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The Boys: 10 Things From The Comics We're Glad The Show Never Adapted (& Why)

ScreenRant logo ScreenRant 8/18/2022 Aidan Joshua Wagland
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Following the shocking Season 3 finale of The Boys, viewers have been left with so many questions as the titular heroes now seem in worse shape than ever. While it will be some time until Season 4, filming is set to begin filming August 22nd, according to Collider. A release next year is very likely.

While the show is known for its gruesome violence and dark humor, the comic tends to take things a step further, preferring to tackle edgy things rather than focusing on a nuanced story. While the source material is liked in its own right, the showrunners and writers were smart to leave some things out.

Starlight's Origins

In the comic, Annie January's origin is completely different from the show and is extremely tragic. As a child, she accidentally blinds both her parents. Luckily her good nature steered her in a good direction in life despite this traumatic experience.

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In the show, Starlight is coerced by her mother into doing superhero-themed beauty pageants, which she detests. Her mother's attempts to groom her into the best superhero make for a more interesting subplot to the show that's able to add drama to Annie's adult life as she tackles how to forgive and move forward with the woman that exploited her youth. Had the show gone with the comic's backstory, that extra layer and edge to Starlight's personality wouldn't be there.

Black Noir is a Clone of Homelander

As one of the coolest mute comic characters, Black Noir has built so much intrigue around him due to his mysterious nature. Season 3 really expanded on the character, giving him an entire backstory and real name: Earving.

In the comics, however, he is instead an exact genetic replica of Homelander, created by Vought as a failsafe to stop Homelander if he oversteps his boundaries. In the comic adaptation, he possesses the same abilities as his clone but conceals them to avoid revealing the truth. This revelation makes Homelander seem less evil and feels like it was used more for shock factor than engaging storytelling. Antony Starr is electrifying as Homelander and must stay as the main antagonist, and Noir's changes made him an absolute fan favorite show character.

The Infamous Plane Scene Took Place on 9/11

The plane scene from Episode 4 of the first season of The Boys really showed audiences what kind of evil things Homelander is capable of. The comic takes things even further with the exact scene happening in the comics but instead on 9/11.

The moment in the comic is even darker as it features The Seven's previous speedster, Mister Marathon, being decapitated during the crash. Homelander leaves everyone to die with the plane crashing into the Brooklyn Bridge. The show did a good job at making the scene simpler and less edgy, as having it occur on 9/11 would be in really poor taste and doesn't actually add anything of value to the plot or Homelander and Maeve's characterization.

The Deep is Vastly Different

While The Deep is one of the most memed characters from The Boys, his comic counterpart is very different. Usually the butt-end of jokes, The Deep doesn't like his other teammates on the Seven and isn't working to gain Homelander's approval. In addition to having a very different personality, the comic version is also depicted as being of African descent. By the end of the comic's run, he and Starlight are the only surviving members of The Seven.

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While the show portrays The Deep as a pretty horrible person, The Deep from the comics is one of the more mature members of The Seven with less of a charged personality.  It was honestly for the best he was given more of a character in the television adaptation, as his character has become a fan favorite person that viewers love to hate (he's still a terrible human being). Fans have even dubbed him "The Peak" in memes online.

Starlight's Outfit Change

Although Starlight did get a mandatory outfit change early on in Season 1, it is nowhere near as revealing as the comic was. In the comic, she is given an outfit that would make the show's content ratings even more strict had they gone this route.

While the comic introduced really interesting characters, it sometimes leaned too close to sexism and other nasty themes just for the sake of being edgy. While it claims to do so in the name of satire, it's best that Starlight was given something more reasonable and that rejecting her more revealing costume was a nice moment of character growth.

Stormfront is Gender-Swapped and Homelander's Father

In addition to being gender-swapped in the TV show, Stormfront is actually Homelander's father in the comics, similar to how Soldier Boy's DNA was used to make Homelander in the show. While Stormfront was a villain only in the second season of the show, he sticks around much longer in the comics.

Stormfront in the show is revealed to be a terrible racist, but that status is made even more explicit in the comics.  He was raised as a Hitler Youth before serving with the Third Reich during the Second World War. He ultimately meets a painful death being beaten by Butcher, Mother's Milk, Frenchie, and Love Sausage. It was for the best that the series slightly changed the character. She was still a detestable person, but there was a more fleshed-out villain, and her defeat played a major role on furthering Maeve, Starlight, and Ryan's development.

Lamplighter is Resurrected

Lamplighter emerged as one of the standout characters from the second season. Many assumed he would redeem himself and potentially lead a good life, but he ultimately chooses to end his life in a ball of flames.

Following his death in the comics, he was resurrected as a mindless zombie by Vought for no purpose other than eternal punishment. Anything is possible, but the show has shown no signs of revisiting Lamplighter. Bringing him back as a shell of his former self wouldn't add to the narrative the show has been building, and it would detract from the shock of his untimely death.

Soldier Boy is a Cowardly Innocent Man

While The Boys TV series has made it clear that there is only one Soldier Boy, in the comics, there were actually three. The public is led to believe that Soldier Boy is the same one from World War II. The comic counterpart is far from the confident, battle-ready Soldier Boy on TV. Soldier Boy is often taken advantage of by other heroes, mainly Homelander, who sexually assaults him as an "application" to The Boys, which he still fails.

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Instead of embodying toxic masculinity as he does in the show, comics Soldier Boy is a coward that buckles any time anything gets tough. Changing him for the TV series worked in everyone's favor as he became a menacing villain that could even rival Homelander, and even though he's just as morally corrupt, fans were rooting for him to finally defeat the extremely unlikable Homelander.

Black Noir is the Big Bad

Criminally underused in the first two seasons, Black Noir deserved more screen-time in The Boys before his demise in the Season 3 finale. While the comic version of Black Noir is actually a clone of Homelander, he is also the real culprit behind the sexual assault and murder of Becca Butcher (who didn't live on to have a child) and had framed Homelander for numerous crimes.

Interestingly, Black Noir is the one that kills Homelander shortly after excitingly revealing his true nature. He finally meets his end at the hands of Billy Butcher, but if the show were to do this, it would render Butcher and Homelander's rivalry useless. If Homelander is killed, Billy Butcher has to be the one to do it.

Mother's Milk is Wildly Changed

Mother's Milk's entire backstory and character are completely changed in the television adaptation. In the comics, his name isn't even Marvin Milk but rather Baron Wallis. Unlike the character's distaste for Supes in the show, the comic version is, in fact, a Supe himself.

Baron Wallis receives the nickname "Mother's Milk" because he drinks breast milk that is laced with Compound V, giving him additional strength, regenerative healing, and immunity to most poisons. It's a major departure from the show, and it wouldn't work well, considering The Boys are meant to hate Supes. It was for the best that the writing team at Amazon chose to create their own background for MM.

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