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Is Billy Butcher a Super in season 4 of The Boys?



With the shocking reveal of season 4 episode 4 of The Boysyou may be wondering: Is Billy Butcher a Super?

Given that he spent most of his adult life hating Vought, the Seven, and anything Super-related, it’s rather ironic that Butcher died after diving in this world with temporary V (or Temp-V).

Now that he knows he only has months to live, he is more determined than ever to keep Ryan away from Homelander, intensifying his efforts in season 4 of The Boys.

But his journey seems to take a new turn in the latest episode, when the character makes a major revelation. Did Butcher go to the dark side by becoming a Super himself? Warning: this article contains spoilers from episode 4 of season 4 of The Boys !

Is Butcher a Super?

Butcher isn’t a Super…at least not really. In episode 4 of season 4 of The Boys, Butcher reveals to Hughie that he secretly injected himself with Compound V after discovering he was dying, but it wouldn’t have had the desired effect.

Butcher says all it did was accelerate his deterioration. However, earlier in the episode, he fights with Super Ezekiel after breaking into Firecracker’s trailer.

Butcher vs Ezekiel in episode 4 of season 4 of The Boys

The preacher from Samaritan’s Embrace (or Saintmaritan for tomorrow) uses his powers to wrap his arm around Butcher’s neck like a boa constrictor. For a moment, it looks like Butcher is going to die, but the screen goes black and we hear a scream.

When the scene returns, Butcher is alive while Ezekiel has been blown to pieces. As Butcher passed out, it is unconfirmed whether this was the result of powers unconsciously gained through Compound V or if another Super secretly saved him.

If it’s the former, maybe Butcher finally became a Super. Regardless, the serum hasn’t left him in great shape, with previous scenes showing a worm-like parasite writhing under his skin, notably causing Butcher to pass out while in the shower.

Why didn’t Compound V work?

Although the reason is unknown, Compound V does not work as well in adults. The results are often immediate and are much more likely to cause adverse effects, including death, which appears to be the cause of Butcher’s problems.

This is why Vought has always encouraged parents to use Compound V on their children. It works best on younger people and can take a long time, sometimes years, to take effect.

Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) with Compound V in The Boys

Ahead of the season 4 premiere of The Boysone of the main fan theories was that Butcher would save his own life by taking Compound V.

“He has to do it or the temporary V will kill him,” said a user on Reddit. “A-Train will probably defect and get him some.”

Another wrote, “This is the only way Butcher can overcome the side effects of Temporary V. Ironically, he has to fully commit to becoming a Super.”

“He’s already dying, so he really has nothing to lose unless this speeds up the process or, since we know you get the same powers, he’ll just be invulnerable forever now,” added a third.

It seems that the latter was right, as Butcher claimed that taking Compound V, which he stole from the vial that Frenchie obtained to restore Kimiko’s powers, only made it worse its state.

But if it really was Butcher who killed Ezekiel, it might have given him powers he’s not yet aware of.

We’ll be sure to keep this page updated as new details about Butcher’s Super status are revealed.

In the meantime, episodes 1 to 4 of season 4 of The Boys are available for streaming on Prime Video. Find out when to watch the next episode with our Season 4 release schedule. You can also learn more about the series, such as Soldier Boy’s potential return in Season 4 and what Sister Sage did to his brain .

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