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Characters: The Boys
Characters of The Boys

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    The Boys 

Billy Butcher

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Evil Brit
  • Fake American: Something he does 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.
  • 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. 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."
  • 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.

Wee Hughie

Mother's Milk

  • Afro Asskicker
  • Good Is Not Nice: At all. Well, if you're a Supe, or his vile estranged wife. Otherwise he's pleasant to be around.
  • Killed Off for Real
  • 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.

The Frenchman

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

  • Fake Brit: When following Hughie back in Scotland after he leaves The Boys temporarily.
  • 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.

The Legend

    The Seven 

The Homelander

  • 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.
  • 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 some 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.
  • 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.

Queen Maeve

Black Noir

  • 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.
  • 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.

The Deep

  • 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.
  • 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 Minority: "The least black black man on the planet" as described by Jack from Jupiter.

Jack From Jupiter

A-Train

  • 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—!"
  • Jerkass
  • Off with His 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.

Starlight

The Lamplighter

  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Of Hal Jordan
  • Ax-Crazy
  • Came Back Wrong: returned as a braindead zombie prone to soil himself. Currently locked up somewhere in The Seven's HQ where the other supers took turns cleaning his mess.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Did not take the news that The Boys were going to blackmail The Seven over their 9/11 rescue catastrophe well at all, so he murdered Mallory's granddaughters as revenge.

Mister Marathon

    Vought-American 

James Stillwell, the Unnamed Vought-American Executive

Jess Bradley

  • 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.
  • The Scapegoat

    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, consientious 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 nickmaned "Monkey" could be seen as a unnintentional Lampshade Hanging. Then he became this literaly, 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

    Teenage Kix 

Big Game

Shout Out

Dogknott

Popclaw

Blarney Cock

Whack Job

Gunpowder

Jetstreak

    Payback 

Stormfront

Soldier Boy

Tek-Knight

Laddio

Crimson Countess

Mind-Droid

Swatto

    The G-Men Franchise 

John Godolkin

Silver Kincaid

Five-Oh

Coldsnap

Critter

Groundhawk

Europo

Nubia

Divine

Flamer

    Superduper 

Auntie Sis

  • Team Mom: Pretty much the only thing holding the group together, but she doesn't seem bitter about it.

Bobby Badoing

Black Hole

Klanker

Kid Camo

Flat Character: Has the least interaction out of all of Superduper.

Ladyfold

Stoolshadow

  • Power Incontinence: Constantly walks into walls, assuming she has control over her phasing powers at the time.

Malchemical

    Other Characters 

Janine

Swingwing

  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Of Nightwing. The resemblance was far closer when he first appeared on-panel, but he abruptly became a blond in the next issue.
  • Nice Character, Mean Actor: Big time. Though "Mean Actor" is a bit of an understatement, considering when Swingwing was actually "mean" he pushed a young gay man off of a roof who had confessed his love to him.

Vas, "The Love Sausage"

Oh Father

  • Pedophile Priest: Implied by The Homelander that he rapes his wards, the Sidekick Twelve.
  • Scary Black Man
  • Villainous Breakdown: When he is confronted by the media asking for a statement on the leaked medical documents that confirm he rapes his sidekicks.

Doc Peculiar

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