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    Billy Butcher
"All right, boys. Let's give 'em a fuckin' spankin'."
The leader of the titular "Boys", an ex-CIA agent with an homicidal hatred for superheroes, especially Homelander, for raping his wife.
  • 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.
  • And Then What?: Once the Homelander and Black Noir are dead, he gets back to work eliminating all supers, including his teammates.
  • 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 younger 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.
  • The Butcher: It's right in the name (the web series even makes clear it is his surname), demonstrating Billy is as ruthless as it gets.
  • 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.
  • Death Seeker: In the final arc, he pretends to have murdered Hughie's parents to goad him into finishing Billy off.
  • 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, 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: Because this is a Garth Ennis series, it's arguable that he's 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.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Initially the Leader is the Boys, dedicated to keeping rogue superheroes in line, Butcher eventually declares total annihilation of all supers, including his own team. Then again, taking his Fantastic Racism and utter ruthlessness into account, chances are he never really was a Face to begin with.
  • 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 himself) and millions of non-supes as well.
  • Graceful Loser: In spite of his desire to end the Superhuman threat once and for all, he accepts his failure calmly. In fact, set it up, so that Hughie would have a chance of stopping him.
  • 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.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Early on, Butcher insults the Teenage Kix by noting that they all look alike; however, this criticism applies to the Boys as well since they all wear leather jackets to better identify friend from foe.
    • Butcher hates superheroes but is friends with Love Sausage, who used to be a superhero. Hughie calls him out for this.
      Butcher: Well, you used to wet the bed, Hughie, but we still use you. Nobody's perfect.
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Name: Billy Butcher. He well and truly lives up to it.
    • To drive the point home, his surname was originally supposed to be Savage.
  • 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 on the basis of who they are 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.
  • Nominal Hero: He only does what he does to further his own plan to exact revenge on the Homelander and make life miserable for other supers, not out of any real loyalty for the CIA or anyone else. He even admits to Hughie that if there were someone else who could give him better means and oppurtunity to do so, he would be working for them instead.
  • 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.
  • Shipper on Deck: Subverted. When he first sees Hughie with a woman, he's rather ecstatic and quietly cheers him on...then he sees that the woman is Starlight, he gets a very conflicted look on his face.
  • 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.
  • Tragic Villain: What he becomes. See below.
  • 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 
The newest member of the team, Hughie was an average guy living a relatively normal life with his girlfriend until she was accidentally killed by the superhero; A-Train, seeing potential in him, Butcher conscripted him against his will.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Mother's Milk 
Another member of the team, his Nickname comes from his obsession with breasts' milk. He's also the team's investigator and the one who helps keep the group together.
  • 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.
    • He goes apeshit when he finds out Butcher orchestrated Hughie's encounter with Malchemical on the suspicion Hughie is a mole for Vought.
  • Pet the Dog: He genuinely likes Hughie and they share a close friendship; he's notably MUCH more honest with Hughie than Butcher is, and as his reaction to Butcher manipulating Hughie shows, he really does care about the younger man's safety.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Compared to Butcher, Frenchman and The Female, Mother's Milk is actually rather nice to be around and actually goes about his missions in a calm, professional manner that surprisingly makes him come off looking like he should be the leader compared to Butcher who's just more into causing as much pain as possible to their targets.
  • 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.
  • Team Dad: Let's face it; without this guy, the Boys would just fall apart. He's trusted as a voice of reason and is pretty much the only man in the comic (besides Hughie) Butcher considers a genuine friend. After his death at Butcher's hands, Hughie, Frenchie, and even the Female all mourn him; a testament to how much he meant to them.
  • 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.

    The Frenchman
The demolitions expert of the team.
  • Gratuitous French: Spouts off word phrases in French that are only sometimes accurate. The French translation changes some of them to actually make sense.
  • 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 needing 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.
  • Poirot Speak: He tends to mix English and French when speaking.
  • Shame If Something Happened: How he gets the Mafia to cancel their current and future contracts with The Female.

    The Female (of the Species)
"I hate mean people."

The only female member of the team. A young girl with selective mutism and incredible fighting abilities.

  • Abusive Parents: Or rather, grossly neglectful. Her Asian Airhead 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 (the Female's narration suspects they bought her off with a fashion magazine subscription).
  • 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. As a result, he's the only one who can wake her up without dying horribly.
  • Born Unlucky: She once told Frenchie that some of her family members have suffered misfortune, and she is no different.
  • Cute and Psycho: A small and adorable teenager... and a vicious killer known for a predilection to rip off faces.
  • Cute Bruiser
  • Hates Being Touched: Vas apparently lost two fingers finding this one out.
  • Horrifying the Horror: Even Butcher is visibly disturbed by how violent she is.
  • 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 (breaking out of a coma to do so).
  • Tear Off Your Face: Frequently done to opponents in fistfights.

    Greg D. Mallory
"I've been walking down this road since 1944. Kim and Kara died last week, do you really think that's what burned me out?"
Butcher's former CIA handler and the team's informant. He is also the original leader of the Boys, who stepped down and retired after the Lamplighter killed his granddaughters.
  • Fatal Flaw: His self-righteousness, to the max. 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, implied to be Butcher.

    The Legend 
A former comic book editor. Now he owns a comic book shop and uses his inside knowledge and connections to provide Butcher and the others with intelligence.
  • 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 M-20 assault rifle his unit was issued, provided by Vought-American, was a total 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 with Maeve.

Terror, mate!
Butcher's loyal attack dog.

The Seven

The World's "greatest heroes" according to the media and Voight-American, composed of the strongest heroes, specially when compared to other teams.
    The Homelander
The leader of the Seven, a powerful Flying Brick and egomaniacal asshole created by Voight-American.
  • A God Am I: Before he casually kills a Christian family he was supposed to be taking to dinner by dropping their car from above the cloud layer, he tells them that God is imaginary, and that "the only man in the sky is me".
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Of Superman, with a side order of Captain America.
  • Ax-Crazy: Although he only became this way because he believed he had committed Black Noir's crimes.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Forms this with Butcher.
  • Beware the Superman: This guy has all the powers of Superman, but none of the heart, which is bad news if you find yourself in his crosshairs.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Hates not being let in on Vought-Americans bigger plans by Stillwell unless he's personally needed.
  • Dumb Muscle: He's not stereotypically stupid, seeming average in most respects, but he's impulsive and short-tempered, and has little going for him as a villain other than pure strength. Stilwell notes this in his last encounter with Homelander, asking him if he has done a single thing with his massive power that any idiot couldn't have in the same circumstances. Homelander just starts cursing at him.
  • Eats Babies: Although Black Noir was the actual culprit. Until the final showdown, everyone else believed Homelander did it—including Homelander himself.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When Starlight finally calls him out for the Casting Couch stunt he, Noir, and A-Train pulled, he defends himself by asserting that he never actually raped her (his response to her asking him if he would have is notably, "Christ, no") as she could have simply refused the job and walked away. He also sexually exploited Soldier Boy and did a Bed Trick with Queen Maeve because he found it funny, but despite that, he still maintains he never raped anyone. Apparently, all types of jerkassery and sexual crimes are fine, but flat-out forcing himself on someone is a line he won't cross. Which is why Black Noir making him believe he had raped and murdered countless people essentially broke his mind and drove him insane. Remembering the photos Noir sent him made him nearly go into a panic attack in the middle of said conversation with Starlight.
  • 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 into 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.
  • Irony: He is the only member of the Seven not afraid of Black Noir. He is the only one who should have been, and he is actually killed by Black Noir.
  • It Gets Easier: Explored. Black Noir has led Homelander to believe that he has already committed countless atrocities, so Homelander is unable to understand why the crimes that he is now committing (like taking down an airliner, killing an entire family, and plotting to lay siege to the White House) are making him feel so sick and guilty ("Why can't I do what I do?")
  • Jerkass: Just when you start to think that he might be a decent person and that Butcher was exaggerating about most supers being assholes, he coerces Starlight into oral sex with him, Black Noir, and A-Train when she joins the Seven.
  • Killed Offscreen: After he starts fighting Black Noir, the panels cut away to the scenes outside. The next time we see him, Black Noir is dragging what's left of his dismembered corpse.
  • Lack of Empathy: Majorly; during the 9/11 incident, he doesn't even care that a plane will go down until Mr. Marathon points out that they'll probably get fired if they don't save it.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Underneath it all he still has a molecular speck of a conscience, 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.
  • Pet the Dog: Sends Starlight away from the exploitative religious event she was forced to participate in and assures her he'll use his authority to cover for her. Despite the practical reasons ( getting her away while he plans for a coup), the prelude to the act (taunting Starlight for her Casting Couch incident before recalling the evidence of him raping and murdering a family) indicate there's also some possible element of remorse.
  • 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!" Twice.
  • 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.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Kind of. His last act is to attack Black Noir. He dies in the process, but Black Noir is left so weakened that he's barely a few steps away from death himself (with his arm ripped off, his gut cut open, and half his head missing). Homelander may have saved thousands of lives by mortally wounding Black Noir as much as he did, possibly even the world. Although, considering that Black Noir was there specifically to kill him, it's more likely the opposite.
  • 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.
  • Villainous BSoD: Has an even bigger breakdown that turns into this 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: Like most of the world's supers, he is despicable, but thanks to Vought-American, he is able to maintain a good image.
  • Villain Respect: In one of his few vaguely friendly interactions with Starlight, he expresses some admiration of her for not meekly going along with Stillwell's orders.
  • Wearing a Flag on Your Head: Dresses in a red, white and blue outfit with a Stars-and-Stripes-patterned cape.
  • World's Strongest Man: By a pretty hefty margin. In the finale, the military massacres all of the other Supers easily, but Black Noir (his physically-matched clone) is able to take the combined firepower of doezns of aircraft and Humvees with ease, and only dies because he was already mortally wounded by Homelander. It's stated that even as a child, Vought had to keep a nuclear bomb next to him, as that's the only way they could kill him.
  • 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
A founding member of the Seven. She was a cynical but well-intentioned hero before the disaster of 9/11, now she just spents her time drinking her life away and having sex with anybody interested.
  • 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.
  • Boobs of Steel: Though a panel in X-ray vision shows that they're implants.
  • 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.

    Black Noir

A mysterious silent hero clad in black and member of the Seven.

  • 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.
  • And Then What?: Towards Vought-America in regards to Black Noir's creation since Noir is basically a stronger version of the Homelander that was made to take out Homelander should he go rogue, the question remains, what would they have done about Black Noir should he go rogue? (Which he did) While things worked out in that Black Noir was so wounded from his fight with Homelander that he could be destroyed with conventional armaments, how would Vought have stopped an even stronger, more insane version of the Homelander if he hadn't been so hurt and weakened by his fight with Homelander?
  • Anti-Climax Boss: After he is revealed as a clone of Homelander even stronger than the original and the one who committed all those horrible actions to frame him, including raping Butcher's wife, starting his whole crusade against super-heroes he fights Homelander completely off-screen and is left mortally wounded and unable to react to anything that happens around him. Despite still having the power to theoretically cause mass-destruction in his last moments, he merely stands still as Butcher comes to steal the kill from Homelander.
  • Bed Trick: One of the first clues that he and Homelander are clones is when the Homelander convinces him to switch out when he's screwing Maeve, citing their similar builds.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Even the other members of The Seven are scared of him, excluding Homelander, obviously. And Queen Maeve.
  • Big Bad: He's the TRUE main villain of the superhero subplot, having gaslit Homelander into insanity by framing him for various atrocities. He's also the one who raped Butcher's wife, sparking Butcher's homicidal crusade against the hero community. Even after he dies and Butcher takes the role of the main villain, Noir's influence still remains.
  • Body Horror: After his fight with the Homelander, he has his intestines hanging out, is missing about a quarter of his head, has a thoroughly scorched lower half of his body, and is missing a lot of flesh on his left arm. He's still laughing.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Noir means 'Black' in French. In other words, his name is essentially "Black Black".
  • The Faceless: His costume consists of a black full-body suit with a completely blank facial mask, giving this effect.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Black Noir is even more powerful than the Homelander and far stronger than Butcher, though he remains on the sidelines for much of the plot, happy to have taken the actions to drive both insane while he watches their direct villainy move the plot.
  • Laughing Mad: Is a constantly Giggling Villain once The Reveal occurs.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Threatens Starlight when she refuses to accept her new makeover and origin.
  • Perpetual Smiler: He’s shown to sport a permanent Slasher Smile under his mask.
  • 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.
  • Tyke Bomb: He was created for the sole purpose of terminating Homelander should Homelander ever go rogue. Homelander never fully crossed the line, though, and Black Noir ended up going mad from spending decades pretending to be Homelander's friend while being unable to fulfill his sole objective in life. So, he took it upon himself to start gaslighting Homelander to drive him over the edge so that Vought-America would finally give him the go ahead to take Homelander out.
  • Unfulfilled Purpose Misery: Created in order to take out the Homelander if he grew uncontrollable. When that didn't happen, he started taking steps to ensure the Homelander would become a liability and finally be able to fulfill his purpose.
  • Villainous Aromantic Asexual: Over the course of the story, he forces Starlight into oral sex, shoves his thumb up Hughie’s ass, pulls a Bed Trick on Maeve, and rapes Becky. Starlight, however, notes that he doesn’t show much pleasure in sex acts. His only real pleasures come in humiliating and screwing over others.
  • Who Watches the Watchmen?: Similar to Batman, he watches the other heroes for signs of instability and makes contingency plans (including of himself) in case Vought-America need to dispose one of their useless superheroes. Unfortunately, being indoctrinated to concentrate on finding corruption in Homelander, and then wasting decades waiting for The Paragon to snap drove him to insanity first, and he intentionally framed Homelander as a supervillain (and accidentally turned him evil for real) just so he could finally fulfill his purpose.

    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, namely that he can never remove his helmet due to "the Atlantean curse".
  • 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.
  • Negated Moment of Awesome: When he tries rising dramatically out of a polluted harbor, a used condom clings to his helmet.
  • Only Sane Man: He's a hedonist but a lot more sane then the rest of his teammates. He’s also smart enough to take a copy of his contract and pay attention to his finances, making sure he has either a job or savings to fall back on when Homelander’s coup inevitably fails.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: When he's rebranded at the end of the series, his costume resembles a klansmans hood and robes. Since he's African-American, this is likely not of his own volition.
  • 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, with one trait of Shazam.
  • Asshole Victim: Whether or not he was the one who killed Terror, the fact he's still a racist and transphobic Psychopathic Manchild makes it hard to feel any sympathy when Butcher comes to rip him apart.
  • Bald of Evil: An arrogant, childish, and utterly loathsome troll of a man without a stand of hair on his head.
  • Blessed with Suck: Becomes effectively invulnerable once he says his magic word, but compares the feeling to getting a 10,000 volt cable up his ass.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: He supposedly becomes invulnerable when he says the word "Carpo" and emits a glowing field when he does, but we never actually see how effective it is.
  • Fetish: For pre-op transsexual prostitutes.
  • The Hedonist: Likes to shoot heroin cut with Queen Maeve's vaginal mucus.
  • 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.
  • 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?"
  • 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.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With A-Train, who become viewpoint characters during Herogasm.

A hero with the ability to run super fast. He's also responsible for the death of Hughie's girlfriend.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Of Wally West's version of The Flash.
  • Archenemy: To Hughie. He killed his previous girlfriend by accident (and didn't care) and attempted to rape his current one. It's little wonder Hughie called him a fucking cunt when goaded into prank-calling the Seven.
  • 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—!"
  • Corrupt the Cutie: "Cutie" may be stretching it to an absurd degree, but through The Boy's bugs we do learn he realized the magnitude of his mistake that led to Robin's death and felt extreme guilt over it. Unfortunately, he took his concerns to the rest of the Seven, who quickly convince him to trivialize the incident, redirect blame, and laugh it off.
  • 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.
  • Unknown Rival: Despite ruining Hughie's life several times over, doesn't know who he is.
  • 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 on Hughie's part.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With Jack From Jupiter, who become viewpoint characters during Herogasm.


  • Alternate Company Equivalent: A mix of Supergirl and Little Miss Sunshine from Image's Wild Guard.
  • Blinded by the Light: She can produce a very bright light.
  • Break the Cutie: From her audition with the Seven onwards.
  • Casting Couch: She had to give Homelander, A-Train, and Black Noir blowjobs before they'd allow her on the team.
  • Crisis of Faith: Seeing what The Seven (and the rest of the supes) are really like, Starlight begins to seriously doubt there's any kind of benevolent God paying attention to what's going on.
  • Foster Kid: Became one as an infant when an early manifestation of her powers permanently 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. Over time, however, she gets rid of this part of her character as she hangs around Hughie and the rest of the cast.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Greatly admired the Seven, the Homelander in particular - until about five minutes after she became a member and found out what they were really like.
  • 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.
  • Promiscuity After Rape: Lampshaded. Starlight was initially a pure and innocent superhero, but her PR team decided to spice up her backstory by saying she was raped and that the trauma made her "dark and sexual". Deconstructed when Starlight reveals that she is in fact a rape survivor and that the experience didn't make her horny at all.
    • It should be noted that Starlight was sexually coerced in her first appearance and eventually became sexually active, but the story doesn't make any connection between the two events and her sexual side seems reserved solely for Hughie. She quickly discovers an experimental side, but again, it's about living her relationship with Hughie to the fullest, rather than specifically being tied to her being coerced into orally servicing half of The Seven. Though her sexual awakening is due mostly to a Crisis of Faith, which was spurred in part by that, in part by everything else she had to put up with involving the supes.
  • 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 Minidress of Power with no cleavage and a star on the chest.
    • After a short while, she is forced to exchange it for something more "camera-friendly" and starts wearing a variant of her outfit that turns the dress into a Stripperific Leotard of Power with Absolute Cleavage, 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.

    The Lamplighter 

  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Of Hal Jordan
  • Ax-Crazy: Had major rage issues, resulting in him killing Mallory's grandchildren and laughing about it afterwards.
  • Blinded by the Light: Could create a blinding light with his torch.
  • 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.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: The Seven had no real qualms about handing him over to the Boys so Mallory could get his revenge, but given what he was like and what he did, it's hard to feel sympathy for him.
  • Tears of Fear: As Mallory drags him to his fate, Lamplighter can be seeing crying out of his one good eye out of either pain or sheer terror.
  • Too Dumb to Live: You'd think this fuckwit would have some dim understanding that undermining the fragile peace between Vought and the CIA (doing so by murdering the granddaughters of the leader of a task-force made specifically for dealing with superheroes) would be an epically bad idea. But he didn't, and he predictably (and gruesomely) paid for it with his life.
  • 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.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Killed Mallory's granddaghters.

     Mister Marathon 


     James Stillwell 

The initially unnamed Vought-American executive.

  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: As the head of VA's super business, he frequently enables their hedonistic and violent behavior and even arranges the deaths of several people.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Is completely calm at all times. Even when he's being threatened with dismemberment by the Homelander. Queen Maeve perfectly lampshades it with this quote from a flashback in issue 50 following the murder of Mallory's grandkids by Lamplighter:
    Queen Maeve: He walked in, sat down, told us to tell him all of it. Told us. He's calm, he's polite, he's... He said "everything's going to be all right". The way he said it, it was like a bus conductor announcing the final solution.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Just barely. Stillwell's only real virtue is his Pragmatic Villainy as he will never do anything immoral is there is no reason to do so. While this is based purely on his steadfastness to logic and efficiency, it does mean that the number of times he'll do something really bad is very few as the nessecity to do something very aweful is rare. Even when Stillwell has to order that something horrible be done it will be done quickly with little fuss so when he has to, say, have people killed, it's quick, reltively painless and the target often never realizes what's about to happen. He will also make sure to keep his employees on good behavior because it avoids problems. He flat out mentions that they shouldn't hire ouright psychopaths in order to avoid unnessecary bloodshed, destruction, and problems.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Remains polite to a T in all his interactions with others although it's just his natural and professional demenoar. The only people with whom he seems to be sincerely friendly with are the prostitute at the bar during Herogasm and Jess Bradley but it's actually another manipulation in both cases.
  • Freudian Excuse: Possibly; a Vought-American document mentions that he cheered at his father's funeral.
  • Karma Houdini: Never faces justice or punishment of any kind for all his crimes, however his last appearence in the comics shows him having some sort of nervous breakdown over the realization that superheroes will never be marketable again.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Stillwell lives and breathes this trope. He personally tries to stick to logic and efficiency as much as possible. He's not petty and very much The Stoic while handling matters at detached as possible. While this means he has no ethical limits on what he would do to achieve his goals, he will never do anything illegal or immoral if there isn't any reason to do so and he won't take things persoanlly nor be spiteful by indulging in revenge.
    • Is willing to terminate the G-Men when it becomes clear that Godolkin's antics will inevitably get exposed while doing it quickly and efficiently with the G-Men barely having any time to suffer.
    • Recommends no using a Psycho for Hire as such opertives tend to be unpredicatable while causing needless death and destruction.
    • He offers the Frenchman medical treatment to show Butcher that he's serious about making a deal.
    • Having a means to kill the Homelander quickly and descretely without collateral the damage or death caused by a nuke. While he may not have put that failsafe into practice it was clear that he was onboard as something like a nuke would cause tremendous problems and backlash.
    • Does whatever he can to keep Homelander in check so as to avoid bad PR and threats to Vought America.
  • 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 Sociopath: Stillwell is more or less a representation of what a high functioning sociopath would be like in a corporate setting. While he shows very little emotion and seems to hold no attachment to anyone (he supposedly cheered at his father's funeral, had no problems eliminating people which included children, and developed a relationship with his subordinate just so he could use and manipulate her as a scapegoat should things go wrong) everything he does is to do his job well and advance his company aims. Furthermore, while there seems to be no limit to what he will do to advance his or Vought's agenda, he is never petty and would not do anything immoral if there was a more efficient method in hand.
  • The Unfettered: To a degree so frightening that it disturbs even the members of The Seven, who could obliterate him with no effort.
    Homelander: Still eighty over sixty. You're about to be torn limb from limb, and you're completely calm. I think I've finally met a superhuman...
  • 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.
    Stillwell: Bad product.
  • Villainous Rescue: Ends up saving The Boys from the G-Men, though in this case he just happened to be making his move.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Orders the deaths of John Godolkin's most recent Pre-Wiz team after he and the G-Men are massacred.

    Jess Bradley 

  • Even Evil Has Standards: Expresses sympathy towards people like Hughie 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.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Stillwell and his plan for making her take the blame for the supers' rebellion.
  • 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 

The President of the United States at the beginning of the series.

  • 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. Not only was he informed of the 9/11 attacks, he personally gave the order for fighters to shoot down the airliners. Then Vic intervened.
  • 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.
  • Take That!: Is essentially everything Bush wasn't (in the series, George W. Bush somehow managed to decapitate himself with a chainsaw before he could get elected).

    Susan L. Rayner 

The director of the CIA.

  • 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" 

Rayner's liaison with Billy. Absolutely nothing goes right for him... not that he doesn't deserve it.

  • 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, frequently enough that it eventually renders him impotent.
  • Mugging the Monster: His paraplegic fetish comes to a head when he tries to force himself on a "helpless" paralympic athlete. Monkey then learns the hard way that a paralympic athlete is still an olympic athlete.
  • Slimeball: A thoroughly sleazy, unlikable, repellent slime of a man. Though ironically, he's one of the few characters to get anything close to a happy ending.
  • 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 addressing 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
"Mah fellow 'Mirkins... ah want mah dicky suck."
The former CEO of Vought-American and Dakota Bob's (possibly) mentally-handicapped vice-president, to his chagrin. Vic is little more than a puppet for Vought American, and strongly pushes their goal of involving superheroes in national defense.

Teenage Kix

A young adult hero team created with a more "edgy" image to attract a more mature audience.
    In General
  • Expy: Of the 90's version of Teen Titans.
  • 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.
  • Establishing Character Moment: For the team as a whole, they are introduced having an orgy where they have sex with prostitutes and run around changing partners. It shows how depraved a group of superhero kids could actually be. Popclaw sits out of the action. She is later first seen inflicting self-harm.
  • The Hedonist: All of them, which made the above mentioned blackmail easier. Of all of them, Popclaw is probably the least depraved.

    Big Game 
  • Hidden Depths: Actually shows some degree of tactical ability and is mentioned to have served in the ROTC... not that it helps him.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Is having affairs with both Shout Out and Dogknott, neither of which know about it.

    Shout Out 
  • Fingore: Butcher rips his thumb out in a fight.
  • 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. Unfortunately, he has Blarney Cock as a teammate.
  • The Scapegoat: He is booted from the team to save all of them from the fallout of the blackmail. Billy explains it had to be him: the others all stay on because you can't lose the one girl (so not Popclaw), Jetstream and Big Game were photographed with an extremely rich and extremely lawsuit-happy heiress, firing Blarney Cock or Whack Job means the other would leave (a quarter of the team), losing Gunpowder means losing NRA sponsorships, and Dogknott, as Billy puts it, was apparently a better lay than Shout Out.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Black and gay (well, bi, but the public doesn't know that).



    Blarney Cock 

    Whack Job
  • Groin Attack: He is on the receiving end. When he attacks Butcher, Butcher responds by grabbing his balls, with one hand and lifting him up.
  • Shock and Awe: Is shown to have electricity-based powers.
  • Those Two Guys: With Blarney Cock.




Another hero team composed of less powerfull heroes officially led by the "war hero" Soldier Boy, but unofficially led former-Nazi supervillain Stormfront.
     In General 
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Of The Avengers.
  • Always Second Best: The main thing about them is that they are a second rate team, perpetually living on the shadows of The Seven. Vought-American consider them disposable.
  • Legacy Character: An early version of them with many of the same superhero characters existed in the 1940s and was Vought-American's earliest attempt at selling supers to the military.
    • Epic Fail: The original incarnation of the team were all killed, along with the soldiers they were supposed to aid, in the sole military operation they took part in.

"You dare to lay your mongrel hands on me? I will end you!"
A former Nazi supervillain and currently a member of Payback as its de-facto leader.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Of The Mighty Thor and Shazam.
  • Breath Weapon: Can exhale a stream of something between blue fire and lightning.
  • Chocolate Baby: One of the covers shows Maeve holding a black newborn (and a martini), with Stormfront next to her and clearly not happy about it.
  • 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 (since, y'know, made by actual Nazis). Of course, given the nature of the superhero business in The Boys, this was no doubt a pretty lateral move.
  • Jerkass: 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.
  • Meaningful Name: A neo-Nazi who happens to share his name with a notorious white supremacist Internet forum.
  • 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: Downplayed due to his incredible strength, but the fact that he advertises his Nazi background so blatantly while being advertised as a superhero is pretty silly in itself.
  • 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.

    Soldier Boy 
A "supersoldier" and "war hero" that fights with a shield, and the supposed leader of Payback.
  • 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 as hating Captain America.
  • Dirty Coward: ZigZagged. On the one hand, the cover of an issue had him wet himself with fear. On the other, he isn't particularly cowardly per se when he actually appears in the story; he tries to put up a fight with Butcher, but greatly overestimates his own abilities.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Clearly meant to be a icon of patriotism and justice and a model soldier. However, he's too insecure and cowardly in private and thus nobody in the hero community respects him.
  • Take That!: To Captain America, whom Garth Ennis is known to hate with a passion as Ennis is a World War II purist and believes that the mere existence of Captain America is an insult to the "real heroes" of World War II.

A tech-based superhero that uses a mechanical armor to fight crime. He also has a brain tumor that causes him to want to have sex with anyone and anything.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Mostly of Iron Man with some Batman thrown in.
  • 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. All it takes is him briefly thinking about it and he loses all restraint, with the exception of fighting the urge to rape Laddio. Even things that don't move, such as a cup of coffee, and in his final moments, thinks he fucking a giant asteroid before it can destroy the Earth.
  • 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 glimpse 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.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: For all his jerkassery, he does save a woman and her baby from falling bricks, taking them to the head instead.
  • Get Out!: Tek-Knight went to a therapist for help for his condition. The therapist left momentarily to book subsequent appointments, leaving his coffee cup behind. When returning, TK is forced to admit in the seconds the therapist was gone, he fucked the coffee cup. The therapist tells him to leave and never come back.
  • 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.)
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After nearly raping Laddio, with Laddio being completely unaware, Tek-Knight breaks down on what he almost did.
  • 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: Is said to hate gay people (according to a gay man who met him; though he is never actually seen around any gay people in his appearances).
  • Power Armor: Unlike most other supes, he's never been boosted by Compound V.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Tek-Knight's butler, Thomas, says this to Tek-Knight after he apparently raped Thomas in his left ear.

Tek-Knight's second Kid Sidekick.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Of Robin.
  • The Ditz: Even Tek-Knight claims he's an idiot.
  • The Hero's Journey: Tek-Knight sends Laddio on a hero journey, telling Laddio it is so he can become a better hero. Really its to get him away from Tek-Knight.
  • Innocent Fanservice Guy: Starts doing yoga stretches in front of Tek-Knight, who quickly sends him away before he ends up raping him.
  • Kid Sidekick: To Tek-Knight (though the previous Laddio, Swingwing, was shown to have kept the moniker until at least young adulthood).
  • Legacy Character: Is the second known Laddio, after Swingwing. At least, in the present; there was another Laddio in the original Payback team in the 1940s.

    Crimson Countess 
A heroine that uses magical energy to fight crime.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Of Scarlet Witch.
  • Battle Couple: Subverted: apparently she and Mind-Droid might be together (as their inspirations are), but she tried to leave Payback to join the Seven without him.
  • 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.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Even the Homelander knew better than to attack Butcher's dog. He strangles her to death for this.



    Eagle The Archer 

The G-Men Franchise

     In General 

  • 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.

     John Godolkin 

  • 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 eccentric, 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.

    Silver Kincaid 

  • 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.










    In General 
  • 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 group is mostly just used by Vought-American to keep young supers that are difficult to place anywhere else. That said, a few of the members are aware of how limited and downright useless their abilities are, but they're still genuinely happy being a team and want to do what they can despite their limitations.

    Auntie Sis 

  • Did Not Think This Through: She underestimated how horrible Malchemical is when she threatened to report his behavior to Vought-American in order to curb his attitude. He responded by tricking her into revealing what she's most afraid of and tried to rape her.
  • Mama Bear: Subverted. Malchemical immediately gets on her bad side when he does nothing but treat the rest of the team like shit, but there's not much she can do against a guy who can shapeshift into anything.
  • 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.

    Bobby Badoing 

    Black Hole 


    Kid Camo 

  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Of Chameleon Boy.
  • 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.



  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Of Phantom Girl. She also looks a lot like Raven from the Teen Titans.
  • Forgetful Jones: It's implied the numerous head and facial injuries she's received from walking into walls has affected her short term memory as she repeatedly has trouble remembering things, such as the 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.


Other Characters

Mother's Milk's daughter.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Hangs out with gangbangers apparently to piss off her father.

An independent tech-based hero and formerly Tek-Knight first Kid Sidekick.
  • 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.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: After Hughie and Butcher learn the truth behind why he pushed a gay man off a roof, Butcher orders him to spy on other supers for him as punishment, and it seems like he clean up his act... Only for Hughie to reveal he was Killed Offscreen when his jetpack malfunctioned, because Butcher sabotaged it. He actually survived the fall, landing in water... Only to get crushed to death by the Staten Island Ferry.
  • Historical In-Joke: Him being adored by the Gay community and also being extremely homophobic is a twisted reference to Nightwing's status as one of DC's sexiest male characters and being a fan-favorite among female and gay readers.
  • 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" 

  • 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.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: His absurdly hammy and jovial side makes people forget how dangerous he really is, which can have deadly results, seeing as he used to be a badass soviet superhero.

A 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. Reacher Dick appears to be Mr. Fantastic with Plastic Man's personality.
  • 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 Lucero 
A 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 Dreams 
An aging super who appears in Herogasm.

    Oh Father 

  • Pedophile Priest: Implied by The Homelander that he rapes his wards, the Sidekick Twelve.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: What becomes of him when he is hit by the missiles targeting the Compound V.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When he is confronted by the media asking for a statement on the leaked medical documents that confirm he rapes his sidekicks, he backhands the reporter on live television.

    Doc Peculiar 

    Team Titanic 


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