The eponymous Boys as depicted in the television series and comics respectively.

The following is a list of fictional characters from the comic series The Boys, created by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, and subsequent media franchise developed by Eric Kripke, consisting of a live-action adaptation, the web series Seven on 7, the animated anthology series The Boys Presents: Diabolical, and the live-action spin-off series Gen V.


  Main cast (credited)
  Recurring cast (3 or more episodes)
  Guest cast (1–2 episodes)

Main cast

Character Portrayed by The Boys Gen V
1 2 3 4
Billy Butcher Karl Urban[a] Main Special Guest
Hughie Campbell Jack Quaid Main Does not appear
Homelander Antony Starr[b] Main Special Guest
Starlight Erin Moriarty[c] Main Does not appear
Queen Maeve Dominique McElligott Main TBA Does not appear
A-Train Jessie T. Usher Main Special Guest
Mother's Milk Laz Alonso[d] Main Does not appear
The Deep Chace Crawford Main Special Guest
Frenchie Tomer Capone Main Does not appear
The Female Karen Fukuhara Main Does not appear
Black Noir Nathan Mitchell[e] Main Does not appear
Black Noir II Does not appear Main[1] Does not appear
Madelyn Stillwell Elisabeth Shue Main Special Guest[f] Does not appear Special Guest
Ashley Barrett Colby Minifie Recurring Main Special Guest
Stormfront Aya Cash Does not appear Main Special Guest Does not appear
Victoria "Vic" Neuman Claudia Doumit[g] Does not appear Recurring Main Special Guest
Soldier Boy Jensen Ackles Does not appear Main TBA Special Guest[h]
Ryan Butcher Cameron Crovetti Guest[i] Recurring Main Does not appear
Sister Sage Susan Heyward Does not appear Main Does not appear
Firecracker Valorie Curry Does not appear Main Does not appear
Marie Moreau Jaz Sinclair[j] Does not appear Guest[k] TBA Main
Andre Anderson Chance Perdomo Does not appear Main
Little Cricket Lizze Broadway Does not appear Main
Cate Dunlap Maddie Phillips[l] Does not appear TBA Main
Jordan Li London Thor Does not appear Main
Derek Luh Does not appear Main
Sam Riordan Asa Germann[m] Does not appear TBA Main
Indira Shetty Shelley Conn Does not appear Main

Recurring cast

Character Portrayed by The Boys Gen V
1 2 3 4
Hugh Campbell Sr. Simon Pegg Recurring Does not appear Special Guest Confirmed Does not appear
Translucent Alex Hassell Recurring Does not appear
Ezekiel Shaun Benson Recurring Does not appear
Donna January Ann Cusack Recurring Guest TBA Does not appear
Robin Ward Jess Salgueiro Recurring Does not appear
Susan Raynor Jennifer Esposito Recurring Guest Does not appear
Cherie Sinclair Jordana Lajoie Recurring Guest TBA Does not appear
Shockwave Mishka Thébaud Recurring Guest Does not appear
Seth Reed Malcolm Barrett Recurring Guest TBA Does not appear
Nathan Franklin Christian Keyes Recurring Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Charlotte / Popclaw Brittany Allen Recurring Does not appear
Becca Butcher Shantel VanSanten Recurring Guest[n] TBA Does not appear
Stan Edgar Giancarlo Esposito[o] Special Guest Recurring[p] Confirmed Does not appear
Eagle the Archer Langston Kerman Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Carol Mannheim Jessica Hecht Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Kenji Miyashiro Abraham Lim Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Elena Nicola Correia-Damude Guest Recurring Guest Does not appear
Grace Mallory Laila Robins[q] Guest Recurring Confirmed Guest
Cassandra Schwartz Katy Breier Does not appear Recurring TBA Does not appear
Lamplighter Shawn Ashmore Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Alastair Adana Goran Višnjić Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Alex / Supersonic Miles Gaston Villanueva[r] Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Cameron Coleman Matthew Edison Does not appear Recurring Does not appear Recurring
Monique Frances Turner Guest[s] Does not appear Recurring TBA Does not appear
Robert "Dakota Bob" Singer Jim Beaver Guest Recurring TBA Does not appear
Todd Matthew Gorman Does not appear Recurring TBA Does not appear
Janine Liyou Abere Guest[t] Recurring TBA Does not appear
Crimson Countess Laurie Holden Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Lenny Butcher Jack Fulton Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Also Ashley Sabrina Saudin Does not appear Recurring TBA Guest
"Little Nina" Namenko Katia Winter Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Tommy TNT Jack Doolan Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Tessa TNT Kristin Booth Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Blue Hawk Nick Wechsler Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Mindstorm Ryan Blakely Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Gunpowder Gattlin Griffith[u] Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Yevgenny Tyler Williams Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Hughie's mother Rosemarie DeWitt[2] Does not appear Confirmed Does not appear
TBA Jeffrey Dean Morgan[3] Does not appear Confirmed Does not appear
Luke Riordan / Golden Boy Patrick Schwarzenegger Does not appear Recurring
Justine Garcia Maia Jae Bastidas Does not appear Recurring
Social Media Jeff Daniel Beirne Does not appear Recurring
Polarity Sean Patrick Thomas Does not appear Recurring
Rufus Alexander Calvert Does not appear Recurring
Dr. Edison Cardosa Marco Pigossi Does not appear Recurring
Liam Robert Bazzocchi Does not appear Recurring
Harper Jessica Clement Does not appear Recurring
  1. ^ Luca Villacis and Josh Zaharia portray teenaged and child Butcher in the third season, respectively.
  2. ^ Rowan Smyth portrays a young Homelander in the second season. Starr also portrays Doppelgänger impersonating Homelander in the second season.
  3. ^ Maya Misaljevic portrays a young Starlight in the third season.
  4. ^ Elias Leon Leacock portrays a young Marvin in the third season.
  5. ^ Fritzy-Klevans Destine portrays a young Earving / Black Noir in the third season.
  6. ^ Shue portrays Doppelgänger impersonating Stillwell in the second season.
  7. ^ Elisa Paszt portrays a young Nadia in the third season.
  8. ^ Ackles portrays an imaginary friend version of Soldier Boy.
  9. ^ Portrayed by Parker Corno
  10. ^ Jaeda LeBlanc portrays young Marie.
  11. ^ Appears in a photograph only.
  12. ^ Violet Marino portrays young Cate.
  13. ^ Cameron Nicoll portrays young Sam.
  14. ^ Voice only.
  15. ^ Justiin Davis portrays a young Edgar in the third season.
  16. ^ Credited as special guest star.
  17. ^ Sarah Swire portrays a young Mallory in the third season.
  18. ^ Luca Oriel portrays young Alex.
  19. ^ Portrayed by Alvina August.
  20. ^ Portrayed by Nalini Ingrita.
  21. ^ Griffith portrays the younger version of Gunpowder, while Sean Patrick Flanery portrays the present day version.

The Boys

The Boys are a CIA black ops team, initially created by Col. Greg Mallory to observe, record and sometimes liquidate Supes created by the mega conglomerate Vought. Ostensibly assembled to help prevent / avenge the immoral and illegal actions of the largely out of control "supe" community, they also seek to ensure that Vought lacks the stability or the platform to push for use of superhumans in national defense. Over time the team's focus changed due to Butcher's increased inability from one of management / containment to the total elimination of all Supes. As Mallory notes in #55, 14 people were killed by the Boys from 1987 to 1995 and "nearly three times that number" between 1995 and 2002, when Butcher had gained more influence. This coincides with Mallory's belief in Issues #54–55 that in spite of the seductiveness of the concept of special forces teams, the application of them can often go wrong as they try to justify their budgets and create their private conflicts. As a result, Mallory feels that the original concept for the team has gone awry, and would never have created the unit as it currently stands.

The first iteration of the Boys was decommissioned after a disastrous confrontation with the Seven in 2001 that resulted in the deaths of Mallory's grandchildren. The unit was reformed a few years later – indicated in #1 to be soon after the 2004 Presidential election – and have carried on where they left off. Due to the fact that direct confrontation may be needed, all the members have enhanced strength and durability due to injections of Compound V, and all (with the exception of Hughie) show no restraint when on the attack – although they avoid killing when it complicates matters in most cases.

Though they are not as powerful as the corrupt superheroes they fight, they compensate with their blue-collar grit, their willingness to fight dirty, their access to high military grade weaponry and explosives, and their lack of fear to kill if they deem it necessary. Thanks to Butcher, Frenchman and Mother's Milk's military backgrounds, the Boys also gained elite military combat and weapons training to make them even deadlier than were before. They also became master hand-to-hand combat specialists thanks to Mother's Milk's background as a former boxer.

Billy Butcher

Main article: Billy Butcher

Hughie Campbell

Main article: Hughie Campbell

Mother's Milk

Main article: Mother's Milk (character)

The Frenchman

First seen in issue #2, The Frenchman is one of the original Boys, and displays a penchant for extreme violence within a few frames of his first appearance. As his name suggests, he is French. His spoken French uses incorrect phrasing, though whether this is an intentional plot point is not yet known. He takes an immediate liking to "Petit Hughie." He and the Female are the 'muscles' of the team, and he is prone to violent outbursts (especially with any insults towards France and the French), although he can control them better than the Female. According to Mother's Milk, however, it is better for the rest of humanity in general if they are in the team rather than in the outside world.

Like Billy and Mother's Milk, the Frenchman possesses military experience, particularly holding knowledge in ballistics, to the extent that Butcher defers to him on that matter. The Frenchman also possesses an incredibly strong sense of smell. When his sense of smell is first shown in the Glorious 5 Year Plan arc, a confused Hughie asks why Terror isn't sniffing around. To which Butcher replies "Frenchie has the better nose for it." Implying that The Frenchman's sense of smell is greater than that of a dog.

The Frenchman appears to be quite shy and caring until someone provokes him, to which he will attack or even kill in a gruesome manner, for example, battering three American businessmen in a coffee shop for calling him a "Goddamn surrender monkey" and a "fucking cheese-eater." In #55, Mallory notes that cruelty to children makes Frenchie "livid," which renders him hard to control when such scenarios are encountered.

In #37, his possible origin story is told, though it is also possible they are but delusions. Returning home from military service, he is welcomed by the residents of his native Franglais (who curiously refer to him as Frenchie), but soon learns that his lover has taken off with his childhood rival, Pierre. Renouncing violence, he refuses to confront Pierre. Months later, at a local festival that featured the sport of jousting on bicycles with baguettes while screaming exaggerated Maurice Chevalier impression laughter, his father challenged Pierre to restore the family's honor. Pierre, fearing certain defeat, topples the challenger's bicycle with a stale croissant, killing him. Renouncing his newfound pacifism, the Frenchman exacts his revenge on Pierre and starts drifting from place to place, until he gets into a bar fight with an American and is seen in action by Billy, who promptly recruits him (remarking that he needs "a mad fucking cunt"). In the issue, nobody is sure how true most of this is. What is known is that Butcher had a folder on the Frenchman's membership in the French Foreign Legion; that, along with his characteristically British usage of the words "mum" and "wanker" and his hometown's name literally meaning "French-English," would suggest a British origin. The only reference to the truth of the Frenchman's tale is his vow to remain with The Boys "until the bitter end."

He seems to have a fondness for the Female, bonding with her with playing games (like reverse-strip poker,[4] paintball, scrabble,[5] and snowball fights, which he always seems to lose) with her; this seems to have made progress, as he is the only one who can safely wake her. In #38, it was revealed he took on the task of 'humanizing' her, and was the first person to have actually treated her with kindness and civility. He also takes offense to when Butcher or Mallory refer to her as an it. In #16, he forced the New York Mafia to stop hiring the Female as a hitman. In an effort to stop the Female from killing for the mobs, he attempted to hold her back and was viewed as if she was about to attack; the Frenchman told her "I'd rather die than not be your friend, and if it has to be by your hand, so be it," to which the Female just sadly walked away.

In #63, he loses his right arm in battle. He survives due to Vought-American medical treatment. After the events in Washington, he appears to have taken to wearing a Napoleonic hat with his jacket.

In #69, while searching their HQ at the Flatiron Building, the Frenchman hears something odd, and finds a high-yield bomb (left by Butcher) with a few seconds left on the timer. Knowing there is no chance to escape, he turns and expresses his love for The Female "from the first." He and The Female are killed in the subsequent explosion.

Serge / The Frenchman / Frenchie appears in the live-action television series adaptation, portrayed by Tomer Kapon. This version was brought into Mallory's services after being caught for bank robbery and aggravated assault on a Supe via "weaponized xanax".[6] He suffered abuse from his bipolar father, who once attempted to smother him with a Hello Kitty duvet, kidnapped him while evading the police, and forced him to kneel in broken glass, all of which Frenchie attributes to a pathological need to follow someone, regardless of who they are.

The Female (of the Species)

The Female is one of the earliest members of the Boys and the only woman of the group. First appearance is issue #2. She is known for her animalistic brutality (which even visibly shocks, yet impresses Butcher), and suffers from selective mutism. When not working for the Boys, she used to do freelance work for the Mafia.

She is in the habit of "explosively eviscerating" her victims and it is implied in issue #3 that she may be triggered to do so merely by someone touching her, possibly as a result of past trauma (even Vas, one of the more powerful Soviet supers, made the mistake and lost two fingers). This does not appear to apply to the Frenchman. She is shown to have a tendency for ripping off people's faces. In issue #16, the Frenchman states that she 'does these things because [she] cannot not do them'. Issue #24 states that she has continued killing, despite The Frenchman forcing the mob to back off. Issue #38 shows that, as an infant, she found her way into a pail of discarded Compound V waste, slaughtering scientists in the building, and eventually getting captured, only to escape years later, when Butcher and the original team of Boys rescue her and Frenchie adopts her.

She is beaten into a coma by Stormfront in #31, but not before ripping out one of his eyes. She recovers in #34, much to Hughie's annoyance as she broke his arm when he reached for a bag of chocolate limes next to her bed. The Female also seems to be very fond of animals, as she freed Jamie the hamster out of his wrapping after he emerged from the Blarney Cock's anus and would subsequently take care of him during Hughie's hiatus from the team (resulting in him becoming morbidly obese), ostensibly as a deterrent to being subjected to the same treatment again. She had a particular bond with Terror, often shown tickling him or engaging in acts of play with him. She takes his death extremely hard, lying down next to Terror mournfully, after he is killed.

The Female occasionally shows signs of responding to the Frenchman's treatment with moments of genuine human reactions. She smiles when enjoying her favorite candy; she chooses to restrain her murderous urges rather than hurt the Frenchman; and she speaks for the first time in Issue #66, due to her amusement over Hughie stealing Doc Peculiar's file on Queen Maeve for the purpose of masturbating to the photos contained inside. She is shown to be laughing, and has even spoken for the first time with the word "Ha!"

During a meeting discussing how The Boys were going to stop Butcher, Hughie brings up the idea of including the Female, since she has not spoken for herself. The Frenchman disagrees, saying this would halt or even reverse her positive development and M.M. voices his opinion she deserves the opportunity to walk away more than anyone else. Hughie concurs, then tells the Female it is okay to stay behind. However, as the others start to walk out the door, she says to them "I hate mean people," the only time she has ever spoken a complete sentence. She then puts on her trench coat and walks with them. Hughie states that it is all four of them against Butcher.

In #69, she and The Frenchman are killed when Butcher bombs The Boys' headquarters, the Flatiron Building.

Kimiko Miyashiro / The Female appears in the live-action television series adaptation, portrayed by Karen Fukuhara.[6] At a young age, she and her brother Kenji were captured and experimented on by a liberation army, who killed their parents. In the process, she gained super-strength and a healing factor that allows her to heal from fatal injuries, though she stopped speaking and learned sign language along with her brother to communicate with each other. After Kenji's death, she teaches it to Frenchie.

Lieutenant Colonel Mallory

The original team leader of the Boys, Mallory only appeared in the comics via mention or as operating from the shadows, until he was formally introduced in issue #49.

An elderly man in his nineties (Compound V has slowed his aging), Greg D. Mallory was an Ivy League graduate and a captain in World War II when his platoon was chosen as the test run for "supes" in combat. Due to the idiocy of Soldier Boy, a Waffen-SS platoon finds the camp when they spot the Avenging Squad's flying members who Soldier Boy had sent on an unauthorized reconnaissance flight (as part of the Battle of the Bulge) and Mallory was the only survivor, spending the rest of the war in a POW camp.

Issues #54 and #55 showed that he and his friend Rick Burnham joined the early CIA after the war, wanting to do something about Vought-American Consolidated and their superhumans – though everyone else in the group considered this bizarre. He spent years watching the company on his own initiative until he made contact with the Legend, who gave him the backstory on Compound V and Jonah Vogelbaum. Mallory set up Vogelbaum to be kidnapped by Vought's rival so he could kill the man, only to find himself unable to; instead, he brought him into the CIA – the scientist's knowledge causing Burnham, then-director, to recognize VA as a threat – and had him make V for them (while ensuring he'd deliberately make V expensive so the CIA couldn't create a superhuman program). Mallory was the first test subject for the new V.

Mallory had a team created to monitor, police, and liquidate "supes," but erred in hiring Butcher as his muscle; Butcher went on to hire the other members and slowly twist the team round to the way he wanted it. The two clashed on the issue of the Female, as he refused to simply treat her like a weapon as Butcher wanted (#38). Following the 9/11 attacks, he let himself be steered into blackmailing the Seven and this got his granddaughters murdered by the Lamplighter. Following the aftermath, the Lamplighter was given to Mallory to kill, as a peace gesture from the Seven; Butcher is left angry at him at the realization that the colonel never intended to let him kill Homelander. Afterward, Mallory went off to live in seclusion at Barbary Bay.

Following the Boys' reformation, Mallory was a background figure; it is revealed that Mother's Milk was secretly in contact with him. During the Highland Hughie miniseries, it is revealed that Mallory went undercover (pretending to be a sympathetic English gentlemen) to watch Hughie as a favor for Mother's Milk, and to secretly steer him into conflict with mobsters to test him. He reveals himself to Hughie by giving him a number to contact. #52–55 had Hughie visit him to get the backstory on the Boys and warnings about Butcher's nature; Hughie took this on board but accused Mallory of being a monster himself, one that wanted to justify all the blood he'd spilt and messes he made, and that Mallory's "old bastard war veteran" personality was an act. At the end of #55, Mallory's house is broken into by someone (implied to be Butcher) to kill him; Mallory's last words are, "So why don't you do me a favor and get it the Hell over with, mm?"

A female version of Mallory named Colonel Grace Mallory appears in the live-action television series adaptation and the spin-off series Gen V episode "Sick", portrayed by Laila Robins as an adult and Sarah Swire as a young adult.

The Legend

First appearance is issue #7. The Legend, also called "Old Legend", is an as-yet-unnamed elderly man who, while not an official member of the Boys, works as their informant.

He is a former comic editor and writer who worked for Vought-American's Victory Comics subsidiary, writing all the comics based on Vought's superheroes to "give people supes like they wanted supes to be". His work on superhero comics gives him incredible knowledge of them and Vought-American. While he hates "that comic-book crap", he lives under a comic book store surrounded by his work, with the store clerks occasionally serving as his live-in aides.

The Legend has no family other than his two sons, both of whom are deceased. His elder son was killed in Vietnam as a result of faulty rifles produced by Vought-American (which ironically resemble the British Army's SA80 bullpup rifles). His son's death is the impetus for his association with Vought: to gather information in the hope he could one day assist in their destruction. It is also revealed in issue #54 that once Vought-American introduced the Homelander to the world in 1971, the Legend made a strategic move and got himself filmed at a memorial service for the air cav that his first son served in. Greg Mallory did not buy the fact that a Vought-American man felt guilty about what his company was doing. His second son is revealed in issue #22 to be the Teenage Kix member Blarney Cock, from whom he was estranged and was satisfied that Hughie killed him. He was produced by The Legend and Queen Maeve during a relationship that the two had together, which was confirmed in issue #57 when Hughie discover surveillance photos and transcripts of The Legend having sex with Queen Maeve.

Unlike other heroes, the Legend has shown a certain fondness for Queen Maeve, serving as her confidant at times, and showing an almost fatherly approach during her encounter with the Boys after 9/11 and on Doc Peculiar's transcripts. Butcher has accused The Legend of developing feelings for Queen Maeve, which could set up dire consequences for both The Boys and The Seven. In issue #67, after informing Hughie of the death of Vas, he is confronted by Butcher and dies when Butcher kicks him violently in the anus. Which is implied by the fact that the comic on the floor in front of him is called "Shitfoot".

The Legend appears in the live-action television series adaptation, portrayed by Paul Reiser. This version is the former Vice President of Hero Management at Vought before he was ousted prior to the series by Madelyn Stillwell and Stan Edgar. Additionally, the Legend sports a prosthetic leg as a result of an incident that Butcher caused and claims to have been previously involved with several celebrities.

The Seven

The Seven are the world's premier superhero team, created by Vought-American through injecting perfected Compound V into the fetuses of women who "wouldn't be missed", resulting in superheroes significantly more powerful than any others. The Seven's members care little about their advertised ideals and are more concerned about merchandising rights. They have shown grave incompetence in the face of the serious crises they are supposedly meant to solve; during the September 11 attacks, their efforts to land one of the hijacked planes resulted in the death of one member and the destruction of the Brooklyn Bridge, causing a significant public relations setback for both the team and VA.

To prevent mutually assured destruction, the team has a deal with the Boys that neither group will take action against the other, following an incident that saw Lamplighter kill Mallory's grandchildren and the Boys kill Lamplighter.

The Seven, as interpreted within the television series, are considered by some reviewers to be a parody analogous to DC's Justice League.[7][8][9]

Darick Robertson acknowledged the parody, but made it clear that this is not the DC universe: "I didn't have any problem parodying them, because what I saw very clearly is how the Homelander isn't Superman, how Queen Maeve isn't Wonder Woman. What's really important to me is that anybody can put on a superhero costume, but that doesn't make you Superman."[10]

The Homelander

Main article: Homelander

Black Noir

Main article: Black Noir (character)

Queen Maeve

Not to be confused with Medb.

Queen Maeve is a long-time member of the Seven; her powers include super-strength and invulnerability. It is suggested that Queen Maeve was more passionate about the Seven's mission than the other superheroes at one point, but found her spirit broken by the team's disastrous handling of the 9/11 attacks. It is also suggested that the 9/11 debacle is the source of her alcoholism.

She harbors a great hatred of the Homelander and the rest of the Seven, leading her to help the Boys in their surveillance efforts by planting cameras in the team's headquarters.

During the Homelander's attempted coup d'etat against the U.S. government, Starlight convinces Queen Maeve to leave the Seven with her. Homelander blocks them, intending to kill them for fun. Queen Maeve physically throws Starlight out of the Seven's headquarters and engages the Homelander in a futile battle. After her sword is revealed to be a metal prop, Queen Maeve is decapitated by the Homelander, who throws her head past Starlight during her escape.

Maggie Shaw / Queen Maeve appears in the live-action television adaptation, portrayed by Dominique McElligott.[11] She is named after the mythical Irish monarch Medb,[12][6] and her representation within the series is considered by at least one reviewer of the series to be analogous to DC's Wonder Woman.[7] Years prior to the series, this version temporarily entered a relationship with Homelander after joining the Seven before breaking up with him and entering a clandestine relationship with a woman named Elena, which also ended due in part to Maeve's unwillingness to come out and her concern over Vought's response to it. In the second season, Maeve rekindles her relationship with Elena, but Homelander discovers this and outs the former on live-television. In response, Maeve conspires with the Deep to blackmail Homelander into leaving her and Elena alone, but the latter breaks up with Maeve. Following this, Maeve helps the Boys defeat Stormfront and serve as an informant to their leader Billy Butcher until she is captured by Homelander and Black Noir. Eventually, she escapes to join Butcher and Soldier Boy in a failed attempt to kill Homelander, during which she loses an eye to him and loses her powers while stopping Soldier Boy from killing the Boys. Afterward, Vought claims she had sacrificed herself while Maeve goes into hiding to live with Elena.

Additionally, McElligott voices the comic book version of Maeve in The Boys Presents: Diabolical episode "I'm Your Pusher".


A-Train is a careless, juvenile, and crude speedster, drug addict, and former member of Teenage Kix who was chosen to replace Mister Marathon, displays the most animosity towards Starlight, and indirectly killed Wee Hughie's girlfriend Robin.[13] Amidst the Homelander's efforts to overthrow the U.S. government, A-Train is captured by Butcher, who presents him to Hughie. The latter initially proves doubtful until Butcher reveals A-Train feels little to no regret over Robin's death and Vought intends to victimize Starlight. Over A-Train's pleas, Hughie kills him.

Reggie Franklin / A-Train appears in the live-action television series adaptation, portrayed by Jessie T. Usher.[11] This version is African-American,[6] nearing his 30s, and became addicted to Compound V out of desperation to maintain his status as the world's fastest man. This leads to him accidentally killing Hughie's girlfriend Robin, as in the comics, along with his girlfriend and fellow ex-Teenage Kix member Charlotte after learning the Boys were blackmailing her. Due to his addiction threatening his place on the Seven, the Deep manipulates A-Train into joining the Church of the Collective with the promise of helping him rejoin the Seven. After learning that Stormfront is pressuring Vought CEO Stan Edgar to reinstate the Deep into the Seven over him, A-Train obtains information on her Nazi past for Hughie and Annie and regains his place on the Seven. A-Train then attempts to rebrand himself as an African-American superhero, but does so without care or depth. Nevertheless, A-Train kills fellow Supe Blue Hawk over the latter's use of excessive violence against several African-American individuals, including his brother Nathan. Furthermore, his addiction leaves him unable to use his speed, culminating in him suffering heart failure and receiving a heart transplant from Blue Hawk. A paralyzed Nathan later confronts A-Train over his selfishness.

A-Train makes a guest appearance in the Gen V episode "God U.", portrayed again by Usher. In this series, it is revealed that he is an alumnus of Godolkin University and joined the Seven eight years prior.

The Deep

A long-time member of the Seven, The Deep is a black man dressed in a diving suit, who, despite lacking aquatic powers, is marketed by Vought-American as the "King of the Seas", whose suit is irremovable due to an Atlantean curse. Additionally, he is the most mature and civilized member of the group who often bears the brunt of the others' contempt, disregard, and racism, though he has engaged in their depraved acts, such as joining the male members in sexually assaulting Starlight. After refusing to join the Homelander's failed attack on the U.S. government, the Deep joins American Consolidated's group, "True", and adopts a new suit that features a large, cone-shaped hood resembling a Ku Klux Klan hood.

Kevin Moskowitz / The Deep appears in the live-action TV series adaptation, portrayed by Chace Crawford.[11][14] This version is a white man with fish-like traits, which he is insecure about, and the ability to hear the suffering of all sentient ocean life as they are eaten by humans, which he has had since childhood. When Starlight joins the Seven, the Deep pressures her to perform oral sex on him. When she can no longer keep her peace and discloses the incident on live television, Vought forces him to publicly apologize for the sexual misconduct they covered up for him over the years and reassign him to Sandusky, Ohio, where he is raped by a fangirl via his gills. The following year, Church of the Collective members Eagle the Archer and Carol manipulate him into taking a hallucinogenic substance which causes him to believe that his gills (voiced by Patton Oswalt) are confronting him about the root of his sexual malfeasance - his abilities and the death of a dolphin he had been romantically involved with.[15] Following this incident and his arranged marriage to Cassandra Schwartz, the Deep joins the Church, convinces A-Train to do so as well, and assists Maeve in securing blackmail material to use against Homelander in return for her vouching for his return to the Seven. However, he is denied and the Deep leaves the Church. A further year later, after the Deep rebuilt his reputation by writing an exposé about the Church, Homelander personally has him rejoin the Seven to spite Starlight after she is made co-captain of the Seven. Additionally, the Deep becomes the new head of Vought's Crime Analytics division and fires all but Anika for posting negative comments about Vought on social media. After the Deep engages in a sexual relationship with Ambrosias, an octopus he encountered at Herogasm, Cassandra leaves him when he attempts to make her join them. Homelander later sends the Deep to kill Lamar Bishop so Victoria Neuman can become Robert Singer's presidential campaign running mate.

Moreover, Crawford also voices The Deep in The Boys: Diabolical episode "BFFs" and appears in Gen V as an alumnus of Godolkin University.

Jack from Jupiter

Jack from Jupiter is a member of the Seven. A supposed extraterrestrial, his powers are flight and the ability to make himself invulnerable by speaking a secret word. A heavy drug user (going so far to inject himself with drugs cut with Queen Maeve's vaginal mucus), he is inclined to let things run their course in the Seven.[13] Jack gets along quite well with A-Train, going so far as to take the junior member under his wing during Herogasm.

At times, Jack seems to act as the sole voice of reason in the group. In #49, he attempts to calm both Lamplighter during a meeting with the Boys and the Homelander shortly thereafter, when Lamplighter temporarily blinds the others and departs to trail Mallory; in #20, he tried to stop A-Train, who was angry about Starlight injuring him while repelling his rape attempt, from irritating the Homelander with complaints following a disastrous encounter with the Boys. Jack was highly critical of A-Train's attempt to rape her. This was not so much from any moral concerns, but rather from a prediction that she will be ejected from the Seven within a year in any case, darkly hinting that A-Train can do whatever he wants with her after that. Like The Deep, Jack is also irritated by his lower royalties compared to "the Big Three."

He is capable of flight, and is usually seen transporting non-flying members of the Seven during their official functions. His main power is his ability to generate a red-toned forcefield around his body for a limited time by uttering a secret word, which is eventually revealed to be "Carpo". It is said that Jack is virtually indestructible while his forcefield is active, with Butcher claiming that "you couldn't get an anti-tank round through his skin", once his word is said. The duration of his forcefield is unknown. Outside of this power, Jack is one of the weakest members of the Seven, due to his strength and durability being no different from an ordinary person.

During the September 11 attacks, Jack fled the scene with Mister Marathon upon realizing that Homelander's plan of action would worsen the situation. Jack's abrupt action led Black Noir, the Lamplighter, and the Deep to be injured, thus removing over half the Seven from the unfolding attacks within seconds. Jack flew back long enough to allow Mister Marathon to board a hijacked plane with Homelander and Queen Maeve before fleeing again.

Jack was dismissed from the Seven when Ms. Bradley of Vought-American publicly revealed that he had frequent relations with transgender prostitutes, in an attempt to escalate hostilities between The Boys and The Seven. The revelation severely damaged his reputation and ostracized him from both the team and VA. Shortly afterwards, the Boys discovered Terror dead in their office. At Doc Peculiar's, Billy Butcher confronted Jack on the assumption that he had killed Terror. Jack attempted to use his invulnerability power, but was brutally murdered by Billy with a butcher knife while Butcher repeatedly asked him why he killed Terror.

Jack from Jupiter makes a minor appearance in The Boys Presents: Diabolical episode "I'm Your Pusher", voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson.


A former member of the Seven, the Lamplighter was turned over by the Seven to the Boys after the murders of Mallory's granddaughters to end their initial conflict. He is reanimated after his death and is hidden from view deep under the Seven's headquarters; he constantly soils himself, and the Seven take turns cleaning out his cell. His public story states that he took a hiatus from the team, with him being broadcast on national television after his reanimation with the rest of his team. He was then kept in the storage space he now "lives" in, the Homelander having him there as an "example" to the rest of the team for what happens to those who underestimate "The Boys." He is replaced by Starlight.

Lamplighter's powers seem to mostly emanate from his torch-like device, which he can use to fly and emanate blinding light or destructive fires. He has greatly enhanced physical endurance, having survived being struck by the wing of a plane in mid-flight, although the collision's force did cave in his ribs and nearly punctured his lungs; after the incident, he required multiple medications to relieve the pain.

In issue #66, it is revealed in a conversation with the Vought Guy that the Lamplighter was found by the CIA after a search warrant was exercised on the Seven's former headquarters.

Lamplighter appears in the second season of the live-action television series adaption, portrayed by Shawn Ashmore.[16] This version's powers are pyrokinetic in nature, though he requires a source of fire. In the pilot episode, it is stated that he had retired from the Seven. In reality, Vought assigned him to work in the Sage Grove psychiatric hospital, which they were using as an underground testing site for Compound V, so he could prevent leaks. When Frenchie, Mother's Milk, and Kimiko infiltrate the facility in an attempt to discover Stormfront's connection to it, they encounter Lamplighter and accidentally cause a riot in their ensuing fight. The Boys save Lamplighter, who in turn keeps Stormfront from discovering them when she arrives later. He also confesses to accidentally killing Colonel Mallory's grandchildren eight years prior in an attempt to stop her from blackmailing him and resented Frenchie for not stopping him as Frenchie was assigned to tail him. Lamplighter allows the Boys to take him hostage and remove him from the facility. When Mallory arrives, he encourages her to kill him, but Frenchie persuades her not to. Later, Lamplighter testifies against Vought in Supreme Court until he and Hughie learn that Annie was captured by Vought and leave to rescue her. While Lamplighter immolates himself in the process, his suicide helps Annie escape from her Supe-proof cell nonetheless.


Main article: Annie January


The Boys character
Stormfront as portrayed in the television series (left) by Aya Cash and comic book series (right)
First appearance
Last appearance
Created byGarth Ennis
Based onThor (parody)
Black Adam (parody)
Stormfront website (namesake)
Portrayed byAya Cash
In-universe information
Full nameKlara Risinger (television series)[17]
AliasLiberty (1970s–80s; television series)
NicknamesThe New Girl
The First Superhero
GenderMale (comic series)
Female (television series)
AffiliationThe Seven
Vought International
SpouseFrederick Vought (television series)
  • Plasmakinesis
  • Superhuman strength, durability
  • Flight
  • Regenerative healing factor
  • Longevity

Stormfront is the most powerful member of Payback. His name and fictionalized backstory portrays him as a reincarnated Viking. His name also references the well known Neo-Nazi website of the same name. In reality, Stormfront originally came to the United States from Nazi Germany in 1938 with Jonah Vogelbaum as the only product of the Third Reich's V-Program. He was given a very powerful and unique version of Compound V as a member of the Hitler Youth. Vogelbaum saw Stormfront as a danger due to his deep belief in Nazi ideology, and recommended that Vought-American destroy him. Instead, VA used genetic material taken from Stormfront as the basis for the experiments that would create the Homelander and Black Noir (who is also a clone of Homelander, making him a binary clone).

Stormfront was shown to be an unrepentant racist and an enthusiastic supporter of Nazism. It was revealed that Stormfront destroyed the levees and caused widespread flooding in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, aiming to ethnically cleanse the city and to free up valuable real estate for VA. He treated his teammates in Payback with contempt, especially Soldier Boy. After slaughtering several Mafioso he sneered, "Italians. What the Fuhrer was thinking, I'll never know." He also referred to the Female as a "Mongrel" and "Untermensch" (subhuman).[18]

Stormfront was one of the most powerful superhumans next to the Homelander and Black Noir. He possessed superhuman strength, durability, flight, and the ability to exhale what appeared to be lightning bolts from his mouth. This "lightning" was powerful enough to burn humans alive and blow up the Boys' van. He also aged much more slowly than a normal human; in his 70s, he retained the appearance and vitality of a man half his age. He was far stronger than any of the individual members of the Boys, and able to easily overpower them. The Female, Mother's Milk and Billy Butcher were able to injure him during single combat, but it took the combined efforts of Butcher, Frenchie, Mother's Milk and Vas (each vocalizing the efforts of the British, Free French, American and Soviet forces during World War II) to put him down, kicking and curb-stomping him to death.[19]

A female interpretation of Stormfront appears in the second season of the live-action television series adaptation, portrayed by Aya Cash.[20] This version's real name is Klara Risinger who,[14] despite her youthful looks and command of social media, was born in 1919. Additionally, she was Frederick Vought's first successful test subject for Compound V, supported Nazi Germany, and married Frederick before they moved to the United States to continue his work, where they gave birth to a daughter. In the 1970s, Risinger operated as the superhero Liberty before fading into obscurity after committing a racially-charged murder. In the present, following her daughter's death from old age, she resurfaces as Stormfront, joins the Seven, and enters a sexual relationship with Homelander following a difficult beginning. After Starlight and Hughie discover her origins from A-Train and leak it to the public, Stormfront attempts to take Homelander's son Ryan, only to lose an eye to the boy's mother Becca and her limbs to Ryan himself before being incarcerated in an undisclosed location. One year later, she has continued her relationship with Homelander from her hospital bed until she realizes his goals do not align with hers and her dreams will go unfulfilled. On Homelander's birthday, she commits suicide, which contributes to his deteriorating mental state.

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Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Fight "Starlight, Queen Maeve, Kimiko vs. Stormfront" Nominated [21]

Minor members

Recurring characters

United States government

The Legend has stated that every United States government since Gerald Ford's administration (along with two-thirds of Congress) have been owned to some extent by the military-industrial complex, who are desperate to keep Vought-American's superhumans out of national defense contracts for fear of being unable to compete. This makes the government extremely willing to back the Boys, and the team was originally authorized under President Bush and continued under President Clinton.

Ever since the 9/11 attacks, the government has been in a state of internal conflict, with the President watching for any treacherous move by the vice-president and both of them trying to place their own agents on each other's security details.

In contrast to the real world, the events of 9/11 saw the World Trade Center saved but the Brooklyn Bridge destroyed and America invaded Pakistan in response, with Afghanistan being severely hit by "collateral damage" (deliberately). The public is unaware that the Bridge wasn't the intended target of Al Qaeda. #51 reveals that America is, officially, assisting the Pakistani government – and secretly "pay[ing] them to let us invade", both with money and by deliberately removing "undesirables" (claiming they're enemy combatants) and taking them to a prison camp in Anchorage, Alaska. Special forces are heavily used in Pakistan (and causing civilian deaths) and a large number of soldiers have been crippled by IEDs.

Real-life political figures have also been included in the comic: Senator Prescott Bush is a Vought-American man in 1944, but unlike in real life he ends up killed by a German attack in the Battle of the Bulge (#52-3); Bobby Kennedy spearheaded an investigation into VA after the disastrous Ia Drang massacre in Vietnam; VA felt the first President Bush would be their man in government, but Mallory states in Butcher, Baker #6 that Bush was actually lying and planned to keep them at arm's length; Bush and Clinton both oversaw The Boys; and in #62, Butcher advises that Rayner talk to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in the event he assassinates Newman, and in #66 Pelosi is the Acting-President of the United States until after the 2008 election.


Kessler is a CIA analyst, later Rayner's successor as director, whom Butcher uses to acquire information.[24] After becoming director, he attempts to hinder the Boys' work, only to be knocked out by a female paraplegic athlete that he attempted to rape, blackmailed by Butcher, and sodomized by Terror.

Susan L. Rayner

Susan L. Rayner is the director of the CIA. During the 1980s, she was a field officer in Afghanistan. She despises Butcher and vice versa, though is sexually involved with him. She's done many immoral things but considers they were for the greater good.

She attempted to use Silver Kincaid as a mole within the G-Men, but withheld this information from the Boys when sending them in to investigate the team. Butcher threatened to kill her and her family if she ever put the team in danger like that again but later claimed this was an empty threat – as he was manipulating her in this second encounter, that may have been a lie.

She decided to get out and quit the CIA to run for the US Senate, leaving Kessler as her replacement to get back at Butcher. In #51, Butcher met with her to give her information that could allow guided missiles to track supes, telling her to pass this on to the Air Force.

In #62, following the death of Dakota Bob, Rayner finds herself frozen out of the new government by Vic's Vought-American "attack bitch": the CIA is de facto neutralized, and she's informed that she'll likely lose her job. She warns Butcher and also tells him she gave his file to NORAD; she also admits to feeling frightened, "the ground disappeared beneath my feet", by the fact she finds herself colluding with the Joint Chiefs to commit high treason, and is terrified when Butcher implies he may assassinate Vic.

After #66, she has moved on from the CIA but has instructed Kessler to disband the Boys. She did not approve Kessler's nomination to become the full-time CIA director. Kessler would have his revenge, as later during a political rally, he embarrassed Rayner using audio taken from one of her many sexual encounters with Butcher, as well as chartering a small plane with the banner "Rayner is a whore" conducting a fly by.

Susan L. Raynor appears in the live-action television series, portrayed by Jennifer Esposito. In a departure from the comics, Raynor is assassinated by Congresswoman Victoria K. "Vic" Neuman during the second season after the former deduced the latter's plans for a "coup".

President Robert "Dakota Bob" Shaefer

Robert "Dakota Bob" Shaefer is the Republican President of the United States, Shaefer is responsible for signing off on an order for the CIA to monitor all superheroes – an order that ultimately results in the reformation of the Boys. He has a hatred of superheroes due to the threat they pose to the world. Issue #20 states he is a former Halliburton executive, and "cold and hard as the Badlands themselves". Shaefer and Vic the Veep highlight that The Boys isn't about good versus evil so much as competence versus incompetence. Ennis said the character "was supposed to be the smart neocon – the guy who would quite happily sell off every public service he could, but who believed in very strong national security. Who would start a war, but the right war – going for the real home of the insurgency (this would of course create all manner of new problems, but that would be his starting point)."[25]

Shaefer was the Vice President under George H. W. Bush after a scandal took out the previous choice (implied to be Dan Quayle). He ran for office after Bill Clinton. Despite his loathing of "Vic the Veep", he was forced by the Republican Party to take him as vice president.

He is said in Herogasm to have ordered the invasion of Pakistan instead of Afghanistan (which the CIA had asked for) after 9/11, and gave many private defense and reconstruction contracts to Halliburton and other companies, as well as having "sold off" most of the federal government. #51 reveals he has done highly immoral things to get the US into Pakistan. Mallory says in #55, as does VA in Herogasm, that he is in the pocket of multiple corporate interests. He is unpopular by the time of the series for his policies and war record, but appears respected by Butcher because of his ironclad willingness to stick to his principles.

Dakota Bob almost averts the bulk of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon by paying attention to intelligence warnings, putting NORAD on high alert and response teams at US airports, and having two of the hijacked planes immediately shot down and the third boarded at the airport. The fourth gets through after Vic incapacitates Shaefer and takes control, ordering NORAD to stand down, with the intent of allowing the Seven to intercept the fourth plane. This plan backfires disastrously; the Seven have no plan and no training (a result of VA withholding police and emergency training to avoid antagonizing normal police/fire/rescue organizations) and they cause the plane to crash into the Brooklyn Bridge instead. Shaefer is unable to prove that Vought-American are up to something, but keeps a close watch on Vought infiltration of the Secret Service; officially, the fourth plane was also shot down but too late.

Despite all of the scheming and counter-scheming between the White House and Vought-American, Dakota Bob is killed in issue #60 by an angry wolverine. The Vought Guy, while acknowledging that the turn of events is for the best, is left irritated and slightly disappointed that an expensive, and intricately planned paramilitary operation was preempted in such a way.

Robert "Dakota Bob" Singer appears in the live-action television series adaptation, portrayed by Jim Beaver. This version is a Democrat and the U.S. Secretary of Defense. Additionally, his surname was changed to serve as a deliberate reference to Beaver's character Bobby Singer from The CW television series Supernatural.[26] In the third season, Singer campaigns to become President with Victoria Neuman as his running mate following the assassination of her predecessor Lamar Bishop.

Vic the Veep

Vic the Veep as depicted in the TV series and comics.

"Vic the Veep" Neuman is the neoconservative Vice President of the United States under "Dakota Bob" Shaefer. It has been implied that he is mentally handicapped, and that his family are all Vought-American people; he himself was said in #6 to have been a former CEO for Vought-American. He appears to be only clever enough to be politically useful, learning his speeches phonetically and unable to perform everyday tasks without assistance. He is commonly recognized by his large underbite and his constant blank facial expression. Ennis has said "Vic the Veep was meant to be the most grotesque parody of Bush, Jr. imaginable".[25]

Vic and his backers are suspected of trying to ensure the President would be in Florida during 9/11, leaving Vic in charge and able to have the Seven liberate the hijacked planes; when this failed, Dakota Bob is knocked unconscious with a fire extinguisher, he then orders the USAF to leave the last hijacked plane, leading to the destruction of the Brooklyn Bridge when the Seven failed. Nobody saw the assault, but Vic's Secret Service detail are suspected, having been infiltrated by Red River.[27] Vought intends to assassinate the President as, knowing Vic would never win in an election, this is the only way for Vic to become president and bring in superhuman defense contracts. The President takes great care in selecting Vic's security detail, ensuring as few Red River agents are on it as possible.[13]

Thanks to Dakota Bob's accidental death after Vic released a wolverine (thinking it was his dog), Vic becomes President in #60. His Secret Service detail is replaced with Red River operatives and a Vought-American executive directs him in making policies, such as the de facto shutdown of all CIA operations and the makeup of his new Cabinet. Butcher openly refers to assassinating him in #62, but this is preempted when Homelander convinces most of the superheroes to launch a coup that they think is in the name of Vic and VA. Vic is murdered prior to issue #65 by Homelander, who has decapitated him.

A female incarnation of Vic the Veep named Victoria K. "Vic" Neuman, also known as Nadia, appears in the live-action television series adaptation, portrayed primarily by Claudia Doumit while Elisa Paszt portrays her in flashbacks. Introduced in the second season, this version is initially described as a "young wunderkind congresswoman" inspired by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.[28] Publicly, she is a smart, charismatic, dedicated politician apparently looking to bring accountability against Vought. However, she is secretly a Supe capable of manipulating blood who works as an assassin to pave the way for her presidential campaign. Additionally, she was originally raised in the Red River adoption facility, a Vought-run orphanage for children with superhuman abilities, and Stan Edgar's secret adopted daughter. In the third season, she establishes the Federal Bureau of Superhuman Affairs and works closely with Hughie Campbell to control opposition and minimize damage to Vought by allowing the arrests of lower-tier Supes for comparatively minor offenses. As Hughie discovers her powers and secret history, Neuman betrays Edgar to help Homelander take over Vought in exchange for Compound V for her daughter Zoe and his help in becoming Robert Singer's running mate.

Neuman appears in the spin-off series Gen V episode "Sick", portrayed again by Doumit. While speaking at a Godolkin University town hall meeting, she meets and advises Marie Moreau, who possesses similar powers as her, before acquiring a sample of a "supe virus" created by Dr. Edison Cardosa, whom she kills to prevent him from spreading information on it.


Formerly Vought American Consolidated (V.A.C.), Vought-American is the series' main antagonist. It is a large defense contractor which owns the Seven, several smaller superhero teams, and their related franchises, and a fictionalised parody of the real-life Vought aircraft company, imagining an alternate history to reality in which they had pivoted to focus on developing superheroes.[29]

Since World War II, Vought-American has sought to incorporate superheroes into national defense. Its first product for the military was a fighter plane that was rushed into production to replace the P-51 Mustang; it was discovered that a fatal design flaw killed more Allied pilots than it did the enemy. Although the use of the atom bomb removed the need for the plane, it revealed a tendency by Vought-American to release flawed products; its next major product was an assault rifle, but due to cutting costs on the manufacturing, the rifles resulted in a massacre in Vietnam when they failed to protect the soldiers they were issued to (they proved to be more useful as posts to mount their heads).

With the debut of the Seven and the subsequent monopoly of superhumans, VA is in a position to upend the traditional military-industrial complex making heroes into super-powered soldiers. Their current agreement with the American government is arranged so heroes will not possess any actual police powers or interfere with any government service. As a result, heroes are not given any police or rescue training, so they will not be seen as competition. This has created a number of problems from the beginning: heroes sent to support World War II troops are given no military training and cause the deaths of themselves and the soldiers they were sent to help when they inadvertently lead the enemy to the camp; heroes are unable to provide much help in an actual emergency and are relegated to minor support work that looks good on camera. The worst example is during 9/11. The Seven try to stop the terrorists on a passenger plane, but do not understand the tactical or physical challenges involved in entering a plane during flight. They end up sending the fractured plane into the Brooklyn Bridge.

Unable to get the contracts by semi-legal means, they attempted the overthrow of the Russian government with a force of supervillains; manipulating reaction to 9/11; and intend to assassinate the President of the United States.

VA controls both Victory Comics, which whitewashes the exploits of the real-life superheroes; and Red River, a private military company with covert agents in the Secret Service. At the meeting between the Boys and the Seven, Red River operatives used nerve gas on a Delta Force squad that had been assigned as backup. This allowed a naked Homelander to enter the scene and massacre the soldiers. The Boys later came across the grisly scene.

After the superhuman attack on Washington, Vought-American is the subject of a congressional hearing, and has rebranded itself as American Consolidated in the correct belief that people will get distracted and forget who they are when the dust settles. The revelations of Compound V's ineffectiveness and the true nature (and eventual genocide) of the so-called 'heroes' the company was so proud of have effectively crippled Vought American/American Consolidated, leaving them with one last failed product as the Vought Guy finally breaks under the pressure.

In the live-action television series, Vought-American was founded by German scientist and first CEO, Frederick Vought. Sometime after the Cold War, Vought was rebranded as Vought International, which is described as primarily being a pharmaceutical company and defense contractor as opposed to a "superhero company" with significant comics, film, sports magazines, television shows and channels, video games, and music production branches; streaming services like Vought+; non-profit organizations like Toys for Voughts; award shows; medical companies; housing like the Red River Institute; food chains like Vought-a-Burger and Planet Vought; and the Voughtland amusement park franchise all serving to market the Seven, among other superhero teams.

Vought Guy

The Guy From Vought, also known as Mr. Vought-America(n) or simply the Vought Guy, is Vought-American's major presence in the series, regularly sitting in on the Seven's meetings. His name, James Stillwell, while first mentioned in #29, is not confirmed until #63. He is the most prominent normal human antagonist, orchestrating the near-coup of the Russian government, ordering and overseeing the massacre of the G-Teams, ordering Payback to ambush the Boys, and involved in the planned takeover of the White House.

The Vought Guy is a high-functioning sociopath and is practically the embodiment of VA, aiming to make a profit at the expense of others, suffering no remorse for any action. He is highly methodical and considers nothing is unimportant during planning. He also freely admits in #40 that Vought-American are gambling that Homelander will be controllable until they've won, and if he's not they can only "try not to be there at the time". Two major developments occur by sheer accident: the death of VA's CEO by a heart attack in #34, and the President being killed by a rabid animal in #60. When the latter happens, the Vought Guy said he felt "cheated".

Herogasm #4 mentions he had come up under Vought's recently deceased CEO Mr. Edgar, and #29 has Vought minutes from 1989 mentioning Stillwell as a "keen" young man working in then-executive Edgar's office.

His calm exterior is in contrast to the superhero teams he oversees: he never shows any concern in the Seven's meetings or around the Homelander, despite their powers, nor around Russian mob boss Little Nina. He is also utterly ruthless: after ordering the slaughter of every member of the G-Men to prevent the truth of Godolkin's activities getting out (which he'd previously covered up), he then arranges for Pre-Wiz, the children Godolkin was training and sexually abusing, to be kidnapped, locked into a large crate and finally dropped from an aircraft over the sea.[30] Each of these acts are carried out by different groups of Red River operatives, as he thought that even Red River personnel might find the outright murder of children to be too much. Jack from Jupiter considers the Vought Guy to be worse than the Seven, and has said he used to have nightmares about the sort of things the executive might have had done; Homelander has shown signs of wanting to kill him, but always stops himself and seemed genuinely scared of him (or the true power he wields) in Herogasm #5.

In #34, the CEO of Vought-American (Mr. Edgar) dies, and it seemed possible that the Vought Guy would take his place. Instead, by #39, the Vought Guy allows another generic executive to become CEO, acting as a puppet to maintain his independence and influence affairs behind the scenes, indicating that he has been the true head of Vought for years. The Vought Guy also takes on Jess Bradley as a protégé and confidant. By #61, he seems to have an unguarded moment and admits he feels he can relax around her.

During Homelander's attempted coup d'etat against the United States government, the Vought Guy becomes aware that the superhero had tricked the Boys and VA into a conflict. The Vought Guy offers medical care to a wounded Frenchman and tries to make a deal with Billy Butcher, finally formally introducing himself as "James Stillwell" and asking the Boys to take a backseat role while they tried to clean up their "own shit"; Butcher refuses. After watching the events of Butcher's informational leak onto the World Wide Web, he is confronted by Homelander, who wishes to kill him. The Vought Guy keeps calm in front of the insane superhuman, to the point that Homelander declares he may have finally met a real superhuman. The Vought Guy states he was never impressed by Homelander, and regards Homelander's actions and use of his abilities to be unoriginal and unimpressive. After expressing a wish to commit suicide to spare himself Homelander's histrionics, Homelander tells him to keep watching and leaves.

In #66, he believes the company can survive the superhuman attack on Washington as they were genuinely uninvolved, growing superhumans as weapons "is disturbing but not yet illegal", and most of the other revelations about them can be shrugged off; he cites WikiLeaks, saying the general public reaction to such things is to say "the world works the way I always suspected". However, he knows they could not survive the revelation that they had tried to kill the President. When the Boys release everything they have on VA and the superheroes, the Vought Guy uses Jess Bradley as a scapegoat; his plan all along was to blame everything on her.

He meets with Hughie, who reveals the existence of the V-bombs and threatens to use them if VA approaches any country in the world about weaponizing superheroes. The Vought Guy meets with his subordinates before seeing the newest superhero team, wearing all-white costumes (some with white-pointed hoods) and going by the name of TRUE. The Vought Guy seems to realize that Compound V cannot supersede human nature (he notes the erection of one member of the new team, the telltale signs of drug withdrawal in another), laments that Compound V is a "bad product" and appears to start suffering a nervous breakdown in the final issue.

The Vought Guy is last seen in the epilogue series, Dear Becky, wandering around a pineapple plantation, quoting Milton Friedman and repeatedly muttering about good products and bad products, having lost his mind.

Characters based on the Vought Guy appear in the live-action television series adaptation:

Jess Bradley

Jessica A. "Jess" Bradley is a senior VA officer and an intelligent career-climber who works to become closer to the Vought Guy, with her efforts seeing her becoming his confidant and protégé. Over time, their relationship grows stronger, with Bradley appearing to develop feelings for him while the Vought Guy markets her as being vital to VA's future. However, she also grows concerned about VA's management over their Supes, being the first and only executive to speak up about the victims of the Supes' actions. After the Homelander's coup is thwarted, the Vought Guy betrays Bradley by making her VA's scapegoat while appearing at Congress as a whistleblower. Her subsequent realization of this leads to her having a breakdown and pulling her hair out.

A character based on Jess Bradley named Ashley J. Barrett appears in the live-action television series adaptation, portrayed by Colby Minifie. Introduced in the first season, she serves as Vought International's new publicist and Director of Talent Relations until Starlight publicly comments on being sexually assaulted by the Deep, leading to Vought's Senior Vice President of Hero Management Madelyn Stillwell firing Barrett. In the second season, following Stillwell's death, Homelander has Barrett hired as her replacement so he can use her as a figurehead and to spy on Stan Edgar. In the third season, following Edgar's leave of absence, Barrett takes his place as the CEO of Vought while continuing to serve under Homelander. Throughout her appearances, Barrett displays a tendency to pull out her hair under stress, which she later turns into a fetish and culminates in her wearing a wig.

Minifie also voices Barrett in the animated spin-off series The Boys Presents: Diabolical episode "Boyd in 3D" and makes guest appearances in the live-action spin-off series Gen V.

Jonah Vogelbaum

Jonah Vogelbaum is a Jewish scientist at Vought-American who was responsible for creating Compound V for the Nazis until he took it and his only-living test subject Stormfront to the United States. It is here where he started to work for Vought-American and using Compound V to create superheroes. Greg Mallory later had Jonah work with the C.I.A. and inject members of the Boys with Compound V as well. When Mallory ordered Billy Butcher to eliminate Jonah, Billy spared him instead and had him work on a way to exterminate anyone with Compound V in them. Once this was done, Billy killed Jonah so that his work can be undone.

Jonah Vogelbaum appears in the live-action television series adapation, portrayed by John Doman. This version is the CSO of Vought International and Homelander's creator. Sometime after he retired, Vogelbaum is visited by Homelander, who demands the truth about Becca Butcher and the latter's baby. Vogelbaum apologizes for his actions, though Homelander thinks otherwise. When Homelander confronts Billy Butcher and Madelyn Stillwell, he claims to have returned to Vogelbaum and "squeezed the truth" out of him. Homelander later claims that Vogelbaum was paralyzed in an accident. Butcher eventually manages to find Vogelbaum and brings him to a congressional hearing against Vought, but the latter, among others, is assassinated by Congresswoman Victoria K. "Vic" Neuman.

The comic book version of Vogelbaum and creator of Compound V is additionally adapted as German scientist and first CEO of Vought International, Frederick Vought, the husband of Stormfront who created Compound V for the Nazis before defecting to the Allies.

Minor members

Other superheroes

In the universe of The Boys, superheroes, also known as "Supes", get their powers from the drug Compound V, which was first created by Nazi scientists in the 1930s and which has since entered the gene pool due to defense contractor Vought-American's (VA) complacency on numerous occasions. VA has close ties to, directly owns, and created several supes and supe teams.

The vast majority of supes in the series are portrayed as narcissistic, hedonistic, and psychopathic, committing numerous crimes against civilians and each other due in part to their upbringings and mental illnesses as well as out of a belief that their social privilege allows them to do whatever they want without consequences. Additionally, several heroes are portrayed as not being trained in counter-terrorism, Urban warfare tactics, police procedure, or rescue operations to avoid the wrath of the police and military whom they would effectively replace. Nonetheless, many are careful not to direct their actions towards VA.

Young Americans

The Young Americans is a teenage supe team with ties to the Young Republicans and Christian youth groups such as Capes for Christ, among other conservative organizations. While they publicly appear clean-cut and patriotic, they kept their questionable habits secret until Starlight left the group to join the Seven.

Drummer Boy

Drummer Boy is a conservative Christian member who was identified as the leader in issue #6 and was involved with Starlight before she caught him having sex with Holy Mary.

Alex / Drummer Boy appears in the live-action television series adaptation, portrayed by Miles Gaston Villanueva as an adult and Luca Oriel as a teenager. This version is a former pop star and Starlight's childhood friend and ex-boyfriend who rebranded himself to Supersonic. After being mentioned in the first season, he debuts in the third season as a contestant on the reality show American Hero. While competing for a spot on the Seven, he displays an amicable rapport with Starlight. After winning, she tries to convince him to decline due to Homelander's unstable nature, but Alex refuses in the hopes of protecting her. He briefly joins the Seven and takes part in Starlight's plot to stand up to Homelander, but is killed off-screen by him after A-Train sells him out to Homelander as a traitor. His death is later covered up and spun as a drug overdose.

Minor members


Fantastico is a group of four heroes consisting of the Doofer, an unnamed Supe who resembles a humanoid assembly of bricks and appears to suffer a fatal drug overdose during Herogasm; Reacher Dick; Invisi-Lass, and an unnamed pyrokinetic Supe who appear in Herogasm #3.[33] They are a parody of Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four.

Teenage Kix

A teenage Supe group with a rebellious, Generation Y image that previously included A-Train and frequently go to brothels to celebrate their victories. They are a parody of DC Comics' Teen Titans.


Popclaw is a supe with retractable claws, which she uses to practice self mutilation and later has coated in metal in issue #9.[citation needed]

Charlotte / Popclaw appears in the live-action TV series adaptation, portrayed by Brittany Allen.[34] This version is A-Train's girlfriend who shares his addiction to Compound V and was once a celebrity actress whose career was ruined by the paparazzi, leading to her getting work in D-list films. After she accidentally kills her landlord, the Boys blackmail her into spying on the Seven for them, leading to A-Train murdering her on Homelander's orders.

Blarney Cock

Blarney Cock is a racist Irish supe, the Legend and Queen Maeve's son, and best friend of Whack Job who, along with the latter, is known for stealing painkillers from children's hospitals to support their drug habits.[citation needed] Additionally, he possesses a taped hamster in his anus and was sent to Ireland, where he was adopted by a local family, following his birth. In issue #6, he is accidentally killed by Wee Hughie. In later issues, Blarney Cock is later resurrected and goes on rampage to get his hamster back until Wee Hughie kills him once more.[35]


Gunpowder is a fire-breathing member of Teenage Kix who brings an NRA sponsorship into the fold.

Gunpowder appears in the live-action TV series adaptation, portrayed by Sean Patrick Flanery in the present and Gattlin Griffith in flashbacks. This version is a member of Payback and the former sidekick of the abusive Soldier Boy who possesses several firearms and expert marksmanship instead of the comics incarnation's fire breath. Butcher finds and interrogates Gunpowder for Soldier Boy's whereabouts, but the latter drives him off. After taking V24 to temporarily grant himself superpowers, Butcher successfully overpowers and interrogates Gunpowder, who reveals everything he knows before Butcher kills him with his newfound super-strength and laser vision.

Minor members


Payback is a successor to "The Avenging Squad", which was created in the 1940s and intended for use against Nazi Germany, only for them to be killed during the Battle of the Bulge. In 1950, Vought created a second incarnation called "Crimefighters Incorporated" and used them as stepping stones for future superheroes like the Homelander. However, they are eliminated by the Boys, which Garth Ennis stated was "because they don't know what they're doing with the (considerable) resources they command".[36] Payback is loosely based on the Avengers.[citation needed]

Soldier Boy

Main article: Soldier Boy

Tek Knight

Tek Knight is one of the founding members of Payback. He is a satire of wealthy non-powered playboy superheroes, such as Marvel's Iron Man and Batman from DC Comics. Prior to his association with Payback, he previously led a group known as the Maverikz (who in turn were savagely beaten by The Boys in issue #31). The current Tek Knight is actually the third person to hold the identity. Two prior incarnations of Tek Knight, originally called Steel Knight, were introduced in Issues 52 to 54, as well as prior versions of sidekick Laddio. Mallory says they revamped his "franchise" later. Issue #9 gives his name as Robert Vernon.

Tek Knight is a vastly different hero from his predecessors, which were portrayed as super strong heroes with a helm and a jet pack. Having not received a dose of Compound V, Tek Knight instead has a technologically advanced suit, with which he operates. The abilities of the suit are not fully described. Despite possessing the ability to fly, Tek Knight also makes use of several vehicles and operates out of a cave based headquarters.

Tek Knight is one of the few heroes that is shown to have a boy sidekick, named Laddio. The current Laddio is actually the fourth to hold the name, as the first two were active before Payback was formed and the third would go on to pursue a solo career as the hero Swingwing. Tek Knight also is shown to have an associate called the Talon, who switches back and forth between ally and adversary.

Tek Knight was one of the few heroes to never engage the Boys' attention, as he never did anything depraved or morally wrong like many other "Heroes". Butcher describes him as boring, and seemed to be a genuinely nice person, though highly homophobic. Soldier Boy states in Herogasm that he was one of the only members in Payback to be nice to him.

Tek Knight's career would end after a murder of a young gay man that was being investigated by the Boys coincided with the growth of a brain tumor "the size of a fist", which caused an overpowering desire to have sex with anything. This would cause him to dismiss Laddio; upon realizing his compulsion was causing him to consider sex with his young ward, he immediately acted to remove the temptation and avoid any chance of his acting on it. Though he was cleared of having anything to do with the murder by Butcher and company, his butler would later release details about Tek Knight's sexual compulsions, leaving him being dubbed in the press as the "Homo Hero" and would be dismissed from Payback. He would die shortly afterward, when a wheelbarrow full of bricks landed on his head while he was saving a mother and child from being crushed by it. In his head, Tek Knight died a hero, as he hallucinated himself saving the world by having sex with a meteorite.[37]

Robert Vernon / Tek Knight appears in the live-action TV series adaptation's spinoff series Gen V, portrayed by Derek Wilson.[38] This version is an alumnus of Godolkin University who is unaffiliated with Payback, possesses observation and deduction-based powers, and serves as the host of a Vought+ TV series called The Whole Truth with Tek Knight, which he uses to help Vought hide scandals. Additionally, he has a tendency to stick his penis into varying holes due to a terminal brain tumor.


Swatto is a member of Payback and successor to two incarnations of "The Buzzer" who can fly via a pair of retractable insect wings. While he is incapable of traditional speech, his teammate Mind Droid is able to translate his buzzing. Butcher kills Swatto with a pickaxe in issue #33. He is a parody of Marvel Comics' Ant-Man.[citation needed]

Swatto appears in flashbacks depicted in the live-action television series' third season, portrayed by Joel Labelle. This version is capable of speech. During the Cold War, he joined Payback on a mission to Nicaragua as part of a joint venture between Vought and the CIA. All throughout, Swatto ignores Grace Mallory's orders to stop publicly using his powers, leading to the camp being discovered and attacked by Communist and Nicaraguan forces. Swatto panics and tries to flee, but is killed by an anti-aircraft missile.

Mind Droid

Mind Droid is a member of Payback who masquerades as an "telepathic android", possesses a jetpack, and succeeded a Supe named ManBot. He is later decapitated by Butcher in issue #33.

A character based on Mind Droid named Mindstorm appears in the live-action television series adaptation, portrayed by Ryan Blakely. This version does not pass himself off as an android, possesses mind control, the ability to read the thoughts of everyone within a three-mile radius of himself, and can trap people in their own minds, forcing them to relive their own nightmares until they die of dehydration. Following a failed mission in Nicaragua and selling out his leader Soldier Boy to the Russians in 1984, Mindstorm became a recluse in the present due to his powers. While being hunted by Soldier Boy, Butcher, and Hughie, Mindstorm uses his powers on Butcher. Hughie, having become disillusioned with Soldier Boy due to his fabricated origin story, begs Mindstorm to free Butcher, promising to teleport him to safety in exchange. However, Soldier Boy kills Mindstorm after the latter reveals Homelander is Soldier Boy's biological son.

Crimson Countess

Crimson Countess is a member of Payback who possesses heat-related powers, is involved with teammate Mind Droid, and hinted at having an affair with team leader Stormfront before she is killed by Butcher for attacking his dog Terror. Additionally, she is the third individual to hold the mantle, with the first having died during the Battle of the Bulge during WWII and the second having impersonated the first to star in propaganda films following the war.

Crimson Countess appears in the live-action television series adaptation, portrayed by Laurie Holden. This version can produce fireballs, which are activated by holding her fingers together, pretended to be romantically involved with Payback's leader Soldier Boy for media purposes despite hating him, and owns a chimpanzee sanctuary called Chimp County. In 1984, she and Payback partook in a failed mission in Nicaragua, during which they sold out Soldier Boy to the Russians on Vought's behalf. In the present, she continues to work for Vought, performing at Voughtland, and as a cam girl. When Frenchie and Kimiko try to interrogate her, Countess escapes, accidentally killing a Homelander mascot in the process. She is later captured by the Boys so they can form an alliance with Soldier Boy, who kills her upon learning of what she did to him.

Eagle the Archer

Eagle the Archer is a member of Payback who is stated to have "got coked off his tits", beat his girlfriend into a coma, and was blackmailed by Butcher in exchange for information on his teammates.

Eagle the Archer appears in the live-action TV series adaptation, portrayed by Langston Kerman. This version is unaffiliated with Payback. In his early life, he fought criminals, but innocent lives were lost whenever he ran out of arrows, which eventually led to him joining the Church of the Collective. After the Deep is arrested, Eagle bails him out and helps him join the church as well. However, Eagle is later accused of betraying the church when he refuses to cease contact with his mother. In response, the Church anonymously uploads a sexually compromising video of Eagle to the internet, publicly embarrassing him. As of the web series Seven on 7, Eagle is reported to have abandoned his role as a superhero to rebrand himself as a rapper.

TNT Twins

The TNT Twins, consisting of Tommy and Tessa TNT, are members of Payback capable of shooting electricity while holding hands exclusive to the live-action television series adaptation, portrayed by Jack Doolan and Kristin Booth respectively. Following a failed mission in Nicaragua and selling out their leader Soldier Boy to the Russians in 1984, the TNT Twins became the hosts of the annual Herogasm event in the present. After the Boys and Soldier Boy find them, with the latter seeking revenge on the twins, they claim that Black Noir sold him out and attempt to defend themselves with their powers, only to produce sputtering sparks due to not using them for years. Following this, Soldier Boy accidentally releases an energy blast that kills the twins and most of the Herogasm attendees.


The G-Men are Vought-American's most profitable and popular team founded and led by John Godolkin and based in the G-Mansion who are marketed as downtrodden outcasts, orphans, and runaways. In reality, they are a sex cult consisting of orphans who Godolkin kidnapped, injected with Compound V on a weekly basis, and bribed to make them obedient to him. As a result, most of the G-Men grew up to become mentally unable, recklessly hedonistic adults who often get in trouble with the authorities and enjoy sexually-depraved escapades with each other. While Godolkin established a working relationship with VA, he and the G-Men largely operate independently. Eventually however, VA deems Godolkin and his various "G-Teams" liabilities to public relations, ordered their Red River operatives to kill them, and spun their deaths as them having died in battle against the Mirith'rai.[39][30] The G-Men are parodies of Marvel Comics' X-Men and DC Comics' Doom Patrol.[citation needed]

In addition to the primary team, the G-Men also consists of the following sub-groups: G-Force, the G-Brits, the G-Nomads, the African American teams G-Coast and G-Style, and G-Wiz.[40] Moreover, Godolkin attempted to form a preschool team called Pre-Wiz before Vought thwarted him and had them sent to Ireland.

John Godolkin

John Godolkin is the team's founder, depicted as an unrepentant pedophile and kidnapper. Incidentally it is implied that he may have been similarly abused by his own father.[41][42] He appears to have no powers, unlike his students. This leads to G-Men like Five-Oh, the team's field leader, being irritated by Godolkin when he professes to be one of "them" while being oppressed by "humanity" as part of a speech he gave to several G-men during a brunch one evening.[41] Even though the G-Men despise Godolkin and think of him as a pathetic joke, they are paradoxically utterly loyal to him to a fanatical degree, despite Godolkin exploiting and abusing them for almost their entire lives. For example, Five-Oh, who privately mocks and detests Godolkin,[41][42] is seen dying on behalf of his honor when they are massacred.[39] In addition Randall, who has an otherwise rebellious streak, unquestioningly carries out unspoken orders to kill Hughie.[42]

John Godolkin is only tolerated by Vought because his team, the G-Men, and their spin-offs have proven to be the most bankable superhero team owned by the company. However, John Godolkin's disturbing obsession with kidnapping more potential new members and endlessly expanding the G-Men franchise (despite how impossible it was to continue such a criminal operation without getting exposed to the public) as well as reanimating his "children" into soulless zombies eventually leads to Vought becoming more concerned with his perversions and mental instability, which causes them to terminate the entire group.[39]

Godolkin's has a penchant for obtuse and dramatic speeches and could be accused of being intentionally pretentious. The content of his speeches tend to characterize non-superhumans as cruel oppressors of the G-Men and their kind. Godolkin professes to "love all his children" yet will callously order their deaths if any of them threaten to reveal the G-Men's dark secrets. At the same time, he desperately wants any deceased G-Men to be resurrected (as V can do); he continues to want this even after seeing the mental state of Nubia, much to the concern and disgust of both the G-Men and Vought. He is a dark pastiche of X-Men leader Charles Xavier.[citation needed]


Five-Oh is a stoic, curt, and fiercely loyal Supe and an apparent leading member of the G-Men who wears a uniform and helmet reminiscent of a motorcycle cop and goggles that leak "energy beams".[39][43] He displays ire towards Silver Kincaid and a friendship with Cold Snap.[44] He is a parody of Cyclops.[citation needed]

Cold Snap

Cold Snap is a Supe who possesses temperature manipulation, was a founding member of the G-Men, and serves as the leader of the sub-group G-Force. He is genuinely nice to most of his teammates, is well-liked by them, and openly questions the G-Men's practices, though he is also overeager and naïve.[43][41][39] He is a parody of Iceman.[citation needed]

Cold Snap appears in the live-action TV series adaptation, portrayed by Shaun Mazzococca.[citation needed] This version is a lower-tier Supe charged with domestic abuse by the Federal Bureau of Superhuman Affairs (FBSA) and is among the Supes attending the TNT Twins' Herogasm event.

Silver Kincaid

Grace Wilhelm / Silver Kincaid is a Supe who possess gravity and pressure-based powers and a founding member of the G-Men who killed Nubia, among other "off-message" Supes, for Vought. After killing Nubia and growing desperate over the state of the G-Men, Kincaid reached out to the CIA. Susan Rayner attempts to make her a spy, which further destabilizes Kincaid's mental state and eventually leads to her suffering a breakdown that causes her to mentally regress to when Godolkin kidnapped her and publicly commit suicide.[42]

Silver Kincaid appears in the live-action television series adaptation episode "Barbary Coast", portrayed by Jasmin Husain.[citation needed] While competing on the reality show American Hero for a spot on the Seven, she is chosen by Starlight, but Ashley Barrett and Homelander reject Kincaid for being Muslim and the latter chooses the Deep to return to the Seven instead.


Nubia is a member of the G-Men with thunder and lightning-based powers who was killed by Silver Kincaid and reanimated as a semi-conscious zombie who repeatedly says "kill me". Due to her losing most of her mental faculties and bodily functions, other G-Men such as Luckless and Pusspuss were forced to become her personal caregivers. Nubia was later killed once more when the G-Teams were massacred by the Red River operatives. She is a parody of Storm.[citation needed]

Nubia appears in the animated TV series The Boys Presents: Diabolical episode "Nubian vs Nubian", voiced by Aisha Tyler.[citation needed] An African-American woman who masquerades as a Nubian superhero with help from Vought, she marries the similarly themed Nubian Prince and they have a daughter named Maya. Eight years later, the Nubians begin filing for divorce due to a lack of passion in their relationship outside of fighting. Maya attempts to "parent trap" them back together, but they continue fighting, leading Maya to sign their divorce papers herself and blackmail them into getting her a pony.


Critter is a homophobic, racist, and irritable Supe with a tall and furry appearance who wears an Elizabethan collar around his neck and boxing gloves on his hands to keep from scratching. He confronts Godolkin over his recruitment methods before he is killed by Vought's Red River operatives. He is a parody of Beast.[citation needed]


Groundhawk is a temperamental, mindless, feral Supe with sledgehammers for hands, which he is unable to remove, who can only say "gonna!...gonna!". Because of his sledgehammer hands, Groundhawk has to receive assistance in eating and drinking. He is a parody of Wolverine.[citation needed]

The Boys co-creator Darick Robertson picked Groundhawk as his favorite of the new characters introduced, calling him "utterly ridiculous".[45]

Groundhawk appears in the animated TV series The Boys Presents: Diabolical episode "Nubian vs Nubian", voiced by John DiMaggio.[citation needed] This version is employed by Vought as a "nemesis" for new heroes who can speak in full sentences. Due to his involvement in her parents Nubia and Nubian Prince getting married and having her, their daughter Maya blackmails Groundhawk into helping her stop their impending divorce. However, Maya's parents beat Groundhawk into a near-death state.

Minor G-Men members


G-Wiz is a spin-off group based in a fraternity house down the road from the G-Mansion who spend most of their time throwing parties. Due to Godolkin raising them, they are sexually confused and unaware of appropriate boundaries and limits. After Hughie infiltrates them as "Bagpipe", the Boys kill most of G-Wiz and interrogate Dime-Bag until Europo kills him.

G-Wiz consists of the following members:


Paralactic is cybernetically enhanced team of formerly disabled heroes that Frenchie refers as "The Six Million Dollar Heroes" and described by Ennis as "a '90s-style cyberpunk outfit, with lots of prosthetic limbs and biomechanical organs and attachments."[46][47] The team consists of Trojan, Astroglide, Lady Arklite, Strap-on, Stopcock, and the Truncheon.[48]

Team Titanic

Team Titanic, as described by Ennis, is "a team of grown-up sidekicks" who were created by Vought-American to appeal to the teenage market,[46] though they disband and reorganize them every few years.[47] Based in Cleveland and living in "Star Tower", the team has consisted of Country Mama, Dry-Hump, Earl Mulch, Gumchum, Jimmy the One, Muzzeltov, Regina Dentata, Snaffletwat, and Starlike.[47] Additionally, Malchemical was formerly part of the team until he was reassigned to Super Duper as punishment for using his shapeshifting abilities to trick Starlike into having sex with him.

Children of Stormfront

The Children of Stormfront is a group of Continental Germanic and Slavic mythology-themed superheroes put together by Vought-American who, despite their name, are not biologically related to Stormfront. The group consists of the following members:

Element Force

Element Force is a group of element-based superheroes who operate in Denver, Colorado and consist of Airhorn, Divot, Flameburner, and Freeflow.

Oh Father

Oh Father is an African-American superhero, preacher, and pedophile who can fly and possesses enhanced strength, is based in a mega-church, and is assisted by 12 children called the Sidekicks Twelve. The Homelander recruits him to help Vought-American introduce Supes to the US military by setting up a meeting with supes who the Homelander can trust. However, Oh Father and several flight-capable supes are killed by the U.S. Air Force via missiles configured to home in on Compound V-infused targets.

A character loosely based on Oh Father named Ezekiel appears in the live-action television adaptation, portrayed by Shaun Benson. He is a closeted gay, elastic, Christian Supe who publicly denounces homosexuality. Upon discovering his secret, the Boys blackmail him into giving them information on Compound V.

Sidekick Twelve

The Sidekick Twelve is a group of children led by Oh Father consisting of Baxter, Beeboy, Beegirl, E-Ros, Fishboy, the pyrokinetic Flameboy, Imp, Pigeon, Sadgirl, Stepchild, Ultra Lass, and the electrokinetic Zippy.[49]


The Maverikz are a C-list superhero group that was originally led by Tek Knight before he left to found Payback.

Television-exclusive superheroes

Other characters


Robin is Hughie's girlfriend who is indirectly killed by A-Train.

Robin Ward appears in the live-action television series, portrayed by Jess Salgueiro. This version was directly killed by A-Train, who unknowingly ran through her while on Compound V.

Becky Saunders

Rebecca Joanne "Becky" Saunders is Butcher's deceased wife and a social worker in 1980s London who was capable of convincing him to control his violent urges.[50][51] After being raped by Black Noir dressed as the Homelander,[52][53] she eventually dies giving birth to a Supe baby.[54]

Rebecca "Becca" Butcher appears in the live-action television series, portrayed by Shantel VanSanten. This version was Vought International's Senior Director of Digital Marketing who disappeared after she was coerced by Homelander into having sex with him. Butcher believed that Homelander killed her while Jonah Vogelbaum claimed to Homelander that Becca died giving birth, with the child drowning in its mother's blood. In the first season finale, it is revealed that Becca is alive and caring for Homelander's son, Ryan.[55] In the second season, it is further revealed that Becca lives in a gated community-esque compound run by Vought International after coming to them when she learned she had become pregnant with Ryan and is reluctant to leave due to how Butcher would react to him. After Homelander and Stormfront take Ryan, Becca asks for Butcher's help in saving her son, but is accidentally killed by Ryan in his attempt to save her from Stormfront.

Love Sausage

Vasili "Vas" Vorishikin / The Love Sausage is an altruistic Russian communist; ex-police officer, tank commander, and superhero; and current owner of a bar in Moscow with a foot-long, super-strong, and durable penis. Additionally, he used to be part of the Glorious Five Year Plan, a team of five government owned superheroes that also included the Tractor, Purge, Red Banner, and Collectivo while the Soviet Union was active.[56] On friendly terms with the Boys, he bonds with Hughie and assists them against Stormfront until he is stated to have been killed.[volume & issue needed]

A character loosely based on Love Sausage appears in the live-action television adaptation, portrayed by Andrew Jackson in the second season and Derek Johns in the third. Introduced in the episode "The Bloody Doors Off", this version is a test subject of Compound V held at Vought's Sage Grove psychiatric hospital who gained a prehensile penis that can stretch to incredible lengths. Following the hospital's rebranding as a wellness center in the web series Seven on 7 with Cameron Coleman, Love Sausage returns in the third season episode "Herogasm" as a participant in the titular event, during which he survives Soldier Boy's inadvertent attack, though his penis is burnt.


Super-Duper is a group of low-powered, and in some cases, mentally challenged, teens who function as a support group for disabled individuals living in a group home. In describing the atypical characters, Ennis states, "They're unique in the world of the Boys in that they actually are heroes – they believe in truth and justice, they fight to make the world a better place and ask nothing in return. They are, in short, a million miles from the scumbag supes we've seen up 'til now."[57] They are a loose satire of the Legion of Super-Heroes.[citation needed]


Terror is Billy Butcher's durable pet bulldog who he is violently protective of and has been trained to fornicate with anything on his command. He is later killed by Jack from Jupiter.

After being alluded to in the first season of the live-action television series adaptation, Terror appears in the second season living with Butcher's drug dealer aunt.

Additionally, the comic book version of Terror appears in The Boys Presents: Diabolical animated series episode "I'm Your Pusher".


Main article: Proinsias Cassidy

Proinsias Cassidy is an Irish bartender, former vampire, and drinking buddy of Billy Butcher who runs an Irish pub called "The Grassy Knoll" in New York City and was introduced in Preacher.

Proinsias appears in AMC's unrelated TV series adaptation of Preacher and GraphicAudio's 2020 audio play series of The Boys, portrayed by Joe Gilgun and voiced by Michael John Casey respectively.

Little Nina

Little Nina is a diminutive Russian mafia crime boss allied with Vought American who is tasked with creating more supes on their behalf and has a penchant for vibrators. She plans to stage a coup against the Russian government, but is betrayed by Vought and killed by Butcher after he replaces one of her vibrators with an explosive.

"Little Nina" Namenko appears in the live-action television series adaptation, portrayed by Katia Winter. This version is of normal height, married to her primary enforcer Yevgenny, and was Frenchie's former employer and lover.

Mr. and Mrs. Campbell

Alexander Fergus and Daphne Margaret Campbell, also known simply as Mr. and Mrs. Campbell are Wee Hughie's parents who raised him in the semi-idyllic Scottish seaside town of Auchterladle. Introduced in Highland Laddie, Billy Butcher later secretly meets with and befriends them to acquire enough information about them to trick Hughie into thinking he had murdered them in the hopes that Hughie will kill Butcher in turn. As of the epilogue series Dear Becky, which is set twelve years after the main series, Mr. and Mrs. Campbell have died.[citation needed]

Hugh Campbell Sr. appears in the first season of the live-action television series adaptation, portrayed by Simon Pegg, the original facial likeness reference for Wee Hughie. Mrs. Campbell, his wife and Hughie's mother, is mentioned as having abandoned the pair when Hughie was a child, with Hughie's love of Billy Joel stemming from his childhood memories of her.

Sam and Connie Butcher

Sam and Connie Butcher are Billy and Lenny's parents. Sam was an alcoholic who physically abused Connie and favored Billy over Lenny, who he also abused due to how similar he believed Lenny was to Connie, which caused Billy to resent Sam. After an incident that left Connie partially blind, Billy nearly kills Sam before eventually leaving to join the Royal Marines. Connie eventually leaves Sam and remarries while Sam is left to die alone.

Butcher's parents appear in the live-action adaptation, portrayed by John Noble and Lesley Nicol in the present respectively while Brendan Murray and Adrianna Prosser portray them in flashbacks. This version of the couple are still together during the events of the main series. After Sam is diagnosed with cancer, he and Connie fly to New York to tell Butcher, who attacks his father. She later meets with Butcher, telling him she sought to give him closure.

Lenny Butcher

Lenny Butcher is Billy's younger brother and the son of Sam and Connie Butcher. Lenny was one of the few people able to calm Billy when he went berserk before the former was killed by a bus before the events of the comic series.

Lenny Butcher appears in the live-action TV series adaptation, portrayed by Jack Fulton as a teenager and Bruno Rudolf as a child. This version bears a resemblance to Hughie, committed suicide years prior to the series due to constant abuse from his father, and appears in Billy's hallucinations.


Todd is an avid bespectacled fan of superheroes who idolizes Queen Maeve in particular, always referring to her as "my lady" and serving as a part of her harem of casual lovers at Vought Tower. When the Homelander elects to execute Maeve ahead of enacting his coup, Todd obliviously offers to protect Maeve from the "gone bad" Homelander. She throws Todd directly at the Homelander, with the former declaring himself a willing "human shield" in her honor before he is killed.

Todd appears in the live-action TV series adaptation, portrayed by Matthew Gorman. This version became Monique's boyfriend and Janine's step-father following the former's separation from Mother's Milk and idolizes Homelander following his birthday rant, to the point where Todd attends pro-Homelander rallies and believes everything Homelander says.


Monique Wallis is MM's ex-wife, Janine's mother, and a drug addict incapable of raising the prematurely-ageing Janine properly.

Monique appears in the live-action TV series adaptation, portrayed by Alvina August in the first season and Frances Turner in the third. This version is not a drug addict. Additionally, she disagrees with MM working with Butcher due to the danger it puts on their lives. In the third season, Monique marries Todd while maintaining a healthy co-parenting relationship with MM.


Janine Wallis is M.M. and Monique's young daughter. After being raised by M.M. alone due to her mother's drug addiction, Janine becomes rebellious and resentful of her father due to the Compound V passed genetically to her from him and her grandmother resulting in her prematurely aging (although she appears to be a 16–17-year-old teenager physically, she is actually 12-years-old chronologically), showing him great disrespect while regarding Butcher with affection, calling him "Uncle Billy." Sometime later, having been absent due to helping Butcher with the Boys, M.M. discovers that in an act of rebellion, his ex-wife had convinced the underage Janine to star in a pornographic film together with her. Before he can leave the Boys to confront his ex-wife over Janine, M.M. then gets a call from his daughter, who tells him that she was not in her right mind, and has run away from her mother, and wants to be left alone until she is well enough to call him. However, he tracks her down easily, and she reveals that Butcher murdered the producers and cast of the adult film, including brutally murdering Janine's mother in front of her. His final words, meant both as a warning and as a threat, were for Janine to leave M.M. alone; Janine expresses surprise at M.M.'s ignorance of Butcher's actions, having assumed he had been acting on M.M's orders, and M.M. assures her he will talk to Butcher.

Janine Milk appears in the live-action TV series adaptation, portrayed by Nalini Ingrita in the first two seasons and Liyou Abere in the third. This version has a close relationship with her father.

Television-exclusive characters

Laser Baby

"Laser Baby" is a character exclusive to the live-action television adaptation episode "Good for the Soul" and the Diabolical animated series episode "Laser Baby's Day Out", with vocal effects provided by Jenny Yokobori in the latter. The live-action version makes a minor appearance while the animated version was trained by Vought International scientist Simon to control her powers in the hopes that she will be adopted. After learning that she is going to be euthanized by Superbrain for failing every test she was given, Simon escapes with her, intending to adopt her himself.

Donna January

Donna January is Starlight's emotionally abusive mother, portrayed by Ann Cusack. She initially supports of her daughter's dreams of joining the Seven for her own financial gain until Annie cuts her off upon learning the truth behind her powers. She is based on Starlight's unnamed mother from the comics.


Cherie is Frenchie's former criminal partner, a weapons specialist, and occasional ally of the Boys, portrayed by Jordana Lajoie. In addition to providing the Boys with weapons and supplies, she also serves as Frenchie's confidant and occasional romantic partner before their relationship becomes strained when Cherie provides Kimiko with assassination jobs.

Nathan Franklin

Nathan Franklin is A-Train's older brother and coach, portrayed by Christian Keyes. He tries to push A-Train to become the fastest superhero in the world without using Compound V. In the third season, Nathan is hospitalized and paralyzed amidst an attempt by A-Train and Ashley Barrett to make Blue Hawk issue a public apology to Trenton, New Jersey's African-American community. Upon learning A-Train killed Blue Hawk, Nathan's relationship with his brother becomes strained.


Elena is Queen Maeve's ex-girlfriend whom she still has feelings for, portrayed by Nicola Correia-Damude.

Ryan Butcher

Ryan Butcher is the 8-year-old son of Homelander and Becca Butcher exclusive to the live-action television adaptation, portrayed by Parker Corno in the first season and Cameron Crovetti in the second and third seasons. He lives a sheltered life with his mother at the behest of Vought until Homelander learns of his existence and begins visiting him. Ryan is initially reluctant to be with his father, who pushes him to use his powers, but warms up to him after learning the truth about his life. Ryan is subsequently taken by Homelander and Stormfront before he is rescued by the Boys, during which he accidentally kills Becca. Following this, Ryan is placed in Mallory's custody and placed in hiding. Despite forming a bond with Butcher, Ryan's relationship becomes strained after Butcher accuses him of killing Becca, which Ryan starts to resent him for. With Congresswoman Victoria Neuman's help, Homelander finds and successfully wins back Ryan.

He is based on the unnamed infant son of Black Noir and Becky Saunders, who Butcher beat to death in the comic series.

Kenji Miyashiro

Kenji Miyashiro is Kimiko's younger brother and a Supe with telekinetic abilities, portrayed by Abraham Lim. Years prior, he was kidnapped by the Shining Light Liberation Army and successfully indoctrinated into joining them. In the present, he travels to the U.S. to commit terrorist acts in response to Vought's work in other countries and tries to convince Kimiko to join him before he is pursued by the Boys and Seven and killed by Stormfront.

Adam Bourke

Adam Bourke is a film director, portrayed by P.J. Byrne. Throughout the second and third seasons of The Boys live-action series adaptation, he is hired by Vought to helm a film about the Seven called Dawn of the Seven. After Stormfront's Nazi past is leaked and her subsequent expulsion from the Seven, he spends the next year overseeing re-shoots carried out by Tony Gilroy and eventually releases the "Bourke Cut" of the film. As of the live-action spin-off series Gen V, Bourke became an acting teacher at Godolkin University after reportedly showing his penis to Minka Kelly.

Church of the Collective

The Church of the Collective is a cult that recruit celebrities to help spread their message and appears exclusively in the live-action television adaptation. The group is a satire of the controversial, real-life religious organization Church of Scientology. Its known members are:

Judy Atkinson

Judy Atkinson is Billy Butcher's aunt, Terror's caretaker, and drug dealer, portrayed by Barbara Gordon.


Jay is Frenchie and Cherie's best friend and former partner who is stated to have died of an overdose, portrayed by Michael Ayres.


Cindy is a telekinetic supe, portrayed by Ess Hödlmoser. She first appears in the second season of the live-action TV series adaptation as a test subject at the Sage Grove psychiatric hospital, where Vought has been working to stabilize Compound V in adults. After the Boys infiltrate the facility and fight Lamplighter, they inadvertently release Cindy, who in turn frees her fellow patients to go on a rampage. Despite being incapacitated by Stormfront, Cindy survives and successfully escapes the facility.[58][59][60]

As of the web series Seven on 7, Black Noir was dispatched by Vought to find Cindy.[61]

Cameron Coleman

Cameron Coleman is a television host for the Vought News Network and host of Seven on 7 and The Cameron Coleman Hour, portrayed by Matthew Edison.

Godolkin University

Godolkin University is a Supe academy that was founded by Thomas Godolkin and appears in The Boys live-action TV series spin-off Gen V.

Indira Shetty

Indira Shetty is the dean of Godolkin University and former behavioral therapist who lacks powers and secretly runs a hidden asylum underneath the campus called "The Woods", portrayed by Shelley Conn.

Professor Richard Brinkerhoff

Professor Richard Brinkerhoff is a professor at Godolkin University in charge of the Lamplighter School of Crimefighting, portrayed by Clancy Brown.


Polarity is a superhero, alumnus and trustee of Godolkin University, and father of Andre Anderson who possesses magnetism manipulation, portrayed by Sean Patrick Thomas.

Marie Moreau

Marie Moreau is a young Supe with hemokinesis, portrayed by Jaz Sinclair as a teenager and by Jaeda LeBlanc as a child. After her powers manifested during her first period, she accidentally killed her parents, straining her relationship with her sister Annabeth. Marie was subsequently sent to the Red River Institute until she turned 18, after which she enrolls at Godolkin University.

Emma Meyer

Emma Meyer is a Supe student at Godolkin University and Marie Moreau's roommate, portrayed by Lizze Broadway. Her powers allow her to shrink in size by "purging" and grow by eating.

Andre Anderson

Andre Anderson is a Supe student at Godolkin University and son of Polarity who shares his magnetism manipulation, portrayed by Chance Perdomo.

Cate Dunlap

Cate Dunlap is a Supe student at Godolkin University, portrayed by Maddie Phillips as a teenager and by Violet Marino as a child. Due to her powers allowing her to control people's minds through skin contact, she must wear gloves when she is not using them. Additionally, she will suffer debilitating pain if she overuses her powers. After her powers manifested during her childhood and resulted in her little brother disappearing, her parents stopped touching her, made her wear gloves, and replaced her bedroom door with a fortified door.

Jordan Li

Jordan Li is a Supe gender-shifter, student at Godolkin University, and Professor Brinkerhoff's teaching assistant, portrayed by London Thor in their female form and by Derek Luh in their male form. While using the former form, they possess the ability to fire energy blasts while the latter possesses super-strength and invulnerability. They initially share a rivalry with Marie Moreau before developing a relationship with her.

Luke Riordan

Luke Riordan is a Supe upperclassman at Godolkin University who possesses pyrokinesis, portrayed by Patrick Schwarzenegger. While being marketed as Golden Boy, he became a promising recruit for the Seven, but learns his brother Sam was being held in a secret facility called "the Woods". He goes on a rampage, killing Professor Brinkerhoff and warning Andre Anderson before committing suicide. Vought later covers up Luke's death, claiming a drug dealer gave him bad drugs.

Sam Riordan

Sam Riordan is a Supe student at Godolkin University with super-strength, the brother of Luke Riordan, and inmate of "the Woods", portrayed by Asa Germann as a teenager and by Cameron Nicoll as a child.

Justine Garcia

Justine Garcia is a student at Godolkin University's Crimson Countess School for the Performing Arts and Supe influencer with enhanced durability and a healing factor, portrayed by Maia Jae Bastidas.

Social Media Jeff

Social Media Jeff is a student at Godolkin University and the school's social media manager, portrayed by Daniel Beirne.


Maverick is a Supe student and student advisor at Godolkin University and son of Translucent, portrayed by Charles Altow in The Boys, portrayed by Curtis Legault in Gen V when visible, and voiced and motion-captured by Nicholas Hamilton in Gen V when invisible.


Rufus is a Supe student at Godolkin University who possesses telepathy, astral projection, and clairvoyance, portrayed by Alexander Calvert.

Minor students

Edison Cardosa

Dr. Edison Cardosa is a therapist for a secret facility called "the Woods", located underneath Godolkin University, who appears in Gen V, portrayed by Marco Pigossi.

Other television-exclusive characters


  1. ^ Credited as "Board Member #1".
  2. ^ Credited as "Board Member #2".
  3. ^ Credited as "Board Member #3".


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