'The Boys' Showrunner Wants Jamie The Supe-Hamster To Make A Comebacks

'The Boys' Showrunner Wants Jamie The Supe-Hamster To Make A Comeback

While the origin story of the furred animal in the show is different from that of the comics, there is still an opportunity to bring the character back.

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If people were surprised by the hamster's appearance in The Boys, they have more reason to be surprised now. Showrunner Eric Kripke said that he would love to get the hamster back, ComicBook.com reports.

The show generally sticks to the source material even when some of the storylines push the maturity ratings. So it isn’t all that absurd that the showrunner wants to bring back Jamie the Supe-Hamster. "I would love to get this hamster back. Jamie is actually from the comics and so it was a bit of a cameo, an actually beloved character," Kripke said in a recent stop with TVLine. "And if I can figure out a way to get that hamster from Russia to the United States, I would love to have that character [back]." 


The character first appeared in Season 3, Episode 4, "Glorious Five Year Plan,” when the Boys went into a Russian laboratory to get more information on a weapon that might be capable of destroying Homelander and also to look for Soldier Boy (Jensen Ackles). It is there where they stumble upon a hamster in the containment region. The label on the cage identifies the hamster as Jamie. Funnily, the hamster showcases its extraordinariness by revealing it has super speed and begins bouncing off the walls of its habitat. The furred animal also saves the Boys from a soldier by breaking out of the cage and killing them. 


Kripke speaks of the process to bring Jamie in the show. He says, "He's actually fairly present in the books. He's a solid supporting character. So when we were breaking the story in the Russian lab [for the show] and there's a lot of creepy Compound V testing on Soldier Boy, [we thought,] what other testing would they have been doing?" He adds, "It started to make sense that there would be hamsters in there, and we all just at once said, 'Oh my God! It could be Jamie. We can finally bring in Jamie!'"


In the comics written by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, the hamster was originally owned by Blarney Cock, a member of the superhero group, Teenage Kix Comic Book Resources writes. Blarney named the hamster Herbie and inserted him in one of his bodily orifices (very R-rated, yes). Later, Hughie Campbell killed Blarney Cock and adopted his hamster, naming him Jamie. Even though Cock resurrected himself and attempted to steal the hamster back, he was unable to do so. 


There was a similar storyline with a dog, Terror, who Billy Butcher uses on multiple people and animals. While Terror did make an appearance in the second season when Butcher drops off the dog at his Aunt Judy’s place, he doesn’t have much of a role otherwise. Showrunner Kripke has attributed this omission to the fact that dogs are difficult to work with while filming. 

The Boys Seasons 1, 2 and 3 are now streaming on Amazon PrimeVideo.