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William "B.J." Blazkowicz

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Voiced in English by: Matthew Kaminski (Return to Castle Wolfenstein - console versions), Peter Jessop (Wolfenstein 2009), Brian Bloom (The New Order, The Old Blood, The New Colossus, Youngblood), Debi Derryberry (Young BJ, The New Colossus)
Voiced in Japanese by: Joji Nakata (The New Order and The New Colossus), Yui Kondo (Young BJ, The New Colossus)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Gerardo Garcia (The New Colossus)
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An OSA agent, Blazkowicz is the main protagonist of the saga. He differs in appearance through various continuities (original 3D universe, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Wolfenstein RPG, and the timeline of the 2009 game, The New Order\The Old Blood and The New Colossus), but the majority of his traits remain the same.


  • Abusive Parents: His father, Rip, was a bigoted asshole who only married B.J.'s mother, a Jewish woman, for her business connections. Rip's introduction during a flashback in the New Colossus sees him getting downright furious at a young B.J. for being friends with an African-American girl, knocking his wife out cold for trying to protect their son from his wrath, choking his son almost to unconsciousness, before forcing him to shoot the family dog, Bessie, to teach him to be "strong". When the two reunite years-on, Rip reveals that he sent his wife to a concentration camp. Long story short: the Blazkowicz family tree had a rotten branch that needed hacking.
  • Adorkable: Has his moments. One example in The Old Blood has him pulling an Alas, Poor Yorick on a skull he finds in Rudi's room, only accidentally drop it and awkwardly place it back on the desk he found it on. Then there's him trying to use that coffee machine on the train...
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    • After being gifted with a new Super Soldier body to replace his old, dying one, BJ becomes a lot more enthusiastic and cheerful. At one point he excitedly presents Set Roth with a couple of defeated Nazi robots, and seems disappointed when Set is too busy focused on something else to share his enthusiasm, making him come off like a kid showing off some cool new toys he found.
  • Amazon Chaser: What does the sight of Anya, his lover and soon-to-be mother of his children, topless, drenched in blood, and screaming fury as she mows down Nazi soldiers whilst straddling him elicit? An amazed and rather evidently turned on "Wow."
  • Ambiguously Jewish: Averted as of The New Colossus - BJ's Jewishness was speculated at for most of the Wolfenstein games, but it was finally confirmed.
  • An Axe to Grind: In The New Colossus he trades his knives for hatchets. He puts it to good use, saying "there's a lot of things you can do with an axe and a Nazi."
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  • And I Must Scream: According to the cutscenes in Wolfenstein: The New Order, he was pretty conscious while catatonic. His narration notes it wasn't like this the entire time, however, noting things such as seasons passing in what seemed to be the blink of an eye.
  • Animal Motif: Wolves. He patiently stalks his prey like a wolf chasing its target and waits for the opportunity to strike nazis when they are at their most vulnerable. Also, while he gives his "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Frau Engel as he brutally kills her with a hatchet, he tells the dying nazi that she is “among wolves now.”
  • Arch-Enemy: Adolf Hitler was this in the classic era of Wolfenstein 3D/Spear of Destiny. He was fought and killed at the end of episode 3 of 3D, and even though there were three more episodes and a full game released afterward, those were all prequels and set before the first three episodes of 3D, leaving Hitler as the chronological Final Boss. Starting with Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Wilhelm "Deathshead" Strasse stepped into the role until The New Order, which was his most prominent role as Big Bad. Frau Engel becomes this in The New Colossus, especially after executing Caroline, and since BJ killed her lover Bubi, the feeling's mutual. Even if Engel's reign as BJ's arch-enemy was fairly short-lived, with him killing her at the end of the game, she certainly made a lasting impression.
  • Art Shift: In Wolfenstein, he looks almost nothing like his Return to Castle Wolfenstein incarnation (and, by extension, his classic Wolfenstein 3D appearance), which is somewhat odd as all the other returning characters appear largely the same (other than a higher polycount and bump-mapping, of course). He seems to be based on the Wolf3D cover art rather than the actual in-game sprite. In The New Order, however, his appearance is directly modeled after his in-game sprite in Wolfenstein 3D, and bears a passing resemblance to John Cena.
  • Ax-Crazy: Downplayed but present, especially in The New Order. B.J is an oddly stoic version of this - he's quite intelligent on the whole, but he is rather... temperamental to the point of stupidity in some of what he does, like interrogating someone with a chainsaw or deciding to use his knife on Deathshead because shooting would be too good a death for him. True to form, Deathshead takes advantage of the latter one to (almost) disastrous effect.
    • Anyone familiar with Poland's military history - and the Holocaust - won't be surprised that this American soldier of Polish and Jewish blood mows down Nazis by the hundreds.
  • "Awesome McCool" Name: William Blazkowicz. Ironically, his Red Baron nickname is considerably lamer...
  • Badass Family: It's been confirmed that William Joseph Blazkowicz II, a.k.a. "Billy Blaze" is his grandson, and Doomguy is his great-grandson (at least in the classic games).
    • In the 2010s reboot series, he ends up with a more immediate version of this trope; his lover, Anya, proves she can be just as badass as B.J. in The New Colossus, whilst their twin daughters go on to be the protagonists of Youngblood.
  • Badass in Distress:
    • During The New Colossus, B.J. ends up captured by the Nazis and put on trial, then sentenced to execution.
    • The basic plot of Youngblood, as revealed in its demo trailer, is that B.J's daughters need to rescue him after he goes missing on a mission in Nazi-occupied Paris. Averted in that he's just hiding.
  • Badass Normal: No amount of Nazi cyborgs, undead or occult magic can take this guy down. Even the loss of his head ends up being a minor inconvenience in the long run.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": To infiltrate a Venus base, he disguises himself as an actor, auditioning for the role of himself in a propaganda flick. He can't remember a single line, reads what he jotted down in a neutral monotone, those lines are really badly smudged (in his defense, it was pretty poorly written to begin with, and his acting as an actor is pretty good).
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He’s a perfectly civil, polite and all-round Nice Guy. Who wages a one-man war against the entirety of the Nazi Regime and is winning.
  • Berserk Button: Nazis, and bigotry in general, natch. Also, do not insinuate that he or his government was little better than the Nazis in The New Order.
  • The Big Guy: Bordering on Heroic Build in The Old Blood. The unlockable model for Blazkowicz in Nazi uniform notes that they had to get his uniform custom made by a tailor before they could send him off as an infiltrator.
  • Bond One-Liner: At the end of Episode 3 in 3D, after killing Hitler.
    "Sieg heil, huh... Sieg Hell."
  • Brain Transplant: After he was publicly decapitated, his head was quickly recovered and preserved long enough to transplant to a Super Soldier body.
  • Byronic Hero: Blazkowicz has shades of these in The New Order. Though charismatic, handsome and eloquent in his monologues, he's clearly damaged goods by all of the suffering he's endured throughout the war, whether it'd be all of the horrors committed by the Nazis or the deaths of those under his command. He even fears that once his fight with the Nazis will be over, that he may never be fit to live a normal life ever again. The New Colossus gives him a new purpose: Anya is pregnant with his twins, and B.J. is gonna make damn sure he'll kill every last Nazi so that his kids won't be born into a living hellhole run by goose-stepping, jackass fascists and spineless greedy Quislings. He also promised himself to be a far better father than his own piss-poor, waste-of-space, sorry-ass excuse of a father Rip ever was; when confronting his dad, B.J. notes he expects to be dead soon, and he'd still be a better father than Rip was. Sadly despite killing Dethshead and Engel, those Nazi jackasses are still in power by the 1980s, depriving his daughters of anything resembling a normal childhood. Only a literal Reset Button will make things right for BJ and his family.
  • Character Development: He goes from a blank slate in Wolfenstein 3D and Return to Castle Wolfenstein, to a cocky badass in Wolfenstein (2009), to a shell-shocked fatalist in The New Order and in the beginning of The New Colossus, before finding a new will to live and fight after becoming a father-to-be and getting a new Super Soldier body and becoming a wisecracking Determinator.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: He is incredibly strong, implied to be because of his youth on an American farm, to the point he can carry around the MG46 (a heavy machine gun normally used by the Nazi Super Soldiers — or mounted on turrets) as a personal weapon and dual-wield automatic double-barreled shotguns and assault rifles.
  • Children Are Innocent: As a child, B.J. was a good-hearted, accepting child who - despite the prejudices of the time - saw nothing wrong with playing with an African-American girl. Thankfully, this hasn't changed in his adulthood, going by his friendships with Grace, J, and Bombate.
    • He did, however, have one instance of Troubling Unchildlike Behavior when he was gleefully watching a rat drown, thinking that it deserved it. It took Billie, the aforementioned girl, breaking down into tears pleading with him to help for him to knock the bucket over.
  • Climax Boss: In Wolfstone 3D, B.J. is this at the end of Episode 3, exactly halfway through the full game.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: In The New Colossus, BJ can acquire three wearable contraptions that he can use to reach areas he otherwise couldn't: The Ram Shackles (allowing him to charge through certain grates and doors, as well as enemies), the Constrictor Harness (allowing him to crawl through really tight spaces), and the Battle Walker (allowing him to basically walk on stilts and reach high places). At a certain point around halfway through, you are allowed to choose one of the three, but can still acquire the two you didn't pick through side-missions. Interestingly, BJ sort of does become a superman since he's given a new Super Soldier body, but he's not really that much tougher than he was pre-injury, and thus needs to wear the contraptions to step his game up.
  • The Comically Serious: Much of the humor in The New Order comes from B.J.'s growling whispers in response to utterly bizarre circumstances, and delivering the strangest lines in the same deadpan tone:
    "Okay...okay. You put a Nazi on the moon. Fuck you, moon."
  • Death Seeker: Becomes this in The New Order, as he is forced to face the horrors of the Nazi's impending victory. Culminates in the climax, where he is heavily wounded in Deathshead's compound and gives the order to launch a nuke on his own position. This continues through The New Colossus, as B.J.'s body is slowly failing him from the massive trauma he took at the end of the last game At least until he gets a new super-soldier body to save him from a decapitation.
  • Deep South: Sports a thick Texas accent in New Order.
  • Dented Iron: A major part of his characterization starting in The New Order, as he delivers this line as Fergus gives him CPR.
    B.J.: Death at the gates again. Howling my name. Can't greet you today. I have a war to win.
    • This comes back in the beginning of The New Colossus, when he's bleeding out heavily from his wounds and believes his work is done. After he wakes up and learns that Engel has risen to power, he wheels into the fight with a wheelchair, a catheter, and two busted kidneys, determined not to give up the fight. In gameplay terms, this means that his maximum health has been halved - 50 down from 100. However his use of Caroline's Powered Armour doubles his maximum armour and he later gains a new body that gives him a full 100 health.
      "Death at the gates again. Howling my name. Come on in, old buddy. Sorry I made you wait."
  • Determinator: It seems that any attempt the Nazis make at throwing everything they have at him only make him more determined to wipe them all out. Taken Up to Eleven in The New Colossus where he forces his crippled self out of bed and continues fighting in a wheelchair. Hell, not even the loss of his own head stops him for long.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?:
    • He destroys a demonic creature known as the Angel of Death in Spear of Destiny, and does the same thing to the Devil Incarnate in the Mission Packs...twice.
    • He kills the Eldritch Abomination beneath Wulfburg by literally shooting it in the face repeatedly.
  • The Dreaded: In The New Order, Nazi soldiers will occasionally shout "Oh no, here he comes!" in German when they spot him. In The New Colossus the Nazis call him Terror Billy, and he's the most wanted (and feared) individual in the whole Reich. Early on, one conversation between Nazi troops has one of them stating that he had to clean up after one of BJ's fights and had nightmares about it afterwards.
  • Dual Wielding: In The Old Blood, he puts his massive size and strength to good use by carrying two versions of most of his guns — the only ones he doesn't dual-wield are his Kampfpistolenote , Bombenschussenote , knife (though he's shown using two of them at once in some Takedown animations), and the MG1946note . Also technically his pipe, which alternates between unscrewed format (where he uses it like a club/dagger combination) and screwed format (where he uses it as a shortstaff).
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: In Wolfenstein, Caroline Becker, the leader of the Kreisau Circle, "doesn't completely trust [him] yet" even after completing a number of dangerous missions for them, all of which involve the killing of dozens if not hundreds of Nazis. Dr. Leonid Alexandrov is also dismissive of his accomplishments, though it's justified in his case because he was a mole all along. Averted in The New Order onwards, as he becomes the Kreisau Circle's best agent so much so that they save him from decapitation via Brain Transplant and impresses two other resistance groups enough that they join forces.
  • Eagleland: Even putting aside his Nazi killing, he's an all-American soldier who, in his own words, fights for "freedom, justice, and the American Way" and despises "goddamn Bolshevik traitors." Like Captain America with guns and vulgarity.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: After the Kreisau Circle successfully sneaks out his decapitated head and turns him into a reverse-engineered Ubersoldat. That said, his Super-Soldier body isn't all that different from his old one in terms of abilities, which should speak volumes to how badass he normally is.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: According to flashbacks in New Colossus, B.J. goes from abused farm boy in Texas who couldn’t even fight back to becoming a one man army that leaves Nazis soiling themselves in fear. After acquiring a new super soldier body, he becomes even more feared than before that even hulking Nazi super soldiers became afraid of him.
  • Glass Cannon: In 3D, given that on the default difficulty you can be killed by just 3 or 4 straight shots from a pistol at close range. Also, the first part of The New Colossus, where his health is capped at 50.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He's definitely The Hero, but his methods are extremely visceral.
  • Guttural Growler: In The New Order, courtesy of Brian Bloom.
  • Handicapped Badass:
    • Having a piece of shrapnel lodged in his head may put him out of commission, but not for long (sort of). The damage from the shrapnel even allows him to shake off a poison Bubi injects him with!
    • In the first level of The New Colossus, BJ is crippled, and can no longer walk on his own, using a wheelchair for the first level. He gets better once he gets Caroline's Power Armor after her decapitation. He eventually gets to a point where he can move around without it following his own decapitation.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Somewhat of a subversion. While Blazkowicz is a mildly unhinged mass-murdering Nazi hunter, he shows a lot of compassion and care for Anya as well as other members of the resistance.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Played platonically for all its worth during the hallucination/dream of his mother in The New Colossus. After enduring so much and spending so many years fighting a seemingly insurmountable foe, seeing B.J. break down and confess to his mother that he just wants to stop is a surprising moment of humanity and humility from this One-Man Army. It doesn't help the he'd been told only a few days before that his Abusive Dad sold his Jewish mother out to the Nazis and she died in a concentration camp.
  • He’s Back: In The New Order. After spending fourteen years in a loony bin, all it took to bring B.J. back was the kind care of Anya and a Nazi pointing a gun in his face.
    • In The New Colossus, he gets beheaded by Engel, so Set puts it on the body of an experimental super soldier, which snaps him right out of the depression he had since the beginning of the game.
  • Heroic BSoD: At the start of "The New Colossus" he is depressed over how broken his body is and Caroline's death and noticeably more glum than in the previous game. Wyatt even lampshades that B.J is basically on cruise control waiting to hit a wall. He gets better after having a new body.
  • Heroic Build: Growing up as a farm boy made this guy seriously ripped. Notably, around halfway through The New Colossus, his freshly-decapitated head is rescued and grafted onto a bio-engineered Super Soldier body - and if it weren't for giveaways on the body itself and the neck collar, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. This ordinary guy was so ripped that his physique was pretty much identical to that of a Super Soldier.
  • Heroic Mime: In Wolf-3D, Spear of Destiny and most egregiously in Return to Castle Wolfenstein. He is Suddenly Voiced for further games in the series, though it takes until The New Order before he starts speaking outside of the occasional cutscene.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: In The New Colossus, up to the point that the Biopic the Nazis are making in the wake of his death is Based on a Great Big Lie, portraying BJ as a sociopath, his mother as an enabling Jew, and his father as a put-upon man doing his best but unable to help.
    • A later scene where BJ auditions for said biopic himself on Venus elaborates further with this line.
      Cue Card: Your bravery is no match for a neanderthal like myself. Besides, I only know how to fight in a dirty manner. Now to kill the innocent children. Germany's future. (Diabolical laugh)
  • Hidden Depths: Prevalent in The New Order. Who'd have thought he can play guitar?
    • He also seems to understand Tekla's rapid-fire monologue on the nature of consciousness seconds after being woken up in the middle of the night, and briefly debates her a few minutes later on the subject of free will.
    • He can understand German, of course, even if his accent is terrible, but one cutscene with Bombate toward the end of the Fergus timeline indicates he can understand at least one African language.
    • In TNO, BJ repeatedly jury-rigs various electrical and electronic systems.
    • Throughout The New Colossus, BJ's a lot more reserved and down to earth rather than high-strung about killing Nazis, and readily accepts Sigrun's aid rather than hold bad blood over her being a former Nazi (likely thanks to Klaus and his own childhood abuse). He also is surprisingly tolerant and accepting of all nationalities and races when it comes to the resistance, only angered by individuals he feels let the nation down by draft dodging and anti-nationalist viewpoints - and even then he's over such things with little bad blood.
  • Hope Bringer: By The New Colossus he's become one to the pockets of resistance still holding off against the Third Reich.
  • Horrifying the Horror: Has become feared by even high ranking members of the Third Reich and any nazis who do make the mistake of taunting him or getting in his way end up dying horribly.
  • I Am Not My Father: His Berserk Button to place J in Choke Holds up against the wall after the latter insinuate that he or his government was little better than the Nazis in The New Order is seen in a new personal light in The New Colossus where it's shown he had to live under his abusive racist father's thumb during his childhood.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Did not enter the series until the third game, Wolfenstein 3D, after the franchise switched hands from Muse Software to id Software. Before that, the protagonist was a nameless Allied Soldier.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Especially used to highlight his Thousand-Yard Stare in The New Order.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: Easy to think of in The New Order. Why can he fit himself into such small spaces? Why's he a One-Man Army? Why's he (almost) Immune to Bullets and Made of Iron? Who knows?
    • In Spear of Destiny, he defeated the Angel of Death and was deemed worthy of wielding the titular spear. Maybe that has something to do with it?
  • Irony: B.J. looks for all the world like the Nazi idea of an Aryan... Except he's Jewish on his mother's side and Polish on his father's. It's hilariously ironic.
  • Just a Stupid Accent: Excused with the fact that he knows German fluently, but can't work out accents. Averted in The New Order. The Old Blood demonstrates that his use of verbal German is absolutely terrible and a friendly NPC even berates him for it.
  • Just One Man: Some Nazis think that just because they're up against one man, they'll be able to take him out. They usually don't last long.
  • Knife Nut: Throughout the franchise always kept one in hand in the event he's out of bullets (except in Wolfenstein), but this really shines in The New Order where he has some pretty creative ways in stabbing Nazis in the back (and the front). Not to mention he has access to throwing knives as well.
    • He also believes shooting Deathshead would be too good a death for the Nazi - not wanting to rest until he's forced a surrender at knifepoint!
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Under the tough, masculine exterior is a broken, traumatized, incredibly tired man who just wants to be able to stop fighting.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: A truly massive one. Just look at the pictures! If he ever runs out of weapons, he could probably just beat Nazis to death with his chin.
  • Lightning Bruiser: In The New Order, B.J. proves to be extremely agile and flexible, despite his considerable physique. He can make some impressively long jumps, fit through tight vents, slide under tiny gaps and generally outmaneuver his opponents and the environment. He also duel-wields everything (including assault rifles and automatic shotguns), and can tank several dozen enemy bullets before dying on Normal difficulty. In fact, with fully upgraded health and max armor he can survive about as many bullets as the prototype supersoldiers from Return to Castle Wolfenstein.
  • Living on Borrowed Time: He outright name-drops this in The New Colossus because of the huge number of close calls he's had and because it's literally true, courtesy of Deathshead's Suicide Attack pureeing his insides. Then he gets a literal full-body transplant, and he's back to normal.
  • Made of Iron: This is lampshaded a few times, especially in The New Order, to the relief of allies and pure, absolute shock by enemies. As a testament to this there's a sequence where a nazi ambushes B.J. as he's opening a door, grabbing him and stabbing him repeatedly. By that point in the level even without full health and armor B.J. can survive getting stabbed over two dozen times, while the nazi goes down in just two stabs to the chest from Terror Billy. It seems that his muscles are so dense that they pull double-duty as natural body armor.
  • Momma's Boy: In the most understandable and heartbreaking way, he is devoted to the memory of his mother in The New Colossus. She was one of the few bright spots in his childhood and he remembers her and her teachings in tense moments. He even imagines finding her again and putting his head in her lap for comfort just before his (temporary) execution.
  • Mr. Fanservice: A tall, square-jawed soldier with a build that could rival an 80's action hero.
    • Played particularly straight in The Old Blood, where the splash screen and first half of the campaign have him shirtless.
  • Nazi Hunter: The Trope Codifier. As of The New Order there no shortage of them to hunt down.
  • Nice Guy: As brutal as BJ is, he's generally pretty friendly, as long as you not a Nazi, or had any previous alliances with them. And even then, if you defect from them and prove yourself to have no love for them, he'll warm up to you considerably.
  • No Cutscene Inventory Inertia: In Wolfenstein, he's always shown with an MP40 in his hands in cutscenes, no matter what weapon the player had equipped when the cutscene was triggered. Furthermore, the MP40 depicted is always unmodified, regardless of any upgrades the player has purchased for it.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: He doesn't let tightly-clothed female guards distract him while he's mowing them down.
  • Not So Different: In The New Order, B.J. is notably a very large individual, dual wields weapons, and is a borderline Ax-Crazy One-Man Army, much like Hans Grosse. The only real difference is they're on separate sides.
    • In The New Colossus, he's shown to have suffered abuse as a kid at the hands of one of his parents and to be determined not to be like that, much how Sigrun Engel is with her mother.
  • Not So Stoic: In The New Colossus when he imagines himself reuniting with his mother he lets it all out.
  • Not Afraid of You Anymore: BJ, after finally having had enough of his abusive father, tells him this in an awesome speech before he finally kills him.
    BJ: "Was a time I was scared of you. Was a time I would piss myself having a gun pointed at my head. You know what I feel right now? (Rip cocks the gun. BJ doesn't even break eye contact.) Not a God-damned thing." (BJ pushes the gun away before Rip fires.)
  • Off with His Head!: Is on the receiving end of this by Frau Engel in "The New Colossus". Thankfully, Set Roth got him a new body.
  • Older Than They Look: In The New Order, spending 14 years in catatonia has not changed him in any way physically, somehow even preserving his considerable muscle mass.
  • Omniglot: If The New Order is any indication, thought it's also subverted - He fluently speaks English, can speak and comprehend Polish, (Though he admits he's not very good) he's fluent in German, he can read Hebrew, and is evidently able to read French, Japanese and Chinese. That said, as of The Old Blood, he's terrible at speaking German with a convincing accent.
  • One-Man Army: He will single-handedly destroy everything in his way, cutting through small armies of Nazi soldiers on his own. Best described by this early radio exchange (in subtitled German) in The New Colossus.
    Frau Engel: [Over the radio] (Send in the troops!)
    Commandant Mannheimer: (Ah, General Engel! Please confirm the number of enemy platoons on board the Ausmerzer. What is their current status and weaponry?)
    Engel: (It's one man.)
    Commandant: (...Excuse me, General?)
    Engel: (Are you deaf, Commandant Mannheimer?! It is one man! Terror-Billy, the idiot American!)
    Commandant: (But... I thought we had him in custody, General?)
    Engel: (He got away.)
    Commandant: (Oh... I see, General.) [Long beat] (...Hhhhow?)
    Engel: (WHAT DOES IT MATTER? He is a trained killer! I guarantee he has obtained firearms by now. Possibly grenades too, how should I know?)
    Commandant: (Affirmative, General. And how many men does Terror-Billy lead in his raid?)
    Engel: (God in Heaven, are you stupid, man?! He's not leading anybody! He is by himself!)
    Commandant: (But one single man, General... surely our security...)
    Engel: (You ARE the security, you fucking imbecile!)
    [B.J. cuts Mannheimer's legs off and slits his throat]
    Engel: (Commandant? Hello? Commandant Mannheimer? Do you read?! ...Shit!)
  • Papa Wolf: On his way to becoming one in The New Colossus. While trying to motivate Horton into joining the resistance, B.J. says he's got kids on the way, and he's going to make sure they aren't born in a world run by Nazis.
  • Patricide: A rare heroic example. When BJ returns to his childhood house and encounters his father Rip for the first time in years, and the latter reveals that he sold his own wife and BJ's mother Zofia out to a concentration camp and tries to kill him, BJ finally bites back and makes the old bastard pay for everything he's done. Naturally, when making their film about Terror-Billy, the Nazis milk this for everything it's worth, portraying Rip as an innocent victim and BJ as a monster for killing his own father.
  • Patriotic Fervor: Downplayed; The New Order establishes him as a bit of a blind patriot toward the U.S., but only because he doesn't like to think that his own country could ever be like his sworn enemies. He gets angry when J compares the Jim Crow South to Nazi Germany, and objects to Boone's Communist resistance when drunk in The New Colossus — not for their criticism of U.S. capitalist society, but more because he believes their messages of pacifism and leftist agitation kept them, and possibly others, from fighting in an increasingly desperate war when soldiers were needed, and instead eroded morale at home. In both instances, he calms down afterward and plays nice.
  • Perma-Stubble: One constant face trait of him since Return to Castle Wolfenstein.
  • Pipe Pain: In the first chapter of The Old Blood, he picks up a busted pipe that he keeps with him from then on. Slotted together, it doubles as a short staff and spear, being useful in all manner of takedowns and as a makeshift crowbar. He can also unscrew it to use it as a combination of a shiv and a hand club.
  • Plot Armor: He manages to escape every capture and survive every execution throughout the series. Special mention goes to his execution in The New Colossus, where he is decapitated. But his head is retrieved by his allies and transplanted into a SuperSoldier body, and proceeds to kick the Nazi's ass again.
  • Polyglot: He's able to speak German and a little bit of Polish. Some of the documents that can be found are printed in various other languages, such as Chinese, meaning that he can at least translate these. Justified in that, as an OSS agent, being able to speak various languages would be of benefit.
  • Rated M for Manly: Particularly by The New Order, B.J. is a One-Man Army of Nazi-crushing force with the broad shoulders, chiseled jawline, Icy Blue Eyes, and tree trunk-like arms to match.
  • Red Baron: By The New Colossus, those who know him by reputation call him "Terror Billy".
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning/Glowing Eyes of Doom: In Wolfenstein 3D, his mug in "I Am Death Incarnate" on the Difficulty Select screen displays red eyes to show that he's tough and dangerous to the Nazis. This is even more so in the Game Within a Game parody Wolfstone 3D (in The New Colossus), when Hitler's real-face portrait is replaced with a portrait of B.J. holding a gun in a stage victory pose, but with the "I Am Death Incarnate" face and glowing red eyes.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran:
    • In Return to Castle Wolfenstein, he's got quite a shocked expression on his face after confronting the undead for the first time and surviving when an Allied plane comes to rescue him. He seems to quickly recover however, and goes back in business right away to infiltrate a German base.
    • His experiences are starting to take their toll on his mind in The New Order.
    • Comes to a head in The New Colossus, where he flat out breaks down at least once and is running on fumes after all he's been through. getting a new body and the help of his teammates helps him pull out of this, with spectacular results.
  • Shrug of God: Whether or not he is meant to be the aforementioned Allied Soldier from Castle Wolfenstein.
  • Silent Protagonist: In Wolfenstein 3D note  and Return to Castle Wolfenstein note . The later games give him an actual voice and personality.
  • Silver Fox:
    • He's 49 years old in The New Order, but looks like he hasn't aged a day.
    • Possibly due to his new Ubersoldat body, the only signs of his aging in Youngblood is a little grey hair. He is otherwise just as ripped as he was in New Colossus.
  • Southern-Fried Private: Downplayed - he has a distinct southern accent in The New Order and The Old Blood, but he doesn't really display any of the associated stereotypes beyond a fondness for country music.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He looks a lot like his father, Rip, but is undoubtedly a much better person. At one point he dons a disguise that includes a big bushy mustache, making him look even more like Rip.
  • Super Soldier: May as well be, what with how unstoppable he is. Finally truly becomes this in The New Colossus when his head is planted on the body of a type of Nazi Super Soldier, complete with mechanical upgrades.
  • Survival Mantra: A very mild example, with "Count to four, inhale. Count to four, exhale". He teaches it to Wyatt when he's going through a panic attack, and uses it himself at the end of New Order's prologue when making his Sadistic Choice.
  • Terror Hero: The Nazis are scared to death of him, and have every right to be; B.J. is quite content putting the fear of death into his enemies. By the time that New Colossus comes around, he's earned the nickname "Terror Billy" from the Reich.
  • Tongue-Tied: His first night with Anya on the train had him simply saying "Yes" a few times, obviously at something of a loss for words.
  • Tranquil Fury: BJ pretty much runs on this trope right out of the gates in Wolfenstein: The New Order and Wolfenstein II. After confronting his father and hearing that he sent his mother to a concentration camp, he calmly expresses his hatred for the man before dismembering his left arm and burying his axe into his heart.
    BJ: "Was a time I was scared of you. Was a time I would piss myself having a gun pointed at my head. You know what I feel right now? Not a God-damned thing."
  • Translation Convention: He's fluent in German, as demonstrated in Wolfenstein (2009). Germans speak accented English, peppered with German phrases. In combat, they speak only German. Similarly, readable documents are written in English.
  • Uncanny Valley: BJ's transplanted ubersoldat body just... does not look right whenever you see it on-screen. Given that it's his head attached to a synthetic body with a metal collar, it's justified. And considering that even before his decapitation, his old body was at death's door, he probably doesn't mind.
  • Warrior Poet: In The New Order. You'd never guess B.J. can be quite eloquent when he wants to.
  • Would Hit a Girl: In his eyes, a Nazi is a Nazi. His last act in New Colossus is to shove a hatchet through a Frau Engel's face.
  • You Don't Look Like You: His appearance in Wolfenstein (the 2009 game) is the most different from all his other appearances; it seems in Wolfenstein he was based on the cover art of Wolfenstein 3D, whereas all of his other appearances were based on his in-game sprite from Wolfenstein 3D.

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