This Fan Theory Argues Butcher Might Be the True Villain on The Boys

This Fan Theory Argues Butcher Might Be the True Villain on The Boys
Following the (literally) explosive finale of season two of Amazon Prime’s The Boys, the internet is running wild with questions and theories about how some of the show’s revelations will impact the upcoming third season. One such theory revolves around Billy Butcher, played on the show by Karl Urban.

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While the show seems to be heavily hinting that Homelander will end up being one of the major villains of the show, some fans are predicting that Butcher will be the bad guy. And while that might sound like an even bigger twist than Stormfront being revealed to be an ageless Nazi, it actually hews pretty closely to how things go in the source graphic novel.

A new video on the Heavy Spoilers YouTube channel explains how season three of The Boys may end up adapting a storyline from near the end of the comics’ run, in which Butcher revealed he had been planning all along to kill every supe in the world, resulting in a bloody showdown with Hughie.

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The video points out that there are plenty of parallels in how Butcher is depicted in the show which track with the canon of the comics, suggesting that he will follow a similar arc in future seasons of the show. Firstly, there are the character’s origins as the child of a violent home, who grew up loathing his abusive father but ultimately ended repeating much of the same aggressive behavior.

Then there’s the way Butcher brings Hughie into the Boys, knowing that he can be trusted to rein in Butcher’s worst impulses and stop him from going too far. This is an important element in how both characters’ stories play out in the comics, and Hughie’s similarities to Butcher’s brother Lenny make their final confrontation all the more resoundingly tragic. And, of course, there’s the fact that supes are responsible for the death of Butcher’s wife, Becca.


Philip Ellis is a freelance writer and journalist from the United Kingdom covering pop culture, relationships and LGBTQ+ issues.

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