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For the Dynamite version of the character, see Gunpowder/Comics.

"And I'll tell you something, if "Dakota" Bob Singer gets elected president, well, you say hello to left-wing socialism. 'Cause I'll tell you this right now, he is gonna follow the George Soros globalist playbook to a T. Step one, oppress the citizens and confiscate their firearms. Step two, have it all gleefully reported by the so-called news media. And step three, in every classroom around the country, they're gonna teach your kids to hate America, the Constitution and the Second Amendment. Good for us, the silent majority, and the Vought Rifle Association, let me tell you something, we are armed and we're ready to fight back. Thank you for coming, ladies and gentlemen. Don't forget, two-for-one on hollow-points on the way out. Use the promo code "Gunpowder." God bless y'all."
—Gunpowder[src]

Gunpowder was a retired superhero, firearms enthusiast and a former member of the superhero team, Payback. Additionally, he was also Soldier Boy's sidekick.

The Boys Series[]

Background[]

In the late 70s and early 80s, Gunpowder was a teenage supe with dreams of superhero stardom. At the age of 14, he finally got his big break when he was chosen to be Soldier Boy's sidekick and a member of the super team, Payback. Gunpowder regularly took beatings and abuse from Soldier Boy, though he resisted them due to his admiration for him.

In 1984, Gunpowder and the rest of Payback participated in an operation to assist the Contras in their attack on the Russian-backed Sandinistas in Nicaragua. Gunpowder and Soldier Boy were starting to set up a mortar for firing to entertain the troops, but were stopped by Grace Mallory.

Later, the Sandinistas and Russian special forces attacked the encampment. Gunpowder took over a mounted emplacement gun on a jeep and started gunning down enemies, but it was unclear how many of them were actual Sandinistas or Contras, as a bloodlust quickly overtook him, making him shoot in Grace Mallory's direction, even as his teammates were yelling at him to stop.

Season One[]

Cherry[]

"Look, the mall shooting's a tragedy. I'm just saying, if more people were armed, maybe I wouldn't have to save the day every time."
—Gunpowder[src]

Gunpowder appears in an interview, which Cherie is watching, saying that he had stopped the shooting and that if people were carrying guns, he wouldn't have to save them.[1]

Seven on 7 with Cameron Coleman[]

In the November 2021 telecast of Vought News Network's Seven on 7 with Cameron Coleman, a story of him was reported by the reporter Cameron Coleman. He was described as a retired superhero who was a member of the group Payback. The story focused on Gunpowder's new Junior Shooting Program that was developed in partnership with the Vought Rifle Association.[2]

Season Three[]

The Only Man in the Sky[]

"He didn't die in an accident, all right? The whole nuclear meltdown thing, it was just bullshit. I don't know. I-I don't know! I don't fucking know! All right? We were in Nicaragua, in fucking '84, but I didn't see it happen. I didn't see shit! Fuck, I was just a kid."
—Gunpowder regarding Soldier Boy's fate in Nicaragua.[src]

Butcher infiltrates a gun convention where Gunpowder appears to inspire people at the convention to take the law into their own hands. After his seminar, Butcher confronts Gunpowder in the bathroom and asks him questions about Soldier Boy. Gunpowder feigns ignorance about Soldier Boy beyond his staged death and denies any abuse he suffered from his former teammate. He then attempts to kill Butcher in the parking lot, managing to injury Butcher in his leg and face. Before he could corner Butcher, the latter shoots several cars, using their alarms to mask his escape.

Butcher later confronts Gunpowder a second time, now empowered by Compound V. Gunpowder doesn't hesitate to shoot Butcher three times in the chest and drop the latter to the ground. Butcher then recovers quickly and begins to beat Gunpowder until he reveals information about Soldier Boy. Gunpowder downplays his abuse as out of control "hazing" and confirms Soldier Boy's death at the nuclear power plant was staged. He also claims he doesn't know the full details but he directs Butcher to question Mallory since the CIA was in charge when that happened and she might know information about it. Gunpowder pleads for his life, but Butcher refuses to spare the supe and repeatedly beats his face while the former loses consciousness. Butcher keeps going until his heat-vision activates and he bisects Gunpowder's head and the car behind him.

Powers and Abilities[]

Powers[]

  • Enhanced Accuracy: Gunpowder possesses uncanny aim with firearms (perhaps similar to the way Eagle the Archer is proficient with a bow) far beyond the level of mastery ordinarily obtainable to non-supe humans. When Billy Butcher hid behind a support column in a parking garage, Gunpowder then shifted his aim so that his shot ricocheted off a water pipe, through a parked car's passenger and driver windows, off a second support column, which then grazed Billy Butcher's cheek. Moreover, he was able to do this while viewing Billy Butcher through a mounted mirror in the parking garage.
  • Enhanced Sight: Gunpowder's sight is significantly superior to that of a non-supe, as evidenced by his sole reliance on a mounted mirror to hit Butcher.
  • Superhuman Durability: In comparison to an average person, Gunpowder is noticeably more durable. For example, Gunpowder received numerous beatings from Soldier Boy while serving as his sidekick, but no lasting or disabling injuries resulted from any of them. Furthermore, while being beaten by Butcher, Gunpowder is seen with minor bruising, which is impressive given that Butcher had taken V-24 and had strength comparable to Homelander or Soldier Boy.
  • Regenerative Healing Factor (Tentative): Gunpowder, while not on par with Kimiko's healing factor, presumably had a limited regenerative healing factor. Gunpowder's healing factor is thought to have allowed him to regrow missing teeth, minor bruises, cuts, and scratches, allowing him to recover from Soldier Boy's beatings.

Abilities[]

"Now, all I want to know is what happened to him, and you're gonna tell me."
"Or maybe I put a bullet in your head."
Billy Butcher and Gunpowder[src]
  • Expert Marksman: As his name implies, Gunpowder is proficient with firearms. He taught kids about the Second Amendment, and how to safely carry and handle firearms.[2] With his pistol, he was able to ricochet a bullet off a pipe, through a car window, off a concrete pillar, and across Billy Butcher's face.[3]

Weaknesses[]

  • Limited Durability: Although he is able to survive all kinds of bullets and explosions he does have limits as Butcher's heat vision is shown to be able to bisect his head despite having his superhuman durability.
  • Lack of Combat Skills: Gunpowder seems to rely upon his enhanced proficiency with firearms. Without a weapon, he seems unremarkable, apart from his enhanced durability, and is seemingly not adept at conventional means of fighting.

Equipment[]

  • IMI Desert Eagle Mark XIX:
  • Carl Gustaf M2:

Relationships[]

Allies[]

Trivia[]

  • Gunpowder is a parody of both Deadshot and Judge Dredd.
    • His status as Soldier Boy's side kick is likely a parody of Captain America's side kick, Bucky Barnes, aka The Winter Soldier.
  • Gunpowder's license plate reads 2A4-EVER, which stands for 2nd Amendment forever, otherwise known as the Right to Bear Arms.
  • Gunpowder is one of three characters to be recasted for Season Three. The others are Monique and Love Sausage.

References[]

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