‘The Boys’: How YouTubers Inspired Stormfront’s Menacing Character
The Boys are back in town and their return to TV is nothing short of chaotic, brutal, and busy. While it’s difficult to find anyone likeable within The Seven’s ranks, last season, Homelander was the one who gave everyone pause with his sociopathic antics.
In season 2, Stormfront is proving to be everything The Boys showrunners said she would be. And they gleaned inspiration for her from the web.
Stormfront is worse than Homelander
Only three episodes have dropped but it’s clear Aya Cash’s Stormfront is gunning for Homelander’s place in more ways than one. She immediately rubbed the pack’s leader the wrong way when she bogarted her way to a movie set with a social media livestream, her “girl power” comments, and for positioning herself as a hero by taking out Kenji.
Homelander is seething on the inside with a bruised ego but his depravity could be outdone. Many fans have already deemed Stormfront as a diabolical monster. Not only did she purposely kill innocent people when pursuing Kimiko’s brother, but she put an extra racist stamp on all her executions.
Coming into season 3, most viewers knew Stormfront would be a little bit different from her comic book counterpart. The show’s writers kept true to her name and symbols (which are associated with a white supremacist group in real life), but what’s different is the gender swap and the modern take on her character that’s tied to social media.
Stormfront is a reflection of social media influencers
Showrunner Eric Kripke and his team took great care in crafting Stormfront’s character. At first, she comes off as a feminist, independent non-conformist. Then her own amoral brutality is revealed.
During an interview with Polygon, Kripke said some her aspects reflect today’s social media culture. And it was intentional.
“If you go like on YouTube or social media, there are all these cute young people that are espousing hateful ideologies, but they do it in this sort of slicker, social media way that understands the audience — that’s really dangerous,” he said.
Kripke added his team dove into the dirty depths of the internet to find examples to pull from for Stormfont’s character and her story arc. He also told The Wrap the writers made an effort to demonstrate how ugliness can come in a less obvious, “attractive package.”
“…Hate doesn’t come at you with a big neon sign that says, ‘Hey, we’re hate.’ They come at you in pretty insidious and attractive packages because they know how social media works.” Viewers will see more of how sinister Stormfont can be over the next few weeks.
Fans can count on a Kimiko vs. Stormfront face-off
While she may have fans on social media, Stormfront has already made enemies out of Kimiko and Homelander. That glare in Kimiko’s face at the end of episode 3 said it all. When she gets her way with Stormfront, there will be no mercy. Something tells us that as the show charges on, The Boys will be more than happy to help her get revenge.
Stream the first three episodes of The Boys on Amazon Prime now and look out for the five remaining episodes each week.