Forget everything you thought you knew about superhero TV shows, because Amazon Prime Video's The Boys is here to turn them on their head.
Delightfully lewd, utterly outrageous, gorily violent and wickedly funny, The Boys takes superheroes – or Supes – and turns them into the bad guys.
Set in a world where the multi-million conglomerate Vought and their superhero collective The Seven have a stranglehold over the public, politicians and the truth, it’s going to take some special characters to unearth the dirty secrets of the Supes and score some vigilante justice.
Our unlikely rabble of heroes – The Boys - are that group. They want to expose the truth about The Seven, but they're going to have put their lives on the line to bring down the dangerous and lethal Supes.
Hughie – Jack Quaid
The Hunger Games star plays the central hero of season one, who suffers a devastating loss at the hands of a Supe. Hughie, who had grown up as a nerdy fan of The Seven, suddenly finds himself caught up in a dangerous battle with the group after he is approached by the mysterious and intimidating Billy Butcher.
Billy Butcher – Karl Urban
The Star Trek actor comes with all the best one-liners and a Danny Dyer-esque cockney accent as he plays the leader of The Boys.
Despite his considerable front and straight-talking attitude, Billy has plenty of secrets of his own, including a very personal loss which is fuelling his battle with The Seven.
Mother's Milk – Laz Alonso
An old acquaintance of Billy, Mother’s Milk (Yes,that really is his name) is dragged back into action for The Boys.
He’s gone straight, has settled down romantically and is helping rehabilitate criminals – but then Billy comes calling and he knows exactly which buttons to press.
The main problem that Billy has persuading him to come back to the team is his hatred for another member of the team….
Frenchie – Tomer Capon
Bringing some Gallic flair to the Boys, as well as some expertise with chemicals and explosives, Frenchie brings humour and heart to the team.
Frenchie’s fascination and determination to know the true story about The Female is what eventually brings her into The Boys team.
The Female – Karen Fukuhura
A mysterious late arrival in season one, her relationship with Frenchie is one of the key emotional hooks to the series.
The Female brings some much needed muscle and is the one Supe on the same side as the Boys.
Homelander – Antony Starr
Antony Starr is a scene-stealer as leader of The Seven, Homelander.
Part Superman, part Captain America, Homelander has a squeaky clean public image and is portrayed by the media as an all-American hero. The reality? He’s not all that he seems.
Starr’s ability to switch from a beaming All-American hero to sinister and snide at a click of fingers makes him a delightfully camp and terrifying villain.
Starlight – Erin Moriarty
The newest member of The Seven, and an innocent conservative Christian, Starlight gets a nasty shock when she gets to peek around the curtain of what really happens at Vought.
Starlight battles with her beliefs, misogyny and a problematic romance across the first season.
Queen Maeve – Dominique McEligott
A twisted take on Wonder Woman, Queen Maeve is one of the more likable members of the Seven, however, her spirits have been broken by the actions of her team and Vought.
Battling alcoholism and hiding a secret romantic past, the super-strength warrior is usually begrudgingly fighting crime and flying the Vought flag by Homelander’s side.
A-Train – Jessie T Usher
The fastest man on the planet is hiding some dark secrets, battling addiction and it is his disastrous actions that bring Hughie and Billy the Butcher together in episode one.
The Deep – Chace Crawford
His super powers mean that he can help with any underwater rescues and he also has the incredible ability to speak to sea creatures – even fresh lobsters on the counter in the supermarket.
The fishy superhero has the vilest introduction to the series, using his fame and powers for the sleaziest ends, but his story takes several unexpected turns across the first season.
Black Noir – Nathan Mitchell
The most mysterious member of the Seven, Black Noir remains an enigma for much of season one. The quietest Supe in Vought, he is a reliable ass-kicker and has the respect of Homelander for not letting him down or causing trouble for the group with personal vices.
Translucent - Alex Hassell
Translucent's skin means that he has the power to be invisible and also makes him impenetrable to weapons and bullets. Handy for fighting villains... and also being a massive creep with women.
The Boys first battle comes against the hard-to-spot Supe in episode 1.
Madelyn Stillwell - Elisabeth Shue
The Senior VP of Hero Management for Vought, Madelyn pulls the strings for the superheroes, securing them reality TV shows, ad partnerships and keeping all their dark private lives out of the press and social media.
The matriarch for the Seven, Madelyn’s primary concerns are Vought’s stock price and her new political campaign to get Vought’s Supes into the US military forces.
Ashley - Colby Minifie
One of Vought's stressed out and over-worked PR and marketing team, Ashley is always on hand to help clean up the mess left behind by The Boys. She's also behind a lot of the positive PR stunts that keep The Boys public image squeaky clean.
You may recognise Colbie from award-winning series such as Nurse Jackie, Jessica Jones and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Popclaw - Brittany Allen
Outside of The Seven, one of the Supes we meet in season one is Popclaw. A successful movie actress with retractable blades in her arms - hence her name.
You may recognise Brittany from the TV show All My Children or her roles in horror films Jigsaw and The Prodigy.
Hughie's Father – Simon Pegg
The Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz star was the inspiration for Hughie in the comics, so it’s a neat nod to the Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson series to have him playing his dad.
Hughie’s telly addict dad is part of his inspiration to team up with Billy Butcher, as he refuses to live the quiet life like his father.
Robin - Jess Salgueiro
Hughie's girlfriend is the emotional hook for the series, giving her boyfriend the motivation and desire to fight for The Boys.
Canadian actress Jess won the TIFF 2018 Rising Star award and has previously appeared in Orphan Black and Kim's Convenience.
Season 2 cast
Stormfront - Aya Cash
It was revealed at Comic Con 2019 that You’re the Worst star Aya Cash is joining the second season as the 'Supe' Stormfront.
In the comics, Stormfront is male and his public-facing image is that he is a reincarnated Viking with electrical powers and limited ability to control the weather – but his true origin story is much darker.
He is one of the most powerful ‘Supes’ and is part of a team called Payback.
Supes have been committing atrocities, which keep getting swept under the rug because they are revered by the adoring public. Billy Butcher recruits The Boys who have all been wronged by The Seven, the world’s most notorious superheroes, to bring them down and stop the corruption. Based on the best-selling comics by Garth Ennis, The Boys is a revenge story where the nobodies take on the somebodies.
The Boys is released worldwide on Prime Video on July 26th
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