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Why Kimiko's Name In The Boys Means More Than You Think

Spoilers for The Boys season 2 finale ahead!

Amazon's The Boys is filled with interesting characters with intriguing backstories. Amazingly, even with a literal evil Superman on the show, one of the most engaging characters is someone who hardly even speaks.

Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) is a mute Supe with super strength and regenerative healing abilities. The titular Boys rescue her after she's injected with Compound V by Vought International in an attempt to make superpowered terrorists for the United States to fight. While she's a feral force of nature in season 1, she develops a bit more depth in season 2 with a lot of directions her character could go in the future.

There's a lot to pick apart with Kimiko. The nature and extent of her true powers remains a bit of an enigma. Those skills apparently include the ability to come back to life per that insane fight in the finale. Her behaviors are also a bit confounding. We're still trying to figure out exactly why she laughed during a pivotal moment in the same final episode of season 2. Kimiko remains a mystery in many ways, but there's one hint about her true nature that could be hiding in plain sight. You may not have thought much about the meaning of her name, but it could hint at her lineage and what she could do in later seasons. 

Kimiko translates to 'child without equal'

The name Kimiko is derived from two Japanese words. The first, "Kimi," meaning "senior," "noble," or "empress." The second, "Ko," translates to "child." When combined, the definition of "Kimiko" is basically "child without equal." 

This name seems to hint at Kimiko's power level as a Supe, with her name referring to her incomparable stature. It would certainly be a bold claim to make considering Kimiko exists in the same universe as Homelander (Antony Starr), a Superman-esque being with super-strength, laser vision, and no known weaknesses. If we use her name as a jumping-off point, then it could suggest that Kimiko is the only being on the planet that could possibly take down Homelander. After all, we haven't seen those two characters go head-to-head yet, and it would be intriguing to see what the outcome of two unkillable forces coming into contact would be. 

We saw a different side of Kimiko during the season 2 finale. Stormfront (Aya Cash) literally snaps her neck, and she just reconfigures her neck back in place and immediately gets back to fighting. It's possible we haven't seen the true extent of her power, and with season 3 right around the corner, we may see an entirely new side of Kimiko emerge very soon. It's all right there in the name.