- For the Dynamite version of the character, see Stan Edgar/Comics.
- "The point is... that you are under a misconception that we are a superhero company. We are not. What we are, really, is a pharmaceutical company."
- —Stan Edgar
Stan Edgar is the overarching antagonist of the Amazon series The Boys. He is the CEO of Vought International and Madelyn Stillwell's superior. He is also responsible for Compound V turning people into superhuman beings. After Stillwell's death, Edgar decides to take a more direct approach in managing Vought and its assets such as The Seven.
The Boys Series[edit | edit source]
Stan Edgar is first seen in the episode You Found Me, where he approaches Madelyn Stillwell at a company event and tells her that her budget for the Supes joining the army has been approved and that she is getting a promotion. He tells her to be very pleased with herself and walks away. Madelyn believes that he is grooming her to take over his position when he moves to "Belize" (he references Belize as a simple joke, although he could be serious).
- "I'm on page 134. Chain of command doesn't apply to other military contractors in the field; I don't see why it should apply to us."
"Well, when they're in actual combat, whom exactly do your heroes report to?"
"Same person as always. Me."
- —Stan Edgar and Robert Singer discussing the implementation of supes in the military.[src]
After Madelyn Stillwell's demise, Stan decides to step into the limelight and becomes more directly involved in Vought International and it's assets. He continues the push for incorporating Supes in the military, holding a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Defense, Robert Singer, where Stan discusses chain of command, secret designations for Compound V and logistics for collateral damage.
Sometime after Translucent's funeral, Stan hires Stormfront as Homelander's replacement in The Seven behind Homelander's back. Homelander confronts Stan about hiring Stormfront without consulting with him. When Homelander claims himself as Vought's most valuable asset and threatens to leave the company when his contract expires, Edgar proceeds to give a brief history of Vought's founder, Frederick Vought. Stan explains that Homelander is under the impression that they are a superhero company when in fact they are a pharmaceutical company and Homelander is not their most valuable asset, but Compound V is. He reveals that he is well aware that Homelander gave Compound V for terrorists around the world and says that Homelander is not as significant as he thinks he is, neither is obligated to inform him of any decision regarding Vought or the The Seven, before dismissing him.
Following the leak of Compound V to the press, Stan is questioned by a nervous Ashley about the authencity of such revelations, to which he says the PR team is investigating it and orders her to keep the heroes grounded on the 99th floor until they have answers. The leak takes its toll on Vought's image and stock value, with the lawyers stating they could get arrested for over a dozen crimes. Stan, however is unmoved, more focused on the news that a super-terrorist was spotted on the coast of New Jersey. He attempts to convince the Seven to help Vouht clear up their image, only for Homelander to remind him that "they are not Vought", a reference to their earlier conversation. After Stormfront kills Kenji, and 56 people living in the projects, he holds a press conference, denying knowledge of Compound V, and claims he will carry out a full investigation into it. He blames it on Madelyn Stillwell and vows to get to the bottom of it. He introduces Stormfront as the savior of the day, and the crowd goes wild in admiration.
After Black Noir is able to find Butcher, following his breach of the safe-house where Becca and Ryan are kept, and is about to kill Hughie, Butcher reveals that he has incriminating pictures of Ryan's existence, and if he or any of his friends die, these pictures will be sent to Ronan Farrell, and expose Homelander as the rapist monster he is. Stan contacts him trough Noir's phone, revealing that he saw the whole action unfold through a camera on Black Noir's suit, and questions the existence of these pictures. Butcher says he will have to play along and hope that they are not real. Stan makes his only offer: if he calls off Noir, the pictures will never see the light of day. Butcher agrees and Stan orders Noir to retreat.
Stan is later seen talking with Alistair Adana at the The Collective's headquarters and discussing the return of Deep and A-Train (who, unknown to both, is listening to the conversation while hidden in a closet). He agrees to bring Deep but not A-Train, since he has to "please Stormfront". When questioned about Adana, Edgar reveals that he is aware that Stormfront was one of the first followers of his grandfather, back when the Collective was in its early days. Adana neither confirms or denies this, to which Stan says that the church's Internal Research Department knows very well about her past and why A-Train can't come back.
Butcher contacts Stan in order to find Ryan. They meet at an empty restaurant, where Stan is at first, unwilling to help him. Butcher reminds him that Ryan is his only contingency against Homelander, and it won't work if he is raised by him and Stormfront. He states that Stormfront is good at getting people angry and angry people are more willing to buy Compound V and increase stock value. Butcher reminds him of Stormfront's racist tendencies, and that he can't really control her, which leads to one of the few times where he shows to be really angry, but Stan simply puts that "he can't just rage out like an entitled maniac. That is a white man's luxury." Stan agrees to send a team to give Ryan's location in order of a security team pick him and Becca to a safe location, but Butcher refuses to let Becca and tells him to find a new mother for the kid and if Becca show up begging to see Ryan one day, Stan should simply say that is the only way to keep both safe from Homelander, and she will accept because a mother will do anything to protect her child. Stan agrees. Once Stormfront's past and ties to the Nazi Party are exposed, Stan leads holds a press conference and she is blamed by the attack on Washington and informs that the release of Compound V to the Armed Forces has been put on indefinite hold.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Stan Edgar is a stoic, serious and imposing man. He's very bossy and only interacts with people for business reasons. Unlike Madelyn Stillwell, he doesn't and has no intention of working with the assets of the company like The Seven, it was only after Madelyn's death that he decided to work closely with them. He has a very complicated and tense relationship with Homelander, he is one of the few people who is not afraid of him and he even mocks him by calling him "man-child", but even with that he considers Homelander "his friend". Despite knowing that Homelander is the world's most powerful superhero he doesn't see him as their most valuable asset, explaining that would be the Compound V's secret formula.
As the CEO of Vought International his word is law and does not tolerate any kind of doubt or complain about his decisions, such as hiring Stormfront. He's aware of Stormfront's past and her true identity, because of this he's a bit condescending with her.
He cares about the publicity and actions of Vought more than anything else and he's capable of lying and denying information to keep the public image of the company, when the public learned about the existence of Compound V he denied knowing about it's existence and simply blamed Madelyn Stillwell for everything.
Quotes[edit | edit source]
- "What do you know about Frederick Vought?"
"Frederick. Vought. Our Esteemed founder."
"Well, I don't know, um, not a lot, probably. I only read his autobiography... -five times?"
-(chuckles softly)"Not the self-serving bullshit that we peddle to the shareholders, the real story."
"-Got his doctorate from Munich. Ahead of his time in genetics. Such the rising young star that in '39, Hitler appointed him chief physician at Dachau, where he enjoyed a ready supply of human subjects on which to test his earliest iterations of Compound V. For which we condemn in the strongest of possible terms. Early in '44, he felt the winds change, got spirited away to the Allies. When Oppenheimer was flailing with the bomb, Dr. Vought already had practical applications of Compound V tested in the field. Heroes like Soldier Boy, killing Germans by the dozen. So, Roosevelt pardoned him, and he became as Wonder Bread American as Disney and Edison."
- —Mr. Edgar lecturing and threatening Homelander[src]