The Superman prototype of an American superhero is a concept that has long been very popular but as comics have gotten darker over the years, authors wanted to distort that prototype a little and the public seemed to like it. Image Comics’ Omni-Man, the protagonist of Supreme and Invincible, is one such example, while The Boys’ Homelander is another such example. In today’s article, you’re going to find out who the stronger of the two is!
Omni-Man would be able to defeat Homelander. The two are very similar and while Homelander might have a more diverse set of powers, Omni-Man has more experience battling tough opponents, he is physically imposing and absolutely ruthless, which is why he would be able to defeat Homelander in a fight.
Our comparison is going to be divided into three sections. The first is going to bring an overview of the two characters, after which we are going to compare their powers, including their signature weapons. Finally, we’re going to bring you a detailed analysis of the two characters to determine which one would win in a direct clash.
Omni-Man and his powers
After arriving on Earth, Omni-Man adopts the secret identity of writer Nolan Grayson. A young woman whose life he saved will become his wife, Debbie Grayson, with whom he will have a son Mark Grayson. He has long made governments and his family believe that he was sent by Viltrum to Earth to allow him to join the empire by protecting it and helping it to be as far forward as possible.
In reality, he was sent to destroy the Earth’s defenses in order to annex Earth to the Viltrum Empire. When his son Mark, aka Invincible, learns about it, he and Omni-Man fight, Invincible being unable to accept this. Omni-Man is even ready to kill his son but he gives up at the last moment and flees from the solar system which makes him a traitor to his people since he is the first to desert. Later, Mark Grayson is visited by an alien with the appearance of a blue insect who asks for his help.
Indeed, his planet is in great danger and Mark seems to be their only chance of survival. On this planet, Mark finds his father who has become ruler of this world. After a touching reunion, Invincible seems to forgive his father for his past acts and Omni-man explains to him how he became the master of this world: after leaving Earth, unable to return to Viltrum, Nolan set out in search of ‘a planet on which he could rebuild his life. Very quickly, he discovered this world populated by intelligent insects with technological development similar to humans.
Only, unlike humans, these creatures had a life expectancy of about 9 months. Also, the tradition wanted that the oldest among them take the place of chief. So it was very easy for Nolan to become the master of this planet due to his age. He also explains to Mark that he has rebuilt his life: he has a female, Andressa and a son. This child, half-Viltrumite, half-insect, therefore ages faster than a human, but will live longer. Finally, Nolan announces that he fears the arrival of the Viltrumites on the planet and that is why he called on Mark.
Shortly after, Viltrumites will arrive on the planet to exterminate its inhabitants. Mark and his father will be able to defeat them but they will be seriously injured. This is when the Viltrumite Empire will emerge, capturing Nolan and healing Mark so that he can continue his father’s original job of conquering Earth. Before being taken away, Nolan will tell Mark to read his books
Homelander and his powers
Homelander is a patriotic superhero who leads the superhero team Seven and is the most powerful superhuman ever created by Vought-American. The company spreads the cover story that Homelander is an alien who entered the US as an infant, like Superman, while he was actually grown in a secret laboratory from Storm’s genetic material and injected with Serum V when he was still a member of the Hitler Youth.
Homelander spent most of his youth with a hydrogen bomb chained to him in case he tried to escape. His mother was mentally retarded, died during childbirth. Homelander remains financially controlled by Vought-American, whose money funds the hedonistic lifestyle of the Seven. One day, Homelander tries to encourage other superheroes to do what they want, but backs off from his words out of fear of boss James Stillwell.
After Herogazma, Homelander decides to free himself and the superhero community from the control of Vought-American. Under his leadership, superheroes carry out a coup d’etat in the United States, attack the White House and kill everyone inside, including the vice president. During the ensuing confrontation between Homelander and Butcher, Black Noir arrives at the Oval Office, revealing that he is a clone of Homelander, created solely to kill and replace him if he ever starts to “play against the rules.”
Noir went mad because he was not allowed to kill Homelander, he committed the atrocities documented in the photographs, he raped Becky in order to play Butcher and Homelander and finally get permission to complete his task. Enraged, Butcher and Homelander put aside their differences and attacked Black Noir, but he simply tore Homelander apart. Before his death, Homelander managed to seriously injure his former teammate, after which Butcher finished off Noir with a tire iron.
Homelander has heat vision, super strength, tremendous stamina, can fly and has powerful vocal cords. Thanks to Serum V, he ages more slowly than normal people. Although it is mentioned that his name is John, there is no indication that he ever used a pseudonym or hid his identity. Superpowers and a sense of special purpose brought Homelander to delusions of grandeur. Filled with the idea that he can do whatever he wants, simply because he is him, Homeleader has committed many crimes against innocent people, did not even stop before rape and mass murder.
Comparing the powers of Omni-Man and Homelander
Our second section will contain a comparison of the two characters’ powers. It won’t be a direct comparison as much as a listing of their powers abilities, which is going to serve as a basis for our analysis in section three of our article. Now, let us begin.
Now, Omni-Man’s powers are relatively specific and while they are, as we are going to see here, similar to Homelander’s, they’re not completely identical. His powers include superhuman strength, superhuman speed, superhuman stamina, superhuman endurance, the ability of light and interstellar travel, enhanced lung capacity, nigh invulnerability, an enhanced healing factor, and decelerated aging. If we simply compare this to Homelander’s powers as we’ve listed them above, the lists seem to be very similar, but Homelander obviously has a more colorful plethora of powers and abilities.
Now, is this enough? In the course of Omni-Man’s adventures, the guy has proven himself to be able to fight enormously powerful opponents and he is, practically, able to defeat most of his enemies without much effort. He has fought aliens, he has fought other superheroes, humans and human weaponry. On the other hand, Homelander has only fought other superheroes, who are all weaker than him, and humans; his experience is not nearly as big as Omni-Man’s.
This brief analysis gave us a short insight into the balance of power between the two and prepares us for our verdict.
Omni-Man vs Homelander: Who would win?
And now for the most important and interesting section of our article – the analysis. Here, we are going to use what we have found out about these two characters and analyze how all these facts would (or would not) help them in a fight against each other. Let us continue.
This comparison’s actually a doozy. Omni-Man is not that similar to Homelander as one might wager, although they have a very similar, if not completely identical set of powers. But, whereas Omni-Man’s origins and physiology make him more similar to Superman, Homelander’s powers and abilities are more similar to the ones demonstrated by the Man of Steel.
Homelander is a very powerful character and he is the main source of trouble in The Boys, but his competition there isn’t all that grand, really. He never actually fought anyone near his level of power. On the other hand, Omni-Man has fought here and there, and he has so much experience that it’s actually incredible.
And that is where Omni-Man’s strengths lie – in his experience. Plus, Omni-Man still seems to be a bit more powerful than Homelander and taking his battle experience into consideration, as well as the sheer brutality with which Omni-Man approaches his enemies, we think that Homelander would ultimately fall to the Invincible’s hero-turned-villain.
Who’s worse, Omni-Man or Homelander?
In terms of their evil deeds, Omni-Man and Homelander are pretty much on the same level. Okay, Omni-Man has done far worse things and was brutal, but he also did help people, he repented, he was of use to society at one point. Homelander, on the other hand, while he did fight crime, did most of the things he did for his personal gain and the fame attached to being a superhero. This is why we’d rather have the ruthless Omni-Man protecting us than the falsely polite Homelander.