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"You're right. This whole place. I'm so fucking tired... of listening to people to tell me I need to be shitty in order to win. Fuck you. And fuck Homelander, and fuck Vought and this "whatever it takes" crap. You're just gonna end up sitting of the steaming pile of shit that you built. I'm done. I'm fucking done. I'm not doing it anymore. So, either pop my head or get the hell out. "
—Starlight to Victoria Neuman.[src]

Annie January, formerly known as Starlight, is the deuteragonist of the Amazon series The Boys. She's a member of The Seven, a group of superheroes. She was briefly excommunicated from the group after she was discovered to be a mole and ally of The Boys.

Annie January is as down-to-earth and sincere as they come, the girl next door with superpowers. And as Starlight, "The Defender of Des Moines", all she's ever wanted to do is save the world — and while a lot of people say that as a corny catchphrase, she actually means it. So, when she's selected to join The Seven, it's every dream she's ever had come true.

However, that dream becomes her worst nightmare when this fresh-faced Midwesterner arrives in New York and learns that the old adage is true: never meet your heroes.

The Boys Series[]

Season One[]

Joining The Seven[]

Starlight has had a history of being in the spotlight, often attending superhero events as a child, she is selected to be a member of The Seven after interviewing following Lamplighter's retirement. She is at first rejoiced at being selected, however is sexually assaulted when the Deep extorts her into performing oral sex on him in The Name of the Game.

Her membership with The Seven comes with a price, however, as she is forced to disregard her morals in return for Vought International profit. She initially disregards Vought's attitude towards fighting criminals, dismayed at having her patrols arranged for her in Cherry, she deviates from the path after saving a woman from two assailants — much to Vought's initial anger, however, is praised after it gains positive publicity for The Seven.

Starlight eventually strays from her path as a member of The Seven during the Believe EXPO, in which she expresses her anger at Vought and the world in general. She is soon made to realize, however, that membership with The Seven comes at a price following threats and warnings from Homelander.

Relationship with Hughie[]

Hughie and Starlight form a close relationship shortly after the former's girlfriend's death. Initially, Hughie engages in the relationship to plant a bug on Starlight's phone, however the relationship develops into a romantic/sexual one. Starlight is angry and upset that Hughie begins using her to get tickets into the Believe Expo in Good for the Soul, and again to gain information on Naqib. The relationship between the two does fix itself to a degree, however, with Starlight rescuing Hughie from A-Train in You Found Me.

Season Two[]

In the second season, Starlight works closely with The Boys to help bring down Vought. She even steals a sample of Compound V to have proof that Supes aren't born, they're made. Homelander and Stormfront are onto her and eventually Annie gets denounced as a criminal and publicly announced as a traitor of The Seven. She gets imprisoned in Vought Tower, but Hughie helps break her out and they start to bond again.

At the end of the season, Annie fights Stormfront after helping to reveal her Nazi past. She gets reinstated into The Seven and cleared of criminal charges once the world realized that Stormfront was the bad guy and Annie was just trying to help.

Annie and Hughie reconnect and kiss at the end of the season. It is implied that they're in a relationship again.

Seven on 7 with Cameron Coleman[]

Starlight was featured in a music video titled Never Truly Vanish and in various segments, interviews and advertisements across the VNN channel, including reports of her ex-boyfriend Supersonic making a name for himself again after their former relationship (when his name was Drummer Boy.) In the October 7, 2021 segment, Coleman reported that Starlight was rebuilding her image and has donned her old costume, which prompted Halloween sales to reach Homelander's levels of popularity. In the December 7, 2021 segment, Coleman reported that she was a guest at Vought's Christmas benefit, recognized as Hero of the Year.

On January 7, 2022, Coleman reported that Starlight was exclusively looking for new members of the Seven to join their team, and would be a host of the reality competition show American Hero.

Season Three[]

In Season Three, Annie's ratings are off the charts for her work in The Seven. Her wholesome appearance is really well received and Stan Edgar notices. He makes her co-captain of The Seven, with Homelander, and Annie is very hesitant at first. She thinks she could be a role model for young girls around the world but she also thinks Homelander is deranged and will murder her if she moves in on his leadership role. Annie decides to take the position in the end.

Annie is in a strong and stable relationship with Hughie- they are also in a public relationship. However, Homelander announces that he and Starlight are actually together and Annie keeps up the charade to keep Homelander happy.

Her ex-boyfriend, Supersonic, joins The Seven and they strike up a friendship again. He agrees to help her try and take down Homelander because he knows she needs an ally. However, A-Train betrays Supersonic when he tells him the plan and Homelander kills him. Homelander flies Annie to the rooftop where he killed Supersonic and he shows her that if she keeps plotting against him that the same gruesome death will happen to Hughie. Annie tells him she understands.

Not too long after, Starlight, Homelander, Ashley, and her assistant Ashley go over the reports of a Supe causing an explosion that left a hole in a building and at least 19 people dead. Starlight expresses finding and stopping the attacker, but a scared Homelander tells her that he must tell the public that everything is fine and the attack is a hoax, much to her anger.

Annie later tells Hughie about Supersonic's death, which he reveals that the Boys unleashed Soldier Boy back in Russia, as well as Hughie having taking Temp V and acquired teleportation powers, much to her shock. The couple argue, with Hughie expressing relief that he can finally fight, but Annie expresses her outrage of him using an untested drug on himself and not wanting to lose him to the power rush.

MM calls her one night, telling her to come to Crimson Countess' location. There, she finds him knocked out by a sedative given by Butcher, with Hughie surprised that she's there. Taken away by Hughie, Annie is shocked by Hughie's display of powers, saying that he promised not to do it again earlier. He tells her that he wants no more secrets between them, but soon after, they are interuptted by an explosion coming from Crimson Countess' trailer. The two rush over to find Soldier Boy emerging from the ruins, his former team member and lover burnt to a crisp. She is stopped by Hughie before trying to blast Soldier Boy, to which she realizes that he and Butcher are working with the former hero to finally take down Homelander. Annie conveys to Hughie that Soldier Boy has killed people, but he refuses to listen, and leaves Annie alone with Soldier Boy and Butcher.

Annie keeps teaming up with MM and argues with Hughie who is trying to use Soldier Boy. After Victoria Neuman asks Annie to team up, Annie decides she's done with playing dirty. She decides to record a live message on social media, quitting The Seven, calling out Homelander, and telling the public the truth about Soldier Boy and the threat he poses.

Personality[]

At her core, Annie is an idealist and one of the very few "Supers" who truly care about helping others and doing what she believes is right. She cares little for publicity being uncomfortable with the amount of attention she gets from the media as well as being pressured to change her costume to be an over-sexualized role model for young girls. She also suffered from imposter syndrome during her early time as a member of the Seven, as she had yet to perform any notable heroic acts.

After being sexually assaulted by The Deep, Annie felt disgusted with herself due to doing things she never considered part of herself and something a superhero would do and began to doubt about the image she used to see of herself, but after a conversation with Hughie she regains her self-confidence and begins to be braver being capable of confronting others, like when she threatened The Deep to stay away from her otherwise she would use her powers against him. She also starts to defy orders from her superiors, refusing to accept her new costume going against Madelyn Stillwell, Annie also doesn't stay quiet anymore and begins to be herself and not following orders. However, when she finds out about the existence of Compound V and that Hughie initially wanted to get information she feels completely betrayed, disappointed, frustrated and pissed off because he was the only real good thing that happened to her in her time at The Seven, she is also angry with her mother due to lying her about the truth behind her superpowers stating her whole life has been a complete lie. But she eventually leaves those feelings behind and decides to do what she believes is correct by rescuing The Boys and helping them to take down Vought working as an informant and ally.

With the passage of time Annie develops a hardened, more cynical personality, having been exposed to the unethical dealings with Vought. She is willing to use methods she would have previously not tolerated in her vendetta against Vought. Without any hesitation, she blackmailed A-Train by threatening to disclose his murder of Popclaw and his abuse of Compound V. She also blackmailed Gecko, who believed she was a friend, to get a sample of Compound V. When she accidentally killed Dennis, she confessed that in the past she would've cried, but at that moment she only was pissed off at him because he was in their way. Despite this, Annie never becomes as corrupted as her teammates in The Seven and still adheres to her ideals.

Annie was Christian, but is not extreme in her beliefs as shown when she attends a Christian carnival and is disillusioned by the homophobic propaganda. This led to her questioning her faith and not caring about it as much.

In season 3, Annie still continues helping The Boys to take down Vought. However, she's been shown to feel very terrified with Homelander noticing his mental stability is now more deranged than ever as seen when he arranged the return of The Deep, falsely claimed that he and Annie are "in love of each other" and when he killed Supersonic. Annie knows he has to be stopped somehow, but she also doesn't want to lose Hughie, feeling completely cornered with no clue how to escape from that position. These feelings have become worse after realizing Hughie is taking V24 and he lied to her about using Crimson Countess as a bait to ally with Soldier Boy and use him to kill Homelander, straining their relationship.

Powers and Abilities[]

Powers[]

"Electricity goes in, blast comes out."
—Starlight[src]
  • Electricity Conversion: Annie's trademark power is that she can absorb the ambient electricity from her surroundings in order to fuel her powers. This allows her to blackout a small area before releasing the held energy as focused blasts of light. Currently there is no limit which has been established for how much power Annie can safely absorb or how long she can contain it within.[1]
    • Light Generation: After absorbing enough electricity, Annie can turn the accumulated energy into blasts of intensely bright light. It is unclear if these blasts are made out of plasma or pure light energy. These blasts can only be fired from her hands and they can manifest as either heat, concussive force or blinding beams. As light, her energy is capable of blinding anyone, either temporary or permanently. Using her energy as heat, she has burned through a section of metal fence and has also used it to cauterize wounds with her touch. As concussive force, she has knocked grown men off their feet, even blasted a six-feet thick metal door of its hinges. Additionally, these blasts were capable of affecting supes the likes of Black Noir and even stunning Stormfront momentarily.
    • Bioluminescence: She is also able to make her eyes and hands glow on command. Annie unintentionally exhibits glowing eyes when she feels intense pleasure, as well.
    • Electrical Siphoning: When absorbing ambient electricity, Starlight can control which source of energy she will absorb. This allows her to target a specific electronic device, while letting the others sources of energy untouched. She can crack an an LCD screen on purpose and as seen during her break in into Vaught's labs to steal Compound V for The Female, Annie caused the security cameras to malfunction by remotely siphoning its electricity.
"You know how you have this... image of yourself? Like, I thought I was strong. You know? Like, made of steel. A fighter."
—Annie January to Hughie Campbell[src]

Annie lifting the back of a car

  • Superhuman Strength: Annie has enhanced strength which allows her to easily perform one-handed chin-ups, punch holes in brick walls, lift the backs of cars, and overwhelm her opponents. In her backyard, she was able to lift the back of a car weighing between 3,567-3,591 pounds (1,617.96-1,628.85 kilograms/1.78-1.8 tons) though the engine in front of the car as it was more easily for her to lift in the back.[2][3] Even more impressive, this is over three times what Popclaw could lift while on Compound V, as well as over 32 times her own bodyweight.
  • Superhuman Durability: Annie has enhanced durability which allowed her to withstand .50 caliber bullets. While she felt great pain and bled a bit from the bullets, they did not go through her body and she recovered relatively quickly, appearing unharmed a day later.[4] Her skin is tough enough that it requires a diamond edged saw with a substantial amount of force to penetrate. Starlight easily survived being smashed through concrete walls and columns by Black Noir, with no apparent signs of injury, even engaging in normal conversation seconds later.
  • Superhuman Reflexes: She is fast enough to dodge things thrown swiftly at her, however she is not fast enough to dodge A-Train when he is using his super speed.
  • Regenerative Healing Factor: Starlight recovers from injuries very quickly, even after getting shot by high caliber bullets and having her skin penetrated by a diamond drill, Starlight only needed one day to completely heal her injuries.

Abilities[]

  • Expert Martial Artist: Annie is proficient in taekwondo, boxing and kickboxing.
  • Singer: Starlight is also a capable singer. She performed the song, "Never Truly Vanish" at the memorial service for Translucent.
  • Dancing: Starlight is also a talented dancer. When she was young, she won the "little miss hero pageant".
  • Acting: Starlight has participated in the movie Dawn of the Seven.
    • Deception: Annie managed to hide that she was a double agent working for The Boys for a considerable amount of time.

Weaknesses[]

Biological[]

  • Lack of Electricity: If there is no source of electricity for Annie to absorb, she has no power to harness. When locked in the prison in Vought Tower, she was powerless due to the lack of any lights or electrical sources in the room. When she was out on a mission with The Boys, any power source for her to use had been depleted by the EMP Supe, rendering her unable to use her electricity powers.
  • Blunt Force/Limited Durability: Supes such as Homelander, Black Noir, Queen Maeve, and Stormfront posses strength greater than hers and can overpower and even kill her. Also her skin is not completely indestructible, since Frenchie was able to pierce through her skin with a drill. High caliber bullets are powerful enough to stun her.

Relationships[]

Trivia[]

  • Annie weighs 110 pounds and is 5'6".
  • Starlight is the first female Supe to hold any position of authority in any Supe team when Stan Edgar appointed her co-leader of The Seven.
  • Annie is 23 years old during Season 1, this make her birthday around 1996/1997.
  • Annie is the first member of The Seven to have resigned to the group.
  • Annie's Starlight appearance, especially her original costume, is based on DC heroines Mary Marvel, whereas her powers are based on Marvel's Dazzler, who also can generate light and use it as both heat and concussive force.

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TV series The Seven members
Current
HomelanderQueen Maeve Black NoirA-Train The Deep
Former
Mister MarathonTranslucent † • Lamplighter † • Stormfront † • Supersonic † • Starlight
TV series The Boys members
Billy ButcherMother's MilkFrenchieThe FemaleHughie Campbell

Starlight (ally) • Cherie (ally) • Grace MallorySusan Raynor

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