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For the Amazon version of the character, see Homelander.

"Why do you hate me so much? I don't mean your problem with super-people in general, or why your team has the agenda that it does. I mean why do you hate me? I can hear your heartbeat, you know. You can keep your face perfectly still, but can't stop your heart pounding along like that - and I know it's not from fear, I'd be able to smell it. It's anger."
—The Homelander to a steely Billy Butcher

Homelander is one of the two main antagonists (alongside Black Noir) of the highly controversial adult comic-book series The Boys, and one of the two posthumous overarching antagonists (alongside Black Noir) of it's sequel/spin-off miniseries The Boys: Dear Becky.

He is the leader of The Seven, and the archenemy of Billy Butcher, the leader of The Boys.

He mainly served as the sole main antagonist throughout the comic series, until revealing that the rapist was Black Noir, making Homelander one of the two main antagonists of the comic series.

With the face of a movie star and the power of a god, Homelander is the greatest superhero alive and the leader of The Seven. Not only can he fly, but he also has super strength and super hearing, and he can see through almost anything with his x-ray vision and then destroy it with his laser eyes.

On the surface, he’s affable, modest, and sincere; the ultimate Boy Scout, an American treasure, a God-fearing patriot. But just like mere mortals, even superheroes have secrets.

History[]

Homelander was experimented on with Compound V, before birth, as a subject of Vought-American's experiments with Compound V, like much of the other Supes managed by Vought. As a result, he has developed abilities such as super strength, heat and x-ray vision, sonic scream and flight. At a young age, in Vought's experiments, he was tied to a nuclear bomb, in case his aggression got out of control. To the public, in a cover-up of the truth, his origin was claimed as "crash-landed on Earth", like of DC Comics' Superman Homelander became the leader of the Seven and one of the most powerful superheroes of Vought-American.

He was thought to be the one who raped Butcher's wife and got her pregnant, ultimately resulting in her death. It is later revealed Black Noir was the rapist. After being driven crazy, by being blackmailed by Butcher and finding out Noir did it, with the fact Noir was a clone of him, created by Vought to spy on him and kill him if need be. Enraged, he attempted to kill Noir, only to be killed by his clone, in a bloody fight during the takeover of the White House, with only his chest and arms being what's left of him, held by Noir.

Appearance[]

Homelander is a tall and muscular man with blonde hair, fair skin, and blue eyes. He wears a suit reminiscent to Superman and Captain America's, echoing a blend between both drawn from the comics. Homelander wears red gloves and boots, as well as a cape that stands for America, symbolizing patriotism.

Personality[]

At first glance Homelander appears to be a kind and caring individual, a hero who will do anything to protect the citizens of America and the American Dream. However, behind the facade he is deeply narcissistic, disturbed, and psychotic, showing no empathy. For a superhero, Homelander is incredibly brutal and aggressive, showing no concern for the safety of his own teammates or the people he should be protecting.

Powers[]

  • 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. He can hurl a fighter jet with one hand and kill Queen Maeve with just one punch.
  • Superhuman Durability: Homelander is almost immune to the majority of forms of physical harm and thereby the most resilient of the Seven, and possibly of all Supes. As such, he is not only completely bulletproof, but also unfazed by explosions. Vough had to keep hydrogen bombs strapped to him, since that was the only thing that they had that could possibly kill him. When Queen Maeve tried to hurt him with a sword, the weapon ended up breaking upon impact. The only thing capable of destroying him in the end was his own clone.
  • Superhuman Stamina: Homelander possesses stamina that is enhanced to inhuman levels. As a result, his muscles produce practically no fatigue toxins during physical activity. They are able to withstand the stresses of moving at superhuman speeds or performing other superhuman feats for extended periods of time, without tiring or becoming weak.
  • Superhuman Speed: Homelander can move far faster than the average human.
  • Heat Vision: Homelander is able to generate powerful heat energy from within his eyes and can project them outwards as high powered energy beams. These blasts of energy are so powerful that they appear to be able to cut through anything. 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.
  • 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 Billy Butcher's blood pressure to try and determine his motives.
  • Superhuman Smell: Homelander's sense of smell has been heightened far beyond normal human capabilities, allowing him to smell things no other being could. He can use this power to detect an explosive, or to sense adrenaline produced by fear.
  • Superhuman Voice: John's vocal cords are more powerful than the ones of a regular human, he can rupture people's eardrums just by screaming.
  • Flight: Homelander is able to levitate and propel himself at great speeds, allowing him to cover vast distances in a matter of minutes. He can keep up with airplanes and break the Sound barrier.

Weaknesses[]

Psychological[]

  • Lack of Training: He has no formal training in the use of his powers, or in handling dangerous situations. Along with the rest of his team, these inadequacies led to disaster when they attempted to stop a terrorist hijacking of a plane.
  • Mental Illness: Homelander is a mentally unstable man. His obsessive need to be adored coupled with his consummate lack of empathy and lack of moral reservation about harming, even killing others suggests he is afflicted with Malignant Narcissism. After getting tricked by Black Noir that he committed a variety of heinous crimes, such as rape and cannibalism, Homelander got even more insane and mentally unstable.

Biological[]

  • Blunt Force/Limited Durability: Homelander can be wounded and killed by someone who is as strong as or stronger than him, such as in the case of Black Noir.
  • Absence of fulcrum (Tentative): During the "I Tell You No Lie, G.I." storyline, the events of 9/11 seem to suggest that he is unable to use his full strength in flight, requiring a solid surface to take full advantage of his power.

Relationship[]

Trivia[]

  • He is a parody of Superman.
  • Although Homelander is one of the main antagonists of the comic series, he is not killed by his archenemy Billy, but is instead killed by Black Noir.
    • Because Black Noir was the rapist not homelander, which made him having a breakdown.
  • His name literally means "A person from one's homeland". It is suggested that the homeland he's born from would be America (due to his outfit).
  • The Amazon version of the character, played by Antony Starr, is almost completely identical to his comic counterpart, save for a more herculean physique as opposed to being built like a tank, and a slightly altered costume to make him look almost like Ultraman and Hyperion.
    • However though the Amazon version counterpart was shown that he actually raped Billy Butcher's wife, while in the comics he doesn't.

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