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NOTE: This article is only for the TV version of Homelander. To see the article for the original version of him, go to Homelander.
Villain Overview

You guys... are the real heroes.
~ Homelander's catchphrase.
I'm the Homelander, and I can do whatever the f-ck I want.
~ Homelander's most famous quote.

The Homelander is the main antagonist of the 2019 Amazon Prime TV adaptation of the highly controversial adult comic-book series The Boys. He serves as the main antagonist of the first season, one of the two main antagonists (along with Stormfront) of the second season, and will return in the third season.

Homelander is the most powerful superhero produced by Vought-International and the leader of the famous superhero team known as The Seven. Like the comics, he is leader of The Seven and is an arrogant, violent "hero" who cares more about his public image than saving others. While putting on the front of a flawless and pure superhero team, Homelander and The Seven are in fact responsible for causing much more destruction and death than they prevent. However, their crimes are covered up by Vought through their vast media connections and resources.

Among the Seven, Homelander is seemingly the most incorruptible, not partaking in many of the vices his fellow superheroes engage in such as drugs and sex. However, beneath the act he puts up, Homelander is the worst one of all, regarding non-Supes as "mud-people" and taking joy in using his superpowers to kill people. He is the archenemy of Billy Butcher, having raped and allegedly murdered his wife while she was his social media manager at Vought. He later regards Butcher as his arch-enemy as well after the events of the second season.

He is portrayed by Antony Starr.

Personality

On the surface, Homelander presents himself as a charismatic superhero, warm, altruistic and revolted by any form of injustice. He often encourages his allies by telling them "that they are the real heroes". This only serves as a façade for when he wishes to be presentable however, and is quick to show his true side when necessary even towards those he has vowed to protect.

In reality, he is an apathetic, selfish, uncaring, merciless, sadistic, troubled, cold, horrible, hypocritical, arrogant, and above all ruthless and horrid narcissist. Because of his immense power, he believes that he is superior to the whole of humanity; that is how he does not hesitate to crash a plane, letting dozens of people die or use his power to get what he wants. His manipulative and devious side is also demonstrated when he pursues his own plans behind Madelyn Stillwell's back, creating super-terrorists with the complicity of A-Train. Unlike his comic book counterpart who was framed by the comic book Black Noir for many of his crimes and driven crazy, this Homelander is evil of his own volition, willingly killing people in order to satiate his bloodlust and being the person who raped Billy's wife, while the TV series Black Noir has nothing to do with it (From what we know). Homelander is also very controlling, hating receiving orders from Vought and he forces Ashley to be secretly his puppet when she replaces Stillwell and to let him do whatever he wants.

While an unrepentant sociopath, Homelander does have a desire of the love and affection he never had as a child which causes him to have a soft spot for Madelyn Stillwell of whom he looks up to as a surrogate mother figure. In addition to this, Homelander also shows an attraction to Stillwell and appears to view her in both a matrilineal and sexual light, roleplaying with her as a mother and child in their sexual encounters. Beyond her value to him as a sexual partner though, Homelander has little care for Stillwell as a human being and ultimately killed her when he found out she kept the truth of his child from him. After her death, Homelander would force Doppelganger to shape-shift into her so he could relive some of their sexual encounters, showing his care for her was only out of what she meant to him. He also showed an interest in Queen Maeve and the two appeared to have dated at some point, though after Homelander discovered she was bisexual he willingly let her go, likely out of the realization that she could never be attracted to him and possibly due to him never truly caring about her beyond her value as a pawn. Homelander is somewhat lazy as well, preferring to use his laser beams everytime instead of using more pragmatic means to stop criminals.

Likely as a result of being raised to be Vought's premier superhero and lack of proper childhood, Homelander has an extreme sense of narcissism and, while cruel and uncaring towards civilians behind-the-scenes, longs for their love and attention as further validation for himself. He is prideful about his status as the world's best superhero and is incredibly hostile to anyone who would challenge his popularity or position as leader of the Seven, such as Stormfront. Furthermore, like his fellow superheroes, he is good at playing the system and tricking the world into thinking that their actions are justified. He does so while doing anything possible to cover up the crimes that even their most loyal followers will despise them for if they ever find out.

Despite all the bad things he's done, Homelander does actually care about his son, Ryan, seemingly empathizing with him after he has a panic attack from being surrounded by many people, as he had the same happen to him. Homelander points out that he doesn't want his son to grow up the same way he did, isolated, which shows he does care.

He also came to genuinely care about his lover Stormfront. While he originally was more than ready to kill her when he thought she was betraying him he looked genuinely saddened upon seeing her crippled and incinerated.

Powers and Abilities

  • Superhuman Strength: One of Homelander's primary abilities is his tremendous superhuman strength. He possesses the greatest level of strength ever seen, allowing him to effortlessly overpower any opponent. After he and Queen Maeve intercepted a robbery, he threw the first thief far away and high into the air. He also embedded his fist in a shooter's torso. In "The Female of the Species" Homelander stated was unable to carry the hijacked plane to safety, suggesting that he is unable to use his full strength in flight, requiring a solid surface to take full advantage of his power. He was later able to throw a baseball from New York to Boston.
  • Invulnerability: Homelander seems to be immune to all forms of physical harm and is thereby the most resilient of the Seven, and possibly of all Supes. As such, he is not only completely bulletproof but is also unfazed by explosions, such as when Billy blew up the Stillwell residence with him inside it.
  • Superhuman Speed: Homelander can fly at extremely fast speeds, enough to keep up with Steve's plane so he could destroy it. How fast he is is unknown; however, it is possible that he can fly at even faster speeds than A-Train can run despite being slower than him while on the ground.
  • Heat Vision: Homelander is able to generate powerful red beams of energy from his eyes with a variable degree of intensity. These blasts of energy are so powerful that they appear to be able to cut through anything, such as Steve's plane. He also used his heat vision to melt a thief's gun to the latter's hand. However, Homelander is most notable for using his optical beams on people, melting flesh and bone with ease and causing people to burst into gore.
  • X-Ray Vision: Homelander's vision allows him to see through any solid object or surface, with the exception of objects and surfaces that are lined with zinc.
  • Superhuman Hearing: Homelander possesses tremendous auditory awareness, allowing him to detect sounds from miles away. He can also use this power to detect a person's heartbeat, and can tell when they are excited or anxious, such as when he detected Hughie Campbell's blood pressure to be 150/90.
  • Flight: Homelander is able to levitate and propel himself at great speeds, allowing him to cover vast distances in a matter of minutes. As mentioned above, while flying, his is likely even faster than A-Train.

Quotes

Season 1

My dad always said "Surround yourself with people smarter than you".
~ Homelander to Becca.
Who's ready to see a race? A cheer to my boy A-Train. Alright, you f***ing c***sucker.
~ Homelander.
No, no, no, no, no. I'm just seeing something down the back.
~ Homelander to a passenger.
Oh, sweetheart, of course I'm gonna save you. You betcha!
~ Homelander to a little girl on the Transoceanic Flight 37.
You stay the f**k back, or I'll laser you goddamnit! I'll laser every f***ing one of you!
~ Homelander to the passengers.
Wasn't I chosen to save you? It is not my God-given purpose to protect the United States of America? Psalm 58:10: "The righteous shall rejoice when he sees the vengeance; He shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked".
~ Homelander's speech at the Believe Expo.
So what if I took you to a house you never seen before, full of photos of parents you never met, toys you never played with, books you never read, and then asked you how much that fake f***ing bullshit meant to you. How would that make you feel?
~ Homelander to Stillwell.
Hey Deep, why can't I see the truth.
~ Homelander to Deep.
Go f**k shamu in the blow hole.
~ Homelander to the Deep.
They just declared war.
~ Homelander to Stilwell.
Hey, I'm not the one who's down a point and a half. So I think what you mean to say is, "Gee, thanks, Homelander, for showing up out of the blue and and bringing the extra press to my collar."
~ Homelander to Maeve.
Not you Noir, you've been great.
~ Homelander to Black Noir.
Means that lately, some of you have been a little out of sorts. Erratic. Unreliable. Downright sloppy. Not you, Noir, you've been great. But the rest of you... It is fair to say that I'm disappointed.
~ Homelander to the Seven.
God bless America.
~ Homelander
Now we have villains all over the globe that only we can fight. Sequel after sequel after sequel..
~ Homelander on orchestrating super-terrorists.
I'm the world's greatest superhero.
~ Homelander to Jonah.
You promised me no more lies. You f***in' promised me. You and Vogelbaum should have got your stories straight. THEY WERE SO CLOSE! So f****in' close, but there was a few little details that were different. So I went back to Vogelbaum, and I managed to squeeze the truth out of him. The real truth.
~ Homelander was upset about Stillwell they were close.
No. No, no. I mean everything to your job. You care more about that f****in' baby than you do about me.
~ Homelander on his job about caring the baby.
Thank you. Thank you for finally being honest.
~ Homelander talking to Stilwell before killing her before taking over Billy's house.
Wakey Wakey! Hey Buddy, you're up for quite awhile. You can thank me for... saving you, sometime later, but for now... Time to get up. Come on, you're gonna love this. Come on.
~ Homelander talking Billy to get up and see his wife and son.
Oh. Lucky I didn't tell you. Wanna know him? I'm your father! And WE... are a family!
~ Homelander to Ryan during the season one finale.

Season 2

Today, I can report to the American people that Black Noir has conducted an operation killing the Super Terrorists known as Naqib. But that doesn’t mean sacrifices won't still be made. The proof of that, sadly... lies before us. For today, we mourn a fallen member of the Seven. Translucent. Murdered in cold blood by the Cartel Super Terrorists, El Diablo.
~ Homelander reporting to Translucent's death.
Before he left, Translucent, said to me... Almost as if we knew something was gonna happen, he said... "Hey, Homelander. Tell my son Maverick that I love him." And he also said, "You find those Super Terrorists..." Well, Super Villains is really the only team. but he said, "You find them, Homelander. And you stop them." So I say to you, Maverick... and to all the sons and daughters of this great nation, I will stop them. I will save you.
~ Homelander talking about Translucent's death.
Now your just another useless f***ing blind guy.
~ Homelander after blowing out Blindspot's ear drums.
What made you think I would ever allow a cripple into the Seven?
~ Homelander to Ashley on Blindspot.
Let's get one thing straight. The only reason you're here and not doing corporate PR for fu***ing Diva Cups is that I brought you here. You are dispensable, which means you answer to me... From now on, I will set my own agenda, I'll approve my own marketing and write my own talking points. You will tell me everything that goes on on the 99th floor, and I mean everything. Every call, e-mail, group chat. If a f***ing light bulb goes out, you will tell me. And, Ashley, in no f***ing way do you decide who goes in The Seven. I decide. Do we have an understanding?
~ Homelander to Ashley.
It's nothing personal. We'll always be friends. Etcetera. Attaboy.
~ Homelander to A-Train, on him being kicked out of the Seven.
Well, this is a truly fascinating if not slightly condescending lecture, but uh... I don't think I see the point, Stan.
~ Homelander to Stan Edgar.
You're pathetic. I don't need everyone to love me. I don't need anyone. I don't need YOU!
~ Homelander to Doppelganger before killing him.
So, Noir's a vegetable, Lamplighter's a charcoal briquette, Starlight's in the breeze somewhere, and you're, what, fine with it.
~ Homelander to Stormfront.
He's mine. What, are you gonna blow yourself up...to save the little shit who f***ing murdered your wife?
~ Homelander to Butcher on protecting Ryan.
Thanks to the heroism of Queen Maeve and Starlight, Stormfront has been neutralized, and is being held in an undisclosed location. I would personally like to apologize to Starlight, who was wrongfully accused of sabotage and conspiracy. Welcome back to the team. And I know you and Maeve are two of the best, most loyal friends I could ever have. We are your heroes. We are here to serve and protect you. (fading): Stormfront's violation of that special relationship, of that trust, is unacceptable and she will be punished. Justice will be served.
~ Homelander giving the public adress.
I can do whatever I want. I can do whatever... I want. I can do... whatever I want. I can do whatever the f**k I want! I can do whatever the f**k I... want!
~ Homelander to himself at the end of season two.

Trivia

  • He suffers from an Oedipus Complex, being very close to Madelyn Stillwell, who is the closest to a mother he had.
  • Homelander's favourite film is Taxi Driver, and he relates to and identifies with the film's protagonistic villain Travis Bickle.
  • He's an obvious villainous parody to Superman. It is quite plausible that he is far weaker than the Man of Steel as he doesn't have experience in fighting super-powered individuals like Superman.
  • In the comics, Homelander is brutally killed by Black Noir in a few minutes as he is revealed to be a clone of Homelander. However this is not the case as in the series Black Noir isn't Homelander's clone, as when his face was partially shown, he was revealed as black.
  • Homelander embodies six of the Seven Deadly Sins:
    • Wrath: He's generally cruel, cold, violent, sadistic, impatient, intolerant and throws temper tantrums when he doesn't get his way.
    • Pride: He suffers from deep Narcissistic Personality Disorder, seeing himself as a godly entity superior to the whole of humanity and any super. His powers and sense of entitlement have led him to exhibit extreme megalomania, causing him to commit crimes against innocent people, including acts of rape and mass murder, out of the idea that he can do anything he wants because of who he is.
    • Sloth: Despite to be the most powerful super of world, Homelander uses his heat vision to take down his enemies with disastrous consequences: his  laziness with his eye beam usage is what would end up causing the Flight 37 disaster to play out like it does, carelessly destroying the planes control panel while killing the terrorist, and when he accidentally killed a innocent civilian during the task in Africa.
    • Greed: He's violently possessive towards anything and anyone he declares his property. This is shown in his interactions with Queen Maeve, Madelyn and Ryan.
    • Lust: Homelander is very fond about sex, this is show in his interactions with Madelyn and Stormfront and his rape on Becca.
    • Envy: Before murder her, Homelander was very bitter about Madelyn's affection on her baby Teddy due his Oedipus Complex and treats Queen Maeve and his son Ryan more as pieces of property than individuals, disliking their relationships with others people of outside him.
  • The Homelander's final scene in season 2 of him masturbating was actually meant to appear in season 1, but it was cut by Amazon, who felt it went too far too early in the show's run. Kripke says it was brought back to replace another scene they had in mind to end Homelander's season 2 arc. This time around, Amazon thought that scene didn't portray Homelander's broken state of mind well enough, and Kripke suggested this one and they approved it.
  • As many fans of The Boys compare the series to Game of Thrones for their similarity on politics and real-life situations, Homelander is more often as not compared, as well as shown to be extremely similar, to Joffrey Baratheon. Both of them are highly powerful figures who are part of a powerful empire (Homelander being apart of Vought and Joffrey being a member of House Lannister and House Baratheon) who put up a facade of being charming and caring people when in actuality, they are ruthless and sadistic monsters. Both of them consider themselves superior to those they consider "lesser" then them, and both of their psychopathy was a result of a need of love and care from a parental figure (In the books, Joffrey's actions were out of wanting to be acknowledged by his (legal) father, Robert, while Homelander also wants to receive love and compassion from Stillwell). However, while Homelander is considered more competent in regards to being a genuinely threatening figure, in regards to evil, Joffrey is arguably far worse than Homelander, because unlike Homelander, Joffrey isn't given any redeeming qualities and doesn't care for his family the way Homelander does.
    • Anthony Starr, Homelander's actor, even once made a comment about the comparisons by calling Homelander a "likable Joffrey", since Homelander is given moments in the series that lets viewers emphasize with him, while Joffrey isn't.

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Vought-International
Madelyn Stillwell | Jonah Vogelbaum | Stan Edgar | Ashley Barrett | Frederick Vought | Black-Ops Soldiers

The Seven
Current Members
Homelander | Black Noir | Queen Maeve | A-Train
Former Members
The Deep | Lamplighter | Translucent | Stormfront

Other
Billy Butcher | Frenchie | Doppelgänger | Naqib | Ezekiel | Mesmer | Popclaw | Alastair Adana | Kenji Miyashiro | Love Sausage | Cindy | Eagle the Archer | Victoria Neuman

See Also
The Boys Villains (Comic Book)

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