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"I led the 116th onto Omaha Beach. I was in the fucking Eagle's Nest. I fought for this country...I fought for this country. And what did I get for it? Forgotten. Left to rot by my own team. You know, I wanted some rug rats of my own, with Countess. Yeah. Ain't that a bitch. You know, couple of little boys. Raise them up to be men. Now...now I got nothing."
—Soldier Boy to Hughie Campbell[src]

Soldier Boy (real name Ben) is a major character in Season Three of the Amazon series The Boys. He was also America's first and greatest superhero before Homelander and the leader of the superhero team Payback.

As a young man, Soldier Boy helped good triumph over evil in World War II. With his superhero team Payback by his side, he fought for liberty and justice for all until his disappearance during a botched military operation in Nicaragua, with the cover story being that he heroically sacrificed his own life to save America from a nuclear power plant meltdown in 1984.

He is portrayed by American actor Jensen Ackles.

The Boys Series[]

Background[]

Soldier Boy during World War II.

"Soldier Boy grew up in the birthplace of American liberty. Born poor on the mean streets of South Philadelphia, he learned the values of hard work, tenacity and bravery. He used those values to prove America's exceptionalism to the world. He defended us against the encroaching Red Menace. He helped guide America into a brighter future, and along the way, he found the love of a good woman, which made his sacrifice all the more noble, when he gave his life saving us from a nuclear holocaust. Please join us in saluting Soldier Boy."
—Narrator[src]

Soldier Boy was born in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1919 under the name "Ben" and grew up in poverty during the Great Depression. In 1941, America entered the war following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, prompting him to join the army as a young man.

In 1944, Soldier Boy was one of the first to be dosed with Dr. Vought's field-tested version of Compound V and became America's first superhero as a result, slaughtering German soldiers by the dozen out on the battlefield.[2] In 1945, an executive order was drafted, presumably by President Truman, to establish the date of April 28 as Soldier Boy Day as a way of honoring his heroic efforts during the war. However, Soldier Boy intervened and had the day be known as National Superhero Day as a way of honoring all superheroes instead.[3]

Following the end of World War II, Soldier Boy remained a major superhero with Vought for decades and was familiar with Stormfront during her time as Liberty, as the two of them founded Herogasm together in 1952.[4] He eventually became the leader of the superhero team Payback, where he would fight crime alongside Crimson Countess, Gunpowder, Swatto, Mindstorm, Black Noir and the TNT.

"I deeply regret the deaths of those innocent people. Unfortunately, cold-blooded criminals like the robbery suspects I stopped that night have no regard for human life."
—Soldier Boy's response regarding the deaths of Louis, Walter, and Lucy Milk.[src]
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In 1980, Vogelbaum called Soldier Boy into the lab. They asked him to produce sperm into a cup so they could study his genetics. Vought then, unbeknownst to Soldier boy, used his sperm to create a baby who would grow up to be Homelander. At some point during the 1980s, Soldier Boy came across a group of kids one night trying to boost a Benz. A scuffle ensued during which the suspects attempted to flee, leading Soldier Boy to pick up the Benz and hurl it through a nearby house owned by the Milk family, killing Louis Milk (57), Walter Milk (35), and Lucy Milk (32) in the process. However, according to the official account given by Soldier Boy to the press, the suspects attempted to run him over with the car, forcing him to deflect the oncoming vehicle and cause it to crash into the Milk family home.

On July 12, 1982, in Queens, New York, Soldier Boy and Swatto reportedly assaulted a homeless man in a park. The homeless man wanted to press charges against the two, but then vanished, presumably killed by the assailants or paid off by them. In 1983, Soldier Boy starred in the classic film Red Thunder.[5]

In 1984, Soldier Boy filmed an anti-drug ad that was approved by the Vought Ad Council. In the PSA, Soldier Boy warned people against taking drugs, claiming that "Anyone who takes drugs is a loser."[6] However, he had several complications on set due to his spoiled attitude and temper, and also remarked his own hypocrisy on making an anti-drug video despite the fact that he himself was an addict.

In the same year, despite being publicly against drugs, Vought had Soldier Boy and the rest of Payback participate in Operation Charly, a clandestine CIA military operation that was funded by illegal cocaine trafficking and sought to back the right-wing Nicaraguan Contras against the communist, Soviet-backed Sandinistas. During the operation, Soldier Boy displayed a carefree yet arrogant and misogynistic attitude towards the handling officer, then-Lieutenant Army Colonel Grace Mallory. He would make numerous passes at Mallory before she finally rebuffed him and reacted by calling her homophobic slurs. Later on, due to Swatto's carelessness, the Sandinistas and their Soviet allies were able to launch a surprise attack on Mallory's base. This, along with Payback's incompetence and lack of training, led to the deaths of 116 of Mallory's men and allowed the Soviets to somehow neutralize Soldier Boy, who they then captured and transported to a secret military compound in the USSR.

Despite presenting themselves as a close-knit team, the truth was that Soldier Boy was hated by the other members of Payback as he sabotaged any efforts by them to advance their careers and would frequently physically abuse them (at one point delivering a severe beating to Noir who had complained about Soldier Boy ruining his chance to appear in Beverly Hills Cop). One day Stan Edgar approached Noir and told him that they felt it was time to 'retire' Soldier Boy, as Vought had created a child (Homelander) whom they believed to be more powerful. Noir agreed, knowing that the rest of the team (besides Gunpowder) would be more than willing to help kill their hated leader. Soldier Boy found himself ambushed by his teammates who launched a brutal attack against him. Although Noir's face was deformed and he suffered brain damage, the team were successful in knocking Soldier Boy out and handed him to the Russians. Vought covered up his "death," by claiming that Soldier Boy had died a hero sacrificing himself to stop a nuclear meltdown in Ohio.

However what no-one in the US knew was that the Russians had decided not to kill Soldier Boy. On January 24, 1986, while under Russian captivity, Soldier Boy was recorded and experimented on by Soviet scientists, who noted that he had extremely durable skin, both internally and externally, and exhibited high amounts of radiation from his body. During one of these experiments, a scientist attempted to see if his eyes were as durable as his body was by stabbing his right eye with a scalpel, prompting Soldier Boy to rip off his restraints and kill the scientist. He then attempted to escape, but was immediately knocked unconscious when the Soviets flooded the room with Novichok. Sometime in 1990, Soldier Boy was recorded and experimented on by the Soviets again. They fired an AK-47 into his mouth and burned him with a torch, all of which failed to even scratch him.

Season Two[]

Soldier Boy was first mentioned in The Big Ride. Stan Edgar was telling Homelander about Soldier Boy when he put the leader of The Seven in his place.

His statue was on the square in Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker. This is the only time Soldier Boy's physical appearance can be seen during the season.

Season Three[]

Awakening[]

On a mission in Russia, The Boys broke into a military facility where they were looking for the rumored superweapon to kill Homelander. Butcher opened up a sealed pod and found inside laid Soldier Boy, alive, and hooked up to several plugs. Soldier Boy woke up with a confused look as he freed himself from his restraints. He walked out of the container while The Boys looked on in shock. While Frenchie attempted to reassure Soldier Boy, the latter's chest began to glow. Sensing what happens next, Kimiko pushed Frenchie aside before Soldier Boy involuntarily released a blast of fiery energy from his torso at Kimiko, launching her through the nearby wall. While they were distracted with Kimiko, Soldier Boy exited through the hole and escaped from the facility, ignoring further contact with The Boys.

Return[]

After having fled the Russian facility, Soldier Boy stole a pair of clothes and eventually boarded a plane bound for America. Soldier Boy wanders the streets of modern day New York City with confusion as he no longer recognizes the society he was separated from for decades. As he walks down the street of Manhattan, Soldier Boy hears Russian music on a nearby radio and begins to remember the torture and experiments he endured in Russia. Overwhelmed by his trauma, Soldier Boy's powers activate, and he released a deadly explosion of radiation, killing 19 civilians and damaging several nearby buildings.

With no places to go, Soldier Boy visits The Legend to retrieve his old suit and to get information about his girlfriend, Crimson Countess. Before he arrives at her trailer, The Boys intercept his plan and bind Countess. Soldier Boy then arrives with his suit and talks with Butcher. Billy negotiates with Soldier Boy, allowing him to confront the bound Countess in exchange for a team up. Soldier Boy seemingly agrees and enters the trailer. Countess is shocked to see Soldier Boy alive before he confronts her for betraying him and letting him be captured by the Russians. Shocked to hear she wasn't paid to do it, Soldier Boy laments his love for her and that despite his torture, he was always hopeful that she would rescue him. Countess reveals that she never loved him and the whole team hated him. Emotionally hurt and enraged, Soldier Boy's chest began to glow as he detonated inside Countess' trailer, scorching her in the process and reducing her to a charred corpse. Soldier Boy walked out of the wreckage and left with Butcher and Hughie following behind.

Good Hunting[]

The three regroup at a motel and negotiate the terms of their alliance. Butcher and Hughie agree to give Soldier Boy information about his former teammates, and once he has his revenge, Soldier Boy will use his powers to kill Homelander. While Butcher is out to get the location for the TNT Twins, Hughie helps Soldier Boy adjust to the new world with GPS and the Internet. While they watch tv, Hughie notices as Soldier Boy grows more agitated, he starts emitting more and more radiation. Soldier Boy then rants about the U.S's failure in Afghanistan and how he got nothing for his sacrifices except abandonment. Hughie then asks about what Soldier Boy did in Midtown Manhattan. Soldier Boy states he doesn't know because he blacked out and only saw the aftermath, but he's remorseful nonetheless. Butcher then arrives coated in someone else's blood and informs them the TNT Twins are in Vermont. Soldier Boy suits up while Hughie and Butcher inject themselves with V24.

They arrive at the Twins' house when they're hosting the 70th annual Herogasm. The three stakeout the mansion and map out a plan. Concerned about collateral damage, Hughie wants them to give him three minutes to locate the Twins before they enter the mansion. But when Hughie gets distracted with A-Train and spotted by Annie, Butcher and Soldier Boy enter on their own. Mother's Milk then notices Soldier Boy and attempts to incapacitate him with Halothane gas, but Soldier Boy only casually breathes it in. Regardless, M.M confronts Soldier Boy about his family, but Butcher intervenes and tells Soldier Boy where the Twins are, getting him to take his attention away from M.M. Soldier Boy confronts the Twins, with them both stating they weren't the ones who planned his capture in Nicaragua. Soldier Boy demands to know who was responsible for the plan. They tell him it was Noir's plan, but Soldier Boy is in disbelief because Noir is too loyal to Vought to do something like this. Soldier Boy then hears Russian music on Love Sausage's nearby radio, reminding him of his trauma. The Twins attempt to attack him as Soldier Boy struggles, but their powers fail. Soldier Boy then unleashes a devastating beam of energy at the Twins and turns around, damaging more of the mansion. Dozens of Supes and Humans lie horrifically burned, wounded or killed by the destruction. Soldier Boy regroups with Butcher, he states he blacked out during the attack and doesn't know what fully happened.

Foul Play[]

Homelander confronts them, having been lured by the destruction. Enraged at Butcher for "cheating," Homelander calls off their deal and incapacitates Butcher with his heat vision. Homelander admits that Soldier Boy was his idol growing up, as he only one who was nearly as strong as him. Soldier Boy incites Homelander by calling him nothing more than a knockoff. Homelander flies at Soldier Boy, with the two being relatively evenly matched. Homelander does eventually overpower Soldier Boy and begins choking him. Butcher then recovers and attacks Homelander with his own heat vision. Soldier Boy recovers as Butcher and Homelander face off against each other. The two reach a stalemate with their heat vision until Soldier Boy grabs Homelander's cape and throws him. The two beat Homelander until he tosses Soldier Boy and chokes Butcher. Hughie then teleports inside and punches Homelander off Butcher. Hughie distracts Homelander with his teleporting, allowing Butcher and Soldier Boy to pin Homelander. Hughie teleports back to help them as Butcher orders Soldier Boy to unleash another energy blast. As Soldier Boy charges up, Butcher orders Hughie to leave but he refuses. Homelander unleashes an adrenaline-fueled scream as he knocks them all off of him before he flies upwards and retreats. Soldier Boy exits the mansion as Butcher and Hughie receive disappointed looks from M.M and Annie.

Revelation[]

Soldier Boy and The Boys track down Mindstorm to kill him. Mindstorm tells Soldier Boy that Vought gave them the green light to get rid of him because a newer, younger Supe was being brought up (Homelander). Soldier Boy kills Mindstorm and then has a realization. He calls Homelander and tells him that the situation has changed. He tells Homelander that he realized that Homelander is actually his son because back in 1980 he put his sperm into a cup in a lab. In 1981, a baby was born from that sperm- Homelander.

Personality[]

"You think you can be me? You're not a movie star. You're not shit. I see you getting out of the line again, trying to move on up, I'll put you in the fucking ground!"
—Soldier Boy's abuse on Black Noir.[src]

In his cover story, Soldier Boy is portrayed as a patriotic hero who gave his life to save America from a nuclear meltdown and fought in WWII for justice and liberty.

In reality, during his younger years as the leader of Payback, Soldier Boy was an arrogant, macho, violent, reckless womanizer and bully who had sexist tendencies, was physically and emotionally abusive to anyone who disagreed with him, and had no qualms with using his status and power to intimidate and manipulate others for his own ends, being Black Noir his primarily abuse victim as seen when he used his contacts to make sure Noir wouldn't get his participation in a movie for being "not good enough". He also placed a high importance on traditional masculinity and "being a man", mocking and beating anyone who failed to meet or opposed his views and standards of masculinity or in his words "Toughen them up", an attitude that he retained after The Boys freed him from Russian captivity decades after he was first captured.

As claimed by Grace Mallory during her retelling of the Nicaragua incident, Soldier Boy had a celebrity-like persona and was not used to people looking down on him, which led him to insult and belittle her when she refused his advances. He was also quite rash, as he nearly fired a rocket launcher without realizing he was aiming at a munitions dump that could obliterate half the camp and draw the attention of anyenemy military forces operating nearby. According to Grace, Soldier Boy also lacked the ability to "read the room," in that he always assumed that women were charmed by his machismo when they actually despised him for it.

Despite all his personality problems, Soldier Boy was capable of showing respect and gave Grace a small gesture of appreciation when she killed an enemy soldier who was about to fire on him from behind. Furthermore, despite his arrogance and machismo, Soldier Boy was the only Supe during the Nicaragua incident to fight effectively and maintain total composure against the enemy, which was seen again when he fought Homelander for the first time at Herogasm. This shows that he possesses much greater discipline and skill in wielding his powers in actual combat than the lack of tactical ability associated with most Supes, which could possibly be from his time as a soldier during WWII before he became Soldier Boy.

After returning home to the USA, Soldier Boy was shown to be very bitter and vindictive, as he immediately targeted his former teammates in order to kill them out of revenge. Despite this, he is not psychopathic like Homelander and actively avoids taking civilian lives if he can help it (although he avoids taking responsibility when he does cause casualties). He also showed remorse for the lives lost when he had unleashed his radiation blast, quietly admitting to Hughie that he wasn't a bad guy and he didn't mean to hurt them. He can also be civilized and polite with those he doesn't despise or perceive as enemies, as displayed when he went to The Legend's apartment to retrieve his super suit and asked him where he could find Crimson Countess, as well as his interactions with Hughie while resting at a motel. He claimed to have loved Countess and hoped that during his imprisonment that she would come and save him. As such, he seemed genuinely shocked and hurt to find that she had never loved him and abandoned him to the Russians for seemingly no reason beyond hatred.

As the supe who first started Herogasm, he has probably been exposed to and indulged in all types of sexuality. He is also notably brave, as he kept his part of the deal that he made with Butcher and Hughie to help them kill Homelander even when the latter ultimately overpowered him in combat.

Powers and Abilities[]

Powers[]

"You were the only one that was nearly as strong as me."
Homelander to Soldier Boy[src]
  • Superhuman Strength: Soldier Boy was the most powerful superhero before Homelander. During the Nicaragua incident, he displayed enough strength to take on several trained soldiers at once and overpower them without any visible signs of effort. He was able to send one through a wall of corrugated metal and backhand another with his shield with enough force to catapult him hundreds of feet away. His shield is extremely heavy, so much so that normal humans are unable to even move it, yet Soldier Boy himself can effortlessly wield it one-handed. According to Mother's Milk, he is strong enough to lift and throw a full-sized car like a child's toy. A true testament to his strength was his ability to match Homelander in a brutal hand-to-hand brawl, the first time ever witnessed in the show, where the two initially appeared evenly matched, trading staggering blows, dealing considerable damage to the surrounding area, catching Homelander's fist in a test of strength and throwing him around like a ragdoll. Homelander himself remarked that his initial evaluation of Soldier Boy's strength concerned him, and even before actually facing him in combat, he was likewise concerned about having to fight him.
"As you know, the subject's skin has demonstrated remarkable durability. Which includes internal tissue."
—Russian Scientist[src]
  • Superhuman Durability: His skin and internal tissues are durable enough to withstand assault rifle rounds fired at point-blank range in his mouth, burning by oxy-acetylene flame and cutting by power-saws. Another astonishing feat of durability is Soldier Boy's ability to withstand punishing attacks from Homelander with no visible signs of injury. He endured several punches and being thrown into walls, each time getting back up to counter with his own attacks. Although, while not breaking skin or bruising, Homelander's attacks did have enough force to stagger Soldier Boy and knock him down, requiring the aid of Butcher and Hughie to subdue the more powerful Supe. Soldier Boy is also capable of withstanding his own nuclear explosions, without taking any damage, though he appears to feel pain when using them, as he was visibly wincing when preparing to blast Homelander (also keep in mind these blasts are nowhere near the force of a true nuclear weapon). Despite his high level of durability, Soldier Boy could still feel pain.
    • Toxin Immunity: Soldier Boy appears to be very resilient towards harmful substances and poisons. While in Russian confinement, he managed to withstand ingesting sulfuric acid cocktails and his body is also completely immune to Halothane gas, being able to casually inhale and exhale the substance. He was also merely knocked out by Novichok, which is one of the most dangerous toxins in the world.
    • Radiation Immunity: He can withstand being exposed to 20 sieverts of radiation, far above the lethal radiation dosage for humans. He can also withstand the amount of radiation produced by his own body, which has been compared to that of a nuclear reactor.
    • Psychic Immunity (Tentative): During his fight with Mindstorm in Nicaragua, Soldier Boy was apparently able to resist the telepath's mind control, even though Mindstorm was later able to influence Butcher without any difficulty.[7] This implies that Soldier Boy may have some level of resistance towards mind altering powers.
  • Superhuman Speed: While the full extent of his speed has not been seen, he's quick enough to take on several soldiers at the same time. When Grace's group was attacked, he reacted instantly to shield himself before an enemy soldier began to open fire. His reflexes and speed allowed him to match Homelander in a physical brawl, evading many of Homelander's initial attacks and quickly counter with his own.
"I thought I was staring at a ghost, but it was him. He had a fucked-up beard, maybe, but he hadn't aged a day."
"Wait, so he doesn't get old? Like Stormfront?"
"We kept that under wraps. Though it got a little fishy when he starred in that Love and War picture with Phoebe Cates. He was 63. She was 19."
Legend and Hughie Campbell[src]
  • Longevity: Despite having been born in 1919, Soldier Boy appears to not have aged at all since World War II, as he has the appearance and the health of a man in his thirties.
"The ones that-that survived are done, they're powerless. Soldier Boy fried the V right out of their blood somehow."
Homelander to Queen Maeve[src]
  • Radiation Generation: After being exposed to high levels of radiation while being experimented on by the Russians, Soldier Boy's body appears to have started producing radiation on its own, this ended up effectively turning him into a walking nuclear reactor. Because of this, his body now emits high levels of radiation at all times, however the amount of radiation that his body creates can also be affected by his emotional state. This can be seen when Hughie's Geiger counter recorded increased levels of radiation when Soldier Boy was venting about his past, getting very emotionally distressed in the process. When Soldier Boy's PTSD is triggered, his emotional state can get out of control, causing him to lose control over his powers.
    • Radioactive Aura: Due to the high amounts of radiation that he emits at all times, being near Soldier Boy for prolonged periods of time can likely cause radiation poisoning.
    • Radiation-Infused Energy Blasts: After gaining the power of a nuclear reactor, Soldier Boy now possesses the ability to fire tremendously powerful blasts of radiation-infused energy from his upper torso. He can release the energy as a forward-facing beam which lasts several seconds before his energy is depleted. He often scythes the beam by changing his direction as the beam discharges, creating a wedge-shaped or omnidirectional wave of destruction. The beam is incredibly destructive, powerful enough to completely vaporize a normal human, reduce another Supe to a charred corpse, fling a Supe as durable as Kimiko through a concrete wall, and destroy multi-story buildings with ease. When he unleashed it at Herogasm, the beam was strong enough to nearly destroy most of the TNT Twins's home, as well as kill a dozen attendants.
      • Disempowerment: It appears that Soldier Boy's ability to produce radioactive beams of energy is powerful enough to burn the entirety of Compound V from the bloodstream of a Supe, effectively killing them or, in the case of Kimiko, turning them back into a normal human being.

Abilities[]

"When Oppenheimer was flailing with the bomb, Doctor Vought already had practical applications of Compound V tested in the field. Heroes like Soldier Boy, killing Germans by the dozen."
Stan Edgar[src]
  • Master Combatant: Since World War II, Soldier Boy has been depicted as a skilled fighter and has been known to have killed dozens of German soldiers. During his time in Nicaragua, he possessed enough skill to fight and quickly overpower half a dozen special forces soldiers, using a combination of hand-to-hand combat and shield attacks. When Soldier Boy returned to the present, he proved a formidable opponent against Homelander, the first time the latter seemed nervous about facing another Supe. With his near century of experience in actual combat, Soldier Boy was able to fight and, at times, overpower Homelander by evading and countering. Eventually, Homelander's superior strength and speed allowed him to regain the upper hand, nearly defeating Soldier Boy through raw power.
    • Shield Expertise: Soldier Boy is well skilled in wielding his near-indestructible shield. While it can be a source of defense, Soldier Boy also incorporates his shield as a blunt weapon to bash opponents with.
    • Knife Proficiency: Soldier Boy is well skilled in using combat knives. He is also very good at throwing knives, being able to hit Mindstorm in his eye.
  • Expert Marksman: Soldier Boy is an expert in using guns with great accuracy. He shot a brainwashed priest and a nun both in the head.
  • Singer: Soldier Boy is also a capable singer. He performed the song "Rapture" by Blondie, during his guest appearance on Solid Gold.
  • Acting: Soldier Boy has participated in the production of many films, such as Red Thunder. Many of these films are considered classics, meaning that Soldier Boy is likely an actor of at least decent skill.
  • Intimidation: Soldier Boy is very imposing and makes everyone around him feel frightened. Right after being released by Butcher, everyone, including Butcher himself, couldn't move from their places, with Mother's Milk sweating and loosing his temper while remembering when his family was murdered by Soldier Boy.

Weaknesses[]

Psychological[]

  • PTSD: Soldier Boy is traumatized by the Russian torture and experiments he endured for decades. One of his known triggers is a Russian song called Escape, which was played while he was being experimented on. When reminded of his trauma, he is emotionally overwhelmed and loses control of his powers.

Biological[]

  • Radiation Detection Equipment: After gaining the power to create blasts of radioactive energy, Soldier Boy's body now constantly emits high levels of radiation. Because of this, it is possible to detect him by using radiation detectors, a good example being when Mother's Milk was able to tell when he was approximating their location by using a Geiger counter.
  • Delay in Building Up Charge: It takes considerable time for Soldier Boy to generate sufficient energy to discharge his radiation-infused energy blasts. It took him approximately eight seconds for him to build up the discharge that was aimed at Frenchie. This allowed Kimiko sufficient time to move Frenchie out of the way, although she was struck herself, and the build-up for the discharge that killed Crimson Countess took even longer. This delay also allowed Homelander enough time to escape before Soldier Boy was able to fire his energy beam at him.
  • Blunt Force/Limited Durability: Though highly durable, beings of equal or greater strength, such as Homelander, can physically harm and kill him. Additionally, while none of the testing the Russians put him through harmed him, the destructive tests were clearly uncomfortable at best and painful at worst. While he is shown to be able to survive his own radioactive bursts, having not shown any sign of a scratch after unleashing them each time, he was shown to be in pain on occasions when he used it, most notably when he was about to blast Homelander. Also, Butcher suggested that a fully-fledged nuclear warhead would have the sufficient force to kill him.
"Novichok. Russian nerve agent. Expose you or moi to Novichok, our nervous system shuts down. Multiple organs fail. Painful death. But for Soldier Boy, it's a nap."
Frenchie to Mother's Milk[src]
  • Powerful Toxins: Despite his resistance towards most chemical substances, powerful toxins can still affect him. It has been suggested by Frenchie that Soldier Boy was knocked out by the Russians using the Novichok nerve agent, which can kill normal humans in less than a minute.

Equipment[]

  • Hero Costume: Soldier Boy wears a military green protective masked suit with what appears to be a Kevlar vest. This suit is strong enough to withstand the full force of his radioactive explosions.
"Hands off the fucking shield."
—Soldier Boy to Hughie Campbell[src]
  • Unique Shield: Soldier Boy wields a brass, golden-colored triangular shield as his main weapon of choice. He usually uses it to bash his enemies and block attacks, being durable enough to break through Black Noir's skull and withstand radioactive explosions. The shield is also extremely heavy; when Hughie attempted to lift the shield, he wasn't even able to budge it.
  • Combat Knife: Soldier Boy carries an eagle headed combat knife on his right hip.
  • .45 Pistol: The pistol Soldier Boy carries is a 1911-style .45ACP. It was the standard issue sidearm for American military personnel until the adoption of the Beretta 9mm pistol in 1985.
  • M1 Submachine Gun: Soldier Boy has been depicted wielding a M1-variant Thompson submachine gun on a commemorative statue of his likeness, hailing back to his glory days in World War II. which was erected after his purported death.

Relationships[]

Gallery[]

Trivia[]

  • Soldier Boy is played by Jensen Ackles. Ackles originally auditioned for the role of Steve Rogers/Captain America in the film Captain America The First Avenger, but the role went to Chris Evans.
  • Soldier Boy's 116 th Infantry Regiment (United States) fought in the Normandy landings, on Omaha Beach, where it suffered heavy casualties. It served continuously with the 29th Infantry Division in its eastward advance until reaching the Elbe at the end of World War II in Europe.
  • As the soldier boy said, Allied Forces dosed their troops with Amphetamines After Seeing The Nazis Do It, New Doc Claims. The Axis powers weren’t the only ones relying on performance-enhancing drugs. According to Live Science, both American and British soldiers boosted their physical alertness using cocaine and Benzedrine, an amphetamine that allowed GIs to make it through grueling, endless hours of exhaustion.
  • Soldier Boy is a parody of Marvel's Captain America and the Winter Soldier.
    • Much like Captain America, Soldier Boy's official backstory is that he fought in World War II for the US military and has a shield as his weapon. Soldier Boy's costume is similar to the MCU version of Captain America right down to the helmet and star insignia. Additionally, his costume has a helmet and his color scheme is military green, the official color of the United States Army, much like how Captain America's costume is based on the American flag.
    • Similar to the Winter Soldier, Soldier Boy was abducted by foreign enemies of the United States and held and experimented on by a hostile group as a means to be used as a superpowered weapon against the world. He also spent a considerable amount of this time being held in a cryo-stasis chamber.
    • His torso energy blast is similar to Havok.
  • Soldier Boy is credited as being "Homelander before Homelander" and a huge celebrity icon in America.
  • Soldier Boy's ability to produce explosive beams of radioactive energy is almost identical that of to the Supe terrorist Napib.
  • Soldier Boy shares his first name with Benjamin Franklin, a Founding Father who was a prominent resident of Philadelphia.
  • His old photo with a mask on, the machismo, the misoginy, his involvement with the military and his alleged presence in Dealey Plaza (where JFK was killed), remind of the Comedian in Watchmen (2009).


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