough or if Hellboy's able to take them and press on. Still, no matter who you're rooting for, this is a brawl that many of us would likely pay to witness!

The Comic Vine community has been discussing this melee since Monday, so let's see what a couple of them have to say about it.

Floopay

"Strength and Durability are Hellboy's advantage in strides here. That, paired with his healing factor, gives him an amount of damage soak that will be INCREDIBLY difficult for Deathstroke to bypass.

However, lets be objective here. Hellboy is fast, agile, is a gifted hand to hand fighters, a great swordsman, and a decent marksman. That being said, speed, skill (all around), intelligence, and agility all go to Slade Wilson here.

I have no doubts Deathstroke can hurt Hellboy, and I have no doubts Hellboy can tag Deathstroke. That being said, it's going to take a lot more on Deathstroke's part to actually put Hellboy in a position where he's both hurt AND feeling it, and most of that damage is NOT going to last. On the other hand, Deathstroke's damage soak, and healing factor are nowhere near the same caliber. Even with the superior skill, speed, agility, intelligence, and arsenal, Deathstroke is going to have an extremely difficult time doing lasting damage against Hellboy.

I, personally, am leaning towards Hellboy. While I have no doubts Deathstroke will tag Hellboy FAR more often than Hellboy will tag Slade, I firmly believe Hellboy's blows will be a lot more meaningful than Slade's. To top it off, Hellboy has an indestructible right arm that will nullify blow against it, and Hellboy uses that thing as a shield."

Cable_Extreme

"Very interesting battle.

For the break down stat wise they are pretty close, with Hellboy coming out on top with sheer strength, however Slade shouldn't be taken lightly since he is sporting multiton strength due to his nth metal armor.

Speed wise, Slade should come out on top, he has speed blitzed armed mercs, reacted to gunfire, and manhandled new 52 Hawkman due to his speed.

Durability wise, I'll say Slade has this as well, the reason why is due to the nature of their weaponry. I see this fight coming down to hand to hand in which Slade's armor is exceptionally effective at stopping concussive force (aka punches, explosions etc) which due to Hellboy's arm, is right up Slade's alley in soaking damage, especially after watching his fight with Lobo. Hellboy has amazing concussive force durability as well, but due to the nature of Slade's weaponry (promethium sword) he will be able to use it and get piercing damage which is a completely different type of durability. So Slade respectively gets the edge in durability due to their offensive abilities even though their durability is pretty similar.

Now for the fight, I see Slade's tactical ability to really help in this situation. He hasn't really prepped as much as his pre 52 counterpart, but his on the job tactics is still pretty strong. He has done stuff like create a EMP blast while fighting legacy in a submarine by connecting his sword to a nuclear reactor to get past his shields. I see that Hellboy will try and use his strength advantage this match to overwhelm Slade, but due to Slade's speed advantage as well as his ability to soak Hellboy's punches and weaponry, Slade should come out on top."

Better luck next week, Deathstroke!

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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First Post!

Surprising, but HB for the win!

Posted by jashro44

Even though I disagree with the outcome I'm glad hellboy got some attention.

Posted by Twix_Right_Side

Hm. I actually believed Deathstroke would win this one....

inb4 half of comicvine cries "OMG POPULARITY UGH I HATE HELLBOY HEZ SUCH A STOOPED CHARACTER OMG HE SUCKZ!!!"

Good match,though.

Posted by Cable_Extreme

Bummer on the outcome, but fun non the less

Posted by Twix_Right_Side

Bummer on the outcome, but fun non the less

#Sladetears

Posted by Cable_Extreme
Posted by Twix_Right_Side
Posted by HushoftheWind

Wow this is a first! Slade, the character of the month, lost 2 twice in a row. Last week was a toss up, but this fight against hellboy seemed kinda insurmountable even for Slade. Oh well, he'll get the victory over Wolverine next week when that battle is announced lol.

Posted by Gojira2014

Wow this is a first! Slade, the character of the month, lost 2 twice in a row. Last week was a toss up, but this fight against hellboy seemed kinda insurmountable even for Slade. Oh well, he'll get the victory over Wolverine next week when that battle is announced lol.

lol things to come :)

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@hushofthewind said:

Wow this is a first! Slade, the character of the month, lost 2 twice in a row. Last week was a toss up, but this fight against hellboy seemed kinda insurmountable even for Slade. Oh well, he'll get the victory over Wolverine next week when that battle is announced lol.

Who says he's fighting Logan next week, bub?

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Posted by reaverlation

Congrats to @floopay for really being the only one to put up a case for Hellboy

Posted by jashro44

Hm. I actually believed Deathstroke would win this one....

inb4 half of comicvine cries "OMG POPULARITY UGH I HATE HELLBOY HEZ SUCH A STOOPED CHARACTER OMG HE SUCKZ!!!"

Good match,though.

Can't really blame this one on popularity. I'm not sure how hellboy pulled ahead.

Posted by StMichalofWilson

Hellboy stomps!

Posted by Lone_Wolf_and_Cub

This is the right outcome.

Posted by Cable_Extreme

@k4tzm4n: I have a few battle ideas

First one that comes to mind would be both New 52 Batman and Deathstroke, seeing how Deathstroke was rebooted with a new past which basically means they never really fought (accept for a rather small skirmish).

Perhaps pre-52 Deathstroke vs boneclaw Wolverine

Even Wolf-man vs New 52 DS comes to mind

Great battles btw

Posted by dondave

@jashro44 said:

Even though I disagree with the outcome I'm glad hellboy got some attention.

Posted by Radx_Konkin75

Do Spider-Man next. :)

Posted by HushoftheWind
@k4tzm4n said:

@hushofthewind said:

Wow this is a first! Slade, the character of the month, lost 2 twice in a row. Last week was a toss up, but this fight against hellboy seemed kinda insurmountable even for Slade. Oh well, he'll get the victory over Wolverine next week when that battle is announced lol.

Who says he's fighting Logan next week, bub?

Holy crap your avatar picture!!! @k4tzm4n used "Intimidate," It's super effective!!!

Posted by Lone_Wolf_and_Cub
Posted by mikebrowneyes

Deathstroke vs the goat from Quantum and Woody would be awesome.

Posted by Twix_Right_Side

@jashro44 said:

@twix_right_side said:

Hm. I actually believed Deathstroke would win this one....

inb4 half of comicvine cries "OMG POPULARITY UGH I HATE HELLBOY HEZ SUCH A STOOPED CHARACTER OMG HE SUCKZ!!!"

Good match,though.

Can't really blame this one on popularity. I'm not sure how hellboy pulled ahead.

I'm just resembling how half of Comicvine's community handles it when some of their favorite characters lose.

Posted by Cable_Extreme
Posted by Twix_Right_Side

@lone_wolf_and_cub: I could make a case on how spidey gets beat by Slade.

I'm not sure it could be argued any more than a morals off Captain America could beat Spider-man.

I mean,Spider-sense off (and morals on),I think that Slade's chances are better,but I would still say that a majority would go to Peter.

Posted by godzilla44

Sigh

Posted by Twix_Right_Side

@k4tzm4n: I have a few battle ideas

First one that comes to mind would be both New 52 Batman and Deathstroke, seeing how Deathstroke was rebooted with a new past which basically means they never really fought (accept for a rather small skirmish).

Perhaps pre-52 Deathstroke vs boneclaw Wolverine

Even Wolf-man vs New 52 DS comes to mind

Great battles btw

I REALLY want to see this one,mainly because of the great arguments that are gonna be on both sides.

Make it happen @k4tzm4n

Posted by chaos911

Taskmaster must come next

Posted by nickthedevil

I can't recall more than three instances where Hellboy fought a tactical and skilled fighter.

Posted by AmazingWebHead

Remember that probability isn't always absolute

Posted by Lone_Wolf_and_Cub

@cable_extreme: you can make as many as you like, the consensus will always be Spidey.

Posted by Cable_Extreme

@lone_wolf_and_cub: not necessarily, in the CAV I did agaisn't Strider92 the voting was pretty much dead even, you can look at the arguments I made if you want.

http://www.comicvine.com/forums/battles-7/cav-cable-extreme-vs-strider92-voting-open-1505330/?page=2

Posted by Cable_Extreme

@twix_right_side: new 52 Bats vs new 52 Slade would be a fun match, Slade's stats agaisnts Batman's superior skill and tech

Posted by AllStarSuperman

@lone_wolf_and_cub: not necessarily, in the CAV I did agaisn't Strider92 the voting was pretty much dead even, you can look at the arguments I made if you want.

http://www.comicvine.com/forums/battles-7/cav-cable-extreme-vs-strider92-voting-open-1505330/?page=2

That was a good read, I read it a while back.

Posted by Darkseid_Prime

Has there been a Hellboy/Spawn team-up before?

Posted by laflux

@wolverine08 Indie Wins- See this as an insight to our Bone Claw vs Luther Strode CaV.....

Posted by Cable_Extreme
Edited by Floopay

Deathstroke vs. Drizzt Do'Urden (Compilation, as all the comics/novels are in the same universe and span the same timeline)

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Deathstroke vs. Tomi Shishido (Marvel)

Thanks for reading,

Floopay

Posted by Night Thrasher

Next week: Deathstroke vs Always fights you from your right side man!

Posted by Ancient_0f_Days

@dondave said:

@jashro44 said:

Even though I disagree with the outcome I'm glad hellboy got some attention.

Posted by _Genesis_

Sweet hellboy win

Posted by micah

Awsome, Hellboy ftw

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Hm. I actually believed Deathstroke would win this one....

inb4 half of comicvine cries "OMG POPULARITY UGH I HATE HELLBOY HEZ SUCH A STOOPED CHARACTER OMG HE SUCKZ!!!"

Good match,though.

No one is blaming popularity lol.

Posted by Super_Buck

@floopay: Deathstroke vs the guy who stomped Wolverine? Yeah, I don't think so.

Posted by Cable_Extreme
Posted by Twix_Right_Side

@twix_right_side said:

Hm. I actually believed Deathstroke would win this one....

inb4 half of comicvine cries "OMG POPULARITY UGH I HATE HELLBOY HEZ SUCH A STOOPED CHARACTER OMG HE SUCKZ!!!"

Good match,though.

No one is blaming popularity lol.

I'm not sure I made the point of that clear....

Posted by MonsterStomp

@monsterstomp said:

@twix_right_side said:

Hm. I actually believed Deathstroke would win this one....

inb4 half of comicvine cries "OMG POPULARITY UGH I HATE HELLBOY HEZ SUCH A STOOPED CHARACTER OMG HE SUCKZ!!!"

Good match,though.

No one is blaming popularity lol.

I'm not sure I made the point of that clear....

You did. I just don't think people will blame popularity here.

Posted by Twix_Right_Side

@twix_right_side said:

@monsterstomp said:

@twix_right_side said:

Hm. I actually believed Deathstroke would win this one....

inb4 half of comicvine cries "OMG POPULARITY UGH I HATE HELLBOY HEZ SUCH A STOOPED CHARACTER OMG HE SUCKZ!!!"

Good match,though.

No one is blaming popularity lol.

I'm not sure I made the point of that clear....

You did. I just don't think people will blame popularity here.

Well they certainly loved to do it in the past....

Posted by MonsterStomp
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