Is Deathstroke really evil or just misunderstood?
Has Deathstrokes moral compass changed in the New 52?
He is a villain who is mainly motivated by money. He is a gun for hire. Mercenaries, henchman, goons who are willing to do wrongs for compensation are considered evil. Lesser evil who are being paid by greater evils but still evil. If not money it’s for social gain, power and etc
He said himself that he is a necessary evil because most of the heroes don’t kill or would do things that are considered unethical. Necessary evil is still evil. Anyone making a count of how many bad things he did. I don't think he is sorry for them.
deathstroke is morally gray - he just follows the money .
Deathstroke is not evil and is just working hard to earn money.
Deathstroke is neutral.
Not evil,not good.
I don't know why you people mess it up always.
In what world is being a killer-for-hire a moral grey area? Even running under the assumption that Deathstroke's hits don't count as evil acts because it's just business and the world operates on the Michael Corleone school of ethical reasoning, the guy drugged his own daughter and drove her insane, among other acts of dubious virtue. If all it took to not be evil was periodically ruminate on the perils of a warrior's life, a lot more people would be doing it.
Back in the day I think Deathstroke could be seen as sort of a neutral character
When he was getting beat up by Wintergreen he didn't attack him back when he could of easily killed him which shows some good in him, since a truly evil character would of killed their friend if they were being attacked. In that third scan you see that Slade admits he's screwed up and made mistakes in his life, and dreams of a world of peace and happiness and being able to eat all the food in the world and never get fat (I guess he was hungry when he gave that speech) which shows there is some good buried within him. Then when he's having a duel with some kid he shoots him in the hand, instead of somewhere like the head, and tells him he can now live a long life, which again, shows there is some good in him since he doesn't want to kill someone for no reason. Though admittedly he does kill him which is pretty evil.
However, over the years he became more villainous but was still sort of neutral, but when he was responsible for the bombing of Blüdhaven, I think from that point on he could no longer be considered neutral since he was responsible for over 100,00 deaths just to get back at Nightwing, so from there on I would say: yes, he was evil.
And to the second part, yes Deathstroke's moral compass has changed in the New 52. In the first issue he kills his team of teenagers for no reason other than he likes working alone.
tl;dr no and yes
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