History ComicBook / TheBoys

14th Aug '16 3:04:42 AM morenohijazo
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* PrematureEmpowerment: Happens to Wee Hughie, when Butcher injects him full of Compound V, and he understandably gets a wee bit angry about it. He later decides to join the team, though.
12th Aug '16 9:39:45 PM nombretomado
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** The G-Wiz's WackyFratboyHijinks are a shout out to AnimalHouse, with Blowchowski's appearance based on John Belushi's John "Bluto" Blutarsky.

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** The G-Wiz's WackyFratboyHijinks are a shout out to AnimalHouse, ''Film/AnimalHouse'', with Blowchowski's appearance based on John Belushi's John "Bluto" Blutarsky.
31st Jul '16 8:44:50 PM FF32
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Straightforward supervillains appeared to exist, with A-Train being introduced combating an unnamed one that also possessed super speed, Homelander making reference to the Seven once having a SuperheroTrophyShelf, and it being mentioned that Teenage Kix had sent the "Fearsome Foursome" back to Rikers Island. None are seen or mentioned later on, with the only superhumans seeming to exist being the "heroes" of Vought-American

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Straightforward supervillains appeared to exist, with A-Train being introduced combating an unnamed one that also possessed super speed, Homelander making reference to the Seven once having a SuperheroTrophyShelf, and it being mentioned that Teenage Kix had sent the "Fearsome Foursome" back to Rikers Island. None are seen or mentioned later on, with the only superhumans seeming to exist being the "heroes" of Vought-AmericanVought-American.
13th Jul '16 11:57:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* SuperSupremacist: A professor of magic started a complicated plot in which he mind-controlled important people around the city and fathered children with their bodies, granting him an army of brainwashed magic-capable servants. He seemed to be on the WellIntentionedExtremist side (as Horus put it, "if you cannot make [[TheGoodKing kings into philosophers]], then [[BenevolentMageRuler philosophers should be kings]]"). One night, he ordered the children to kill their parents, but was foiled at the last minute by a repentant Horus (who'd figured out his own son was among them).

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* SuperSupremacist: A professor of magic started a complicated The Homelander's plot in which he mind-controlled important people around to get out from under Vought's thumb involved seizing power and ruling over humanity (supers already viewing humanity as nothing but an endless reservoir of victims). Complicated by the city and fathered children with their bodies, granting him an army of brainwashed magic-capable servants. He seemed to be on the WellIntentionedExtremist side (as Horus put it, "if you cannot make [[TheGoodKing kings fact that [[spoiler:he was gaslit by his clone into philosophers]], then [[BenevolentMageRuler philosophers should be kings]]"). One night, he complete psychosis]], leading to his breakdown at being ordered the children to kill their parents, but was foiled at the last minute around by a repentant Horus (who'd figured out his own son was among them).non-powered human.
13th Jul '16 11:56:44 AM Morgenthaler
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* SuperSupremacist: A professor of magic started a complicated plot in which he mind-controlled important people around the city and fathered children with their bodies, granting him an army of brainwashed magic-capable servants. He seemed to be on the WellIntentionedExtremist side (as Horus put it, "if you cannot make [[TheGoodKing kings into philosophers]], then [[BenevolentMageRuler philosophers should be kings]]"). One night, he ordered the children to kill their parents, but was foiled at the last minute by a repentant Horus (who'd figured out his own son was among them).
30th Jun '16 10:43:31 AM SilentStranger
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* BewareTheSuperman: For he cares about nothing but his own publicity. And the actual CaptainErsatz of Superman is a greedy, ruthless rapist as well as a possible BigBad.

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* BewareTheSuperman: For he cares about nothing but his own publicity. And the actual CaptainErsatz of Superman is a greedy, ruthless rapist as well as a possible BigBad. The only truly benevolent superheroes in the setting are Starlight, who hasnt been around long enough to be thouroughly corrupted but probably would have been if she hadnt met Hugh, and the Superduper team, which is essentially a superhero equivalent of the short bus, consisting mostly of metahumans with mariginal powers and various disorders.



* PowerupLetdown: The supes in 45. Between two of them, they managed to lift a tank a foot on the ground, and promptly collapsed after.

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* PowerupLetdown: The supes in 45. Between two of them, they managed to lift a tank a foot on the ground, and promptly collapsed after. Which is impressive in its own right, had they actually been trained and augmented soldiers and not just performers in stupid costumes. Unsurprisingly, they're immediatly shredded by tank fire during a German attack.


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** [[spoiler: "Heeeeeeeehn heeeeehn I did things!"]]
1st Jun '16 11:04:17 PM Chabal2
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* The Frenchman: Also AxCrazy.

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* The Frenchman: Also The other BigGuy, also AxCrazy.



* BedTrick: One of the clues that [[spoiler:Homelander and Black Noir are clones]] is that they can pass for each other when banging [[spoiler:Maeve.]]

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* BedTrick: BestialityIsDepraved: One super is seen mounted by a dog, while Blarney Cock put a hamster in his ass before going to fight the Boys.
* BedTrick:
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One of the clues that [[spoiler:Homelander and Black Noir are clones]] is that they can pass for each other when banging [[spoiler:Maeve.]]]]
** Malchemical was kicked out of Team Titanic for impersonating the leader to sleep with his girlfriend.



** In a more vicious sense, Butcher and Raynor's relationship. They hate each other passionately, and thus meet up regularly for wild illicit sex. [[spoiler:Butcher records one such encounter, which is ultimately used as blackmail against Raynor when she tries to run for Congress.]]

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** In a more vicious sense, Butcher and Raynor's relationship. They hate each other passionately, and thus meet up regularly for wild illicit sex.sex (as Butcher puts it, they both like screwing people they hate). [[spoiler:Butcher records one such encounter, which is ultimately used as blackmail against Raynor when she tries to run for Congress.]]


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* EverybodyLaughsEnding: Mentioned by Butcher as preceding a team-building exercise at the local brothel.


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** Some of Doc Peculiar's photographs are recreations of iconic comic images (with naked people circa 1910): Bruce Wayne looking at his parents, Batman holding Robin's corpse, Superman throwing a car.


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* WouldHurtAChild:
** Butcher threatens Rayner's children if she double-crosses them. Later he claims he wouldn't have done it, but...
** [[spoiler:Black Noir's]] eating children's hearts.
1st Jun '16 10:00:34 AM Chabal2
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* Mother's Milk: The TeamMom who's holding everything together.

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* Mother's Milk: The TeamMom TeamDad who's holding everything together.



** His usual attitude towards religion shows up, with Annie losing her faith after being raped, the main religious hero being a pedophile, and the whole "Believe" event being a scam (as stated by Annie and the Homelander).



* BlobMonster: [[spoiler:MM's mother, whose breast are now akin to CombatTentacles.]]

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* BlobMonster: [[spoiler:MM's mother, whose breast breasts are now akin to CombatTentacles.]]
* BreakTheBeliever: Vas sets his hopes on a communist politician to free the country from corruption. [[spoiler:The whole EngineeredHeroism plot would have put him in the role of anti-supervillain savior.
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* CasualtyInTheRing: MM's powers manifested during adulthood, when he was getting the crap beaten out of him by a fellow Ranger by the name of Fucker John. A semi-groggy MM uppercutted his head off, completely by accident.



* CompositeCharacter: Tek Knight is a mashup of Batman (backstory, living conditions) and Iron Man (armor).
* ConspiracyTheorist: Hughie used to believe in aliens and the Illuminati, but has wised up to the real manipulators.



* CulturalTranslation: The French version does this to the Frenchman, obviously. His home village of Franglais (the French term for GratuitousEnglish) becomes Saint-Frusquin (an expression for "and all the rest"), and he calls Butcher "Boucher" rather than "Charcutier".



:: The Legend actually mentions the M-16 as being adopted right after. It still sucked, but compared to the M-20 no one was complaining.



* EvilStoleMyFaith: Annie, due to [[spoiler:being raped by three of the Seven]], going home to find her boyfriend having sex with a teammate, and seeing no repercussions [[DefiledForever on herself]] or the others.



* GenocideFromTheInside: [[spoiler:This is Butcher's ultimate plan, to wipe out everyone who has every been exposed to Compund V. The fact that he and all of his closest friends are among those people and it would mean destroying a big chunk of the world's population due to how ubiquitous the stuff has become doesn't stop him from moving forward with his plan.]]

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* GargleBlaster: Vas'... "vodka". Made from tank brake fluid, causes even Compound V-enhanced humans to cough up a cry, and even works as an antipoison if drunk beforehand.
* GenocideFromTheInside: [[spoiler:This is Butcher's ultimate plan, to wipe out everyone who has every been exposed to Compund Compound V. The fact that he and all of his closest friends are among those people and it would mean destroying a big chunk of the world's population due to how ubiquitous the stuff has become doesn't stop him from moving forward with his plan.]]



* HistoricalInJoke: Batman's alter ego is Bruce Wayne, and the alter ego of The Boys' version of Batman, Tek Knight, is Robert Vernon. Sounds like a small reference to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_the_bruce Robert the]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce Bruce]]

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* HistoricalInJoke: Batman's alter ego is Bruce Wayne, and the alter ego of The Boys' version of Batman, Tek Knight, is Robert Vernon. Sounds like a small reference to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_the_bruce Robert the]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce Bruce]]Bruce]].



* InstantlyProvenWrong: Just about every single attempt at VA(C) pushing their product ends up this way. New carrier plane for the Pacific theater? Suddenly the Japanese aren't retreating as fast. Proving superheroes are the future of war? Decimated, along with their handler, by the Germans they'd accidentally lured back to the unprepared Americans. A revolutionary assault rifle? [[spoiler:The first 1000 troops it was issued to were found decapitated, their heads stuck on the worthless rifles.]] Prove that the supers can easily outperform a professional army? [[spoiler:Everybody aboard the flight dies when the supes botch the rescue. The only saving grace is that the plane ended up destroying the Brooklyn Bridge instead of the WTC.]]



* MassSuperEmpoweringEvent: All supers got their powers from a drug called Compound V.

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* MassSuperEmpoweringEvent: All Averted. While all supers got their powers from a the same source (a drug called Compound V.V), they did so at different times over the past fifty years.



* NiceCharacterMeanActor: This is the case with most of the Superheroes, but is especially prominent with Swingwing and the Homelander.

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* NiceCharacterMeanActor: This is the case with most of the Superheroes, but is especially prominent with Swingwing (a homophobe who's contractually required to encourage gays to come out, [[spoiler:and murders one who confessed his love for him]]) and the Homelander.



* ObliviousGuiltSlinging: While discussing how to vary their sex life, Hughie tells Annie he just can't perform if there's more than one man per woman. Which is how Annie got into the Seven...
* OffscreenVillainDarkMatter: Averted. Though VA is a huge corporation and makes mountains of money off the supers, they're extremely expensive to make and maintain (a few millimeters of refined Compound V costs several million dollars).



* PowerupLetdown: The supes in 45. Between two of them, they managed to lift a tank a foot on the ground, and promptly collapsed after.



* RequiredSecondaryPowers: Some supers don't have them, leading to a kid HulkingOut wrong (his head swelled up, the rest of his body shrank, a girl's eyes melted out of her head...). The Homelander couldn't just [[spoiler:lift up the plane]] because he had nothing to push against.



* StepfordSmiler: Most of the G-Men delve ever deeper into hedonism to deal with [[spoiler:the near-constant sexual abuse they suffered at Godolkin's and older students' hands.]]



* StrawmanPolitician:
** While just about every scumbag politician is a Republican (Dakota Bob being more of a NecessaryEvil), the Democrats end up endorsing Rayner as their candidate.
** When Butcher rescues Kessler from his inept AttemptedRape, he tells the intended victim that he's part of a Republican family and didn't take his meds that night.



* TeensAreMonsters: Teenage Kix, the first superhero team the Boys go after, are a bunch of self-centered hedonistic little monsters who steal meds from a children's hospital. As Butcher put it, [[AssholeVictim taking them out isn't exactly equivalent to wiping their ass on the American flag.]]



* TheWorfBarrage: [[spoiler: half a dozen tanks, thirty miniguns, all of them firing depleted uranium rounds of the highest calibre. That's the unholy shit unloaded on Black Noir ALONE while already having half of his limbs burned, half of his head snatched away and all his guts hanging out as a result for killing Homelander. And he still manages to survive that (although he comes out of it crippled to such a point that the mere fact of him still standing up could fit in the [[ArtisticLicenseBiology Artistic Licence - Biology trope]].]]

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* TheWorfBarrage: [[spoiler: half Half a dozen tanks, thirty miniguns, all of them firing depleted uranium rounds of the highest calibre. That's the unholy shit unloaded on Black Noir ALONE while already having half of his limbs burned, half of his head snatched away and all his guts hanging out as a result for killing Homelander. And he still manages to survive that (although he comes out of it crippled to such a point that the mere fact of him still standing up could fit in the [[ArtisticLicenseBiology Artistic Licence - Biology trope]].]]



* VicePresidentWho: ZigZagged. Vic the Veep is incompetent, borderline mentally retarded and doesn't even hide that he's a Vought Corporation puppet through and through, but that doesn't make him harmless. For example, [[spoiler:as the President is about to give the order to shoot down the 9/11 airliners before they hit, Vic knocks him out with a fire extinguisher (everyone else had been staring at the screens), as Vought/American wanted their supers to save the day as a PR move.]] He's also responsible for [[spoiler:the president's]]death, opening a cage he thought contained his pet dog.

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* VicePresidentWho: ZigZagged. Vic the Veep is incompetent, borderline mentally retarded and doesn't even hide that he's a Vought Corporation puppet through and through, but that doesn't make him harmless. For example, [[spoiler:as the President is about to give the order to shoot down the last of the 9/11 airliners before they hit, Vic knocks him out with a fire extinguisher (everyone else had been staring at the screens), as Vought/American wanted their supers to save the day as a PR move.]] He's also responsible for [[spoiler:the president's]]death, opening a cage he thought contained his pet dog.


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* WolverineClaws:
** Averted with Popclaw (the X-23 expy), an offhand comment says her single wrist-mounted blades were surgically implanted.
** The comic's version of Wolverine instead has his forearms [[CripplingOverspecialization replaced with hammers.]] [[spoiler:Which he doesn't even get to use.]]
27th May '16 10:56:01 AM Chabal2
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** Later, depleted-uranium ammo is able to tear through supers.



* BedTrick: One of the clues that [[spoiler:Homelander and Black Noir are clones]] is that they can pass for each other when banging [[spoiler:Maeve.]]



** The reason for Monkey's nickname is immortalized in a bronze bust that shows him [[spoiler:getting his ''ears'' screwed by monkeys.]]



* BlobMonster: [[spoiler:MM's mother, whose breast are now akin to CombatTentacles.]]



** Some powers go very, ''very'' wrong, like the little girl [[spoiler:holding her melted-out eyes in her hands.]]



** And the pivotal one for the comic, [[spoiler:Black Noir, whose sole purpose is to take out the Homelander if he goes nuts, and starts gaslighting him until he is just so he can kill him.]]



* ChocolateBaby: One cover has Queen Maeve in a hospital bed holding a black baby... and a very unhappy-looking Stormfront.



* DomesticAbuse: Billy's dad.

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* DomesticAbuse: Billy's dad.dad, to the point that Billy's mother needed a glass eye.
* DyingAlone: [[spoiler:Vas. Billy was certain the third rocket killed him, so he left, leaving Vas to bleed out.]]



** VA's first major government contract(prior to that, they made ''boots'') was a team of incompetent first-generation superhumans that they tried to foist on the Army at the Battle of the Bulge. They not only draw the Nazis right to the camp where they're being deployed ''and'' get themselves killed to the last man, but in the process manage to trash a shipment of tanks and fighters that were already performing only ''slightly'' better than they were(''also'' provided by Vought) - the sole survivor being [[spoiler:Mallory]].

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** VA's first major government contract(prior contract (prior to that, they made ''boots'') was a team of incompetent first-generation superhumans that they tried to foist on the Army at the Battle of the Bulge. They not only draw the Nazis right to the camp where they're being deployed ''and'' get themselves killed to the last man, but in the process manage to trash a shipment of tanks and fighters that were already performing only ''slightly'' better than they were(''also'' were (''also'' provided by Vought) - the sole survivor being [[spoiler:Mallory]].



* SemperFi: The Marines are the ones who shoot down the supers in the White House. Billy himself was in the ''Royal'' Marines.



* StrawmanNewsMedia: After the President has his face ripped off by a wolverine, FoxNews claims the parents of the kid who brought it were Democrats.



** You can generally pinpoint how much Ennis dislikes certain characters. Some of the most venomous depictions of characters are ones that Ennis has gone on record as hating: Wolverine becomes a near-mute freak who can't eat his own food without assistance, {{Nineties Anti Hero}}es are CListFodder, and Soldier Boy is regularly referred to as "an insult", an opinion Ennis has often offered about heroes being involved in real-world events. Consider the following: the very first line of dialogue after the comic left DC because DC was worried it would taint their brand was a Batman expy proclaiming "I like to have sex with things." On the other hand, he has a soft spot for the Big Three Justice Leaguers, and as a result;

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** You can generally pinpoint how much Ennis dislikes certain characters. Some of the most venomous depictions of characters are ones that Ennis has gone on record as hating: Wolverine becomes a near-mute freak who can't eat his own food without assistance, assistance (and the creature that ripped off the President's face, causing Vic the Veep to be sworn in, was a wolverine), {{Nineties Anti Hero}}es are CListFodder, and Soldier Boy is regularly referred to as "an insult", an opinion Ennis has often offered about heroes being involved in real-world events. Consider the following: the very first line of dialogue after the comic left DC because DC was worried it would taint their brand was a Batman expy proclaiming "I like to have sex with things." On the other hand, he has a soft spot for the Big Three Justice Leaguers, and as a result;



* TakeThatMe: In a flashback, the Legend gets a call from a Mr. Creator/GarthEnnis... and tells him to fuck off.



* VicePresidentWho: ZigZagged. Vic the Veep is incompetent, borderline mentally retarded and doesn't even hide that he's a Vought Corporation puppet through and through, but that doesn't make him harmless. For example, [[spoiler:as the President is about to give the order to shoot down the 9/11 airliners before they hit, Vic knocks him out with a fire extinguisher (everyone else had been staring at the screens), as Vought/American wanted their supers to save the day as a PR move.]]

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* VicePresidentWho: ZigZagged. Vic the Veep is incompetent, borderline mentally retarded and doesn't even hide that he's a Vought Corporation puppet through and through, but that doesn't make him harmless. For example, [[spoiler:as the President is about to give the order to shoot down the 9/11 airliners before they hit, Vic knocks him out with a fire extinguisher (everyone else had been staring at the screens), as Vought/American wanted their supers to save the day as a PR move.]]]] He's also responsible for [[spoiler:the president's]]death, opening a cage he thought contained his pet dog.


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** Bradley when she realizes Stillwell set her up as the FallGuy. She even rips out her hair.
21st May '16 6:21:35 AM Iku
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** [[spoiler: Except that one time she laughed at Hughie for stealing Queen Maeve's file from Doc Peculiar's place in the hopes of [[ADateWithRosiePalms scoring some wank material]]. Everyone else was as disturbed as you'd think by this.]]

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** [[spoiler: Except that one time she laughed at the notion that Hughie for stealing Queen Maeve's file from Doc Peculiar's place in the hopes of [[ADateWithRosiePalms scoring some wank material]].material]], may have helped them solve a major roadblock in their mission against the supes. Everyone else was as disturbed as you'd think by this.]]
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