The superhero series The Boys is filled with morally questionable characters, but Annie January aka Starlight is one of the easiest characters to root for. She is a “supe” who genuinely wants to be a hero which leads her to her dream of joining The Seven. However, she soon realizes that the world of superheroes is not as noble as she thought.
Starlight is a strong person, both in terms of her powers and what she can overcome, but she also faces more struggles than nearly any other character in the show. From the lies she is told to the ways she is treated, there is a lot of heartbreak in Starlight’s journey.
10 Used As A Baby
Starlight’s path as a hero is not only grounded in her own desire to do good but also in her religious beliefs. From a young age, she was convinced by others that her powers were a gift from God and that she was chosen for a purpose.
However, she later learns that she was given Compound V by Vought and was just another one of their experiments. Not only does this truth shatter Starlight’s own perception that she was meant for a higher purpose, but it also reveals she was lied to for her entire life.
9 Her Relationship With Her Mother
When Starlight is named as a new member of The Seven, no one is more excited about it than her mother. She had seemingly supported Starlight on her path to being a hero, but it soon becomes clear that this was not a dream Starlight’s mother had for herself rather than for her daughter.
Even before the bigger lies are revealed, Starlight’s relationship with her mother begins to sour. As Starlight struggles with her new position, her mother remains selfish and ignores her daughter’s problems. The revelation that she consented to the Compound V experiments derails their relationship in a major way.
8 Assaulted By The Deep
After being named as the new member of The Seven, it does not take long for Starlight’s positive perception of the team to be wiped away. She is first welcomed by The Deep who pretends to be friendly only to reveal himself as a disgusting predator.
Just as Starlight is seeing her dreams come true, she is aggressively harassed by The Deep. When she predictably fights back against him, he extorts her in awful ways. Not only is this an unspeakable violation, but it is also a brutal eye-opening moment for Starlight to the truth about these supposed “heroes.”
7 Her Father
There are very few families on The Boys that are normal but Starlight’s situation is especially heartbreaking as she really needs loved ones to trust. While she was told her father left the family after losing all of their savings, that turns out to be another lie from her mother.
The truth is revealed that Starlight’s father had second thoughts about Allowing Starlight to be given Compound V and it eventually drove him away. The fact that Starlight kept her dad’s pipe hoping that he would come back for it makes it all the sadder.
6 Forced To Change Her Image
One of the most interesting aspects of the show is how it examines superheroes if they were owned by corporations. This makes for some very clever jokes about marketing these crimefighters to the public, but it also reveals further ways Starlight is used as a pawn by Vought.
Very shortly after joining The Seven, the marketing people attempt to recreate her image in some disgusting ways. From ill-conceived backstories to a vulgar new costume, these changes that are forced upon Starlight just add to her discomfort with her new role.
5 No Support From Her Team
While the pressures that are coming from the corporate side of her job are hard enough, Starlight also quickly learns that she doesn’t have anyone to turn to for help on the team. While The Deep immediately revealed his seedy side, the others are not any better as she discovers.
From A-Train’s narcissistic behavior to Homelander’s intimidation, Starlight finds no help from her supposed teammates. Even the only other female on the team, Queen Maeve, seems uncaring to Starlight’s struggles.
4 Being A Role Model
Unlike the other superheroes she works with who are only good and inspirational when the cameras are on them, Starlight actually wants to be a hero to the public. She is especially proud of being someone that young girls can look up to.
However, this becomes another struggle with her role as part of Vought’s team. She sees young girls who want to be like her and who think this new image of Starlight is what they should strive to be which sickens Starlight.
3 Not Feeling Safe
Starlight eventually realizes that the way she can regain her path to making the world a better place is to help Hughie and the others take Vought down. However, while she proves to be a valuable double agent, the stress of it begins to eat away at her.
Starlight is a very powerful person, but she is also surrounded by powerful people who would kill her if they knew she betrayed them. Eventually, Starlight finds herself afraid to even go to Vought and is consumed by panic.
2 Unable To Be The Hero She Wants
Despite the fact that Starlight is the closest thing to the kinds of honorable heroes fans might see in the MCU, she still lives in a world in which being a hero is not as easy as she used to think it was.
When she joins The Seven, she is told which crimes she is allowed to fight and surrounded by supes who are uninterested in saving people. But when she joined Butcher’s team, she finds herself forced to remain covert, avoid helping people in need, and even needing to hurt people. It seems no matter where she turns, she is unable to be a hero.
1 Betrayed By Hughie
The relationship between Starlight and Hughie is quite sweet at times and they seem to have found a kinship with each other. However, it also represents one more person who deceived Starlight and made her feel as though she was being used by someone she loves.
Though their meeting was initially coincidental, Hughie is persuaded to used her to get to Vought. He grows to genuinely love her, but when she finds out the truth, it is yet another painful betrayal.
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