Summary: It might, of course, be what Slade had in mind all along.
Author Notes: A bit after current-ish Teen Titans continuity, unless canon messes with it.
It was obvious, really. Like a purloined letter hidden in plain view.
He even had in place the nonlethal protocol to catch him. Hardest one he had ever had to write, bar one. Now - he's glad he did it.
Bruce surely won't appreciate the irony.
Capture isn't easy. Neither is obtaining the equipment. The files themselves, from old Cadmus backups... It's hacking work he wouldn't be shamed to show Oracle.
And yet all of that had proved easier, in the end, that cloning another body and teaching him from scratch.
Erase the existing neural pattern. Apply the original conditioning files from Cadmus, Luthor's patches debugged out.
He'll think about that some other time.
The subject opens his eyes. Confused, innocent, eager.
It's a match.