BOY’D was a character developed in the early decades of the new millennium as part of a campaign to challenge teenagers to push their bodies in regards to fitness, technology, lifespan, self-esteem, and multi-tasking.
A small studio found the actor Casper Sondar, an insolent, bumbling homeless man fired from his previous position.
As he was also rather beautiful, they used him to manufacture a cult celebrity — BOY’D. The character’s early incarnation is credited to two writers — Beof Lobe and Dez Arman.
There was only the initial pilot episode (aired July 4, 2018) “You Must Tilt the Earth for a New Perspective,” which immediately captured a following of fans.
The pilot spawned a group of books, video games, online parodies, and websites.
The actor who played BOY’D went missing after the airing of the pilot episode, even though the scripts for the first six episodes were already written.
Reports speculated that he had killed himself, left the country, or was imprisoned without proper identification.
The character’s name is now used as a catch phrase for someone who has experienced either drastic weight loss or an extreme makeover, or in order to compliment a designer product, e.g. “David just pulled a BOY’D; now he thinks he’s somebody.”
The phrase is derived from the fact that BOY’D was initially a piece of fan fiction inspired by Changelings and the Betazoid, a species popularized through Star Trek.
BOY’D had the ability to exist in a variety of states that included: a group of athletes, an international spy, a gentleman of distorted perception, the first person carrying and infectious disease, and a strong-willed female.
The first episode only exhibited two of these states.
Recently a competition was held at a convention center in an attempt to revitalize the BOY’D series.
It resulted in ten finalists.
The winners are yet to be determined.