What The Boys' Cast Look Like In The Comics

Making big changes to big heroes.

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Adapting The Boys' assorted cast of maniacs for a television format can only have been a difficult task. With all the cast having such distinctive looks, managing to change them enough that they work for the 'big screen' without ruining what makes the character unique must be the stuff of production-based nightmares for many.

Perhaps more importantly, given that so many of these characters are parodies of well-known, well-loved characters with very protected copyrights means that it's a delicate tightrope to walk between having a character appear close to the subject of their mockery, and outright mocking them and receiving legal action in turn.

With both of these requirements being so temperamental, it's nothing short of magic that the production team appears to have nailed pretty much every major character in terms of getting the right feel for them. Despite some pretty major changes - including at one point outright replacing a character - the characters work both separately and together just as well as in the comic series, in a way that feels so close to the original it's downright unnerving.

With that in mind, it's worth seeing just how close the revamped characters are to their original comic form - and what reasons there may be for any changes made along the way.

12. Hughie Campbell

The Boys

In The Comics

While the complete uncanny resemblance to Simon Pegg is jarring for a little while, it also makes perfect sense to have the character of Hughie look like him. As the humble relatable everyman member of The Boys, having someone who looks like just a regular guy as the basis for the character's design is a pretty clever move - albeit one that likely made Pegg feel slightly creeped out when he first saw it.

In The Show

Hughie The Boys
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While they've ditched the complete resemblance to the actor, the television universe's Hughie is just as much an everyman as his comic counterpart. Jack Quaid manages to have the exact right energy in his portrayal of the character, despite having moved roughly 90% of his hair from his beard to his hair.

Oh, and Simon Pegg is his dad in it, which makes the whole thing just that little extra better.

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