Characters of The Boys
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- Affably Evil: See his last interactions with Vas, Mother's Milk and Hughie.
- All a Part of the Job: Besides wanting to take out The Homelander, this is the reason he joined, remained with and reformed The Boys. Billy loves nothing more than getting an opportunity to maim or murder a superhero.
- Badass Longcoat: Standard issue uniform for The Boys.
- Berserk Button: Superheroes, period. To the point where Billy was ready to assault Superduper because one of their members, The Klanker, accidentally called him a "fucking cunt" due to his Tourette's Syndrome.
- And now he's got to the point where he's decided to commit superhero genocide. And killed off Mothers Milk, Frenchie and Female just in case they try to stop him.
- Big Bad: With the deaths of the Homelander and Black Noir, Billy Butcher has become the main villain of the series.
- Big Brother Instinct: He feels this towards Hughie...for all his manipulation and lies, he was truly sincere about his friendship with him.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Like you wouldn't fucking believe. Abusive dad, fighting in the Falklands, losing his wife via rape-induced pregnancy and premature birth of a super-fetus... Butcher has a Dark And Troubled LIFE.
- Empowered Badass Normal: He was a nightmare in combat to begin with - of the "brutalize and terrorize entire bars full of toughs into submission" level. A shot of Compound V simply enabled him to do the same to all but a handful of superhumans.
- Fauxreigner: Pretends to be American in case he needs to fool someone, although he admits his Yank accent is crap.
- Genocide from the Inside: His ultimate goal is to kill everyone who has been exposed to Compound V or has it in their system, despite the fact that it would mean killing all his closest friends and millions of non-supes as well.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Played with; he admits this about himself in Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker. Billy was well on his way to being a violent sociopath until he met his wife Becky. Once she died, Mallory set him back on the fast-track to this by recruiting him into The Boys.
- In the Blood: It's all but stated that Billy is a high-functioning psychotic, and that he inherited the trait from his father - the only difference being that Billy could be talked down by someone compassionate enough, while his father simply treated compassion as weakness. When intensely stressed, he literally dissociates from his actions and is incapable of controlling himself;
Butcher: ...that feelin' I get sometimes, whenever I really fuckin' go for it. ...Like I'm somewhere else, watchin' it happen.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Comes off as this if you're feeling generous.
- Like a Badass out of Hell: Hughie's final verdict of him.
Starlight: What about the guy, the one in charge?
Hughie: He's in hell. Kickin' the fuck out o' the devil.
- And since Hughie's not one for over-or-understatement, he's pretty much stating that he's 100% sure Butcher has already conquered Hell and is now very happily settled into his new job of torturing rapists and murderers for all eternity.
- Manipulative Bastard: Played with. He will say or do anything it takes to to get the results he wants. When it comes to recruiting Wee Hughie he's no different, but he does seem to have genuine affection for him although that doesn't stop him from plotting to use Hughie as a soldier and a way into The Seven via Starlight.
- Morality Chain: His wife Becky.
- Morality Pet: Has a literal one in Terror. Hughie also qualifies as one; the only reason he fails to wipe out superhumans is because when Hugie almost falls of the Empire State Building, Billy reaches out to save him, causing both of them to fall in such a way that Butcher is unable to activate his bombs).
- Noble Bigot: Constantly mocks gay and transgender people, calls Americans "Septics" (Septic Tank = Yank) and (like many Brits) refers to Chinese food as "Chinky", but doesn't actually hate anyone other than supers ľ after all, he's happy to work with the Japanese Female and African-American Mother's Milk. He also tells Rayner that part of the reason he despises her is because she came across as euphoric when she heard news about successful airstrikes in afghanistan, making him think she was heartless or racist. Despite his sociopathic tendencies, he has an easy charm that allows him to get on well with almost anyone.
- Poisonous Friend: When he begins to suspect Hughie of being a spy for The Seven after catching him with Annie outside the Flatiron, he immediately hatches a plan to keep Hughie out of the way by sending him to monitor Superduper after Malchemical joins their ranks.
- Sleeping with the Boss: He's sleeping with Rayner, though it's not so much a relationship as it is vitriolic, self-imposed hatesex.
- Spot of Tea: Butcher's partial to a nice cup of tea.
"When you're done we can go in and you can have your girl make me a nice cuppa tea. Proper tea, Monkey. Not that shit with a fuckin' tampon string in it you Septics think is tea."
— Billy Butcher, The Boys "The Name of The Game."
- Team Killer: He ends up killing Mallory, Vogelbaum, Mother's Milk, Frenchie and The Female. The only one he spares is Hughie.
- Tranquil Fury: Displays this when he goes off to murder Jack From Jupiter when he thinks Jack killed his dog Terror.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: In Butcher's case, Played With. He wasn't exactly a nice guy early in his life. But he gradually became a better person when he met his wife, Becky. Then she got raped by Homelander, really Black Noir. And then she died when the child crawled out of her womb. He's implied to have Death Seeker tendencies, and in issue 65 after Black Noir and Homelander are dead, he admits, with tears in his eyes, that Becky would loathe what he has become.
- Berserk Button: Is easily angered by people abusing others (after learning the truth about the G Men he's the one to advocate fighting the G Men head on, and is willing to take on Malchemical in a battle to the death to protect Superduper from him).
- Butt Monkey: Uh, yeah.
- Comic Book Fantasy Casting: Intentionally designed to resemble Simon Pegg.
- Dating Catwoman: Has no idea that Annie is Starlight and a member of The Seven. For a while, anyway. He doesn't take it well when he finds out.
- Family Relationship Switcheroo: It's heavily implied though never actually stated that Hughie's mentally handicapped "Auntie Mary" was actually his mother. Part of the implication is shared Butt Monkey characteristics; the last time Hughie saw the poor woman was after she released a seventeen-foot-long tapeworm into the toilet, an experience that not only left Hughie unable to speak for an entire year, but permanently put her in assisted care.
- The Heart
- Hypocrite: Takes issue with the fact Annie lied to him when he himself also lied about what he did (though unlike others he actually realizes this and apologizes for this at the same time he comes clean.)
- Ignored Epiphany: Turns his back on Starlight and leaves her despite knowing that it's the wrong thing to do. He later changes his mind though.
- Kid Detective/Snooping Little Kid: As a child.
- The Mole: Goes undercover investigating G-Whiz. Butcher also later sends him to infiltrate Super Duper, while simultaneously trying to see if Hughie is actually a mole planted inside the Boys.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Thanks to Compound V.
- Na´ve Newcomer: Arrives naive; Butcher makes sure this doesn't last long. It is subverted later, as Butcher realizes that Hughie never actually became desensitized to the violence and retains an air of innocence and naivete and in the end, Butcher realizes that this makes Hughie vastly more admirable than him.
- Reluctant Warrior: Flip-flops between this and lashing out violently when facing Supes.
- Replacement Goldfish: He realizes that he is this for Butcher's younger brother Lenny, who had died in a car crash.
- Token Good Teammate
- The Reliable One: Butcher specifically cites him as the guy holding the group together, he's the best investigator/detective of the group, and once Mallory was gone, the only sane one before Hughie was brought on.
- Killed Off for Real: Although those two familiar bunches of floating balloons in the final scene hint that he and the Female may have survived.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: At various points, he calls people "wanker" or "mum." This, coupled with his enrollment in the French Foreign Legion and his frequently inaccurate Gratuitous French, hints that he's actually a really crazy Brit.
- Poirot Speak
- Shame If Something Happened: How he gets the Mafia to cancel their current and future contracts with The Female.
The Female (of the Species)
- Ax-Crazy: To the point where she goes into withdrawal if she hasn't hurt someone in a while. That said, she struggles against her nature every second of every day, and Frenchie tries to help her avoid hurting anyone.
- Cute Bruiser
- Hates Being Touched: Vas apparently lost two fingers finding this one out.
- Lightning Bruiser: Stronger and faster than the other Boys, and most superheroes as well.
- Little Miss Badass
- Killed Off for Real: Although those two familiar bunches of floating balloons in the final scene hint that she and the Frenchman may have survived.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She's only a teenager, and diminutive in stature, but lethally strong, fast and bloodthirsty.
- Psycho for Hire: Hires her skills to the mob so she can satisfy her need to kill people.
- Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: Said "basic skill" being not having the urge to kill at all times.
- The Silent Bob: Never says anything except in one very brief scene, but is nonetheless completely understood by the Frenchman.
Greg D. Mallory
- Fauxreigner: When following Hughie back in Scotland after he leaves The Boys temporarily. Hughie notes however that he does a highly convincing English accent.
- Killed Off for Real: Somebody, presumably Butcher, hunts him down and kills him off-panel late in the series.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Not forever, but a very long time thanks to Compound V. Or at least until he's presumably killed by an off-panel assailant.
- A God Am I/Blasphemous Boast: Before he casually kills a Christian family he was supposed to be taking to dinner, he tells them that God is imaginary, and that "the only man in the sky is me".
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Of Superman and (somewhat) Captain America.
- Ax-Crazy: Although he only became this way because he believed he had committed Black Noir's crimes.
- Beware the Superman
- Eats Babies: Although Black Noir was the actual culprit. Until the final showdown, everyone else believed Homelander did it—including Homelander himself.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: As the Muller family finds out, to their peril.
- Flying Brick: He can fly, has super-strength, is nearly indestructible and shoots laser beams out of his eyes.
- Gaslighting: Courtesy of Black Noir.
- Lack of Empathy
- Nice Character, Mean Actor: Possibly the shining example in the series. Homelander is an expert at putting up an appealing front to mask his psychotic and megalomaniacal tendencies.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: After The Deep punches out the windshield on the plane they're trying to rescue on 9/11, he says: "Oh, fucking nigger! Fucking nigger!"
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: They mean he's trying very hard not to incinerate you with laser vision, or that you're toast.
- Sanity Slippage: Heavily implied to be on the verge of a mental breakdown, as shown by his constant mood swings and the fact that he talks to his reflection in the mirror.
- Shaggy Dog Story: He decides to become an amoral ▄bermensch because he thinks he has already killed and raped innocent people, even though he has no memory of that happening. Turns out the reason he can't remember those things is that he didn't do them—it was Black Noir, his clone.
- Smug Super: The root of all his self-aggrandizing, homicidal, and sociopathic behavior. Homelander likes to play "Hot or Cold" by reading the subject's body temperature and heart rate while taunting them about the things he's done to them or their loved ones.
- The Sociopath: Ironically, he only becomes this because he believed he had committed the crimes that were actually done by Black Noir.
- Superpower Lottery: Is considered the strongest Supe on the planet, and for good reason.
- ▄bermensch: In his own mind, anyway.
- Villainous Breakdown: Stillwell seems to instigate these the most with him. Has an even bigger one after learning that Black Noir was the one who committed the atrocities that led to him believing he was beyond redemption and might as well be evil, meaning that every atrocity he committed was unnecessary.
- Villain with Good Publicity
- Wearing a Flag on Your Head
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Ironically enough, may count as of issue 65. It turns out that he only got to this point because of atrocities he thought he committed, believing that he was far beyond saving. In truth, Black Noir, who turns out to be his clone, committed several of these crimes (including the baby eating) in an attempt to get Homelander to the point where he could perform his purpose: to kill Homelander.
- The Alcoholic: The 9/11 disaster took a huge toll on her and seemed to loss all the passion she once had for her job, turning to drink as a result. Now she doesn't care at all about world affairs "as long as she's got enough gin inside her".
- Alternate Company Equivalent: of Wonder Woman.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Slowly but surely.
- Defector from Decadence: With Starlight, or at least she tries to, before Homelander decapitates her.
- Empty Shell: "I just want to live inside myself."
- The Hedonist: Sleeps with bodybuilders two at a time when she isn't downing gallons of alcohol.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She helped Starlight to escape from The Seven's HQ after Homelander showed up to kill them both just for kicks
- The Mole: Is the source of info for The Boys.
- Off with Her Head!: Homelander effortlessly punched her head off her shoulders.
- Token Good Teammate: She's far kinder than the rest of the Seven, and genuinely regrets the events of 9/11.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Starlight. Maeve seemed to be in good terms with her, despite both of them openly stating that they don't like each other very much.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Of Batman. And of Superboy.
- Always a Bigger Fish: Is even stronger than the Homelander, because he was created to kill him.
- Bigger Bad: His actions directly led to the Homelander and Billy Butcher becoming evil.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: Even the other members of The Seven are scared of him, excluding Homelander, obviously. And Queen Maeve.
- Department of Redundancy Department: Noir means 'Black' in French.
- The Quiet One: Until his final big reveal, he only spoke in one instance, and that's when he was at Herogasm and shoved his thumb up Wee Hughie's ass, saying "Good soldier, good soldier" after catching him.
- Let's Get Dangerous: Threatens Starlight when she refuses to accept her new makeover and origin.
- The Reveal: He's a Homelander clone, and behind most of his atrocities, including raping Butcher's wife.
- Worse: The fact that Homelander thought he was doing those deeds himself and couldn't remember it wrecked such havoc with his brain that he, as Butcher put it, basically turned into 'a complete fucking psychopath by accident.'
- Oh, and the entire reason for his existence is that he's the only supe with the power to end The Homelander. Not being given permission to do so is what sent him completely insane.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Of Aquaman.
- Believing Their Own Lies: Appears to either be this or an extreme version of Kayfabe. When alone in the HQ of The Seven with A-Train, A-Train asks him a question and he begins answering with something that relates to the background of the Victory Comics character based on him.
- Black Dude Dies First: Averted. He's actually the only member of the Seven (apart from Annie) to survive the series. At the end, he turns up (poorly disguised) in a new superhero group being formed by Vought American.
- Butt Monkey
- Enemy Mine: Suggests the Boys and the Seven do this after they're set up to wipe each other out. Everyone around him treats him like an idiot for it.
- The Faceless: His face is almost always covered up by his old time diving helmet.
- Flat Character: Has the least screen time and characterization of all The Seven. Probably Ennis commenting on Aquaman's (lack of) relevance in the grand scheme of things.
- Harmless Villain: He's never actually shown to do anything particularly villainous, and when The Homelander puts his Evil Plan into motion, he decides the best of course of action is to get out and have nothing to do with it. As a result, he's the only member of the Seven (besides Starlight) who doesn't get killed.
- Only Sane Man: He's a hedonist but a lot more sane then the rest of his teammates.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Facing the impeding war with The Boys courtesy of the Homelander he left the The Seven's HQ, advising A-Train to take his copy of the Seven's merchandising contract and lay low.
- Token Good Teammate: He's done dubious things (he dropped a fellow hero in the bay with a hammerhead shark after the guy said he'd have sex with anything with a pulse) but is still less of an asshole than the others for the most part (though he was willing to allow Starlight to be raped).
- Token Minority: "The least black black man on the planet" as described by Jack from Jupiter.
Jack From Jupiter
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Of Martian Manhunter.
- The Hedonist: Likes to shoot heroin cut with Queen Maeve's vaginal mucus.
- Fetish: For pre-op transsexual prostitutes.
- Only Sane Man: Tries to talk down A-Train and The Lamplighter from doing stupid things, to varying degrees of success.
- Pragmatic Villainy: He opposes the antics of A-Train and Lamplighter because they're doing it a way that's stupid and reckless rather than because of a conscience (he tells A-Train he can rape Starlight after she leaves the team).
- Politically Incorrect Villain: "Fuck off, Wonder-Tits! So what's gonna happen to me now, am I gonna get exiled? Me and the nigger from Teenage Kix, and Michael Fucking Richards?"
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Of Wally West.
- Attempted Rape: Tried to get his way with Starlight. Got temporary blinded in one eye for his troubles.
- Catchphrase: "Can't stop the A-Train—!"
- Dirty Coward: When he and Hughie meet again he's reduced to begging for his life and sobbing.
- Off with Her Head!: Hughie, who already hated A-Train for killing his former girlfriend, kicked his head off after hearing him talking about Starlight.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Facing the impeding war with The Boys courtesy of the Homelander he left the The Seven's HQ, saying "I am gonna check into the Mandarin, chill for a couple weeks."
- Super Speed: His main power. His lack of control over it leads to tragic results.
James Stillwell, the Unnamed Vought-American Executive
- Corrupt Corporate Executive
- Dissonant Serenity: Is completely calm at all times. Even when he's being threatened by the Homelander.
- Even Evil Has Standards: One of the only time in the whole series he shows any emotional reaction is when he hears that Godolkin is training another Pre-Wiz.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Is willing to terminate the G-Men when it becomes clear that Godolkin's antics will inevitably get exposed; he also offers the Frenchman medical treatment to show Butcher that he's serious about making a deal.
- Repeat What You Just Said: When Jimmy The One accidentally spills the beans about Homelander's plan to take over the government going into effect.
- The Unfettered: To degree so frightening that it disturbs even the members of The Seven, who could obliterate him with no effort.
- Villainous Rescue: Ends up saving The Boys from the G-Men, though in this case he just happened to be making his move.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Expresses sympathy towards people like Hugie after learning their circumstances and why they joined.
- Only Sane Man: Was the first person in years since 9/11 to even suggest that it might not be worth training Black Noir to fly a plane because of his unpredictable nature. Also points out that they fail to properly compensate the people who get hurt by superheroes, which creates more people like The Boys.
United States Government
Robert "Dakota Bob" Schafer
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He never interacts with the team on panel, but he certainly comes off as cool, competent, courageous, conscientious and principled, if ruthless and reactionary.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: His solution to the problem the real life US has with bombing/attacking Pakistan is solved by him bribing the Pakistani government into letting the US do whatever it wants.
Susan L. Rayner
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Butcher. Except the "Kiss" part is vigorous hate-sex.
Kessler, A.K.A "Monkey"
- A Date with Rosie Palms: He was "in the act" during his introduction.
- Attempted Rape: He tried to assault a paraplegic former athlete. She started kicking his ass and then Butcher intervened.
- Butt Monkey: Being nicknamed "Monkey" could be seen as a unintentional Lampshade Hanging. Then he became this literally, after being raped by Terror under Butcher's command.
- Fetish: He seems to have a thing for female paraplegics, which led to the events described above.
- Groin Attack: The typical way he's greeted by Butcher.
Victor K. "Vic the Veep" Neuman
- Blackmail: The Boys blackmail the entire team with incriminating photos.
- The Hedonist: All of them, which made the above mentioned blackmail easier.
- Hidden Depths: Actually shows some degree of tactical ability....not that it helps him.
- Gay Panic: Comes up when Butcher releases blackmail pics of the team, which include him giving oral sex to a fellow team member.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: Hates Irish people.
- The Scapegoat: He is booted from the team to save all of them from the fallout of the blackmail
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Of X-23.
- More likely of Scandal Savage from the Secret Six, of which the Teenage Kix are based off of.
- The Chick: she is the only female member and acted as a voice of reason when the blackmail came out.
- Dark Chick: Despite this, she does nothing to discourage the team's bad behavior beforehand.
- Back from the Dead: he is killed by Hughie in his first appearance, only to be revived a few issues later.
- Politically Incorrect Hero
- Secret Legacy: He is the biological son of Queen Maeve and The Legend, who sent him off to an Irish orphanage, probably to avoid scandal. Whether he knows this is never addressed
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Of Thor and Captain Marvel.
- Jerk Ass: Even without his racism he's still a colossal asshole. Even when Soldier Boy won leadership fair and square Stormfront still acted like he was in charge.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He was a member of Hitler Youth. It's kind of a given.
- Those Wacky Nazis
- The Worf Effect: He's built up as a Supe nearly on The Homelander's level, and repeatedly demonstrates his lethality. He Curb Stomps Female when first introduced, and only left her alive to draw the others. He beats Mother's Milk bloody and breaks his arm, only breaking off his attack when Mother's Milk crushes his testicles. Butcher drives him off by throwing broken glass in his eyes—but is just as helpless when forced into a straight-up fight. None of this means a damn thing when The Boys purposefully re-enact WWII: the Brits (Butcher) slow him down long enough for the Americans (Mother's Milk) to blindside him, which in turn gives the French (The Frenchman) a free shot, followed by the Russians (Vas the Love Sausage) blasting in and knocking him off his feet. Thus softened up, the Allies indulge in a good-old fashioned group bludgeoning.
Eagle The Archer
- Domestic Abuser: Beat his girlfriend into a coma.
- The Mole: Served as one to Butcher in exchange for Butcher keeping quiet about his girlfriend beating.
- Posthumous Character: Never appears on screen, and is dead by the time of the story.
The G-Men Franchise
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Of Charles Xavier.
- He Knows Too Much: Godolkin has no problem in ordering the death of his "beloved" students if there's a risk for his dark secret of being exposed.
- I Love the Dead: He wishes his dead students could come back to life, even after witnessing what happened to Nubia.
- Large Ham
- Mundane Made Awesome: Gives a long, flowery speech about the virtues of brunch.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Gets petulant when Vought tells him that they won't let him bring back anyone else in spite of their repeatedly explaining why it's a stupid and unethical thing to do.
- Too Dumb to Live: Ignores both the increasing irritation Vought has with his antics, and the entirely logical point that kidnapping more people makes it harder to cover things up.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Of The Beast.
- Only Sane Man: Is the only member of the team to directly tell Godolkin that maybe they should stop kidnapping children, since the more people are added the harder it is to maintain the facade.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Constantly using homophobic slurs against Divine and Flamer, mocks members of G-Coast and G-Style for basically being black stereotypes incarnate.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Unlike most heroes, she genuinely cares about her charges and wants what is best for them.
- Team Mom: Pretty much the only thing holding the group together, but she doesn't seem bitter about it.
Kid CamoFlat Character
: Has the least interaction out of all of Superduper.
Vas, "The Love Sausage"