A darkly humorous [[http://www.choppingblock.org webcomic]] by Lee Adam Herold documenting [[WebcomicsLongRunners since 2000]] the single-panel exploits of Butch R. Mann, a hockey mask-wearing serial killer who is equal parts "[[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason Voorhees]], Hannibal Lecter, [[Film/{{Psycho}} Norman Bates,]] and Ziggy." Most of the humor of the strip comes from taking typical horror and slasher tropes, then bringing them to the most ludicrous possible applications. The strip is notable for both its gag skill in CrossingTheLineTwice, and its unique gray-toned art style that is both inked and sponged before being scanned into the computer.

Definitely not for kids, as the subject matter swings freely from BlackComedy to GallowsHumor to BlackComedy and all steps in between. However, if you're in the mood for a little walk on the darker side of the mind, this is the panel-strip for you.

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!!This Work Provides Examples of:
* AbortedArc: ScheduleSlip has caused the author's few storylines (delving into Butch's past) to abort without mention.
* AbusiveParents: One of Butch's mother's boyfriends was apparently a child molester. [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20010919.html He got what was coming to him.]]
* {{Acrofatic}}: Butch veers between this and just plain fat.
* AerosolFlamethrower: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20010706.html For an audition.]]
* AloneWithThePsycho: Many strips are positioned as such.
* AndShowItToYou: Butch tries this sometimes, but the victims usually don't live long enough to see it.
* AssholeVictim: Butch likes to kill these, although he'll target anyone who draws his attention. (Among other things, he specifically targets registered sex offenders.)
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20010703.html Oh looky, a butterfly!]]
** [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20011116.html Karaoke!]]
** AngryBirds [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20110207.html to the rescue.]]
* AuthorAvatar: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20010504.html Alarmingly possible]].
** [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20011024.html Confirmed]].
* AutoeroticAsphyxiation: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20000815.html Carefully faked]].
* AxCrazy
* BadHumorTruck: When you're killing the ice cream man, [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20000927.html remember to turn off the music]].
* BeachBury: Butch didn't initially bury the guy, but he did finish the job.
* {{Beat}}: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20030620.html Until Butch remembers his manners.]]
* BedTrick: Butch killed the guy who was supposed to be in the bed. (He really just wanted a hug.)
* BerthaInTheAttic: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20020409.html Butch In The Basement.]]
* BilingualBonus: Various strips have been written in several different languages, such as Irish, Spanish, etc.
* BitterAlmonds: Like a lot of creators, [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20040121.html Herold screwed this one up]], assuming that bitter almonds smell like regular almonds.
* BlackComedy: Butch kills men, women, children, and dogs without pause, sometimes in alarmingly graphic ways.
* BloodyHilarious
* BorrowedBiometricBypass: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20010417.html Can be problematic]] if you lose track of whose eyes are whose.
* BrickJoke: From [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20000815.html this]] to [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20040315.html this]], nearly four years apart.
* BritishStuffiness: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20030327.html Butch demonstrates how to eliminate it]].
* TheBrute: Nearly six and a half feet tall, and SuperStrength to match.
* TheButcher: ... Butch.
* CallingShotgun: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20010518.html Literally.]]
* TheCallsAreComingFromInsideTheHouse: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20000810.html "Damn caller I.D."]]
* CannibalismSuperpower: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20000912.html Butch doesn't have one, even if he thinks he does]].
* ChainedToARailway: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20000913.html The back-to-basics approach]].
* ChainsawGood: Obviously.
** [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20030401.html Better than pennies.]]
* CheekCopy: With someone else's butt, and not much else of them.
* CompanionCube: Most of the objects in Butch's house have given him suggestions. Terrible, terrible suggestions.
* CompletelyMissingThePoint: Butch intermittently forgets that killing people is illegal, instead panicking that a bystander saw him commit a much more minor crime (like shoplifting) in the process of killing someone.
* CouldntFindALighter: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20040113.html Hey pal, you got a light?]]
* CrimeAfterCrime: Butch is prone to killing one person to help another, killing that second person for panicking at his actions, and then killing whoever saw it happen.
* {{Crossover}} A few, starting with Butch making bread with Freddy Krueger, and ending with the devils from ''{{Sinfest}}'', ''Living In Greytown'' and ''Hell Sweet Hell'' using him as a marionette.
** The [[WeirdTradeUnion union meeting]] of "Psychos Local 616" ([[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20010329.html March 29, 2001]]), with [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover Freddy, Jason, Leatherface, Mike Myers, and Butch]] "talking shop".
* DeadArtistsAreBetter: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20010108.html Butch buys paintings from artists before killing them]].
* DeadGuyPuppet: Giving JimHenson [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20010724.html the funeral he would have wanted]].
* DefiantToTheEnd: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20010718.html This guy]], basically saying "Screw this!" to a red-hot poker.
* DoesThisMakeMeLookFat: [[http://www.choppingblock.org/d/20001124.html Butch suffers it]] when disguised as a woman.
** [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20010612.html But he knows exactly how to respond to it]].
* DoingItForTheArt: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20010504.html Butch and his creator both.]]
* EdiblethemeNaming: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20040408.html Not a good idea around Butch.]]
* EitherWorldDominationOrSomethingAboutBananas: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20020614.html Where the bathroom is or coded message from Satan?]] [[note]]The lord of the flies demands that the flesh of the innocent be broken that he might bathe in their blood.[[/note]]
* ElectrifiedBathtub: The text talks of the beauty of the arcing electricity. Butch just likes the smell.
** [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20030815.html Electrifed swimming pool.]]
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Reginald.
* [[FetusTerrible Fetus]] / EnfantTerrible: Butch [[http://www.choppingblock.org/d/20020108.html strangled his twin in the womb]], and liked killing animals even as a child.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Butch is a ''killer'', and is terribly embarrassed for something to think he's going to ''rape'' them. Notably, this isn't a moral standard, it's pure semantics on Butch's part.
** Butch likes going to the bus station, [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20010808.html but is wary of the unsavory elements there.]]
** [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20020815.html The little guy with the funny mustache]] gives Butch the creeps.
* EverybodyHatesMathematics: It's been mentioned multiple times that Butch had difficulty with math in school.
* EveryoneHatesMimes: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20020116.html Butch kills them even after meeting his quota.]]
** [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20090216.html Sic semper mimeus]]
* EvilerThanThou: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20011212.html 3rd place is unacceptable.]]
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: "Something told Butch he should kill the next person to pass by."
-->[[spoiler:'''Weird creature sitting on the bench''': ''Psst. Hey, buddy. You should kill the next person to pass by.'']]
* ExpressiveMask: The eyeholes in Butch's mask mimic actual eyes, especially when he's happy.
* {{Expy}}: Depending on the situation, Butch can take the place of any famed serial killed, real or fictional, though his general appearance is a clear riff on Jason's.
** [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20001003.html He once performed a]] MirrorRoutine with Jason.
* ExtendedDisarming: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20010712.html Though the disarmer doesn't live to see it.]]
* TheFaceless: Butch always wears a hockey mask. In [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20020123.html one comic,]] he's shown without the mask (having carved words into his forehead); his face is entirely obscured by shadow.
* FailedASpotCheck: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20020628.html This cop.]]
* FamousLastWords: A running gag is someone saying one of these with Butch within earshot.
** [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20020109.html #47.]]
** [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20020122.html #13.]]
** [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20020430.html #26.]]
** [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20020926.html #91.]]
* FanBoy: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20020429.html Even Butch has them.]]
* FourFingeredHands
* GallowsHumor: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20010829.html S'alright? S'alright.]]
* GoodAngelBadAngel: Used at least twice. The angel never survives.
* GrammarNazi: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20090505.html Yes]].
** Of course, the site itself is rife with intentional punny misspellings, likely to add to the spooky decorum of the site. It is rather jarring, especially when seeing that comic. You'd think Butch would have killed his own creator by now.
*** [[SeriesHiatus Speaking of which, it's been a while since we heard of him, hasn't it]]?
* GrandfatherParadox: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20020320.html Butch is willing to try it.]]
* GrievousBottleyHarm: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20010906.html Butch's favorite part of a christening.]]
* GroinAttack: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20020808.html Wanker Patrol.]]
* GuiltyPleasures: InUniverse [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20040506.html with]] {{Friends}}.
* HalloweenEpisode: Choptoberfest 2013, starting on [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20130930.html this]] page.
* HeadHat: Head nothing, Butch once made a hat out of a uterus!
* HeroicFireRescue: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20010119.html How it looked to the onlookers]]. They didn't see him carry the old lady out the back door . . .
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20011213.html Turns out dropping cinderblocks on freeways causes traffic jams.]]
* HooksAndCrooks: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20000818.html Unfortunately, Butch forgot his hook]].
* HopeSpot: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20010710.html This guy had one,]] [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20080221.html as did this one.]]
* HyperspaceArsenal: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20010712.html Best demonstrated]] by the fate of [[MuggingTheMonster an unfortunate mugger]].
** [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20020219.html But there are limits to what he can hide]]. Not what he can ''carry'', just what he can hide.
* IAmLegion: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20110131.html Well, it explains why his bulk keeps increasing]] . . .
* ICallItVera: Butch's [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20011217.html knife]] is named [[Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera Mack]].
** [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20020516.html Sparky.]]
* IgnoredEpiphany: The comic plays with the trope [[http://www.choppingblock.org/d/20000728.html in just the second strip]].
** [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20011109.html He's also considered]] [[DrivenToSuicide suicide]].
* ILoveTheDead: Butch usually treats killing a woman as equivalent to deflowering her, and doesn't have sex with her body until long after she's dead. (Of course, like a lot of things in the comic, this can vanish for the sake of a joke.)
* [[ImAHumanitarian I'm A Humanitarian]]: One of Butch's most frequent reasons for murder, probably coming in third behind "they were annoying" and "why not?"
** EatsBabies: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20011106.html Raw bar.]]
* ImprovisedWeapon: Butch likes his "scythe", but he's also killed people with a crowbar, a screwdriver, a lawnmower, etc.
* IThoughtItMeant: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20011107.html Organ grinders.]]
* ItsAWonderfulPlot: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20101223.html Without Butch . . . the world would be so much better!]]
* KarmaHoudini: At various times, Butch has been imprisoned, put on parole, sentenced to death (with the implication that he killed everyone in the courtroom), and placed at third on the FBI's most wanted list. It has never even been hinted that something other than direct authorial intervention or his own stupidity could put him down for good. (In one version of the future, it's the latter. In another, he grows old in a nursing home, no longer physically fit enough to kill anyone.)
* KavorkaMan: Butch seems to have no problem getting dates, despite always wearing a hockey mask.
* KnockingOnHeathensDoor: [[http://choppingblock.org/d/20010711.html Butch does Jehovah a favor, and gets rid of a witness]].
* LIsForDyslexia: One of Butch's recurring traits. (Among other things, when he tried to kill the Dixie Chicks, he accidentally killed some "Chix with Dicks.")
* LifeImitatesArt: Averted, [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20090109.html though not for lack of trying.]]
* LiteralMinded: Butch suffers from this.
** [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20010806.html Not that kind of bodybuilding.]]
** [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20010814.html Choking a chicken is no different than choking something else.]]
** [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20020101.html Free masonry sure is complicated to get.]]
* MadeFromRealGirlScouts: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20101220.html Recipes for gingerbread men always omit the most important ingredient.]]
* ManEatingPlant: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20030910.html A failed scheme]].
* MeaningfulName: Butch R. Mann
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Essentially, Butch's five word credo.
* MyBelovedSmother: Butch's mother was emotionally abusive, and although she's long since dead, he [[MummiesAtTheDinnerTable dug up her corpse]] and still hears it speak to him. At various points, he's carried it around in a backpack, accidentally beheaded it, and [[{{Squick}} tried to climb back into its uterus]].
** Notably, when someone asked him to spare her life because she had a little boy, he killed her precisely ''because'' of [[FreudianExcuse how he might have turned out if his mother hadn't been around]].
* NailEm: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20040415.html Making a name]] for things that go "pffft-ka-CHUNK!" in the night. (Or at least in the afternoon.)
* NamesTheSame: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20020107.html Hannibal.]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Butch R. Mann. 'Nuff said.
** Even better: his biological father was [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20020819.html Charles Mann]]. Meaning Butch is [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CharlesManson Charles Mann's son]].
* NapoleonDelusion: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20010719.html Why Butch didn't mingle with other inmates at the asylum.]]
* NeckSnap: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20020524.html On a terrorist. NO ONE blows up Butch's planes.]]
* NegativeContinuity: Butch wears a hockey mask and kills people. ''Nothing'' else stays constant from strip to strip, not even his personality--it all depends on the RuleOfFunny.
* NiceToTheWaiter: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20020826.html In his own way.]]
* NietzscheWannabe: Butch has been both this and TheFatalist for various jokes.
* NightmareFetishist: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20030721.html Butch looks to Lovecraft for inspiration.]]
* [[NoAnimalsWereHarmed "No Animals Weren't Harmed in the Making of This Comic"]]: One of the author's comments. (Others include [[UselessSpleen "Now with More Spleens!"]])
* NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity: Invoked: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20020305.html according to knifemakers, there is.]]
* NoodleImplements: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20011211.html Gallon of anti-freeze and a dog dish.]]
* NotSoStoic: Even Royal Guards [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20030327.html aren't immune.]]
* OffWithHisHead: Very often.
* OrAreYouJustHappyToSeeMe: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20010917.html Why not both?]]
* PayEvilUntoEvil: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20011115.html Vivisecting bin Laden's brain.]]
* PedophilePriest: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20020320.html Scarier than serial killers.]]
* PetTheDog: Butch feels no compunctions about killing dogs, but he never harms pet fish or allows them to come to harm, and he may have a soft spot for cats as well. [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20030908.html May being the keyword...]]
* PlaceWorseThanDeath: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20030106.html Cleveland.]]
* PoeticSerialKiller: Butch tries to be one, but never quite gets the hang of it.
* PoorMansPorn: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20010924.html Butch finds alternative uses for the lingerie catalog.]]
* PsychopathicManchild: Butch can be this, depending on the joke. In particular, his mutilation of corpses has been compared to [[KidsPreferBoxes a child playing with a box]].
* {{Pun}}
** [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20010720.html On eating a French midget]], Butch gets "a little frog in his throat".
** [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20020124.html Golf with a dead body is, well...]]
* InsistentTerminology: "[[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20020114.html Job Performance Reviews]]", also known as obituaries.
** Butch prefers "High Yield Afterlife Broker" to "SerialKiller".
* PunchClockVillain: Though for the most part he really enjoys it, Butch treats his murders like a job, often trying to make a quota or taking days off. Even still, his most common "facial" expression seems to be a look of slight depression.
* PutThemAllOutOfMyMisery: In one version of Butch's insanity, he both sees himself as TheEveryman, and hates himself, so he kills one person after another in place of killing himself. [[OmnicidalManiac He'd kill the entire world this way]] if he had the chance, but he'd then go even madder with no one left to kill.
* RageAgainstTheAuthor: The Halloween arc back in 2001 eventually turned into this--Herold revived the corpses of Butch's victims to punish him, and Butch in turn tried to kill Herold. [[spoiler:Strictly speaking, Herold won.]]
** [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20030828.html A more condensed version]].
* RageAgainstTheReflection: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20011126.html "Goddamn thing was always staring at him."]]
* ReleasedToElsewhere: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20020516.html Sparky]]
* RazorFloss: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20101222.html Combined with skiing.]]
* ScheduleSlip: The strip is known to not be updated for months at a time, then a new comic every day for just as long. Its intensive art creation certainly contributes to this.
** His updating schedule fluctuates so wildly that sometimes Keenspot just keeps him in the hiatus section of the site to save time.
* TheSchizophreniaConspiracy: Butch often hears voices that give him commands. (Interestingly, he's said that he'd go even ''crazier'' if he tried to disobey the orders.)
* TheScourgeOfGod: Butch is either this, or [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20010914.html really, really screwed]].
* SecondPlaceIsForLosers: Butch considered being [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20011212.html bumped to third]] to be unacceptable.
* SeriesHiatus: 5 May 2009 -- 1 Nov 2010
* ShovelStrike: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20030804.html Attempted.]]
* SinisterScythe: Butch's weapon of choice is actually a sickle, but he calls it a scythe. It eventually gets [[LampshadeHanging lampshade-hung]] when a girl at a party tells him the difference; he then kills her with his "fucking doohickey".
* SnuffFilm: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20010725.html Hard to quit.]]
* SpikesOfDoom: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20010817.html Which permits do you need to build them?]]
* {{Spoonerism}}: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20020128.html Frontal lobotomy or bottle in front of me?]]
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: Butch is so out-of-shape at one point that an old woman with a walker can outrun him, and he normally relies on stealth, but he becomes absurdly fast and lethal when large groups of people try to kill him.
* SubliminalSeduction: Butch can't detect it in Music/TheBeatles, but [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20000821.html listening to "Octopus's Garden" does make him want to kill Ringo.]]
* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20020326.html Here.]]
* StylisticSuck: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20030828.html Butch is not a good cartoonist]], although he definitely puts emotion into it.
* TakeAThirdOption: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20010817.html The abortion debate.]]
* TakeThat: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20020509.html Against the Verizon guy.]]
* TeensAreMonsters: Well, when that teen is Butch...
* TimeTravel: Butch's adventures in such places as [[OffWithHisHead revolutionary France]], the Hindenburg...
* TitleDrop: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20010410.html Within a strip where Butch is trying to decide where to start cleaving a victim all tied up and ready.]]
* TheyKilledKenny: Either there are a lot of Hendersons, or Butch has murdered the entire family several times by now.
** The status of his mother often changes as well. Mostly how he killed her or where he hid of the body.
* ThirtyMinutesOrItsFree: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20010216.html So how many free pizzas do you get if the pizza guy's never heard from again?]]
** In a later strip, he makes a "Dead in thirty minutes or you go free!" guarantee.
* TooDumbToLive: Everyone, including Butch. (Case in point: the "[[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20010117.html final episode]].")
* UselessSpleen: The spleen is probably the most frequently-mentioned organ in the comic. Butch doesn't even know what it does, but he describes as having "a certain je ne sais quois."
* VillainProtagonist: Butch
* VorpalPillow: An attempt by Butch [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20010511.html to be rid of]] his [[MyBelovedSmother Beloved Smother]].
* WalkingArmory: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20020219.html Chainsaw, bow, knives, rifle...]]
* WriterOnBoard: Herold, as with many webcomic artists, will occasionally force his political views into the comic. (The most notable being his response to the Terri Schiavo affair.) Fortunately, this is a very rare occurrence.
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20030714.html Prayer to St. Guillotine.]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20011025.html By the creator no less,]] [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20011030.html later reversed.]]
* YourHeadAsplode: How Jackson Pollock should have died, according to Butch.
* YouWatchTooMuchX: Road Runner cartoons, [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20010904.html in this case.]]
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