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“The Boys” Perfectly Refuses to Respect Homelander in His Death

by Lidia Lucovic

Throughout The Boys series, Homelander is portrayed as the ultimate villain. However, his death perfectly subverts this notion by depriving him of his dignity and importance. As a ruthless parody of DC Comics’ Superman, Homelander is a vicious bully who attempts to overthrow the United States government by killing the President and numerous others in a foolish grab for power.

Ultimately, Black Noir – a clone of the powerful Supe, tasked with assassinating Homelander should he ever deviate from the interests of Vought-America corporation – kills him. Black Noir, who turns out to be the most significant superhuman threat in the series, dispatches Homelander in a manner that not only delivers a thrilling twist but also undermines Homelander’s character portrayal throughout the narrative.

Homelander’s Ignorance of His True Role

In issue #65 of The Boys, created by Garth Ennis, Russ Brain, John McCrea, and Keith Burns, Homelander finally learns the truth about his true role. He discovers that Black Noir, his supposed ally, has been plotting his demise all along by framing him for heinous crimes and forcing Vought to call for his execution. Homelander’s own atrocities are a result of his misguided belief that he had already committed such terrible deeds. Butcher delivers a definitive put-down, telling him, “It means you turned into a psychopath by mistake.” At the start of the issue, Homelander sits in the Oval Office, feeling invincible, but by the end, he throws a profanity-laden tantrum and is destroyed by a superior foe in a fight that occurs off-panel. This genius twist takes a character who revels in being seen as the ultimate evil and subverts expectations by killing him in a confrontation with a bigger threat, moments after he is shown to be ignorant of the true machinations behind the scenes.

Throughout most of The Boys, Homelander is portrayed as an unkillable terror, someone who can’t be brought down by conventional means and who can single-handedly plunge the country into chaos on a whim. This is precisely how he sees himself, but ultimately, it’s a façade maintained by someone whose emotional maturity, as described by his creator in an interview with Newsarama, is “that of a fourteen year old.” Homelander’s coup proves to be a dismal failure, lasting less than a day and resulting in his demise at the hands of Vought’s secret weapon. His superhero “army” is also decimated by the military. Homelander is not a heartless killer, but a person who is constantly questioning his own actions and merely playing a part.

Homelander’s Death in Live-Action Should Also Be Uninspiring

Despite deviations from the comics, such as the twist involving Black Noir, The Boys TV series must give Homelander a similarly unremarkable death. In Season 3, Antony Starr’s portrayal of Homelander has gained significant fame and popularity, even as his true nature has become increasingly evident. By the end of the season, Homelander feels invincible and believes he can do no wrong. Therefore, the show should give him an equally uninspiring death that cuts at the core of his psychopathic self-importance. By doing so, the show can not only defeat Homelander but also his problematic followers who have bought into his lies and narrative.

In the end, Homelander is not among the top three villains in The Boys, ranking below Black Noir, Vought executive James Stillwell, and Billy Butcher himself. Despite setting himself up as a terrifying threat, Homelander’s death in the series pulls the rug out from under him and the audience, showing that he is anything but invincible. Popular culture often gives even the most heinous villains a cool or iconic death, which only serves to validate their significance. However, The Boys denies Homelander such an ending, revealing that he has been playing someone else’s game all along and killing him in a fight that only serves to establish his killer as an even more disturbing and significant villain.

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What is your opinion?

Herlinda July 15, 2022 - 1:16 am

The Boys continues to push boundaries with their unapologetic portrayal of a corrupt and narcissistic superhero in Homelander, and the decision to not respect him in death only adds to the show’s dark and twisted nature.

Sarah July 21, 2022 - 9:29 pm

The Boys has never shied away from controversy, and their decision to not respect Homelander in death is yet another example of how the show challenges societal norms and encourages viewers to think critically about the world around them.

Michael September 18, 2022 - 2:40 pm

Homelander may have been a beloved character among some fans of “The Boys,” but the show’s decision to not respect him in death is a reminder that even the most powerful figures are not above reproach.

ALEXANDRIA October 6, 2022 - 4:55 am

The death of Homelander in “The Boys” may have been shocking, but the show’s refusal to respect his character speaks volumes about the importance of accountability and consequences for those who abuse their power.

VENANCIO October 23, 2022 - 1:50 pm

The Boys takes a refreshing and realistic approach to superhero storytelling, and their decision to not respect Homelander in death is just one example of how the show strays from the norm to deliver a unique and thought-provoking viewing experience.

YVONNE November 26, 2022 - 4:17 pm

The wind’s soft whisper, the breeze’s caress, remind us of life’s gentle finesse.

DERRICK December 2, 2022 - 7:03 pm

The Boys has always been known for its subversive take on superhero culture, and their refusal to honor Homelander in death is yet another example of how the show challenges the traditional heroic narrative.

NATALIE January 3, 2023 - 9:33 pm

The decision to not respect Homelander in death is a bold move by “The Boys” creators, as it defies the typical conventions of superhero storytelling and instead sheds light on the flawed nature of those in positions of authority.

Anita January 14, 2023 - 10:40 pm

The death of Homelander in “The Boys” may have been a shock to fans, but the show’s decision to not honor his character in any way is a testament to their commitment to exploring the darker side of superhero culture.

DONNYA January 21, 2023 - 1:31 pm

Homelander may have been one of the most powerful superheroes in “The Boys,” but even in death, the show refuses to glorify his character, further highlighting the dangers of blindly idolizing those in positions of power.

EUGENIA January 23, 2023 - 2:44 am

By not respecting Homelander in death, “The Boys” showcases the dangerous consequences of unchecked power and the need for accountability in even the most seemingly invincible individuals.

LATONYA February 7, 2023 - 11:19 pm

Oops, I forgot to water the plants.


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