"I mean, just when you think this shit can't get any more horrible..."
Hughie has a mediocre life. He’s a mild-mannered guy with a boring job, who still lives at home with his Dad — in the same bedroom he grew up in. The only light in his life is the love of his life: his girlfriend, Robin. That is, until a speedster superhero named A-Train runs through Robin, eviscerating and killing her on impact. Desperate for revenge, Hughie’s recruited by anti-“Supe” vigilante Billy Butcher, and Hughie’s world is turned upside down as he finds himself caught in the middle of a war against superheroes – who, as it turns out, are neither super nor heroic.
Joining The BoysEdit
Hughie is happy with his girlfriend Robin, and the two are in discussion to move in together. However, their relationship is cut short after Robin is accidentally killed by A-Train who is high on Compound V at the time. Hughie becomes hungry for revenge, and in The Name of the Game, he is approached by Billy Butcher who offers to help him get revenge. Hughie is first angry as Butcher disregards him after planting a bug in Seven Tower, but the two swiftly get back together after Translucent attacks Hughie. Hughie eventually kills Translucent in Cherry, leading to Butcher reforming The Boys and asking for the help of Mother's Milk.
After Robin's death, Hughie begins a relationship with Starlight on advice from Billy. Hughie uses Starlight to gain tickets to Vought's Believe EXPO in Good for the Soul in order to blackmail Ezekiel into stopping Compound V shipments. Starlight is initially angry at this and just as the two become romantically involved, they break of the relationship on Butcher's orders.
The two keep in contact, however, with Starlight demanding to know why Hughie would betray her. Hughie again uses their relationship to his own gain, asking Starlight to use her security clearance to find Naqib, a rogue Supe. Their relationship is left on uneasy grounds at the end of season one, as Starlight intervenes to save Hughie from a high A-Train.
In the comicsEdit
In the comics, Hughie joins the Boys after his girlfriend, Robin, is accidentally killed by A-Train during a superhero brawl. Billy injects Hughie with Compound V during their mission, giving Hughie superhero powers but angering him nonetheless. He received superhuman strength and durability. Unlike the show, Hughie is Scottish instead of American.
"Hughie. You're a good lad."
"Look, I just need five minutes inside. I mean, home service is my specialty."
- ― Hughie Campbell[source]
- Skilled engineer: Hughie has technical skills from his job at an electronics store, making him very tech-savvy. He was able to install R.F. Shielding Foil in Frenchie's residence to block the signal of Translucent's tracking chip, and gained access to Popclaw's house cameras in her desktop and smart TV by getting her IPv6 number.
- Skilled tactician: On multiple occasions Hughie comes up with a viable tactic on very short notice, such as when he couldn't use the video on his soaking wet phone to blackmail Ezekial.
- Hughie is a fan of James Taylor, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, Billy Joel, and Van Halen.