The designer for Starlight's new costume's look is based on the character of the costume designer Edna from The Incredibles.
The retired CIA operative Grace Mallory in “The Boys” was Greg Mallory in the original comic book series.
The original Queen Maeve, or Medb, was a likely mythological Queen of the kingdom of Connacht and a central figure in the Irish epic the Táin Bó Cúailnge. Her supposed tomb is on the summit of Knocknarea overlooking the town of Sligo and still attracts visitors. Fittingly her incarnation in the series is played by an Irish actress, albeit one from Leinster.
In The Boys, Giancarlo Esposito appears in a minor role. His character references a plan to retire to Belize. Esposito also appears prominently in Breaking Bad, where the phrase 'A trip to Belize' is a common euphemism for murdering someone.
In The Boys, Homelander has a model of the mayor's plane descending on the mantle in his “childhood” home.
In The Boys, A-Train runs down the “A train” subway line.
In "The Boys" Episode 4, Homelander's speech is a direct reference to George W Bush's post-9/11 speech.
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In The Boys, Hughie’s girlfriend is named Robin Ward. As it relates to superheroes, Robin is Batman’s sidekick, played by Burt Ward in the 1960s Batman show.
In season 1 of ‘The Boys,’ the graffiti behind Homelander calls him a racist.
In the graphic novel, all of The Boys, including Hughie, consume Compound V and gain superpowers. This leads to many graphic beatdowns of various Supes, although Homelander is understood to be stronger than them all. In the show, only The Female has superpowers.