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The Boys Presents: Diabolical Episode 3 Scene That Went Too Far

Let's make one thing clear. If there's a line that some shows dare to cross, "The Boys" will most likely leap over it in a single bound while applying colorful language. It makes sense, then, that the new animated spin-off series set in that world — "The Boys Presents: Diabolical" — hops, skips, and jumps the same distance, while applying enough foul-mouthing to fill a decade's worth of swear jars, all wrapped up in a bag of blood and guts.

That being said, even in the new show's third episode, there's a moment that really sets the tone for what "The Boys" fans can expect with "Diabolical," while still managing to go that little bit extra in a wince-inducing fashion. In a moment that packs a very "Invincible" flavor, the finale to "I'm Your Pusher" is delivered in slow-motion, bone-splitting fashion, making enough of a literal impact to have other characters in the episode vomit profusely in response. 

To be honest, we can't blame them. Seeing The Great Wide Wonder (Michael Cera) have a close encounter with metal-bellied hero Ironcast is a gut-busting moment for all the wrong reasons. This isn't necessarily a critique. The scene definitely goes too far, but isn't that what you came for in the first place?

The Great Wide Wonder's final fight is a slow-motion monstrosity

Michael Cera's caped crimefighter and his ear drum-bursting victory lap is doomed before it even begins. Buzzed out of his mind on a concoction of Frenchie's creation, The Great Wide Wonder is tearing through the city, breaking the sound barrier and making no effort to apply the brakes. As a result, he makes no effort to look where he's going, either, resulting in a collision with Ironcast that is presented like a car crash. Seeing his grinning idiotic face wrapped around his own body as it first hits and then penetrates this metal man is an absurd bit of animation, and every bit as brutal as you're imagining if you haven't yet tuned in.

For any other show, that might be enough, but the GWW continues to skip across the sea like a pebble made of meat and gristle before splatting against the dock and a few nearby observers who probably didn't realize they'd inadvertently purchased the splash seats. Is it absolutely horrific? Certainly. Is it a dose of claret-covered hilarity? Yeah, kind of. But with characters like Billy Butcher and The Homelander standing by to watch, is it really that surprising?