- For the Dynamite version of the character, see Billy Butcher/Comics.
- "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 sky and save the day so you don't got to do it yourself. But if you knew half the shit they get up to... ooh... fuckin' diabolical. But then... that's where I come in."
"Come in to... to do what?"
"Spank the bastards when they get out of line."
- —Billy Butcher and Hughie Campbell[src]
William "Billy" Butcher is one of the main characters in the Amazon series The Boys.
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.
- 1 The Boys Series
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- 4 Personality
- 5 Relationships
- 6 Quotes
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The Boys Series
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 The Name of the Game, 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 Female of the Species, 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.
Unbeknownst to Billy, Becca had been placed into witness protection by Vought International having been pregnant and given birth to Homelander's child — a child with enhanced abilities, including Homelander's heat vision. In You Found Me, Homelander takes Butcher to see Becca for the first time since her disappearance.
Following that confrontation, Billy awakens to find himself on the road outside a restaurant. He enters the restaurant and hurriedly scribbles as much information as he can remember about Becca's house on a restaurant place-mat. The live newscast on the tv awakens him to the reality that he is now believed to be the killer of Madelyn Stillwell, with a nationwide manhunt ongoing for him. Seeing that the waitress recognizes him from the TV, he hurriedly leaves the restaurant and breaks into a vehicle. After driving for some time, he arrives at the house of Jock, a former squad-mate from Butcher's time in the Corps of the British Royal Marines. After a brief greeting, the two drink and reminisce about good times. Billy shows a photo of his wife to Jock and requests help to gather intel from former intelligence contacts such as Higgins and Ezquerra. After a brief disagreement, Jock promises to do so. Later, Billy discovers Jock informing the authorities about his whereabouts. Billy confronts Jock, who reveals that he believes that Billy killed Stillwell and probably intends to kill his wife too. Billy denies it but Jock cites his background as sufficient proof. Billy then attacks Jock and the two get into a struggling match which ends with Billy strangling Jock to death. As sirens approach, Billy pours gas over Jocks body and lights his body aflame, leaving it to burn as he drives away. Later his phone begins to buzz with a call from Frenchie.
Butcher finally makes his way back to the Boys hideout. Hughie confronts him, enraged that Butcher abandoned them to die in pursuit of his vendetta against Homelander. But Butcher overlooks his anger and states regardless of how they all feel, The Boys need him as their leader. Butcher appears in Proper Preparation and Planning at Raynor's funeral, there he meets with Grace to try and get information about Becca. Grace denies his advances and threatens to turn him in for the murder of Madelyn Stillwell, however Butcher counters the threat by offering to help her figure out who killed Raynor. Once again, Grace reluctantly comes out of retirement to assist him. The Boys track the Supe-terrorist down to a costume shop where they figure out the terrorist is revealed to be Kimiko's brother. Butcher ignores the revelations and attempts to shoot the terrorist but Hughie intervenes, the terrorist turns around, incapacitates The Boys, and runs off with his sister. When the Boys recover, Butcher is the only one willing to peruse the two, while everyone else tries reason why he is so persistent to chase after them. Butcher reveals to them, that his wife Becca is still alive and his living in a secret gated community raising Homelander's son, and the terrorist is Butcher's "key" to finding Becca. After Kimiko apprehends her brother, Kenji, The Boys arrive and capture the terrorist. Butcher then punches Hughie in the jaw, warning him not to get in the way between him and Becca ever again, otherwise he'll kill him.
Easier Said Than Done
In Over the Hill with the Swords of a Thousand Men, Butcher steals a yacht and makes a deal with Mallory to transport Kenji to a rendezvous point, in return, Grace will give Butcher Becca's location. As the Boys transport Kenji, tension is still raw between Butcher and Hughie as Hughie punches Butcher for hitting him last time. Furthermore, when The Boys watch a news article about Compound V being exposed to the public, all the members except Butcher enthusiastically congratulate Hughie. Butcher then reminds them all that their work is not done and they must keep their eyes on the ball because "shit can go sideways just like that." Butcher's predictions come true, when The Boys are intercepted by a police helicopter telling them they're under arrest for stealing the yacht. Butcher attempts to reason with the helicopter, however Kenji breaks free from his restraints and attempts to attack Butcher and M.M. However Kenji is shoved by Kimiko and instead hits the helicopter with his telekinetic attack. With the helicopter down, Butcher reasons that they have to move now or else more will come. Hughie is reluctant, saying that the police officers could still be alive and they need to check the wreckage, but Butcher reasons the men are already dead and they will be too if they don't keep moving. Things only escalate when the yacht is attacked by The Deep, forcing The Boys to transport Kenji using a spare speedboat on the back. While racing to the shoreline, their path is blocked by a whale, so Butcher rams through it. Determined to stay moving, Butcher commands The Boys to improvise and escape through a nearby Storm drain. Hughie however is hesitant and in shock, but eventually follows behind. The Seven arrive, Homelander and Starlight corner Hughie. Butcher then distracts Homelander long enough for Kenji to round the corner and neutralize Homelander by burying him in rubble. The Boys fail to recover Kenji and transport him, as Kenji is killed by Stormfront.
A Deal's a Deal?
Butcher meets Grace at a memorial shrine for the 59 apartment tenants who were killed by Stormfront. She explains to Butcher that she has a reoccurring dream: She is on a stage at Carnegie Hall and everyone whoever got killed by a Supe is in the audience just staring at her. Butcher then apologizes for hitting a dead end on the investigation of Susan Raynor's death, but Grace only denies it that sorry isn't enough. Grace then gives Butcher information on an eye witness who knows about Liberty and tells him to give it to Mother's Milk. Grace stops Butcher and gives him Becca's location. Confused, Butcher asks why give it to him if he failed to deliver the terrorist. Mallory apologizes to Butcher, that she's sorry that she was the reason Butcher stopped searching for Becca by replacing it with a vendetta against Homelander. Furthermore, Grace expresses that she would like to have "one less audience member staring at her".
Butcher uses the information given to him to find the facility Becca is living in. Butcher climbs the fence and finds Becca. The two have sex and catch up on being separated for the last 8 years. Butcher reasons they have to escape and can uses a garbage truck for them to escape. When the day comes, Becca is reluctant to leave. She reasons that no matter what happens, Butcher will find someway to get rid of Ryan, "It won't be obvious and it won't be right way", but he'll find a way. Butcher tries to convince her he wants to help raise Ryan but Becca explains she already knows Butcher's true nature, that he was already broken before she ever entered his life. Becca's assumptions come to light, when Butcher admits to calling Ryan a supe-freak and that they should just hand him over to Vought so the two of them can escape and live in hiding. Becca refuses, stating she needs to be there for Ryan, otherwise Vought will only recreate Homelander. Butcher tries to plead with her, but Becca just gets into her car. Butcher attempts to stop her, but she activates an alarm and warns him to leave because every guard will arrive at his location in 60 seconds. Butcher leaves the compound disappointed at what his wife has become.
After Starlight gets her tracker chip removed, she is taken to The Boy's hideout, there she meets up with Butcher. Annie is still mad at Butcher for shooting her with a 50. caliber round, while Butcher is just dismisses her anger and focuses on the information at hand. The Boys investigate The Sage Grove Center, Butcher, Hughie and Starlight wait outside the facility to provide an escape for Frenchie, Mother's Milk, and Kimiko while they infiltrate the facility. Starlight makes an entrance while Butcher aims his rifle at her head, debating whether or not to shoot. He ultimately decides not to. When Starlight returns and offers Butcher a hand down, he refuses it. Infuriated by Butcher's distant attitude and repeated rude behavior, Annie confronts Butcher to the dismay of Hughie. She then incites the argument further by comparing Butcher to Homelander. Before the argument can can finish, they're interrupted by the arrival of Stormfront. Once Stormfront leaves, they order the other members to retreat. Unbeknownst to them, the other members have already been noticed, and a fight has broken out which leads to the patients escaping. One of the escaping patients meets Butcher and Starlight, and begs them not to hurt him. The two try to calm the man, but he releases an EMP shockwave knocking them both back and sending the van with Hughie inside, flipping. Butcher kills the patient, and the two rush to check on Hughie. Hughie seems fine until they notice him bleeding out from a piece of shrapnel in his stomach. Concerned for Hughie, Billy and Annie leave the facility to seek medical help for Hughie, leaving the others to fend for themselves.
Annie hitchhikes to stop a car and begs the driver to help them. The driver notices Butcher's gun and in turn, pulls out a gun and threatens all of them believing they're trying to rob him. Annie draws energy from the man's car and kills him with a blast of energy. They leave the man's body and drive off. Annie confesses that she has become desensitized to civilians getting hurt, earning Butcher's silent respect. The two successfully take Hughie to a hospital and watch over him. The two then bond over how much they know about Hughie, with them both thinking he's too good for them.
You Found Me
Butcher is called by one of the gang members, who informs him they have a visitor. Butcher goes up top to see that Becca has tracked him down. Billy embraces her and she tells him to help her because Homelander took Ryan. Billy and The Boys then plan out how they're going to take down each member of The Seven, should all of them arrive. However, behind Becca's back, Butcher arranges a secret meeting with Stan Edgar.
The Enemy of my Enemy
Butcher meets with Stan Edgar in a restaurant to discuss about Ryan. Butcher is first patted down and assured that there are snipers trained on him. Edgar offers him desserts but Butcher demands to get straight to business. Edgar then asks what he knows about Ryan. Butcher explains that he knows Ryan is Vought's contingency plan in case Homelander steps out of line and that "plan" will fail if Ryan bonds with Homelander. Butcher then offers his assistance in solving that problem.
Edgar asks why Butcher would think he would willfully betray his "friend". Butcher says he knows Edgar is ruthless because he knows Vought turns someone like Stormfront into one of America's most beloved Superheroes. Edgar justifies his actions as business progress because Stormfront helped improve their stock prices. Butcher then reminds Edgar that Stormfront should bother him, since he is a black man and Stormfront is a virulent racist and a literal Nazi; Edgar flatly admits that she does concern him, but says that she's still a useful tool, and that her ability to stoke fear is creating conditions ideal for his company's interests. Butcher then challenges Edgar by asking him how he could control Stormfront, however Edgar denies it.
Butcher then offers to get Ryan away from Homelander, then he'll call Vought and have them secure Ryan, in return, Vought will do a better job of hiding him. Edgar agrees and promises to relocate Becca and Ryan to a safe place, but Butcher refuses, saying Becca stays with him. Edgar explains Ryan needs his mother, to which Butcher tells Edgar to find a new one. Edgar then asks about if and when Becca tries to find her son. Butcher tells him to say to her that it is the only way to keep Ryan safe from Homelander. Butcher holds out his hand and makes a deal, for Vought to tell him where they are and that he'll secure the boy. Edgar agrees and shakes his hand.
The moment Homelander leaves the cabin to follow Frenchie's distraction, Billy and Becca move in to secure Ryan. They take him and escort him back to the hanger The Boys are hiding at. Billy then changes the plan and orders M.M to escort Becca and Ryan out of the fight before it happens. Becca refuses, asking him why the plan has to change. Billy reveals that he secretly made a deal with Stan Edgar to give up Ryan, and in exchange, him and Becca could live together again. Becca agrees and reluctantly leaves with M.M, however their car is intercepted by the arrival of Stormfront. Billy rushes to the car and helps them out. Billy orders M.M to stay behind with the rest of The Boys and distract Stormfront while he secretly escorts Becca and Ryan.
Stormfront tracks them down in the middle of the forest and demands they give her Ryan. Billy refuses, so Stormfront neutralizes him with her plasma lightning. Enraged when Becca stabs her eye, Stormfront holds Becca in a chokehold. Billy recovers and attempts to stop Stormfront by shooting her and hitting her head with a crowbar, but it doesn't even faze Stormfront as she continues to choke Becca. Ryan in a panicked state freaks out and uses his laser vision. When Butcher wakens from the attack, he notices a maimed Stormfront, Ryan crying while apologizing, and sees a mortally wounded Becca. Butcher rushes to Becca and holds down her neck wound, calling out for help but to no avail. Becca demands him to reassure Ryan that this was not his fault and to promise to keep Ryan safe before she closes her eyes and dies. Billy is distraught but intent on keeping his promise to his wife, so when Homelander arrives to take Ryan, Butcher refuses saying he promised Becca. He keeps Ryan in his protection and ends up giving him to Grace Mallory and the CIA, who will keep him somewhere safe.
- "All right, listen, I have worked for the Feds. I've worked for loads of people. I'm what you might call an independent contractor. You got a problem, you call me, I solve the problem."
- —Billy Butcher to Hughie Campbell[src]
Butcher is a former member of the SAS and he was trained by Colonel Grace Mallory.
- Master Combatant: Butcher is an extremely skilled fighter. (SAS training includes a mix of Boxing, Muay Thai, Judo, Krav Maga, and Aikido). He was able to fight Translucent long enough for Hughie to improvise a way to incapacitate him. He is very strong in combat, as he pummeled Mesmer in a bathroom and bashed his face in over a sink. He is also intelligent and adaptable, as he spit his own blood on Translucent so he could see him which allowed him to effectively fight back. Butcher was able to deck Hughie with a single punch and draw blood. He was able to hold his own against Jock, a former SAS member, managing to gain the upper hand and strangle him to death.
- Master Stick Fighter: One of Billy’s signature weapons is his lead crowbar. He used it against Translucent with deadly mastery.
- Expert Marksman: Butcher is a highly accurate marksman. He demonstrated tight grouping when he shot Starlight twice in the chest from a distance with his sniper rifle. He also held a baby supe with heat vision to fire at armed guards. He nearly shot Kenji Miyashiro with his rifle if not for Hughie's intervention, and he later quickly gunned down a Supe with his pistol.
- Gifted Intelligence: Butcher has been described by Homelander as "very smart." He hid Translucent's remains in a box composed of zinc, the only material Homelander cannot see through. He can also think of strategies on the spot, such as when he used a baby supe to cut through multiple armed guards.
- Expert Leader: Butcher is a good leader, having united The Boys and inspired them to achieve their goals of eliminating The Seven. He would often put an end to the bickering between Frenchie and Mother's Milk. Even after he disappeared at the hands of Homelander, Frenchie brought him back to continue leading the Boys, as he viewed him as "a real captain." He also compared Butcher to Hannibal, Lee Marvin, and Brian Epstein.
- Deception: Butcher was able to make a criminal think he was a police officer to gain entry into a club. He also convinced Mother's Milk to return to The Boys by lying about his association with Frenchie.
- Manipulation: Butcher was able to harness Hughie's desire for vengeance against A-Train and the Supes, which was one of the reasons that lead to Hughie killing Translucent. When Butcher wanted to go after Stillwell and Hughie wanted to split off to go help Frenchie and Mother's Milk, Butcher attempts to guilt trip him by saying, "You're a fucking pathetic cunt and an insult to Robin's memory."
- "Goes to show you, doesn't it? The bollocks people will believe if you get them scared enough."
- —Billy Butcher to Hughie Campbell[src]
- Intimidation: Butcher commands an imposing presence.
- Stealth: Butcher was able to break into Madam Deputy Director Susan Raynor's house, her workplace, Mother's Milk's office, Madelyn Stillwell's house, Grace Mallory's car, Becca's fence, and her car. He also managed to evade Homelander's line of sight.
- "Y-You are pretty darn impressive. I mean, especially for, you know, one of you. See, even now, most people standing where-where you are would be pissing their pants terrified, but you... uh, sure, y-your heart's pounding, but you're not afraid. It's anger. That's a new one for me."
- Indomitable Will: Butcher is an extremely determined man, never giving up on his mission to keep The Seven and all other Supes in line. He repeatedly stood up against extremely powerful beings, from Translucent to Homelander.
- Beretta 92FS Inox: Butcher used his sidearm to threaten Madelyn Stillwell. He later used it to kill an EMP Supe and tried to shoot Stormfront with it, to no avail.
- Colt M4A1: Butcher used a carbine to fend off a shiver of sharks attacking him and the Boys (that were under the command of The Deep).
- Serbu BFG-50A: Butcher's sniper rifle of choice is a is a semi-automatic .50-caliber rifle with a red laser sight. He loaded it with a diamond-coated round in an attempt to shoot Translucent to pierce his skin, but it ricocheted off. He later used it in an attempt to kill Starlight, shooting her twice in the chest, but to no avail due to her powers.
- Crowbar: Butcher used this weapon against Translucent, but failed to hit him due to his invisibility. Butcher also used his crowbar against Stormfront while her back was turned, choking Becca against a tree. Unfortunately, the blows from the crowbar had no effect against Stormfront.
Billy was once a caring, jovial guy, before his wife went missing. Afterwards he changed, with his soft, easy going personality becoming hard, distrustful, and vengeful, though Becca does say he's always been one bad day away from pounding someone to death in a parking lot. He isn't the type to beat around the bush- he is bold and direct, not afraid to do what it takes to avenge his wife. He also fearless, he has stood up to Homelander on multiple accounts, despite the fact that he could snap him like a toothpick. He is also fully willing to sacrifice himself to save others (mainly Becca or a member of The Boys).
The darker, more violent nature within him comes from his father, and the abuse he inflicted on him as a child trying to make him tough. However, while he uses it daily to get the job done, Butcher does hate that he is anything like his father.
Although Butcher is closed off emotionally, he does show some emotion to his teammates. He holds Mallory in high respect and considers MM a close friend, listening to him and even willing to put him in charge of watching out for Becca, the one thing that was most precious to him. Frenchie is also as like a friend, and with Hughie he has a genuine connection to him, seeing him like his brother Lenny and having him represent a good side in him. Although he hates the fact that they are Supes, and has tried to kill both of them, he eventually warms somewhat to having both Kimiko and Starlight as teammates, although more so Kimiko due to the other members of The Boys standing by her.
When Butcher is finally reunited with Becca, he is unable to accept her son, due to his connection to Homelander and the fact that he’s a Supe, he even makes a deal with Edgar to separate the two permanently so Billy can have Becca back. However, when he actually sees Becca with her son, Butcher is finally able to see him as more than just the son of his enemy and that he truly means the world to Becca. He then warns them of his double cross, and tells them to leave, although Becca refuses, Butcher tells her he couldn’t help her raise her son, he knows that he’s too much like his father, and would never want to be like that to Ryan. When Ryan accidentally kills Becca, she makes Butcher promise to protect him with her dying breath. However, Butcher is full of anger and pain and contemplates killing Ryan, but upon the arrival of Homelander, he fulfills his promise to Becca and protects the boy.
- "I'm sayin if there is some geezer up there with a big white beard, he's a world heavyweight cunt."
"I'm sorry did you just call God a C word?"
" Yeah, he's got a hard on for mass murder and giving kids cancer, and his whole solution to the existential clusterfuck that is humanity is to nail his own bleeding son to a plank. That is a cunt move, c'mon even you have got to agree with me on that one. We should lob a fucking nuke at him and get it over and done with, you know what I'm say'in?"
- —Billy calling God a cunt Good for the Soul
- "Where are you?"
"Really? Fuck'in magic that place. What'd you get?"
"-Shack Burger, cheese fries, cookie dough concrete."
"Sounds good. Does it taste like lies? I got your phone linked to my 'find your shithead friends app'. Now where the fuck are you? "
- —Billy catching M.M in a lie inThe Innocents
- "I’ll tell you what. When we’re all done here, I’ll buy you a nice, big, family size bottle of top-shelf lube and I’ll tickle your balls till you beg me to stop and even then I won’t. I just won’t do it."
- —Billy taunting Hughie Over the Hill with the Swords of a Thousand Men
- "What was I before you? Nothing."
- —Billy to Becca in Nothing Like It in the World
- Butcher is based on the Marvel Comics Vigilante Frank Castle/The Punisher, a character that series creator Garth Ennis famously recreated for a modern audience. Both were family men who become violent, unhinged vigilantes who allow their constant thirst for revenge to take them over completely. Both Billy Butcher and Frank Castle come from a past in the Marines and the CIA (Though Butcher was in the Royal Marines, not the US Marines) and both share a hatred of superheroes, and a joy of beating them. Both take a sadistic pleasure in dispatching their enemies in painful ways and both frequently use course language.
- Interestingly, the first Punisher comic ever written by Ennis was the non-canonical "The Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe", the plot of which, served as a prototype for what would eventually become The Boys decades later. (After Frank Castle's wife and children are killed in collateral damage from a fight involving The Avengers and The X-Men, Frank Castle resorts to hunting down all superheros with the help of his former CIA Colonel, Nick Fury.
- Butcher frequently speaks with expletives, including (but not limited to) "bollocks," "wanker," "shit," and more infamously, "cunt" and "fuck." For the duration of the first season, he says "cunt" roughly 19 times (an average of 2.38 times per episode) and "fuck" roughly 139 times (an average of 17.38 times per episode).
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|Billy Butcher • Mother's Milk • Frenchie • The Female • Hughie Campbell|