31 Starlight Quotes from ‘The Boys’ to Shine Hope into a Corrupt Society
Most of us watched superheroes on our screens from a young age. Many of us dreamed of being them. Wearing pretty costumes and saving the world sounds like a good deal. Not for Starlight, who, unfortunately, finds out the hard way that these stunning costumes and superhuman abilities disguise something much darker. Read her quotes to find out more.
"Starlight" or Rebecca Anne "Annie" January is a "supe"—a shortened word for a superhero in the comic book and series universe of "The Boys." Initially, she worked for a conservative superhero group called "The Young Americans." Still, she was asked to join the incredibly famous and prestigious group, "The Seven," as a replacement for the deceased member Lamplighter.
Starlight has a genuine yet naive view of the world and is determined to make it a better place. So, when she finds out about the darkness that lurks among the famous superheroes, she is devastated.
Read the following quotes, which show Annie's inner conflict as she becomes disillusioned. Watch the journey she goes on to try and change what, to the general public, looks like a perfect symbol of ethical heroism.
Starlight and two other characters with her quote: "Anyone who tells you they know the answers is lying." | Source: facebook.com/TheBoysTV
Starlight Superhero Quotes
“I’m supposed to be this hero, idol symbol, but I don't know what the hell I'm doing.” — Starlight
"You don't need powers. You just need to be human." — Starlight
"I could bring good people in "The Seven" who could help me." — Starlight
"Anyone who tells you they know the answers is lying." — Starlight
"I'm just as scared and confused as the rest of you. I'm done pretending, and I'm done taking anymore [expletive]." — Starlight
Starlight, with her quote: “I’m supposed to be this hero, idol symbol, but I don't know what the hell I'm doing.” | Source: facebook.com/TheBoysTV
"It’s just all for money, and I am in the middle of all of it." — Starlight
“I don’t know if they really want you to be a hero. I think they just want you to look like one.” — Starlight
"Most heroes don't care about you. They only care about their image, and Homelander is the worst of them." — Starlight
"I'm not Starlight anymore. My name is Annie January, and I [expletive] quit." — Starlight
Reflective Starlight Quotes
"Since when did 'hopeful' and 'naive' become the same thing?" — Starlight
Starlight and another character, with her quote: “I don’t know if they really want you to be a hero. I think they just want you to look like one.” | Source: facebook.com/TheBoysTV
"We’re all alone. That’s the truth." — Starlight
"The good guys don’t win. The bad guys don’t get punished. What we do means nothing." — Starlight
"If you jump ship and let the [expletive] steer, then you're part of the problem." — Starlight
"I should’ve done a lot more stuff. Because there is nothing up there." — Starlight
"No one even bats an eyes when a man climbs the ladder." — Starlight
Personal and Quotes from Starlight’s Interactions
Starlight, with her quote: "It’s my body. I have the right to choose how much of it I show." | Source: facebook.com/TheBoysTV
"This was your dream. I never got a chance to choose my own dreams." — Starlight
“You mean [expletive] white people?” — Starlight
"You keep saying that, but I don't need you to save me." — Starlight
"I thought the drugs had [expletive] you up, Hughie, but this is you. This is all you." — Starlight
"Oh, gosh. Moms. The gift that keeps on giving, forever." — Starlight
"We're running lines, actually." — Starlight
Starlight and other characters, with her quote: "I should’ve done a lot more stuff. Because there is nothing up there." | Source: facebook.com/TheBoysTV
"You want points for not lying to me?" — Starlight
“I don’t know. I think you’re a good actor. I mean, I feel like a frickin’ fembot out there.” — Starlight
“It doesn't bother you that I could whip your [expletive] in bowling?” — Starlight
"You shot up an untested drug from Vaught. You could have gotten yourself killed?" — Starlight
"I'm not scared of you anymore. I'm not. I see who you are. I see how small you are." — Starlight
Starlight and another character, with her quote: "We’re all alone. That’s the truth." | Source: facebook.com/TheBoysTV
"I'm gonna save Huey, even if he doesn't want me to." — Starlight
“If Billy Butcher can do the right thing, then there’s got to be some kind of higher power.” — Starlight
"Alex said you were acting weird, and I've been calling you literally every five minutes so..." — Starlight
"It’s my body. I have the right to choose how much of it I show." — Starlight
"You see, what I...did...Well, part of me still can't believe I had it in me to do that, but there's no denying it happened. I did it. It was real." — Starlight
Starlight and other characters, with her quote: "Since when did 'hopeful' and 'naïve' become the same thing?" | Source: facebook.com/TheBoysTV
Usual tropes tumble over as the show's protagonist is the superpowerless Hughie Campbell, played by Jack Quaid. The series and comics swap many ideas and tropes around; it asks some hard questions about power and society.
"The Boys" is a show that asks: What would happen if superheroes existed? Would they use it to help humanity, utterly free of compensation? Or, would they become power-hungry and play into a system that many believe is already set up for commodifying your skill or talent, including superpowers?
The answer to these questions may not be black and white. If there were a worst-case scenario, the sociopathic and cruel antagonist Homelander character, played by Antony Starr in "The Boys," would be a perfect example. Read 39 of his quotes to disquiet your soul.