- "Don't be a cunt."
- —Ryan Butcher[src]
- 1 The Boys Series
- 1.1 Background
- 1.2 Season One
- 1.3 Season Two
- 2 Powers and Abilities
- 3 Relationships
- 4 Trivia
- 5 Gallery
- 6 References
The Boys Series[edit | edit source]
Background[edit | edit source]
- "I'm scared"
- —Ryan adressing Butcher before he lets Mallory take him away.[src]
Ryan is a sweet boy who loves his mother, Becca. He's the type of kid who enjoys simple things, he was raised to be a kind and diligent little boy, something he remained as late until the age of 8, unlike Homelander, who, according to Vogelbaum's confession was the same until the age of 5 although his father's demeanor changed when his caretaker forced him to become "the greatest man in the world", something Becca adamantly wanted to avoid. Ryan enjoys making short stop motion lego animation's based on old movies that his mother shows him, he also enjoys staying on top of his education and whenever he can he will give himself "homework" (as Homelander put it) so he can exercise his mind.
Meeting his father[edit | edit source]
- "Mom! [...] Homelander!"
- —Ryan expressing surprise at seeing the famous Homelander.[src]
Ryan is first seen in the show after the standoff of William Butcher and Homelander at Madelyn Stillwell's house. When John takes Butcher to his wife's front porch Ryan quickly comes out of the house to see what is the commotion outside and is surprised to see the famous superhero.
After Homelander proclaims he is his father, Ryan is overpowered by a rush of emotions causing his powers to manifest by the way of almost activating his heat vision, a trait clearly inherited from his father.
Catching ball[edit | edit source]
- "Huh! I can't do that!"
- —Ryan's reaction to seeing Homelander launched a ball into space.[src]
On a sunny day, Homelander wants to spend some quality time connecting with his son, so he tries to play baseball in the backyard of Becca's house, at first things seem to be going splendidly, with Ryan throwing his dad the ball, Homelander engaging in some small talk, but when Ryan starts messing up and missing the balls Homelander throws at him, the superhero just bluntly states that Ryan should start using his powers to make himself better at the game.
Ryan is bemused by his comment, citing that he can't do the things that Homelander can, but before the superhero can press the matter further, Becca, the kid's mother intervenes and sends Ryan away to do his homework.
Father and son[edit | edit source]
- "Mom says being lonely makes you know yourself better."
- —Ryan after Homelander starts trying to connect with him.[src]
Homelander visits Ryan again in an attempt to connect with his child, this time the supe gives his son a smartphone, something Ryan never had before and a thing that he doesn't quite know what do to with, since he doesn't have that many friends and his mother is almost always by his side. After an initial akward exchange his father starts to open up to Ryan, stating that he didn't really have parents and he wants to be for him what he never had, both a mother and a father, although his superiority complex still seeps into the conversation making little Ryan uncomfortable. Homelander starts ranting about how they are both one side of the same coin, gods that are destined to enjoy the feeling of power, beings that can't be regulated by anyone and how he wants his son to share this feeling together with him.
Extremely weirded out by the monologue Ryan dismisses Homelander by telling him he wants to go to bed.
Breakfast with a twist[edit | edit source]
- "This is nice."
- —Homelander enjoying breakfast with his son.[src]
Homelander interrupts what is a usual breakfast Monday morning for Becca and Ryan, although just his sheer presence makes the whole room stink of tenseness.
Tired of the antics of both Becca and his child around the breakfast table, John rudely halts the meal, masking a demand that his son go with him to show him some real "fun" outside into a question instead of playing this little charade Becca calls breakfast, she tries to prevent the supe from taking her son but Ryan assures her it'll be ok, probably out of fear his father would throw a tantrum if they refused.
Flying lessons Homelander[edit | edit source]
- "Are you ready?"
"Ready for what?"
- —Homelander asking Ryan if he's ready to jump into the proverbial frying pan.[src]
A little bit of time past breakfast, the father's child takes him up to the roof of Becca's house for his first lesson in superhuman abilities, flight. At first starting slow, the supe starts to get the boy ready by asking him mundane questions among the likes of, "Has your mother ever taken you up here before?", but per his father's really low patience he starts pushing the boy to just let go, jump and propel himself away into flight, Ryan obviously doesn't want to do it, thinking he'll fall right off and injure himself but when the super pushes even harder, Ryan starts crying so as to maybe make Homelander understand it's not what he wants.
Feigning regret for pushing his son to partake in his lesson, Homelander starts comforting him and not a while later in a totally dick move, pushes his son off the roof in the hope that his instincts will kick in and he will fly.
Much to his father's disappointment the kid does indeed fall flat on his face. Not long after his mother Becca exits the house and jumps to his son's aid, frightened that that Homelander might've just killed their son. The super tells Becca bluntly that Ryan can't be hurt because being his son he thinks he probably inherited his invulnerability.
A short while later Ryan does indeed wake up from his fall, not having 1 scratch on him, proving Homelander right, and after threatening the kid's mother, Ryan finally displays his powers again in a fit of rage, managing to shove Homelander to the ground and activating his heat blasts from his eyes, albeit not shooting them, this display, much to Becca's chagrin leaves the supe with a weird satisfaction in knowing that his son is indeed a superhuman as well.
The power couple come a knockin'[edit | edit source]
- "All right, well, Ryan, I'd love you to meet my girlfriend, Stormfront"
"Wow, he looks just like you!"
- —Homelander introducing Ryan to his new lover Stormfront while she exclaims the child's perfect Aryan feature's.[src]
When Ryan and his mum play with a lego set in their backyard, John brings his new girlfriend Stormfront to see his progeny. Not wasting any time Stormfront begins trying to poison the child, immediately feeding him things like how he should know that he is a very special being, the first natural born supe and other things, Becca tries to intervene but to no avail, Homelander declares that they will shift focus to Ryan and that they will be spending alot more time with him, both him and Stormfront, the latter being someone the male supe wants Ryan to connect with and get to know.
Little family get-together[edit | edit source]
- "Wow... That... That uh... That's really something Ryan"
"I've done the Blindside, Dances with Wolves, Terms of Endearment, all my mom's favorites!"
- —Ryan showing his father and Stormfront his stop motion lego movies.[src]
Inside the house Homelander, Stormfront, Becca and Ryan gather around a tablet to watch the lego movies little Ryan put together inspired by old movies his mother let him watch, all of them non violent, so as not to taint him. Displeased with this development Stormfront asks the child if he's into any "normal kid stuff" like video games or youtubers like Pewdiepie, after Ryan doesn't even know what she talks about, Stormfront suggests the boy watch some of his dad's violent movies, much to the kid's surprise that his dad actually is a movie star on top of being a superhero, after which she promises to take Ryan to various kid attractions around the country to basically get him out of the shell Becca put him in. His mother, reaching the end of her patience watching the 2 supers trying to twist Ryan's way of life calls Homelander outside and tries to argue with him that what they're doing is not in his benefit, for she and he both know what kind of childhood John had, but he is having none of it, insisting that if she keeps on going like this, Ryan will be shell shocked when he sees the real world and when he finds out that all his childhood he lived a protected, sheltered, designed life, much like himself.
The truth is hard to swallow[edit | edit source]
- "Alright! Dinner's ready! Hey bud, you ready for dinner? What's wrong?"
"You're a liar, you lied to me! He just flew me up and showed me! This house is fake, the neighbours are fake, YOU'RE FAKE?"
- —Ryan's revelation that his whole life was orchestrated when Homelander showed him the truth.[src]
Later that evening, when Becca finished cooking some lasagna for dinner, she called upon her child to come to the dinner table, but to her surprise she found Ryan with Stormfront and Homelander, the latter flew him up into the air and presented for him the lie that Vought created, a whole suburban neighborhood, designed to give him a perfect, non violent childhood, complete with fake neighbours, fake school, fake mother, just so he wouldn't turn out like his dad did. Becca immediately tries to damage control the situation, telling her son that they will talk about all this but he is having none of it, when Homelander and Stormfront tell Becca to back off and that he will be coming with them, she tries to take him under her wing and shield him with her body, but Ryan, angry at her mother, goes out from beside her right into Homelander's arms, the supe flying away with his son and his girlfriend, leaving the child's mother behind in disarray.
Ultimately siding with Billy Butcher[edit | edit source]
Becca is intent on finding Ryan so she goes to Butcher for help. With the guidance of Stan Edgar, Butcher manages to go with Becca and The Boys to get Ryan back. They get him successfully and drive away but they get stopped by Homelander and Stormfront.
Ryan, Becca, and Butcher make a run for it while the rest fight the Supes off. Stormfront stops them and starts to choke Becca, which infuriates Ryan. He unwittingly uses his powers to hurt Stormfront to make her stop. In the process, he accidentally hurts his mom, who then dies from blood loss. Ryan keeps repeating that he's sorry and didn't mean to over and over again as he is shaking in fear.
Butcher promises to make sure Ryan is safe so he takes Ryan to leave but Homelander tries to stop them until Maeve intervenes. Butcher takes Ryan to Grace Mallory to put him in her care, where he will be safe.
Powers and Abilities[edit | edit source]
Ryan is a natural born supe, the first of his kind, displaying superpowers very similar to his father, Homelander.
- Superhuman Strength: Ryan is strong enough to be able to shove Homelander to the ground, albeit when he was enraged.
- Invulnerability: Ryan managed to survive a 20 foot drop from the roof of his house, and despite being stunned for a few minutes, emerged unharmed. He also survived a car crash caused by Stormfront. However it is hard to judge the extent of his resistance from these two incidents as they are both events that could be survived by a normal child of his age and size.
- Superhuman Stamina: Although yet to have a feat worthy of proving this, it can be assumed he inherited this from his father too.
- Heat Vision: Ryan is also capable of generating heat energy from his eyes, similar to Homelander. However, Ryan has little to no control over this power, as his eyes simply glow red when he is angry. He managed to gravely injure Stormfront and render her into a unresponsive vegetative state. It is possible that his heat vision is stronger than his father's, given Homelander could only char the skin of Stormfront, though it was implied that Homelander held back as it was just for Stormfront's pleasure.
- Supernatural Hearing: Ryan's sense of hearing is incredibly sensitive, like his father's. However, this can be detrimental when he is surrounded by cacophony.
Relationships[edit | edit source]
Family[edit | edit source]
Allies[edit | edit source]
Enemies[edit | edit source]
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Parker Corno played Ryan in Season 1 finale, You Found Me, credited as "8 yr old boy". It is possible that Crovetti was chosen for Season 2 because he has a lot more acting experience than Corno.
- He shares something in common with Stormfront as they were both uniquely created.
- Stormfront is the first Supe to be successfully created using Compound V.
- Ryan is the first natural born Supe.