Spoiler Warning: The Boys Season 3
There really aren’t any good guys in The Boys. Some characters a more well-intentioned than others, but that’s about it. Of course, some characters are definitely worse than others. Antony Starr’s Homelander is utterly irredeemable. In season three alone, he racked up a staggering body. We see him turn fellow supe Supersonic (Miles Gaston Villanueva) into an unrecognizable bloody pulp for daring to plot a coup with Erin Moriarty’s Starlight. And earlier in the season, he forces an innocent, suicidal girl to jump off a building to her death.
On the other side of the superhero, Karl Urban’s Billy Butcher spent most of season three guided by his own personal vendettas (in particular, his intention to kill Homlelander) at the expense of his fellow teammates. He also allowed Jack Quaid’s Hughie to abuse Temp V, despite being fully aware of the drug’s side effects.
However, it’s not just the main characters in The Boys that are problematic. In season three, there were minor characters who, despite having limited screen time compared to The Boy’s biggest baddies, managed to inspire intense disgust in fans of the series. Here are a couple of supplemental characters in The Boys season three who were just the worst.
Ryan has always been one of the most complicated characters in The Boys universe. The young boy, who is portrayed by the talented child actor Cameron Crovetti (Anywhere With You, Big Little Lies), is the son of Homelander and Becca Butcher (Shantel VanSanten). Becca, Billy Butcher’s ex-wife, was an employee of Vought Industries who became pregnant after Homelander sexually assaulted her. The corporations allowed Becca to go into hiding and raise her son but didn’t allow her to discuss this with anyone, including her husband, Billy Butcher. This ultimately fractured their marriage and started Billy’s life-long hatred of supes.
Understandably, fans of The Boys have had a lot of sympathy for Ryan for the show’s first two seasons. This is especially true at the end of season two when he accidentally fatally wounded his mother in a fit of rage against Stormfront (Aya Cash). However, much of that sympathy dissipated during one of the final moments of season three. Ryan chooses to join his villainous father following the season’s climactic battle, and the father and son duo descend into a crowd of their raucous supporters.
When a member of the crowd accuses Homelander of being a fascist and expresses support for Erin Moriarty’s Starlight hurls a bottle at the pair and hits Ryan, Homelander uses his laser vision to explode the counter-protestor. When the assembled crowd begins to cheer raucously in support of the extrajudicial murder, Ryan cracks a small smile, solidifying him as firmly on the side of his sociopathic father Homelander and allowing for audiences to engage in all manner of wild speculation as to how the increasingly powerful supe Ryan (the first superpowered individual to be born naturally) could continue to cause problems in season four.
Todd, a supe-supporting scumbag portrayed by Matthew Gorman (Good Witch, Blue Clues & You) started grinding everyone’s gears at the beginning of season three. He is the stepfather of Mother’s Milk’s (Laz Alonso) biological daughter, Janine Milk (Liyou Abere), and throughout season three, he is a completely unapologetic supporter of supes, and in particular, Homelander. This is much to the chagrin of Mother’s Milk, whose has had family die as a direct result of supe “justice.”
At one point, Mother’s Milk even knocks Tood unconscious, which likely contributes to Todd’s support of supes and the ways in which their powers level the physical playing field and create troubling power dynamics.
Todd becomes one of the series’ most hated villains in precisely the same moment as Ryan does. When Homelander uses his laser vision to kill a counter-protestor, the assembled crowd sits for a moment in stunned silence. However, it is Todd who finally breaks the silence, letting out an excited hoot at Homelander’s blatant disregard for the law. Todd is representative of the standard supe fan, who buy into media propaganda and allow supes like Homelander to continue to carry out their whims unchecked.
Season four of The Boys is about the start filming, and fans could not be more excited for its release, though they will have to wait until 2023. While the primary antagonists of the series are clearly defined, there are countless other in-universe individuals, from the legions of humans who blindly support the actions of supes, to a series of minor supes who cause untold pain and suffering seemingly without a second thought, who are equally to blame for the rampant violence of The Boys universe.