How Hughie’s Powers Work In The Boys (& How Strong Is He?)

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The Boys season 3 has introduced Temp V, a serum that gives Hughie all kinds of crazy new powers. So, is Hughie now strong enough to kill Homelander?

The Boys season 3 finally gives superpowers to Hughie Campbell, the show’s main character, but how do they work? Up until now, the Boys have been set on taking down Vought’s supes, all without powers of any kind. However, the newly-introduced Temp V allows Hughie and the gang to have temporarily enhanced abilities, shaking up the formula of The Boys.

The series follows Hughie Campbell, Billy Butcher, and various other humans and superhumans as they attempt to take down the corrupt Vought corporation, as well as their genetically modified superheroes. So far, the Boys have been able to kill weaker heroes like Translucent without powers, but in order to take down Homelander and The Seven, they knew they needed some help. Because of this, Seven-member Queen Maeve smuggled Billy Butcher several doses of an experimental Compound V that lasts for only 24 hours. This Temp V has given members of the Boys superpowers, finally allowing them to have a shot at killing Homelander.


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Every character in The Boys that takes Compound V gets a random set of superpowers, with Billy Butcher developing laser eyes and invincibility and Kamiko receiving a healing factor. Hughie first takes Temp V in The Boys season 3, episode 4, “Glorious Five Year Plan,” giving him the power of teleportation. He is able to teleport around the room during a fight in a Russian lab, although he loses his clothes when he does so. Besides teleportation, Hughie also seems to have a healing factor, as his broken arm is fixed after taking Temp V. He also seems to have increased strength, punching through a Russian guard in one hit. While Hughie’s powers do differ from the comics, the show’s ultra-powerful and ultra-embarrassing abilities perfectly fit Hughie, as he can teleport away from any situation.

Hughie’s Teleportation Powers Explained

Jack Quaid as Hughie in The Boys

So far, Hughie has only taken Temp V twice, meaning that The Boys hasn’t yet shown the extent of his teleportation abilities. He has only been able to teleport short distances in the times he’s had powers, and it doesn’t seem like he’ll be able to travel much further than that. The downside of Hughie’s teleportation power is that his clothes don’t travel with him, leaving him completely naked whenever he teleports. While his increased strength and healing factor are useful, teleportation seems to be Hughie’s favorite new ability, with him using it whenever he gets the chance.

How Strong Is Hughie Compared To Homelander?

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Although suped-up Hughie is far stronger than normal Hughie, he still doesn’t come close to being as powerful as Homelander. Hughie can teleport, but Homelander is so fast that he could probably beat Hughie to wherever he is going. Hughie has a healing factor, but he still takes damage, unlike the invincible and invulnerable Homelander. Hughie can even punch through a human wearing body armor, but none of Vought’s heroes have been able to even scratch Homelander yet, so Hughie’s slightly enhanced strength poses no threat to Homelander. Yes, Hughie can hold his own against some supes while on Temp V, but he still has no chance of taking down Homelander on his own. Hughie’s new powers only serve as a means to protect himself, with the gang hopefully finding another way to kill Homelander by the end of The Boys.

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