How Victoria Neuman Is Connected To [SPOILER] In The Boys

Of course, it’s the always-unlucky Hugh Campbell who first realizes Victoria Neuman is hiding a dark secret, and he has two clues to work with – “Nadia” and “Red River.” Thanks to some files swiped from Vought HQ by Starlight off-screen, Hughie discovers Victoria is an alias, and Nadia is the congresswoman’s real name. A video Hughie later discovers is labeled “Nadia N,” so we can perhaps guess “Neuman” is her actual surname. Red River, meanwhile, is a group home for children with super-powers. The Red River kids were mostly orphaned (Madelyn Stillwell’s son is a resident) or given away after their superpowers began showing, but through the two gory photos on her file, The Boys suggests Neuman popped her birth parents’ heads. Needless to say, the adoption rate at Red River isn’t fantastic.

“Nadia” grew up at Red River circa 1986, and made a best friend called Tony. Thanks to a “WANTED” poster spotted on MM’s immaculately organized investigation board, we know Tony went on to become a registered supe, and his conversation with Neuman confirms they grew apart in adulthood. After years without contact, seeing Congresswoman Neuman constantly pop up on TV prompted Tony to reach out.

Vought keeps Red River conspicuously close to its chest, with the building surrounded by a chain link fence and 24/7 security, but a few hits on the pause button confirms Madelyn Stillwell was a supervisor in the late 1990s. Because Tony begs Victoria Neuman to help him expose what happened” to him, Red River must also hide a darker secret than simply being a supe-child orphanage.

The Boys Season 3 Confirms Neuman Is Stan Edgar’s Adopted Daughter

The Boys season 3’s big revelation comes when Hughie opens a video file nabbed from Red River using one of those magic USBs that automatically downloads an entire hard drive in seconds. Victoria Neuman is Stan Edgar’s adopted daughter. After impressing at Red River, a pre-teen Neuman was approached by Edgar, who offered to care for her as a parent. He specifies this isn’t “technically” an adoption, but that’s only to avoid creating documental evidence linking them together. Edgar takes Neuman home and becomes her father like any other adoptive parent would. Since the video still uses the name “Nadia,” we can assume “Victoria” was an identity Edgar himself conjured up to hide his child’s true identity.

The relationship between Stan Edgar and Victoria Neuman is a complex one. On one hand, a genuine father-daughter affection exists between them. The Vought CEO reads stories to his granddaughter just as he read them to Nadia herself, he puts a reassuring arm around Neuman after the incident with Tony, and she responds with the kind of playful admiration you’d find in most healthy father-daughter relationships. Edgar didn’t adopt Nadia as a mere tool – she truly became his child. Having said that, Edgar absolutely holds an ulterior motive in adopting a child from Red River. He provided the loving family environment Nadia always wanted, but what did he gain in return?

Stan Edgar adopting Victoria Neuman might confirm the dark Red River secret Tony hinted at. In Nadia’s adoption video, the unseen doctor tells the child, “You’ve made so much progress, and that’s why you’re here.” This line implies Red River trained and honed the abilities of dangerous young Compound-V subjects, allowing Vought’s chief to pick out the child most useful for his grand design.

Was Neuman Always Working For Vought?

Short answer, yes. Longer answer, Neuman’s allegiance lies specifically with Stan Edgar rather than Vought as a company. We can assume Edgar set his daughter on the political path (the cost of getting adopted, maybe), and has been exploiting her congressional clout for Vought’s benefit since the very beginning. Neuman’s anti-supe political stance was likely intended to deflect suspicion – a tactic so successful even Billy Butcher got caught with his pants down. Stan Edgar likely ordered Neuman to kill Susan Raynor when her investigation into Vought started digging up juicy info, and Adana because of his damaging intelligence on all the supes who were once Church of the Collective members (it was Adana’s files that exposed Stormfront’s Nazism, after all). The bloody congress hearing, meanwhile, was halted before any serious damage to Vought could be done, but without tarnishing Victoria Neuman’s reputation as a brave anti-supe campaigner.

Neuman’s rise to the FBSA would’ve been music to Stan Edgar’s ears. The connection allowed Vought to exonerate their more valuable employees by sacrificing small fry. As an example, Termite walks free after detonating another man’s urethra in exchange for Cold Snap, Stacker and Airburst, who Vought probably couldn’t care less about. Neuman plays this off as Butcher’s fault, when she’s actually doing her daddy’s bidding. As an added bonus, Neuman’s FBSA gig effectively meant Stan Edgar keeping Billy Butcher leashed for an entire year.

What Is Stan Edgar’s Plan For Victoria Neuman?

Adopting a child just to have a loyal political pawn seems rather extreme when Vought can (and probably does) bribe a few congress members with cold hard cash. Also, Neuman’s campaigning surely caused Vought some PR headaches – was it worth the hassle? Moreover, The Boys season 3 implies no one at Vought knows the truth about Victoria Neuman but Stan Edgar himself. None of the Seven know, Ashley remains in the dark, and if Madelyn Stillwell did know then she doesn’t any more.

All signs suggest Stan has a larger design for Neuman known only to themselves, but a potential clue might lie in The Boys season 3’s premiere. Edgar tells Robert Singer how he intends Vought to leave the superhero business altogether, and focus on pharma and defense instead. This seems like an unattainable goal, but maybe having a secret daughter in congress might help grease those wheels. If Neuman can get V-24 approved for military use, Vought will have more money than Gunpowder does firearms, and the need for overgrown imbeciles like Homelander would be over. That’d certainly explain why Edgar is happy enough for Victoria to publicly discredit his superheroes.

Looking further ahead, it seems only natural that if Edgar adopted a child to make them a politician, he probably expects said child to become president eventually. When offering Starlight co-captaincy of the Seven in The Boys season 3, Edgar explains how real power isn’t superhuman abilities, but the means to influence others. What greater influence could he have than President Victoria Neuman in the Oval Office doing her dad’s bidding?

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Of course, it’s the always-unlucky Hugh Campbell who first realizes Victoria Neuman is hiding a dark secret, and he has two clues to work with – “Nadia” and “Red River.” Thanks to some files swiped from Vought HQ by Starlight off-screen, Hughie discovers Victoria is an alias, and Nadia is the congresswoman’s real name. A video Hughie later discovers is labeled “Nadia N,” so we can perhaps guess “Neuman” is her actual surname. Red River, meanwhile, is a group home for children with super-powers. The Red River kids were mostly orphaned (Madelyn Stillwell’s son is a resident) or given away after their superpowers began showing, but through the two gory photos on her file, The Boys suggests Neuman popped her birth parents’ heads. Needless to say, the adoption rate at Red River isn’t fantastic.

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“Nadia” grew up at Red River circa 1986, and made a best friend called Tony. Thanks to a “WANTED” poster spotted on MM’s immaculately organized investigation board, we know Tony went on to become a registered supe, and his conversation with Neuman confirms they grew apart in adulthood. After years without contact, seeing Congresswoman Neuman constantly pop up on TV prompted Tony to reach out.
Vought keeps Red River conspicuously close to its chest, with the building surrounded by a chain link fence and 24/7 security, but a few hits on the pause button confirms Madelyn Stillwell was a supervisor in the late 1990s. Because Tony begs Victoria Neuman to help him expose “what happened” to him, Red River must also hide a darker secret than simply being a supe-child orphanage.

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The Boys Season 3 Confirms Neuman Is Stan Edgar’s Adopted Daughter

The Boys season 3’s big revelation comes when Hughie opens a video file nabbed from Red River using one of those magic USBs that automatically downloads an entire hard drive in seconds. Victoria Neuman is Stan Edgar’s adopted daughter. After impressing at Red River, a pre-teen Neuman was approached by Edgar, who offered to care for her as a parent. He specifies this isn’t “technically” an adoption, but that’s only to avoid creating documental evidence linking them together. Edgar takes Neuman home and becomes her father like any other adoptive parent would. Since the video still uses the name “Nadia,” we can assume “Victoria” was an identity Edgar himself conjured up to hide his child’s true identity.

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The relationship between Stan Edgar and Victoria Neuman is a complex one. On one hand, a genuine father-daughter affection exists between them. The Vought CEO reads stories to his granddaughter just as he read them to Nadia herself, he puts a reassuring arm around Neuman after the incident with Tony, and she responds with the kind of playful admiration you’d find in most healthy father-daughter relationships. Edgar didn’t adopt Nadia as a mere tool – she truly became his child. Having said that, Edgar absolutely holds an ulterior motive in adopting a child from Red River. He provided the loving family environment Nadia always wanted, but what did he gain in return?
Stan Edgar adopting Victoria Neuman might confirm the dark Red River secret Tony hinted at. In Nadia’s adoption video, the unseen doctor tells the child, “You’ve made so much progress, and that’s why you’re here.” This line implies Red River trained and honed the abilities of dangerous young Compound-V subjects, allowing Vought’s chief to pick out the child most useful for his grand design.

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Was Neuman Always Working For Vought?

Short answer, yes. Longer answer, Neuman’s allegiance lies specifically with Stan Edgar rather than Vought as a company. We can assume Edgar set his daughter on the political path (the cost of getting adopted, maybe), and has been exploiting her congressional clout for Vought’s benefit since the very beginning. Neuman’s anti-supe political stance was likely intended to deflect suspicion – a tactic so successful even Billy Butcher got caught with his pants down. Stan Edgar likely ordered Neuman to kill Susan Raynor when her investigation into Vought started digging up juicy info, and Adana because of his damaging intelligence on all the supes who were once Church of the Collective members (it was Adana’s files that exposed Stormfront’s Nazism, after all). The bloody congress hearing, meanwhile, was halted before any serious damage to Vought could be done, but without tarnishing Victoria Neuman’s reputation as a brave anti-supe campaigner.

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Neuman’s rise to the FBSA would’ve been music to Stan Edgar’s ears. The connection allowed Vought to exonerate their more valuable employees by sacrificing small fry. As an example, Termite walks free after detonating another man’s urethra in exchange for Cold Snap, Stacker and Airburst, who Vought probably couldn’t care less about. Neuman plays this off as Butcher’s fault, when she’s actually doing her daddy’s bidding. As an added bonus, Neuman’s FBSA gig effectively meant Stan Edgar keeping Billy Butcher leashed for an entire year.
What Is Stan Edgar’s Plan For Victoria Neuman?

Adopting a child just to have a loyal political pawn seems rather extreme when Vought can (and probably does) bribe a few congress members with cold hard cash. Also, Neuman’s campaigning surely caused Vought some PR headaches – was it worth the hassle? Moreover, The Boys season 3 implies no one at Vought knows the truth about Victoria Neuman but Stan Edgar himself. None of the Seven know, Ashley remains in the dark, and if Madelyn Stillwell did know then she doesn’t any more.

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All signs suggest Stan has a larger design for Neuman known only to themselves, but a potential clue might lie in The Boys season 3’s premiere. Edgar tells Robert Singer how he intends Vought to leave the superhero business altogether, and focus on pharma and defense instead. This seems like an unattainable goal, but maybe having a secret daughter in congress might help grease those wheels. If Neuman can get V-24 approved for military use, Vought will have more money than Gunpowder does firearms, and the need for overgrown imbeciles like Homelander would be over. That’d certainly explain why Edgar is happy enough for Victoria to publicly discredit his superheroes.
Looking further ahead, it seems only natural that if Edgar adopted a child to make them a politician, he probably expects said child to become president eventually. When offering Starlight co-captaincy of the Seven in The Boys season 3, Edgar explains how real power isn’t superhuman abilities, but the means to influence others. What greater influence could he have than President Victoria Neuman in the Oval Office doing her dad’s bidding?

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