BUTCHER BRITAIN

Real Name: Barton Burdock

Identity/Class: Extradimensional/Alternate reality (Earth-9204) human, British citizen, probable magic mutate, probably power enhanced by costume

Occupation: Protector of Britain, chef, gourmand, carnivore

Group Membership: [Captain Britain] Corps (see comments)

Affiliations: Presumably Merlyn, Roma

Enemies: The Brotherhood of Evil Vegetarians (Magmeato, others), Cerise-616, Feron-616, Meggan Puceanu-616 

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: His reality's equivalent of Merlyn's tower/Excalibur's lighthouse, Britain, Earth-9204

First Appearance: Excalibur I#49 (April 1992)

Powers/Abilities: Butcher Britain is apparently a capable chef, so long as the dish consisted mostly of meat, and is likely skilled in the use of a meat cleaver; it is unrevealed whether he would normally carry this when not in the kitchen. His teeth are all canines, evidencing a mostly, if not purely, carnivorous diet. He probably possesses superhuman abilities similar to and presumably at a similar level to Captain Britain's: superhuman strength (lifting 90 tons), flight (up to 770 mph), enhanced reflexes, stamina and senses. Again like his fellow Corpsman, he presumably is powered by interdimensional frictional energies focused in a matrix centered on the island of Great Britain (or whatever name it goes by in his reality). 

Height: 6'2" (by estimation)
Weight: 460 lbs. (by estimation)
Eyes: Black
Hair: Gray

History:
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Excalibur I#49 (fb) - BTS) - Barton Burdock was Butcher Britain, the Corps representative from Earth-9204, a champion of the highest values of his world's morality code, which was that devouring any and all meats in excess was good and vegetarianism was criminal. In a world where overeating was considered virtuous, being slender was considered evidence of malfeasance. Butcher Britain operated out of a kitchen that was closer to a charnel house, and which he was very territorial about, constantly developing new recipes, and his enemies included Magmeato and his Brotherhood of Evil Vegetarians.

(Excalibur I#49) - During a period of interdimensional instability Butcher Britain's kitchen merged with the equivalent kitchen in Excalibur's lighthouse on Earth-616, depositing three of the residents, Feron, Cerise and Meggan, in the same room as Butcher Britain. The first thing that alerted Butcher to their presence was hearing Feron disparaging the preparation of food as servile work, immediately enraging the gourmand chef, who turned round to confront the intruders, declaring them blasphemers who were violating his kitchen. Confused by the sudden transition between realities, Meggan responded in confusion, but Butcher assumed she was merely playing innocent and declared the trio members of Magmeato's Brotherhood because (to his eyes) all three were far too skinny. Accusing them of having come to try and sabotage his newest recipe, he laughingly told them they were too late as he had already eaten it, then raised his meat cleaver menacingly, announcing that he now craved a slice of herbivore flesh. Rightly concerned that he planned to eat them, Cerise blasted a beam of hard light at Butcher Britain, but the interface between realities abruptly terminated, leaving it unrevealed whether her attack struck home or not.

Comments: Created by Alan Davis and Mark Farmer.

   While Butcher Britain was a member of the Corps, because it has been established that any Captain Britain counterpart is, even if they know nothing about the Corp's existence, given his violently belligerent attitude towards any non-meat eaters and desire to eat them, it's entirely possible he's one of those members who doesn't get called to Otherworld for group meet-ups (and if he is does attend, there's no way he gets to handle the catering). I've not spotted him in any crowd scenes in the various issues when the Corps have been gathered, though of course it's possible he was present off panel. As such, it's uncertain whether he was killed off like the other Corps members have been on the now-multiple occasions various writers have seen fit to massacre the entire group. Just assume that he likely wasn't present, but if he was then he was even more likely slain, and maybe resurrected only to be slain again later.

   His stated desire to try and eat Feron, Meggan and Cerise does not automatically make him a cannibal, as he's definitely not Shi'ar like Cerise and may not be human like Meggan and Feron (who is mostly human, despite his namesake non-human ancestor). His greenish complexion and mouth containing only canine teeth might be indicators that he's either not human, or that humanity went down a very different evolutionary path on his world.

   This profile was completed 09/24/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary's celebratory event.

Profile by Loki.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Butcher Britain has no known connections to:


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Excalibur I#49, p14, pan1 (main image)
Excalibur I#49, p13, pan3 (face close-up)
Excalibur I#49, p13, pan4 (Butcher Britain's kitchen/charnel house)


Appearances:
Excalibur I#49 (April 1992) - Alan Davis (writer, pencils), Mark Farmer (inks), Terry Kavanagh (editor)


First Posted: 09/25/2021
Last updated: 09/24/2021

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