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The Best Characters Invented For The TV Version Of 'The Boys'

List RulesVote up the characters that are a perfect addition to the TV world of 'The Boys.'

After just two seasons, The Boys has had no trouble turning a fan-favorite comic into some of the most exciting new superhero action in years. There are plenty of The Boys show characters that have made a successful jump from comics to TV, but considering how the show has been happy to diverge from the comics' canon, some of the best characters were created solely for the show itself. Whether they are a superpowered being or just an everyday evil bureaucrat, a lot of the additions have fit seamlessly into the superhero satire.

Powered beings like Translucent, Mesmer, and Doppelganger have fleshed out the show's "supe" ranks, while people like Madelyn Stillwell, Stan Edgar, and Ashley Barrett have served to make Vought feel like a genuine American corporation that wouldn't feel out of place on the Fortune 500. It just goes to show that the creators have such a firm grip on their superhero universe that it's hard to tell fan favorites from absolute newcomers.

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    Stan Edgar

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    Giancarlo Esposito was one of the breakout stars of Breaking Bad, and much like his role in Disney+'s runaway hit The Mandalorian, the memorable character actor brings his signature villainous touch to The Boys with his role as Stan Edgar. Edgar is merely mentioned in the comics and is never seen before he perishes off-panel.

    The Stan Edgar of the television show is all about business and manages to talk down to Homelander without meeting his end, which is something that is becoming rarer and rarer as time goes on. He shows the true depths of his capitalistic evil by enabling Stormfront's racist Third Reich leanings because it's good for Vought's bottom line. 

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    Madelyn Stillwell

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    Elizabeth Shue's Madelyn Stillwell is based on the James Stillwell of the comics, but while they are both similarly high up in the Vought ranks, Madelyn is a much different person in the show. Madelyn's bizarre relationship with Homelander served as one of the show's most reliably unsettling storylines throughout the first season, and her rock-solid hold on Homelander seemed to keep his worst tendencies at bay for the most part. 

    Before Homelander took her life at the end of Season 1, Madelyn was in line to take over Vought from Stan Edgar when he retired in the future, which highlighted just how efficient she was at her job. Just don't bring up Homelander's weird obsession with her breast milk.

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    Alastair Adana And The Church Of The Collective

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    One of the most enjoyable storylines of Season 2 was the Deep's involvement with the Church of the Collective. Both the Church and its leader Alastair Adana were created for the television series, and their addition shows just how deft the show is at roasting Hollywood. 

    Clearly both corrupt and powerful, Adana and his Church of the Collective played an integral part in the second season when he used the Collective's pull to reinstate A-Train on the Seven. Though Adana is deceased, we doubt the Church is going anywhere. After all... there is still a lot of Fresca to drink out there!

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    Ashley Barrett

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    One of the main differences between the television show and the comic books is the show's depiction of Vought as a company with a high degree of media savvy. The company has its own film studio, a staff of full-fledged public relations experts, and they plan everything down to a T.

    This is where Ashley Barrett comes in. Before becoming the senior vice president of Hero Management after Stillwell's demise at the end of Season 1, Ashley served as Vought's director of talent relations and provided the show with plenty of satire about the inner workings of Hollywood. Seemingly always in over her head and stressed to the point of her hair falling out, Ashley struggled to keep it together when faced with the challenges of keeping Homelander happy and the rest of the heroes on script. 

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