The Origins of The Boys’ Black Noir Solve Big Homelander Mystery

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Black Noir has remained a mystery for the past two seasons the boys (and most of the third, to be honest). Until now.

Finally we’ve been able to break through that black armor and step into the mind of the stoic supe. Frankly, it’s a mess there. It’s too crazy Looney Tunes chaos and we are all for it. Bring on more cartoon forest creatures. We would happily squat for an hour of this kind of madness.

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But this “Saturday morning, cartoon-watching, soggy cereal, edgy but horrifying” kind of episode did more than just leave behind childhood nostalgia (just us? Okay then). It revealed more about Black Noir than three years of growling and gesturing ever did.

Black Noir has had the unfortunate displeasure of bowing to two of Vought’s super-leaders. First Soldier Boy (Jensen Ackles) in the ’80s, and now Homelander (Antony Starr) in the present day.

Until recently, we didn’t know much about Noir’s time with Soldier Boy, although we did catch a glimpse of something devastating during a flashback episode with him in Nicaragua.

However, we are familiar with the dynamic between him and Homelander and… it’s just weird. It doesn’t matter which way you cut that pie, it’s nonsensical.

As reprehensible as Homelander’s actions are, Noir is unwaveringly loyal.

Degrade and bully his troops, Noir is still there. Dating and conspiring with a Nazi? Noir stands erect, ready to take orders – and lest we forget, he’s a black man and so would suffer under a white supremacist regime, but it doesn’t matter. Homelander asked, so he had to obey.

It is madness, absolute folly.

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That said, it’s not like Noir isn’t getting anything out of the deal. He is about the only member of the Seven not to be mistreated by Homelander. We dare say that Homelander might even respect Noir, and to that end, they kind of have a mutual understanding.

Where that comes from is completely unclear, at least on Noir’s part (Homelander’s affinity for Noir is explained later).

It’s only the revelation of Noir’s past during episode seven’s delightful sketch that takes a step toward solving this mystery.

It seems that Noir’s history with Soldier Boy may hold the answers to understanding his relationship with Homelander. Unlike the current leader of the Seven, Noir had a difficult relationship with Soldier Boy. Well, not hard for Soldier Boy. He gripped Noir’s strings so tightly that we’re surprised it didn’t cut off the circulation.

Under Soldier Boy’s leadership, Noir was humiliated, abused and degraded in the most casual way.

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So when he was approached by Stan Edgar (Giancarlo Esposito) to help orchestrate a plan that would lead to the capture and capture of Soldier Boy, Noir didn’t need much persuasion. Years of abuse has a way of softening you to mutiny.

Despite Operation ‘Oust Soldier Boy’ Was a Success, Of Sorts – People goods murdered – Noir is not stupid. He knew that the odds that Soldier Boy would survive what was to come would be high, and that his chance of return would be inevitable.

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Knowing this, it would make sense for Noir to align himself with someone of great strength.

His alliance with Homelander is likely deliberate and motivated by survival. A tactical decision to bond with Homelander makes more sense than unwavering allegiance “just because.”

Noir knew that the only person with the potential to defeat Soldier Boy would be Homelander and, knowing that the day of reckoning would come one day, it is plausible that he created an unforeseen event that increases the likelihood that he will lose all of his preserve limbs.

It would also explain what we now know if his deviant behavior in the boys spin-off The Boys Presents: Diabolical

The animated series depicts Homelander and Noir’s partnership in the early days, before Homelander went all-out killer.

When civilians are accidentally killed during a failed mission, Noir quickly covers up Homelander’s mistake by killing the lone survivor. Shortly afterwards, he writes something on a piece of paper that calms the anxious Homelander.

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This act contradicts the good natured man we saw on episode three flashbacks.

Nathan Mitchell, the actor who plays Black Noir, explained his behavior digital spy: “What I would say is that he certainly wrote something in a somewhat unconventional way.

“But the essence of it is, ‘I’m your friend. I’m here to help you. I’m behind you. Listen to me and we’ll get through this’.”

This pious sentiment makes no sense, especially considering that this was their first mission together.

Rather than an act of kindness (bloody kindness, anyway), it was more likely a manipulative attempt on Noir’s part to forge a bonding relationship.

Despite Noir’s backstabbing and the ‘silent villain’ reputation he’s acquired the boysepisode seven’s walk alludes in his mind to the fact that Noir isn’t bad through and through after all.

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As Mitchell explained to the… Emphatically: †[Noir] has some demons and some fears that he thought he had escaped but turns out not to be.

“So he has to struggle with it and make some tough decisions.”

With Soldier Boy back in the picture, there’s no telling what will happen – and whether Homelander will have Noir’s back once he finds out Soldier Boy is his father…

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