- For the Dynamite version of the character, see Homelander/Comics.
- "Go ahead. Release it. Let's light this candle, huh? I mean, sure, I'll lose everything, but then, I'll have nothing to lose. First, I'll take out the nerve centers--White House, Pentagon--then any domestic defense capabilities, and then critical infrastructure--like cellular, Internet, that kind of thing--and then, well, I think then. I'll just wipe New York off the fucking map for fun. I'll even throw in Des Moines and that little cousin-fucker hick town that Maeve's from, cause why not? See, Starlight, I'd prefer to be loved. I would, but if you take that away from me, well, being feared is A-one okey-doke by me. So. Go ahead, partner. Do it. No? You don't want to do it? Well, then, I would have to say that you have absolutely no fucking leverage because I am the Homelander. And I really can do whatever the fuck I want."
- —Homelander to Starlight[src]
Homelander (real name John) is the main antagonist of the Amazon series The Boys. Serving as the main antagonist of season 1, and one of the two main antagonists of Seasons 2 and 3 (alongside Stormfront in the former and Soldier Boy in the latter). He is aslo a reoccurring antagonist of its spin-off series The Boys Presents: Diabolical.
He is also the leader of The Seven, one of the strongest Supes in the world, and the archenemy of Billy Butcher, the leader of The Boys. With the face of a movie star and the power of a god, Homelander is considered 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 (except zinc) 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.
The Boys Series
- "You should've been raised in a home with a family who loved you. Not in a cold lab with doctors."
"And yet, I turned out great."
- —Homelander's response to Jonah Vogelbaum's apology.[src]
Homelander was born sometime in the spring of 1981 from the semen of Soldier Boy, America's first and greatest superhero, and an unknown egg donor. Raised in a lab, he was surrounded by doctors like Jonah Vogelbaum, who named him John. For not having a real family, Vogelbaum remarked that John turned violent, aggressive, and downright hateful ("The Self-Preservation Society"). Throughout his childhood, "John" was put through painful physical experiments and surgeries to test the true limits of his abilities, these tests included having his hand forced into a furnace while he cried, being boiled alive, and being forced to fight strength enhanced Vaught guards ("One Plus One Equals Two"). He was also under strict mental brainwashing, he was forced to spend hours sitting in front of a projector, seeing images that were chosen to mold his personality, like the American flag, Jesus Christ, and baseball. He had a mother-like figure (a female tutor), but she was killed in March 16, 1994 when he accidentally hugged her too tight, breaking her spine. Prior to her death, he had already caused similar incidents to countless other female tutors, a behavior that was usually motivated by indignation, but this time by isolation-induced depression. At some point during this period, he also developed a stronger but sociopathic alternate personality that helped him "get through the bad room".
As Homelander later revealed during Herogasm, he was a huge fan of Soldier Boy as a kid and watched all of his movies hundreds of times. He also respected Soldier Boy for being the only other Supe in existence who was "nearly" as strong as him and idolized the latter as his hero, not knowing at the time that they were blood-related.("Herogasm")
Joining The Seven
- "The terrorists had a bomb. I tried to cover it with my body, but the blast was too much. Only Noir and I survived. I failed you all."
"Are you kidding? You risked our lives for us! You're a hero!"
"Thank you all. But those poor hostages, they were the real heroes."
- —Homelander speaking to the press following his ill-fated first mission. [src]
Years later, John became the new member of The Seven, presented by Stan Edgar and Madelyn Stillwell to the public as "The Homelander". The most popular member of The Seven at that time, was Black Noir. Following his introduction, Noir came onto the stage and immediately stole John's spotlight, much to his and Stillwell's anger. Following this, Stillwell convinced John not to let Black Noir upstage him, and to simply go by "Homelander", minus the "The". ("One Plus One Equals Two")
Meeting Black Noir
Homelander is soon teamed up with Noir on his first mission; stopping a group of terrorists who have taken hostages at a chemical plant. Refusing to wait for Black Noir, Homelander immediately went inside and subdued two of the terrorists, breaking one of their noses in the process. He then confronted the rest. When they refused to back down, Homelander twisted their guns. However, one of the terrorists still held a hostage at gunpoint, despite the gun not working anymore. Homelander, horribly underestimating his abilities, used his heat vision to heat up the gun, causing it to explode, killing the hostage and destroying the man's hand. When the man's associate started screaming at him, he lost his mind and clamped his hand over her mouth, accidentally ripping out her jaw. This leads the hostages screaming at him and calling him a maniac, resulting in him killing everybody in a fit of rage, leaving only one hostage still alive. Black Noir then appeared in the doorway. Thinking that he will rat him out to Vought, Homelander attempted to kill Black Noir with his heat vision, accidentally bringing down the entire plant. ("One Plus One Equals Two")
After pulling himself out of the rubble, Homelander saw the hostage crawl out of the wreckage and towards a still-alive Black Noir. To Homelander's surprise, however, Noir coldly snapped the woman's neck while comforting her. Noir then helped Homelander come up with an excuse to cover up the failure of the mission. This event led to a mutual respect and respect eventual genuine friendship between the two. However, Homelander's lack of control deeply hardened him and possibly added to his already unstable mind. ("One Plus One Equals Two")
Meeting Becca Butcher
- "My dad always said: 'Surround yourself with people smarter than you.'"
- —Homelander to Becca Butcher[src]
Homelander met Becca Butcher in a Vought private Christmas party in 2011. He talked with Becca, the new Senior Director from the department of Digital Marketing of Vought and said that he loved the work she did with his official twitter profile. Before ending the conversation to see Queen Maeve, Homelander said that he would like to talk about her taking over the rest of his social media accounts ("The Self-Preservation Society").
Shortly after the two met, Homelander coerces Becca into having sex with him, ultimately leading to the birth of Ryan sometime in mid-2012. This event also sparked the course of the entire series, as it fueled Billy Butcher's hatred for Supes and lead to him forming The Boys. Unbeknownst to Homelander and Butcher, however, Becca went to Madelyn Stillwell and Jonah Vogelbaum after getting pregnant. The two secretly kept Becca in witness protection, where she began to raise Homelander's son alone.
Killing the Mayor of Baltimore
After finding out that the Mayor of Baltimore had knowledge about the Compound V while spying on Stillwell, Homelander assured that the existence of the chemical remained a secret by destroying his private jet, taking the Mayor's life in the process, as well as his son, who was excited after receiving an autographed poster of his favorite hero, Homelander himself. ("The Name of the Game").
After The Murder
- "Have you heard about the Mayor of Baltimore?"
"Yeah...yeah. I heard the plane went down"
- —Madelyn Stillwell and Homelander[src]
In an informal meeting, Homelander asks about the whereabouts of Translucent. Stillwell gives a direct answer, saying that she doesn't know where he is yet. After that, Stillwell makes an observation about the Mayor of Baltimore. Homelander tries to play it cool, but she knows that it was him who took the jet down, mainly because of The Deep. The two of them have a discussion about what Homelander represents. The meeting ends with Stillwell calling the leader of The Seven "pure", then she successfully eases Homelander ("Cherry").
Homelander, unhappy about The Deep's choice of telling Stillwell about the jet's destruction, request the presence of his fellow associate in the meeting room of The Seven Tower. There, they talk about the unfortunate choice of telling Stillwell about the laser beam marks on the jet that the Deep made. Homelander makes his points clear: The Deep keeps his mouth shut, or there will be no Deep to sniff him anymore ("Cherry").
The Search For Translucent
Homelander goes to Crime Analytics and asks Anika the last known location of Translucent. At first, she is not sure if she can share that information with him, to which Homelander replies with a straight "I can do whatever the fuck I want". Anika gets the message and gives Homelander the information he wants ("Cherry").
Homelander flies to the ten blocks where Translucent is expected to be. There, he sees a van. Inside the van, there is one of The Boys, Frenchie. Homelander doesn't know he's an enemy, so he casually asks for his ID. Frenchie gives it to him, but refuses to let Homelander get a look at the back of the van. This causes him to be suspicious. Homelander decides to look anyway with his x-ray vision, only to see nothing there. An explosion then happens some blocks away, part of a plan to keep Homelander off where Translucent really is. Homelander then goes for it, flying in the direction of the fire ("Cherry").
Mission With Queen Maeve
- "You guys are the real heroes"
- —Homelander to a SWAT team leader[src]
Queen Maeve and Homelander go to a high-rise building, where a sniper is hiding. A SWAT team is in position, but the arrival of two members of the Seven makes them step back. Homelander, with his impressive theatrics, praises the law officers and calls them "real heroes". After that, Maeve and Homelander enter the building. Homelander kills the sniper by penetrating his hand through his chest. In order to keep up appearances, Homelander shoots the sniper's gun several times at Maeve's armor, just to make it look like they were attacked first ("Get Some").
- "Who's ready to see a race? A cheer to my boy A-Train. Alright, you fucking cocksuckers."
- —Homelander to the race's attendance[src]
Homelander arrives at the Race when Queen Maeve is being interviewed, drawing all attention to him. He makes a speech to the spectators, and after that he says, almost whispering, "you fucking cocksuckers", showing his true feelings about everybody there that isn't a Supe. Then, he and Maeve start a conversation, and Homelander remembers the time when the two of them were dating. He looks back with sincere joy and a feeling of nostalgia. He even tries to get closer to her, with the attendance shouting "kiss her!", but Maeve steps back. After the conversation is over, Homelander sees that a weird man he vaguely recognises is looking at him in an odd way. They exchange stares ("Get Some").
After the Race is over, Homelander goes back to the Seven Tower. There, he and the Deep show Stillwell a box. She opens it and sees Translucent's remains. Homelander asks Deep what the box is made of, to which he answers "zinc", the only thing Homelander can't see through. Inside the box, there is a message, "COMING FOR YOU", which is basically a declaration of war ("Get Some").
Transoceanic Flight 37
- "Homelander, are you going to save us?"
"Oh, sweetheart, of course I'm gonna save you. You betcha!"
- —A little girl and Homelander[src]
When a Transatlantic flight Paris-Chicago is hijacked by terrorists, Stillwell sees an opportunity to promote her agenda of getting supes into the military. While the plane is over international waters, she sends Maeve and Homelander to save the plane, believing that a successful rescue of the passengers means that no congressman will dare vote against supes in the military.("The Female of the Species").
Homelander and Maeve are easily able to board the plane and kill the terrorists to the applause of the grateful passengers. However, when they enter the cockpit, they find one more terrorist pointing a gun at the pilot, next to a dead co-pilot. Before the supes can stop him, the terrorist shoots the co-pilot. Homelander then uses his heat vision to kill the terrorist, inadvertantly destroying the flight controls in the process. Maeve appeals to Homelander to try and save the plane, but Homelander points out that he could not carry the plane without a solid surface to stand on. Homelander maintains that they can only abandon the passengers to die. Maeve then appeals to Homelander to save at least a mother and her daughter. Homelander refuses, saying that if they save some passengers and let the rest die, the few who survived will tell the world that the two of the greatest heroes of the world did nothing to save the rest. Maeve, seeing no other choice, embraces Homelander, and together they get out of the plane and fly off. In the distance, they see the plane falling towards the ocean ("The Female of the Species").
Hours later, Homelander and Maeve are seen on a beach where the plane wreckage is washing ashore. Maeve is truly grieving the loss of the passengers, meanwhile, Homelander decides to act up and gives a speech to the news crews there, appealing to the audience, saying that if super-heroes were on the chain of command of the military, the tragedy of Flight 37 would never happen. By the end of the speech, everyone there was positively shouting "Homelander". In the Seven Tower, Stillwell watched the speech on her TV with a smirk on her face, knowing that in a way, Homelander did his job ("The Female of the Species").
Aftermath Of The Tragedy
- "We're here today to remember the victims of Transoceanic Flight 37, 123 brave souls lost in an instant, in a senseless act of violence."
- —Homelander giving a speech in Flight 37's victims funeral[src]
In the Seven Tower, A-Train tells Homelander that he killed his girlfriend Popclaw after she told some guys about Compound V. Homelander then said to his colleague that he did the right thing by telling him. Homelander comforts A-Train, but not before making an ominous remark like "I'll always be watching you" ("Good for the Soul").
In the memorial made for the victims of Flight 37, Homelander gives a speech, mentioning every victim by name and job. Homelander then mentions Susan Lopez and her daughter Maya, the two people Maeve wanted to save. After that, she leaves. Homelander, after finishing the speech, finds her seated on a wood bench. Maeve justifies her leaving off the memorial early because she hates boring speeches. Homelander seats on her side and tries to talk to her. He says that the one thing he loves in Maeve is that she takes initiative. By the end of his pep talk, Maeve says one more time that she hates boring speeches. After the remark, a silence strikes the place ("Good for the Soul").
- "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 giving a speech to the audience of Believe Expo[src]
Homelander arrives at the festival and seconds later, a huge crowd starts to follow him, asking for photos and autographs. The leader of the Seven just waves and smiles at them, and right after he enters a private place where he can be alone. There, he asks Ashley Barrett where's Stilwell, in which she responds that the Vice-President of Vought International isn't there ("Good for the Soul").
Homelander then goes see Stillwell, who is taking her son Teddy to the pediatrician. Homelander wants to make a speech that appeals to the public of the festival, focusing on faith and a "John Wayne justice", while Stillwell wants a moderate speech that can make congressmen identify with. When Homelander doesn't get what he wants, he says that Stillwell is running off the discussion to "play a strong single mom" and that she is using the baby as an accessory. Stillwell just answers that they need boundaries. Before leaving, Homelander stares at the baby ("Good for the Soul").
Homelander then gets back to the festival and enters the VIP room. There, he talks to Hughie Campbell, a friend of Starlight. They talk for a short amount of time. Then, Ezekiel says that everyone in the room will be re-baptized by Homelander. One by one, the participants are re-baptized. In Hughie's turn, Homelander asks if something wrong with him, because his blood pressure is 150/90. Hughie just says that he's afraid of water. Then, Homelander proceeds to re-baptize him, but this time Homelander is taking longer to get the participant out of water. Afraid, Hughie rises, after almost drowning. When the ceremony is over, Homelander leaves ("Good for the Soul").
Homelander then gives the speech, but instead of following the script as ordered by Stillwell, he improvises, putting a speech biased in Christianity and patriotism, and everyone in the crowd rejoices. Homelander then flies low towards the crowd, making him look like a messianic symbol ("Good for the Soul").
Back at CCTV, Stillwell notices Homelander watching her through the wall. She invites him in, mockingly asking if he is lonely. She warns about the speech he gave and has him lay on the couch, suckling her breast, as a way to "tame" him ("Good for the Soul").
Super in America
- "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 fucking bullshit meant to you. How would that make you feel?"
- —Homelander to Madelyn Stillwell[src]
In order to further sell the idea of Supes in the military, Vought decided to make a reality show featuring members of the Seven. Homelander then was brought to a house he never seen before and he had to make up a story about his childhood there, so the Vought crew could shoot it and send the footage to the reality show. Homelander said a lot of things about his "childhood", from baseball trophies to cakes. When he reached the bedroom, he saw the blanket he really used in his childhood locked in a lab. Triggering some painful memories, Homelander became angry and asked who put the blanket there, leaving right after that ("The Innocents").
Stillwell found Homelander in a barn. Homelander explained to her why he didn't want to shoot the promotional videos, but Stillwell managed to make him change his mind using the sexual attraction Homelander had to her ("The Innocents").
- "I'm sorry. The, uh, elevator was out. Um, you... you probably don't remember, um, we've met before. [Mesmer holds out his hand] Oh, I... I would never try and read you."
"Let's be clear. I don't know you, and I don't want to. A-Train said you had some information."
- —Mesmer "greeting" Homelander[src]
After meeting with the Boys, Mesmer called A-Train and asked to see Homelander, saying that he had useful information. With his request answered, Mesmer goes meet Homelander on a rooftop. There, he shows Homelander spy-cam photos of the people he was looking after, a French guy, a black guy, a skinny white guy and a British guy. Mesmer then proceeded to ask Homelander for a job at Vought, but Homelander just flew away without any promises ("The Innocents").
Reunion with the Seven
- "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[src]
After looking at the photos of the Boys, he stops and sees one photo in particular. He realizes that Billy Butcher was the same guy who was staring at him at the Race of the Century, who happened to be the man he met in 2011 when he talked to his wife, Becca, in a Vought private Christmas party ("The Self-Preservation Society").
The Seven, or at least the rest of it, was waiting A-Train. When he arrives, Homelander starts the reunion. Homelander criticizes The Seven for having been unreliable and sloppy recently, except for Black Noir, since he's been obeying orders very well recently. Homelander shows The Seven a picture of Hughie, declaring that Hughie is responsible for the death of Translucent, blackmailing Mesmer, Ezekiel, and Popclaw. He throws it over to A-Train, who doesn't recognize Hughie at first, until the photo is zoomed out to show that it was from when they shook hands in that very room. Homelander also says that Hughie is targeting The Seven following Robin's death, blaming A-Train for it, and seeking vengeance. Starlight, after she recognized Hughie, is the main target of Homelander. Homelander begins to suspect Starlight for any possible involvement in aiding The Boys. After a tense confrontation, in which Starlight feared for her life, Maeve was able to calm an angry Homelander, promising to take responsibility for Starlight and her future actions ("The Self-Preservation Society").
After the reunion, Homelander entered Stillwell's room. After Stillwell finished a call with a Senator, she reveals to Homelander that they only needed 3 votes to get The Seven into the military. Homelander questions if Stillwell remembers Becca Butcher, revealing that she is missing, presumed dead. Homelander asks what happened to her, however Stillwell says that she presumed Becca just quit, raising Homelander's suspicions ("The Self-Preservation Society").
Homelander arrives at the mansions of Jonah Vogelbaum, a former scientist at Vought, and starts to talk with him. Homelander tries to be formal, he ask some irrelevant questions, but Vogelbaum is direct and asks Homelander what he really wants. Homelander then questions Jonah about Rebecca Butcher. Jonah reveals that eight years ago Becca came to Stillwell after conceiving Homelander's child, which baffles Homelander, who was under the impression he was sexually impotent. He reveals that both Becca and the child died on the delivery table due to the amount of blood loss. Jonah apologizes for how Homelander turned out, admitting that he was his greatest failure ("The Self-Preservation Society").
Aid In Syria
- "Howdy boys. Sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry. How you guys doing? Good? Why don't you, huh, go out and smoke or something, ok? I got this"
- —Homelander to a U.S. squad[src]
In Tal Rifaat, Syria, US troops approach a drug warehouse under cover of darkness when Homelander arrives. Homelander tells the troops to go for a break, as he will handle the search. Inside the building, Homelander uses his laser eyes to kill all the assailants. Except for one he accidentally wounded, so Homelander approaches the man and crushes the terrorist's head under his foot. Homelander then exits the building, but one of the assailants gets out and tries to escape. Homelander then simply use his again his heat vision to bisect him. After he's done, Homelander shows to the captain a vial of Compound V ("You Found Me").
Discovering The Truth
- "You promised me. No more lies. You fucking promised me. You and Vogelbaum should've got your story straight."
- —Homelander to Madelyn Stillwell[src]
At a Vought fundraiser, Homelander confronts Stillwell over his findings from Vogelbaum. The two of them talk about Becca and Homelander's lost son. After that, Homelander admits that he planned for Naqib to show up just as they needed to sway the Congress into letting them in the military. Homelander admits that he and A-Train used Compound V to supercharge terrorists, much to Stillwell's shock. Homelander says that there are Supes that only The Seven can fight all over the globe now. Stillwell takes Homelander to her office, where the two have sexual intercourse, however Homelander seems to find the activity painful ("You Found Me").
Then, when Homelander and Stillwell are laying on the couch, spending some time together, Stillwell reveals to Homelander that Mr. Edgar offered her his job in the future, but Homelander worries whether Madelyn will still be there for him on the day-to-day. They both promise to not keep any more secrets from one another. Stillwell apologizes for not telling Homelander about his child, as she wanted to spare him the pain. Stillwell says that Becca died from miscarriage, a different version from what was told by Vogelbaum. Homelander realizes that, raising suspicions ("You Found Me").
Homelander arrives at his lover's house just to find Billy Butcher, after putting an array of C4 explosives in Stillwell. Homelander brings Teddy, however, believing that Butcher would not put the child in danger. Homelander pushes Butcher, boasting about the sex he had with Becca. Homelander questions Billy's endgame, to which he reveals he just wants to hurt Homelander. Questioning if Butcher has any proof that Homelander killed his wife, Billy goes quiet, with Homelander questioning Stillwell about Becca and his baby. Homelander goes on a rant, furious that Stillwell hid secrets from him again. Then, Homelander reveals that he went back to Vogelbaum, getting the real truth out of him - that Vought put Becca and her child into witness protection for the past eight years. Stillwell admits that she is scared of Homelander, to which he appreciates, kissing her one last time before shooting his laser vision through her eyes and head. Not so after, Butcher decides to release the trigger, detonating the explosives ("You Found Me").'
After the explosion, Butcher awakes on a lawn. Confused, he sees Homelander standing over him. In a house near them, a woman and a kid appears and goes to see them. Butcher is shocked to see Becca alive, with a child. Homelander questions if the child knows who he is, however, he reveals that he doesn't. Homelander reveals to the kid that he is his father ("You Found Me").
- "I will save you. I'll do it for you. For America... and for a dear, dear old friend."
Sometime after Homelander showed Butcher that his wife was alive and that he had a son with her, Homelander held the funeral for Translucent, along with Translucent’s family and his son, Maverick. Homelander lies to the nation that Translucent was killed by the Supe Terrorists and that he will kill them to avenge his death, doing it so for the people, for America and for his dear old friends, Translucent himself. He even cries after saying that, making everyone there applaud him, touched by his words. After the speech, Starlight sings a song at the funeral.
No Sympathy For The Crippled
- "What made you think I would ever allow a cripple into the Seven? For fucks sake Ashley, don’t look at him look at me!"
- —Homelander to Ashley[src]
At Madelyn’s former office, now an empty room, with little furniture, Homelander opens the fridge and finds a bottle of her breast milk. Homelander grabs it, then smells and warms it with his heat vision and then he drinks it. Ashley walks in on him awkwardly and thanks him for helping her get Madelyn’s old job. She says she’ll fill her shoes as best as she can. She says that they found them a new hero to replace Translucent.
At the gym, Blindspot, a blind superhero, is seen training. He is skilled, doing a lot of acrobatics and showing his skills with a staff. After the training, Ashley introduces Blindspot to Homelander, and explains to Homelander that Blindspot fits a specific demographic that will really serve The Seven’s image. Homelander greets him and tells him he’s a hero moments before bashing his ears in and asking Ashley why on earth he would allow a cripple to be a part of The Seven. He threatens Ashley to tell him every single thing that happens in her job and explains that he is the boss, not her.
- "Great. Alright. Great!"
- —Homelander after receiving the news that Stormfront is the new member of the Seven[src]
Maeve and Homelander shoot a commercial for their “Save America” campaign about defeating the Supe Villains. Stormfront comes to the set and introduces herself as the newest member of The Seven, shocking Ashley, Homelander, and Maeve. Stormfront explains the the guys on “82”, aka Stan Edgar, made it happen. Stormfront live streams the whole meeting to her fans on Instagram and Homelander fakes excitement but walks away in a huff.
- "Well, this is a truly fascinating if not slightly condescending lecture, but uh... I don't think I see the point, Stan."
"The point is... You are under a misconception that we are a superhero company. We are not. What we are really is a pharmaceutical company, and you are not our most valuable asset."
- —Homelander and Stan Edgar[src]
Homelander pays a visit to Stan Edgar, where he asks to be consulted on the new additions to The Seven. Homelander threatens Stan that he might move on when his contract is up at the end of the year. Stan asks him what he knows about Frederick Vought, the founder of Vought. Stan explains that Homelander is under the impression that they are a superhero company when in fact they are a pharmaceutical company and Homelander is not their most valuable asset, but Compound V is. He accuses him of distributing Compound V around the world to terrorists and says that Homelander is not as significant as he thinks he is. Frustrated, Homelander flies to Becca’s house to see his son.
While Homelander and Queen Maeve were discussing about things while taking a break from filming a movie, Ashley shows Homelander footage of his fight against another Super terrorist, which results in Homelander killing the Super Terrorist with his heat vision, but also killing an innocent male teenager, who succumbed to Homelander's heat vision as well. Homelander ignores it and asks Ashley about how many views the video received. He then goes to a protest where people are protesting against Homelander for his war crime. Homelander gives a speech about how freedom comes at a price, but this exacerbates the protest, to where Homelander has a vision of him using his heat vision on the protesters and killing many people, but then he decides to leave the protest and flies away.
Partners In Crime
Troubled by the results of the protest, Homelander goes to Stormfront for her assistance in helping him regain popularity. Stormfront helps him by churning out memes like "Better there than here" as well as denying the footage as fake. Homelander returns excited and breaks up the confrontation between Starlight and Stormfront. In one of the fewest moments of gratitude, Homelander thanks her for her assistance to which Stormfront socialites him by asking how he can repay her. The two go back to The Seven tower and have rough sadomasochistic sex. Homelander and Stormfront's relationship becomes official as the two even having public sex in the same area right just moments after they kill a criminal.
Ask And You Shall Recieve
- "And you will be the man who will lead us. You are everything that we dreamed of. So I love you with all of my heart. How could I not? Everyone I ever loved is in the ground, and then I found you. We found each other, and now neither of us has to be alone ever again. And that is the truth."
- —Stormfront complementing Homelander while simultaneously confessing her love to him[src]
Homelander has a surprise for Stormfront however she tells him she can right now and she has a meeting at The Seven Tower with social guys that won't take no longer than 20 minutes, when in actuality, she ventures to Sage Grove Center to check on the patient results. Reluctant, Homelander lets her go. Eventually, Homelander gets tired of waiting and is suspicious that Stormfront lied to him. So Homelander visits the Seven tower but finds no information from anyone about her meeting or that she was even there.
Enraged from the lie, Homelander returns to the movie set and burns down his trailer. Stormfront arrives at the set, where Homelander calls out her lie. Incited further by her continued talking, Homelander grabs her neck with his fist and squeezes it. The two meet back at the Seven Tower where Stormfront apologizes for lying to him. Still raw from the event, Homelander dismisses her apology attempt. Stormfront then promises she will tell him the truth, starting with her real identity. She goes to a nearby chest filled with a Nazi uniform and a dagger, a Liberty costume, old newspapers and a stack of photos. Showing the photos to Homelander, she reveals that the old woman in the photo is not her "grandmother", but her daughter, Chloe. Continuing, she explains was born in 1919 in Berlin, where she became a member of the Third Reich and had her daughter with Frederick Vought, who also gave her the first successful Compound V injection. She continues to explain Fredrick's true intentions were not create a shallow company that Vought is now, rather it was to create an army of Superman to win the race culture war. She congratulates Homelander, calling him the one to lead the army and he is Vought's true destiny while confessing her love to him. After she finishes explaining, Homelander grabs and passionately kisses her, simultaneously forgiving her.
Remember Who The Enemy Is
- "But... That doesn't change the facts. This used to be a-a beautiful country. -Remember?"
"One nation under God. Remember? Right before those godless, inhuman supervillians started pouring across our borders and dragging us down into their mud."
- —Homelander and Stormfront addressing the most recent news[src]
Homelander and Stormfront meet in the middle of a crowd and explain the most recent breaking news. Stormfront first addresses the recent supervillian paranoia leading to a shooting at a local convenience store as being unacceptable, and Vought will donate to Samaritan's Embrace in honor of Kuldeep Singh. Homelander than continues to fuel the crowd's paranoia and hatred by addressing the recent supervillian immigration. Stormfront attacks Victoria Neuman and the opposition by stating they can't just let the supes into their country, additionally, stating the superheroes are there to protect the citizens. She continues stating they will need more Compound V and need more Superheroes. The crowd begins chanting in support. Homelander stops the chanting and announces that Starlight is a traitor to The Seven and has been captured and contained where she can't harm anyone. Further earning Starlight negative publicly by stating that she conspired alongside the same people who killed Translucent.
After the speech, Homelander meets with Stormfront privately to discuss how they're going to deal with Starlight. Homelander think that it is a mistake to keep Starlight alive because he underestimated her once but not again. Stormfront assures him to trust her, by keeping Starlight alive it will cause the public to rally against a common enemy. He then notices Stormfront staring at a baby girl and asks her it reminds her of her daughter. To which she does. Homelander than says he wants to show her something.
One Big "Happy" Family
- "We all have Ryan's best interests at heart. Right?"
"Yes, we do."
"I'm really sorry I haven't been here enough. Ryan, uh, I'd really like you to get to know Stormfront. I would. She's someone I care about very much, and, um... I think you will, too. So, I think, uh, we'll be around more. A lot more. I want us to be a family."
- —Homelander stating he wants a family while simultaneously introducing Stormfront and scaring Becca[src]
Homelander and Stormfront drop into Becca's backyard interrupting Becca and Ryan playing with Legos. Homelander introduces Stormfront to Becca and Ryan. Homelander then apologizes to Ryan for pushing him too far last time and promises never to do it again. Stormfront then meets Ryan and asks about his powers and tells him he is the first natural born Superhero. Becca however, discourages her from talking about Ryan's powers and states Homelander should inform her next time he wants to visit. Homelander explains to Stormfront that Becca doesn't want Ryan to talk about or use his powers at all. Regardless, Homelander continues stating that he wants to be around more and he wants a family.
He's My Son Too
- "You could not possibly understand. I was raised the same way as him. The kid doesn't know anything about anything. When he sees the outside world, he's going to panic. Now, that's going to fuck him up. I do not want my son to have to go through what I went through."
"His life... -is different."
"He has a mother. And I know that means something to you. I do. And if you take him away from me, this... this whole world will feel so confusing -and frightening"
"Yes, but Rebecca, you... are lying to him."
- —Homelander and Becca delivering their sides of the argument[src]
Homelander, Stormfront, and Becca watch a Lego animation Ryan did of The Blindside, both Homelander and Stormfront pretend to be interested. They both then ask if he likes other "kid things" like video games, YouTube, or one of Homelander's movies. Ryan is then interested in one of Homelander's movies, however Becca says when he's older they'll talk, but Homelander dismisses her claim by saying Ryan is old enough for those movies. Homelander and Stormfront continue to urge Ryan by telling him about things he hasn't heard of, ignoring Becca's comments on talking later. Becca then demands Homelander to talk with her outside. Homelander agrees and leaves Ryan with Stormfront while he and Becca talk outside. Becca believes Homelander is trying to take Ryan away from her or trying to turn him into something he's not, but Homelander assures her she is wrong. He explains that he was raised exactly like Ryan is, and he knows that if Ryan finds out about the real world too late that it will mess him up. Homelander doesn't want his son to go through what he did. Becca tries to convince Homelander that Ryan is different and won't turn out like Homelander because Ryan has a mother. Homelander then points out a flaw in Becca's argument, that she is lying to Ryan and hiding the truth from him. Becca states that it is for his own good and begs Homelander not to tell Ryan. Homelander thinks while Becca cries in front of him, nodding in response.
- "Boy deserves to know the truth."
- —Homelander admitting he told Ryan the truth[src]
After Becca finishes making dinner she finds Ryan outside with Homelander and Stormfront. Ryan calls Becca liar, revealing that they showed him the truth: the house is fake, the neighbors are fake, even his mother is fake. Homelander doesn't deny it, saying Ryan deserved to know the truth. After Becca fails to convince Ryan, Homelander then suggests that Ryan needs some space and to come with him, to which Becca refuses and grabs Ryan. Ryan runs past Becca and jumps into Homelander's arms as Homelander and Stormfront fly away.
How You Can Stay Safe
- "-Flanagan: Unfortunately, the possibility that you will experience a supervillian attack grows more likely every day."
"But By having an action plan, you can drastically increase your chances for survival. And survival is all that matters."
- —Homelander teaching school safety on an instructional video[src]
Homelander reappears in What I Know, where he and Sheriff Ed Flanagan are on a recording teaching school students how to stay safe in case of a Supervillain attack. They teach students to fall a three step protocol, LAW: Lock (all doors and windows), Arm (yourself and uses whatever you can), and Wait (for a hero to arrive). They then close instructing to follow the protocol for your own safety.
- "So, Noir's a vegetable, Lamplighter's a charcoal briquette, Starlight's in the breeze somewhere, and you're, -what, fine with it?"
- —Homelander [src]
Homelander stands in The Seven Tower watching a news article about the recent events that have happened, until Stormfront walks in. He asks her about Noir, to which she explains Noir is alive but unresponsive, possibly suffering from brain damage. Homelander express concern over the recent events however Stormfront tells him not to because of the congress hearings attack. Homelander then tries to deduce just who killed Vogelbaum. After narrowing down the search, he suggests that is could possibly be Mr. Edgar. Stormfront then tells him to relax because despite the sacrifices, they're close to accomplishing their goal of creating a Superman army. Homelander asks her about the "wrong people", to which Stormfront tells him that "Fredrick had a solution for everything".
- "Hey Buddy. Sorry we had to leave you all alone. Dad's work can sometimes get pretty crazy."
- —Homelander trying to spend time with his son[src]
Homelander and Stormfront head into Ashley's office to check on Ryan. Homelander apologizes for leaving his son alone because his work requires him to very busy. Homelander then suggests they could play a game together but tells him he'd rather memorize the U.S. states. Homelander calls it unnecessary, but Ryan says something Becca taught him to do, to always be learning. Homelander's tone quickly changes when Ryan asks if he could call his mother. Before anyone could answer him, Stormfront intervenes by suggesting they go to a restaurant, Planet Vought. To which Homelander approves.
When they sit down at a table Ryan is initially overjoyed, until fans approach Homelander and Stormfront wanting to take photos with them. Ryan begins to panic and become overwhelmed by the crowd. Homelander stops the photos and checks on Ryan. Ryan begs for his mother, so Homelander carries his son out of the restaurant and flies away with him leaving Stormfront at the restaurant.
- "You know, I remember my first time I was in a crowd."
"Probably didn't bother you."
"I was terrified. All these people staring at me and reaching out, trying to grab me, and egging me on to use my powers. I just-- felt like I was... drowning."
"Well, what'd you do?"
"Well, I took off.I flew away. They found me 80 miles down the I-9. Crying my little eyes out."
- —Homelander comforting his son[src]
Stormfront tracks them down to a cabin and asks where is Ryan. Homelander tells her Ryan is inside and wants to be alone, but Stormfront convinces him to go talk to Ryan by saying he's the strongest man in the world. Homelander and Stormfront enter the cabin and find Ryan curled up on the couch with his back turned towards them, naming the U.S states. Ryan apologizes for freaking out, but Homelander reassures him that he messed up and "should've known better." Ryan explains there were too many people and Homelander still reassures him by telling his son the first time he was exposed to crowds. Homelander explains he knows that feeling of "drowning" in crowds, Ryan asks him what he did. Homelander admits he flew away, and Vought found him 80 miles away crying. Ryan then asks Homelander if he cries? Homelander admits he does but only once in a while because he's "a man". Homelander then suggests that maybe Ryan will fly away too next time. Ryan then says he can't be just like his father. Homelander then tells Ryan that he had no one to teach him how to uses his powers because everyone around him was too scared to get near him, so he had to learn on his own. Homelander then offers to be a teacher to his son and show him how to uses his powers. Ryan then hugs Homelander and Homelander puts his arm around his son. Homelander looks up to see Stormfront smiling at him.
- "Keep going, you got it. That's it, don't give up. That's it, that's it. Keep going. Little more, little more, you got it. (Exhales) Oh-- hey, that's okay. You'll get it, you'll get it. Um... (mouths) I know what. Um, imagine, um... Well, sometimes it helps to imagine someone you hate. Okay? So, try that."
"But at home, when I say 'hate,' I have to put a quarter in the swear jar."
"Well, there's no swear jar here. So, you can hate away."(chuckles)
"But I don't really hate anyone."
- —Homelander trying to teach Ryan how to use his heat vision[src]
Homelander and Stormfront appear outside encouraging Ryan while he tries to use his heat vision on an action figure of The Deep. When Ryan fails, Homelander encourages him not to give up and then tries teaching a tip that will help. He tells Ryan that it helps to think about someone he hates, but Ryan insists that he hates no one. Stormfront then intervenes and tells Ryan that he can't afford to not hate because they're "under attack". Homelander expresses a face of discomfort as Stormfront continues to lecture Ryan on "White Genocide". He tries to ignore it and encourages Ryan focus more so on using his heat vision to defend himself and the people he loves. Homelander then encourages his son the try again, but before he can finish his sentence, Stormfront interrupts him when she finds out information on her past was leaked to the public.
- "Did I hear you say 'Butcher'? What's going on?"
Dispatch(over comm):"Do you have the boy?"
"Where's my son? Where is my Son?"!"
- —Homelander demanding to know where Ryan is[src]
Homelander and Ryan return inside the cabin and watch the news about Stormfront's leaked information. While they watch Ryan asks about the word "Malfeasance". Before Homelander can explain the definition, they're both stunned in pain when they hear the distraction Frenchie made that admits a frequency of over 190,000 Hertz. Homelander tells Ryan to stay in the cabin while he leaves to go stop the signal, leaving Ryan covering his ears in pain. Homelander approaches the frequency's source, a collection of Vought ultrasonic speakers, and promptly destroys it with his heat vision.
When Homelander returns to the cabin, he finds seven Vought mercenaries asking about Butcher. He then hears dispatch on their radios ask if they secured the boy. Homelander closes the cabin door and questions them "where's my son?" With no answer, Homelander then splits one vertically in half with his heat vision and shouts "Where is my son"?! After slaughtering the men, Homelander walks out of the cabin covered in blood, and he prepares himself to get ready to find Ryan.
Isolated And Alone, Again
- "-Let's go. Come here. Come. Ryan... Ryan. Come here."
[Ryan moves behind Butcher]"No."
(chuckling) "He's mine. What, are you gonna blow yourself up...to save the little shit who fucking murdered your wife?"
"-Have it your way."
- —Homelander demanding Butcher give him Ryan[src]
A blood coated Homelander flies in from the sky in the middle of the forest and sees the aftermath of Ryan using his heat vision. He finds a charred, unresponsive and critically injured Stormfront. Homelander kneels down and attempts to touch her but stops himself. He clenches his fists and begins to sob a little. Homelander then asks Ryan if he was to one who hurt Stormfront. Ryan explains he didn't mean to. Homelander stands up, motions and tells Ryan to come to him. Ryan walks away and moves behind Butcher, who refuses to let Ryan go. Homelander silently laughs and demands Billy to hand him over because "He's Mine." Butcher still refuses. Homelander sarcastically questions Billy if is going to blow himself up again, all to save the boy who killed his wife. Butcher still refuses, saying he promised Becca.
Before Homelander can attack them, Queen Maeve intervenes and demands Homelander to leave them alone. Homelander questions if he doesn't. Maeve shows him the footage of him abandoning the passengers of Flight 37 to die. She then blackmails him to let Butcher and Ryan go, to stop hunting Starlight, and to leave her and Elena alone, otherwise she'll release the video footage. Homelander then threatens to destroy everything and everyone if she does. Maeve challenges him saying for him to do it, because everyone will see the monstrous lunatic he really is and no one will ever love him. Homelander starts to lose his mind as he starts hearing the crowds chanting his name in his head. He stands paralyzed and starts to cry as Butcher picks up Ryan and walks past him, leaving Homelander paralyzed by his emotions and thoughts.
First Step Into Madness
- "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 begrudgingly giving the public address[src]
Homelander appears at the public announcement after Stan Edgar address him. Homelander speaks on the stand and says that Stormfront has been incarcerated and wrongfully framed Starlight as a traitor. He then welcomes Starlight back into The Seven. He continues to thank Maeve and Starlight as his eyes twitch more and more violently with each word he speaks.
- "I can do whatever I want. I can do whatever... I want. I can do... whatever I want. I can do whatever the fuck I want! I can do whatever the fuck I... want!"
Later, Homelander retreats to the rooftop of the Chrysler Building and vents his frustration by masturbating pantsless, exposing his bare buttocks whilst muttering and groaning as he descents into madness.
Sometime later, Cameron Coleman reported on the August 7, 2021 segment where fans of Homelander rallied against super terrorists, with some even going as far as to form a human gate at the Mexican border, resulting in them nearly dying of thirst and hunger. In the September 7, 2021 segment, Homelander was later seen returning to his normal state, where he made a grand appearance posing with civilians and fans in the opening of Vought-A-Burger. On the December 7, 2021 segment, Homelander was also seen live on Vought Tower where he gave a speech on trust and betrayal, swearing to rebuild the image of superheroes due to the Stormfront incident. He was also a recurring subject on the show, and was featured in various footage and advertisements as well.
On the January 7, 2022 segment, Coleman reported that Homelander had given another public apology at the Vought International Shareholder's Conference through a keynote speech, regarding his former relationship with Stormfront.
Homelander does several interviews about how he fell for the wrong woman and didn’t foresee that Stormfront was a Nazi. These are lies as he still has some feelings for Stormfront and continues to visit her in the hospital.
Homelander grows increasingly tense and unstable- lashing out at those around him. At the studio, Homelander runs into The Deep who gives him a big hug. Homelander seems confused that The Deep had an interview slot on The Cameron Coleman Hour show before him but Deep explains it’s for his new book, Deeper. Homelander asks again, tensely, how he got a slot before him. The Deep tells Homelander he’s a nobody and that he never should’ve been before him.
Stan invites both Starlight and Homelander to a meeting at Vought to inform them that they will be co-captains of The Seven. Homelander is outraged about having to share the spotlight.
Homelander confronts A-Train about getting fatter - claiming he’s just eating his feelings and making The Seven, him, look bad. Homelander seems to be taking out his bad mood from the co-captain thing on others. A-Train mutters something under his breath and Homelander grabs him, threatening him with his laser eyes.
It’s Homelander’s birthday and he goes to visit Stormfront, who can seemingly barely breathe or talk. He asks her to wish him a happy birthday but she doesn’t.
Later, he goes to help save a girl, Chelsea, who is about to kill herself via jumping off a building. He initially tries to explain how pointlessness her jumping is, because he easily could catch her. However, on a nearby building, a news clip airs announcing that Stormfront died via suicide. Homelander sees and is shocked that she’d do that on his birthday. He then rants to Chelsea about how he doesn’t have a real birthday because he was made from a test tube. He only continues his downward spiral when he compares himself to Jesus, questioning how is it fair "(Humans) get saved, while a beautiful and perfect God get's killed". Frustrated, he tells Chelsea that maybe she should jump after all, but Chelsea has a change of mind and says she doesn’t want to anymore. He stops suggesting, and threatens her to jump as he shines his laser eyes at her. She falls off the building and dies.
On ‘’American Hero’’, there is a big special for Homelander's birthday. A man in the audience at the special screams, “Homelander, your Nazi died!” Starlight tells the audience that everyone deserves a second chance, including Homelander. She tells the audience that Homelander is going to donate 10 million dollars to the Starlight house but he emphatically says that he is not. Homelander tells the audience that he doesn’t make mistakes- but that he is better than everyone in the audience. He goes on a long rant about how the audience needs him - needs him to save them.
- "Know who I've been reading up on lately? Doctor Martin Luther King. Well, my relationship with King has deepened of late. He was, uh, villainized. Persecuted. Spoke truth to power. Just like me. It's crazy. But... we've both been to the mountaintop, and we've seen the promised land. I showed people the real me, and they loved me for it. I mean, they fսcking loved me. If only I'd known that sooner. There's always been so, so many things I want to do, and now I can do them all, finally. And no one can stop me. Nobody. Free at last. Free at last."
Homelander finds out, much to everyone's surprise, that his polling numbers are up after his rant on T.V. His fans think he’s confident and unapologetic.
Homelander forces Starlight's hand to choose The Deep as one of the new members of The Seven. She concedes after a lot of back and forth. To celebrate, Homelander invites The Deep to a seafood feast. Homelander tells everyone that no one can stop him now that he knows that people love him for him - “Free at last,” he says. He brings The Deep a live octopus, called Timothy. The Deep tells him that Timothy is his friend and he can’t. Homelander tells him to eat Timothy, to The Deep's horror, but Homelander seems unstable and Deep does it.
After the new members of The Seven are announced, Homelander unexpectedly announces that he and Starlight are also an item and in love- #HomeLight. They kiss on screen.
Ashley informs Homelander that Victoria Neuman is doing a press conference about him. He tells her to find out what’s going on. Homelander manages to convince Victoria to not turn on him, but rather on her adopted father- Stan Edgar. Victoria exposes Stan at the press conference and Homelander pays her a visit afterwards, commending her on her decision to stand by "her kind" - Supes. Stan is forced to step down, paving the way for Homelander to be the defacto head of Vought.
Homelander is now in charge. He tells the board to promote Ashley to CEO, knowing she'll have his back.
When news of a supervillain (Soldier Boy) breaks, Starlight tells Homelander they need to handle this situation directly. Homelander tells Ashley to book the news channels to tell everyone there is nothing to worry about.
Homelander confronts Maeve about betraying him because he can smell Butcher all over her. She tells him he’s crazy and doesn’t know what he’s talking about. He asks her if their love was real and she tells him that from the start, she hated him - and beyond that, pitied him. She turns around and Black Noir attacks her.
Homelander is in the Crime Analytics room reviewing camera footage which shows Soldier Boy walking away after killing Crimson Countess. He snaps at Ashley after she suggests giving a press conference to reassure the public that everything is under control.
Homelander opens up to Noir about his stress about Soldier Boy's recent actions. Receiving no reply, he pats Noir on the shoulder, praising him as his only friend, then leaves.
Alone in his private quarters, his reflection in a mirror starts talking to him. He expresses his fears about being defeated by Soldier Boy and asks himself if taking over the company was the right call. His mirror-self reassures him that "he" will get them out of trouble just like "he" always did when they were young. Homelander confesses to the real reason for rebelling against Stan Edgar: wanting to be loved and admired. "He" also blames Homelander's failed "relationships" and his need for affection on his human side that the reflection sees as a cancer that must be removed in order for Homelander to be free and pure.
Later, Homelander goes to the T&T Twins' house to find Soldier Boy to kill him. He confronts Soldier Boy and Butcher in the ravaged building, quickly incapacitating Butcher with his heat vision. Unbeknownst to him, Butcher has had a Temp V injection, and is still alive. Homelander confesses his previous admiration for Soldier Boy due to his near-equal prowess, but Soldier Boy scoffs at him and brands him a "cheap fucking knock-off." Homelander calmly replies: "Oh no, I'm the upgrade," before attacking Soldier Boy.
Homelander soon gets the upper hand on his opponent, pinning Soldier Boy to the wall with prejudice. The newly awakened Butcher assists Soldier Boy, and with the arrival of Hughie, the tide of the battle momentarily turns and they manage to pin Homelander for a moment. Homelander vigorously fights free, and escapes through the roof.
concealer to cover up a bruise. Homelander explains how Soldier Boy is burning the V out of some Super’s bodies and that it could happen to any one of them. She tells him he’s the only one of them who cares about being a Super. He tells her he always dreamed of having kids with Maeve and that he plans to harvest her eggs.
Homelander speaks to a crowd about Starlight, claiming she is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. The public cheers in support of Homelander. He condemns the media. He thinks he sees Soldier Boy and his eyes light up. He tells the crowd he loves them and leaves. He finds a cow in a farmhouse and milks it. He drinks the milk. Victoria Neuman finds and confronts him. She derides him for his speech and harshly advices him to get his act together. Overextending her hand, Homelander lashes out and seizes her by the throat, daring her to go on. She manages to convince him that she can be a worthwhile ally, after handing him a letter.
Homelander finds Starlight at Vought and tells her to recant everything she said on TV. He tells her that fame is the only thing protecting her. He warns her what will happen to Hughie now that she betrayed him. She tells him he’s been recording him to her 190 million viewers and he tells her she’s not supposed to be recording while they’re “running lines”.
Homelander argues with Ashley on the phone about Starlight’s secret taping. He gets a call from Soldier Boy, who tells him that the situation has changed. He tells Homelander that he realized that Homelander is actually his son because back in 1980 he put his sperm into a cup in a lab. In 1981, a baby was born from that sperm- Homelander.
Homelander finds Ryan using the documents obtained from Victoria Neuman, and complements his rapidly improving fastball. Grace runs outside and tells him to stay away, but Homelander tells her he just wants to see Ryan. Ryan asks Homelander if he’s mad at him for what he did and Homelander, in a rare moment of genteel, comforts Ryan over his guilt. He tells Ryan that their incredible strength sometimes entails accidents, and that Homelander understands this and will always love Ryan despite them. Ryan embraces him.
Homelander sits in his room watching his numbers drop in response to Maeve's imprisonment until Ashley interrupts him to explain Maeve escaped. Black Noir then returns and Homelander hugs him, relieved at his return. Homelander later meets with Noir as they prepare for Soldier Boy's arrival. Homelander confides in Noir that Soldier Boy is his father and asks what he was like. When Noir vaguely answers his father was bad, Homelander confronts Noir asking if Noir always knew who his father was. When Noir nods, Homelander cries that all this time, he really has been lied to all his life. Homelander punches Noir in the abdomen and rips out his intestines. Homelander remarks Noir should've told the truth sooner, before he leaves Noir to die.
Homelander then meets with his only remaining allies: Ashley, The Deep and A-Train. The Deep tries to plan that they could use Noir as bait, but Homelander reveals he killed Noir for keeping secrets. Homelander vents that he always wanted a family and team, but instead is stuck with them. When Deep offers to help, Homelander asks The Deep to kill Lamar Bishop, the VP nominee as part of his agreement with Victoria Neuman. He then humiliates Ashley by ordering her to take off her wig. He then turns to A-Train and questions A-Train's loyalty after he murdered Blue Hawk. Homelander reminds them that Noir was worth more than all of them and that none of them are safe from his wrath should they betray him.
Homelander is confronted by Butcher, Queen Maeve and Soldier Boy in the Vought Tower. Homelander reveals he already killed Noir and he merely wants to talk. Homelander states the situation, that together him and Soldier Boy would be unstoppable. When Soldier Boy isn't convinced, Homelander brings out Ryan before the trio, to Butcher's horror. Ryan greets his grandfather, and Homelander insists the three of them could be a real family and never be alone ever again. Soldier Boy appears moved, wishing he could've raised Homelander to be better than him, but he harshly rebukes Homelander instead and restrains him for a blast, along with Maeve and Butcher. Homelander, seemingly unwilling to fight, is saved by Ryan, whom attacks Soldier Boy with his heat vision. Homelander still does not resist Maeve or Butcher, instead urging Ryan to run upstairs, away from the fighting. Soldier Boy recovers and brutally hits Ryan unconscious against the wall, and Homelander rushes to tend to him. Soldier Boy prepares to blast both the distraught Homelander and injured Ryan, but Butcher attacks him, giving Homelander enough time to turn and violently blast Soldier Boy out of the room.
As fighting breaks out between Soldier Boy and Butcher's crew, Homelander finished tending to Ryan before turning to resolve the situation. He is punched by Queen Maeve, but he insists not to fight right now because Soldier Boy is a bigger threat, but Maeve only continues to attack him. He defends himself, while insisting that she stop with increasing malice. Eventually, she hits him hard enough that his nose bleeds. He's forced to incapacitate her, and promptly gouges one of her eyes out. Maeve then stabs Homelander's eardrum with a metal straw and stuns Homelander. She stops fighting when she tackles the dangerously nuclear Soldier Boy out of the building, ending the prolonged spectacle. Homelander regroups with Ryan after a silent confrontation with Butcher, and Ryan leaves with his father.
Homelander shows up to a rally and introduces the crowd to his son, Ryan. The crowd cheers for them both, until a vocal Starlight supporter loudly denounces Homelander as a fascist, and throws a can at them. He hits Ryan, and Homelander immediately shields Ryan before locating the man. Enraged at the man's protest, Homelander splatters him on the spot. After a stunned silence, the crowd slowly begins applauding Homelander. Homelander looks uneased, but eventually smiles for the crowd.
Homelander is a tall 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, and has gold shoulder pads and wrist protectors, as well as a cape that stands for America, symbolizing patriotism.
Homelander's suit is apparently the only clothing he wears, any appearances without the suit have shown Homelander completely nude further reinforcing his singular identity when compared to other Supes. His suit also gives him the appearance of being more muscular than he actually is, as when he is seen not wearing it, he is actually rather lean.
- "I don't make mistakes. I'm not 'just like the rest of you.' I'm stronger. I'm smarter. I'm better. I am better. I'm not some weak-kneed fսcking crybaby that goes around fսcking apologizing all the time. And why the fսck would you want me to be? (...) All my life, people have tried to control me. My whole life. Rich people, powerful people have tried to muzzle me, cancel me, keep me impotent and obedient, like I'm a fսcking puppet. You know what? It worked. Because I allowed it to work. And guess what. If they can control me, then you can bet your ass they can control you. They already do. You just don't realize it. I'm done. I am done apologizing. I am done being persecuted for my strength. You people should be thanking Christ that I am who and what I am, because you need me. You need me to save you. You do. I am the only one who possibly can. You're not the real heroes. I'm the real hero. I'm the real hero."
Homelander's mission has always been to serve Vought International and on a deeper level, Madelyn Stillwell. Homelander is rational, initially worrying about Translucent's disappearance in Cherry while the rest of Vought, and the world, ignored it. He is a ruthless leader, doing whatever it takes to keep a high public opinion of The Seven, including threatening both Starlight and the Deep. Homelander portrays the true extent of his anger in You Found Me, killing Stillwell for lying to him about Becca Butcher and his child. As a person, he is deeply narcissistic, disturbed, and psychotic, showing no empathy. For a superhero, Homelander is incredibly brutal and aggressive, throwing a bank robber into the air and letting him fall to his death and brutalizing A-Train. He is highly intelligent as he set up a meticulous plan to get superheroes into the military, and is also charismatic, easily swaying the public to give him support.
Due to being raised in a laboratory, Homelander has difficulty understanding love and humanity. This has rendered Homelander sociopathic and amoral, often intimidating the members of the Seven in order to keep them in line while also killing anyone who stands in his way.
It is made clear that Homelander does not care about humanity, only the way Supes are viewed in their eyes. He is seen to be more than willing to let a plane full of families and children crash in The Female of the Species despite pleas from Queen Maeve to save the children, but pretends to feel sadness about the incident while in the public eye. This act of murder is also used to his advantage, as after Flight 37 went down and all the passengers died, Homelander manipulates the people into believing it was destroyed by terrorists and uses it to further both his and Vought's agenda of weaponizing superhumans. He is sadistic and takes delight in the people he hurts or kills.
Homelander also suffers from an Oedipus Complex, which is projected onto Madelyn Stillwell who is the closest thing he has to a mother. However, after hearing her state her true feelings, that she fears him, Homelander has no hesistation in burning her eyes and skull. Due to his longing for a maternal figure, woman are able to more easily manipulate him. Stillwell, Rebecca, Stormfront, and Maeve have all been able to manipulate/control him to some degree due to them being women, and they appeal to a certain part of his damaged psyche.
His relationship with Stormfront is rather passionate and at the same time reluctant. While they both at some degree care for one another, their love for each other has limitations. For instance, Homelander does not completely buy into Stormfront's racist ideology: When Stormfront teaches Ryan about "White Genocide", Homelander's face cringes slightly and he tries to shift Ryan's focus away from her. His disdain for Stormfront’s discriminatory tendencies is due to his view that there does not need to be a master race, as he sees himself as the master race. However, he goes along with her plans due to the position of power she promises him. When Stormfront reveals her Nazi past to Homelander, he broods while looking away from her, until she claims that he will be the man to lead their future army, at which point he becomes interested.
Despite being archenemies, Homelander has an odd respect and even liking for Billy Butcher. When they finally confronted each other, Homelander is both intrigued and impressed that Butcher is not afraid of him, but hates him with a passion, addressing the amount of time the latter spent leading up to their standoff. Homelander respects that Butcher is the only person who actually acts himself around him. Butcher doesn`t put up a fake persona or a mask of fear. In their reunion in Over the Hill with the Swords of a Thousand Men, Homelander is actually happily surprised to see Butcher again, playfully taunting him about his wife, and even allows Butcher to call him a `cunt` something he would never allow anyone else to do. During their standoff in the woods, he even gives Butcher the chance to give him Ryan and leave, however he goes to kill Butcher as soon as he refuses. It is only due to Maeve’s threats of releasing the Flight 37 video that he allows Butcher and Ryan to leave peacefully. Their conversation in Payback (episode), shows the respect and leniency Homelander gives Butcher compared to all others. He politely asks and waits to enter Butcher’s apartment, a courtesy he never gives anyone else, and allows Butcher to mock and insult him right to his face, when he nearly killed A-Train for doing it behind his back. He also opens up emotionally to Butcher during this conversation about his growing frustration, and even compares the two as equals, which is shocking considering Butcher is a human, and Homelander considers himself above everyone (except Ryan, Maeve, and Stormfront). Homelander obviously knows that Butcher wants nothing more than to kill him, but rather than instantly act, he fully admits he is looking forward to their eventual confrontation, and is ready to wait for it. His tolerance for Butcher’s interference, and continuous refusal to kill him, can also be attributed to the fact that Homelander appears to take amusement in toying with Butcher. When Butcher prompts Homelander to “laser my fucking brains out,” Homelander states “Where’s the sport in that?”
Homelander does show some genuine emotion when he's with his son. In What I Know, as soon as Ryan becomes overwhelmed by crowds, Homelander immediately takes him away. He also has a genuine heart to heart chat with him about feeling afraid and learning to fly. He wanted to make sure that Ryan didn't grow up with the cold and lonely childhood he did, with no role models and no knowledge of the outside world. Despite this, he is still rather selfish and forceful, callously throwing his son of a roof to get his powers to manifest He was also visually disappointed and sad when Ryan was afraid and ultimately chooses Butcher over him. Despite this, Homelander continues to search for his son. After he finally found him, Homelander proved to love his son, in his own way, and cares for him as seen when Soldier Boy attacked Ryan.
Ultimately, Homelander is a damaged man, raised in a loveless environment, given extraordinary power and looks, and often told how great he is. Furthermore. the people raising him had a notable disregard for ethics, leaving him with a very similar mindset. This has left him with the paradoxical mindset of seeing almost everyone else as less than him, while at the same time having a deep desire for love. Maeve uses this desire to control him, often with a video of him leaving the plane crash victims of Flight 37, saying that if it went on the web, nobody would ever love him again. By the end of Season 2, Homelander is a broken man, having lost his son, his lover, and his power over The Seven.
In Season 3, Homelander's mental stability has significantly deteriorated even further, and he is now more deranged than ever. Due to his controversial relationship with Stormfront, he is desperate to be loved again by public, putting on a relatable humane persona and saying he "fell in love with the wrong person.” He is also shown to be more intolerant and easily agitated by anyone or anything that threatens to damage his image and reputation, as seen through his growing dislike for Starlight (especially after she was made co-captain of The Seven), and when he threatened to kill A-Train for simply talking back to him. Homelander displays a perverse and sadistic sense of humor. For example, he arranged The Deep's return to the Seven, knowing full well that his co-captain Starlight's despises him due to their negative history, and when he declared on broadcast that he and Starlight were in a relationship. But despite The Deep's usefulness in galling Starlight, The Deep is not spared from Homelander's twisted games, as Homelander also arranged a welcome back dinner for The Deep and made sure the dishes served were seafood, and then compelled The Deep to eat his pet octopus Timothy.
Homelander appears to have a childish tendency to embarrass people that he dislikes but either can't or won't kill, often putting them into humiliating or demeaning situations while simultaneously putting on the front of being friendly or sincere. Following Starlight’s promotion to co-captain of The Seven, Homelander made several attempts to embarrass her, such as having her sing on her birthday while having women in skimpy versions of her costume dancing behind her, or announcing that they were a couple by surprise, while knowing that Starlight hates him. Other victims of his harassment include Queen Maeve, who he announced was a homosexual on live television without her consent, and The Deep, who he forced to eat a seafood dinner. Homelander often coerces his victims to participate in these farces through a combination of false sincerity and thinly veiled threats.
Despite Homelander’s strength, he has admitted to being afraid of a few individuals, such as Stan Edgar. Following Edgar’s departure from Vought, Homelander admits to having been scared of Edgar at one point, though he asserts that this fear is now gone. Despite this, and the constant disrespect Edgar shows him, Homelander still refuses to kill him. It is implied by Edgar that this is because Homelander secretly sees Edgar as a father figure, and seeks his approval.
After learning that Soldier Boy was his biological father, and that Vought had kept this from his whole life, Homelander appears to have become even more deranged. Despite his respect for Black Noir, he mercilessly killed him upon discovering Noir also knew the truth and kept it from him. Nevertheless, it hurt him killing the one and only person he considered a friend and a reliable partner. He also became more hypocritcal, as he condemned A-Train for his murder of a fellow Supe, despite having killed Noir only moments before and even informing A-Train, the Deep and Ashley of it. Later, Homelander carelessly murdered a civilian in front of multiple witnesses because the man insulted him and threw something at his son, not seeming to care about this blatant act of brutality.
Powers and Abilities
- "You're the most powerful man in the whole wide world. And there's nothing that you cannot do."
- —Doppelganger to Homelander[src]
- "Well, you know, I needed him to be the strongest man in the world. So I went to work on him."
- —Jonah Vogelbaum to Billy Butcher[src]
- Superhuman Strength: One of Homelander's primary abilities is his tremendous superhuman strength. He is stated to be the strongest man in the world according to Jonah Vogelbaum and Stormfront. As a child, he broke a woman's spine by hugging her. After he and Queen Maeve intercepted a robbery, he threw the first thief far away and high into the air. He also easily pushed open a door blockaded by scaffolding with one hand and embedded his fist in a shooter's torso. Homelander casually knocked off the door of a pressurized plane, but he stated he 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. This was also seen when he was unable to stop the full weight of a falling bus and concrete debris brought down on top of him when he was hovering during his encounter with Kenji Miyashiro. He was later able to throw a baseball from New York to Boston, having previously thrown a football into a small plane with so much force that an emergency landing was required, threw another baseball high into the air, and slapped Blindspot's head hard enough to burst his eardrums and cause excessive bleeding. He crushed a terrorist under his foot. Homelander easily overpowered Starlight and Doppelganger, lifting the latter off the ground and snapping their neck with one hand. He later contended with Stormfront and casually crushed a man's head in one hand. In a fit of anger, he overpowered A-Train, and threatened to pull Billy Butcher apart limb by limb. He casually killed Termite by crushing him under his foot. While initially appearing evenly matched with Soldier Boy, Homelander eventually overpowered him with his raw strength, nearly killing him in the process before the intervention of Butcher. Homelander continued to exert his superior strength against the combined might of Soldier Boy and Butcher, and only through Hughie joining the fight were the three able to finally bring Homelander to the ground, pinning him down with considerable effort. Homelander, seeing what could be his first ever defeat, was able to break free, knocking back Soldier Boy, Butcher and Hughie, giving him enough time to retreat. Homelander is also able to physically overpower Queen Maeve and gouged out her right eye.
- "There isn't a weapon on Earth that they haven't thrown at him. They've all failed."
- —Madelyn Stillwell[src]
- Superhuman Durability: Homelander is very resistant against physical harm and the most resilient of the Seven, if not of all Supes. He is not only completely bulletproof but also unfazed by explosions, such as when Billy blew up the Stillwell residence with him inside it or the destruction of an entire power plant. According to Madelyn Stillwell, there is not a weapon on Earth that has not failed against him, implying that he could also survive nuclear explosions. While pursuing Kenji Miyashiro and the Boys, Homelander survived having a bus and several large pieces of concrete dropped on top of him without any signs of injury save for being dirtied from the incident. Billy Butcher theorized that the force of a thermonuclear bomb would be the only thing capable of killing Soldier Boy, who was nearly as strong as Homelander. Maeve even described him as invincible, something he believed himself to be as well, as he dared Victoria Neuman to attempt blowing him up. However, it has been shown that his immense durability does indeed have limits. After a brutal fight against Soldier Boy, Butcher, and Hughie, Homelander was shown to have a large bruise on his face. While Homelander was able to take numerous punches and kicks from Maeve, they still caused him some degree of harm and even gave him a nosebleed, something she would follow up by jamming a metal rod into his ear, drawing blood and causing his ear to ring.
- Vacuum Adaptation: Homelander told Stan Edgar the view of New York City is better from space, which implies that Homelander has flown far beyond the Earth's atmosphere without any need for oxygen to survive. This feat also confirms that he can likely survive the freezing cold of space and cosmic radiation.
- Superhuman Speed: While Homalander can fly at extremely fast speeds, enough to keep up with an airplane so he could destroy it, John can also move on the ground at supersonic speeds. As a child, Homelander could already break the sound barrier. Homelander is fast enough to dodge bullets and unarmed multiple gunmen before they could even react. Later, after Butcher decides to detonate the bombs strapped to Stillwell's body, Homelander was able to save Butcher from the blast unharmed (The blast of a C4 bomb moves with a speed of around 8.000 m/s or 23 times faster than sound). He was able to disappear from Billy Butcher's apartment without the latter even realizing it, implying that he can move faster than the human eye can see while making little to no noise.
- 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. The Legend, who once was the Senior Vice President of Hero Management, claims to have never seen him sweat.
- "Madelyn, I heard him through the wall of this-- he was blackmailing you."
- 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 blood pressure, and can tell when they are excited or anxious, such as when he detected Hughie Campbell's blood pressure to be 150/90. He also heard the mayor of Baltimore through a wall and can also spy on Madelyn in her office. He heard Starlight's heartbeat racing and Butcher's heart pounding. His hearing also allows him to tell when someone is lying. Starlight told Stan Edgar that he could hear him through the wall, and he heard A-Train quietly curse him out. He later heard Roger from across rows of seats in the sound studio.
- "William Butcher... I can smell him all over you!"
- —Homelander to Queen Maeve.[src]
- Superhuman Smell: Homelander possesses an amazing olfactory sense, well beyond that of a human. For both Hughie and Starlight, he was able to tell they were afraid and nervous by smelling that their adrenaline had increased. He can also use his sense of smell to locate explosives. He was also able to smell Billy Butcher's scent on Queen Maeve, thus letting him know they had a tryst.
- "You know what's interesting? The Deep told me, and only me, that there were, uh, scorch marks on the mayor's engine. Almost as if from two small, high-intensity beams, roughly the width of human eyes."
- —Madelyn Stillwell[src]
- Heat Vision: Homelander is able to generate red heat energy from within his eyes and can project it outwards as high powered beams. These blasts of energy are so powerful that they appear to be able to cut through anything, such as airplanes. 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. His heat vision can also likely cut through most supes, shown in Homelander's hesitation to use them on Stormfront. He is also able to control the intensity of the beams, as shown when he used his heat vision to warm up a bottle of Stillwell's breast milk without damaging the bottle. When confronted by Billy Butcher and Soldier Boy, he struck Butcher chest with his optic beams, but rather than bisecting Butcher or even burning him (as would be expected from Homelander's heat vision), the energy beams caused Butcher to fly backwards and into a wall, leaving him momentarily stunned by the impact, despite Butcher's having given himself temporary superhuman powers via Compound V24. However, against supes of high durability such as Queen Maeve, Homelander's blasts do not seem to have a significant impact.
- "He could see us. He's got X-ray vision. He can see through the fucking roof."
- —Hughie Campbell[src]
- X-Ray Vision: Homelander can see through any solid object or surface, with the exception of objects and surfaces that are lined with zinc, implying that he only has low energy photon x-ray vision. He X-rayed Stan Edgar, stating that he is very close to a coronary because his blood is like engine oil. Stillwell acknowledged that he used his X-ray vision to spy on her, and Butcher knew he could see through the ceiling.
- Telescopic Vision: Homelander can zoom in on things, allowing him to see distant objects, people and surroundings. When stalking Madelyn Stillwell he used his x-ray vision to see through a wall and then zoomed in on her slowly to get a closer look.
- "No God. The only man in the sky is me."
- —Homelander to Chelsea[src]
- Supersonic Flight: Homelander is able to levitate and propel himself at supersonic speeds, allowing him to cover vast distances in a matter of minutes. He could reach a hi-jacked flight before F-16 fighter jets; top speeds of the F-16 jets are just under 1,500 mph/Mach 2. Him being faster than a F-16 Jet is also futher confirmed by Stillwell. While he was out canvassing the city for Translucent, Frenchie's neural networked CCTV ID's Homelander flying at sea level at speeds close to 1,874.482 kph/Mach 1.53.
- "We don't need a master race. I'm the master race, that's the point."
- —Homelander to Stormfront[src]
- Genetic Superiority (Tentative): It is possible that Homelander has biological genes that not only surpass those of human beings, but also those of other superhumans due to the fact that he is the only Supe to have fathered a child who inherited superpowers as a result of natural development as opposed to artificial injections of Compound V. Homelander claims that unlike all other Supes who were born as ordinary children before they were injected with Compound V, Homelander is the result of an "Immaculate Conception" where the semen that made Homelander was mixed with Compound V in a test tube before he was artificially inseminated inside of an unnamed woman who presumably died during his birth. Homelander claims that much like the Messiah of Christian faith, he doesn't know his real date of birth as July 4th was fabricated by the Vought PR team to further uphold him as the golden boy of America. The script for Dawn of the Seven referred to him as a perfect genetic specimen.
- "You see, companies, they come and go, but talent... talent is forever."
- Charisma: Homelander is very charismatic, being able to get public support by giving them impressive speeches which most of the time are improvised by himself. He can easily attract people with his charm and confidence and give them the image of an ideal patriotic hero. It should be noted that his ability to win over others has its limits. After inadvertently killing an innocent teen with his heat vision while stopping a terrorist, his efforts to placate a crowd of protesters was a PR disaster.
- Intelligence: Homelander is a very cunning individual. He knows how to manipulate and coerce most people into doing what he wants. He was able to outsmart Stan Edgar and get himself out of trouble multiple times. However, his impulsive behavior and his inability to make long term plans, has led to multiple people being able to foil his plans.
- Acting: Homelander is a very skilled actor. His heroic facade is capable of tricking most people that he is an ideal patriotic hero, causing them to lower their guard and trust him. He has also participated in the production of many films, including Dawn of the Seven.
- "You're fucking scared."
"I'm fucking terrified. And you should be too."
- —Billy Butcher and Susan Raynor[src]
- Intimidation: Homelander has a very imposing presence. He uses his intimidation to control the members of the Seven, who recognize that he is the most powerful member of the group, and that he is completely without conscience and has no moral reservations about killing anyone he chooses. As a result, most of them are scared of Homelander. He also intimidates to get whatever he wants. According to Starlight, she felt like he was waiting around every corner of the tower to kill her; she felt like she was living with a loaded gun in her face.
- Skilled Combatant: Homelander was able to put up a fight against both Butcher and Soldier Boy, despite both men being ex-military and having years of combat experience. In his childhood, Homelander had once fought against a huge man, indicating that Vought gave him some combat training at some point in his life. However due to his superior strength always giving him the advantage, Homelander never actually needed it and therefore has never improved his combat skills. Consequently, he has been overpowered by the weaker foes, such as Billy Butcher, Hughie Campbell and Soldier Boy, who were able to subdue him by working together, forcing him to flee. Homerlander was also able to fight Maeve on even terms, though Maeve's superior fighting skills allowed her to hold her own, with Homelander having to resort more to his strength than his combat skills to overpower her.
- "Or maybe you're just a paranoid, malignant narcissist who thinks everything is about you."
- —Queen Maeve[src]
- Mental Illness: Due to being raised in a lab with little to no human affection, Homelander has grown up to be a mentally unstable man. His obsessive need to be adored coupled with his lack of empathy and lack of moral reservation about harming and even killing others suggests that he is afflicted with Malignant Narcissism.
- Carelessness/Clumsiness: Homelander has very little regard for the lives of others (although rare exceptions exist, such as Stormfront). Consequently he is not careful with the use of his powers, particularly his heat vision. His carelessness could be seen even during his first mission; when he used his heat vision to heat up a gun to get a terrorist to drop it, which ended up causing an explosion that killed a nearby hostage and blew off the gunman's hand. While thwarting a terrorist on Flight 37, he accidentally destroyed the controls to pilot the airplane, leaving the passengers behind to die on a doomed aircraft. On another occasion, when he was bringing down a super-terrorist with his heat vision, he inadvertently killed a local teenager who was standing behind the terrorist. On another occasion, he and Queen Maeve were sent to apprehend a fugitive, Homelander accidentally used too much force and punched his fist through the criminal, killing him rather than capturing him. In fact, Homelander has never successfully apprehended a criminal (without killing or seriously injuring the criminal) nor rescued a victim, the victims of Flight 37 being a case in point.
- Insecurities: Although Homelander presents himself as a strong and confident man, in reality, he has very little self-esteem. He has a obsessive need for everyone to love him, likely due to the lack of human affection that he should have received during his childhood. As a result, he quickly becomes more aggressive and mentally unstable every time he feels like his image and reputation might be in danger. When Stormfront starts to bash on his image and become more popular than him, Homelander quickly becomes intimidated by her.
- Need for a Family: Having grown up alone in a cold and brutal environment, with zero compassion or love, Homelander is always on a search for a real family. However, this can be his undoing. His need to prove himself to his “father figure” Stan Edgar nearly destroyed Vought, and as soon as he found out Soldier Boy was his biological father, he was so desperate for connection, it nearly cost him his powers and life, during their second fight. His connection to his son is also a big weakness, it can make him careless, erratic, and paranoid. He was nearly depowered by Soldier Boy, due to focusing on his injured son instead of Soldier Boy.
- Lack of Real Challenges: As Homelander is by far the most powerful supe on Earth, he has never faced a challenge that forced him to improve his skills in combat, despite apparently receiving combat training in his youth. He usually prefers to take on foes with his heat vision, which brings most confrontations to a quick and decisive end. Consequently, he has been overpowered by the weaker foes, such as Billy Butcher, Hughie Campbell and Soldier Boy, who were able to subdue him by working together, forcing him to flee. Maeve was later shown to be able to fight him on relatively even terms and even overpower him during their fight, due to her superior fighting skills.
- "You got to go out there, lift the plane up."
"Lift the plane? How? There's nothing to stand on. It's fucking air."
- —Queen Maeve and Homelander[src]
- Absence of fulcrum: Homelander is unable to utilize his full superhuman strength if he lacks a fulcrum, as he explained to Queen Maeve. The reason for this is because he needs a solid surface and leverage to take full advantage of his power and without it he does not have anything to push his body against it.
- Blunt Force/Limited Durability: While Homelander is the most durable Supe in the world, he is still far from being invincible. Despite most attacks failing to cause a visible injury on his body, some individuals have managed to hinder him through extreme force, while others have managed to injure him. For instance, Kenji Miyashiro has used his telekinetic power to bury him under several tons of rocks and debris, including an entire bus, leaving Homelander apparently unable to free himself for several minutes (despite not showing any visible injuries after freeing himself). Certain beings, such as Stormfront and Ryan Butcher, have shown themselves capable of at least knocking him down. Soldier Boy and Butcher were strong enough to greatly stagger and harm Homelander with blunt force, ultimately leaving a large bruise on his face. During their fight, Maeve was even able to draw blood from Homelander, proving he can be beaten to death with enough force. His testicles may also be a vulnerable area, as he recoiled in significant pain when he received a groin shot from Maeve.
- Ear Injuries: Maeve was able to stab a metal straw into Homelander's ear, not only was it able to penetrate his ear, but it was able to incapacitate him and cause his ear to bleed. If she wasn't in a weakened and injured state, it's possible she could have struck it right through his brain.
- "Hey Deep, what can't I see through?"
"And what is the box made of Deep?"
- —Homelander and The Deep
- Zinc: Homelander cannot see through zinc. It is very likely that he has only low energy photon x-ray vision, being that a possible reason over why he cannot see through the metal. This weakness was exploited by The Boys once, when they placed Translucent's remains in a zinc-lined box, so that Homelander would be unable to find it.
- High frequencies: His super-hearing makes him vulnerable to intense, high frequency sounds. His son Ryan shares this vulnerability. However, unlike Ryan, Homelander is able to function despite the pain it causes him. During a cacophony that caused pain to both him and Ryan, Ryan was reduced to helplessness while Homelander was able to locate and neutralize the source of the sound.
- No Recuperative Abilities: Homelander doesn't seem to have the characteristic recuperative abilities common to most Supes. He was unable to recover quickly from a simple bruise on his face inflicted by Soldier Boy, and found it necessary to wear concealer to hide it. However, it is possible that his ability to recuperate has atrophied since he's never needed it due to his extreme durability.
- "A terrible tragedy befell our nation this week. Terrible. And let's not mince words about this. We... were... attacked. America was attacked. Some people... ...they want me to come out here and speak empty platitudes to you all. A little bit of corporate talk. But I don't want to do that. I can't do that. You want to know why?"
"Because I believe that what God wants me to do is get on over there, find the filthy bastards who that masterminded this--whatever cave they're in--and introduce them to a little thing called God's Judgement! -That's what I think! Sounds like the American thing to do! Sounds like the right thing to do! But no. No, no, no, no, no. Apparently, I got to wait for Congress to say it's okay."
"Right? I say I answer to a higher law. Wasn't I chosen to save you? -Is it not my God-given purpose to protect the United States of America? -Psalm! 58:10! 'The Righteous shall rejoice when he sees the vengeance and he will bathe his feet in the blood of the wicked.'"
- —Homelander giving a speech at the Believe Expo.[src]
- "-Let's get one thing straight. The only reason you're here and not doing corporate PR for fucking 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 fucking light bulb goes out, you will tell me. And, Ashley, in no fucking way do you decide who goes in The Seven. I decide. Do we have an understanding?"
- —Homelander threatening Ashley.[src]
- "Or maybe, you're just a paranoid malignant narcissist who thinks everything is about you."
"Mmm... It's not paranoia if they're really out to getcha. And you, Maeve, are out to get me. Aren't you?"
- —Homelander to Queen Maeve.[src]
- Homelander is a parody of DC's Superman and Marvel's Captain America.
- Homelander was originally an orphan like Superman.
- Homelander's faux origin story from the comics is the same as Superman's, while his real backstory is similar to Captain America as they are both super soldiers given powers from chemical formulas.
- Homelander's inability to see through zinc is similar to Superman's inability to see through lead.
- Homelander is the leader of the Seven, a parody of the Justice League (led by Superman).
- Homelander's patriotism and appearance are a reference to the status and reputation of Superman and Captain America as all-American icons.
- Unlike the comic series however, Homelander raped Becca instead of Black Noir.
- Homelander is the only villain in the Amazon series to serve as the main antagonist in three seasons, and will likely serve as the main antagonist again in season 4.
- Homelander is the first artificially-born Supe, whereas Ryan Butcher continues to be believed as the first natural-born Supe. This is largely due to the fact that, molestation aside, Ryan was more or less conceived of a biologically natural conception without any external influences, whereas Homelander was created after a semen sample that was donated by Soldier Boy was mixed inside of a test tube of Compound V that was later artificially inseminated into a currently unknown woman.
- His personality calls to mind the original incarnation of Adam/Frankenstein's Monster from the novel Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Similarities between the monster and Homelander are that both where artificially created in a laboratory to be supreme beings, were both raised in a loveless environment, both started their lives as naïve and not aware of their own physical strength, and both come to hate their own creators. However, the monster sought love and never obtained it due to his hideous appearance, while Homelander comes close to actual love, but is too psychologically damaged to maintain a healthy relationship despite his good looks.
- Homelander's takeover of Vought International and reputation parallel Donald Trump, the President of the United States from 2017-2021 and CEO of the Trump Organization.
|TV series The Seven members|
Homelander • A-Train • The Deep
Mister Marathon • Translucent † • Lamplighter † • Stormfront † • Supersonic † • Starlight • Black Noir † • Queen Maeve
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- Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker
- What I Know
- The Name of the Game
- Get Some
- The Female of the Species
- Over the Hill with the Swords of a Thousand Men
- The Innocents
- Proper Preparation and Planning
- The Big Ride
- You Found Me
- Nothing Like It in the World
- We Gotta Go Now
- The Bloody Doors Off
- The Instant White-Hot Wild
- One Plus One Equals Two
- Glorious Five Year Plan
- The Last Time to Look on This World of Lies
- Good for the Soul
- The Self-Preservation Society
- The Only Man in the Sky