Prime Video’s The Boys is the most violent live-action superhero series to date, and many of the biggest plot twists have been the result of sudden betrayals. Even with fans expecting the worst, some of these double-crosses still surprised viewers and dramatically changed the show’s narrative.
There is plenty of backstabbing due to hurt feelings or betrayal for personal gain in The Boys, which has strained the relationships between characters and even led to a few people’s deaths.
10 Homelander Kills Madelyn
There are moments when Homelander has shocked the audience with his horrific deeds and odd behavior. If there is one person who experienced this firsthand, it was Madelyn, and things did not end well for her when she decided to hide things from him.
Homelander takes trust and honesty very seriously, at least regarding people he has a “connection” with. For Madelyn, Homelander had become a little obsessive, and when he found out she had been lying after she promised to no longer do so, he became enraged by the discovery. This ended with her eyes being burned into the back of her skull. The moral of the story is don’t lie to Homelander, a lesson Noir also learned the hard way.
9 Butcher Drugs Mother’s Milk
Butcher has some interesting ways of handling situations, and they’re normally not on the right side of the morality scale. While his enmity is normally directed at his foes, sometimes he takes things out on his allies.
Mother’s Milk was not happy about the fact that Butcher brought Soldier Boy on board. While Butcher thought what he was doing would be in the group’s best interest and a good way to bring down the Supes, it resulted in an argument between the two, and Mother’s Milk calls him a hypocrite. So when it came to approaching Soldier Boy, instead of letting Mother’s Milk join, since this was going to be a negotiation kind of meeting, Butcher, with some help from Hughie, drugged Mother’s Milk so he wouldn’t interfere, placing a wedge between them as friends.
8 A-Train Killing Popclaw
Hidden romances can add just the right amount of charm and drama to a story. In The Boys, that can be debatable considering how it ended for A-Train and his girlfriend.
Originally, A-Train wanted to keep their relationship on the down low and keep his and Popclaw’s recreational use of V a secret. However, things did not go as planned, and The Boys went on to blackmail Popclaw into telling them information. Popclaw would initially lie but would later come clean. Despite being in love with Popclaw, A-Train still had to think of his image and information that could be leaked to the public, so he killed her using a fatal dose of heroin.
7 Butcher Leaves Ryan Behind
Butcher has been quoted saying plenty of funny things, but he’s also said some pretty rotten things in the past. One example of this is with Ryan. Butcher had taken on the role of a father figure with Ryan considering Homelander is not exactly father of the year, and Becca wanted him far away from Ryan for good reasons.
When Ryan accidentally kills his mother in an attempt to save her, things changed. After promising Becca that he’d make sure Ryan knew it wasn’t his fault, he reacted in a way that was the exact opposite of what he had promised Becca. As a result, Ryan expressed how he hated Butcher and welcomed Homelander back into his life.
6 Starlight Reveals The Truth About Homelander And Vought
Starlight has been through a lot of things upon joining The Seven and, for the longest time, she bit her tongue and played along with the team. While it’s not shocking that she would eventually betray the group and Vought, the way she did it was a surprise.
After the death of civilians and superheroes at Herogasm, Starlight takes to Instagram to address her large amount of followers. It’s something she has done before, but not to this magnitude. Starlight dropped the ball on Homelander and his behavior and how Vought tries to keep everyone in the dark. After making the statement, she quits The Seven and drops the name Starlight, revealing her real name, Annie January.
5 Queen Maeve Takes On Stormfront And Blackmails Homelander
Throughout the years in The Seven, Queen Maeve has seen and dealt with plenty of traumatic experiences. Homelander was one of these things, but the superhero could only take so much and eventually snapped and decided enough was enough.
Things had begun to change after Homelander let the plane of civilians crash in season one. Later, when Stormfront joined, Maeve’s patience was tested, and she started to question things that would later have her turn against Homelander. She did this by first beating down Stormfront alongside Starlight and Kimiko and going on to blackmail Homelander to make sure he stayed in his place. While that didn’t last long, she made it known that she was sick of him.
4 A-Train Betrays Supersonic
A-Train doesn’t like Homelander, but loves his position in The Seven. A-Train tries to ensure Homelander knows he’s loyal and that he’d do anything to stay in The Seven, even if someone gets killed.
Supersonic sees an opportunity to try and get A-Train to join his and Starlight’s plans after Homelander had degraded him. A-Train seemed genuinely intrigued by the idea and, at first, looked like he wanted to go along with the plan. It would later be revealed that this was far from the truth, and he would use this knowledge as leverage to get into Homelander’s good graces, and Supersonic ends up dead on a rooftop.
3 Congresswoman Victoria Neuman Betrays Stan Edgar
Victoria Neuman is one of those characters who is both liked and hated for a few good reasons. Since she is still around, fans have already begun to theorize what might be in store for her after the things she’s done. Stan Edgar tells Neuman that she needs to make a public statement criticizing Homelander.
However, after considering her options, she decides against it. While she may have had the right idea in making the call of not speaking out against Homelander due to her young daughter, she didn’t put herself in a good situation by betraying Edgar. There is still plenty of time for him to make a comeback even after her accusations made against him.
2 Soldier Boy’s Team Turns On Him
Like father, like son; Homelander’s biological father, Soldier Boy, is just as bad as he is. While he may have been the leader of a major superhero team (Paypack) and had impressive powers, he is certainly not a saint, and his teammates can attest to that.
After dealing with so much of Soldier Boy’s antics, aggressive behavior, and abuse, Soldier Boy’s team decided they had enough of it, so it’s not exactly a huge surprise. Iit was for Soldier Boy, though. Due to his powers and abilities, the group had difficulty taking him down. No matter what they threw at him, he got back up until the Russian nerve agent was used, and he was out for the count.
1 Homelander Kills Black Noir
Once Soldier Boy was gone, Black Noir joined The Seven. Despite how Homelander acts, he was better to Black Noir than Soldier Boy had ever been. But Black Noir broke one of the golden rules of working with Homelander. Black Noir never told Homelander that Soldier Boy was Homelander’s father, and when he admitted he knew about it, Homelander did not take it very well.
Rather than asking why Homelander would punch his fist through Black Noir’s stomach and rip out his guts. Even after he killed him, Homelander told the others that Black Noir was better than they ever could be. It was undoubtedly an unexpected moment that left plenty of viewers stunned.