BATTLE: Captain America VS Deathstroke

Two physically-enhanced super soldiers going head to head in a battle of strategic genius, wits, and determination. Captain America, the Sentinel of Liberty, fighting against Deathstroke, the Terminator. Who will win?

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By Sage Mode aka Killer Bee - 11/29/2011


I've always imagined these two comic book characters, one of Marvel fame and the other of DC fame, going head-to-head in battle, mainly due to their similar origins, powers, and abilities. Deathstroke has even been often referred to as the "evil Captain America" for good reason, and IMHO, this would be a very difficult match for both combatants. So, if it came down to a victor, who would you choose? Marvel's star-spangled Avenger, or DC's deadliest assassin?


Characteristics
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 240 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blonde

After the outbreak of World War II in Europe, a young patriot named Steve Rogers attempted to serve his country by joining the army. Steve was rejected, due to his scrawny and frail physique, and was classified 4-F. He gained the attention of a man who was searching for test subjects for a top secret experiment to create a Super-Soldier.

As a result of Operation: Rebirth, Steve Rogers gained speed, strength, endurance and agility that was nearly superhuman. His abilities, unwavering courage, and “never say die” attitude eventually made Captain America a living legend.

Powers and Abilities
Super-Soldier Serum
In the beginning the Super-Soldier Serum increased his body to the physical peak of human potential but not to any higher to Super human levels. He is as strong, fast, durable and agile as any human could be. His reflexes have also been increased to peak human potential and are nearly instantaneous. He has run a mile in roughly a minute and bench-pressed 1,200 pounds. Another major enhancement provided is the serum prevents the build-up of fatigue poisons in his muscles. This means he effectively never tires, making it possible for him to perform at his maximum ability when doing anything physical for an extraordinary length of time. However Captain America has displayed feats that would appear to be far outside the limits of a human being. In Captain America #2 2011, he was seen jumping out of a plane onto a car at 200ft in the air and suffered no discomfort. In the upcoming comic series X-Sanction (2012), Captain America has been classified as having "Super-human strength and Super-human agility". Whether or not Marvel will maintain this status is unknown.

The serum also enhances his constitution, making him immune or highly resistant to many diseases and increasing the speed at which he heals from injuries and recuperates from illness. The serum is constantly being replenished by his body. Having been taught under combat experts Rex Applegate and William Fairbairn whose fields of expertise were European martial arts and Chinese martial arts during WW2, Cap is a master of many martial arts and has developed his own fighting-style which melds jujitsu, boxing, judo, karate, pressure points, all-terrain acrobatics and the use of his shield. He even claimed that he's masters all martial arts styles. His sensory perceptions have also been enhanced by the Super-Solider Serum, making them as acute as possible short of being superhuman. Cap is a great leader, field commander, and tactician. He led the Avengers for a long time, and his great experience makes him great on the battlefield. He gives orders like a sergeant. He also creates the plans for the Avengers, and has a great fighting spirit. All this means he regularly defeats enemies much stronger than him and can go toe-to-toe with foes as powerful as Spider-Man. He's also he has even defeated the Hulk before showing that he is not all brawn.

Equipment
Captain America is usually seen with his Captain America armor that is bulletproof and is red, white, and blue. His costume covers up everything except his nose, mouth, and ears. He also has wings on the side of his mask and has a shield in which he always carries around but after giving it to Bucky Barnes has got a new costume and weapon.

The latest addition to Captain America’s arsenal is the handgun. By this choice of weapon, it can be seen that Bucky Barnes travels a very different path from Steve Rogers. He has so far used his gun to disable some villains through some expert and wince-inducing shots to the legs, but he has yet to shoot to kill. In his new role as Top Cop of America, Commander Rogers also utilizes a handgun, along with many other assorted gadgets in place of his shield, including a device that makes a copy of his shield.


Characteristics
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 225 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: White

Slade Wilson ran away from home and lied about his age determined to join the army. He soon showed talents far superior to that of any other soldier and was promoted again and again until his outstanding reputation landed him under the wing of Adeline Kane, an instructor, whom he later began a romantic relationship with and eventually married. Soon after the birth of his first son, Grant Wilson, Slade volunteered himself for a medical experiment under the army that was said to be a defense against Truth Serum (later revealed to be a test to create super-soldiers). Slade's body reacted violently to the experiment and he remained bedridden through the birth of his second son Joseph Wilson. Only later would Slade discover that the experiment had worked and actually enhanced his senses 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. However this life too was put on hold, when 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.

Powers and Abilities
As a result of an experimental hormone therapy conducted by the US government, Slade became a super soldier. Unbeknown to Slade's superiors, the procedure boosted his brain capacity, increasing his coordination and stamina to superhuman levels. His mental capacities are accelerated by a factor of 9, allowing him to think and perceive nine times faster, affording him a greatly superior reaction time. He is said to have "the strength of ten men," and he also possesses enhanced speed and agility.

Slade has also been granted an accelerated healing factor which enables him to recover from physical injuries much faster than most humans, which supplies him with great longevity, bordering on immortality. This ability has limitations, as he can not regenerate lost eyes or limbs. He has recovered from otherwise fatal injuries, but the experience is traumatic. He has suffered from short-term periods of insanity and animalistic behavior after these "resurrections" (much like Ra's Al Ghul after using a Lazarus Pit). These episodic feral states are temporary, however, and he eventually regains control of himself.

As he is able to think nine times faster than most humans, Deathstroke possesses heightened senses, reflexes, and physical acumen, making him an astounding tactician. He has excellent hand to hand combat skills. His arsenal is extensive and, with his augmented physique, he can turn any object into a deadly weapon.

Equipment
Deathstroke's helmet and armor are lined with Kevlar and later promethium mesh, making it incredibly resistant to conventional injury. Amongst other things, Deathstroke has been shown to carry a specially designed multi-million dollar flash-bomb capable of incapacitating the entire Justice League, including Superman, although only long enough for him to make an escape. He also possesses various firearms, his Promethium Sword, Power Staff, and Explosives among other assortments.




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marvel72 - 11/29/2011, 4:17 AM
batman & captain america aren't equals,batman actually admits to captain america during avengers/jla crossover book that cap would beat him but it would take him ages to do so.

it would be a great fight,but captain america for the win.
SageMode - 11/29/2011, 4:18 AM
@TheGDSuperGuy: Batman and Captain America are not equals. The only thing they're equal in is fighting skills, Captain is physically superior to Batman. In that aspect his equal to Deathstroke who has enhanced-human physical attributes. And how would this be an easy win for Deathstroke?
Berger45 - 11/29/2011, 7:23 AM
@Marvel72 - That's not what Batman says. Thats not what he says at ALL. He says "It's conceivable you COULD beat me, avenger. But it WOULD take you a very long time though."

@SageMode - Physically superiority isn't all in a fight. Not in this fight. I don't think Captain America could defeat him in hand to hand combat. It would be a stalemate. And Bats also uses steroids, or so it would seem.

However, Deathstroke is too bad ass, too smart for Rogers, and certainly too sly. Deathstroke took on the whole JLA one time and almost took them all until GA poked his eye. I don't think Cap stands a chance.
marvel72 - 11/29/2011, 8:15 AM
@ berger45

i haven't got the book handy,it was done of the top of my head,but it was pretty much what i said.
shadow314 - 11/29/2011, 8:20 AM
He has his shied back after buckys death, right?
SageMode - 11/29/2011, 8:47 AM
@Berger: Sure its not all that matters in a fight, but if you really think about it and look back, thats how the majority of the time, Deathstroke wins his battles. He relies moreso on his physical enhancements than his actual fighting skills. Deathstroke was nearly defeated by Batman in their first fight, and even admitted that if he didnt have his enhancements, he wouldve more then likely have lost the battle, and even also admitted that Bats was a better fighter in the next issue. With that said, how do you think he would fare against Cap, who not only is just as good of a fighter and martial artist as Bats, but is also his physical equal?
SageMode - 11/29/2011, 8:51 AM
His fight with the JLA was mainly due to prep-time. I mean heck, Green Arrow stalemated him in a sword fight, and Cassandra Cain sent him running away. IMO, Slade is a considerable fighter, not really a masterful one based on skills alone.
Berger45 - 11/29/2011, 9:14 AM
@Marvel72 - Sorry but there's a difference between would and could. Could explains the possibility that it can go either way. Would is a definitive conclusion that it can go one way.

@SageMode - I agree with you but I still believe Deathstroke would take down Captain America. And even though he was prepared, to a certain extent, it is still amazing that one guy could challenge the entire JLA, though it wasn't the best of the best.

Deathstroke has defeated Bats more times than Bats has defeated him, at least in a physical battle. And when it comes to that, Deathstroke is like Batman only totally badass and sly. Sure, he has some code of honor, but compared to Cap, Deathstroke is an anarchist.
I just believe Deathstroke could take Cap down. Sure, Cap could probably take him down too but I think more than often, Cap would need a strategy and a serious gamble. Deathstroke is always almost sure of his plan and the different possibilites.

Cool battle btw!
SageMode - 11/29/2011, 9:55 AM
@Berger45:
I still say that fight with the Justice League was PIS. The most powerful member of the JLA during that particular fight was Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner), and he decided to engage Deathstroke in a fist fight instead of using his power ring? Cmon now. LOL.

I dont think so, Especially when Cap can defeat and hold his own against guys who are just as good of fighters and that are enhanced similar to himself (Black Panther, Red Skull, Wolverine, Iron Fist, etc), and is still able to hold his own against and take down guys that physically outclass him (Base-level Hulk, Lady Deathstrike, Spider-Man, Beast, Thunderstrike, Thor, Starfox, etc)

SageMode - 11/29/2011, 10:10 AM
Thanks BTW. I try my best. @Berger45
SageMode - 11/29/2011, 10:21 AM
It just seems weird to me that Deathstroke does well against superhuman characters that can't fight, but things are different against human-level martial artists in one-on-one confrontations. Something's just doesnt sit right with that. On the other hand with Captain America, he excels or does well against human-level fighters, enhanced-human level fighters, and superhuman-level characters that can't fight. Again, I don't see Deathstroke winning at all.
superbatspiderman - 11/29/2011, 12:48 PM
Batman might have gotten beaten by Deathstroke a couple of times but he is able to defeat Deathstroke all the other times. If it came down to it Cap would defeat Batman.

I think Captain America would beat Deathstroke but it would be one hell of a fight.
SageMode - 11/29/2011, 12:58 PM
@SuperBatSpiderMan:
I agree. The thing with Bats, is that the 2 times Batman "defeated" DS was when he cheap shotted DS with a rifle when he was trying to assassinate GunHawk, and the time when Nightwing and Robin joined the fray.

superbatspiderman - 11/29/2011, 2:34 PM
@0SageMode0 - That sort of proves my point if Deathstroke is taken down by being hit by a gun then he would definitely not be able to take Cap's shild to the face.
SwingsetKnight - 11/30/2011, 7:04 AM
The Captain takes it. Slade is a genuine badass, but as has been mentioned, he's inconsistently depicted. Cap is never shown as being out of his depth, even when he should be.

@ TheGODDAMNSUPERGUY: Look, Marvel heroes are in general -- according to who you ask -- either badasses or dicks. There are exceptions, Cap being one of them, but for the most part they're just nastier than their DC counterparts.

Green Arrow is a socially conscious millionaire with a Robin Hood fetish. Hawkeye is an ex-crook and an orphan who pulled himself from the gutter.

Nightwing is the one-time sidekick and sometime replacement of a major hero. He believes in non-lethal force. Bucky is the same thing, except that he's an ex-assassin and still carries a [frick]ing gun around.

In a choice between the moral, optimistic superheroes and the grim, cynical superheroes, the sort of people who frequent "fight threads" generally don't go with truth, justice, and the American way.
SageMode - 11/30/2011, 9:08 AM
@TheGDSuperGuy:
"Marvel fans are clowns, you guys believe every Marvel character is capable of beating every DC character that they line up against."
So biased ones do, but Deathstroke is not unbeatable.

"Thor can beat Superman, Hulk can beat Superman, Captain America can beat Batman, Iron Man can beat Batman, Hawkeye can beat Green Arrow, Black Widow can beat Black Canary, Bucky can beat Nightwing."

Thor can beat Superman, he's all-around more powerful than Supes, not to mention that he has thousands of years of battle experience. Thor has an edge.

Depends on which incarnation of the Hulk youre referring to....Gray Hulk, and Professor Hulk wouldnt be a problem for Supes, but Green Scar / World War Hulk, Mindless Hulk, Maestro Hulk, Savage Hulk at enraged levels, and World Breaker Hulk would definitely give him a run for his money, especially if brutes like Solomon Grundy have given Supes trouble.

Captain America has more battle experience, is just as good of a martial artist, plus he's Deathstroke physical equal, which is more advanced than Bats. Plus he's, IMO, a better stratgist.

What can Batman possibly do to Iron Man to win? Really?

Hawkeye vs Green Arrow is a toss up. I think Green Arrow maybe a slightly better archer, but Hawkeye I think is a slightly better fighter. So, I could see either one of them taking the victory over the other, depending on the circumstances.

Black Widow vs Black Canary....Canary takes it. Black Widow may have MUCH MORE experience than Canary, but that Canary Cry is the deal breaker.

Nightwing defeats Bucky, I have no qualms about that one.

"Slade is the ultimate badass, there's no way Cap OR Batman beats him in a one on one. Everyone has a weakness, Slade is the master of deciphering his opponent's weaknesses. Cap goes down, Slade's level of PIS is written to high for any one character to handle. Not even Batman's PIS is that high.

As mentioned above, Batman almost beat Deathstroke in their first 1 on 1 fight, with Deathstroke takin the win, limping away, and admitting that if it werent for his physical enhancements, he wouldve lost the fight, and even admitted that Batman was a better fighter in the very next issue.

Cap is a master at deciphering his opponents weaknesses also. How do you think he's able to take down guys that are more powerful than himself? I mean hell, Cap took down Mephisto if you wanna go there. LOL.

PS. Green Arrow is not even in the top 5 martial artist in DC, and GA stalemated him Deathstroke in a sword fight once. DS is a considerable fighter, not a masterful one. DS relies much more on his enhanced-human physical attributes to win his battles than he does with his fighting skills.
ellispart3 - 12/26/2011, 3:24 PM
This is an awesome fight, but my money is Deathstroke. Captain America is a more skilled fighter than Deathstroke If you want to play the game of "who beats who", Captain America and Batman would most like go round for round skill wise. Batman is usually beaten but Deathstroke...when he has his superpowers. When Slade is de-powered, Batman dog walks the poor guy.

But here's the thing that makes Batman, without powers, a force not to be f**ked with, his tendency to fight dirty from the beginning. Deathstroke fights the same way. Deathstroke fights dirty from jump street and plays for keeps. He isn't as skilled, but he is a dirty fighter. Cap would take a bit to start fighting dirty, by that point, he could already be down for the count.

Deathstroke FTW.
knocturnalzen10 - 1/13/2012, 9:57 AM
depends if it's ultimate cap if not deathstroke is straight on
knocturnalzen10 - 1/13/2012, 10:37 AM
P.S bat vs cap depends on if bat is prepared for the fight, if batman has knowledge he's fighting cap then no question about it bat wins. but if their both just thrown in to ah scum with no warning then cap wins after time ( ahhhhhhh looooonnnnnnnnnnngggggggggg period of time )

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