History ComicBook / TheBoys

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.
13th Mar '17 5:15:29 PM Mikedem2
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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?
13th Mar '17 5:01:12 PM Mikedem2
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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?]]
13th Mar '17 1:45:50 PM Mikedem2
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** Hughie [[spoiler:is the one to finally take down A-Train for his callous, accidental murder of Robin and what he tried to do to Annie.]]



* EvilVersusEvil

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* EvilVersusEvilEvilVersusEvil: [[spoiler: Vought's Red River mercenaries versus the G Men.]]
** And later, [[spoiler: The Homelander versus Black Noir.]]
13th Mar '17 1:41:11 PM Mikedem2
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* 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.]]



* PowerPerversionPotential: Pretty much every 'superhero' will use their gifts to get off in the strangest, most bizarre and sometime violent means. Sometimes it's shown [[FanDisservice on-panel]], other times it's strongly implied.



** Like ComicBook/TheFlash, A-Train has SuperSpeed. Unlike the Flash, he has little control over it, meaning he can't see where he's running (leading to Robin's death) or perform actions very fast (if he tried mucking out ((spoiler:the Lamplighter's]] cell in superspeed, it'd only spread it around thinner.

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** Like ComicBook/TheFlash, A-Train has SuperSpeed. Unlike the Flash, he has little control over it, meaning he can't see where he's running (leading to Robin's death) or perform actions very fast (if he tried mucking out ((spoiler:the [[spoiler:the Lamplighter's]] cell in superspeed, it'd only spread it around thinner.
13th Mar '17 1:31:05 PM Mikedem2
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* OhCrap: Our Father [[spoiler: and the other rebellious Supers when the US Air Force starts firing super-seeking missiles at them.]]
12th Mar '17 1:20:06 PM najhoant
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* NationalStereotypes: Played with in the case of The Frenchman; he's from a village called Franglais, where they speak a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franglais unique dialect]] and regularly engage in the time-honored tradition of baguette-jousting on bicycles whilst wearing stripy tops and onions and uttering the "Haw-he-haw-he-haw" battle cry. Just [[BerserkButton don't suggest]] to him that the French [[AxeCrazy are cowards]]. Of course since he's an ''insane'' UnreliableNarrator, the accuracy of his backstory is questionable, to say the least.

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* NationalStereotypes: Played with in the case of The Frenchman; he's from a village called Franglais, where they speak a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franglais unique dialect]] and regularly engage in the time-honored tradition of baguette-jousting on bicycles whilst wearing stripy tops and onions and uttering the "Haw-he-haw-he-haw" battle cry. Just [[BerserkButton don't suggest]] to him that the French [[AxeCrazy [[CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys are cowards]]. Of course since he's an ''insane'' UnreliableNarrator, the accuracy of his backstory is questionable, to say the least.



* NinetiesAntiHero: Team Paralactic, a group of impressive-looking cyborgs. The Boys [[CurbStompBattle dismember them in a matter of seconds]].

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* NinetiesAntiHero: Team Paralactic, a group of [[Creator/RobLiefeld Liefeldian]], impressive-looking cyborgs. The Boys [[CurbStompBattle dismember them in a matter of seconds]].
5th Mar '17 4:52:40 AM najhoant
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* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: Let's go through the list, shall we?
** Butcher and Rayner: Openly dislike each other, and have loud and colorfully expressive hate sex.
** Almost any notable super: Completely no-holds-barred [[TheHedonist hedonistic]] promiscuity, usually either with prostitutes, each other, or just about [[AnythingThatMoves anything else with a pulse]], consent not always a given.
*** To a certain degree averted with Tek-Knight, who compulsively has sex with or tries to have sex with men, animals or even inanimate objects, but [[spoiler:his behavior turns out to be caused by a massive brain tumor]].
** Hughie and Annie: Arguably the two nicest characters in the entire comic, and they enjoy a healthy, supportive relationship and their sexual encounters are intimate and mutually pleasurable.
25th Feb '17 5:00:53 PM Chabal2
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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: [[spoiler:Stillwell]], the nameless Vought-American executive, delivers a major one to the Homelander in #64, pointing out that for all his [[AGodAmI raging God-complex]] and evil tendencies, he's done absolutely nothing worthwhile or original whatsoever and is ultimately just an insecure little speck desperately trying to find some way of impressing him. The Homelander... [[VillainousBreakdown doesn't react well]].

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: [[spoiler:Stillwell]], the nameless Vought-American executive, delivers a major one to the Homelander in #64, pointing out that for all his [[AGodAmI raging God-complex]] and evil tendencies, he's done absolutely nothing worthwhile or original whatsoever and is ultimately just an insecure little speck desperately trying to find some way of impressing him. The Homelander... [[VillainousBreakdown doesn't react well]].



* RequiredSecondaryPowers: Some supers don't have them, leading to a kid HulkingOut wrong ([[spoiler:MM's little brother's]] head swelled up ''while he was wearing a football helmet'', killing him), or a girl with EyeBeams whose eyes melted out of her head... The Homelander couldn't just [[spoiler:lift up the plane]] because he had nothing to push against.

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* RequiredSecondaryPowers: RequiredSecondaryPowers:
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Some supers don't have them, leading to a kid HulkingOut wrong ([[spoiler:MM's little brother's]] head swelled up ''while he was wearing a football helmet'', killing him), or a girl with EyeBeams whose eyes melted out of her head... head...
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The Homelander couldn't just [[spoiler:lift up the plane]] because he had nothing to push against.against.
** Like ComicBook/TheFlash, A-Train has SuperSpeed. Unlike the Flash, he has little control over it, meaning he can't see where he's running (leading to Robin's death) or perform actions very fast (if he tried mucking out ((spoiler:the Lamplighter's]] cell in superspeed, it'd only spread it around thinner.



** Mother's Milk purchases a large bottle of maple syrup from an individual bearing a distinct likeness to Marge Simpson in "We Gotta Go Now".

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** Mother's Milk purchases a large bottle of maple syrup from an individual a woman bearing a distinct likeness to Marge Simpson in "We Gotta Go Now".



* SuperSupremacist: The Homelander's plot 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 fact that [[spoiler:he was gaslit by his clone into complete psychosis]], leading to his breakdown at being ordered around by a non-powered human.

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* SuperSupremacist: SuperSupremacist:
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The Homelander's plot 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 fact that [[spoiler:he was gaslit by his clone into complete psychosis]], leading to his breakdown at being ordered around by a non-powered human.human.
** Stormfront is a literal Nazi with superpowers.



* 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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* 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.dog rather than a wolverine.
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