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Associates of The Seven
- The Atoner: During Season 2, she tries to patch things up with her daughter after the history as a Stage Mom. Like The Deep, it's open to question whether she's genuinely repenting or just wants a return to her previous status. For one thing, she's still in contact with Vought and seems to keep them informed of how her relationship with Annie is progressing.
- 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. It goes straight to the bone with her; when her daughter confronts her about her manipulations, Donna can only talk about how much she's "sacrificed" for Annie.
- 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 pushy parents hoping to make their little darling the next Homelander.
- Ungrateful Bitch: She looks down on Hughie even after he saved her and her daughter from Vought Tower, describing him as "the boy with the moist handshake."
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: While sincerely trying to fix her relationship with Annie, she calls Vought and tells them Annie will be taking a sabbatical from the company. Unbeknownst to her, Annie has been in hiding from Vought, and Donna just gave them a means to find her. This leads to both of them being imprisoned, and Annie being publicly outed as a traitor to the Seven.
Maeve's ex-girlfriend from years back.
- Broken Pedestal: When she discovers the truth of what happened with Flight 37, she decides to break up with Maeve.
- Brutal Honesty: She does not mince words on how bitter she is about Maeve.
- Lipstick Lesbian: Just like Maeve, her ex-girlfriend, her hair and clothing style is quite feminine. She resists Vought's attempt to make her look butch so she'll fit into traditional gender roles with Maeve.
- The One That Got Away: She serves as this to Maeve, who can't help dropping in on Elena from time to time.
- Pet the Dog: She shows concern when she realizes Maeve is in serious emotional distress after Flight 37, even visiting her at work just to make sure she was alright.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: She calls out Maeve's cowardice and refusal to reach out to others for help, saying she hasn't changed one bit even after several years without seeing each other.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: She is not interested in publicizing her relationship with Maeve, with Vought's offer for compensation driving her further away.Elena: I am not for sale!
- Twofer Token Minority: She's a Latina lesbian, which even gets cited as a symbol of diversity when her ex-girlfriend is Forced Out of the Closet.
A-Train's elder brother and coach.
- Cassandra Truth: He keeps telling A-Train to stop using Compound V before it kills him to no avail. Nathan is vindicated when A-Train suffers a heart attack in the Season 1 finale.
- Promotion to Parent: After the death of their father and with their mother working two jobs to support them, Nathan had to step up and raise A-Train himself.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He gets fed up with A-Train's constant abuse of Compound V against his advice, and cuts off all contact so he won't watch his brother kill himself.
The US Secretary of Defense.
- Actor Allusion: Jim Beaver is once again playing a character named Robert Singer.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: He hates how the government has become dependent on Vought, but publicly tows the official line.
- Tuckerization: Named for producer and Eric Kripke collaborator Robert Singer. Robert Singer was also the name of Beaver's character in Supernatural, also created by Kripke.
Congresswoman Victoria Neuman
A Congresswoman and vocal critic of Vought's conduct.
- Adaptational Badass: Her comic counterpart was described as having a "single-digit IQ" and completely incapable of acting independently, being Vought-American's puppet. Here, Victoria is a critic of theirs that is quickly rallying support against them, even providing The Boys with more legitimate means of combating Vought. She's also a Supe with the power to blow people's heads up, using this power to outmaneuver her opposition.
- Adaptational Heroism: Her comic counterpart is a puppet of Vought, to the point of physically assaulting the president at a crucial moment, while she's a vocal critic of theirs in the show. Subverted. She's actually a Supe who has stymied her own side's efforts to unknown ends.
- Adaptational Intelligence: Her comic counterpart is mentally disabled and has a single digit IQ while Victoria is erudite and thoughtful and much, much more independently dangerous.
- Adaptational Job Change: Her comic counterpart was an ex-Vought CEO and the US Vice President at the time of the story.
- Ambiguously Brown: She's an olive-skinned woman, although her ethnicity is not stated, and her last name is of German origin (in many cases used by Ashkenazi Jews). The actress is of Italian and Lebanese ancestry.
- Composite Character: She's adapted from Vic the Veep but takes elements from comicbook-exclusive character Little Nina. She's involved in an internal coup with her nation's government and is planning on using Compound V to detonate people's heads to meet her faction's goal. She differs by being a Supe instead of applying laced Compound V onto others, and she's taking control of the U.S. government as opposed to Russia's.
- Deadpan Snarker: She quips at Lamplighter that he's the real victim of the Sage Grove affair.
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: Neuman is responsible for the courtroom massacre and Raynor's death.
- Evil All Along: She positions herself a benevolent critic of Vought throughout the second season, until the finale where she's revealed to be the one causing heads to explode, including ones who were working against Vought.
- Gender Flip: Neuman's a man named Victor in the comic.
- The Man Is Sticking It to the Man: She's rallying most of her support thanks to her constant condemnation of Vought and their operations, one of her points being about the damage that Compound V and Supes cause. Unbeknownst to everyone, she herself is a Supe and uses her powers to further her agenda.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed:
- A young, Ambiguously Brown congresswoman with a liberal platform, who supposedly had a dance video online; the Boys' answer to Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez.
- The negative reaction to Neuman's anti-Vought stances also mirrors some incidents involving Ocasio-Cortez, though they also resemble the backlash to the ideologically-similar Representative Ilhan Omar (for instance calls to "Send her back" by the anti-immigration protesters mirror attacks on the Somalian-born naturalized citizen Omar more than the native-born Ocasio-Cortez).
- Oh, Crap!: She has a big one when Homelander crashes her protest against him because she knows that he's an unhinged maniac.
- Prophet Eyes: She gets these whenever she uses her powers.
- The Reveal: She's actually the Supe with the power to blow up heads that's been working throughout season 2.
- Twofer Token Minority: Neuman is Ambiguously Brown in this adaptation instead of White.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Even bigger example than other Supes as she is held in high esteem specifically by people who are not fans of Vought and their Supes. Neuman is perceived as the one person in any position of power seeking to challenge them and hold them accountable, yet she is similar in terms of behavior even assuming she is not outright working for them.
- Your Head Asplode: She was actually the super with the power to kill other people by making their head explode just by looking at them. She needs to look directly at the head to do this and her eyes apparently blur when she uses her power.
- A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: A champion of advocating Supe accountability, congresswoman Victoria Neuman is revealed to have killed Raynor, Adana, and committed the Vought testimony massacre by way of her concealed mind-blowing powers.
The CIA Deputy Director for Operations and an old acquaintance of Butcher's.
- 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.
- Adaptational Job Change: A minor one, being deputy director rather than director.
- 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.
- Death by Adaptation: Killed in the season 2 premiere, despite living through the entire comic series.
- Friend on the Force: Billy's contact in the CIA.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Right before her head explodes, she is about to reveal that she has figured out Vought's endgame. She was killed by Neuman after realizing that Vought is infiltrating the government
- Your Head Asplode: After she starts making a connection to Vought and an internal coup.
A former CIA case officer and founder of The Boys.
See tropes under The Boys.
The Church of the Collective
- Arranged Marriage: They audition girls for the Deep's marriage, not unlike a certain Happyology member. The Deep himself has no say in the matter; as Carol puts it, he chooses what they choose.
- Blind Obedience: You either obey what the Church tells you to do, or you get punished with excommunication and more.
- Canon Foreigner: The faction, and their non-supe members, don't appear in the comic.
- Catchphrase: "You want a Fresca?"
- Church of Happyology: A thinly veiled expy of it, down to recruiting celebrities and famous figures for publicity and using blackmail to keep them under their thumbs.
- Doublethink: Members are required to switch their beliefs to whatever is needed of them on a dime. This makes it easy to cut them off from outsiders as they can go from being your friend to hating your guts in less than a second.
- Deal with the Devil: They offer to get Supes back into good graces, on the condition that they join their numbers.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: They take in members of all categories like race in their quest for more power, something Stormfront scorns them for.
- Internal Affairs: They have an "Internal Research Bureau" that holds dirt on all members, current or past. This includes Stormfront.
- Knowledge Broker: They have an entire room that stores information on their Supe members, and they research into any later Supes and events as needed.
- Manipulative Bastard: Like any good old cult.
- One of their methods is to target Supes down on their luck and then recruit them under the promise of returning them to their glory days.
- They also target homeless people by promising food if they visit their locations, only to give them a Dianetics ripoff instead.
- They punish any and all Supes that try to leave or go against them by airing their dirty laundry, as Eagle the Archer found out.
- They isolate members from their loved ones so they have nowhere else to turn to except deeper in like most real life cults. Eagle the Archer refuses to cut contact with his mother, and is excommunicated for it.
- Members are required to pay for their courses and sign over control over their finances, furthering the dependency on them.
- Path of Inspiration: Naturally for the Church of Happyology. They have a book about self-renewal.
- Persona Non Grata: Those who do not agree with the church's program and leave are shunned and publicly humiliated.
- The Spymaster: They have a very well-connected spy network stretching all the way into Vought's upper echelons.
- Therapy Is for the Weak: Just like its model, the Church has a hatred for psychiatry and outright refuses to use the word therapy.
- Trademark Favorite Food: They love Fresca, and they love offering it to you. It's implied that it's just Alastair pushing his tastes onto everyone else, judging by his hurt reaction when someone states they hate Fresca to his face.
- Unperson: Any member who disobeys even the slightest bit is punished with excommunication, forbidden from interacting with anyone still in the Church.
The charismatic and shadowy leader of The Church of the Collective.
- Beard of Evil: He has a sharp beard that gives him a devilish appearance, appropriate enough for someone whose entire business is in Deal with the Devil.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Clearly sees himself as Big Bad material by thinking he can blackmail Vought, only to be badly outmaneuvered by them.
- Church of Happyology: He's the shadowy head of one, partially modeled after David Miscavige.
- Disc-One Final Boss: The second season seems to be setting him up as the villain for Season 3, showing how his powerful Church of Happyology is sinking its claws into the world of supes. In the final episode of the season, however, he's suddenly killed by Victoria Neuman, a major if not the main villain for season 3.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's quick with a smile and certainly likes to act benevolent, but it's a thin veneer for the manipulative, power-hungry cult leader he is. The moment people stop dancing to his tune, he resorts to blackmail.
- I Take Offense to That Last One!: Not spoken but his facial expression spells this. After he was told A-Train and not him was back in The Seven, The Deep insults and rants at Alastair in a fit. Alastair looks completely unmoved by Deep's words and just tells him to leave for being a "toxic personality." Just before leaving, The Deep hurls one last insult at Alastair by saying "Fuck Fresca." Alastair suddenly looks more offended by that last insult than anything else Deep ranted.
- Insistent Terminology: Whenever someone falls out of favor with him, they become a "toxic" individual. Eagle's mother was dubbed as such, and when he refused to cut ties with her he too was dubbed "toxic" and excommunicated. Likewise, when The Deep throws a fit with A-Train being reinstated into the Seven instead of him, if he didn't calm down - and meet his monthly payment plan on time - he too would be "toxic" and removed.
- Knowledge Broker: He claims that "the Church knows all kinds of things" when he shows that he has all the dirt on A-Train. He later brags about having enough dirt to bring down several Supes in a plan to drive Edgar from his position as Vought CEO.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: He's introduced dining in a very fancy Church building with its own staff, wearing an expensive suit. Slightly spoofed in that he prefers soft drinks in glasses rather than fancy alcoholic drinks.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: If the Church of the Collective is an expy of the Church of Happyology, then Alistair is an expy of Happyology's current leader, David Miscavige, who dresses in flashy suits, gathers humiliating information on his celebrity members to keep them in line, and used blackmailnote to secure his church's tax-exempt status.
- Red Herring: His plan to get A-Train back into The Seven aligned with Shockwave's death, and the idea of a cult leader having psychic powers that assassinates those in his way would make sense. Then his head explodes, revealing that it was Victoria all along.
- Shame If Something Happened: He is well-connected enough to know many things, including what could happen if A-Train does not accept his help.
- Smug Snake: He's not lacking in confidence, thanks to having enough influence to get Stan Edgar to sit at his table to discuss matters. He takes it further with his offer to Victoria about bringing Vought down with intel on Supes that he possesses.
- Trademark Favorite Food: He really loves Fresca, which he seems to force on the rest of his church members.
- Unseen No More: He makes an appearance in "We Gotta Go Now" after being referenced to for some time.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Turns out he conspired with Victoria to bring down Stormfront. Rather than making him an ally in further schemes, Victoria simply kills him.
A Church spokeswoman, Eagle the Archer's "teacher" and therapist who recruited him and later works on Deep.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She disavows Eagle the Archer in her interview, despite being his "teacher" for The Collective.
- Church of Happyology: A high-ranking member of The Church of the Collective.
- The Shrink: Subverted despite her soft voice and desire to psychologically analyse The Deep; she claims therapy is destructive and describes herself as more of a "teacher".
- Spell My Name with an "S": What exactly is her last name? The show's subtitles and dialogue calls her Mannheim, but a chryon calls her Manning.
An anthropology professor at Vassar University and member of the Church of the Collective chosen to be The Deep's wife for his Sham Marriage arranged by the Church of the Collective.
- Good People Have Good Sex: Inverted. She's a cult member, and according to the Deep, gives terrible blowjobs.
- Love Freak: In her interview with Deep and Carol, she seems to view love with a sort of obsession, citing the Lovers of Valdaro (two skeletons found embracing) as an ideal.
- Sham Marriage: She's in one with The Deep.
- Yandere: What The Deep thinks of her, given that she defines love as holding onto something and never letting it go.