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- NOTE: This article is only for the original version of Billy Butcher. To see the article for the TV version of him, go to Billy Butcher (TV Series).
|“||You know... I'm always tellin' people not to make a song an' dance at times like this. But here we are after all these f-ckin' years. The way I see it, there might be enough of this shit still workin' that you're holdin' onto one or two memories. And if I'm lucky, this bit... This bit right f-cking here... This is the night you done what you done to my Becky.||„|
|~ Billy killing Black Noir for what he did to Becky, getting his revenge for her death.|
William "Billy" Butcher is the deuteragonist-turned-final antagonist of the controversial comic book series The Boys and posthmous protagonist in its sequel-spin-off The Boys: Dear Becky. He is the snarky and charismatic leader of The Boys and the archenemy of Homelander.
Billy Butcher was a ruthless CIA agent. Since the death of his wife, he has a strong hatred for superheroes. One of them raped her, and months later the fetus tore her belly. He attacked the Butcher, leaving a permanent scar on his shoulder through a laser. With no other choice, Billy beat him to death with a candlestick.
Because of this horrible event, the Butcher created a group called The Boys to control superheroes by blackmailing or beating them. For their last formation, Butcher recruited Wee Hughie after his girlfriend died of hurried injuries by A-Train.
When his teammate Mother's Milk found out about this, he fought him, trying to stop him. The Butcher finally ended the fight, putting a grenade in his mouth. Because of his powers, he survived the explosion but was seriously wounded. Then he finished him, covering his mouth and nose, choking him.
Then Billy planted a bomb in their base. When the Frenchman and The Female discovered the bomb, it was too late to defuse it, and then the bomb exploded, killing them both.
After killing his friends, Billy fought his last surviving team member, Wee Hughie, at the top of the Empire State Building. During the fight they fell to a lower platform; The butcher broke his neck and was paralyzed by falling. Instead of being imprisoned as a paraplegic, he persuaded Hughie to finish him off, falsely claiming that he had already killed his family. Enraged, Hughie drove a metal spike into his chest, killing him.
Billy is a rather gruff, striking and charming man of tall stature and toned physique who also looks rather unkempt. His hair is that of a thick, black greasy tuft on his head and he also has a prominent beard. Billy is usually seen wearing a dusty and battered black trenchcoat usually paired with some kind of patterned shirt. He also wears dark trousers and shoes and is often depicted carrying weapons such as crowbars and baseball bats.
Billy is a fairly stoic, calm but also arrogant and ruthless man who is easily characterized by his immensely charismatic and persuasive nature. He is reasonably friendly to those around him especially with Hughie who he treats as a younger brother figure of sorts, however he does often push his allies to their boiling points however due to his sheer determination and eagerness to achieve whatever goal he sets out to perform.
- Main article: Billy Butcher (TV Series)
- Billy and the characters from The Boys had their first volume be part of DC Comics until the rights were reverted.
- He is somewhat a parody of Frank Castle from Marvel’s The Punisher.