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->''"Ahhh... fresh meat!"''
-->-- '''The Butcher''', ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}''

Want to make sure everyone knows exactly how bad your badass is? Or how crazy your AxCrazy gets? Add "The Butcher" onto his name. Butchers hack up meat all day and are always surrounded by blood and gore, so they must be [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast violent, scary people]], right? You'll certainly never see "The Baker" or "The Candlestick Maker" used this way, we guarantee.

Although the nickname can sound impressive, it's almost never intended to be a compliment in real life. The title is most often slapped on {{Serial Killer}}s and military leaders who are accused of war-time atrocities. "To butcher" something can also mean to do a hack job of it, so the title can sometimes be a StealthInsult. Due to the many negative connotations of the word, it's no surprise that many butchers prefer to go by "meat cutter."

The stigma against butchery is largely unfair to professional meat cutters, who usually don't slaughter anything to begin. Their job tends to consider of chopping large hunks of meat (sometimes directly from animal carcasses) into smaller cuts of meat, with an emphasis on precise knife strokes and good presentation.

SubTrope of TheMagnificent, and of NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast. Compare RedBaron.


!!Fictional examples used straight

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has a serial killer named Barry whose actual job is that of a butcher. When introducing himself to Al at one point, he notes one of his nicknames was "Barry the Butcher", but adds that he much preferred the name he usually goes by: Barry the Chopper.
* Daryl the Mincer, a minor side character in ''Manga/{{Jackals}}''. Not exactly right, but the spirit is there - and he gets bonus points for using a butcher knife.
* In the manga ''Manga/MercenaryPierre'', Pierre is known as "The Butcher" for having murdered the commander he worked under; While most know him only as the illegitimate son of the famed Armand de la Flute, he's notorious throughout the mercenary world for having committed such a grave act.
* The main character of ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', Kenshin Himura, is also known as the Hitokiri Battousai, or "the Manslayer." Being TheAtoner of a violent past as an assassin, Kenshin both subverts this as a peaceful man who adheres to ThouShaltNotKill (going so far as to use a reverse-bladed sword to knock opponents out), and plays it straight when an enemy pushes him far enough that his [[SuperpoweredEvilSide murderous golden-eyed "Battousai" side]] kicks in.
* The main villain from the '70s SuperRobot anime ''Anime/{{Zambot 3}}'' is called "[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Killer the Butcher]]" -- as if just "butcher" wasn't evil enough.
* The KoreanWebtoon ''Hello Hellper'' takes place in Hell and has a loan shark who's dressed like a butcher. He kills anyone who can't repay his loan, his weapon is a Type III BladeBelowTheShoulder that nearly kills a GrimReaper, his cause of death is listed as "slaughter", and there is some indication that when he died no one mourned him.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Remi Rome from ''ComicBook/OneHundredBullets'' who is also works at a meat packing factory.
* [[ComicBook/ChickTracts Jack Chick]] uses this, with the title character in [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0013/0013_01.asp "Gomez Is Coming"]]. "Hey, Ricky! Guess how Gomez got named, 'The Butcher.' Because he LOVES to slowly torture his victims until they die!"
** "[[http://www.enterthejabberwock.com/?p=384 You know]], [[SarcasmMode just like a butcher does]]."
* Franchise/TheDCU:
** There is a minor AntiHero, created during the 90s DorkAge, called the Butcher.
** The Rage Entity is also named Butcher. As if being the giant bull-like embodiment of UnstoppableRage wasn't obvious enough.
* Billy Butcher, who almost everyone just calls "Butcher", of ''Comicbook/TheBoys''. He's a violent, scheming, manipulative bastard, and he's one of the good guys... for a very limited definition of "good".
* Subverted in ''ComicBook/HackSlash''. Vlad is a hideously deformed hulk of a man who was raised in a basement by The Butcher... who was an actual butcher, and a very kind man who did his best to help Vlad overcome his deformities and pass on his trade.
** After the butcher died, Vlad was forced go out at night and hunt rats with his huge knife so he could eat. Those who saw him called him "the Meat Man" and blamed him for a string of grisly murders.
* A squad of airmen in ''ComicBook/{{Arrowsmith}}'' earns the nickname "Butchers of Holbrück."
* In Marvel's Transformers comics, more specifically mentioned in their 'Universe' personnel files, ít is said Seacon leader Snaptrap earned the moniker 'The Butcher of the Bogs' by singlehandedly massacring a regiment of Autobots in the Toxic Sludge Swamps.
* Taken to a whole new level by a [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] villain going by "Gorr the [[KillTheGod God Butcher]]". That's not an exaggeration, it's exactly what he does - brutally slaughtering gods.
** It wasn't actually taken to ''new'' levels, given that he was preceded by Desak the God-Slayer who did pretty much the exact same thing for the exact same reason. But, admittedly, Desak did not butcher gods... he slew them. With an axe, usually.
* Victor Zsasz of Batman is sometimes known as The Butcher. He's an AxCrazy [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] KnifeNut SerialKiller who (according to the ''[[VideoGames/BatmanArkhamSeries Batman: Arkham video games]]'', anyway) occasionally mutilates his victims in addition to killing them.
* ''ComicBook/AtomicRobo'' volume 9 features "Butcher" Caldwell - as Doc Holiday puts it, he didn't get the name because of his charm.
* Sith scientist Vul Isen from ''[[Franchise/StarWarsLegends Star Wars]] ComicBook/{{Legacy}}'' is nicknamed “the Butcher of Dac” after creating a toxin that successfully wipes out 80% of all life on the Mon Calamari homeworld, Dac.
* A less evil version of this trope appears in Markosia Comics ''Slaughterman's Creed'', which involves a mentally-challenged slaughterman who works as an inter-generational executioner for a crime family until he was tasked with killing a pregnant woman.
* The picture in the thumbnail, is Zanipolo Joyce aka "Butcher" Joyce from ''ComicBook/TheDarkness''. Butcher Joyce is a friend of Jackie's and a cleaner for the mob, who's there to chop up bodies and make the evidence go away.

* ''[[FanFic/DungeonKeeperAmi DKA]]'' features Mukrezar, Ami's foil; who was likely called this before the terror associated with his name reached critical levels. Afterwards, where most Keepers are adressed with their full titles (like 'Keeper Morrigan' and 'Keeper Alphel') Mukrezar is simply [[TheDreaded Mukrezar]].
* Tyrin Lieph, the VillainProtagonist of the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' fanfic ''The Council Era'', has received a reputation as The Butcher from his detractors due to the mass-murdering of the dezban race and the mass-suicides of the manaban race that he directly caused.
* In ''Fanfic/{{Dauntless}}'' Lelouch has the unfortunate nickname "Butcher of Area Eighteen" after unknowingly killing several hundred civilians hiding in a military fortress. Schneizel kept the name out of the Britannian media to maintain his image as a war hero.
** Lelouch ultimately exploits this reputation to lure out Kenshiki by [[spoiler:staging the faked execution of their families]].

* Boris the Butcher from the film ''Film/TheManWhoKnewTooLittle'' is something of a parody. He's certainly a brutal and ruthless ProfessionalKiller (we're told that he once decapitated a man). He's also a literal butcher as his day job, and much prefers running his little butcher's shop with his wife to moonlighting as a hitman.
* In the film version of ''Film/{{Wanted}}'', the Butcher is a brutal knife fighter.
* In ''Film/{{Delicatessen}}'', the main antagonist Clapet has an apartment building and runs a butcher shop on the ground floor. He lures unemployed people into working for him, and then murders and butchers them in order to [[ImAHumanitarian feed himself and his tenants]]. The protagonist, Louison, is one such unsuspecting victim.
* In ''Film/WildWildWest'' (1999), General "Bloodbath" [=McGrath=] is also known as "The Butcher of New Liberty", for the annihilation of a free slave town [[spoiler:that he didn't actually commit]].
* Bill "The Butcher" Cutting, the MagnificentBastard extraordinaire from ''Film/GangsOfNewYork''. Bill runs his gang from his butcher shop and uses his skill with knives to his advantage in gang rumbles. He even tutors the art of knife-fighting using a suspended pig carcass.
* In ''Film/{{Hitch}}'', the ancestor of a main character is called "The Butcher" for the usual reason. Hitch thought he was just an ordinary butcher and is distressed when the descendant bursts into tears at the mention of his name.
* The film ''Film/{{Necronomicon}}'' (which tries to be an {{anthology}} of Creator/HPLovecraft stuff but [[InNameOnly has very little to do]] with anything he wrote) has an episode that starts with cops tracking a SerialKiller called the Butcher, but then the story gets hijacked by [[FaceFullOfAlienWingWong pro-life aliens]]. Apparently, the story was meant to be an adaptation of ''Literature/TheWhispererInDarkness''.
* Played with in conversation and ultimately [[DefiedTrope defied]] in the film ''Film/{{Tigerland}}''.
-->'''Miter''': "You know what I am Bozz? I'm a butcher."\\
'''Bozz''': "Yeah, we all butchers, Miter."\\
'''Miter''': "No, I'm a real butcher."\\
'''Bozz''': "Shit, you haven't killed anyone yet."\\
'''Miter''': "God damn it, Bozz, I mean a ''real'' butcher. Back home I cut meat."
* ''Film/TheRunningMan'''s Ben Richards is known as "the Butcher of Bakersfield" after the incident where, as a military helicopter pilot, he allegedly fired on a crowd of innocent people for no real reason. The fact of the matter is that he was ''resisting'' the direct order to do so but was framed by the government because they couldn't use him after that outburst.
* In the DTV movie ''The Butcher'', Eric Roberts character has this nickname. He hates it.
* ''Film/TheIndestructibleMan'' is about "Butcher" Benton (Lon Chaney, Jr.), who [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin becomes nigh-indestructible]] after being brought BackFromTheDead.
* Karl "The Butcher" Berger and his son from the ''Film/ViolentShit'' series.
* The 1969 Creator/ClaudeChabrol movie ''Le Boucher'' (The Butcher) is ''exactly'' this trope. The life of a spinster schoolmistress in a small French village is turned upside down by the arrival of an ex-soldier who is taking over the village butcher's shop. A Vietnam vet, he has little quirks. One of which is murder...
* Subverted in ''Film/TheGunsOfNavarone''. A team member known as "The Butcher of Barcelona" is actually [[ShellShockedVeteran burnt out after years of killing]] and gets killed himself when he hesitates to kill an enemy.
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMenTellNoTales'' has Salazar's title of "El Matador del Mar" translated as The Butcher Of the Sea (the actual Spanish term is ''Carnicero'', ''matador'' is simply "killer").
* ''Film/BabyDriver'' features an ArmsDealer called The Butcher, who describes the weapons he sells as though they were cuts of pork.

* The Butcher Boy was one of the people-eating giants in Roald Dahl's ''Literature/TheBFG''.
* The guerilla 'El Matarife' from the novel ''Literature/{{Sharpe}}'s Honour'' - 'The Butcher' (well, The Slaughterman) only in Spanish.
* Geralt of Rivia, Literature/TheWitcher, gained the nickname "The Butcher of Blaviken" after his confrontation with a really twisted [[FracturedFairyTale Snow White-expy]]. Whose own nickname was Shrike (a species of small predatory bird, sometimes known as the butcher-bird), appropriately enough.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' introduced King Cleon, who styles himself "the Great" but who most refer to as The Butcher King. He did use to be an actual butcher, but lives up to the traditional implications as well. Also, Gregor Clegane's in-house torturer is known simply as The Tickler.
** After Cleon's death via BodyguardBetrayal, Cleon II becomes King, [[KlingonPromotion but is murdered by a barber who becomes King in turn]]. The new, new King is always referred to as King Cutthroat.
* Cassius Mass in SpaceOpera series ''Literature/LucifersStar'' he is known as both [[RedBaron The Fire Count]] by his side of the war and [[TheButcher The Butcher of Kolthas Station]] by his enemies.
* In ''Literature/WildCards'', superpowered secret serviceman Billy Ray goes by 'Carnifex', although he's more of a violent Jerkass than anything else.
* One of the characters in ''[[Literature/{{Redwall}} The Bellmaker]]'' is a shrike. In both the book and RealLife, shrikes are also known as butcher birds. In the book, the nickname comes from being completely AxCrazy. (In real life, the nickname comes from [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice what they do with their prey]].)
* In James Patterson's ''[[Literature/AlexCross Cross]]'', the main antagonist is nicknamed The Butcher. By Himself.
* ''The Literature/VorkosiganSaga'': Aral "Butcher of Komarr" Vorkosigan. A rare not-actually-[[EarnYourTitle earned]] title, though.
** In the back story the Pierre Le Sanguinerre was warleader for Dorca the Just and served him whenever Dorca wanted an unrulely Vor to be given...[[PayEvilUntoEvil justice.]] His name is French for "bloody pete".
* Dirk Provin, the protagonist of Jennifer Fallon's ''Literature/SecondSons'' trilogy acquired the nickname 'The Butcher of Elcast'. This was the result of being given credit for the Lion of Senet's scheme to pressurize an enemy by executing people at random until the man gave in, and was a case of twisting Dirk's words. The reputation sticks with him and he had at times to take advantage of it, as well as crafting a ruthless persona. He was barely 16 when he acquired the name.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'''s Sam Vimes is called this by Boragravian propaganda in ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment''. He seems amused by the ham-handedness of it more than anything. They didn't even bother to make up any particular evil deeds to justify the title.
* In the ''Literature/FloraSegunda'' books, an important figure in the setting's history is called the Butcher Brakespeare. The details establish the Butcher as a legendary {{Fiery Redhead}}ed LadyOfWar [[WhipItGood with a whip.]] In her teens, she was a CuteBruiser. In [[spoiler: the time traveled to]], she wasn't grown up yet.
* In Creator/TanithLee's "Elle Est Trois (La Mort)", one of the three aspects of Death, personified as a woman, is La Tueuse (The Butcher).
* In Melanie Rawn's ''Literature/TheExiles'' Series, Auvry Feiran is referred to as "The Butcher of Ambrai" because he led a major military attack on the city that utterly destroyed it. Oh, and it was the home of his ex-wife, their young daughter, and her entire extended family.
* In ''Literature/BestServedCold'' by Joe Abercrombie, Monza's epithet is "The Butcher of Caprile", thanks to the bloody sack of that city by her army. [[spoiler: It's actually another undeserved case; she gave explicit orders not to do so, but while reporting to her boss her brother countermanded them.]]
* In "Literature/LeviathanWakes", UN Marine Colonel Fred Johnson is known as "The Butcher of Anderson Station" for slaughtering the rebels in the aforementioned station. [[spoiler: The remorse that he feels for doing this leads him to eventually resign his position with the UN military and join the rebels.]]
* Abdul the Butcher, the antagonist in the Literature/FightingFantasy gamebook ''Literature/SeasOfBlood''.
* In the ''Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse'', the infamous Trill murderer "the Butcher of Balin" has been mentioned. In ''Literature/StarTrekMirrorUniverse'', meanwhile, the Tellarite Gral (in the Prime Universe a diplomat) is known to the Terran Empire as "The Butcher of Berengaria".
* ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'' GreatWhiteHunter Ned Land accuses Nemo of this when Nemo [[KickTheDog Kick The Cachalots]] in a massacre.
-->''"Well, sir," replied the Canadian, whose enthusiasm had somewhat calmed; "it is a terrible spectacle, certainly. But I am not a butcher. I am a hunter, and I call this a butchery."''
-->''"It is a massacre of mischievous creatures," replied the Captain; "and the Nautilus is not a butcher's knife."''
* Skol the Butcher, an outlaw prince ruling his own WretchedHive, in the Creator/RobertEHoward story "The Blood of Belshazzar".
* Backyard abortionist 'Butcher George' in the Literature/PhryneFisher novel ''Cocaine Blues''.
* In ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' there is Kardue'sai'Malloc (aka Labria), the Devaronian in the Mos Eisley cantina, who was called the Butcher of Montellian Serat. During the height of the Empire's reign and before the events of ''A New Hope'', Malloc was part of the Devaronian Army and under the command of the Empire. He was ordered to put down a rebellion in the city of Montellian Serat and accomplished this by shelling it until the rebels surrendered. Immediately afterwards, he received orders to take all of his troops and move to intercept more rebels. Unable to process the prisoners, and directly ordered to not leave guards behind, he resorted to what seemed to be his only option--he had his men kill every last one of the seven hundred people. Not long after, he resigned from the military and went into hiding, his war crime earning him the name and a five million credit bounty.
* Colonel Kassad from the ''Literature/HyperionCantos'' is known as "The Butcher of South Bressia." In this case, it's something of a backhanded compliment: the same brutally efficient tactics that got him the epithet also made him the only person to make any headway in the war.
* Galerion [=DeSandra=], AKA the Butcher of Demarchen, an antagonist in the medieval fantasy [[Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm The Granite Shield]] who specializes in massacring innocents.
* In Leo Kessler's potboiler novels about the Waffen-SS, the sergeant-major is called ''Metzger''. This is possibly intended as a joke, as this is a Yiddish word meaning "kosher butcher." But the RSM lives up to his name because of his attitude to recruits and private soldiers.
* In ''Literature/{{Aeon 14}}'', protagonist Major Tanis Richards is known in Sol as the "Butcher of Toro", but it's indicated early on that it's undeserved. [[spoiler:After leaving Sol on a colony ship, she tells the real story of Toro to her LoveInterest. She was investigating a CultColony, discovered the cult leader had turned everyone on the planet into NighInvulnerable mindless monsters with BioAugmentation, and was forced to order an OrbitalBombardment that destroyed the entire dwarf planet. The circumstances were then covered up for political reasons and she had to take the fall.]]
* There was a short-lived ActionAdventure series called ''The Butcher'' about a former hitman fighting the Mafia. The protagonist's name was actually Bucher, but inevitably he picked up this trope as a moniker.
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', the Butcher is the leader of brutal a villain gang called The Teeth. Whenever the Butcher is killed, they pass on their powers to their killer, as well as their mind as a voice in the killer's head. This includes all of the previous Butchers' powers and voices as well. The Butcher who appears in the story is number fourteen, and has a long list of powers including superhuman strength and durability, pain inducement, the ability to see circulatory systems through walls, danger sense, the ability to cause festering wounds, explosive teleportation, the ability to shape raw matter into objects, rage inducement, pain immunity, and homing attacks.
* In James Carlos Blake's "Friends of Pancho Villa" Fiero is called The Butcher and very, very proud of that nickname, because he killed 300 men in one hour with a revolver.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'': Parodied, when Sally dates a man named Sammy the Butcher. The whole family becomes convinced that he is a killer in the mafia, and Sally even starts acting like a MafiaPrincess until they discover at the end of the episode that he's an actual butcher who works in a butcher shop.
* ''Series/TwentyFour'': In season 7, TheDragon is [[spoiler: Colonel Dubaku, "Butcher of Sangala".]]
* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryRoanoke'' has The Butcher (or just Butcher) AKA [[spoiler: Tomasyn White, wife of the leader of the Roanoke colonists who conducted human sacrifices and later killed everyone. She and her gang of ghosts kill everyone who sets foot on their land (except for the hillbillies with whom they have a deal).]]
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** The title character of the episode "Deathwalker," Jha'dur, is named such for the war crimes that she carried out during the Dilgar War, and was responsible for cruel experiments on Na'Toth's grandfather and other people, which led to Na'Toth swearing vengeance upon her.
** Sheridan's nickname among Minbari is "Starkiller", for his taking out their flagship ''Black Star'' during the Earth/Minbari War. This was the Earth Alliance's only major victory in a largely one-sided war, making the use of the moniker a sign of hypocritical sour grapes. The nickname is derogatory on the Minbari side because Sheridan destroyed the ''Drala Fi'' ("black star" in Minbari Warrior language) in an act of subterfuge and not in open combat, basically calling him a war criminal. [[{{Hypocrite}} Again, this is ignoring the fact that the Black Star answered the false distress signal in order to destroy the supposedly helpess ship.]]
* ''Series/BlakesSeven'': Bayban the Butcher in the episode "City at the Edge of the World". As there's a RunningGag over Bayban being obsessed about his notoriety as a criminal, he probably chose the moniker himself. Though he clearly deserves it given Vila's OhCrap [[TheDreaded reaction on meeting him]], and resents Blake for having eclipsed him on the Federation Most Wanted list purely because Blake is a political dissident.
* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'': AvertedTrope with Sam the Butcher.
* ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'' has Jimmy "The Butcher" Figgis, an "A-list mobster" and one of the show's more serious villains.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'': Season 6 has the episode "Remembrance of Things Past", where an [=UnSub=] dubbed "The Butcher" (he stabs his victims, then sodomizes them, then electrocutes them, possibly not in that order) is one of Rossi's [[ThatOneCase unsolved cases]]. He stops killing for twenty years [[spoiler: because Rossi was too close to catching him, then develops Alzheimer's, and resurfaces trying to recreate his previous kills that he cannot remember]].
* In ''Series/{{Defiance}}'', Joshua Nolan is known as the "Butcher of Yosemite" after taking part in the slaughter of a human and Votan settlement. The rogue GeneralRipper Rahm Tak tries to get in on the fun when holding a knife to the neck of Nolan's adoptive daughter.
-->'''Rahm Tak''': "I am the butcher of... where are we?"
-->'''VC trooper''': "Tulsa, sir."
--> '''Rahm Tak''': "I am the butcher of TULSA!"
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': Dexter Morgan was dubbed "The Bay Harbor Butcher" after a couple of treasure divers stumbled across his dumping ground. [[spoiler: Eventually, the name ends up attached to Sergeant Doakes, who does not actually have anything to do with Dexter's murders but is conveniently dead by the end of the season.]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In the episode "The Talons of Weng-Chiang", the villain is Magnus Greel, "The Butcher of Brisbane", the Minister of Justice who killed 100,000 people in his experiments. And anyone who actually lives in Brisbane will find the concept of it being home to anything so exciting as a war criminal hilarious.
* Fred Johnson from ''Series/TheExpanse'' is known as The Butcher of Anderson Station for killing everyone aboard because they complained that their low oxygen rations were causing brain damage in their children. Oh and he waited until they tried to surrender to massacre them. [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure You'd never know it from talking to him, though.]] [[spoiler:Turns out he wasn't told that they were surrendering and that lie combined with a major HeelRealization eventually turned him against he old employers.]]
* ''Series/IronFist'': Two Russian agents of the Hand are butchers and use large butcher knives.
* ''Series/ElInternado'': Has Ritter Wulf, who was nicknamed "The Butcher of Belzec" because he was a sort of Mengele in said concentration field.
* ''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen'': Hilary Briss, Demon Butcher of Royston Vasey. He sells some mysterious and highly addictive form of meat to his "special customers". We never learn exactly what it is, but it is implicitly both highly illegal and hideously immoral. The show's creators have {{Jossed}} speculation that it was [[ImAHumanitarian human flesh]], claiming cannibalism was far too "mundane". It's something even worse....
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': It's [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]]: "Have you ever been to Kiev? The ''cake maker'' of Kiev could whup all our asses, and this is the ''Butcher''." The nickname also turns out to be [[JustifiedTrope quite appropriate]], as the The Butcher's weapon of choice is, in fact, a butcher knife. In "The Wedding Job", the following exchange occurs during a con operation at a wedding where one of the con artists, Elliot, is acting the part of the chef:
--> Parker: The butcher is here!
--> Elliot: Does he have the baby lamb chops?
--> Hardison: No, the Butcher ''of Kiev''.
* ''Series/{{Maverick}}'': Bret Maverick was once stalked by a gunman calling himself "Terrible Fred" and "The Butcher". He turned out to be a wannabe gunfighter who had in fact been a butcher.
* ''Series/{{Monk}}'': In one episode, the victim turns out to be a war criminal known as the Butcher of [[{{Ruritania}} Zemenia]].
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': In one [[Recap/RevolutionS1E17TheLongestDay episode 17]] flashback, Miles Matheson is referred to as the "Butcher of Baltimore".
* ''Series/RobinOfSherwood'' has Philip Mark, the replacement Sheriff of Nottingham in the episode "The Sheriff of Nottingham". He is known as "the Butcher of Lincoln" and is just as nasty as the name suggests.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': In the episode "Duet," a Cardassian who visited the station for medical treatment was suspected of being the war criminal Gul Darheel, known as "the Butcher of Gallitep." It turns out he's actually an idealistic file clerk who had himself surgically altered because he wants to shame Cardassia into admitting their crimes on Bajor.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* From the ''TabletopGame/IronKingdoms'' RPG and ''Warmachine'' tabletop strategy game's shared [[TheVerse 'verse]] comes Orsus Zoktavir, the Butcher of Khardov. Complete and utter patriotic nutcase, who got his name when he ordered his men to attack secessionists in a village near the fortress of Boarsgate. The soldiers weren't all too keen to attack unarmed civilians, so he killed them and the locals by himself. [[ICallItVera With an axe he calls Lola.]]
* Matsu Gohei is given the nickname of "The Butcher" during the Clan Wars in ''Legend of the Burning Sands'' (a spinoff of ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'') due to his tendency to leave a trail of bodies wherever he goes and his utter devastation of a number of Crane holdings, among them Violence Behind Courtliness City.
* Creator/GamesWorkshop games:
** ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' has Ogre Butchers, who use actual butchery to fuel their magic. They also look the part, with a bloodstained apron and an assortment of cleavers and tenderizers.
** Mazarall, a Daemon Prince of [[WarGod Khorne]] from ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'', gained the title of ‘the Butcher’ for his remorseless slaughter and devouring of both mortal and daemonic foes.
** ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
*** The Carnifex (Latin for "butcher") is a tank-sized [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranid]] creature, a biological killing machine that looks like a cross between a dinosaur and a beetle, armed with razor-sharp teeth and huge scything talons and protected by a meter-thick carapace. Somewhat subverted, however, in that you're as likely to see a Carnifex hanging in the back blasting enemies with [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything its spasming, quivering gun-organs]] as you are to see one charging madly into combat, [[ScreamingWarrior screaming and bellowing]] and [[FoeTossingCharge tossing foes aside]] or [[TheJuggernaut crushing them under its feet.]]
*** In older editions of the background, it was applied to items of wargear used by the [[CombatMedic Apothecaries]] of the [[SpaceMarine Space]] [[SuperSoldier Marines]]: in the earliest fluff, it was a pistol they were issued for performing [[MercyKill Mercy Kill]]s, while in slightly later fluff, it referred to their gauntlet-mounted set of drills, ([[ChainsawGood chainsaw]]) scalpels, probes and syringes, which was used for performing battlefield surgery... and last rites by removing certain parts of the dying Marine's anatomy known as progenoid glands (that particular piece of kit is still there, but it's now called a Reductor).
* "The Butcher" is one of the most feared serial killers in ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}''; he's apparently a deranged military surgeon who gave [[BadassNormal Hank]] [[EyepatchOfPower "One-Eye"]] [[MeaningfulName Ketchum]] his nickname. [[spoiler: The Butcher, though, isn't a human, or even a monster. It's [[ArtifactOfDoom a scalpel]] that possesses its owner, possibly including a PlayerCharacter. It's implied it was what created UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper.]]
* The ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' Campaign "Anarchy's Edge", by TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}, has the criminal gang known as the "Cow Hammer Boys", pretty close in meaning, and in work. They're a group of mercenaries acting under the front of giving free meat to the people of the city, at the butchery "All the World's Meat". [[spoiler: The free meat mostly comes from the victims of the mercenary work.]]
* ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' has Butcher Boy, teen sidekick to villainous playboy crime boss Murder Man. He wields dual cleavers and is fond of taking limbs from his opponents.
* Mishra, from ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', was at one point called the Butcher of Kroog.
* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' has unsavory characters like Amos Forlough, whose idea of an appropriate response to civilian protests was to raze cities and systematically execute 10% of a population at his discretion, or the violent yet incompetent Tolstin Eukai, both of whom had appellations like "the Butcher" for their ruthless tactics. Forlough got the even more unsavory nickname of "The Baby-Killer," which is not the demonizing hyperbole that it sounds like.

* Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''2 Henry VI'' features a minor character called Dick the Butcher who takes part in an uprising in London. Although he's another actual butcher, he is comfortable with butchering ''people'' as well (he's the character who says the famous "kill all the lawyers" line), and, more to the point, his name foreshadows the coming of Richard III, who makes his first appearance at the end of the play (and is often called a butcher by other characters).
* Mack "the Knife" from ''Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera'' as well as one of his mooks, known as Robert "the Saw". In the original ''Theatre/TheBeggarsOpera'', one highwayman character is known as Wat (Walter) Dreary, with Dreary [[GetTheeToANunnery meaning something like "bloodthirsty" back then]].

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* At Ride/BuschGardens' Theatre/HowlOScream event in 2013, one of the members of the sinister group, "The 13", was simply named, "The Butcher".

[[folder:Video Games]]
* "The Butcher" in the first ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' game is a demon with a huge cleaver who's taken up residence in the church and slaughtered many of the townsfolk. The very first boss of the game, he's easily the hardest monster you'll face for several floors.
** He also makes a cameo appearance in ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III: The Frozen Throne'' as a BonusBoss during the Alliance campaign.
** There's a boss in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' called The Butcher, a cleaver and meathook wielding Abomination who even says "Aah, fresh meat!" when pulled. This was a deliberate shout out to the guy above.
*** There's also another boss nicknamed "The Butcher," his real name is Theolen Krastinov. [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate You know when a doctor is referred to by this title, he's absolutely not a nice guy.]]
** And now he's back in ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'', as the boss of Act I. He's got new abilities too, such as a meat hook to grab you, a charge move, and others. The floor in his arena periodically catches fire...
*** ...and back again in the Reaper of Souls expansion as a rift-guardian named ''Man-Carver''.
** And he's back again... in ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm''
* Pudge the Butcher from [[VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncients Dota]] and VideoGame/{{Dota 2}}. You really won't like it when he goes missing
* In ''VideoGame/SilentHillOrigins'', there is a humanoid monster called "The Butcher" that serves as a major antagonist. It drags around a large knife and wears a blood-stained smock.
** Which is an expy of the series' original butcher, [[VideoGame/{{Silent Hill 2}} Pyramid Head]].
* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'', the main character Tommy Vercetti is known as "The Harwood Butcher" because of a hit that went down badly.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' the player can choose from a variety of nicknames before entering the boxing ring. Among those are names like "Butcher", "Chainsaw", etc.
** Fallout 2 also has the leader of the Slaver Guild, a man named "Metzger". Metzger is German for "butcher", and in a ShoutOut to ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'', the first thing he says is "Ah, fresh meat!"
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', [[BigBad Caesar's]] [[TheDragon Dragon]] is his General, Legate Lanius. Lanius means "Butcher" in Latin. If you look inside his command tent, you'll see that Lanius takes his title ''very'' literally.
* Pops up briefly in ''VideoGame/LostOdyssey'', where one of the Dreams of a Thousand Years concerns a long-dead general who was known simply as 'The Butcher', due to his habit of slaughtering EVERYONE who got in his way - destroying entire villages, leaving no survivors, so as to ensure that there wouldn't be any surviving brothers or sons who would later seek him out for vengeance. Believing in this philosophy, he actually takes pride in his nickname.
* In ''VideoGame/RomancingSaGa: Minstrel Song'', {{Pirate}} captain Hawke's [[TheRival Rival]] is [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep known only as]] 'The Butcher'. The main point of contention between them is that The Butcher favors KillEmAll, while Hawke is supposed to be more compassionate and sensible. (Though that doesn't bar the player from [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential butchering the entire crew of the ships he attacks in his prologue]]...)
* Villainous [[TheEvilEmpire Coalition]] ace star pilot Ivan Petrov from the space fighter combat game ''VideoGame/{{Starlancer}}'' is nicknamed "The Butcher" for his participation in several war crimes.
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''. [[http://www.swtor.com/info/holonet/biographies/grand-moff-kilran Grand Moff Kilran]] was dubbed "The Butcher of Coruscant" by citizens of The Republic for his brutal assault on Coruscant. Kilran has adopted it with an ironic tone, but considered his actions necessary to bring a swift conclusion to the invasion.
* [[PlayerCharacter Commander Shepard]] of ''Franchise/MassEffect'' with the Ruthless background is known to some as the "Butcher of Torfan." In retaliation for the Skyllian Blitz, a batarian-backed proxy war waged across most of Alliance space, Shepard leads an all-out assault on the fortified batarian base on the moon of Torfan. Under Shepard's command, Alliance forces systematically kill every living thing (including those who surrendered) in the base, incurring heavy losses themselves. The sheer brutality of the raid prompts batarian forces to retreat from Alliance space entirely, setting Shepard up for his/her Spectre candidacy due to his/her reputation as willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done.
** Similar to ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' above, ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' uses the name Carnifex, which is Latin for "butcher". It is the name for a brand of pistol, however. Clearly, its designers were savvy to this trope.
--->"Don't you wish Carnifex was at your side?"
* In ''VideoGame/TheDarkness,'' a game based on the [[ComicBook/TheDarkness comic series of the same name]], the mob cleaner that everyone uses is named Butcher Joyce, not because he's a violent, bloodthirsty psychopath (quite the opposite, actually, he's one of the nicest guys in the game), but because he hacks up bodies and makes them disappear.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' has two examples
** The Evil Butcher monsters appearing in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaAriaOfSorrow'' resembling large, lumbering ogres armed with [[BottomlessMagazines an unlimited amount of]] [[KnifeNut knives]].
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia'' features another Butcher monsters that bear more than a passing resemblance to [[Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre Leatherface]], ChainsawGood and all.
** Related are the Ripper enemies, hunchbacks who hop about madly and throw bloody knives.
* ''VideoGame/ShadowHeartsFromTheNewWorld'' has the Butcher creature apppearing earlier in the Game. It is described as the "[[OurGhostsAreDifferent Resentful thoughts left behind by]] [[BloodKnight men who killed only for pleasure]]". Appearance-wise, it wears a blood-stained apron and carry a large meat cleaver. It also has a slob of meat for head and half the ribcage of a cow as a crude shield of some sorts.
* ''VideoGame/{{Shank}}'' has a boss named "the Butcher", who is fought inside a meat-packing plant and uses a [[HooksAndCrooks grappling hook]] for a weapon.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' has two EliteMooks similar to the Diablo example above. They are apparently actual butchers; the first is seen chopping meat when you first encounter him. The same game also has a notable enemy NPC called Maneater Mildred, who wears the creepy burlap sack that the aforementioned Butchers hide their faces with (and [[FullFrontalAssault nothing else]]) and uses their oversized meat cleaver. A line by another NPC implies that the two Butchers are her mooks, even though you encounter her much later in a completely different area of the game.
* The BigBad of ''VideoGame/GroundControl II: Operation Exodus'' is Imperator Vlaana Azleea, the Butcher of Ariel, after she has ordered the Ariel colony (the birthplace of the [[TheFederation Northern Star Alliance]]) razed.
* VideoGame/SaintsRow PC "The Boss" is also called "The Butcher of Stillwater". By the third game, the PC has killed at least hundreds. Then SerialEscalation comes along.
* ''VideoGame/SilentScope'' has Scorpion the Butcher in the first game, and Fox the Butcher in the second.
* ''VideoGame/EvilGenius'': one optional henchman is simply known as "The Butcher". He's a doctor who was driven mad by a cursed cannibal pancreas.
* An enemy Zentraedi ace in ''VideoGame/RobotechBattlecry'' earns the title The Butcher Of Little Mesa after he [[KickTheDog orders the destruction of bunkers full of civilians]] for no apparent reason other than spite.
* In ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'', Leatherface from ''Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre'' franchise is available as a DLC GuestFighter. One of his variations is called ''Butcher''.
* In ''VideoGame/FasterThanLight'', a race was added in the ''Advanced Edition'' expansion called the Lanius. Lanius is Latin for Butcher.
* The second boss of ''VideoGame/CadillacsAndDinosaurs'' is also called "Butcher". His reputation is [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast so fearsome]] that even the first boss [[EvenEvilHasStandards feels uneasy]] when talking about him.
* Arkail in OfOrcsAndMen got the nickname "The Butcher of Bay Harbor" among orcs after [[spoiler: he completely lost his shit during a battle against humans and slaughtered everyone.]]
* In ''VideoGame/MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries'', one of your possible campaign missions has you hunting down a certain Draconis Combine ''Sho-sa'' Varus, AKA Varus the Butcher. He ordered his [[HumongousMecha Battlemechs]] to fire on civilian protestors, gruesomely massacring over 200 people. The Free Prosperina Mutineers pay you to ensure he goes home in a small plastic box.
* ''VideoGame/{{Armello}}'' has the Griotte of the [[YouDirtyRat Rat Clan]], also known as the "Butcher [[AristocratsAreEvil Baroness]]". Her main weapon is a cleaver, she wears an apron with a BloodyHandprint over her PimpedOutDress, and she's generally implied to be a SerialKiller who [[ImAHumanitarian eats her victims]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''VideoGame/ImperiumNova'''s Gemini galaxy, Patrice Rey Barte, the Butcher of Dnoces.
* In ''Roleplay/RedDawnPlus20'', General Sergei Khvostov is dubbed "The Butcher of Clear Lake City," for massacring said town's population in [[DisproportionateRetribution retaliation]] for NASA managing to [[GreatEscape evacuate all of Johnson Space Center's personnel, documentation, technology and materiel]] before Houston fell to the Soviet invasion. That's just ''one'' of his [[MoralEventHorizon offenses]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' the former [[spoiler:deceased]] Lord Damaske (Siegfried's father) was given this title by the Orcs for his FantasticRacism inspired war crimes.
** In the midst of all the grieving after the War In Hell arc, some main character orcs can't resist doing a Happy Dance of MoodWhiplash when they hear that at least Damaske the Butcher went down. They can't bring themselves to be sympathetic about [[spoiler: his son, Dominic's friend, dying as well, and they don't even ''know'' about what he did.]] Points to Dominic for managing to be friends with one of the last of the Alheera and a Damaske at the same time, even if it was apparently only possible due to political cluelessness.
* While not as blatantly obvious, Mordecai of ''Webcomic/{{Lackadaisy}}'' has used the alias "Elijah Metzger," which the creator mentioned is "perhaps altogether too appropriate for him." "Metzger" is a German word meaning "butcher." We're first introduced to Mordecai (in canon) wielding a bloody hatchet and an irritated expression. It fits.
* [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1311 This guy]] in ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The Butcher Boy from ''WesternAnimation/GrizzlyTalesForGruesomeKids'' episode of that title.
* A Chuck Jones ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' had a mouse get back at Claude Cat by sending him a note, allegedly from the household dog, inviting him over to be friends. Claude cheerfully pays a friendly visit to the doghouse...with the name "Butcher" over the door...
* The eponymous villain of the ''WesternAnimation/DogCity'' episode "Meat the Butcher" is an AxCrazy psychopath who doesn't fit TheFamilyForTheWholeFamily vibe of the usual villains, and who Eliot is not comfortable writing about.

!!Fictional examples used ironically

* In the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'', Sam Vimes is referred to by the Borogravians as "The Butcher" or "Butcher Vimes". Anyone remotely familiar with the character of Sam Vimes will find this insanely funny (which is the point.) When Vimes meets up with [[SweetPollyOliver the protagonist]] and her fellow soldiers, he tells them Borogravia "needs to work on their propaganda techniques".
** Also, while he is never directly called "the Butcher" there, in ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'' Vimes is thought to have killed "thirty men and a dog" during a battle with bandits and has the damnedest time explaining how it really went.
*** In a sense, Vimes's reputation is not undeserved. As we see in ''Thud!'', Sam Vimes is quite capable of slaughtering his way through a group of armed soldiers equipped with axes and Steampunk-style flamethrowers. He was possessed by a quasidemonic entity of pure vengeance at the time. But given that he managed to expel said entity by sheer inner force after the fight, that may not count. Vimes probably deserves the title, at least from the point of view of his enemies, by virtue of extraordinary badassery.
** In another Discworld novel, ''Discworld/TheLastHero'', CardCarryingVillain Evil Harry has a henchman simply named "Butcher" (Cohen The Barbarian himself approves). Harry's "Butcher" is an archetypical dungeon keeper -- meaning he's fat, lazy, gullible, and keeps his dungeon keys where the heroes can easily reach them]].
* In Creator/LoisMcMasthe terBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' books, Aral Vorkosigan earns the name "The Butcher of Komarr" for supposedly having ordered the massacre of two hundred strong Komarran Senate after they surrendered on terms during the Conquest of Komarr. In fact, he had nothing to do with it and it was the sort of military behavior he abhorred. However, he was in charge at the time, so he got blamed despite killing the officer who gave the order on the spot with his bare hands -- plus his political enemies kept saying there had been "secret orders", a rumor he found it impossible to disprove.
* Nevil Clavain in ''[[Literature/RevelationSpaceSeries Redemption Ark]]'' (2002) was dubbed "the Butcher of [[UsefulNotes/{{Mars}} Tharsis]]" for "authorising the use of red-mercury, nuclear and foam-phase weapons" in a battle there about [[MethuselahSyndrome 400 years before]] the main plot. In reality he saved lives by bringing the war to an end, but he still regrets what he had to do: "I've killed innocents for military ends. I've made orphans. If that's honour, you can keep it.".
* Admiral Kutuzov of ''Literature/TheMoteInGodsEye'' was called "The Butcher" at least once, just those two words with capitals. His reputation stemmed from sterilizing a rebelling human colony planet (meaning to prevent a greater war).

[[folder: Live-Action Television]]
* ''Series/{{Fargo}}'': Ed is a professional butcher, but when he gets inadvertently mixed up in a MobWar, gangsters assume that he's a contract killer. They frequently refer to him as "the butcher," and he eventually uses this to his advantage, calling himself the Butcher of Luverne to give himself gravitas.

[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/AbdullahTheButcher was one of the first {{Garbage Wrestler}}s in ProfessionalWrestling; he's managed to make a very long career out of it, having had his first match in 1958 and continuing to wrestle to the 2010s in Puerto Rico and Japan. He's best known for slashing his opponents open with a large fork, and for the network of deep scars across his forehead.
* Tyler Bateman's red baron. He's just a strange and unpredictable dude in general.
* WebVideo/SouthpawRegionalWrestling, the Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s AffectionateParody of 80's independent wrestling, has the tag team champions in season two be "The Butchers", a tag team made up of [[Wrestling/SethRollins "Dry Rub" Doug]] and [[Wrestling/{{Rhyno}} Frantic Frank]]. They fit the trope in title, in personality, and in secondary occupation, as their gimmick is that [[WrestlingDoesntPay they are literally a pair of butchers]], with their promo being recorded in the cold room of a butcher's shop, with the belts being hung up on meat hooks behind them, right next to [[CompanionCube Betsy]], which appears to be a cow's leg. In fact, it's questionable whether it's just a gimmick or if they are ''actually'' butchers outside of the ring, as it's revealed that [[spoiler:they end up having to vacate the tag team title after being linked to an E. Coli outbreak]].

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' module ''The Tomb of Haggemoth'' features Lord Frohman, The Butcher of Skago, who turns out to be, in fact, a wealthy merchant well known for the quality of his meats.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* One of ''VideoGame/DeadRising'''s bosses, Larry, is an actual butcher who worked for the mall's grocery store before all hell broke loose and he, like a good amount of the other survivors of the zombie outbreak, went criminally insane. He isn't outright homicidal as his title would suggest and is disturbingly cheerful and friendly when he views Frank as a "customer", but he's gone obsessed with his job and is encountered after he's caught hunting for new "meat" wherever he can get it [[spoiler: and finding it in the form of the injured BigBad]]. Since zombie meat comes rotten, [[ImAHumanitarian he's eager to serve humans to humans]].
* One of the Cie'th missions of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' has you going after "Zenobia The Butcher". When you get to the location, the large, particularily abominable Cie'th pops out and begins advancing at your party... Only to be taken out by a [[MascotMook To]][[BossInMooksClothing nb]][[KillerRabbit er]][[OhCrap ry]], the ''real'' Butcher.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'', the next-to-last boss, [[spoiler:a mental projection of Coach Oleander's father, actually is a butcher. He appears monstrous and disfigured, wielding two massive cleavers, so perhaps the title is appropriate in more ways than one.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* An an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' where Wanda temporarily took control of her father's ambiguously legal garbage disposal company, Cosmo was afraid that her life was in danger from a mysterious butcher fairy. As it turned out, he was a real butcher who some employees had hired to make her a nice meal for her birthday.
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', where local butcher Mr. Green is a decent, hardworking, nonviolent man. Also averted in an episode where Arnold and Gerald suspect two other butchers of wanting to hurt Mr. Green when they are only planning a surprise party for him. As Mr. Green says, "Butchers wouldn't hurt a fly," to which one of the other butchers says, "Maybe a cow, but not a fly."

!!Video Game "accomplishments"

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', if you choose the 'Ruthless' reputation-trait, you can - later in the game - run into your old commanding officer, who recognizes you as "The Butcher of Torfan", where you apparently sent your own men to their deaths, and killed slavers as they dropped their weapons in surrender - all in the name of ensuring the complete obliteration of the place.
* The ''VideoGame/EvilGenius'' game had a recruitable henchman called The Butcher. He was a [[HannibalLecture Hannibal]]-type mad surgeon who turned to evil after accidentally transplanting a cursed pancreas into himself.
** He [[ShoutOut wears a Hannibal Lecter mask]] and his primary skill is sharpening his cleavers to 'motivate' your men. It's that kind of game.
* In ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'', you get the "Butcher of Ember" feat after being framed for massacring a village.
* If you have one of your generals in the ''VideoGame/TotalWar'' series slaughter the populace of a recently conquered city enough times, then he can end up with this epithet.
** Or, if they torture enough prisoners, "the Mauler". Yeesh.
* Butcher is a rank the player will receive in ''VideoGame/Hitman2SilentAssassin'' if they kill several people during the mission. It's actually [[MedalOfDishonor a mark of shame]], way below Silent Assassin (killed only the target) and just a bit above Mass Murderer (killed "everyone").
* In ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2'' when you finish a mission you get a description of the results of it which are better and more badass if you finish under par time. If you finish the Soviet mission in France to ''turn the Eiffel Tower into a giant [[ShockandAwe Tesla Coil]]'' electrocuting men and destroying buildings around it under par time, it states that they fear your command more than Soviet Tanks and that you are known as The Butcher.
* If you want to take the "evil path" through ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'', you have to prove your dedication to the villains' cause by utterly slaughtering the town of Stillwater. Doing this will award you a new karma title, "The Butcher of Stillwater".
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', if you get to the end of [[BloodSport the Arena questline]], you can choose this as a nickname before the grand championship match.
* Terran Republic soldiers in ''Videogame/PlanetSide 2'' unlock the [=T9A=] "Butcher" light machine gun after killing 1160 enemies on five separate [=LMGs=]. DummiedOut code in the Halloween 2014 event showed that one of the titles players would have been able to unlock was "The Butcher", applied at the end of the user's name rather than before as with all other titles.

!!Real Life examples who have appeared in fiction

* Bill "the Butcher" Cutting in ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'' is based on Bill "the Butcher" Poole, a real gang-leader of the era and a butcher by trade.
* ''Film/{{Culloden}}'' features The Duke of Cumberland, who was known as "The Butcher" among Jacobites, and in modern times, Scottish nationalists. Squashed the Jacobite rebellion of 1745. Accounts of his character vary greatly: some sources cite him as a ruthless and vicious man who terrorised his own men as well as the enemy, while others have him enforcing strict discipline on his men to ensure fair treatment of surrendering Jacobites. One accusation levelled at him was that instead of tending to wounded enemy soldiers on the battlefield (as the warfare etiquette of the time dictated) he simply slaughtered them - hence, "The Butcher."
* Marshal Rodolfo Graziani in ''Lion of the Desert'' (1981) is sent by UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini to subjugate a native rebellion in Libya. The rebels are justly concerned over the arrival of the notorious 'Butcher', though in truth Graziani earned this nickname as a result of his activities in Libya, not before he arrived.

* "The Butcher of Riga"- Edward Roschmann, Nazi War Criminal, antagonist of ''Literature/TheOdessaFile''.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* "The Butcher of the Somme"- Field Marshal Haig, who appears in ''Series/{{Blackadder}}''. So named by his own men because of his willingness to [[WeHaveReserves sacrifice countless troops]] in order to achieve a minute gain in territory. Several historians have made a good case that his reputation as a heartless butcher is a [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade serious distortion of the actual facts]]. Though others say it's ''too generous''.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banastre_Tarleton Banastre Tarleton]], British Colonel (later General) of the UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution, who was called both "The Butcher" and "Bloody Ban" for his slaughter of Contentinal soldiers coming to surrender to him. The Americans were quick to lob this back at the Brits, using the cry of "Tarleton's quarter!" to mean "take no prisoners". He appeared in an number of American Revolution tales like Disney's The Swamp Fox and as part of the composite Tavington character in the movie ''Film/ThePatriot''.

!!Other Real Life examples

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Travers Harris, commander of the Royal Air Force's Bomber Command during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, was nicknamed "Butcher" Harris by airmen for his seeming indifference to aircrew losses. The press nicknamed him "Bomber" Harris for his enthusiastic support of strategic heavy bombing. The "Butcher" nickname had nothing to do with the losses the Germans suffered, which were extensive.
* On Wiki/TheOtherWiki, the title "Butcher of the Balkans" leads to ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butcher_of_the_Balkans a disambiguation page]]'', because of how many different people have held that title. The most famous of them, the late Slobodan Milosevic, was also known as "The Butcher of Belgrade."
* UsefulNotes/PompeyTheGreat's father was known as "The Butcher" in Latin, and Pompey the Great himself was known as "Kid Butcher" when he was younger. He adopted "Magnus" later.
** By the way: "Kid Butcher" sounds suitably snappy and scary, but in the original [[TheQueensLatin Queen's Latin]], young Pompey was nicknamed ''adulescentulus carnifex''. No Really.
* General Weyler of the Spanish Army, pre-Spanish American War, was known in the United States as the "Butcher" for his actions in Cuba in suppressing the rebel groups. This might have been slightly exaggerated due to the yellow journalism of the era, but still, worth noting for his use of reconcentration camps.
** Amusingly (or horrifically) enough, the ''other'' side of the Spanish-American War had [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_H._Smith a guy]] nicknamed "The Monster."
* Nikita Khrushchev was known as the "The Butcher of the Ukraine" in the late 1940's for ruthlessly carrying out Stalin's orders.
* Nicolae Ceausescu was known as "The Butcher of Bucharest" for ordering the slaughter of civilian demonstrators just before his fall from power and execution in 1989.
* Various [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Nazis]] received this nickname:
** A high Nazi official, Baron Otto von Bolschwing, was also called "The Butcher of Bucharest".
** Klaus Barbie, a Gestapo agent stationed in France became known as "The Butcher of Lyon" for the tortures he carried out. Since the advent of [[Franchise/{{Barbie}} the girls doll line]] in 1959 his surname has became retroactively hilarious however, which was spoofed by ''Film/RatRace'' when a Jewish family mistakes a "Barbie Museum" run by Neo-Nazis for the other thing.
** UsefulNotes/ReinhardHeydrich (the organizer of UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust) earned the nickname of "The Butcher of Prague" for his brutal rule of the Czech lands.
** Gauleiter Robert Wagner was nicknamed "The Butcher of Alsace", as he sentenced many people to death in the course of the Germanization of the area after its annexation following the French defeat, and also because he ordered the conscription of thousands of local young men (who were born French) in the German armies - about 1/3 of them died, the majority on the dreaded Eastern front.
** The Nazi puppet regime in Croatia produced a man named Vjekoslav "Max" Luburic, who was in charge of a particularly nasty concentration camp (Jasenovac) and organized mass killings of Serb, Jewish and Roma civilians, in which he personally participated. As a result, he got the nickname "Max the Butcher".
* During the American Civil War, General Grant was referred to this way by his own troops because of his willingness to fight large-scale battles in which [[WeHaveReserves large numbers of soldiers on both sides were killed.]] Surprisingly enough, his men still vastly preferred him to an earlier commander of the Union forces, General [=McClellan=], because [=McClellan=] was [[MilesGloriosus so timid and mediocre]] a general that the troops felt that [=McClellan=] bungled and wimped out on two perfectly good chances to win decisive battles years before the war would eventually end. Many were sure that if [=McClellan=] had just let them fight, they could have won sooner. (Also, [=McClellan=] being a JerkAss with [[SmallNameBigEgo a vastly inflated ego]] didn't endear him to anyone...)
* John Clifford the Lord Skipton, a participant in the War of the Roses, is commonly thought to have gotten the moniker for killing Richard Plantagenet's helpless preteen son. Nowadays, this is thought to be a Shakespearean twist, since the son was well into fighting age for that time. It's more commonly believed that he received the title for getting his hands dirty in battle; a rare thing for nobles. ...The more you know?
* One of the nicknames given to the unknown perpetrator of the Cleveland Torso Murders was "The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run".
* Among Cuban exiles, Che Guevara is known as "El Carnicero de La Cabaña" (The Butcher of La Cabaña).
* Armin Meiwes, German cannibal known for killing and eating a voluntary victim he had found via the Internet, is known as "Der Metzgermeister" (the Master Butcher).
* Fritz Haarmann, a German serial killer active in the early 1900s, was also known as The Butcher of Hannover (and referred to as "Fritz Haarmann the Butcher" in the Macabre song of the same name).
* Israeli Major-General (later Prime Minister) Ariel Sharon became known to his opponents as the Butcher of Beirut after a massacre during the 1982 Lebanon War. The issue seems to be not that ''he'' butchered anyone, but that he allowed butchery to ''occur'' and did nothing.
* William Burke, according to a folksong about the [[HumanResources West Port murders]]: "Burke's the butcher, Hare's the thief/ and Knox the man who bought the beef."
* Saddam Hussein was called "The Butcher of Baghdad."
* Shrikes are cute little birds whose Latin name (''Lanius/Laniidae'') means "butcher" and are often called "butcher birds." They impale their prey on thorns, which sounds pretty nasty, but they're really just storing bugs for later. And lizards. [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute And mice.]]
** They are also an excellent real-life example of a KillerRabbit. They can be shy in the wild, but researchers have to handle them wearing heavy gloves--their hooked bills can easily take the meat off of fingers, and when captured, shrikes get annoyed enough to happily do just that.
* A particularly nasty group of British loyalists during UsefulNotes/TheTroubles linked to the paramilitary group the Ulster Volunteer Force set about ethnic cleansing of Irish Catholics found in Loyalist areas of Belfast. Known as the Shankhill Butchers, these terrorists lived up to their name by abducting Catholics and then torturing and murdering them in various horrific ways. The people they murdered were just random Catholics with no IRA or INLA associations - they were murdered simply because they were Irish Catholics. and yes, butchering tools were involved.
* Neo-Nazi Tom Metzger's surname is German for "butcher."
* ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnufex Carnufex]]'' is a prehistoric crocodile from the dinosaur age that walked on two legs whose genus name means "butcher".
* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marsupial_lion marsupial lion]], ''Thylacoleo carnifex'', whose name means "pouched lion butcher" and was one of the largest marsupial predators to ever live.


* The butcher in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXQ7UDEWx-s these commercials in 1983]] doesn't like to be bothered by customers looking for Butcher's Blend Dog Food, but he seems a decent guy, much like any character portrayed by Michael Vale.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' has an interesting twist with "Sawyer the Cleaner". She "cleans" up bodies with a [[ChainsawGood chainsaw]], and most of the time it seems like those bodies are still alive.
** ''[[IncrediblyLamePun Saw]]''[[IncrediblyLamePun yer, haha.]]
* Sig Curtis from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is a butcher, [[GentleGiant but isn't particularly violent]]. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Don't provoke him, though. It's for your own good]].
* ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'' has the CluelessDetective Manzo the Saw who isn't particularly violent or competent: the nickname comes from the fact that he doesn't bother to take care of his sword, so the blade is jagged and dull. He's a parody of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanzo_Itami Hanzo the Razor]], who did some pretty squicky things, but wasn't particularly bloodthirsty either.
** In fact, it's likely Manzo's nickname is meant to be ironic, because he isn't particularly sharp.

* In ''Film/RustlersRhapsody'', Peter (the sidekick) tells Rex (the hero) that the hired gun the bad guys are sicking on him is named Bob Barber. This sounds odd to Rex. "Just Bob? Not Bad Bob Barber? Bothersome Bob Barber? Bob the Butcher Barber?"
* ''Film/CarryOnBehind''. Professor Crump wakes up after being knocked unconscious to find a strange man (Fred the butcher) leaning over him. When Fred introduces himself by profession, Crump screams in terror.

* Twisted in [[Creator/IainBanks Iain M. Banks]]' ''Literature/TheCulture'' novel ''Literature/UseOfWeapons'' where an important character is called "The Chairmaker". The name comes from his MoralEventHorizon.
* The Night Butcher from ''The Schwa Was Here'' is just a butcher who works at night.
* ''Literature/TheHuntingOfTheSnark'':
** In Fit One: He came as a Butcher, but gravely declared/ When the ship had been sailing a week/ He could only kill Beavers, the Bell Man looked scared/ And was almost too frightened to speak.
** But in Fit Five: [[OddFriendship Such friends, as the Beaver and Butcher became]]/Have seldom if ever been known/ In winter or summer, 'twas always the same/You could never meet either alone
* K.J. Parker's novel ''Literature/{{Sharps}}'' has a General Carnufex known as "The Irrigator", because he won a war by redirecting water to flood an enemy town, killing every one of the thousands of people who lived there in the process. Amusingly, the name Carnufex presumably a reference to the Latin term carnifex which more or less means "butcher".

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'' episode "Dick the Mouth Solomon," the guy Sally's dating is called Sammy "The Butcher" Marchetti. She and the rest of the family assume he's a hitman and so all start acting like characters out of a Mafia movie. Sally's relieved and Tommy's disappointed to learn that Sammy is simply an ''actual'' butcher.
* Also in ''Series/{{Porridge}}'', Fletch warns Godber that another prisoner is "The Butcher of Eastgate".(Or somewhere. I can't remember exactly)
--> Godber: (nervously) "So what did he do?"
--> Fletch: "Fiddled the VAT on his sausages."

* Andy Mrotek, drummer for The Academy Is..., has the nickname "The Butcher."
* Roy Brown's "Butcher Pete", about a man who loves to "chop up the ladies' meat." The implication is sexual, but the actual lyrics make it sound very much like "Pete" is a serial killer.
* [[Music/{{Erasure}} Andy Bell]] did actually work as a butcher before becoming one of the most camp singers in music's recent history.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Commandos}}'' series, the Green Beret (the main playable character) is nicknamed "the Butcher", not because of sociopathic or bloodythirsty tendencies, but because he uses a [[KnifeNut knife]] as his weapon of choice.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[http://dominic-marco.deviantart.com/art/Butcher-Baker-etc-118425299 This picture defies the above description.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', some of Wanda's father's company hire a guy called 'The Butcher' to do something unspecified to Wanda. It turns out he actually is a fairy who works as a local butcher, and the boys just wanted to give Wanda a nice meal for her birthday.
* The PBS superhero ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl'' has a villain called The Butcher. He wears an old-fashioned butcher's uniform, has some sort of giant cut of meat strapped to his back, and has meat-themed powers. This character is actually a subversion. He creates meat products with his powers, so there's no slaughter implied. He's also dumb, not scary at all.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Leitch_%28Mad_Butcher%29 Peter Leitch]], aka "The Mad Butcher", a New Zealand businessman whose butchery chain has earned widespread popularity and who is also known for his charity and Rugby League work. The "mad" also at least partly comes from his MotorMouth speaking style.
* ''Megalania prisca'', a giant extinct monitor lizard, has a genus name that was at first thought to mean "Giant butcher". However, it turns out that the name actually means "Giant wanderer". Shame, because the former meaning sounds much more fitting for such a badass animal.
* The 19th century German bandit Johannes Bückler was mostly known as ''Schinderhannes'', or "John the Butcher". However, he had that name long before he became an infamous criminal since, like all the men in his family, he was a butcher by profession. While he did commit some cases of manslaughter during his criminal career, he wasn't exceptionally vicious, but his name probably helped a lot to make him one of the most well known bandits of the time.
* Shrikes, a type of songbird notorious for their habit of [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice skewering their prey on thorns]] (typically small lizards and rodents), are also known as "butcher birds" because of this: it's said to resemble a butcher hanging a carcass to cut meat from it.
* The aforementioned title "Carnifex" previously referred to public executioners in Rome.