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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.
|“||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.
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.
- 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.
- Homelander at The Boys Wiki