- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: The team is more dysfunctional than the cohesive unit they were in the comic, particularly MM and Frenchie.
- Adaptational Wimp: Aside from the Female, none of the other members have taken Compound V, so they rely more on cunning and skill to deal with supes.
- Badass Normal: With the exception of The Female, none of The Boys have superpowers themselves and also don't even have the official CIA backing they had in the comics. Instead, they have to rely on their own smarts, skills, and willingness to play dirty to gain an edge on the Supes.
- Cape Busters: The modus operandi of the Boys.
- Unscrupulous Hero: They have a good goal, bringing down Vought and their apathetic or outright criminal Supes, but aren't afraid to use espionage, blackmail, and even murder to do so.
- Vigilante Man: The Boys, whose aim is to take down superheroes (they're mostly corrupt, even criminals, in the show).
A rough and caustic rogue superhero hunter, Billy Butcher serves as the de facto leader of The Boys.
- Adaptational Jerkass: While his comic counterpart was no choirboy, he'd been more successful at remaining on friendly terms with his teammates.
- Alliterative Name: Billy Butcher.
- Animal Motif: Downplayed, when meeting Hughie for the first time there is a documentary on lions playing in the background, reflecting his leadership over The Boys and overall predatory nature towards superheroes.
- Badass Beard: He has quite the intimidating chin-wig. Given he was clean-shaven in the flashbacks with his wife, it likely doubles as a Beard of Sorrow.
- Badass Longcoat: Like his comic counterpart, Billy rocks one. Notably, he's the only one to keep it from the comics.
- Country Matters: He can hardly go a sentence without saying "cunt" or "twat".
- Fantastic Racism: He really hates Supes. While it is true that many Supes are corrupt, egotistical, or even downright evil, Billy paints them all with the same brush. Hes irrationally hostile and suspicious towards Kimiko and Starlight, who have done nothing to earn it other than having superpowers. He even shows a lack of concern over potentially harming a super-abled baby. On the whole, Billy does not seem to see Supes as human, but rather as monsters who are evil by nature.
- God Is Evil: Butcher argues this to a Christian at the Believe Expo, saying that if God exists, he's cruel and hates humanity given how much suffering the world has.
- Hypocrite: Tries to get Mallory back in the game by claiming she owes him for training him like a Howitzer, pointing him at Homelander and then quitting. When Hughie tries the same reasoning to get him to help rescue The Boys, Butcher blows him off.
- Impersonating an Officer: Billy Butcher claims he's an FBI agent at first when recruiting Hughie into the Boys. He later admits otherwise.
- Improbable Weapon User: Billy Butcher wields a superpowered baby as a weapon by making it blast blue beams from its eyes at some security guards.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's foul-mouthed and manipulative, but fundamentally a good man who's trying to expose the Supes' crimes for what they are. He's also a Friend to All Children and frequently has Pet the Dog moments.
- Nerves of Steel: Doesn't even raise an eyebrow at Popclaw crushing the landlord's head with her thighs while the rest of the Boys react horrified or look away. And when finally confronting Homelander at Stillwell's home, the latter remarks Butcher is the only person he's met who knows what he can do yet doesn't fear him.
- Not So Different: Just like Hughie, he lost his loved one to the direct actions of a member of the Seven. To his knowledge.
- Real Men Wear Pink: He has encyclopedic knowledge on the Spice Girls. This is because his wife Becca was a huge fan.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Butcher has an insane talent for getting into places he really shouldn't be, up to and including the office of the Deputy Director of the CIA (when she herself needs a keycard to unlock the door).
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Given the flashbacks of him eight years ago, Billy was actually quite a decent fellow who was clearly a loving and caring husband to his wife. Losing Becca really made him a far more ruthless and callous man. Mallory's influence didn't help matters.
- Would Hurt a Child: It's not explicitly confirmed on-screen but when Butcher decides to detonate the explosives even after Stillwell's death, Butcher knows that Stillwell's baby is nearby and definitely within the blast radius. So he was willing to blow the baby up as well. An Alternative Character Interpretation could be that he was trying to save the child from a Fate Worse than Death.
- You Keep Using That Word: Billy has a tendency to use "diabolical" to mean anything from "exceptionally sinister" to "unspeakably awesome."
Hugh "Hughie" Campbell
Originally a rather ordinary 20-something clerk at an electronics appliance store, the death of his girlfriend, Robin, at the hands of a superhero puts him on the path to join The Boys. Hes the main protagonist and POV character of the series.
- Adaptational Intelligence: His comic counterpart is The Everyman. He's technically savvy on the show and generally much more capable. He's also a fan of superheroes, whereas his comic counterpart was barely even aware they existed until one killed his girlfriend.
- Adaptational Nationality: Scottish in the comics, American in the show.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Throughout the series, Robin's death has left Hughie with a serious case of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), leaving him with auditory and visual hallucinations alluding to the event, spaces out at random intervals and possesses unresolved emotional anxiety that is only exacerbated by the fact that everyone around him is content to let the perpetrators get away with it. It only gets worse when he kills Translucent, though being around Starlight seems to keep him relatively together.
- Apologetic Attacker: When forced to shoot someone in self defence he screams Sorry! Im sorry!
- Audience Surrogate: Hughie is the audience POV character for entering the world of the series.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Translucent managed to manipulate Hughie into letting him go, Hughie responded by triggering the bomb in Translucent's anus.
- Extreme Doormat: He is repeatedly called out for being one in Episode 1. By Robin, who had to ask him out on a first date, by his father, and by Butcher. This changes with time.
- Freak Out!: He's prone to anxiety attacks.
- Hypocrite: Hughie is a man who intentionally participates in murder or torture with the intention of getting to A-Train who, while an uncaring asshole to the affair, didnt mean to kill Robin. Though A-Train very much did deserve it for, among other things, helping terrorist groups (including ISIS) get superpowers so Vought could market superheros to the military. Not that Hughie knew that for most of the season.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Hughie has this reaction upon discovering that Translucent has a son and he left the boy fatherless.
- Nice Guy: Aside from his feelings on A-Train getting away with killing Robin, Hughie doesn't seem to hold any bitterness towards supes. He plays the good cop when they capture Translucent and resuscitates A-Train when his heart stops.
- Workplace-Acquired Abilities: His job in a tech store proves useful a number of times:
- He knows carbon is a conductor and therefore that Translucent is vulnerable to electric shocks.
- He knows how to use RF shielding foil to cloak a tracking device.
- He knows how to quickly install malware onto someone's laptop to remotely access their webcam.
Mother's Milk / Marvin Milk
A family man who works at a juvenile corrections facility, Mothers Milk has medical skills and often serves as a voice of reason.
- Action Dad: He has a daughter named Janine, and makes it clear that he wants to prioritize her and her safety than Billy's crusade.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Inverted. His family situation is much better than in the comic, where he is divorced and his ex-wife is a drug addict, while his daughter is involved with many unsavory things.
- Combat Medic: He mentions having been this.
- Happily Married: By all indications he is a loving and dedicated family man, and the biggest problem he has with his wife is keeping her in the dark about working with The Boys.
- The Lancer: He's essentially Billy's right-hand man, but is always the first to stand up to Billy if something goes wrong.
- Named by the Adaptation: His first name is mentioned once-Marvin.
- N-Word Privileges: Averted. In his introductory scene he breaks up some teens who are fighting over who cut in line at the correctional facility he works in:M.M.: What else does it mean? Come on, spit it out.Inmate: Means that we're disrespecting all the other niggas—M.M.: Excuse me!?Inmate: All our fellow brothers in the unit.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Mother's Milk is always called this except once when his wife calls him Marvin. He's sometimes called MM for short.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He works at a juvenile facility where he regularly breaks up fights. Hes also the most moral member of the group next to Hughie.
- Super OCD: Frenchie points out that anything that's messed up, whether it be teens with no direction in life or the ice cream in a tub that's partly scooped out, ends up irking him something nasty, driving him to set those kids straight and finish that ice cream. This is how Frenchie gets him on board to help the mentally messed-up Female.
- Token Religious Teammate: Hes an Episcopalian Christian, while the rest of the team is secular.
A multi-talented criminal and former associate of Butchers, Frenchie provides expertise on drugs, weapons, and break-ins.
- Abusive Parents: His dad kidnapped him as a young boy and was physically abusive, putting out cigarettes on his body.
- Adaptational Personality Change: He's pretty bonkers in the comic. Much less so in the show, though he has a few Cloudcuckolander moments.
- Affably Evil: A dubious man who nonetheless is able to befriend Kimiko.
- The Atoner: One of his conversations with Hughie implies that he feels quite guilty about his past as a hit man. He later tells Mothers Milk that he feels Kimiko makes him a better person, implying this is part of his motivation for helping her.
- Jack-of-All-Trades: As Hughie mentions, he functions as a gunrunner, chemist, interrogator, engineer, and door-kicker as needed. Frenchie himself claims to know "a little about a lot."
- Master of Unlocking: With the right tool he can pick any lock.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name isn't known. It worth noting that his Nationality might not actually be known. (In the comics, it's never confirmed but strongly implied Frenchie is British and his accent and entire persona is... not exactly faked, but isn't real, either. The show is playing with this by casting an Israeli actor in the role, especially as his accent and pronunciation occasionally slips, which could just be the actor, or could be very much in character)
- Real Men Can Cook: Amusingly, one French stereotype he does exhibit is mastery of baking pastries in episode 7. He's good enough to coach Kimiko.
- The Smart Guy: He's the most intelligent member of the group, with the widest skill-set.
- Voice for the Voiceless: Once he and Kimiko become close, he's able to read her gestures and expressions in order to translate to the group what she is thinking or trying to communicate.
Kimiko / The Female
A mute young woman found locked up in the basement of an Asian crime syndicate, years of horrific experimentation have given her super-human abilities. She is freed by The Boys, and eventually joins them.
- Adaptational Backstory Change: She was accidentally exposed to compound V as a baby and taken prisoner by some scientists in the comics. The show gives a different backstory to her.
- Adaptational Late Appearance: The Boys first meet her halfway during the show, whereas she was involved with the group in the past (long before Hughie) in the comics.
- Adaptational Personality Change: Once Frenchie breaks through to her, she seems to become significantly more mellow than in the comics. While still extremely dangerous and unstable, she does not appear to have an involuntary compulsion to kill people, and acts more personable towards the rest of the group.
- Affectionate Nickname: Frenchie calls her mon curnote .
- Because You Were Nice to Me: She's a danger to everyone except Frenchie, who is implied to be the first person to treat her with kindness. After she flees and Frenchie gets attacked by Black Noir in an alley, Kimiko intervenes and saves his life.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Along with her brother, she was a child soldier, kidnapped by a terrorist organisation called the Shining Light Liberation Army... Then she was pumped full of experimental drugs against her will in order to become a super terrorist.
- Disney Death: It looks likes Black Noir killed her in the alley but then Frenchie witnesses her Healing Factor kicking in.
- The Dreaded: When the Boys first find Kimiko, she's being held prisoner by armed human traffickers in solitary confinement. She kills everyone in the room when they let her loose, the Boys are then forced to lock themselves into the cell they had just released her from to survive, and the last of her captors immediately shoots himself after seeing she had escaped her cell.
- Healing Factor: Kimiko turns out to have one, as shown in the wake of her fight with Black Noir after he stabbed and slashed her multiple times. A-Train also finds out the hard way that he can't kill her, smashing her head at super speed to no avail. However, tranquilizers can disable her.
- Hidden Depths: Once she's mellowed out she's capable of following instructions like a valid part of the team, whether it's the exact method of beating batter in making French pastries to acting as Hughie's backup and breaking A-Train's leg with a pipe at the right time.
- Named by the Adaptation: Kimiko.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Kimiko looks quite pretty after she combs her hair and puts on clean clothes.
- Terrorists Without a Cause: The Shining Light Liberation Army that she and her brother were forcibly recruited into is not a real organization, and the show discusses nothing about their ideology or goals. Their name is an apparent allusion to the Shining Path, a real far-left terrorist group in Peru.
- The Speechless: She's a mute.
- Worf Had the Flu: After the black bag operatives tranq her to bring her in, they keep her separate from Frenchie and Milk and pump her full of more sedatives via IV, so she's useless to the team even after they break her out.
- Beware the Superman: With the exception of Starlight, all of them are (or have become over time) malicious agents of capitalism more willing to kill innocents than genuinely help them. And thanks to Homelander's efforts, the whole planet may soon become a dictatorship.
- Cast of Expies: Most of the main superhero characters' abilities and costumes are very similar to those of famous established comic book superheroes.
- Corporate-Sponsored Superhero: Their images and salaries all come from Vought, a corporation that owns their image rights. Because of this, they are all more interested in looking heroic to the press than actually having any moral character themselves, basically turning them into narcissistic, unbalanced celebrities that could (and have) create a body count of innocent people due to their powers and negligence in using them, having an entire global corporation to clean up whatever messes they create.
- Corrupted Character Copy: As in the comics, the characters are mostly clear expies of existing characters from other comics, mostly Marvel and DC. In some cases, they've altered the expy a bit or made it clearer.
- Homelander, expy of Superman, but as a straight-up villain. He also has shades of Captain America with the patriotic aspects twisted for nefarious purposes.
- Queen Maeve, expy of Wonder Woman. Her costume draws a lot of inspiration from Wonder Woman (2017), she's a Multi-Melee Master, but can't fly (relying on Homelander to carry her when needed). Maeve started out idealistic and genuinely dedicated to saving the world, but eventually gave it all up one compromise at a time, and now is a rude, apathetic alcoholic who isn't going to her meetings.
- Black Noir, expy of Batman. Dresses all in black, good at close-quarters combat with knives, never speaks, mysterious. Time will only tell how corrupted he is, or if the series will follow the comics where he's a failsafe against Homelander, and is ultimately responsible for most of the things that have gone wrong.
- The Deep, expy of Aquaman, complete with perceived uselessness and fish jokes. He pulls a Casting Couch on Starlight, and suffers a Trauma Conga Line when it comes out. It's also stated he's sexually assaulted (or at least harassed) several other women. His one redeeming trait is his genuine love of all marine creatures, leading to the aforementioned fish jokes, and every time he tries to push this issue forward he's rebuffed (he wants to "shine a light" on Oceanland's questionable animal handling practices, but is told to just go along with the ad campaign Oceanland signed him up for).
- A-Train, expy of The Flash. Repeatedly called "The Fastest Man Alive." Fear of losing that title leads to him juicing on Compound V to the point he has a heart attack. As in the comics, he's responsible for reducing Hughie's girlfriend to Ludicrous Gibs, and doesn't really feel that bad about it (he even repeatedly fails to recognize Hughie, even after they met face-to-face and A-Train delivered a Voght-mandated apology). He's also the key in Homelander's plan to spread Compound V through the world and create supervillains for The Seven to fight, and murders his girlfriend Popclaw when she proves a weak link in this plan.
- Translucent, on the other hand, is just your garden-variety Invisible Jerkass.
- Starlight is made more an expy of Captain Marvel, with her Light 'em Up powers being her primary ability (her comic counterpart was a basic Flying Brick with some light powers, here her light blasts are her go-to, though she still has Super Strength enough to beat large ordinary men senseless) She's the kindest, most sincerely heroic character in the story, but dangerously naive, and while she doesn't go through as bad a Break the Cutie as she did in the comics, she still gets put through the wringer and has to give up on a lot of her idealism.
- Notably Averted with Ezekiel. While he has powers similar to Mister Fantastic, beyond that they're basically complete opposites (Ezekiel is still right bastard, though, make no mistake). Ezekiel is a charismatic religious leader and hypocrite, Reed Richards is an Absent-Minded Professor of pure science.
- Differently Powered Individual: Super-abled or "supe" for short.
- Expy: The Seven are primarily copies of the Justice League and a few other notable comic book characters. Also doubles as Alternate Company Equivalent:
- Homelander, the leader of the Seven, is a fusion of Captain America (American flag apparel and handsome, chiseled features) with Superman (flight, eye beams, x-ray vision, super hearing, and super strength).
- The Deep is basically Aquaman, complete with jokes about being useless and talking to fish.
- Queen Maeve is Wonder Woman without the flight.
- A-Train is The Flash with a costume very similair to the MCU Falcon.
- Nubian Prince is Black Panther. His costume draws direct inspiration from Black Panther (2018), and he's noted to fit in perfectly with Baltimore's demographic: proudly black but not too militant. And Caucasians love him to, "fifty-nine percent!"
- Black Noir's most obvious counterpart is Batman. A better argument, however, can be made for Snake Eyes: both are completely silent figures dressed head-to-toe in black, proficient in martial arts and good with bladed weapons.
- Starlight is a counterpart to Captain Marvel, not just in their similar costumes and logos but also in imagery evocative of Eagleland (Carol Danvers as a USAF fighter pilot dressed in red, blue, and yellow, Annie January as an all-American Girl Next Door from Des Moines, Iowa, though her outfit isn't America themed). She's also quite similar to Stargirl.
- Translucent is Invisible Woman, with some elements of Emma Frost.
- Popclaw is evocative of Wolverine, specifically the Laura Kinney/X-23 version.
- Ezekiel's power set is lifted from Mr. Fantastic.
- Outside of superheroes, The Deep is a spokesman for Oceanland, a thinly-veiled expy of SeaWorld, complete with controversies over its animal handling practices. The Deep wants to improve the conditions for the animals there, Vought wants him to be the poster boy for a lucrative ad campaign.
- Hero with an F in Good: Once in a blue moon they'll actually try to be heroes. However, since they're corporate puppets they're not allowed to be heroes since it won't be too profitable for the company. Notable examples include The Deep's attempt to save a dolphin, the barbaric mishandling of Flight 37, and Robin's (accidental) murder at the hands of A-Train.
- It's Not You, It's My Enemies: The supes have dropped all personal relationships in order not to be susceptible to blackmailing. Annie is advised to do the same.
- Jaded Professional: Due to the PR-obsessed, profit-based nature of Vought International, the Seven have all turned into image-obsessed celebrities that seem more interested in looking good and selling merchandise than actually accomplishing anything good. Even when any of the heroes try to do something noble (Starlight saving a would-be rape victim, Deep wanting to help with conditions that dolphins are treated within Oceanland, etc.), Stillwell and the PR department will advise against it.
- Jerkass: Most of the superheroes turn out to be this. A-Train actually jokes about killing Robin and has zero remorse (admittedly, it was accidental, but he doesn't feel bad at all, comparing it with a bug on the highway).
- Secret Identity: Zig-Zagged. It's implied they had them, but Starlight seems to be the only one keeping hers up, and even she outs herself pretty quickly. Homelander states he gave his up a long time ago, and Queen Maeve states she's come to believe cutting oneself off from attachments to be necessary in the superhero game, implying no one else even bothers. None of The Seven wear masks except for Black Noir, but going out in regular clothes instead of their costumes means they are unlikely to be recognized... no one would expect to bump into A-Train in a department store.
- Slave to PR: Everybody in the Seven is surrounded by Vought executives, who try to script their every word and tailor every little thing towards marketing the superheroes at the expense of, y'know, actually fighting crime.
- Two Girls to a Team: Queen Maeve and Starlight are the only two female members of the team. This appears to be invoked, as Starlight mentions Vought is auditioning "girls" nationwide in search of Lamplighter's replacement. Prior to that the team ran on The Smurfette Principle with Queen Maeve as the only female. Apparently, marketing decided to get with the times in terms of female representation.
- Tyke Bomb: Every superhero was dosed with Compound V as an infant.
- Villain with Good Publicity: The Seven are prime examples of this. The people think they're heroes, but they're actually self-deluded narcissists who just do whatever they please no matter who they hurt (with the exception of Starlight and possibly Queen Maeve).
Homelander / Jon
The Leader of The Seven who presents himself as an All-American good guy, but is anything but.
- Action Dad: It turns out in the end of Season 1 that Homelander has a son with Becca.
- Adaptational Intelligence: While Homelander was still a selfish, self-absorbed asshole in the original comics, it was also alongside his confidence issues and lack of real planning skills. This Homelander is more proactive, smarter and worst/best of all, more creative- one of the weaknesses of the comics version is that he was incapable of being anything but a blunt instrument, whereas here he has long-term plans. He manages to achieve what comics Vought never did; get superheroes involved in national defense.
- Adaptation Personality Change: In the comics Homelander is a racist and a misogynist whose crimes are mostly the actions of a Psychopathic Manchild. This version of the Homelander is more loftier in his villainy, advocating for the Seven to invade foreign nations with minimal regulations. He's less Superman gone bad and more Darkseid played straight.
- Adaptational Jerkass: Zig-zagged. In the comics, it wasn't actually him that raped Butcher's wife, and he was manipulated into some of his worst actions. There is less ambiguity to his actions in the show, however.
- Badass Cape: It even has the American flag motif embedded on it, mainly to represent and embody the US.
- The Beard: Possibly a rare male example. He and Maeve used to date, but whether Maeve had any genuine romantic interest, she did it to improve her brand (on her own or at Vought's "suggestion"), or to appear straight is open for debate. She has had at least one relationship with a woman, indicating she's either a lesbian or bisexual.
- Berserk Button: His Security Blanket.
- Bright Is Not Good: Appears to be a Primary-Color Champion, with a blue costume, red and white cape, and gold decorations, but is in fact a dangerous, unstable psychopath.
- Big Bad: Looks to be setting himself up as this for Season 2.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Homelander, his mommy issues and sociopathic behavior aside, is shown to be a cunning strategist and manipulator, far more so than his comic book counterpart. He's also the most powerful Supe on the planet, but he is shown to be quite lazy and callous with how he stops criminals when there aren't cameras rolling, almost exclusively using his Eye Beams to deal with his enemies. His laziness with his eye beam usage is what would end up causing the Flight 37 disaster to play out like it does, carelessly destroying the planes control panel while killing the terrorist, when he could have easily gotten up close and killed him with his super strength.
- The Cape: Is a straight Superman expy, and at first even Butcher admits that he's the only hero who seems to be the real deal. As expected from the premise, Homelander turns out to be one of the most conniving of the supers, in conjunction with being a Flying Brick, having an All-American Face and the leader of The Seven he is casually able to switch between charmingly dorky and sadistic in an instant. Starlight, as a Wide-Eyed Idealist and up-and-comer, is more of a traditional example.
- Captain Patriotic: He appears like this, the leader of the team who literally wears an American flag as a cape. Subverted in that privately he doesn't seem to really care about the US at all.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Used as The Leader of The Seven by Vought and Stillwell, Homelander is the most dangerous part of the organization and his butting heads with upper management hint they don't have him as reigned in as they believe. He proves this true in the finale when he personally kills Stillwell to take matters into his own hands.
- The Dreaded: Except for Butcher, everyone is scared of Homelander. Even Starlight, while able to stand up for herself and be confident towards the other members of the Seven, is scared silent when Homelander is lecturing her.
- Entitled to Have You: He believes that he and Queen Maeve belong together because they are both powerful, take-charge supes superior to the unwashed masses and seems confused as to why they broke up, unaware that she is gay (or at least uninterested in him) and that she finds his sociopathic tendencies off-putting. While both are willing to work professionally out in public, she becomes fully disillusioned with him when he allows everyone on Flight 37 to die and then remorselessly capitalizes on it.
- Expy: Aside from being a Superman Substitute, he is one of Captain America in terms of having a more patriotic image than Superman, and his desire to intervene in military situations references Captain America's military motif and service.
- Eye Beams: Homelander turns out to have red ones, using them to bring down a plane. He doesn't have pinpoint control over them.
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Out of all of the Seven, Homelander's image is arguably the cleanest. He has no bad habits that have made it out to the public, is well-liked for his approachable, patriotic attitude and is arguably the most conventionally handsome. Behind closed doors however, he is arguably the worst among them, being a complete sociopath with a twisted Oedipus Complex, an encouraged God Complex, a completely fabricated "farm-boy" backstory and a massively high body count with zero remorse for any of it.
- Faux Affably Evil: He publicly gives off the impression of being a Nice Guy, even though it's not really indicative of his true nature. In private, many of his conversations play off of the personality he presents to the public, with him rarely raising his voice while threatening to kill anyone he thinks slighted him.
- Fetish: Based on his interactions with Stillwell, he appears to have one for breast-feeding and mommy play.
- Flying Brick: A default feature for someone who is meant to be a villainous allegory for Superman.
- Freudian Excuse: Homelander turns out to have been raised without affection in a lab, explaining his psychological issues.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Has his heat vision, which makes his eyes glow red when he uses it or just charges it up, and he's not above invoking Red Eyes, Take Warning when he wants to intimidate someone.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Very much averted. He presents himself this way but is easily the most sadistic of The Seven.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Prone to lashing out with a lot of cussing when things do not go his way.
- The Heavy: Vought is the one The Boys are going after to take down, but Homelander is the most physically imposing and deadly threat to them. Though Homelander doesn't fight The Boys at all and instead it's A-Train and Translucent that do the heavy lifting.
- The Hero: Homelander is seen by the public and advertised by Vought as the greatest superhero in the world, when in reality, he is anything but that.
- Hiding Behind Religion: Homelander is a minister and makes a big deal of saying he's doing God's work. It's pretty clear though he just finds this a useful belief to invoke.
- Informed Ability: Early on, it's suggested that he's the only superhero to have completely good intentions, and that he's so pure that he never ever swears. Obviously, the former isn't true, and there are several scenes of him using harsh profanity in public.
- It's All About Me: Homelander cares more his popularity and reputation than he does about actually trying to help people and benefiting for the greater cause.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He might seem like a hero at first, but in truth, Homelander is a smarmy, condescending and occasionally temperamental figure to come across and being a dick seems to be his default personality outside of his job. That said, he does a pretty good job to appear as the exact opposite towards others when on his superhero job, being impressionable, pleasing his audience and talking about idealism. Then again, it only makes him a bigger jerk.
- Kick the Dog: Nothing in the show illustrates this trope more than being partly responsible for the Flight 37 crash and him not bothering to save anybody in order to preserve his image and kickstart his war idea later on.
- Lightning Bruiser: Being an expy of Superman, this is a given. He is the strongest hero Vought has to offer and can fly from one area to another within seconds.
- The Leader: Homelander leads and is the mascot of "The Seven," Vought's premier Super Team.
- Lust: Considering he works for Vought, Homelander would do anything to garner as much popularity and praise as possible. He's also got the more colloquial sexual version, with a strong desire for Stillwell (and prior to this, Rebecca Butcher) both of which he eventually manages to have sex with (or possibly rape, in the latter's case).
- Made of Indestructium: Bullets couldn't do crap against him. Neither did Billy blowing up Stillwell's residence.
- My Greatest Failure: Dr. Vogelbaum thinks of Homelander as this for him, saying he should have raised him with affection, not like a test subject in his lab, so that he might have been different.
- Not So Similar: Like Starlight, Homelander is annoyed and angered over the fact the Seven cant do more and are basically playing expensive cops and robbers. Unlike Starlight, who feels like this for genuinely altruistic and heroic reasons, Homelander feels like this approach is limiting his worldwide options as an Attention Whore.
- Oedipus Complex: He seems to possess an odd psychological lust towards his somewhat mother-figure Stillwell, something that she notices and exploits. He watches her pump breast milk using his x-ray vision and becomes irritable whenever her infant son is around, with breast-feeding and mommy-play as a Fetish. This doesn't keep him from killing her, though.
- One-Man Army: Takes out a cell of Middle Eastern Terrorists all by himself while the armed forces watch on from outside the building.
- Person of Mass Destruction: To the point that Deputy Director Reynor doesnt want him prosecuted for his crimes, as he has the potential to kill "thousands" if he is angered.
- Photo Op with the Dog: An absolute master of this trope, Homelander very rarely breaks his image of the All-American Hero archetype when it comes to appearing in the media. But when the cameras aren't rolling on him, he doesn't hold back.
- Power Perversion Potential: He uses his X-Ray Vision to watch Stillwell pump breast milk.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Comes through most clearly in his interactions with Stillwell, but compare the "Adaptational" tropes above. It's still made clear his actions are essentially those of an angry toddler lashing out whenever he doesn't get what he wants. Difference being this toddler is six feet even, immune to everything, can bench a jet liner, and shoot lasers from his eyes.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: It is stated in the show that Homelander raped and killed Billy's wife Becca. Though it might not have been the case seeing as her reaction to seeing Homelander seems to be normal and unfazed..
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eye beams are red when used, but he is also able to make his eyes glow red without actually doing any damage, which he does in between blasts or simply to intimidate. In any case, you do not want to get his attention when his eyes are glowing. And unlike Superman, he's much more liberal with their usage.
- Required Secondary Powers: Unlike Superman, Homelander needs leverage and support in order to be able to lift something big, even though he has Super Strength. So when the plane he and Queen Maeve were trying to save is crashing, he tells Maeve that he can't push off from thin air, so that option is out.
- Security Blanket: He was raised in a lab where his only comfort as a toddler was a blanket. Homelander freaks out when he sees the blanket in his fake childhood home.
- The Sociopath: Homelander might seem to look like an ideal hero, but morally he is as far away as he can be for that. Aside from Stillwell, he has no close relationship with anybody and the former ends with Homelander lobotomizing her anyway. He also isn't sympathetic about the victims of Flight 37, deliberately decided not to save anyone in an attempt to not have any of them damage his reputation and used the incident to instead spearhead superheroes going to war, further enforcing that Homelander only cares about his benefits. That, and he doesn't seem to be as patriotic as he and Vought have made him out to be.
- The Starscream: While serving as the Dragon to Stillwell for the entire first season, he's notably frustrated with this position until he ultimately becomes the new Big Bad by killing Stillwell at the end of Season One.
- Straight Edge Evil: In the first episode, it's stated that he has no vices, which makes him sound like a good guy. It later turns out that he's an insane monster... with no vices.
- Super Senses: He has super-hearing and super-smelling.
- Super Supremacist: When he's exceptionally annoyed with Starlight over thinking she's actively helping Hughie and The Boys, he tells her that "we're a different breed" and that she shouldn't be helping "these mud people," which is some straight-up Nazi phrasing.
- Superman Substitute: His power set, color scheme, apparent patriotic image, and falsified American family paint him in a very unflattering depiction of this.
- Tragic Villain: His backstory of being unloved and as a science experiment leads him into this territory.
- The Teetotaler: He doesn't drink or do drugs and is vocal about it.
- Would Hurt a Child: Homelander is perfectly willing to let a child die to achieve his objective, and personally murders a child when he shoots down a plane. This is in sharp contrast to Billy, who is remarkably more gentle with children.
- Villain Has a Point: While his abandonment of the passenger plane is cold-blooded and it is partly his fault that it is crashing,note he makes logical points to Maeve as to why he can't simply save it like you'd expect Superman to do it as there is no time to get everyone off and trying to manhandle the plane would send it head over heels or tear it apart. Doesn't justify refusing to save the few people that he could have plausibly gotten out, though.
- Villain Respect: When Homelander and Butcher finally confront each other face to face, Homelander is both intrigued and impressed that (unlike literally everyone else in the series) Butcher isn't afraid of him, and in fact shows his unmeasurable hate in all its fury towards the most powerful being on the planet.
- X-Ray Vision: He can see through everything except zinc.
Starlight / Annie January
The newest addition to The Seven.
- Adaptational Modesty: Zig-Zagged.
- Her starting outfit, like in the comcis, is a Minidress of Power. In the comics, it went all the way up to her neck, but the skirt was a bit shorter and less bulky. In the show, it stops just above her cleavage, but the skirt is longer and a bulkier, making it overall about as modest as her original comics outfit.
- Her second outfit in the comics was just her original minidress plus Absolute Cleavage. In the show, her second outfit is significantly sexed up, doing away with the minidress aspect entirely and moving closer to a Leotard of Power with a zipper typically only fastened to the middle of her breasts (though she can zip it up to her throat, as shown when she's having a drink with Hughie). A lot less cleavage than the comics, but a lot more leg and derriere.
- Break the Cutie: First she's coerced into giving the Deep a blowjob. Then she attends a Christian carnival and is disillusioned by the homophobic propaganda coupled with her pressure to be a sexless role model for young girls (immediately after having her outfit sexed up against her will). To top it all off, she realises that her mother was using her as a meal ticket and her father left out of stark disapproval for the whole arrangement.
- The Cape: What she aspires to be, and what she eventually decides to be, Vought and consequences be damned.
- Corrupt the Cutie: Has a moment of weakness when she can no longer keep up against all the things thrown at her by her Vought masters or events playing around her, succumbing to her corporate orders and heavy drinking during a company-organised event. Maeve calls her out on this, explaining she used to be just like Starlight and she doesn't have to follow Maeve's steps.
- Deuteragonist: Starlight, to Hughie's Protagonist. Their stories are initially unrelated to each other and advance in parallel with each having their own reasons to oppose the Seven, comparable screen-time that is mostly spent apart by both and a more-or-less equal role in the climax. Prior to the climax each character resolves their own conflicts with little involvement apart from moral support from the other.
- Expy: Her skillset, symbol, and appearance are reminiscent of various iterations of Carol Danvers, while her Flying Brick powers and her naive, hopeful personality bring to mind Power Girl and to an extent Starfire. Her preferred cape costume also resembles Shazam's, reinforced by her connection with electricity.
- Foil: To Homelander. Both invoke Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold, but while Homelander subverts it by being an utter asshole behind his friendly and wholesome demeanor, Starlight plays it straight by being a genuine Nice Girl. Both prefer to use their ranged attacks, but while Homelander uses his heat vision to explode bad guys like water balloons because he dislikes literally getting his hands dirty, Starlight's light beams seem perfectly nonlethal, whereas her Super Strength could easily do more harm than she intends. Starlight genuinely wants to be The Cape but has to fight an uphill battle against being pigeonholed as just The Chick, while Homelander keeps up the appearance of The Cape while basically being The Big Bad. Both can and will invoke Glowing Eyes of Doom, but while Homelander uses Red Eyes, Take Warning to terrorize people, Starlight uses her softer, golden glow to warn people Good Is Not Soft. When Starlight has sex with Hughie, her eyes glow as she climaxes, bathing them in warm, romantic golden light. When Homelander glows his eyes in front of Stillwell, he's preparing to melt her face off.
- Girl Next Door: She is just a simple Wide-Eyed Idealist farm girl from Iowa. Her arc is all about the struggle to maintain her values versus what her new life forces on her. Vought's PR department goes to great lengths to present Starlight as this for her brand.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Her eyes glow with a warm, golden light when she activates her powers, providing a gentler, more hopeful contrast with Homelander. Though she will also use the eye glow for intimidation when necessary; Starlight may be good, even nice, but she's still not soft.
- Gold and White Are Divine: Her gold and white outfits fit well with her light based powers, (initial) Christian beliefs and moral disposition.
- Good People Have Good Sex: After trying to break away from the more extremist views of her church, Annie has tender, romantic sex with Hughie.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Contrasting with Homelander, she has this appearance and actually is a good person.
- HeelFace Turn: Ends up helping The Boys and Hughie get his payback from A-Train.
- Heel Realization: Is coming to one of these, which is why Hughie thinks about recruiting her for the team.
- I Know Karate: She might have a wide range of handy superpowers, but her combat skills are nothing more than effect of intense training, going on since she was a child.
- Immodest Orgasm: Not conspicuously audibly, but her Glowing Eyes of Doom flare up when she climaxes.
- Light 'em Up: She can produce blinding light.
- Light Is Good: She's the Seven's Token Good Teammate and wears a suit that's white and gold.
- Minidress of Power: As in the comics, this is her first costume. It's a bit more modest than most examples of the trope.
- Naïve Newcomer: Though she's not a complete Pollyanna, Starlight is forced to get used to The Seven's overall depravity very, very quickly.
- Nice Girl: All-around sweet, kind and everything a superhero is expected to be. Hughie even calls her this to her face.
- Nigh Invulnerable: She takes two shots from .50 caliber anti-materiel rifle (designed to punch through buildings and tanks) to the chest. She's knocked down and winded, but that's about it. She also survives a punch from A-Train at Super Speed without so much as a broken rib.
- Secret Identity: Only she is confirmed to be maintaining a secret identity, though she does a pretty lackadaisical job.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Seems to think so, as the only instance where she defaulted to using her more damaging and brutal Super Strength instead of the less damaging light bursts was when she was faced with a pair of attempted rapists. Considering her personal connection to the matter, this makes sense.
- Sexual Extortion: She is coerced offscreen to give The Deep oral sex so he'll ensure she gets into The Seven. After she publicizes the fact, a number of women also come forward to say they suffered the same thing from him in the past.
- Super Strength: She's introduced doing one-handed chin-ups, lifting the rear of a car over her head (though she struggles), and cratering a cinderblock wall with her bare hands.
- Technopath: Her primary powers involve producing bright lights with concussive force, but using them has an effect on local electronics. It's most notable when she gets angry, rather than being in direct combat. She explains that she draws in ambient electricity to power her light blasts, with the result that electrical devices nearby go a bit wonky.
- Token Good Teammate: Being brand new to The Seven, Starlight is not nearly as jaded, apathetic or corrupt as the heroes really are, and she finds herself opposed to just about everything they do. Queen Maeve is also shown to be more self-aware that they are not really heroes, and at least tries to actually be heroic when possible.
The Seven's Amazonian warrior woman.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: While comic Maeve was the most sympathetic of the seven next to Starlight, she's nicer in the show. Her first interaction with Starlight, for instance, has her offering a napkin and encouraging her, rather than mocking her and telling her to fuck off as in the comic.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Queen Maeve was blonde in the comics, but has auburn hair here.
- Adaptational Sexuality: Combined with Ambiguously Bi. Is either a closeted lesbian or closeted bisexual in the show as she dated Homelander (in terms of Homelander, it was either to maintain an acceptable public image or she may be bi) and dated a civilian woman before, even though she is only involved with men in the comic.
- The Alcoholic: Has apparently been one for awhile, as her ex notes "you're not going to your meetings." She relapses hard after Flight 37.
- Ambiguous Situation: Maeve's prior relationships are raised but not explored in Season One (see other tropes on this page). What we know for sure: she used to publicly date Homelander, and had a relationship with a civilian woman that ended badly. Everything else is alluded to. Homelander basically threatens Maeve with If I Can't Have You..., stating that if he believed she'd genuinely fallen for someone else, he doesn't know what he'd do. Whether he's unaware of Maeve's relationship with her ex-girlfriend or doesn't consider a lesbian relationship "genuine" is unexplained. When Maeve visits her ex for emotional support after the Flight 37 incident, she angrily tells Maeve to "go back to Homelander" in a tone which implies some level of Your Cheating Heart at play. Maeve's ex later notes that Maeve was always afraid to be seen with her, indicating a lack of willingness or ability to come out. Whether Maeve is lesbian or bisexual, whether she had any romantic interest in Homelander or just used him as The Beard, whether she cheated on her ex with Homelander or not (or the issue is Homelander got the "public Maeve" while her ex only got the "private Maeve"), whether she's personally afraid to come out or being forbidden by Vought, are all open questions.
- Expy: Of Wonder Woman, being (billed as) an Amazonian warrior woman who is just as strong as Homelander.
- Gayngst: Again combined with Ambiguously Bi, as noted above. From what we pick up between her and her ex-girlfriend, Maeve is still in the closet, and part of their relationship crumbling involved Maeve being unwilling (or unable) to come out as either gay or bisexual. Her dating Homelander also seems a point of contention, indicating he may have either been Maeve's Beard or she's bisexual.
- Heel Realization: Gets a rather more extreme one of these after Homelander talks her into abandoning a plane full of people to crash in the ocean.
- Heroic BSoD: Has one after Flight 37, getting drunk and showing up at her ex-girlfriend's house. She even tries to drunkenly make out with her.
- Kingpin in His Gym: Queen Maeve is shown easily defeating a number of burly men in her gym whom she's sparring with.
- Lipstick Lesbian: Whether she's lesbian or bisexual, she's certainly gorgeous and glamorous. Her ex-girlfriend is also either this trope or a Lipstick Bisexual.
- Made of Indestructium: In her first appearance on the show, stops an out-of-control armored truck with her body. She's completely unharmed, the truck all but disintegrates around her.
- Averted when she had to save a schoolbus early in her career, ending up breaking every bone in her arm that never healed right.
- Movie Superheroes Wear Black: She wore bright blue in the comics, but wears rust red and iron colored armor in the show.
- Pet the Dog: Is the kindest of the Seven to Starlight and genuinely wants to save people even though her experiences have left her jaded.
- The Smurfette Principle: She used to be this before Starlight joined the team.
- Strong Flesh, Weak Steel: In the first episode, Queen Maeve jumps in front of the truck that was about to run someone over. She is completely unhurt, while the truck instantly has its engine crumble to pieces.
- Super Strength: Implied to be about the only Supe who can match Homelander in this department.
The Seven's speedster and accidental kickstarter of the show's plot.
- Blue Is Heroic: Invoked with his costume, which is primarily blue, and is a contrast to his rival Shockwave, who has an orange costume.
- Brought Down to Normal: When Kimiko breaks his leg, A-Train is reduced to nothing more than a disabled Black man, and even has to deal with a racist security guard.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Deconstructed as him running through Robin is the decisive event that begins the show's storyline and is the source of A-Train's problems in life going From Bad to Worse. Given how utterly dismissive and forgetful he is of Robin's death, the show makes it clear that this isn't the first time this kind of incident occurred for him, with A-Train practically forgetting that this even happened in a short time. Unfortunately for him, this isn't something the victim's boyfriend forgot at all, which leads to A LOT of trouble for A-Train and the Seven as a whole in the long run. And if he hadn't filed it under "Tuesday" and forgotten about it, he could have begun derailing The Boys' plans much earlier. That said, it's suggested that his abuse of Compound V has scrambled his mental faculties, impairing his ability to connect the dots until it was too late.
- Expy: Of The Flash. His costume is also reminiscent of The Falcon.
- Foil: To Hughie. Hughie is a middle-class tech salesman, while A-Train is a famous super-athlete. Both men have have killed people, but while A-Train put the blame on his victim to rationalize his kill (presumably because this is something he's likely to do again), Hughie came to terms with what he did and avoids killing anyone else. Both also have super girlfriends, but while A-Train hides his relationship with Popclaw out of cowardice, Hughie isn't the least bit ashamed of dating Starlight.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In "You Found Me", his Compound V abuse gives him a heart-attack.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: A-Train is so wrapped up in being the fastest man alive that he's paranoid of any other speedster taking that title and replacing him in the Seven, to the point where he's willing to abuse Compound V to maintain his place.
- Kick the Dog: The night after he ran over an innocent woman, he's seen laughing it off in a private conversation with another superhero. Downplayed later, when he seems to show some regret for the incident.
- Never My Fault: A-Train pins the blame of Popclaw's death on Hughie and the Boys since them blackmailing her is what led to him to killing her, ignoring the fact that he was the one who killed her. He admits to this in the final episode of the first season, but points out Hughie's involvement is still what led to Homelander ordering her death. He still could have refused, of course.
- Pet the Dog: When Translucent can't visit a terminally ill "Make A Wish" child in the hospital, A-Train fills in and makes a genuine effort to cheer him up. It goes horribly wrong on several different levels but he gave it the old college try.
- Race Lift: White in the comics but black in the show. Compare with The Deep, who is the opposite case.
- Secret Relationship: He has one with Popclaw. His refusal to go public about it is what drives her to eventually cheat on him.
- Token Minority: He's the only black member of The Seven.
- Villain Has a Point: A-Train starts out as a jerk and gets worse from there. He is right though: his killing of Robin wasn't intended, while the same can't be said of Hughie's acts with the Boys. However, A-Trains other devious acts, including murdering Popclaw and arming terrorists with superpowers, were intentional.
The Deep / Kevin
The "King of the Sea" and member of The Seven.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: The Deep's comic costume is an embarrassingly goofy mishmash of a cape, a vintage diving helmet, and unflattering shorts. His appearance in the show is far more in line with what you'd expect a charismatic superhero to look like.
- Adaptational Villainy: He went from being little more than the team's joke member to being the one who coerced Starlight into giving him a blowjob (and did the same to other women).
- Apparently Human Merfolk: The Deep appears completely human at first, but is later shown to be one, with gills on his torso.
- Being Good Sucks: Anytime he does try to do the right thing, it goes hilariously wrong. Take for instance his rescue of the dolphin and the lobster.
- Bestiality Is Depraved: Given The Deep can speak to sea creatures (like dolphins) he's the butt of cruel jokes by Homelander and A-Train who both say he has sex with them, but judging by his side of the conversation he has with a dolphin he attempts to rescue, there may be a grain of truth to the jokes.
- Black Comedy Animal Cruelty: Not on him so much (the dolphin was the one who wanted him to do sex stuff to it), but the dolphin and lobster he attempted to rescue both ended up dead on his watch.
- Broken Bird: He compares his treatment of Starlight to how he was treated when he first joined the team, saying it's just how the hierarchy works. With his love of marine life being his only redeeming feature, it's possible that he was a genuinely good guy before joining the Seven.
- Butt-Monkey: While accomplished by ordinary standards (being a handsome, successful, and widely-beloved crime-fighter and celebrity), he is this to the rest of the Seven. Starlight says that the others see him as a joke ("you're just the fish guy"), and he isn't seen being given any respect by them. He appears to be by far the weakest of the team as well; Starlight can shoot light, shrug off .50 caliber bullets, bench press a car, and so on, Maeve can stop a speeding semi-truck effortlessly, A-Train can run at hypersonic speeds and has the Required Secondary Powers for that to work, Translucent can become both (almost) invincible and invisible, Black Noir is strong/fast enough to flatten Kimiko, and Homelander is an outright Physical God. The Deep? He has slightly superhuman strength (enough to Neck Lift a guy and make another back-flip by punching him, and that's about it), can breathe underwater, can swim well, and... can talk to sea creatures.
- The Chew Toy: Suffers a deserved series of humiliations and failures almost straight from the start.
- Cruel Mercy: After the fact came to light that The Deep had sexually harassed Starlight, and countless other women, he's spared any jail time, and is still a member of The Seven. However, he's exiled from New York City and assigned to patrol Sandusky, Ohio, a peaceful and relatively crime free town, and given a meager weekly allowance. His main tasks are to attend local business openings and roller coaster inaugurations as well as put up with whatever vitriol the locals throw at him. When the military allows supes to volunteer, The Deep asks his handler how soon can he can join the Navy and get out of Sandusky, only to be told that for the time being, he's not allowed to go anywhere else.
- Expy: Of Aquaman or Submariner.
- Hidden Depths: He can communicate with sea creatures and genuinely really cares about how badly they're treated. He even tries to rescue a dolphin and then a lobster, though both attempts end abysmally.
- Humiliation Conga: Suffers a rather severe (and karmic) one during the season. Stillwell rejects and mocks his request to do something more substantive and meaningful with his fame. He then attempts to rescue a dolphin from an abusive captivity, but it dies horribly, and the incident becomes a media scandal. After his rape of Starlight is revealed, he is Reassigned to Antarctica, being sent to guard the calm and largely crime-Free town of Sandusky, Ohio. There, hes scorned by the townsfolk, given a minuscule allowance by Vought, is relegated to publicity stunts like opening water park attractions, accidentally kills a lobster he wanted to save, and is raped by a fan girl. By the end of the season, hes on the verge of a mental breakdown.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He raped Starlight. Later on, he is sexually abused himself during a one-night- stand with a psycho fan, who shoves her hands into his gills (something quite painful for him) after he repeatedly asks her to stop.
- Morality Pet: His one redeeming quality is his compassion for marine animals.
- Nature Hero: He wants to be this for ocean life, but Vought won't let him (and even make him shill for a SeaWorld knockoff.)
- Race Lift: Black in the comics but white in the show. Compare with A-Train, who is the opposite case.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: After being exposed for raping Starlight (among other women), The Deep is forced to make a public apology and demoted to working in Sandusky, Ohio.
- This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: Discussed. The Deep complains that The Seven only send him in for things in or around water. It turns out that the rest think he's pathetic and a joke, to his annoyance.
- Trauma Conga Line: After Starlight hints that someone in The Seven raped her, everyone involved pretty much knows it's The Deep. It's outright stated there are other women, and with Starlight having unlocked the door, it's only a matter of time before one of them kicks it open. The Deep is forced to make a public apology, then take a sabbatical from The Seven and get reassigned to Sandusky, Ohio. Not a lot of crime in Sandusky, so he's pretty much limited to water park openings. He meets a hot groupie and takes her back to his apartment for some playtime, and she rapes him while jamming her fingers in his gills (which hurts). When super-powered terrorists come to light, he's convinced he's finally going to get to come back, and help out the Navy with dolphin-related secret projects, only to be told "ain't gonna happen." He tries to buy a lobster as a pet, only for the meat counter attendant to stab it in the head, thinking he wanted it for dinner. The last we see of The Deep, he's giving himself a Traumatic Haircut while repeatedly calling himself stupid. May or may not be enough to make you start feeling sorry for the guy.
- Traumatic Haircut: Gives himself one after being raped by a girl.
- Villainous BSoD: Completly breaks down at the end of the first season, leading to him impulsively shaving his head in front of a mirror while crying and cursing at himself.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: The Deep is an Aquaman expy, and rides very much on the "Aquaman is lame" memes. He is regularly dismissed by Homelander for talking to fish, and later shown in therapy venting his insecurities.
The silent brute fighter of The Seven.
- The Blank: His mask has this effect, resembling Batman's empty cowl. The lack of speech or physical quirks makes him seem almost robot-like.
- The Comically Serious: At social gatherings, he can be seen drinking from a straw or playing the piano. All while wearing his intimidating costume.
- Department of Redundancy Department: "Noir" in French means black. So his name is "Black Black".
- Expy: Of Batman, but he also resembles the Nighthawk of Supreme Power, who is one of Marvel's many Batman analogues and is also canonically black like the actor who plays Black Noir.
- The Dreaded: Black Noir is deeply feared by criminals, the Boys, and even his fellow superheroes and the general public at times.
- The Faceless: His head and face are always completely covered by a black mask.
- Fights Like a Normal: As a member of the Seven, Black Noir is confirmed to have super powers, but he doesn't use any onscreen besides the bare minimum superhuman strength and durability needed to fight against the Female.
- Hidden Depths: Shown when he wordlessly glowers at a piano player until he steps away from the piano, then sits down by it himself and plays the Minute Waltz, a much faster and upbeat piece than what the piano player playing. Also, in a promotional video shot by Vought to showcase the members of the Seven, Black Noir's personal hobby is revealed to be drinking green tea according in the practice of Japanese tea ceremony - an art with Zen Buddhist undertones.
- Knife Nut: Carries a whole bunch of them on him and his primary style of combat.
- The Speechless: He doesn't talk onscreen and it's not clear whether he can.
- Out of Focus: Being faceless and wordless, he gets the least focus of the Seven.
- The Worf Effect: He handily takes down Kimiko aka The Female, The Big Guy of the Boys, a Wolverine Expy who up until that point had been portrayed as a nearly unstoppable fighter, leaving her for dead with multiple knife wounds that would have killed her (or perhaps did kill her?) if not for her healing factor.
The Seven's invulnerable and quasi-invisible member.
- Achilles' Heel: Translucent's power isn't actually to go invisible but turning his skin to various carbon-based compounds, including metamaterial and diamond-like substance. Unfortunately, this makes him vulnerable to electricity. Likewise he's only invulnerable from the outside. Not the inside.
- Canon Foreigner: Takes Jack From Jupiter's place on the Seven.
- Expy: His ability to turn invisible is reminiscent of the Invisible Woman, though without the ability to project forcefields, while his invisibility changes his skin into a "carbon metamaterial" repeatedly compared to diamonds in terms of hardness, calling to mind Emma Frost.
- Hidden Depths:
- Despite being a Grade A Invisible Jerkass, Translucent has shown to be really good with finances, keeping track of how much the Seven has made over the year, and how much people have made from pirating off from their merchandise.
- Hughie finds out that he's a dad, and not a bad one. But he only learns this after he's dead.
- He's extremely skilled at reading people, which with his invisibility makes him good at gathering information.
- Invisible Jerkass: Translucent nearly kills Hughie when he won't tell him why he placed a bug in The Seven's boardroom before Billy intervenes.
- Invisible Streaker: His clothes are unaffected by his powers. So he has to be completely naked to be undetectable.
- Nonindicative Name: As Butcher points out, translucent would actually still be visible.Butcher: "Translucent" doesnt even mean "invisible." It means "semi-transparent."
- The Peeping Tom: He uses his power to creep on women.
- Power Perversion Potential: He hangs around the women's bathroom in The Seven's HQ.
- Reading Lips: Can and does do this.
- Sherlock Scan: He mentions that this is his real ability — he's extremely skilled at reading people and learning what makes them tick. Except that one time...
- Super Toughness: His skin is as hard as diamonds (when invisible), making him Immune to Bullets among other things. He also withstands an amount of electricity that would kill or severely harm a normal person while invisible, as well.
- The Ghost: He never appears in person during Season 1.
- Improbable Weapon User: A lamp on the end of a staff. Granted, it was just for channeling his powers and not hitting people as far as we know.
- Playing with Fire: Background material reveals he had the power of pyrokinesis that he channeled through his staff and enabled him to throw fireballs and other uses of fire.
- Retired Monster: He is mentioned to have retired shortly before the start of the series and he murdered Grace Mallory's grandchildren.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The only word on his fate is Vought's word that he is retired.
- Would Hurt a Child: He murdered Mallory's grandchildren when she and Billy got too close to Vought's secrets.
Charlotte / Popclaw
- Accidental Murder: She accidentally murders her landlord by crushing his head between her pelvis, during one of her orgasms.
- Ascended Extra: While the show fleshes the Supes considerably, Popclaw gets the most comparatively.
- Expy: Of Wolverine and, more closely, X-23, as a character who projects bone claws out of her arms.
- Famous Last Words: "Why?"
- Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex: Gender-reversal. As Popclaw's landlord finds out, it can be very difficult to control super strength during sex, especially when the Supe in question is high on Compound V.
- Ms. Fanservice: She's a very attractive woman. In-Universe, her superhero films seem to be tawdry revenge tales with her as a sexy Anti-Hero and she keeps several naked pictures of herself framed on her walls. And she's been making sex videos of herself and A-Train for a fairly long time, for... archiving.
- Out with a Bang: Popclaw is shown getting oral sex from her landlord then accidentally crushes his head with her thighs while losing control of herself.
- Recovered Addict: She quit her V addiction. She relapses after A-train pretends he is completely single on TV.
- Secret Relationship: With A-train, much to her chagrin.
- Thousand-Yard Stare: Has one after she accidentally kills her landlord. After letting out a rather horrific scream, all she can do is stare blankly at the corpse until The Boys arrive.
- Your Head Asplode: Popclaw accidentally crushes that of her landlord's while he gives her oral sex, with his brain shown getting squirted out.
- Adaptational Heroism: If you consider him a white version of Oh Father, the comic Supe at the center of the Believe' festival, this version isn't a pedophile at least.
- Armoured Closet Gay: Ezekiel, it turns out, is a closeted gay man who has secret trysts with men while publicly touting his conservative Christian beliefs, saying homosexuality can be cured by prayer.
- Blasphemous Boast: At the Believe Expo, he gives a speech referring to his ability to stretch, Homelander's Flight and A-Train's Super Speed in the same sentence in regards to Jesus walking on water. Equating Jesuss literal divinity to basic superpowers is blasphemous; this plays into the shows theme of superheroes seeing themselves as and being treated like gods, despite being incredibly flawed humans.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: After his initial plan to blackmail Ezekiel with a video of the latter having sex with men falls through, Hughie instead claims to have had sex with Ezekiel himself. Apparently, Ezekiel has sex with many random men, so he assumes it's possible Hughie was one of them.
- Expy: He has the skillset of Mister Fantastic.
- Hypocrite: Ezekiel, a conservative Christian superhero with "Capes for Christ" who claims homosexuality can be cured by prayer, is himself attracted to men and secretly has sex with them.
- Rubber Man: His power set.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: The moment Billy catches up to him in the bathroom, Mesmer tries to offer help in regards to the whereabouts of Becca. This later turns into a frantic plea of I Have a Family the moment he allows Billy to reciprocate his mind.
- Asshole Victim: Butcher turns Mesmer into a bludgeoning stack after the latter tries to spare himself by stating he has a daughter. He might have been sympathetic, had it not been for the fact that he ratted out the Boys to Homelander and Vought to begin with. Despite this, his death can come across as somewhat pitiable.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Initially seems like a supe who cares about his family more than fame, but after The Boys cut a deal with him to allow him visitation with his daughter, Mesmer then goes to Homelander with dirt. On the way there, he dismisses a call from child services about him being allowed to see his daughter, proving that deep down he really does care more about fame than his family and doing good.
- Dirty Mind-Reading: Mesmer learns a female fan of his wants to do something amorous with him due to his mind-reading power. He replies that he'd been thinking the same thing.
- Famous Last Words: No!
- Former Child Star: He makes a living signing DVDs of his television show where he played an underage psychic policeman.
- I Have a Family: Mesmer begs Butcher that he has a daughter, but to no avail.
- Oh, Crap!: Mesmer reads Butcher's mind and realizing to his horror of what he will do to him.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Gets his face turned to pulp by Butcher repeatedly smashing it against the sink after he betrays The Boys.
- Telepath: He reads minds.
- Canon Foreigner: They don't exist in the comics.
- Expy: Their abilities most closely match that of Mystique.
- Fan Disservice: We are treated to Doppelganger transforming from attractive female to unattractive male during sex with the Senator, while naked.
- Transformation Sequence: Doppelganger transforms from female to male during sex with the Senator (though the latter is unaware, as he's been blindfolded).
- Transgender: Doppelganger, a shapeshifter, is gender fluid, going by they, their or them. Fittingly, they're able to go from female to male form at will.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Doppelganger has this power, being able to assume other forms and impersonate people perfectly by doing so.
- Expy: He seems to be one of Black Panther.
- Unknown Rival: Implied to be this for A-Train. His popularity has recently gone up high enough for the Seven to take notice while A-Train is heading towards White-Dwarf Starlet status. Now a high-profile team probably won't dump their only black member for the sake of publicity, but replacing him with another black guy is a likely option.
- An Ice Person: Ice Princess, a superhero who has the power to turn herself into ice.
- Expy: She seems to be one of Killer Frost of DC Comics.
- Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex: Gender-reversal. One of the men in the supe victims support group revealed that he had sex with her and when she climaxed, she briefly turned to ice... with his penis still inside her. It snapped off.
Naqib / Captain
- Action Bomb: He can detonate, and live to do it again.
- The Captain: Naqib is the Arabic word for the army rank of Captain.
- Expy: Shares his Action Bomb power with Marvel Comics villain Nitro.
- Knight of Cerebus: His sudden appearance changes the situation between the government and supes drastically.
- Middle Eastern Terrorists: He's an ISIS operative.
- Personality Powers: It's astonishingly appropriate that an Islamic Terrorist would have the power to self-detonate.
- Adaptational Wimp: Homelander never gets the better of comic Stillwell, who is completely unfazed by him.
- Big Bad Wannabe: In the end, while Stillwell controls the entire corporate aspect of the heroes and gets them to toe the line more than once with subtle threats about their position and money, she's still ultimately just a regular human being compared to superheroes. So it should come as no shock that Homelander kills her with ease.
- Death by Adaptation: Her comic counterpart lived through the entire series and was a downplayed Karma Houdini to boot.
- Gender Flip: Stillwell is a man in the comics and a woman in the series.
- Glamorous Single Mother: She has an infant son, Teddy.
- Smug Snake: This version of Stillwell's position of control is much more imagined than it was in the comics. In particular, she seems to think her acting as a mother-figure to the Homelander will grant her his absolute loyalty and thinks she can keep lying to him about his child, with doing so resulting in him killing her in a rage.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: In many ways, Stillwell thinks she is in the world of the comics was originally based on: where the supers are all blithering incompetents and Homelander, while a murderous piece of crap, is, in the end, all bark and no bite to someone who doesnt rise to his preening. This assumption is quickly proven wrong when Homelander just kills her.
Dr. Jonah Vogelbaum
- Age Lift: He's a WWII German defector in the comics.
- My Greatest Failure: He calls Homelander this, verbatim. Not so much because Homelander was a failed subject, but that how he treated Homelander as a kid created the sociopathic asshole he is today.
- Reluctant Retiree: Despite living in an opulent mansion, he'd go back to 80 hour work-weeks in a second.
- Uncertain Doom: The last we know of him is how Homelander paid him a visit to squeeze the truth out of him.
- Ascended Extra: He's mentioned being the CEO and eventually dies, all off-screen, but makes a personal appearance here.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's the CEO of Vought, the The Chessmaster behind the product that is "the Seven". He is the show's real Big Bad. With this in mind, he honestly gives Lex Luthor a run for his money as the Trope Codifier in all of fiction.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: She pretty much instantly burst into a puddle of gore after being run through by A-train. Well, except for her hands, they're detached but still holding Hughie's hands.
- Death by Origin Story: Her death is what makes Hughie want to fight the superheroes. It also causes him to develop a personal vendetta against A-Train, as he was the one who killed Robin by running into her at extreme speed, then lying about it by saying she was in the middle of the road when it happened. When she was only two steps off the sidewalk.
- Disposable Woman: She basically just exists to get killed to start Hughie on his journey.
- Plot-Triggering Death: Without her death, this story would have never occurred.
- The Lost Lenore: Hughie keeps seeing her ghost out of the corner of his eye. She doesn't go away until he and Starlight have their first kiss.
- Race Lift: White in the comics, but played by Latin Canadian actress Jess Salgueiro on the show.
- Adaptation Name Change: Hughie's adopted father in the comic is named Alexander. The man who might be his biological father is Joe.
- Bumbling Dad
- Extreme Doormat: He's willing to let Vought get away with letting Robin die because he's aware that taking them on would likely end in tears. When his son tries fighting back, he does everything but help, concerned that trying to fight back will only make things worse. He later admits that he's proud that his son is trying to make a difference when he is inadvertently caught in the crossfire.
- Mythology Gag: Played by the actor whom Hughie was based on in the comics.
- Canon Foreigner: She doesn't exist in the comics (Annie's parents are shown for a single panel signing over their daughter, as they were both permanently blinded by her first accidental use of her light powers).
- Foreshadowing: She adjusts to Vought's Slave to PR status far more quickly than her daughter, hinting at her true motivations.
- Gold Digger: She been grooming her daughter just for her to become a super and receive the wealth and fame that follows.
- It's All About Me: She suffers from an extreme case of this. It leads her to treat her daughter horribly.
- Stage Mom: She behaves this way towards Starlight, having groomed her from a toddler to be the perfect All-American superheroine. It gets worse with the reveal that she signed Starlight up to be given Compound V as a child - she chose her whole life for her. It's implied "super pageants" are a big thing, with lots of Supe kids likely having Stage Parents hoping to make their little darling the next Homelander.
- Adaptational Badass: In the comic, Billy almost always got the better of her in both arguments and schemes, and she seemed to find their hate-sex-based relationship degrading while he reveled in it. In the show, they are on a considerably more even level when arguing, with both of them scoring some points, and near the end of season one he even ends up having to agree to her terms, even though they didn't include the one thing he wanted most (taking down Homelander), in order to save his team.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: She and Billy have a messed up sexual relationship in the comics. While they have a sexual history in the show, she's married with a family and she and Billy are more professional toward each other.
- Friend on the Force: Billy's contact in the CIA.
- Adaptational Job Change: She worked for Vought in the show rather than be a social worker.
- Chekhov M.I.A.: She disappeared eight years prior to the timeline of the plot. Police Never Found the Body. Then she reappears in the last scene of the first season.
- The Lost Lenore: For Butcher.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Rather than dying, she's only missing in the show. Subverted in that it is eventually it is revealed that she died in childbirth. Or so claims Vought. She's alive and stashed away by Vought away from both Homelander and Butcher, and so is her son.
- Adult Fear: Her grandkids were killed by Lamplighter.
- Break the Badass: Lamplighter killing her grandkids is what led to her quitting the Boys and retiring in seclusion.
- The Corrupter: To Butcher, being responsible for turning him into the man he is today...something she honestly regrets.
- Cynical Mentor: Mallory trained Butcher, Mother's Milk, and Frenchie, teaching them to hold the belief that supes are all untrustworthy.
- Gender Flip: She's a man called Greg in the comic.
- Retired Badass: Considering Mallory is ex-CIA and spent her golden years hunting down rogue superheroes, she definitely qualifies.
- The Team Benefactor: She's the founder, mentor, and original leader of The Boys.
Rebecca and Homelander's Son
- Foreshadowing: Dr. Vogelbaum in his encounter with Homelander reveals his disappointment with and shame of the Sociopathic Hero the Homelander grew up to be. The doctor expresses how Homelander needed a family who loved him and not locked away in a lab: it's likely Rebecca and her son were provided for in the hopes of not repeating their mistakes.
- Like Father, Unlike Son: Unlike his father, the kid is every bit as nice and cheery as he appears and is even ecstatic rather than shocked to be told Homelander is his father.
- Outside-Context Problem: Until him every Supe from Homelander to Starlight were given their powers artificially with Compound V which makes him the very first natural born superpowered person in the entire world.