- For the comic version of the character, see James Stillwell.
Madelyn Stillwell is a major antagonist of the Amazon series The Boys, she serves as one of the two secondary antagonists (the other being A-Train) of season 1, and a posthumous antagonist of season 2.
As Vought’s Senior Vice President of Hero Management, it was Madelyn Stillwell’s job to manage the world’s greatest superhero team, The Seven. It was also her job to ensure maximum power and profitability for the company – and that’s a job she executes with ruthless efficiency. But her ambitions went beyond merely having superheroes fighting crime on America’s streets; she desired to put them in the military, through a multi-billion-dollar government contract.
The Boys Series
As one of the most important members of Vought International, Stillwell works closely with all of its Supes; most particularly, The Seven. Stillwell seemed to have a closeness with Homelander particularly, being one of the only people at Vought capable of keeping him under control.
The relationship between the two developed further at the end of season one, with Homelander questioning Vought and its use of Compound V. He is angry to find out that Stillwell lied to him about the whereabouts of Becca Butcher and her child. In You Found Me, she is held hostage by Butcher in hopes of angering Homelander. Homelander however, angry at Stillwell's lies, uses his heat vision to kill Stillwell. Her child ends up 17 miles away from the house, completely safe.
In the comics
In the original comics which the series is based on, Madelyn Stillwell is a man named James Stillwell. He is the assistant of Vought's CEO and most of the Seven's gruesome plans came directly from him. He is characterized by his almost inhuman calmness and lack of emotion, to the point where nothing can even raise his pulse, a sharp contrast to his counterpart in the live-action adaptation, who occasionally loses her composure and is capable of fear. This extends to his interactions with Homelander, with Stillwell being one of the very few people that doesn't fear him. While the two greatly hate each other, Homelander is somewhat afraid and insecure around Stillwell as he usually obeys his orders out of fear of being exposed as a fraud, despite being able to kill Stillwell at any time. Homelander seems to subconsciously view Stillwell as a father figure of sorts, which would explain why he constantly allows himself to be cowed by the man. When Homelander finally rebels against Vought and confronts Stillwell personally, the CEO's apathy and disgust is so profound Homelander decides to spare him, so he can witness his plans for the world. Stillwell survives the events of the Comics and is last seen despairing over having an inferior product.
Madelyn comes across as very kind and polite on the surface. She actually cares little for other people and uses them simply to achieve her own goals. Her company and her reputation are the most important things to her. She doesn't care if people die, as long as her reputation isn't hurt by it. The only exception with this is her baby Teddy who she deeply cared about.
In order to achieve her goals, she is ready to sacrifice a lot of people. Madelyn is also shown to be very manipulative towards Homelander. She completely abuses the fact that he cares so much for her. However, she is also extremely afraid of him as she greatly fears what he could do to her due to his power, and instability.
- She is loosely based on the character James Stillwell from the comics who also seems to have heavily inspired the character of her superior Stan Edgar.
- Despite Madelyn is one of the secondary antagonists, she became the final antagonist, for Homelander to kill.