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Fuck, fuck, fuck!
―Swatto's final words.[src]

Swatto is a minor posthumous antagonist of the Amazon series The Boys. He is a member of Payback and is responsible for compromising Operation Charly.

The Boys Series[]

Season Three[]

Joining Payback[]

Payback Vintage

Swatto alongside Payback in 1984.

Swatto was a member of Payback, a premier superhero team during their time in the 1980s. He fought alongside Crimson Countess, Gunpowder, the TNT Twins, Mindstorm, Black Noir, and his leader, Soldier Boy.

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.

Operation Charly[]

In late 1984, Vought American dispatched Payback to Nicaragua to aid the U.S. government in Operation Charly as a "trial run" to implement supes in the military. Swatto instantly entered an altercation with Grace Mallory after he started flying above the tree line, risking the enemy spotting him and giving away their location. Swatto would later repeat this mistake, resulting in a full assault by the Sandinistas and Russian special forces. In a frantic attempt to escape the chaos, Swatto flew up into the air, only to be blown up midflight by a rocket launcher.

Personality[]

What's the problem?"
"The... problem is that the enemy might spot a fucking flying man above the tree line and find our position."
"She's right, Swatto. No flights without Officer Mallory's clearance.

Stan Edgar and Grace Mallory to Swatto carelessly using his powers.[src]

Swatto was probably most notable for his lack of caution and foresight. Despite being warned by Grace Mallory that flying above the tree line was certain to reveal their location to the enemy, he refused to heed her warnings, and his recklessness resulted in an attack from the Sandinistas and Russian Special Forces.

Not feeling any particular need to aid his teammates, despite his own culpability, Swatto panicked and attempted to escape, only to be blown up in mid-flight by a missile. His willingness to abandon his companions to their fate and interested only in self-preservation reveals a rather disloyal and cowardly temperament.

Also, attempting to escape by flying was unwise, as he increased his visibility to the enemy and opened himself to the surface-to-air missile fire that killed him.

Powers and Abilities[]

Powers[]

  • Wing Manifestation: Swatto possesses blaring wing manifestation abilities, allowing him to propel himself through the air using a pair of retractable insect-like wings. It should be noted that Swatto is incapable of the superhuman airspeed of supes like Stormfront and Homelander. Swatto appears to have a top speed comparable to the fastest flying insects, around 60 mph.
  • Superhuman Strength: Swatto possesses superhuman strength, which makes him stronger than humans. The full extent of Swatto's strength is unknown.
  • Superhuman Durability: Swatto possesses superhuman durability, making him more durable than humans. The full extent of Swatto's durability is unknown.
  • Superhuman Hearing: Swatto possesses superhuman hearing, allowing him to hear better than humans. Like all Supes, he can hear higher frequencies that humans cannot.[1]

Weaknesses[]

Biological[]

  • Carelessness: Swatto ignored Grace Mallory's warnings against flying above the tree line, thereby giving away their camp's location to the Sandanistas. During the resulting attack, Swatto attempted to retreat by flying away, thereby increasing his visibility and making himself an easy target for the surface-to-air missile that killed him.
  • High Frequencies: Due to being a Supe, Swatto is susceptible to high frequencies. When a high frequency is playing, it can induce immense pain and temporarily neutralize him.
  • Limited Durability: Despite being more durable than humans. Swatto can still be damaged and killed by extreme force or normal weapons, an air missile fire of the Russian Special Forces was enough to blow him to pieces, killing him instantly.

Relationships[]

Allies[]

Trivia[]

  • Swatto is likely a parody of Marvel's Wasp.
  • Unlike his Dynamite counterpart, Swatto is capable of properly speaking English, whereas Swatto in the comics is only able to communicate via buzzing.
  • Swatto is the only member of Payback who was killed at Nicaragua in 1984.
  • Swatto, unlike the other members of Payback, was most likely not involved in the capture of Soldier Boy. His carelessness could have been unrelated to the operation entirely.
  • In Season Two, a news bulletin references the name "Swatto," which raises questions about continuity since Swatto had already passed away in 1984. However, it's possible to justify this apparent inconsistency by suggesting that another individual adopted the persona of Swatto.
  • Chronologically, he is the first supe to be killed.

References[]

  1. Bob in First Day: "Did you know Supes have a wider range of hearing than us? Like dogs."
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