- For the Dynamite version of the character, see The Deep/Comics.
- "Oh, wow. What a surprise. A water crime. Fuck me running. I swear to God, they only call me when there's trouble at a dock. Or a river or a lake, canal. A jetty. Fucking idiots. I could be doing so much more. But no, Vought just wants me to make my big pretty dives into the water and flash my fucking biceps for Instagram. I mean, sure, four million hits a day, but still, it's fucking demeaning."
- —The Deep to Starlight[src]
The Deep (real name Kevin Moskowitz) is a major antagonist of the Amazon series The Boys, serving as the tertiary antagonist of season 1, and a supporting antagonist of season 2, and will return in season 3. He is also a major character of the spin-off series The Boys Presents: Diabolical.
- 1 The Boys Series
- 2 Powers and Abilities
- 3 Weaknesses
- 4 Personality
- 5 Relationships
- 6 Trivia
- 7 Gallery
- 8 References
- 9 Site Navigation
The Boys Series
Kevin Moskowitz, like all superheroes, was experimented on at birth by Vought American with Compound V. Kevin first became aware of his aquatic telepathy at nine years of age, as he began hearing the thoughts of every aquatic animal he encountered, whether at a pet store, aquarium, beach or the Red Lobster. At first, he believed was going insane; however, his mother deceived him, calling it a gift and that he was just born that way. Overtime his body would continue to mutate, sprouting aquatic gills on his torso, a trait that Kevin was highly insecure about as he believed himself to be ugly and afraid that people would reject him.
Kevin eventually became a superhero known as The Deep, rising through fame and stardom as one of America’s greatest superheroes and a founding member to the world famous superhero team The Seven. However, despite his rising fame his insecurities and shame would only escalate. Over the years, The Deep would sexually harass, humiliate or assault most of the women he encountered as a way to feel less worthless. One year at a VH1 Educator Award Ceremony, The Deep had an encounter with a kindergarten teacher Melissa Dabrowski, who The Deep was suppose to award teacher of the year. While backstage he “fingerbanged” Melissa and abandoned her right after while she was dressing herself, humiliating her.
Over the years, The Deep became good friends with fellow heroes such as Lamplighter, another member of The Seven. Following Lamplighters retirement from hero work, The Deep hosts the debut of The Seven’s newest member and Lamplighter’s replacement Starlight.
- "You know something? On my first day, I, uh... well, I-I felt like a fraud. Yeah. But the good news is, everybody feels that way."
- —The Deep to Starlight[src]
Although mindful of the fact that Vought has little regard for him, The Deep tells Starlight that he is The Seven's #2, second only to Homelander in importance to the group. He then threatens Starlight with expulsion from the group if she does not perform oral sex on him. Buying into The Deep's ruse, Starlight submits to this blackmail.
The Deep uses this to mock her afterward, however, on advice from Queen Maeve, Starlight is able to move past it and ignore him. When they are on a mission, The Deep mocks Starlight repeatedly, still maintaining the charade of being regarded as second only to Homelander in importance to the team.
Starlight then informs him that she has since learned that the Deep has lied about his importance to the group, and he is, in fact, regarded as "a joke." She further threatens to burn his eyes out if he so much as touches her again. The Deep is visibly shaken by her threats, but tries to maintain a calm facade.
Sabbatical from The Seven
After Starlight reveals at the Believe Expo that she was sexually assaulted, Madelyn Stillwell confronts The Deep, correctly deducing he was Starlight's assailant based on his prior history of sexually assaulting women. Vought becomes worried that their stock will dive and they will gain negative publicity for this, leading to them forcing The Deep to publicly apologize to Starlight.
As punishment, Vought sends The Deep to Sandusky on sabbatical from The Seven. The Deep finds this difficult initially, believing himself to be so much more than a small-town hero. He questions when he will return to the public spotlight, however is shocked to find out that Vought does not intend on him returning.
Quest for Redemption
Continuing where the show left off, The Deep continues to struggle with coping with his sabbatical. After The Deep gets arrested, he's bailed out of jail by Eagle the Archer who offers to help him build his reputation back. With the assistance of Carol, a member of the Church of the Collective, The Deep is given medication that allows him to communicate with his body. At first he rejects his body until his gills tell The Deep that he deserves to be happy and to be loved, but must learn to love himself. Furthermore, Carol promises Deep if he continues to follow the process, he'll be worthy of rejoining The Seven. Eventually the Deep participates in a planned marriage by Carol in order to help him gain the right kind of public attention. At the end of We Gotta Go Now, Queen Maeve approaches The Deep and makes him an offer: He helps her with a favor, and she'll help earn the Deep more positive publicity. The Maeve's conditions in the deal are revealed in The Bloody Doors Off, she wants The Deep to search the wreckage of Flight 37 for footage of her and Homelander leaving the passengers to die. He returns and hands her a damaged GoPro camera with footage of a man recording Maeve and Homelander debating with each other on whether or not to let all of the passengers die. While at the movie set, he attempts to recruit A-Train and offers him lunch with him and the chairman, Alastair Adana. There the two attempt to recruit A-Train as a member. Eventually A-Train joins because Adana has information on his abuse of Compound V. At Alistair's birthday party in Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker Deep and A-Train bond, with A-Train giving Deep a pet fish and apologizing for harassing him in the past. Alistair arrives and says he arranged a meeting with Stan Edgar promises them both they will get back into The Seven. Alistair then questions them on their opinion on Eagle the Archer. Deep first calls Eagle his friend, however he changes his mind quickly and berates Eagle the moment Alistair calls Eagle a toxic personality. A-Train and Deep are seen in a bar at the end of the episode. There, they watch a news article with Eagle admitting that he was kicked out the church because he refused to the follow the program which would've "required" him to cut all ties with his mother. To the shock of A-Train, Deep still chastises Eagle. A-Train asks Deep why he is so quick to turn on the man he once called a friend. Deep ignores A-Train and asks the bartender to change the channel to the Congressional Hearings. Deep and A-Train can only watch as the courtroom is massacred. Deep grasps his head to check if it's going to explode too, to his relief it doesn't.
All for nothing
- "I signed over my bank account to you, I filled out all those fucking children's workbooks, I married some weirdo, who gives terrible blowjobs. I-I did everything you asked, and when I found out we're all just fucking space pores, I didn't laugh. I did everything you asked, because you said you'd get me back into The Seven, you fucking promised."
"I'm sorry Deep, but you are acting like a toxic personality. I think you should leave."
- —The Deep Leaving The Church of the Collective[src]
Deep and A-Train do meet with Alistair in What I Know, from there, Alistair reveals he knows A-Train broke into the archives room and stole information on Stormfront. Deep chastises A-Train in an attempt to win positivity with Alistair, however. Alistair reveals it was a positive thing and thanks to A-Train's efforts in removing Stormfront, A-Train is allowed back into The Seven. The Deep once again changes his attitude and congratulates A-Train. Deep asks if he's also back in, but Alistair says Vought refused him because "One hero is a redemption, two is weakness." Deep is furious with the church because of this and begins criticizing The Church. Alistair then calls him toxic so Deep insults him one last time before storming off.
Against the Church
The Deep is later on referenced by Vought News Network anchor Cameron Coleman, who says that after abandoning the Church, the Deep started openly criticizing and making allegations against it, accusing it of psychological manipulation, corporate corruption and “an unholy obsession with Fresca”, especially Adana, who once again was “unaccounted for” (due to being murdered by Victoria Neuman for blackmail shortly after Deep’s departure from the Church).
The Deep was featured across various segments on the VNN show hosted by Cameron Coleman. He was prominently the leading face of a drink advertisement titled The Deep x Liquid Death to promote saving the enviroment and reduce plastics which could kill ocean/marine life.
Powers and Abilities
- Superhuman Strength: The Deep possibly possesses strength greater than that of normal human beings, although he has shown little evidence of this. He managed to effortlessly knock out two thugs with minimal effort, being able to make one do a back flip in the air with a single uppercut, this shows he has strength at least a league above the average human. Perhaps a greater testament to his strength is that he managed to steal a bottlenose dolphin (average weight: 660 pounds) from an aquarium with the intent to return it to the ocean. It is not revealed how he managed to load it into the truck he used to carry it, but it would suggest at least greater than average strength if he managed to carry the dolphin himself. While Supes in general possessed enhanced strength (with some exceptions, such as Mesmer), The Deep has never made a convincing display of superhuman strength. In fact, there is greater evidence to suggest that he does not have superhuman strength at all. He was, for instance, balked by a conventional door in his apartment. However, he was drugged at the time.
- Superhuman Durability: The Deep has shown the ability to withstand greater force against his body than that of normal human beings without experiencing physical harm. He was able leap off a giant boat into the water and survive unscathed. He has also claimed to have swam in the Mariana Trench, which has a water pressure of 8 tons per square inch, or 1000 times the standard atmospheric pressure at sea level, on the ocean floor.
- Superhuman Speed: In the water, the Deep has shown to be quite fast. His swimming speed is quick enough to reach the back of a dock before Starlight reached the entrance. He managed to swim in the harbor where Translucent's body was in and swim to the ocean where the Flight 37 wreckage was to scour for blackmail.
- Aquatic Telepathy: The Deep is able to psychically communicate and feel all forms of sea creatures, even having full conversations with them. His telepathy also enables him to compel their obedience to his commands. He uses this ability to gather a group of sharks and a whale to use against The Boys in an unsuccessful attempt to stop them. He uses this ability to great effect to locate Translucent's body and a Go-Pro camera from the Flight 37 wreckage by communicating to the sea creatures.
- Marine Life Enhancement: Evidently, The Deep is able to enhance the natural abilities of marine animals under his command. For example, a sperm whale under his control was able to easily overtake and pass a speedboat.
- Aquatic Respiration: The Deep possesses a hybrid set of human lungs and aquatic gills enabling him to not only breathe on land but also underwater for as long as he likes. His gills have proven to be a physical weakness if anything is shoved inside of them causing him great pain, which allowed a woman to sexually assault him when she stuck her fingers inside.
- Martial Artist: Kevin is a competent fighter, efficiently defeating two men in the docks.
- Limited Durability: The Deep has claimed to be able to withstand the immense pressure of even the deepest parts of the ocean (in excess of 16,000 pounds per square inch). However, if this is his upper limit, it is significantly less than other supes, such as Stormfront, Queen Maeve and Homelander, who can easily resist high-caliber bullets (>50,000 psi). The Deep's durability has been overtaxed multiple times. For instance, he was knocked unconscious when falling off a beached sperm whale onto the sand. Supes of extreme levels of strength can harm and kill him. Deep has always been afraid of Homelander, knowing that he is fully capable of killing him.
- Gills: It has been shown that human hands, even fingers, inserted in his gills cause him extreme pain, which allowed a woman to sexually assault him when she stuck her fingers inside.
- Dehydration: Very powerful heat-based attacks are somewhat of a concern, as they cause dehydration, causing his body to dry faster, and weaken him at an accelerated rate.
- "Vought just wants me to make my big, pretty dives in the water and flash my fuckin' biceps for Instagram."
- —The Deep to Starlight[src]
In his first appearance, The Deep was presented as unethical and manipulative. Aware of Starlight's youthful infatuation with him, he falsely claimed that he was second only to Homelander in importance to The Seven, and threatened her with expulsion from the team unless she performed oral sex on him.
During his tenure with The Seven, The Deep seemed mindful of the fact that he was regarded as the least valuable member. He complained to Starlight that Vought only wants him to make "pretty dives" and show off his biceps. He also became belligerent when Starlight, having learned that The Deep lied to her about his importance to the group to coerce her into sexual acts, angrily told him "everyone thinks you're a joke."
The Deep also felt no remorse over having manipulated Starlight in this way, even mocking Starlight and openly contemptuous of her indignation. He eventually apologized, but only when forced to.
When he was involuntarily placed on sabbatical and became involved with Church of the Collective, his desperation to be accepted back into The Seven caused him to adopt an obsequious, almost servile attitude toward the Church's Chairman Alastair Adana. More than once, Deep has been known to instantly flip his perspective on a person when he realizes Alastair takes a differing view. For instance, when Alistair reveals that A-Train had stolen the Church's PDR (Private Data Reserve) file on Stormfront, Deep responds in outrage over the theft. But when Alastair commends A-Train's "initiative" and that he is now back in The Seven, Deep at once becomes congratulatory towards A-Train, despite having disavowed him only seconds earlier. Furthermore, when Alistair asks him about his opinion on Eagle the Archer, Deep first calls Eagle a friend and the man who saved him. However, the moment Alistair interrupts calling Eagle toxic, Deep sides with Alistair and denounces Eagle.
His devotion to the Church is such that he even signed over his bank account to Alastair. He married his current wife against his own preference at Carol's insistence.
But Deep's sycophantic nature has its limits. When he learned that A-Train, whom Deep recruited to join the Church, has been re-accepted into The Seven while he was not, he storms out of Alastair's office in a rage, apparently quitting the Church.
The Deep is also self-conscious about the presence of gills on his torso. While this adaptation allows him to breathe underwater, he is keenly aware that most find them repulsive and is extremely reluctant to bare his torso because of this. Deep is made to confront his revulsion during his time with the Church with a drug-induced hallucination where his gills seemingly have developed autonomy and are capable of speaking to Deep. In his hallucinations, Deep's gills suggested that his shame over his own body (due to the presence of gills) prompts him to violate women's bodies.
The Deep is very fond of receiving unreciprocated oral sex, even preferring it to coitus. Perhaps his self-consciousness regarding his gills has guided this preference. He blackmails Starlight into performing oral sex on him, and his complaint about his wife is that she "gives terrible blow jobs."
Because of his capacity of comunicating with sea creatures, The Deep has sort of a friendship with almost every creature he knows. He always tries to help them by rescue and attempting to return them to the ocean, he also suffers and mourns everytime one his "ocean friends" are killed in front of him. For example, in Season 2, when he attempted to stop The Boys, Butcher killed the whale who accompanied him, and instead of chasing them The Deep stood there mourning the death of Lucy (whale's name).
All Aquatic Lifeforms
- In the original Dynamite comic, The Deep is a background character with no significance to the story. The Deep’s sexual assault on Starlight was originally performed by Homelander, Black Noir, and A-Train, the latter of whom was also Starlight’s main tormentor.
- The Deep is currently the only member of The Seven to still be kicked out, while Starlight and A-Train were brought back to The Seven.
- The Deep is a villainous parody of the DC superhero Aquaman and to a lesser extent the Marvel anti-hero Namor the Sub-Mariner.
- The Deep has the exact same powers as Aquaman.
- The Deep’s costume is inspired by the WB film design.
- The Deep is considered the least valuable member of the Seven, similar to how fans of DC comics consider Aquaman as least valuable superhero to the Justice League.
- The Deep’s epithet is Lord of the Seven Seas.
- The Deep’s appearance in season two is similar to Namor’s design.
|TV series The Seven members|
Homelander • Queen Maeve • Black Noir • A-Train • Starlight
Lamplighter † • Translucent † • The Deep (on sabbatical) • Stormfront (incarcerated)