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    Billy Butcher

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    Not to be confused with Butcher Billy.

    For the spin-off comic miniseries of The Boys following the character, see Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker.

    Billy Butcher character

    Billy Butcher armed with a crowbar, as portrayed by Karl Urban in the television series .

    First appearance

    Comic series:

    #1 (October 2006)

    Television series:

    "The Name of the Game"

    Season 1×1 (July 2019)

    Last appearance #8 (December 2020)

    Created by Garth Ennis

    Darick Robertson Based on

    The Punisher (parody)

    by Gerry Conway Ross Andru John Romita Sr. (parody) by Garth Ennis

    Adapted by Eric Kripke

    Portrayed by Karl Urban

    Voiced by Jason Isaacs

    Kay Eluvian

    In-universe information

    Full name William J. Butcher

    Alias The Butcher Monsieur Charcutier British Guy The Guy The One in Charge Nickname Billy Gender Male Occupation Leader of The Boys

    CIA operative (formerly)

    SAS Special Forces (formerly)

    Weapon Compound V Crowbar Family

    Comic series:

    Sam Butcher (father)

    Connie Butcher (mother)

    Mother's Milk (surrogate brother)

    Janine Wallis (surrogate niece)

    Television series:

    Lenny Butcher (brother)

    Rachel Saunders (sister-in-law)

    Ryan Butcher (step-son)

    Judy Atkinson (aunt)

    Spouse Becky Saunders (comics)

    Becca Butcher (television)

    Significant others Susan L. Rayner (comics)

    Queen Maeve (television)

    Nationality British (English)


    Superhuman strength, speed, stamina, durability, smell, and hearing

    Poison and Toxin Immunity

    Regenerative Healing Factor


    Television series:

    Heat vision X-Ray vision Flight

    William J. "Billy" Butcher, or "Billy the Butcher", is a fictional character and antihero in the comic book and Amazon Prime series , created by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. He is the leader of The Boys, a group of CIA-sponsored vigilantes (consisting of Wee Hughie, Mother's Milk, Frenchie, and the Female) who employ murder, kidnapping, extortion, coercion, threats of violence, and torture against superheroes deemed as stepping out of line of government interests. He is the Homelander's archenemy, who he mistakenly blames for the rape and death of his wife Becky, while also developing an intense hatred for all superhuman beings, including himself. He is the final antagonist of the comic book series.

    Butcher is portrayed by Karl Urban in the Amazon Prime Video streaming adaptation, and voiced by Jason Isaacs and Kay Eluvian in animation.


    1 Appearances

    1.1 Comic book series

    1.1.1 and 1.1.2 1.1.3

    1.2 Television series

    1.2.1 (2019–present) Season One (2019) Season Two (2020)

    1.2.2 (2020) 1.2.3 (2020)

    1.2.4 (2022–present)

    2 Powers and abilities

    3 Development 4 Reception 5 References


    Comic book series[edit]

    and [edit]

    Main articles: The Boys (comics) and Herogasm

    As a boy growing up in London's East End, Butcher watched his father physically abuse his mother on a daily basis, developing an overwhelming hatred for the older Butcher and almost leading him to murder. His younger brother Lenny talked him down, but only because of the impact it would have on their mother. Butcher went on to serve in the Royal Marines and was wounded in the Falklands War. Following his deployment, Butcher became self-destructive, drinking excessively and assaulting friends and strangers for little reason (even being court-martialed at one point). This changed the day he met his future wife, Becky Saunders.[1] Following that, there was no record of any assaults; Mallory believes Becky's presence had a calming effect on Butcher. Conversely, the cause of Butcher's campaign against superheroes stems from the rage he felt after the rape and death of his wife at the hands of a "supe". Following a strange period of emotional distance between the two of them, Butcher awoke to find his wife disemboweled on their bed, with her prematurely born, superpowered child floating above her; after it attacked Butcher with its heat vision, Butcher beat it to death with a lampstand. The loss of his wife shattered Butcher's tranquility and re-awakened his old demons. After being taken into custody, he read Becky's diary (provided by Mallory) and discovered that his wife had apparently been raped by the world's premier superhero, The Homelander. After blinding a U.K. government official who threatened Butcher with incarceration if he did not go along with a cover story for Becky's death, Butcher was recruited to join Mallory in the enterprise that would later evolve into the Boys.

    According to #50: At the time of the Boys' original disbanding, taking place some months after the events of 9/11, Butcher had stated that he had been working for Mallory for 15 years. This indicates that he began around 1986. Butcher and Mallory operated as a pair for several years, until an operation against a high-profile target (Web-Weaver, hinted at being the Boys' incarnation of Spider-Man), resulted in increased support in the team. In #55, Mallory tells Wee Hughie that Butcher recruited Mother's Milk, and subsequently the Frenchman and the Female (most likely for their willingness to commit violent acts). As time passed, Butcher slowly began to take control of the group, gradually increasing the level of violence the Boys used against Supes, often manipulating events until lethal force was the only option.

    Source : en.wikipedia.org

    Billy Butcher

    A multi-billion dollar global industry supported by corporate lobbyists and politicians on both sides. But the main reason that you won't hear about it is 'cause the public don't want to know about it. See, people love that cozy feeling that Supes give them. Some golden cunt to swoop out of the...

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    Billy Butcher


    Billy Butcher

    Real Name

    William Butcher


    Billy Butcher The Butcher Monsieur Charcutier Motherfucker

    Lime Sucking Smart-Ass

    Cheap Bastard British Guy Real Smug Asshole

    The Strongest Bastard


    Human Supe (temporarily)





    Date of Birth



    Vigilante Leader of the Boys

    CIA Operative (formerly)

    SAS Special Forces (formerly)


    The Boys

    Federal Bureau of Superhuman Affairs

    CIA (formerly)

    Royal Marines (formerly)

    SAS Special Forces (formerly)


    Rebecca Saunders (wife)

    Sam Butcher (father)

    Connie Butcher (mother)

    Lenny Butcher (brother)

    Rachel Saunders (sister-in-law)

    Ryan Butcher (step-son)

    Judy Atkinson (aunt)



    Series Information


    1, 2, 3

    Episode count


    First seen Last seen

    Portrayed by

    Karl Urban

    Luca Villacis (teenager)

    Josh Zaharia (young Butcher)

    —Billy Butcher and Hughie Campbell[src]

    William "Billy" Butcher is one of the two main protagonists (alongside Hughie Campbell) of the Amazon series and the leader of the eponymous team of vigilantes who are bent on taking down Vought and the Seven by whatever means necessary.

    A former member of the British special forces turned vigilante, Billy Butcher is as charming as he is cunning. He's a force of nature, who can talk almost anyone into anything, either through a smile or brute force – or sometimes both. He's consumed by one mission in life: to destroy superheroes. But this personal vendetta is driven by his hatred for one Supe in particular: Homelander. Butcher's determined to get revenge on Homelander, no matter the cost, and he won't let anyone or anything stand in his way.

    Following the revelation that Becca is alive, Butcher faces a difficult decision when he must choose between searching for Becca or protecting the security of the Boys.

    He is portrayed by New Zealand actor Karl Urban as an adult, and by Luca Villacis as a teenager.

    Contents 1 The Boys Series 1.1 Season One

    1.1.1 Reuniting The Boys

    1.1.2 Hate for Homelander

    1.2 Butcher: A Short Film

    1.3 Season Two 1.3.1 Warm Welcome

    1.3.2 Easier Said Than Done

    1.3.3 A Deal's a Deal?

    1.3.4 Bittersweet Reunions

    1.3.5 Unlikely Ally 1.3.6 You Found Me

    1.3.7 The Enemy of my Enemy

    1.3.8 Rescuing Ryan 1.4 Season Three 1.4.1 Payback

    1.4.2 The Only Man In The Sky

    1.4.3 Barbary Coast

    1.4.4 Glorious Five Year Plan

    1.4.5 The Last Time to Look on This World of Lies

    1.4.6 Herogasm 2 Personality

    3 Powers and Abilities

    3.1 Powers 3.2 Abilities 4 Equipment 5 Relationships 5.1 Family 5.2 Allies 5.3 Enemies 5.4 Victims 6 Quotes 7 Trivia 8 Gallery 8.1 Promotional 8.2 Screencaps 8.3 Videos 9 References 10 Site Navigation


    Season One

    Reuniting The Boys

    Butcher's initial goal is to gather up The Boys and go after Vought International — most specifically, take down Homelander, whom he is under the impression killed his wife. In , Butcher approaches Hughie Campbell after the death of his girlfriend Robin Ward at the hands of A-Train. Billy asks for his help in securing a bug in Seven Tower, to which he obliges.

    After Translucent finds the bug and attacks Hughie, Butcher saves Hughie and kidnaps Translucent. With nowhere to go, he seeks out the help of old-friend Frenchie. Frenchie is at first angry that Butcher has come to him, however the two reconcile and end up figuring a way to kill Translucent; Hughie is the one who ends up pulling the trigger, however.

    Shortly after Translucent's death, Butcher approaches another old friend, Mother's Milk, asking him to join The Boys again. Mother's Milk initially refuses, however is convinced by Billy to come back. Not long after, in , The Boys find The Female in a basement, having been the subject of Compound V injections for a while. She is ultimately accepted into The Boys despite Butcher believing her to be initially dangerous.

    Hate for Homelander

    Billy's hate for Supes has been fueled by his personal hate for Homelander, leader of The Seven, following the alleged death of his wife Becca Butcher. Shortly after his wife's disappearance, Grace Mallory approached Butcher, showing him CCTV footage of his wife and Homelander together at Seven Tower. Billy believed that Homelander was the reason she disappeared, presuming that he killed her, fueling a personal vendetta that would last the next eight years.

    Source : the-boys.fandom.com

    'The Boys' Season 2: Comics Explain How Billy Butcher Can Beat Homelander

    Will The Boys finally use Compound V?


    'The Boys' Season 2: Comics Explain How Billy Butcher Can Beat Homelander

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    JEN GLENNON 8.21.2019 5:38 PM

    Amazon’s The Boys follows a group of vigilantes in their attempts attempt to bring down a team of corrupt, corporation-backed superheroes, or “Supes,” known as The Seven. It’s not exactly a fair fight, though the Boys manage to do pretty well in Season 1 despite some serious disadvantages. But in Season 2, our heroes could take advantage of a plot from the original comic series to really even the playing field.

    Warning! Possible spoilers for The Boys Season 2 ahead.

    In the comic series that inspired the show, the Boys inject themselves with a substance known as Compound V to give themselves Supe-level abilities. That hasn’t happened yet in the Amazon series, but a key divergence from the source material in the Season 1 finale has prompted fans to speculate that The Boys Season 2 could catch up with this specific comics plotline soon.


    In The Boys comics, Compound V was created by Nazi scientists back in the 1930s to give superheroes their unique abilities. Fast-forward to the present, and the company that created the substance, Vought Industries, is still around and thriving as an American defense contractor. Vought also happens to be an enormously influential global content producer, which bears more than a passing resemblance to Marvel.

    Jonah Vogelbaum, creator of Compound V in *The Boys.*Dynamite

    Vought wants the public to assume The Seven, the in-universe equivalent to the Avengers or the Justice League, were born with their dazzling, formidable powers. As it turns out, the corporation has been injecting babies with Compound V to turn them into Supes. More recently, they even started creating supervillains for The Seven to fight… all of which has resulted in hefty profits.

    Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) explains the immense power Vought has derived from Compound V to Hughie (Jack Quaid) in the first episode of the Amazon series. “A multibillion-dollar industry supported by corporate lobbyists and politicians on both sides. But the main reason you won’t hear about it is ‘cause the people don’t want to know about it. See, people love that cozy feeling that Supes give them. Some golden cunt to swoop out of the sky and save the day.“ Butcher adds that their job is to “spank the bastards when they get out of line.”


    On their first mission in the comics, Butcher injects Hughie with Compound V and then tells his latest recruit that the other members have already taken it. Hughie’s furious that he’s unwittingly become the thing he most hates, but eventually, he comes to accept it.

    Butcher injects Hughie with Compound V in *The Boys."Dynamite

    Butcher hasn’t been as freewheeling with the injections In Amazon’s adaptation thus far. In both the show and comics, his hatred of Supes stems from his belief that his Homelander raped his wife, Becca, leading to her death. In the comics, she stays dead, but in the show’s Season 1 finale, we learn that Butcher’s wife, Becca, is still alive, as is the child she conceived with Homelander.

    Ahead of Season 2, fans suspect Butcher’s desire for revenge against Homelander will be what motivates him to use Compound V on himself and his teammates. In a thread on The Boys subreddit, redditor u/minh1265 points out that Billy “got ‘saved’ by Homelander just to witness something else worse. I think this would be a turning point for Butcher to become more ruthless like his comics counterpart.”

    You gotta admit, that’s a pretty good reason.


    In a post-finale interview with Entertainment Weekly, showrunner Eric Kripke made it clear that Compound V will continue to be a major focus of the story in the show’s second season.

    “If it’s a secret, if it’s nothing the world knows about yet, then it becomes a secret that everyone will kill for, and it gives you an object that everybody wants, and it does all the great things a McGuffin does,” he explained.

    Elsewhere in the interview, Kripke also explained that his version of The Boys won’t delve into all the extraterrestrial and otherworldly “heroes” featured in the comics. Instead, his aim is keeping Vought and Compound V the central focus of the show.

    “To me, all the best science fiction, fantasy is 90 percent reality,” he elaborated. “The only magic that you’re allowed in the show is this vaccine called Compound V and it happens to give people unpredictable superheroes, and that’s all you get… Anything that comes out of this drug is viable, and anything that doesn’t we’re not allowed to do.”

    So clearly Compound V will pay an even bigger role in The Boys Season 2, which is already filming. The question is: Will Billy Butcher and the rest of his crew use the superhero steroid to even the playing field or will they stick to the tactics that have worked pretty well for them so far?

    Source : www.inverse.com

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