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The Boys: explanation of the powers and origins of Victoria Neuman

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The ambitious Victoria Neuman returns in season 4 of The Boysbut some viewers might have forgotten some important parts of its story.

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The cast of The Boys is immense and its protagonists colorful. Obviously, when you kill characters with all your might, it’s better to have people in reserve. But some do better than others and manage to get through the different seasons of the superheroic series from Prime Video.

This is the case of Victoria Neuman, who appears in season 2 to never let go of Boys or Supers, and even obtains a key role in the spin-off of Gen V. Launched into the presidential race in the first episodes of season 4 of The Boysshe seems invincible and her apparent sympathy actually hides an outstanding strategist.

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But where exactly does it come from and what is the nature of its power? And why could Victoria Neuman be a much more dangerous enemy than a Homelander? We explain everything about the character.

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Who is Victoria Neuman in The Boys ?

Victoria Neuman is a United States Congresswoman, anti-Super activist, and creator – and director – of the Federal Office of Superhuman Affairs (FBSA).

When she debuted in season 2 of The Boys, Victoria appeared to be firmly opposed to Vought’s evil plans. Charismatic, the woman managed to convince a witness to participate in a hearing against the sprawling company and reveal the misdeeds of Compound V, the secret of which was previously revealed by Annie (aka Stella).

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But the audience gets out of control: many people literally lose their minds in a bloodbath. The skull of the whistleblower and the jury explodes, a few spectators also pass through, and no one will agree to testify for a new attempt. Vought will therefore be able to escape his crimes.

At the end of the season, we discover that Victoria Neuman is actually the head exploder. The one who pretends to be a civilian is actually a Super, but we have to wait until season 3 to understand her true origins. While she is working with Hughie Campbell at the FBSA on a project to regulate the activities of Supers, the hero catches her in the act: in an alley, Victoria blows up a man claiming to know her by calling her Nadia.

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The Super ends up secretly allying with Homelander at the end of season 3: in exchange for the location of his son Ryan, the Protector rids Victoria of a political rival and offers her Compound V so that she can administers to his daughter.

What powers does Victoria Neuman have in The Boys ?

Victoria Neuman has the power to manipulate blood and regenerate.

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Victoria Neuman in the spin-off series Gen V

She also has other abilities more typical of Supers in her arsenal, such as super strength, super hearing and surprising resistance. But his true ability is his control over blood. Her mastery allows her to explode her opponents, and although she targets the head most of the time, she can also attack the rest of the body.

She can also use blood as a weapon after cutting her hand, or levitate her hemoglobins. Once injured, it can regenerate. Such abilities are very similar to those of another character in the universe of The Boys : Marie Moreau, heroine of the spin-off Gen V.

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The two women in fact share the same power, and both seem particularly resistant to any aggression: while Victoria Neuman seems invulnerable when she is attacked with acid and takes a bullet to the head in episode 1 of the season 4 of The Boys, Marie survives Homelander’s laser. Finally, both characters come from the same place: the Red River Institute.

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Where does Victoria Neuman come from in The Boys ?

Victoria grew up at the Red River Institute, an orphanage owned by Vought that houses Super Orphans.

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Victoria was actually born as Nadia Khayat and was sent to Red River after accidentally killing her parents because she couldn’t control her powers, just like Marie – and many of the Super children who end up orphaned.

During her time at Red River, Victoria was placed with different foster families, but she always ended up returning to the institute because her unchecked powers caused the deaths of those she lived with.

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At the age of 12, the girl was eventually adopted by Vought CEO Stan Edgar. The man’s influence and power allows her to start her life from scratch, under a new identity: Victoria Neuman.

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In the end, Victoria will still betray Stan Edgar, to stay in Homelander’s good graces.

What can we expect from Victoria in season 4 of The Boys ?

Victoria Neuman will be among the main antagonists of season 4 of The Boys : getting ever closer to the presidency, she is also in possession of a formidable virus.

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Victoria Neuman and her daughter Zoé in season 4 of The Boys

The illness was recovered at the end of the first season of Gen V : in the basement of Godolkin University, which belongs to Vought, there is actually a laboratory in which certain students are used as guinea pigs for the making of the Virus. The politician manages to get her hands on it, not caring about her ability to decimate any Super who finds herself exposed.

But Victoria is certainly not looking for the extinction of Supers, since she even gave powers to her daughter. The virus will instead be used to fight or threaten more powerful characters, like Homelander.

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The creator of The BoysEric Kripke, has already suggested in an interview for Screen Rant that his desire to protect his daughter Zoe could pose a problem in season 4: “She must protect her daughter. The world is getting scarier and scarier, and as she gets closer to power, I think she realizes she’s made a deal with the devil. And so she focuses on the subject: how can she save her daughter and herself?

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Season 4 of The Boys started on June 13, 2024 on Prime Video. To make sure you don’t miss anything that comes next, you can check out the release schedule for episodes of the series.

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