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"One Plus One Equals Two" is the eighth and final episode of the first season of the animated anthology series, The Boys Presents: Diabolical. It was designed from the start to be in the same continuity as the main live-action series, thus making it one of three animated shorts considered canonical to The Boys TV show.[1] Its animation style is inspired by the Amazon series Invicible, with a touch of modern Japanese anime style. It was released on March 4, 2022, on Amazon Prime Video.

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Even a great American hero like Homelander had to start somewhere...

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When The Homelander first joins The Seven, he is paired up with Black Noir to handle a hostage situation at the chemical plant "Cruz Chemical" on Staten Island. Madelyn convinces Homelander that he should not let Black Noir upstage him while handling the crisis and advises him to drop the word "The" from his title.

One of the hostage-takers from the Chemical Liberation Front is on video, saying that they had no choice but to try and stop the chemical plant, which has toxic poisons that leak out and effect people.

When Homelander gets to the chemical plant before Black Noir, he tries to peacefully resolve things himself. However, things quickly go south when he accidentally blows up a man's gun to prevent him from shooting a hostage. The hostage-takers tell him that they were never going to kill anyone and were taking hostages to effect change and save lives. Homelander gets called a fascist and kills the woman who hurled the insult. He proceeds to wipe out all the hostage-takers and hostages in a fit of rage. Fearing Black Noir will rat him out to Vought International, Homelander tries to kill him but accidentally blows up the entire chemical plant instead.

Instead of telling everyone what really happened, Black Noir kills the last witness (a woman who was taken hostage) and advises Homelander on what to say to the media.

In the aftermath, Homelander's ratings increase despite his failure to save anyone from the chemical plant disaster. As Homelander and Madelyn walk out the office, he remarks that Black Noir did teach a thing or two about being a superhero after all.

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Violence is never the answer.
―Homelander

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