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- NOTE: This article is only for the TV version of Black Noir. To see the article for the original version of him, go to Black Noir.
|“||It means that lately, some of you have been, eh, a little out of sorts. Erratic. Unreliable. Downright sloppy. Not you, Noir, you've been great.||„|
|~ The Homelander about The Seven and to Black Noir.|
|~ Black Noir's note to Anika to find Billy Butcher for him.|
Black Noir is a major antagonist in the 2019 Amazon Prime TV adaptation of the highly controversial adult comic-book series The Boys. He serves as a supporting antagonist in the first season, the secondary antagonist of the second season, and will return in the third season.
Black Noir is The Seven’s superpowered ninja. His super strength and heightened senses are matched only by his proficiency in the martial arts. Criminals run in terror at the mere mention of his name. Little is known about this lethal warrior, other than having trained with a master sensei to become the death dealer he is at present. Whatever lies under his mask is a complete mystery – which only makes him more terrifying.
He is portrayed by Nathan Mitchell.
Nothing is known of Black Noir's true origins, life, or even his identity prior to joining The Seven. However, it is said that he was once a ninja trained by a masterful sensei during his youth, but it simply could be another origin story created by Vought for the public to know, making Noir's real origins a complete mystery.
In the present day, Black Noir is a feared member of The Seven, often used for his expert combat skills and extraordinary strength. Black Noir is one of the only people that has come face to face with The Female and lived. In "The Female of the Species" he was able to fight on par with The Female, perhaps only due to her weakened state. Furthermore, he is able to strike fear into the hearts of the public, putting Frenchie and Cherie into a panic after noticing him outside of their flat.
In his first appearance in the second season, he violently murders the Supe terrorist Naqib and several others present. He is shown displaying a dark sense of humor when he walks up to a child carrying Naqib's head, then picking up a plush rabbit and toying with it. He is then seen with The Seven as they hunt down The Boys and briefly gasps upon the sight of the dead whale washed up. After the news of Compound V was revealed to the public, Black Noir is seen sitting against the wall, sobbing at the notion of Compound V. However, not long after, Stan Edgar personally tasks Noir to hunt down Billy Butcher and he does so by intimidating Anika.
Once spotting Butcher near Becca's home, Noir immediately hunts him down and tracks him all the way to Judy's house where he gets tricked into breaking in her home only to be blown up by a bomb implanted by Butcher, Hughie and Marvin. Though severely burnt, Noir exhibits no sign of pain quickly attacks the three of them. However, Butcher warns him that if he kills all three of them, information regarding Homelander and his illegitimate son will be leaked to the media and the public. Noir proceeds to choke Butcher against the wall only to receive a phone call from Stan Edgar who negotiates a deal to have Noir spare Butcher, Hughie, and Marvin's life in exchange for Butcher keeping the secret. After the deal's been made, Black Noir lets go of Butcher and leaves the scene.
Some time afterwards, Vought upon discovering Starlight's secret alliance with The Boys sends Black Noir to capture both Starlight and her mother and lock them up each in different cells at Vought Tower's anti-Supe fortress. However, due to an alarm set off by Lamplighter after he burned himself to death, Starlight is able to escape but is soon ruthlessly attacked by Noir who easily overpowers her. As he is choking her to the brink of death, however, Queen Maeve appears and briefly unmasks Noir, revealing a hideously deformed face before immediately shoving an Almond Joy chocolate bar into his mouth, weakening him as it is revealed by Maeve that Noir is actually allergic to peanuts as he desperately tries to reach his EpiPen prompting Maeve to kick it away from him.
The next day, it is revealed by Stormfront that Noir is unresponsive and currently being treated by Vought’s medical staff.
Black Noir seems to be the lone silent type and is somewhat socially withdrawn from other members of The Seven. He never speaks but is apparently very in touch with his emotions as he was shown to be very distraught with the revelation that he and all the other supes weren't born with their powers causing him to cry through his mask. Despite being a fierce fighter and rarely ever showing his emotions, he is apparently not to be as ruthless as some of the other Seven members. Upon eliminating Naqib, Noir finds a little boy in his pajamas and grabs a nearby stuffed animal and plays with it in front of the boy and just heads out. He also apparently has a soft spot for animals and was genuinely shocked and heart-broken to see a whale beached and killed at the hands of Billy Butcher.
- Black Noir is a parody of Batman.
- His costume design also brings to mind Snake Eyes.
- He may also be a parody of Deadpool in the series as they both share the same weaponry and costume resemblance.
- On a side note, Deadpool is extremely talkative while Black Noir is the complete opposite. Furthermore, the jokes surrounding him are far more subtle.
- Black Noir is apparently not responsible for raping Billy's wife in the Amazon series as it is hinted and then confirmed by Becca Butcher that it was Homelander completely.
- There are several implications in the series that hints that Black Noir is indeed Homelander's clone or at least some variation of it. However, this has yet to be confirmed. The following hints are:
- His incredible withstanding and surviving of Naqib's explosion implies he is a Homelander clone like in the comics.
- Also, despite getting slightly wounded while fighting The Female, he easily overpowers her.
- When finding out that he wasn't born with powers and instead was given powers by Vought using Compound V, Black Noir broke down in tears which hints at his only purpose in life and by Vought is to kill Homelander in case he goes out of control. Although given that he seems to be less ruthless than he is in the comics, it is possible that Black Nior was upset with Vought for lying to him.
- Black Noir also has roughly the same height, build, and stature as Homelander.
- Many have speculated that Black Noir may still be a clone of Homelander albeit a different power than him. As in, Homelander is indestructible and whereas Black Noir has a regenerative healing factor.
- On a side note, The Boys series' official twitter page posted a picture of The Seven members in various poses. However, suspiciously both Homelander and Black Noir are standing side-by-side with the same exact pose as one another, while each of the other Seven members has their own individual poses.
- Noir means "black" in French, which means his name is literally Black Black.
- It is unknown if he played with a rabbit in front of a child just to taunt him about Naqib's death or just to cheer him up over it.
- Apparently, Noir's height and weight frequently change. This leads some fans to believe that Black Noir isn't one person, but multiple. Similarly to the comics where Noir sometimes appears skinnier as usual despite being a Homelander clone.
- Black Noir is allergic to tree nuts and regularly keeps an EpiPen on him in the event of a reaction. This weakness is the first sign that despite the above, Black Noir isn't Homelander's clone as he is in the comics.