History ComicBook / TheBoys

16th Aug '17 3:35:04 AM TitanFireFlies
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* {{Deconstruction}}: Of the underlying corporate nature of superheroes and the comic book industry. The superheroes in the world of ''The Boys'' were raised from birth with everything handed to them on a silver platter from Vought-American. Because of how MerchandiseDriven superheroes ''by nature'' are, spoiling them with [[Fiction500 all the wealth in the world]] is pretty much all Vought can do to make sure they [[BewareTheSuperman don't one day go off the deep end]]. That being said, the superheroes, as a result of all the power they've been given right from the moment they were born, end up sociopathic, immature, spoiled, and utterly hedonistic--fixated only on their own individual satisfactions without much regard for the innocents whose lives are in their hands.

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* {{Deconstruction}}: Of the underlying corporate nature of superheroes and the comic book industry. The superheroes in the world of ''The Boys'' were raised from birth with everything handed to them on a silver platter from Vought-American. Because of how MerchandiseDriven superheroes ''by nature'' are, spoiling them with [[Fiction500 all the wealth in the world]] is pretty much all Vought can do to make sure they [[BewareTheSuperman don't one day go off the deep end]]. That being said, the superheroes, as a result of all the power they've been given right from the moment they were born, end up sociopathic, immature, spoiled, and utterly hedonistic--fixated only on their own individual satisfactions without much regard for the innocents whose lives are in their hands. What's even worse is that since superheroes are such a massive investment and turn in extremely huge profits, [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Vought's management]] is very much willing to do ''whatever they deem necessary'' to ensure their business remains afloat.
15th Aug '17 3:05:07 AM Kalaong
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*** He has a weird take on the DC/Marvel feud; VAC's first generation of supers is dubbed "[[Comicbook/TheAvengers The Avenging Squad]]", but Bush and the VAC rep says it isn't final - the company's still deciding whether the group's theme will be "Justice" or "Revenge." The entire squad is massacred at the Battle of the Bulge, and [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica the Seven]] are established soon afterwards - except VAC hires "[[Creator/StanLee The Legend]]" as the mind behind the comic book franchise. Mallory bemoans that everything started to go wrong right after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII for one basic reason;
--->We stood on our beaches, or in our clearings in the woods. We knelt in the blood of our beloved dead.\\
We reached out for something to make it right, and not once did we consider that we were starting from the wrong place.\\
All we could think was that there had to be some meaning to it. Things like this, they couldn't happen and the world not even blink.\\
But dress it up however we might, as debt collected to be paid towards better times, as protection for the future against repeat afflictions...\\
The meaning we had chosen was revenge.
8th Aug '17 8:16:23 PM Kalaong
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** All in all, they had ''absolutely no idea'' what they were doing. End result; the death of one of their teammates, large scale collateral damage, and the events of the main story.

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##...and the ultimate result of all of this; the plane smacks right into the Brooklyn Bridge. As in reality, the terrorists' ''real'' target was the South Tower of the World Trade Center - but losing a major connection to the mainland did more damage to New York.
** All in all, they had ''absolutely no idea'' what they were doing. End result; the death of one of their teammates, large scale even more collateral damage, damage than in real life, and the events of the main story.
6th Aug '17 12:26:04 AM TitanFireFlies
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* {{Deconstruction}}: [[spoiler:Surprisingly, Butcher is this to the protagonists Ennis usually wrote. Turns out, an ImplacableMan who is driven solely by one goal is absolutely not right in the head. In fact, he's a total psychopath. And as soon as that goal is achieved, that man's next goal is more monstrous than the last to the point that he can't be considered anything remotely close to a hero anymore]].

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* {{Deconstruction}}: [[spoiler:Surprisingly, Of the underlying corporate nature of superheroes and the comic book industry. The superheroes in the world of ''The Boys'' were raised from birth with everything handed to them on a silver platter from Vought-American. Because of how MerchandiseDriven superheroes ''by nature'' are, spoiling them with [[Fiction500 all the wealth in the world]] is pretty much all Vought can do to make sure they [[BewareTheSuperman don't one day go off the deep end]]. That being said, the superheroes, as a result of all the power they've been given right from the moment they were born, end up sociopathic, immature, spoiled, and utterly hedonistic--fixated only on their own individual satisfactions without much regard for the innocents whose lives are in their hands.
**[[spoiler:Surprisingly,
Butcher is this to the protagonists Ennis usually wrote. Turns out, an ImplacableMan who is driven solely by one goal is absolutely not right in the head. In fact, he's a total psychopath. And as soon as that goal is achieved, that man's next goal is more monstrous than the last to the point that he can't be considered anything remotely close to a hero anymore]].
16th Jul '17 5:45:40 PM nombretomado
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** In [[spoiler:Mallory]]'s flashback to WW2, a German panzer brigade wipes out an unprepared US tank battalion, casually slaughtering the pathetically incompetent prototype supers who unwittingly led the Germans to the battalion in the first place.

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** In [[spoiler:Mallory]]'s flashback to WW2, [=WW2=], a German panzer brigade wipes out an unprepared US tank battalion, casually slaughtering the pathetically incompetent prototype supers who unwittingly led the Germans to the battalion in the first place.
3rd Jul '17 2:40:47 PM xcountryguy
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** In the "Barbary Coast" arc, [[spoiler:Mallory]] tells Hughie about meeting Prescott Sheldon Bush - father of George, grandfather of George W., prominent figure in conspiracy theories - in 1944, on the eve of the Battle of the Bulge. In real history, the elder Bush did not pursue political ambitions until 1950; in ''The Boys'', he's already a senator from Connecticut, although his explicit connections to Voight-American provide a handy reason why he might have gotten ahead of the game. [[spoiler: The elder Bush is promptly shot dead in a German ambush, whereas the real Prescott Bush lived until 1972.]]

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** In the "Barbary Coast" arc, [[spoiler:Mallory]] tells Hughie about meeting Prescott Sheldon Bush - father of George, grandfather of George W., prominent figure in conspiracy theories - in 1944, on the eve of the Battle of the Bulge. In real history, the elder Bush did not pursue political ambitions until 1950; in ''The Boys'', he's already a senator from Connecticut, although his explicit connections to Voight-American provide a handy reason why he might have gotten ahead of the game. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The elder Bush is promptly shot dead in a German ambush, whereas the real Prescott Bush lived until 1972.]]



* BerserkButton: The Female ''must not'' be touched. Although The Frenchman can touch her without setting off the AxCrazy in her; it has been revealed that following a very, very troubled childhood, [[spoiler: Frenchie was the first to show her kindness, becoming a father figure of sort, while the others stayed their distance until she was properly house broken]].

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* BerserkButton: The Female ''must not'' be touched. Although The Frenchman can touch her without setting off the AxCrazy in her; it has been revealed that following a very, very troubled childhood, [[spoiler: Frenchie [[spoiler:Frenchie was the first to show her kindness, becoming a father figure of sort, while the others stayed their distance until she was properly house broken]].



* BigBad: The nameless Vought-American executive. And Homelander. [[spoiler: And maybe Black Noir.]] And maybe even [[spoiler: Butcher himself.]]

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* BigBad: The nameless Vought-American executive. And Homelander. [[spoiler: And [[spoiler:And maybe Black Noir.]] And maybe even [[spoiler: Butcher [[spoiler:Butcher himself.]]



*** After having killed [[spoiler: Mallory, Vas, The Legend, Mother's Milk, the Frenchman, and the Female]], as well as coming up with a plan to [[spoiler: kill every single person with a trace of V in their blood]], the real BigBad seems to be [[spoiler: Butcher.]]

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*** After having killed [[spoiler: Mallory, [[spoiler:Mallory, Vas, The Legend, Mother's Milk, the Frenchman, and the Female]], as well as coming up with a plan to [[spoiler: kill [[spoiler:kill every single person with a trace of V in their blood]], the real BigBad seems to be [[spoiler: Butcher.[[spoiler:Butcher.]]



* BodyHorror: Happens to those with incomplete control over their powers. Frankly, also describes the result of most of the violence seen in the series. Special mention must go to [[spoiler: Black Noir after his fight with the Homelander: his superhuman body has suffered at least a dozen instantly-fatal-to-normals wounds and because he's a pinnacle superhuman HE'S STILL GOING.]]

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* BodyHorror: Happens to those with incomplete control over their powers. Frankly, also describes the result of most of the violence seen in the series. Special mention must go to [[spoiler: Black [[spoiler:Black Noir after his fight with the Homelander: his superhuman body has suffered at least a dozen instantly-fatal-to-normals wounds and because he's a pinnacle superhuman HE'S STILL GOING.]]



* BookEnds: [[spoiler: The series begins and ends with Hughie and the woman he loves.]]

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* BookEnds: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The series begins and ends with Hughie and the woman he loves.]]



** Subverted. [[spoiler: He doesn't remember because it wasn't him that did those things]].

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** Subverted. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He doesn't remember because it wasn't him that did those things]].



** Also an auxiliary role of The Seven. Homelander and [[spoiler: A-Train]] have been shown to be utilized in this capacity.

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** Also an auxiliary role of The Seven. Homelander and [[spoiler: A-Train]] [[spoiler:A-Train]] have been shown to be utilized in this capacity.



* ColdBloodedTorture: Butcher with [[spoiler: Soldier Boy]] and [[spoiler: Jack from Jupiter]], although the latter was more about revenge than getting information.

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* ColdBloodedTorture: Butcher with [[spoiler: Soldier [[spoiler:Soldier Boy]] and [[spoiler: Jack [[spoiler:Jack from Jupiter]], although the latter was more about revenge than getting information.



* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler: The final confrontation between superheroes and the military turns into this, as F-16s armed with missiles designed specifically to target supes devastate the flying heroes whilst A-10s sent against the ground-based heroes do what they do best, and do it extremely well. A much-weakened and disemboweled Black Noir, fresh from killing the Homelander, attracts a storm of firepower from the Marines outside the White House and still survives long enough for Butcher to finally pry open his skull with a crowbar, rip out his brain, and crush it in his fist.]]

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* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The final confrontation between superheroes and the military turns into this, as F-16s armed with missiles designed specifically to target supes devastate the flying heroes whilst A-10s sent against the ground-based heroes do what they do best, and do it extremely well. A much-weakened and disemboweled Black Noir, fresh from killing the Homelander, attracts a storm of firepower from the Marines outside the White House and still survives long enough for Butcher to finally pry open his skull with a crowbar, rip out his brain, and crush it in his fist.]]



* {{Deconstruction}}: [[spoiler: Surprisingly, Butcher is this to the protagonists Ennis usually wrote. Turns out, an ImplacableMan who is driven solely by one goal is absolutely not right in the head. In fact, he's a total psychopath. And as soon as that goal is achieved, that man's next goal is more monstrous than the last to the point that he can't be considered anything remotely close to a hero anymore]].

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* {{Deconstruction}}: [[spoiler: Surprisingly, [[spoiler:Surprisingly, Butcher is this to the protagonists Ennis usually wrote. Turns out, an ImplacableMan who is driven solely by one goal is absolutely not right in the head. In fact, he's a total psychopath. And as soon as that goal is achieved, that man's next goal is more monstrous than the last to the point that he can't be considered anything remotely close to a hero anymore]].



** The later issues portray [[spoiler: Queen Maeve]] in this light, in a weird sort of way. [[spoiler: We've mostly seen her as a martini-swilling background character, with a personal butler and, we're told, a penchant for bodybuilders. She's clearly post-traumatic after the events of September 11th, and turns out to be the Boys' mole in the Seven.]]

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** The later issues portray [[spoiler: Queen [[spoiler:Queen Maeve]] in this light, in a weird sort of way. [[spoiler: We've [[spoiler:We've mostly seen her as a martini-swilling background character, with a personal butler and, we're told, a penchant for bodybuilders. She's clearly post-traumatic after the events of September 11th, and turns out to be the Boys' mole in the Seven.]]



* TheDogBitesBack: Archer Leader, the unnamed USAF pilot who [[spoiler: could have prevented 9/11, but was called off by Vic The Veep, returns with a planeload of anti-supe missiles during the coup attempt in issue 65.]]

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* TheDogBitesBack: Archer Leader, the unnamed USAF pilot who [[spoiler: could [[spoiler:could have prevented 9/11, but was called off by Vic The Veep, returns with a planeload of anti-supe missiles during the coup attempt in issue 65.]]



* EatsBabies: [[spoiler: The Homelander, albeit only in one particularly psychotic episode that had him doing horrific things to what looked like an entire family.]]
** Subverted. [[spoiler: It wasn't him.]]
* EmptyShell: Maeve [[spoiler: appears to be this, despite actually being TheMole]]

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* EatsBabies: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Homelander, albeit only in one particularly psychotic episode that had him doing horrific things to what looked like an entire family.]]
** Subverted. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It wasn't him.]]
* EmptyShell: Maeve [[spoiler: appears [[spoiler:appears to be this, despite actually being TheMole]]



* EvilVersusEvil: [[spoiler: Vought's Red River mercenaries versus the G Men.]]
** And later, [[spoiler: The Homelander versus Black Noir.]]

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* EvilVersusEvil: [[spoiler: Vought's [[spoiler:Vought's Red River mercenaries versus the G Men.]]
** And later, [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Homelander versus Black Noir.]]



* FamousLastWords: "Why the fuck you gotta do this? Why you gotta be the way you are?! You think I fucking want this shit, goddammit?!" [[spoiler: Mother's Milk]]

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* FamousLastWords: "Why the fuck you gotta do this? Why you gotta be the way you are?! You think I fucking want this shit, goddammit?!" [[spoiler: Mother's [[spoiler:Mother's Milk]]



* {{Gorn}}: Lots of it. Sometimes played for laughs, other times (especially [[spoiler: in the 9/11 sequence and the images of Black Noir's atrocities]]) for horror.

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* {{Gorn}}: Lots of it. Sometimes played for laughs, other times (especially [[spoiler: in [[spoiler:in the 9/11 sequence and the images of Black Noir's atrocities]]) for horror.



** [[spoiler: TheReveal shows that he was already past this point by the time of the Little Nina incident. He comes up with a plan to kill everyone with compound V in their system, which would include all of The Boys as well as countless innocents, becoming the BigBad, and also the HeroKiller by personally killing Mother's Milk, as well as setting up a bomb to take out The Frenchman and the Female.]]
* HijackedByGanon: [[spoiler: Black Noir is looking more and more like this for the franchise as of Issue #64.]]

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** [[spoiler: TheReveal [[spoiler:TheReveal shows that he was already past this point by the time of the Little Nina incident. He comes up with a plan to kill everyone with compound V in their system, which would include all of The Boys as well as countless innocents, becoming the BigBad, and also the HeroKiller by personally killing Mother's Milk, as well as setting up a bomb to take out The Frenchman and the Female.]]
* HijackedByGanon: [[spoiler: Black [[spoiler:Black Noir is looking more and more like this for the franchise as of Issue #64.]]



* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Stillwell gets off scott free for the events the Supe attack on the White House. He then informs Hughie that the rebranded Vought American intend to go on business as usual.]]
** Although it seems to be rather a [[PyrrhicVictory pyrrhic victory]] for Stillwell as he is now [[spoiler: locked in an endless, fruitless struggle to turn superheroes into a profitable product. Knowing all too well their deficiencies, and seeing that they are never going to change, he himself realizes that he is stuck with a "bad product."]]

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* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Stillwell [[spoiler:Stillwell gets off scott free for the events the Supe attack on the White House. He then informs Hughie that the rebranded Vought American intend to go on business as usual.]]
** Although it seems to be rather a [[PyrrhicVictory pyrrhic victory]] for Stillwell as he is now [[spoiler: locked [[spoiler:locked in an endless, fruitless struggle to turn superheroes into a profitable product. Knowing all too well their deficiencies, and seeing that they are never going to change, he himself realizes that he is stuck with a "bad product."]]



* KickTheMoralityPet: [[spoiler: Billy spends sixty-odd issues showing what a calculating, cool-headed manipulator he can be. When Terror is killed, however, he throws it all to the wind and brutally murders the guy he believes to be responsible, regardless of the repercussions.]]

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* KickTheMoralityPet: [[spoiler: Billy [[spoiler:Billy spends sixty-odd issues showing what a calculating, cool-headed manipulator he can be. When Terror is killed, however, he throws it all to the wind and brutally murders the guy he believes to be responsible, regardless of the repercussions.]]



* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Terror, Jack from Jupiter, A-Train, Queen Maeve, Oh Father, The Homelander, Black Noir (and must of the superheroes who took part in the Coup), Love Sausage (or Vas to his friends), The Legend, Mother's Milk, Dr. Vogelbaum, The Frenchman & The Female.]] And as of Issue 71, [[spoiler: Billy Butcher.]]

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* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Terror, [[spoiler:Terror, Jack from Jupiter, A-Train, Queen Maeve, Oh Father, The Homelander, Black Noir (and must of the superheroes who took part in the Coup), Love Sausage (or Vas to his friends), The Legend, Mother's Milk, Dr. Vogelbaum, The Frenchman & The Female.]] And as of Issue 71, [[spoiler: Billy [[spoiler:Billy Butcher.]]



* MadnessMantra: Butcher, at the end of ''The Big Ride'' arc, repeatedly asking [[spoiler: Jack From Jupiter]] ''"Why'd you kill me dog, [[spoiler: Jack]]?"'' each time he stabs him.

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* MadnessMantra: Butcher, at the end of ''The Big Ride'' arc, repeatedly asking [[spoiler: Jack [[spoiler:Jack From Jupiter]] ''"Why'd you kill me dog, [[spoiler: Jack]]?"'' [[spoiler:Jack]]?"'' each time he stabs him.



* MoralityPet: The events of Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker states that Terror is a literal example for Billy, on the advice of [[spoiler: his late wife]].

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* MoralityPet: The events of Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker states that Terror is a literal example for Billy, on the advice of [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his late wife]].



** Billy portrays his relationship with Hughie in this way ("I always wanted a little brother"). Throughout the series he seems genuinely fond of Hughie, making him one of the few people to have that kind of relationship with Billy (apart from the rest of the Boys and Vas). However, as the later issues show, [[spoiler: Billy has been playing Hughie to make him trust Billy, or at at least won't let any sentimentality get in the way of his objective, which is the elimination of every person with Compound V in their system, including himself.]]

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** Billy portrays his relationship with Hughie in this way ("I always wanted a little brother"). Throughout the series he seems genuinely fond of Hughie, making him one of the few people to have that kind of relationship with Billy (apart from the rest of the Boys and Vas). However, as the later issues show, [[spoiler: Billy [[spoiler:Billy has been playing Hughie to make him trust Billy, or at at least won't let any sentimentality get in the way of his objective, which is the elimination of every person with Compound V in their system, including himself.]]



* MugglesDoItBetter: A central point of the series. When the faecal matter hits the cooling device, undisciplined, untrained superheroes prove to be [[spoiler: no match whatsoever for the military, both in the present and when Vought first sought to use them in the Second World War.]]

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* MugglesDoItBetter: A central point of the series. When the faecal matter hits the cooling device, undisciplined, untrained superheroes prove to be [[spoiler: no [[spoiler:no match whatsoever for the military, both in the present and when Vought first sought to use them in the Second World War.]]



* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: [[spoiler: ''Black. Motherfucking. Noir''. One of the marines watching the White House from behind the fench said this when seeing the super draging himself along out of the Oval Office with half of his head missing, his limbs burned to the bone and his guts hanging out behind him after killing Homelander. Then, he was continuously shot at by a full platoon of marines (including some tanks), leaving him with no hands, no feet, no ab muscles, one arm missing, and his whole skin pierced with more holes than Spongebob, and he still managed to stand up. ''Then'', Butcher came at him and cracked open his skull with a crowbar, and took away a large chunk of his brain, and it wasn't enough to take him down. ''AND THEN'', Butcher crushed the brain chunk in his hand in front of Black Noir's eyes, and ''ONLY THEN'' he finally died (or maybe understood he was dead)!]]

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* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: [[spoiler: ''Black.[[spoiler:''Black. Motherfucking. Noir''. One of the marines watching the White House from behind the fench said this when seeing the super draging himself along out of the Oval Office with half of his head missing, his limbs burned to the bone and his guts hanging out behind him after killing Homelander. Then, he was continuously shot at by a full platoon of marines (including some tanks), leaving him with no hands, no feet, no ab muscles, one arm missing, and his whole skin pierced with more holes than Spongebob, and he still managed to stand up. ''Then'', Butcher came at him and cracked open his skull with a crowbar, and took away a large chunk of his brain, and it wasn't enough to take him down. ''AND THEN'', Butcher crushed the brain chunk in his hand in front of Black Noir's eyes, and ''ONLY THEN'' he finally died (or maybe understood he was dead)!]]



* OhCrap: Our Father [[spoiler: and the other rebellious Supers when the US Air Force starts firing super-seeking missiles at them.]]

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* OhCrap: Our Father [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and the other rebellious Supers when the US Air Force starts firing super-seeking missiles at them.]]



** The events of [[spoiler: September the 11th, 2001 show exactly what would happen if a Justice League-esque super team tried to stop a mid-air plane hijacking (see DidntThinkThisThrough above.)]]

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** The events of [[spoiler: September [[spoiler:September the 11th, 2001 show exactly what would happen if a Justice League-esque super team tried to stop a mid-air plane hijacking (see DidntThinkThisThrough above.)]]



** [[spoiler: Except that one time she laughed at the notion that Hughie stealing Queen Maeve's file from Doc Peculiar's place in the hopes of [[ADateWithRosiePalms scoring some wank 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.]]
** [[spoiler: As of issue 66, after a timeskip of unspecified length, she's ''still laughing.'']]
** [[spoiler: Semi-subverted in issue 68, where a dialog balloon says: "I hate mean people". While it's obvious that she's the one talking (because the other three characters present in the scene are shown in the panel), she still hasn't been actually SHOWN uttering any words.]]

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** [[spoiler: Except [[spoiler:Except that one time she laughed at the notion that Hughie stealing Queen Maeve's file from Doc Peculiar's place in the hopes of [[ADateWithRosiePalms scoring some wank 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.]]
** [[spoiler: As [[spoiler:As of issue 66, after a timeskip of unspecified length, she's ''still laughing.'']]
** [[spoiler: Semi-subverted [[spoiler:Semi-subverted in issue 68, where a dialog balloon says: "I hate mean people". While it's obvious that she's the one talking (because the other three characters present in the scene are shown in the panel), she still hasn't been actually SHOWN uttering any words.]]



** Deconstructed with [[spoiler: Butcher, who shows exactly what would happen when such a 'hero' loses the common goal that made him a hero, as Butcher ascends into BigBad status.]]

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** Deconstructed with [[spoiler: Butcher, [[spoiler:Butcher, who shows exactly what would happen when such a 'hero' loses the common goal that made him a hero, as Butcher ascends into BigBad status.]]



* 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 [[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]].]]



* VillainousBreakdown: Homelander is fond of these when he doesn't get his way. [[spoiler: Stillwell]] seems to be most likely to instigate these.

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* VillainousBreakdown: Homelander is fond of these when he doesn't get his way. [[spoiler: Stillwell]] [[spoiler:Stillwell]] seems to be most likely to instigate these.



** Ironically, [[spoiler: Stillwell]] seems to have one at the end. [[spoiler: He realizes that whatever he does to spin super-powered people to the public, it's still flawed and ultimately, ''bad product.'']]

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** Ironically, [[spoiler: Stillwell]] [[spoiler:Stillwell]] seems to have one at the end. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He realizes that whatever he does to spin super-powered people to the public, it's still flawed and ultimately, ''bad product.'']]



** Issue 63 may be the start of a series of whams, as [[spoiler: Frenchie loses an arm, and A-Train and Queen Maeve are killed.]]
** Issue 65. [[spoiler: Homelander is dead. Black Noir is dead, a clone of Homelander, and the one who REALLY raped Becky. He also is the reason why Homelander became, "...a complete fucking psychopath by accident."]]
** Issue 66. [[spoiler: It opens with Butcher killing Vas in a warehouse in Moscow. Hughie and Annie separate, Butcher promotes him to second-in-command, and the Boys are on hiatus for three months.]]

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** Issue 63 may be the start of a series of whams, as [[spoiler: Frenchie [[spoiler:Frenchie loses an arm, and A-Train and Queen Maeve are killed.]]
** Issue 65. [[spoiler: Homelander [[spoiler:Homelander is dead. Black Noir is dead, a clone of Homelander, and the one who REALLY raped Becky. He also is the reason why Homelander became, "...a complete fucking psychopath by accident."]]
** Issue 66. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It opens with Butcher killing Vas in a warehouse in Moscow. Hughie and Annie separate, Butcher promotes him to second-in-command, and the Boys are on hiatus for three months.]]



** [[spoiler: "I know, I know. You're the best mate a cunt like me could ask for. I don't deserve to fucking know you. But I ain't got no mates."]]
** [[spoiler: "I hate mean people."]]
** [[spoiler: "Heeeeeeeehn heeeeehn I did things!"]]

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** [[spoiler: "I [[spoiler:"I know, I know. You're the best mate a cunt like me could ask for. I don't deserve to fucking know you. But I ain't got no mates."]]
** [[spoiler: "I [[spoiler:"I hate mean people."]]
** [[spoiler: "Heeeeeeeehn [[spoiler:"Heeeeeeeehn heeeeehn I did things!"]]



** Meanwhile, [[spoiler: Black Noir was explicitly designed to be superior to the Homelander so that he could take him down if Vought needed him to.]] In the end, after he is severely weakened by his offscreen fight with [[spoiler: the Homelander]], the military cuts him down with DU ammo before Butcher pries the top of his skull off with a crowbar.
*** Then again, he'd already served his purpose in [[spoiler: killing the Homelander]], the very reason for which he had been created.

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** Meanwhile, [[spoiler: Black [[spoiler:Black Noir was explicitly designed to be superior to the Homelander so that he could take him down if Vought needed him to.]] In the end, after he is severely weakened by his offscreen fight with [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Homelander]], the military cuts him down with DU ammo before Butcher pries the top of his skull off with a crowbar.
*** Then again, he'd already served his purpose in [[spoiler: killing [[spoiler:killing the Homelander]], the very reason for which he had been created.
8th Apr '17 5:39:35 PM najhoant
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** Starlight's reaction to the aforementioned "bikini" costume can be seen as a shot at quite a few RapeAsDrama plots in mainstream comics in the 2000's, particularly ''Identity Crisis'' (the storyline, we were told, that involved a DC editor's decree that "we need a rape") and Kevin Smith's "The Evil That Men Do."

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** Starlight's reaction to the aforementioned "bikini" costume can be seen as a shot at quite a few RapeAsDrama plots in mainstream comics in the 2000's, particularly ''Identity Crisis'' ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'' (the storyline, we were told, that involved a DC editor's decree that "we need a rape") and Kevin Smith's Creator/KevinSmith's "The Evil That Men Do."



*** He seems to have a similar one for the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}, if Superduper is any indication.

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*** He seems to have a similar one for the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}, if Superduper Superduper, a team of young, well-meaning but defective supers, is any indication. indication.
** The cover for book 9, "The Big Ride", is a parody of the iconic cover of ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'' where Batman's silhouette jumps off of something as a lightning bolt flashes in the background. Except on the cover of "The Big Ride", the silhouettes are of Butcher kicking some super off a cliff.
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* CutLexLuthorACheck: Discussed and lampshaded by The Legend, who tells Hughie that genuine, ForTheEvulz supervillains are very rare precisely because being a corporate-sponsored superhero is an easier, more lucrative, and above all legal use of their powers. The few times a real supervillain does show up, they are usually [[CapeBusters dealt with]] very quickly away from the public eye.
13th Mar '17 5:07:01 PM Mikedem2
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* EpicFail: The Seven's attempt to 'Save the Day' on [[spoiler:September 11th.]]



** The events of [[spoiler: September the 11th, 2001 show just what would happen if a Justice League-esque super team tried to stop a mid-air plane hijacking (see DidntThinkThisThrough above.)

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** The events of [[spoiler: September the 11th, 2001 show just exactly what would happen if a Justice League-esque super team tried to stop a mid-air plane hijacking (see DidntThinkThisThrough above.))]]



** The superhero business in general. Why go out and fight crime for real when you can sit back and collect residuals on all of the comic books, TV shows, and merchandise with your face on it?]]

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** The superhero business in general. Why go out and fight crime for real when you can sit back and collect residuals on all of the comic books, TV shows, and merchandise with your face on it?]] it?
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* TheCoup: Most of the world's superheroes [[spoiler:stage a bloody takeover of the White House and Pentagon, ostensibly on behalf of their employer Vought-American, but actually on the orders of the Homelander.]]


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* RealityEnsues: All over the place, as the series is very much a Deconstruction of the idea of silver-age superheroes in the modern world;
** The events of [[spoiler: September the 11th, 2001 show just what would happen if a Justice League-esque super team tried to stop a mid-air plane hijacking (see DidntThinkThisThrough above.)
** In Issue 65 [[spoiler:swarms of powerful but inexperienced superheroes are gunned down en masse by the US military, who were warned of their coup in advance and are outfitted with anti-supe missiles and depleted uranium ammunition.]]
** The superhero business in general. Why go out and fight crime for real when you can sit back and collect residuals on all of the comic books, TV shows, and merchandise with your face on it?]]
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