- For the Dynamite version of the character, see Homelander/Comics.
- "You see, companies, they come and go. But talent... talent is forever."
Homelander, who is occasionally referred to as John by Vought International, is the main antagonist in the Amazon series The Boys. He is the leader of The Seven, and the prime enemy 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.
- 1 The Boys Series
- 1.1 Appearance
- 1.2 Background
- 1.3 Season One
- 1.3.1 Killing the Mayor of Baltimore
- 1.3.2 After the murder
- 1.3.3 The search for Translucent
- 1.3.4 Mission with Queen Maeve
- 1.3.5 The Race
- 1.3.6 Transoceanic Flight 37
- 1.3.7 Aftermath of the tragedy
- 1.3.8 Believe Expo
- 1.3.9 Super in America
- 1.3.10 Nothing Personal
- 1.3.11 Reunion with the Seven
- 1.3.12 Visiting Vogelbaum
- 1.3.13 Aid in Syria
- 1.3.14 Finding out the truth
- 1.4 Season Two
- 1.4.1 Translucent's funeral
- 1.4.2 No sympathy for the crippled
- 1.4.3 The new member of The Seven
- 1.4.4 History lesson
- 1.4.5 Partners in Crime
- 1.4.6 Ask and you shall receive
- 1.4.7 Remember who the Enemy is
- 1.4.8 One Big "Happy" Family
- 1.4.9 He's my son too
- 1.4.10 How You can stay Safe
- 1.4.11 Fact check
- 1.4.12 Adjustments
- 1.4.13 Learning Moments
- 1.4.14 Separation
- 1.4.15 Isolated and alone, again
- 1.4.16 First step into madness
- 2 Powers and Abilities
- 3 Weaknesses
- 4 Personality
- 5 Relationships
- 6 Quotes
- 7 Trivia
- 8 Gallery
- 9 Site Navigation
The Boys Series
Homelander is tall and shown to be extremely muscular.
- "You should've been raised in a home with a family who loved you. Not in a cold lab with doctors"
- —Jonah Vogelbaum to Homelander[src]
Homelander was raised in a lab, surrounded by doctors like Jonah Vogelbaum, who called him John. For not having a motherlike figure, Vogelbaum remarked that Homelander turned violent, aggressive, and downright hateful (""). In his childhood, he was subjected to 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 motherlike figure, a female doctor, but she was killed by Homelander himself when he was young and innocent after he hugged her strongly, accidentally breaking her spine. Prior to her death, he had caused similar incidents to countless other tutors, a behavior that was usually motivated by indignation, but this time caused by isolation induced depression.
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. 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 ("").
Killing the Mayor of Baltimore
After finding out that the Mayor of Baltimore had knowledge about the Compound V, 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. ("").
After the murder
- "Have you heard about the Mayor of Baltimore?"
"Yeah... yeah. I've heard the plane's 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 ("").
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 takes the position of an alpha male and makes his points clear: The Deep keeps his mouth shut, or there will be no Deep to sniff him anymore ("").
The search for Translucent
- "I'm the Homelander. And I can do whatever the fuck I want."
- —Homelander to Anika[src]
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 ("").
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 ("").
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 ("").
- "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 is looking at him in an odd way. They exchange stares ("").
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 ("").
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]
After a transoceanic flight Paris-Chicago is hijacked by terrorists, Stillwell sees this as a golden opportunity to push her Supes into the military. She calls Maeve and Homelander to go there and save the plane. She says that they can't act on foreign soil, but as the plane is above international waters, they can do something about it. Stillwell says that no congressman will have the courage to vote against their bill if Homelander and Maeve save those passengers on the hijacked plane ("").
Homelander and Maeve successfully get on the plane, and just after their arrival, the terrorists are killed by them. The passengers then applauded their saviors. Homelander and Maeve enter the airplane's cockpit, and there they see one more terrorist, pointing a gun to the pilot, and next to him, a dead co-pilot. The Supes try to handle the situation, but the terrorist shoots the pilot by instinct, and immediately after the murder, Homelander kills the terrorist by lasing him down. As a consequence, the flight control system is destroyed. Maeve and Homelander discuss ways to save the plane, but none of them would work. Homelander decides to abandon the passengers. Maeve tries to convince her partner to do otherwise, but he can't be persuaded. The god-like warrior tries to negotiate with Homelander, saying to save at least a mother and her daughter that they spoke to moments ago. Homelander declines, 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 ("").
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 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 ("").
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" ("").
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 ("").
- "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 ("").
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 ("").
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 ("").
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 ("").
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 ("").
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 ("").
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 ("").
- "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 ("").
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 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. 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 ("").
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 ("").
- "How long it has been, John?"
"Long enough that no one calls me John anymore"
- —Jonah Vogelbaum and Homelander[src]
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 ("").
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 ("").
Finding out 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 ("").
Then, when Homelander and Stillwell are laying on the couch, spending some time together, Stillwell reveals to Homelander that 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 ("").
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 ("").'
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 ("").
- "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?"
- —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.
The new member of The Seven
- "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 receive
- "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 news papers and a stack of photos. She grabs the photos and shows them to Homelander. She reveals that the old woman in the photo is not her "grandmother", it is really her daughter, Chloe. Continuing she explains was born in 1919 in Berlin. There 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 Nueman 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.[Zoom in on Homelander's eyes]"
- —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!"
Homelander is seen one final time on a rooftop in the night, venting his frustration by jerking off whilst muttering, "I can do whatever the fuck I want."
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]
- Superhuman Strength: One of Homelander's primary abilities is his tremendous superhuman strength, being strongest man in the world according to Jonah Vogelbaum and Stormfront. He possesses the greatest level of strength ever seen, allowing him to effortlessly overpower any opponent. 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 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 and slapped Blindspot's head with enough force to burst his eardrums and cause excessive bleeding. Homelander easily overpowered Starlight and Doppelganger, lifting the latter off the ground and snapping his neck. He later contended with Stormfront and crushed a man's head in one hand.
- Invulnerability: Homelander seems to be immune to all forms of physical harm and is thereby the most resilient of the Seven, and possibly of all Supes. As such, he is not only completely bulletproof but is also unfazed by explosions, such as when Billy blew up the Stillwell residence with him inside it. According to Madelyn Stillwell, "There isn't a weapon on Earth that they haven't throw at him. They've all failed.", 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.
- Superhuman Speed: Homelander can fly at extremely fast speeds, enough to keep up with Steve's plane so he could destroy it. As a child, he could break the sound barrier. 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. Later, after Butcher decides to detonate the bombs strapped to Stillwell, Homelander was able to save both Butcher and Stillwell's baby from the blast.
- 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. However, he could not last long with Madelyn.
- Heat Vision: Homelander is able to generate powerful heat energy from within his eyes and can project them outwards as high powered energy beams. These blasts of energy are so powerful that they appear to be able to cut through anything, such as Steve's plane. He also used his heat vision to melt a thief's gun to the latter's hand. However, Homelander is most notable for using his optical beams on people, melting flesh and bone with ease and causing people to burst into gore. His heat vision can also likely cut through most supes, shown in Homelander's hesitation to use them on Stormfront. In "Cherry" Madelyn Stillwell explained his optical beams as "Two small, high-intensity beams, roughly the width of human eyes".
- X-Ray Vision: Homelander can see through any solid object or surface, with the exception of objects and surfaces that are lined with zinc.
- Superhuman Hearing: Homelander possesses tremendous auditory awareness, allowing him to detect sounds from miles away. He can also use this power to detect a person's heartbeat, and can tell when they are excited or anxious, such as when he detected Hughie Campbell's blood pressure to be 150/90.
- 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.
- Flight: Homelander is able to levitate and propel himself at great speeds, allowing him to cover vast distances in a matter of minutes. In "The Female of the Species" it was stated that 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.
- Zinc: Homelander cannot see through zinc. This is shown when he is unable to identify Translucent's remains in zinc-lined box until it was opened
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.
Because of being raised in a laboratory, Homelander has difficulty understanding love and humanity. This rendered Homelander sociopathic and amoral, 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 pleads 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 for 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 true feelings of fear, this doesn't hold Homelander back from burning her eyes and skull. Due to his longing for a maternal figure woman are able to more easily manipulate him. Stillwell, Becca, Stormfront, Maeve, have all been able to manipulate/control him to some degree due to them being women, and appealing 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 instances, 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. Rather, he mainly goes along with her plans due to the position of power she promises him. When Stormfront reveals her Nazi past to Homelander, he broods looking away from her, that is until she claims he will be the man to rule their future army, in which he turns around and focuses on her complimenting him.
Despite making people fear and love him, Homelander seems to have respect for Butcher. When they finally confronted each other, Homelander is both intrigued and impressed that Billy 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. 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, but still he gave him a choice he gives to few people.
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 push, 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.
Ultimately, Homelander is a damaged man, raised in a loveless environment, extraordinary power and looks, and often told how great he is. Further the people raising him were people with a notable disregard for ethics, leaving him with a similar mindset. This has left him with the paradoxical mindset of seeing most everyone else as less than him, while at the same time having a deep desire for love. Maeve uses this latter effect to control him, using a video of him leaving the plane crash victims, saying that if it went on the web, nobody would ever love him again.
Homelander ends Season 2 as a broken man, having lost his son, the woman he cared about, and his power and control over The Seven.
- "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]
- Homelander is primarily a parody of the famous comic superhero Superman (DC Comics) possessing the exact same powers, abilities and public image, but is also partly a parody of Captain America (Marvel Comics), from whom he gets his name, patriotic cape and Aryan appearance.
- The Superman allegory is strengthened by his original fictional Vought made backstory before the use of Compound-V was leaked, he was an alien who crashed on Earth as a baby and was raised by human farmers.
- Homelander's name literally means "A person from one's homeland", in his case meaning the United States of America.
- The only element Homelander can't see through is zinc. This is similar to Superman, who cannot see through lead.
|TV series The Seven members|
Homelander • Queen Maeve • Black Noir • A-Train • Starlight
Lamplighter † • Translucent † • The Deep (on sabbatical) • Stormfront (incarcerated)