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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.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: He displays all the tendencies of a Sociopathic Hero, but Billy is very capable of empathy and kindness—he genuinely loved his mother and older brother and thanks to Becky was willing to move past his violent tendencies and start life as a civil man. Though what happened to Becky was enough to drive him mad with rage against superheroes, he still displays a level of civility towards the rest of the Boys, especially Hughie, who he views as a little brother.
- 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... and for all his manipulation and lies, he was truly sincere about his friendship with him.
- Country Matters: His favorite insult.
- Crusading Widower: Practically the only reason why he's bothered to even stay alive: Find and kill the supe responsible for his beloved Becky's death.
- 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.
- The Dreaded: If any supe know about him, let alone the rest of The Boys, they're afraid of him. Period.
- 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: He's not purely evil. Though he is violent, sociopathic, unstable, and manipulative, he is very much capable of concern for his fellow man. Though this concern is largely kept to his closest allies. Everyone else means little to him, and he outright hates supers.
- Expy: Arguably he is one of The Punisher. They have similar back stories and motivations for their chosen targets because of their losses. It can also be considered a Deconstruction of the character as well considering how messed up in the head you'd have to be to do what they do.
- Fantastic Racism: He loathes superheroes to a horrifically intense degree, to the point where once the majority of the heroes in every corner of the world are dead, he decides to escalate his goals and kill everyone who has even a hint of Compound V in their system.
- 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.
- Hell Has New Management: Hughie's final verdict of him. 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.Starlight: What about the guy, the one in charge?
Hughie: He's in hell. Kickin' the fuck out o' the devil.
- 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. This is eventually played straight, however, when it's revealed Butcher's planning to enact a Final Solution to everyone who's got Compound V, to the point where Hughie outright calls him a supervillain.
- 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.
- Love Makes You Evil: The love he felt for Becky was genuine, and when he discovered what had happened to her he was driven so far down the Despair Event Horizon that he was willing to kill and torture superheroes all for the sake of his revenge. Hughie discovers the depths of his pain once it's revealed Butcher plans to kill everyone who's been exposed to Compound V in any way, regardless of how much damage it would cause to the world.
- 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 off 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 – 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. He actually despises Rayner because he sees her as racist towards Middle Easterners.
- Not So Different: For all his talk about hating superheroes and what they do, as Hughie himself notes of his final plan to kill all those with Compound V in their system, he's ultimately no different from a supervillain.
- 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.
- Silly Rabbit, Cynicism Is for Losers!: Thanks to the huge Trauma Conga Line he's been forced to endure throughout his entire life, Butcher's become a force to be reckoned with—to the point where he can go toe-to-toe against other supers and survive largely because he's just that good a tactician. And what ultimately ruins his plans to kill everyone in the world with Compound V? He tries to save Hughie from falling off the Empire State Building but in doing so is brought down along with him. Though both of them survive the fall due to a small platform right beneath them, Butcher becomes paralyzed from the neck down. Thanks to the genuine concern he has for his closest friend, Butcher ends up botching the Evil Plan he'd worked on for years.
- Sleeping with the Boss: He's sleeping with Rayner, though it's not so much a relationship as it is vitriolic, mutually self-imposed hatesex.
- Spot of Tea: Butcher's partial to a nice cup of tea.Butcher: "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."
- 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).
- 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.
- 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: 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.
- Naïve 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.
- Good Is Not Nice: At all. Well, if you're a Super, or his vile estranged wife. Otherwise he's pleasant to be around.
- Oedipus Complex: He relies on his mother's breast milk to survive. It seems that this resulted in him developing an obsession with lactation sex as he sucks the nipple of a hooker he sleeps with for some time. His childhood photos also show him staring eagerly at his mom's breasts.
- Papa Wolf: Averted. He doesn't get the chance to go Overprotective Dad on the people who put his daughter in a porn film, Billy got there first.
- 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.
- Weaksauce Weakness: His name? It's because he gets his V-powers from suckling on his mother's milk. And he has to go back periodically or he not only loses them, but starts starving.
- Berserk Button: Disparage the French at your own risk.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Is completely nuts. He might even be delusional about his nationality.
- Dying Declaration of Love: To the Female, before Butcher's bomb explodes.
- Goggles Do Nothing: He lowers them when in a fight, but otherwise they don't seem to serve a purpose.
- Probably to keep blood from blinding him while fighting. Considering the massive amounts of the stuff flying about whenever the Female and him to their thing, he probably learned a while back that he didn't want to waste precious seconds wiping blood from his eyes, when goggles would be much easier.
- 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.
- Nice Guy: He's quite genial and jovial most of the time. But if you're a supe, or insult the French in any way, you will be needed reconstructive surgery.
- 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.
- Shame If Something Happened: How he gets the Mafia to cancel their current and future contracts with The Female.
The Female (of the Species)
- Abusive Parents: Or rather, grossly neglectful. Her mother worked as a secretary at a Japanese Vought-American-like company and didn't even bother looking for her when she accidentally ate some Compound V waste and was held prisoner by the company to be experimented on.
- 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.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: A flashback shows that Frenchie first bonded with her by simply giving her proper food, clothing and a room and just treating her with basic human decency.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sweet Tooth: She's shown to have a great love of sweets, but especially candy. In one issue, she was even going to kill a boy who stole a lollipop from her and in another, literally broke Hughie's arm when he tried to eat some candy that belonged to her.
- Tear Off Your Face: Frequently done to opponents in fistfights.
Greg D. Mallory
- Fatal Flaw: As Hughie points out at the end of their talk, Mallory still thinks of himself and everything he did with dignity and honor, never really acknowledging that he's really no different then someone like V.A. in dealing with people or like Butcher in brutality.
- 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.
The LegendA former comic book editor.
- Amazon Chaser: Hughie finds a bunch of photographs of him and Maeve in coitus, with Legend displaying extreme joy at the time.
- Artificial Limbs: Has artificial legs.
- Dirty Old Man: Hughie first meets him as he's getting a blowjob from a hooker.
- It's Personal: Wants to bring down Vought-American as revenge for his son, who was killed in the Vietnam War because the assault rifle he used, provided by Vought-American, was a piece of junk they spared every expense in making.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: The Legend is quite obviously a fictional version of Stan Lee. He even has a monologue that alludes to the famous feud between Lee and Jack Kirby on who really created the iconic Marvel characters of the 1960s.
- Mr. Exposition: He is very knowledgeable about Vought-American and the superhero industry and is a frequent source of information.
- Offing the Offspring: Indirectly; he has Hughie kill Blarney Cock, his secret son.
- A God Am I: 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.
- 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.
- Fallen Hero: He's a heartless psycho now but it's implied that he used to be a decent person until Black Noir gaslit him ino insanity.
- Flying Brick: He can fly, has super-strength, is nearly indestructible and shoots laser beams out of his eyes.
- Gaslighting: Courtesy of Black Noir.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Underneath it all he still has a molecular speck of a consciousness, enough to be privately sickened (to the point of vomiting and uttering the trope name word for word) by what he has become and started doing.
- 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!"
- Pragmatic Villainy: In one instance, he beats the crap out of A-Train for making sexual remarks to Starlight at a team meeting. Not out of concern for her feelings, but because a Vought-American guy was present, and he didn't want A-Train to make them look bad in front of the guy signing their paychecks.
- 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 Übermensch 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.
- Übermensch: 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.
- Wearing a Flag on Your Head: Dresses in a red, white and blue outfit with a Stars-and-Stripes-patterned cape.
- 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.
- Broken Bird: Implied to have been an idealist like Starlight before the 9/11 disaster and her sexual trick with the Black Noir by the Homelander, who she was in love with at the time.
- 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.
- 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.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: Threatens Starlight when she refuses to accept her new makeover and origin.
- 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.
- 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 whenever he had the opportunity is what made 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, namely that he can never remove his helmet due to "the Atlantean curse".
- 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.
- 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?"
- Nigh Invulnerable: When he says his magic word, becomes completely invulnerable. So when Billy kills him, he has to choke him with one hand so he's can't talk and stab him with the other.
- Small Name, Big Ego: For all his talk the higher ups at Vought don't really consider him all that important. Hell they consider THE DEEP more valuable then him.
- 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.
- Jerkass: Even by Seven standards, which is saying a lot. At least the others can put on a friendly face when they're in action, but A-Train can't even pretend to care, as shown by his behavior after causing the death of Hughie's girlfriend.
- 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.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Of Power Girl.
- Blinded by the Light: She can produce a very bright light.
- Break the Cutie: From her audition with the Seven onwards.
- Foster Kid: Became one as an infant when an early manifestation of her powers permanenty blinded her birth parents.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Being religious, she doesn't swear. When she has to quote someone else swearing, she spells the bad words out.
- Ms. Fanservice: Is often naked, and not always in horrific situations.
- The Pollyanna: For all of a few pages. Then she meets Homelander, A-Train, and Black Noir. It's all downhill from there.
- Significant Wardrobe Shift:
- When she first joins the Seven, she wears the same superhero outfit she wore during her time in the Young Americans, a knee-length, conservative white dress with no cleavage and a star on the chest.
- After a while, she is forced to exchange it for something more "camera-friendly" and starts wearing a variant of her outfit with a big cleavage that turns the dress into a Stripperific Leotard of Power with gloves and boots.
- After Vought-American tries to "reboot" her image with a backstory involving her being raped and make her wear a skimpy bikini barely qualifying as "clothing", she puts her foot down and, after Queen Maeve gets the other Seven members to back off, goes back to the original dress.
- Came Back Wrong: Returned as a braindead zombie prone to soiling 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.
James Stillwell, the Unnamed Vought-American Executive
- Dissonant Serenity: Is completely calm at all times. Even when he's being threatened with dismemberment by the Homelander.
- Even Evil Has Standards: One of the only times in the whole series he shows any emotional reaction is when he hears that Godolkin is training another Pre-Wiz. This is debatable however, as it's possible that he's more concerned about the obvious security risk this adds on top of everything else that has happened. The latter seems more likely since he later has the pre-Wiz group put in a container and dumped in the ocean.
- Freudian Excuse: Possibly; a Vought-American document mentions that he cheered at his father's funeral.
- 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.
- Pyrrhic Villainy: Stillwell and (more or less) his corporation survive the proceedings relatively unscathed, but the uselessness of the superhero process is implied to have broken him.
- 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 a degree so frightening that it disturbs even the members of The Seven, who could obliterate him with no effort.
- Villainous Breakdown: When he finally realizes that Superheros are no longer profitable after Homelander's failed coup, he actually grows a sad face and has to lean on a window to stay propped up from falling down. Considering that he's been emotionless and calm for the entire series up to this point, it's actually major breakdown for him.
- 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.
- Promoted to Scapegoat: It turns out the entire reason Stillwell promoted her and brought her in the know about the Superhero division is to make her a scapegoat should any serious fallback occur to the company, which occurs after Homelander's failed coup.
- Villainous Breakdown: The last moment we see of her in the comic, is realizing how Stillwell played her for a fool and is going to take all the public blame towards the company after Homelander's coup, and all she could do is rip her hair out and scream.
United States Government
Robert "Dakota Bob" Schafer
- Facial Horror: Gets his face clawed off by a wolverine.
- 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
- Convicted by Public Opinion: Hughie screws up her campaign by playing a recording of her having sex with Butcher.
- Establishing Character Moment: Why Butcher hates her; their first meeting was November 1st, 2001, and she appeared euphoric at the news of airstrikes in Pakistan - and a lot of them were "accidentally" hitting targets in Afghanistan. He knew that the CIA had spent much of The '80s there, financing, arming and teaching the locals to fight Dirty Communists - locals who would later become the Taliban.note
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Butcher. Except the "Kiss" part is vigorous and colorfully worded 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.
- Then there's where he got the nickname in the first place. Which is to say, getting skull-fucked in both ears by monkeys.
- 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.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: After Rayner leaves the CIA to focus on her political career, Kessler takes over and decides that the Boys will now be adressing more than just expense accounts. It lasts for just one visit, after which he is rescued from a well-deserved beating by Butcher who restores the status quo.
Victor K. "Vic the Veep" Neuman
- The Ditz: Playing fetch with his dog is beyond his mental capacity.
- Man Child: Is obsessed with sex and superheroes.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Try mixing Arnold Schwarzenegger with Dan Quayle's personality, George W. Bush's speech pattern, and someone with Down's Syndrome, and you have Vic.
- Too Dumb to Live: Is described as having "a single-digit IQ."
- Blackmail: The Boys blackmail the entire team with incriminating photos.
- Darker and Edgier: Their public image. They are one of the two big teenage superhero teams, the other being Young Americans, who are said to be more clean-cut and popular with religious and conservative groups. Teenage Kix, on the other hand, are said to have a rougher image.
- Depraved Bisexual: While the male members of the team are all seen screwing women, they also have sex with each other... without the others knowing.
- The Hedonist: All of them, which made the above mentioned blackmail easier.
- Hidden Depths: Actually shows some degree of tactical ability and is mentioned to have served in the ROTC... not that it helps him.
- Gay Panic: In-Universe: 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
- Twofer Token Minority: Black and gay (well, bi, but the public doesn't know that).
- Wolf Man: Looks vaguely doglike.
- 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.
- 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 Judge Dredd.
- Ass Shove: One photo shows a prostitute lubing up his gun. We find out where it's going later.
- Gun Nut: One of the reasons he couldn't have been fired is all his NRA sponsorships.
- Squick: In-Universe: His teammates are rather disgusted that he likes havig his gun shoved up his ass then licking his shit off it.
- 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.
- Heel–Face Turn: Not at all in the actual comic, but he is mentioned during Herogasm to have served as a villain in the past. Of course, given the nature of the superhero business in The Boys, this was no doubt a pretty lateral move.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Is said to masturbate to Holocoaust documentaries, but this may have been sarcastic.
- 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.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Of Captain America.
- And This Is For...: Yells out a different state every time he does a Shield Bash.
- Believing Their Own Lies: A strong contender for most naive B-list super in the series. He apppears totally sold on the Kayfabe despite the obvious amorality of his peers. Exhibit A: Attends the Herogasm orgy where Homelander manipulates him into a sexual encounter every year. Soldier Boy fervently believes that his "worthiness" is being tested, and that one day he'll get to join the Seven.
- Bring My Brown Pants: He quickly wets himself before any real fighting starts, and prominently does this on a cover.
- Butt-Monkey: In spades. He gets manipulated into having sex with the Homelander every year, is treated like garbage by everyone except Eagle the Archer and Tek Knight, has his authority undermined by Stormfront, has his nose bitten off by Butcher, loses his nose when Terror steals it, gets captured by Billy, and is then tortured to death by Billy. Unsurprisingly, Garth Ennis is on record hating Captain America
- Legacy Character: Although almost nobody knows about it, he's not the first Soldier Boy.
- Take That!: To Captain America
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Mostly of Batman, both having a Kid Sidekick, and English butler and being millionaires with superhero identities, although there's some Iron Man mixed in too.
- Anything That Moves: Thanks to a tumor "the size of a fist" in his brain, he feels the urge to have sex with the closest thing to him.
- Armored Closet Gay: Possibly subverted, though it's hinted at in his first appearance. Even though he frequently feels the urge have sex with men (at least when he catches a glimt of their behinds) and is said to be homophobic, he also feels the same urge around animals and even inanimate objects, making it unclear just how much the brain tumor affects his behavior and whether or not he really is secretly attracted to men or if just anything he can stick his penis inside will do the trick.
- Badass Normal: Not badass enough to beat the Female, though.
- Bad Liar: Denies being Tek-Knight, even when his power suit is badly hidden under a tiger skin.
- Dying Dream: Believes himself to have saved the world by fucking a giant asteroid to pieces before it could hit Earth, due to the brain tumor.
- I Call Him Mr Happy: The display in his power suit refers to his penis as "the relief tube".
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's an asshole but he does have some redeeming traits (he commits a heroic sacrifice, sends his ward away so that he won't hurt him etc.)
- Pet the Dog: In addition to what's listed above, he is mentioned during Herogasm to have been one of the few members of Payback to have been nice to Soldier Boy.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: Hates gay people.
- Power Armor: Unlike most other supes, he's never been boosted by Compound V.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Of Robin.
- The Ditz: Even Tek-Knight claims he's an idiot.
- Innocent Fanservice Guy: Starts doing yoga stretches in front of Tek-Knight, who quickly sends him away before he ends up raping him.
- Legacy Character: Is the second known Laddio, after Swingwing.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Of The Scarlet Witch.
- Hand Blast: One of her powers.
- Kick the Dog: A literal case; tries to kill Terror. Granted, he bit her in the arm first, but it's still unnecessary.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Of The Vision.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: Subverted, as he's actually a human. Strangely, he is depicted with cyborg genitals in the Herogasm mini-series.
- Useless Useful Spell: He can detect other people's presence and their surface thoughts, but it doesn't get any more accurate than "they're in this room".
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Of Ant-Man.
- The Unintelligible: Never says anything except "BZZZZZZ!", to Soldier Boy's dismay.
Eagle The Archer
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Of Hawkeye, though his friendship with Batman expy Tek-Knight suggests some relation to Green Arrow as well.
- 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 (except for the 1945 version), and is dead by the time of the story.
The G-Men Franchise
- Expy: Of the X-Men.
- West Coast Team: Since founding the original G-Men team, Godolkin went on to found several spinoff teams, such as G-Style, G-Force and G-Brit as well as preparatory teams like G-Wiz (for young adults) and Pre-Wiz (for kids). Might be intended as a reference to the many X-Men comics that have been around, such as X-Men, X-Factor, etc.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Of Charles Xavier.
- Bait the Dog: Even though he essentially runs a whole franchise of superhero teams, each having horrible and unlikable members, Godolkin himself doesn't stand out as particularly evil, if a bit excentric, and even seems genuinely fond of the G-Men. Then it turns out that he has been building his teams by kidnapping children and essentially brainwashing them into total devotion towards him and the other G-Men. And just for good measure, he is also a pedophile who molests his recruits at a young age and even gets older recruits to join in.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Has built a public image of the G-Men as social outcasts and former orphans and himself as their loving adoptive parent who helps them use their powers for good. Underneath it all, he is just a sexual predator who molests the children he kidnaps and damages them for life. Did we mention that he's making a ton of money along the way?
- Cold Ham: Never raises his voice, but speaks in a very formal and dramatic way.
- 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.
- 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 Jean Grey.
- Driven to Suicide: Killing Nubia under Goldokin's orders was too much for her. That, and the prospect of becoming a spy for the government against her team.
- The Mole: Was going to be one within the G-Men for Rayner, but killed herself before anything could come of it.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Is highly misogynistic.
- Nice Guy: Even Critter (who's an asshole to everyone) genuinely likes him.
- Only Sane Man: The only member of the G-Men to question his role in maintaining the group's status quo.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Of The Beast.
- Blessed with Suck: His condition (being covered in long hairs from head to toe) apparently requires him to wear boxing gloves, which aren't too handy when he needs more dexterity.
- 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.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Of Wolverine. Also wears a mask similar to Hawkman.
- Catchphrase: "Gonna!"
- Crippling Overspecialization: Seriously, are those hammer hands of his good for anything at all?
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Implied to have one, not unlike his inspiration.
- The Unintelligible: Only says his Catchphrase.
- Wolverine Claws: Averted, his forearms have been replaced with hammers.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Of Nightcrawler.
- Character Tic: Elongates the vowel sounds of random words. See below.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Talks about how Silver Kincaid "Shaaaaaaaved her genitals!"...at her funeral.
- Supreme Chef: Apparently has a fantastic secret recipe for Eggs Benedict.
- Teleport Spam: Not spammy enough, though.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Of Storm.
- And I Must Scream: "Kill me"
- Black Girl Dies First: The first named black member of the G-Men, and the first one within the plotline to have died (despite it being in the past.
- Came Back Wrong: As an Empty Shell with a death wish.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Their fake backstory suggests that they might be one of The Legion of Super-Heroes.
- Nice Guy: Unlike almost all other supers that appear, the members of Superduper are genuinely caring and well-intentioned, if rather ineffectual, especially in the violent Crapsack World of the comic.
- Power Incontinence: One of the reasons many of the members aren't considered as marketable as other supers is their inability to control their powers, which can kick in or stop working seemingly at random.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: The members desperately want to be heroes and genuinely think they're doing a valuable service to their community and even help out with some local things, but their grup is mostly just used by Vought-American to keep young supers that are difficult to place anywhere else.
- 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.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Possibly of Bouncing Boy
- Big Eater: Constantly eating something, likely due to his powers.
- Blessed with Suck: His powers and size give him rolls of fat so big he can't even pee without the others lifting them.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Has the ability to be really fat and...bounce.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Possibly of Matter-Eater Lad
- Big Eater: Tries and fails at this when he eats an entire serving of ice cream, spoon, container and all.
- Power Incontinence: After his mishap eating ice cream with his powers, he's out of commission for the rest of The Innocents arc.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Possibly of the Metal Men.
- Character Tic: Has Tourette's Syndrome, which makes him spontaneously blurt out "Fuckingcunt". Luckily, the other team members know it's not on purpose and don't mind.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Due to his Tourette's Syndrome.
- Involuntary Shapeshifter: He doesn't seem to have complete control of his powers and sometimes transforms randomly when he gets excited.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: He can turn into random useless metal objects.
- Chameleon Camouflage: His (surprisingly cool) power is the ability to take a liquid shape and perfectly blend into his environment. Unfortunately, he has trouble assuming his real form afterwards and stays liquid for a while.
- Flat Character: Has the least interaction out of all of Superduper.
- Blessed with Suck: In her own opinion, and rightfully so: "Powers? What kind of power is this, for goodness' sake? I mean what happens, do I just keep going until once a month I'm producing some kind of menstrual sausage—?"
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Of Kitty Pryde from the X-Men. Also looks a lot like Raven from the Teen Titans.
- Forgetful Jones: For some reason, she has trouble remembering words at the end of sentences. Luckily, the other team members are able to fill in the gaps.
- Power Incontinence: Constantly walks into walls, assuming she has control over her phasing powers at the time.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Of Metamorpho.
- Attempted Rape: Of the female members of Superduper. Fortunately for them he's stopped by Hughie and Butcher.
- Depraved Bisexual: Threatens to rape Wee Hughie to death.
- Humanshifting: Can shapeshift into and imitate other people.
- Intangible Man: Can turn into gas.
- Kill It with Fire: Butcher flicks a lighter while he's gaseous.
- Manipulative Bastard: Got kicked out of Team Titanic for impersonating the leader and having sex with his girlfriend.
- Smug Super: Nearly on The Homelander's level of smugness.
- Transformation Horror: Can take on some pretty damn disturbing shapes.
JanineMother's Milk's daughter.
- Younger Than They Look: She's only 12 despite looking to be in at least her late teens.
- 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.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Pretends to support gay rights but is actually homophobic.
- 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.
- Politically Incorrect Hero
Vasily "Vas" Vorishkin, "The Love Sausage"
- Badass Grandpa
- Biggus Dickus: "Fifteen inches of sheer dynamite." Of course, it's also a...
- Gag Penis: He's stopped by his own erection while chasing one of Little Nina's henchmen through a strip club.
- Chummy Commies: Supports a communist politician and is one of the genuinely nicest guys in the comic.
- Fingore: Lost a few fingers some time before the events of the comic when touching The Female.
- Gargle Blaster: Makes his own alcohol with freaking brake fluid. It actually works as a *poison* antidote; in Vas' own words, "This shit could probably kill AIDS virus."
- Nice Guy: He's probably one of the most genial and friendly people in the entire comic, to the point that even *Butcher* is fond of him, despite being a former Supe.
FantasticoA team of four supers: Reacher Dick, Invisi-Lass, The Doofer and an unnamed Human Torch expy.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Reacher Dick is mentioned to have helped an old lady across the street only so he could pickpocket her wallet.
- Expy: Of The Fantastic Four.
- Invisible Streaker: Invisi-Lass, an expy of Sue Storm who always stays invisible; all that's visible of her is a mask, stockings, heels and underwear.
- The Worm That Walks: The Doofer (an expy of The Thing) is apparently a living pile of bricks or a person covered in them.
Agent Michael LuceroA Secret Service agent and member of Vic the Veep's protection detail.
- My Country, Right or Wrong: Joined the Secret Service to protect the president and serve his country, but th time spent with Vic the Veep is really getting to him.
Uncle DreamsAn aging super who appears in Herogasm.
- Deconstruction: Might be intended to be one of older superheroes such as members of the Justice Society of America who stay fit despite having been around for decades. Unlike those guys, Uncle Dreams has not aged well (and neither has his political views), walks around with an oxygen tank and can't even keep his bladder in check.
- Expy: Possibly of the Golden Age Sandman.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: Has trouble remembering if he spent his haydays fighting "the niggers or the Nazis" and briefly mentions owning "one of them big Klan hats".
- Pedophile Priest: Implied by The Homelander that he rapes his wards, the Sidekick Twelve.
- Villainous Breakdown: When he is confronted by the media asking for a statement on the leaked medical documents that confirm he rapes his sidekicks.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Of Doctor Strange.
- Silent Bob: Expresses himself exclusively with weird hand gestures and strange facial expressions.