By Aditya Bhalla Sep. 27, 2020
The Boys introduced the world to “The Seven”, a group of “supes” we love to hate. But behind the scenes, a stellar cast of more underrated characters helps us understand what exactly could go wrong when superhumans are more revered than Gods themselves.
In a world filled to the brim with superhero movies and TV shows, The Boys has come in like a breath of fresh air. A satirical take on what happens when the caped crusaders we idolise get a free hand with their powers, it’s safe to say that the Amazon Prime Video original could not have come at a better time.
With characters like Homelander, an all-American superhero with a smile that dazzles his fans, to the religious small-town girl, Starlight, The Boys introduced the world to “The Seven”, a group of “supes” we love to hate. But behind the scenes, a stellar cast of more underrated characters helps us understand what exactly could go wrong when superhumans are more revered than Gods themselves. Characters such as:
An integral part of the vigilante group, “The Boys”, whose sole purpose is to fight superheroes who abuse their power, Frenchie is the kind of guy you’d see in a shady alley in CCTV footage. A former assassin/arms dealer, who is prone to fits of violence, Frenchie’s true purpose only emerges when he rescues a mysterious woman from a cage, and goes on to form a strong bond with her, despite a number of language barriers. The character is a bit of a wildcard, given that no one is sure what he’ll do next. But that’s also a trait that makes him a highly under-appreciated member of the cast.
Another key member of The Boys, Mother’s Milk, doesn’t really get the love he deserves. Despite constantly standing up for his friends, even when they don’t deserve it, while still being a methodical stone faced-killer, he is consistently placed on the sidelines. Mother’s Milk, or Marvin T Milk, though remains an essential part of the group considering his calm demeanor seems to be the only counter to Billy Butcher’s chaotic and violent tendencies.
In the first installment of the show, A-Train was introduced as the main villain of the story after inadvertently killing an integral character of the show. In this season, too, A-Train doesn’t have the best reputation after it emerges that he’s addicted to the drug that Vought uses to make superheroes. As he faces his reckoning , it becomes clear that there are several shades to every character in this series, and no one can be ignored.
One of the most badass superheroes in this series is not a part of “The Seven” but a mysterious young woman, who was taken captive by the superheroes. The Female, who also goes by Kimiko, doesn’t speak at all, a characteristic attributed to childhood trauma. But even through the silence, she manages to form a strong bond with Frenchie — and as season 2 has proved, turns out to be one of the most important characters in the series.
All through the first two seasons, Ashley Barrett, the hapless manager of “The Seven”, has been consistent in her role. Having to tackle the demands of a group of superhuman divas while also trying to make them look good in the public eye, is no easy task. But Barrett’s crisis management skills are a masterclass in how to perform under pressure, and also make her one of the show’s most under-appreciated characters.
The side cast of The Boys, much like the main characters, have enough backstory to fill up a few shows all by themselves. Catch up with them on season 2 of The Boys, now streaming on Amazon Prime Video, and you’ll see for yourself.