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13 Things You Didn't Know About 'The Boys'

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Amazon's dark superhero series The Boys never lets its audience breathe by delivering bloody action and jaw-dropping surprises in every episode. The show is full of twists and turns, and that goes for off-screen as well as on.

Many fans most likely are aware of the fact that this show is based on a popular comic book of the same name, but there are plenty of other facts that people who enjoyed this show were not aware of. Whether you have been a dedicated fan of the series since day one, or you just started the first episode the other day, these The Boys facts are sure to surprise you in some capacity.

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    Karen Fukuhara Learned Sign Language

    Towards the beginning of season 2, Kimiko has an encounter with her brother, Kenji. The mute Kimiko is able to communicate with her brother using sign language. Actress Karen Fukuhara opened up recently with Insider about learning a specific form of sign language for the episode.

    Fukuhara worked heavily with sign language expert Amanda Richer in order to authentically pull off the character in the second season. The form of sign language that Kimiko and Kenji used was created for the show, and Fukuhara masters it in her great performance. Fukuhara has said that studying sign language with Richer really helped her get into the mindset of the character of Kimiko/The Female.

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    Starlight's Costume Designer Looks Familiar

    Early on in season one, Starlight is given a brand new costume. Her costume designer is very reputable and designed the suit just for her. Starlight rejects the costume due to the fact that it isn't the image she wants to portray, and the designer is not happy.

    Many of the show's faithful viewers pointed out that the Designer character looks very similar to beloved Disney character, Edna Mode. Edna Mode is an animated character who is prominently featured in both The Incredibles and its sequel. Edna has large black glasses, a bob, and a very memorable voice, as does Starlight's designer. Some fans have speculated that the character on The Boys is a direct homage to The Incredibles, mainly because both titles fall somewhere on the spectrum of the superhero genre.

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    Female Representation Grew For The Show  

    In the comic book, the female characters are represented much differently than on the show. In the series, there is a lot of female power. One of the most powerful female characters on the show is Madelyn Stillwell, Vought's Senior Vice President of Hero Management. Played by Elizebeth Shue, Stillwell is strong, commanding, and not afraid to get what she wants. However, in the comic, Stillwell is a man whose first name is James.

    While other females characters from the show are present in the comic, the depiction of them is much less empowering. One of the main examples of this is Starlight. In the show, Starlight stands up against Vought and isn't afraid to speak her mind about the daily travesties that occur at their headquarters. In the comic, Starlight is much more one-note, and her experiences with harassment are used as a plot device instead of being properly explored. In other words, the show updates the comic book with the female representation it always needed. 

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    Toned Down For TV

    Although the show is fairly gratuitous in its depiction of sex and violence, it actually has nothing on the comics in terms of debauchery. Garth Ennis, the writer of the comics, is famous for writing comic books that don't hold anything back when it comes to controversial content. Before The Boys, Ennis wrote The Punisher and Preacher comics, which should be a pretty large clue as to just how chock-full of blood, gore, and off-the-rails insanity the comic book truly is. 

    While the series features tons of shocking moments, the comic portrays the rougher sequences in a way that most likely wouldn't even be accessible to a TV audience. For instance, sex in the comic is shown more graphically, with some supes engaging in disturbing intimate encounters which sometimes result in death. Starlight's harassment is more invasive and disturbing in the comic as well. Also, the show does contain its gory sequences, but it always feels necessary and crucial to the plot, while the comic will throw in some blood and guts at any chance it gets. The show relies more on witty and satirical humor while the comic features many more gross-out gags with bodily fluids as the focus.